Foul Thrall
Niiman, day 31 of the month Lormesta in the year 5102

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

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

[Icemule Trace, South Road]
Several groups of adventurers jostle past you on their way through the South Gate. The sounds of laughter from the west remind you of the inns and taverns back home. You notice that the lowest part of the walls are darker stone than the top, a sign that this fortification had been raised at some point in the past. You also see the Kadesha disk and an old beer barrel.
Also here: High Lady Kadesha, Kalidus
Obvious paths: north, east, west.

You peer quizzically at a lost penguin chick.

Kadesha asks, "do me favor?"

Kadesha leans on you.

You say, "Sure"

Kadesha says, "tell Elymir if he dare defile Lorminstra's temple while we there, I am jes gonna be so mad I will kick him into next week"

Kadesha nods to you.
Kadesha nods to you.
Kadesha nods to you.

You grin at Kadesha.

Kadesha snickers.

Coldness eddies around within you, still trying to consume the last spark of warmth.

You blink.

A lost penguin chick waddles west.

You say, "Wait"

You shiver.

You exclaim, "You will not have me!"

Kadesha yells, "No, you wont have her!"

Kadesha grits her teeth.

Kadesha says, "we best hurry"

Kadesha nods to you.

A howling wind blows past you, resembling a faint laughter.

You scowl.

Kadesha removes an ebony Lorminstra staff from in her white backpack.

Kadesha yells, "ya wanna staff eh?"

Kadesha raises her Lorminstra staff skyward!

You say, "Kadesha"

You say, "I would like to pray first please"

Kadesha nods to you.

High Lady Kadesha's group just went north.

[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.
Also in the room: High Lady Kadesha
Obvious exits: southwest, up.

A voice returns to your mind, "It is only time, my thrall, when you will be completely mine to control. And then I will have the staff."

You remove a porcelain Lumnis statue from in your black pouch.

You exclaim, "You will not control me!"

You kneel down.

You reach out and touch a grey altar.

Tianni just arrived.

Tianni fidgets.

You close your eyes for a moment.

Kadesha tightens her grip on her pure potion.

Kadesha paces back and forth.
Kadesha paces back and forth.

Kadesha gnashes her teeth in frustration!

(Aranrhod murmers prayers softly)

Ralkir just touched a grey altar.

You stand back up.

Ralkir kneels down and begins to recite prayers.

You hug Tianni.

Kadesha places her hand on her Lorminstra symbol.

Tianni hugs you.

Kadesha just hugged Tianni.

Tianni just hugged Kadesha.

You say, "Lumnis watches"

You tilt your head up.

Ralkir stands up.

Kadesha asks, "does she give ye a sign?"

You hear a dark, chilling cackle of laughter nearby.

Kadesha peers quizzically at you.

Kadesha snarls menacingly!

(Aranrhod glances around)

You say, "I feel her inside of me"

Kadesha says, "dat nots sound likes Lumnis"

You place a hand over your heart.

You kneel down.

You close your eyes for a moment.

Ralkir just touched the north wall.

Ralkir turns an ear towards the north wall.

Ralkir kneels down and begins to meditate.

Kadesha gazes thoughtfully at the north wall.

You say, "Protect this town from the ones that seek to do it harm"

Kadesha says, "dear Lumnis, I pray ye guard yer own children"

You place your hand on your Lumnis statue.

Kadesha closes her eyes for a moment.

Ralkir continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Kadesha kneels down and begins to recite prayers.

Ralkir says, "i hope not to sound really stupid but....."

Kadesha peers quizzically at Ralkir.

Ralkir says, "i found a place while hunting that 'even a lich would turn its nose up at"

The warmth struggles to survive, assaulted on all sides from the coldness within you.

Ralkir blushes a lovely shade of bright pink.

You shiver.

Kadesha says, "cannae imagine such a place"

(Aranrhod continues with her prayers)

Ralkir says, "i found one tho'"

Tianni says, "If a lich will not turn away from a temple, there is no place it will turn away from."

Kadesha asks, "where? what?"

Ralkir says, "it was in the rats nest"

Ralkir blushes a lovely shade of bright pink.

Tianni asks, "What's there?"

Kadesha says, "somehow I don think rats would bug a lich much"

Ralkir says, "a place that a lich would turn it's nose up at"

You tilt your Lumnis statue side to side, making the light play off it.

Kadesha says, "they have different taste then we do"

You say, "She is still with me"

You nod.

Kadesha offers you a pure potion. Enter ACCEPT to accept the offer or DECLINE to decline it. The offer will expire in 30 seconds.

Kadesha says, "take, please"

Tianni asks, "What's in the rat's nest that would make a lich turn its nose up?"

Ralkir says, "and the room adjoining has a peice of paper that had a scrawled leaf on it"

You accept Kadesha's offer and are now holding a pure potion.

You ask, "What should I do with this?"

Ralkir says, "a something beginning with h leaf"

Ralkir grins.

Kadesha says, "well, if ye see another seemin in the peril ye was in an able, pour in em"

Kadesha says, "I have one ta pour in ye"

Kadesha says, "should ye die"

You nod to Kadesha.

You say, "So hold onto it for now..."

Ralkir shrugs.

Kadesha says, "I have several, wish to tell people of my idea an pass them out where most likely needed"

Ralkir nods to Tianni.

A voice rises up again in your head, this time your lips move beyond your control. You say, "It is almost done, complete thralldom will consume her. And then she shall be mine to control!"

Ralkir gasps.

Kadesha snarls menacingly!

You exclaim, "No!"

You hear a dark, chilling cackle of laughter nearby.

Tianni narrows her eyes.

Kadesha says, "Elymir, yer power does not exceed that of Liabo"

Ralkir asks, "how goes the search for the vessel's?"

Kadesha says, "you masters power does not exceed that of Liabo"

Kadesha mutters something about stupid-lich.

Tianni asks, "Who are you?"

Tianni peers quizzically at you.

You say, "I am Aranrhod"

You smile at Tianni.

Tianni folds her arms over her chest.

You say, "Follower of Lumnis"

You nod to Tianni.

You exclaim, "Not a puppet!"

Tianni asks, "Just like I was not a puppet?"

Ralkir says, "my prayers go with ye all"

Ralkir bows.

You sigh softly.

You rub Tianni.

Ralkir just went southwest.

Tianni takes a few steps back.

You say, "Tell Nekales"

Tianni asks, "Tell him what?"

You say, "That it is not safe for me to protect you for now"

Tianni says, "It's not my place to tell him this."

You say, "Then I will"

Tianni slowly paces to her left, moving in a circle around you.

Tianni says, "Tell me who is in you then."

(Aranrhod turns back to the grey altar)

Tianni asks, "Elymir?"

You say, "I do not know Tianni"

You say, "Lumnis is within"

Kadesha asks, "Tianni do ye nae know what happened to Aran last eve?"

Tianni says, "I know what happened to her. I want to know who's in her."

Kadesha says, "Elymir has seized her but she fights"

You say, "She will guide me"

Kadesha says, "was him last night"

You reach out and touch a grey altar.

Tianni asks, "So he now owns two bodies?"

Tianni asks, "Iscikella and Aranrhod?"

Kadesha says, "I ain sure that the possessions are the same but he certainly has access somehow"

Kadesha says, "it almost seems"

Kadesha says, "that what he has done to her is even worse then possessions have been"

Kadesha's face turns slightly pale.

Kadesha says, "but he picked bout the strongest hearted elf I know of ta mess with"

You say, "Tianni...if your's came over to me...then I protected you better than I ever thought I could"

Tianni smiles quietly to herself.

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

Kadesha asks, "hey. notice how no dwarves were possessed?"

Lord Nekales just arrived.

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

Iscikella says, "Evening."

You say, "Something is here"

Kadesha just hugged Iscikella.

Iscikella blinks.

Nekales frowns.

Iscikella asks, "Is?"

Nekales says, "seems to like the temple"

Kadesha removes a pure potion from in her white backpack.

You say, "Was...is"

You say, "I...do not know"

Kadesha says, "was started at south gate"

You hear a dark, chilling cackle of laughter nearby.

Nekales clasps Tianni's hand tenderly.

You say, "Nekales"

Iscikella shivers.

Kadesha says, "Iscikella"

(Aranrhod glances around)

Nekales just tried to pull Tianni towards him!

Iscikella says, "Still here apparently."

Kadesha says, "take this please"

Nekales just kissed Tianni.

Tianni just kissed Nekales.

Iscikella asks, "Take what?"

Nekales smiles at you.

Iscikella cocks her head at Kadesha.

Kadesha says, "pour into any if they fall an a lich seeks ta do as was done her"

Kadesha offers Iscikella a pure potion.
Iscikella accepts Kadesha's pure potion.

You say, "I cannot be Tianni's protector for now"

Nekales says, "sorry for my rash words last night aran... i was distraught"

Iscikella put a pure potion in her white leather satchel.

Lord Dregaus just arrived.

Nekales nods to you.

Dregaus kneels down and begins to meditate.

Lord Sothog just arrived.

Sothog bows.

Sothog sits down.

You say, "She is in danger around me I think..."

Nekales says, "i will protect her, tis my place anyway"

Iscikella tilts her head up.

You nod to Nekales.

Kadesha says, "'from some history of the human empire, an a manner in which monks of Voln combatted somethin the horned cabal did"

Dregaus asks, "where's tha candle?"

Nekales says, "i should not have asked you"

Nekales frowns.

Kadesha says, "it may work, I don know"

You put a pure potion in your hooded cloak.

Ilvane just arrived.

You say, "No..."

Nekales says, "it was beyond you as much as it is me for now"

***ADDITIONAL NOTE**
At this point, Iscikella alone felt and heard:

A chill wind brushes against your cheek almost caressingly as a voice within your mind certainly intones, "She will be my thrall, and you will find you can do nothing but bear witness as she pays dearly for your own refusal to submit to me."
***END NOTE***

You rub Nekales.

Sothog nods to Ilvane.

Iscikella yells, "Who is here?"

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
At this point, all others in the room except Aranrhod saw:

A misty image forms over Aranrhod's face, distorting her features, making them appear sunken, the flesh blackening with decay as it stretches gauntly over her bones. She stares at you with hollow, empty eyes.
***END NOTE***

Nekales glances at Tianni.

Ilvane gasps.

Sothog smiles.

Kadesha's face turns slightly pale.

Tianni takes a few steps back.

Ilvane glances at you.

Dregaus says, "he disturbed my prayers before"

You remove a snow white beeswax candle from in your hooded cloak.

Dregaus snarls menacingly!

You ask, "What?"

Iscikella gasps.

You blink.

Sothog chuckles.

Ilvane asks, "Aranhrod?"

Iscikella exclaims, "Aran!"

Dregaus says, "Not too long ago, in fact"

Iscikella exclaims, "Yer face!"

Nekales says, "oh no"

Ilvane says, "Your eyes."

Sothog says, "So, the old one reveals himself."

Ilvane just tried to pull you towards her!

Iscikella says, "It's all... sunken."

Sothog stands up.

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

You blink.

A wave of power flows out of Kadesha and toward Aranrhod who is surrounded by a soft white light.

Sothog peers quizzically at you.

Nekales moves to stand in front of Tianni.

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Dregaus searches around for a moment.

Sothog says, "Hm."

Ilvane frowns.

Ilvane asks, "What is it doing to you?"

Ilvane sighs softly.

Dregaus frowns.

Dregaus searches around for a moment.

You say, "Lumnis will protect me"

Iscikella says, "Seems to be in her..."

A wave of power flows out of Aranrhod and towards Kadesha, knocking her back against the wall!

(Aranrhod carefully sets her candle down)

Iscikella says, "Projecting over..."

You carefully place your beeswax candle on the ground.

Ilvane gasps.

Sothog squints at you.

Iscikella says, "Like a mist over."

You light the beeswax candle, which flickers and begins to burn.

Nekales blinks.

Kadesha snarls menacingly!

You blink.

You ask, "What?"

Dregaus continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Dregaus sings:
"My lord Kai
Do I come for strength
In the time of need
The need is great
But not for my own
But for all those around
That we might not be taken,
That we might not fall."

Ilvane asks, "What did you do that for?"

Sothog says, "If you have anything to say, creature, get to the point."

You ask, "Who?"

Ilvane says, "It just wants to prove it is a bully."

Iscikella says, "I don't think that's a good idea."

Nekales glances at you.

Ilvane says, "That is all."

Nekales frowns.

Iscikella glances at Sothog.

Sothog says, "Perhaps."

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

Kadesha stands up.

Sothog glances at you.

(Kadesha brushes herself off)

You rub Kadesha.

Kadesha paces back and forth.

You place your hand on your Lumnis statue.

Kadesha traces the lines of her symbol of Voln.

Iscikella glances at Kadesha.

Kadesha gnashes her teeth in frustration!

Ilvane smiles at Kadesha.

You notice a vein pulsing in Dregaus's forehead.

You say, "She will protect me...I have faith"

Kadesha peers quizzically at Iscikella.

Kadesha asks, "what?"

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

A wave of power flows out of Kadesha and toward Aranrhod who is surrounded by a soft white light.


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

***TECHNICAL NOTE***
Picks up immediately after the previous log...
***END NOTE***

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

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

You tilt your head up.

Dregaus gasps.

Sothog squints at Aranrhod.

(Aranrhod murmers additional prayers softly)

Kadesha tightens her grip on her Lorminstra staff.

Dregaus gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Dregaus gestures at Aranrhod.
There is a fair amount of popping and crackling around Aranrhod but not much else.

A coldness blows through the chamber.

Aranrhod blinks.

Ilvane shivers.

You cock your head at Dregaus.

Sothog mutters under his breath.

Kadesha shivers.

Tianni trembles as if a cold chill just ran up her spine.

Dregaus says, "It's getting cold"

Aranrhod glances at Tianni.

(Ilvane pulls her cloak around her)

Sothog nods to Dregaus.

Aranrhod wraps her hooded cloak tightly around herself, as if to keep out the cold.

(Sothog wraps his cloak closer around him.)

You cover your ears.

Aranrhod says, "Just the wind..."

Tianni just touched a small onyx serpent talisman.

Kadesha trembles with rage.

A snow white beeswax candle burns with a warm golden light.

You exclaim, "That noise!"

Dregaus nods.

Sothog glances at you.

Nekales glances at Tianni.

Dregaus says, "just the wind"

Sothog says, "I hear nothing."

You stare at Aranrhod.

Kadesha asks, "what noise?"

Dregaus asks, "what do you hear?"

Aranrhod says, "Nor I..."

Aranrhod blinks at you.

You say, "Popping, crackling."

You say, "All around her."

You point at Aranrhod.

Dregaus smiles.

Kadesha says, "that was Dregaus tryin ta send spirit"

Nekales asks, "you ok tianni?"

Ilvane trembles as if a cold chill just ran up her spine.

Aranrhod says, "I think someone casted at me"

Tianni says, "I am not sure."

A snow white beeswax candle burns with a warm golden light.

Sothog shudders.

You shiver.

Ilvane gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Dregaus says, "I was trying to offer her some of mine in order to aid her own. It's apparent I am unable to help in that concern. It's beyond my power."

A laughter bubbles up from deep within the reaches of your mind, seemingly rising into the air.

You tilt your head up.

Kadesha says, "tis jes what happens with well of life cast wehn one has full spirit"

Aranrhod says, "I am not magical"

Aranrhod smiles at Dregaus.

Nekales asks, "try not to touch that foul talisman love, ok?"

Kadesha blinks at Ilvane.

Black energy snakes along the ground around Aranrhod.

You gasp.

Sothog squints.

Kadesha exclaims, "No!"

Nekales glances at Aranrhod.

Aranrhod stands up.

(Iscikella points at the energy.)

Kadesha gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Kadesha gestures at Aranrhod.
Nothing happens

(Iscikella steps back a pace from the snaking energy.)

(Ilvane steps back from the energy, whimpering softly)

You exclaim, "Watch yerselves!"

Dregaus asks, "what is it?"

A snow white beeswax candle burns with a warm golden light.

(Aranrhod glances around her feet)

Tianni asks, "Tell me Aran, one night on my way to bed, I saw Vonka here. And she stated that "they were waiting" for me. Do you know why?"

Kadesha checks her footing.

Nekales takes a few steps back.

Ilvane exclaims, "Leave her alone!"

You say, "Elymir likely."

You shudder.

Dregaus says, "I see nothing"

You exclaim, "Blasted lich!"

Dregaus gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Aranrhod says, "No..."

The energy moves with Aranrhod, and seems to be coming out of her.

You say, "Energy tendrils..."

You blink.

Dregaus says, "no.."

Aranrhod blinks.

You exclaim, "Aran, they are inside ye!"

Kadesha stares at Aranrhod.

You gawk at Aranrhod.

Aranrhod kneels down.

Dregaus continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Aranrhod just touched a grey altar.

Ilvane reaches out and holds Aranrhod's hand.

(Kadesha stands back a few paces)

Kadesha gazes at Aranrhod with a look of utter sorrow in her eyes.

Ilvane says, "Be strong, it can't hurt you."

Sothog says, "It seems we have their attention."

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

A bolt of energy leaps off Aranrhod's skin, and strikes Ilvane.

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

Ilvane gasps.

You gasp.

A wave of power flows out of Kadesha and toward Aranrhod who is surrounded by a soft white light.
A wave of power flows out of Kadesha and toward Aranrhod who is surrounded by a soft white light.

Aranrhod blinks.

Sothog glances at Ilvane.

You exclaim, "Ilvane!"

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

You ask, "Are ye hurt?"

Tianni says, "Sure it can hurt her, and it shall."

A pained expression crosses Ilvane's face.

Aranrhod exclaims, "Ilvane!"

Nekales peers quizzically at Tianni.

Dregaus exclaims, "This is a place of sanctuary! Let none foul it's good!"

Sothog coughs.

Ilvane says, "You don't scare me with your petty nonsense."

You meditate over Ilvane.
Ilvane's head damage is transferred to you.

(Ilvane glances beyond Aranhrod)

Tianni glances at Ilvane.

You meditate over Ilvane.
Ilvane's left hand damage is transferred to you.

You concentrate on the Head Repair spell...
You concentrate.
Your head feels better.

You weep softly, quiet tears falling from your eyes.

Kadesha just touched Aranrhod.

Kadesha lifts her Lorminstra symbol reverently to her lips, and its image of a golden key on a field of black pulses for a moment with a pale glow.

You concentrate on the Head Repair spell...
You concentrate.
Your head feels better.

Kadesha just touched Aranrhod.

You concentrate on the Head Scar Repair spell...
You concentrate.
Your head feels better.

(Aranrhod tries to continue calmly with her prayers)

Ilvane taps the tip of her oak staff on the ground.

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

Nekales sighs softly.

(Iscikella watches Aranrhod closely.)

You concentrate on the Head Scar Repair spell...
You concentrate.
Your head feels better.

(Dregaus warms his hands over the candle.)

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

Sothog says, "Well..."

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

Sothog glances at Aranrhod.

(Ilvane stands close to Aranhrod, unflinching)

You glance at Sothog.

Aranrhod says, "Help guide this town..."

Aranrhod's skin crackles as black energy snakes along the flesh.

You gasp.

Ilvane says, "You underestimate the power of friendship, and faith."

You exclaim, "Yer skin!"

Kadesha's face turns slightly pale.

Aranrhod winces.

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Nekales shakes his head.

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

Dregaus smiles.

(Aranrhod touches her arm)

(Iscikella tries to use empathic touch on aran, but feels the skin crackle under her hand.)

(Iscikella jumps back.)

You say, "It's..."

Aranrhod blinks.

You feel the blood drain from your face.

Sothog asks, "Cold?"

Sothog glances at you.

Ilvane says, "Dark.."

Dregaus asks, "Hairy?"

Dregaus ducks his head.

You glance at Dregaus.

Ilvane gives Dregaus a good pinch!

Nekales clenches his jaw.

Dregaus grins.

You say, "It's like cold electricity."

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

(Iscikella glances at her tingling hands.)

Dregaus frowns.

Nekales asks, "Aran, is it talking to you at all?"

Aranrhod says, "Lumnis is with us"

Tianni slowly paces to her left, moving in a circle around Aranrhod.

Dregaus asks, "You mean she's not just casting a spell?"

Aranrhod says, "No"

Nekales nods.

Aranrhod says, "Thralldom, so blissful."

Ilvane blinks.

You cock your head at Aranrhod.

You ask, "Aran?"

You blink at Aranrhod.

Sothog says, "Blissful, my arse."

Ilvane asks, "Thralldom?"

Nekales asks, "eh?"

A snow white beeswax candle burns with a warm golden light.

Aranrhod asks, "What?"

Aranrhod blinks.

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Dregaus asks, "is that a city?"

Sothog removes a white flask from in his veniom-threaded cloak.

You ask, "Why did ye say that?"

You blink at Aranrhod.

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Sothog shakes his head.

You feel the blood drain from your face.

Sothog put a white flask in his veniom-threaded cloak.

Aranrhod asks, "What did I say?"

Kadesha says, "no Dregaus, tis a state of bein controlled"

Aranrhod looks rather confused.

Dregaus blinks.

Dregaus shudders.

Dregaus exclaims, "stop that!"

Aranrhod says, "I said"

Ilvane says, "Thralldom, how blissful..is what you said."

You say, "That thralldom was blissful."

Aranrhod says, "Lumnis is with us"

Aranrhod blinks at you.

Dregaus blinks.

Sothog removes a black feystone coffin flask from in his veniom-threaded cloak.

Dregaus says, "that's not what came out."

You look at Aranrhod and shake your head.

You say, "That's not what came out."

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

Sothog says, "Didn't think this would ever work for anything, but..."

(Tianni strides behind Aranrhod and whispers into her ear, "Do you like being a slave to evil?")

Ilvane glances at Tianni.

Aranrhod blinks at Tianni.

(Sothog uncorks a feystone coffin flask.)

Dregaus frowns.

Kadesha stares at Tianni.

Ilvane squints at Tianni.

You blink at Tianni.

Aranrhod asks, "Tianni?"

Kadesha blinks.

Nekales frowns.

Tianni asks, "Is this what you desire for your existence?"

Aranrhod nods unsteadily to Tianni.

(Sothog waves a feystone coffin flask under Aranrhod's nose.)

Ilvane says, "You are not a slave to anyone, Aranrhod."

Sothog exclaims, "Snap out of it!"

Aranrhod sniffs.

You belt out, "Who is here? Speak yer own words and leave her mouth to her!"

Kadesha exclaims, "Tianni!"

You raise your fist in a display of defiance.

Ilvane says, "Don't you let them make you think you are."

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

You hear a dark, chilling cackle of laughter nearby.

Sothog sniffs at his feystone coffin flask.

Dregaus growls ferociously!

Sothog winces.

Aranrhod says, "They will never"

Dregaus says, "I know you."

Sothog says, "Ugh."

Aranrhod nods to Ilvane.

Ilvane says, "You are your own essence..keep strong.."

(Sothog recorks a feystone coffin flask.)

Dregaus says, "step out"

Dregaus searches around for a moment.

You exclaim, "Lich! Speak for yerself and let her be!"

Sothog put a black feystone coffin flask in his veniom-threaded cloak.

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Dregaus searches around for a moment.

You glare.

Sothog gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Sothog gestures.
Sothog appears to be keenly aware of his surroundings.
Sothog searches around for a moment.

Dregaus exclaims, "I shall find you!"

Dregaus searches around for a moment.
Aranrhod searches around for a moment.

Sothog says, "Hello, Kahlthnor."

Aranrhod searches around for a moment.

Someone hisses in the shadows.

Sothog chuckles.

Tianni asks, "Being a slave... " She leans down and whispers softly into her ear again. "Is it you Aranrhod?"

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

You say, "Ye cannot "find" them..."

You say, "They..."

Sothog says, "You, and your companion."

Ilvane glares at Tianni.

You tap yourself on the chest.

You say, "Here, in Tianni, in Aran."

Aranrhod says, "I am still myself"

Kadesha says, "Please tell me that ain Tianni"

You say, "Ye cannot "find" them."

Ilvane snaps her fingers at Tianni.

Ilvane says, "Tianni, snap out of it."

Nekales frowns.

Tianni smiles quietly to herself and runs the tips of her fingers over Aranrhod's hair.

Dregaus asks, "Tianni, what are you talking about?"

Kadesha searches around for a moment.

Sothog glances at Tianni.

Kadesha searches around for a moment.

Your jaw drops.

Kadesha searches around for a moment.

Aranrhod asks, "Tianni?"

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

Aranrhod peers quizzically at Tianni.

Sothog sighs.

Tianni asks, "You are on your knees. Is that not the position of a slave?"

Sothog shakes his head.

Kadesha searches around for a moment.

You glance at Tianni.

Dregaus frowns.

Nekales says, "tianni, snap out of it"

Sothog says, "Yes, yes, we've heard all this before."

You say, "Hardly."

Ilvane just tried to pull Tianni towards her!

Aranrhod says, "It is a position of prayer"

Ilvane says, "A servant of Lumnis."

Tianni says, "Kneel before the evil of your Master, child."

You feel the blood drain from your face.

Sothog glances at Tianni.

Aranrhod says, "You should know, Tianni. You'll soon be one of us as well."

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
While all others in the room heard the lich in Aran talk as noted above, Aranrhod alone felt and heard:

Your lips move unbiddingly, "You should know, Tianni. You'll soon be one of us as well."
***END NOTE***

Dregaus exclaims, "Tianni, stop it!"

Sothog mutters under his breath.

Kadesha roars at Tianni!

You ask, "Child?"

Ilvane blinks at Aranrhod.

Aranrhod blinks.

Sothog removes a black feystone coffin flask from in his veniom-threaded cloak.

Nekales growls ferociously!

Nekales exclaims, "she will not!"

Dregaus's jaw drops.

Aranrhod exclaims, "I kneel before the wisdom of my Goddess!"

Dregaus stands up.

(Sothog opens a feystone coffin flask, and waves it under Tianni's nose.)

Nekales exclaims, "tianni is mine!"

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

Dregaus blinks.

You touch Aranrhod.

(Sothog closes a feystone coffin flask.)

Tianni smiles slightly as she leans down and whispers, her breath lightly caressing Aranrhod's cheek, "Am I now already?"

You nod to Aranrhod.

Dregaus asks, "Light, what is going on?"

Sothog put a black feystone coffin flask in his veniom-threaded cloak.

You glance at Tianni.

You hear the voice of Kahlthnor say, "Tianni sees the truth."

You flail your arms about.

You exclaim, "Nae, she doesn't!"

Aranrhod says, "Kneel before us all," and gestures into the air.

You exclaim, "That isn't truth!"

The ground beneath you violently shakes and rumbles causing you to fall down!
Tianni falls to the ground!
Kadesha falls to the ground!
Nekales falls to the ground!
Dregaus falls to the ground!
Sothog falls to the ground!
Aranrhod falls over!

Sothog says, "Bah."

Ilvane exclaims, "Never!"

Nekales growls ferociously!

Ilvane stands up.

Sothog struggles to stand, but fails.
Nekales stands up.

Sothog mutters under his breath.

Ilvane pulls Sothog to his feet.

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

Kadesha gazes heavenward.

Aranrhod sits up.

You shudder.

Kahlthnor stands up.
Aranrhod moves to a kneeling position.
You stand back up.
Tianni moves to a kneeling position.

Nekales says, "kiss a roltons rear for kneelin to ya"

You say, "I don't kneel to liches."

You tilt your head up.

(Nekales spits)

Dregaus stands up.

Aranrhod blinks.

Ilvane says, "The only lord I kneel to is Ronan."

Tianni stands up.

Ilvane points at the south wall.

Sothog says, "The 'truth' of which the Enemy speaks need not come to pass."

Tianni slowly paces to her left, moving in a circle around Aranrhod.

You exclaim, "Tianni, stop!"

Aranrhod says, "It will not come to pass"

You try to pull Tianni towards you.

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

Tianni suddenly stumbles for no apparent reason.

Sothog says, "Only surrendering will make it so. So, resist, and remain yourself."

Aranrhod rubs Tianni gently.

Tianni blinks at Aranrhod.

(Iscikella shivers in frustration.)

Aranrhod nods to Sothog.

Dregaus flails his arms about.

Tianni raises an eyebrow in Aranrhod's direction.

Aranrhod says, "I intend too"

Dregaus asks, "What's going on?"

Sothog says, "You are who you choose to be."

Dregaus exclaims, "no!"

Dregaus moves to stand in front of Aranrhod.

Aranrhod says, "Remain myself...I..."

Sothog nods to Aranrhod.

Tianni says, "Have no choice."

Ilvane nods to Aranrhod.

Tianni cackles insanely, wild-eyed and drooling.

Ilvane says, "You are yourself."

Dregaus asks, "What's going on?"

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

Aranrhod stares at the north wall.

Ilvane just touched Aranrhod.

(Iscikella steps away from Tianni.)

Aranrhod just touched the north wall.

Dregaus blinks.

Dregaus asks, "Sothog, not you too?"

(Iscikella glances from Tianni to Aranrhod and back again.)

Sothog asks, "It seems our visitor is having trouble focusing on both Tianni and Aranrhod at the same time?"

(Iscikella shivers uncontrollably.)

Sothog says, "Nae, not I."

Lady Opalina just arrived.

Nekales asks, "maybe it is stupid?"

Sothog nods to Opalina.

Dregaus nods.

Nekales stares off into space.

Sothog says, "Not likely."

Ilvane grins at Nekales.

Opalina just hugged Ilvane.

Ilvane just hugged Opalina.

Mnar just arrived.

You exclaim, "Opalina! watch out!"

Opalina waves to Sothog.

Ilvane exclaims, "Oh Opalina be careful!"

You say, "One is here... somewhere."

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

You point at Aranrhod.

Opalina says, "I felt em"

You point at Tianni.

Nekales says, "i believe it is, coming to this place of worship as though it holds sway here"

Tianni says, "We shall soon have you all as our thrall, won't we my pet." She glances over at Aranrhod, and lets out a howling laughter.

Opalina nods to you.

Ilvane glowers darkly at Tianni.

Aranrhod exclaims, "No!"

Dregaus growls ferociously!

Ilvane says, "Not a chance."

Aranrhod stands up.

Ilvane shakes her head.

You hear a dark, chilling cackle of laughter nearby.

Dregaus exclaims, "You will not, as long as I stand!"

Sothog says, "That remains to be seen, shade."

Opalina gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Opalina frowns.

Mnar says, "I see I will be needing more deeds."

Mnar bows.

You exclaim, "Go find yerself a lizard or something for a pet!"

Mnar just went southwest.

You flail your arms about.

Opalina just hugged Aranrhod.

Ilvane grins at you.

Aranrhod just hugged Opalina.

A wisp of smoke rises from a snow white beeswax candle as the hot wax drips and splutters.

Nekales says, "get out of my women you half sized sack of rotting guts"

Dregaus says, "The kobolds outside of town would do nicely. You're sure to win their affection."

Aranrhod says, "I only follow my Goddess...no other"

Dregaus sighs.

Dregaus asks, "are they yet gone?"

Aranrhod gazes into the flickering flame of a snow white beeswax candle, lost in thought.

Ilvane nods to Aranrhod.

A snow white beeswax candle burns with a warm golden light.

Kadesha rubs Aranrhod gently.

Mnar just arrived.

Mnar mutters darkly.

(Opalina pulls her cloak around her)

Kadesha sighs.

Sothog says, "Nae..."

Nekales says, "we can hope it's gone but i doubt it"

Mnar says, "Four good wands, apparently isn't enough for a deed in this town."

Dregaus asks, "forever?"

You shake your head.

Opalina says, "I take it they've not found the staff yet"

Sothog says, "I'd say, no."

Opalina mutters good.

Nekales says, "they sell staves in the store, wonder if i could fool them"

Nekales stares off into space.

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

Nekales says, "i can widdle"

Dregaus laughs!

Sothog says, "Now that you've given your plan away, probably not."

Kadesha stands up.

Sothog coughs.

Kadesha leans on her staff.

Mnar says, "Maybe I should try filling the drawer with my own blood. Apparently it's all She'll be satisfied with."

Nekales begins chuckling at Sothog.

You shudder.

Dregaus blinks.

Dregaus says, "eew"

Kadesha glares at Mnar.

Tianni glances at Aranrhod.

You say, "Don't talk of blood."

Aranrhod blinks.

(Iscikella rubs her temples.)

Mnar asks, "Very well. Has anyone seen Strail?"

Ilvane rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Opalina looks over at Mnar and shakes her head.

Dregaus shakes his head.

Aranrhod looks over at Mnar and shakes her head.

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

Mnar asks, "How about Sheka?"

Dregaus sits down.

Sothog asks, "Besides, at one time they claimed they didn't need the staff... and now they do?"

Sothog chuckles.

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Sothog mutters under his breath.

You say, "They always wanted it."

You look at Sothog and shake your head.

Sothog nods to you.

Nekales says, "maybe they need it to contend with each other"

Aranrhod says, "No Mnar...course that is a blessing"

Dregaus asks, "Tianni, you have said nothing, are you ok?"

You say, "Was said they didn't need it to escape the tomb."

You say, "And they didn't."

Sothog says, "Ah."

You ask, "They are out, aren't they?"

You cock your head at Sothog.

Tianni glances at Dregaus.

Opalina says, "exactly "

Opalina says, "was gonna say that Iscikella"

Sothog says, "Forgot that particular detail. Thank you."

Opalina chuckles.

Sothog stares off into space.

You nod to Opalina.

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

Tianni says, "Said nothing? I.. I'm ok, I think I am."

Tianni asks, "Nekales?"

Dregaus rubs Tianni gently.

Nekales slowly empties his lungs.

(Iscikella listens to all about her.)

You glance at Tianni.

Nekales just tried to pull Tianni towards him!

You say, "Ye said enough."

Tianni just hugged Nekales.

Dregaus just touched a black altar.
Dregaus just touched a grey altar.

(Nekales brushes the hair away from her face)

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

You bite your lip.

Opalina says, "I think we are all tired"

Nekales mutters under his breath.

You rub your eyes.

You say, "Has been draining..."

Ilvane nods.

You nod to Opalina.

Opalina nods to you.

Ilvane says, "Has been a long week."

Opalina nods to Ilvane.

Kadesha glances at you.

Mnar asks, "Is there any brandy in this town?"

Kadesha says, "bad choice of words"

You glance at Kadesha.

Kadesha leans on you.

You nod to Mnar.

Mnar asks, "Real brandy?"

Kadesha says, "draining, to say the least"

You say, "At the Library of the Gaming Hall."

Kadesha rubs you gently.

Tianni asks, "Aran?"

Aranrhod asks, "Yes?"

You rub your eyes.

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

Tianni looks rather confused.

Mnar says, "Library, Gaming Hall, excellent."

Sothog says, "This, indeed will be the toughest part of this trial. These liches, luckily, seem to need at least some rest..."

Mnar bows.

Tianni asks, "Are you ok?"

Mnar just went southwest.

Ilvane kneels down.

Ilvane just touched a snow white beeswax candle.

You say, "Not very often."

You say, "Not anymore."

Aranrhod says, "I..."

Ilvane gazes into the flickering flame of a snow white beeswax candle, lost in thought.

Aranrhod glances at Tianni.

Aranrhod says, "Yes"

Aranrhod nods to Tianni.

Tianni frowns.

(Iscikella holds her arms and shivers.)

Sothog says, "Now that they are free to take energy from those around them, true."

Sothog mutters under his breath.

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Kadesha asks, "Tianni?"

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

Aranrhod kneels down.

Tianni blinks.

Aranrhod just touched a grey altar.

Tianni asks, "Hmm?"

Kadesha asks, "why did ye say such cruel words to her?"

Tianni asks, "What?"

Mnar just arrived.

You kneel down.

Kadesha says, "I dont mean the essence, I mean, you"

You try to pull Aranrhod towards you.

Mnar takes a drink from his silver moon brandy.

Tianni says, "It was.. It was not me."

Mnar says, "What the"

Ilvane just touched a black altar.

Ilvane continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Kadesha says, "seemed like ye to start"

Mnar asks, "I paid a hundred silvers for a single sip of Brandy?"

You nod to Kadesha.

You say, "Aye, it did."

You glance at Tianni.

Opalina asks, "good brandy?"

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

Mnar says, "No, it was mediocre."

Aranrhod says, "Tianni would not be cruel to me"

Opalina says, "oh"

Tianni asks, "why would I speak cruelly to Aran?"

Opalina says, "never tried it myself"

You say, "That is one of the brandies."

Tianni furrows her brow.

Opalina says, "I love the hot coco in town much better"

Sothog says, "You were being manipulated."

Ilvane says, "It appeared to be yourself, Tianni."

Mnar says, "Pales, I think I'll stick with water."

Kadesha says, "well it was a shock, but was nae even speakin but in action too"

Ilvane says, "I hope you are not feeling pity for those beasts."

You say, "I don't know, Tianni, but ye did."

Opalina asks, "pitty for a soul-lich?"

You glance at Tianni.

Sothog works his fingers under his satin skullcap and scratches his head.

Aranrhod says, "Remember she is a victim also"

Tianni looks rather confused.

Opalina wrinkles her nose.

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

You say, "Not all of it was her essence."

Nekales says, "tianni would not speak such, especially to aran"

You glance at Tianni.

You ask, "Was it, Tianni?"

You stare at Tianni.

Sothog glances at Aranrhod.

Kadesha says, "I nae think it was all the lich neither"

You say, "I think ye begin to pity them."

Sothog glances at Tianni.

Ilvane says, "Me either."

Ilvane nods.

You shake your head at Tianni and cluck your tongue.

Ilvane says, "It looks that way."

Tianni says, "I would not speak cruelly to Aran."

Kadesha sighs.

Ilvane says, "Well, you did."

Ilvane glances at Tianni.

Black energy snakes off Aranrhod, and seeps into the ground, yet the cold in the chamber still persists.

Nekales glances at you.

Tianni's lower lip trembles slightly.

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

Ilvane says, "A little late for that."

Aranrhod says, "Please...I do not blame her at all"

Ilvane blinks at Aranrhod.

Aranrhod blinks.

Sothog asks, "Pitying the Nine?"

You gasp.

Opalina rubs Aranrhod gently.

You stare at Aranrhod.

(Sothog eyes the black energy suspiciously.)

You say, "Aran, it's coming out of ye."

You try to pull Aranrhod towards you.

Tianni says, "I would not speak cruelly to Aran and how DARE you to accuse me."

Mnar says, "I think it's left her for the moment."

Ilvane says, "We heard it with our own ears."

Ilvane nods to Tianni.

(Aranrhod rubs her arms)

You say, "We did."

You hear the voice of Kahlthnor say in Sylvankind, "Ignore them Tianni."

Tianni asks, "Nekales?"

Ilvane says, "As if you were taunting her."

You hear the voice of Kahlthnor say in Sylvankind, "Ye know the true path."

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

You rub Aranrhod.

Opalina exclaims, "please people now is not the time for us to be fighting amoung ourselves!"

You ask, "Are ye warmer?"

Sothog says, "Indeed. What has passed, is past."

Ilvane says, "We aren't fighting..just making her aware of what she did."

(Iscikella tries to rub Aran's arms anxiously.)

Kadesha rubs Aranrhod gently.
Kadesha rubs Aranrhod gently.

Opalina says, "we all need to be united or we are as messed up as the liches are"

Nekales says, "i told her to snap aran out of it, tianni would not have known what thralldom ment, i however do"

You glance at Nekales.

A snow white beeswax candle burns with a warm golden light.

You say, "That was cruel."

Nekales says, "i had hoped it might snap her out of it, or help her fight it"

Nekales waves a hand at you, dismissing you indifferently.

Nekales says, "we help as we can"

Aranrhod says, "Please do not argue"

Nekales says, "aran is my friend"

Tianni turns around.

Tianni weeps softly, quiet tears falling from her eyes.

Aranrhod says, "It only pleases them"

Ilvane says in Elven, "Because we all know that humans are superior to all."

Ilvane gazes heavenward.

Kadesha says, "I hope if I ever need help ya don try an help me"

You kiss Aranrhod on the cheek.

Kadesha stares at Nekales.

Nekales smiles at Kadesha.

Nekales says, "no worries"

You say, "I don't like hearing ye taunted."

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

Sothog asks, "Enough. This issue can be settled at a later time. There are more pressing matters, are there not?"

Mnar scratches his nose.

You try to pull Aranrhod towards you.

You turn to face Tianni.

You say, "Don't pity them."

Kadesha asks, "tauntin an callin her a slave? sayin the same things the lich would say? is help?"

You look at Tianni and shake your head.

Sothog says, "Not is not the time for argument, nor grief."

You say, "That is a trap."

Tianni bends slightly and slaps you up'side your head!

Sothog glances at Tianni.

Tianni exclaims, "Don't scold me. Its not your place!"

Ilvane glances at Tianni.

Tianni just went southwest.

(Iscikella rubs her cheek.)

You say, "Wasn't scolding."

Nekales raises an eyebrow.

Sothog coughs.

Aranrhod's jaw drops.

Sothog says, "Right."

You say, "Was advice."

You hear someone laugh.

Nekales says, "aye, ye were"

Ilvane says, "She is being taken away, like Elendr."

Ilvane stands up.

Kadesha asks, "tauntin an callin her a slave? sayin the same things the lich would say? is help?"

Ilvane paces back and forth.

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

Kadesha stares at Nekales.

Mnar leans back.

Mnar just went southwest.

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Aranrhod says, "Help her"

Sothog asks, "Taken away, hm?"

Ilvane says, "Go help her."

Kadesha sighs.

You hear the voice of Kahlthnor say in Sylvankind, "Ye do know how tempermental we kin be Iscikella."

Ilvane glances at Nekales.

Nekales glances at Kadesha.

Sothog asks, "If the liches can raom for and abroad, why would they need to?"

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Nekales asks, "and Aran owuld not like being called a slave aye? might make her fight it more, no?"

Sothog says, "Unless they need their human host close by, for some reason..."

Kadesha says, "she was fightin it, think friends supportin her helps alot more"

Sothog says, "Or sylvan, or what have you. Pardon the expression."

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

Kadesha mutters something better left unheard.

You sigh softly.

You turn to face Aranrhod.

Sothog nods to Kadesha.

You rub Aranrhod.

You say, "I don't like hearing ye taunted."

You sigh.

Kadesha asks, "kickem when their down? thats help?"

Ilvane fidgets.

Kadesha says, "shes fightin with ever ounce her bein"

Ilvane paces back and forth.

Aranrhod says, "I know Tianni..."

Opalina asks, "any word back on Elendr?"

Aranrhod says, "She would not hurt me on purpose"

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

You look at Opalina and shake your head.

You shudder.

You hear the voice of Kahlthnor ask in Elven, "What bothers ye so ta pace Ilvane?"

Sothog says, "She needs to remain focused... divisiveness won't help."

Nekales leans back.

(Opalina tries to change the subject.)

Ilvane says in Elven, "Just thinking.."

Ilvane says in Elven, "All of my friends..being hurt.."

Kadesha peers quizzically at Ilvane.

You hear someone laugh.

Ilvane says in Elven, "And there is nothing I can do."

You touch Ilvane.

Kadesha thrusts her chest out, angrily folding her arms over it.

Ilvane sighs.

Kadesha says, "can ya speak common dernit"

You hear the voice of Kahlthnor ask in Elven, "Nothing ye kin do, eh?"

Opalina asks, "Did anyone comfirm his travels to the EN?"

Sothog gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Sothog gestures.
Sothog appears to be keenly aware of his surroundings.

Ilvane says, "You have no idea how hard this is.."

Aranrhod sighs softly.

You hear the voice of Kahlthnor say in Elven, "Ignore the dwarf."

Sothog searches around for a moment.

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

Sothog mutters under his breath.

Someone hisses from the shadows behind Sothog.

Nekales says, "tianni is blameless, and needs no scolding from any of you, if you wish to blame anyone blame me, for i care not what you think about my methods to help my friend, if it angered Aran enough to stay focused and let it, then it was well worth it wether you all believe it or not"

Sothog chuckles.

Kadesha says, "I think Aran is plenty angry already"

Ilvane says, "To watch each of your friends be taken in..the life sucked out of them..thier spirits tainted and weakened..even when they fight."

Nekales glances at Kadesha.

You hear the voice of Kahlthnor ask in Sylvankind, "Where be Tianni, Iscikella?"

Kadesha says, "all that created was needless misunderstanbdin an added hurt"

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

The cold persists within you, filling the hollowness with its icy tendrils.
***END NOTE***

Aranrhod shivers.

Nekales says, "she calm and focused to me"

Aranrhod places her hand on her Lumnis statue.

A snow white beeswax candle burns with a warm golden light.

Sothog says, "Aye, could have been more damaging in the long run."

You say in Sylvankind, "I don't know, Kahlthnor."

Sothog says, "Only time will tell, now."

You hear the sound of someone mumbling underneath their breath.

Aranrhod exclaims, "You will not have me!"

You hear the voice of Kahlthnor say in Sylvankind, "Ye have the magic ta locate her."

You try to pull Aranrhod towards you.

Kadesha says, "last thing any needs right now is ta feel betrayal by their friends"

Opalina rubs Aranrhod gently.

You say, "Ye allright."

Kadesha stares at Nekales.

Aranrhod says, "Cold"

Nekales smiles at Kadesha.

Opalina whispers, "so does that make Aran the 9th? or 10th."

Ilvane asks, "Did the elf help at all last evening?"

Aranrhod says, "I felt cold"

You say in Sylvankind, "I will nae do that without her husband's permission."

Ilvane peers quizzically at Aranrhod.

A snow white beeswax candle burns with a warm golden light.

You hear someone mutter something under his breath.

Kadesha sighs.

You whisper quietly to Opalina, "10th, but I don't think is that simple. They are... punishing. And her possession is not exactly the same."

Opalina whispers, "or something different entirely?"

Sothog glances at Ilvane.

Ilvane blinks.

Opalina whispers, "gotcha"

You cock your head at Ilvane.

Ilvane shakes her head.

Ilvane covers her ears.

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

You ask, "What elf?"

Ilvane says, "I let her borrow my stuffed elf that my mother gave me, to help her sleep."

You shudder.

Kadesha asks, "ye mean the acolyte?"

Kadesha says, "ohh, that elf"

Aranrhod nods.

Kadesha chuckles.

You say, "Ah..."

You notice Kahlthnor try to tiptoe silently by you.

Aranrhod just opened a tightly woven spidersilk sack.

You smile at Ilvane.

Kadesha points at Kahlthnor, ruining his hiding place.

Aranrhod removes a patchwork orange toy elf from in her spidersilk sack.

Kahlthnor glances at Kadesha.

Kahlthnor looks around for a moment before sighing disappointedly.

Ilvane says, "Always helped me."

Aranrhod says, "It did Ilvane"

Kahlthnor looks around for a moment before sighing disappointedly.

Aranrhod offers Ilvane a patchwork orange toy elf.
Ilvane accepts Aranrhod's orange toy elf.

Aranrhod says, "Thank you"

Ilvane gives her orange toy elf a warm hug.

Kahlthnor scowls at Kadesha.

Aranrhod just closed a tightly woven spidersilk sack.

Ilvane says, "Of course, I didn't sleep a wink last night."

Ilvane blushes a delicate shade of pink.

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

You hear the voice of Kahlthnor say, "Point again dwarf and I'll take yer finger off."

Opalina whispers, "has there always been a stone in the bench of TC?"

Kadesha says, "laugh"

Sothog smirks.

Kadesha says, "now that was funny"

You nod to Opalina.

Kadesha put an ebony Lorminstra staff in her hooded robe.

A snow white beeswax candle burns with a warm golden light.

Kadesha searches around for a moment.

Opalina whispers, "okie"

Kadesha searches around for a moment.
Kadesha points at Kahlthnor, ruining his hiding place.

Kahlthnor looks around for a moment before sighing disappointedly.

Kahlthnor glances at Kadesha.

Dregaus just left.

Ilvane searches around for a moment.

Nekales nods to Ilvane.

Ilvane points at Kahlthnor, ruining his hiding place.

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Kahlthnor squints.

Kahlthnor kneels down.

Kadesha begins chuckling at Ilvane.

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

Ilvane hums distractedly to herself.

Opalina says, "Im gonna go walk around a bit becareful folks"

Lady Opalina just went southwest.

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

You hear the voice of Kahlthnor say in Sylvankind, "Ye should warn them what an angry sylph kin do."

Aranrhod just touched a grey altar.

Ilvane says, "Perhaps Koar, he could help.."

(Kadesha waits, holding out her finger)

Kadesha taps her foot impatiently.

You ask in Sylvankind, "Me?"

You glance at Kadesha.

You hear the voice of Kahlthnor say in Sylvankind, "Yer the only other one here."

Sothog says, "Wouldn't hurt to ask."

Ilvane says, "I'll be right back."

Ilvane smiles.

Lady Ilvane just went up.

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

A wisp of smoke rises from a snow white beeswax candle as the hot wax drips and splutters.

Lord Sothog just went up.

Aranrhod sighs.

(Aranrhod continues with her prayers)

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

You notice Kahlthnor slip out of hiding.

Lord Joter just arrived.

Joter kneels down.

Kadesha just hugged Joter.

Joter just hugged Kadesha.

Kahlthnor stands up.

Mnar just arrived.

You hear someone yawn.

You notice Kahlthnor try to tiptoe silently away.

Joter just touched a grey altar.

Joter just touched the north wall.

Mnar searches around for a moment.

A wisp of smoke rises from a snow white beeswax candle as the hot wax drips and splutters.

(Joter reaches toward the candle.)

Joter continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Tianni just arrived.

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

Mnar frowns.

Kadesha says, "Tianni I apoogize, appearantly the intent was good tho the method wretched, an since wa nekales idea hes the idiot"

Nekales smirks.

Nekales says, "so glad you care kadesha"

A wisp of smoke rises from a snow white beeswax candle as the hot wax drips and splutters.

Tianni's lower lip trembles slightly.

You sigh.

Aranrhod says, "Please..."

You say, "I just want Aran to be allright."

Joter says, "One thing I can say about Kadesha. She is very open minded."

Joter ducks his head.

Kadesha says, "ye didn see what i angry at Joter"

Joter says, "Just kidding"

Nekales says, "we ALL do, my method may not have been the smartest, but tianni obeys my ever word, twas not her fault i made a bad choice"

Tianni says, "Did you? Did Aran succumb to the evil? No."

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

Kadesha asks, "sad that, what kinda mate are ye?"

Lady Ilvane's group just arrived.

Ilvane sits down.
Sothog sits down.

Nekales says, "she may not have had i not asked that of you either though, they are right, but we learn from our mistakes"

A small draft catches the flame of a snow white beeswax candle, and it crackles with black energy.


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

***TECHNICAL NOTE***
Begins a short time after the previous log...
***END NOTE***

[Icemule Trace, North Road]
The cobblestone street is slick in some places, covered in frozen puddles. The glacier looms much closer now and actually seems to have spread over the town to either side. The citizens have taken this in stride and have carved buildings from the ice to live and work in.
Obvious paths: north, south, east.

You rub a glassy black mica amulet.
Feels smooth!
You become invisible.

A voice rises up in your inner thoughts, "Trying to hide from your friends?"

You exclaim, "No!"

The voice rises up from the snow this time, "Perhaps they're wanting to escape them, and join us afterall."

You exclaim, "Never!"

"Then why do you hide from them?", says the voice in the snow.

You say, "I..."

You say, "Just needed to think"

You become visible again.

"Think... you mean get away...", says the voice in the snow.

You exclaim, "I mean think!"

You exclaim, "You are not showing yourself!"

"I know what you think, I know what you feel. You feel crowded, and alone at the same time.", says the voice in the snow.

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


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

***TECHNICAL NOTE***
Picks up immediately after previous log...
***END NOTE***

[Icemule Trace, North Road]
The cobblestone street is slick in some places, covered in frozen puddles. The glacier looms much closer now and actually seems to have spread over the town to either side. The citizens have taken this in stride and have carved buildings from the ice to live and work in.
Also here: Aranrhod
Obvious paths: north, south, east.

You sigh.

You say, "I don't understand."

(Iscikella rubs her temples)

You say, "I truly don't."

(Iscikella rubs her temples.)

Aranrhod says, "Do not use your tricks on me"

You cock your head at Aranrhod.

You ask, "Tricks?"

You peer quizzically at Aranrhod.

Aranrhod says, "We are not alone Iscikella"

You blink.

You ask, "Does it pursue ye then?"

You feel the blood drain from your face.

You say, "Wrong question."

You tap yourself on the chest.

You say, "Inside"

(Iscikella nods dejectedly.)

Aranrhod says, "Is coming from the snow"

You say, "I know."

Aranrhod searches around for a moment.

You look at Aranrhod and shake your head.

You say, "No it isn't."

You say, "That's the trick."

Aranrhod blinks at you.

(Iscikella taps Aran's chest.)

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

You say, "It's there."

You nod.

"No, she's right.", says the voice in the snow.

Kadesha says, "lemme get away from those foul things"

You say, "Unfortunately, aye."

Kadesha says, "an back to these foul things"

Kadesha grumbles.

You say, "I am right."

You sigh.

You ask, "So ye explained to me didn't ye, Elymir?"

Kadesha rubs Aranrhod gently.

"You never can be too sure where we are, we could be over there...", says the voice in the snow.

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

"Or in here", says a voice in your inner thoughts.
***END NOTE***

(Iscikella points at a puddle.)

Aranrhod says, "It is in my mind also"

You say, "Or over there."

You ask, "Right?"

You say, "Only ye never are."

You say, "Ye are..."

You tap yourself on the chest.

You say, "Here."

You give a sigh of desperation.

"Am I?", says the voice in the snow.

You say, "Well, likely there..."

You point at Aranrhod.

Aranrhod says, "But never here"

Aranrhod places a hand over her heart.

You say, "Right now."

(Kadesha looks around for the yellow snow)

Kadesha stares off into space.

Aranrhod exclaims, "Ever!"

You say, "But ye taunt so well from the snow."

"Are you so certain you know whose in you, child? It could be any of us, or all of us, or maybe none of us at all", says the voice in the snow.

Lady Ilvane just arrived.

Ilvane mumbles something that you don't quite catch.

Lady Valiria just arrived.

You say, "So ye said before."

Valiria curtsies.

You say, "But one is there."

Ilvane smiles.

Ilvane just hugged Valiria.

Ilvane loosens the drawstrings of her blue keepsake pouch, opening it.

You touch one finger to your lips.

Aranrhod searches around for a moment.

Ilvane put a tall black oak staff in her blue keepsake pouch.

Kadesha says, "voice, I know one thing, none yas belong in them an the day will come ye are driven back to the pit ye belong"

You say, "One is always there."

Kadesha snarls menacingly!

Ilvane pulls on the drawstrings of her blue keepsake pouch, closing it tightly.

Kadesha joins Aranrhod's group.

You say, "So ye talk from the snow."

Kadesha just hugged Ilvane.

Ilvane just hugged Kadesha.
Kadesha just hugged Valiria.
Valiria just hugged Kadesha.
Valiria just hugged Ilvane.

Lord Sothog just arrived.

You say, "Ye are a... very skillful voice master."

Ilvane just hugged Valiria.

You say, "Throw it very well."

You laugh softly, trying to hide your amusement.

You furrow up your face and wince.

Sothog nods to you.

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Ilvane grins at Kadesha.

Mnar just arrived.

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

"I would gladly come in person, but I'm tracking down the Staff, and the wielder to slay", says the voice in the snow.

Sothog mutters under his breath.

Ilvane frowns.

Ilvane says, "Good luck."

Valiria mumbles something that you don't quite catch.

Ilvane laughs softly, trying to hide her amusement.

Aranrhod says, "So you say...over and over and..."

You ask, "Tracking the staff? Still?"

Kadesha says, "the wielder hides well"

You give your eyebrow a little workout.

Valiria asks, "Over?"

Ilvane says, "You have to know where to find her first."

Valiria leans on Aranrhod.

Ilvane giggles.

You say, "My, ye are not a very skilled tracker."

You say, "Obviously were never a ranger."

You smirk.

Sothog says, "Or him."

Valiria nods to you.

Kadesha says, "cant smell wit a decayed nose"

Sothog chuckles.

Kadesha nods to you.

"In fact... the person who has it lays asleep before our very... eyes", says the voice in the snow.

You blink.

Ilvane laughs!

Kadesha blinks.

Valiria frowns.

Ilvane says, "Hardly."

You ask, "Asleep?"

Sothog says, "Really, now."

Sothog chuckles.

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow.

You ask, "Ye watch?"

You cock your head.

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Kadesha says, "so now who ya think has it? Aslakian was sure I did for some time"

You ask, "Ye watch?"

You nod.

Valiria asks, "ye peepin toms now?"

Sothog says, "Hmm."

You say, "Ye always watch those who need to be watched."

You ask, "Aye?"

Lord Sothog just went south.

Kadesha gestures.

You say, "The first lesson."

You say, "Ye see."

You say, "My memory is good."

"Oh, I know very well who has it. This woman before me does", says the voice in the snow.

Lord Sothog just arrived.

Kadesha asks, "whats her name?"

You say, "Who ye watch."

Ilvane says, "Oh, she does now.."

Ilvane grins.

You nod.

Mnar asks, "Can you describe her for us? Elven? Dwarven?"

"Xeldria", says the voice in the snow.

You feel the blood drain from your face.

Kadesha's face turns slightly pale.

Sothog mutters under his breath.

And with that, the black energy vanishes.

You say, "Very clever, lich."

Valiria groans.

Ilvane says, "Wrong person.."

Ilvane giggles.

Ilvane raises her fist defiantly.

Ilvane exclaims, "You had to go and pale!"

Ilvane glances at you.

Kadesha says, "shes asleep alright"

Ilvane glances at Kadesha.

Mnar says, "These liches are the most amazing combination of ability and incompetence I have ever seen."

Ilvane begins chuckling at Mnar.

Sothog sighs.

Kadesha says, "welll dernit"

Kadesha stares at Ilvane.

Valiria says, "I dont think its incompetance.. so much as it seems each is out for its own purposes"

Sothog says, "Referring to 'her' wasn't a good idea, either."

Valiria frowns.

Kadesha asks, "howd it know ta use her name?"

Aranrhod sighs softly.

Ilvane says, "They listen in on us talking, no doubt."

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

Sothog says, "Bloody things have eyes and ears everywhere."

Psorian just arrived.

Valiria nods.

Ilvane nods.

Hastale gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Psorian just hugged Valiria.
Psorian just hugged Valiria.
Psorian just hugged Valiria.
Psorian just hugged Valiria.

Hastale yawns.

Ilvane pokes Hastale in the ribs.

Hastale grins.

Hastale just hugged Ilvane.

Valiria groans.

Hastale just hugged Valiria.

Valiria grins.

Ilvane sniffs at Hastale.

Psorian says, "I warned ya"

Hastale asks, "a party?"

Hastale gazes in wonder at his surroundings.

Psorian chuckles.

You nod to Sothog.

Psorian waves.

You say, "First lesson."

You say, "They always watch."

Psorian just went south.

You stare at nothing in particular.

Valiria says, "They are always watchin"

Valiria nods.

Ilvane says, "We knew that."

Ilvane nods.

Kadesha asks, "Aranrhod?"

You say, "He's gone for now."

You touch Aranrhod.

Iscikella smiles softly at Aranrhod.

Kadesha asks, "Aranrhod?"

You say, "Unfortunately..."

Kadesha just tried to pull Aranrhod towards her!

You frown.

Sothog glances at Aranrhod.

Valiria nods.

You say, "...not for good."

You tap yourself on the chest.

You nod to Aranrhod.

Aranrhod asks, "Yes?"

Valiria says, "If only it was for good"

(Iscikella taps Aran's chest lightly.)

You nod.

You say, "there."

Aranrhod's color slowly comes back to normal, small tendrils of black energy dissipate off her skin.

***ADDITIONAL NOTE***
While all others in the room saw Aran's color come back as noted above, Aranrhod alone heard and felt:

A voice rises into your thoughts, "We'll have to suspend this, my pet, I'm going to need my full powers to drain the staff-wielder." And with that, the coldness slowly fades. The speck of warmth begins to grow within you, brightening and flaring with strength as the last of the cold dissipates.
***END NOTE***

Valiria rubs Aranrhod gently.

Ilvane nods.

Ilvane says, "It has left her for now."

Kadesha says, "ahhh ye lookin better friend"

Aranrhod exclaims, "I am not your pet!"

Kadesha rubs Aranrhod gently.

Sothog blinks.

Ilvane says, "No, you aren't."

Sothog asks, "What? Did it come back again?"

Ilvane says, "You aren't anyones pet."

Ilvane just hugged Aranrhod.

Sothog asks, "Or still dissipating from earlier?"

Aranrhod says, "It told me was going to drain the staff-wielder"

Kadesha says, "she might be daelnor's pet"

Sothog says, "Oh, wonderfu."

Kadesha leans on Aranrhod.

Valiria rubs Aranrhod gently.

Kadesha says, "speakin of which, he sure picked a bad time ta be elsewhere"

The hollowness in Aranrhod's eyes fade, and the brightness returns to full strength.

Kadesha exclaims, "Aranrhod!"

You smile at Aranrhod.

Kadesha smiles at Aranrhod.

You say, "Yer eyes."

Sothog says, "Much better."

You nod to Aranrhod.

Sothog smiles at Aranrhod.

You smile.

You say, "Much, much better."

Aranrhod nods.

Kadesha says, "Aranrhod I like ya much better not lookin like a lich"

Kadesha just kissed Aranrhod on the cheek.

Valiria nods.

Aranrhod whispers, "Did I just change?"

Aranrhod asks, "I looked like a...lich?"

Kadesha asks, "feelin warmer too?"

Aranrhod looks rather confused.

Sothog says, "Aye, ye did."

You nod to Aranrhod.

Kadesha says, "well sorta hollow eyed an ugh"

Ilvane says, "Your eyes were rather hollow, your skin was black.."

Ilvane nods.

Aranrhod's face turns slightly pale.

Aranrhod says, "They might change the outside of me...but never the inside"

Ilvane nods to Aranrhod.

You nod to Aranrhod.

Kadesha smiles at Aranrhod.

Kadesha just hugged Aranrhod.

You say, "All sunken in the face."

You feel the blood drain from your face.

Aranrhod just hugged Kadesha.

Kadesha says, "I know they wont"

Mnar just went south.

Sothog says, "A wise stance to take."

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Ilvane leans on Hastale.

Kadesha says, "but I still don like it one bit that they try"

Mnar just arrived.

Mnar just went east.

Kadesha says, "Aran, ye think we can take that deed run? I sorta feel it needs done"

Sothog rubs his chin thoughtfully.

A fiery sensation sinks deep within your stomach, "Oh, don't think we've left, I just need my powers to kill the staff-wielder. She still will be my thrall, but after I've gained the staff."

Ilvane giggles.

Hastale just nudged Ilvane.

Kadesha says, "nae ta mention Im weight down wit a buncha gems"

You gasp.

Kadesha smiles at Aranrhod.

Aranrhod nods to Kadesha.

Kadesha glances at you.

You touch Aranrhod.

Ilvane glances at you.

You ask, "Did ye feel?"

(Iscikella rubs her stomach.)

Sothog glances at you.

Sothog asks, "Eh?"

Kadesha asks, "what?"

(Iscikella looks queazy.)

Kadesha stares at you.

Kadesha asks, "what?"

Aranrhod blinks at you.

You say, "Fire in my stomach."

You say, "Sinking down."

You say, "And a voice."

Sothog frowns.

You say, "Said not to think has left."

Aranrhod raises an eyebrow in your direction.

You say, "But was saving his powers currently for the staff-wield."

You say, "Staff-wielder."

You say, "He intends to put her "in thrall"."

Ilvane frowns.

Sothog asks, "Insidious little bugger, isn't he?"

Sothog mutters under his breath.

(Iscikella rubs her stomach, looking less than well.)

A pained expression crosses Ilvane's face.

Ilvane shivers.

Sothog glances at Ilvane.

Aranrhod sighs.

Aranrhod put a porcelain Lumnis statue in her black pouch.

Ilvane trembles as if a cold chill just ran up her spine.

Aranrhod just closed a plain black pouch.

You say, "He'll be back... soon."

You stare at nothing in particular.



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