Unfinished Questions
Tilamaires, day 6 of the month Eoantos in the year 5101

[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.
Also in the room: Blizzerdd
Obvious exits: out.

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

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

Blizzerdd asks, "Allright, so now that the staff is found, what it mean for us?"

You feel the blood drain from your face.

You shake your head.

You say, "Not sure."

You say, "But the Nine are getting stronger."

Blizzerdd squints at you.

Blizzerdd waves a hand at you, dismissing you indifferently.

Blizzerdd says, "It's that Yfa."

Blizzerdd says, "Jealous wench."

Blizzerdd says, "Heh."

Blizzerdd smirks.

You blink at Blizzerdd.

You say, "She is part of it, but she has never been all of it love."

You shake your head.

Blizzerdd scoffs at you.

Blizzerdd asks, "So now the firemage gets to play "hero"?"

Blizzerdd raises an eyebrow in your direction.

You blush a delicate shade of pink.

You say, "Without the staff, I don't know."

You bite your lip.

Blizzerdd mutters something about good...

You glance at Blizzerdd.

Blizzerdd glances at you.

You say, "He is honestly trying to help the town, love."

Blizzerdd asks, "Thurfel? Honest?"

Blizzerdd scoffs.

Blizzerdd says, "'bout the only honest thing about him is his many lusts."

Blizzerdd chuckles.

You blush a delicate shade of pink.

You say, "He fought next to ye..."

Blizzerdd says, "I thanked him at the time and is all the thanks he will get from me."

Blizzerdd folds his arms over his chest.

You say, "Well, we need him at the moment."

You fidget.

Blizzerdd asks, "And he needs what?"

Blizzerdd asks, "A "queen"?"

Blizzerdd gives you a good pinch!

Blizzerdd says, "He's not getting mine."

You blush a delicate shade of pink.

You say, "We have to worry now about the Nine, love."

You shake your head.

You say, "We might not survive this... ye, me, all of the possessed."

Blizzerdd squints at you.

Blizzerdd says, "then Thurfel goes with me. I swear it."

You mutter something about stubborn-males...

Blizzerdd exclaims, "Well, I'm not going anyplace he doesn't follow cause is his fault!"

Blizzerdd exclaims, "I mean should have just given Yfa a little!"

You roll your eyes.

You say, "Love, that's not it."

Blizzerdd says, "Sure it is."

Blizzerdd squints at you.

You fidget.

You say, "Love, what if I told ye..."

You fidget.

Blizzerdd asks, "told me what?"

Blizzerdd squints at you.

You say, "Well..."

You shift your weight.

Blizzerdd exclaims, "spit it out, woman!"

Blizzerdd gives you a good pinch!

You exclaim, "Ouch!"

You glance at Blizzerdd.

(Iscikella rubs her black-and-blue arm ruefully.)

Blizzerdd starts chuckling at you!

Blizzerdd says, "Well, speak up already."

Blizzerdd just kissed you on the nose.

You sigh resignedly.

You say, "The staff... the staff of Amasalen..."

You bite your lip.

Blizzerdd asks, "Well?"

Blizzerdd folds his arms over his chest.

You sigh softly.

You say, "The staff was once held by Thurfel. Not so long ago. I remember it. I saw it many times. And he used it to put me back outside the keep after he had taken me in that night with the serpent..."

Blizzerdd mutters darkly.

Blizzerdd says, "Trying to abscond with my woman..."

Blizzerdd says, "Little runt..."

You fidget.

You raise an eyebrow in Blizzerdd's direction.

You say, "Hardly, love. He's may be a halfling, but..."

Blizzerdd says, "Like I said, little runt."

Blizzerdd squints.

Blizzerdd narrows his eyes.

You fidget.

Blizzerdd asks, "So ye're saying Thurfel once had that staff in his grubby little paws and he what? Lost it?"

Blizzerdd squints at you.

You nod to Blizzerdd.

You say, "I think"

Blizzerdd falls out of his chair and rolls around on the floor laughing!
Blizzerdd rolls around on the ground laughing hysterically!
Blizzerdd rolls around on the ground laughing hysterically!

You glance at Blizzerdd.

You say, "It's not that funny. I think he lost it when the keep was attacked."

Blizzerdd says, "He..."

Blizzerdd rolls around on the ground laughing hysterically!
Blizzerdd rolls around on the ground laughing hysterically!

Blizzerdd exclaims, "That is rich! Silly halfling too worried about impressing ye with his good intentions runs off without his staff!"

You glance at Blizzerdd.

Blizzerdd picks himself up off the floor and seats himself at the table. Just can't take him anywhere, can you?

(Blizzerdd wipes the tears from his eyes.)

You mutter something about silly...

Blizzerdd glances at you.

Blizzerdd says, "Well, so it was his staff..."

You look at Blizzerdd and shake your head.

You say, "Not his. but he had it in his possession, yes."

Blizzerdd rubs his chin thoughtfully.

You see Greysleeve approach the table.
The Legendary Lord Greysleeve arrives at your table.

Greysleeve waves.

Greysleeve says, "hellos"

You say, "Greetings."

Greysleeve bows to you.

You smile at Greysleeve.

Blizzerdd nods to Greysleeve in greeting.

Blizzerdd says, "Evening."

Greysleeve bows to Blizzerdd.

Greysleeve says, "Thought I would take the opportunity to come see you in person."

You smile at Greysleeve.

You say, "Nice of ye."

Greysleeve says, "Kind of on a birthday trip here, turned 70 yesterday."

You beam at Greysleeve.

Blizzerdd says, "Getting up there."

Blizzerdd just nudged Greysleeve.

Blizzerdd chuckles.

Greysleeve says, "aye."

Greysleeve says, "Getting more and more grey."

Greysleeve shrugs.

You say, "Still look good to me."

You wink at Greysleeve.

Greysleeve says, "Just serves to embody the balance better."

Blizzerdd squints at you.

Greysleeve smiles.

Blizzerdd says, "Women. Always flirting."

Blizzerdd mutters under his breath.

You elbow Blizzerdd in the ribs in a playful sort of way.

Greysleeve grins.

You chuckle.

Greysleeve says, "Ah, I miss bein flirted with by half the healers an clerics in Icemule"

Greysleeve says, "thas part of why I dropped by."

You chuckle at Greysleeve.

Greysleeve grins.

Blizzerdd laughs!

You catch Greysleeve's eye, smile slowly, and begin flirting with him.

Blizzerdd gives you a good pinch!

Greysleeve catches your eye, smiles slowly, and begins flirting with you.

You flash a wide grin.

Greysleeve smiles slyly.

Blizzerdd leans back in his chair, balancing himself on two legs for a few moments, then sets the chair back down on all four legs.

Greysleeve grins at Blizzerdd.

Blizzerdd whistles tunelessly to himself.

You elbow Blizzerdd in the ribs in a playful sort of way.

You ask, "So how ye find the town, Grey?"

You cock your head at Greysleeve.

You ask, "Different than when ye left? Or same?"

You chuckle.

Greysleeve says, "Right where it was when i left."

Greysleeve says, "Maybe a little to the left."

Greysleeve grins.

You chuckle at Greysleeve.

Blizzerdd grins at Greysleeve.

Blizzerdd says, "Sounds like IceMule alright."

Greysleeve says, "nah, it's changed a lot."

Greysleeve says, "Not so many folks I know around anymore"

You nod to Greysleeve.

You say, "They come and go."

Greysleeve says, "course I been gone like six months"

Greysleeve says, "dunno the younger folks"

You say, "By the time I learn all the names, they've up and left."

You chuckle at Greysleeve.

Greysleeve nods.

Greysleeve says, "Right now, I'm just tryin o keep up with everyone in Ta'Illistim."

Blizzerdd says, "Need more older critters in Mule."

Blizzerdd mutters under his breath.

You rub Blizzerdd.

Greysleeve says, "Little easier cause it's all older folks"

Greysleeve nods to Blizzerdd.

Blizzerdd says, "They make it hard for folks to stay."

Greysleeve says, "That's why I had to leave, got to old for seekers and there's nothin after that till rift."

Blizzerdd nods to Greysleeve.

Blizzerdd says, "I'm getting there."

You say, "Well, Mule just is my town."

You say, "I love it here."

You grin happily.

Greysleeve says, "thas the same thing my cousin always says."

Greysleeve says, "Course he's a healer too, same boat you're in"

You nod.

Blizzerdd says, "Yeah, she can stay anywhere she likes."

Blizzerdd glances at you.

Blizzerdd mutters under his breath.

Greysleeve nods.

You give Blizzerdd a good pinch!

Greysleeve says, "that would of course be Leiarres"

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
Prior to Iscikella getting to Alyxandrah's and Elendr's location, they were at the stucco well and they and all there smelled:

The faint scent of perfume wafts into the street.


Then, Alyxandrah and Elendr walked just north of Town Center, where Alyxandrah saw this:

Suddenly Elendr s eyes glaze over, and his hands shoot into the air!
***END NOTE***

You hear the faint thoughts of Alyxandrah touch your mind:
"Come to me. Please!"

You say, "Only can't hunt a darn thing."

You chuckle.

Greysleeve rubs his chin thoughtfully.

You say, "Excuse me a moment."

Greysleeve says, "Well, if ya do come over to Ta'Illistim, I'dhazard to guess I would not be the only friend you'd see."

You say, "Someone asking for help."

You scoot your chair back and stand up.

[The Nightowl Pub, Lounge]
Waitresses wearing feathered headdresses fashioned like the heads of owls work the room swiftly and quietly, trying not to interrupt the guests or the stage act. Although the tables are set relatively close together, the darkness creates a feeling of intimacy. After their number, the chorus glides off the stage and all but disappears behind a dark curtain. You also see a steep staircase.
Obvious exits: none.

You concentrate on the Transference spell...
You gesture into the air.
A silvery fog envelopes you. You feel a sudden lurching motion, and as the fog dissipates you see...
[Icemule Trace, North Gate]
Several well-armed guards stand to either side of a hole in the glacier. People wander in and out of the opening, which apparantly serves as a gate to the town. Within the ice you can see the faint shadow of what once must have been the actual gates. However, the glacier has devoured it over time, and the resourceful halflings have taken advantage of the natural wall created by the ice. You also see an old beer barrel.
Also here: Elendr, Lord Roelon, Alyxandrah
Obvious paths: south, west.

Alyxandrah exclaims, "Isci!"

You ask, "What's wrong?"

Alyxandrah exclaims, "She's back!"

Roelon says, "If the Lady was here.."

Alyxandrah exclaims, "She's here!"

You cock your head at Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah points at Elendr.

(Elendr's hand reaches trembling into his cloak.)

Roelon says, "Ah would ask her to send the witch away."

Roelon glances at Elendr.

Alyxandrah exclaims, "I smelled the perfume!!"

Elendr removes a pungent flask of dark sludge from in his Elven hunting cloak.

Alyxandrah says, "His hands..."

Elendr closes his eyes and bravely gulps the sludge, shuddering slightly.

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

Elendr put a pungent flask of dark sludge in his Elven hunting cloak.

Elendr removes a smooth red stone wrapped in thin leather strips from in his Elven hunting cloak.

Alyxandrah says, "They shot up in the air."

Elendr rubs furtively at his leather-wrapped stone.

Roelon stares at Elendr.

(Elendr furiously rubs at the stone.)

You ask, "What is wrong with his hands?"

Roelon asks, "Elendr. Do you wish me to aid ye?"

Roelon removes a slim dark sinuous blade from in his weapons harness.

Elendr says, "Go away... go away.... go away.... go away.... go away..."

Roelon glances at Elendr.

Elendr looks taller than he did a moment ago.

Alyxandrah gasps.

Elendr winces.

Roelon rubs his eyes.

You focus your mind on Kadesha and think:
"Elendr having an attack."

Roelon vigorously shakes his head.

Elendr grits his teeth.

Roelon drops all defense as he moves into a battle-ready posture.

You gasp.

Alyxandrah fidgets.

You ask, "Taller?"

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

High Lady Kadesha just arrived.

Roelon says, "Witch, leave him alone."

Elendr narrows his eyes.

Kadesha peers quizzically at Roelon.

You ask, "And the perfume? Ye smell it?"

Roelon sniffs at Elendr.

The faint scent of perfume fills your nostrils.

You cock your head at Elendr.

Roelon's face turns slightly pale.

Kadesha says, "ewww"

Roelon groans.

Elendr sneezes.

You sniff.

Alyxandrah clenches her jaw.

Kadesha tries to stifle a sneeze but fails tremendously.

Roelon says, "Yfa..."

You exclaim, "So do I!"

Roelon takes a few steps back.

Roelon says, "So it is true."

Elendr exclaims, "Please. I know it's pointless to fight you. Just don't hurt her!"

A pained expression crosses Elendr's face.

Alyxandrah exclaims, "Fight her, Elendr!"

Alyxandrah says, "Pointless..."

Kadesha says, "Yfa wears some rancid stuff"

Alyxandrah gazes up into the heavens.

Lady Sheka just arrived.

Kadesha gags.

Roelon starts chortling.

Kadesha asks, "or was that Sheka?"

Kadesha glances at Sheka.

Kadesha sniffs at Sheka.

Elendr grits his teeth.

Elendr shrieks, "Why would they? Where is it all going and who is going with it? What are the questions and who will ask them? When will the answers make themselves known? How "

Sheka asks, "Was what me?"

Elendr says, "eh... eeh..."

Sheka stares at Kadesha.

Blizzerdd just arrived.

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

Blizzerdd asks, "What going on?"

Alyxandrah blinks at Elendr.

Sheka stares at Elendr.

Sheka asks, "What the flames...?"

Elendr sways back and forth.

Roelon tosses back the edges of his hooded cloak and frees himself for action!

As suddenly as it came, the faint scent of perfume is gone.

Elendr falls over.

Roelon wiggles his nose.

Kadesha slowly empties her lungs.

Sheka smirks.

Alyxandrah sniffs.

Roelon just touched Elendr.

Sheka asks, "Our girl Yfa again I take it?"

You ask, "What are ye talking about, Elendr?"

Elendr bursts into tears, his eyes glazed with fear.

Roelon asks, "What was it ye said?"

Arimantis's group just arrived.

Alyxandrah furrows her brow.

Blizzerdd asks, "Yfa?"

Blizzerdd squints.

Sheka leans on Blizzerdd.

Roelon nods to Blizzerdd.

Roelon says, "Had to be."

Sheka says, "hello Slaver"

(Elendr curls up in the fetal position, trembling violently.)

Sheka smiles at Blizzerdd.

Ilvane glances at Elendr.

Alyxandrah rubs Elendr gently.

Elendr exclaims, "I thought she was gone.... I thought she was gone. This was supposed to work!"

Roelon glances at Elendr.

Alyxandrah says, "She didn't finish what she had to say..."

Alyxandrah shifts her eyes to you.

Sheka taps a huge charred skull.

Sheka says, "She never left"

Roelon nods to Alyxandrah.

Sheka cackles!

You say, "Hmmm..."

Roelon says, "Yfa seems a part of ye."

Roelon glances at Elendr.

Roelon put a slim dark sinuous blade in his weapons harness.

Kadesha asks, "what in heck was she talkin about?"

Sheka asks, "What was supposed to work?"

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Elendr closes his eyes for a moment.

Sheka cocks her head at Elendr.

Roelon looks over at Kadesha and shakes his head.

Elendr's whole body trembles with fear.

Alyxandrah rubs Elendr gently.

Roelon says, "Ah am just as confused."

Arimantis asks, "What was ya tryin ta do?"

Elendr says, "I'm tired of this. So tired."

Ilvane raises an eyebrow in Elendr's direction.

Elendr stares at the stone in his hand.

Sheka says, "Get used to it."

Sheka nods to Elendr.

You ask, "Did she say anything else?"

Sheka smiles chillingly.

Sheka glances at you.

Blizzerdd asks, "Yfa? Where are ye?"

Blizzerdd tilts his head up.

(Elendr gets wearily to his feet, his knees threatening to buckle beneath him.)

Elendr stands up.

Kadesha glances at Blizzerdd.

Kadesha says, "sniff for her"

Arimantis gazes up into the heavens.

Alyxandrah smiles at Elendr.

Alyxandrah rubs Elendr gently.

Blizzerdd sniffs.

Roelon squints at Elendr.

Elendr trembles.

Sheka asks, "Why do you need her?"

(Elendr leans heavily on Alyxandrah.)

Sheka leans on Blizzerdd.

Blizzerdd glances at Sheka.

Sheka rubs Blizzerdd gently.

Roelon looks rather confused.

Sheka smiles up at Blizzerdd.

Kadesha asks, "add to his harem?"

Blizzerdd rolls his eyes.

You glance at Blizzerdd.

Kadesha gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Ilvane nods to Arimantis.

(Elendr buries his face in Alyxandrah's hair, his teeth chattering and his hands clutching at her hands.)

You ask, "Do ye still smell the perfume?"

Elendr's lower lip trembles slightly.

You sniff.

Sheka sniffs.

Sheka says, "No"

Alyxandrah rubs Elendr gently.

Kadesha says, "sensed it dissipating I did, was a bad smell too"

You say, "She sounded... odd... even for Yfa."

Sheka nods to you.

Sheka says, "Quite hysterical"

Arimantis asks, "Odd how?"

Roelon ponders.

Sheka narrows her eyes.

Roelon says, "Made nae sense.."

Blizzerdd says, "Maybe she had a bad day."

Blizzerdd shrugs.

You glance at Blizzerdd.

(Elendr fumbles with the stone in his hand, then brings it to his chest and cradles it.)

You ask, "Does she have any good ones?"

Roelon grins.

Kadesha chuckles.

Sheka smirks.

Sheka says, "I daresay she does."

Lord Tierus just arrived.

Blizzerdd shakes his head at you and clucks his tongue.

Tierus sighs.

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Tierus says, "G'deventide, all."

Alyxandrah smiles at Elendr.

Alyxandrah just kissed Elendr on the forehead.

Roelon smiles.

Elendr smiles weakly at Alyxandrah, but it immediately fades.

Sheka glowers darkly at Tierus.

Ilvane asks, "What is that stone?"

Sheka asks, "Where is Terror?"

Ilvane blinks at Elendr.

Roelon furrows his brow.

Tierus says, "Terror is driven awiy intae tha blackness o' me mind..."

Elendr says, "t-tis a ward."

You say, "So she spoke nothing more..."

Ryever just arrived.

Sheka mutters darkly.

Ilvane shakes her head.

You say, "Yfa was here, Tierus."

Alyxandrah glances at Ryever.

Roelon says, "Nae seemed to work."

Roelon glances at Elendr.

Ryever raises an eyebrow in Alyxandrah's direction.

Ilvane asks, "Where did you get that?"

You say, "I have one as well."

Elendr says, "S-she told me to stand tall. That I would w-walk beside her."

You remove a smooth red stone wrapped in thin leather strips from in your purple samite pouch.

Kadesha asks, "perhaps its why she left?"

Elendr says, "or... her me."

Elendr sighs.

You rub furtively at your leather-wrapped stone, hoping its protective powers are at full strength.

Ilvane asks, "Where did you get them?"

Roelon says, "Lies."

Sheka asks, "And does it help?"

Ilvane glances at you.

Roelon nods to Elendr.

Sheka sneers at you.

Elendr says, "I'm not sure anymore."

Roelon says, "More like stand aside."

Roelon ponders.

You say, "A goodwife auger at the Ebon fair."

Elendr says, "I've tried to defeat her. It just doesn't work."

Arimantis nods to you.

You put a smooth red stone wrapped in thin leather strips in your purple samite pouch.

Elendr closes his eyes for a moment.

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

Elendr holds back his tears, his eyes glistening with pain.

Sheka asks, "You tried to defeat her? How?"

Arimantis sighs.

Sheka peers quizzically at Elendr.

Blizzerdd says, "Nae, she needs some loving."

Blizzerdd ducks his head.

Elendr says, "With the stone and the sludge. It worked once."

Alyxandrah glances at Blizzerdd.

You try to pull Blizzerdd towards you.

Arimantis glances at Blizzerdd.

You exclaim, "Shush, love!"

Alyxandrah starts chuckling at you!

Ryever snickers.

Elendr snuggles up to Alyxandrah.

Blizzerdd shrugs.

Arimantis asks, "Ya tried the sludge?"

Arimantis peers quizzically at Elendr.

Alyxandrah says, "I'm glad Elendr hates her almost as much as I do."

Kadesha says, "Blizzerdd may be onta somethin"

Elendr removes a pungent flask of dark sludge from in his Elven hunting cloak.
Elendr stares at the sludge in his hand.

Ilvane grins at Alyxandrah.

Blizzerdd says, "See."

Kadesha says, "reckon she ain had much"

(Sheka runs a finger gently on Blizzerdd's nape.)

Blizzerdd nods.

Kadesha smirks.

Elendr put a pungent flask of dark sludge in his Elven hunting cloak.

Ryever says, "She's just looking in the wrong places."

Ryever nods to Kadesha.

Tierus sighs.

Arimantis asks, "did it have any affect?"

Blizzerdd says, "She said she needed disciplining so why she is standing with a crying elf I have no clue."

(Elendr rubs his thumb over the surface of the stone, but his body still quivers with fear.)

Blizzerdd scratches his head.

Tierus says, "Tha Sorceress..."

Blizzerdd peers quizzically at Elendr.

Sheka asks, "Perhaps that is why she was so scattered?"



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