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Imaerasta 11-12, 5119

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Summary

  • Thrayzar scales down the side of Moot Hall and sniffs the air, saying Stiletto's been here again tonight and warning to be prepared for anything. He says she's spoken with Pylasar and in a few nights we'll seek out the identity and location of the next paragon. Mayor Lylia, Balley, and Leafiara relay the warning Stiletto gave.
  • Thrayzar says he's been preparing for days and hasn't had a chance to meet with the captains or Thadston, but that he's volunteered to help hunt the next paragon in Pylasar's place, since Raznel had placed mental traps for him. He calls it a test for himself and says he'd like to revisit his own mind in time and open the door he couldn't bring himself to before--the black door with the yellow talisman.
  • Magister Raelee asks about specifics on the traps and he says he doesn't press, but Pylasar's led him to believe the traps dredge up memories and falsehoods.
  • Soneiken asks if Thrayzar wants the curse anulled; Thrayzar says he hasn't called it a curse in ages.
  • A small speck of orange light floats through the area and Thrayzar sniffs. Razanetika asks if it's the Chronomage, but Thrayzar says it's... "RUN!" A sphere of flame spreads fiery globules throughout the area, setting people ablaze and killing off fiteeen adventurers.
  • No rest for the weary as growls and monstrous screams fill the night! Empaths and clerics can't work fast enough to heal and resurrect the fallen, but town guards and militia have to rush to the gates as goblins, orcs, trolls, and ogres swarm. A few town defenders move out, albeit in smaller groups than usual, and it doesn't go especially well as they're met by an assault of feras weapons!
  • Black and orange fire lands on South Ring Road, sparking fires and lighting townspeople ablaze. As some try to escape, red orcs cut them down or toss them into the fires.
  • As town defenders try to rally back from a rough start, grey mist seeps from the fissures in town, driving people mad to start attacking one another!
  • However, Landing defenders do eventually make a comeback and seem to clear the streets, as for several minutes only the rather weak red orcs are striking...
  • ...until hobgoblin bloodpriests attack Lylia's group on North Ring Road and unleash implosions! Trolls and ogres run a death march through town and butcher citizens as black-veined giants pass too, shaking the ground. Elsewhere, scarabs begin bursting from the ground and burrowing into people, creating a new wave of death.
  • Back in Town Square Central, a shrill voice cackles behind Captain Shinann and she's attacked by slashes and orbs of red light until she's killed. A black-veined giant charges the square, knocking most down, and drags Shinann off. Leafi attempts to pursue, but the giant sets her on fire and continues on its way.
  • At last the streets are cleared, though tired town guards and militia members gather the dead as the scents of smoke, burnt flesh, and rot hang in the air.


Highlights

Berkana kisses Cryheart tenderly.
Berkana kisses Cryheart tenderly on the cheek.
Speaking to Berkana, Stormyrain asks, "Are you hoping to make him forget about his Ribboned Lass?"
Berkana says, "I was aiming for the cheek."
Stormyrain understandingly offers, "He does have big lips."
Lylia says, "Inclement, but the rains keep the smell to a dull roar."
Speaking quietly to Felita, Pukk says, "Okay, I can see that then. That's much better."
Speaking to Lylia, Chaoswynd says, "I guess that depends on whether or not you prefer the smell of dry rot, or damp, moldy rot."
Lylia asks, "The glass is half full, then, but half-full of what?"
Speaking heartily to Leafiara, the ghostly voice of Chamorr says, "I need to get a life."
You also see the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, a gypsy fortuneteller, a worm-covered red orc brute that appears dead and a warehouse entrance.
Speaking curiously to a gypsy fortuneteller, Leafiara says, "Ya sure got him good, apparently."
The ghostly voice of Ghianna says, "I'm decaying very nicely, thank you."
The ghostly voice of Berkana says, "I probably should not have been so cavalier and tried to eat a doughnut while fending off creatures."


Log

Chatting in the Rain

[Stone Baths, Entry]

The room opens up into a large antechamber surrounded by walls of pale limestone, brightened from silver moonlight streaming in through glass windows. A long navy blue rug stretches from a brass-trimmed door to a circular front desk where a female elven clerk smiles warmly. The sound of clanking glasses is heard coming from a brass archway and glowing candles illuminate a broad hallway.

Also here: Master Eledryn

Thunder rumbles in the distance.

Leafiara mischievously exclaims, "Not like -some- of us have hopes or anything!"

[italicized lines are in other rooms that Leafi's familiar is watching]

Razanetika softly exclaims, "Thunder!"

Speaking curiously to Eledryn, Leafiara asks, "Join ya in what?"

Eledryn says, "Well, it is the bathhouse."

Razanetika softly says, "Rain clouds."

Cryheart says, "I heard thunder."

Zosopage says, "You did."

Leafiara surprisedly says, "Oh, no, it was just a nice clean location."

Razanetika softly says, "And it's raining."

Arianiss says, "That was just your imagination."

Leafiara amicably says, "I'm headin' back outside now."

Eledryn says, "As am I."

Balley softly says, "Zoso you need to by me a coat with a hood."

Leafiara eagerly exclaims, "See ya there then! Race!"

[travel]

[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: Event Planner Leafiara, Shinann, Sir Cryheart, Avalera, Great Lord Demicone, Lord Deatrys, Elfaime who is sitting, Stormyrain, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Zosopage, Alistaere, Tolida, Xylax, Lord Kleef, Magister Raelee, Arianiss, Razanetika, Lord Chamorr, Pukk, Chaoswynd, Dillitink, Syrria, Ironglor, Lord Shivasa

Balley softly says, "I am tired of needing to wash my hair."

Speaking confidently to Eledryn, Leafiara says, "Beat'cha."

Shinann says, "Well, it is just water. Better than blood."

Razanetika softly says, "And the thunder rolls...."

Speaking confidently to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "Despite looks, you're definitely older than Silver here."

Leafiara lightly places her hand on the half-lame old wolf which responds by moving his body beneath her hand for a thorough rubbing.

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Considering the average lifespan of a wild wolf is a mere decade or two, I should bloody well think so."

Chamorr joins Cryheart's group.

Speaking dubiously to Pukk, Leafiara asks, "Did you declare it?"

Speaking to Cryheart, Zosopage says, "May as well beat Pukk to the punch."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika says, "He's slacking again."

Leafiara joins Cryheart's group.

Speaking grimly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Too late now."

Cryheart says, "Pukk fell into a dream."

Speaking cautiously to Cryheart, Leafiara says, "Well, as long as Raznel didn't do it."

Mistress Berkana just arrived.

Cryheart hugs Berost.

Cryheart says, "Oops."

Cryheart hugs Berkana.

Speaking earnestly to Cryheart, Leafiara exclaims, "Should grab him just in case!"

Berkana kisses Cryheart tenderly.

Berkana kisses Cryheart tenderly on the cheek.

Cryheart says, "Pardon me."

Berost deeply says, "Watch tha spikes."

Berkana snickers at Cryheart.

Balley softly asks, "Did anyone see what the breeze did?" [I believe referring to this ambient message: "A light breeze picks up and swirls through the Lower Dragonsclaw forest. Some leaves along the great modwir trees turn grey and crumble apart, scattering like motes of ash along the wind and flutter down across the town like a curtain of pallid snow."]

Cryheart says, "Aye."

Speaking to Berkana, Stormyrain asks, "Are you hoping to make him forget about his Ribboned Lass?"

Speaking to Balley, Leafiara says, "It's, uh... been like that for a bit."

Balley softly says, "Oh I have never noticed."

Berkana says, "I was aiming for the cheek."

Speaking to Cryheart, Leafiara mouths, "Ribboned?"

Balley softly says, "Poor trees."

Stormyrain understandingly offers, "He does have big lips."

Zosopage recites:

"Everyone cover Pukk with leaves"

Speaking to Cryheart, Gutstorm exclaims, "Portin fer dooty!"

Speaking to Kethrain, Stormyrain says, "Been a while since I've seen your face in the Landing."

Speaking to Kethrain, Stormyrain offers, "Welcome back."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Kethrain says, "Hello pretty lady."

Speaking to Razanetika, Gutstorm says, "Itsh hard, like yer head."

Pukk recites quietly:

"Everybody join Cryheart!"

Cryheart says, "Ye are late."

Speaking to Cryheart, Tolida asks, "Perhaps we should move outside the hall and away from the noise?"

Speaking to Stormyrain, Kethrain says, "Got to admit I was beginning to wonder if I knew anyone round here any more."

Speaking softly to Pukk, Razanetika says, "Little late on the update."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Stormyrain says, "Have you met Kethrain? Talented locksmith."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Chaoswynd says, "Can't say that I have, no."

Cryheart says, "Will in a minute."

Speaking to Kethrain, Stormyrain says, "Some of us are still wandering. Blades is about, too."

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Pukk says, "Yes, my brain was over heated due to actually thinking. It had to cool off."

Stormyrain says, "And there's Rtune, and Cryheart, Guarrin..quite a few really."

Speaking to Kethrain, Stormyrain says, "This is Cay."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Kethrain says, "Pleasure to meet cha aquaintence."

Speaking to Kethrain, Chaoswynd says, "A pleasure."

Speaking to Raelee, Gutstorm exclaims, "Why ye not invishble!"

Speaking to Kethrain, Stormyrain says, "We've got a bit of weather happening. Normally the storms blow in drama of one sort or another. Join Cryheart if you'd like to wander about and find out what."

Cryheart says, "Ok..moving to outside of Moot soon."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Kethrain says, "Well pretty one if ya need me services I'll be round the tower for a bit."

Speaking to Kethrain, Stormyrain whispers aloud, "He's the unofficial group leader for these forays into whatever."

Leafiara musingly says, "I suppose Thrayzar must have heard the news by now..."

Speaking to Felita, Gutstorm says, "I like yer wingsh, I bet you tashte like chicken like da owl ober dar."

Cryheart says, "Ok..moving easterly."

Gutstorm points at a pale-faced coppery barn owl.

Berost deeply says, "Mayhaps he jest cuts em out."

Bolts of white hot lightning burn across the dark heavens as storm clouds continue to roll in, slowly swallowing up the stars imbedded in the backdrop of night.

Felita says, "Ye ainna touchin em."

Sir Cryheart's group just went east.

[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: Semiera, Arianiss, Sofal, Xorus, Mayor Lylia, Stormyrain, Arasleaf, Death Knight Warclaidh, Mistress Ghianna, Ambassador Neopuron, Avalera, Felita, Stilehe, Bernadette, Great Lord Gutstorm, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Berost, Lord Rassyn, Master Eledryn, Event Planner Leafiara, Shinann, Lord Deatrys who is sitting, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Zosopage, Tolida, Magister Raelee, Razanetika, Lord Chamorr, Pukk, Chaoswynd, Sir Cryheart

Lylia erases a message from a bone-framed bulletin board.

Leafiara comments, "...quite a show tonight, and not even purple this time."

Lylia mutters something about miscreants.

Cryheart says, "In case we hae to run inside."

Gutstorm says, "Nice kitty."

Felita turns to Lylia and bows low, spreading her wings for all to see.

Speaking quietly to Felita, Pukk says, "You just had to go and bow to her. Now she might expect the rest of us to bow too."

Felita says, "I likes showin off me pretty wings."

Lylia says, "Inclement, but the rains keep the smell to a dull roar."

Speaking quietly to Felita, Pukk says, "Okay, I can see that then. That's much better."

Speaking to Lylia, Chaoswynd says, "I guess that depends on whether or not you prefer the smell of dry rot, or damp, moldy rot."

Lylia asks, "The glass is half full, then, but half-full of what?"

Deatrys says, "False Promises."

Gutstorm says, "Wowsha."

Lylia asks, "Captains. How are you this evening?"

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Oof."

Stormyrain asks, "Doing well, thank you. And yourself Madame Mayor?"

Speaking to Lylia, Shinann says, "I am fine."

Speaking to Leafiara, Ghianna asks, "Captain? When did I get demoted?"

Lylia replies, "Quite well. Now that I am divested of Raznel's 'gift.'"

Lylia says, "Hm."


Thrayzar Updates

A grey-cloaked figure can be seen moving across some nearby rooftops.

[Leafi goes to check the rooftops; italicized lines are her familiar watching]

Speaking drunkenly to Razanetika, Gutstorm says, "No coming da goodsh."

Balley softly asks, "Who wears the Grey cloak?"

Shinann says, "Thrayzar."

[Leafi returns]

Stormyrain says, "..Thrayzar has one that's a similar color, but he can't be the only one."

Shinann says, "True."

Balley softly says, "Ok I just saw one with a grey cloak on the roof tops."

Lylia says, "Most people arrive on foot, not via the rooftops."

Balley softly says, "So I could not remember who wore a grey cloak."

Chamorr heartily says, "Who wears a grey cloak and jumps around on da rooftops."

Lylia says, "This, plus the cloak, means we are most likely expecting Thrayzar."

Bristenn grouses, "I was going to say, other than the fissures and mud, you've perfectly adequate streets."

Razanetika softly says, "And the thunder rolls...."

Cryheart says, "And the smell."

Arianiss says, "If I felt sure of my footing I'd move around town on the rooftops."

Bristenn sighs, "And the smell."

Speaking to Bristenn, Lylia says, "Yes, well, the streets are in dire shape these days, it is true enough."

Speaking earnestly to Bristenn, Leafiara insists, "We're workin' on the fissures part."

Speaking to Cryheart, Lylia says, "And the smell."

Speaking to Bristenn, Dhuul exclaims, "Glad you can see 'em and smell it from up there!"

Razanetika softly says, "As the lightning strikes...."

[I briefly got disconnected here; came back to...]

Speaking to Zosopage, Lylia says, "Myrrh and copal."

Speaking softly to Gutstorm, Razanetika says, "I'll show you violence later..."

Bernadette softly says, "Hyssop."

Speaking to Lylia, Zosopage says, "That would work."

Bernadette softly says, "Oh that's the other end."

Bristenn simply remarks, "Yet still here to lend aid."

Lylia says, "They only do so much, of course."

Razanetika softly says, "Hmm."

Dhuul says, "Squite a likeness."

Lylia says, "But it is something to sweeten the air."

The grey-cloaked figure of Thrayzar rushes along some rooftops, coming closer to Moot Hall.

Speaking to Lylia, Dhuul exclaims, "Nice statue!"

Bernadette softly says, "Dere he goes."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Hi Thrayzar!"

Lylia says, "Thank you. The ears are somewhat inaccurate."

Speaking to Lylia, Zosopage says, "Or incense. Would work better than perfume or cologne."

Placing the fingers of his left hand upon the back of his right, Dhuul slowly traces out a pattern on his pasty white skin and an ethereal light begins to illuminate his veins. Slowly, methodically, Dhuul intones a soft prayer and the patterns, which now dance like eels beneath waves, suddenly burst from his flesh in a fine mist.

Dhuul gestures at a polished bleakstone statue.

A polished bleakstone statue glows for a moment.

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Imma laugh if he tripsh and fallsh off the roof."

Speaking to Pukk, Ghianna asks, "Did she say that the statue has earing problems?"

Speaking carefully to Dhuul, Leafiara says, "That didn't go so well for Deatrys the other night. I'm not sure I'd recommend attacking it."

Scaling down the side of Moot Hall, Thrayzar lands gracefully. He is slightly different, now garbed in a suit of slender black armor, an ivory thorn on his shoulder. Two notched hatchets hang from his belt.

Thrayzar twists his head slightly, cracking his neck. He looks relieved.

Lylia agrees, "Yes, I burn the copal and myrrh."

Madmountan says, "Handsome."

Speaking to Leafiara, Dhuul exclaims, "Jes a prayer!"

Speaking to Thrayzar, Stormyrain greets, "Marshal."

>look thra

You see Thrayzar Necksnapper.

He appears to be an Orc.

He is average height. He appears to be in the prime of life. He has dark brown eyes and burgundy fur-covered skin. He has long, thick and matted deep burgundy hair worn in a multitude of war braids. He has an emaciated face, a flat nose and a bony cranium and a missing finger. He has sharp discolored fangs and a wicked eye-shaped scar on his left cheek.

He is in good shape.

He is wearing a long sleek grey leather cloak, a circular dented grey shield, a slim dark leather pack, a suit of slender black armor with a tiny ivory thorn on the right shoulder, a small halfling skin pouch, a grey leather bandolier, some frayed dark leather pants, and some spike-toed leather boots.

Thrayzar says, "Evening."

Thrayzar sniffs.

Cryheart says, "Good evening."

Thrayzar sniffs.

Pukk quietly says, "I think he wants to go wood chopping."

Leafiara amicably greets, "Evenin' there."

Thrayzar says, "Stiletto's been here again tonight."

Bernadette softly says, "We kin chop some trees."

Cryheart says, "Ahhh."

Thrayzar kneels down.

Thrayzar sniffs.

Thrayzar stands up.

Speaking heartily to Thrayzar, Chamorr says, "Good evenin."

Leafiara curiously says, "Not last night, but this night too? Hmm."

Thrayzar gazes off into the distance.

Madmountan says, "He's a sneaksy little thing."

Thrayzar says, "I would be prepared for anything."

Speaking to Pukk, Leafiara asks, "Noticed anyone else with new scarabs?"

Thrayzar says, "I've also spoken with Pylasar."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "No...who?"

Speaking to Thrayzar, Lylia says, "He brought a warning with him the last time I saw him. Stiletto, that is."

Speaking to Leafiara, Eledryn asks, "There are new scarabs?"

Thrayzar says, "In a few nights, we'll seek out the identity and location of the next...paragon."

Thrayzar asks, "Oh?"

Thrayzar peers quizzically at Lylia.

Thrayzar asks, "Stiletto did?"

Balley softly says, "Yes."

Lylia nods at Thrayzar.

Thrayzar asks, "...and?"

Lylia says, "Just before he afflicted our two captains with their own scarabs."

Balley softly says, "He gave us a warning."

Leafiara frankly explains, "Same warning as ever. Stop meddling or there'll be consequences."

Lylia indifferently says, "Blah, blah, consequences, blah..."

Thrayzar says, "I am sorry, I've been busy for days preparing and...pondering."

Bristenn deadpans, "Right creative."

Thrayzar says, "I hadn't even had a chance to meet with the Captains or Thadston."

Eledryn says, "Seems to me that we're getting plenty of consequences without meddling."

Speaking to Eledryn, Lylia says, "Oh, we are doing quite a bit of meddling."

Lylia says, "We shall continue to do it, too."

Leafiara adds, "And we'd get the consequences with or without, so it hardly matters."

Speaking to Eledryn, Ghianna says, "That's the truth of the consequences."

Thrayzar says, "I have volunteered to help hunt the next paragon in Pylasar's place."

Madmountan says, "I'm sure that will please her."

Speaking suddenly to Thrayzar, Leafiara asks, "Wait. That means you're feeling much better than you had been, recently?"

Thrayzar says, "He has informed me the witch has placed various mental traps for him."

Lylia says, "Your help is welcome, but -- ah."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Raelee asks, "He has not offered any specifics about these traps... has he?"

Thrayzar says, "...and it is a test for myself, in all honesty."

Leafiara absently remarks, "...talk about a 'field test.'."

Thrayzar says, "I wish to revisit my own mind, in time. If we can afford it."

Thrayzar says, "There is a door I..."

Thrayzar says, "I am just curious."

Thrayzar nods at Raelee.

Thrayzar says, "He has shared some."

Chamorr heartily says, "Behind the red orc's door."

Thrayzar says, "Very little. I do not press. He has led me to believe the witch has placed traps to drudge up memories."

Thrayzar says, "Falsehoods, even."

Thrayzar says, "The black door with the yellow talisman I could not bring myself to open."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Soneiken asks, "You wish for the curse to be anulled?"

Thrayzar says, "Mine? I have not called it a curse in ages."

Thrayzar says, "I am just, curious."

Lylia says, "Curiosity is a virtue."

Speaking drunkenly to Razanetika, Gutstorm says, "Grin wider."

Arasleaf says, "Lightning for days."

A small speck of orange light floats lazily through the area like a flame-hued firefly.

Thrayzar sniffs.

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Nice!"

Razanetika softly asks, "Chronomage?"

Zosopage says, "Or fire..."

Razanetika softly says, "There is that...."

Thrayzar says, "No...it's..."

Thrayzar sniffs.

Thrayzar exclaims, "RUN!"


Fire in the Hole

A viscous sphere of flame arcs into the area!

The viscous sphere of flame impacts the ground nearby, dispersing fiery globules all over!

... 25 points of damage!

Flames burn hole in chest exposing ribs!

He is stunned!

[insert another 20 people getting burned]

A viscous sphere of flame arcs into the area!

The viscous sphere of flame impacts the ground nearby, dispersing fiery globules all over!

... 20 points of damage!

Nasty burns to right leg. Gonna need lots of butter.

He is knocked to the ground!

[insert another 19 people getting burned]

Xorus just went east.

Mayor Lylia just went north.

Arianiss just went south.

Berost just trudged away moving west.

A viscous sphere of flame arcs into the area!

The viscous sphere of flame impacts the ground nearby, dispersing fiery globules all over!

... 10 points of damage!

Burst of flames to left arm burns skin bright red.

[insert another 17 people getting burned]

[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: a stunned Nixlsplixt, a stunned Goldstr who is lying down, Arasleaf, Death Knight Warclaidh, a stunned Soneiken, a stunned Alanisse, a stunned Great Lord Mongonator, Thrayzar, a stunned Dhuul, a stunned Sir Bristenn, Alakazim, a stunned Sofal, a stunned Mistress Ghianna, Neopuron, Avalera, a stunned Felita, a stunned Stilehe, a stunned Bernadette, Great Lord Gutstorm, Mistress Berkana, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Lord Rassyn, a stunned Master Eledryn, Event Planner Leafiara, a stunned Shinann, a stunned Gypsy Scribe Balley, Zosopage, a stunned Tolida, Magister Raelee, a stunned Razanetika, a stunned Lord Chamorr, a stunned Pukk, Chaoswynd, Sir Cryheart

Great Lord Gutstorm begins to walk west but suddenly trips and goes flailing out of sight!

Avalera just went west.

A viscous sphere of flame arcs into the area!

The viscous sphere of flame impacts the ground nearby, dispersing fiery globules all over!

... 4 points of damage!

Burst of flames to back toasts skin nicely.

[insert another 8 people getting burned]

Leafiara curiously says, "Hm."

You notice Chaoswynd moving stealthily west.

Sir Bristenn just went east.

The flames surrounding Nixlsplixt flare up and sear his skin!

... 15 points of damage!

Burst of flames to left arm toasts skin to elbows.

[similar for Balley, Shyspirit, Shinann, Arasleaf, Pukk, Berkana, Bernadette, Goldstr, Chamorr, Dhuul, Mongonator, Razanetika, Ghianna, Zosopage, Balley again, Sofal, Alanisse, Cryheart, Pukk again, Chamorr again, Eledryn Rassyn, Felita, Ghianna, Dhuul again...]

Dhuul drops dead at your feet!

[...Alanisse again...]

Alanisse drops dead at your feet!

[Shyspirit again, Goldstr again, you get the point...]

Dhuul just bit the dust!

Alanisse just bit the dust!

Soneiken just bit the dust! [elsewhere in town]

[more burning]

Shyspirit just bit the dust!

[at this point Leafi bails out of the room; again, italicized lines are her familiar watching]

Eledryn just bit the dust! [elsewhere in town]

Kethrain says, "I could go with."

Daniels says, "Nice."

[more burning]

Goldstr drops dead at your feet!

Balley drops dead at your feet!

Goldstr just bit the dust!

Balley just bit the dust!

Rassyn drops dead at your feet!

Nixlsplixt drops dead at your feet!

The ghostly voice of Dhuul says, "RUN HE SAID."

Rassyn just bit the dust!

Nixlsplixt just bit the dust!

Mongonator drops dead at your feet!

Razanetika drops dead at your feet!

Chamorr drops dead at your feet!

Mongonator just bit the dust!

Razanetika just bit the dust!

Chamorr just bit the dust!

Thrayzar falls over.

Thrayzar rolls around on the ground.

The ghostly voice of Eledryn says, "Ow."

Thrayzar rolls around on the ground.

Berkana drops dead at your feet!

Pukk drops dead at your feet!

Berkana just bit the dust!

Sofal just bit the dust! [elsewhere in town]

Pukk just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Balley softly says, "That hurt."

[Leafi returns]

[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: Event Planner Leafiara, the body of Nixlsplixt who is lying down, the body of Goldstr who is lying down, a stunned Arasleaf who is lying down, the body of High Lady Shyspirit who is lying down, the body of Alanisse who is lying down, the body of Great Lord Mongonator who is lying down, Thrayzar who is lying down, the body of Dhuul who is lying down, Mistress Ghianna, Felita who is lying down, a stunned Stilehe, a stunned Bernadette, the body of Mistress Berkana who is lying down, the body of Lord Rassyn who is lying down, the body of Master Eledryn who is lying down, a stunned Shinann, the body of Gypsy Scribe Balley who is lying down, Zosopage who is lying down, the body of Razanetika who is lying down, the body of Lord Chamorr who is lying down, the body of Pukk who is lying down, Sir Cryheart who is lying down

Cryheart yells, "Drop and roll!"

Cryheart yells, "Drop and roll!"

The ghostly voice of Pukk quietly exclaims, "Well I always knew I was hot!"

The ghostly voice of Goldstr says, "I dinna run fast enuff."

Leafiara slowly says, "...well then."

Cryheart says, "Ouch."

The ghostly voice of Nixlsplixt says, "I was just walking through."

Roblar deeply says, "Dis no guud."


Grim Swarm

A deep gutteral growl echoes in the distance as the sound of monstrous screams fill the night, rushing towards Wehnimer's Landing!

Cryheart says, "I smell burnt skin."

Shinann just bit the dust! [elsewhere in town]

The ghostly voice of Eledryn says, "Well then."

Dhuul says, "Danks."

Leafiara offhandedly says, "...ooh boy. Time to get to work." [Note: like 95% of the time Leafi rushes out to the front lines, but in this case the casualties were so frontloaded that she hung back a while--so hopefully this isn't too dull a read from the triage perspective until she hops back into it later. My editing for triage involves cutting out the most basic things like people asking for healing, raises, preservation, etc., along with cutting out the actual messaging of people being healed, raised, dragged, etc., so this might seem a bit all over the map.]

Chamorr exclaims, "Put it out! Someone put it out!"

Dhuul says, "I didn't much care for that."

Dhuul says, "Not at all."

Chamorr exclaims, "Put it out! Someone put it out!"

The ghostly voice of Eledryn says, "Well, most excitement I've had all day."

Chamorr exclaims, "Put it out! Someone put it out!"

Zosopage says, "I knew it was fire."

A deep gutteral growl echoes in the distance as the sound of monstrous screams fill the night, rushing towards Wehnimer's Landing!

Dhuul says, "That's a good one."

Cryheart says, "I cannae drag anyone."

Zusta just bit the dust!

Leafiara yells, "Bring the fallen to the square!"

Cryheart says, "Bah."

Town militia and guards cry out as they rush towards the town gates as a horde of goblins, orcs, trolls and ogres flood towards the town!

Voltung hoarsely asks, "How do we put those who are burning out?"

Roblar deeply says, "Roll em."

Arianiss just bit the dust!

Shinann: "Defend the gates."

Leafiara loudly exclaims, "Prioritize the clerics and empaths!"

Speaking in Elven, the ghostly voice of Eledryn says, "Sand devils couldn't kill me, but being lost in thought in the wrong place certainly could do it."

Gherrald just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Arianiss says, "They have feras."

Lylia: "Who guards the North Gate? I shall take the West."

Arianiss: "They have feras."

Leafiara mutters, "Talk about starting off on the back foot..."

Cryheart says, "Moving to the gates."

[shortly after, because the wolf was following Cryheart I could see...]

A towering black-veined giant swings a feras falchion at Cryheart!

AS: +515 vs DS: +362 with AvD: +21 + d100 roll: +3 = +177

... and hits for 5 points of damage!

A nice bruise to Cryheart's neck!

As the blow lands, the feras falchion unleashes a severe smiting of lightning!

... 50 points of damage!

Powerful blast reduces Cryheart to a smoldering pile of ash!

Cryheart was just vaporized!

Cryheart just bit the dust!

A towering black-veined giant swings a feras falchion at Daniels!

AS: +515 vs DS: +436 with AvD: +36 + d100 roll: +57 = +172

... and hits for 33 points of damage!

Slash to Daniels's chest!

That heart's not broken, it's only scratched.

As the blow lands, the feras falchion unleashes a severe smiting of lightning!

... 70 points of damage!

Horrifying bolt of electricity crystalizes abdominal area. Spiffy but unfortunately also quite deadly.

Daniels just bit the dust!

A towering black-veined giant swings a feras falchion at Kethrain!

AS: +515 vs DS: +161 with AvD: +32 + d100 roll: +63 = +449

... and hits for 57 points of damage!

Strong slash to Kethrain's right leg!

Muscles exposed!

Not a pretty sight.

As the blow lands, the feras falchion unleashes a severe smiting of lightning!

... 35 points of damage!

Massive electrical shock to the right hand destroys flesh. What remains is useless.

Kethrain just bit the dust!

A wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest finishes chanting and thrusts a clawed hand towards Zosopage!

A void rips open in the area, directly above Zosopage!

Zosopage is sucked into the void!

Rather abrupt decompression causes Zosopage to explode!

Billions and billions of tiny bits of flesh shower everything.

Quite severely dead.

Zosopage has been vaporized!

A towering black-veined giant swings a feras falchion at Berost!

Some rolaren battle plate is overwhelmed by the onslaught of the slashing attack.

AS: +515 vs DS: +269 with AvD: +21 + d100 roll: +39 = +306

... and hits for 20 points of damage!

Quick slash catches Berost's cheek!

Dimples are always nice.

As Berost's battle plate is hit, its outer rim seems to fold inward upon itself drawing the black-veined giant along with it! **

... 25 points of damage!

Veins in arm stand out briefly!

As the blow lands, the feras falchion unleashes a damaging blast of lightning!

Some rolaren battle plate partially deflects the onslaught of the shocking attack.

... 12 points of damage!

Nasty jolt to back fuses a few vertebrae. Definitely uncomfortable.

Berost drops dead at your feet!

Zosopage just bit the dust!

Berost just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Zosopage says, "Dang."

Leafiara pragmatically says, "Maybe, just maybe, we should get everyone raised -before- we start marching out there..."

Nidela says, "Certainly."

The ghostly voice of Kethrain says, "Well.... that will count me out didn't realize they sent in the big guns so early."

Speaking to Leafiara, the ghostly voice of Eledryn says, "I support this plan."

The ghostly voice of Cryheart says, "Aye."

Arianiss says, "Oh, now you all want to raise people first."

Talismanblue asks, "Will they just be struck by lightning again?"

The ghostly voice of Zosopage says, "Dang void."

Speaking to Talismanblue, the ghostly voice of Eledryn says, "It was fire, not lightning."

Speaking to Arianiss, Leafiara explains, "Too many of the usual frontliners are dead to march straight out."

Shinann just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Razanetika softly says, "There is a troll dragging dead Sofal around."

The ghostly voice of Kethrain says, "No... no it didn't..."

The ghostly voice of Cryheart says, "Feras weapons."

The ghostly voice of Sofal says, "Was being drug around by a troll."

The ghostly voice of Chamorr heartily says, "Felt like a tksgivin turkey."

Leafiara suggests, "I think it would be best to concentrate on raising first so we can march out with a larger defense force!"

Ghianna just bit the dust!

Shinann: "They are in town."

Brav just bit the dust!

Naberios just bit the dust!

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Help me out, I accidentally blew up Ghianna."

Speaking grimly to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "Too many other priorities here. Have to focus on clerics, healers, frontline fighters in that order."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, the ghostly voice of Ghianna says, "Convenient accident."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Fair enough."

Neopuron just bit the dust!

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, the ghostly voice of Chamorr says, "I need to get a life."


Southbound Fires

A huge sphere of black and orange fire burns into existance above Wehnimer's Landing and falls on the South Ring Road of town. A wall of shadowy black fire rises up from the streets and townspeople scream in agony as they burn alive, trying to flee the devastation.

Arianiss: "You all know south ring road is on fire right?"

The ghostly voice of Ghianna says, "Looks like a hot time in the ole town tonight."

Bernadette softly says, "Red orc brutes northwest."

Lylia: "We all know what to do with fires, I should hope. Buckets in Moot Hall, Raging Thrak Inn, and other gathering places. Get a bucket. Pour it on the fires. Repeat."

Shinann says, "Orc to the west." [referring to an enemy, not Thrayzar]

[got disconnected here briefly (yes, again) and came back to...]

Bernadette softly says, "Brutes northeast."

Leafiara mutters, "This is really not my night."

Townspeople scream as they shamble away from south ring road, black flames licking their bodies as they try to escape or suffocate the fire. Their screams fill the night as they continue to burn and melt. The fires grow, black flames against the black of night, and the stench of burnt flesh infuses the very air.

Speaking to Neopuron, Lylia says, "There may be side effects." [of her animating him to bring him back to the square]

Talismanblue asks, "People burning?"

Shinann just bit the dust!

Leafiara grousingly says, "Man, you know it's a rough night when I feel compelled not to go rush to the front lines."

Bernadette softly says, "Ahh."

A host of worm-covered red orc brutes wade along South Ring Road, cutting down townspeople who try to flee from the fires, and grabbing many of them and even tossing them into the fires they tried to escape.

Ponclast softly says, "Yeah. So South Ring Road. Not a good place to be."

Ryndith says, "Fire hot."

Speaking in Guildspeak, Dhuul says, "So far, it's just a bunch of sickly orcs."

Dhuul says, "Nothing special out there." [I think referring to what had actually gotten inside the gates]

Talismanblue says, "Ive killed two of the orcs.. they have worms on them."

Leafiara insistently says, "Alright.. the situation's close -enough- to under control that I'm heading out there to make a difference."


Into the Fray

[heads out and finds and kills "a dark-eyed goblin raider"]

Leafiara scoffs, "Weaklings."

Madmountan has been vaporized!

Madmountan just bit the dust!

[Leafi catches up with Cryheart's group to fight some ogres and trolls]

An enormous ogre savage swings a cudgel at Tolida!

AS: +495 vs DS: +142 with AvD: +19 + d100 roll: +45 = +417

... and hits for 107 points of damage!

Hard hit shatters weapon arm.

Tolida drops dead at your feet!

Tolida just bit the dust!

Bernadette just bit the dust!

[drags Tolida to TSC]

Avalera was just vaporized!

Avalera just bit the dust!

Kethrain just bit the dust!


Madness

[heads back out on her own]

Warm grey mist seeps out of the giant fissures in town, slowly rolling out down streets.

Leafiara dubiously says, "Hm." [referring to an ogre she couldn't really hurt, but nor could it hurt her]

Cryheart says, "Hmmm." [watched in another room]

[Wehnimer's, North Ring Rd.]

The cobbled road girds the town along the inner side of the northern palisade. Just to the north stand the twin sentinels of the gate's guardtowers, silhouetted against the night sky. Guardsmen come and go through the main gates, keeping a close eye on the people of all races who move to and fro. Opposite the gates, you see the shop of Dakris the Furrier. You also see a worm-covered red orc brute, a worm-covered red orc brute, a worm-covered red orc brute, a scimitar, a worm-covered red orc brute, a worm-covered red orc brute, a worm-covered red orc brute, a worm-covered red orc brute, a worm-covered red orc brute, a worm-covered red orc brute that appears stunned, a worm-covered red orc brute that appears stunned, a worm-covered red orc brute, a worm-covered red orc brute that is lying down, a worm-covered red orc brute and a large painted sign.

[obliterates them since they're level 5 or something]

Leafiara scornfully says, "Chumps."

[goes on, encounters "a towering black-veined giant"; much like the ogre, Leafi can't do any appreciable damage but it can't do any damage to her]

Leafiara uncertainly says, "Hmm."

Ponclast just bit the dust!

[scouting, brief return to triage]

The voice of Quietine says, "Like a master rogue, I am one with the shadows."

Soneiken was just vaporized!

Soneiken just bit the dust!

[rescues Soneiken, slays more orc brutes]

Speaking to Cryheart, Lylia says, "You cannot be trusted just yet." [can't say for sure since I'm going by familiar vision here, but I assume he'd been hit with the madness-inducing mist, as was Bristenn]

Shinann: "Report please... I was trying to put fires out."

Leafiara: "Doing what we can on the streets! Many groups all over."

Dhuul: "Death shamans have a lot of blood."

Cryheart says, "Something is controllng us."

Bristenn was just vaporized!

Bristenn just bit the dust!

A towering black-veined giant swings a feras falchion at Cryheart!

AS: +515 vs DS: +467 with AvD: +21 + d100 roll: +87 = +156

... and hits for 4 points of damage!

Flashy swing!

Cryheart is lucky that it only bopped his nose.

As the blow lands, the feras falchion unleashes a severe smiting of lightning!

... 70 points of damage!

Massive shock totally burns out the nervous system. Nothing works anymore.

Cryheart just bit the dust!

[goes to grab Cryheart and Bristenn to drag them to the square]

Leafiara offhandedly says, "Just a moment."

Shinann: "I will monitor from here for a few... please any militia you can think to me with your reports. Thank you."

[more slaughter of brutes, more battle]

An enormous ogre savage swings a cudgel at Xylax!

AS: +495 vs DS: +115 with AvD: +19 + d100 roll: +96 = +495

... and hits for 134 points of damage!

Left arm ripped from socket at the elbow!

Xylax drops dead at your feet!

Xylax just bit the dust!

Quietine just bit the dust!

Pukk quietly says, "You are working too hard."

Quietine says, "Horrible idea."

Leafiara offhandedly says, "Back in a bit." [leaving triage to return to battle]

Gherrald just bit the dust!

Leafiara: "South Ring Road clear for now. North Ring Road largely clear."

Avalera says, "Two ugly worms."

The ghostly voice of Gherrald says, "Shoot, I didn't realize they were in town."

Avalera says, "Oh, wait...one was a cat.."

The ghostly voice of Gherrald says, "I feel stupid."

Brign: "These ballistas are really fun for invasions. First time doing it."

Avalera says, "And the other was a brute covered in worms. My mistake."

The ghostly voice of Gherrald says, "I am so sorry, I thought they were only outside the gates."

The ghostly voice of Gherrald says, "I will stay here from now on."

Speaking to Nidela, Lazaryth asks, "What's going on?"

[scouting, combat]

Shinann: "Are the gates clear?"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Nidela says, "Bit busy tonight."

Dhuul: "West is."

Leafiara: "Yes."

Lazaryth says, "I can't sleep, so I get up and there are orcs in town."

Berost deeply says, "Enjoy me claid in yer skull." [passed by while he was in combat]

The ghostly voice of Rassyn says, "Chose the wrong day to be interested in the odd weather around here."

Shinann: "Thank you."

Leafiara: "The orc brutes seem to be the weakest foes, for those wanting to help who aren't the strongest."

[return to TSC]

Leafiara exclaims, "All roads clear for now!"

Sanguino just bit the dust!

Cryheart says, "Feras got me twice."

Speaking to Cryheart, Ryndith says, "Ouch."

[scouting; things seem clear]

[Wehnimer's, Stormarm St.]

A few warehouses, small shops and businesses, and unmarked buildings with weathered modwir siding predominate along this part of the road. The street is less crowded than those near the docks or the square, and the irregular cobblestones are slick and unyielding underfoot. You also see the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, a gypsy fortuneteller, a worm-covered red orc brute that appears dead and a warehouse entrance.

Speaking curiously to a gypsy fortuneteller, Leafiara says, "Ya sure got him good, apparently."

Roblar deeply says, "Intrest can't transport to Mist Harbor."

Roblar deeply says, "Only from dis town."

Speaking to Roblar, Ryndith says, "Probably because folks transporting back would find a nasty surprise."

Roblar deeply says, "Maybe."

Ryndith says, "Northeast is dangerous."

Roblar deeply says, "Oh."

Ryndith says, "Many brutes."

Roblar deeply says, "Thought was over."

Cryheart says, "Brutes are younguns."

Cryheart says, "Giants hae feras."

Roblar deeply says, "Wells, dey ded."

Lylia says, "Yes. Destroy the feras weapons."

Deatrys says, "Humans."

Soneiken says, "I took the feras weapon, and then someone cast vortex at me."

Cryheart says, "That was nae nice."

Shinann: "Lots northeast of the square."

Berost: "Any o' the meaner ones left in town?"

Dhuul: "Anyone see the death shamans?"

Roblar: "Not anymore."

Shinann says, "Still there."

Shinann says, "Or more."

Shinann says, "Oh."

[Leafi's still out scouting, now with Chamorr, Chaoswynd, and Zosopage following]

Leafiara suspiciously asks, "Where are the tough ones?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Have to find the giants."

[more travel]

Dhuul says, "Aha, reinforcements."

[travel]

Speaking wryly to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "You'd think giants wouldn't be hard to find."

Shinann says, "I cannot get that body to the northwest... creatures in the area."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "One would think."

Ryndith says, "Creatures are dead."

Ryndith says, "But Bristenn is there."

Syphus just bit the dust!

Ryndith says, "Any moment now..."

Zosopage says, "Not very many of them."

Shinann says, "Ahh."

Leviathoar has been vaporized!

Leviathoar just bit the dust!

[more scouting, now with Ghianna and Gryzzlbok also following]


Things Implode

Marikaytte just bit the dust!

Lylia just bit the dust!

Berkana just bit the dust!

Roonie says, "Uh oh."

Musix just bit the dust!

[a cast of Locate Person reveals...]

[Wehnimer's, North Ring Rd.]

Night guards and militiamen pass by, moving between the barracks and the guard towers at either end of the north road. The broad cobblestoned way proceeds east and west, hugging the inside of the northern wall. A sparse mix of citizens and visitors, including trappers and traders returning home for the night or staying out to ply some late business, walk among the ever-vigilant guards. You also see a skeletal arm, a pair of decayed arms, a mangled arm, a deformed arm, a deformed arm, a deformed arm, a pair of gnarled arms, a desiccated arm, a pair of burnt arms, a burnt arm, a putrid arm, a flayed arm, a fleshless arm, a decayed arm, a pair of skeletal arms, a pair of skeletal arms, a bloated arm, a pair of skeletal arms, a pair of desiccated arms, a flayed arm, a decayed arm, a desiccated arm, a pair of bloated arms, a pair of gnarled arms, a clawed arm, a pair of gnarled arms, a pair of deformed arms, a pair of decayed arms, a pair of skeletal arms, a bloody arm, a wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest, a wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest, a wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest, a wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest, a wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest, a wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest, an oval-eyed dark amber abyran'sa, a worm-covered red orc brute that appears dead, a worm-covered red orc brute that appears dead, a leather breastplate, a leather helm, a scimitar, a candle-lit path, a small warehouse and a squalid canvas pavilion.

Also here: Soneiken, a stunned Xorus who is lying down, the body of Mayor Lylia who is lying down, the body of Mistress Berkana who is lying down

Xorus has been vaporized!

Xorus just bit the dust!

Leafiara says, "Hmm."

[so of course the first thing Leafi does is charge directly toward the imploding enemies]

(OOC) Chaoswynd's player whispers to the group, "Oo."

[Wehnimer's, North Ring Rd.]

Night guards and militiamen pass by, moving between the barracks and the guard towers at either end of the north road. The broad cobblestoned way proceeds east and west, hugging the inside of the northern wall. A sparse mix of citizens and visitors, including trappers and traders returning home for the night or staying out to ply some late business, walk among the ever-vigilant guards. You also see a black void, a grizzled old warrior, a skeletal arm, a pair of decayed arms, a mangled arm, a deformed arm, a deformed arm, a pair of gnarled arms, a desiccated arm, a pair of burnt arms, a putrid arm, a flayed arm, a fleshless arm, a pair of skeletal arms, a pair of skeletal arms, a bloated arm, a pair of desiccated arms, a flayed arm, a decayed arm, a pair of bloated arms, a pair of gnarled arms, a clawed arm, a pair of deformed arms, a pair of decayed arms, a pair of skeletal arms, a wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest, a wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest, a wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest, a wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest, a wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest, a wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest, a worm-covered red orc brute that appears dead, a worm-covered red orc brute that appears dead, a candle-lit path, a small warehouse and a squalid canvas pavilion.

Also here: Mistress Ghianna, Gryzzlbok, Zosopage, Chamorr, Chaoswynd, Event Planner Leafiara, the body of Mistress Berkana who is lying down

[battle ensues]

Zosopage says, "Void."

A wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest finishes chanting and thrusts a clawed hand towards Ghianna!

CS: +472 - TD: +256 + CvA: -21 + d100: +82 - -5 == +282

Warding failed!

... 45 points of damage!

Awesome strike to the head! Ghianna is knocked to the ground dead.

Ghianna drops dead at your feet!

Ghianna just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Berkana says, "Not good."

The ghostly voice of Xorus says, "Well." [back at TSC from familiar vision]

A wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest finishes chanting and thrusts a clawed hand towards Chamorr!

CS: +434 - TD: +340 + CvA: -26 + d100: +100 - -5 == +173

Warding failed!

A wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest blasts Chamorr for 77 points of damage.

... 60 points of damage!

Blow to back crushes spinal column.

Talk about no backbone!

Chamorr drops dead at your feet!

Chamorr just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Leviathoar says, "Yikes."

Roonie says, "Oh my."

The black void has almost sucked all air out of the area!

Air is sucked away from Chaoswynd!

Audible popping noises come from Chaoswynd's chest!

Chaoswynd slumps over as his chest cavity collapses!

Chaoswynd drops dead at your feet!

Air is sucked away from Leafiara!

Leafiara lets out a silent scream as her eyeballs are sucked out!

The eyeballs burst into thousands of pieces covering her face.

Leafiara drops dead at your feet!

Chaoswynd just bit the dust!

Leafiara just bit the dust!

Dhuul just bit the dust!

Speaking to Leviathoar, Ryndith says, "That looks like it might have hurt, briefly."

The ghostly voice of Berkana says, "Quite the litle death party here."

The ghostly voice of Leviathoar says, "I got hit with focused implosion.. godd gravy."

Ponclast has been vaporized!

Ponclast just bit the dust!

Tho ghostly voice of Leafiara knowingly says, "So -that's- where the tough ones are. The imploding ones."

The ghostly voice of Leafiara offhandedly says, "Back in a bit." [except not actually, because she can't beseech teleport with such high level enemies in the room]

Speaking to Xorus, Nidela says, "Wow."

The ghostly voice of Ponclast softly says, "That was epic."

A wild-eyed hobgoblin bloodpriest finishes chanting and thrusts a clawed hand towards Zosopage!

A void rips open in the area, directly above Zosopage!

Zosopage is sucked into the void!

Rather abrupt decompression causes Zosopage to explode!

Billions and billions of tiny bits of flesh shower everything.

Quite severely dead.

Zosopage has been vaporized!

Speaking to Leafiara, the ghostly voice of Chaoswynd says, "These look familiar."

Zosopage just bit the dust!

Gryzzlbok says, "Wow that hurt."

The ghostly voice of Berkana exclaims, "Go Roblar go!"

Trolls and ogres continue to march through town, breaking into shops and homes as they drag cowering townspeople out into the streets, butchering them quickly before moving onto the next. Black-veined giants shake the ground as they pass, lightning arcing about their giant bodies.

The ghostly voice of Zosopage says, "Dang voids."

The ghostly voice of Berkana says, "Ouch."

Violent winds tighten around Roblar.

... 54 points of damage!

Internal organs erupt outward spraying violently and dies horribly!

Roblar drops dead at your feet!

Roblar just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Berkana says, "Dang."

The ghostly voice of Leafiara muses, "Now -that's- trouble."

Speaking to Leafiara, the ghostly voice of Chaoswynd says, "Rob hates implosions."

Speaking wryly to Chaoswynd, the ghostly voice of Leafiara says, "Yeah, I'll bet."

The ghostly voice of Berkana says, "Alright, I've seen enough here."

Felarathael just bit the dust!

[Leafi's dragged back to safety; meanwhile, via familiar vision, scarab attacks have begun throughout town]

The ghostly voice of Leafiara scoffs, "Scarabs, please."

[self-raise]

Berost gasps in pain and shock as a stubby-legged light vermilion beetle pulsates, drawing the blood from his body!

Berost drops dead at your feet!

Berost just bit the dust!

Leafiara impatiently says, "Now then... just a few moments and I'll get back out there."

You hear a wet, muffled ripping sound from under the skin of Soneiken's right leg!

Soneiken drops dead at your feet!

Soneiken just bit the dust!

Warclaidh just bit the dust!

Dhuul says, "Erps."

Dhuul says, "I don't like these bugs."

Cryheart gasps in pain and shock as a miniscule dark sanguine beetle pulsates, drawing the blood from his body!

Cryheart drops dead at your feet!

Cryheart just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Berost deeply says, "Well then."

Symbion just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Berost deeply says, "Derned bugs."

Elyndiria grasps her left hand, her features contorted with agony!

Elyndiria drops dead at your feet!

Elyndiria just bit the dust!

Resonancer just bit the dust!

Leafiara offhandedly says, "Actually... I think I need a new head before I can help raise."

Arasleaf gives a single weak gasp, and suddenly drops quite dead!

Arasleaf drops dead at your feet!

Arasleaf just bit the dust!

Lazaryth gasps in pain and shock as a miniscule light vermilion beetle pulsates, drawing the blood from his body!

Lazaryth drops dead at your feet!

The ghostly voice of Chaoswynd says, "Third time's the charm."

Lazaryth just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Berost deeply says, "Ha! Maybe."

The ghostly voice of Berkana says, "Nicely done."

Speaking wryly to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "...right." [at least I assume he was responding to her; Leafi and Cay have a sibling rivalry of sorts]

The ghostly voice of Lazaryth says, "Bother."

The ghostly voice of Lazaryth asks, "Even you, Cryheart?"

The ghostly voice of Cryheart says, "Scarabs burrow where they can."

Ponclast softly asks, "Implosion, scarabs, what's next?"

The ghostly voice of Lazaryth says, "Apparently."

Symminian just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Cryheart says, "Beetles and scarabs."

Dhuul says, "Oh, this."

Roonie exclaims, "Don't ask!"

Gryzzlbok gasps in pain and shock as a stubby-legged dark sanguine beetle pulsates, drawing the blood from his body!

Gryzzlbok drops dead at your feet!

Gryzzlbok just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Cryheart says, "Taht was nae expected."

Deatrys just bit the dust!

Shinann recites:

"Try to pick up any feras that they leave behind."

Imrahal just bit the dust!

Ponclast softly asks, "Do we attack it?"

Manfreidy raises a hand while murmuring a soft orison...

Manfreidy gestures at Marikaytte.

With each passing moment during Manfreidy's slow chant, his eyes flutter rhythmically. He folds his right arm and rests his chin upon his hand, then gazes down at the lifeless corpse of Marikaytte, as if contemplating her existence. Blinking once, Manfreidy thrusts his hand over Marikaytte, and crackling raw power flows from Manfreidy's fingertips into Marikaytte.

Marikaytte's body suddenly grows darker.

Marikaytte drops dead at your feet!

Marikaytte just bit the dust! [guessing a mistaken raise from a low level cleric without tending]

Shinann says, "Too many have died from feras tonight."

The ghostly voice of Cryheart says, "And scarabs."

Speaking to Berost, Leafiara exclaims, "Rescue for rescue!" [he'd dragged her, then she raised him]

Leafiara ominously says, "Now... back to this war..."

Speaking deeply to Leafiara, Berost says, "Nae even saw tha two bugs.. too mech else ta dodge."

Speaking in Guildspeak, Ryndith says, "Why would you even..."

Alistaere just bit the dust!

Shinann: "The area northeast of the square is swarming."

Kobant just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Ghianna says, "I'm decaying very nicely, thank you."

The ghostly voice of Berkana says, "I probably should not have been so cavalier and tried to eat a doughnut while fending off creatures."

The ghostly voice of Imrahal says, "That very much sucked." Speaking to Chamorr, the ghostly voice of Symminian says, "Fancy seeing you here..."


Raznel Strikes

A shrill voice cackles behind Shinann and something slices her!

... 36 points of damage!

Hard slash to Shinann's side opens her spleen!

She is stunned!

Neopuron just bit the dust!

Speaking dubiously to Shinann, Leafiara asks, "What just happened?"

A shrill voice cackles nearby, and an orb of churning red light flies out of the shadows and strikes Shinann!

... 25 points of damage!

Deep hole created in back, narrowly missing spinal cord!

She is stunned!

The ghostly voice of Berkana says, "That's what happens when you get cocky."

Brign just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Leviathoar says, "Even for invaders."

Dhuul exclaims, "Cowards!"

The ghostly voice of Lazaryth says, "Now I'm not sure I want to be raised."

[at this point Leafi's in the middle of raising Chaoswynd]

A shrill voice cackles behind Shinann and something slices her!

... 19 points of damage!

Crossing slash to chest catches Shinann's attention!

She is stunned!

A shrill voice cackles nearby, and an orb of churning red light flies out of the shadows and strikes Shinann!

... 17 points of damage!

Right hand quakes as several fingers disappear one by one.

A shrill voice cackles behind Shinann and something slices her!

... 35 points of damage!

Wild upward slash removes Shinann's face from her skull!

Interesting way to die.

Shinann drops dead at your feet!

The ghostly voice of Lazaryth asks, "Can't someone do something?"

Shinann just bit the dust!

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Leafi, light up the place."

Leafiara loudly says, "Someone keep Shinann hea--"

Speaking to Chamorr, the ghostly voice of Symminian says, "This is not a date so don't even think it."

Leafiara concludes, "...healed."

Leafiara mutters, "Well then."

You are buffeted by a sudden gust of wind, as an angry black-veined giant rushes in!

Avalera is knocked to the ground!

Lycurgus is knocked to the ground!

The evanescent shield shrouding Leafiara flares to life and thickens to create a substantial buffer around her.

Marikaytte is knocked to the ground!

Momos is knocked to the ground!

Dillitink is knocked to the ground!

Deatrys is knocked to the ground!

The evanescent shield shrouding Talismanblue fades briefly.

Talismanblue is knocked to the ground!

Chaoswynd is knocked to the ground!

Manfreidy is knocked to the ground!

Tylayli is knocked to the ground!

Roonie is knocked to the ground!

Zosopage is knocked to the ground!

Pukk is knocked to the ground!

Dufferton is knocked to the ground!

Visions is knocked to the ground!

Voltung is knocked to the ground!

Rassyn is knocked to the ground!

Quietine is knocked to the ground!

Rubyvatra is knocked to the ground!

Sigeal is knocked to the ground!

Razanetika is knocked to the ground!

Nidela is knocked to the ground!

Tazir is knocked to the ground!

Blast is knocked to the ground!

Shivasa is knocked to the ground!

A towering black-veined giant just went east dragging Shinann behind it.

>e

[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 worm-covered red orc brute, a scimitar, a leather breastplate, a leather helm, a polished bleakstone statue, a bone-framed bulletin board and a large purple wooden barrel.

Obvious paths: north, east, south, west

>e

[Wehnimer's, Penna St.] The distant sounds of the merchants and tradesmen around the shops to the west are muted here. The cracked pavement, scattered cobblestones, and dirt drainage ditches along the side of the road form a not-so-gradual transition between the busier avenues of the main bazaar and the less frequented, humbler, and more unsavory sections of the town. You also see a worm-covered red orc brute, a worm-covered red orc brute and a low stone gate.

Obvious paths: east, west

[at this point Leafi just fogs over]

[Wehnimer's, Cheridin Ave.]

Several small shops crowd along the street, which is composed of the back walls of the high buildings bordering the central square. Each storefront vies with the others for street space and the attention of the many travellers who pass through here. A few traders, hoping to take advantage of some late business attracted by the nearby temple, have set up stands and pushcarts filled with clothing, trinkets and souvenirs. You also see a towering black-veined giant and the clerics' shop.

Also here: the body of Shinann who is lying down

A towering black-veined giant swings a feras falchion at Leafiara!

AS: +515 vs DS: +624 with AvD: +39 + d100 roll: +87 = +17

A clean miss.

Leafiara hums a cheerful tune! Pure white and bold red mana wisps dance about her like wind-borne leaves, then pulse brightly as she sings a sylvan phrase in a strong, clear voice.

Leafiara channels at a towering black-veined giant.

Particles of dust and soot rise from the ground at Leafiara's feet as she releases a pulsating, platinum ripple of energy toward a towering black-veined giant!

CS: +522 - TD: +483 + CvA: +20 + d100: +5 == +64

Warded off!

Leafiara roars at a towering black-veined giant, barely disturbing him.

A towering black-veined giant points at Leafiara.

Blood oozes from every part of her body.

A towering black-veined giant points at Leafiara.

Blood oozes from every part of her body.

Leafiara flails her arms about.

A towering black-veined giant points at Leafiara.

Suddenly she bursts into flames!

The ghostly voice of Shinann says, "Run."

A towering black-veined giant just went east dragging Shinann behind it.

[Leafi rolls about for several rounds to put out the fire, managing to survive, and returns to TSC]

[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 an enormous curly-eared tomcat, a dark-haired half-elven priestess, a reddish cream-filled tart, some scored peppercorn flatbread, a gnarled wooden staff, a reddish cream-filled tart, a spotted great horned owl, a striped lynx, a rock crystal, a feras falchion, a grey wolf that is sitting, a piece of red jasper, some haphip root, an oblong fried dumpling, a reddish cream-filled tart, a brownish cream-filled tart, some manna bread, a brownish cream-filled tart, some ambrominas leaf, a rose-marrow potion, a tincture of acantha, a drake falchion, a sloppy crimson knapsack, a gold-stitched dark velvet hat, a large acorn, a pumpkin spice muffin with maple cream frosting, a cherry-filled loaf of dark bread, a stack of dark-swirled rye crisps, a rose-marrow potion, a tincture of acantha, a tincture of acantha, a tincture of acantha, a rose-marrow potion, a leather breastplate, some stone benches with some stuff on it and an herbal remedy donation bin.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Lady Wintersylph, Berost, the body of Neopuron who is lying down, Ponclast, the body of Brign who is lying down, Marikaytte, the body of Apprentice Syphus who is lying down, the body of Arasleaf who is lying down, Avalera, Lord Lycurgus who is lying down, Novice Momos, the body of Kobant who is lying down, the body of High Lord Symminian who is lying down, the body of Imrahal who is lying down, Lord Deatrys who is lying down, Talismanblue, High Lady Shyspirit who is kneeling, the body of Lazaryth who is lying down, the body of Sir Cryheart who is lying down, the body of Mistress Ghianna who is lying down, Chaoswynd who is lying down, the body of Mistress Berkana who is lying down, the body of Lord Chamorr who is lying down, Roonie, Zosopage who is sleeping, Pukk who is lying down, Lord Leviathoar who is lying down, Visions, Voltung, Lord Rassyn who is lying down, Quietine who is lying down, Great Lord Ryndith, Rubyvatra, Sofal who is lying down, Lady Kisani who is kneeling, Sigeal, Razanetika who is lying down, Lady Nidela who is lying down, Great Lord Tazir who is lying down, Blast who is lying down, Lord Shivasa who is lying down

Leafiara mutters, "Too... beat up... lost... Shinann..."

Avalera asks, "Which way?"

Leafiara weakly says, "Healing..."

[starts tending herself as healers are busy]

The ghostly voice of Symminian says, "Someone Heal Leafi so she can go help."

Leafiara says, "Can't... last... much... longer..."

>heal

You have minor lacerations about the head and a possible mild concussion, moderate bleeding from your neck, some minor cuts and bruises on your right arm, a fractured and bleeding left arm, a completely severed right leg, some minor cuts and bruises on your left leg, some minor cuts and bruises on your right hand, some minor cuts and bruises on your left hand, deep gashes and serious bleeding from your chest, deep lacerations across your abdominal area, minor cuts and bruises on your back, a bruised right eye, and a bruised left eye.

Bleeding:

Area Health per Round Bandaged Can Tend? Tend Time


Left eye 1 No Yes 3s

Right eye 1 No Yes 3s

Back 1 No Yes 3s

Abdomen 0 of 9 3006s

Chest 0 of 11 2995s

Left hand 1 No Yes 3s

Right hand 1 No Yes 3s


Left leg 1 No Yes 3s

Right leg 0 of 6 3015s

Left arm 2 No Yes 3s

Right arm 1 No Yes 3s

Neck 0 of 5 2999s

Head 2 No Yes 3s

Maximum Health Points: 160

Remaining Health Points: 54

You are feeling weakened.

Maximum Spirit Points: 10

Remaining Spirit Points: 9

Maximum Stamina Points: 118

Remaining Stamina Points: 118

[okay, so looking at this in hindsight, Leafi actually could have lasted much longer]

Speaking heartily to Chaoswynd, the ghostly voice of Chamorr says, "Giant took Shinann."

Speaking to Chamorr, Chaoswynd says, "I saw. I'm going to give chase."

[at this point Leafi's familiar had worn off and she was attempting to summon a new one to have it follow Shinann, but either her item had run out of uses for the day or summoning familiars had been blocked along with FWI transport]

[she briefly runs about scouting, but can't find anything and returns to TSC]

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Which way did the giant go with Shinann."

Leafiara roars, "Where'd that giant take her!"

Leviathoar says, "I'm not sure I wanna see those things again... but yes."

Leafiara loudly yells, "I'm not that easy to keep down, Raznel!"

[more scouting, more failing to find Shinann; at one point Leafi binds an orc and asks where she's been taken, but then kills the orc off after a couple seconds of no answer]

Leafiara: "Did anyone see where Shinann was taken?"

Ghianna just bit the dust!

Lylia: "Taken?"

Leafiara: "A giant made off with her."

[more scouting]

[Wehnimer's, Outside Gate] Citizens, merchants and assorted dregs of society jostle against you before the great wooden gates of Wehnimer's Landing. Harried guards and militiamen try to keep the chaos to a minimum, but it is hard to keep track of those entering, let alone leaving, this large trading post. A dirt path encircling the wooden palisade of the town leads east and southwest. Nailed prominently to the wooden wall beside the gate is a sign you really should read. You also see a dark-eyed goblin raider, a leather helm, some studded leather, some leather boots, a scimitar, a scimitar, some leather boots, some studded leather, a leather helm, a wooden shield, a wooden shield, some leather boots, some studded leather, a leather helm, a wooden shield, a wooden shield, a leather helm, some studded leather, some leather boots, a scimitar, a scimitar, a wooden shield, a reinforced wooden defense tower and the Wayside inn.

A dark-eyed goblin raider swings a scimitar at Leafiara!

AS: +324 vs DS: +633 with AvD: +30 + d100 roll: +14 = -265

A clean miss.

A dark-eyed goblin raider points at Leafiara and squeals, "Ooohhh, a half-oolf! Oom soo scared!" The raider then falls to the ground laughing at his own wit.

Speaking to a dark-eyed goblin raider, Leafiara mutters, "No time for you."

Arianiss: "She tends to head straight to the Altar."

Leafiara: "If it were that easy, I'd be able to locate her." [note: at this point previous attempts to locate had failed]

The ghostly voice of Imrahal asks, "I think I was killed by a room full of scarabs. Does that sound right?"

Chamorr heartily says, "Can ya locate her."

Demicone just bit the dust!

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd asks, "Did you find her?"

Bernadette softly says, "Anyone go back out."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "I did, but the giant set me on fire and made off with her."

Speaking ruefully to Chamorr, Leafiara says, "No."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd asks, "Which way?"

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "By now? No telling."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "We'll just look in any direction..."

[Bernadette, Chamorr, and Chaoswynd join up for scouting]

Bernadette softly says, "Where ye las see her."

Leafiara says, "Hmm..."

[at this point I started opening the log to check, because in the chaos of the night I honestly had no idea where I fogged to, then decided to try locating her again just in case, and...]

[Rone Academy, Brick Walkway]

The white bricks of the walkway are scuffed by years of use. At one end of the walkway, Rone Academy rises toward the skies. A stone pillar off to one side marks the boundary of the Academy grounds. Beyond the pillar, the well-maintained yard of the Academy is bustling with activity. You also see a turquoise stone, a reinforced shield, a shaded path leading back to the square, the yard and a small gilded plaque.

Also here: Xorus, Mayor Lylia, the body of Shinann who is lying down

Leafiara says, "Rone Academy."

Bernadette softly says, "Kint sight her."


Shinann's Back

[travel]

[Rone Academy, Brick Walkway]

The white bricks of the walkway are scuffed by years of use. At one end of the walkway, Rone Academy rises toward the skies. A stone pillar off to one side marks the boundary of the Academy grounds. Beyond the pillar, the well-maintained yard of the Academy is bustling with activity. You also see a turquoise stone, a reinforced shield, a shaded path leading back to the square, the yard and a small gilded plaque.

Also here: Chamorr, Chaoswynd, Bernadette, Event Planner Leafiara, Xorus, Mayor Lylia, the body of Shinann who is lying down

Speaking relievedly to Shinann, Leafiara says, "...there you are..."

Lylia flatly says, "Nothing."

Avalera just arrived from a shaded path leading back to the square.

Speaking dubiously to Shinann, Leafiara asks, "What happened?"

Bernadette softly says, "Cap'n."

The ghostly voice of Shinann says, "Raznel happened."

Bernadette softly says, "Ahh that dirty..."

Leafiara wryly asks, "Well, yes, obviously, but... what exactly?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Something was attacking her from the shadows. Repeatedly."

Lylia says, "There was a giant. It was not so giant when we were done with it."

The ghostly voice of Shinann says, "I will inform the militia later."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "I know, I was there to see that part."

Leafiara says, "Very well then..."

Lylia says, "The militia answers to the town."

[tending]

Lylia pointedly says, "And Raznel is a threat to all of us."

A cloud of dense silvery fog suddenly appears. The fog quickly dissipates to reveal Shyspirit.

[raising]

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Remember, she can't heal."

Speaking slowly to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "That would be why I tended, yes..."

Shinann picks up some acantha leaf.

Shinann takes a bite of her acantha leaf.

Shinann appears to be waiting for something that never comes.

Speaking heartily to Shinann, Chamorr says, "Glad yer back."

Lylia: "Shinann is alive again."

Shinann says, "This is not working."

Avalera says, "Oh."

Leafiara: "How is the situation out there?"

Avalera says, "That's..."

Visions just bit the dust!

Great Lord Mongonator just arrived from a shaded path leading back to the square.

Roblar: "Few or none left."

Arianiss: "Pretty quiet."

Bernadette softly asks, "Are ye able to heal at all?"

Leafiara: "...that is, out on the streets."

Shinann says, "No."

Leafiara: "Ah, good news then." [referring to the situation outside]

Bernadette softly asks, "Herbs?"

Arianiss: "Not really. There was a lot of destruction and death."

Berost: "An none outside gates."

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara says, "Roblar's reporting that it's largely clear out there, if you'd like to risk making it back to the square."

Mongonator says, "I can sing us to Thrak inn."

Shinann asks, "Can anyone heal me please?"

Speaking to Mongonator, Leafiara says, "That's a good idea."

Mongonator says, "Here we go."

Mongonator skillfully begins to weave another verse into his harmony.

Mongonator sings a song of revelry, bringing to life the memories of such wonderous merrymaking that you feel as though you never left so long ago. Visions of the drink and the dance fill your mind. Your vision blurs, your surroundings shift and you suddenly realize you are not quite where you were before!

[Raging Thrak, Trophy Room]

Tiny smudges of soot mar the fieldstones used to create the grand fireplace in this cozy room. A collection of plaques hangs above an immense grey marble mantel cluttered with trophy cups and bowls. Fashioned from a single stone slab, the hearth extends to an impressive black bear rug with its maw frozen in a silent roar. Several overstuffed wingback chairs, each covered in deep jewel-tone chintz, are scattered about the room. Against the back wall, a tall glass-front curio houses several ancient mementos and a thrak hide curtain hangs nearby. You also see a shifting twilight grey rift, a basket of sticks and an intricately woven straw wastebasket.

Also here: Great Lord Mongonator, Shinann, Bernadette, Chaoswynd, Lord Chamorr, High Lady Shyspirit, Event Planner Leafiara, Death Knight Warclaidh who is sitting, Kobant who is sitting

Shinann glances at Shyspirit.

Arianiss: "I think the town should be evacuated."

Shyspirit softly says, "I'm a cleric."

Shinann says, "Ahh."

Shinann says, "Sorry."

Marikaytte softly asks, "Need healing?"

Leafiara hopefully asks, "Can you heal Shinann?"

Shinann says, "Please... if you can."

Shinann says, "Thank you."

Leafiara relievedly says, "Whew."

Marikaytte softly says, "Anytime hun."

Leafiara removes Shinann from the group.

Lylia: "Good, run for mayor and order it so. I am not telling people to leave their homes and flee when there is a cordon about the blighted regions. Where would they go? Icemule Trace? They cannot feed everyone, nor house us all."

Lylia: "Until then, consider your thoughts duly noted and discarded."

Speaking amusedly to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "She always feels such a need to make herself feel better."

Shinann says, "Thank you all."

Arianiss: "Don't leave your homes.. wait to be dragged out and tossed in a fire."

Shinann asks, "How is the town?"

Mayor Lylia's group just arrived.

Shyspirit softly says, "Mostly clear."

Avalera says, "It seemed not too bad as I ran through."

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara says, "Well... it's been an ugly night, but the invaders are dead, the others are saying. ...for now."

Speaking heartily to Shinann, Chamorr asks, "Still got the scarab?"

Shinann says, "Yes."

Lylia agrees, "Ugly indeed. I was set upon by some of our own people. Raznel is turning our citizenry against itself."

Shinann says, "Indeed."

Leafiara mutters, "Just like ol' 5116 with Chaston, then..." [Well... not quite. I didn't pick up that Lylia was talking about the madness-inducing mist, as opposed to direct sway over people like Chaston had done (and Raznel is also capable of).]

Speaking to Mongonator, Shinann says, "Thank you." [for a spellup]

Leafiara says, "Going to head out and double-check on the streets."

[scouting]

Lylia: "I am not arguing with you over this. It is a free port town with people who may make their own decisions. I am not ordering an evacuation when there is no accommodation to be had."

Dhuul: "They sure did a number on the townsfolk. Butchered 'em."

[return to TSC]

[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: Event Planner Leafiara, Bernadette, Chaoswynd, Lord Deatrys who is sitting, Roonie who is sitting, Dhuul, Lord Leviathoar, Marikaytte, Great Lord Ryndith who is kneeling, Visions, Razanetika, Lord Symbion, Lazaryth who is sitting, Dillitink who is kneeling, Great Lord Demicone who is lying down, Arena Combatant Resonancer, Xylax who is sitting, Elyndiria who is sitting, Lady Cerridween, Lady Wintersylph who is kneeling, Apprentice Syphus who is sitting, Lord Lycurgus, Pukk, Voltung, Rubyvatra, Sofal, Lady Kisani who is kneeling, Sigeal, Lady Nidela who is sitting, Great Lord Tazir who is sitting, Blast who is lying down, Lord Shivasa who is lying down

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd asks, "Nothing?"

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara affirms, "Nothing. The streets are clear."

Speaking to Leafiara, Sofal asks, "Safe to wander again?"

Speaking to Sofal, Leafiara says, "It seems so."

Roonie says, "They were pushing people into the flames.."

Leafiara offhandedly says, "A brief but intense invasion this time..."

Dhuul says, "At least they didn't invade at dawn."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika asks, "Is that what it was?"

Leviathoar says, "Well the meteor shower was uncalled for."

Roonie says, "Or during Second Breakfast."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "...I don't understand. Why does she keep targeting the same people..."

Ragged and weary town guards and local militia slowly move through the streets with wagons and carts, carefully and respectfully hoisting up body after body of charred and burnt townspeople, at least those with enough remains to do so, and wheel them off as the town begins to try to clean up from the devastating attack. Smoke still hangs heavy in the air, second only to the stench of burnt flesh and rot.


Bonus Material

Perspectives

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika says, "One moment I was standing in front of Moot Hall... next I was dead."

Xylax darkly asks, "Is the murder-fun over?"

Speaking to Razanetika, Dhuul says, "You burned a good long time."

Pukk quietly says, "We couldn't help them."

Speaking wryly to Razanetika, Leafiara says, "Well, that's the witch for you. Thiis is why I've focused on revenge since 5116."

Lazaryth removes a goblet of fine Vornavis chardonnay from in his grey twill jacket.

Lazaryth offers Nidela a goblet of fine Vornavis chardonnay.

Nidela accepts Lazaryth's fine Vornavis chardonnay.

Lazaryth says, "Mhm."

Pukk quietly says, "The people of Shanty Town were hit hard."

Sofal says, "That is a long focus."

Berkana asks, "How many times does this town have to burn?"

Speaking gratefully to Lazaryth, Nidela says, "Sorely needed, thank you."

Speaking to Nidela, Lazaryth says, "Of course."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Nidela asks, "Were you not caught in whatever was going on out there?"

Neopuron says, "Can't help but feel the town is much cleaner now."

Speaking to Nidela, Lazaryth says, "Oh, I was."

Speaking seriously to Chaoswynd, Leafiara asks, "Really, I mean it. Do you have any theory?" [ongoing from her previous question of why target the same people]

Speaking to Nidela, Lazaryth says, "I was slaughtered like a lamb."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "None that would make any sense, other than vindictiveness on her part."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara asks, "Why kill Balley only to then imbed a scarab in her? Or why imbed a scarab in Shinann only to then kill her?"

Speaking to Nidela, Lazaryth says, "You've been working hard, here."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Nidela says, "I was going to say you must have the gods' own luck to make it back with all your bits and pieces intact."

Speaking jokingly to Leafiara, Ghianna says, "I think I might run off to Darkstone and hunt MTK's....it might be safer."

Sofal says, "Well that's to be expected."

Speaking offhandedly to Ghianna, Leafiara agrees, "No doubt."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Perhaps there is no explanation, because perhaps she's just completely mad."

Razanetika yells, "Way to kill the rolton Gutstorm!"

Sofal says, "She has to be feeling the loss of 2 of the 7 by now." [paragons]

Speaking insistently to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "No, there has to be a method to this. There always is."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Pukk says, "I guess I will be needing to buy another 25 chrisms from you."

The ghostly voice of Brign says, "Oof."

Speaking to Brign, Ryndith says, "Why hello again."

Speaking greedily to Pukk, Leafiara says, "175k."

Pukk quietly says, "Deal."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "There isn't always an explanation for everything, Leafi."

Lazaryth asks, "What happened to Shinann - has this happened before?"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara says, "She was dragged off by a giant."

Lazaryth says, "Yes, but she was also.."

Pukk just handed Leafiara some coins.

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Perhaps she was simply targeting her latest scarab victims."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara says, "To what end, I have no idea."

Lazaryth says, "It looked like she was being attacked by nothing."

Sofal says, "I was given a nice tour of the town by a troll."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Pukk says, "All paid."

Speaking knowingly to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "There's more to it."

Speaking to Pukk, Leafiara exclaims, "Moment!"

Speaking to Pukk, Leafiara asks, "25? Shape doesn't matter?"

Pukk quietly says, "Shape doesn't matter."

[Leafi runs to get 25 chrisms, then returns to...]

Lylia says, "These ills that plague us are temporary, although the struggle against them feels unending."

Lylia says, "There is an end. Two Paragons have fallen, and more will."

Speaking to Lylia, Ryndith asks, "But what'll be left of the Landing by the time the last Paragon falls?"

Speaking quietly to Lylia, Pukk says, "Thank you for trying to combat the enemy and trying to save the town."

Zosopage says, "War is not without death and this is a war you can't flee from."

Speaking heartily to Ryndith, Chamorr says, "The same would be left if it doesn't."

Speaking to Ryndith, Lylia says, "Enough to rebuild. I do not tell people they must stay. Nor that they must fight."

Speaking to Zosopage, Leafiara praises, "Well said."

The voice of Symminian says, "Whatever befalls Landing we will rise and rebuild as we always have."

Lylia pointedly says, "Nor do I order them to go when I cannot assure they will even be fed or housed."

Speaking quietly to Zosopage, Pukk says, "Just remember some of those that died, are not favored by Lorminstra and their death is final."

Mongonator says, "We have a dragon down." [referring to Soneiken, a member of Ord an Dragan--AKA "a dragon"--being dead]

Speaking to Pukk, Lylia says, "Just so."

Mayor Lylia's group just went east.

Chamorr heartily says, "Ya done good tonight."

The voice of Symminian says, "Thanks I tried."

Speaking to Pukk, Zosopage says, "That cannot be helped. If the war is lost here then it will spread and there is no place that will be safe to flee to."

Speaking to Pukk, Leafiara says, "...I wonder if she even truly understands the gravity of this."

Speaking to Pukk, Leafiara says, "I know I've never asked you, but somehow I have a feeling we're of a like mind on why we smile and laugh despite what surrounds us."

Pukk quietly says, "At times like this, I am sad. I'm sure my lord Cholen would be saddened as well."

Lazaryth says, "It's mad. I saw how we slaughtered those orcs. And yet, it wasn't enough, for a while."

Speaking to Pukk, Leafiara says, "And yet... if we don't make it out of this alive..."