Witchful Thinking - 5119-07-26 - Seeing Time and Emotion

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Koaratos 26-27, 5119

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Summary

  • A purple lightning bolt brings Pylasar crashing to the ground outside Moot Hall, ready and willing to take people to the Taladorian coronation! ...but no, it's the wrong year for that. He greets Grand Magister Raelee! ...but no, it's the wrong year for that.
  • Once he realizes it's 5119 and we're doing the "mind dance," he has Sir Cryheart lead to the shadow of Melgorehn's Reach, where the purple mage gathers some dirt and asks Darcena to have a taste. Maylan jumps in to eat her own dirt and says it's just dirt, while Darcena has a lick and says it's like grit and smells like fish. Pylasar crawls and searches to find another handful of dirt, then offers it to Goldtree. He has a bite and at first says it tastes like dirt, but then takes another bite and says there's a delicate, subtle blend of flavors.
  • Pylasar digs his toe into the dirt, summoning purple mist, and opens a portal of fog to the Plinite Hollows! He asks about what the plan is and gives warning that he doesn't think we'll learn much, but first Bbee offers him a silvery blue potion that makes him float into the ceiling. Xorus prepares the rune circle and Raelee offers further suggestions while the crowd gazes on at the floating mage and a few try to get him under control before he eventually floats down on his own.
  • Xorus explains the procedure, bringing the world around them to become what was in Pylasar's mind in the past, and Pylasar uses plinite to begin the venture. He first remembers meeting Raznel as Rachel, bumping into her. Chastonian soldiers approach, including some materializing in the present day hollows, and are eventually repelled.
  • Yellow-white maggots crawl into the area and are killed off, with some questions raised by the crowd about whether they're memories or Raznel interfering.
  • Pylasar recalls imprisoning Grishom Stone in the brass tower, and Grishom offering aid to restore Walkar.
  • Pylasar recalls praising his daughter Gracie for making something and telling her to show her mother.
  • Pylasar returns to the previous memory of avoiding Chastonian soldiers with Rachel.
  • Pylasar recalls hearing Rachel's muffled speaking in 4481, seemingly offering to acquire someone poison for favors. He approaches and asks who she was talking to; she says business associates; he asks for her or the Arcanum. Rachel asks him if he's alright; he asks what they discussed and decided and if she wants to return to the darkness from before she came here. He asks if she's teaching them or they're teaching her. She thanks him for reminding her and he leans in for a kiss.
  • Pylasar recalls watching a small bug crawl along grass.
  • Pylasar recalls approaching a high stone wall and holding a honey-hued gem, then remembers playing with Gracie as the crowd sees her--a young girl with bright sandy blonde hair, eyes like celadons, and a freckled nose. She offers him a purple flower, her favorite color.
  • Pylasar recalls the Taladorians willing to rout the Landing, and Davard demanding Cosima. The battle re-imagines itself there in the present day Plinite Hollows, including ballista fire.
  • Pylasar recalls telling Rachel he "can't do it again," but she asks if he loves her and says she has a sturdier one in mind and will be the last she asks of him. He asks isn't there another way and she says no. The image shifts to Naimorai with a chained sylvan man, and Pylasar touches Falvicar's shoulder and says he's sorry, as a shocked Falvicar says that can't be right.
  • Pylasar recalls pushing Gracie around in a wheelbarrow, but she begins coughing and he takes her home. A sandy-blonde woman rises to greet them, but she too begins coughing as she approaches.
  • Pylasar recalls Rachel asking if he'll love her forever, even knowing who she is; he says he will. A shift to another memory of them laying together beneath silks, and her asking if he ever thinks of going back with her.
  • Pylasar recalls a loud voice telling him and Rachel that their meddling has brought unwanted eyes, regarding the Crescent--the Talon of Toullaire. Pylasar says they'd only wished to study, and Rachel asks if they'd risk losing all they (the ones she's speaking to, presumably the Arcanum) stand to gain from them (her and Peter). The voice banishes them and says they'll be killed if their eyes meet again.
  • Pylasar recalls arriving at the Swale with Rachel, with the Hall of Mages in view.
  • Pylasar begins searching for other memories and finds the one where he and Rachel approached the Crescent. It flickers and glows bright as she makes gestures near it, but soon its light dims and she gasps, her body stiffening as the air around her and the Crescent shimmers. He approaches, concerned, and the air shimmers around him too and he begins flickering.
  • Pylasar touches another memory, this time of Rachel with tables of blood-filled vials and saucers of scrapings of flesh, as she carves a rune in a wooden block. He asks her to let them in, but she doesn't; and as they threaten to enter by force, a scarab rises from the rune and burrows into her wrist as Rachel winces yet smiles. A voice says she's been charged with the practice and teaching of blood magic--outlawed in the Empire--and she opens the door, leading to a skirmish with her sending scarabs and the Hall of Mages sending lightning elementals. Several in the present day group are killed, but Pylasar's able to bring them to life again, perhaps through temporal reversion.
  • Pylasar recalls telling someone he doesn't agree with their approach, risking too much in secret. Grand Magister Octaven and her familiar are seen, and Dennet Kestrel says the approval of a wild mage isn't at the top of "our" list; Pylasar says they risk the Hall's wrath, and Octaven counters by implying that Pylasar himself has risked their wrath. Pylasar moves on to asking Redomer if he agrees with him, asking by first name--but Redomer says to address him as Grand Magister Svala. Octaven says they'll carry on with their work, Pylasar with his, and not to cross paths in conflict again.
  • Pylasar recalls asking Rachel how he can help, as Rachel is with him and has a pale young woman chained to a table. He asks if Rachel is sure the woman is near death and she says yes, she's not so cruel to select innocents, "but if she is set to pass, should we not use her for me?" She gets him to affirm that he'll love her forever.
  • Rachel lays a maggot with a tiny barbed tail on the woman's chest. Pylasar asks what if the Hall comes to look for her, but she says they won't know when--not where--to find her. The maggot burrows halfway into the woman's chest, then Rachel touches it and its tail sticks into her own wrist; Pylasar asks what it's dooing and she says "making me forever." The woman screens, as her eyes and veins go black like shadows, then the maggot burrows fully into her and Rachel utters an archaic phrase. The woman flickers in and out of existence, then faces.
  • Pylasar asks if it hurt her and Rachel says only for the briefest of moments. He asks if she's done, but she says she'll need more, just in case they do find her. She gets Pylasar to affirm that he wants her to be forever and asks for his help, asking if he loves her forever.
  • Pylasar asks what her name was, but Rachel says she never asked and is far more important than a name--she's something else entirely, a paragon.
  • Pylasar searches through other memories, but is met with curtains of green, saying they're blocked. One presents an image of razor-sharp teeth and a voice echoes through the chamber, saying to forget. It soon more clearly becomes Quinshon's voice and ethereal mindwalkers attack the group, but everyone fights them off. Pylasar recalls telling someone of an expedition of warriors going into Ba'Lathan, with a woman wielding dark magic said to be among them. He thinks it's her and says she's taken much from him and he'll find her if they'll permit it; a voice tells him he has the Hall's backing and resources. The voice says they're sorry, but he says he'll end Raznel--her name now, of shadows.
  • Pylasar recalls a cackling woman and a violet glow; he greets her as Rachel, but she says Rachel is dead and he knows this--and says she's not the only one dead. A great land of waste stretches out and Pylasar rushes forward, screaming, as the chamber explodes with violet lights and a wave of heat. Pylasar collapses and starts to say "The Crescent" before Raznel tells him it's the Talon and he knows its name. The chamber explodes again with a violet light, but both Pylasar and Raznel scream. Thousands of blurred images flutter and the cavern walls flicker in and out of existence.
  • Pylasar recalls two voices asking if he's okay and what happened to him. He rasps out that he's Pylasar and asks where he is; they say Phannus. But then he immediately forgets the conversation and asks where he is, then introduces himself again. A third voice urges to just get him on the wagon, saying they don't have time and will drop him off.
  • Quinshon's voice urges again to forget, and mindweaver spiders descend to attack, followed later by mindworms. Adventurers fight through all of them and urge Pylasar to remember and not to let Quinshon win. At last he hears Gracie's giggles, and asks everyone to go and leave him a while. Gracie says over and over that she loves him, and Pylasar asks everyone again to go. They oblige.


Highlights

A streak of purple lightning arcs overhead!
From nearby, you hear Pukk yell, "Come to Moot Hall you mooks!"
Leafiara yells, "We need you to tell us to join Cryheart first!" 
From nearby, you hear Pukk yell, "For crying out...."
Pukk just arrived.
Pukk recites quietly:
"Everybody join Cryheart!"
Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Pukk says, "Now, let's go."
Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Pukk says, "Come on speedy, any moment now."
Pukk recites quietly:
"Now everybody else can join Cryheart!"
Dergoatean exclaims, "Cliquishness will be the end of us!"
Dergoatean exclaims, "Unite, brothers and sisters!"
Xorus says, "Click with one another, one and all. Like kiramon."
Speaking thoughtfully to Xorus, Leafiara says, "Or serpents."
Xorus says, "Luukos. Uniter, not divider."
Lylia sternly says, "The blight will be the end of us if we fail to take this a bit more seriously than who stands alongside whom."
Speaking to Lylia, Dergoatean says, "I'll stand with the one didn't scold me, then."
Dergoatean joins Cryheart's group.
Speaking to Raelee, Puptilian asks, "Just think you will be diving into the thoughts of a Magister of higher rank.  Think you will learn anything?"
Speaking to Puptilian, Hapenlok says, "I daresay she'll be infuriated by the end of the night."
Speaking to Puptilian, Hapenlok says, "If not already."
Speaking to Hapenlok, Puptilian says, "Probably already is.  She isn't in any other mood."
Speaking to Leafiara, Thailmore asks, "She's back causing trouble again?"
Speaking to Thailmore, Leafiara affirms, "Sure is. You can see some withered grass right outside the gates."
Speaking determinedly to Thailmore, Leafiara roars, "This time is different. We'll end her for sure!"
Speaking to Thailmore, Leafiara adds, "Well, either that or we die trying."
Speaking to Thailmore, Leafiara says, "But I never worry about the odds."
Pukk quietly says, "I know some of you are confused on which is the real Lylia. The real Lylia is the one that moves. The other is a statue and not a Lylia that is standing very very still. Don't fall for that trap...."
Pukk mutters likeme.
(Lylia stands quite still, save for darting a quick glance at Pukk.)
Pukk quietly exclaims, "I can't tell which one is her!!"
Xorus says, "Perhaps the one that moves is a golem, and the one that is still is merely very angry."
Nairena says, "What's happening?  Something fun I hope."
Speaking to Nairena, Stormyrain asks, "We're going to root around in Pylasar's mind. What could possibly go wrong?"
Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "Well some believe he doesn't think at all.  Could be a short trip."
Pukk quietly says, "Now the only thing we can do is panic and run around. I vote that everybody gives me their silvers to hold before they do that."
In a botched imitation, Pukk quietly says, "I second Pukk's idea."
Speaking to Thrassus, Ysharra says, "Carp are nothing to mess around with.  They'll eat anything that fits in their maw."
Speaking to Ysharra, Evia says, "Ironically, so will Cruxophim."
Xorus says, "It is more like the time stream will align with points induced by his memory."
Speaking musingly to Ysharra, Leafiara asks, "What was it you said about Xorus' words? Incomprehensible and right-sounding?"
As Cruxophim whispers to himself, you hear a number of ingredients being listed with a count of outstretched fingers.  He gestures, and for a brief moment, the mouthwatering scent of baked treats wafts through the area.
There is a bright flash and a bacon-wrapped blood pudding donut appears in the air, then falls to the ground.
Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk says, "If you keep whispering to yourself, people will think you are crazy."
Pukk chatters to himself, apparently engaged in a spirited debate with his alter ego.
Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk says, "Both of us think so."
Raising his copper flask into the air, Goldtree shouts, "Curses!  Ye loyalist to the Empire!" before taking a swig from his flask.
Goldtree suddenly spits out the rum in his mouth, spraying it out in all directions!
Bbee offers Pylasar a faceted dark sapphire pill.
Pylasar accepts Bbee's dark sapphire pill.
Goblyn offers Pylasar a glistening black apple.
Pylasar accepts Goblyn's black apple.
Pylasar shoves his pill into his black apple.
Pylasar exclaims, "A plipple!"
Pylasar tucks his plipple behind his ear.
Pylasar exclaims, "Grand Magister Raelee!"
Pylasar beams happily at Raelee!
Pylasar hugs Raelee.
(Raelee immediately tenses.)
Pylasar asks, "Oh, 5119?"
Speaking to Pylasar, Raelee says, "It is 5119."
Pylasar looks down, counting his fingers.
Pylasar exclaims, "Not 'grand' yet then!"
Speaking flatly to Pylasar, Raelee says, "Apparently."
Pukk sings:
"Lylia has no wake
but Leafi will give us chocolate cake!"
Lyrna says, "Leafi give up chocolate cake?  Seems unlikely."
Speaking ruefully to Pukk, Leafiara says, "I think they might get mad at me if I brought the food cart into someone's memories."
Nairena says, "I haven't recieved chocolate cake... what a hustle."
Speaking amusedly to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Crumbs and all."
Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra says, "I think it would be perfect."
Speaking to Nairena, Ruffelin says, "Th' cake is a lie."
Pukk quietly asks, "Lylia's wake has some cake by the lake?"
Pietra exclaims, "All for snacks in the brain, raise your hand!"
Maylan asks, "I don't taste anything but dirt?"
Speaking to Maylan, Xorus says, "You should drink more, it tastes like chocolate."
Speaking to Xorus, Maylan asks, "Have you a beverage?"
Xorus says, "Only venom, I think."
Naamit offers Maylan a clear glass vial of light yellow acid.
Maylan accepts Naamit's clear glass vial.
Speaking to Maylan, Naamit says, "Try that."
(Maylan takes a swift swig of her clear glass vial.)
Speaking to Naamit, Maylan says, "Tastes like burning."
Pylasar crawls around for a little bit, his eyes and nose pressed to the ground, searching.
Pylasar exclaims, "AH HA!"
Pylasar scoops together some dirt in his hand.
Evia says, "Ok PylaBeagle."
Leafiara speculatively says, "One of these samples is gonna taste like Bleakland dirt or something."
Speaking to Leafiara, Evia says, "Or unwashed feet with a picquant aftertaste of dung."
Goldtree gobbles down his handful of dirt in one enormous bite.
Goldtree quietly says, "So tender, practically melts on the tongue."
Goldtree quietly says, "Gods.....I used to be a champion..."
Speaking to Goldtree, Stormyrain mouths, "Used to be."
[TownCrier]-GSIV:Lylia: ""Goldtree gobbles down his handful of dirt in one enormous bite." It's going to be *that* kind of party."
[TownCrier]-GSIV:Leafiara: "Gives new meaning to "Goldtree just bit the dust!""
Hapenlok says, "Everytime I spend time with him, I want to kill something."
Speaking to Hapenlok, Lyrna says, "That's not really limited to time spent around Pylasar though, from what I hear."
Ysharra says, "Plinite is a mystical rock that does a lot of things that I don't understand in the slightest."
Ysharra says, "Magister Raelee understands enough to keep me warned.  Sometimes."
Bbee offers Pylasar a silvery blue potion.
Pylasar accepts Bbee's silvery blue potion.
Pylasar peers quizzically at Bbee.
Bbee says, "Drink up."
Pylasar takes a sip from his silvery blue potion and seems to become oddly buoyant.
Pylasar floats upward.
Pylasar says, "Whoa...."
Pylasar bumps into the ceiling of the cavern.
Goldtree quietly says, "I'll have what he's having."
Chamorr heartily says, "They all float down here."
Speaking to Leafiara, Maylan asks, "Still have that rope handy?"
Speaking smoothly to Maylan, Leafiara says, "I always have rope handy."
Speaking wryly to Leafiara, Cruxophim teases, "I bet."
(Maylan swings the thick rope in a wide, circular arc.)
(Maylan releases the thick rope, but only manages to lasso her own head.)
Speaking soberly to Xorus, Leafiara says, "We're counting on you to get this under control. ...eventually."
Speaking to Leafiara, Xorus asks, "What use is life if it is not lived dangerously?"
Speaking cheerfully to Xorus, Leafiara says, "See, that's why I like you. I completely agree."
Pylasar looks down at Cryheart as he floats by.  "You're going bald good sir. Shinier than your plate!"
Aleid asks, "His pate is shiner than his plate?"
Speaking to Cryheart, Evia exclaims, "Bald I say, my good Shiny Pate!"
Speaking to Raelee, Xorus says, "The runes of this summoning circle are the time frozen Tear of Koar in the Bleaklands. It is what I used last time with Thrayzar."
Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "... he had more respect for gravity."
Speaking to Xorus, Raelee adds, "In all senses of the term."
Ruffelin asks, "Should we anchor 'im down?"
Cryheart asks, "Someone got a rope and a big boulder?"
Xorus glances at Pylasar.
Xorus says, "... perhaps, rope.."
Leafiara musingly says, "You know, there's always a lot of rope available for free just outside the general store. It seems everyone wants some lately."
Pylasar says, "Now then."
Pylasar asks, "Who is making a circle?"
Pylasar asks, "Or...does yours look like a square?"
Pylasar peers quizzically at Raelee.
Pylasar says, "Get it...get it..."
Pylasar exclaims, "Oh there it is!"
Pylasar points at a summoning circle.
Speaking to Pylasar, Raelee says, "No.  Do explain."
Pylasar says, "Oh, you're so reserved, when you draw circles they are squares."
Pylasar says, "Now then..."
Pylasar traces the lines of the circle with his fingers as he sits within it.
Pylasar asks, "Does it just...happen?"
Pylasar asks, "Do I need to like, chant or something?"
Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "Rub your belly and pat your head."
Pylasar says, "Ooga ooga ooga...booga  booga booga..."
Pylasar rubs his head and pats his belly.
Pylasar says, "Oh wait..."
Pylasar rubs his belly and pats Maylan's head.
Speaking to Lyrna, Leafiara explains, "Sometimes, people don't believe me when I rate things a one or two out of ten, on the scale of Landing oddities. Then, hopefully, they come see a night like this."
Cruxophim lifts his jawbone dagger toward the sky.  With a single, sharp word, a loud *POP!* ensues, and a white-tailed silvery grey goat appears on the ground.
Cruxophim carefully ventures, "What?  You can't have a proper ritual without a sacrificial goat, everyone knows that."
The dim lavender light along each passageway begins to brighten.
The crackling energy infusing the chamber grows higher in its pitch.
Speaking to herself, Maylan says, "I don't see no kissin yet."
The very earthen walls begin to shimmer, turning dark to pale, glimmering as blurred images dance to life, fluttering about without yet taking true shape.
Pylasar snorts, pressing spectacles up higher on his nose.  He clutches something tight in his grip, pulling it to his chest.  He blushes.  "Sorry ma'am, I didn't mean to bump into you."
Pylasar mutters under his breath "butiamsuregladIdid."
Maylan exclaims, "That's the stuff!"
Pietra says, "Hopefully it was okay to kill the maggot..."
Pietra says, "Unless it was a beloved maggot, I'm sure it's fine."
The ghostly voice of Bbee says, "While you're at it can you pull my loincloth so it covers me."
Speaking evasively to Bbee, Leafiara says, "...someone else can get right on that..."
Kipara gives Bbee a friendly little kick.
Kipara hoarsely says, "There."
(Naamit pulls Bbee's loincloths over his nether regions.)
Kipara hoarsely says, "Good enough."
Pukk quietly says, "His mind is like it is because he is a parent."
(Hapenlok turns towards Pukk, and turns away, an expression on his face that can only be described as equal parts, sadness and envy.)
Davard's voice echoes in the distance, "Bring me Cosima! You have erred in your actions!"
Lyrna asks, "Davard and Cosima?"
Speaking to Lyrna, Lylia says, "A long and tangled story..."
Lyrna asks, "Aren't they all?"
Pylasar says, "I can't do it again. The first one was too...I can't."
Rachel says, "Do you love me?
Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "You can love what you can't trust."
Lylia says, "Join me or risk death. I shall not hold back if we are attacked again."
Speaking quietly to Lylia, Pukk says, "You worry too much. It's quiet, nothing will happen."
Lylia says, "I was elected to worry."
The walls shift and Pylasar lays down, the image of Rachel sprawled out next to him, silks covering their bodies. Her raven hair flows along his chest like shadows as she rests her head upon him, tracing a finger along his bare shoulder. "Do you ever think of going back with me?"
Maylan says, "Now THIS is what I came to see."
Maylan wiggles her eyebrows.
(Pukk covers Leafiara's eyes.)
Leafiara shoves futilely at Pukk.
The walls shift to reveal the bustling streets of the Swale and the sun glistening off the dome of the Hall of Mages beyond.
(Raelee's gaze lifts slightly.)
Evia says, "Be careful, Raelee might get an emotion."
Speaking skeptically to Evia, Leafiara says, "Over her dead body."
Speaking helpfully to Evia, Cruxophim offers, "I shall cut it out posthaste."
Hapenlok says, "The more I watch, the more I ask myself, should I be pitying this man, or attempting to kill him."
Speaking wryly to Hapenlok, Cruxophim mutters, "How is that different from anyone else."
Speaking offhandedly to Cruxophim, Leafiara says, "With Hap, never."
Redomer says, "Grand Magister Svala, please address me as such." 
Cruxophim amusedly ventures, "Future Raelee?"
Speaking neutrally to Cruxophim, Raelee says, "... not me."
Speaking to Cruxophim, Madmountan says, "Her father."
Shinann says, "Or a relative."
Madmountan exclaims, "Oh!"
Raelee states, "I am not the first Magister Svala, nor even the second."
Speaking heartily to Raelee, Chamorr says, "Need to have kids, or ya be da last."


Log

Awaiting Pylasar

[Town Square Central]

This is the heart of the main square of Wehnimer's Landing. The impromptu shops of the bazaar are clustered around this central gathering place, where townsfolk, travellers, and adventurers meet to talk, conspire or raise expeditions to the far-flung reaches of Elanith. At the north end, an old well, with moss-covered stones and a craggy roof, is shaded from the moonlight by a strong, robust tree. The oak is tall and straight, and it is apparent that the roots run deep. You also see some stone benches with some stuff on it and an herbal remedy donation bin.

Also here: Lyrna, Schneak who is sitting, Jokic, Uthenegal, Event Planner Leafiara, Great Lady Samaarkan, Lirica, Master Altheren, Puptilian, Nimaera, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Shinann, Sandaras who is sitting, Dillitink, Giocoso, Great Lord Scarswyrth, Nixlsplixt, Bronzebottom, Great Lord Ryndith, Gringer who is sitting, Ingward, Vinheim, Bbee, Meranda, Lady Carolanne, Saurost

Thunder echoes in the distance.

Speaking inquisitively to Balley, Leafiara asks, "Feeling any more at ease tonight?"

Balley softly says, "Not at all."

Balley softly says, "The scarab has been active today."

Balley softly says, "It is now down my right leg."

Balley softly says, "It is making tunnels in my body."

Speaking earnestly to Balley, Leafiara says, "Well, when we kill Raznel, all its work will be for nothing."

Balley softly says, "I still have no idea why Disean made me get it."

Balley softly says, "That is what I want to know."

Balley softly exclaims, "WHY!"

Speaking to Balley, Ryndith says, "Sounds like we need to find some wizard magic to shrink an army of dwarves and go on a minin' expedition after that thing."

Balley softly says, "Um not sure I want to be explored."

Speaking curiously to Lyrna, Leafiara asks, "And you? Are you looking forward to this?"

Balley softly says, "It would be nice to be protected from time to time."

Speaking to Bbee, Lokirro says, "I like your loincloth."

Speaking to Leafiara, Lyrna says, "That's a difficult question to answer."

Lokirro says, "Real men wear loincloths."

Lyrna says, "Yes, quite a bit, and no, I'm dreading it."

Speaking sagely to Lyrna, Leafiara says, "Well, in that case I think it's just better to move forward and worry about it later."

Balley softly says, "I know I wish I knew a big warrior who was my bodyguard that actually did his job."

Speaking to Maylan, Lokirro asks, "How do ya become a land pirate?"

Balley softly says, "He let me get murdered."

Speaking gently to Balley, Leafiara says, "Well, I couldn't protect you there either, even though I tried..."

Balley softly says, "True."

Speaking to Balley, Leafiara admits, "In hindsight I probably should have started with Wall of Force, not Stun Relief."

Balley softly says, "I had a target on my head."

Cryheart says, "Maylan, the land pirate custodian of the lands."

Evia says, "Going to be a poor dinner for squirrels."

Balley softly says, "I think he thought killing me would make it easier to get the scarab into me."

Balley softly says, "Hi Bernadette."

Balley softly asks, "Yours been busy today too?"

Bernadette softly says, "Oh yes running up and down me legs."

Balley softly says, "Me too."

A streak of purple lightning arcs overhead!

Balley softly says, "Today mine moved to my legs."

Speaking curiously to Cryheart, Leafiara inquires, "How much discord do you think you'll be harbinging tonight?"

Balley softly says, "Incoming."

Puptilian says, "Guess we should head to the hall."

Balley softly asks, "Join Cryheart?"

From nearby, you hear Pukk yell, "Come to Moot Hall you mooks!"

Leafiara yells, "We need you to tell us to join Cryheart first!"

Carolanne yells, "What's at Moot Hall?"

From nearby, you hear Pukk yell, "For crying out...."

Pukk just arrived.

From nearby, you hear Darcena yell, "A lot of eye candy!"

Pukk recites quietly:

"Everybody join Cryheart!"

Pukk joins Cryheart's group.

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Pukk says, "Now, let's go."

Speaking excitedly to Marijka, you exclaim, "Ya made it out tonight!"

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Pukk says, "Come on speedy, any moment now."

Speaking nonchalantly to Leafiara, Marijka says, "I make it out frequently when my interest is sufficiently piqued."

Leafiara eagerly says, "Oh, the whole gang is gathering."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Puptilian says, "Just think, we are going to the thoughts of the purple wizard. It will be like you everyday following around Stormyrain."

Pukk quietly says, "Moot Hall."

Thailmore says, "Gathering for what? I just woke up."

Speaking understandingly to Marijka, Leafiara says, "I too love inspecting crazy memories of the distant past and future."

Puptilian taps Cryheart lightly on his shoulder.

Cryheart asks, "Aye?"

Speaking amusedly to Cryheart, Leafiara says, "Pukk said to join you, so we can move east now."

Cryheart says, "Oh."

Puptilian says, "Wizard on the way."

[Town Square, East]

Here in the center of a broad plaza near the commercial area of the bazaar stands the impressive facade of the slate-roofed Moot Hall, where the citizens of Wehnimer's Landing hold various official, religious and social functions. Facing the square are some of the town's more prosperous shops, still doing business with the many customers who still frequent the streets at night. You also see a polished bleakstone statue, a bone-framed bulletin board and a large purple wooden barrel.

Also here: Puptilian, Bbee, Meranda, Lady Carolanne, Dame Evia, Event Planner Leafiara, Lyrna, Percy, Maiden Nadene, Bernadette, Rimo, Conquerer of Reim Ruffelin, Conquerer of Reim Berkana, Stormyrain, Chaoswynd, Marijka, Sir Cryheart, Pukk, Land Pirate Maylan, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Crio, Shinann, Jokic, Master Altheren, Magister Raelee, Hapenlok, Mistress Naamit, Grand Lord Gnaeusprimus, Yakushi, Melikor, Tolida, Great Lord Nazarr, Juspera, Ysharra, Mayor Lylia, Pietra, Darcena, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Claede, Lady Darksin, Ambassador Neopuron, Lord Thrassus, Xorus

Speaking surprisedly to Madmountan, Darcena says, "That's never a question."

Pukk recites quietly:

"Now everybody else can join Cryheart!"

Dergoatean exclaims, "Cliquishness will be the end of us!"

Dergoatean exclaims, "Unite, brothers and sisters!"

Speaking to Raelee, Puptilian asks, "Just think you will be diving into the thoughts of a Magister of higher rank. Think you will learn anything?"

Xorus says, "Click with one another, one and all. Like kiramon."

Lylia sternly says, "The blight will be the end of us if we fail to take this a bit more seriously than who stands alongside whom."

Speaking thoughtfully to Xorus, Leafiara says, "Or serpents."

Speaking to Xorus, Dergoatean says, "Careful with your wrists, now."

Xorus says, "Luukos. Uniter, not divider."

Speaking to Lylia, Marijka agrees, "We'll all lock shields like an infantry line."

Speaking to Puptilian, Hapenlok says, "I daresay she'll be infuriated by the end of the night."

Speaking to Puptilian, Hapenlok says, "If not already."

Speaking to Lylia, Dergoatean says, "I'll stand with the one didn't scold me, then."

Speaking to Xorus, Juspera asks, "Is that a joke?"

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra says, "We all get smushed in together when we go down, I suppose..."

Hapenlok says, "But this is going to be interesting, sure enough Pup."

Thailmore asks, "What'd I miss?"

Speaking to Juspera, Xorus says, "Absolutely."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Puptilian says, "Probaly already is. She isn't in any other mood."

Speaking interestedly to Thailmore, Leafiara says, "Nothing quite yet."

Bbee exclaims, "I will defend you all!"

Speaking to Thailmore, Leafiara continues, "But, ideally, some kind of answers to Raznel's past or future that help us end her for good."

Carolanne says, "Rhezal or whats her name is nearby im guessing."

Ysharra says, "Raznel. Rachel. Naimorai, Witch."

Speaking to Meranda, Carolanne says, "We should seek sanctuary."

Speaking to Leafiara, Thailmore asks, "She's back causing trouble again?"

Xorus says, "She has really let herself go over the centuries."

Meranda asks, "Where??"

Speaking to Thailmore, Leafiara affirms, "Sure is. You can see some withered grass right outside the gates."

Thailmore says, "I need to leave the workshop more often..."

Avalera says, "I just lean that word that rhymes with witch."

Speaking determinedly to Thailmore, Leafiara roars, "This time is different. We'll end her for sure!"

Avalera says, "But I'm too polite to say."

Nairena says, "Such a beautiful night."

Speaking to Thailmore, Leafiara adds, "Well, either that or we die trying."

Speaking to Thailmore, Leafiara says, "But I never worry about the odds."

Pukk quietly says, "I know some of you are confused on which is the real Lylia. The real Lylia is the one that moves. The other is a statue and not a Lylia that is standing very very still. Don't fall for that trap...."

Pukk mutters likeme.

Maylan says, "I feel as though we should play Tug o' War."

Maylan asks, "Who has a rope?"

Leafiara grabs a coil of thick rope from a small pocket inside of her red silk cape.

Leafiara offers Maylan a coil of thick rope.

Speaking to Cryheart, Nairena says, "You have to be used to this weather by now.."

Thailmore says, "Just point me where the potions need lobbing."

Maylan accepts Leafiara's thick rope.

(Lylia stands quite still, save for darting a quick glance at Pukk.)

Speaking to Cryheart, Maylan exclaims, "Grab the other end of this!"

Maylan offers Cryheart a coil of thick rope.

A bolt of purple lightning arcs over Moot Hall, weaving through the night sky.

Cryheart accepts Maylan's thick rope.

Berkana says, "I would think it's hard to imitate Lylia, especially if you know her well."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "I can't tell which one is her!!"

Cryheart glances at a coil of thick rope in his hand.

Xorus says, "Perhaps the one that moves is a golem, and the one that is still is merely very angry."

Pukk quietly says, "Oh she moved..."

Speaking to Cryheart, Maylan says, "HEAVE."

A woman can be seen shouting nearby as she indicates a basket full of rotted fruit and she storms off weeping. [OOC: one of several ambient messages going of in town during the blight]

(Maylan digs in her heels and pulls the other end of the rope.)

Speaking quietly to Shinann, Goldtree says, "This will be....interesting."

(Cryheart tries to throw the rope around the statue.)

Balley softly says, "Still blight."

Speaking to Xorus, Darcena says, "Seems logical to me."

Balley softly says, "Poor woman and her rotten food."

(Ruffelin helps pull the rope.)

Pukk quietly says, "I think purple means that it is a good sign. Nothing bad is going to happen tonight."

Cryheart says, "Bah...it will nae work."

Goldtree quietly says, "Imaera help us..."

Cryheart offers Maylan a coil of thick rope.

Pukk quietly says, "Yep."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "Unless you find confusion bad."

Maylan accepts Cryheart's thick rope.

Pukk quietly says, "Ignore that Yellow-green glow too." [OOC: there was a seemingly unintentional message that simply said " yellow-green glow."]

Maylan offers Leafiara a coil of thick rope.

Leafiara accepts Maylan's thick rope.

Leafiara tucks the thick rope into a small pocket inside of her red silk cape.

Thrassus says, "We'll likely be fighting giant purple goldfish all night."

Balley softly says, "Um that is interesting."

Lyrna asks, "Goldfish?"

Nairena says, "What's happening? Something fun I hope."

Balley softly says, "There was a glow."

Schultz says, "Need a giant purple cat."

Speaking to Lyrna, Leafiara reminds, "Well, Pylasar did send purple scorpion sculpins at us once."

Speaking to Nairena, Stormyrain asks, "We're going to root around in Pylasar's mind. What could possibly go wrong?"

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "You have one at least."

Thrassus says, "This mage's mind is rather... eccentric."

Speaking to Thrassus, Ysharra says, "Carp are nothing to mess around with. They'll eat anything that fits in their maw."

Speaking to a pretty flower girl, Ruffelin says, "Run alang now. Things are likely ta git rough out 'ere."

Pukk quietly says, "Now the only thing we can do is panic and run around. I vote that everybody gives me their silvers to hold before they do that."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "Well some believe he doesn't think at all. Could be a short trip."

Speaking to Falvicar, Nairena says, "My favorite color. I'm so jealous of him."

In a botched imitation, Pukk quietly says, "I second Pukk's idea."

Cruxophim recites:

"Raznuts!"

Speaking speculatively to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "I think we'll see some very unusual pasts and futures."

As Cruxophim whispers to himself, you hear a number of ingredients being listed with a count of outstretched fingers. He gestures, and for a brief moment, the mouthwatering scent of baked treats wafts through the area.

There is a bright flash and a bacon-wrapped blood pudding donut appears in the air, then falls to the ground.

Speaking heartily to Ruffelin, Chamorr says, "She's a city chick, take care of herself."

Speaking to Ysharra, Evia says, "Ironically, so will Cruxophim."

Cruxophim slowly clarifies, "For, you know, fighting Raznel."

Pukk chatters to himself, apparently engaged in a spirited debate with his alter ego.

Speaking in Faendryl to Melikor, Ysharra asks something you don't understand.

Xorus says, "It is more like the time stream will align with points induced by his memory."

Speaking in Faendryl to Ysharra, Melikor says something you don't understand.

Balley softly asks, "Zoso you going to protect me tonight?"

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk says, "If you keep whispering to yourself, people will think you are crazy."

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "Counting the rank he held in the hall, I hope we see some of his more interesting events."

Speaking musingly to Ysharra, Leafiara asks, "What was it you said about Xorus' words? Incomprehensible and right-sounding?"

Speaking in Faendryl to Melikor, Ysharra says something you don't understand.

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk says, "Both of us think so."

Speaking evenly to Puptilian, Raelee asks, "What, precisely, are you hoping to see?"

Speaking authoritatively to Raelee, Darcena says, "Snacks."

Xorus simply says, "It is not mentalism. It is a time warp."

Speaking curtly to Darcena, Raelee says, "No."

Speaking to Raelee, Puptilian says, "You can hate the guy all you want but he lived an interesting life."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Okay, role call for the Militia!"

Speaking to Raelee, Darcena exclaims, "You asked what I was hoping to see!"

Maylan says, "NOT IT."

Speaking to Puptilian, Raelee says, "I never claimed to hate him."

Speaking quietly to Maylan, Pukk says, "Very very smart."

Speaking quietly to Puptilian, Goldtree asks, "Ready for this, brother?"

Speaking to Guarrin, Ysharra says, "...you look familiar."

Balley softly says, "Leafi you think things will be ok."

Speaking to Raelee, Puptilian says, "He was never your favorite it seemed."

Balley softly says, "I am still worried a bit."

Speaking to Cryheart, Darcena says, "I almost wish it was snowing again."

Speaking quietly to Balley, Pukk says, "Leafi is looking forward to us all dying....it's in her best interests."

Speaking to Balley, Leafiara reasons, "Well, if you think things will go wrong going in, you can doom them to going wrong even if they wouldn't have."

Speaking to Cryheart, Darcena says, "So we could have another snowflake-catching contest."

Speaking to Neopuron, Nairena says, "Meow."

Speaking to Puptilian, Raelee says, "He is not my 'favorite', no."

Speaking to Amerek, Darcena exclaims, "The giant bruise!"

Speaking to Amerek, Darcena says, "You're back."

Balley softly says, "I am just afraid of what we may see."

Goldtree quietly says, "What if we get in there and everything is green? Or red????? That's really going to send us for a loop."

Speaking to Darcena, Amerek asks, "Happy to see me?"

Speaking to Balley, Leafiara explains, "You have to try to think positive or else you can self-sabotage."

Nairena asks, "Who's that statue lady suppose to be?"

Speaking quietly to Balley, Pukk exclaims, "It's not if we die, it's how we die...in style!"

Balley softly says, "My visions have made me leary as you know."

Speaking to Amerek, Darcena says, "It's been a bit."

Cryheart abruptly kicks at a bacon-wrapped blood pudding donut!

Cryheart jumps forward, looking hastily in all directions while rubbing the back of his head. How odd.

Cryheart says, "Dirty donuts."

[Leafi brings the food cart]

The voice of Cruxophim insincerely notes, "Oh heavens, cause and effect!"

Chamorr heartily says, "Thaddy's head was pretty much linear."

Amerek says, "Snack invasion."

The voice of Cruxophim recites:

"Did someone say snack invasion?!"

Pietra says, "Mmm, snacks."

Evia says, "Ohoh."

Cryheart says, "Aye, dirty donuts."

Bernadette softly says, "Tha could be a thing."

Chamorr heartily says, "Pylasar's brain, we could exit some time in the furture."

Nairena says, "Thank you, Crux."

Speaking musingly to Chamorr, Leafiara says, "Maybe that wouldn't be such a bad thing."

Darcena cheerfully states, "I still have my apples from last time we met, Crux."

Raising his copper flask into the air, Goldtree shouts, "Curses! Ye loyalist to the Empire!" before taking a swig from his flask.

Goldtree suddenly spits out the rum in his mouth, spraying it out in all directions!

Goldtree looks rather relaxed.

Bbee exclaims, "Pylasar, he likes my pills!"

Speaking to Nairena, Naamit says, "Eat up, you've a whole town square to go through."

Ruffelin grins at Bbee.

Neopuron turns to Bbee and cheers!

Leafiara begins chortling at Bbee.

Melikor says, "I am ready."

Bbee says, "Well he does."

Speaking to Naamit, Nairena says, "Maybe I will. Those donuts are good."

Tsarok quietly says, "Roblar's not here. Might need to go search some stairs."


Pylasar's Arrival Antics

A bolt of purple lightning arcs across the sky over Moot Hall then suddenly stops! The lightning fades to reveal a white-haired human who suddenly flaps his arms wildly like a bird, trying to fly as he descends to the ground with a THUD!

Speaking wryly to Nairena, Naamit says, "Better hurry before they rot."

Pylasar exclaims, "OUCH!"

Speaking to Pylasar, Leafiara greets, "Hi there, Pylasar."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "We are all going to die!!"

Balley softly says, "Hi Pylasar."

Bbee offers Pylasar a faceted dark sapphire pill.

Goblyn removes a glistening black apple from in her figured camlet gown.

Speaking to Pylasar, Puptilian says, "Good evening."

Cryheart says, "Pylasar."

Pylasar accepts Bbee's dark sapphire pill.

Goblyn offers Pylasar a glistening black apple.

Lyrna says, "Good evening."

Speaking to Pylasar, Lylia says, "Good evening to you."

Pylasar accepts Goblyn's black apple.

Speaking reasonably to Pylasar, Falvicar says, "Pukk did it."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Everybody hide behind Goblyn!!!"

Speaking to Naamit, Nairena says, "I'm not that hungry. We should leave some for the rats."

Speaking to Pylasar, Leafiara muses, "Hopeuflly you didn't hit your head in that fall."

Pylasar shoves his pill into his black apple.

Pylasar exclaims, "A plipple!"

Leafiara bemusedly says, "Right."

Evia exclaims, "A Pylasar AND a Goblyn...bonus!"

Claede says, "Trouble, you mean."

Speaking darkly to Goblyn, Altheren says, "You are my favorite."

Pylasar tucks his plipple behind his ear.

Speaking approvingly to Bbee, Leafiara says, "You're really coming up in the world, even serving the town council your pills now."

Speaking nonchalantly to Pylasar, Cruxophim inquires, "We ready to do this thing?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "I hope you'll be all right, mage."

Maylan says, "We're gonna do a THING."

Stormyrain grabs a cup of warm elven cinnamon brandy from a small pocket inside of her ebon lambskin jacket.

Pylasar exclaims, "I'm so excited for the Taladorian Coronation! To think Lord Kuligar will be the first Baron of Talador in a long long time!"

Speaking hopefully to Stormyrain, Darcena asks, "Have any extra?"

Pylasar asks, "Are you all here and ready to travel there?"

Cryheart says, "Aye Pylasar."

Speaking to Pylasar, Puptilian says, "Wrong year."

Speaking to Pylasar, Thrassus says, "This is 5119."

Speaking cautiously to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "Let's go with yes."

Juspera asks, "To Talador?"

Puptilian says, "It's 5119."

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk says, "You probably didn't hear the announcement earlier, but we are joining Cryheart...you know...Mr. Slowpoke."

Speaking to Darcena, Stormyrain asks, "I have the pitcher; would you like whiskey? Ale? Wine?"

Bbee asks, "Do we get to fight?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Evia asks, "What could go wrong, eh?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Xorus says, "I hate to give you spoilers, but Kuligar is not a real man."

Speaking to Juspera, Puptilian says, "He has issues knowing what time he is in."

Darcena asks, "Stout?"

Cryheart says, "Someone is a bit rattled still."

Stormyrain asks, "Mead?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Raelee says, "... Pylasar."

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Goldtree says, "Careful - she may not be averse to eating something quite as....pale as you."

Speaking baffledly to Pukk, Goblyn says, "But I am following in the wake of Mayor Lylia in this night..."

Pylasar exclaims, "Grand Magister Raelee!"

Speaking to Darcena, Chaoswynd says, "She can do excellent honey mead."

Pylasar beams happily at Raelee!

Pylasar hugs Raelee.

Leafiara speculatively muses, "We can probably start anywhere in his memories and then just... make our way to wherever we really want to be. Or whenever."

Darcena offendedly asks, "Do I look like a bear?"

(Raelee immediately tenses.)

Cruxophim calmly threatens, "She can try."

Stormyrain asks, "Dark mead?"

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk says, "Oh...Lylia's wake...."

Speaking to Juspera, Ysharra says, "He's...got a memory that's shifting in time."

Pukk quietly says, "Sounds bad..."

Pylasar asks, "Oh, 5119?"

Speaking softly to Pylasar, Balley says, "Hope you are ready for this."

Speaking to Pukk, Zosopage says, "He may be a tortoise and you the hare but the tortoise always wins."

Speaking to Juspera, Ysharra says, "Perhaps more than just that."

Speaking to Pylasar, Raelee says, "It is 5119."

Xorus says, "Afraid so."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "Mister, you'd better show us some romance tonight. I expect a good show."

Evia asks, "Wait, Lylia DIED?"

Pylasar looks down, counting his fingers.

Pylasar exclaims, "Not 'grand' yet then!"

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Goldtree says, "She may like her meat a little more lively."

Speaking flatly to Pylasar, Raelee says, "Apparently."

Bbee just tried to flirt with a pretty flower girl!

Evia asks, "This is her WAKE?"

Falvicar quietly says, "I don't think he has that many fingers..."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "It's when Rachel is Raznel."

Xorus wryly says, "She is not Octaven yet."

Speaking to a pretty flower girl, Naamit hisses, "Prude."

Lylia impatiently says, "I have not died."

Speaking quietly to Zosopage, Pukk says, "I am not a hair....although my hair is pretty nice looking..."

Evia says, "Oh."

Speaking confidently to Raelee, Leafiara says, "Probably no one who knows you doubts you'll get there in time."

Pylasar says, "Oh..."

Pylasar says, "We are..."

Evia says, "Thank goodness, I wasn't dressed for that."

Pylasar frowns.

Speaking to a pretty flower girl, Bbee says, "You're too old for me."

Pylasar says, "Doing the mind dance."

Pietra asks, "Who should we join? Mayor or Sir Shiny?"

Pylasar says, "Aren't we."

(Raelee gives Leafiara an odd look for a moment.)

Lylia says, "Neither am I. Why, I hardly have any black gowns."

Cryheart says, "Good question."

Speaking carefully to Leafiara, Raelee says, "... perhaps."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Yes. In the Reach, if you could..."

Pylasar nods.

Pylasar slowly empties his lungs.

Goblyn beams happily at a white-tailed broom hare!

Goblyn exclaims, "Broom hare!"

Pylasar says, "No, not within."

Pietra recites:

"Pukk, who do we join?"

Goblyn exclaims, "Aleid!"

Pylasar exclaims, "Beneath!"

Speaking to a white-tailed broom hare, Ysharra asks, "Not again...?"

Goldtree quietly asks, "On top of?"

The voice of Aleid exclaims, "Goblyn!"

Evia says, "Black is all last century, we try ashens this century."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "Oh, your friend is back."

Pylasar joins Cryheart's group.

Pylasar skips over to Cryheart merrily.

Ruffelin asks, "Beneath?"

Xorus asks, "Beneath the Reach?"

Pylasar exclaims, "To the shadow near the lake my good shiny man!"

Lyrna says, "Black is every century."

Pylasar exclaims, "Make haste!"

Pukk quietly says, "Well we are having a wake for Lylia according to Goblyn..."

Speaking to Ysharra, Goblyn exclaims, "This is the best hare there is, because you will use it as a broom!"

Thrassus asks, "I thought the rift was at the summit?"

Goldtree quietly exclaims, "Here we go!"

Speaking to a white-tailed broom hare, Ysharra says, "My garden's already dead, stop looking at me like that."

Lylia says, "Cryheart, then."

Cryheart recites:

"All form on me"

Pukk recites quietly:

"Everybody join Cryheart!"

Speaking to Cryheart, Evia exclaims, "I like that...My Good Shiny Man!"

Pietra says, "So we're taking the scenic route, then."

Cryheart recites:

"One....."

Cryheart recites:

"Two......"

Maylan recites:

"Three"

Diamondelille says, "Just a walk along the lake."

Cruxophim recites:

"Form on Cryheart!"

Speaking quietly to Lylia, Pukk asks, "I guess we aren't having a wake for you tonight then?"

Xorus whispers something to Goblyn.

Speaking vaguely to Lylia, Goblyn says, "This wake will still maybe be followed."

Cryheart recites:

"Leaving now"

Lylia says, "No, let us hope not."

Evia recites:

"The good shinyman"

[travel]

Speaking sagely to Pukk, Leafiara says, "The death doesn't begin until... soon."

Cryheart says, "Gah...like carrying an oliphant."

Speaking to Pukk, Nazarr says, "No, it'll probably be for me."

Speaking offendedly to Cryheart, Darcena asks, "Excuse me?"

Cryheart winks at Darcena.

Cryheart says, "I meant everyone."

Cryheart says, "Stand back a bit...need to breathe."

Bernadette softly says, "Even the bugs."

Pukk sings:

"Lylia has no wake

but Leafi will give us chocolate cake!"

Speaking to herself, Darcena mutters, "I'm not THAT big."

Speaking to Cryheart, Leafiara suggests, "Get real big spikes on your armor and we'll keep our distance."

[Melgorehn's Reach, Lake Eonak]

You are on the bank of a beautiful mountain lake that is fed by a waterfall gushing from the mountain side. There is a path which seems to actually lead up the side of the mountain. You also see a cedar chip path and a barely visible trail leading into a grove of ancient trees.

Ruffelin says, "Dinnae crowd 'im. Ye ken 'is armor is too tight as it is..."

Cryheart asks, "Lake?"

Lyrna says, "Leafi give up chocolate cake? Seems unlikely."

Speaking ruefully to Pukk, Leafiara says, "I think they might get mad at me if I brought the food cart into someone's memories."

Nairena says, "I haven't recieved chocolate cake... what a hustle."

Speaking amusedly to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Crumbs and all."

Speaking to Leafiara, Darcena says, "That's too bad."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra says, "I think it would be perfect."

Speaking to Nairena, Ruffelin says, "Th' cake is a lie."

Pukk quietly asks, "Lylia's wake has some cake by the lake?"

Pietra exclaims, "All for snacks in the brain, raise your hand!"

Diamondelille says, "Always time fer cake."

Hapenlok steps out of the shifting portal.

The shifting portal shimmers slightly, the haze within its glowing outline growing opaque as it contracts to a pinpoint of blue-grey mist and vanishes.

Hapenlok says, "I hate getting left behind."

Cryheart says, "Pylasar we are by the lake."

Pylasar says, "No no no.."

Lord Pylasar just skipped merrily southwest.

Sir Cryheart's group just went southwest.

[Melgorehn's Reach, The Shadow]

You are in a grassy area which is presently darkened by the shadow of a peculiar mountain jutting from the ground. It is unusual in the fact that no other mountains exist in this area, and you can remember a time when there certainly wasn't one here. You also see a broad path.

Speaking to Cryheart, Ysharra says, "Shiny's useful like that."

Falvicar whispers something to Cruxophim.

Pylasar rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Speaking to Hapenlok, Nairena says, "At least no one's on fire."

Pylasar says, "This might be it..."

Pylasar kneels down.

Pietra says, "Yet."

Pylasar grabs a handful of dirt.

Pylasar stands up.

Maylan says, "Smells like a place."

Speaking dryly to Falvicar, Cruxophim teases, "Not gonna try and kill this one, are you?"

Pylasar hands the dirt to Darcena.

Speaking sadly to Pietra, Darcena says, "Just so."

Cryheart says, "Ok..everyone listen to Pylasar."

Nairena says, "The night is still young."

Pylasar says, "Here, taste this."

Altheren whispers something to Goblyn.

Speaking quietly to Bbee, Goldtree says, "My thanks."

Pylasar asks, "What do you taste?"

Darcena sniffs at Pylasar.

Cryheart asks, "Dirt?"

Xorus whispers something to Lylia.

Darcena exclaims, "I don't EAT everything!"

Darcena exclaims, "I sniff it!"

Lylia whispers something to Xorus.

(Maylan stuffs a fistful of dirt in her mouth.)

Speaking to Darcena, Pietra says, "And lick it."

Maylan splutters.

Speaking to Darcena, Leafiara suggests, "Maybe a small bi--"

A short-haired grey cat asks, "Is this where the eels are going to be killing everyone tonight?"

Leafiara glances at Maylan.

Darcena says, "Well. Sometimes I lick it."

Madmountan says, "He shoulda asked you to sniff it."

Madmountan says, "And lick it."

Pylasar says, "Lick it."

Maylan asks, "I don't taste anything but dirt?"

Pylasar asks, "What does it taste like?"

Juspera says, "This is making me uncomfortable."

Speaking to Pylasar, Darcena says, "It tastes like grit."

Cryheart asks, "Lick the dirt?"

Altheren whispers something to Goblyn.

Pylasar says, "Hmm."

Speaking to Juspera, Pietra says, "Wait until we get into his mind..."

Speaking to Maylan, Xorus says, "You should drink more, it tastes like chocolate."

Diamondelille asks, "Sulphur, metal?"

Darcena adds, "And it smells like fish."

Speaking distantly to Juspera, Naamit comments, "Likely for entirely different reasons than myself."

Speaking suspiciously to Pylasar, Darcena says, "Although that might be your hand."

Speaking to Xorus, Maylan asks, "Have you a beverage?"

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk asks, "I see a flea infested kitten, I think it will be nice in a pie...what do you think?"

Guarrin whispers something to Evia.

Xorus says, "Only venom, I think."

Falvicar whispers something to Cruxophim.

Naamit offers Maylan a clear glass vial of light yellow acid.

Maylan accepts Naamit's clear glass vial.

Speaking to Maylan, Naamit says, "Try that."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra asks, "A kitten in where?"

Pylasar kneels down.

Maylan tries to drink from her clear glass vial without much success.

Xorus says, "It burns going down."

Pylasar crawls around for a little bit, his eyes and nose pressed to the ground, searching.

(Maylan takes a swift swig of her clear glass vial.)

Pylasar exclaims, "AH HA!"

A short-haired grey cat asks, "Why are so many people here tonight?"

Pylasar scoops together some dirt in his hand.

Pylasar stands up.

Speaking to Naamit, Maylan says, "Tastes like burning."

Pylasar offers Goldtree a handful of dirt.

Pylasar says, "Try this."

Goldtree glances at Pylasar.

Leafiara musingly says, "This should be good."

Nairena says, "Give that kitten a bath already."

Goldtree accepts Pylasar's handful of dirt.

Evia says, "Ok PylaBeagle."

Goldtree sniffs at his handful of dirt.

Pylasar asks, "Eat it. What does it taste like?"

Speaking to a short-haired grey cat, Bbee says, "Good question."

Speaking to Maylan, Naamit deadpans, "You wanted something to drink."

Goldtree quietly says, "Oh gods...."

Falvicar quietly says, "....."

Diamondelille says, "We skinnin cats."

Goldtree quietly says, "Here I have arrived."

Goldtree pulls his dark veil aside.

Goldtree takes a bite of his handful of dirt.

Pukk quietly says, "I am just waiting for him to accidentally bump into some rolton dung."

Speaking to Naamit, Maylan agrees, "And it has a good kick. Harrr."

Goldtree quietly says, "It tastes like....dirt."

Pylasar leans forward, waiting like an impatient child.

Pylasar asks, "ARE YOU SURE!?"

Goldtree sniffs at his handful of dirt.

Amerek says, "This is madness."

Darcena exclaims, "Give it here!"

Darcena tries to pull Goldtree towards her.

Goldtree quietly asks, "A nice...fresh...handful of dirt?"

Cryheart says, "If it looks ike dirt, and tastes like dirt."

Hapenlok says, "So....he's making Darcena eat dirt."

Zosopage exclaims, "Looks like dirt smells like dirt, tastes like cotton candy!"

Leafiara speculatively says, "One of these samples is gonna taste like Bleakland dirt or something."

Goldtree pulls his dark veil aside.

Goldtree takes a bite of his handful of dirt.

Hapenlok says, "This is what we've come to, so far."

Goldtree quietly says, "Wait...."

Pylasar glances at Goldtree.

Goldtree quietly says, "A delicate...blend of flavors."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Everybody stand away from Sir Shiny! He will attract the lightning!"

Amerek says, "Eating dirt on a mountain."

Speaking to Pylasar, Raelee says, "... perhaps if you were to specifiy what you are looking for, Pylasar..."

Pylasar exclaims, "YES!"

Falvicar whispers something to Nairena.

Xorus says, "We would have to ask Larsya about that, we put Bleakland dirt in her."

Goldtree quietly says, "It's....subtle."

Pylasar exclaims, "That is the one!"

Speaking to Leafiara, Evia says, "Or unwashed feet with a picquant aftertaste of dung."

Pylasar exclaims, "Right here!"

Altheren darkly says, "Hrm."

Goldtree gobbles down his handful of dirt in one enormous bite.

Pylasar digs his toe into the dirt and begins to gesture wildly.

Goldtree quietly says, "So tender, practically melts on the tongue."

Balley softly asks, "What is here?"

Pylasar says, "Stand back my little friends...."

Cryheart asks, "Ye burying something?"

Speaking disgustedly to Evia, Leafiara admits, "That's a bit gross even for me..."

Pylasar leans to his left slightly.

Pylasar leans to his right slightly.

Pylasar leans to his left slightly.

Goldtree quietly says, "Gods.....I used to be a champion..."

Pukk quietly says, "Oh, he is going to make mud pies."

Pylasar leans to his right slightly.

Lyrna mutters, "I'm not sure knowing what he's looking for would help."

Speaking to Goldtree, Stormyrain mouths, "Used to be."

Xorus says, "Where we are going we do not need roads."

Pylasar pulls his hair left.

Speaking to Lyrna, Hapenlok whispers aloud, "I wonder if he even knows."

Pylasar pulls his hair right.

Evia says, "What the."

Speaking to Pylasar, Darcena exclaims, "Now nod your head very vigorously!"

[TownCrier]-GSIV:Lylia: ""Goldtree gobbles down his handful of dirt in one enormous bite." It's going to be *that* kind of party."

Speaking to Xorus, Thrassus says, "We do not need roads where we are."

Goldtree quietly says, "To be fair...that was good dirt."

Balley softly asks, "Ritual?"

Pukk quietly says, "He is into hair pulling."

Hapenlok says, "Everytime I spend time with him, I want to kill something."

[TownCrier]-You: "Gives new meaning to "Goldtree just bit the dust!""

Firmly planting his feet equidistance apart, Hapenlok glances at Pylasar as he folds his arms across his chest and lifts his head in a defiant manner.

Pylasar digs his toe further into the dirt and some purple mist begins to rise up from the ground.

Pylasar says, "There you are, you sexy purple thang."

Leafiara interestedly says, "Ooh."

Raelee flatly says, "No one with a modicum of talent for teleportation *needs* roads."

Pukk quietly says, "Okay, that mist is new."

Bbee asks, "I don't understand, what is it we are doing here?"

Falvicar quietly says, "That's.... not normal..."

Balley softly says, "Interesting."

Nairena says, "That's neat."

Pylasar says, "Come to big Papa Pylasar."

Cryheart says, "Apparently checking for purple mist."

Speaking to Bbee, Darcena says, "Eating fish-smelling dirt."

Speaking to Falvicar, Puptilian says, "And that is what's normal being around him."

Evia exclaims, "By the gods, he's struck mist!"

Speaking helpfully to Goldtree, Cruxophim offers, "I have something else you can bite too, if you'd like."

A short-haired grey cat asks, "So we're gonna go in this guy's head?"

Speaking to Hapenlok, Lyrna says, "That's not really limited to time spent around Pylasar though, from what I hear."

Diamondelille says, "A purple mist, what could it mean."

The purple mist swirls about and churns and continues to grow.

A short-haired grey cat says, "Guy must have a big head."

Speaking quietly to a gold-flecked grey brushwood wolf, Goldtree exclaims, "Help me dig!"

Speaking to a short-haired grey cat, Leafiara agrees, "Oh, it's something alright."

Finally, the purple mist forms into a thick cloud of purple fog.

Speaking to Lyrna, Hapenlok says, "No, honestly, the most frustrating times I've ever spent was trying to figure this man out."

Pylasar exclaims, "HUZZAH!"

Pale, swirling mist begins to billow out from nothingness before you, and quickly coalesces into a small orb of shifting essence. Suddenly, the orb expands and forms an elliptical portal of swirling blues and blacks, its edges shrouded in dancing blue-white mist.

Speaking warmly to Naamit, Cruxophim greets, "Good to see you on this side of the Spine."

Ysharra says, "I think our ride beckons."

Pietra says, "Technically, we are going into his memories."

Pylasar points at a thick cloud of purple fog.

Speaking to a short-haired grey cat, Bbee says, "I have a bbrain cell, or so my mama said."

Speaking carefully to Naamit, Cruxophim adds, "So to speak."

Speaking to Pylasar, Goblyn wonders, "You could maybe make it a nicer color, yes?"

Pukk quietly says, "A portal."

Cryheart asks, "We all ready?"

Speaking to Lyrna, Hapenlok says, "That's why I'm here tonight. I want to see what made him what he is today."

Pukk quietly says, "That is a neat trick."

Naamit says, "So to speak."

Speaking to Goblyn, Darcena exclaims, "Like emerald green!"

Pylasar frowns at Goblyn.

Nairena says, "Pretty color."

Cryheart asks, "Shall we go?"

Speaking eagerly to Cryheart, Leafiara says, "We have to! To get clues to end Raznel."

Pylasar exclaims, "Onward!"

Lyrna says, "What if that drives us all insane too? I've been there..."

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Goldtree says, "I gotta hand it to you. You sure know how to start a party," as he starts licking the dirt off his fingers."

Speaking to Goldtree, Amerek says, "You have some dirt on your pants."


Back to the Hollows

Cryheart wanders into the thick cloud of purple fog, disappearing.

Dergoatean: "Plinite hollows!"

>go fog

You wander into the cloud of purple fog, blindly moving forward until you find that your surroundings have changed.

[The Plinite Hollows]

The rock walls of the cavern are long and wide, flawed by dozens of jagged circular fissures which house small clusters of blackened plinite. Inset within each rough gemstone-like shard is a faintly glowing purple core that casts a dim lavender hue throughout the area. The very air hums with a strange energy.

[people arrive randomly in different rooms in here, then eventually converge in the center]

[Plinite Hollows, Core]

The cavern is wide and spherical, with large tunnels branching off in multiple directions. Dim lavender light glows faintly from each passageway, and the indistinct crackling of energy can be heard in the distance. You also see a thick cloud of purple fog.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Lord Pylasar, Land Pirate Maylan, Ysharra

Juspera says, "There you are."

Maylan asks, "Where am I?"

Leafiara wistfully says, "Ahh, good memories of destruction in this place."

Maylan petulantly says, "I don't like it."

Speaking to Maylan, Claede says, "Lead on."

Ysharra says, "We're in the Plinite Hollows under town."

Juspera asks, "What is it?"

Speaking to Claede, Maylan whines, "I don't wanna!"

Leafiara explains, "These were the tunnels Dennet Kestrel carved out two years ago."

Speaking to Maylan, Claede exclaims, "Well, someone has to!"

Speaking to Claede, Maylan says, "Let the purple man lead."

[people make their way over and join Pylasar]

Xorus says, "Most amusing."

Ysharra says, "Plinite is a mystical rock that does a lot of things that I don't understand in the slightest."

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Goldtree says, "Now make someone else eat a mothball."

Pylasar waggles his fingers mystically. Ooh...impressive.

Pylasar exclaims, "Mystical!"

Speaking helpfully to Ysharra, Darcena exclaims, "I think you can ask Methais!"

Pylasar sits down.

Pylasar reaches out and touches his purple plinite.

Speaking to Thailmore, Goblyn says, "Maybe it is not good for this minion to do that."

Amerek asks, "Is this where the mist lives?"

Thrassus asks, "Perhaps we can find a long dead corpse impaled on a stalactite if we look hard enough?"

Thailmore says, "Well, at least it'll be quieter."

From behind Xorus, Cruxophim's voice affably inquires, "So, what's the plan?"

Ysharra says, "Magister Raelee understands enough to keep me warned. Sometimes."

Sir Cryheart's group just arrived.

Cryheart says, "Ahah."

Madmountan says, "There he is."

[Plinite Hollows, Core]

The cavern is wide and spherical, with large tunnels branching off in multiple directions. Dim lavender light glows faintly from each passageway, and the indistinct crackling of energy can be heard in the distance. You also see a thick cloud of purple fog.

Also here: Chaoswynd, Puptilian, Dergoatean, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Conquerer of Reim Avalera, Nodyre, Stormyrain, Bernadette, Magister Raelee, Dame Evia, Lyrna, Hapenlok, Zosopage, Conquerer of Reim Falvicar, Bbee, Lady Nairena, Pietra, Great Lord Nazarr, Tsarok, Guarrin, Shinann, Sir Ruffelin, Sir Cryheart, Conquerer of Reim Berkana, Mirdahr, Keeper of Rings Thailmore, Miss Goblyn, Rimo, Lord Chamorr, Pukk, Mayor Lylia, Tikoshi, Mistress Naamit, Percy, Grand Lord Gnaeusprimus, Lord Thrassus, Master Altheren, Amerek, Razanetika, Sofal, Xorus, Darcena, Goldtree, Yakushi, Alasatia, Claede, Juspera, Melikor, Event Planner Leafiara, Lord Pylasar who is sitting, Land Pirate Maylan, Ysharra

Pukk recites quietly:

"Join Lylia!"

[people join Lylia]

Speaking hopefully to Thrassus, Darcena asks, "Perhaps a little fresher?"

Speaking to Thrassus, Ysharra says, "Wrong cavern."

Amerek asks, "Or just where Pylasar goes for a good time?"

The voice of Cruxophim affably speculates, "I presume that churning thing has something to do with it."

Juspera asks, "When was all this built?"

Speaking to Dergoatean, Hapenlok says, "I'd say both tenses are technically correct."

Bernadette softly says, "Me scarab movin about."

Cryheart asks, "Shall we join ye mayor?"

Juspera says, "You sound proud."

Lylia wearily says, "By all means."

Pukk quietly says, "Maybe you are right, your spider might fight the scarab in a death match."

Dergoatean says, "The original version of this is below the Outpost, if I recall correctly."

Speaking quietly to himself, Goldtree says, "Gotta wash that down..."

Tipping his head back, Goldtree sloshes some of the contents of his copper flask into his mouth.

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Pukk says, "I still got the touch."

Lylia says, "Perhaps if we all gather around one axis, the wheel will begin to turn, and we shall move somewhere meaningful."

Dergoatean says, "And is the reason for Dennet's interest in our little frontier town, in the first place."

Speaking fondly to Pukk, Leafiara agrees, "Always."

Cryheart recites:

"All form on Lylia"

Speaking to Dergoatean, Hapenlok says, "It caved in when Dennet died."

Speaking to Lylia, Darcena says, "That sounds terribly boring."

Pylasar exclaims, "Now then!"

Pylasar takes a pair of burnt leather sandals off his head.

Pylasar put a pair of burnt leather sandals in his gold-laced neckpouch.

Speaking quietly to Stormyrain, Goldtree says, "Thanks, Cap."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Dergoatean says, "And Naimorai drifted through time, on her way to becoming Rachel."

Pylasar stretches his legs out, feet touching the dirt.

Speaking to Goldtree, Stormyrain offers, "I hear lemon is good for..cleansing the organs."

Pylasar asks, "Who is doing what?"

Ruffelin asks, "Eh?"

Speaking quietly to Stormyrain, Goldtree says, "I'll need a stay at the bath house for sure..."

Balley softly says, "I am watching."

Cryheart says, "Good question."

Pukk quietly asks, "You like running your toes in the dirt too eh?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Ruffelin says, "We thought ye ken wha' ta do."

Dergoatean says, "Last time we were in here, we visited a number of prominent historical events, and during the battles, we fought alongside the original combatants."

Dergoatean says, "Be prepared."

Maylan says, "Aye but they were boring bits. Show us the good bits tonight."

Speaking wistfully to Dergoatean, Leafiara says, "The Undead War, Kezmon Isle... even saw a Drake..."

Maylan says, "I want to see some kissing."

Maylan says, "And some hugging."

Darcena says, "I'm almost out, so I am not well prepared."

Maylan says, "And all the juicy romance."

Speaking in Faendryl, Dergoatean says something you don't understand.

(Xorus rolls his head on his shoulders feeling his surroundings.)

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Goldtree says, "If Thrayzar was a good run through, Xorus needs to do some magic, and we need to help you focus....well it's not a great plan."

Pylasar says, "I must warn you..."

Speaking to Maylan, Claede says, "I'm sure Pylasar can provide."

Speaking coyly to Maylan, Darcena says, "Don't tempt me."

Bbee offers Pylasar a silvery blue potion.

Pylasar exclaims, "I do not think we will learn much!"

Pylasar accepts Bbee's silvery blue potion.

Pylasar peers quizzically at Bbee.

Speaking to Claede, Maylan exclaims, "He'd better!"

Speaking to Leafiara, Dergoatean says, "I nearly managed to summon a demon while the battle of Mylshaeve unfolded. Only seemed proper."

From behind Pylasar, Cruxophim's voice helpfully suggests, "Drink it."

Bbee says, "Drink up."

Lyrna says, "Then hopefully the magic doesn't backlash on us."

Pylasar takes a sip from his silvery blue potion and seems to become oddly buoyant.

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk says, "Speaking of Drakes, you should join us at the Drakes Vanguard and become a hooligan."

Pylasar floats upward.

Xorus says, "It is like balancing on one foot while juggling in a rip tide of the flows of essence."

Pylasar says, "Whoa...."

Speaking to Raelee, Goblyn says, "You are...--"

Cryheart says, "A whole other trip."

Pylasar bumps into the ceiling of the cavern.

Goldtree quietly says, "I'll have what he's having."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "He can float!"

Pylasar says, "....weird..."

Speaking to Goblyn, Raelee says, "You see my reasoning."

Pietra says, "He's amazing."

Ruffelin asks, "Um, do ye do tha' often?"

Chamorr heartily says, "They all float down here."

Speaking to Pylasar, Thrassus says, "Don't set any of that plinite off."

Speaking to Leafiara, Maylan asks, "Still have that rope handy?"

Speaking smoothly to Maylan, Leafiara says, "I always have rope handy."

Pylasar pushes off the ceiling of the cavern and spins slowly through the air. He giggles, "Wheeeeeee!"

Darcena yells, "You should probably stay on the dirt."

Xorus put an elementally churning core in his xenium-threaded backpack.

Speaking wryly to Leafiara, Cruxophim teases, "I bet."

Speaking to Leafiaa, Maylan says, "You may want to secure the purple man before he floats too far."

Goldtree tries to pull Pylasar towards him.

Evia exclaims, "Wheeee!"

Leafiara grabs a coil of thick rope from a small pocket inside of her red silk cape.

Leafiara offers Maylan a coil of thick rope.

Speaking quietly to Thrassus, Pukk says, "What did you say, we should cast spells at the plinite to set it off? Okay."

Maylan accepts Leafiara's thick rope.

Naamit offers, "Shall I draw my whip and pull him back down?"

Xorus removes a dark leather book from in his xenium-threaded backpack.

Bbee exclaims, "Wish it did that to me!"

Xorus removes some waxy translucent chalk from in his xenium-threaded backpack.

Speaking to Maylan, Leafiara admits, "I kinda enjoy watching this, though..."

Nairena says, "That looks like fun."

Xorus uses his translucent chalk to outline a large circle upon the ground.

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Goldtree says, "Back to us, mage. Focus."

Xorus studies a page of his leather book for a long moment before drawing four runes around the edges of a summoning circle and a solitary rune at its center with some waxy translucent chalk.

Pylasar flips slowly through the air, head over heels.

Pylasar exclaims, "Wheeeee!"

Xorus put a dark leather book in his xenium-threaded backpack.

Xorus put some waxy translucent chalk in his xenium-threaded backpack.

(Maylan swings the thick rope in a wide, circular arc.)

Xorus removes an elementally churning core from in his xenium-threaded backpack.

Speaking to Lyrna, Hapenlok says, "And this is why I want to kill him half the time."

Cryheart says, "Come down to Elanith."

Speaking soberly to Xorus, Leafiara says, "We're counting on you to get this under control. ...eventually."

Speaking to Pylasar, Pietra exclaims, "Swim!"

(Evia grabs a little Pylasar piggie and spins him in place.)

Evia exclaims, "Wheeee!"

(Raelee makes a gesture towards the ceiling of the cavern, then halts herself.)

Goldtree quietly says, "Side effects of purple fog use - floating."

Speaking to Leafiara, Xorus asks, "What use is life if it is not lived dangerously?"

Lyrna dryly says, "Don't worry, he'll be doing a show every Feastday..."

Goldtree quietly says, "Forgetfulness."

Speaking cheerfully to Xorus, Leafiara says, "See, that's why I like you. I completely agree."

Chamorr heartily says, "Wheee."

Pylasar looks down at Cryheart as he floats by. "You're going bald good sir. Shinier than your plate!"

Chamorr flaps his arms wildly.

Speaking to Chamorr, Nairena says, "Better duck some, big guy."

Pukk quietly says, "Yep."

(Maylan releases the thick rope, but only manages to lasso her own head.)

Speaking tensely to Xorus, Raelee says, "Perhaps an anchoring element can be added to the arrays."

Falvicar grins at Pylasar.

Aleid asks, "His pate is shiner than his plate?"

Pukk quietly says, "Another reason to call him Sir Shiny."

Speaking to Cryheart, Evia exclaims, "Bald I say, my good Shiny Pate!"

Pylasar floats slowly over Cryheart, using the top of his shiny head to peer at his own reflection and pick dirt out of his teeth.

Cryheart says, "But I still hae my senses."

Diamondelille asks, "Ye ok Pylasar? Havin fun?"

Maylan offers Leafiara a coil of thick rope.

Speaking quietly to Thrassus, Pukk says, "What did you say, we should cast spells at the plinite to set it off? Okay."

Speaking to Pylasar, Naamit says, "Seems you might need to be reined in, friend..."

Dergoatean says, "There are pylons in each direction, for what it's worth. They all appear to be ruined now, but given we're inside someone's mind, who knows what will become of them tonight."

Darcena asks, "With all this fog swirling about, do you think it will rain?"

Leafiara accepts Maylan's thick rope.

Speaking to Leafiara, Maylan says, "I failed."

Speaking to Maylan, Leafiara praises, "Was a good effort!"

Naamit swings her white ora whip at Pylasar, causing the heavy barbed chain to clank in the air.

Pylasar slowly drifts to the ground and sits once more.

Pylasar sits down.

Speaking to Raelee, Xorus says, "The runes of this summoning circle are the time frozen Tear of Koar in the Bleaklands. It is what I used last time with Thrayzar."

Speaking sagely to Maylan, Leafiara says, "Maybe Pylasar's mind is a genius none can contain."

Cryheart asks, "Want to check the future as well?"

Pylasar says, "...that was fun."

Balley softly says, "Looked like it."

Goldtree offers Pylasar a rounded copper flask.

Pylasar accepts Goldtree's copper flask.

Speaking to Pylasar, Naamit hums, "Good boy."

Ruffelin asks, "Should we anchor 'im down?"

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Goldtree says, "It'll help with the dirt...after taste."

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Falvicar says, "Hope ye washed your hands..."

Pietra whispers something to Chaoswynd.

Speaking to Pylasar, Thrassus says, "What comes next will likely not be."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "... he had more respect for gravity."

Cryheart asks, "Someone got a rope and a big boulder?"

Nairena says, "Bad idea eating that dirt."

Xorus glances at Pylasar.

Speaking to Bbee, Zosopage says, "Do NOT give him any more of that potion."

Speaking to Cryheart, Maylan says, "Miss Leafi has a rope."

Pylasar offers Goldtree a rounded copper flask.

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee adds, "In all senses of the term."

Pylasar smacks his lips.

Goldtree accepts Pylasar's copper flask.

Bbee says, "Oh okay."

Goldtree nods at Pylasar.

Xorus says, "... perhaps, rope.."

Pylasar says, "Now then."

Speaking to Cryheart, Maylan says, "And you are boulder enough."

Pylasar asks, "Who is making a circle?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Do you have your memory anchors selected? Nevermind the physical ones we'll makeshift."

Razanetika softly says, "Leafiara has rope."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Darcena says, "You're making me hungry."

Leafiara musingly says, "You know, there's always a lot of rope available for free just outside the general store. It seems everyone wants some lately."

Pylasar asks, "Or...does yours look like a square?"

Bbee says, "I gotta figure out how to make that happen for me."

Pylasar peers quizzically at Raelee.

Razanetika softly says, "She has everything..."

Pylasar says, "Get it...get it..."

Xorus glances at a summoning circle.

Speaking to Pylasar, Thrassus says, "Xorus already made one."

Pylasar exclaims, "Oh there it is!"

Pylasar points at a summoning circle.

Speaking to Pylasar, Raelee says, "No. Do explain."

Pylasar stands up.

Pylasar says, "Oh, you're so reserved, when you draw circles they are squares."

Pylasar exclaims, "Come on, keep up!"

Pylasar tickles Raelee.

Pylasar stands in front of a summoning circle.

Xorus removes some waxy translucent chalk from in his xenium-threaded backpack.

(Raelee gives Pylasar a challenging look.)

(Hapenlok gives a slight smirk, and rolls his eyes.)

Goldtree quietly says, "At least he didn't forget his wit."

(Xorus begins drawing a wide array with glyphs further out from the summoning circle for the crowd.)

Pukk quietly says, "Happy smiles..almost...that was...scary...almost."

Pylasar steps into the circle and suddenly freezes, his eyes going wide and he grabs at his neck!

Lyrna asks, "That's what that was supposed to be?"

Evia says, "Eek."

Pylasar exclaims, "...JUST KIDDING!"

Pylasar winks.

Pylasar sits down.

Bernadette softly says, "Oh ye had me goin."

Speaking to Raelee, Puptilian says, "Burn him..."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ruffelin says, "Ye had us goin' there."

Speaking to Goblyn, Raelee asks, "Perhaps you have something for him?"

Pukk whispers something to Pylasar.

Lyrna mutters, "Sedative?"

Speaking amusedly to Pylasar, Xorus says, "Were your eyes always black and gold? I wonder. Before I risk breaking you."

Ysharra says, "I could summon a vine, but I don't think he'd find that sort of binding pleasant."

>look py

You see Lord Pylasar the Regional Envoy of Wehnimer's Landing.

He appears to be a Human.

He is tall. He appears to be senescent. He has black-speckled golden eyes and tan skin. He has singed, pale white hair that sticks out haphazardly in all directions from his head. He has a slim face, a pointed nose and a long white goatee plaited with golden beads.

He is in good shape.

He is wearing a purple tri-cornered hat, a billowly black mantle embroidered with faint golden sigils, a shard of glowing purple plinite dangling from a thin mithril chain, a wide black wand belt clasped with a tiny golden hawk, a polished purple-stringed harp, a gold-inlaid black staff harness, a gold-trimmed black cloth satchel, a supple black leather alchemy bag, a small purple sack, a polished purple flower pin, a pair of simple gilt-hued rings, a leather-strapped potion case, a small gold-laced neckpouch, and a pair of black pants.

Puptilian asks, "Don't we need him awake so that he can focus his thoughts?"

Speaking to Ysharra, Juspera says, "What kind of binding do you think he would find... oh, never mind."

Leafiara says, "Guess it's better golden eyes than eyes like the dawn."

Ysharra says, "Seeing as they're covered in thorns and poison."

Bernadette softly says, "Aye it wouls seem so."

Pylasar asks, "I think so?"

Speaking to Puptilian, Hapenlok asks, "My personal opinion?"

Pylasar says, "You know I don't remember."

Lyrna says, "As long as the sedative didn't knock him out..."

Xorus says, "Who knows? We may find out."

Speaking to Puptilian, Hapenlok says, "...I think it's going to be hard when he's awake."

Pylasar says, "Now then..."

Speaking to Falvicar, Nairena says, "True."

Pylasar traces the lines of the circle with his fingers as he sits within it.

Leafiara says, "Casiphia could get sedatives, but maybe we won't need them."

Pylasar asks, "Does it just...happen?"

Pylasar asks, "Do I need to like, chant or something?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "Rub your belly and pat your head."

Pylasar says, "Ooga ooga ooga...booga booga booga..."

Hapenlok whispers something to Leafiara.

Pylasar rubs his head and pats his belly.

Pylasar says, "Oh wait..."

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Pukk says, "You need to do a double take three times first...."

Dergoatean says, "Wow. At the same time."

Pylasar rubs his belly and pats Maylan's head.

Xorus says, "Infusing some energy from plinite will provoke some instability in the Reach."

Speaking offhandedly to Pylasar, Naamit offers, "Try humming a death march."

Speaking to Pylasar, Lylia says, "Thrayzar concentrated on certain points in his life. Perhaps you could do the same."

Cryheart asks, "Something like...Om???"

Evia says, "We're going to view reflections in a golden eye...eeeee."

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok mouths, "I think that'll work."

Speaking slowly to Xorus, Cruxophim answers, "Near as I can tell, aye."

Speaking heartily to Pylasar, Chamorr says, "And ya chant, makeaho makeaheiniewho."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika asks, "I like him... can we keep him?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok mouths, "You punch him first."

Cryheart says, "Perhaps just say purple...over and over."

Speaking to Lyrna, Leafiara explains, "Sometimes, people don't believe me when I rate things a one or two out of ten, on the scale of Landing oddities. Then, hopefully, they come see a night like this."

Pylasar tightens his hand around a shard of glowing purple plinite that dangles from a chain around his neck.

Pylasar says, "Maybe this will...."

Speaking to Leafiaa, Goblyn asks, "You do not make them all this 'ten'?"

Speaking amusedly to Goblyn, Leafiara says, "Not all of them. Not nearly."

Cruxophim lifts his jawbone dagger toward the sky. With a single, sharp word, a loud *POP!* ensues, and a white-tailed silvery grey goat appears on the ground.

Xorus says, "The temporal rifts naturally synchronize on the time streams of those centered in them. The world in a sense will become what was in your mind in the past."

Speaking helpfully to a white-tailed silvery grey goat, Cruxophim offers, "Just in case."

Speaking amusedly to Leafiara, Goblyn admits, "I do think this living people in the Landing of Wehnimer's, and this place... is very strange."

Speaking to Leafiara, Nairena says, "He's having fun while he works. I need to be less serious when I work..."

Pylasar closes his eyes and squints, trying to concentrate. You hear a faint sound from beneath Pylasar. He opens his eyes, blushing.

Pylasar says, "Wasn't me...."

Pylasar whistles tunelessly to himself.

Speaking confidentially to Goblyn, Leafiara whispers aloud, "Best part about it."


Chance Encounter

Pylasar closes his eyes again, focusing.

Cruxophim carefully ventures, "What? You can't have a proper ritual without a sacrificial goat, everyone knows that."

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Pukk exclaims, "Nice!"

Goldtree quietly says, "Dirt clod down there."

Cruxophim carefully ventures, "What? You can't have a proper ritual without a sacrificial goat, everyone knows that."

Diamondelille says, "Pardon ye."

Pylasar says, "Raelee Haelee Baelee Slaylee Faaaylee...."

Chamorr heartily asks, "Is that the docks?"

Pylasar goes quiet.

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra asks, "What?"

Speaking helpfully to Pylasar, Cruxophim mouths, "Melee."

Nairena asks, "Should we be prepared for a fight?"

Xorus says, "The interesting question is difficult fixed points in time.. blocked memories in the... akhashic records, if you will."

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Pukk asks, "Need to go back and change your pants?"

Speaking wryly to Nairena, Cruxophim warns, "Probably."

Speaking to Nairena, Leafiara agrees, "Always."

Speaking hoarsely to Nairena, Kipara says, "If this shall be anything like the last time, a fight is due."

Speaking wonderingly to Lylia, Ysharra muses, "She is, isn't she...?"

Cryheart whispers something to Lauranathalasa.

Speaking slowly to Pylasar, Raelee says, "... for what it is worth, your eyes have been that color for as long as I have known you. Though, given your temporal adventures it is something worth contemplating now."

Sofal says, "Remember if something is fleeing in terror let's not kill it this time."

Pukk whispers something to Goblyn.

The dim lavender light along each passageway begins to brighten.

Thrassus says, "Here goes."

Xorus says, "Reminds me of the Talon, such purple lights."

The crackling energy infusing the chamber grows higher in its pitch.

Pukk whispers something to Goblyn.

Cruxophim approvingly observes, "This, I can work with."

Speaking to herself, Maylan says, "I don't see no kissin yet."

Speaking to Leafiara, Bbee asks, "You think the dirge I am playing is helping or hindering?"

Speaking to Maylan, Leafiara suggests, "Goat's right there."

The very earthen walls begin to shimmer, turning dark to pale, glimmering as blurred images dance to life, fluttering about without yet taking true shape.

Zosopage says, "Now we're getting somewhere."

Hapenlok says, "Here it goes."

Speaking to Leafiara, Maylan says, "Kith."

(Xorus waves his hand over his elemental churning core and slowly chants in a guttural eldritch tongue.)

Falvicar quietly says, "Hmmm."

Pukk whispers something to Goblyn.

Speaking to Cruxophim, Dergoatean says, "And this place was so tidy..."

Invoking the Shadows, Cruxophim paints a tenebrous eight-pointed cruciform around the edges of a tenebrous eight-pointed cruciform of effluvium suspended mid-air with the thick blood that seeps out of the tip of Cruxophim's dagger's blade. The blood hangs in the air for a split second before it is sucked into the cruciform, which glows brightly.

Cruxophim helpfully observes, "There. Better now."

Pylasar snorts, pressing spectacles up higher on his nose. He clutches something tight in his grip, pulling it to his chest. He blushes. "Sorry ma'am, I didn't mean to bump into you."

Pylasar mutters under his breath "butiamsuregladIdid."

Xorus distantly says, "The flows are powerful here, they might go wild."

Maylan exclaims, "That's the stuff!"

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Handsome woman."

Speaking to Maylan, Dergoatean says, "Right out of the gate."

Speaking flatly to Xorus, Hapenlok says, "What else is new."

A woman's voice says, "It is indeed alright. What is your name?"

Speaking to Maylan, Dergoatean says, "Just... control your hands, please."

Speaking wryly to Maylan, Cruxophim whispers aloud, "You might see spooning yet... and possibly forking, if we're lucky. Or unlucky I suppose, depending on how you look at it."

Pylasar snorts!

Lylia quietly says, "Clearly an important memory for him."

Pylasar looks down.

Speaking fondly to Maylan, Cruxophim purrs, "Maybe even some knifing."

Pylasar says, "Peter. My friends, well, friend calls me Peter."

Pylasar says, "I mean, I call myself Peter too."

Lylia hisses, "If some people are not silent, we may also see knifing."

Xorus nods slowly.

Pylasar says, "So two people call me Peter."

Pukk quietly says, "Peter...."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Maylan asks, "Is that what the youth call it these days?"

Goldtree quietly says, "Pe.Ter."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Ask her name."

The woman chuckles slightly, "My name is Rachel."

Nairena says, "Or Pet er."

Xorus distantly says, "This is nearly six hundred years ago."

Pylasar says, "Ra...hi. Hi Rachel."

Speaking to Ysharra, Dergoatean says, "I don't think we get to change how it happened."

Stormyrain murmurs, "We've seen this before."

Suddenly there are the sound of marching footsteps approaching, like armored soldiers.

Speaking to Stormyrain, Maylan says, "Let's not skip past the goodie bits."

Rachel says, "Quickly Peter, come with me."

Leafiara quietly says, "But we're about to go further... one hopes."

Ysharra says, "Black hair. Blue eyes."

Speaking to Pylasar, Madmountan says, "Don't drop your book."

Pylasar lurches forward, as if following someone. He catches the book in his hand before it falls.

Madmountan exclaims, "I changed time!"

Hapenlok mutters, "Idiot."

Pylasar stands up.

Kipara hoarsely says, "Congratulations."

Speaking to Madmountan, Ysharra says, "Perhaps now there's a new rift where the book is always, always falling..."

Pylasar presses his back up against the wall and pinches his nose, holding his breath.

Bbee asks, "Changed time?"

Ruffelin says, "A moment may hae changed, but mere moments dinnae change the course o' time."

Speaking to Bbee, Madmountan says, "He dropped his book the first time."

Xorus put some waxy translucent chalk in his xenium-threaded backpack.

The walls of the cavern shimmer and the view of soldiers can be seen rushing by, garbed in Chastonian tabards.

Speaking to Hapenlok, Altheren says, "Manners."

Pylasar hiccups!

Ysharra says, "Mmhm."

Xorus distantly says, "Golden chalice on a field of green."

Madmountan asks, "Oooh, Chastonians?"

Speaking calmly to Madmountan, Cruxophim teases, "Not to be a joykill, but I think we're just observing memory... it seems to be one-way. We are but observers in this psycho-surgical theater."

Suddenly the walls churn, like rippling of water. A Chastonian soldier turns, as if looking right at you.

Bbee asks, "What's a Chastonian?"

Pukk whispers something to Leafiara.

Speaking flatly to Bbee, Raelee says, "I am."

Maylan exclaims, "Don't look at me, mister!"

Speaking carefully to Madmountan, Cruxophim adds, "But, that doesn't mean they won't try and kill us."

Speaking to herself, Naamit muses, "Not a bad looking fellow."

Pietra whispers something to Bbee.

Speaking to Bbee, Puptilian says, "People from a part of the Empire."

Bbee says, "Oh."

Madmountan whispers something to Cruxophim.

Thailmore says, "Maybe....I should've brought some of that Everblood coating we made....."

Cruxophim dryly deadpans, "Looks like it's time for the ol' Reach-around."

Bbee says, "I never been there."

The voice of Maylan says, "I don't want to fight ghosts again."

Pylasar gulps.

Lylia quietly says, "I do."

Speaking quietly to Thailmore, Pukk says, "You said blood, that got Goblyn's attention now."

Leafiara remarks, "I do. Not sure this will be a fight, though..."

Thailmore says, "I think I've still got some stashed in my lab."

Bbee exclaims, "Bbring on the ghosts!"

The walls ripple like water.

Speaking to Thailmore, Naamit asks, "Blood, or ghosts?"

The voice of Maylan says, "Maybe they will be friendly ghosts this time."

Speaking to Bbee, Nairena says, "No ghosts."

A Taladorian soldier ambles in.

Ysharra says, "The barony is home to the Swale. And a college of the Hall, as I recall."

Lyrna says, "Friendly or not, doesn't seem to stop folks from killing them."

Goblyn gently says, "Do not be afraid of ghosts, maybe, Maylan."

A muscular Chastonian soldier ambles in.

Thailmore says, "That stuff we made to use on those guys that wouldn't die."

Ysharra says, "Sorry, earldom."

Chamorr heartily says, "I ain't afraid a no ghost."

Leafiara says, "Holding for now..."

Madmountan says, "I'll behave a little."

The voice of Maylan asks, "Are you sure?"

Neopuron shows a muscular Chastonian soldier his etched militia badge.

Diamondelille asks, "Ere these ghosts?"

A muscular Chastonian soldier heads west.

Cryheart says, "Showing some restraint myself."

A muscular Chastonian soldier just arrived.

Pukk whispers something to Cruxophim.

Speaking to Diamondelille, Lylia says, "Something like that..."

Leafiara says, "There's some... minor chance they were just there to talk with Pylasar."

A muscular Chastonian soldier heads west.

Speaking to Neopuron, Nairena says, "That really worked."

Goblyn says, "I am sure of what I did say, yes, Maylan."

Cruxophim yells, "Hail, and well-met!"

Thrassus says, "Well, at least these are better behaved."

Dergoatean says, "Amblers..."

Guarrin whispers something to Ruffelin.

Madmountan says, "I'm frankly shocked nobody attacked it."

Dergoatean says, "Me too."

Naamit simply says, "That can be rectified."

Speaking to Madmountan, Pietra says, "No kidding."

Lylia says, "There is no need to attack him."

Speaking concernedly to Madmountan, Cruxophim wonders, "Did your sword get stuck in its sheath?"

Pukk quietly asks, "Is Roblar here?"

Speaking to Madmountan, Dergoatean says, "Took about a half second to slaughter Thrayzar's whole thought village."

A muscular Chastonian soldier strides in, brandishing her weapon menacingly!

Speaking to Leafiara, Bbee asks, "Leafie, do I need your spells?"

Pukk quietly says, "That is why, he would have attacked it."

Ysharra says, "There is a difference between Chastonian troops and the Blameless, and I suspect with these lot it's even more different."

Speaking to Bbee, Leafiara admits, "Maybe. But maybe not yet, either."

Lylia says, "Yes. There is no need."

[Dergoatean goes after one of the soldiers and then returns]

Dergoatean says, "Soldier attacked me."

A muscular Chastonian soldier swings a broadsword at Chaoswynd!

AS: +210 vs DS: +503 with AvD: +37 + d100 roll: +7 = -249

A clean miss.

Bbee says, "One can never bbe too prepared."

Dergoatean says, "I was just trying to be helpful."

[combat]

Maylan says, "HEY."

Nairena exclaims, "What!"

Darksin softly says, "Here we go."

Speaking to a muscular Chastonian soldier, Ysharra says, "There's no need for this."

Maylan says, "Hey hey hey hey hey hey hey."

Thrassus says, "These manifestations are surprisingly normal."

[combat]

Maylan says, "Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa."

Maylan says, "Whoa now."

[combat]

Lylia reminds, "Visions."

Pukk whispers something to Leafiara.

Speaking to herself, Maylan says, "I don't wanna I don't wanna."

[combat]

Speaking helpfully to Bbee, Goblyn notes, "You will be safer dead, I do think."

Leafiara musingly says, "Well, so much for peace."

Xorus distantly says, "She has your Enchiridion Valentia, abridged of the 4407 edition. Most illegal."

Lylia repeats, "Visions. Defend yourselves, but do not be hasty to strike. We cannot learn anything from acting too quickly. Clearly, they are spoiling for a fight at this time."

Dergoatean says, "And also these ones aren't especially scary. Yet."

Pukk recites quietly:

"Kill the imps!"

[extended combat]

Speaking to Bbee, Leafiara suggests, "Might not want to go off in a rage next time..."

[combat]

The ghostly voice of Bbee says, "Bbut I had fun."

Nodyre looks determined and focused.

Nodyre spins about looking mighty stirred up!

[several dozen more times]

Pylasar whistles tunelessly to himself.

Speaking uncertainly to Nodyre, Leafiara asks, "You alright there?"

Xorus distantly says, "Most amusing. They were all dead half a millennium ago."

A yellow-white maggot crawls along the wall.

[combat with the maggot]

Juspera says, "That was gross."

Xorus distantly says, "Curious."

Pietra says, "Hopefully it was okay to kill the maggot..."

Pietra says, "Unless it was a beloved maggot, I'm sure it's fine."

Lyrna says, "Hard to imagine it wasn't."

Cryheart says, "We will never know."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee asks, "Are we moving roughly linearly?"

Nazarr says, "I couldn't see anything of the fight. Just a blur."

Ysharra says, "Same, Nazarr."

Speaking distantly to Raelee, Xorus says, "That felt out of joint."

A second yellow-white maggot crawls along a wall, moving along the rippling surface. It slowly detaches from the wall and drops to the ground with a slimy thud.

[combat]

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "Indeed. I would not have expected these tactics from her so early."

The ghostly voice of Bbee exclaims, "Maggots! Gahhh!"

Lyrna says, "Not a normal maggot."

Juspera says, "Are these maggots coming from his memories, or are they..."

Juspera asks, "Just... being sent by the witch?"

Speaking amusedly to Lyrna, Cruxophim deadpans, "You think?"

Speaking to Bbee, Nairena says, "We wont let them eat your corpse."

Falvicar quietly says, "Damn bugs."

Juspera asks, "In the present?"

Speaking to Juspera, Ysharra says, "Something else."

Speaking to Bbee, Maylan says, "Don't worry, they probably just want to consume your dead flesh. But you are already dead so you won't feel it."

Pylasar winces.

Speaking to Juspera, Hapenlok says, "Hard to tell."

Lyrna says, "Not when I can avoid it."

Speaking to Juspera, Ysharra says, "I was just wondering that."

Balley softly says, "Are you ok Pylasar."

Speaking to Bbee, Evia says, "It's ok, we all float down here."

Juspera asks, "How do we tell?"

Speaking to Balley, Hapenlok says, "I don't think he was ever okay."

The ghostly voice of Bbee exclaims, "Yes, bbut all my flesh is dead, duh!"

Lyrna says, "I think though, the tentacles are what did it for me."

Maylan recites:

"Form on Lylia"

Speaking to Bbee, Nairena says, "Maggots feast on dead bodies."

Speaking to Juspera, Ysharra says, "Hardly the right setting for me to dissect them."

Speaking heartily to Bbee, Chamorr says, "Go into the dead lights."

Zolis deeply says, "Tis the natural order of things."

Juspera asks, "Yeah what do memories even look like when dissected?"


The Brass Tower

Pylasar steps forward, running his hand along the rippling liquid of the wall.

Speaking to Juspera, Lylia says, "We are seeing that, perhaps."

Speaking musingly to Juspera, Leafiara says, "Well, we're finding out."

The ghostly voice of Bbee exclaims, "A maggot crawled up my nose!"

Speaking to Juspera, Ysharra says, "I think we'll find out, at least rudimentarily."

Goldtree quietly warns, "Don't..."

The whites of Xorus's eyes go dark as he chants forcefully in an archaic tongue.

Speaking quietly to Bbee, Pukk exclaims, "Lucky!"

Cryheart says, "So Pylasar has maggots on the mind."

Juspera says, "Well. Okay. What do... never mind."

Speaking helpfully to Bbee, Cruxophim grunts, "Got it."

Grishom says, "I will accept the terms and wear them. I hide nothing, but I am here to aid."

Goldtree quietly says, "Or they represent the Witch's trap..."

Nairena says, "That can't be good."

Cryheart says, "Stone."

Raelee says, "... fascinating."

Goldtree quietly says, "Blasted Stone...."

Pylasar says, "Do not worry. They will contain him."

Dergoatean asks, "Anyone know when this is?"

Kembal says, "That's from the tower."

Pylasar says, "He won't be able to use magic or escape the tower."

Chamorr heartily says, "Kill that SOB."

Kembal says, "I remember that very well."

Grishom smiles.

Xorus distantly says, "5114."

Dergoatean asks, "The brass tower, then?"

Puptilian says, "Yes Goat."

Lylia softly says, "Yes."

Speaking to Ysharra, Raelee says, "... that would have been the case, had Pylasar listened."

Goldtree quietly says, "Stone...."

Pylasar leans over, fidgeting with something in his hands. His sticks his tongue out slightly as he tinkers away, chanting and casting.

Dergoatean says, "A few months before Stone entered my own mind."

Speaking seriously to herself, Berkana says, "My brass tower..."

Dergoatean asks, "Did.. we know Pylasar then?"

Pylasar says, "There we go."

Pylasar says, "Brass for an ass."

Speaking heartily to Berkana, Chamorr says, "My brass tower."

Pylasar says, "He won't be leaving."

The ghostly voice of Bbee exclaims, "Draw and quarter me and hang my head upon a gate to scare all that would bberserk in such conditions!"

Xorus distantly says, "That is what you think."

Grishom says, "Now then, with this out of the way, shall we discuss how I can aid in restoring Walkar?"

Goblyn whispers something to Bbee.

Berkana asks, "Why would we want that?"

Puptilian says, "And that is how we attacked the woods."

Kembal says, "Yep."

Nairena says, "That's a name I havent heard in awhile."

Speaking to Puptilian, Dergoatean says, "That, and a few animated trolls."

Pylasar walks around the cavern now, stepping beyond the circle-square. He touches the rippling walls and they respond as he does.

Kembal says, "Still the biggest alchemy project I've ever done."

Hapenlok bitterly says, "Yes, I killed thousands of woodland creatures for that insanity."


Good Gracie

Pylasar crouches down, smiling big and bright. He looks on at someone. "Very very good. You made it so well! It looks beautiful Gracie."

Gracie's voice drips with pureness, "Thanks Daddy!"

Maylan confusedly asks, "Who is Gracie?"

Leafiara says, "Ah... that's who 'Gracie' was..."

Nairena says, "Awww."

Balley softly asks, "Gracie?"

Cryheart asks, "His daughter?"

Pylasar smiles.

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "...Gracie?"

Zolis deeply says, "The plot thickens."

Stormyrain breathes, "Oh."

Kembal says, "I have so many questions."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee asks, "... what year are we in now?"

Bernadette softly asks, "His daughter?"

Pylasar says, "Go show your mother. She will love it."

Xorus distantly says, "Is that..."

Hapenlok groans, "Oh, no."

Thrassus says, "Oh, dear."

Lyrna quietly asks, "Dare I ask?"

The ghostly voice of Bbee says, "You all look so much taller tonight."

Roblar deeply asks, "Tings to fite?"

Speaking to Lyrna, Leafiara says, "He'd mentioned Gracie before, but I don't think we knew who she was... seems to be his daughter."

Cryheart says, "Ever so often."

Speaking to Bbee, Juspera says, "Thank you, it's been a while since someone called me tall."

Razanetika softly asks, "If Pylasar has a daughter named Gracie, who's the mother?"

Speaking to Roblar, Maylan says, "You can stand right in front of me, mister."

Speaking to Bbee, Nairena says, "You got shorter."

Speaking to Razanetika, Dergoatean says, "I could take a guess."

Speaking to Razanetika, Hapenlok says, "I have a feeling...."

Pylasar touches the wall, almost slapping at it now, and it ripples and splashes like water.

Xorus winces.

Speaking to Razanetika, Leafiara asks, "...it is hard to imagine, though, isn't it?"


Return

Pylasar says, "Ra...hi. Hi Rachel."

Evia says, "Hm."

Rachel says, "Quickly Peter, come with me."

Thrassus asks, "Here again?"

Xorus distantly says, "Old Chastonia."

Pylasar lurches forward, as if following someone. He catches the book in his hand before it falls.

Evia says, "Don't drop your book."

Bernadette softly says, "Ahhh."

Speaking to Thrassus, Dergoatean asks, "Didn't expect this would all go in a straight line, did you?"

Pylasar presses his back up against the wall and pinches his nose, holding his breath.

Raelee quietly says, "... he is avoiding the memory of the child."

Naamit slowly says, "We seem to be caught in a time loop."

[combat]

Speaking to Dergoatean, Goblyn says, "Lines are maybe never straight.l."

[combat]

Speaking to Pylasar, Puptilian says, "We know it's painful but we need to see what happen to Gracie. What happened to your daughter."

Cruxophim amusedly suggests, "Someone should animate Bbee."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "HEY! Think of butterflies or something."

Evia says, "Or something."

Zosopage says, "And Tolida."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "Something cuddly."

Kembal says, "Something sounds like ambigously dangerous."

Maylan recites:

"Form on Lylia"


Poison Plot

Pylasar sits down, playing with the wall with his toes, letting the liquid run over his feet.

Pylasar sits down.

The ghostly voice of Bbee exclaims, "My bbrain cell hurts!"

Speaking to Bbee, Maylan says, "Shhhh no pain."

Pylasar says, "Shhhh...."

Speaking to Bbee, Kembal says, "Look, it's better than having your brain ripped out of your head."

Dergoatean exclaims, "Up ya go!" [animated Bbee]

Speaking to Bbee, Dergoatean says, "All better."

Pylasar touches a finger to his lips.

Pylasar stands up.

The animated corpse of Bbee sits down.

Goldtree darkly says, "This is looping..."

Bbee's animated corpse ambles to a standing position.

The ghostly voice of Bbee says, "Oh okay."

Speaking to Dergoatean, Maylan says, "That is a wonderful Bbee puppet."

Pylasar tip-toes forward.

Speaking to Raelee, Ysharra says, "Parents protect their children, usually. Unlike some..."

Speaking to Maylan, Dergoatean says, "What do you mean puppet? I raised him."

Pylasar presses his ear against a wall.

Speaking to Maylan, Dergoatean says, "If only I had a chrism."

Speaking to Pylasar, Naamit presses, "Do it again for us, hm?"

The ghostly voice of Bbee says, "Make me dance like a puppet."

Dergoatean says, "I think that's the most dancing you're going to do."

Speaking to Bbee, Maylan says, "You're not a very good dancer."

Speaking to Bbee, Maylan says, "But you are dead, so I forgive you."

Goldtree darkly says, "To be fair, it's much less confused and incoherent than I thought it would be..."

Speaking to Goldtree, Leafiara adds, "...so far."

Speaking to Goldtree, Hapenlok says, "...wait."

Speaking quietly to Bbee, Pukk says, "You are more animated now than I have ever seen you before."

Goldtree darkly says, "I'm ready to board this crazy caravan."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan urges, "Cuddly, pleasant thoughts."

Lyrna says, "Don't think you have to go far."

Goldtree darkly says, "Bring back that image of Stone. I'll claw him from the mist..."

Diamondelille says, "I know ye kin think of nice things."

Naamit offers, "Do you need a claw?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan suggests, "Butterflies and puppies and bubbles and rainbows."

Speaking to Maylan, Evia says, "I could lend him my teddy bear, but then I wouldn't have it..."

Speaking to Evia, Maylan says, "A worthy sacrifice."

Rachel's voice can be heard, slightly muffled, as if from behind something, "...within the month it shall be 4482, and I will have what I need by the turn of that season to complete it. But your poison you need will not be...cheap. Cost? Oh no, I work best with other forms of currency. Favors, shall we agree?"...

Speaking to Evia, Dergoatean says, "Maybe just lend half your teddy bear."

Pylasar frowns.

Lyrna says, "I don't think butterflies and puppies and rainbows and such... would be that useful to us."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "Did you know what you were hearing?"

Speaking to Lyrna, Maylan exclaims, "That's not the point!"

Pylasar marches off in a huff, and marches around and around and around in a circle.

Pylasar pushes open something, perhaps a door.

Pylasar asks, "Who were you talking to?"

Rachel says, "Peter, calm yourself."

Pylasar exclaims, "Who were you talking to!"

Speaking to herself, Maylan says, "Trouble in paradise..."

Rachel says, "Associates Peter. Business."

The ghostly voice of Bbee asks, "Pylasar can you make me float like a bbutterfly and sting like a bbee?"

Pylasar asks, "For you? Or the Arcanum?"

Rachel says, "Peter, are you alright?"

Dergoatean says, "I guess she learned from our time and went into business."

Ysharra asks, "What was she teaching at the Arcanum?"

Pylasar asks, "What did we discuss? What did we decide?"

Pylasar says, "Do you want to go back to the darkness? From before you came here?"

Xorus distantly says, "The new Emperor will be a tyrant."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan suggests, "Kiss and make up?"

The ghostly voice of Bbee exclaims, "Let's all sing a dirge!"

Speaking darkly to Pylasar, Goldtree says, "Kill her. End this."

Pylasar asks, "Is this what you are truly teaching them?"

Pylasar asks, "Or are they teaching you?"

Speaking to Maylan, Naamit says, "Kiss and kill. Always a suitable ending to a fine evening."

Speaking to Naamit, Maylan says, "In no particular order."

Xorus distantly says, "We are still eighty years from the annihilation of Toullaire."

Speaking to Maylan, Naamit says, "Of course."

Rachel says, "Very well Peter. Thank you. Thank you for reminding me."

Pylasar nods.

Pylasar nods.

The ghostly voice of Bbee asks, "Toullaire?"

Speaking to Goldtree, Hapenlok says, "Watch and observe. I have a feeling it's going to lead to....some sort of combat."

Pylasar leans in, kissing at the air. Awkward? Cute? Gross? Moving on. He walks along the wall, touching the liquid rolling and rippling.

Bristenn simply offers, "A city in Chastonia, where the Arcanum once stood."

Speaking darkly to Hapenlok, Goldtree says, "Good. Seeing the past...and being unable to change it....is maddening."

Maylan says, "Good show, good show."

Speaking to Pylasar, the ghostly voice of Bbee asks, "Are you walking on a wall?"

Speaking to Goldtree, Hapenlok says, "Yes, but it's becoming more and more evident that he's gotten the raw end of the deal."

Pylasar kneels down.

Xorus distantly says, "The Arcanum was founded less than a decade ago."


Insecto

Pylasar looks down at the ground, and the image of a small bug appears crawling up a hill.

Pylasar says, "You can do it...you can do it..."

Ysharra says, "The Arcanum was a school for learning magic. At one point a rival for the Hall of Mages."

The ghostly voice of Bbee asks, "What's an Arcanum my precious?"

Maylan says, "I'm not sure I like where this is going."

Speaking to Pylasar, Naamit urges, "Squish it."

Pylasar lays down on his chest, crossing his arms and holding his chin up with his hands as he watches the small bug crawl along some blades of grass.

Goldtree darkly says, "This is likely his most important memory."

Pylasar says, "I shall call you...Insecto. Lord of the Grass Field."

Evia says, "Aaw."

Speaking to Xorus, Dergoatean asks, "The Arcanum only lasted for ninety years?"

Speaking to Xorus, Dergoatean says, "I guess you're right, I just never did the math."

Puptilian says, "I seen 3 year olds doing a better job focusing."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "How...creative."

Nairena says, "I watched bugs when I was a little girl. Let him watch."

Speaking to Xorus, Dergoatean says, "For all the, er, impact it had."


Playing Pylasar

Pylasar stands up.

Pylasar moves along the wall.

Bbee seems slightly different. The stench of decay is growing more pervasive.

[Leafi preserves him]

Pukk quietly says, "I think it is a great name."

Pylasar sniffs.

Pylasar sniffs.

Pylasar exclaims, "It worked!"

Pylasar exclaims, "She will be so happy!"

Tolida softly asks, "Would anyone be kind enough to guard me so I can continue to stay?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Naamit says, "You might as well raise the creature and let it stop stinking, truly."

Speaking in Faendryl, Dergoatean exclaims something you don't understand.

Speaking regretfully to Naamit, Leafiara says, "I would if I could. The last time I did, it didn't end up so well." [OOC: for those unaware, if a cleric raises someone and then they die within the next 3 minutes or so, the cleric can't raise again for an hour]

Naamit says, "Such is death."

Speaking confidently to Goblyn, Leafiara exclaims, "Depending on you for now!"

Speaking in lightly accented Faendryl to Dergoatean, Goblyn asks something you don't understand.

The ghostly voice of Bbee says, "While you're at it can you pull my loincloth so it covers me."

Speaking evasively to Bbee, Leafiara says, "...someone else can get right on that..."

Kipara gives Bbee a friendly little kick.

Kipara hoarsely says, "There."

(Naamit pulls Bbee's loincloths over his nether regions.)

Kipara hoarsely says, "Good enough."

Speaking in Faendryl, Thrassus says something you don't understand.

The ghostly voice of Bbee says, "I was asking Darkkstorrmer."

Pylasar looks around as the walls shimmer to reveal a high stone wall and a vast ocean stretching beyond. As Pylasar turns, it shifts again to reveal a huge volcano in the distance. He fidgets with a honey-hued gem in his hand.

Pylasar says, "Now how to..."

Pylasar lurches forward, pushing along the wall.

Speaking to Bbee, Naamit says, "They are a bit bigger than they appear, especially for one of your stature. Takes an army."

Tayler asks, "What's... going on here?"

Goldtree darkly asks, "What's that?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "Can you control it?"

Lylia asks, "Honey beryl?"

Pylasar tosses something into the air with both hands.

A little girl giggles.

Pylasar tosses something into the air with both hands.

Speaking to Lylia, Dergoatean asks, "Isn't taht your pet name for Silvean?"

A little girl giggles.

Ysharra says, "...Gracie."

Lylia whispers something to Tayler.

Lylia primly says, "I shall not answer that."

Gracie shouts gleefully, "Higher! Higher!"

Lylia whispers something to Dergoatean.

The ghostly voice of Bbee asks, "Where is Maags when you need her, I need a fine drippy tart?"

Speaking quietly to Madmountan, Pukk says, "Now I want you to throw me up in the air like that too."

Juspera asks, "Who's a drippy tart?"

Speaking helpfully to Bbee, Goblyn offers, "We can be making -you- into one..."

Pylasar catches something in his arms and looks like he spins her playfully, even without her being seen. He kneels down, ruffling at unseen hair.

Lyrna asks, "And no-one really knows this Gracie so she is either not alive or going by a different tname?"

Elphieya whispers something to Leafiara.

The ghostly voice of Bbee says, "No thank you, I will pass."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra softly says, "Let us see your daughter."

Leafiara whispers something to Elphieya.

Darkkstormmer says, "I need to blast things."

Lyrna asks, "I mean, is that true? I am assuming since mostly people said they'd heard him mention her... or is it just so long ago...?"

Leafiara whispers something to Elphieya.

Elphieya whispers something to Leafiara.

Ysharra says, "We don't know, he's mentioned her before, and appears to be trying to keep her shielded from us."

Puptilian says, "Seeing what looks like a normal moment in his life, I like to see what caused him to have issues staying in the normal time."

Speaking to Ysharra, Hapenlok asks, "From us? Or from himself?"

Raelee quietly says, "... I suppose this was practiced on Thrayzar, as it were."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Dergoatean says, "Yep."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Ysharra says, "No way of knowing."

(Xorus grips his dark obelisk crystal more tightly and his nose bleeds slightly.)

Leafiara whispers something to Lyrna.

Leafiara whispers something to Elphieya.

Speaking absently to Ysharra, Cruxophim remarks, "Perhaps it's a memory he subconsciously -- or consciously -- doesn't wish to face."

Speaking to Ysharra, Hapenlok says, "If it's anything like my particular situation? He probably doesn't want to remember."

The very air shimmers and the image of a very young child appears. She is flawless, perhaps a perfect image in his own mind, or perhaps truly an unblemished creation of life. Her hair is bright and sandy blonde, with eyes like celadons. Freckles cover her nose, and Pylasar leans forward and kisses it.

Speaking to Hapenlok, Goblyn notes, "These are the most important things to be remembering, though, yes?"

Goldtree sighs.

The ghostly voice of Bbee asks, "Roll me over and dust me off please?"

Tikoshi mouths, "Aww."

Cruxophim gently rolls the lifeless body of Bbee over.

The ghostly voice of Bbee says, "Thanks."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "You're not wrong. But the memory of what I lost is just too painful to dwell on."

The little girl reaches behind her back and produces a small purple flower. She holds it up.

Pylasar exclaims, "Your mother will love that!"

Speaking softly to Pylasar, Razanetika says, "She is beautiful..."

Thrassus says, "Ah, so that's the reason for the obsession with that color."

Ysharra says, "She's adorable."

Gracie says, "No, for you daddy. My favorite."

Pylasar asks, "For your favorite, right?"

Pylasar chuckles.

Cruxophim slowly mouths, "Well, that ended well. As we know."

Elphieya softly says, "So sweet. Enough to break your heart."

Evia says, "Aaaw."

Puptilian says, "We know where he gets his love of purple now."

Darkkstormmer says, "Oh thank you."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hapenlok says, "Considering what is becoming more apparent to me. I think I know why his mind may be broken."

Balley softly says, "Ouch."

Gracie giggles and hugs her father's leg tight. Pylasar stops moving, stops breathing, stops blinking and just watches for the longest moment. His eyes are dripping with joy and sorrow.

Cruxophim whispers something to Goblyn.

Pukk quietly says, "His mind is like it is because he is a parent."

Speaking to herself, Maylan says, "This is a sorrow I did not anticipate."

Cryheart says, "Fond memories."

Speaking softly to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Thank you."

Lyrna softly says, "It can be the same the other way."

Goldtree quietly says, "These are private moments....this feels wrong."

Nairena says, "He better keep his guard up. The more he gives in..."

Pylasar takes the flower in his hand, looking over the petals. "Purple? Your favorite? I suppose that is a perfect color for you."

Speaking offhandedly to Goldtree, Leafiara says, "Us exploring his mind was his idea."

Raelee says, "... he volunteered for this."

Gracie giggles and runs off, "Come on daddy, let's go!"

Speaking calmly to Goldtree, Cruxophim reminds, "We've larger concerns. The dead do not need be concerned with modesty."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Goldtree says, "Still..."

(Hapenlok turns towards Pukk, and turns away, an expression on his face that can only be described as equal parts, sadness and envy.)


Taladorian Siege

Pylasar lurches forward, touching at the walls.

Speaking slowly to Pylasar, Goblyn asks, "This is the reason for the color...?"

Cruxophim evenly warns, "And make no mistake: they will all die... or worse, if she is not stopped."

Speaking to Goblyn, Tikoshi says, "No better reason for it."

Pylasar says, "I am not allowed to...interfere, if you will."

The ghostly voice of Bbee says, "Someone stand me bback up please, my bbutt is getting numb."

Pylasar says, "But I surely cannot allow Talador to raze this place to the ground."

Pylasar says, "So..."

Kembal says, "This is only a few years ago."

Speaking to Bbee, Dergoatean asks, "Do you want the breathing kind of standing, or the other kind again?"

Naamit just kneeled down and pulled Bbee's lifeless body into her arms.

Speaking noncommittally to Tikoshi, Goblyn says, "Maybe."

Pylasar rolls up his sleeves, ribbons of fire licking along his hands.

The ghostly voice of Bbee says, "Yes Dergoaten."

Speaking flatly to Bbee, Naamit says, "There. The pressure is off your rear."

Dergoatean asks, "I'll take that as an 'either'?" [animates Bbee]]

Hapenlok says, "I think this was the night he opened the portal to Talador."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "Going to burn something else in its stead?"

Hapenlok says, "I remember this."

Darkkstormmer says, "That was a big rock covering up his behind."

Speaking to Bbee, Dergoatean says, "Better view from there, at least."

The walls of the cavern shift, appearing to be the inside of a tower. Through slitted windows the vast Lower Dragonsclaw stretches out, and a host of armored Taladorians can be seen marching forward.

Pylasar exclaims, "Get ready!"

Goldtree quietly says, "This is quite familiar."

Pylasar holds out his palm, fire burning in his hand.

Maylan recites:

"Gird your loins, form on Lylia"

Speaking to Maylan, Thrassus asks, "Our loins?"

Speaking to Thrassus, Maylan exclaims, "Gird your loins for battle!"

Pylasar exclaims, "...and if they ask, I wasn't here!"

Bernadette softly asks, "I tink she means arm up?"

Evia says, "Wasn't here."

Speaking to Pylasar, Lylia assures, "I saw nothing."

A Taladorian mage ambles in.

[combat]

The ghostly voice of Bbee says, "Here we go again."

Speaking to Neopuron, Naamit says, "Friendly fire." [he was out of the group and got hit with 1030]

[combat]

Cryheart says, "Watch your spells."

[combat]

Cryheart says, "A song killed em."

Thailmore asks, "Self disruption?"

Maylan recites:

"Make sure you are all grouped with Lylia"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Tayler says, "Nice gauntlets."

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk asks, "Tastes good?"

Speaking to Thailmore, Naamit says, "Yes, he definitely disrupted."

The ghostly voice of Bbee says, "I have company down here, glad you didn't fall on me."

Davard's voice echoes in the distance, "Bring me Cosima! You have erred in your actions!"

Lyrna asks, "Davard and Cosima?"

Speaking to Lyrna, Lylia says, "A long and tangled story..."

Chamorr heartily says, "On tanagra."

Speaking deeply to Cruxophim, Zolis asks, "Time to eat someone, eh?"

Lyrna asks, "Aren't they all?"

Hapenlok says, "....when he..."

Hapenlok says, "Opened the portal to Talador."

Speaking simply to Lyrna, Cruxophim explains, "He wanted Cosima, and was willing to rout the Landing to do it."

[combat]

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Cookie!"

Pukk picks up a frosted peach cookie.

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Mine!"

Hapenlok says, "But the flaming boulders stopped."

The ghostly voice of Bbee says, "These things seem fairly unfriendly."

Hapenlok says, "And we managed to destroy the catapults."

Hapenlok says, "On both sides."

Hapenlok says, "But Drangell and those idiots who helped him..."

Hapenlok says, "The only innocent in all that mess."

Cruxophim recites:

"Form on Lylia!"

Hapenlok says, "They killed her."

Hapenlok says, "Then they deployed Naimorai, Rachel, Raznel...whoever the hell you want to call her."

The ghostly voice of Bbee asks, "Are we really in someone's head?"

Lyrna says, "No."

Hapenlok says, "And then it got worse for us."

Speaking simply to Hapenlok, Goblyn says, "Naimorai."

A Taladorian knight just arrived!

A Taladorian knight ambles in.

A Taladorian knight ambles in.

[combat]

Kipara hoarsely asks, "Lady of the Wood?"

Through the rippling walls Taladorian soldiers march into view, wheeling out ballistae.

Falvicar squints at Naamit.

Speaking flatly to Falvicar, Naamit asks, "What?"

Goldtree quietly says, "This again."

[ballista fire, combat]

Juspera says, "Yikes."

Tayler says, "You know."

Zolis deeply exclaims, "Siege weaponry!"

Pukk quietly exclaims, "They are dropping like flies..!"

The ghostly voice of Bbee says, "Oh no! Balley."

Zolis deeply says, "I seem to have a hole in my chest."

[combat]

The ghostly voice of Balley softly says, "Dead again the new normal."

The voice of Thailmore says, "Hopefully, those ballistae can't hit what they can't see."


Final Test

Pylasar runs forward, moving his hands switly across the liquid walls.

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee asks, "... do you sense any patterns to where he is going?"

Maylan says, "These are becoming more dangerous."

Speaking to Maylan, Hapenlok says, "As it was when it happened."

Pylasar says, "I can't do it again. The first one was too...I can't."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan reminds, "Puppies and butterflies and rainbows and bubbles."

Speaking to Falvicar, Evia exclaims, "Odd time for little blue pills!"

Rachel says, "Do you love me?

Speaking to Pylasar, Naamit says, "Do it."

Xorus distantly says, "It is still like balancing on one foot in a rip tide. It is difficult to tell."

Lylia quietly says, "One does what one must."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "You can love what you can't trust."

Speaking quietly to Raelee, Pukk says, "You know you want to go in....do it......"

Rachel says, "I have a sturdier one in mind. It will be my last I ask of you, if you must abandon aiding me."

Speaking to Pukk, Raelee says, "... I do want to, actually."

Speaking amusedly to Naamit, Cruxophim offers, "I'll be happy to give them back later."

Pylasar says, "I just don't understand why you.."

Pylasar asks, "Isn't there another way?"

Raelee quietly murmurs, "Fortunately for the lot of you, I do possess some self control."

Speaking quietly to Raelee, Pukk says, "Just think of all the things you could learn."

Raelee quietly adds, "... unlike the subject at hand."

Rachel says, "No. This is my way."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Naamit hums, "My place or yours?"

Speaking to Raelee, Ysharra says, "More than some."

Speaking pleasantly to Naamit, Cruxophim suggests, "Why not both."

Lyrna says, "It is hard to live and love one that you cannot trust."

Lyrna says, "Or should not have trusted."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Naamit goads, "You really ought visit me in the east."

Speaking to Juspera, Ysharra says, "He was struck by the balista."

Juspera exclaims, "I saw!"

Ruffelin says, "Th' heart cannae help who it loves."

Naamit whispers something to Goblyn.

Speaking to Naamit, Madmountan says, "That sure is a nice whip."

Speaking knowingly to Madmountan, Naamit says, "Yes. It is."

Berost deeply says, "Heard we might be explorin' the depthhs of a mages mind."

Lylia says, "Yes."

Speaking to Berost, Hapenlok says, "Have been for a while."

Speaking deeply to Berost, Zolis says, "A mage's 'broken' mind."

Naamit recites:

"Join Lylia if you haven't yet."

Rachel appears now, within the glimmer of the wall. She is Naimorai, slender, raven-haired, eyes of her true father. Behind her, chained flat to a wall is a sylvan man who squints painfully with his ether blue eyes. He squirms slightly, but looks on the brink of unconsciousness. Rachel smiles, almost ear to ear, "Shall we begin?"

Speaking quietly to Naamit, Pukk exclaims, "That's my job to say that!"

Speaking deeply to Zolis, Berost says, "Aren't all mages minds a bit ...."

Maylan asks, "Who is that fella?"

Xorus distantly says, "What are you doing, my young..."

Xorus shakes his head.

Goldtree quietly exclaims, "Murderer!"

Dergoatean asks, "Look who's breathing?"

Speaking in Sylvankind, Goldtree quietly exclaims, "Snake! Witch! Evil!"

Speaking in Sylvankind, Leafiara curiously asks, "Who was the man?"

Speaking to Bbee, Maylan says, "You'd best join the Mayor before we bolt this room into oblivion."

Bbee asks, "How is everyone?"

Pylasar touches his hand to Falvicar's shoulder, "I am sorry."

Dergoatean asks, "What'd I miss?"

Bbee says, "I did."

Leafiara suddenly says, "...oh."

Speaking in Sylvankind, Goldtree darkly asks, "Falvicar...?"

Speaking gently to Falvicar, Cruxophim offers, "I'm not."

Speaking to Falvicar, Kembal asks, "Do you recall this?"

Thrassus asks, "What's that all about?"

Falvicar quietly says, "That...no...way."

Xorus distantly asks, "Father?"

Speaking in Sylvankind, Goldtree darkly asks, "Yet to be?"

Speaking to Falvicar, Leafiara says, "Don't worry, lots here have some sordid history with the witch tormenting us--"

Falvicar quietly says, "That... can't...be...right."

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra inquires, "Is she making her very own chimera?"


Wheeling

Pylasar touches the wall.

Speaking to Bbee, Dergoatean says, "Thanks very much."

Pylasar says, "Let's get ready..."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "Ready for...."

Pylasar mimes pulling a helmet up and over his head.

The voice of Pietra asks, ".... for....?"

Speaking curiously to Falvicar, Leafiara says, "So this didn't happen? If that's it, Goldtree might be right--a future event. Or a possible one." [OOC: Some confusion via various OOC and IC whispers alike, as Goldtree, Maylan, and I took it to be Falvicar himself, and we tried to parse out whether this was the distant past since it seemed to be a continuation of a memory with "Rachel" or whether, as Madmountan thought, it was more recent since she appeared as "Naimorai." Crux even wondered if Falvicar had been abducted by the "white masks," presumably either referring to the Rone followers or the White Sparrows. Finally Falvicar and Shinann concluded that it wasn't Falvicar in the memory, but his father.]

Gracie giggles as she comes into view, climbing up into a wheelbarrow infront of Pylasar.

Speaking to Goblyn, Shinann asks, "What?"

Ruffelin says, "Och, nay."

Pylasar leans down and grips the handles of the wheelbarrow.

Pylasar leans and spits, but it falls non-impressively.

Pylasar says, "Get ready...."

Juspera says, "Long as we don't have to deal with more ballistas."

Cruxophim whispers to the group, "I don't recall, was Falvicar abducted by the white masks?"

Leafiara whispers to the group, "Not that I remember."

Shinann whispers to the group, "I think this might be his father."

Cruxophim whispers to the group, "Ahhh, alright. I have difficulty telling cadavers apart."

Pylasar rushes forward, running around the room. Gracie giggles, grabbing the sides of the wheelbarrow as she screams with glee. The brightness of her eyes shames the glow of the sun. Peter smiles wide. Full. He continues to run and run around the room.

Shinann whispers to the group, "I am sorry you are seeing this, Falvicar."

Gracie coughs.

Speaking heartily to Cruxophim, Chamorr says, "They all look like a buffet."

Lylia says, "Join me or risk death. I shall not hold back if we are attacked again."

Maylan asks, "Why does she cough?"

Thrassus says, "I see."

Pylasar stops in his tracks, slowing the wheelbarrow.

Pylasar asks, "Are you okay?"

Neopuron exclaims, "Oh so we can turn it on now!"

Gracie giggles, "Yes daddy. Keep going. Wheeee!"

Cruxophim slowly speculates, "Consumption?"

Cruxophim slowly speculates, "Or some other pestilence."

Pylasar pushes the wheelbarrow again, running around the room.

Gracie coughs.

Rimo says, "This can't be good."

Maylan says, "I don't like it."

Maylan says, "I don't want to see this one."

Speaking quietly to Maylan, Elphieya says, "Me either."

Cruxophim wryly mouths, "Neither does he."

Speaking to Maylan, Ysharra says, "We have to. He brought us here."

Sofal asks, "So his daughter got sick... and we get the rot?"

Speaking quietly to Lylia, Pukk says, "You worry too much. It's quiet, nothing will happen."

Speaking to Sofal, Lylia says, "We may learn from it."

Speaking to Maylan, Ysharra says, "The least we can do is offer him...and her...witness."

Lylia says, "I was elected to worry."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Kembal says, "Something alright."

Speaking to Ysharra, Maylan says, "I hardly see that as a comfort."

Razanetika softly says, "Perhaps learn how to cure the rot..."

Madmountan says, "I wonder if she drank some of Rachel's poison by accident."

Cruxophim neutrally speculates, "Perhaps she was one of Naimorai's early experiments."

Speaking to Madmountan, Hapenlok says, "No. whatever happened. Wasn't an accident."

Speaking to Maylan, Ysharra says, "It is hard to manage grief. Sometimes the only comfort is to feel it."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Madmountan asks, "Oh, on purpose?"

Elphieya quietly asks, "Why? What would be the purpose of starting with her?"

Elphieya quietly says, "So young, so perfect."

Lylia says, "Proximity."

Speaking to Ysharra, Naamit whispers aloud, "Wouldn't you know."

Speaking simply to Dergoatean, Cruxophim concludes, "We lack data.... thus far."

Speaking petulantly to Ysharra, Maylan says, "I don't want to feel that."

Razanetika softly says, "To hurt Peter perhaps."

The walls continue to ripple and Gracie coughs again before Pylasar scoops her up into his arms. "Let's get you home and no more playing today." He rushes off up a hill towards a small homestead, where a tall sandy-blonde woman waits for them on the porch. When she sees him carrying the girl she immediately rises to her feet and rushes towards them. Before she reaches them, the woman slows, coughing.

Cryheart says, "Hmmm."

Speaking to Naamit, Ysharra says, "I doubt many in our situation do not know it well."

Naamit simply says, "Yes."

Kembal asks, "I don't recognize the woman. I'm guessing others might?"


Forever

Pylasar slaps at the wall, almost violently now. Splashing, splashing, punching. The water and liquid flies about and the images ripple and change.

Speaking to Kembal, Dergoatean asks, "Naimorai had black hair?"

Cruxophim slowly ventures, "Or perhaps, her obsession with pestilence was born from this. She was the incidental chrysalis from which it was hatched."

Stormyrain says, "--or she killed them both."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan begs, "Puppies and butterflies and bubbles and rainbows."

Speaking darkly to Stormyrain, Goldtree says, "Fits the pattern."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Madmountan says, "I still can't wait to meet Mothnay."

Rachel says, "Tell me you love me."

Speaking to Maylan, Sofal says, "We need this info, not puppies."

Pylasar says, "You know I do. I love you."."

Goldtree darkly says, "Die, witch."

Rachel says, "Yes, but will you forever?"

Kipara hoarsely says, "Children often seem to be the victims of circumstances they can not comprehend."

Roblar deeply says, "Will feed her to rolton."

Xorus distantly says, "For all time."

Pylasar says, "Of course! Don't be a fool."

Roblar deeply adds, "Alive."

Rachel says, "Even with what I've told you? Even knowing who I am, where I am from?"

Lyrna says, "What a trick question."

Madmountan asks, "Oh, maybe this is a jealousy theme?"

Pylasar says, "Forever."

Speaking simply to Madmountan, Cruxophim speculates, "I think it's vengeance against a cruel and unfeeling world."

Berkana says, "I need some popcorn for this."

The walls shift and Pylasar lays down, the image of Rachel sprawled out next to him, silks covering their bodies. Her raven hair flows along his chest like shadows as she rests her head upon him, tracing a finger along his bare shoulder. "Do you ever think of going back with me?"

Speaking hoarsely to Cruxophim, Kipara says, "Seems rather unproductive to seek vengeance against something that is cruel and unfeeling."

Maylan says, "Now THIS is what I came to see."

Maylan wiggles her eyebrows.

You hear someone mutter bow-chica-bow-w.

Berkana says, "Oh, it's on a grand scale."

(Pukk covers Leafiara's eyes.)

Cruxophim wryly warns, "Cover your eyes, children."

Leafiara shoves futilely at Pukk.


Banishment

Pylasar sits up, running more fingers through the wall.

Speaking wryly to Kipara, Cruxophim mutters, "Emotions often curtail logic."

Bbee says, "Shhhh."

Ruffelin says, "All th' better ta control 'im."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Ysharra says, "And most of us should know what it feels like."

A loud voice booms, "Your meddling has brought unwanted eyes and we were quite clear to avoid it."

Leafiara whispers something to Lyrna.

Pukk quietly says, "Oh cripes."

Pylasar says, "What do you mean?"

Balley softly says, "Um this is not good."

Rachel smiles, a hand locked with Pylasar's.

Pukk quietly says, "This seems bad."

Kipara hoarsely says, "This might be now."

Bbee says, "Here we go again."

A loud voice booms, "The Crescent."

Evia asks, "Whut?"

Cryheart asks, "Crescent?"

A loud voice booms, "Do not be daft you fools."

Xorus distantly says, "The Talon of Toullaire."

Leafiara whispers something to Lyrna.

Speaking slowly to Cryheart, Cruxophim explains, "The Talon."

Dergoatean says, "Ah. right."

Pylasar says, "We had merely wished to stud..."

Cryheart says, "Ahh."

A loud voice booms, "SILENCE!"

Bernadette softly says, "The Crescent."

Speaking wryly to Pylasar, Cruxophim mutters, "You wish to stud? I've seen quite enough of that, thank you."

Rachel grins wide, "You would risk losing all we have brought? All I have told you? All you stand to gain?"

A loud voice booms, "You have placed us at great risk, one that far surpasses your continued value."

Elphieya tentatively asks, "Who is the voice?"

Thrassus says, "Likely someone from the Arcanum, I am assuming."

Xorus distantly says, "It is difficult to place this precisely."

The voice of Gryzzlbok says, "His crazy ex."

Bbee says, "I don't know. Bbut it hurts my ears."

A loud voice booms, "Banished. You will leave at once. Do not return. All of your property is forfeit to us. Shall our eyes meet again, you will both be killed. I do this favor for you, now go."

Berost deeply says, "Stealin from em, so generous."

Speaking quietly to Chamorr, Pukk says, "Shhhhh."


Talon

Pylasar touches a wall again, moving about.

Berkana says, "This is better than any play Nehor could write."

Pylasar says, "I could get used to this place."

Rachel smiles and nods, "Yes, it does feel like home, doesn't it?"

Pylasar snickers.

Bbee says, "Not to me it don't."

The walls shift to reveal the bustling streets of the Swale and the sun glistening off the dome of the Hall of Mages beyond.

Thrassus asks, "We are closer to the present, I assume?"

(Raelee's gaze lifts slightly.)

Evia says, "Be careful, Raelee might get an emotion."

Bbee says, "Put some tarts in the oven would help the ambience a whole lot."

Speaking skeptically to Evia, Leafiara says, "Over her dead body."

Darkkstormmer says, "Bring it."

Speaking helpfully to Evia, Cruxophim offers, "I shall cut it out posthaste."

Kipara hoarsely says, "I told you not to eat so much cabbage."

Pylasar touches the wall now, moving his hands to to the left, then left, then left.

A loud voice booms, "Banished. You will leave at once. Do not return. All of your property is forfeit to us. Shall our eyes meet again, you will both be killed. I do this favor for you, now go."

Pylasar shakes his head.

Pylasar touches the wall now, moving his hands to to the left, then left, then left.

Xorus cocks his head.

A loud voice booms, "Your meddling has brought unwanted eyes and we were quite clear to avoid it."

Pylasar shakes his head.

Pylasar touches the wall now, moving his hands to to the left, then left, then left.

Evia says, "To the right, to the right, to the right, y'all."

Ruffelin says, "He's goin' back. Lookin' fer somethin'."

Naamit slowly whispers aloud, "I feel we've seen this all before."

Maylan says, "Guess we have to fight this one out."

Xorus distantly says, "Was that because of Hyla Kestrel? Focus, Pylasar. The Crescent."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "I TOLD you to think of puppies. But nooooo."

Speaking quietly to Maylan, Pukk says, "Maybe we can have a dance off."

Speaking to Pukk, Maylan says, "Yes let's dazzle the foes with our majestic moves."

Rising into view stands a rock fragment, shaped into the gnarled form of a claw, or talon. It glows with a bright red-orange light. The fiery haze dances across the face of Pylasar, and Rachel next to him. They both smile.

Speaking distantly to Leafiara, Lyrna says, "Every one of them turned away..."

Madmountan says, "I wanna relive that spore hunt in the forest, so y'all can attack all the spores again. That would be fun."

Speaking quietly to Lyrna, Leafiara says, "Give it time... maybe we can set things right yet."

Ysharra says, "Perhaps he's looking, as well. He knows it's here..."

Rachel approaches the Crescent, Peter not far behind her. Rachel turns her hands in mid-air, twisting as if working with invisible gears. Air shimmers around her fingers as she does and the Crescent flickers and glows bright, then fades, then glows bright and fades.

Rachel grins wide as the Crescent glows bright, almost making her eyes look red in reflection.

Xorus mutters corruption.

Suddenly the Crescent's light dims and Rachel gasps, her body stiffening. The air around her continues to shimmer, but now also shimmers around the Crescent.

Pylasar says, "Rachel what is it doing...are you..."

Cruxophim bemusedly mutters, "Well, we know who to blame now."

Pylasar pauses, stumbling before the Crescent. The air stops shimmering around Rachel. It continues to shimmer around the Crescent.

Speaking to himself, Hapenlok adds, "Mad."

The air now shimmers around Pylasar.

Thrassus asks, "Could this be the moment the Waste was created?"

Pylasar flickers.

Ruffelin says, "Wha' th' void..."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Lyrna says, "For good reason though."

Speaking to Thrassus, Ysharra says, "I was just thinking that."

Pylasar flickers.

Pylasar flickers.

Maylan asks, "Is he supposed to do that?"

Hapenlok says, "Probably not, Maylan."

Cryheart asks, "Flickering out of time?"

Pylasar grabs at his own arms, as he flickers in and out of existence. He looks down at his hands. Rachel looks on at him, still frozen, but her eyes curious.

Speaking to Thrassus, Madmountan says, "If it is, I wouldn't be surprised if this memory just levels us all."

Dergoatean says, "I don't know if this is the grand explosion, but it's certainly momentous."

Thrassus says, "Just in case."

Naamit whispers something to Zolis.

Raelee says, "... that is one question answered."

Speaking musingly to Madmountan, Leafiara says, "But surely they must have been shielded from it themselves..."

Sofal says, "Just hope he cannot pull the real her out of the memory."

Tayler asks, "If he's about to explode, should we be standing here?"

Pylasar stumbles forward, touching the wall, the liquid rippling around him.

(Xorus channels power from his elemental churning core, the runes of the summoning circle glowing more brightly.)

Speaking to Tayler, Goblyn says, "It will be interesting."

Speaking to Raelee, Ysharra says, "Well, we still have a lot of those left."

Speaking to Goblyn, Tayler says, "I suppose it will, at that."


Blood Feud

Rachel appears now, standing before tables of blood-filled vials and saucers containing what appears like scrapings of flesh, veins still protruding from the inner layers. The room around her is darker, her raven hair blending in. She carves a rune along a wooden block.

Thud.

Thud.

Madmountan says, "Thud."

Rachel says, "Go away. I am busy."

Pylasar says, "Rachel, let us in."

Sofal says, "Someone going to bust in."

Speaking to Maylan, Goblyn whispers aloud, "No fear."

Xorus distantly says, "The Arcanum was experimenting with blood infused weapons in those years."

Rachel says, "I am sorry Peter, you and your little hawk friends will need to wait."

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan whispers aloud, "I don't like it."

Ysharra says, "Perhaps that's what she was teaching."

Razanetika softly asks, "Hawk friends?"

Leafiara mouths, "Hawk friends?"

Cryheart asks, "Hawk friends?"

Xorus distantly says, "Magisters."

Raelee says, "... Kestrels."

Speaking to Xorus, Dergoatean asks, "Are you confident it was those years, right now?"

Speaking amusedly to Maylan, Goblyn says, "You do not have to like it."

Another voice shouts, "Rachel, let us in now, or we will force our way in."

Leafiara slowly says, "...ah."

Naamit quips, "Someone's been put in the second position."

Cryheart says, "Oh, aye."

Pukk quietly says, "Ewww Kestrels."

Bernadette softly says, "Even now."

Speaking to Maylan, Goblyn repeats, "No fear."

Hapenlok says, "The more I watch, the more I ask myself, should I be pitying this man, or attempting to kill him."

Bbee asks, "Odd feeling I am having, I was more active dead than I am living?"

Rachel smiles, and unfolds her hand. She looks down at the block she was carving with a rune. Rising up from the rune comes a small pale scarab. It instinctively burrows into her wrist, digging under the skin as Rachel winces, but still smiles, as if enjoying the sensation.

Speaking wryly to Hapenlok, Cruxophim mutters, "How is that different from anyone else."

Thud.

Thud. Thud. Thud. You hear the crackling sound of lightning forming.

Speaking offhandedly to Cruxophim, Leafiara says, "With Hap, never."

Naamit slowly whispers aloud, "I feel we've seen this all before."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Lyrna says, "I'm sure many of my fellow Reservists felt the same way."

Speaking to herself, Maylan says, "Eew."

Speaking quietly to Rhayveign, Pukk says, "See, that is how you do it."

Pylasar exclaims, "Rachel, NOW. They are serious!"

Dergoatean says, "This may have been the last time she was Rachel..."

Speaking slowly to Dergoatean, Goblyn says, "This is an interesting thing to say."

Speaking silkily to Zolis, Naamit whispers aloud, "Perfect."

Speaking to Goblyn, Dergoatean says, "Tragic."

Rachel turns slowly towards the door, more lumps forming along her arms, moving and shifting beneath the skin.

Hapenlok advises, "I'd duck if I were you."

Cruxophim simply remarks, "People change."

Speaking vaguely to Dergoatean, Goblyn says, "I do not think so."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Tayler says, "I wouldn't worry, there are giantmen standing around in fullplate."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Hapenlok adds, "Sometimes as you look at them."

Bbee asks, "Scarabs?"

Thrassus says, "This is going to be unplesant."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Lyrna says, "Not as much or for as long as we'd usually like to think."

A voice from behind the door shouts, "Rachel, you have been charged with continued practice and teaching of blood magic. Open the door now and submit yourself."

Speaking evenly to Lyrna, Cruxophim murmurs, "You'd be surprised."

Speaking to Thrassus, Ysharra asks, "I'm sorry, when was the pleasant part?"

Hapenlok says, "Lighting or scarabs....I'm not liking this."

Pylasar says, "Rachel...please..."

Thailmore asks, "What's wrong with blood magic?"

The door opens slowly as if on its own.

Raelee quietly says, "Imperial Law."

Ruffelin says, "Och, I dinnae think I'm goin'ta like wehre this is goin'..."

Pukk quietly says, "Or scarabs made out of lightning."

Speaking wryly to Thailmore, Leafiara says, "Imperials are pretty dumb sometimes."

Cruxophim wryly states, "Depends on who you ask."

Evia says, "What Raelee said."

Speaking to Thailmore, Leafiara adds, "...often."

Raelee glances at Leafiara.

Thailmore says, "Nothing wrong with a little blood."

Speaking amicably to Raelee, Leafiara says, "Not you. You appreciate those who practice blood magic, I'm sure."

Speaking deeply to Thailmore, Zolis says, "Nothing at all."

Rachel grins wickedly, and shadows engulf the room. Beyond the door, Pylasar stood, with a dozen blue-robed mages before all went dark. The sound of lightning crackles in the air and the skittering of bugs along the ground can be heard!

Cruxophim calmly explains, "The catagorization of blood magic the laws are primarily concerned with are dark, commonly dealing with unwilling sacrifice."

Goblyn whispers something to Thailmore.

The ground begins to rumble slightly with a disconcerting humming sound, as if something were digging beneath you. Suddenly, several tiny mounds push upward, each revealing a set of pincers emerging from within!

A spotted glossy red beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A skittery lustrous sable beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A long-horned dark-spiked scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A miniscule shadowy black beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

[combat]

Lyrna says, "I had someone tell me that it was a weapon like any other."

Naamit says, "Well. I killed something anyway."

Speaking to Lyrna, Leafiara says, "Because it is."

Ysharra says, "Yikes."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Quick, loot Pietra!"

A huge lightning elemental bursts forth into existence!

[combat]

Leafiara surprisedly says, "Huh, didn't expect those."

[combat]

Lyrna says, "Some things certainly lend themselves more or less well to certain things though."

Dergoatean recites:

"Join Lylia. Several friendly fire deaths already"

The ghostly voice of Pietra says, "Maybe not do that singing thing anymore, huh."

[combat]

The ghostly voice of Evia exclaims, "A fine mess indeed!"

Hapenlok urges, "Get Xorus up."


Pylasar slumps, sliding against a wall, and the images shift.

Thrassus exclaims, "My arm's gone!"

The ghostly voice of Bbee asks, "Okay, we are all dead now?"

The ghostly voice of Rimo says, "That was a bit shocking."

The ghostly voice of Zolis deeply says, "Well, that was quite shocking."

Nairena exclaims, "My arm is gone!"

Lyrna says, "No.."

Madmountan says, "Nice."

Speaking to Xorus, Leafiara notes, "Now -that- could be a problem." [referring to him being dead]

Lyrna says, "Not all dead."

The spirit of Xorus mutters, complaining bitterly about his state of affairs.

Speaking to Maylan, Goblyn notes, "You are still here."

The ghostly voice of Pukk quietly asks, "So, did you hear the one about the rogue who tried to punch lightning?"

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, the ghostly voice of Elphieya says, "Thanks."

Speaking to Maylan, Goblyn says, "... for this current time."

Speaking to Xorus, Leafiara ventures, "I suppose I should prioritize you?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan says, "I hid in the corner."

The ghostly voice of Pukk quietly says, "Yeah, its punch line was kinda shocking."

Speaking to Thrassus, Ysharra says, "Looks like you found another one."

Goblyn says, "Are where dar--"

Speaking to Pylasar, Raelee says, "Do not rest yet. We are not done."


==

Pylasar touches the wall, shifting his hands to the left. Then again. He turns his hands around and around...

Shinann says, "Get Xorus up."

Speaking to Maylan, Goblyn says, "Maybe I will not tell you of those places in this time."

As Pylasar turns his hands, Xorus rises.

Xorus says, "I can harrow the purple wizard this way if power is channeled the summoning circle."

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan says, "Not if they are scary."

As Pylasar turns his hands, Juspera rises.

The ghostly voice of Evia says, "Fancy."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee asks, "You have this?"

As Pylasar turns his hands, Evia rises.

Juspera says, "Wow."

Razanetika softly says, "He's raising the dead."

Speaking deeply to Cruxophim, the ghostly voice of Zolis says, "They gave me a little prod."

Speaking musingly to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "No end of talents to you."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan asks, "That's......handy?"

As Pylasar turns his hands, Falvicar rises. Then more...and more...

Dergoatean says, "That's unnatural."

Dergoatean says, "He's not even using a scroll."

Thrassus says, "Hopefully he doesn't get too carried away."

Speaking to Dergoatean, Maylan says, "Must be this place."

Bbee says, "Well I got to stand up a little while."

Speaking deeply to Juspera, Zolis says, "Don't float too far, they'll have to drag you back soon."

Speaking to Maylan, Dergoatean asks, "Maybe?"

Pukk quietly says, "Well, he can float. I would think him raising somebody from the dead would be easy."

Speaking musingly to Dergoatean, Leafiara says, "Maybe he's reversing time around the dead, to back when they were alive."

Falvicar quietly asks, "The..hell?"

Speaking to Guarrin, Ruffelin says, "Thank ye. Tha' was... disconcertin'."

Pylasar kneels down.

Tayler says, "I was dead, now I'm not."

Dergoatean says, "I suppose that's plausible."

Speaking to Falvicar, Maylan says, "Yes."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee asks, "... you are ready?"

Xorus says, "Temporal reversion of a kind."

Xorus nods at Raelee.

Speaking to Leafiara, Dergoatean says, "Maybe no one's actually dead in here, and it's all in his mind and ours."

Diamondelille says, "I ferever in yer debt er sometin."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "I will release to you in three... two..."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "... one."

Lylia admits, "It is the only way I can imagine it happened, offhand."

Speaking thoughtfully to Dergoatean, Leafiara exclaims, "Also possible!"

Juspera mouths, "Wow."

Speaking to Dergoatean, Maylan says, "Well we are already future ghosts anyway."

Ruffelin says, "I dinnae care wha' it was, I'm thankful fer it."

Speaking to Maylan, Dergoatean asks, "But future according to who?"

Speaking deeply to Dergoatean, Berost says, "Thhem lightnin bolts sure weren't 'in me mind.'."

Lyrna says, "Some gifts are not worth the cost though."

Pylasar wanders along the wall, running his fingers through the shifting waters like hand through silken hair.

Speaking in Sylvankind to Falvicar, Nairena says, "You have some demons following you, brother."

Falvicar quietly says, "I don't like this...."

Pylasar says, "I do not agree with your approach. And in secret? You risk too much."

Speaking wryly to Cruxophim, Raelee says, "... no need. It missed."

Speaking quietly to Bernadette, Pukk says, "See if your spider can kill that scarab."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Tayler says, "Maybe you were right about that whole... lightning thing."

Speaking in Sylvankind to Falvicar, Nairena says, "Stay focused, Brother. Remember your training."

A woman appears within the shifting images of the wall. A sleek white falcon is perched on a window behind her.

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk says, "A good fight in the making."

Bernadette softly says, "I been wonderin iffen it could."

Thrassus asks, "Osment?"

Xorus raises an eyebrow.

Evia says, "Oooh."

Hapenlok says, "Well, to be fair, I thought they were going to blast lightning around, like zappy ballista bolts."

Leafiara says, "Octaven."

Raelee tersely says, "Octaven."

Bernadette softly says, "My spider agin the scarab under me skin."

Speaking quietly to Nairena, Falvicar says, "I still have lots of questions..."

Two others mull about the room, almost pacing below a golden hawk crest on the wall above.

Hapenlok says, "Then I remembered fighting against ...another magister....and remembered the elementals."

Ysharra repeats, "...sooooo many questions."

Dennet says, "You understand, the approval of a verified wild mage, isn't at the top of our list."

Razanetika softly asks, "Where is he seeing?"

Hapenlok mutters, "Bastard."

Pylasar says, "I am wild, but wise enough to know you risk the Hall's wrath."

Razanetika softly asks, "Hall of Mages?"

Dergoatean says, "I suppose this is between when we met Dennet, and when we met Octaven."

Speaking amusedly to Ysharra, Goblyn asks, "I did say this, before this mind journey, yes?"

Octaven says, "You know of such, do you not Pylasar?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Ysharra says, "And I agreed with you then, and still do."

Pylasar turns to face the third person in the room.

Pylasar asks, "Redomer, surely you agree with me?"

Dergoatean asks, "Dennet, Octaven and... Redomer?"

Speaking quietly to Bernadette, Pukk says, "We need to place bets on which will win the fight. The spider or the scarab."

Bernadette softly says, "Aye tha be good."

Xorus distantly says, "Mm."

Speaking quietly to Bernadette, Pukk says, "Your luck though would be the scarab wins."

Bernadette softly says, "My money on me spider."

Redomer says, "Grand Magister Svala, please address me as such."

Thrassus says, "Ah, I see."

Pylasar asks, "Since when? Are we at formalities only now?"

Cruxophim amusedly ventures, "Future Raelee?"

Speaking neutrally to Cruxophim, Raelee says, "... not me."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Madmountan says, "Her father."

Shinann says, "Or a relative."

Speaking quietly to Raelee, Pukk says, "Yet...."

Madmountan exclaims, "Oh!"

Leafiara says, "Four Grand Magisters--well, one former--and apparently her father is one of the two least crazy in the room..."

Octaven smiles coldly, "We are at a crossroads Pylasar. Let us carry on with our work, and you yours. May we not cross paths in conflict again. Agreed?"

Raelee states, "I am not the first Magister Svala, nor even the second."

Talismanblue says, "Other ruined blue pylons."

Pylasar looks on at Octaven who stands in the center of the other two. He nods slowly.

Dergoatean says, "Grand Magister Svala does have a nice ring to it, though."


Chains of the Past: Paragons

Pylasar walks forward, touching the wall.

Speaking heartily to Raelee, Chamorr says, "Need to have kids, or ya be da last."

Speaking to Chamorr, Raelee says, "... no."

Cruxophim whispers something to Goblyn.

Pylasar asks, "How do I help?"

Pukk recites quietly:

"Everybody regroup with Lylia!"

Pylasar asks, "What do I need to do?"

Rachel smiles, looking down at a body. It is a young woman, pale, but still breathing. She is chained flat to a table.

Pylasar asks, "You are certain she is near death?"

Leafiara asks, "...Lana?"

Falvicar quietly asks, "Human? Sylvan?"

Rachel says, "Yes Peter. I am not so cruel to select innocents."

Evia says, "Liar."

Rachel says, "But if she is set to pass, should we not use her for me?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Hapenlok says, "No...I don't think so."

Rachel says, "You love me forever, do you not?"

Pylasar says, "Yes. Forever."

Speaking to Hapenlok, Leafiara agrees, "Seems earlier, now..."

Speaking to Leafiara, Dergoatean asks, "Didn't Dennt do the experiments on Lana?"

Speaking calmly to Dergoatean, Cruxophim reminds, "And Naimorai."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Dergoatean says, "But not on 'Rachel'."

(Falvicar tries to get a better look at the woman on the table.)

Speaking wryly to Dergoatean, Cruxophim murmurs, "They're the same person."

Speaking quietly to Falvicar, Pukk says, "Perv."

Rachel moves around the table, opening a thin crystal cylinder. She picks out a long oily-black maggot that seems to have a tiny barbed tail.

Speaking to Cruxophim, Dergoatean says, "Try not to get too excited now."

Thrassus quietly says, "Interesting."

Speaking to Pukk, Nairena says, "Like you don't want to look yourself."

Rachel gently lays the maggot onto the woman's chest that still faintly rises and falls.

Lylia whispers something to Maylan.

Pylasar asks, "What if they look for her? What if the Hall comes for her?"

Rachel says, "They won't know when to find her."

Pylasar asks, "Where?"

Sofal says, "Hope that's not Gracie on the table."

Ysharra says, "...when."

Rachel says, "When Peter. When."

Speaking to Sofal, Dergoatean says, "Oh no."

Pylasar says, "I don't understand..."

The voice of Greycrown says, "She referring to time. Not a place."

Rachel leans forward, chanting as the barbed-tail maggot burrows halfway into the woman's chest. Rachel touches the bug, and its tail snaps out and sticks into Rachel's wrist. She sighs, almost with a rise of passion.

Pylasar says, "What is...what is it doing..."

Rachel says, "Making me forever Peter."

Speaking gently to Pylasar, Cruxophim deadpans, "We'll tell you when you're older."

Speaking to Lylia, Nairena says, "Intense."

The woman screams suddenly, her eyes going black like shadows, her veins turning the same dark shade. The maggot releases Rachel and burrows fully into the other woman's chest. Rachel leans back, looking weakened, but still utters an archaic phrase, her voice more demonic than human. The woman begins to flicker in and out of existence before fading completely.

Dergoatean says, "Wow."

Madmountan says, "Fascinating."

Pylasar frowns.

Pylasar asks, "Did...did it hurt her?"

Ysharra says, "Of course it did."

Cruxophim wryly observes, "Her shadow-touch has expanded."

Thailmore says, "From that scream... yes."

Tayler asks, "Wasn't he just flickering?"

Rachel says, "Only for the briefest of moments Peter. Bless your heart, she will be fine."

Pylasar asks, "And now, now you are done?"

Rachel says, "No Peter. We will need more."

Rachel says, "Why?"

Cruxophim nonchalantly muses, "So naive."

Bbee asks, "And we will never know if she will bbe fine now that she faded away?"

Rachel says, "What if they find her, like you said?"

Rachel says, "Do you not want me to be forever?"

Lyrna says, "Sometimes it is easy to belive those you love and trust."

Pylasar says, "I do..."

Lyrna says, "Even when we know better."

Nairena says, "She had him wrapped around her little finger. Geez."

Rachel says, "Then we will need more. Can you help me with this Peter?"

Zosopage says, "To be forever is not a good thing...."

Rachel says, "Do you love me forever?"

Pylasar nods.

Evia says, "Bewitched."

From behind Pylasar, Cruxophim's voice slowly wonders, "I'm... beginning to suspect something may be a little -off- about Rachel..."

Rachel says, "Then let's find another, shall we?"

Xorus distantly says, "She must have a hundred more by now."

Dergoatean says, "This is a toxic relationship."

Speaking sweetly to Goblyn, Cruxophim jests, "It's true love."

Speaking to Xorus, Thrassus says, "Scattered throughout time."

Berkana says, "You know... if someone started to ask me that a lot, I would be looking for the nearest exit."

Pylasar asks, "What...what was her name?"

Speaking to Berkana, Dergoatean says, "Exactly."

Rachel says, "Does it matter?"

Pylasar says, "Yes. It does to me."

Elphieya softly says, "Yes."

Rachel says, "You know, I never stopped to ask. But she is far more important now, than a name. She is something else, something else entirely."

Pylasar says, "What is she then?"

Rachel says, "A paragon."

Berkana says, "That's what they say about me, Rachel."

Naamit quips, "Everything, from the look of it."

Xorus distantly says, "Kill all the rest."

Bbee asks, "A paragon?"

Dergoatean asks, "A paragon of what?"

Madmountan says, "More like a harbinger."

Evia says, "Kill them all, when you find them."

Goblyn whispers something to Xorus.

Pukk quietly says, "Not paragon but a pair of socks."

Speaking simply to Pylasar, Cruxophim answers, "A feast for crows, now."

Elphieya shakily says, "I don't like this."

Leafiara wryly says, "Well... shouldn't be too hard to kill those who were already dying..."

Leafiara suddenly says, "Except--she might have been lying about that."

Pylasar stumbles forward, fumbling with his hands along the wall as the liquid around him shifts.

Evia says, "That's what Balley heard."

Speaking mockingly to Leafiara, Cruxophim mutters, "'Dying'..."

Speaking musingly to Cruxophim, Leafiara says, "I suppose she could be undead now, or... something."

Bristenn evenly muses, "Something of a phylactery, then? Anchors?"

Balley softly says, "Ok this is getting kinda of worrisome for me."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "Paragon is an interesting choice for it. It has a general meaning, and a specific one."

Xorus distantly says, "Clever, most clever."

Lylia echoes, "Anchors. Yes, that is another interesting term."


Vengeance

Pylasar touches a wall. Images shift to reveal what looks like a curtain of green.

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "A touchstone."

Speaking slowly to Leafiara, Cruxophim clarifies, "I think rumors of her illness may have been somewhat... exaggerated by Naimorai."

Pylasar frowns.

Bbee asks, "Are we all destined to bbe paragon is what I am wondering?"

Bristenn grouses, "Wagered as much."

Pylasar touches another spot along the wall. Only green.

Speaking lightly to Cruxophim, Leafiara says, "That's what I just said, a second after the other thing I said."

Dergoatean says, "The Paragon was not stopped, nor was the future destruction of the Landing."

Balley softly says, "Darn bug."

Dergoatean says, "Thus spake Stormyrain."

Speaking to Pylasar, Naamit urges, "Look for the bleak spot."

Speaking to Pylasar, Raelee asks, "Blocked? Or simply unknown?"

Speaking to Ysharra, Lylia says, "Lapidaries taught me the term."

Pylasar says, "Blocked..."

Pylasar says, "It...hurts..."

Naamit says, "Good."

Xorus distantly says, "The pain will set you free."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "It always does."

Hapenlok murmurs, "Blocked by her....or him?"

The wall of green shifts, as if silken, as if a veil of sorts. The faint image of razor-sharp teeth move behind it.

Lylia softly says, "The pain is illusory too."

Lylia says, "Move past it."

Speaking to Pylasar, Naamit says, "Right there, reach fot it."

Speaking quietly to Naamit, Elphieya asks, "The teeth?"

Xorus distantly says, "Unto the breach."

Speaking to Naamit, Bbee asks, "Bleak spot? The statue bby the hall is bleakstone, is that a bleak spot then?"

Maylan says, "Let's just hope this memory is not happening in the future. It does not seem like a good memory to have."

A voice echoes through the chamber, perhaps once through his own mind. "Forget."

Speaking to Berkana, Evia says, "Gotta work with whatcha got handy."

Speaking to Bbee, Naamit says, "A vague reference at beast. I meant the place where the wall is not green."

Dergoatean says, "Wouldn't blame him."

Lylia counters, "Recall."

Pukk quietly asks, "Forget what?"

Speaking to Naamit, Ysharra says, "I understood you."

Bbee says, "I see."

A voice echoes through the chamber, perhaps once through his own mind. "Forget."

Maylan repeats, "Recall."

Speaking sternly to Pylasar, Cruxophim argues, "Remember."

Speaking to Pylasar, Raelee asks, "Did Stone do this?"

Ruffelin says, "Remember. Ye mus' remember."

Speaking to Lylia, Maylan says, "Stupid voice thinks he can tell him what to do."

Speaking thoughtfully to Raelee, Cruxophim mouths, "Maybe."

Razanetika softly asks, "He's been blocked on purpose... but by whom?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Set it free. It's your mind, mage."

The walls darken to green even more, stretching out. The green shifts like silk. Behind the veil of green the faint outline of huge razor-sharp teeth can be seen, barely concealed behind the curtain.

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Raelee says, "On the surface, it carries his signature more than Raznel's."

Speaking to Ysharra, Goblyn wonders, "Is it?"

Pylasar touches a wall and winces.

Speaking to Maylan, Lylia asks, "If one cannot master one's own memories, then what is left?"

Speaking urgently to Xorus, Leafiara asks, "Is there anything we can do to help push through this?"

Quinshon's voice echoes, "Forget."

Xorus distantly says, "Fear not the surreal."

Dergoatean says, "Oooh."

Evia says, "Argh."

Thrassus says, "Ah, hah."

Ysharra says, "There he is."

Speaking to Lylia, Naamit says, "Despair."

Cruxophim wryly mutters, "Second guess."

Xorus distantly says, "Black Shaman."

Leafiara says, "Ah, the 'Black Shaman'."

Bernadette softly says, "Argh."

Dergoatean says, "Dissembling."

Hapenlok says, "Quinshon."

Hapenlok says, "It figures."

Shapes begin to crawl along the green walls.

Speaking to Pylasar, Lylia urges, "This is too important to set aside and forget. Forgetting is simple. You are not a simple man."

Speaking adamantly to Xorus, Leafiara asks, "Rodnay said this would work if we did it right. Can we help you help Pylasar push through?"

Quinshon's voice echoes, "Forget."

Zosopage says, "Ya didn't need to hear from him again even if only in a memory."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "And remember."

The air grows cold and still as a slender ethereal mindwalker glides in!

[combat]

Ysharra says, "Sent to her journey by her supposed father...and now her real one is trying to cover her tracks."

[combat]

Xorus distantly says, "Will may be communal."

[combat]

Bbee asks, "Forget what?"

Maylan proclaims, "I don't like those!"

Speaking helpfully to Maylan, Goblyn suggests, "Then maybe you will kill them."

The ghostly voice of Xorus says, "Most amusing, Black Shaman."

Cruxophim dryly remarks, "Oh good, let's be racist while we're at it."

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan whines, "I'm trying."

[combat]

Speaking hurriedly to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "You need to do that time reversal thing again with Xorus."

[combat]

Dergoatean says, "Thing is, Quinson's motives aren't necessarily evil."

The ghostly voice of Xorus says, "It is difficult to guard my flank amidst such chaos."

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra says, "Despite the result, I rather think you like the chaos part."

Goblyn gazes fixedly, steadily, at Xorus. A deep scarlet hue infuses Xorus's skin, the hue decreasing in intensity in short order. Goblyn then places her palm, which is suffused with an inky black liquid, against Xorus's neck, and his corpse begins to twitch erratically. Xorus's eyes snap open, and he pulls in a shuddering breath before falling still, save for the rapid, almost panicked, rise and fall of his chest.

Trembling slightly, Goblyn pulls her hand away, her dark liquid handprint hardening, then entirely crumbling away from Xorus's neck.

The green expands and tunnels of the very hollows begin to disappear.

Speaking to Xorus, Hapenlok says, "See to your work. I'll work on the flanks."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "... do let me know when you are ready."

Dergoatean says, "Looks like it'll get worse before it gets better."

[combat]

Speaking decisively to Dergoatean, Leafiara exclaims, "We just have to push through!"

[combat]

Xorus says, "I am ready enough."

Berkana says, "You know... casting Grasp is not the best thing to do if people are going to come and go..."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "Then again... in three, two..."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "... one."

Speaking to Berkana, Dergoatean says, "It's also the mindwalkers casting it."

Hapenlok says, "Honestly, I don't think that was any of our party that did that."

Maylan says, "People should probably stay in the group."

Lylia says, "It was not."

Ysharra says, "It wasn't."

Hapenlok says, "I think it was the creatures themselves."

Naamit says, "I stood you all upright. What does it matter."

Pylasar says, "There is an expedition of warriors going into Ba'Lathan."

Xorus distantly asks, "Black maggots instead of qahzumar. When was this, Quinshon?"

Falvicar quietly says, "People should probably not cast area damaging spells."

Speaking to Naamit, Ysharra says, "I rather love that song."

Thailmore says, "I'm just stickin to fireballs."

Thailmore says, "Seems to work well."

Pylasar says, "They say a woman wielding dark magic walks with them."

Falvicar quietly says, "It's not needed. Things die fast enough."

Xorus chants in an arcane language which causes his skin to turn shadowy for a brief moment.

Speaking insistently to Falvicar, Leafiara says, "Never fast enough. We have to get to whatever Quinshon wants Pylasar to forget."

Balley softly asks, "Who is that woman with dark magic?"

Pylasar says, "I think it is her. We have not heard from her in forever. But she has taken much from me. I will find her, if you permit it."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Falvicar says, "I'll try hard to remember that for the next person to hit me."

Razanetika softly asks, "Who is Pylasar speaking to now?"

A voice says, "You have the Hall's backing and resources."

Evia says, "What is he talking about..."

Berost deeply says, "He hunts her now."

Speaking tentatively to Falvicar, Leafiara says, "I think it was the mindwalkers, not friendly fire. But it's hard to see in the chaos."

Elphieya quietly asks, "Are we sure he does?"

A voice says, "We are sorry about...."

Pylasar says, "I do not need to hear it."

Pylasar says, "I will end Raznel."

A voice says, "Her name now? Of shadows?"

Pylasar says, "Yes."

Bbee asks, "Raznel?"

Ysharra asks, "Does it matter what she's called?"

Berkana says, "I can think of several women that cast dark magic."

Speaking to Ysharra, Lylia says, "Perhaps it does."


The Talon's Explosion

Pylasar lurches forward, appearing weak now, drained. He leans against the shifting wall as green still tries to mix about the cavern.

Dergoatean asks, "Is that voice saying that Raznel literally translates to 'of shadows'?"

Speaking to Dergoatean, Leafiara says, "That's how I took it, at least."

A woman cackles in the distance and a violet glow can be seen.

Speaking to Leafiara, Dergoatean asks, "But what language?"

Razanetika softly says, "Oh no."

Cruxophim absently murmurs, "Not Tehiri, is it?"

Pylasar exclaims, "RACHEL!"

Diamondelille says, "She turnin evil."

Raznel cackles and says, "Oh, Rachel is dead, you know this Peter."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Dergoatean says, "I was wondering. My limited phrasebook doesn't include Shadows, though."

Speaking lightly to Diamondelille, Leafiara repeats, "Turnin', right..."

Raznel cackles and says, "...and not the only one dead, is she?"

Pylasar stumbles at that.

Hapenlok says, "....I knew it."

Maylan says, "Way to rub it in..."

Dergoatean says, "Gracie."

Zosopage says, "Soon Raznel will be dead."

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Ysharra urges, "What happened to your daughter, Peter?"

Speaking softly to Sofal, Razanetika says, "I think you were correct earlier."

The air crackles with energy.

Balley softly says, "Or before she uses anyone else."

Diamondelille asks, "Was Rachel ever ... good?"

Leafiara ominously says, "...get ready."

Winds stir about and the air goes hot to cold, then back again.

Speaking shortly to Diamondelille, Hapenlok says, "No."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Tell us, tell yourself, before she uses it against you."

Speaking to Diamondelille, Maylan says, "Probably."

Maylan says, "At one time."

Speaking to Diamondelille, Dergoatean says, "She wasn't necessarily bad before her father started experimenting on her, as far as I know."

Diamondelille says, "Then he was that bad one."

Ruffelin says, "She better nae hae taken' Gracie fer 'un o' her "paragon" forms."

Speaking to Diamondelille, Dergoatean says, "But even as Naimorai, before Rachel, she got into all manner of poison."

A great land of waste stretches out as far as the eye can see. The shadow of a woman stands in the distance, against the backdrop of a violet glow.

Elphieya quietly asks, "Bleaklands?"

Diamondelille says, "I see that."

Bristenn simply remarks, "Similar. The Wizardwaste."

Bristenn repeats, "Ba'Lathon."

Ysharra says, "She tried to poison her mother, though it was a mercy. Of sorts."

Pylasar rushes forward, screaming!

Speaking to Ysharra, Leafiara says, "And successfully poisoned her grandmother."

Bristenn evenly adds, "The ruins of Toullaire, in Chastonia- and much of the surrounding countryside."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "What's a little poison among family?"

The chamber explodes in a vibrant display of violet lights and a wave of heat!

Pylasar falls over.

Hapenlok says, "Either fire elementals...or we're all going to spontaneously ignite..."

Ysharra says, "Purple..."

Thrassus says, "She must have outdid him."

Speaking determinedly to Hapenlok, Leafiara says, "Worth it, if that's what it takes."

Hapenlok says, "Duck and cover."

Speaking to Falvicar, Naamit asks, "What did I do now?"

Pylasar says, "The...Cre..."

Raznel cackles and says, "Talon, Peter. You know its name."

Speaking gently to Pylasar, Cruxophim consoles, "There there, champ."

The chamber explodes again with a violet light but this time both Pylasar and Rachel scream!

Speaking to Falvicar, Naamit says, "You're too easy. Need to work on that."

Balley softly says, "Is it soo active." [the scarab in her]

The walls of the cavern flicker in and out of existence, thousands of blurred images fluttering about, wild one after another, too rapid to decipher.

Speaking to Falvicar, Naamit quips, "By all accounts, I pay you to let me kill you?"

Over and over the images flutter along the walls.

Hapenlok says, "...losing it."

Ysharra says, "Are we seeing what happened to them? It's...so fast..."


Forget

A voice says, "He's moving. He's alive."

Ruffelin asks, "He?"

A second voice says, "Are you okay?"

Madmountan says, "Sometimes when you are in the eye of the storm..."

The original voice, "What happened to you? Do you have a name?"

Pylasar looks up, squinting. He rasps, "Pylasar."

Shinann says, "He forgot."

Ruffelin says, "Ah."

Dergoatean asks, "Now... what does Pylasar mean?"

Berost deeply says, "Mind is gone ..."

Pylasar asks, "Where...am I?"

Cruxophim slowly speculates, "I think he was trying to say 'Pile o' sores'.... clearly, this is a reference to Raznel."

Naamit simply says, "In a cave."

Nairena says, "Interesting."

Juspera says, "That explosion..."

Speaking wryly to Pylasar, Cruxophim answers, "Hard to say."

Speaking to Pylasar, Goblyn says, "You are at the beginning -- and maybe the end -- of this mind's journey you did bring many on with you."

A voice says, "Phannus."

Pylasar asks, "Where...am I?"

A voice chuckles, "I just said Phannus."

Bristenn neutrally remarks, "Seareach, then."

Shinann says, "He is not back with us."

Pylasar looks up, squinting. He rasps, "Pylasar."

Leafiara slowly says, "Ah... the beginning of his--temporal confusion."

A voice chuckles, "I know, you said that."

Juspera asks, "Was it the explosion that messed up his... relationship with time?"

Speaking to Juspera, Leafiara speculatively says, "It seems so."

A third voice says, "Get him on the wagon, we don't have time. Looks like one of the Kestrel crew. We'll drop him off."

Pylasar asks, "Where...am I?"

Naamit simply repeats, "In a cave."

Dergoatean says, "This is half as bad as seeing Larsya the pirate."

"Forget."

Lylia says, "Or the soldiers in the 'Tear of Koar.'."

Evia says, "Don't."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "A few women who got mixed up with the Kestrels were in Brisker's Cove, I think."

Razanetika softly says, "Again with the Forget...."

Speaking heartily to Pylasar, Chamorr says, "Stuck in a nightmare."

Falvicar quietly says, "Ronan will help him."

The last two tunnels of the Plinite Hollows seem to vanish, as the walls of the chamber stretch to green.

Lylia quietly says, "Forgetting is simple. Too simple. There are no simple answers."

"Forget."

Ysharra says, "...it's your mind, Peter. Pylasar."

Large forms take shape along the cavern ceiling.

Lylia scornfully asks, "The gods have not been precisely forthcoming so far, now have they?"

Juspera says, "Uh."

Thrassus says, "Looks like some big ones this time."

Bernadette softly says, "Look so."

Lylia growls, "I would rather take matters into my own hands."

Naamit asks, "Is everyone grouped this time?"

Cruxophim recites:

"Form on Lylia"

Pukk quietly says, "I know there is a joke to be had here, but I forget what it was."

Descending from the ceiling, the translucent bulbous forms of huge arachnids take shape, slowly sliding downward.

Hapenlok says, "Oh, wonderful."

Hapenlok says, "Spiders."

Juspera says, "Ugh."

Juspera says, "No, thank you."

A translucent mindweaver spider just skittered in.

Leafiara roars, "Slaughter 'em all!"

A translucent mindweaver spider just skittered in.

[combat]

Thailmore says, "Hrm."

[combat]

"Forget."

Pukk quietly says, "Stupid webs."

A translucent mindweaver spider just skittered in.

A translucent mindweaver spider just skittered in.

Xorus distantly says, "Bloody Quinshon."

A translucent mindweaver spider just skittered in.

Leafiara defiantly exclaims, "Never!"

The ground begins to tremble and the cavern seems to shrink slightly.

Dergoatean whispers something to Leafiara.

"Forget."

Hapenlok says, "Well, spiders that absorb magic."

Hapenlok asks, "Sure, why not?"

"Forget."

Xorus distantly says, "Resist him Pylasar."

Dirt and rock explode from the ground beneath Chamorr as a mammoth veinous brainworm erupts from underground and crashes onto the surface!

Rocks and dirt pelt Chamorr as he is thrown into the air!

Chamorr makes a stunning maneuver in the air avoiding the majority of the debris and landing on his feet!

[combat]

Ruffelin says, "Gads."

Leafiara viciously says, "All dead so far."

Greycrown says, "Well that was embarrassing."

Chamorr heartily says, "What was I tryin to remember."

Speaking to Zolis, Goblyn exclaims, "It is better when it is bloody!"

Thailmore says, "I can't do much without magic."

"Unravel."

Madmountan says, "Oh my."

Xorus distantly says, "Resist."

The air crackles with potent energy!

Black tendrils of anti-mana climb over Avalera draining her power!

Avalera becomes solid again.

[everyone gets dispelled of all outside spells]

Dergoatean says, "Wow."

"Forget."

A translucent mindweaver spider just skittered in.

A translucent mindweaver spider just skittered in.

A translucent mindweaver spider just skittered in.

A translucent mindweaver spider just skittered in.

[combat]

Thailmore asks, "Did we go to the Rift?"

[combat]

Speaking wryly to Thailmore, Leafiara says, "Sort of."

[combat]

Tayler says, "Uh oh."

Naamit simply says, "Well then."

Speaking cheerfully to Chamorr, Goblyn says, "You do make very nice screams."


Remember

Pylasar screams!

(Xorus grips his dark obelisk crystal, his eyes turning fiery blackish-green.)

The ghostly voice of Falvicar quietly says, "Dern bugs."

Speaking deeply to Thrassus, the ghostly voice of Zolis asks, "Aye, cousin?"

Pylasar stretches out his hands and purple lightning streaks out from his palms and dances along the chamber, bouncing back and forth from wall to wall to ceiling to ground.

Xorus distantly says, "Do not let him win."

The green walls fade to black, replaced once more by rippling liquid.

Pylasar kneels down.

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra exclaims, "Remember!"

Pylasar looks at the wall, touching the liquid with his fingers.

Gracie giggles.

The ghostly voice of Berost deeply says, "Spiders ..."

Evia says, "Ack."

Naamit slowly says, "I feel like we've been here before."

Ysharra says, "...Gracie. She's back."

Tayler says, "I'm just gonna... go... you know."

Tayler says, "That way."

Pylasar turns his hands and the dead rise.

Pylasar stops, and returns his gaze to the moving wall.

Gracie giggles.

Pylasar says, "Please...go. Leave me awhile."

Speaking softly to Pylasar, Ysharra insists, "Remember her."

Pylasar crawls outside of the runic circle Xorus made.

Pylasar stops, and returns his gaze to the moving wall.

Pylasar moves to a sitting position.

"I love you daddy."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Remember your daughter."

Madmountan says, "Erm, sorry."

Speaking uncertainly to Pylasar, Cruxophim ventures, "I.. love you too?"

Pylasar touches the wall, moving his hands.

Lylia quietly says, "Let him be with her."

"I love you daddy."

Pylasar clenches his jaw.

Pylasar glances at a thick cloud of purple fog.

Xorus distantly asks, "What else?"

Pylasar says, "Leave me..."

Speaking to Pylasar, Zosopage says, "Hold on to that thought."

Madmountan asks, "He wants to be alone with her?"

Thailmore asks, "Is he talking to us or her?"

Gracie giggles.

Dergoatean says, "Or he wants to be alone."

Thrassus says, "He's in the present, yes."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra pleads, "Gracie. Go to her."

Shinann says, "No."

Elphieya quietly asks, "Should we go into the fog?"

Evia says, "We should go? Or..."

Shinann says, "He cannot go to her."

Pylasar glances at a thick cloud of purple fog.

Pylasar says, "Please go...."

Lylia says, "We should go. This memory is for him."

Pylasar slowly empties his lungs.

Goblyn curiously asks, "You will leave him here with this.... memory that is maybe not a memory?"

Lylia softly says, "This one is yours alone."

Dergoatean says, "He's been through enough. I'll exit for him."

Pylasar lowers his head and slumps.

"I love you daddy."

Ysharra says, "It's his daughter. To take even this from him..."

Speaking to Ysharra, Naamit says, "Children are cruel."

Speaking to Naamit, Goblyn says, "Adults are cruel."

Speaking to Naamit, Ysharra says, "It's not their fault..."

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "Well... ...thank you."

[Plinite Hollows, Core]

The cavern is wide and spherical, with large tunnels branching off in multiple directions. Dim lavender light glows faintly from each passageway, and the indistinct crackling of energy can be heard in the distance. You also see a bundle of arrows, some silver coins, a bundle of arrows, a summoning circle, the brown Hapenlok disk, the bloodstained Madmountan disk with scuffed and dented sides, the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk and a thick cloud of purple fog. Also here: Yakushi, Melikor, Pukk, Miss Goblyn who is sitting, Lord Zolis, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Magister Raelee, Hapenlok, Lady Nairena, Mistress Naamit, Xorus, Alasatia, Event Planner Leafiara, Lord Pylasar, Ysharra

Speaking to Pylasar, Nairena says, "Your daughter isn't really dead if she remains in your heart and mind."

You wander into the cloud of purple fog, blindly moving forward until you find that your surroundings have changed.