Witchful Thinking - 5119-11-30 - Concluding a Deathwitch (log)

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Eoantos 30-Eorgaen 1, 5119

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Summary

  • As blood-hued snow falls from the sky over the Landing, Thadston tells everyone to grab their torches--it's time to burn a witch. Voices stir through the streets and he approaches Moot Hall, as does Pylasar, who's brought Thadston's kroderine gauntlets to him. Adventurers make their preparations, and meanwhile townspeople of all professions, genders, and ages gather in the streets with blades and shields, soon joined by the militia and town guards. Casiphia whispers something to Thadston, but before she can lean in closer he gives her a look and she withdraws back into the crowd of townspeople.
  • Sir Cryheart leads to the Bleaklands portal at the Hendoran outpost laboratory. Thadston warns Rhayveign that he'll dig one and a half graves if he needs to and not to get in the way; she says don't threaten her with a good time. Magister Raelee says she's burned out what she could of the blood, but does not believe it was effective.
  • Thadston briefs everyone that the portal was meddled with, so we're walking into her plans in some fashion; he doesn't know if the town will fall under attack, but if so then we'll respond. Pylasar is ready to locate Brumas, so the idea is to battle through the Bleaklands to buy Pylasar time--then kill Brumas, then Raznel. Thadston threatens everone, including Pylasar, that if they intend to protect the witch he'll rip their spines out.
  • At last it's open and everyone enters the trapped portal, as black ichor brushes against them, briefly leaving them feeling drained and their blood on fire. No rest for the weary, as it's time for combat.. on two fronts! Bleakworms and bleakwasps attack as, meanwhile, vipers begin attacking the Landing.
  • Puptilian returns from scouting ahead and reports seeing Balley back in town--even as she's with the Bleaklands group. And then he reports seeing himself and Lylia... as doppelgangers raid the Landing! Raelee and Alasatia (in the Bleaklands) soon report seeing through familiars to watch versions of Raelee, Leafiara, and Thadston attacking as well. Throughout the night, young militia members rush to defend the town as others report Sir Geijons, Falvicars, Captain Shinanns, Cryhearts, Cays, and others attacking.
  • Over in the Bleaklands, Pylasar says he'll find the way to Brumas and return afterward. The Cryblob makes its way into an echo of the Talador mines, where soon Saraphene doppelgangers attack! The group battles through them and enters another projection or time pocket--this time of Chaston's cleansing camps, as the Blameless and Chaston doppelgangers attack.
  • The group battles through and finds its way toward an echo of Drangell's hideout, where projections of Rooks attack--and Drangell doppelgangers themselves! Crimson orbs start rolling in and the group moves quick... but not quick enough, as an orb finally catches them and ends twenty adventurers. Meanwhile, Pylasar reports being chased by dwarves as he's trying to locate Brumas.
  • Thadston says return to the Bleaklands, so what's left of the group does--but is confronted by the dangerous bleakwalkers... and projections of Dennet Kestrel! They battle through a projection of the Plinite Hollows and face more madness hitting the same people as before--and more plague, this time hitting some of the same targets but also Chamorr, Leafi, Avalera, Regwen, Lylia, Shinann, Ashmoreth, Berkana, Neopuron, Malifren, and Blades.
  • The group has some deadly encounters with rune-etched black mein golems as their explosions thin out the adventuring party further. Those in town struggle to make their way back to the Bleaklands with their own reduced numbers, and meteors assault the Bleaklands group.
  • At last dwarven enemies begin attacking at the Bleaklands, followed by doppelgangers of Geijon, Stormy, Cryheart, Leafi, Thadston, Shinann, Maags, Falvicar, and Raelee! Taladorian knights join the fray until, finally, Pylasar says he thinks he's found Brumas--and to come find him.
  • More Saraphene doppelgangers confront the group, rattling Thadston, and as adventurers destroy them, Disean's voice is heard telling him to stop this. Though he doesn't like it, everyone talks him down and he says the witch is desperate, as he'd kill Disean to kill Raznel. Nonetheless, more Saraphenes engage the group and get slaughtered until Thadston snaps. Everyone reminds him it's mere illusion.
  • Gracie's voice is heard calling for Pylasar, as projections of Davard attack. Pylasar starts falling for it as she begs to go home with him. The group finally locates Pylasar, who claims Gracie's alive and he can feel it--but, first, the dwarf. He asks for protection and the group provides, though a cackle echoes and a wave of antimagic sweeps through the area.
  • Pylasar gets the portal open and adventurers dig their way through a cavern containing ashen pods. Raelee says either Raznel or an illusion of her is in town, but the group persists with digging...
  • Raznel appears before them from the shadows and sends bile green scarabs burrowing into Avalera, Maylan, Raelee, Lazaryth, and Goldstr before disappearing again. Later reports reveal that the Raznel from town had also imbedded scarabs in Roelaren and Kembal, if not others. The group proceeds toward Brumas' cocoon and lights it up with flames and bashing until finally Erienne deals the finishing below, releasing the body to crumble into dust.
  • Pylasar says Raznel will be preparing somewhere, "birthing," and that he doesn't know what the pods are--but everyone's about to find out, as a crack appears on one. Outside, the Hall's blue steel golems move into the Bleaklands upon floating dais, firing yellow-white pylons on the creatures therein... and then the pods break away and release dozens of huge spores into the sky. Pylasar says she's turning the world into the Bleaklands--and that the portal is open.
  • Thadston calls for the militia, guards, and Hendorans to aim the pylons toward the sky, as hundreds more spores release, floating toward the portal and the Landing. Pylon fire starts against the spores, but then a black behemoth descends from the sky at the Bleaklands and successfully reaches the portal--appearing in the sky over the Landing.
  • Cryheart leads to the outside of the outpost for pylon fire while Raelee stays inside to dissemble runes and close the portal, seeking backup. Most head inside to help her, as Pylasar contemplates where to find Raznel--not in the Bleaklands, but "where it began for her." The cavern below.
  • For now, they need to close the portal; Pylasar says the Bleaklands will never go away, but we also can't let it take hold further, so maybe we have to let Raznel go. Everyone rejects that idea.
  • Thadston grabs Shinann, telling her to kill Raznel and not let anyone stop her, then taps his kroderine gauntlets together and goes through the portal. His gauntlets begin to glow and he seems to grasp the portal's magic, struggling to close it on his end, as Raelee mirrors his gesture on her end. Thadston's arms begin to smoke as he strains, with the Bleaklands' denizens beginning to stir behind him, and at last pulls the gauntlets together with a thunderous clap, closing the portal.
  • As the outdoor defenders fire volleys on the behemoth, Pylasar asks Raelee to lead to the cavern. She at first takes everyone to the plinite cavern, where Raznel released Thrayzar, but Pylasar says the dais can go elsewhere and Raelee confirms if he means the chamber in which she trained. It's been sealed since Dennet Kestrel's death, so the purple mage traces runes on the dais and everyone heads into the rune chamber.
  • Inside is a cocoon containing... a young green-eyed girl with sandy blonde hair and a freckled nose--Gracie, Pylasar's daughter. He immediately moves to guard the cocoon, but Falvicar gets the fire started and others join in as he shouts to stop. Some try to talk Pylasar down and remind him that she's not really herself as many burn, bash, and disintegrate away--Kobane, Darcena, Leafi, Chamorr, Ysharra, Satia, Maags, Lazaryth, Rasson, Melikor, Blades, Regwen, Titaniae! Pylasar begs everyone to stop, weeping, but they keep going--Lylia, Lkyl, Goldstr, Dame Evia, Aleid, Gutstorm!
  • As everyone continues the attack, the image of Gracie shifts briefly. Seeing that everyone won't stop, Pylasar launches a major ewave, killing Thrassus and Lazaryth! Rasson quickly webs him and Falvicar launches a furious assault, but Cryheart staves off seven of the eight blows. Shinann binds the purple mage and Satia gets him to sleep, but in the heat of the battle Cruxophim withers his eye and part of his skull away, killing him off!
  • Leafi preserves him and the attack continues, with Uthenegal, Zosopage, Xorus, Aeith, Guarrin, and Demanec now joining in. The cocoon begins to crack and the image of Gracie fades, slowly turning into Raznel, as Cryheart and Leafi tell Pylasar it was never her. She resurrects him as Geijon, Maylan, and Razanetika join the attack, and Crux heals him with an apology. After thousands of strikes, Maylan finally destroys the cocoon and it breaks apart into a puddle of dark ichor.
  • Raznel herself rises up and knocks everyone over before sending massive shards of ice flying toward everybody in a relentless attack. Satia goes on the attack, but Raznel flings her away with a column of shadows; Titaniae catches the witch with Earthen Fury and Leafi follows with a spell of condemnation to finish her off!
  • ...until she heals. Zoso puts her to sleep, Aleid launches a fireball at her and Goldstr finishes her off a second time with a swift falchion slash. She continues to heal up and blast everyone with ice, but Demanec ends her for the third time with a Dark Catalyst spell.
  • The battle rages on. Raelee's Earthen Fury, Aeith's handaxe, Kobane's ewave, and Guarrin puts her down a fourth time with his sledgehammer through her ribs! More blasts of ice from a revived witch! Eledryn's sonic lance through the neck puts her down a fifth time! This time maggots drop away from her corpse and her left hand doesn't reform as she revives.
  • More condemnation from Leafi! More of Raznel's ice in retaliation! Lylia's implosion, Blades' longknife running her through for a sixth death! She heals again, this time renewing her magical barrier to put a stop to physical attacks from Blades, Zoso, Darconas, Ysharra, Lkyl, and Guarrin as she slams everyone with ice once more, racking up wounds in an attempt to stop their attacks as few are still able to cast or swing. Familiar with the paragons' previous barriers and how Raelee and Satia had first identified which spells can pierce them, Leafi puts Raznel down for the seventh time and this time Raznel's entire left arm doesn't reform.
  • The barrier goes down long enough for Guarrin to tear into her with his sledgehammer and put her down an eighth time. She revives and renews the barier, blocking attacks from Geijon, Guarrin, Blades, and Crux, but Leafi blasts the life out of her for a ninth time. Having more lives than a cat, she recovers and knocks everyone down, but this time as maggots peel away from her corpse, half of her face is left as a sunken pit.
  • Finally Guarrin's had enough! As Raznel revives, his sledgehammer punches a hole through her chest to end her for the tenth time! As she revives again, he smites her down for the eleventh time! She renews her barrier, cutting off attacks from Crux, Guarrin, Chamorr, and Yakushi and knocks everyone down for another flurry of ice blasts, but Zoso gets her to sleep and Guarrin crushes her skull for a twelfth death!
  • Raznel aims to rally, knocking everyone down and summoning her beetles and scarabs to dig into people as she blasts everyone with ice again. The scarabs begin picking off adventurers, but Guarrin's really had enough and decapitates her for a thirteenth death!
  • Raznel tries to rise, but her feet crumble into maggots that burn and curl in death. A leg crumbles next, and as she tries to speak, maggots pour out and burn. The behemoth outside begins to shrink and Raznel's fingers drop away and burn. As the behemoth begins to fall from the sky with a bellow, Raznel manages to turn on her side toward Pylasar--and even as her eye pops and her lips drift away, she tells him she enjoyed killing his wife and daughter most of all. And, shortly after, she breaks apart into maggots that melt into ichor.
  • Pylons around town deactivate as the behemoth begins to decay, and Pylasar collapses into a sitting position. Ysharra, Zoso, Leafi, and Goldstr try to console him, though Chamorr, Geijon, and Falvicar are less welcoming over the paragons and deaths he caused, but he's saddened he couldn't get Gracie back and that Chrysamber will want her promise tomorrow. Without another word, he wanders away.


Highlights

Nairena says, "I don't think it's going to be a peaceful night filled with snow and cheers."
Also here: Great Lord Yaanek, Lord Siggurd, Puptilian, Master Eledryn, Dame Evia, Peachykin, Lady Petrosinella, Razanetika, Great Lord Kobane, Otsakleia, Aerchodryn, Tsarok, Mistress Naamit, Chaoswynd, Alasatia, Tetreves, Great Lord Gutstorm, Darcena, Avalera, Stormyrain, Rhayveign, Develdeg, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Lazaryth, Adolornis, Nazrym, Tyrosthenes, Jennora, Maags, Shinann, Lord Dannore, Great Lord Monthas, Lady Nairena, Eoghain, Nodyre, Lady Rainedrop, Rasson, Event Planner Leafiara, Lyrna, Lady Regwen, Sir Cryheart, Lord Chamorr, Vehren, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Ellyran, Desorceri, Nochternus, Alosaka who is kneeling, Lady Erienne, Guarrin, Aeith, Dosintle, Lord Loham, Lady Thistlesticks, Master Neovik, Lord Shyloche who is sitting, Olgretien, Cabal, High Lord Repaire, Xitu, Orlicks, Sanguino, Lord Hellionn who is sitting, Xisum
Razanetika softly says, "Geez it looks like a Dreavening in here."
Flakes of incarnadine-hued snow flutter down from the shadowy night sky.
[TownCrier]-GSIV:Newsby: "Er, these snowflakes are the color of blood.  You guys are on your own about deeds. You remembered to get some, right?"
(OOC) Gutstorm's player whispers to the group, "Is tonight fighting or yappin? I wanna make sure I'm wearing the appropriate attire."
(OOC) Eoghain's player whispers to the group, "Can't it be both?"
(OOC) Eoghain's player whispers to the group, "If you can't yap and fight at the same time, you're not GSIVing right."
Gutstorm whispers to the group, "I like how death and destruction brings out all the finest people."
Speaking to a pale-faced coppery barn owl, Pukk says, "Please give us a pep hoot for good luck."
The coppery barn owl hoots at Pukk.
The coppery barn owl hoots at Pukk.
Speaking to Darcena, Pukk says, "I still love you."
Speaking indignantly to Pukk, Darcena exclaims, "Well, I do not love you!"
Speaking to Darcena, Pukk says, "That's okay Darcy, I have enough love for both of us."
Stormyrain says, "May Jastev guide us."
Regwen recites:
"May Ronan bless the night and our fight!"
Nairena says, "Ivas wants me to sit this one out..."
Speaking deeply to Stormyrain, Olgretien says, "And Kai as well."
Bernadette softly says, "An Lord Kai."
Ysharra says, "May the Wargod lend us his fearsome visage and press."
Puptilian prays, "May Imaera bless us all and give us strength to protect those that need it."
Stormyrain says, "And Onar watch our backs."
Berkana recites:
"May Eorgina relish all that happens tonight!"
Cryheart recites:
"May Pukk pester the heck out of Raznel"
Lyrna says, "May we all stay from Gosaena's sight."
Chamorr recites heartily:
"May Dalwhinnie grant us courage of the peat and dull the pain of injury"
Blades recites:
"May Luukos relieve your corpses of the burden of your soul."
Nairena exclaims, "Snowball the witch to death!"
Speaking to Pukk, Nairena says, "Yellow snowballs of course."
Speaking to Nairena, Pukk says, "I figured she already had enough scare-spray."
Speaking to Xorus, Pukk exclaims, "Geesh man. You talk too much. Let somebody else speak too you know!"
Xorus agrees with Pukk.
Blades says, "I didn't come all the way here for your bloody company, I expect bloodshed."
Cryheart says, "I do believe it is coming."
Speaking to Leafiara, Nairena says, "This is the moment I wish my calling was a healer or a clergy."
Maylan whispers to the group, "I've no idea how to read the actual thing. I just let the spirit guide me."
Speaking to Maylan, Darcena says, "You certainly let the Spirit guide you."
Voices continue to rise through the streets as some townspeople pour out of their homes and shops.  They are all a mismatched sight.  Somee bakers, dockworkers, blacksmiths, town clerks.  Men, women, children, the like.  They stand with blades, old and new, and bang them against their dented and worn shields.  Some town militia and guards soon join their ranks, weapons and shields at hand.  They continue to bang their weapons against their shields, the heavy clang of metal rising in the night.
Blades says, "Well that's a motley crew."
Speaking to Blades, Leafiara says, "That's the whole Landing, a motley crew."
Kobane recites quietly:
"Kittens, man the front lines!"
A flamepoint sand kitten freezes, narrowing her focus on an errant shadow as her heavily furred tail swishes wildly.
[Hendoran Outpost, Laboratory]
Faint shimmering wards run along the black walls of this circular laboratory, while the dark ceiling stretches to a high apex of opaque glass windows which allow for a warm glow from the moon to bleed through.  Situated in one corner is a polished drakar-inlaid crucible, just opposite of a slate-topped workbench.  Two large bookshelves stand like wooden sentinels on each side of a rune-carved steel door.
A sleek long-winged falcon flies in and lands on the floor.
A spotted great horned owl hops into the area, fluttering his wings as he settles down.
A white-tailed broom hare hops in.
A green-eyed grey cat pads in.
An arctic wolf pads in.
A black-tipped majestic snow leopard saunters in.
A massive snowy battle-scarred lynx saunters in.
A raven flies in and lands on the floor.
A forest wolf saunters in.
A broken-toothed wolf pads in.
A grey wolf pads in.
A smoke wolf saunters in.
A fuzzy inky black marmoset scampers in.
Speaking to Raelee, Leafiara admits, "I'm surprised you all allow animals in here."
Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "You're here."
Speaking curtly to Leafiara, Raelee says, "*I* do not."
Leafiara recites:
"Healers on the ready as the plague strikes!"
Alosaka asks, "Plague?"
Speaking to Alosaka, Leafiara affirms, "Plague... just watch."
A series of reddish blebs begin to appear randomly over Alosaka's skin.  Though probably not very painful in and of themselves, they may signal something much more dangerous on the way.
Speaking slowly to Alosaka, Leafiara says, "Or, you know... feel it. That works too."
Blades says, "This is worse than that one night I don't remember being at Helga's."
Maylan says, "I appear to have an ailment."
Speaking to Maylan, Melivn says, "I'm not sure we can fix alcoholism."
Speaking to Melivn, Maylan asks, "Why would you FIX it?"
Speaking cheerfully to Cruxophim, Xanlin says, "Careful, plague is about."
Speaking amusedly to Xanlin, Cruxophim reminds, "Not a problem."
Speaking amusedly to Xanlin, Leafiara says, "That would make him -less- careful, not more."
Speaking dryly to Xanlin, Darcena teases, "Usually he's the one who brings it."
Raelee remarks, "... that, is also, quite fascinating."
Raelee says, "Watching a version of myself attacking the town."
Speaking amusedly to Raelee, Rykul says, "Looks like you can have your cake and eat it too."
[trying to fire on a crusader]]
Lyrna nocks a ghostly pale faewood arrow in her sephwir yumi.
Lyrna fires a faewood ghostly pale arrow at Cruxophim!
Cruxophim gazes in amusement at Lyrna.
Lyrna shakes her head.
Lyrna growls ferociously!
Cruxophim smooches Lyrna on the cheek.
Speaking quietly to Lyrna, Darcena whispers aloud, "I support that choice."
Lyrna shakes her head.
Lyrna says, "Sorry, Crux."
Speaking affably to Lyrna, Cruxophim assures, "No thing."
Speaking indignantly to Lyrna, Darcena exclaims, "Don't apologize!"
[Private]-GSIV:XYZ: "the fake you in landing is weak, lol, so sad"
[Private]-GSIV:XYZ: "You search the Leafiara.  You discard the Leafiara's useless equipment."
[Private]-GSIV:XYZ: "man the disrespect :P"
Cruxophim amusedly notes, "Drangell, still as salty as ever."
Lylia says, "Whenever you say that, Cruxophim, I do not know if you speak literally or figuratively."
Darcena asks, "Why not both?"
Ysharra says, "Both, all the time."
Stormyrain says, "Pylasar says he's being chased by dwarves."
Speaking wryly to Stormyrain, Cruxophim muses, "What else is new."
Speaking to Cruxophim, Stormyrain says, "..true."
Lkyl swings a tiny dark mattock at Dennet!
AS: +613 vs DS: +345 with AvD: +37 + d100 roll: +22 = +327
... and hits for 184 points of damage!
Massive blow punches a hole through the Dennet's chest!
The Dennet rolls over and dies.
Xorus says, "Grand evening to you, as well."
Siggurd: "I've got Pukk and Yakushi coming in and out of an enruned door in the Pawnshop. Are dopplegangers breaching the buildings?"
Leafiara: "If you can actually hurt the Yakushi, it's not him."
Cruxophim: "If you see any Cruxes doing bad things, it's not me.  Obviously."
Leafiara: "And if you can hurt the Leafis, they're not me. So kill 'em all!"
Ysharra says, "...that..."
Raelee says, "... meteors."
Pietra says, "Is not good."
Ysharra asks, "Should we move?  Quickly?"
Cryheart says, "Move."
Leafiara slowly asks, "So move, then?"
Dozens of flaming meteors light the sky nearby!
Maylan says, "Move."
Ysharra says, "Geijon move."
Stormyrain exclaims, "Move!"
Several flaming meteors light the nearby sky!
Darconas melodically says, "RUUUUUN."
Several flaming meteors light the nearby sky!
Darconas melodically says, "We're so gonna die."
Speaking to Geijon, Maylan says, "Mister, we gotta move."
Berkana asks, "How about we move?"
Several flaming meteors light the nearby sky!
Alasatia says, "We're fine."
Alasatia says, "Everything is fine."
[help]-GSIV:Pukk: "Lylia drags himself south, limping badly."
[help]-GSIV:Pukk: "I always wondered"
[help]-GSIV:Mnar: "Those elves, you can never be sure"
Stormyrain drops his rune staff and snatches up a claidhmore!

[all the doppelgangers were male]
Blades says, "I killed Lylia in boy clothes while I was in the Landing."
Blades says, "Was weird."
Alasatia whines at Stormyrain!
Alasatia digs at the earthen wall and seems to be loosening it up a bit.
Speaking to Alasatia, Stormyrain says, "You can redo your nails tomorrow."
Speaking to Blades, Berkana says, "Look.  I'm getting my hands dirty."
Blades says, "That's a first."
Berkana asks, "Right?"
Blades says, "Don't break a nail."
Speaking to Blades, Berkana says, "That's my biggest worry."
Speaking offhandedly to Blades, Leafiara says, "Underrated perk of a Soul Ward spell..."
Falvicar quietly says, "I can't say I dig this."
A pod breaks from the ground, lifting up like a floating lantern and ascends up to the cavern, elevating into the sky above the Bleaklands as dozens of huge spores begin to break open from it.
Madmountan takes a deep breath.
Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Stop that right now."
Speaking to Darcena, Madmountan drones, "But they smell so good."
Speaking flatly to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Absolutely not."
Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Honk it out right now."
Madmountan spits a little in Darcena's direction, but it falls harmlessly to the ground beside her.
Madmountan says, "There."
Speaking sternly to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Madmountan Redthirfen."
Speaking to Darcena, Madmountan exclaims, "You told me to!"
Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena exclaims, "You could have aimed at Cruxophim!"
Cryheart says, "Using weapons will cause the spores to burst."
Cryheart says, "Spells or kicking perhaps."
Lylia allows, "I suppose kicking them might suffice."
Speaking slowly to Lylia, Cruxophim ventures, "Did you say 'kicking' or 'licking'?"
Speaking idly to Cruxophim, Darcena murmurs, "For once, I hadn't thought of licking it."
Blades asks, "Am I supposed to kill it with my good looks or somethin?"
Speaking to Blades, Eoghain says, "Do try."
Blades bats his eyelashes for attention.
Blades asks, "Did it work?"
Gutstorm drunkenly exclaims, "I wanna operate a pylon!"
Pukk: "This behemoth is a holy critter now...."
In an awe inspiring display of combat mastery, Falvicar engages Pylasar in a furious dance macabre, spiralling into a blur of strikes and ripostes!
Falvicar swings a high steel bastard sword at Pylasar!
At the last moment, Cryheart parries the blow with his greataxe!
Falvicar swings an onyx-hued mithril wakizashi at Pylasar!
With extreme effort, Cryheart beats back the attack with his greataxe!
Falvicar swings a high steel bastard sword at Pylasar!
AS: +587 vs DS: +588 with AvD: +30 + d100 roll: +80 = +109
... and hits for 15 points of damage!
Smash to the kneecap.
Falvicar swings an onyx-hued mithril wakizashi at Pylasar!
With extreme effort, Cryheart beats back the attack with his greataxe!
Falvicar swings a high steel bastard sword at Pylasar!
At the last moment, Cryheart parries the blow with his greataxe!
Falvicar swings an onyx-hued mithril wakizashi at Pylasar!
With no room to spare, Cryheart manages to parry the blow with his vultite greataxe!
Falvicar swings a high steel bastard sword at Pylasar!
With no room to spare, Cryheart manages to parry the blow with his vultite greataxe!
Falvicar swings an onyx-hued mithril wakizashi at Pylasar!
Cryheart barely manages to fend off the attack with his greataxe!
Stamping his feet in a staccato, Cruxophim performs a victory dance around the corpse of Pylasar.
The ghostly voice of Razanetika softly says, "Stop glaring and staring at me.. the witch's name is RAZNEL.. not Raza.. Thank you sweetly."


Log

Anticipation

[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: Great Lady Faruza, Eoghain, Lord Darkkstormmer, Nodyre, Event Planner Leafiara, Lady Dommonique, Lady Rainedrop, Rasson, Zaxabar, Lord Siggurd, Lyrna, Lady Regwen, Great Lord Yaanek, Sir Cryheart, Lord Chamorr, Vehren, Davanlin, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Ellyran, Desorceri, Nochternus, Deqyai, Alosaka who is kneeling, Great Lord Kroviec, Lady Erienne, Guarrin, Aeith, Dosintle, Lord Loham, Lady Thistlesticks, Master Neovik, Lord Shyloche who is sitting, Olgretien, Cabal, High Lord Repaire, Xitu, Orlicks, Sanguino, Lord Hellionn who is sitting, Xisum

The sky is filled with a blanket of low clouds, pale and unmoving. Sounds seem muffled and the air feels thick and takes on a quiet stillness.

Balley softly says, "Weather moving in."

A crier strides past, ringing a bell and announcing, "Geijon is currently available to help any adventurers in their search for answers at Silverwood Manor in Wehnimer's Landing. Turn your footsteps in that direction if you seek knowledge!"

Speaking heartily to Nairena, Chamorr says, "Just in time."

Speaking to Chamorr, Nairena asks, "Just in time?"

Speaking heartily to Nairena, Chamorr says, "Just started snowin."

A cold wind stirs through the area.

Loham asks, "Which way to the wext navern?"

Balley softly says, "I am here to help Shinann, even if it goes bad. If you trust Thadston I shall follow."

Nairena says, "Something is off."

Regwen says, "Chilly all of a sudden."

Speaking to Loham, Lazaryth asks, "Going to join the festivities tonight?"

Speaking to Balley, Shinann says, "Do as you wish."

Land Pirate Maylan just arrived.

Maylan screams!

Maylan gasps in terrified panic, trembling and flailing her arms about!

Lazaryth says, "Maylan, Maylan."

Lazaryth asks, "What's wrong?"

Nairena says, "I don't think it's going to be a peaceful night filled with snow and cheers."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara whispers aloud, "Drunken delusions."

Flakes of incarnadine-hued snow flutter down from the shadowy night sky.

Rainedrop quietly asks, "Everyone have their ass kickin boots on?"

Maylan says, "AHM SCARED."

Alosaka says, "And there it is."

Speaking heartily to Nairena, Chamorr says, "Not in da least."

Regwen says, "That snow doesn't look quite right."

Maylan exclaims, "I'm gonna sound the alarm!"

Speaking musingly to Rainedrop, Leafiara says, "Thanks for the reminder."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Eoghain says, "Good to see the Trusted Ones in this place."

Speaking deeply to Cryheart, Olgretien asks, "Shoud we gather to yur side Sir?"

Monthas says, "Man it's noisy in here."

Alasatia lightly says, "At least everyone seems well-rested."

Nairena says, "We getting our weapons bloody tonight."

Razanetika softly says, "Geez it looks like a Dreavening in here."

Leafiara says, "In lieu of Pukk..."

Leafiara recites:

"Join Cryheart!"

Speaking to Chamorr, Nairena asks, "Are you excited?"

Razanetika softly exclaims, "For the love of rainbows!"

Speaking drunkenly to Leafiara, Gutstorm says, "I git it a 5, lacksh shincerity."

Speaking heartily to Nairena, Chamorr says, "Sure, we is all gonna die a glorious death."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Leafiara affirms, "It's true no one can replace Pukk."

Nairena says, "That reminds me."

Speaking to Regwen, Nairena says, "It won't be a dull night."

Speaking to Shimmerain, Eoghain asks, "What happened to you earlier?"

Palfin quietly says, "Ack."

Rainedrop quietly says, "We'll bring our own witches..fight fire with fire."

Pukk recites:

"Pretty much everybody already has

but I should say it anyways

Everybody join Cryheart!"

Evia yawns.

Speaking to Evia, Leafiara exclaims, "Wake up, wake up! It's time for battle!"

(OOC) Gutstorm's player whispers to the group, "Is tonight fighting or yappin? I wanna make sure I'm wearing the appropriate attire."

(OOC) Leafiara's player whispers to the group, "Definitely fighting. And lots of it."

(OOC) Eoghain's player whispers to the group, "Can't it be both?"

Speaking to Chamorr, Nairena says, "You know I think I should sit this one out. Thats what I'm hearing."

Gutstorm whimpers at Maags!

Speaking to Gutstorm, Maags says, "Not tonight."

Pukk asks, "Owly any last minute hoots of advice for tonight?"

(OOC) Eledryn's player whispers to the group, "Yappin about the fighting, then the fighting, then more yapping afterwards?"

(OOC) Eoghain's player whispers to the group, "If you can't yap and fight at the same time, you're not GSIVing right."

Shimmerain whispers to the group, "Sounds about right."

Speaking to Chamorr, Nairena says, "Something tells me it's about to get very bloody around here."

Maags says, "Owlies should go home."

Maags says, "Or finds a very tall tree."

Leafiara mentions, "Dirra's ready for triage at Voln when the time comes."

Maags says, "And stay there."

Gutstorm drunkenly exclaims, "Ill keep owlie shafe!"

(OOC) Puptilian's player whispers to the group, "Tonight is when Leafiara breaks trying to clean up logs."

Ithra asks, "Do those golems remind anyone else of surgical steel tools?"

Speaking heartily to Nairena, Chamorr says, "Fer real."

Nairena says, "Who wants some innocent sylvan blood spilled, mixed in among the corpses."

The coppery barn owl hoots at Gutstorm.

(OOC) Eledryn's player whispers to the group, "Hello future log readers!  :p."

Speaking to Leafiara, Loamian asks, "Is the attack on the witch tonight?"

Speaking to Nairena, Regwen says, "Not I."

(OOC) Leafiara's player whispers to the group, "Heh, depends... two of the past three finales were pretty easy, just time consuming."

Speaking to Loamian, Leafiara affirms, "Yup!"

Lyrna says, "That's the rumor anyway."

Speaking to Leafiara, Loamian says, "Good luck to you, then."

Nairena says, "Do you guys got a triage set up."

Speaking to Bernadette, Pukk exclaims, "Spiky!"

(OOC) Eoghain's player whispers to the group, "The GMs give her a lower uber ride rating for every typo. It's a thankless job."

Speaking to Bernadette, Pukk exclaims, "Join Cryheart!"

Gutstorm whispers to the group, "I like how death and destruction brings out all the finest people."

Speaking deeply to Nairena, Olgretien says, "Some folks at Voln."

Speaking to Nairena, Alosaka says, "Working on it."

Thistlesticks whispers to the group, "I'm just here to drag corpses."

(OOC) Eledryn's player whispers to the group, "I'll probably be a corpse."

(OOC) Eledryn's player whispers to the group, "But I have 46 deeds."

Speaking to a pale-faced coppery barn owl, Pukk says, "Please give us a pep hoot for good luck."

The coppery barn owl hoots at Pukk.

The coppery barn owl hoots at Pukk.

(OOC) Eoghain's player whispers to the group, "Oh, we're all going to die at some point."

Speaking to Nochternus, Leafiara acknowledges, "It's possible all magic will be dispelled, going by our past Bleaklands trips... but might as well be prerpared just in case." [he'd asked for spells and Leafi had cast anyway]

Pukk looks at a pale-faced coppery barn owl and cheers!

(OOC) Puptilian's player whispers to the group, "For any that are not capped, Kenstrom does a great job of mixing up levels during invasions. Keep your amulet on and listn for call outs of easier monsters."

Speaking to a pale-faced coppery barn owl, Pukk says, "Well said."

Cryheart recites:

"We shall be trying to capture the paragon Brumas....but be prepared to come defend the Landing...."

Speaking worriedly to Morofinwe, Ensayn asks, "What's the matter?"

Cryheart recites:

"Make plans where you are going to defend and setting up triage"

Morofinwe quietly says, "Last time I went out that way, I got slain by some 3 headed beastie."


Rallying Cry

Thadston: "Grab your torches. It's time to burn a witch."

Blades says, "Not on fire yet? what a shame."

Lazaryth says, "Don't forget the ballistas on the towers at both gates."

Speaking to Regwen, Nairena asks, "You coming, sister?"

Lyrna idly says, "I'm still not sure I understand what the difference between a 'land pirate' and a bandit is."

Cryheart says, "Thadston is on the net."

Alosaka says, "We'll have healers at the gates, as long as they're secure. First fall-back is here in town."

Leafiara: "Excellent."

Eoghain: "Witches have rights too, you know. My sister was a witch."

Maylan: "BURN THE WITCH."

Stormyrain: "We are ready."

Cryheart: "Amen Lord Thadston."

Speaking to Kobane, Pukk says, "Just join Cryheart...it will be easier."

Puptilian: "She is too good to burn. Needs to be worse."

Blades says, "Lead me meatbag."

Shinann: "Sounds good to me."

Pukk recites:

"Rejoin Cryheart!" [we'd changed groups for mass spes]

Speaking quietly to Razanetika, Kobane says, "Don't do that again."

Cryheart recites:

"Heading to outside of Moot Hall"

Thadston: "You're right. We'll pick her apart, maggot by maggot, pop each one, slowly, make 'em squirm, then burn her."

(OOC) Bernadette's player whispers to the group, "Svardin says take it to the witch!"

[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 and a large purple wooden barrel.

Also here: Chaoswynd, Ysharra, Melikor, Mayor Lylia, Blades, Land Pirate Maylan, Immik, Pietra, Bernadette, Uthenegal, Goldstr, Alasatia, Ithra, Lady Nairena, Nostre, Lkyl, Shimmerain, Littlefuut, Malifren, Lady Gothel, Pukk, Puptilian, Master Eledryn, Dame Evia, Peachykin, Lady Petrosinella, Razanetika, Great Lord Kobane, Otsakleia, Aerchodryn, Tsarok, Tetreves, Darcena, Stormyrain, Rhayveign, Develdeg, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Lazaryth, Maags, Shinann, Eoghain, Nodyre, Lady Rainedrop, Rasson, Event Planner Leafiara, Lyrna, Lady Regwen, Lord Chamorr, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Desorceri, Nochternus, Lady Erienne, Guarrin, Aeith, Lord Loham, Master Neovik, Olgretien, Cabal, High Lord Repaire, Sir Cryheart, Alosaka

Lylia: "I have nothing against many witches. Those who have interfered with me and my town, however...well. That is a different matter."

Lyrna says, "Thadston's not feeling vengeful at all."

Aeith: "For the Landing!"

Eoghain: "That's fair."

Chamorr: "And she's gonna stan still fer that?"

Alosaka says, "It's natural to speak belligerantly when one has been frustrated for so long."

Thadston: "We'll be along shortly. Get your spells and spine."

[spellups start]

Cryheart recites:

"Thadston will be here soon"

Maags says, "Problies as readies as I can be."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Ysharra says, "Here we go."

Pukk says, "I say we bury the witch in the black sands....that way she will be a sand witch."

Lyrna says, "I didn't mean he didn't have a right to be, but that was very vivid and specific."

Speaking to Lyrna, Leafiara offers, "He's always been violent."

Speaking to Lylia, Eoghain asks, "Did dhu win a second election or is time progressing positively Elvishly?"

Speaking to Eoghain, Lylia says, "I did, and yes. In fact, my second term is nearly complete."

Eoghain says, "Glad to know I haven't wasted a vote in some time."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "I was telling Naamit that at times like this, I miss Zerroth."

Nairena asks, "Those fancy golems are on our side?"

Some voices begin to stir through the streets, among homes and shops.

Speaking to Lylia, Darcena says, "I did as you asked. However, they were most stubborn."

Rainedrop quietly says, "Before we die I want to say I love you all and the Landing.."

Naamit whispers something to Lylia.

Geijon says, "Hm."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "I knew in his vanguard I'd be ground into meat soon as any other battle. But so fearsome he was, that he loaned that lack of fear to us, too."

Speaking to Darcena, Pukk says, "I still love you."

Ysharra says, "Tonight, maybe..."

Speaking indignantly to Pukk, Darcena exclaims, "Well, I do not love you!"

Speaking to Darcena, Pukk says, "That's okay Darcy, I have enough love for both of us."

(OOC) Puptilian's player whispers to the group, "So what is a good opening song for tonight's activities?"

(OOC) Maylan's player whispers to the group, "Another one bites the dust."

Cryheart asks, "I hae Owly's lucky charm...does that mean I am blessed?"

(OOC) Chaoswynd's player whispers to the group, "Brave Sir Robin."

(OOC) Eoghain's player whispers to the group, "The Imperial Death March."

Speaking to Cryheart, Maylan says, "AYE. You have the special blessing."

(OOC) Pukk's player whispers to the group, "Flight of the Valkryies?"

(OOC) Xorus's player whispers to the group, "Dragula."

(OOC) Olgretien's player whispers to the group, "Crazy Train."

(OOC) Zosopage's player whispers to the group, "I am Iron Man."

(OOC) Desorceri's player whispers to the group, "War Pigs."

(OOC) Nodyre's player whispers to the group, "Closing Time."

(OOC) Stormyrain's player whispers to the group, "..I'mma [...] ask that in a group this large OOC whispers please stop--it's too much scroll for me. Much love to you all."

Blades asks, "Did you bring marshmallows for the bonfire?"

Ysharra says, "Cannons to the left of them."

(OOC) Evia's player whispers to the group, "Yeah and next time come on time, already ready! Kids these days!"

Ysharra says, "Cannons to the right of them."

(OOC) Kobane's player whispers to the group, "Alice in Chains, Rooster."

Ysharra says, "Cannons to the front of them."

(OOC) Eoghain's player whispers to the group, "YES. THAT."

Ysharra says, "Volley and thunder."

(OOC) Eoghain's player whispers to the group, "And then Man in the Box."

(OOC) Zosopage's whispers to the group, "All the unneeded movements is worse than ooc in my opinion."

Speaking to Ysharra, Alosaka asks, "Are you our battle poet?"

Thistlesticks says, "Into the valley of death, rode the 600."

(OOC) Eledryn's player whispers to the group, "Reminder that ;spellmerge exists!"

Speaking to Alosaka, Ysharra says, "I don't think that's the case, no."

(OOC) Nodyre's player whispers to the group, "Also, ;nomstrike and ;briefcombat."

Speaking to Alosaka, Ysharra says, "Just nervous."

Alosaka says, "Nervous is good."

Evia recites:

"Lick Darcena for good luck"

(OOC) Eledryn's player whispers to the group, "Alt+L should be your default if you're also running ;linktothefast ;)."

Darcena sheepishly says, "I won't lie. I love it."

Speaking deeply to Nairena, Olgretien says, "Gotcha."

Speaking in Dark Elven, Eoghain asks something you don't understand.

Ysharra says, "Boldly they rode and well, into the valley of hell."

Speaking to Cryheart, Maags asks, "Readies Sir Knight?"

Cryheart says, "Aye."

Speaking to Evia, Berkana asks, "How's the flax business?"

Stormyrain says, "May Jastev guide us."

Maylan: "Clerics and empaths, your help is appreciated in TSC and also at Voln. I will be taking folks straight to Voln if they fall, as it's faster."

Regwen recites:

"May Ronan bless the night and our fight!"

Nairena says, "Ivas wants me to sit this one out..."

Speaking deeply to Stormyrain, Olgretien says, "And Kai as well."

Blades asks, "Oh we doin blessings?"

Bernadette softly says, "An Lord Kai."

Pukk recites:

"Boldness be our friend tonight!"

Ysharra says, "May the Wargod lend us his fearsome visage and press."

Speaking to Blades, Leafiara exclaims, "Better now than later!"

Puptilian prays, "May Imaera bless us all and give us strength to protect those that need it."

Stormyrain says, "And Onar watch our backs."

Alosaka says, "Well, if any of the gods fail you, we'll have healers available."

Berkana recites:

"May Eorgina relish all that happens tonight!"

Cryheart recites:

"May Pukk pester the heck out of Raznel"

Berkana asks, "Yes? No?"

Speaking in Dark Elven, Lylia says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "Already beat you to it."

Maags says, "We will gets thru this together."

Nairena exclaims, "Snowball the witch to death!"

Lyrna says, "May we all stay from Gosaena's sight."

Chamorr recites heartily:

"May Dalwhinnie grant us courage of the peat and dull the pain of injury"

Blades recites:

"May Luukos relieve your corpses of the burden of your soul."

Speaking to Pukk, Nairena says, "Yellow snowballs of course."

Speaking in Dark Elven to Lylia, Eoghain retorts something you don't understand.

Geijon recites:

"Brumas is our primary target. If he is not solved, we can't defeat th' Witch. All th' paragons are vanquished unless we are betrayed

Protect th' Landing. She is not more important than our city"

Lyrna says, "Unless someone here is really Raznel in disguise, in which case, she's welcome to you."

Speaking to Nairena, Pukk says, "I figured she already had enough scare-spray."

Speaking in Dark Elven, Ysharra says something you don't understand.

Speaking in Dark Elven to Lylia, Ysharra says something you don't understand.

Geijon recites:

"Expect death and multiple assignments. We'll be split through the evening."

Zosopage sings:

"We open up on a battle scene it's hard to see

I'm tired of all this ancient history"

Zosopage says, "Ok there's an opening song."

Leafiara paces back and forth.

Speaking to Leafiara, Maags says, "Me too."

Maags shifts her weight, restlessly leaning back and forth.

Geijon whispers something to Stormyrain.

Pukk exclaims, "We have the fast Not-Cryheart here with us!"

Kobane recites quietly:

"May Zelia guild you all to delicious jelly trays!"

Speaking in Dark Elven, Lylia admits something you don't understand.

Aeith: "Don't forget if the battle comes to the Landing there are also ballista towers that can be manned."

Evia says, "Themes you say? Send in the Clowns says I, and Comedy of Errors."

Stormyrain whispers something to Geijon.

Speaking in Dark Elven, the voice of Thrassus says something you don't understand.

Maags recites:

"May Oleani has enough love for everybodies to return !"

Geijon whispers something to Stormyrain.

Puptilian: "Besides the towers you also have rooftops and treetops."

Lylia dryly remarks, "Thank you, Thrassus."

Speaking to Xorus, Pukk exclaims, "Geesh man. You talk too much. Let somebody else speak too you know!"

Xorus agrees with Pukk.

Stormyrain whispers something to Geijon.

Blades says, "If you're goin to die, you should at least smell good."

Ysharra says, "At least I'll smell like a garden."

Eoghain recites:

"Religion is like one's genitalia

It's perfectly fine to have one and to take pride in it

But when you start to wave it in my face, we have a problem"

Speaking to Blades, Malifren says, "Good thing Xred isn't here then."

Maags says, "I has not baked for days. Problies smell like owl."

Berkana says, "Absolutely. And look good, too."

Ysharra says, "Even if everything here is almost all dried and withered."

Pukk asks, "I wonder where RaeRae is?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Lazaryth asks, "Do you think I ought to get out the blessed blades, or the flaring blades?"

Nairena exclaims, "Wait. We are going to die???!"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara affirms, "The blessed ones."

Cryheart recites:

"We may get separated in groups later to defend the Landing..and that is an assumption...but be prepared"

Speaking to Pukk, Rasson says, "Missing Raerae and Thaddy Daddy."

Speaking offhandedly to Nairena, Leafiara agrees, "Almost certainly."

Blades says, "I didn't come all the way here for your bloody company, I expect bloodshed."

Cryheart says, "I do believe it is coming."

Speaking to Lylia, Maylan asks, "How fares the navigator?"

Lylia says, "We are certain to see blood tonight. Make it hers, not mine."

Speaking to Blades, Berkana says, "No, you came here for my company."

Lyrna asks, "Anyone else like their armor set for evasion?"

Geijon recites:

"Gryphons

Weapons raised!

Huzzah!

For the Landing!

For the Landing!"

Speaking to Leafiara, Nairena says, "This is the moment I wish my calling was a healer or a clergy."

Blades says, "You'd find me anyways."

Loham says, "Let it snow.. let it show.."

Pukk says, "At least we have Tiny here with us tonight."

Speaking to Maylan, Lylia says, "I may be inexperienced at using it."

Speaking dryly to Lyrna, Darcena says, "I'm afraid not even that could get me through the night."

Cryheart says, "Amen."

Speaking to Eoghain, Desorceri asks, "So you're saying none have been impressive enough?"

Maylan whispers to the group, "Folks, Mayor Lylia has with her a powerful navigator tool. I have infused it with a spirit from the Bleaklands. Should we become lost, it will help guide us."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Maags says, "Jus wondering if the Captains has anys specific orders for the militia."

Speaking to Blades, Berkana says, "I am a stalker."

Speaking to Madmountan, Pukk says, "Hey Tiny, you should take the front."

Lyrna says, "I understand that."

Speaking to Berkana, Ysharra says, "Me too."

Speaking to Maags, Stormyrain says, "Stay alive. Kill the Witch."

Speaking to Desorceri, Eoghain says, "Jamus came close."

Maags exclaims, "Will all my might and pleasure Captain!"

Speaking to Maags, Stormyrain offers, "We go in together at first. If the town comes under attack, we will split."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "That does suit you."

Speaking to Neopuron, Nairena asks, "Come to die with us, Neo?"

Speaking deeply to Stormyrain, Olgretien says, "Now that's a plan I unnerstand."

Speaking to Nairena, Neopuron says, "Die? No way."

Chamorr heartily says, "Falvi should have the honor of the final blow, if possible."

Desorceri says, "This all reminds me of the Blight."

Speaking to Chamorr, Geijon says, "This isn't a contest."

Speaking heartily to Geijon, Chamorr says, "For what she did to his father."

Speaking to Chamorr, Stormyrain says, "We all have a stake in this. I wager many of us could make a plea for the final blow. Thadston included."

Geijon says, "Put your pride away."

Olgretien whispers to the group, "And no confusin Razanetika for de witch!"

Lyrna says, "With the difficulty in doing so, if someone has a killing blow, they should take it."

Speaking to Chamorr, Geijon says, "She'll kill you and devour your soul."

Lylia says, "Just so. It is not. Besides, people do not remember who struck the death-blow against a mortal enemy; they recall who led the charge, and often who managed to avoid bloodshed altogether."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Clown exclaims, "HELLO LADYBARD!"

Clown wiggles his eyebrows at Stormyrain.

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

(OOC) Razanetika's player whispers to the group, "Yes, please make sure you target the witch and not me... that would be most appreciated."

Lylia says, "Who strikes first is unimportant in the wider scheme of things. The important thing is that she falls, and that Brumas -- whatever he is -- does as well."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Evia says, "Oh gods, it's your husband."

Puptilian says, "Let's worry about who history remembers until after we are sure we will be the ones to write it."

Cryheart recites:

"Anyone who has sidebyside skill?"

From nearby, you hear Clown yell, "I'll be over here healing wifey if you need halp!"

Speaking slowly to Evia, Stormyrain asks, "Careful. I can easily get confused in a melee...is that a Witch? Or a Warrior?"

Pukk says, "I hope you have a lot of deeds."

Maags exclaims, "Me!"

Speaking to Pukk, Regwen says, "Always."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Darcena scolds, "They look nothing alike!"

(OOC) Razanetika's player whispers to the group, "I'll take names...."

Speaking to Darcena, Stormyrain says, "..sometimes, they do."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Darcena says, "You can't hurt her. She's the only one who can get me promoted."

Pukk says, "Especially Razanetika."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Darcena complains, "I'm tired of polishing armor and leading defense seminars."

Speaking to Darcena, Stormyrain says, "Then she ought not to tempt me with this madness about Clown and I being wed."

Naamit whispers something to Berkana.

Balley softly asks, "You coming into battle daughter?" [Alisette]

Lylia whispers to the group, "I am inexperienced with the astrolabe as of yet, but should we become lost, which is not unlikely in a trackless waste, it could make the difference between safety and oblivion."

Alisette says, "Healers are gathered at Voln if you need us."

Balley softly says, "Good luck daughter be safe."

Lylia whispers to the group, "Thank you, Maylan, for allowing me to hold onto it. I hope it serves us as well in my hands as it has in yours."

Evia whispers to the group, "I am grateful you have to work it and not I!"

Maylan whispers to the group, "I've no idea how to read the actual thing. I just let the spirit guide me."

Speaking to Maylan, Darcena says, "You certainly let the Spirit guide you."

The coppery barn owl hoots at Ysharra.

Speaking to Maylan, Darcena whispers aloud, "The alcohol spirit."


Onward to the Outpost

Lord Thadston just limped in.

Maags exclaims, "Thank yous everybodies who is brave enough to be here!"

Eoghain orders, "Wine. Now."

Speaking to Thadston, Ysharra says, "You aren't limping."

Maylan whispers to the group, "And by spirit, I mean an actual spirit. It's name is Dilly, and it lives inside the navigator."

Speaking determinedly to Thadston, Leafiara says, "The night's finally here."

Speaking to Thadston, Goldstr says, "Evenin Sir Andrews."

Thadston says, "Yes I am."

Puptilian says, "Marshal."

Evia says, "Dammit my pits are starting to get sweaty already."

Speaking to Thadston, Ysharra says, "You look determined, at any rate."

Speaking to Evia, Darcena says, "Not more laundry."

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

Thadston gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Lord Thadston just limped west.

Zosopage says, "I think the Landing is well represented tonight. As well as Icemule and elsewhere."

Evia says, "He went to find a better group."

Lord Thadston just limped in.

Thadston says, "Where's that Peter...."

Cryheart recites:

"Ok..be prepared to provide your fullest attention to Lord Thadston"

Maylan says, "I haven't seen any purple lightning..."

Lyrna says, "We have not seen any sign of him, so far."

Lord Pylasar just arrived.

Puptilian says, "Pylasar."

Cryheart says, "The mage is here."

Speaking heartily to Thadston, Chamorr asks, "Ya ready fer this?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "There's that Peter."

Lyrna says, "Or, he could be right there."

Speaking to Pylasar, Lazaryth asks, "What kind of an entrance was that?"

Thadston nods at Chamorr.

Speaking to Raelee, Pukk exclaims, "RaeRae!"

Speaking to Pylasar, Goldstr says, "Evenin Peter."

Shinann says, "Hmm."

Speaking to Faruza, Eoghain orders, "Whiskey."

Thadston asks, "Did you bring them Peter?"

Olgretien deeply asks, "Call to attention work?"

Pylasar slowly empties his lungs.

Pylasar exclaims, "I did I did!"

Pylasar offers Thadston some blackened kroderine gauntlets.

Thadston accepts Pylasar's kroderine gauntlets.

Thadston attaches some blackened kroderine gauntlets to his arms.

Thadston winces.

Goldstr says, "Ahhh."

Speaking heartily to Pylasar, Chamorr says, "How we know you is you."

Rasson asks, "We sure it's the real Peter?"

Pylasar whispers something to Thadston.

Pylasar giggles at Chamorr.

Leafiara observes, "Those have seen better days... but I guess they only need to last this one night."

Pylasar says, "It's me.."

Pylasar says, "We need no flash tonight."

Speaking to Lylia, Eoghain says, "Cheers."

Thadston says, "No, no we don't."

Maags exclaims, "Save it for tomorrow!"

Thadston asks, "Shall we form on the Cryblob?"

Thadston joins Cryheart's group.

Speaking to Eoghain, Lylia says, "Thank you."

Olgretien deeply says, "Bein stealthy."

Pylasar joins Cryheart's group.

Pylasar appears to be better defended for battle.

Pylasar looks empowered.

Pylasar basks in the glow of the sphere.

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "Saving it all for your former lover, then?"

Pylasar says, "Ooo."

Pylasar says, "I feel a subdued warmth through your arms and torso, accompanied by a preponderant sense of engagement." (Arm of the Arkati (1605))

Pukk whispers something to Leafiara.

Neopuron says, "Pit Pit Pit Pit and his tip."

Pylasar says, "...and my spirit is bolstered by a great sense of faith and conviction." (Benediction (307))

Cryheart asks, "To the lake, Pylasar?"

Pylasar says, "...and I feel more secure basking in the glow of divine protection." (Warding Sphere (310))

Leafiara whispers something to Pukk.

Speaking to Pylasar, Avalera says, "You're welcome."

Speaking helpfully to Pylasar, Leafiara agrees, "And you're gonna need it, too."

Speaking dryly to Pylasar, Darcena says, "That's more than I wanted to know."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "Yeah, that bit is contagious."

Lyrna dryly says, "Funny how that happens."

Thadston asks, "Do you know where the gateway is, in the Outpost?"

Rasson says, "Thought the portal to the Bleaklands was in the outpost with the wizard folk."

Speaking to Pylasar, Puptilian says, "Why not a bit more focus at the job at hand so we do not have the witch interfere with the portal."

Thadston peers quizzically at Cryheart.

Cryheart asks, "Lord Thadston, we ready to head to the lake?"

Thadston says, "Not yet."

Thadston says, "One moment."

Geijon whispers something to Stormyrain.

Lylia takes a drink from her dark dwarven whiskey.

Lylia looks rather relaxed.

Blades glances at Lylia.

Blades asks, "Got anymore of that?"

Speaking to Blades, Eoghain asks, "Road soda?"

Lylia says, "It was a gift."

Speaking to Falvicar, Geijon says, "Counting on you tonight, Falvicar."

Stormyrain whispers something to Geijon.

Evia says, "I am counting on Darcena."

Speaking to Evia, Darcena says, "I am motivated."

Eoghain says, "Pre-gaming is extremely important for team morale."

Geijon whispers something to Evia.

Also here: Great Lord Pempotam, Great Lady Faruza, Magister Raelee, Lord Pylasar, Hektur, Lord Thadston, Arena Hero Melivn, Lady Shaelethe, Felarion, Xanthras, Rykul, Karthas, Grand Lord Gnaeusprimus, Alosaka, Stilehe, Death Knight Warclaidh, Uthenegal, Event Planner Leafiara, Shinann, High Lord Ashmoreth, Xanlin, Marshal Meureii, Conquerer of Reim Darksin, Conquerer of Reim Alakazim, Conquerer of Reim Neopuron, Falvicar, Xorus, Otsakleia, Lady Thistlesticks, Alasatia, Mistress Berkana, Arasleaf, Chaoswynd, Razanetika, Lord Darkkrimson, Maags, Avalera, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Sir Geijon, Zosopage, Kashume, Ysharra, Melikor, Mayor Lylia, Blades, Land Pirate Maylan, Pietra, Bernadette, Goldstr, Lady Nairena, Lkyl, Shimmerain, Malifren, Pukk, Puptilian, Master Eledryn, Dame Evia, Great Lord Kobane, Aerchodryn, Tsarok, Tetreves, Darcena, Stormyrain, Rhayveign, Lazaryth, Eoghain, Nodyre, Lady Rainedrop, Rasson, Lyrna, Lady Regwen, Lord Chamorr, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Desorceri, Nochternus, Lady Erienne, Guarrin, Aeith, Lord Loham, Master Neovik, Olgretien, Cabal, High Lord Repaire, Sir Cryheart

Maylan whispers to the group, "I'm going to heal the wounded before we head in, but don't let that stop you from moving about."

Olgretien deeply says, "Then let's hope Leroy ain't here."

Blades says, "Less likely to feel the cuts."

Speaking to Thadston, Geijon says, "Busy night Marshall."

Voices continue to rise through the streets as some townspeople pour out of their homes and shops. They are all a mismatched sight. Somee bakers, dockworkers, blacksmiths, town clerks. Men, women, children, the like. They stand with blades, old and new, and bang them against their dented and worn shields. Some town militia and guards soon join their ranks, weapons and shields at hand. They continue to bang their weapons against their shields, the heavy clang of metal rising in the night.

Clang! Clang! Clang!

Cryheart says, "Seems the citizens are ready to defend."

Xorus says, "Ah, yes. The human shields."

Puptilian yells, "For the Landing!"

Blades says, "Well that's a motley crew."

Blades says, "Send them first."

Razanetika softly says, "Nice."

Maylan yells, "For the Landing!"

Rasson says, "Know the town is in good hands."

Lylia says, "The citizens believe they are ready to defend. That much is true."

Maags yells, "For the Landing!"

Speaking to Blades, Leafiara says, "That's the whole Landing, a motley crew."

Rasson glances between Puptilian and Leafiara.

Rasson says, "Good teachers."

Lyrna says, "Hardly just humans."

Tetreves asks, "Have you seen us?"

Eoghain snobbishly asks, "Who's catering this event?"

Cryheart recites:

"Warriors, guard or protect the clerics, empaths"

Erienne says, "I forgot my gong."

Speaking to Cryheart, Maags says, "Or the other way around."

Speaking to Maags, Ysharra says, "Not how that works, little one."

Kobane recites quietly:

"Kittens, man the front lines!"

A flamepoint sand kitten freezes, narrowing her focus on an errant shadow as her heavily furred tail swishes wildly.

Speaking to Ysharra, Maags exclaims, "Sometimes, jus ask him!"

Speaking innocently to Kobane, Darcena says, "Yes. That's exactly where we want the cats. Right in the front press."


Portal Preparations

Thadston says, "Magister..."

Falvicar tightens his grip on the pillow and whips around in a fury of strikes! Leafiara is caught by surprise!

She is stunned!

Thadston asks, "You are prepared?"

Thadston peers quizzically at Raelee.

Speaking to Thadston, Raelee says, "Yes."

Speaking in Dark Elven, Lylia coldly says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Falvicar, Leafiara says, "I'll remember that one if we both survive this."

Maags exclaims, "The Magister is nevah not readies!"

Speaking quietly to Darcena, Kobane remarks, "Indeed, nine lives and all."

Speaking in Dark Elven to Lylia, Eoghain says something you don't understand.

Speaking in Dark Elven, Ysharra says something you don't understand.

Speaking in Dark Elven to Lylia, Eoghain says something you don't understand.

From the crowd, Casiphia appears, moving towards Thadston and whispering something to him briefly. She leans in closer, perhaps to whisper something else, or perhaps to kiss him, but he gives her a stern look and turns away, stopping her in her tracks. She nods and disappears back into the crowd of townspeople preparing for war.

Speaking in Dark Elven to a white-tailed broom hare, Ysharra says something you don't understand.

Thadston says, "To the Outpost, Cryheart."

Speaking in Dark Elven, Lylia says something you don't understand.

Cryheart turns toward Thadston and renders a sharp salute with his vultite greataxe.

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

Cryheart says, "Moving out."

[travel begins]

Maylan exclaims, "Onward!"


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

Puptilian: "Townspeople, you trained long this week. You trained hard this week. Remember your training. Aid each other, keep your wits about you and remember what we fight for!"

Xorus says, "I look forward to learning what she did to the portal."

[Melgorehn's Reach, Lake Eonak]

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

Cryheart says, "Here we be."

Speaking in Guildspeak to Bernadette, Zosopage says something you don't understand.

Ysharra whispers to the group, "In case none of you have been before, the Bleaklands will usually strip you of any spell you cannot cast yourself."

Speaking slowly to Cryheart, Leafiara says, "The outpost."

Madmountan asks, "This isn't the outpost?"

Cryheart says, "Oh."

Tetreves whispers to the group, "But that's all of them!"

Kobane whispers to the group, "So like the Rift."

[travel begins]

Ysharra whispers to the group, "...but in truth, I expect tonight may well have its own rules. We shall see."

Speaking to Ysharra, Geijon says, "Good thing I'm a warrior sorcerer..."

Olgretien deeply asks, "Cast or learn?"

Madmountan says, "Learn."

Alosaka whispers to the group, "But it can never strip our roguish good looks!"

A sense of peace and calm settles over the area.

Leafiara dubiously asks, "Who's singing a Song of Peace?"

Cryheart says, "Thanks for the redirection...hard to hear."

Speaking to Geijon, Ysharra says, "Good luck, then, magician."

Speaking to Leafiara, Melivn says, "A bard."

Speaking frustratedly to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Which for some people is altogether the same definition."

Speaking to Leafiara, Melivn says, "What do I win."

Speaking wryly to Melivn, Leafiara says, "Well, yeah, I got that much."

Madmountan says, "Aye, I was just gonna say, the bard peace can calm down."

Thadston says, "Knock off yer song of peace. They'll be nothing but violence tonight."

(OOC) Eledryn's player whispers to the group, "Totally forgot that was up, sorry."

Regwen says, "Not mine."

Speaking approvingly to Thadston, Leafiara says, "Now you're talking my language."

[Hendoran Outpost, Laboratory]

Faint shimmering wards run along the black walls of this circular laboratory, while the dark ceiling stretches to a high apex of opaque glass windows which allow for a warm glow from the moon to bleed through. Situated in one corner is a polished drakar-inlaid crucible, just opposite of a slate-topped workbench. Two large bookshelves stand like wooden sentinels on each side of a rune-carved steel door.

A sleek long-winged falcon flies in and lands on the floor.

[among the myriad other familiars, companions, and spirits]

Thadston glances at Rhayveign.

Rhayveign raises an eyebrow.

Speaking to Raelee, Leafiara admits, "I'm surprised you all allow animals in here."

Thadston says, "I'll dig one and a half graves tonight if I need to."

Thadston nods at Rhayveign.

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "You're here."

Speaking curtly to Leafiara, Raelee says, "*I* do not."

Rhayveign cackles at Thadston!

Thadston says, "Don't get in our way, witch kid."

Thadston taps Cryheart lightly on his shoulder.

Speaking to Thadston, Rhayveign says, "Don't threaten me with a good time, there."

Thadston points northeast. (he'd moved southwest from the room shown above)

Berkana says, "Someone's feisty tonight."

Madmountan says, "Oh, I get it, she's small, so she only needs half a grave."


Briefing

Thadston slowly empties his lungs.

Evia: "Kembal!"

Thadston recites:

"Now listen up."

Speaking to Thadston, Raelee says, "I have burned out what I could of the blood. I am not operating under any illusions that it was effective."

Thadston nods at Raelee.

Speaking to Thadston, Puptilian says, "Don't let little ignorances make you lose focus on tonight."

Kembal: "Am I needed somewhere?"

Evia: "Outpost! Hurry."

Alosaka: "If so, it will become quickly and clearly obvious."

Cryheart says, "Listen to Lord Thadston."

Thadston recites:

"Raelee will be opening a portal soon to the Bleaklands. This whole damn room was meddled with by Raznel a week or so ago. So simply doing this, we walk into her plans in some way."

Thadston recites:

"I do not know if the town will fall under attack, if it does, we'll respond accordingly."

Alosaka asks, "Do you want a healer to station here?"

Blades asks, "Who wants to volunteer to go through first?"

Speaking to Thadston, Raelee offers, "Not the whole room. It was primarily that wall."

Maags says, "Knights lead."

Blades says, "They are very shiny."

Speaking in Dark Elven, Eoghain says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Blades, Evia says, "The 50 pets milling around."

Eoghain says, "I can send the slave."

Zosopage says, "Perhaps clerics but not sure."

Erienne says, "I'll go first."

Speaking to Faruza, Eoghain says, "Go through first."

Geijon says, "I'll go first and Sir Cryheart can come behind."

Thadston recites:

"We cannot end Raznel until we end her final paragon. The dwarf Brumas. Pylasar thinks with enough time, he can find him. Or, a rough location. So we go into the Bleak, we fight, we survive, we give Pylasar time."

Geijon says, "Voln will protect me."

Blades says, "Prolly not."

Geijon says, "Or Maags will."

Thadston recites:

"...then we run a blade through that dwarf in a shell and bend and break Raznel."

Speaking deeply to Geijon, Guarrin says, "The latter seems more likely."

Geijon says, "No doubt."

Speaking in Guildspeak, Olgretien deeply asks something you don't understand.

Thadston recites:

"If any of you plan to protect the witch...."

Maags says, "Well I am closer."

Thadston recites:

"Any. Of. You."

Chamorr heartily says, "Everybody got blesses."

Thadston glances at Pylasar.

Eoghain amusedly asks, "Oh, we're bending people now?"

Speaking to Thadston, Erienne exclaims, "Kill them!"

Blades says, "Oh, bend and break her, this sounds better already."

Speaking in Dark Elven to Kembal, Lylia says something you don't understand.

Thadston recites:

"I'll rip your spine out of your back, sharpen it into a spear, and use that to impale the damn hag."

Lylia says, "That is, I am glad you found us."

Kembal says, "So, as it turns out, you just look for the zoo of animals and spirits and you know where to go."

Speaking to Thadston, Geijon says, "One of you may be her unknown paragon."

Erienne says, "Ooh."

Speaking to Kembal, Eoghain says, "There goes the neighborhood."

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

Speaking to Thadston, Melivn says, "Such a flirt."

Speaking quietly to Thadston, Tsarok says, "Neat."

Madmountan whispers something to Rhayveign.

Zosopage says, "Now that's graphic..."

Xorus says, "Much like an abyran'ra."

Shinann says, "Anyone in this room could be."

Lyrna says, "He's in a graphic mood tonight."

Neopuron says, "This plan doesn't seem sound proof."

Xorus whispers something to Lylia.

Erienne says, "Mmm."

Speaking to Thadston, Erienne says, "I really like the way you talk."

Thadston slowly empties his lungs.

Speaking to Neopuron, Nairena says, "No it doesn't. Sounds like it was just thrown together."


Opening the Breached Portal

Thadston says, "Magister."

Thadston nods.

Raelee nods slightly.

Thadston says, "Let's do this."

Erienne says, "Ooh."

Speaking to Nairena, Neopuron says, "Yeah, more wrongs than rights."

Ashmoreth says, "Let's get to work."

Geijon whispers something to Avalera.

Erienne says, "I'll drink the rest over their dead bodies."

(Raelee places one hand on one of the runes on the wall, then places her other hand on one to its left.)

Geijon says, "Th' main force is with Cryheart."

Eoghain says, "We'll pour one out for Eliaku later."

Speaking to Geijon, Puptilian asks, "Do your group want a scout?"

Geijon asks, "Anyone else want to breach Raelee's portal?"

Speaking to Eoghain, Erienne says, "We should kill him too."

Cryheart suddenly screams in a mix of pain and rage as his eyes bleed with rippling hues!

Pearly light flares up suddenly from within Cryheart!

Cryheart swings a perfect vultite greataxe at Repaire!

AS: +622 vs DS: +623 with AvD: +39 + d100 roll: +41 = +79

A clean miss.

(Raelee's hands suddenly burst into flames, lighting the runes with a red glow. Soon, the other runes on the walls begin to glow in kind.)

Leafiara musingly says, "Mm, interference already."

Rainedrop quietly says, "Protect our Mayor should be top priority though."

Lazaryth says, "It's that curse again."

Speaking to Geijon, Xanlin mouths, "Phrasing."

Cryheart suddenly screams in a mix of pain and rage as his eyes bleed with rippling hues!

Cryheart swings a perfect vultite greataxe at Cabal!

AS: +607 vs DS: +707 with AvD: +41 + d100 roll: +52 = -7

A clean miss.

Chamorr heartily says, "Sure, why not."

Speaking to Cryheart, Ysharra says, "That's starting the evening out with a..."

Madmountan says, "This is already amusing."

Gryzzlbok gestures at Cryheart.

CS: +531 - TD: +400 + CvA: -21 + d100: +33 == +143

Warding failed!

Cryheart's eyes roll up into his head as he slumps to the ground.

Chaoswynd suddenly screams in a mix of pain and rage as his eyes bleed with rippling hues!

Chaoswynd swings a damascened vultite bastard sword at Cryheart!

An imflass-winged golden rolaren greathelm with a thick ora visor partially deflects the onslaught of the slashing attack.

AS: +551 vs DS: +509 with AvD: +13 + d100 roll: +79 = +134

... and hits for 3 points of damage!

Flashy swing!

Cryheart is lucky that it only bopped his nose.

Stormyrain draws a glowing pattern in the air before Chaoswynd.

Chaoswynd's eyes roll up into his head as he slumps to the ground.

Cryheart jerkily stands upright like a puppet on strings.

Cryheart claws at the air at something unseen, screaming like a wildman!

Alasatia says, "Wonderful."

Alosaka says, "Is Cryheart doing that to all of us because I won't survive."

Geijon suddenly screams in a mix of pain and rage as his eyes bleed with rippling hues!

Geijon swings a closed fist at Cryheart!

By amazing chance, Cryheart evades the attack!

Blades says, "Hmm."

Cryheart's eyes regain their clarity, and the writhing veins of blackness upon his face slowly dissolve into nothing.

Chaoswynd jerkily stands upright like a puppet on strings.

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra asks, "You were saying?"

Cryheart says, "Man."

(Raelee murmurs softly to herself, as she continues channeling through the runes.)

Speaking to Leafiara, Stormyrain says, "He was sleeping just fine." [Leafi woke up Cay trying to cast Calm]

Cryheart says, "I went in an unconscious state."

Chaoswynd suddenly screams in a mix of pain and rage as his eyes bleed with rippling hues!

Chaoswynd swings a damascened vultite bastard sword at Cryheart!

Cryheart dodges just in the nick of time!

Warclaidh suddenly screams in a mix of pain and rage as his eyes bleed with rippling hues!

Warclaidh swings a shoddy battle axe at Cabal!

Pearly light flares up suddenly from within Warclaidh!

Warclaidh swings a shoddy battle axe at Cabal!

AS: +821 vs DS: +907 with AvD: +38 + d100 roll: +62 = +14

A clean miss.

Speaking apologetically to Stormyrain, Leafiara says, "It's hard to see in all of this. I did miss it."

Razanetika softly says, "An the chaos begins................."

Cryheart says, "Sheath your weapons."

Stormyrain draws a glowing pattern in the air before Warclaidh.

Warclaidh's eyes roll up into his head as he slumps to the ground.

Geijon says, "Of course we're targeted."

Speaking slowly to Warclaidh, Leafiara says, "Now that's a bit more of a problem."

Warclaidh jerkily stands upright like a puppet on strings.

Warclaidh suddenly screams in a mix of pain and rage as his eyes bleed with rippling hues!

Warclaidh swings a shoddy battle axe at Repaire!

AS: +806 vs DS: +623 with AvD: +36 + d100 roll: +99 = +318

... and hits for 165 points of damage!

Powerful slash leaves Repaire without a left leg!

Repaire screams and falls to the ground grasping his mangled left leg!

He is stunned!

Geijon says, "See through it all."

Chaoswynd's eyes regain their clarity, and the writhing veins of blackness upon his face slowly dissolve into nothing.

Cryheart says, "Raznel's magis are a twork."

Nodyre says, "Uhh."

Gryzzlbok gestures at Warclaidh.

Warclaidh is awakened by Gryzzlbok's attack!

CS: +531 - TD: +461 + CvA: -23 + d100: +90 - -5 == +142

Warding failed!

Warclaidh's eyes roll up into his head as he slumps to the ground.

Warclaidh jerkily stands upright like a puppet on strings.

Warclaidh says something softly in his sleep.

Warclaidh awakens startled.

[Roll result: 118 (open d100: 21)]

Geijon hurls himself at Warclaidh and connects!

Geijon knocks Warclaidh flat and quickly jumps to his feet!

Chamorr heartily says, "What are ya doin."

Cryheart says, "Sheath your weapons until we get out."

Bernadette softly says, "Some kinna madness takin over."

Leafiara adds, "...and the sleep isn't doing anything."

Warclaidh jerkily stands upright like a puppet on strings.

Warclaidh claws at the air at something unseen, screaming like a wildman!

Eoghain says, "Not the right half-elf for her to control."

Lyrna says, "Kind of seems to be."

Warclaidh suddenly screams in a mix of pain and rage as his eyes bleed with rippling hues!

Warclaidh swings a shoddy battle axe at Cryheart!

Alasatia gestures at Warclaidh.

CS: +553 - TD: +461 + CvA: -23 + d100: +41 - -5 == +115

Warding failed!

Warclaidh's eyes glass over as a distant look takes over his expression.

Cryheart says, "Raznel's magics reached me here."

Warclaidh's eyes regain their clarity, and the writhing veins of blackness upon his face slowly dissolve into nothing.

Ysharra asks, "Can one of you lay down a sanctuary?"

Blades says, "We noticed."

Raelee distractedly mentions, "... it seems to be going quite easily this time. That may not actually be a positive sign. Alternatively, it is the result of practice."

Aeith asks, "Can we cast a sanctuary of calm here?"

Shinann says, "Well, we can assume that is connected to her messing with the room."

Stormyrain says, "Of course they did, we're in a room where her blood has painted the walls."

Scale-like, shiny blebs begin to appear on Kembal's skin, growing with frightening rapidity.

Maags says, "May not hold."

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

Scale-like, shiny blebs begin to appear on Bernadette's skin, growing with frightening rapidity.

Red spots appear on Blades's skin suddenly. The edges are slightly raised and seem to be spreading rapidly.

Red spots appear on Cabal's skin suddenly. The edges are slightly raised and seem to be spreading rapidly.

Leafiara notes, "Plague..."

Eoghain asks, "What did Thadston say about helping the witch again?"

The magic woven by Raelee begins to take shape, energy burning along the wall.

Scale-like, shiny blebs begin to appear on Guarrin's skin, growing with frightening rapidity.

Alasatia tiredly repeats, "Wonderful."

Scale-like, shiny blebs begin to appear on Zosopage's skin, growing with frightening rapidity.

Red spots appear on Darksin's skin suddenly. The edges are slightly raised and seem to be spreading rapidly.

Loham asks, "Are we dooin' sumfin?"

Raelee quietly says, "... oh that is quite interesting."

Leafiara recites:

"Healers on the ready as the plague strikes!"

Red spots appear on Berost's skin suddenly. The edges are slightly raised and seem to be spreading rapidly.

Speaking in Guildspeak, Alosaka asks something you don't understand.

Rainedrop quietly exclaims, "No!"

Speaking to Eoghain, Desorceri says, "He'll use your spine to kill her."

Avalera says, "He recommended NOT helping the witch. Strongly, at that."

A series of reddish blebs begin to appear randomly over Loham's skin. Though probably not very painful in and of themselves, they may signal something much more dangerous on the way.

Alosaka asks, "Plague?"

Scale-like, shiny blebs begin to appear on Maags's skin, growing with frightening rapidity.

A series of reddish blebs begin to appear randomly over Alasatia's skin. Though probably not very painful in and of themselves, they may signal something much more dangerous on the way.

Ysharra says, "...I don't think I'd recommend sheathing your blades just yet. I have a feeling things will go from the pan to the fire soon enough..."

Puptilian exclaims, "For the Landing!"

Speaking to Raelee, Felarion inquires, "More mana?"

Speaking to Alosaka, Leafiara affirms, "Plague... just watch."

A series of reddish blebs begin to appear randomly over Alosaka's skin. Though probably not very painful in and of themselves, they may signal something much more dangerous on the way.

A series of reddish blebs begin to appear randomly over Aeith's skin. Though probably not very painful in and of themselves, they may signal something much more dangerous on the way.

Speaking to Felarion, Raelee says, "Not needed."

Alosaka says, "Ah."

Warclaidh says, "That was scary."

Rainedrop quietly says, "Oh no."

Speaking slowly to Alosaka, Leafiara says, "Or, you know... feel it. That works too."

Alosaka says, "I see."

Eledryn says, "Just watching is rarely the right course of action for a plague."

Blades says, "This is itchy."

Eoghain says, "Gross."

Geijon recites:

"For th' Landing and Elanthia!"

Warclaidh says, "Been asleep for a long time."

Alosaka says, "If you feel unwell, say something."

Speaking to Blades, Ysharra says, "With any luck that's all it will do."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "A means to channel her own magic in here as we work. Clever, admittedly. I expected more interference with the passage or closure than this."

Speaking to Alosaka, Eledryn says, "It seems like you spoke too soon about the roguish good looks."

Alosaka says, "Well."

Speaking disgustedly to Lylia, Eoghain says, "These people have...*diseases.*."

Scale-like, shiny blebs begin to appear on Shimmerain's skin, growing with frightening rapidity.

Red spots appear on Desorceri's skin suddenly. The edges are slightly raised and seem to be spreading rapidly.

Blades asks, "How bout a kiss?"

(Raelee moves her hands to a different pair of runes, as she continues pontificating on Raznel's spellcraft.)

Red spots appear on Maylan's skin suddenly. The edges are slightly raised and seem to be spreading rapidly.

Alosaka exclaims, "It'll take more than a disfiguring disease to defeat my good looks!"

Speaking to Raelee, Ysharra says, "Perhaps she was more interested in vexing us."

Red spots appear on Nairena's skin suddenly. The edges are slightly raised and seem to be spreading rapidly.

Scale-like, shiny blebs begin to appear on Eoghain's skin, growing with frightening rapidity.

Red spots appear on Felarion's skin suddenly. The edges are slightly raised and seem to be spreading rapidly.

A series of reddish blebs begin to appear randomly over Loamian's skin. Though probably not very painful in and of themselves, they may signal something much more dangerous on the way.

Speaking to Eoghain, Lylia says, "One of the reasons I have never seen eye to eye with Raznel. Her means are inelegant."

Speaking deeply to himself, Guarrin mutters, "Wondeful."

Geijon says, "Once th' portal opens a scout group will go through while Cryheart and th' main force waits here."

The energy begins to churn along the wall and then brighten to the color of blood, as if the very energy is slowly being infused with blood.

Cryheart says, "Raznel is a vex."

Madmountan whispers something to Rhayveign.

Zosopage says, "Pitiful attempt to stop me."

Speaking to Thadston, Geijon asks, "You with me?"

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "Though I suppose there could be more. This seems almost simple."

Speaking to Raelee, Ysharra says, "Perhaps her desire to see us discomfitted was more appealing than a strategy."

Thadston says, "The portal is forming. Hold."

Ashmoreth says, "Well that looks unpleasant."

Speaking to Lylia, Eoghain says, "Well, two can play at that game."

Speaking to Thadston, Geijon says, "You and I go through first."

Thadston says, "There are no spurs on me."

Thadston nods at Geijon.

Alosaka says, "Interesting."

Nairena says, "You will not hurt me with your feeble skin condition."

Speaking to Raelee, Xorus says, "One wonders if we will be able to close it."

Maylan says, "I appear to have an ailment."

Alosaka says, "It appears to be a blood pathogen. Rapid onset."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "That may require some assistance."

Speaking to Geijon, Darcena explains, "He's saying you can't tell him what to do."

Speaking to Thadston, Goldstr says, "Ye nae needs em Sir Andtrews."

Speaking to Thadston, Geijon says, "You were a Commander. Time to show why."

Speaking to Maylan, Eoghain says, "Stop being so friendly."

Speaking to Thadston, Geijon says, "Tonight you scout with me."

The portal begins to thicken, appearing more like blood than energy now, and motes of murky black shadows begin to bleed through it like blackened patches of flesh.

Speaking to Maylan, Melivn says, "I'm not sure we can fix alcoholism."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "And every time we ask that question, I also question Dennet's judgement. He should have at least built this portal chamber outside and not adjacent to the laboratory."

Blades says, "This is worse than that one night I don't remember being at Helga's."

Speaking to Balley, Zosopage says, "I'd kiss you for luck but at the moment it may be a bad idea."

Eoghain says, "This looks like the Scatter."

Madmountan says, "That's the juiciest portal I've ever seen."

Speaking to Melivn, Maylan asks, "Why would you FIX it?"

Speaking deeply to Erienne, Guarrin says, "Don't think that's going to help."

Bernadette softly says, "Gah."

Darconas melodically says, "Oh yuck."

Lylia says, "Dennet's judgment was flawed from the start."

Ysharra says, "Mhm."

Alosaka says, "Well."

Eoghain says, "It's always the empaths spreading disease."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "Such a brilliant man, too."

Uthenegal says, "That portal looks like.. well nevermind."

A portal of shadows and blood slowly forms along the wall.

[for most people the plague begins advancing into damaging states]

Xorus says, "It would have been best to not build the portal so close to the Reach."

Leafiara slowly says, "Nothing to do but bear with it.. you'll probably survive with enough care from healers, at least."

Speaking to Uthenegal, Ysharra says, "It's disquieting."

Thadston glances at a murky black and red portal.

Guarrin whispers something to Geijon.

Eoghain disgustedly says, "Eww, gross. It's coming from her junk."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "That depends on how you define 'best.'"

Cryheart asks, "Is that the correct portal?"

Blades says, "Come to the Landing and get a disease, that's about right."

Ysharra says, "We all knew this would be a trap of some kind."

Raelee admits, "It is... somewhat different."

Nairena says, "This will be the second evil portal I've walked into."

Geijon whispers something to Guarrin.

Red mist seeps out of the portal and seeps up towards the ceiling, bleeding through the stone above and out of sight.

Maags says, "Gah."

Eoghain says, "Bah."

Madmountan says, "Gotta love when things bleed up."

Alosaka says, "It's growing worse."

Tetreves says, "Oh boy...."

Eoghain says, "Someone take me to the jiggity clinic."

Thadston slowly empties his lungs.

Loham says, "Oh."

Leafiara recites:

"If any healers need mana, you need only ask!"

Geijon whispers something to Avalera.

The portal slowly opens like a vicious, raw wound, oozing both blood and ichor as it peels open.

Speaking to Thadston, Raelee says, "The only way to know what may happen is to simply act."

Thadston says, "Let's go."

Guarrin deeply says, "Not the worst looking portal we've walked through."

Madmountan says, "I'm totally gonna rub the sides of the portal as we go through."

Lord Thadston just limped through a murky black and red portal.

From nearby, you hear Cryheart yell, "Reform on the other side!"

Leafiara say, "Half our force is still being torn apart by the plague--" [translation: stunned and can't get through]

Leafiara musingly says, "Well, guess he's in a hurry."


Advance

You step into the portal and threads of black ichor appear, brushing across your body. You are left feeling somewhat drained and your blood on fire. The feeling passes within moments.

[Talador, The Bleaklands]

The land is desolate and broken, with an endless terrain of fragmented, grey earth that is caked in layers of ash. The air is suffocating, with a thick, rancid odor and a faint heat still lingers in the area. The sky is bleak, resembling an expanse of ink-whorled slate. You also see the Eoghain disk, the Lyrna disk, the Kobane disk and a churning black and red portal.

Cryheart recites:

"Reform"

Dirt and rock explode from the ground beneath Pietra as a huge ashen bleakworm erupts from underground and crashes onto the surface!

Rocks and dirt pelt Pietra as she is thrown into the air!

Pietra makes a stunning maneuver in the air avoiding the majority of the debris and landing upright!

Dirt and rock explode from the ground beneath Nochternus as a huge ashen bleakworm erupts from underground and crashes onto the surface!

Rocks and dirt pelt Nochternus as he is thrown into the air!

Nochternus is struck by heavy debris!

... 145 points of damage!

Every bone in the left arm shattered and scattered about!

Nochternus drops dead at your feet!

Nochternus just bit the dust!

[combat]

Puptilian: "The trees are multiplying." [he was scouting ahead]

Madmountan exclaims, "Worms!"

Geijon recites:

"FORM"

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "Sorry."

[combat]

Thrassus: "Trees tend to do that."

Eoghain says, "Bah."

Speaking flatly to Eoghain, Darcena says, "Look who is diseased now."

Cryheart yells, "Enter the portal and reform!"

Regwen says, "Missin a few still."

Cryheart says, "Aye."

[combat]

Speaking to Eoghain, Darcena says, "Not a chance."

Lazaryth says, "Great. Worms."

Guarrin deeply says, "Plague still causing problems in there."

Guarrin deeply says, "And here it seems."

Bernadette softly says, "As long as they not woums."

Cryheart yells, "Anyone else?"

From nearby, you hear Blades yell, "I'm too itchy!"

Cryheart says, "Bloody Raznel."

Speaking deeply to Cryheart, Guarrin says, "Not yet she isn't."

Cryheart says, "Blades has the itchies."

Samaarkan: "What's going on with the trees?"

Leafiara elbows Pukk in the ribs in a playful sort of way.

Eoghain exclaims, "This is like the worst night in Sylvarraend ever!"

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Oh alright."

Maags says, "Should has brought all that rum to pour on our faces."

Pukk recites:

"Everybody rejoin Cryheart!"

Zosopage says, "The disease that just keeps on giving."

Gnaeusprimus says, "Nice."

Samaarkan just bit the dust!

[combat]

Rainedrop quietly says, "Oh."

Speaking cheerfully to Cruxophim, Xanlin says, "Careful, plague is about."

Blades says, "Well I'm less itchy now."

Speaking amusedly to Xanlin, Cruxophim reminds, "Not a problem."

Speaking amusedly to Xanlin, Leafiara says, "That would make him -less- careful, not more."

Cryheart yells, "Nodyre, Rasson can ye enter the portal?"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Maags says, "Is not delicious."

Ysharra asks, "We need Peter to come through, yes?"

Speaking dryly to Xanlin, Darcena teases, "Usually he's the one who brings it."

Ysharra asks, "We need him to find Brumas, right?"

Speaking to Xanlin, Berkana says, "He's had the plague so often..."

You peer through a churning black and red portal and see...

[Hendoran Outpost, Gateway]

The stone walls are smooth and covered with faint, yet meticulously-detailed wards that periodically shimmer with pale silver light. The glow from the rune-etched walls bathes the entire circular chamber in a soft luminosity. The very air crackles with a powerful energy, as the occasional spark of lightning dances harmlessly across the high-domed ceiling. You also see the crab-shaped Rasson disk, the clam-shaped Darksin disk, a murky black and red portal, a metal wand and a rune-carved steel door.

Also here: Rasson, Sir Geijon, Conquerer of Reim Darksin, Lord Pylasar, Alosaka who is kneeling

Ysharra says, "...or not."

Cryheart yells, "Peter you entering the portal?"

Leafiara says, "He's still on the other side of the portal."

Lord Pylasar just arrived.

Pylasar joins Cryheart's group.

Puptilian says, "I scouted ahead. It's very quiet so far."

Cryheart asks, "We ready?"

Puptilian says, "There is a Talador camp."

Sairai: "Something going on out there I should be aware of?"

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

[Town Square, Northwest]

This corner of the square is lively and hectic even at night. A number of representatives of the Landing's population, including several elven loggers and a party of rough-looking dwarves, loiter around the door of the Raging Thrak Inn, where the rowdy cheers of patrons and voices raised in songs of many sorts, from snatches of heroic ballads to blushingly bawdy tunes, beckon you to enter. You also see a splotchy incarnadine viper, a dark cloud, a dark cloud, a polished granite statue and a large painted sign.

Also here: the body of Great Lady Samaarkan who is lying down

Geijon recites:

"Let's go"

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Lazaryth says, "I hope everyone got their weapons back out."

Cryheart recites:

"All join"

Puptilian says, "When you get to it, going east is a dead end. Going north takes us to a camp."

Tetreves says, "Looks like vipers in the Landing."

Zosopage says, "Looks like the town is under attack."

Cryheart moves along the area and the fragmented grey earth beneath shifts uneasily, slowing his movements.

Sir Cryheart's group just went east.

Roundtime: 3 sec.

[Talador, The Bleaklands]

The land is desolate and broken, with an endless terrain of fragmented, grey earth that is caked in layers of ash. The air is suffocating, with a thick, rancid odor and a faint heat still lingers in the area. The sky is bleak, resembling an expanse of ink-whorled slate. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area. You also see a small ripple in the air.

Leafiara asks, "Vipers?"

Blades says, "Smart witch."

Cryheart moves along the area and the fragmented grey earth beneath shifts uneasily, slowing his movements.

Sir Cryheart's group just went east.

Roundtime: 3 sec.

[Talador, The Bleaklands]

The land is desolate and broken, with an endless terrain of fragmented, grey earth that is caked in layers of ash. The air is suffocating, with a thick, rancid odor and a faint heat still lingers in the area. The sky is bleak, resembling an expanse of ink-whorled slate. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

Zaxabar just bit the dust!

Cryheart moves along the area and the fragmented grey earth beneath shifts uneasily, slowing his movements.

Sir Cryheart's group just went northeast.

Roundtime: 3 sec.

[Talador, The Bleaklands]

The land is desolate and broken, with an endless terrain of fragmented, grey earth that is caked in layers of ash. The air is suffocating, with a thick, rancid odor and a faint heat still lingers in the area. The sky is bleak, resembling an expanse of ink-whorled slate. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

Darconas melodically says, "She distracted us while she attacks the town."

Cruxophim affably purrs, "Ahh, the Bleaklands."

Cryheart moves along the area and the fragmented grey earth beneath shifts uneasily, slowing his movements.

Sir Cryheart's group just went east.

Roundtime: 3 sec.

[Talador, The Bleaklands]

The land is desolate and broken, with an endless terrain of fragmented, grey earth that is caked in layers of ash. The air is suffocating, with a thick, rancid odor and a faint heat still lingers in the area. The sky is bleak, resembling an expanse of ink-whorled slate. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area. You also see a small ripple in the air.

Cryheart says, "That is possible."

Eoghain says, "This place is awful."

Geijon says, "We need everyone alive."

Cryheart moves along the area and the fragmented grey earth beneath shifts uneasily, slowing his movements.

Sir Cryheart's group just went northeast.

Roundtime: 3 sec.

[Talador, The Bleaklands]

The land is desolate and broken, with an endless terrain of fragmented, grey earth that is caked in layers of ash. The air is suffocating, with a thick, rancid odor and a faint heat still lingers in the area. The sky is bleak, resembling an expanse of ink-whorled slate. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

Zosopage says, "Give Cryheart Waterwalking."

Cryheart asks, "Pup...did ye go east?"

Speaking to Eoghain, Berkana says, "It's bleak."

Speaking to Zosopage, Leafiara says, "It's not water, it's--the rough terrain."

Airiya just bit the dust!


Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

Puptilian: "I see Balley here."

Cryheart moves along the area and the fragmented grey earth beneath shifts uneasily, slowing his movements.

Sir Cryheart's group just went east.

Roundtime changed to 1 second.

Roundtime: 3 sec.

[Talador, The Bleaklands]

The great northern mountains rise up like a wall of jagged, icy fingers in the distance. Their peaks are obscured by heavy black clouds, and the once fresh mountain air has been replaced by the stagnant, putrid odor of burnt flesh and scorched earth. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area. You also see a towering oily black tree, a towering oily black tree, a towering oily black tree and a towering oily black tree.

Pylasar nods at Thadston.

Stormyrain: "Where are you Pup?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Zosopage says, "Well just in case then."

Pukk recites:

"Give Cryheart rough terrain walking!"

Pylasar exclaims, "Keep alive and survive! I will find the way and return!"

Puptilian: "In town."

Cryheart moves along the area and the surroundings begin to shimmer and shift.

Sir Cryheart's group just went east.

Roundtime changed to 1 second.

Roundtime: 3 sec.

[The Plinite Hollows]

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

Geijon says, "No magic here."

Pestible just bit the dust!

Ysharra says, "Keep an eye on the skies. And listen for bells."

Pylasar traces a series of glowing runes while chanting an arcane phrase...

Pylasar chants an esoteric incantation as small sparks surround his hands.

Stormyrain: "Balley is here with us."

Sir Cryheart's group just went west.

[Talador, The Bleaklands]

Rows and rows of crumbled, charred stones are strewn about the broken landscape where the towering walls of Talador once stood. Even the wind is hot, swirling around and scattering ash and smoldering debris all about. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area. You also see a small ripple in the air.

[from this point on I'll try to capture only rooms we haven't seen before, and only if they have unique descriptions from each other]

Speaking to Ysharra, Eledryn asks, "What do the bells mean?"

Ysharra says, "When the bells ring you'll know hell's coming." [In the past, church bells ringing through the Bleaklands signaled the coming onslaught of the undead Blameless. Interestingly enough, this time there were no encounters with the undead Blameless, who had been seen many times under Disean's command.]

Cryheart says, "Hmmm."

Geijon asks, "Anti-magic zone?"

Puptilian: "I see Balley and I see myself in town."

Leafiara slowly says, "...another Balley, Pup is reporting... back in town."

Puptilian: "Also see Lylia."

Alosaka: "Are crystal amulets working across the portal?"

Balley: "I am here with you all."

Leafiara: "Kill them all. They're either you or they're with us here."

Speaking to Leafiara, Alasatia asks, "Are you here?"

Cruxophim: "You spying on folks?"

Geijon recites:

"Our target is Brumas and his cocoon"

Speaking to Eledryn, Xanlin jokes, "Sounds like they're for weddings."

Pylasar traces a series of glowing runes while chanting an arcane phrase...

Pylasar gestures.

Pylasar suddenly disappears.

Speaking to Alasatia, Darcena says, "I wish I wasn't here."

Stormyrain says, "Duplicates of us are in town."

Speaking mournfully to Alasatia, Darcena says, "I forgot snacks."

Puptilian: "These seem to be projections like we saw the other day."

Lyrna says, "I guess that answers that."

Cryheart moves along the area and the surroundings begin to shimmer and shift.

Sir Cryheart's group just went northeast.

Roundtime changed to 1 second.

Roundtime: 3 sec.

[Talador Mines, Blood Tunnel]

Pools of blood coalesce along the bottom of the tunnel's walls, small bubbles rising and popping on their surfaces. A foot of murky sanguine fluid covers the ground, fragments of jagged bones floating about it like debris. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

Madmountan says, "But then he'll never get to become a pretty Mothnay."

Stormyrain says, "Pup is saying he sees Balley, Lylia and even himself in town."

Regwen asks, "Cocoon?"

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "You were right."

Pukk says, "At least there isn't a Pukk."

Raelee remarks, "... that, is also, quite fascinating."

Bhast just bit the dust!

Speaking to Faruza, Eoghain says, "Whiskey me."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Darcena says, "I can always count on y---..."

Balley softly says, "I am being told Landing is being attacked."

Darcena says, "Well."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Darcena says, "I can sometimes count on you."

Evia says, "Oh, I didn't know what they mean."

Raelee says, "Watching a version of myself attacking the town."

Alasatia says, "Raelee and Leafiara projections as well."

Wolflynn just bit the dust!

[combat]

Balley: "I am with the group with Leafi and Stormy."

[combat]

Tetreves says, "We need to make this quick, then."

Roelaren just bit the dust!

[combat]

Darcena purrs, "I like this."

Speaking dismissively to Darcena, Cruxophim jokes, "You can always count on me, it's just a question of if you want to."

Ayenir just bit the dust!

[combat]

Alasatia says, "And oh, there's Thadston."

Geijon says, "Undead."

Stormyrain says, "Town would be a great place for any who find the foes here beyond their skill, according to Pup."

Cryheart moves slowly through the murky blood and floating bone fragments, ribbons of sticky ichor slowing his movements.

Sir Cryheart's group just went down.

Roundtime changed to 1 second.

Roundtime: 3 sec.

[Talador Mines, Den of Flesh]

The earthen walls are glistening black with rivulets of ichor creeping along jagged ridges. Hundreds of half-elven corpses form a macabre tapestry along every inch of the open cavern, their broken and mutilated bodies hung and hammered into the walls, onto posts, or dangling from rusted chains. Streams of caked blood lead towards a corner of the room. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

[combat]

Speaking amusedly to Raelee, Rykul says, "Looks like you can have your cake and eat it too."

Cryheart says, "Back up."

Cryheart says, "It appears."

Illness just bit the dust!

Speaking to Cruxophim, Darcena says, "Apparently we are wading through snacks."

[combat]

Nairena says, "They really let this place go."


Ramp Up

Saraphene ambles in.

[ombat with many Saraphenes... Thadston's deceased wife]

Elsweyr just bit the dust!

[combat]

Leafiara scoffs, "Nice try, witch."

Lazaryth says, "Again."

Cryheart says, "Moving."

[combat]

Cruxophim: "You should definitely murder them, just to be sure."

Leafiara: "Crux is right. Do it."

Siggurd just bit the dust!

Rainedrop quietly says, "All these pets are making me trigger happy."

Cryheart moves along the area and the surroundings begin to shimmer and shift.

Sir Cryheart's group just went southwest.

Roundtime changed to 1 second.

Roundtime: 3 sec.

[Cleansing Camp]

Squat windowless wooden buildings form a half-circle facing a dirt-covered stretch of land. Large, white-armored men stand like silent golems near each building, their dark, hollow eyes regarding their surroundings with a cold, but calculating stare. Numerous long tracks have formed in the dirt, leading up to each building, indicating the struggle of bodies dragged inside. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

Alosaka just bit the dust!

Thadston squints.

Balley: "If you see me in TSC kill me."

Speaking to Balley, Geijon says, "We have mirrors in th' landing."

Thadston says, "Wait..."

Ysharra: "Actually, the best thing would be to grab as many people as you can and find safety."

Speaking to Balley, Geijon asks, "We have mirrors in th' landing?"

Ijjy just bit the dust!

Xorus says, "Memories."

Thadston says, "Go back..." [Cryheart had moved through the cleansing camp and back to the Bleaklands]

Cryheart nods at Thadston.

Leafiara mutters, "Mm. Curious."

Thadston says, "The..."

Thadston squints.

Alasatia whispers something to Leafiara.

Tetreves says, "Search here."

Speaking melodically to Leafiara, Darconas says, "I hear there's a fake you in TSE right now, killing people."

A white-armored crusader marches in, cold dark eyes surveying the area.

[combat]

Berost: "Aye I be in tha Bleaklands."

[combat]

Encrease just bit the dust!

[combat]

Chaston ambles in.

[extended combat with Chastons]

Leafiara: "Kill any false Leafiaras you see!"

Geijon asks, "Chaston?"

Raytolis just bit the dust!

[combat]

Eoghain says, "It's always a guy named Chaston."

[combat]

Regwen spitefully says, "Chaston."

[very, very extended combat]

Leafiara: "You'll know they're fake if they fight back."

[combat]

Lazaryth says, "Rejoin Cryheart."

[combat]

Ysharra says, "She's been here over a week..."

[very, very extended combat]

Thadston says, "Keep moving when we can."

[combat, trave]

Speaking quietly to Lyrna, Darcena whispers aloud, "I support that choice." [she'd fired on Crux instead of a cru'ader]

Lyrna says, "Annoying."

[combat]

Lyrna says, "Sorry, Crux."

[Private]-GSIV:Darconas: "the fake you in landing is weak, lol, so sad"

Speaking affably to Lyrna, Cruxophim assures, "No thing."

Speaking indignantly to Lyrna, Darcena exclaims, "Don't apologize!"

[combat]

Cryheart asks, "All ok?"

[combat]

Leafiara affirms, "So far!"

[combat]

Goldstr says, "So fer."

[combat]

Morofinwe: "I am at Voln so if I am attacking in town, go ahead and slay me."

Lyrna says, "I'll probably be dead before I notice I need healing."

Regwen says, "I could kill Chaston all night."

(OOC) Maylan's player whispers to the group, "Healers, remember you can use APPRAISE GROUP."

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Nochternus just bit the dust!

Speaking to Loham, Regwen says, "I was on his list."

Rainedrop quietly asks, "Everyone okay?"

Olgretien deeply asks, "We're lookin fer a cocoon?"


Killing Twenty Adventurers with One Orb

Cryheart moves along the area and the surroundings begin to shimmer and shift.

Sir Cryheart's group just went northwest.

Roundtime changed to 1 second.

Roundtime: 3 sec.

[Drangell's Hideout]

A wide hall is blanketed in darkness, broken up only by intermittent spheres of orange light, originating from torches along the walls. Despite the fire's glow, the area is cold. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

(OOC) Eledryn's player whispers to the group, "And I'm going to add a ;spellmerge effect for uninjured group members now."

Sir Cryheart's group just went east.

[Drangell's Hideout]

The torches along the walls dimly illuminate a series of slits, seemingly formed among the rocky surfaces. Shadows creep along the passageway, fluttering about with every twist of the torchlight. The floor is covered with a thin layer of slimy muck. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

A grey-beaked dark hooded figure ambles in.

Geijon says, "Stop."

[extended combat]

Drangell ambles in.

[combat]

Alasatia says, "Mm."

[combat]

Leafiara bluntly says, "Shoulda tried this one months ago if you wanted it to work, Raznel."

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Geijon says, "This is every Raznel touchpoint with th' Landing."

Leafiara adds, "Or to have even the slightest chance..."

Puptilian just bit the dust!

Cryheart says, "Pup down."

Pukk says, "Puppy died."

Geijon says, "Murder holes."

Nairena exclaims, "Puppy is down!"

Regwen says, "Pup fell."

Ysharra says, "Quiet so far, despite all the projections..."

Madmountan says, "Pup did a little too much scouting."

Warclaidh whispers to the group, "As long as she doesn't take me over and Onslaught we should be good."

Ysharra says, "No dwarves, though..."

Lylia says, "Pity."

[extended combat]

Teiana just bit the dust!

Xorus says, "At least the walls are not flinging shards at us."

Gryzzlbok just bit the dust!

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Shinann says, "He is in town."

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra says, "It's early yet."

Nairena says, "Gryzz is down."

Melivn whispers to the group, "I got my eye on quelling any rampant Warclaidhs don't fret."

Ysharra says, "The fletchettes come out after teatime."

Cryheart moves through the hall, the slimy muck impeding his movements.

Sir Cryheart's group just went north.

Roundtime changed to 5 seconds.

Roundtime: 8 sec.

[Drangell's Hideout]

Slick globs of blood mar a wall of the chamber, slowly oozing down from the broken corpse that has been nailed into the rock above. As if not enough of a warning by itself, gleaming metal spikes hang from the ceiling, their tips covered in crimson. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

Cruxophim curiously asks, "Pup get back?"

Cryheart navigates through the cavern, the thick smoke slowing him down.

Sir Cryheart's group just went northeast.

Roundtime changed to 2 seconds.

Roundtime: 5 sec.

[Drangell's Hideout]

The cavern walls have been blackened, while the heavy scent of sulphur permeates in the air. A charred corpse lies in a far corner, cooked inside a suit of melted armor. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

Warclaidh whispers to the group, "Eek."

Zixyon just bit the dust!

The voices of young militia echo out from the streets of Wehimer's Landing as they rush to defend the town!

Cryheart navigates through the cavern, the thick smoke slowing him down.

Sir Cryheart's group just went northeast.

Roundtime changed to 2 seconds.

Roundtime: 5 sec.

[Drangell's Hideout]

Scorch marks line the cavern's walls, while blackened bodies litter the dirt floors. Thick, pungent smoke drifts through the chamber. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

Geijon says, "Stay together."

Speaking deeply to Ysharra, Guarrin says, "Only appropriate I suppose."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Darcena says, "I heard he was in town."

Cryheart navigates through the cavern, the thick smoke slowing him down.

Sir Cryheart's group just went northeast.

Roundtime changed to 2 seconds.

Roundtime: 5 sec.

[Drangell's Hideout]

The cavern walls have been scorched, and the putrid scent of burnt flesh thickens the air. A half-burnt body is slumped in a corner, a partial area of his face melted off. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

Geijon says, "We aren't near th' Landing."

Cryheart navigates through the cavern, the thick smoke slowing him down.

Sir Cryheart's group just went northwest.

Roundtime changed to 2 seconds.

Roundtime: 5 sec.

[Drangell's Hideout]

The blackened husks of animals and humanoids litter the ground. Smoky haze drifts slowly through the chamber. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

Geijon says, "We can't hear them."

Speaking to Guarrin, Ysharra says, "I wouldn't want to ever be inappropriate."

Eoghain asks, "Anyone singing mana song?"

[extended combat]

Cruxophim amusedly notes, "Drangell, still as salty as ever."

Speaking deeply to Ysharra, Guarrin says, "No, never that."

Lylia says, "Whenever you say that, Cruxophim, I do not know if you speak literally or figuratively."

Cryheart asks, "See any cracks or such?"

Darcena asks, "Why not both?"

Lylia says, "Good point."

Ysharra says, "Both, all the time."

[combat]

Alasatia says, "I did miss killing him."

A small crimson glass orb rolls in from the shadows.

Darcena exclaims, "Orb!"

Alasatia says, "Move."

Madmountan says, "Ouch."

Cryheart says, "Moving."

[combat]

Berkana says, "Uh."

[combat]

Darconas melodically asks, "How come we keep killing Drangell? Shouldn't he be dead by now?"

[combat]

Cruxophim recites:

"ORB!"

A small crimson glass orb rolls in from the shadows.

Ysharra says, "He moved."

[combat]

Speaking to Cruxophim, Darcena says, "You were late."

Darcena exclaims, "Orb!"

Ysharra exclaims, "Move!"

[not showing it, but we are moving as people call it out]

A small crimson glass orb rolls in from the shadows.

[combat]

Nairena says, "Orbs are bad."

A small crimson glass orb rolls in from the shadows.

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Ysharra says, "Keep going."

Cryheart says, "Hold."

Stormyrain says, "Move."

Eoghain recites:

"Orb"

Tetreves says, "Orb."

[combat]

A small crimson glass orb rolls in from the shadows.

Stormyrain says, "Move."

Ysharra says, "Orb."

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Nairena says, "Orb."

[combat]

Ysharra asks, "Everyone all right?"

Cryheart asks, "All in one piece?"

A small crimson glass orb rolls in from the shadows.

Ysharra asks, "So far?"

Xorus says, "Orb."

Ysharra exclaims, "Orb!"

Maylan says, "ORB."

Nairena says, "Orb."

[combat]

Zosopage says, "I would refrain from multistriking. Might get left behind."

A small crimson glass orb rolls in from the shadows.

Ysharra says, "Orb."

Xorus says, "Orb."

[combat]

Leafiara says, "Orb."

Goldstr says, "Drangell's ole place."

[Cryheart missed it in the noise of combat this time, and...]

The crimson glass orb suddenly explodes, tiny shards of glass scattering as a ring of crimson flames bursts forth, rippling out in every direction!

[click to expand!]

Mass Destruction

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 40 points of damage!

The lower half of Darkkstormmer's right leg is almost completely burned away.

Darkkstormmer screams and falls to the ground grasping his mangled right leg!

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 40 points of damage!

Neck consumed in flame and charred to a crisp.

Maags drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 39 points of damage!

Skin and some muscle burnt off chest.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 14 points of damage!

Nasty burns to abdomen, Lkyl shrieks in pain!

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 24 points of damage!

Extreme heat causes Bernadette's right arm to expand and snap. That must hurt!

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 22 points of damage!

Extreme heat causes Darconas's right leg to expand and snap. That must hurt!

He is knocked to the ground!

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 33 points of damage!

Neck consumed in flame and charred to a crisp.

Nodyre drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 24 points of damage!

Flames cook Cruxophim's abdomen. Looks about medium well.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 17 points of damage!

Abdomen bursts into flames. Would be funny without the blood.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 40 points of damage!

Right hand reduced to smoking ash. Too bad, would have come in handy.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 39 points of damage!

Flame engulfs foe's left eye, setting it ablaze. Mercifully, death follows quickly.

Pukk drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 50 points of damage!

Skin and some muscle burnt off chest.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 45 points of damage!

Left hand burned off. Only a stump remains.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 35 points of damage!

Flame sets Nairena's head alight like a torch. Burned beyond recognition.

Nairena drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 50 points of damage!

Left eye explodes. Sizzling pieces of brain drip from the empty socket.

Rasson drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 15 points of damage!

Flames burn hole in chest exposing ribs!

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 50 points of damage!

Right leg aflame. When the smoke clears, there's nothing left.

Darksin screams and falls to the ground grasping her mangled right leg!

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 60 points of damage!

Flames engulf body. Chest left a smoldering ruin.

Razanetika drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 50 points of damage!

Head explodes, splattering sizzling bits of flesh and bone everywhere.

Desorceri drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 23 points of damage!

Left eye propelled out of socket by fiery explosion!

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

Some shimmering golden chainmail wreathed by a whirlwind of luminous ethereal leaves partially deflects the onslaught of the fiery attack.

... 25 points of damage!

Abdomen bursts into flames. Would be funny without the blood.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 14 points of damage!

Abdomen bursts into flames. Would be funny without the blood.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 34 points of damage!

Right forearm burned clean off. At least it's cauterized.

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 45 points of damage!

Flame consumes Repaire's right arm all the way to the shoulder.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 40 points of damage!

Neck consumed in flame and charred to a crisp.

Cabal drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 50 points of damage!

Permanently debilitating burns across stomach.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 19 points of damage!

Flames incinerate left arm to the bone. Not a pleasant sight.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 2 points of damage!

Nasty burns to left hand. Gonna need lots of butter.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 29 points of damage!

Scorching heat shrivels left leg to a useless black mass.

Rykul screams and falls to the ground grasping his mangled left leg!

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 35 points of damage!

The lower half of Karthas's right leg is almost completely burned away.

Karthas screams and falls to the ground grasping his mangled right leg!

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 39 points of damage!

Flame consumes Aeith's right arm all the way to the shoulder.

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 35 points of damage!

Scorching heat shrivels left leg to a useless black mass.

Ashmoreth screams and falls to the ground grasping his mangled left leg!

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain! ... 34 points of damage!

Left leg burned off at the knee. Ouch.

Xanthras screams and falls to the ground grasping his mangled left leg!

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 25 points of damage!

Several fingers consumed from left hand. The rest are unusable.

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 70 points of damage!

Fire completely surrounds Rainedrop. Blood boils and heart stops.

Rainedrop drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 60 points of damage!

Intestines rupture from intense heat; Uthenegal dies a slow, painful death.

Uthenegal drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 33 points of damage!

Skin and muscle seared off right hand. Not much left.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 25 points of damage!

Right arm scorched so bad it might as well be gone.

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 40 points of damage!

Right hand reduced to smoking ash. Too bad, would have come in handy.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 60 points of damage!

Flames engulf body. Chest left a smoldering ruin.

Chaoswynd drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 17 points of damage!

Flames burn hole in chest exposing ribs!

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 19 points of damage!

Extreme heat causes Ysharra's right leg to expand and snap. That must hurt!

She is knocked to the ground!

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 43 points of damage!

Permanently debilitating burns across stomach.

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 23 points of damage!

Extreme heat melts the skin off Lazaryth's left hand. Gross!

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

An embossed spiked vaalorn greathelm partially deflects the onslaught of the fiery attack.

... 40 points of damage!

Head reduced to a charred stump.

Goldstr drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 10 points of damage!

Nasty burns to chest make you wish you never heard of heartburn.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 29 points of damage!

Darcena takes a breath of super-heated air and expires gasping.

Darcena drops dead at your feet!

Tsarok drops dead at your feet! [no messaging left out; I assume he bled out]

... 26 points of damage!

She is stunned!

... 44 points of damage!

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 70 points of damage!

Flame burns through Pyker's abdomen. Greasy smoke billows forth.

Pyker drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

Permanently debilitating burns across stomach.

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

Flames cook Maylan's back. Looks about medium well.

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

Nasty burns to back. Won't be sleeping on that for awhile.

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 23 points of damage!

Fire burns through neck and destroys carotid artery. Painfully bloody way to die.

Berost drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 36 points of damage!

Flame burns everything but the bones from Stilehe's left hand.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 50 points of damage!

A large patch of flesh is seared off Chamorr's back.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 24 points of damage!

Extreme heat causes Leafiara's left arm to expand and snap. That must hurt!

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 49 points of damage!

A large patch of flesh is seared off Malifren's back.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 11 points of damage!

Nasty burns to chest make you wish you never heard of heartburn.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 64 points of damage!

Fire completely surrounds Eoghain. Blood boils and heart stops.

Eoghain drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 60 points of damage!

Intestines rupture from intense heat; Lyrna dies a slow, painful death.

Lyrna drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 43 points of damage!

A large patch of flesh is seared off Kobane's back.

He is stunned!

The blast forces Pietra out of hiding!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 22 points of damage!

Extreme heat causes Pietra's left arm to expand and snap. That must hurt!

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 29 points of damage!

Extreme heat causes Erienne's left arm to expand and snap. That must hurt!

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 15 points of damage!

Flames burn hole in chest exposing ribs!

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

Some russet bronze-scaled leathers partially deflects the onslaught of the fiery attack.

... 20 points of damage!

Extreme heat causes Raelee's left arm to expand and snap. That must hurt!

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 33 points of damage!

Several fingers consumed from left hand. The rest are unusable.

She is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

Some dark bloodstained leathers partially deflects the onslaught of the fiery attack.

... 15 points of damage!

Burst of flames to right arm toasts skin to elbows.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 26 points of damage!

Blaze chars Blades's left arm. What's left is unusable.

He is stunned!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

... 50 points of damage!

Head explodes, splattering sizzling bits of flesh and bone everywhere.

Shinann drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

Some ancient ruskag t'vrak partially deflect the onslaught of the fiery attack.

... 38 points of damage!

Flame engulfs foe's left eye, setting it ablaze. Mercifully, death follows quickly.

Meureii drops dead at your feet!

A current of crimson fire causes terrible pain!

Some kroderine plate swirled with distorted blue and black tones along the backplate partially deflects the onslaught of the fiery attack.

... 25 points of damage!

Flames incinerate left arm to the bone. Not a pleasant sight.

He is stunned!

Maags just bit the dust!

Nodyre just bit the dust!

Pukk just bit the dust!

Nairena just bit the dust!

Rasson just bit the dust!

Razanetika just bit the dust!

Desorceri just bit the dust!

Cabal just bit the dust!

Rainedrop just bit the dust!

Uthenegal just bit the dust!

Chaoswynd just bit the dust!

Goldstr just bit the dust!

Darcena just bit the dust!

Tsarok just bit the dust!

Pyker just bit the dust!

Berost just bit the dust!

Eoghain just bit the dust!

Lyrna just bit the dust!

Shinann just bit the dust!

Meureii just bit the dust!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Maags's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Nodyre's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Pukk's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Nairena's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Rasson's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Razanetika's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Desorceri's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Cabal's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Rainedrop's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Uthenegal's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Chaoswynd's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Goldstr's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Darcena's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Tsarok's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Pyker's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Berost's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Eoghain's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Lyrna's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Shinann's body!

Shadows leap from the surroundings, engulfing Meureii's body!

[gradual recovery]

Cryheart says, "Ouch."

Malifren says, "Ouch."

Eledryn says, "Ow."

Darkkrimson hoarsely says, "Ouch."

[healing... and combat, as scarabs, beetles, Rook projections, and Drangell projections attack] Speaking to Warclaidh, Geijon asks, "Why is he alive so long?"

Leafiara says, "...orb."

Leafiara glances at a shaking crimson glass orb.

Alasatia picks up a shaking crimson glass orb.

Alasatia navigates through the cavern, the thick smoke slowing her down.

Alasatia just went southeast.

Drayflin just bit the dust!

Alasatia just arrived.

Speaking curiously to Alasatia, Leafiara asks, "How did you get rid of it safely?"

[combat]

Mnar just bit the dust!

[combat]

Speaking to Leafiara, Alasatia asks, "If an orb explodes in the woods and no one is there to see.. is it safe?"

Speaking to Alasatia, Leafiara admits, "I just... every time I've tried taking one away and placing it somewhere else, it just blew up anyway."

Cryheart says, "Be ready to move if another orb rolls in."

[combat]

Faruza just bit the dust!

Nazrym just bit the dust!

Cryheart recites:

"If I go down...form on Geijon"

Zyclor just bit the dust!

Cryheart asks, "We all ok?"

Speaking wryly to Cryheart, Cruxophim teases, "Really, little early in the day for that isn't it?"

[combat]

Thadston growls ferociously!

Geijon recites:

"Find the path"

Speaking deeply to Ysharra, Guarrin says, "Hardly seems fair."

Speaking to Balley, Geijon says, "We need you to see through this."

Shinann: "Any luck, Pylasar?"

[combat]

Balley softly says, "I can try."

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 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.

Geijon recites:

"Be calm"

Balley softly asks, "Are there ruins somewhere in here?"

[combat]

Balley softly asks, "I am seeing ruins?"

[combat]

Cryheart says, "Pylasar has to locate Brumas."

[combat]

Loham just bit the dust!

Rektovich is off to a rough start! He just bit the dust!

Thadston says, "We need to return to the Bleaklands...not these...whatever these are."

Stormyrain says, "Echoes."

Cryheart says, "Hold attacks."

Stormyrain says, "These are echoes."

Lexbubba just bit the dust!

[combat]

Pylasar: "Close! Being chased by some dwarves!"

[combat]

Geijon says, "This is Wehnimer's."

[combat]

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Evia says, "Good hold."

Geijon says, "Ruins in th' Bleaklands."

Cruxophim: "Git 'em!"

Stormyrain says, "Pylasar says he's being chased by dwarves."

Pestible just bit the dust!

[combat]

Falvicar just bit the dust!

[combat]

Speaking wryly to Stormyrain, Cruxophim muses, "What else is new."

[combat]

Rektovich is off to a rough start! He just bit the dust!

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

[combat]

A sleek black arrow flies out of a slit in the wall and strikes Malifren.

... 24 points of damage!

Slash across back of hand, tendons sliced!

He is stunned!

Leafiara says, "...mm, arrow fire."

Aeith says, "Arrow from the wall."

Gryzzlbok just bit the dust!

Geijon says, "Get out of here."

Lazaryth dryly says, "Great."

[combat]

Geijon whispers something to Balley.

Thadston just left.

Thadston has disconnected.

Geijon says, "We're not on time."

Tetreves says, "Lost Thadston."

(OOC) Leafiara's player whispers to the group, "Hold, Thadston disappeared." [I said, thinking that because he outright disconnected then we wouldn't be able to do anything if Kenstrom was away]

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra says, "Forgive the pawing."

Evia says, "Apparently the concept of Hold Attacks is too obscure."

Melivn says, "We dont need him it's fine."

Geijon recites:

"This is about time, not position"

Avalie just bit the dust!

Melivn says, "He was all like blah blah blah keep up."

Geijon says, "Drangell's lair is wrong."

[combat]

Speaking to Balley, Shinann says, "Odd... you have nothing to defend yourself but they are not touching you."

[extended combat, now back with Chastons and crusaders]

Balley softly says, "No they are not."

[combat]

Balley softly says, "That is odd."

[combat]

Balley softly says, "I do have two protecting me."

[combat]

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara says, "There are dozens of us... and I wasn't attacked by the witch this time for months. It was actually really unsettling, but this is only one night."

Pestible just bit the dust!

Myharl just bit the dust!

Geijon says, "Alright."

Cruxophim calmly states, "I'll stick around for a bit, if things go sidewise I'll help defend the town."

Balley softly asks, "Anyone else not getting touched?"


Bleakwalking

Xorus says, "These golems are inter-racial amalgams, like Abygail-Stiletto."

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara admits, "That said, it's true we have no idea what Balley's scarab was used for..."

Zosopage says, "They haven't attacked me as yet."

[combat]

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra asks, "But of who?"

[very extended combat, as now bleakwalkers (probably the toughest thing in the Bleaklands) approach]

Kobant just bit the dust!

[combat]

Zosopage says, "Ok scratch that."

Ysharra says, "That wasn't fun."

Tsarok just bit the dust!

Blades asks, "Wha happened?"

Regwen says, "That makes my head spin."

Pietra says, "Oh."

Balley softly asks, "I have never been hit when they attack?"

[combat]

Ysharra says, "I hope we don't have too many of those."

Yakushi just bit the dust!

Dennet gestures at Geijon!

[combat with Dennets]

Leafiara eagerly exclaims, "Oh, finally!"

Xorus says, "Grand evening to you, as well." [Dennet's greeting, due to being a Grand Magister]

Cryheart says, "Geijon."

Leafiara mutters, "Wanted to do this years ago."

Puptilian just bit the dust!

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra says, "I do love your timing."

Daiyon just bit the dust!

Balley softly says, "I wonder."

Speaking to Ysharra, Lazaryth says, "I only hope I get to use that."

Geijon says, "This is a puzzle."

Xorus whispers something to Lylia.

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Ysharra says, "If it's wasted, that's not so bad, either."

[combat]

Lazaryth says, "If I die it is."

[combat]

Cryheart says, "No magics."

Geijon says, "Wait."

Alasatia says, "Move, please." [due to no magic in the room]

Ysharra says, "...there's Cyph again." [bright cerulean fire elementals were attacking]

Cryheart asks, "Everyone ok?"

Xorus says, "Grand."

Balley softly says, "I am ok."

[combat]

Bernadette softly says, "Ok here."

Ysharra says, "Let's move out of this spot if we can."

[combat]

Alasatia says, "Move, please."

[combat]

Balley softly asks, "Shinann have you been getting hit?"

[combat]

Lylia says, "No. I am not. I cannot use magic."

Avalera says, "I seem in surprisingly good health."

[combat]

Stormyrain asks, "Can we move please? For the fifteenth time?"

[combat]

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Thadston joins the adventure.

Cryheart says, "Hold."

[combat]

Berost just bit the dust!

Thadston joins Cryheart's group.

Alasatia says, "Better." [having moved]

(OOC) Thadston's player whispers to the group, "Sorry got booted."

Thadston asks, "The hollows?"

[The Plinite Hollows]

The rock walls of the cavern are long and wide, flawed by dozens of jagged circular fissures which house small clusters of blackened plinite. Inset within each rough gemstone-like shard is a faintly glowing purple core that casts a dim lavender hue throughout the area. The very air hums with a strange energy. You also see the rolton-shaped Ryjex disk, the green Aanalar disk, the clam-shaped Darksin disk, the Aeith disk, the Tetreves disk, the seaweed-covered Neopuron disk, the Neovik disk, the Guarrin disk, the Blades disk, the Kobane disk, the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, the Lkyl disk and the rolton-shaped Maylan disk.

[combat]

Cryheart asks, "Shall we head back to the Bleaklands or stay here?"

Thadston says, "Where is here even.."

Leafiara pleasedly says, "'Echo' or no, it's so satisfying." [killing the Dennets]

Darconas melodically says, "Oooh plinites."

Ysharra says, "It was once part of the Empire. I suppose."

Shinann says, "I have never been here."

Speaking amusedly to Thadston, Cruxophim states, "It's all relative."

Speaking to Thadston, Geijon says, "We know when we're wrong."

Cryheart says, "Moving."

[combat]

Cryheart asks, "Can ye cast magic here?"

Speaking to Raelee, Ysharra asks, "This isn't where the fireball was, is it?"

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Darcena just bit the dust!

[combat]

Xorus says, "The temporal anomalies of the Bleaklands have evolved."

[combat]

Cryheart asks, "All standing?"

Warclaidh runs in, his eyes vacant as his face ripples with veins of blackness.

Cryheart suddenly screams in a mix of pain and rage as his eyes bleed with rippling hues!

Cryheart swings a perfect vultite greataxe at Geijon!

AS: +607 vs DS: +500 with AvD: +35 + d100 roll: +80 = +222

... and hits for 21 points of damage!

Blow leaves an imprint on Geijon's chest!

Leafiara says, "Madness is setting in again, though... just got Warclaidh."

Chamorr twitches briefly, then runs southwest.

Ysharra says, "Oh dear."

Leafiara says, "...and Bear."

Warclaidh suddenly screams in a mix of pain and rage as his eyes bleed with rippling hues!

Warclaidh swings a shoddy battle axe at Cryheart!

AS: +889 vs DS: +507 with AvD: +32 + d100 roll: +71 = +485

... and hits for 50 points of damage!

Jagged slash to Cryheart's right arm!

Cut clean through at the wrist.

Need a hand?

He is stunned!

The guiding force leaves Warclaidh.

Cryheart suddenly screams in a mix of pain and rage as his eyes bleed with rippling hues!

Cryheart swings a perfect vultite greataxe at Regwen!

Regwen barely manages to block the attack with her shield!

Leafiara says, "...and Cryheart, which is slightly more of a problem..." [due to disbanding the group]

Avalera says, "Oh, bloody..."

[group reforms on Geijon, just as madness that had afflicted him was wearing off]

Darksin softly says, "Oo noo."

Alasatia says, "No no. He won't do either."

Nodyre says, "Err."

Cryheart says, "Here."

Scale-like, shiny blebs begin to appear on Zosopage's skin, growing with frightening rapidity.

Red spots appear on Chamorr's skin suddenly. The edges are slightly raised and seem to be spreading rapidly.

Geijon recites:

"Join"

Red spots appear on Leafiara's skin suddenly. The edges are slightly raised and seem to be spreading rapidly.

Red spots appear on Avalera's skin suddenly. The edges are slightly raised and seem to be spreading rapidly.

Scale-like, shiny blebs begin to appear on Regwen's skin, growing with frightening rapidity.

Cryheart says, "Bloody Raznel."

Scale-like, shiny blebs begin to appear on Lylia's skin, growing with frightening rapidity.

A series of reddish blebs begin to appear randomly over Shinann's skin. Though probably not very painful in and of themselves, they may signal something much more dangerous on the way.

Leafiara suggests, "The plague's striking again... going to have to move slowly or lose people."

A series of reddish blebs begin to appear randomly over Ashmoreth's skin. Though probably not very painful in and of themselves, they may signal something much more dangerous on the way.

Scale-like, shiny blebs begin to appear on Alasatia's skin, growing with frightening rapidity.

Red spots appear on Berkana's skin suddenly. The edges are slightly raised and seem to be spreading rapidly.

Speaking deeply to Cryheart, Guarrin repeats, "Soon."

Red spots appear on Neopuron's skin suddenly. The edges are slightly raised and seem to be spreading rapidly.

Scale-like, shiny blebs begin to appear on Aeith's skin, growing with frightening rapidity.

Scale-like, shiny blebs begin to appear on Darksin's skin, growing with frightening rapidity.

Red spots appear on Malifren's skin suddenly. The edges are slightly raised and seem to be spreading rapidly.

Uthenegal just bit the dust!

Blades asks, "You know where it wasn't snowing?"

Blades peers quizzically at Berkana.

Pylasar: "Dwaarvveess!"

Thadston joins Geijon's group.

Maylan: "WHARE?"

Geijon recites:

"Join"

Blades asks, "Illistim, why did we leave there?"

Red spots appear on Blades's skin suddenly. The edges are slightly raised and seem to be spreading rapidly.

Pukk: "How to get back?"

Avalera says, "Well, I'm no longer healthy, but no surprise there really."

Berkana says, "Ugh."

Jelemon just bit the dust!

[combat]

Cryheart says, "Blades."

[combat]

Blades says, "It was her."

[very extended combat]

Shinann says, "I could kill a thousand Dennets..."

Stilehe says, "Can't move."

Cruxophim recites:

"Firestorm!"

[combat]

Leafiara yells, "Your black blood curse was way more a pain than this, witch!"

Yoranna just bit the dust!

[combat]

Speaking to Cruxophim, Melivn says, "I enjoy sandstorms more they have a better sound."

Cryheart says, "Many sympathized." [affected with Sympathy]

Leafiara inquires, "Can a bard rally us out of sympathy or no?"

Alakazim just bit the dust!

Blades says, "Oh here we go again." [plague]

Geijon asks, "Where did you see th' dwarves?"

Rasson just bit the dust!

Pukk: "How do I get back to rejoin everybody over there?"

Leafiara says, "I think Pylasar's seeing dwarves back at the outpost..."

Cryheart says, "Pylasar is running around them."

Stormyrain: "Go through the portal at the outpost and wander until you find us?"

Madmountan says, "It was Pylasar seeing dwarves. Might just be insane."

Cryheart: "Where Pylasar?"

Leafiara: "Get to the outpost alchemy lab, then it's through the portal in the door to the northeast."

[combat]

Goldstr: "Before I head back to Bleaklands does Landing need help?"


An Explosive Situation

[more combat, this time with mein golems... and those kind of explode...]

Lylia drops dead at your feet!

Lylia just bit the dust!

[combat]

Cruxophim calmly reminds, "Don't search them, let me eat them."

Aanalar drops dead at your feet!

Aanalar just bit the dust!

[combat]

Gnaeusprimus just bit the dust!

[combat]

Balley drops dead at your feet!

Balley just bit the dust!

[combat]

Stormyrain recites:

"Do not search the golems"

Tsarok just bit the dust!

[combat]

Lkyl drops dead at your feet!

Lkyl just bit the dust!

Draccor just bit the dust!

[combat]

Speaking to Cruxophim, Madmountan says, "People listen well."

Ysharra exclaims, "Don't search the golems!"

[combat]

Tetreves just bit the dust!

Ashmoreth just bit the dust!

[combat]

Cryheart says, "Aye...dinnae search the mein golems."

[combat]

Cruxophim recites:

"Don't search them!"

[combat]

Guarrin just bit the dust!

Xorus says, "Meteors."

Neopuron just bit the dust!

Melivn says, "For a good time search them though."

Ysharra says, "Ouch."

Malifren says, "Ouch."

Blades says, "Ow."

Geijon yells, "Northeast!"

Regwen says, "Ouch."

Lazaryth says, "The golems explode regardless, but.. yes, running would be better than searching."

[combat]

Geijon recites:

"Get up"

Pietra: "Maybe someone can form a party of those who have resurrected in town to get back to us. The golems are fierce."

Leafiara woundedly says, "Not... even... close to stopping us."

[combat]

Xorus says, "Meteors."

[combat]

Mnar just bit the dust!

Krushas just bit the dust!

Zosopage just bit the dust!

Shinann just bit the dust!

Chamorr just bit the dust!

Blades just bit the dust!

Dozens of flaming meteors light the sky nearby!

A blanketing silence settles over the area as the meteors cease to fall.

[very extended combat; return of bleakwalkers]

Pietra says, "Crap."

[combat]

Xorus just bit the dust!

Pukk just bit the dust!

Avalera says, "Oof."

Several flaming rocks burst from the sky and smite the area!

[damage to everyone]

Shimmerain drops dead at your feet!

Shimmerain just bit the dust!

Ryjex says, "Sorry."

Nodyre says, "Owww."

Aeith says, "Ouch."

Olgretien just bit the dust!

Lyrna just bit the dust!

[very extended combat]

Siggurd: "I've got Pukk and Yakushi coming in and out of an enruned door in the Pawnshop. Are dopplegangers breaching the buildings?"

Speaking to Ysharra, Raelee says, "Far belatedly, no... this is not where the fireball was."

Geijon recites:

"Get up"

Orlicks just bit the dust!

Leafiara: "Sounds likely."

[very, very extended combat]

Leafiara: "If you can actually hurt the Yakushi, it's not him."

Pietra asks, "Who's leading?"

[combat]

Erienne asks, "They stole all of our mana?"

Avalera says, "Sure seems to have."

Ysharra says, "It's one of the worst inhabitants of this place." [bleakwalkers]

Lazaryth says, "Geijon is leading."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Pietra says, "Thank you."

Ysharra says, "They steal mana, they're hard to kill."

Cruxophim: "If you see any Cruxes doing bad things, it's not me. Obviously."

[combat]

Leafiara: "And if you can hurt the Leafis, they're not me. So kill 'em all!"

Spinal just bit the dust!

[combat]

Lazaryth asks, "What is that roar of air...?" [meteors, I believe]

[combat]

Geijon says, "Wrong time."

[combat]

Darcena just bit the dust!

[combat]

Falvicar just bit the dust!

Eoghain just bit the dust!


Walls Closing In

Melikor says, "Dwarves." [dwarf enemies were finally approaching]

Cryheart says, "A dwarf."

Ysharra says, "Excellent."

Geijon says, "Dwarves."

[combat]

Leafiara determinedly says, "We're closing in."

Ysharra says, "Now we're getting somewhere. Maybe."

[combat]

Leafiara says, "Or Pylasar is."

[very extended combat]

Geijon says, "We're in the right timeline."

Geijon says, "Dwarves."

Gryzzlbok just bit the dust!

Geijon says, "Find them."

Geijon says, "Eyes peeled."

Erienne yells, "Come out you little pipsqueaks and fight like men!"

Thadston says, "Let's move out of this damn place."

[combat]

Regwen says, "Oh my."

[combat]

Maags just bit the dust!

[extended combat]

Goldstr just bit the dust!

[combat]

Ysharra says, "Yes."

Pietra says, "Gah."

Ysharra says, "...that..."

Raelee says, "... meteors."

Pietra says, "Is not good."

Ysharra asks, "Should we move? Quickly?"

Cryheart says, "Move."

Leafiara slowly asks, "So move, then?"

Dozens of flaming meteors light the sky nearby!

Maylan says, "Move."

Ysharra says, "Geijon move."

Stormyrain exclaims, "Move!"

Several flaming meteors light the nearby sky!

[combat]

Darconas melodically says, "RUUUUUN."

[combat]

Several flaming meteors light the nearby sky!

[combat]

Darconas melodically says, "We're so gonna die."

Speaking wryly to Cryheart, Leafiara says, "I think we need you to take command back here."

Speaking to Geijon, Maylan says, "Mister, we gotta move."

Berkana asks, "How about we move?"

Several flaming meteors light the nearby sky!

Gnaeusprimus just bit the dust!

[combat]

Berkana says, "Form on Cryheart."

[but we couldn't since he was with Geijon]

Obvious paths: southwest, west

Alasatia says, "We're fine."

Alasatia says, "Everything is fine."

Layndin just bit the dust!

Thadston says, "Other way."

[combat]

Berkana says, "No magic."

Lazaryth says, "Interesting."

Darconas melodically exclaims, "Meteors!"

[combat]

Ysharra says, "Keep going, please."

Berkana says, "More meteors."

Geijon ambles in.

Speaking to Thadston, Geijon asks, "What are you seeing?"

Aeith says, "Meteors in sky."

[extended combat, now including Geijon doppelgangers]

Shinann just bit the dust!

[combat]

Cryheart ambles in.

[combat, now including Cryheart doppelgangers]

Geijon recites:

"Halt"

Stormyrain ambles in.

[combat, now including Stormy doppelgangers]

Berkana says, "Well, that's interesting."

[combat]

Leafiara exclaims, "Finally!"

[combabt]

Leafiara ambles in.

Aeith exclaims, "This is weird!"

[very extended combat, now including Leafi doppelgangers]

Leafiara seriously says, "Oh, I've waited three years to see this again..."

[extended combat]

Aeith exclaims, "Even though I know they aren't real, I still feel bad!"

[combat]

Speaking delightedly to Aeith, Leafiara says, "I love it."

Stormyrain asks, "Can we please move?"

[combat]

Thadston just arrived!

Malifren says, "Is it mutiny to kill our Captain? Just wondering."

[combat, now including Thadston doppelgangers]]

Maylan exclaims, "Time to move!"

Speaking determinedly to Aeith, Leafiara says, "I really, really hate illusions."

[combat]

Ysharra asks, "Can we get out of here?"

[combat]

Geijon says, "How are we alive."

Cryheart says, "That was weird."

[combat]

Shinann just arrived!

[combat, now including Shinann doppelgangers]

Maags ambles in.

[combat, now including Maags doppelgangers]

Geijon recites:

"FOCUS"

Darkkrimson hoarsely says, "Indeed."

Falvicar ambles in.

Lylia: "We are regrouping in Town Square. Follow Pukk when you reach us."

[combat, now including Falvicar doppelgangers]

Darconas melodically exclaims, "Where's the evil me?!"

Cryheart says, "Dopplegangers."

Maylan says, "Let's move."

Raelee ambles in.

[combat, now including Raelee doppelgangers]

Balley ambles in.

[combat, now including Balley doppelgangers]

Stormyrain says, "We need to move Geijon."

Speaking to Geijon, Stormyrain says, "Focus, half our group cannot fight here." [antimagic]

Leafiara: "We've now engaged echoes of ourselves in the Bleaklands."

[combat]

Stilehe just bit the dust!

Chamorr just bit the dust!

Berkana says, "This is entertaining, well, until it's you, I suppose."

[extended combat]

Geijon says, "Be ready."

[extended combat]

Razanetika just bit the dust!

Stormyrain says, "There we are."

Stormyrain: "We are back in the Bleak for those wishing to rejoin us."

[combat]

Balley just bit the dust!

[extended combat]


Shake It Off

Pylasar: "I think I've found it!"

[combat]

Rasson just bit the dust!

[combat]

Leafiara: "Excellent. Should we return to the portal?"

Evia recites:

"He thinks he found it"

Pietra: "Pylasar says he's found it."

Lylia: "Yes."

Pylasar: "I'm somewhere in the Bleak!"

Ysharra says, "If that's Peter."

[combat]

Cruxophim: "Helpful!"

[combat]

Aeith says, "Webs."

Lylia just bit the dust!

[combat]

Pylasar: "A Chaston, a Dennet, and a Davard walk into a wasteland....stop me if you've heard this one..."

[combat]

Evia asks, "Somewhere in the Bleak? that helps?"

[combat]

Repaire just bit the dust!

Leafiara: "Haven't seen the Davard yet..."

Chaoswynd just bit the dust!

Saraphene just arrived.

[more combat with Saraphene clones]

Thadston squints.

Thadston says, "Saraphene...."

[combat]

Speaking to Thadston, Stormyrain says, "It's an echo. A doppleganger. Nothing more."

Thadston says, "It could be more."

Raelee repeats, "... fascinating."

Speaking to Thadston, Stormyrain says, "No different than mine, Maags' or anyone else's."

[combat]

Stormyrain says, "No. It's meant to torment you."

[combat]

Speaking to Thadston, Geijon says, "I barely have time for you when you are lucid."

Speaking to Thadston, Ysharra says, "You've heard her do this, now she's adding images, too."

Rainedrop just bit the dust!

Pukk just bit the dust!

Speaking to Thadston, Maylan says, "You didn't come all this way to be fooled now, at the final hour."

[more combat with Saraphenes]

Disean's voice echoes nearby, "Father! Stop this!"

Stormyrain whispers something to Cryheart.

Darconas melodically says, "Hey."

Darconas melodically says, "Who's that."

Thadston clenches his jaw.

The voice of Pietra says, "Uh oh."

Stormyrain says, "It's the Witch."

Speaking to Thadston, Ysharra says, "You know better."

Cryheart says, "Disean."

Bernadette softly says, "Disean."

Stormyrain says, "Using Disean's voice to torment Thadston."

The voice of Pietra says, "We have to find Brumas."

Speaking slowly to Thadston, Leafiara says, "If you can't handle it, there's always the option to turn back. But you know..."

Evia yells, "Shut up you fake!"

Shinann just bit the dust!

Speaking to Thadston, Geijon says, "You get weird. We'll have to stop you."

Speaking evenly to Thadston, Cruxophim reminds, "You know what you have to do."

Thadston says, "She's desperate."

Thadston says, "I'd kill him to kill her too."

Geijon says, "This is low."

Madmountan exclaims, "Fleshy!"

Speaking to Thadston, Ysharra says, "She is. And it means we must be close."

Geijon says, "Dead end."

Goldstr: "Disean shoutin Father stop this! In the Landing."

Geijon says, "Find th' pat."

Thadston says, "This is not the Bleaklands..." [we were back in the mines]

Leafiara: "He's shouting it over here, too."

Evia says, "Hmm."

The voice of Pietra says, "Yep this is gross."

Evia: "Fakery."

Daiyon just bit the dust!

Ysharra says, "Very."

Morofinwe: "Do they all have parental issues?"

[more combat with a far larger number of Saraphenes]

Olgretien just bit the dust!

Alasatia just bit the dust!

[combat with Saraphenes]

Rasson: "Is it an echo from when Thadston had the captain on the roof carving her up?"

Lkyl just bit the dust!

[combat with Saraphenes]

Yakushi just bit the dust!

[combat with Saraphenes]

Thadston trembles.

[combat with Saraphenes]

Maags just bit the dust!

[combat with Saraphenes]

Thadston exclaims, "STOP MURDERING HER!"

Darcena just bit the dust!

Shyspirit just bit the dust!

Geijon recites:

"That is th' answer"

Thadston exclaims, "STOP IT!"

Speaking to Thadston, Maylan exclaims, "Get ahold of yourself!"

Evia says, "Uhm nawp."

Speaking grimly to Thadston, Cruxophim reminds, "Bit late now."

[combat with other enemies]

Speaking calmly to Thadston, Leafiara says, "Thadston... you knew this was coming."

Speaking to Thadston, Ysharra says, "We're not murdering anyone. Remember what we've seen."

Lylia just arrived!

[extended combat, now with Lylia, Geijon, and Puptilian clones]

Gryzzlbok just bit the dust!

Speaking to Thadston, Ysharra says, "I just stuck my falchion in the town mayor and my best friend."

Teiana just bit the dust!


Fall For Gracie

A young child's voice echoes, "Daddy?"

Xorus just bit the dust!

Speaking to Thadston, Ysharra exclaims, "Pull yourself together, Marshall!"

Lauranathalasa just bit the dust!

Speaking sternly to Thadston, Cruxophim warns, "Get ahold of yourself."

Speaking to Thadston, Geijon says, "Don't get confused. We're solving this illusion."

Guarrin just bit the dust!

[combat]

Shimmerain just bit the dust!

[extended combat]

Pietra says, "It's not her, it's not him. It's all a trick."

Davard just arrived.

[extended combat with Davard clones and bleakwalkers]

Ysharra says, "I hate these things."

[extended combat]

Speaking offhandedly to Ysharra, Leafiara says, "They do take a while."

Tsarok just bit the dust!

Speaking to Thadston, Maylan says, "You did NOT come this far to fall for such petty trickery."

Leafiara slowly says, "Ah, there's the Davards Pylasar spoke of." [OOC: whoops, bit of a slipup here; Leafi shouldn't know Davard on sight, much like she didn't know Walkar on sight. I guess the best justification I can try to pin on it would be that she's heard Davard's name and vague stories about him from Lheren, and then discerned it was him given the context of Pylasar saying there were Davards around and seeing projections of Taladorian soldiers surrounding him.]

[combat]

Darconas melodically says, "Is there any way to get reinforcements? There's a large group at the portal that can't make their way back."

Pylasar: "Gracie?"

Leafiara: "Focus, man!"

Erienne exclaims, "Snap out of it!"

Stormyrain: "No, Pylasar--that's the Witch, not your child."

A young child's voice echoes, "Daddy?"

[combat]

A young child's voice echoes, "Daddy? Can I come home?"

Geijon says, "It's about time."

[combat]

Stormyrain says, "We need to find Pylasar."

[combat]

Stormyrain says, "Pylasar needs our help, he's distracted by Gracie's voice."

Darconas melodically says, "Should we try to find the portal? There's a large group of reinforcements that can't make it back."

Ysharra says, "Of course. Just like Thadston here is."

Leafiara: "Lyrna drew a portrait of her because--that's all she could do for you. Because Gracie isn't still out there. It's not her voice."

Stormyrain says, "And if we cannot find him, he cannot find Brumas."

A young child's voice echoes, "Daddy? Let's go home. Please daddy."

[Voln - Geijon] "We're close, Falvicar"

[combat]

Nodyre says, "Blah."

Balley just bit the dust!

[Taladorian Camp]

War horns sound in the distance as armies march off to fight, raising dust as they move. Siege towers rise up overhead, some only partially constructed. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area. You also see the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, the Kobane disk, the clam-shaped Darksin disk, the rolton-shaped Ryjex disk, the Aeith disk and the rolton-shaped Maylan disk.

[Talaldorian Camp, The Edge]

The high peaks of the icy Glatoph rise up in the distance to the north, while the vast Upper Trollfang extends far to the west and south. The ground is worn and scuffed and many trees nearby have been cleared recently. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area. You also see a claidhmore, a claidhmore, a handaxe and a mace.

[Taladorian Camp]

Clanking armor resounds faintly, the chorus of dozens of armored soldiers marching nearby. Pale embers still burn in fire pits near a large pavilion. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

[Taladorian Camp]

The faint aroma of cooked meat wafts through the camp, carried on the wispy curls of campfire smoke nearby. The raucous laughter and feasting of soldiers resonates from inside a large pavilion near a wooden siege tower. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

[Taladorian Camp]

A grove of trees is attended by a group of Taladorian lumberjacks, each one working tirelessly to clear more space and provide supplies for the army. Periodically, a tree falls in the distance. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

Thadston asks, "The Camp?"

[Taladorian Camp]

The majority of this area is a wide open clearing, having already been cleaned of its resources as evident by the rows of tree stumps. A number of siege engines have been rolled to rest within the locale. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.

[combat]

Geijon says, "Wrong time."

[combat]

Thadston says, "We need to go back...back to the Bleaklands."

Pylasar: "Gracie, where are you?"

Leafiara mutters, "He's falling for it."

[combat]

Ysharra says, "We're still in the Bleaklands."

Zosopage just bit the dust!

Evia: "You know better Pylasar."

[combat]

Stormyrain says, "No we're in an echo."

Lyrna: "It is NOT her."

Stormyrain says, "We need to be back where we were."

[combat]

Cruxophim: "For crying out... Pylasar, you know better. Don't be an idiot."

[combat]

(OOC) Berkana's player whispers to the group, "Blades wants to know how to get back... is there a way?"

[combat]

(OOC) Maylan's player whispers to the group, "The portal in the outpost."

[combat]

Darconas whispers to the group, "There's a lot of people stuck at the portal mobs."

(OOC) Pietra's player whispers to the group, "And the Bleaklands is swarming like crazy, people keep dying trying to meet back up."

Geijon says, "Ok."

[combat]

Stormyrain says, "We're wasting time."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Maylan asks, "What say you?"

[combat]

Ryjex whispers to the group, "Yea another gorup tried to reach us but failed."

Goldstr: "Geijon attackin me in town. Nae he, aye?"

Speaking to Maylan, Stormyrain says, "Find Pylasar. Leave the echoes of our past behind us until we do."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Maylan asks, "You think we should push through?"

Leafiara: "No, he's with us."

Evia: "Right."

[combat]

Maylan: "Kill the false Geijons!"

[combat]

Leafiara: "We're battling our own selves out here as well."

[combat]

Darkkrimson just bit the dust!

Warclaidh just bit the dust!

[combat]

Morofinwe: "Stormyrain is in town attacking."

[combat]

Darksin just bit the dust!

[combat]

Leafiara: "She's with us."

[extended combat]

Yoranna just bit the dust!

[combat]

Leafiara: "Slaughter the doppelgangers!"

[combat]

Darconas melodically says, "Cloud."

[combat]

Morofinwe: "I am well aware, Leafie."

[combat]

Kobane just bit the dust!

[combat]

Leafiara: "Some others we've encountered on our side that I haven't heard of yet back in town are Puptilian and Balley."

[combat]

Malifren says, "We need to stop fighting and move."

[combat]

Geijon recites:

"Recover"

Shinann says, "There is a voice calling for their Daddy in town."

[combat]

Lyrna: "Just killed a fake Cay."

[combat]

Goldstr: "Aye Geijon and Shinann atackin folks."

(OOC) Stormyrain's player whispers to the group, "Hold here for folks to come join us?"

Shinann says, "She is trying to lure Pylasar back there."

Morofinwe: "Balley is in TSC."

Leafiara: "We're just past the portal in the Bleaklands now. If you want to come regroup, now is the time." [...or not]

Geijon moves along the area and the surroundings begin to shimmer and shift.

Sir Geijon's group just went northwest.

(OOC) Maylan's player whispers to the group, "Hold."

Darcena: "I went through the portal, no one is there."

[combat]

Leafiara: "Northeastward."

[combat]

Lazaryth says, "Are we waiting for others to join? Our group is getting rather thin."


Dusty Ruin Dig

[Talador, The Bleaklands]

The land is desolate and broken, with an endless terrain of fragmented, grey earth that is caked in layers of ash. The air is suffocating, with a thick, rancid odor and a faint heat still lingers in the area. The sky is bleak, resembling an expanse of ink-whorled slate. You also see an arctic wolf, a ruffled raven that is flying around, a razor-sharp white steel sword, a white steel greatshield emblazoned with a golden crown, the rolton-shaped Maylan disk, the rolton-shaped Ryjex disk, the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, the Aeith disk, a massive snowy battle-scarred lynx, a silver-edged blackened warblade hovering in mid-air, a black-tipped majestic snow leopard, a spare bleached white imp and a feras battle axe.

Also here: Blades, Falvicar, Yakushi, Pietra, Shinann, Dame Evia, Ryjex, Lord Darconas, Melikor, Mistress Berkana, Malifren, Bernadette, Land Pirate Maylan, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Lady Erienne, Stormyrain, Lady Shaelethe, Sir Cryheart, Cruxophim, Xanlin, Felarion, Rykul, Karthas, Xanthras, Lady Regwen, Lord Darkkstormmer, Lord Thadston, Magister Raelee, Ysharra, Aeith, Nodyre, Lazaryth, Avalera, Sir Geijon, Alasatia, Lord Pylasar who is kneeling

Maylan says, "Yes we should hold here."

Darcena: "I've fallen into this trap several times. Each time, I die."

Geijon says, "Found him."

Darconas melodically says, "We should get reinforcements."

Alasatia says, "About time."

Pylasar blinks.

Pylasar stands up.

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "I hope you know where to go."

Leafiara: "You might be able to fog over."

Alasatia says, "He's been in a daze."

Ryjex says, "Our reinforcements."

Pylasar exclaims, "Gracie is alive!"

Geijon says, "This is the end Pylasar."

Alasatia says, "Unresponsive."

Darcena: "Nope."

Yakushi asks, "What?"

Speaking sternly to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "...no."

Pylasar says, "Yes, yes she is."

Blades says, "A meteor fell on my head."

Geijon recites:

"We have to stay in the right time"

Pylasar says, "I know it. I can feel it."

Pylasar says, "But..."

Madmountan says, "To be fair, she could be another paragon."

Pylasar says, "First...yes."

Pylasar says, "The dwarf."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "You never did tell us about how she died. Or her mother."

Speaking to Pylasar, Geijon says, "No. She isn't, Pylasar."

Speaking to Pylasar, Shinann says, "It is a trick."

Pylasar says, "Protect me."

Shinann says, "Brumas."

Pylasar kneels down.

Speaking reluctantly to Pylasar, Leafiara mumbles, "Fine, one thing at a time. One way or another we have to get Brumas anyway."

Cryheart moves over to Pylasar and stands ready to protect him from attack.

Stormyrain moves to stand in front of Pylasar.

Shinann says, "We need to find the dwarf."

Stormyrain says, "He's looking, now."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "You don't think you've been down this road before? It's just more of her creations."

Chamorr: "Where is the portal."

Evia asks, "Did we get everyone back that was coming?"

Ysharra says, "Don't let her stop you again."

Pietra says, "No they did not."

[Geijon moves away]

Leafiara: "It's in the outpost alchemy lab, at the northeast end through the door."

Pietra says, "So many want to get back to help here."

Cryheart asks, "You moved and lost Pylasar?"

Darcena: "If you guys come back to the entrance, let me know. Otherwise I'll just... sit here and twiddle my thumbs."

Alasatia says, "Where are we going."

Speaking dubiously to Geijon, Leafiara says, "Er, I think we might need Pylasar."

Geijon says, "Yes."

Darcena: "Or if it gets cleared out, let me know."

Speaking to Geijon, Stormyrain asks, "Did you just walk away from Pylasar who was on his knees needing protection?"

Geijon says, "He's confused."

Thadston glances at Geijon.

[combat]

Thadston exclaims, "What are you doing Geijon!"

Alasatia says, "We need to stay there."

[combat]

Lylia: "It should be fairly safe. Some of us are moving in."

Cryheart says, "Go find Pylasar."

Pietra asks, "Pepole want to come back to help, can we not wait for them?"

Thadston says, "You left Pylasar..."

Ysharra says, "Go back to him, please."

[returning]

Cryheart says, "Here."

Thadston shakes his head.

Speaking to Pietra, Stormyrain says, "Pylasar was on his knees, prone, we left him."

Lazaryth says, "He's working on something."

Speaking to Pylasar, Pietra says, "That was also bad."

Speaking to Cryheart, Stormyrain says, "You need to take the lead back, Cryheart."

Pylasar kneels down.

Berost just bit the dust!

Speaking to Thadston, Geijon says, "He's confused. I know where he is."

Blades says, "I killed Lylia in boy clothes while I was in the Landing."

Pylasar says, "Protect me...."

[Voln - Santiel] "Everything okay at Voln?"

Blades says, "Was weird."

Guarrin: "I'm heading back in shortly as well."

Cryheart says, "Dinnae move."

Pylasar beguns to run his hands through the dirt, purple energy arcing about his fingertips as he seems to sift through the broken, earthen ground.

Thadston glances at Geijon.

Thadston says, "Move again I'll cut your legs off."

Thadston nods at Geijon.

Pylasar gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Pylasar says, "Doggoroth Keep once stood here..."

Leafiara: "We've gathered with Pylasar, who's locating Brumas now, so Geijon's halted for the time being."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Geijon says, "Simple."

Evia asks, "We should get a shovel?"

Pylasar says, "Not yet..."

Pylasar chants an esoteric incantation as small sparks surround his hands.

Geijon recites:

"Raise your defenses"

An arctic wolf says, "Woof."

Kembal just bit the dust!

Blades asks, "Eh?"

Geijon says, "Spells now."

Speaking heavily to Evia, Leafiara says, "At the rate it took us just to dig up Walkar's grave, I dunno about digging down to Doggoroth Keep."

(OOC) Pietra's player whispers to the group, "Where can the people coming back head? Through the portal and then...?"

Pylasar gestures, purple energy arcing between his fingers as the dirt below begins to shift.

Goldstr just bit the dust!

Cryheart says, "They need to go north and easterly I think."

(OOC) Evia's player whispers to the group, "People don't realize they lost their amunet comms on and off."

A loud cackle echoes across the heavens.

[combat]

Shinann says, "I hear her."

The air crackles with potent energy!

[over 500 lines of dispels of all outside spells]

Yakushi gasps.

Leafiara slowly says, "Ah, there it was."

Cryheart says, "Ooof."

Alasatia says, "Wonderful."

Darconas melodically says, "Yuck."

Blades says, "Rude."

Berkana says, "Nice."

Pietra asks, "And we left Pylasar again?"

(OOC) Cruxophim's player whispers to the group, "I really hate that."

Pietra says, "Or no."

Leafiara suggests, "Massies to start us back up would be good."

[combat as scarabs attack]

The dirt shifts and a purple portal appears like a hole in the ground.

Pylasar exclaims, "Down we go!"

Speaking to Pietra, Stormyrain says, "He was attempting to locate."

Pylasar joins Cryheart's group.

Shinann says, "Hmm."

Cryheart says, "Stand."

Xorus says, "I wonder who is in those pods."

Stormyrain slowly says, "Apparently under the ground."

Pylasar says, "Goooooo."

Cryheart says, "Entering the portal."

Cryheart moves along the area and the surroundings begin to shimmer and shift.

Sir Cryheart's group just went through a faint purple portal.

Roundtime changed to 1 second.

Roundtime: 3 sec.

[Bleakands, Deep Cavern]

The walls of the cavern are covered in patches of misshapen flesh, each connected to the next by a series of ichor-covered black veins. Tiny globules of blood drip slowly from the high ceiling. You also see a rough earthen wall, a row of huge ashen pods and a row of huge ashen pods.

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "I had to stalk my way around there."

Ysharra says, "I would assume more of the townsfolk and adventurers."

Speaking fondly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "And you're great at it, too."

Shinann asks, "What?"

Bernadette whispers to the group, "I'm gonna kill that scroll Monster myself."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Geijon says, "We were in position."

>look pod

Dozens of pods run in a row along the cavern wall. Blood red veins stretch along their translucent, silk like casing. Flecks of ash swirl about within.

Speaking to Cruxophim, Darcena says, "All that dying has made me quite peckish."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Geijon says, "But if you prefer Cryheart."

Geijon says, "This is about time."

Shinann says, "Those pods..."

Erienne says, "We should burn them."

Cryheart says, "Cannae attack em."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "I wonder if one of them held a doppelganger of you."

Speaking to Pylasar, Pietra asks, "Now what?"

In a botched imitation, Darcena asks, "Who's there?"

Speaking to Ysharra, Lylia says, "Possibly. I already slaughtered a misshapen version of myself."

Geijon says, "Pylasar isn't our guide. He's as confused as anyone."

Cruxophim amusedly states, "Neat trick."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Darcena says, "I was so close."

Ysharra says, "They're already dried husks."

Lylia indifferently says, "All a distraction from what we must do."

Pylasar points at a rough earthen wall.

Pylasar digs at a rough earthen wall and manages to dislodge a chunk of rock.

Geijon says, "Brumas then Raznel."

Evia says, "Sometimes it's best to let sleeping pods lie."

[digging and combat all throughout; cutting back to just dialogue here]

Alasatia says, "But.."

Cryheart says, "Dig the wall."

Alasatia whines at Stormyrain!

Alasatia digs at the earthen wall and seems to be loosening it up a bit.

Blades says, "I'll supervise."

Speaking to Alasatia, Stormyrain says, "You can redo your nails tomorrow."

Blades says, "Fine fine."

Madmountan says, "No thank you. I don't like to dig up dwarves."

Lyrna: "I'm not seeing any more doubles."

[Dreavening]-GSIV:Dreaven: "And the winner with 4 votes is...Gryzzlbok with 'What would grandma find distrubing, yet oddly charming?': 'A mime having a stroke.' Congratulations, Gryzzlbok, you have earned an awesome point and 50,000 gold!"

Leafiara: "We've found our way into a cavern probably leading to where the Keep used to be. It's a portal inside the portal... as it were."

Speaking to Pylasar, Shinann asks, "What are these pods?"

Cryheart: "Find the bleaklands."

Evia asks, "How can folks still get here, they want to know?"

Speaking to Blades, Berkana says, "Look. I'm getting my hands dirty."

Blades says, "That's a first."

Evia asks, "How can folks still get here, they want to know?"

Berkana asks, "Right?"

Blades says, "Don't break a nail."

Speaking to Blades, Berkana says, "That's my biggest worry."

Speaking offhandedly to Blades, Leafiara says, "Underrated perk of a Soul Ward spell..."

Lylia replies, "My fingernails are very sturdy. I shall not worry overly much."

Pietra: "It's purple, hard to miss."

Speaking to a rough earthen wall, Pukk exclaims, "Your mamma was a white picket fence!"

Pietra asks, "Can't we just blow it up or something?"

Speaking to Pietra, Lylia says, "I tried."

Geijon recites:

"This is who is left"

Speaking to a rough earthen wall, Pukk exclaims, "I had to dig wedgies that are harder than you!"

Berost: "Any quick routes back to main group? Tha portal an after be crawlin wit' uglies."

Goldstr: "Got killed twice just goin in the portal."

Maylan digs at the earthen wall and seems to be loosening it up a bit.

The last of the earthen wall crumbles away, revealing a jagged opening.

Maags says, "Should has brought the puppies to helps with this."

Speaking to Raelee, Madmountan asks, "You not digging for dwarves either?"

Maylan exclaims, "I helped!"

Leafiara exclaims, "Success!"

Cryheart says, "Ok..moving."

Speaking to Blades, Berkana says, "You'd think I could atleast unearth some emeralds while at it."

Ysharra says, "There we go."

Evia says, "Folks still trying to find us."

Blades says, "No such luck."

Sir Cryheart's group just went through a jagged opening.

[Bleakands, Deep Cavern]

The walls of the cavern are covered in patches of misshapen flesh, each connected to the next by a series of ichor-covered black veins. Tiny globules of blood drip slowly from the high ceiling. You also see the Pukk disk, a rough earthen wall, a row of huge ashen pods and a row of huge ashen pods.

Raelee quietly says, "... either Raznel is in the town, or an illusion of her is."

Pylasar joins Cryheart's group.

Speaking to Raelee, Ysharra says, "We'll find out soon."

Blades says, "I'm not goin near whatever that is."

Blades glances at a row of huge ashen pods.

Geijon recites:

"Are we all here?"

Cryheart asks, "All ready?"

Pylasar digs at a rough earthen wall and manages to dislodge a clod of dirt.

Ysharra says, "We'll find out soon."

Pietra says, "More digging? Ugh."

[lots more digging]

Maags apprehensively says, "Nevah not."

Evia says, "Nope some couldn't find the other portal."

Falvicar quietly says, "I can't say I dig this."

Speaking disgustedly to Madmountan, Darcena says, "All those muscles and you refuse to help."

Cryheart yells, "We are digging the next wall!"

Pukk just bit the dust!

Yakushi says, "Oh."

Leafiara: "Landing, we're hearing that Raznel herself is in town? Or is it an illusion?"

Maylan: "Illusion!"

Ryjex digs at a rough earthen wall and manages to dislodge a large rock.

The last of the earthen wall crumbles away, revealing a jagged opening.

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Thadston nods.

Leafiara exclaims, "More progress!"

Sir Cryheart's group just went through a jagged opening.

[Bleakands, Deep Cavern]

The walls of the cavern are covered in patches of misshapen flesh, each connected to the next by a series of ichor-covered black veins. Tiny globules of blood drip slowly from the high ceiling. You also see a rough earthen wall, a row of huge ashen pods and a row of huge ashen pods.

[more digging]

Darcena seriously says, "That's a lot of pods."

Thadston grumbles at a rough earthen wall.

Erienne says, "Going to need a long hot bath after this mess."

Shinann says, "Yes."

Blades says, "This is like a nightmare I had one time."

Speaking to herself, Darcena mutters, "This is most definitely my nightmare."

Speaking surprisedly to Darcena, Leafiara asks, "Really?"

Xorus says, "Reminds me of home."

Cryheart says, "Ye can wash ye hands later."

Speaking indignantly to Cryheart, Darcena exclaims, "I don't mind the dirt!"

Speaking to Darcena, Leafiara says, "But wolves are good diggers..."

The shadows shift along the wall.

Speaking exasperatedly to Leafiara, Darcena says, "It isn't the digging."

Maylan says, "Err."

Cryheart says, "Errr."

Maags says, "Careful."

You hear someone cackle.

Speaking understandingly to Darcena, Leafiara says, "Ohhhh, I see."

Lazaryth says, "Something's up."

Cruxophim calmly states, "Weren't me."

Alasatia says, "No magic."

Blades says, "This feels like an ambush."

Darconas falls to the ground!

[and everyone]

The ground beneath you violently shakes and rumbles causing you to fall down!

Roundtime: 8 sec.

The ground beneath you violently shakes and rumbles!

Roundtime: 8 sec.

Maags says, "Oops."

Cryheart says, "Aye."

Leafiara absently agrees, "No doubt."

Ysharra says, "You think."

Pietra says, "Welp."

Berkana says, "Ugh."

Raznel raises her hand up, and a bile green scarab flies up out of her palm. The scarab flits directly toward Avalera, burrowing straight into her arm!

Raznel cackles!

Evia says, "Oh gosh."

Cryheart says, "Raznel."

Speaking to Avalera, Darcena says, "Good luck with that."

Raznel raises her hand up, and a bile green scarab flies up out of her palm. The scarab flits directly toward Maylan, burrowing straight into her arm!

(OOC) Berkana's player whispers to the group, "So roundtime locked."

Leafiara mockingly asks, "Bit late to grow those things now, don't you think?"

Speaking to Felarion, Pietra exclaims, "Well done!" [he pulled everyone up]

Darcena says, "I do not want one again, thank you."

Darconas melodically exclaims, "Hi Raznel!"

Speaking to Felarion, Ysharra says, "You can come win darts anytime."

Raznel raises her hand up, and a bile green scarab flies up out of her palm. The scarab flits directly toward Raelee, burrowing straight into her arm!

Leafiara says, "Unless... she can accomplish her work with the scarabs much quicker now than before..."

Maylan says, "Someone chop off my arms."

Speaking amusedly to Ysharra, Felarion says, "I've never won."

Alasatia says, "Ignore her."

Speaking to Maylan, Lazaryth says, "No, it doesn't work."

Erienne asks, "Which arm?"

Raznel raises her hand up, and a bile green scarab flies up out of her palm. The scarab flits directly toward Lazaryth, burrowing straight into his arm!

Lazaryth says, "Don't listen to her."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Maylan asks, "IS THERE A BUG IN ME??"

Speaking absently to Alasatia, Leafiara says, "You probably have the right of it."

Speaking to Felarion, Ysharra says, "Well, there's only so much good wishes and welcomes will get you."

Speaking to Maylan, Lazaryth says, "You're fine."

Speaking to Thadston, Darcena asks, "Remember your promise about ripping out spines?"

Goldstr exclaims, "Yer time be over Witch!"

Speaking to Thadston, Darcena asks, "What about for people who are clearly enjoying this and not lifting a hand to help?"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Maylan shrieks, "Are you sure? Is it in my hair?"

Speaking interestedly to Darcena, Cruxophim echoes, "Ripping out spines?"

Speaking reassuringly to Maylan, Lazaryth says, "It's fine. This is fine."

Raznel raises her hand up, and a bile green scarab flies up out of her palm. The scarab flits directly toward Goldstr, burrowing straight into his arm!

Ryjex says, "None of this is fine."

The shadows melt away and the cackling fades.

Speaking to Cruxophim, Darcena says, "You missed it."

Shinann asks, "The scarab is not real?"

Xorus says, "She looks well."

Speaking offhandedly to Shinann, Leafiara says, "I couldn't tell, but ask them..."

Thadston digs at a rough earthen wall and manages to dislodge a handful of rubble.

You notice a vein pulsing in Thadston's forehead.

Maylan worriedly says, "I can still feel it."

Thadston says, "We'll end her..."

Goldstr digs at a rough earthen wall and manages to dislodge a small stone.

The last of the earthen wall crumbles away, revealing a jagged opening.

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Speaking to herself, Darcena growls, "Not soon enough."

Sir Cryheart's group just went through a jagged opening.


Firing Up

[Bleakands, Deep Cavern]

The walls of the cavern are covered in patches of misshapen flesh, each connected to the next by a series of ichor-covered black veins. Tiny globules of blood drip slowly from the high ceiling. You also see a translucent pale silver cocoon, a row of huge ashen pods and a row of huge ashen pods.

A child's voice says, "Daddy?"

Pietra says, "No."

Xorus says, "There you are."

Speaking to Pylasar, Pietra says, "No."

Thadston points at a translucent pale silver cocoon.

Thadston says, "There's that damn dwarf."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Remember. She's done this to you before."

Alasatia gestures at a translucent pale silver cocoon.

Sections of the a translucent pale silver cocoon burst into spasmodic flame!

The pale silver cocoon begins to burn!

Erienne asks, "Who's your daddy?"

Leafiara bashes at the pale silver cocoon with her white ora slasher!

[lots more bashing, lots more fire, and tons of combat all throughout]

Darcena asks, "What IS it with this town and people in cocoons?"

Lazaryth says, "Something's in me, too."

Cryheart: "We found the cocoon."

Speaking playfully to Darcena, Xanlin asks, "Everyone wants to be a butterfly?"

Madmountan says, "But then we don't get to see what a Brumoth looks like."

Maags punches the pale silver cocoon fiercely, then shakes her hand, wincing. Clever.

... 5 points of damage!

Speaking offhandedly to Maags, Leafiara suggests, "Fire Spirit..."

Speaking affrontedly to Xorus, Darcena says, "I dont' want to be a butterfly."

Xorus just bit the dust!

Wolfloner just bit the dust!

Geijon recites:

"Kill that cocoon"

Lyrna just bit the dust!

Zosopage: "Where is the dang portal?"

Erienne bashes at the pale silver cocoon with her golvern falchion!

The translucent silver cocoon finally breaks apart, spilling open into a puddle of dark ichor that quickly absorbs into the ground. The frail, shriveled dwarven body inside crumbles into dust.

The pale silver cocoon collapses!

Pylasar turns to Erienne and cheers!

Cryheart: "Go to bleaklands...generally easterly."

Pietra says, "That was... dry."

Leafiara approvingly says, "And that's that."


Birthing

Thadston asks, "Now what Peter?"

Thadston asks, "Where the hell is Raznel?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Darcena growls, "It's not that easy."

Cryheart says, "Opening west from here."

Pylasar says, "She'll be preparing somewhere."

Geijon says, "We estimated this poorly."

Pylasar says, "Birthing."

Balley softly asks, "Birthing?"

Evia asks, "Whut?"

Alasatia says, "Oh come now."

Cryheart asks, "Birthing?"

Berkana asks, "Ew?"

Erienne says, "Pods everywhere."

Thadston asks, "What are these pods?"

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

Cruxophim dubiously ventures, "Birthing?"

(OOC) Madmountan's player whispers to the group, "Face huggers."

Shinann says, "Well... that is not good."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "You don't?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Alasatia says, "You do."

Speaking shortly to Shinann, Darcena says, "Well, good. You know all about that."

Speaking absently to a row of huge ashen pods, Cruxophim guesses, "Simulacrae."

Balley softly asks, "These the beings she is making?"

Goldstr says, "Pods canna be good."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Tell us the truth."

A small crack appears along one of the pods.

Cryheart says, "Blood red veins...so these pods must be birthing something."

Aeith says, "Be ready."

Balley softly says, "Oh no one is getting ready to open."

Speaking to Darcena, Shinann says, "I will not help her."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Darcena says, "I lived with a scarab for months."

Leafiara ominously says, "Here we go..."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "Get away from there."

Raznel: "You should not have done that..."

Blades says, "No thanks, stay in there."

Leafiara: "We beg to differ."

Evia: "YOU should not have done that."

Cryheart says, "There is an opening to the west."

Shinann says, "Burn those."

Speaking deeply to Evia, Guarrin says, "You tell 'er."

Eoghain says, "I wonder if I can summon a demon down here."

Falvicar: "You should not have killed my father and mother, you wench."

Berkana says, "Ghouls... stand around and watch, wait for it."

Lazaryth asks, "I'm fairly certain I've got a scarab in me.. is this a problem?"

Erienne says, "I tried."

Eoghain says, "Bah."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "It's possible, of course, that this is another of her tricks..."

Speaking dryly to Lazaryth, Darcena says, "I guess we have to slaughter you, crack your bones, and go on with our lives."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Darcena says, "Fare thee well, brother."

Lylia: "You should not have done any of this. I would have been content to let you be. But you had to keep provoking me."

Shinann says, "Burn or whatever you can do but they do not look good at all."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "Unless, of course, he's been playing this role for a long while."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Darcena offers, "Nice knowing you."

Geijon says, "Well."

Cryheart whispers something to Geijon.

Speaking to Lazaryth, Ysharra says, "Some of the others have had the same treatment...it had varying results."

Geijon says, "We are missing something."

Avalera says, "Well, I feel fine, scarab or no."

Leafiara: "We have a few thousand grudges to settle, witch, and amazingly enough you started all of them."

Guarrin deeply asks, "Is this one of those burn everything and ask questions later situations?"

Eoghain says, "I am le tired."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Ysharra says, "Some died, much as you have seen. Others, I suspect she harvested for some of these pods."

Speaking to Guarrin, Maylan says, "Yes."

Blades asks, "Is there another type of situation?"

Speaking dubiously to Avalera, Leafiara says, "Well, hopefully ending her will be enough..."

Huge blue steel golems can be seen moving through the portal into the Bleaklands, perched upon floating dais and manning huge yellow-white pylons, firing them on denizens of the Bleaklands.

Lylia whispers something to Xorus.

Geijon says, "We haven't even finished Brumas."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Ysharra says, "If we don't end her tonight we might well have to kill a few Lazaryths the next time we come back."

Olgretien just bit the dust!

Speaking to Ysharra, Lazaryth says, "I suppose it scarcely matters now if I die. I just don't like the idea that I'm making her stronger somehow."

Regwen says, "Ohoh."

Berkana says, "Uh..."

Leafiara musingly says, "Hmm, they're firing now..."

Pylasar says, "Brumas is gone. We ended his cocoon."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Ysharra asks, "Lazarthi?"

Cryheart says, "Friendly Golems from Octaven."

Goldstr says, "Our golems it seems."

Speaking to Geijon, Darcena says, "He crumbled into dust."

Speaking to Geijon, Darcena says, "Supposedly."

Leafiara dubiously asks, "But what are they planning to fire on if we don't know where Raznel is?"

Cruxophim: "Not smart, alas."

Madmountan asks, "The pods?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan asks, "Just like that?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Shinann says, "You must know something about how they work."

Xorus dryly says, "Those would have been useful earlier."

Speaking to Pylasar, Geijon says, "Aye. In your estimation."

Pylasar says, "She doesn't care about Brumas. She's..."

Pylasar says, "She's nearing her goal."

Evia asks, "Birthing?"

Geijon asks, "Brumas is done?"

Balley softly asks, "What is her goal?"

Shinann asks, "What?"

Maylan says, "Then we'd best hurry."

Guarrin deeply says, "Of..."

Darcena flatly asks, "Birthing is her goal?"

Darcena says, "Gross."

Eoghain asks, "What are these things?"

Speaking to Evia, Alasatia says, "What a dirty word."

Darcena says, "I try to avoid that completely."

Goldstr asks, "How we stop dat?"

Speaking to Eoghain, Berkana says, "Eggs."

Speaking to Pylasar, Shinann says, "Explain yourself."

Eoghain says, "Delightful."

Lylia says, "The woman had a sickness at her core, a desire to breed that she could not fulfill."

Goldstr asks, "We attack da pods?"

A pod breaks from the ground, lifting up like a floating lantern and ascends up to the cavern, elevating into the sky above the Bleaklands as dozens of huge spores begin to break open from it.

Lylia says, "Why anyone would aspire to be a brood-mare, I do not know."

Balley softly asks, "Is that why she was passing out new scarabls?"

Cryheart says, "Did anyone checklook."

Leafiara slowly says, "Oh, spores..."

Pylasar says, "Well...damn."

Cruxophim amusedly notes, "Oh good."

Berkana says, "Ugh."

Cryheart says, "Oye."

Eoghain says, "Gross."

Ysharra says, "...that's never good."

Chamorr heartily says, "Good grief."

Xorus says, "Mm. Spores."

Lazaryth flatly says, "This looks terrible."

Thadston asks, "What is she doing?"

Geijon says, "She is th' spores."

Madmountan takes a deep breath.

Chamorr heartily says, "She's a mushroom."

Speaking flatly to Cruxophim, Darcena says, "If I suddenly begin birthing because of those spores, it will not be 'good.'"

Eoghain says, "Start the breath magic."

Ysharra says, "I suspect we've been tricked."

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Stop that right now."

Speaking wryly to Thadston, Cruxophim remarks, "Birthing all over the Landing?"

Falvicar quietly says, "I don't think we want to know."

Pylasar says, "She's turning the world into the Bleaklands."

Erienne asks, "Witch dwarf babies?"

Pylasar sighs.

Speaking to Cruxophim, Lylia says, "Vile."

Cryheart says, "We must find Raznel."

Xorus says, "The Bleakworld."

Speaking adamantly to Pylasar, Leafiara prompts, "How about telling us where to point those pylons?"

Speaking to Darcena, Madmountan drones, "But they smell so good."

Chamorr heartily says, "Stop yakkin and let's kill her."

Erienne says, "We need to find a way to destroy these things."

Pylasar says, "...and the portal is open."

Speaking dryly to Lylia, Cruxophim states, "That was the polite phrasing."

'Pylasar nods at Thadston.

Speaking flatly to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Absolutely not."

Goldstr exclaims, "Destroy da pods!"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Lylia says, "Oh, your wording was not what is vile. The idea was vile."

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Honk it out right now."


Take Aim

Thadston: "Militia! Guards! Hendorans! Get the pylons ready, aimed to the sky near the Outpost!"

Aeith says, "We mustn't let the Bleaklands spread, this place is terrible."

Geijon says, "We destroyed these pods."

Thadston asks, "Where do we find Raznel?"

Geijon says, "Let's find her."

Madmountan spits a little in Darcena's direction, but it falls harmlessly to the ground beside her.

Thadston asks, "WHERE DO WE FIND HER?"

Darconas melodically says, "I kinda like it here."

Darconas melodically says, "It's...cozy."

Pylasar exclaims, "I'm thinking I'm thinking!"

Evia says, "WHERE."

Madmountan says, "There."

Guarrin deeply mutters, "Hope they have good aim."

Speaking sternly to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Madmountan Redthirfen."

Cryheart asks, "Opening to the west?"

Pylasar says, "She needs..."

Pylasar rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Speaking to Darcena, Madmountan exclaims, "You told me to!"

Balley softly says, "I heard a report she was running around in Landing giving scarabs."

Alasatia says, "Think faster."

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena exclaims, "You could have aimed at Cruxophim!"

Geijon says, "It loops."

Speaking to Pylasar, Goldstr exclaims, "Think fast Peter!"

Geijon says, "Maybe with all of us."

Cryheart says, "Focus."

Geijon recites:

"Let's go"

More and more pods break off and rise into the sky above the Bleaklands, soon peeling open to release hundreds of spores.

Berkana says, "Gross."

Evia says, "Oh no."

Geijon says, "We are th' opening."

Blades says, "No spores for me thank you."

A red-veined ashen bleak spore floats in to view.

[combat]

Madmountan exclaims, "Yes, kill the spores!"

[combat]

Cruxophim affably notes, "Delicious."

Blades exclaims, "I said I didn't want any!"

Blades says, "Uppity spores."

Stormyrain says, "..don't swing at the spores."

Lazaryth asks, "What happens?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Shinann says, "Tell us... you know."

(OOC) Eoghain's player whispers to the group, "If you or a loved one has been affected by mesothelioma."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Stormyrain says, "What you just saw. They explode into fire."

Lazaryth says, "I didn't see a thing. It's chaos."

Balley softly asks, "Are you working with her Peter?"

Stormyrain says, "Magic destroys them without that effect."

Lazaryth says, "But thank you."

Cryheart says, "Using weapons will cause the spores to burst."

Balley softly asks, "Did you bring us here to help her escape?"

Alasatia seriously says, "Speak."

Cryheart says, "Spells or kicking perhaps."

Leafiara says, "Attacking them with bare fists or feet will be fine, and some magic."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Stormyrain says, "We've seen it before, in the Deadfall forest."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "Did you bring us here?"

Lylia repeats, "Do not attack the spores with physical force. They can do catastrophic damage this way."

Pylasar says, "Let's get to the surface."

Lylia allows, "I suppose kicking them might suffice."

Speaking to Pylasar, Goldstr exclaims, "Peter, focus!"

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Speaking slowly to Lylia, Cruxophim ventures, "Did you say 'kicking' or 'licking'?"

Blades asks, "Am I supposed to kill it with my good looks or somethin?"

Kembal asks, "What?"

Speaking to Blades, Eoghain says, "Do try."

Blades bats his eyelashes for attention.

Blades asks, "Did it work?"

Kembal says, "Oh dang it, that scarab she threw at me earlier."

Ysharra says, "This is madness. Not that I expected different, but still."

Cryheart says, "Hmmm."

Speaking idly to Cruxophim, Darcena murmurs, "For once, I hadn't thought of licking it."

Geijon says, "That loops."

Speaking to Blades, Pietra says, "Of course, we're all done. Everything is good again."

Cryheart says, "We are in a loops."

Speaking to Pylasar, Alasatia repeats, "Speak."

Hundreds of large spores begin to drift through the sky above the Bleaklands, leaving a trail of ash and haze in their wake. They float towards the portal between lands, and begin to pass through towards Wehnimer's Landing.

Berkana says, "Ugh."

Lazaryth says, "Oh, dear."

Madmountan exclaims, "O0ohhh, yeah, what do the spores taste like!"

Cryheart asks, "How do we get out?"

Ysharra says, "We have to stop them."

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena scolds, "No."

Darconas melodically says, "Nice."

Geijon says, "Block th' portal."

Guarrin deeply says, "Well. Not good."

Cruxophim: "Spores incoming!"

Aeith asks, "Can we get out and close the portal behind us?"

Kembal says, "Keep going west."

Thadston exclaims, "Get to town!"

Evia: "Watch out town!"

Geijon says, "Block th' portal."

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena says, "You're in bad enough shape, Madmountan."

Puptilian says, "I spent way too much time around Talador."

Cryheart asks, "Can we fog out?"

Leafiara asks, "It's backward through the openings, right?"

Evia: "Don't hit the spores with blades!"

Puptilian says, "We can't have it spread more."

Eoghain says, "Well, I'm now no longer the only person to have crop dusted the Landing."

Pylasar points west.

Ashmoreth says, "Town may be in trouble."

Speaking to Raelee, Ysharra asks, "Had any thoughts on closing it?"

Raelee says, "Blocking the portal will not stop them."

Leafiara says, "Or generally west."

Maylan: "Kill the spores! Kill them with magic!"

Maylan: "Do not use brute force!"

Berkana exclaims, "Blow the place up!"

Aeith says, "Maybe rain meteors behind us as we close it? If there was ever a time...."

Leafiara: "Unarmed combat or magic, or else they'll explode."

Alasatia says, "Just west."

Kembal exclaims, "No, west!"

Madmountan asks, "Again?"

Berkana says, "Implode it."

Geijon says, "All th' illusions are gone."

Alasatia says, "There."

Kembal says, "Now up."

Ysharra says, "Spores don't like cold...at least, normal spores don't..."

Daniels says, "I'm not opposed to meteor shower."

Leafiara says, "Ah, there's everyone..."

Shinann asks, "Raelee can you close the portal?"

Geijon says, "Bleaklands."

Town militia roll out a crackling white pylon to the North Gate, and begin firing on spores as they enter the skies above Wehnimer's Landing.

Uthenegal says, "Always with the meteors."

Pylasar breaks out in a sweat.

Speaking to Raelee, Shinann asks, "Can you close the portal?"

Pylasar breaks out in a sweat.

Cruxophim absently muses, "Rather pretty."

Kembal asks, "Pylons and spores - explosion or no?"

Raelee says, "Probably. But again, we are not in some far off land. Even if the portal is closed, they will likely reach the town in a day's time."

Puptilian says, "From the sky, a day at most."

Leafiara sighs, "Who's singing peace this time?"

Lyrna: "How do you use the pylons? I've forgotten..."

Xorus says, "They will spread all over the continent."

Blades says, "My singing doesn't bring peace."

Speaking honestly to Leafiara, Darcena says, "It is never me."

Cruxophim: "Push, pull, infuse."

Evia whispers to the group, "Did she not have some kind of hideout in old Talador?"

The dark sky above the Bleaklands peels open, as if splitting in half, as the form of a huge tooth-covered black behemoth descends, drifting towards the portal to Wehnimer's Landing.

Lyrna: "Thank you!"

Speaking quietly to Blades, Falvicar says, "I'll bet it sounds better than Malmora's."

Cryheart says, "Ok..camp."

Darconas melodically says, "Oh that's ugly."

Puptilian says, "We burned it down."

Aeith says, "Oh no, not that thing again."

Xorus says, "There you are..."

Zosopage says, "Need to get out of this camp."

Leafiara slowly says, "Aha... that's what they are."

Ysharra says, "Well, there's our old friend."

Eoghain exclaims, "Hi mom!"

Raelee says, "The spores are in town."

Leafiara says, "The behemoths... wondered how they were made."

Raelee says, "By the way."

Razanetika softly asks, "Where did Pukk go?"

Geijon says, "We have to defend th' portal."

Blades says, "Made with love."

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

A young girl's voice says, "Daddy?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Geijon says, "Where is th' opening Mage."

Speaking to Pylasar, Pietra says, "Not her."

Speaking firmly to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "Don't fall for it."

Kembal says, "Quite obviously, we need to keep a cartographer with us at all times."

Geijon says, "We are failing."

Cruxophim sternly commands, "Go to yer room, missus."

Cryheart asks, "How the?"

Darconas melodically asks, "Are we being led by a ranger?"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Darcena murmurs, "That sounds very practiced."

Shinann asks, "I wonder if we can fog out?"

Maylan says, "We should drop the peace song so's we can BURN THE WITCH."

Falvicar quietly says, "If we were... we'd be lost."

Thadston exclaims, "Get back to the Bleaklands and portal!"

Lazaryth says, "Now, Cryheart's got a lot to keep track of."

Ysharra says, "No. I know better than to try. Cryheart's doing the best he can."

Speaking to Pylasar, Alasatia promises, "I will light you on fire."

Speaking nonchalantly to Darcena, Cruxophim remarks, "So are the spankings."

Speaking to Thadston, Stormyrain says, "We're trying."

Alasatia says, "South."

Ashmoreth says, "Glad we held off on that 'seal us in with meteors' plan."

Cryheart says, "Went south."

Leafiara affirms, "It's challenging terrain. Cryheart's doing great."

Cryheart says, "We been here afore."

Myharl deeply says, "Try going backwards."

Geijon says, "We split here."

Ashmoreth says, "It took me like 10 minutes to find you guys. This place is a nightmare."

A huge tooth-covered behemoth glides towards the Bleaklands portal, moving towards the red and black gateway.

Madmountan says, "It's almost like it's a maze or something."

Pietra says, "Ew, teeth."

Darcena frets, "We need to kill her fast."

Leafiara: "We're moving back toward the Bleaklands portal now, I believe... if any need to reconvene."

Cruxophim thoughtfully notes, "Well, the Outpost is kinda screwed. That thing is huge, and that's a small portal."

Cryheart says, "No..that dinnae work."

Goldstr says, "Try as we do da Vortexes go jess one way."

Lazaryth asks, "What?"

Madmountan says, "Sometimes the outhouse must feel like that."

Lyrna: "It's slow going to infuse them with few people - it goes faster with more."

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena deadpans, "Only when you're using it."

Speaking reassuringly to Lazaryth, Leafiara says, "We'll figure that problem out after she's dead."

(Lazaryth glances down at his arm, then grimaces.)

Speaking to Lazaryth, Ysharra says, "Your skin..."

Zosopage: "Found it."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Ysharra says, "Just hold on."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara muses, "And that's assuming that killing her doesn't solve it immediately."

Roelaren: "Where is it."

Guarrin: "Which direction?"

Zosopage says, "Follow me."

The town militia roll out a white pylon outside of Moot Hall and begin firing on spores as they enter the sky.

Gutstorm exclaims, "Yeah follow another warrior!"

Lazaryth says, "I'm fine. Everything is fine."

[Voln - Geijon] "Follows th' bleaklands"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Darcena mouths, "Slaughter. Bones."

Cryheart asks, "South?"

Evia says, "Sure."

Rasson says, "Yes."

Puptilian says, "South."

[Voln - Eledryn] "Found them, Pukk."

Puptilian says, "Now southwest."

Ysharra says, "There we go."

The black tooth-covered behemoth drifts into the red and black portal, passing from the skies of the Bleakland into the skies over Wehnimer's Landing.

Darconas melodically says, "West."

Guarrin deeply says, "Ah bloody."

Myharl deeply says, "Almost back."

Darconas melodically says, "Portal."

Sir Cryheart's group just went through a churning black and red portal.

Roundtime changed to 1 second.

Roundtime: 3 sec.

[Hendoran Outpost, Gateway]

The stone walls are smooth and covered with faint, yet meticulously-detailed wards that periodically shimmer with pale silver light. The glow from the rune-etched walls bathes the entire circular chamber in a soft luminosity. The very air crackles with a powerful energy, as the occasional spark of lightning dances harmlessly across the high-domed ceiling. You also see a murky black and red portal and a rune-carved steel door.

[Voln - Pukk] "of course you did...we are still lost though"

Cruxophim: "Behemoth incoming!"

Ashmoreth exclaims, "Portal!"

Darconas melodically says, "There."

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena says, "I don't suppose you'll get yourself dirty now."

[Voln - Geijon] "Fake portals"

Leafiara slowly ssay, "Time for those pylons to put in some work."

Speaking to Cryheart, Maylan exclaims, "You did it!"

Goldstr exclaims, "Whew!"

Pylasar exclaims, "It made it through!"

Speaking softly to Cryheart, Razanetika exclaims, "Good job!"

Cryheart says, "Whew."

Speaking to Darcena, Madmountan asks, "What kinda dirt we talking about?"

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

Raelee says, "No..."

Darconas melodically exclaims, "Time to kill the pods!"

Raelee says, "Go... go back." [Cryheart was currently moving to the outside of the outpost]

Aeith says, "That cheer was for us making it through, not the behemoth."

Falvicar whispers something to Puptilian.

Leafiara: "We've returned to the Landing. We're at the outpost now."

Guarrin deeply asks, "Don't we need to close that?"

Rasson exclaims, "Tell them to fire!"

Speaking to Raelee, Stormyrain asks, "What's wrong?"

Alasatia says, "The portal needs to be closed."

Raelee says, "I cannot close the portal from down here."

Speaking to Raelee, Ysharra says, "Hang on, Magister."

Speaking to Guarrin, Eledryn says, "There are people inside still."

Speaking to Cryheart, Stormyrain says, "Take her back to the portal."

Darconas melodically says, "Acceptable losses."

Ysharra says, "One problem at a time."

Speaking to Cryheart, Stormyrain says, "She has to close the portal."

Speaking sharply to Madmountan, Cruxophim states, "Portal."

Razanetika softly says, "For the love of rainbows."

[by this point we're back at TSC]

Speaking sharply to Cryheart, Cruxophim states, "Portal."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Madmountan asks, "Can we lick it?"

Cryheart asks, "Any attacks?"

Thadston says, "Hold."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "Louder he is getting old."

Speaking to Puptilian, Stormyrain says, "Apparently."

Thadston says, "Take us outside the Outpost. NOW."

Speaking wryly to Ysharra, Cruxophim reasons, "I mean, it's a bit late now."

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Yes."

Speaking to Cryheart, Puptilian says, "Give me the group."

[Voln - Eledryn] "You... may want to make a more expedient retreat from Talador."

Cryheart: "We are now in Town Square Center."

Speaking to Darcena, Madmountan says, "It really is a juicy portal."

Lyrna: "Are there folks at the other pylons? I'm the only one at the north gate pylon and it's going very slowly."

Pietra: "But we need to go back to the outpost, Cryheart."

Maylan: "We have to close the portal, Mister Sir Knight Sir!"

Raelee growls, "I will do it myself."

Magister Raelee just went west.

Maylan: "Take us back!"

Leafiara: "We're forming plans."

Bernadette: "Spores on north ring road."

The huge tooth-covered behemoth begins to expand over the town of Wehnimer's Landing, its bulbous, slimy maggot-like form beginning to grow. Giant spores continue to fill the sky like floating lanterns of death.

Cryheart: "Thadston told us to hold."

Thadston says, "Take us outside the Outpost. NOW."

Maylan: "He told us to go back NOW."

Speaking to Cryheart, Puptilian says, "Outpost."

Guarrin deeply says, "Outside the outpost."

Thadston says, "We need to shoot that damn thing down."

Pietra: "Thadston told us to get back to the outpost."

Leafiara asks, "Where are the pylons?"

Goldstr exclaims, "Thadston said go Outpost NOW!"

Maags says, "We will."

Evia says, "To the portal."

Teiana says, "Why aren't we moving."

Cryheart asks, "Back to the Outpost then?"

Myharl deeply exclaims, "To the outpost!"

Razanetika softly says, "We're going to have incoming new friends soon."

[travel]

Leafiara: "We're making our way to the outpost pylons."

Roelaren: "The same Thadston who was killing folks and killed me."

Leafiara: "That was a doppelganger."

Lazaryth: "No. Different Thadston."

Pietra: "No, that was an illusion."

[Lower Dragonsclaw, Grasslands]

Growing among the warm grasses are a few scattered trees. It is hard to tell if the forest you can see to the west is encroaching upon the grasslands or if it is slowly being harvested and replaced for grazing. You also see the rolton-shaped Maylan disk, the crab-shaped Rasson disk, the Razanetika disk, the Balley disk, the Ashmoreth disk, the Eledryn disk, the Kobane disk, the Zosopage disk, the Uthenegal disk, the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, the Shyspirit disk, the Aeith disk, the Berost disk, the Myharl disk, a volatile aurora spirit that is flying around, a silver-edged blackened warblade hovering in mid-air, a spare bleached white imp, a black-tipped majestic snow leopard, a massive snowy battle-scarred lynx, a smoke wolf, an ebon crowned eagle that is flying around, a long metal-plated wagon, a long metal-plated wagon, a long metal-plated wagon, a glowing blue-white pylon, a huge imperial wagon, a black-vein covered stone outpost, a withered patch of grass, a withered patch of grass and a withered patch of grass.

Cryheart says, "Pylons."

Demanec darkly asks, "Who's leading?"

Geijon: "Cryheart. I got out."

Speaking to Demanec, Leafiara says, "Sir Cryheart."

Leafiara: "We're at the pylons outside the outpost now."

Goldstr asks, "Pylons fer da behemoth?"

Cryheart: "We are just outside the Outpost."

Gutstorm drunkenly exclaims, "I wanna operate a pylon!"

The pylon sparks to life.

Roelaren: "We are outside Moot Hall."

Geijon: "Find me. Close this portal."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Leafiara says, "Then tonight's your night..."

Cryheart says, "Man the pylons."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Lazaryth says, "Easy, big guy."

Ysharra says, "May V'tull guide that shot."

Falvicar quietly says, "Ronan."

Evia says, "Are we closing portals or fiddling with pylons."

Raelee: "Outside is not helpful. If you know how to dissemble runes, you should be in here. If you do not, fine. Remain out there."

The pylon sparks to life.

Speaking deeply to Evia, Myharl says, "Yes."

Cryheart asks, "Those who can dissemble runes...go back to the tower...remember where it is?"

Gutstorm 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.

Ysharra says, "Shoot it down...please, shoot it down..."

Leafiara steadies the blue-white pylon and fires! A bolt of brilliant blue-white energy soars up, and strikes an enormous flying tooth-covered black behemoth, the blast of blue-white flames searing a section of the beast as a painful bellow echoes from its belly!

Cryheart says, "Ok..some stay here."

Speaking drunkenly to Leafiara, Gutstorm says, "You shtole my shot."

Cryheart says, "I am taking the rest to the portal to dissemble."

Evia says, "I do not even reckon what disassemble runes means."

Leafiara asks, "...dissemble?"

Cryheart says, "That is what Raelee indicated."

[Voln - Pukk] "Still lost in the Taladorian camp"

Maylan recites:

"Form on me"

Geijon: "It's in th' outpost, come to this portal. We have to close it."

Maylan: "Berkana and I are manning the pylon."


Closure

[Hendoran Outpost, Gateway]

The stone walls are smooth and covered with faint, yet meticulously-detailed wards that periodically shimmer with pale silver light. The glow from the rune-etched walls bathes the entire circular chamber in a soft luminosity. The very air crackles with a powerful energy, as the occasional spark of lightning dances harmlessly across the high-domed ceiling. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area. You also see an incredibly vicious sacred sparte, the Eledryn disk, the Balley disk, the Zosopage disk, the Uthenegal disk, the Myharl disk, the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, the Aeith disk, the rolton-shaped Ryjex disk, the Berost disk, the crab-shaped Rasson disk, the Razanetika disk, the Shyspirit disk, the Ashmoreth disk, the Kobane disk, a red-veined ashen bleak spore that appears dead, a red-veined ashen bleak spore that appears dead, a murky black and red portal and a rune-carved steel door.

Raelee sharply says, "It is about time."

Blades says, "I stared it to death."

Cryheart says, "Dinnae use physical weapons on spores."

Gutstorm drunkenly exclaims, "Shave me leafi!"

Blades says, "You're welcome."

Madmountan asks, "Shave?"

Speaking to Raelee, Geijon says, "You have no idea how difficult this was."

Maylan: "It's just us two out here."

Speaking slowly to Raelee, Leafiara asks, "So... what's the plan on this one?"

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee asks, "Are you inclined to help?"

Spores continue to drift into the skies above Wehimer's Landing as the black tooth-covered giant behemoth in the sky expands, ichor oozing from its mammoth form.

Berkana: "We could use a few more people on the pylon."

Thadston asks, "Can you close it?"

Speaking to Thadston, Raelee says, "I am working on it."

Eledryn: "How do the Pylons work?"

Leafiara: "Infuse them, then push to aim and pull to fire."

Guarrin deeply suggests, "Perhaps we let the Magisters and others handle it instead of wailing on it." [several warriors were bashing the portal]

Xorus asks, "... are we ceding the Bleaklands to Raznel, if she is still out there?"

Zosopage: "Infuse them with mana then pull them."

Thadston: "Someone keep at the pylons! Shoot down those spores and beast!"

Geijon says, "She can be killed."

Raelee distractedly says, "... just start disassembling the network of runes. You do not have to be terribly neat about it."

Speaking to Guarrin, Evia asks, "Bash is not dissemble?"

Thadston says, "Peter."

Cryheart says, "Ok..some of you who can use the pylons go back to the one."

Thadston asks, "Where is Rachel?"

Speaking to Raelee, Aleid says, "I can help a little, maybe, if you need me to."

Geijon says, "Bash it."

Pylasar begins to twitch.

Geijon says, "Bash the portal."

Cryheart says, "And shoot down those spores."

The red and black portal seems to thicken, only widening and growing stronger as more spores leak through.

Ysharra says, "Maybe she'll come try to stop us instead of continuing to attack us with ourselves."

[combat]

Goldstr asks, "Aye pylons need infusing aye?"

[combat]

The red and black portal seems to thicken, only widening and growing stronger as more spores leak through.

Cryheart: "We need some folks to man the pylon outside the Outpost."

Leafiara: "There's a pylon outside the outpost that people need help with. Meanwhile, inside the outpost we also need aid stopping spores from coming through the portal."

Raelee says, "One does not close a portal by hitting it with a hammer."

Geijon says, "Bash it."

Maylan: "Join me when you get here. Stay in one group."

Cruxophim: "I'll be there soon, I have... something to take care of."

Raelee vexedly says, "Just... stop."

Thadston asks, "Where...Peter?"

Darconas melodically asks, "I mean it can't hurt?"

Maylan: "There are 5 of us here now."

Evia asks, "Dammit what do you want us to do?"

Cryheart: "Do not use weapons to physically attack the spores...use magics or fists."

Pylasar says, "She's not in the Bleaklands."

Puptilian asks, "Just wondering, couldn't we just blast the portal with a pylon and overload it?"

Speaking to Raelee, Aleid says, "Tell me what to do."

Siggurd: "5 of us doing well at TSE pylon."

Lyrna: "There are two of us at the north gate pylon."

Xorus asks, "You are certain?"

Pylasar says, "I think she's where it began for her."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "Where is she?"

Demanec darkly says, "Bash away you bashing bashers."

Thadston glances at Pylasar.

Speaking to Pylasar, Raelee asks, "Below?"

Thadston exclaims, "STOP bashing the portal!"

Xorus says, "Very well."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "In the cavern?"

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "If Dwi was here, she would headbutt that portal in one hit and pop it open."

Evia recites:

"HALT bashing"

Pylasar nods.

Balley softly asks, "What are you NOT telling us?"

Shinann asks, "Below the Outpost?"

Speaking to Thadston, Evia says, "You have to talk really loud."

Goldstr exclaims, "Listen folks!"

Pylasar says, "I...I think so."

Thadston says, "But we need this closed."

[Voln - Pukk] "Seriously I can't get out"

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Where Naimorai became Rachel."

Geijon asks, "When did she poof over?"

[Voln - Leafiara] "No Symbol of Return? Anyone in the group to fog?"

Pylasar says, "We do. The Bleaklands will never go away, the spores will just feed it."

Pylasar says, "We can't let it take hold here any further."

Speaking to herself, Lylia murmurs, "...and this, and just there."

Pylasar says, "So we may have to let her go."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "But the blight said it's the Bleak."

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena asks, "Fleas?"

Pylasar says, "And stop this."

[Voln - Pukk] "I used that several times...and it just started working"

Daniels says, "We need to sacrifice someone."

Speaking to Pylasar, Shinann says, "No."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "If we stop her, will the blight end?"

Geijon says, "She is hiding here and the portal is open."

Lylia coldly asks, "Let her go?"

Demanec darkly says, "Not it."

Speaking to Ysharra, Raelee says, "Highly unlikely."

Speaking to Pylasar, Goldstr exclaims, "Mus be a ruse Peter!"

Balley softly exclaims, "Who are you Peter!"

Speaking to Pylasar, Maags says, "Yous know we cannot do that."

Thadston grabs Shinann by the arm firmly. "Kill the witch. Don't you dare falter or let anyone stop you."

Shinann nods at Thadston.

Speaking to Pylasar, Lylia says, "She defiled my town. She slaughtered my people."

Speaking to Thadston, Malifren asks, "Why is Pylasar's spine still intact?"

Titaniae quietly asks, "What happened to the behemoth? It taking a break or something?"

Thadston moves forward and pushes Pylasar aside, hard, up against the wall.

Speaking to Thadston, Geijon says, "You aren't one to be trusted."

Lylia snarls, "She violated me!"

Avalera firmly says, "No. We are not letting her go again. Enough is enough."

Speaking to Pylasar, Lylia exclaims, "She dies for this!"

Geijon says, "Close this portal as they go insane."

Demanec darkly asks, "Whom is the witch?"

Thadston taps his kroderine gauntlets together and they spark as he steps through the portal of blood and shadows.

Speaking sharply to Geijon, Raelee exclaims, "Stop!" [he was still bashing the portal]

Lazaryth whispers something to Demanec.

Speaking to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "Do you remember what you're fighting for? And who? Do you still have the--"

Geijon recites:

"Close the portal"

Ysharra says, "He's going after her."

>go porta

The portal appears to be closed.

Shinann says, "Close it."

Lylia says, "Oh, you mad bastard, you are not to --"

Speaking to Geijon, Alasatia says, "Stop."

Ysharra says, "That's the sacrifice."

Speaking to Geijon, Raelee asks, "If this explodes because you hit the wrong rune and kill everyone in this room, will that be enough to satisfy you?"

Goldstr says, "Listen to Magister Raelee, folks, she knows how to unravel da portal."

Ashmoreth says, "I'm gonna need a set of those gauntlets."

Geijon says, "Thadston is lost."

Leafiara says, "It's... already closed, in a sense. I can't get through..."

From within the portal, Thadston appears and turns around, looking back at those in the Outpost. His gauntlets begin to crackle with energy and glow brightly.

Geijon exclaims, "Close it!"

Leafiara slowly says, "He's going to close it."

Geijon exclaims, "Close it!"

Darconas melodically exclaims, "Bye bye!"

(Raelee gestures at the portal, making counter-clockwise gestures.)

Speaking to a murky black and red portal, Ysharra says, "Battle on."

Geijon says, "He's going to fire at us."

Lylia yells, "You are not allowed to die!"

Cryheart says, "Shinann is going to kill the witch."

Speaking to Geijon, Raelee says, "If you want it closed, get out of the way. You are making it harder."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "It was his choice."

Evia says, "Please listen to the Magister."

Speaking deeply to Geijon, Guarrin says, "I believe Thadston is going to handle it."

Leafiara yells, "Come back to us! Make the long march if you must, after the portal's closed!"

Speaking to Raelee, Geijon says, "You are wrong, more than you are right."

Speaking heartily to Geijon, Chamorr says, "Would you stop that." [bashing]

Geijon says, "Close this portal. NOW."

Speaking in Faendryl, Lylia exclaims something you don't understand.

A field of shadows and blood churn all around Thadston, the Bleaklands behind him, the Outpost before him. He reaches out wide with both arms, the gauntlets glowing with an intense light. He tenses his arms and slowly begins to pull them together, struggling as veins throb in his neck and forehead. The portal begins to slowly respond and close.

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

Speaking to Geijon, Pietra exclaims, "Stop!"

Leafiara quietly says, "He's always been stubborn. He'll... find a way back even with the portal closed."

(Raelee mirrors Thadston's gesture on her side, attempting to cast around Geijon.)

Moving his hands closer together, the portal continues to respond to Thadston's actions.

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

Leafiara unconvincingly adds, "Maybe."

Zosopage says, "Thadston is closing them."

Aeith exclaims, "Can't he do that from this side!"

Zosopage says, "It."

Raelee sharply says, "Someone move Geijon out of my way."

Alasatia murmurs softly under her breath, preparing a spell...

Alasatia gestures at Geijon.

CS: +553 - TD: +358 + CvA: -23 + d100: +94 - -5 == +271

Warding failed!

Geijon's eyes roll up into his head as he slumps to the ground.

Cryheart says, "I suggest not bashing the portal."

(Raelee returns to her gesture, pulling her own hands closer together in mirror of Thadston's.)

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Geijon looksh cute when he ish shneepin."

Demanec recites darkly:

"No more bashing you bashing bashers"

Cryheart says, "We dinnae want to disturb what happens inside."

Berkana: "Five people on a pylon makes for quick infusing and firing."

Razanetika softly asks, "Did Pukk make it out yet?"

Raelee loudly asks, "Thadston! Do you have it?"

Speaking to Razanetika, Eledryn says, "I sighted him at the Wayside earlier."

Speaking to Razanetika, Leafiara says, "I see him at the pylon now."

Raelee hisses, "It is putting up a lot of resistance."

Balley softly asks, "Do you need more power Raelee?"

Speaking to Raelee, Geijon says, "You have made a mistake trusting Thadston."

The portal of shadow and blood continues to close as Thadston's entire arms begin to smoke and disappear in the glow of the light from his gauntlets. He strains, veins throbbing in his neck threatening to burst. Behind him the horrors of the Bleaklands stir.

Lylia whispers something to Ysharra.

Ysharra says, "Stand witness, Landing's defenders."

Ysharra says, "We owe him that."

Geijon says, "Bashing it or closing it. The portal is closed."

Raelee quickly says, "... as I said, if you know how to dissemble runes, work on that. The walls."

Raelee says, "Draw the energy off of them."

...and like that, Thadston claps his gauntlets together with a thunderous clap that echoes from the other side. The portal of blood and darkness closes as he vanishes from view on the other side.

Cryheart whispers something to Puptilian.

Xorus says, "Now, then."

Speaking coolly to Geijon, Raelee says, "It is closed."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Oh, he'll be back, he always comes back."

Chamorr heartily says, "It's a long walk back."

Zosopage asks, "But does he have the power to open it from the inside?"

Balley softly exclaims, "Start Talking Peter!"

Evia says, "Resolute, he was."

Speaking to Chamorr, Darcena mutters, "Hopefully decades long."

Speaking to Zosopage, Leafiara says, "He doesn't intend to."

Speaking to Zosopage, Raelee says, "Not this portal."

Zosopage says, "If he is to be trusted that is."

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

Speaking to Zosopage, Raelee says, "It is framed here."


At the Beginning With You

Pylasar says, "Magister."

Speaking heartily to Pylasar, Chamorr says, "What are you doin mage."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Now. You were saying."

Pylasar says, "Take us to the caverns."

Speaking to Raelee, Geijon says, "I am counting to ten."

Speaking to Zosopage, Leafiara says, "All he can do is walk back... if he survives long enough out there."

Goldstr exclaims, "Another brave Knight gave fer da Landin!"

Cryheart asks, "Caverns?"

Speaking to Geijon, Raelee asks, "Can you?"

Leafiara asks, "Caverns?"

Aeith asks, "Is that horror still in the sky?"

Darconas melodically asks, "So what about the behemoth?"

Lazaryth asks, "What are we doing in the caverns?"

Speaking to Cryheart, Raelee says, "Let me lead."

Darconas melodically asks, "Is that it?"

Leafiara: "Has the behemoth been downed yet?"

Geijon says, "You have been deceived."

Speaking to Pylasar, Puptilian says, "What will we find."

Cryheart says, "Hold."

Maylan: "Not yet."

Cryheart says, "Join me."

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

Kembal: "Nope - we've gotten 5 hits on it from the outpost pylon."

The giant tooth-covered behemoth still expands in the sky, holes burned it into it from the pylon strikes. Spores continue to spread and break apart, some being shot down.

Leafiara: "It'll do... progress."

Lyrna: "We're just getting spores here."

Kembal: "Make that six now."

[Hendoran Outpost, Cellar]

Casks of wine and crates of food are stacked neatly in every corner of the large cellar, and more than a few old dirty footprints are scattered about the earthen ground. A lit torch protrudes from a wall, throwing a cascade of light and shadows across the area. You also see the rolton-shaped Ryjex disk, the Zosopage disk, the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, the Ashmoreth disk, the Berost disk, the Balley disk, the Razanetika disk, the Aeith disk, the crab-shaped Rasson disk, the Shyspirit disk, the Kobane disk, the Eledryn disk and some wooden steps.

Magister Raelee's group just went through a jagged crevice.

[Dark Tunnel]

The tunnel is dark and damp, the walls covered in some spots with beads of water. The squeak of a rodent is periodically heard nearby and a steel ladder leads up to a reinforced steel grate in the ceiling. You also see a jagged crevice.

Darcena fondly says, "Brings back memories of when I killed that kraken."

Magister Raelee's group just went through a faint silver portal.

[Hendoran Outpost, Dark Nook]

Endless swaths of darkness stretch out from the jagged rim, broken up only faintly by the indistinct flicker of red, blue, green and yellow lights below. The cold of the underground permeates in the air and an eerie silence hangs in the chamber. You also see a faint silver portal along a rock wall and a huge black stone dais.

Cryheart says, "These caverns."

Ysharra says, "Yes."

Leafiara says, "...hm."

Shinann says, "I have been looking." [she'd broken away from the group earlier to see]

Maylan: "How goes the portal?"

Ysharra says, "Where the witch was born."

Shinann says, "Go there."

Leafiara: "Closed now. With Thadston on the other side."

Pylasar steps up onto the dais and it floats down into the darkness, transporting him into the depths of the shadowy cavern.

Evia says, "Put her on there and burn 'er up."

Shinann says, "There are spheres."

You step up onto the dais and it floats down into the darkness, transporting you into the depths of the shadowy cavern.

[Hendoran Outpost, Sanctuary]

Floors of dark brown checkered marble stretch along the expansive chamber, while walls of polished earth rise up to encompass the area in earthen solitude. Stone constructs, a mix of clay and stone, stand like silent sentries along the cavern. The center of the room is spacious, but the outer walls are cluttered with dozens of crates, boxes and blocks of granite. Suspending from the ceiling are rows of crystal-like spheres. You also see a sturdy stone workbench and a huge black stone dais.

Aeith: "The portal was closed, Thadston remained behind."

Shinann says, "There are spheres."

>look sphere

Within the crystalline spheres there are dozens of cerulean fire elementals, writhing about in an almost humanoid form, sloshing around like liquid blue flame.

Maylan: "Where are you folks now?"

Cryheart yells, "Go dais!"

Pietra: "Now we're floating down some dais to look for Raznel."

A huge bellow shakes the heavens as a pylon blast strikes the behemoth!

Shinann asks, "Did you seal the portal?"

Zosopage: "Nice shot."

Maylan: "In the Bleaklands?"

Speaking to Shinann, Lylia says, "Thadston did."

Speaking to Shinann, Raelee says, "At Thadston's expense."

Zosopage: "In the outpost."

Pietra: "No, the outpost."

Magister Raelee's group just went down.

[Outpost, Plinite Cavern]

The earthen walls are uneven and jagged, marred by hundreds of tiny circular fissures. Bursting forth from many of these small crevices are clusters of glowing plinite, each formation providing a myriad of colors from blue, to yellow, to red and green. The luminescent lights from the plinite shards cast a vibrant yet hypnotic pattern along the smooth stone ground.

Lazaryth: "We went through a wine cellar, and... down into some kind of bunker beneath the outpost."

Lazaryth: "Now in the plinite caverns."

Pietra: "Ooh, there's wine?"

Pylasar rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Cryheart says, "Been a long time since I hae seen this."

Evia says, "Giving me uncomfortable de-ja-vu."

Demanec darkly asks, "Were is this Raznel at?"

Pylasar rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Raelee quietly admits, "This is where she released Thrayzar."

Ysharra says, "Down here. Somewhere."

Pylasar says, "Go back..."

Pylasar points up.

Berkana: "We could use one more infuser out here at the outpost pylon."

Magister Raelee's group just went up.

[Hendoran Outpost, Sanctuary]

Floors of dark brown checkered marble stretch along the expansive chamber, while walls of polished earth rise up to encompass the area in earthen solitude. Stone constructs, a mix of clay and stone, stand like silent sentries along the cavern. The center of the room is spacious, but the outer walls are cluttered with dozens of crates, boxes and blocks of granite. Suspending from the ceiling are rows of crystal-like spheres. You also see a sturdy stone workbench and a huge black stone dais.

Demanec darkly asks, "This witch a lad or lady?"

Speaking to Demanec, Lazaryth says, "A lady."

Pylasar says, "This goes elsewhere."

Pylasar asks, "Doesn't it?"

Demanec darkly asks, "She pretty?"

Pylasar glances at Raelee.

Pylasar glances at Shinann.

Speaking to Pylasar, Raelee asks, "Do you want the chamber in which she trained?"

Pylasar says, "Yes."

Raelee reaches out and touches a huge black stone dais.

Shinann asks, "Where is she?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Shinann says, "You will never get back to Gracie this way."

Goldstr asks, "Da dwarf Brumas went down aye?"

Cryheart says, "We destroyed his cocoon."

[OOC: everyone floats on the dais, but there's an awkward silence as Pylasar won't come; I'm guessing Kenstrom had to adjust where the dais went on the fly]

[Hendoran Outpost, Dark Nook]

Endless swaths of darkness stretch out from the jagged rim, broken up only faintly by the indistinct flicker of red, blue, green and yellow lights below. The cold of the underground permeates in the air and an eerie silence hangs in the chamber. You also see the Zosopage disk, the Eledryn disk, the Balley disk, the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, the crab-shaped Rasson disk, the Kobane disk, a faint silver portal along a rock wall and a huge black stone dais.

Leafiara asks, "...where's Pylasar?"

Shinann says, "Back there."

Evia says, "I don't even know where I am let alone anyone else."

You step up onto the dais and it floats down into the darkness, transporting you into the depths of the shadowy cavern.

[Hendoran Outpost, Sanctuary]

Floors of dark brown checkered marble stretch along the expansive chamber, while walls of polished earth rise up to encompass the area in earthen solitude. Stone constructs, a mix of clay and stone, stand like silent sentries along the cavern. The center of the room is spacious, but the outer walls are cluttered with dozens of crates, boxes and blocks of granite. Suspending from the ceiling are rows of crystal-like spheres. You also see the Zosopage disk, the rolton-shaped Ryjex disk, the Ashmoreth disk, the Berost disk, the Aeith disk, a sturdy stone workbench and a huge black stone dais.

Demanec cryptically says, "Looks likes ya got chosen."

Speaking to Pylasar, Shinann asks, "Where is she?"

Speaking urgently to Pylasar, Leafiara asks, "What are we looking for?"

[people gradually return]

Aeith appears, floating on a black stone dais and ascends to the ground.

Evia says, "They all float.."

Shinann says, "I did not see this earlier... I saw something different."

Shinann says, "There was a way to go to another area."

Speaking to Shinann, Ysharra asks, "Do you mean the place where you were nearly...?"

Cryheart says, "Join Raelee."

Leafiara suspiciously asks, "Why is Pylasar not following?" [OOC: again, in hindsight I think Kenstrom was just adjusting the dais, but IC it was one of those "is he about to turn on us" moments]

Ysharra asks, "Down by the burrow orcs?"

Shinann says, "I tried to drag him up here... I could not."

Balley softly asks, "Do you think he should be trusted?"

Regwen says, "A few are sill down there with him."

Speaking frankly to Balley, Leafiara says, "No idea. That's why I'm wondering."

Demanec darkly says, "Maybe fell asleeps."

Chamorr heartily says, "Now where to."

Balley softly says, "He seemed happy the pods opened."

Goldstr says, "Pylasar will nae answer."

Pukk: "We are manning the Pylons. Berkana and Maylan are taking charge here."

(OOC) Zosopage's player whispers to the group, "Maybe he had a baby moment."

Siggurd: "5 of us at north gate doing well."

Morofinwe: "We are manning the one at the north gate."

Speaking to Pylasar, Shinann asks, "Where is she?"

Pylasar says, "Hold..."

Maylan: "We still can't find you lot. We see all yer pets and whatnot, but no way to get to you."

Speaking darkly to Blades, Demanec says, "That looks tastey."

Blades says, "Found the kitchen."

Blades takes a bite of his garlic-rosemary turkey.

Maylan: "There's a zoo up here waiting for you."

Pylasar begins to trace some runes on the dais.

Berkana: "We've blown about ten or more holes in it."

Balley softly asks, "What are you doing Peter?"

Leafiara: "If you can find the cellar, there's a crevice leading to a portal."

Pukk: "Let Cruxophim eat them all...that will make things easier."

Raelee quietly says, "The chamber has been sealed since Dennet died."

Speaking to Pylasar, Goldstr exclaims, "Peter ye mus stay focused! Ye knows Rachel mus die ferever!"

Pylasar steps away.

Raelee says, "It should only take a moment to reopen it more broadly."

Pylasar says, "There."

Pylasar says, "Go now."


Final Hurdle

Pylasar steps up onto the dais and it floats up into the darkness, transporting him into the depths of the shadowy cavern.

You step up onto the dais and it floats up into the darkness, transporting you into the depths of the shadowy cavern.

[Hendoran Outpost, Rune Chamber]

Seamless black stone walls create the feeling of a moonless night as part of this wide chamber. Candles are placed on jagged rock shelves that jut out from the walls, creating the illusion of flickering stars. A variety of summoning and rune circles decorate the earthen floor, some drawn in faded chalk, others in fresh blood. A huge black rune-etched onyx table dominates a far wall, where a small powerful vortex churns, safely contained within the wards. You also see a large expanding ripple in the air, a translucent white cocoon, a faint silver portal along a rock wall and a huge black stone dais.

>look cocoo

Within the pale casing of the cocoon is a young, sandy blonde hair girl with a smattering of freckles scattered across her nose. Her small green eyes are open wide, staring outward.

Maylan: "There is no crevice."

Maylan: "There IS a crevice."

Pylasar blinks.

Leafiara slowly says, "Well then."

Pylasar glances at a translucent white cocoon.

Darcena asks, "Don't look?"

Titaniae quietly says, "So uh."

Pietra says, "Oh.... crap."

Pylasar moves to stand in front of the cocoon.

Aeith: "When you find a room with a dais, go dais."

Zosopage: "Found the cocoon."

Pukk: "Huh....I know there is a joke in there about a bunch of animals and a crevice."

>targ pylasar

You can't target Pylasar.

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "I suggest you move."

Regwen asks, "Who brought a torch?"

Goldstr asks, "We bash dat cocoon?"

Motes of silvery light sparkle across Falvicar's skin, twinkling like stars, as he prepares a spell...

Falvicar gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

Sections of the translucent white cocoon burst into spasmodic flame!

The white cocoon begins to burn!

Speaking gently to Pylasar, Alasatia says, "Move aside."

Speaking to Pylasar, Darcena says, "You know the drill. People have told you repeatedly tonight."

Pylasar exclaims, "STOP!"

With a quick incantation, a spark in Kobane's palm quickly swirls into a heaving globe of fire, heat distorting the air around it like a desert mirage...

Kobane gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

Sections of the translucent white cocoon burst into spasmodic flame!

The flames engulfing a translucent white cocoon leap higher!

Falvicar quietly says, "Never."

Speaking slowly to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "You really can't hold all of us aside."

Pietra: "Well there's a cocoon with a little freckled girl inside."

Shinann says, "Pylasar."

Pylasar's hands glow with power as he summons elemental energy to his command...

Balley softly asks, "What is this?"

Ephemeral twists of silver-hazed mist wreathe Darcena's forearms as she murmurs a serene phrase...

Darcena gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

Sections of the translucent white cocoon burst into spasmodic flame!

The flames engulfing a translucent white cocoon leap higher!

[I'll show each person attacking exactly one time, to give some idea of the chaos here, but fill in thousands of lines of attacks all throughout]

Shinann says, "No."

Roelaren: "When."

Darconas melodically asks, "Who's the girl?"

Shinann says, "You do not want Gracie there."

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

Leafiara gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

Sections of the translucent white cocoon burst into spasmodic flame!

Speaking to Pylasar, Goldstr exclaims, "She mus go Peter!"

Pylasar squints, purple lightning crackling in his eyes.

Speaking firmly to Pylasar, Falvicar says, "You and that... witch killed my parents. She's dying."

Chamorr bashes at the white cocoon with his glaes broadsword!

Pylasar says, "Stop it. I can have Gracie."

Speaking quietly to Xorus, Raelee comments, "One wonders when she was able to move this here."

Speaking to Pylasar, Lylia says, "A better man than you may have died tonight doing what you have not. You do not want to get between me and finishing this."

Speaking sternly to Pylasar, Darcena says, "You cannot."

Ysharra bashes at the white cocoon with her crystal-hilted falchion!

Alasatia utters a phrase of magic as a small flame dances across her fingertips.

Alasatia gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

Sections of the translucent white cocoon burst into spasmodic flame!

Leafiara assures, "She's already dead."

A soft, white glow briefly surrounds Maags as she focuses her thoughts.

Maags gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

Sections of the translucent white cocoon burst into spasmodic flame!

Shinann says, "It is not her and you know it."

Alasatia says, "She's gone."

Cryheart says, "Gracie is nae the Gracie ye knew."

Lazaryth bashes at the white cocoon with his golvern falchion!

Rasson brings a hand up to his lips and forms a sign with his fingers as he whispers a quiet invocation.

Speaking to Pylasar, Goldstr says, "She mus go Peter! Nae."

Thin, straight grey lines cover the palms of Melikor's hands...

Rasson gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

Sections of the translucent white cocoon burst into spasmodic flame!

Melikor gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

A translucent white cocoon becomes a bit unsubstantial, and a shrill noise pierces the air as pieces of it simply disappear into nothingness!

Blades utters a light chant and raises his hands, beckoning the lesser spirits to his aid...

Pylasar exclaims, "STOP!"

Blades gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

Sections of the translucent white cocoon burst into spasmodic flame!

Titaniae's hands glow with power as she summons elemental energy to her command...

Regwen bashes at the white cocoon with her ora falchion!

Titaniae gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

Sections of the translucent white cocoon burst into spasmodic flame!

Darcena grimly says, "I have no mercy when it comes to that woman."

Pylasar exclaims, "Stop stop stop stop!"

Pylasar kneels down.

Lazaryth growls, "Don't listen to him."

Shadows dance between Lylia's outstretched fingers as she issues a command in archaic Faendryl.

Lylia channels at a translucent white cocoon.

A translucent white cocoon becomes a bit unsubstantial, and a shrill noise pierces the air as pieces of it simply disappear into nothingness!

Maylan: "There appears to be no way to reach you from the crevice."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "We're releasing her from being a pawn of Rachel's. You know this."

Maylan: "The portal is gone."

Pylasar throws himself at the cocoon, hugging it, weeping, crying. "Gracie!"

Lkyl bashes at the white cocoon with his dark mattock!

Pylasar exclaims, "STOP IT!"

Cryheart: "You must go dais."

Speaking sternly to Pylasar, Darcena says, "BACK UP."

Pylasar exclaims, "ALL OF YOU!!"

Maylan: "We cannot."

Goldstr bashes at the white cocoon with his veniom-wrapped falchion!

Evia bashes at the white cocoon with her ora morning star!

Pietra: "Well you likely don't want to see Pylasar hugging the cocoon."

Speaking to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "Even if we somehow saved her, the witch would do it again. You know it... deep down."

Speaking to Pylasar, Melikor says, "Out of the way."

Speaking to Pylasar, Shinann says, "She will suffer... stop."

Speaking softly to Pylasar, Razanetika asks, "Gracie is inside the cocoon?"

Maylan: "The portal was hidden."

Within the cocoon, the image of the girl seems to shift briefly, then returns to normal.

Shinann says, "Burn it."

You hear someone summoning elemental energy to her command...

Aleid suddenly fades into view.

Aleid gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

Sections of the translucent white cocoon burst into spasmodic flame!

Pylasar exclaims, "Stop it!"

Speaking to Pylasar, Leafiara asks, "Weren't you the one who said this was ugly work?"

Pukk: "This behemoth is a holy critter now...."

Cryheart says, "Gracie is most likely nae as ye remember."

Speaking softly to Pylasar, Razanetika asks, "Gracie is inside the cocoon?"

Maylan: "And from the Sanctuary?"

Pylasar exclaims, "STOP!"

Speaking to Shinann, Evia says, "Don't forget...don't let anything stop you."

Speaking adamantly to Pylasar, Darcena growls, "No!"

Speaking to Pylasar, Madmountan says, "You shouldn't let them kill her. You can stop them."

Lylia says, "You know I cannot."

Lazaryth: "You're close to us, I think.."

Maylan: "Or the Plinite Cavern..."

Speaking to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "Before any of us knew what to expect with the paragons, you were the one telling us it was ugly work. Most did it without hesitation."

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena warns, "Stop."

Kembal: "I'm surprised it hasn't dropped from the sky yet, honestly."

Razanetika softly says, "Well you all seem bent on destroying something without even knowing what it is or what's inside it."

Speaking to Pylasar, Xorus asks, "You are certain that is really her?"

Speaking drunkenly to Razanetika, Gutstorm says, "I got dish, hold my rum."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "That's why you always see her."

Shinann says, "Burn it. I have no fire magic." [well... I can see why she thought this, but for future reference, you don't actually need Spell Aiming to cast Fire Spirit at an object like this; that's why Falvicar can burn it even though I'm quite sure he's not trained to bolt as a paladin]

Titaniae: "The behemoth is taking a break it looks like...."

Pylasar stands up.

Pylasar traces a simple rune while intoning a short, mystical phrase...

Darcena says, "Chew on that awhile."

Speaking in Dark Elven to Xorus, Lylia says something you don't understand.

Gutstorm forms several angular gestures while chanting rumbling phrases of power in the Dwarven tongue...

Titaniae: "Help."

Pylasar gestures.

A sphere of snapping and crackling ethereal ripples expands outward from Pylasar.

Thrassus suddenly appears as he is knocked to the ground by the snapping and crackling ethereal sphere.

... 60 points of damage!

Terrifying electrical arc destroys spinal column one vertebra at a time!

Thrassus drops dead at your feet!

Chamorr is buffeted by the snapping and crackling ethereal sphere, and is knocked to the ground.

Lazaryth is buffeted by the snapping and crackling ethereal sphere, and is knocked to the ground.

... 28 points of damage!

Spectacular arc of electricity enters one ear and comes out the other. Instant death.

Lazaryth drops dead at your feet!

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

[OOC: 435 hits unlimited targets but is group friendly; bit of a shame there since if he'd left the group that would have been a far more brutal assault]

Gutstorm gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

Sections of the translucent white cocoon burst into spasmodic flame!

Thrassus just bit the dust!

Lazaryth just bit the dust!

Speaking to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "If you want to see her again... practice your time traveling--"

The ghostly voice of Lazaryth says, "Oh, I'm pretty sure we know what's in it."

Madmountan accepts Darcena's orange muffin.

Pylasar traces a simple rune while intoning a short, mystical phrase...

Rasson brings a hand up to his lips and forms a sign with his fingers as he whispers a quiet invocation.

Pylasar gestures.

A sphere of formless black ripples expands outward from Pylasar.

Rasson gestures at Pylasar.

Cloudy wisps swirl about Pylasar.

CS: +298 - TD: +270 + CvA: +25 + d100: +50 == +103

Warding failed!

The wisps solidify into thick strands of webbing that tighten about his body!

Ashmoreth nocks a bright silvery banded hunter green faewood arrow fletched with silvery green feathers in his composite bow.

Ashmoreth fires his composite bow at the white cocoon, but merely shatters the arrow on it.

Falvicar looks determined and focused.

In an awe inspiring display of combat mastery, Falvicar engages Pylasar in a furious dance macabre, spiralling into a blur of strikes and ripostes!

Falvicar swings a high steel bastard sword at Pylasar!

At the last moment, Cryheart parries the blow with his greataxe!

Falvicar swings an onyx-hued mithril wakizashi at Pylasar!

With extreme effort, Cryheart beats back the attack with his greataxe!

Falvicar swings a high steel bastard sword at Pylasar!

AS: +587 vs DS: +588 with AvD: +30 + d100 roll: +80 = +109

... and hits for 15 points of damage!

Smash to the kneecap.

Falvicar swings an onyx-hued mithril wakizashi at Pylasar!

With extreme effort, Cryheart beats back the attack with his greataxe!

Falvicar swings a high steel bastard sword at Pylasar!

At the last moment, Cryheart parries the blow with his greataxe!

Falvicar swings an onyx-hued mithril wakizashi at Pylasar!

With no room to spare, Cryheart manages to parry the blow with his vultite greataxe!

Falvicar swings a high steel bastard sword at Pylasar!

With no room to spare, Cryheart manages to parry the blow with his vultite greataxe!

Falvicar swings an onyx-hued mithril wakizashi at Pylasar!

Cryheart barely manages to fend off the attack with his greataxe!

Madmountan gobbles down his orange muffin in one enormous bite.

Shinann traces a sign while beseeching the spirits for empowerment...

Shinann gestures at Pylasar.

CS: +450 - TD: +295 + CvA: +25 + d100: +18 == +198

Warding failed!

Pylasar suddenly stops all movement.

Alasatia murmurs softly under her breath, preparing a spell...

Rasson brings a hand up to his lips and forms a sign with his fingers as he whispers a quiet invocation.

Alasatia gestures at Pylasar.

CS: +553 - TD: +309 + CvA: +25 + d100: +57 == +326

Warding failed!

Pylasar's eyes roll up into his head as he slumps to the ground.

Melikor traces a burning rune into the air, melding the spiritual and elemental powers by sheer force of will.

Melikor gestures at Pylasar.

Pylasar is awakened by Melikor's attack! [unclear what the spell was; no further messaging]

Rasson gestures at Pylasar.

Cloudy wisps swirl about Pylasar.

CS: +298 - TD: +270 + CvA: +25 + d100: +86 == +139

Warding failed!

The wisps solidify into thick strands of webbing that tighten about his body!

Falvicar swings a high steel bastard sword at Pylasar!

AS: +587 vs DS: +561 with AvD: +30 + d100 roll: +37 = +93

A clean miss.

Falvicar swings an onyx-hued mithril wakizashi at Pylasar!

With extreme effort, Cryheart beats back the attack with his greataxe!

Cruxophim whispers a mystical phrase, as a nebulous haze shimmers into view around his hands, casting them in murky shadows.

Cruxophim gestures at Pylasar.

The force of Cruxophim's power warps the air as it surges toward Pylasar!

CS: +528 - TD: +295 + CvA: +25 + d100: +25 == +283

Warding failed!

A nebulous haze shimmers into view around Pylasar, plunging inward to envelop his right eye!

... 15 points of damage!

Portions of eye socket turned to fine powder!

How irritating!

He is stunned!

... 40 points of damage!

Blast disintegrates right eye and portions of the skull behind!

Pylasar drops dead at your feet!

Pylasar just bit the dust!

Darconas melodically says, "Well..."

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

Leafiara gestures at Pylasar.

A luminescent web briefly forms around Pylasar, then fades into the body.

The ghostly voice of Lazaryth says, "Thank you, Cruxophim."

Malifren says, "Well, that happened."

Pukk: "Are we all going to die now?"

Uthenegal bashes at the white cocoon with his mithglin longsword!

The ghostly voice of Lazaryth asks, "Any lifekeep?"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Rasson says, "I was goin with a web.."

Speaking to Maylan, Pietra says, "You missed... some stuff."

Cruxophim grumpily complains, "What? He attacked first!"

The cocoon begins to crack.

Maylan exclaims, "So it seems!"

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena says, "I have more where that came from if you try to get all salty again."

The ghostly voice of Lazaryth says, "Thank you."

Zosopage bashes at the white cocoon with his etched vultite falchion!

Xorus scribes a hazy, dark sigil into the air, fusing elemental and spiritual power.

Xorus gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

A translucent white cocoon becomes a bit unsubstantial, and a shrill noise pierces the air as pieces of it simply disappear into nothingness!

Aeith bashes at the white cocoon with her golvern handaxe!

As the cocoon cracks, the image of the girl begins to fade, slowly turning into Raznel.

Cruxophim dismissively states, "He'll walk it off."

Malifren says, "You all started attacking a cocoon with no idea what is inside or what will happen."

Guarrin bashes at the white cocoon with his massive sledgehammer!

Demanec traces a sign that contorts in the air while he forcefully incants a dark invocation...

Demanec gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

A translucent white cocoon becomes a bit unsubstantial, and a shrill noise pierces the air as pieces of it simply disappear into nothingness!

Geijon recites:

"Hold on. We better not bash anything while being tricked by our enemy"

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

Leafiara gestures at Pylasar.

A silvery translucent thread extends from Leafiara encompassing Pylasar's corpse.

[For one fleeting moment as your soul touches Pylasar's soul, you feel an overwhelming sense of fright and desperation. Then a wave of blissful calmness settles upon you as you sense your souls have linked together, an odd scent drifts past, but it is impossible to place its origin.]

Cryheart says, "See Pylasar."

Stamping his feet in a staccato, Cruxophim performs a victory dance around the corpse of Pylasar.

Cryheart says, "The truth."

Speaking gently to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "It was never her."

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

Leafiara gestures at Pylasar.

A melodic chant escapes Leafiara's lips, singing the praises of the joys of living. Leafiara's eyes light up, and a sparkling yellow aura soon surrounds her as she revels in her ceremony. Caught up in the moment, she dances lively around the body of Pylasar, the exultant energy flowing from her to Pylasar with every step. Leafiara takes a small bow at the end of the ritual that has left both her and Pylasar slightly out of breath.

'Pylasar seems slightly different.

(OOC) Eledryn's player whispers to the group, "Friendly reminder that you want to target RAZNEL not RAZANETIKA."

Malifren says, "For all you know he's been playing you and he wants you to break it open."

Geijon punches the white cocoon fiercely, then shakes his hand, wincing. Clever.

... 5 points of damage!

A blood red mist leaks from Maylan's palms as she prepares a spell...

Maylan gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

Sections of the translucent white cocoon burst into spasmodic flame!

Zosopage says, "Gracie is turning into Raznel."

Razanetika bashes at the white cocoon with her scarlet ora falchion!

A soft, white glow briefly surrounds Maags as she focuses her thoughts.

Bernadette abruptly punches at a translucent white cocoon!

Pietra: "Yeah probably."

Pylasar's skin takes on a slight flush as Cruxophim focuses on him.

Crimson mist seeps from Pylasar's head wound as Cruxophim draws the damage to himself.

Crimson mist seeps from Pylasar's left leg wound as Cruxophim draws the damage to himself.

Crimson mist seeps from Pylasar's right eye wound as Cruxophim draws the damage to himself.

Pukk: "Somebody get the behemoth to turn around...its arse is already full of too many holes."

Speaking affably to Pylasar, Cruxophim apologizes, "Sorry."

Speaking to Pylasar, Lylia says, "She knew where you were weak. She attacked you there."

Demanec darkly asks, "Maybe less smashing and more thinking?"

Shinann punches the white cocoon fiercely, then shakes her hand, wincing. Clever.

... 5 points of damage!

Daiyon punches the white cocoon fiercely, then shakes his hand, wincing. Clever.

... 5 points of damage!

Speaking confidently to Cruxophim, Leafiara says, "Sometimes it takes a rash move to help someone keep a cool head."

Maylan gestures at a translucent white cocoon.

Sections of the translucent white cocoon burst into spasmodic flame!

The flames engulfing a translucent white cocoon leap higher!

The translucent white cocoon finally breaks apart, spilling open into a puddle of dark ichor that quickly absorbs into the ground.

The white cocoon collapses!

Leafiara approvingly says, "Perfect."

Cryheart says, "Tis done."


A Will to Die On

The cocoon melts away and Raznel rises from a pool of ichor and muck.

Raznel clenches her fists and a wave of energy ripples across the ground, causing it to shake violently!

You lose your footing and fall down.

Roundtime changed to 22 seconds.

Roundtime: 25 sec.

Raznel raises her hands toward the sky and a flash of icy blue light shoots forth from the tips of her fingers! The brilliant light swirls through the area, striking everyone in its path!

Teiana is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow grazes left leg.

Maylan is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow grazes left leg.

Geijon is struck by a massive ball of ice...

Some smoothly articulated mithril field plate reinforced with rolaren partially deflects the onslaught of the impact attack.

... 1 point of damage!

Blow to back connects lightly.

Uthenegal is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 10 points of damage!

Light blow to right arm.

Ashmoreth is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 5 points of damage!

Blow grazes neck lightly.

Cruxophim is struck by a massive ball of ice...

Some segmented sleek dark body armor partially deflects the onslaught of the impact attack.

... 1 point of damage!

Blow grazes right arm lightly.

Cyf is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 10 points of damage!

Light blow to left leg.

A ball of bright blue ice strikes Thrassus's body, causing her to jolt.

Madmountan is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow to back connects lightly.

Xanlin is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Brushing blow to temple.

Karthas is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow grazes left arm lightly.

Rykul is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Brushing blow to temple.

Felarion is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Brushing blow to right hand.

Xanthras is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 4 points of damage!

Blow to neck tears tissue.

He is stunned!

Aleid is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow to back connects lightly.

Shaelethe is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Light strike to chest.

Rasson is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 20 points of damage!

Good blow to left leg!

He is stunned!

Ryjex is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 10 points of damage!

Light blow to right arm.

Razanetika is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 10 points of damage!

Brushing blow to right hand.

Daiyon is struck by a massive ball of ice...

Some shrouded zelnorn scalemail partially deflects the onslaught of the impact attack.

... 14 points of damage!

Nice blow to back!

He is stunned!

Shinann is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow grazes left arm lightly.

Melikor is struck by a massive ball of ice...

Some dark bloodstained leathers partially deflects the onslaught of the impact attack.

... 10 points of damage!

Light blow to right leg.

Djinn is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow connects with abdomen.

Goldstr is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 2 points of damage!

Blow connects with abdomen.

Tsarok is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow grazes neck lightly.

Titaniae is struck by a massive ball of ice...

Some faintly glowing void black leather armor partially deflects the onslaught of the impact attack.

... 1 point of damage!

Blow to back connects lightly.

Shyspirit is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 10 points of damage!

Light blow to right arm.

Aeith is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 4 points of damage!

Blow connects right below right eye!

She is stunned!

Blades is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 4 points of damage!

Strike to head reddens cheekbone.

He is stunned!

Wolfloner suddenly appears amidst the bright blue flash of light!

Wolfloner is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 4 points of damage!

Nice blow to chest!

He is stunned!

Darconas is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow grazes right leg.

Keiyn is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow grazes right arm lightly.

Lkyl is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow to back connects lightly.

Mongonator is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 15 points of damage!

Nice blow to abdomen!

He is stunned!

Berost is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow grazes right leg.

Regwen is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 2 points of damage!

Blow connects with abdomen.

Yakushi is struck by a massive ball of ice...

The opal on Yakushi's demon signet flares brightly as it absorbs the sudden impact!

Cryheart is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow grazes right leg.

Chamorr is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 15 points of damage!

Nice blow to left hand!

Balley is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 9 points of damage!

Nice blow to head!

Balley looks dazed!

She is stunned!

Demanec is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 2 points of damage!

Blow grazes right leg.

Kobane is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 3 points of damage!

Brushing blow to left hand.

Kittelia is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 15 points of damage!

Nice blow to back!

She is stunned!

Ysharra is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Light blow to left arm.

Eledryn is struck by a massive ball of ice...

Some shimmering golden chainmail wreathed by a whirlwind of luminous ethereal leaves is overwhelmed by the onslaught of the impact attack.

... 10 points of damage!

Light strike to abdomen.

Gutstorm is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 10 points of damage!

Light strike to abdomen.

Falvicar is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 3 points of damage!

Strike hits close to the left eye!

Guarrin is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 3 points of damage!

Blow to back connects lightly.

Zosopage is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 4 points of damage!

Light strike to abdomen.

A ball of bright blue ice strikes Lazaryth's body, causing her to jolt.

Lylia is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 15 points of damage!

Glancing blow to left eye scratches cornea!

She is stunned!

Evia is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Stubs right hand finger.

Bernadette is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow to back connects lightly.

Darcena is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 4 points of damage!

Blow connects right below right eye!

She is stunned!

Alasatia is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Light blow to back.

Pietra is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow connects with abdomen.

Avalera is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Strike hits close to the left eye!

Malifren is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 7 points of damage!

Blow grazes left leg.

Maags is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 4 points of damage!

Light strike to chest.

Raelee is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Light blow to back.

You are struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Stubs one of the fingers on your left hand.

Xorus is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 1 point of damage!

Blow to back connects lightly.

Pylasar is struck by a massive ball of ice...

... 15 points of damage!

Nice blow to left arm!

He is stunned!

[while this might look like minor damage, as you read on, she keeps doing this throughout the night and rank 1 wounds stack up]

Yakushi says, "Ouch."

Tsarok quietly says, "Ruh roh."

[Hendoran Outpost, Rune Chamber]

Seamless black stone walls create the feeling of a moonless night as part of this wide chamber. Candles are placed on jagged rock shelves that jut out from the walls, creating the illusion of flickering stars. A variety of summoning and rune circles decorate the earthen floor, some drawn in faded chalk, others in fresh blood. A huge black rune-etched onyx table dominates a far wall, where a small powerful vortex churns, safely contained within the wards. You also see the rolton-shaped Maylan disk, the Uthenegal disk, the Ashmoreth disk, the rolton-shaped Ryjex disk, the crab-shaped Rasson disk, the Razanetika disk, the Aeith disk, the Shyspirit disk, the Balley disk, the Berost disk, the Eledryn disk, the Zosopage disk, the Kobane disk, the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, a large expanding ripple in the air, a faint silver portal along a rock wall and a huge black stone dais.

Also here: Teiana who is lying down, Land Pirate Maylan who is lying down, Sir Geijon who is lying down, Uthenegal who is lying down, High Lord Ashmoreth who is lying down, Cruxophim who is lying down, Cyf who is lying down, the body of Lord Thrassus who is lying down, Relic Hunter Madmountan who is lying down, Xanlin who is lying down, Karthas who is lying down, Rykul who is lying down, Felarion who is lying down, Xanthras who is lying down, Aleid who is lying down, Lady Shaelethe who is lying down, a stunned Rasson who is lying down, Ryjex who is lying down, Razanetika who is lying down, Daiyon who is lying down, Shinann who is lying down, Melikor who is lying down, Djinn who is lying down, Goldstr who is lying down, Tsarok who is lying down, High Lady Titaniae who is lying down, High Lady Shyspirit who is lying down, Aeith who is lying down, Blades who is lying down, Wolfloner who is lying down, Lord Darconas who is lying down, Keiyn who is lying down, Lkyl who is lying down, High Lord Mongonator who is lying down, Berost who is lying down, Event Planner Leafiara who is lying down, Lady Regwen who is lying down, Yakushi who is lying down, Sir Cryheart who is lying down, Lord Chamorr who is lying down, a stunned Gypsy Scribe Balley who is lying down, Master Demanec who is lying down, Great Lord Kobane who is lying down, Kittelia who is lying down, Ysharra who is lying down, Master Eledryn who is lying down, Great Lord Gutstorm who is lying down, Falvicar who is lying down, Guarrin who is lying down, Zosopage who is lying down, the body of Lazaryth who is lying down, a stunned Mayor Lylia who is lying down, Dame Evia who is lying down, Bernadette who is lying down, Darcena who is lying down, Alasatia who is lying down, Pietra who is lying down, Avalera who is lying down, Malifren who is lying down, Maags who is lying down, Magister Raelee, Xorus who is lying down, Pylasar who is lying down, Raznel

Alasatia chants a short phrase, embers leaping from her fingertips, as she clenches her hand into a smoke-shrouded fist.

>targ raznel

You are now targeting Raznel.

Raznel cackles!

Alasatia gestures at Raznel.

As Alasatia moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Alasatia!

Some sculpted tenebrous leathers vertically strapped at the ribcage partially deflects the onslaught of the frigid attack.

... 5 points of damage!

A frosty blow to the neck. Bet that smarts!

Wisps of black smoke swirl around Raznel for a moment, then dissipate.

Raznel raises her hands toward the sky and a flash of icy blue light shoots forth from the tips of her fingers! The brilliant light swirls through the area, striking everyone in its path!

[more spread damage to everyone]

Raznel raises her hands toward the sky and a flash of icy blue light shoots forth from the tips of her fingers! The brilliant light swirls through the area, striking everyone in its path!

[more spread damage]

Titaniae's hands glow with power as she summons elemental energy to her command...

Titaniae gestures at Raznel.

The ground beneath Raznel begins to boil violently!

Craggy debris explodes from the ground beneath Raznel!

[SMR result: 110 (Open d100: 41)]

... 20 points of damage!

Good blow to left leg!

She is stunned!

Raznel gestures at Alasatia, and a column of shadows rises up and engulfs her, tossing her through the air like a rag doll! The pillar of darkness melts into the ground.

Translucent streams of mana cascade across Ryjex's form as he lets loose with a rallying cry!

Ryjex rises smoothly to his feet!

[and everyone]

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

Leafiara gestures at Raznel.

[SMR result: 136 (Open d100: 52, Bonus: 50)]

'A rich tapestry of music weaves itself out of the air, and Raznel pauses to listen.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 14 points of damage!

... 20 points of damage!

Raznel's spine warps and protrudes through skin.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 16 points of damage!

... 20 points of damage!

Bones from several fingers driven through Raznel's skin.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 13 points of damage!

... 20 points of damage!

Raznel's spine warps and protrudes through skin.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 16 points of damage!

... 20 points of damage!

Rib bones snap and protrude from Raznel's chest.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 13 points of damage!

... 15 points of damage!

Raznel's intestines knot themselves. Painful.

Raznel drops dead at your feet!

Raznel just bit the dust!

Aleid's hands glow with power as she summons elemental energy to her command...

A flash of icy blue light ripples over Raznel, healing her of all of her wounds.

Zosopage draws a glowing pattern in the air before Raznel.

Raznel's eyes roll up into her head as she slumps to the ground.

Aleid gestures at Raznel.

Raznel is awakened by Aleid's attack!

Aleid hurls a roaring ball of fire at Raznel!

AS: +384 vs DS: +91 with AvD: +70 + d100 roll: +39 = +402

... and hits for 147 points of damage!

Flames incinerate left leg to the bone. Not a pleasant sight.

She is stunned!

The roaring ball of fire strikes Raznel, blossoming into a much larger sphere of flame upon impact.

... 5 points of damage!

Minor burns to left arm. That hurts a bit.

Goldstr swings a ruby-inset veniom-wrapped falchion at Raznel!

AS: +286 vs DS: +62 with AvD: +35 + d100 roll: +36 = +295

... and hits for 128 points of damage!

Right hand severed at the wrist!

Raznel drops dead at your feet!

Raznel just bit the dust!

A flash of icy blue light ripples over Raznel, healing her of all of her wounds.

Zosopage draws a glowing pattern in the air before Raznel.

Raznel's eyes roll up into her head as she slumps to the ground.

Raznel awakens startled.

Raznel raises her hands toward the sky and a flash of icy blue light shoots forth from the tips of her fingers! The brilliant light swirls through the area, striking everyone in its path!

[more spread damage to everyone]

Demanec traces a sign that contorts in the air while he forcefully incants a dark invocation...

Demanec gestures at Raznel.

CS: +537 - TD: +321 + CvA: +15 + d100: +70 == +301

Warding failed!

Raznel is suddenly engulfed in an explosion of pure essence and brilliant white fire!

... and hits for 56 points of damage!

... 80 points of damage!

Flame consumes Raznel's right arm all the way to the shoulder.

She is stunned!

... 70 points of damage!

Deadly accuracy shatters Raznel's spine into a thousand tiny icy shards!

Raznel drops dead at your feet!

Raznel just bit the dust!

A flash of icy blue light ripples over Raznel, healing her of all of her wounds.

Titaniae swings a lacquered illthorn runestaff at Raznel!

AS: +155 vs DS: +124 with AvD: +10 + d100 roll: +6 = +47

A clean miss.

Bits of flesh flake off of Raelee's skin, rising up into the air and turning to brightly burning cinders that whirl around her.

Raelee gestures at Raznel.

The ground beneath Raznel begins to boil violently!

Craggy debris explodes from the ground beneath Raznel!

[SMR result: 66 (Open d100: 32)]

She dodges out of the way!

Aeith swings a fir-handled golvern handaxe at Raznel!

Raznel moves at the last moment to evade the attack!

Zosopage draws a glowing pattern in the air before Raznel.

Raznel's eyes roll up into her head as she slumps to the ground.

A ferocious energy builds around Kobane's flattened palm as he extends it forward and prepares a spell...

Kobane gestures at Raznel.

Raznel is awakened by Kobane's attack!

A wave of dark ethereal ripples moves outward from Kobane.

Guarrin swings a massive sledgehammer at Raznel!

AS: +618 vs DS: +50 with AvD: +34 + d100 roll: +69 = +671

... and hits for 432 points of damage!

Blow cracks a rib and punctures a lung.

Breathing becomes a challenge.

Raznel drops dead at your feet!

Raznel just bit the dust!

A flash of icy blue light ripples over Raznel, healing her of all of her wounds.

Raznel raises her hands toward the sky and a flash of icy blue light shoots forth from the tips of her fingers! The brilliant light swirls through the area, striking everyone in its path!

[more spread damage to everyone]

The ghostly voice of Lazaryth says, "Get 'er, folks."

Raznel raises her hands toward the sky and a flash of icy blue light shoots forth from the tips of her fingers! The brilliant light swirls through the area, striking everyone in its path!'

[more spread damage to everyone]

Eledryn thrusts with a sonic lance at Raznel!

AS: +371 vs DS: +116 with AvD: +35 + d100 roll: +47 = +337

... and hits for 212 points of damage!

Strike clean through neck, what a shot! Good form!

Raznel drops dead at your feet!

Raznel just bit the dust!

Platinum energy streaks through Maags's body, her veins and eyes glowing brightly as she growls a violent prayer.

Maags gestures at Razanetika.

Particles of dust and soot rise from the floor at Maags's feet as she releases a pulsating, platinum ripple of energy toward Razanetika!

CS: +517 - TD: +289 + CvA: +2 + d100: +7 - -5 == +242

Warding failed!

Razanetika is cloaked in a blinding platinum light and assailed for 153 points of damage!

Razanetika drops dead at your feet!

Razanetika just bit the dust!

Maggots drop from Raznel's body, and her left hand does not form back.

A flash of icy blue light ripples over Raznel, healing her of all of her wounds.

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

Leafiara gestures at Raznel.

[SMR result: 108 (Open d100: 70, Bonus: 3)]

A rich tapestry of music weaves itself out of the air, and Raznel pauses to listen.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 3 points of damage!

... 15 points of damage!

Large lesions sprout on Raznel's weapon arm.

She is stunned!

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 3 points of damage!

... 10 points of damage!

Blood vessels in Raznel's forehead burst, spraying blood everywhere.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 3 points of damage!

... 10 points of damage!

Blood vessels in Raznel's forehead burst, spraying blood everywhere.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 3 points of damage!

... 20 points of damage!

Major bones in Raznel's right leg crack loudly!

She is knocked to the ground!

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 3 points of damage!

... 20 points of damage!

Raznel's neck bones snap.

Head looks precariously balanced now.

After a gentle concluding passage, the music surrounding Raznel fades away.

Raznel raises her hands toward the sky and a flash of icy blue light shoots forth from the tips of her fingers! The brilliant light swirls through the area, striking everyone in its path!

[more spread damage to everyone]

Shadows dance between Lylia's outstretched fingers as she issues a command in archaic Faendryl.

Lylia gestures at Raznel.

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

Refreshing breeze ruffles Raznel's hair, boy does she look cool.

Everything in the room seemed to stay in place. The void disappears without further incident.

Blades swings an ancient rolaren-edged longknife at Raznel!

AS: +686 vs DS: +33 with AvD: +40 + d100 roll: +99 = +792

... and hits for 296 points of damage!

Knocked sideways several feet by blow to back.

Raznel drops dead at your feet!

Raznel just bit the dust!

Balley softly exclaims, "Raznel why did you give us those scarabs!"

Raznel gestures and curls of icy vapor whisper into existence, coalescing around her body to form a swirling barrier of blue light.

A flash of icy blue light ripples over Raznel, healing her of all of her wounds.

As Blades moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Blades!

... 3 points of damage!

An icy blast to the back! Sleeping will not be easy tonight.

As Blades moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Blades!

... 1 point of damage!

A frosty blow to the neck. Bet that smarts!

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

Leafiara gestures at Raznel.

[SMR result: 56 (Open d100: 18, Bonus: 3)]

A distant melody gives Raznel pause, but nothing comes of it.

As Zosopage moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Zosopage!

... 1 point of damage!

Zosopage winces at the cold blast to the left arm.

Raznel raises her hands toward the sky and a flash of icy blue light shoots forth from the tips of her fingers! The brilliant light swirls through the area, striking everyone in its path!

[more spread damage to everyone]

As Darconas moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Darconas!

... 1 point of damage!

Darconas winces at the cold blast to the left arm.

As Blades moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Blades!

... 4 points of damage!

Chilly blast to the left eye leaves Blades in tears.

As Darconas moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Darconas!

... 1 point of damage!

Chilly blast to the chest causes heart to skip a beat.

As Ysharra moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Ysharra!

... 4 points of damage!

Cold blast to the ears. Ysharra should have worn a hat!

As Lkyl moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Lkyl!

... 1 point of damage!

Icy chill to Lkyl's midriff. Looks like a bowl of nice hot stew is in order.

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

Leafiara gestures at Raznel.

[SMR result: 130 (Open d100: 92, Bonus: 3)]

A rich tapestry of music weaves itself out of the air, and Raznel pauses to listen.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 11 points of damage!

... 25 points of damage!

Flesh flayed from Raznel's left hand.

She is stunned!

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 10 points of damage!

... 15 points of damage!

Large lesions sprout on Raznel's shield arm.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 10 points of damage!

... 15 points of damage!

Raznel's intestines knot themselves. Painful.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 10 points of damage!

... 20 points of damage!

Rib bones snap and protrude from Raznel's chest.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 12 points of damage!

... 25 points of damage!

Flesh bubbles on Raznel's right leg.

She is knocked to the ground!

After a gentle concluding passage, the music surrounding Raznel fades away.

As Zosopage moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Zosopage!

... 1 point of damage!

Chilly blast to the head. Bet Zosopage's ears are tingling!

As Darconas moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Darconas!

... 1 point of damage!

Brrrr! That was a good hit to the left leg! Knocked Darconas silly.

As Darconas moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Darconas!

... 1 point of damage!

Kobane gestures at Raznel.

A shifting, prismatic aura coalesces around Raznel, then vanishes in a brilliant flash!

As Darconas moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Darconas!

... 1 point of damage!

Darconas's right hand turns an interesting shade of light blue.

As Darconas moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Darconas!

... 1 point of damage!

Darconas winces at the cold blast to the right arm.

As Lkyl moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Lkyl!

... 4 points of damage!

Lkyl just got the cold shoulder!

He is stunned!

As Guarrin moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Guarrin!

... 8 points of damage!

An icy blast to the back! Sleeping will not be easy tonight.

As Zosopage moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Zosopage!

... 1 point of damage!

Zosopage winces at the cold blast to the left arm.

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

Leafiara gestures at Raznel.

[SMR result: 182 (Open d100: 59, Bonus: 89)]

A rich tapestry of music weaves itself out of the air, and Raznel pauses to listen.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 35 points of damage!

Raznel drops dead at your feet!

Raznel just bit the dust!

Ysharra says, "Ouch."

Speaking to Pylasar, Lylia says, "She has lied to you again and again, you know. This was the final indignity."

Speaking to Raznel, Madmountan says, "Goodbye."

Cruxophim wryly states, "Starting to think this isn't working."

Black maggots drop of Raznel's body, and while she reforms, her entire left arm does not.

Speaking determinedly to Cruxophim, Leafiara says, "Persistence."

Xorus says, "Bit of the old Raznel damsel."

A flash of icy blue light ripples over Raznel, healing her of all of her wounds.

Darconas swings a closed fist at Raznel!

AS: +193 vs DS: +124 with AvD: +25 + d100 roll: +44 = +138

... and hits for 4 points of damage!

Blow glances off Raznel's shoulder.

Guarrin swings a massive sledgehammer at Raznel!

AS: +615 vs DS: +108 with AvD: +34 + d100 roll: +36 = +577

... and hits for 341 points of damage!

Left leg ripped from socket at the knee!

Raznel screams and falls to the ground grasping her mangled left leg!

Raznel drops dead at your feet!

Raznel just bit the dust!

A flash of icy blue light ripples over Raznel, healing her of all of her wounds.

Raznel gestures and curls of icy vapor whisper into existence, coalescing around her body to form a swirling barrier of blue light.

As Geijon moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Geijon!

... 10 points of damage!

Geijon just got the cold shoulder!

As Guarrin moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Guarrin!

... 3 points of damage!

A frosty blow to the neck. Bet that smarts!

As Blades moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Blades!

... 1 point of damage!

Brrrr! That was a good hit to the left leg! Knocked Blades silly.

As Blades moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Blades!

... 1 point of damage!

Blades's left hand turns an interesting shade of light blue.

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

Leafiara gestures at Raznel.

[SMR result: 130 (Open d100: 92, Bonus: 3)]

A rich tapestry of music weaves itself out of the air, and Raznel pauses to listen.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 13 points of damage!

... 15 points of damage!

Minor muscle tearing on Raznel's right leg.

She is stunned!

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 9 points of damage!

... 20 points of damage!

Rib bones snap and protrude from Raznel's chest.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 12 points of damage!

... 25 points of damage!

Raznel's eye explodes, showering you with gore.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 10 points of damage!

... 25 points of damage!

Flesh and muscle stripped from Raznel's stomach.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 11 points of damage!

... 20 points of damage!

Major bones in Raznel's right arm crack loudly!

After a gentle concluding passage, the music surrounding Raznel fades away.

As Demanec moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Demanec!

... 10 points of damage!

Stiff blast of icy air to neck!

As Geijon moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Geijon!

... 1 point of damage!

A frosty blow to the neck. Bet that smarts!

As Guarrin moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Guarrin!

... 3 points of damage!

Chilly blast to the chest causes heart to skip a beat.

Cruxophim whispers a mystical phrase, as a nebulous haze shimmers into view around his hands, casting them in murky shadows.

Cruxophim gestures at Raznel.

The force of Cruxophim's power warps the air as it surges toward Raznel!

As Cruxophim moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Cruxophim!

... 1 point of damage!

Cruxophim just got the cold shoulder!

A few nebulous wisps coalesce about Raznel before dissipating in a confused spiral.

Raznel raises her hands toward the sky and a flash of icy blue light shoots forth from the tips of her fingers! The brilliant light swirls through the area, striking everyone in its path!

[more spread damage to everyone]

Cruxophim whispers a mystical phrase, as a nebulous haze shimmers into view around his hands, casting them in murky shadows.

Cruxophim gestures at Raznel.

The force of Cruxophim's power warps the air as it surges toward Raznel!

As Cruxophim moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Cruxophim!

... 1 point of damage!

Cruxophim appears to be getting cold feet.

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

Leafiara gestures at Raznel.

[SMR result: 169 (Open d100: 64, Bonus: 71)]

A rich tapestry of music weaves itself out of the air, and Raznel pauses to listen.

The music reaches a crescendo, and the sheer force of it staggers Raznel for 26 points of damage!

Raznel drops dead at your feet!

Raznel just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Lazaryth says, "Keep going, keep going."

Raznel clenches her fists and a wave of energy ripples across the ground, causing it to shake violently!

You lose your footing and fall down.

Roundtime changed to 25 seconds.

Roundtime: 28 sec.

Pylasar drops dead at your feet!

Pylasar just bit the dust! [bled out from previous ice strikes]

Ysharra says, "Ouch."

Geijon says, "Stop her."

Translucent streams of mana cascade across Mongonator's form as he lets loose with a rallying cry!

Mongonator rises smoothly to his feet!

[and everyone]

Slimy black maggots peel away from Raznel's corpse, leaving half of her face as a sunken pit.

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

Leafiara gestures at Pylasar.

A luminescent web briefly forms around Pylasar, then fades into the body.

A flash of icy blue light ripples over Raznel, healing her of all of her wounds.

Guarrin swings a massive sledgehammer at Raznel!

AS: +615 vs DS: +124 with AvD: +34 + d100 roll: +61 = +586

... and hits for 382 points of damage!

Massive blow punches a hole through Raznel's chest!

Raznel drops dead at your feet!

Raznel just bit the dust!

A flash of icy blue light ripples over Raznel, healing her of all of her wounds.

Guarrin swings a massive sledgehammer at Raznel!

AS: +611 vs DS: +124 with AvD: +34 + d100 roll: +61 = +582

... and hits for 354 points of damage!

Weapon arm removed at the shoulder!

Raznel drops dead at your feet!

Raznel just bit the dust!

A flash of icy blue light ripples over Raznel, healing her of all of her wounds.

Raznel gestures and curls of icy vapor whisper into existence, coalescing around her body to form a swirling barrier of blue light.

Cruxophim whispers a mystical phrase, as a nebulous haze shimmers into view around his hands, casting them in murky shadows.

Cruxophim gestures at Raznel.

The force of Cruxophim's power warps the air as it surges toward Raznel!

As Cruxophim moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Cruxophim!

... 1 point of damage!

Brrrr! That was a good hit to the right leg! Knocked Cruxophim silly.

As Guarrin moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Guarrin!

... 8 points of damage!

Cruxophim whispers a mystical phrase, as a nebulous haze shimmers into view around his hands, casting them in murky shadows.

Cruxophim gestures at Raznel.

The force of Cruxophim's power warps the air as it surges toward Raznel!

As Cruxophim moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Cruxophim!

... 1 point of damage!

A chilly blast strikes Cruxophim in the chest, knocking him back a step.

As Chamorr moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Chamorr!

... 10 points of damage!

Chamorr just got the cold shoulder!

As Guarrin moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Guarrin!

... 3 points of damage!

Guarrin winces at the cold blast to the right arm.

Cruxophim whispers a mystical phrase, as a nebulous haze shimmers into view around his hands, casting them in murky shadows.

Cruxophim gestures at Raznel.

Cruxophim's illthorn runestaff glows intensely with a verdant light!

The force of Cruxophim's power warps the air as it surges toward Raznel!

As Cruxophim moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Cruxophim!

... 1 point of damage!

Brrrr! That was a good hit to the right leg! Knocked Cruxophim silly.

As Blades moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Blades!

... 4 points of damage!

Blades just got the cold shoulder!

As Blades moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Blades!

... 1 point of damage!

Blades winces at the cold blast to the right arm.

Aeith stands up.

Raznel clenches her fists and a wave of energy ripples across the ground, causing it to shake violently! You lose your footing and fall down.

Roundtime changed to 30 seconds.

Roundtime: 33 sec.

Raznel raises her hands toward the sky and a flash of icy blue light shoots forth from the tips of her fingers! The brilliant light swirls through the area, striking everyone in its path!

[more spread damage to everyone]

Raznel raises her hands toward the sky and a flash of icy blue light shoots forth from the tips of her fingers! The brilliant light swirls through the area, striking everyone in its path!

[more spread damage to everyone]

Raznel cackles!

Goldstr exclaims, "Donna Raise Pylasar!" [Leafi had Well of Lifed him already]

As Guarrin moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Guarrin!

... 1 point of damage!

Guarrin winces at the cold blast to the left arm.

Geijon recites:

"This is it. End Raznel"

As Guarrin moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Guarrin!

... 8 points of damage!

Guarrin looks as if a hot foot would feel good about now!

As Yakushi moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Yakushi!

... 3 points of damage!

An icy blast to the back! Sleeping will not be easy tonight.

As Yakushi moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Yakushi!

... 1 point of damage!

Yakushi winces at the cold blast to the left arm.

Zosopage draws a glowing pattern in the air before Raznel.

Raznel's eyes roll up into her head as she slumps to the ground.

Raznel is awakened by Guarrin's attack!

Guarrin swings a massive sledgehammer at Raznel!

AS: +602 vs DS: +57 with AvD: +34 + d100 roll: +33 = +612

... and hits for 369 points of damage!

Tremendous blow crushes skull like a ripe melon.

Raznel drops dead at your feet!

Raznel just bit the dust!

Raznel clenches her fists and a wave of energy ripples across the ground, causing it to shake violently! You lose your footing and fall down.

Roundtime changed to 29 seconds.

Roundtime: 32 sec.

The floor begins to tremble slightly with a disconcerting humming sound, as if something were digging beneath you. Suddenly, several tiny mounds push upward, each revealing a set of pincers emerging from within!

A long-horned dark sanguine scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A miniscule lustrous sable beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A miniscule light vermilion scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A miniscule deep crimson scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A spotted blue-black beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A stubby-legged shadowy black scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A long-horned dark-spiked beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

The floor begins to tremble slightly with a disconcerting humming sound, as if something were digging beneath you. Suddenly, several tiny mounds push upward, each revealing a set of pincers emerging from within!

A spotted dark sanguine beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A skittery glossy red beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A stubby-legged blue-black beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A miniscule blue-black beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

Shinann says, "If those pods are keeping her alive."

Aeith says, "Need healing too."

Quicker than the eye can follow, a long-horned dark sanguine scarab suddenly darts forward and lauches itself at Regwen!

A long-horned dark sanguine scarab clamps its tiny mandibles onto Regwen's right leg!

Quicker than the eye can follow, a miniscule lustrous sable beetle suddenly darts forward and lauches itself at Cryheart!

Blood jets forth as a miniscule lustrous sable beetle burrows into Cryheart's right leg!

... 1 point of damage!

Minor puncture to the right leg.

Quicker than the eye can follow, a miniscule light vermilion scarab suddenly darts forward and lauches itself at Aeith!

A miniscule light vermilion scarab clamps its tiny mandibles onto Aeith's right leg!

Quicker than the eye can follow, a miniscule deep crimson scarab suddenly darts forward and lauches itself at Titaniae!

A miniscule deep crimson scarab clamps its tiny mandibles onto Titaniae's right leg!

Quicker than the eye can follow, a spotted blue-black beetle suddenly darts forward and lauches itself at Shinann!

Blood jets forth as a spotted blue-black beetle burrows into Shinann's right hand!

... 5 points of damage!

Shot to the hand slices a finger to the bone!

Quicker than the eye can follow, a stubby-legged shadowy black scarab suddenly darts forward and lauches itself at Malifren!

Blood jets forth as a stubby-legged shadowy black scarab burrows into Malifren's right hand!

... 19 points of damage!

Shot pierces a wrist!

He is stunned!

Quicker than the eye can follow, a long-horned dark-spiked beetle suddenly darts forward and lauches itself at Mongonator!

Blood jets forth as a long-horned dark-spiked beetle burrows into Mongonator's right leg!

... 20 points of damage!

Strike pierces calf!

He is stunned!

Quicker than the eye can follow, a spotted dark sanguine beetle suddenly darts forward and lauches itself at Darcena!

A spotted dark sanguine beetle clamps its tiny mandibles onto Darcena's right leg!

Quicker than the eye can follow, a skittery glossy red beetle suddenly darts forward and lauches itself at Yakushi!

A skittery glossy red beetle clamps its tiny mandibles onto Yakushi's left leg!

Quicker than the eye can follow, a stubby-legged blue-black beetle suddenly darts forward and lauches itself at Karthas!

Blood jets forth as a stubby-legged blue-black beetle burrows into Karthas's left hand!

... 9 points of damage!

Shot to the hand slices a finger to the bone!

Quicker than the eye can follow, a miniscule blue-black beetle suddenly darts forward and lauches itself at Blades!

Blood jets forth as a miniscule blue-black beetle burrows into Blades's right leg!

Some stealthy black leather scalemail tooled with rolaren studs partially deflects the onslaught of the puncture attack.

... 3 points of damage!

Strike pierces thigh!

The floor begins to tremble slightly with a disconcerting humming sound, as if something were digging beneath you. Suddenly, several tiny mounds push upward, each revealing a set of pincers emerging from within!

A miniscule dark sanguine scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A miniscule shadowy black beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A miniscule light vermilion scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A long-horned light vermilion beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A stubby-legged dark-spiked beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A spotted dark sanguine beetle bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

A stubby-legged dark-spiked scarab bursts forth from its mound, chittering and testing the air with its antennae!

Regwen gasps in pain and shock as a long-horned dark sanguine scarab pulsates, drawing the blood from her body!

Cryheart grasps his right leg, his features contorted with agony!

Aeith gasps in pain and shock as a miniscule light vermilion scarab pulsates, drawing the blood from her body!

Titaniae gasps in pain and shock as a miniscule deep crimson scarab pulsates, drawing the blood from her body!

A spotted blue-black beetle suddenly bursts out of Shinann's right hand and crawls across her skin for a moment, before tunneling back in!

Shinann bites back a scream!

A stubby-legged shadowy black scarab suddenly bursts out of Malifren's right hand and crawls across his skin for a moment, before tunneling back in!

Malifren bites back a scream!

A long-horned dark-spiked beetle suddenly erupts out of Mongonator's right leg and drops to the ground!

Aleid's hands glow with power as she summons elemental energy to her command...

Aleid gestures at a long-horned dark-spiked beetle.

Aleid hurls a roaring ball of fire at a long-horned dark-spiked beetle!

AS: +368 vs DS: +132 with AvD: +50 + d100 roll: +61 = +347

... and hits for 117 points of damage!

Intense heat causes left eye to evaporate. Death from shock is unavoidable.

The dark-spiked beetle collapses to one side, then flips completely over, legs flailing weakly at the air before it expires.

The roaring ball of fire strikes a long-horned dark-spiked beetle, blossoming into a much larger sphere of flame upon impact.

A burst of flame from Aleid's roaring ball of fire flies off and hits a stubby-legged dark-spiked scarab.

... 25 points of damage!

The dark-spiked scarab collapses to one side, then flips completely over, legs flailing weakly at the air before it expires.

A burst of flame from Aleid's roaring ball of fire flies off and hits a spotted dark sanguine beetle.

... 25 points of damage!

Burst of flames to left eye incinerates eyelid. Gruesome.

The dark sanguine beetle collapses to one side, then flips completely over, legs flailing weakly at the air before it expires.

A burst of flame from Aleid's roaring ball of fire flies off and hits a stubby-legged dark-spiked beetle.

... 20 points of damage!

Burst of flames to abdomen toasts skin nicely.

The dark-spiked beetle collapses to one side, then flips completely over, legs flailing weakly at the air before it expires.

The raw elemental energy surrounding Titaniae suddenly sparks with electricity.

Sparks surrounding Titaniae arc out and hit a long-horned light vermilion beetle, with no effect.

Sparks surrounding Titaniae arc out and hit a miniscule light vermilion scarab, with no effect.

Sparks surrounding Titaniae arc out and hit a miniscule shadowy black beetle, with no effect.

Sparks surrounding Titaniae arc out and hit a miniscule dark sanguine scarab, with no effect.

Darcena gasps in pain and shock as a spotted dark sanguine beetle pulsates, drawing the blood from her body!

Yakushi gasps in pain and shock as a skittery glossy red beetle pulsates, drawing the blood from his body!

The skin suddenly ripples on Karthas's left hand!

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

Pukk: "This beast shouldn't have any more flesh! But it's still going!"

A flash of icy blue light ripples over Raznel, healing her of all of her wounds.

Translucent streams of mana cascade across Regwen's form as she lets loose with a rallying cry!

Regwen breaks free from her senseless daze!

Regwen rises smoothly to her feet!

[and everyone]

Raznel gestures and curls of icy vapor whisper into existence, coalescing around her body to form a swirling barrier of blue light.

Speaking to Raznel, Lylia says, "I am sorry for you."

Quicker than the eye can follow, a miniscule dark sanguine scarab suddenly darts forward and lauches itself at Kittelia!

A miniscule dark sanguine scarab clamps its tiny mandibles onto Kittelia's right leg!

Quicker than the eye can follow, a miniscule shadowy black beetle suddenly darts forward and lauches itself at Teiana!

Blood jets forth as a miniscule shadowy black beetle burrows into Teiana's right hand!

... 4 points of damage!

Strike through the palm!

Quicker than the eye can follow, a miniscule light vermilion scarab suddenly darts forward and lauches itself at Xorus!

A miniscule light vermilion scarab clamps its tiny mandibles onto Xorus's left leg!

Quicker than the eye can follow, a long-horned light vermilion beetle suddenly darts forward and lauches itself at something in the shadows!

Wolfloner comes out of hiding.

A long-horned light vermilion beetle clamps its tiny mandibles onto Wolfloner's right leg!

Raznel raises her hands toward the sky and a flash of icy blue light shoots forth from the tips of her fingers! The brilliant light swirls through the area, striking everyone in its path!

[more spread damage to everyone]

Regwen gasps in pain and shock as a long-horned dark sanguine scarab pulsates, drawing the blood from her body!

You see a lump moving about just under the skin on Cryheart's right leg!

Cryheart looks weak with shock and pain!

Aeith gasps in pain and shock as a miniscule light vermilion scarab pulsates, drawing the blood from her body!

Aeith drops dead at your feet!

Aeith just bit the dust!

Titaniae gasps in pain and shock as a miniscule deep crimson scarab pulsates, drawing the blood from her body!

A spotted blue-black beetle suddenly bursts out of Shinann's right hand and crawls across her skin for a moment, before tunneling back in!

Shinann bites back a scream!

You see a lump moving about just under the skin on Malifren's right hand!

Malifren looks weak with shock and pain!

Darcena gasps in pain and shock as a spotted dark sanguine beetle pulsates, drawing the blood from her body!

Yakushi gasps in pain and shock as a skittery glossy red beetle pulsates, drawing the blood from his body!

A stubby-legged blue-black beetle suddenly bursts out of Karthas's left hand and crawls across his skin for a moment, before tunneling back in!

Karthas bites back a scream!

You see a lump moving about just under the skin on Blades's right leg!

Blades looks weak with shock and pain!

...wait 9 seconds.

As Guarrin moves to attack Raznel, the icy blue light surrounding her body intensifies in frequency and solidifies! Suddenly, the light violently flares out toward Guarrin!

... 8 points of damage!

A chilly blow to the stomach winds Guarrin!

Translucent streams of mana cascade across Yakushi's form as he lets loose with a rallying cry!

Yakushi breaks free from his senseless daze!

[and everyone]

Zosopage draws a glowing pattern in the air before Raznel.

Raznel's eyes roll up into her head as she slumps to the ground.

Raznel is awakened by Guarrin's attack!

Guarrin swings a massive sledgehammer at Raznel!

AS: +602 vs DS: +74 with AvD: +34 + d100 roll: +29 = +591

... and hits for 360 points of damage!

Neck removed, head falls to the ground.

Raznel drops dead at your feet!

Raznel just bit the dust!

Kittelia gasps in pain and shock as a miniscule dark sanguine scarab pulsates, drawing the blood from her body!

Teiana grasps her right hand, her features contorted with agony!

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

Wolfloner gasps in pain and shock as a long-horned light vermilion beetle pulsates, drawing the blood from his body!

Regwen gasps in pain and shock as a long-horned dark sanguine scarab pulsates, drawing the blood from her body!

Regwen drops dead at your feet!

Regwen just bit the dust!

You hear a wet, muffled ripping sound from under the skin of Cryheart's abdomen!

A miniscule light vermilion scarab suddenly pulses a bright crimson and drops away from Aeith!

Titaniae gasps in pain and shock as a miniscule deep crimson scarab pulsates, drawing the blood from her body!

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

Malifren grasps his right arm, his features contorted with agony!

Ryjex swings a blood-stained meat cleaver at a miniscule light vermilion scarab!

AS: +680 vs DS: +191 with AvD: +38 + d100 roll: +93 = +620

... and hits for 177 points of damage!

Left leg mangled horribly.

The light vermilion scarab collapses to one side, then flips completely over, legs flailing weakly at the air before it expires.

Darcena gasps in pain and shock as a spotted dark sanguine beetle pulsates, drawing the blood from her body!

Yakushi gasps in pain and shock as a skittery glossy red beetle pulsates, drawing the blood from his body!

[...you get the idea. Fill in about 1500 lines of dealing with scarab removal and recovering from all the ice blasts]

The ghostly voice of Regwen says, "I lasted all night till now."

Kashernsins: "Mm invasion going on?"

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

Cryheart drops dead at your feet!

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

Shinann drops dead at your feet!

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

Malifren drops dead at your feet!

Raznel's skin takes on a slight flush as Cruxophim focuses on her.

Crimson mist seeps from Raznel's neck wound as Cruxophim draws the damage to himself.

Cryheart just bit the dust!

Shinann just bit the dust!

Malifren just bit the dust!

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

Karthas drops dead at your feet!

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

Blades drops dead at your feet!

A faint crimson haze flows from Cruxophim and into Raznel, restoring some of her vigor.

Karthas just bit the dust!

Blades just bit the dust!

Pukk: "Razzy Razzy puddin pie, kidnapped all the paragons and made em cry."

Titaniae gasps in pain and shock as a miniscule deep crimson scarab pulsates, drawing the blood from her body!

Titaniae drops dead at your feet!

Titaniae just bit the dust!

The ghostly voice of Aeith exclaims, "Get her! In the name of all us dead folk!" [she wasn't reviving anymore, but no one could tell in the chaos]

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

Teiana drops dead at your feet!

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

Xorus drops dead at your feet!

Teiana just bit the dust!

Xorus just bit the dust!


Death Rattle

Raznel tries to rise, but her feet crumble into a swarm of black maggots, which try to skitter away but burn and curl in death.

The ghostly voice of Lazaryth says, "Don't give up. You've got it."

Darconas melodically says, "It'll be nice if I can attack her."

Raznel tries to rise again, a leg crumbling into a pile of scorched bugs.

The ghostly voice of Razanetika softly says, "Eh."

The ghostly voice of Raznel says, "Peter..."

Speaking to Raznel, Ysharra says, "Good bye, Naimorai."

The ghostly voice of Xorus says, "That was impolite, Naimorai."

Speaking to Raznel, Lylia says, "You have taken too much from me. It is time you died."

Goldstr says, "Hope she decays soon."

The ghostly voice of Razanetika softly says, "Stop glaring and staring at me.. the witch's name is RAZNEL.. not Raza.. Thank you sweetly."

Yakushi says, "Sheesh."

Raznel tries to open her mouth to speak, but a shower of tiny black maggots pour out, curling and burning before they hit the ground.

Speaking gently to Raznel, Cruxophim laments, "Should have listened."

Speaking simply to Raznel, Leafiara says, "Your time is up. It was up a long time ago... and it's coming due."

Speaking to Raznel, Ysharra says, "I feel sorry for you, too."

Goldstr says, "If she decays den may be safe to give Pylasar life." [he'd already self-revived at this point, but was an interesting thought nonetheless]

Madmountan whispers something to Raznel.

Speaking indifferently to Raznel, Cruxophim laments, "Things could have been different."

Speaking to Raznel, Zosopage says, "Your time has come to an end. Live with it. Errrrr."

The many tooth-covered behemoth in the sky begins to slowly shrink, ichor dropping from the dozens of fiery holes in its massive body.

The ghostly voice of Shinann says, "He looks alive to me."

Speaking to Raznel, Ysharra says, "I hope wherever it is you go now, you only know oblivion."

[Voln - Eledryn] "Clerics, empaths and probably others would be welcome at the rune chamber of the Hendoran Outpost... if you can find it."

Speaking to Raznel, Geijon says, "End."

Speaking to Raznel, Leafiara says, "You chased immortality, but the only immortality you'll have is being in stories--read about by people who can't even imagine who and what you were."

Speaking to Raznel, Geijon says, "End."

Raznel tries to rise again, lifting one hand, only for her fingers to drop off like fat maggots, crumbling and burning away.

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Oooh, ladies fingers."

Rasson glances over at the body of Raznel, sizes up the mess and winces. You think you hear him mutter something beneath his breath that sounds like, "What a pity!"

Speaking drunkenly to Razanetika, Gutstorm says, "Ye took one for da team."

Speaking to Raznel, Leafiara says, "And it's not like you were ever anything good. Your own brother used his dying breaths to warn us about you."

Speaking to Raznel, Goldstr exclaims, "Rot! Witch!"

Morofinwe: "We are blasting hell out of thse spores."

Kobane kicks some dirt on the corpse of Raznel.

Uthenegal says, "And stay rotted."

The huge behemoth in the sky continues to float, but begins to descend, ichor dropping from its wounds and its great bellow echoes across the skies.

Kobane kicks some dirt on the corpse of Raznel.

Speaking to Raznel, Ysharra says, "You know we wanted to help you, once upon a time."

Kobane utters a phrase of magic as his fingertips crackle with tiny arcs of lightning.

Kobane gestures at Raznel.

A small surge of electricity arcs out towards the corpse of Raznel!

The body twitches slightly in response.

Balley softly exclaims, "I just want to know why!"

The ghostly voice of Thrassus says, "That worm is going to take weeks to clean up."

Leafiara grins at Raznel smugly.

Speaking to Raelee, Geijon says, "That portal isn't closed."

Speaking to Thrassus, Rasson says, "The healing process will take much longer."

Speaking to Raznel, Evia says, "You are nothing but spoiled meat now."

Raznel turns to her side, facing Pylasar. One of her eyes pops, oozing ichor from its socket. Her mouth opens again, her thin lips drifting away. But she cackles, staring at Pylasar and she whispers in a hoarse voice, "...I enjoyed killing your wife and daughter most of all...."

Kembal: "Looking for you all, but can't figure out where to go."

Darconas melodically says, "Harsh."

Darconas looks over at Raznel and shakes his head.

Kembal appears, floating on a black stone dais and ascends to the ground.

Kembal says, "Made it."

Evia gives Raznel a friendly little kick.

Rasson gives Raznel a friendly little kick.

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "She lies. She enjoyed none of it. She knows no joy."

The ghostly voice of Aeith says, "Evil."

Speaking drunkenly to Darcena, Gutstorm exclaims, "Fooooleded you!!!"

Speaking to Raznel, Rasson says, "That is low... even for a worm like you."

Falvicar kicks some dirt on the corpse of Raznel.

Speaking to Evia, Goldstr asks, "Friendly kick?"

Kobane kicks some dirt on the corpse of Raznel.

Rasson gives Raznel a friendly little kick.

Speaking to Goldstr, Evia says, "Not so much."

Raelee frowns at Raznel.

Goldstr pounds Raznel with his fist.

Speaking to Raznel, Lylia asks, "What reason did you have for any of it? Because you were barren?"

Then, bit by bit, Raznel, the witch breaks apart into a host of slimy black maggots, each one trying to skitter away as if frightened, only to smoke and burn and curl up in death, melting away into pallid ichor.

Leafiara says, "For every Landing citizen, every militia member... for Cyph, Reannah, Gracie, Rysus, Mynalari, Oronthal, and every other paragon... an ugly and fitting end."

Demanec darkly asks, "What if we animate her?"

Pukk: "How do we find you guys?"

Leafiara grabs a black-robed old witch miniature from a small pocket inside of her red silk cape.

The ghostly voice of Regwen says, "No body now."

Zosopage says, "And that's that."

Speaking smugly to her old witch miniature, Leafiara says, "Knew this would be all that's left of her."


Pylasar Remains

Pylasar begins to twitch.

Ashmoreth says, "A fitting end to that one."

Zosopage: "Raznel is dead."

Roelaren: "Cheers."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "You have your truth now."

Morofinwe: "Huzzah!"

Lylia says, "No. No, not quite. The blight may not be lifted. Her corruption may well remain even while she is gone."

Demanec darkly says, "I wanted to animate her."

Uthenegal says, "Good riddance."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "Peter?"

The pylons deactivate around town as the sky begins to fill with the flaky bits of destroyed spores drifting down like snowflakes.

Speaking to Darcena, Madmountan says, "I'm thinking clearly all of the sudden."

Goldstr: "And gone thru da gates!"

Pylasar sits down.

Speaking cautiously to Madmountan, Darcena asks, "Are you?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Zosopage says, "I hope her death can alleviate at least some of the cruelty she has dealt you."

Speaking amusedly to Madmountan, Leafiara says, "You always do."

Geijon whispers something to Pylasar.

Berkana says, "We got the behemoth."

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena asks, "How clearly?"

Speaking to Madmountan, Leafiara mouths, "Top four." [I'm not even sure he knows what she means by this since I don't think she's said it to his face directly before]

Rasson says, "Blood snow to black dead spore snow, crazy winter we are having."

Speaking deeply to Berkana, Guarrin says, "Well done."

Ysharra asks, "We lost you, too?"

Speaking heartily to Pylasar, Chamorr says, "You still need to answer for all the paragons and deaths ya caused."

Speaking to Pylasar, Goldstr says, "Peter ye will be grateful after some needed rest."

Lyrna: "Where are people gathering?"

The huge toothed behemoth in the sky begins to break apart, the holes burned into it from the pylons finally destroying it. The behemoth begins to decay as it slowly descends from the sky, soon leaving no trace except for a putrid, putrid smell.

Elbromo: "Got tired of bein lost."

Speaking to Darcena, Madmountan asks, "Can I eat some of that?"

Ysharra says, "If...the behemoth is gone..."

Pylasar stands up.

Lylia asks, "Why did everything she touch have to stink so very much?"

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena says, "No, but I have things you can eat."

Speaking to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "It's like you said months ago... she took everything from you, and now you've taken everything from her."

Ysharra asks, "What about the spores? And the Blight?"

Pylasar hangs his head.

Pylasar says, "I never got her back."

Madmountan says, "It's kinda like when you explode a whale carcass."

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "You couldn't have. It wasn't her."

The ghostly voice of Xorus says, "What effect on the Bleaklands."

Speaking wryly to Madmountan, Darcena asks, "Food for days?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Geijon says, "You made six of these paragons that made her."

Speaking to Pylasar, Goldstr says, "Was nae to be me friend."

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Falvicar says, "I never got my parents back."

Speaking wryly to Geijon, Cruxophim reminds, "Hey, we all make mistakes."

Pylasar says, "...and now tomorrow..."

Pylasar says, "Epoch will want her promise."

Pylasar sighs.

Pukk exclaims, "I missed all the fun of seeing Raznel die!"

Speaking curiously to Pylasar, Leafiara asks, "Promise?"

Evia asks, "Whut?"

Guarrin deeply asks, "Which was?"

Speaking confusedly to Pylasar, Cruxophim inquires, "Epoch?"

Shinann asks, "The chronomage?"

Goldstr exclaims, "A safer Landing!"

Speaking offhandedly to Cruxophim, Leafiara says, "Chrysamber."

Pylasar glances at where the cocoon was, and the ground where Raznel died.

Cruxophim amusedly states, "Oh, Crysamberwhassit? Right."

Speaking to Pylasar, Geijon asks, "Does her promise supercede your arrest?"

Balley softly asks, "What did you promise her?"

Lyrna (Focused): "I made it this far... where are you?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Evia says, "What was it..."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "Do you still have your core memories?"

Regwen says, "Thanks for getting me up."

Speaking dubiously to Leafiara, Cruxophim muses, "What kind of a last name is Epoch? Rather portentious."

Roelaren: "I found a pylon outside Moot Hall and stayed there."

Speaking to Pylasar, Geijon says, "Between you and Thadston, you've not delivered with consistency."

Pylasar glances around the room, at the bodies, at the people, at the walls. He says nothing but wanders off through the portal leading out into Melgorehn's Valley.