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Latest revision as of 21:25, 3 December 2019

Eoantos 2-3, 5119

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Summary

  • Thadston arrives, followed by Pylasar making a grand entrance getting coughed up in a bubble by Aleid's broom hare. He says he's been busy searching for something, but for the night it's off to Lake Eonak where Chrysamber Epoch awaits for the final delve into Pylasar's memories. There with her repaired compass, she says she couldn't allow Pylasar to say in the monster's debt--presumably Quinshon. He says his debt is paid, but nonetheless thanks her for coming.
  • Ysharra inquires about how Brumas is able to enter the world and Pylasar says only that he (Brumas) and Jerram were the most challenging; Leafiara checks with him that they're the only two in cocoons, then. Myasarie continues asking about Brumas' ability, but Pylasar says he doesn't know, other than that it's interesting but not surprising, as Raznel is trying to corrupt what the group is doing.
  • Ysharra and Leafi press about Raznel's possible motives; Pylasar says that "she wants death" and "no one wants to suffer alone," and that the Crescent--the Talon of Toullaire--twisted them but the "Breach" pushed her beyond return.
  • The memory journey begins with a view into what Xorus identifies as the Wizardwaste, where Peter and Rachel battle, unable to strike a decisive blow before a ripple of violet energy sends them both flying.
  • The next memory is of Chrysamber telling Pylasar about someone who followed the elven archmage Inar'ru, and that he'll go there or his trial begins. He agrees to her terms and confirm that it's "Jashel," but Chrysamber cuts off that memory.
  • The next memory proceeds to Gracie, as Peter promises that her parents will always love her and that even as she ages and finds love and her own family, she'll always have fun.
  • However, the memory shifts to a twisted, broken version of Gracie's voice mocking Peter that it killed her and will kill him, and maybe he wants to watch her die a few more times. Pylasar screams and Maylan tries to plead that it's enough, but Chrysamber says they haven't found the paragon. She, Leafi, Cruxophim, Goldstr, Ysharra, and Goblyn try to urge Pyasar on.
  • However, Pylasar realizes this isn't a memory and starts to mention corruption from the scarabs, presumably the ones that blew into the waters previously. Thadston shoves Pylasar underwater and holds him there, pulling him up briefly and then holding him back down. Some in the crowd like Captain Shinann, Ysharra, Maags, and Myasarie try to talk him down or show hesitation while others like Leafi, Goblyn, Dwi, and Mayor Lylia approve of the plan; still others like Guarrin and Aleid are more neutral on the matter.
  • Finally Thadston pulls up Pylasar and whispers a warning to Raznel that if he can kill her quick he will, but if he can make her suffer he'll take that first. Pylasar splutters, but realizes he's somehow okay now.
  • He proceeds to the next memory as a church bell sounds and voices are heard praising or jeering being blessed by Koar with their rightful ruler. "Blood of the Church! Blood of the Thone!" Several like Leafi, Sir Cryheart, Crux, and Goldstr mention Chaston Griffin, but Pylasar says no and the memory shifts to someone decrying treason against Emperor Rallick Anodheles--who reigned from 4725 to 4771. Magister Raelee identifies it as the time of Harland the Bastard, son of the Empress Lyssandra Anodheles and Paltrach, a Patriarch of the Church of Koar.
  • Chrysamber says she has what she needs and departs without any further ado.
  • Pylasar confirms Raelee's thought that the paragon is Harland; Lylia inquires if he was still an infant, but he wasn't. Harland had made his claim, but a mark was on his head and Rachel delivered his young pregnant wife to the Kestrels and they turned Harland into a paragon.
  • Thadston tells Pylasar to share his other thoughts unless he wants another swim. Pylasar says this is the final paragon besides Brumas, though Leafi brings up that he had suspected Raznel made one more paragon without his help. Pylasar says he does worry about that, as everyone robbed Raznel of one in the act of curing Larsya. He says she can't form a new paragon in the past or future without him, so if she has a new one, it exists now.
  • Leafi asks if shooting Larsya with the Epochxin was really all that was needed to turn her into a paragon, but Pylasar suspects that was only part of it. Zosopage asks if Raznel can traverse time, but Pylasar says she can't without his assistance.
  • Pylasar says Raznel's power has been limited with previous paragons, as they were prisons of his own creation. He doesn't know who the new paragon could be and isn't certain there is one, but suspects Rachel will have tried. Thadston asks if it can be a living person among us, like a Brumas illusion, or someone dead or taken. Leafi says she'd think it is a living person among us, Chamorr asks if there's a way to test, Crux reminds Thadston that he'd been taken, Berost brings up those who were imbedded with scarabs, and Maags says someone could be taken over. Pylasar says he'll think on it more, as he's been trying to figure it out for weeks.


Log

Waiting in the Snow

[Town Square Central]

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

Also here: Great Lord Fauwkes, Kalras, Lady Gothel, Bernadette, Lazaryth, Cyko, Bbee, Christianello, Lord Blanviar, Grand Lady Roelaren, Aderion who is sitting, Lord Siggurd, Marshal Meureii, Senfyre who is kneeling, Event Planner Leafiara, Lord Farhammer who is sitting, Elphieya, Kanetta, Vidos, Aleid, Maags, Sir Cryheart, Aargren who is sitting, Harfgaar who is sitting, Puptilian who is sitting, Lord Caledrik, Peekir who is sitting, Chaoswynd, Rasson, Kayston who is sitting, Pukk, Lord Lycurgus, Lord Chamorr, Zosopage, Great Lord Kobane, Dhairn, Ensayn

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

Speaking to Meureii, Aleid says, "Are we going on an adventure? I think I'm dressed too fancy for an adventure."

Leafiara curiously exclaims, "Snow again!"

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Goldtree says, "Looks like my luck continues to improve."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Pukk exclaims, "You're right!"

Bernadette softly says, "We hasin ventoors."

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Elphieya asks, "Again?"

Speaking happily to Dhairn, Leafiara says, "A kind gift right on time, thank you." (he'd handed over hot cocoa)

Ensayn warningly says, "If I see any birds . ."

Roelaren says, "Snow."

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Pukk says, "Get ready old man, pretty soon we are all going to be all over you."

Cryheart says, "Duck."

Cryheart nods at Ensayn.

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Pukk says, "I mean, joining your group that is."

Speaking uncomfortably to Leafiara, Elphieya whines, "I just started getting warm again."

Dhairn says, "What's so special about Cryheart."

Speaking curiously to Elphieya, Leafiara says, "We really need to get you some warmer clothes."

Speaking to Dhairn, Puptilian says, "Experience."

Speaking sagely to Dhairn, Leafiara says, "He's the Cryheart-iest."

Speaking to Chamorr, Maags exclaims, "Sir Cryheart is a Knight!"

Roelaren says, "He is special."

Speaking quietly to Dhairn, Pukk says, "Because he is Sir Shiny."

Aleid says, "I gotta go change."

Speaking thoughtfully to Cryheart, Ensayn says, "It was just a falcon before everything went dark on me. Not sure what a duck would mean."

Maags exclaims, "Knights lead!"

Roelaren says, "A knight."

Speaking to Leafiara, Rasson says, "She cuts holes in the back of everything."

Speaking tentatively to Rasson, Leafiara says, "Well, yes, but even so..."

Pukk quietly says, "Oh what the heck, might as well."

Cryheart says, "Drink some coffee."

Pukk recites quietly:

"Everybody join Cryheart!"

Speaking quietly to Cryheart, Goldtree says, "More like die less - I'll have more energy."

Vidos asks, "Why?"

Speaking to Maags, Bbee asks, "Pleeeze?"

Speaking sagely to Vidos, Leafiara says, "Because Pukk said so."

Speaking quietly to Vidos, Pukk says, "Because I said so."

Dhairn says, "I'm not joining him until he smells respectable."

Speaking deeply to Vidos, Guarrin says, "It's just what happens."

Roelaren says, "I am here for triage."

Speaking curiously to Evia, Leafiara asks, "Have you felt any more abdomen pains since the last time a month ago or so? I hope not...?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Evia says, "Nawp, been alright."

Speaking surprisedly to Evia, Pukk asks, "Are you pregnant??"

Speaking approvingly to Evia, Leafiara says, "Good to know."

Vidos says, "Perfect."

Evia waves a hand at Pukk, dismissing him indifferently.

Cryheart asks, "Ye painted me face?"

Vidos says, "It suits you."

[leaves for a rescue, returns later]

Pukk: "Everybody better get ready to join Cryheart! It's dying time."

Dwi: "Deal."

Speaking amusedly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "I think we're just diving into Pylasar's memories this time."

Speaking mischievously to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Though I'm not opposed to some danger..."

Maylan: "Already?"

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Sure, you say that, but then blam! We are dead."

Evia says, "Memories schmemories, let us go forth and kill stuff."

Cryheart says, "Nowadays, it still pays to be prepared."

Speaking heartily to Kobane, Dwi asks, "Why ye put up wit dat?"

Speaking sincerely to Leafiara, Ensayn warns, "Don't lose your mind in his."

Speaking amusedly to Evia, Leafiara says, "I do usually prefer it myself."

Speaking dubiously to Ensayn, Leafiara asks, "When would I ever?"

Speaking to Cryheart, Maags says, "It makes us feel better anyhow."

Evia says, "If I wanted to delve, well...I wouldn't."

Speaking quietly to Dwi, Kobane says, "It's not so bad."

Cryheart says, "Was surprised by the griffins last night."

Speaking heartily to Bbee, Dwi asks, "Ye brung ale?"

Balantine asks, "Anything I need to know to be caught up?"

Speaking to Balantine, Maags says, "Run from Griffins."

Speaking quietly to Balantine, Pukk says, "There are bad people, doing bad things and we are going to look at some bad memories."

Aleid repeats, "Run from griffins."

Speaking musingly to Balantine, Leafiara says, "Mm, not all that much..."

Aleid exclaims, "That sounds like very good advice!"

Balantine says, "I usually take a ride on 'em."

Balantine says, "Practice for my winged steed, don't ye know."

Evia asks, "I thought mister Thadston had said we were going to look for a paragon?"

Speaking to Aleid, Meureii asks, "Aye?"

Dwi heartily says, "Da Griffins aint so bad...specially since I took em fer alla dat silber."

Speaking to Meureii, Aleid asks, "Do you know everybody?"

Speaking to Evia, Leafiara affirms, "Yep, that's tonight!"

Dwi heartily says, "More darts."

Evia says, "Oh, ok."

Speaking thoughtfully to Aleid, Meureii asks, "No?"

Maags exclaims, "'parentlies!"

Speaking to Meureii, Aleid says, "I only know about a third of everybody."

Dillitink squeakily says, "Busy again tonight it seems."

Berost deeply asks, "We formin' up ?"

Speaking to Aleid, Meureii says, "Ten percent of two million everyones."

Speaking to Meureii, Aleid says, "Give or take."

Ysharra takes a few steps back.

Dwi heartily says, "Cryhear wants to be in charge."

Speaking quietly to a white-tailed broom hare, Ysharra says, "There. You've got the whole other side of the oak."

Ysharra waves a hand at the broom hare, shooing it off.

Speaking to Cryheart, Leifa says, "Fearless leader."

Maags exclaims, "Finallies everybodies knows!"

Pukk quietly exclaims, "Well 1 good thing about tonight is if we do die, we have Bbee. He has the pills that can help!"

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "Come, join us."

A streak of purple lightning bleeds across the snow-filled skies.

Cryheart says, "Purple."

Goldtree quietly says, "There we are."

Maags exclaims, "Purple!"

Razanetika softly exclaims, "Purple lightning!"

Pukk yells, "About time!"

Evia says, "Bzzt."

Bernadette softly says, "Purple."

Leafiara amicably says, "Ah, he's actually on time."

Cryheart says, "There is Pylasar..aka Peter."

Chamorr heartily says, "Purple Peter Pylasar."

Pukk yells, "Pylasar we have been waiting!"

Zosopage says, "Look people there's a little purple mage in the sky."

Maags exclaims, "I heard he was arriving tonight!"

Ysharra asks, "What stories will you spin tonight, Peter?"

Dwi heartily asks, "We gonna start talkin bout pickles next eh?"

Speaking to Chamorr, Evia asks, "Did you peer down his pants to know that?"

Leafiara musingly says, "Wonder if we'll see Quinshon, Chrysamber, or both."

Cryheart says, "Ok..moving to Moot Hall all."

Speaking to Dwi, Maags exclaims, "Pickles are not purple!"

Pukk yells, "I dare the lightning to strike Meureii!"

Chamorr heartily says, "Sheesh."

Sir Cryheart's group just went east.

[Town Square, East]

Here in the center of a broad plaza near the commercial area of the bazaar stands the impressive facade of the slate-roofed Moot Hall, where the citizens of Wehnimer's Landing hold various official, religious and social functions. Facing the square are some of the town's more prosperous shops, still doing business with the many customers who still frequent the streets at night. You also see a white-tailed broom hare, a forest wolf, a grizzled old warrior, a polished bleakstone statue, a bone-framed bulletin board and a large purple wooden barrel.

Leifa says, "That's an eggplant."

Speaking to Pukk, Meureii says, "Wouldn't have a chance."

Pukk quietly says, "You never know."

Speaking heartily to Maags, Dwi says, "Dey twist yer tongue...dat's da point."

Speaking to Maags, Leifa says, "Eggplants are purple."

Pukk yells, "You hear that! Meureii says you can't strike him!"

Cryheart says, "I did announce, perhaps I did nae yell."

Dwi heartily says, "Well...I'll be..it is da color."

Aleid says, "Meureii's too wiry and wily to get struck by lightnig."

Maags says, "Fine."

Speaking to Maags, Meureii admits, "You are better than the lightning."

Aleid says, "Lithe. Fast on his feet. Nimble of the toes and all that."

From nearby, you hear Dillitink yell, "I'll keep the Square gnome and safe!"

Cryheart yells, "Sounds great!"

Leafiara yells, "We appreciate it!"

Leifa mouths, "Gnome?"

Pukk yells, "Don't eat all the acorns!"

From nearby, you hear Dillitink yell, "Too late!"

Bbee offers Leifa a faceted dark sapphire pill.

Leifa peers quizzically at Bbee.

Leafiara yells, "You can find more outside Helden Hall!"

Speaking quietly to Roelaren, Pukk says, "You should join Cryheart."

Bbee says, "Eat up."

Speaking to Maags, Ysharra says, "I'm very ready for some progress...I hope we find out some more direction tonight."

Speaking to Leafiara, Evia asks, "Find more gnomes?"

Speaking to Bbee, Leifa says, "I don't take candy from strangers."

Leifa declines Bbee's offer.

Speaking amusedly to Evia, Leafiara clarifies, "More acorns."

Bbee exclaims, "I ain't no strangler!"

Speaking to Ysharra, Maags asks, "But then the reflection from the knight's armor makes us all look well yes?"

Speaking quietly to Roelaren, Dwi says, "Ye should ignore misser Pukk....almos always."

Speaking to Pukk, Roelaren says, "I am doing triage, just seeing what is happening here before I go back to TSC."

Ysharra wistfully says, "I'd like to summon Munin home."

Speaking to Ysharra, Maags says, "I am more than readies as well."

Speaking heartily to Leifa, Chamorr says, "Dont take candy from strangers, unless they offer you a ride."

Speaking quietly to Roelaren, Goldtree says, "Always saving our lives."

Bbee says, "I am Bbee."

Roelaren says, "I try."

Speaking quietly to Roelaren, Goldtree says, "And I try to keep you busy."

Mayor Lylia just arrived.

Speaking to Lylia, Maylan asks, "Where is your palanquin?"

Speaking heartily to Chamorr, Dwi asks, "Dis when she pays us to bote fer her?"

Speaking heartily to Lylia, Chamorr asks, "Whars my smooch?"

Maags says, "The lightning stopped."

Cryheart says, "Someone has graffitied ye board."

Speaking quietly to Bbee, Pukk says, "Wow, I didn't know the mayor is one of your clients."

Evia says, "Maybe he crash landed somewhere."

Speaking to a bone-framed bulletin board, Maylan exclaims, "Hi Board!"

Speaking to Evia, Maags says, "Usuallies his aim is good."

Bbee asks, "Yer a what?"


Thadston and Pylasar Arrive: To the Lake

Lord Thadston just limped in.

Lylia says, "Everyone seems in high spirits. It must be the crisp weather."

Lylia adds, "...and the way it keeps the smell of the bay down."

Speaking heartily to Bbee, Dwi says, "Ye hadda be der."

Speaking to Thadston, Evia says, "Good eve Sir, good to see you."

Thadston says, "Eve."

Cryheart says, "Hello Lord Thadston."

Speaking heartily to Thadston, Chamorr says, "Evenin, feelin better."

Speaking to Thadston, Maags says, "Hellos Mister Thadston."

Leafiara affably says, "Glad ya made it."

Speaking to Thadston, Roelaren says, "Goodeve to ye Sir."

Ysharra says, "...if the blight is fungal, even magic fungus wouldn't do so well in the cold, so..."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "I'm hopeful."

Cryheart says, "Perhaps Pylasar flew into Moot Hall by mistake due to the snow."

Lylia says, "It would bode well for Icemule Trace, too."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "I have no reason to think so, outside of the fact it affects creatures, people and plants."

Maags says, "Problies Pylasar prefers flying to navigating crowds."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "There's a fungal disease that kills rose bushes that sometimes infects the gardener, as well."

Thadston says, "Still waiting on Peter it seems."

Dwi heartily says, "I prefer piggy back rides."

Leafiara mentions, "Saw his purple lightning earlier, though."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "Or the rabbits and squirrels that eat them."

Speaking to Ysharra, Lylia says, "Is there now? I had no idea."

Cryheart says, "Perhaps we need to send out Winston to find him."

Speaking to Thadston, Leifa says, "Perhaps he landed in a cocklebush."

Bbee asks, "Thadston?"

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "It leaves a pale, sickly, dried ashen clump of dead plants behind."

Speaking to Thadston, Zosopage says, "He's picking pickled peppers."

A white-tailed broom hare begins to cough.

Speaking heartily to Maags, Dwi asks, "See?"

Maags whispers something to Maylan.

Speaking heartily to Zosopage, Chamorr says, "How many pickled peppers can purple Peter pick."

A white-tailed broom hare coughs again, then again.

Speaking to Dwi, Maags asks, "A purple pickle?"

Cryheart says, "Hmm..."

Speaking tentatively to a white-tailed broom hare, Leafiara says, "Maybe you should get outta here..."

Speaking to Chamorr, Zosopage says, "Good question."

Speaking to Aleid, Meureii asks, "Is it ok?" (it's her hare)

Cryheart says, "Perhaps the hare is bothered."

Shinann says, "I will check the lake to see if he got confused."

Speaking to a white-tailed broom hare, Ysharra says, "...oh dear."

Shinann just went north.

Speaking quietly to Chamorr, Myasarie says, "At least a peck."

The white-tailed broom hare hiccups and a tiny purple bubble floats out of its mouth.

Cryheart says, "Ahah."

Goldtree quietly says, "Looks sickly."

Evia asks, "Hacking up a hare ball?"

Speaking to Lylia, Bbee asks, "Your bribe mayor?"

Speaking to a black-toed saddleback foxhound, Leifa says, "Don't eat that rabbit...it's gone south."

The broom hare hops over to Aleid and jumps into her arms lightly.

Bbee offers Lylia a silvery blue potion.

Leafiara slowly says, "Well then."

Dwi heartily says, "Bunny."

Lylia accepts Bbee's silvery blue potion.

Falvicar quietly says, "I smell.. bacon."

Ysharra relievedly says, "He's all right."

Maags exclaims, "Close!"

Speaking quietly to a forest wolf, Goldtree says, "Don't eat it - it's diseased."

Ysharra says, "I think Peter's just using him for an entrance."

Within the tiny purple bubble a small humanoid can be seen, bouncing around, waving and pushing on the interior of the sphere.

Cryheart says, "I think Peter flew into the ear of the hare by mistake."

The bubble grows larger.

The bubble grows larger.....then larger...then larger...

Speaking to her Ice Drake rum, Maylan says, "Too much rum."

Lylia says, "Thank you, but I am beyond bribery. I shall not be mayor soon, depending on the definition of 'soon.'"

Razanetika softly says, "Bubble bubble."

POP!

Zosopage says, "Pop that Zit! I mean bubble."

Pylasar falls over.

Speaking to Lylia, Bbee says, "Drink it."

Speaking amusedly to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "You do know how to make an entrance, at least."

Leafiara pulls Pylasar to his feet.

Shinann says, "Ahh."

Pylasar dusts himself off.

Evia says, "Golly."

Speaking deeply to Pylasar, Guarrin says, "Points for creativity."

(OOC) Puptilian's player whispers to the group, "Is this GS or Wizard of Oz?"

Bbee says, "Ah you did."

Speaking to Aleid, Meureii marvels, "How did you do that?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Leifa asks, "Peter rabbit?"

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Pukk says, "I give you a 4 out of 10."

Speaking sincerely to Bbee, Lylia says, "Thank you."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Hello, Peter."

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Myasarie says, "Well met m'lord."

Pylasar says, "Sorry I'm late, I hope there's no split...hares...about it."

(OOC) Dwi's player whispers to the group, "I'd watch dat!"

Pylasar gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Bbee says, "Welcome."

Cryheart says, "Hello ye purpleness."

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Pukk says, "You could have stuck that landing better."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "I hope the month of rest did well by you."

Pylasar asks, "Month?"

Pylasar exclaims, "It's been a day!"

Speaking to her broom hare, Aleid says, "What have I told you about ingesting things when you don't know what they are."

Pylasar asks, "Hasn't it?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "No."

Cryheart says, "Not by our time."

Speaking seriously to Pylasar, Meureii says, "Or should be thankful there is no split hare."

Bbee offers Pylasar a faceted dark sapphire pill.

Dwi heartily says, "My day wassa day."

Zosopage says, "20 years and a day."

Pukk quietly says, "That is what happens when you wash with soap too much."

Pylasar says, "Well, I've been....busy."

Pylasar accepts Bbee's dark sapphire pill.

Pylasar says, "Searching for something."

Pylasar places his dark sapphire pill in his mouth, and it dissolves into a puff of cerulean smoke. A blue mist seeps from his lips as a cloud of mana coalesces around him, wrapping him in protective magic!

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "It's Eoantos now."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maags exclaims, "Problies yous never has time to be bored!"

(OOC) Kobane's player whispers to the group, "Once upon a Time: Elanthia."

Speaking to Meureii, Aleid says, "That's not even funny."

Pylasar asks, "Shall we, to the lake?"

Speaking curiously to Pylasar, Leafiara asks, "Dare we even ask?"

Pylasar joins Cryheart's group.

Maags exclaims, "Readies!"

Speaking to Pylasar, Leifa says, "Let's hop on over."

Cryheart says, "To the lake."

Aleid admits, "All right, yes it is."

Cryheart says, "Moving in one..."

Thadston joins Cryheart's group.

Cryheart says, "Two....."

Maags quickly prompts, "Threetwoone!"

Pukk quietly says, "Oh yeah, now you join Cryheart."

Cryheart says, "Three."

Roelaren says, "Take care."

Cryheart says, "Moving."

[travel begins]

Falvicar whispers something to Leafiara.

Speaking heartily to Razanetika, Dwi says, "Da oldsters like memberin stuff dat aint happind."

Maags says, "This is why knights lead."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Yes. Do you know what it is about Brumas that's allowed him to enter this world? And summon forces to fight with him."

[Melgorehn's Reach, Lake Eonak]

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

Also here: Miss Goblyn who is sitting, Lilitigress, Cytiger, Nakaira, Ensayn, Felita, High Lady Shyspirit, High Lord Mongonator, Falvicar, Cyf, Great Lord Gutstorm, Xorus who is riding a fiery-eyed nightmare steed, Goldstr, Melikor, Cruxophim, Magister Raelee, Shinann, Alasatia, Lord Pylasar, Myasarie, Lord Thadston, Tru, Refram, Leifa, Mayor Lylia, Land Pirate Maylan who is sitting, Zosopage, Maags, Event Planner Leafiara Guarrin, Ysharra, Dwi who is sitting, Berost, Sir Balantine, Dame Evia, Razanetika, Bernadette, Bbee, Rasson, Pukk, Lord Lycurgus, Lord Chamorr, Great Lord Kobane, Aleid, Marshal Meureii, Sir Cryheart, Lady Chrysamber

[above is a view from later in the night, as not everyone was there immediately, but I wanted to get a snapshot of the whole group]

Speaking quietly to Ysharra, Pukk says, "It's called dwarven stubborness."

Pylasar says, "I well...have some thoughts."

Speaking to Ysharra, Lylia says, "Good question. And one I hope we shall see answered soon."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "I thought you might."

Speaking heartily to Chamorr, Dwi asks, "We goin to da good lake?"

Chrysamber nods. (she was already at the lake)

Pylasar beams happily at Chrysamber!

Bbee asks, "Is there a bbad lake?"

Speaking heartily to Dwi, Chamorr says, "Think so, suit up."

Speaking amicably to Chrysamber, Leafiara says, "Been a while... good eve again."

Speaking to Chrysamber, Leifa says, "Slyph."

Lylia murmurs, "Hello there."

Chrysamber melodically asks, "You did not expect me to let you remain in that monster's debt, did you?"

Chrysamber peers quizzically at Pylasar.

The voice of Cruxophim amusedly ventures, "Did someone say monster?"

Pylasar asks, "No no, my debt is paid. But thank you for...fixing it, yes? Your compass?"

Speaking heartily to Chrysamber, Chamorr says, "Evenin."

Pukk quietly says, "Too bad Warclaidh isn't around."

Chrysamber melodically says, "It has been repaired."

Chrysamber melodically says, "It will hold for our final attempt."

Pylasar says, "Well...."

Pylasar says, "About that..."

Pylasar says, "Okay yeah."

Pylasar nods.

Pylasar says, "Let's start somwhere."

Goldtree quietly says, "Or somewhen."

Speaking heartily to Cytiger, Dwi says, "I'm still conbinced ye used to be taller."

Chamorr heartily says, "Dont need monsters, yer here."

Maags says, "Start at the middle."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Brumas killed a number of Hendorans last night."

Maylan says, "Start in the middle, then skip to the end, then return to the beginning."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "And never mind the number of us who were slain."

Maylan says, "That's the best way to tell a story."

Maags says, "Then easier yous can go either way."

Bbee asks, "Why are we here?"

Speaking to Bbee, Leafiara explains, "More memory delvin'."

Speaking quietly to Maylan, Pukk says, "I like stories."

Speaking heartily to Bbee, Dwi says, "Scarey story."

Pylasar says, "Some of our victims were..."

Pylasar rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Speaking heartily to Bbee, Dwi says, "Dont pee."

Pylasar says, "More difficult than others."

Speaking quietly to Maylan, Pukk says, "I know the title for this one too."

Bbee says, "Oh um."

Speaking heartily to Bbee, Chamorr says, "Givin Pylasar a lobotomy."

Speaking quietly to Maylan, Pukk says, "The Imp, the Witch and the Warclaidh."

Ysharra says, "The affects of the Reach make it easier to churn out memories for the Chronomage to anchor to."

Pukk quietly says, "But Warclaidh isn't around."

Speaking to Dwi, Bbee asks, "A story about you I take it?"

Ysharra says, "That's why we come here for these."

Pylasar says, "The Sentinel and the Dwarf were the most challenging."

Chamorr heartily says, "Id rather have a bottle in fronta me than a frontal lobotomy."

The voice of Cruxophim affably reasons, "And look how that turned out."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "Why?"

Leifa irritatedly says, "Dwarves are always challenging."

Leafiara suddenly speculates, "Ahh, so perhaps they're the only ones with cocoons.."

Pylasar nods to Leafiara.

Leafiara nods understandingly at Pylasar.

Pylasar says, "Some took to the process more easily."

Pylasar says, "Succumbed to the..."

Pylasar rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Thadston asks, "Lies?"

Thadston peers quizzically at Pylasar.

Pylasar says, "Creations."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Illusions. Deceptions."

Pylasar nods at Ysharra.

Lylia diplomatically says, "Fictions."

Dwi heartily asks, "Frictions?"

Pylasar says, "It's quite interesting that Brumas is able to project into this realm and conjure things..."

Pylasar says, "But I suppose not all surprising, given the witch's attempt to corrupt what we are doing."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Some starve to death sated on the succor of dreams, and some wake themselves up from paradise, I bet."

Lylia says, "Last night, some of the Hendoran soldiers appeared as orcs to many of us. We saw, I presume, what he saw."

Myasarie quietly asks, "But how is that so?"

Maags says, "He even can makes some of us see what he wants us to see."

Speaking to Pylasar, Zosopage says, "I'm not sure he is entirely of sound mind though."

Maylan confusedly says, "But Thadston is an orc."

Lylia whispers something to Ysharra.

Maylan says, "Orc....ish."

Speaking to Ysharra, Bbee says, "You say deep stuff."

Speaking quietly to Thadston, Pukk asks, "You're a orc?"

Speaking amusedly to Maylan, Leafiara asks, "Ya mean Thrayzar?"

Pylasar says, "I don't know exactly." (I assume in response to Myasarie)

Lylia dryly remarks, "King of the Orcs. Let us show due respect."

Pylasar says, "What we did was experimental at best."

Speaking quietly to Thadston, Pukk exclaims, "I knew it! You brute!"

Speaking drunkenly to Leafiara, Maylan says, "I'll tell you want I mean."

Puptilian says, "Well Thrayzar was a leader of a tribe so he was a chief at one point."

Chrysamber melodically asks, "Tonight, we find the last?"

Dwi heartily says, "Spearimints is dangerous."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "Why do you think Rachel caused Brumas to be able to leave his illusion for here?"

Chrysamber peers quizzically at Pylasar.

Leafiara helpfully offers, "Thadston is an ogre, though, or so thinks Brumas."

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Myasarie says, "Experimental? Why or how so."

Pylasar says, "Yes, sort of, maybe."

Cytiger asks, "Last?"

Pylasar says, "Let's try that first."

Cryheart asks, "Sort of maybe?"

Speaking to Goldstr, Evia exclaims, "Maybe it will be Darts against Paragon tonight and you will win it all!"

Pukk quietly says, "No, I thought Brumas thought he was the orc king or something."

Speaking drunkenly to Leafiara, Maylan says, "Ogres and orcs are sorta the same."

Pylasar shrugs at Ysharra.

Speaking to Pukk, Maags says, "He was chasing the orc king."

Ysharra whispers something to Lylia.

Pylasar says, "I am not sure. She is likely to have a reason, and I suspect he's not in danger of being discovered."

Pylasar says, "The cocoon that is."

Speaking to Leafiara, Bbee says, "My troll married an ogre, so trolls must be sorta the same too."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "I have no reason to doubt her power, but we've never been very good at sussing out all her motivations."

Pylasar says, "Because where we left him..."

Pylasar says, "Now that land is..."

Pylasar says, "Well, you know."

Bbee says, "Just sayin."

Evia says, "Icky."

Leifa says, "It's destroyed, all the creatures are diseased....it's truly an outrage."

Pylasar says, "Raznel needs little motivation. She wants death, which is all Rachel could produce."

Myasarie quietly says, "Aye that would be true."

Leafiara acknowledges, "I'm not sure it's that simple. It seems to me like she relishes in causing suffering too--not always the direct kill."

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

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Perhaps she's angry. For reasons we don't yet know."

Pylasar says, "No one wants to suffer alone."

(OOC) Dwi's player whispers to the group, "Gutstorm anna Bbee in da same place... da odd are e'en money we all die."

Speaking to Leafiara, Leifa says, "There must be something behind it, something that would satisfy these urges."

Speaking to Leifa, Leafiara sighs, "I've tried to think through her mindset and I just... haven't been able to grasp it. But it won't stop me from trying."

Lylia briskly says, "As long as she continues to cross me by stirring her fingers in our town, then I care less about her motives and more about convincing her to keep her hands to herself."

Speaking drunkenly to Dwi, Gutstorm says, "Only been licked...7 or 8 times."

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

Pylasar says, "The Crescent first twisted us...."

Pylasar says, "The Breach pushed it beyond return."

Pylasar says, "For her."

Pylasar nods.

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk asks, "Will you be summoning your fiance tonight?"

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

Speaking gently to Pukk, Cruxophim states, "If she feels up to it."

Maags says, "Everybodies has angries sometimes. Mos do not takes it out on innocents and everybodies else."

Chrysamber melodically says, "I believe there's been enough conversation Peter."

Speaking to Maags, Bbee says, "You're the bestest."

Leafiara agrees, "In the end it's all the same: regardless of her motives, we end her. I've just wondered if we could better anticipate her moves if we figure out her motivations better, as Ysharra said."

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

Leafiara says, "But yes... while we have everyone here, let's get into those memories."

Pukk quietly says, "All these halflings, I think we are seeing the next invasion right now."

Speaking to Maags, Evia says, "Those that do, are bullies."

Gutstorm drunkenly asks, "We figgerin out what makesh Beram tick?" (I assume meaning Brumas)

Leifa dismissively asks, "Do we have to get into those memories...?"


Memory Way

Chrysamber touches her ivory compass and chants an archaic phrase and an ethereal copy of her compass forms in the air next to her hand. With a slight gesture, it travels, moving to Pylasar's grasp.

Pylasar slowly empties his lungs.

Speaking drunkenly to Pylasar, Gutstorm says, "You got shome crazy memreez bub."

Thadston watches Pylasar.

Lycurgus softly says, "Wow."

Pylasar wades into the cold waters of the lake as flakes of snow drift lightly down from the void of night.

Pylasar slowly empties his lungs.

The waters of the lake begin to shimmer and ripple.

Evia says, "Hope he wore his woolies under."

Lilitigress says, "Pretty."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "The water here is always so chilled."

Rasson says, "Hope that is not freezing shimmers."

Speaking in Dwarven, Dwi heartily says something you don't understand.

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

Dwi heartily says, "Elf kin eat stuff."

Razanetika whispers something to Ensayn.

Ysharra gives a sidelong glance at a white-tailed broom hare.

Ysharra says, "I'm glad you're not actually sick."

Ysharra smiles at Lylia.

Speaking quietly to Ysharra, Lylia says, "That is kind of you."

Ensayn whispers something to Razanetika.

Dwi heartily says, "Snow's early."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "I was talking to that hare who just scampered off, but you know I'm glad you aren't."

Lylia whispers something to Xorus.

Within the waters, the image of a barren land appears, its skies alive with crackling multi-hued energy and a loud throbbing hum. The very air seems to be distorted and the earth shifts in various spots. A huge crater stretches out in the distance, the edge of the rim still very far away. A violet light sparks on the horizon.

Maags says, "At least it did not snow in Koaratos like a few years ago."

Ysharra says, "I may not care for the little pink-eared-oh..."

Lylia says, "I figured you meant the hare, and..."

Bbee asks, "What was that bbarren land?"

Myasarie quietly says, "One does hope that nae be what will come to pass again."

Speaking heartily to Bbee, Dwi says, "If'n I figgerin dis rite...it aint really der."

Xorus says, "Wizardwaste."

Speaking approvingly to Xorus, Leafiara says, "Figured you'd know."

Aleid offhandedly says, "He's thrown up worse than bubbles."

Aleid muses, "Of course, he's never thrown up people. That I know of."

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra says, "It looks a little like the place where we found those Mage scouts and adepts."

Bbee says, "It's bbarren so it don't matter, can't have no bbabbies."

Speaking in Dwarven, Gutstorm drunkenly asks something you don't understand.

Speaking in Dwarven, Dwi heartily asks something you don't understand.

Lylia says, "Barren lands bear their own sort of harvest."

Bbee asks, "Dust motes?"

Myasarie quietly says, "And it usually be bad."

Speaking in Dwarven, Gutstorm drunkenly says something you don't understand.

Among the vast waste and glowing skies, the image of Peter and Rachel can be seen, locked in battle on a far ravine. Others are nearby, some engaged in conflict, others fallen and bloody on the blasted earth. Lights swirl about Peter and Rachel as they move about, almost in a dance, each one trying to outmatch the other, but neither truly striking a final blow. A ripple of violet energy suddenly spreads out across the land and they fall out of sight.

The waters of the lake ripple and the images shift.

Lylia says, "Not everything is a matter of growing and eating and growing and eating to feed endless generations. But this is not the time for a philosophical discourse..."

Speaking in Dwarven, Gutstorm drunkenly says something you don't understand.

Speaking absently to Lylia, Cruxophim remarks, "No, probably not."

Speaking heartily to Lylia, Dwi says, "Yep..sumptimes a rag thing gits ye."

Bbee sings:

"Here's a little ditty about Rachel and Peter"

Speaking gently in Dwarven to Dwi, Cruxophim suggests something you don't understand.

Speaking heartily to Bbee, Dwi asks, "Wanna nap in my backpack?"

Speaking to Dwi, Bbee says, "Sure."

Speaking in Dwarven, Dwi heartily says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Dwi, Bbee asks, "What's to play with in there?"

Chrysamber's voice whispers faintly, echoing from the lake, "He followed Inar'ru and it ends there. When it is done, you will go there. Or your trial begins."

Chrysamber squints at Pylasar.

Chrysamber narrows her eyes.

Speaking heartily to Bbee, Dwi says, "Some donuts...if'n we play our cards rite."

Within the lake's waters Pylasar can be seen, nodding and saying, "It's been awhile, I'll see it again. I agree to your terms."

Xorus whispers something to Lylia.

Chrysamber melodically says, "That...is....enough Peter."

Chrysamber stares coldly at Pylasar.

Pylasar says, "The lake's fault..."

Pylasar whistles tunelessly to himself.

Ysharra asks, "They went West, didn't they?"

Ysharra glances at Xorus.

Speaking petulantly to Chrysamber, Maylan asks, "Why are you so mean to him?"

Xorus nods.

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra asks, "Inar'ru? And his forces?"

Xorus says, "I never met the man."

Within the lake's waters Pylasar's voice says, "Jashel, right?" Chrysamber's voice replies in return, "Yes."

Chrysamber coldly says, "Enough."

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra says, "I bet you've thought about the Island."

Pylasar says, "Sorry sorry...I'm trying...to go...to go to the spot..."

Xorus says, "It had fine silk."

Cruxophim absently muses, "The elven archmage?"

Speaking to Maylan, Lylia says, "Well, he did abduct many people to turn them into insect-ridden vessels to preserve a lost love who now coldly loathes him, and has probably been responsible for many deaths on his own head."

Lylia says, "But that is a rank guess on my part."

Ysharra says, "Has a curse named after him, too."

Speaking to Lylia, Maylan reassures, "But he is a nice fella, afterall."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "Indeed. Most astute, Mayor."

The waters ripple and shift.

Speaking in Dwarven, Gutstorm drunkenly asks something you don't understand.

Dwi accepts Cruxophim's blood pudding donut.

Dwi heartily says, "Dat is."

Lylia says, "They are not people I knew well."


Promises

"Daddy?" A little girl's voice asks.

Pylasar sighs.

Lylia whispers something to Maylan.

"Will you and mommy always love me?"

Pylasar gazes up into the heavens.

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Seems like she'll always be where she is."

Pylasar says, "...yes..."

Myasarie quietly says, "Ohh."

Peter's voice echoes in the lake, "Yes."

Dwi heartily says, "Not if'n ye gits wit child."

"Will you and mommy always be here?"

Pylasar says, "...yes..."

Peter's voice echoes in the lake, "Yes."

Dwi heartily says, "Lies."

Speaking drunkenly in Dwarven to Cruxophim, Gutstorm says something you don't understand.

Cruxophim whispers something to Goblyn.

Speaking gently in Dwarven to Gutstorm, Cruxophim teases something you don't understand.

Myasarie quietly says, "One remembers some things now."

Speaking heartily to Cruxophim, Dwi says, "Bout da tallest we e'er seen."

Speaking heartily to Cruxophim, Dwi asks, "Wot clan ye learn dat frem?" (was likely a language device)

Speaking drunkenly in Dwarven to Goblyn, Gutstorm asks something you don't understand.

Speaking heartily to Gutstorm, Dwi says, "He's eatin plenty I bet."

"Daddy, what will it be like when I am older? Will we still have fun?

Ysharra says, "I hope she isn't trapped in a cocoon anywhere."

Speaking drunkenly in Dwarven to Goblyn, Gutstorm says something you don't understand.

Peter's voice echoes from within the lake, "...you will age, and find love, and one day your own family little Gracie, like you are ours. But you will never stop having fun. I promise you."

Speaking heartily in Dwarven to Goblyn, Dwi says something you don't understand.

Evia says, "Optimistic."

"Okay daddy, I like that. I want that."

Speaking in broken Dwarven to Dwi, Goblyn says something you don't understand.

Goldstr says, "Tough promise to make."

Speaking drunkenly in Dwarven to Goblyn, Gutstorm says something you don't understand.

Pylasar slowly empties his lungs.

Speaking quietly to Goldstr, Myasarie says, "Children need to have hope."

Leifa flatly says, "That's a ridiculous promise."

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk asks, "Wait, you can speak dwarven too?"

The lake ripples and then suddenly begins to darken.

Speaking to Myasarie, Goblyn says, "In some times, that is not correct."

Speaking heartily in Dwarven to Gutstorm, Dwi says something you don't understand.

Speaking in Aelotian, Cruxophim malevolently purrs something you don't understand.

Leifa inquisitively asks, "Who allllllways has fun?"

Speaking in Dwarven, Gutstorm drunkenly says something you don't understand.

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk says, "You need a lot of ale...I see."

Aleid cheerfully says, "Me."

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Myasarie says, "Perhaps m'lady. But still ..."

Gracie's voice can be heard, but now it is twisted, broken, "...Oh Peter....you stupid little fool...."

Speaking in Dwarven, Gutstorm drunkenly says something you don't understand.

Shinann says, "The witch."

Gracie's voice can be heard, but now it is twisted, broken, "...I killed her and I'll kill you...."

Bbee says, "Papa used to tell me, you must know suffering to love pleasure."

Pylasar begins to twitch.

Aleid slowly says, "Until maybe now."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Worse than killed."

Gracie's voice can be heard, but now it is twisted, broken, "...maybe you want to watch her die a few more times...."

Speaking in Dwarven, Gutstorm drunkenly says something you don't understand.

Speaking quietly to Bbee, Myasarie says, "There be a very fine line between those things."

Evia says, "Good gods."

Pylasar screams, splashing at the water, trying to change the images.

Speaking in Dwarven, Dwi heartily asks something you don't understand.

Pylasar exclaims, "NO!"

Speaking to Chrysamber, Maylan pleads, "That is enough now, yes?"

Speaking in Dwarven, Gutstorm drunkenly says something you don't understand.

Chrysamber melodically says, "No."

Chrysamber melodically says, "We have not found the final one."

Lilitigress exclaims, "Goodness!"

Cryheart says, "Great Kai."

Chrysamber melodically says, "Push forward Peter."

Leafiara simply agrees, "Keep going."

Speaking calmly to Pylasar, Cruxophim urges, "Keep pushing."

Speaking quickly to Meureii, Aleid asks, "Can we go now?"

Bbee asks, "These are memories?"

Speaking to Maylan, Maags says, "He did agree."

Chrysamber melodically says, "She is not the only death you did not prevent. Continue."

Speaking to Pylasar, Goldstr exclaims, "Focus Peter!"

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "You have to let go. And find the last paragon."

Zosopage whispers to the group, "Gracie is the final paragon....."

Speaking in Dwarven, Gutstorm drunkenly says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Pylasar, Goblyn soothes, "This is not the now."


Corruption and Purification

Pylasar says, "No...not a memory..."

Bbee asks, "Memories of what has passed or what will pass?"

Pylasar says, "Corrupted. Her scarabs have..."

Pylasar frowns.

Leafiara slowly says, "Ahh... of course."

Evia says, "Huh."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "Her scarabs have what, Peter?"

Myasarie whispers to the group, "I had wondered that."

Ensayn mutters, "No scarabs . . please."

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

Dwi whispers to the group, "Ready fer my pie."

Thadston marches towards the edge of the lake and into the waters, pushing towards Pylasar.

Zosopage looks at Pylasar with concern.

Speaking to Pylasar, Leafiara ventures, "...do we need Quinshon again, then? The lake isn't enough?"

Evia says, "Err."

Leafiara adds, "Or has been tainted by Raznel?"

Thadston grabs Pylasar by the neck and shoves him under the water, holding his head beneath the surface.

Pylasar flails his arms about.

Pylasar flails his arms about.

Speaking slowly to Thadston, Leafiara says, "...or that, apparently."

Shinann exclaims, "Thadston!"

Shinann exclaims, "Stop!"

Speaking to Thadston, Ysharra says, "That's not going to get an answer out of him."

Thadston pulls Pylasar up out of the water and the mage is thrashing and spitting.

Guarrin deeply says, "Not sure that's...helping."

Speaking drunkenly in Dwarven to Dwi, Gutstorm says something you don't understand.

Goblyn says, "He is getting his head straight."

Cruxophim wryly muses, "For a manner of speaking."

Speaking in Faendryl, Nakaira fondly rasps something you don't understand.

Thadston pushes Pylasar back under the water, tightening his grip and holds him beneath the water.

Maylan says, "Um.."

Dwi heartily says, "Issa good lake...it'll help prolley."

Leafiara evenly says, "Well, I guess it's worth a shot."

Shinann exclaims, "Stop!"

Pukk quietly says, "I think Thadston is enjoying that."

Speaking to Thadston, Ysharra says, "He's probably hypothermic already."

Aleid offhandedly asks, "If he can float in a bubble can't he be all right in the water?"

Speaking to Thadston, Ysharra says, "Before long he won't be able to fight you."

Lylia explains, "He has no intention of killing the man."

Pylasar claws against Thadston's arms, scratching and thrashing beneath the water.

Dwi heartily says, "Good lake."

Thadston pulls Pylasar up out of the lake.

Lylia says, "Sometimes it is necessary to maintain focus."

Speaking to Thadston, Maags exclaims, "That is enough I think!"

Myasarie quietly says, "That be a mean way to get Pylasar to focus."

Pukk quietly says, "I would go help but you know...it's water....my mortal enemy."

Kobane quietly exclaims, "Quick, someone cast water walking on Pylasar!"

Speaking deeply to Thadston, Guarrin reminds, "We do need him alive."

Speaking to Myasarie, Goblyn asks, "You will have a better way?"

Bbee asks, "Why is he drowning Pylasar?"

Speaking in Dwarven, Dwi heartily says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Goblyn, Maags exclaims, "Too much is too much!"

Lylia softly echoes, "'Mean.' Yes, we would not want to be mean."

Speaking to Bbee, Goblyn says, "If he was making the drowning, he will not be letting him back up."

Speaking carefully to Pylasar, Leafiara asks, "So, uh... feeling any more refreshed from the cold waterr?"

Thadston leans into Pylasar and whispers loudly, "You little witch inside the little worm. We're coming for you and if I can kill you quick I will. But if I have a chance to make you suffer, I'll gladly take that first."

Speaking drunkenly in Dwarven to Goblyn, Gutstorm says something you don't understand.

Speaking calmly to Thadston, Cruxophim scolds, "Really, there are far more elegant ways to do that."

Speaking to Thadston, Ysharra says, "We do need to know what is left in his head. Even if it's not answers we want."

Cryheart says, "Perhaps to shake the memory."

Maags exclaims, "Finallies I know what too much is!"

Bbee says, "That's likely true."

Cryheart says, "Thadston is possessed."

Speaking heartily in Dwarven to Gutstorm, Dwi says something you don't understand.

Pylasar splutters.

Pylasar says, "It...it stopped."

Goblyn whispers something to Cruxophim.

Speaking to Cryheart, Leafiara says, "...or the other way around."

Thadston says, "Imagine that."

Thadston says, "Now continue."

Speaking calmly to Cryheart, Cruxophim muses, "Possessed by anger, perhaps."

Aleid says, "I think he's just mad."

Pylasar nods.

Speaking drunkenly in Dwarven to Goblyn, Gutstorm asks something you don't understand.

Speaking to Thadston, Leafiara admits, "Unorthodox, but hey, it worked. Nice job."


Har Har

Pylasar squints, trying to relax himself in the water. The lakes surface begins to shift.

Speaking in Dwarven, Dwi heartily says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "It looks like your focus is returned."

A church bell rings in the distance.

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk says, "I know that Pylasar almost drowning part got you all hot and bothered."

Speaking calmly to Thadston, Cruxophim jokes, "If that doesn't work, we can start taking piggies."

Shinann says, "Those bells."

Cryheart says, "Church."

Cytiger asks, "Where is that bell sounding from?"

Speaking to Cytiger, Leafiara says, "The vision in the lake, memories of the past."

Speaking to Thadston, Goldstr exclaims, "Good thinin Sir Andrews!"

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk says, "You know it's true."

Speaking noncommittally to Pukk, Goblyn says, "Maybe."

A church bell rings again.

Voices can be heard, murmuring, arguing, the inaudible mix match of a gathered crowd.

Speaking heartily in Dwarven to Gutstorm, Dwi says something you don't understand.

Leifa asks, "Is it Restday feast already?"

Goldstr asks, "Church bell Dennet?"

Shinann says, "Just what we hear in the Bleaklands."

Ysharra says, "Now I wonder if there isn't a stronger connection than we knew."

"He is the heir! He is of their blood! Koar has blessed us with our true rightful ruler!" A voice cries out and others shout out in support, while many jeer among the unseen crowd.

Leafiara dryly says, "Ah, lovely."

Aleid asks, "Why does that sound familiar?"

Cryheart says, "Chaston."

Cruxophim evenly states, "Heretic."

Speaking in Dwarven, Gutstorm drunkenly says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Cruxophim, Ysharra says, "Zealot, at the very least."

From within the lake a voice shouts, "Blood of the Church! Blood of the Throne! There is no greater claim!"

Goldstr says, "An his Blameless."

Pylasar says, "No..."

Cruxophim loudly cries, "Blood for the Blood Mayor, Skulls for the Skull Office!"

Ysharra whispers something to Cruxophim.

Speaking in Elven to Cruxophim, Nakaira rasps, "Quite."

Speaking to Goblyn, Aleid says, "I've been ignoring your presence."

Speaking amusedly to Aleid, Goblyn exclaims, "I have maybe -not- been ignoring yours!"

Aleid says, "Mmhmm."

Another voice from the unseen crowd shouts, "Treason! Your words are treason against the Sun Throne and His Excellency Emperor Rallick!"

The sound of marching soldiers can be heard echoing from within the lake.

Speaking drunkenly in Dwarven to Goblyn, Gutstorm says something you don't understand.

Speaking quietly to Goblyn, Pukk asks, "Will the hare explode now?"

Ysharra asks, "...was...this when the Kestrels split?"

Speaking heartily to Goblyn, Dwi says, "I hope he dont make ye think da rest us dont likes yer pies."

Ysharra asks, "And supported a different claimant?"

Goblyn looks over at Pukk and shakes her head.

Pukk snaps his fingers.

Pukk quietly says, "I mean...yay."

Speaking to Pukk, Goblyn says, "Not in this time. Maybe in another we will make it do this."

Raelee tiredly says, "Harland the Bastard, yes."

Speaking in Dwarven, Gutstorm drunkenly says something you don't understand.

Ysharra says, "They didn't support Rallick's son."

The crowd grows in sound and conflict can be heard. Some people cry out. A voice shouts, "Flee, protect the blood, protect it!"

Ysharra says, "I can't remember the names of their pick or the son, but..."

Speaking amusedly to Dwi, Goblyn notes, "I maybe do not think he makes me to think anything!"

Speaking in Dwarven, Dwi heartily exclaims something you don't understand.

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

Chrysamber's compass flashes briefly then stops. The images within the lake fade, as do the sounds.

Speaking drunkenly in Dwarven to Goblyn, Gutstorm says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Guarrin, Evia says, "I sure am thankful not everyone nodded off in history lessons."

Leafiara indifferently remarks, "Never an end of dissent and strife in any era, I suppose."

Chrysamber melodically says, "I have what is needed."

Chrysamber nods.

Raelee says, "Rallick inherited the throne from his aunt, Lyssanda Anodheles. However, her purported bastard son rose as a claimant. That... was Harland."

Lady Chrysamber just went southwest.

Leafiara surprisedly says, "Oh. So heading to that era..."


Harland

Pylasar says, "She...she ended it abruptly."

Speaking to Goblyn, Ysharra says, "Humans often follow a patrilineal line of rule."

Rasson asks, "Bye?"

Myasarie quietly says, "Aye she did at that."

Pylasar says, "I suppose rightfully so. Raznel has...caused some disturbance in tis."

Lylia asks, "Are we to assume it is the infant, then? That will be a very simple Paragon to dispatch. What could an infant possibly imagine itself to be?"

Raelee says, "... whose father was the Patriarch of the Church of Koar. Scandal... and so forth."

Speaking in Faendryl, Nakaira rasps something you don't understand.

Speaking heartily to Ysharra, Dwi says, "Dat's silly."

Goldstr says, "She knows da Paragon now."

Speaking to Ysharra, Goblyn says, "Humans are also often very stupid."

Speaking affably to Pukk, Cruxophim states, "Better?!"

Pylasar says, "The paragon is..."

Pylasar slowly empties his lungs.

Speaking casually to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "No further reason to press on with memories if she has enough to get us there."

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk says, "I feel better now."

Pylasar says, "Harland the Bastard."

Speaking heartily to Lylia, Chamorr says, "What could possibly go wrong."

Lylia says, "The infant, then."

Speaking flatly to Pylasar, Raelee says, "I said that."

Pylasar says, "No."

Pylasar nods at Raelee.

Speaking to Pylasar, Raelee adds, "Twice."

Evia says, "Hmm."

Lylia says, "Oh, a pity."

Pukk whispers something to Goblyn.

Felita says, "Famus lass werds."

Speaking to Goblyn, Ysharra says, "Most patriarchies need stupidity to keep going."

Pylasar nods at Raelee.

Lylia says, "That would have been far simpler."

Dwi heartily says, "Yer all a buncha potty mouths...bit whoop."

Leafiara whispers something to Pukk.

Pylasar says, "He made his claim. Many believed him, but a mark was on his head."

Speaking slowly to Ysharra, Goblyn says, "This is maybe true, yes, for parts."

Speaking drunkenly in Dwarven to Dwi, Gutstorm asks something you don't understand.

Pukk whispers something to Leafiara.

Evia says, "Like literally, like a birthmark."

Leifa says, "I'm pretty sure I suggested that he be eaten as an infant."

Pylasar says, "Rachel delivered his young pregnant wife to the Kestrels. We turned Harland into a paragon."

Speaking bemusedly to Pylasar, Cruxophim ponders, "I've never eaten a would-be emperor before."

Speaking in Dwarven, Dwi heartily says something you don't understand.

Xorus says, "Mm. So that is where he disappeared."

Goblyn whispers something to Razanetika.

Speaking to Cruxophim, Ysharra asks, "How do you know?"

Speaking in Dwarven, Dwi heartily says something you don't understand.

Speaking to Cruxophim, Ysharra asks, "Do you cast bones for everyone you've eaten?"


The Unknown Paragon

Thadston glances at Pylasar.

Thadston says, "You had other thoughts."

Speaking calmly to Ysharra, Cruxophim answers, "Sometimes."

Thadston says, "Unless you want another swim to think on them."

Pylasar says, "No no..."

Pylasar says, "I..."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Nakaira rasps, "I should think imperial ambition far more common an attribute than the capability and willpower to make a bid for a throne."

Speaking musingly to Ysharra, Leafiara says, "Just statistically it would be pretty unlikely..."

Speaking heartily in Dwarven to Gutstorm, Dwi says something you don't understand.

Pylasar says, "Chrysamber believes this is the final paragon."

Rasson says, "Really don't get her choices...people of import from history mixed with just some random bone soldier..."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "Come now."

Pylasar says, "Besides Brumas, of course."

Speaking to Pylasar, Leafiara asks, "What about the one you thought Raznel might have made without you?"

Speaking to Rasson, Lylia says, "Opportunism warring with arrogance."

Pylasar nods to Leafiara.

Speaking affably to Nakaira, Cruxophim states, "He made his bid. He just failed."

Leafiara nods slowly at Pylasar.

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "Are you sure you're telling us everything you know, or have theorized?"

Evia says, "In this case, I like "knows" better than "believes"."

Roelaren: "Dujek is in the abandones sewer."

Pylasar says, "I worry she has made another paragon."

Speaking in Dwarven, Gutstorm drunkenly says something you don't understand.

Speaking lightly to Lylia, Cruxophim comments, "Not uncommon."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Nakaira rasps, "My point being that any number of people eaten could have had such ambitions deep within their hearts."

Cruxophim whispers something to Lylia.

Speaking heartily in Dwarven to Gutstorm, Dwi says something you don't understand.

Rasson says, "Just some seem so random."

Zosopage says, "Perhaps...Gracie..."

Pylasar says, "I am reminded of...when Larsya was cured."

Goblyn whispers something to Ysharra.

Speaking to Pylasar, Lylia asks, "In what way?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "She was meant to be one. So if there was another..."

Guarrin deeply asks, "Hadn't she made one recently?"

Pylasar says, "She was a paragon, a new form, if you will, created by Raznel and we robbed her of that."

Speaking in Dwarven, Gutstorm drunkenly says something you don't understand.

Berost deeply says, "So Harland, Brumas tha Stubborn, and a possible mystery. Nothin to fret over."

Ysharra whispers something to Goblyn.

Pylasar says, "She does not have the ability to form a new paragon in the past, or forward."

Pylasar says, "Not without me."

Ysharra whispers something to Goblyn.

Speaking curiously to Pylasar, Leafiara asks, "Just by shooting her with that Epochxin? That was all that was needed?"

Pylasar says, "So her new one, if she has one..which I highly suspect she does."

Pylasar says, "Exists now."

Speaking softly to Pylasar, Razanetika asks, "But she may have the ability to create one in the present?"

Myasarie quietly asks, "The past or forward and what about the here and now?"

Pylasar says, "Or, did."

Speaking to Pylasar, Goldstr asks, "She kin now? without ye?"

Pylasar says, "I suspect it was part of it, not all of it."

Pylasar nods to Leafiara.

Zosopage says, "If she can traverse time then anyone from any time could become a new Paragon."

Pylasar says, "She cannot traverse time."

Xorus says, "Larsya was intervened upon in various ways."

Zosopage says, "Well thats good to know."

Speaking in Dwarven, Dwi heartily says something you don't understand.

Speaking calmly to Zosopage, Cruxophim explains, "She was cast back once, by accident."

Speaking to Xorus, Leafiara says, "Makes sense. I didn't think the paragon process could be as simple as shooting her with that arrow." [OOC: though Leafi says this, looking back it's unclear whether Xorus was referring to the method of turning her into a paragon or the method of curing her]

Speaking to Cruxophim, Zosopage asks, "So she could have made a Paragon at that time?"

Cruxophim removes a pound of sweet-smoked bacon from in his small eldritch coffin.

Cruxophim takes a bite of his sweet-smoked bacon.

Fingers of fog-hued mist appear and begin to twirl around Cruxophim, coalescing into a scintillant miasma.

CS: +421 - TD: +434 + CvA: +25 + d100: +43 - -5 == +60

Warded off!

[blasts a bunch of others with mist]

Cruxophim glances at a pound of sweet-smoked bacon in his hand.

Dergoatean says, "What in the..."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Leafiara marvels, "Now that's some food."

Bbee says, "If I could traverse time I could bbe everywhere at the same time, that would bbe a hoot."

Cryheart says, "Bad bacon."

Cruxophim dubiously notes, "I think something might be off about this bacon."

Speaking evasively to Leafiara, Cruxophim states, "Here."

Speaking to Cryheart, Dergoatean says, "I picked a fine time to catch up with the crowd."

Cruxophim offers Leafiara a pound of sweet-smoked bacon.

Leafiara accepts Cruxophim's sweet-smoked bacon.

Falvicar quietly says, "That... is tampered bacon."

>sniff bac

You sniff your sweet-smoked bacon.

It smells like nice, fresh sweet-smoked bacon!

Pylasar says, "I have been able to assist so far."

Pylasar says, "Her power has been limited with previous paragons, as they were also prisons of my own creation."

Xorus says, "More of a long incubation time, which involved essentially halting her aging."

Speaking quietly to Pylasar, Myasarie asks, "And will m'lord be able to continue assisting?"

Pylasar says, "I just do not know who this new paragon could be."

Speaking deeply to Pylasar, Berost says, "But her wit' one on her own means she and it will be stronger."

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk exclaims, "I didn't know bacon could be more magical that it already was...but wow!"

Pylasar says, "I am not fully certain there is one but..."

Pylasar says, "Knowing Rachel..."

Myasarie quietly says, "There could be."

Pylasar says, "She will have tried. Or been successful."

Thadston asks, "Can it be a living person among us?"

Thadston peers quizzically at Pylasar.

Thadston asks, "Like some Brumas illusion?"

Thadston asks, "Or someone dead or taken?"

Pylasar shrugs.

Speaking to Thadston, Leafiara agrees, "I would think it is one." [delayed response, but in reference to the living person]

Cryheart says, "Good point."

Speaking curiously to Thadston, Nakaira rasps, "Dead and taken? Are there many of those among us, then?"

Speaking heartily to Thadston, Chamorr says, "Is there a way to test."

Speaking calmly to Thadston, Cruxophim reminds, "You know... you were taken."

Berost deeply says, "Or someone what got a scarab ...."

Thadston glances at Cruxophim.

Speaking to Cruxophim, Leafiara agrees, "And I agree it might well be him."

Maags says, "Or taken over."

Thadston glances at Maags.

Cruxophim gives Thadston a strong, encouraging smile.

Felita says, "Scarabs."

Maags waves her hand in a dismissive gesture.

Pylasar says, "I...I will have to think on it more."

Rasson says, "Could be some among us."

Pylasar says, "That is what I've been trying to figure out for weeks."

Pylasar glances at a beautiful mountain lake.

Rasson says, "Like a warrior who fell off a cliff."

Speaking nonchalantly to Thadston, Cruxophim continues, "I'm just saying... we've all sinned, more or less, or fallen short in the eyes of Koar."

Pylasar says, "I am tired....thank you all...."

Lord Pylasar just went southwest.

Speaking drunkenly in Dwarven to Dwi, Gutstorm says something you don't understand.

Evia says, "Aren't we all."

Cruxophim calmly muses, "It's absolutely Pylasar."

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Myasarie says, "Nae all m'lord."

Cryheart asks, "Ok...back to town?"

Speaking quietly to Cruxophim, Pukk exclaims, "I have never sinned!"

Chamorr heartily says, "I vote Cryheart."

Goblyn yells, "You will have a nice night, Pylasar!"

Thadston just left.

Thadston has disconnected.

[he'll be back, but in the meantime...]


Speculation

Leafiara speculatively says, "I think it could be just about anyone standing here."

Speaking to Goblyn, Dergoatean says, "Maybe will have."

Leafiara adds, "Myself included."

Speaking airily to Leafiara, Cruxophim asserts, "Well, it's not me."

Cryheart says, "Join us Miss Goblyn? heading back to town."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika says, "It's not you."

Speaking to Dergoatean, Goblyn notes, "It is his choice if he does not."

Speaking quietly to Lylia, Pukk asks, "Are you the new paragon?"

Myasarie quietly says, "And once again we are left to ponder what has been spoken of."

Speaking to Razanetika, Leafiara says, "No, you don't know that. I have reasons to wonder."

Zosopage says, "I know. Pukk is the new Paragon."

Pukk quietly says, "That would be devious."

Speaking to Zosopage, Dergoatean says, "Paragon of awful jokes."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika says, "I understand your reasons.. I pay attention."

Bbee asks, "What's a paragon?"

Cryheart says, "Moving out."

Rasson says, "But the dead and taken stands out... from the demon wall thing."

[travel begins]

Speaking pragmatically to Razanetika, Leafiara says, "Just be ready."

Goldstr says, "Rysus struck me mind."

Pukk quietly says, "You should all bow to me now and I will be kind and only take all your silvers."

Speaking to Pukk, Lylia says, "No, or at least not one of Raznel's Paragons."

Speaking to Goldstr, Leafiara admits, "Also not a bad thought, no."

Speaking to Bbee, Dergoatean says, "It's a person infected with Raznel's soul."

[travel concludes]

[Town Square, East]

Here in the center of a broad plaza near the commercial area of the bazaar stands the impressive facade of the slate-roofed Moot Hall, where the citizens of Wehnimer's Landing hold various official, religious and social functions. Facing the square are some of the town's more prosperous shops, still doing business with the many customers who still frequent the streets at night. You also see a polished bleakstone statue, a bone-framed bulletin board and a large purple wooden barrel.

Speaking to Dergoatean, Goblyn laughs, "I do like this way of describing it!"

Goldstr asks, "Mayhaps Stephos D'Archon?"

Speaking to Goldstr, Evia says, "Or his ex."

Speaking to Bbee, Raelee says, "I have no need of such."

Lylia says, "We should be so fortunate as to have a reason to flay and gut Stephos deArchon."

Chamorr heartily says, "Ok."

Speaking drunkenly to Maags, Gutstorm says, "Yer kitten likesh rum, ALOT."

Speaking to Evia, Goldstr asks, "Mother?"

Speaking to Xorus, Goblyn asks, "Where is this steed?"

Razanetika whispers something to Goblyn.

Speaking gently to Lylia, Cruxophim muses, "I see your fondness for him has not abated."

Chamorr heartily says, "It's Roelaren."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Maags exclaims, "I do not allow it!"

Speaking to Goldstr, Evia says, "That...woman, whoever she may be at any momemt..councilwoman, etc. etc. etc."

Speaking to Cruxophim, Lylia says, "I do not readily forget a good, satisfying loathing."

Lylia says, "Alendrial deArchon."

Zosopage exclaims, "We're all Paragons and have to kill each other!"

Nakaira whispers something to Cruxophim.

Geijon says, "We did that in th' desert it felt like."

Speaking heartily to Zosopage, Chamorr says, "Cept me."

Speaking to Goblyn, Xorus says, "I tucked him away so he does not get any ideas. The night watchman is still looking for me."

Speaking seriously to Zosopage, Leafiara says, "You might be joking, but I think it's entirely possible."

Goblyn offers Xorus a glistening black apple.

Zosopage says, "Oh right we did."

Xorus accepts Goblyn's black apple.

Speaking to Xorus, Goblyn says, "You will give this to him."

Xorus removes some scorched leather reins from in his xenium-threaded backpack.

Speaking to Zosopage, Geijon says, "But I donno if you expected anyone to agree."

Xorus waves his leather reins through the air and a fiery-eyed nightmare steed appears by his side.

Sniffing ravenously at the black apple in Xorus's palm, a fiery-eyed nightmare steed opens his mouth around his offering and pulls it into his mouth with his flapping lips. He begins to chew vigorously, bobbing his head up and down as if offering him a gesture of gratitude.

Speaking drunkenly to Goblyn, Gutstorm asks, "Trade ye?"

Gutstorm offers Goblyn a flagon of Ice Drake rum.

Zosopage says, "Not really but Leafi has a point."

Goblyn frowns at Gutstorm.

Goblyn accepts Gutstorm's Ice Drake rum.

Goblyn sniffs at her Ice Drake rum.

Speaking speculatively to Zosopage, Leafiara reasons, "Consider everyone who's been imbedded with scarabs, hit with the plague, infected with moulis... what if that was prep work to be able to transform any number of possible candidates, when the need comes?"

Maags says, "Where did Crumbs go off to."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Goblyn says, "I will just be making it spit on the ground..."

Thadston joins the adventure.

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Kitten in da barrel."

Speaking in Dwarven, Dwi heartily says something you don't understand.

Cryheart says, "He is hiding in the barrel."

Cryheart says, "Or was."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "And we never did know what all he did out there..."

(OOC) Leafiara's player whispers to the group, "Thadston just logged back on, heh."

Lylia says, "It does not seem that these temporary afflictions were connected to her more intimately as the Paragons are. But I suppose it is possible..."

(OOC) Dwi's player whispers to the group, "Does he haff pie?"

(OOC) Pukk's player whispers to the group, "Well that's his loss!"

Lord Thadston just limped in.

Thadston grumbles.

(OOC) Myasarie's player whispers to the group, "Wonder if that be good or bad."

Thadston says, "Where were we..."

Thadston nods.

Evia says, "Dipping people in lakes."

Zosopage asks, "At the Lake?"

Speaking quietly to Thadston, Pukk says, "You're too late, Lylia figured everything out. You can go back home to wherever you came from. Everything is all good now."

Cryheart says, "At the lake."

Aleid simply says, "The lake."

Evia says, "With violence."

Speaking speculatively to Thadston, Leafiara says, "As I was just saying... she might not have made a new paragon yet, actually. But it's possible that she's done some... prep work on several candidates who might suit her. Admittedly only a theory, though."

Thadston says, "Well, I suppose we have our next target."

Thadston says, "And a potential mystery one."

Speaking heartily to Thadston, Chamorr says, "You were waterboardin pylasar."

Thadston nods to Leafiara.

Speaking to Thadston, Geijon says, "Expected dealing with Brumas myself."

Speaking to Thadston, Goldstr says, "Da new possible paragon."

Speaking dryly to Thadston, Cruxophim muses, "Mystery, yes."

Speaking to Thadston, Zosopage says, "Pukk is the Paragon. Kill him."

Speaking quietly to Bbee, Pukk asks, "Poison?"

Speaking quietly to Zosopage, Pukk says, "I'm a paragon? You all are so in trouble now."

Thadston says, "We've got work to do."

Thadston says, "Goodnight all."

Lylia says, "Be well."

Speaking heartily in Dwarven to Pukk, Dwi says something you don't understand.

Cryheart says, "Rest well."

Bernadette softly says, "Good night milord."

Chamorr heartily says, "Night."

Lord Thadston just limped east.