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* After the letter concludes, everyone's returned to Stiletto and Abygail. They say that if everyone kills them, Thrayzar dies too--but if they're left alive, Thrayzar can live and his curse can be undone, as can Walkar's death. Abygail begs to let Walkar live and save her, and Stiletto to let Thrayzar live and save him, and both say that Raznel is becoming a paragon. Thrayzar can be found in the wild and live...
 
* After the letter concludes, everyone's returned to Stiletto and Abygail. They say that if everyone kills them, Thrayzar dies too--but if they're left alive, Thrayzar can live and his curse can be undone, as can Walkar's death. Abygail begs to let Walkar live and save her, and Stiletto to let Thrayzar live and save him, and both say that Raznel is becoming a paragon. Thrayzar can be found in the wild and live...
  
* Nobody listens to their bargaining, hard as the choice is for some, so Abygail tears the nameplate from the mayor's desk and stabs Stiletto, who begins to claw at her. As they attack one another, [[Alasatia]] [[::Immolate (519)|immolates]] them and they melt into ichor, blood, and bones before dissolving.
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* Nobody listens to their bargaining, hard as the choice is for some, so Abygail tears the nameplate from the mayor's desk and stabs Stiletto, who begins to claw at her. As they attack one another, [[Alasatia]] [[::Immolation (519)|immolates]] them and they melt into ichor, blood, and bones before dissolving.
  
 
* The illusion world unravels and the group reconvenes with Pylasar, who says Thadston is okay but was thrown into chaos. He asks what happened in there with Abygail and Stiletto, and Pup, [[Leafiara]], Xorus, Lylia, and [[Lazaryth]] fill him in that they were the last ones, were fused together into one paragon, and that Walkar was a projection. Pylasar contemplates  
 
* The illusion world unravels and the group reconvenes with Pylasar, who says Thadston is okay but was thrown into chaos. He asks what happened in there with Abygail and Stiletto, and Pup, [[Leafiara]], Xorus, Lylia, and [[Lazaryth]] fill him in that they were the last ones, were fused together into one paragon, and that Walkar was a projection. Pylasar contemplates  
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[Town Square, East]
 
[Town Square, East]
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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.  There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.  You also see a chunky apricot-hued cob, a polished bleakstone statue and a large purple wooden barrel.
 
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.  There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area.  You also see a chunky apricot-hued cob, a polished bleakstone statue and a large purple wooden barrel.
  
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Speaking to Lazaryth, Darcena says, "I've been missing your face, brother."
 
Speaking to Lazaryth, Darcena says, "I've been missing your face, brother."
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Lazaryth amusedly says, "Sister."
 
Lazaryth amusedly says, "Sister."
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Speaking heartily to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Chamorr says, "Howdy."
 
Speaking heartily to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Chamorr says, "Howdy."
  
''A bolt of purple lightning streaks towards town, nearing Moot Hall.'''
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'''A bolt of purple lightning streaks towards town, nearing Moot Hall.'''
  
 
Speaking to Puptilian, Stormyrain says, "And his concern about Kiske is most certainly like Walkar's would be."
 
Speaking to Puptilian, Stormyrain says, "And his concern about Kiske is most certainly like Walkar's would be."
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Zosopage says, "Wow they snuck in."
 
Zosopage says, "Wow they snuck in."
  
''The militiaman says, "Captains."'''
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'''The militiaman says, "Captains."'''
  
 
'''The militiaman says, "I see the Marshal has not yet arrived, so I'll report."'''
 
'''The militiaman says, "I see the Marshal has not yet arrived, so I'll report."'''
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Speaking heartily to Pylasar, Chamorr says, "Evenin."
 
Speaking heartily to Pylasar, Chamorr says, "Evenin."
  
'''Pylasar asks, "Paragon Hunter?"'''
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'''Pylasar asks, "Paragon Hunter?"''' [at this point he changed his title to Paragon Hunter]
  
 
Umbazi says, "All right, that was a unique entrance."
 
Umbazi says, "All right, that was a unique entrance."
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'''Speaking to Pylasar, Geijon asks, "If you aren't th' unknown Paragon...when do we arrest you?"'''
 
'''Speaking to Pylasar, Geijon asks, "If you aren't th' unknown Paragon...when do we arrest you?"'''
  
Speaking to Lylia, Rasson says, "Oh no thaddy daddy is going tostick."
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Speaking to Lylia, Rasson says, "Oh no Thaddy Daddy is going to stick."
  
 
'''Pylasar asks, "Arrest me?"'''
 
'''Pylasar asks, "Arrest me?"'''
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Speaking to Maylan, Lazaryth says, "I'll keep that in mind."
 
Speaking to Maylan, Lazaryth says, "I'll keep that in mind."
  
Speaking to Pylasar, Puptilian says, "Should hve spoken with Stormyrain if you want to deal with such magic."
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Speaking to Pylasar, Puptilian says, "Should have spoken with Stormyrain if you want to deal with such magic."
  
 
Speaking to Pylasar, Leifa says, "I find you are right, sometimes the blood sacrifice is necessary."
 
Speaking to Pylasar, Leifa says, "I find you are right, sometimes the blood sacrifice is necessary."
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"Form on Geijon"
 
"Form on Geijon"
  
Puptilian says, "I tried that night to stop people attacking the orcs but no one listend."
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Puptilian says, "I tried that night to stop people attacking the orcs but no one listened."
  
 
Geijon says, "Well, hello."
 
Geijon says, "Well, hello."
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Latest revision as of 21:27, 3 December 2019

Eoantos 23-24, 5119

by Leafiara Autumnwind of the TownCrier


Summary

  • While Pylasar and Thadston are en route to Moot Hall, a militiaman reports in that while some have allowed Walkar to come and go at night, he didn't go tonight and yet is mysteriously gone.
  • Onward to Lake Eonak, where Pylasar uses blood to open up a portal. However, things immediately go awry as Raznel interferes with the portal and people are sent scattered to anywhere from the intended target to the graveyard to the Lysierian Hills to temporal rifts to Danjirland.
  • Eventually Pylasar overpowers her enough to get people in, where they're met with some secluded woods... and Thrayzar's outpost. Orcs and goblins run as illusions of memories of adventurers killing Thrayzar's tribe do battle with the real present-day Landing adventurers.
  • During the battle, a wave of light brings everyone to the mayor's office in Moot Hall--not Lylia's, but Walkar's, and with a window outside showing the Bleaklands. Walkar's there and, despite confirming some cognition of reality as Sir Geijon and Chamorr respectively check with Walkar that he knows Lylia's mayor and that it's 5119, he insists to Goldstr that he's no ghost of the past, but is alive right now. He says Kiske isn't gone and he was fooled, but he could have her again--and he could have all of this again, having the next mayoral terms after Lylia and keeping everyone safe forever.
  • Captain Stormyrain says that attitude is what led everyone to burying him in the first place, but he says he's here and he misses her; she says she misses him more than he'll know, but he's not whole. He says he can be whole, but he needs everyone to go--and then sends everyone back out to the secluded woods.
  • Thrayzar's seen trying to battle back the memory-adventurers and waves of madness sweep the group and turn them against one another. They also debate who the paragon is: Walkar, Thrayzar, or both. Orcs and goblins flee as memory-adventurers hunt them, including illusion-Cryheart, and the battle rages on.
  • Everyone gets pulled back to Walkar's office, where Puptilian tries to explain the situation and that the Bleaklands outside aren't the Landing--but Walkar says it's what the Landing will be. He acknowledges to Sir Cryheart and Dame Evia that he did die, but now wants to live. He says we have greater enemies than Raznel, like Grishom Stone and each other, but Pup, Captain Shinann, and others confront him with the idea that the real Walkar wouldn't ignore the witch. Walkar says sometimes sacrifices are necessary, as he wants Raznel dead, but more than that he wants to live--to hold Kiske forever, drink with his friends, to lead and feel admiration, and to protect "her" forever.
  • Everyone presents him with the idea that he's keeping Raznel alive and Walkar says he knows, but asks if her existence isn't worth having his. Stormy says this would break Kiske, whose last words to Walkar were that he was a good man. He says infighting continues and this is why everyone needs him. Cryheart brings up the blight and Walkar claims it can be removed; allow him to exist and it all ends. Saying that he'll die if Raznel dies, he asks if everyone will let him live. Let him be the hero and save Kiske--and others say he can be a hero by making the necessary sacrifice.
  • The tone shifts as Walkar begins to speak in third person of someone else making a promise to protect, and not knowing who Kiske is. Everyone's set back out to the woods for some lengthy battles, but soon enough they find themselves back in the office. Stormy tells him he can end this, but he doesn't want to and says no one needs to die. Then he begins speaking in third person again and Xorus asks who he is; Walkar says Kiske is safe, but he promised another protection first. Xorus asks where his sister is and he says she's in pain, as the world begins to shimmer... and soon Walkar fades away.
  • There's a bump at the door and soon in comes a patchwork creation of a human woman and a goblin fused together--it's Stiletto and Abygail, who are haunted by failed promises of protection. Pup tries to speak with Stiletto, who seems to recognize him, and both he and Abygail are angry that they weren't saved. Realizing he can't keep his promise of many years ago to save Stiletto, but also can't bring himself to give them peace by ending, he asks others to--
  • Everyone is sent away once more and forms begin to appear--multiple Walkars and Thrayzars, who charge the group and attack! All the while throughout a protracted battle with dozens of the illusions, Walkar's voice is heard reading the letter he wrote to Abygail while he was dying: his regrets over becoming a monster and giving in to darkness, his worries about what he's leaving behind, fears of history repeating itself and the challenges faced by those who come after him, hopes that the Landing will rebuild and prevail, wondering how historians will judge him, an expression of love for his family and Winston, how he'll miss the Landing, and his last act of chopping trees to rebuild after a war.
  • After the letter concludes, everyone's returned to Stiletto and Abygail. They say that if everyone kills them, Thrayzar dies too--but if they're left alive, Thrayzar can live and his curse can be undone, as can Walkar's death. Abygail begs to let Walkar live and save her, and Stiletto to let Thrayzar live and save him, and both say that Raznel is becoming a paragon. Thrayzar can be found in the wild and live...
  • Nobody listens to their bargaining, hard as the choice is for some, so Abygail tears the nameplate from the mayor's desk and stabs Stiletto, who begins to claw at her. As they attack one another, Alasatia immolates them and they melt into ichor, blood, and bones before dissolving.
  • The illusion world unravels and the group reconvenes with Pylasar, who says Thadston is okay but was thrown into chaos. He asks what happened in there with Abygail and Stiletto, and Pup, Leafiara, Xorus, Lylia, and Lazaryth fill him in that they were the last ones, were fused together into one paragon, and that Walkar was a projection. Pylasar contemplates
  • Pylasar says he needs to rest from overpowering Rachel's portal, but he's contemplative over what it means that Brumas projected himself, but this thing projected Walkar--and, as Darcena notes, it even walked around town. Xorus brings up the the paragon said Raznel herself is becoming a paragon and Pylasar contemplates that too. He leaves after promising they'll talk again.


Log

En Route

A cold chill stirs through the area.

[heading to TSC]

[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: Event Planner Leafiara, Dharis, Baigbaedbareary who is sitting, Lord Umbazi, Razanetika, Bernadette, Lord Siggurd, Tienz, Goldstr, Ziveen who is sitting, Grimust who is sitting, Shinann, Pukk, Lord Gryym, Aserak, Katiesa, Cymbia who is sitting, Dame Evia, Sir Cryheart, Berost, Leifa, Aderion who is sitting, Lazaryth, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Ellyran, Lord Oldale, Rasson, High Lord Lidell, Ferrinaust, Lady Regwen, Wolfloner, Chaser Rendena, Zosopage, Lord Chamorr, Guarrin, Harfgaar who is sitting, Orlicks, Faerinn, Zenerodier

Speaking to Pukk, Zosopage says, "That's why I was so polite about it."

Maylan: "I NEVER run out of rum!"

Speaking lightly to Shinann, Katiesa says, "Hope you wore your warm cloak. It's cold as the north this night."

Speaking to Siggurd, Pukk says, "Just join Cryheart and cast."

Pukk says, "Or not."

Speaking to Leafiara, Lazaryth says, "I didn't know you were allowed to leave the square."

[quick log off and on to set the time of the log]

In perfect pitch, Leafiara's voice raised in song alerts you to her arrival.

Speaking amusedly to Leafiara, Katiesa says, "You are melodically loud this night."

Speaking to Leafiara, Evia asks, "You want I should play my pipes while you singeth?"

Speaking sagely to Katiesa, Leafiara says, "Every night."

Speaking appreciatively to Evia, Leafiara says, "Would be an honor on another night! But tonight we war."

Speaking to Leafiara, Katiesa murmurs, "If you heard me sing, you might feel you were in a war."

Speaking slowly to Katiesa, Leafiara says, "I'll keep that in mind."

Speaking deeply in Giantman to Chamorr, Guarrin says something you don't understand.

Leifa mocks, "It has begun!"

Bernadette softly says, "I hope my axe be sharp enuff."

A bolt of purple lightning burns through the night like a jagged lavender comet.

Speaking in Giantman, Chamorr heartily says something you don't understand.

Evia says, "I hope our wits be sharp enough, too."

The voice of Razanetika softly says, "An the lightning strikes."

Leafiara approvingly says, "Ah, there's Pylasar."

Cryheart says, "Moving 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. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area. You also see a chunky apricot-hued cob, a polished bleakstone statue and a large purple wooden barrel.

Lylia says, "The animal ate some of the blackberries in the garden, and more of a shrubbery."

Regwen says, "Ah his purpleness."

Zosopage says, "The purple one of interesting entrances is arriving."

Speaking to Lylia, Pukk says, "It's in style to join Cryheart's group. All the mayors are doing it nowadays."

Gutstorm drunkenly exclaims, "Ill shave ye!"

Speaking heartily in Giantman to Guarrin, Chamorr asks something you don't understand.

Speaking to Pukk, Lylia replies, "Then who am I to flout tradition?"

Guarrin whispers something to Cryheart.

Zosopage says, "I'd like to see him arrive as a purple dragon. That would be a good entrance."

Cryheart whispers something to Guarrin.

Speaking curiously to Raelee, Leafiara asks, "Where's Owly?"

Cryheart says, "Town sqaure."

Raelee points west.

Speaking to Leafiara, Raelee says, "There."

Leafiara slowly says, "Ahh."

[runs off to pet him, returns]

Speaking to Darcena, Raelee says, "Preemptively, no."

Speaking to Raelee, Darcena exclaims, "Such a killjoy!"

Pukk yells, "Owly! Keep the town center safe and don't let the empaths slack off!"

A pale-faced coppery barn owl flies in.

The coppery barn owl hoots at Pukk.

The coppery barn owl flies west.

Pukk says, "He has this."

Cryheart says, "Good Owly."

A blood red snowflake drifts down to the ground from the sky like a flake of crystalline blood.

Pukk says, "We could ask for no better disaster manager than Owly."

Rendena softly asks, "We are...defending the town right?"

Cryheart says, "Errr."

Leafiara musingly says, "Here we go again."

Rendena softly says, "That looks important."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Darcena says, "I've been missing your face, brother."

Lazaryth amusedly says, "Sister."

Speaking to Rendena, Pukk says, "If we go into battle, we will leave the first 10 waves for you to defeat. We know you can do it. No pressure."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Darcena says, "We still remain so similar."

Darcena yells, "Madmountan!"

Darcena yells, "Get off your duff!"

Darcena says, "Giant kills a few dozen bandits and invades the Sanctum and thinks he can sleep in all night."

Lylia whispers something to Xorus.

Bernadette softly asks, "Are ye ready fer a fite?"

Xorus whispers something to Lylia.

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor says, "There it is again."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "What? Is my hair tangled- oh."

Ysharra glances at a white-tailed broom hare.

Zosopage says, "I think Pylasar took a wrong turn."

Speaking to a white-tailed broom hare, Ysharra asks, "You slept well, I hope?"

Speaking to Lylia, Maylan asks, "Mayor! How goe plans to evacuate Shanty Town?"

Speaking to Zosopage, Pukk says, "He was distracted by the flower girl again."

Speaking jovially to Zosopage, Leafiara says, "He usually does, at least a few times per night."

Speaking to a white-tailed broom hare, Ysharra asks, "Coming into my home uninvited, curling up by the fireplace?"

Speaking to Katiesa, Regwen says, "Such interesting wildlife in town these days."

Speaking to Ysharra, Maylan says, "I think he likes you."

Lylia says, "Proceeding apace. They are not, of course, solely my jurisdiction. Our captains are heavily involved in the efforts, as are members of the Town Council, not to mention civic leaders among our neighborhoods themselves."

Speaking to Ysharra, Maylan says, "That's how I met Chubbs. He started following me round one day."

Speaking to a white-tailed broom hare, Pukk says, "Can't blame you there. Fireplaces are so cozy and warm in this weather."

Speaking to Maylan, Ysharra says, "Is that so? He must have liked the scent of rum."

Speaking to Lylia, Maylan asks, "Oh but you intend to keep them all safe, yes? Every last flea-bitten citizen?"

Speaking lightly to Regwen, Katiesa says, "Always so much to look at when you come to town."

Speaking to Ysharra, Maylan says, "Most likely, aye! He is my very best drinking buddy."

A uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman just arrived!

Speaking to Puptilian, Stormyrain says, "I don't believe it is. But he looks like him, sounds like him, and is close enough to ---be bothersome."

Zosopage says, "Well the more rangers the better. One of them has to get the directions right."

Speaking heartily to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Chamorr says, "Howdy."

A bolt of purple lightning streaks towards town, nearing Moot Hall.

Speaking to Puptilian, Stormyrain says, "And his concern about Kiske is most certainly like Walkar's would be."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "That is all common knowledge. I have knowledge only Walkar would know."

Thadston: "I'll be along shortly. Outside Moot Hall. I see Peter is en route."

Leafiara: "Excellent."

Cryheart says, "Thadston on the net."

Bernadette softly says, "Thas a good thing."

Cryheart: "Good to hear."

Geijon says, "Welp."

Pukk exclaims, "See! I know asking something only Walkar would know would be helpful!"

Darcena whispers something to Lylia.

Speaking brightly to Raelee, Darcena asks, "How about now?"

Speaking curtly to Darcena, Raelee says, "No."

Umbazi says, "I don't hear anything on the amulet."

Darcena says, "But snowflakes are only so sustaining, Raelee."

Cryheart says, "Tis quiet at this moment."

Speaking to Darcena, Raelee says, "Then it seems you may need to find an additional food source."

Cryheart says, "Thadston and Pylasar are on their way, I heard."

Pietra whispers something to Maylan.

Speaking to Raelee, Ysharra asks, "She is, as per her usual way, asking you for snacks again?"

Speaking to Ysharra, Raelee says, "Yes."

Zosopage says, "I hear Pylasar is changing professions."

Zosopage says, "He wants to be a ranger."


Walkar Missing

The militiaman snaps to attention.

Pukk snaps smartly to attention!

Pukk flails his arms about.

Pukk exclaims, "Stop that!"

A bolt of purple lightning draws near to Moot Hall.

Zosopage says, "Wow they snuck in."

The militiaman says, "Captains."

The militiaman says, "I see the Marshal has not yet arrived, so I'll report."

The militiaman says, "Um..."

Naamit whispers something to Thrassus.

Speaking to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Pukk says, "Um says it all."

Speaking to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Ysharra says, "I like your glaive."

The militiaman says, "Some have allowed Walkar to come and go at night, grab a meal, take a walk, sometimes we've escorted him or followed at distance...."

Maylan says, "I see no reason to keep him locked up."

Zosopage says, "I hear a but coming."

Shinann asks, "And?"

The militiaman says, "But he didn't go for a walk at all this night."

Speaking softly to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Razanetika says, "He was in Town last eve."

The militiaman says, "...but he's gone."

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "Seems we wont have pot duty this week."

Evia says, "Erp."

Pukk says, "Uh oh."

Speaking heartily to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Chamorr asks, "Is that called guardin him?"

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika asks, "What did I tell you?"

Speaking quietly to herself, Darcena mutters, "Some people who cheat at dice shouldn't be on guard duty."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "The woods."

Zosopage says, "I knew there was a but coming."

Speaking to Puptilian, Stormyrain says, "Mayhaps."

Speaking to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Shinann asks, "How did he get past you?"

Speaking to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Maylan says, "But we were to help him in the Bleaklands."

Speaking heavily to Razanetika, Leafiara says, "Well, I'm sure many saw it coming, to be fair."

Pukk exclaims, "I knew he was trouble!"

Puptilian asks, "Maybe the office?"

The militiaman says, "He didn't. As far as we can tell."

Stormyrain says, "Mayhaps the illusion has unravelled."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika says, "Should have thrown him back in the tower last night when we had the chance."

The militiaman says, "We'll keep you posted."

Stormyrain says, "I suppose we will see what happens."

Balley softly says, "I have been saying something seemed off about him."

The militiaman wanders off.

Speaking to a uniformed Wehnimer's militiaman, Geijon says, "Perhaps he needs to be killed in his madness a third time."


Pylasar and Thadston Arrive

Hypnotized for a moment, you find yourself watching the dancing flames surrounding Katiesa's white ora-inset boots.

A ball of purple hair rolls into the room.

Razanetika softly says, "Ewwwww."

Cryheart says, "Dinnae comb the hair."

Speaking to Katiesa, Pukk exclaims, "Hey, your boots are on fire!"

Speaking to Razanetika, Leafiara says, "Should've gone with the dispel-the-illusion-with-kroderine plan."

Zosopage asks, "Ok whose cat has hairballs?"

The purple hair begins to untangle, one thread of hair at a time until Pylasar rises to his feet.

Speaking to Lylia, Geijon says, "If it hasn't been said. This isn't Walkar."

Speaking softly to Leafiara, Razanetika says, "Indeed."

Pylasar strikes a heroic pose.

Pylasar says, "Did someone call for a..."

Pylasar turns around.

Evia says, "Very creative."

Speaking to a white-tailed broom hare, Ysharra asks, "You grow wings, right?"

Pylasar strikes a heroic pose.

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

Pylasar asks, "Paragon Hunter?" [at this point he changed his title to Paragon Hunter]

Umbazi says, "All right, that was a unique entrance."

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

Speaking to Pylasar, Regwen says, "Good ta see ye."

Speaking lightly to Pukk, Katiesa says, "I suppose one should be grateful they did not light Pylasar's hair afire as it rolled by."

Cryheart says, "Aye."

Balley softly exclaims, "Hi Pylasar!"

Speaking softly to Pylasar, Razanetika says, "Your hair should never precede you."

Speaking lightly to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "Apparently, since there are dozens of us here."

Bernadette softly says, "Good to see ye Peter."

Bekke says, "Good evening, all."

Speaking to Geijon, Lylia says, "Others are as convinced that he is. I have yet to see enough."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "Hey mister, have you seen Walkar out and about? He's missing."

Speaking to Pylasar, Goldstr says, "Evrnin Peter."

Pylasar asks, "What do you call rotted fruit?"

Speaking heartily to Bekke, Chamorr says, "Holy smokes."

Pylasar asks, "Pear-be-gone?"

Bekke whispers something to Puptilian.

Pylasar asks, "No?"

Pylasar snickers.

Speaking to Pylasar, Lylia says, "No."

Speaking to Pylasar, Naamit says, "Wine, that's what."

Pylasar exclaims, "MAGISTER!"

Speaking to Bekke, Puptilian says, "I'll think about it."

Bekke looks at Pylasar blankly, at a loss to express herself.

Pylasar walks past Raelee and hugs Bekke.

Speaking deeply to Raelee, Guarrin whispers aloud, "That was close."

Bekke whispers something to Pylasar.

Pylasar says, "Now then."

Pylasar asks, "Where is Thaddy Daddy?"

Stormyrain says, "Not here yet."

Leafiara assures, "On his way."

Lord Thadston just limped in.

Lylia coolly says, "I presume you mean Thadston. He is --"

Stormyrain says, "Here now."

Lylia says, "Right here."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "Probably brooding in some corn...oh. Here he is."

Bernadette softly says, "Right here."

Pylasar says, "Oh, there is Sir Thadston McLimper."

Bekke says, "I'm just here for moral support, as I have absolutely no idea what's going on, thus defer to Magister Raelee."

Speaking to Thadston, Goldstr says, "Evein Sir Andrews."

Zosopage says, "Speak of the....great man.."

Speaking to Pylasar, Geijon asks, "If you aren't th' unknown Paragon...when do we arrest you?"

Speaking to Lylia, Rasson says, "Oh no Thaddy Daddy is going to stick."

Pylasar asks, "Arrest me?"

Pylasar peers quizzically at Geijon.

Speaking affably to Bekke, Leafiara says, "Killin' things. It might be what we're best at."

Speaking to Bekke, Raelee says, "I do not expect Pylasar will do that."

Bernadette softly says, "Good eve Sir Andrews."

Pylasar says, "I have enough trials ahead I am sure."

Speaking to Pylasar, Geijon asks, "Is it that complicated?"

Pylasar joins Cryheart's group.

Thadston glances at Pylasar.

Chamorr heartily asks, "Sir Andrews?"

Speaking to Thadston, Stormyrain asks, "Did you get the report on Walkar yet, Marshal?"

Thadston asks, "No. What now?"

Thadston asks, "He doesn't intend to come does he?"

Speaking quietly to Naamit, Ysharra says, "...of course."

Stormyrain says, "He's 'missing'."

Thadston says, "Because he can't."

Thadston says, "Oh...well....isn't that lovely."

Speaking heartily to Thadston, Chamorr says, "Poof."

Pukk says, "Yep, he really can't."

Stormyrain says, "No guards have allowed him to leave, according to the report we received, yet he is not in the tower."

Cryheart says, "Literally, he cannae now."

Speaking to herself, Darcena says, "That rolton needed to die. It couldn't be allowed to breed."

Thadston says, "I don't have time to make sense of that right now."

Speaking to Thadston, Geijon says, "Put all of you in a box at this point. Zombie Walker, twisted Thadston and paragon maker Pylasar."

Nairena says, "Walkar was peacefully strolling around central last night."

Leafiara says, "Just gonna have to watch for a... 'shadow-walkar' following us."

Thadston joins Cryheart's group.

Umbazi asks, "I thought he was supposed to be held prisoner in the Brass Tower?"

Thadston asks, "To the lake I presume?"

Thadston peers quizzically at Pylasar.

Nairena says, "Well. In the early morning."

Cryheart asks, "To the lake?"

Pylasar nods.

Ysharra whispers something to Naamit.

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra says, "Very bad pun."

Zosopage says, "Walkar walked down the walkway."

Cryheart yells, "We be headed to the lake!"

Naamit whispers something to Ysharra.

Speaking heartily to Thadston, Chamorr asks, "Are you a Sir?"

Cryheart says, "Moving out."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pietra says, "I like it."

[travel begins]

Speaking to Chamorr, Lylia says, "Not any longer."

Leafiara seriously says, "This should be interesting, though. Months of speculation all leading to tonight."

Evia yells, "You kids get on home now!"

Speaking to Chamorr, Pukk says, "Well, he isn't a ma'am for sure..."

Darcena asks, "To tonight?"

Chamorr heartily says, "Dinna think so."

Geijon says, "Odd when I feel more comfortable with Goblyn."

Speaking to Darconas, Darcena says, "Everyone around here is blind." [due to people trying to interact with Darcena and getting Darconas]

Speaking to Darcena, Leafiara explains, "This one's the paragon with an unknown identity even to Pylasar."


Debrief

[travel ends]

[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.

Speaking to Darcena, Stormyrain says, "I'm not."

Speaking to Darcena, Leafiara says, "All the others he knew."

Speaking to Darcena, Leafiara clarifies, "Well, his memories did at least, once we dug in."

Berost deeply says, "Which be meanin tha witch done witched it up herself."

Cryheart asks, "Portal ready?"

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "Owly was keeping tabs on us."

Evia asks, "Are we going to play Dunk Pylasar in the Lake again?"

Naamit whispers something to Darcena.

Darcena exclaims, "That sounds fun!"

Cryheart says, "Hmmm..Owly flew into the portal."

Speaking to Darcena, Evia says, "He floats, they all float down there."

Speaking to Cryheart, Raelee says, "As he was supposed to."

Cryheart says, "Ok."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "Owly is smart like that."

Leifa suspiciously asks, "More scenes of atrocities?"

Cryheart says, "Well..let's hope his feathers remain intact."

Speaking to Leifa, Regwen says, "So much has happened near this lake."

Speaking to Cryheart, Raelee adds, "... it was a portal to the town square."

Cryheart says, "Oh."

Cryheart says, "Good."

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

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "Remember he is in charge of the empaths right now."

Tsarok quietly says, "Those poor fishies."

Speaking to Cryheart, Raelee says, "Which is still not a guarantee that anything will remain intact, mind you."

(OOC) Thadston's player whispers to the group, "Sorry, kiddo woke up, all good now."

Thadston asks, "Well. So no Chronomage. So how are you doing this?"

Pylasar nods at Thadston.

Pylasar says, "A little bit like last time..."

Pylasar slowly empties his lungs.

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "Just make sure we don't end up in a linen closet again."

Berost deeply says, "Blood."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "Or 500 years in the past."

Shinann says, "Except we do not know who we are looking for..."

Alasatia whispers something to Bekke.

Pylasar reaches into his unlaced black boots and pulls out a sharp silver shard from a compartment in the sole.

Pylasar says, "While I did not help forge this paragon..."

Speaking deeply to Darconas, Berost says, "Watch. be needin some blood to get ta where he be wantin ta get to."

Puptilian asks, "Well we have had a lot of fun through history, lets go all the way back to the undead wars and see if we find a paragon there?"

Pietra asks, "Your magic boot shard will figure it out?"

Pukk says, "You can say that again."

Speaking to herself, Pietra says, "This is all so weird."

Speaking flippantly to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "Been there, done that..." here

Speaking seriously to Berost, Darcena states, "I like watching blood."

Speaking to Pietra, Lylia says, "Welcome to Wehnimer's Landing."

Umbazi says, "Maybe she put the new paragon in a possible future."

Pylasar says, "What we accomplished the other night was essentially picking up a blood trail."

Pylasar says, "Like a hound on a scent."

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "Who will be the hound, in this analogy?"

Pylasar says, "So if we open a portal..."

Pukk says, "We have a couple of wolves around if needed."

Pylasar says, "It should lead us to whatever pocket she has created."

Pukk says, "Darcena is good too."

Puptilian says, "Aatu could track if you give him a scent."

Geijon says, "Welp. I wouldn't expect Crusaders tonight."

Pylasar says, "I will not go with you."

Thadston says, "But I will."

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

Pylasar sits down.

Pylasar asks, "Are you ready?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra asks, "What will you do, Peter?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan whines, "But it's less scary with you there."

Pietra asks, "Anyone want some tasty pond fish?"

Speaking determinedly to Pylasar, Leafiara exclaims, "Let's end another one!"

Ysharra says, "No." [I assume to Pietra]

Darcena seriously says, "I'm always willing to sniff down a trail."

Goldstr says, "Smart Hare there."

Speaking to a white-tailed broom hare, Ysharra says, "You should stay here, yes. Sweet dreams, Prince."

Geijon says, "A bit of rules this evening."

Darcena says, "Especially if it ends in Snacks."

Ysharra says, "Bloody rabbits."

Geijon recites:

"You are in th' charge of Sir Cryheart Thaxin. If you agree to follow him, you will follow his commands."

Pylasar digs the silver shard into the flesh of his arm and winces. Blood spills out of his wound and spills over the surface of the shard.

Geijon recites:

"This is for you and our safety"

Pylasar says, "...we dabble with blood...which is more her power than mine...so be wary."

Pylasar says, "But we have no choice."

Naamit whispers something to Lylia.

Speaking to Geijon, Maylan says, "That's fine with me. I don't like making my own decisions anyway."

Pylasar tosses the blood-swirled shard to the ground and it shatters.

Speaking to Maylan, Lazaryth says, "I'll keep that in mind."

Speaking to Pylasar, Puptilian says, "Should have spoken with Stormyrain if you want to deal with such magic."

Speaking to Pylasar, Leifa says, "I find you are right, sometimes the blood sacrifice is necessary."

Speaking to a silver-edged blackened warblade, Regwen says, "Be good, Bob."

A column of silver energy begins to form, swirling about and rising up from the ground.

Speaking to Pylasar, Ysharra says, "It looks like you've gotten an answer."

Speaking to Pukk, Pietra asks, "It's gonna be the flower girl, right?"

The silver energy begins to expand into the crude form of a portal, just as ribbons of blood form within it causing sanguine whorls to churn about within it.

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "Keep your head down."

Lylia whispers something to Xorus.

Maylan says, "Ooooo wicked looking portal."

Maylan says, "I'm impressed."

Speaking to Ysharra, Melikor asks, "Boulders?"

A silver portal streaked with blood appears.

Cryheart says, "Hmmm."

Geijon says, "Ugh."

Speaking to Melikor, Ysharra says, "Once more into the breach."

Leafiara affably says, "Whatever works."

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

Speaking to Raelee, Pukk asks, "Can you make a portal that is streaked with blood too?"


Potential Portal Problems

Thadston nods at Cryheart.

Thadston says, "Let's go."

Cryheart says, "Ok..in we go."

Speaking heartily to Cryheart, Chamorr says, "Go."

Speaking to Pukk, Darcena says, "She could make a portal and I could streak it with blood."

Cryheart wanders into the silver and blood red portal, disappearing. [note: not leading in a group, so we go in separately]

Speaking to Pukk, Raelee says, "I would imagine so."

Pukk says, "That makes sense."

You wander into the silver and blood red portal, blindly moving forward until you find that your surroundings have changed.

[Secluded Woods, Forest Trail]

A natural trail leads through some thick trees, sunlight warming the ground and surrounding foliage. The ground seems mostly undisturbed, seemingly to have seen little use. You also see a cowled figure, the Balley disk, a touchy lake spirit that is flying around, a silver-edged blackened warblade hovering in mid-air and a silver and red portal.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Puptilian, Melikor, Sir Geijon, Ysharra, Katiesa, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Stigs, Lady Regwen, Tsarok

Darcena says, "Armored knights about."

Thadston suddenly walks into view, appearing out of no where.

Darcena says, "Attacking me."

Leafiara musingly asks, "Knights yet again, huh?"

Thadston asks, "Where is everyone?"

Lord Thadston just limped through a silver and red portal.

Umbazi asks, "Hesitating?"

Shinann says, "I do not know."

Avalera asks, "Did we lose some of them?"

Leafiara yells, "Come on through!"

Darcena asks, "Where... is Sir Cryheart?"

Speaking to Avalera, Regwen says, "Seems we have."

>go port

[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 shifting portal, a shimmering silver portal whorled with streaks of blood red, a smoke wolf, a grey wolf that is sitting, a white-tailed broom hare, a sinuous bone white serpent that is sitting, a black-toed saddleback foxhound, a barely visible trail leading into a grove of ancient trees and a cedar chip path.

Also here: Wolfloner, Razanetika, Paragon Hunter Pylasar who is sitting, Chaoswynd

>go port

You step through the shifting portal.

[Under Crypt, Ice Room]

This room is dominated by a giant slab of ice. There is a chill here that transcends the cold you felt elsewhere. Piled in front of the ice slab are the remains of many a grisly sacrifice. Bones and skulls lie piled at the base of the slab as though in homage to something. Your curiosity piqued, you draw close to the slab. Dimly within you can make out a richly robed figure. On one side of the room are some roughly carved stairs. You also see a shifting portal and a smaller slab of ice.

Also here: Magister Raelee, Lord Thrassus

Leafiara slowly says, "...oh."

>go port

You step through the shifting portal.

[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 shifting portal, a shimmering silver portal whorled with streaks of blood red, a smoke wolf, a grey wolf that is sitting, a white-tailed broom hare, a sinuous bone white serpent that is sitting, a black-toed saddleback foxhound, a barely visible trail leading into a grove of ancient trees and a cedar chip path.

Also here: Land Pirate Maylan, Lazaryth, Wolfloner, Paragon Hunter Pylasar who is sitting, Chaoswynd

Leafiara musingly says, "Well, that complicates things."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "Well it wasn't a linen closet."

You wander into the silver and blood red portal, blindly moving forward until you find that your surroundings have changed.

[Secluded Woods, Forest Trail]

A natural trail leads through some thick trees, sunlight warming the ground and surrounding foliage. The ground seems mostly undisturbed, seemingly to have seen little use. You also see a forest wolf, a glittering scroll, a cowled figure, a pitiful mountain spirit that is flying around, a touchy lake spirit that is flying around, the Balley disk, a silver-edged blackened warblade hovering in mid-air and a silver and red portal.

Also here: Puptilian, Tsarok, Alasatia, Melikor, Stigs, Berost, Darcena, Ysharra, Katiesa, Goldstr, Lord Umbazi, Bernadette, Sir Geijon, Xorus, Shinann, Avalera, Gypsy Scribe Balley, Lady Regwen

>go port

[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 shimmering silver portal whorled with streaks of blood red, a smoke wolf, a grey wolf that is sitting, a white-tailed broom hare, a sinuous bone white serpent that is sitting, a black-toed saddleback foxhound, a barely visible trail leading into a grove of ancient trees and a cedar chip path.

Also here: Lord Thrassus, Grand Lord Gryzzlbok, Razanetika, Land Pirate Maylan, Lazaryth, Wolfloner, Paragon Hunter Pylasar who is sitting, Chaoswynd

You wander into the silver and blood red portal, blindly moving forward until you find that your surroundings have changed.

[Secluded Woods, Forest Trail]

A natural trail leads through some thick trees, sunlight warming the ground and surrounding foliage. The ground seems mostly undisturbed, seemingly to have seen little use. You also see a silver-edged blackened warblade hovering in mid-air, a touchy lake spirit that is flying around, a pitiful mountain spirit that is flying around, a cowled figure, a forest wolf, the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, a glittering scroll, the Balley disk and a silver and red portal.

>go port

[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 shimmering silver portal whorled with streaks of blood red, a smoke wolf, a grey wolf that is sitting, a white-tailed broom hare, a sinuous bone white serpent that is sitting, a black-toed saddleback foxhound, a barely visible trail leading into a grove of ancient trees and a cedar chip path.

Also here: Lord Thrassus, Grand Lord Gryzzlbok, Razanetika, Lazaryth, Wolfloner, Paragon Hunter Pylasar who is sitting, Chaoswynd

>go port

You wander into the silver and blood red portal and you suddenly feel an overwhelming sense of vertigo! A loud cackle echoes all around you as you stumble out into an ever-changing field of stars.

[Temporal Rift]

Time and space seem to swirl around you. You catch brief glimpses of events both past and future. Beyond these strange and confusing visions extends a vast, ever-changing field of stars, pinpoints of light against unfathomable utter blackness. It is very cold here.

Also here: Mayor Lylia, Lord Chamorr, Magister Raelee, Magister Bekke, Guarrin, Land Pirate Maylan, Pukk, Leifa, Mistress Naamit, Rasson

[as people figure out what's going on]

Stormyrain: "Where is the group reconvening?"

Darcena: "Where are you?"

Puptilian: "We are outside the portal."

Stormyrain: "..Lysierian Hills."

Zosopage says, "Again."

Darcena: "We are in the Secluded Woods."

Maylan: "We are at the lake."

Stormyrain: "...heading back to the Lake then. Is Pylasar there?"

Lazaryth: "He is."

Darcena: "Yes."

Leafiara: "The portal is unstable and leading to different places. No consistency to it."

[returning to the lake]

[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 black-toed saddleback foxhound, the Leifa disk, a shimmering silver portal whorled with streaks of blood red, a smoke wolf, a grey wolf that is sitting, a white-tailed broom hare, a sinuous bone white serpent that is sitting, a barely visible trail leading into a grove of ancient trees and a cedar chip path.

Also here: Leifa, Stormyrain, Mayor Lylia, Sir Cryheart, Razanetika, Dame Evia, Magister Raelee, Land Pirate Maylan, Lord Thrassus, Grand Lord Gryzzlbok, Lazaryth, Wolfloner, Paragon Hunter Pylasar who is sitting, Chaoswynd Obvious paths: southwest

Pietra: "I landed in cave trolls."

Pylasar says, "I am sorry."

Lazaryth: "He says Raznel is interfering."

Pylasar says, "It is the best I could do."

Speaking to Pylasar, Gryzzlbok says, "I thought you were some powerful mage, out interfere her."

Pylasar exclaims, "I am trying!"

Cryheart says, "Rejoin."

Pylasar closes his eyes and tries to focus.

Stormyrain snaps, "Leave him be. This type of magic is not easy!"

Leafiara: "It can lead directly into a temporal rift as well."

Regwen: "Lots of foes in here."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "Well I was saving this for Walkar, but I spose now is as good a time as any."

Maylan offers Pylasar a pale gold astrolabe inset with polished bleakstone gears.

Pylasar: "I will try to overpower her and repair the portal. Until then, keep trying!"

Pietra: "Well first was the rift, then cave trolls."

Pylasar accepts Maylan's pale gold astrolabe.

Cryheart says, "Get ready."

Cryheart says, "Others hae engaged inside."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "My spirit friend Dilly is housed within those bleakstone gears."

Cryheart says, "Moving."

Speaking to Pylasar, Leifa says, "Keep your wits about you and try again."

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan says, "They can help you focus."

Lazaryth says, "Engaged with what, is the question..."

Leafiara says, "I assume our target is the secluded woods... since that was the only location I didn't recognize."

Pietra: "Lake?"

Cryheart says, "Waiting for others to show."

Maylan: "Aye, regroup at Lake Eonak."

Lylia says, "Geijon is there, among others."

Cryheart: "We are at the lake waiting for others."

Darcena: "Many of us are in the Secluded Woods."

Stormyrain: "We are trying to get there."

Leafiara: "We'll be on our way soon as we're able."

Cryheart: "We will wait."

Pukk says, "I was back in the alchemist house....weird."

Cryheart says, "Many in the secluded woods..we will wait."

Pietra says, "I was in a cave full of bat guano."

Pietra says, "Really put me off my late night snack, that."

Speaking to Pietra, Pukk says, "Sounds yummy."

Cryheart: "Secluded woods beyond the portal?"

Darcena: "Once you get in, if you head east, there's an outpost."

Cryheart says, "Ok..moving."

Geijon: "Thrayzar's Outpost..."

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

Darcena: "Yes, a lot of woods."

Pylasar: "I have overpowered her some! There is still some interference, but it might be better now!"


Into the Woods

[Secluded Woods, Forest Trail]

A natural trail leads through some thick trees, sunlight warming the ground and surrounding foliage. The ground seems mostly undisturbed, seemingly to have seen little use. You also see a silver and red portal.

Cryheart says, "Reform."

Leafiara: "It does seem better. We're convening at the entrance to the woods."

Maylan: "Pylasar can you still hear us?"

Darcena: "We're in the Outpost."

Pylasar: "Yes!"

Stormyrain whispers to the group, "Pup reports the outpost reminds him of Thrayzar's outpost, from where he is."

Cryheart yells, "Enter the portal!"

Darcena: "Many things attacking us."

An armored human knight ambles in.

An armored human knight just arrived!

Maylan: "Take good care of my spirit friend. He's not used to strangers."

A robed dark elven sorcerer ambles in.

[very extended combat]

Leafiara notes, "Weapon fire!"

[extended combat]

Cryheart says, "Moving."

[Secluded Woods, Forest Trail]

The path continues through the woods, the forest growing thicker as it does. The innate sounds of the woodlands can be heard, from creatures shuffling among the trees, to a bird's squawk further away. You also see the Chamorr disk, the Arshwikk disk, the palm frond-shaped Leafiara disk, the Guarrin disk, an enormous leucistic jaguar and a touchy lake spirit that is flying around.

Nearby, a group of clerics, knights, and wizards charge at a horde of unsuspecting orc women and children, cutting them down!

[Secluded Woods, Trail's End]

The forest path ends here at the base of a small outpost nestled among the woods. Wide tree canopies above keep the clearing shaded and cool. You also see a handaxe, a moldy oatmeal cupcake and a roly-poly flamepoint sand kitten.

Guarrin deeply says, "Where..."

[Thrayzar's Outpost]

Two crude stone towers rise above a wide metal gate which serves as the outpost's protected entrance. The area opens up into a grassy field where various tents have been raised, orcs and goblins moving about on their daily trading routines.

Cryheart says, "Look carefully."

Orc children run screaming!

[Thrayzar's Outpost]

Armored orc soldiers patrol the grassy area, their eyes sharp and alert and their blades clenched readily in their hands. Smoke rises up from some cooking pits nearby.

Goldstr: "We in Thrayzar's Outpost."

[Thrayzar's Outpost]

This area of the outpost seems nearly abandoned, with large boulders having crushed many wagons and tents in the vicinity. A goblin mother kneels in the middle of the field, cradling her crying goblin child and trying to comfort him.

Stormyrain says, "Pup is right, this looks like the ..."

[Thrayzar's Outpost, Dining Camp]

A large wooden building sits along the field, its walls recently scorched but still intact. The occasional orc can be seen rushing from the building, carrying crates of food. Long wooden tables run in rows along the grass, some damaged and splintered. You also see a dented medallion.

[Thrayzar's Outpost, Kitchen]

Scorched walls support the unstable remnants of the outpost's kitchen. The smell of smoke and flesh outweighs any remaining smell of food, and a pile of troll bodies has been stacked in a far corner. Tables litter the floor, many broken or burnt, while others have been flipped on their sides for cover. You also see a stout dwarven hunter, a wooden shield, a stout dwarven hunter, a forest wolf, a silver-edged blackened warblade hovering in mid-air, a cowled figure, a pitiful mountain spirit that is flying around, a dented brass box, a small shield, a ball and chain, a rune staff, an enruned wooden trunk, a rune staff, a rune staff and an emerald-eyed haughty black cat.

[combat]

Evia says, "Oh lords."

Puptilian says, "I never did that night either."

[extended combat]

Stormyrain says, "One group, we need one group."

Pietra: "And now where are we re-reconvening?"

Katiesa says, "Two groups."

Gryzzlbok says, "We have 2 groups here."

Cryheart recites:

"Form on Geijon"

Puptilian says, "I tried that night to stop people attacking the orcs but no one listened."

Geijon says, "Well, hello."

Cryheart says, "Now we hae one group."

Speaking to Puptilian, Stormyrain says, "You're right."

Leafiara: "Inside the outpost."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "I think this was when we destroyed the orcs."

Geijon suddenly screams in a mix of pain and rage as his eyes bleed with rippling hues!

Geijon swings a gleaming rune-scribed maul at Bekke!

Bekke's skin hardens for a moment and softens the attack!

AS: +767 vs DS: +618 with AvD: +34 + d100 roll: +50 = +233

... and hits for 129 points of damage!

Lucky shot rips through bone and muscle sending right leg flying.

Bekke screams and falls to the ground grasping her mangled right leg!

She is stunned!

Stormyrain says, "I think you're right."

Geijon twitches briefly, then runs out.

Lazaryth says, "What..."

Stormyrain says, "Puptilian is right, he is reliving the time where we attacked the orcs."

Darcena suddenly screams in a mix of pain and rage as her eyes bleed with rippling hues!

Pearly light flares up suddenly from within Darcena!

Darcena swings a sinew-wrapped fused vertebral staff at Bekke!

AS: +145 vs DS: +789 with AvD: +10 + d100 roll: +64 = -570

A clean miss.

Leafiara says, "It's the witch's madness-inducing effect again..."

Avalera says, "I would suggest joining Evia." [since Geijon had been driven away by madness, breaking up the group]

Bekke says, "He really has always had a disliking for me."

Evia asks, "All on?"

Chamorr heartily says, "There goes Pukk." [dead]

Arshwikk says, "I'm just going with the flow here."

Evia's face crawls with slimy trails of blackness, and her vacant eyes ripple with a multitude of hues as she screams loudly!

Leafiara says, "Mm... she keeps targeting the group leader."

Evia twitches briefly, then runs out.

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "I can't live this night again."

Stormyrain says, "We need to get to them."

Leafiara pragmatically says, "It makes sense."

Avalera says, "Well."

[combat as Avalera joins Leafi, Guarrin joins Stormy]

Leafiara exclaims, "Join up!"

Bernadette softly says, "It the madness."

Chamorr twitches briefly, then runs out.

Regwen suddenly screams in a mix of pain and rage as her eyes bleed with rippling hues!

Regwen swings a blackened ora falchion at Bekke!

AS: +561 vs DS: +818 with AvD: +35 + d100 roll: +38 = -184

A clean miss.

A series of reddish blebs begin to appear randomly over your skin. Though not very painful in and of themselves, they may signal something much more dangerous on the way.

Leafiara notes, "She keeps targeting strong--" [was going to say melee professions, other than Darcena, so the thought was that as a cleric Leafi wouldn't get hit with madness and so the group would hold together... but then right as she was saying it, instead she got hit with...]

[combat]

Leafiara mutters, "On second thought, there's the plague."

[extended combat; more madness for Lazaryth and Regwen]

Melikor says, "Join Leafiara."

Stormyrain says, "When they are under her spell, sleep them."

Shinann says, "The witch is causing that."

[madness for Goldstr]

Leafiara roars, "Still have one arm, so I'm good to fight!"

[extended combat; plague for Shinann, Stormyrain, Alasatia, and Avalera; madness for Bernadette]

Arshwikk says, "This is an odd time for me to feel so calm." [Mass Calm]

Puptilian says, "Someone lightly punch me."

Stormyrain says, "I need someone to swing softly at me please, I'm far too calm for this."

[healing]

Elphieya: "Where can I go to help?"

Stormyrain says, "..ugh."

Leafiara says, "Moving shortly..."

[combat]

Speaking to an enormous leucistic jaguar, Arshwikk says, "Git em."

[combat]

Leafiara asks, "Was anyone here before? Do we generally know where to head?"

[combat]

Leafiara asks, "All ready to move?"

[travel, but there are no additional rooms]

Leafiara says, "Hm..."

Arshwikk says, "You all look sick."

Speaking quietly to herself, Alasatia chants, "Bleb bleb bleb."

Leafiara says, "Moving slowly so the plagued don't--"

Leafiara weakly mutters, "Ouch."

Speaking to Leafiara, Alasatia agrees, "Bleb."


Walkar's Delusions

A brilliant wave of blood red light ripples across the area, engulfing Melikor!

[and everyone]

Suddenly, a brilliant wave of blood red light ripples across the area, engulfing you! Your surroundings change...

[Moot Hall, Mayor's Office]

At the varnished modwir door, a red bear skin rug stretches across the polished hardwood floor. Twin velnalin hide chairs face the Mayor's pine desk, while behind it sits a wide-backed leather armchair. A great stag's head is mounted above a cobblestone fireplace set into the western wall. Refreshments are offered atop an oak bar beside a tall arched window. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area. You also see a large dog bed and a basket of sticks.

Also here: Event Planner Leafiara, Shinann, Puptilian, Lady Regwen, Xorus, Stigs, Alasatia, Grand Lord Gryzzlbok, Magister Raelee, Stormyrain, Arena Hero Arshwikk, Katiesa, Melikor, Guarrin, Sir Geijon, Avalera, Bernadette, Land Pirate Maylan, Goldstr, Lord Chamorr, Mistress Naamit, Darcena, Mayor Walkar

Leafiara slowly says, "Err..."

Guarrin deeply says, "What the."

Regwen asks, "In the office?"

Stigs says, "Something interrupting stuff."

Speaking slowly to Walkar, Leafiara asks, "So... it's your doing, isn't it?"

Speaking to Walkar, Alasatia says, "Well, hi there."

Bernadette softly asks, "Portal in here?"

Gryzzlbok says, "Hi Walkar."

Xorus says, "This is the wrong mayoral office."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "Lylia is Mayor, Walkar."

Walkar says, "She won't be forever."

Stormyrain slowly asks, "Is it both of them?"

Speaking to Walkar, Goldstr says, "Remember Kiske."

Xorus wryly says, "We will see about that."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon asks, "Remember when the madness took you and I killed you?"

Speaking to Walkar, Stormyrain asks, "Tell me what you know about Thrayzar?"

Puptilian says, "Large dog bed. That was when I was mayor."

Xorus whispers something to Lylia.

Puptilian says, "This is a few years ago."

Walkar runs his hand along the deck, sighing.

Pietra says, "Whoa."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon asks, "Remember?"

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "You are not mayor anymore. Lylia is elected now."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "Only two people know you better than I do."

Speaking to Walkar, Stormyrain asks, "Mayor, tell me what you know about Thrayzar?"

Speaking to Walkar, Lylia says, "I have tried to follow in your footsteps to some extent."

Pietra asks, "Who are we blobbing on?"

Speaking heartily to Walkar, Chamorr says, "What year is it."

Walkar says, "Some extent."

Walkar nods at Lylia.

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "Stormyrain and Greganth aren't here."

Speaking to Pietra, Leafiara says, "Me, apparently."

Walkar says, "It is 5119."

Xorus says, "Interesting. The window outside is to the Bleaklands."

Lylia says, "Yes. I must walk my own path in other ways."

>peer wind

You gaze through the arched window and see...

[Talador, The Bleaklands]

The land is desolate and broken, with an endless terrain of fragmented, grey earth that is caked in layers of ash. The air is suffocating, with a thick, rancid odor and a faint heat still lingers in the area. The sky is bleak, resembling an expanse of ink-whorled slate.

Goldstr says, "Way in da past."

Pietra whispers something to Leafiara.

Speaking to Stormyrain, Geijon says, "This got confusing."

Walkar says, "Kiske is not gone. I was fooled."

Pietra: "That last time, entering the portal, seemed to work."

Walkar says, "But I could have her again."

Speaking wryly to Walkar, Leafiara says, "Yeah, I'm sure that's it alright."

Walkar says, "I could have all of this again."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "You are not of this world anymore Walkar. Go back to the gate."

Maylan: "We are here with Walkar."

Darcena says, "I don't think so."

Maylan: "In the Mayor's office."

Chamorr heartily says, "This is nuts."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "Kiske is safe. She is home with Sarvia."

Speaking to Walkar, Goldstr says, "Ye be a ghost in da past now."

Walkar says, "I am not in the past Goldstr."

Walkar says, "I. Am. Right. Now."

Speaking heartily to Walkar, Chamorr says, "Well ya should be."

Guarrin deeply asks, "So, aware of the situation then? Cut a deal?"

Walkar says, "I was asleep. For so long."

Pietra: "Thankfully my tour of Danjirland tonight is over."

Speaking to Walkar, Goldstr asks, "Den where Winston's bed come from?"

Avalera asks, "So, the places is in the past, but you're not?"

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "Then tell me one thing. What is Kiske's most prized possession."

Walkar says, "My life after the Landing. My love, my marriage.."

Speaking to Walkar, Pukk says, "You look familiar."

Lylia says, "One thing I have learned, Walkar, after giving up something cherished. We always imagine that thing as the best it ever was, and we forget all the annoyances, all the vexations and ordeals it caused us."

Geijon recites:

"Focus on the paragon"

Shinann asks, "Asleep?"

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "Unless it's you and I'll kill you again."

Chamorr heartily says, "Maybe he is da papragon."

Walkar says, "I won't try to shorten your term, Lylia."

Lylia gently says, "You could have all this again, but you would have all the tribulations again as well."

Lylia says, "No, I am sure of that."

Maylan confusedly asks, "Are we safe in here?"

Walkar says, "But I can have the next one....and the next one...and the next one."

Walkar says, "I can keep everyone safe."

Walkar says, "Forever and ever."

Guarrin whispers something to Geijon.

Speaking quietly to Walkar, Stormyrain says, "That attitude is exactly what led us to burying you in the first place."

Speaking to Walkar, Maylan exclaims, "I believe you!"

Arshwikk says, "Safe is boring."

Speaking to Walkar, Leafiara says, "Go for Marshal instead if that's your plan."

Walkar says, "But here I am Stormyrain."

Guarrin deeply mutters, "Don't like the sound of that."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "You are not our Walkar impostor. He learned his lesson. Be gone."

Walkar asks, "Don't you miss your friend?"

Speaking to Walkar, Goldstr says, "Ye be deluded by da Witch noe Ole friend."

Walkar peers quizzically at Stormyrain.

Walkar says, "I miss you."

Speaking to Walkar, Darcena says, "You broke a lot of hearts along the way."

Lylia says, "Safety is illusory."

Speaking to Walkar, Darcena says, "You should crawl back in your grave."

Stormyrain says, "More than you will know, but you are not whole."

Walkar says, "I can be whole."

Walkar says, "But I need something from all of you."

Speaking heartily to Walkar, Chamorr says, "Who promised you all this."

Speaking shortly to Walkar, Darcena states, "No."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "You are wasting our time."

Walkar says, "I need you to go."

Geijon: "Walkar is wasting our time. Status in th' field."

Speaking to Walkar, Stormyrain says, "If that were true, you know there are many of us who would fight for that, but it is not. It is a lie, the same way the armor was a lie."

Regwen asks, "Go where?"

Geijon says, "We are."

Walkar says, "Let me do what I was created to do. To serve, to protect. Forever and ever."

Zosopage: "How the ell do you get out of the Colossus, Crown?"

Lylia asks, "Created by whom?"

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "Let us out."

Speaking to Walkar, Shinann asks, "Protect who?"

Speaking to Walkar, Pietra asks, "What year is it, may I interject?"

Evia: "Best I can recall you climb down things."

Lazaryth: "I don't know but I don't advise jumping."

Geijon whispers something to his group.

Speaking to Walkar, Maylan says, "There will always be a home for you in the Landing."

Zosopage: "Thanks for pulling me out of there."

Walkar says, "Please. Go. Do not fight this."

Leafiara: "You can invoke the Symbol of Return from there, too."

Stormyrain says, "If we go, then she will continue to exist. We cannot allow that."

Xorus: "The ear, the brow, something to that effect."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "If you were our Walkar, you know your time has past and that you failed when you took short cuts all for the good intentions of protecting. The real Walkar learned that lesson and regretted his choices."


Back to the Fray

A brilliant wave of blood red light ripples across the area, engulfing Balley!

[and everyone]

Suddenly, a brilliant wave of blood red light ripples across the area, engulfing you! Your surroundings change...

[Secluded Woods, Forest Trail]

A natural trail leads through some thick trees, sunlight warming the ground and surrounding foliage. The ground seems mostly undisturbed, seemingly to have seen little use. You also see a rune staff, a small shield, a rune staff, a rune staff, a wooden shield, a rune staff, a wooden shield and a silver and red portal.

A brilliant blood red light flashes, and Shinann suddenly appears, looking very disoriented.

[and everyone]

Gryzzlbok whispers to the group, "We are in more then 1 group."

Elphieya: "If you are a good volner and have favor. Some of us don't..."

Zosopage: "No symbol didn't work. I tried."

Geijon says, "He was afraid."

Guarrin deeply says, "Bloody."

Leafiara says, "...soon he dies."

Geijon: "It's Walkar."

[combat]

Puptilian: "It is not Walkar."

[combat]

Goldstr says, "Ye should not fight dis an realize wha ye be now."

Chamorr heartily says, "Whose lead?"

Speaking to Lylia, Geijon asks, "He's the paragon or not?"

Speaking to Lylia, Pukk mutters, "Lucky."

Stormyrain says, "Leafiara."

Stigs says, "Leafi."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "I dont feel bad. That is not our Walkar."

Geijon: "Walkar expelled us from his office when I moved to engage him."

Speaking sadly to Puptilian, Maylan says, "But it is."

Geijon recites:

"Form"

Shinann says, "Form on one person..."

Leafiara says, "We probably can't reach him unless he brings us to him, but--we can stir up trouble in this paragon world until we force his hand."

Sir Geijon's group just went east.

Nearby, a red orc can be seen, fighting among the knights, hunters and clerics, trying to stop them and chase them away to protect orc children and women.

Stormyrain asks, "The question is; is it just Walkar? Or is it Thrayzar as well?"

Lylia says, "I am not certain."

Balley softly says, "I told you something was off."

Leafiara exclaims, "Moving out!"

[Secluded Woods, Forest Trail]

The path continues through the woods, the forest growing thicker as it does. The innate sounds of the woodlands can be heard, from creatures shuffling among the trees, to a bird's squawk further away. There are obvious signs of someone hidden in the area. You also see the rolton-shaped Maylan disk, the Geijon disk, the Guarrin disk, a pitiful mountain spirit that is flying around, a rune staff and a small shield.

Geijon says, "Walkar is dead."

Stormyrain asks, "Is it both?"

Puptilian says, "Maylan, I have known Walkar a pretty good long time. It was not our Walkar."

[ongoing trave]

Speaking to herself, Stormyrain murmurs, "Did she figure out how to anchor two?"

Lylia says, "This is not the Walkar I knew, though he certainly knows a good bit that that Walkar knew."

Puptilian says, "And this. All this we are seeing was the town's fault."

Puptilian says, "He knows but he doesn't know."

Leafiara ask, "Is there anyone here who was in the real outpost? Maybe you remember something about its layout?"

Speaking to Stormyrain, Raelee says, "Possible, though it seems the process would be different for each... simply based upon circumstances."

Pietra: "And were we in this time, or in the past?"

Lylia says, "He would know, for instance, that there is no 'keeping the town safe forever and ever.' This is a child's dream, and Walkar was no child. He was a realist."

Evia: "Good question."

Speaking to Raelee, Stormyrain says, "Yes, Walkar at the time of his death, and Thrazyar was completed...more recently."

[combat]

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian says, "It was just a small tribe."

[combat]

Leafiara says, "More weapon fire..."

Pietra says, "Ugh."

Puptilian says, "Most likely the orc or the goblin is the paragon. Find the orc."

[extended combat]

Speaking to Puptilian, Stormyrain says, "I think it is both."

Geijon says, "Lot of confusion."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "That is a very good guess."

Speaking to Puptilian, Stormyrain says, "Walkar, completed after his death, and Thrayzar completed more recently."

Shinann says, "We need to join up." [as we still had two groups, with the other being Geijon/Naamit/Maylan and thus friendly fire happening]

Naamit says, "Well then."

Shinann says, "Together."

Xorus says, "It is like killing ourselves."

Alasatia says, "Upstairs."

Maylan recites:

"Form on Lylia"

Leafiara recites:

"Join up!"

Maylan recites:

"Or Leafi" [as Lylia was with Leafi]

Lylia notes, "Any gems I collect will be used to fund the rebuilding of the town."

Geijon says, "Make your decisions."

Sir Geijon's group just went northwest.

Goldstr: "I be sure past."

Cryheart: "Portal is still misfiring."

Leafiara says, "Maybe we should just join Geijon so this doesn't keep happening."

Shinann says, "Still split up."

[tracking Geijon down, who's with Goldstr and Naamit]

Pylasar: "I am working on it!"

Lylia says, "Yes."

[combat]

Speaking to Geijon, Naamit says, "Living dangerously I see."

[combat]

Leafiara recites:

"Join Geijon!"

[combat]

Cryheart: "Back at the portal."

[combat]

Maylan: "Geijon is leading us within."

[extended combat]

Geijon suddenly screams in a mix of pain and rage as his eyes bleed with rippling hues!

Geijon swings a gleaming rune-scribed maul at Gryzzlbok!

AS: +751 vs DS: +600 with AvD: +38 + d100 roll: +14 = +203

... and hits for 61 points of damage!

Weapon arm mangled horribly.

He is stunned!

[combat]

Geijon twitches briefly, then runs west.

[madness for Stormy, Katiesa, Arshwikk]

Leafiara mutters, "And this is exactly why he shouldn't have been so stubborn."

[madness for Naamit, Puptilian]

Leafiara says, "The witch keeps targeting warriors or other strong melee attackers..."

Puptilian yells, "Help!"

Pietra says, "Uh oh."

Cryheart: "Hmm..ended up at Thanatoph...the Vine Coverd Shrine...what the?"

Speaking slowly to Katiesa, Leafiara says, "Or... not."

Regwen says, "Join Leafi."

Geijon: "In th' darkness."

Xorus: "There are twelve points the temporal rifts exit. That one is Meyno's shrine."

Leafiara says, "Mm... sleeping them won't work..." [they jerk up like a puppet on strings and attack anyway while asleep]

Speaking to Stormyrain, Darcena says, "Kindly stop trying to kill us."

Sir Geijon's group just arrived.

The voice of Puptilian says, "She can't help it."

Pylasar: "I have overpowered the portal! For now!"

Speaking to Darcena, Stormyrain says, "It was not of my doing."

Geijon recites:

"Reform"

Darcena lightly says, "I know."

The voice of Puptilian says, "Stormy if you can hear me remember Sarvia's mental lessons."

Stormyrain says, "Though I missed everyone."

Maylan exclaims, "We are indecisive tonight!"

[combat]

Speaking to Stormyrain, Darcena says, "Kindly stop missing."

Geijon says, "Walkar is th' paragon unless this confusion has us all rattled."

[combat]

Stormyrain says, "I can hear you, and I always practice them."

[combat]

Speaking to Geijon, Maylan exclaims, "He is our friend and former Mayor!"

Geijon says, "All of this is illusion to confuse us."

Speaking to Geijon, Stormyrain says, "I think it might be both Walkar and Thrayzar."

Speaking to Geijon, Maylan exclaims, "Illusions can't fool Winston!"

Goldstr says, "Aye it be Walkar."

Shinann asks, "Where is Thadston?"

Puptilian says, "It's both of them."

Speaking to Geijon, Stormyrain says, "She may have found a way to anchor two, and engage them in a forever fight against one another."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Raelee says, "Her new process for creating paragons does seem to bring more versatility with it."

Leafiara says, "I still think it might just be someone who can conjure believable images of them both... but we'll see..."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Geijon says, "Kill them both then."

Shinann: "Thadston, can you hear me?"

Geijon says, "Thadston and Walkar."

Speaking to Leafiara, Maylan says, "Image nothing. Winston SMELLED his friend."

Maylan says, "He knew."

Cryheart says, "Form on Geijon."

Stormyrain says, "Thrayzar, not Thadston."

Raelee says, "I would be curious to know if she was able to create Walkar's from a dead body, or if she had to return the corpse to life first."

Geijon says, "All three."

Shinann says, "But Thadston came with us."

Shinann says, "I was looking for him."

Leafiara slowly says, "Wherever he went."

Cryheart says, "He was with us in the beginning."

Speaking to Geijon, Stormyrain says, "Now is not the time for a power grab, Geijon."

Geijon says, "Wipe out th' past."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "No goblins. Where are the goblins."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Geijon says, "I've no intention of such."

[combat]

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "His tribe was a mix. Not just orcs."

Speaking to Puptilian, Stormyrain says, "I don't think they exist here, they are not required for this."

Cryheart says, "Ok..where do we stand."

Speaking to Geijon, Stormyrain says, "It was a joke."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Evia asks, "What time period where you all in?"

Speaking to Evia, Leafiara says, "He knew it was 5119."

Darcena says, "He ---"

Darcena says, "Yes, what Leafi said."

Rasson says, "Whoever emptied the grave would have a bit of Walkar to fool the dog with."

Lylia says, "Yes. He was aware that I am mayor now, too."

Speaking to Evia, Stormyrain says, "This one. Walkar wants to be left here, wants us to leave so he can continue to protect this place, even though it is not real."

Geijon says, "Walkar will know when he leaves this coil then."

Evia says, "That's some crazy arse crazy."

Geijon says, "We are together."

Alasatia asks, "Did we venture upstairs here?"

Geijon says, "Orcs."

Regwen says, "Without Sir Andrews."

Geijon asks, "Where is it?"

Leafiara says, "So far only dead ends here..."

Goldstr says, "He was made by da Witch now so I unnerstand."

Orcs and goblins can be seen fleeing, running for their lives as some of them get cut down by hunters, knights, clerics and wizards. Among the hunters even Cryheart's face appears, slashing at the orcs and goblins.

Geijon says, "Th' one time he's not leading they still implicate you."

Leafiara slowly asks, "We're about to fight ourselves, aren't we?"

Cryheart says, "Great Kai."

Alasatia says, "Assuming.."

Speaking to Cryheart, Puptilian says, "This is our attack of the orc's camp."

Xorus says, "I am quite enjoying killing ourselves."

Rasson asks, "Get them.... Cryheart?"

Lylia whispers something to Xorus.

Speaking to Leafiara, Alasatia says, "You already said that."

Speaking to Leafiara, Katiesa says, "I was just thinking that."

Speaking to Cryheart, Puptilian says, "You of all people...remember."

Stormyrain says, "Pup was right, this is when we fought the orcs."

A red orc rushes along the battlefield, dancing and spinning, moving like fluid between the knights and warriors as he cuts them down and vanishes.

Geijon asks, "Where is upstairs?"

Lylia says, "We already have been."

Regwen says, "Ronan help us all."

Zosopage says, "Or fight with ourselves so to speak."

Speaking offhandedly to Alasatia, Leafiara says, "Yeah, but before it was only a hope and now it's looking like a real possibility."

Evia asks, "Through a porticullus?"

Geijon says, "We are seeing when Thrayzar was at his pinnacle."

Evia says, "If this is a duplicate."

Speaking dubiously to Leafiara, Katiesa repeats, "A hope."

Speaking to Geijon, Puptilian says, "Aye."

[combat]

Darcena curiously asks, "Is this where the portal was supposed to lead, or do we all just assume such?"

Geijon says, "We're going to kill Walkar and the orc."

Evia says, "No idea Darcena."

Geijon asks, "Do you agree or not?"

Puptilian says, "If anyone sees a red robed sorc or wizard. Kill them twice."

Berost deeply asks, "Who be leadin tha mob?"


Back to Walkar

A brilliant wave of blood red light ripples across the area, engulfing Berost!

[and everyone]

Suddenly, a brilliant wave of blood red light ripples across the area, engulfing you! Your surroundings change...

[Moot Hall, Mayor's Office]

At the varnished modwir door, a red bear skin rug stretches across the polished hardwood floor. Twin velnalin hide chairs face the Mayor's pine desk, while behind it sits a wide-backed leather armchair. A great stag's head is mounted above a cobblestone fireplace set into the western wall. Refreshments are offered atop an oak bar beside a tall arched window. You also see a large dog bed and a basket of sticks.

Leafiara says, "This was the only place the portal led that--"

Berost deeply asks, "Who be in tha lead?"

Cryheart says, "Geijon."

Walkar says, "I asked you to go."

Evia says, "Well well, hmm the decor."

Raelee says, "... furthermore I would be curious to know if creating a paragon from a corpse has any impact on its general integrity..."

Speaking to Walkar, Regwen says, "We're back."

Speaking coyly to Walkar, Leafiara says, "You should know. The Landing's not good at following orders."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "Look out the window. This is not the Landing."

Speaking evenly to Walkar, Stormyrain asks, "I would never leave a friend to suffer. Would you?"

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "You have friends asking me to spare you time."

Walkar asks, "Isn't it?"

Walkar peers quizzically at Puptilian.

Speaking seriously to Stormyrain, Darcena asks, "Friend or pack?"

Darcena says, "There's a difference."

Lylia says, "It is not."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon asks, "Do you remember when you died, with th' armor?"

Puptilian says, "Look out. This is Talador. Not the Landing."

Xorus says, "The Landing will look like that soon enough, at this rate..."

Speaking to Darcena, Stormyrain says, "At one point, pack, but this is not him."

Walkar says, "It is what it will be."

Cryheart says, "We saw ye die."

Puptilian says, "You are but a shadow of who Walkar was."

Regwen says, "Tis the Bleaklands."

Evia says, "Blah."

Raelee says, "... work in progress."

Walkar says, "I did die Sir Cryheart."

Speaking firmly to Walkar, Leafiara says, "Not if we have anything to say about it." [regarding what the Landing will be]

Speaking to Cryheart, Maylan says, "We have all died and returned."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "When...how."

Katiesa murmurs, "I remember. Great and gaping holes in him. Twisted blackened pieces inside."

Maylan asks, "Is this so hard to believe?"

Walkar says, "But now I want to live."

Darcena abruptly says, "I'm so confused. I thought his dying was a lie."

Xorus says, "Interesting."

Arshwikk says, "Except me."

Evia says, "So do we all."

Geijon visibly whispers to the group, "He doesn't remember."

Walkar says, "We all can."

Walkar nods at Evia.

Speaking heartily to Walkar, Chamorr asks, "Would you do Raznel's bidding?"

Speaking to Walkar, Stormyrain says, "This is not living, this is being food for the Witch's life."

Maylan whispers to the group, "He does!"

Arshwikk says, "I never die...I just fake like I do so you all feel better."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "You are a shade."

Maylan whispers to the group, "He spoke of it, and many memories, just a few nights ago."

Walkar says, "The witch is not our enemy, not really. Not in the scheme of things."

Speaking to Walkar, Evia says, "I don't know sir, this all seems a bit off."

Speaking to Maylan, Puptilian says, "I knew Walkar well. I had many of private conversations with the man. This is not the Walkar of old."

Maylan whispers to the group, "And his loyal hound recognized his scent."

Cryheart says, "She is ours."

Speaking wryly to Walkar, Leafiara says, "Uh-huh."

Speaking indignantly to Walkar, Darcena exclaims, "She diseased the roltons!"

Shinann says, "She is."

Lylia gently says, "Walkar, I do not wish a life of safety, if safety is a lie."

Walkar says, "I just want to protect her. Forever and ever."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "The real Walkar would not have said that."

Regwen asks, "Who then?"

Cryheart says, "She has killed innocents."

Shinann says, "Umm."

Speaking heartily to Walkar, Chamorr says, "Would our mayor say that."

Cryheart asks, "And ye want to be part of that, Walkar?"

Lylia says, "Nor is it your choice to decide if you want to protect her. Or any of us."

Walkar says, "We have greater enemies."

Xorus asks, "Who is our real enemy?"

Speaking to Walkar, Shinann asks, "You want to protect Raznel forever?"

Walkar says, "Grishom..."

Walkar says, "Each other."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "You are talking in circles."

Walkar says, "No. Raznel is not our greatest threat."

Cryheart says, "Raznel is using ye."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "Of all th' people....to be a paragon."

Cryheart says, "To keep her alive."

Walkar begins chuckling at Geijon!

Lylia says, "She is the most immediate, though."

Walkar says, "I am not a paragon."

Speaking to Walkar, Maylan asks, "Who, then?"

Speaking to Walkar, Zosopage says, "For starters you are nae the Mayor."

Shinann says, "I am still not certain."

Darcena murmurs, "Stone does have such delicious power."

Walkar says, "I am not the Mayor. Not yet."

Shinann says, "But, she is controlling him."

Evia says, "Hmm."

Cryheart says, "Aye."

Speaking heartily to Walkar, Chamorr says, "Since when does Mayor Walkar listen to a witch."

Speaking to Walkar, Regwen asks, "Who is the Paragon?"

Geijon exclaims, "Find a way out!"

Speaking to Regwen, Darcena says, "Hopefully not Cryheart."

Rasson asks, "Your supposed wife the paragon then?"

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "We are fighting Raznel. This is delaying us."

Leafiara frankly says, "The way out is killing whoever's creating these illusions."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "The witch helped Cross. Cross put that armor on you. Cross took everything away from you. Even if you have some or all of Walkar's memories, you would not ignore the witch."

Speaking to Walkar, Shinann asks, "You want to protect Raznel over Kiske?"

Walkar says, "Sometimes we have to make a sacrifice Pup."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "You're slacking."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "I killed you before and I will again when you impede us or seek to harm out city."

Walkar says, "You know that more than anyone."

Geijon exclaims, "Find a way out!"

(OOC) Cryheart's player whispers to the group, "We can't target him yet."

Rasson asks, "Is Kiske the paragon, you are just her imagination?"

Speaking to Walkar, Maylan says, "You have sacrificed so much already."

Walkar says, "Of course I want Raznel dead."

Puptilian yells, "The Walkar I know would not sacrifice anyone but himself. You are a fake!"

Walkar asks, "But do you know what I want more than that?"

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "You lie."

Darcena curiously asks, "Snacks?"

Walkar says, "I want to live."

Cryheart says, "Of course."

Walkar says, "I want to hold Kiske. I want to hold her forever."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "You can't. You are already dead."

Shinann says, "Does not sound like the man I heard about."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "You. Are. Not. Walkar."

Speaking heartily to Walkar, Chamorr says, "Yer time is past."

Cryheart says, "But that is a dream."

Geijon: "It's him."

Alasatia whispers to the group, "Are we killing him yet?"

Walkar says, "I want to drink with my friends."

Puptilian says, "Now."

Balley softly asks, "You call this living? Hiding away like this?"

Walkar says, "I want to lead. To feel the admiration once again."

Lylia says, "Life does not allow us to have one another forever. Life changes. Loss happens."

Walkar says, "I want to protect her. Forever and ever."

Cryheart says, "You are abiding by Raznel's power."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "Kiske is not yours to protect."

Speaking to Walkar, Shinann says, "You are not talking about Kiske at all."

Pietra says, "How romantic. Too bad you're not real."

Speaking heartily to Walkar, Chamorr says, "Yer time is past."

Walkar says, "She's afraid and she's hurt and I want to protect her forever and ever."

Speaking to Walkar, Goldstr says, "Ye mus realize ya ca no longer live. Ye be jess an illusion of yer ole self now."

Walkar says, "I promised her. I promised her."

Speaking to Walkar, Maylan insists, "You have my admiration. There will always be a home for you in the Landing. And for Kiske."

Speaking to Walkar, Zosopage says, "All you are doing is losing the admiration you once had."

Walkar says, "You promised me."

Speaking to Walkar, Lylia says, "Are you also ready to feel the scorn again? The weight of it all? You remember the parts you wish to recall. You have forgotten a great deal more."

Cryheart says, "And yet ye live, to keep Raznel alive."

Speaking slowly to Walkar, Stormyrain says, "She's not afraid, she is with Sarvia."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "Kiske is home with Sarvia. She is safe. If you were Walkar you would know where she is then."

Speaking to Walkar, Stormyrain says, "You know what would hurt her? This."

Speaking to Walkar, Zosopage says, "If you want admiration again then do what you know to be the right thing to do."

Stormyrain says, "This would hurt her."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "Must you listen. You died years ago. The witch Raznel has used your corpse to extend her life. You are one of th' last few instances keeping us from ending her. You can't hold on. You are already dead."

Walkar says, "I know what my existence means."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "You don't remember your death."

Speaking to Puptilian, Evia says, "Keep going, you're doing it."

Speaking to Walkar, Soneiken asks, "Before all dese hero's kill ya, I want yer Axe's, I promisses to take care of with Honor?"

Walkar says, "I know the challenge it presents you."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "No. You don't."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "You lie."

Guarrin deeply asks, "You're just comfortable with that?"

Walkar says, "But I'm trying to explain..."

Cryheart says, "Walkar, as your former advisor, listen to what we hae to say."

Stormyrain says, "This would break her, because the Walkar she loved was a good man, she said it to him; her last words to him were that."

Lylia says, "You might be surprised."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "You can't even tell me Kiske's prized possession. You can't tell me her favorite color, her favorite food."

Walkar asks, "Isn't her existence worth also having mine?"

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "Our memory is better than yours."

Speaking bluntly to Walkar, Leafiara says, "Nope."

Speaking to Walkar, Zosopage says, "If you know what it means then you know it is the wrong thing to do."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "Kiske is dead."

Walkar glances at Stormyrain.

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "Your time is gone. I have protected Kiske. I have her safe."

Cryheart says, "By existing, ye keep the threat of Raznel alive."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "Kiske is dead."

Walkar says, "We have greater threats."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "Kiske is safe."

Walkar glances between Geijon and Puptilian.

Speaking to Geijon, Puptilian says, "She is not dead."

Evia says, "Err."

Speaking helpfully to Geijon, Darcena says, "Maybe if you say it a third time."

Walkar says, "I appreciate your attempts."

Geijon says, "She is to him."

Cryheart says, "There is no greater threat than Raznel now."

Walkar says, "See. The infighting continues."

Speaking to Walkar, Stormyrain says, "Her last words to you were that you were a good man. She watched you fight not to become this thing you are becoming now. And she was proud of you for it. This would destroy her. I'm so glad she is not here to see this."

Walkar says, "This is why you need me."

Speaking to Walkar, Maylan says, "Yes, return to us."

Speaking to Walkar, Maylan says, "Come home."

Cryheart says, "There is a blight she has created, it is killing the area around the Landing."

Speaking to Maylan, Lylia says, "He would be another Brumas, but worse."

Cryheart says, "We must stop Raznel."

Speaking loudly to Walkar, Stormyrain says, "You taught us not to need you, and not to become like you."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "What attempts? You of all people know what Kiske means to me. You know she is family, my sister. I would not let any harm come to her. She is safe and living."

Speaking to Walkar, Evia asks, "What was that rallying cry you used to have?"

Walkar says, "The blight can be removed."

Speaking to Walkar, Zosopage asks, "Look out the window. Is this what you would have the world to be like?"

Walkar says, "Allow me to live. Allow me to exist. It all ends."

Speaking to Walkar, Maylan agrees, "Of course it can. You will help us."

Cryheart says, "Only if we end Raznel."

Leafiara challenges, "Maybe you should use your imagination and summon back that cursed armor to battle us, winner takes all."

Speaking heartily to Walkar, Chamorr says, "No."

Lylia says, "Yes, you are right about that. The blight can be removed, but not by your hand. You are not Brumas."

Cryheart says, "Then finish Raznel."

Speaking to Walkar, Stormyrain says, "If we do not destroy you, she will win and our town will become ashes and death."

Maylan says, "Surely you know the hound would recgonize him."

Speaking to Lylia, Raelee remarks, "... a work in progress."

Speaking to Darcena, Maylan says, "You know the power of scent."

Speaking to Walkar, Stormyrain repeats, "Ashes, and death."

Darcena flatly says, "That hound is a pest."

Walkar says, "If Raznel dies, I die. I want to live. I want to return to...to what we were. What we had."

Lylia says, "The hound was distraught."

Walkar asks, "Will you let me live?"

Cryheart says, "End this Walkar, for the citizens of the Landing...for those you love."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "You always did rash things because you care, you love. For once. For once in your existence listen to those around you. Let go."

Darcena says, "It's lost all of its ability to be a hunter."

Speaking heartily to Walkar, Chamorr says, "Can't go back, it's over."

Maylan pleads, "We must let him live."

Speaking to Walkar, Regwen says, "Alas, we can not have what we had. None of us can."

Speaking to herself, Darcena mutters, "Damned lap dog instead of a real beast."

Speaking to Walkar, Goldstr says, "Ye jess admitted wha we be tellin ye."

Evia recites:

"For Wehnimers!"

Lylia hollowly says, "No. I am afraid you cannot live, for your life would cost too many others'."

Speaking to herself, Pietra says, "This is so damned sad."

Walkar asks, "Would it?"

Walkar peers quizzically at Lylia.

Stormyrain says, "This is not living. The Walkar I know would never want this."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "Yes."

Speaking to Maylan, Geijon says, "He isn't alive Pirate."

Speaking to Geijon, Maylan exclaims, "He is, and I'm no Pirate!"

Lylia says, "Yes, for what you promise is, like all illusions, a lie. I do not doubt that you believe it."

Walkar says, "I have known death. I have known the silence and the cold and the...the endlessness."

Lylia says, "But there is no 'forever and ever.'."

Speaking to Walkar, Zosopage says, "What life would this be? You would be feared, not reveered."

Speaking to Geijon, Maylan says, "I'm a LAND pirate."

Walkar says, "I need you all again. I need Kiske again. I need Wehnimer's Landing again."

Lylia says, "Trust me. I have lived longer than many here, and I have known loss. It is inevitable."

Walkar says, "I need to be the hero."

Walkar says, "I need to save her."

Speaking to Walkar, Darcena says, "You had your chance, you lost it."

Evia says, "Look out."

Speaking heartily to Walkar, Chamorr says, "We will not follow you."

Geijon says, "Talador."

Ysharra says, "Sometimes the bargains you're offered aren't what you expect."

Cryheart says, "Wehnimer's Landing is dying...and you can be the hero, Walkar."

Speaking to Walkar, Regwen says, "You will be a hero. The greatest by helping us destroy the witch."

Speaking to Walkar, Lazaryth says, "Your grasping at that which can't be is only preventing what could be."

Walkar says, "I promised to protect her forever and ever."

Lylia says, "There is no 'forever and ever.' There is no eternal safety. Not this side of the Gate."

Cryheart says, "By ending Raznel."

Rasson says, "Be the hero, end your self."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "If you want to be a hero, then choose to not live. Choose to do what is right for the Landing and its people. Do what is right for Kiske."

Speaking deeply to himself, Guarrin mutters, "Wouldn't dying save her though?"

Speaking to Walkar, Wolfloner says, "Then sacrifice yourself."

Lylia says, "That is a child's promise."

Walkar faintly says, "You promised to protect me forever and ever."

Speaking to Walkar, Wolfloner says, "It is the only way."

Darcena honestly says, "I never did."

Ysharra says, "The only way to keep what and who you love safe is to end this charade."

Cryheart says, "End Raznel, and you will protect Kiske and others."

Lylia repeats, "A child's hope."

Speaking to Walkar, Zosopage says, "The hero in this instance would do the right thing and lay down their life for the greater good. not live as a shadow of your former self."

Speaking to Walkar, Evia asks, "Your forever ended, and with it your promise, you see?"

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "You...aren't...listening."

Guarrin deeply says, "Lots of unhealthy attachment in the landing lately."

Walkar faintly asks, "Kiske?"

Speaking wryly to Guarrin, Leafiara says, "You ain't lying."

Speaking to Walkar, Regwen says, "Be our hero."

Xorus asks, "Who are you protecting forever and ever?"

Cryheart says, "Make the ultimate sacrifice and be the hero again, Walkar."

Walkar faintly asks, "Who is...Kiske?"

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "My last promise to you, all these years I have held true. I will keep her safe for you."

Speaking to Walkar, Lazaryth says, "There's only one path to heroism here."

Darcena asks, "Isn't it clear he's talking about Raznel?"

A brilliant wave of blood red light ripples across the area, engulfing Guarrin!

[and everyone]

Suddenly, a brilliant wave of blood red light ripples across the area, engulfing you! Your surroundings change...

[Secluded Woods, Forest Trail]

A natural trail leads through some thick trees, sunlight warming the ground and surrounding foliage. The ground seems mostly undisturbed, seemingly to have seen little use. You also see a wooden shield, a small shield and a silver and red portal.

A brilliant blood red light flashes, and Maylan suddenly appears, looking very disoriented.

Evia says, "Dang."

Maylan asks, "What is happening?"

[combat]

Guarrin deeply says, "Oh joy."

[combat]

Arshwikk says, "I didn't do it."

[combat]

Leafiara says, "He's starting to awaken."

[combat]

Leafiara says, "Progress, at least."

[extended combat]

Melikor says, "Join Geijon."

Speaking approvingly to Nedish, Lazaryth says, "You survived."

Cryheart says, "Hmmmm."

Cryheart says, "We are in the secluded woods...again."

Nedish says, "Ya, but I couldn't ward nuttin."

Speaking to Cryheart, Darcena whispers aloud, "Not secluded enough."

Leafiara determinedly says, "Just have to keep stirrinng up trouble here until he can't ignore us, like the last couple times."

[very, very, very extended combat]

A red orc dances among some hunters and knights, cutting them down while he herdes orc and goblin children away. Nearby, others are less fortunate, being slaughtered left and right by figures wearing the faces of Cryheart, Geijon and Puptilian.

Geijon says, "Of all th' people."

The voice of Pietra says, "Oh no."

Speaking to Razanetika, Rasson says, "Watch your swing killer."

Bernadette softly exclaims, "Wot!"

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "Interesting that I never once killed that night."

Alasatia says, "Join Gei."

Leafiara says, "Paragon world, anything can happen..."

Cryheart yells, "Ye can stop Raznel!"

Puptilian says, "I know the history so it doesn't bother me."


Who Are You?

A brilliant wave of blood red light ripples across the area, engulfing Gryzzlbok!

Suddenly, a brilliant wave of blood red light ripples across the area, engulfing you! Your surroundings change...

[Moot Hall, Mayor's Office]

At the varnished modwir door, a red bear skin rug stretches across the polished hardwood floor. Twin velnalin hide chairs face the Mayor's pine desk, while behind it sits a wide-backed leather armchair. A great stag's head is mounted above a cobblestone fireplace set into the western wall. Refreshments are offered atop an oak bar beside a tall arched window. You also see a large dog bed and a basket of sticks.

A brilliant blood red light flashes, and Tsarok suddenly appears, looking very disoriented.

Razanetika softly says, "Dear lord I killed a cleric."

Avalera says, "Anything IS happening."

Regwen says, "Again."

Speaking to Walkar, Stormyrain says, "You can end this."

Puptilian says, "I do find it interesting to save the Landing we are killing the Landing."

Speaking to Razanetika, Pukk says, "You're cursed now."

Darcena mutters, "And not enough snacks here, too."

Speaking to Walkar, Leafiara observes, "You're growing more unstable and summoning us back more quickly each time..."

Walkar says, "I do not want it to end."

Speaking softly to Pukk, Razanetika exclaims, "It wasn't my fault tho!"

Speaking to Walkar, Ysharra asks, "Are you seeing what is happening?"

Speaking to Darcena, Pukk says, "You're right."

Speaking to Walkar, Stormyrain says, "You are choosing Kiske's death, all of our deaths, if you do not."

Speaking to Walkar, Ysharra says, "Well, ending it is, whether you want it or not."

Speaking to Darcena, Pukk says, "Need salt."

Cryheart says, "Ye are under a spell, Walkar....you are nae longer a mayor."

Walkar says, "Kiske will not die. No one needs to die."

Speaking to Walkar, Evia says, "Sir, the little children of Welllington Home will all perish if you remain as is, I hope you consider that."

Speaking to Walkar, Ysharra asks, "What do you think will happen when the witch is done with you?"

Speaking to Walkar, Alasatia says, "You sound more like a child now that you're dead than you did when you were alive."

Speaking quietly to Walkar, Lazaryth says, "No one wants it to end. But to be an adult is to accept that it will end."

Arshwikk says, "Thanks."

Speaking to Walkar, Stormyrain says, "We will all die, all but a handful, maybe less."

Speaking heartily to Walkar, Chamorr says, "If it doesn't end the Landing is finished."

Walkar asks, "Do you know love?"

Speaking to Walkar, Zosopage says, "This isn't even Wehninmer's."

Walkar peers quizzically at Alasatia.

Walkar says, "I have seen and felt many things in death."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "You know history is repeating itself. You cared so much you took on that armor to have another chance to protect. How many died because of that decision? Make the right choice this time."

Regwen says, "Be our hero, we need you now. Help kill the witch."

Alasatia asks, "Have you?"

Speaking heartily to Walkar, Chamorr says, "Do you want to be rememberd as the one that destroyed the Landin."

Walkar says, "I have experienced both life and death."

Walkar says, "I want life."

Walkar says, "Do not take that from me."

Arshwikk says, "Me too."

Arshwikk says, "Good call."

Speaking to Walkar, Stormyrain says, "What you've been existing in, is not death. It is of the Witch's making. It is in between."

Walkar says, "We can all exist."

Cryheart says, "But life will end for many others, if Raznel is nae ended."

Berost deeply says, "Moar stubborn than Brumas too."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian asks, "You said that to Cross too and you ended up a pawn. Do you want to kill the children of the Landing again?"

Berost deeply says, "Bah."

Lylia says, "Existing is not living."

Speaking to Walkar, Goldstr says, "Ye needs to pass da Gate an rest in peace."

Walkar faintly says, "You promised to keep me safe. Forever and ever."

Speaking to Walkar, Zosopage says, "You do exist. In everyone's memory and hearts."

Lylia says, "I do not want merely to exist."

Walkar faintly says, "You promised to keep me safe. Forever and ever."

Speaking to Walkar, Ysharra says, "You will live a false life, and you will always know. Otherwise we wouldn't be here, talking to you."

Walkar faintly says, "You promised to keep me safe. Forever and ever."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "That never happened."

Speaking to Walkar, Xorus asks, "Who are you?"

Lazaryth asks, "What is he talking about?"

Walkar says, "I will keep her safe. Forever and ever."

Speaking frankly to Lazaryth, Leafiara says, "No idea."

Speaking deeply to himself, Guarrin mutters, "That's not creepy at all."

Walkar says, "I just need to exist. I just need to live."

Speaking to Walkar, Stormyrain says, "Kiske would never want this."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "Fight us. You are lost."

Cryheart says, "Kiske perhaps."

Walkar faintly asks, "Kiske?"

Speaking heartily to Walkar, Chamorr says, "Walkar came back from the dead and drstroyed the Landin."

Alasatia impatiently asks, "Can we finish this?"

Puptilian says, "He is even less of Walkar. Who or whatever this is, it's almost like a flesh golem of Stone's that has broken."

Evia says, "Something is filling his thought with....words to speak."

Speaking to Walkar, Ysharra says, "You're already losing it, aren't you? Who you were."

Stormyrain says, "Kiske. Who is alive and with Sarvia."

Shinann says, "She seems to be speaking through him or something."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "You died on Glatoph when you killed women and children in th' Talador tents."

Darcena flatly says, "Probably scarabs."

Speaking despondently to Alasatia, Leafiara says, "His illusion world protects him somehow."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "Kiske is safe. Go back to the gate."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "You are not the hero."

Speaking to Evia, Goldstr says, "Mus be Raznel."

Walkar says, "Kiske may be safe..."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "Shut up about Kiske."

Walkar says, "But I have promised another."

Cryheart says, "The Landing is nae safe."

Speaking to Walkar, Puptilian says, "She is safe. I have kept my promise."

Walkar says, "I swore to her first."

Evia asks, "What?"

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "She wouldn't love the abomination you were or ar now."

Lylia asks, "To whom?"

Evia asks, "Who?"

Evia says, "Or whom."

Walkar says, "Once...I protected her."

Cryheart asks, "And whom would that be?"

Walkar says, "Now..."

Walkar sighs.

Speaking to Walkar, Pukk says, "If that witch has her way, Kiske may die too."

Xorus asks, "Where is your sister, Walkar?"

Walkar says, "I need to sa..."

Walkar glances at Xorus.

Evia says, "Oh my gosh."

Shinann says, "Abygail..."

Rasson says, "To live this strange half life. A shadow of your former self, that is some promise."

Evia says, "Abygail."

Lazaryth asks, "Abygail?"

Walkar faintly asks, "Yes?"

Speaking approvingly to Xorus, Leafiara says, "Good call."

Geijon whispers to the group, "He's th' paragon for certain."

The air begins to shimmer slightly.

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara explains, "Abygail Walkar, his sister. She disappeared at the start of the year."

Maylan whispers to the group, "I spose...he could be both the real Walkar and also the paragon."

Rasson whispers to the group, "He said he wasn't maybe she is."

Speaking to Walkar, Geijon says, "We remember your life better than you do."

Lylia asks, "Abygail. I did not get to know her well. Tell me about her. Is she the one you promised? Forever and ever?"

Shinann whispers to the group, "She vanished a few months back."

Arshwikk says, "I mean, he looks fine to me."

Speaking to Walkar, Rasson asks, "Is Abygail the paragon, you are just her puppet?"

Pietra says, "She must have been something, this Abygail."

Puptilian whispers to the group, "And one thing we shouldn't tell him so he doesn't get the need to protect her too."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Heddo."

Speaking to Walkar, Regwen says, "Yer missing part of what was you."

Arshwikk says, "They're all something with enough ale in ya."

Walkar says, "She...she's in pain."

Stormyrain whispers to the group, "I think that may be the voice we're hearing when it doesn't quite seem to be Walkar; the repeated statement."

Walkar says, "They...they both are."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Pylshnar ish not a goot drinkin buddy."

Goldstr asks, "Did nae Abygail care fer da orphans?"

Leafiara whispers to the group, "Yeah... I took Xorus to mean that Abygail is part of this."

Speaking to Walkar, Rasson says, "Then let us talk to her... she seems to be the one we need to talk to."

Stormyrain whispers to the group, "Agreed. Great call on Xorus' part."

Walkar says, "I promised to protect her."

Lylia says, "Then keep your promise."

Speaking quietly to Walkar, Lazaryth says, "Go on."

Walkar says, "I just wanted to live again."

Evia says, "Forever and ever, and this isn't it."

Walkar fades from sight.

Puptilian says, "That will not protect her."

Rasson says, "You can protect her better by releasing her from this sham of a life."

Geijon says, "Ugh."

Arshwikk says, "Well that was creepy."

Berost deeply says, "Bah."

Ysharra says, "Oh dear."

Leafiara musingly say, "Hm."


Knock Knock

There is a bump behind the door.

Geijon says, "Get ready."

Chamorr heartily says, "Well, he's gone an we is stuck here."

Evia asks, "Hello?"

Arshwikk says, "Darn it."

Razanetika softly asks, "What door?" [OOC: because there was a door in the room description, but we couldn't interact with it]

Arshwikk says, "Sorry."

Leafiara tentatively says, "...door's open, c'mon in."

Cryheart says, "Door."

Geijon says, "No."

Darcena yells, "KNOCK KNOCK!"

Rasson says, "Come in Abygail."

Darcena yells, "Please bring a haunch of rolton!"

There is a bump behind the door.

Cryheart asks, "Errr....this is an illusion?"

Darcena yells, "Yes, yes, you! Come on in!"

Geijon recites:

"At th' ready"

Lazaryth says, "I can't open it."

(Leafiara goes to try and pull the door open.)

Evia says, "This room is...."

Pukk yells, "Try harder!"

Evia says, "An illusion of some sort."

Leafiara mutters, "Dang illusion world doors."

(OOC) Regwen's player whispers to the group, "Just solicitors."

Pietra says, "We may not even be in the present time, again."

Darcena yells, "Kick it if you have to!"

Zosopage says, "The door is sealed if there even is one."

Arshwikk says, "Never open the door...it's like an unspoken rule."

Pukk yells, "I hear you knocking but you can't come in!"

Speaking adamantly to Arshwikk, Leafiara says, "There's no way to end this otherwise."

Suddenly, shambling into the room comes an abomination of a macabre patchwork creation of flesh. The humanoid is misshapen, disfigured and ghoulish. It appears to be the bodies of a human woman and a goblin fused, almost melted together. The skin is covered with stitches and black-crusted sores. The woman has clover green eyes that are strained and stretched in pain, and old blood and ichor coat her frazzled strawberry blonde hair that is not left in patches. The goblin form seemingly growing off of the rest of the body has wide reddish-orange eyes that silently beg for relief. Shadowy veins cover the goblin's skin which also is covered in a series of incarnadine scars. Lumps shift beneath the skin of the abomination of the half-human, half-goblin.

Lylia says, "Amusing, considering my office door never stays shut when I wish it to..."

Evia says, "Well let's hide behind the not real desk."

Arshwikk says, "Odd bumping, no idea what it is - right after weird things happened."

Arshwikk says, "Someone else can open it."

Maylan says, "Oh....hello."

Speaking to herself, Stormyrain murmurs, "Mother of Kai."

Leafiara disgustedly says, "Well okay."

Maylan says, "Erm...fella."

Pukk says, "So cute."

Cryheart says, "Stiletto and Abygail."

Rasson says, "That looks...."

Darcena exclaims, "That was not what I expected!"

Abygail softly says, "He promised to protect me."

Stiletto darkly says, "You promised to protect me."

Arshwikk asks, "See what I mean?"

[look descriptions are exactly as shown above]

Arshwikk says, "Exactly."

Xorus says, "Oh, impressive..."

Geijon says, "We failed."

Puptilian says, "Stiletto."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee remarks, "It is not a methodology I imagined. Fascinating."

Cryheart says, "His memory."

Speaking to Abygail, Ysharra says, "We can't always protect those we love."

Speaking to a great stag's head, Rasson says, "Has, it it is up to you to let go."

Evia says, "That is a craft project that utterly failed."

Geijon exclaims, "Throw up protection!"

Speaking to Abygail, Ysharra says, "Sometimes, we never can."

Arshwikk says, "Like some sorcerer experiment gone bad there."

Lylia says, "Such promises are always doomed, for we cannot predict what may befall us."

Stiletto says, "You promised to protect me."

Geijon whispers to the group, "This is a bomb."

Stiletto says, "You promised to protect me."

Speaking to Arshwikk, Lylia says, "Always blaming sorcerers."

Abygail softly says, "He promised to protect me."

Speaking to Abygail, Arshwikk says, "You would require A LOT of ale."

Speaking honestly to Stiletto, Darcena says, "I did not."

Speaking to Abygail, Ysharra says, "I am sorry for what happened to you."

Leafiara mumbles, "Seen this kinda thing more than a few times in the Sanctum of Scales." [enemy's literally called "patchwork flesh monstrosity"]

Speaking to Guarrin, Raelee states, "We should learn from everything, Guarrin."

Evia says, "He promised to protect us."

Speaking to Stiletto, Puptilian asks, "I have a message for you. Can you hear me?"

Speaking to Stiletto, Ysharra says, "He did."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "I'll kill the damn witch."

Pietra says, "I'm suddenly, again, not at all hungry."

Abygail says, "He promised."

Stiletto says, "You promised."

Speaking to Pietra, Ysharra says, "Ever again."

Abygail says, "To protect."

Stiletto says, "To protect."

Cryheart says, "These are nae real."

Speaking to Puptilian, Pukk says, "I don't think they can hear you. No ears."

Speaking to Stiletto, Puptilian says, "Listen to me Stiletto."

Arshwikk says, "I mean, they sure look real...real ugly."

Speaking to Pukk, Puptilian says, "I know but I have a promise to keep."

The abomination of woman and goblin shamble forward, moving towards the desk.

Pietra whispers something to Darcena.

Speaking slowly to Cryheart, Stormyrain says, "I'm not sure what is real and what is not, but she had Stiletto, that we know."

Ysharra says, "Perhaps if Walkar comes back and sees this..it'll be real enough for our attempts to convince him."

Speaking to himself, Puptilian says, "And a promise I won't be able to keep."

Speaking to Cryheart, Leafiara says, "One paragon, summoning images of many familiar beings... that's my thought, but only a theory."

Speaking deeply to Ysharra, Guarrin says, "I...have a feeling he's aware."

Speaking to Lylia, Pukk says, "If she sits in your chair...you will have to buy another one."

Lazaryth asks, "..is Walkar the paragon, or...?"

Regwen says, "Maybe both are."

Speaking to Pukk, Zosopage says, "Not her chair anyways."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Perty shingingsh."

Stiletto asks, "Pup...pup?"

Evia says, "Or isn't."

Puptilian says, "I am here."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "One wonders what additional benefit may come from this fusion over building a paragon from a single being."

Speaking to herself, Maylan says, "This is awkward."

Puptilian says, "Sarvia wants you to come home. I promised her I bring you home."

Speaking to Raelee, Evia says, "I still say craft project from scraps gone awry."

Speaking to Raelee, Xorus says, "She may simply want to make this as painful as possible."

Speaking to Abygail, Goldstr says, "Aby think of the safety fer da orphans."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "If anything I can bury him there."

Speaking to Xorus, Ysharra says, "To evoke pity."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "... theatrics are inefficient."

The flesh abomination shifts, lumps moving beneath his...her...its skin.

Leafiara slowly says, "...get ready."

Abygail says, "If he was left to live...he could save me."

Evia says, "UHM."

Abygail says, "He could protect me from this."

Shinann says, "Watch out for scarabs."

Pietra says, "This is gonna be the biggest pimple..."

Pukk says, "That doesn't look good."

Alasatia asks, "Can we put it out of its misery?"

Lylia says, "No. He could not."

Stiletto says, "They won't save you."

Regwen whispers to the group, "They are winding up...."

Stiletto says, "They didn't come for me."

Speaking to Pietra, Pukk exclaims, "Don't pop it!"

Arshwikk says, "There's an awful lot of failing to save folks going on around here."

Chamorr heartily says, "Scarabs."

Stiletto says, "They brought only death."

Lylia softly says, "Safety is a lie."

Abygail says, "Yes, only death."

Stormyrain says, "We did come for you, many times. I'm sorry we could not get to you in time."

Lazaryth quietly asks, "Is it possible this is our paragon, and.. it.. dreamed Walkar into being?"

Ysharra says, "Strength is better, anyway."

Abygail says, "Walkar died for them."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara agrees, "Possible."

Evia says, "Maybe."

Speaking to Abygail, Rasson says, "You can let go, join the real Walkar beyond the gates."

Puptilian says, "I.. I can't."

Puptilian says, "I can't help them."

Puptilian hangs his head.

Stiletto says, "I was waiting."

Speaking to Abygail, Geijon says, "Walkar died because of th' armor."

Stiletto says, "I was waiting forever to be saved."

Speaking to Puptilian, Stormyrain says, "Sometimes, help comes in the form of peace."

Speaking to Stiletto, Geijon says, "We couldn't find you."

Stiletto exclaims, "YOU NEVER CAME FOR ME!"

Darcena abruptly says, "That's why you should always plan on saving yourself."

Cryheart says, "Raznel is to blame."

Speaking to Stiletto, Ysharra says, "I'm sorry."

Stiletto growls ferociously!

Abygail growls ferociously!

Speaking quietly to Stiletto, Falvicar says, "And yet... here we are."

Darcena says, "Can't trust or rely on anyone else."

Cryheart says, "Raznel is an evil abomination."

Cryheart says, "She has done this to ye both."

Geijon says, "This is all wasting our time."

Speaking to Stiletto, Puptilian says, "I am sorry I failed you."

Lylia simply says, "Yes."

Lylia nods at Geijon.

Speaking to Abygail, Geijon says, "You aren't real."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "I can't."

Lylia says, "Do what you must."

Speaking to Geijon, Evia asks, "If you bluntly told you you're not real, would you believe it?"

Speaking heartily to Abygail, Chamorr says, "It is time to let go and be free."

Arshwikk says, "If they had just hired a ranger the first time..."

Lazaryth murmurs, "I like to think I would at least consider it."

Speaking to Evia, Geijon says, "Might."

Speaking drunkenly to Stigs, Gutstorm says, "You take da fat one, I got da shkinny one."

Ysharra says, "What's real, anyway? Clearly they both have some mind and memory of their lives."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara admits, "Honestly, with the number of crazy things I've seen since moving here, I'd definitely consider it."

Puptilian says, "Someone bring them peace. I can't." [...though this might be an OOC sense, as they were untargetable at this point]

Speaking to Ysharra, Darcena says, "Just their overwhelming disappointment that someone lied to them."

Puptilian quietly says, "I can't do it myself."

Speaking to Evia, Rasson says, "If someone fused me with a goblin probably."

Evia says, "My point better stated."

Darcena says, "Multiple someones."

Speaking to Stiletto, Geijon says, "You aren't even dead."

Speaking reassuringly to Puptilian, Leafiara says, "Thankfully you have a whole room of us."

Gutstorm drunkenly exclaims, "Get em Weafi!"

Speaking to Leafiara, Puptilian asks, "Thankfully?"

Speaking flatly to Puptilian, Darcena states, "Won't be a problem for me."

Arshwikk asks, "Who is this, anyway?"

Speaking to Abygail, Lazaryth says, "Your existence has come down to a very narrow point, hasn't it."

Speaking to Puptilian, Leafiara insists, "Yes. There's... no way around this."

Abygail growls ferociously!

Speaking to Abygail, Evia says, "My dear you need to have a look in a mirror."

Speaking to Arshwikk, Puptilian says, "An old missing friend."

Stiletto growls ferociously!

Arshwikk says, "So, he's not missing anymore."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Rasson says, "You should worry, it is on both sides of you."


Clone Wars

A brilliant wave of blood red light ripples across the area, engulfing Mongonator!

[and everyone]

[Secluded Woods, Forest Trail]

A natural trail leads through some thick trees, sunlight warming the ground and surrounding foliage. The ground seems mostly undisturbed, seemingly to have seen little use. You also see an iced raisin muffin, a rune staff, a short bow, a small shield, a rune staff, a rune staff, a rune staff, a rune staff, a rune staff, a wooden shield, a small shield and a silver and red portal.

Cryheart says, "Back we go."

Leafiara mutters, "Though they can certainly keep stalling us by sending us away, sure."

Regwen says, "Nothing finished."

Alasatia says, "I'm not waiting."

Speaking quietly to himself, Puptilian says, "A failure."

Pukk exclaims, "Will we make up our minds!"

Alasatia says, "Next time."

Arshwikk says, "That was easy."

Forms begin to take shape in the distance, shimmering into existence.

Speaking to Arshwikk, Pukk says, "Now you went and cursed us."

Berkana says, "Ut oh."

Ysharra says, "Here we go again."

Speaking to Arshwikk, Pukk exclaims, "That's my job!"

In the distance, Walkar appears.

Darcena says, "Not again."

Lazaryth says, "Hm."

Rasson says, "Let's hope they do not send waves of children to die this time."

Geijon says, "It's him."

In the distance, Thrayzar appears.

Evia says, "Wow."

Pietra asks, "I'm getting dizzy with all this back and forth. Can we go back to a tavern next time?"

A second Walkar appears.

Leafiara says, "Mm."

Chamorr heartily says, "Stand still."

Berkana says, "Ugh."

Geijon says, "Great."

In the distance, a second Thrayzar appears.

Bernadette softly asks, "Another?"

Evia says, "This thing she did went reaaaaaally off kilter."

Speaking absently to Ysharra, Leafiara asks, "What was it I said about the possibility of Quinshon?"

Regwen says, "Time is overlapping I think."

Arshwikk says, "More than one set of twins."

Arshwikk asks, "What are the odds?"

The orc and goblin children melt away in the distance, dissolving into nothing.

Goldstr asks, "Wha dey all Paragons?"

Pietra says, "Hopefully they're not as gross as that last set of whatever."

Leafiara slowly says, "They might all be fake."

Evia says, "Control seems to have unraveled."

Speaking to Falvicar, Geijon asks, "Do you finally understand?"

Cryheart says, "Memory is going."

Ysharra says, "It's unravelling."

Pukk says, "Don't you just hate it when the children melt away."

Speaking to Evia, Darcena offers, "Maybe she will unravel, too."

Soneiken says, "I think the Witch is weakening."

A third and fourth Walkar appear. Same with Thrayzar. One by one, rows of each rise to life.

Walkar ambles in.

Walkar ambles in.

[combat]

Arshwikk says, "Maybe we can conjure up some prettier ones."

[combat]

Speaking quietly to Geijon, Falvicar says, "I don't care to find out what it feels like to be a child killer. And this is not the time to provoke me."

[extended combat with Walkars and Thrayzars]

Leafiara mutters, "Bloody impostors."

[extended combat]

Maylan whines, "I don't want to hurt them."

[extended combat]

Darcena reasonably states, "We can't have thirty copies running around."

Geijon says, "Where is th' real one."

Mongonator says, "Kill em all and let Leafi sort em out."

Evia says, "The real one is a cocoon somewhere none are real."

Xorus says, "Killing all the town heroes tonight."

Guarrin deeply asks, "Probably just created by his sister and the goblin, no?"

A voice echoes in the distance, "It has been awhile since I have sent word. You above all understand, words and ink have never been my strong suit. I am sure news will reach you of what has happened north of the Empire, and perhaps you'll hear of it before even receiving this letter, which means you may never wish to read this at all. It is my hope you still do, because this will be my last."

Goldstr asks, "We gits em all?"

Speaking to Mongonator, Leafiara scolds, "That's for Lorminstra and Gosaena."

Leafiara curiously asks, "...anyone familiar with those words?"

Stormyrain murmurs, "His letter to Abygail."

Puptilian says, "His letter to his sister."

Stormyrain says, "It's what he wrote before he died. Walkar, that is."

A voice echoes in the distance, "I have regained some shred of my humanity again. I know you will hear stories of the monster I became. I know you will hear tales of the horrors I brought and the death I ushered in. All of it is true. Every last word. I wish I could tell you I was a victim, but I allowed arrogance and hatred to blind my actions and decisions, and in doing so I opened the door to allow the darkness in. I fought it for so long, I truly did. But in time it became too much, and now in retrospect, I know that the carnage and tragedies I caused even while I struggled are forever etched in history, and nothing I do now can change that."

Goldstr says, "Ahhhh."

[extended combat]

Xorus says, "The letter to his sister."

[extended combat]

Thrassus says, "Glad that wasn't anything serious."

Speaking to Falvicar, Geijon asks, "Do you finally understand?"

Chamorr heartily says, "Sooooo confusin."

Speaking quietly to Geijon, Falvicar asks, "Did you not hear me the first time?"

Chamorr heartily says, "Me ears is bleedin."

A voice echoes in the distance, "I would dare say sister, that perhaps even your Goddess may look upon my deeds upon death and cast me aside, surely I wouldn't be permitted beyond the gate into any kind of peace that I no longer deserve. As stubborn as I can be, I will not fail to ask you to pray to her on my behalf. Perhaps she will honor your virtue and heart. I am sorry I never sent for you, to visit and see this town that is my new home. I think it is better that you were away. I think it was safer. You will no doubt hear of what happens to those I love. I worry even now, that when I die, what kind of pain will I still bring about? Do you think she will move on? Or did I bring her suffering in life, and will only leave her with more in death. Will her heart heal as easily as she can with wounds of the flesh? I cannot be certain."

Speaking to Falvicar, Geijon says, "It's not exactly clear around here."

Evia says, "What is all that about."

Speaking quietly to Geijon, Falvicar says, "I do not want to know what it feels like to be a child killer. If you really want to argue about this then we can argue about this later. Now is not the time. Thankfully these are no children."

Xorus says, "It is the last letter Walkar wrote to his sister."

Cryheart says, "His memory of the letter he wrote."

Lylia says, "Neither were the 'children' we dispatched the other night."

Evia says, "Mmph."

Speaking quietly to Stormyrain, Puptilian asks, "What have I wasted my time doing?"

Lylia says, "Illusions are illusions."

A voice booms across the heavens, "I wish you could have known the people of Wehnimer's Landing, and seen the town for what it was, when I was still here to show you. Even if you come now, after all of these years, it will not be the same. Even as I write this, there still exists so much division. The shadows have been stopped, a horrible fate has been averted, and Cross is dead. Even without seeing any of this with my own eyes, I know it to be true, because the glow of my armor is gone. But with all victories, there comes a cost. Were my death the only price to pay, I would gladly welcome it. But more than dying, I fear for Wehnimer's Landing."

Lylia says, "Whether they are illusions of children or of men and women. Or monsters."

Speaking to Falvicar, Geijon says, "I've seen children killed. I am no child killer."

Evia says, "All very tragic indeed."

Speaking to Falvicar, Geijon says, "Control your emotions."

Xorus says, "Now one wonders what Raznel actually did with his body."

Evia says, "Or any of them."

A voice booms across the heavens, "I fear that the fractured hearts and minds that the shadows divided and manipulated will not recover. I fear that the heart of the town, that has now been splintered into so many slivers it is almost impossible to count, will turn further inward with paranoia and cruelty. The streets of Wehnimer's hold so many walks of life, each with their own unique song to be heard. Our enemy was successful in one thing, and that was isolating the many. The shadows shattered friendships, stirred up mistrust and betrayal, and we all danced by the pull of its wicked strings. No one escaped that. No one was left without even the smallest tarnish."

Speaking to Geijon, Maylan pleads, "We have to protect him. I can't harm him."

Speaking quietly to Geijon, Falvicar says, "I didn't call you one. To see them killed is one thing. To kill them is another."

Speaking to Lylia, Pukk says, "It would be better to lay off the sweets."

[very, very extended combat]

A voice booms in the distance, "I am worried that the town will leap at every shadow, misjudging allies and friends, while blindly ignoring new enemies. I am worried that the lessons we should have learned from our conflict with Althedeus will be ignored, and history will simply repeat itself. I do not want the countless lives lost, my own included, to be in vain. I do not want the fires and destruction of yesterday to simply have been placeholders for the next ones. I do not envy those who will take over after me. It is not an easy role, to place more importance upon the people we serve, than on our own emotions. Too often I fell victim to my rage, to the anger of the here and now. Had I a chance to do things over again, I would, and differently."

Geijon whispers something to Regwen.

Evia says, "If I ever become a pathetic illusion, don't hesitate to undo me."

Speaking firmly to Evia, Leafiara says, "Agreed."

A voice booms in the distance, "Oh Abygail, despite my uncertainties, there are still sparks of hope in my dying heart. I know some will mourn me, and some will never forgive me. They are all perfectly right to do either. I know when I am gone, the town and people will continue. No one person is Wehnimer's Landing. That is where my hope comes from sister. While my apprehension is certainly founded, I like to dream that the town can be rebuilt out of the ashes of this conflict. Not simply with new walls and buildings, but with a renewal of hearts, a rekindling of friendships and a rejection of evil. It is my hope that the wisdom of acceptance rises above the words of poison."

Speaking to Evia, Pukk says, "She agreed so quickly there."

Berkana says, "Most women do."

Speaking to Falvicar, Geijon says, "This is no jaunt into euphoria for any of us."

Speaking to Pukk, Leafiara acknowledges, "Hey, I've been saying that for months."

Speaking heartily to Evia, Chamorr says, "Feed ya scotch and playe poker wif ya."

Arshwikk asks, "So...don't hate your neighbor?"

A voice booms in the distance, "I used to be so selfish. I used to think that I had sacrificed so much for this town and its people, who were often ungrateful, or too blind to see it. I have never been a bigger fool in my life. Historians may look back on my legacy, and I cringe at what they will see or say. Some will claim I was a great leader and warrior and a man of action. Others will say I was stubborn, irrational and eventually, an abomination. Both descriptions would be accurate, but I worry what people will remember the most. I worry which path won out in the end. For each life I saved with defined leadership, did I not just squander it away when I allowed myself to succumb to darkness?"

Speaking deeply in Giantman to Geijon, Guarrin asks something you don't understand.

Speaking to Falvicar, Geijon says, "It's sorrow wrapped in pain to see Morvule throw children from Bonespear tower. Least these are illusions and not truth."

Speaking quietly to Geijon, Falvicar asks, "Did I say it was?"

Speaking to Puptilian, Evia asks, "Hearts and minds, just like you also said, didn't you?"

Speaking to Evia, Puptilian says, "I. I guess."

A voice booms in the distance, "I allowed a ship full of imperial enemies to return to their homes after we captured them. They had been sent with the intentions to attack us. A measure of good, was it not? Except at my weakest point, when I lost all control, I left in my wake a bloody and fiery path of destruction, countless innocent lives lost. My sacrifice has been nothing in comparison to those around me. To the townspeople of Wehnimer's Landing. No one felt the burden of my decisions more than they did. What would your Lady Winter say to that? How would she judge me in that?"

Speaking to Falvicar, Geijon says, "You seem focused then."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "I hate to say this...but since we have been joined to Geijon, things have went much quicker than normal."

Speaking to Cryheart, Pukk says, "But we still love you."

Evia says, "It's his...confessional."

[very, very extended combat]

Speaking to Geijon, Rasson asks, "Maybe a better time and place to talk this out, instead of helping Walkar prove his point?"

Chamorr heartily says, "Distractions."

A voice booms in the distance, "Elithain Cross is no longer a threat. Althedeus, the shadows, are no longer a threat. I am no longer a threat. I won't lie. A part of me had hoped that by some miracle or chance, that when Cross died, I would still live. I had wondered, perhaps even prayed, that the curse of this armor would carry on, even if for a little while longer so I might see another summer, or steal another kiss. None of this is happening, and none of it should. Colson buried his son, he had no promise of a second chance. Now he's buried next to him, and countless others. More victims. More lives ended by my decisions. Why would the heavens deny them a second chance, and give it to me? I suppose in that, there is indeed justice. Death does not discriminate."

Speaking to Pukk, Geijon says, "I always was th' quick one."

Chamorr heartily says, "Look for the paragon."

Evia says, "One would think this all keeps a great deal of power to maintain......"

Geijon says, "There is time for both."

A voice booms in the distance, "My hands are tired. Even breathing is a chore. I have written more than I should, and I am sorry. I did not want my last words to you to be of weakness. I wanted you to know that I loved you, and our mother. I have never blamed you for her passing. I have never blamed you for our father's blood on my hands. We have both made difficult choices in this life, my journey is simply shorter than yours. I hope you are well, and I hope you will one day find love. I have experienced it, and while only for a fleeting moment in my life, I will cherish it until the end. I only hope you will know it for much longer. Do not lose sight of yourself in the service to others, I beg of you."

Ysharra says, "I'd say the deeds we can get say that statement's wrong.."

Speaking to Geijon, Pukk exclaims, "But I'm so used to telling everybody to join Shiny!"

A voice booms in the distance, "My people are still recovering from the gruesome battles of last night. Despite the outcome, the streets are not filled with cheering. Many are tending to the dead and wounded, many are digging through rubble, and many are looking to me still, foolishly, for some kind of command. Some kind of order. I cannot be their leader anymore. I am a shell of the man I was, and they would do well to bury me quickly and move on. They would do well to restore that promise of greatness that this town can know. I am going to miss them all. Everyone who stood beside me, I will miss them. Everyone who stood against me, I will miss them. Their hearts, their passion, their mutual admiration and love for Wehnimer's Landing."

Speaking to Pukk, Geijon says, "Old habits."

Speaking to Pukk, Geijon says, "If you ask him, I lead our rat groups."

A voice booms in the distance, "I will miss Winston. It breaks my heart to think of what will become of him. He has never known life without me. Even now he snores loudly in the corner, oblivious to all of this. When he wakes, I will likely be gone. I hope he will be cared for. No, I know he will be. I can hear the townspeople at work, many of them already out in the fields, clearing trees with a purpose. That's all we can do, isn't it? Learn and rebuild. Heal and restore. I do not know how useful I will be out there. But I'm going to try. My axe holds enough blemish, I wish it to know something better before the end."

Geijon says, "He's going to manifest in a true form here eventually."

Darcena says, "It better be soon."

Puptilian quietly says, "Walkar, he is safe and happy."

Ysharra says, "It's the things he used to talk about, when he first returned."

Speaking to Maylan, Geijon asks, "Why did you think he was real?"

[extended combat]

Speaking sadly to Geijon, Maylan says, "I saw Winston pick up his scent. He howled for his friend, I was sure of it."

[extended combat]

A voice booms in the distance, "I haven't much longer, even as I write, my hands shake and I know it is my vision and not the candles that are dimming. I'm going to go join them now. To chop down some trees. It is not a grand heroic finale to a hardened warrior that we had always read of. But it is the most fitting I can think of. I have no control over my legacy, or what people will say of me, or remember about me. But I can decide how it will all end. I do not want to gasp my final breath stuck here, in a shrinking office overlooking a troubled town. I want to be out there, among my friends and loved ones, regardless of any differences. I want my last breath to touch the open air, and I want to know that no matter what I've done, my last moments in this world were spent rebuilding the promise of a town I held so dear."

Geijon says, "His letter is near done."

Goldstr whispers to the group, "Hope Kenstrom gets as tired as us soon."

Berkana says, "Thanks the Gods."

Maylan confusedly says, "I don't understand."

Arshwikk says, "I hope these guys weren't just coming to take our drink order."

A voice booms in the distance, "Goodbye. With love, Walkar."

Geijon says, "His existence is unraveling."

Geijon says, "Here he comes."

Puptilian says, "His last moments he chopped wood to rebuild. he used his last energy to rebuild the town."


Confrontation

A brilliant wave of blood red light ripples across the area, engulfing Mongonator!

[Moot Hall, Mayor's Office]

At the varnished modwir door, a red bear skin rug stretches across the polished hardwood floor. Twin velnalin hide chairs face the Mayor's pine desk, while behind it sits a wide-backed leather armchair. A great stag's head is mounted above a cobblestone fireplace set into the western wall. Refreshments are offered atop an oak bar beside a tall arched window. You also see a large dog bed and a basket of sticks.

Lylia murmurs, "I remember."

Ysharra says, "A broken amen. Now let's see what comes."

[still untargetable at this point]

Speaking to Thrassus, Berkana asks, "More wine?"

Speaking to Abygail, Ysharra asks, "Lazaryth was right, wasn't he?"

Speaking to Abygail, Evia asks, "Hmm, did you hear any very loud booming voices just now?"

Speaking to Stiletto, Geijon says, "We tried to find you. We exhausted every avenue. You aren't dead."

Alasatia says, "Oh, we're back here."

Abygail says, "You were all supposed to protect me."

Darcena says, "More mead."

Speaking to Abygail, Geijon says, "You are safe."

Arshwikk says, "Hey now."

Stiletto says, "Pup...."

Darcena says, "Yeah, yeah. You need to learn how to rescue yourself, princess."

Speaking to Abygail, Ysharra says, "You're the paragon."

Xorus says, "You look more than whole."

Puptilian quietly says, "I'm sorry."

Rasson asks, "They?"

Stiletto says, "It...it doesn't stop her."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Ysharra says, "You should be wrong more often."

Stiletto says, "She's...she's becoming something."

Speaking to Stiletto, Puptilian says, "What do you want me to do. Tell me."

Speaking to Stiletto, Geijon says, "We will."

Speaking to Ysharra, Rasson says, "I think it is both of them.. mashed together."

Darcena asks, "Becoming what?"

Speaking to Abygail, Evia says, "You are now what your brother would never want you to be."

Darcena says, "Now we're getting somewhere."

Stiletto says, "If...if you kill me."

Speaking to Stiletto, Geijon says, "Grishom is worse and next."

Abygail says, "Us. If you kill us..."

Speaking to Stiletto, Puptilian says, "How do we kill her. How do we get our revenge."

Speaking to Stiletto, Lazaryth says, "You're saying if we kill the paragons it won't stop her -"

Stiletto says, "...Thrayzar dies."

Abygail says, "...Thrayzar dies."

Arshwikk asks, "Is that what we're going for here?"

Darcena concernedly asks, "Captain?" [Stormy]

Abygail says, "Walkar can live."

Regwen whispers to the group, "We knew it was both of them."

Speaking to Stiletto, Puptilian says, "But you both can finally be back with your tribe."

Stiletto says, "Thrayzar can live."

Speaking to Abygail, Geijon says, "No."

Evia says, "They are a trio."

Abygail says, "Walkar can live."

Stiletto says, "Thrayzar can live."

Geijon asks, "How?"

Stormyrain quietly says, "It needs to be done."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Darcena says, "It's your decision here, pack, that matters to me."

Leafiara says, "Or a quartet..."

Rasson says, "They must... the witch must die."

Abygail says, "Let Walkar live. Let him save me."

Speaking to Abygail, Geijon says, "None of you are real."

Speaking to Stiletto, Puptilian says, "What path to defeat the witch."

Stiletto says, "Let Thrayzar live. Let him save me."

Stormyrain says, "If we fail at this, life as we know it ceases to exist. I have seen it--and the sorrow is ash on my tongue for days after each vision."

Cryheart says, "Ye are nae real."

Speaking to Stiletto, Xorus asks, "What is the witch becoming?"

Stiletto says, "A paragon."

Lylia asks, "Her own paragon?"

Speaking to Stiletto, Puptilian says, "Who."

Xorus asks, "Ascending to perfection?"

Evia says, "You will all live, just not here, like this, your new life will begin when this one ends."

Abygail says, "Go please."

Lylia dryly remarks, "She wishes that were so."

Abygail says, "Let Walkar live."

Abygail says, "He'll come for me."

Speaking to Abygail, Geijon says, "Call for him."

Falvicar quietly says, "Walkar is dead."

Rasson says, "Walkar is already dead."

Stiletto says, "Thrayzar will come for me."

Speaking to Abygail, Evia says, "Yes call for him."

Raelee quietly states, "Only sentiment favors the good of the one over the good of the many. The pragmatic recognize the necessity of the reverse."

Berost deeply exclaims, "A witch gonna make herself a paragon so she kin nae die, so when we kill her, we aint killin her .... damned magicks!"

Speaking to Stiletto, Geijon says, "Reunite with Thrayzar."

Stiletto says, "His curse can be undone. It need not continue."

Lylia says, "Just so."

Speaking to Stiletto, Puptilian says, "You four. Abygail, Stiletto, Thryazar, and Walkar. All of you will live in our hearts."

Zosopage says, "They have already chosen a different path. The right path."

Puptilian says, "As long as someone remembers, you will always live."

Evia yells, "Thrayzar? Stiletto needs you!"

Stiletto says, "He is lost. In the wild. He is not gone forever."

Speaking to Puptilian, Darcena mutters, "I'm not sure that's technically correct."

Puptilian says, "If we let you continue now, the witch will destroy us all and destroy you with us."

Stiletto says, "If I live, he lives. You can find him. He can find me."

Speaking to Puptilian, Pukk says, "Logic always works."

Abygail says, "Walkar can return."

Abygail says, "Death undone."

Speaking to Abygail, Geijon says, "He never left."

Lazaryth murmurs, "I'm more interested in their implication that Raznel was.. becoming something else."

Lylia asks, "What purpose would this serve? To undo his death?"

Leafiara nods absently at Lazaryth.

Speaking sternly to Abygail, Darcena says, "That should not be allowed."

(OOC) Evia's player whispers to the group, "These statements they are making, make me feel I need to be put into an asylum, right away!"

Puptilian says, "Captain. Walkar would not want others to die just to bring him back. The orc would not want others to die so he lived."

Darcena asks, "What will he be - more undead crawling across our town?"

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara says, "Though there's no guarantee they're even telling the truth, in the first place."

A voice booms in the distance, "Goodbye. With love, Walkar."

Puptilian says, "We know what is in their true hearts. They would not want this."

Darcena says, "See. He said goodbye."

Speaking to Leafiara, Lylia says, "Just so. Even the simplest creatures flee from pain. Even the lowest seek to live."

Abygail nods.

Speaking to Abygail, Evia asks, "Did you hear that?"

Abygail glances at Stiletto.

Guarrin deeply asks, "Hrm, what was that?"

Rasson says, "It was in his letter. Goodbye."

Speaking to Stiletto, Puptilian says, "I will bring you home."

Goldstr exclaims, "Rest well Walkar!"

Darcena says, "Everyone needs an end or they devolve into madness."

Xorus indifferently says, "The witch has known for a very long time that these paragons would fall."

Abygail stretches a deformed arm, full of ichor, scars, stitches and lumps and begins to pull at Stiletto.

Speaking to Lylia, Ysharra says, "That is why sacrifice is so potent."

(OOC) Zosopage's player whispers to the group, "Perfect time for Queens' Who Wants To Live Forever."

Puptilian says, "Kill them both is the right path."

Soneiken whispers to the group, "Or, if you prefer "Another one bites the dust"."

Speaking to Abygail, Evia says, "Pull more."

Speaking to Xorus, Lylia says, "She cannot know all futures. Only that which she had already witnessed or known."

Abygail reaches with her gnarled hand and tears the nameplate from the desk. She stabs it into Stiletto.

Lazaryth quietly says, "I'm simply concerned that they may have meant something when they said Raznel was becoming something else, and that it won't stop her -"

Stiletto screams!

>targ stil

You can't target Stiletto.

Stiletto begins to claw at Abygail.

Chamorr heartily says, "Yow."

Speaking to Lylia, Xorus says, "But she never saw Larsya be cured."

Evia says, "They unravel each other."

Lazaryth says, "..to lose Thrayzar for no reason would be disappointing."

Arshwikk says, "Okay..."

Ysharra says, "Unravelling."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Leafiara says, "...not for no reason. If they're even telling the truth."

Speaking to Abygail, Ysharra says, "I am sorry."

The abomination begins to try to claw and gnaw at itself, black ichor dripping from its macabre mass of fused flesh.

Speaking to Stiletto, Evia exclaims, "Unravel Abygail, it is her only hope!"

Alasatia chants a short phrase, embers leaping from her fingertips, as she clenches her hand into a smoke-shrouded fist.

Speaking to Leafiara, Lazaryth says, "It is for no reason, if Raznel doesn't need her paragons anymore."

Xorus says, "Pity Cruxophim is not here..."

Alasatia channels at Abygail.

Alasatia's spiral-grained scepter glows intensely with a verdant light!

CS: +583 - TD: +324 + CvA: +25 + d100: +83 == +367

Warding failed!

Wisps of black smoke swirl around Abygail and she bursts into flame causing 266 points of damage!

Abygail drops dead at your feet!

The fleshy abomination seems to weaken.

Abygail just bit the dust!

Speaking to Stiletto, Evia says, "You must follow her."

Avalera says, "Well. That's one way, I suppose."

Alasatia chants a short phrase, embers leaping from her fingertips, as she clenches her hand into a smoke-shrouded fist.

>targ stilet

You are now targeting Stiletto.

Alasatia channels at Stiletto.

CS: +553 - TD: +5 + CvA: +19 + d100: +64 - +40 == +591

Warding failed!

Wisps of black smoke swirl around Stiletto and he bursts into flame causing 454 points of damage!

Stiletto drops dead at your feet!

Stiletto is off to a rough start! He just bit the dust!

Speaking to Abygail, Ysharra says, "Your sacrifice was enough."

Arshwikk says, "No imagination."

Speaking to Gutstorm, Stigs asks, "They dead?"

Puptilian says, "It had to be done."

The ghostly voice of Stiletto says, "Thrayzar..."

Speaking thoughtfully to Alasatia, Leafiara says, "That went pretty quick once their illusion protection vanished."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Yep."

The ghostly voice of Abygail says, "Walkar..."

Speaking to Stiletto, Puptilian says, "I'll make sure you are brought home."

Geijon says, "Call them here."

Ysharra says, "Even memories and dreams can choose to sacrifice themselves."

Speaking honestly to Leafiara, Alasatia says, "I really didn't expect it."

Speaking to Ysharra, Leafiara agrees, "Deshal did too." [I think a lot of people would name Mynalari too, though it wasn't clear to me whether she intentionally sacrificed herself or just couldn't sustain the illusion anymore. Deshal outright impaled himself ritualistically, though.]

Speaking to Leafiara, Ysharra says, "I was there."

Evia says, "We need this whole place unraveled."

Speaking to Raelee, Xorus says, "These ones did not need to be bound in cocoons."

The fleshy abomination begins to slowly melt into ichor, blood, bones and bits. Slowly Abygail and Stiletto dissolve, their eyes wide in horror and pain and their forms blacken, peel away then finally crumble apart.

Speaking to Maylan, Pietra says, "May need you to do some mopping in here."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "Indeed."

Rasson says, "Do not think this bubble will last long now."

Goldstr says, "Dey in peace now."

The walls of the office begin to melt.

Evia says, "Aaaaah."

Rasson says, "We should be splashing down in the lake."

Speaking to Rasson, Lazaryth says, "You called it."

Pukk says, "Nice decor."

Cryheart says, "Hmmm."

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "Which then leads me to ask if their combined forms somehow negated the need for a cocoon or of it is another aspect of this new process."

Evia says, "We can't get out."

Goldstr says, "We will."


Lingering Questions

A brilliant wave of blood red light ripples across the area, engulfing Cyf!

[and everyone]

[Secluded Woods, Forest Trail]

A natural trail leads through some thick trees, sunlight warming the ground and surrounding foliage. The ground seems mostly undisturbed, seemingly to have seen little use. You also see an iced raisin muffin, a rune staff, a small shield, a rune staff and a silver and red portal.

Pukk exclaims, "Aha!"

Evia says, "Phew."

Sir Geijon's group just went through a silver and red portal.

[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 pus-covered rolton, a flagon of Ice Drake rum, a shimmering silver portal whorled with streaks of blood red, a white-tailed broom hare that is sitting, a sinuous bone white serpent, a barely visible trail leading into a grove of ancient trees and a cedar chip path.

Pukk exclaims, "We are out!"

Leafiara slowly wonders, "And -if- they were telling the truth... will we find Thrayzar's body out there or did he disintegrate too?"

Maylan asks, "We are safe?"

Darcena says, "Slaughter those abominations."

Xorus says, "Her methods are however many centuries more advanced."

Speaking to Maylan, Pukk exclaims, "We are in Landing...what do you think!"

Speaking to Leafiara, Lazaryth says, "I'm certainly curious to find out."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "Hey Pylshnar woke up finally."

Speaking to a white-tailed broom hare, Ysharra says, "Glad you weren't crushed by rocks. I'll deny saying that, later, of course."

Pylasar seems to lose his concentration and the silver and blood red portal begin to close up.

Leafiara slowly asks, "Wait, where's Thadston?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Geijon says, "We aren't sure, Pylasar."

Rasson asks, "So, just the dwarf to go?"

Evia says, "And Walkar, and..."

Pukk exclaims, "I heard it though!"

The portal dissolves.

Bernadette softly says, "Alla them Walkars."

Pylasar offers Maylan a pale gold astrolabe inset with polished bleakstone gears.

Speaking to Xorus, Raelee says, "And we may not have further opportunities to analyze it..."

Maylan blurts, "WHERE DID I GET THIS TAIL?"

Maylan says, "Oh...that's a stick."

Maylan accepts Pylasar's pale gold astrolabe.

Speaking to a beautiful mountain lake, Puptilian says, "Walkar's Sister. Stiletto. All innocents that died of her schemes. We will bring her to justice, we will avenge all your deaths."

Maylan says, "Okay then."

Pylasar says, "Thadston...is okay."

Pylasar says, "He...he will tell you later I am sure. He said he was thrown into chaos."

Evia says, "We all were."

Speaking to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "...that's been throughout the whole war, but yeah, I'm sure more literally this time."

Pylasar asks, "Walkar's sister? Aby?"

Pylasar asks, "Stiletto?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Geijon says, "The sixth was a mixture of memories."

Pylasar asks, "Who..what happened?"

Evia says, "Unraveled."

Chamorr heartily asks, "Did we get the paragon?"

Speaking simply to Pylasar, Leafiara reports, "Gone now."

Speaking to Pylasar, Puptilian says, "We believe they were the last ones."

Zosopage says, "We killed about a hundred Walkars and Thrayzars."

Speaking to Stormyrain, Puptilian says, "I need several drinks."

Pylasar asks, "THEY!?"

Cryheart says, "Abominations."

Speaking to Pylasar, Pukk says, "Some people got their wish and killed Walkar..over and over."

Evia says, "I still do not understand what happened to multi-Walkar and multi-Thrayzar."

Lylia says, "Good question...it seems they were a paragon. Yes, I used the correct pronoun."

Pylasar asks, "Wait huh?"

Speaking to Puptilian, Regwen asks, "Are ye alright?"

Pylasar asks, "She had two paragons?"

Speaking to Pylasar, Leafiara explains, "Abygail and Stiletto were fused together into some kind of--patchwork monstrosity."

Lazaryth says, "They were melded, yes."

Guarrin whispers something to Evia.

Raelee whispers something to Xorus.

Evia says, "Yes she had a pair of gons."

Goldstr says, "Three."

Rasson says, "Well was still just one paragon."

Darcena says, "They said if we killed them, it would change her into something."

Pietra says, "And they were really gross."

Speaking to Pylasar, Shinann asks, "They said if they died, so did Thrayzar. Is that true?"

Leafiara says, "One paragon with two minds..."

Xorus says, "Walkar was some sort of projection."

Speaking to Leafiara, Pukk says, "They were cute little monstrosities though."

Pylasar says, "Walkar was a projection."

Lylia says, "Walkar was what they needed to believe, so they created him."

Pylasar furrows his brow.

Pylasar asks, "Of Abygail? Or the whole...the thing?"

Lylia adds, "To the best of my understanding, that is."

Zosopage says, "And Thrayzar."

Xorus whispers something to Raelee.

Leafiara says, "...probably of Abygail, but maybe we'll never know for sure."

Speaking to Darcena, Evia says, "Knitting is so much less confusing."

Geijon says, "She had access to Stiletto for a long time."

Puptilian says, "Abygail and Stilleto were the last two people Thyazar was hunting down. It could have been that reason she used them."

Pylasar says, "Brumas projected himself."

Speaking to Puptilian, Zosopage says, "Makes sense."

Pylasar asks, "But this thing...projected Walkar perhaps?"

Evia says, "Golly."

Pylasar says, "Fascinating."

Puptilian says, "Stiletto was in her hands for several years at least. As for Abygail she went missing less then a year ago."

Lylia says, "That was Lazaryth's surmise, among others', yes."

Speaking to Pylasar, Puptilian says, "A common connection."

Xorus says, "There was enough knowledge of Walkar to pass off a facsimile."

Evia says, "The Abyetto, or Stilagail."

(Stormyrain turns without a word to anyone and walks away.)

Speaking to Evia, Puptilian says, "Please don't. Not them."

Speaking tentatively to Chaoswynd, Leafiara asks, "Is she okay?"

Speaking to Puptilian, Evia says, "Wasn't trying to be at all humorous, it is what they essentially were."

Maylan tiredly says, "I'm so weary."

Evia says, "A meld."

Pylasar says, "If a paragon can project something else..."

Pylasar rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Speaking to Leafiara, Chaoswynd says, "Time will tell."

Pylasar stands up.

Pylasar says, "I need to rest. Trying to overpower Rachel's portal was exhausting."

Darcena says, "Something that walked around our town, at that, Pylasar."

Speaking heavily to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "Please don't say there's still another besides Brumas."

Pylasar nods at Darcena.

Speaking to Pylasar, Maylan asks, "My spirit friend is intact, I trust?"

Darcena says, "That's a pretty realistic projection."

Darcena asks, "Are you a projection?"

The voice of Aleid says, "This all seems like such nonsense, because it makes no sense."

Pylasar says, "No. I believe Brumas is it. An ancient paragon, if you will."

Speaking relievedly to Pylasar, Leafiara says, "Oh, good. Thought you were going somewhere with that thought about projecting..."

Pylasar says, "This new one she created..."

Zosopage says, "Having to attack Walkar after Walkar was not a fun thing to do."

Pylasar says, "Well, I suppose she hinted to it once or twice."

Evia asks, "This new one meaning...which?"

Pylasar says, "No but I wonder..."

Leafiara whispers something to Zosopage.

Pylasar says, "If a paragon can project something else..."

Speaking to Zosopage, Geijon says, "Had to end him a few times...eh."

Pylasar says, "So many questions."

Xorus says, "It insinuated she is 'becoming' something."

Darcena offers, "Then you could be a projection."

Pylasar asks, "She who?"

Xorus says, "The witch."

Pukk exclaims, "You're all projections!"

Leafiara says, "If she can imbue Brumas with memories of others, there's a possibility of more of this kind of thing, I suppose."

Chamorr heartily says, "I think my brain is bleedin."

Speaking to Pylasar, Puptilian says, "Stiletto mentioned that the witch is changing into something different."

Xorus says, "I asked. Stiletto said 'a paragon'."

Lazaryth says, "Yes, that was the most concerning thing."

Pylasar asks, "How can she be a paragon?"

Pylasar rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Evia asks, "Uhm, of her past self perhaps?"

Pylasar says, "To what end...."

Leafiara guesses, "Can she somehow split herself into two beings?"

Speaking interestedly to Evia, Leafiara says, "Ooh."

Evia says, "Into Rachel, or back to..."

Speaking slowly to Evia, Leafiara says, "That might just be a way to do that."

Pylasar says, "...and if it can project..."

Gutstorm drunkenly says, "How ish any of dish poshbull."

Darcena says, "Too much talking, not enough snacks."

Rasson says, "Or to someone even more powerful, controlling her."

Lazaryth says, "Perhaps she could set up a kind of.. loop of power between the past and future.."

Speaking to Lylia, Pukk says, "Yep, lay of the snacks and you wouldn't need that feather."

Pylasar says, "I need to go. We'll talk again. But not tonight."

Paragon Hunter Pylasar just marched off to the southwest.


Discussion Afterward

Goldstr says, "Stiletto an Abygail jess begged fer Walkar to live, nae attacked us."

Puptilian says, "If her real body is the paragon and all we been fighting is a project, that is why we have a hard time killing her."

Rasson asks, "Paragon hunter?"

Pukk says, "He is moving up in the world."

Xorus asks, "Indeed. If she would have the ability to project herself, why not become a paragon?"

Lazaryth says, "I'm probably not the best person to be speculating about these things."

Evia says, "Confounds the imagination."

Speaking to Pukk, Rasson says, "Should be paragon seeker... not sure he has finished an actual hunt for one."

Puptilian says, "She stays alive but also aware of the real world and we have been targeting the wrong thing."

Pukk says, "After seeing all those Walkars I feel better....I thought I was crazy."

Lazaryth asks, "So, that means that last night in the square we were speaking with a projection of Abygail?"

Speaking to Rasson, Pukk says, "He just hunts them...doesn't kill em."

Lazaryth says, "Of Abygail's, I should say."

Speaking to Lazaryth, Puptilian says, "Tonight yes. Years and years ago no."

Lazaryth says, "It's a shame. I thought I hit it off with him."

Chamorr heartily says, "I think i debelipped a twitch."

Speaking sympathetically to Puptilian, Pukk says, "Speaking seriously, I know you must be disturbed by tonight's events. I'm sorry."

Arshwikk asks, "Why can't our troubles be more like, 'how did I end up naked with these triplets when the last thing I remember was a drinking contest', instead of all this danger and gore?"

Pukk recites:

"Everybody kiss Tsarok!"

Geijon says, "Scary."

Soneiken kisses Pukk tenderly.

Lazaryth says, "This group is unusually quiet. I think it's time for bed indeed."

Speaking to Soneiken, Pukk says, "You little flirt."

[travel]

Evia says, "Raaaaaar."

Pukk says, "And I meant that."

Speaking to Pukk, Soneiken says, "Ah yer so funny."

Zosopage exclaims, "Oh good I didn't have to walk!"

Speaking to Arshwikk, Pietra asks, "Is Ta'Illistim like that, then?"

Speaking warmly to a pale-faced coppery barn owl, Leafiara says, "Ya did great tonight, Owly."

Pukk exclaims, "Man, I'm popular!"

Speaking heartily to Leafiara, Chamorr says, "I still don get it."

Speaking to a pale-faced coppery barn owl, Pukk says, "Thank you for keeping things safe and well here."

Speaking bluntly to Chamorr, Leafiara says, "Yeah, don't worry, neither do I."

Speaking to Chamorr, Lylia says, "You and I are in agreement on that."

Speaking to Puptilian, Pukk says, "I did mean that though."

Speaking heartily to Lylia, Chamorr says, "Wow."

Puptilian grins at a pale-faced coppery barn owl.

Puptilian says, "Let me get you something."

Xorus says, "Well. That was all terribly predictable."

Puptilian says, "Here you go Owlie."

Puptilian drops a jam-filled blackberry cookie.

The coppery barn owl pecks at a jam-filled blackberry cookie.

Puptilian says, "Life goes on."

Puptilian says, "Aatu, we need more booze. Let's go."

You notice Puptilian moving stealthily northwest.