02-26-2013

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The Task – and a Dance

(Log by Samiyah) who
5 players.
Hum [ Bard: 30 30 28 ] Samiyah bint Suriel, ukhayyatun Deme
Hum [ Ra:30 Th:30 Cl:30 ] Fzoul the Nexus Guardian
Gno [ Wa:30 Th:30 Cl:30 ] Teva EbbinWhat, Crimson Alchemist of Nashite
Elf [ Demigod ] Wish, Nashite Foul Sepiod of Alchemy
Hum [ Anfa an Caillte ] Belgarion Foul Betrayer *LOST* **DarkClaw**

Samiyah tells Wish (in common), 'Greetings. I had forgotten that I collected an item in the manor for you.'.
Samiyah tells Wish (in common), 'May I give it to You?'.

Samiyah gets a banana cream pie from bag made from white angel hide.
Samiyah gets a coconut cream pie from bag made from white angel hide.

Seraph has granted you the ability to see him when he is invis.
Seraph nods in recognition to Samiyah.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), '*smile* Sahib'.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, ‘I need you to do something for me'.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), 'of course, Seraph..'.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'gather 3 uncut gems'.
Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'bring them to me'.

Samiyah gets a small black book from bag made from Samiyah hide.
Samiyah gets a red writing quill from bag made from Samiyah hide.

Samiyah writes down your instruction.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), 'Anything else, Sahib?'.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'once I have touched them, look at my lost belongings again. Touch the gem to the items and absorb the soul in them. Then bring the gems back to me'.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), '.. I do not think the Nashites will permit me near Similus... But I will make every effort'.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'You have to. There is no choice. Do not tell anyone what you are doing'.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), '*small voice* Sahib... I do not know how to manipulate souls. I do not have the magic that you do.'.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'That’s why you bring the gems to me first'.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), 'Forgive me, Seraph. I have just awoken and did not hear you clearly when you spoke first. I will do this.'.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'start with the Nash god first, because he will prove the most difficult'.
Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'do it and do it fast. There isn’t much time'.

Samiyah touches her hand to her forehead, her lips, and her heart in a tribal gesture of respect.
Samiyah nods.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'whatever you have to - do - but do not join them'.

Samiyah nods her understanding.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'even lie to the Nash god. Tell him you want to be an unaligned Nashite'.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), '..I will find a way.'.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'You have no choice in this. You must do this'.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), ‘I will obey.'.

Samiyah touches her hand to her forehead, her lips, and her heart in a tribal gesture of respect.

(Samiyah travels to.... )

In a Passage (Tharlodin's Vein)
[Exits: east south]
Miners are actively working here, digging for prized gems in the dark vein
that runs here through solid bedrock. The work is hard and tiring, but the
reward for recovering that priceless gem, one that may be worth a king's
ransom, is reason enough to dig.
(Token magic) A stone with dull glints running through it has been left here.
( 6) (Token magic) A stone with dull veins running through it has been left here.
A miner is here, hard at work.
Tharlodin stands here studying the veins in the bedrock.

Samiyah gets an uncut gem.
Samiyah puts an uncut gem in a saddlebag.

Samiyah gets an uncut gem.
Samiyah puts an uncut gem in bag made from sparrow hide.

Samiyah gets an uncut gem.
Samiyah puts an uncut gem in bag made from white angel hide.

> c portal fountain
Samiyah makes the gesture necessary to invoke her spell.

Opening a portal to a fountain.
The Kitchen
[Exits: west]
A small white fountain gushes forth here.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), ‘I have the gems'.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'Wendell'.

The Office of the TFC Housing Authority
[Exits: west]
(White Aura) Wendell waits patiently while you decide where to live.

Seraph arrives from the west.
Seraph says, 'hold them in your hands'.

Samiyah puts a red writing quill in bag made from white angel hide.
Samiyah puts a small black book in bag made from white angel hide.
Samiyah drops a coconut cream pie.
Samiyah drops a banana cream pie.
Samiyah gets a noisemaker from a very tiny disposable pouch.
Samiyah drops a noisemaker.

Samiyah gets an uncut gem from a saddlebag.
Samiyah holds it in her cupped hands.

Seraph waves his hand over the gem.

Samiyah puts an uncut gem in a saddlebag.

Samiyah gets an uncut gem from bag made from sparrow hide.
Samiyah holds the gem in her outstretched hands.

Seraph waves his hand over the gem.

Samiyah puts an uncut gem in bag made from sparrow hide.

Samiyah gets an uncut gem from bag made from white angel hide.
Samiyah holds out the gem.

Seraph waves his hand over the gem.

Samiyah puts an uncut gem in bag made from white angel hide.

The pouch glows a bright red then fades

Samiyah gets a banana cream pie.
Samiyah gets a coconut cream pie.

Samiyah lays a hand across her chest, modestly lowers her eyes, and curtseys.

Seraph says, 'now go do as I asked of you'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Yes, Sahib.'.

Samiyah tells Teva (in common), 'Do you still have Similus?'.

Teva tells Samiyah (in common), 'for now yes'.

Samiyah tells Teva (in common), 'it is in my dreams, always.'.
Samiyah tells Teva (in common), ‘I would give almost anything to see it again'.

Teva tells Samiyah (in common), 'well I could show it to you........'.

Samiyah tells Teva (in common), 'If that is the only way I can see it.. '.
Samiyah tells Teva (in common), 'Then I will await you in the temple courtyard.'.
Samiyah tells Teva (in common), 'give me 2 minutes to prepare. '.

Entrance to Temple Courtyard
[Exits: west up]
You stand before a very ornate staircase. The solid marble steps and
polished oak railing lend strength to the temple atmosphere. At the
top of the stairs you can see the beginning of the courtyard.
(Dark Purple Aura) Belgarion is here.

Samiyah eats a tiny St. John's Wort seed.
Samiyah is surrounded by a white aura.

>c 'protection evil'
Samiyah makes the gesture necessary to invoke her spell.
You feel protected.
> c shi
You don't have the faintest idea how to do that, but you try anyway.
> c armor
You don't have the faintest idea how to do that, but you try anyway.
> c cloak
You don't have the faintest idea how to do that, but you try anyway.
> c bless
Samiyah makes the gesture necessary to invoke her spell.
You feel righteous.

You shiver. Brrrrrrrrrrr.

Samiyah tells Teva (in common), 'do you await in the courtyard?'.

Teva tells Samiyah (in common), 'yes'.

Samiyah tells Teva (in common), ‘I can no longer see you.'.

Lower Temple Courtyard
[Exits: north east south west up down]
The temple courtyard stretches before you. Avenues lead away to the
temples heading north, south, east and west. The staircase leading
down will take you back to the entrance below. The staircase leading
up will take you to the Lesser Gods Temple area. You also see a sign
with directions on it hanging above a rather ominous looking pit.
The sky is rainy and a cold northern gust blows.

Teva's backstab *** ANNIHILATES *** you.

Your jump inner crescent kick decimates Teva.
Your outer crescent kick decimates Teva.
Teva's pierce decimates you.
You dodge Teva's attack.

Samiyah presses an uncut gem against the Similus with a smile.

> flee
Attempting to flee...
Upper Temple Courtyard
[Exits: north south west down]
The upper temple courtyard stretches before you. Avenues lead away to
the temples heading north and south. The staircase leading down will
take you back to the lower temple courtyard. Boromir's temple is to the west.
The sky is rainy and a cold northern gust blows.
You flee from combat!
You LOSE 25 experience points!

> Samiyah makes the gesture necessary to invoke her spell.
You find yourself unable to move. THE PAIN! And darkness.
You regain consciousness!

A Narrow, Slate Path
[Exits: east south west]
The sky is rainy and a cold northern gust blows.
The magenta butterfly, speckled with yellow spots, flits from flower to flower.
The magenta butterfly, speckled with yellow spots, flits from flower to flower.

The Gazebo
[Exits: south]
Samiyah rests.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), '*smile* Similus.... is done.'.

The white aura around your body fades.

Teva tells Samiyah (in common), 'where'd you go?'.

Samiyah tells Teva (in common), 'Away :)'.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'Bring the gem to me. Now'.

> c portal pit
Samiyah makes the gesture necessary to invoke her spell.
Opening a portal to the donation pit.

The Pit
[Exits: east up]
A grand staircase leads to the temples above.
A pit for donations dominates the room.

The Lower Hall
[Exits: north up]
This hallway must have been built by giants! It is huge! Then
again, there are more than a few giants that belong to The Guild, so
it may just be so. A stairway leads up to another hallway above.
(Dark Purple Aura) Ghazkull is here.
(White Aura) The newsboy stands here selling newspapers.
(Invis 71) (Intense Dark Purple Aura) [GS] Seraph is here.
(Dark Cyan Aura) Fzoul is here.
Mish Leigh Salvandor will use her contacts to help you... for a price.

Ghazkull bows before Samiyah.

Samiyah nods.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), 'here?'.

Ghazkull says (in common), 'How are you today, Samiyah?'.

Seraph says, 'excuse me'.
Seraph leaves north.

The Office of the TFC Housing Authority
[Exits: west]
A noisemaker was left here.
(Invis 71) (Intense Dark Purple Aura) [GS] Seraph is here.
(White Aura) Wendell waits patiently while you decide where to live.

Samiyah holds out a blackly glowing uncut gem.
Samiyah gives an uncut gem to Seraph.

Seraph says, 'pick up your noisemaker'.

Samiyah gets a noisemaker.
Samiyah puts a noisemaker in a very tiny disposable pouch.

Seraph holds the gem in his hand.

Samiyah tells Teva (in common), 'Thank you for your assistance!'.

Teva tells Samiyah (in common), 'on?'.

The gem glows a bright red as Similus is absorbed into Seraph's body.

Teva raises an eyebrow.

Masta Ninja
Teva has a special twinkle in his eye.
Teva shows little sign of injury.

Teva is using:
<used as light> (Moderate magic) (Glowing) a spinning blue spindle
<worn on finger> (Artifact magic) Thumbscrews of the Nashite Inquisition
<worn on finger> (Artifact magic) a writhing band of ebon flame
<worn around neck> (Potent magic) a Necklace of Fangs
<worn around neck> (Quivering) The Caustic Eye of Ancalagon the Black
<worn on body> (Artifact magic) onyx dragonscale
<worn on head> (Moderate magic) a studded leather cap
<worn on legs> (Moderate magic) blood-spattered pants of black leather
<worn on feet> (Moderate magic) a pair of quilted cloth slippers
<worn on hands> (Moderate magic) a pair of quilted cloth lace-trimmed gloves
<worn on arms> The Emerald Vambraces
<worn as shield> (Moderate magic) a large wooden shield
<worn about body> (Potent magic) (Ominous) the Whispering Shadow of Bleeding Death
<worn about waist> (Moderate magic) a seashell belt
<worn around wrist> (Moderate magic) the rusty sea shell bracelet
<worn around wrist> (Moderate magic) the brilliant platinum bracelet
<wielded> (Red Aura) (Artifact magic) Similus, Mace of Suriel
<worn with pride> (Weak magic) (Glowing) a small pair of crossed swords
<worn with pride> (Weak magic) (Glowing) a small pair of crossed swords

Samiyah smiles at the sight of Similus.

Teva says (in common), ‘I didn't even get to hit you with Similus'.

Samiyah's hand reaches out unconsciously towards it.

Seraph says, 'the weapon is there - just not the soul Teva'.

Teva says (in common), 'that’s ok, because i, too, am soulless'.

Seraph nods in recognition to Teva.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, '1 down 2 to go'.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), 'Yes, Sahib.'.

Teva says (in common), ‘I gave my soul to lord Nash a long time ago'.

Seraph says, 'which makes you a deadly killer Teva'.
Seraph says, 'no remorse'.

Teva says (in common), 'good way to be'.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'very good, Samiyah '.

Ghazkull tells Samiyah (in common), 'if you have a moment, would you know where I might find a pink flamingo?'.

Samiyah tells Ghazkull (in common), 'Near my home. On the Great Plains. By the watering hole'.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I have posted a note to the Wyldess's people'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'And hopefully, will be able to do the same there, soon.'.

Seraph nods in recognition to you.

Samiyah tells Teva (in common), ‘I almost forgot - I have a gift for your Sahib'.
Samiyah tells Teva (in common), 'may I give it to you for him?'.

Teva tells Samiyah (in common), 'sure'.

Teva tells Samiyah (in common), 'next time you ought to stay longer it might get fun'.

Samiyah tells Teva (in common), 'That is a dance I do not know the steps to...'.
Samiyah tells Teva (in common), 'it surely would not be entertaining for you.'.

Teva tells Samiyah (in common), 'sure it would be :)'.

Taylor arrives from the west.

Teva rests.

Taylor gives Samiyah the gold inlaid scroll.
Taylor smiles happily.

Samiyah thanks Taylor heartily.

The gold inlaid scroll lies here.
You see the following faint symbols: [m|L28 cloak of protection 1#]
If this item were destroyed, don't expect it to re-appear.

Taylor says (in common), 'tis a good one :)'.

> The writing fades from the gold inlaid scroll, totally ruining it.
Ok.

Samiyah says (in common), 'that was a mighty gift!'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'thank you!!!'.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'now be careful - Teva will be hunting you'.

Taylor says (in common), 'kinda shocked you was able to memo it'.
Taylor snickers softly.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I have learned that spell several times'.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), ‘I believe this with all my heart.'.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I cannot see you when you hide, Teva'.

Samiyah gives a coconut cream pie to Teva.
Samiyah gives a banana cream pie to Teva.

Samiyah says (in common), 'For your Sahib. Apparently, for all their strangeness... Nashites bake a lovely pie.'.

Teva nods.
Teva says (in common), 'laced with many poisons'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Did you know they have tapestries that show...'.
Samiyah shivers. Brrrrrrrrr.
Samiyah says (in common), 'well. Very ... haraam sorts of things.'.
Samiyah blushes slightly.

Samiyah says (in common), 'May he enjoy the pie.'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'and I will endeavor to learn this dance. Perhaps Aoide can teach it to me.'.

Teva says (in common), ‘I could teach you'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Alas, Hedschott was unable to do so, despite careful patient instruction. I fear I am very clumsy and always fall away. But your willingness is so kind!'.

Teva says (in common), 'why was he unable to?'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'as I said -- though he is a talented dance partner, I could never quite keep the tune. we were never able to complete that dance. Much to his irritation. Perhaps another will teach me.'.

Teva says (in common), 'gnomes are better teachers'.

Samiyah looks down from her lofty hand and a half-span taller than your height.
Samiyah says (in common), 'But how would you lead the steps? You cannot see over my shoulder.'.

Teva says (in common), 'ah my vision isn't that great to begin with old age as taken a course, it’s all done with remembrance'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'ah, it has become second nature, then. The tune always flowing through your veins?'.

Teva nods in recognition to you.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I feel songs always… but my feet are not graceful enough to follow such complexities, and Similus's song drowns it out.'.

Teva says (in common), 'it’s bred into us since we are a dying race'.

Samiyah looks yearningly at the weapon at your belt.
Samiyah murmurs, 'Someday, I will hold it again.'

Teva says (in common), 'it will be destroyed shortly'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'That would truly be a travesty. It is older than you are. It has known the hand of villains and heroes alike. To be destroyed - for what reason? Spite?'.

Seraph says, 'no it wouldn't. It is just a weapon'.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I must be going.'.

Teva waves happily.

Samiyah touches her hand to her forehead, her lips, and her heart in a tribal gesture of respect.
Samiyah makes a gesture of thanks, bowing slightly over her clasped, henna-dyed hands.

Samiyah says (in common), 'My thanks for our dance.'.

Teva nods.

Fare thee well!

Houseplants and Hostilities

(Log by Cordir)
Cordir: hello Seraph

Seraph: hello
Wish: hello Seraph

Seraph: hey wish Seraph: how is everyone?

Cordir: (ic) Irritated. As usual.

Seraph: so, nothing new with you, then, Cordir.

Cordir: Indeed not.

Seraph: I spoke with your sister

Cordir: As always - I am aware.

Seraph: of course Seraph: then you know what we spoke about then?

Wish: ooo ooo can I guess?

Cordir: I do.

Seraph: I sure with your power wish you already know

Wish: Why would you say that? I do not use my powers to eavesdrop. At least not usually.
Wish: for all I know you could have been talking about the price of tea in Riverdale
Seraph: perhaps we was Seraph: Cordir, how are the threads this day?

Restring by Cordir : a vibrant, healthy houseplant - This healthy, vibrant houseplant grows prodigiously. )

The Coral Cave [Exits: south] (Invis 71) (Intense Dark Red Aura) Wish is here.

Cordir gives a vibrant, healthy houseplant to Wish.

Wish: hahaha

Wish tells Cordir, 'that's funny'.

Cordir tells Wish, ‘I have my moments.'.

Wish tells Cordir, 'indeed you do'.

Cordir: *slow smirk*

Seraph: ok wish do something to rattle them

Wish: you mean the threads?

Cordir: (sorry had missed your immtalk seraph)

Wish: I, frankly, do not see how the threads of the Tapestry can be "rattled"

Cordir: The Tapestry is just fine without your meddling, Seraph.

Wish: I don't even agree with Cordir that you are "meddling". Wish: but it’s a philosophical disagreement, only Wish: and Cordir is the authority, after all

Cordir: Yes. I am. Good that you both remember that.
Wish: However, I am also a curious sort. Wish: So it is less that I am curious to know how to read or mess with the Tapestry Wish: It is more that I am curious to know how certain weavings turn out
Cordir: and more that you simply like to have your tentacles in things?
Wish: Well, there is that too...

Seraph: may I come visit, Cordir?

Cordir: if you must.

Seraph appears before you. Seraph steps out the shadows.

Cordir raises one eyebrow inquisitively.

Seraph says, 'have you noticed since wish gained power chaos has overcome the realm'.

Cordir says, 'As often happens when a new immortal rises.'. Cordir says, 'A pattern I have seen time and time again'.

Seraph says, 'people not acting like themselves and now he wants to destroy my things'.

Cordir coughs.

Seraph says, ‘I think you should look at Similus’s thread'.

Seraph says, 'sick, Cordir?'.

Cordir says, 'Seraph we both know why your little desert mouse is not behaving as she once did'.

Seraph says, 'Ah yes. Because of me'.

Cordir nods.

Seraph says, 'it is nice to have all eyes on me, so others can wreak havoc'. Seraph shrugs.

Cordir says, 'When Wish begins wreaking havoc, I assure you, I will watch him closely as well'. Cordir says, 'He is Nashite. They tend to break things.'.

Seraph says, 'like I said before it is funny people act different and he want to destroy things. Oh well '.

Cordir says, ‘I am sorry but the path you wish to merrily lead my thoughts down is one I am not treading'.

Seraph folds his hands behind his back. Seraph says, 'and Similus’s thread?'. Seraph starts playing with a bright red gem.

Cordir says, '.. I am aware of it.'.


Seraph says, 'me? change the powerful Cordir’s mind? Never'. Seraph says, ‘I am nothing'. Seraph rolls the gem between his fingers.

Cordir simply regards you, saying nothing.

Seraph walks towards the shadows. Seraph says, ‘I am trying to help you'.

Cordir says, 'You are not.'. Cordir says, 'You are seeking your own power for your own reasons'.

Seraph says, 'if you say so, Weaver'.

Cordir says, ‘I do.'.

Seraph says, 'power is something I don’t have'. Seraph says, 'when you see color in the realm again you will realize I’m not evil'.

Cordir shakes her head in irritation.

Seraph steps into the shadows.

Cordir says, ‘Just.. go.’



Wondering

(Log by Samiyah)
[ 8] Samiyah: The Helm and the Shield Tue Feb 26 06:41:20 2013 To: Zephyr Sagan Katrana

I must beg a boon of you, to examine them again, if I may. I promise: no more flopping about like a fish or bleeding or distressful things. But the need is urgent, relating to the Foul Sepoid's plans for them. In service, Samiyah bint Suriel, ukhayyatun Deme


Seraph has granted you the ability to see him when he is invis.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), 'Greetings Sahib'.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'hello Samiyah'.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), ‘I await the Hunters...'.

Seraph nods in recognition to Samiyah.
Seraph sits down and thinks deeply. Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'do you feel like a mouse in a maze?'.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), ‘I am sorry.. I do not understand..?'.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'do you feel like you’re running around and going nowhere?'.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), 'No.. I would not say that... though sometimes trying to gain my last two learnings, yes...'.

Seraph nods in recognition to Samiyah. Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'everything comes with time'.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), 'progress is slow but… There is still progress'.

Seraph nods. Seraph’s wings fold about his body.
Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), 'Oh... sometime..'. Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), 'would you like to hear what I wrote about Sahib Kerri?'.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'of course - when I have more than a moment'.

Samiyah tells Seraph (in common), 'At your whim, Sahib'.

Seraph [GS] tells Samiyah, 'there is......never mind'. Seraph smiles at Samiyah

>L seraph Samiyah blinks. Samiyah chews contemplatively on her full lower lip.

Seraph says, 'what? You always chew your lip when you have something to say'. Seraph grins evilly.

Samiyah stammers, "er... um ..." Samiyah checks her veil to ensure it is in place and her blush hidden.

Seraph waits quietly.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I .. um...'.

Seraph says, 'spit it out'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Your armor. It is a sign of your strength.'.

Seraph nods.
Samiyah says (in common), ‘I am glad of it'.

Seraph says, 'that’s not what you were going to say. So now - say what you really wanted to say'.

Samiyah blushes again, caught in misdirection. Samiyah says quietly, embarrassed: “I wondered whose soul gave you strength.”

Seraph’s wings open up and he folds his hands behind his back.

Seraph says, 'Ahhh… there is the question'. Seraph says, 'in time, you will find out'.

Samiyah looks down, staring at the floor.
Samiyah says (in common), ‘I wondered - if my soul had not been pleasing enough or strong enough.'.
Seraph says, 'it was more than enough'. Seraph smiles at Samiyah

Samiyah says (in common), 'You have been displeased with me much of late.'. Samiyah finishes softly, 'so.. I wondered.'
Seraph says, 'No. Your choices are your choices'.
Seraph says, ‘I must go'.

Samiyah nods. Samiyah says (in common), 'understood, Sahib'.

Seraph steps into the shadows.

Samiyah sighs.
Samiyah says softly, ‘and I wondered... if you were hungry for a soul, Seraph… why did you not seek mine?’

Violated

(NOTE: Due to events later that day, Samiyah does not recall any of the following scene.)

The Office of the TFC Housing Authority [Exits: west] Several comfy chairs sit around a small table, on it a large book describing each of the cities in the world that have listed vacancies for adventurers seeking homes or places to retire. Flipping through it, you recognize many as places you have visited, and several as good candidates for a place to call home. Looking around, you see the real estate agent waiting to assist you in your move, and motion him over so that you can begin the paperwork that surely must accompany something as complicated as relocating to another town. (White Aura) Wendell waits patiently while you decide where to live.
Someone licks Samiyah

You gasp in astonishment. Samiyah flees.

The Lower Hall [Exits: east south west]

The Offices of the Midgaard Daily News [Exits: east] (White Aura) Greta waits for you to place your advertisement.

Samiyah gossips (in common), 'that was disgusting! Please, I beg of you, Invisible one, do not do that again!'.

Samiyah shivers. Brrrrrrrrr.

Someone says, 'boo!'. Someone whispers in your ear.
Samiyah says (in common), 'stop!'.

Someone gives Samiyah a round of applause. She MUST'VE done something good!

Someone nibbles on Samiyah’s ear.

Samiyah says (in common), 'stop!'.

Someone sighs loudly. Someone says, 'no!'.

Samiyah covers her ears protectively.

Someone says, 'relax'.
Someone tickles Samiyah - hee hee hee.

Samiyah gasps in astonishment. Samiyah says (in common), 'DO NOT!!'. Samiyah shrinks back against the stone wall.

Seraph has granted you the ability to see him when he is invis. Seraph says, 'do not what?'.

Seraph begs you for forgiveness.

Samiyah tries to speak but only breathes a moment to calm her racing heart.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Why would you break your promise, Seraph?!'.

Seraph says, 'oh not to tickle'.

Samiyah trembles from head to toe, upset.

Seraph says, ‘I forgot I am sorry'.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I was afraid to be touched so personally by some unknown ...'.

Seraph says, 'figured you been so tense lately figured I would joke with you'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'It ...'. Samiyah sits abruptly on the stone floor and tries to hide the tears.

Seraph begs Samiyah for forgiveness.

You tell Seraph (in common), '(from a desert perspective you just molested her  :p)'. Seraph [GS] tells you, 'oh damn hmmm'. You tell Seraph (in common), '(unknown hands, tongue, touch? she is in shock)'.

Seraph says, ‘I know you have been raised not to touch'. Seraph says, 'but tickling is a form of fun expression of closeness'.

Samiyah trembles and nods, staring at the floor.

Seraph sits down and thinks deeply. Seraph says, 'how about you kick me in the shin'.

Samiyah gasps in astonishment. Samiyah shakes her head. Samiyah says (in common), ‘I could do no such thing, Sahib!'.

Seraph says, 'ahhh… pull my wings?'. Seraph sits down and thinks deeply.

Samiyah shakes her head. Samiyah says softly, "You are immortal."

Seraph says, 'how about tickle me'. Seraph says, 'it’s fine give it a try'.

Samiyah says softly, "You are my Immortal. There is no .. retribution."

Samiyah shakes her head.

Seraph says, ‘I offended you so do something back'.

Samiyah wraps her arms around her knees, laying her veiled head upon them. Samiyah says (in common), ‘I cannot.'.

Seraph sits down next to you. His wing wraps over your shoulders. Seraph says, ‘I didn’t mean to disrespect you Samiyah'.

Samiyah releases a shuddering breath.

Seraph’s wing lifts off your shoulders.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I understand, Sahib.'.

Seraph says, ‘I just forgot. There is so much I am doing'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'You are helping me to grow'. Samiyah says (in common), 'but sometimes the lessons are more frightening than others'.

Seraph holds out his hand palm up.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I would rather face two Teva’s than to be .. to be grabbed and .. and .. licked.. by an unknown assailant'.

Seraph says, 'everything new can be scary'.

Samiyah blinks in confusion looking at your hand.

Seraph says, 'place your hand in mine'.

Samiyah immediately obeys, her hennaed dusky hand dwarfed by yours.

Seraph’s hand glows blue as a small piece of your soul enters your body. Seraph’s hand turns black as he absorbs a small piece of his soul from yours.

Samiyah blinks in confusion. She stammers, "But how... when.."

Seraph says, ‘I told you I was really busy'. Seraph smiles at Samiyah.

Samiyah says (in common), 'But.. but ... you already gave it back'. Samiyah says (in common), 'and ...'. Samiyah breaks off speaking, overwhelmed.

Seraph says, ‘I am searching for your shattered pieces of soul'. Seraph says, 'then repairing them'. Seraph smiles at Samiyah.

Samiyah slips into the desert tongue without realizing it: "Truly, you are the Shepherd who watches over me."
Seraph says, 'always'. Seraph smiles at Samiyah.
Seraph says, 'in time you will not have any of me in you'.

Samiyah says softly, "I do not seek to rush that day, Sahib."

Seraph says, 'you said long ago you did not want my soul So I am making sure you won’t'. Seraph smiles at Samiyah.

Samiyah says (in common), 'And yet, these past days, I borne it within my flesh and suffered no harm - only healing from it.'.

Seraph says, 'of course'.

Seraph says, 'between you and I, Samiyah'. Seraph leans in and whispers in your ear: I’m not as bad as people think.
Samiyah says (in common), 'And back then.. You sought to frighten me and did - overly well'. Samiyah says (in common), 'can you blame me for refusing then?'.
Seraph says, 'just think if you had accepted then'. Seraph smiles at Samiyah.

Samiyah says (in common), 'No, Sahib, you are not.. and I have told many that same thing for weeks now.'.

Samiyah glances at you and smiles wistfully. Samiyah makes a conscious effort NOT to bite her lip.

Seraph says, 'go ahead - it is fine'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'What, Sahib?'.

Seraph says, 'bite your lip'.

Samiyah giggles.

Seraph laughs.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I did not want to reveal that I was thinking.. but you know anyway. ‘ Samiyah taps her breastbone. "Your spirit entwined with mine reveals it does it not?"

Seraph nods. Seraph says, ‘I think you want me to do something'. Seraph says, 'what is it?'.

Samiyah glances up at you.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Though you always speak of the horror of your eyes, I would rather see your face.'.

Seraph smiles happily. Seraph starts to remove his helm then stops. Seraph says, ‘I must go'.

Samiyah nods.
Samiyah says (in common), 'Yes, Sahib.'.

Seraph steps into the shadows. Seraph has removed your ability to see him when he is invis.

Samiyah sighs.
Samiyah lays her head back down on her arms.

Samiyah murmurs, "sometimes I think I will never understand this place." Samiyah whispers, "I want to go home.."


Bloodridden

(log by Ghazkull)
Temple of the Lost
[Exits: west]
A large eye hovers in mid-air here, emitting a soft, purple glow.
(Intense Dark Purple Aura) DarkClaw is here.
(Dark Purple Aura) Belgarion is here.

      • Bunch of ID'ing here by Ghazkull for Belgarion ***


Belgarion ftells, 'oh'.
Belgarion ftells, ‘I will not get you to id this scroll'.
Belgarion ftells, 'good thing I was thinking'.

You ftell, 'why?'.

Belgarion ftells, 'watch'.
Belgarion gets the bloodridden scroll from a saddlebag.
Belgarion puts the bloodridden scroll in a saddlebag.

You gasp in astonishment.

Ghazkull closes his eyes briefly, taking a few deep breaths as he does so.

DarkClaw raises an eyebrow at Belgarion.
DarkClaw says, 'Whose blood is that?'.

Belgarion shrugs.
Belgarion says (in common), ‘I found it that way'.

DarkClaw closes her eyes and inhales deeply, filtering through all the many different smells, homing in on one.

Belgarion patiently twiddles his thumbs.

Ghazkull opens his eyes again, a pained expression on his face.

You get a black rose from a water-stained book.

Belgarion whistles appreciatively.

Ghazkull stares at the rose, his lips moving soundlessly, his breathing getting steadier.

DarkClaw opens her eyes with a start and scowls, "That's Sami's blood! What the hell is it doing on a scroll?!"

Ghazkull nods slightly to himself and returns the rose to the book.
You put a black rose in a water-stained book.

Belgarion shrugs.

Ghazkull smiles softly to himself.

Belgarion says (in common), 'probably something Seraph did'.

You say (in elven), 'Seraph, I ran into him today'.

Belgarion says (in common), 'pointless'.
Belgarion chuckles, evidently amused.
Belgarion says (in common), 'and useless all in one'.
Belgarion throws back his head and cackles with insane glee!

DarkClaw says, 'What did he say to you, Ghaz?'.

You say (in elven), ‘I don't think he was speaking to me at all really'.

Belgarion says (in common), 'he may have been but you wouldn’t really know it'.

You say (in elven), ‘I had just woken up at Mish's for the day and wandered to the kitchen to refill my water'.

You say (in elven), 'Fzoul was in there, he said something then Someone said, 'Excuse me.
You say (in elven), 'sami wandered in just before and heard the Someone speak.'.
You say (in elven), ‘I didn't know who it was until Sami asked me earlier what the Sahib and I were talking about'.
You say (in elven), 'her words of course, not mine'.

DarkClaw says, 'Hmm. I wonder what he was up to.'.

You say (in elven), ‘I have no idea'.

DarkClaw's eyes shift back to Belgarion and the saddlebag containing the scroll. "That worries me."

You nod.

Belgarion shrugs.

DarkClaw says, ‘I know not whether it contains some type of dark magic spell, or...'.

Belgarion says (in common), ‘I can’t say if it worries me or not'.
Belgarion says (in common), 'that I can’t say'.
Belgarion says (in common), ‘I haven’t had it identified yet'.

You say (in elven), 'will have to get another mage to id that one for you'.
You say (in elven), ‘I am not strong enough for that one'.

Belgarion says (in common), ‘I don’t think either of you should have this scroll right now'.
Belgarion chuckles, evidently amused.
Belgarion sits down and thinks deeply.

DarkClaw says, 'I'm not sure ANY of us should have it, period.'.

Belgarion says (in common), ‘I can sac it, that's not a problem, but!!'.
Belgarion says (in common), ‘I personally think it should be known what it is and WHY her blood is on it'.

Ghazkull considers the statement.
You say (in elven), 'he _does_ have a point'.

Belgarion says (in common), 'may I call her here?'.

You say (in elven), 'if she will come'.

DarkClaw says, '...If she will come.'.

Belgarion nods.

You laugh.

Belgarion gossips (in common), 'Samiyah would you be so kind as to come to DarkClaw’s temple please'.

Samiyah gossips (in common), 'No.'.

Belgarion gossips (in common), 'we seem to have a problem that directly involves you'.

Samiyah gossips (in common), 'That sounds terrible. I am sorry to hear of it. I will not enter that place. I will not aid you, Belgarion, in any way.'.

Belgarion gossips (in common), 'this is to aid you not me I found something today'.
Belgarion gossips (in common), 'and it's not good'.

DarkClaw gossips, '*grumbles and lets out a heavy sigh* Samiyah...you need to see this.'.

You say (in elven), 'if she is here, along with that scroll, I cannot remain'.

DarkClaw ftells, 'Notice I called her by her full name. '.

Belgarion ftells, 'nods'.

Samiyah gossips (in common), 'Is it your Command, Lady DarkClaw, that I come?'.

DarkClaw gossips, 'If that is the only way you will come...*softly* then yes.'.

Pharuin Is Disgusting

(Log by Sami)
You say (in common), 'Zephyr, I would like, very much, to speak to you'.

You say (in common), 'but it seems that I am Ordered to the temple of the Lost'.

Pharuin says (in common), ‘I SMELL SEX'.

You say (in common), 'and I must go.'.

Hallway
[Exits: north east south west down]
(White Aura) The newsboy stands here selling newspapers.

The Lower Hall
[Exits: north up]
(Light Red Aura) Zephyr is here.
(Light Red Aura) Pharuin is here.
Mish Leigh Salvandor will use her contacts to help you... for a price.

Pharuin says (in common), 'or not'.
Pharuin comforts Zephyr.

You say (in common), 'you are disgusting!'.
You say (in common), ‘I must go! I am commanded!!'

Bloodridden, continued

(Log by Ghazkull)
Samiyah arrives from the west.

You get a black rose from a water-stained book.
You hold a black rose in your hands.

Belgarion says (in common), ‘I have something to show you Samiyah'.

Ghazkull closes his eyes briefly, taking some deep breaths.

Samiyah regards Belgarion with undisguised suspicion.

Belgarion says (in common), 'please don’t be alarmed but we are trying to find out how this happened'.

Samiyah stays as close to the door as she can, as far from Ghazkull.

Ghazkull murmurs, 'he will not harm you at this moment, Sami'

Belgarion gets the bloodridden scroll from a saddlebag.
Belgarion puts the bloodridden scroll in a saddlebag.

Belgarion says (in common), 'now'.
Belgarion says (in common), 'the problem is'.
Belgarion says (in common), 'DarkClaw said'.
Belgarion says (in common), 'it’s your blood'.

Samiyah's brow furrows as she frowns, looking troubled.
Samiyah says (in common), 'Are ... '.
Samiyah's brow furrows as she frowns, looking troubled.

DarkClaw murmurs, "It is definitely yours...and it worries me."

Samiyah says (in common), 'Are there words upon it?'.

Belgarion shrugs.

Ghazkull inhales deeply from the rose in his hand and opens his eyes again, a slight smile appearing on his face.
You stop using a black rose.

Belgarion says (in common), ‘I cannot in good faith give it to Ghazkull to id it'.

You put a black rose in a water-stained book.
You wield a light mace in your off-hand.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Why, might he eat it?'.

Belgarion shrugs.

You laugh.

Belgarion says (in common), 'as a new vampire I know not what he would do'.
Belgarion says (in common), 'and I do not believe he knows what he would do just yet'.

Samiyah says with impatience and frustration covering up a slight tone of fear, ‘I do not know these things!'
Samiyah says (in common), ‘I have bled. Many times.'.

Belgarion says (in common), ‘I collected it today'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Is it possible that someone collected it, and.. '.
Samiyah looks ill. 'Wrote with it. Though that makes no sense.. for I am not powerful or important.'

Belgarion says (in common), 'in the Vein'.

DarkClaw says, '...That's my fear. And I don't know for what purpose. Or what magic is in the scroll.'.

Samiyah says (in common), '..I was there, yes.'.

Belgarion says (in common), 'seems ironic'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'But I did not bleed.'.

Belgarion says (in common), ‘I found a bloodridden scroll in the Vein'.

Belgarion chuckles, evidently amused.

Samiyah says (in common), 'you have not examined it?'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'and you wish me to do so?'.

Belgarion shrugs.
Belgarion says (in common), 'it's your blood'.
Belgarion says (in common), ‘I thought you would prefer to know this then keep it from you'.

DarkClaw says, ‘I only wanted you to be aware of it and to know if you knew anything of it.'.

Samiyah extends her hand, reluctance evident in every line of her body.

Belgarion gets the bloodridden scroll from a saddlebag.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I do not know of this thing, Lady. Though I know that I have angered many of late.'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'Some who know blood magic.'.

Belgarion gently hands the scroll to Samiyah.

Ghazkull makes a murmuring sound and closes his eyes as the scent from the scroll reaches his nose.

Belgarion gives the bloodridden scroll to Samiyah.

Samiyah says (in common), 'one moment'.
Samiyah gives the bloodridden scroll to Belgarion.

Samiyah leaves west.

DarkClaw says, ‘I wonder if she's returning or not.'.

Belgarion ftells, 'what DC?'.

DarkClaw ftells, 'Just wondered if Sami is coming back or not. LOL'.

Samiyah arrives from the west.
Samiyah says (in common), 'Forgive me.'.

DarkClaw nods in recognition to Samiyah.

Belgarion says (in common), 'nothing to forgive'.

Belgarion gives the bloodridden scroll to Samiyah.

Samiyah examines the scroll, holding it gingerly by the edges.
Samiyah makes a complicated-looking gesture.

Samiyah says (in common), 'It is a healing spell.'.

Belgarion ftells, ‘I hope it's a badass spell'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Not Heal, but.. for healing.'.

DarkClaw ftells, 'Damn'.

Belgarion sits down and thinks deeply.
Belgarion says (in common), 'that's very strange'.

DarkClaw blinks and frowns thoughtfully. "That...makes no sense."

Ghazkull's breathing gets shallower.

Belgarion says (in common), 'umm'.

Samiyah says quietly, 'It makes perfect sense.'

DarkClaw reaches out and touches a reassuring hand to Ghazkull's arm.

Samiyah says quietly, 'But I may not speak of it.'

Belgarion says (in common), 'Ghaz you ok?'.

Samiyah gives the bloodridden scroll to Belgarion.
Samiyah says (in common), ‘I will distress him no further with my presence.'.
Samiyah touches her hand to her forehead, her lips, and her heart in a tribal gesture of respect.
Samiyah leaves west.

Belgarion puts the bloodridden scroll in a saddlebag.
Belgarion grumbles.
Belgarion says (in common), 'cut so short'.

Ghazkull's hand scrabbles for the book in his pouch.
Ghazkull flicks quickly through the pages of the book, his breathing labored.

Belgarion says (in common), 'keeping score of how many times you keep control buddy?'.

DarkClaw murmurs, "Easy, Ghaz. You can fight it."

You get a black rose from a water-stained book.
You stop using a light mace.

Belgarion nods.

You hold a black rose in your hands.

Belgarion says (in common), 'maybe I should leave'.
Belgarion says (in common), 'it might help him'.

Ghazkull inhales the scent of the rose, his lips moving soundlessly.

Belgarion hugs DarkClaw.
Belgarion bows before you.

DarkClaw hugs Belgarion.

Belgarion leaves west.
Belgarion ftells, 'sami seems lost'.
Belgarion ftells, 'she's hit every room in GH I think'.

Ghazkull's breathing becomes more regular and you see his face grow more peaceful.
Ghazkull opens his eyes, a hunted look on his face.

You stop using a black rose.
You put a black rose in a water-stained book.
You say (in elven), 'oh my'.

DarkClaw turns to face Ghazkull fully, her gaze wandering over his features with concern. "Are you alright now?"

Ghazkull looks around for the first time, realizing that the bard is no longer here.
You say (in elven), 'Sami?'.

Belgarion arrives from the west.
Belgarion rests.

DarkClaw says, 'She's gone.'.
DarkClaw says, 'And she thinks it was her presence that was disturbing you.'.

You grumble.
You say (in elven), ‘I shall have to try and speak to her'.

DarkClaw ftells, 'You're fine, Belg.'.

You nod in recognition to him.

(End Scene)

The Shield

(log by Samiyah)

The Lower Hall
[Exits: north up]
This hallway must have been built by giants! It is huge! Then
again, there are more than a few giants that belong to The Guild, so
it may just be so. A stairway leads up to another hallway above.
(Light Red Aura) Zephyr is here.
(Hide) (Light Red Aura) Pharuin is here.
Mish Leigh Salvandor will use her contacts to help you... for a price.

You nod in recognition to Zephyr.

You say (in common), 'may we _speak_ ?'.

Pharuin says (in common), 'that's code'.
Pharuin nudges Zephyr impatiently.

Samiyah glances at Pharuin with disgust.

Zephyr says (in common), 'sure'.

Pharuin says (in common), 'pft, I let you have that belt'.

You say (in common), 'Yes, and you were saying that he and I ..'.
You shudder from the sheer thought of it.

Pharuin says (in common), 'he's handsome!'.

Zephyr gasps in astonishment.

You say (in common), ‘I do not do such things, nor do I hear of them.'.

Pharuin says (in common), 'forever single, huh?'.

Zephyr says (in common), ‘I be not good enough'.

You say (in common), 'Yes.'.
You say (in common), ‘I am forever bound.'.

Pharuin says (in common), 'scandalous'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'to what?'.

You say (in common), 'to be alone.'.
You say (in common), '.. that way.'.
Samiyah gestures vaguely.

Zephyr leaves up.

You blink.

The Kitchen
[Exits: west]
Any experienced adventurer can tell you that it isn't always easy to
find food. For new adventurers this task is even more difficult.
Originally this room was built to feed those adventurers who could not
do it for themselves. Dues negotiations with guild members forced
cutbacks in the staff and building maintenance so that all that is left
now is a fountain where you can still get a drink.
A delicious magic mushroom is here.
A small white fountain gushes forth here.
(Light Red Aura) Zephyr is here.

Zephyr rests.

You say (in common), 'so... your shield.'.

You say (in common), ‘I know that the last time I asked, I could pay you five thousand gold..'.
You say (in common), 'but now, to my name, I have 35.'.
You say (in common), 'yet it is yours, if you will let me examine it again.'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'whatcha be wanting to do dat for'.

You say (in common), '.. It is important.'.
You say (in common), '..Please?'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'why it be important'.

Samiyah looks at you entreatingly, biting her lower lip. ‘I .. It .. ' She tries again.
You say (in common), 'It is IMPORTANT...'.

Zephyr raises an eyebrow.

You say (in common), ‘I need not hold it.. only touch it.'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'first lass don't be raising ya voice to me'.

Samiyah ducks her head in embarrassment. ‘I beg your pardon and forgiveness. The urgency over rode my manners like a camel on a rampage.'

Zephyr says (in common), 'second if ye do it again ill cave your skull in wit me mace here'.
Zephyr says (in common), 'so I ask again why'.

Samiyah says softly, "I cannot tell you."

Zephyr raises an eyebrow.

You say (in common), 'But it is not for a bad purpose'.
You say (in common), 'It is to.. to..'.
Samiyah struggles to even form the words.
You say (in common), 'To..'.
Samiyah gasps out, 'Help'
You say (in common), 'someone.'.

Zephyr raises an eyebrow.

Sweat breaks out on her forehead as she struggles to speak about it.

Zephyr says (in common), 'tell ya what lass'.
Zephyr says (in common), 'dem short bearded folk make the best ale you bring me a keg'.
Zephyr says (in common), 'I’ll let ya see it'.

Samiyah listens.

You make the gesture necessary to invoke your spell.

Opening a portal to a well.
Market Square
[Exits: north east south west up]
You are standing on the market square, the famous Square of Midgaard.
Above the center of the square swirls a grey vortex, looking both
ominous and intriguing. Roads lead in every direction, north to the
temple square, south toward the common square, and Main Street
through Midgaard runs east and west.
The sky is rainy and a warm southerly breeze blows.
A deep well is here in the center of the square.
(Light Blue Aura) A singing, happy drunk is here.
(Light Red Aura) (White Aura) Slue, cousin of Smee and Blogg, is polishing his blade.

(And off she runs through the west gate, through Ofcol and the Whitefrost Forest, to Dwarvenhold)

Churg's Brewery
[Exits: east]
Churg runs this small shop almost as an aside, his true love
is the creation of new and deadly beverages. From the vats in
the back rooms to the west drifts the heady scent of his latest
concoction.
A Patrolguard is patrolling the city.
The brewer smiles at you and offers you a sample, on the house.

The Patrolguard moves quickly away and cowers in your presence.

> list
Churg says (in dwarven), 'npyr wuw itc syq,'.
Churg has a puzzled look on his face.

> c tongues
You make the gesture necessary to invoke your spell.
Ok.

The Patrolguard moves quickly away and cowers in your presence.

> list
Churg says (in dwarven), 'jyv 01 ayyw y gyvvuy yb uyyun vunu.'.
Churg says (in dwarven), 'jyv 01 ayyw y rysf yb bpeva`s gusr.'.
Churg says (in dwarven), 'jyv 01 ayyw y fua yb yyu.'.

You buy a cask of Churg's best.
You buy a cask of Churg's best.
You buy a cask of Churg's best.

The Patrolguard moves quickly away and cowers in your presence.

You make the gesture necessary to invoke your spell.
Opening a portal to The Pit.
The Pit
[Exits: east up]
A grand staircase leads to the temples above.
A pit for donations dominates the room.

The Kitchen
[Exits: west]
A small white fountain gushes forth here.
(Light Red Aura) Zephyr is resting here.

You give a cask of Churg's best to Zephyr.
You give a cask of Churg's best to Zephyr.

Zephyr has his hands full.

Zephyr stands up.

You drop a cask of Churg's best.

Zephyr rests.

Zephyr drinks firebreather from a cask of Churg's best.
Zephyr says (in common), 'ahh that be good'.

You get a cask of Churg's best.
Zephyr has his hands full.

You say (in common), 'your hands are full'.

Zephyr drops a cask of Churg's best.
Zephyr drops a cask of Churg's best.

You give a cask of Churg's best to Zephyr.

Zephyr says (in common), 'ok lass I let cha see it'.
Zephyr holds his mace up.

You say (in common), ‘I understand. You will bash me if I ever speak loudly of it again'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'but the next time yous yells at me '.

Samiyah blushes and bows her head.

Zephyr nods.

Zephyr stops using a wooden kite shield.
Zephyr wears a black shield, dripping blood of angels as a shield.

Zephyr staggers around.
Zephyr says (in common), 'let me sit a mins lass'.

You say (in common), 'of course...'.

Zephyr falls on the bench and passes out.

Samiyah stealthily removes a gem from a bag.
You get an uncut gem from bag made from sparrow hide.

Zephyr snores loudly.

Samiyah steps over quietly on tiptoe, one hand stilling the chimes in her veil.
Samiyah kneels next to the sleeping old man.
Samiyah lays the gemstone on the bloody surface of the shield, choking back a gasp as it turns black.

Ghazkull tells you (in elven), ‘I apologize for my actions in the Temple, it was not so much your presence that affected me as it was the scent from the scroll'.

Samiyah waits until the entire gem is suffused with darkness, then draws back, blinking in pain and horror at the visions that sweep her.

Samiyah closes her eyes. Takes a slow breath. Releases it.
Samiyah breathes, the words barely audible: “No weakness.”
Samiyah opens her eyes and squares her shoulders, determined.

Samiyah breathes deeply, letting the visions wash over her, but not fighting them.

Zephyr snorts.

Samiyah creeps backward, moving away from the snoring figure.

Zephyr rolls off the bench onto the floor.

Samiyah puts the gem away carefully, wrapping it in a bit of linen.
You put an uncut gem in a saddlebag.

You tell Ghazkull (in common), '*quietly, voice shaking* It is all right. '.

Zephyr lands on the floor waking up.

Samiyah asks solicitously, 'Are you all right?'

Zephyr says (in common), 'wh...who.....damn'.

You say (in common), 'You drank a great deal.'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'sorry lass I be tired so ya wants to'.

You say (in common), 'Yes, please.'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'look at da shield'.
Zephyr holds out the shield.

Samiyah kneels next to you on the floor, and touches her hand gingerly to the bloody surface, obliterating any mark the gem might have left.

Samiyah's only reaction is a sharply taken breath, and a slight swaying.
Samiyah surrenders to the visions once more, not fighting them.

Zephyr says (in common), 'der you be happy now?'.

Samiyah lays one hand on the floor to steady herself, and nods.
Samiyah murmurs, 'No screaming, no flopping about.'
Samiyah draws her hand back, clutching it against her chest, shivering slightly.

Zephyr says (in common), 'much beeter den da last time'.
Zephyr says (in common), 'we be over?'.

Samiyah whispers, 'Yes. Thank you.'

Zephyr says (in common), ‘I needs to sleep'.

Samiyah sits down on the floor, breathing deeply to calm herself.

Zephyr says (in common), 'bye lass'.
Zephyr leaves west.

Theories Discussed

(log by Samiyah)
You tell Ghazkull (in common), '.. it makes sense that the spell is one of healing. Because I try to heal and help people.'.

You tell Ghazkull (in common), 'perhaps whoever made it, tried to place some other spell. But I do not believe my blood can be used for harm.'.

Ghazkull tells you (in elven), '*nod* you're right, it does make sense'.
Ghazkull tells you (in elven), 'but, it doesn't explain how it came to have your blood on it?'.

You tell Ghazkull (in common), 'that, I do not know. And why it would be in a place I had been, but not bled.'.
You tell Ghazkull (in common), ‘I must...'.
You tell Ghazkull (in common), '*her voice grows very faint* I must rest.'.

You sleep.

(Time passes)

Samiyah wakes up gasping, clutching her chest.

The Kitchen
[Exits: west]
( 2) A cask is here.
A small white fountain gushes forth here.
(Dark Purple Aura) Ghazkull is here.

Ghazkull says (in elven), 'Sami?'.

Samiyah shivers, closing her eyes, and breathing slowly.
Samiyah nods mutely.

Ghazkull offers his water container to the bard.

Samiyah shakes her head. 'No thank you'

Ghazkull returns the goblet to his bags.
Ghazkull says (in elven), 'How are you feeling?'.

Samiyah looks at you haggardly. ‘I fear to sleep.'
You say (in common), 'it is why I was so short with you.. before. I had not slept in days. Dared not, until your task was done.'.
You say (in common), 'and for my rudeness, then, you have my apologies.'.

Ghazkull smiles happily.
Ghazkull says (in elven), 'There is no need for an apology'.
Ghazkull says (in elven), 'you were quite within your right to be annoyed'.

Samiyah says softly, rubbing her bloodshot aching eyes, 'It is not like me to be so snappish.'

Ghazkull says (in elven), ‘I did not take offense, it takes a lot more than that to offend me'.

You nod.

Ghazkull says (in elven), 'Your fear of sleep...'.
Ghazkull says (in elven), 'is this to do with Seraph's displeasure at you helping me?'.

Samiyah hastens to reassure you. 'No.'

You say (in common), 'No. it.. is.. something else entirely. Before then.'.

Ghazkull says (in elven), ‘I have not spoken to DarkClaw about it, as you asked'.

You nod.
You say (in common), ‘I thank you.'.

Ghazkull says (in elven), ‘I would however, seek your permission to speak to another who is learned in these things'.
Ghazkull says (in elven), ‘I believe she would respect my wish to discretion'.

You say (in common), ‘I beg you not to..'.
You say (in common), 'er, wait.'.
You say (in common), 'You want to talk to this other person about what, specifically?'.
You say (in common), 'that Seraph was angry with me for helping you?'.
You say (in common), 'that I was angry at your Lady for not telling us of the bond?'.

Ghazkull says (in elven), 'not that exactly'.
Ghazkull says (in elven), 'the bond itself, as I said before, I know that your blood calls to me, especially when I am unprepared'.

Samiyah glances at you, to assess your current state.

Ghazkull says (in elven), ‘I am fine now'.
Ghazkull sniffs the rose he holds, inhaling it's fragrance.

You say (in common), 'does your flower help you not to smell my blood?'.

Samiyah looks at you curiously, raising one eyebrow.

Ghazkull smiles happily.

Ghazkull says (in elven), 'the Rose was given to me by the Lady Cordir, plucked directly from her garden'.

Samiyah hmmms. "I have heard of this Lady, but never met her. Though I am told that she loves bards."

Ghazkull says (in elven), 'She does indeed, she was most vexed that I nearly...'.
Ghazkull casts his eyes downwards.
Ghazkull says (in elven), 'well...'.

The Helm

(log by Samiyah) Sagan has entered the game.

Samiyah repeats her words from a few days ago. 'Thinking of a thing is not doing a thing.'

You say (in common), 'Sagan!'.

Sagan smiles happily.
Sagan bows before you.

You say (in common), ‘I was hoping that I might see you!'.

Samiyah touches her hand to her forehead, her lips, and her heart in a tribal gesture of respect.

Sagan says (in common), 'What can I do for you, little Sami?'.
Sagan says (in common), 'Well, not so little anymore.'.
Sagan sighs at himself. What a sorry sight.

You say (in common), 'well..'.

Samiyah takes a deep breath. 'Though I know it may sound strange..'
You say (in common), 'May I please examine the helm again?'.

Sagan sits down and thinks deeply.

Samiyah hastens to reassure you: "There will be no flopping about like a fish..."

Sagan says (in common), 'If you're sure... I still have the memory of your last brush with it in my mind.'.

You say (in common), ‘I am stronger... much stronger.'.

Sagan laughs.
Sagan says (in common), ‘I hope so.'.
Sagan stops using A black fullface helm with no eye slits.

You nod.
You say (in common), ‘I swear it.'.

Sagan gives you A black fullface helm with no eye slits.

Samiyah kneels on the ground abruptly, her eyes closing.

Sagan stretches his neck.

One hand reaches into a pouch and withdraws an uncut, clear gem.
You get an uncut gem from bag made from white angel hide.

Samiyah blindly presses the gem to the helm's surface, shuddering.

The stone swirls within, as if ink was pouring into it from the helm.
It becomes as black as the metal of the helm itself.

Sagan whistles appreciatively.

Samiyah shivers and opens her eyes - dilated and unseeing for a moment.
Samiyah returns the gem to her pouch, and gives back the helm.

You give A black fullface helm with no eye slits to Sagan.

Sagan says (in common), 'So, um... what did you just do to my helm?'.
Sagan sits down and thinks deeply.

You say (in common), ‘I cannot tell you.'.
You say (in common), ‘I am forbidden.'.
You say (in common), 'But it is not an unkindness, this I swear'.
You say (in common), 'It...'.

Samiyah physically struggles to say the words.

You say (in common), 'has.. to do...'.

Samiyah shakes her head.

Sagan says (in common), ‘I will trust you because of our history.'.
Sagan sits down and thinks deeply.
Sagan wears A black fullface helm with no eye slits on his head.

You say (in common), ‘I am unable to say it. But it is not a wrong thing, I swear it.'.

Sagan nods.

Samiyah says again : "Unable..."

Sagan says (in common), 'Unable because?'.

Her eyes look up at Sagan's, hoping to convey her meaning.

You say (in common), ‘I cannot speak of it. I am unable. Not unwilling. Unable.'.

Sagan sits down and thinks deeply.
Sagan nods.

Samiyah sighs with relief at the nod.

You say (in common), 'Thank you.'.

Sagan looks at you.

Samiyah runs her fingertips over her new acquisition, blushing. "Cresom will be upset with me that I spent the gold on this, but..."
You say (in common), ‘I will try to re-earn the funds before I see him again.'.

Sagan says (in common), 'What did you recently acquire?'.

You say (in common), 'this belt of seashells.'.
You say (in common), 'The funds were to be used for good works..'.
You say (in common), 'and ... I... er...'.
Samiyah blushes and stammers.

Ghazkull laughs.

You say (in common), 'Ink had told me to try and obtain it..'.
You say (in common), 'and I ..'.

Sagan says (in common), 'Well, technically, managing to obtain that... I'd say 'Good work'.'.

Samiyah falls off lamely, 'It was to be used to help others.'

You say (in common), 'Not myself.'.

Sagan says (in common), 'How much did you spend on it?'.

You say (in common), 'And it irritated Pharuin that I bought it.'.

Sagan laughs.
Sagan says (in common), 'That's a bonus in and of itself.'.

Samiyah starts to smile, then hides it with her hand.

You say (in common), ‘I cannot deny it.'.
You say (in common), 'But I feel horribly guilty.'.
You say (in common), 'So I should go and raid the pockets of mighty creatures'.

Ghazkull chuckles, evidently amused.

Sagan says (in common), 'What did you spend on it? Was it at least a good purchase?'.

You say (in common), 'The belt!'.
You say (in common), 'it took every single penny that I had on me'.
You say (in common), 'with the exception of these 35'.

Samiyah jingles a very limp beltpouch.

Sagan says (in common), 'That's what I mean - how much gold did you spend that Cresom was expecting you to save?'.

Sagan laughs.

You say (in common), 'Oh!'.
You say (in common), 'He had given me 100,000.'.
You say (in common), 'But then thieves stole a fifth of that'.
You say (in common), 'and I earned some back..'.
You say (in common), 'It is .. complicated.'.
You say (in common), 'but I have not found any little ones who need helping with purchases.'.
You say (in common), 'but I feel as if I have stolen from my own brother'.
You say (in common), 'and I must make amends '.

Sagan says (in common), ‘I understand debts.'.
Sagan nods.

You smile happily.
You say (in common), 'Thank you for your aid.'.

Sagan bows deeply.
Sagan leaves west.

You say (in common), ‘I should get to that task'.

Sagan arrives from the west.

Samiyah blushes at Ghazkull.
You say (in common), 'My apologies... I should go'.

You smile at Ghazkull.

Ghazkull nods in recognition to you.

You wave.

Sagan gives you 100000 gold.
Sagan smiles happily.
Sagan waves happily.
Sagan leaves west.

Samiyah covers her mouth with one hand as she gasps in surprise.

You say (in common), 'Sagan!!'.

You tell Sagan (in common), '*gasp*'.
You tell Sagan (in common), 'Wait!'.
You tell Sagan (in common), 'come back!@'.

Sagan tells you (in common), 'What's up?'.

You tell Sagan (in common), 'you should not have done that!'.

Sagan tells you (in common), 'I'm far too far away from guild to hear you well, I'm afraid.'.

You tell Sagan (in common), '*laughs* Well then... I will repay that, among other debts to you and yours, someday'.

Sagan tells you (in common), 'That works for me - I care little for gold, and more for your concern for your brother. '.

You tell Sagan (in common), ‘I do not want to ever disappoint him. He is so very good.'.
You tell Sagan (in common), ‘I have decided that he is truly a Paladin. '.

Sagan tells you (in common), 'He's one of my favorites, that's for sure. The only Good Ordained mortal that I don't attack.'.

You tell Sagan (in common), 'He speaks very highly of you as well.'.
You tell Sagan (in common), 'of an oath given to you and to Ink.'.

Sagan tells you (in common), ‘I am glad he remembers it. '.

You tell Sagan (in common), 'He does. He spoke of it.'.

You get a black rose from a sack of ill-gotten loot.

You tell Sagan (in common), 'May I ask one more thing of you?'.

Sagan tells you (in common), 'Of course'.

You tell Sagan (in common), ‘I have a gift for your Sayyida'.

Sagan arrives from the west.
Sagan smiles happily.

You give a black rose to Sagan.
You say (in common), ‘I found that in my travels'.

Sagan bows deeply.

You say (in common), 'and it reminded me of her'.

Sagan says (in common), ‘I will make sure to give it to her - with your regards, I take it?'.

You say (in common), 'well, with respects.'.
You smile happily.

Sagan smiles happily.
Sagan nods.
Sagan bows before you.

You thank Sagan heartily.

Sagan leaves west.

A sun bleached skeletal hand reaches for Samiyah from out of the water fountain.

Hadrian arrives from the west.
Hadrian says (in common), '...Up for 3 more ids? :)'.

You scream. ARRRRRRRRRRGH!!!!!

Room of Records
[Exits: east]
A book on a lectern provides an index to all the different plaques.

You tell Hadrian (in common), 'it wasn't you'.
You tell Hadrian (in common), 'it was the hand.'.
You tell Hadrian (in common), ‘I will help'.

Hadrian tells you (in common), 'oh, hehe'.

You tell Hadrian (in common), 'just not in there'.
You tell Hadrian (in common), 'room of records'.

Hadrian arrives from the east.
Hadrian bows deeply.

(IDs snipped)

Samiyah murmurs a prayer to the Shepherd to forgive her for showing weakness.

Hadrian bows deeply.
Hadrian leaves east.

The Kitchen
[Exits: west]
A small white fountain gushes forth here.

Samiyah glares at the fountain.
Samiyah rummages in one of her pouches, finding a small bag of salt.
Samiyah gets a large handful of salt and casts it into the fountain, so as to bind dark spirits.

You say (in common), ‘I will not be afraid.'.

Samiyah shivers despite herself.
Samiyah gives the fountain one last glare, then departs a smidge hastily.



Wish's Proposition

(Log by the Foul Sepoid)

You shout, 'PRAISE LORD NASH!!!'.

Samiyah gossips (in common), '*bows carefully* Sahib. Greetings.'.

You gossip, 'Greetings Samiyah....How are you feeling? Recovered fully, I trust?'.

Samiyah gossips (in common), 'My healing progresses.'.

You gossip, 'Well, I suppose you will never be quite the same.'.

Samiyah gossips (in common), 'No. I will not.'.
Samiyah gossips (in common), 'but it was worth the price paid.'.

You gossip, 'If you say so. Although, you are the first amputee I have met to have ever said so.'.

Samiyah gossips (in common), ‘I am missing none of my limbs. You are mistaken.'.
Samiyah gossips (in common), ‘I have my hands. my arms. My legs. my feet. I am fully am... ambu... able to walk.'.

You gossip, 'This is all true, Samiyah. But I am sure you are aware that more than limbs can be amputated.'.

Samiyah gossips (in common), '*puzzled* Er... no.... '.

You gossip, 'It is so odd...You make a curious case.'.
ou gossip, 'You have been added to and subtracted from in one fell swoop.'.

Sagan gossips (in common), 'You make it sound impressive, I do that to dwarven women all the time.'.
Sagan gossips (in common), 'And I bet I'm way faster than you.'.

You gossip, 'Yes, Sagan, I have heard you are.'.

Guild Hall
[Exits: north east south west]
This huge room is the meeting place for all known adventurers of the
world. Due to special magics set upon the room, going north will allow
you instant transport to your hometown, no matter what your race may
be. The room is filled with many people, most of them wannabe
adventurers, but scattered amongst the throng of people you spot more
than a few living legends. It is rumored that even immortals visit
this place upon occasion.
Samiyah is here.
(Light Red Aura) Sagan is resting here.

Sagan whistles appreciatively.

You bow deeply.

Samiyah touches her hand to her forehead, her lips, and her heart in a tribal gesture of respect.
Samiyah says (in common), 'Sahib Wish'.

You say, 'hello Samiyah...hello Sagan'.

Sagan says (in common), 'I'm a little AFK, forgive me.'.
Sagan bows before you.

Samiyah slides one of her pouches to the back of her belt, as if to hide it from view.

Sagan says (in common), 'Hello, Wish!'.

You say, 'You will find no dwarven women here, Sagan'.

Sagan says (in common), ‘I think I've found them all, sadly. '.

A tentacle slides slithers across the room, seemingly out of control.

Samiyah says (in common), 'aagggh! '.
Samiyah hops behind Sagan.

You say, 'Now, Sagan, I wish to speak with you.'.

Sagan smiles happily.
Sagan says (in common), 'Uhoh.'.

You say, 'About your helm. The one with no eye slits.'.

Samiyah taps Sagan's arm armor meaningfully.

Sagan says (in common), 'Oh, yes! I do have one like that, people seem to be interested in it.'.
Sagan laughs at Samiyah mercilessly.

You nod in recognition to him.
You say, ‘I am indeed interested in it.'.
You say, 'Mostly for curiosity sake.'.

Samiyah takes a slow, sliding step further behind Sagan, so that he occludes the view of her somewhat.

You say, 'Whilst others are interested in using it for power, I have other ideas.'.
You say, 'In fact, I wish to persuade you to destroy it, or give it to me to be destroyed.'.

Samiyah slips one hand into a pouch nonchalantly.

Sagan sits down and thinks deeply.

You say, 'Let me state my case'.
You say, 'And then you, perhaps in consultation with the Lady Katrana, may consider it.'.

Sagan sits down and thinks deeply.

You say, 'First of all, I understand this helm to be quite a valuable object.'.

Samiyah ever so casually withdraws her hand from the pouch, concealing an item inside.

A tentacle quivers along the wall.

You say, 'Although I choose not to be aware of its full capabilities, this much I know.'.

Samiyah takes a quick step away from the tentacle, realizing that it puts her in clearer view of Wish, and forces herself to step back.

Aoide arrives from the south.

Samiyah reaches up and presses something against Sagan's helm, rocking his head slightly.

  • BONG!!*

Samiyah coughs.

You frown.
What's bothering you?

Aoide curtseys gracefully for you.

Samiyah apologizes, 'Your pardon! I tripped.. that tentacle.. thing...'

Aoide curtseys gracefully to Sagan.

Samiyah slips her hand back into her pouch.

Wish looks around the room, wondering what is making that noise.

You shrug.

Sagan bows before Aoide.

Samiyah beams a smile at Aoide.
Samiyah says (in common), 'Sayyida..'.

You say, 'Now, I believe your helm has done Samiyah great harm.'.

Aoide says (in common), 'yes, Sami?'.

Samiyah says quickly, 'Anything it did, was by my choice.'

You say, 'Her actions...which have been entirely of her own making, but real nonetheless, have caused her a great sickness.'.

Someone says, 'Sagan's attentions were pulled to the Outworld momentarily. '.

You nod.

Samiyah lays a hand across her chest, modestly lowers her eyes, and curtseys.
Samiyah says (in common), 'Sayyida?'.

Someone says, 'Though I am interested in why you feel that my Hound's helm should be destroyed...or turned over to you?'.

Katrana says, 'Greetings Samiyah dear.'.
Katrana says, 'Thank you for the lovely rose.'.

You say, 'Turned over to me for destruction. Either satisfies me'.

You bow before her.

Samiyah smiles in relief, beaming a smile at Katrana.

Katrana says, 'Why?'.

You say, 'because I believe it is the only way Samiyah can be truly cured of her affliction.'.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I am much better.'.

Katrana sits down and thinks deeply.

You shake your head at Samiyah.

Katrana says, 'Is she ill?'.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I do not need this thing done.'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'It is not of my wish that it be done.'.

Aoide says (in common), 'are you really better, Sami?'.
Aoide says (in common), 'have the dreams left?'.

Samiyah looks down and to her left.
Samiyah says, 'They are ... er..'

You say, 'Samiyah, you are quite ill. '.
You say, 'Am I the only one to see it?'.

Katrana raises an eyebrow.

You say, 'Has no one else noticed her strangeness?'.
You say, 'She reaches for a weapon that is not there.'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Others have seen the things I have seen. IT is not just me.'.

Aoide says (in common), ‘I do not know that she is ill, Lord Alchemist'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Seraph says I am not crazy!'.

Katrana says, 'Wish...mortals have ranges of oddities...you even in your immortal form still do.'.

Aoide says (in common), 'but she is certainly troubled by what she saw'.

You nod in recognition to Aoide.

Samiyah says (in common), 'My..Thread.. is stronger today. Seraph helped it yet more.'.

You say, ‘I do not know which oddities you speak of Katrana. But in Samiyah's case, it seems clear to me that she is quite ill.'.

Samiyah blinks over the unfamiliar word.

Aoide frowns.

Katrana says, 'Well, she is not ill. She is not plagued.'.

Aoide says (in common), 'Helped it? How?'.

You sigh.
You say, 'Look at her!'.

Aoide looks at Samiyah.
Katrana looks at Samiyah.

The desert-born woman before you has the grace of a gazelle and an intelligent
and curious gaze that observes all around her. The dark veil that shrouds her
features is but lightly pinned in place - a change from the past when she wore
it like a shield. Though a ready smile curves her full lips, there is a shadow
about her spirit, as if her very soul had been cupped in the hands of Death. A
light pallor makes her caramel skin slightly ashen, evidence that the grievous
wounds recently self-inflicted in her pursuit of knowledge are not healed. Her
every movement is accompanied by the bright, ringing tones of chimes that have
been pinned into the long braids she wears, their songs helping to lighten her
spirit once more. One plait in particular draws the eye: dark brown fading to
white at the ends, woven into the sable of her hair. Designs of henna form an
intriguing pattern upon her hands, the palm of one bisected with a recent scar,
the mark of her blood-oath to a new-found brother. Gifted with the friendship
of heroes and villains alike, Samiyah is one who walks with many - but has not
yet been able to give Oath. Despite this, a slight tinge of scarlet taints her
aura, and strands of sable blur the air around her, evidence of the attentions
she has drawn from the Immortal that would lay claim to her. Her voice, softly
musical despite the weariness it holds, carries clearly enough: "I am Samiyah.
How may I aid you?"
Samiyah could sell you the Bog and you would thank her.
Samiyah is in perfect health.

Samiyah is using:
<used as light> (Powerful magic) (Glowing) a golden orb
<worn on finger> (Artifact magic) a carved adamantite ring with gold inlay
<worn on finger> (Moderate magic) the Seal of Dhuvrad
<worn around neck> (Glowing) a talisman of shattered indigo glass
<worn around neck> (Artifact magic) a strange silver key on a silver chain
<worn on body> (Moderate magic) a golden vest
<worn on head> (Potent magic) an ornamented black linen headdress and veil
<worn on legs> (Moderate magic) a pair of leather leggings
<worn on feet> (Moderate magic) a pair of leather boots
<worn on hands> (Moderate magic) a pair of quilted cloth lace-trimmed gloves
<worn on arms> (Moderate magic) a pair of fur armlets
<worn as shield> (Moderate magic) a small druidwood shield
<worn about body> (Potent magic) (Glowing) an aura of inky darkness
<worn about waist> (Moderate magic) a seashell belt
<worn around wrist> (Potent magic) the glinting star rose quartz bracelet
<worn around wrist> (Moderate magic) the fiery zircon bracelet
<worn with pride> (Red Aura) (Weak magic) (Glowing) a black pearl brooch
<worn with pride> (Red Aura) (Weak magic) (Glowing) a black pearl brooch


Aoide says (in common), ‘I ask again, Samiyah… helped it *how*?'.

Samiyah blinks and draws back, being the focus of so many eyes.
Samiyah nervously smooths the dark, concealing folds of her linen veil to ensure all that should be hidden, is.
Samiyah says (in common), '..I may not speak of it.'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'but He helped.'.

You say, 'Seraph has no power to help!'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'More power than Nash does!'.
Samiyah glares at Wish.

Wish shakes his head.

Samiyah says (in common), 'He at least is real!'.

A slight tremor shakes the floor...barely felt.

You say, 'You know nothing of the Power of Nash, Samiyah.'.

Katrana raises an eyebrow.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I know that he has bad taste in tapestries...'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'but that his people make lovely pies.'.

You say, 'And it is not my job to teach you.'.
You say, 'You may insult Lord Nash all you wish. Do you think he cares? That I care? '.
You say, 'The fact that you do, however, only goes to prove my point.'.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I am not insulting. The pies were nice. I sent them to you, via Teva'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'And the tapestries show very .. bad.. things.'.

You say, 'The tapestries...the tapestries! We spoke of this already, Samiyah. Just as there are bad poets, there are bad weavers.'.

Katrana says, 'Samiyah...Should I tell Aoide what he did to strengthen you?'.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I do not wish it spoken of..'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'such things are very private..'.

Katrana nods slightly.
Katrana says, ‘I will respect your wish dear one.'.
Katrana wears a light torque of gold and blood-red rubies around her neck.

Samiyah smiles involuntarily at those certain words.
Samiyah touches her hand to her forehead, her lips, and her heart in a tribal gesture of respect.
Samiyah makes a gesture of thanks, bowing slightly over her clasped, henna-dyed hands.

You say, ‘I shall say it once more and leave it at this:'.
You say, 'You, through your misguided beliefs, have empowered Seraphs objects.'.
You say, 'They, in turn have taken from you...and left in its place a tumor.'.

Samiyah clutches one of her pouches.
Samiyah says (in common), 'a thing-that-grows-on-trees?'.

Katrana tilts her head to the side in though.

You say, 'and in people, Samiyah...and in people'.
You say, 'This thing grows in you. Unseen. Uncontrolled.'.

Samiyah says steadfastly, 'Then my God will heal me. '

You laugh.

Katrana raises an eyebrow.

You say, 'You see, Lady Katrana?'.
You say, 'She believes Seraph will heal her. And yet you know he cannot.'.

Samiyah says softly but with resolve. "He saved me. He healed me. He continues to do so. Even today."

Katrana says, ‘I see that she is dedicated. My Sister, who is silent still has power. '.
Katrana says, 'Those that were in this realm will always have power.'.
Katrana says, 'Direct or indirect.'.
Katrana says, 'Words, gestures...'.
Katrana says, 'All have power.'.

You say, 'There is another way, Katrana!'.

Samiyah looks at you.

You say, 'Destroy Seraph's toys. Free the part of Samiyah contained within them.'.

Katrana smirks.
Katrana says, 'His toys?'.

You say, 'Let her be whole, so that the foreign part can be excised from her!'.

Samiyah says with an odd smile, 'Did Teva tell you of our Dance this morning, Sahib?'

You say, 'His shield, his helm, his mace!'.
You sigh.

You say, 'Teva and you danced?'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'We did.'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'In the temple courtyard.'.

You say, 'How intimately?'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'His touch is one I will not forget. '.
Samiyah reaches up and rubs between her shoulders.

Katrana says, ‘I love to destroy...but only when it is time for Rebirth of a Thread. To see cycles start and finish...'.
Katrana says, 'Is my joy. But only when it is time.'.

You sigh.
You say, 'You do love to destroy, Katrana...but ask yourself...is it power that you crave more? The power these objects provide you and your followers?'.

Samiyah says softly, "I do not think you want to help me, Sahib. I think you wish to harm Seraph... "

You frown at what she did.

Samiyah says (in common), 'whom you compare to a turtle or a houseplant.'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'And I think that because Seraph claims me, you would harm him through me.'.

You say, ‘I have no ill-will for Seraph. That is the truth, and I have never been to be a liar.'.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I do not know you enough to know if this is true.'.

Katrana says, 'I'd ask the same of you and Similus. You ask of me to destroy these items, when one of your's has a 'toy' in his possession.'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Sayyida? Have you known him to lie?'.

Katrana raises an eyebrow.
Katrana says, 'Seraph a liar?'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'No, Sahib Wish.'.

You say, 'Lady Katrana...I shall see Similus destroyed whether you agree with me or not.'.

Samiyah's smile gets entirely catlike.
Samiyah's hand flexes at her side.

You say, 'It shall meet its end, and we shall see the result.'.

Katrana says, 'Well, it still exists...'.
Katrana shrugs.

Samiyah murmurs something softly, a very unpleasant smirk on her face.

You say, ‘I had hoped to destroy all three at once...fitting, don't you think?'.

Katrana says, 'You may destroy them...if yours can cut their Threads.'.
Katrana raises an eyebrow.
Katrana says, 'Seems only fitting.'.
Katrana grins Wyldly as crimson falls from her shears.
Katrana says, ‘I only destroy when it is time.'.

Samiyah's eyes follow the droplets of blood as they splash to the floor.

You say, ‘I only hope Samiyah is not completely lost while you wait.'.
You say, 'as for my purpose, I shall make it plain'.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I am not lost. I am getting stronger every day.'.
Samiyah says (in common), ‘I am not lost, and I am not crazy, and I am getting better.'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'And soon, I will be able to sleep again.'.

Aoide frowns.

Samiyah falters, not having meant to say so much.

You say, ‘I have no ill will to Seraph...I wish to see Samiyah follow a powerful God. One who can help her realize her full potential.'.
You say, 'Seraph is not the one.'.

Samiyah's brow furrows as she frowns, looking troubled.
Samiyah says (in common), 'He is the god of my people.'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'The three-made-one.'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'How could anyone else be more ?'.

You say, 'He may have been once, Samiyah...but no longer.'.

Katrana says, 'Let the child worship who she desires to. My silent Sister deserves the love of those in this realm...even though she is quiet.'.

Katrana scowls.

You say, 'Samiyah may choose to worship who she pleases.'.

Samiyah says slowly, 'Sahib Wish... I vow to show you. I will show you that Seraph is the god of the desert tribes. At my last Ascension, I will do this.'

You say, 'But I may choose to persuade her of her mistake.'.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I had sworn never to return, but I will break my oath to show you.'.

You say, ‘I wish no oaths broken on my account.'.
You say, 'Fine. No one believes you are ill. You believe Seraph can protect you.'.

You say, ‘I shall destroy Similus, and nothing shall come of it.'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'You believe I am ill. I know that I have been.'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'But yes. I believe Seraph can protect me.'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'And if you destroy Similus, you will destroy only the shell of him.'.
Samiyah claps her hands over her mouth.
Samiyah looks panicked.
Samiyah leaves north.

Katrana raises an eyebrow.

You say, 'she knows I am right'.

Aoide says (in common), 'the shell of whom? Of Seraph?'.

Katrana glances to the Pattern.

You nod in recognition to Aoide.
You say, 'She knows I am right'.
You say, 'but She is also mistaken'.
You say, 'destroying Similus will do no harm to Seraph'.
You say, 'But it will release that which was taken from her.'.

Aoide nods.

You say, 'at least 1/3 '.

You say, 'Since Katrana refuses to have the other items destroyed, I can do no more...unless my followers, few as they are, cut her followers thread'.

Sagan laughs.
Sagan welcomes that.

You say, ‘I am no fool. I realize that is an unlikely scenario. '.
You say, 'However, I seek another way. The middle way.'.

Katrana raises an eyebrow.

You say, 'Band together. Destroy all three items as one. '.
You say, 'Release the parts of Samiyah that have been stolen from her. And who knows how many countless others.'.

Katrana says, ‘I do not believe that will aid her.'.

You say, 'Allow her to be whole once again. And then, she shall see the healing power wielded by true Gods.'.
You say, 'Katrana, I respect and admire you greatly.'.
You say, 'However, I believe you may be forever blinded by the blood thirst of the Hunt.'.

Katrana raises an eyebrow.
Katrana waves her hand and opens the Pattern.
Katrana runs her fingers slightly over the Threads pulling out a dark opal Thread.

Katrana says, 'This...this is Samiyah's Thread. '.
Katrana says, 'It -WAS- a sandy desert opal...so beautiful, so fully her.'.
Katrana says, 'Now...it's streaked.'.

Wish slithers a tentacle across the floor, and a small mortar and pestle appear.

Katrana says, 'Her Thread was merged ever so slightly with that of another.'.

You roll your eyes.

Katrana mumbles slightly under her breath about 'dangers'.
Katrana sighs heavily and places the Thread back into the Pattern.

You say, 'ever so slightly?'.

Katrana nods.
Katrana says, ‘I have seen two fully merged.'.

You say, 'oh no'.

Katrana says, 'And hers...was not that.'.
Katrana glances to Sagan.

You say, ‘I spoke with someone today'.

Katrana raises an eyebrow.

Wish laughs heartily and slaps his 5th tentacle with his 6th tentacle.

You say, 'Ghazkull!!'.
You laugh.

Wish chuckles mightily, ectoplasm spraying slightly across the room.

You say, 'It was Sami, wasn't it?'.
You say, 'oh this is too rich...no pun intended!'.
You say, 'So, let me get this straight.'.

Katrana sits down and thinks deeply.
Katrana raises an eyebrow.

You say, 'First, Seraph convinces Samiyah to touch his toys so she can "learn of him". '.
You say, 'Her fervent believe empowers these things, which have no effect on anyone else...'.
You say, 'She touches them, starts to see visions, and then nearly dies...quite possibly went at least temporarily insane...'.
You say, 'Then, after a protracted comatose period, she decides to give her blood to complete Ghazkull's transformation to vampire?'.
You say, 'AND YOU ALL SAY SHE IS JUST FINE?!'.

Aoide says (in common), ‘I never said she was just fine'.
Aoide says (in common), 'she is haunted by terrible visions'.
Aoide says (in common), 'and has changed in recent days'.

You nod in recognition to Aoide.

Aoide says (in common), 'but I don't know that she is insane'.

You say, 'indeed she has!'.

Katrana says, 'Well...unless I'm saying I was crazy in my mortal days than yes.'.

Aoide says (in common), 'or what is the cause'.

Katrana says, ‘I had horrific visions when coming into my power. Was that because I was insane?'.
Katrana shrugs.

You say, 'Katrana I have no idea what happened to you.'.
You say, 'but we are talking about a girl who refused to even touch another human being a few days ago'.
You say, 'and now she is giving wanna-be vampires her blood!'.
You laugh.
You say, 'You know what? I can only expend so much energy.'.
You say, 'She is ill. It is as clear as day. She will not get better by the power of Seraph...such that it is.'.

Wish begins mixing a pungent substance in the mortar and pestle.

Katrana sits down and thinks deeply.
Katrana says, ‘I cannot read the Pattern as Cordir can...but I can sense that some events will occur.'.
Katrana says, 'Within the upcoming time, that will be impactful.'.
Katrana says, ‘I know Samiyah is one of them...There are others as well.'.

You laugh.
You say, 'Katrana, I do not doubt your powers of prognostication, but that's like saying you know the sun will rise tomorrow.'.

Aoide says (in common), 'Lord Wish'.
Aoide says (in common), 'what if Sami herself were to destroy the artifacts?'.

Katrana says, 'Though I cannot tell who. Maybe it is the three that hold the 'toys', or maybe it is Seraph.'.
Katrana says, ‘I did say that is not my talent.'.
Katrana says, ‘I can only sense that change is coming.'.
Katrana shrugs.

You smile at Katrana.
You say, 'my apology, my sarcasm gets the better of me at times'.
You bow before her.

You say, 'Aoide, if Samiyah destroys them herself...well, I suppose that would be ideal.'.
You say, 'However, I do not believe she is powerful enough to do that.'.

Aoide shakes her head.

You say, 'particularly in her current state of mind'.

Aoide says (in common), 'no, she does not believe they can be detroyed'.

You nod in recognition to her.

Aoide says (in common), 'but to say that they cannot would be to agree that they have power'.

You say, 'She could not even resist their call to her.'.

Katrana curtseys gracefully.
Katrana says, 'The Outworld calls'.

Aoide says (in common), 'which if I understand correctly, you think is all in her head'.

Aoide curtseys gracefully to Katrana.

You nod in recognition to Katrana.
You bow deeply.

Katrana has left the game.

You shake your head at Aoide.
Wish shakes his head at Aoide, ectoplasm spraying gently.
You say, ‘I believe she has empowered these objects with her fervent belief.'.
You say, 'but I believe their power to be real'.
You say, 'Just as the Gods power is heightened by the belief of followers.'.
You say, 'These objects, which heretofore were inert, have become...more.'.
You say, 'They have undergone an Alchemical Change'.

Aoide frowns.
Aoide says (in common), ‘I suppose the theory is something I am not familiar with'.

You say, 'certainly you are'.

Aoide says (in common), 'though frankly, it doesn't matter to me'.
Aoide says (in common), 'it's her current state that concerns me'.

You say, 'Is not your own Goddess empowered by those who follow her?'.

Aoide says (in common), 'yes, but her power also exists without us'.

You say, 'Does not her own power rise and fall with the membership of the Hunt?'.

You laugh at Aoide mercilessly.
You say, 'you are mistaken, Aoide'.
You say, 'Just as Seraph wields little power...was all but forgotten but for some desert tribe.'.
You say, 'Should the last Hunter or Huntress fade, so too shall Katrana'.

Aoide says (in common), 'then frankly, shouldn't we just let Samiyah go?'.
Aoide says (in common), 'if that's your concern?'.
Aoide says (in common), 'then Seraph would be the concern only of that tribe still'.

You smile happily.
You say, 'And so now you understand.'.

Aoide says (in common), 'Perhaps so, perhaps not'.
Aoide says (in common), 'we come to the same problem from different sides'.

You say, 'Tell me...where are the others of her tribe?'.

Aoide says (in common), ‘I do not know. She will not tell me.'.

You say, 'no, she will not'.

Aoide says (in common), 'in the desert somewhere'.

You say, 'Or might it be she is the last of them?'.

Merlin says (in common), 'perhaps wipe the tribe out and them memories will be gone ?'.

You frown at what he did.

Aoide says (in common), 'that is a bold claim, Lord Alchemist'.
Aoide says (in common), 'and would imply that she has always been insane'.

You say, ‘I only wonder aloud, Aoide.'.
You say, 'Insane...or ignorant.'.

Aoide says (in common), 'Well, I will continue to do what I have always done'.
Aoide says (in common), 'lend a hand to my fellow bard when I can'.
Aoide says (in common), 'but if you are able to obtain the items and detroy them'.
Aoide says (in common), 'it seems all three at once would be the most powerful'.

You nod in recognition to her.

You say, ‘I do not expect your aid in this.'.

Aoide says (in common), 'you will not get it'.
Aoide says (in common), ‘I have no power over those who hold the other two'.

You say, 'But I do hope you will keep watchful eye on Samiyah.'.

Aoide says (in common), 'but I have studied the lore of the Triat'.
Aoide says (in common), 'and three is a powerful number'.

Aoide nods.
Aoide says (in common), ‘I do what I can'.
Aoide says (in common), 'though she trusts me less and less'.
Aoide says (in common), 'no..'.
Aoide says (in common), 'perhaps the same'.
Aoide says (in common), 'but she is less innocent'.

You say, 'There is no such thing as an innocent.'.
You say, 'Only the unaware.'.
You say, 'Now I must go'.

Aoide curtseys gracefully for you.
Aoide says (in common), 'happy swimming'.

You say, 'May the light of Lord Nash shine upon thee, Aoide...and you Merlin.'.

Merlin says (in common), 'you also Lord Wish'.

Fare thee well!


Affirmation

(log by Samiyah)
You tell Aoide (in common), '.. I am not crazy.'.

Aoide tells you (in common), ‘I do not think you have made up the powers of the sword, Samiyah'.
Aoide tells you (in common), 'but I do think you have changed..and drastically so'.
Aoide tells you (in common), 'you can see how there might be some concern'.

You tell Aoide (in common), '..I can see that. and yes. I am .. different.'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'though different is not always a bad thing'.
Aoide tells you (in common), 'but I wish I could say that I knew all was well'.

You tell Aoide (in common), '*quietly, after long thought* It isn't...but.. it is not as bad as it could have been.'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'but I do wonder if it might be better to destroy the artifacts and have it done with'.
You tell Aoide (in common), 'What could it achieve?'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'what would it hurt?'.

You tell Aoide (in common), 'it weakens the Hunt, taking away important things.'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'you said yourself they are...'.
Aoide tells you (in common), 'troubling'.

You tell Aoide (in common), 'They.. remember. Is that a bad thing? I am, perhaps, more sensitive to such things than others are.'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'well, it is merely a thought'.
Aoide tells you (in common), 'The Lady Wyldess said something tonight'.
Aoide tells you (in common), 'something that I have not been able to shake'.

You tell Aoide (in common), 'What was that?'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'she said that she can tell something is coming to a head'.
Aoide tells you (in common), '(not in so many words, but that was the meaning)'.
Aoide tells you (in common), 'whether with you or your lord or the keepers of the artifacts'.
Aoide tells you (in common), 'but that there is too much tension without enough release'.

Aoide tells you (in common), ‘I was merely hoping that you might be able to control what happens when the floodgates open'.
Aoide tells you (in common), 'rather than letting others decide based on their own whims'.

You tell Aoide (in common), ‘I was able to touch each of them today, with no horrible effects...'.

You tell Aoide (in common), 'The first time, it was ...'.
You tell Aoide (in common), '.. but.. today... '.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'why would you touch them again?'.

You tell Aoide (in common), 'It was important.'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'Why was it important?'

You tell Aoide (in common), ‘I may not speak of it.'

Aoide tells you (in common), 'very well'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'and one more thing'.
Aoide tells you (in common), 'what was this about an oath not to return?'.
Aoide tells you (in common), 'did I hear you right? not to return to performance?'.

You tell Aoide (in common), 'To my home?'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'oooohhhhh'.
Aoide tells you (in common), 'that makes much more sense now'.
Aoide tells you (in common), 'ah, I will worry less then'.
Aoide tells you (in common), 'not that your return is something I look for, but I misunderstood'.
Aoide tells you (in common), ‘I thought you were saying you would break your oath and sing again'.
Aoide tells you (in common), ‘I was concerned'.
Aoide tells you (in common), 'for a Samiyah without song is no Samiyah at all'.

You tell Aoide (in common), 'No! I have not taken any oath to not sing!'.
You tell Aoide (in common), ‘I swore I would not return to my home, to give oath to any god who walks, or to marry'.
You tell Aoide (in common), ‘I gave the oath to my mother, when she helped me escape.'.
You tell Aoide (in common), ‘I have songs yet to sing, I promise you.'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'very well, I will stop reading too much between the lines'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'Hunt safely, Samiyah, until I see you again. Please be careful.'.

You tell Aoide (in common), ‘I will, Sayyida'.

You gossip (in common), 'The blessings of the Shepherd over your travels!'.
Fare thee well!