Visions & Signs
Niiman, day 17 of the month Ivastaen in the year 5101

[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 serpent-eyed cat (sitting), an emperor penguin (sitting) and a carved ice bench with some stuff on it.
Obvious paths: north, south, east, west.

Sheka says, "Hello Slaver."

Sheka nods to Blizzerdd.

Blizzerdd nods to Sheka in greeting.

You say, "Very odd cat..."

You blink.

Junsen says, "someone get a dog"

Silon rubs Atoyoz gently.

Amby asks, "Hey kitty cat, how come youw eyes so weird?"

You whisper quietly to Blizzerdd, "It said anything."

Sheka asks, "You are choosing more for service?"

Blizzerdd whispers, "not to me"

Blizzerdd pokes his finger at some tasty cat stew.

Sheka pets a serpent-eyed cat.

Amby exclaims, "dat cat no like me!"

Blizzerdd indicates his tasty cat stew with a smile.

Amby begins pouting.

You ask, "Whose familiar are ye, cat?"

Aasterinian says, "What an ugly looking cat."

Amby asks, "Kitty cat?"

Alyxandrah laughs!

Alyxandrah nods to Aasterinian.

Kylea asks, "Whose kitty?"

The serpent-eyed cat purrs, "Of all people, you should know."

Blizzerdd chuckles.

(Blizzerdd sqwaks contentedly.)

Alyxandrah whispers, "The cat...it scratched Atoyoz...she has been chosen."

Junsen exclaims, "lets have us a cat lynching!"

Junsen raises his fist defiantly.

Sheka glances at Blizzerdd.

Sheka narrows her eyes.

Atoyoz seems a bit weak on her feet.

Kylea asks, "Can noone here detect whose kitty it is?"

Amby says, "I wunda how much a serpent-eyed cat pelt would bring ins"

Sheka says, "Make cat stew of this one."

Kylea grins at Amby.

Arimantis says, "Strange lookin cat.."

Albrekt rubs Atoyoz gently.

Blizzerdd nods to Sheka.

Atoyoz nods to Albrekt.

Kylea nods to Arimantis.

Amby smiles at the serpent-eyed cat.

Albrekt leans on Atoyoz.

Amby drools.

Aasterinian asks, "Wait a sec.. I hope that cat wasn't callin' me ugly. Where's a stick when you need to beat a lil animal?"

Arimantis says, "It is jus sorta sittin there.."

You whisper quietly to Alyxandrah, "She show signs of possession?"

Amby smiles greedily upon the serpent-eyed cat.

Alyxandrah whispers, "So far...she's weak on her feet..."

You ask, "Cat?"

Arimantis points at a serpent-eyed cat.

The serpent-eyed cat licks at one of its paws.

Amby says, "yous ken eat him. me want his pelt"

Ianeal says, "A cat.. an ugly looking one."

Amby wrings her hands.

Ianeal frowns.

Blizzerdd smiles as he pulls out a meat cleaver and says, "Here kitty, kitty".

The cat rubs up against Alyxandrah.

Arimantis grins at Blizzerdd.

Sheka smiles at Alyxandrah.

Delthore asks, "who's cat is it?"

Arimantis just nudged Blizzerdd.

Alyxandrah pets a serpent-eyed cat.

Amby pets a serpent-eyed cat.

Amby drools.

Amby exclaims, "hewe kitty kitty!"

The serpent-eyed cat yawns.

Amby exclaims, "C'mewe!"

Shejala gestures at a serpent-eyed cat.

Alyxandrah just touched Atoyoz.

Neco says, "ugliest cat I ever seen"

Alyxandrah just hugged Atoyoz.

Arimantis glances at Atoyoz.

Atoyoz sways back and forth.

You ask, "Atoyoz, ye allright?"

The serpent-eyed cat meows loudly.

Atoyoz shakes her head.

Keriddwen frowns at Blizzerdd.

Sheka smiles at Alyxandrah.

Delthore asks, "who's cat is it?"

Atoyoz furrows her brow.

Arimantis just nudged Blizzerdd.

Alyxandrah pets a serpent-eyed cat.

Amby pets a serpent-eyed cat.

Amby exclaims, "hewe kitty kitty!"

Atoyoz's eyes cloud over, flecks of black and grey clearly visible.

Amby exclaims, "C'mewe!"

Alyxandrah just touched Atoyoz.

Atoyoz says, "Not feeling well at all"

Ianeal says, "I hate cats."

Xurian asks, "whos cat is it?"

Atoyoz says, "That cat scratched me"

You ask, "Cat? Who are ye?"

(Iscikella tilts her head at the cat.)

Aranrhod whispers, "Has anyone tried detect?"

Keriddwen pets a serpent-eyed cat.

Taug asks, "cat gots yer tounge?"

Delthore says, "looks like something Armaxis would keep"

The serpent-eyed cat rubs up against a carved ice bench.

Daina whispers, "I tried detecting the cat, and can only find that it is a familiar... nae can see whose though... Most odd. That is a first for me."

Arimantis says, "Ugly thing..."

Atoyoz says, "My head is throbbing"

Tianni blinks.

Tianni gasps.

Keriddwen asks, "ye gots a master cat?"

You whisper quietly to Aranrhod, "Daina tried. Can't tell."

Sheka says, "It's quite beuatiful."

Albrekt just gave Atoyoz a smooch.

Shejala says, "Well, considering that Sheka pets it...."

The serpent-eyed cat purrs, "I am simply a serpent in a cat's body, rest assured, you will know of me soon enough."

Aranrhod nods to you.

Sheka pets a serpent-eyed cat.

Blizzerdd chuckles.

Shejala says, "I wouldn't trust it myself."

Atoyoz looks over at Eronon and shakes her head.

Alyxandrah rolls her eyes.

You ask, "A serpent in a cat's body?"

Tianni gasps.

Aranrhod shifts her weight.

Keriddwen says, "a serpent in a cat's body"

(Iscikella blinks at the cat.)

Sheka smiles at you.

Sheka grins coldly, her eyes reflecting no emotion.

Alyxandrah smirks.

Junsen asks, "a cat in a snakes body?"

The serpent-eyed cat licks at one of its paws.

Arimantis asks, "Why would you wanna be in a cat?"

Arimantis stares off into space.

Atoyoz blinks several times, barely able to keep her eyes open.

Alyxandrah asks, "Aye, why not a panther...?"

Atoyoz asks, "What have you done to me cat?"

Alyxandrah drools.

Delthore says, "maybe it's just a cat with messed up eyes"

Taug asks, "yas chose a cat .....couldn't find a scary rolton round?"

Aasterinian nods to Alyxandrah.

You ask, "Why are ye here though, cat?"

Ianeal says, "Need a dog.."

Alyxandrah asks, "Iscikella...don't you see?"

Alyxandrah points at Atoyoz.

Daina pets a serpent-eyed cat.

Alyxandrah says, "Another to join your ranks..."

Alyxandrah says, "Now there are three..."

Alyxandrah smirks.

Sheka begins to twitch.

The serpent-eyed cat purrs, "Three is closer to nine than zero, the time grows ever closer."

Kadesha says, "now I always did think cats were evil"

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Alyxandrah pets a serpent-eyed cat.

You ask, "So that was yer mission, cat?"

Ianeal asks, "There's another?"

Alyxandrah laughs!

(Iscikella tilts her head at the cat.)

Ianeal asks, "Who's the third?"

Alyxandrah smiles at the serpent-eyed cat.

Alyxandrah says, "Very well done, serpent."

You blink at Alyxandrah.

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow.

Armaxis just appeared.

Sheka glances at Aranrhod.

The serpent-eyed cat meows loudly.

Atoyoz asks, "Could I get some healing for this scratch on my leg?"

Blizzerdd begins chuckling at Armaxis.

Delthore laughs softly, trying to hide his amusement.

Arimantis squints at Alyxandrah.

Kadesha glances at Armaxis.

You take a quick appraisal of Atoyoz and find that she has some minor cuts and bruises on her left leg.

Sheka says, "Hello servant girl."

You nod to Atoyoz.

Sheka smirks.

Delthore says, "Armaxis what a surprise"

The serpent-eyed cat begins purring.

Keriddwen asks, "who are the three ye speak of cat?"

You meditate over Atoyoz.
Atoyoz's left leg damage is transferred to you.

Armaxis glances at Kadesha.

Atoyoz curtsies to you.

Daina laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

The serpent-eyed cat purrs, "Thurfel will be a distant memory soon enough"

Sheka nods to Armaxis.

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

Aranrhod begins chuckling at Sheka.

Atoyoz says, "Thank you m'Lady"

You say, "I doubt that, cat."

Alyxandrah nods to the serpent-eyed cat.

Atoyoz faces you, closes her eyes and begins chanting.
Suddenly, a small bolt of energy arcs between the two of you. You gain 45 mana points!
Atoyoz opens her eyes, looking slightly drained.

Kadesha says, "see Armaxis, tol ya cats were evil"

(Iscikella shakes her head at the cat.)

Arimantis says, "Don count on that cat-serpent thing"

Kadesha nods to Armaxis.

Blizzerdd says, "Not soon enough fer me."

You whisper quietly to Alyxandrah, "Something wrong with ye?"

Blizzerdd pets a serpent-eyed cat.

Tianni loosens the drawstrings of her white keepsake pouch, opening it.
Tianni removes a small onyx serpent talisman from in her white keepsake pouch.

Alyxandrah cocks her head at you.

Sheka glances at Kadesha.

Sheka sneers.

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at Tianni.

Sheka asks, "You back?"

Alyxandrah cackles!

Arimantis smirks.

You blink at Alyxandrah.

Kadesha squints at Sheka.

Alyxandrah looks over at you and shakes her head.

Keriddwen asks, "where is yer master cat?"

Sheka paces back and forth.

Kadesha asks, "well thas an odd question, am I standin here or what?"

Alyxandrah whispers, "Fear not, m'lady. I am not the evil one."

Atoyoz swoons.

Sheka says, "Thus far. Soon you too shall fall."

Tianni asks, "Cat? Do you know of this talisman?"

Albrekt just tried to pull Atoyoz towards him!

Sheka sneers at Kadesha.

You rub Atoyoz.

Tianni indicates her onyx serpent talisman with a smile.

Armaxis's serpent suddenly uncoils from around his neck and crawls down his arm, straightening into a staff in his hand.

Kadesha snorts at Sheka.

You say, "Give her air."

(Iscikella fans Atoyoz.)

The serpent-eyed cat purrs, "Talisman? There are many talisman's"

Albrekt just gave Atoyoz a smooch.

You ask, "Are there, cat?"

(Iscikella tilts her head at the cat.)

You ask, "How many?"

(Iscikella squints at the cat.)

The serpent-eyed cat purrs, "It is the staff we seek however, not a talisman"

Tianni asks, "Many talismans? How many and who gave this one to me?"

Blizzerdd asks, "Any idea where it may be cat?"

Sheka asks, "You know not where your own Staff is M'Lord?"

Alyxandrah nods to Junsen.

Junsen frowns.

The serpent-eyed cat purrs, "Many talisman are simply eyes"

Armaxis says, "Hm.."

Alyxandrah grins at Tianni.

(Aranrhod glances at the cat)

Tianni asks, "eyes?"

You ask, "They watch? The talismen?"

Sheka pets a serpent-eyed cat.

Tianni asks, "Eyes cat? What do you mean?"

(Iscikella blinks at the cat.)

Sabitor blinks.

Junis says, "Oh nice kitty."

Junis pets a serpent-eyed cat.

Sheka smirks.

The serpent-eyed cat purrs, "Eyes, simply eyes."

The serpent-eyed cat licks at one of its paws.

Alyxandrah says, "By all means, Tianni...continue to wave yours around..."

Tianni asks, "Eyes for whom, Cat?"

You say, "So they do watch."

(Iscikella stares at the cat.)

Silon points at a serpent-eyed cat.

Angelrise blinks.

Sheka nods to Angelrise.

Angelrise cackles!

Sheka says, "Hello Straddler."

Aranrhod asks, "Eye of a god?"

Tianni asks, "Who was the dark lady who left this talisman for me, Cat?"

Aranrhod shifts her weight.

Junsen asks, "eye?"

You say, "Eye of the god."

You say, "I understand, cat."

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

You nod to Aranrhod.

Sheka grins coldly, her eyes reflecting no emotion.

Angelrise pets a serpent-eyed cat.

Ianeal whispers, "The croc?"

You nod to Ianeal.

Sabitor raises an eyebrow.

(Arimantis squints at the cat)

Atoyoz says, "They watch, they listen, they serve."

Blizzerdd rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Atoyoz raises an eyebrow.

Albrekt leans on Atoyoz.

Alyxandrah stares off into space.

Sheka glances at Arimantis.

Sheka smirks.

Sheka asks, "Nervous?"

Arimantis says, "Why would I be.."

Atoyoz leans over and strokes the cat.

Angelrise gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Arimantis smirks.

Arimantis paces back and forth.

Aasterinian scratches his head.

Tianni asks, "Well Cat? do you now have an answer for me?"

Blizzerdd leans against an ice statue.

Atoyoz flails her arms about.

(Iscikella squints at the cat.)

Atoyoz exclaims, "What evil has possessed me?!"

Alyxandrah stares at Atoyoz.

Sheka smiles evily towards Iscikella.

Sabitor raises an eyebrow in Atoyoz's direction.

Daina begins chuckling at Atoyoz.

Kadesha peers quizzically at Atoyoz.

Sheka asks, "Look familiar?"

Keriddwen begins a careful examination of Atoyoz -- she takes her pulse, checks her temperature, and checks for broken bones or any other ailments.

Angelrise leans on Atoyoz.

The cat begins to clean its paws.

You ask, "How is it ye are able to come forward into this world, cat?"

(Iscikella squints at the cat.)

Tianni says, "I grow weary of cryptic messages of immortals who claim to be gods."

Tianni scoffs.

Kadesha leans on you.

The serpent-eyed cat licks at one of its paws.

Sheka cackles!

Junis glances at Tianni.

The serpent-eyed cat purrs, "Come now, I come into this world as any other does."

Tianni stares at Junis.

Junis says, "I hear quite often mortals calling them such though."

Ianeal says, "Cats need no special means of travel.. they always have a way of coming where they aren't wanted."

Tianni says, "Then those... followers who place them on pedestals as they would place a God."

Tianni says, "A true God"

Sheka says, "But this one is very much wanted."

Sheka pets a serpent-eyed cat.

Arimantis leans against a carved ice bench.

Kadesha scowls at Junis.

Ianeal says, "It's eyes are strange.. I think that's bad luck."

Kadesha sighs.

The serpent-eyed cat purrs, "Gods are served, but also serve. One must simply tread, as a cat does, and hide, as a serpent does."

Hhooru gestures at Sheka.

Junis asks, "Something wrong Kadesha?"

Hhooru grins.

Alyxandrah grins at a serpent-eyed cat.

Daina nods to the serpent-eyed cat.

You ask, "And why must ye hide?"

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow.

(Iscikella squints at the cat.)

Kadesha nods to Junis.

Kadesha says, "you is wrong"

Kadesha nods to Junis.

Hhooru says, "Just checking to make sure you're not the cat's pet, Sheka."

Junis chuckles.

Sheka says, "The shadows are most comfortable to those of Darkness."

The serpent-eyed cat licks at one of its paws.

Atoyoz shudders.

Junis says, "But I'm not."

The serpent-eyed cat purrs, "Those who believe themselves powerful, reveal themselves only to fail. Those that seek the shadows, travel far further."

Daina nods to the serpent-eyed cat.

Aranrhod scoffs.

Xurian nods to the serpent-eyed cat.

Hhooru asks, "Cat, you gonna lead me to the shadows?"

Kadesha asks, "what of those who do neither, cat?"

Alyxandrah laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Blizzerdd pets a serpent-eyed cat.

Arimantis says, "Shadows don always hide jus those of Lornon"

Sheka asks, "Would not this one please M'Lord?"

Sheka taps Skyfawn lightly on her shoulder.

Kadesha says, "I seek not the shadows nor trust in my own strengh, but trust in Liabo"

The serpent-eyed cat purrs, "Trust in nobody but yourself. We seek no trust, only control."

Atoyoz shudders.

Gadolinius says, "or maybe its master IS known"

Gadolinius narrows his eyes.

You ask, "So ye come to scratch and run, cat?"

Armaxis leans on his staff.

Arimantis says, "An in that.. you will fail"

Daina laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

(Iscikella tilts her head at the cat.)

Blizzerdd mutters kitty.

(Gadolinius squints at the cat)

Junis says, "Oh no, not fail."

Kadesha says, "I shall trust in Liabo, cat, that yer ilk shall not gain the control ye seek"

Gadolinius asks, "Serpent eyed, eh?"

Sheka pets a serpent-eyed cat.

(Nekales peers curiously at the cat)

The serpent-eyed cat rubs up against Wintersfrost.

Gadolinius waves to you.

Albrekt asks, "ye okay?"

You ask, "OH?"

Atoyoz looks over at Albrekt and shakes her head.

Sheka says, "Take Skyfawn...she will be strong to serve."

You glance at Wintersfrost.

Sheka smirks.

You exclaim, "Watch the cat!"

Daina grins at Sheka.

Albrekt just hugged Atoyoz.

Sabitor smirks.

Gadolinius blinks at you.

Skyfawn peers quizzically at Sheka.

Keemac says, "dont even think of it sheka"

Alyxandrah whistles tunelessly to herself.

(Ichiko steps back)

You have a headache.

Sheka smiles at Keemac.

Sheka cackles!

Gadolinius asks, "How's about we have some cat stew?"

Alyxandrah looks over at you and shakes her head.

Blizzerdd removes some tasty cat stew from in his fringed doeskin vest.

Junis glances at Gadolinius.

Sabitor glances at Blizzerdd.

Sabitor smirks.

Gadolinius says, "famous ranger treat up at the top of the world"

Junis says, "Not that it needs my protection, but you will have to go through me first."

Alyxandrah whispers, "It has rubbed up against many..."

Blizzerdd shows Gadolinius his tasty cat stew.

Keemac clasps Skyfawn's hand tenderly and draws her into his arms.

Tianni glances at Junis.

Blizzerdd smirks.

Alyxandrah whispers, "Including myself. It is...after all...a cat."

You hear someone humming softly to herself in the shadows.

Blizzerdd put some tasty cat stew in his fringed doeskin vest.

Gadolinius points at Blizzerdd.

Sabitor says, "How touching. Junis is protecting his dear little kitten."

Alyxandrah smirks.

Sabitor chuckles.

Atoyoz narrows her eyes, a tiny half smile upon her face.

You ask, "Cat, why do ye seek such control?"

Gadolinius nods to Blizzerdd.

Sheka says, "You are a very quiet one cat."

(Iscikella squints at the cat)

Sabitor glances at Atoyoz.

Aranrhod asks, "How can you touch it?"

Sheka pets a serpent-eyed cat.

Arimantis glances at Atoyoz.

Gadolinius asks, "That cat speak or anything?"

Allustrius says, "pet it"

You nod to Gadolinius.

Junis asks, "Shall we make an offering to my lord this eve?"

Atoyoz looks over at Sabitor and shakes her head.

Arimantis squints at Atoyoz.

You see Lady Atoyoz Iltivian the Half-Elf Rogue.
She appears to be in her 50's, has shoulder length, wavy dark brown hair, blue eyes, and tanned skin.
She is in good shape.
She is wearing a gold ring, a crystal amulet, a diamond pendant, a delicate pink sapphire band, an onyx-inlaid blue tourmaline clasp, a pink sapphire rosebud pin, a delicate white gold rose pin, a pair of pearl earrings, an opal-clasped dark leather sack, a close-cut black suede skirt, a star ruby studded leather sheath, a small black ankle sheath, a small velvet lockpick wrist sheath, a raven-hued spidersilk cloak, a beryl-inset imflass earcuff, a black velvet hair ribbon, a black vultite shield, a mithril juggernaut pin, a onyx-inlaid black leather thigh-sheath, a jet black opal-clasped backpack, a black silk lockpick pouch, some white wolfskin travel boots, a sandstone amulet, some polished mithril-linked brigandine, and a blue spinel studded silver tiara.

Gadolinius asks, "oh, what's it sayin?"

Aranrhod asks, "Why would you is what I mean?"

Sheka smiles chillingly.

Redem waves a hand at Sheka, dismissing her indifferently.

Armaxis says, "It is merely a messenger of what is to come."

You glance at Armaxis.

Arimantis asks, "You got anythin to say.. what be worth listenin to cat?"

Aranrhod frowns at Armaxis.

The cat begins to waver, its form shimmering.

Arimantis smirks.

Daina pets a serpent-eyed cat.

The serpent-eyed cat turns away, looks back over its shoulder once, and then prances off.

Sheka asks, "That one of Arimantis's mentality can understand?"

Sheka smirks.

Shejala glances at Armaxis.

Aranrhod blinks.

Aranrhod says, "Gone"

Gadolinius says, "so much for that"

Quinstol says, "Well, I suppose that's that."

Tianni screams!

Tianni stamps her feet.

Arimantis peers quizzically at Tianni.

Alyxandrah just hugged Sheka.

Aranrhod just tried to pull Tianni towards her!

Skyfawn says, "take Sheka, she seems mindless"

Xulia blinks.

Xulia's jaw drops.

Gadolinius says, "someone's cat served its purpose. Confusion."

Delthore begins chuckling at Skyfawn.

Sheka says, "I serve One"

Nekales strides over to stand before Tianni.

Kisharra whispers, "what's the snake doin here?"

Kadesha says, "I wasnt aware cats had a purpose"

Skyfawn says, "but not the one they want"

You whisper quietly to Kisharra, "Was here becuase of the cat I imagine."

Gadolinius says, "They do, cat stew when I'm low on seeker jerky"

Kisharra peers quizzically at you.

Armaxis says, "Mm. Nearly time."

Kisharra whispers, "cat?"

Ichiko glances at Armaxis.

Gadolinius says, "they make up right nice, if you cook 'em right"

Ichiko asks, "Time for what..?"

Skyfawn glances at Armaxis.

You whisper quietly to Kisharra, "The serpent-eyed cat that was here and scratched Atoyoz."

Sabitor furrows his brow.

Junis laughs!

Gadolinius says, "not that I like eatin cats, but when necessary... they can save ye life"

(Armaxis slowly walks south, his eyes upturned toward the night sky.)

Armaxis just went south.

Quinstol says, "Time for the snakes to make their grand effort, and fall."

Junis says, "We wont fall."

Junis smiles at Quinstol.

[Thurfel's Keep]
A pulsating green and yellow mist fills this room, making it nearly impossible to see anything further than your own hand. There doesn't appear to be any reason for the fog or the slowly dancing lights within it, but it does bear a rather pleasant light citrus smell. You also see a salt-stained chain hauberk.
Also in the room: Junis, Angelrise
Obvious exits: south.
Kadesha followed.

Junis bows to Angelrise.

Lord Blizzerdd just arrived.

Blizzerdd bites you! Of all the nerve!

Junis smiles at Kadesha.

Junis asks, "You think to protect her?"

Kadesha smiles sadly at Junis.

Kadesha hugs you.

Blizzerdd asks, "Who Junis?"

(Iscikella runs a hand through her hair.)

Blizzerdd smiles at Junis.

Junis asks, "Who do you think?"

Junis points at you.

Lady Sheka just arrived.

You blink.

Blizzerdd says, "Nah that is my job."

Sheka sneers.

Kadesha says, "of course I seek to protect her"

Lady Alyxandrah just arrived.

Junis says, "Then you waste your time."

Blizzerdd tightens his grip on his vultite waraxe and glances over at Junis.

Junis glances at Blizzerdd.

Sheka moves to stand in front of Junis.

Kadesha raises an eyebrow in Junis's direction.

Sheka stares at Blizzerdd.

Blizzerdd says, "I think not."

Junis says, "I will not harm her, leastwise not until my lord tires of her."

You kiss Blizzerdd on the cheek.

Blizzerdd says, "Well, when yer lord tires with her, seek me out first."

Blizzerdd grins evilly.

Kadesha says, "pity what shall happen when he tires of you Junis"

Junis shrugs.

Sheka says, "As will we when Amasalen tires of your wench."

Sheka cackles!

Junis says, "Such is my fate."

Junis says, "And I accept it."

Kadesha asks, "so how do ye like yer new life as a puppet?"

Kadesha says, "why? why did ye choose an accept such a fate? "

Sheka says, "Must be better than being a guarddog."

Sheka grins at Kadesha.

Junis says, "You must be asking Iscikella, because I am no puppet."

You say, "Ye are all... very..."

You shake your head.

You sigh softly.

Suddenly Arimantis appears in the room holding onto a ring he has just placed on his finger.

An arctic fox pads into the room.

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Kadesha says, "I am a friend Sheka, but I would think with yer hard heart, friendship would be a concept so alien yed not ever comprehend"

Arimantis says, "That was one ugly cat"

Arimantis stares off into space.

Sheka says, "No. I wouldn't"

Junis says, "I thought it was quite lovely."

Sheka smiles at Kadesha.

Tianni grins at Arimantis.

You squint at a pulsating mist.

Arimantis says, "You would"

Arimantis smirks.

Sheka says, "But that's neither here nor there."

Nekales appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Kadesha says, "its nice when one can realize people are much more enjoyed as friends then as mere objects to use"

A vison burns before you, A blinding white light covers a good deal of the northern wall, but oddly, it's doing very little to illuminate the cellar. From this vantage point, it is possible to see both sides of the sunken pit below. Polished tables in one of the rooms suggest that it is used for research or experimentation. Strewn upon the ground, clearly battered and perhaps slain is the unmoving body of Thurfel.

You blink.

You gasp.

You exclaim, "NO!"

Arimantis peers quizzically at you.

Sheka blinks at you.

Junis laughs!

Kadesha peers quizzically at you.

Sheka asks, "What?"

Arimantis asks, "No what?"

Kadesha raises an eyebrow.

You exclaim, "NO!"

You start to cry all over the place.

Junis says, "Come now Iscikella, tell us what is asked of you."

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at you.

Sheka stares at you.

Kadesha asks, "Iscikella, No what?"

Sheka asks, "Is she deranged?"

You say, "I saw... I saw..."

Arimantis asks, "What is it?"

Alyxandrah asks, "What's wrong?"

Kadesha asks, "is someone whisperin in yer ear?"

Junis flashes a wide grin.

Kadesha peers quizzically at you.

You say, "I saw the cellar."

You say, "And a pit."

Arimantis peers quizzically at you.

Kadesha raises an eyebrow in your direction.

You say, "And Thurfel was lying there..."

Arimantis asks, "How did ya see that?"

Alyxandrah blinks at you.

You exclaim, "I have to find him!"

Arimantis squints at you.

Alyxandrah says, "Lying there..."

Arimantis asks, "A pit?"

You say, "It burned before my eyes."

You nod to Arimantis.

Alyxandrah asks, "Was he...sleeping?"

Alyxandrah fidgets.

Kadesha blinks at you.

You look at Alyxandrah and shake your head.

You exclaim, "NO!"

Alyxandrah's face turns slightly pale.

You say, "He was hurt, unmoving."

Sheka says, "Stop screaming"

Alyxandrah blinks at you.

You exclaim, "We have to find him!"

Sheka stares at you.

Arimantis asks, "Could ya see an entrance?"

You say, "Just a northern wall."

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Sheka says, "So would be southern from this side"

Arimantis squints at a pulsating mist.

Junis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Arimantis asks, "What did the pit look like?"

Arimantis paces back and forth.

You say, "I'm going to look."

You say, "Have to look"

Arimantis nods to you.

[Thurfel's Keep]
The amount of workmanship put into the eroded seaglass floor of this entry is mindboggling. Painstakingly laid with meticulous care, the faded pastel glass forms the mosaic of an overflowing cream-filled tart. The room itself is quite barren, although smoke and mist can be seen through an archway leading north. You also see a snowshoe hare, a wall guardian, a wall guardian, a deranged sentry and a string of hanging seashells.
Also in the room: Neava, Angelrise, Lady Alyxandrah
Obvious exits: north, east, west.
Kadesha followed.

Arimantis just arrived.

You notice Junis try to tiptoe silently by you.

Neava says, "hello Junis"

You say, "I don't even know where to start"

Aranrhod just arrived.

Neava chuckles.

Alyxandrah's face turns slightly pale.

You exclaim, "Aran!"

Kadesha raises an eyebrow in Junis's direction.

You exclaim, "I saw him!"

Aranrhod blinks.

You exclaim, "Thurfel!"

You exclaim, "He's hurt!"

Aranrhod asks, "Where?"

Neava blinks at you.

You say, "He's in a pit."

You say, "In the cellar."

You say, "We have to find him."

Angelrise asks, "who?"

Neava asks, "you saw him just now?"

You say, "He isn't moving."

Aranrhod nods to you.

You say, "A vision burns before my eyes."

Blizzerdd whispers, "Ye are safe. I am here."

Alyxandrah says, "Arimantis..."

Arimantis asks, "Hmm?"

Junis asks, "Perhaps if you saw a northern wall, we should try on the northern side no?"

[Thurfel's Keep]
Four flat boulders dangerously support a legless desk and provide what looks to be a very unsafe method of reaching the upper level. Considering how badly the desk is wobbling just from the faint breeze, it's hardly going to be an easy climb.
Obvious exits: south, east.
Nekales, Aranrhod, Arimantis, Junis and Kadesha followed.

You exclaim, "I don't know!"

Arimantis says, "Try the tile.. the strange one"

Arimantis nods to you.

Aranrhod nods.

[Thurfel's Keep]
One of the floor tiles clearly stands out from the rest, as it is both a different size and color than the others. Directly above this tile, a long narrow slot has been cut into the ceiling with symmetrical precision. Something deep within the opening glints from the flickering light of the wall sconces. You also see a rabid guard dog, a rabid guard dog and a salt-stained chain hauberk.
Obvious exits: east, west.
Tianni, Nekales, Aranrhod, Arimantis, Junis and Kadesha followed.

Aranrhod says, "That would seem to go down"

You reach out and touch an odd tile.

press tile
Very creative idea. Silly, but creative.

You shake your head.

Aranrhod nocks an arrow in her long bow.
Aranrhod fires the long bow at the odd tile, but merely shatters the arrow on it.

Kadesha starts jumping around like a twelve-year-old.

You shake your head.

[Thurfel's Keep]
A large barrel sitting directly in the middle of the floor makes it necessary to veer to either side in order to pass. Oddly, a rhythmic ticking that sounds much like a muffled metronome comes from within the sealed container. At the base of this barrel, a small crack has allowed a tiny pile of greyish powder to spill out. The faint scent of sulphur touches the air. You also see a wall guardian.
Obvious exits: east, west.
Tianni, Nekales, Aranrhod, Arimantis, Junis and Kadesha followed.

Junis whispers to the group, "I thought more the room with the potions or the one with the masks."

[Thurfel's Keep]
Four flat boulders dangerously support a legless desk and provide what looks to be a very unsafe method of reaching the upper level. Considering how badly the desk is wobbling just from the faint breeze, it's hardly going to be an easy climb. You also see a rabid guard dog.
Obvious exits: south, east.
Tianni, Nekales, Aranrhod, Arimantis, Junis and Kadesha followed.

Kadesha bites her lip.

You exclaim, "NO!"

[Thurfel's Keep]
An impossible stack of tomes and books piled floor to ceiling leads to a small opening overhead. Most of the titles are far too worn to be readable, but the few that still peek through the dust of time all bear some reference to wizardry. It doesn't look as if the mound of ancient leather-bound volumes would hold much weight, yet they are covered by tiny footprints.
Obvious exits: north, east.
Tianni, Nekales, Aranrhod, Arimantis, Junis and Kadesha followed.

You hear the voice of Blizzerdd say, "Try the door."

Aranrhod blinks at you.

Kadesha rubs you gently.

Blizzerdd comes out of hiding.

Arimantis glances at you.

Kadesha sighs.

Arimantis asks, "What are you seein?"

You say, "I can't even remember where it is."

Aranrhod searches around for a moment.

Junis points east.

Blizzerdd says, "West of the mist"

[Thurfel's Keep]
As eclectic and bizare as this keep might look, it still bears all of the standard protection that any fortress might provide its owner. Passage to or from the outside of the structure is guarded by a sturdy glaes portcullis that has been colored in the wildest pink imaginable. Numerous strands of colorful seashells that have been suspended from the ceiling are all that bar the path into the keep itself.
Also here: Arimantis, Angelrise, Lord Junsen, Lady Alyxandrah
Obvious paths: east, west.
Tianni, Nekales, Aranrhod, Junis, Kadesha and Blizzerdd followed.

Alyxandrah blinks.

Angelrise says, "but i managed to fight it off somehow"

You exclaim, "Alyx!"

Angelrise says, "i nae know why"

You exclaim, "He's hurt!"

Angelrise says, "or how"

You say, "I keep seeing..."

Alyxandrah says, "I know..."

Junsen's face turns slightly pale.

You exclaim, "He's hurt!"

Kadesha peers quizzically at Alyxandrah.

Junsen gazes up into the heavens.

Kadesha asks, "you seein too?"

The arctic wolf growls, "She never cried for you like this Slaver."

Junis grins.

[Thurfel's Keep]
A pulsating green and yellow mist fills this room, making it nearly impossible to see anything further than your own hand. There doesn't appear to be any reason for the fog or the slowly dancing lights within it, but it does bear a rather pleasant light citrus smell.
Also in the room: Lady Alyxandrah, Lady Sheka
Obvious exits: south.
Arimantis, Tianni, Nekales, Aranrhod, Junis, Kadesha and Blizzerdd followed.

Blizzerdd says, "oh thats it Sheka....make me mad"

Blizzerdd squints.

Sheka cackles!

Junis says, "Oh Thurfel..."

You ask, "Where is this place?"

You flail your arms about.

[Thurfel's Keep]
Oddly, set into the floor is a huge iron door banded with brass. Considering its strange placement, it might lead to a lower level in the keep. Perhaps crafted as some bad joke, a multitude of doorknobs, handles and latches cover the door. You also see a deranged sentry.
Obvious exits: east, northwest.
Aranrhod, Neava, Arimantis, Tianni, Nekales and Kadesha followed.

You stamp your feet.

Neava frowns.

Arimantis seems to be trying to figure out how to turn a fractured ruby doorknob.

Aranrhod just tried to pull an iron door.

Arimantis just tried to pull a thin wooden latch.

Arimantis seems to be trying to figure out how to turn a thin wooden latch.

You weep softly, quiet tears falling from your eyes.

Kadesha leans against an iron door.

Arimantis just tried to pull a rusted tin loop.

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

Tianni just touched an iron door.

Neava asks, "what happened M'Lady?"

Neava says, "you saw him?..."

Nekales seems to be trying to figure out how to turn a rusted tin loop.

You hear the voice of Sabitor say, "Hrm..."

Sabitor comes out of hiding.

Sabitor just touched a rusted tin loop.

Kadesha seems to be trying to figure out how to turn a thin wooden latch.

You say, "I don't think is here."

Kadesha just tried to pull a thin wooden latch.

Aranrhod just tried to pull a thin wooden latch.

You shake your head.

Aranrhod pokes her finger at a thin wooden latch.

[Thurfel's Keep]
Shimmering silver glyphs painted on the floor and wall form three very distinct patterns. Each of the sigils is extremely detailed, and, considering their placement, they seem oddly unworn. Directly above these etchings, the ceiling looks quite discolored. You also see a deranged sentry, a wall guardian, a deranged sentry and a deranged sentry.
Also in the room: Neava
Obvious exits: east, southwest.
Junis, Sheka, Sabitor, Aranrhod, Arimantis, Tianni, Nekales and Kadesha followed.

Arimantis asks, "The glyphs?"

Arimantis nods.

You say, "I don't know."

Neava just touched a silver pyramid.

Sabitor says, "Hmm."

Tianni whispers to the group, "Has anyone tried to pick a lock on the door? Or disarm it?"

Neava just tried to pull a silver pyramid.

You exclaim, "I have no idea!"

Sabitor nods to Tianni.

You flail your arms about.

[Thurfel's Keep]
Oddly, set into the floor is a huge iron door banded with brass. Considering its strange placement, it might lead to a lower level in the keep. Perhaps crafted as some bad joke, a multitude of doorknobs, handles and latches cover the door. You also see a wall guardian, a wall guardian and an emperor penguin.
Also in the room: Lady Alyxandrah, Angelrise
Obvious exits: east, northwest.
Junis, Sheka, Aranrhod, Arimantis, Tianni, Nekales and Kadesha followed.

Alyxandrah says, "A ha. My brain woke up."

Alyxandrah stares off into space.

Sheka pokes Alyxandrah in the ribs.

Sheka cackles!

Angelrise chuckles.

You exclaim, "We need to find it!"

You exclaim, "He might not have much time!"

Angelrise asks, "what are we looking for?"

You flail your arms about.

Junsen nods.

You say, "The cellar."

Aranrhod whispers, "What about the sands where the cleric was pulled under?"

You say, "Thurfel is there."

(Alyxandrah touches her pendant, her face a bit pale.)

Junsen says, "I shall search"

You say, "In a pit."

Angelrise asks, "have ye gone to the door?"

Junsen bows.

Aranrhod says, "By the flag"

Wesclemord nods to Sheka.

Angelrise says, "there's a cellar in the farm..."

Aranrhod shifts her weight.

Wesclemord seems to be trying to figure out how to turn an iron door.

Junis pokes Angelrise in the ribs.

You say, "No the cellar here, Angelrise."

Junis points at an iron door.

Angelrise nods.

Sheka asks, "You checked the barrel?"

Kadesha just tried to kick the door!

Angelrise gestures at an iron door.
Nothing happens.

Kadesha rubs an iron door.

Wesclemord gestures at an iron door.
Nothing happens.

Nekales seems to be trying to figure out how to turn a giant red button.

Wesclemord says, "Try the nob"

Tianni just touched a giant red button.

Junis says, "There is a bricked up wall in the abbey, which from the other side would be the north wall."

Nekales just tried to pull a thin wooden latch.

Nekales rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Arimantis says, "And.. there is a pit there too"

You gasp.

[Thurfel's Keep]
A pulsating green and yellow mist fills this room, making it nearly impossible to see anything further than your own hand. There doesn't appear to be any reason for the fog or the slowly dancing lights within it, but it does bear a rather pleasant light citrus smell. You also see a fresh almond muffin and a salt-stained chain hauberk.
Obvious exits: south.
Wesclemord, Alyxandrah, Angelrise, Junis, Sheka, Aranrhod, Arimantis, Tianni, Nekales and Kadesha followed.

Sabitor frowns.

Junsen snaps his fingers.

Junsen says, "nothing"

Sabitor blinks.

Sabitor turns around.

You hear someone chuckling.

Sabitor asks, "Who was that?"

You say, "There was..."

Aranrhod squints at a pulsating mist.

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at you.

Junsen asks, "do we know its in the inner keep? or could it be through the shells?"

Alyxandrah asks, "What?"

Wesclemord squints.

You say, "I have no idea..."

Sabitor asks, "Someone tapped my shoulder?"

You flail your arms about.

Junsen nods.

Sabitor blinks.

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Sheka squints at a pulsating mist.

Arimantis searches around for a moment.

Junsen gestures.
A sudden burst of bright light emanates from Junsen's hand!
Blizzerdd is revealed from hiding!

Alyxandrah stares off into space.

Blizzerdd says, "How rude"

Blizzerdd chuckles.

Sheka yells, "Thurfel! You ready to come forth?"

Alyxandrah stares at Sheka.

Alyxandrah exclaims, "He's barely alive!"

Sabitor blinks.

You nod to Alyxandrah.

Sabitor shudders.

Alyxandrah holds back her tears, her eyes glistening with pain.

Sabitor says, "What was that."

You weep softly, quiet tears falling from your eyes.

Blizzerdd says, "Thurfel is losing."

Blizzerdd grins evilly.

Junsen kneels down.

Sheka yells, "Take our strength and use it. Get out of there."

Sabitor says, "Something's slithering... across my feet."

Kadesha says, "I'm just sure hed answer yer demands Sheka"

You say, "They have him in a pit."

Junis glances at Sabitor.

Neava peers quizzically at Sabitor.

Junsen says, "I have failed M'Lord"

You hear the voice of Armaxis say, "I would not say that...thisss stone is quite warm."

Angelrise gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Junsen frowns.

You ask, "Stone?"

Arimantis paces back and forth.

You notice a disturbance by a piece of blood-red jade.

Sabitor blinks.

Sabitor asks, "What?"

You blink.

Sheka says, "Hello Armaxis"

Junis searches around for a moment.

Sabitor begins to twitch.

Junis scratches his head.

Junsen is wracked with uncontrollable spasms, his eyes glazing over.

Angelrise gasps.

Sabitor blinks.

You glance at Junsen.

Junsen gazes heavenward.

Junis says, "I certainly hope Thurfel submits before its too late."

Wesclemord traces the lines of his Amasalen tattoo.

You ask, "What is wrong?"

Alyxandrah tries to pull Junsen to his feet, but he is too heavy.

Angelrise pulls Junsen to his feet.

Nekales blinks.

You see Lord Junsen Spockekle the Half-Elf Woodsman.
He appears to be in his 50's, has short, straight dark brown hair, brown eyes, and fair skin.
He has a fluffy rolton tattoo on his neck.
He has some minor cuts and bruises on his right hand. He is holding a blackened rolaren falchion etched with the shape of a large rolton in his right hand and a vultite wall shield in his left hand.
He is wearing a gold ring, some forest green brigandine with a confused ranger emblazoned on the shoulders, a mithril juggernaut pin, a crystal amulet, some green stalking boots, some supple green leather gloves, a weathered oilskin backpack, a rolton crest, a white rolton mask, a chipped rolton bone amulet, a rolton wool sack, a twisted gold wire rolton pin, a fur-trimmed grey wool cloak, a black ankle-strapped sheath, some dapper slate grey breeches, some white rolton wool earmuffs, and a ditty bag.

Aranrhod blinks.

Arimantis paces back and forth.

Sabitor asks, "That jade... where did it go?"

Blizzerdd comes out of hiding.

Blizzerdd just tried to pull Junsen towards him!

Kadesha glances at Junsen.

Junsen says, "I nae know..."

You exclaim, "Junsen!"

Arimantis squints at a pulsating mist.

Junsen says, "the pain..."

Alyxandrah asks, "Thurfel, where are you!?"

Blizzerdd tenderly holds your hand as you both turn to the right and take a few steps.

Junsen says, "so great...."

Junsen kneels down.

You say, "What is happening."

You notice a vein pulsing in Sabitor's forehead.

You rub Junsen.

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

Aranrhod asks, "Junsen what is happening?"

You exclaim, "Thurfel!"

Armaxis fades into sight next to you.

Angelrise says, "perhaps the serpent has chosen another already"

Arimantis searches around for a moment.

Sabitor glances at Armaxis.

Sheka nods to Armaxis.

Angelrise squints at a pulsating mist.

Junsen frowns.

Nekales turns around.

Wesclemord bows to Armaxis.

Pyrocite suddenly fades into view.

Neava glances at Armaxis.

Kadesha searches around for a moment.

Pyrocite laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Armaxis nods to Wesclemord.

Sheka asks, "Are you sure what you saw wasn't from one of the Nine?"

Junsen shivers.

Pyrocite nods to Wesclemord.

Kadesha begins to twitch.

Armaxis nods to Sheka.

Alyxandrah bites her lip.

Sheka cocks her head at you.

You wring your hands.

You ask, "Junsen, what happened?"

Sabitor blinks.

Junsen says, "I nae know... the pain came so suddenly..."

Blizzerdd smiles at Junsen.

A thunderous roar echoes throughout the halls, dust falling from the ceiling.

Sabitor ducks slightly and covers his head with his arms.

You tilt your head up.

Alyxandrah covers her ears.

Aranrhod ducks her head.

Angelrise says, "i felt pain previously also"

Arimantis gazes heavenward.

A pained expression crosses Angelrise's face.

Junis flashes a wide grin.

You ask, "What is that?"

Pyrocite says, "Hrm."

Sheka gazes heavenward.

Nekales ducks slightly and covers his head with his arms.

Junsen gazes heavenward.

Junsen gasps.

Aranrhod asks, "Roar?"

You duck slightly and cover your head with your arms.

Tianni moves to stand behind Nekales.

Sabitor says, "I think... I think the keep is coming down."

Angelrise nods to Junsen.

Kadesha bites her lip.

Junis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

You exclaim, "What is happening!"

Alyxandrah gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Junsen stands up.

You weep softly, quiet tears falling from your eyes.

Tianni asks, "What is over this room?"

Kadesha rubs you gently.

Sheka yells, "Take our strength and use it. Get out of there."

Blizzerdd rubs you gently.

Angelrise says, "no one knows any better then ye do Iscikella"

Neava says, "the tower"

Junsen nods.

Junsen kneels down.

Sheka begins chuckling at Pyrocite.

Pyrocite smirks.

Sabitor begins to twitch.

Pyrocite squints at a pulsating mist.

Junsen says, "Drain me M'Lord, I give my life so you may triumph"

Blizzerdd squints.

Sabitor says, "Oh..."

Sheka says, "If it falls with him within he may be gone forever."

Alyxandrah's face turns slightly pale.

Pyrocite says, "Pity."

Sabitor says, "You have it."

Sabitor glances at Armaxis.

Pyrocite snickers.

Aranrhod searches around for a moment.

You say, "Thurfel, please, whatever ye must do..."

(Junis strides over to stand beside Armaxis.)

You wring your hands.

Wesclemord snickers.

Armaxis asks, "Hmm?"

Arimantis paces back and forth.

You say, "That roar was not the keep coming down."

You shake your head.

Sheka asks, "Was the beast?"

Sabitor says, "The jade."

Sabitor squints at Armaxis.

Armaxis says, "As I said, it was quite warm to the touch. Almost burning."

Sabitor begins to twitch.

A tiny flicker of white flame drips down the mist, barely visible.

You shiver.

Aranrhod blinks.

Alyxandrah blinks.

You point at a pulsating mist.

Nekales gazes heavenward.

Arimantis squints at a pulsating mist.

Angelrise fidgets.

You exclaim, "Flame!"

(Sheka stares at the mist.)

Kadesha says, "Thurfel if ye can hear me an can use it, I lend ye my strengh"

Blizzerdd squints at a pulsating mist.

Sabitor glances at Armaxis.

Pyrocite says, "And white, at that..."

A wave of power flows out of Kadesha and toward a pulsating mist.

Alyxandrah stares at Kadesha.

Alyxandrah says, "Yeah, that won't help him."

Nekales blinks.

Alyxandrah rolls her eyes.

You exclaim, "Thurfel, we don't know where ye are! We don't know where the cellar is!"

Blizzerdd asks, "What are you doing?"

Kadesha stares at Alyxandrah.

You exclaim, "Please, please, try!"

Blizzerdd peers quizzically at Kadesha.

You notice a vein pulsing in Sabitor's forehead.

Junis says, "Yes Thurfel, take their power."

Junis laughs!

You look at Kadesha and shake your head.

You say, "It sent him away before."

(Alyxandrah reaches a hand toward the mist.)

You say, "Don't do that."

Blizzerdd says, "Ye all are crazy. Let him die."

Blizzerdd glares.

Arimantis squints at Blizzerdd.

Sheka sneers at Blizzerdd.

Kadesha says, "ah wasnt intendin it ta hit him"

Sheka asks, "She does cry so for him doesn't she?"

Sheka smirks.

Blizzerdd tightens his grip on his vultite waraxe and glances over at Sheka.

Arimantis paces back and forth.

A low voice intones an odd chant, and the mist thickens. The voice seems to be coming from everywhere.

You exclaim, "Quiet, Eorginan!"

Sheka cackles!

Junsen gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Arimantis gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Sabitor blinks.

Angelrise gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Alyxandrah gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Tianni turns around.

Nekales gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Tianni gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

(Iscikella moves her head all around, listening intently.)

Wesclemord says, "Lumnis save me save me"

Tianni just tried to pull Nekales towards her!

Wesclemord cackles!

You ask, "Ye hear it?"

(Armaxis leans back on a nearby wall, his gaze shifting from person to person.)

Angelrise begins to twitch.

Junsen nods.

Pyrocite closes her eyes for a moment.

Aranrhod nods to you.

Sheka blinks at you.

Iscikella touches the mist and smiles.

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

Sheka asks, "Hear what?"

Arimantis searches around for a moment.

Alyxandrah stares at you.

Aranrhod says, "Chanting"

Sabitor glances at Armaxis.

You say, "The voice intoning."

You nod.

Arimantis paces back and forth.

Neava asks, "chanting?"

Iscikella says, "He will never leave, ever."

Angelrise asks, "ye did not hear it?"

Sabitor frowns.

Angelrise gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Neava shakes her head.

Junsen gazes heavenward.

Alyxandrah exclaims, "He will!"

You exclaim, "Stop!"

(Sheka leans back and smiles chillingly.)

Alyxandrah exclaims, "He will leave!"

Lady Strayla just arrived.

Pyrocite leans on her scythe.

You flail your arms about.

You hear footsteps padding off, but see nothing.

Alyxandrah holds back her tears, her eyes glistening with pain.

Strayla stares off into space.

Nekales turns around.

(Iscikella slaps her own face.)

Strayla blinks.

Sabitor begins to twitch.

Strayla asks, "What's wrong?"

Alyxandrah slowly empties her lungs.

You say, "Someone is in here."

Kadesha searches around for a moment.

Aranrhod nods.

Lord Grhim just arrived.

Junsen nods.

Aranrhod searches around for a moment.

Sheka asks, "May I help?"

Junsen stands up.

Sabitor says, "I think they just left."

Sheka grins at you.

Nekales searches around for a moment.

You say, "Ye hear the footsteps."

Blizzerdd gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Blizzerdd gestures.
A sudden burst of bright light emanates from Blizzerdd's hand!

Neava nods.

Sheka nods to you.

Junsen searches around for a moment.

Grhim squints.

(Angelrise steps towards the mist, listening intently.)

Strayla blinks.

Sheka says, "Aye."

Junis says, "Someone WAS here."

Junsen nods.

Angelrise squints.

Junis chuckles.

Strayla raises an eyebrow.

Sabitor raises an eyebrow.

Strayla asks, "what is going on?"

Junsen says, "I shall make a rounds"

Lord Junsen just went south.

(Iscikella reaches toward the mist.)

(Aranrhod stares at the mist)

You say, "Visions, Strayla. Thurfel is in trouble."

Junsen kneels down.

Junsen says, "nothin"

Strayla nods to you.

Pyrocite says, "He's been in trouble for a good, long time."

Pyrocite snickers.

Angelrise asks, "hasn't he been so for some time?"

Sheka paces back and forth.

Angelrise nods.

Angelrise says, "aye"

You hear someone sigh.

Junsen says, "this time the pain is real..."

Kadesha whispers, "the mist holds him captive doesnt it?"

Junsen shivers.

You nod to Kadesha.

Sabitor narrows his eyes.

Alyxandrah rubs her eyes.

You say, "I saw a vision of him in a pit."

Kadesha whispers, "then why was my holiness at the mist frowned on"

Tianni says, "Whoever was here... I think they're gone now."

You say, "Ye don't know."

Strayla asks, "a pit?"

You nod to Strayla.

Junsen exclaims, "we must find him!"

You say, "Unmoving, hurt."

Kadesha winces.

Kadesha closes her eyes for a moment.

Junsen says, "Im going to go search the outer keep for this cellar"

Junsen stands up.

Kadesha ducks slightly and covers her head with her arms.

Junis smirks.

Aranrhod nods to Nekales.

Strayla says, "That door..."

Lord Junsen just went south.

You say, "He is in the cellar."

Strayla asks, "what of the door, with all the locks on it?"

Pyrocite says, "Such a shame he still lives."

Pyrocite shakes her head, clucking her tongue.

You say, "But we don't know where the cellar is."

Kadesha says, "somethin jes happened to me"

You shake your head.

Strayla says, "There was no way to open it."

Strayla peers quizzically at Kadesha.

You blink at Kadesha.

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow in Kadesha's direction.

Junis flashes a wide grin.

Arimantis peers quizzically at Kadesha.

Arimantis asks, "What sorta somethin?"

Kadesha says, "my head felt hot an I lost my vision"

Strayla blinks.

Aranrhod frowns.

Kadesha says, "an my balance, but it has passed now"

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Strayla says, "Amasalen..."

Strayla scoffs.

Sheka asks, "Why won't he accept my strength?"

You ask, "Hot?"

Sheka glowers.

Sheka paces back and forth.

Arimantis says, "We gotta find the way in..."

Sabitor says, "That we do."

Kadesha sighs.

Strayla says, "I'm going to go find that door."

Lord Junsen just arrived.

Junsen sighs.

You say, "He took yer strength, Kadesah, ye offered it and he took it."

Junsen says, "couldn't find anything"

Junsen kneels down.

Kadesha says, "I dont know what that was, I hope that is it"

Junsen gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Sabitor begins to twitch.

Lady Strayla just went south.

Sheka says, "I too offered. He spurned me yet again."

Sheka glares.

Aranrhod says, "We have looked for that cellar for months...if it is the same cellar"

Kadesha says, "well if it is Thurfel, I offer it again"

Junsen nods.

Wesclemord grins coldly, his eyes reflecting no emotion.

You say, "Thurfel, do ye hear! Take what ye need. I know ye are hurt badly."

Junsen says, "I offer you my strength Lord Thurfel, so you may triumph"

Wesclemord says, "Fools"

Armaxis says, "I'm sure if it were so easy, it would already be accomplished. You forget what thisss Keep is surrounded in."

Kadesha says, "it hurts though when he does that"

Sheka asks, "Not used to pain in your old age?"

Sheka sneers at Kadesha.

Kadesha says, "aye Thurfel i lend ye of mine whatever ye can use"

Pyrocite chuckles.

Angelrise asks, "did any feel a sort of assault on their souls?"

Pyrocite says, "So friendly to the one, but no one offers to help the Nine..."

Angelrise coughs.

Junsen rubs his rolton tattoo.

Armaxis says, "Magic, and illusion. Obviously one wishes to keep those who would rescue Thurfel from him, so any 'door' is likely warded against such, either by illusion or less...subtle means."

Alyxandrah says, "I felt...something."

Armaxis shows Junis his blood-red jade.

Alyxandrah nods to Angelrise.

Pyrocite gazes heavenward.

Kadesha says, "no, my soul is well, but my head hurts"

Junsen stands up.

Junis flashes a wide grin.

Sheka asks, "Did you also?"

Sheka cocks her head at Angelrise.

You glance at Armaxis.

Sabitor raises an eyebrow in Armaxis's direction.

Aranrhod shifts her weight.

Junis says, "That is a lovely stone."

You whisper quietly to Alyxandrah, "How do we help him?"

Arimantis sighs.

You wring your hands.

Angelrise says, "i felt a sort of attack upon my very being- i somehow fought it off though.."

Sabitor says, "I should have taken it."

Sabitor shakes his head.

Alyxandrah whispers, "If I knew..."

Alyxandrah whispers, "I wish I knew..."

Sabitor laughs softly, trying to hide his amusement.

Sheka blinks at Angelrise.

Armaxis says, "I was amazed you let it sit there so long..."bard."

Angelrise says, "i nae think it was Thurfel"

Alyxandrah sighs softly.

Armaxis clears his throat.

Angelrise stares off into space.

Junis laughs!

(Pyrocite glances at the mist, looking pensive.)

(Iscikella reaches toward the mist.)

Strayla says, "Is he still in there..."

Pyrocite says, "I wonder if they can hear us as well..."

Strayla asks, "maybe he meant that to say he was out now?"

Strayla peers quizzically at you.

Nekales gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Pyrocite squints at a pulsating mist.

You say, "I saw him in the cellar... in the pit... He is so hurt..."

Kadesha rubs you gently.

You shudder.

Alyxandrah covers her ears.

Junsen shivers.

Alyxandrah says, "Don't say it anymore..."

Neava turns to face Armaxis.

Wesclemord says, "He will remain so while under such special care"

Neava says, "i think for once, you said somthing that might help"

Kadesha says, "he tol me Iscikella, to protect ye"

Sheka paces back and forth.

Armaxis glances at Neava.

Kadesha smiles at you.

Arimantis paces back and forth.

You say, "He needs the protection right now. I don't matter."

Sabitor rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Junsen nods.

Strayla says, "You do matter, he's fighting for you."

Strayla nods to you.

Kadesha says, "I think ye matter to him, Iscikella"

Pyrocite leans back.

Blizzerdd snarls menacingly!

Blizzerdd mutters fools.

Lord Blizzerdd just went south.

Strayla raises an eyebrow.

Junis chuckles.

Kadesha says, "if somethin happened to ye Iscikella I fear he would loose any incentive ta resist"

Alyxandrah says, "That is obvious, Kadesha...has been for a long time."

Alyxandrah stares off into space.

Junsen nods.

Sabitor shakes his head.

Armaxis says, "Mm, and I'm sure Mularos is pleased by all thisss turmoil your husband is now experiencing. How delightful."

Sheka chuckles.

Pyrocite begins chuckling at Armaxis.

You glance at Armaxis.

Wesclemord says, "Every death only serves as sacrifices now to appease Amasalen"

Pyrocite says, "Not enough physical pain for his taste, I'd wager."

You glance at Wesclemord.

Pyrocite whistles tunelessly to herself.

Kadesha says, "so why then not offer yer own Wesclemord"

Wesclemord says, "I do openly"

Arimantis sighs.

Kadesha says, "all ye who say such, yet are too cowardly to offer yer own"

Wesclemord says, "It is his for the taking when he wishes it"

Arimantis says, "I don see a way down at all"

Junis gazes heavenward.

Sheka grins coldly, her eyes reflecting no emotion.

You say, "If only I knew where that cellar might be, but I haven't a clue."

Sabitor says, "The cellar..."

Nekales whispers to the group, "has anyone tried to cast a dispell magic on the door?"

Junsen asks, "Do you know its in the keep?"

Junsen peers quizzically at you.

You nod to Nekales.

Aranrhod nods to Sabitor.

Junsen says, "there is always the cabana..."

Sabitor sighs.

Kadesha says, "maybe Iscikella"

Strayla asks, "the vision showed it as part of the keep?"

Strayla peers quizzically at you.

Junis tilts his vultite dagger side to side, making the light play off it.

Junsen says, "I shall go see"

Kadesha whispers, "maybe he could send ye a vision of that? a way there?"

Alyxandrah flails her arms about.

Arimantis says, "I still think.. that tile.."

Exjavier just kissed Alyxandrah on the cheek.

You say, "I cannot say for certain, Junsen, but I do think it here. Is the same as was seen in the orb by several many months ago."

Arimantis nods to you.

Junsen kneels down.

Junsen shivers.

(Aranrhod nods slowly)

You say, "There are expermentation tables there."

You shiver.

Alyxandrah groans at Kadesha.

You say, "And a light covers the north wall..."

You say, "And a pit in the floor."

Kadesha works her fingers under her eonake mesh coif and scratches her head.

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

(Iscikella stares forward, shivering.)

Junis smiles.

Junsen nods to Alyxandrah.

Sabitor glances at Armaxis.

Alyxandrah just tried to pull Angelrise towards her!

Nekales nods to Aranrhod.

Angelrise whines.

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at Junsen.

Junsen frowns.

Tianni says, "I'll go."

You gasp.

Arimantis peers quizzically at you.

Aranrhod says, "Not alone"

Kadesha glances at you.

You say, "Sunken pit..."

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at you.

Lady Ilvane just arrived.

You blink.

Alyxandrah asks, "Sunken?"

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Sabitor asks, "What?"

You ask, "The sinkhole?"

Arimantis just tried to pull you towards him!

You ask, "Alyx, the sinkhole?"

Aranrhod babbles something unintelligible.

Angelrise grins.

Strayla asks, "where is the sinkhole?"

Alyxandrah says, "Perhaps..."

Ilvane blinks.

Junsen stands up.

Angelrise says, "there's a sinkhole in the mausoleum"

Kadesha just hugged Ilvane.

Arimantis says, "Sweetie.. Thurfel is hurt somewheres"

You say, "No, here."

Ilvane just hugged Kadesha.

You say, "There is a sinkhole."

Pyrocite laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Pyrocite gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Pyrocite gestures.
After a moment's silence an arctic fox pads into the room and glances up at Pyrocite intelligently.

Ilvane asks, "He is?"

Arimantis nods to Ilvane.

[Thurfel's Keep]
There is no apparent reason for the odd bowl-like depression that cracks the floor tiles of this passage, but perhaps the ominous sound of rushing water coming from beneath the keep lends a clue. You also see a rabid guard dog.
Obvious exits: north, south.
Exjavier, Strayla, Ilvane, Junsen, Aranrhod, Sabitor, Alyxandrah, Arimantis, Wesclemord, Junis, Tianni, Nekales and Kadesha followed.

You say, "Here..."

Junis checks his footing.

You say, "the sinkhole."

Junsen searches around for a moment.

Alyxandrah furrows her brow.

Sabitor asks, "This is what you saw?"

Junis starts jumping around like a twelve-year-old.

Junis exclaims, "Cave in!"

Sabitor peers quizzically at you.

You look at Sabitor and shake your head.

Sabitor raises an eyebrow.

Aranrhod says, "But water"

You say, "I saw a sunken pit."

Arimantis says, "An we are sure it is gonna be in the keep.."

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

(Ilvane glances down at the depression)

Sabitor says, "There are pits everywhere."

Ilvane asks, "Do we really want it to open up?"

Arimantis searches around for a moment.

Sabitor says, "The pit of red goo... The depression here."

Alyxandrah points south.

Alyxandrah says, "Danger, danger."

Sabitor says, "The cellar could be anywhere."

Strayla peers quizzically at Alyxandrah.

Ilvane blinks at Alyxandrah.

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow.

Strayla asks, "what's wrong?"

Exjavier says, "lots of doggies."

You ask, "What is south?"

Alyxandrah nods to Exjavier.

Exjavier smiles at Alyxandrah.

Ilvane says, "They all ran south."

Ilvane giggles.

Alyxandrah says, "That's why we're getting married. Only he understands how my mind works."

Alyxandrah ducks her head.

You say, "I don't know where the cellar is."

Arimantis grins at Alyxandrah.

Junsen sighs.

Kadesha begins chuckling at Alyxandrah.

Exjavier just kissed Alyxandrah on the hand.

Sabitor scowls.

You hear someone chuckling.

You say, "I just saw a sunken pit on both sides of it."

Exjavier nods.

(Iscikella glances at the depression.)

Junsen says, "I have failed m'lord, my honor gone"

Wesclemord says, "Exjavier her soul belongs to another"

Junsen frowns.

Alyxandrah glances at Wesclemord.

Aranrhod says, "Her soul is her own"

Exjavier glances at Wesclemord.

Kadesha raises an eyebrow in Wesclemord's direction.

Wesclemord laughs!

Exjavier asks, "who might that be?"

Wesclemord says, "Hah"

Alyxandrah mutters fool.

Aranrhod nods.

You sigh.

You say, "I don't know."

[Thurfel's Keep]
A pulsating green and yellow mist fills this room, making it nearly impossible to see anything further than your own hand. There doesn't appear to be any reason for the fog or the slowly dancing lights within it, but it does bear a rather pleasant light citrus smell. You also see a fresh almond muffin.
Also in the room: Neava, Sabitor, Lord Keemac, Lady Skyfawn, Lord Ryever, Armaxis, Lady Pyrocite
Obvious exits: south.
Exjavier, Strayla, Ilvane, Junsen, Aranrhod, Alyxandrah, Arimantis, Wesclemord, Junis, Tianni, Nekales and Kadesha followed.

Pyrocite says, "As i said, someone should offer to help the Nine."

Ryever shifts his eyes to Junis.

Pyrocite nods to Ryever.

Junis nods curtly to Ryever.

Ilvane glances at Pyrocite.

Alyxandrah sighs.

Pyrocite says, "If he can hear us, they certainly can."

Skyfawn clasps Keemac's hand tenderly and draws him into her arms.

Pyrocite laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Junsen nods.

Alyxandrah hangs her head.

Sabitor says, "Pits... pits."

Exjavier rubs Alyxandrah gently.

Sabitor just went south.

Junsen nods.

Junsen says, "I shall do the same"

Sheka paces back and forth.

Arimantis squints at a pulsating mist.

You weep softly, quiet tears falling from your eyes.

Arimantis nods to you.

Neava whispers, "im sorry, i seem to have missed it when you tols what you saw, all i heard was a pit, and light on the north wall"

Pyrocite mumbles something that you don't quite catch.

Arimantis says, "We should looks around more mayhaps"

Ryever blinks at Junis.

Sheka cocks her head at Alyxandrah.

Sheka asks, "What did you cast at him?"

Sabitor says, "I don't think there is much more to be seen here."

Alyxandrah says, "You'll know when it works."

Sabitor mutters under his breath.

(Armaxis wafts a few tendrils of mist toward him with his hand, then laughs quietly.)

Junsen sighs.

Ryever paces back and forth.

You glance at Armaxis.

Ryever glances at Kadesha.

Sheka grins coldly, her eyes reflecting no emotion.

You say, "Ye are a cruel one, snake."

Kadesha glances at Armaxis.

Armaxis asks, "Am I?"

Kadesha asks, "this is news?"

Kadesha chuckles.

Kadesha glances at Ryever.

You say, "I once thought him honorable."

You sigh heavily.

Sabitor raises an eyebrow.

Ryever says, "For those of you who might have missed out on the nightly gathering of minds, to use the word loosely, things already known are fare for the course."

You say, "Even though he followed a very dark course."

Kadesha says, "Iscikella my friend, ye are entirely too trusting sometimes"

Armaxis says, "You simply do not realize what is right in front of you. Sad, truly. But I should not pity your shortcomingsss... it is what shall be your downfall in the end."

Junis smiles.

Junsen kneels down.

Ilvane raises an eyebrow in Armaxis's direction.

You rub Junsen.

Junsen sighs.

Ryever mutters under his breath.

You whisper quietly to Alyxandrah, "Surely we can do something! I wish I knew what!"

Junis shrugs.

Lord Blizzerdd just arrived.

Sheka paces back and forth.

Sheka glances at Blizzerdd.

Sheka smirks.

Alyxandrah nods to you.

You shiver.

Alyxandrah rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Sabitor shakes his head.

Sabitor just went south.

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

(Armaxis traces the skull carved into the jade he holds with his fingers, then slowly places it in the folds of his robe.)

Armaxis put a piece of blood-red jade in his brown robe.

You glance at Armaxis.

Lord Blizzerdd just went south.

Alyxandrah sighs.

Armaxis glances at you.

Junsen whispers, "any more visions?"

You look at Junsen and shake your head.

Junsen nods.

Junsen frowns.

Ryever blinks at Junis.

Alyxandrah whispers, "I can't just stand here and do nothing! I just...wish I knew what to do..."

You say, "Snake, ye will not kill him."

Armaxis asks, "I wonder, Iscikella, is it even your own will which brings you down here anymore?"

Junis chuckles.

You say, "It is."

Junis says, "Certainly she doesnt do it to help Thurfel, she has sealed the mist twice."

Junis laughs!

Sheka says, "It wasn't her will that reached out, touched the mist and smiled."

Sheka glances at you.

Sheka smirks.

Wesclemord says, "Iscikella now is merely an animated coil"

Ryever says, "She'll not allow herself to imagine such things, even after I told her it may be that pride that allows the entity hold over her."

Armaxis says, "You are so certain? Perhapsss not even you can tell when that which is inside you reaches through your body."

You say, "Ye are all very wrong."

Armaxis says, "Thisss is...good."

Sheka says, "Indeed."

Sheka sneers at you.

Strayla rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Junis says, "You refuse to admit to the facts then."

You slide a gold ring off your finger.
You slide the ring on your finger.
Suddenly your surroundings shift...

[Ice Plains, Shrine]
The room is lit by dozens of torches and a marble dais is set at the end of the chamber atop a stone altar. The dais has gold and platinum inlays along the top with veins of silver twisted down the supports of the base. Several stools are arranged in rows in front of the altar, with a path large enough to walk down the center of the room to the altar. Behind the dais is a dark alcove with a lifesize statue of Amasalen, servant of Luukos. You also see a tempered rolaren arch.
Obvious paths: none.

You feel a little pulse in the ring.

You concentrate on the Unpresence spell...
You gesture.
You feel more secure.

You belt out, "Amasalen!"

You belt out, "Why do ye torture him?"

Without warning, the winds intensify, howling as they rush through the area. Snow and sleet ride violently upon them, raking across your face!

You exclaim, "Amasalen!"

You tilt your head back.

You belt out, "Answer me, bloody one!"

An arctic manticore just arrived.
An arctic manticore watches you silently.

You exclaim, "Amasalen!"

You belt out, "Amasalen!"

The shrieking winds become suddenly violent. The temperature drops drastically, numbing your extremities in a heartbeat. You cannot see through the flying snow and ice, and it looks as though you may be in trouble!

You belt out, "Amasalen!"

You belt out, "Answer, oh bloody one!"

You belt out, "Answer me!"

The shrieking winds become suddenly violent. The temperature drops drastically, numbing your extremities in a heartbeat. You cannot see through the flying snow and ice, and it looks as though you may be in trouble!

You sigh heavily.

You say, "Damnable blood god, won't even answer."

You bury your face in your hands.

The shrieking winds become suddenly violent. The temperature drops drastically, numbing your extremities in a heartbeat. You cannot see through the flying snow and ice, and it looks as though you may be in trouble!

You reach out and touch a flame red keepsake pouch.

You give a sigh of exhaustion.

You say, "I will find a way to help, m'lord."

(Iscikella raises her head slowly.)

You say, "I will find a way," fingertips lingering on the flame red fabric of the pouch. "Somehow I will find a way."



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