Of Barren Chambers and Shifting Sands
Volnes, day 4 of the month Fashanos in the year 5102

***TECHNICAL NOTE***
The one line spoken directly by the essence through Iscikella in this log is indentifiable by the fact is noted as being said by "Iscikella" rather than "You", as well as having an added descriptor regarding the vocal quality.
***END NOTE***

[Hall of the Mind]
An aura of tranquility sits over the room. Stars twinkle on the south wall, comforting as they sparkle in the blackness, while the north wall glows a pearlescent grey the color of the moon behind mist. A black altar sits before the starry sky, and a grey altar seems to fade out of the misty wall. You also see the Tianni disk and a snow white beeswax candle.
Also in the room: Tianni, Lord Nekales, Vonka who is seated, Lord Tjaran who is seated, Ichiko, Aranrhod who is seated
Obvious exits: southwest, up.

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point, Vonka alone felt this:

Your head begins to pound, but it is not painful. The noise that rattles within you sounds like the clash of steel on stone.
***END NOTE***

Vonka's face turns slightly pale.

You cock your head at Vonka.

Joter asks, "What is it Vonka?"

Ichiko's fingers skip along the length of her flute in no particular predictable fashion, somehow still eliciting a lovely melody.

Vonka gulps.

You ask, "Something wrong?"

Aranrhod's face turns slightly pale.

Vonka says, "Me head......"

(Iscikella touches Vonka's hand.)

Vonka whimpers.

Ichiko blinks.

You say, "Ye don't look so good."

Tjaran says, "Mmm...."

Aranrhod blinks at Vonka.

You look at Vonka and shake your head.

Aranrhod asks, "Vonka?"

Aranrhod rubs Vonka gently.

Ending on a broad note which echoes like a sigh, Ichiko lowers her flute from her lips.

Vonka says, "Sorter poundin'."

Vonka shudders.

Ichiko put a thanot flute in her infantry backpack.

Aranrhod says, "Sit down"

(Iscikella taps her head.)

Tianni says, "uh oh"

You ask, "There?"

You cock your head at Vonka.

Joter asks, "Vonka, may I cast at you?"

A bit of melted wax drips from a snow white beeswax candle with a hiss. The flame jumps, burning high for a moment, then settles into a warm glow.

Aranrhod glances at Tianni.

Vonka nods to you.

Tjaran stands up.

Your mind fills with an image, an odd image. You sense a barren room, devoid of anything save for some kind of dark shape within the center of the chamber.

Vonka nods to Joter.

Vonka says, "Aye."

You blink.

Aranrhod says, "Vonka..."

Joter gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Joter gestures at Vonka.
CS: +181 - TD: +113 + CvA: +14 + d100: +26 - -5 == +113
Warding failed!
A calm washes over Vonka.

Tjaran says, "I have just the thing, I will be right back."

Lord Tjaran just went southwest.

Vonka blinks.

You say, "In my minds eye..."

(Aranrhod pats the ground beside her)

Vonka turns to face Aranrhod.

Joter says, "Maybe that will help"

Aranrhod says, "Sit"

You say, "I saw."

Vonka sits down.

You feel the blood drain from your face.

Vonka nods.

Aranrhod just hugged Vonka.

Vonka scoots over in front of Aranrhod.

Vonka leans on Aranrhod.

Vonka cocks her head at you.

Aranrhod rubs Vonka gently.

Vonka asks, "Yer saw insider me head?"

The glow from a snow white beeswax candle softly illuminates the room.

Aranrhod blinks at you.

You say, "I saw a barren room, but was a dark shape in it. In the center of it."

You stare at nothing in particular.

Vonka stares at you.

Lord Tjaran just arrived.

Vonka asks, "Jus' now?"

Tjaran offers Vonka some fragrant orange scented tea.

You nod to Vonka.

Vonka accepts Tjaran's orange scented tea.

You say, "Just... filled my mind."

Joter says, "Only the ones posessed are seeing things."

Vonka sniffs at her orange scented tea.

Tjaran sits down.

Aranrhod asks, "Tianni?"

Vonka says, "T'anks."

Tianni glances at Aranrhod.

Aranrhod asks, "You feel anything?"

Tianni asks, "What?"

Vonka nods to Tjaran.

Vonka says, "Jus' now."

Joter asks, "Did that help Vonka?"

Tjaran says, "Always puts me at ease. Hopefully it will help you as well."

A snow white beeswax candle glows warmly with a soft, flickering light.

Vonka says, "I fel' me head poundin'."

Vonka nods to Joter.

Vonka says, "Aye. T'anks."

Tjaran takes a drink from his orange scented tea.

Joter says, "I am glad."

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Vonka says, "An' Iscikella saw sommit."

You rub your eyes.

You say, "The image..."

Vonka blinks at you.

Vonka winces.

You say, "A barren room with something dark in it. A shape."

You say, "In the center."

You shudder.

Tjaran asks, "A shape?"

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Vonka says, "Still poundin'..... dun' hurt exackly."

You nod.

Aranrhod asks, "Just a shape?"

Tjaran asks, "Any particular shape? A figure?"

You say, "Just a dark shape."

High Lady Kadesha's group just arrived.

Joter gestures at Vonka.
CS: +181 - TD: +113 + CvA: +14 + d100: +34 - -5 == +121
Warding failed!
A calm washes over Vonka.

The glow from a snow white beeswax candle softly illuminates the room.

Arimantis gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Tjaran nods.

Kadesha sits down.

Vonka blinks.

You say, "Can't say what is."

Ichiko gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Aranrhod asks, "Tianni...you are fine?"

Joter says, "Just trying to keep you calm"

You say, "Just a shape."

Aranrhod peers quizzically at Tianni.

Vonka smiles serenely.

You say, "Don't do that, Joter."

You look at Joter and shake your head.

Tianni leans against the south wall.

Tianni folds her arms over her chest.

Arimantis takes a bite of his soft sugar cookie.

Tjaran takes a drink from his orange scented tea.

Tianni says, "Of course I am."

Aranrhod nods to Tianni.

Kadesha just hugged Vonka.

Nekales smiles at Tianni.

You hear the faint thoughts of Atoyoz touch your mind:
"M'lady, are you about?"

Vonka smiles at Kadesha.

You say, "Kadesha, I just saw in my mind."

Vonka says, "Hey der, Kadesha."

Xulkir just arrived.

Arimantis glances at you.

Joter says, "Isci, if I can do anything to prevent it from coming out and hurting, if it will, I will do that without harming you."

Kadesha says, "hello folk"

Vonka giggles.

You focus your mind on Atoyoz and think:
"Hall of Mind. Come. Strange things."

Ichiko smiles at Kadesha.

The glow from a snow white beeswax candle softly illuminates the room.

Vonka says, "Now it sorter feelin' funny."

Vonka giggles.

Joter says, "I pledge that on my Fury oath."

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow in Vonka's direction.

Arimantis glances at Vonka.

You say, "I just saw a barren room."

Arimantis works his fingers under his leather hat and scratches his head.

You say, "With a dark shape in it."

Kadesha blinks at you.

Lord Haxley just arrived.

You say, "A very dark shape."

Vonka breaks out in a silly grin.

Haxley gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

You say, "Right in the center."

Haxley mumbles something that you don't quite catch.

Vonka giggles.

Haxley sits down.

Joter asks, "Could you tell if the shape was a person or a thing?"

Xulkir fidgets.

You rub your eyes.

Arimantis ponders.

The calmed look leaves Vonka.

Haxley hums distractedly to himself.

You shake your head.

You say, "No."

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point, Tianni alone saw:

Your thoughts are invaded by a vision of an iron banded chamber, devoid and barren. Within the center of the room is a murky shape.
***END NOTE***

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow in Vonka's direction.

Vonka frowns.

Vonka shudders.

A snow white beeswax candle glows warmly with a soft, flickering light.

Tianni says, "The shape is murky."

Kadesha asks, "Vonka feelin alright? Tianni?"

Arimantis asks, "Hmm.. a dark shape.. like an altar?"

Aranrhod blinks at Tianni.

Arimantis peers quizzically at you.

Haxley hums distractedly to himself.

Nekales frowns.

Vonka says, "Me head be poundin'......"

You say, "Just a dark shape in the center."

Tianni says, "The chamber seems to be iron-banded."

Vonka winces.

Kadesha nods to Haxley in greeting.

You say, "I can't say more."

Haxley says, "Probably the tomb."

Haxley nods to Tianni.

Haxley nods to Kadesha.

Lady Atoyoz's group just arrived.

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow in Tianni's direction.

Haxley hums distractedly to himself.

Atoyoz curtsies to you.

Xulkir nods to Arimantis.

Nekales says, "she just had a vision too"

Aranrhod says, "Maybe you are seeing the ninth"

Nekales nods to Aranrhod.

You try to pull Atoyoz towards you.

Atoyoz hugs you.

You exclaim, "Atoyoz!"

Tianni says, "It is barren, as Iscikella says."

Vonka's face turns slightly pale.

Haxley stands up.

A small draft catches the flame of a snow white beeswax candle and it flickers brightly.

Atoyoz says in Elven, "I felt something..."

You ask, "Are ye... feeling allright?"

You cock your head at Atoyoz.

Haxley blinks.

Tianni snuffs out a snow white beeswax candle.

Arimantis says, "First thing that struck me when ya said that.. was.."

You ask, "What did ye feel?"

Vonka bites her lip.

You nod to Atoyoz.

Atoyoz says, "Somthing cold..."

Haxley asks something in Half-Elven.

Haxley peers quizzically at Arimantis.

Vonka furrows her brow.

Kadesha blinks at Tianni.

(Iscikella rubs her temples.)

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
In Elven Nations, Opalina alone saw:
Your eyes lose their focus for a moment, and all you can see is a chisel carefully shaping a dark object. It is impossible to determine what is being crafted, and the hand is moving far too fast to get a bead on.
***END NOTE***

Vonka glances at a snow white beeswax candle.

Kadesha glances at a snow white beeswax candle.

Joter says something in Half-Elven.

Tianni winces.

Haxley says something in Half-Elven.

Tianni asks, "was that yours Kadesha?"

Aranrhod blinks at Tianni.

You notice Silon try to tiptoe silently by you.

Tjaran takes a drink from his orange scented tea.

You hear someone wheezing.

Haxley snickers.

Ichiko gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Vonka says, "I lit it fer de Lady."

Aranrhod lights the beeswax candle, which flickers and begins to burn.

Haxley exclaims, "Ooh aah aah aah aah!"

Haxley points at Silon, ruining his hiding place.

Arimantis takes a bite of his soft sugar cookie.

Silon takes quick aim at Haxley and pulls the silver lever on the oak water cannon!
With a click and a loud *WHOOSH*, a torrent of water hurtles out of the cannon directly at him! The spray hits Haxley right in the neck with a loud *SPLAT*, knocking him backwards to land comically on his rear!

Joter says something in Half-Elven.

Silon swears quietly at Haxley.

Kadesha says, "uh nope, but did wonder why yed snuff it, if it was you"

Haxley exclaims, "GAH!"

Atoyoz says, "It was like a chill inside me..."

Atoyoz shivers.

Arimantis peers quizzically at Atoyoz.

You hear the voice of Haxley say, "Cold cold cold..."

You rub Atoyoz.

Arimantis put a berry-filled soft sugar cookie in his spidersilk vestment.

Arimantis ponders.

You say, "A barren chamber."

Vonka asks, "Er t'ink we oughter go look?"

Aranrhod says, "You say only eight have been seen out of the nine"

Lord Joter just went southwest.

Tianni nods to you.

You ask, "And ye said was murky?"

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

Tianni nods to you.

Atoyoz nods to Aranrhod.

You say, "I could only see the dark shape."

You say, "In the center."

A small draft catches the flame of a snow white beeswax candle and it flickers brightly.

Arimantis paces back and forth.

Xulkir ponders.

Vonka shivers.

Atoyoz whispers, "Something jars you for a moment, the sensation quite odd. You feel cold, a chill touch running not upon you, but within you. The image of a portion of something fills your mind, but all you can see is black stone."

Aranrhod says, "Maybe it is the ninth..."

Xulkir asks, "what are thier names?"

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Jurican blinks.

Ichiko blinks.

Tianni asks, "What would the sounds be that... who heard the axe on stone?"

Atoyoz asks, "Where is Haxley?"

Nekales says, "maybe its in an iron banded room for a reason and knowing what it is isn't such a good idea"

Nekales's knees begin to shake.

Aranrhod points at Vonka.

Nekales grins.

Arimantis paces back and forth.

A small draft catches the flame of a snow white beeswax candle and it flickers brightly.

Aranrhod says, "She heard it I believe"

Tianni nods to Nekales.

You ask, "So ye saw black stone, Atoyoz?"

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

Kadesha asks, "sure it an axe on stone? somethin else hard bangin on bars mebbe?"

You say, "Black stone..."

Aranrhod says, "You other three saw visions"

Vonka gasps.

Arimantis says, "Somethin goin on at the keep"

Vonka exclaims, "Sommit happenin' at de keep!"

Atoyoz nods to you.

Tianni glances at Vonka.

You say, "Where is there black stone."

Vonka stands up.

Tjaran nods.

Aranrhod stands up.
Spaner stands up.
You stand back up.

Arimantis says, "The sentries be buildin a fence"

Vonka says, "Dey cartin' stones out."

Spaner blinks.

Atoyoz blinks.

You hear the faint thoughts of Haxley echo in your mind:
"I'm on the island...heh."

Kadesha stands up.

Tjaran takes a drink from his orange scented tea.

You say, "I going to look"

Atoyoz asks, "Should we go down there?"

Atoyoz nods to you.

Vonka put some fragrant orange scented tea in her spidersilk cloak.

A faint, flickering light emanates from a snow white beeswax candle, warming the room with its glow.

Tjaran stands up.

Vonka gulps.

You hear the faint thoughts of Haxley echo in your mind:
"My my...someone's upset at the sloth of the workers."

[Raised Stone Path]
Small flat stones jut from the water, closely spaced such that even a halfling could scamper from rock to rock with no difficulty. The water sloshes gently over the path now and again, briefly covering the stones then sliding effortlessly off the smooth surfaces.
Obvious exits: east.
Tjaran, Aeryi, Xulkir, Ichiko, Tianni, Aranrhod, Vonka, Jurican, Kadesha, Nekales, Arimantis, Atoyoz and Spaner followed.

Two sentries rush into the keep, large iron mallets in hand.

[Thurfel's Island]
A slate-tiled path leads to a small keep that has been constructed entirely of garishly colored stones. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to this structure, only madness. The only visible entrance to this small castle is through a pink coral portcullis.
Also here: Gradin, Lord Joter, Imraith, Alyxandrah, Lord Haxley
Obvious paths: east, west.
Tjaran, Aeryi, Xulkir, Ichiko, Tianni, Aranrhod, Vonka, Jurican, Kadesha, Nekales, Arimantis, Atoyoz and Spaner followed.

Aranrhod blinks.

Joter says, "We got to be ready"

Alyxandrah blinks at you.

Gradin blinks.

Vonka asks, "Did yer see de sentries?"

Aranrhod says, "I saw them"

Nekales nods.

Spaner nods.

Alyxandrah says, "They're..."

Aranrhod nods to Vonka.

Alyxandrah blinks.

You gesture.
A sense of peace and calm settles over the area.

Great Lord Roelon just arrived.

Haxley says, "This is definitely odd..."

You ask, "What happened?"

Vonka moves to stand behind Aranrhod.

You ask, "And what fence?"

Haxley says, "Someone was bellowing for them to work faster..."

Alyxandrah says, "The walls of the keep..."

Haxley frowns.

Alyxandrah says, "Were shuddering."

Arimantis ponders.

Spaner blinks.

Aeryi rubs her chin thoughtfully.

You hear the faint thoughts of Pizon echo in your mind:
"aye....strange things at the seashells as well"

Alyxandrah blinks.

Haxley says, "He said "If you don't work faster, you'll be the first the first to feel his wrath. We do not have the luxury of time."

You hear the faint thoughts of Joter echo in your mind:
"such as what pizon?"

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow.

(Alyxandrah lifts her hand to her cheek.)

You say, "A dark chamber."

Haxley says, "This was after I heard the chiselling and the first cartload came out."

You say, "Barren."

Arimantis asks, "What they workin on?"

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

Arimantis glances at Alyxandrah.

A portion of the beach rises for a moment, then subsides. A tiny bit of steam rises from the area.

You hear the faint thoughts of Pizon echo in your mind:
"same as the others...walls shuddering...sound of metal on stone"

Haxley blinks.

Spaner blinks.

Roelon snorts.

Ichiko gasps.

You blink.

Atoyoz raises an eyebrow.

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

Xulkir says, "hmm"

Spaner says, "Umm"

Kadesha blinks.

Nekales blinks.

Joter says, "What"

Arimantis blinks.

Keriddwen leans on Roelon.

Haxley says, "Well...gonna be a hot time on the Island tonight."

Roelon says, "...now what is going on down there.."

Spaner says, "This might not be good"

Arimantis asks, "Tide comin in?"

Kadesha begins chuckling at Haxley.

You hear the faint thoughts of Haxley echo in your mind:
"Hmmm...looks like someone popped a steam vent."

Kadesha checks her footing.

Pizon's group came from under a pink coral portcullis.

Atoyoz curtsies to Keriddwen.

Joter asks, "But where is steam from up here?"

Keriddwen just hugged Atoyoz.

Keriddwen curtsies to Atoyoz.

Atoyoz just hugged Keriddwen.

Keriddwen just gave Atoyoz a smooch.

Keriddwen says, "heyas"

Joter says, "that is illogical"

Spaner says, "Came from the water"

Haxley frowns.

Atoyoz smiles.

Keriddwen says, "ye look alive and well"

Haxley shakes his head.

You say, "I'm going in."

Keriddwen winks at Atoyoz.

Haxley says, "Maybe it's down below."

Atoyoz says, "So far."

Haxley frowns.

Roelon squints.

Atoyoz nods to Keriddwen.

Joter says, "Not alone"

A sentry can be spied running along the top of one of the castle walls. He is completely engulfed in flame.

Haxley yells, "Taskmaster! What are you digging for!"

Haxley winces.

Ichiko gasps.

Keriddwen's jaw drops.

Haxley says, "Oh my..."

You tilt your head up.

Aranrhod blinks.

Alyxandrah blinks.

Atoyoz flails her arms about.

Joter gasps.

Spaner exclaims, "Gah!"

Imraith says, "ewww"

Nekales says, "uh oh"

Alyxandrah gazes up into the heavens.

Tianni says, "Oh no"

You exclaim, "Holy Lumnis!"

Xulkir gasps.

Keriddwen says, "that had to hurt"

Keriddwen shivers.

Jestin came from under a pink coral portcullis.

Jurican says, "Oh my"

Imraith nods to Keriddwen.

Spaner says, "Sounds like a dragon."

Jestin blinks.

Haxley says, "Immolators."

Joter exclaims, "Great Kuon!"

Tjaran releases a slow, low whistle.

Spaner smiles.

Haxley shivers.

Silon came from under a pink coral portcullis.

Aranrhod says, "Guess he was not fast enough"

Silon taps Jestin lightly on his shoulder.

Nekales begins chuckling at Aranrhod.

Imraith nods to Aranrhod.

Jestin asks, "Aye?"

Haxley begins chuckling at Aranrhod.

Jestin peers quizzically at Silon.

Imraith says, "pretty severe punishment"

Spaner gazes up into the heavens.

You hear Xulia yell, "Monkeys!"

Vonka blinks.

Aranrhod says, "Pretty severe taskmasters I imagine"

[Thurfel's Keep]
Embedded into the ceiling is a massive growth of multi-colored coral that glows softly with an eerie phosphorescent light. From time to time, a thin, wiry tendril slowly peeks out from one of the many orifices of the coral and telescopes outward as if searching for something. You also see a wall guardian.
Obvious paths: east, west.
Tjaran, Aeryi, Xulkir, Ichiko, Tianni, Aranrhod, Vonka, Jurican, Kadesha, Nekales, Arimantis, Atoyoz and Spaner followed.

You hear the faint thoughts of Xulia echo in your mind:
"Alla da monkeys are gones!"

[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. Also in the room: Great Lord Roelon
Obvious exits: south, east.
Tjaran, Aeryi, Xulkir, Ichiko, Tianni, Aranrhod, Vonka, Jurican, Kadesha, Nekales, Arimantis, Atoyoz and Spaner followed.

(Vonka moves a little closer to Kadesha.)

You hear the faint thoughts of Silon echo in your mind:
"I see one Xulia"

You hear the faint thoughts of Haxley echo in your mind:
"Look around, I saw a few all of two minutes ago."

You hear the faint thoughts of Xulia echo in your mind:
"Oof! Finded'd purple'un!"

Spaner blinks.

[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.
Obvious exits: east, west.
Tjaran, Aeryi, Xulkir, Ichiko, Tianni, Aranrhod, Vonka, Jurican, Kadesha, Nekales, Arimantis, Atoyoz and Spaner followed.

You hear the faint thoughts of Silon echo in your mind:
"A crab just tried ta kill it"

(Spaner looks very nervous.)

Spaner breaks out in a sweat.

Roelon says, "Very strange."

[Thurfel's Keep]
The irregularly shaped stones that were used to construct these walls are marred by a series of deep gouges that score the surface from top to bottom. The marks look animal-like, but it's difficult to imagine what sort of beast might have the power to leave such jagged cuts in the sturdy rock.
Obvious exits: east, west.
Roelon, Arimantis, Tjaran, Aeryi, Xulkir, Ichiko, Tianni, Aranrhod, Vonka, Jurican, Kadesha, Nekales, Atoyoz and Spaner followed.

You say, "Not seeing anything here."

[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 pair of unlaced boots.
Obvious exits: east, northwest.
Roelon, Arimantis, Tjaran, Aeryi, Xulkir, Ichiko, Tianni, Aranrhod, Vonka, Jurican, Kadesha, Nekales, Atoyoz and Spaner followed.

You hear the faint thoughts of Xulia echo in your mind:
"Summa yellin stuff down ere!"

Roelon grins.

Aranrhod stares off into space.

[Thurfel's Keep]
Hundreds of identical, smooth glass eyeballs completely cover this passageway. The oddities move in unison with any motion, continuing to track the movement until it ceases. The marble-like spheres are uncannily lifelike. You also see a pair of unlaced boots and a pair of unlaced boots.
Obvious exits: north, southeast.
Roelon, Arimantis, Tjaran, Aeryi, Xulkir, Ichiko, Tianni, Aranrhod, Vonka, Jurican, Kadesha, Nekales, Atoyoz and Spaner followed.

Spaner says, "We saw more from outside"

Roelon raises an eyebrow.

Spaner works his fingers under his scaled battle helm and scratches his head.

A deranged sentry charges in, shouting a warning!

[Thurfel's Keep]
Odd gurgling noises emanate from somewhere rather close and sound much like a pot of boiling stew. The sweet smell of strawberries is thick in the air as well, and, while not unpleasant, it's a rather odd scent to be wafting down a stone hallway. You also see a deranged sentry which appears dead and a badly damaged monir box.
Also in the room: Zhung
Obvious exits: north, south, east.
Roelon, Arimantis, Tjaran, Aeryi, Xulkir, Ichiko, Tianni, Aranrhod, Vonka, Jurican, Kadesha, Nekales, Atoyoz and Spaner followed.

Zhung says, "the walls shuddered, but it's all I've seen"

Atoyoz idly scratches herself on the neck.

Joter says, "I been around the whole thing but seen nothing"

[Thurfel's Keep]
The outer wall is blackened and scorched so severely that the heat that blasted the fitted stone must have been tremendous. Curiously, the damage is limited to a very small area no bigger than a melon. You also see a deranged sentry which appears dead, a pair of unlaced boots, a pair of unlaced boots, a pair of unlaced boots and a pair of unlaced boots.
Also in the room: Zhung
Obvious exits: north, south, west.
Roelon, Arimantis, Tjaran, Aeryi, Xulkir, Ichiko, Tianni, Aranrhod, Vonka, Jurican, Kadesha, Nekales, Atoyoz and Spaner followed.

You say, "Well, might as well go back out."

Vonka nods to you.

Arimantis says, "Seems they are workin out there"

Arimantis nods.

[Thurfel's Keep]
A slate-tiled path leads to a small keep that has been constructed entirely of garishly colored stones. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to this structure, only madness. The only visible entrance to this small castle is through a pink coral portcullis. You also see a striped blue crocodile and a striped blue crocodile.
Also here: Imraith, Gradin, Jestin, Keriddwen, Alyxandrah, Lord Haxley
Obvious paths: east, west.
Roelon, Arimantis, Tjaran, Aeryi, Xulkir, Ichiko, Tianni, Aranrhod, Vonka, Jurican, Kadesha, Nekales, Atoyoz and Spaner followed.

Haxley winces.

Haxley says, "Splat."

Alyxandrah pokes Haxley in the ribs.

Joter says, "Nothing"

Jestin says, "Still a killer"

Atoyoz raises an eyebrow in Haxley's direction.

Jestin nods.

Roelon snorts.

Alyxandrah glances at Jestin.

Alyxandrah says, "They have work to do."

Alyxandrah nods.

Haxley says, "He's digging for something."

Haxley frowns.

Roelon says, "Just what is he plannin' to do."

Joter asks, "But what?"

Roelon ponders.

A striped blue crocodile roars and hisses menacingly.

Atoyoz furrows her brow.

The sand of the beach undulates madly for a heartbeat, then subsides. Several of the grains are blackened.

You say, "Saw nothing inside."

Haxley blinks.

Aranrhod blinks.

Jurican shudders.

Vonka blinks.

Arimantis says, "Hmm..."

Keriddwen's jaw drops.

Alyxandrah checks her footing.

Joter says, "and black sand"

Keriddwen ponders.

A striped blue crocodile thrashes its tail about wildly.

Nekales checks his footing.

Roelon squints.

Tianni asks, "He said they would attack his keep first, didn't he?"

Keriddwen asks, "what's he trying?"

Kadesha frowns.

Haxley frowns.

Arimantis says, "Looks like he is blowin somethin up down there under the sand"

You ask, "The sulphur?"

Vonka says, "Sommit goin' watch."

Atoyoz asks, "You think those are explosions?"

Arianiss just arrived.

Nekales nods to Tianni.

You cock your head at Aranrhod.

Roelon ponders.

Haxley says, "Not yet...but he's definitely tapped something Bad."

Keriddwen leans on Roelon.

Aeryi flails her arms about.

Arianiss whispers, "What's going on"

Aranrhod says, "Could be"

Vonka asks, "Mebber when dat cleric got pulled under de sand, Tianni?"

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Ichiko says, "I..think th' crocodiles are scared"

Vonka cocks her head at Tianni.

Tianni nods to Vonka.

Jestin says, "Maybe he trying to find something to blow up the tomb"

A striped blue crocodile roars and hisses menacingly.

Vonka bites her lip.

Jestin shrugs.

You whisper quietly to Arianiss, "Sentries building something. Something going on. They are saying Thurfel is going to slay the Nine."

Arimantis ponders.

Haxley yells, "What're you digging for? I ask again...you may well blow up the island with these excavations!"

Roelon furrows his brow.

Arianiss nods to you.

Aranrhod yells, "And who is instructing you to do so?"

Haxley says, "Thurfel."

Haxley nods to Aranrhod.

Alyxandrah says, "Thurfel is, of course."

Arianiss yells, "..and how do we hire you for other tasks?"

Aranrhod says, "Figures"

Roelon grins.

Imraith chuckles.

Haxley begins chuckling at Arianiss.

You say, "Well, Aran, that is easy one."

Keriddwen just tickled Arianiss.

Alyxandrah begins chuckling at Arimantis.

The crocodile slithers west.

Nodyre leans on Arianiss.

Arianiss whistles tunelessly to himself.

Vonka grins at Arianiss.

Aranrhod searches around for a moment.

Nekales begins chuckling at Arimantis.

Spaner blinks.

Roelon leans on Arianiss.

Nekales splutters.

Roelon shakes his head.

Vonka says, "Diggin' here ain' like diggin' in ice."

You tilt your head up.

Aranrhod asks, "What is he doing though?"

Haxley says, "Dragon's breath."

You say, "A barren room..."

Haxley glowers.

Iscikella says in an oddly deep voice, "Fail..."

Arianiss whispers, "Where'd Bliz go?"

Spaner blinks at you.

You say, "Has to be in there."

Kadesha asks, "is it Thurfel even?"

Arimantis glances at you.

Haxley nods to Kadesha.

Aranrhod asks, "Setting them on fire because they are not working fast enough?"

Arimantis asks, "Fail?"

Xulkir fidgets.

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point, Alyxandrah alone heard:

A voice whispers to you, "Fear not, absolute power, will never gain victory unless properly focused. They are consumed with rage, envy and anger, I am only consumed by knowledge."
***END NOTE***

Alyxandrah smiles softly and nods.

Arimantis begins chuckling at Aranrhod.

Imraith says, "he's in a big hurry"

Haxley says, "I'm assuming so. One of the sentries said that their Master was going to defeat the Nine before they defeated him."

Kadesha says, "friggin lizards make me nuts"

Vonka cocks her head at you.

Tianni asks, "An iron-bound room. does anyone know of an iron-bound room in the keep?"

Haxley asks, "Immy...can you get all the other Fury into a group?"

Nekales nods to Kadesha.

Haxley peers quizzically at Imraith.

Nekales chuckles.

Arianiss says, "Uh.."

Arianiss asks, "What about that room?" Aranrhod says, "Funny...sentries know more than we do it seems"

Arimantis glances at Arianiss.

Haxley says, "I know two walls in the basement that looked weak, for lack of a better term. I want to check 'em out."

The sand opens up, and a shimmering shape vanishes into the gap. The sand quickly closes.

Aranrhod glances at a pink coral portcullis.

Vonka asks, "Mebber one o' dem cells?"

Haxley blinks.

Nodyre nods to Thermgoroth.

Tianni says, "Iscikella and I saw a vision"

Alyxandrah blinks.

Arimantis blinks.

Aranrhod blinks.

Ichiko blinks.

Vonka gasps.

Roelon raises an eyebrow.

Nekales says, "whoa"

You gasp.

Kadesha coughs.

Alyxandrah asks, "What was that...?"

Arimantis asks, "What was that?"

Haxley exclaims, "Alright, everyone blink!"

Tianni takes a few steps back.

Haxley gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Arianiss searches around for a moment.
Aranrhod searches around for a moment.

Keriddwen asks, "what was that?"

You say, "What the..."

Search
You don't find anything of interest here.

Vonka asks, "Were dat alive?"

Roelon says, "Ah do nae want to know..."

Aeryi says, "erm.."

Arimantis asks, "A shimmering shape?"

Arimantis ponders.

You look at Vonka and shake your head.

Spaner blinks.

You say, "I think a machine."

Keriddwen asks, "anyone get a good look at that?"

Spaner asks, "Digging?"

Joter asks, "What vanished I wonder?"

Roelon looks over at Keriddwen and shakes his head.

Imraith nods to Haxley.

Arimantis says, "The geode.. that shimmers"

Keriddwen ponders.

Roelon says, "Was too quick."

Arianiss scratches his head.

Keriddwen says, "just saw it out o the corner o me eye"

Spaner breaks out in a sweat.

Arimantis says, "Was a shimmerin shape sucked inta the sand"

Arimantis stares off into space.

Arianiss asks, "Are we looking for something?"

Spaner gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Haxley flails his arms about.

(Iscikella glances down at the sand.)



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