CATACLYSM!
Volnes, day 7 of the month Phoenatos in the year 5100

[Mausoleum, Grand Chamber]
A large, canopied tomb stands squarely in the center of the room. Remnants of gold leaf are still visible on some of the inside edges of the moldings on the canopy. Thick tiles of terra cotta, each embossed with the image of an oak leaf, line the base of the tomb. You also see an arctic fox, a woven cloak, a woven cloak, a dagger and a dagger.
Also in the room: Lord Thurfel, Witlass, Castellan Rills, Halfberry
Obvious exits: south.

Witlass growls ferociously!

Halfberry exclaims, "I have been here!"

Witlass exclaims, "I sed gimme my candee Halfbutt!"

You say, "What do ye here."

A sickly glow flickers in the shadows for a moment.

Armaxis fades into sight next to you.

Thurfel asks, "And what are you doing here?"

Armaxis leans on his staff.

Armaxis glances at Halfberry.

Thurfel bows to Armaxis.

Halfberry exclaims, "You, you, all search for Halfberry, but Halfberry outwits you!"

Rills exclaims, "Hand over the pin and the orb!"

Armaxis bows to Thurfel.

Thurfel says, "You have no wits to outwit me..."

Witlass peers quizzically at you.

Halfberry exclaims, "Halfberry hands over nothing!"

Thurfel says, "tell me, is it true..."

Witlass asks, "ya seena halflin like me?"

Armaxis glances at Halfberry.

Witlass says, "ya sed anudder one"

Thurfel says, "did you really steal my artifacts..."

You say, "I can't stand by and watch murder."

Thurfel asks, "after all I've done for you?"

Halfberry exclaims, "Halfberry steal nothing!"

Rills exclaims, "How dare you defy M'Lord THurfel!"

Rills gasps.

Armaxis says, "You have caught him red-handed...the orb is within hisss hands."

Witlass says, "but Grawg no mudder noone"

Halfberry exclaims, "They are rightfully Halfberrys!"

Armaxis smirks.

Witlass says, "grawg a halflin"

Witlass sniffs.

Witlass says, "no mudder"

Witlass sighs.

Thurfel says, "so it is"

Halfberry exclaims, "Halfberry will bow down to Master no longer!"

Thurfel asks, "What do you have to say for yourself Halfdead?"

Ilvane sighs.

Rills thumps Halfberry!

Armaxis glances at Halfberry.

You work your fingers under your faceted iceberg coronet and scratch your head.

Deevian sneers at Ilvane.

Ilvane glares at Rills.

Halfberry exclaims, "Or to witliss Witlass!"

Witlass thumps Halfberry!

Iansen moves to stand in front of Halfberry.

Roelon turns to face Witlass.

Halfberry exclaims, "Or to evil Rills!"

Iansen exclaims, "Stop!"

Thurfel says, "Armaxis, be prepared"

Witlass exclaims, "be nices!"

Jipzy says, "Oh no"

Armaxis nods to Thurfel.

Rills says, "Watch yer manners Halfberry."

Roelon moves to stand in front of Halfberry.

Iansen says, "Damn it... now I've gotten myself in trouble..."

Iansen sighs.

Halfberry says, "Halfberry has power now."

Witlass exclaims, "me grawg!"

Thurfel says, "You have but one chance to give it back to me Halfbrain"

Ilvane says, "Quick."

Halfberry exclaims, "Oh yes, Master!"

Thurfel says, "only one"

Roelon says, "Ok...This no good."

Deevian says, "Mayheps yeh ought to mind your own words"

(Armaxis makes a small gesture with his hands, and the sigils tattooed upon them flash briefly.)

Deevian grins at Rills.

Halfberry exclaims, "You get nothing! I seal your doom as you looked!"

Witlass says, "halfbutt promise show halflings ta grawg"

Rills says, "I think that power has gone to your halfwitted head."

Iansen glares at Armaxis.

Witlass exclaims, "look just like grawg!"

Deevian says, "Cause Halfberry could fry yer little arse with his new toys"

Thurfel says, "Rills, you have your orders if he fails to obey me"

Deevian grins at Rills.

Rills exclaims, "Aye sir!"

Witlass asks, "he whut?"

Jipzy glances at Rills.

Witlass stares at Rills.

Thurfel asks, "is it your wish to die Halfberry?"

Tierus begins chortling at Thurfel.

Halfberry exclaims, "And now, I seal you! I have had enough of you, you don't belong in this world THURFEL!"

Halfberry holds his orb up high above his head! The orb flashes for a brief instant, then goes dark.

Witlass pokes you in the ribs.

Thurfel nods to Armaxis.

Tierus gawks at Halfberry.

Halfberry holds his orb up high above his head! The orb flashes for a brief instant, then goes dark.

Sabitor raises an eyebrow.

Witlass exclaims, "hay!"

You say, "Hmmm..."

Arimantis blinks.

Roelon blinks at Halfberry.

Thurfel chuckles.

Armaxis narrows his eyes.

Rills exclaims, "See, he did take it!"

Jipzy stares at Halfberry.

Witlass exclaims, "ha sed ya seen a halflin like me!"

Halfberry holds his orb up high above his head! The orb flashes for a brief instant, then goes dark.

Thurfel taps Rills lightly on his shoulder.

Thurfel says, "kill him"

Armaxis's serpent staff comes to life in his hands! The serpent hisses and lashes out at Halfberry!

Halfberry sobs.

Roelon stares at Rills.

Aranrhod says, "No"

Witlass asks, "whar?"

You say, "Something is wrong..."

Jipzy exclaims, "No!"

Ilvane says, "Halfberry.."

Tierus exclaims, "No!"

Witlass pokes you in the ribs.

Jipzy moves to stand in front of Halfberry.

Rills says, "With pleasure."

Tierus moves to stand in front of Jipzy.

Deevian says, "No one touch Halfberry"

Ilvane exclaims, "No!"

You glance at Witlass.

Tierus says, "Ye'll 'afta get all o' us."

Rills exclaims, "Alright Witlass, bonk him good!"

Roelon stares at Witlass.

Witlass asks, "whut?"

Witlass asks, "halfbutt?"

Witlass asks, "why?"

Ilvane exclaims, "No don't hurt him!"

Sabitor says, "Your orb... seems to have the same problem as mine..."

Sabitor snickers.

Halfberry kneels down.

Tierus exclaims, "Erm... Witlass! Ah'll give yas ale if ya dun' hurt 'im!"

Halfberry exclaims, "Please, Master, no!"

Tierus nods to Witlass.

Rills points at Halfberry.

Tierus removes a stein of frothy amber ale from in his drawstring rucksack.

Halfberry exclaims, "Halfberry be good!"

Witlass blinks.

Jipzy asks, "Ya gonna be pushed roun by Thurfel like Halfberry was?"

Tierus says, "Lotsa nice ale."

Witlass asks, "dat him?"

Ilvane glowers darkly at Witlass.

Tierus shows Witlass his frothy amber ale.

Witlass peers quizzically at Rills.

Armaxis exclaims, "Begging? You just threatened to destroy him not a moment ago!"

Jipzy glances at Rills.

Armaxis stares at Halfberry.

Rills says, "Yes Witlass, that is him."

Thurfel asks, "Rills, this the best you have in your service?"

Halfberry sobs.

Armaxis asks, "Why should he show you mercy, mm?"

Witlass roars!

Rills exclaims, "Bonk him good!"

Witlass swings a chipped rusty longsword at Halfberry!
AS: +707 vs DS: +35 with AvD: +41 + d100 roll: +91 = +804
... and hits for 369 points of damage!
Wicked slash slices open Halfberry's chest!
Heart and lungs pureed!
Sickening!

* Halfberry drops dead at your feet!
The orb falls from Halfberry's still hands, and rolls to the ground at Thurfel's feet.

Rills exclaims, "Good work!"

Witlass exclaims, "candee steeler!"

Tierus hurls himself at Witlass!

Aranrhod exclaims, "No!"

Roelon stares at Witlass.

Arimantis reaches down and tenderly cradles Halfberry's lifeless hand in his.

Armaxis snorts a derisive laugh, sneering in mockery.

Halfberry's body begins to to turn pale and draw in on itself. For a brief moment, his frame convulses, before disintegrating into a fine white powder that seeps into the cracks in the floor.
Halfberry's body decays into compost.

Deevian glances at Witlass.

Rills turns to Witlass and cheers!

You gasp.

Thurfel picks up the orb

Witlass snarls menacingly!

Witlass exclaims, "candee steeler!"

Witlass waves a chipped rusty longsword around.

Jipzy says, "No"

Witlass waves a chipped rusty longsword around.

You blink.

Thurfel raises his golden crystal orb skyward!

Jipzy sighs.

Witlass growls ferociously!

Witlass exclaims, "meenie!"

Thurfel says, "fool"

Tierus glares at Thurfel.

Witlass exclaims, "halfbutt steel candee!"

Thurfel says, "it would appear I'll be needing a new apprentice"

Roelon asks, "How could you?"

Witlass exclaims, "from Grawg!"

Roelon stares at Witlass.

Witlass says, "steel grawg candee"

You ask, "Candy?"

Tierus exclaims, "You coward!"

Rills says, "Yes you will sir."

Witlass frowns.

Tierus glares at Thurfel.

Armaxis says, "Death's coilsss come easily to pitiful wretches such as he...may the Serpent Lord feast upon His soul..."

Armaxis raises his hand to his bronze Luukos symbol, touching the image of a green serpent.

Tierus exclaims, "Usin' idiots ta do yer work for ye!"

Thurfel says, "I shall post a time and date in town"

Witlass says, "Ralls sed so"

Witlass points at Rills.

Armaxis stares blankly about and you notice his eyes are slitted! A long forked tongue slips out of his mouth, tasting the air.

Ilvane stares at Thurfel.

Armaxis laughs softly, trying to hide his amusement.

Roelon says, "Rills lied."

Jipzy says, "Ya seem ta have nough kissin ya ta be gettin one"

Thurfel says, "those interested can apply upon my island"

Jipzy glares at Thurfel.

Rills asks, "Anyone interested in applying as Master Thurfel's apprentice?"

You glance at Thurfel.

Ilvane sobs.

Witlass says, "now havta find more"

Thurfel says, "And perhaps it is time to renew my assault on this tomb."

Witlass growls ferociously!

Armaxis nods to Thurfel.

Deevian says, "Nice, keep faking it"

Tierus turns to face Ilvane.

Witlass says, "dumdum halfbutt"

Deevian smiles at Ilvane.

Tierus says, "Ye wir right."

Ilvane exclaims, "You will not win!"

Tierus glances at Ilvane and begins to wail!

Ilvane glares at Thurfel.

Witlass sighs.

You ask, "How could ye just kill somebody ye've had around ye so many years?"

Ilvane exclaims, "Never!"

You gawk at Thurfel.

Rills says, "There may be candy inside that tomb Witlass. Give it a bonk or two with your club."

Witlass says, "jus wanna find nudder halflin like me"

You ask, "Have ye no heart?"

Thurfel says, "it was not all that hard, he was a fool, and a traitor"

Roelon says, "I don't know about that Ilvane."

Ilvane says, "I hate you even more now.."

Ilvane sighs.

Tierus stands in front of a large canopied tomb.

Witlass says, "hmm"

Ilvane sobs.

Witlass asks, "ya tink?"

(Hellebus begins quivering.)

Deevian glances at Ilvane.

Deevian smirks.

Witlass glances at a large canopied tomb.

Thurfel says, "for the moment, I believe our business is done however"

Tierus says, "Ah'll give yas lotsa candy if ya dun' touch tha tomb, Witlass."

Roelon says, "I think it's fate that this tomb open's."

Tierus glances at Witlass.

Thurfel gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Thurfel gestures.
Thurfel casts into the air above his head and a rip appears in the sky! The fissure begins to feed on the air around you!

******A whole lot of not very pleasant deaths******

You are not affected.

Rills exclaims, "Aye sir!"

Witlass says, "go find halflings"

You slowly and deliberately empty your filled lungs.

The ghostly laughter of Earthdiver echoes through the room, sending a shiver down your spine.

You exclaim, "Oh!"

With great effort the spirit of Hellebus gives a keening cry, spectral tears falling to the ground.

You hear the ghostly voice of Deevian say, "Run, coward"

Thurfel gestures at Rills

Rills says, "Nicely done."

The black void has almost sucked all air out of the area!
******A whole lot more not very pleasant deathes***

You remove a pale purple glaes flask from in your lavender silk skirt.

Witlass exclaims, "Iza halflin ya know!"

Thurfel gestures at Witlass

You hear the ghostly voice of Roelon say, "Thurfel."

Witlass just disappeared.

You force Ilvane's mouth open, and pour in a small amount from your purple glaes flask.
A luminescent web briefly forms around Ilvane, then fades into the body.

The black void has sucked all air out of the area!
Air is sucked away from Rills!
Rather abrupt decompression causes Rills to explode!
Billions and billions of tiny bits of flesh shower everything.
Quite severely dead.
* Rills drops dead at your feet!

You are not affected.

Thurfel bows.

You force Arimantis's mouth open, and pour in a small amount from your purple glaes flask.
A luminescent web briefly forms around Arimantis, then fades into the body.

Iansen hangs his head.

The ghostly laughter of Sabitor echoes through the room, sending a shiver down your spine.

Iansen covers his gold ring with his hand.

You exclaim, "Oh stop!"

The ghostly laughter of Arimantis echoes through the room, sending a shiver down your spine.

You hear the ghostly voice of Aranrhod say, "That is the coward's way"

The ghostly laughter of Deevian echoes through the room, sending a shiver down your spine.

Rills grows indistinct. Slowly it dawns on you that he isn't there anymore.

******A whole lot of lifekeeping******

You hear the ghostly voice of Sabitor say, "How very... unpleasant."

******A whole lot of young undead return to the tomb area******

You gesture.
A sense of peace and calm settles over the area.

You say, "I hope I got everybody."

Mnar just arrived.

Zemnh asks, "What do we have here?"

You hear the ghostly voice of Roelon say, "His power seems stronger then the last time I saw that hobbit, Thurfel."

You hear the ghostly voice of Sabitor say, "Ah... My life is not bound to my body..."

You hear the ghostly voice of Earthdiver say, "Thurfel open imploded"

You hear the ghostly voice of Renphil say, "that was a show of power alright."

Zden exclaims, "GAH!"

You say, "I'll fog them out."

Margrettha says, "ewww"

Algrus says, "if someone gives me mana, I can have a cleric here."

Zemnh laughs!

Zemnh says, "Too funny."

You hear the ghostly voice of Skyfawn say, "I a bloody mess"

Zemnh snickers.

You hear the ghostly voice of Roelon say, "Renphil. He barley made a gesture..."

Krovax whispers, " what in the crud happened? thrufel get mad at halfberry?"

Mastys nods.

You hear the ghostly voice of Roelon say, "Imagine if he tried."

You hear the ghostly voice of Ilvane say, "I'd rather decay that be raised by a friend of yours Algrus."

Algrus mutters under his breath.

You hear the ghostly voice of Renphil say, "like i said uncle hehe just a small show"

Algrus says, "Okay, I'll assure you will decay then."

You say, "I think I got them all."

******Lot of holding of hands to get the dead out here******

You hear the ghostly voice of Roelon say, "But it seems, Rills was not prepared for such magic."

Roelon gives a ghostly chuckle.

Truekillr asks, "What is this nonsense?"

Truekillr asks, "Anyone else not kept?"

Iansen says, "I no longer have a doubt that I'm meant to be here"

You hear the ghostly voice of Earthdiver say, "Thurfel open imploded"

Mnar says, "Thurfel decided to make a dramatic exit."

Tarcone says, "Thurfel open imploded"

You hear the ghostly voice of Arimantis say, "Hey there Truekiller, missed all the fun"

Margrettha says, "they're all kept"

Truekillr scoffs.

Truekillr says, "Fool."

You hear the ghostly voice of Ilvane say, "He's still not going to win."

You say, "So I'll get all out of here."

Zacciwie says, "next time Thurfel shows is nasty little face, there shouldn't be any mercy. kill him"

Truekillr says, "Well that's nice the nicest thing to do, imploding like that."

You hear the ghostly voice of Earthdiver say, "he probably has some insane warding"

Truekillr scoffs.

Iansen says, "He killed Rills..."

Rongari says, "I agree"

You hear the ghostly voice of Ilvane say, "Yes, he did."

Truekillr asks, "Rills? The lackey?"

You hear the ghostly voice of Ilvane ask, "Who got the orb?"

You hear the ghostly voice of Ilvane say, "I missed it in the rush.."

You hear the ghostly voice of Sabitor say, "Thurfel did, Ilvane."

You hear the ghostly voice of Aranrhod say, "Thurfel got the orb"

You say, "Allright, off we go."

You concentrate on the Spirit Guide spell...
You gesture.
Your surroundings blur for a moment . . .

[Temple Burrow, Penguin Hill]
A small lake has formed here, making this a popular spot for the local wildlife. A huge grouping of penguins lives on the shore of the lake, waddling comically around the edge, preening or catching the cold water fish. A smooth area on the bank makes an ideal slide for the creatures and, looking more closely, it seems you could join in the fun.
Also here: the body of Aranrhod who is lying down, the body of Davarian who is lying down, Algrus, the body of Lord Deevian who is lying down, Zden who is kneeling, Lord Daerath, the body of Novice Hellebus who is lying down, Iansen, the body of Lady Skyfawn who is lying down, the body of Silversoft who is lying down, the body of Earthdiver who is lying down, the body of Sabitor who is lying down, the body of Arimantis who is lying down, the body of Journeyman Ilvane who is lying down
Obvious paths: down.

You are completely overtaken by a sense of vertigo. Try as you might, you are unable to focus on any single object or person. The world around you spins in a disarray of lights and color!

You hear the ghostly voice of Ilvane ask, "Aren't we glad he doesn't know where the crocodile is?"

You are completely overtaken by a sense of vertigo. Try as you might, you are unable to focus on any single object or person. The world around you spins in a disarray of lights and color!

You hear the voice of Algrus say, "Empaths first."

A cloud of dense silvery fog suddenly appears. The fog quickly dissipates to reveal Kadesha.

You hear the ghostly voice of Skyfawn say, "I a bloody mess"

You hear the ghostly voice of Ilvane exclaim, "Kadesha!"

You say, "Someone think on the net for empaths and clerics."

Zden exclaims, "empaths first!"

You hear the ghostly voice of Earthdiver say, "well.. Halfberry did have the orb, after all"

You say, "I am in motion sickness."

You hear the ghostly voice of Ilvane say, "We knew that."

The ghostly laughter of Ilvane echoes through the room, sending a shiver down your spine.

You hear the ghostly voice of Hellebus say, "it's just so...ironic."

You hear the voice of Algrus say, "Empaths, gimme a shout"

Iansen says, "Halfberry is gone, just about everyone is dead"

You feel a burning hot touch upon your neck, then you ear. A voice whispers into your ear, "The balance is nearly restored, as you wish, once the council is freed, there shall be true balance once again. I have regained the orb, rest assured I will find the pin as well. You would serve the folks of Icemule well if you would simply return it to me."

Iansen says, "I'll be damned if I think it funny"

You hear the ghostly voice of Silversoft say, "i am an empath"

You hear the ghostly voice of Ilvane say, "I don't."

Kadesha says, "Iscikella"

You exclaim, "OH LUMNIS!"

You hear the ghostly voice of Ilvane say, "But we'll be alive ooon."

You say, "THurfel is here."

Corneelious whispers, "he spoke to you, what say he?"

Truekillr says, "Too busy healing."

Truekillr smiles sagely.

Morstanya asks, "any healer need mana ?"

You say, "I will tell ye what Thurfel said in a moment."

Truekillr gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

You say, "Please, let's get these people helped."

******Whole lot of healing and raising******

Kadesha says, "Iscikella extremely busy right now if yall give her a chance"

Tierus exclaims, "C'mon, folks! We cannae jus' give up!"

Ilvane says, "No one is giving up."

Sabitor says, "We did not give up, Tierus, we died. That slows things down a bit..."

Jipzy exclaims, "No way!"

Ruarie says, "why were all of you on the hill anyway?were you all gawking at him?"

Roelon says, "Painfully died."

Roelon says, "I might add."

Ilvane says, "No, never.."

Tierus exclaims, "We've gots ta get t'gither fer a Commune tae Lorminstra! Tha' way, we might get Halfberry's soul back b'fer 'e reaches tha Gates!"

Tierus asks, "Any'un with me on tha'?"

Truekillr smiles at Tierus.

Truekillr says, "If Halfberry was in My Lady's favor he will be well."

Tierus asks, "Erm... coul' all o' ya friendly Ronanites join me?"

Truekillr says, "If he wasn't there is nothing my Lady can do then"

Truekillr smiles.

Roelon says, "Thought Her power is strong. It's nae infinate."

Tierus says, "Or... mayhaps not? or.... mayhaps..."

Truekillr says, "Agreed wholeheartedly"

Truekillr nods to Roelon.

After a moment's silence a flame-tailed cat prances into the area and glances upward.

Truekillr says, "If he had no favor, then She cannot help him."

Truekillr says, "He is in Gosaena's hands."

Roelon says, "Ah, so I thought with anothers soul"

Tierus exclaims, "Then we've gots ta get t'gither wif Gosaena! Ah'm not jus' goin' ta let Halfberry be dead!"

The cat curls up and rests at Iscikella's feet.

Mnar says, "Truekillr, perhaps we could speak later."

You find the creature to be a magnificent specimen. There is a soft aura about it and you notice the eyes stare back with a nature which hints at intelligence. You are pretty certain this is a Wizard's familiar.

Truekillr says, "I would like that."

Roelon says, "But to do nothing, I feel, is bad..."

Arimantis says, "Hello there cat"

Ilvane pets a flame-tailed cat.

The flame-tailed cat purrs, "Greetings"

Aranrhod says, "Umm"

Tierus asks, "Whaes cat?"

Jipzy says, "I think he focused that implode on me an it went right through me"

The flame-tailed cat sits down.

Truekillr says, "Oh look. A cat..."

You say, "It's Thurfel's."

Ilvane says, "Ah, the cat of Thurfel."

Aranrhod asks, "So where is your master cat?"

Jipzy asks, "Or did he implode again?"

Truekillr says, "Anyone have a spot of holy water?"

Truekillr rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Sabitor pets a flame-tailed cat.

Roelon asks, "Thurfel..eh?"

Roelon lumbers up to a flame-tailed cat and stares defiantly.

Sabitor says, "Such a beautiful cat could not be the familiar of such a vile man..."

Sabitor pets a flame-tailed cat.

(Iansen stares at the cat)

The flame-tailed cat purrs, "He is working on a spell to destroy the tomb, not that its of much consequence."

Truekillr asks, "And why is it not?"

Roelon says, "Your master will pay for what he did to me. "

Tierus nods to the flame-tailed cat.

Joter says, "It won't succeed pet. The Dabbings are too strong"

The flame-tailed cat purrs, "He may collect, but he will never pay."

Arimantis says, "As you can see cat, we are up and ready to fight yer master"

Earthdiver says, "implode the cat"

Truekillr rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Roelon says, "We shall see about that."

Tierus says, "Be aware, cat, tha' once a Morvaenus o' Ta'Faendryl declares a blood-debt... 'tlasts, 'till one or tha other side is dead."

Truekillr asks, "You speak in riddles Cat. Are you as daft as your master?"

Aranrhod says, "Oh do not be so sure of that cat"

Tierus says, "An' ah intend fer that tae be ye."

Aranrhod says, "Exactly who's cat it is"

You say, "It's Thurfel's cat, Aranrhod."

You sob.

The flame-tailed cat purrs, "A herd of ants against a warrior, it should be interesting. His army awaits those foolish enough to try."

Aranrhod says, "I know"

Roelon asks, "Can ye nae smell the hobbit stench?"

Roelon says, "nae saying all hobbits smell.."

Tierus says, "A warrior wif an allergy 'gainst ants will cert'nly be felled by such a 'erd."

The flame-tailed cat purrs, "I'm a cat."

Joter says, "A herd of ants can bite the warriors causing them to flee"

Truekillr asks, "Indeed Cat? I've hardly felt a fair fight recently. Where might one find a nice jaunt into the battlefield?"

Talsh pets a flame-tailed cat.

Sabitor says, "Ahh. A handsome cat at that..."

Earthdiver says, "some ants are quite venomous"

The flame-tailed cat rubs up against Iscikella's leg.

The flame-tailed cat turns away, looks back over its shoulder once, and then wanders off.



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