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Latest revision as of 21:27, 3 December 2019

Eoantos 20-21, 5119

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Summary

  • The crowd gathers outside Moot Hall, awaiting Marshal Thadston as he says he'll give the location of a meeting shortly--but before that, Walkar comes by again. Sir Cryheart greets him and asks how he escaped the tower this time, but he says he wasn't aware he was a prisoner; Cryheart says he was teasing. Walkar says he told the guards he wanted to join the meeting, if that was allowed. Cryheart and Mayor Lylia have no objections to it while Captain Shinann defers to Thadston, Captain Stormyrain, and Lylia, so it's onward to the barracks' strategy room after Thadston announces the spot.
  • However, Thadston asks him to leave, saying something's not right and he doesn't trust it. Walkar says he understands and had low expectations, but first wanted to confirm his commitment to challenges ahead and asks that when it's time to fight and save Kiske, he be allowed to lend aid. Pukk suggests telling everyone something only Walkar would know, so Cryheart asks what service he and Sir Tebon provided to him; Walkar says they were his advisors. Nonetheless, he leaves and says to use him when the time comes.
  • Thadston says he's seen Raznel uses enough faces to not trust this, though his gut tells him it's not her--so he tells Magister Raelee to figure it out. She says it's one of many works in progress, with others being solving the blight and figuring out what Raznel did to her Bleaklands portal.
  • Thadston asks if the portal's safe to use and she says she can't promise that since Shinann's blood was used and there were additional manipulations with "young blood, potent blood" forming additional runes. Ysharra asks if's Larsya's and Raelee doesn't think so; Leafiara and Raelee both note the recently missing children, which Thadston says he'd forgotten about. As for "potent blood," Raelee expains that she means blood with mana--perhaps children with strong magical potential, even if unrealized. Coming right down to it, Thadston asks if she'd open the portal if she were tasked with it; Raelee says yes. However, opening is never the concern; it's passing through.
  • Thadston moves on to upcoming plans. On Feastday Pylasar thinks he can get everyone to the final paragon, who Raznel made without him. Then, if that succeeds, by month's end we hit the Bleaklands to hunt Brumas and the witch--Brumas first, since otherwise all efforts against Raznel will accomplish nothing.
  • He also met with Grand Magister Octaven, who will be supplying golems, pylons, and "pylon pods"--some extension of Praxopius' work able to traverse the Bleaklands. The Landing adventurers can man the lesser pylons, but golems will manage the enhanced ones or else it would kill people; some of the pylons might also be mobile. Sir Goldstr says he'd like to see Rodnay help out there, but Thadston says "No. Threats... Raznel. Grishom. Rodnay."
    • [OOC aside: this is ambiguous enough that I have no idea what it means. I don't think it means that Thadston believes Grishom and Rodnay will be involved in the Bleaklands battle. It might mean that Thadston was listing what he sees as the three biggest threats to town. While player characters' opinions are mixed on Rodnay, Thadston's been suspicious of him for years. Lastly, Shinann noted that Rodnay's in a cocoon, which some of the paragons are also in. Personally, I'm chalking that up to coincidence since my understanding of the past storyline in which Rodnay was created--and I say "my understanding" because I wasn't there--is that when the Ithzir took orphans, they ended up in cocoons.]
  • Thadston notes that the Landing will be vulnerable while we strike at the Bleaklands and he doesn't want to see another "baptism of fire"--what Chaston Griffin called the magic of the obelisk he set off, destroying Talador to create the Bleaklands. Therefore, he asks if it's a logistical nightmare to evacuate citizens underground. The crowd offers opinions...
    • Cryheart says just tell them where to go and suggests Solhaven, but Thadston says they won't be accepted.
    • Pukk says send them to Icemule Trace.
    • Ysharra says the Rooks might be able to keep them safe from the denizens of the catacombs; Leafi proposes Burrow Way (which also is Rook territory) as a safer spot due to no giant rats. [OOC: Though, to be fair, if you do a traveler bounty through Burrow Way then bandits can pop out--so arguably it's more dangerous, if this "counts" as an escort mission.]
    • Stormy says evacuating underground can be offered as a option and some will take it while others would rather stand, fight, and die than run; Lylia says it's their choice and we shall not force them. Nonetheless, Thadston says he is talking about forcing them. Stormy says encouraging should be relatively successful.
    • Leafi mentions the Northern Caravansary for some.
    • Dame Evia suggests spreading out in a number of underground locations.
    • Thadston raises the possibility of some out to sea on ships.
    • Cryheart suggests the Holding of the Order of the Silver Gryphon.
    • Maags says just encourage and explain why, and maybe promise food.
    • Ysharra mentions Ivas' temple in the Vipershroud.
    • Leafi says offer several options so people can take whichever they prefer.
    • Goldstr mentions Onoir's fortress.
    • Thadston says he doesn't intend to lead with forcing, but will force those who still refuse.
    • Zosopage brings up the shop district, but Thadston says no since the idea is to protect against a wave of fire instantly razing the town as what happened to Talador.
    • Evia suggests the Rook tunnels, Great Houses with underground areas, and the smuggling tunnels beneath the Abandoned Inn.
    • Lylia says to use the printing press to blanket the town with warnings, using pictures more than words since not everyone reads well.
  • At last Thadston entrusts the captains and mayor to facilitate ideas, needing to begin acting within days, and he supports every alternative to convince them to leave--and if they still refuse, he'll force them. So prepare the militia for all of it, including protecting those being moved since the plan won't remain a secret to Raznel. Pietra asks if it's "so be it" if the town burns, but Lylia, Goldstr, and Thadston agree that buildings can be rebuilt while people can't.
  • A messenger arrives and whispers something to Thadston, who clenches his jaw over something. He says Disean's transport is almost ready, maybe as early as tomorrow. He planned to go with it, but can't. Leafi says everyone can handle a paragon if being away would keep him away through Feastday, but Thadston says it'll be longer. Chamorr says to expect an ambush as he's sent away and Thadston says that's where everyone will help.


Highlights

Leafiara hoots at Lazaryth.
Lazaryth asks, "Are you going to hoot every time you see me?"
Speaking curiously to Lazaryth, Leafiara asks, "Why wouldn't I?"
Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara explains, "It's a tradition Owly started."
Speaking lovingly to a pale-faced coppery barn owl, Leafiara says, "You trendsetter you."
(OOC) Kenstrom's player whispers to the group, "You guys getting bad lag?"
(OOC) Leafiara's player whispers to the group, "Nope."
(OOC) Cryheart's player whispers to the group, "I am fine."
(OOC) Ysharra's player whispers to the group, "Must just be karma for the murder spiders."
Speaking to Cryheart, Ysharra asks, "Keeping your spurs sharp?"
Cryheart says, "Always."
Dwi heartily says, "Poor horsei."
Cryheart waves his white leather reins through the air and a muscular white stallion appears by his side.
Dwi heartily says, "Sharp spurs means yer donkey dont lub ye."
Pietra says, "Lotta spit swapping around here, considering the recent plaguey-ness."
Speaking to Pietra, Lazaryth says, "Maybe the kissing protects us.  Maybe the people getting sick are the ones not doing enough of it."
Speaking to Lazaryth, Pietra says, "That's a theory, alright."
Speaking to Pietra, Lazaryth asks, "You want to be safe, don't you?"
Speaking to Lazaryth, Pietra exclaims, "Kiss you, I don't even know you!"
Speaking to Pietra, Lazaryth says, "We met right here, the night Maylan tried to burn down Moot Hall."
Speaking to Pietra, Lazaryth says, "We're practically best friends."
Speaking amusedly to Lazaryth, Leafiara asks, "Is the feeling mutual?"
Speaking to Lazaryth, Pietra says, "If that meant I'd kiss a person, then I'd be licking everyone in this group."
Speaking to Lylia, Pietra asks, "We're only supposed to kiss your statue, correct?"
Avalera says, "I wonder if it's cold enough would your tongue stick to the statue if you licked it..."
Lylia dryly remarks, "As long as people lick the mayoral statue and not the mayoral flesh, we shall have few quarrels."
Maylan's eyes grow dim and unfocused as she gazes at Lylia with a slack-jawed grin.
Speaking firmly to Maylan, Lylia says, "No."
Lylia adds, "Not to mention, there are enough foolish theories going about on the nature of the blight and how to protect oneself. I have seen people dipping themselves in vinegar, smearing themselves with oils, opening windows, closing windows..."
Cryheart says, "Some folks have been rolling in the mud."
Speaking to Cryheart, Lylia admits, "Some of them would do that anyway. But yes."
Cryheart says, "Both Shinann and ye know this barracks better than I."
(OOC) Chaoswynd's player whispers to the group, "Lies."
(OOC) Stormyrain's player whispers to the group, "OF COURSE HE PICKS A ROOM I DONT REMEMBER HOW TO GET TO."
(OOC) Chaoswynd's player whispers to the group, "...that's every room in the barracks Storm :P."
(OOC) Stormyrain's player whispers to the group, "STORMY KNOWS THAT, I DONT."
Thadston says, "I'm going to have to ask you to leave Walkar."
Thadston says, "Maybe half the town has already burned candles in your honor and kissed your ass, but something is wrong and I don't trust it."
Thadston says, "Nothing personal. If you're real, great, and you should understand."
Speaking frankly to Walkar, Leafiara opines, "Should probably be relieved he's not punching you with kroderine gauntlets to be sure."
Maylan incredulously says, "If he's leaving, I'm leaving."
Thadston waves to Maylan.
Speaking to Maylan, Stormyrain states, "Bye."
Speaking to Walkar, Pukk says, "Maybe if you prove you are real? Like tell them something only the real Walkar and nobody else knows."
Speaking to Pukk, Evia says, "Dear, if no one else knows...that doesn't help a thing."
Pukk says, "I say we go around asking everybody if they are the paragon. If they say yes, we kill em."
Speaking to Pukk, Ysharra asks, "You know paragon is sometimes an adjective, yes?"
Speaking to Ysharra, Pukk asks, "A what? A objective?"
Speaking to Pukk, Ysharra says, "Just keep being cute."
Speaking to Ysharra, Pukk whispers aloud, "I always am...it's natural."
Pietra says, "Feastday unknown paragon. Then, the cocoon man and then the witch."
(Pietra counts on her fingers, then gives up.)
A militia messenger arrives and whispers something to Thadston and then marches off.
Thadston sighs.
Thadston nods.
Speaking to Thadston, Pukk asks, "Your mistress beckons?"
Thadston glares at Pukk.
Thadston says, "You know what Pukk, shut your damn mouth."
Pukk chuckles.
Pukk clasps his hand over his mouth.
Evia says, "All for naught, he would just start miming it all."
Pukk flashes a wide grin at Evia.
Speaking gently to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Don't take Thadston too seriously. He hates everyone, pretty much."
Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Ah, that's okay. He's just like a overgrown Happy."
Pukk says, "Twice as tall and twice as fast to tick off."
Zosopage says, "I'll give him one thing. He's one cool cookie."
Zosopage says, "Walkar."
Chamorr heartily says, "Well, he's prolly dead."
Chamorr heartily says, "So yeah."


Log

Awaiting Thadston

[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 Tanndrill, Event Planner Leafiara, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Nostre, Kronzcrest, Aderion who is sitting, Lady Hithyr, Ufian, Hoebow, Uthenegal, High Lord Ashmoreth, Squigly, Lord Oldale, Arasleaf

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.

Dwi heartily asks, "See?"

Balley softly says, "Yep very nice."

Balley softly says, "I am joining you so you can drag me around."

Balley softly says, "Do not want to miss things."

Leafiara wonders, "Where's Cryheart?"

Balley softly says, "I am ready to die like usual too."

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Dwi says, "Seen him runnin roun onna glacier."

Palfin quietly says, "Prolly sleep inna park."

Speaking amicably to Dwi, Leafiara says, "Ah, so hopefully back soon from whatever wild things he's doing out there."

Leafiara hoots at Lazaryth.

Lazaryth asks, "Are you going to hoot every time you see me?"

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Dwi says, "We tried diggin a trap...but he jumped o'er it."

Speaking curiously to Lazaryth, Leafiara asks, "Why wouldn't I?"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara explains, "It's a tradition Owly started."

Speaking lovingly to a pale-faced coppery barn owl, Leafiara says, "You trendsetter you."

Speaking heartily to a pale-faced coppery barn owl, Dwi says, "Ye..dat's who."

Speaking heartily to a pale-faced coppery barn owl, Dwi says, "Jus in case ye ask."

Shinann's group just arrived.

Speaking affably to Cryheart, Leafiara says, "There you are! We would've been lost without you."

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Dwi says, "Found him."

Leafiara relievedly says, "Whew, now all is as it should be."

Speaking quietly to Dwi, Morofinwe says, "The very first hisskra I met tried to skewer me with a trident. Then brought friends."

Cryheart asks, "Lost?"

Dwi: "Oh...stuff gonna happin tonite?"

Speaking to Cryheart, Leafiara exclaims, "Would have had to follow Moro or Lazaryth or someone otherwise!"

Speaking to Cryheart, Leafiara whispers aloud, "They'd never know where to go."

Lazaryth asks, "I'm sorry, what?"

Morofinwe quietly says, "I take the scenice routes."

Speaking skeptically to Morofinwe, Leafiara says, "Riiiight."

Dwi heartily says, "I'd know where to go...ebentually."

Speaking curiously to Dwi, Leafiara asks, "Into your disk?"

Dwi grunts and nods.

Speaking quietly to Leafiara, Morofinwe says, "It's much more fun."

Lazaryth says, "You're welcome to follow me, but I'm as likely to go to the bathhouse as anyplace else."

Dwi heartily says, "Speakin o'....."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara admits, "It's a pretty good place."

(Dwi crawls into her floating disk!)

You notice Dwi slip into a hiding place.

You see the Dwi disk close.

Speaking to Leafiara, Lazaryth says, "The one in Solhaven is an extremely good place."

Speaking curiously to Lazaryth, Leafiara asks, "Is it?"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara admits, "I don't think I've ever been."

Speaking to Leafiara, Lazaryth says, "You've got to go."

Speaking to Leafiara, Lazaryth says, "Tomorrow."

Speaking to Maags, Laelithonel exclaims, "Haven'stopped!"

Maags says, "My has sweets."

Speaking amusedly to Lazaryth, Leafiara says, "Well, I do visit Solhaven often enough."

Avalera says, "Has it been snowing all day? I've been out and about."

Leafiara affably says, "Just as of a few minutes ago."

Speaking to Laelithonel, Maags says, "Yous rather amazing."

The voice of Dwi heartily says, "Braggart."

Laelithonel exclaims, "Entirely th'opposite! Is why ah can'stop!"

Cryheart says, "I need some warm cinnamon plum tea."

Thadston: "Eve."

Leafiara: "Evenin'!"

Lazaryth: "Good evening."

Laelithonel says, "Tha'sounds... perfect."

Cryheart says, "Thadston."

Leafiara notes, "Thadston over thoughts."

Shinann: "Evening, Marshal."

Speaking heartily to Cryheart, Dwi says, "Imma foller ye."

Lazaryth warmly says, "Maylan."

Cryheart asks, "See anyone Owlie?"

Maylan exclaims, "Ahoy!"

Lazaryth says, "So lovely to see you."

Thadston: "We'll meet shortly."

Leafiara speculates, "I guess he's done making his arrangements with Octaven..."

Leafiara wryly says, "This should be good."

Maylan: "Ohhh a meeting."

Cryheart says, "Moving to the East."

Maylan: "My favorite post-drink activity."

Dwi: "Lissen..it's da mayer!"

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 polished bleakstone statue and a large purple wooden barrel.

Also here: Dwi, Maags, Pietra, Land Pirate Maylan who is riding a chunky apricot-hued cob, Lazaryth, Event Planner Leafiara, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Sir Cryheart

Pietra exclaims, "Kittens and horses!"

Maylan says, "Weee."

Maags exclaims, "Where we going!"

Cryheart says, "Here."

Speaking to Maylan, Lazaryth asks, "Are you sure it's not burning?"

Maylan exclaims, "To the gathering spot!"

Maags says, "Oh."

Cryheart says, "Thadston says we having a meeting soon."

Speaking heartily to Maags, Dwi says, "Halfalin tossin contest."

Maylan exclaims, "Burn burn burn!"

Maags exclaims, "Even I knows my way here!"

Maylan says, "Woosh."

Maags says, "Well from there."

Speaking to Maags, Pietra exclaims, "It's a long and confusing route from there to here, but we all made it!"

Speaking to Pietra, Maags exclaims, "Thanks to the Sir Knight!"

Pietra says, "Sir Blurb of the Blob."

Pietra says, "I've been going a bit stir crazy in Mule. Nice to see people."

Cryheart says, "It is way toooo snowy and icy."

(OOC) Dwi's player whispers to the group, "I betcha Cryheart wants to trade his Strongest foe vanquished... wit mine."

Speaking lightly to Pietra, Leafiara says, "And just think, apparently you can have the snow over here too."

>prof dwi

[stuff]

Strongest foe vanquished: a white-armored skeletal crusader

>prof cryhea

[stuff]

Strongest foe vanquished: a brown wasp

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra says, "It's much more milder here."

(OOC) Dwi's player whispers to the group, "A bug? yeeesh."

(OOC) Cryheart's player whispers to the group, "Those brown wasps are extremely dangerous."

Leafiara yells, "Owly, we're over here by Moot Hall!"

(OOC) Dwi's player whispers to the group, "Can o' raid...done."

A pale-faced coppery barn owl flies in.

The coppery barn owl hoots at Leafiara.

(OOC) Pietra's player whispers to the group, "Also they're rude."

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

(OOC) Cryheart's player whispers to the group, "They used to come out of boxes and kill folks."

(OOC) Leafiara's player whispers to the group, "Ooh, that sounds interesting."

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

(OOC) Kenstrom's player whispers to the group, "You guys getting bad lag?"

(OOC) Leafiara's player whispers to the group, "Nope."

(OOC) Cryheart's player whispers to the group, "I am fine."

(OOC) Pietra's player whispers to the group, "Leafi, sometimes the east tower was a charnel house after a box was opened full of critters."

(OOC) Ysharra's player whispers to the group, "Must just be karma for the murder spiders."

Speaking to Cryheart, Ysharra asks, "Keeping your spurs sharp?"

Cryheart says, "Always."

Dwi heartily says, "Poor horsei."

Speaking to Cryheart, Ysharra asks, "Do you have a horse now?"

Pietra says, "Lotta spit swapping around here, considering the recent plaguey-ness."

Cryheart waves his white leather reins through the air and a muscular white stallion appears by his side.

Cryheart says, "Good boy, Ribbon."

Dwi heartily says, "Sharp spurs means yer donkey dont lub ye."

Speaking to Cryheart, Ysharra says, "Another animal to adore you."

(OOC) Kenstrom's player whispers to the group, "Rebooting, brb."

Maags gawks at Cryheart.

Maags says, "I thought yous did not bring him to town."

Speaking to Cryheart, Ysharra says, "Hare, horse, and owl."

Speaking to Pietra, Lazaryth says, "Maybe the kissing protects us. Maybe the people getting sick are the ones not doing enough of it."

Cryheart says, "I generally dinnae."

Maags says, "All the ladies want to go riding with him."

Lazaryth asks, "Ever think of that?"

Maags exclaims, "And none of them wear ribbons!"

(OOC) Dwi's player whispers to the group, "Now's our chance! Steal Kenstrom's bitcoins!"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Pietra says, "That's a theory, alright."

Speaking to Pietra, Lazaryth asks, "You want to be safe, don't you?"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Pietra exclaims, "Kiss you, I don't even know you!"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Ysharra says, "It's a theory that's absolute horse-"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Ysharra says, "Not at all sound."

Speaking to Pietra, Lazaryth says, "We met right here, the night Maylan tried to burn down Moot Hall."

Speaking to Pietra, Lazaryth says, "We're practically best friends."

Ysharra says, "One of the many interrupted burnings."

Speaking amusedly to Lazaryth, Leafiara asks, "Is the feeling mutual?"

Lylia adds, "Not to mention, there are enough foolish theories going about on the nature of the blight and how to protect oneself. I have seen people dipping themselves in vinegar, smearing themselves with oils, opening windows, closing windows..."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Pietra says, "If that meant I'd kiss a person, then I'd be licking everyone in this group."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Maylan exclaims, "That was a productive night!"

Lylia says, "Superstitious nonsense."

Cryheart says, "Some folks have been rolling in the mud."

Speaking to Lylia, Pietra asks, "We're only supposed to kiss your statue, correct?"

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "Honestly, the vinegar isn't so bad...considering the usual scent of dead fish..."

Zosopage says, "Maybe purple candles will help."

Speaking to Cryheart, Lylia admits, "Some of them would do that anyway. But yes."

Berkana says, "Some wrap themselves in flax."

Lazaryth says, "It was, yes."

Speaking to Ysharra, Lylia says, "Yes, the vinegar is preferable."

Maags says, "Or turn the barrel over yous head."

Omnitrunks asks, "Wow is thaat a horse?"

Omnitrunks peers quizzically at Maylan.

Pietra whispers something to Lazaryth.

Speaking to a white-tailed broom hare, Ysharra asks, "Prince, you need a warren. Want me to find a hole to stuff you in?"

Speaking to a pale-faced coppery barn owl, Maylan says, "Keep that up and Chubbs is bound to get jealous."

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "Definitely better than the vinegar."

Speaking to Maags, Zosopage says, "Didn't see you there behind all these bigguns."

Avalera says, "I wonder if it's cold enough would your tongue stick to the statue if you licked it..."

Avalera glances at a polished bleakstone statue.

Speaking to an obese drunken chinchilla, Maylan says, "It's okay. I still love you most of all."

Cryheart asks, "Anyone hae some good warm tea?"

Speaking to an obese drunken chinchilla, Maylan says, "I just can't reach you from up here."

Speaking to Zosopage, Maags says, "And some ask why I do that so much."

Speaking to Avalera, Lylia says, "Good luck with that."

Lazaryth says, "I say we convince Dwi to try."

Avalera says, "I don't think it's cold enough. Nowhere near, so, we'll just put that idea on the shelf for a while."

Lylia says, "I have a fresh pot of tea in my office. Check the kettle."

Lazaryth says, "Oh, no. I think it is absolutely worth an experiment."

Lazaryth asks, "It is snowing, after all. Maybe it's cold enough?"

Speaking to Stormyrain, Pietra says, "Tonight's rule is you have to kiss everyone on the cheek."

Maags asks, "Another experiment?"

Lylia dryly remarks, "As long as people lick the mayoral statue and not the mayoral flesh, we shall have few quarrels."

Speaking to Melikor, Stormyrain says, "And to you."

Maylan's eyes grow dim and unfocused as she gazes at Lylia with a slack-jawed grin.

Speaking firmly to Maylan, Lylia says, "No."

Cryheart says, "Ahhh..better."

Stormyrain kisses Pietra on the cheek.

Pietra laughs!

(OOC) Kenstrom's player whispers to the group, "Back! Lag is gone "for now" knock on wyrmood."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Pietra says, "Why, thank you."

(OOC) Dwi's player whispers to the group, "Knock off da knockin on stuff."

Speaking to Pietra, Stormyrain offers, "Of course."

Speaking to Berkana, Melikor says, "Darts, two days."

Thadston: "I'll let you know of our meeting location soon. I apologize for the delay. I trust you are all standing around in the falling snow outside of Moot Hall?"

Ysharra says, "Yes. Killer Darts, of course."

Leafiara: "As ever!"

Speaking to Melikor, Berkana says, "Where I will lose again."

Lylia: "As one does."

Speaking to Berkana, Melikor says, "Most of us do."

Pietra yells, "Lots of kissing in front of Moot Hall! Not by me though!"

Speaking to Berkana, Ysharra asks, "You came in second last time, didn't you?"

Zosopage: "Snow? What snow? This is nothing compared to Icemule."

Dwi yells, "It's mosly her tho!"

Lylia: "I am wearing furs. I am unlikely to die."

Speaking to Zosopage, Leafiara concedes, "True enough."

Maags asks, "Yous hiding from Owlies?"

Berkana says, "The kindness of strangers."

Pietra yells, "No, it's all Dwi. C'mon over!"

From nearby, you hear Arianiss yell, "Either is fine!"

Pietra yells, "I'll remind you all, she is quite short of stature!"

Maags asks, "Are we hasing dangerous experiments again?"

Speaking thoughtfully to Maags, Leafiara says, "I think not, but never know."

Speaking heartily to Pietra, Dwi says, "I'll sooprise his boots off."

Speaking to Maags, Pietra says, "I sure hope not. That usually hurts."

Cryheart says, "I think he is going to provide some information."

Zosopage says, "Hopefully useful."

Leafiara says, "If by any chance he's found Thrayzar yet, I'll change my vote to a definite yes on dangerous experiments."

Maags says, "If so problies I will watch the gate."

Pukk says, "This is a pleasant surprise."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "You've missed the kissing."

Maags says, "This has been a bad luck day for me."

Leafiara adds, "Or if he decided against sending Disean away, that would change it too..."

Pukk says, "I was just looking to see what everybody was up to."


Walkabout

Walkar just arrived.

Dwi heartily asks, "All's I wanna know...is der extra shobels?"

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "It was a right lip fest here earlier."

Speaking to Maags, Lylia asks, "I am sorry to hear that; what happened?"

Cryheart says, "Hello Walkar."

Walkar says, "Hello."

Walkar nods.

Speaking curiously to Walkar, Leafiara asks, "Gettin' a late night bite again?"

Speaking to Walkar, Maylan blurts, "Ahoy!"

Speaking to Lylia, Maags says, "Jus bad luck and monsters winning when they usuallies never do."

Ysharra says, "It's the ex-Mayor out of time."

Cryheart asks, "So how did ye escape the tower this time?"

Walkar asks, "Escape?"

Walkar says, "I wasn't aware I was a prisoner."

Cryheart says, "Teasing."

Pukk says, "Well, since I missed my chance...I will do it anyways."

Cryheart nods at Walkar.

Walkar smirks.

Pukk recites:

"Everybody join Cryheart!"

Maags whispers something to Stormyrain.

Pukk says, "Feel better."

Walkar says, "I simply told the guards I wished to join tonight's meeting."

Speaking heartily to Pukk, Dwi asks, "Ye meant me rite?"

Walkar asks, "If...that is allowed?"

Speaking to Pukk, Zosopage says, "You must have been busting at the seams until you let that one out."

Leafiara dubiously asks, "And they actually listened?"

Lylia smoothly says, "Of course." [a response to Walkar and not Leafi, given the timing]

Cryheart says, "Is fine with me."

Lylia asks, "Why would it not be?"

Maags says, "Thought the brass tower accomodations were for those we wish to ....stay there during their visit."

Speaking seriously to Walkar, Pietra asks, "Are you prepared to kiss present tenderly on the cheek?"

Leafiara muses, "Guess it's really up to Thadston."

Maylan says, "I don't see why we should keep the fella under lock and key."

Maags says, "If yous can jus walk about, then why not stay at Thraks."

Lylia whispers something to Meureii.

Walkar says, "I will stay where I've been asked to remain."

Walkar nods.

Maags says, "I am not the boss tho so."

Cryheart offers Walkar a cup of smoky honey-sweetened tea.

Walkar accepts Cryheart's honey-sweetened tea.

Cryheart says, "Warm ye up."

Walkar says, "Thank you."

Speaking to Walkar, Maags says, "Yous are decidedlies not staying there."

Walkar takes a drink from his honey-sweetened tea.

Cryheart says, "Welcome."

Speaking to Walkar, Shinann says, "Well, you are not doing a very good job of staying there.."

Speaking to Walkar, Zosopage says, "It isn't like you've set the town on fire so there is no reason for you not to be here. That I know of anyway."

Meureii whispers something to Aleid.

Ponclast: "Lovely."

Shinann says, "I do not know you. Up to Thadston and Stormyrain."

Lylia whispers something to Meureii.

Speaking to Walkar, Leafiara mentions, "Fair warning, these days there's a rogue faction in the militia that might not be as accommodating as Thadston. And that's assuming that he'll take you in himself."

Walkar says, "I understand."

Walkar asks, "Do we all still join you?"

Walkar peers quizzically at Cryheart.

Walkar asks, "That much hasn't changed right?"

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Dwi asks, "I thought dey all hung out inna east tower?"

Walkar smirks.

Cryheart says, "Seems so."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk exclaims, "It wasn't me! I swear!"

Shinann says, "And, the mayor of course."

Speaking lightly to Pukk, Leafiara assures, "We know."

Speaking to Walkar, Maylan says, "He's still our favorite tin can."


Clash

Thadston: "Captains, will you bring everyone to the Barracks Strategy room please?"

Speaking to Walkar, Zosopage says, "You might need your ears checked if you didn't hear Pukk's yell."

Thadston: "I'm not standing in that damn snow."

Cryheart says, "We are headed to the Barracks."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra asks, "A dwarf? Really?"

Cryheart asks, "Want to lead Captains?"

Maylan says, "I spose we're being called to the Barracks strategy room."

Evia says, "Oh golly the secret room."

Walkar joins Cryheart's group.

Cryheart says, "Moving out."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "Not what I expected."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "Asked if she could keep him."

Speaking to Walkar, Pukk says, "I'm the town herald when it is times like these."

[travel begins]

Stormyrain whispers something to Shinann.

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra asks, "Xanthium brought a dwarf home?"

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "I told her she has her own home, she can keep whatever she likes there."

Cryheart designates Stormyrain as the new leader of the group.

Cryheart asks, "Ye know the way?"

Stormyrain whispers something to Shinann.

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "You're having me on."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "I think she took him back to Sleepy."

Stormyrain asks, "Where are we going?"

Stormyrain says, "I wasn't paying attention."

Leafiara says, "The strategy room."

Ysharra says, "...oh."

Pukk says, "I think she is looking at your pretty hair."

Cryheart says, "Strategy rooms."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "But she did ask me that."

Pietra says, "And this is how we get things done around here."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "That makes a great deal more sense. And you're as obnoxious as she is."

Cryheart says, "Both Shinann and ye know this barracks better than I."

(OOC) Chaoswynd's player whispers to the group, "Lies."

Cryheart says, "Strategy room."

Maags says, "The one with the table."

Speaking heartily to Maylan, Dwi says, "Issa barracks...notta stable."

Thadston: "...do you even remember where it is?"

(OOC) Stormyrain's player whispers to the group, "OF COURSE HE PICKS A ROOM I DONT REMEMBER HOW TO GET TO."

(OOC) Shinann's player whispers to the group, "Give me the lead if it's in here."

Leafiara says, "...it's up the stairs."

Stormyrain designates Shinann as the new leader of the group.

[travel concludes]

[Town Barracks, Strategy Room]

Along the western wall stretches a wood-framed canvas map, its details and colors painstakingly illustrated. Mounted above a thick oak door is a stuffed bluish-grey krolvin head, its mouth eternally pried open in a silent bark. A wide slate-topped table rests perfectly center in the room, wooden chairs positioned around its edges. A small shelf hangs in a corner, containing a pile of chalk and some map markers.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Sir Cryheart, Stormyrain, Lazaryth, Land Pirate Maylan who is riding a chunky apricot-hued cob, Pietra, Bjarn, Magister Raelee, Mayor Lylia, Ysharra, Avalera, Melikor, Goldstr, Maags, Zosopage, Yakushi, Relic Hunter Madmountan, Dame Evia, Xorus, Bernadette, Mistress Berkana, Dwi, Felita, Pukk, Walkar, Chaoswynd, Alasatia, Marshal Meureii, Arasleaf, Diamondelille, Shinann, Lord Thadston

(OOC) Chaoswynd's player whispers to the group, "...that's every room in the barracks Storm :P."

(OOC) Stormyrain's player whispers to the group, "STORMY KNOWS THAT, I DONT."

Cryheart says, "Ahah."

Goldstr turns toward Thadston and renders a sharp hand salute.

Lylia notes, "We were right outside my office. But no, no one wants to be where there is incense and tea."

Thadston nods at Goldstr.

Speaking to Thadston, Stormyrain greets, "Marshal."

Thadston says, "I have a map. And wooden markers to desginate troops."

Speaking to Thadston, Stormyrain asks, "You remember..Walkar Wellington?"

Thadston nods at Lylia.

Cryheart says, "Evening Thadston."

Thadston glances at Walkar.

Lylia says, "Fair enough."

Walkar glances at Thadston.

Thadston says, "So it's true."

Speaking heartily to Lylia, Dwi says, "I sure aboid dem places."

Speaking in Faendryl to Lylia, Xorus asks something you don't understand.

Cryheart says, "Seems so."

Speaking to Thadston, Zosopage asks, "And crayons for Pukk?"

Pukk asks, "Really?"

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

Thadston says, "I'm going to have to ask you to leave Walkar."

Walkar furrows his brow.

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

Speaking to Walkar, Lylia says, "I was asked not to attend meetings when I was violated by Pylasar's woman."

Speaking confusedly to Thadston, Maylan asks, "What?"

Lylia says, "I would not take it too much to heart."

Speaking interestedly to Lylia, Pukk says, "Tell me more of this violation."

Thadston says, "Maybe half the town has already burned candles in your honor and kissed your ass, but something is wrong and I don't trust it."

Speaking to Walkar, Zosopage says, "Trust will be a slow process I'm afraid."

Thadston says, "Nothing personal. If you're real, great, and you should understand."

Walkar nods at Zosopage.

Stormyrain says, "I think the Marshal's reasoning is sound."

Madmountan says, "Once again, I agree with Thadston."

Walkar says, "Understood. I had low expectations."

Speaking frankly to Walkar, Leafiara opines, "Should probably be relieved he's not punching you with kroderine gauntlets to be sure."

Speaking heartily to Pukk, Dwi asks, "Shin or groin?"

Speaking to Pukk, Lylia says, "She implanted one of her foul insects in me."

Speaking to Lylia, Pukk says, "No..no...tell the story more slowly....."

Maylan incredulously says, "If he's leaving, I'm leaving."

Thadston waves to Maylan.

Speaking to Maylan, Stormyrain states, "Bye."

Lazaryth whispers something to Maylan.

Maylan says, "Goodbye."

Lylia says, "Perhaps later. We have battles to fight."

Speaking to Maylan, Maags asks, "Knows the way to the brass tower?"

Cryheart says, "Ye should know nae to tempt Thadston."

Speaking to Maylan, Goldstr says, "But leave Chubs."

Speaking heartily to Lylia, Dwi asks, "Lemme handle dis one eh mayer?"

Maags asks, "Has a key?"

Walkar says, "If nothing else I wished to confirm my commitment to what challenges lie ahead. I will serve where I am needed. But I ask that when it comes time to fight, and to save Kiske, I can lend my aid."

Lylia says, "Mm-hmm."

Speaking to Walkar, Pukk says, "Maybe if you prove you are real? Like tell them something only the real Walkar and nobody else knows."

Speaking to Walkar, Goldstr says, "I would hope so."

Cryheart asks, "For example...what service did Sir Tebon and I provide to ye?"

Speaking to Pukk, Evia says, "Dear, if no one else knows...that doesn't help a thing."

Lazaryth says, "..presuming Raznel doesn't have a way to get at Walkar's memories."

Speaking confusedly to Evia, Pukk says, "Oh yeah."

Ysharra says, "She might."

Lazaryth says, "The real Walkar. If he's not the real Walkar."

Walkar says, "You were my advisors."

Cryheart forcefully crosses one arm over his kroderine plate and offers Walkar a formal bow.

Speaking to Walkar, Maylan says, "Next time you come round, I'll tell you all about the little trinket I made for you. My friend Dilly will find your Kiske, surely it will."

Speaking to Ysharra, Leafiara agrees, "Plenty of ways, probably."

Cryheart says, "Only the real Walkar would know that."

Pukk pokes Walkar in the ribs.

Speaking to Walkar, Maags asks, "What is Kiske's favorite drink?"

Pukk says, "I still say he's real."

Ysharra says, "We are still unsure about her status with her father."

Shinann asks, "Were his advisors known?"

Speaking heartily to Pukk, Dwi says, "I kin go higher."

Ysharra says, "And he was quite skilled at getting out whatever he wanted from people's skulls."

Ysharra says, "...or leaving something behind."

Zosopage says, "Too bad no one has a dispel illusion spell."

Walkar bows.

Speaking to Dwi, Pukk says, "No flirting right now...later."

Cryheart says, "A long time ago...he did announce it in front of some folks."

Maylan says, "Anyhoo, you lot have fun standing round talking."

Speaking to Ysharra, Leafiara says, "Even if--and it's definitely an if--he's against her now, she could well have gotten his memories from him earlier."

Meureii suggests, "It stands to reason that his memory would remain intact regardless of his state of death or undeath."

Shinann says, "So, we can rule that out as proof."

Walkar says, "I'll see myself out. I did not mean to make any issues. I have not stopped serving this town and its people. Use me please, when the time comes."

Lylia admits, "It is one of my favorite hobbies."

Stormyrain gives a sidelong glance at Walkar.

Walkar turns around.

Stormyrain snorts!

Walkar pauses.

Speaking heartily to Walkar, Dwi asks, "Really?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Ysharra says, "That first if is not likely, as well."

Walkar whispers something to Stormyrain.

Walkar bows.

Walkar just went south.

Stormyrain clenches her jaw.

Shinann says, "If you are who you say you are, then you will get an apology."

Cryheart says, "Of course Raznel has ears all about...so who knows."

Dwi heartily asks, "I could borrown a hunnert tousand silbers?"


Raelee's Conundrums

'Thadston says, "I've seen the witch wear enough faces to not trust this."

Speaking briskly to Thadston, Lylia says, "Now, then."

Balley softly says, "Something did not seem right about that whole thing."

Thadston says, "...but my gut tells me it's not Raznel, but..."

Thadston shakes his head.

Dwi heartily says, "Feller sure ran off quick when silbers was mentioned."

Thadston says, "Figure it out."

Thadston nods at Raelee.

Leafiara speculates, "Some other trick of hers, but not her directly."

Thadston says, "A distraction, maybe."

Cryheart whispers something to Ysharra.

Speaking evenly to Thadston, Raelee says, "One of many works in progress."

Thadston says, "A spy. Anything."

Stormyrain asks, "A paragon?"

Thadston asks, "What else is in progress?"

Thadston peers quizzically at Raelee.

Zosopage says, "Raznel will be in a more panicked state now that her paragons are pretty much gone."

Maags says, "Or another way to put us all at odds, disagreeing."

Thadston says, "A paragon? Maybe."

Maags says, "So yes, a distraction."

Thadston says, "Except according to Pylasar's word this morning, the paragon has been located."

Thadston says, "Even if we do not know who it is."

Pietra says, "He seemed like a nice enough fellow..."

Cryheart says, "He was, at a time."

Speaking heartily to Maags, Dwi says, "Ye got off yer donkey...we in greement bout dat."

Evia says, "Well that's news."

Pukk says, "I say we go around asking everybody if they are the paragon. If they say yes, we kill em."

Speaking to Cryheart, Goldstr says, "An hopefully still be."

Speaking to Thadston, Raelee says, "What else is in progress? Solving the blight, sorting out what Raznel did to my portal, various unrelated matters..."

Speaking to Dwi, Maags corrects, "Pony."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "Simple plans are the best sometimes."

Speaking to Pukk, Ysharra asks, "You know paragon is sometimes an adjective, yes?"

Thadston asks, "Is the portal safe to use?"

Speaking heartily to Pukk, Dwi asks, "Is ye a pair o gones?"

Cryheart says, "Good questioin."

Speaking to Thadston, Raelee says, "I am not going to promise that, no."

Thadston says, "Because tonight we're here to discuss our strike on the Bleaklands."

Speaking to Ysharra, Pukk asks, "A what? A objective?"

Shinann asks, "The one at the Outpost?"

Dwi heartily says, "Ah..dum idear...cause dey kin ignore ye."

Leafiara musingly says, "Did Ayred ever come back to town? I suppose he's always an option for a portal if we can't trust the other one."

Speaking to Pukk, Ysharra says, "Just keep being cute."

Speaking to Thadston, Raelee says, "In addition to Shinann's blood, there has been... additional manipulation."

Speaking to Ysharra, Pukk whispers aloud, "I always am...it's natural."

Shinann says, "Raznel was messing with it, if that is the case."

Thadston says, "I'm listening."

Dwi heartily says, "Be scarey if'n der wassa pair o' Pukks tho."

Speaking to Thadston, Raelee says, "Young blood, potent blood... forming additional runes."

Thadston furrows his brow.

Dwi heartily says, "Wait."

Speaking to Thadston, Raelee says, "They were not evident until I started looking... quite closely."

Thadston asks, "What does that even mean?"

Speaking to Raelee, Ysharra asks, "Do you mean Larsya?"

Speaking to Thadston, Raelee states, "I do not yet know."

Thadston says, "Save the magister word foreplay and make it simple please."

Speaking to Ysharra, Raelee says, "I do not think so."

Shinann says, "She killed me and used my blood on it... that is all I know. I did not give permission."

Speaking to Raelee, Leafiara asks, "The abducted children perhaps?"

Speaking to Thadston, Raelee says, "Children are missing. Young blood has been used--"

Raelee nods to Leafiara.

Thadston asks, "What do you mean potent blood?"

Thadston says, "Oh. I had forgotten the children."

Ysharra says, "She means blood of a sacrifice."

Speaking to Thadston, Pukk says, "It is when a blood is more potent."

Thadston looks warily at his canteen.

Goldstr asks, "Kin a new portal be used?"

Speaking to Thadston, Raelee says, "I mean blood with mana. She may have been targeting children who had... strong magical potential, even if it was entirely unrealized."

Zosopage says, "A stong user of blood magic I'd suppose."

Thadston asks, "So if you were tasked to open that portal to the Bleaklands. Would you?"

Dwi heartily says, "Oh."

Speaking to Thadston, Raelee states, "Yes."

Dwi heartily says, "My canteen prolley remoofs mana."

Thadston nods.

Melikor whispers something to Ysharra.

Dwi heartily says, "Memeries too."


Final Paragons

Thadston says, "So a few things to cover first."

Thadston says, "This Feastday I know Pylasar hopes to be able to have found a way to get to the final paragon, the one the witch made without him."

Raelee quietly adds, "... opening is never the concern, it is passing through it."

Lazaryth asks, "Feastday, mm?"

Speaking heartily to Felita, Dwi asks, "Member dat time it remoofed Gutstorm rite outta da inn?"

Thadston says, "By month's end, we hit the Bleaklands."

Speaking to Dwi, Felita says, "Aye was fun."

Lylia purrs, "Marvelous."

Thadston says, "If you're successful on Feastday, we're left with one paragon and the witch."

Leafiara murmurs, "Finally closing in, yes."

Thadston says, "...and the paragon is Brumas, who we believe is buried somewhere beneath the ruins of the Doggoroth Keep in the Bleaklands."

Bernadette softly says, "Bout time fer that."

Pietra asks, "What are we being successful at, this coming Feastday?"

Evia says, "Hm."

Goldstr asks, "Ah It do be Brumas?"

Speaking to Pietra, Leafiara says, "Ending another paragon--we don't know who yet, though."

Thadston says, "So, there seems to be some confusion."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra asks, "What happened to that Disean fellow?"

Lylia explains, "Removing the Paragon Pylasar seeks."

Thadston says, "So in fairness, I'll cut through my word foreplay."

Thadston smirks.

Zosopage says, "Brumas is the paragon."

Thadston says, "This Feastday, we're seeking out a mystery paragon."

Speaking to Thadston, Pietra says, "A lot of us died the other night, and missed the great purple finale."

Zosopage says, "The one this Feastday."

Thadston says, "Someone the witch has made, not with Pylasar."

Leafiara whispers something to Pietra.

Lylia says, "Brumas is the old paragon. This Feastday, we seek the unknown one."

Zosopage says, "Ok not."

Pietra whispers something to Leafiara.

Speaking to himself, Pukk mutters, "I still say the flower girl might be the paragon."

Thadston says, "Brumas is a paragon who we met weeks ago, his projection at least."

Thadston says, "His cocoon that holds the real body is likely beneath Doggoroth Keep based on the past."

Thadston says, "Well, Doggoroth Keep is no more. A bunch of ruins in the Bleaklands."

Pietra says, "So many names, so many paragons. The scope is... insane."

Thadston says, "So if we hit the Bleaklands, Brumas and Raznel are our targets."

Thadston says, "But one needs to die before the first."

Speaking to Pietra, Lylia says, "No one can say Raznel did not have vision."

Thadston says, "Otherwise nothing is accomplished."

Zosopage says, "Paragons first."


Octaven's Aid

Thadston says, "I met with Octaven before this meeting."

Pietra says, "Feastday unknown paragon. Then, the cocoon man and then the witch."

(Pietra counts on her fingers, then gives up.)

Thadston says, "She will be providing, as I said before, more of her golems and pylons."

Thadston says, "But..."

Thadston says, "What did she call them..."

Thadston shrugs.

Thadston says, "I forget."

Thadston asks, "Pylon pods?"

Thadston shrugs.

Thadston says, "An extension of that cripple's work."

Leafiara prompts, "Maybe describe them a bit? The name doesn't really matter..."

Lylia says, "Praxopius."

Thadston says, "Something that will be able to traverse the broken lands of the Bleaklands."

Ysharra asks, "Sort of a land-Dreadnought?"

Thadston says, "We may need some assistance handling some of the lesser pylons, but the enhanced ones will be managed by her golems. Otherwise it'd kill others."

Ysharra asks, "...pylons will be affected how, by the anti-magic fields?"

Pukk says, "Everybody could just join Cryheart....he goes everywhere...just takes a long time."

Thadston says, "I'm under the impression some of the pylons, or enhanced ones, will be mobile."

Goldstr says, "Would like to see Rodnay help us der."

Madmountan says, "Good thing golems are already sterile."

Thadston peers quizzically at Goldstr.

'Thadston says, "No."

Pietra says, "So muscles and such are needed."

Goldstr asks, "Nae?"

Ysharra says, "Golems, pylons and anti-magic fields, then."

Thadston says, "Threats..."

Zosopage says, "I'd suspect the Paragon Raznel made on her own would be strong in the ways of magic for some reason."

Madmountan asks, "Speaking of Rodnay, has he finished turning into a moth yet?"

Thadston says, "Raznel. Grishom. Rodnay." [what this means is ambiguous; see summary at the top]

Shinann says, "It is odd that he is in a cocoon and some of the paragons have them."

Thadston says, "We won't have our strategy answers today, but I want you all to begin thinking of how we'll manage the dangers in this battle."

Goldstr says, "Goods to remember, when da Witch gone, Grishom still be out der."


Evacuation?

Thadston says, "If we strike the Bleaklands, we leave the Landing vulnerable."

Zosopage says, "No attacking any spores unless with magic."

Thadston says, "I am also contemplating...."

Ysharra says, "Brumas might attack again."

Cryheart says, "I imagine there will be some folks who will stay to defend the Landing."

Thadston says, "...and feel free to tell me if this is impossible..."

Ysharra says, "With his legion of...dwarf-phantoms."

Thadston says, "I do not want to see another baptism of fire."

Speaking to Thadston, Pukk says, "It's impossible."

Thadston says, "I worry what the witch may do if we strike her."

Evia says, "What does that mean."

Leafiara hesitantly acknowledges, "I don't think it's impossible."

Cryheart says, "And remember do not enter any entryway or stairs for traps afore passing through them."

Speaking to Evia, Leafiara says, "That was what Chaston called the magic of the obelisk he set off..."

Thadston says, "I do not want to win in the Bleaklands, to come home to...the Bleaklands."

Madmountan says, "All I'm hearing is that I should avoid killing even more children that day, just in case."

Thadston asks, "Is it a logistical nightmare if we try to move citizens underground?"

Lylia says, "With all due respect, she is already choking the life from the town. We are pressed between a dire fate and a worse one."

Cryheart says, "Just tell them in advance where to go."

Pukk says, "Send em all to Icemule."

Leafiara admits, "Being underground did save many of us who were there that day..."

Lazaryth asks, "Would they actually be safe underground?"

Lazaryth glances at Leafiara.

Lazaryth nods.

Lylia continues, "The very soil is contaminated at this point, but if the people are underground, then it matters little if the town itself burns."

Ysharra says, "The Rooks could possibly keep them safe from the denizens of the Catacombs."

Pietra says, "I should think it still matters much if the town burns."

Pukk points at Ysharra.

Pukk says, "What she said."

Ysharra says, "And they are riddled with exits out of town."

Ysharra says, "If need be."

Cryheart asks, "Could we escort the children, weak and affirmed to Solhaven?"

Zosopage says, "Some citizens may wish to stay and help any way they can as well."

Leafiara notes, "Burrow Way is safer still than the catacombs, too."

Lylia says, "Towns can be rebuilt."

Stormyrain says, "I'm not sure what the logistics are but we can always offer it as an option. Some will take it, and some would rather stand, fight, and die than run from the Landing."

Thadston says, "....and by logistical nightmare..."

Lylia replies, "That is their choice. We shall not force them."

Ysharra says, "Including ones that let out toward the Glatoph. I believe the blight cannot follow them there."

Thadston says, "I mean for those who do not take the option."

Lazaryth says, "Perhaps that's the best. No doubt some would remain above and might be of some help if -"

Lazaryth shrugs slightly.

Thadston says, "Mayor, with all due respect, I am talking about forcing them."

Leafiara says, "I don't suppose the elven village would take anyone in, but maybe the Northern Caravansary..."

Leafiara notes, "Though it would only be some. It's not the largest place."

Evia says, "Perhaps have them spead out amongst a number of places, such as deep basements, tunneled structures, etc."

Ysharra says, "Townfolk at this point feel like they've seen everything."

Speaking amusedly to Thadston, Stormyrain states, "This is the Landing. Let me know how that goes for you."

Lylia says, "Force is such a harsh word in Common."

Meureii says, "Politely demand it.."

Thadston says, "Some underground, some out to sea on ships..."

Thadston rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Stormyrain seriously says, "But if we utilize the right voices, we can encourage--and I think we would be relatively successful."

Cryheart says, "Perhaps the Holding of the Order of the Silver Gryphon could contain folks as well."

Zosopage says, "We may need some of the more capable to stay hidden and come out as a surprise attack if necessary."

Thadston says, "We will not be allowed south. Vornavis will turn us away."

Maags says, "Encourage and tell why is the best way to do it. Though maybes if there is a promise of food..."

Thadston says, "There is still concern over the blight."

Cryheart says, "It is far away."

Thadston says, "It would be best not to move everyone to one location."

Lylia says, "I prefer persuasion. Point out what will happen if they remain. And what will happen to their children, their partners, their lovers, their friends. Most people will see reason if presented with the harsh alternatives."

Ysharra says, "The Temple in Vipershroud could house several dozen."

Goldstr says, "Aye dey fear da blight will spread der."

Thadston says, "But my goal and idea is to remove any giant target for a witch in a corner."

Lylia says, "Those who do not, of course, can be quietly removed."

Leafiara suggests, "Just offer myriad options, explaining the situation, and people can take those options or not. Whichever ones they prefer."

Lylia adds, "So as not to spread panic."

Ysharra says, "The priests there are accustomed to tending to the sick and diseased."

Goldstr says, "Onoir's Fortress kin hold some folks also."

Thadston says, "I do not intend to lead with "forcing" them at first."

Zosopage says, "Shop district and housing areas may be an option for hiding people."

Cryheart says, "There is also Voln."

Thadston says, "We'll encourage, sell it, whatever you need."

Evia says, "The Rook tunnels perhaps as well."

Thadston says, "Those who still refuse."

Thadston says, "We'll force."

Speaking to Thadston, Lylia says, "Then we are very much of one mind."

Evia says, "And Houses with underground areas."

Lazaryth asks, "I does.. take resources, to do the forcing. Are we sure it's in our best interest?"

Thadston says, "No. Not hiding in shop district."

Maags says, "Not to mention the time involved."

Thadston says, "I am trying to prevent a wave of fire rippling across the town and killing everyone."

Evia asks, "Smuggler tunnels?"

Lylia says, "When a storm threatens, people know to move to higher ground and sturdier buildings. This is a coming storm of a different sort."

Cryheart says, "The Abandoned Inn."

Speaking concernedly to Evia, Leafiara says, "That's even more dangerous than the catacombs." [giant marmots, dark orcs, and wraiths as opposed to giant rats]

Maags says, "I would not wish to be trapped underground if the town is on fire."

'Zosopage says, "Have townsfolk carry a supply of filled buckets in case of fire."

Speaking to Evia, Goldstr says, "Aye da AI would be good."

Thadston says, "No, it was not a real fire."

Speaking to Evia, Leafiara acknowledges, "But it could work for the stronger citizens among us..."

Evia says, "Hhmm."

Speaking to Thadston, Lylia says, "The printing press lies fallow. Use it to blanket the town with warnings. Pictures, more than words. Not everyone reads well."

Thadston says, "What destroyed Talador was instant."

Zosopage says, "Ahh that kind of fire. I remember those kind all too well."

Thadston says, "We'll need to think more on it, and I trust there's wiser minds here than mine."

Thadston says, "Captains, Mayor, I trust you to help faciliate the ideas."

Thadston says, "We'll need to begin acting within days."

Speaking to Thadston, Lylia says, "Naturally."

Thadston says, "If we're to make progress before we strike at month's end."

Thadston says, "I support every alternative to convince them to leave."

Zosopage says, "Just over a week til months end."

Bernadette softly says, "Not too much time."

Thadston says, "...and I will force those who still refuse despite it all."

Thadston says, "They can thank us later."

Lylia says, "I shall have the printing press in working order soon. They must know of the threat, and they must feel it is their decision to act on it sensibly."

Thadston says, "So Captains, prepare the militia for all tasks related to this."

Thadston says, "Including the latter."

Speaking to Thadston, Pietra asks, "And if the town burns to the ground, so be it?"

Stormyrain clenches her jaw.

Thadston says, "We'll need to ensure anyone moving is also protected."

Thadston says, "This won't remain a secret to Raznel."

Zosopage says, "Post on all the message boards throughout town."

Thadston peers quizzically at Pietra.

Lylia repeats, "Buildings can be reconstructed. People, not as readily."

Thadston says, "It is better..."

Thadston nods at Pietra.

Goldstr says, "Aye WE have rebuilt before."

Thadston says, "Exactly what the Mayor said."

Balley softly says, "Is this.."

Thadston says, "I'd rather move people away to protect them, so if the witch does unleash a baptism of fire...all that would remain is a bleakstone statue and the flower girl."

Zosopage says, "Goblyn will surely protect the pie shop."

Speaking wryly to Zosopage, Leafiara asks, "The one that Maylan burned down?"

Zosopage asks, "Is it not rebuilt?"

Madmountan says, "Goblyn is just as likely to blow it up again, as protect it."

Chamorr heartily says, "That poor girl gets no respect."

Speaking to Zosopage, Leafiara says, "Not yet."

Zosopage says, "Ok that solves that."


Disean Transport

A militia messenger arrives and whispers something to Thadston and then marches off.

Thadston sighs.

Thadston nods.

Zosopage says, "She will protect her trees then."

Speaking to Thadston, Pukk asks, "Your mistress beckons?"

Thadston glares at Pukk.

Thadston says, "You know what Pukk, shut your damn mouth."

Pietra whispers something to Lylia.

Pukk chuckles.

Pukk clasps his hand over his mouth.

Evia says, "All for naught, he would just start miming it all."

Pukk flashes a wide grin at Evia.

Thadston says, "Disean's transport is almost ready. Perhaps as early as tomorrow."

Thadston slowly empties his lungs.

Leafiara slowly says, "...ah."

Goldstr says, "Goods to hear."

Thadston says, "I had planned to go with it."

Thadston says, "But I can't."

Thadston clenches his jaw.

Lylia says, "I am sorry to hear that."

Chamorr heartily says, "Expect an ambush on that."

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

Leafiara offers, "We've ended a lot of paragons without you. I'm sure we can handle another if you'd be gone through Feastday..."

Thadston says, "That is where you will all help." [I think in response to Chamorr]]

Pukk whispers something to Leafiara.

Speaking to Chamorr, Zosopage says, "That is a good thought."

Evia asks, "Hmm?"

Thadston says, "Where he is going is going to take longer than Feastday."

Thadston says, "Keep me posted on the evacuation plans."

Thadston nods.

Thadston says, "I'll update you on more if I hear from Octaven."

Thadston says, "Goodnight."

Chamorr heartily asks, "Evacuation?"

Thadston clenches his jaw.

Lord Thadston just limped south.


Discussion Afterward

Evia says, "Perhaps we can recall some caves that are not inhabited by any creatures and not terribly far away, as a possibility."

Cryheart says, "Citizens."

Zosopage says, "Rest well."

Leafiara says, "Wait, what are we helping with? Seeing him off tomorr--"

Leafiara surprisedly says, "Huh."

Bernadette softly says, "Nite sir."

Pukk says, "Nice fellow."

Leafiara slowly says, "Okay then."

Shinann says, "We will go back to Moot Hall."

[travel begins]

Goldstr says, "He left quick. Hope dat message was nae too bad."

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara mutters, "Really don't envy you right about now."

Cryheart says, "He is few of words and quick to glare."

[travel ends]

[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 large acorn, a large acorn, a large acorn, a large acorn, a large acorn, a polished bleakstone statue and a large purple wooden barrel.

Speaking to Shinann, Lylia says, "I shall leave it to you and to Captain Stormyrain to carry out the logistics of moving those who are willing to leave. I shall work on persuading and informing the townsfolk that they must go. Persuasion is my strong suit."

Zosopage says, "We will all need a good rest before Feastday."

Lylia whispers something to Shinann.

Leafiara whispers something to Shinann.

Lylia flatly says, "Yes. You are right. No one trusts me."

Maags says, "Pardons."

Lylia says, "But they do listen."

Maags says, "Er."

Speaking to Lylia, Pietra says, "Yes, 'they' do."

Maags says, "I would not agree with no one."

Shinann says, "Well, they were accusing both of us that night."

Speaking to Lylia, Pukk says, "I agree with the first part...not the second."

Shinann says, "That does not stop us from planning, however."

Chamorr heartily says, "Sheesh."

Lylia says, "Never underestimate people's desire to save their own hides. They may not trust me, but they are unlikely to seek their own deaths because of it."

Dwi: "When I wassa kid.. roltons was da same size as dey is now!"

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra says, "We have faith that you will ever joke and be inappropriate."

Pukk says, "Thanks, I needed that."

Palfin: "Dwi, they may be saying the same thing about you."

Pietra whispers something to Stormyrain.

Chamorr heartily says, "I has a question."

Leafiara says, "Well, back to the matter at hand... I don't like this idea of moving people who don't want to go."

Stormyrain says, "I have issues with that as well."

Chamorr heartily says, "As one that fell asleep in a chair."

Stormyrain says, "This is a free town. And folks are not used to being forced to do much of anything. But we will see how this goes."

Chamorr heartily says, "Why are we evacuatin."

Leafiara sighs, "There's no such thing as doing something for someone's own good when they reject help. Every empath or cleric knows that."

Speaking to Chamorr, Stormyrain says, "Raznel."

Cryheart says, "So Raznell dinnae kill em."

Leafiara adds, "And everyone who -knows- empaths or clerics also knows that."

Cryheart says, "Rest well all."

Sir Cryheart's group just went north.

Sir Cryheart's group just went south.

Cryheart says, "Oops."

Alasatia says, "Knew it."

Pukk exclaims, "Pukknapping!"

Evia says, "Field trip."

Pukk exclaims, "Help!"

Zosopage exclaims, "We all can't fit in your house!"

Cryheart says, "Or my bed."

Goldstr exclaims, "Take care friends an rest well!"

Leafiara turns toward Goldstr and renders a sharp salute with her vanilla sandals.

Pietra says, "Sandal salute."

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Chamorr says, "Guess I'll read da papers tomorrow."

Bernadette softly says, "I'll sharpen me axe."

Speaking to Evia, Alasatia asks, "Are they made of flax?"

Shinann says, "I am open to suggestions. Does not have to be right this minute, but soon."

Speaking to Alasatia, Evia exclaims, "Some are!"

Chamorr heartily says, "And how long a rope."

Madmountan says, "Flax."

Speaking to Shinann, Leafiara says, "I still want to talk for other reasons, but they can wait."

Madmountan says, "What a weird word. Flaxy flax flax."

Shinann says, "I also have a problem forcing people. This is not going to be easy."

Speaking tentatively to Shinann, Leafiara asks, "But are you going to?"

Zosopage says, "Some ied's strategically placed."

Shinann says, "I have to trust my Marshal."

Chamorr heartily says, "Where we evacuatin to."

Shinann says, "And... talk to Stormyrain."

Pietra says, "I have worries."

Shinann says, "Not decided yet."

Speaking uneasily to Shinann, Leafiara says, "You know me... I have more of a problem with those who steal minds like Praxopius and Raznel than just mass murderers. Forcing others into what they don't want, I--"

Leafiara says, "Well... guess it's not my call anyway, but--"

Leafiara stresses, "I really don't envy you."

Leafiara says, "I'm sure a lot of people would rather die and I think it's their right."

Zosopage says, "I would think the Elven village may be one location."

Raelee evenly says, "... Vornavis ordered the evacuation of Solhaven, once..."

Raelee continues, "Most complied, a few did not."

Chamorr heartily says, "The caravansary."

Raelee states, "They drowned."

Shinann says, "Much easier when it is a ruler ordering subjects."

Speaking to Raelee, Leafiara says, "That's their decision to make."

Xorus says, "It sorts itself out in the end."

Zosopage says, "There will always be those that do not heed warnings or orders."

Pietra says, "Some rulers are not benevolent."

Raelee says, "That it was. One can only protect another from their own lack of self-preservation instincts for so long."

Shinann says, "Excuse me, please."

Shinann just went north.

Chamorr heartily says, "If those that want to stay to defend their homes, they should stay."

Speaking to Raelee, Zosopage says, "That's why we're all standing here now."

Bernadette softly says, "I need to sharpen me axe."

Speaking to Zosopage, Raelee says, "For most, perhaps."

Speaking gently to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Don't take Thadston too seriously. He hates everyone, pretty much."

Alasatia gazes with a bemused expression at Leafiara.

Speaking amusedly to Alasatia, Leafiara says, "He really does."

Speaking to Leafiara, Alasatia says, "Not true."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Ah, that's okay. He's just like a overgrown Happy."

Pukk says, "Twice as tall and twice as fast to tick off."

Zosopage says, "These times do not lend well for joviality. Sometimes it can be irksome."

Speaking musingly to Zosopage, Leafiara says, "Mm, maybe to some. Others need it, though."

Speaking to Zosopage, Leafiara says, "For them, I try."

Alasatia says, "I'm going to find someone to bother, now that I've watched Pukk a while."

Speaking to Leafiara, Zosopage says, "Of course."

Speaking to Pukk, Alasatia says, "Well done."

Zosopage says, "Sometimes I try to be lighthearted but doesn't always work."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "You know. I'm really getting the feeling that Stormy doesn't like me...but I'm sure it's just me."

Speaking amusedly to Pukk, Leafiara says, "Right."

Pukk says, "Get it...she doesn't like me...it's because of me."

Pukk says, "I kill me."

Speaking to Pukk, Zosopage asks, "Can we watch?"

Speaking seductively to Zosopage, Pukk says, "You flirt you."

Zosopage says, "Watch you kill yourself that is."

Chamorr heartily says, "Wow."

Chamorr heartily says, "I shoulda stayed asleep."

Speaking coyly to Chamorr, Leafiara asks, "And miss the not-Walkar?"

Zosopage says, "That was....interesting to say the least."

Chamorr heartily says, "What he do."

Leafiara admits, "Nothing yet."

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Chamorr says, "I spose you will report it all tomorrow, huh."

Speaking to Chamorr, Leafiara affirms, "Yup!"

Zosopage says, "I'll give him one thing. He's one cool cookie."

Chamorr heartily says, "Who."

Zosopage says, "Walkar."

Chamorr heartily says, "Well, he's prolly dead."

Chamorr heartily says, "So yeah."

Chamorr heartily says, "Who knows."

Zosopage says, "Ya really. No one even checked to see if he has a pulse."

Chamorr heartily says, "Razzy changed into Lylia and walked past the guards at the outpost."

Speaking to Zosopage, Leafiara jests, "Hey, I was trying to give Thadston the right hint..."

Leafiara jests, "Punch him with a kroderine gauntlet and see if an illusion dispels."

Dwi heartily asks, "Still jabberin bout dat!?"

Zosopage says, "I did say too bad no one has a dispel illusion spell."

Zosopage says, "Hint number 2."

Speaking heartily to Dwi, Chamorr says, "Whatchya upto."

Dwi heartily says, "Face it...we gotta clear out alla da sick critters... den stop lissenin to dem idjit."

Speaking heartily to Chamorr, Dwi says, "Gotta gits some supplies."

Speaking heartily to Dwi, Chamorr says, "Ale and more ale."

Speaking heartily to Chamorr, Dwi says, "Some salad too."

Dwi heartily says, "Imma well balanced dwarf."