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Imaerasta 13-14, 5119

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Summary

  • The Seer Balley meets with Leafiara to put to the test whether she (Balley) can still make use of her scrying bowl or whether it's been cut off like the magic of Captains Shinann and Stormyrain; she still has the ability. [OOC: I have no idea if this is just coincidental mechanics or some story advancement, so I tossed it in just in case]
  • A crowd begins to gather in the rain outside Moot Hall, but soon enough the lightning illuminates a ship out in Darkstone Bay--so Sir Cryheart guides everyone to the North Dock. Shinann had reported earlier in the day that ships had been spotted and that the militia had sent two scouting vessels, but one was lost and the other expected to return in the night, so Leafi and Goldtree relay the information.
  • And then they open fire, sending ballista bolts crashing into the docks! Landing defenders quickly activate the pylons and begin to return fire! Gradually the ships slow down and something moves in the water near them... it's the return of the sea serpents! Amidst battle with them at the docks and continuing pylon fire out to sea, a few ships break away and head toward the Landing at ramming speed.
  • Dozens of imperial warships crash into the docks and what pours out is no Imperial army, but undead krolvin! Additional ships crash into the shore outside North Gate, sending their strongest forces there.
  • A warhorn sounds and soldiers from Hendor and Bourth charge from the Hendoran outpost onto the battlefield--but goblins, trolls, ogres, and giants quickly pour from the shadows and drive them back to defend the outpost.
  • Amidst continued clashes in the streets, Cryheart, Maylan, and Zosopage mention that something took Stormy away into the shadows. Soon her voice is heard over the amunet reporting that she's in her room at Rone Academy--with Raznel. Zosopage asks if they can get to her and Stormy says Cay knows the way, so Leafi rushes to raise him. When they arrrive, Raznel's taunting Stormy and vice versa, and the bleakstone scarab rips out of Stormy and drops to the floor, inert. Raznel collects it.
  • Stormy, the blood mage, tells Raznel she has no permission to take her blood and it will fight her, but the witch says it's okay and "it's not for me." Raznel tells Shinann she'll comes for hers next and it's not ready yet, then croons to her scarab before disappearing into the shadows.
  • Meanwhile, battles continue to rage in the streets until shadows are seen moving through the Lower Dragonsclaw forest--white-armored figures and a bald man with a red-scarred scalp. It's the return of the Blameless and Disean, who wants a tithe of blood. And he's soon accompanied by huge incarnadine arachnids as well, as they make a coordinated two-pronged approach.
  • Dispelling magic sweeps through town and the Blameless and spiders begin their assault. Screams are heard within town and spiders are spotted moving along the rooftops and taking webbed citizens away into the shadows. Leafi goes to pursue and gets caught in a web herself, but the Rooks move in for the save and shoot the spider down before she and they both withdraw.
  • The spiders descend and take to the streets as adventurers battle on all fronts, including town guards firing the docks' pylons at the last remaining warships.
  • Pukk reports a raider coming into the tower and is killed shortly thereafter, sending up a Symbol of Need to reveal that Disean's reached him. Leafi fogs over as Disean had taken Pukk to Burrow Way; however, he leaves immediately afterward. Pukk later fills in that Disean killed him and fed maggots with his blood.
  • Back outside, spiders continue taking townspeople, battles continue raging, and pylon fire continues tearing into warships--finally destroying the last of them! Town defenders gradually kill off the remaining creatures as well, though there's no saving the abducted townspeople.


Highlights

Speaking to Lazaryth, Maylan exclaims, "Up to my elbows in booze!"
Speaking deeply to Maylan, Olgretien asks, "Need help unloading?"
Speaking to Olgretien, Maylan asks, "What are we unloading?"
Speaking deeply to Maylan, Olgretien says, "Your booze."
Speaking to Olgretien, Maylan asks, "Why would I ever unload that?"
Speaking deeply to Maylan, Olgretien asks, "Isn't that the point of booze?"
Olgretien deeply asks, "Unloadin it?"
Speaking to Olgretien, Maylan says, "The point of booze is to drink it."
Speaking deeply to Maylan, Olgretien exclaims, "Aye!  THat's how ya unload it!"
Speaking to Lazaryth, Maylan says, "I shall abuse this power at the earliest opportunity."
Maylan offers Goblyn a length of fatty pink intestines.
Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan asks, "Can you tell the future from those bits?"
Goblyn turns the intestines over in her hands, examining it in minute detail.
Speaking slowly to Maylan, Goblyn says, "The future in them is that I will be eating them."
Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan says, "You can share my blanket."
Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan offers, "Or I could set you on fire if you're cold."
Speaking to Maylan, Goblyn says, "That will be very nice."
Speaking to Maylan, Goblyn exclaims, "That will be even nicer!"
Katiesa dubiously asks, "You wish to adopt a shipful of children?"
Speaking flusteredly to Katiesa, Leafiara exclaims, "Just the opposite of that!"
Speaking slowly to Leafiara, Katiesa says, "I am trying to imagine the opposite of a shipful of children and none of those things seem adoptable."
[Bernadette, Cay, Crux, Leafi, Pup, and Radeek defend the middle dock; Pup and Radeek die]
Cryheart: "Need help at Middle Dock?"
Commander Roblar's group just arrived.
Leafiara: "I wouldn't say need, but it would be appreciated."
Leafiara: "And never mind, Roblar's here."
Lazaryth: "The only thing defending the north gate is a barn owl."
A huge incarnadine spider skitters along some rooftops of town, two citizens strapped to its bulbous back, wrapped up in webbing.  They squirm and scream as the giant spider skitters away, then seemingly vanishes into a patch of shadows.
Leafiara: "I can't find them on the roofs..."
Stormyrain: "You'd be hard pressed to keep up with the spiders."
An huge incarnadine arachnid rises on its legs, tucking its abdomen beneath itself to aim its spinneret at Leafiara!
Leafiara gets caught by the webbing at an inopportune moment and trips.  She lands awkwardly on her arm, something snaps and she grimaces in pain!
Leafiara: "...yeah, I'm finding that out right about now."
Goblyn yells, "Horse!"
Leifa hoarsely says, "Yeah, I am from all the battle cries."
Pukk: "[Disean] just fed my blood to his maggots...which I thought was kinda nice. Those maggots must have been hungry."
Pukk: "I didn't know Disean was somebody to watch out for...so for a brief second I was happy to have help...then he hit me...and then I realized...that he was just as crazy as I am."
Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk says, "So, first a beetle fed on me, then Disean had some maggots feed on me. I feel like my blood might be nutrious."
Speaking helpfully to Pukk, Goblyn notes, "You are best when you are dead, Pukk!"


Log

The Seer Tests the Scarab

[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: Zosopage, Desorceri, Event Planner Leafiara, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Sir Cryheart, Land Pirate Maylan who is riding a chunky apricot-hued cob

Balley softly says, "Ok."

Balley softly says, "Hope this is ok."

Speaking warmly to Balley, Leafiara exclaims, "Sure is!" (context: Since the bleakstone scarabs in Shinann and Stormyrain has cut off their magic, Balley has been wondering if the shadowy black scarab in her has done anything. With her being a seer and having not received any visions ever since getting her scarab, she wants to put to the test whether her seeing abilities still function.)

Balley removes a sanguine crystal scrying bowl from in her green modwir reliquary.

Balley takes out a small flask of water and pours it into her crystal scrying bowl then stows the empty flask.

Balley offers Leafiara a sanguine crystal scrying bowl.

Leafiara accepts Balley's sanguine crystal scrying bowl.

Speaking to Maylan, Zosopage asks, "You're riding corn?"

Leafiara tentatively asks, "What do I do with this again?"

Balley softly says, "Touch my bowl."

[no idea what the message looks like in third person, so just converting it anyway...]

Leafiara lightly touches the tip of her finger to the water in her crystal scrying bowl and then runs it around the rim. The resonance causes tiny rippled rings in the surface of the water.

Balley softly says, "Give it some of your energy."

Balley softly says, "Not using blood today."

Leafiara offers Balley a sanguine crystal scrying bowl.

Speaking to Maylan, Desorceri asks, "Why'd the cob cross the square?"

Balley accepts Leafiara's sanguine crystal scrying bowl.

Balley softly says, "Ok what is it you wish to know."

Speaking curiously to Balley, Leafiara asks, "Are we gonna be alive by the time the Ebon Gate festival comes around?"

Balley softly says, "We shall see."

Leafiara mutters, "I swear she better not stop us from getting to that festival."

Balley gazes into her crystal scrying bowl, her expression growing blank and eyes unfocused. After a short while she blinks a few times and seems to be aware of her surroundings again.

Desorceri exclaims, "She who?!"

Zosopage says, "If the place isn't destroyed."

Speaking to Desorceri, Leafiara explains, "Raznel, the witch."

Balley softly says, "I see a vision of a bloody knife."

Speaking regretfully to Zosopage, Leafiara says, "That's what we're trying to find out."

Fizzlewiz asks, "Did the party start yet?"

Balley gazes into her crystal scrying bowl, her expression growing blank and eyes unfocused. After a short while she blinks a few times and seems to be aware of her surroundings again.

Zosopage says, "Bloody knife and Ebon's go hand in hand."

The sky begins to fill with huge clouds, dark and grey on the bottom, pale and white atop, their puffy crowns ascending toward the heavens.

Balley softly says, "Next I see a festival of dancers."

Balley softly says, "I see much merriment."

A great clap of thunder echoes on the horizon.

Balley gazes into her crystal scrying bowl, her expression growing blank and eyes unfocused. After a short while she blinks a few times and seems to be aware of her surroundings again.

Zosopage says, "Until that...."

Leafiara hopefully says, "Oh, maybe that's good then."

Balley softly says, "Before life changes when things end."

Leafiara hopefully says, "Maybe we -will- still be alive next month."

Balley softly says, "With a raging forest fire."

Balley gazes into her crystal scrying bowl, her expression growing blank and eyes unfocused. After a short while she blinks a few times and seems to be aware of her surroundings again.

Zosopage yells, "Join Cryheart!"

Balley softly says, "Followed by a misty tombstone."

Speaking relievedly to Balley, Leafiara says, "At least your seeing still works."

Speaking to Leafiara, Balley softly says, "Well."

Balley softly says, "Your reading."

Speaking dubiously to Balley, Leafiara says, "Of course, now we don't know what the scarab does, but..."

Zosopage says, "All sounds like visions of Ebons."

Zosopage asks, "Ow?"

Speaking to Zosopage, Desorceri says, "Stop being so simple, warrior."

Balley softly says, "Lots of bloodshed before the festival, when the party ends things will change drastically and something will be dead and gone but not forgotten."

Speaking to Zosopage, Desorceri says, "Anything dark sounds like Ebons to you."

Speaking musingly to Balley, Leafiara says, "Sounds about right..."

Sir Cryheart's group just arrived.

Balley softly says, "Ok well my abilities have not changed."


Idle Chatter

Speaking urgently to Maylan, Lazaryth says, "Maylan."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Zosopage asks, "Why are you on my shoulders?"

[Leafi goes to do a rescue and brings him back]

[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: the body of Daemex who is lying down, Event Planner rLeafiara Relic Hunter Madmountan, Dame Evia, Razanetika, Felita, Lord Leviathoar, Great Lord Darkkrimson, Soneiken, Grobrfong, Sockmo, Lady Alisette, Olgretien, Lady Carolanne, Guarrin, Skipjack, Alanisse, Bernadette, Lord Chamorr, Lazaryth, Sofal, Pukk, Sir Cryheart, Arianiss, Chaoswynd, Great Lord Gutstorm, Puptilian, Zosopage, Desorceri, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Land Pirate Maylan who is riding a chunky apricot-hued cob

Speaking to Lazaryth, Maylan exclaims, "Up to my elbows in booze!"

Speaking deeply to Maylan, Olgretien asks, "Need help unloading?"

Speaking slowly to Daemex, Cruxophim drawls, "I didn't do ~that." (Daemex was the dead one Leafi brought back)

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk exclaims, "Join Cryheart!"

Speaking drunkenly to Maylan, Gutstorm says, "We should shtart up a pirate club."

Speaking to Maylan, Lazaryth asks, "Can I get you anything?"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Daemex says, "You can't prove that."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Maylan exclaims, "More booze!"

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Pukk exclaims, "You too. Join Cryheart!"

Speaking to Olgretien, Maylan asks, "What are we unloading?"

Speaking to Pukk, Leafiara affirms, "On it!"

Speaking deeply to Maylan, Olgretien says, "Your booze."

Daemex says, "I need this donut."

Speaking to Olgretien, Maylan asks, "Why would I ever unload that?"

Leafiara musingly says, "Ah, here come all the people."

Daemex says, "Oohh, it's a magic donut."

Carolanne says, "Thinking of hiding in my sanctuary."

Speaking deeply to Maylan, Olgretien asks, "Isn't that the point of booze?"

Olgretien deeply asks, "Unloadin it?"

Speaking to Maylan, Lazaryth says, "Your wish is my command."

Speaking to Olgretien, Maylan says, "The point of booze is to drink it."

Speaking casually to Shinann, Cruxophim inquires, "Something goin' on tonight?"

Speaking deeply to Maylan, Olgretien exclaims, "Aye! THat's how ya unload it!"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Maylan says, "I shall abuse this power at the earliest opportunity."

Desorceri says, "Okay."

Speaking to Maylan, Lazaryth says, "That's what I like to hear."

Desorceri says, "So I've had some Reim whiskey and don't know half of what's going on..."

Desorceri says, "Just for the record."

Speaking quietly to a polished bleakstone statue, Pukk says, "Not the mayor."


Approaching Ships

A flash of lightning illuminates the brief outline of a ship in the distance, rising and falling on the far edge of Darkstone Bay where the waters stretch to meet the sky.

Cryheart says, "To the docks."

Goldtree quietly says, "Ship coming in."

Speaking to Cryheart, Maylan exclaims, "To the bay!"

Cruxophim slowly announces, "Ship ahoy."

Evia says, "Oh the ship."

Radeek asks, "Boats?"

[travel]

Chamorr heartily asks, "More imperials?"

[Wehnimer's, North Dock]

The dock's planks are dull and weathered from the salt spray of many seasons. Northward beyond the massive sea gates, a flock of ice geese passes, silhouetted against the sky over the dark blue waters of Darkstone Bay. The hulk of a derelict coastal sailer is tethered to the end of the pier. You also see a black imperial wagon with a glowing blue-white pylon on it, the dark waters of Darkstone Bay, a stack of empty crates, some huge wooden crates and some stacked piles of supplies.

Also here: Relic Hunter Madmountan, Dame Evia, Razanetika, Felita, Lord Leviathoar, Great Lord Darkkrimson, Soneiken, Grobrfong, Sockmo, Lady Alisette, Olgretien, Lady Carolanne, Guarrin, Skipjack, Alanisse, Bernadette, Lord Chamorr, Sofal, Pukk, Chaoswynd, Great Lord Gutstorm, Cruxophim, Zosopage, Event Planner Leafiara, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Land Pirate Maylan who is riding a chunky apricot-hued cob, Avalera, Ysharra, Tolida, Goldtree, Stormyrain, Radeek, Katiesa, Sir Cryheart, Wolfloner, Shinann, Puptilian

Cruxophim: "Ship's a comin' in, Mayor.. Captains."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Hey enot sho fasht, im getting dizzy."

Speaking to Chamorr, Leafiara say, "This might be one of ours."

Goldtree quietly says, "Should be the ships the Marshall sent out." (context: Captain Shinann had posted a report in the barracks and at Moot Hall that militia scouts had spotted ships in the distance and they sent two scouting vessels, but one vanished and the other was estimated to be returning tonight. Goldtree and Leafi, being in the militia, knew this and so were raising the possibility. [OOC: Less clear to me is whether this was done at the marshal's request, at the captains' request, or autonomously.])

Cryheart: "A ship has been sighted, group at the North Dock."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Stormyrain says, "..thanks."

Speaking to Shinann, Puptilian says, "They are slower."

Chamorr heartily says, "Ahhh."

Speaking sweetly to Stormyrain, Cruxophim answers, "Welcome."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "You found us."

Skipjack asks, "Are these the supplies that Mother promised?" (My understanding was that Mayor Lylia didn't accept the offer.)

Radeek asks, "We ain't gittin on no boat... is we?"

Speaking to Cryheart, Katiesa says, "I thought you might have need of me, so here I am."

Speaking dubiously to Radeek, Leafiara says, "Considering the disappearing one, I sure hope not."

Cruxophim calmly muses, "Been a few minutes. Work never ends."

Speaking deeply to Katiesa, Olgretien says, "It's a good bet."

Speaking to Maags, Puptilian says, "Hello Snack."

(Rhayveign scrambles up Madmountan's back and settles quietly on his shoulder. She leans over and kisses him gently on his cheek. "Glad yer here, big guy. Lots of folks and I can't see anythin' down there.")

Speaking to Puptilian, Maags exclaims, "Where!"

Speaking heartily to Lylia, Chamorr asks, "Did you agree to Rooks' terms?"

Speaking interestedly to Maags, Cruxophim ventures, "You're a snack?"

Puptilian pokes Maags in the ribs.

Speaking lightly to Olgretien, Katiesa says, "You win."

Radeek says, "I don't does none too good on boats....folks shoes don't fare well neither."

Speaking to Maags, Puptilian says, "There."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Maags exclaims, "I am not a puppy!"

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Puppy."

Chamorr heartily says, "Puppy."

Speaking amusedly to herself, Katiesa murmurs, "Puppy."

Speaking to Maags, Sockmo says, "You don't look at all like a puppy."

Speaking to Sockmo, Maags exclaims, "Not tall enough!"

Maags says, "Thanks the gods."

Speaking to Maags, Rhayveign says, "Oh it's so good to see ya! Mad's got another free shoulder if yer wishin' a better view."

Puptilian pinches Katiesa!

Felita hugs Goblyn.

Goblyn blinks at Felita.

Goblyn ducks slightly and covers her head with her arms.

Pietra asks, "Are we fishing tonight?"

Pukk recites quietly:

"Goblyn and Felita sitting in a tree..."

Cryheart says, "A ship is headed this way."

Felita says, "Thas Missie Goblyn."

Speaking to Puptilian, Katiesa says, "I do believe your fingers slipped there."

Speaking to Pukk, Goblyn laughs, "We are sitting on a dock, not a tree!"

Speaking to Pietra, Lylia says, "I doubt it, nor is there likely to be anything to catch."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pietra says, "Oh, alright."

Pukk quietly says, "Oh yeah."

Pukk recites quietly:

"Goblyn and Felita sitting on a dock"

Madmountan says, "They are both wood."

Speaking to Lylia, Pietra says, "Maybe they'll be rotten and then we can throw them at the bad people."

Speaking quietly to Lylia, Pukk exclaims, "Hiya Not the statue!"

Ysharra says, "It's been so long since we waited on a dock. I wonder if this one will be rotting sea serpents or some gossip with an eyepatch."

Speaking to Maags, Sockmo asks, "Does your bottom wiggle when you're happy?"

Speaking to Ysharra, Leafiara adds, "Or more fighting dockworkers."

Speaking to Pukk, Maags says, "She smells much nicer than a statue."

Maylan offers Goblyn a length of fatty pink intestines.

Speaking to Ysharra, Puptilian says, "Dont bring us bad luck."

Ysharra says, "...or maybe a gossipy sea serpent with an eyepatch."

Puptilian says, "More so then..."

Speaking to Ysharra, Tolida says, "I do hope not... no sea serpents."

Speaking to Sockmo, Desorceri says, "Most do."

Thrassus says, "Maybe it'll be a rotting gossip with an eyepatch and throw us completely off."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Hey that mushkrat but me."

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan asks, "Can you tell the future from those bits?"

Pukk quietly says, "Freshly spilled blood..."

Goblyn blinks at Maylan.

Goblyn turns the intestines over in her hands, examining it in minute detail.

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan says, "Some folk claim they can."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Maags exclaims, "What is wrong with yous!"

Speaking slowly to Maylan, Goblyn says, "The future in them is that I will be eating them."

Speaking quietly to Lylia, Pukk asks, "So, have you been bathing in blood lately?"

Leafiara muses, "Could always be another shipment of lifelike golems, except coming in instead of going out this time."

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan exclaims, "I KNEW it worked!"

Speaking to Desorceri, Sockmo says, "But we were talking puppies."

Speaking drunkenly to Maags, Gutstorm says, "That mushkrat bit me."

Speaking to Pukk, Lylia says, "No, not of late."

Speaking to Sockmo, Goblyn asks, "You will like the puppies?"

[Wehnimer's, North Dock]

The dock's planks are dull and weathered from the salt spray of many seasons. Northward beyond the massive sea gates, a flock of ice geese passes, silhouetted against the sky over the dark blue waters of Darkstone Bay. The hulk of a derelict coastal sailer is tethered to the end of the pier. You also see a black imperial wagon with a glowing blue-white pylon on it, the dark waters of Darkstone Bay, a stack of empty crates, some huge wooden crates and some stacked piles of supplies.

Also here: Goldstr, Rimo, Lord Rassyn, Cruxophim, High Lady Shyspirit, Dendrick, Polyanne, Pietra, Tsarok, Silvynn, Lazaryth, Talonir, Kembriana, Wanion, Kelrion, Talonhawke, Miss Goblyn, Mayor Lylia, Maags, Desorceri, Rhayveign, Great Lord Mongonator, Melikor, Lord Thrassus, Arianiss, Katiesa, Radeek, Stormyrain, Goldtree, Tolida, Ysharra, Event Planner Leafiara, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Dame Evia, Razanetika, Felita, Lord Leviathoar, Great Lord Darkkrimson, Soneiken, Grobrfong, Sockmo, Lady Alisette, Olgretien, Lady Carolanne, Guarrin, Skipjack, Bernadette, Lord Chamorr, Sofal, Pukk, Chaoswynd, Great Lord Gutstorm, Zosopage, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Land Pirate Maylan who is riding a chunky apricot-hued cob, Sir Cryheart, Wolfloner, Shinann, Puptilian

Speaking to Gutstorm, Maags exclaims, "Problies for a reason!"

Speaking quietly to Lylia, Pukk asks, "Gnome blood or halfling?"

Speaking to Pukk, Lylia says, "Were I to have bathed in it, the scent would be stronger."

Maags rubs Maylan tenderly.

Maags says, "Er."

You see a blur out of the corner of your eye, and Xorus suddenly appears.

Maags dusts Maylan off.

Maags says, "Sorries."

Speaking drunkenly to Maags, Gutstorm exclaims, "I shwear i wash mindin me bidnesh and it just attacked!"

Speaking helpfully to Lylia, Cruxophim offers, "I know a place you can do that."

Pukk quietly says, "I can still smell it. Smells good actually."

Speaking to Pukk, Lylia says, "That would be telling."

Speaking amicably to Xorus, Leafiara greets, "Nice Landing landing!" (The North Dock is one of the places where Spirit Guide can brnig someone.)

Xorus says, "You must be wondering why I called this meeting."

Speaking to Leafiara, Rassyn says, "Lifelike bleakstone statues of all the captains and such would be scary when they start moving around."

Speaking to Rassyn, Leafiara explains, "Oh, no, I was talking about a past incident with, uh... Stone lookalikes, I think it was." (referring to this)

Speaking amusedly to Rassyn, Goblyn says, "I do not think the captains will be liking this."

Speaking to Rassyn, Lylia says, "Bleakstone statues from unknown admirers are a dubious gift, I have found."

Goldtree quietly says, "They're coming in with the tide."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Damn, you people need to feed your petsh."

Speaking quietly to Maags, Pukk says, "Hey, halflings are sweet. It's all the tarts you see."

Speaking affably to Rassyn, Leafiara says, "But I'd be up for battling some statues too, sure."

Speaking distastefully to Maylan, Katiesa says, "They look even less attractive when you hold them out closer to me like that."

Chamorr heartily says, "No sheet."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "All that shines isn't gold."

Speaking to Pukk, Maags exclaims, "Or tarts are sweet cause of halflings!"

Maags exclaims, "Ask Goblyn!"

Pukk quietly says, "Maybe...that works too."

Kelrion says, "Smaller the berry, the sweet the bloo... err juice."

Speaking to Ysharra, Lylia says, "I would prefer alabaster and despanal, personally, although the bleakstone is a good look too."

Speaking to Goblyn, Skipjack asks, "Excuse me, I don't mean to interupt...but what is that you're holding?"

Commander Roblar just arrived.

Speaking to Lylia, Rassyn says, "Or could just be the misdirect and it is just a nice gift."

A flash of lightning dances along the black skies above Darkstone Bay and a second and third ship appear. In the white afterglow of the lightning, banners upon the ships can be seen bearing the crest of a white stork on a field of light blue.

Speaking to Rassyn, Lylia says, "That is always a possibility."

Cryheart says, "Food."

Speaking relievedly to Roblar, Leafiara teases, "Oh, good, now no matter what the invaders--"

Speaking to Rassyn, Carolanne says, "Midnight snack."

Goblyn says, "Ooh. Very pretty, this lightning."

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "Can I shoot that ship with a pylon?"

Leafiara curiously says, "Oh, that flag... maybe not invaders, never mind."

Evia says, "Oh."

Thrassus asks, "White stork?"

Puptilian asks, "Solhaven?" (Close, but that's a swan.)

Cryheart says, "I see rain clouds."

Speaking to Roblar, Maags exclaims, "Saved yous mansion the other day again!"

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra asks, "...stork?"

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk says, "I'm just waiting for it to strike somebody."

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Goldtree asks, "You know that banner?"

Speaking to Cryheart, Radeek says, "Bes' we be ready ta protects it from bugs an' rats."

Kembriana melodically asks, "Bringing babies?"

The voice of Raelee says, "... the Stork is the County of Torre."

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Pukk says, "You're going to be struck my lightning."

Zosopage says, "These sailors must be sick of coming here. Always raining when they arrive."

Cryheart says, "Aye...County of Torre."

Ysharra says, "Thank you, Magister."

Maags says, "Speaking of babies."

Puptilian says, "Thank you Magister."

Rassyn asks, "No clue whose banner that is ship full of babbies?"

Goldtree quietly says, "Thank you invisible Magister."

Leafiara amicably opines, "Torre's a great place, as Imperial places go."

Chamorr heartily says, "More imperials."

Speaking to Radeek, Puptilian says, "Not the peacocks this time."

Chamorr heartily says, "Just awesome."

Sockmo asks, "Are we gonna be here a bit?"

Speaking affably to Raelee, Cruxophim greets, "Magister. I have some questions sometime, your schedule permitting. Not urgent."

Xorus says, "Torrential babies. Horrifying."

Speaking to Shinann, Maags exclaims, "It is much harder to do than to watch!"

Soneiken says, "Torre."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Raelee asks, "Regarding what?"

Speaking concernedly to Xorus, Leafiara says, "That's an invasion too scary even for me."

Soneiken says, "Is the kingdom of Torre."

Cryheart says, "White stork on a field of blue is County of Torre."

Speaking to Puptilian, Radeek says, "Not worried 'bouts 'perials...worried bouts Raznel's beasts."

Wanion softly says, "Undead babies."

Roblar deeply asks, "Oh?"

Speaking affably to Raelee, Cruxophim inquires, "The barrier? Professional curiosity?"

Speaking horrifiedly to Wanion, Leafiara exclaims, "How can you say such terrifying things!"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Raelee says, "Noted."

Goldtree quietly says, "Then perhaps bringing food...supplies."

Speaking to Radeek, Puptilian says, "Until I see what comes off the ship I'll keep my sword out."

Pukk quietly says, "All babies are born demonic."

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan says, "You can share my blanket."

Speaking casually to Wanion, Cruxophim muses, "That too."

Pukk quietly says, "That is why a priestess is needed to uncurse the baby." (This has been a long-running joke with Pukk.)

Speaking quietly to Puptilian, Goldtree says, "Probably a safe bet most days."

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan offers, "Or I could set you on fire if you're cold."

Speaking to Maylan, Goblyn says, "That will be very nice."

Speaking to Maylan, Goblyn exclaims, "That will be even nicer!"

Goblyn says, "Where is Madmoun--"

Speaking affably to Puptilian, Cruxophim muses, "I know I certainly love being greeting by a crowd with swords drawn!"

Leafiara points at Madmountan.

Skipjack says, "I wouldn't trust the torrens...at least not the imperials."

Cryheart says, "Standing beside ye."

More lighting burns across the heavens, reflected in the black waters of the bay. More ships come into view behind the first ones, the new ones bearing crests of a white horse clenching a black rose in its teeth on a field of blue.

Maags exclaims, "Rhay is hiding him!"

Speaking to Madmountan, Goblyn demands, "You do owe me this thing with the boot and kicking." (referring to this night)

Talonir says, "Have yet to release any babies."

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan says, "The peace magic doesn't want me to warm you."

Leafiara happily says, "Oh, ya didn't forget."

Maags says, "Or protecting him."

Alisette says, "Other ships."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Puptilian says, "Call me cautious tonight."

Raelee says, "... and Estoria."

Alisette says, "With other flags."

Cryheart says, "Earldom of Estoria."

Speaking to Leafiara, Goblyn scolds, "I do not forget these things, Leafiara."

Speaking to Xorus, Stormyrain asks, "Who does that banner belong to?"

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Arm the pylons!"

Speaking to Puptilian, Maags says, "So where are the snacks."

Speaking to Goblyn, Rhayveign says, "Ya can't see 'im because of my friends."

Goldtree quietly says, "Two different fiefdoms."

Puptilian asks, "Magister? Who is that?"

Xorus says, "The south rises again."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Let's blow them out of the water!"

Speaking slowly to Xorus, Cruxophim ventures, "Estorian?"

Speaking to Maags, Puptilian says, "You're the snack."

Speaking to Puptilian, Raelee asks, "Who is who?"

Cryheart says, "Earldom of Estoria is the other banner."

Speaking patiently to Rhayveign, Goblyn explains, "Also, because I am short. And I am sitting. I am many times short."

Speaking to Cryheart, Maylan says, "That's a fancy pants name."

Speaking to Cryheart, Puptilian says, "Thank you."

Speaking to Goblyn, Puptilian says, "He is there."

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Goldtree says, "Quite a few Imperial ships on their way...."

Desorceri asks, "Zania ships?"

Talonhawke quietly says, "Sounds like some people who consider themselves important."

Speaking to Goblyn, Rhayveign exclaims, "Ya should climb up here and sit with me, the view is fantastic!"

Madmountan asks, "What did I do?"

Maylan offers Goblyn a soft white bunny fur blanket trimmed with squirrel tail tassels.

Goldstr asks, "Empire comin at us?"

Pietra says, "Let's murder all of them! Except the really really okay ones."

Skipjack says, "They should stay away...this town should be quarantined."

Cryheart says, "We had sent out some militia scouts..perhaps they bring us news."

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Goldtree says, "I think I see our ship among them...hopefully that is a good sign."

Maags says, "Do we knows what they want."

Speaking to Cryheart, Goldstr asks, "Ye sees any Hendor flags?"

Gutstorm drunkenly exclaims, "Cootiesh!"

Puptilian says, "Hopefully a load of food."

Gnaeusprimus asks, "Maybe they're bringing a blight cure?"

Cryheart says, "Nae yet."

Speaking airily to Goblyn, Katiesa says, "That's right. They might come alive and nuzzle you to death."

Pietra says, "Maybe they're bringing candy."

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan exclaims, "Listen, that smell was there when I got it!"

Maags exclaims, "Hopefullies not Goblyn pies!"

Cryheart says, "Hopefully aid for our citizens."

Lylia simply says, "We shall find out when they arrive."

Razanetika softly says, "Bringing babies for Leafi to adopt."

Speaking insistently to Razanetika, Leafiara exclaims, "Not happening!"

Maags says, "We has babies."

Desorceri says, "Or maybe they're bringing death."

Speaking to Cryheart, Goldstr says, "Aye less hopes dat be it."

Talonir says, "... or release."

Speaking drunkenly to Razanetika, Gutstorm says, "Hugs are d'ok, just dont grab me bum."

Speaking desperately to Razanetika, Leafiara says, "Give 'em to anyone else."

Maags says, "Unless..."

Speaking slowly to Maylan, Goblyn asks, "Then maybe you will explain why you did not make it smell better in this meantime that you -did- have it?"

Evia says, "Maybe we should throw up a quick magical barrier to keep them out to sea so they don't get sick coming in...."

Katiesa dubiously asks, "You wish to adopt a shipful of children?"

Cruxophim grumpily grouses, "My bread is better."

Speaking to Maags, Goblyn asks, "What is this 'unless'?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan insists, "I DID make it smell better."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika says, "Well I don' wan' em..."

Speaking flusteredly to Katiesa, Leafiara exclaims, "Just the opposite of that!"

Cryheart says, "That is a matter of perspective."

Speaking to Maylan, Kelrion says, "Bathing usually has that affect."

Speaking dubiously to Cryheart, Cruxophim explains, "Better than that stale loaf? I feel confident about that."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "The over then. A bold move."

Speaking disgustedly to Kelrion, Maylan exclaims, "Bathing is for suckers!"

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Dish is the kinda turnout we need when we play follow da Leafi."

Speaking slowly to Leafiara, Katiesa says, "I am trying to imagine the opposite of a shipful of children and none of those things seem adoptable."

Sockmo says, "Bathing makes your hairs fall out."

Goblyn rubs the fatty pink intestines in her hands all over her white fur blanket.

Cryheart says, "Bathing removes the fleas."

Gnaeusprimus asks, "Shipful of demons?"

Speaking interestedly to Katiesa, Cruxophim ventures, "You looking for something to adopt?"

Speaking to Maylan, Goblyn declares, "Now it will smell nice!"

Speaking to Cryheart, Maags says, "Keeps them away tho."

Maags exclaims, "Hopefullies!"

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan says, "Surley that has rid it of the pesky squirrel smell."

Speaking gently to Maags, Cruxophim clarifies, "Not your bread, dear."

Speaking hastily to Cruxophim, Katiesa says, "No. I've heard Leafiara is, though. Perhaps you could ask her."

Speaking slyly to Leafiara, Cruxophim ventures, "Starting a family?"

Sockmo exclaims, "Who would want to lose their fleas, they make such handy treats!"

Speaking to Gnaeusprimus, Desorceri says, "Perhaps worse...Zelians."

Speaking fretfully to Cruxophim, Leafiara says, "If they bring babies, I'm outta here."

Roblar deeply exclaims, "Jus moved a moment!"

Speaking drunkenly to Leafiara, Gutstorm says, "You lookin to adopt? im housh broken...shorta."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Babies are evil."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Leafiara adds, "Though, actually, yes, I am... but not the adopting part."

Roblar deeply says, "Will drink up ere."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Leafiara explains, "Lyrna's pregnant, we think."

Roblar deeply says, "Better view."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra asks, "Is it with a moulis?"

Speaking smoothly to Leafiara, Cruxophim comments, "What a happy accident."

Speaking tentatively to Cruxophim, Leafiara says, "...I don't -think- it was an accident, but..."

Skipjack asks, "Are you folk going to let these ships land here?"

Leafiara suddenly says, "Anyway, err... back to these ships."

Roblar deeply asks, "Why not?"

Maylan says, "Yarr."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Maags exclaims, "I am fine!"

Skipjack says, "Where I come from imperial ships mean trouble..."

Speaking to Skipjack, Desorceri says, "It's up to the dockmaster, if any."

Speaking gently to Maags, Cruxophim consoles, "We'll get to the root of the problem eventually."

Sockmo asks, "How would we stop them?"

Speaking to Skipjack, Puptilian says, "They fly friendly flags. No reason not to."

Speaking to Skipjack, Pietra says, "They also mean treasure."

Speaking to Skipjack, Radeek asks, "Sure deys gonna land here...what bad thing coul' possibly happens?"

Cryheart says, "Or aid."

Cryheart nods at Pietra.

Speaking teasingly to Puptilian, Cruxophim mutters, "Says the man with his sword out."

Speaking offhandedly to Pietra, Leafiara says, "And no, no moulis. She's sleepin' in Solhaven lately to stay safe."

Zosopage says, "They should keep their sails up just a wee bit longer."

The gargoyle atop Pukk's gargoyle earring looks witheringly at Goblyn and mutters, "Those willowy features way too smooth... wishes she had more interesting ones, like the Dread Lord's..."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Puptilian says, "Only because the last few times I greeted at the dock the monster got to the ship before they got here."

Rows and rows of ships dot the horizon of Darkstone Bay now as they glide through the waters towards Wehnimer's Landing. The storms at sea rage, lightning illuminating a number of banners among the ships. A red eagle before a golden sun on a field of blue. Others bear a single ivory swan on a field of emerald. More show the white stork over blue. Others still revealing a white horse with its black rose. The ships approach more rapidly now.

Katiesa tiredly says, "I'd get a sword out, but that would be so much work."

Kembriana melodically says, "Sometimes men have trouble keeping their sails up that long."

Speaking bemusedly to Puptilian, Cruxophim concedes, "Fair enough."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra asks, "That's probably smart. Until she gets ship-ambushed from behind.... Or maybe that's how all this started?"

Leafiara marvels, "That's a lotta types of banners."

Thrassus says, "That's quite the fleet."

Ysharra asks, "Why do they always try to dock in this mess?"

Shinann says, "Umm.."

Radeek mutters, "Looks more like a invasion fleet."

Lylia murmurs, "Let us hope for safe passage in such a wild tempest."

Chamorr heartily says, "Thats alotta ships."

Speaking dubiously to Lylia, Cruxophim ventures, "We expecting a party?"

Skipjack says, "It's an imperial armada..."

Speaking to Katiesa, Maags says, "'speciallies when yous can jus wiggle a finger."

Puptilian asks, "Are they blockading the bay?"

Goldtree quietly says, "That's....too many."

Xorus says, "Vornavis and Seareach."

Bernadette softly says, "Thems lotta banners."

Cryheart says, "The other ship is from Vornavis."

Roblar deeply says, "Maybe it iz."

Speaking to Puptilian, Shinann says, "Sort of looks like it."

Maags says, "Jus in case."

Goldstr says, "Seems too many to be a friendly visit."

Zosopage says, "That's a lot of food if thats what it is."

Speaking to Xorus, Puptilian says, "Surprisingly two I recognized out of the bunch."

Razanetika softly says, "I don' think this dock will hold all those ships..."

Cryheart says, "Dinnae fret folks."


Open Fire

A steel-tipped ballista bolt comes flying from an imperial warship and strikes Bernadette!

... 11 points of damage!

Well placed strike shatters a rib!

She is stunned!

Speaking to Leifa, Goblyn notes, "My hair maybe does not like that patting."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Maybe they havin a race."

Cryheart says, "Errr."

Shinann says, "I have no idea."

Puptilian says, "Um."

Arianiss says, "Welp."

Talonhawke quietly says, "I'm sure they're not here to destroy the town or anything."

Chamorr heartily says, "Imperial soilders come to "contain" the blight."

Thrassus says, "Blockade."

Goldtree quietly exclaims, "Attack!"

Leafiara exclaims, "Start the pylon!"

Speaking to Goblyn, Leifa says, "You had a bug...."

Radeek says, "Mebbe it be time ta mans da pylons...."

Xorus says, "Those earrings are too kind."

Bernadette softly says, "Nice."

Maylan says, "Oh so I spose we're under attack."

Maags says, "But....as i understand it is not lack of food."

Speaking firmly to Radeek, Leafiara agrees, "Absolutely."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Lylia replies, "I was not expecting one, but of course I always welcome a party."

Razanetika softly asks, "They're attacking?"

Olgretien deeply says, "That isn't nice."

The pylon sparks to life, crackling with energy.

Cruxophim yells, "YOU MISSED!"

Maags says, "It is keeping it edibles."

Maags asks, "Right?"

Guarrin deeply says, "Move."

A steel-tipped ballista bolt comes flying from an imperial warship and strikes Maags!

... 13 points of damage!

Nailed in lower back!

She is stunned!

Leafiara places her hands on a glowing blue-white pylon, and closes her eyes... The pylon seems to glow dimly.

Roblar deeply says, "Time to blow dem out of da water."

Maylan whines, "I'm too tired to be under attack."

Skipjack exclaims, "Would seem so!"

Olgretien places his hands on a glowing blue-white pylon, and closes his eyes... The pylon seems to glow dimly.

A steel-tipped ballista bolt comes flying from an imperial warship and strikes Roblar!

A suit of black rolaren plate armor partially deflects the onslaught of the puncture attack.

... 15 points of damage!

Well aimed shot, punctures upper arm!

He is stunned!

Shinann recites:

"Man the pylons!"

Lazaryth says, "I don't think very much of all of us standing here for the ballistas to pick off."

A steel-tipped ballista bolt comes flying from an imperial warship and strikes Leifa!

Leafiara loudly exclaims, "Power the pylons! Destroy those ships!"

A steel-tipped ballista bolt comes flying from an imperial warship and strikes Cruxophim!

Chamorr heartily says, "Damn empire."

Zolis deeply says, "Seems like standing here is dying."

[insert lots more people getting hit, lots more people infusing the pylons, etc.]

Zosopage says, "Get rid of this sanct."

Pukk quietly says, "I told you when should have blasted them with pylons."

Xorus says, "Well, then."

Leafiara loudly demands, "Every last one, destroy 'em!"

Cryheart says, "Ooof."

Roblar deeply says, "Gonna kill me somes."

Lylia hisses, "How dare they fly false flags!"

Avalera says, "Well, this is unfortunate."

Cryheart says, "Retreat to the town center if ye cannae fight."

Goldtree quietly exclaims, "Tilt it!"

Roblar deeply says, "Der it iz." (I think referring to it being fully infused)

Shinann: "Pylon on the other dock needs manning."

The voice of Skipjack exclaims, "Take cover!"

Sofal exclaims, "How will we know who to join!"

Speaking to Puptilian, Stormyrain asks, "Yes?"

Leafiara places her hands on the levers of the blue-white pylon and pulls. Nothing happens.

Goldtree places his hands on the levers of the blue-white pylon and pulls. Nothing happens.

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian asks, "Protect the Landing?"

Cruxophim places his hands on the levers of the blue-white pylon and pulls. Straining, he manages to tilt the pylon up, and it clicks into place.

Lylia: "It would appear these are false flags."

Goldtree quietly exclaims, "Someone pull the pylon!"

Stormyrain says, "Always, and fiercely. Man the damned pylons."

Sockmo exclaims, "Archers - do your jobs and shoot back!"

Cruxophim: "Man the pylons!!"

Maylan steadies the blue-white pylon and fires! A bolt of brilliant blue-white energy soars out, missing a large imperial warship entirely!

Cryheart yells, "Move to town center if ye want!"

[more infusing]

Roblar: "Can't get to any of da shops on da bay."

Leafiara viciously exclaims, "Kill 'em all!"

Cryheart says, "I am going to stand my ground."

Puptilian says, "Join me if you want to go to the middle dock."

Cruxophim yells, "Bah, just a flesh wound!"

Leafiara steadies the blue-white pylon and fires! A bolt of brilliant blue-white energy soars out, and strikes a large imperial warship, damaging part of it!

Madmountan says, "I like watching bolts tear into people. It's pretty satisfying."

Speaking in Giantman, Grobrfong exclaims something you don't understand.

Cryheart yells, "Keep in mind these may be captured ships!"

Stormyrain barks, "Middle dock group, form on Pup!"

Puptilian says, "Heading to the middle dock."

A steel-tipped ballista bolt comes flying from an imperial warship and strikes Cryheart!

... 11 points of damage!

Attack punctures the eye and connects with something really vital!

Cryheart drops dead at your feet!

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan exclaims, "Blanket!"

Speaking darkly to Madmountan, Leafiara says, "Yeah, so do I. Especially when it's them."

Bernadette softly says, "Ugh."

Roblar deeply says, "Welps."

Maylan recites:

"Reform on Lylia"

Skipjack exclaims, "Keep it in mind!"

Speaking heartily to Cryheart, Chamorr says, "There's yer empire."

Speaking darkly to Chamorr, Leafiara says, "As ever."

Maags says, "Hm."

Skipjack exclaims, "But better take cover first!"

Puptilian: "Can use a few more in the middle dock."

Zosopage exclaims, "Keep infusing that pylon!"

Shinann recites:

"Man the pylons. I cannot help with them."

Stormyrain says, "Pup needs a few more at the middle dock."

Arianiss steadies the blue-white pylon and fires! A bolt of brilliant blue-white energy soars out, and strikes a large imperial warship, damaging part of it!

Goldtree recites quietly:

"Keep infusing when ready!"

Goldstr exclaims, "Pylon needs infusin!"

Evia says, "Pylons aren't much my thing."

Ysharra says, "Ouch." (she got ballista bolted)

Olgretien deeply asks, "Jes de one pylon ere?"

Cruxophim: "I'm on it."

Leafiara defiantly says, "If you imperial idiots think a flesh wound'll stop me..." (she got ballista bolted)

Desorceri asks, "Where is our fleet?"

Thrassus says, "Those Hall mages better have a good explanation."

Goldstr exclaims, "Infuse folks!"

Leafiara steadies the blue-white pylon and fires! A bolt of brilliant blue-white energy soars out, and strikes a large imperial warship, damaging part of it!

Roblar deeply says, "Fire."


Serpentine Problems

The rows of imperial ships begin to slow and something seems to move among the water surrounding them.

Evia says, "Blaaaah."

Sockmo says, "I am useless here."

Skipjack asks, "What's that in the water!?"

Leifa ominously says, "Something in the water there."

Desorceri asks, "See that!?"

The voice of Razanetika softly says, "They brought the snakes in the water with them."

Talonhawke quietly says, "Here it comes...."

Speaking to Sockmo, Stormyrain says, "Never useless. Infuse the pylon, or aim and fire it."

Lazaryth asks, "Where's the closest tower?"

Lylia: "These are captured ships or false flags. Fire upon them at will with the pylons."

Speaking deeply to Sockmo, Olgretien exclaims, "Ya blocked one that was headed for the Mayor!"

Zosopage steadies the blue-white pylon and fires! A bolt of brilliant blue-white energy soars out, and strikes a large imperial warship, damaging part of it!

Desorceri says, "We're sitting ducks here."

Speaking adamantly to Desorceri, Leafiara exclaims, "No, we have healers. Fire! Fire! Lay 'em waste!"

Speaking to Desorceri, Lylia says, "The pylons are too large to move."

Arianiss asks, "Why do we only have one of these here?"

Lazaryth says, "We are, but I don't see too many other options."

The waters of Darkstone Bay ripple as dark forms seem to be gliding out from beneath the ships and moving rapidly towards the docks of town.

Speaking to Arianiss, Lylia says, "Because we do not build them. They are Imperial."

Goldtree quietly exclaims, "Get ready!"

Rimo says, "Oh no."

Maags exclaims, "He is back!" [she raised Cryheart]

Shinann says, "This was not my report..."

Olgretien deeply asks, "Undead?"

Desorceri asks, "Why can't we fire back yet?"

Leifa confusedly says, "I think something is comin' up out of the water...."

Maags exclaims, "Knights lead, joins him!"

Sofal asks, "More of the clicky snakes?"

A ruffled raven says, "Have fun dyin."

Speaking to Goblyn, Maags exclaims, "The knight!"

Speaking to a ruffled raven, Lazaryth says, "I intend to."

Madmountan steadies the blue-white pylon and fires! A bolt of brilliant blue-white energy soars out, and strikes a large imperial warship, damaging part of it!

Shinann: "We could use a bit more help at the other dock."

Lylia snaps, "We are returning fire. That is what the pylon is for."

Olgretien deeply says, "Cryheart join Lylia and pass lead."

Speaking baffledly to Maags, Goblyn says, "This is what knights do. Come back."

Cryheart says, "Aye..could be captured ships...or an illusion projected by Raznel."

A gravelly hiss announces the slithering arrival of a huge oily black sea serpent!

A gravelly hiss announces the slithering arrival of a huge oily black sea serpent!

A gravelly hiss announces the slithering arrival of a huge oily black sea serpent!

A gravelly hiss announces the slithering arrival of a huge oily black sea serpent!

A gravelly hiss announces the slithering arrival of a huge oily black sea serpent!

Speaking to Cryheart, Leafiara says, "Ya know what isn't an illusion? The bolts hitting us."

[combat]

Skipjack says, "Or an imperial rebuke."

[2500 lines of combat]

Desorceri says, "Oh dear."

[combat]

Goldtree places his hands on the levers of the blue-white pylon and pulls. Straining, he manages to tilt the pylon up, and it clicks into place.

Goldtree quietly exclaims, "Fire!"

Thrassus steadies the blue-white pylon and fires! A bolt of brilliant blue-white energy soars out, and strikes a large imperial warship, damaging part of it!

Desorceri asks, "One group?"

Rekarth says, "Curious."

Speaking to Thrassus, Ysharra says, "Good work."

Lazaryth: "Careful, locals. Sea serpents in town, along the docks."

Roblar deeply says, "Oh."

Roblar deeply says, "Fun."

Commander Roblar just went west.

Desorceri asks, "Form on who?"

Ysharra says, "Lylia. The Mayor."

Goldtree recites quietly:

"Be ready to infuse and fire!"

Leifa says, "They absorb magic." (referring to the serpents being magic immune, though the pylons too are absorbing magic in a sense since we infuse them to prepare them to fire)

Leafiara: "Are serpents attacking the other dock as well?"

Shinann: "Yes."

Zosopage steadies the blue-white pylon and fires! A bolt of brilliant blue-white energy soars out, and strikes the center of a large imperial warship and causes it to explode in a shower of flames and debris!

Speaking ominously to Zosopage, Leafiara says, "Great work."

[Leafi heads to the other dock]

[Wehnimer's, Middle Dock]

Laboring dockworkers and strolling seamen mingle here on the weathered planks of the dock, between the hulls of large seafaring merchantmen. The groan of ships pulling at hawsers, the clatter of feet upon gangplanks, and the swearing of the dockworkers mix with the cries of seabirds and the cadence of waves against the pilings. You also see a bacon-wrapped blood pudding donut, a bacon-wrapped blood pudding donut, a bacon-wrapped blood pudding donut, a spotted great horned owl, a forest wolf, a black imperial wagon with a glowing blue-white pylon on it, some stacked piles of supplies, some huge wooden crates and some huge wooden crates.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Pukk, Bernadette, Cruxophim, Radeek, Chaoswynd, Puptilian

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Puptilian says, "All for agreeing when you hit something."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Keep infusing!"

Speaking amusedly to Puptilian, Chaoswynd says, "Shut it."

Speaking darkly to Pukk, Leafiara agrees, "Oh, it would be my pleasure."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Pull!"

Puptilian places his hands on the levers of the blue-white pylon and pulls. Straining, he manages to tilt the pylon up, and it clicks into place.

Leafiara steadies the blue-white pylon and fires! A bolt of brilliant blue-white energy soars out, and strikes a large imperial warship, damaging part of it!

A row of imperial ships break off of the main fleet and pick up speed, moving fast towards Wehnimer's Landing seemingly intent on ramming the docks!

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Infuse!"

Leafiara viciously exclaims, "Bring it! Would rather kill you all in person anyway!"

Speaking darkly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Oh, how I've waited for this day."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Keep infusing!"

Cruxophim steadies the blue-white pylon and fires! A bolt of brilliant blue-white energy soars out, missing a large imperial warship entirely!

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Push!"

Leafiara exclaims, "Reinuse!"

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk says, "You're not good at this."

Leafiara exclaims, "Infuse! You know what I mean!"

Dozens of imperial warships burst through the sea gate of town as citizens, guards and workers flee for their lives! The ships take damage but do not stop as they slam into the north and middle docks with horrendous noise! Like vomit from a demon's maw, a host of undead krolvin pour up and out of the ships and flood out onto the docks!

Speaking calmly to Pukk, Cruxophim explains, "Elemental magic."

Cruxophim steadies the blue-white pylon and fires! A bolt of brilliant blue-white energy soars out, missing a large imperial warship entirely!

Bernadette softly says, "Incomin."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Puptilian says, "Ok it's not just you."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Keep infusing!"

[combat with now-grounded enemies]

Leafiara decisively says, "I prefer a land batle anyway."

[combat]

Shinann: "Be prepared.. they are in town."

Leafiara: "Slaughtering as we can!"

[combat]

Leafiara steadies the blue-white pylon and fires! A bolt of brilliant blue-white energy soars out, and strikes a large imperial warship, damaging part of it!

Cryheart: "Group at middle dock?"

Puptilian: "Surviving."

Leafiara: "Small, but managing for now."

[Wehnimer's, Middle Dock]

Laboring dockworkers and strolling seamen mingle here on the weathered planks of the dock, between the hulls of large seafaring merchantmen. The groan of ships pulling at hawsers, the clatter of feet upon gangplanks, and the swearing of the dockworkers mix with the cries of seabirds and the cadence of waves against the pilings. You also see a large imperial warship, a large imperial warship, a large imperial warship, a large imperial warship, a large imperial warship, a large imperial warship, a black imperial wagon with a glowing blue-white pylon on it, some stacked piles of supplies, some huge wooden crates and some huge wooden crates.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Bernadette, Cruxophim, Radeek, Chaoswynd, Puptilian

[combat]

Leafiara: "We have warships to destroy!" (OOC: the warships shown above can be attacked or set on fire, similar to the ones from last year's attack on Glaoveln; destroy them and enemies pop out]

[combat]

Puptilian says, "Oo."

[combat]

Speaking ominously to Cruxophim, Leafiara says, "If this is the way I go out, hardly anything better." (OOC: Whoops! At this point Leafi and I hadn't noticed that there were no actual imperials and thought the Empire was commanding undead krolvin or something.)

[more pylon fire, more combat, and here's what destroying a ship looks like...]

Radeek gestures at a large imperial warship.

Sections of the large imperial warship burst into spasmodic flame!

The flames engulfing a large imperial warship leap higher!

The imperial warship collapses!

A massive krolvin champion leaps up from the ruins of a ruined imperial warship!

A massive krolvin champion leaps up from the ruins of a ruined imperial warship!

A massive krolvin champion leaps up from the ruins of a ruined imperial warship!

A massive krolvin champion leaps up from the ruins of a ruined imperial warship!

A massive krolvin champion leaps up from the ruins of a ruined imperial warship!

A massive krolvin champion leaps up from the ruins of a ruined imperial warship!

A massive krolvin champion swings a bone white steel jeddart-axe at Puptilian!

[combat]

Cruxophim recites:

"FORM on Leafi!" (Pup had been leading and was killed)

[combat; Radeek dies too, leaving Bernadette, Chaoswynd, Cruxophim, and Leafiara]

Cryheart: "Need help at Middle Dock?"

[combat]

Commander Roblar's group just arrived.

Leafiara: "I wouldn't say need, but it would be appreciated."

[combat]

Leafiara: "And never mind, Roblar's here."

[combat]

The ghostly voice of Radeek says, "Kinda sorta hurts."

Chamorr heartily says, "Who's leadin."

Ketsimney says, "Who is leading."

Chaoswynd recites:

"Form on Pup" (OOC: He probably missed the death. But hey, who am I to speak of missing things when...)

Leafiara darkly marvels, "It's remarkable, really. Bloodsport tournaments and destroying imperials... even in a war with the witch, some good can come out of it, apparently."


Divide and Conquer

Another row of imperial warships breaks off from the main group now and glides up to the shore outside of the North Gate. Huge rotting champions and berserkers begin to rush towards the North Gate, while lean, smaller undead krolvin pirates and zombies flood the north and middle docks.

[combat]

Cryheart: "Need group at north gate."

Tsarok quietly asks, "North gate?"

Stormyrain: "We need a group at North Gate if possible."

Cryheart: "Seems younguns invading at north gate." (OOC: bit backwards, but hey... it's tough to catch everything in the scroll, as this log exemplifies over and over)

Pukk quietly exclaims, "We should have shot them when I was first saying it!"

Leafiara says, "Heading there... that's where the real danger ris."

Leafiara mutters, "Much as I love killing imperials."

Speaking to Pukk, Goblyn exclaims, "Then you will make the bay red!"

[travel]

[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 huge blood red jeddart-axe, a jeddart-axe, a huge blood red jeddart-axe, some large coal black hauberk, a small statue, some large coal black hauberk, some large coal black hauberk, a huge blood red jeddart-axe, a huge blood red jeddart-axe, a steel lockpick, some large coal black hauberk, a decomposing krolvin legionnaire that is lying down, a notched blue steel sabre, a dented storm grey buckler, a decomposing krolvin legionnaire that is lying down, a bloated krolvin berserker that is lying down, a notched blue steel sabre, the Wolfloner disk, a bloated krolvin berserker that appears dead, a rotting krolvin plunderer that is lying down, a notched blue steel sabre, a bloated krolvin berserker that is lying down, a notched blue steel sabre, a rotting krolvin plunderer, a pale-faced coppery barn owl that is flying around, a rotting krolvin plunderer that is lying down, a badly damaged wooden trunk, a reinforced wooden defense tower and the Wayside inn.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Commander Roblar, Tsarok, Wolfloner, Magister Raelee, Mayor Lylia

[combat]

Shinann: "Can someone report fro the North gate?"

Lylia: "Yes. North Gates are well secured at the moment."

Shinann: "Thank you, Mayor."

Lylia says, "One group."

[2000 lines of combat]

Leafiara scoffs, "Pushovers."

[combat]

A warhorn blasts in the distance.

(with the situationn in hand, Leafi checks on TSC)

Hevren says, "Ah good the half-sylvan will save us."

Leafiara asks, "Or is the situation under control?"

Sirh says, "Yes. Him, him, her...."

Stormyrain: "Last warship is down at the north dock."

The gates of the Hendoran Outpost open and Hendoran and Bourthian soldiers pour out into the grasslands to take to the battle!

The ghostly voice of Ysharra says, "Here they come."

Cryheart: "Dinnae attack the Hendoran or Bourthian soldiers."

Lylia: "North Gate is secure at the moment. If you venture here, join me. We may otherwise --"

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Remind me to get you a note afterwards. Don't let me forget."

Speaking greedily to Chaoswynd, Leafiara assures, "Oh, I won't."

Cryheart: "Dinnae attack the Hendoran or Bourthian soldiers."

Speaking in Giantman, Grobrfong asks something you don't understand.

Speaking in Giantman, Grobrfong says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Melikor, the ghostly voice of Ysharra asks, "Did you see what was going on, then?"

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara sighs, "Well, this got quite a bit less interesting after the illusions were dispelled." (OOC: ...except that's not what happened, at least not in the magical sense I thought at the time)

...but as the Hendoran and Bourthian soldiers take to the field, the very night and shadows around them and outside of the Outpost comes to life! The screams of dozens of soldiers fill the night as a host of dark goblins, troll hunters, huge ogres and black-veined giants pour out of the very shadows, taking the imperial soldiers by surprise and slaughtering many of them until they retreat to their stronghold to help defend.

Leafiara exclaims, "Nonetheless... war is war!"

Falvicar quietly says, "Damn."

Skipjack says, "This is not good."

Cruxophim recites:

"Donornuts!"

The ghostly voice of Ysharra says, "...at least they tried to help. That was very brave."

[travel]

[Wehnimer's, North Ring Rd.]

A respectful quiet blankets this area like the deep shadow cast by the high north wall. Those people that move along this section of road walk with their heads bowed and speak in hushed whispers in obvious consideration to the local empath, who practices the restorative arts at the strange tent that is set back from the roadside in the middle of an overgrown vacant lot here. You also see a decomposing krolvin legionnaire, a massive krolvin champion, a decomposing krolvin legionnaire, a decomposing krolvin legionnaire that is lying down, a decomposing krolvin legionnaire that is sitting, a chain hauberk and a jeddart-axe.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, the body of Goldtree who is lying down

[combat]

The ghostly voice of Goldtree quietly exclaims, "Watch out for the champion!"

Cryheart: "Need help at middle dock?"

[combat]

Leafiara indifferently says, "Please, like these can handle me."

Bernadette: "Zombies middle dock."

[combat]

The ghostly voice of Goldtree quietly exclaims, "He snuck up on me!"

[combat]

Leafiara scoffs, "Only danger here is my running out of mana."

[combat]

Leafiara admits, "Which is about to happen."

[Chamorr comes in, more combat]

Cryheart: "Aye North dock got zombies."

[combat]

The ghostly voice of Goldtree quietly exclaims, "Get him!"

Cryheart: "How are the gates holding?"

Leafiara picks up a pale silver sylvankind scalp.

Leafiara tucks the sylvankind scalp into a small pocket inside of her red silk cape.

[combat]

The ghostly voice of Goldtree quietly exclaims, "That's my scalp!"

Shinann: "Checking."

Speaking casually to Goldtree, Leafiara says, "I gotcha covered."

The ghostly voice of Goldtree quietly says, "My thanks."

Leafiara: "Handling North Ring Road."

Shinann: "A shaman just came in the north gate."

[combat]

Cryheart: "Shaman...ok."

Cruxophim: "Middle Dock holding!"

[returns Goldtree to TSC]

Shinann: "Need someone at the West gate."

Puptilian: "West gate?"

Shinann: "Yes."

Maylan: "Is Sleepy safe?"

Speaking to Sirh, Ysharra says, "Don't ask me for promises, I'll tell you no lies."

The voice of Dwi says, "Imma be a scout...also Imma tease Pukk fer being scared o da water."

Puptilian: "A few moments and i'll head that way."

Speaking to Ysharra, Sirh says, "Um."

Speaking to Ysharra, Sirh asks, "I don't think I asked anything?"

Skipjack says, "Krolvin at the north gate too."

Leafiara roars, "Back to the battlefield!"

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "It'll be a while before I can rejoin the fray."

Leafiara loudly exclaims, "Join up for west gate!"

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "If you wish to, go ahead."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "I do not."

Hevren says, "Nuff ta getcha kilt."

Leafiara recites:

"Fair warning, west gate will be dangerous!"

Puptilian asks, "That one?"

Cryheart: "North ring road."

The ghostly voice of Scarswyrth says, "Watch out for the champions."

Leafiara recites:

"But join up if you want the frontlines!"

The ghostly voice of Scarswyrth says, "It's time for the youngins to hide."

Leafiara viciously says, "Moving out."

[travel]

[Wehnimer's, Exterior] The muted sounds of loud bartering from within Wehnimer's Landing, and the lonely calls of a pair of mated fenvaoks high up in the air vie for your attention as you march along the outer western edge of the town. You also see a massive grey troll hunter, a tall wooden archery tower, a reinforced large wooden gate and a withered patch of grass.

Also here: the body of Evinescence who is lying down, Chamorr, Talismanblue, Chaoswynd, Leviathoar, Event Planner Leafiara

[battle; more trolls and goblins come in]

Leafiara scornfully says, "This is -really- pathetic, Raznel."

[combat]

Maylan: "Scarabs at the north dock, be wary!"

Cryheart: "Need aid at middle dock."

Lazaryth: "Wolfloner is holding the North Gate all by himself at the moment."

[combat]

Maylan: "Or middle dock.."

[combat]

Leafiara defiantly exclaims, "Could beat these in my sleep, ya bloody witch!"

[combat]

Maylan: "I'm not coming back there until the scarabs are gone!"

[combat]

Maylan: "That was scary bad."

Lazaryth: "He's got three bodies with him and could probably use some help."

[Leafi, Cay, and Chamorr start battling toward North Gate from West Gate]

Maylan: "North gate is overrun."

[combat]

Leafiara: "Making our way there fighting from west gate northward."

[1100 lines of combat]

Leafiara says, "Okay..." (area's clear, just one more to go and then north gate)

[combat]

Puptilian: "Wow the trolls are hard to kill."

[combat]

Lazaryth: "Still watching north gate from the east tower. Still three bodies there waiting for rescue. I could use a hand at the ballista if anyone else is frankly overpowered by the invaders."

[combat]

Cryheart: "If they are the same trolls earlier this week..aye they are."

[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 bloated krolvin berserker that is lying down, a decaying krolvin champion, a towering black-veined giant, some large coal black hauberk, a reinforced shield, a bloated krolvin berserker that is sitting, a bloated krolvin berserker that appears dead, a bloated krolvin berserker that is sitting, a bloated krolvin berserker that appears dead, some polished red coral, a scratched thanot coffer, a star ruby, a feras falchion, a serrated rhimar jeddart-axe, an engraved silver trunk, an engraved steel trunk, a crystal amulet, a rotting fel strongbox, a clear glass wand, a slender blue wand, a simple tanik coffer, a white flask, some wolifrew lichen, a reinforced wooden defense tower and the Wayside inn.

Also here: Chaooswynd, Chamorr, Event Planner Leafiara, the body of Roonie who is lying down, the body of Great Lord Demicone who is lying down, the body of Wolfloner who is lying down

[2700 lines of combat, though to be fair tons of it is Wolfloner spamming Symbol of Retribution]

Pukk: "Death to the imps!"

[1000 lines of combat, same story]

Thrassus: "They are undead krolvin."

[1200 lines of combat, same story]

Shinann: "Trolls in town..."

[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 huge blood red jeddart-axe, an enormous ogre savage, a towering black-veined giant, an enormous ogre savage, a huge blood red jeddart-axe, some large coal black hauberk, a blue sapphire, some large coal black hauberk, a huge blood red jeddart-axe, a bone white steel jeddart-axe, a bloated krolvin berserker, a bloated krolvin berserker that appears dead, a decaying krolvin champion, a decaying krolvin champion, a small statue, a black opal, some large coal black hauberk, a huge blood red jeddart-axe, a smooth stone, a small white pearl, some large coal black hauberk, a huge blood red jeddart-axe, some large coal black hauberk, a huge blood red jeddart-axe, a huge blood red jeddart-axe, a ruffled raven that is flying around, a huge blood red jeddart-axe, some large coal black hauberk, a smoky fire wyrdling, the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, a spotted great horned owl, a lanky grey wolf, a decaying krolvin champion that appears dead, some large coal black hauberk, a reinforced shield, some polished red coral, a scratched thanot coffer, a star ruby, a feras falchion, a serrated rhimar jeddart-axe, an engraved silver trunk, an engraved steel trunk, a crystal amulet, a rotting fel strongbox, a clear glass wand, a slender blue wand, a simple tanik coffer, a white flask, some wolifrew lichen, a reinforced wooden defense tower and the Wayside inn.

Also here: the body of Chaoswynd who is lying down, the body of Lord Chamorr who is lying down, Event Planner Leafiara, the body of Roonie who is lying down, the body of Great Lord Demicone who is lying down, the body of Wolfloner who is lying down

[1000 lines of combat, same story]

Leafiara says, "Last one standing..."

[200 lines; same story]

Leafiara defiantly says, "Like that ever stopped me."

[600 lines of combat; same story]

The ghostly voice of Wolfloner says, "Finally."

Leafiara relievedly says, "Whew."

[Leafi starts dragging everyone back, having shot her nerves in all that and unable to fog]

The ghostly voice of Wolfloner asks, "What else is there to do?"


Raznel's Reclamation

Cryheart: "Something grabbed Stormyrain and took her away."

Leafiara: "Which direction?"

Maylan: "Into the shadows."

Zosopage: "Shadows."

Leafiara: "...grand."

[still amidst triage efforts in TSC]

Cryheart: "Down under..no direction."

Shinann: "Which way?"

Shinann: "Down under?"

Cryheart: "She was pullled down under, no direction."

Cryheart: "How is middle dock?"

Cryheart: "North gate?"

Lazaryth: "North gate has no living defenders."

Leafiara: "Cleared out north gate."

Cryheart: "West gate?"

Stormyrain: "I can't move, but I am in my room in the Academy."

Stormyrain: "Raznel is here--"

Lazaryth: "It was clear, thanks to Leafiara. But now it's got a few invaders."

[travel, combat]

Zosopage: "Good to hear your voice at least."

Leafiara: "...back on it." (defending North Gate)

Maylan: "Tell that wench I said HI."

Cryheart: "Aye."

[combat; Lauranathalasa joins in]

Arianiss: "If I ring the doorbell will she let me in?"

Zosopage: "Yes is there any way to get to you?"

Stormyrain: "You may be able to come through the arch, I don't remember if tonight is the novice's night off."

Stormyrain: "Cay knows the way."

Leafiara: "Raising him, then."

[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 some stone benches with some stuff on it and an herbal remedy donation bin.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, the body of Wolfloner who is lying down, the body of Roonie who is lying down, High Lady Lauranathalasa, Lord Conrash, Lady Vexyn, Magister Raelee, the body of Dwi who is lying down, Rubyvatra, Lord Chamorr, the body of Grobrfong who is lying down, the body of Mange who is lying down, High Lord Darkkstormmer who is sitting, Pukk, the body of Chaoswynd who is lying down, Great Lord Scarswyrth who is kneeling, Great Lord Ryndith who is kneeling, the body of Puptilian who is lying down, Merrymaker Enestrie, the body of Razanetika who is lying down, the body of Great Lord Darkkrimson who is lying down, Shinann, Lornon Chair Rivienne, Evinescence who is lying down, Talismanblue who is kneeling, Xylax who is lying down, Sofal who is lying down, the body of Pulpit who is lying down, Xarlina who is sitting, Lord Leviathoar, Kiinu, Quietine, Sirh, Lady Darksin, Rouvers who is kneeling, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Jennora who is kneeling, Angioxi, Lady Meriella who is sitting, Ingward who is kneeling, Zrick who is sitting, Great Lord Geovekn who is sitting

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "Stormy's been taken and says you know the way to her room at Rone Academy."

Maylan: "How fares the gates?"

Speaking to Leafiara, the ghostly voice of Chaoswynd says, "I do, yes. Get me the hell up. Now."

Lazaryth: "The only thing defending the north gate is a barn owl."

Maylan: "Is it doing a good job?"

Speaking in Giantman, the ghostly voice of Grobrfong says something you don't understand.

(Leafi raises Cay)

Lazaryth: "Unsure."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "Joining you soon as I can move... we'll go."

The Symbol of Need begins to burn in your mind and an image appears before you of Stormyrain, but the image fades quickly.

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "Lead as many as you want."

Speaking to Puptilian, Chaoswynd asks, "Coming?"

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Puptilian says, "Not yet i need to spellup again."

[Voln - Leafiara] "Symbol of Need's no good, sadly. But Cay's up now..."

Chaoswynd says, "Right, moving."

[Voln - Evia] "I saw your symbol anyway, such as it was"

[travel]

[Rone Academy, Stormyrain's Room]

The scent of vanilla fills this softly lit room. To the side a picture window stands open, its lace curtains swaying as a fragrant breeze swirls in from the garden below. A music stand sits in one corner, an unfinished composition lying in its folds. Beneath the window lies a large bed, several instruments laying haphazardly against its side. You also see a willow-etched door.

Also here: Lord Chamorr, Lord Leviathoar, Shinann, Event Planner Leafiara, Chaoswynd, Stormyrain who is immobilized, Raznel

Leafiara twitches.

Chaoswynd stares at Raznel.

Chamorr throws back his head and hollers out his war cry!

Raznel cackles!

Leafiara petitions the local flame spirits as flickers of pale flame surround her hands...

[but it's a sanct, of course]

Leafiara mutters something inaudible.

[OOC: meanwhile an inordinately high number of deaths even for this night are going on at just this particular point in time]

Chaoswynd walks toward Stormyrain.

Cryheart: "North gate?"

Arianiss just came through a willow-etched door.

Speaking to Raznel, Stormyrain says, "Get your hands off me, Witch."

Raznel says, "It won't matter."

Shinann glares at Raznel.

Raznel says, "But I am glad you are here..."

Raznel touches Stormyrain's arm, kneading it with her hands.

Arianiss removes a violet-tinted gold-rimmed monocle from in his silk gem pouch.

Arianiss carefully fits his gold-rimmed monocle over his right eye, using his eyebrow ridge and upper cheek to hold in place.

Raznel says, "Thank you for being such a good mother...finally."

Raznel cackles!

Arianiss gazes through the crystalline lens of his monocle, his eyes roving over every inch of Raznel.

Lazaryth: "Roblar's clearing the north gate now."

Leafiara squints.

Leafiara glowers.

Speaking to Raznel, Stormyrain growls, "I will rip your heart out of your chest."

Swaying her hips side to side in time with a hummed melody, Leafiara attempts to entice the local spirits to offer aid...

Leafiara channels at Stormyrain.

Nothing happens. [OOC: attempted a channeled Spirit Dispel since those remove negative effects; naturally it didn't work]

Speaking to Raznel, Stormyrain hisses, "And I will feed it to Cruxophim."

Raznel cackles deep in her throat, her voice rising in chilling laughter.

Arianiss chants a reverent litany and clasps his hands while tightly focusing his thoughts... [no followup, so likely an attack spell attempt]

(Shinann tries to push Raznel out of the way.)

Chaoswynd draws the kroderine warsword from his myklian scale swordbelt, brandishing it before him.

Arianiss grabs Stormyrain's hand.

Chaoswynd brandishes his kroderine warsword at Raznel, causing an anti-magic energy field to surround her.

Shinann says, "Nothing works."

A rune-carved bleakstone scarab erupts out of Stormyrain's arm and drops, suddenly completely inert, to the floor.

... 14 points of damage!

Strike pierces forearm!

She is stunned!

Raznel picks up a rune-carved bleakstone scarab.

Maylan: "Well he WAS."

Speaking heartily to Raznel, Chamorr says, "We will end you."

Raznel says, "Thank you."

Raznel runs a finger over the scarab in her hands.

Stormyrain murmurs, "You do not have permission to take my blood. It will fight you at every turn."

Raznel says, "It's okay."

Raznel says, "It's not for me."

Raznel glances at Shinann.

Raznel shifts her eyes to Shinann.

Leafiara glances between Shinann and Raznel.

Raznel says, "I'll come for yours next. It's not ready yet."

Pukk: "No mercy for the imps!"

Shinann says, "Maybe you will."

Shinann says, "Maybe I will vanish."

Raznel whispers to the scarab in her hand, "Did you enjoy it inside of her, little one? Did she keep you safe? It's been so long, I hope she remembered how...."

Leafiara spitefully says, "At least you learned how to send a message besides 'stop meddling'."

Raznel cackles deep in her throat, her voice rising in chilling laughter.

Shinann slowly empties her lungs.

Chaoswynd gives a sidelong glance at Stormyrain.

Speaking to Raznel, Stormyrain hisses, "I will see you dead, and then I will dance on your grave for centuries to come."

Raznel steps back into the shadows, the bleakstone scarab in her palm glistening with fresh blood as they vanish.

Shinann frowns.

Shinann: "How is the town?"

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara says, "...we have to try it."

(Stormyrain clasps her hand over the wound on her arm.)

Arianiss asks, "So this is your room huh?"

Stormyrain leans against a picture window.

Arianiss surveys the area.

Stormyrain nods faintly.

Chaoswynd walks toward Stormyrain.

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara says, "It might not work, but doing nothing definitely don't work."

Chaoswynd rests a gentle hand on Stormyrain's arm.

Speaking slowly to Stormyrain, Chaoswynd says, "What happened? What did she do."

Speaking quietly to Chaoswynd, Stormyrain says, "Don't, please."

Goblyn: "... It is still here."

Chaoswynd nods slowly at Stormyrain.

Leafiara whispers something to Shinann.

Arianiss walks over to the bed and settles down.

Leafiara frowns.

Arianiss lies down.

Leafiara glances at Arianiss.

Chamorr heartily says, "Ok."

Speaking to Arianiss, Stormyrain says, "Thank you for coming."

Puptilian: "Lots of undead on North Road."

Stormyrain says, "Thank all of you for coming."

Leafiara nods briefly.

Shinann begins to do her best to bandage Stormyrain's wounded left arm.

With a quick flourish, Chaoswynd stows his kroderine warsword into his myklian scale swordbelt.

Shinann says, "Best I can do."

Arianiss says, "It's soft.. come on over Leafi.."

Arianiss lightly pats a rumpled bed.

Chamorr heartily says, "Now the town is overun."

Stormyrain nods gratefully at Shinann.

Chaoswynd gives a sidelong glance at Arianiss.

Leafiara mutters, "Just wish we could have killed her here and now..."

Stormyrain says, "Town is still in need."

Chamorr nods.

Leafiara says, "Even knowing she'd come back... it would be so gratif--"

Leafiara says, "...ying."

Leafiara says, "Right."

Leafiara says, "Back to the battle."

Leafiara nods.


Ongoing Battle

[travel, Leafi goes scouting]

Cryheart: "Warships northeast of North gate."

[combat]

Puptilian: "Goblins trolls and ogres west and southern parts o town."

Soneiken: "Anyone help with a giant thats impervious to my magics."

Leafiara: "Berserkers and champions on north ring rorad."

[combat]

Soneiken: "Is big one wid the feras weapons."

[travel, scouting]

Leafiara: "...make that on multiple roads."

Puptilian: "West gate is empty."

[withdrawal to TSC]

Leafiara shakily says, "Gonna... kill 'em... all..."

[healing, travel, scouting]

Puptilian: "Watch yourself around TSC."

[combat]

Arianiss: "I lit those warships on fire for quite some time.. sturdy things.."

[combat]

Leafiara: "We might need to form a large group for cleanup."

[return to TSC]

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian asks, "Do I need to watch you?"

Speaking to Thrassus, Stormyrain says, "A bit of hair pulling, and some scratching. Normal things for a Witch who knows she's about to die."

Zosopage: "Still battling warships."

Leafiara reluctantly admits, "Much as I hate to say it, I think we need to form a Cryblob or--some other kind of group to clean up the streets."

Leafiara says, "Just a few of us won't do."

Arianiss says, "We need to destroy the warships."

Dwi: "Scoutin da burrowway... dey aint got down here."

Leafiara asks, "...anyone else to form a large battle group to clean up the streets?" (OOC: only a couple people had joined, either due to being too low level or it just being too noisy to hear)

Soneiken: "Legioneers are overrunning north ring road."

Stormyrain says, "Cryheart has a group."

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "I'll try."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara mutters, "Times like this are when I most regret what we did to Malluch..."

Leafiara says, "Moving out."

Thrassus says, "Cryheart was at the north gate last I saw him." (they were still near north gate, but were going after the warships instead of cleaning up the streets, so...)

[Leafi travels elsewhere instead]

[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 chain hauberk, a jeddart-axe, a bloated krolvin berserker that is lying down, a bloated krolvin berserker that is lying down, some icy blue chain hauberk, a bone white steel jeddart-axe, an oozing green kraken tentacle, a decaying krolvin champion that is lying down, some slick black kraken tentacles with onyx talons, a mangled arm, a decayed arm, a deformed arm, a pair of flayed arms, a bloated krolvin berserker that is lying down, a massive grey troll hunter that is lying down, a towering black-veined giant, a bulky dark troll warrior that is lying down, a clawed arm, a mangled arm, a towering black-veined giant that is lying down, a decaying krolvin champion that appears dead, a bloated krolvin berserker that appears dead, a decomposing krolvin legionnaire that is lying down, a bloated krolvin berserker that appears dead, a decaying krolvin champion that is lying down, a decaying krolvin champion that appears dead and a large painted sign.

Also here: Puptilian, Falvicar, Silvynn, Event Planner Leafiara, the body of Xorus who is lying down, the body of Ysharra who is lying down, Melikor, Mayor Lylia who is lying down

The ghostly voice of Ysharra exclaims, "Damn it!"

Chaoswynd: "Status on the two docks and gates?"

[750 lines of combat]

Lazaryth: "North gate has no defenders, but few invaders at the moment."

Pukk: "Docs have krolvin but they are easier."

[combat]

Dwi: "Der's a lone rader south o' town past dat finnerwagglers clubhouse."

Leafiara: "Trying to reclaim North Ring Road."

[850 lines of combat]

Zosopage: "Many still out the gates."

[combat]

The ghostly voice of Pukk quietly says, "Follow Chaos she said, it will be good she said, what could go wrong she said."

Cryheart: "There is a ton by the dinghy."

Cruxophim annoyedly notes, "Feras."

Leafiara insistently says, "We've got this."

[combat]

Leafiara spitefully exclaims, "Die ya bloody scum!"

[combat]

Leafiara offhandedly admits, "Would still rather you be real imperials, but..."

Arianiss: "The mass attack spells are doing as much damage as the enemy..."

[combat]

The ghostly voice of Pukk quietly exclaims, "No, not Falvicar!" (died)

The ghostly voice of Pukk quietly exclaims, "We are doomed!"

Cryheart: "Reason to form one group."

[combat]

Arianiss: "It takes a moment or two to sort out the leader in the mess..."

Leafiara: "Protect the streets! We need help out here."

The ghostly voice of Scarswyrth says, "Aah they got me."

Leafiara: "Giants, champions, and more run rampant in town."

Maylan: "Where?"

Leafiara: "North Ring Road."

Leafiara: "Likely others too."

Cryheart: "Group west of dinghy chould use extra folks..as we engage the many by the dinghy."

[combat]

Chaoswynd: "Are there still ships in the bay?"

[combat]

The ghostly voice of Tsarok quietly says, "Darn."

[Wehnimer's, Land's End Rd.]

Vigilant night guardsmen scrutinize the citizens and travelers arriving and departing through the wide gates spanning the land route into Wehnimer's Landing. The cluttered streets of the city to the south are a far cry from the deceptively calm expanse of the wilds of Elanith outside. Two daunting towers survey the countryside and protect the town, flanking the road to the east and west. You also see a smoky fire wyrdling, a bloated krolvin berserker, the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, a bloated krolvin berserker, a decaying krolvin champion, a decaying krolvin champion, a bloated krolvin berserker, a bloated krolvin berserker, a decaying krolvin champion, a decomposing krolvin legionnaire, a bloated krolvin berserker, a worm-covered red orc brute, a decaying krolvin champion, the town gates and a large wooden barrel.

Also here: the body of Silvynn who is lying down, Event Planner Leafiara, the body of Falvicar who is lying down, the body of Tsarok who is lying down, the body of Great Lord Scarswyrth who is lying down

[even Leafi ain't this crazy, and bails out to TSC]

Cryheart: "Several ships by the dinghy."

[triage]

Cryheart: "Group defending north gate."

Speaking quietly to Maags, Pukk exclaims, "Hate to say it, but I told you so....down with the imps!"


Back to the Blameless

Huge shadows move atop the trees of Lower Dragonsclaw and the moon briefly catches the forms of white-armored figures moving through the woods and a bald man with red scars along his scalp amongst them.

Quietine says, "But even more leapers lurking outside."

Leafiara says, "Okay..."

Falvicar whispers something to Cerridween.

Leafiar roars, "Back to battle!"

[travel, combat]

Zosopage: "Bald man with red scars coming."

Disean: "Take that which belongs to us as our sacrifice. They must tithe in blood...."

Leafiara: "...Disean."

Leafiara: "More pathetic repeats, reprises, and encores from your uncreative ilk."

Maylan: "You can't have it!"

[combat]

Arianiss: "There's at least one good troll out there.. dragged me away from the champion that was about to kill me."

[600 lines of combat, but Leafi has to withdraw to TSC]

Leafiara adamantly says, "At a time like this, even I think we need to organize better."

Leafiara recites:

"Is there a large group somewhere?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Sirh asks, "What do you recommend?"

Leafiara recites:

"...somewhere that's actually battling and not just destroying ships?"

Leafiara: "Does anyone have a large group scouring the streets? We're overrun."

Rouvers recites:

"Leaf, just go out there and tell them to meat you at the boulder in 10 minutes"

As rotting white-armored figures begin to slowly move through the forest towards town, huge incarnadine arachnids rise to the top of the trees and begin skittering along their tops towards the walls of the town.

Leafiara mutters, "Of all the nights, this has to be the one where I can't justify charging out there alone."

As rotting white-armored figures begin to slowly move through the forest towards town, huge incarnadine arachnids rise to the top of the trees and begin skittering along their tops towards the walls of the town.

The ghostly voice of Scarswyrth says, "Those things are huge."

Ysharra asks, "...it's really getting complicated tonight. Do we really need spiders?"

The ghostly voice of Scarswyrth says, "They killed me easily while I was in defensive."

Thrassus says, "Those spiders...."

Ryndith groans, "Spiders. Why'd it have to be spiders?"

Balley softly says, "Oh this does not look good."

Leifa says, "I just took on a herd myself, but couldn't take them down alone....I'm ready to band up."

Falvicar quietly asks, "What's next? Demons?"

Speaking in Guildspeak, Korendo says something you don't understand.

Leafiara says, "...I'll scout to see if there are any large groups."

[1600 lines of scouting, eventually finds the Cryheart group]

[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 reinforced wooden defense tower and the Wayside inn.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Dame Evia, Pukk, Puptilian, High Lord Darkkstormmer, Goldstr, Bernadette, Elbromo, Soneiken, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Land Pirate Maylan, Yakushi, Zosopage, Olgretien, Katiesa, Avalera, Guarrin, Sir Cryheart

Leafiara says, "It's wild to the southwest."

Leafiara says, "And southward from there."

[combat]

Shinann: "How are the streets? I saw spiders."

[700 lines of combat]

Zosopage: "Balley still a bit of a mess out here."

[700 lines of combat]

Maylan recites:

"Form on Cryheart"

Leafiara: "The Cryblob's formed outside north gate!"

Leafiara: "Time to reclaim our town!"

Cryheart yells, "Ye to the east..come forth!" (a huge swarm of enemies was just east)

Elbromo says, "Im shocked."

As the shimmering air and crackling energy of anti-mana fades in and around town, a host of rotting white-armored crusaders and arachnids rush the town!

Speaking dryly to Elbromo, Leafiara says, "Yeah, I too am shocked that it wasn't really the Empire who attacked us."

Pukk quietly says, "That will get em."

Maylan says, "Eew."

Puptilian says, "Here they come."

Cryheart says, "Oh joy."

Evia says, "Noooo."

[1000 lines of combat]

Leafiara yells, "Get some new tricks, ya bloody witch!"

[600 lines of combat]

Shinann: "Undead Blameless."

Cryheart says, "Whew."

Puptilian: "I don't mind killing them again."

[600 lines of combat]

Leafiara: "You and me both."

Shinann: "Feel free."

[400 lines of combat]

Cryheart says, "Webbed."

Guarrin deeply says, "Bah."

Puptilian says, "Damn web."

Cryheart says, "I am out."

[500 lines of combat]

Evia says, "There is a CRAP load of stuff to the east also...just mentioning that."


Friends in High Places

A scream erupts within town!

Cryheart says, "Owly, make those to the east chase ye here."

A scream erupts within town!

Leafiara says, "..going to see if I can spot what's going on. I heard a--"

Leafiara nods.

Olgretien yells, "Come back and we'll try agin!"

Maags says, "Oh no."

Cryheart says, "Nice try."

Cryheart hoots at the coppery barn owl.

Pukk quietly says, "Screaming."

Cryheart says, "Fire in town."

Leafiara says, "I'll check."

Stormyrain: "Report from town? What was the scream about?"

[scouting]

Goldtree: "Could use more in the west ballista tower!"

Leafiara: "Searching for answers."

Leafiara: "Some Blameless have gotten past the gates, but... I wonder."

A huge incarnadine spider skitters along some rooftops of town, two citizens strapped to its bulbous back, wrapped up in webbing. They squirm and scream as the giant spider skitters away, then seemingly vanishes into a patch of shadows.

[travel]

[Raging Thrak Inn, Rooftop]

Dwarven loggers tirelessly haul crates of lumber along the cobblestone road below, moving along the street between the bathhouse and local bank. The ancient oak tree of Town Square stretches up to the southeast. You also see a wooden hatch and a wooden railing.

[Wehnimer's Landing, Rooftop]

The tops of buildings stretch out across Wehnimer's Landing, dwarfed by the wooden palisade walls rising up to enclose the town. Below the edge, a network of cobblestone roads winds between closely-spaced shops.

[Furrier, Rooftop]

The rooftop holds a clear vantage of the northern palisade wall and the huge guard towers flanking the north gates. Beyond the walls stretch the huge expanse of oak and modwir trees making up the Lower Dragonsclaw Forest. You also see a wooden railing.

[Wehnimer's Landing, Rooftop]

The tops of buildings stretch out across Wehnimer's Landing, dwarfed by the wooden palisade walls rising up to enclose the town. Below the edge, a network of cobblestone roads winds between closely-spaced shops.

[Wehnimer's Landing, Rooftop]

The tops of buildings stretch out across Wehnimer's Landing, dwarfed by the wooden palisade walls rising up to enclose the town. Below the edge, a network of cobblestone roads winds between closely-spaced shops.

Leafiara: "I can't find them on the roofs..."

[Barracks, Rooftop]

The cobbled roads of North Ring cross below, from east to west. Wooden palisade walls rise up near the rooftop as the scent of leather and weapon oil wafts up from the barracks. You also see a wooden railing.

[Wehnimer's Landing, Rooftop] The tops of buildings stretch out across Wehnimer's Landing, dwarfed by the wooden palisade walls rising up to enclose the town. Below the edge, a network of cobblestone roads winds between closely-spaced shops.

[Wehnimer's Landing, Rooftop]

The tops of buildings stretch out across Wehnimer's Landing, dwarfed by the wooden palisade walls rising up to enclose the town. Below the edge, a network of cobblestone roads winds between closely-spaced shops.

[Wehnimer's Landing, Rooftop]

The tops of buildings stretch out across Wehnimer's Landing, dwarfed by the wooden palisade walls rising up to enclose the town. Below the edge, a network of cobblestone roads winds between closely-spaced shops.

(OOC: yes, some of the roofs have the same description despite being different rooms)

Shinann: "They are taking our townspeople."

Stormyrain: "You'd be hard pressed to keep up with the spiders."

An huge incarnadine arachnid just skittered in.

(Leafi starts battling it, but it's magic-immune)

Leafiara says, "...right."

(so she gets her weapons, but has a hard time doing any appreciable damage)

An huge incarnadine arachnid rises on its legs, tucking its abdomen beneath itself to aim its spinneret at Leafiara!

Leafiara gets caught by the webbing at an inopportune moment and trips. She lands awkwardly on her arm, something snaps and she grimaces in pain!

Leafiara mutters, "Bloody spiders."

Leafiara: "...yeah, I'm finding that out right about now."

Leafiara scoffs, "Even like this... can't handle me." (OOC: she somehow avoided the mass dispel earlier and so was invincible even webbed, but again couldn't hit it for more than 5-25 per hit herself either)

More screams fill the night as huge spiders skitter along the rooftops of town like giant globules of blood, one to four townspeople on their backs at a time. Once again, one spider, two spiders, then three more spiders vanish into the very shadows.

(protracted stalemate combat; Leafi eventually settles on this taking too long and only being one spider, so...)

An huge incarnadine arachnid rises on its legs, tucking its abdomen beneath itself to aim its spinneret at Leafiara!

Leafiara gets caught by the webbing at an inopportune moment and trips. She lands awkwardly on her arm, something snaps and she grimaces in pain!

Leafiara says, "...no... have to get to where I'm more need--"

Leafiara weakly mutters, "Needed."

Black arrows fly in from nearby rooftops and strike the arachnid!

Leafiara gratefully says, "Well... that helps. Thanks, Rooks."

Dark hooded figures move about, encircling Leafiara's position on the rooftop and send a volley of arrows into the spider until it squeals and falls over, collapsing off the side of the roof.

The webs dissolve from around Leafiara.

Leafiara weakly says, "Thank you..."

One of the dark hooded figures nods and they run off.


Not so Pukky

(Symbol of Return back to Voln; no healers there)

Leafiara says, "...square it is, then... I'm too hurt to raise..."

Some huge incarnadine spiders descend from the rooftops of town and move about the streets as crowds of townspeople flee!

[triage, then return to combat]

Dwi: "Gotta corpse onna Hearthstone steps...kin git to da gate!"

[combat]

Dergoatean says, "Oh no." (dead Shinann)

(Leafi tries to locate Cryheart but instead accidentally fogs to him)

[Wehnimer's, Exterior]

The jagged shoreline of the bay becomes more evident here along the path as the cool waters of the Bay rush up almost to your feet. You also see an uncut diamond, a dented storm grey buckler, a bone white steel jeddart-axe, some acantha leaf, some wolifrew lichen, a pink topaz, a dented storm grey buckler, a huge blood red jeddart-axe, a dented storm grey buckler, a notched blue steel sabre, the red Darkkstormmer disk, a large gold ring, a yellow sapphire, a pink sapphire, a rotting monir strongbox, a spotted great horned owl that is flying around, a plain gold trunk, the Zosopage disk, the Yakushi disk, a mirthful luck spirit that is flying around, a forest wolf, a black-toed saddleback foxhound, a terrified will-o-wisp spirit that is flying around, a rotting krolvin plunderer that appears dead and a stale blueberry tart.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, a webbed Chaoswynd who is lying down, Katiesa, Tsarok, Falvicar, Leifa, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Dame Evia, Puptilian, High Lord Darkkstormmer, Goldstr, Elbromo who is lying down, Yakushi, Zosopage, Avalera, Sir Cryheart

Yakushi asks, "What is that long rhimar inlaid chest east of here?"

Cryheart asks, "Fishing?"

Leafiara grumbles, "The Cryblob needs to get in here..." (OOC: she thought she'd located rather than fogging)

Dwi: "Tanks pirate lady!"

Maylan: "LAND PIRATE."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd asks, "Spiders in town?"

Pukk: "I have the west gate covered with the ballista."

Evia says, "Warships and stuff."

Leafiara says, "Wait..."

Town militia and guards continue to man the pylons at the docks, firing blasts of blue-white energy into the last few imperial warships at bay.

Leafiara surprisedly says, "Oh."

Leafiara says, "I fogged."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Yes, you're AT the Cryblob."

Zosopage: "Ok we'll stay clear of there."

Cryheart says, "Warships to the east."

Cryheart says, "And a few guardians."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "Couldn't handle the spider on my own... neither could it get me, though, but the Rooks bailed me out."

Cryheart asks, "Ready?"

Dwi: "Keep firin Misser Pukk Imma runnin dat way!"

Leafiara adds, "...again."

Cryheart says, "Moving east."

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Interesting."

Sir Cryheart's group just went east.

[Wehnimer's, Exterior]

Recreational fishermen have beached their vessels on this sandy stretch of beach. To the south, you can see the wooden palisade that surrounds the Landing. You also see a bloated krolvin berserker, a white-armored rotting crusader, a rotting krolvin plunderer, a rotting krolvin plunderer, a rotting krolvin plunderer, a large imperial warship, a large imperial warship, a large imperial warship, a long rhimar-inlaid chest, a wooden sign and an abandoned wooden dinghy.

Pukk: "Killed a couple already."

[combat]

[Voln - Dergoatean] "TOo many arachnids around town square to approach them solo"

[800 lines of combat]

Pukk: "Raider just came into the tower!"

Chaoswynd: "Tell it some jokes."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "Maybe if other people would just try a little kindness and patience like I have, they'd meet the Rooks -I- know."

Cryheart: "Need help with destroying warships by the dinghy."

Goldtree: "Just killed a rolton with the ballista! My aim is true!"

[bashing and burning the warships]

[500 lines of combat when champions pop out of the destroyed ships]

Maylan recites:

"Form on Cryheart"

Leafiara recites:

"Slaughter!"

Pukk just bit the dust!

The Symbol of Need begins to burn in your mind and an image appears before you of Pukk...

[Tower]

A rough angled ceiling of thin iron plates arcs overhead, supported by thick poles of iron that continue down to the ground that is far below. Planks of wood make up the sturdy albeit rough floor, and a few small notches are cut into the dark metal walls. The countryside expands out beneath you, its terrain easily visible from this high vantage point, the moonlight gently illuminating the interior of the tower. You also see a dark-eyed goblin raider, a large ballista, a notched slitted window, a notched slitted window, a notched slitted window, a dark ladder leading down, a pile of white ora-tipped sharpened logs, an arrow, a pile of sharpened logs and a wooden trapdoor.

Also here: Disean, the body of Pukk who is lying down

Zosopage: "I guess he didn't like your jokes."

Katiesa says, "Disean, in the tower."

Leafiara asks, "Where's that tower?"

Cryheart asks, "Which tower?"

Chaoswynd says, "Disean is in the tower."

Elbromo says, "Disean is in dat tower."

Madmountan says, "With the candlestick."

>sym sight pukk

[Wehnimer's, Burrow Way]

Clumps of dirt make the travel here uneven and bumpy, and one lone torch provides only a small halo of light along the ground. A stained steel ladder stretches up from a jagged rock wall.

Also here: the body of Pukk who is lying down, Disean

Bernadette: "Disean in west tower ballista."

Disean slings a polished white steel shield off from over his shoulder.

Zosopage asks, "East or west?"

Disean kicks some dirt on the corpse of Pukk.

Puptilian says, "West."

Chaoswynd says, "West."

Disean kneels down.

Cryheart says, "Let's move."

Cryheart says, "Hold."

Maylan: "Tell him to be a pal and push the alarm."

(Leafi rushes to west tower but isn't familiar enough with it to follow...)

Goldtree: "Tell him to get bent."

Maylan: "Bend what?"

(...so instead she just fogs)

[Wehnimer's, Burrow Way]

Clumps of dirt make the travel here uneven and bumpy, and one lone torch provides only a small halo of light along the ground. A stained steel ladder stretches up from a jagged rock wall.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, the body of Pukk who is lying down, Disean who is kneeling

Disean stands up.

>ms disean

For some reason you can't attack Disean.

Goldtree: "His neck. Over a sword."

Disean just went north.

The ghostly voice of Pukk quietly exclaims, "Be careful!"

Leafiara says, "Afraid of me, he is."

Maylan: "Agreeable!"

Leafiara: "Got Pukk."

(fog back to TSC)

Speaking concernedly to Pukk, Leafiara asks, "Did he do anything to you?"

Balley softly says, "Just as long as Disean stays away from here I will be happy."

Leafiara amusedly says, "'Stop meddling.' As if I'd ever."

Speaking to Pukk, Leafiara says, "...I'm out of chrisms..."

Leafiara says, "...moment."

The ghostly voice of Pukk quietly says, "Don't need em."

Leafiara says, "I'll pull from my shop right after this."

Ysharra says, "...at the moment I don't see much."

Speaking to Leafiara, Hevren says, "If yer shop still standing."

(Rubyvatra gives her a chrism and she raises)

Speaking wryly to Hevren, Leafiara says, "Yeah, tell me about it."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "There are still a few spiders skittering about."

Leafiara exclaims, "Back shortly... and back to war!"

Cryheart: "Where is Disean?"

Dozens more arachnids move along the rooftops, their long legs like ribbons of blood as they move over the buildings. Citizens squirm against their imprisonment on their backs, and scream in horror until they vanish into the shadows.

Leafiara: "He ran off in Burrow Way."

[travel, restocking on chrisms, back to TSC]

Thrassus says, "That is a lot of people."

[travel, getting webbed]

Leafiara mutters, "Bloody spiders."

Speaking dryly to Rarr, Leafiara says, "Yeah, I know, I know..."

[return to TSC]

Speaking to Roblar, Ysharra says, "I think that's wise."

Leafiara says, "We're too much on the back foot... need to rally..."

Balley: "He is sure being quiet that little punk who likes to think he is all that."

Bolts of blue-white energy streak away from the docks of town, tearing into imperial warships.

[1200 lines of travel and combat]

Cryheart: "Group clearing the town."

A blue-white streak of energy blasts the last remaining warship at sea and wisps of bluish-white smoke still rise from the charred remnants of the ships on the bay.

Speaking to Rarr, Hevren says, "Feras is dangerous."

Balley softly says, "Leafi, looks like I was right."

Balley softly says, "Lots of blood shed." (going back to her scrying at the beginning)

Shinann: "How are the streets?"

Speaking sadly to Balley, Leafiara says, "Yeah, apparently..."

Thrassus asks, "Wonder where they got all those ships from?"

Scarswyrth says, "Yea they're way bigger than most of us."

Evia: "A bit better."

Zosopage: "Mostly clear but still some."

Scarswyrth says, "They kill me in defensive."

Thrassus says, "If they were actual imperial ships, the navies are in bad shape now."

Shinann: "Thank you. I would check but I die each time I try... does not help anyone."

Cryheart: "Town looks clear."

Roblar: "Iz not, spiders sciiter fast."

Leafiara roars, "Headin' back out!"

[finds the Cryheart group]

Speaking to Goldtree, Goblyn says, "There is much skulking in this town, in all times."

Shinann: "I will go look around... if any are left they are sure to find me."

Dergoatean says, "This is quite the battle-hardened clan, just looking around at you all."

Evia says, "Rtune missed a time he would really have enjoyed."

Dergoatean says, "I think we filtered out the weak this time around."

Goldstr: "Sir Cryheart where ye be?"

Cryheart: "By the city stable."

[combat]

Cryheart says, "Dead ogre."

Pukk: "Disean was the one who took me out. He is working with the invaders."

Leifa says, "These things are runnin all over."

Ysharra: "Shanty Town and South Ring look clear."

Leafiara: "Any sign of Disean since then?"

Pukk: "I don't know. But he was feeding some maggots with my blood."

Maags says, "Moslies alive finallies."

Ketsimney: "Giant by the bakery."

Evia: "We looked where he had Pukk and he was gone."

Roblar: "And a nice champion."

Leafiara: "Reminds me of when I met him in 5116, except in reverse. Back then he was saving me from feeding Raznel's bugs." (referring to this)

Leafiara: "...the witch will pay."

Roblar: "Two, dey ded."

Evia: "He was muttering something about...the heck is wrong with this Pukk guy...and ran off still muttering."

Speaking hesitantly to Maags, Goblyn notes, "You are making ... funny sounds, Maags."

Leafiara: "Maybe he was scared of me. And he should be."

Speaking to Goblyn, Maags exclaims, "The troll catched me unaware!"

Pukk: "Down with the imps and the krolvin! I think the spiders are innocent though and should be given a chance!"

Maags says, "But he was more so, so there is that."

Speaking to Maags, Goblyn exclaims, "This is why it does catch you!"

Puptilian says, "Think that is it." (referring to us being unable to find more enemies)


Bonus Material

Lingering Thoughts

Leafiara absently inquires, "Hey, out of curiosity, has anyone seen Casiphia tonight?"

Thrassus: "The spiders abducted dozens of townsfolk."

Speaking to Cryheart, Chaoswynd asks, "Is the outer perimeter completely clear?"

Cryheart says, "Nae I."

Evia says, "No."

Leifa says, "Seems to be."

Cryheart says, "We ae nae sure."

Cryheart says, "Bu last we checked."

Evia says, "Or for quite some while myself."

Maags says, "Is sounds quieter."

Goldstr says, "Nae seen Cassie in ages."

Leifa asks, "Have we completely cleared the docks?"

Chamorr heartily says, "Was bloodpreist by Voln bridge."

Elbromo whispers to the group, "It's been ..well not fatal fer me...which is unusual..have a good un."

Speaking to Goldstr, Evia says, "Could have used your memory earlier, could not for the life of me think of the name Aralyte."

(OOC) Puptilian's player whispers to the group, "Love invasions where you learn. 5k in longterm bucket and full head now. fun fun."

Goldstr says, "Ssems clear."

Leafiara briskly says, "Looks like we managed to handle it all... ...for now."

Evia yells, "We win!"

Pukk: "Checking the town now for leftovers."

Leafiara: "Scouting with the Cryblob."

Goblyn yells, "Horse!" (Madmountan's nightmare steed)

Pukk: "Good news everybody, the kitten is safe!"

Leifa hoarsely says, "Yeah, I am from all the battle cries."

Leafiara: "They always find a way."

Cryheart: "Town seems clear as well as the perimeter."

(OOC) Leafiara's player whispers to the group, "That aspect of adding boons to the invasions has been pretty awesome."

Pukk: "The mutt is fine too!"

Evia whispers to the group, "Boons?"

Cryheart says, "Town appears clear."

Pukk: "All is good in the town!"

(OOC) Leafiara's player whispers to the group, "The gifted creature thing."

(OOC) Leafiara's player whispers to the group, "That's why you're getting LTE."

Puptilian says, "We need to start putting spikes on the roof to slow down these spiders."

(OOC) Evia's player whispers to the group, "Oooh."

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "But the Rooks and Thrayzar use the roofs too. And Larsya."

Puptilian says, "Safety first."

Cryheart says, "Oh...true."

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

Shinann says, "Streets look clear..."

Madmountan says, "If Larsya hits a spike, Goblyn can just make another pie."

Cryheart nods at Shinann.

Cryheart says, "Aye."

Roblar: "And dat may be last one, in grasslands."

Leafiara dubiously says, "Uh-huh."

Evia says, "Maags...."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Ysharra says, "Oh good, you managed to walk away this time."

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

Lazaryth noncommittally says, "Mm."

Evia exclaims, "Your bless lasted this WHOLE time!"

Cryheart says, "Well done all."

Lazaryth says, "After my first death, yes."

Cryheart: "Well done all."

Lazaryth says, "I know when I'm outmatched."

Cruxophim: "Nicely done."

Soneiken: "I saw one running to Icemule Roblar."

Speaking to Evia, Maags says, "Yous use it well my lady."

Cryheart: "Hehe."

Roblar: "All yers."

Goldstr exclaims, "Aye Fine work friends!"

Ysharra says, "I died...some amount of times. Maybe just twice, I don't recall. It was a little nuts."

Chamorr heartily says, "Nice fight."

Roblar: "Nevermind forest too."

Speaking to Avalera, Lazaryth says, "You, now."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leifa asks, "Oh dear, multiple deaths?"

Leafiara earnestly says, "I'm sure some are distraught over the losses, but we did all we could. Be proud of that much."

Speaking to Leifa, Lazaryth says, "Not at all. Just the one."

Katiesa wryly says, "The spider ride was memorable."

Speaking carefully to Lazaryth, Avalera asks, "Now what?"

Lazaryth says, "I like to think I learn from my mistakes."

Thrassus says, "A champion spitted me on his blade once."

Maylan says, "If folk are dumb enough to stand around in the open when the town is invaded, they deserve their fate."

Cryheart says, "That was nae nice of him."

Maylan says, "Our folk should know to hunker down in the basement by now."

Leifa says, "Held it together mostly myself, except the once."

Speaking to Maylan, Evia exclaims, "Yeah they should have heeded your ALARM!"

Speaking to Maylan, Leafiara acknowledges, "To be fair, Disean was down there in the tunnels."

Speaking deeply in Faendryl to Leifa, Zolis says something you don't understand.

Zosopage: "You can come out of hiding, Pukk."

Speaking to Evia, Maylan says, "YEAH."

Speaking to Maylan, Leafiara agrees, "But indoors would be safer generally, yeah."

Roblar: "Many ere."

Maags says, "What did Disean say to Pukk."

Pukk: "Screw you. I was fighting and saving and even manning the ballistas."

Speaking to Cryheart, Katiesa agrees, "It is far, far past the hour of Ronan."

Speaking to Maags, Chaoswynd says, "Didn't agree with his jokes. Everyone's a critic."

Speaking to Leafiara, Maylan says, "If our townsfolk have their shelters connected to those tunnels, they are again - dumb enough to deserve such a fate."

Speaking to Maags, Leafiara says, "Gotta ask Pukk... when I got there, Disean just ran."

Pukk: "Still scouting too to make sure."

Speaking to Katiesa, Maags exclaims, "Almost the next hour of Ronan!"

Zosopage: "Yes I know you were and you did well."

Leafiara: "Pukk, did Disean say anything to you?"

Speaking to Maylan, Soneiken says, "At least you could of done was pass out da RUM, so they had an excuse for not knowing what they were doing."

Speaking amusedly to Maags, Katiesa says, "I'm sure there are at least several tarts between now and the next."

Speaking to Katiesa, Maags says, "Depends."

Speaking to Soneiken, Maylan asks, "Why would I willingly give up rum?"

Pukk: "Not a thing. Just fed my blood to his maggots...which I thought was kinda nice. Those maggots must have been hungry."

Speaking to Maylan, Lazaryth asks, "Why indeed?"

Leafiara: "Curious... so we don't know if he can still use his mouth."

Pukk: "I didn't know Disean was somebody to watch out for...so for a brief second I was happy to have help...then he hit me...and then I realized...that he was just as crazy as I am."

Leafiara: "...maybe too minor a detail to focus on, though. Anyway, thank you for the report."

Evia asks, "Well, whatever happened with Stormy?"

Speaking to Maylan, Soneiken says, "You could have peddled it easily to them as a spider bite anti toxi, and made alot of coins."

Maylan blurts, "OH NO THERE'S A FIRE!"

Maylan gestures.

A flare leaves Maylan's hand and shoots up into the sky where it hangs for a few moments before exploding into a pair of unfurled wings rendered in glittering silver points of light. The sheer brightness of the image before you lingers in your sight for several seconds after the explosion can no longer be seen.

Leafiara: "No one's as crazy as you, Pukk."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "I would love a moment to scout the rooftops, but I doubt it would matter."

Leifa says, "She was transported back to her office, I was told."

Pukk: "Darn tootin."

Evia says, "Odd."

Speaking to Ysharra, Leafiara says, "I got webbed up there until the Rooks bailed me out."

Goblyn curiously asks, "This time of this... invading is done for this night?"

Arianiss says, "Stormyrain was taken by Raznel to her room in Rone Academy."

Speaking curiously to Goblyn, Leafiara says, "Well, it seems so, at least."

Speaking to Goblyn, Melikor says, "It seems so, yes."

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan says, "Yarp."

Arianiss says, "Raznel retrieved the scarab from Stormy."

Pukk quietly says, "Okay, I couldn't find anymore."

Evia exclaims, "Oh!"

Speaking amusedly to Arianiss, Cruxophim notes, "I see."

Balley softly asks, "Oh?"

Evia says, "How weird."

Balley softly asks, "When did that happen?"

Arianiss says, "During the fighting."

Speaking nonchalantly to Leafiara, Cruxophim remarks, "Musta got what she wanted."

Speaking to Balley, Chaoswynd says, "Not long ago."

Speaking to Balley, Leafiara assures, "I'll put it all in the report."

Maags says, "No wonder I saw her use magic."

Arianiss says, "She indicated that Shinann wasn't ready yet.. so....."

Roblar: "Forest now seems clear."

Maags exclaims, "Shinann is stubborn!"

Evia says, "Golly."

Speaking thoughtfully to Arianiss, Cruxophim notes, "Curious."

Goblyn asks, "Stormyrain does still have her scarab, or she does not then?"

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk says, "So, first a beetle fed on me, then Disean had some maggots feed on me. I feel like my blood might be nutrious."

Speaking seriously to Shinann, Leafiara says, "Kroderine. Really."

Speaking to Goblyn, Chaoswynd says, "Not."

Speaking to Goblyn, Leafiara answers, "She doesn't."

Arianiss says, "The scarab is gone. It popped out into Raznel's waiting hands."

Balley softly says, "Well I still have mine."

Speaking to Goblyn, Evia says, "She does not then."

Speaking helpfully to Pukk, Goblyn notes, "You are best when you are dead, Pukk!"

Speaking to himself, Skipjack says, "Scarabs."

Bernadette softly says, "Me too."

Zosopage says, "So the scarab absorbed all the blood and or magic it could."

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara reasons, "Anything's worth trying, and anything's better than nothing." (OOC, context: before KST began, Leafi was contemplating that in a previous KST Thadston's kroderine gauntlets had shattered Disean's bleakstone armor, so maybe kroderine could also destroy bleakstone scarabs)

Speaking helpfully to Pukk, Cruxophim inquires, "Want to improve your situation?"

Balley softly says, "I wonder how long until she comes after me."

Balley softly says, "To get Fred."

Madmountan says, "Check out this weapon I found tonight."

Madmountan taps a belaying pin, which is in his right hand.

Speaking curiously to Balley, Leafiara asks, "What about you? Want to try cutting it out with kroderine?"

Skipjack says, "That's a krol favorite."

Madmountan says, "Makes me laugh."

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk says, "Is that why all those people that I owe silvers call me a dead beet? I was wondering why they thought I was a beet."

Speaking to Leafiara, Dergoatean says, "Anything is better than nothing, and nothing is better than peace throughout the realm."

Balley softly says, "Nope."

Speaking to Balley, Leafiara reasons, "I don't think we've tried with kroderine yet."

Speaking deeply to Madmountan, Zolis asks, "For climbing and pinning into skulls?"

Speaking to Madmountan, Evia says, "That's for making pie, give it to Goblyn."

Speaking to Leafiara, Dergoatean says, "So we conclude that anything is better than peace throughout the realm."

Balley softly says, "If losing a few limbs and many deaths did not do it."

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk asks, "How can I improve my situation?"

Speaking dubiously to Dergoatean, Leafiara says, "Peace? But I like violence, especially when I can justify it."

Madmountan says, "Goblyn would use cudgels to make pie."

Speaking to Zolis, Skipjack says, "For fastening lines on a ship."

Speaking patiently to Leafiara, Cruxophim explains, "It would just squirm around it and tear her to shreds."

Speaking to Leafiara, Dergoatean says, "And so clearly, there must be war and strife."

Speaking adamantly to Dergoatean, Leafiara says, "Sure."

Speaking thoughtfully to Leafiara, Cruxophim adds, "Not that that would be terrible, necessarily."

Balley softly asks, "Oh you like me dead?"

Speaking to Guarrin, Ysharra says, "Just referring to the legions of trauma and kidnapped citizens."

Speaking musingly to Cruxophim, Leafiara asks, "What if we disintegrated her like the Grimswarm first?"

Shinann distractedly says, "Excuse me..."

Speaking gently to Balley, Leafiara says, "I mean, it's up to you, ultimately, of course."

Pukk recites quietly:

"Everybody join Leafi!"

Goblyn asks, "Mayor Lylia is not here?"

Balley softly says, "Um no."

Speaking deeply to Ysharra, Guarrin says, "We'll get them back. We must."

Ysharra says, "She is not."

Leafiara surprisedly says, "But I'd sure be trying kroderine if I had a scarab."

Maylan says, "She has fallen into slumber."

Balley softly says, "I want to know WHY I got it in the first place."

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk says, "She is bathing in blood as we speak."

Speaking gently to Goblyn, Cruxophim explains, "She had to meet with the Council, I would wager."

Maylan exclaims, "Which I'm about to do as well!"

Speaking to Pukk, Goblyn exclaims, "This sounds... very good!"

Balley softly exclaims, "Without it I will NEVER know why!"

Balley softly says, "I do not mind dying."

Speaking knowingly to Goblyn, Cruxophim adds, "Emergency meeting, due to the crisis this evening."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Maylan says, "I want to dream of Gate Guards and rum."

Cruxophim disgustedly mutters, "Politics."

Pukk quietly says, "You should smell her, you can smell it on her. Smells like halfling or gnomish blood."

Goblyn exclaims, "Many of these emergency meetings!"

Speaking knowingly to Cruxophim, Leafiara blurts, "Bureaucracy."

Goblyn yells, "I do have an emergency!"

Skipjack says, "You Landing folk are strangly positive after a beatin like that..."

Pukk yells, "Me too!"

Skipjack says, "If it were me, I'd be worried."

Speaking to Skipjack, Leafiara says, "We did what we could."

Speaking to Skipjack, Chaoswynd says, "You get used to it, to be hoonest."

Goblyn yells, "This liver is gone in this next bite! Emergency!"

Madmountan says, "My emergency is that I'm out of pie."

Balley softly says, "Well before I get experimented on."

Pukk quietly says, "Oh yeah."

Speaking to Skipjack, Leafiara says, "The time for breaking down and taking it all in is after the war with the witch is over, not while we can still do something about it."

Pukk quietly says, "Look at what I got."

Speaking to Skipjack, Leafiara reasons, "Now's the time to keep it together and move forward."

Skipjack says, "I'm actually quite impressed."

Pukk waves a silver sylvankind scalp at Goblyn.

Goblyn cheerfully exclaims, "Everyone will have a nice night!"

Goblyn's eyes unfocus momentarily, and she and her group move forward and vanish so quickly that they leave a momentary, shadowed impression of themselves behind.

Pukk quietly says, "I need to find out whose scalp this is."

Speaking to Skipjack, Leafiara exclaims, "Besides, it might be the last chance we have to see each other. Could die tomorrow for all we know!"

Speaking deeply to Pukk, Zolis says, "If you don't want it..."

Speaking to Pukk, Chaoswynd says, "Um, let me see that."

Speaking to Skipjack, Leafiara explains, "So if that's it, we gotta go out on a good note."

Speaking quietly to Lazaryth, Pukk says, "It's yours isn't it."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "It's mine now!"

Speaking defensively to Pukk, Lazaryth says, "Possibly."

Speaking to Pukk, Lazaryth asks, "Where'd you find it?"

Skipjack exclaims, "That's every day!"

Skipjack says, "But sometimes a little excitment helps remind us."

Skipjack says, "Never thought I'd be impressed by folk up here, but you seem bounce back...I'll give ya that."

Speaking amusedly to Chaoswynd, Leafiara says, "One of many differences between Hap and me... when he says 'drink up because it's the end of the world,' he's just joking."