Amasalen in the Pond
Volnes, day 1 of the month Jastatos in the year 5101

***TECHNICAL NOTE***
This log is actually the combination of two logs -- one by Arlinquin's player and one by Iscikella's player. It should be noted, therefore, that in this log the "you" references refer to either of these two parties, as noted in the initital reference.
Also it should be noted that in Arliquin's log the words of the essence are recognizable in that they are prefaced by "Arliquin says/asks/etc." rather than "You".
***END NOTE***

This log is from the viewpoint of Arliquin and the "you" references, therefore, are in connection to said character.

[Silverwood Manor, Courtyard]
A low stone fence, capped with a domed layer of fresh snow, separates the manor from the street. A cobblestone walkway leads through a large expanse of smooth snow to its front entrance. The door is sheltered by a red-painted roof that juts out over the stoop and is lined with a glistening row of tapering icicles. You also see a carved haonwood door, a silver bell with a long silken rope, a donation bin and a sign you really should READ.
Also here: Lady Ilvane
Obvious paths: east, out.

Your head begins to pound, the pain so intense you nearly faint.

You gaze in wonder at your surroundings.

You grunt.

Ilvane grins.

You say, "My head..."

Ilvane says, "Mine too."

You furrow up your face and wince.

You do your best impression of a grizzly, scaring people for miles!

You say, "Wonder what is causing it... "

Ilvane asks, "You having head pain?"

You nod.

Ilvane frowns at you.

You say, "last time this happened.... "

Ilvane begins to waver in your vision, her image looking more and more like an undead.

Ilvane says, "No idea.."

Ilvane says, "I used to get them a long time ago.."

Ilvane says, "Sit down for a minute.."

You gaze fondly at Ilvane.

You cower away from Ilvane.

You say, "your... your... "

Ilvane glances at you.

You hunch your shoulders and snarl menacingly at Ilvane!

Ilvane asks, "What?"

You say, "get back..."

You remove a wire bound hilted eonake falchion from in your silk bandolier.

Ilvane asks, "Arliquin?"

You remove an onyx-studded black steel shield from in your red silk pouch.

Ilvane asks, "What's wrong?"

Ilvane seems to be growling. The tone is low and terrible.

You sneer at Ilvane.

Ilvane removes an opal-hilted crimson steel backsword from in her tsark skin scabbard.
Ilvane removes a black tower shield from in her black silk cloak.

Ilvane asks, "What?"

You say, "Spawn of Luukos... stay back.."

Ilvane asks, "Spawn of Luukos?"

Ilvane gasps.

Ilvane asks, "Arliquin, what are you talking about?"

Ilvane flails her arms about.

Ilvane says, "My parents, not me.."

Ilvane shakes her head.

You concentrate on the Prayer of Holding spell...
You gesture at Ilvane.
A glowing mist forms around Ilvane for a moment, but soon dissipates.

You blink.

Ilvane flails her arms about.

It is nearly impossible to see anything, your head is pounding so badly. What seem to be shadows are coalescing about you.

Ilvane says, "What is wrong."

Ilvane sighs.

You say, "Can't.. be... "

You roar!

Ilvane blinks at you.

You kneel down.

You shake your head.

You blink.

You blink.

Ilvane stares at you.

You say, "Andelas... help me.."

You shake your head.

Arliquin clenches his head in his hands

Ilvane asks, "You aren't being touched by those..evil things are you?"

You hunch your shoulders and snarl menacingly at Ilvane!

You exclaim, "you brought them here!"

Arliquin says, "Where is the staff?"

You point at Ilvane.

Ilvane says, "I don't have it."

Ilvane shakes her head.

You exclaim, "Foul beast, Abomination!"

Ilvane stares at you.

Ilvane asks, "Beast?"

Ilvane asks, "What do you call yourself?"

You stand back up.

You tighten your grip on your hilted eonake falchion and glance over at Ilvane.

You say, "Don't make me kill you..."

Ilvane asks, "What but an abomination would take over anothers body?"

You stride over to stand before Ilvane.

Ilvane glances at you.

You clench your jaw.

Ilvane says, "A weakened abomination..a dark spawn of the darkness."

Ilvane says, "Certainly not I."

Ilvane taps herself on the chest.

You sense the presence of another seeking to slay you in the darkness.

You say, "Don't try and trick me.."

Ilvane smirks.

Ilvane asks, "Trick you?"

You do your best impression of a grizzly, scaring people for miles!

Ilvane asks, "What would I do that for?"

(Arliquin backs away slowly, watching all around himself, as if looking for something)

Ilvane says, "Arliquin, what is wrong.."

Ilvane sighs.

You belt out, "Come out and show yourself!"

You concentrate on the Untrammel spell...
You gesture.
Nothing happens.

A bell begins to ring madly, the noise startling.

Ilvane babbles something unintelligible.

You concentrate on the Dispel Invisibility spell...
You gesture.
You don't find anyone invisible.

snarl
Ooh! That felt great!

Ilvane glances at a silver bell with a long silken rope.

Ilvane searches around for a moment.

The rope begins to sway and curl in a serpentine fashion.

Ilvane exclaims, "Leave him alone!"

You belt out, "Come out and face me! Or are you afraid of the follower of Andelas?"

Ilvane just touched a faceted black diamond Ronan symbol.

Ilvane says, "The rope.."

(Arliquin clenches his claw-tipped fingers tighter on the hilt of the falchion)

What sounds like the last terrified yowl of a cat sounds in the distance. It cries for a moment, then ceases suddenly.

Ilvane gasps.

You kneel down.

You shake your head.

You shake your head.

You gasp.

Ilvane blinks.

A voice whispers within you, "Kittens are nothing more than dinner for us my friend, remember that."

Ilvane says, "Arliquin..are you.."

You mutter dinner.

You shake your head.

(Ilvane gazes into Arliquin's eyes searching for familiarity)

You say, "leave me alone... "

Ilvane asks, "What is it?"

Ilvane asks, "What are those noises?"

You exclaim, "get out ... of my.. head!"

The sound of another stray cat sounds in the distance, but it too ceases all too suddenly.

Ilvane exclaims, "Leave him alone!"

(Arliquin claws the sides of his face trying to rip the skin off)

You exclaim, "I'll tear you out!"

Ilvane weeps softly, quiet tears falling from her eyes.

Ilvane touches you.

You hunch your shoulders and snarl menacingly at Ilvane!

You exclaim, "get back away from me, your in this with them!"

Ilvane says, "Ronan I call for your blessings, on him..just take this evil away.."

You exclaim, "I saw you change!"

Ilvane asks, "Change? how?"

You squint at Ilvane.

The door begins to rattle and shake violently.

You say, "Don't play the fool now.."

Ilvane flails her arms about.

Ilvane says, "I don't understand."

You say, "I saw you.."

Ilvane says, "I didn't do anything.."

Ilvane shakes her head.

Aranrhod just arrived.

You exclaim, "Your flesh rotted and decayed, your one of Luukos followers!"

You point at Ilvane.

Aranrhod blinks.

Ilvane flails her arms about.

Ilvane exclaims, "I am not!"

Aranrhod exclaims, "What?!"

Aranrhod says, "I came to see the manor"

You exclaim, "You are here to mock me openly, where they hide in the shadow of my mind!"

Aranrhod asks, "Is he an actor?"

Aranrhod appears to be a ghoulish and ghastly, his skin tattered and decayed.

Aranrhod peers quizzically at Ilvane.

Ilvane looks over at Aranrhod and shakes her head.

Ilvane sighs.

You hunch your shoulders and snarl menacingly at Aranrhod!

Aranrhod blinks.

Ilvane says, "I'm afraid something is harming him.."

Aranrhod says, "Oh no"

You stand back up.

You roar at Aranrhod.

You hurl yourself at Aranrhod!

Aranrhod says, "He..."

Ilvane says, "His head..it was hurting.."

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Ilvane kneels down.

You exclaim, "More spawn.. leave me alone!"

Aranrhod says, "I am sorry"

(Ilvane rubs her fingers over Arliquin's temples)

Aranrhod says, "I came to see the manor"

Aranrhod shifts her weight.

Aranrhod says, "I did not know"

You exclaim, "Liar!"

Aranrhod blinks.

Ilvane says, "Arliquin..it's alright.."

You cower.

Aranrhod says, "I am no liar"

You say, "must get away.."

You stand back up.

Ilvane says, "We wouldn't never hurt you.."

You pant.

You pant.

[Temple Burrow, Penguin Hill]
A small lake has formed here, making this a popular spot for the local wildlife. A huge grouping of penguins lives on the shore of the lake, waddling comically around the edge, preening or catching the cold water fish. A smooth area on the bank makes an ideal slide for the creatures and, looking more closely, it seems you could join in the fun.
Obvious paths: down.

Lady Ilvane's group just arrived.

Ilvane says, "Arliquin."

You exclaim, "Stop following me!"

Ilvane flails her arms about.

Ilvane says, "I'm worried about you.."

Ilvane just tried to pull you towards her!

You concentrate on the Divine Wrath spell...
You gesture at Ilvane.
You fall to your knees in supplication as an eerie silence overtakes the area. A cold mist drifts in, blanketing the area in its clammy embrace.
A thunderous din echoes all around as the very earth shudders beneath your feet, rending apart and revealing fissures steaming with the rancid stench of brimstone.

Ilvane gasps.

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

You exclaim, "Burn!"

Aranrhod gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Kadesha just hugged Aranrhod.

Ilvane says, "No..no.."

Kadesha just hugged Ilvane.

Ilvane exclaims, "We are not spawn of Luukos!"

Aranrhod exclaims, "No!"

You exclaim, "Liars!"

Ilvane stares at you.

Kadesha asks, "eh?"

Aranrhod says, "no"

Aranrhod nods to you.

You hunch your shoulders and snarl menacingly at Aranrhod!

As quickly as the chaos ensues, the ground is made whole again. You are left bewildered and awestruck at the fury of the divine retribution.
The strain of channeling so much power leaves you feeling weakened and feeble.

Ilvane frowns at you.

The area fills with dark shadows and wispy black tendrils. They seem to be coming from every direction.

You feel your weakness and enfeeblement abate.

Aranrhod blinks.

Kadesha squints at you.

You gaze in wonder at your surroundings.

Ilvane says, "See? we are not.."

Kadesha asks, "you get a hairball?"

You stand back up.

You say, "the darkness..."

You concentrate on the Light spell...
You gesture.
The area becomes brighter.

Ilvane asks, "What is wrong?"

Ilvane asks, "What are the voices saying to you?"

Ilvane just tried to pull you towards her!

Arliquin says, "Where is the staff!"

Ilvane exclaims, "I don't know!"

Ilvane sobs.

Aranrhod blinks at you.

You exclaim, "You Lie!"

Aranrhod says, "Leave her alone"

Aranrhod moves to stand in front of Ilvane.

Ilvane says, "No, I don't know.."

Ilvane shakes her head.

Ilvane says, "I've never seen the staff.."

Kadesha glances at you.

You sneer at Aranrhod.

Aranrhod asks, "What staff?"

Aranrhod examines her fingernails.

Arliquin says, "We will have the staff, even if we must slay each and every one of you. It will be a pleasure."

Aranrhod says, "I saw an old man with one"

Ilvane glances at you.

Aranrhod sighs.

Aranrhod says, "It has him"

Kadesha put a veniom-banded silvery rolaren buckler engraved with the image of a golden key set upon a gate of black in her wand harness.

Aranrhod nods.

Ilvane nods to Aranrhod.

Aranrhod says, "Poor priest"

You glance at Kadesha.

Aranrhod joins Ilvane's group.

Ilvane nods.

Ilvane just tried to pull you towards her!

You exclaim, "You know where it is ... don't you!"

One of the penguins bursts into flame across the lake.

(Ilvane shakes Arliquin)

Aranrhod blinks.

Ilvane exclaims, "Arliquin come back!"

Aranrhod exclaims, "poor penguin!"

Kadesha glances at you.

Kadesha winces.

Kadesha says, "poor penguin"

Aranrhod blinks.

The water begins to boil and churn.

(Ilvane glances over the ledge of the water)

Kadesha gasps.

Ilvane glances at you.

(Aranrhod glacnes at the water)

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


This log is from the viewpoint of Iscikella and the "you" references, therefore, are in connection to said character

***TECHNICAL NOTE***
Picks up directly after the end of the previous log...
***END NOTE***

[Temple Burrow, Penguin Hill]
A small lake has formed here, making this a popular spot for the local wildlife. A huge grouping of penguins lives on the shore of the lake, waddling comically around the edge, preening or catching the cold water fish. A smooth area on the bank makes an ideal slide for the creatures and, looking more closely, it seems you could join in the fun.
Also here: High Lady Kadesha, Aranrhod, Lady Ilvane, Arliquin
Obvious paths: down.

You whisper quietly to Kadesha, "What has happened?"

Arliquin tightens his grip on his hilted eonake falchion.

You glance at Arliquin.

Kadesha whispers, "a penguin caught on fire, water started ta boil"

Fish begin to rise to the surface of the lake, their eyes white. They bob upon the surface, no life remaining within them.

You blink.

Ilvane gasps.

Kadesha frowns.

Ilvane exclaims, "Stop this!"

You say, "That doesn't look good."

Aranrhod rubs her eyes.

Arliquin exclaims, "I will kill you all... Tell me where the staff is!"

Aranrhod says, "No"

(Ilvane grabs Arliquin's arms)

Daelnor just arrived.

Ilvane exclaims, "No more!"

Daelnor leans on Aranrhod.

Aranrhod just hugged Daelnor.

Kadesha glances at Arliquin.

Ilvane says, "Let him go you foolish essence..get out.."

Daelnor hums distractedly to himself.

Aranrhod says, "Arliquin"

You ask, "Arliquin?"

Arliquin sneers at Ilvane.

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

You gawk at Arliquin.

Aranrhod asks, "Can you hear me?"

Daelnor frowns.

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

Ilvane says, "Arliquin, come back..your essence is in there.."

Another penguin erupts into flame. It dives into the water, but still burns.

Aranrhod blinks.

Ilvane gasps.

Daelnor blinks.

Daelnor's jaw drops.

Kadesha winces.

You exclaim, "Don't hurt the penguins!"

Ilvane exclaims, "Stop!"

Aranrhod says, "The penguins"

Aranrhod blinks.

Ilvane gasps.

Daelnor blinks.

Daelnor's jaw drops.

Kadesha winces.

Daelnor exclaims, "what is going on here??!"

Aranrhod says, "Arliquin"

Ilvane says, "He has already killed one..and fish.."

Arliquin cackles insanely, wild-eyed and drooling.

Kadesha says, "the penguins dont have it stupid essence"

You weep softly, quiet tears falling from your eyes.

Kadesha sighs.

You say, "Don't hurt the penguins."

Arliquin exclaims, "Burn, all of you!"

Kadesha grumbles.

Kadesha runs her hand softly over the surface of her Lorminstra symbol. A pale glow surrounds the symbol as its surface shimmers for a moment with the image of a golden key on a field of black.

Ilvane glowers darkly at Arliquin.

Daelnor raises an eyebrow in Arliquin's direction.

Aranrhod says, "Think of the Cat"

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.

You glance at Arliquin.

Aranrhod nods to Arliquin.

Daelnor says, "leave him, entity"

Arliquin asks, "Cat?"

Daelnor says, "you won' win"

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

Arliquin laughs!

Kadesha shows Arliquin her Lorminstra symbol.

Aranrhod says, "Yes"

Aranrhod says, "Andelas"

The water continues to churn, the motion leaving the remains of the slain penguins and fish upon the shore.

Arliquin exclaims, "Kittens are the food for us!"

(Iscikella gazes at the water.)

Ilvane shakes her head.

(Aranrhod glances at the water)

You exclaim, "NO!"

You shake your head.

Daelnor says, "in fact, ah find all of you entities to be the most cowardly wastes of life ah've ever seen"

Aranrhod shakes her head.

Daelnor examines his fingernails.

You say, "Those are innocent animals."

You flail your arms about.

Ilvane says, "Andelas, help your servant.."

Ilvane closes her eyes for a moment.

Daelnor asks, "why dun ye show yer true self?"

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

Kadesha says, "he was seeking the staff"

Daelnor peers quizzically at Arliquin.

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point Arliquin alone felt this:

Your head feels as if it is about to explode.
***END NOTE***

Kadesha nods to you.

Ilvane nods to you.

Arliquin screams!

Ilvane whispers, "Called me a spawn of Luukos!"

Arliquin falls over.

Aranrhod rubs Arliquin gently.

You blink at Ilvane.

Arliquin shakes his head.

Aranrhod kneels down.

Arliquin babbles something unintelligible.

Daelnor says, "instead of badgering these poor folks..and penguins"

Aranrhod rubs Arliquin gently.

Daelnor clears his throat.

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

You ask, "Arliquin?"

Kadesha rubs Arliquin gently.

Aranrhod says, "Poor, poor male"

You rub Arliquin.

Kadesha just hugged Odevalis.

Ilvane says, "His.."

Odevalis just hugged Kadesha.

Ilvane shakes her head.

Odevalis just kissed Kadesha on the cheek.

Odevalis peers quizzically at Arliquin.

Arliquin yells, "get out of my head!"

Odevalis asks, "Arli...?"

Arliquin's face turns slightly pale.

Daelnor shifts his weight.

Ilvane sighs softly.

You say, "He is burning penguins."

You say, "And killing fish."

You weep softly, quiet tears falling from your eyes.

Odevalis blinks.

Ilvane says, "His essence has him.."

Daelnor frowns.

Ilvane nods to Odevalis.

You say, "Essence in him."

Within the center of the lake, the water begins to swirl.

Odevalis says, "well.. if he starts killing cats..."

(Iscikella points at the lake.)

You exclaim, "Look!"

(Kadesha gances nervously at the lake)

Ilvane says, "I heard the most disturbing thing, back at the manor.."

Arliquin stands up.

Ilvane nods to Odevalis.

Arliquin growls ferociously!

Arliquin throws himself on his belly and slides down an ice slide!

Ilvane gasps.

(Iscikella watches the swirl in the center of the lake anxiously.)

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Aranrhod says, "The water"

Odevalis blinks.

Aranrhod says, "Was boiling"

Daelnor throws himself on his belly and slides down an ice slide!
Ilvane throws herself on her belly and slides down an ice slide!

You throw yourself on your belly and slide down the icy bank, rapidly picking up speed on the frictionless ice!
Seconds later, you splash down into an icy lake! The water is so cold that your heart nearly stops, and your teeth begin chattering immediately.

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point, after we all slide into the pool except Odevalis, Odevalis alone saw this:

The water darkens to black, larger waves beginning to lap onto shore.
A form begins to rise from the water, shaped from the water itself.
***END NOTE***

[Temple Burrow, Icy Pool]
The water is alive with penguins. They swim all about the pool, diving and splashing so comically that you cannot help but laugh. The water is freezing cold, making your teeth chatter and turning your lips blue, but the birds don't seem to mind in the slightest. To the side you spy an icy ledge that you believe you could climb to get out of the drink.
Also here: Lady Ilvane, Daelnor, Arliquin
Obvious paths: none.

Ilvane gasps.

Arliquin cackles insanely, wild-eyed and drooling.

Ilvane exclaims, "Ouch!"

Daelnor splashes water all over Arliquin!

Daelnor exclaims, "wake up!"

Aranrhod slides down from the bank above and hits the water with a splash!
Kadesha slides down from the bank above and hits the water with a splash!

Daelnor flails his arms about.

Daelnor shivers.

A pained expression crosses Ilvane's face.

Aranrhod clasps Daelnor's hand tenderly.

Aranrhod says, "Hmm"

Daelnor scowls at Arliquin.

(Ilvane pulls herself to the side of the bank, wincing)

Aranrhod says, "Illusions"

Arliquin twitches a bit and contorts his face in a lunatic grin.

Kadesha says, "brrr, thought ya warmed it up"

Kadesha shivers.

Daelnor's face turns slightly pale.

You glance at Arliquin.

Daelnor sneezes.

Ilvane says, "It is hot.."

You ask, "Ye allright?"

Daelnor splashes water all over Arliquin!

Ilvane leans back.

Arliquin asks, "Where is the staff?"

Ilvane says, "I thought cats didn't like water."

You ask, "What makes ye so sure we know?"

Daelnor says, "as if we'd give it to ye"

Daelnor scoffs.

Aranrhod blinks at Arliquin.

You squint at Arliquin.

Kadesha says, "ask yer master where he left it"

Kadesha glances at Arliquin.

Ilvane says, "We don't know."

Odevalis slides down from the bank above and hits the water with a splash!

Ilvane nods to you.

Aranrhod snuggles up to Daelnor.

Aranrhod splashes playfully about in the water.

Arliquin hunches up his shoulders and snarls menacingly at Kadesha!

Odevalis searches around for a moment.

Kadesha hunches up her shoulders and snarls menacingly at Arliquin!

Aranrhod peers quizzically at Arliquin.

You glance at Arliquin.

Kadesha roars at Arliquin!

Daelnor shivers.

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

Odevalis asks, "I saw.. a shape rise from the water...?"

Aranrhod just hugged Daelnor.

You ask, "What?"

Daelnor just hugged Aranrhod.

Aranrhod blinks at Odevalis.

You cock your head at Odevalis.

Daelnor says, "cccc"

Kadesha peers quizzically at Odevalis.

Daelnor says, "cold"

Arliquin climbed up an icy ledge.

You ask, "What kind of shape?"

Lady Ilvane climbed up an icy ledge.

[Temple Burrow, Penguin Hill]
A small lake has formed here, making this a popular spot for the local wildlife. A huge grouping of penguins lives on the shore of the lake, waddling comically around the edge, preening or catching the cold water fish. A smooth area on the bank makes an ideal slide for the creatures and, looking more closely, it seems you could join in the fun.
Also here: Lady Ilvane
Obvious paths: down.

Lady Ilvane just went down.
Daelnor just arrived.
High Lady Kadesha just arrived.

[Temple Burrow, Penguin Hill]
A small lake has formed here, making this a popular spot for the local wildlife. A huge grouping of penguins lives on the shore of the lake, waddling comically around the edge, preening or catching the cold water fish. A smooth area on the bank makes an ideal slide for the creatures and, looking more closely, it seems you could join in the fun.
Also here: High Lady Kadesha, Daelnor
Obvious paths: down.

Lady Kadesha just went down.
Lady Odevalis's group just arrived.
High Lady Kadesha just arrived.

Arliquin comes out of hiding.
Arliquin hurls himself at Kadesha!
Arliquin flies a bit wide and lands in a heap on the ground.

You ask, "Where is he?"

Across the lake, three more penguins simply explode into flame.

Odevalis says, "here.. from here, I could see it..."

Daelnor points at Arliquin.

Your jaw drops.

Arliquin stands up.

Daelnor says, "layin in a heap there"

You exclaim, "The penguins!"

Aranrhod blinks.

Arliquin exclaims, "traitor!"

Odevalis says, "Arli"

Odevalis peers quizzically at Arliquin.

Aranrhod says, "Poor penguins"

You ask, "What kind of shape did ye see?"

Kadesha stares at Arliquin.

You cock your head at Odevalis.

Daelnor shivers.

Kadesha gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Kadesha gestures at Arliquin.
Holy water sprays forth and cleanses Arliquin!
A large splash of water drenches Arliquin from head to toe!

Aranrhod rubs Daelnor gently.

Arliquin winces.

Arliquin growls ferociously!

Lady Ilvane just arrived.

The shape begins to take form, vaguely reptilian, slitted bronze eyes peering from what could be a head.

Kadesha gestures at Arliquin.
Holy water sprays forth and cleanses Arliquin!
A large splash of water drenches Arliquin from head to toe!

Daelnor glances at Arliquin.

You gasp.

Odevalis says, "the water turned black first... very black, then a form rised from it, shaped from the water itself.."

You exclaim, "LOOK!"

Ilvane blinks.

Odevalis exclaims, "there!"

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.

Daelnor says, "fight it, Arliquin"

Kadesha clenches her fist.

(Iscikella points at the lake!)

Ilvane says, "There..was a sound earlier.."

Arliquin says, "Luukos..."

Arliquin hisses at Kadesha.

You exclaim, "Holy Lumnis!"

Your jaw drops.

Kadesha says, "Snake, I am Lorminstra's"

Aranrhod says, "I see it"

Daelnor peers quizzically at Arliquin.

Kadesha clenches her fist.

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

Daelnor shifts his weight.

Kadesha shivers.

Arliquin roars at Kadesha!

(Iscikella watches the shape in the water nervously.)

Arliquin begins to shake and tremble violently, wisps of smoke rising from his head.

Ilvane frowns at Arliquin.

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

Arliquin screams!

You exclaim, "Oh my!"

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

Ilvane rubs Arliquin gently.

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

You exclaim, "He's burning!"

Ilvane exclaims, "Stop it, you are hurting him!"

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!"

Ilvane glances at Kadesha.

Daelnor blinks at Arliquin.

Daelnor's face turns slightly pale.

Ilvane just tried to pull Arliquin towards her!

Kadesha says, "no, Its the essence"

The texture of the shape within the lake begins to bear scales, the form more distinct.

(Daelnor takes a few steps back from Arliquin)

"Look!You exclaim, "Look!"

You shiver.

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!"

(Iscikella watches the form in the lake.)

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.

(Daelnor glances at the lake)

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

You exclaim, "Lumnis!"

Daelnor tightens his grip on his black rolaren longsword.

You ask, "What is it?"

Arliquin exclaims, "You will all share the same fate... Burn, Burn all of you till I have the staff!"

Odevalis blinks.

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

(Aranrhod faces the lake)

Daelnor says, "ah dunno, but it will die if it attacks"

Ilvane exclaims, "You won't get a thing from us if we are dead!"

Arliquin shakes his head.

Ilvane glares at Arliquin.

Odevalis glares.

Arliquin screams!

Arliquin kneels down.

Daelnor says, "ye will nae git tha staff, coward"

Daelnor glowers darkly at Arliquin.

(Iscikella watches the form in the water, her eyes wide.)

Daelnor shifts his weight.

Kadesha says, "jes remember it aint Arliquin but the essence"

Daelnor begins to twitch.

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

In a booming voice, the watery shape says, "Call upon your gods all you wish, I am the only true god. This world will be mine."

You say, "We know that."

Arliquin twitches a bit and contorts his face in a lunatic grin.

You scream!

Daelnor begins to twitch.

Daelnor blinks.

You exclaim, "Oh!"

Suddenly you have the strangest feeling that you are being watched.
The feeling fades as quickly as it came.

Odevalis says, "I don't believe that, and never will..."

Daelnor asks, "who??"

Kadesha yells, "Yeah tell that to Koar and all Liabo"

Odevalis frowns.

Daelnor blinks.

Ilvane says, "A weakened abomination..a dark spawn of the darkness."

Arliquin shudders.

Ilvane nods to Arliquin.

Ilvane says, "Remember that."

(Kadesha shakes her fist at the voice)

Aranrhod asks, "Penguin god?"

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Arliquin says, "get out ... "

Odevalis rubs Arliquin gently.

You look at Aranrhod and shake your head.

Odevalis frowns.

You hear the voice of Armaxis say, "The Lord of Blood speaksss. Count yourselves lucky He does not cut sever your legs so that you may kneel properly before Him."

You say, "Nae, is reptilian."

Aranrhod says, "I know"

Aranrhod nods to you.

(Daelnor spins about)

Daelnor snarls menacingly!

The voice continues, "Icemule will be nothing more than a lake soon enough, and all of you upon the bottom of it."

Kadesha says, "dern arrogant"

Daelnor mutters snakes.

Ilvane shakes her head.

Daelnor tightens his grip on his black rolaren longsword.

You hear a sinister hissing nearby.

Arliquin snarls menacingly!

You exclaim, "Voice, what want ye with this town!"

Daelnor says, "show yourself, snake"

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

Aranrhod asks, "And you say this because?"

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

Arliquin yells, "Get out of my head!"

Daelnor sneers.

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

You raise your fist in a display of defiance.

"You will give the staff to one of my followers, or you will all die. Slowly. Painfully. Eternally."

(Aranrhod stares at the image)

Ilvane says, "Never."

The form sinks back into the water.

Ilvane shakes her head.

Aranrhod laughs!

Daelnor exclaims, "I deny you, serpent!"

Aranrhod exclaims, "Never!"

Arliquin swoons.

Daelnor tilts his black rolaren longsword side to side, making the light play off it.

(Iscikella watches the waves calm on the water.)

Arliquin begins to twitch.

Odevalis asks, "Arli...?"

Daelnor moves to stand in front of Arliquin.

Kadesha snarls menacingly!

Odevalis kneels down.

Odevalis rubs Arliquin gently.

Arliquin begins to twitch.

You slowly and deliberately empty your filled lungs.

Ilvane rubs Arliquin gently.

Kadesha rubs Arliquin gently.

Aranrhod exclaims, "Leave him alone!"

You hear the voice of Armaxis say, "Deny all you wish. You cannot deny what is destined. It shall come to pass."

You shiver.

Daelnor exclaims, "destiny is wha' we make it!"

Daelnor curses fluently.

Arliquin whimpers.

(Iscikella shivers and shudders all over.)

Aranrhod says, "Deny all you wish Armaxis"

Kadesha paces back and forth.

Daelnor takes a few steps in a small circle.

Daelnor begins to twitch.

Odevalis just kissed Arliquin on the cheek.

Kadesha paces back and forth.

Odevalis frowns.

Arliquin mutters luukos.

Kadesha snarls menacingly!

You nod to Arliquin.

You mutter about Amasalen...

You shiver.

Odevalis frowns.

Kadesha clenches her fist.

Daelnor exclaims, "show your self, watery snake, perhaps we shall see how immortal ye really are!"

Daelnor sneers.

Daelnor tilts his black rolaren longsword side to side, making the light play off it.

Kadesha says, "eh"

Daelnor begins to twitch.

You shiver.

Ilvane asks, "Arliquin..you heard those cats..didn't you?"

Ilvane kneels down.

Odevalis says, "Let it be gone..."

(Iscikella purposely slows down her breathing.)

Odevalis turns to face Arliquin.

Odevalis frowns.

Ilvane says, "You know Andelas was with you.."

Kadesha says, "I thinks, Daelnor, better ta call on Liabo there"

You hear the voice of Armaxis say, "Strong words now, dear boy...you are truly fortunate you did not anger the Lord of Sacrifice with such blasphemy."

You hear someone laughing softly nearby.

Daelnor says, "I call on no one, Kadesha"

Kadesha says, "hey Armaxis, come on out"

Aranrhod exclaims, "No!"

Kadesha says, "or ye a coward too"

Aranrhod covers her eyes with her hands.

Aranrhod says, "We will have to look at him"

Odevalis peers quizzically at Aranrhod.

Ilvane asks, "Aranrhod?"

Daelnor begins to twitch.

Aranrhod blinks.

Aranrhod grins at Ilvane.

Daelnor sneers.

Aranrhod asks, "yes?"

Ilvane giggles.

(Iscikella stands at the water's edge watching.)

Arliquin says, "the cats... dying... it was my fault..."

Ilvane exclaims, "Don't do that!"

Odevalis just nudged Aranrhod.

Ilvane flails her arms about.

Odevalis shakes her head.

Arliquin whimpers.

Odevalis says, "no it wasn't."

(Daelnor glances at the water)

A mottled grey tomcat ambles in, meowing softly. It rubs against Arliquin, then pads off.

You smile.

Daelnor tightens his grip on his black rolaren longsword.

You say, "See, Arli."

Odevalis smiles at Arliquin.

Kadesha smiles at Arliquin.

Odevalis says, "see..."

Daelnor blinks at Arliquin.

Aranrhod smiles.

You say, "they know it wasn't."

Ilvane frowns at Arliquin.

You nod to Arliquin.

Ilvane asks, "How was it your fault?"

Aranrhod says, "Arliquin"

Aranrhod nods.

(Aranrhod points at the cat)

Aranrhod says, "You god is with you"

Daelnor glances at Arliquin.

Kadesha sneezes.

You say, "The cats know wasn't ye."

Arliquin says, "Andelas.."

You nod to Arliquin.

You rub Arliquin.

Daelnor looks very far away for a moment, a wistful expression on his face.

Kadesha scratches herself idly.

Daelnor shifts his weight.

Arliquin moves to a kneeling position.

Arliquin sneers.

Kadesha says, "I am glad, even though cats make me sneeze"

Odevalis grins at Arliquin.

Kadesha rubs Arliquin gently.

Odevalis begins chuckling at Kadesha.

Odevalis just kissed Arliquin on the forehead.

Odevalis stands up.

You shiver.

Odevalis tries to pull Arliquin to his feet, but he is too heavy.

(Iscikella gazes at the water.)

Ilvane beams!

Kadesha shivers.

Arliquin exclaims, "Luukos! You can not have me!"

Odevalis grins at Arliquin.

(Daelnor watches the water intently)

Arliquin roars!

Aranrhod smiles at Arliquin.

Daelnor tightens his grip on his black rolaren longsword.

Kadesha smiles at Arliquin.

Arliquin stands up.

Aranrhod clasps Daelnor's hand tenderly.

Arliquin shudders.

Kadesha exclaims, "yeah ya tell em!"

Kadesha stamps her feet.

Odevalis rubs Arliquin gently.

Arliquin leans on Odevalis.

Kadesha rubs Arliquin gently.

Odevalis just hugged Arliquin.

Odevalis clasps Arliquin's hand tenderly.

You say, "But seems Amasalen is doing his master's bidding."

You shiver.

(Iscikella stares at the water.)

Aranrhod says, "To have to go through that"

You say, "After we we just heard."

Aranrhod rubs Arliquin gently.

Daelnor says, "bah, smoke and mirrors"

Daelnor snarls menacingly!

You glance at Daelnor.

Daelnor mutters under his breath.

Arliquin gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

You ask, "Smoke and mirrors?"

You say, "Hardly."

You shake your head.

Arliquin just touched a delicate alum Andelas symbol.

Odevalis says, "I dont think it was illusion Daelnor.. that.. the waters turned so black.."

Odevalis shakes her head.

Aranrhod says, "Maybe compared to our faith it could be that"

Daelnor says, "all tha' effort to create a big snake, which does nothing"

Daelnor scoffs.

Aranrhod says, "If we view it that way"

Daelnor begins to twitch.

You ask, "What did ye want it to do?"

Kadesha says, "Luukos the mighty penguin roaster"

Odevalis grins at Aranrhod.

Daelnor says, "die"

Ilvane smiles.

Kadesha scoffs.

Daelnor glances at you.

You gawk at Daelnor.

Kadesha frowns.

Daelnor shrugs.

Odevalis raises an eyebrow.

You ask, "Ye think we have the power to kill Luukos?"

Odevalis glances at Daelnor.

You shake your head.

Arliquin exclaims, "I will not be a Puppet! For Amasalen, or anyone!"

Aranrhod nods to Arliquin.

Arliquin sneers.

You say, "I know that feeling, Arli."

You nod to Arliquin.

Daelnor says, "I will fight, no matter who"

You sigh softly.

Aranrhod says, "And your god knows that"

Aranrhod nods to Arliquin.

Daelnor says, "to protect my loved ones and friends"

Daelnor narrows his eyes.

Daelnor surveys the area.

You sit down.

Aranrhod just hugged Daelnor.

Arliquin exclaims, "I am Arliquin Foolekiller, Priest of Andelas! I shall devour you snake!"

You say, "Well, I am frightened and not ashamed to admit it."

Daelnor says, "ah do nae believe tha' to be Luukos, though a minion perhaps"

Arliquin scoffs.

You shiver.

Arliquin exclaims, "I shall not submit!"

Daelnor says, "why would the dark one go through the effort to show himself..and accomplish nothing by it"

Ilvane grumbles.

Daelnor glowers.

Daelnor shifts his weight.

Arliquin exclaims, "And you will not have this town!"

Ilvane paces back and forth.

Daelnor says, "this town will stand strong"

Kadesha says, "well he said hes the one true god, however, he aint"

Daelnor nods to Arliquin.

Ilvane asks, "Have they let you rest, yet?"

You say, "I'm sorry, but I am frightened."

Ilvane rubs Arliquin gently.

You shiver.

Daelnor says, "all ah saw was a big snake"

Daelnor snarls menacingly!

Aranrhod says, "To try to show power"

Kadesha says, "jes made me angry"

Aranrhod nods to Daelnor.

Ilvane says, "Over in the courtyard..it called me the spawn of Luukos."

Ilvane frowns.

Aranrhod says, "Is all"

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow in Ilvane's direction.

You say, "I am glad ye are all so confident."

Daelnor says, "do nae listen to the lies"

Kadesha says, "called me a traitor, glad he finally got the message"

Ilvane says, "Said it saw me change."

(Iscikella gazes out over the water.)

Kadesha grins.

Arliquin says, "Come, take my life if you think that will stop me! False god.. you feeble immortal. You can only dream of true godhood"

Aranrhod says, "Technically you are"

Daelnor says, "confident? more angry.."

Aranrhod shifts her weight.

Aranrhod says, "But not now"

Ilvane nods to Aranrhod.

Daelnor glances at you.

Odevalis says, "Arli.. he may just do that.. dont say that..."

Odevalis frowns.

Arliquin scoffs.

Daelnor leans on his longsword.

Odevalis stares at Arliquin.

Aranrhod says, "Pray to your god"

Aranrhod nods to Arliquin.

Daelnor says, "ah cannae say these sights do nae frighten me"

Aranrhod says, "He did not desert you"

Arliquin says, "Slither back to the rock you crawled out from under."

Daelnor exclaims, "but I will not be cowed!"

You shiver.

Daelnor says, "and I owe a debt to these minions"

Daelnor glowers.

Daelnor begins to twitch.

Kadesha blinks at Daelnor.

Kadesha asks, "ya what?"

Ilvane says, "You almost hurt me."

Ilvane glances at Arliquin.

Daelnor glances at Kadesha.

You shiver.

Odevalis grins at Arliquin.

Kadesha asks, "ya owe a debt? what kinda debt?"

Kadesha peers quizzically at Daelnor.

Daelnor says, "any minion of the dark one..or his associates..ah will do mah best to destroy"

Daelnor glances at Kadesha.

Daelnor says, "my homeland is gone,"

Kadesha says, "ohh well okay"

Ilvane flails her arms about.

Kadesha says, "that kinds okay"

Arliquin asks, "Have nothing to say in retort?"

Kadesha grins slowly.

Arliquin laughs!

Kadesha rubs Daelnor gently.

Daelnor says, "once lovely fertile fields now haven for the walking dead"

You say, "I think it said all it needed to say... for the moment."

(Iscikella gazes over the water.)



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