Reacquaintance
Feastday, day 9 of the month Fashanos in the year 5102

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

(Iscikella glances at the statue)

You ask, "So, Elymir, where have ye been hiding?"

You belt out, "Elymir?"

You tilt your head up.

You listen, but don't hear anything unusual.

You tap yourself on the chest.

You ask, "No longer here, heh?"

You smirk.

You ask, "Nothing to watch?"

(Iscikella cocks her head at the statue.)

You say, "I am going down to the Island in a little. Just to look about."

You ask, "Will ye watch then?"

(Iscikella reaches out and touches the statue lightly.)

You say, "Seems nae."

You say, "so I am safe enough."

You say, "Except from the unnameables of course."

You cough.

You remove a bright golden crystal shard from in your purple samite pouch.

(Iscikella shows her shard to the statue.)

You ask, "What do ye think of this, liches?"

You tilt your crystal shard side to side, making the light play off it.

You say, "Not sure what to make of it myself."

You rub the crystal shard, causing a bright golden glow to flare up briefly around its sparkling surface.

You say, "but it's pretty."

You sigh.

You say, "I guess pretty is something in these times."

You gaze in awe at the crystal shard in your hand.

(Iscikella's eyes glaze over with tears.)

You say, "I guess it's something."

You say, "I'm not sure anymore."

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

You blink.

You say, "Some anonymous soul watching me again."

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

You glance at Kadesha.

Kadesha shrinks fearfully away from you!

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

Kadesha says, "uh, hello"

You blink at Kadesha.

You ask, "Something wrong?"

Kadesha says, "well, I was wonderin if was with ye, way ya glanced"

You say, "No, I was just talking to the statue."

(Iscikella points at the statue.)

Kadesha glances at you.

You say, "And wondered who was peeking."

You say, "But someone still is."

(Kadesha glances at the statue)

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

Kadesha says, "ya don think maybe..."

Kadesha says, "well"

Kadesha says, "uh"

Kadesha says, "um"

Kadesha says, "its not normal to talk to statues"

You say, "Is when they watch ye and eavesdrop on ye."

You shrug.

You say, "This one has done that."

You say, "A lot."

Kadesha asks, "well why would ye spend time with it?"

You say, "I use the park here to rest. Have for a long time."

You say, "and no statue is chasing me out."

You say, "And lately been quieter here than at the Hall."

You say, "too many strangers all the time in the Hall anymore."

Kadesha shakes her head.

You ask, "So were ye off fighting the Dark Soldiers in FrostAcres?"

You cock your head at Kadesha.

You ask, "No?"

You raise an eyebrow in Kadesha's direction.

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

Kadesha says, "I jes helped raise an rescue some"

You nod.

You say, "The prospect of red hairy spiders didn't appeal to me tonight."

You shudder.

You say, "So I stayed clear."

Kadesha smiles at you.

Kadesha suddenly goes limp, her eyes hollow. Suddenly she screams and falls to the ground, her legs exploding into tatters of flesh!

You sigh.

You kneel down.

You rub the crystal shard, causing a bright golden glow to flare up briefly around its sparkling surface.

You take a quick appraisal of Kadesha and find that she has a completely severed left leg, and a completely severed right leg.
She is bleeding from the right leg, and from the left leg.

You meditate over Kadesha.
Kadesha's right leg damage is transferred to you.

You meditate over Kadesha.
Kadesha's left leg damage is transferred to you.

You exclaim, "Go away, ye damnable nameless things!"

You raise your crystal shard skyward!

You ask, "Go away! Ye hear?"

Kadesha lets out a horrible scream and the skin around her face bulges alarmingly, swelling until blood begins to pour down her face!

You concentrate on the Stun Relief spell...
You gesture at Kadesha.

The glazed look leaves Kadesha.

You meditate over Kadesha.
You take some of Kadesha's health points.

You concentrate on the Limb Repair spell...
You concentrate.
Your right leg feels better.

Kadesha snarls menacingly!

You concentrate on the Limb Repair spell...
You concentrate.
Your right leg feels better.

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

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

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

Kadesha sighs.

You say, "Damnable vi... unnameables."

You flail your arms about.

You concentrate on the Limb Repair spell...
You concentrate.
Your right leg feels better.

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

You concentrate on the Limb Scar Repair spell...
You concentrate.
Your right leg feels better.

You rub Kadesha.

You concentrate on the Limb Scar Repair spell...
You concentrate.
Your right leg feels better.

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

Kadesha grins at you.

You glance at a bright golden crystal shard.

You say, "Doesn't seem to do too much, does it."

You glance at a bright golden crystal shard.

You tilt your crystal shard side to side, making the light play off it.

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

Kadesha says, "well I have one an ain helped me"

You nod to Kadesha.

Kadesha says, "I don think they will till their purpose complete"

You say, "Didn't help me before either."

You concentrate on the Limb Scar Repair spell...
You concentrate.
Your right leg feels better.

Kadesha says, "wonder if eventually thatll happen an ah jes drop dead from it"

You stare at Kadesha.

You try to pull Kadesha towards you.

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

You say, "Well, they will get ye and the liches will get me."

You say, "What a pair we are."

You grin sheepishly.

You stand back up.

(Iscikella glances from the shard to the statue and back.)

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

Kadesha grins at you.

You say, "Doesn't seem solutions exist for any of the evils lurking abroad."

Kadesha asks, "ye know what i hear ever time my legs blow?"

You cock your head at Kadesha.

You ask, "What?"

Kadesha says, ""You...are...nothing... but...our...puppet. And...you...will...suffer.""

Kadesha asks, "sound familiar?"

You grin sheepishly.

You say, "Definitely."

You say, "Know what I always hear? "You are... fragile... You will... be... broken."

Kadesha exclaims, "So...easily...broken. So...helpless. You...cannot...help...any. Your...fate...is...sealed..."

Kadesha asks, "sound familiar to ya too?"

You nod to Kadesha.

(Iscikella turns to the statue.)

You say, "Very."

(Iscikella squints at the statue.)

Kadesha says, "if nuttin else, I feel more empathy fer ya possessed folk"

You smile at Kadesha.

Kadesha says, "ain as personal, since I know it hit many"

Kadesha says, "but it jes as invasive"

Kadesha says, "least ya can talk back ta the damnable liches"

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

You say, "I keep wondering where Elymir is."

You say, "Has me... wary."

You say, "He hasn't talked or watched me in days."

Kadesha says, "well I saw Xeldria again in frostacres"

You say, "Gavrail has, but not Elymir."

Kadesha says, "an wonder why in heck she alive"

You scoff.

You say, "I have no hope of Xeldria."

You say, "She cares nothing for IceMule."

Kadesha slowly empties her lungs.

You say, "There were too silly ones talking in the Hall tonight about getting the staff from her."

Kadesha says, "I woke up in a good mood but right now its quite foul"

You say, "Almost had me smirking, that they could be so blissfully naive."

A faint crackling fills the very air behind you.

Kadesha says, "Im thinkin tho I hates these vish moren da nine even"

Kadesha blinks.

You shake your head.

You say, "I don't."

You say, "guess Nine are just more... personal."

Kadesha asks, "well its jes I can almost understand their anger, but whats the purpose the vish?"

Thin tendrils of black energy slither and snake their way across the surface of the statues.

You blink.

You say, "Uh, no."

You ask, "Who is here?"

Kadesha says, "uh oh"

You put a bright golden crystal shard in your purple samite pouch.

Kadesha sits up.

You ask, "Elymir?"

Kadesha places her hand on her Lorminstra symbol.

The black energy slowly seeps into the eyes and mouth of one of the halflings on the statue.

(Iscikella blinks at the statue)

Kadesha exclaims, "it the ugly one!"

You ask, "Who is here?"

You shudder.

(Kadesha glances at the statue an smirks)

Kadesha says, "sure ainna way ta lift my foul mood"

One of the halflings on the statue suddenly comes to life and opens its stony eyes, gazing coldly at you.

(Iscikella stares back at the statue.)

Kadesha says, "jes cuz I hate the vish more don mean I takin ta likin you guys"

You shiver.

You say, "That glance..."

You shiver.

Kadesha glowers.

Kadesha says, "it is the ugly one"

Kadesha gasps.

You blink at Kadesha.

(Iscikella places her hand on Kadesha's arm.)

You ask, "Kadesha?"

You ask, "ye allright?"

Kadesha blinks.

A halfling statue says, "Dear child, it's a pity we've been away from each other so long. Come close, so I might... reacquaint myself with your essence."

Kadesha says, "uh so far"

Kadesha says, "well iscikella now I know ya ain nuts, cursed statue does talk"

Kadesha rubs you gently.

(Iscikella moves unconsciously toward the statue.)

Kadesha glances at you and begins to wail!

You ask, "So is ye then, Elymir?"

Kadesha exclaims, "ye should move away!"

Kadesha just tried to pull you towards her!

A halfling statue reaches out and brushes its stony hand against Iscikella's cheek.
You feel drained!

You furrow up your face and wince.

You shudder.

Tendrils of white energy seeps into the statue's hand as it pulls back.

Kadesha asks, "why ye move closer?"

You say, "I... I don't know."

You say, "The eyes..."

Kadesha just tried to pull you towards her!

You shiver.

Kadesha gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Kadesha gestures at you.
A brilliant shaft of pure white light suddenly surrounds you.

Kadesha snarls menacingly!

(Iscikella stares at the statue as if mesmerized.)

You say, "That is ye then..."

(Kadesha stares at the statue repulsed)

(Iscikella touches her own cheek.)

Kadesha says, "cursed undead things belong in the grave"

Kadesha says, "belong past the gates"

Kadesha says, "an ye will be there in time"

You sway back and forth.

You say, "Bit... woozy."

Kadesha rubs you gently.

Kadesha's Lorminstra symbol suddenly glows a bright white, and the light suddenly expands as if it was reaching for the halfling statue.

The halfling statue hisses in a low, grinding voice like pebbles crushing together, and gives Kadesha a harsh glare.

Kadesha cackles!

You blink.

You rub your eyes.

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 exclaim, "That light!"

You rub your eyes.

The halfling statue says, "Don't be fooled by your Gods, they can't protect you for long as the Staff is within our grasp!"

Kadesha says, "seems Lorminstra done oretty good"

(Iscikella glances back at the statue, blinking.)

You say, "So ye say."

Kadesha asks, "ye have the staff?"

You say, "I don't believe ye are any closer to the staff than ye were a half a fortnight ago."

Kadesha asks, "ye can have the staff, and I will still have Lorminstra. wanna take wagers?"

(Kadesha glowers at the statue)

(Iscikella glance nervously from the statue to Kadesha and back.)

The halfling statue says, "We watch the Staff-Wielder nightly... and plan for the time when our powers are ripe, and her soul is weak."

You ask, "When yer powers are ripe?"

(Iscikella blinks at the statue.)

You ask, "And how will that ripeness happen?"

You ask, "by taking of the spirit of the possessed?"

You shiver.

You say, "Though I'm not sure I really want an answer to that..."

Kadesha says, "have faith Iscikella, ye know Lumnis has blessed ye"

The halfling statue says, "Now, child, why would I tell you my plans? You will know soon enough of them, when your precious Thurfel is beheaded before your very eyes, and his body torn asunder."

Kadesha says, "an Lorminstra surely cares"

(Iscikella gawks at the statue.)

You exclaim, "NO!"

You exclaim, "Ye won't do that!"

You vigorously shake your head.

Kadesha says, "well I wont feel too bad if Thurfel beheaded, but thats all ya gets"

The halfling statue lets off a stony-laugh and says, "Won't I?"

(Kadesha glowers again at the statue)

You exclaim, "Ye don't have the power to do it, Elymir!"

You exclaim, "None of ye!"

You flail your arms about.

Kadesha gazes at her symbol.

Kadesha smiles softly

The halfling statue reaches out a hand towards Iscikella, and black energy snakes towards her, embracing her.
You feel drained!

You sway back and forth.

Kadesha just tried to pull you towards her!

(Iscikella puts a hand to her head.)

You say, "So weak..."

Kadesha gestures and utters a phrase of magic.
Kadesha gestures at you.
A brilliant shaft of pure white light suddenly surrounds you.

Kadesha's face turns slightly pale.

You exclaim, "Kadesha!"

The halfling statue lowers its hand and growls, "Don't presume to KNOW what I can and cannot do, child!"

You blink.

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

Kadesha exclaims, "ye crawl into the grave ye belong ye foul thing!"

You ask, "Ye presume to teach me still?"

(Iscikella sets her eyes, wide and round, on the statue.)

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

A sudden warmth fills the emptiness within you, the sensation spreading outward from your Lorminstra symbol.
***END NOTE***

Kadesha's Lorminstra symbol glows once again, and color returns to her cheeks.

You kiss Kadesha on the cheek.

Kadesha gazes at her symbol.

Kadesha gasps.

You ask, "Kadesha?"

Kadesha exclaims, "praise Lorminstra be good!"

Kadesha gazes up into the heavens.

(Iscikella turns her gaze back to the statue.)

The halfling growls once again, and closes its eyes. The black energy leaks out of its eyes and mouth, and seeps into the ground.

Kadesha says, "my Lady has replenished all the essence I sent ye Iscikella"

You say, "Seems Lorminstra is teaching ye, lich."

Kadesha says, "Lorminstra, be a better tracher, then any lich"

You shiver.

Kadesha says, "Lorminstra be goddess, ye jes an undead thing whos late gettin past her gates"

You tap yourself on the chest.

Kadesha says, "ye really should seek her mercy lich"

You say, "Still here I think."

You shudder.

Kadesha says, "ya shoulda in life insteada sellin yer soul ta the snake"

(Iscikella tilts her head at the statue.)

Kadesha says, "yad nae be a stinky lich now had ya not fallen ta the lies of the serpent"

You say, "I told ye it watched, Kade."

Kadesha smiles.

Kadesha says, "so does my Lady"

Kadesha smiles at you.

Iscikella smiles softly at Kadesha.

Kadesha says, "so does my lady"

Kadesha's Lorminstra symbol begins to glow once again, and you notice something begin to sprout on her neck. Shortly after, the light fades back into the symbol.

You blink.

You see High Lady Kadesha Yrmehiah the Dwarf Priestess.
She appears to be in her 180's, has very long silver hair, brown eyes, and dark skin.
She has a golden key-shaped mark on her neck, a tattooed symbol of Voln on her ankle, a rising phoenix tattoo on her neck, and a long silver beard.

Kadesha closes her eyes for a moment.

You exclaim, "Kadesha!"

You try to pull Kadesha towards you.

You exclaim, "On yer neck!"

You exclaim, "Her mark!"

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 exclaim, "Yer lady's mark!"

Kadesha gasps.

You blink at Kadesha.

Kadesha says, "really! i cannae see my neck ya know"

Kadesha dances around the room to music only she can hear.

Kadesha throws her head back and howls!

You gawk at Kadesha.

You say, "Is beautiful."

Kadesha says, "Har thatll shaddup dem Luukosian scoundrels"

Kadesha grins ear-to-ear.

Kadesha kneels down.

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.

Kadesha cries with happiness, laughing through her tears.

You kiss Kadesha on the forehead.

Kadesha exclaims, "praise be Lorminstra!"

Iscikella smiles softly.

You say, "Seems ye have Her favor in many ways."

Kadesha says, "remember Iscikella"

Kadesha says, "ye have Lumnis favor, but her daughter holds yer key too"

Kadesha says, "not no stinkin lich"

Kadesha just kissed you on the cheek.

(Iscikella glances askance at the statue.)

Kadesha says, "methink Elymir run tail tuckered off"

You belt out, "We shall meet again, Elymir!"

You belt out, "In a battle of wills!"

You raise your fist in a display of defiance.

Kadesha smiles triumphantly

You belt out, "Do not discount my power either."

You belt out, "I have always been... stubborn!"

A voice rises near your ear, "Oh, we will, child. And it will be I who shall succeed in the end."



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