The Interview Sign and the Divining Sphere
Tilamaires, day 22 of the month Phoenatos in the year 5100

[Temple Burrow, Koar Street]
You are on the edge of the glacier. The ground here is hard-packed ice, slippery beneath your feet, but the halflings seem not to notice as they make their way about their business. Houses have been carved from the ice, as have a few small shops. A ramp of packed, grated ice leads up and to the east, likely to the Temple.
Also here: Zodac, Lady Skyfawn, Witlass
Obvious paths: north, south, west.

Skyfawn asks, "where was you headed?"

Zodac asks, "where ya wanna go?"

Witlass sobs.

You say, "Evening, Witlass."

Witlass sits down.

Nofret just arrived.

Witlass sighs.

You ask, "Sobbing again?"

Skyfawn smiles at Witlass.

You blink at Witlass.

Zodac glances at you.

Witlass bursts into tears!

You ask, "What happened?"

Skyfawn rubs Witlass gently.

Zodac says, "please Iscikella"

Witlass exclaims, "LOST!"

Zodac says, "we havin a lil conversation"

Witlass sighs.

Rawen rocks back on her heels.

Skyfawn asks, "where was you headed?"

You ask, "Lost in town ye mean?"

Skyfawn says, "I will help you"

Zodac nods to Witlass.

Skyfawn smiles at Witlass.

You say, "I'm just asking him why he's crying."

Zodac says, "Skyfawn and I will"

Nofret asks, "Or is something of yours lost?"

Witlass says, "umm me sposta do sumpin"

Zodac leans on Skyfawn.

Witlass put an iced chocolate cookie in his heavy backpack.

Rawen rubs Witlass gently.

Witlass removes a tiny toy kitten from in his heavy backpack.

Witlass asks, "didja see nice man?"

Witlass exclaims, "gimme cow!"

Witlass points at a tiny toy kitten.

You ask, "Which man?"

Witlass beams!

Zodac asks, "human?"

Skyfawn asks, "was you supose to post a sign?"

Zodac peers quizzically at Witlass.

You ask, "Cow?"

You blink.

Witlass says, "lil man"

Nofret says, "Looks like a kitten to me."

Anglaess smiles at Skyfawn.

Zodac says, "aye"

Witlass says, "cow"

Lady Kadesha's group just arrived.

Witlass says, "yew stoopid"

Witlass points at Nofret.

Witlass says, "cow"

You ask, "Cow?"

Witlass points at a tiny toy kitten.

Ilvane's group just arrived.

Aranrhod grins at Ilvane.

Ilvane gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Nofret says, "This being a halfling town, there are a lot of little men about."

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

You ask, "He told ye was a cow?"

Skyfawn smiles at Witlass.

You ask, "Or ye have seen them before?"

Saoirsse asks, " does it say moo?"

Witlass says, "me know cows"

You cock your head at Witlass.

Ilvane grins at Zodac.

Witlass says, "Toifel has lossa cows"

You say, "I see."

Witlass points at a tiny toy kitten.

Ilvane says, "Bah."

Witlass says, "moo"

Rawen asks, "Would you show me your pretty cow, Witlass?"

Saoirsse giggles.

Zodac winks at Witlass.

Aranrhod asks, "Another sign?"

Ilvane looks over at Witlass and shakes her head.

Zodac shows Witlass his silvery rolaren band.

Witlass shows Rawen his toy kitten.

Ilvane removes a furry white toy kitten from in her black silk cloak.

Witlass says, "me like cows"

Rawen smiles at Witlass.

Ilvane gently hugs her white toy kitten, and it purrs softly.

You see Witlass Grawg the Giantman.
He appears to be in his 210's, has unkempt, long sandy blond hair, dark eyes, and lily white skin.
He is in good shape.
He is holding a tiny toy kitten in his right hand and a large red coral sign in his left hand.
He is wearing a small coral starfish pendant, some torn ragged leather, a heavy backpack, a warped wooden shield, and a shiny black sheath.

Witlass hugs his toy kitten and its eyes bulge out alarmingly!

Arimantis smiles at Witlass.

Rawen says, "It's very nice"

Witlass screams!

Witlass exclaims, "agh!"

Witlass says, "no"

Skyfawn says, "is a very nice one to"

Witlass sobs.

Ilvane laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Rawen rubs Witlass gently.

Zodac stares off into space.

Witlass says, "me hurt cow"

Arimantis says, "Dont really hurt it"

Skyfawn rubs Witlass gently.

Zodac whistles tunelessly to himself.

Nofret says, "I don't have any toys."

Witlass sighs.

You say, "Looks like a lovely toy, Witlass."

Witlass sobs.

Ilvane says, "It's okay."

Saoirsse says, " him not hurt"

You rub Witlass.

Aranrhod blinks at Witlass.

Ilvane smiles at Witlass.

Witlass indicates his toy kitten with a smile.

Saoirsse rubs Witlass gently.

Witlass says, "nice cow"

Saoirsse says, " is okay"

Rawen asks, "What's wrong?"

Zodac shows Witlass his spidersilk pants.

Skyfawn nods to Witlass.

Witlass sighs.

Ilvane squeezes her white toy kitten and gives it a big smooch! It purrs with evident delight.

Witlass says, "cow broke"

Arimantis says, "Is a very cute lil cow"

Skyfawn rubs Witlass gently.

You ask, "Broke?"

Anglaess smiles at Ilvane.

Nofret asks, "May I pet your cow, Witlass?"

Aranrhod offers Witlass a sweet cherry lollipop.

Witlass says, "you cow sound funny"

Witlass points at Ilvane.

Ilvane giggles.

Rawen says, "Can I see it, Witlass? Maybe Ilvane will give you hers"

You ask, "Oh, doesn't moo?"

Arimantis says, "He isn't broke, I thinks he is supposed to do that"

Ilvane says, "Not at cow, a kitten."

You cock your head at Witlass.

Zodac nods to Witlass.

Saoirsse says, " her cow is confused I tinkin"

Witlass says, "cow"

Saoirsse nods.

Ilvane says, "Kitten dear."

Witlass points at a tiny toy kitten.

Ilvane grins at Witlass.

Witlass nods to Saoirsse.

Ilvane shows Witlass her white toy kitten.

Skyfawn smiles at Witlass.

Witlass says, "her cow mebbe sick"

Saoirsse nods.

Ilvane shakes her head.

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Rawen nods.

Skyfawn nods to Witlass.

Arimantis grins.

Witlass scratches his head.

Ilvane skritches the head of her white toy kitten, just behind its ears. As she does, its eyes close and its head lowers.

Rawen says, "That could be"

Nofret says, "So it's a sick toy cow."

Witlass put a tiny toy kitten in his heavy backpack.

Witlass removes a mammoth pink toy elephant from in his heavy backpack.

Arimantis gives his blademistress doll a warm hug.

Witlass says, "munky"

Witlass smiles.

Rawen removes a shiny coin from in her silk satchel.

Ilvane giggles.

Skyfawn nods to Zodac.

Arimantis smiles at Witlass.

Witlass says, "nice little man gimme munky too"

Rawen tosses a coin up in the air and catches it deftly with the other hand. It comes up tails!

Saoirsse blinks.

You ask, "Monkey?"

Ilvane shakes her head.

Nofret says, "I saw someone the other day who wanted a slimy toy sea slug."

You ask, "Pink one?"

You cock your head at Witlass.

Skyfawn says, "I love monkeys"

Ilvane put a furry white toy kitten in her black silk cloak.

Kadesha works her fingers under her vultite sallet and scratches her head.

Witlass glances at a mammoth pink toy elephant.

Saoirsse says, " das a lovely... monkey"

Saoirsse coughs.

Ilvane exclaims, "That is not a monkey!"

Witlass says, "all munkys pink"

Witlass smiles at you.

Witlass says, "cept da red ones"

You ask, "They are?"

Arimantis says, "Moneys are huggable"

Ilvane says, "You all are going blind."

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Arimantis says, "An the green ones"

You say, "Ah, except the red ones."

You say, "Sounds reasonable."

You nod to Witlass.

Arimantis grins at Witlass.

Ilvane says, "Need spectacles I tell you."

Ilvane mutters under her breath.

Arimantis says, "That monkey gots a big nose though.."

Witlass put a mammoth pink toy elephant in his heavy backpack.

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Witlass removes a tiny toy kitten from in his heavy backpack.

Nofret says, "Not me. I'd rather have an elephant than a monkey any day. Monkeys are fresh and mean and they smell."

Witlass says, "me make you cow better"

Ilvane says, "Witlass darling, that was an elephant."

Saoirsse grins.

Witlass offers Ilvane a tiny toy kitten.

Ilvane removes a furry white toy kitten from in her black silk cloak.

Rawen smiles at Witlass.

Ilvane accepts Witlass's toy kitten.

Witlass says, "yew have good cow"

Rawen nods to Ilvane.

Saoirsse says, " one that moos properly"

Arimantis says, "I gots a doll of my favorite warror"

Saoirsse nods to Witlass.

Witlass says, "me take sick cow"

Arimantis smiles at Witlass.

Ilvane offers Witlass a furry white toy kitten.

Witlass accepts Ilvane's white toy kitten.

Arimantis shows Witlass his blademistress doll.

Ilvane asks, "Make it better?"

Rawen asks, "Can you make it better, Witlass?"

You ask, "How ye make it better, Witlass?"

You cock your head at Witlass.

Ilvane hugs her toy kitten and its eyes bulge out alarmingly!

Witlass scratches his head.

Ilvane rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Witlass says, "me dunno"

Zodac says, "only a toy maker kin fix toys"

Zodac leans on Witlass.

Witlass says, "Toifel make better"

Ilvane just gave a tiny toy kitten a smooch.

Witlass smiles.

Arimantis winces.

Zodac says, "I happen ya know one"

Rawen smiles at Witlass.

Ilvane rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Zodac winks at Witlass.

Rawen says, "I bet he can"

Ilvane asks, "How could he do that?"

Witlass says, "nice man gimme munky an cow"

You ask, "Thurfel fix a lot of sick cows?"

Ilvane smiles at Witlass.

You cough.

Witlass says, "trade"

Nofret says, "I'd rather have a toymake fix toys."

Witlass nods to you.

Saoirsse says, " maybe him needs mooin lessons"

Saoirsse rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Witlass says, "munkys too"

You say, "I see."

Zodac says, "aye Witlass, I know of the transaction of which you speak"

Rawen smiles at Witlass.

You ask, "And what makes them sick? ye know?"

Ilvane scratches idly at the kitten in her hand.

Nofret says, "So do I, for that matter."

Witlass scratches his head.

Ilvane rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Zodac says, "I have a question though"

Witlass says, "no"

Witlass sighs.

Witlass says, "me not smart nuff"

************OOC NOTE************

Again lost rest of this log to a zip cartridge mess-up, so will summarize rest of this.

The "nice man" who had given Witlass the toys was the merchant Chortel. Witlass, it seemed, had traded a crystal divining sphere given him by Trentas -- Thurfel's secretary -- to Chortel for three toys.

Chortel showed up on this night as he had actually had an appointment to meet with Nofret about the sphere. She had loresung it for him previously and the loresong of that sphere was most telling...

Description of the sphere -- Crafted from hand-blown glass, the sphere contains a thick blood-red liquid. The substance rocks back and forth quite slowly, odd shadowy shapes appearing from time to time within the orb.

***Loresong of the Crystral Divining Sphere***

You sing:
"Divining sphere, I beg you tell
What powers do within you dwell?..."
As you sing to the sphere, your vision begins to grow a bit hazy. Shadows begin to fill the area, and wisps of dark grey mist coil about the sphere.

You sing:
"Divining sphere, I beg you tell
What powers do within you dwell?
Secrets in you seem to hide..."
As you continue singing, the room darkens considerably. Vague images of dancing shadows dart across the ground, a few tendrils reaching out toward you.

You sing:
"Divining sphere, I beg you tell
What powers do within you dwell?
Secrets in you seem to hide
But what being lurks there, deep inside?..."
Your song continues, and you are finding it nearly impossible to see anything in the nearly pitch blackness engulfing you. Within the sphere, you begin to see movement, as if something might be lurking within.

You sing:
"Divining sphere, I beg you tell
What powers do within you dwell?
Secrets in you seem to hide
But what being lurks there, deep inside?
Who made you? And with what power?..."
Your voice begins to falter, and as you strain your last notes, blackness surrounds you completely. You bring the sphere right up to your face, desperately seeking any clue as to the artifacts origin. As your tired voice cries out its last breath, a pair of crimson eyes peer out at you from within the orb. There is a tiny smirk on the face of the creature as it peers out at you. It winks, then vanishes back into the concealing substance within the orb.

***End Loresong***

Chortel had told Nofret that the sphere appeared to answer questions of a yes or no type truthfully, but that he thought it "took a piece of the asker's soul" in so answering. He had no wish to keep the sphere and had been deciding what to do with it. In the end he gave it to Nofret for safekeeping.

It also seemed apparent, through what Witlass spoke this night, that Thurfel possessed the power of transmutation. A power he not only used on animals, but perhaps on his servants as well. That theory has yet to be fully delved into.

Witlass did indeed have another sign to post, and this one he wound up tacking to the wall the Thirsty Penguin.

It read: ATTENTION! The esteemed Arcane Master Thurfel will be accepting applications for the position of Apprentice. If you are interested, please present yourself at 9pm on this Feastday at Thurfel's cabana. -Trentas Malavine, secretary to the esteemed Arcane Master Thurfel.



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