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Imaerasta 6-7, 5120

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Summary

  • A crowd gathers in anticipation in Moot Hall's Chamber of Justice as a town crier announces that Judge Renpaw will deliver his decision on Marshal Thadston soon. When he arrives, Faerinn notes that he doesn't see Thadston anywhere, and a town clerk whispers something to Renpaw, who relays that Thadston sent word he would not be coming and welcomed anyone to come deliver the verdict to him.
  • Renpaw says he appreciates everyone who took time to speak for or against Marshal Thadston. He says that in the matter of overstepping his authority, he's found Thadston not guilty. The scope of the marshal and the reach of his operations could arguably use looking into and elaboration, but in its current form he had the authority.
  • As for whether Thadston is fit to be marshal in his current state, Renpaw has ruled that he is unfit. His authority is revoked until he can address and find resolution to the haunting entity which has been suggested to have some measure of control of influence over him. Once resolved, his power will be returned in full.
  • Shadows along the back wall shift and town defenders move quickly to defend the judge in case of trouble. They hear a faint click and tremors hit, knocking everyone over, and then a murky figure garbed in darkness begins firing two hand pylons armed not with elemental essences, but green ichor. The acidic substance melts right through the heads of Mayor Leafiara, Faerinn, Captain Stormyrain, Captain Shinann, Gutstorm, and Bernadette, but doesn't quite connect enough to end Guarrin. Chaoswynd, Sir Cryheart, Sir Goldstr, Ysharra, Sorlu, Umbazi, and Lycurgus go down, but Kobane manages to avoid most of the damage. Roelon, Shyspirit, and Razanetika eat it, and then comes the coup de grace as a shot melts Renpaw's head off! Even still the figure isn't done and fires on Tolene...
  • ...but then as it continues trying to attack, the hand pylon spark and fizz and the figure melts into the darkness.
  • As adventurers scramble to resurrect the eighteen fallen, Umbazi searches for Thadston in the Faendryl Enclave's Alabaster Spire... but finds nothing. When Judge Renpaw is alive and safe, town guards escort him away.
  • Helga says that if we're looking for the Marshal, he's stinking up her alley. Stormy reports that Thadston's awake now, so the group makes its way over. Faerinn tells him he missed his meeting and asks if he was shopping for bane coffins; Thadston tells him to piss off, and Faerinn says he could have saved time asking Disean. Thadston stumbles to his feet and headbutts him, but bangs his head against his armor and gets nowhere fast. Thadston says that if Faerinn ever utters his son's name again, he'll fertilize the Enclave's garden with his ashes.
  • Thadston asks Mayor Leafiara to state her business, though she and Umbazi had already delivered the verdict while he was busy headbutting Faerinn. They reiterate that he didn't exceed his authority, but has beenn removed until he can clear up his magical affliction, at which point he can be reinstated. Thadston says she's not an affliction, then speaks in a cold voice that "I am all he has left." Stormy says he has all of us, and Umbazi says she's not his wife even if he wants her to be; Thadston growls at him and says not to lecture him on who she is. Leafi says we're willing to help and he laughs her off.
  • Xanthium and Ysharra ask what happened to him in the Bleaklands; he says he closed a portal to save everyone and it turns out none of them were worth it. But on the other side he found what was missing. She had always been missing, now she isn't, and it's all he has left. He says the mayor's won for now and her Rooks can take over, and maybe she'll appoint her biggest Rook lover at interim marshal. She says the ideal is that we help him (Thadston) and restore him to his position.
  • Cryheart tries to reiterate that the door is open for Thadston's return and Goldstr says to listen to Casiphia. Thadston chuckles at her name and says to keep her away or she'll die. Meanwhile, Stormy snaps at him to get himself together as he's not helpless.
  • Thadston says we have what we wanted: our Imperial adversary who came years ago, built a stone fortress, fought off our enemies, and now it's time to make him our next one. Stormy tells him that when he tires of the poor me act, he knows where to find help, and leaves. He says it's all he has left of her (his wife Saraphene) and he owes her this much, so leave them be. He stumbles out of sight.


Highlights - Comedic

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Even if you are Mother and Cryheart is Rone. I'm still the herald."
Speaking to Pukk, Chaoswynd says, "Your real name is Harold? No wonder you go by Pukk."
Speaking to Chaoswynd, Pukk asks, "It is?"
Speaking to Chaoswynd, Pukk exclaims, "I didn't know!"
Speaking to Pukk, Chaoswynd says, "According to you, yes."
Pukk says, "Wait.."
Speaking to Chaoswynd, Pukk asks, "Does that mean you're my dad?"
Speaking to Pukk, Chaoswynd says, "Thankfully, no."
Pietra gawks at Pukk.
Speaking amusedly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "You're really saucy tonight."
Speaking to Chaoswynd, Pukk exclaims, "Dad!"
Pietra cocks her head at Chaoswynd.
Stormyrain can offer Pukk only a blank expression.
Chaoswynd can offer Pukk only a blank expression.
Pukk gives Chaoswynd a friendly hug.
Guarrin glances between Stormyrain and Chaoswynd.
Speaking to Chaoswynd, Pukk exclaims, "I have missed you!"
Pietra grins at Leafiara.
Leafiara glances suspiciously between Stormyrain and Chaoswynd.
Raising his hands before him, Chaoswynd quickly backpedals away from Pukk.
Pukk says, "Wait.."
Pukk glances at Stormyrain.
Speaking to Stormyrain, Pukk asks, "Mom?"
Pietra throws back her head and roars with laughter!
Speaking to Leafiara, Stormyrain says, "Do not look at me."
Speaking to Pukk, Stormyrain says, "No."
Vaemyr says, "It is certainly thunder."
Speaking flusteredly to Stormyrain, Leafiara exclaims, "Okay, sorry!"
Pukk exclaims, "Just what I would expect mom to say!"
Speaking to Leafiara, Stormyrain says, "I am not human."
Cryheart appears to be trying hard not to grin.
Leafiara mumbles, "Sheesh."
Stormyrain folds her hands behind her back.
Pietra grins at Stormyrain.
Roelaren grins at Stormyrain.
Speaking to Pukk, Pietra exclaims, "You're right again!"
Speaking to Stormyrain, Pukk says, "Somehow I expected you to be more....Shakat..."
Stormyrain can offer Pukk only a blank expression.
Pukk says, "Whatever..."
Pietra grins at Stormyrain.
Stormyrain's eyes glaze over as she stares, unfocused, into the distance.
Stormyrain sighs slightly and rubs her temples.
Speaking to Stormyrain, Pukk asks, "So, do I have any brothers or sisters?"
Speaking to Pukk, Chaoswynd says, "Yes, actually. Cryheart is your older brother."
Chaoswynd appears to be struggling to keep a straight face.
Speaking to Pukk, Akenna asks, "Do you just.. ever get tired of talking?"
Pukk glances at Cryheart.
Cryheart blinks at Chaoswynd.
Stormyrain smiles at Guarrin.
Chaoswynd grins slowly at Cryheart.
Cryheart stares at Pukk.
Guarrin begins chuckling at Stormyrain!
Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk exclaims, "Egads...you had a hard life to be that young!"
Cryheart looks over at Chaoswynd and shakes his head.
Pukk grins at Pietra.
Pietra snickers.
Speaking to Akenna, Pukk says, "I'm just working up to it."
Speaking to Akenna, Pukk says, "I'm gaining my momentum."
Speaking to Pukk, Akenna asks, "Oh by the ancestors, you aren't even at a peak?"
Speaking to Ysharra, Pukk exclaims, "Chaoswynd confirmed that he's my dad and Cryheart, who had a very hard life, is my brother!"
Speaking to Ysharra, Pietra says, "And some other exciting revelations as well."
Speaking to Ysharra, Pukk exclaims, "Somehow Stormy is my mom, and I can't figure that one out, but why let that stop me now!"
Xorus says, "I will have to tolerate all those young people on my lawn, if it is the will of the Patriarch."
Faerinn says, "What was the order. The Mayor then me then the Captains...."
Pukk says, "Well, Leafi is Mother, so of course he will go after her first."
Speaking wryly to Renpaw, Leafiara says, "Welcome to our world."
The ghostly voice of Renpaw says, "Life please."
The ghostly voice of Renpaw says, "I judge I am now ready..."
Speaking to Renpaw, Ysharra asks, "You do, do you.  You don't often get this kind of wordplay, do you?"
Speaking to Renpaw, Xorus says, "This sort of thing happens to the rest of us every week."
Thadston says, "So you win for now Mayor..."
Thadston says, "Your Rooks can hump like rabbits and take over."
Thadston says, "Maybe you'll put your biggest Rook lover as interim marshal."
Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "I will be Marshal?"
Speaking to Chaoswynd, Pukk exclaims, "If you are my dad, you owe me so much back allowance that I should be rich for the rest of my life!"
Speaking simply to Pukk, Chaoswynd states, "Disowned."
Pukk exclaims, "So you admit it!"


Log

Idle Chatter: Parentage Problems

[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 the seaweed-covered Xayd disk, the Delilahrae disk, the Syfah disk, the purple Dankie disk, the Xylador disk, the Kyya disk, the Sicario disk, a ruched lilac purse, an ale brown knapsack, an iced chocolate muffin, the Syntharis disk, the Blindi disk, the Guarrin disk, a pale-faced coppery barn owl that is flying around, the Vaemyr disk, a black-eared red and grey fox that is sitting, the Stormyrain disk, the Kippe disk, a spotted great horned owl that is flying around, a table leg, an iced almond muffin, a fresh lemon doughnut, a fresh raisin doughnut, a pair of narrow blue breeches, a gak wool hat, a slate grey oilcloth overcoat, a bedraggled white bandana, a pair of soft leather shoes, a coal black purse, a leather sheath, some light green boots, a reinforced shield, some leaf crested full leather, a large acorn, a large acorn, a large acorn, a jackblade, a woven deep black robe, an herbal remedy donation bin and some stone benches with some stuff on it.

Also here: Great Lady Delilahrae, Xayd, Syfah, Dankie, Inck, Great Lord Draphik, Lord Xylador, Kyya who is sitting, Sicario, Pukk, Syntharis, Bernadette, Blindi who is sitting, Telavien, Shinann, Pietra, Magister Raelee, Guarrin, Vaemyr, Mayor Leafiara, Erinaya, Birch Guardian Akenna, Sir Cryheart, Grand Lady Roelaren, Stormyrain, Kippe, Chaoswynd

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

Pietra says, "Poor stinky dwarf. He wants that statue so bad."

[General] Pietra exclaims, "Clouds, heavy with rain!"

Speaking to Pukk, Roelaren says, "I would bet that Sir Cryheart could use any weapon he sets his mind too."

Cryheart says, "Yes I can use any weapon."

Speaking to Roelaren, Pietra says, "I bet he likes really big rocks."

Speaking curiously to Pukk, Leafiara asks, "You're slow tonight. Too busy with conspiracy theories to herald?"

Speaking to Leafara, Pukk exclaims, "This who act of him being slow is just that...an act! He took acting lessons from Nehor one day and that is when his grand scheme began!"

Cryheart says, "I can even use my foot."

Pukk glances up.

Pukk gasps.

Pukk gazes up into the sky.

Cryheart squints at Pukk.

Pukk recites:

"Everybody join Cryheart!"

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk exclaims, "I didn't see it!"

Speaking to Cryheart, Pietra asks, "We goin fishing?"

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "I hope it's fishing."

Cryheart says, "We will most likely be headed to Moot Hall."

Cryheart says, "To hear the verdict for Thadston."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pietra says, "No fish in there, though."

Leafiara says, "If Judge Renpaw is out and about, indeed."

Umbazi asks, "Shouldn't we go to Moot Hall, then?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Even if you are Mother and Cryheart is Rone. I'm still the herald."

Cryheart says, "Moving to Moot Hall soon."

Vaemyr says, "Could always be more trouble from the new group though."

Speaking to Pukk, Chaoswynd says, "Your real name is Harold? No wonder you go by Pukk."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Pukk asks, "It is?"

Leafiara says, "Well, Renpaw might also *not* be out tonight. Anything or nothing could happen."

A large wolf exclaims, "Help! the Sky is angry, we must hide!"

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Pukk exclaims, "I didn't know!"

Speaking to Pukk, Chaoswynd says, "According to you, yes."

Pukk says, "Wait.."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Pukk asks, "Does that mean you're my dad?"

A large wolf exclaims, "Hide people!"

Speaking to Pukk, Chaoswynd says, "Thankfully, no."

Pietra gawks at Pukk.

Speaking amusedly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "You're really saucy tonight."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Pukk exclaims, "Dad!"

Pietra cocks her head at Chaoswynd.

Stormyrain can offer Pukk only a blank expression.

Chaoswynd can offer Pukk only a blank expression.

Pukk gives Chaoswynd a friendly hug.

Speaking to a large wolf, Vaemyr asks, "Hide?"

Guarrin glances between Stormyrain and Chaoswynd.

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Pukk exclaims, "I have missed you!"

Pietra grins at Leafiara.

Leafiara glances suspiciously between Stormyrain and Chaoswynd.

Raising his hands before him, Chaoswynd quickly backpedals away from Pukk.

Pukk says, "Wait.."

Pukk glances at Stormyrain.

Speaking to Stormyrain, Pukk asks, "Mom?"

A large wolf exclaims, "Yes, thunder! Hide!"

Pietra throws back her head and roars with laughter!

Speaking to Leafiara, Stormyrain says, "Do not look at me."

Speaking to Pukk, Stormyrain says, "No."

Vaemyr says, "It is certainly thunder."

Speaking flusteredly to Stormyrain, Leafiara exclaims, "Okay, sorry!"

Pukk exclaims, "Just what I would expect mom to say!"

Speaking to Leafiara, Stormyrain says, "I am not human."

Cryheart appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Leafiara mumbles, "Sheesh."

Stormyrain folds her hands behind her back.

Pietra grins at Stormyrain.

Vaemyr says, "We tend to have that type of weather around here late at night."

Roelaren grins at Stormyrain.

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra exclaims, "You're right again!"

A large wolf exclaims, "Take cover before it gets you!"

Pukk agrees with Pietra.

Shinann gives a sidelong glance at Stormyrain.

Pietra hangs her head.

Stormyrain gives a sidelong glance at Shinann.

Pietra bursts out in a sudden snort of laughter.

Shinann gazes at her surroundings.

Speaking to a large wolf, Vaemyr says, "I'm sure it'll be ok."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Pukk says, "Somehow I expected you to be more....Shakat..."

Pukk shrugs.

Stormyrain can offer Pukk only a blank expression.

Pukk says, "Whatever..."

Pietra grins at Stormyrain.

Roelaren says, "On the house tonight."

Stormyrain's eyes glaze over as she stares, unfocused, into the distance.

Stormyrain sighs slightly and rubs her temples.

Speaking to Stormyrain, Pukk asks, "So, do I have any brothers or sisters?"

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

Shinann looks thoughtfully at Stormyrain.

Speaking to Pukk, Chaoswynd says, "Yes, actually. Cryheart is your older brother."

Chaoswynd appears to be struggling to keep a straight face.

Speaking to Pukk, Akenna asks, "Do you just.. ever get tired of talking?"

Pukk glances at Cryheart.

Pietra whispers something to Pukk.

Cryheart blinks at Chaoswynd.

Pietra laughs at Akenna!

Stormyrain smiles at Guarrin.

Chaoswynd grins slowly at Cryheart.

Cryheart stares at Pukk.

Guarrin begins chuckling at Stormyrain!

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk exclaims, "Egads...you had a hard life to be that young!"

Shinann just went east.

Cryheart looks over at Chaoswynd and shakes his head.

Pukk grins at Pietra.

Pietra snickers.

A large wolf exclaims, "I am going to hide, you would do well to heed being afraid of what wolves are afraid of!"

Speaking to Akenna, Pukk says, "I'm just working up to it."

Cryheart asks, "Shall we be heading to the courtroom, mayor?"

Speaking to a large wolf, Pietra asks, "But are you afraid of sky donuts?"

Speaking to Akenna, Pukk says, "I'm gaining my momentum."

Leafiara says, "Maybe outside Moot Hall, at least."

Speaking to Pukk, Akenna asks, "Oh by the ancestors, you aren't even at a peak?"

Sir Cryheart's group just went east.

[Town Square, East]

Here in the center of a broad plaza near the commercial area of the bazaar stands the impressive facade of the slate-roofed Moot Hall, where the citizens of Wehnimer's Landing hold various official, religious and social functions. Facing the square are some of the town's more prosperous shops, still doing business with the many customers who still frequent the streets at night. You also see an errant shadow, the Ysharra disk, the pallid grey Melikor disk emblazoned with a vibrant scarlet pentacle, a cloaked figure, a snow white raven that is flying around and a large purple wooden barrel.

Leafiara says, "I'm not sure where or if Renpaw would like to meet tonight."

Ysharra says, "I'm just fifty-two, but that means little for hathlyn, we're all different."

Vaemyr says, "I guess we'll see."

Speaking drunkenly to Cryheart, Gutstorm says, "Lemme know if we need da rat army."

Speaking to Ysharra, Pukk asks, "Hey guess what?"

Speaking to Pukk, Ysharra says, "Chicken butt."

Speaking to Ysharra, Faerinn says, "I'm sixty-one."

Speaking to Ysharra, Pukk exclaims, "Chaoswynd confirmed that he's my dad and Cryheart, who had a very hard life, is my brother!"

Speaking to Faerinn, Ysharra says, "Not even a decade on me."

Speaking to Ysharra, Pietra says, "And some other exciting revelations as well."

Speaking to Cryheart, Ysharra asks, "Did you have a hard life?"

Speaking to Ysharra, Faerinn says, "Pretty close."

Cryheart says, "I was raised in Immuron."

Speaking to Pietra, Ysharra says, "You don't say."

Cryheart says, "In Honneland."

Speaking to Ysharra, Faerinn says, "At least I can buy liquor in Ta'Loenthra now."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Cryheart, while we waitin, letsh go get shum bannitsh."

Speaking to Ysharra, Pukk exclaims, "Somehow Stormy is my mom, and I can't figure that one out, but why let that stop me now!"

Stormyrain draws a glowing pattern in the air before Pukk.

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

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "And don't forget about Leafi and the Gryphons..."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Akenna says, "Thank you."

Speaking to Cryheart, Ysharra says, "I've never been. I hear they have mild winters."

Cryheart says, "Aye."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "What a great idea."

Pukk exclaims, "Mom!"

Speaking musingly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Sometimes you're louder asleep than awake."

Pukk says, "Sorry, bad dream."

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "Wot?"

Speaking to Pukk, Stormyrain says, "Shh."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Pukk says, "Okay mom."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pietra asks, "Well this boring trial thing ain't gonna adjudicate itself out here, now is it?"

Leafiara says, "I can just see it now, the next Daily Darkstone headline about putting Pukk to sleep..."

Stormyrain draws a glowing pattern in the air before Pukk.

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

Speaking to Akenna, Faerinn says, "Been a very eventful day."

Pukk snores rhythmically in his sleep.

Speaking to Stormyrain, Ysharra says, "Sometimes he does have a look only a mother could love."

A clap of thunder echoes in the night.

Speaking to Ysharra, Stormyrain says, "I wouldn't know."

Pukk's eyes flutter as he wakes up.

Speaking to Faerinn, Akenna says, "Was it? I've been out on the sea, killing pirates."

Speaking to Pietra, Pukk says, "I have some good rest."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra asks, "Nice nap?"

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra asks, "Did ya dream of your mommy and daddy?"

Leafiara comments, "Well, if nothing else, at least everyone's good at lightening the mood before... whatever news awaits tonight."

Speaking to Leafiara, Stormyrain says, "Really? I had thought the exact opposite."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Leafiara concedes, "Okay, trying to, then."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pietra says, "Let's go tear open that hole to the bleaklands and do some foraging for neat herbs."

Speaking to Akenna, Faerinn says, "So far I've made Rohese blush with a story about seamen, and then the Mirror announces an expedition into Despana's old fortress."

Roelon deeply says, "Either way its turns out, nothing good will come from it ah think."

Speaking to Akenna, Ysharra says, "Brother Blud made her blush a bunch, too."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pietra says, "I found a couple really interesting ones."

Thrassus asks, "What was that about Maelshyve?"

Speaking to Akenna, Ysharra says, "He was delighted to tell me about it earlier."

Pietra says, "Sounds like you're having a really good night."

Faerinn says, "I suspect whatever the verdict Thadston is going to be real ugly about it."


Awaiting Judge Renpaw's Decision

A town crier shouts in the distance, "A verdict has been reached! Judge Renpaw will arrive to the Chamber of Justice soon and welcomes all to join him as he delivers his decision on Marshal Thadston. He will arrive within ten minutes."

Speaking to Ysharra, Akenna says, "It isn't very hard to make Lady Rohese blush...she can get--"

Ysharra asks, "Shall we?"

Speaking to Pietra, Pukk whispers aloud, "Somehow I thought my mom would have more of a sense of humor...maybe it's because she feels guilty on leaving me all alone all these years."

Vaemyr says, "Welp."

Cryheart says, "Ok..to the chamber of justice."

Vaemyr says, "Guess inside we go."

Speaking wearily to Faerinn, Stormyrain says, "Can't be much worse than it currently is."

Sir Cryheart's group just entered the Moot Hall.

[Moot Hall, Great Lobby]

The great lobby is quite spacious, with an oak bannister wrapping around a staircase leading to the second story of Moot Hall. The wall are draped in rich tapestries framing niches that hold marble busts of local dignitaries. To the north is a double door, and to the west, a mahogany door bearing a silver plaque. A carpeted pathway leads toward the Debt Collector's Office. You also see a large wooden chest, a large wooden chest, a veil iron shield-shaped plaque, a blackboard and an old stained table with an iron bucket on it.

Gutstorm yells, "No jushtish no peash!"

[Moot Hall, South Corridor]

Rich merlot carpet muffles footsteps through the southern corridor of Moot Hall. Two long wooden benches sit on each side of a carved wooden door, while a lone giantman guard stands watch over a modwir arch. A small wooden placard hangs on the wall above an ivory-handled door.

[Moot Hall, Chamber of Justice]

Two high-backed, elaborately carved chairs face the imposing, burnished oak bench where members of the official Town Council convene to decide matters of solemn importance. A narrow stairway leads up to a low balcony that surrounds the chamber, providing ample seating for interested visitors to observe the proceedings. You also see a town clerk, a modwir arch and an oak door.

[General] Leafiara thinks, "For those awaiting the verdict on Thadston's hearing, Judge Renpaw will be out in the Chamber of Justice in ten minutes or so."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "Mom love can be brutal."

Taulramil says, "I wonder what will happen."

[Private]-GSIV:XYZ: "so someones getting assassinated, basically.."

Speaking to Thrassus, Faerinn says, "The Mirror is sponsoring several archaelogical expeditions there."

Speaking to a cloaked figure, Pukk says, "For a figure, you don't have much of a figure."

Leafiara says, "Likely some good and some bad news. I doubt that many will be perfectly satisfied, but--we'll see."

Speaking to Faerinn, Thrassus asks, "Oh, really?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil says, "Mayor Leafiara I just wanted to inform you that myself and my future wife will be moving to your town."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra asks, "Should we be quiet and fancy now?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil says, "I am working on getting citizenship here."

Speaking to Faerinn, Thrassus says, "How nice of her to come and take things from our region."

Speaking to Taulramil, Leafiara says, "Ah, definitely at least some good news tonight then. Welcome and congratulations to the two of you."

Speaking to Thrassus, Faerinn says, "In partnership with New Ta'Faendryl. Some Walasamir artifacts were recently brought to her museum's attention there."

Speaking to Pietra, Pukk asks, "You are marrying Taulramil?"

Taulramil says, "No."

Speaking to Taulramil, Vaemyr says, "Glad to see you join our little town here."

Speaking to Thrassus, Raelee says, "The first artifact was presented to the Illistim by the Faendryl ambassador."

Speaking to Pukk, Taulramil says, "Someone else is marrying me."

Speaking to Faerinn, Thrassus says, "Oh, that's unexpected then."

Speaking to Faerinn, Guarrin asks, "Is it on display?"

Speaking to Pukk, Taulramil says, "Yes, I know, me...."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra asks, "Who is Towla maril?"

Speaking warmly to Ithilwyn, Leafiara says, "Excellent news and welcome to the Landing. ...in a more official capacity, anyway."

Speaking to Taulramil, Pukk asks, "Does Pietra know too?"

Speaking to Faerinn, Thrassus says, "Also welcome to hear."

Speaking to Guarrin, Faerinn says, "It will be on Tilamaires, I believe."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Ithilwyn says, "Thank you Lady Mayor."

Speaking to Pukk, Taulramil asks, "Who's that?"

Taulramil says, "One moment."

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil says, "Sorry."

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil says, "I was ambushed by a certain."

Speaking to Pietra, Pukk says, "He's forgotten about you already."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "Never been in a blind arranged marriage before."

Speaking to himself, Guarrin mutters, "Perhaps it is worth a trip to see it...haven't been out that way since."

Taulramil says, "Jester."

Speaking to Taulramil, Leafiara whispers aloud, "He's good at that."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "Can't say I like it much."

Speaking to Guarrin, Xanthium says, "You definitely should."

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil says, "This is the Lady Ithilwyn."

Thrassus asks, "I assume they are taking volunteers?"

Speaking to Pietra, Pukk says, "I will set you up with Gutstorm. He will make a good boyfriend for you."

Speaking to Thrassus, Faerinn says, "Tomorrow is a lecture on how the valences affect that region. So the waraxe might be on display then."

Speaking to Guarrin, Xanthium says, "The artifact in question belonged to one of your kind."

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil asks, "And have you had any missives or scrolls from Illistim?"

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "He does have easy access to booze."

Speaking to Guarrin, Xanthium asks, "I timed my entrance right, didn't I?"

Speaking to Ithilwyn, Taulramil says, "You might want to let her know what the faendryl found."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "He ish to smallin the chest department."

Speaking to Thrassus, Faerinn says, "She's not turning anyone away."

Speaking to Xanthium, Guarrin says, "It appearas so."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "But I think I got all that covered."

Speaking curiously to Taulramil, Leafiara says, "I've heard about the news being discussed, but nothing specifically for me, if that's what you mean."

Thrassus exclaims, "Excellent!"

Speaking to Guarrin, Xanthium says, "It was a rhimar waraxe."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Pietra says, "You do have tiny ones, I agree."

Roelaren says, "And the thunder rolls."

Speaking to Guarrin, Xanthium says, "Over thirty thousand years old, I suppose."

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil says, "And I assure you if the worse comes from this it will be bad for all the lands."

Speaking to Guarrin, Xanthium says, "From the Arctic clan."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Ithilwyn says, "An artifact from the war was found. It is suspected that it has absorbed some of the magic from the area and is in a case. It will be displayed in the museum in Illistim in two days."

Speaking to Xanthium, Guarrin admits, "It would be interesting to see a Wsalamir artifact and honor the fallen."

Ithilwyn softly says, "Possible archaeological digs at the site may be forthcoming."

Speaking to Guarrin, Xanthium says, "I can't help but wonder what else is in there, from where it was found."

Cryheart says, "We should honor our past and cultures."

Speaking to Xanthium, Faerinn says, "Good evening again."

Roelaren says, "I can imagine."

Leafiara carefully says, "Worst comes to worst, I'm sure Roblar will be there to slay whatever danger pops out."

Pietra whispers something to Pukk.

Roelon deeply says, "And if Roblar is slayed instead. Use Pukk as ah shield and run."

Speaking to Pietra, Pukk asks, "So, human babies come from Sylvans and Half-elves?"

Speaking to Cryheart, Guarrin says, "Perhaps for a day."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra exclaims, "That's not what I learned from my mother. But maybe!"

Speaking to Guarrin, Xanthium says, "There's to be a meeting on Tilamaires evening to discuss the logistics."

Speaking to Guarrin, Xanthium says, "I believe the plan is to have a series of expeditions, so everyone who wishes to go have a look will be able to."

Speaking to Guarrin, Faerinn says, "I know for sure the waraxe will be on display at during the logistics meeting."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "There was an awful lot of explaining. But I don't remember that bit."

Xanthium says, "After all, most of us have ancestors who were involved..."

Thrassus says, "I, for one, plan on attending as many as I can."

Cryheart asks, "And perhaps in the museum in Ta'Illistim later?"

Speaking to Cryheart, Xanthium says, "They said that was the plan, yes."

Shinann says, "Sounds interesting."

Speaking to Guarrin, Faerinn says, "Tomorrow's lecture is more spur of the moment. So details aren't as solid."

Xanthium says, "I plan on going tomorrow and the next evening, I'm sure the plans will make the news rounds."

Xorus says, "I will have to tolerate all those young people on my lawn, if it is the will of the Patriarch."

Speaking to Faerinn, Guarrin says, "Ah, interesting. Kindred weapons often have ancestors names on it. It's possible to track down who carried it into battle."

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil says, "The Mirror did mention that she will be sending out information for it is to be shared with all."

Leafiara says, "Excellent, we'll look forward to that."

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil says, "And the axe I think they traced it back to a giantkin clan."

Taulramil says, "Rhimar edged."

Speaking to Guarrin, Xanthium says, "I wanted very much to ask to loresing it, but apparently it would have been a breech of protocol."

Speaking to Guarrin, Faerinn says, "Ah, we did not get an opportunity to see the item tonight. It's being contained in a veil iron box."

Vaemyr says, "I see Renpaw knows how to build up the suspence."

Leafiara says, "Maybe he has final paperwork to get in order."

Speaking to Faerinn, Guarrin says, "Pays to be careful I suppose."

A town clerk says, "The Judge will be here shortly."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Pietra asks, "So you're in big trouble, huh? Is that why we're here?"

Speaking to Xanthium, Roelaren says, "Loresinging would have been a good thing, maybe they didn't want to reveal what it was about to everyone."

Taulramil whispers something to Ithilwyn.

Thrassus says, "It's just an overabundance of caution."

Speaking drunkenly to Pietra, Gutstorm says, "Me not know da fingsh me doesh mosht da time."

Umbazi says, "Maybe they feared that loresinging something drenched in Maelshyve's magic would kill not only the bard but everyone in the room."

Speaking to a cloaked figure, Pietra says, "Sexy."

Roelaren says, "Good point as well."

Cryheart says, "Bards should nae sing at kroderine."

Speaking to Umbazi, Goldstr says, "Good point."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Pietra says, "I can see that. It must be a great lot of blur."

Speaking to Umbazi, Faerinn says, "Wouldn't be the first time though."

Speaking to Cryheart, Roelaren says, "I nay kew that."

Speaking to Xanthium, Raelee says, "You should inquire regardless. At times, protocol has its purpose... at other times it is a barrier to more important things than such social constructs."

Speaking to Raelee, Faerinn says, "The future meetings are in the museum so all the court protocol is out the door anyway."

Cryheart says, "Seomanthe tried to sing to my plate once."

Speaking to Raelee, Xanthium says, "Right, but at the beginning of a quest...breeching too hard and too often is a good way to get disinvited. But I did want to."

Speaking to Xanthium, Raelee says, "And now you know that is an unlikely consequence."

Speaking to Xanthium, Umbazi says, "I don't blame you for being cautious."

Speaking to Raelee, Xanthium says, "I'm amazed that it would still be so intact and recognizable for what it is, after...thirty thousand years."

Cryheart whispers something to Roelaren.

Speaking to Xanthium, Raelee says, "Perhaps something to be attributed to the magic in the ruins."

Speaking to Umbazi, Xanthium says, "It is the sort of crowd that never stops telling you all the mistakes you make."

Speaking to Xanthium, Faerinn says, "I wonder if any of the little critters that would deteriorate the waraxe are....avoiding it."

Leafiara tentatively says, "Hopefully the Judge is alright. This has been a bit longer than expected."


Renpaw's Decision

Judge Renpaw just came through a modwir arch.

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "Wake me up when this gets funny again."

Leafiara relievedly says, "Ah."

Speaking amiably to Renpaw, Leafiara says, "Judge Renpaw, good eve."

Speaking to Raelee, Xanthium says, "I have wondered about that, too. If the breech is more of the veil than the rubble- oh, here's the judge."

Roelaren says, "Evening to ye Sir."

Speaking to Renpaw, Goldstr says, "Evenin Yer Honor."

Renpaw exclaims, "Good evening all!"

Faerinn says, "Don't see Thadston anywhere..."

Speaking to Renpaw, Taulramil says, "Greetings again Lord Renpaw."

Renpaw says, "Oh yes. Hmm."

Renpaw gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Cryheart says, "Good evening, your honor."

A town clerk moves over to Judge Renpaw and whispers something to him.

Renpaw frowns.

Faerinn says, "Very bad form not coming to his own verdict."

Umbazi asks, "Did he escape?"

Renpaw says, "It seems Marshal Thadston is not coming tonight."

Cryheart asks, "Oh?"

Roelaren says, "Your honor."

Leafiara asks, "Let's not jump to conclusions--is he unwell?"

Speaking to a town clerk, Faerinn says, "I hope you don't have to tell Thadston the news."

Speaking to Umbazi, Taulramil asks, "Was he a prisoner?"

The town clerk heads out.

Vaemyr asks, "Has he returned to the Enclave then?"

Faerinn says, "I would not know."

Speaking to Taulramil, Umbazi says, "I was under the impression the Enclave had him under house arrest."

The voice of Pietra says, "To be fair, I wouldn't show up to my verdict either. Again."

Renpaw says, "He sent word he would not be coming to hear the verdict and he welcomed anyone to come deliver it to him."

Leafiara says, "...well then."

Xorus says, "We gave him sanctuary. He is free to come and go as he wishes."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Where he at, me deliver it."

Umbazi says, "Fine, I'll do it."

Renpaw says, "Well then, you've all come here tonight, might as well give you my decision."

Taulramil says, "I will take it to him."

Taulramil says, "I'll with someone in case."

Leafiara says, "We can go after this."

Xanthium says, "...I don't think that sounds very welcome."

Faerinn says, "Either way sounds like he will react ugly to it."

Faerinn says, "I'll go."

Renpaw clears his throat.

Taulramil says, "Not unless it's done with tact."

Shinann asks, "Did you send the clerk to tell him?"

Taulramil says, "And not bashing his door down."

Renpaw says, "I appreciate you all taking the time to speak for or against the Marshal and sharing what information or opinions you had."

Leafiara says, "Very much a... night to remember."

Leafiara adds, "Hopefully not the sort needed again in your lifetime."

Renpaw says, "In the matter of Thadston overstepping his authority with covert operations, I have found him not guilty. The scope of the Town Marshal and the reach of their operations, could arguably use some future looking into and perhaps some elaboration, but as it stands in its current form, he had the authority."

Taulramil whispers something to Stormyrain.

Leafiara says, "Clarity would definitely be appreciated, and thank you for your consideration on that matter."

Beldannon quietly says, "Seems right."

Renpaw says, "In relation to the question of his current state and being fit for the job for Town Marshal..."

Renpaw says, "I have ruled that in his current condition, he is unfit."

Leafiara says, "Only for now. While we get this sorted out. ...and, again, thank you. I know these decisions are difficult and trying."

Speaking to Renpaw, Shinann asks, "Did you send that clerk to tell him that?"

Speaking drunkenly to Renpaw, Gutstorm says, "Mushta been a hard deshishin, but we dankoo all da shame."

Cryheart says, "Pray for the clerk."

Renpaw says, "Effective immediately, his authority over the Town Marshal has been revoked until at which time he can address and find resolution to this, haunting entity that has been suggested, and seen, having some measure of control or influence over him."

Pukk says, "I bet you Thadston ran."

Beldannon quietly says, "Hmm."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra asks, "Wouldn't you?"

Renpaw says, "It will be returned in full once that can be accomplished."

Leafiara adamantly assures, "Yes, we will resolve it."

[General] Gutstorm asks, "You can pick their pockets clean and lighten their burden cantcha?"

Razanetika softly says, "Sounds reasonable."

[General] Pietra thinks, "Nah, I don't like lint."

Thrassus asks, "Will a replacement be found in the interim?"


Shadows of a Problem

Shadows along the back wall shift.

Speaking to Pukk, Goldstr exclaims, "Sir Andrews donna run!"

Taulramil says, "If he stays unfit.."

Vaemyr says, "I mean, there's nothing for him to run from, he's not charged with anything, he's just relieved of his duties for now."

Leafiara tentatively says, "Well."

Ysharra says, "Yes, Thadston is so well-known for his reasoned responses to such."

Renpaw furrows his brow.

[General] Faerinn thinks, "Thadston we've got some good news for you."

Roelaren says, "I know that has to hurt him not to be able to do his job."

Vaemyr asks, "Did someone see something move there?"

Shinann says, "Please... do not."

Roelaren says, "I did."

Renpaw turns around.

Speaking slowly to Vaemyr, Leafiara says, "Something, yes."

Shinann nods at Faerinn.

Shadows along the back wall shift.

Speaking to Vaemyr, Pietra says, "Probably just ghosts."

Speaking to Ithilwyn, Taulramil says, "I saw that."

Leafiara says, "...protect the Judge."

Umbazi says, "I just did too."

Vaemyr says, "Judge Renpaw, please stand behind us."

Cryheart moves away from Raelee, over to Renpaw, and stands ready to guard him from attack.

Guarrin moves away from Raelee, over to Renpaw, and stands ready to protect him from attack.

Shinann says, "What are those..."

There is a faint click nearby.

Speaking to Shinann, Pietra says, "Rats."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Rut roh."

Tolene falls to the ground! [and everyone else]

The ground beneath you violently shakes and rumbles causing you to fall down!

Roundtime: 7 sec.

The ground beneath you violently shakes and rumbles!

Roundtime: 8 sec.

The ground beneath you violently shakes and rumbles!

Roundtime: 6 sec.

Xanthium says, "Ouch.."

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Leafiara!

... 31 points of damage!

Acid dissolves the head into a barely recognizable lump!

Leafiara drops dead at your feet!

The ghostly voice of Leafiara grumbles, "What the..."

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Faerinn!

... 32 points of damage!

Acid splash isn't stopped by skull, fries brain!

Faerinn drops dead at your feet!

Roelon deeply says, "Bloody 'ell..."

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Stormyrain!

... 30 points of damage!

Acid dissolves the head into a barely recognizable lump!

Stormyrain drops dead at your feet!

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Shinann!

... 27 points of damage!

Acid splash isn't stopped by skull, fries brain!

Shinann drops dead at your feet!

Pietra says, "Well."

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Gutstorm!

... 34 points of damage!

Acid dissolves the head into a barely recognizable lump!

Gutstorm drops dead at your feet!

Roelaren says, "Oh no."

Taulramil exclaims, "He did this!"

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Bernadette!

... 30 points of damage!

Acid splash isn't stopped by skull, fries brain!

Bernadette drops dead at your feet!

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Akenna!

... 40 points of damage!

Acid dissolves the head into a barely recognizable lump!

Akenna drops dead at your feet!

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Guarrin!

... 19 points of damage!

Right in the face! Hope Guarrin wasn't attached to those facial features!

He is stunned!

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Chaoswynd!

... 47 points of damage!

Blast of acid washes Chaoswynd's head off clean... and clean off!

Chaoswynd drops dead at your feet!

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Cryheart!

... 27 points of damage!

Acid splash isn't stopped by skull, fries brain!

Cryheart drops dead at your feet!

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Goldstr!

... 39 points of damage!

Acid dissolves the head into a barely recognizable lump!

Goldstr drops dead at your feet!

The ghostly voice of Leafiara says, "...well..."

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Ysharra!

... 20 points of damage!

Large swig of acid enters mouth. Swelling cuts off essential breathing!

Ysharra drops dead at your feet!

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Sorlu!

... 29 points of damage!

Acid splash isn't stopped by skull, fries brain!

Sorlu drops dead at your feet!

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Umbazi!

... 25 points of damage!

Large swig of acid enters mouth. Swelling cuts off essential breathing!

Umbazi drops dead at your feet!

[General] Pietra thinks, "And bad news."

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Lycurgus!

... 35 points of damage!

Acid dissolves the head into a barely recognizable lump!

Lycurgus drops dead at your feet!

The ghostly voice of Stormyrain says, "Get the Judge out of here."

The ghostly voice of Bernadette softly says, "Guess we know what he tinks."

The ghostly voice of Akenna says, "Well... this is just rude."

The ghostly voice of Leafiara says, "Judge Renpaw, run while you can."

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Kobane!

... 12 points of damage!

Acid wash cleans the skin off part of the nose and cheek!

He is stunned!

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Roelon!

... 38 points of damage!

Acid dissolves the head into a barely recognizable lump!

Roelon drops dead at your feet!

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Taulramil!

... 25 points of damage!

Large swig of acid enters mouth. Swelling cuts off essential breathing!

Taulramil drops dead at your feet!

The ghostly voice of Umbazi says, "Well, that was pointless."

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Shyspirit!

... 47 points of damage!

Blast of acid washes Shyspirit's head off clean... and clean off!

Shyspirit drops dead at your feet!

The ghostly voice of Shinann says, "Someone get the judge out."

[General] Pietra thinks, "Kinda lot of bad news."

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Razanetika!

... 48 points of damage!

Blast of acid washes Razanetika's head off clean... and clean off!

Razanetika drops dead at your feet!

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Renpaw!

... 40 points of damage!

Acid dissolves the head into a barely recognizable lump!

Renpaw drops dead at your feet!

From out of the shadows a murky figure appears, garbed in darkness and moving in a blur of motion! The dark figure raises its arms outward and a bright light sparks from both hand-pylons held tightly in its grip! Four rapid blasts of murky green ichor fire from the hand-pylons, sizzling through the air before striking Tolene!

... 37 points of damage!

Acid dissolves the head into a barely recognizable lump!

Tolene drops dead at your feet!

[General] Yavs thinks, "What's happening."

Pukk says, "Nice."

[General] Pietra thinks, "Don't come into the courtroom in Moot Hall. There are pylons."

The ghostly voice of Razanetika softly says, "Well that sucked."

Roelaren says, "I can't get hold of all of ye."

A murky dark figure appears out of the shadows and the hand-pylons suddenly spark and fizzle, and the figure melts into the darkness.

Pukk says, "Hiding is handy after all."

[General] Xanthium asks, "Is Judge Renpaw all right?"

Xorus says, "Interesting."

[General] Yavs thinks, "We're ready in TSC for the wounded."

The voice of Pietra says, "Sure is."

[General] The ghost of Faerinn thinks, "No he is not."

Vaemyr says, "Hand pylons."


Puzzling Questions

[triage all throughout this section]

[General] Elphieya asks, "Who is killing everyone in the courtroom?"

Through a modwir arch, you hear Beldannon yell, "That's a lot of deaths!"

[General] Beldannon thinks, "We are not sure a dark shadowy figure."

[General] Elphieya confusedly thinks, "I just see so many bodies."

The ghostly voice of Renpaw exclaims, "I didn't even see it!"

[General] Kobane thinks, "Shadowy things."

[General] Umbazi thinks, "Thadston is not in the spire. Going to check the garden now."

Pietra asks, "Who else?"

The ghostly voice of Cryheart says, "I heard a click after the shadow moved."

[General] Xanthium asks, "Is the courtroom still dangerous?"

[General] Beldannon thinks, "At first I thought they were just going after people against thadston but it seems most people got killed."

The ghostly voice of Roelon deeply says, "Aye. The same."

[Help] Faerrow: "Wouldn't that be an automatic conviction -- if the jury were still alive?"

Vaemyr says, "There was something, with a pylon, I suspect one of the new group in town."

[General] Elphieya asks, "Is it safe to come collect bodies?"

Pukk asks, "Pylons....who do we know that has access to pylons?"

Speaking in Guildspeak, Novarian asks, "Who can I get up?"

[General] Kobane thinks, "Seems safe now, yes."

[General] Faerinn thinks, "Court seems safe now."

Faerinn says, "Amos knows his way around a hand pylon."

Speaking dryly to Pukk, Raelee says, "Anyone who has travelled to Bloodriven village in the past month."

Leafiara asks, "He wouldn't do this right in the middle of trying to establish his business, would he?"

Faerinn says, "He seems to know them better than any of us."

Speaking to Raelee, Pukk says, "Yeah, I guess I can't argue that."

Thrassus says, "Well, that was unpleasant."

The ghostly voice of Gutstorm drunkenly exclaims, "Datsh it, Me wand a hand pylon, dem fingsh look fun!"

Leafiara says, "No, it would be too easy to pinpoint it on Amos. He wouldn't be foolish enough."

[General] Elphieya commends, "All head wounds. Whoever it was, they were quick and deadly."

From up on a narrow stairway, you hear Beldannon yell, "You don't know it was Thadston, might be a set up!"

Faerinn says, "I'm taking Renpaw to TSC unless anyone objects."

Pukk says, "I learned my lesson about trying to argue with you."

Pukk says, "Ouch."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Stunning."

Thrassus says, "I'll open a portal to make it quick."

[General] Beldannon thinks, "They used hand pylons."

[General] Umbazi thinks, "In general Thadston is not here in Faendryl Enclave's spire or its garden. I don't know where he is, but he wasn't waiting for the verdict here."

Thrassus says, "This area is warded."

Speaking to Leafiara, Vaemyr says, "Something I noticed, he targeted certain people first..."

Leafiara says, "Amos was just telling us last night that he has a monopoly on hand pylon sales. It would be the greatest folly for him to turn out and shoot us tonight."

Roelon deeply says, "Well. Someone was nae happy about that verdict."

Guarrin says, "Sometimes it is the most direct answer."

Faerinn says, "What was the order. The Mayor then me then the Captains...."

Roelon deeply says, "If nae him, he should...know who might. Or perhaps some lead.."

Vaemyr says, "You know some of the things you all found in the explosion the other day, could of been materials for hand pylons."

Leafiara says, "It's not exactly hard to purchase hand pylons, though. I have one--many in here have one right now."

Vaemyr says, "If there was a shipment of them that was stolen...."

[General] Elphieya surprisedly thinks, "I came to town to rescue someone when Pietra asked for help and ended up in what feels like a war zone."

Pukk says, "Well, Leafi is Mother, so of course he will go after her first."

Ithilwyn softly says, "I would drag you, gentlemen, but you are somehow unmoveable."

Xanthium asks, "Wasn't there a merchant working on them last night?"

Leafiara says, "Moving to the square..."

Roelon deeply says, "It was used rather skillfully however.."

Speaking to Xanthium, Faerinn says, "Amos, who I mentioned earlier."

Leafiara wryly says, "Seemed pretty skillful to me."

[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 a black-eared red and grey fox, the Kobane disk, the Mearyn disk, an arctic wolf, the Rendmor disk, a sinuous bone white serpent that is sitting, the Khaell disk, a thick fudge brownie filled with pieces of walnut, a thick fudge brownie filled with pieces of walnut, a thick fudge brownie filled with pieces of walnut, a thick fudge brownie filled with pieces of walnut, a thick fudge brownie filled with pieces of walnut, a spotted great horned owl that is flying around, a snow white raven that is flying around, a rush lion, the Syfah disk, the Elphieya disk, a rascally luck spirit that is flying around, the Savageheart disk, the Pererro disk, a ruched lilac purse, an ale brown knapsack, an iced chocolate muffin, a table leg, an iced almond muffin, a fresh raisin doughnut, a pair of narrow blue breeches, a gak wool hat, a slate grey oilcloth overcoat, a bedraggled white bandana, a pair of soft leather shoes, a coal black purse, a leather sheath, some light green boots, a reinforced shield, some leaf crested full leather, a large acorn, a large acorn, a large acorn, a jackblade, a woven deep black robe, an herbal remedy donation bin, some stone benches with some stuff on it and obvious signs of someone hiding.

Also here: Birch Guardian Akenna, the body of Lord Sorlu who is lying down, High Lord Kobane, Mearyn, Telavien, the body of Lord Lycurgus who is lying down, the body of Bernadette who is lying down, Randosa, Rendmor, Towermen, Grand Lady Roelaren, the body of Judge Renpaw who is lying down, Khaell, Lord Yavs, the body of Sir Cryheart who is lying down, the body of Stormyrain who is lying down, the body of Razanetika who is lying down, the body of Chaoswynd who is lying down, Maerit, Zireael, the body of Squire Legionnaire Taulramil who is lying down, Shaddyan, the body of Ysharra who is lying down, Leineshan, Syfah, Elphieya who is kneeling, Aurenna, Maven Brokkrsten, Selfina who is kneeling, Savageheart, Pererro, Great Lord Draphik

Pietra, Junarra, Novarian, Shyspirit, Pukk and Vaemyr followed.

[OOC note: Renpaw had GM invincibility on at the moment, so we couldn't raise him, heh]

Leafiara says, "Well."

(OOC) Pukk's player whispers to the group, "Come on, I wasn't the only one singing "It's raining men" during all the deaths right?"

The ghostly voice of Renpaw says, "I need life please."

Speaking wryly to Renpaw, Leafiara says, "Welcome to our world."

Yavs raspily asks, "What happened in there? Pylons?"

Speaking tentatively to Yavs, Leafiara says, "Yes. Very odd..."

Khaell deeply says, "I can't raise the judge."

Yavs raspily says, "Oh dear. In town, no less."

Leafiara suspiciously asks, "Almost like someone didn't want us to deliver the verdict to Thadston. A distraction?"

Speaking in Guildspeak, Novarian says, "My magic does not appear to work on the judge."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Elphieya asks, "Do we have an idea of what the verdict was going to be?"

Roelon deeply says, "Which should still be delivered aye."

Hadya says, "Well then..."

Khaell deeply says, "Odd magicks at play."

Pukk says, "That was a like a early Ebon's Gate festival."

Leafiara asks, "...and where is Thadston anyway?"

Umbazi says, "We can't deliver the verdict to Thadston as he's not in the Enclave."

The ghostly voice of Ysharra says, "I think he knows already."

Berkana says, "Girl goes to get a refreshment and people die."

Speaking to Renpaw, Novarian says, "My magic doesn't appear to work on you."

Umbazi says, "He's not anywhere in the building or in the garden."

Pietra asks, "So that wasn't him?"

Leafiara asks, "Is he in the barracks?"

Stormyrain asks, "Is someone raising the judge?"

Speaking to Leafiara, the ghostly voice of Taulramil says, "I can tell you Thadston had them in the courtroom, he knew he was out when the his own witnesses did not give their full confidence."

Pietra asks, "Is this other one fun at parties too?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil says, "He knew he was getting removed and had you and them killed in hopes of keeping his spot."

Roelon deeply says, "Could nae see the person's face. Could of been anyone."

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil says, "His coup did not work."

Speaking to Renpaw, Thrassus says, "This is a first."

Speaking to Taulramil, Leafiara says, "Maybe, but... it doesn't seem his style."

Xorus says, "With the thug assaults and ship explosions of late, I would not trust targets to reveal motives rather than frame jobs."

Khaell deeply says, "Can nae help him."

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "Where ish Judge Renpaw?"

Speaking to Taulramil, Leafiara says, "He prefers fists to the face, not long distance fire."

Khaell points at Renpaw.

Berkana glances at Renpaw.

Leafiara mutters, "Makes little sense."

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil says, "And he is being removed from his position because....he is not himself, unfit, doing things not him."

Berkana says, "Right here."

Speaking to Xorus, Xanthium says, "I think this will require an actual investigation instead of just theories."

[General] Faerinn thinks, "Marshal, you out there? There was a big security breach in the courtroom."

The ghostly voice of Renpaw says, "Life please."

Gutstorm recites:

"Raise da Judge"

Speaking to Renpaw, Xanthium says, "Good choice."

The ghostly voice of Renpaw says, "I judge I am now ready..." [was now possible to raise]

Speaking to Renpaw, Ysharra asks, "You do, do you. You don't often get this kind of wordplay, do you?"

Renpaw says, "Thank you..."

Bernadette softly says, "Thanks."

Renpaw begins to twitch.

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "I'm glad you survived."

Leafiara says, "Almost ready to raise again, but it seems we might have this handled by then..."

Speaking to Renpaw, Xorus says, "This sort of thing happens to the rest of us every week."

Renpaw says, "I am getting too old for this..."

Town guards arrive and escort Judge Renpaw to safety.

Speaking gently to Renpaw, Leafiara says, "We're glad you're safe, at least. Lorminstra must favor you."

Xanthium says, "You'd think a judge would keep different hours."

Pukk yells, "You were too late!"

Taulramil says, "You would have been safe if those cowards would have showed their faces."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "I still took a nasty shot of acid."

Yavs raspily says, "Crazy days. Crazy days."

Towermen says, "Bit late for that."

Leafiara says, "Was it multiple cowards or only one? I wonder."

Pukk exclaims, "For his safety, he died for Pietra's sake!"

Vaemyr says, "Alright... so who's up for a bit of a manhunt."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "It didn't get on your socks."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Kobane says, "Ah only heard one click."

Speaking to Junarra, Pietra asks, "Hrm?"

Leafiara muses, "No, wait, it must have been many. The pylons can't fire that repeatedly that quickly."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "Well, there is that."

Speaking to Leafiara, Faerinn says, "Unless the attacker knew a way around that limitation."

Speaking to Leafiara, Vaemyr says, "Unless it is a modified one."

Speaking to Shinann, Guarrin says, "Apologies."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "I never had a judge with a funny name die for me before. Other way around, maybe."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika says, "I also only heard ONE click."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "What I was thinking but I wasn't sure...who do we know that has access to that many pylons?"

Roelon deeply says, "And ah doubt many can modify those easily."

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil says, "I have a strong case to prove he was behind it."

Leafiara says, "True, those mentioning one click are correct..."

Bernadette softly says, "Hmmph."

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil says, "Yesterday those of us who spoke were killed."

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil says, "Ithilwyn did not speak and she was not touched."


Thadston In Helga's Alley

[General] Helga exclaims, "If it's the Marshal you're looking for, he's stinking up my alley!"

Speaking to Pukk, Thrassus says, "Well, they aren't exactly hard to get hold of for adventuring types."

Draccor darkly asks, "Where's all the monsters?"

Leafiara recites:

"On Cryheart."

Draccor darkly says, "Besides me."

[General] Elphieya asks, "Alive or dead, Helga?"

Speaking deeply to Draccor, Khaell says, "They were in the courtroom in the townhall."

[General] Pukk thinks, "He's no longer the marshal, which is why everybody died."

Faerinn says, "It would take someone who really knew the ends and outs of those pylons to manage that with one shot."

Leafiara suspiciously says, "No monsters, just some maniac with a hand pylon."

Roelon deeply says, "Helga seems to hae seen Thadson."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika says, "I think that kinda backfired."

Draccor darkly asks, "Like me?"

[General] Pietra asks, "Except us, right Pukk?"

Speaking to Roelon, Leafiara asks, "She has?"

Speaking to Draccor, Faerinn says, "Ah, good you're here cunstable."

Xanthium says, "I don't think that was a maniac."

Speaking to Xanthium, Thrassus says, "It does not suprise me."

Xanthium says, "They were calm and in control."

Roelon deeply says, "Stickin' up her alley she said."

Cryheart says, "Whew."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika says, "Helga is thinking."

[General] Stormyrain thinks, "He is ..awake now."

[General] Pukk exclaims, "Yeah, we were able to hide fast!"

Cryheart says, "Many thanks."

Xanthium says, "And hit exactly what they meant to."

Speaking to Leafiara, Vaemyr says, "I feel like this might be the work of that new group from the other night... and I worry Thadston could be involved."

Speaking to Xanthium, Faerinn says, "There was definitely a list."

[General] Pietra thinks, "Why? Because we're that good."

Leafiara says, "Let's head to Helga's."

Speaking drunkenly to Leafiara, Gutstorm says, "Me took one fer da team tonite."

Leafiara says, "She's reporting that he's there..."

Cryheart asks, "Helga's?"

Cryheart says, "Ok."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Pietra says, "She can't give you Lylia's statue."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "As soon as you died. I vanished. I'm quick that way."

Cryheart says, "Moving out."

Guarrin says, "Arms is clear."

Leafiara says, "Yes, she's teling us over thoughts..."

Draccor recites darkly:

"Leafie is buying drinks for everyone"

Roelon deeply says, "In what condition we dinnae know..."

Pukk recites:

"Join Cryheart!"

(OOC) Razanetika's player whispers to the group, "The alleyway by Helga's."

Ysharra says, "Why not."

Cryheart recites:

"On three...."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra exclaims, "Heroic!"

Ysharra says, "What else can happen."

Cryheart recites:

"On two...."

Leafiara says, "The alleyway near Helga's, specifically."

Cryheart recites:

"Moving out"

Faerinn says, "So we're being lured into a dark alley."

Leafiara says, "There are enough of us, no trouble."

[travel]

Leafiara says, "Helga's back alley."

[General] Stormyrain asks, "Mayor? Are you heading this way?"

Vaemyr says, "North."

[General] Leafiara thinks, "Yes, we're on our way."

Draccor darkly asks, "You lost?"

[General] Leafiara asks, "Helga's back alley, yes?"

[General] Pietra asks, "Which way?"

[General] Stormyrain thinks, "Yes."

Pukk says, "He's Cryheart...of course he is."

Draccor darkly says, "I know the way."

Leafiara says, "Helga's back alley."

[ha, Cryheart was a bit lost... all good :D]

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Cryheart ish half rangah, he alwaysh losht."

[Helga's, Back Alley]

The narrow alley, shaded by the overhanging eaves of the stone and wood buildings that rise on all sides, is full of debris, piles of rags and filth. A broken wooden chair, an old crate and a trash barrel are piled to either side of the smoke-stained oaken door that leads into the back of the building to the south. You also see the Kippe disk.

Also here: Xorus, Lord Thrassus, Yukito, Lord Umbazi, Kippe, Chaoswynd, Stormyrain, Shinann, Magister Raelee, Lord Thadston who is sitting

Sockmo, Guarrin, Draccor, Melikor, Xanthium, Roelon, Berkana, Mongonator, Faerinn, Tolene, Gutstorm, Novarian, Shyspirit, Pukk, Vaemyr, Akenna, Kobane, Lycurgus, Towermen, Roelaren, Khaell, Razanetika, Ysharra and Cryheart followed.

Umbazi says, "Sounds like you already know."

Xanthium says, "He's doing fine."

Thadston rubs the water off his face and squitns at Raelee.

Speaking darkly to Leafiara, Draccor says, "Them's black hand directional skills." [Cryheart had passed the lead to Leafi]

Speaking to Thadston, Faerinn asks, "You missed your meeting. Have you been shopping for bane coffins?"

(Raelee merely raises both eyebrows at Thadston, with a placid look on her face.)

(OOC) Cryheart's player whispers to the group, "Sorry, but my eyes are strained."

(OOC) Vaemyr's player whispers to the group, "Well that can't be a good sign."

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium asks, "How are you, Mr. Andrews?"

Speaking to Thadston, Leafiara says, "Well... good eve..."

Thadston says, "Piss off Faerinn."

(OOC) Pukk's player whispers to the group, "It's all good."

Speaking to Thadston, Faerinn says, "Could have saved time just asking Disean."

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium says, "You already did that."

Thadston stands up.

Thadston suddenly stumbles for no apparent reason.

[General] Taulramil thinks, "Where is this at."

[General] Stormyrain thinks, "Helga's Back Alley."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "He looksh ash drunk ash me."

Speaking to Thadston, Vaemyr asks, "Are you ok?"

Speaking somberly to Thadston, Leafiara says, "I take it you've heard, but the Judge has ruled that you're unfit until wee can get your magical afflicition resolved--but your position will be restored afterward."

[Roll result: 195 (open d100: 17)]

Thadston charges towards Faerinn and attempts to headbutt him!

Thadston slams his head into Faerinn!

Thadston bangs his head against Faerinn's mithril double chain! He flinches from the pain!

Faerinn laughs!

Thadston suddenly stumbles for no apparent reason.

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium says, "Stop."

Leafiara slowly says, "...assuming you don't continue that sort of behavior."

[General] Pukk thinks, "For a second there, I thought some of Helga's brew killed Thadston. No such luck though."

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium says, "That's not going to help you."

Faerinn says, "Sit down you drunk."

Cryheart asks, "Are ye drunk, Thadston?"

Speaking to Thadston, Guarrin asks, "No need for that, right?"

Speaking to Thadston, Pietra asks, "Do you need a hug?"

Speaking quietly to himself, Thrassus says, "Must have relapsed."

Thadston glares.

Speaking to Thadston, Umbazi says, "The judge does not feel that you have exceeded your authority. He does think that you are unfit to continue as marshal at present. Once you get your passenger dealt with, he believes you can be reinstated."

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium asks, "Is Thrassus right?"

Speaking drunkenly to Thadston, Gutstorm says, "We got goot newsh, yooz rewarded an early vacashin."

Speaking to Thadston, Taulramil says, "You."

Speaking gently to Thadston, Leafiara says, "Sir Thadston... none of us truly have anything against you yourself. It's your magical problem you need to let us help with."

Thadston says, "You ever utter my son's name again Faerinn I will fertilize the Enclave's garden with your ashes."

Leafiara says, "It's changing you--"

Thadston asks, "Do you understand me?"

Ysharra says, "We have ravens for that."

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "Whood have kidsh wif dat lunatic?"

Pukk asks, "What name did you say?"

Pietra whispers something to Asben.

Speaking to Thadston, Faerinn says, "You'll have to try better than that next time you come at me."

Draccor darkly says, "Takes more than a silly pylon to kill me."

Leafiara reasonably says, "Please, no provocation. This is already troubling enough."

Stormyrain irritatedly asks, "Is this entirely necessary?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil asks, "Did he give his alibi or excuse?"

Speaking deeply to Draccor, Khaell asks, "2 pylons?"

Thadston says, "State your business Mayor."

Speaking to Taulramil, Leafiara says, "We already know it. It's the magic."

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium asks, "Sir, could Captain Stormyrain sing to you?"

Speaking to Draccor, Pukk says, "They couldn't find me.."

Thadston says, "Let's hear what your Judge said."

Thadston seems to be waiting for something.

Guarrin whispers something to Stormyrain.

Speaking to Thadston, Leafiara says, "As I said, the Judge has rendered his verdict."

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium says, "See if she can help? Her loresinging is very skilled..."

Speaking to Thadston, Umbazi says, "I already told you that."

Speaking darkly to Pukk, Draccor says, "We are sneaky."

Speaking to Thadston, Umbazi says, "The judge does not feel that you have exceeded your authority. He does think that you are unfit to continue as marshal at present. Once you get your passenger dealt with, he believes you can be reinstated."

Taulramil says, "I wonder."

Speaking to Thadston, Leafiara says, "You're unfit at this time, until such time as we can clear up your magical affliction."

Thadston says, "Well then."

Speaking to Thadston, Leafiara says, "Which we can help with if you will let us."

Speaking to Thadston, Pietra says, "I'll hug ya. You look like you smell bad, but I don't mind."

Thadston shrugs at Umbazi.

Leafiara says, "And Umbazi is also correct, there was no exceeding your authority outside the gates."

Thadston says, "She is not an affliction."

Taulramil whispes something to Leafiara.

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium asks, "That's not why you're drinking though, is it?"

Leafiara slowly says, "What is she, then? Help us help you."

Thadston coldly says, "I am all he has left."

Leafiara says, "Your power will be reinstated after--"

Speaking to Thadston, Pukk says, "Exactly what somebody with an affliction would say."

Speaking to Thadston, Stormyrain says, "No. He has all of us."

Speaking to Thadston, Vaemyr says, "He has a lot more left than you."

Speaking darkly to Thadston, Draccor says, "As the constable I should lock you up."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Taulramil says, "I will speak later when you have a moment."

Speaking to Thadston, Umbazi says, "She is not your wife, either. Even if you want her to be. And I imagine you want that more that anything. I do."

Speaking deeply to Draccor, Khaell says, "Shady constable.."

Thadston hunches up his shoulders and snarls menacingly at Umbazi!

Speaking to Thadston, Guarrin says, "I'd say that's not true, given what others said last night."

Speaking to Thadston, Leafiara says, "You have dozens of us standing here willing to help, who recognize your past accomplishments and defense of the town."

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium asks, "What happened to you, after the portal closed?"

Speaking to Thadston, Taulramil says, "Yiou are lucky you are afflicted with magic."

Thadston says, "Do not lecture me on who she is."

Thadston moves to stand in front of Umbazi.

Leafiara says, "Calm down and explain..."

Speaking to Thadston, Ysharra asks, "Then answer my daughter. What happened to you in the Bleaklands?"

Thadston asks, "Willing to help?"

Speaking to Draccor, Pukk says, "That will be my gift so I can get out of jail faster next time."

Thadston laughs at Leafiara!

Speaking to Khaell, Faerinn says, "Cunstable Draccor."

Leafiara affirms, "Yes, we're willing to help. We've been asking and trying for months."

Thadston asks, "What happened to me?"

Xanthium nods at Thadston.

Leafiara says, "You pushed everyone away who tried. The voice threatened those who tried."

Speaking to Thadston, Vaemyr says, "I think I might be beginning to understand... She's why you are still alive, why you are here."

Thadston says, "I closed a portal to save all of you. Turns out, none of you were worth it."

Leafiara says, "But still we insist, because--"

Faerinn says, "The Bleak happened."

Speaking to Thadston, Goldstr says, "Casiphia knows, listen to her."

Thadston says, "But what happened on the other side? I found what was missing."

Khaell deeply asks, "What did you find?"

Leafiara sighs, "Okay, please, indulge us then. Elaborate."

Pukk asks, "Treasure?"

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium says, "I can understand that feeling."

Speaking encouragingly to Thadston, Guarrin says, "Go on."

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium says, "Please. Tell us."

Thadston says, "She had always been missing. Now she isn't."

Thadston says, "It's all I have left."

Speaking to Thadston, Umbazi says, "You have a willing audience."

Draccor darkly says, "At least yer not a dark elf."

Thadston says, "So you win for now Mayor..."

Speaking to Thadston, Roelaren says, "It grieves me that ye think we are not worth the saving."

Speaking drunkenly to Leafiara, Gutstorm asks, "Wutcha win?"

Thadston says, "Your Rooks can hump like rabbits and take over."

Leafiara says, "This is not what I would call a win, exactly--"

Leafiara gazes up into the heavens.

Ralkau says, "I am not grieved."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Pietra asks, "Your statue?"

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium says, "You aren't alone."

Leafiara says, "You have some serious paranoia, I have to say. They're not gaining any more traction than they ever do."

Leafiara furrows her brow.

Thadston says, "Maybe you'll put your biggest Rook lover as interim marshal."

Thadston shrugs at Akenna.

Leafiara says, "The ideal is that we help you and restore you to what you should be."

Faerinn says, "Interim Interim marshall."

Speaking darkly to Thadston, Draccor says, "Least of yer worries I'd say."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "I will be Marshal?"

Speaking to Thadston, Umbazi says, "I presume he thinks that because we want to take his passenger away. Or because we don't agree with him 100%. Or something. The passenger needs him to be isolated and completely dependent on her."

Pietra whispers something to Pukk.

Cryheart says, "Lord Thadston...if you can reconcile yourself with what is happening...Judge Renpaw kept the door open for ye to resume your position as marshall."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika says, "Perhaps he doesn't feel as if he needs repairing."

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "Cant we jush knock him out and let Raelee shperiment on him to make him better?"

Leafiara says, "And if we truly have to appoint another interim marshal, I have suggestions. First right of refusal to the captains, or failing that, normal town council selection process."

Pukk whispers something to Pietra.

Speaking to Thadston, Akenna says, "They haven't taken it away permanently... just for now, and maybe that's best. You seem troubled."

Speaking to Thadston, Ysharra says, "You are not yourself. I mean, none of us are, but you came back to where Casiphia is, and us..."

Speaking to Thadston, Goldstr exclaims, "And again Please listen to Casiphia!"

Cryheart says, "Ye hae nae been permanently banned or whatever."

Stormyrain irritatedly says, "I'm tired of this."

Pietra whispers something to Pukk.

Thadston says, "Casiphia..."

Pukk whispers something to Pietra.

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium asks, "Casiphia left, didn't she?"

Thadston chuckles.

Asben whispers something to Shinann.

Speaking angrily to Thadston, Stormyrain snaps, "Get yourself together. We're tired of pulling your damned weight. You're not a child, and you're far from helpless."

Leafiara says, "This was never a trial. There were no criminal charges. Your citizenship was never in question, nor jail time or any such thing."

Leafiara says, "Just--"

Pietra whispers something to Pukk.

Thadston says, "Just keep her away. Or she'll die."

Leafiara mumbles, "Well, that's blunt." [referring to Stormy, but sure, Thadston too]

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium asks, "Your passenger threatened her, didn't she?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Tough love from her."

Speaking quietly to Pukk, Pietra says, "Uh oh, she's got mom voice on."

Speaking to Thadston, Vaemyr says, "You want to protect her don't you."

Stormyrain scowls.

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium asks, "How many more people will you lose, trying to keep this thing's hold on you?"

Speaking to Thadston, Vaemyr says, "You don't trust yourself around her as you are."

Thadston says, "You have what you wanted now."

Speaking to Thadston, Pietra asks, "Don't you just love answering questions all the time?"

Faerinn says, "You're pushing people away because you're worried what the passenger will do to them."

Cryheart asks, "Lord Thadston, do ye or do ye not want to keep this spirit with ye?"

Leafiara says, "I have at best a half-measure. What I really want is our Thadston back."

Faerinn says, "This Azure Passenger is a jealous sort."

Thadston says, "Your imperial adversary who came years ago...built a stone fortress...fought off your enemies, and now it is time to make him your next one."

Thadston shrugs.

Khaell deeply says, "Push one out, another one fills its spot..."

Thadston waves his hand in a dismissive gesture.

Stormyrain rolls her eyes.

Ralkau says, "The keystone will not like this."

Thadston suddenly stumbles for no apparent reason.

Speaking to Thadston, Stormyrain says, "When you tire of the poor me act, you know where to find help."

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium says, "It's going to be you soon enough, you know."

Stormyrain says, "If you will all excuse me."

Speaking to Thadston, Umbazi says, "What we want is to have you healed. Not this stranger that returned from the Bleaklands who hates us. I imagine that the blue one hates us and you're taking your cues from her."

Stormyrain brushes roughly past Thadston. How rude!

Thadston waves a hand at Stormyrain, dismissing her indifferently.

Stormyrain just left.

Ralkau says, "We will find another."

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium says, "Your passenger has made off with another of your friends."

Speaking darkly to Thadston, Draccor says, "Or I can just put you out of yer misery if that's what this is."

Thadston says, "It is all I have left of her."

Pukk whispers something to Pietra.

Thadston says, "I owe her this much. Leave us be."

Leafiara says, "That's not worth it."

Cryheart says, "Lord Thadston, so ye want to keep her as is."

Speaking to Thadston, Umbazi says, "That blue thing isn't your wife."

Speaking to Thadston, Xanthium says, "You would be better-served with your grief. And so would she."

Lord Thadston begins to walk out but suddenly trips and goes flailing out of sight!


Discussion Afterward

Shinann asks, "Do you not find any of this odd?"

Leafiara mutters, "Grand."

Cryheart says, "Well..perhaps in time he will change his mind."

Pukk says, "I say we remove that ghost that is attached to him and release it for favor."

Vaemyr says, "How far he's fallen."

Akenna asks, "Is it ever not odd here?"

Faerinn says, "She's all you have left because of her. The doors aren't close yet, but she won't stop until they are-"

Faerinn says, "Damn, he's gone."

Leafiara says, "...well."

Umbazi says, "No, I find it the way he's been acting for months."

Vaemyr says, "I can't even recognize the man I knew...."

Xanthium says, "It is never not odd here."

Leafiara says, "Because that thing has some control over him."

Akenna says, "That's what I thought."

Khaell deeply says, "Hrmm."

Speaking to Leafiara, Faerinn says, "I'm not sure if that's the case."

Leafiara says, "...we'll somehow get it resolved."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "Off with his head?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Faerinn says, "I think he's pushing everyone away because he's afraid of what she'll do."

Leafiara says, "The sudden changes in his tone are what makes me think it has some control."

Umbazi says, "That thing wouldn't have nearly the control over him that it does if he didn't want it to. He's frantic to believe it's his wife, though he knows it's not."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra says, "I think I should hug him."

Speaking to Faerinn, Leafiara says, "But you could be right."

Xanthium says, "His wife would be so sad."

Speaking drunkenly to Leafiara, Gutstorm asks, "Kin I be da new interim Marshall?"

Roelon deeply says, "Whatever it is..."

Speaking wryly to Gutstorm, Leafiara says, "No."

Vaemyr says, "I'm still more worried about what happened in the court room."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Pukk says, "Now, he said the biggest Rook lover...so that's me."

Ysharra says, "Agreed. It was a bold move."

Akenna says, "Well..."

Leafiara says, "The pylon attack--whether Thadston arranged it, sympathizers of his, or what."

Vaemyr says, "There's no way Thadston in THAT condition could have orchestrated it, even if he had motive."

Faerinn says, "What happened in the courtroom was troubling, but I can't see it having anything to do with Thadston directly."

Draccor darkly says, "I missed the attack."

Umbazi says, "I lost my own wife four years ago. It still feels like a hole in my heart. I know how he is hurting. But what he is doing solves nothing."

Faerinn says, "He's too drunk to organize it."

Faerinn says, "His style is to come directly at you."

Leafiara says, "He might have organized it before tonight."

Faerinn says, "As we demonstrated."

Leafiara says, "But yes, I agree, generally pylons aren't his style."

Vaemyr says, "Agreed."

Speaking to Faerinn, Pukk says, "Well Renpaw pronounced his verdict and they all died...not me mind you, I was quick, but the rest of them..."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "If you stay let me know how it all shakes out."

Goldstr says, "I would mer think it be Rooks work."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "I think the crowd is breaking up."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "Or me. But I've no skin in this game."

Akenna says, "Yes, he doesn't seem the type from what I've seen to be so...underhanded. He'd rather punch you in the face than take a shot at you from the dark."

Leafiara says, "Maybe some sort of... anti-Warcats. Some new rogue miitia faction in favor of Thadston instead of opposed to him."

Umbazi asks, "Are there any people or creatures associated with the Bleaklands for whom pylons are the style?"

Speaking to Draccor, Pukk says, "We did do good in avoiding death, didn't we."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "I like thunder."

Draccor darkly says, "No there is not any group assossiated with pylons."

Pukk says, "We know it wasn't a Rook attack. Leafi was killed...so that proves that."

Leafiara slowly says, "It seems a bit odd to accuse the Rooks when half the people standing here think I *am* a Rook and I was the first person they shot."

Faerinn says, "Thadston has the motive, but also the alibi of getting stinking drunk over here."

Speaking to Raelee, Guarrin asks, "He lost those gauntlets closing that portal, aye?"

Vaemyr says, "I think for now, we need to try and set up a meeting with Amos."

Vaemyr says, "Whoever attacked got pylons from somewhere."

Speaking to Guarrin, Faerinn says, "They are ingrained in his arms now."

Vaemyr says, "And if he does have a monopoly of them in town..."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Maybe Amosh shet it up."

Leafiara says, "...hopefully this doesn't mean a fourth faction."

Umbazi says, "His passenger could have left him, possessed someone else, and arranged for the trap."

Pukk asks, "Isn't Amos famous for his pylon services?"

Umbazi says, "Thadston has to sleep sometime."

Thrassus says, "They were for sale to anyone at Bloodriven."

Guarrin says, "They'd lose their properties though then."

Umbazi says, "His passenger doesn't."

Faerinn says, "Famous Amos Pylons."

Draccor darkly says, "I thought Amos was famous for cookies."

Shinann says, "We should have found out where that clerk was sent."

Leafiara says, "But Amos setting this up would seem crazy just one night after telling all of us that he's the only one who can sell hand pylons."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Famous Amos Fancy Pylon Services."

Leafiara says, "He'd be incriminating himself if he really did it."

Vaemyr says, "Aye I can't imagine that he would be directly involved."

Vaemyr says, "Bad for business as they say."

Berkana says, "Well, I do like a back alley and all, albeit with more romantic company..."

Raelee states, "Some are more interested in coin than they are with what happens to their merchandise after it is sold."

Umbazi says, "Sometimes people feel they have to create a need for a service before they provide it."

Vaemyr says, "But he should be able to give us a lead."

Leafiara says, "Besides, this pylon was better than the ones sold in Bloodriven. Amos seems liike the sort who would sell the the best models available if it profited him more."

Roelaren says, "A back alley how unromantic."

Goldstr says, "Ye folks take care. I go sleep on dis."

Umbazi says, "But that's only supposition. We really know little of Amos the Lion."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "Also didn't Amos want to do business with the Black Hand Trading?"

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra exclaims, "You're right!"

Draccor darkly asks, "Wait profit?"

Speaking to Pukk, Leafiara say, "Yes."

Draccor darkly says, "I want silver."

Akenna says, "Well then, I'm off to probably sleep before I head back to Kraken's Fall."

Leafiara says, "Well... I suppose we can head back to the square. Odd night."

Your surroundings blur into a white fog . . .

[Courtyard]

A well maintained and healthy garden occupies the entirety of the courtyard. The air here is cool and crisp, but the bulk of the monastery shelters you from wind and makes the air bracing instead of chilling. In the center of the garden is a natural spring bubbling up several inches above the surface of the encircling pool of crystal clear water. A large stone and iron gate blocks the entrance to the monastery flanked by a statue of a woman carrying a crystal staff and a set of crystalline keys facing a second statue of a kneeling young man bedecked in battle-worn black chain armor. You also see a large fel tree and a scorched black marble bench with some stuff on it.

Leafiara says, "Or... that."

Akenna says, "Oh."

Akenna says, "Or this."

Leafiara says, "Movin' to the square."

[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 wolifrew lichen, the Guyamon disk, the Syntharis disk, the Gherraltis disk, a rush lion, some light green boots, the Pererro disk, a rotting maoral coffer, a pale-faced coppery barn owl that is flying around, a thick fudge brownie filled with pieces of walnut, a thick fudge brownie filled with pieces of walnut, a ruched lilac purse, an ale brown knapsack, an iced chocolate muffin, a table leg, an iced almond muffin, a fresh raisin doughnut, a pair of narrow blue breeches, a gak wool hat, a slate grey oilcloth overcoat, a coal black purse, a leather sheath, a reinforced shield, some leaf crested full leather, a large acorn, a large acorn, a large acorn, a jackblade, a woven deep black robe, an herbal remedy donation bin and some stone benches with some stuff on it.

Also here: Razanetika, Roonie who is sitting, Lord Yavs, Guyamon, Syntharis, Gherraltis, Rednax who is sitting, Shaddyan, Nihimaha, Pererro, Great Lord Draphik

Roelaren, Towermen, Lycurgus, Kobane, Vaemyr, Pukk, Novarian, Faerinn, Melikor, Draccor, Guarrin, Sockmo, Bernadette and Randosa followed.

Pukk says, "I'm heading to sleep. Tonight was a night of many revelations."

Leafiara says, "All else aside, I'll admit I'm surprised we got both a not guilty and an unfit verdict."

Leafiara says, "I thought it would be both or neither."

Pukk says, "The most shocking is that humans come from Sylvans and half-elves."

Pukk says, "Wow."

Roelaren says, "Noooo."

Faerinn says, "All I know is Thadston is going to wake up with a terrible headache tomorrow."

Faerinn says, "For more than one reason."

Speaking to Roelaren, Pukk asks, "Something more shocking that that?"

Speaking to Roelaren, Pukk says, "Oh, you meant that Cryheart is actually Rone."

Pukk says, "I see what you are saying."

Vaemyr says, "The verdict was exactly what I expected after the hearing, it was fairly evident from precedence that he hadn't gone beyond his authority but... he also lost control in the courtroom in front of the judge."

Roelaren says, "Compliments of the Gryphons."

Speaking to Roelaren, Pukk asks, "You're a Gryphon?"

Shinann just arrived.

Roelaren says, "Now two half elves may have a human babe if both have half human."

Roelaren says, "Yes."

Roelaren nods at Pukk.

Shinann stares at Pukk.

Speaking surprisedly to Shinann, Leafiara says, "What, he didn't even do anything since you just came back to the square."

Roonie asks, "Wouldn't that be a quarter elf?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Vaemyr asks, "Any idea who Thadston's special "group" is in the militia he has been using lately?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "The Rooks let Roe join them. That means I'm a sure win."

Shinann asks, "Is he still asking about babies?"

Speaking to Vaemyr, Leafiara says, "No, no idea. But that's a good question."

Speaking to Vaemyr, Leafiara says, "His inner circle might still be with him."

Vaemyr says, "I'm just thinking of who would have motives."

Roelaren says, "I am not and never will be a Rook."

Leafiara says, "Like I said, anti-Warcats as it were."

Pukk winks at Roelaren.

Pukk winks at Roelaren.

Roelaren says, "I have been kidnapped by them before."

Speaking to Roelaren, Pukk says, "Sure.."

Leafiara says, "This is all speculation, though."

Roelaren says, "On the docks one time."

Shinann says, "The thing is... this Bleakland walker is causing him to do things..."

Draccor darkly says, "Never jump to any conclusion just yet."

Shinann says, "So, we cannot honestly say Thadston."

Speaking to Draccor, Pukk says, "Or, always jump to conclusions. Much more fun that way."

Leafiara says, "Right, we can't hold this against him. That doesn't mean he doesn't need help, though."

Shinann says, "I said the same to the judge."

Leafiara says, "Surprised to see him drinking. I guess Amos wasn't lying about that."

Draccor darkly says, "Ill still drop Thadston if thats the only option."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Pukk exclaims, "If you are my dad, you owe me so much back allowance that I should be rich for the rest of my life!"

Leafiara says, "Amos said Thadston traded 'the spirits for a spirit'."

Shinann says, "I am not sure he was... he was asleep but never really found out."

Speaking to Shinann, Vaemyr says, "I'm not blaming Thadston directly, I'm curious if in his current state if he didn't get involved with some more fanatical believing folks."

Roelaren says, "To me it seems as if his mind has been altered and he does not know what he is saying."

Speaking to Draccor, Leafiara says, "It's not the only option, it's fine."

Speaking simply to Pukk, Chaoswynd states, "Disowned."

Pukk exclaims, "So you admit it!"

Speaking to Vaemyr, Shinann says, "That is possible."

Shinann says, "I have not seen anyone."

Speaking darkly to Leafiara, Draccor says, "Not yet."

Shinann says, "But, I would not."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Pukk says, "This explains why I always get lost."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Pukk exclaims, "Here I always thought it was because I slept with a few rangers...who knew!"

Chaoswynd mutters, "...no accounting for taste, apparently."

Leafiara says, "I do wonder, about that inner circle of his."

Speaking to Chaoswynd, Pukk exclaims, "Never!"

Leafiara says, "Surely they don't just disappear because of a verdict."

Speaking to Leafiara, Shinann says, "We do not even know if one really exists."

Leafiara says, "The law in and of itself doesn't change people's hearts."

Shinann says, "I mean... he said it."

Speaking to Shinann, Vaemyr says, "That is true."

Speaking curiously to Shinann, Leafiara says, "Sure, but there were actual miitia members he sent out for Operation Stonewall."

Leafiara says, "Who apparently knew about it when he didn't tell you or Stormyrain."

Leafiara says, "But... it's true we do only have his word."

Shinann says, "There are things we do not know... what his mind is doing or the walker."

Speaking surreptitiously to Shinann, Leafiara asks, "Hey, captain, ah... even while we have no marshal, you and Stormyrain will be able to hold the fort for now, right?"

Speaking to Draccor, Pukk asks, "Who is the walker?"

Leafiara says, "I know you've done it before when Thrayzar would be away for months."

Shinann says, "We can."

Speaking darkly to Pukk, Draccor asks, "The what now?"

Speaking to Draccor, Pukk says, "They are talking about this walker guy."

Shinann says, "From the times Thra..."

Speaking to Draccor, Pukk says, "He sounds like he might be a ranger."

Speaking darkly to Pukk, Draccor says, "We killed him."

Towermen says, "Walkar been dead for a while."

Shinann says, "Thrayzar was gone..."

Vaemyr says, "Alright I think I'm gonna retire for the evening, hopefully we can track down Amos soon to get some more information."

Shinann sighs.

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara says, "And I want you to know, despite what people might worry, I wouldn't actually appoint a Rook even if we do need to appoint a new marshal."

Leafiara says, "It's of utmost importance that both captains can work well with any marshal."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "That leaves me out."

Shinann says, "You can always consult with us."

Speaking wryly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Like you'd ever want the job anyway."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk exclaims, "Of course I would. That way I could refuse to do my job and like it!"

Leafiara says, "Personally, I still think I shouldn't even be the one appointing any marshals after just removing one. It's a conflict of interest and should be done in some other way."

Leafiara says, "Otherwise we'd have all sorts of future corruption. Mayors removing council members just to replace them with people more suitable..."

Shinann says, "You will be appointing a council member..."

Shinann says, "I think."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk asks, "Maybe you could appoint Rone....I mean Cryheart as the marshal?"

Leafiara says, "Well, yes, for Beldrin's seat."

Leafiara says, "I don't think I'd feel right appointing a new marshal."

Shinann says, "Maybe you can request the council choose a new marshal."

Leafiara admits, "I really hope Thadston lets us in to help."

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara says, "I have, actually."

Leafiara says, "I wrote that to Alendrial and Cordarius while initiating the review."

Shinann says, "Until Thrayzar is back."

Roelaren says, "Ye could have an interim marshal."

Speaking to Leafiara, Ghianna asks, "Can Pukk be the new Jailer?"

Pukk says, "Ooh."

Speaking wryly to Ghianna, Leafiara says, "No, he'd enjoy that too much."

Roelaren says, "Just one to fill in."

Pukk asks, "Maybe you could appoint Shinann as the new marshal?"

Shinann says, "No."

Shinann shakes her head.

Leafiara says, "It's fine, council politics aren't for everyone."

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara adds, "But, for the record, everyone does trust you'd do a great job."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Her mouth says no, but her shaking of the head means no too."

Pukk says, "Didn't work out like I thought that would."

Shinann says, "Then I would be on trial for... hmm... need to check the barracks."

Shinann bows.

Shinann just went northwest.

Leafiara slowly says, "Okay then."

[General] Pietra exclaims, "Night folks. Remember, Pukk is right!"

[General] Kobane exclaims, "Join your local Pukk!"

[General] Elphieya teases, "Run first, point the finger during, ask questions later?"

[General] Justah asks, "Is that always, or just when he's about?"

[General] Pietra exclaims, "Pukk's always right!"

[General] Mongonator thinks, "Pukk is never right, he is always left."

[General] Justah thinks, "Check, just when he's about."

Speaking to Leafiara, Taulramil says, "Well since I will be coming here expect to see me in your militia ranks."

Speaking approvingly to Taulramil, Leafiara says, "Excellent, we'll look forward to it."

[General] Pietra asks, "Nah, I tell others too, even when he's not around. I think it might be a problem. I should seek help?"

[General] Asben thinks, "Yes."

[General] Pietra exclaims, "Nah. It's fun, and he's always right!"

[General] Justah thinks, "Ask Pukk, he would know."

[General] Pietra exclaims, "That's who told me, Justah!"

[General] Justah thinks, "Then it must be right."

[General] Pietra exclaims, "Precisely! Unequivocally! Duh!"

[General] Gutstorm thinks, "No use big words."

[General] Pietra thinks, "I used a tiny one for you, Guts."

Xorus says, "It is a shame Thadston got back into the liquor. He is not himself when he drinks."