COMMUNE TO RONAN
Restday, day 9 of the month Koaratos in the year 5100

[Hall of the Mind]
An aura of tranquility sits over the room. Stars twinkle on the south wall, comforting as they sparkle in the blackness, while the north wall glows a pearlescent grey the color of the moon behind mist. A black altar sits before the starry sky, and a grey altar seems to fade out of the misty wall.

Arimantis says, "Ok then.."

Arimantis fidgets.

You kneel down.

Nofret nods to Jipzy.

(Iscikella places her swollen hand on the grey altar.)

Ilvane moves to a kneeling position.

You grimace.

Kadesha rubs you gently.

(Jipzy peers at Iscikella's hand)

You blush a delicate shade of pink.

Jipzy asks, "Ya been hurt again?"

Jipzy peers quizzically at you.

Kadesha takes off a polished ebonwood Lorminstra symbol inlaid with the image of a golden key.

You say, "It's the serpent bite."

Kadesha asks, "Iscikella?"

Jipzy asks, "That big one I been hearin bout?"

You say, "From Armaxis little pet."

Kadesha asks, "ye wish to hold this in your hand?"

You nod to Jipzy.

Kadesha taps a polished ebonwood Lorminstra symbol inlaid with the image of a golden key.

Jipzy says, "Aint gonna baleive it till I see it"

You say, "Very kind of ye, Kadesha, but yer lady is much more likely to touch ye through it. I will hold my medallion."

Jipzy asks, "Is the Snake doin it?"

Kadesha smiles at you.

Nofret rubs a glass amulet.
Nofret suddenly disappears.

You reach out and touch a grey pearl crystal ball medallion.

Kadesha lifts her Lorminstra symbol reverently to her lips, and its image of a golden key on a field of black pulses for a moment with a pale glow.

Kadesha puts on a polished ebonwood Lorminstra symbol inlaid with the image of a golden key.

Arimantis says, "Now is as good a time as any.."

Arimantis fidgets.

Ilvane drops some polished pink coral.

Jipzy asks, "Now?"

(Iscikella bows her head reverently.)

Ilvane removes a white butterfly wing from in her opal butterfly locket.

Kadesha rubs Arimantis gently.

Ilvane drops a white butterfly wing.

Jipzy stands in front of a black altar.

Jipzy kneels down.

Kadesha smiles encouragingly at Arimantis

Jipzy continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Arimantis says, "We come here to seek the guidance of Ronan, master of the night"

Arimantis says, "That he might offer us guidance in this time of trouble"

Kadesha just touched a black altar.

Arimantis removes an ornate ceremonial candle from in his spidersilk vestment.

Jipzy continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Ilvane removes some shimmering opaline prayer beads from in her black silk cloak.

Arimantis carefully places his ceremonial candle on the ground.

Ilvane's entire body tenses as she tightens her grip on her opaline prayer beads.

You remove some delicate ivory prayer beads from in your gold mesh satchel.

Arimantis stands in front of a black altar.

Arimantis just touched a black altar.

Ilvane continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Kadesha continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

You murmur some prayers under your breath.

(Jipzy quietly whispers, 'Ronan....please hear our plea)

Arimantis kneels down and begins to recite prayers.

(Iscikella touches the beads to her forehead reverently.)

(Jipzy quietly whispers, "Ronan....please hear our plea)

Arimantis lights the ceremonial candle, which flickers and begins to burn.

Arimantis gazes into the flickering flame of an ornate ceremonial candle, lost in thought.

(Arimantis gazes into the flame of the candle, entering what appears to be a trance like state.)

Ilvane rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Arimantis takes off a silvery black Ronan symbol.

Jipzy gazes with interest at the south wall.

Arimantis continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Ilvane just touched the south wall.

Kadesha just kissed the altar!

Ilvane closes her eyes for a moment.

Jipzy hangs her head.

(Arimantis clenches the symbol tightly in his hand, then raises it high in the air before him)

An ornate ceremonial candle flickers a moment and nearly goes out, then its flame springs to life again, burning merrily.

You gaze into the flickering flame for a moment, lost in thought.

Arimantis gestures at a silvery black Ronan symbol.
Arimantis begins muttering softly, the exact words you cannot discern.
Arimantis falls into a deep trancelike state.

(Jipzy quietly whispers, "Ronan....please hear our plea)

(Iscikella holds her breath.)

(Arimantis Lowers the symbol to his chest before pressing it against the black altar of Ronan)

Ilvane places a hand over her heart.

(Arimantis gazes into the eyes of the figure depicted on the south wall)

Arimantis recites:
"Lord Ronan, hear the call of your faithful this night.
We come to you for guidance through this time of trouble.
The mage Thurfel has vowed to wreak havoc upon our town,
To cause great pain to the people within its walls.
His goals no longer limited to the tomb of our fallen warrior"

Ilvane just touched a silver-edged black sword medallion.

Iscikella smiles encouragingly at Arimantis.

Arimantis recites:
"Grant us your presence this night.
Look upon those assembled here with mercy,
For we seek your wisdom, your strength.
Show us the path that will lead to his defeat.
Guide us to what would be your will"

The glow from an ornate ceremonial candle softly illuminates the room.

Arimantis recites:
"There seems nothing we ourselves can do to turn the tides of balance.
Thurfel's mind appears lost to Zelia.
He has the power now to send animals of his creation to watch over us,
To know of our plans and fears.
One of his familiar animals has been crushed, causing me great pain.
A piece of which is lodged in the sole of my foot even now"

Ilvane continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Arimantis recites:
"Lord Ronan, hear our call
We gather here around your altar awaiting your guidance
For we know not where to turn from here
Grant us the wisdom to continue the fight."

(Jipzy quietly whispers, "Ronan....please hear our plea)

Arimantis places his hands beneath his chin and turns his eyes up to the heavens.

The candle begins to burn a big brighter, its flickering light clearly stronger than before.

You gaze into the flickering flame for a moment, lost in thought.

Ilvane gazes into the flickering flame of an ornate ceremonial candle, lost in thought.

Jipzy places her hands beneath her chin and turns her eyes up to the heavens.

Ilvane gazes heavenward.

Kadesha just touched a black altar.

Kadesha places her hand on her Lorminstra symbol.

(Ilvane kneels and prays before the altar of Ronan)

You place a hand over your heart.

The ceremonial candle flickers softly, casting a warm light throughout the area.

Jipzy rubs a golden Ronan sash.

The burning flame begins to coalesce and take shape in its fury.

Ilvane just touched a black altar.

Jipzy continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Ilvane's entire body tenses as she tightens her grip on her opaline prayer beads.

Ilvane recites:
"Oh Ronan, God of the Night, Master of Sleep and dreams
Guard us against the darkness which wishes to disturb the balance of the lands
In my visions you have shown me not to fear
And I stand before you as your humble servant
Asking for your blessings and guidance."

Surely there are more interesting things to kiss than the beads!

Ilvane recites:
"You have said: Fear not the night,
For there is nothing present in the shadows,
That is not also present in the light
Show to the followers of Luukos, Sheru and Amasalen
The light even in the shadows
And grant to us your precious wisdom, with this prayer, as you wish."

You gaze into the flickering flame for a moment, lost in thought.

Ilvane recites:
"May we be deemed worthy of your presence, my lord
And may you witness my prayers as a strong indication of my dedication and love for you
I am your lowly servant
Here to do as you ask."

The flame flickers and sputters, then strengthens. The shape begins to become clearer.

Jipzy says, "So be it"

(Ilvane sighs softly, raising her small hands skyward)

You say, "The candle."

You say, "There is a shape in the candle."

Ilvane nods.

The glow from an ornate ceremonial candle softly illuminates the room.

Ilvane gazes into the flickering flame of an ornate ceremonial candle, lost in thought.

Arimantis gazes into the flickering flame of an ornate ceremonial candle, lost in thought.

Jipzy gazes into the flickering flame of an ornate ceremonial candle, lost in thought.

(Ilvane sighs ever so softly her eyes entranced)

(Jipzy quietly whispers, "Ronan....please hear our plea)

Kadesha gazes into the flickering flame of an ornate ceremonial candle, lost in thought.

Arimantis continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Kadesha continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Nofret suddenly fades into view.

You ask, "Oh spirit that guides, can ye not show us more?"

You gaze into the flickering flame for a moment, lost in thought.

The flame begins to take the shape of a serpent. It remains in that shape for but a heartbeat before wax spatters in every direction and the flame subsides.

You hear someone laughing softly nearby.

You gasp.

Jipzy growls ferociously!

You place a hand over your heart.

Arimantis blinks.

Nofret sighs.

Kadesha gasps.

Ilvane says, "No serpents.."

You ask, "Who is here?"

Nofret says, "Hello, Armaxis."

Arimantis stares at an ornate ceremonial candle.

You ask, "Who answers?"

You ask, "In the candle?"

Ilvane says, "Ronan please hear us.."

Ilvane places her hand on her black sword medallion.

Kadesha gazes into the flickering flame of an ornate ceremonial candle, lost in thought.

Nofret says, "A warning to beware of serpents I think."

Kadesha says, "That was not Armaxis"

The glow from an ornate ceremonial candle softly illuminates the room.

You ask, "Spirit of the candle, do ye warn?"

Nofret says, "That was him laughing."

You say, "No, not Armaxis."

Jipzy says, "Please hear us O Ronan? I know they fear ya....come...show us what we need ta do ta serve ya"

You say, "The laughing, but not the candle."

Kadesha says, "it wasn't him in the candle though"

You gaze into the flickering flame for a moment, lost in thought.

Arimantis asks, "What is your message a warning?"

Nofret gazes into the flickering flame of an ornate ceremonial candle, lost in thought.

Kadesha continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Jipzy gazes into the flickering flame of an ornate ceremonial candle, lost in thought.

Kadesha places her hand on her Lorminstra symbol.

You ask, "Spirit, can ye show more?"

Ilvane sighs softly.

Arimantis asks, "Is in you that answers us My Lord?"

Ilvane places her hands beneath her chin and turns her eyes up to the heavens.

An ornate ceremonial candle glows warmly with a soft, flickering light.

Ilvane just touched the south wall.

Arimantis stares at an ornate ceremonial candle.

Jipzy asks, "We don't undastan M'Lor....please show us more?"

You sigh.

You stare at an ornate ceremonial candle.

Jipzy just touched a black altar.

You ask, "Spirit in the candle, please... can ye show more?"

(Jipzy quietly whispers, "Ronan....please hear our plea)

Arimantis gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Kadesha recites:
"Honorable Ronan Lord of Night, brother to my lady Lorminstra
Please give to us your guidance
and strike down those who would defile you at your altar!"

Jipzy gazes with interest at the south wall.

The ceremonial candle burns warmly, lending a soft light to the room.

You reach out and touch an ornate ceremonial candle.

A faint touch curls about Arimantis' ankle, cold and reptilian. It slithers off quickly, no trace of anything nearby.

Arimantis shivers.

Jipzy continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

The air turns bitter cold, it is all too pleasant to the skin of someone in the shadows.

You ask, "Spirit, who sends ye?"

Arimantis searches around for a moment.

You ask, "Do ye come to warn? Or to mock?"

Ilvane says, "Please hear our prayers.."

Ilvane says, "Please.."

Ilvane weeps softly, quiet tears falling from her eyes.

Arimantis says, "What is the message you wish to convey"

Kadesha shivers.

Ilvane hangs her head.

You say, "I don't think it is Ronan."

You shiver.

Nofret says, "Ronan doesn't hiss."

Arimantis says, "I have a feeling it wasn't either.."

A small shadowy tendril crawls up the leg of Armaxis in the shadows and wraps around his waist. It slithers up his chest and about his neck. "You serve us well" The shadow constricts for the briefest of moments, then winks out.

Jipzy exclaims, "Ronan! O my god! Please come help us in this hour o need!"

Jipzy places her hands beneath her chin and turns her eyes up to the heavens.

Ilvane frowns.

Kadesha lifts her Lorminstra symbol reverently to her lips, and its image of a golden key on a field of black pulses for a moment with a pale glow.

The faintest sound of laughter rings nearby, followed by the distant and fading sound of a rattle.

You blink.

Kadesha just kissed the altar!

An ornate ceremonial candle flickers a moment and nearly goes out, then its flame springs to life again, burning merrily.

Arimantis asks, "Ye who answered our call, have you more to show?"

You hear the voice of Armaxis say, "Ronan hearsss you not..." The voice laughs hoarsely, amused. "Perhapsss you do not wish to know who answers..."

You exclaim, "Lumnis, protect us now!"

You hear a sinister hissing nearby.

Ilvane recites:
"Dear Ronan, my lord
You see the snakes who have come here
Who feel it is the place for them
Please tell us help us."

You place a hand over your heart.

Ilvane says, "They hide in your darkness my lord.."

Kadesha clutches her Lorminstra symbol tightly in her hand, closing her eyes for a moment.

A faint glint of reddish light appears in the shadows.

You hear a deranged cackling nearby.

Jipzy hangs her head.

(Jipzy quietly whispers, "Ronan....please hear our plea)

Ilvane exclaims, "They hide and try to take your night away my lord!"

An ornate ceremonial candle burns with a warm golden light.

Ilvane says, "It is your Night..please Lord Ronan.."

You gaze into the flickering flame for a moment, lost in thought.

Ilvane continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

You say, "the serpent even invades the candles in this Hall."

You sigh.

Ilvane says, "Help us your humble servants..please.."

Arimantis shivers.

Kadesha recites:
"Ronan God of night, I beseech thee show your strength, drive away the Sheruvian and the snake lover"

Jipzy asks, "Please m"lor Ronan....come help us? Show us? Give us somethin ta work with?"

Ilvane exclaims, "The serpent has no power over us!"

You ask, "Luukos, what do ye here?"

Something carresses Kadesha's ear and she hears a uninterpretable whisper that is definitely very, very cold.

(Iscikella looks stern.)

A small draft catches the flame of an ornate ceremonial candle and it flickers brightly.

You hear the voice of Setzier say, "Failure, inevitable failure; Nothing more, nothing less..." A faint deranged cackle resounds from the darkened corners, mocking... circling. "Only the Shadows here."

You hear the voice of Armaxis say, "The hiss of the Serpent fillsss the night..." The voice says in what appears to be a triumphant tone, it speaks again, seemingly coming from a different corner of the room, "Ronan caresss not for you, only the Serpent shall walk these halls.."

Ilvane says, "He can not take our hall..it is Ronan and Lumnis"

Jipzy says, "Ronan be Lor o the Shadows"

You hear someone laughing softly nearby.

Nofret asks, "Lord Ronan--the night belongs to you, not to the Master of Madness and to the Eater of Souls. Can you not guide us and give the lie to the words of the Sheru and Luukos?"

You ask, "Have ye more to say then, serpent of the candle?"

You exclaim, "Speak!"

(Iscikella looks disgusted.)

The glow from an ornate ceremonial candle softly illuminates the room.

Nofret gazes into the flickering flame of an ornate ceremonial candle, lost in thought.

Kadesha glances at an ornate ceremonial candle.

Ilvane just touched an ornate ceremonial candle.

A wave of power flows out of Kadesha and toward an ornate ceremonial candle.

A tiny snake of the deepest blake slithers beyond the alter, then dissapates into the shadows.

Ilvane frowns.

Jipzy asks, "Ronan....many a time ya guided me through the shadows an out......show us all how ta do so here?"

A sickly glow pulses for a moment somewhere in the shadows.

Kadesha frowns.

Jipzy continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

You blink.

Nofret asks, "A tiny black snake?"

Nofret rubs her chin thoughtfully.

(Iscikella points at the snake.)

Ilvane says, "Tis only a snake.."

An ornate ceremonial candle burns with a warm golden light.

Ilvane nods.

Arimantis asks, "Was that to be a threat, that snake?"

Jipzy asks, "Ronan....why do ya let em desacrate yer alta so?"

Ilvane says, "It has no power here.."

Ilvane says, "No power at all.."

Nofret says, " 'Twoud be better in another shrine."

You hear the voice of Armaxis say, "Yesss...come to the shadows..." The voice says soothingly as it seems to circle around the room, "For they are always watching, surrounding, and comforting, yesss..."

Ilvane glowers.

Ilvane exclaims, "Armaxis!"

You clench your jaw.

Ilvane says, "You are lucky I can't harm you.."

Ilvane growls ferociously!

Jipzy places her hands beneath her chin and turns her eyes up to the heavens.

A wisp of smoke rises from an ornate ceremonial candle as the hot wax drips and splutters.

Kadesha recites:
"Dear Ronan god of night and dreams
the snake has fled, I pray thee manifest thy strength and cleanse your altar of those of the jackal and snake"

You ask, "Luukos, ye send yer snakes and serpents, to what purpose?"

(Jipzy concentrates solely on her pleas to Ronan)

Nofret gazes heavenward.

You hear the voice of Armaxis say, "The snake has become one with the shadowsss..." The voice laughs quietly, "And the shadows...are everywhere."

Ilvane exclaims, "Power of Ronan come to us here!"

You hear the voice of Setzier say, "Faint pleas, dying needs..." The voice rolls out from one a corner, shifting and coarse. "The Shadows only be."

You say, "The snake hides behind the altar."

Arimantis asks, "Is there a message in this, a purpose?"

Kadesha clutches her Lorminstra symbol tightly in her hand, closing her eyes for a moment.

Nofret says, "Ronan, help us! Show that your power is infinitely greater than that of the snake's."

You glower.

From the shadows comes a vengeful howl.

You hear someone laughing softly nearby.

Ilvane closes her eyes for a moment.

Nofret clenches her fist.

Kadesha glowers.

Ilvane's entire body tenses as she tightens her grip on her opaline prayer beads.

The air turns bitterly cold once more.

You hear the voice of Armaxis say, "Mm, such a reassuring chill surroundsss us..." The voice laments, it's cold, mocking tone echoing about the shrine, "Do you not feel it? The chill embrace of the shadowsss..."

Jipzy exclaims, " Ronan....Ya be the god o the shadows....the rula o the night.....cast these wretched ones from yer shrine!"

You say, "Serpent of the candle, we do not fear ye."

The candle flickers and weakens, the flame barely more than a wisp of flame.

Nofret continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

(Iscikella sets her chin defiantly.)

You exclaim, "We do not fear ye!"

Jipzy gazes with interest at the south wall.

Nofret whispers, "Speak for yourself."

Ilvane says, "No fear..we are not supposed to fear.."

Ilvane sobs.

You hear the voice of Setzier say, "The Shadows churn... the darkness burns." A cold laughter filters from the shadows, a deep growl beneathe the words, "The Vile one has no power now."

Jipzy just kissed the wall!

Arimantis recites:
"Lord Ronan, hear the call of your faithful this night.
We come to you for guidance through this time of trouble.
The mage Thurfel has vowed to wreak havoc upon our town,
To cause great pain to the people within its walls.
His goals no longer limited to the tomb of our fallen warrior"

You gaze into the flickering flame for a moment, lost in thought.

Kadesha rubs Arimantis gently.

(Ilvane gazes deeply into the effigy or Ronan on the wall..tears falling from her eyes)

You hear the voice of Armaxis ask, "Who are you trying to convince, dear Iscikella?"

You recite:
"Wise One, give us guidance!"

A bit of melted wax drips from an ornate ceremonial candle with a hiss. The flame jumps, burning high for a moment, then settles into a warm glow.

Arimantis recites:
"Grant us your presence this night.
Look upon those assembled here with mercy,
For we seek your wisdom, your strength.
Show us the path that will lead to his defeat.
Guide us to what would be your will"

An icy breeze caresses your cheek, all else is silent.

Kadesha recites:
"Ronan I pray ye heed your faithful
let not the evil ones triumph at your altar"

You hear someone laugh.

You hear a snort of derisive laughter.

You hear the voice of Armaxis say, "Mm, the shadowsss speak..." The voice whispers quietly, as if in reflection, "Do you not hear them? All you need to do is...lisssten..."

Jipzy asks, "I know yer here Ronan.....please show us what we need ta fight these ones who mean us harm?"

You blink.

Ilvane says, "He is always here..watching.."

Ilvane nods to Jipzy.

You say, "there is a coldness."

Jipzy nods to Ilvane.

You say, "Do ye feel it."

You shiver.

Nofret recites:
"Does this ritual profanation of your altar mean nothing to you, Lord Ronan?"

An ornate ceremonial candle flickers a moment and nearly goes out, then its flame springs to life again, burning merrily.

Ilvane shakes her head.

(Jipzy quietly whispers, "Ronan....please hear our plea)

Jipzy hangs her head.

You exclaim, "There is a coldness!"

You hear the voice of Armaxis say, "Ronan does not hear you..." The voice laughs coldly as it speaks words, resounding across the small chamber, "Only the shadowsss hear, only He hears...yesss..."

Jipzy frowns at you.

(Iscikella touches her cheek.)

Kadesha shivers.

Ilvane weeps softly, quiet tears falling from her eyes.

Kadesha says, "no do not give in to defeat"

Ilvane asks, "Why do you not hear us?"

Kadesha rubs Ilvane gently.

Ilvane bursts into tears!

Kadesha rubs you gently.

Kadesha says, "He hears"

Arimantis says, "He can hear"

Arimantis nods to Ilvane.

The candle roars to life, the room illuminated nearly to blinding glare. It last for but a cleansing moment, then the flame returns to its soft glow.

Kadesha says, "It is night, he is not sleeping"

Nofret says, "Well, he isn't listening."

You blink.

Ilvane gazes into the flickering flame of an ornate ceremonial candle, lost in thought.

You exclaim, "The candle!"

You hear a ferocious growl nearby!

You exclaim, "That candle!"

Arimantis stares at an ornate ceremonial candle.

Kadesha says, "perhaps he is listening."

Jipzy says, "Stay with us if ya want him ta answa......don't listen or give in ta otha temptations"

You point at an ornate ceremonial candle.

Jipzy nods to Ilvane.

You exclaim, "The flame!"

Jipzy nods to you.

Kadesha asks, "we react to signs from the evil ones, have ye no faith in his quiet presence?"

(Ilvane prays softly)

The ceremonial candle flickers softly, casting a warm light throughout the area.

Nofret asks, "But what did it mean?"

You ask, "Can ye not speak?"

You say, "A cleansing flame."

Jipzy nods to Kadesha.

Jipzy says, "Aye"

Jipzy says, "That be the truth"

Kadesha smiles.

Kadesha says, "He hears"

Jipzy smiles at Kadesha.

Kadesha says, "was a cleansing flame"

Arimantis says, "He has cleansed his altar of the snake"

You ask, "Spirit in the candle, can ye show no more?"

Ilvane nods.

Arimantis gazes with interest at a grey altar.

Kadesha smiles.

You nod to Arimantis.

Arimantis gazes with interest at a black altar.

Jipzy says, "He jes showed us he is watchin an with us"

Jipzy beams!

A faint, flickering light emanates from an ornate ceremonial candle, warming the room with its glow.

(Iscikella 's eyes fill with tears which roll softly down her cheeks.)

You hear the voice of Armaxis say, "Are you so sssure of that?" The voice questions, chuckling amidst its words, "The shadowsss are always here, always will be. They are evermore."

Ilvane smiles slightly

Ilvane weeps softly, quiet tears falling from her eyes.

Jipzy says, "But they can't cleanse"

Jipzy chuckles.

Jipzy says, "That was our Ronan...answarin us clearly"

Arimantis asks, "My lord, have you a message?"

Kadesha recites:
"Good Ronan I know you hear, and are here
Drive the evil infidels away from your holy place"

The ceremonial candle burns warmly, lending a soft light to the room.

Ilvane sighs softly.

You reach out and touch an ornate ceremonial candle.

Ilvane smiles.

Jipzy beams!

You hear the voice of Setzier say, "Simple tricks cannot rid the Shadows. We are everpresent... everwatching." A growl emits from the darkened corner as they raise into words, "Not even the UnEnlightened one can berid us."

Ilvane gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

You say, "But we have learned we are not alone."

Ilvane just kissed the altar!

Jipzy says, "Aye"

You say, "The gods of Liabo are here."

An ornate ceremonial candle glows warmly with a soft, flickering light.

Jipzy beams happily at you!

Arimantis says, "And simple trick from the shadows can not overcome the light"

Ilvane just touched the south wall.

Nofret gazes into the flickering flame of an ornate ceremonial candle, lost in thought.

You say, "That is much to know."

Jipzy says, "An I know he will show us....as we need it"

Jipzy nods to you.

Nofret says, "Can you give us some more explicit guidance, Lord Ronan? It would aid us greatly."

You say, "Though we also now know without doubt Thurfel does Luukos' will, whether or not he serves the serpent. He does his will."

You sigh.

Nofret says, "Well, we'd surmised that already."

Ilvane nods to Nofret.

Jipzy says, "Aye"

You say, "Surmising and knowing are not the same."

Ilvane says, "We saw snakes take hold when we called Ronan.."

Jipzy says, "They fear him"

Jipzy nods to Ilvane.

Ilvane says, "A cleansing flame yes.."

Arimantis says, "And we saw him rid this sacred place of them"

Jipzy beams happily at Arimantis!

Jipzy exclaims, "Aye!"

Kadesha says, "I see the tiny black snake runnin off as the snake feared away"

Nofret says, "You saw more than I did."

Ilvane exclaims, "He cleared it..he blessed it with the flame!"

You hear the voice of Setzier say, "Are you so sure the Vile Ones are here... Is anything real... Is anything evidence of what is here." A coarse laughter fills the hall, gaining strength as it touches the walls, "This could not be real... another reality in your mind."

You hear a deranged cackling nearby.

Nofret says, "I just saw snakes and a candle flare up."

Ilvane frowns.

Jipzy asks, "Ya saw it not cleanse Nofret?"

Jipzy peers quizzically at Nofret.

Kadesha says, "My mind is quite clear Sheruvian"

Nofret says, "No, I did not."

Jipzy says, "It did"

You say, "I saw several other things."

Jipzy beams happily at Nofret!

You say, "and felt the cold."

Ilvane says, "I didn't see a thing other than the candle.."

Nofret says, "I'll take your word for it."

Ilvane says, "And the snake."

Nofret says, "I didn't feel any cold, either."

You say, "The icy breeze that caressed my cheek."

You shiver.

Kadesha says, "I had a cold cold whisper"

(Iscikella touches her cheek)

Ilvane says, "I'm glad you all felt something"

Ilvane sobs.

Ilvane stands up.

Nofret says, "I didn't, Ilvane."

Ilvane weeps softly, quiet tears falling from her eyes.

You cock your head at Ilvane.

Jipzy says, "I felt no cold.....nothin but the warmth o Ronan's love"

You say, "Ye saw the cleansing flame."

You say, "That is much."

You nod to Ilvane.

Nofret says, "To me it just feels like a temple."

Nofret says, "Not hot, not cold."

Arimantis says, "The serpent did not threaten you, that is not a bad thing"

Arimantis just hugged Ilvane.

Ilvane says, "I was told so long ago.."

A loud thump reverberates about the room, then a curse. You hear a tiny tinkle and footsteps rushing away.

You blink.

Ilvane exclaims, "Look!"

Ilvane points at a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

Arimantis glances at a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

Kadesha glances at a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

A small draft catches the flame of an ornate ceremonial candle and it flickers brightly.

Nofret picks up a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

You ask, "What is that?"

You hear the voice of Setzier say, "What is real, and what isn't. Can you tell them apart..." The bemused voice lowers as it echoes from the shadows, "Is anything real? A snake... or a flame."

You hear someone laughing softly nearby.

Ilvane asks, "A crocodile?"

Ilvane asks, "You can hold?"

You ask, "Can ye sing it, Nofret?"

Ilvane giggles.

Nofret says, "A tiny teal crocodile."

Kadesha gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Nofret says, "And I will."

A wisp of smoke rises from an ornate ceremonial candle as the hot wax drips and splutters.

Ilvane frowns.

Ilvane's face turns slightly pale.

Ilvane sits down.

Arimantis says, "Perhaps it holds a hint of what we are to do"

Setzier whispers, "Do you know what is reality?" The ribbon about your wirst begins to turn and writhe, before long the fine threads turn into scales of a black hue. The serpent head rears up and hisses angrily at you -- then only the ribbon remains. "Can you?"

You say, "Please do sing to it"

Ilvane says, "Hang crocodiles from strings."

Ilvane grins at Arimantis.

The ceremonial candle flickers softly, casting a warm light throughout the area.

Nofret sings:
"Teal crocodile which Thurfel sought
In this commune dearly bought..."

You blink.

Jipzy asks, "That was dropped here?"

(Iscikella gazes at her wrist.)

Jipzy peers quizzically at Nofret.

Ilvane nods to Jipzy.

Arimantis nods to Jipzy.

Ilvane asks, "Did you see?"

You say, "Please let her sing to it."

Nofret says, "Hanging from the altar it was."

Ilvane says, "A loud thump, then a curse."

You nod to Ilvane.

You say, "Aye, what I heard."

Arimantis says, "Musta been Halfberry, walkin into the altar like that"

Jipzy giggles.

You nod to Arimantis.

Ilvane smiles.

A bit of melted wax drips from an ornate ceremonial candle with a hiss. The flame jumps, burning high for a moment, then settles into a warm glow.

Ilvane says, "Poor Halfberry such a klutz."

You glance at an ornate ceremonial candle.

Nofret sings:
"Teal crocodile which Thurfel sought
In this commune dearly bought
What secrets are within you hid?..."

Kadesha holds her Lorminstra symbol high, staring intently into the image of a golden key. The symbol radiates a pale glow, and the image shimmers and coalesces for a moment into the visage of Lorminstra for all to see. Words seem to spring unbidden to Kadesha's lips as the vision overwhelms her and she calls out, "Grant that we be worthy of your deliverance, Goddess of rebirth!"

Kadesha touches you.

Kadesha says, "Iscikella, I do believe if ye held this yourself a moment, it will help your hand"

You say, "I will hold it, of course, Kadesha. Is very kind of ye."

A wave of power flows out of Kadesha and toward a polished ebonwood Lorminstra symbol inlaid with the image of a golden key.

Ilvane sighs.

You ask, "Does it say anything special, Nofret, when ye sing?"

Nofret sings:
"Teal crocodile which Thurfel sought
In this commune dearly bought
What secrets are within you hid?
What powers that the gods forbid?..."

Kadesha says, "of course I'll hafta kill ya 100 times if ya loose it"

Kadesha winks at you.

You say, "I'll give it right back."

You smile at Kadesha.

Kadesha leans on you.

Nofret says, "Tis nothing but a decoration--or so it seems."

Ilvane asks, "May I hold it a moment?"

Kadesha says, "I teasin ya, I trust ye"

You say, "Hmmmm..."

Arimantis asks, "Has it a history?"

You ask, "Might I hold it a moment as well?"

Nofret says, "Small, less than a pound, worth about 500 silvers, no magic, no history."

You ask, "After Ilvane has?"

Nofret offers Ilvane a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

Ilvane accepts Nofret's teal crocodile.

Kadesha offers you a polished ebonwood Lorminstra symbol inlaid with the image of a golden key. Enter ACCEPT to accept the offer or DECLINE to decline it. The offer will expire in 30 seconds.

Ilvane tilts her teal crocodile side to side, making the light play off it.

You accept Kadesha's offer and are now holding a polished ebonwood Lorminstra symbol inlaid with the image of a golden key.

You lift your Lorminstra symbol reverently to your lips, and its image of a golden key on a field of black pulses for a moment with a pale glow.

(Jipzy gazes up at the south wall as her mind stays focused on Ronan)

You hear the voice of Armaxis say, "The shadowsss are always here." The voice states in a hollow tone, "And they shall ever remain. Remember thisss.."

Ilvane says, "No stepping on it.."

Ripples of pure darkness roll out from an unseen source.

Someone just snuffed out an ornate ceremonial candle.

Arimantis glances at Ilvane.

You blink.

Ilvane lights the ceremonial candle, which flickers and begins to burn.

Kadesha says, "Clench it in your hand Iscikella"

Ilvane smirks.

Arimantis gazes heavenward.

You clutch your Lorminstra symbol tightly in your hand, closing your eyes for a moment. The image of the Goddess of rebirth in all her glory appears in your inner vision, and you feel blessed by the deliverance of Lorminstra.

Jipzy says, "He's such a poor sport"

Jipzy chuckles.

Ilvane nods to Jipzy.

Ilvane grins.

Kadesha smiles at you.

Arimantis says, "Snuffing a candle does not stop the light here from shining"

Ilvane offers you a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread. Enter ACCEPT to accept the offer or DECLINE to decline it. The offer will expire in 30 seconds.

Nofret says, "Maybe the crocodile will drain the poison from your hand."

You accept Ilvane's offer and are now holding a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

Ilvane sighs.

Nofret shudders.

An ornate ceremonial candle flickers a moment and nearly goes out, then its flame springs to life again, burning merrily.

You thumb your teal crocodile.

You say, "It's a gift for someone."

You say, "I wonder Halfberry didn't say who."

Nofret exclaims, "Be silent, scavenger of nightmares, apostle of the Master of Madness!"

You peer closely at a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread, but see nothing of interest. Maybe if you examined it closely, you would see more.

Jipzy asks, "Do we all hol till someone feels somethin?"

(Nofret scowl at the shadows.)

Nofret nods to Jipzy.

You say, "I don't think anyone will."

Kadesha says, "good isea"

You say, "But ye can try."

Kadesha says, "er idea"

You offer your teal crocodile to Kadesha, who has 30 seconds to accept the offer. Type CANCEL to prematurely cancel the offer.

You say, "It's just a gift."

A wisp of smoke rises from an ornate ceremonial candle as the hot wax drips and splutters.

Kadesha has accepted your offer and is now holding a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

Kadesha puts on a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

Kadesha takes off a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

You say, "I didn't try that."

Kadesha says, "wearable"

You cock your head at Kadesha.

You nod to Kadesha.

Kadesha offers Arimantis a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

Arimantis accepts Kadesha's teal crocodile.

You smile at Kadesha.

Kadesha asks, "does your hand feel any soothing when ya clench that Iscikella?"

A bit of melted wax drips from an ornate ceremonial candle with a hiss. The flame jumps, burning high for a moment, then settles into a warm glow.

Arimantis seems to be trying to figure out how to turn a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

Ilvane furrows her brow.

You say, "For a moment."

Kadesha says, "seems to me it would"

Kadesha says, "well clench it some more"

Kadesha smiles at you.

You clutch your Lorminstra symbol tightly in your hand, closing your eyes for a moment. The image of the Goddess of rebirth in all her glory appears in your inner vision, and you feel blessed by the deliverance of Lorminstra.

Arimantis pokes his finger at a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

Arimantis gives his crocodile a little prod with the tip of his finger.

Kadesha says, "seems the serpent bite wouldnt like it atall"

You look at Arimantis and shake your head.

Kadesha reaches out and holds your hand.

You chuckle at Kadesha.

(Kadesha gently rubs Iscikella's hand)

Arimantis asks, "Has anyone not held it yet?"

Nofret yells, "I am NOT alone, Setzier! My friends are here and the gods of Liabo are here, and I could not be less alone!"

Arimantis offers Jipzy a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

The glow from an ornate ceremonial candle softly illuminates the room.

Jipzy accepts Arimantis's teal crocodile.

You say, "Thank ye, Halfberry, for the little token, wherever ye are."

Nofret says, "I don't think it's from Halfberry."

You say, "Funny how he remembered the teal crocodile."

Jipzy puts on a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

Kadesha says, "if it were mine I'd give it to Arimantis, was his successful commune"

You smile.

Arimantis nods to you.

Jipzy rubs a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

Jipzy takes off a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

Ilvane smiles.

You say, "It does nothing special."

An ornate ceremonial candle burns with a warm golden light.

Jipzy asks, "Who gets it?"

You say, "It's just a gift."

Jipzy asks, "Nofret fer findin it?"

Nofret asks, "Could I see it for a minute?"

Jipzy offers Nofret a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

Nofret accepts Jipzy's teal crocodile.

You say, "I agree with Kadesha."

Nofret rubs a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

You say, "Should go to Arimantis."

Nofret shudders.

Nofret says, "Rubbing it does nothing."

Kadesha says, "many many priest have never succeeded, me included"

Kadesha sniffs.

Kadesha begins pouting.

You nod to Nofret.

Nofret offers Arimantis a tiny teal crocodile hanging from a crimson spidersilk thread.

You rub Kadesha.

Arimantis leans on Ilvane.

Ilvane says, "I know, Ronan can see how wonderul he is."

Ilvane smiles.

Ilvane says, "Wonderful too."

Arimantis accepts Nofret's teal crocodile.

Ilvane giggles.

Arimantis gazes at his crocodile.

Kadesha says, "I would sooo dearly love still to just once see Lorminstra"

Ilvane says, "I'm glad you all felt things..really I am.."

Arimantis says, "I wonder if Thurfel is gonna come lookin for this"

You offer your Lorminstra symbol to Kadesha, who has 30 seconds to accept the offer. Type CANCEL to prematurely cancel the offer.

Jipzy grins at you.

Kadesha has accepted your offer and is now holding a polished ebonwood Lorminstra symbol inlaid with the image of a golden key.

You look at Arimantis and shake your head.

You say, "I think not."

Kadesha lifts her Lorminstra symbol reverently to her lips, and its image of a golden key on a field of black pulses for a moment with a pale glow.

Ilvane says, "I do think Ronan is angry with me.."

Kadesha just kissed you on the hand.

You say, "Was definitely a gift."



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