Tidal Wave
Leyan, day 14 of the month Eoanatos in the year 5101

***TECHNICAL NOTE***
This log is actually the combination of three separate logs from two players, two from Iscikella's player and one from Atoyoz's player. It should be noted, therefore, that in this log the "you" references refer to either of these two characters, as noted in the initital reference.

Of course, the "spoken within the head" of one or other of the possessed is very taggable as the essence. In Iscikella's portions of the log, the words listed there as being said by "Iscikella" rather than "you" are those her essence spoke aloud. In Atoyoz's portion, the words listed there as being said by "Atoyoz" rather than "you" are those her essence spoke aloud. With regard to the words of Atoyoz's essence spoken aloud in Iscikella's second portion of the log, I believe the nature of what is said makes the differentiation between player and essence vocalizations.

The line "Ayandar, blisstern ent arant" spoken by the essence through Atoyoz was later translated by Cezzane and Evangalea as "When we walk, the lands will burn badly."

During the time the essence used the body/voice of either character, neither the player of Iscikella nor the player of Atoyoz had any control.
***END NOTE***

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

[Icemule Trace, Town Center]
The bustling town comes together in this square. Halflings dressed in varying fashions stand about, some chattering happily, others reclining on cloaks laid on the ground. One ancient halfling leans against the base of the large ice statue of a mule, snoring blissfully. A feeling of community pervades the area, putting you immediately at ease. You also see a carved ice bench with some stuff on it.
Also here: Neco who is sitting, Taelyr who is sitting, Klarissa, Lord Sauthurdig, the Legendary Silversoft, Lord Redem, Ethene, Lyrthos who is lying down, Kaisim, Novice Mags who is sitting, Lateralis who is sitting, Journeyman Zelak who is lying down, Norrec who is kneeling, Tazelhoffe, Sayre who is lying down, Mayzra who is sitting.
Obvious paths: north, east, south, west.

Magsme waves to you.

You concentrate on the Organ Repair spell...
You concentrate.
Your chest feels better.

You wave to Magsme.

You exclaim, "Magsme!"

You grin at Magsme.

You chuckle.

Magsme hugs you.

You concentrate on the Heal spell...
You concentrate.
You feel better.

Magsme smiles.

You concentrate on the Limb Repair spell...
You concentrate.
Your left leg feels better.

You ask, "How ye be?"

You tickle Magsme.

Magsme asks, "Great and ye?"

Magsme says, "long time no see"

Magsme smiles.

"Your time grows very short, soon you will be nothing more than a shell, and we will walk the lands again. With every day, our power is growing, and our bonds weakening." You hear a soft chuckle.

You gaze in wonder at your surroundings.

You gasp.

You say, "Uh..."

You say, "the essence seems a bit... antsy at the moment."

You blink.

"If perhaps you can retrieve the staff, I shall spare you."

You tilt your head up.

You say, "And no, ye will not make me just a shell, essence."

You raise your fist in a display of defiance.

Varonya ponders.

A mocking voice whispers, "Exactly what do you think will happen when my essence leaves you?"

You exclaim, "Voice, ye will be forced out!"

You mutter something inaudible.

Arimantis glances at you.

You say, "Essence, Arimantis."

You nod to Arimantis.

Kvath rubs you gently.

Varonya ponders.

Arimantis asks, "It talkin now?"

Arimantis stares off into space.

You nod to Arimantis.

You say, "Mocking me."

"I will leave soon enough, but when I do, it will be the last breath you take."

Arimantis says, "Bah.. it jus jealous cause it don gots a body of its own"

You say, "Says I will be no more than a shell."

You say, "And asking what I think will happen when it leaves me."

Arimantis smirks.

You grimace.

Varonya rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Aranrhod smiles.

Tierus suddenly fades into view.
Tierus gestures.
A column of air whirls about Tierus, blowing his hair wildly in all directions.

Aranrhod says, "Evening"

Tierus just hugged Aranrhod.

Atoyoz curtsies to Aranrhod.

Tierus shows Aranrhod his ebony figurine.

Tierus says, "See? 'Tis Yfa."

Tierus grins at Damaris.

Arimantis stares off into space.

Tierus nods to Damaris.

You fidget.

Tierus says, "Sometimes."

Arimantis says, "But that thing away.."

Aranrhod blinks at Tierus.

Arimantis glances at Tierus.

You say, "Tierus, the essence is... mocking."

Tierus shudders.

Aranrhod glances at you.

Aranrhod asks, "What?"

You say, "Is mocking..."

Tierus asks, "A mockin' essence?"

You say, "Saying I will be made no more than a shell."

Tierus looks over at you and shakes his head.

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow.

Arimantis says, "It jus mocks.. cause it can't do nothin else. All it gots are threats"

You say, "And asking what I think will happen when it leaves me."

You frown.

Tierus says, "Ye existed befer tha essence... an' ye'll exist aftwards."

Tierus nods to you.

Lady Atoyoz just went west.

Damaris just went west.

Aranrhod asks, "When did you hear this Iscikella?"

The halfling wizard mutters, "Ya works hard all yer life, and for what? Ya finds nobody knows yer name!"

You ask, "Voice, why don't ye speak yer name?"

You tilt your head up.

You say, "For all to hear..."

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow in your direction.

Arimantis smirks.

The halfling wizard mutters, "Ya works hard all yer life, and for what? Ya finds nobody knows yer name!"

Redem nods to the halfling wizard.

Aranrhod says, "Think that is what she just asked about"

You say, "Just now, Aran."

Aranrhod nods to the halfling wizard.

Magsme says, "dang"

"When we leave your bodies, we will drain every last bit of your life force. If you survive the separation, all that will be left will be nothing more than a bag of flesh."

Aranrhod says, "I see"

Magsme wails!

Aranrhod fidgets.

Tierus says, "We oughtta go an' burn doon tha' tomb."

Tierus sighs.

Aranrhod peers quizzically at you.

You exclaim, "Ye won't get the chance, essence!"

Arimantis says, "All it gots.. all Amasalen gots is threats.."

Aranrhod says, "I do not think burning will stop anything Tierus"

(Tierus glances at the carved likeness of Yfa in his hands, sighing softly.)

Tierus says, "Then 'gain, if we kill them..."

Arimantis glances at Tierus.

Tierus nods to Aranrhod.

Tierus says, "Ye're pro'lly right."

Aranrhod's face turns slightly pale.

Redem grunts. How charming.

Alyxandrah just arrived.

Tierus turns to face you.

You tilt your head up.

Alyxandrah stares off into space.

Tierus waves to Alyxandrah.

Arimantis says, "Amasalen jus usin that there essence, cause he don got the guts ta do anythin himself"

Aranrhod waves to Alyxandrah.

Arimantis smirks.

Alyxandrah says, "Evening..."

Tierus pokes Arimantis in the ribs.

Aranrhod blinks.

Alyxandrah rocks back on her heels.

You say, "And yes, essence, I will survive the separation... as me."

Arimantis says, "Well.. is true"

Aranrhod ducks her head.

You tap yourself on the chest.

Arimantis nods to Tierus.

Tierus says, "Ah think 'e's got plenty o' guts... an' blood. Too bad neither is his own."

Arimantis stares off into space.

Aranrhod blinks at you.

Arimantis says, "Ya know whats I meant"

Arimantis gives Tierus a little prod between the shoulder blades.

Maygog greets a halfling wizard. Perhaps they're in cahoots!

You whisper quietly to Alyxandrah, "Essence is active."

Chayy nods to you in greeting.

You nod to Chayy in greeting.


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

***TECHNICAL NOTE***
Picks up just about directly after previous log...
***END NOTE***

[Tavern Burrow, Ale Street]
The sounds of gaiety from the Silvermule are slightly muffled by the yew trees lining the street. The bright row houses down on Porter Street have been replaced by slightly wider stucco boarding houses, apparently the homes for many of the Silvermule's workers. You also see an acid-pitted gold chest, a doorman, a large moss covered gate, a tent guard, the party tent and a wedding tent.
Obvious paths: north, east, southwest.

Damaris just arrived.

Damaris says in guild speak, "I'll probably need to be swept afterwards anyway."

You grin.

Damaris rubs her chin thoughtfully.

You say in guild speak, "Certainly."

You chuckle.

Damaris says in guild speak, "I need to knock you down..hm.. 14 times."

You grin.

Damaris checks her footing.

You take a drink from your slooberry rum.

Damaris says in guild speak, "Let's see if I can hit you without having to get the full plate out."

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Success!
You fall to the ground! Damaris deftly regains her footing.

You chuckle.

Damaris tries to pull you to your feet, but you are too heavy.
Damaris tries to pull you to your feet, but you are too heavy.
Damaris pulls you to your feet.

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Success!
You fall to the ground! Damaris deftly regains her footing.

You stand back up.

You say in guild speak, "After a couple sips of this rum...."

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Failed!
Damaris whacks your legs futilely! Damaris stumbles back on her feet.

Damaris grins at you.

You say in guild speak, "Doesn't take much."

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Failed!
Damaris whacks your legs futilely! Damaris stumbles back on her feet.

You grin at Damaris.

Damaris says in guild speak, "I appreciate the help."

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Success!
You fall to the ground! Damaris deftly regains her footing.

The tent guard taps a foot, keeping time to music you don't hear then looks toward the party tent.

You say in guild speak, "Anytime."

Damaris tries to pull you to your feet, but you are too heavy.
You stand back up.
Damaris just tried to pull you towards her!

Damaris says in guild speak, "Heh, you may regret saying that."

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Success!
You fall to the ground! Damaris deftly regains her footing.

You chuckle.

Damaris says in guild speak, "I'm so far behind on my guild work."

Damaris groans.

You stand back up.

Damaris just tried to pull you towards her!

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Aim is somewhat off.
Failed!
Damaris whacks your legs futilely! Damaris stumbles back on her feet.

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Failed!
Damaris whacks your legs futilely! Damaris stumbles back on her feet.

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Success!
You fall to the ground! Damaris deftly regains her footing.

Damaris tries to pull you to your feet, but you are too heavy.
Damaris tries to pull you to your feet, but you are too heavy.

You say in guild speak, "I'm not nearly as far as I should be."

You stand back up.

Damaris just tried to pull you towards her!

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Success!
You fall to the ground! Damaris deftly regains her footing.

Damaris tries to pull you to your feet, but you are too heavy.
Damaris tries to pull you to your feet, but you are too heavy.
You stand back up.

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Failed!
Damaris whacks your legs futilely! Damaris stumbles back on her feet.

Damaris says in guild speak, "I just know I should be much further along than I am."

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Failed!
Damaris whacks your legs futilely! Damaris stumbles back on her feet.

You grin at Damaris.

Damaris says in guild speak, "Just so hard finding partners, I give up easily."

Damaris chuckles.

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Success!
You fall to the ground! Damaris deftly regains her footing.

Damaris says in guild speak, "Seven more."

You grin.

You stand back up.

Damaris just tried to pull you towards her!

You take a drink from your slooberry rum.
Nice.

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Failed!
Damaris whacks your legs futilely! Damaris stumbles back on her feet.

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Failed!
Damaris whacks your legs futilely! Damaris stumbles back on her feet.

The tent guard moves her lips mumbling to herself then peeks inside the party tent.

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Failed!
Damaris whacks your legs futilely! Damaris stumbles back on her feet.

A voice whispers within you, "You will miss me won't you, when I drain every last ounce of spirit from you. Of course you will. It is a shame you won't be alive to witness us destroy Icemule for once and for all. Perhaps if you can get ahold of the staff, your miserable life will be spared."

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Failed!
Damaris whacks your legs futilely! Damaris stumbles back on her feet.

You blink.

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Failed!
Damaris whacks your legs futilely! Damaris stumbles back on her feet.

Damaris shoves futilely at you.

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Failed!
Damaris whacks your legs futilely! Damaris stumbles back on her feet.

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Success!
You fall to the ground! Damaris deftly regains her footing.

Damaris tries to pull you to your feet, but you are too heavy.
Damaris tries to pull you to your feet, but you are too heavy.
Damaris tries to pull you to your feet, but you are too heavy.
Damaris tries to pull you to your feet, but you are too heavy.

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

Damaris is admiring you.

You stand back up.

Search
You don't find anything of interest here.

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Failed!
Damaris whacks your legs futilely! Damaris stumbles back on her feet.

Damaris peers quizzically at you.

You ask in guild speak, "Did you hear something?"

Damaris crouches, sweeps a leg at you and connects!
Failed!
Damaris whacks your legs futilely! Damaris stumbles back on her feet.

Damaris asks, "Hear something?"

Damaris says, "Nah, just the tent guard muttering to herself."

You say in guild speak, "I heard a voice..."

The tent guard sighs impatiently then peeks inside the party tent.

Damaris says, "Erm, himself."

Damaris blinks at you.

You narrow your eyes.

Damaris says, "I didn't hear anything."

(Damaris stops and looks at you, confused.)

Damaris asks, "You sure it wasn't just the guard talking to himself?"

The tent guard taps a foot, keeping time to music you don't hear then peeks inside the party tent.

You say in guild speak, "Sounded like someone whispering"

You hear mocking laughter within.

You blink.

Damaris raises an eyebrow.

You ask in guild speak, "Did you hear that?"

Search
You don't find anything of interest here.

Damaris says, "I didn't hear anything, but.. no."

Damaris searches around for a moment.

Damaris says, "Someone here? Come out."

You say in guild speak, "someone laughing at me"

Damaris squints at you.

You turn around.

Search
You don't find anything of interest here.

Damaris asks, "How much of that rum did you have?"

You glance at a mug of slooberry rum.

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

sniff rum
It smells like a mug of slooberry rum.

Atoyoz's eyes cloud over with crimson flecks.

Damaris asks, "Want to continue as we were, or stop and try to find whatever person that was laughing at us?"

Damaris exclaims, "Gah!"

Damaris asks, "Whoa.. uh, you ok?"

You raise an eyebrow in Damaris's direction.

You ask in guild speak, "What's wrong?"

(Damaris takes a step backwards, looking nervous suddenly.)

You turn around.

You ask in guild speak, "Did you hear something?"

Damaris says, "No, I thought I saw.."

Damaris shakes her head.

You ask in guild speak, "What?"

Damaris says, "Must be seeing things."

You cock your head at Damaris.

Damaris says, "Nothing. Your eyes just, um, glinted oddly."

You blink.

You ask in guild speak, "My eyes?"

Damaris says, "Yeah, that's it. I was seeing things."

Damaris nods to you.

(Damaris convinces herself.)

You squint.

Damaris asks, "Can you see all right?"

Damaris squints at you.

You nod to Damaris.

Atoyoz says, "Ayandar, blisstern ent arant."

Damaris blinks.

Damaris asks, "What?"

The tent guard nods pleasantly at passing townsfolk then looks toward the party tent.

You give your eyebrow a little workout.

You say in guild speak, "I...didn't say that"

You blink.

Damaris blinks at you.

Damaris says in guild speak, "Yeah, you did. I watched you say it."

Damaris says in guild speak, "Lips moved and all."

Damaris asks in guild speak, "What's it mean?"

The tent guard scans the area then peeks inside the party tent.

You focus your mind on Iscikella and think:
"Could you come south of the well?"

You say in guild speak, "I have no idea."

Atoyoz cackles, "Your doom is near."

Damaris blinks.

You gasp.

Damaris scowls.

You clasp a hand over your mouth.

You shake your head.

You say in guild speak, "Not me"

(Damaris gives Atoyoz a Look.)

Damaris looks rather confused.

Damaris says, "Maybe you should go sit down for awhile or something."

You concentrate on establishing the link and suddenly you see...
...[Icemule Trace, North Road]
...The air takes on a definite chill here. To the north, you can see the gleam of sunshine reflecting off ice, and it seems the road is headed straight into the glacier. To the north and east, the Temple rises above the city on a hill of ice, watching over the city and shining like a polished crystal. You also see the Kalsey disk and the Nekales disk.
...Also here: Lord Tierus, Kalsey, Nekales, Arimantis, Aranrhod, Lady Iscikella
...Obvious paths: north, south.

You nod.

...Tierus asks, "'ow many people 'ave tha Nine acsh'lly killed?"

Damaris says, "That rum is stronger than it looks, I guess."

...Arimantis says, "Jus my point.. whispers is jus whispers, nothin more"

...Tierus frowns.

Damaris says, "Not remembering what you're saying, talking in weird languages.."

Damaris ponders.

You say in guild speak, "I need to find Iscikella."

...Aranrhod says, "Sounds to me as if it is trying to frighten you"

...Your concentration on the image fades.

You nod to Damaris.

You are now speaking the Common language.

Damaris says, "..eyes turning..red.."

Damaris's face turns slightly pale.

You glance at Damaris.

Damaris says, "I saw her in town center, let me walk with you."

You ask, "My eyes?"

Damaris says, "Just to be safe."

Damaris reaches out and holds your hand.

Damaris asks, "Ready?"

You say, "She's on the north road now."

You nod to Damaris.

Damaris nods.

Damaris's group just went north.


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

***TECHNICAL NOTE***
Simultaneous to and then following the previous log...
***END NOTE***

[Icemule Trace, North Road]
The air takes on a definite chill here. To the north, you can see the gleam of sunshine reflecting off ice, and it seems the road is headed straight into the glacier. To the north and east, the Temple rises above the city on a hill of ice, watching over the city and shining like a polished crystal.
Obvious paths: north, south.

You exclaim, "Essence, speak yer name!"

You tilt your head up.

You raise your fist in a display of defiance.

Aranrhod just arrived.
Alyxandrah just arrived.

Aranrhod blinks at you.

Aranrhod asks, "Are you alright?"

Alyxandrah whispers, "Are you alright?"

Arimantis just arrived.

You look at Alyxandrah and shake your head.

You say, "Is mocking."

Alyxandrah cocks her head at you.

You say, "Saying will take all our life force, from the possessed."

You say, "And leave us as nothing."

You shudder.

Arimantis says, "Thats all it can do... threats.."

You tilt your head up.

Aranrhod shifts her weight.

Alyxandrah nods to Arimantis.

Nekales leans on Aranrhod.

You exclaim, "Speak yer name!"

Aranrhod just hugged Nekales.

Nekales smiles.

Arimantis says, "It don gots any power, long as that staff is in Ta'Vaalor"

Nekales says, "evening"

You nod to Nekales in greeting.

Aranrhod says, "Evening"

Nekales smiles at you.

Kalsey just arrived.

Arimantis asks, "Do ya Essense?"

Lord Tierus just arrived.

Arimantis squints at you.

You sigh.

You say, "It sounds so sure of itself."

Tierus sighs.

You say, "And I don't feel any pain anymore... when it comes."

Aranrhod says, "Well...of course it does"

Tierus says, "So does Thurfel. An' Thurfel, ah b'lieve in."

Tierus nods to you.

You say, "Well, I trust Thurfel to help all he can."

Alyxandrah just kissed you on the cheek.

Aranrhod says, "It is not going to sound doubtful if it is threatening you"

Arimantis says, "Notice how.. it won talk ta anyone else. It jus tries ta get at yer mind."

You say, "But without the staff, not sure he can defeat them all."

Alyxandrah whispers, "Believe in yourself and in Thurfel, you'll be fine, m'lady."

Alyxandrah just hugged Tierus.

You nod to Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah waves.

Alyxandrah just went south.

Tierus says, "Aye. Tha essence is trapped in ye, Iscikella. Utterly entrapped."

Aranrhod says, "That is true Arimantis"

Aranrhod says, "It does not let us here because it is afraid"

Arimantis says, "Knows.. ifin it speaks up, it will have ta deal with all us. Don gots the guts"

Tierus nods to Aranrhod.
Tierus nods to Arimantis.

Arimantis nods to Aranrhod.

Aranrhod nods.

Arimantis rubs you gently.

Tierus indicates his ebony figurine with a smile.

Arimantis glances at Tierus.

You say, "But what is said..."

You bite your lip.

Arimantis says, "Bah.. put that thing away"

Tierus asks, "Why does she werk wif 'em?"

Your whole body trembles with fear.

Tierus sighs.

Tierus touches you.

You say, "Isn't saying we will die."

Tierus says, "Trust in 'Mule."

Arimantis says, "it is jus words.. jus whispers.."

You say, "Is saying we will be left shells."

Your whole body trembles with fear.

Tierus says, "An' trust in yerself."

Aranrhod rubs you gently.

Tierus says, "Iscikella, ah coul' tell ye right now tha' ah wis a Sorcerer. Tha' wouldnae make it true."

Tierus says, "Nae matter 'ow in depth ah got tellin' ye ah wis one."

Arimantis says, "Setzier done told me that hundreds of times.. an Im still here"

Aranrhod says, "Setzier says a lot of things"

Aranrhod nods.

Arimantis nods to Aranrhod.

You sense Atoyoz looking in on you.

Tierus asks, "'ow many people 'ave tha Nine acsh'lly killed?"

Arimantis says, "Jus my point.. whispers is jus whispers, nothin more"

Tierus frowns.

Aranrhod says, "Sounds to me as if it is trying to frighten you"

Arimantis nods.

Aranrhod says, "And only you"

Tierus asks, "An' why are tha Nine such a threat, if a small community o' halflings coul've once dealt wif 'em?"

Aranrhod nods to you.

Nekales nods to Aranrhod.

Arimantis says, "Easier ta frighten one person, than a whole town"

You say, "Well, I don't want it killing anymore through me."

You shudder.

Aranrhod says, "True"

You say, "I killed Tierus."

Damaris's group just arrived.

You say, "And that sentry."

Damaris asks, "Uh, Iscikella?"

You say, "And tossed Thurfel into the mist."

Damaris says, "Scuse me, but.."

Damaris glances at Atoyoz.

You cock your head at Damaris.

Atoyoz shudders.

Tierus cocks his head at Atoyoz.

You ask, "Something wrong, Atoyoz?"

(Damaris steps away from Atoyoz cautiously.)

A hairy spider lurking just inside a fold of Atoyoz's spidersilk cloak skitters out of view.

Atoyoz says, "I heard a voice whisper."

Iscikella and Atoyoz exchange a knowing glance.

Arimantis says, "Bah.. that lil bolt it sent through Opalina was weaker than one them magical kobolds"

Aranrhod blinks.

You gasp.

Tierus asks, "Oh, nae! Atoyoz, M'lady... did yers awaken, too?"

Damaris says, "She's been talking in odd languages, and she cackled at me and said my doom was near.."

You ask, "What did it say, Atoyoz?"

Tierus says, "Uh oh."

Atoyoz says, "I believe it must have"

Nekales rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Damaris says, "..and her eyes got all flecked with red."

Arimantis glances at Damaris.

Tierus frowns.

Damaris blinks at Arimantis.

Aranrhod says, "Umm"

Tierus asks, "Flecked wif red?"

Damaris says, "I didn't do it! I was just standing there talking with her.."

Arimantis says, "That don sound too good.."

Atoyoz says, "It said I would miss it when it drained the spirit from me."

A halfling wizard just arrived.

You peers quizzically at Atoyoz.

(Tierus peers into Atoyoz's eyes, frowning quizzically.)

Arimantis says, "Din say ya did"

Arimantis rubs Damaris gently.

Damaris says, "I know they look fine NOW, but they were all red before.."

Iscikella says, "We grow more powerful with every heartbeat. Flee while you can, or suffer the consequences."

Arimantis squints at you.

Aranrhod exclaims, "No!"

Nekales smirks.

A halfling wizard grumbled his way north.

You gasp.

Atoyoz sighs.

Kalsey smiles quietly to herself.

You exclaim, "that isn't me!"

Arimantis asks, "Bah.. you really think we gonna run from you?"

Damaris says, "Any idea what "Ayandar, blisstern ent arant" means? She said that, but she said she DIDN'T say it."

Your whole body trembles with fear.

Aranrhod says, "I know it is not"

Aranrhod nods to Iscikella.

Aranrhod rubs you gently.

Damaris blinks at you.

Nekales says, "i grow more powerful too, but at least i don't brag about it"

Tierus says, "Ayandar... tha' sounds like a..."

Nekales scoffs.

Tierus frowns.

Iscikella says, "Your flesh shall melt just as easily as the snow on the ground."

Atoyoz blinks at you.

Arimantis smirks.

Aranrhod exclaims, "You are wrong!"

You shudder violently, powerful energy washing over you.

(Tierus glances at Iscikella nonchalantly.)

You gasp.

Damaris blinks at you.

You shiver.

You says, "It is very strong."

Nekales glances at Iscikella.

Arimantis says, "Bah.. been told that too. Nothin but threats"

Tierus says, "Meltin' flesh is so inappropriate. Ah'venae e'en eaten dinner yet."

You say, "I feel its power pulsing through me."

You shudder.

Kalsey asks, "Do you feel the pain?"

Aranrhod blinks.

You looks over at Kalsey and shakes your head.

You say, "No pain."

You say, "Power."

You shudder.

Jestin just arrived.

Kalsey says, "I see."

Aranrhod asks, "Atoyoz...are you in any pain?"

Atoyoz says, "When the earth erupts, we shall arise. You will all remember that day, but only for a moment."

You blink at Atoyoz.

Arimantis smirks.

Jestin peers quizzically at Atoyoz.

Atoyoz looks over at Aranrhod and shakes her head.

Aranrhod exclaims, "You are wrong essence!"

Atoyoz says, "No pain"

Damaris blinks at Atoyoz.

You shudder.

Atoyoz clasps her hand over her mouth.

You exclaim, "It is so strong!"

Jestin sighs.

Tierus exclaims, "Then 'gain, Councilmen... ye need tae possess one final person befer ye cin get out. An' ah cert'nly dun' think ye cin do tha' whin Thurfel is blockin' yer magics!"

Your whole body trembles with fear.

You ask, "Atoyoz, ye feel the pull?"

You shudder.

Arimantis says, "Bah.. you aren't gettin out. You don gots the power without the staff"

(Tierus shakes a finger at Atoyoz and Iscikella in turn.)

You cock your head at Atoyoz.

Atoyoz says, "Without the staff, Thurfel will be powerless to stop us."

Tierus says, "'e's been doin' a good job so far."

Tierus nods to Atoyoz.

You exclaim, "No! He isn't powerless!"

Arimantis says, "Funny how somethin that thinks it gots so much power.. needs a staff ta get out a lil ol tomb"

You exclaim, "He can't be!"

You shudder.

Aranrhod glances at Atoyoz.

Atoyoz scratches her ear.

Nekales says, "i believe Yfa said something similar to that"

Nekales says, "look what happened to her"

Tierus glances at Nekales.

Tierus says, "Me love is alive."

Jestin leans on Arimantis.

Tierus indicates his ebony figurine with a smile.

Arimantis says, "Obviously.. he is smarter than you, ifin you are in there.. an he is out here"

You glance at Tierus.

Kalsey says, "That's just it, no one HAS been able to 'look' at what happened to her."

Tierus says, "Donnae speak ill o' Yfa Darkvein."

Aranrhod exclaims, "Snap out of it Tierus!"

Nekales glances at Tierus.

Iscikella says, "One more to join our folds, one more."

You shudder.

Atoyoz glances at you.

Damaris glances at you.

Jestin gazes up into the heavens.

You say, "One more..."

(Tierus caresses his figurine lovingly, his eyes staring off into the distance.)

Arimantis says, "Thurfel out witted ya once.. an he will do it again"

You shudder.

Arimantis nods to you.

Nekales says, "i will speak of her as i saw her, an imbicile"

Tierus glances at you.

Tierus asks, "Dae ye really think Thurfel will allow ye tae get tha last?"

Aranrhod asks, "One more?"

Jestin says, "Bah"

You say, "One more possessed, Aran."

Aranrhod asks, "Who?"

You glance at Atoyoz.

Iscikella says, "You put your faith in a jackal, you would do better to beg our mercy."

Damaris says, "Don't think anyone's been taken yet for that last one, Aranrhod."

Aranrhod blinks.

You clasp a hand over your mouth.

Aranrhod nods to Damaris.

Arimantis glances at you.

Atoyoz shudders.

You exclaim, "Thurfel is no jackal, essence! But ye are a horror!"

Aranrhod asks, "Who was that directed at?"

Tierus exclaims, "Ah'll tell yas wha's goin' tae happen... Thurfel is goin' tae get rid o' tha Nine, an' Yfa will realize 'ow silly this entire thing's been... an' then she'll be mine. Tha's all!"

Arimantis says, "I don beg ta no one.. specially not some lil essense that gots nothin but threats"

Jestin gazes up into the heavens.

You glance at Tierus.

Tierus just touched a lustrous onyx Ronan symbol.

You ask, "Atoyoz, ye feel it?"

You shudder.

Arimantis traces the lines of his symbol of Ronan.

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow.

Atoyoz says, "I feel nothing."

Jestin says, "Threats again"

Aranrhod asks, "Feel what?"

Jestin grumbles.

Atoyoz says, "Thurfel left us to rot, he will do the same to you, but it will matter not, since we are going to destroy each and every one of you anyways."

Jestin says, "Silliness"

Arimantis says, "It is jus tryin ta scare ya.."

Atoyoz exclaims, "No!"

Damaris blinks at Atoyoz.

Kalsey says, "Finally, some wise words spoken."

Damaris asks, "What'd we ever do to you?"

You say, "Perhaps ye deserved to rot."

Damaris furrows her brow.

Arimantis says, "Bah.. likes I said. He out witted ya once, an he will do it again"

You shudder.

Atoyoz says, "We will not all be destroyed."

Tierus says, "Ah dunno... bein' trapped in a tomb fer eternity is almos' as bad."

Aranrhod asks, "Ahh...a weak link?"

Tierus grins wryly.

You exclaim, "Ye cannot have us, essence! We will continue to fight ye!"

You raise your fist in a display of defiance.

Tierus glances at Atoyoz.

Atoyoz nods to you.

You shiver.

You exclaim, "I want to know why it is suddenly so strong!"

You shudder.

Kalsey asks, "They aready have you. The pain is no longer because perhaps you now accept the essence?"

Arimantis says, "Ya can't even do anythin now.. whats gonna happen ifin there jus one ya left... you will be even weaker than ya are now. An then.. that one will be destroyed too"

Arimantis nods to Atoyoz.

You look at Kalsey and shake your head.

You say, "I don't accept it."

Kalsey says, "Consciously you don't."

You say, "Subconsciously either."

Tierus says, "They 'ave tried twice now tae complete thair circle..."

You say, "It is trying to steal who I am."

You shake your head.

Kalsey says, "You wouldn't know what your subsconcious does."

Iscikella says, "The ninth will fall soon, soon."

Tierus says, "Angelrise dinnae get possessed, 'cause Thurfel wis guardin' 'er."

You gasp.

You clasp a hand over your mouth.

Tierus glances at you.

Aranrhod blinks at you.

Tierus asks, "'ow cin ye say tha', whin ye know Thurfel will defend tha last?"

Arimantis says, "Bah.."

Atoyoz hangs her head.

You shift your weight.

You fidget.

Tierus says, "Bother. Silly talismans. Thurfel will defend tha Ninth."

Arimantis says, "All these threats don mean nothin"

Tierus takes off a spherical crystalline periapt.

(Tierus glances at the periapt in his hand, filled with its geometrically arranged flowers.)

You say, "Arimantis, I am not sure taunting it to do something is a good idea."

You feel the blood drain from your face.

Tierus put a spherical crystalline periapt in his black velvet rucksack.

You say, "It is very strong at the moment."

Your whole body trembles with fear.

Arimantis asks, "So.. Im supposed ta agree with it?"

Atoyoz rubs you gently.

Arimantis smirks.

Tierus nods to you.

Tierus says, "Bu' nae strong 'nuff tae possess ano'er."

You look at Arimantis and shake your head.

(Tierus hisses, "Soon, soon" in a sibilant and mocking voice.)

You say, "Ye seek the ninth then, essence, because ye have not the staff."

You tilt your head up.

Damaris glances over at Tierus and winces.

Aranrhod says, "Hopefully not for a long time"

Arimantis says, "It jus gettin mad, cause it knows Im right"

Nekales grins at Arimantis.

The voice whispers, "Indeed, but once we have nine, the staff will be nothing more than a nuisance."

Atoyoz takes a drink from her slooberry rum.

Aranrhod leans on Arimantis.

You gasp.

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow.

Atoyoz glances at you.

You say, "It says, once it has the nine, the staff will be nothing but a nuisance."

You blink.

Damaris furrows her brow.

Tierus says, "Then dun' worry."

Kalsey says, "as it is now."

Tierus nods to you.

Atoyoz sighs.

You say, "I am telling ye it is strong."

Damaris asks, "Think it's bluffing?"

Damaris ponders.

Arimantis says, "See.. it jus tries ta scare ya in whispers.. won say anythin worth hearin out loud"

Tierus says, "Thurfel will defend tha Ninth."

You say, "I can feel power from it."

You say, "Like a wave."

"If it is not in Thurfel's hands, it is nothing more than a powerful wand."

You shudder.

A halfling deputy saunters in and stares at you curiously.

Tierus says, "'owe'er po'erful ye think these things are, Thurfel is stronger."

You gasp.

Aranrhod touches you.

Arimantis glances at a halfling deputy.

You exclaim, "That is as I thought!"

You ask, "Did ye hear it?"

Atoyoz furrows her brow.

Aranrhod says, "No"

Nekales says, "maybe we should enlist our mighty deputy here"

Atoyoz looks over at you and shakes her head.

Tierus says, "'is po'er belongs tae 'im... an' isnae a stolen thing frem blood an' Gods."

Arimantis says, "Course not.. it is scared ta let us hear it"

You say, "It said: If the staff is not in Thurfel's hand, it is no more than a powerful wand."

Nekales glances at a halfling deputy.

You furrow your brow, probably adding a wrinkle or two in the process.

You say, "They have nothing to fear from it, if Thurfel doesn't have it."

Atoyoz nods to you.

Atoyoz says, "I can believe that."

You nod to Atoyoz.

A halfling deputy glances at you and stomps away.

Atoyoz says, "In the hands of one who does not have the knowledge to harness it's power..."

Arimantis says, "But.. ya gots Thurfel himself ta fear.. an the town itself"

Atoyoz shakes her head.

Tierus asks, "If Thurfel really needed tha Staff, dun' ye think 'e woul've taken it frem Xeldria?"

Aranrhod asks, "Why would they tell us what the staff is without Thurfel?"

Tierus says, "'e grabbed tha orb frem Halfberry fer far less need. Ah think tha Nine are runnin' an' scared."

You ask, "Why wouldn't they, Aran?"

Tierus asks, "'tis been months since they've done anythin' mer than possess folks. 'ow much po'er cin they 'ave?"

You say, "they are braggers."

You say, "Always have been."

You say, "Whole lot of them."

You mutter something inaudible.

Arimantis says, "Cause.. that is what it wants us ta think.. wants us ta think we do gots options"

Tierus exclaims, "Weaklings an' murderers, all!"

Tierus stamps his feet.

You tilt your head up.

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

You say, "But yer names..."

You ask, "Ye fear that, don't ye?"

Arimantis says, "Don gots options even"

Arimantis coughs.

You exclaim, "Essence!"

You raise your fist in a display of defiance.

Tierus sighs.

Alyxandrah just arrived.

Tierus says, "If knowledge o' names 'elps..."

You exclaim, "Alyx!"

Alyxandrah smiles at you.

Tierus says, "Then why cannae we simply speak these words:"

You say, "Is talking through both Atoyoz and I."

You exclaim, "The essence!"

Atoyoz hangs her head.

Tierus exclaims, "By Amasalen, blood, an' shadows... ah command ye, begone!"

You exclaim, "Says the staff is nothing without Thurfel!"

You say, "And that they have nothing to fear therefore."

Alyxandrah rubs Atoyoz gently.

Aranrhod says, "It even seemed to recognize one in the other"

Arimantis says, "More like... it is jus whisperin ta them, tryin ta scare em"

You say, "And that the ninth will soon be taken."

Lady Ilvane just arrived.

Aranrhod says, "So more than one talking"

You shudder.

Tierus nods to Arimantis.

Damaris asks, "Because names are power, and you can't command something like this without knowing its proper name, maybe?"

Damaris peers quizzically at Tierus.

You say, "And I feel such power from it."

Tierus nods to Damaris.

Damaris shrugs.

Atoyoz glances at Aranrhod.

Tierus says, "Although... Yfa. Hrm. Ah wonder if tha' be 'er true name."

Ilvane rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Arimantis says, "Sweetie.. the essenses been talkin again"

You nod to Ilvane.

Tierus smiles stupidly.

Ilvane asks, "More than one?"

Ilvane blinks.

You nod to Ilvane.

Arimantis nods.

Nekales stretches.

Ilvane asks, "Talking to each other?"

Atoyoz nods to Aranrhod.

Ilvane grins.

You say, "Through both Atoyoz and myself."

Atoyoz sighs.

Ilvane nods.

Arimantis says, "Isci an Atoyoz both"

Aranrhod nods.

Kalsey asks, "Why won't Thurfel you their names?"

You try to pull Atoyoz towards you.

You say, "Because he can't say them."

You say, "Or he will summon them."

Kalsey asks, "Why not?"

Atoyoz leans on you.

You say, "Can't write them or he will summon them."

Kalsey asks, "So why won't they tell you their names?"

Arimantis says, "Won talk ta anyone else.. cause it is so much easier jus ta try ta scare one person"

You say, "Because then we would have power over them of some kind."

Ilvane says, "Because it gives them a power over them, in some way."

Ilvane nods.

You say, "But if Thurfel speaks the names, they share of his magic."

You say, "Because he was once of the Council."

You say, "So he can't say them."

Nekales asks, "such as to banish them possibly?"

Aranrhod says, "He should summon them one by one and kill them then"

Nekales nods to Aranrhod.

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

You say, "Maybe can't be so much focused, Aran."

You say, "I don't know."

Aranrhod nods.

Aranrhod says, "Just sounded good"

Aranrhod nods.

Kalsey says, "Or he doesn't want to kill them."

Aranrhod says, "That too"

You say, "Yes, he does want to kill them."

Tierus says, "Dun' say tha'. Thurfel 'asnae done anythin' o' ill faith."

Arimantis says, "Mayhaps.. once the gate is opened, it is opened.. can't be jus one"

Tierus glances at Kalsey.

Ilvane says, "We've already been through this."

Kalsey asks, "How do you know this?"

You say, "I believe him."

Ilvane says, "We don't really trust him much."

Ilvane nods to Kalsey.

Aranrhod nods to Arimantis.

Kalsey nods to Arimantis.

Atoyoz says, "Tell me if anyone recognizes what language this phrase may be..."

You cock your head at Atoyoz.

Atoyoz says, ""Ayandar, blisstern ent arant.""

Ilvane blinks.

Tierus asks, "Ayandar, blisstern ent arant?"

You say, "Hmmm..."

Ilvane exclaims, "Sssh!"

Tierus clasps his hand over his mouth.

Arimantis says, "Trust is relative.. Thurfel gots as much ta lose as we do, ifin the town burns"

Ilvane says, "Don't repeat it."

Tierus coughs.

Tierus nods to Ilvane.

Tierus says, "bad idea."

Arimantis glances at Ilvane.

(Tierus glances about warily.)

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Atoyoz says, "That was the first thing it said through me tonight."

You say, "Will have to get Cezzane on it."

Aranrhod shifts her weight.

Damaris nods to Atoyoz.

Tierus says, "Apparently, 'tisnae some sort o' summonin' aid... otherwise, we'd 'ave somethin' awready."

You say, "He is good with languages."

Ilvane asks, "Some odd language, Faendryl perhaps?"

Ilvane rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Tierus looks over at Ilvane and shakes his head.

Tierus says, "Nae Faendryl."

Ilvane leans on Tierus.

Ilvane nods.

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Tierus says, "'tleast, nae tha modern dialect."

Atoyoz furrows her brow.

Ilvane says, "I thought since you said it so easily, it might be Faendryl."

Ilvane giggles.

Arimantis grins.

Aranrhod says, "Wonder if Thurfel would know"

Ilvane shakes her head.

Atoyoz rubs her chin thoughtfully.

You nod to Aranrhod.

You say, "He might."

You shudder.

You say, "I still feel it here."

Aranrhod blinks.

Aranrhod asks, "Still?"

Tierus says, "Ah think we cin repeat tha phrase wi'out gettin' worried..."

Tierus says, "aftir all, nae'un died. Yet."

Ilvane says, "Don't."

Ilvane glances at Tierus.

Atoyoz scratches her ear.

(Tierus glances about again, his sapphire eyes narrowing.)

Ilvane says, "Just in case."

Atoyoz nods to you.

Tierus says, "Ah dinnae mean wif impunity."

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Aranrhod asks, "Is it still trying to speak to you?"

You smile at Atoyoz.

Aranrhod says, "Because if it is"

Atoyoz nods to you.

You say, "I'm not sure. Not saying anything at the moment."

You say, "Just feel... strange."

Aranrhod says, "It seems to not want us to hear all of it's words"

Ilvane nods.

Arimantis nods to Aranrhod.

Nekales says, "cowardice"

Ilvane says, "Or not understand them."

Nekales smiles at Aranrhod.

You pace back and forth.

Atoyoz says, "It told me my life might be spared if I could get the staff."

You say, "The wave of power..."

Arimantis smirks.

Atoyoz frowns.

You say, "It was huge..."

You pace back and forth.

You ask, "it did?"

You cock your head at Atoyoz.

Tierus looks over at Arimantis and shakes his head.

Arimantis says, "It told Arliquin that he could help rule the town, ifin he helped"

Atoyoz nods to you.

Tierus says, "'Tisnae."

You say, "It didn't say I would die."

You say, "Said I would be "a bag of useless flesh" without a spirit."

You shudder.

Ilvane smirks.

You frown.

Atoyoz says, "It told me I wouldn't live to see it destroy Icemule."

Arimantis says, "Well... ya know that jus isn't true"



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