The "Teacher"
Volnes, day 28 of the month Lormesta 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 hobbits 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 a green-veined riverstone hall.
Obvious paths: north, west.

Black energy snakes along the ground around the gate before seeping back into the ground.

You hear your own faint thoughts echo in your mind:
" Black energy snaking about Magical Burrow too."

look under gate
There is nothing under there.

look behind gate
There is nothing behind there.

You focus your mind on Silon and think:
"Hiding at the statue of the Ten in the Magical Burrow neighborhood."

Silon came through a low mithril gate.

Silon grunts.

Silon searches around for a moment.

Silon says, "Whatta pain ta get here"

Silon searches around for a moment.
Silon has spotted you!

Silon points at you, ruining your hiding place.

Silon leans on you.

Silon faces you, closes his eyes and begins chanting. Suddenly, a small bolt of energy arcs between the two of you. You gain 25 mana points!
Silon opens his eyes, looking slightly drained.

You have a headache.

You give Silon a good pinch!

Silon grunts.

Silon gives you a good pinch!

You say, "What did ye want to talk about"

Silon mumbles something that you don't quite catch.

Silon asks, "Why ya pinchin me?"

Silon grunts.

Silon seems to be waiting for something.

Silon leans on you.

You ask, "Well?"

You cock your head at Silon.

Silon asks, "Why er ya pinchin me?"

Silon squints at you.

You say, "Because ye sent me so much mana, gave me a headache."

You chuckle.

Silon grins at you.

Silon says, "Ahh"

Silon says, "Oh"

Silon says, "What happened to Thurfel? "

You sigh.

Silon says, "Kinda hard ta give em anythin we find if we don't know where he is"

You say, "He temporarily cast the liches away."

You say, "But not for long."

You say, "They were back in the temple last night."

Silon nods to you.

You say, "But I don't know where he is."

You look at Silon and shake your head.

Silon grunts.

Silon nods.

You say, "No clue."

You say, "I saw him dragged down."

Silon asks, "What happened to Yfa?"

Silon nods.

You say, "I wasn't able to contact him after."

Silon nods.

You say, "She was with the Nine when they broke from the tomb, but not later when they returned."

You say, "I imagine she will be back."

Silon nods to you.

You say, "She is not one of them however."

Silon says, "I know tha"

You say, "Lots don't seem to."

You look at Silon and shake your head.

Silon asks, "So, they are Gavrail, Zeban, Prangar, Aslakian, Cheritz, Thulevier, Elymir, and Trianvar?"

You say, "I spent most of very early this morning trying to... get people to listen."

You nod to Silon.

Silon nods to you.

You say, "The eight we know."

Silon nods to you.

You say, "the ninth we don't."

Silon says, "Ahh"

You say, "And Gavrail won't talk about the ninth."

You say, "Wasn't with them."

Silon nods to you.

Silon grumbles.

Silon asks, "How did they manage to get Yfa last night?"

Silon nods to you.

You say, "She was bolted or such."

You say, "It was confusion."

Silon nods to you.

Silon says, "Ahh"

You say, "She immediately raised herself."

Silon nods to you.

You say, "And Tierus is... going nuts."

You say, "She kissed him."

Silon nods to you.

Silon asks, "Ave ya seen Tierus about?"

Silon grunts.

Silon says, "Er, not him"

Silon says, "Sothog, I mean"

You say, "Not today."

You say, "Sothog was about last night."

Something moves out the corner of your eye.

Silon nods to you.

You blink.

Silon grunts.

You ask, "Did ye see that?"

Silon removes a glyph-etched dwarven battle axe from in his wolverine pelt sheath.

Silon says, "Yes"

search
You don't find anything of interest here.

Silon says, "Whatever it is, is lucky I don't have my big axe with me"

You concentrate on the Dispel Invisibility spell...
You gesture.
You don't find anyone invisible.

You say, "It's not earthly."

You shudder.

You hear your own faint thoughts echo in your mind:
"Uh, Alyx..."

Silon says, "Well? Going to show yerself? Yer nah a good assassin"

A howling artic wind blows through, resembling faintly like a laughter.

You hear your own faint thoughts echo in your mind:
"Something is wrong..."

Silon says, "Thank you, I think I'am funny to"

Silon grins.

Silon leans on you.

You belt out, "Who is there?"

You hear your own faint thoughts echo in your mind:
"Uh... something is here..."

A roaring ball of fire streaks through the air and strikes Silon!
... 1 point of damage!
Flames tickle right leg. Feels warm.

Silon snorts.

You hear your own faint thoughts echo in your mind:
"Just struck Silon with fire."

You hear your own faint thoughts echo in your mind:
" Is... listening.

Silon grumbles.

You focus your mind on Alyxandrah and think:
"By the statue of the Ten in Magical Burrow."

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

You belt out, "Who is listening?"

You belt out, "Who is there?"

You tilt your head up.

Silon leans on his axe.

Black energy snakes its way around the statue.

You hear your own faint thoughts echo in your mind:
" Oh, energy around the statue..."

(Silon bashes at the statue with his axe.)

Silon curses fluently.

A roaring ball of fire streaks through the air and strikes Silon!
... 20 points of damage!
Nasty burns to chest make you wish you never heard of heartburn.
He is stunned!

You exclaim, "Silon!"

You concentrate on the Stun Relief spell...
You gesture at Silon.
The glazed look leaves Silon.

Silon makes a wheezing sound.

You tilt your head up.

You belt out, "Who is there?"

Silon says, "Ok, I won't touch the statue..."

You take a quick appraisal of Silon and find that he has deep lacerations across his chest.
He is bleeding from the chest.

Silon faces you, closes his eyes and begins chanting. Suddenly, a small bolt of energy arcs between the two of you. You gain 11 mana points!
Silon opens his eyes, looking slightly drained.

You meditate over Silon.
Silon's chest damage is transferred to you.

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

Silon whispers, "Thanks"

You concentrate on the Organ Repair spell...
You concentrate.
Your chest feels better.

You belt out, "Elymir?"

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

Silon asks, "But can ya at lest show yerself?"

You concentrate on the Organ Repair spell...
You concentrate.
Your chest feels better.

Silon asks, "Elymir? How can ya tell wha one it is?"

A howling laughter rises up from the snowbanks.

You say, "I can't. Is why am asking."

Silon nods to you.

You say, "But he is the one... "

You tap yourself on the chest.

You say, "In here."

Silon says, "I wanna meet Cheritz, his name reminds me of crackers"

Silon nods to you.

A faint voice rises up from the snowbanks, like lingering smoke, "I wouldn't be too sure.."

Silon grins.

You shiver.

Silon exclaims, "It is Cheritz!"

Silon asks, "Or are you someone else?"

Silon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

You ask, "How do ye know now, Silon?"

Silon shrugs.

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

Silon asks, "Lucky guess?"

You ask, "Which are ye?"

You ask, "What are ye?"

You concentrate on the Organ Scar Repair spell...
You concentrate.
Your chest feels better.

Silon says, "I'am guessing it's some sort of undead spookable"

Silon nods to you.

A faint voice from the snowbanks growls, "You know who I am, and what I am, but you don't know where I am."

Silon grins.

You say, "Nae, that I do not."

Silon searches around for a moment.

search
You don't find anything of interest here.

You concentrate on the Dispel Invisibility spell...
You gesture.
You don't find anyone invisible.

You sigh.

You ask, "Ye watch me?"

Alyxandrah's group came through a low mithril gate.

Silon just hugged Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah just hugged Silon.

A faint voice from the snowbanks hisses, "Not in the snow, child, in one of you. Things aren't always as they seem, and things that do never are."

Alyxandrah asks, "Are you two alright?"

You ask, "In one of us?"

You ask, "Me?"

You tap yourself on the chest.

You exclaim, "It's here!"

You try to pull Alyxandrah towards you.

You say, "One of them."

Silon nods to you.

Arianiss came through a low mithril gate.

You say, "Somewhere..."

Arianiss pokes Alyxandrah in the ribs.

Silon turns towards Arianiss and renders a sharp salute with his dwarven battle axe.

Arianiss turns towards Silon and renders a sharp hand salute.

Arianiss nods to Silon.

Arianiss turns an inquisitive ear towards Silon.

You say, "I know nothing is ever as it seems, voice."

You shudder.

A soft clucking comes from the snowbanks, "Don't be too sure, Silon."

Silon grins.

Arianiss grins.

You turn to face Silon.

You ask, "What did ye say?"

Silon says, "I just said how the voice most likly tastes like crackers"

Silon snorts.

Silon nods to Arianiss.

You cough.

Alyxandrah chuckles.

You ask, "Ye watch us then, voice?"

A faint voice rises from the snow, "We always watch those who need to be watched."

You shudder.

You say, "I see."

Arianiss says, "That's good. It turns your attention from those that are the most dangerous."

Arianiss smiles.

Silon grins at Arianiss.

You glance at Arianiss.

Alyxandrah stares off into space.

Alyxandrah leans on Callinar.

Black energy snakes down the statue and towards Arianiss, entwining around his leg.
Arianiss screams and falls to the ground grasping his mangled right leg!

Arianiss stands up.

Silon winces.

Silon rubs Arianiss gently.

Alyxandrah's face turns slightly pale.

You blink.

Arianiss chuckles.

You ask, "I take it ye don't like him, voice?"

You take a quick appraisal of Arianiss and find that he has a completely severed right leg.
He is bleeding from the right leg.

You kneel down.

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

You grimace.

Arianiss asks, "You sure you're up for the task of killing me? I assure you, I can go all night. Can your low energy do the same?"

Arianiss touches you.

A faint voice rises from the snow with a low growl, "I never like infidels who presume to know too much."

You say, "And I don't much like severed limbs, but I suppose is part of life."

Silon rubs his chin thoughtfully.

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

Arianiss begins chuckling at Silon.

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

Alyxandrah grins at Callinar.

You ask, "So he is an infidel, voice?"

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

Alyxandrah winks at Callinar.

Silon deftly twirls his dwarven battle axe around his finger and stuffs it in his wolverine pelt sheath. Fancy!

Arianiss smiles.

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

Arianiss taps a black steel serpent talisman.

Arianiss says, "They know nothing, except what they see."

Silon faces you, closes his eyes and begins chanting. Suddenly, a small bolt of energy arcs between the two of you. You gain 25 mana points!
Silon opens his eyes, looking slightly drained.

Alyxandrah nods to Callinar.

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

Alyxandrah just tickled Callinar.

You ask, "What do ye look for and listen for, voice?"

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at Callinar.

You stand back up.

Alyxandrah begins chuckling at Callinar.

"We know more than you think, elf", says the voice in the snow.

You ask, "What are ye seeking to learn?"

You cock your head.

Alyxandrah gazes in wonder at her surroundings.

Alyxandrah says, "So many elves..."

Arianiss asks, "Do you know what part I intend to play in this?"

Silon nods to Alyxandrah.

Arianiss nods to Silon.

Alyxandrah leans on Silon.

Silon leans on Alyxandrah.

You glance at Arianiss.

Silon grins at Arianiss.

Alyxandrah says, "At least you know wasn't talking to you."

"A backdrop in a field of corpses, of course", says the voice in the snow.

Alyxandrah winks at Silon.

Arianiss smiles.

Callinar chuckles.

Arianiss nods to Silon.

Silon grins at Alyxandrah.

Silon says, "Damn, I wanna be a infidel"

Silon snaps his fingers.

You ask, "And be a backdrop in a field of corpses?"

You blink at Silon.

Alyxandrah nods to Callinar.

You tilt your head up.

Arianiss says, "Think of me as nothing more than a corpse, please.. please think of me that way."

Arianiss smirks.

You say, "Does watching tell ye anything in particular, voice?"

Alyxandrah folds her arms over her chest.

Silon gives Arianiss a good pinch!

You say, "Forgive my curiosity, but I am of Lumnis and these are things which interest me to know."

Arianiss just nudged Silon.

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

The black energy begins to spiral around in the snow.

(Iscikella glances down at the snow.)

Alyxandrah nods to Callinar.

Silon whispers, "What would happen if I licked the snow?"

You whisper quietly to Silon, "I think ye'd die."

Silon grunts.

Silon nods to you.

You ask, "Voice?"

You sense Aranrhod looking in on you.

Tendrils of energy slowly rise, taking the shape of a sneering lich.

Elymir asks, "Yes?"

Silon grins at Elymir.

You say, "I know it was ye, Elymir."

Arianiss waggles his fingers mystically at Elymir. How nice.

Alyxandrah glances at Elymir.

You say, "Ye are the one here..."

Alyxandrah sighs.

As the lich points at Arianiss, mystical energy suddenly envelopes him.
Arianiss suddenly looks drained!

You tap yourself on the chest.

You ask, "Am I right?"

Arianiss says, "There's more."

Silon nods to Callinar.

You blink at Arianiss.

Arianiss nods to Elymir.

Elymir says, "I wouldn't be too sure."

You cock your head at Elymir.

Look Elymir
The thing before you may have been a halfling at one time, but only traces of its racial lineage remain. Its face is twisted and distorted, the flesh sickly and mottled. It wears the garments of a mage, although the fabric once rich and lustrous is nothing more than shredded tatters now. It bears no expression or emotion, but a burning rage simmers in the crimson-flecked eyes of the lich.

Arianiss nods to Silon.

You ask, "No?"

Silon nods to Arianiss.

Elymir says, "We know where the staff lies, and it will be only time before we have it... and then this town."

Arianiss begins chuckling at Elymir.

You shiver.

Elymir glares at Arianiss.

Arianiss asks, "You ever been married to her?"

You say, "I know ye are powerful. But ye would not have the staff."

You squint at Arianiss.

Elymir asks, "Wouldn't we?"

You look at Elymir and shake your head.

Arianiss asks, "You didn't know?"

Arianiss glances at you.

Elymir says, "The one who holds it is unaware, so delightfully unaware..."

Arianiss says, "Xeldria is my ex."

Arianiss begins chuckling at Elymir.

You say, "Arianiss, I don't know all yer past ex-wives."

Elymir's voice rises up in a howling laughter.

Silon grins.

Arianiss gives you a good pinch!

Alyxandrah chuckles.

You say, "Think I know, Elymir."

Alyxandrah says, "No comment."

You say, "Unaware she is."

Elymir gazes in awe at Silon.

You say, "But Thurfel will not let ye just take the staff."

Silon attempts to lean on Elymir, but before he can, flame envelopes his elbow. Startled, he pulls his arm back before it becomes a cinder, but not before the damage is done.

Elymir says, "You'll make a good corpse in the time to come."

Silon grunts.

Arianiss rubs Silon gently.

Silon says, "Bah"

You glance at Silon.

Silon asks, "That happen if I poke you to?"

Silon pokes Elymir, but before he can, flame envelopes his finger. Startled, he pulls his hand back before it becomes a cinder, but not before the damage is done.

Silon makes a wheezing sound.

The lich gestures at Silon. Silon begins to flicker and fade, a look of agony etched upon his face. A moment later, he simply winks out of sight.

Alyxandrah says, "They don't seem to understand that they will not have the Staff, nor will they have Icemule...nor Thurfel."

Arianiss says, "Hey now.."

Alyxandrah glances at Elymir.

Elymir says, "Oh, we will, all of them."

You look at Elymir and shake your head.

You say, "This is a stubborn town."

You say, "Ye of all folk should know that."

Alyxandrah says, "Don't underestimate us, lich."

Alyxandrah grins at Elymir.

Elymir says, "A short lived town when we're through."

You ask, "Did the folk of this town not best ye once before?"

You cock your head at Elymir.

You ask, "Did they not entomb ye?"

Elymir says, "And those that did are old and grey, and those that replaced them are weaker than we."

You say, "Weaker in magicks, I will grant."

You say, "Weaker in will, I doubt it."

As the lich points at Alyxandrah, mystical energy envelopes her.
Alyxandrah looks stunned!

Arianiss removes an oaken wand from in his twilight grey cloak.
Arianiss waves an oaken wand at Alyxandrah.
Nothing happens.

You gasp.

Arianiss waves an oaken wand at Alyxandrah.
The glazed look leaves Alyxandrah.

You exclaim, "Alyx!"

Alyxandrah whispers, "With the exception of Elendr."

Elymir sneers coldly.

Arianiss put an oaken wand in his twilight grey cloak.

Alyxandrah rolls her eyes.

Alyxandrah nods to Callinar.

Arianiss says, "I find it amusing.."

Alyxandrah says, "Please control yourself, lich. It's quite rude to point."

Alyxandrah folds her arms over her chest.

Arianiss says, "..that such a powerful group of spell casters, were beaten by a bunch of weapon swingers."

Arianiss shakes his head, clucking his tongue.

Elymir squints at Alyxandrah.

You cock your head at Elymir.

You say, "And when ye have this town... as ye insist ye will..."

You cough.

You ask, "What then?"

You cock your head at Elymir.

Arianiss says, "..and look at you now.. even more powerful in magic, but still no stronger in physical defense."

Elymir says, "It will be rightfully ours."

Elymir says, "And then Thurfel's head will be mounted on a pike in the middle of the town."

You glare at Elymir.

Alyxandrah says, "Don't be so sure..."

Elymir says, "Oh, we are sure."

Silon came through a low mithril gate.

You say, "No, it won't."

Silon grunts.

Arianiss nods to Silon.

Alyxandrah says, "I hardly see why."

Alyxandrah says, "You will not have Thurfel."

Elymir asks, "Do we not already have him?"

Elymir raises an eyebrow.

Alyxandrah squints at Elymir.

Silon nods to Arianiss.

You sigh.

You ask, "Was it ye that dragged him down?"

Alyxandrah asks, "So it was you then that took him?"

Arianiss shakes his head.

You squint at Elymir.

Elymir simply grins slowly, the decaying bits of his flesh stretching over a skeletal frame.

Silon nods to Arianiss.

You say, "Gavrail seemed not to know of it."

You say, "Funny that."

Arianiss turns an inquisitive ear towards Silon.

Elymir says, "I have no more time for chatter, I have a staff to catch.. and a wielder to drain."

The lich fades from your vision, nothing left of it but a few tattered bits of decaying cloth.

Arianiss paces back and forth, muttering something about elymir.

Arianiss says, "Stay put.."

Arianiss mutters under his breath.

You sigh.

Silon grunts.

Silon says, "Shoulda been faster"

Arianiss says, "I have information about the staff for you.."

Silon nods to Arianiss.

Arianiss says, "Something you might want to know."

Arianiss asks, "Where are you?"

Arianiss searches around for a moment.

Silon mumbles something that you don't quite catch.

Arianiss grumbles.

You sigh.

Silon whispers, "Oh, can you heal my wounds?"

You try to pull Alyxandrah towards you.

Silon faces you, closes his eyes and begins chanting. Suddenly, a small bolt of energy arcs between the two of you. You gain 25 mana points!
Silon opens his eyes, looking slightly drained.

You nod to Silon.

You exclaim, "they won't get Thurfel!"

Alyxandrah rubs you gently.

You clench your fist.

You take a quick appraisal of Silon and find that he has some minor cuts and bruises on his right hand, and some minor cuts and bruises on his left arm.

You meditate over Silon.
Silon's right hand damage is transferred to you.

Callinar says, "Highly unlikely"

Aranrhod asks, "What happened?"

Callinar nods.

You meditate over Silon.
Silon's left arm damage is transferred to you.

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

Silon whispers, "Thanks"

You try to pull Aranrhod towards you.

You exclaim, "Elymir was here!"

You say, "The energy was him."

Aranrhod blinks at you.

You say, "Watching me."

Arianiss nods to Silon.

Aranrhod says, "Hmm"

Aranrhod says, "I think you will all be watched"

You say, "He..."

You fidget.

Silon says, "Not Arianiss, he's a infidel"

Silon nods to Aranrhod.

You say, "He kept telling me nothing is as it seems."

Alyxandrah moves to stand in front of Callinar.

You flail your arms about.

Arianiss says, "Which is perfectly fine by me."

Arianiss grins.

Silon grins at Arianiss.

You ask, "Alyx, why do they all keep saying that?"

You try to pull Alyxandrah towards you.

Arianiss says, "..because Iscikella.."

Silon exclaims, "Because, I want to be a infidel! Not Arianiss!"

Arianiss says, "These are games of the mind."

Silon stamps his feet at Arianiss! The ground seems to tremble slightly beneath the impact.

Arianiss mutters under his breath.

Arianiss exclaims, "I was branded the infidel!"

Arianiss turns to face Silon.

Arianiss pushes on Silon without much success.

You say, "He is inside me..."

You tap yourself on the chest.

You say, "Elymir."

Silon exclaims, "Bah, never! I shall be the infidel!"

Arianiss mutters under his breath.

You say, "But then says don't be sure."

You sigh.

Aranrhod searches around for a moment.

You say, "I knew was him."

You turn to face Silon.

You say, "I told ye was him."

Silon grunts.

Silon says, "Well I want to meet Cheritz"

Silon grunts.

Arianiss says, "Iscikella, easy.."

Silon says, "Cheritz"

Arianiss touches you.

Silon nods to you.

You ask, "Easy?"

You flail your arms about.

Arianiss says, "Take a deep breath."

Arianiss says, "Relax."

You say, "I'm being watched by a lich who is somehow inside my body and can come at will."

You flail your arms about.

You ask, "Easy?"

Silon asks, "So?"

Arianiss says, "Calm down."

Silon leans on you.

Brediph groans.

Aranrhod says, "One thing I am wondering about is..."

Silon grins at Arianiss.

Arianiss says, "You're safe. You're with us."

Alyxandrah says, "Right, we have 'SAFE' written all over us."

Alyxandrah nods to Arianiss.

Silon snickers.

Arianiss grins at Alyxandrah.

Silon says, "Well, Elymir does have bad aim"

Silon nods to Alyxandrah.

Aranrhod says, "Thurfel said these vessels need to be found to release the other possessed"

Aranrhod asks, "Right?"

Arianiss nods to Aranrhod.

You nod to Aranrhod.

You say, "Aye, he did."

Aranrhod says, "But your's has been found Iscikella"

You say, "I don't want to think about that, Aran."

Brediph searches around for a moment.

You shake your head.

Aranrhod sighs.

You say, "I really don't."

You say, "I know ye are right."

You say, "I just can't think about it now."

Aranrhod says, "Scares me"

Silon says, "Wait"

You say, "We have to save the others."

Silon asks, "Yours broke, right?"

You say, "Maybe is too late for me."

Silon leans on you.

You nod to Silon.

Aranrhod sighs sadly.

Silon asks, "Maybe yours belonged to the Ninth, and he is already dead?"

You say, "But the magic wasn't destroyed."

Alyxandrah says, "Thurfel will find a way to save you."

Silon grunts.

Alyxandrah smiles at you.

Silon asks, "Ya sure the magic wasn't destroyed?"

Alyxandrah says, "The magic wasn't destroyed because the essence forced itself through the sphere."

You say, "From what Thurfel said, he knows a way perhaps to destroy the magic."

Silon nods to Alyxandrah.

You say, "But I don't remember him saying destroy the vessel itself to do that."

You say, "I remember him saying way back destroying the sphere was bad."

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

A voice rises to existence beside you ear, seeming to come from outside rather than in, "I wouldn't be too sure, child. One can never be too sure with essence." A howling wind brushes by you like a distant laughter, before silence returns.

Alyxandrah nods to you.

Alyxandrah says, "It releases them..."

Alyxandrah asks, "I think he needs to contain them?"

You shudder.

You exclaim, "Is still talking to me!"

Aranrhod says, "And still he let you keep it..."

Silon grunts.

Aranrhod blinks at you.

Alyxandrah rubs you gently.

Silon whispers, "Tell him to get back out here..."

Brediph leans against a low mithril gate.

Brediph ponders.

You say, "Said I shouldn't be too sure."

Silon yells, "Heh Elymir! I'am the infidel, not Arianiss!"

Silon scowls at Arianiss.

Arianiss gives Silon a little prod between the shoulder blades.

You say, "That one can never be too sure with essence."

Arianiss mutters under his breath.

Aranrhod says, "Nothing is as it seems...Thurfel said that also"

You say, "And refers to me as "child"."

You rub your chin thoughtfully.

You say, "Like wants to teach me."

You shudder.

Aranrhod says, "Well...they are rather old"

Alyxandrah asks, "Thurfel said that as well?"

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at Aranrhod.

You say, "It calls others different things though, Aran."

You nod to Alyxandrah.

You say, "aye, Thurfel did."

Alyxandrah whispers, "Why do they all keep saying that? Nothing is as it seems...what does that mean?"

You say, "Long ago."

Aranrhod nods.

You say, "When the island was first revealed to us."

Aranrhod says, "Makes you wonder..."

You say, "When he raised the stones."

Alyxandrah says, "I was a weeeeeeeeee girl."

Alyxandrah nods.

You say, "He said to me, "Nothing is ever as it seems, Iscikella."

Arianiss is admiring Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah glances at Arianiss.

Arianiss grins.

Alyxandrah gives Arianiss a good pinch!

You sigh.

Silon curses fluently.

Alyxandrah stares off into space.

You whisper quietly to Alyxandrah, "I have a feeling we understand but little of the mages of the Council, including Thurfel."

Arianiss grins at Alyxandrah.

Arianiss looks over at Silon and shakes his head.

Silon grumbles.

Silon nods to Arianiss.

Alyxandrah nods to you.

You say, "I am sorry to have upset everybody."

Silon whispers, "Eh?"

You sit down.

(Iscikella leans against the statue.)

Aranrhod says, "We need to know these things"

You slowly and deliberately empty your filled lungs.

You say, "I'm trying to stay... serene."

Brediph rubs you gently.

Alyxandrah winks at Arianiss.

Arianiss grins at Alyxandrah.

You say, "As Lumnis teaches."

You say, "Is working too well."

You sigh.

You say, "Isn't."

Aranrhod sighs.

Arianiss says, "Isci, take a deep breath."

(Iscikella inhales slowly.)

Alyxandrah asks, "Do they have Thurfel?"

Alyxandrah peers quizzically at you.

Arianiss says, "Now slowly, let it out.. slowly, calmly, peacefully."

You say, "Elymir says yes."

You say, "Gavrail seemed shocked."

Alyxandrah asks, "Gavrail said...?"

You say, "Elymir could be bluffing."

Alyxandrah says, "So could Gavrail."

You say, "To scare."

You ask, "If they had him though, wouldn't they do as Elymir intimated?"

You cock your head at Alyxandrah.

Alyxandrah shrugs.

You say, "Kill him and display his dead body for all to see."

You say, "To discourage... rebellion."

Arianiss says, "If they wanted him dead..."

You say, "These mages are clever."

You say, "And I don't know what to make of them honestly."

Brediph ponders.

Aranrhod says, "Not if he is working with them...I know you do not want to believe that"

Aranrhod says, "But we still have to consider that possibility"

Aranrhod says, "As they said"

Aranrhod says, "Nothing is as it seems"

You say, "I won't distrust Thurfel."

You look at Aranrhod and shake your head.

Aranrhod says, "I know you will not"

Silon rubs Aranrhod gently.

Aranrhod says, "And I am not saying if we should or should not"

Silon nods to Aranrhod.

Silon grins.

You say, "I won't. I can't."

You say, "But remember if ye do, then there is no hope."

You say, "For without him, we cannot defeat these liches."

You say, "that has already been shown."

Aranrhod sighs.

Brediph shudders.

Arianiss looks over at Silon and shakes his head.

Aranrhod rubs her chin thoughtfully.

You whisper quietly to Alyxandrah, "I pray Thurfel is well, and was indeed a ruse."

Silon stretches.

Aranrhod searches around for a moment.

Arianiss nods to Silon.

Alyxandrah nods to you.

Aranrhod mutters under her breath.

Silon leans on Alyxandrah.

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

(Iscikella glances ruefully at the statue of the mages.)

(Iscikella points at the statue.)

Aranrhod nods.

You say, "Even here."

You say, "there is a magical field here."

Brediph nods.

You say, "And that is why."

You say, "they were and are that strong."

You turn to face Aranrhod.

One of the mages on the statue seems to turn and look at you, before resuming its original position.



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