Rise of Rone - 5118-03-30 - The Lyon's Share of Blood Magic

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Charlatos 30-31, 5118

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier

To discuss this event, please see the discussion thread on the officials!


Summary

  • Adventurers find a pillar of bound and branded corpses with their bones removed at the Black Sands. Shortly after, Rone appears atop the nearby archery tower and says he'll find the butchers and deliver them to everyone dead.
  • After a philosophical debate about justice, Rone declares that Mayor Cruxophim and Goblyn are the worst of the Landing, then injects Goblyn to make her go limp and kidnaps her to the roof of Moot Hall. He holds a blade to her throat and demands that she confess to what she's done, but Goblyn says nothing. Various people attempt to talk Rone down, including Stormyrain, who lays a bleeding hand on him...
  • Two of the bone pillars around the environs flash with light as Rone keeps everyone at bay in a standoff, but Stormyrain leads a group to Lyon Way just south of House Brigatta to begin a ritual to bind Rone. Kipara and Khylynnia aid her with their own talents, forming a trio of blood mages supplying their blood, while Leafiara and Lylia aid by channeling energy. Shinann stands by as an observer.
  • As the blood magic ritual draws upon the new energy fields established with the bone pillar plan, ribbons of blood bind Rone and disable his gauntlets, preventing him from escaping as he's cornered on the roof. When Stormyrain's group returns, he accuses her of falling to darkness; she says there were no unwilling sacrifices; he says there were others and he saw a scarab candle.
  • Crux removes Rone's mask to reveal Malluch Burdos. Various people tell him it's over, but he says it doesn't end here and never would with him.
  • Malluch agrees to be taken away by the militia, not the town guard, and before he's taken into custody Stormy gives her word that she'll "protect him from those who wish him harm outside of the Law of the Town."

Log

Pillar of Corpses

Thunder rumbles in the distance.

Flashes of hot white lightning briefly illuminate the night sky and draw attention to the wall of storm clouds drifting nearer on the horizon.

BOOM! A clap of thunder echoes across the sky.

Storm clouds roll in off of Darkstone Bay, lightning dancing across the skies above the Black Sands.

[...and this message is maybe a little too ambient, as the big groups stand around outside Moot Hall for a while, not realizing it's a cue to head to the Black Sands until...]

Meureii: (by amunet) "Is everyone coming towards the Bay to investigate these bodies?"

[cue travel]

[The Black Sands]

A narrow strip of black sand winds between the pulsing sea and the huddled rocks. You look out at the dark waters of the bay, set against the grey sky. With the black sands beneath your feet and the frozen black lava behind you, you feel as though all the color has been blotted out of the world. You also see a short-armed smoky amber abyran'sa, a greater kappa that appears rather calm, a towering pillar of bound corpses, a tall wooden archery tower and the waters of Darkstone Bay.

J>look pil

Rising against the skyline like a stark and towering monument to atrocity, the pillar is constructed of a multitude of corpses bound and twisted into a singular looming and barely cohesive shape; the exact measure of bodies used is difficult to determine due to the pillar's savagely anfractuous design.

Unremarkable tattered white cloaks, now thoroughly soiled with blood and viscera, shroud the contorted forms in some malapropos measure of modesty. Masks of bone or steel have been forcibly grafted into the half-melted flesh of the emerging faces, rendering them innominate and obscuring any immediate identification. Branded into the flesh of various portions are words proclaiming numerous fel deeds, such as "MURDERER", "ABUSER", "ARSONIST", and "SLAVER."

Most peculiar in its design, however, are the sinuous and unnatural shapes into which the bodies have been fractured and posed; further inspection reveals that the bones appear to have been carefully extricated prior to construction, raising as many questions as answers.

Meureii states, "An obvious framing."

Speaking to a towering pillar of bound corpses, Maylan says, "Helloooooooo."

Evia says, "Wow."

Cruxophim carefully mutters, "Well then..."

Lornieh says, "Odd place."

Meureii states, "And this here..."

Cryheart says, "Hmmm."

Cryheart asks, "Perhaps detection of some kind?"

Speaking quietly to a greater kappa, Pukk says, "This is evil, even for you."

The voice of Talinvor says, "Those labels seem to apply to many of us standing right here."

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Khylynnia asks, "New artist in town?"

Florania quietly murmurs, "I suppose there are too many corpses... the stories are mixed and I can't sense any history."

Stormyrain says, "I do not sense any remaining energies."

Speaking to a shadowy gap in the rocks, Meureii says, "The gap there."

Speaking quietly to a greater kappa, Pukk says, "Tell us who helped you."

Speaking carefully to Khylynnia, Cruxophim murmurs, "Seems so."

Evia exclaims, "Atrocity!"

Meureii knowingly says, "The burrows."

[a brief exploration of the burrows turns up nothing]

Speaking to Cruxophim, Ysharra asks, "Is this poetic justice to your own efforts, you think? At least in his mind?"

Cruxophim wryly notes, "Well...."

Lornieh asks, "I think that may be the townsfolk that were impersonating Rone?"

Eoghain says, "This is the most exercise I've gotten in several mayoral transitions."

Cruxophim wryly speculates, "SOMEONE's got his attention."

Speaking to a towering pillar of bound corpses, Meureii remarks, "Sturdy."

Speaking to Lornieh, Ysharra says, "Exactly."

Evia says, "Someone."

Speaking dryly to Cruxophim, Meureii says, "A poor attempt at framing you."

Speaking uncertainly to Meureii, Cruxophim ventures, "Perhaps?"

Speaking quietly to Lornieh, Pukk says, "This looks like something the Imps would do."

Lornieh whispers to the group, "How in the world were all the bones removed?"

Cryheart says, "Most interesting."

Speaking quietly to a greater kappa, Pukk asks, "Are you in cahoots with the imps?"

Eoghain says, "Get in."

You offhandedly say, "This is likely the work of whoever killed the priest."

Cruxophim whispers to the group, "Very carefully, I'd wager."

Bernadette softly says, "It were the butcher."

Speaking to Marroc, Eoghain says, "Let's watch."

Speaking to Lornieh, Ysharra says, "Hit with a hammer the size of Madmountan's."

Speaking melodically to Cruxophim, Meureii says, "Hm."

Speaking absently to Bernadette, Cruxophim murmurs, "Butcher... yes."

Cruxophim offers Ysharra a Wehnimer's promissory note.

Ysharra declines Cruxophim's offer.

Maylan says, "Doesn't smell very fresh."

Maylan says, "Hard to say, really."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Ysharra says, "I like watching you be disappointed."

Ysharra waves a hand at Cruxophim, dismissing him indifferently.

Cruxophim drops a Wehnimer's promissory note.

Cruxophim grins wryly at Ysharra.

Speaking to Cruxophim, Berkana says, "That fine could not have been much."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Dirra says, "My mind is closed, yours to sense."

You pick up a Wehnimer's promissory note.

You offer your promissory note to Ysharra, who has 30 seconds to accept the offer. Click CANCEL to prematurely cancel the offer.

Xorus says, "This is the work of the more entertaining 'Rone', the one who worked on the priests."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Ysharra says, "I hope the kappas don't spend it one place."

Ysharra has declined the offer.

Speaking quietly to a greater kappa, Pukk says, "Ok, you can tell me who is working with you."

Zosopage says, "Interesting."

Speaking to you, Ysharra says, "It's not mine, but thank you."

You offer your promissory note to Cruxophim, who has 30 seconds to accept the offer. Click CANCEL to prematurely cancel the offer.

Speaking to Xorus, Berkana says, "The one impersonating you."

Cruxophim has accepted your offer and is now holding a Wehnimer's promissory note.

Cruxophim offers Melikor a Wehnimer's promissory note.

Cryheart asks, "These the followers of Rone?"

Melikor frowns at Cruxophim.

You curiously ask, "Does it matter?"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Melikor says, "Don't get me involved."

Xorus says, "The other Rone was impersonating me with the glyph trap."

Melikor declines Cruxophim's offer.

Lornieh says, "Think they were more impersonators."

Ysharra says, "I think Lornieh's correct. These were likely the impersonators."

Speaking uncertainly to Cryheart, Cruxophim speculates, "It's either... that, or criminals. Someone's either condemning Rone, perhaps, or emulating."

The kappa moans evilly!

Speaking quietly to a greater kappa, Pukk says, "Okay, okay. We know you are evil."

Speaking quietly to a greater kappa, Pukk says, "Good job on that."

Speaking to a greater kappa, Ysharra says, "You really are the weirdest creatures."

A flash of lightning pierces the night and a white-cloaked figure appears briefly perched atop an archery tower along the Black Sands. The figure looks down at a pillar of corpses, shaking his hooded head. You can see his hands clench tightly.

Speaking to a greater kappa, Ysharra asks, "What exactly is that on your head, anyway?"

Meureii yells, "I wouldn't!"

Xorus greets, "Evening, Rone."

Lornieh says, "Hmm."

Irar says, "Well then."

Evia asks, "These look like the early victims, do you think?"

Speaking to Ysharra, Marroc says, "Their skulls make good drinking vessels."

Speaking to Marroc, Eoghain says, "Grab me one."

Marroc says, "Or soup bowls."

Roblar deeply says, "A ship was still out on da bay." [Roblar had swum over and seen the ship from before]

Speaking to Marroc, Ysharra says, "Oh? They look a little on the gellatinous side."

Roblar deeply says, "Wid bodies."

A forest fox takes up a position of watchful wariness in front of Severine.

Roblar deeply says, "Frontier's Heart."

Pukk nods to the forest fox.

A forest fox's tail wags slowly back and forth!

Speaking quietly to a forest fox, Pukk says, "I couldn't have said it better myself."

Cryheart says, "Hmmm."

Cruxophim coldly states, "I'm going back to town. He can follow if he wants to."

Lornieh says, "I'm thinking this wasn't sanctioned by the real Rone."

Speaking curiously to Roblar, Meureii says, "I swam out there a bit and did nae see anything."

Kipara says, "A bit over the top."

Evia says, "They appear to be labeled as the first victims."

Speaking to a snow white raven, Ysharra says, "I know. it was a good idea."

(OOC) Lornieh's player whispers to the group, "I am lagging bad, so I said that a bit ago haha."

From nearby, you hear Roblar yell, "Over ere!" [Roblar is back in the waters]

Pukk quietly asks, "Over where?"

Maylan yells, "I don't wanna get wet!"

Ysharra asks, "Shall we?"

Cryheart yells, "Ove'r ere where?"

Pukk yells, "Over where?"

Some Landing archers along the towers nock arrows and fire at the white-cloaked figure, who leaps off the side of a tower and vanishes.

Maylan says, "In the water."

Pukk quietly says, "He has good dodging skills."

Lornieh asks, "Water walking anyone?"

Mana surges through you in a brilliant display of silvery motes which skitter across your skin as you prepare Water Walking...

You gesture at Lornieh.

A misty halo surrounds Lornieh.

Shinann says, "They are in the bay."

Zosopage says, "He just wants to play tag."

[various people go into the waters briefly, probably having missed in the scroll in the heat of the moment exactly why...]

From nearby, you hear Cryheart yell, "Tis gone he says!"

[...and so everyone goes back to the Black Sands]

Evia says, "Well he said there was nothing there."


The Great Rone Debate

At the top of the archery tower near you, a white-cloaked figure appears, perched like an ivory gargoyle.

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Pukk says, "You tricked me into taking a bath."

Maylan exclaims, "I got all wet and soppy for NUTHIN!"

Ethereal white mist swirls about the white-cloaked figure.

You casually greet, "Evening."

The voice of Rone deeply says, "I did not do this."

You amusedly say, "We know."

Berkana asks, "No?"

Pukk quietly says, "We figured as much."

Xorus says, "This is clearly not your way of doing things."

Meureii knowingly says, "Our esteemed Mayor did."

Sokaz says, "I don't like the looks of yon ivory gargoyle at all."

Cryheart asks, "Ye dinnae like what, Rone?"

Pukk quietly says, "We think that kappa saw who did it."

Evia asks, "I thought he was dead?"

Kipara says, "More like a bunch of copycat Rones."

Speaking to Evia, Meureii says, "There is more than one."

Speaking to a snow white raven, Ysharra says, "Wait for your opening."

Cryheart says, "Apparently he has other magics...or...he is cloned."

Evician weakly asks, "Apparently...he got..better?"

Berkana says, "Our esteemed Mayor has no magic. This is not a simple task to complete without aid or magic."

Cryheart says, "Like golems."

Speaking quietly to Evia, Khylynnia says, "Or a cleric helped out...."

Pukk quietly says, "Or a cleric raised him."

Shinann says, "I do not think the pillar is his work."

Ysharra asks, "We often get better. He must be a wealthy man, then?"

Cryheart asks, "Rooks against the Rone group?"

Ysharra asks, "Is that right, Rone? You have enough to pay off the Erebor temple?"

Geijon says, "Clues don't seem substantial."

The voice of Rone deeply says, "I am favored by the Lady of Winter."

You repeat, "Going by the removal of bones, it was most likely the same one who attacked the priest some weeks ago."

Talinvor says, "So are we all."

Ysharra says, "Good to know that Madmountan will need to try harder."

Cryheart asks, "How about someone named Stone, Rone?"

Speaking to Maylan, Dirra says, "You pick your times to be drunk or not. This may not be the drunk time."

The voice of Rone deeply says, "I will find these butchers and deliver them to you."

Sokaz says, "Some powerful necromancy for sure."

Zosopage says, "I have to agree that this doesn't look like what Rone does."

Shinann says, "No."

Shinann says, "Wait."

Cryheart asks, "Who are the dead here, Rone?"

You indifferently ask, "Dead or alive?"

Pukk quietly says, "Good idea Rone."

The voice of Rone deeply says, "They do not deserve to live."

Cryheart asks, "Citizens of the Landing, or somewhere else?"

Shinann says, "Deliver them alive."

Talinvor says, "I'm not sure I trust him to do anything forthright."

Evia says, "These are the first set of victims, it appears to me."

You casually say, "As you say, then."

Lornieh says, "Wait...."

Meureii flatly says, "Hypocrisy."

Lornieh whispers to the group, "So we said bring in Rone, dead or alive.... but some evil butchers do this and we say "alive"?!"

Sokaz says, "We must question them before they are executed. Too many unanswered riddles."

You remind, "There is no law out here beyond the gates."

Speaking to Meureii, Ysharra says, "It's always a logical fallacy, too. It leaves him free to never really defend his position."

Speaking to you, Irar says, "Good point."

Pukk whispers to the group, "I agreed with Rone."

Meureii drones, "First you hate us, then you help us."

Lornieh says, "I don't think Rone hates us... just evil doers."

Evia says, "Ebbah doh."

The voice of Rone deeply says, "I do not hate you."

Xorus says, "Interesting. With the bones removed this is a pillar of flesh, when there is a bone pillar up on the cliffs above us."

The voice of Rone deeply says, "I am one of you."

The voice of Rone deeply says, "But I do that which you cannot, or will not anymore."

Meureii slowly mouths, "You are not."

You casually say, "Indeed."

Cryheart says, "A vigilante."

Zosopage says, "Well I wouldn't go as far as to say you are one of us."

(Evician tilts his head in the direction of Rone's voice..."Yet you avoid justice....that you so righteously believe in?")

You muse, "You're one of the most free men in the Landing, Rone, aren't you?"

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Rone I know who you are! You are Happy, aren't you!"

The voice of Rone deeply says, "You have turned a blind eye to the wickedness in this town, you even elected one chief among them last time."

Balley softly says, "Why you scared to reveal yourself to us if you think you are one of us."

Stormyrain asks, "We. For you are one of us, no?"

Irar asks, "And your crusade has caused how many more needless deaths?"

Kipara asks, "You are responsible for this mess! You do what we can not? You incite hatred in people's hearts to built monuments of corpses?"

Ysharra says, "So this is a political discussion as well as ethical."

The voice of Rone deeply says, "I did not elect that monster."

Shinann says, "I have not turned a blind eye."

Ysharra asks, "Did you even vote, or run for office yourself?"

Balley softly says, "So you have no right to complain if you did not vote."

You admit, "You and the Rooks... bound by no laws. The most free people of the Landing. It's kind of admirable, if either of you didn't see fit to kill indiscriminately."

Ysharra asks, "Or did you jump straight to cutting off clerk's hands?"

You acknowledge, "Almost envious of you."

Dirra says, "I voted for none. Not a citizen, but in friendship I stand amongst them."

Evician weakly says, "Nor did I, but he has done no wrong to me....."

Sokaz says, "There are more important matters at hand than the election's results, methinks."

Sokaz says, "For instance yon corpse pillar."

Zosopage says, "If you were truly one of us, Rone. You'd would bring these people to proper justice and not execute them all."

Speaking to Lylia, Xorus says, "It is an impressive bit of flesh work."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Ysharra asks, "Did you know you're "one of them"?"

Lylia agrees, "Monumental."

The voice of Rone deeply says, "Proper justice..."

Stormyrain says, "It is often the truth that the pendelum swings, from light to dark--from dark to light--Puptillian was as Light as they come, Cruxophim; well, he is seen as dark. But we are all truly shades of grey. Without shadow, you learn to forget the beauty of the Light...and without Light, there will be no shadow."

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk says, "And you never told me."

Speaking simply to Ysharra, Cruxophim murmurs, "Yes."

Speaking nonchalantly to Zosopage, you agree, "It probably wouldn't be all that hard. If he can kill them, surely he could subdue them too."

The voice of Rone deeply says, "So few of you even recognize the meaning anymore..."

Speaking to you, Zosopage says, "Exactly."

Lylia quietly says, "I am listening. Teach me more about justice."

Cruxophim wryly spits, "Justice? How is this any different from your 'work'?"

(Evician seethes and spits as he speaks, "You know NOTHING of proper justice! BLASPHEMER!")

Ysharra says, "What, that butchers pretend to have an agenda? I know that one."

Lornieh says, "Plus Cruxophim may be dark at times... but he is also kind to many others...."

Kipara says, "It's impressive how well you distance yourself from the concequences of your own actions."

Speaking amusedly to Stormyrain, Eoghain says, "If dhu think the light is coming with a dark elf, think again."

Lornieh says, "Not everything is in shades of black and white."

Stormyrain offers, "Justice served at the hands of one who believes they can judge absolutely is the catalyst for darker things. You must know this."

Talinvor wryly asks, "What is the saying... "justice is blind'?"

Cryheart asks, "So how hae ye been harmed and as a result seek justice, Rone?"

Sokaz says, "I find it amusing that he is amused."

Goblyn comes out of hiding.

Meureii says, "If you wish to help."

Sokaz says, "Lady Goblyn, nice to see you."

Meureii suggestively says, "Come down."

Speaking to Cryheart, Zosopage says, "Except tis nae justice but vengence."

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk says, "Look."

Shinann asks, "Rone, how do you track down who did this?"

You suggest, "Honestly, Rone, no need to be caught up in endless discussion that changes no minds--just keep doing what you're doing and maybe we'll see who wins."

Cryheart says, "Rone, apparently ye hae been wronged and seek justice."

Pukk points at a towering pillar of bound corpses.

Dirra says, "Are we not each grey, by times light and then other times dark. Grey."

Speaking to Goblyn, Xorus says, "I found you a present."

Xorus points at a towering pillar of bound corpses.

Goblyn skips happily towards a towering pillar of bound corpses.

Goblyn sniffs at a towering pillar of bound corpses.

Speaking to Goblyn, you greet, "Evening, Miss Goblyn."

Goblyn beams happily at a towering pillar of bound corpses!

Speaking disdainfully to Cryheart, Cruxophim muses, "Oh yes, he's been ever so wrong."

Speaking to Pukk, Goblyn asks, "A pillar of Pukks?"

Goblyn glances between Pukk and a towering pillar of bound corpses.

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Khylynnia says, "There is a new artist in town."

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk says, "I look better."

Speaking wryly to Pukk, Talinvor says, "She wishes."

Ysharra says, "The problem is that there's not much difference between justice and vengeance."

Authriea says, "No one's actions are always pure."

The voice of Rone deeply says, "The worst among them..."

Goblyn cheerfully exclaims, "Hello, everyone!"

Speaking casually to Ysharra, you ask, "Why is that a problem?"

Speaking to Eoghain, Stormyrain asks, "A debate for another time, but some of those I consider the ones who have brought the most Light into my life have been Dhe'nari. Mayhaps it all depends on the individual, mm?"

Ysharra says, "And you're still left with your loss."

Bernadette softly says, "Hello Milady Goblyn."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Evia says, "This needs disassembled, if you can wrangle it."

Speaking slowly to Pukk, Goblyn says, "I... do think that the corpses do look better."

Eoghain quibbles, "Slaver is hardly a charge that deserves death..."

Cryheart asks, "The worst among them is whom, Rone?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Sokaz says, "Bushwack will be sore that he missed you this evening. He hasn't shut up about touring Bloodriven Village and dancing with you at the fashion show since."

[Hlendril asks on the amunet where everyone is; Cryheart tells him]

Cryheart is buffeted by the wind and knocked to the ground!

You pull Cryheart to his feet.

Cryheart says, "Thank ye."

Speaking to Lylia, Xorus says, "I was noting that with the bones removed from them, this is a flesh pillar in contrast to the bone pillar on the cliff above us."

Speaking evenly to a towering pillar of bound corpses, Cruxophim states, "The irony of this truly escapes you? You've left the Landing no better than this in your wake. You speak of corruption while you undermine the fabric of our town."

Hlendril says, "Oh boy."

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra says, "As I said. Someone's been reading some verse."

Speaking to Xorus, Lylia says, "The parallels are clear."

Lylia says, "Rone."

Irar says, "Not to mention your gadgets killing and maiming a good many of us just for getting near them."

You amusedly say, "Eh, he isn't doing anything the Rooks haven't done and we let them walk free."

Speaking amusedly to Lylia, Goblyn asks, "Which of the Rones?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Xorus says, "The fun one."

The voice of Rone deeply says, "Your deaths were unfortunate, and I had little choice when you cornered me."

Talinvor curiously asks, "I wonder.. did Rone have help?"

Lylia repeats, "Rone, do you see where justice has led you?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Hlendril says, "Good eve miss."

(Pukk grabs Cruxophim and turns him around in the direction of Rone's voice.)

Speaking coldly to a towering pillar of bound corpses, Cruxophim states, "You say that I'm a monster, but... have you looked in the mirror lately? At what you really are."

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk says, "Speak that way."

Talinvor adds, "And these souls are.. what's left of them?"

Hlendril says, "Hey Rone."

Cryheart asks, "Rone, is your cause just?"

Hlendril asks, "Care to have a chat with me, a wee bit?"

The white-cloaked figure on the roof of the tower turns, a steel featureless mask tilted towards Cruxophim...and Goblyn.

Speaking curiously to a towering pillar of bound corpses, Cruxophim inquires, "And what of all those on that ship? Were every last one of them guilty, in your eyes? Who are you to make that judgment?"

Hlendril says, "Could be interesting."

Speaking coldly to a towering pillar of bound corpses, Cruxophim challenges, "If you want me... come and claim me."

Ysharra says, "You'll get to a point where you'll always need to push your agenda. Otherwise you lose your fervor."

Mayor Cruxophim just limped through a shadowy gap in the rocks.

J>'@crux =whisper he's on the tower

You whisper aloud, "He's on the tower."

Speaking to Goblyn, Sokaz says, "Fear not this naive dear Lady."

Talinvor says, "Using a certain someone's lair, could have irritated a corvid, who took his place."

Ysharra says, "And if you don't have a target, you've killed them all...you'll change your criteria."

Kipara says, "We can stand about all night talking about Justice, or you could find the ones responsible for this."

Dirra says, "We all show our truths now."

You agree, "I'm with Kipara. Just go--nobody's minds will change here."

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk asks, "Do you think this pillar is a new form of art?"

Sokaz says, "Or this sociopath can teach me the magick required to build my own corpse pillars."

Speaking to a towering pillar of bound corpses, Hlendril asks, "Peachy. Some of these corpses even look like Knights... Hey, is that Loretta I see there?"

Speaking to a snow white raven, Talinvor says, "Plenty of eyes for you now."

[Leafi leaves, departing for Town Square Central, but meanwhile...]

Lylia says, "Art or not, this installation should be removed."

Zosopage says, "You are just creating more chaos. Showing townspeople that killing criminals without fair process is a good thing, when in fact its the exact opposite."

Khylynnia quietly asks, "Rone, you hide in the shadows and strike fear in the hearts of the citizenry and claim that the Mayor is corrupt...a man who has given hope to many and who walks openly in the sun? What sort of backwards logic is this and how long have you served Zelia?"

Speaking admiringly to Pukk, Goblyn says, "It is very pretty art."

Speaking to Pukk, Goblyn says, "It is maybe better than the hand wall."

Speaking to Talinvor, Ysharra says, "She's waiting. More patiently than I am."

A white-cloaked figure reaches for something in his cloak..

Speaking to Goblyn, Sokaz says, "I've been sitting here wondering how I can build a whole tower this way."

Cryheart says, "Get ready."

Speaking to Hlendril, Dirra says, "You speak of my brothers and sisters."

Evia says, "Or his grand exit."

Speaking quietly to Lylia, Pukk says, "Somebody put a lot of BLOOD, sweat and tears into the that pillar...."

Speaking to Dirra, Hlendril says, "Oh, yeah.."

Speaking to Dirra, Hlendril says, "Sorry."

Xorus says, "These look melted. Flesh rended..."

Sokaz says, "Let's kill him and be done with it."

Lylia says, "We have been here before, Rone."

Lylia tilts her crimson glass orb side to side, making the light play off it.

The white-cloaked figure leaps down behind Goblyn, stabbing something into her side, and she seems to go somewhat limp! Rone grabs Goblyn and throws a small orb on the ground and they both vanish in a puff of smoke!



Goblyn Grabbyn'

[Leafi leaves, departing for Town Square Central]

[Town Square Central]

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

You join Stormyrain.

Stormyrain nods to you.

Stormyrain grabs a cracked silver scrying bowl from a small pocket inside of her ebon lambskin jacket.

You flash a quick grin.

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

Shinann just arrived.

Stormyrain adds Shinann to her group.

Kipara just strode in.

Stormyrain adds Kipara to her group.

[around this time, over at the Black Sands...]

A white-cloaked figure reaches for something in his cloak..

The white-cloaked figure leaps down behind Goblyn, stabbing something into her side, and she seems to go somewhat limp! Rone grabs Goblyn and throws a small orb on the ground and they both vanish in a puff of smoke!

Stormyrain's group just went east.

[Town Square, East]

Here in the center of a broad plaza near the commercial area of the bazaar stands the impressive facade of the slate-roofed Moot Hall, where the citizens of Wehnimer's Landing hold various official, religious and social functions. Facing the square are some of the town's more prosperous shops, still doing business with the many customers who still frequent the streets at night. You also see a droopy-eyed tan bloodhound, a red-eyed fire wyrdling, a silver-edged campaign sign that reads, "Vote for Lylia: Keep Your Children Safe.", a mushy black door, a mound of snow and a large purple wooden barrel.

Also here: Shinann, Kipara, Stormyrain, Mayor Cruxophim

Stormyrain gives a sidelong glance at Cruxophim.

Speaking to Cruxophim, Stormyrain asks, "Did he hurt you, once?"

Sir Cryheart's group just arrived.

Pukk quietly exclaims, "I can see what will be for sale in the pie shop tomorrow. Rone Pie. A dessert best served cold!"

Speaking evenly to Stormyrain, Cruxophim states, "Let's hope she has the means to handle this."

Zosopage asks, "Anyone able to locate her by chance?"

Closing your eyes tightly, you concentrate on an image within your mind's eye and murmur a soft prayer to the spirits. As the last syllable falls from your lips, your green eyes fly wide open and you flick your fingers, releasing the Locate Person spell...

You gesture into the air.

Your vision begins to become murky and clouded. You have a sensation of rapidly passing distance. Eventually your sight begins to clear and a vision of Goblyn's surroundings fills your mind...

[Moot Hall, Rooftop]

Dark slate runs across the roof of Moot Hall, providing solid footing and an impressive view of the town square below. To the west, the great oak tree in the center of town rises up, partially obscuring the western side of the bazaar. You also see a wooden hatch and a wooden railing.

Also here: Rone, a stunned Miss Goblyn

Upon the rooftop of Moot Hall, a white-cloaked figure appears in a swirl of mist, holding Goblyn out before him.

Lylia says, "I thought the same."

You belt out, "She's at--the rooftop, yes."

From nearby, you hear Cryheart yell, "Rone!"

Lylia joins Stormyrain's group.

Xorus joins Stormyrain's group.

Great Lady Khylynnia just arrived.

Khylynnia joins Stormyrain's group.

From nearby, you hear Evia yell, "We will catch you miss Goblyn!"

Khylynnia quietly says, "Sorry I am late."

From nearby, you hear Pukk yell, "Goblyn if you fall, try to flap your arms very fast!"

Xorus dryly says, "If he wishes to kill that one, he best be using a demonbane weapon."

[Stormy gives Shinann lead and Team Blood Magic heads to the Moot Hall roof]

[Moot Hall, Rooftop]

Dark slate runs across the roof of Moot Hall, providing solid footing and an impressive view of the town square below. To the west, the great oak tree in the center of town rises up, partially obscuring the western side of the bazaar. You also see a forest fox, a forest wolf, a snow white raven that is flying around, a red-eyed fire wyrdling, a wooden hatch and a wooden railing.

Also here: Lady Lylia, Xorus, Shinann, Maylan, Melikor, Severine, Chaoswynd, Ysharra, Talinvor, Meureii, Mayor Cruxophim, Rone, Miss Goblyn who is partially immobilized

Rone holds Goblyn at his side, a small black blade to her neck, and one to her stomach, and he stands near the edge with her.

Goblyn's eyelids flutter erratically, as if she isn't fully conscious or in control of her own actions.

Talinvor says, "She's died more gruesomely, Rone. She does not fear death."

Speaking to a snow white raven, Ysharra asks, "What's wrong?"

Talinvor says, "In fact, she enjoys it."

Ysharra points at Rone.

You admit, "Your magic is stronger than I imagined if you can hold Miss Goblyn."

Speaking to a snow white raven, Ysharra says, "Right there."

Speaking to Rone, Meureii asks, "Where will you go?"

Rone deeply says, "She's weakened for now, long enough for what I need."

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Izden says, "At least you had a drink in your hand."

Speaking to Meureii, Stormyrain says, "In one of her pies, is my bet."

Xorus says, "Fascinating."

Speaking disgustedly to Rone, Maylan asks, "What exactly do you "need"?"

Speaking raspily to Rone, Cruxophim hisses, "So help me, I will gut you where you stand."

Cruxophim slips a hand to his ankle, deftly retrieving a black-veined jawbone dagger fused with sanguine blood marble.

Stormyrain reaches into the sleeve of her ebon blouse and retrieves a bone-hilted serrated faenor dagger.

Speaking to Rone, Lylia asks, "Do you often attack a woman to punish her betrothed, Rone? Is this justice?"

Ysharra says, "You'll never stop her, anyway."

Lylia asks, "Or is there some other reason you have taken her?"

Sokaz says, "If ever there were a need for war..."

Rone taps the metal of the blade against Goblyn's throat.

Rone deeply says, "You can speak monster."

Cruxophim points his jawbone dagger at Rone.

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "Ya would not dare you Imperial agent. Hand her away or die."

Stormyrain touches Rone. [while seemingly innocuous, this seems to be where Stormy gets her blood on Rone, allowing what's to come]

Rone deeply says, "Tell them your crimes."

Talinvor says, "He's stalling, Crux."

Berkana asks, "Untrammel anyone?"

Speaking to Rone, Stormyrain says, "You are not this person, don't do this."

Sokaz says, "Someone heal Goblyn."

J>appr gob

Speaking raspily to Rone, Cruxophim hisses, "Let... her.... go."

You glance at Goblyn and immediately realize she has 10 spirit levels out of a maximum of 10.

You also notice that she has no apparent injuries.

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "Before you is what a thousand years of mercenary work looks like."

Speaking quietly to Rone, Lylia says, "We know her more than we know you. Unmask yourself, Rone. Justice does not hide."

Rone deeply exclaims, "TELL THEM!"

Kipara says, "He is very much this person."

Speaking to Goblyn, Ysharra asks, "He doesn't know, does he?"

Speaking quietly to Rone, Pukk says, "Okay, now put the Goblyn down and back away...."

Speaking to Rone, Sokaz says, "You're a rather boring revolutionary."

Berkana asks, "No one can untrammel?"

Claudaro asks, "Are the pies not made with real meat? Is that the crime?"

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "Don't be quiet, no stalling. Stop being so cliche and be creative for once."

Goblyn's head droops back, lolling from side to side.

Speaking to Rone, Maylan says, "You're bluffing. You'd never murder an innocent bystander simply to prove another murder."

Sokaz asks, "Can we kill this one yet?"

Hlendril says, "We are tired of this goose chase."

Rone deeply says, "She is not innocent."

Eoghain asks, "Is this a standoff?"

Speaking to Rone, Talinvor adds, "Neither are you."

Speaking to Rone, Shinann says, "This is not the way. It makes you like them."

Rone deeply says, "Anymore than he."

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "We are tired of likes like you."

(OOC) Berkana's player whispers, "Untrammel Goblyn."

Lylia asks, "Who is to say? Why do you judge her? And who is to judge you?"

Rone points his gear-covered prism at Cruxophim.

Speaking coldly to Rone, Cruxophim reminds, "Neither are you."

Mana surges through you in a brilliant display of silvery motes which skitter across your skin as you prepare Untrammel...

You gesture at Goblyn.

Nothing happens.

Speaking to Maylan, Sokaz says, "Not sure about that. Corpse pillar and all."

Berkana snaps her fingers.

Speaking quietly to herself, Stormyrain murmurs, "By my blood and by my will, and by the will of Jastev- not one drop can be used against me."

Ysharra says, "What did you inject Cruxophim with, Rone? Or whatever your name is."

Speaking quietly to Sokaz, Meureii says, "He did nae make that."

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "I don't care who did what or whatever. Whoever disrupts the peace and aligns with the empire deserves death, only death."

Speaking vengefully to Rone, Cruxophim hisses, "I'm going down, you're coming with me. Is that what you want?"

Berkana exclaims, "Jump!"

Stormyrain whispers to the group, "We can do what we need. My blood is on him. We can track and see."

Berkana says, "Just kidding..."

Speaking to Sokaz, Maylan says, "True, but I'm inclined to believe it wasn't his doing. Maybe his fanatical following? I'm not sure."

Speaking to Meureii, Sokaz says, "Methinks he had something to do with it regardless."

Speaking to Rone, Shinann says, "Can you not see that? If you take the law into your hands, you are the same as the others."

You casually acknowledge, "He's been taking the law into his hands for a while now."

Speaking to Sokaz, Meureii asks, "Notice anything about how he looks?"

Eoghain says, "I'm confused as to what's wrong here..."

Rone deeply says, "Tell them..."

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "You aren't taking the law to your hands. You are a puppet, played by the strings of the emperor."

Rone inches Goblyn closer to the edge.

Maylan says, "Aye, it started with just causes. But quickly spiraled out of control."

Speaking surreptitiously to Eoghain, you say, "Me too. Miss Goblyn asks to be killed all the time."

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "Please let loose of her."

Claudaro says, "Doesn't she routinely kill herself and others with fire from the sky? Don't think a lil tumble will keep her down."

Eoghain asks, "Oh, does the elf not want to die?"

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "Damn you, I am not returning back home and allowing to sell my comrades to ye for some silvers."

Goblyn clearly tries to lift her head up, but as if her muscles have very little strength in them, it simply falls backward again.

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "You know that's only forty feet. And one thing I know about Goblyn is that she's very sprightly."

Bernadette softly asks, "Aye what kin ye be gainin by doin this?"

Speaking to Meureii, Sokaz says, "Just because the dead were his comrades doesn't mean he hadn't betrayed them."

Speaking quietly to Rone, Izden asks, "IF you do let her go, please away from the edge, eh?"

Speaking to Meureii, Sokaz says, "I care not to speculate at this point however."

Suddenly, a flash of blood red light appears in the distance, briefly illuminating a black-whorled bone pillar in a sanguine hue.

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "Back off."

Suddenly, a flash of blood red light appears in the distance, briefly illuminating a black-whorled bone pillar in a sanguine hue.

Speaking to Rone, Geijon says, "This doesn't advance your mission."

Stormyrain gives a sidelong glance around the area.

Xorus says, "Most intriguing."

Ysharra says, "Here we go."

Stormyrain nods at Shinann.

Speaking to Shinann, Stormyrain says, "Let's go."

You suspiciously say, "Interesting."

Eoghain asks, "Wait, is this person about to kill another being in the absolutely least specatcular and least inventive manner ever?"

Shinann opens the hatch and climbs down the ladder.

Hlendril asks, "This again?"

Stormyrain opens the hatch and climbs down the ladder.

J>go hat

Zosopage says, "That was two of them."

You open the hatch and climb down the ladder.

[Leafi heads out, but meanwhile, on the roof...]


Rooftop Standoff: Part 1

Cryheart says, "Hmmm."

Lylia whispers something to Rone.

Ysharra says, "Maybe it's not time yet for the whole fist to close."

Cryheart asks, "The pillar providing blood to someone?"

Cruxophim eyes Rone with a stern expression, his dark sclera reduced to mere slits.

Talinvor says, "He's waiting for something."

Lylia whispers something to Rone.

Rone glares at Cruxophim.

Talinvor says, "Stalling."

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "You should take cover, things do not bode well for you, we have plans."

Speaking to Rone, Talinvor adds, "Aren't you?"

Sokaz says, "Whoever is providing blood to I'll be happy to siphon it back out of them."

Speaking loudly to Rone, Cruxophim hisses, "EVERYTHING!!!"

Rone deeply asks, "You do not wish more corpses right?"

Rone deeply says, "I offer you such then."

Rone deeply says, "Confess."

Speaking to Rone, Sokaz says, "Unless we're talking about your corpse I won't mind."

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril exclaims, "IMPERIAL SCUM, LET HER GO!"

Speaking coldly to Rone, Cruxophim spits, "You offer us nothing."

Zosopage whispers to the group, "Yes but are those pillars activating a good thing or a bad thing."

Rone inches Goblyn to the edge more, blades at her neck and stomach.

Speaking to Cruxophim, Maylan says, "Don't do it."

Speaking to Rone, Dethnyain says, "Ye are a coward."

(Cruxophim casts a withering glare into Rone's eyes... lacking actual Wither.)

Speaking to Dethnyain, Hlendril says, "He is worse than a coward, he is a puppet."

Speaking to Rone, Zosopage asks, "What has Goblyn done that you have not?"

Eoghain amusedly says, "Says humans."

Dethnyain says, "He hides behind a woman."

Speaking to Rone, Sokaz says, "The Empire has long been represented by cowards like you in this part of the world."

The faint, coppery odor drifts through the area.

Speaking to Rone, Zosopage says, "You are no better."

Dethnyain says, "Very sad."

Pukk quietly says, "Blood."

Rone deeply says, "I am no monster Mayor."

Rone glances at Cruxophim.

Pukk quietly says, "That is blood."

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "No.. You are a puppet."

Maylan says, "Says the man dangling an unconscious woman from a rooftop."

Talinvor softly says, "Something is coming."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "You cut off that half-elf's hands. Before you killed him."

Speaking raspily to Rone, Cruxophim assures, "But you are. You always have been, from the moment you put on the mask."

Speaking amusedly to Talinvor, Berkana says, "Something wicked."

Speaking coldly to Rone, Cruxophim states, "A monster. Same as me."


Bloody Plans: Part 1

[concurrently, Team Blood Magic is on the move...]

[Moot Hall, Upstairs Corridor]

The end of the hallway is enclosed by large burgundy rugs. Potted plants are displayed on brass stands resting between a polished maoral door and a richly carved mahogany door. The dark corridor doesn't offer much in terms of natural lighting. You also see a sturdy ladder.

Also here: Stormyrain, Shinann

The hatch in the ceiling opens up and Khylynnia climbs down the sturdy wooden ladder.

Shinann designates Stormyrain as the new leader of the group.

Stormyrain adds Khylynnia to her group.

You helpfully suggest, "Move."

Stormyrain says, "I was thinking to Lylia."

[travel time]

[Wehnimer's, Lyon Way]

The two- and three-story homes of some of the Landing's middle-class citizens are situated at this bend in Lyon Way. Whitewash has been applied to most of the wooden structures, though soot from somewhere nearby stains many of their painted surfaces, and window boxes full of flowers add faint splashes of color to the moonlit street.

Also here: Shinann, Great Lady Khylynnia, Stormyrain

Stormyrain grabs a cracked silver scrying bowl from a small pocket inside of her ebon lambskin jacket.

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

You relievedly say, "Perfect."

You call upon peaceful spirits and direct them to send their soothing presence through the area...

You gesture.

A sense of peace and calm settles over the area.

Lady Lylia just arrived.

Stormyrain adds Lylia to her group.

[elsewhere... Rone inches Goblyn to the edge more, blades at her neck and stomach.]

Stormyrain asks, "Xorus coming?"

You add, "Or Kipara?"

You furrow your brow, probably adding a wrinkle or two in the process.

The faint, coppery odor drifts through the area.

You sniff.

Shinann says, "Blood."

Lylia put a small crimson glass orb in her wrap.

Khylynnia quietly says, "I smell blood."

Lylia surveys the area.

Shinann says, "I know that smell."

Stormyrain says, "Yes--I was able to get my blood on Rone."

Shinann nods.

Kipara just strode in.

Shinann says, "Good thinking." [in response to a group whisper]

Stormyrain adds Kipara to her group.

Stormyrain asks, "Is he still on the roof?"

Lylia nods once.


Rooftop Standoff: Part 2

Speaking simply to Rone, Hlendril says, "And I am a bastard."

Speaking weakly to Rone, Evician says, "Rone, stop this insanity....this is goin way beyond even you now...Miss Goblyn is the least of your problems."

Speaking raspily to Rone, Cruxophim challenges, "Too afraid to admit? Too afraid to look at what you've done?"

Speaking to Rone, Lornieh asks, "Crux has committed many acts of kindness.... what have you done in kindness?"

Speaking urgently to Goblyn, Maylan says, "Wake uuuuuup."

Speaking to Rone, Dethnyain says, "Prove you are not a coward and face your destiny by yourself."

Goblyn twitches slightly in Rone's grasp, her eyes skittering to-and-fro beneath heavy lids.

Hlendril says, "Someone just cut his head off."

Speaking loudly to Goblyn, Maylan says, "WAKE UP."

Speaking deeply to Goblyn, Gorku says, "Are you... okay?..."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hlendril exclaims, "Fight, fight!"

Dergoatean says, "She's going to be upset."

Sokaz exclaims, "There is life left in her yet!"

Speaking to Hlendril, Irar says, "That solves nothing. We need closure here."

Pukk quietly says, "She looks dazed."

Speaking to Rone, Irar says, "Closure and ultimate justice."

Speaking to Rone, Dergoatean says, "I don't think you'll enjoy it when she's upset with you."

Speaking to Goblyn, Talinvor says, "You've injested liquor more potent, and play with spiders that are more lethal."

Speaking softly to Rone, Balley says, "You think this is justice and you are doing the right thing? Why do you think you are right should do this.. you are a murderer."

Cruxophim raspily hisses, "The difference between you and I... is that I -know- what I am."

Speaking to Irar, Sokaz says, "His head on a spike will be closure enough for me, thank you."

Rone begins to twitch.

Speaking to Irar, Hlendril says, "Rone must die, and all who associate with him. He is an imperial spy who wishes to destabalize the Landing."

Speaking to Goblyn, Zosopage says, "Wake up."

Speaking to Hlendril, Lornieh says, "Do shut up... please."

Hlendril says, "He is no vigilante, he is an agent. A saboteur."

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "Confess... who and what you really are."

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "Confess."

Talinvor nods in agreement at Hlendril.

Evician weakly says, "Okay fine Rone, we will trade Hlendril for Goblyn, I think that's a fair trade and you can throw him over the edge."

Speaking raspily to Rone, Cruxophim echoes, "Confess."

Speaking quietly to Evician, Florania says, "I like it."

Speaking raspily to Rone, Cruxophim chants, "Confess..."

Evia yells, "CONFESS!"

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "Confess."

Speaking loudly to Goblyn, Maylan repeats, "Waaake up!"

Speaking to Talinvor, Hlendril says, "Glad to see at least someoene who thinks the same as I."

Speaking raspily to Rone, Cruxophim hisses, "Confess."

Speaking quietly to Rone, Pukk says, "Better yet, we can trade Hlendril and Evician. 2 for 1."

Speaking to Hlendril, Talinvor says, "Not the entire story, but you aren't entirely wrong about him I think."

Speaking weakly to Rone, Evician says, "Oh and I can drag Pukk to hell with me."

Claudaro asks, "Perhaps an adrenaline surge?"

Wisps of faint crimson drift through the area like fading ribbons.

Speaking to Talinvor, Hlendril says, "Aye.. there is a conspiracy."

Speaking to Hlendril, Talinvor says, "Rone is a pawn in a larger game."

Speaking quietly to Evician, Pukk says, "Good thinking."

Rone glances at Goblyn.

Speaking to Rone, Sokaz exclaims, "If you must take a hostage, take me and let the lady alone!"

Rone deeply asks, "...what are you doing?"

Rone peers quizzically at Goblyn.

Speaking raspily to Rone, Cruxophim urges, "Take off the mask. Show us what you REALLY are."

Speaking to Hlendril, Talinvor says, "And he is... dispensable."

Speaking to Rone, Zosopage says, "Show us your true self if you think you are rightous."

Goblyn turns her head slightly toward Rone but only succeeds in causing it to loll to the side.


Bloody Plans: Part 2

Stormyrain nods.

Khylynnia has accepted your offer and is now holding a round of fried dough branded with a charred design.

You gobble down a big bite of your manna bread.

You gobble down your manna bread in one enormous bite.

Khylynnia gobbles down a big bite of her fried dough.

Lylia makes a quick gesture while calling upon the powers of the elements...

Lylia gestures.

A strong whirlwind whips through the area, stirring up dust and other small pieces of debris, which form a small cloud overhead.

The whirlwind subsides, allowing the dust cloud to settle.

Khylynnia gobbles down her fried dough in one enormous bite.

Speaking seriously to Khylynnia, you say, "You and me. We won't fail."

(Stormyrain places the bowl on the ground in the center of the group.)

You crack your knuckles!

Khylynnia nods once to you.

Stormyrain reaches into the sleeve of her ebon blouse and retrieves a bone-hilted serrated faenor dagger.

Khylynnia reaches over and gently rests her hand on your arm.

You reach over and gently rest your hand on Khylynnia's arm.

You nod encouragingly at Khylynnia.

(Stormyrain re-opens the wound on her right palm and creates a blood circle around everyone, murmuring as she goes.)

Stormyrain grabs a blood red glass jar containing sea salt from one of the small pouches lining the inside of her ebon lambskin jacket.

[elsewhere... Goblyn twitches slightly in Rone's grasp, her eyes skittering to-and-fro beneath heavy lids.]

(Stormyrain sprinkles salt over the blood circle, continuing to murmur.)

(Khylynnia concentrates upon your countenance, her eyes glazing over momentarily as she seems to connect with you.)

Khylynnia slowly empties her lungs.

Shinann observes her surroundings with an almost excruciating slowness.

(Khylynnia closes her eyes and coughs harshly, bits of blood forming at the corners of her mouth as she begins to hum in a contralto voice.)

(Leafiara turns to Khylynnia and begins chanting in a low voice, strands of mana appearing around her and funneling toward her.)

Lylia folds her hands.

Lylia closes her eyes for a moment.

Kipara slowly empties her lungs.

Stormyrain murmurs, "We were going to track him, now let's see if we can't immobilize him and keep him from operating instead."

Lithely moving her hands through the air, Kipara intones a sonorous mantra and shifts her body into a fluid, open stance. As she utters the last syllables, a wave of cold air radiates outward from her.

Kipara gestures.

A momentary eruption of thick sanguine mist emanates from Kipara's hand and engulfs her, sanguine mist swirling and curling around Kipara's form, obscuring it from sight. As the last tendrils of mist disperse, double images of Kipara shiver slowly together into solidity.

Stormyrain glances between Lylia and yourself.

(Khylynnia starts singing a dark and ragged adagio, a mist of blood emanating from her mouth as she sings the scales in a gradual accelerando.)

Stormyrain says, "Possible? Do you think? My blood is on him."

Lylia nods once.

Stormyrain tucks a blood red glass jar containing sea salt into one of the small pouches lining the inside of her ebon lambskin jacket.

You admit, "I don't know nearly as much about blood magic as you--I'm not the one to ask."

You nod at Stormyrain.

Lylia says, "Try it. I am going to see if Xorus can ensure Goblyn does not fall when he drops."

You face Khylynnia, close your eyes and begin chanting. Suddenly, a small bolt of energy arcs between the two of you. You awaken, feeling slightly drained, but satisfied that 2 points were successfully transferred to Khylynnia while only draining 4 mana points.

(Stormyrain lets several drops of her blood fall into the scrying bowl on the ground.)

Dark droplets of blood rain from the grey skies.

Wisps of faint crimson drift through the area like fading ribbons.

Speaking quietly to Stormyrain, Khylynnia says, "I am ready when you are."

Shinann gazes up into the sky.

Shinann pulls the hood of her cloak over her head.

Kipara nods.

Kipara kneels down.

(Leafiara closes her eyes, body still turned toward Khylynnia, as transculent threads of mana flow between the two.)

(Shinann stands back and keeps guard over the circle.)

You face Khylynnia, close your eyes and begin chanting. A small spark leaps from your fingers... but little else happens.

Stormyrain chants, "By my blood, and by my will, and by the will of Jastev. We seek to see, and seek to bind Rone. I accept all responsibility, and backlash should rest solely on me. As this is my will, so mote it be."


Rooftop Standoff: Part 3

Evia exclaims, "Ha!"

Speaking frustratedly to Rone, Hlendril says, "Not gonna let go? Need a woman in life, go find one instead of kidnapping them."

Balley softly says, "Or you too scared."

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "Women deserve more."

Goblyn looks unaccountably refreshed.

Cryheart glances at Goblyn.

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "She is not something for you to simply take."

Speaking to Goblyn, Evia says, "Fight it Miss Goblyn."

Speaking to Rone, Eoghain says, "I mean, everytime I killed someone, I didn't get half this turnout. So maybe enjoy dhur moment in the spotlight."

Cryheart says, "She seems to be getting refreshed somehow."

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Izden says, "I think she's rotten, or maybe burning at the stake somewhere."

Speaking to Hlendril, Sokaz says, "I'll be happy when you knock his head off silly mask an all."

Speaking to Rone, Xorus says, "This is a rather dangerous one, she is no mere sylvan."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hlendril says, "Blow his head off."

From the sky, drops of blood begin to fall like rain.

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "Do heroes often wear masks? Or do they bring light to the shadows."

Hlendril says, "Make some Rone pies after him."

Speaking to Rone, Evia asks, "You really should take cover, don'tcha think?"

Ososis says, "The waiting will be the hurting."

Shadows suddenly burst forth from Cruxophim's body, swarming across his skin and settling on him with noticeable closeness. It lasts only momentarily before sinking back into Cruxophim's skin once more.

Cruxophim suddenly stumbles for no apparent reason.

Speaking quietly to Rone, Pukk exclaims, "See what you have done. You have made the clouds cry blood! Shame on you!"

Speaking to Hlendril, Sokaz says, "I may even know some Krolvin who will buy them."

Wisps of crimson energy drift up from Wehnimer's Landing, near Lyon's Way. The sanguine threads bleed into the night.


Bloody Plans: Part 3

You breathe very slowly and deliberately, calming yourself.

Speaking to Lylia, Stormyrain says, "If you will channel the energy to the bowl as you can."

From the sky, drops of blood begin to fall like rain.

Speaking to Khylynnia, Stormyrain asks, "Do you wish to add your will to the spell?"

(Khylynnia stares deeply into your eyes as she hums her blood into a swirling frenzy around the pair of them.)

Lylia nods.

You attend to your red silk cape, making the cape as presentable as possible.

Lylia points her clockwork staff at the area directly in front of her.

Speaking to Kipara, Stormyrain asks, "Do you wish to add your will to the spell?"

Khylynnia nods at Stormyrain.

Lylia rubs an intricate clockwork staff tipped with a tapered black opal shard in her hand.

Kipara nods.

Speaking to Khylynnia, Stormyrain says, "Hold out your left hand."

Lylia turns over her clockwork staff.

Stormyrain reaches into the sleeve of her ebon blouse and retrieves a bone-hilted serrated faenor dagger.

Wisps of crimson energy drift up from Wehnimer's Landing, near Lyon's Way. The sanguine threads bleed into the night.

(Khylynnia holds out her left hand.)

Kipara chants a few quick phrases.

(Khylynnia builds her vocals to an allegro, her voice rises to mezzo-soprano while the rapid pace of her song creates a small vortex of blood-mist before her as she focuses on the scrying bowl.)

Mistaia just came sashaying in gracefully.

You urge, "As quickly as we're able. They'll notice."

Mistaia blinks.

The wind howls like a banshee as blood bathes the area.

Speaking to Khylynnia, Stormyrain asks, "I will cut your palm. I ask again, are you willing?"

Speaking honestly to Stormyrain, Khylynnia says, "I am."

Shinann touches one finger to her lips.

Dergoatean just arrived.

You nod at Khylynnia.

(Kipara hold out her hand and clenches it in a fist. Blood oozes from her cut.)

Wisps of crimson light appear along the rooftop of Moot Hall, and slowly begin to coil around the white-cloaked figure.

You touch one finger to your lips.

(Lylia keeps the staff pointed at the bowl, her other hand making passes in the air above it. Crimson energy gathers around its black opal tip.)

Speaking to Khylynnia, Stormyrain says, "If you are, then as your blood drops into the bowl speak these words "By my blood and by my will, I add my strength to the spell to see and bind Rone."

Speaking to himself, Dergoatean says, "Whatever's going on here, I'm pretty sure it won't cause controversy."

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

Lylia smiles faintly.

(Leafiara continues channeling energy toward Khylynnia, the threads of mana in the area growing ever thicker and more opaque.)

(Stormyrain draws her dagger across Khylynnia's left palm, blood welling up instantly.)

Dergoatean nods at Lylia.

You notice Izden moving stealthily into the area.

Khylynnia nods at Stormyrain.

Khylynnia quietly says, "By my blood and by my will, I add my strength to the spell to see and bind Rone."

Blood trickles down from the grey skies.

Shinann observes her surroundings with an almost excruciating slowness.

Speaking to Kipara, Stormyrain asks, "Are you willing?"

Izden scans his surroundings with the alertness of a seasoned scout.

Kipara nods.

Stormyrain nods.

Speaking in Tehir, Kipara says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Kipara, Stormyrain says, "Same statement, please. Hold out your left palm for me."

Kipara says, "I did."

(Stormyrain draws her dagger across Kipara's left palm, blood welling up immediately.)

(Shinann continues to stand guard over the circle.)

Stormyrain says, "Drop as much blood as you will, stop when you are satisfied."

(Stormyrain cleans her dagger and puts it away.)

(Stormyrain leans over the bowl and adds crushed feystone and some spider's web to the mix.)

(Khylynnia shudders under the torrent of energy she is funneling from you, her body quaking as she feeds it through herself and her blood, watching it pour from her palm into the bowl.)

Speaking quietly to Khylynnia, you encourage, "You--we can do this. We will. We must. We are."

Khylynnia's face turns slightly pale.

Khylynnia nods to you.

You reach over and gently rest your hand on Khylynnia's arm.

You narrow your eyes.

Stormyrain chants, "Three mages work as one, we ask the blood to aid our wills to be done."

(Lylia winds her free hand around the tip of her staff as if twining it with ribbons, and the mist responds to her gestures. The sanguine hue bleeds in runnels down the staff and toward the scrying bowl.)


Rooftop Standoff: Part 4

Ososis says, "I suggest we not delay much longer. For worse or worse."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Ysharra says, "Might be just what you need."

Speaking to Sokaz, Hlendril says, "Maybe they'll charge a fortune."

Rone weakly says, "Are you..."

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "You're running out of time, you really should go hide."

Speaking to Hlendril, Sokaz says, "Either way."

Berkana says, "What a night NOT to be wearing red."

Speaking raspily to Rone, Cruxophim echoes, "Confess. Show us what you really are."

Speaking to Rone, Pinchot says, "I think you pissed her off."

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "Go or die. I'm sick of the whining."

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "Confess."

Wisps of crimson light appear along the rooftop of Moot Hall, and slowly begin to coil around the white-cloaked figure.

Balley softly says, "Thanks for guarding my Zoso."

Talinvor says, "... sacrifice."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "It'll be too late soon."

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "I warned you."

Cryheart says, "Now is your chance to escape."

Hlendril exclaims, "Don't let him escape, kill him!"

Speaking to Rone, Krampton says, "You picked the wron goblyns ta mess wif."

Speaking to Rone, Zosopage says, "Give up."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "Let her go. Take off your mask and surrender."

Cryheart says, "His cause may be just."

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "I warned you, which is more than you did for anyone else."

Blood trickles down from the grey skies.

Hlendril strainedly says, "We can't let someone like him live to strike again."

Evician weakly asks, "Rone?"

Eoghain says, "Boo."

Speaking to Rone, Zosopage says, "If your cause is just then speak of what you accuse her of."

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "Your so-called justice bears no Honor."

Speaking weakly to Rone, Evician says, "Give Goblyn to us...you gain nothing by her death..."

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "To me, honor is all perception. What I do know is that what ye are doing is wrong. Stop, just stop and die and take yer family with ya if ye have one. Just die."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "You know how this will end. I'm in the Sorrower's order and I don't envy what's going to happen to you."

Speaking coldly to Rone, Hlendril repeats, "Die."

Rone looks as if he begins to weaken, as coils of blood red light, resembling ribbons of blood, coil up around his legs and arms.

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "Not to mention, ridding the world of your evils will never ever end."

Speaking quietly to Sokaz, Izden says, "Was over at Lyon way."

Speaking to Rone, Eoghain says, "Worse terrorist ever."

Speaking indifferently to Rone, Xorus remarks, "We call it a noabolic field."

Speaking to Rone, Zosopage says, "You are done for now."

Speaking to Rone, Talinvor says, "Called it."

Speaking to Rone, Dirra exclaims, "I know those ribbons. Stop!"

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "I am afraid you did not heed my warning, it is too late."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "To ue the cliche, you'll beg for death."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "You'll wish Madmountan's hammer had finished it last week-end."

A flash of crimson light appears above Lyon's Way in Wehnimer's Landing.

Dirra says, "I see and use them myself."

Goblyn slowly rolls her eyes toward Cruxophim but otherwise remains limp and doll-like in Rone's hands.

Lornieh asks, "What is happening?"

Speaking to Rone, Talinvor says, "You can jump now, it will be an easier death.. for death is likely coming for you either way."

Speaking to Rone, Dirra says, "Please, stop."

Wisps of blood red light seep up from the ground outside of Moot Hall and continue to coil around Rone.


Bloody Plans: Part 4

(Khylynnia continues her obbligato, her voice climbing the vocal range into full soprano as she pours her heart and soul into her song. Eyes half closed with an expression of immeasurable bliss played over her features, she spreads her arms and wings wide while the mist of blood swirls around her in a cloud and wisp like tentacles travel between herself and the bowl.)

Speaking to Lylia, Stormyrain says, "As much of the energy as you can channel to the bowl."

Greenish-black flames spring to life in Lylia's hand...

Khylynnia wobbles, looking a bit faint.

Stormyrain appears less secure. [...aaaand neither Shinann nor Leafi notice this to recast Unpresence]

You reach over and gently rest your hand on Khylynnia's arm.

Khylynnia groans.

A flash of crimson light appears above Lyon's Way in Wehnimer's Landing.

(Leafiara moves behind Khylynnia, supporting her weight at her back.)

(Lylia winds strands of greenish-black flame into the strands of energy surrounding her staff, channeling it toward the scrying bowl in streaks of crimson and jet.)

Speaking soothingly to Khylynnia, you say, "We have this."

Lady Bayli just arrived.

Speaking quietly to Stormyrain, Khylynnia says, "I will give everything if I must....just...complete this."

Lylia narrows her eyes.

Wisps of blood red light seep up from the ground outside of Moot Hall and continue to coil around Rone.


Rooftop Standoff: Part 5

Speaking to Rone, Dirra says, "Please, stop."

Hlendril says, "Must resist..."

Evia says, "He is captive."

Hlendril says, "Mi must..."

Speaking to Rone, Evia asks, "How do YOU like it?"

Rone lowers a blade from Goblyn's neck, and goes to touch his gauntlet.

Zosopage whispers to the group, "I think it's Goblyn that's actually doing this."

Dethnyain says, "Rone you are delaying the inevitable."

The gauntlets on Rone's arms flash with a blood red light, and do not activate.

Xorus says, "That will not work now."

Rone touches the gauntlets again.

The gauntlets on Rone's arms flash with a blood red light, and do not activate.

Evia says, "Pity, poor Rone, is out of magic."

Speaking to Rone, Sokaz asks, "All you got eh?"

Speaking malevolently to Rone, Cruxophim hisses, "Not any more."

Speaking to Rone, Evia asks, "How do YOU like it?"

Speaking to Rone, Sokaz says, "Tsk tsk."

Speaking frustratedly to Rone, Hlendril says, "Stop or else."

Cruxophim whispers something to Rone.

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "You seemed fond of poetic justice, as we mentioned earlier."

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "Your bag of tricks is empty now."

Dhairn asks, "Are we killing Goblyn?"

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "I think you're about to get another demonstration."

Hlendril says, "Stupid peace shield." [a sanctuary]

Hlendril says, "Can't seem to stike."

Cryheart says, "Rone has her immobilized, for now."

Rone's arms go limp and Goblyn is freed of his grasp, as ribbons of blood, some laced with traces of shadow, entwine around his legs and arms and hands, slowly creeping up around his torso and neck, holding him in place.

Goblyn looks unaccountably refreshed.

Goblyn falls to the ground in a heap.

Speaking to Hlendril, Sokaz says, "I tried to torment him ages ago."

Rone deeply says, "Monsters..."


Bloody Plans: Part 5

Speaking in Tehir, Kipara says something you don't understand.

A pale-faced coppery barn owl flies in. [remember that Leafi and Shinann had missed recasting Unpresence on Stormy]

Speaking encouragingly to Khylynnia, you say, "It's working. Even from here I can see it."

(Stormyrain places her fingers on the bowl.)

Suddenly you have the strangest feeling that you are being watched.

The feeling fades as quickly as it came.

You glance at a pale-faced coppery barn owl.

Shinann observes her surroundings with an almost excruciating slowness.

You groan.

Speaking to her silver scrying bowl, Stormyrain murmurs, "Show us Rone."

Blood trickles down from the grey skies.

Speaking in Faendryl, Lylia hisses something you don't understand.

Commander Roblar just arrived.

Roblar nods in greeting.

Greenish-black flames spring to life in Lylia's hand...

You urge, "Hurry. We don't have time."

You nod to Roblar in greeting.

Roblar deeply asks, "Fond Goblyn yet?"

Roblar searches around for a moment.

You offhandedly say, "She's on the Moot Hall roof."

Speaking in Tehir, Kipara says something you don't understand.

Kipara slowly empties her lungs.

Greenish-black flames spring to life in Lylia's hand...

Roblar nods.

Roblar waves.

Commander Roblar just went west.

Speaking to her silver scrying bowl, Stormyrain chants, "By our blood and our will, with the strength of the pillars--we ask that Rone be bound and held."

You surprisedly say, "Can't believe that worked."

You nod at Stormyrain.

You let out a long, contemplative breath.

Dark droplets of blood rain from the grey skies.

(Khylynnia stands with arms wide, her face pale but focused as she pours herself into her Oratorio of Blood. Her coal black eyes ablaze as she locks her gaze on the scrying bowl, seeming to give everything she has to the endeavor.)

(Lylia sends gouts of greenish-black flame along the length of her staff and channels it toward the bowl, her eyes squinted half-closed and her lips drawn back in a sneer.)

Kipara nods.

Stormyrain murmurs, "What more do we need."

Lylia glances at Stormyrain.

Kipara stands up.

Lylia says, "I have an idea."

Lylia utters a light chant and raises her hands, beckoning the lesser spirits to her aid...

Shinann says, "He is bound."

Shinann says, "I am hearing."

You relievedly say, "It worked..."


Rooftop Standoff: Part 6

Xorus asks, "Now, then. What is under that mask?"

Speaking to Rone, Sokaz says, "The only monster I see here is the one who stabbed an innocent woman."

Speaking raspily to Rone, Cruxophim hisses, "Monsters, one and all. You should have left well enough alone."

Speaking to Rone, Irar says, "No one forced you to apprehend her, Rone."

Cryheart says, "Ye need to present your case."

Speaking softly to Rone, Balley exclaims, "You are the Monster!"

Speaking to Rone, Dethnyain says, "Tis poetic justice."

Goldstr says, "Monster."

Rone weakly says, "Blood...dark blood magic..."

Hlendril says, "Enough political correctness, just kill him, Crux."

Cryheart says, "Nae kill without meaning."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "There's always monsters. And you joined their ranks. With a bloodbath and a bag of tricks."

Speaking to Rone, Xorus says, "Yes. It is."

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "Your head is full of monsters, and your heart is empty."

Speaking quietly to Rone, Izden asks, "Who?"

Speaking weakly to Rone, Evician says, "I pity your soul."

Speaking to Rone, Sokaz says, "I."

Rone deeply says, "Jastev...forgive her...she is one of them now..."

Speaking to Evician, Evia asks, "There will be justice, no?"

Zosopage says, "Killing him would make us no better at this time at least."

Ososis says, "No."

Goblyn slowly rolls her head in Rone's direction and smiles langorously, and somewhat viciously, at him.

Speaking to Rone, Sokaz says, "I'm afraid I won't be able to stop these nice folks from tearing you limb from limb, Rone."

Speaking raspily to Rone, Cruxophim hisses, "No. Not her. Me. I'm the one you want."

Evia asks, "Jastev eh?"

Ososis says, "We would still be much better."

Speaking weakly to Rone, Evician says, "I hated you for so long...now I just pity you...because you're about to face something much much worse than us."

Speaking to Rone, Sokaz says, "Give up the ghost."

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Izden asks, "What was in that wine?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Hlendril says, "Are you..."

Rone deeply says, "She helped them..."

Puddles of blood form along the ground as the blood rain continues.

Speaking malevolently to Rone, Cruxophim rasps, "You should have left well enough alone."

Rone weakly says, "She is no captain...."

Ososis says, "I want 'es boots..."

Speaking to Ososis, Sokaz says, "Dibs on the mask."

Speaking calmly to Rone, Meureii says, "You say much and say little at the same time."

Hlendril asks, "Anyone have a snowball?"

Rone deeply asks, "Is this...what our town has become?"

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "No.. It's you Rone.. Or shall I say, Imperial Scum."

Speaking to Rone, Irar says, "It is."


Bloody Plans: Part 6

Kipara asks, "This will hold without our continued presence here?"

Lylia nods once.

Lylia says, "It is done. I thought perhaps a web...but no. Save that if it is needed."

Speaking to Kipara, Stormyrain says, "--I don't know for how long since we are depending on the energy from the pillars."

Kipara nods.

Lylia gives her clockwork staff a quick back and forth shake. A small cascade of shimmering sparks fall from the black opal shard clasped in the staff's grip and dissipate as they tumble downwards.

You nod faintly at Lylia.

Kipara looks around as if waking up from a dream.

Kipara says, "I will not be long, I must tend to something."

Speaking strainedly to Khylynnia, you say, "We did it... all of us... you and me..."

You feel a bit weak in the knees and find yourself wobbling.

Stormyrain says, "You can't exit the circle without breaking it."

You lean softly against Khylynnia.

Stormyrain says, "If we're in agreement I will break it and we can go see how it has worked."

You ponder.

Kipara nods.

You quietly say, "If you think it'll hold."

Puddles of blood form along the ground as the blood rain continues.

Stormyrain says, "--we'll find out."

Kipara says, "As long as it holds a while longer."

Kipara nods.

You nod.

Stormyrain says, "I will keep the water as it is in the bowl. That may hold the spell."

(Stormyrain picks up the bowl gingerly.)

Kipara says, "My mind will stay open."

You nod faintly.

Kipara says, "In case a need arises."

Lylia nods once.

(Stormyrain breaks the circle with her foot, then pours water and salt until all of the blood is covered or washed away.)

Lylia rubs an intricate clockwork staff tipped with a tapered black opal shard in her hand.

Kipara strides away moving west.

Khylynnia swoons.

Stormyrain designates Shinann as the new leader of the group.

Lylia runs a hand along the length of her clockwork staff and a pale glimmer sparkles across the black opal shard in its grasp.

Speaking to Shinann, Stormyrain says, "I have to concentrate on not..spilling this."

Stormyrain glances at a cracked silver scrying bowl in her hand.

[traveling]

Blood oozes from the clouds high above, as if the very sky is bleeding.

You say, "We lost a couple."

Lylia gestures while calling upon the lesser spirits for aid...

Lylia gestures into the air.

Lylia momentarily gets a faroff look in her eyes, and then returns to normal.

Stormyrain says, "Khy fell over."

You nod understandingly.

Shinann blinks.

Stormyrain says, "Exhausted, I'm sure."

[Moot Hall, Upstairs Corridor]

The end of the hallway is enclosed by large burgundy rugs. Potted plants are displayed on brass stands resting between a polished maoral door and a richly carved mahogany door. The dark corridor doesn't offer much in terms of natural lighting. You also see a sturdy ladder.

Also here: Stormyrain, Lady Lylia, Shinann

Shinann climbs up the sturdy wooden ladder, opens the hatch in the ceiling and ascends out of view.

You distantly say, "Understandable."

You climb up the sturdy wooden ladder, open the hatch and step out onto the rooftop.


Rone's Capture

Rone weakly says, "Demons...in the streets..."

A hatch opens up and Shinann climbs into view.

A hatch opens up and Leafiara climbs into view.

A hatch opens up and Stormyrain climbs into view.

A hatch opens up and Lylia climbs into view.

[resume first-person perspective from here]

[Moot Hall, Rooftop]

Dark slate runs across the roof of Moot Hall, providing solid footing and an impressive view of the town square below. To the west, the great oak tree in the center of town rises up, partially obscuring the western side of the bazaar. You also see a wooden hatch and a wooden railing.

Rone weakly says, "Dark magic and blood sacrifices..."

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "And Imperials too. Many bastards."

Rone weakly asks, "To stop me?"

Speaking coldly to Shinann, Cruxophim urges, "Take him into custody while I still have control of my faculties."

Speaking quietly to Rone, you say, "It's really a shame. I liked you a lot, actually."

Speaking to Rone, Stormyrain says, "There was no sacrifice, and the magic is not dark."

Speaking quietly to Rone, Pukk says, "Hlendril is pretty ugly, but he isn't a demon."

Speaking quietly to Rone, Izden asks, "Who is behind these demons?"

Speaking quietly to Hlendril, Pukk says, "I don't think you are a demon."

Cryheart asks, "What injustice has been done to ye, Rone?"

Rone glances at Stormyrain.

Evia says, "That is not what he meant."

Rone weakly says, "You did this didn't you Captain..."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "The Empire has slaves who look like me and Meureii. There's no end to the strife. But making yourself arbiter doesn't accomplish much."

Rone weakly says, "You've fallen like the rest..."

Speaking to Hlendril, Sokaz asks, "IF you are a demon, may I summon you to do my bidding?"

Dirra says, "I believe 'Imperials' stand shoulder to shoulder with you."

Speaking to Rone, Shinann says, "She did not fall."

Speaking to Rone, Stormyrain says, "I understand why you feel that way, but I assure you; I did this to end your darkness. There were no sacrifices. The blood used was mine and two others who gave willingly."

Rone weakly says, "No....there was more at work..."

Rone weakly says, "Others too..."

Lylia hisses, "You had your chance."

Rone weakly says, "I felt it..."

Speaking to Rone, Stormyrain says, "You cannot operate outside the law of this Town as you have been."

Speaking to Rone, Irar asks, "Others?"

Shinann says, "The rain..."

Speaking to Rone, you confess, "If this were a week ago... I would have tried to sabotage it. But that was then and this is now. It's nothing personal."

Speaking quietly to Rone, Pukk asks, "So you know blood magic too?"

Speaking coldly to Rone, Cruxophim assures, "There will always be monsters here. Waiting. Watching. Let's see what kind of monster you are."

Rone weakly says, "I saw them...briefly..."

Speaking to Rone, Stormyrain says, "Only three blood mages, all willingly working together--and several who were able to use the energy of the area to amplify our spell, yes."

Rone weakly says, "They saw me.."

Stormyrain says, "But no sacrifices, no darkness."

Rone weakly says, "A scarab candle..."

(Cruxophim reaches down and places a hand over Rone's mask, and begins to rip it free.)

Berkana says, "What's the delay here... what does he want..."

You suddenly ask, "A what?"

Ososis asks, "I am not a legal scholar, but the punishment for treason is cookies right?"

Speaking quietly to you, Izden says, "A scarab candle."

Speaking to Rone, Stormyrain says, "I did not work with anyone who had a scarab candle."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Berkana says, "Do it."

Melikor says, "Let's see, then."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Shinann says, "I think the rain with the pillars gave him a vision of others while you were working."

You suddenly say, "No, hold. As ever, we need answers." [in the scroll of the moment, Leafi thought someone was trying to kill him]

Rone weakly says, "The gnome..."

Stormyrain hisses, "Rhayveign."

Rone weakly says, "I should...have..."

Speaking to Shinann, Stormyrain asks, "Where is she?"

Shinann gestures while calling upon the lesser spirits for aid...

Shinann gestures into the air.

Shinann gets a frustrated look on her face.

Shinann says, "Warded."

As Rone tries to finish his words, Cruxophim grabs his mask and pulls it off, revealing Malluch.

Evia says, "AHA."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Aha!"

Evia says, "So it was true."

Talinvor says, "...shocker."

Speaking to herself, Maylan says, "Ohhhhhhhh."

Speaking vengefully to Rone, Cruxophim spits, "Disappointing."

Xorus says, "Just as we thought."

Speaking to Xorus, Berkana asks, "You were right, hmm?"

Cryheart says, "Hello Malluch."

Ysharra says, "This is my shocked face."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "I thought so!"

Speaking to Berkana, Xorus says, "I am always right."

Speaking to Xorus, Meureii says, "Well done."

Goldstr says, "Burdos will be shamed."

Speaking to Xorus, Berkana says, "We have that mostly in common. It's a difficult role."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra asks, "Did your father know?"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Hlendril says, "What the.."

Rone weakly says, "You should all be ashamed."

(Cruxophim drops the mask to the ground, and turns away from Rone. He looks preternaturally weary, and something dark lurks behind his tired eyes.)

Talinvor says, "Tragic love story. It fit the profile."

Rone weakly says, "Look what you've become.."

Rone weakly says, "Look what you now tolerate."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Hlendril says, "Are you..."

Speaking weakly to Rone, Evician says, "I do not have shame for doing my duty for this town sir."

Speaking to Rone, Maylan asks, "Is this because you didn't get a spot on the council?"

Speaking to Rone, Dergoatean says, "Look what they didn't."

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Khylynnia says, "I hope you are alright."

Speaking coldly to Rone, Cruxophim states, "Nothing's changed."

Speaking to Rone, you assure, "Nothing personal."

Rone weakly says, "Mayor Puptilian would have never stood for this darkness."

Cryheart says, "Ye presume a lot."

Speaking to Rone, Zosopage says, "We do not tolerate what you did."

Speaking to Rone, Maylan says, "Because that would be rather pathetic."

Stormyrain asks, "Someone tend to Ms Goblyn?"

Speaking to Rone, Irar says, "They were pushed to these methods by your methods."

Pukk quietly says, "I knew it was Malluch all the time."

Speaking to Rone, Goldstr asks, "Ye loved Lana?"

Speaking coldly to Rone, Cruxophim states, "No. He'd have fallen to it."

Speaking quietly to you, Pukk whispers aloud, "Who is Malluch again?"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Hlendril asks, "Are you betraying us? It's all a play all along?"

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "Not liking what the law is, does not give anyone leave to make their own."

Speaking to Pukk, you whisper aloud, "The son of Murdos Burdos."

Speaking quietly to Pukk, Khylynnia says, "Rone."

Speaking to Rone, Irar says, "I am sorry about Lana."

Vonnor quietly asks, "What is a Malluch?"

Rone weakly says, "Do not speak of Lana."

Rone weakly says, "As if you suddenly care."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Aha, I knew it was Malluch!"

Speaking to Rone, Stormyrain says, "Mayor Puptilian approved blood magic being used several times during his terms, actually."

Speaking coldly to Rone, Cruxophim spits, "You think I pity you?"

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "I was with her when she died, Malluch."

Speaking to Rone, Shinann says, "We have always cared."

Speaking coldly to Rone, Cruxophim states, "We've all had losses."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "I most certainly do care."

Speaking to Rone, Irar says, "I always cared, Rone. I was there."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Hlendril asks, "So Crux is not Crux?"

Speaking to Rone, Goldstr says, "Mos a us cared from da start."

You note, "Some of you are really harsh tonight."

Speaking quietly to Rone, Pukk says, "Quick, before you die. Tell me where your stash of silvers and gems are....so I can keep them for you."

Speaking to you, Hlendril asks, "Tell me, what did Rone just do?"

You glance at Hlendril.

You realize there are some important matters you should tend to . . . later.

Evia says, "Must everything be a joke."

Speaking quietly to Hlendril, Khylynnia says, "No....Rone is Malluch. Crux pulled his mask off."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "Cruxophim held her memorial service."

Dethnyain asks, "So now what?"

Speaking fearfully to Khylynnia, Hlendril says, "Oh.. Me and my stupid, drunken eyes."

Goblyn's eyes flit up toward Cruxophim.

Rone weakly says, "Cruxophim did not care for her."

Pukk quietly says, "Now, we can get the constable and have him taken into custody."

Speaking to Dethnyain, Lylia says, "Now? Justice."

Speaking to Rone, Lornieh says, "As I kept telling you... Crux may -look- dark... but he is capable of great kindness."

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "Well... he is cold hearted, maybe he has no heart."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "No, but he cared for the town. He offered it to us and the rest of the Landing. To have closure."

Speaking nonchalantly to Pukk, you say, "We have two militia captains here for that."

Speaking absently to Rone, Cruxophim states, "And look at what you've become. What do you think Lana would think of what you are now? Look at you."

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "Literally."

Hlendril says, "But he is good."

Speaking quietly to you, Pukk says, "Well one, the other still has some troubles...."

Hlendril mutters, "Better than most at least."

Speaking tiredly to Rone, Cruxophim reminds, "I've always been a monster. You had a choice. But you chose.... this."

Speaking to Rone, you state, "I kinda like what you became. Even though you were after the Rooks, you're so much like them... but just like the Rooks, you picked the wrong targets."

Hlendril says, "I don't think I can live in a town full of deceivers."

Rone weakly says, "It does not end here."

Speaking hopefully to Rone, you ask, "Oh?"

Rone weakly says, "I knew it never would with me."

Cryheart asks, "Aye?"

Speaking tiredly to you, Cruxophim warns, "It's a road you can't turn back on."

Speaking to Rone, Stormyrain says, "What have you done to Goblyn."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "It never ends. Ever."

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "It`ll only end when you are dead."

Lylia firmly says, "It does for you."

Speaking surreptitiously to Cruxophim, you wonder, "Is it?"

Speaking to Rone, Shinann says, "Think of your father."

Speaking coldly to you, Cruxophim repeats, "Yes."

Speaking musingly to Cruxophim, you say, "Maybe someone will prove that wrong."

Pukk quietly says, "Gasp."

Speaking to Rone, Zosopage says, "Crux may be a monster but he is not evil. What you did was evil."

Speaking to Shinann, Hlendril asks, "Maybe we should take his father and skin him alive in front of him, hmm?"

Pukk quietly says, "Goblyn has been eating too many pies."

[visible whisper exchange between Crux and Leafi]

You wink at Cruxophim and flash a sly grin.

Claudaro says, "He better offer a sweet rate on gems to repay everyone for his son's crimes."

You lean softly against Severine, stirring the scent of magnolia around her.

Speaking to Hlendril, Lornieh says, "You're no better than he is."

Cryheart says, "Torture is nae the right thing."

Speaking to Lornieh, Hlendril says, "It is our task to protect the Landing at all costs."

Speaking quietly to Pukk, Izden says, "Weird to have wine with pie."

Speaking to Cryheart, Hlendril says, "Says the one who kills creatures for no reason other than experience."

Rone whispers something to Shinann.

Speaking to Hlendril, Lornieh says, "That would not protect the Landing... you should leave such things to those in charge."

Irar says, "Malluch should be served the justice that was denied to others."

Speaking quietly to Izden, Pukk says, "And cheese with that wine."

Speaking to Lornieh, Hlendril says, "Very well."

Speaking to Hlendril, Evia says, "Enough of that."

Rone whispers something to Stormyrain.

Talinvor removes a length of coiled rope from his belt.

Pukk pokes Goblyn in the ribs.

Talinvor indicates his coiled rope with a smile.

Pukk quietly says, "Yep, she is still unable to move."

Speaking to Evia, Hlendril says, "As ye wish, A mercenary's opinions aren't the most accepted, nor will anyone even care."

Stormyrain whispers something to Rone.

Rone looks down.

Rone nods at Stormyrain.

Irar says, "Oh dear."

Claudaro asks, "Gonna jump and end it, eh?"

Talinvor offers Cruxophim a length of coiled rope.

Rone weakly says, "What now then..."

Speaking to Hlendril, Lylia says, "Do it again and lose a leg."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Talinvor says, "Justice."

Cruxophim accepts Talinvor's coiled rope.

Speaking to Rone, Goldstr says, "All ye's done is shame yer father,Murdos and da memory of Lana."

Rone weakly asks, "What is your version of justice?"

Cruxophim offers Shinann a length of coiled rope.

Evician weakly says, "Judge Renpaw."

Speaking to Rone, Irar says, "You shall face a fair trial."

Speaking coldly to Rone, Cruxophim reminds, "What justice should be."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Shinann asks, "Without a trial?"

Shinann declines Cruxophim's offer.

Lylia says, "In this town, justice is served in the court."

Speaking wryly to Shinann, Cruxophim explains, "It's to tie him up, not to hang him."

Speaking to Rone, Irar says, "And have a chance to put forth your case."

Cruxophim offers Talinvor a length of coiled rope.

Maylan says, "With a side of ale."

Talinvor accepts Cruxophim's coiled rope.

Talinvor says, "Well then."

Speaking to Rone, Irar says, "Thus is the justice you denied to so many others. Explain why you needed to kill the clerk."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "I will agree with the principle."

Sokaz says, "Trial shmial. Let's burn him alive."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Shinann says, "You did not tell me."

Speaking tiredly to Shinann, Cruxophim mutters, "If I had wanted him dead... he would be in pieces right now."

Claudaro says, "Unless you're a mask wearing vigilante with access to an impressive array of magical devices."

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Izden says, "Tomato, tomahto."

Talinvor removes a pair of discolored iron manacles from in his leather kit.

Talinvor offers Shinann a pair of discolored iron manacles.

Goblyn's gaze travels in Lylia's direction, stopping there for a moment before returning to Rone. Her lips and facial features stretch into a shark-like grin.

Speaking quietly to Rone, Pukk says, "Let me make this easy for you, let me end this quickly for you. I can push you off the roof. It will be quick."

Stormyrain whispers something to Rone.

Speaking to Rone, Zosopage says, "You will face true justice, fair justice."

Speaking to Sokaz, Goldstr asks, "Ye wanna prove him right?"

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

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra asks, "But I enacted my own to one of my order, when the town failed him. Is Rone also to be left in his own such nightmare?"

Hlendril says, "Ugh..."

You muse, "I imagine Crux needs him alive at least long enough to explain how to undo that curse or affliction, anyway."

Speaking surreptitiously to Rone, Cruxophim warns, "I can't promise you'll be safe, though. You've made a lot of people very, very angry."

Speaking to Rone, Zosopage says, "Whether that ends in hanging or not."

Rone nods at Stormyrain.

Speaking to you, Hlendril says, "Maybe."

Talinvor glances between a length of coiled rope and a pair of discolored iron manacles.

Talinvor says, "You know..."

Speaking indifferently to you, Cruxophim disagrees, "I do not care."

Rone weakly says, "I will submit to the militia."

Talinvor says, "Pick something and be done."

Rone weakly says, "Not to your town guards."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "Wait."

Speaking quietly to Rone, Pukk says, "You should have let me push you off the roof."

Speaking to Rone, Hlendril says, "Coward. Your mother must be ashamed of you."

Goldstr asks, "Fair nuff aye?"

Hlendril says, "But very well."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra asks, "What did you inject the mayor with?"

Ososis darkly says, "Shameful waste of boots in my opinion. But I respect that the choice is not mine."

Speaking to Hlendril, Irar says, "That's the bravest thing he's done so far."

Goblyn carefully rolls onto her side, then gingerly makes her way into a sitting position.

Speaking to Irar, Sokaz says, "Real brave..."

Stormyrain says, "I have offered him my word as a Captain and a Blood Mage that I will protect him from those who wish him harm outside of the Law of the Town."

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Izden asks, "How are you?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Maylan says, "Welcome back."

Speaking approvingly to Stormyrain, you praise, "Good move."

Speaking to Goblyn, Ysharra asks, "Goblyn, can you reach the mana flows?"

Talinvor thoughtfully asks, "Blood mage?"

Speaking quietly to himself, Izden asks, "Under control of somebody else?"

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk says, "Rone was using you like a puppet. Was interesting to watch."

Bernadette softly says, "Glad yer feelin a ite better."

Speaking to Goblyn, Dergoatean asks, "You will be feeling slowly better, yes?"

Evia says, "I don't fathom the word as a bloodmage part, but alright."

Speaking to Talinvor, Sokaz says, "Seems so."

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk says, "Except I saw his lips move."

Speaking offhandedly to Goblyn, you inquire, "Just out of curiosity, would you have even minded if he did kill you?"

Speaking to Dergoatean, Ysharra says, "That was quite fair, well-done."

Speaking to Evia, Stormyrain explains, "It was blood magic that held him still, and my blood is still on him. It binds me in a way he understands."

A uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman just arrived!

A uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman just arrived!

A uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman just arrived!

Speaking to Stormyrain, Evia says, "Oh."

Speaking quietly to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Pukk says, "Took your sweet time."

Speaking to you, Sokaz says, "Why ask questions you know the answer to? She'd have been thrilled."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Ysharra asks, "Can you get him to tell you what he did to Cruxophim, then?"

Goblyn regards Pukk with an expression of disapproval but does not say anything.

Vonnor quietly exclaims, "Heroes!"

Speaking to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Hlendril asks, "What took ye so long?"

Speaking amusedly to Sokaz, you say, "I know. I want to hear it from her anyway."

Speaking carefully to you, Khylynnia says, "That took everything out of me."

A militiaman shrugs, "Sorry, Hlendril's ego was weighing down the trapdoor hatch."

Speaking to Ysharra, Stormyrain says, "I can have that be one of the questions we try to have answered, yes. But I doubt he'll answer me anymore than he would you at this point in time."

Pukk quietly says, "Ah, that does make sense."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Ysharra says, "I see..."

Evia says, "It's alright, we still have room for both him and Hapenlok both on the stag's head."

Pukk quietly says, "That being the case, you made it here rather quickly."

Speaking to Rone, Zosopage says, "I almost feel sorry for you if not for what you have done to others."

Speaking quietly to Stormyrain, Meureii says, "I see."

Speaking to a snow white raven, Ysharra says, "I know. He smells much better."

Speaking to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Hlendril says, "Ooh haha, very funny. Just do yer fricking job."

Speaking to Rone, Sokaz says, "I don't almost feel sorry for you. More sorry for myself that I don't get to watch Hlendril torture you."

Speaking dryly to Sokaz, you ask, "But then how would he torture everyone else?"

Speaking to Sokaz, Zosopage says, "That would be torture to us all."

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "I hope you are granted the compassion and mercy you denied others."

Speaking quietly to Sokaz, Pukk says, "You did. Hlendril spoke to Rone....that is almost the worst."

Speaking simply to Evia, you agree, "Indeed."

Ososis says, "Alright friends, let's not forget who our enemies are."

Xeldome sadly says, "Aww..."

Shinann says, "Arrest him."

Shinann says, "Bind him."

Speaking quietly to Ososis, Pukk asks, "Icemulians?"

Vonnor quietly asks, "Are those chains?"

Xorus says, "Remove his gauntlets."

Hlendril asks, "Ego? What ego?"

The militiamen grab Rone's gauntlets and remove them.

Zosopage says, "Do not let him escape this time."

Speaking to Rone, Evia says, "And never take the name of our founder in vain again."

Cruxophim coldly suggests, "Take off his arms and legs. That should prevent him from doing anything."

Speaking weakly to Cruxophim, Evician asks, "Are you okay Wing-brother?"

Cruxophim wryly concedes, "Or that works."

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "Losing all your tricks."

You suggest, "Keep the gauntlets and give them to one of the captains."

Speaking to Zosopage, Hlendril says, "They`ll escape, he`ll bribe em."

Vonnor quietly says, "Someone accompany the militia."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Talinvor says, "I like your suggestion better."

Berkana says, "Ooo... limbs."

Speaking to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Pinchot asks, "Can I borrow those gauntlets?"

Speaking to Rone, Ysharra says, "Soon it'll be like you weren't even here."

Melikor asks, "Limbs?"

Speaking to Rone, Sokaz says, "So are you going to tell me who I need to see about learning how to build corpse structures or..."

Speaking coldly to Evician, Cruxophim wonders, "Does it matter?"

Speaking to Pinchot, Shinann says, "They are evidence."

Xorus says, "You should also search him. Take away any objects."

Speaking to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Pinchot says, "I'll give em back I swear."

Goblyn briefly glances in Khylynnia's direction and nods once.

Rone weakly says, "It won't matter."

Rone weakly says, "What has started will continue."

Lylia replies, "You will not matter."

Talinvor says, "Remove his cloak."

Speaking to Hlendril, Zosopage says, "Nah, if they can joke about you then they are definitely on our side."

Rone weakly says, "No, Mayor Lylia."

Speaking to Rone, Irar asks, "WHAT will continue, Rone?"

Speaking to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Hlendril asks, "Which is better, ego or actual act?"

Rone weakly says, "All of this will matter."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "I want his cloak!"

Speaking weakly to Cruxophim, Evician says, "It does to me."

Lylia gives a sigh of resignation.

Speaking to Rone, Irar says, "Specifics."

Lornieh asks, "So... not to change the subject.... but I still don't think Rone did that pillar of corpses.... what worries me, is who did?"

Hlendril says, "I am willing to do anything."

Talinvor says, "Take away his symbols."

Lylia says, "There was a chance we could have talked more, Malluch."

Speaking to Lylia, Dergoatean says, "We've heard this speech before."

Speaking quietly to Lornieh, Pukk says, "Oh yeah."

Speaking to Pukk, Sokaz exclaims, "I already called dibs on the mask, don't forget!"

Speaking to Lornieh, Maylan says, "Good question."

Lylia says, "We still might, but you will like less what I have to say."

A militiaman stretches quickly, snapping Malluch in the face with an elbow, knocking him out.

Rone falls over.

Speaking to Lylia, Dergoatean says, "From One Barnom Slim."

Ososis exclaims, "Boots!"

A militiaman says, "Oops?"

Speaking malevolently to Rone, Cruxophim assures, "You are right. It will."

Zosopage says, "That works."

Meureii says, "Now now."

Berkana says, "Nice..."

Speaking to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Stormyrain says, "No more of that, else you will answer to me."

Vonnor quietly asks, "So what is Malluch's motivation?"

Speaking quietly to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Pukk says, "Good thinking."

Irar says, "No need to abuse prisoners..."

Talinvor says, "Excellent shot."

Speaking quietly to Rone, Goblyn soothes, "But -you- do not and you will not matter at all."

Speaking to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Ysharra asks, "Have a relative who was a town clerk here?"

Gorku deeply says, "I saw no abuse."

Speaking to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Hlendril says, "Give him a kick on the noggin for safe meassure."

Claudaro says, "Well, he's alive still, that a definition of safe."

Ososis exclaims, "PLEASE can I have his boots? He'll never know!"

Speaking to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Lylia says, "See to it that he is secure but comfortable."

Speaking thoughtfully to Vonnor, Meureii says, "A fan of yesteryear."

Xorus says, "We will have to get information out of him later."

The militiaman lean down, apply their own ropes and chains to Malluch and drag him off through the hatch. They nod to Stormyrain and Shinann.

Irar says, "None of this seems particularly heroic at all."

Speaking to Ososis, Pinchot exclaims, "Those are evidence!"

You offhandedly muse, "Vice and virtue are two sides of the same coin. As long as the independent spirit of our citizens survives, there'll be more like him--that's the vice side."

Cryheart says, "And there he goes."

Speaking stoically to Irar, Cruxophim reminds, "He's no hero."

Berkana says, "And, off he goes."

Sokaz says, "Quite the vigilante."

Speaking quietly to you, Khylynnia asks, "You want to add in some manacles of your own for safety sake?"

Sokaz says, "That militiaman."

Speaking quietly to Irar, Pukk says, "The real hero here is Hlendril. If it wasn't for him. We wouldn't have laughed during this time of crisis."

Speaking stoically to Irar, Cruxophim mutters, "Just a monster who did not understand what he had become."

Speaking bemusedly to Khylynnia, you say, "No, mine are special."

Ysharra says, "I don't know why more people don't listen to you two." [Xorus and Melikor]

Evia asks, "We still have those former captives in custody somewhere, yes?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Ososis says, "Friend, I have been saving a special treat and I think this may be the time. It is of a superior vintage that I feel you would appreciate."

Zosopage says, "Well it's about time that this night came to fruition."

Speaking to Ysharra, Xorus says, "Mm? Which parts? It was clear it was Malluch for a long time now."

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Khylynnia says, "Welcome back to the vertical."

Goblyn raises an eyebrow in Ososis's direction.

Speaking to Goblyn, Sokaz says, "Well... I'm glad you're not dead, even though it may be a disappointment to you."

Ososis removes a fresh crimson-veined luminous yellow eye from in his vruul skin hip pack.

Speaking to Cruxophim, Irar says, "I suppose. But if he were interested in the real culprits for what happened to Lana, he could've put his skills to use elsewhere."

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra says, "You both mentioned that he should be searched right here and now."

Ososis offers Goblyn a fresh crimson-veined luminous yellow eye.

Xorus says, "Ah, yes."

Speaking quietly to Lornieh, Pukk says, "Also Zosopage. He just makes me just by being him."

Goblyn accepts Ososis's crimson-veined eye.

Goblyn beams happily at Ososis!

Xorus says, "What with his explosives and transportation gimmicks."

Goblyn looks down at her hand and seems almost surprised by the dark blood wine in it.

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra says, "And whatever he injected the mayor with, possible."

Goblyn amusedly exclaims, "I did almost forget this is in my hand!"

Goblyn takes a drink from her dark blood wine.

Goblyn pops a fresh crimson-veined luminous yellow eye into her mouth and, after some chewing, swallows and licks her lips. Guess there's no accounting for taste.

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk exclaims, "See, you did well. You didn't drop your wine during the whole process!"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Ososis exclaims, "Been saving that for a while!"

Speaking to Ysharra, Xorus says, "Just so. For fashioning a counter-agent if it is not temporary."

Speaking to Goblyn, Talinvor teases, "You're welcome."

Speaking quietly to Pukk, Khylynnia says, "She knows better than abusing a fine beverage."

Claudaro asks, "Celebratory death from the sky?"

Speaking to Stormyrain, Evia asks, "We still have those former captives in custody somewhere, yes?"

Lornieh asks, "Erm, so about the uh, pillar of corpses?"

Speaking offhandedly to Stormyrain, you praise, "Good job tonight."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Talinvor says, "I think we are all relieved. And.. that was quite... impressively protective of you."

Speaking to Lornieh, Goblyn asks, "It is an art installment, yes?"

Speaking to you, Stormyrain says, "Would not have worked without each of us."

Speaking to Stormyrain, you say, "I suppose, but you led."

Speaking to Evia, Stormyrain asks, "Shinann was seeing to them, I thought I remember Renpaw took them into custody though?"

Speaking tiredly to Lornieh, Cruxophim states, "We'll disassemble it and try and get identification on the bodies."

Speaking to Cryheart, Sokaz says, "Always a pleasure, Sir Knight."

Hlendril says, "Are we done? Tell me we are done."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Madmountan asks, "Don't suppose you pillaged the antidote to your condition from his pockets?"

Cruxophim wryly mutters, "What a mess."

Cryheart says, "Likewise."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Lornieh asks, "And if it wasn't Rone that made it?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Hlendril asks, "Feel better?"

Shinann says, "They are."

Evia says, "Ok."

Shinann says, "With the town guards."

Speaking to Goblyn, Hlendril says, "You can take my heart if it may cheer ye up."

Lylia says, "That is the point of a trial. And of questioning."

Cryheart asks, "So what was this crime he mentioned?"

Speaking tiredly to Lornieh, Cruxophim wonders, "Does it matter?"

Speaking to Goblyn, Irar says, "I am quite impressed you held on to that chalice of wine the whole time."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Lornieh says, "Yeah... it kind of does, cause that means someone rather brutal is walking around."

Speaking to Cryheart, Sokaz says, "It has been long since we met under less extrenuating circumstances, but yet I always feel better when you're here during times of duress."

Speaking quietly to Stormyrain, Khylynnia says, "Thank you for leading so astutely."

Speaking to Lylia, Evia says, "I predict for you, an exciting year."

Speaking to Goblyn, Ysharra says, "You're obviously all right."

Cryheart says, "Thank ye."

Speaking to Goblyn, Zosopage says, "Glad that you are or will be back to yourself."

Pukk recites quietly:

"And Khylynnia will make a tale of this night

The Gemdealer's son, the ego blocked trapdoor

and the Goblyn that refused to lose her wine."

Lylia mildly says, "People would hate a boring one."