No Escape
Tilmaires, day 29 of the month Lormesta in the year 5102

This log is from Opalina's player, and, therefore, the "you" references in this log refer to said character, not Iscikella.
***END NOTE***

[Commerce Burrow, Trader's Way]
Trader's Way comes to a sharp corner here, in front of a marvelously grand bakery. Painted bright pink, the front of the building is decorated with numerous tiny windows outlined with white shutters. A polished silver plaque hangs next to the door.
Also here: Tianni, Lord Nekales
Obvious paths: north, west.

Nekales says, "a lich it evil, in every way anything can be, its very preseance inspires fear and shouldn't be taken lightly yet they think they are strong enough to even speak with it"

Nekales sighs.

Nekales bows to you.

Tianni says, "I couldn't say a word. I just stood there and gawked."

You curtsy to Nekales.

Nekales says, "evening Opalina"

You say, "good evening"

Nekales smiles at Tianni.

You say, "pardon me Im rather intreagued by your vision of the situation"

Nekales says, "i would have wondered how you could have moved if you were able"

Tianni asks, "Mine?"

You say, "both"

Tianni says, "It was awful. I don't know how I survived it."

Tianni says, "I just stood there, and it killed everyone around me. I couldn't talk, or move. I just stood."

Nekales asks, "the lich that showed itself last night, everyone tried talking with it, do they not understand the nature of a lich?"

Tianni says, "And it kept saying we had their staff and he wanted it."

Nekales shakes his head.

Nekales says, "its foolish of any mortal living being to think it has the power or the will to contest with a lich who has nothing but evil intentions, let alone try and converse with it"

Nekales says, "they all died because they did not fear it, as any sane person might"

Nekales shrugs.

A familiar presence invades your mind as the smell of burning sulfur enters your nose, "I see you are within the company of another. The feeding that I could do upon you both. The power that you all hold within your lifeforce shall feed me for a long time to come."

You feel the blood drain from your face.

Nekales says, "i fear very little but would NEVER stand face to face with a lich and be able to hold my nerve"

You glance at Tianni.

You exclaim, "Tianni!"

Tianni's face turns slightly pale.

Tianni asks, "What?"

You close your eyes for a moment.

Tianni fidgets.

You say, "Come if you would"

Tianni asks, "What?"

You say, "then"

Tianni asks, "Where?"

Nekales peers quizzically at you.

You say, "The member in my head is taunting me"

Tianni squints at you.

Tianni asks, "Your entity is talking to you now?"

Nekales asks, "opalina?"

"You believe that by escaping up to the mountains, you would remove my presence. Not so. You shall soon see that I am with you no matter where you go."

You say, "saying that feeding on both of us would feed him for a long time or something"

Tianni asks, "Oh really?"

You close your eyes for a moment.

Tianni moves to stand behind Nekales.

Nekales says, "do not invite it opalina, it is evil"

You say, "I shall not flee from you any longer"

Nekales shakes his head.

You say, "but you can not take that which is not yours"

You say, "and I am not yours"

Nekales says, "opalina you don't understand"

You say, "You promised me "

You say, "that no more killing would happen"

You raise your hand.

You shake your head.

Nekales says, "you can not trust a lich opalina, you can't trust any kind of promise from them"

You briefly feel a skeletal hand upon your shoulder, but as you turn your head, there is nothing there.

Lord Nekales's group just went north.

You close your eyes for a moment.

You say, "don't tease me Old man"

You shiver.

Lord Nekales's group just arrived.

"As you can see, I am around you all the time. Can make you think that I am near when I am not and, when you least expect it, I shall appear to feed upon your lifeforce."

Tianni just tried to pull you towards her!

Tianni says, "please tell me you're ok"

Tianni says, "Opalina? Please."

You say, "I always expect it."

Tianni asks, "Does it do this when you're with others?"

You say, "I do not fear you.. But I will expect alot from you when you do.'"

You say, "and that will be to cease your part in these battles"

Nekales shakes his head.

(Tianni clenches Nekales's arm.)

(Opalina seems to be having an argument with her innerself )

"You cannot fathom that which can occur. You shall beg at my feet to allow you to die, yet I shall keep my hold upon you at your weakest moments so that I might feed upon you."

Nekales frowns.

Nekales glances at you.

You shake your head.

Tianni asks, "Can't we help her, Nekales?"

You say, "I beg only that my home be saved and that you stop your killing"

You say, "My life is nothing compared to them"

Nekales glances at Tianni.

Nekales shakes his head.

Nekales tilts his head up.

Tianni's lower lip trembles slightly.

Nekales gazes up into the heavens.

Tianni asks, "What is it telling you Opalina?"

"The death will not cease until we have the staff. Bring us the staff and you may be spared from your fate, unlike the rest of your friends who foolishly think they can stop us."

You close your eyes for a moment.

Nekales says, "probably that it is hungry"

You ask, "How?"

You say, "that which you ask can not be done by our means"

Nekales says, "most liches feed on a life essence of some sort, they are magical creatures and thus is how they survive"

You nod to Nekales.

"YOU LIE!! You do have the power to receive that which we seek. Do not test my patience or you will find your soul drifting idly by as I feed upon your lifeforce."

Tianni frowns.

Tianni asks, "Opalina?"

You check your footing.

Poor baby!

(Nekales pulls tianni a little closer to him, his eyes alert a but an unusual bit of fear in them)

"Do you wish to see your friend there die from my power, then do not lie to me again."

(Tianni clutches Nekales's arm tightly.)

Tianni touches you.

You say, "I don't know how to get it over the mountains"

Tianni says, "The staff..."

Nekales asks, "to the elven lands?"

Tianni says, "It's telling her the same thing... it wants the staff."

"You do not know or you do not care to know? Be careful with your answer as it may cost your friend their life."

Nekales says, "tis a long journey opalina"

Tianni asks, "Xeldria might not even be there, and even if we did get it, do we want to give it to the nine?"

Nekales says, "and the one who wields the staff will not part with it, others have tried, even thurfel"

You say, "I would like to know.. perhaps teleporting.. unless the staff can teleport.. But holding the staff one can not climb"

Nekales nods to you.

Nekales says, "you could set rings at various stages"

Tianni asks, "But why do we want to get the staff from Xeldria?"

Nekales says, "right now i don't know who would be best to wield the staff, i don't trust thrufel with it certainly"

Nekales says, "but the killing spree that lich went on last night doesn't boost my confidence in them either"

"You believe that I cannot see what you are fighting within. I know that you lie to me to try to protect your friend. You will get the staff or your life shall become forfeit as your friend." The voice trails from your mind as the presence follows.

A bolt of lightning streaks down from the sky and strikes Nekales!
... 40 points of damage!
Arcing bolt of electricity snaps through neck as if it wasn't there and now it really isn't. Instant Death.
* Nekales drops dead at your feet!

A tremendous crack of thunder follows instantly!

You gasp.

Tianni screams!

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

You gaze up into the heavens.

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

You kneel down.

Tianni bursts into tears!

You hug Nekales.

You exclaim, "Im sorry Nekales!"

You weep softly, quiet tears falling from your eyes.

Tianni says, "It's not your fault.."

Tianni hugs you.

You hear the ghostly voice of Nekales say, "don't be Opalina"

You exclaim, "Yes it is!"

You bury your face in your hands.

Tianni removes a white flask from in her tweeded wool greatcloak.

You hear the ghostly voice of Nekales say, "no, opalina, it was the essence"

Tianni forces Nekales's mouth open, and pours in a small amount from her white flask.
A luminescent web briefly forms around Nekales, then fades into the body.
Tianni put a white flask in her tweeded wool greatcloak.

Tianni says, "Come with us Opalina. Don't stay here alone."

You hear the ghostly voice of Nekales say, "now i know who not to trust however"

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

Tianni grabs Nekales's body and drags it north with her.

You say, "he is gone"

You say, "for now"

You say, "I must find the answer"

You close your eyes for a moment.

You hear Tianni yell, "Opalina!"

A loud cackling can be heard throughout the roads and alleys surrounding you.

You stand back up.

[Commerce Burrow, Trader's Way]
An enticing aroma wafts in from the south as several large groups of chattering halflings head off in that direction. To the east, the road turns into a narrow alley. You also see a windblown leather tent.
Also here: Lord Karamozov, the body of Lord Nekales who is lying down, Tianni
Obvious paths: north, south, east.

You say, "I must go"

Tianni asks, "Opalina, are you ok?"

You say, "no Tianni"

You say, "Im not okie"

Tianni hugs you.

You hear the ghostly voice of Nekales ask, "Opalina?"

You hug Tianni.

Tianni whispers, "It is not your fault, please know this."

You close your eyes for a moment.

Karamozov taps his foot impatiently.

You hear the ghostly voice of Nekales say, "do not trust it, you saw what it is capable of, no matter what it tells you"

Tianni ducks slightly and covers her head with her arms.

You say, "I know what they are capable of"

Karamozov works his fingers under his alloy visored helm and scratches his head.

Ichiko just arrived.

You say, "I have always known"

You hear the ghostly voice of Nekales say, "then do not listen to its false promises"

Karamozov says, "common spirit"

Karamozov stares off into space.

You say, "since they first stuck me with lighting I've known"

Ichiko raises an eyebrow.

You say, "I must go.. I shall be back"

Ichiko just went north.

Tianni hugs you.

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