THURFEL CREATES A FISSURE IN TALBOT'S TOMB
Volnes, day 17 of the month Olaesta 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.
Also in the room: Kaegen, Tarcone, Saphael, Isarandil, Ruove, Journeyman Ilvane, Glavader, Lord Roelon, Lord Arianiss, Lord Falvicar who is kneeling, Lady Dapplecloud who is kneeling, Eleanore, Lord Joter, Trest, Lord Fremie, Lord Thurfel
Obvious exits: south.

Arianiss says, "As you serve the serpent, so do I serve you at his request."

You cock your head at Thurfel.

You say, "Good evening, Lord Thurfel."

Dapplecloud smiles at you.

(Arianiss bows slightly to Thurfel.)

Ilvane exclaims, "Iscikella!"

Thurfel smiles at you.

Ilvane beams!

Lord Thurfel Morpholik the Halfling Wizard, is holding a twisted serpentine staff in his left hand.

Falvicar just gave an imflass Lorminstra symbol a smooch.

You ask, "I hear ye were looking for sulphur. Might I inquire as to why?"

Thurfel runs the staff along the tomb, the stone sizzling at its touch.

Fremie glowers darkly at Thurfel.

Thurfel asks, "why?"

Ruove frowns.

Dapplecloud shivers.

Dapplecloud continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Thurfel says, "tis to burn"

Ilvane moves to stand in front of Thurfel.

You nod to Thurfel.

Ilvane says, "No."

You ask, "Ye think ye can burn the tomb open?"

You cock your head at Thurfel.

Ilvane gazes heavenward.

Thurfel says, "Why would a serpent wish to rest in the cold."

Thurfel says, "snow and ice if of no use to me."

Arianiss nods to Thurfel.

Thurfel says, "fire is what I seek."

Dapplecloud says, "Do you not worry about burying it, Thurfel? You mentioned the risk..."

Dapplecloud gazes with interest at a large canopied tomb.

Dapplecloud continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

You ask, "But have ye not before tried to burn the tomb?"

Thurfel says, "I can find my way through rubble easy enough."

You ask, "With little success?"

Fremie says, "crawling on your knees...as your soul does now"

You cock your head at Thurfel.

Fremie nods to Thurfel.

Thurfel says, "small words"

You reach out and touch a large canopied tomb.

Arianiss chuckles.

Glavader chuckles.

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Glavader says, "you know small."

Fremie says, "The truth would be small to a Snake."

Joter says, "free is a small word"

Glavader leans on Thurfel.

You say, "I do not think fire will get ye what ye want, Lord Wizard."

Thurfel traces the tomb, leaving a black mark upon it.

You look at Thurfel and shake your head.

Arianiss faces Thurfel, closes his eyes and begins chanting.
Suddenly, a small bolt of energy arcs between them!
Arianiss opens his eyes, looking slightly drained.

Thurfel says, "it may very well not."

Roelon glances at a large canopied tomb.

Roelon hauls off and slaps Arianiss up'side his head!

Fremie nods to Nofret in greeting.

Arianiss narrows his eyes.

Ilvane stares at Arianiss.

Roelon says, "stop helping that ...thing"

Arianiss says, "Roelon, don't."

Thurfel says, "Slap him again at your own risk"

You ask, "And does it not risk much?"

Fremie sneers at Arianiss.

You cock your head at Thurfel.

Roelon glances at Thurfel.

Arianiss looks over at Roelon and shakes his head.

Fremie says, "traitor..."

Ilvane says, "You will have no place to live when he is finished."

You glance at Arianiss.

Roelon says, "Perhaps i do something more"

Roelon raises his charred scroll and gestures.
Sparks begin to fly between the charred scroll and Roelon's fingers.
With a sudden burst of enthusiasm, the sparks jump into Roelon's hand and he seems to glow with power.
Roelon gestures at a large canopied tomb.
Roelon hurls a stream of water at a large canopied tomb!
The water scours the canopied tomb clean.

Ilvane says, "He seeks revenge against the town."

Thurfel says, "petty wizardry"

Arianiss says, "Roelon..."

Fremie asks, "You would see a whole town destroyed...your friends turned to ashes...why?"

Fremie peers quizzically at Arianiss.

You ask, "Tell me, Lord Thurfel, did yer snake get inside the tomb to see inside?"

******A mass of dark apparitions numbering in the dozens appeared here******

Thurfel says, "those must be the lost souls of your town"

Nofret says, "The place is infested tonight..."

Glavader exclaims, "G'lords!"

Thurfel says, "see how they attack you"

Ilvane squints.

You say, "I understand yer snake was also roaming the caverns, Lord Thurfel."

Fremie says, "they are cursed..."

Thurfel says, "even your dead give you no respect."

Fremie frowns at Thurfel.

You ask, "What was that?"

Nofret says, "I was told that these were the guards of the Nine."

You cock your head at Thurfel.

Arianiss says, "The town needs to be purified. My friends can easily avoid the flames."

Roelon waves a hand at Thurfel, dismissing him indifferently.

Roelon says, "You disturb there rest"

Ilvane says, "Purified.."

You glance at Arianiss.

Thurfel says, "I allow your spells to work at my whim"

Dapplecloud smiles sadly and shakes her head at Arianiss.

Fremie gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Fremie gestures at Thurfel.
Fremie says, "hm"

Thurfel asks, "you think I could not dispel your petty magic?"

Ilvane shakes her head.

Nofret says, "What rest, this cemetary has been haunted since the Nine were incarcerated here."

You say, "That is an old wife's tale about fire purifying, Arianiss."

Fremie squints.

You say, "Fire only burns."

Nofret waves a hand at Thurfel, dismissing him indifferently.

Fremie says, "he has but a single spell..."

Thurfel says, "all it does is serve to keep the gnats from here."

Fremie cocks his head at Thurfel.

Joter stands in front of a large canopied tomb.

Ilvane smirks.

(Iscikella gazes at the char marks on the tomb from where Thurfel touched it.)

Roelon says, "You are here, it doesnt seem to be working."

Roelon shakes his head.

Thurfel begins to incant in a measured tone.

You ask, "Doesn't that hurt yer hand to do that? Burning stone like that?"

Roelon rubs a large canopied tomb.

Dapplecloud shows Thurfel her toy fire mage.

The walls begin to glow an ominous red color.

You cock your head at Thurfel.

Roelon mutters under his breath.

Dapplecloud smiles compassionately.

Nofret just touched a large canopied tomb.

Arianiss smiles.

Arianiss faces Thurfel, closes his eyes and begins chanting.
Suddenly, a small bolt of energy arcs between them!
Arianiss opens his eyes, looking slightly drained.

Thurfel raises his arms above him.

Ruove glances at Arianiss.

Roelon stands in front of a large canopied tomb.

Fremie says, "Thurfel...ye mus' realize that death is not an end to us..."

Fremie says, "We are embraced by Lorminstra."

Vyndor asks, "Is this gonna hurt?"

Fremie smiles at Thurfel.

Ruove nods to Vyndor.

Vyndor raises an eyebrow.

Ruove says, "Probably"

Arianiss says, "Lorminstra."

Arianiss waves his hand in a dismissive gesture.

Joter asks, "answer a question, thurfel, do you think that they will be kind to you when you release them?"

Nofret says, "Dying hurts. Not death itself."

Vyndor gulps.

Dapplecloud smiles at Fremie.

Dapplecloud nods.

Vyndor strikes a heroic pose.

Dapplecloud continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

You say, "I wish to know, Lord Wizard, what kind of power Amasalen promises ye."

You peer quizzically at Thurfel.

(Ilvane touches her medallion to the tomb)

You say, "He knows only death..."

Ilvane says, "My lord Ronan hear my call, keep us safe.."

Thurfel gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Thurfel grins.
Thurfel gestures.
You notice a dark cloud begin to form above you.

Roelon says, "Perhaps thats what thurfel seeks."

Grandevr glances at Thurfel.

Joter says, "What reward could you seek"

Ilvane gazes heavenward.

Dapplecloud gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Dapplecloud gestures at an ominous cloud.
A strong blast of air lashes out at an ominous cloud, causing it to quickly dissipate.
Dapplecloud smiles at Thurfel.

Grandevr leans on Dapplecloud.

You hear the voice of Delthore ask, "don't yall ever get sick of talkin? attack him or leave em be eh?"

Joter says, "if they kill you"

Dapplecloud continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

A strong breeze suddenly picks up and begins to blow around in different directions through the area!

Thurfel points at a twisted serpentine staff.

Thurfel waves the serpentine staff at Dapplecloud.
Thurfel hurls a roaring ball of fire at Dapplecloud!
AS: +231 vs DS: +138 with AvD: +57 + d100 roll: +92 = +242
... and hits for 97 points of damage!
Head explodes, splattering sizzling bits of flesh and bone everywhere.
* Dapplecloud drops dead at your feet!

A strong breeze continues to swirl through the area.

Fremie stares at Thurfel.

Arianiss gestures at Dapplecloud.
A luminescent web briefly forms around Dapplecloud, then fades into the body.

Thorndove's face turns slightly pale.

Ruove rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Joter meditates over Dapplecloud.
Joter takes Dapplecloud's head damage.

Arianiss smiles.

Dapplecloud whispers a ghostly prayer for her soul.

Thurfel says, "trifle not with me"

You rub Dapplecloud.

(Thorndove takes a few steps back.)

Fremie attempts to kick Thurfel!
MB: 229 vs MB: 1073 = -844 -- Lose advantage!
THT 85, d100 roll: 88, modified: -756
A clean miss.

A strong breeze continues to swirl through the area.

You ask, "Wizard, was that called for?"

Dapplecloud whispers a ghostly prayer for her soul.

Ilvane says, "You are nothing but a beast.."

A strong breeze continues to swirl through the area.

Ilvane says, "Nothing."

Joter says, "raise dapple"

Fremie exclaims, "murdering slime!"

Glavader says, "Short beast too."

Roelon says, "Only thing a serpant is good for"

A strong breeze continues to swirl through the area.

Fremie glares at Thurfel.

Roelon says, "is to make a good pair of boots"

A strong breeze continues to swirl through the area.

You rub Dapplecloud.

Arianiss says, "Calm."

Fremie growls ferociously!

You see Fremie try to tiptoe silently away.

You hear the ghostly voice of Dapplecloud say, "Your anger betrays your lack of confidence, Thurfel."

Dapplecloud whispers a ghostly prayer for her soul.

Saphael sings:
"Gather forces, stout of heart
And do not let him break apart
That which holds the dark at bay-
We must be strong this very day!"

Saphael sings:
"Only through our bold resistance
Will Thurfel cease his cruel insistance,
And allow the town to rest
Having put us to the test."

Thurfel says, "brave words from a dead man."

You say, "Ye only sought to protect me as friend."

You hear the voice of Fremie ask, "Are my steps so loud now?"

You rub Dapplecloud.

The strong breeze stops as suddenly as it arrived.

Kleyn sniffs at Dapplecloud.

Roelon rubs Dapplecloud gently.

Skyfawn rubs Dapplecloud gently.

You hear the ghostly voice of Dapplecloud say, "Man? Your bitter years have blinded you."

You cock your head at Thurfel.

Dapplecloud gives a ghostly chuckle.

You hear the ghostly voice of Dapplecloud say, "I am no man, Mage."

Thurfel traces a long serpentine etching upon the tomb.

Ilvane frowns.

Arianiss just kneeled down and pulled Dapplecloud's lifeless body into his arms.

Ilvane says, "Oh Dapplecloud."

Joter says, "Dapple if I did this to you I am sorry"

You say, "I think ye may need some spectacles, Lord Wizard."

Arianiss begins a careful examination of Dapplecloud -- he takes her pulse, checks her temperature, and checks for broken bones or any other ailments.

Thurfel places a silver powder into the grooves.

You hear the ghostly voice of Dapplecloud ask, "Arianiss, you serve him?"

The spirit of Dapplecloud sighs softly, raising the hairs on the back of your neck.

Ilvane just touched Dapplecloud.

Iscikella smiles wryly at Thurfel.

Grandevr asks, "Anyone have a mortar kit to repair the tomb with?"

Roelon scoffs.

Arianiss says, "Yes."

Nofret says, "I think he has some doubts now..."

Ilvane asks, "So strong isn't he?"

Ilvane smirks.

You hear the ghostly voice of Dapplecloud ask, "Thurfel, who strikes down a peaceful fellow mage?"

Joter asks, "Can you serve one who would just as soon kill as help?"

Roelon says, "Someone..soak the tomb in water."

Ilvane just kneeled down and pulled Dapplecloud's lifeless body into her arms.

Thurfel says, "Once the tomb is open, you shall be free of me"

(Saphael attempts to surreptitiously blow the powder away.)

Thurfel grins.

The spirit of Dapplecloud sighs softly, raising the hairs on the back of your neck.

Arianiss says, "You hinder the wishes of the serpent."

Ilvane just kissed Dapplecloud on the forehead.

Nofret says, "I'll go get some snow."

Joter says, "How do you know you won't die"

You say, "I doubt that, wizard."

Rongari says, "well that's a plus"

Roelon says, "If you would kneel, and stick you head out.."

You hear a menacing snarl nearby!

Roelon grins at Thurfel.

Roelon says, "I could get rid of ye now."

Ilvane asks, "You think this town will fall so easily?"

Thurfel gestures slowly, his fingers traces a wisp of flame in the air.

Dling asks, "what happened to Dapplecloud?"

Dling rubs Dapplecloud gently.

Roelon leans against a large canopied tomb.

Vyndor raises an eyebrow.

(Arianiss presses his palm to Dapplecloud's forehead.)

Joter says, "thurfel"

Arianiss gazes heavenward.

Ilvane asks, "Do you think we will heed to your masters wishes so easily?"

You say, "I see ye are still partial to fire."

Ruove says, "It seems she has annoyed Thurfel."

Tarcone says, "Thurfel happened"

Kleyn rubs Dapplecloud gently.

Ilvane smirks.

(Iscikella looks at the wisp of flame.)

Arianiss gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Arianiss closes his eyes for a moment.
Arianiss continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.
Arianiss gestures at Dapplecloud.
Arianiss suddenly looks very drained.
A bolt of soft white light streaks down from the sky bathing Dapplecloud in it.
A brilliant glow forms around Dapplecloud, lingers for a moment, and finally fades. Dapplecloud awakens looking somewhat confused and seriously drained.

You hear the voice of Delthore say, "I think it will, if we can't stop him now we'll never stop him later"

You try to pull Dapplecloud to her feet, but she is too heavy.

Thurfel gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Thurfel gestures at Arianiss.
A translucent sphere forms around Arianiss.

Roelon glances at Arianiss.

Kataya pulls Dapplecloud to her feet.

Glavader growls ferociously!

Roelon glances at Thurfel.

Dling asks in guild speak, "whats going on Iscikella?"

Ilvane glances at Arianiss and paces back and forth.

You ask, "The snake protects his own, is that it?"

Dapplecloud glances at Thurfel.

Roelon says, "What have you done to his mind, hobbit."

You cock your head at Thurfel.

Arianiss just touched a black steel serpent talisman.

Thurfel etches a small glyph into the underside of the dagger.

Saphael raises an eyebrow.

Grandevr shifts his weight.

Arianiss says, "His gift to me, Dapplecloud."

Dapplecloud says, "It will take more than that to stop my prayers, Thurfel."

(Iscikella watches Thurfel carefully.)

Dapplecloud smiles softly.

Dapplecloud kneels down and begins to recite prayers.

Roelon says, "More of a curse."

Ilvane just hugged Dapplecloud.

Glavader leans against a large canopied tomb.

Dapplecloud just hugged Ilvane.

Grandevr rubs Dapplecloud gently.

Hhooru asks, "So I'm gonna be the sacrificial lamb, eh?"

Nofret kneels down.

Thurfel gestures with both hands.

(Arianiss leans down and whispers to Thurfel.)

Ilvane indicates her black sword medallion with a smile.

Roelon squints at Arianiss.

You ask, "the glyph has meaning, Lord Wizard?"

You cock your head at Thurfel.

Thurfel says, "I would grant you all safety and life..."

Thurfel nods to Arianiss.

Dapplecloud smiles sadly at Arianiss.

Thurfel says, "should you give me the relic"

(Ilvane raises her eyes to the tomb)

Roelon scoffs at Thurfel.

You say, "Ah..."

You hear the voice of Fremie say, "Lies..."

Grandevr says, "I don't think so"

Grandevr glances at Thurfel.

Roelon says, "You lie poorly."

Dapplecloud smiles at Thurfel.

You say, "Now the point comes."

Thurfel says, "or the knowledge of its existence"

The snowshoe hare chimes, "We will die first, council member."

Dling asks, "sure ya would Thurfel, like ya all did with the hobbit of this town before?"

Nofret says, "That means--never."

Dapplecloud says, "You've already shown your mal-intent, mage."

Tarcone says, "not much chance in that happening Thurfel"

Dling says, "hobbits"

Glavader says, "I don't think thats in your power. your too short."

You hear the voice of Fremie say, "The relic will never be yours...Slime..."

You say, "It exists, Lord Wizard."

Thurfel says, "I will break this tomb like sandstone without it..."

Thurfel says, "but it would ease my path."

Rongari asks, "what relic may this be?"

Arianiss says, "Iscikella is the key to the relic."

Arianiss points at you.

The snowshoe hare chimes, "So do it already."

Roelon says, "Then do it."

You glance at Arianiss.

Roelon waves a hand at Thurfel, dismissing him indifferently.

Thurfel peers quizzically at you.

Fremie grabs Arianiss and tries to drag him, but he doesn't budge.

Nofret says, "No, she is NOT."

Dapplecloud stands up.

Ilvane says, "Well, you see..some have seen it..some have dreamed of it."

Fremie grabs Arianiss and drags him south with him.

Lord Arianiss just arrived.

Katsuragii stands in front of you.

Dapplecloud stands in front of you.

Fremie glares.

Vyndor says, "The relic of Amaselan, Rongari"

Saphael exclaims, "We do not wish to ease your path in the least!"

Joter says, "You also show weakness, Thurfel, in my humble opinion"

Kataya asks, "The bloodelf?

Fremie says, "You will pay dearly, traitor"

Fremie glowers darkly at Arianiss.

Fremie sneers.

Roelon says, "I think he cant do a thing with out it."

Roelon chuckles.

Nofret says, "Forgive him, Thurfel. Arianiss is a frustrated bard, and tells stories artfully."

Grandevr says, "You are very well aware that your efforts are nonetheless futile Thurful... hence you mask your desperation for the Relic with idle promises"

Thurfel says, "you are so wrong"

Kataya glances at Vyndor.

You say, "The relic is it's own thing I should think, Lord Wizard, though I have touched it. This is no secret."

Thurfel says, "but it would ease the way"

Vyndor says, "I would nay say that Roelon"

Thurfel says, "and for that I would be greatful"

You say, "But it was long ago."

Nofret says, "But we know not where it is."

Thurfel says, "I would spare your life..."

Joter says, "The weak result to power and strength, not wisdom and logic"

Thurfel says, "and Amasalen would grant you power."

Nofret laughs!

Xanthipe examines her fingernails.

Roelon asks, "As what, his mindless slave?"

You hear the voice of Fremie say, "Yes Arianiss...slave to a slave...you are blind..."

Arianiss says, "I am proof of the gifts you all have to gain."

Thurfel says, "or you can merely be ashes."

Ilvane says, "Amasalen."

You say, "Amasalen would grant me death."

Thurfel says, "tis up to you."

Nofret asks, "What would we do with power?"

Ilvane coughs.

Xanthipe shifts her eyes to Arianiss.

Grandevr waves a hand at Thurfel, dismissing him indifferently.

You stare at Thurfel.

Roelon says, "I'd rather be dead and free."

Roelon nods to Thurfel.

Thurfel says, "and you shall be."

Nofret asks, "And why should we want it, Thurfel?"

Thurfel grins.

Thurfel says, "soon enough"

Dapplecloud says, "gifts, Arianiss? Are you not lonelier than ever?"

Dapplecloud glances at Arianiss.

Hhooru points at a large canopied tomb.

Arianiss says, "I have what Lorminstra took away, I am content."

Vyndor says, "I agree, Del"

Nofret says, "It is better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees."

You say, "But I will not walk into death, Lord Wizard, by giving ye what ye want."

You stare at Thurfel.

Roelon asks, "At what cost?"

Roelon peers quizzically at Arianiss.

Roelon says, "you are empty now"

Thurfel shakes his head.

Roelon says, "You lost more, then what you gained."

Thurfel says, "ah, if you only knew the truth"

(Xanthipe maintains a discreet silence)

Arianiss shakes his head.

Thurfel says, "but the truth is hard to see sometimes."

You ask, "Which truth is that?"

Xanthipe shifts her eyes to Thurfel.

Tarcone says, "we do know the truth hobbit"

You say, "I have heard many."

Dapplecloud says, "Tell us the truth Thurfel, as you see it..."

You hear the voice of Fremie ask, "What truth is this Thurfel...the lies of The Serpentlord?"

You say, "My lady has one and Amasalen has one and Luukos has one..."

Vyndor cringes.

Xanthipe asks, "perhaps you would care to tell us the truth?"

Nofret says, "Thurfel, this is nonsense. We shall not serve Amasalen, we shall not serve Luukos, and there is an end to it."

You ask, "So which truth, Lord Wizard?"

You cock your head at Thurfel.

Grandevr says, "Thurfel speaks of the Truth that he is blind too"

Thurfel says, "very well, then begone and leave me to my task"

Nofret says, "I think not."

Joter says, "no, I will not"

Arianiss says, "You will die if you stay."

Arianiss sighs sadly.

Thurfel peers at the crack beneath the tomb.

You hear the voice of Fremie say, "So be it...traitor."

You say, "Ye do not own the tomb, Lord Wizard."

The snowshoe hare chimes, "Try your force upon the tomb then, COuncil member."

Vyndor asks, "He trying to break the remaining wards?"

Saphael exclaims, "We are here to obstruct your way, not make it simpler!"

Xanthipe shifts her eyes to Arianiss.

Jolivette says, "Death does not scare me"

Thurfel says, "I don't care to own the tomb."

Roelon says, "An illusion."

Nofret asks, "And? What's your point, Arianiss?"

Roelon nods to Thurfel.

Thurfel says, "I care to shatter it."

Ilvane stands in front of a large canopied tomb.

(Iscikella glances at the crack in the tomb.)

Dapplecloud kneels down and begins to recite prayers.

Nofret stands in front of a large canopied tomb.

You hear the voice of Fremie say, "See your friends die because of this fool's wants and desires."

You say, "But ye have not been able to, thus far."

Glavader asks, "So whats in the tomb?"

Nofret stands in front of a large canopied tomb.

Xanthipe says, "Why is that, Thurfel? "

You say, "Something is missing from yer tactics."

Kleyn seems to be trying to figure out how to turn a large canopied tomb.

Joter asks, "Ari, how do you know they won't turn on you?"

Thurfel says, "it is not what is in the tomb..."

The snowshoe hare chimes, "Then shatter it, if you can destroy the very thing that protects it!"

Thurfel says, "it is what is beyond it."

You stare at Thurfel.

Glavader rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Grandevr rubs a large canopied tomb.

Arianiss asks, "How do you know Lorminstra will protect you?"

Roelon says, "9 more ugly hobbits."

Vyndor stares at a large canopied tomb.

You ask, "Beyond it?"

Arianiss smiles at Joter.

Glavader asks, "Aren't they the same?"

Roelon shudders.

You cock your head at Thurfel.

Ilvane shakes her head.

Taldorian paces back and forth, muttering something about litches.

(Dapplecloud glances at the crack in the tomb, she runs her fingertips over her Lumnis medallion and begins to pray even more fervently.)

Kataya says, "Perhaps the tomb calls for -you- Thurfel.. breaking it might very well cost you as well."

Vyndor asks, "The tomb is the passageway?"

Kataya smiles at Thurfel.

Ilvane gazes in awe at Dapplecloud.

You ask, "Something other than yer brethren?"

Nofret says, "No. It's not a tomb, not entirely. It's a door."

Tarcone says, "how do you know that you will be protected"

Grandevr says, "The Tomb will never disintegrate..."

Ruove says, "The tomb is a seal."

Tarcone peers quizzically at Arianiss.

Grandevr rubs a large canopied tomb.

Thurfel says, "that is the first truth I have heard this evening."

Thurfel says, "you are quite correct in that."

Joter stands in front of a large canopied tomb.

You say, "The tomb is the door..."

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

Arianiss says, "The serpent has never lied to me."

Glavader asks, "To what though?"

Thurfel says, "and I will open the door"

Xanthipe asks, "A door to where?"

Hhooru just tried to pull a large canopied tomb.

Ilvane says, "To that terrible room."

Skyfawn asks, "the door to what?"

Glavader scratches his chin.

Thurfel says, "your demise."

Ilvane shudders.

Roelon says, "To a prison you should of been in."

Thurfel grins.

Roelon points at Thurfel.

Ruove asks, "Really? The lord of lies has spared you from his speech?"

You ask, "To power?"

Hhooru idly picks at a large canopied tomb.

Xanthipe asks, "and why are you so interested in opening it?"

You cock your head at Thurfel.

Glavader asks, "Umm...demise?"

Nofret says, "A door to a place of power, I think."

Vyndor says, "well, for us maybe Glavader"

Joter asks, "Never? Or have you always wanted to believe it so you accepted it?"

Vyndor nods to Glavader.

Glavader asks, "Can you be more specific?"

Thurfel clenches a fist and whirls one finger at it.

Vyndor asks, "the chamber where the relic is?"

Arianiss faces Thurfel, closes his eyes and begins chanting.
Suddenly, a small bolt of energy arcs between them!
Arianiss opens his eyes, looking slightly drained.

Hhooru's jaw drops.

Katsuragii squints at a large canopied tomb.

Joter says, "Never is a very strong word, I doubt it very much"

Roelon glances at Arianiss.

Thurfel picks up a small ball of flame.

Hhooru asks, "How'd ya do that?"

Ilvane squints.

You say, "If the relic was there..."

Thurfel raises the flame.

Hhooru ducks his head.

Glavader ducks his head.

Isarandil winces.

Hhooru shudders.

Joter says, "And thus, I doubt you, Ari"

Hhooru's jaw drops.

The snowshoe hare chimes, "It's starting to get hot...."

Xanthipe seems to be waiting for something.

Katsuragii breaks out in a sweat.

Thurfel heaves the flame at the tomb.

Hhooru moans.

Arianiss smiles.

You say, "Well, would be why Amasalen would give ye power to open this tomb."

Vyndor fans himself.

You cock your head at Thurfel.

You say, "But the fire does little, it seems."

The ball of flame impacts upon the tomb and explodes in a gout of fire.

(Ilvane paces around the tomb)

Kleyn's face turns slightly pale.

Arianiss gestures at a large canopied tomb.
Misty crimson tendrils slowly surround a large canopied tomb and then dissipates harmlessly.

Vyndor asks, "elemental resistance anyone?"

Thurfel smiles.

Hhooru gestures at a large canopied tomb.
Hhooru hurls a stream of water at a large canopied tomb!
The water scours the canopied tomb clean.

Ruove breaks out in a sweat.

Several tiers of open-work arches rise above the tomb, sheltering the recumbent effigy of a sturdy halfling warrior in full battle regalia. A small crack can be seen in one corner.

Roelon narrows his eyes.

The snowshoe hare chimes, "You failed again, council member."

Arianiss says, "He has not finished rabbit."

You hear the voice of Elendios say, "thats the same fire he burned our town with..."

You say, "I still see only the small crack in the tomb."

You cock your head at Thurfel.

(Ilvane touches her medallion to the tomb once more)

Ruove asks, "Trifle bit warm in here, isn't it?"

Grandevr recites:
"Thurfel will know only Failure"

(Arianiss whispers to Thurfel again.)

Xanthipe says, "a little ball of flame will not breach that huge tomb. Something more powerful is needed."

Dapplecloud says, "This 'door' does not yeild to your magicks, Thurfel, this has not changed."

Thurfel says, "the crack widens"

Thurfel nods to Arianiss.

Xanthipe raises an eyebrow.

Thurfel says, "the tomb is weakening"

Vyndor raises an eyebrow.

Hhooru groans.

You ask, "And how long until it is wide enough? How many years?"

Vyndor squints at a large canopied tomb.

Dapplecloud smiles hopefully at the effigy which protects the tomb.

The snowshoe hare chimes, "Impossible.."

You stare at Thurfel.

Arianiss nods to Thurfel.

Vyndor says, "Nah, It looks as it always has"

You say, "Ye know ye need the relic, Lord Wizard."

Thurfel says, "I have years if I must."

Ilvane says, "No, it got larger."

Thurfel says, "but it will be far sooner."

Nofret says, "No, I see a large crack now."

Vyndor blinks.

Kataya says, "perhaps the seal will be large enough for you to enter Thurfel.."

Kleyn's face turns slightly pale.

Vyndor exclaims, "Gah!"

Thurfel says, "the crack shall be a fissure soon"

Roelon says, "You think you have years hobbit."

Dhruk says, "The crack is large. Yesterday it was small"

Komate says, "sounds like a plan, go away"

Thurfel says, "then a gap"

Roelon says, "but you grow too old."

Joter stands in front of a large canopied tomb.

Several tiers of open-work arches rise above the tomb, sheltering the recumbent effigy of a sturdy halfling warrior in full battle regalia. A large crack can be seen in one corner.

Roelon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Thurfel says, "then it shall be naught but a pile of rubble."

The arctic fox growls, "gonna take you years"

Kleyn rubs a large canopied tomb.

Arianiss smiles again.

You hear the voice of Fremie say, "And when you enter Thurfel, I will see it sealed behind you"

You ask, "And will not the rubble block what ye seek?"

Jolivette says, "Well it looks like ye have your work cut out for you then."

You cock your head at Thurfel.

Roelon says, "or maybe we shall just shove you inside, and seal it."

Thurfel says, "you will see nothing but the burning flame Fremie."

Kataya says, "or perhaps destroying it will trap them forever"

Komate says, "another good plan"

Ilvane says, "Back where he belongs."

Xanthipe shifts her eyes to Thurfel.

Xanthipe says, "interesting."

You hear the voice of Fremie say, "You will recieve the punishment you avoided long ago, mage of fire..."

You say, "ye have not answered, Lord Wizard."

Nofret paces back and forth.

Thurfel crushes a small ball of silvery powder in his forefinger and thumb.

Dapplecloud asks, "do you think they will be pleased you've had years of freedom, Thurfel? Your fellow councilmembers?"

You ask, "Will the rumble not block what ye seek?"

Thurfel begins to chant softly.

The snowshoe hare chimes, "Whatever happens, we will be ready. This forewarning will be the downfall of the plan of the followers of Lornon."

A wave of power flows out of Elendios and toward Thurfel who is surrounded by a soft white light.

Kataya's jaw drops.

Kataya says, "Oh dear"

Thurfel gestures and utters a phrase of magic.

Saphael sings:
"Come my friends, stand tall and proud
Speak your promises aloud!
This slavery we do reject
Our frozen town we must protect!
Do all you can to halt this mage
Before he brings the Evil Age!"

Thurfel picks up a whirling cone of flame.

You say, "Ye disturb the rest of all the dead it seems, Lord Wizard."

Roelon glances at Thurfel.

Thurfel raises the flame high above his head.

Thurfel points at the tomb.

Arianiss just touched a black steel serpent talisman.

Xanthipe glances at a large canopied tomb.

The flame encompasses the tomb and swirls about it in a fiery embrace.

You cock your head at Thurfel.

Roelon shifts his weight.

Ilvane kneels down and begins to recite prayers.

Vyndor blinks.

Hhooru blinks.

Kleyn continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Vyndor says, "Uh oh"

(Katsuragii squints against the flame.)

Arianiss smiles quietly.

Joter stands in front of a large canopied tomb.

Ruove gasps.

Thurfel laughs!

Thurfel points at a large canopied tomb.

You say, "The flame is hot, but it seems to burn little."

Thurfel says, "the seal is failing"

Several tiers of open-work arches rise above the tomb, sheltering the recumbent effigy of a sturdy halfling warrior in full battle regalia. A large fissure can be seen in one corner.

Vyndor says, "Uh oh, shorty got someting smoking now"

Arianiss says, "The fissure, as he promised.."

Xanthipe smiles slightly

Ilvane paces back and forth.

Dapplecloud glances at a large canopied tomb.

Ruove asks in elven, "Perhaps water could quench the flame?"

Nofret whispers, "Why can we do nothing?"

Xanthipe asks, "fascinating. But you've not mentioned WHY you wish it opened?"

Nofret stands in front of a large canopied tomb.

(Saphael gathers up dirt and starts packing it into the fissure.)

Nofret stands in front of a large canopied tomb.

Glavader says, "Our demise."

You hear the voice of Fremie say, "Blades...he is going to destroy Icemule...along with your tower..."

(Arianiss whispers to Thurfel.)

Hhooru asks, "This yer friend, Blades?"

You ask, "Why do ye wish access, Lord Wizard?"

Blades chuckles.

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

You ask, "What besides yer brethren lies within or beyond?"

(Katsuragii attempts to come close to the flame, but ends up backing off from the heat.)

You stare at Thurfel.

Roelon glances at Blades.

You hear the voice of Fremie say, "Such a nice tower it is...was..."

Blades glances at a large canopied tomb.

Blades glances at Thurfel.

You ask, "Will ye not say?"

You cock your head at Thurfel.

Vyndor asks, "Will destroying the tomb in a destructive manner harm the remaining council members?"

(Saphael keeps pushing dirt into the fissure, trying desperately to seal it up again.)

Nofret says, "I fear not."

Dapplecloud just touched a silvery Lumnis medallion.

Ruove says, "One could only hope, Vyndor"

Nofret just touched a silver Lorminstra symbol.

Katsuragii says in elven, "Come, we must prepare for battle now, for it appears the seal will break."

You ask, "Lord Thurfel, what lies beyond?"

You stare at Thurfel.

Blades furrows his brow.

Blades squints at a large canopied tomb.

Roelon says, "the other hobbits"

Katsuragii says in elven, "I do not give up, but this forewarning will be his downfall."

You hear the voice of Fremie say, "A promise made long ago...and he only wishes to fulfill it...slave he is..."

(Dapplecloud glances worriedly at the fissure and continues her prayers.)

Xanthipe says, "good. Dinner will be served."

Xanthipe smiles pleasantly

Arianiss nods.

Blades asks, "Why should i kill him?"

Blades traces the lines of his symbol of Luukos.

(Glavader sticks his finger in the fissure.)

Vyndor says, "Sounds like a good plan"

Ilvane asks, "Isn't this also your town Blades?"

Arianiss smiles softly.

The snowshoe hare chimes, "Come what will....come...we of Liabo stand against it!"

Roelon says, "There is still hope for you."

You peer quizzically at Thurfel.

Ilvane asks, "Or do you abandon it as well?"

Roelon says, "They possess your mind, but not your soul."

Ruove says in elven, "Something tells me even Thurfel is not foolish enough to harm Blades's tower."

Arianiss closes his eyes for a moment.

Arianiss just touched a black steel serpent talisman.

Arianiss says, "I understand."

Blades yawns.

Blades leans on his sickle.

Arianiss says, "You all will die if you stay to defend."

You hear the voice of Elendios say, "you might die yourself"

Nofret asks, "Then we shall die, Arianiss--what matters that?"

A wisp of flame erupts from the ground and swirls madly.
Thurfel just left.

Roelon says, "I will gladly die, if it delays that hobbit."

Vyndor says, "Hmmm, I hope he didn't leave any presents behind, if you know what I mean"

Nofret says, "If it takes my blood to seal that tomb, so be it."

You say, "A door...."

(Jolivette glances at the flame.)

Joter says, "Are you afraid to die, Ari, because you will too"

Arianiss smiles.

Arianiss says, "I am not afraid to die for I know I have a purpose."

Blades just touched a large canopied tomb.

Roelon says, "no purpose"

Arianiss turns around.

Ilvane says, "Me either.."

Roelon pokes Arianiss in the ribs.

Roelon says, "Slave"

Arianiss says, "You though.. do not."

Roelon says, "Pawn."

Nofret says, "So do we have a purpose, Arianiss."

Lord Arianiss just went south.

You say, "And Arianiss how pleasant of ye to tell this wizard I have touched the relic."

You mutter something inaudible.



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