Fire Inside
Leyan, day 13 of the month Fashanos in the year 5102

[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.
Obvious exits: southwest, up.

You kneel down.

You reach out and touch a grey altar.

You say, "They aren't gone. I know, Wise Lady."

You nod.

You say, "People are complacent."

You say, "And I know Fash'lo'nae is taking notes."

You say, "But nae worry, Wise One. Not all of us are so complacent."

Iscikella smiles softly.

You reach out and touch a grey altar.

You say, "I will wait upon the voice of yer cleric."

(Iscikella nods at the altar.)

A small twinge of fiery pain pokes at your stomach, and then simply fades.

You gasp.

(Iscikella holds her stomach.)

(Iscikella whispers quietly, "Elymir?")

(Iscikella holds her stomach.)

You ask, "Lich, is that ye?"

(Iscikella searches about.)

You ask, "Lich?"

(Iscikella rubs at her stomach, her brow furrowed in thought.)

You say, "Why does my stomach keep..."

You furrow up your face and wince.

You sit up.

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

You belt out, "Elymir?"

Vonka just arrived.

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

Vonka cocks her head at you.

You hear the voice of Alyxandrah ask, "M'lady?"

Aranrhod just arrived.

Vonka kneels down.

Aranrhod blinks at you.

You hear the voice of Alyxandrah ask, "Are you alright?"

Vonka asks, "Yer okies, Iscikella?"

Aranrhod asks, "I heard you yelling?"

You shake your head.

You say, "My stomach..."

You say, "On fire again..."

Alyxandrah fades into view.

(Iscikella rubs her stomach.)

Aranrhod mutters liches.

Vonka rubs you gently.

Alyxandrah shifts her weight.

Vonka nods.

Aranrhod rubs you gently.

Aranrhod exclaims, "Leave her be!"

Aranrhod stands in front of a grey altar.

Aranrhod kneels down.

Vonka says, "Dey worse den spicy stuff."

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

Aranrhod just touched a grey altar.

You say, "He doesn't answer, but I felt the pain."

(Iscikella rubs her stomach.)

Vonka furrows her brow.

Aranrhod asks, "Maybe it is another causing it?"

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow in your direction.

Vonka says, "I members feelin' a burnin' feelin' dat night."

You say, "I am not sure."

You say, "No, this is different."

Vonka says, "Like sommit were gonner come outer me."

You say, "Different than that."

You say, "I felt that too."

A snowshoe hare hops into the room.

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

You say, "But this is the third night in a row."

Vonka cocks her head at you.

There is a twinkle in a snowshoe hare's eyes.

Aranrhod says, "Mangy hare"

You say, "A fire inside me."

Vonka says, "Welp......."

Lord Joter just arrived.

Joter smiles.

Joter sits down.

Aranrhod just touched a grey altar.

(Iscikella rubs her stomach.)

You say, "Very strange."

Vonka says, "I almos' wondered...."

Vonka furrows her brow.

Joter asks, "Hungry?"

You shake your head.

You say, "Nae."

Aranrhod removes some pure spring water from in her hooded cloak.

Vonka says, "Like mebber sommit were in der."

Aranrhod offers you some pure spring water. Enter ACCEPT to accept the offer or DECLINE to decline it. The offer will expire in 30 seconds.

Vonka wrinkles her nose.

Aranrhod says, "See if that helps"

You say, "My stomach is burning."

Aranrhod shifts her weight.

Vonka says, "An' tryin' ter git out."

You accept Aranrhod's offer and are now holding some pure spring water.

Joter asks, "It is what?"

You say, "Third night in a row."

Joter says, "Hmmm"

You say, "Last two... lich was about."

(Iscikella rubs her stomach.)

You take a drink from your pure spring water.
You have only one sip left.

Vonka rubs you gently.

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

Aranrhod says, "Well...no one here now it seems"

(Aranrhod glances around)

Joter says, "Seems is the key word."

The snowshoe hare chimes, "How interesting...."

You take a drink from your pure spring water.
That was the last drop.
You set the water aside.

Aranrhod asks, "What is?"

Aranrhod peers quizzically at Joter.

Aranrhod says, "Hush hare"

You say, "Makes me think of something..."

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

You say, "But not related, I'm sure."

The snowshoe hare stands on its hind feet and scans the area.

Spaner just arrived.

You vigorously shake your head.

Joter says, "Seems, you know how good a hider these liches are. They are better than the best rogues."

Vonka cocks her head at you.

Junis just arrived.

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow in your direction.

The snowshoe hare sits down.

Junis nods warily to Vonka.

The snowshoe hare chimes, "The thryil speaking to me?"

Vonka nods to Junis.

Spaner blinks.

You nod to Junis in greeting.

Aranrhod traces the lines of her circles mark.

Alyxandrah gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Alyxandrah gestures at a snowshoe hare.

Alyxandrah asks, "What are you talking about?"

Aranrhod says, "No thyril has me"

Vonka furrows her brow.

Aranrhod smiles quietly to herself.

Alyxandrah says, "Oh."

Alyxandrah appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Embers of burning pain snake their way through your insides.

Aranrhod says, "Alyx"

Aranrhod says, "The ones with mange are Sheka's"

Alyxandrah slaps herself on the forehead.

Aranrhod flails her arms about.

You say, "I only know it burns."

You say, "Like embers inside me."

Junis asks, "How are you feeling tonight Vonka?"

You hear someone cackle.

(Junis glances out the side of his eye at Iscikella)

Vonka grins at Junis.

Vonka exclaims, "Perty good!"

Vonka exclaims, "De fishy faces be gone!"

(Iscikella rubs her stomach, her brow furrowed.)

The snowshoe hare forages about for something to eat.

Junis asks, "Fishy faces?"

Joter says, "liches"

You feel something poke you in the ribs.

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point, as she poked Iscikella, Sheka alone heard:

A low guttural hiss sounds in your ear.
***END NOTE***

Joter says, "That is what Vonkie calls them, fishie faces."

Junis says, "Liches or the Night ones"

Aranrhod rubs Vonka gently.

Vonka grins at Aranrhod.

Joter says, "The night ones are banished, according to Thalenn"

You hear the voice of Sheka say, "Vonka is a little lying fool"

Joter says, "For now."

Vonka says, "De night ones."

Vonka gasps.

You shake your head.

Vonka exclaims, "I ain not!"

Aranrhod shifts her weight.

You say, "I don't think they are gone."

Junis peers quizzically at Vonka.

Joter says, "They are not gone entirely."

Joter says, "But they have been sent back."

You say, "The cleric is still coming."

Alyxandrah says, "The trolls are not gone."

Alyxandrah shakes her head.

You say, "And his companion."

Spaner scratches his head.

Junis works his fingers under his encrusted crown and scratches his head.

You say, "I do not think they come with regard to thralls."

Joter says, "I was just in Solhaven and he told me so."

Vonka stands up.

You say, "I just have a feeling."

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Vonka says, "I ain' not a lyin' fool."

Alyxandrah glances at Vonka.

Spaner says, "Maybe something bad happened to that cleric."

You hear the voice of Sheka say, "But you are"

Spaner shrugs.

Vonka gasps.

Vonka wrinkles her nose.

Joter asks, "Is it possible the Cleric is here to help us? Not have to do with shards?"

The snowshoe hare scratches an ear.

Alyxandrah says, "Vonka, dear, ain't not means you are."

You hear the voice of Sheka say, "Exactly"

Junis chuckles.

Vonka looks rather confused.

Vonka blushes a lovely shade of bright pink.

Alyxandrah just tickled Vonka.

Vonka says, "Yer know whut I meant."

You hear someone mutter inbreds.

You say, "The cleric comes with regard to the unnameables."

Vonka grins at Alyxandrah.

Joter removes a bright golden crystal shard from in his brown greatcloak.

Aranrhod sits up.

Vonka nods to you.

Vonka says, "Dat's true."

The snowshoe hare raises its ears.

Vonka bites her lip.

You say, "I don't think anything is over."

You hear the voice of Sheka ask, "Do you think so, Misguided One?"

Vonka says, "But mebber......"

You say, "And I think Fash'lo'nae is laughing."

Spaner says, "That Cleric is a tad late."

You shake your head.

Spaner shrugs.

You say, "Nae."

Aranrhod nods to you.

Aranrhod says, "He is"

Alyxandrah says, "It seems all the important people are late."

You say, "the complacency feeds Fash."

Junis says, "Clerics are always late."

Vonka glances at Alyxandrah.

You say, "As I say, is a feeling."

You glance at a grey altar.

You say, "But I don't think She," pointing at the altar, "sends such an old man to speak of thralls."

Joter says, "Well, we will just have to wait it out."

You say, "Don't have to believe my feeling."

The snowshoe hare scratches an ear.

The flaming embers continue to move through your insides. You hear the voice of Sheka say, "Fash'lo'nae.....history..."

You say, "But I feel it."

You say, "Same as I feel this fire in my gut."

Vonka nods to Aranrhod.

(Iscikella rubs her stomach.)

You hear the voice of Sheka say, "If only we could watch it erupt into flame, Misguided One."

You hear someone cackle.

Joter says, "I wish I could do something for you Isci."

Spaner blinks.

Vonka cocks her head at Junis.

Aranrhod leans against the north wall.

Junis paces back and forth.

The snowshoe hare stands on its hind feet and scans the area.

Aranrhod glances at Junis.

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

You say, "Sheka, ye are such an unpleasant person."

Junis asks, "Oh yes, meant to ask you Vonka, have your feelings changed any about the council? Do you still think what was done to them was wrong?"

Vonka wrinkles her nose.

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow.

Sheka fades into visibility.

You shiver.

Sheka glances at Vonka.

Vonka says, "I dun' t'ink anybody shoulder bin stuck up in some ol' tomb."

The snowshoe hare stands on its hind feet and scans the area.

Vonka shudders.

You say, "I don't believe in such a violent means of punishment myself."

The snowshoe hare scratches an ear.

Vonka says, "Jus' t'ink o' dem...."

You say, "But the choice was made by their peers."

Vonka says, "Sittin' in de dark......"

Junis asks, "Peers?"

You shudder.

Junis smirks.

You say, "Is not a choice I would have made."

You say, "But that matters not."

Vonka says, "Waitin' ter die..."

Aranrhod says, "I think they were handled the only way they could have been"

Aranrhod shifts her weight.

You say, "The halflings of this town, Junis."

Vonka says, "Knowin' no one gonner help 'em."

Junis asks, "And if Ryever, Setzier, and Armaxis were to judge you Iscikella, would they be your peers?"

Sheka squints at Aranrhod.

Joter says, "Peers as in those who judged."

Sheka says, "Place me in that group"

Sheka nods to Junis.

Sheka glances at you.

Junis says, "And Sheka"

Junis chuckles.

Spaner falls to the ground!
The ground beneath you violently shakes and rumbles!
Vonka falls to the ground!
Alyxandrah falls to the ground!
Junis falls to the ground!
Sheka falls to the ground!

Sheka smiles cruelly.

Aranrhod says, "Ugh"

Sheka spits out a muttered curse.

You exclaim, "Oh!"

Sheka stands up.

Aranrhod asks, "What now?"

A brief wind blows past you bringing with it the sound of bubbling laughter.

Spaner stands up.
Junis stands up.

Junis smirks.

Alyxandrah stands up.
Joter stands up.
Aranrhod stands up.

You exclaim, "It is here!"

Spaner suddenly stumbles for no apparent reason.

Vonka moves to a kneeling position.

You say, "Somewhere."

Junis says, "Someone trying to have fun."

Joter says, "This is not normal"

Alyxandrah asks, "It?"

Vonka's face turns slightly pale.

Spaner asks, "it?"

Vonka continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

You say, "The lich."

Aranrhod blinks at you.

The snowshoe hare scratches an ear.

Spaner says, "More specific"

Sheka asks, "It?"

Aranrhod asks, "Which one?"

Spaner peers quizzically at you.

Junis asks, "Oh really? May I speak to it?"

Alyxandrah asks, "Disgusting lich?"

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at you.

Vonka says, "Milady, help us iffin de lichs be back."

Junis says, "I have important information about the staff"

Sheka says, "Speak"

Sheka nods to Junis.

Vonka blinks.

You say, "I suppose if wants to speak, Junis, it will."

Vonka cocks her head at Junis.

Alyxandrah says, "You always have important information about the staff."

Spaner searches around for a moment.

Junis says, "But I don't speak to the air, I must know it is here"

Vonka furrows her brow.

Alyxandrah glances at Junis.

Aranrhod says, "Then let it stay quiet"

Aranrhod grumbles.

Spaner scratches his head.

Aranrhod sits down.

(Sheka pokes Iscikella in the gut again.)

You glower darkly at Sheka.

Aranrhod stands up.

Sheka smiles coldly.

Aranrhod says, "Leave her alone Sheka"

Spaner blinks.

You say, "Don't touch me."

Vonka wrinkles her nose.

Junis gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Aranrhod stands in front of a grey altar.

Spaner removes a black steel dagger from in his leather cloak.

Vonka says, "Sheka, yer dun like bein' touched."

Aranrhod kneels down.

Joter asks, "Lich I dare you to reveal yourself to us. Or do you hide in cowardice?"

Junis asks, "Yas round here Sir?"

The snowshoe hare wrinkles its nose.

Sheka says, "Neither does the one within the Misguided One"

Spaner tightens his grip on his steel dagger.

Sheka glances at you and paces back and forth.

You glance at Sheka.

Sheka raises an eyebrow in your direction.

Vonka glances at Aranrhod.

Aranrhod just touched a grey altar.

Spaner blinks.

Junis says, "Well, perhaps its not my Lord's will for them to have it yet."

Joter put a bright golden crystal shard in his brown greatcloak.

Junis shrugs.

Alyxandrah gazes heavenward.

You ask, "To have what?"

Alyxandrah leans back.

You cock your head at Junis.

Junis says, "The staff."

Vonka shudders.

Spaner blinks.

The snowshoe hare wrinkles its nose.

Joter asks, "Junis are you nuts?"

You say, "Elymir insists is almost theirs."

Junis asks, "Would certainly be more interesting if neither side had it, don't you think?"

Alyxandrah starts chuckling at you!

You say, "Though that lich insists many things."

Aranrhod says, "Right"

Alyxandrah says, "I believe he is quite disillusioned, m'lady."

Junis says, "So much more... violence."

Spaner sits down.

Vonka's face turns slightly pale.

Junis flashes a wide grin.

You nod to Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah says, "The bearer of the staff is no closer to handing it over today than she was a month ago."

Vonka shudders.

Joter exclaims, "Junis, we don't want violence!"

You glance at Junis.

Aranrhod glances at Sheka.

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at Vonka.

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Alyxandrah asks, "Are you alright?"

Junis says, "But I do, and my Lord does."

Aranrhod glances at Vonka.

Vonka nods to Alyxandrah.

Sheka cocks her head at Aranrhod.

You say, "Perhaps they do not wait for her to hand it."

Joter asks, "Who?"

Vonka says, "Jus' worried bout Junis."

Sheka asks, "Why are you looking at me?"

Sheka nods.

Spaner leans against the north wall.

You say, "Elymir said their power grows each day they are out."

Sheka says, "Watch your eyes then"

Joter glances at Junis.

Sheka stares at Aranrhod.

Alyxandrah says, "He's male, Vonka...no amount of worrying will ever save him."

Aranrhod says, "Was a mistake...truly"

Junis asks, "Who what?"

Aranrhod appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Joter asks, "Who your Lord?"

The snowshoe hare wrinkles its nose.

Your insides are assaulted with a faintly burning wave.

Junis asks, "Like your Elendr?"

Junis peers quizzically at Alyxandrah.

Junis softly kisses his Amasalen symbol, murmuring to himself.

Alyxandrah rolls her eyes.

Junis says, "The Lord Amasalen is my master"

(Iscikella rubs her stomach uncomfortably.)

Alyxandrah says, "He is too weak for his own good."

Vonka wrinkles her nose.

Junis asks, "Again, me or Elendr?"

Alyxandrah raises an eyebrow.

Vonka says, "Amasalen be a secon' rate god."

Alyxandrah says, "Both, actually."

Alyxandrah begins chuckling at Junis.

Joter says, "I choose neither."

Alyxandrah says, "You both give in too easily."

The snowshoe hare scratches an ear.

Sheka says, "You tell Him that when He calls you to Him again."

Sheka nods to Vonka.

Sheka says, "when you kneel before Him again."

Sheka smirks.

You glance at Sheka.

Vonka wrinkles her nose.

Spaner stands up.

Vonka says, "Yer be quiet."

Junis says, "The term "God" is overused in our world."

Joter says, "I shall kneel to no dark god."

Junis says, "The Arkati are not Gods"

Vonka nods to Junis.

Junis waves his hand in a dismissive gesture.

Spaner traces the lines of his white feather tattoo.

Junis says, "The Drakes were not Gods"

Vonka says, "Specially when it comes ter Amasalen."

Joter says, "I shall only kneel to the light."

Junis says, "I've never claimed he was a God, and as far as I know, neither has he"

Sheka asks, "Dancing on the edge of the well again, Vonka?"

Alyxandrah nods to Joter.

Sheka smiles chillingly at Vonka.

Vonka wrinkles her nose.

Junis says, "But he is a power, greater than any we can imagine, or hope to obtain."

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

Alyxandrah asks, "So when a blue flame glows and casts light everywhere, you will kneel to that as well?"

Vonka says, "I ain' dancin' on nuttin'."

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at Joter.

Joter says, "Even Sheka hasn't been able to persuade me otherwise there."

Joter says, "Blue flame nothing. I care not."

Sheka asks, "You wish I would though hmmmm?"

Sheka looks thoughtfully at Joter.

You blink at Alyxandrah.

Joter says, "I care just to the gods of light."

You say, "Blue flame..."

Aranrhod mutters mangy_hare.

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at you.

(Iscikella shakes her head to clear it.)

Vonka says, "I be safe long es I'm in dis Hall."

Sheka smirks.

Sheka gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Alyxandrah begins chuckling at Sheka.

Junis asks, "You think you're safe here?"

Vonka nods.

Aranrhod shifts her weight.

Vonka points at a grey altar.

Vonka points at a black altar.

Sheka says, "Aye...this is by far the safest spot in this whole Temple."

Junis smirks.

Sheka sneers.

Alyxandrah chuckles.

Vonka says, "Lumnis watches me durin' de day."

Vonka says, "An' Ronan at night."

Alyxandrah says, "I have yet to see a lich step foot in Thurfel's Keep."

Junis asks, "If it is so safe here, why do they let me remain?"

Vonka grins at Junis.

Junis asks, "Why did the liches massacre here?"

You say, "Safe is relative."

Vonka says, "Mebber yer ain' so bad as yer t'ink, Junis."

Vonka glances at Sheka.

Vonka frowns.

Joter says, "Or perhaps we have seen that."

Spaner sighs.

Sheka examines her fingernails.

Aranrhod says, "No place is safe"

Sheka glances at Vonka.

Aranrhod sighs.

(Junis glances at Vonka and mutters perhaps we'll change that opinion yet)

Vonka just hugged Aranrhod.

Aranrhod asks, "Do you not realize that yet?"

Aranrhod says, "No place"

Vonka says, "I feels safe 'ere."

Vonka leans on Aranrhod.

You nod to Aranrhod.

You say, "No place."

Joter says, "I hate to say it Vonka, but Aran may be right."

Junis says, "You may feel safe, but you aren't"

Vonka says, "Even if bad stuff happens sometime."

Aranrhod asks, "You hate to say it?"

Aranrhod grins at Joter.

Alyxandrah shakes her head.

Vonka grins.

Alyxandrah shakes her head.

Sheka stares at Alyxandrah.

Sheka glowers darkly at Alyxandrah.

Aranrhod says, "I feel more peaceful than I did two weeks ago"

Aranrhod says, "But no place is safe"

Aranrhod shakes her head.

Junis asks, "You feel more peaceful? Now? After what's happened?"

Joter says, "My cousin Terrachon once told me of an invasion of such a degree even buildings and tables were not off limits."

Aranrhod traces the lines of her circles mark.

Aranrhod nods to Junis.

Aranrhod smiles quietly to herself.

Aranrhod says, "Yes"

Aranrhod says, "To me"

Junis smirks.

Vonka says, "Tables ain' safe at all."

You say, "There are so many things I wish I could decipher."

Vonka's face turns slightly pale.

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

Joter says, "He hinted it may occur again."

Vonka cocks her head at you.

Sheka leans against the north wall.

Sheka scratches her fingernails on the north wall.

Vonka says, "Why dun' yer tell us what dey er, Iscikella."

Alyxandrah narrows her eyes.

Spaner peers quizzically at Sheka.

Vonka says, "Put 'em all down on de floor like fortune cards."

Sheka glances at Spaner.

You smile at Vonka.

Vonka says, "An' mebber we kin puzzle 'em out."

You say, "Elymir was at the statue this morning. He spoke of many things."

Sheka says, "Aye....like fortune cards....."

Sheka smiles darkly.

Aranrhod mutters something about Elymir.

Junis chuckles.

Sheka asks, "he was?"

You say, "But he knew I would be drawn there. Even though he says he does not call me there."

Sheka cocks her head at you.

You nod.

Aranrhod asks, "Why do you go?"

Sheka says, "You always were drawn to Darkness."

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow in your direction.

Sheka nods to you.

Sheka says, "We both know that."

You say, "I don't know."

You sigh.

You say, "Don't chastise me. Is too difficult."

Aranrhod says, "I am not"

Sheka asks, "Chastize you?"

Aranrhod says, "I am only asking"

High Lady Kadesha just arrived.

Sheka laughs!

Junis asks, "Too difficult?"

Aranrhod just hugged Kadesha.

Kadesha says, "evenin friends"

You say, "He was 'teaching' again."

Kadesha says, "an fiends"

Vonka beams!

Vonka just hugged Kadesha.

Sheka says, "I find it the sole redeeming value you have."

Vonka exclaims, "Hey der!"

Sheka cackles!

Kadesha just hugged Vonka.

You ask, "Fiends?"

Kadesha just hugged Vonka.

You blink at Kadesha.

Junis asks, "Oh, am I a fiend?"

Junis glances at Sheka.

Kadesha points at Sheka.

Junis says, "I'm moving up"

Junis chuckles.

Kadesha points at Junis.

Kadesha just hugged Aranrhod.

Sheka glances at Kadesha.

Kadesha hugs you.

Sheka asks, "Your problem, Witch?"

Kadesha sits down.

Aranrhod says, "Junis has just been...waylaid"

Aranrhod sighs sadly.

Vonka nods.

Kadesha asks, "by?"

Vonka just touched Junis.

Junis smirks.

You ask, "Waylaid?"

Junis says, "They still hope for my redemption"

You blink at Aranrhod.

Vonka asks, "Member whut I tol' yer, Junis?"

Junis waves his hand in a dismissive gesture.

(Aranrhod glances at Junis out of the corner of her eye)

Joter says, "I can answer that for her, Sheka. Her Witch is there."

Joter points at Sheka.

Vonka says, "Yer still gots a li'l bit o' good in yer."

Joter snickers.

Kadesha asks, "what happened to Junis?"

Sheka stares at Junis.

Kadesha asks, "ye okay Isci?"

Aranrhod says, "He was shown the Shrine of Amasalen"

Aranrhod sighs.

Aranrhod sits up.

(Iscikella nod hesitantly.)

You say, "Just my stomach again."

You say, "Burning."

Kadesha says, "well he should like that"

Sheka asks, "That is a bad thing?"

You furrow up your face and wince.

Sheka says, "he serves the Blood Lord."

Kadesha says, "like"

Sheka shrugs.

Aranrhod says, "In his case...yes it was"

You say, "But Elymir doesn't seem to be about, so..."

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

Aranrhod says, "He still followed Lorminstra then"

Aranrhod glances at Junis.

You say, "Course his first lesson: he is always here."

You tap yourself on the chest.

You sigh.

You say, "course, that is."

(Sheka pokes Iscikella experimentally in the stomach.)

Vonka nods.

You glance at Sheka.

Vonka says, "Aye."

Sheka gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Kadesha squints at Sheka.

Sheka smirks.

Junis says, "You assume its still him Iscikella."

Vonka says, "De enntie allus der."

Aranrhod says, "Stop touching her"

Vonka says, "Jus' sleepin' sometimes."

Aranrhod stares at Sheka.

Kadesha says, "it was made rather clear last eve, Junis"

Spaner blinks.

You say, "Well... is something."

(Iscikella rubs her stomach ruefully.)

Sheka says, "Hush, Servant Girl. It is hardly your place to be giving orders."

Vonka glances at Aranrhod.

Sheka waves a hand at Aranrhod, dismissing her indifferently.

Joter says, "Do that again, Sheka, and half this room will be upon you, I would easily imagine."

Aranrhod grins at Sheka.

Aranrhod says, "You are amusing even when I am angry"

Aranrhod nods to Sheka.

Sheka glowers darkly at Aranrhod.

Vonka grins.

Vonka sits up.

Junis yawns.

(Vonka draws up her knees.)

Aranrhod leans against the north wall.

Vonka cocks her head at Junis.

Joter sits down.

Kadesha rubs Vonka gently.

Vonka asks, "Were dat whut yer wanned ter talk about, Junis?"

Sheka's Eorgina amulet emits a soft grey glow.

(Joter sits next to Vonka)

Kadesha asks, "ye doin okay Vonka?"

Sheka glances at Joter.

Joter asks, "You okay?"

Vonka nods to Kadesha.

Sheka smiles secretively.

Junis says, "Actually there was something else, but it can wait."

Joter smiles at Vonka.

Kadesha asks, "so Junis, what happened ye?"

Vonka says, "Okies."

Junis says, "I'd hate to interrupt anything important."

Vonka nods to Junis.

Alyxandrah stretches.

Junis glares.

Vonka giggles.

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow in Junis's direction.

Junis says, "A disgustingly stinky dog bit me."

Junis says, "Multiple times."

Aranrhod says, "I saw"

You blink.

Aranrhod shifts her weight.

Kadesha squints at Junis.

Vonka wrinkles her nose.

Sheka asks, "At His shrine?"

Sheka cocks her head at Junis.

Junis chuckles.

Spaner scratches his head.

You ask, "Disgustingly stinky?"

Junis says, "In front of voln."

You gawk at Junis.

Aranrhod says, "No...on Oleani Way"

Junis says, "I was walking with Silon, and we saw it."

Sheka mutters voln.

Junis says, "It moved"

Junis waves his hand in a dismissive gesture.

Junis says, "Anyway, he ran and hid, and I chased it."

Junis says, "Wanted to get a good look at it."

Sheka nods to Junis.

Kadesha asks, "did somethin happen at Amasalen's shrine, Junis?"

Vonka asks, "An' it bit yer?"

Junis asks, "Today?"

Vonka rubs Junis gently.

Junis says, "not yet."

Kadesha says, "yah today"

Kadesha asks, "yet?"

You glance at Junis.

Spaner peers quizzically at Junis.

Aranrhod says, "I got a good enough look at it when it bit my arm off during the invasion"

Joter rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Aranrhod mutters under her breath.

Junis says, "Was a rotting bloody-muzzled hound, and it stank so bad I sagged to my knees from the reek"

Vonka rubs Aranrhod gently.

Alyxandrah whispers, "I wonder if Elymir is here, just...listening."

Junis says, "Well, I can't predict the future..."

Junis says, "And days not over yet."

You whisper quietly to Alyxandrah, "I have a feeling he is."

Kadesha asks, "well ya plannin somethin?"

Aranrhod says, "Was fine...was trying to help folks"

Alyxandrah folds her arms over her chest.

Aranrhod nods to Vonka.

Joter says, "5 more minutes"

Junis says, "Anyway, so while I was gagging and retching from the smell, it started bitting chunks out of me"

Sheka says, "If that dog comes looking for you....please walk elsewhere."

Sheka nods to Junis.

Sheka smirks.

(Vonka lifts up Aranrhod's arm and moves it experimentally.)

Vonka says, "Look like it workin' now."

Aranrhod grins at Vonka.

Aranrhod says, "Got it taken care of"

Junis shrugs.

Junis says, "One never knows."

Vonka nods.

Aranrhod says, "Umm...I was not breathing at the time"

Aranrhod shifts her weight.

Vonka leans on Aranrhod.

Alyxandrah sits down.

Sheka asks, "Did you manage to kill it?"

Junis says, "Plans can come together in such short time."

Vonka says, "I thought yer was mebber kilt by zombies."

Junis says, "Only after it killed me and a silly cleric who stumbled along"

Sheka says, "No. They want to adopt her."

Sheka nods to Vonka.

Sheka glances at Aranrhod.

Sheka cackles!

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

Vonka says, "I meant Junis."

Aranrhod says, "Sheka does not bother me"

Aranrhod chuckles.

Alyxandrah clasps her arms around her knees and rocks back and forth.

Junis asks, "Zombies?"

Junis laughs!

Aranrhod says, "Excuse me one moment please"

Sheka says, "Always do."

Alyxandrah gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Alyxandrah chuckles.

Sheka swears fluidly and vividly.

Junis raises an eyebrow.

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at Sheka.

Sheka nods to Alyxandrah.

Spaner removes a black steel dagger from in his leather cloak.

Alyxandrah grins.

Vonka grins.

Sheka stares off into space.

Alyxandrah blinks at Sheka.

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

Vonka says, "Folks wanner touch yer shard, Sheka."

Joter chuckles.

Vonka giggles.

You ask, "I wonder how the stonecutter is progressing?"

Joter says, "I almost want to tell them where you are."

Sheka asks, "What is this with touching my shard?"

Sheka glowers.

Junis grunts.

Kadesha asks, "what ye think hes makin Iscikella?"

You shake your head.

You say, "I am stumped."

Alyxandrah says, "We will see soon enough."

Alyxandrah nods to Kadesha.

You say, "But the obsidian on the island, that is being used, I am sure."

Kadesha asks, "ye think its some device ta defeat the liches?"

You nod to Kadesha.

Alyxandrah says, "Thurfel will show us when it has been completed."

You say, "Most definitely."

Vonka says, "Mebber he makin' a new tomb."

Kadesha says, "but ye nae trust in miracles"

Joter asks, "Where is this thing?"

Kadesha sighs.

Sheka says, "That dwarf he has working for him is a disgusting little beast"

Aranrhod leans against the north wall.

Sheka nods to you.

Joter says, "I looked and couldn't see it."

You say, "I haven't met him."

Alyxandrah waves her hand in a dismissive gesture.

Sheka says, "Perhaps he'll fall in love with you."

You say, "Just the tip shows above the sand, Joter."

Sheka sneers at you.

Spaner blinks.

Junis laughs!

You glance at Sheka.

Sheka cackles!

Spaner removes a gold-flecked obsidian ball from in his leather cloak.

Aranrhod says, "Or maybe you Sheka"

Aranrhod grins.

Spaner says, "I have obsidian"

Sheka glowers darkly at Aranrhod.

Joter says, "Ah"

Spaner rubs a gold-flecked obsidian ball.

Alyxandrah says, "He already likes Sheka."

Alyxandrah nods to Aranrhod.

Kadesha asks, "so ye trust in Thurfel still ta save all, but wont trust in Liabo?"

You say, "I heard he went on an ale binge though."

Kadesha peers quizzically at you.

Joter says, "I bet I know what he making."

Aranrhod grins at Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah says, "If Thurfel hadn't taken him to start his work, he might've proposed."

Alyxandrah grins at Sheka.

Spaner put a gold-flecked obsidian ball in his leather cloak.

Alyxandrah says, "You should probably thank Thurfel, Sheka."

Junis says, "Nothin wrong with having a few drinks"

Alyxandrah laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

You ask, "Kadesha, why do ye think the two exclusive?"

Sheka says, "You are asking for it, Princess"

Joter exclaims, "Elthania's largest stilts!"

Junis laughs!

Alyxandrah flashes a wide grin.

Vonka grins at Joter.

You ask, "Why do ye not think that we have been sent a means?"

Kadesha says, "well seeins Thurfel owes Amasalen, that could be why"

Sheka expounds lyrically upon the shortcomings of Alyxandrah.

Kadesha nods to you.

Alyxandrah smiles at Sheka.

You ask, "And nothing which is of dark is ever used by light?"

You ask, "is that what ye believe, Kadesha?"

You shake your head.

You say, "I don't."

Kadesha says, "an ye trust the dark thing more then the light"

Joter says, "Ah, but Thurfel also said, or am I wrong, Isci, that he follows no god."

Kadesha glances at you.

You nod to Joter.

Alyxandrah nods to Joter.

You say, "It isn't a question of trusting more or less."

You ask, "What are ye trusting, Kadesha?"

Kadesha says, "true"

You ask, "What are ye expecting Liabo to do?"

You cock your head at Kadesha.

Kadesha says, "its trustin all or nothin"

Alyxandrah mutters something about sit_and_watch.

Aranrhod asks, "Those are a fools words...I think he said something to the effect of...you believe in these gods?"

Sheka says, "Nothing...as always."

Kadesha says, "i don't know their plans, but I know they watch and care"

Vonka says, "Ter help us figure out how ter fight de lichs."

Sheka nods to you.

Sheka smirks.

Vonka says, "Dat's whut."

You ask, "And what if watching they gave us the means?"

You ask, "But it isn't a means ye like?"

(Vonka leans her head on her knees.)

You ask, "does that make it less a means?"

Joter says, "It is Lumnis I turn to know for guidance as I weigh my options."

You say, "I thought myself stubborn, Kadesha, but ye have me beat by a mile."

Sheka says, "You are speaking in riddles now."

Sheka glowers darkly at you.

Junis paces back and forth.

Kadesha says, "perhaps they will, give US the means, but ye trust Thurfel, who is of the dark himself"

Alyxandrah says, "Everyone speaks in riddles."

Alyxandrah grumbles.

Kadesha says, "I'm a dwarf"

Kadesha grins at you.

Aranrhod asks, "Me too?"

Aranrhod peers quizzically at Alyxandrah.

Sheka says, "We know..."

Sheka wrinkles her nose.

Aranrhod sighs.

Sheka glances at Kadesha.

Alyxandrah begins chuckling at Aranrhod.

You say, "And again ye are assuming there is never light in dark or dark in light."

Aranrhod ducks her head.

You shake your head.

Kadesha says, "course I stubborn"

You say, "Balance, Kadesha."

Kadesha says, "balance aint gray"

You say, "Don't dismiss so easily."

You say, "Balance is grey."

You point at a grey altar.

Vonka asks, "How menner lichs do it take ter light de candles in de temple?"

Iscikella smiles softly.

Vonka cocks her head.

Joter asks, "But even in balalnce, Isci, we have to be careful. Which side is the light in the balance?"

Kadesha says, "no, balance is all colors exhisting brightly, not blendin into blah mundane greyness"

Alyxandrah mutters something about headaches.

Vonka exclaims, "None! Dey be dark, not light!"

Aranrhod grins at Vonka.

(Alyxandrah rubs her temples.)

Junis removes a gilded red candle from in his spidersilk backpack.
Junis tilts his gilded red candle side to side, making the light play off it.

Vonka grins at Junis.

Junis asks, "Should we find out?"

Joter says, "I have to agree with Isci to a degree."

Spaner blinks.

You say, "We disagree, Kadesha, and we always will."

Spaner shrugs.

Vonka asks, "Didn' I tell yer yer still gots a light burnin' in yer, Junis?"

Kadesha says, "Light an dark dont mix"

Junis asks, "Yas notice the color of da candle?"

Junis peers quizzically at Vonka.

You say, "They always mix."

You say, "They cannot help but mix."

Alyxandrah says, "Kadesha, you canna have one without the other."

Kadesha says, "no, they contrast"

Vonka says, "Aye, but yer kint have one wit'out de udder."

(Sheka's face relaxes as she focuses inward while her head is tilted as if still listening.)

You say, "They cannot exist without one another."

Joter says, "I have always said it is not without light that darkness exists and with the darkness we would not know of the light."

Vonka nods to Junis.

Junis asks, "Eh? Can't have what without the other?"

Kadesha says, "I ain sayin they don exhist, but they contrast, they dont blend"

Vonka says, "Aye, it be red."

Alyxandrah glances at Sheka.

Junis asks, "Candles are good? Never bad?"

Vonka says, "Kint have light wit'out dark."

You say, "I believe ye are wrong, Kadesha."

You say, "Shadows are where they blend."

Vonka says, "Er dark wit'out light."

(Alyxandrah studies Sheka quietly, her eyes narrowing.)

Junis says, "Of course you can."

You say, "As I said, we disagree."

Junis says, "What light would there be without the sun? All would be dark."

You say, "But neither of us will change our opinions."

Aranrhod says, "It be like the gladiator games...black side...white side...tied"

You nod to Aranrhod.

Kadesha says, "speakin literally of light an dark is one thing, but I speak metaphorically, good, and evil, clash"

Aranrhod says, "No hope of either winning"

Aranrhod says, "Tied"

Aranrhod says, "Balanced"

Aranrhod sighs.

Joter says, "I agree on the theory, but not the way you are going about it, Isci."

Aranrhod says, "It is that inside of me"

Vonka shakes her head.

You say, "I don't believe light and dark are good and evil."

Junis carefully places his gilded red candle on the ground.
Junis lights the gilded red candle, which flickers and begins to burn.

You say, "And I have said that."

Vonka says, "Dark an' light bot' comes an' goes."

You nod to Vonka.

Joter says, "I do believe that."

Junis shakes his head.

Vonka says, "Somtimes one be bigger, den anudder."

Aranrhod asks, "You all speak of the gods...do none have a personal battle inside that they turn to the gods for?"

Junis says, "Dark is always here, and will be forever. You cannot banish it, not with a thousand candles."

Aranrhod blinks.

Aranrhod says, "I do"

Vonka nods to Aranrhod.

Sheka asks, "Hmmmmmm......Lacrimosa had said she'd be about until the cleric got here. Yet has anyone seen her?"

Vonka says, "Aye."

Vonka just hugged Aranrhod.

Kadesha says, "yes Aranrhod"

You look at Sheka and shake your head.

You say, "Not today."

Junis blinks.

The glow from a gilded red candle softly illuminates the room.

Alyxandrah says, "She is resting, leave the poor lady alone."

Joter says, "Yes, and it is a minor light god when I do."

Junis asks, "Lacrimosa? Here?"

Alyxandrah pokes Sheka in the ribs.

Sheka says, "I haven't since Feastday"

You nod to Junis.

You say, "She arrived on Restday."

You say, "During prayer service."

Junis sighs.

Kadesha says, "I have darkness I battle, but that don mean it mixes, if it mixed, wouldnt be a battle"

You say, "Here in the hall."

Sheka exclaims, "That's a flaming long rest!"

Sheka stares at Alyxandrah.

Junis says, "I hasnt seen her in so long."

Aranrhod says, "I am just saying that even with balance...can look different to different folk is all"

Vonka cocks her head at Junis.

Alyxandrah says, "She's quite old."

Alyxandrah begins chuckling at Sheka.

Vonka nods to Aranrhod.

Vonka says, "Aye."

Junis chuckles.

Junis says, "She is that."

Junis nods to Alyxandrah.

Vonka says, "I be perty young."

You say, "She stays till the cleric and the other come."

A small draft catches the flame of a gilded red candle and it flickers brightly.

Vonka says, "But sometimes I git tired an' sleeps fer days."

You nod.

Sheka stares at a gilded red candle.

Alyxandrah nods to Vonka.

Kadesha says, "light an dark are in conflict, an some us serve light an fight dark within or without, an some serve dark an fight light, within an without, but the point is, they dont blend, that battle"

Aranrhod says, "I can see balance in rain making a seed grow...or fire destroying someplace"

Aranrhod shrugs.

Sheka gazes thoughtfully at the gilded red candle.

You say, "Kadesha, as I have said we simply disagree."

Alyxandrah says, "I often sleep during hunts, and while I'm walking within town...and I think I'm young."

You chuckle at Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah exclaims, "I love my kingdom so!"

Alyxandrah is hugging herself.

Vonka says, "Welp, mebber it onny good er bad depen'in on who yer be."

You say, "that could get ye old fast though."

Kadesha says, "what ye speak of is compromise, whereas it is lukewarm an unfit to either"

You chuckle at Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah starts chuckling at you!

Vonka says, "Like, iffin yer live in de forest whut burns down, de fire be bad."

Alyxandrah looks over at Vonka and shakes her head.

Vonka says, "But iffin yer a seed whut need it burned down ter grow, it be good."

Vonka says, "But de fire jus' be a fire."

You nod to Vonka.

Alyxandrah nods to Vonka.

Aranrhod smiles.

You say, "Aye, vonka, that is the trick."

Sheka says, "the fire itself is neither good nor bad."

Sheka nods.

Kadesha says, "ye speak of nature, Vonka, not of matters of morals or conscience"

Aranrhod says, "But some view it on a personal level and some view it on a grand scale"

A small draft catches the flame of a gilded red candle and it flickers brightly.

Vonka says, "We all be natural, Kadesha."

Alyxandrah asks, "Are we not of nature, Kadesha?"

Aranrhod says, "And I think that is where we are...having problems"

Kadesha says, "that is what seperates mankind from animals"

You nod to Vonka.

Vonka says, "We all bin borned...."

Sheka asks, "Some more than others?"

You say, "No, Kadesha."

Sheka sniffs at Kadesha.

Junis chuckles.

Kadesha says, "we are all of nature, but we have a conscience"

Sheka gags.

Alyxandrah says, "Pffft. Junis is till an animal."

You say, "What separates us is our ability to think."

You say, "To reason."

Alyxandrah says, "Still too."

You say, "not to claim things good or evil."

The embers within you snake about in another burning passage through your insides.

Joter says, "That I agree with, Alyx"

Alyxandrah squints at Junis.

Junis shrugs.

Kadesha says, "and to know right from wrong, good from evil, light from dark"

Alyxandrah begins chuckling at Sheka.

You say, "As I said, we are philosophically different."

(Iscikella rubs her stomach and winces.)

Junis gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Vonka asks, "Be it right ter put sommun in a dark place, ter shut 'em up till dey dies an' longer?"

Sheka asks, "Again?"

Kadesha says, "if it was as ye said, Iscikella, it would merely be the perspective of the doer"

Sheka cocks her head at you.

Alyxandrah raises an eyebrow in your direction.

Joter exclaims, "Lich show yourself!"

Aranrhod says, "Kadesha...I know that from my struggle"

Junis laughs!

Joter searches around for a moment.

Aranrhod says, "What you just said"

Vonka blinks at Joter.

Kadesha says, "maybe Armaxis wasnt wrong or dark or evil to sacrifice ya against yer will Iscikella, because to him, that was good"

Aranrhod says, "Right from wrong...good from evil"

Aranrhod sighs softly.

Vonka's face turns slightly pale.

A faint, flickering light emanates from a gilded red candle, warming the room with its glow.

Kadesha says, "but ye know it was wrong, because ye are able to distinguish"

Aranrhod mutters something about perspectives.

Alyxandrah glances at Vonka.

Alyxandrah blinks.

You say, "I know was wrong cause was against my will."

Kadesha says, "I struggle with darkness"

Aranrhod says, "Not without a lot of faith in my Lady"

You say, "And it is my body."

You say, "And my soul."

Joter says, "I don't like things that hide, Vonka, I like to talk face to face."

Kadesha says, "but it was in his will"

Alyxandrah glances at Junis.

Aranrhod rubs Vonka gently.

Sheka cackles!

Kadesha asks, "whos will is right if its relative?"

Alyxandrah gazes heavenward.

You say, "But he cannot use his will on my body and my soul."

Vonka cocks her head at you.

Kadesha peers quizzically at you.

Sheka gives Alyxandrah a little prod between the shoulder blades.

You say, "He can use it on his own."

Sheka says, "go"

Alyxandrah says, "I'm not in the mood to see any snake...big or small."

Vonka asks, "Den were it wrong ter shut up de lichs?"

Sheka glowers darkly at Alyxandrah.

The glow from a gilded red candle softly illuminates the room.

Junis chuckles.

Aranrhod asks, "Snake?"

Junis laughs!

(Alyxandrah touches her neck.)

Aranrhod mutters under her breath.

Sheka says, "There seem to be snakes all over town"

Vonka says, "Dey didn't wanner be shut up."

Sheka nods.

Kadesha says, "and if ye refused, yad violated his will"

Kadesha nods to you.

Kadesha says, "its one way or the other"

Kadesha says, "there is either light or dark, or there aint"

You say, "I cannot violate his will if is my body and my soul."

You say, "Ye are saying he has possession of what is mine."

Joter says, "I am going to check the town fast."

You shake your head.

You say, "He doesn't."

Joter stands up.

Kadesha says, "it was his god an hs gods favor, and ye would violate his religious freedom"

You say, "Just as the essence in me doesn't."

The glow from a gilded red candle softly illuminates the room.

Alyxandrah glances at Sheka.

Aranrhod says, "Send a call if anything is amiss Joter"

You say, "Kadesha, ye are stretching."

You say, "And ye know it."

Sheka asks, "well?"

Sheka glances at Alyxandrah.

Kadesha says, "if its as you say, then Armaxis is just as correct as you are, merely a difference of oppinion"

You say, "Ye cannot take what is another's and call it yers."

Lord Joter just went southwest.

Kadesha asks, "well, why not? says who?"

You say, "If he sacrificed himself, I would not call him wrong."

Kadesha says, "by yer standards its relative"

The gilded red candle flickers softly, casting a warm light throughout the area.

Aranrhod asks, "Can we please not argue semantics?"

Alyxandrah removes a mug of dark hot cocoa from in her veniom-threaded cloak.

You shake your head.

Alyxandrah takes a drink from her dark hot cocoa.

Aranrhod stands up.

Sheka says, "The Serpent Lord does not take against ones will. so you must have been willing."

Sheka nods to you.

You say, "Kadesha, ye wish to argue, and I do not."

Aranrhod says, "I will be back"

Alyxandrah says, "I say you two sit down with the Stoneworker and enjoy some mighty fine ale."

Aranrhod just went southwest.

Sheka begins chuckling at Alyxandrah.

Kadesha says, "of course ya dont, no convictions in the gray, makes it easier ta be passive"

You say, "The Serpent Lord takes many against their will."

Kadesha frowns.

The gilded red candle burns warmly, lending a soft light to the room.

You gaze into the flickering flame for a moment, lost in thought.

Sheka says, "You must have had some persuasion to draw Him to you."

Junis smiles.

Lady Opalina just arrived.

You say, "think what ye like, Kadesha. I have many convictions."

Sheka glances at Opalina.

You say, "But they are not yer convictions."

Sheka nods to Opalina.

You say, "And never will be."

Opalina waves to Sheka.

Sheka says, "Hello Shrieker"

You smile at Opalina.

Opalina just hugged Vonka.

You say, "Evening, Opalina."

Alyxandrah appears to be trying hard not to grin.

Opalina just hugged Alyxandrah.

Vonka just hugged Opalina.

Alyxandrah just hugged Opalina.

A faint, flickering light emanates from a gilded red candle, warming the room with its glow.

Vonka says, "Hey der, Opalina."

Opalina says, "good evening Iscikella"

Alyxandrah takes a drink from her dark hot cocoa.

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

Junis yawns.

Joter says, "Clear out there"

Alyxandrah mutters something about being_lazy.

Opalina nods to Alyxandrah.

Opalina says, "sounds good right about now"

Opalina sits down.

Alyxandrah says, "I must say I am quite grateful..."

Alyxandrah says, "That my nose doesn't have to be offended by Gavrail."

You chuckle at Alyxandrah.

Sheka gazes into the flickering flame of a gilded red candle, lost in thought.

You say, "that perfume is rather rank."

Alyxandrah says, "I am glad Elendr is staying in the nations pointlessly."

You say, "But guess is ye were rotting flesh, would try to cover it too."

You nod.

Sheka raises an eyebrow.

Alyxandrah starts chuckling at you!

The gilded red candle burns warmly, lending a soft light to the room.

You ask, "Still no word from Elendr?"

You cock your head at Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah says, "He would only send word if Gavrail bid it."

Alyxandrah rolls her eyes.

Sheka asks, "Had someone mentioned the Staff acting strangely last night?"

You say, "I wouldn't know."

Alyxandrah asks, "I heard as much, why do you ask?"

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at Sheka.

The gilded red candle flickers softly, casting a warm light throughout the area.

You say, "Hear few rumors from the Nations."

You ask, "How did it act strangely?"

You cock your head at Alyxandrah.

Junis says, "I hear they're angry with me"

Junis whistles tunelessly to himself.

Sheka says, "I thought I heard it in passing today somewhere"

Junis asks, "Wonder why?"

Sheka shrugs.

You say, "This morning Elymir was very sure that it is theirs."

Alyxandrah says, "I'm not entirely sure how it was acting, but I had heard that it was."

You say, "He wasn't demanding it anymore."

You say, "but he says their power grows."

Kadesha asks, "was this when I was with ye?"

You say, "And that the Staff is theirs."

Sheka raises an eyebrow in your direction.

Alyxandrah says, "I believe the time has come and the staff seeks a new owner."

Kadesha peers quizzically at you.

Sheka asks, "oh?"

You nod to Kadesha.

A gilded red candle flickers a moment and nearly goes out, then its flame springs to life again, burning merrily.

Kadesha says, "because I thought he said still 'when he gets it'"

You say, "Well, when ye were in the rift."

You shake your head.

You say, "He said was theirs."

Kadesha furrows her brow.

Sheka says, "Very strange then that they are not using it somehow."

Sheka paces back and forth.

Kadesha says, "coulda swore he said when he gets it still"

Kadesha says, "why I tol him he scared because he ain got it yet"

You say, "Elymir likes to... tease and confuse."

The glow from a gilded red candle softly illuminates the room.

You say, "So no way of knowing."

Sheka asks, "Real flirter he is eh?"

Sheka grins at you.

Sheka smirks.

You say, "He was angry. I wouldn't say scared."

You glance at Sheka.

You say, "He claims he has lessons to teach."

Kadesha says, "oh I think he is scared, but like many scared things he gets alla more beligerant"

Junis smirks.

A faint, flickering light emanates from a gilded red candle, warming the room with its glow.

You say, "What he whispered in my ear didn't sound scared."

Junis asks, "What does he have to feer Kadesha?"

Sheka says, "Better you be his student then. You could use the discipline."

Sheka nods to you.

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

Sheka snickers.

Kadesha says, "he didn like bein told safest place for him be past the ebon gate"

Junis laughs!

Vonka says, "Welp...."

Sheka asks, "Leaving?"

Sheka cocks her head at Vonka.

Vonka says, "We gonner need Liabo's help ter git 'em pas' dat gate."

Kadesha asks, "he has to fear failing Luukos an bein consumned I would suspect, what do ye think animates him?"

Vonka shudders.

Vonka gasps.

A gilded red candle burns with a warm golden light.

Junis chuckles.

Alyxandrah takes a drink from her dark hot cocoa.

You say, "Kadesha, he also said they did not depend solely on Amasalen for power."

Junis says, "I think he'd rather be consumed then sent beyond the ebon gates"

Vonka wrinkles her nose.

(Vonka rubs her stomach.)

Alyxandrah blinks at Vonka.

Sheka glances at Vonka.

You blink.

Alyxandrah asks, "You too?"

You ask, "Ye too?"

Sheka asks, "you as well?"

You cock your head at Vonka.

Vonka nods.

Vonka gulps.

Junis chuckles.

Opalina groans.

Your insides burn with a harsh, fiery sensation that spreads throughout your entire body!

Kadesha says, "Iscikella ye need consider the very nature of the undead"

You gasp.

Alyxandrah glances at Opalina.

You exclaim, "Oh!"

Alyxandrah glances at you.

(Iscikella grabs her stomach)

Junis asks, "May I?"

Opalina whimpers.

Junis peers quizzically at Vonka.

Alyxandrah wrinkles her nose.

(Iscikella doubles over.)

Vonka shudders.

Vonka asks, "May yer whut?"

Vonka cocks her head at Junis.

A gilded red candle glows warmly with a soft, flickering light.

Kadesha says, "they wouldnt BE undead if somethin OUTSIDE em nae make em that way, an seeins how they served Amasalen an Luukos in life, take a guess"

Junis says, "Place my hand on your stomach."

Sheka smiles cruelly as she watches Iscikella and Vonka in such pain.

Vonka gulps.

Vonka nods to Junis.

Vonka says, "Okies."

(Junis places his right palm over Vonka's stomach)

Sheka pokes Alyxandrah in the ribs.

Alyxandrah takes a drink from her dark hot cocoa.

Kadesha rubs Vonka gently.

Sheka cackles!

Alyxandrah laughs!

Kadesha rubs you gently.

You glance at Junis.

Vonka bites her lip.

Vonka glances at Junis.

Vonka asks, "Kin yer feel how hot it be?"

Junis shakes his head.

Kadesha just touched Vonka.

You say, "Is very... painful."

Junis says, "It feels fine to me"

You furrow up your face and wince.

Opalina asks, "what is that?"

Vonka wrinkles her nose.

Sheka smiles meanly into Vonka's eyes as she jabs at her stomach.

Opalina clasps her arms around her knees and rocks back and forth.

Vonka exclaims, "Owie!"

Junis says, "Perhaps you need to drink more milk."

Alyxandrah exclaims, "Well, of course it feels fine to you...you can't feel her insides!"

Vonka glares at Sheka.

Kadesha glares at Sheka.

Sheka cackles!

You ask, "What?"

You cock your head at Opalina.

Iscikella rubs at her stomach, wincing.)

Sheka asks, "You have no pain?"

Opalina asks, "what is making our stomics hurt soo much?"

Sheka cocks her head at Opalina.

Kadesha asks, "ye wantin to feel pain Sheka?"

Opalina nods to Sheka.

Vonka says, "I dunno."

Vonka whimpers.

Kadesha says, "can be arranged"

You say, "I don't know."

You say, "Is like... a fire inside me."

You gasp.

Opalina nods to you.

(Junis rubs his hand slowly in circles while murmuring to himself)

Vonka says, "Aye."

Alyxandrah glances at Junis.

Vonka shudders.

Alyxandrah asks, "Can you not do that?"

Vonka glances at Junis.

Sheka says, "Perhaps you are preparing the bodies for the Nine. Sort of like becoming mothers...."

(Iscikella wraps her arms about herself.)

Junis says, "What? She said I could"

Sheka smirks.

You glance at Sheka.

Alyxandrah gags.

Alyxandrah says, "Bleh."

Opalina says, "mine's all thru my body though"

(Vonka pulls up her jacket, showing a few inches of her stomach.)

Alyxandrah gawks at Vonka.

Kadesha snarls menacingly!

Vonka says, "It ain' no funny color."

A faint, flickering light emanates from a gilded red candle, warming the room with its glow.

You nod to Opalina.

Opalina whimpers.

Alyxandrah laughs!

Vonka wrinkles her nose.

You say, "Spreading."

Sheka says, "they do need fresh young bodies."

Alyxandrah takes a drink from her dark hot cocoa.

Sheka nods to you.

Junis shrugs.

Vonka asks, "But it dun' feel hot?"

Kadesha glances at Sheka.

Alyxandrah asks, "Volunteering?"

Alyxandrah grins at Sheka.

Vonka says, "Acos be verra hot ter me."

Sheka mutters something better left unheard in Kadesha's direction.

Sheka exclaims, "You stay the flames away from me, Wotch!"

Junis says, "Wonder what that would be like. Being the mother to one of the council? Mmm such power you could have."

Sheka glowers darkly at Kadesha.

Alyxandrah cackles!

Alyxandrah mutters wotch.

The fire inside you leaps and eddies in turn, lick the strongest of flames.

You glance at Junis.

Vonka's face turns slightly pale.

You hug your knees and sway side to side.

Vonka says, "Dun' say dat."

A wisp of smoke rises from a gilded red candle as the hot wax drips and splutters.

You cry in pain, weeping with your torment.

Vonka says, "I ain' having no lich babies."

Opalina glances at Junis.

Alyxandrah blinks at you.

Alyxandrah winces.

Opalina exclaims, "what!"

Alyxandrah begins chuckling at Vonka.

Alyxandrah laughs!

Opalina says, "you've gotta be kidding"

Junis says, "Now see? If only Iscikella had let me help, perhaps she'd be in less pain."

Sheka looks over at Opalina and shakes her head.

Opalina asks, "so what are the men gonna have?"

Sheka says, "they do need fresh young bodies."

Opalina rubs her chin thoughtfully.

You glance at Junis.

Vonka nods to Junis.

Junis asks, "There Vonka, how do you feel now?"

Alyxandrah says, "Unimagineable pain."

Alyxandrah nods to Opalina.

(Junis removes his hand from Vonka's belly)

Vonka says, "Acterally, it do help a li'l."

Opalina wrinkles her nose.

You hug your knees and sway side to side.

A gilded red candle burns with a warm golden light.

Sheka says, "i don't think it matters...they can just rip themselves from your stomachs when they are ready"

You cry in pain, weeping with your torment.

Sheka shrugs.

(Vonka pulls her jacket down again.)

Vonka shudders.

Kadesha sighs.

Joter rubs you gently.

Vonka glances at Sheka.

Opalina says, "I don't think it's a baby"

You say, "It's fire... everywhere."

Junis asks, "Maybe a mess of snakes, bet that'd feel odd?"

Sheka says, "I enjoy entertaining the idea."

You say, "Inside."

Sheka nods to Opalina.

Kadesha exclaims, "damn them cursed things! i may not agree with ye much Iscikella but ya don deserve this!"

Vonka stares at Junis.

Sheka smiles cruelly.

Vonka exclaims, "Dun' even say dat!"

You perspire delicately.

Vonka bites her lip.

Vonka furrows her brow.

Sheka asks, "didn't you have a snake squirming inside you before?"

Sheka cocks her head at you.

(Vonka draws up her knees, hugging them tightly.)

(Opalina hugs her knees to her chest and rocks)

Opalina bites her lip.

You glance at Sheka.

Joter exclaims, "Shut up, Sheka!"

You say, "No."

(Opalina scoots closer to vonka)

Vonka says, "It were in 'er pouch."

Sheka raises an eyebrow in Joter's direction.

Opalina just hugged Vonka.

Alyxandrah groans at Joter.

Vonka just hugged Opalina.

Alyxandrah says, "Now you sound like Gavrail, shrieking her head off."

Sheka begins chuckling at Alyxandrah.

Sheka asks, "Doesn't he though?"

Sheka grins at Alyxandrah.

Vonka rubs Opalina gently.

You hug your knees and sway side to side.

You clasp your arms around your knees and rock back and forth.

Joter says, "If you can't come up with a constructive idea, don't offer any."

(Junis slides his fingers through the flickering flame of the candle muttering to himself)

Joter says, "If they don't help"

Slowly the fiery sensation seems to fade away, for now.



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