Golden Key
Day of the Huntress, day 8 of the month Charlatos in the year 5102

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

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

[The Thirsty Penguin, Bar]
Practical, as are most halfling institutions, the entry leads straight into the bar of the Thirsty Penguin Tavern. A glittering bead curtain hangs off to one side, swinging lazily each time someone passes through it. The entire wall behind the bar is studded with small, polished bronze mirrors. You also see a flagon of Talbot's Special, a reinforced shield, a trident and a chalkboard menu.
Also in the room: Vonka
Obvious exits: east, west, out.

You say, "well I believe Lorminstra has a special caring about ye, Vonka"

Vonka just touched a polished golden key suspended from a delicate silver chain.

Vonka says, "Onny acos yer she knows I be a frien' o' yers."

You say, "would make da snakes go after yas, but would also grant ya her protection, mebbes yas senses more then ya might otherwise"

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

A voice whispers to you, "Don't think for a moment we have forgotten you, you are not so fortunate. We still have much use for you." The tone is mocking."
***END NOTE***

Vonka's face turns slightly pale.

You say, "oh bah, she loves ya for who you are, not for who ya knows"

You give Vonka a little prod between the shoulder blades.

Vonka trembles.

You say, "sides I always wear her out"

Vonka asks, "Whut kinder use kin I be ter anyones?"

Tiny crimson flecks dot Vonka's eyes momentarily.

You blink at Vonka.

Vonka says, "I'm jus' a li'l locksmit'."

You say, "er Vonka"

Vonka says, "Kint even do majicks."

(Kadesha squints closely at Vonka's eyes)

Vonka nods to you.

You say, "ya have a heart of gold"

Vonka says, "Dey was jus' whisperin' ter me."

A rash covers Vonka's face, angry red welts coloring her cheeks.

You shriek!

Vonka blinks.

(Vonka rubs her cheek.)

You drop a flagon of Talbot's Special.

Vonka says, "I dun'...."

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

You stand back up.

Vonka says, "I feels all hot."

A small clump of Vonka's hair falls to the ground.

Vonka gasps.

You exclaim, "Get away from her ya foul things!"

You gasp.

You reach out and hold Vonka's hand.

You glare.

(Vonka touches her hair.)

You rub Vonka.

Vonka asks, "Em I goin' bald?"

Vonka shrieks!

You say, "Lorminstra has yer key, Vonka"

Vonka nods to you.

You rub Vonka.

Vonka gulps.

Vonka just touched a polished golden key suspended from a delicate silver chain.

You say, "Lorminstra has yer key, Vonka"

You exclaim, "Get away lich!"

Vonka asks, "Does yer need me hair, Ennty?"

The look in Vonka's eyes turns from fright, to rage.

Vonka shudders.

Vonka says, "Keep your worthless gods away from me, they are weak and powerless."

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***

[The Thirsty Penguin, Bar]
Practical, as are most halfling institutions, the entry leads straight into the bar of the Thirsty Penguin Tavern. A glittering bead curtain hangs off to one side, swinging lazily each time someone passes through it. The entire wall behind the bar is studded with small, polished bronze mirrors. You also see a flagon of Talbot's Special, a reinforced shield, a trident and a chalkboard menu.
Also in the room: Vonka, High Lady Kadesha
Obvious exits: east, west, out.

Kadesha says, "look lich, ya belongs past the gates"

You kiss Kadesha on the cheek.

Vonka asks, "Ennty, whut kin I ever do?"

Kadesha says, "an ya will be der"

You say, "Greetings, cleric lady."

You blink at Vonka.

Kadesha says, "hello Isci"

Vonka says, "I kint raise, I kint heal no one."

You ask, "Who ye talking to?"

Kadesha says, "Vonka seems ta have unwanted guests"

Vonka says, "Kint go majicks."

Vonka says, "Do majicks."

Kadesha holds her Lorminstra symbol high, staring intently into the image of a golden key. The symbol radiates a pale glow, and the image shimmers and coalesces for a moment into the visage of Lorminstra for all to see. Words seem to spring unbidden to Kadesha's lips as the vision overwhelms her and she calls out, "Grant that we be worthy of your deliverance, Goddess of rebirth!"

Vonka shudders.

Kadesha exclaims, "Leave her lich, ye foul thing!"

Novice Muglah just arrived.

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

Muglah stretches.

You cock your head at Vonka.

Muglah takes a drink from her Icemule bock.

You ask, "Talking in yer head?"

Kadesha rubs Vonka gently.

Muglah takes a drink from her Icemule bock.

Vonka says, "Dey was."

Muglah shrugs.

Vonka says, "Said dey wanned me ter sommit."

Vonka says, "But I dun' know whut."

Kadesha says, "made her hair fall, gave her a rash, called my gods worthless"

Vonka nods to Kadesha.

Kadesha glares.

You blink at Vonka.

(Vonka picks up the clump of hair and shows it to Iscikella.)

You shudder.

Kadesha rubs Vonka gently.

Muglah begins to walk out but suddenly trips and goes flailing out of sight!

Vonka asks, "Mebber dey needs me hair?"

You exclaim, "Oh my!"

Vonka bites her lip.

Vonka says, "I hope it dun' show ter much."

Kadesha exclaims, "an made me drop my drink, now I be mad!"

Kadesha snarls menacingly!

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

Kadesha puts on a polished ebonwood Lorminstra symbol inlaid with the image of a golden key.

You ask, "What did it say, Vonka?"

Kadesha runs her hand softly over the surface of her Lorminstra symbol. A pale glow surrounds the symbol as its surface shimmers for a moment with the image of a golden key on a field of black.

You cock your head at Vonka.

Kadesha just touched Vonka.

A single drop of blood falls from Vonka's eyes, falling upon the key about her neck, coloring it with blood.

You blink.

You exclaim, "Vonka!"

You see Vonka Yvanke the Elf Rogue.
She appears to be in her 40's, has shoulder length, wavy dark brown hair, green eyes, and fair skin.
She has a golden key tattoo on her forearm.
She is in good shape.
She is holding a glass of Penguin pilsner in her right hand.
She is wearing a gold ring, a star-shaped silver amulet, a pear-cut pink tourmaline earring, a jet black vultite shield, a tarnished silver barrette, a tarnished silver locket, a crystal amulet, a leather navigator's case, a crab shell lockpick case, an elegant black silk gem pouch, some black knee-length leggings, a soft crimson spidersilk cloak edged with black velvet trim, some camouflage cobra skin gloves, a thin leather tunic, some sleek black leather boots, a polished crimson key suspended from a delicate silver chain, and a crimson Cholen symbol.

Kadesha says, "I was jes tellin her she had a heart of gold, and i felt Lorminstras loved her specially"

Kadesha glares.

(Iscikella points around Vonka's neck.)

You exclaim, "It's blood red!"

Vonka removes a polished crimson key suspended from a delicate silver chain from her neck.

Vonka shrieks!

Kadesha glares.

Vonka exclaims, "Yer key!"

Kadesha snarls menacingly!

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

You shudder.

Kadesha says, "Lorminstra by yer grace! send that foul thing past the gates as it belongs"

You say, "That's not good."

You shake your head.

(Iscikella glances at the key.)

Kadesha snuggles up to Vonka.

Kadesha bites her lip.

Vonka gulps.

Kadesha says, "cursed foul things"

Kadesha clenches her fist.

Your whole body trembles with fear.

Vonka asks, "Ennty.... dun' yer members when yer was alive?"

Kadesha asks, "pass me the key, Vonka?"

Vonka bites her lip.

Vonka offers Kadesha a polished crimson key suspended from a delicate silver chain.

You exclaim, "Be careful!"

Kadesha accepts Vonka's crimson key.

You glance at Kadesha.

Kadesha paces back and forth.

Kadesha manages to offend an inordinate number of gods with an especially vitriolic spasm of oaths.

Kadesha gazes heavenward.

Kadesha runs her hand softly over the surface of her Lorminstra symbol. A pale glow surrounds the symbol as its surface shimmers for a moment with the image of a golden key on a field of black.

Kadesha kneels down and begins to recite prayers.

Kadesha continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

Vonka trembles.

Vonka asks, "Ennty?"

You say, "I don't know what to make of anything anymore."

You shake your head.

Kadesha says, "Lorminstra i seek your blessings cover Vonka, and ye restore this gift to her as you intended it"

Vonka cocks her head at you.

Kadesha continues to beseech the gods for mercy and guidance.

You give a sigh of confusion.

Kadesha runs her hand softly over the surface of her Lorminstra symbol. A pale glow surrounds the symbol as its surface shimmers for a moment with the image of a golden key on a field of black.

Kadesha rubs a polished crimson key suspended from a delicate silver chain.

Vonka kneels down.

A wave of power flows out of Kadesha and toward a polished crimson key suspended from a delicate silver chain.
A wave of power flows out of Kadesha and toward a polished golden key suspended from a delicate silver chain.

You blink.

Vonka gasps.

Kadesha gazes heavenward.

Vonka beams happily at Kadesha!

You shiver.

Vonka asks, "Yer see, Kadesha?"

Vonka just hugged Kadesha.

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.

Vonka exclaims, "Lorminstra loves 'er big ol' storm!"

Kadesha just kissed Vonka on the cheek.

Kadesha offers Vonka a polished golden key suspended from a delicate silver chain.

Vonka accepts Kadesha's golden key.

You say, "Looks like."

Vonka waves a polished golden key suspended from a delicate silver chain around.

Kadesha says, "Lorminstra loves ye Vonka"

You nod to Vonka.

You smile quietly to yourself.

Vonka asks, "See dat, Ennty?"

Kadesha just touched Vonka.

Vonka's eyes return to normal, the sound of several glasses shattering throughout the tavern can be heard.

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

You blink.

Kadesha yells, "sore loosers"

You say, "Breaking glass..."

Vonka trembles.

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

You grimace.

Vonka swoons.

Kadesha rubs Vonka gently.

Vonka blinks.

Kadesha asks, "remember other day when I pointed her image an pointed yer key Vonka?"

Vonka furrows her brow.

Kadesha smiles at Vonka.

Vonka nods to Kadesha.

Kadesha says, "she still has it"

You sigh softly.

(Vonka slowly pushes herself back up to sitting.)

Vonka sits up.

Kadesha smiles at Vonka.

Vonka smiles at Kadesha.

Vonka just hugged Kadesha.

You try to figure out how to ignore yourself.

Kadesha says, "accursed liches, darn but Id like ta release em all myself"

Kadesha snarls menacingly!

Vonka says, "I guess yer righ', Kadesha."

Vonka shivers.

Kadesha says, "she cares for ya Vonka, special"

Kadesha says, "ya ask what have ya ta give"

Kadesha says, "ya have a heart of gold"

Vonka says, "I were askin' de Ennty."

Kadesha says, "and ya have to give the most precious of all gifts"

You listen, but don't hear anything unusual.

Vonka says, "Dey said dey wanned me ter sommit."

You think to yourself, "Wish was as simple as Kadesha thinks it is, but it isn't."

Kadesha says, "ye have the gift of love"

Kadesha just kissed Vonka on the cheek.

Vonka asks, "Yer t'ink dey needs love?"

Vonka cocks her head at Kadesha.

You think to yourself, "Love doesn't conquer all. Never has."

Kadesha says, "an them accursed things be nothin but hate, an they hate love"

Vonka shivers.

Vonka just hugged Kadesha.

Kadesha says, "yah, they needs released an sent past the gates"

You think to yourself, "Knowledge can perhaps, but not love."

Kadesha says, "only mercly left for them"

Vonka nods.

Kadesha slowly empties her lungs.

Vonka says, "But I kin' do dat."

Kadesha exclaims, "blessed Lorminstra be sooo good!"

Vonka grins at Kadesha.

Vonka just kissed the key!

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.

Vonka hangs a polished golden key suspended from a delicate silver chain around her neck.

Kadesha smiles at Vonka.

Vonka says, "T'ank yer, Kadesha."

Vonka just gave Kadesha a smooch.

Kadesha says, "was very kind her ta restore yer key, know she will restore ye as well"

Kadesha smiles at Vonka.

Vonka beams!

Vonka says, "One t'ing puzzle me."

(Iscikella's eyes fade faroff.)

Kadesha says, "stupid liches, breakin up a perfectly good tavern"

Kadesha grunts in annoyance, rolling her eyes.

Vonka says, "Dey said dey were gonner over Icemule in crimson."

Vonka asks, "Ain' dat Thurfel's color?"

You say, "It's the color of blood."

You say, "I think that is the crimson they mean."

You look at Vonka and shake your head.

Vonka says, "Oh."

You say, "And blood is Amasalen's color."

Vonka says, "I t'ought he were allus crimson."

You say, "Is not the only crimson."

Kadesha says, "messin with my Lady's symbol, one my best friends, and then breakin the tavern... dern but that be lookin fer a fight from a dwarf"

You say, "His is the crimson of fire."

Kadesha stands up.

Kadesha paces back and forth.

You say, "theirs is the crimson of blood."

Kadesha paces back and forth.

Vonka says, "Oh."

Vonka nods.



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