THURFEL'S MOUSE
Feastday, day 5 of the month Phoenatos in the year 5100

[Burrowing Owl Table]
The tabletop is formed of a smooth driftwood, marked by sand-worn grooves and wormholes along the edges. The edges of the table are smooth and thick, inviting you to absently rub it, furthering its gently polished gleam. Obvious exits: out.
Saeros and Skyfawn followed.

Saeros nods to Skyfawn in greeting.

You say, "No idea how long will take them to get here, but hopefully not long."

You sigh.

You pull out a chair and plop yourself down at the table.

Skyfawn nods to Saeros in greeting.

Saeros pulls out a chair and plops himself down at the table.

Skyfawn pulls out a chair and plops herself down at the table.

Saeros smiles at Skyfawn.

Skyfawn says, "that was intresting"

Saeros says, "It is a pleasure to meet both of ye."

You wave at Catthief and invite his group to come sit with you.

You smile at Saeros.

Lord Catthief just arrived.

You wave at Ilvane and invite her to come sit with you.

Catthief pulls out a chair and plops himself down at the table.

Journeyman Ilvane just arrived.

Ilvane gazes heavenward.

Ilvane pulls out a chair and plops herself down at the table.

Skyfawn just hugged Ilvane.

You say, "That was most odd."

Catthief says, "I cannae stay long, Iscikella, but I felt the need to stay."

Ilvane just hugged Skyfawn.

You nod to Catthief.

Catthief asks, "If I may, would ye permit me to speak first on the matter?"

Ilvane says, "I asked him something.."

You say, "Surely."

Ilvane says, "Sure.."

Ilvane smiles.

Catthief bows to you.

Catthief scoots his chair back and stands up.

Catthief says, "It was my intention to remain here for a time to gather information."

Catthief says, "However...this latest of events has prompted me to extend my stay for the duration of this quest."

Ilvane says, "I knew once you came here."

Ilvane giggles.

Catthief says, "I was not expecting a face to face interview with Thurfel, nor Armaxis."

You say, "Well, we will be thankful for any aid, though as ye have seen, Thurfel is an odd one."

You nod to Catthief.

Catthief nods.

Catthief says, "Aye."

Catthief says, "So I noticed."

Catthief says, "I also noticed that he is quite serious about what he is doing, and if his apprentices had not muddled his plans, he may have caused considerable damage already."

You say, "Well, he wants whatever is in that tomb."

You say, "Or whatever he thinks is in that tomb."

Catthief says, "Aye, that much is obvious."

You say, "It must be an object of some power."

Catthief says, "Though it is a plain example of his madness that he is willing to sacrifice so many lives on a whim."

Catthief rubs his chin thoughtfully.

You say, "Though I have tried and tried to get more from him on that, he really is never very forthcoming."

Catthief says, "These are clearly the rantings of a wild lunatic, but one that is extremely clever."

Saeros asks, "His intention, it is not to free the...what is it...Council of Nine?"

Catthief says, "Make no mistake, he knows what he is doing."

You say, "Well, that has always been apparent."

You say, "He is very determined."

Skyfawn says, "he feels the other 9 will join him in his cause"

Catthief says, "Iscikella...this idea he had of scouring the town for one 'worthy' to hold the orb."

Catthief's jaw drops.

Catthief says, "My gods..."

Catthief says, "I just felt a pain on my neck and a warning to return whence I came."

Catthief gulps.

You whisper quietly to Saeros, "I will tell ye more in a moment. Sorry, wanted to let Catthief say his piece since he can't stay."

Ilvane asks, "Can I share something with you?"

Skyfawn gasps.

Skyfawn nods to Ilvane.

You say, "Please."

Catthief says, "I am being threatened already."

Saeros nods to you.

You nod to Ilvane.

Catthief sighs.

Ilvane says, "It goes no farther than this table.."

Ilvane says, "Please."

Ilvane smiles.

Skyfawn nods to Ilvane.

Ilvane says, "I promised Halfberry."

Ilvane says, "He is safe."

Skyfawn says, "good"

Ilvane says, "Hidden.."

Skyfawn nods to Ilvane.

Ilvane says, "And he does fear Thurfel..very much.."

Skyfawn says, "I knew he did"

You say, "I understand that he does, but I don't quite understand the connection."

Ilvane says, "He has spoke with some of us, as you know.."

You say, "I'll wait to explain that."

Ilvane nods.

You clasp a hand over your mouth.

Ilvane says, "Iscikella.."

Ilvane says, "That orb, is in safe hands.."

You cock your head at Ilvane.

Ilvane says, "The one he is seeking? And the crocodile."

You nod to Ilvane.

Ilvane says, "Both in safe hands."

Ilvane nods.

You say, "Well, the crocodile I knew."

Ilvane nods to you.

Skyfawn says, "that is good to know"

Ilvane says, "I just want you to be aware.."

Catthief says, "This be wonderful."

Catthief says, "Second night in town an' me life on the line already. I do believe I've hit a new record."

Catthief chuckles.

Ilvane says, "As for Halfberry, no one has seen him.."

Ilvane says, "Not for over two weeks.."

You sigh.

You take a drink from your hot buttered rum.

Ilvane says, "Since the night he met us here."

You say, "Well, I hope he isn't with dwarves."

You say, "Since Thurfel suspects them."

Ilvane shakes her head.

Catthief asks, "Isci...this idea he had of 'scouring the town for one worthy,' what do ye plan tae do?"

Ilvane asks, "What was that?"

Ilvane peers quizzically at Catthief.

You say, "I have never heard him say this before."

You say, "It was a shock."

You nod to Catthief.

Ilvane asks, "What did he say?"

Catthief says, "Ilvane, he told me he would punish his apprentice if he did not come forward."

Ilvane nods.

Catthief says, "If he does, he will find a new apprentice."

Catthief says, "That will be a mage from this town, so he claims."

You nod to Catthief.

Catthief says, "One that he dubs 'worthy.'"

You say, "So he says."

Catthief says, "Aye."

Skyfawn says, "and Algus is not worthy"

Ilvane giggles.

Ilvane says, "Massa Thurfel."

You say, "It will not be Algrus."

Ilvane smirks.

Catthief says, "Algus is a toiler, a crank, Skyfawn."

Catthief chuckles.

You say, "He proved himself quite the fool."

Skyfawn says, "I know"

Ilvane says, "Well, to be honest.."

Catthief says, "Aye, truly."

Ilvane says, "Deevian has been sought out quite often."

Skyfawn says, "oh"

Ilvane says, "I know you don't like him.."

Ilvane giggles.

You say, "Not by Thurfel though."

Ilvane says, "Most don't.."

You say, "I don't think Thurfel would trust someone who had spoken to Halfberry and not turned him in."

Ilvane says, "But by Halfberry..we don't really know what he told him before we got there.."

Catthief says, "Isci, by the way his former apprentices have reacted, I doubt he would put such trust in one who he suspects of being the slightest unfaithful."

You nod to Catthief.

You say, "I know."

Ilvane says, "He has harmed his former apprentices.."

You say, "And the only one he trusts is Armaxis."

Ilvane says, "Which is why I worry for Halfberry."

You say, "Who is not a wizard."

Ilvane nods to you.

Ilvane says, "Deevian is a wizard..."

You sigh.

Ilvane nods to you.

You say, "I really doubt Thurfel would trust him, because of Halfberry."

Ilvane leans against a table.

You say, "But it might have been idle chatter anyway."

You say, "We have no way of knowing."

Catthief sighs.

After a moment's silence a flame-tailed mouse scampers into the room and glances upward.

Catthief says, "This be a tricky business."

Skyfawn says, "we never realy know what is in Thurfel's mind"

You blink.

Catthief's jaw drops.

Ilvane gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

You exclaim, "Oh my!"

Catthief points at a flame-tailed mouse.

Saeros blinks.

You say, "A familiar of Lord Thurfel's."

Saeros frowns.

Skyfawn nods.

Catthief says, "Thurfel's pet"

You ask, "What do ye here, mouse?"

Catthief sighs.

The mouse peers up and its whiskers wiggle.

Catthief says, "Greetings, mouse."

Ilvane asks, "Thurfel is not around is he?"

Ilvane gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

The flame-tailed mouse sits down.

You say, "He doesn't need to be."

Catthief says, "These are strange days. Familiars leap out of the tables, it seems."

Saeros rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Ilvane nods to Catthief.

You say, "His familiar will tell him what goes on."

Ilvane says, "Like the crab."

You say, "I recognize the tail."

Skyfawn nods to you.

You say, "From the cat."

Catthief nods.

Ilvane pets a flame-tailed mouse.

Skyfawn asks, "what is there for it to hear anyway?"

You say, "So mouse, have ye a message for us."

The mouse nudges Ilvane's hand.

You say, "Or ye just here to listen"

Ilvane smiles at the flame-tailed mouse.

Ilvane says, "You are cute."

Skyfawn pets a flame-tailed mouse.

(Iscikella tickles the mouse.)

(Ilvane kisses the mouse on its little nose)

Ilvane says, "Always loved animals."

Catthief bows to the flame-tailed mouse.

Catthief says, "Familiar."

Skyfawn says, "me too"

Ilvane says, "Ouch."

Ilvane giggles.

Catthief says, "If ye are here to deliver a message..."

Ilvane says, "My mouth just got warm.."

You ask, "Mouse, yer master in his keep?"

Catthief says, "Please deliver it and be on ye way."

Skyfawn pets a flame-tailed mouse.

Skyfawn smiles at the flame-tailed mouse.

Saeros gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

You pet the flame-tailed mouse.

The flame-tailed mouse squeaks, ""I just wished to listen to the pleasant conversation.""

Ilvane says, "Of course."

You ask, "Did ye now?"

Ilvane giggles.

Ilvane smiles at the flame-tailed mouse.

You ask, "And are ye finding it pleasant?"

The flame-tailed mouse suddenly pauses, listening to something intently.

Ilvane gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

The flame-tailed mouse squeaks, ""I would not know, I just got here""

The flame-tailed mouse suddenly pauses, listening to something intently.

Ilvane giggles.

You say, "That is true enough."

You chuckle.

You ask, "What would ye have us speak of, mouse?"

The mouse curls up at Ilvane's feet.

You ask, "Snakes and snails and puppy dog tales?"

You chuckle.

The flame-tailed mouse squeaks, ""Never mind me, just go on about your business.""

You pet the flame-tailed mouse.

Ilvane says, "So cute."

Skyfawn says, "sugar and spice and everything nice"

Ilvane giggles.

Ilvane pets a flame-tailed mouse.

Skyfawn pets a flame-tailed mouse.

You say, "Well now, mouse, my business right now is what yer master wants in that tomb."

You say, "But since even he doesn't know for sure..."

Catthief says, "Aye..."

You say, "Is a very unsatisfying business."

You chuckle.

The flame-tailed mouse squeaks, ""He wishes it open, tis quite simple, say, got any cheese?""

Ilvane grins.

Catthief says, "So cute...and yet we hear the saying, "The devil hath the ability to assume a pleasing shape.""

Catthief shakes his head.

Ilvane just opened a star-clasped black silk cloak.

You say, "Cheese? Hm..."

You say, "I have pie."

Ilvane says, "I have a tart and a peppermint twist."

You say, "No cheese."

You remove a slice of chocolate cream pie from in your white leather satchel.

(Iscikella puts the pie on the floor for the mouse.)

The flame-tailed mouse squeaks, ""tis tough being a mouse in this cold town, tis all tarts and no cheese."

Ilvane giggles.

Skyfawn pets a flame-tailed mouse.

The flame-tailed mouse darts all around, generally being a great nuisance.

You say, "I suppose that is true."

Skyfawn says, "poor mouse"

Ilvane says, "They have cheese someplace."

You say, "But the pie is made with milk."

Ilvane rubs her chin thoughtfully.

You say, "Like cheese."

You giggle.

(Catthief smiles and nods at the mouse, whispering to the others at the table at the same time, "Thurfel be off his rocker.")

Ilvane just tickled you.

The mouse nibbles on the pie, getting chocolate all over its whiskers.

The flame-tailed mouse wiggles its nose, looking at you intelligently.

Ilvane smiles at the flame-tailed mouse.

Skyfawn smiles at the flame-tailed mouse.

You say, "Now mouse, I asked yer master for a description of the orb."

Skyfawn says, "he is cute"

Catthief says, "By the way, I enjoyed ye threat, Thurfel, wherever ye may be."

You say, "and all he would say was if I saw any orbs of power to tell him."

You chuckle.

The flame-tailed mouse squeaks, ""I know, I know! It's round!""

Catthief says, "I'd also like tae state it had no effect on me whatsoever."

Ilvane gazes heavenward.

Skyfawn giggles.

You say, "Ah... a round orb."

You nod to the flame-tailed mouse.

You wink at Ilvane.

Ilvane says, "I would think it would be more..special."

The flame-tailed mouse squeaks, ""I"ve seen it, tis round and glassy""

Ilvane nods to the flame-tailed mouse.

The flame-tailed mouse darts all around, generally being a great nuisance.

(Iscikella makes a note.)

You say, "Round and glassy."

The mouse licks the frosting off his nose.

You say, "Ye are most helpful, mouse."

You chuckle.

Ilvane says, "Silly thing, come up here on my lap."

Ilvane giggles.

Skyfawn says, "no sit on my shoulder"

Ilvane rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Skyfawn nods.

Ilvane just tickled Skyfawn.

The mouse begins to nibble on Ilvane's boots.

Skyfawn giggles.

Catthief says, "Iscikella, I must depart."

Ilvane flails her arms about.

You nod to Catthief.

Catthief says, "I would like tae discuss this most recent of events with ye very soon."

Skyfawn says, "nice to have meet you"

Ilvane says, "It was nice meeeting you Catthief."

You nod to Catthief.

You say, "I will be about."

Catthief says, "Things have taken a slightly more sinister turn."

The flame-tailed mouse wiggles its nose, looking at you intelligently.

The mouse leaps on the table and stares at Catthief

Skyfawn pets a flame-tailed mouse.

(Iscikella puts her finger out for the mouse to nibble.)

Ilvane giggles.

Catthief says, "One moment."

Catthief says, "I believe it wishes tae speak to me."

The flame-tailed mouse takes a moment to nibble at something.

Ilvane leans back in her chair, balancing herself on two legs for a few moments, then sets the chair back down on all four legs.

You chuckle.

Catthief leans forward.

The flame-tailed mouse squeaks, ""Ye best return, it is in your own best interest""

(Saeros watches the whole situation with an intrigued look on his face, too absorbed in what is happening to do anything himself.)

You ask, "Ye do not like him, mouse?"

Catthief says, "Be that as it may...I am now here."

Catthief says, "And ye would do best tae fear me, an' the rest of us."

The mouse begins to clean himself with his paws.

Catthief says, "I may be young, but I have experience, more than ye know."

The flame-tailed mouse takes a moment to nibble at something.

Skyfawn smiles at the flame-tailed mouse.

Catthief says, "An' I will do all I can tae throw a spanner in the works of ye plan."

Catthief says, "So ye can take that with a grain of salt, Thurfel."

The mouse drops into Iscikella's lap, then onto the floor.

Ilvane grins.

The flame-tailed mouse takes a moment to nibble at something.

You smile at the flame-tailed mouse.

The flame-tailed mouse squeaks, ""I fear there are cats among us.""

You say, "I will say yer master does have pretty pets, mouse."

You ask, "Cats?"

Ilvane grins.

Catthief says, "One cat."

Catthief says, "An' ye best fear him."

Catthief nods to the flame-tailed mouse.

You say, "Ah..."

Ilvane just tickled Catthief.

You chuckle.

Skyfawn pets a flame-tailed mouse.

Ilvane exclaims, "He is a thief of cats!"

Ilvane rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Catthief says, "Post-thief, Ilvane."

Catthief grins.

Ilvane says, "Or a cat thief."

Ilvane scratches her head.

Catthief says, "When I was very young."

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

Catthief sighs.

Catthief says, "Dear dear dear."

Saeros frowns.

Skyfawn rubs her chin thoughtfully.

You say, "Oh..."

Ilvane says, "Interesting."



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