Dual Emotions
Leyan, day 23 of the month Lormesta in the year 5102

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

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

[Tibbo's Exchange, Workroom]
In contrast to the slovenly chaos of the lower floor of the wagon, the workroom is clean and organized. A multitude of empty wine bottles in various shapes and sizes have been fastened to the bilious green walls. Huge twine and wax-sealed jugs of alcohol dangle precariously from the ceiling. You also see the Myztyk disk, the Osaka disk, a burly dwarf, a wooden ladder, a large five-legged table with a bottle of hard cider on it and a mithril vault door.
Also in the room: Sigmundo, Sovyna, Myztyk, Toramir, Elendr, Lord Brediph, Arimantis, Osaka
Obvious exits: none.

You hear the sound of breaking glass behind the vault door, followed by a few muffled curses.

You laugh out loud!

You say, "Tibbo...hard at work."

You try hard not to grin.

Brediph nods to you.

Arimantis shows you an adorably ugly toy duck, which he is holding in his right hand. The duck is covered with downy yellow feathers. Little webbed feet dangle from its pudgy body and deep black eyes peer out at you from under its feathers. There is a finely engraved tag hanging around its neck that reads 'Mr. Duck, property of Arimantis. Duck-nappers will be punished.'

The burly dwarf rasps, "Uh oh."

(Alyxandrah inches away from the trapdoor.)

Brediph mutters clutz.

Brediph whistles tunelessly to himself.

You chuckle at Arimantis.

Osaka asks, "sir dwarf, might we entreat you to open the door?"

The burly dwarf rasps, "He is not gonna be happy about that Sigmundo."

You say, "Ducknappers, that's too cute."

Lord Nodyre climbed up a wooden ladder.

Nodyre grins.

Arimantis says, "Fithra stuck his hand right in my satchel an tried ta takes him"

Arimantis nods to you.

You laugh out loud!

You ask, "Did you pinch him hard?"

Arimantis nods to you.

You grin.

You ask, "Aww, is that all?"

You laugh out loud!

You hear the voice of Tibbo from behind the vault door, "Thats it! now I have to start all over again!"

Arimantis says, "Said I was gonna tell the guy he stoll the wagon from wheres he was.. an he decided he din really want Mr Duck"

Brediph snickers.

You giggle.

The burly dwarf rasps, "Well, doesn't look like he is gonna come out for a while. Feel free to poke around the wagon and buy stuff."

Osaka says, "I think Tibbo needs a rum bottle"

Brediph glances at a burly dwarf.

Arimantis asks, "Whats he break now?"

Arimantis glances at a burly dwarf.

Tibbo grumbles.

Nodyre turns towards Tibbo and renders a sharp salute with his iron warsword.

Tibbo mutters something about people.

You curtsy to Tibbo.

You chuckle at Sovyna.

Osaka says, "Pleased to meet you sir"

Osaka curtsies to Tibbo.

Brediph smiles at Tibbo.

Tibbo exclaims, "Why are there so many people up here!"

Tibbo frowns.

Brediph bows to Tibbo.

Sigmundo begins chuckling at Tibbo.

Tibbo glances at Sigmundo.

A strange scent of perfume permeates the air.

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

Tibbo coughs.

Arimantis says, "Cause the dwarf invited em all"

Osaka says, "to meet you, of course"

Arimantis nods to Tibbo.

You glance at Elendr.

Elendr says, "Not to many."

Tibbo asks, "And what is that smell?"

You sniff.

Elendr blinks at you.

Elendr furrows his brow.

Brediph removes a pickled egg from in his clasped silk cloak.

Arimantis coughs.

Brediph whistles tunelessly to himself.

Tibbo glances at Brediph.

You say, "This is hardly the place for that witch to make herself known."

You fold your arms over your chest.

Tibbo shakes his head.

Tibbo exclaims, "I need a drink!"

Elendr sniffs.

Brediph shows Tibbo his pickled egg.

You remove a decanter of death-rum from in your veniom-threaded cloak.

Arimantis grins.

You offer your decanter of death-rum to Tibbo, who has 30 seconds to accept the offer. Type CANCEL to prematurely cancel the offer.

Elendr exclaims, "Ack!"

You try hard not to grin.

Elendr says, "Bloody..."

Tibbo says, "no, don't like that"

Elendr frowns.

Tibbo has declined the offer.

You wave your hand in a dismissive gesture.

Arimantis removes a cup of frothy eggnog from in his spidersilk vestment.
Arimantis offers Tibbo a cup of frothy eggnog.

Elendr says, "My cold, I didn't even smell it at first."

Elendr frowns.

Tibbo asks, "Eggnog?"

Tibbo says, "no"

Arimantis shrugs.

You smile at Elendr.

Arimantis says, "So.. it a lil old"

Tibbo exclaims, "I want something with berries in it!"

Nodyre points at a bottle of hard cider.

You say, "Just a little."

Arimantis put a cup of frothy eggnog in his spidersilk vestment.

Tibbo exclaims, "Someone go git it now!"

Arimantis ponders.

You chuckle at Arimantis.

Arimantis climbed down a wooden ladder.

Osaka raises an eyebrow in Tibbo's direction.

(Elendr wanders about the room, smelling each person in turn.)

Elendr sniffs at Axlas.

Nodyre begins chuckling at Elendr.

Elendr shakes his head.

Elendr sniffs at Nodyre.

Elendr shakes his head.

Elendr frowns.

Nodyre says, "nah me"

Elendr sniffs at Sigmundo.

Nodyre says, "I dun wear no scents"

Axlas raises an eyebrow in Elendr's direction.

Nodyre says, "sides "musky""

Nodyre snickers.

Tibbo taps his foot impatiently.

Elendr says, "I can't figure out where it came from."

Elendr glances at Tibbo.

Elendr sniffs at Tibbo.

Tibbo says, "Hmm"

Elendr frowns.

You ask, "Perhaps Tibbo was playing with scented things in his vault?"

Elendr says, "Not him either."

You peer quizzically at Elendr.

Arimantis climbed up a wooden ladder.

Arimantis offers Tibbo a mug of slooberry rum.

Tibbo exclaims, "This is my juice!"

Tibbo grumbles.

Elendr asks, "Mage? You got any perfume in here?"

Elendr peers quizzically at Tibbo.

You giggle.

Tibbo accepts Arimantis's slooberry rum.

Tibbo says, "Hmm"

Nodyre grins.

Tibbo says, "Rum juice"

Arimantis says, "Local blend"

Elendr frowns.

Elendr folds his arms over his chest.

Arimantis nods to Tibbo.

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

Tibbo says, "Here Arimantis"

Tibbo says, "Thanks for the drink."

Tibbo offers Arimantis an overstuffed white satin roa'ter with large ruby eyes.

(Elendr folds the stone into the crook of his arm, absently rubbing his thumb over it as he stares coldly about.)

Arimantis says, "Ohh"

Arimantis grins.

Arimantis accepts Tibbo's roa'ter toy.

You rub Elendr.

You whisper quietly to Elendr. "You dunna sense her about, do you?"

Tibbo says, "I think I will be back later tonight if I run out of supplies"

Tibbo takes a drink from his slooberry rum.

Elendr looks over at you and shakes his head.

Arimantis shows you an overstuffed white satin roa'ter with large ruby eyes, which he is holding in his right hand.

You grin at Arimantis.

Osaka smiles at Arimantis.

Elendr says, "I don't sense anything. But that smell... I'd know it anywhere."

Arimantis says, "Gonna have to tease Kade with it"

Tibbo says, "Please leave the door alone, I have had a case of the nerves lately."

Tibbo begins to twitch.

Nodyre shudders.

Osaka rubs Tibbo gently.

Nodyre says, "best see an empath 'bout dem shakes"

Arimantis asks, "Whats ya break in there?"

Tibbo glances at Osaka.

Tibbo exclaims, "NO TOUCHING!"

Brediph says, "aye"

You whisper quietly to Elendr. "Wish to leave here?"

Sigmundo glances at a mithril vault door.

Tibbo grumbles.

Osaka blinks.

Amby sticks her tongue out at Tibbo, and lets out with a loud, "Thbtbtbtbt" from her lips!

Brediph says, "or lichen and torban leaf"

(Sigmundo draws a foot back.)

Sigmundo glances at a mithril vault door.

Brediph whistles tunelessly to himself.

Osaka begins chuckling at Amby.

Arimantis just gave an overstuffed white satin roa'ter with large ruby eyes a smooch.

Elendr's face turns slightly pale.

Elendr's whole body trembles with fear.

You peer quizzically at Elendr.

Tibbo exclaims, "right, time to get back to work!"

Elendr says, "She..."

Sigmundo just tried to kick the door!

You ask, "Are you alright?"

Elendr sniffs.

Elendr exclaims, "Koar damn you to the underworld!"

Elendr scowls.

You give Elendr a good pinch!

Tibbo heads toward the vault door and vanishes in a puff of blue smoke!

Elendr asks, "You bloody stay away, you hear me?"

Elendr raises his eyes heavenward.

Elendr shivers.

Elendr blinks.

You glance at Elendr.

Amby gulps.

Elendr asks, "folks?"

You ask, "What are you doing?"

You hear Tibbo yell, "I saw that Sigmundo!"

Elendr says, "Now might be a good time to run..."

Elendr begins to twitch.

Amby rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Elendr tightens his grip on his leather-wrapped stone.

Sigmundo grunts.

You hear Tibbo yell, "Now quit buggin me and come back later!"

Sigmundo says, "don't gotta tell me twice."

[Tibbo's Exchange, Storage]
Towering crates of assorted magical paraphernalia line both sides of the narrow walkway leading to a crude wooden ladder. Although the crates are stacked haphazardly, several heavy leather straps secure them to the wall. Scrolls and tomes have been crammed into nooks and crannies between the crates.
Obvious exits: west.
Elendr followed.

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

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

You cringe.

Elendr shivers.

Nodyre pokes Elendr in the ribs.

Lord Nodyre just went west.

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

Elendr rubs furtively at his leather-wrapped stone.

Elendr rubs furtively at his leather-wrapped stone.

Elendr winces.

Elendr says, "oh no..."

Elendr says, "Alyx... i think it's time."

Elendr closes his eyes for a moment.

You ask, "What's time?"

You try to pull Elendr towards you.

You ask, "El?"

In a throaty feminine voice Elendr intones, "It will not be long now!"

You clench your jaw.

Elendr raises his eyes heavenward.

(Elendr snaps his jaw shut, as if attempting to quiet his own voice.)

You whisper quietly to Elendr, "You know she is nothing without you, Elendr. Do not allow her to defeat you."

(Elendr tears his eyes away from the ceiling to Alyxandrah, his eyes maintaining a measure of fear.)

You look at Elendr and shake your head.

Elendr sighs.

Elendr says, "Yes..."

Elendr says, "I can speak for you..."

You blink at Elendr.

Elendr says, "I have no other choice. I must speak for you."

Elendr sighs sadly.

Elendr leaves your group.
Elendr clasps your hand tenderly.
Elendr's group just went west.

[Tibbo's Exchange, Workshop]
Several shelves and tables laden with beakers, bottles, and measuring equipment line the dusty walls of the workshop. The weathered wooden floors creak under every footstep, and the smell of dried herbs hangs in the air. You also see the Myztyk disk, a short counter with some stuff on it and a wooden sign.
Also in the room: Elendr, Myztyk, Junis, Lady Arinthea, Lord Brediph
Obvious exits: east, out.

Elendr says, "The crowds.."

Elendr says, "I have to find the crowds."

[Icemule Trace, South Gate]
Thick stone walls frame a wide, wooden gate. A vaulted stone archway provides some cover from the weather, which is often inclement so close to the glaciers. The packed earth pathway skirting the town's walls gives way to a cobbled street in the same dark grey stone as the lower half of the walls. You also see a South Gate guard, the South Gate, a snowbank and a gate sign.
Also here: Elendr, Lord Zosopage
Obvious paths: west.

You say, "El? You have a choice, you know this well. We spoke of it..."

The town guard steps in front of Elendr and says, "Excuse me, sir, there's an entrance fee to use this gate. 5 silvers for you alone, or 10 silvers for your group."

You try to pull Elendr towards you.

Elendr says, "give me silver."

Elendr says, "Please."

You ask, "Why?"

Elendr says, "to get in the gate."

Elendr says, "I have to get to the crowds."

You ask, "And do what?"

Elendr says, "I must warn them."

You ask, "Warn them?"

Elendr says, "We must warn them. She and I."

You give Elendr 10 coins.

You exclaim, "No!"

The South Gate guard takes Elendr's silvers and waves Elendr's group toward the gate.
Elendr's group went through the South Gate.

[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 the Lormer disk, the Nithin disk, the Glaves disk, a neat purple shawl and a carved ice bench.
Also here: Elendr, Sapphryn, Lord Zenthar, Lormer, Kaenus, Lord Nodyre, Kalidus who is sitting, Lady Libble, Gedron, Celestrianna who is kneeling, Shadya, Violesse, Luthienda, Tazelhoffe, Zores, Keriddwen, Bargyion who is lying down, Lord Perigourd who is sitting, Lady Kaittee who is sitting, Daergyn, Lord Pannaka, Crendo who is sitting, Oylendaz who is sitting, Lady Nakitta, Avuol, Glaves who is sitting, Novix who is sitting, Donbago who is lying down.
Obvious paths: north, east, south, west.

Elendr says, "I am here."

You say, "El...she lies...."

Elendr raises his eyes heavenward.

In a throaty feminine voice Elendr intones, "It will not be long now!"

***Whole lot of spellcasting, healing and talking going on, but no attention paid to the message of the essence***

Elendr says, "Crowds... "

Elendr says, "It's crowded."

In a throaty feminine voice Elendr intones, "It will not be long now!"

***Whole lot of spellcasting, healing and talking going on, but no attention paid to the message of the essence***

Elendr says, "I don't think they care."

Elendr says, "They are ignorant."

Nodyre glances at Elendr.

Nodyre exclaims, "gah!"

You glance at Elendr.

You focus your mind on Iscikella and think:
"M'lady?"

Nodyre asks, "You okay, El?"

You hear the faint thoughts of Iscikella touch your mind:
"Aye?"

You chuckle at Elendr.

You say, "She is weak..."

You say, "No one cares about what she has to stay..."

(Elendr raises his voice, closing his eyes, "It will not be long you ignorant idiots!")

***Whole lot of spellcasting, healing and talking going on, but no attention paid to the message of the essence***

You chuckle.

You hear the faint thoughts of Iscikella touch your mind:
"Something wrong?"

Elendr says, "They won't listen."

You focus your mind on Iscikella and think:
"Are you busy, perchance?"

Nodyre asks, "what should we do to prepare?"

Elendr says, "But I've done well. She said so."

Elendr sighs sadly.

You hear the faint thoughts of Iscikella touch your mind:
"Not really. Need help with something?"

Elendr asks, "Why don't I feel good about it?"

You leave Elendr's group.
You clasp Elendr's hand tenderly.

You ask, "Is she done warning the crowds?"


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

***TECHNICAL NOTE***
Picks up at Alyxandrah's private thought to Iscikella in the previous log...
***END NOTE***

[The Nightowl Pub, Entry]
Upon entering the dimly lit room, you are startled by the row of round eyes staring at you from above. As your vision adjusts to the darkness, you realize that you are merely being watched by the many owl statues lining a plate rail high on the wall. It appears that each pair of eyes is formed by different gems, backlit by candles. A young hostess speaks in a low voice with new patrons. You also see a steep staircase.
Also in the room: Lady Noonee
Obvious exits: out.

As a votive candle gutters, the hostess hurries to replace it.

You hear the faint thoughts of Alyxandrah touch your mind:
"M'lady?"

You focus your mind on Alyxandrah and think:
"Aye?"

You focus your mind on Alyxandrah and think:
"Something wrong?"

You hear the faint thoughts of Alyxandrah touch your mind:
"Are you busy, perchance?"

You focus your mind on Alyxandrah and think:
"Not really. Need help with something?"

Alyxandrah's group just arrived.

Alyxandrah points at Elendr.

Elendr trembles.

You ask, "What's wrong?"

You cock your head at Elendr.

Noonee blinks at Elendr.

Elendr trembles.

The hostess graciously leads a party toward the stairs for seating.

Elendr's whole body trembles with fear.

(Iscikella puts a hand on Elendr's arm.)

You ask, "What is wrong?"

Elendr's voice sounds strangely feminine as he repeats, "The idiots! They do not heed me!"

You blink.

You exclaim, "Elendr!"

Noonee says, "That isn't Elendr."

Noonee looks over at you and shakes her head.

Noonee furrows her brow.

As a votive candle gutters, the hostess hurries to replace it.

Alyxandrah asks, "Why should they heed you, witch?"

(Elendr's whole body twitches, and his eyes seem vacant and lost.)

Elendr looks at Iscikella and asks, "What?"

You ask, "Which are ye?"

You cock your head at Elendr.

You squint at Elendr.

Noonee says, "Don't ask."

Elendr looks at Alyxandrah and says, "Shut up.!"

Noonee shakes her head.

You blink.

You exclaim, "Oh my!"

Alyxandrah raises an eyebrow in Elendr's direction.

You say, "Uh..."

Elendr begins to twitch.

Alyxandrah says, "Witch, I vow I will find a way to destroy you myself."

Elendr glances at Alyxandrah.

You say, "Whichever is in Elendr, will ye speak to me."

Elendr glances at Iscikella.

Alyxandrah raises an eyebrow in Elendr's direction.

You cock your head at Elendr.

Alyxandrah asks, "Don't you know you willna win?"

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at Elendr.

Alyxandrah grins coldly, her eyes reflecting no emotion.

Elendr shivers.

You ask, "Do ye feel... alright, Elendr?"

You blink at Elendr.

(Elendr continues to stare off vacantly, his whole body limp with fear.)

Noonee rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Elendr's voice is barely audible, as he says, "The time is near, woman."

You say, "So has been said... often and over and over."

You nod to Elendr.

(Noonee steps back a few paces.)

You ask, "Why should we believe ye?"

As a votive candle gutters, the hostess hurries to replace it.

Alyxandrah says, "When the time comes, it will be the end of all of you."

You ask, "What power have ye now ye had not before?"

Elendr glances at Iscikella, but speaks to Alyxandrah. "No! It will be the end of all of you, you poor mistaken thing!"

Alyxandrah says, "Thing? Unlike you, witch, I am in my own body..."

Alyxandrah says, "Speaking through my own mouth."

You nod to Alyxandrah.

Elendr says, "This mouth is mine!"

You say, "Which is a good thing... believe me, I much appreciate it myself."

You blink at Elendr.

Elendr begins to twitch.

Noonee exclaims, "Woah! claiming body parts!"

You look at Noonee and shake your head.

You ask, "Why do ye say the mouth of another is yers?"

Elendr's whole body trembles with fear.

You ask, "Because ye intend to keep it?"

You cock your head at Elendr.

Alyxandrah exclaims, "Elendr, do not fear her! She is but a voice!"

Alyxandrah says, "There is no power behind that witch..."

Alyxandrah says, "She is nothing."

You ask, "Do ye claim to be Yfa, woman?"

As a votive candle gutters, the hostess hurries to replace it.

You ask, "Or are ye One of the Entombed?"

You squint at Elendr.

Alyxandrah raises an eyebrow in Elendr's direction.

Noonee says, "I'm not sure I want to know."

Elendr speaks bluntly, "I claim nothing, m'lady, except this body, this mouth, and that the time is near."

Alyxandrah asks, "Who are you, witch?"

You ask, "and is there perhaps a reason ye claimed that particular body and mouth?"

You cock your head at Elendr.

You whisper quietly to Alyxandrah, "Trying to press, but she is clever."

As a votive candle gutters, the hostess hurries to replace it.

Elendr laughs hysterically.

Noonee says, "told ye I don't think wanted to hear."

Noonee shakes her head.

Elendr glances at Iscikella.

Noonee covers her ears.

The hostess smiles impishly, tickling a co-worker with an owl feather.

You ask, "Well? A laugh is yer only answer?"

You ask, "Nothing witty and cutting?"

Elendr says, "There is a reason for everything. Have ye not learned that?"

Elendr tightens his grip on his leather-wrapped stone.

You say, "Oh, I learned that from Lumnis."

You say, "Not ye, essence."

You say, "Do not give yerself such credit."

Iscikella smiles sweetly.

Alyxandrah folds her arms over her chest, glancing at Elendr.

Elendr smiles sweetly.

(Noonee pulls on Iscikella's sleeve.)

Noonee says, "Uh, sis..."

You glance at Noonee.

Alyxandrah asks, "And what exactly is your reason, witch?"

Noonee says, "Maybe shouldn't do that... baiting."

Elendr looks at Alyxandrah and says, "Shut up.!"

Noonee cowers away from Elendr!

Alyxandrah says, "Witch, if you want me to shut up, you'll have to make me..."

You say, "Ye're very rude, essence."

You ask, "could it be something makes ye... testy?"

Alyxandrah says, "For as long as you're offending my ears, I'll speak."

You ask, "Like failing to break the seal perhaps?"

You cock your head at Elendr.

Elendr steps toward Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah raises an eyebrow in Elendr's direction.

As a votive candle gutters, the hostess hurries to replace it.

Noonee moves to stand in front of Alyxandrah.

Noonee ducks slightly and covers her head with her arms.

Noonee says, "I don't know how I wind up in these situations."

Elendr steps back, shaking his head.

Junis just arrived.

Alyxandrah smiles at Elendr.

Junis flashes a wide grin.

Alyxandrah asks, "Nothing, eh?"

You glance at Junis.

Alyxandrah asks, "You could do nothing to me, could you?"

Elendr says, "No.... Alyx..."

You look at Alyxandrah and shake your head.

Elendr closes his eyes for a moment.

You whisper quietly to Alyxandrah, "Might not be a good idea..."

(Iscikella holds Alyx's arm lightly.)

Alyxandrah whispers, "I know...she just irks me so much."

Elendr glances about.

The hostess smiles impishly, tickling a co-worker with an owl feather.

You ask, "So all things have a reason, heh, essence?"

You cock your head at Elendr.

You say, "Care to enlighten us with any of yers."

Noonee exclaims, "Oh damnation, sis! Ye're going to get us killed!"

Alyxandrah shakes her head.

Junis laughs!

Noonee stamps her feet.

Alyxandrah says, "No, she isn't."

You glance at Noonee.

You look at Noonee and shake your head.

Alyxandrah just kissed Elendr on the nose.

His voice taut, Elendr looks toward Iscikella and says, "No, ye would not listen anyway."

Alyxandrah says, "This one is nothing to fear."

You ask, "I'm not listening?"

You cock your head at Elendr.

You say, "Is why I asked."

You say, "To listen."

Elendr stares at Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah says, "We would gladly listen, if you but tell us..."

Alyxandrah says, "And no, saying shut up isn't telling us anything important."

You say, "Maybe this one knows nothing important."

You say, "Maybe only another of the Nine do."

You nod to Alyxandrah.

Noonee exclaims, "Sis!"

Alyxandrah says, "Perhaps..."

Noonee stamps her feet.

The hostess graciously leads a party toward the stairs for seating.

Alyxandrah says, "Let us give her a chance to prove otherwise."

Alyxandrah smiles patiently.

Elendr steps toward Alyxandrah and slaps her across the face.

Junis laughs!

Alyxandrah glares at Elendr.

Elendr grits his teeth.

You ask, "A little feminine pique?"

You cock your head at Elendr.

Junis says, "Now Elendr, behave."

Junis snickers.

Noonee mutters something about least-was-a-slap-not-a-lightning-bolt.

Elendr's voice rises, "Do not say you have not been warned!"

Alyxandrah asks, "No words?"

Alyxandrah just nudged Noonee.

Alyxandrah says, "Thanks for the reminder."

Noonee ducks her head.

Elendr stares at Alyxandrah.

Noonee says, "Sorry."

Ichiko just arrived.

Ichiko gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Alyxandrah leans forward.

You say, "Essence, ye seem to have a particular... dislike for Alyx."

You ask, "any reason for that?"

You cock your head at Elendr.

(Junis places one hand on his symbol and begins chanting)

Junis faces Elendr, closes his eyes and begins chanting. A small spark leaps from Junis's fingers... but little else happens.

Alyxandrah says, "Isci, come now...isn't it obvious? I control my own body."

Elendr looks deeply into Alyxandrah's eyes, and says, "And you my lady, best be particularly uneasy."

Ichiko says, "Er..guess not so quiet"

You shudder.

Noonee says, "Uh... Alyx..."

Ichiko frowns.

(Noonee pulls on Alyxandrah's sleeve.)

Noonee says, "She don't like ye."

Noonee shakes her head.

Alyxandrah says, "No, she doesn't."

Elendr scowls at Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah smiles slightly.

Alyxandrah says, "I wonder why..."

Alyxandrah laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Junis glances at you.

Junis smiles.

You glance at Junis.

(Alyxandrah pats Elendr on the cheek gently.)

You say, "Ye seem very... upset about something, essence."

Elendr says, "Because one will come who is looking for the woman that had no more sense than to call me a witch!"

Alyxandrah says, "I won't hold it against her when she is defeated."

You smirk.

Alyxandrah begins chuckling at Elendr.

You ask, "One will come looking?"

You blink at Elendr.

Noonee says, "I don't wanna know who."

Noonee shakes her head.

Alyxandrah says, "None of the other words that come to mind are in the least bit ladylike, essence."

In a throaty feminine voice Elendr intones, "It will not be long now!"

Alyxandrah gazes heavenward.

Elendr looks taller than he did a moment ago.

As a votive candle gutters, the hostess hurries to replace it.

Elendr grits his teeth.

A pained expression crosses Elendr's face.

Junis smiles.

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

Elendr says, "damn..."

Ichiko blinks.

Alyxandrah slowly empties her lungs.

Elendr says, "That was bloody annoying."

Elendr frowns.

Elendr folds his arms over his chest.

You say, "Was very strange."

Elendr sighs.

Elendr blinks at Alyxandrah.

Noonee exclaims, "Ye're all strange!"

Noonee flails her arms about.

Elendr says, "I'm sorry..."

Alyxandrah asks, "For?"

(Elendr touches the red mark on Alyxandrah's cheek.)

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

A voice hisses in your ear, "You had best watch your back, m'lady!"
***END NOTE***

Alyxandrah raises an eyebrow.

Alyxandrah says, "I always do..."

Elendr sighs sadly.

Elendr tilts his head down.

Elendr cocks his head at Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah says, "I've suffered worse, Elendr."

Alyxandrah smiles at Elendr.

Elendr says, "I know."

Noonee says, "I don't understand exactly why she... well... was like... someone cranky and just venting."

You chuckle at Noonee.

Alyxandrah says, "I'm sure women get like that when they have to be trapped in a man's body."

Alyxandrah says, "No offense, Elendr."

Elendr says, "She has every reason to be angry, however illogical it may seem."

Elendr says, "None taken."

Elendr gazes fondly at Alyxandrah.

Junis idly picks at a crimson Amasalen symbol.

Noonee says, "Hmmm... good point."

(Noonee nods vigorously.)

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

Lord Roelon just arrived.

Roelon wiggles his nose.

Alyxandrah just tried to pull Roelon towards her!

Alyxandrah exclaims, "Roelon!"

Roelon looks rather confused.

Roelon asks, "Whats this babbling ah been hearing?"

Elendr smiles at Roelon.

Alyxandrah exclaims, "She was here!"

Elendr just hugged Roelon.

You say, "the essence babbling."

Alyxandrah points down.

Elendr says, "Hey Roe."

You say, "In Elendr."

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

Junis says, "An ya say you wanted to listens"

Junis smirks.

Alyxandrah says, "Well, aye, in Elendr."

Alyxandrah giggles.

Elendr chuckles.

Roelon squints.

Roelon glances at Elendr.

Roelon asks, "Elendr's female side again?"

Junis says, "Least ONE of us listened to what was said."

Roelon grumbles.

Junis laughs!

You nod to Roelon.

You say, "I listened."

You smile at Junis.

You say, "don't assume I didn't."

Alyxandrah says, "She claims no one cares to listen...but has nothing to say when one is listening."

Elendr says, "I listened as well... it was all I could do."

Junis says, "And you turned around and dismiss it as babbling."

Roelon grins.

Elendr says, "Alyx..."

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at Elendr.

Roelon asks, "Why would anyone want to listen to a babbling lifeless woman?"

Roelon lets out an exasperated, "Pbpbpb."

Alyxandrah begins chuckling at Roelon.

Elendr says, "What she said is right. We should be warned. We should leave. You should leave. My fate lies here."

Alyxandrah asks, "Leave?"

Elendr says, "But not everyone in icemule has to die."

Alyxandrah asks, "Leave our home?"

You say, "Ye cannot run from fights."

Roelon says, "Yir fate is yirs alone."

You look at Elendr and shake your head.

Elendr says, "I can't fight this. I've tried for months."

You say, "then ye keep trying. I have been fighting for months longer."

You say, "And I'm not giving up."

Elendr says, "And in truth, Alyx was the only one holding me up this long."

Alyxandrah nods to you.

You stare at Elendr.

Roelon squints at Elendr.

Roelon asks, "Ye giving up?"

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at Elendr.

Roelon says, "Ye is stronger then that."

Elendr asks, "What would you know?"

Elendr peers quizzically at Roelon.

Roelon squints at Elendr.

Roelon says, "Enough."

Alyxandrah says, "They don't choose the weakest..."

Lady Strayla came down a steep staircase.

Junis smiles an evil little smile.

Roelon says, "Enough to know ye kin beat that ..thing inside."

You say, "Why break a twig..."

Alyxandrah nods to you.

Strayla stretches.

You say, "Remember what Yfa said."

Elendr says, "Maybe I'm just the weakest of the strong then."

Junis laughs!

(Elendr chuckles lightly, though his face quickly sobers.)

Alyxandrah says, "I hardly believe that."

You say, "Elendr, don't belittle yer own strength of will."

You say, "It's in there."

You say, "Use it."

Elendr says, "Doesn't matter. Conjecture is pointless."

Elendr waves his hand in a dismissive gesture.

You say, "I know is difficult."

You say, "Believe me, no one knows better than I."

You shudder.

Elendr says, "Iscikella, you've gone through some voracious things, but I also know you haven't been through what I've had to endure. Because you aren't me."

You cock your head at Elendr.

You ask, "And that means I haven't been through things as bad or worse?"

You say, "they used me to throw Thurfel into the mist."

You say, "they used me to keep him sealed there."

Elendr says, "I wasn't belittling what you've been through."

Strayla leans back.

You say, "They have used me in ways that have nearly made me go mad."

You say, "But I know can't give in."

Elendr says, "I was telling you that you look through it with your own eyes, and I with mine. And we're different people."

Strayla asks, "My oh my...what have I stumbled into?"

Elendr says, "And in the end, I'll help them. Because I won't be able to do anything else. Tonight just showed it to me, they can take my body at will, and I can do nothing about it."

You say, "Of course we're different people."

Junis flashes a wide grin.

Alyxandrah says, "Elendr, I will say one thing..."

You give a sigh of desperation.

Roelon lets out an exasperated, "Pbpbpb."

Junis says, "And finally, one of them realizes the futility of it all."

You turn to face Strayla.

Strayla smiles faintly.

Roelon says, "Then remove yir tongue."

Ichiko glances at Junis.

Junis says, "Glory be to Amasalen."

Strayla softly kisses her Gosaena symbol, murmuring to herself.

Alyxandrah says, "If you help them, and don't even try to fight them..."

Roelon says, "So that wench cannae speak through ye."

Roelon grins.

You say, "The essence in Elendr was... exerting its influence."

Alyxandrah says, "You will have my ashes to deal with later."

Alyxandrah folds her arms over her chest.

You turn to face Elendr.

Strayla nods.

Elendr weeps softly, quiet tears falling from his eyes.

Elendr gazes fondly at Alyxandrah.

Strayla says, "oh Elendr..."

Strayla says, "Recognizing you hardly know me..."

Elendr says, "If you ask me to fight, I'll fight til my death Alyx. I'm just telling you that it seems... pointless."

Elendr blinks at Strayla.

Alyxandrah just kissed Strayla on the cheek.

Roelon furrows his brow.

You say, "the Nine don't much like Alyx, Elendr. Ye've seen that."

Strayla says, "I will give you this to think on..."

You ask, "Would ye help them destroy her?"

You peer quizzically at Elendr.

Noonee exclaims, "Ouch!"

Noonee winces.

(Elendr's eyes become dark and he takes a step back.)

Strayla asks, "I could just as easily snatch your life from you, if I wanted, but would you stand idly by and allow it to happen? Or do you think your friends would?"

Elendr tilts his head down.

Strayla strides over to stand before Elendr.

Roelon ponders.

Elendr says, "That's ... different."

Elendr frowns at Strayla.

You ask, "then think on my question, Elendr?"

Elendr says, "The analogy is awkward. I can fight a sword with sword. But how do I fight this? My will power has proven to be inadequate."

Strayla says, "It's hardly different"

You say, "Think of Alyx."

Elendr exclaims, "I am!"

Elendr stares at you.

You ask, "then how can ye say ye will give in?"

You cock your head at Elendr.

Noonee touches one finger to her lips.

Ichiko gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Junis smiles.

Elendr frowns.

You shake your head.

You say, "Ye know ye cannot do it."

Strayla asks, "If he's so easily weakened...perhaps one of lifes lessons is in order?"

Strayla glances at Elendr.

Elendr says, "I don't give in out of morals Iscikella. That's pointless."

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at Strayla.

Junis asks, "And whats that o wise one?"

You say, "I said nothing of morals, Elendr."

Strayla smiles faintly.

Strayla examines her fingernails.

You say, "I asked if ye would help them destroy Alyx."

You say, "I know ye cannot do that."

You say, "And that is why ye won't give in."

Elendr frowns.

Elendr folds his arms over his chest.

Ichiko nods to you.



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