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Latest revision as of 19:21, 18 September 2019

Koaratos 6-7, 5119

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Summary

  • Thrayzar's well enough to hop along Landing roofs and comes to visit Moot Hall. He explains that he met with Pylasar for discussions and has offered himself as a trial run for delving into minds, saying he's curious what may or may not be easy to recall memories. Mayor Lylia surmises that he has something to gain as well and Thrayzar says that would be aiding in Raznel's demise. Additionally, he's worried what the process could do to Pylasar or if it could be a trap, so he wants to be better prepared with certainty over method and outcome.
  • Thrayzar asks which ideas have been discussed. Ysharra mentions the idea that she and Leafiara had proposed of contacting Rodnay, though this time Leafi acknowledges Thadston not liking Rodnay.
  • Before the conversation continues much further, Rodnay's voice speaks to the crowd's minds and he teleports everyone to a cavern within Melgorehn's Reach, near an enormous dark blue cocoon--everyone but Thrayzar, that is, who he says can't cross here yet. Darcena asks the cocoon what he is and he replies that he's everything--he's what they remember as Rodnay, and the name of his old life will suffice, though it's not important anymore.
  • Rodnay says he's feeding and can't aid as they want, saying he would if he could. However, Rodnay says "he" (presumably Pylasar, though possibly Thrayzar) will remember if done right. He gives a cryptic warning that "That which must truly be done, when all is said, must be done. It will not be easy and the choices will be difficult." He apologizes for not being able to lend more, saying he has missed some of them and will see them again. A small hand briefly appears inside the cocoon, pressing against the inside before pulling away, and then everyone finds themselves teleported back to the mayor's office.
  • After explaining that Rodnay can't help, Ysharra, Puptilian, and Leafi bring up the Tehir shaman Teuriz. Lylia mentions Quinshon, on the topic of mentalism, but also says he's probably not a good choice. Leafi brings up Dirra, but says her abilities don't match the others.
  • Finally Xorus proposes using the time warping below the Reach to show glimpses of Pylasar's past, suggesting the use of temporal wizardry rather than the mentalism everyone else has suggested. Thrayzar says that might be possible and perhaps less dangerous, especially if Raznel placed traps in Pylasar's mind.
  • On the topic of where beneath the Reach to go, Pup brings up Lake Eonak, the Hendoran outpost's door to under the waterfall, and the cave Elithain Cross used. Leafi and Xorus bring up the Plinite Hollows carved out by Dennet Kestrel, so Thrayzar asks Magister Raelee if she has secret doors to the hollows; she says she has access.
  • Goldtree asks what the test should be, perhaps looking at an event in Thrayzar's past. He says yes, just to see if it works and what occurs. He stresses the need to do it right or else he fears they'll lose any chance they have.
  • Lylia suggests that Thrayzar can focus on a fixed point, closing a few doors to those roaming in his memories; Thrayzar says he's not afraid or ashamed of his past; Raelee says he should do that to give others practice in opening doors since she expects Pylasar will. Darcena says doors aren't closed only because of shame or fear, but also to protect others, saying not everyone can live through what Thrayzar has.
  • Captain Shinann suggests volunteering herself for the memory test instead of Thrayzar, but he says that seems even more dangerous; he appreciates it, but can't put her through that.
  • As an aside, Pup gives a report on the topic of Abygail, Walkar's sister who had been expected to visit the Landing months ago. Pup had sent his wolf companion Aatu along with Larsya Caulfield's wolf companion Dawn to track her and they found her scent not too far, but it's disappeared--he says that means she's missing and someone took care to hide where they took her.
  • Thrayzar says he'll think on all of this and speak with Pylasar, and that we'll try the Reach, but asks that others brainstorm who in town can help. Lylia reiterates focusing on a fixed point such as a defining memory; Ysharra and Darcena express it as an emotional anchor. Raelee reiterates closed doors and adds for him to focus on other obfuscation and misdirection to "be difficult"; he agrees and thanks everyone for their thoughts tonight.



Highlights

Pukk quietly says, "Once during a Duskruin arena fight, Madmountan roared and won all 25 fights in 5 seconds."
Puptilian says, "Once, Pukk spoke and someone believed him."
Speaking quietly to Puptilian, Pukk says, "In order to tell jokes, you must say something believable."
Pukk quietly says, "I also heard that Madmountan is banned from Icemule. He stood in Town Center once and all of the ice melted from his heat. It was the worst flooding they had in a couple of centuries."
Speaking to Pukk, Ysharra says, "You hear a lot of interesting stories, Pukk.  If by "hear" I mean tell them."
Speaking quietly to Ysharra, Pukk says, "That is exactly how I hear them."
Xorus says, "Maybe Larsya is still looking for Abygail."
Speaking to Xorus, Thrassus asks, "On the rooftops?"
Speaking to Thrassus, Xorus says, "She enjoys skulking about from heights and pointing bows at us."
Pukk quietly says, "Everytime Dennet came to visit us, he checked to make sure Madmountan was gone first."
Speaking amusedly to Pukk, Darcena asks, "How long have you been working on these?
Pukk quietly says, "I heard that Madmountan tears can cure all ailments...too bad he doesn't cry....ever...""
Pukk quietly says, "I heard Madmountan tripped once, when he fell down, the impact created the Dragonspine mountains."
Mnar says, "People abusing the rooftops. Seems like a problem for the mayor."
Maags says, "It saves the roads."
Thrayzar says, "I met with Pylasar the other evening."
Madmountan says, "I'm sorry."
Ysharra says, "It's a shame Magister Raelee isn't here.  She would offer some sage advice about proper research and experimental protocol."
Ysharra says, "So we could all ignore it."
[later that night...]
Raelee suddenly fades into view.
Speaking bemusedly to Raelee, Leafiara asks, "Got any suggestions for us that we can ignore, as Ysharra puts it?"
Speaking to Leafiara, Raelee says, "Numerous, but it would likely be better if you specified the topic."
Citizens in the street gasp as people unjoin Cryheart.  "What is wrong with the world!"  They cry out and flee.
A voice says, "I am feeding, and I cannot aid as you would want. Indeed, I would aid if I could. But the time for your action will have long passed before I am done."
Puptilian asks, "Feeding on what?"
Shinann asks, "Are you feeding on magic?"
Cruxophim calmly guesses, "Energy, one presumes."
Ysharra says, "The energy from the Reach."
Ysharra says, "It's why he came here, I presume."
Sensou says, "We should probably let this thing feed and grow powerful."
Sensou says, "Good idea."
Clairette says, "Won't siphoning off the magics here have catastrophic consequences? I mean - think of all the turnip farmers with ruby amulets."
Madmountan says, "What does Reach energy taste like anyway?  I bet cotton candy."
Madmountan says, "Maybe we can get Pylasar up here, since he wanted to visit here anyway, and turn Rodnay into a purple butterfly, instead of a blue one."
Speaking to Razanetika, Madmountan says, "I have a feeling you won't get to see the cute little blue boy that he was before this cocoon."
Madmountan says, "Of course, nothing is cute when it's making heads explode."
Speaking primly to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Depends on your perspective."
Speaking teasingly to Madmountan, Cruxophim chides, "You like it."
Madmountan says, "I didn't say I didn't like it."
Thrayzar takes his feet off the desk.
Speaking to Thrayzar, Lylia says, "I have had worse on that desk."
Lylia mutters something about Maylan.
Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "We'll be going in without Rodnay."
Thrayzar says, "That limits our choices then."
(OOC) Evician's player whispers to the group, "Probably a good thing there are no Savants."
(OOC) Kenstrom's player whispers to the group, "Sorry all. Storyline tabled until Savant release. RSN. 2034."
Speaking calmly to Lylia, Cruxophim suggests, "Perhaps we can mentally connect enough stable people to form a redundancy network, of sorts... stable connection, and so on."
Speaking to Cruxophim, Darcena exclaims, "I volunteer!"
Speaking wryly to Lylia, Cruxophim mocks, "Stable people might be a tall order, however."
Raelee slowly asks, "... are you all suggesting digging beneath the Outpost?"
Speaking carefully to Raelee, Cruxophim corrects, "Around?  Flanking, if you will."
Pukk quietly exclaims, "Let's blow up the outpost!"
Speaking jovially to Pukk, Leafiara jests, "Well, I mean, one goal at a time."
Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Two birds with one arrow..."
Madmountan exclaims, "We've made a right mess of the inside of people's heads in the past, why not a couple more!"
Speaking blithely to Madmountan, Leafiara says, "This is why your genius is underrated."
Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Seems reasonable."
Speaking to Leafiara, Darcena mouths, "Top five."
Speaking to Madmountan, Clairette asks, "What's the worst that could happen?"
Pukk quietly says, "Minds....who needs them anyways."
[Note: Proper attribution... Leafi's referencing Ulkov (not present), who's said that Mad's genius is underrated. Darcena's referencing Leafi, who's said that Mad's one of the top five smartest people in and around the Landing.]
Lylia says, "Precisely. Give order to the memories. We may not recall what we had for breakfast five months ago, unless we are Xorus, but we do recall whether things happened before or after a wedding, before or after a fire."
Ysharra asks, "What did you have for breakfast five months ago?"
Xorus says, "Basilisk eggs and merlot."



Log

Roof Hopping

[Town Square Central]

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

Also here: Lord Riuk, Tronix, Lady Mistyfall, Great Lady Katami, Haelan, High Lord Evician, Lord Jerthyl, Lady Tarine, Darcena, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Ambassador Neopuron, Maags, Sir Cryheart, Goldtree, Zecuvliss, Zosopage, Shinann, Puptilian, Master Eledryn who is sitting, Squigly who is sitting, Sensou, Event Planner Leafiara, Bernadette, Chaoswynd, Pukk, Falvicar, Clairette, Jabalaws who is sitting, Knautilus, Lord Elanthil who is sitting, Cook

Thunder echoes in the distance.

A grey-cloaked figure runs across some nearby rooftops in the quiet rain.

Puptilian asks, "Rooks?"

Leafiara curiously says, "Hm."

Puptilian asks, "Or was that the orc?"

Maags exclaims, "Looked like one!"

Leafiara says, "Maybe he's running the roofs again."

[A quick search of the roofs turns up nothing]

A grey-cloaked figure rushes along some rooftops nearing Moot Hall.

[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 bone-framed bulletin board and a large purple wooden barrel.

Also here: Relic Hunter Madmountan, Falvicar, Berost, Mayor Lylia, Mnar, Daniels, Event Planner Leafiara, Lady Nairena, Develdeg, Clairette, Lady Mistyfall, Great Lady Katami, High Lord Evician, Lady Tarine, Darcena, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Ambassador Neopuron, Maags, Goldtree, Zosopage, Puptilian, Sensou, Bernadette, Chaoswynd, Pukk, Sir Cryheart, Xorus, Shinann, Juspera, Ysharra, Melikor, Lord Thrassus

Pukk quietly says, "Once during a Duskruin arena fight, Madmountan roared and won all 25 fights in 5 seconds."

Speaking to Leafiara, Clairette asks, "Find anything on the roof?"

Speaking to Juspera, Ysharra says, "I would if I knew who she or he was."

Speaking to Clairette, Leafiara says, "I saw them heading this way, so..."

Maags exclaims, "That is the target!"

Darcena bursts out in loud, raucous laughter at Pukk.

Speaking to Pukk, Darcena explains, "Someone just told me what you said about Madmountan and the arena."

Darcena says, "That was funny."

Puptilian says, "Once, Pukk spoke and someone believed him."

Mnar just arrived.

Mnar just went west.

Xorus says, "Maybe Larsya is still looking for Abygail."

Darcena asks, "Really?"

Speaking sagely to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "Pukk's very trustworthy."

Darcena glances west.

Ysharra glances west.

Speaking to Ysharra, Darcena says, "I saw him."

Darcena asks, "You too?"

Speaking quietly to Puptilian, Pukk says, "In order to tell jokes, you must say something believable."

Speaking to Xorus, Thrassus asks, "On the rooftops?"

Speaking to Puptilian, Maags says, "Sir Knight believes it when Pukk says he wants a kiss."

Speaking to Nairena, Daniels says, "Hiya."

Speaking to Darcena, Ysharra says, "Short fellow with a nice back- uh, yes, I saw him."

Speaking to Lylia, Maags exclaims, "Lady Mayor!"

Maags removes a pink donut box from in her overstuffed satchel.

Speaking to Ysharra, Darcena says, "My eyes have not been wandering for a long time now."

Speaking to Ysharra, Darcena says, "So I will trust your judgment."

Speaking to Thrassus, Xorus says, "She enjoys skulking about from heights and pointing bows at us."

Maags just grabbed a freshly baked maple bacon donut from inside her donut box. She must be hungry!

Maags offers Lylia a freshly baked maple bacon donut.

Thrassus says, "Ah."

Speaking to Lylia, Maags exclaims, "I scouted everywhere for this!"

Speaking to Darcena, Ysharra says, "Mine either, but I've got some nostalgia for teasing him."

Speaking to Xorus, Lylia says, "Everyone needs a hobby."

Maags says, "Well for the ingredients."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra asks, "What are yours?"

Speaking to Thrassus, Darcena says, "Not bad."

Lylia replies, "That would be telling."

The faint aroma of baked treats wafts through the air, disappearing quickly.

There is a bright flash and a bacon-wrapped blood pudding donut appears in the air, then falls to the ground.

Darcena says, "Oh, excellent."

Lylia bows to Zosopage.

[More Crux donuts]

Maags says, "Bacon goes better with maple than it does with blood."

Zosopage says, "Thought I heard some snakes."

Maags offers Lylia a freshly baked maple bacon donut.

Berost deeply asks, "Is someone leading the mod this way an that this eve? An what I miss? Someone fall out the mayor's window agin?"

Pukk quietly says, "I also heard that Madmountan is banned from Icemule. He stood in Town Center once and all of the ice melted from his heat. It was the worst flooding they had in a couple of centuries."

Lylia accepts Maags's maple bacon donut.

Speaking to Falvicar, Nairena says, "Perfect hour to be out and about."

Maags says, "Truth."

Speaking to Pukk, Darcena says, "That's enough of that one."

Daniels says, "I never thought you would say that."

Speaking warmly to Maags, Lylia says, "Thank you. This looks and smells magnificent."

Speaking to Pukk, Ysharra says, "You hear a lot of interesting stories, Pukk. If by "hear" I mean tell them."

Speaking to Lylia, Maags exclaims, "Had to scout for boars!"

Mnar says, "So... fancy seeing you all here."

Speaking to Mnar, Darcena says, "Long time."

Speaking quietly to Ysharra, Pukk says, "That is exactly how I hear them."

Speaking to Mnar, Ysharra says, "I am fancy. I thought you'd never notice."

Maags exclaims, "Butchers are not doing their job!"

Darcena says, "At least five minutes."

Maags says, "Problies they are eating sweets."

Maags says, "Anybodies spot the Rook."

Pukk quietly says, "Everytime Dennet came to visit us, he checked to make sure Madmountan was gone first."

Leafiara curiously says, "Why does it have to be a Rook? Lots of people wear cloaks."

Juspera says, "What are you doing."

Neopuron begins chuckling at Leafiara!

Speaking to Mnar, Ysharra says, "We saw a grey-cloaked figure moving about on the rooftops."

Speaking to Juspera, Thrassus asks, "Standing here?"

Speaking amusedly to Neopuron, Leafiara says, "Seriously."

Mnar says, "I thought I saw something similar."

Speaking amusedly to Pukk, Darcena asks, "How long have you been working on these?"

Speaking to Neopuron, Leafiara says, "I mean, it might be one. That would be nice."

Speaking to Mnar, Ysharra says, "We figured we'd come over here where things...tend to come together."

Pukk quietly says, "I heard that Madmountan tears can cure all ailments...too bad he doesn't cry....ever..."

Sensou says, "There's nothing there, now."

Speaking to Pukk, Darcena says, "Sure he does."

Speaking to Ysharra, Evician says, "Or fall apart in glorious chaos."

(OOC) Madmountan's player whispers to the group, "Apparently, I'm Chuck Norris."

(OOC) Leafiara's player whispers to the group, "You are, though. Other than Roblar, who's even more so."

(OOC) Maags's player whispers to the group, "Every group needs one!"

(OOC) Pukk's player whispers to the group, "Yes!"

(OOC) Nairena's player whispers to the group, "Quick.. drop kick someone!"

Mnar says, "People abusing the rooftops. Seems like a problem for the mayor."

Speaking to Mnar, Ysharra says, "Really, we just like standing in the elements. Getting soaked for a few hours while we chitchat."

(OOC) Daniels's player whispers to the group, "There's only one Chuck Norris."

Speaking dubiously to Mnar, Leafiara asks, "How is traveling on the roofs abusing them?"

Juspera says, "If I'm going to stand out in the rain, I need a drink."

Speaking to Mnar, Leafiara opines, "I think it's creative and interesting."

Maags says, "It saves the roads."


Thrayzar Interjection

Thrayzar leaps down into the street.

Mnar asks, "Not all roofs are designed for that. What if someone fell through? What if you were in the bathhouse when suddenly a gray-cloaked figure fell through the roof into your bath?"

Evician says, "Wow."

Speaking to Mnar, Ysharra says, "Last week many of us went to Talador and saw many unhealthy sites. So we're waiting for some folks to deliver their thoughts and observations."

Puptilian says, "Well."

Puptilian says, "Someone is feeling better."

Tarine says, "Oh! He's well enough to roof hop."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "Evening, Thrayzar."

Speaking to Neopuron, Nairena says, "Thanks."

Puptilian says, "Good to see you jumping rooftops again."

Madmountan says, "Little too acrobatic for this time of night, if you ask me."

Speaking to Mnar, Lylia says, "If there were roofs in that desperate a state of repair, we would be doing the occupants a favor by demolishing the structure."

Thrayzar says, "Hello everyone."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Ysharra says, "Looking fleet of foot, too."

Thrayzar says, "Yes, improving. It feels good."

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Agreed."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Shinann says, "Evening."

Speaking warmly to Thrayzar, Lylia says, "Good evening to you."

Sensou says, "A talking orc."

Speaking amicably to Thrayzar, Leafiara greets, "Evenin'!"

Pukk quietly says, "I heard Madmountan tripped once, when he fell down, the impact created the Dragonspine mountains."

Speaking to Madmountan, Maags says, "Not if yous sleep all day."

Cryheart says, "Good evening Lord Thrayzar."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "You look in good shape."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Daniels asks, "Necksnapper huh?"

Cryheart says, "Long time no see."

Bernadette softly says, "Greetins."

Lylia says, "Rather a long story there. The 'orc' is orcish in appearance but did not start off this way."

Thrayzar says, "I met with Pylasar the other evening."

Madmountan says, "I'm sorry."

Leafiara amusedly says, "Ah, that figures."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "You've probably needed time to recover."

Maags exclaims, "Luckies!"

Thrayzar says, "We discussed our mutual enemy at length."

Thrayzar grins at Goldtree.

Speaking to Lylia, Mnar asks, "He used to be a much younger orc?"

Speaking to Thrayzar, Ysharra says, "He was rather distressed last we saw him."

Thrayzar peers quizzically at Juspera. [seems to be from a whisper exchange]

Speaking to Mnar, Ysharra says, "He is a man. He is just under an unfortunate magical effect."

Speaking to herself, Darcena mutters, "Not a single Raelee. Not a single snacks."

Maags says, "Not a one."

Thrayzar says, "Tonight, perhaps we can brainstorm."

Goldstr says, "Evenin friends."

Speaking to Darcena, Ysharra says, "Somehow I doubt this would meet your approval."

Thrayzar says, "The mad wizard wants to delve into his mind."

Thrayzar says, "I have offered myself as a trial run."

Pukk quietly says, "Madmountan was once bit by a winged viper...after several days...the viper died."

Speaking curiously to Thrayzar, Leafiara asks, "Wait, why?"

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "Are you up to it? You've only recently recovered."

Cryheart asks, "Is that nae risky?"

Speaking to Thrayzar, Ysharra says, "He claims he may have something to help us, within his memory."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Thrassus asks, "A trial run?"

Daniels says, "Risk makes life fun."

Speaking inquisitively to Thrayzar, Leafiara asks, "You have something needing clearing up in there too? ...other than, er, temporal problems?"

Zosopage says, "Better yours than Pukk's."

Nairena says, "Safe is boring and dull."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Puptilian says, "I get why you would say so but do you think your curse may cause an issue? Maybe Thadston if he agrees would be a better choice or anyone else that is not cursed."

Thrayzar says, "I am curious to know what may or may not be an easy to recall memory."

Speaking concernedly to Thrayzar, Clairette says, "That seems dangerous - what if such an endeavor renews Prax's control..."

Lylia says, "Superstitious nonsense."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Pukk says, "Okay, I'm handing this group off to you. I got them warmed up with jokes. Now it's your turn."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Ysharra says, "Are you sure you want to risk that? You may have more to lose than most, considering what you've overcome."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "We've all got secrets and a past, that's for sure."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Lylia says, "I would imagine you have something to gain from this decision as well."

Thrayzar says, "If I can aid in Raznel's demise."

Thrayzar says, "That is my gain."

Lylia says, "Some possibility of learning something that may help in -- yes."

Lylia says, "Just so."

Leafiara musingly says, "And, besides, if we have to go into two minds, maybe we'll get to fight -two- sets of memory ghost clones."

Maags says, "But then again yous onlies jus getting better."

Thrayzar says, "And if I may say..."

Thrayzar says, "I am worried for Pylasar."

Lylia says, "There is more to life than fighting."

Lylia pointedly says, "Or sneaking."

Cryheart says, "Many of us are."

Thrayzar says, "I am worried what the process could do, or if it could even be a trap."

Leafiara cheerfully agrees, "Also eating, true."

Bernadette softly says, "Aye."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "We've *been* worried about him."

Thrayzar says, "I would not put it past the witch."

Evician says, "Of course it's a trap."

Thrayzar says, "If we can be certain of our method, and its outcome..."

Thrayzar shrugs.

Thrayzar says, "We are better prepared."

Leafiara musingly says, "Hmm, a trap..."

Thrayzar says, "I was once assured that the witch was unprepared."

Thrayzar says, "Drangell and I learned very quickly she was not."

Puptilian says, "If this is a trap, just because it works for Thrayzar doesn't mean that the witch wouldn't hold off tripping the trap until we get into the wizard's head."

Lylia says, "She has not lived this long by being unprepared."

Thrayzar says, "Yes, but if we can have some certainty on how we will approach it..." [unclear on if this is a response to Pup, Lylia, or both]

Thrayzar shrugs.

Speaking to Thrayzar, Puptilian says, "The difference now is she worked under Cross and Stone. She is more powerful then your first run in."

Thrayzar says, "We'll need to do this together."

Ysharra says, "It's a shame Magister Raelee isn't here. She would offer some sage advice about proper research and experimental protocol."

Ysharra says, "So we could all ignore it."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "The Landing's strength has always come from its people working together."

Xorus says, "This sounds sensible given your shared histories of temporal abnormalities."

Thrayzar asks, "Shall we head inside somewhere to discuss?"

Maags says, "Any maybes practice first for a quite short peek."

Speaking to Ysharra, Pukk quietly says, "Raelee will give advice on almost anything."

Sensou asks, "Did someone say witch hunt?"

Cryheart says, "Sounds good."

Lylia asks, "By all means. My office?"

Thrayzar joins Lylia's group.

[Dozens of others joining]

Mnar asks, "How large is your office?"

Shinann says, "Large."

Pukk recites quietly:

"Everybody join.....Lylia??"

Speaking to Mnar, Maags says, "Jus do not stand near the window."

Maags says, "Yous will be fine."

Mnar says, "Alright, let's play this game."

Speaking to Mnar, Evician says, "It's a small medium at large."

Lylia says, "I never stand too near the windows."

Speaking to Mnar, Clairette says, "Sorcerers aren't really bound by physical dimensions, so it's no concern."

Diamondelille says, "Joins the mayor."

Speaking to Pukk, Nairena says, "We all holding hands."

Speaking to Pukk, Zosopage says, "I bet you've been dying to say that."

Citizens in the street gasp as people unjoin Cryheart. "What is wrong with the world!" They cry out and flee.

[travel]

Speaking to Mnar, Ysharra says, "She has a well-stocked bar."

Mayor Lylia's group just went through a varnished modwir door.

[Moot Hall, Mayor Lylia's Office]

From a dais, the maoral desk and an ivory and velvet curule seat loom over two carved wooden chairs. Tapestry rugs cover the hardwood floor, their patterns complementing the arched windows flanking the desk. A stag's head stares at a panoramic fresco mounted opposite it. In a corner near the bar, a scarred witchwood perch rises to the high ceiling, while several feet away, a black iron stove rests against the west wall and is topped with a silver kettle. You also see a varnished modwir door, a maoral bookcase and a small maoral sideboard with some stuff on it.

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Goldtree says, "Don't worry, you can cast spells and calm the townsfolk later."

Speaking to Cryheart, Ysharra says, "You're still very, very shiny, Shiny."

Darcena muses, "I wonder if the citizens who watch us do this frequently think we belong to some rain-loving cult."

Speaking to Lylia, Nairena says, "I like what you did with the place."

Mnar asks, "Lylia this is a hell of an office. Did the town pay for all this?"

Puptilian says, "I do have one idea. Since you are connected to the witch by the curse, we can use Stormyrain's abilities with Blood Magic to form a protective barrier to shield us from the witch. We could also use elementalist and spiritualist to also add to the barriers to cover all while we do this."

Speaking confusedly to Cryheart, Pukk says, "I'm just as confused..."

Speaking simply to Darcena, Leafiara agrees, "We do."

Speaking to Goldtree, Goldstr asks, "Him?"

Speaking to Mnar, Lylia says, "The family coffers are deep."

Speaking to Mnar, Nairena says, "We can't have a pauper as a mayor. She needs to impress."

Speaking quietly to Goldstr, Goldtree exclaims, "Cryheart was casting massies earlier!"

Lylia offhandedly says, "Feel free to avail yourselves of the bar, and of a seat."

Thrayzar says, "Now then."

Thrayzar peers quizzically at Sofal. [I'm thinking this was because he was spelling up]

Speaking to Mnar, Thrassus says, "You should have seen the last occupant's decor."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "And a good thing, too, considering the time some...one...tried to set the carpet on fire."

Thrayzar asks, "What have been the discussions so far?"

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Everybody ramsack her liquor!"

Speaking to a sapphire-eyed pale golden margay, Mnar says, "Shoo."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Ysharra says, "Leafiara and I suggested contacting Rodnay."

Speaking calmly to Thrayzar, Cruxophim greets, "Evening."

Thrayzar says, "I won't pretend to be very versed in well, ideas in diving into people's minds."

Leafiara adds, "He's done this kind of thing before."

Sensou says, "Can't have a witch hunt without the booze."

Speaking softly to Sofal, Razanetika asks, "What did you do now?"

Speaking to Thrayzar, Ysharra says, "And see if he would assist us. He's done it before with the Prelate."

Thrayzar asks, "Rodnay?"

Speaking to Thrayzar, Clairette asks, "You either?"

Leafiara admits, "Though, on the other hand, Thadston's not very fond of Rodnay."

Daniels asks, "Hunt?"

Thrayzar squints.

Daniels says, "I'm in."

Speaking calmly to Ysharra, Cruxophim agrees, "He's an untapped resource, aye."

Leafiara adds, "Once suggested we kill him, right after he helped us."

Ysharra says, "The blue-skinned cambion atop the Reach. We think."

Thrayzar says, "Yes, Thadston is no fan."

Daniels says, "Whiche's."

Evician says, "I wouldn't expect Lehren to arrive at all anytime in the near ever..."

Speaking wryly to Thrayzar, Cruxophim agrees, "We know."

Thrayzar says, "I also worry about any connection to our greater enemy."

Diamondelille says, "Rodnay be no saint."

Goldtree quietly says, "The only mind delving I've been a part of was when Stone was around...and it wasn't pretty."

Thrassus says, "Rodnay is likely even more alien now than he was the last time we saw him."

Speaking to his maple bacon donut, Sensou says, "Oh my."

Sensou gobbles down his maple bacon donut in one enormous bite.

A gob of bacon-sprinkled maple frosting from the donut sticks to Sensou's face.


Rodnay Evolves

A voice in your mind says, "I have heard your talk."

Speaking nonchalantly to Thrassus, Cruxophim suggests, "That could be to our advantage, however."

Ysharra says, "There are limited people with that special sort of power."

Pukk quietly asks, "Maybe we can hire the Rooks to kill the witch? Then both groups will take out each other?"

Cryheart asks, "Which may make him immune to Raznel's influence?"

Darcena says, "Oh excellent."

A voice in your mind says, "I have heard your idea for my aid."

Ysharra asks, "And I don't think Stone or Quinshon will help us, no?"

Sensou asks, "Who what?"

Nairena says, "I think we all talk."

Cryheart says, "Rodnay."

Razanetika softly asks, "Who's speaking?"

Bernadette softly says, "Aye talk."

Puptilian says, "That is Rodnay."

Sofal asks, "Ello?"

Cruxophim casually mouths, "Speak of the devil."

Speaking bemusedly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Speaking of trying to kill things... Maylan once somehow talked the Rooks into trying to kill Rodnay and they couldn't hope to do that, so forget about trying for Raznel." [Note: in reference to this night.]

Evician says, "Good evening Rodnay."

Goldstr exclaims, "I meself trust Rodnay as much as Sir Thadston!"

Madmountan says, "Not sure if hearing Rodnay in my head is comforting or...disconcerting. Never have decided."

Lylia explains, "Rodnay is a sort of...hybrid. Once a child, he is perhaps still not what he will one day become. But he has been interfered with mentally by the Ithzir."

The air grows hot, and the walls of the cavern bend and shift while Melikor is engulfed in an ethereal white light.

[And others]

The air is infused with a warm current of energy, bleeding onto the cavern walls with an ethereal white light. Ripples are sent reverberating through the wide chamber and the surroundings bend, twist, and shift.

[Melgorehn's Reach, Planar Nexus]

The air bends and shimmers here, odd sounds popping and humming in the distance. The cavern is huge, surrounded by smooth polished rock walls that constantly shift between shades of light and dark. Descending from the tunnel above, rays of bright moonlight shine down, bathing the entire earthen floor in a pool of silver light. You also see an enormous dark blue cocoon.

Nairena fades into view, looking very disorientated.

[And others]

Leafiara amicably says, "And what are your thoughts on it, Rodnay--"

Ysharra says, "I think he has evolved -..."

Leafiara surprisedly says, "Well then."

Juspera says, "Um."

Darcena says, "Oh, not here again."

Madmountan says, "Alrighty."

Ysharra says, "Well."

Goldtree quietly says, "That was...disconcerting."

Maags says, "Well then."

Ysharra says, "That certainly beats the gondola."

Lylia softly says, "Hello again."

Darcena says, "Last time we were here, Prax was lifting tainted blood and I about lost my mind."

>look cocoon

The cocoon is gigantic and hangs from dozens of dark green ribbons of sinewy tendrils which disappear within the depths of the dark blue encasing. The cocoon itself is a deep blue shade with a smattering of dark green veins stretching about its sticky, slime-covered surface. It shifts periodically, and some areas of the cocoon seem to lighten, almost flickering out of existance, before returning to normal once more.

Speaking to Ysharra, Clairette says, "Or the steps.."

Razanetika softly asks, "Where are we?"

Speaking musingly to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Leafiara says, "Fancy."

Pukk quietly says, "Join Lylia they said....it will be safe they said...."

Sofal says, "Not sure."

Goldtree quietly says, "I'm going to be sick..."

Pukk quietly says, "Sure...."

Speaking to Darcena, Lylia says, "I do not expect there to be blood tonight."

Puptilian says, "That....is worrisome."

Sensou asks, "Did anyone grab the donuts?"

Shinann asks, "Where is Thrayzar?"

Nairena asks, "Where are we?"

Madmountan asks, "Rodnay is turning into a butterfly?"

Diamondelille says, "We jes talkin."

Speaking to Lylia, Darcena says, "I'm not sure whether to be happy or sad."

Speaking to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Ysharra asks, "Are we interrupting your metamorphosis?"

Sensou says, "Maple..bacon..."

Lylia says, "Neither am I."

Nairena says, "I recover from some good scotch and poof."

Goldstr says, "Thought dem cocoons was gone."

Cryheart says, "The Orc got lost."

Speaking quietly to Maags, Goldtree says, "Better."

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Pukk says, "I should have stayed in your group...."

Puptilian says, "It does look like one from the blood forest."

Speaking amusedly to Puptilian, Cruxophim mutters, "Worrisome? You don't want a beautiful butterfly? Aren't you Imaerians supposed to be all about that sort of thing?"

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "Thank you for handing me a drink first. You were right."

Lylia says, "This is a rather different sort, I imagine."

Madmountan says, "Maybe Rodnay will be the first Ithzir-Aelotoi."

Speaking appreciatively to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Leafiara says, "Hope you're doing well in there. We do appreciate your consideration."

Bernadette softly asks, "Where be Thraysar?"

Maags says, "Maybes he jus likes to sleep like that."

Ysharra says, "This is easier to take now."

A voice says, "Thrayzar remains behind."

Clairette says, "Aye figured that much."

Maags says, "Seems comfies to me."

A voice says, "He cannot cross here yet."

Darcena says, "Convenient."

Puptilian says, "If I thought it was natural Crux I would not be worried."

Shinann asks, "Why?"

Ysharra asks, "Why not?"

Lylia says, "I understand."

Pukk quietly asks, "Who said that?"

Leafiara knowingly muses, "Ahh... too dangerous in his condition."

Nairena says, "The voice."

Speaking curiously to Puptilian, Cruxophim counters, "What's your definition of 'natural'?"

Speaking to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Darcena asks, "What are you?"

Goldtree quietly asks, "Curse?"

Sofal says, "An we were just becoming friends."

A voice says, "I am everything."

Tarine says, "An optimist."

Nairena asks, "You sure, Mr. Voice?"

Puptilian says, "Imaera's creations."

Darcena asks, "That's a bit melodramatic, don't you think?"

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Crap...Everything is talking to me!"

Sensou asks, "Oh now I'm hearing voices. How old were those donuts?"

Xorus says, "Further along the path to your final form."

Speaking slowly to Puptilian, Cruxophim teases, "Ah, so you're religiously biased then... I see."

Pukk quietly says, "Darn that Helga's food."

Sensou says, "Alright, who keeps grabbing my leg."

Razanetika softly asks, "Does the voice have a name?"

Nairena says, "I think we are all a little crazy right now. We all hear The Voice."

Speaking quietly to Razanetika, Goldtree says, "Rodnay."

Speaking to Razanetika, Puptilian says, "Rodney."

Speaking calmly to Razanetika, Leafiara explains, "That's Rodnay."

Speaking calmly to Razanetika, Cruxophim explains, "Rodnay, as aforementioned."

Goldstr asks, "So why we here?"

Speaking honestly to Nairena, Darcena says, "I hear voices all day every day."

Evician says, "We were all crazy before the voice.."

Clairette says, "I hope we're all hearing the same voice, at least."

A voice says, "I am what you remember as Rodnay."

Falvicar quietly says, "Demonboy."

Madmountan says, "We've said the name a couple hundred times at this point."

Speaking quietly to Razanetika, Pukk exclaims, "Don't ask it its name...that is when bad things happen!"

Leafiara optimistically says, "He's growin' up."

Diamondelille says, "Tha be confusin."

Speaking curiously to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Cruxophim ventures, "Do you have a name you preferred to be called now?"

Speaking to Darcena, Nairena says, "Lucky you."

Sensou says, "The donut's named Rodnay."

Speaking nonchalantly to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Cruxophim muses, "A different moniker, perhaps?"

Berost deeply says, "Voices in the nothing ..."

Razanetika softly says, "Well I have never been a part of this, whatever this is... pardon me for asking questions."

Darcena asks, "Mothnay?"

Speaking to himself, Sensou says, "I ate Rodnay."

Goldstr asks, "Rodnay lad, are ye bouts?"

A voice says, "The name of my old life shall suffice. It is not important anymore."

Evician asks, "The psychic formally known as Rodnay?"

Cruxophim jokingly ventures, "Rodzir?"

Darcena says, "I liked Mothnay better."

Speaking nonchalantly to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Cruxophim agrees, "Names are not of much import."

Speaking in Sylvankind, Falvicar quietly says, "Tis what Sir Thadston calls em."

Diamondelille asks, "Has ye changed from yer old life?"

Leafiara philosophically says, "It's the person we like, after all, not the name."

Speaking politely to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Cruxophim suggests, "Shall we get down to brass tacks? So, Raznel."

Speaking quietly in Sylvankind to Falvicar, Goldtree says, "It is fairly descriptive, to say the least."

Speaking in Sylvankind, Nairena says, "If I had the chance to start over. I wouldn't be using my old name."

Lylia suggests, "Perhaps we could listen to Rodnay instead of debating what to call this entity."

Sensou asks, "Are we talking to a cocoon? Have we gone mad?"

Maags says, "Problies everyone would call yous Rodnay anyhow."

Speaking to Razanetika, Madmountan says, "Questions are fine. Ignore my snippiness. I'm tired."

Katami agrees, "The madness of this town truly never ceases. It is fun to observe, though."

Maags says, "Easier we do not has to remember and correct."

A voice says, "I will not do what you are asking."

Sensou asks, "I mean what comes out of a cocoon anyway?"

Sensou says, "We should cut it open and find out."

Cryheart says, "Ok Rodnay."

Speaking in Sylvankind, Nairena says, "I would name myself... Lily or Stargazer."

Leafiara concedes, "Fair enough. It seems you have a lot of growing to do."

Cryheart asks, "What does Rodnay suggest?"

Speaking to Sensou, Clairette says, "Tried that, I think we'll need a sorcerer to tinker with it before our blades will do any good."

Lylia says, "And why is that? Not that I would attempt to persuade you."

Nairena asks, "Can we call you Rodnay?"

Goldstr asks, "Wha woulds ye do Rodnay?"

Razanetika softly asks, "What is your purpose here?"

Ysharra says, "You shouldn't cut open a chrysalis. Especially not his."

A voice says, "I am feeding, and I cannot aid as you would want. Indeed, I would aid if I could. But the time for your action will have long passed before I am done."

Thrassus asks, "Feeding, hm?"

Puptilian asks, "Feeding on what?"

Evician says, "People gotta eat."

Shinann asks, "Are you feeding on magic?"

Falvicar curiously asks, "Feeding??"

Speaking appreciatively to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Leafiara says, "It's the thought that counts. Thank you regardless."

Nairena says, "You are very hungry."

Thrassus says, "The mountain."

Speaking to Razanetika, Goldstr says, "Rodnay left da Willow Hall grounds quite awhile ago to live here."

Cruxophim calmly guesses, "Energy, one presumes."

Sofal says, "It is a cocoon they do feed in there."

Ysharra says, "The energy from the Reach."

Ysharra says, "It's why he came here, I presume."

Diamondelille asks, "Who or what makes ye hongri?"

Speaking softly to Goldstr, Razanetika asks, "Why?"

Puptilian says, "The energy here, the magic. Its not something I want to see being used for anything. Last time we traveled worlds."

Leafiara wryly says, "Although, considering who we're talking to... sometimes it's really, -really- been the -thought- that counts..."

A voice says, "I know what you seek to do."

Sensou says, "We should probably let this thing feed and grow powerful."

Sensou says, "Good idea."

Clairette says, "Won't siphoning off the magics here have catastrophic consequences? I mean - think of all the turnip farmers with ruby amulets."

Madmountan says, "What does Reach energy taste like anyway? I bet cotton candy."

Speaking to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Ysharra says, "I appreciate you letting us know."

Speaking to Razanetika, Goldstr says, "Nae really sure but he seems mer comdfy here."

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Disgusting."

Speaking to Leafiara, Evician asks, "You -think-?"

Speaking to Sensou, Lylia asks, "And do you think we should light a match and set it aflame instead?"

Speaking to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Ysharra asks, "I understand that you are evolving to your...next state, but would you have any advice for our undertaking?"

A voice says, "He will remember. If done right."

Sensou says, "I mean."

Madmountan says, "Maybe we can get Pylasar up here, since he wanted to visit here anyway, and turn Rodnay into a purple butterfly, instead of a blue one."

Lylia says, "Perhaps we should deal with one concern at a time."

Sensou says, "Yes."

Cryheart says, "Ok."

Goldtree quietly asks, "Who will remember?"

Neopuron asks, "Why is it blue?"

Lylia says, "I welcome you to try."

Speaking to Neopuron, Lylia says, "Ithzir."

Puptilian says, "Pylasar."

Speaking to Razanetika, Goldstr says, "An mos surely safer fer us wid his mind powers."

Sensou says, "Not a wizard."

Speaking seriously to Madmountan, Darcena says, "You need to go to sleep."

Speaking curiously to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Leafiara asks, "So, what would doing it 'right' look like, do you think?"

Speaking calmly to Neopuron, Cruxophim confirms, "Ithzir, it is the color of their.. essence, I suppose?"

Puptilian says, "Or even Thrayzar."

Sensou says, "I have some matches in my locker though."

Speaking quietly to Puptilian, Goldtree asks, "But how to make him remember?"

Cruxophim carefully adds, "Largely speaking."

A voice says, "But you should be warned. That which must truly be done, when all is said, must be done. It will not be easy and the choices will be difficult."

Lylia quietly says, "I never expect easy choices and am suspicious of those that are."

Razanetika softly says, "Riddles."

Speaking in Sylvankind, Goldtree quietly says, "Riddles on riddles..."

Cruxophim sardonically jests, "Here? In the Landing? Shocking, I say."

Goldstr says, "Well said."

Lylia simply says, "I do what I must."

Evician says, "Who's gonna make the tough choice, to kill who needs killin, to save the rest of us from whatever else needs killing."

Maags says, "Bad or worse but she must be done."

Cruxophim insincerely remarks, "I, for one, am stymied and flabbergasted."

Speaking to Goldtree, Puptilian says, "I always wondered if the magic he has gained has put him in his state which includes his mind. Maybe breaking him away from the flow of mana may help to clear is mind."

Nairena says, "Some of us are slightly buzzing at the moment. Speak without riddles..."

Speaking to Evician, Darcena asks, "Who said anything about saving anyone?"

Speaking to Goldtree, Puptilian says, "But that is just a guess."

Nairena removes a bottle of aged scotch from in her spidersilk cloak.

Nairena takes a drink from her aged scotch.

She pauses for a moment to savor the complex flavors.

Nairena's eyes glaze over slightly and her face pales.

Nairena is stunned!

Madmountan powerfully purges his spell from his esophagus in a vicious tidal wave of raw energy...

Madmountan gestures at Nairena.

The glazed look leaves Nairena.

Speaking to Nairena, Claede says, "Some are going to die and some are going to be made dead."

Madmountan says, "Sorry, habit."

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara clarifies, "You're talking about Pylasar or Rodnay?"

Speaking sheepishly to Nairena, Darcena says, "He practices on me all night."

Speaking quietly to Puptilian, Goldtree asks, "But that could be like depriving a stream from the flow of a lake. it may dry him up?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "The wizard."

Speaking to Nairena, Darcena mouths, "Bowels."

Speaking to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Ysharra asks, "Do you agree that Thrayzar should be our...guinea pig, for whatever method we find?"

Speaking to Claede, Nairena says, "Seen it.. done that."

A voice says, "I am sorry I cannot lend more at this time. I have missed some of you. We shall see each other again."

Evician says, "Be well Rodnay."

Speaking affably to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Cruxophim states, "I am glad that you are free."

Razanetika softly says, "Well it was nice meeting you Rodnay... I guess."

Cryheart says, "Amen."

Leafiara amicably says, "Many of us have missed ya too."

Zosopage says, "It is good to hear your voice at least."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Leafiara praises, "Part of your fine plan." [Note: talking about the same trade night referenced before. In short, Dennet Kestrel had Rodnay contained in a bane coffin and Crux as mayor had arranged to get him back by trading pure plinite, collected from the Rooks via a plan of Kayse's.]

Speaking to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Ysharra says, "I'm glad we got to see you. I had thought of you up here. When you jumped up and flew away."

Nairena says, "Alas. My scotch has departed this world."

Cruxophim offers Nairena a cut crystal glass of Faendryl absinthe.

Speaking to Razanetika, Madmountan says, "I have a feeling you won't get to see the cute little blue boy that he was before this cocoon."

Nairena accepts Cruxophim's Faendryl absinthe.

Speaking apologetically to Nairena, Cruxophim mutters, "Not much left, I'm afraid!"

Nairena says, "Thanks, Cruxy."

For a brief moment within the cocoon, a hand appears. It looks small, like that of a young child's and presses against the inside of the cocoon. The veins pulse as it does. The hand lingers for a moment longer, then pulls away.

Speaking softly to Madmountan, Razanetika asks, "Perhaps I will be honored to meet the grand being he shall become instead?"

Speaking speculatively to Madmountan, Leafiara says, "Maybe he can project mental images of what he used to look like."

Madmountan says, "Of course, nothing is cute when it's making heads explode."

Leafiara says, "Or, ya know, do that."

Speaking primly to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Depends on your perspective."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "The cocoon grew a hand!"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Nairena says, "Yum."

Speaking teasingly to Madmountan, Cruxophim chides, "You like it."

Madmountan says, "I didn't say I didn't like it."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Give it a hand and it will take a foot!"

Neopuron says, "Oh, this is about to get interesting."

Sensou asks, "Is there a kid in there?"

Speaking to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Ysharra says, "Farewell, then."

Cryheart says, "Rodnay was entrapped into a cocoon afore."

Madmountan says, "It's not the traditional definition of cute."

Speaking politely to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Cruxophim offers, "Until next time."

Speaking to an enormous dark blue cocoon, Leafiara wishes, "Rest well, friend. ...and feed well!"

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena says, "It's cuter when their skulls shatter."

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "Pylasar has always been off and I always wondered if it was his experiements into magic that did the harm and not a curse. If true then we could clear him of the issue but also lose a powerful ally."

Speaking musingly to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "Sounds like a pretty big risk."

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "It is."

Speaking quietly to Puptilian, Goldtree says, "If it doesn't kill him to cut him off from that magic."

Maags says, "Pylasar has not always been off."

Speaking to Leafiara, Evician says, "We live in the Landing, every day is a big risk."

Speaking calmly to Leafiara, Cruxophim remarks, "I'm sure he will be of aid at some point. There will be other choices, and other threats in the future; it is good to have an ace in the hole."

Speaking wistfully to Evician, Leafiara says, "That's why it's the best."

Sensou says, "Aaaand this is what happens when I take escort bounties to the Landing. Pure weirdness. Talking cocoons..."

Sensou says, "The bacon donuts were nice though."

Speaking earnestly to Cruxophim, Leafiara says, "And that's why we appreciate what you did in 5117."


Alternate Plans

The air grows hot, and the walls of the cavern bend and shift while Gnaeusprimus is engulfed in an ethereal white light.

[And others]

The air is infused with a warm current of energy, bleeding onto the cavern walls with an ethereal white light. Ripples are sent reverberating through the wide chamber and the surroundings bend, twist, and shift.

[Moot Hall, Mayor Lylia's Office]

From a dais, the maoral desk and an ivory and velvet curule seat loom over two carved wooden chairs. Tapestry rugs cover the hardwood floor, their patterns complementing the arched windows flanking the desk. A stag's head stares at a panoramic fresco mounted opposite it. In a corner near the bar, a scarred witchwood perch rises to the high ceiling, while several feet away, a black iron stove rests against the west wall and is topped with a silver kettle. You also see a snow white raven that is flying around, a spotted great horned owl, a forest wolf, a gold-flecked grey brushwood wolf that is sitting, an outgoing wasteland spirit that is flying around, a six-toed tortoiseshell cat, a field mouse, a volatile will-o-wisp spirit that is flying around, a varnished modwir door, a maoral bookcase and a small maoral sideboard with some stuff on it.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Lady Nairena, Develdeg, Clairette, Lady Mistyfall, Great Lady Katami, High Lord Evician, Lady Tarine, Darcena, Ambassador Neopuron, Maags, Goldtree, Puptilian, Sensou, Bernadette, Chaoswynd, Pukk, Sir Cryheart, Xorus, Ysharra, Mayor Lylia, Lord Thrassus, Zosopage, Grand Lord Gnaeusprimus, Thrayzar who is sitting Obvious exits: none

Mnar fades into view, looking very disorientated.

[And others]

Speaking to Sensou, Madmountan says, "We like to keep it weird."

Pukk quietly asks, "Maybe Pylasar isn't off. Maybe everybody else is off and Pylasar is normal?"

Goldtree quietly says, "Oh no..."

Speaking to Sensou, Nairena says, "This is nothing."

Ysharra says, "And that's better than the water tunnels."

Speaking confidently to Leafiara, Cruxophim suggests, "This, we can handle for ourselves... one hopes."

Thrayzar takes his feet off the desk.

Pukk quietly says, "I feel sick."

Goldtree quietly says, "I don't like that type of magic..."

Nairena points at a maoral desk.

Speaking to Thrayzar, Lylia says, "I have had worse on that desk."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Puptilian asks, "Old habits?"

Neopuron says, "Perfect, and no one died."

Speaking to Pukk, Nairena says, "Puke on that."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Ysharra says, "She really has."

Sensou says, "Oh, donuts."

Speaking softly to Thrayzar, Razanetika asks, "Comfy whilest we were gone?"

Sensou says, "Aww."

Speaking to Ysharra, Darcena says, "Much better than the tunnels, really."

Thrayzar grins.

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Pukk exclaims, "It was horrible. There was this cocoon that grew a hand and tried to grab people!"

Lylia mutters something about Maylan.

Thrayzar stands up.

Thrayzar asks, "Dare I ask?"

Lylia simply says, "Rodnay."

Speaking coyly to Thrayzar, Leafiara asks, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained?"

Speaking to Darcena, Ysharra says, "Though some folks could have done with a good dunking."

Maags says, "Onlies if yous want to grouchies her."

Maags says, "Do not ask."

Speaking teasingly to Thrayzar, Cruxophim informs, "Just plotting your noble sacrifice."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Lylia says, "He is rather busy and cannot lend aid."

Xorus says, "Unsurprisingly."

Speaking primly to Ysharra, Darcena says, "I'm not sure what you're insinuating."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Shinann says, "It said its name is not Rodnay anymore."

Thrayzar says, "Hmm."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "We'll be going in without Rodnay."

Sensou says, "Nothing out of the ordinary. Talking cocoon with a child growing inside it. Pretty much a normal day."

Speaking fondly to Thrayzar, Cruxophim teases, "So brave. So valiant."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Evician says, "A bit bound up if you will."

Pukk quietly says, "Sounds like rain."

Thrayzar says, "That limits our choices then."

Leafiara helpfully says, "But he does agree that entering Pylasar's mind is a good idea if we can pull it off."

Speaking to Ysharra, Darcena laughs, "That is a good thing to insinuate."

Nairena says, "And its gathering up energy."

Ysharra asks, "What about the fellow Leafiara mentioned, the Tehir shaman?"

Puptilian says, "Shame we can't track down Teuriz."

Leafiara says, "Teuriz--"

Speaking absently to Thrayzar, Cruxophim speculates, "Narrows, not necessarily limits. That is but one option." Bernadette begins to breathe less deeply.

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree asks, "Know anyone else with mind...entering abilities. That we actually trust?"

Ysharra says, "That one."

Ysharra says, "Teuriz."

Lylia says, "Mentalism is not an art I find myself well equipped to pursue at such an advanced level. Quinshon is...probably not a good choice, even if we were to find him."

Lylia says, "Teuriz is a possibility."

Speaking quietly to Goldtree, Pukk asks, "Maybe that fortuneteller?"

Maags says, "Is hard to imagine anybodies able to navigate Pylasar's mind."

Speaking quietly to Pukk, Goldtree says, "Don't trust her."

Leafiara acknowledges, "There is still Dirra, but her abilities... powerful as they are, aren't quite up to Rodnay."

Puptilian says, "I rather ask Teuriz if we can."

(OOC) Evician's player whispers to the group, "Probably a good thing there are no Savants."

Ysharra says, "Quinshon is an interesting character, I wouldn't mind asking him a question or two. But yes, I doubt he'll be wanting to help."

Goldstr says, "I nae trust Quinshon."

Speaking hopefully to Raelee, Darcena requests, "Snacks?"

Speaking to Raelee, Lylia says, "Rodnay sends his regards. I think."

Speaking to Darcena, Raelee says, "No."

Speaking dubiously to Lylia, Raelee asks, "You think?"

Speaking bemusedly to Raelee, Leafiara asks, "Got any suggestions for us that we can ignore, as Ysharra puts it?"

Darcena morosely sighs, "Lylia didn't stock anything good."

Sensou asks, "Why get inside someone's head, when you can just cut it off?"

Sensou says, "Honest question."

Xorus says, "It might be approached laterally. Use the temporal warp below the Reach to manifest parts of his past."

(OOC) Kenstrom's player whispers to the group, "Sorry all. Storyline tabled until Savant release. RSN. 2034."

Lylia says, "He did say he missed some of us. You may be among that number."

Speaking to Leafiara, Raelee says, "Numerous, but it would likely be better if you specified the topic."

Speaking to Raelee, Leafiara explains, "Regarding getting into Pylasar's mind."

Thrayzar peers quizzically at Xorus.

Lylia says, "We have an unfortunate tendency to look to others for aid instead of exploring on our own."

Thrayzar nods at Lylia.

Lylia says, "Of course, when the exploration involves another's mind..."

Thrayzar says, "I would certainly agree we need to focus inward on our own for resources."

Thrayzar says, "The problem with favors...."

Thrayzar says, "They often come with strings."

Speaking to Lylia, Puptilian says, "While we do, I rather consult an expert instead of just diving in ourselves."

Speaking to Puptilian, Darcena says, "Sounds boring."

Maags corrects, "Always."

Thrayzar says, "I am tired of trading a devil for a demon every time."

Raelee says, "His would be fascinating, no doubt... and uniquely difficult. To explore a mind with such a non-linear internal process."

Speaking smoothly to Thrayzar, Lylia says, "This is not a problem with favors; this is the point of favors. You just have to be on the right end of the string."

Pukk quietly says, "We could ask Cryheart to try to enter her mind...but it would most likely take him too long."

Speaking calmly to Lylia, Cruxophim suggests, "Perhaps we can mentally connect enough stable people to form a redundancy network, of sorts... stable connection, and so on."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Darcena exclaims, "I volunteer!"

Cryheart says, "Might get lost."

Thrayzar asks, "Now what did you say?"

Thrayzar peers quizzically at Xorus.

Speaking wryly to Lylia, Cruxophim mocks, "Stable people might be a tall order, however."

Thrayzar asks, "About the Reach?"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Evician says, "Well that counts me out...I'm about as stable as a jelly donut."

Sensou says, "But jelly donuts are delicious."

Xorus says, "I was suggesting that the time warping under the Reach might show glimpses of the past."

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk says, "Just don't offer him a bribe.."

Lylia admits, "My own knowledge of this is spotty. It is why I have an advisor to know things for me."

Xorus says, "Approach it with temporal wizardry rather than mentalism."

Puptilian says, "Connnection many minds will not work. Too much conflict between each person."

Speaking jokingly to Thrayzar, Cruxophim scolds, "The different between demons and devils is really purely semantic, sir."

Speaking dryly to Puptilian, Lylia remarks, "Yes, just a tad."

Goldtree quietly exclaims, "Enter his mind...by interacting with him while he's forming the memories....rather than in the memories themselves!"

Speaking calmly to Puptilian, Cruxophim states, "You're rather missing the point."

Maags says, "It could work if the focus and intent were there."

Thrayzar shrugs at Goldtree.

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "I would be quite... interested... to try that."

Thrayzar asks, "That's possible. I think?"

Thrayzar asks, "Perhaps less dangerous?"

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk says, "I don't care what Lylia says about you...you are almost a good person."

Evician asks, "Hypnosis?"

Goldtree quietly says, "I'm no mage, but it makes sense."

Speaking to Pukk, Darcena says, "No he isn't."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "Perhaps, even if we were just observing."

Thrayzar says, "Perhaps it could help us avoid potential traps as well."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree asks, "Temporal magics are unstable by nature, but perhaps we could use it to view his past to help jog his memory?"

Thrayzar says, "If the crone placed them in the mind."

Speaking to Goldtree, Lylia says, "That is an eloquent way of putting it, yes."

Thrayzar says, "Going at it sideways might get around it."

Speaking affably to Xorus, Cruxophim agrees, "That's a fine idea."

Goldtree quietly says, "We'd need spellcasters to stablize the temporal rifts..."

Thrassus says, "He might not have formed the memories we are looking for in the past, however."

Speaking to Xorus, Clairette asks, "How do we get beneath the Reach? Is that one of the water tunnel exits I missed?"

Goldtree quietly says, "And we'd need plenty of support in case there were traps..."

Xorus says, "Particularly since the time seems so out of joint. With him, with the Bleaklands..."

Puptilian says, "The Eonak Lake always seem to be a bit unstable since Althedeus used it a few times. Maybe that would be a best place and close enough to the reach."

Puptilian says, "There is the waterfall there or...."

Ysharra says, "And whatever connection there is to the Wizardwaste....most interesting."

Puptilian says, "I really really hate to recommend this."

Leafiara recalls, "I believe Dennet's Plinite Hollows were beneath the Reach."

Puptilian says, "There is the cave Cross used."

Xorus says, "We have been down there with Teuriz. And Dennet's plinite hollows were close enough."

Speaking to Leafiara, Madmountan says, "That was a neat place."

Speaking quietly to Puptilian, Goldtree says, "That place is cursed."

Speaking to Xorus, Puptilian says, "I thought that area caved in."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "I would expect that the key difference in results between a temporal and mental approach would be seeing what he saw versus understanding what he understood. The information presented by a temporal approach will not be as clouded by his bias, but it may be clouded by ours."

Cruxophim vaguely mentions, "There might have been some excavation work done... unofficially, of course."

Leafiara says, "Part of it did, certainly... don't remember if all of the hollows did. Either way, we could dig--"

Leafiara nods at Cruxophim.

Lylia impatiently says, "If I have to hear the word 'curse' one more time tonight..."

Speaking to Raelee, Darcena asks, "It would also not have his insight presumably?"

Madmountan says, "Excavation."

Lylia insists, "Such concepts are superstitious twaddle."

Speaking to Raelee, Darcena says, "It's not all bias. Interpretation can be helpful as well."

Puptilian jokingly says, "Cursed ideas."

Clairette removes a small totem head from in her leather longcoat.

Speaking firmly to Lylia, Cruxophim notes, "Agreed."

Raelee slowly asks, "... are you all suggesting digging beneath the Outpost?"

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "There isn't a square inch of grass that hasn't seen tragedy, my friend. It's all cursed in someone's history."

(Evician writes down a new word, "T-w-a...and finishes his scribbling.)

Clairette says, "I have enough of these to go around. We could use them and just sink to the bottom of the lake to find a way down there."

Speaking to Raelee, Leafiara clarifies, "Beneath the Reach."

Speaking carefully to Raelee, Cruxophim corrects, "Around? Flanking, if you will."

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Let's blow up the outpost!"

Clairette waves a small totem head around.

Clairette tosses her totem head into the air, where it appears to vanish!

Nairena exclaims, "Boom!"

Speaking bemusedly to Evician, Cruxophim mouths, "Twaddle."

Speaking jovially to Pukk, Leafiara jests, "Well, I mean, one goal at a time."

Nairena says, "Problem solved."

Nairena says, "No one dies."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Two birds with one arrow..."

Speaking to Nairena, Darcena asks, "But do they bleed?"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Evician says, "Got it."

Sofal says, "Blowing it up would probable make it worse."

Goldstr says, "Da Outpost has a secret tunnel to da base a da Reach."

Thrayzar asks, "Got any secret doors to those plinite hollows?"

Thrayzar peers quizzically at Raelee.

Puptilian says, "The outpost had a backdoor under the waterfall at one point. Maybe part of that is still around."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Raelee states, "I have access."

Maags says, "She will say here."

Diamondelille says, "Prolly be good."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree asks, "So if we could get to a place with temporal instabilities, and secure them, how would we test them on you? Look at an event in your past?"

Speaking to Cruxophim, Puptilian says, "I'm sure someone would enjoy it more then her."

Thrayzar shrugs at Goldtree.

Thrayzar says, "Yes, perhaps. See if it works. See what occurs."

Speaking to Sensou, Darcena says, "I could shatter your bones, if that would help."

Thrayzar says, "Before we dabble with Pylasar."

Thrayzar says, "Because I won't lie. While I am also worried about him..."

Speaking to Darcena, Sensou says, "Least someone would be doing something."

Speaking amusedly to Thrayzar, Cruxophim echoes, "Dabble."

Thrayzar says, "And any potential traps..."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "It's worth a shot. Who knows what is in Pylasar's past/present/future."

Leafiara amicably says, "Sounds like a plan, then."

Bernadette softly says, "As are we."

Thrayzar says, "If we don't do it right."

Lylia muses, "An event in your past...you would want to choose a time that was particularly relevant to you, but it may or may not be one that is close to Raznel."

Speaking patiently to Sensou, Darcena says, "They are doing something. They're determining strategy."

Thrayzar says, "I'm afraid we have lost any chance we have."

Madmountan exclaims, "We've made a right mess of the inside of people's heads in the past, why not a couple more!"

Speaking blithely to Madmountan, Leafiara says, "This is why your genius is underrated."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Lylia asks, "A sort of fixed point in memory. Do you have such a thing in mind?"

Speaking to Madmountan, Darcena says, "Seems reasonable."

Speaking to Leafiara, Darcena mouths, "Top five."

Speaking to Madmountan, Clairette asks, "What's the worst that could happen?"

Pukk quietly says, "Minds....who needs them anyways."

Speaking to Raelee, Puptilian asks, "It's been a long held theory that his purpleness travels time and not necessary under his control. Maybe you can stand his presence for a while to research the mana around him and maybe help to direct our search better?"

Speaking to Thrayzar, Goldstr says, "Den we should nae rush but plan well aye."

Speaking to Puptilian, Darcena says, "She could fish sculpin with him."

Speaking to Darcena, Puptilian says, "I'm sure she would agree there."

Darcena cheerfully exclaims, "And then I could eat them!"

Darcena says, "Not as good as rolton, but it would do in a pinch."

Speaking to Puptilian, Raelee states, "I could."

Speaking to Raelee, Puptilian says, "Think of him as a research toy. Just gag him."

Sensou asks, "What are we even fighting, does anyone even know?"

Speaking to Darcena, Goldstr says, "I cooked some a dem sculpin nae verra tasty."

Thrayzar peers quizzically at Shinann. [seemingly based on a whispered exchange]

Speaking to Puptilian, Raelee says, "My research does not utilize toys."

Speaking quietly to Shinann, Goldtree asks, "You got an idea, Shin?"

Thrayzar says, "That seems even more dangerous."

Thrayzar nods at Shinann.

Shinann slowly empties her lungs.

Speaking pointedly to Puptilian, Raelee says, "To label a tool as a toy implies the matter is not being taken seriously."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Lylia says, "We would be, in essence, roaming in the recesses of your memory, I believe. Perhaps you would want ways to close a few doors, focus on a fixed point."

Thrayzar shrugs at Lylia.


Regarding Abygail

Speaking to Thrayzar, Puptilian says, "Before we all leave I do have a report to you, the captain, and the mayor while we have everyone here. It can wait until the current conversation is done though."

Thrayzar says, "I am not afraid or ashamed of my past."

Speaking to Lylia, Raelee says, "He should. We will need practice in opening those doors."

Thrayzar says, "Let's hear it now, as I must retire soon."

Thrayzar nods at Puptilian.

Sensou says, "Ooh."

Thrayzar nods at Raelee.

Thrayzar asks, "So I should want to close doors?"

Puptilian says, "For those that were not here, our little huntress from the outpost mentioned hearing that Walkar's sister Abygail was suppose to visit the Landing recently."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Raelee says, "I expect Pylasar will. Thus, you should as well."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Darcena says, "You don't only shut doors because you're ashamed or afraid."

Speaking to Lylia, Clairette says, "That was my concern too - perhaps revisiting a point in time in which he was controlled by unsavory forces might trigger something undesirable."

Lylia says, "Let us say that we all have things in our minds over which the curtain should be decorously drawn."

Darcena says, "You also do it to protect others who may not be able to handle it."

Puptilian says, "Obviously she did not show up. I had my wolf friend Aatu and the wolf Dawn look for her."

Speaking to Darcena, Sensou asks, "Experience with that?"

Thrayzar asks, "And?"

Speaking gently to Thrayzar, Darcena says, "Not everyone can stand to live through the things you have lived through."

Thrayzar peers quizzically at Puptilian.

Thrayzar grins at Darcena.

Maags says, "If the focus on what is needed is strong, it should keeps other doors as yous say, closed."

Thrayzar says, "That is kind of you. But we all have our challenges and trials."

Thrayzar nods at Darcena.

Puptilian says, "The wolves came back recently and told me they found her scent not too far away from here but it's disappeared."

Speaking to Yakushi, Kupaka asks, "Do you concur?"

Thrayzar frowns at Puptilian.

Speaking curiously to Puptilian, Leafiara asks, "How not too far is not too far?"

Puptilian says, "Not only is she missing, someone took care to hide where they took her."

Puptilian says, "Especially if the two wolves can't find her."

Puptilian says, "I'm not sure who in the Empire we need to make aware of this."

Puptilian says, "But if we have time sometime soon I can have the wolves show where they lost the scent."

[awkward silence for a minute or two]

Pukk quietly says, "It's quiet...tooo quiet."

Speaking to Pukk, Goldstr says, "Much to tinks bouts."

Goldtree quietly says, "Everyone's lost in their own thoughts...we should be getting lost in Thrayzar's."

Thrayzar says, "I'll think on all of this. And speak with Pylasar as well."

Lylia mildly says, "I am always quiet unless I have something to say."

Speaking patiently to Goldtree, Leafiara says, "All in due time."

Nairena says, "I don't want to be inside his head."

Speaking to Lylia, Darcena says, "I'm only quiet when I'm sleeping."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Ysharra says, "I hope you don't regret this."

Thrayzar says, "But, let's think of who here, or among the town can help us."

Darcena pointedly adds, "Or eating."

Speaking quietly to Lylia, Pukk says, "You always have something to say."

Thrayzar asks, "And is it decided then, we'll try the Reach?"

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "Sounds like our best bet."

Lylia says, "Yes."

Madmountan says, "Pylasar wants to go to the Reach anyway."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "And safer than mucking around in someone's head."

Thrayzar says, "And Captain, I appreciate you offering yourself."

Thrayzar nods at Shinann.

Lylia says, "It is the axis around which so much turns, it seems the natural point for such excursions."

Thrayzar says, "But no. I cannot put you through that."

Shinann nods once.

Speaking suddenly to Shinann, Leafiara says, "Oh, good thought. Now I see."

Speaking quietly to Shinann, Goldtree says, "Don't go martyring, Captain."

Thrayzar says, "Then please brainstorm on some ideas or people who can aid in what we need to do."

Shinann says, "I was not..."

Thrayzar says, "I haven't the beginning of what would be needed, with memories and the Reach."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Lylia says, "Then I have something I would ask of you too."

Thrayzar peers quizzically at Lylia.

Thrayzar says, "If it requires blood, my answer is yes."

Clairette says, "So eager."

Lylia says, "Not yet."

Xorus wryly says, "Malluch did force Cruxophim to witness his own past using a temporal rift once."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Claede says, "Empaths with a focus in mentalism wouldn't be a bad start. Perhaps they might even be able to share in any strain."

Sensou says, "Yeah, kill em all, let the Arkati sort em out."

Thrayzar says, "I will not let the witch escape us again."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Puptilian says, "With the wizard we can probably start with his hiring you to go after the witch and work our way back from there."

Puptilian says, "Need a starting point."

Lylia says, "I was merely going to suggest thinking of that fixed-point memory."

Diamondelille asks, "De beginnin?"

Thrayzar nods at Lylia.

Thrayzar asks, "Fixed, as in, closing it off?"

Speaking quietly to Diamondelille, Pukk says, "The beginning is right before the end."

Sensou asks, "Hey guys after all this gum flappin, can we go cut a witch's head off?"

Sensou stares at Darcena.

Lylia says, "Fixed, as in rigid. The sort of thing that divides your life into 'before' and 'after.'."

Speaking earnestly to Sensou, Leafiara says, "We're workin' on it."

Speaking to Sensou, Darcena asks, "Why are you looking at me like this?"

Speaking menacingly to Sensou, Darcena hisses, "Do not think I am easy prey."

Thrayzar asks, "For what purpose?"

Thrayzar peers quizzically at Lylia.

Lylia says, "We all have such moments. A time when we endured a great flood or fire, perhaps. The death of a loved one. A windfall."

Thrayzar says, "Sorry, this is all foreign to me."

Ysharra asks, "Is Malluch still in custody? Still insane and eyeless?"

Ysharra says, "I've forgotten his status."

Lylia says, "That is what I meant by a 'fixed point' in your memory. A landmark of sorts. You would know better than we what sort of landmarks define your own mental territory."

Thrayzar asks, "But, do I need it, to come back to?"

Thrayzar asks, "Or close off for you to unlock?"

Lylia explains, "By having such a point, by making it the focus of this excursion, it would --"

Thrayzar says, "I'm not sure what is being asked of me."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "One of each."

Ysharra says, "Serve as an anchor."

Speaking to Lylia, Claede says, "That's a good notion."

Lylia cries, "Yes! An anchor."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "A point of reference, and then a secret you want us to find as a test."

Darcena says, "Lylia, Lylia."

Sensou exclaims, "Think happy thoughts. Your happy place!"

Thrayzar says, "So one anchor, one closed door. Or multiple closed doors."

Darcena says, "You're talking about emotional anchors."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "Yep."

Darcena says, "Those things that we look for and influence."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "After all, this is an expedition."

Thrayzar nods.

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Happy thoughts? Happy place?....ah yes....the bank!"

Lylia says, "Yes, those points in our lives that define the others."

Ysharra says, "Somewhat. Memory when you have sensate quality to it, that would be best."

Speaking to Lylia, Claede says, "Help recall the moments that lead up to that moment. Provide a pathway from memory to memory, rather a cascade of thoughts."

Puptilian says, "Excuse me."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Raelee says, "Closed doors. Other forms of obfuscation. Misdirection."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Raelee says, "Be difficult."

Thrayzar nods.

Thrayzar says, "That I can be."

Speaking quietly to Thrayzar, Goldtree says, "Imagine it like a dream - you need something familiar, so you know what's real, and you need something hidden, so you know what it means."

Speaking patiently to Lylia, Darcena says, "Those are moments that are heavily steeped in emotion."

Goldtree quietly says, "A dream that you know is a dream..."

Thrayzar says, "Thank you for your thoughts all tonight. I think we've taken a good step in the right direction."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Ysharra says, "You might think of a literal closed door, as a focus point. When you need to. And I think you are likely to need to."

Goldtree quietly says, "Confusing..."

Thrayzar bows.

Speaking agreeably to Thrayzar, Leafiara says, "No doubt. I look forward to both our ventures."

Speaking to Thrayzar, Shinann says, "Your tea will be in its usual place."

Darcena says, "I just want to see Mothnay."

Lylia says, "Precisely. Give order to the memories. We may not recall what we had for breakfast five months ago, unless we are Xorus, but we do recall whether things happened before or after a wedding, before or after a fire."

Speaking to Darcena, Leafiara sighs, "Me too. I guess it'll be some time."

Lylia says, "There is 'before' the flood, and there is 'after.'."

Ysharra asks, "What did you have for breakfast five months ago?"

Thrayzar cracks open the window of the office and leaps out, grabbing ahold of the wall and scaling up unto the rooftop and racing off.

Xorus says, "Basilisk eggs and merlot."