Flesh and Steam
Tilamaires, day 26 of the month Charlatos in the year 5102

***TECHNICAL NOTE***
TIn this log the words/actions of the lich essence are recognizable as they read "Iscikella" rather than "you" and the acts are not in parantheses. During the time the lich essence was in control of Iscikella, I -- the player -- had no input into those words/actions.
***END NOTE***

[Magical Burrow, Dervish Park]
The snow and ice which dominate Icemule Trace stop abruptly at the fenceline of the park. In their place sits a wide open greensward full of laughing children running everywhere. A strange glow hangs about the area, an odd magical field, slightly shimmering, its outer edge falling right at the snowline. A tall statue comprised of ten wizened halflings in enruned robes stands majestically at the center of the field. You also see an abandoned manor, a low mithril gate, a splendid colorful tiled home, a plain residence and an abandoned hall.
Obvious paths: north, west.

Achillea came through a low mithril gate.

Achillea says, "evening, Iscikella"

Achillea shrugs.

A faint voice drifts past you upon an unfelt breeze, "Deeeeeeaaaattthhhhh."

Achillea removes a fine pewter lich sculpture from in her supple leather cloak.
Achillea tilts her lich sculpture side to side, making the light play off it.
Achillea carefully examines her lich sculpture.

You ask, "Did ye hear that?"

You blink at Achillea.

Achillea asks, "uh, hear what?"

You say, "Achillea, did ye hear that."

You flail your arms about.

Achillea scratches her ear.

You say, "That voice."

Achillea squints at you.

You belt out, "Whose voice is that?"

Achillea asks, "what voice?"

(Iscikella glances at the statue.)

Achillea squints at you.

You exclaim, "The voice!"

Achillea glances at you with a concerned expression, checking for injuries.

Achillea seems to be trying to figure out how to turn a fine pewter lich sculpture.

Achillea shows you a fine pewter lich sculpture, which she is holding in her right hand. You see nothing unusual.

Achillea asks, "nice, yes?"

You belt out, "Voice, what do ye mean "death"?"

You fidget.

Achillea smiles to herself

Achillea stares at you.

Achillea says, "um death means.. not alive"

Achillea smiles at you.

You glance at Achillea.

Arimantis came through a low mithril gate.

Achillea places her hand on her bronze Luukos symbol.

Arimantis nods to you in greeting.

You ask, "How did ye not hear that?"

Arimantis asks, "Hear what?"

Achillea says, "I heard nothing"

You hear your own faint thoughts echoing in your mind:
"Uh, did anyone else hear a voice on the breeze just now?"

You flail your arms about.

Achillea says, "maybe because it wasn't speaking to me"

Achillea peers quizzically at you.

You hear your own faints thoughts echoining in your mind:
"Hmmm... not good."

Arimantis squints at you.

You belt out, "Is that ye, ninth one?"

Arimantis asks, "What do you think you heard?"

Arimantis says, "I din hear anything at all"

You say, "A faint voice."

Achillea smiles and waves to Elymir, or whomever is with Iscikella now

Achillea leans on you.

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point Achillea and Arimantis felt this:

There is no denying that Iscikella is going mad.
***END NOTE***

Arimantis ponders.

You say, "I'm glad ye think so funny."

Arimantis asks, "What did the voice want?"

Achillea smirks.

You say, "It was faint and just said death."

Arimantis ponders.

Arimantis asks, "It mention who gonna die this time, jus sos I kin be prepared?"

Arimantis stares off into space.

Arimantis grumbles.

Achillea says, "'Iscikella, dear"

Achillea begins chuckling at Arimantis.

Achillea asks, "all of you?"

You say, "I'm not yer dear."

You mutter something inaudible.

Arimantis says, "Are you sure it wasn't just your imagination.. been a rough few days"

Achillea says, "'Iscikella, I think your um"

You belt out, "Who is speaking?"

You say, "It was NOT my imagination."

You flail your arms about.

Achillea says, "looking a bit shakey, Isci"

Another breeze blows past you, but this time it only brings with it the touch of arctic air.

Achillea rubs a fine pewter lich sculpture.

You shiver.

You exclaim, "It's freezing!"

You say, "Ye feel it."

You shiver.

(Arimantis glances at the statue and then back to Iscikella)

Arimantis says, "Hmm.. cold, sure. We are in Mule"

Achillea says, "no, its quite pleasant this eve"

Arimantis nods to you.

You ask, "Arimantis?"

You say, "No, it's never cold here."

Achillea says, "well, it is Icemule"

You say, "But it is now."

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point Achillea and Arimantis felt this:

If you only had a straitjacket. It's scary one so mad can be wandering about.
***END NOTE***

You shiver.

Arimantis ponders.

Achillea laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Arimantis says, "Hmm.. course it is"

You belt out, "Who is here?"

Achillea asks, "Zelia, perhaps?"

Achillea grins wryly.

Achillea says, "or perhaps the jackal"

Achillea snickers.

(Iscikella peers strangely at Achillea.)

A tiny bit of spittle begins to drip down Iscikella's mouth.

You ask, "Whatever are ye talking about?"

Achillea gawks at you.

(Iscikella wipes her mouth.)

Arimantis glances at you.

Adimiron came through a low mithril gate.

You mutter something inaudible.

You shiver.

Achillea says, "um Isci, you are spitting"

Adimiron raises an eyebrow.

You say, "Too darn cold here."

You shiver.

Achillea says, "how discusting"

Arimantis says, "Must be the cold.."

Arimantis nods to Achillea.

Achillea says, "its most un sylphlike"

You ask, "Arimantis, ye don't feel the breeze?"

You shiver.

Adimiron rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Arimantis says, "Hmm, sure, sure Isci.. I feel it.."

Arimantis gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

(Achillea touches Iscikella's forehead)

Adimiron snickers.

You flail your arms about.

Arimantis asks, "You sure you don't want to sit down?"

You ask, "What is wrong with everybody?"

Adimiron scratches his head.

Adimiron glances at you.

You sigh heavily.

Achillea looks thoughtfully at you.

You say, "I heard that voice."

You say, "And I feel this chill."

Adimiron frets.

You shiver.

Adimiron hums distractedly to himself.

Arimantis says, "Nothing at all, I just came down off the mountain. That must be the reason I don feel it.."

Arimantis rubs you gently.

Achillea says, "uh, such a pity"

Adimiron hums distractedly to himself.

Achillea shows you a fine pewter lich sculpture, which she is holding in her right hand. You see nothing unusual.

Achillea asks, "like it?"

Adimiron says, "i cant help but notice you twitching"

You glance at Achillea.

You say, "No."

Achillea says, "nice pewter"

You ask, "Twitching?"

You blink at Adimiron.

Adimiron nods to you.

You say, "I'm not twitching."

Adimiron says, "i see you twitch"

Adimiron nods to you.

Adimiron says, "you are"

Achillea tilts her lich sculpture side to side, making the light play off it.

Adimiron frets.

Arimantis says, "Well.. you don't normally, um, drool.."

Achillea says, "spittle"

Achillea gags.

Achillea wrinkles her nose.

Adimiron says, "not many people do..normally drool"

You say, "Ye all don't feel the cold."

Achillea's lich sculpture begins to smirk. A malevolent look crosses its face.

Achillea says, "no, its nice"

(Iscikella blinks at the sculpture.)

Arimantis glances at Achillea.

Your jaw drops.

Adimiron says, "im kept warm"

Achillea glances at a fine pewter lich sculpture and grins.

Adimiron taps a pure white polar bear fur mantle with a fringe of rat tails around the collar.

You exclaim, "Get that thing away from me!"

Achillea tilts her lich sculpture side to side, making the light play off it.

Arimantis says, "Hmm.."

Achillea just gave a fine pewter lich sculpture a smooch.

(Iscikella cowers away from the sculpture.)

Adimiron asks, "are you ill Iscikella?"

Achillea places her hand on her bronze Luukos symbol.

Arimantis asks, "Got a thing fer lichs now?"

Adimiron peers quizzically at you.

The sculpture stares straight at Iscikella.

Arimantis glances at Achillea.

You exclaim, "Get it away!"

Adimiron glances at Achillea.

Adimiron nods.

Adimiron says, "good idea"

Achillea says, "I have always supported the nine, tis no secret"

(Iscikella steps back further.)

You exclaim, "It's glaring at me!"

Achillea gazes in awe at the sculpture in her hand.

Adimiron nods.

Achillea says, "its a nice piece of work"

Achillea says, "fine pewter"

Achillea says, "but Isci"

You say, "It's... malevolent."

You shudder.

You exclaim, "Get it away!"

You scream!

Achillea says, "its just a um, sculpture, knickknack thing"

You cover your eyes with your hands, peeking through your fingers.

Achillea says, "put it on my mantle"

Achillea says, "if I had a mantle"

Achillea stares off into space.

Adimiron asks, "its in your hand and dont notice it lookin around?"

Achillea waves a fine pewter lich sculpture around.

You say, "Well, go put it there and get it away from me."

You cower.

The sculpture explodes, spraying Iscikella with a fine powdery dust.

You scream!

Arimantis stares at you.

Adimiron frets.

Achillea begins pouting.

Adimiron frets.

Achillea sniffs.

(Iscikella dusts the powder off hurriedly.)

Achillea examines her fingernails.

Adimiron says, "least its gone"

You exclaim, "Get it off me!"

You exclaim, "Get it off me!"

Arimantis says, "Now.. if we could only make the real ones do that."

(Iscikella keeps dusting off the powder.)

Iscikella screams in agony.

(Achillea stares dissapointedly at her empty hands)

You kneel down.

You scream!

You exclaim, "It's burning!"

Achillea places her hand on her bronze Luukos symbol.

Achillea touches you.

Adimiron hums distractedly to himself.

(Iscikella furiously attempts to get the powder off.)

Achillea kneels down and begins to recite prayers.

Arimantis gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Arimantis gestures at you.
Holy water sprays forth and cleanses you! You feel penitent.
A splash of water hits you squarely drenching you from head to toe!

(Iscikella's body convulses.)

Achillea squints at Arimantis.

Adimiron says, "oh no..that will only make her colder"

You shiver.
You shiver.
You shiver.

Adimiron rubs you gently.

Arimantis says, "No.. it washin the dust off"

Achillea says, "well I was rather fond of my sculpture"

Achillea sniffs.

You pant.

(Iscikella draws in a deep breath.)

Iscikella's skin begins to pit.

Achillea asks, "your burning but your'e cold?"

You scream!

Arimantis glances at you.

(Iscikella rubs at her arms.)

Adimiron frets.

You exclaim, "HURTS!"

An arctic wolf pads into the area.

Achillea is admiring you.

You exclaim, "It hurts!"

Arimantis asks, "Where did you get that thing?"

Arimantis glances at Achillea.

(Iscikella quivers all over.)

Adimiron gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

The arctic wolf scratches itself.
There is a twinkle in an arctic wolf's eyes.

Adimiron rubs you gently.

Achillea smiles slightly

You cry in pain, weeping with your torment.

Arimantis rubs you gently.

Iscikella's skin begins to drip down her face, rivulets of flesh dropping to the ground.

You scream!

Adimiron screams!

The arctic wolf growls, "What is hurting?"

You bury your face in your hands.

You exclaim, "HURTS!"

Achillea says, "Isci, you are looking, undeadish"

(Iscikella quivers convulsively.)

Adimiron whispers, "what can i do? to help?"

The arctic wolf growls, "get a hold of yourself, Misguided One"

Arimantis asks, "Lich.. there is no point to this. What sort of lesson is this?"

You whisper quietly to Adimiron, "I honestly don't know. It hurts so much."

The arctic wolf begins to pant.

Adimiron frowns.

Achillea says, "such a pity"

You shudder.

Achillea smirks.

You shiver.
You shiver.

Achillea squints at you.

You exclaim, "Can't stop shivering. It hurts so badly!"

You cry in pain, weeping with your torment.

The arctic wolf begins to pant.

Lady Ilvane's group came through a low mithril gate.

You shiver.
You shiver.

Arimantis rubs you gently.

Achillea says, "maybe you can repel her, Arimantis"

Achillea smirks.

You cry in pain, weeping with your torment.

Arimantis says, "Sweetie.. lookit her, she is meltin.. er somethin close."

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point, Ilvane and Arimantis saw:

You can't help but notice a hidden grin on Iscikella's face.

***END NOE***

Ilvane blinks.

You shiver.

Ilvane gasps.

You exclaim, "It hurts!"

Ilvane says, "She's grinning.."

Ilvane glances at you.

You exclaim, "It really hurts!"

Adimiron scratches his head.

Arimantis says, "Grinnin through the pain.."

Arimantis nods to Ilvane.

Ilvane shakes her head.

Achillea asks, "grinning?"

Ilvane says, "It's like a hidden grin."

You cry in pain, weeping with your torment.

Ilvane squints at you.

Flecks of crimson appear in Iscikella's eyes.

The arctic wolf sits down.

You rub your eyes.

Adimiron frets.

You say, "My eyes..."

Ilvane says, "Let her go.."

Achillea nods to you.

You say, "Hurt..."

Ilvane pulls you to your feet.

Alyxandrah glances at you.

You rub your eyes.

You say, "Really hurt."

Arimantis says, "Lich, that is enough. Ya made yer point."

Ilvane rubs you gently.

Ilvane says, "Iscikella..stay with us."

Achillea says, "I kinda miss my scupture though"

You say, "Everything hurts, Ilvane."

You shiver.

Achillea sighs.

Ilvane hugs you.

You cry in pain, weeping with your torment.

Achillea says, "it was such nice pewter"

Arimantis says, "Bah, hush with the statue. That thing is better off gone"

Adimiron glances at Achillea.
Achillea glances at Adimiron.

You moan.

You rub your eyes.

Achillea asks, "what?"

You say, "My eyes..."

You rub your eyes.

Achillea says, "they look a bit bloodshot"

Arimantis says, "They do seem a bit red.."

You say, "My eyes..."

Achillea asks, "so where is the wonderful Traitor to save you?"

Iscikella grasps both eyes, and screams.

Achillea peers quizzically at you.

You shudder.

Ilvane flails her arms about.

Arimantis falls to the ground!
Alyxandrah falls to the ground!
Achillea falls over!
Adimiron falls to the ground!
The ground beneath you violently shakes and rumbles causing you to fall down!
Ilvane falls to the ground!

Arimantis grumbles.

Adimiron hums distractedly to himself.

Ilvane stands up.

(Iscikella moans in pain.)

Arimantis sits up.
Adimiron stands up.
Alyxandrah stands up.

Achillea gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Achillea smirks.

Achillea sits up.
Arimantis stands up.

Achillea rubs you gently.

Arimantis ponders.

Adimiron scratches himself on the arm.

You cry in pain, weeping with your torment.

Adimiron rubs his chin thoughtfully.

You sit up.

Ilvane says, "Let her go..please.."

(Iscikella huddles in a mass of pain.)

The arctic wolf looks upward negligently.

Ilvane tries to pull you to your feet, but you are too heavy.

You say, "It hurts so much."

You cry in pain, weeping with your torment.

You rub your eyes.

Alyxandrah nods.

Achillea just touched an emerald-set bronze Luukos symbol.

You shiver.

Achillea gazes at her symbol.

Achillea touches you.

Ilvane glares at Achillea.

You shudder.

The arctic wolf scratches itself.

You moan.

Ilvane asks, "You think touching her with a Luukos symbol will make it better?"

Achillea's symbol glows a dim ember.

The arctic wolf sniffs the ground.

(Iscikella wraps her arms about herself moaning.)

Achillea smiles slightly

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

You sob.

Ilvane reaches out and holds your hand.

Achillea touches you.

Ilvane sits down.

You exclaim, "It hurts so much!"

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

Ilvane says, "You're going to be fine..keep with us..keep your essence.."

(Achillea stares into Iscikella's eyes)

Ilvane slides over to you and cuddles you in her arms.

You hear the voice of Sheka say, "This is indeed a pleasure to watch"

You hear someone snicker.

Ilvane says, "Sheka, hush."

You trace the lines of your circles tattoo.

Ilvane just kissed you on the forehead.

You feel something pinching you!

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point Sheka (was her doing the pinching) felt:

A pleasurable pain courses through your body.
***END NOTE***

You shudder.

You hear the voice of Sheka say, "hmmm"

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

Achillea says, "ye could merely submit, Iscikella"

You feel something pinching you!

Ilvane says, "You could go away."

You exclaim, "No!"

Ilvane stares at Achillea.

Achillea says, "save you so much trouble"

Achillea says, "then be broken"

You exclaim, "No! No! No!"

Achillea shrugs.

You vigorously shake your head.

Sheka's eyes turn to slits, as she stares about the area.

Achillea says, "either way, in the end"

Alyxandrah blinks.

Ilvane flails her arms about.

You scream!

You hear someone cackle.

Achillea exclaims, "why Sheka!"

You exclaim, "She's a snake!"

You exclaim, "She's a snake!"

You shudder.

You cower.

Achillea says, "I don't know, thats almost an insult to Luukos"

The arctic wolf sniffs the ground.

Achillea frowns.

Ilvane nods to Achillea.

You hear the voice of Sheka ask, "Perhaps I should bite you, Misguided One. Think you my venom is lethal?"

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

You hear someone cackle.

You cry in pain, weeping with your torment.

You say, "I'm in so much pain."

Sheka smiles, tiny fangs visible in her grin.

You scream!

Alyxandrah chuckles.

You feel something bite you, but when you look no one is there!

Alyxandrah says, "Oh, Sheka stop. You're only scaring her more."

You hear someone cackle.

You sob.

Achillea laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Sheka fades into visibility.

Ilvane says, "She isn't a snake she's just trying to make you believe that."

(Iscikella lays her head on her upraised knees, gritting her teeth against the pain.)

Sheka grins coldly, her eyes reflecting no emotion.

Ilvane glances at Sheka.

The arctic wolf looks upward negligently.

Sheka glances at Ilvane.

Sheka raises an eyebrow.

Arimantis moves to stand in front of Ilvane.

Arimantis glances at Sheka.

Sheka smacks her lips.

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

Achillea glances at Sheka.

Sheka snickers.

Achillea says, "hrmmph"

Achillea scowls.

Achillea folds her arms over her chest.

Ilvane hugs you.

(Sheka's eye gleem with maliciousness.)

Ilvane smirks.

You ask, "Why is it doing this now?"

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

Alyxandrah appears to be trying hard not to grin.

You cry in pain, weeping with your torment.

Sheka snickers.

Arimantis says, "Sheka.. ya do realize it is gonna kill you along with everyone else.."

Ilvane asks, "How are you feeling?"

Arimantis glances at Sheka.

Ilvane hugs you.

Alyxandrah leans on Sheka.

Sheka asks, "you think I fear death?"

Sheka sneers at Arimantis.

You say, "Maybe ye should fear life, Sheka."

Sheka squints at Alyxandrah.

You ponder the meaning of Sheka's existence.

Achillea says, "you should, perhaps"

Achillea smiles at Sheka.

You say, "Pain subsided a little."

Arimantis says, "To die with an unpaid debt ta Sheru.. I would think, would not lead to a pleasant trip to the gates"

You say, "Still there, but bit less."

Achillea places her hand on her bronze Luukos symbol.

You slowly and deliberately empty your filled lungs.

Arimantis glances at Sheka.

Sheka says, "I fear nothing save my Queen."

Adimiron scratches himself idly.

Achillea touches you.

(Iscikella glares at the statue.)

Ilvane just touched a faceted black diamond Ronan symbol.

Ilvane touches you.

Ilvane glances at Achillea.

Arimantis asks, "You feelin any better Isci?"

You nod to Arimantis.

You say, "Some."

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point Sheka alone felt:

A burning sensation crawls across your body, but it is not unpleasant.
***END NOTE***

Sheka says, "Hmmm"

Achillea smirks.

Ilvane says, "Maybe you don't have the faith for it, but I do."

Arimantis glances at Achillea.

You say, "Still pain... under my skin..."

Achillea says, "maybe she is beyond his reach"

(Sheka rubs her stomach as her head tilts in quiet contemplation.)

You reach out and touch a multi-gemmed quintuple ring medallion.

Alyxandrah raises an eyebrow in Sheka's direction.

Surely there are more interesting things to kiss than the medallion!

Sheka smiles chillingly.

The arctic wolf looks around suspiciously.

Alyxandrah asks, "You alright?"

You place your hand on your quintuple ring medallion.

Achillea says, "she doesn't even serve Ronan"

The arctic wolf sniffs at Adimiron.

Arimantis says, "Just cause Ronan don happen ta like you.. don mean he won help"

Achillea smirks.

Arimantis gives Achillea a little prod between the shoulder blades.

Sheka says, "My stomach seems to be ....doing things."

Arimantis glances at Sheka.

You glance at Sheka.

Arimantis asks, "Cookie?"

Ilvane says, "Lumnis is her son..so he would care.."

Achillea says, "I don't like him either"

Alyxandrah says, "Ugh, I hope you aren't with child."

Arimantis stares at Alyxandrah.

Arimantis shudders.

Alyxandrah pokes Arimantis in the ribs.

Arimantis says, "Eww.. just the thought"

Ilvane asks, "You mean they are freezing you?"

Ilvane glances at you.

Alyxandrah laughs!

You say, "Perhaps the lich will explode out of her instead of on her, like with me."

Achillea says, "that would require mating, Alyx"

Achillea ponders.

Arimantis cringes.

Achillea shakes her head.

You stare at Sheka.

Alyxandrah laughs!

You say, "I'll watch that."

Sheka says, "Oh no"

Sheka smiles coldly at Ilvane.

Alyxandrah says, "I think Sheka's quite capable of more things than even you realize."

Alyxandrah smiles at Achillea.

Sheka says, "they save that pleasure for you"

Sheka smirks.

Vonka came through a low mithril gate.

The arctic wolf scratches itself.

Achillea says, "oh I suspect she is capable"

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point Alyxandrah alone felt:

You feel odd, very odd. It's as if somebody else is watching through your eyes.
***END NOTE***

Sheka glances at Vonka.

You say, "Vonka! Be wary."

Vonka blinks.

You say, "The lich is..."

Vonka asks, "Whut?"

The arctic wolf begins to pant.

Arimantis says, "Careful Vonka"

You shudder.

Vonka turns around.

You say, "Well, is doing things..."

Sheka grins coldly, her eyes reflecting no emotion.

Achillea says, "but its hard to do such things without touching"

Vonka gulps.

Achillea says, "unless she finally wooed Arimantis"

Vonka asks, "De lich be touching folks?"

Achillea smirks.

Vonka blinks.

Arimantis stares at Achillea.

Arimantis says, "Not a chance"

Achillea smiles at Arimantis.

You say, "Not exactly... more doing things."

Ilvane glares at Achillea.

You shudder.

Alyxandrah laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Achillea just kissed Vonka on the cheek.

Arimantis just kissed Ilvane on the nose.

Vonka shivers.

Achillea says, "Hello Vonka"

Vonka gulps.

Sheka asks, "Quite pleasant touches...you remember Vonka?"

Vonka says, "Hey der."

Sheka says, "Quite"

Vonka glances at Sheka.

Vonka blushes a lovely shade of bright pink.

Ilvane shifts her weight.

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point Alyxandrah alone felt:

Your perception seems better, your vision clearer.
***END NOTE***

Sheka smiles nastily at Vonka.

Arimantis says, "Achillea, why do you insist on touchin her. Ya know she don like it"

Vonka blinks.

You say, "It exploded a lich statue all over me and the dust... burned like acid."

Vonka turns around.

Sheka asks, "you do remember don't you?"

Alyxandrah says, "I don't want to know."

Alyxandrah gives Sheka a good pinch!

You shudder.

Vonka gawks at you.

Sheka begins chuckling at Alyxandrah.

Lord Roelon came through a low mithril gate.

The arctic wolf sniffs the ground.

Vonka asks, "So, onner de statues be gone?"

Alyxandrah beams happily at Roelon!

Roelon snorts.

Sheka glances at Roelon.

Achillea says, "yeah and now I am without my nice sculpture"

Alyxandrah says, "Oh, you missed it."

Alyxandrah sighs.

Sheka growls something vile beneath her breath.

You say, "No, was a little statue."

You say, "Achillea had."

Roelon raises an eyebrow in Alyxandrah's direction.

Arimantis says, "No.. was achilleas lil pocket size statue"

(Vonka stares at the sculpture.)

Achillea says, "was a sculpture I had"

You say, "Found in a box or something."

Vonka says, "Oh."

You shudder.

Vonka says, "I were wonderin', acos it dun' look no differnt."

You rub your eyes.

Achillea says, "actually, Sniffberry sold it to me"

You say, "My eyes still hurt."

Roelon ponders.

Achillea says, "I liked it so I bought it"

(Ilvane glances at the statue)

Vonka rubs you gently.

The arctic wolf sniffs at Sheka.

Sheka asks, "What happened to your eyes, Misguided One?"

Roelon removes a black dir wood walking stick from in his scaled travel pack.
Roelon hunches over and rests his overgrown hands on a black dir wood walking stick.

Vonka moves to stand behind Roelon.

Roelon asks, "Interesting. What did ah miss?"

Vonka bites her lip.

Achillea says, "anyways, Arimantis, Vonka is my friend"

You say, "They started to hurt..."

Sheka says, "You really should just accept them if they can feel as good as they make me, Misguided One."

Achillea says, "I had to help her walk last night"

Achillea says, "she celebrated a bit too much"

Sheka says, "Such nice painful pleasure."

Achillea winks at Vonka.

You blink at Sheka.

Arimantis says, "If ya cared bout yer 'friend' ya would respect that she don like you touchin"

Vonka blushes a lovely shade of bright pink.

Roelon glances at Sheka.

Sheka smiles.

Sheka glances at Roelon.

Roelon says, "Ah kin give ye pain. But ah doubt it will be of any pleasure."

Sheka narrows her eyes.

Roelon put a black dir wood walking stick in his scaled travel pack.

A horrible stench begins to fill the air, it smells like rotting fish!

Roelon coughs.

Vonka gags.

Achillea squints at Sheka.

Sheka sniffs.

You gag.

Roelon removes a large shiny trout from in his scaled travel pack.

Arimantis glances at Roelon.

Alyxandrah leans on Roelon.

Roelon sniffs at his shiny trout.

Adimiron frets.

Sheka is smelling Roelon.

Alyxandrah says, "ew."

Vonka removes a pure white soft cotton handkerchief from in her spidersilk cloak.

Roelon drops a large shiny trout.

Achillea asks, "Sheka?"

Ilvane stands up.

Vonka clasps her hand over her mouth.

Ilvane asks, "Sheka?"

You remove a delicate silk lilac-scented handkerchief from in your spidersilk skirt.

Roelon shifts his weight.

sniff my handkerchief
It smells like a delicate silk lilac-scented handkerchief.

Achillea asks, "they make you feel good?"

Sheka nods to Achillea.

The snow slowly melts beneath Alyxandrah's feet.

(Vonka covers her nose with her handkerchief.)

Your jaw drops.

Ilvane blinks at Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah checks her footing.

Roelon glances at Alyxandrah.

You exclaim, "ALYX!"

Roelon says, "Ahem."

Sheka says, "Was painful pleasure"

Roelon takes a few steps back.

You exclaim, "Watch yer step!"

(Arimantis steps away from Alyxandrah)

The arctic wolf looks upward negligently.

Sheka cackles!

Vonka blinks at Alyxandrah.

Achillea asks, "the liches make you feel good Sheka?"

Adimiron hums distractedly to himself.

Arimantis just tried to pull Alyxandrah towards him!

Vonka asks, "Yer feelin' hot, Princess?"

Sheka nods to Achillea.

Arimantis says, "Not a good place ta stand.."

Alyxandrah says, "I guess so."

Roelon says, "Anything that makes that witch feel good, should die a horrible death."

You shiver.

Vonka says, "Okies, lich, yer seems ter like ter play."

Achillea says, "I didn't know you and them.. well, you know"

Achillea stares off into space.

Vonka asks, "Who be yer?"

Vonka cocks her head.

(Ilvane drags Alyxandrah to the frozen ground next to her)

Ilvane says, "Here..that's better."

You feel the need to gag as your nostrils fill with the scent of rotting fish.

Roelon glances at Ilvane.

Alyxandrah begins chuckling at Ilvane.

Roelon picks up a large shiny trout.

Alyxandrah's face turns slightly pale.

Arimantis says, "Careful sweetheart"

Ilvane coughs.

Vonka gags.

Roelon starts chortling.

Alyxandrah says, "Thank you."

You say, "There was a voice, Vonka."

Alyxandrah smiles at Ilvane.

Arimantis says, "Bah.. Roelon.."

Iscikella says, "You must guide the witch and the staff here. You must!" She stares at Roelon.

Alyxandrah gives Roelon a good pinch!

Adimiron sniffs.

Vonka coughs.

Alyxandrah exclaims, "Throw that away!"

You blink.

Roelon starts chortling.

You clasp a hand over your mouth.

Arimantis glances at you.

The arctic wolf looks upward negligently.

Vonka says, "Whutever lich it be, it dun' smell ter good."

Roelon says, "Ah doubt the staff will allow it."

Ilvane's face turns slightly pale.

Sheka snickers.

Roelon put a large shiny trout in his scaled travel pack.
Roelon just closed a singed scaled travel pack.

Achillea glances at you.

Ilvane hiccups!

You feel the blood drain from your face.

The arctic wolf looks upward negligently.

Ilvane covers her nose tightly.

Achillea says, "which witch"

Vonka blinks.

(Alyxandrah glances at the spot of melted snow.)

Vonka stares at you.

Roelon starts chortling.

You shiver.

Vonka asks, "How we sposed ter do dat?"

You moan.

Vonka says, "She won' come."

Sheka says, "Xeldria it must be."

Vonka glances at Sheka.

Alxyandrah is standing in a puddle of water.

Arimantis glances at Alyxandrah.

Adimiron rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Achillea glances at Alyxandrah.

Roelon chuckles.

You blink at Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah furrows her brow.

You exclaim, "Alyx!"

Alyxandrah glances at Roelon.

(Ilvane drags Alyxandrah away again)

You say, "Be careful."

Ilvane mumbles something that you don't quite catch.

Alyxandrah says, "No, I didn't have too much to drink."

Vonka giggles.

Vonka clasps her hand over her mouth.

Arimantis says, "Hmm.. put the fish over by Alyx. Mayhaps it will stop smellin"

Roelon glances at Alyxandrah.

Arimantis coughs.

Achillea says, "Vonka did, last night"

Achillea chuckles.

Vonka wrinkles her nose.

Roelon ponders.

You ask, "And which lich speaks now?"

You shudder.

Adimiron scratches himself on the arm.

Roelon begins a careful examination of Alyxandrah -- he takes her pulse, checks her temperature, and checks for broken bones or any other ailments.

Roelon ponders.

Lord Tjaran came through a low mithril gate.

Vonka exclaims, "I were givin' a gif' ter Cholen!"

The arctic wolf begins to pant.

Ilvane just hugged Tjaran.
Tjaran just hugged Ilvane.

Arimantis grins at Vonka.

Arimantis just hugged Tjaran.
Tjaran just hugged Arimantis.

Achillea says, "looked more like you were drinking it all"

Achillea smiles at Vonka.

Vonka gawks at Achillea.

(Iscikella stares at the statue.)

You ask, "Which?"

Roelon grins.

Achillea just kissed Vonka on the cheek.

Tjaran asks, "Hmm?"

Vonka exclaims, "I onny drunk one er two!"

Tjaran asks, "What have I missed?"

(Alyxandrah lifts a booted foot out of the puddle of water.)

Vonka takes a few steps back.

Ilvane nods.

You say, "Lich is here, Tjaran. Playing games."

Achillea checks her footing.

Roelon ponders.

The arctic wolf looks around suspiciously.

(Arimantis glances at the statue, then back to Iscikella)

Arimantis rubs his chin thoughtfully.

(Ilvane tosses more snow where the water was, kicking it with her boots)

Roelon chuckles.

Each of the ten statues turn to face Roelon. One speaks. "Bring us the staff"

Tjaran says, "Hmph, par usual."

You gasp.

You sniff the air a few times, and then quickly wish you hadn't, something smells incredibly bad!

Alyxandrah glances at Roelon.

Roelon squints.

Vonka's jaw drops.

Adimiron frets.

Sheka raises an eyebrow in Roelon's direction.

Arimantis glances at Roelon.

Sheka says, "Go."

Vonka exclaims, "Yikes!"

Roelon asks, "And why should ah?"

Sheka smirks.

You exclaim, "OH!"

Vonka exclaims, "Dey wan' dat staff real bad!"

Alyxandrah says, "No, Roelon...it's too dangerous."

Roelon says, "It doesn't seem to want to leave."

Roelon shifts his weight.

Arimantis asks, "Hmm.. Yfa told ya not to, members?"

The arctic wolf looks around suspiciously.

Arimantis glances at Roelon.

Vonka nods to Roelon.

Adimiron ponders.

Roelon waves his hand in a dismissive gesture.

The arctic wolf sniffs the ground.

Alyxandrah says, "Gavrail had Elendr come home...it's too dangerous."

Roelon says, "Ah won' listen to Yfa."

Vonka says, "Aye, dat lady won' lissen ter no one."

Ilvane says, "What makes you think he can get it any easier than you could."

The arctic wolf looks upward negligently.

Achillea sighs.

Vonka says, "She won' lissen ter us."

The arctic wolf looks around suspiciously.

Adimiron gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Roelon says, "So there was an ..accident last time. Won't happen again."

You ask, "If ye want it so much, why don't ye just get it yerselves?"

Arimantis says, "Sides.. the staff don seem to wanna come home over that bridge"

The arctic wolf looks upward negligently.

You say, "Gavrail ran away like a scared rabbit."

Vonka rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Achillea glances at you.

Roelon chuckles.

Vonka says, "Mebber dat staff dun' like yer lichs no more."

Ilvane says, "That's what I say..let them get it if they want it."

Sheka says, "I doubt that"

Roelon grins.

Vonka says, "Mebber dat staff like it better wit' de Elfs."

Roelon squints.

Ilvane says, "They need people to do the work for them..being liches and all."

The arctic wolf sniffs at a low mithril gate.

You exclaim, "Ah... elves!"

You exclaim, "Vonka, ye may have something!"

You say, "Amasalen was an elf."

Vonka blinks.

Ilvane says, "Lets not put down the elves now."

Vonka asks, "I dun'?"

Vonka says, "Dat be de firs' time."

Roelon ponders.

Arimantis just kissed Ilvane on the nose.

One of the statues slowly turns. "If you do not bring it to us, We will get it ourselves."

Alyxandrah asks, "Perhaps only elves can handle it?"

Vonka giggles.

Ilvane says, "So do it."

Adimiron shudders.

Roelon squints.

Achillea says, "Amasalen was Faendryl, they are not well liked in Ta-Vaalor"

You say, "Ye say that, but ye don't do it."

Vonka says, "Yep, yer bin sayin' dat."

Arimantis says, "If you could get it yourself.. you wouldn't need to ask anyone else"

(Iscikella stares at the statue.)

Roelon says, "Ye will hae to go through me first."

Vonka nods to Arimantis.

Roelon starts chortling.

Vonka giggles.

Roelon says, "Then Xeldria..."

Roelon ponders.

Sheka asks, "How will you get it yourselves?"

Tjaran says, "I will return...hopefully soon."

(Alyxandrah walks out of the puddle to stand near Sheka.)

Alyxandrah leans on Sheka.

Tjaran nods.

Sheka scoffs at Roelon.

Lord Tjaran went through a low mithril gate.

Sheka waves a hand at Roelon, dismissing him indifferently.

Roelon says, "Now that is something ah wish to see."

Sheka snickers.

You say, "Well, no offense, Roelon, but I don't think they would find either of ye much of an obstacle honestly."

You clear your throat.

Vonka wrinkles her nose.

Roelon glances at you.

(Vonka pokes at the puddle with one boot.)

Achillea says, "I wish ye would just get it yourselves, and destroy Xeldria in the process"

Alyxandrah smirks.

Arimantis coughs.

Achillea says, "and then... Thurfel"

Alyxandrah glares at Achillea.
Arimantis glances at Achillea.

You glower darkly at Achillea.

Sheka laughs!

Roelon says, "If they were so powerful, they would have the staff by now."

Roelon stifles a yawn.

Alyxandrah asks, "And at which point do you wake up from this dream?"

Alyxandrah raises an eyebrow in Achillea's direction.

Sheka says, "Such nasty looks Achillea."

Sheka shakes her head at Achillea and clucks her tongue.

Sheka smirks.

You say, "They are powerful, just something about the staff eludes them."

The arctic wolf looks around suspiciously.

Achillea smiles at Alyxandrah.

You say, "I wouldn't assume though doesn't mean they can't turn ye to putty."

Vonka nods.

Ilvane blinks.

Vonka says, "It dun' wanner be wit' 'em."

Arimantis says, "It don want to go with them.."

Arimantis nods to you.

Roelon snorts.

Achillea says, "sorry Alyx, Gavrail asked me to be nice to you, maybe she likes you"

Alyxandrah waves her hand in a dismissive gesture.

Achillea says, "she did not tell me to be nice to Thurfel"

Vonka asks, "An' iffin dey wanned it so bad, how comes Gavrail tol' Elendr ter come home?"

Ilvane asks, "Speaking of Thurfel, where has he been of late?"

(Iscikella studies the statue.)

You glance around, you can't be sure where the smell is coming from, but something around here smells terrible!

You say, "So what won't ye say, statue."

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

Arimantis says, "Looking fer a stonecutter.. I think"

(Vonka turns to the statue.)

You ponder.

Adimiron's face turns slightly pale.

Roelon is smelling himself.

Ilvane clasps her hand over her mouth.

Ilvane gags.

Vonka asks, "So, be Gavrail workin' wit' yer, er agin yer, lichs?"

Ilvane says, "I can't stand the smell of this anymore."

Alyxandrah says, "Oh, you're so innocent."

Alyxandrah nods to Roelon.

Ilvane hiccups!

Ilvane's face turns slightly pale.

Arimantis asks, "Roelon.. stick that thing in the lil pool, will ya?"

Achillea stares at Roelon.

Roelon grins.

Roelon grumbles.

Alyxandrah nods to Arimantis.

Roelon just opened a singed scaled travel pack.

You say, "Put it on ice or something."

The arctic wolf turns away, looks back over its shoulder once, and then pads off.

You glance at Roelon.

(Alyxandrah points to the pool of water.)

Renowned Lady Skyfawn came through a low mithril gate.

Roelon removes a large shiny bass from in his scaled travel pack.
Roelon tightens his grip on his shiny bass.

Vonka coughs.

Skyfawn says, "hello everyone"

Alyxandrah smiles at Skyfawn.

Lord Roelon went through a low mithril gate.

Vonka just hugged Skyfawn.

Alyxandrah says, "Evening, Skyfawn."

You say, "Be careful, Sky."

Ilvane just hugged Skyfawn.

Vonka says, "Hey der."

Arimantis says, "Hiya almost auntie Sky"

Vonka nods to you.

Skyfawn just hugged Ilvane.

Lord Roelon came through a low mithril gate.

Roelon squints.

You say, "Liches are... romping."

Skyfawn just hugged Arimantis.

Ilvane says, "Big fish in the area..err..lich that is."

The pendant upon Alyxandrah flickers slightly.

Roelon glances at Alyxandrah.

Arimantis glances at Alyxandrah.

Vonka says, "Aye, de lichs er making stuff smell bad."

Vonka nods to Skyfawn.

Arimantis squints.

Achillea squints at Alyxandrah.

Skyfawn asks, "which one tonight?"

You say, "No, that is the fish."

Ilvane asks, "Thurfel?"

Alyxandrah glances at a tiny crimson crab pendant etched with a single rune of flame.

Sheka nods to Skyfawn.

You look at Vonka and shake your head.

Ilvane gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Roelon is smelling himself.

Roelon nods.

Arimantis gazes up into the heavens.

Skyfawn nods to Sheka in greeting.

Alyxandrah places her hand on her crimson crab pendant.

You glance at Ilvane.

Sheka says, "I thought at first it was your crabs."

Sheka nods to Alyxandrah.

(Arimantis peers behind the statue)

Ilvane glances at you.

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point Alyxandrah alone felt:

Your hand feels warm to the touch.
***END NOTE***

Alyxandrah stares off into space.

Roelon starts chortling.

Vonka sniffs.

Sheka stares off into space.

Alyxandrah blinks.

Lord Tjaran came through a low mithril gate.

Vonka says, "Welp, I kin breat' now anyways."

You say, "I don't know which one is."

Tjaran sits down.

You say, "But actually seems might be more than one."

Alyxandrah says, "My pendant is warm."

You blink at Alyxandrah.

Ilvane nods to you.

Skyfawn glances at Alyxandrah.

Roelon furrows his brow.
Vonka furrows her brow.

You put a delicate silk lilac-scented handkerchief in your spidersilk skirt.

Vonka says, "Mebber...."

Ilvane says, "Warming up your pendant."

Ilvane rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Achillea says, "perhaps it will melt soon, like Thurfel will"

Ilvane looks lost in thought.

Arimantis says, "It was sorta, flickerin.."

Roelon starts chortling.

Alyxandrah glances at Achillea.

Vonka says, "I hear dat womens sommtimes gits hot when dey gits older."

Ilvane asks, "You aren't melting are you?"

Ilvane rubs Alyxandrah gently.

You nod.

Achillea begins chuckling at Vonka.
Alyxandrah begins chuckling at Vonka.

Alyxandrah says, "I'm too young for that."

Roelon says, "All those who are..or were members of the council should melt forever..."

You say, "Aye, thought was the moonlight reflecting."

Arimantis says, "Alyx isn't that old.."

Vonka says, "Welp, yer looks younger den dat."

Achillea says, "well you were melting the snow earlier"

Achillea nods to Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah furrows her brow.

Ilvane says, "And now your pendant is warm.."

Vonka says, "But mebber yer jus' look young."

Ilvane says, "Just concerned, that's all."

Roelon chuckles.

Roelon sits down.

You say, "Watch yer footing, Alyx."

Roelon leans back.

Vonka grins.

Vonka sits down.

You say, "We don't want any ground opening up under ye."

You shudder.

Sheka glances at you.

Vonka just hugged Roelon.

Alyxandrah asks, "Perhaps the flame was flickering?"

Achillea looks thoughtfully at you.

Sheka smiles cruelly.

Roelon grins.

Achillea asks, "who's dreaming now?"

Achillea smiles at Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah stares off into space.

Roelon shakes his head.

Arimantis says, "Coulda been.. too far ta tell exactly from here"

Roelon says, "Such foolish thoughts, thinkin' they kin get the staff still."

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point Sheka alone saw:

You can see an odd aura flickering about Alxyandrah.
***END NOTE***

Alyxandrah just touched Roelon.

Alyxandrah says, "Don't call them foolish."

You say, "They are... desperate for it... seems."

You say, "Though they deny it."

Alyxandrah says, "They'll meteor swarm, kill you, and make sure you decay."

Alyxandrah nods to Roelon.

Roelon asks, "Nae a strong enough word?"

Ilvane says, "But yet, they are failing."

You nod to Ilvane.

Roelon starts chortling.

You say, "Something they can't do themselves."

You ponder.

Sheka blinks at Alyxandrah.

Ilvane says, "Miserably."

Ilvane nods.

You say, "Something..."

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at Sheka.

Vonka gazes up into the heavens.

Vonka shivers.

Arimantis says, "They can't touch it, but they want us ta think they can"

You cock your head at Vonka.

Vonka wrinkles her nose.

Sheka says, "There is a flickering about you."

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point Sheka alone saw:

There is something very odd about how Alyxandrah is carrying herself.
***END NOTE***

Achillea says, "Iscikella, I still think maybe... you are going a bit mad"

Sheka nods to Alyxandrah.

You ask, "Ye allright, Vonka?"

Sheka blinks at Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah asks, "The pendant?"

Roelon says, "Ah doubt they kin even hold it, should the staff be handed to them."

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at Sheka.

You look at Achillea and shake your head.

Sheka cocks her head at Alyxandrah.

Roelon starts chortling.

Sheka frowns.

You say, "Was yer damn statue, snake."

You say, "Bringing that foul thing in here."

You glower darkly at Achillea.

Ilvane says, "Well foul here, not really."

Tiny wisps of steam rise up from the puddles beneath Alyxandrah's feet.

Roelon says, "Was something foul already here."

Ilvane says, "Seeing as they kind of um..nevermind."

Roelon grins.

Achillea says, "I believe you were hearing things even before I took it out"

You gasp.

Alyxandrah blinks.

Ilvane clasps her hand over her mouth.

Sheka snickers.

Roelon glances at Alyxandrah.

You exclaim, "Alyx!"

Ilvane just tried to pull Alyxandrah towards her!
Sheka just tried to pull Alyxandrah towards her!
You try to pull Alyxandrah towards you.

Ilvane says, "Get out of that space."

Roelon asks, "Perhaps ye should be washing them feet?"

Sheka cackles!

Tjaran asks, "Hmm?"

Roelon peers quizzically at Alyxandrah.

Tjaran turns to face Alyxandrah.

Arimantis says, "Yer boilin yer puddle.."

Sheka exclaims, "Rip her apart!"

Achillea covers her nose tightly.

Sheka cackles!

Arimantis stares at Alyxandrah.

You exclaim, "The ground is melting under ye awfully fast!"

(Alyxandrah runs behind Ilvane.)

Tjaran says, "Boiling up, I would say."

Vonka exclaims, "I hope Alyx dun' burst inter flame!"

Sheka glances at Alyxandrah.
Roelon glances at Sheka.

Ilvane rubs Alyxandrah gently.

Sheka narrows her eyes.

Roelon sniffs at Alyxandrah.

Roelon ponders.

You rub your eyes.

Achillea says, "sort of reminds me of my hunts in wights, except slower"

Alyxandrah mutters roasted_crabs.

Ilvane flails her arms about.

You ask, "Ye have a fever?"

You stand back up.

Achillea grins at Alyxandrah.

(Iscikella puts a hand on Alyx's forehead.)

Roelon ponders.

Alyxandrah says, "I don't know. I think I feel alright."

(Arimantis squints at the puddle)

Alyxandrah's skin feels overly warm to your touch.

Ilvane says, "Maybe we shouldn't stand here."

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

Vonka stands up.

Roelon asks, "She don' look too good, does she?"

Vonka fidgets.

You look at Roelon and shake your head.

You say, "She doesn't."

Vonka glances at Alyxandrah.

Ilvane says, "We don't want Alyx to boil to death or anything."

Arimantis ponders.

You say, "Bit flushed."

Roelon ponders.

Sheka says, "No...that would never do."

Sheka smirks.

Alyxandrah nods to Ilvane.

Ilvane says, "Not a good idea.."

(Ilvane glances back at the statue)

(Arimantis glances at the puddle, then back at Alyxandrah)

Lady Ilvane's group just went west.

[Magical Burrow, Dervish Park]
The strange lack of snow goes right up to the western edge of Dervish Park, and several homefronts take advantage of it with their walkways directed towards the field. Several planters line the edge of a small serene pond. A few halflings sit on the bank fishing and basking in the warmth before returning to the cold outside the mithril gate. Others stroll happily along carefully manicured pathways, enjoying the flora and fauna that thrive in this temperate haven. You also see a plain residence, a stately white marble manor and a handsome grey stone manor.
Also here: Alyxandrah, Lady Ilvane
Obvious paths: east.

You blink.

Ilvane says, "There..maybe it will be cooler here."

You ask, "What happened?"

Alyxandrah says, "Sheka said...she saw flickering around me."

Ilvane nods to Alyxandrah.

You ask, "Flickering?"

You say, "I only saw yer pendant flicker."

Alyxandrah nods to you.

You say, "Just for a minute."

Alyxandrah says, "She said she saw a flickering."

Arimantis just arrived.
Lord Roelon just arrived.

Roelon hunches over and rests his overgrown hands on a black dir wood walking stick.

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

You ponder the meaning of Alyxandrah's existence.

Arimantis asks, "Alyx.. could Thurfel be, um, lookin through you er somethin?"

You say, "Ye do look flushed."

Renowned Lady Skyfawn just arrived.

Roelon ponders.

Alyxandrah says, "I don't know."

Vonka just arrived.

Alxyandrah's boots begin to smolder.

Vonka flails her arms about.

You scream!

Ilvane glances at Alyxandrah.

Lady Ilvane's group just went east.

[Magical Burrow, Dervish Park]
The snow and ice which dominate Icemule Trace stop abruptly at the fenceline of the park. In their place sits a wide open greensward full of laughing children running everywhere. A strange glow hangs about the area, an odd magical field, slightly shimmering, its outer edge falling right at the snowline. A tall statue comprised of ten wizened halflings in enruned robes stands majestically at the center of the field. You also see an abandoned manor, a low mithril gate, a splendid colorful tiled home, a plain residence and an abandoned hall.
Also here: Alyxandrah, Lady Ilvane, Lord Tjaran, Lady Sheka, Adimiron, Achillea
Obvious paths: north, west.

(Iscikella points at Alyx's boots.)

Ilvane mutters under her breath.

Renowned Lady Skyfawn just arrived.

Alyxandrah blinks.

Sheka glowers darkly at Ilvane.

Arimantis just arrived.
Lord Roelon just arrived.

Arimantis stares off into space.

You say, "They are burning up."

Roelon sniffs at Alyxandrah.

Vonka just arrived.

Roelon ponders.

Arimantis says, "Stick em in the puddle"

Achillea asks, "dancing shoes?"

Tjaran says, "I was not aware your boots were that large, Alyx."

Adimiron says, "take em off"

Roelon asks, "Perhaps someone should find a fresh pile of ice?"

Alyxandrah flails her arms about.

Vonka bites her lip.

(Alyxandrah steps into the puddle of water.)

You say, "Hmmm... bit of steam rising out of them."

You blink.

You glance at Alyxandrah.

Vonka asks, "Feel better now, Princess?"

A fresh cloud of steam rises from the brackish water.

Sheka cackles!

Ilvane flails her arms about.

Roelon takes a few steps back.

(Iscikella points at the steam.)

Alyxandrah nods to Vonka.

You say, "See."

Arimantis ponders.

Roelon says, "Ah hate steam."

Roelon hisses.

Adimiron rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Tjaran kneels down.

Achillea sniffs.

Sheka says, "Talk about a hot foot."

(Ilvane tosses more snow on the puddle)

Vonka rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Roelon says, "Ah wouldn't get too close."

Roelon starts chortling.

Sheka snickers.

Adimiron asks, "brackish water?"

Adimiron says, "thats odd"

Achillea says, "that does not smell very pleasant"

(Tjaran leans over and looks into the puddle.)

Tjaran says, "Hmm."

(Tjaran adjusts his spectacles.)

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

You see the image of a halfling staring at you.
***END NOTE***

You say, "Something might come out of that water."

Sheka asks, "Stinky feet?"

Vonka asks, "So, lich, yer tryin' ter make Gavrail mad?"

Sheka cocks her head at Alyxandrah.

You say, "Looks kind of..."

(Iscikella peers in the water.)

You say, "Crawly."

You shudder.

Tjaran blinks.

Vonka asks, "By making Alyx be on fire?"

(Arimantis sticks his finger in the puddle, testing the water)

(Ilvane glances at the puddle)

Tjaran says, "Something is staring at me"

Roelon ponders.

Sheka glances at Arimantis.

Tjaran takes off a pair of gold-rimmed spectacles.

Sheka smirks.

Tjaran squints.

Ilvane blinks at Tjaran.

(Arimantis squints at the puddle)

Alyxandrah cocks her head at Tjaran.

Sheka says, "they'll never learn..."

Achillea squints at Tjaran.

(Tjaran squints at the puddle)

Sheka gazes up into the heavens.

Vonka grins at Tjaran.

Sheka cackles!

Alyxandrah just touched a tiny crimson crab pendant etched with a single rune of flame.

Alyxandrah says, "I'm confused."

Alyxandrah shakes her head.

(Tjaran cleans his spectacles with his cloak.)

Alyxandrah smiles at Tjaran.

(Ilvane covers the puddle with more snow)

Alyxandrah blinks.

Alyxandrah shakes her head.

You say, "I don't think that's Thurfel, Alyx."

Tjaran puts on a pair of gold-rimmed spectacles.

(Tjaran adjusts his spectacles.)

(Achillea gazes at the puddle)

You shake your head.

Roelon squints.

Achillea glances at Tjaran.

Alyxandrah says, "But he said they'd never be able to touch it again."

(Iscikella stares into the water.)

Achillea grumbles.

Alyxandrah looks rather confused.

Arimantis nods to Alyxandrah.

You say, "EWWWW..."

Vonka says, "Mebber he lied ter yer."

Ilvane says, "How does it keep on melting so fast.."

You say, "Look at the critters in that water."

Ilvane mumbles something that you don't quite catch.

Sheka leans against a low mithril gate.

Vonka cocks her head at Alyxandrah.

Achillea asks, "Thurfel... lied?"

Achillea gasps.

Alyxandrah glances at Achillea.

Roelon starts chortling.

Alyxandrah exclaims, "He didn't lie!"

Sheka squints at Achillea.

You say, "Said they couldn't change it."

(Vonka stares into the puddle.)

You say, "They aren't changing it."

You say, "Bit different."

Roelon sniffs at Alyxandrah.

Roelon says, "Ye smell a bit different."

Achillea says, "so far"

Roelon says, "Worse them mah fish did."

Sheka sniffs at Alyxandrah.

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point Alyxandrah alone saw and felt:

Your pendant pulses slightly.
***END NOTE***

Vonka sniffs at Alyxandrah.

Roelon ponders.

Alyxandrah blinks.

Sheka snickers.

A swirling grey-blue mist slowly fills the area. It begins to spin faster and faster, congealing into a large upright disk. The mist slows its spinning and within the swirling vapors you can make out an opening.
You see a seeker stick its head out of the swirling mist.
You hear some mumbling about this not being the Shrine then the swirling mist begins to speed up as it spirals back into the opening and fades away.

Arimantis says, "Cooked boots"

Arimantis nods to Roelon.

Arimantis stares off into space.

Vonka's jaw drops.

Roelon smirks.

Sheka cackles!

Achillea squints at Arimantis.

Arimantis says, "Stupid seekers"

Roelon hunches over and rests his overgrown hands on a black dir wood walking stick.

Vonka giggles.

Ilvane says, "Always lost."

Achillea asks, "they looking for you?"

Vonka falls to the ground laughing hysterically!

Tjaran asks, "A seeker?"

Adimiron raises an eyebrow.

Roelon narrows his eyes.

Achillea peers quizzically at Arimantis.

Arimantis says, "Bah.. they find me often enough"

Arimantis smirks.

Alyxandrah cocks her head and examines the crimson crab pendant.

Tjaran grins at Arimantis.

Achillea says, "they miss you"

Vonka asks, "Question be, whut shrine?"

Achillea grins at Arimantis.

You say, "Mages and those gates."

Arimantis says, "Koar's"

You say, "Even seeker mages."

Vonka says, "Dey lookin' fer Amasalen"

Roelon chuckles.

Achillea says, "well seekers live near Koar's"

Vonka asks, "Amasalen's shrine?"

Ilvane paces back and forth.

Vonka asks, "Er Koars?"

Arimantis says, "They be the souls of bad things what died tryin ta find Koar's shrine"

You ask, "Yer boots feel cooler, Alyx?"

Achillea says, "no they live near Koar's shrine on Aenatumgana"

Roelon nods to Arimantis.

(Ilvane glances down at the puddle then places a firm boot in the center of it)

Vonka exclaims, "Iffin dey lookin' fer Koar's shrine, dey be way off!"

Sheka's Eorgina amulet emits a soft grey glow.

Alyxandrah blinks at you.

Arimantis just tried to pull Ilvane towards him!

Alyxandrah says, "Aye, they do..."

Alyxandrah places her hand on her crimson crab pendant.

Tjaran says, "Ilvane, watch it."

Arimantis exclaims, "Sweetie.. don do that!"

Achillea says, "they maybe thought Arimantis was near it"

Achillea chuckles.

Tjaran removes an obscure scroll from in his spidersilk cloak.

Roelon put a black dir wood walking stick in his scaled travel pack.

(Tjaran dangles his scroll over the puddle.)

Tjaran waves an obscure scroll around.

Vonka grins.

Ilvane says, "Here..help me cover it with snow..I mean..if something is going to come out, we might as well cover it up."

Vonka stands up.

Vonka nods.

Roelon says, "Tis only melted snow."

Roelon pokes Arimantis in the ribs.

Vonka nods to Ilvane.

Tjaran asks, "What makes you think snow will stop it?"

(Sheka examines her nails as she watches all of you.)

Vonka put a pure white soft cotton handkerchief in her spidersilk cloak.

Sheka smirks.

Arimantis says, "YOu step in it then.."

Tjaran says, "Snow melts, we just saw that"

Arimantis gives Roelon a little prod between the shoulder blades.

(Ilvane pushes more snow over into the puddle)

You reach out and touch a flame red keepsake pouch.

Roelon squints at Arimantis.

Tjaran put an obscure scroll in his spidersilk cloak.

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

(Arimantis kicks some snow into the puddle)

Roelon ponders.

(Vonka runs and gets an armful of snow. She piles it around Alyxandrah's boots.)

You say, "Well, that water isn't too wholesome."

Tjaran shrugs.

Sheka says, "More"

Ilvane says, "Maybe we can get them to stop.."

Sheka nods to Vonka.

Smoke trickles up from Tjaran's backpack.

Sheka says, "Hurry"

Vonka nods.

Vonka pants.

(Vonka runs and gets an armful of snow. She piles it around Alyxandrah's boots.)

Ilvane blinks at Tjaran.

Sheka glares at Tjaran.

Arimantis glances at Tjaran.

Alyxandrah smiles slighty as she watches Ilvane bury the puddle.

Sheka snickers.

Achillea squints at Tjaran.

Arimantis asks, "What you got in there Tj?"

(Vonka runs and gets an armful of snow. She piles it around Alyxandrah's boots.)

Tjaran takes a golden imflass back scabbard off his back.

Roelon chuckles.

Vonka pants.

Alyxandrah shifts her eyes to Vonka.

Alyxandrah says, "Thank you, dear."

(Ilvane pushes more snow over onto the puddle)

You say, "Don't give her frostbite now either."

Alyxandrah smiles.

(Vonka runs and gets an armful of snow. She piles it around Alyxandrah's boots.)

Sheka exclaims, "Now some in his backpack. hurry!"

Roelon says, "Yir going to be an ice statue soon enough."

Sheka points at Tjaran.

Roelon nods to Alyxandrah.

Tjaran says, "My scabbard seems fine."

Roelon leans on Vonka.

Sheka nods to Vonka.

You say, "I think she'd like to keep her toes."

You nod.

Vonka nods to Sheka.

Vonka pants.

Tjaran puts a golden imflass back scabbard on his back.

Tjaran just opened a sturdy dark leather gem pouch.

Tjaran removes an opaque vultite falchion from in his imflass back scabbard.

Alyxandrah gives Sheka a good pinch!

Alyxandrah says, "Stop."

Sheka snickers.

(Vonka runs and gets an armful of snow. She tries to stuff it in Tjaran's backpack.)

Alyxandrah laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Vonka pants.

Tjaran says, "My falchion seems fine too."

Roelon grins.

Arimantis ponders.

Achillea says, "gonna be flooding here soon"

(Vonka runs and gets an armful of snow. She piles it around Alyxandrah's legs.)

Achillea chuckles.

Tjaran says, "But I am not wearing a backpack."

Tjaran put an opaque vultite falchion in his imflass back scabbard.

Alyxandrah glances at Vonka.

Alyxandrah says, "Vonka, my legs are not aflame."

You exclaim, "Vonka, calm down!"

Roelon starts chortling.

Arimantis asks, "Ya got um.. anythin flamable?"

(Iscikella holds onto Vonka's shoulder.)

Tjaran removes a long handled broom from in his spidersilk cloak.

Roelon ponders.

Ilvane frowns.

Tjaran taps a long handled broom.

(Vonka runs and gets an armful of snow. She stops, confused.)

Achillea says, "don't think the local homeowners going to appreciate all your snowmelt in their living rooms"

Tjaran says, "But this is for my wedding."

Arimantis grins at Tjaran.

Tjaran put a long handled broom in his spidersilk cloak.

Roelon starts chortling.

Sheka glances at Vonka.

Sheka cackles!

Alyxandrah exclaims, "Sheka, leave the child be!"

Vonka glances at you.

Tjaran removes an old scroll from in his spidersilk cloak.

Tjaran says, "This can burn."

Roelon asks, "Ye tryin' to make a snow woman?"

Roelon peers quizzically at Vonka.

Vonka says, "Sheka said ter git more..."

Vonka grins at Roelon.

You ask, "Why ye want something to burn?"

Tjaran says, "If Vism were here, he would love it."

Sheka gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

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

Sheka smirks.

Tjaran says, "All this talk about fire."

Roelon exclaims, "Ye listen to Sheka?!"

Alyxandrah says, "Sheka also has fangs..."

Roelon glances at Sheka.

Alyxandrah nods to Vonka.
Sheka nods to Roelon.

Alyxandrah says, "Let's not listen to Sheka."

Alyxandrah winks at Vonka.

Arimantis says, "We don't.. but somethin was burnin in his pack. Looked like"

Ilvane says, "And slitted eyes."

Tjaran put an old scroll in his spidersilk cloak.

You say, "Her mother didn't take care when she was teething as a baby."

You clear your throat.

Roelon chuckles.

Achillea sighs jealously.

Vonka blinks.

Alyxandrah begins chuckling at Achillea.

Vonka cocks her head at you.

Achillea glances at Sheka.

Achillea frowns.

(Vonka holds onto the melting snow.)

Arimantis says, "What happens when ya grow up the product of a failed experiment"

Arimantis nods to you.

(Alyxandrah shoves some of the snow away from her legs.)

(Iscikella pushes one toe cautiously into the puddle.)

Sheka glowers darkly at Arimantis.

(Tjaran adjusts his spectacles.)

Tjaran says, "Hmm."

You say, "I really don't like the look of that water."

Sheka asks, "Would you all stop playing in that filthy water?"

Roelon says, "Bleh...don' fear it."

Roelon chuckles.

(Sheka's upper lip curls.)

Alyxandrah says, "Yes, mother dear."

(Achillea ponders the puddle)

Alyxandrah curtsies to Sheka.

Vonka asks, "Whut I oughter do wit' dis snow?"

Roelon says, "Tis as Sheka said. Filthy water."

Roelon nods.

You say, "Build a snowman."

Vonka fidgets.

You nod to Vonka.

Adimiron asks, "how would it be brackish water anyways?"

Achillea says, "it looks.. wet! how novel"

Vonka nods to you.

(Arimantis glances at Sheka, then the puddle. Perhaps he is considering sticking her head in it.)

(Vonka piles the snow on the ground and runs to get another armful.)

Sheka says, "The Princess probably doesn't clean her feet well."

Sheka shrugs.

Adimiron rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Adimiron says, "then it would be dirty water"

You say, "Well, it seeped up from somewhere underground."

Roelon grins.

Arimantis says, "Mayhaps the ground was dirty.. afore the snow came"

Roelon sits down.

Tjaran asks, "May I ask what rests beneath this place?"

Roelon looks thoughtfully at Alyxandrah.

Adimiron says, "well brachish is a mix of sea and fresh water"

Roelon scratches his chin.

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at Roelon.

Alyxandrah asks, "What is it?"

Roelon shakes his head.

Roelon says, "Tis nothing.."

You say, "Sea under here."

(Vonka returns, pushing a huge snowball in front of her. She rolls it onto the pile of snow she dropped earlier.)

Tjaran says, "Hmm."

Adimiron rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Achillea stares at Vonka.

Adimiron ponders.

Alyxandrah asks, "Sea water?"

You say, "Lake is salt water."

You nod to Alyxandrah.

You say, "The underground lake."

(Vonka runs off again.)

Alyxandrah says, "Hmm..."

Arimantis ponders.

Alyxandrah asks, "But what would sea water be doing up here unless someone brought it?"

Sheka stares off into space.

(Iscikella squints into the puddle.)

(Vonka returns, staggering under the weight of a second large snowball. She places it on top of the first one.)

Vonka pants.

Sheka cackles!

Vonka wipes the sweat from her brow.

Roelon glances at Vonka.

Roelon chuckles.

Ilvane giggles.

Tjaran grins at Vonka.

You say, "The lake is salt water, Achillea. Likely flows to an ocean somewhere."

Ilvane pushes on Vonka without much success.

(Vonka runs off again.)

You say, "Who knows."

Adimiron scratches his head.

You say, "Glacier wasn't always a glacier."

(Tjaran leans over the puddle, sniffing at it.)

(Vonka returns with one medium-sized snowball, and two smalls one.)

Roelon stands up.

Roelon ponders.

Achillea peers quizzically at you.

Ilvane says, "It wasn't frozen always."

Ilvane nods.

Roelon moves to stand behind Tjaran.

(Roelon gives Tjaran a good shove from behind.)

(Vonka places the medium-sized snowball on the top of the snowwoman.)

Achillea says, "I didn't say anything about the lake"

Roelon says, "Take a closer look."

Vonka cocks her head.

Sheka says, "Taste it."

Sheka nods to Tjaran.

Vonka takes a few steps back.

Vonka cocks her head.

Vonka nods.

Tjaran says, "Hey now, watch it there."

(Tjaran adjusts his spectacles.)

(Iscikella tilts her head at the snowman.)

Zacciwie came through a low mithril gate.

Roelon chuckles.

You say, "Not bad, Vonka."

You say, "But need something for eyes."

Sheka glances at Zacciwie.

Zacciwie shifts his eyes to Sheka.

Roelon sits down.

Tjaran removes a blue crystal from in his spidersilk cloak.
Tjaran taps a blue crystal.

Sheka mutters obscenely.

Zacciwie says, "Bleh"

Tjaran asks, "How about this?"

Zacciwie covers his eyes with his hands.

Ilvane says, "Blue eyes."

Roelon chuckles.

Ilvane nods to Tjaran.

You say, "That would work."

You nod.

Tjaran offers Vonka a blue crystal.

(Vonka shoves one small snowball onto the front of the torso of the snowwoman. She shoves the second one right next to it.)

Achillea yawns.

Alyxandrah says, "We should use Zacciwie's eyes. More realistic."

Vonka grins.

Alyxandrah nods.

Roelon grins.

Vonka accepts Tjaran's blue crystal.

Tjaran removes a blue crystal from in his spidersilk cloak.

(Alyxandrah takes a seat near Roelon.)

Ilvane leans on Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah is smelling Roelon.

You say, "So..."

Tjaran says, "Marvelous."

Roelon is smelling himself.

Tjaran offers Vonka a blue crystal.

Roelon smirks.

(Iscikella stares at the statue.)

Alyxandrah begins chuckling at Roelon.

Ilvane is smelling Roelon.

Alyxandrah laughs!

Ilvane giggles.

Alyxandrah says, "No more fish, very good."

You say, "They still demanding the staff."

Vonka accepts Tjaran's blue crystal.

Zacciwie says, "Yes, use all my body parts. It'll be the best ever" Roelon nods to Alyxandrah.

You sit down.

Roelon says, "Demand all they want."

Roelon starts chortling.

Achillea squints at Zacciwie.

Sheka says, "I'd like to see your face melting again."

Sheka nods to you.

(Ilvane wanders off then comes back with two large sticks for the arms)

Sheka grins coldly, her eyes reflecting no emotion.

You say, "But odd thing is Gavrail said was "too late"."

(Vonka puts the crystals into the head of the snowwoman as eyes.)

Tjaran asks, "Too late?"

You glance at Sheka.

Tjaran turns to face you.

Vonka grins at Ilvane.

Ilvane grins at Vonka.

You say, "Ye like pain so much, ye can enjoy that pastime of the liches, Sheka."

Vonka just went west.

Ilvane says, "Now we need buttons."

You say, "I'm sure they would happily oblige."

Vonka just arrived.

Sheka smirks.

Ilvane asks, "Buttons Vonka?"

Sheka says, "I think my Queen has other plans for me."

(Vonka returns with a large carrot, which she sticks into the head for a nose.)

Skyfawn asks, "wonder what they meant too late?"

Ilvane beams happily at Vonka!

Ilvane giggles.

Vonka giggles.

Vonka just hugged Ilvane.

You say, "She said the staff was taking on a life of its own."

Ilvane just hugged Vonka.

You say, "And was too late to try and get it now."

Achillea stretches.

You shrug.

Roelon ponders.

Roelon says, "Perhaps.."

Roelon nods to you.

Roelon grins.

Zacciwie says, "Excuses excuses"

Skyfawn asks, "you think maybe the staff is wondering back here then?"

Vonka grins.

Skyfawn says, "on it's own"

Roelon says, "It did seem like it was..trying to say something."

Roelon ponders.

You say, "I don't know. But Gavrail was... leery of it."

Vonka giggles.

You say, "and that's putting it politely."

You say, "I would frankly say scared of it."

Sheka says, "they did say they'd go get it themselves."

Sheka nods to Skyfawn.

You say, "But they never do."

You shake your head.

Skyfawn rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Roelon says, "Ah can't wait to see them try."

Roelon starts chortling.

You say, "Been saying that forever."

Skyfawn nods.

Vonka says, "I dun' t'ink dey kin."

You nod to Vonka.

You say, "I think ye're right, Vonka."

Zacciwie snickers.

You say, "Now, if we only knew why."



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