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Tross Meets Seraph

(log by Sami)

Seraph says, ‘If you ever want to come to me Kandan you are always welcome'.

Tross arrives from above.
Tross tells you (in common), 'I -oh!'.

Kandan says (in common), 'I Honor the Offer Lord but my place is with Wisdom at this time :)'.

You tell Tross (in common), 'what?'.

Tross licks his hand hastily and uses it to bat down his hair.
Tross bows before Seraph.

Seraph says, 'of course'.

Kandan looks at Tross.

Tross tells you (in common), 'I didn't know he was -here-.'.

You say (in common), 'Sahib Seraph..'.

Seraph nods in recognition to Tross.

Seraph says, 'yes?'.

You say (in common), 'may I introduce you to Tross'.

Kandan tells you (in common), 'that one there confuses me'.

Tross sticks out his hand.

Seraph says, 'hello tross'.
Seraph shakes Tross’s hand.

You say (in common), '.. He .. is a young adventurer'.
You say (in common), 'who has just moved to Riverhold'.

You nod in recognition to Kandan.

Seraph says, 'ahh riverhold nice place'.

Tross says (in common), 'Rowen was kinda boring, even though the bakery was good.'.

You say (in common), 'though the cats are lazy'.

Tross looks at Seraph.
Tross says (in common), '..Woah'.

You say (in common), 'but the cookies...'.
You say (in common), 'Sahib they have fresh cookies all day and night'.

Seraph says, 'really'.

Kandan tells you (in common), 'cause when I look it says her'.

You tell Kandan (in common), 'she is in disguise'.

Kandan tells you (in common), 'oh'.

Samiyah whispers, "I did warn you, Tross"

Tross eats an oatmeal cookie.

Seraph says, 'warn him about what?'.

Tross doesn't whisper.
Tross says (in common), 'You said a little! THATs the god of your people?! Crikey!'.
Tross says (in common), 'Crikey, Sir *he amends hastily*'.
Tross bows before Seraph.

Seraph nods in recognition to Tross.
Seraph says, 'I do not hold up to the standards to a god?'.

Kandan sits down and thinks deeply.
Kandan says (in common), 'must be my warrior mentality. I am confused yet again'.

You say (in common), ‘I warned Tross that Your appearance can be a little frightening'.
You say (in common), 'If one is unused to it'.

Tross says (in common), 'I didn't say that. *firmly*'.

Seraph says, 'ahh'.

You bow before Seraph.

Seraph says, ‘Im really a pussy cat :)'.

You ponder the question.
You say (in common), 'I am not sure I would put it that way Sahib'.
You say (in common), 'You are a summer storm'.
You say (in common), 'sweeping over the desert'.
You say (in common), 'lifebringing... but dangerous to underestimate'.

Seraph grins happily at you.
Seraph says, ‘I have my moments'.

Tross grins wickedly at you.
Tross says (in common), 'You got a good way with words.'.

Kandan says (in common), 'so he’s a monsoon ?'.
Kandan says (in common), 'and I meant no disrespect with that'.

Tross's stomach growls loudly.
Tross leaves east.

Kandan says (in common), 'they can be very Dangerous '.

Tross arrives from the east.

Kandan says (in common), 'tell tross come back I can make food'.
Kandan says (in common), 'opps'.

Tross returns with cookie crumbs down his front.

Kandan utters the words, 'qcandusahz yaae'.
Kandan utters the words, 'qcandusahz yaae'.
A Magic Mushroom suddenly appears.
Kandan utters the words, 'qcandusahz yaae'.
A Magic Mushroom suddenly appears.
Kandan utters the words, 'qcandusahz yaae'.
A Magic Mushroom suddenly appears.
Kandan utters the words, 'qcandusahz yaae'.
A Magic Mushroom suddenly appears.
Kandan utters the words, 'qcandusahz yaae'.
A Magic Mushroom suddenly appears.
Kandan utters the words, 'qcandusahz yaae'.
A Magic Mushroom suddenly appears.

Kandan says (in common), 'help yourself'.

Tross looks ill.

Kandan says (in common), ‘It’s an acquired taste'.
Kandan chuckles, evidently amused.

Someone winks suggestively.

(Log broken for a moment, some dialogue lost.)

The Pit
[Exits: east up]
This is the room of last resort. If you are weaponless, armorless,
or in need of something you can't afford, this is where you go to depend on the generosity of others. Veteran adventurers often come here to unload equipment they can't use, can't sell, or just want to donate to the less fortunate. Be warned, less scrupulous individuals have been known to dump cursed equipment here, merely for the pleasure of seeing the poor suffer. Less than vigilant janitors have left grim
evidence that a choice piece of equipment is occasionally wanted by more than one person.

A grand staircase leads to the temples above.
(Moderate magic) A leaf mail sash has been left here.
A pit for donations dominates the room.
(Invis) (Dark Red Aura) Miki is here.
Tross is here.
(Intense Dark Blue Aura) Seraph is here.

You bow before Seraph.
You smile at Tross.

Tross smiles at you.

Seraph says, 'being an adventure is exciting also'.

Tross says (in common), 'I kind of like it'.
Tross nods in recognition to Seraph.

Seraph kneels down looking Tross in the eyes.
Seraph says, 'conflict of the soul'.
Seraph stands up. His wings fold about his body.

Tross says (in common), '*judiciously* It's not so bad. I like being a sailor too.'.

Tross tells you (in common), 'Crikey. He's intense isn't he.'.

You nod in recognition to her.

Seraph says, ‘In time you will make a choice'.

Tross says (in common), 'What happened to your eyes?'.

Seraph says, 'burned out'.

Tross winces. Ouch!
Tross says (in common), 'That mustof hurt. I saw a guy have his hand cut off once.'.
Tross says (in common), 'What choice?'.

Seraph says, ‘It killed me'.

Tross says (in common), 'Well.. everyone gets licked sometimes. Sounds like a bad one though.'.

Seraph says, 'Samiyah can tell you the story sometime'.

You say (in common), 'Must i, Sahib?'.

Samiyah bites her lower lip pensively.

Seraph nods in recognition to you.
Seraph says, 'when you have time of course'.

Samiyah bows her head and nods her reluctant obedience. "Yes Sahib"

Seraph says, 'you will know the choice when it happens, Tross'.

Tross says (in common), 'I already made my choice. I like being an adventurer - but I'm going back with Da and bein’ a sailor when he comes.'.

Seraph nods in recognition to Tross.

Seraph says, 'Samiyah you are my bard you must tell the good with the bad'.

Samiyah murmurs softly, "I will obey, Sahib."
You curtsey to your audience.

Seraph says, 'excuse me I have things I must attend to'.
Seraph says, 'seek me out if you wish to speak again, Tross'.

You say (in common), 'fare well Sahib'.
You bow deeply.

Tross says (in common), 'Good t' meet you.'.
Tross bows deeply.

Someone kisses Samiyah on the forehead.
Someone utters the words, 'fido'.
You feel righteous.

You smile happily.

Tross gets an oatmeal cookie from bag made from doe hide.
Tross eats an oatmeal cookie.

Tross gets an oatmeal cookie from bag made from doe hide.
Tross eats an oatmeal cookie.

Tross says (in common), 'why do you suppose he wants you to tell me about -that-'.
Tross shudders from the sheer thought of it.
Tross says (in common), 'I don't like dwelling on the time's I been licked.'.

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

Samiyah bites her lower lip.

You say (in common), ‘I am not sure.'.

The Delivery

(Log by Sami)

You say (in common), 'so .. did that delivery happen?'.

Tross smiles happily.
Tross nods in recognition to you.
Tross says (in common), 'I gave her a bouquet of flowers - yours were a little wilty so I picked new ones. So they looked good.'.
Tross says (in common), 'and I read her the card. She wanted to know who they were from.'.
Tross says (in common), 'She said it was the first time she got flowers and an apology card.'.

You say (in common), 'what did you say when she asked?'.

Tross says (in common), 'that I wasn't supposed to say'.

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

Tross smiles happily.
Tross says (in common), 'did you want the card back?'.

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

Tross gives you a calling card.

You put a calling card in a sack of ill-gotten loot.

Tross says (in common), 'I'm gonna go get more food.'.
Tross waves happily.

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

Sami Gives A Warning

(Log truncated, part of the scene lost)

Samiyah bites her lower lip and looks at you worriedly.

Tross says (in common), 'You ok? Boy, I see how he got his name.'.

You say (in common), 'Yes .. I just...'.
You say (in common), 'You remind me of me when I first left the desert'.
You say (in common), 'and I worry about you.'.
You say (in common), 'I have no right to'.
You say (in common), 'but I do.'.

Tross shrugs.
Tross says (in common), 'I've gotten in scrapes in every dock from here to Farmantle.'.
Tross says (in common), 'I can lick'm. And if I can't - well. I've been licked before. He starts something, he starts it.'.
Tross shrugs.

Tross rests.
Tross says (in common), 'I was wondering somethin.'.

You say (in common), 'what is that?'.

Tross says (in common), 'you said you had a friend you used to travel with, but can't now, because of the laws of the god of your tribe.'.

Samiyah nods sadly.

Tross says (in common), 'How come you used to be able to travel with them, what changed?'.

You say (in common), 'There is believing in something in an abstract way - like "i like dessert"'.
You say (in common), 'and then taking action: "i am making and eating this pie"'.

You say (in common), 'Seraph is the god of my people'.
You say (in common), 'that is the abstract'.

You say (in common), 'then there is the act of giving oath and worship'.
You say (in common), 'that makes it very binding and present'.
You say (in common), 'does that make sense?'.

Tross says (in common), 'Yeah.'.

You say (in common), 'As my deity, Seraph has specific rules for what I may and may not do'.

Tross says (in common), 'I'm supposed to make my vows when I turn 13.'.

Venom gossips (in elven), 'This cursed plague has wrought my health enough! I am not the plaything of the Gods!'.

Samiyah scowls at the loud voice.

Tross says (in common), 'what'd he say?'.

You say (in common), 'something about plague'.

You say (in common), 'what kind of vows?'.

Tross says (in common), 'giving my grownup oaths to Aulkar.'.
Tross says (in common), 'or someone, but Aulkar's the god of waves.'.

You nod.
You say (in common), 'I was the first to give oath to Seraph when he regained his place in the Heavens'.
You say (in common), 'He has been with me all of my life, though I did not ever really realize it.'.

Tross says (in common), 'How can you tell? .. one sec '.
Tross's stomach growls.
Tross stands up.
Tross leaves north.
Tross arrives from the north.
Tross rests.

You say (in common), 'I didn’t know - but he told me - and he has been with me almost constantly for some time now'.

Tross says (in common), 'Is he here now?'.
Tross frowns.

Seraph ftells, ‘Is he asking for me?'.

Seraph steps out of the shadows.
Seraph says, 'good afternoon'.

You bow deeply.

Tross bows deeply.

Seraph says, 'am I interrupting?'.

Samiyah smiles gladly, "Hello, Sahib"

Tross says (in common), 'We were just talkin.

You say (in common), 'I was telling her about You Sahib and giving you my oath'.

Seraph nods.

You say (in common), 'that You have been with me for so long'.

Seraph nods.

You smile at him.

Seraph says, 'since your creation'.

You nod.

Samiyah says, "in my tribe, names are give relating to one's father."

You say (in common), 'I was born to Zahra and Rasul'.
You say (in common), 'So I was known as Samiyah bint Rasul'.
You say (in common), 'But when I accepted Seraph, truly in my heart... I changed my name'.
You say (in common), 'To reflect that I am His child and honor Him.'.

Samiyah smiles up at Seraph, trust and devotion in her eyes.

Seraph smiles at you.

Tross rubs the back of his neck.

Portobello arrives from the south.

Sirka ftells, 'oh portobello on'.

Portobello gasps in astonishment.

Seraph says, 'tross have you thought of a belief?'.

Tross says (in common), 'Yessir. We were just talking about that too.'.

Portobello raises an eyebrow.

Sirka ftells, 'wonder if I could kill him'.

Seraph ftells, 'triggers are up'.

Tross beams a smile at Portobello.

Portobello looks at you.
Portobello says (in common), 'no help for the bloo'.

You shiver. Brrrrrrrrr.

Portobello spanks you playfully. OUCH!

You say (in common), 'stop that!!'.

Portobello says (in common), 'Sorry'.
Portobello says (in common), 'I was trying to high five an invisible midget'.

Samiyah covers herself with her hands.

Tross frowns.
Tross says (in common), 'Gee, you okay Sami?'.

Portobello looks at Tross.

Tross looks at Portobello.

Tross's stomach growls - generally, not at Portobello.

You say (in common), 'I do not like to be touched by those who are not family. It is improper.'.

Portobello snickers softly.
Portobello says (in common), 'We are from the same home town'.

Tross gets a Magic Mushroom from bag made from doe hide.
Tross eats a Magic Mushroom.

You say (in common), 'that does not make us related'.

      1. [Venom says (in common), 'I need you to watch, and listen to my voice.']

You say (in common), 'ohdear'.
You say (in common), 'Venom is up to something'.

Tross shrugs.
Tross says (in common), 'I still say I can lick'm.'.

Seraph ftells, 'tell him if he wants me to join im around'.

You say (in common), '.. be careful.'.

You ftell, 'who, Sahib?'.
You ftell, 'tross?'.

      1. [Somewhere, Venom utters the words, 'charm cleric']

Tross says (in common), 'well..let me know if you figure out what.'.

      1. [Somewhere, Verminard eye's glaze over]

Tross says (in common), 'I need something to get rid of the at mushroom taste.'.

Portobello says (in common), 'You can't kill venom!'.

You say (in common), 'what he is up to?'.
You say (in common), 'something about souls '.
You say (in common), 'and charms'.
You say (in common), 'and he is doing it to Verminard'.

Tross says (in common), 'Oh, I won't start anything.'.
Tross says (in common), 'but if he does, I'll sure try to finish it.'.

Random Wishbits (metaphorically)

(Log by Tross)

You tell Wish (in common), 'how do you say Hi in ogre?'.

Wish [GS] tells you, 'hmmm that's a good question'.
Wish [GS] tells you, 'I tend to just grunt'.
Wish [GS] tells you, 'I think that takes care of 50% of the language '.
Wish [GS] tells you, 'but be careful of your inflection'.
Wish [GS] tells you, 'You might mean to say "Hi" and instead say "I am going to rip your spine from your body and use it as a coffee stirrer."'.

A Thank You

(Log by Sami)

DarkClaw tells you, 'Thank you for the flowers, Samiyah.'.

You tell DarkClaw (in common), '*evasively* I don't know what you're talking about, Sa..Lady DarkClaw.'.

DarkClaw tells you, '*raises a brow, her eyes narrowing slightly and flaring* Do you not? Truly?'.

You tell DarkClaw (in common), 'well. They couldn't be from me. I am not allowed... so... um... No. I must deny any involvement.'.

DarkClaw tells you, '*stares at you for a long moment, then shrugs calmly* I shall have to find the correct person to thank you.'.
DarkClaw tells you, '*barely audible* Forgive my...wishes.'.

You tell DarkClaw (in common), '.. which wishes, Lady?'.

DarkClaw tells you, '*shakes her head and calls the mists to conceal her departure* It matters not.'.

You tell DarkClaw (in common), '....'.
You tell DarkClaw (in common), '*softly* .. such a thing would have been forbidden, so... perhaps it is best that you do not know.'.

Questions from Seraph

(Log by Tross)

Someone tells you, 'may I ask you a question?'.

You tell someone (in common), course. Seraph?'.

Someone tells you, 'yes it is'.
Someone tells you, 'do I make you uncomfortable when I’m around you?'.

You tell someone (in common), 'Yep'.

Someone tells you, 'why?'.

You tell someone (in common), 'well, there are a number of reasons. First, you're all bloody and dripping and eyeless.'.
You tell someone (in common), 'Then, there's the fact I can't see you half the time when you're right there. Third I guess,'.
You tell someone (in common), ‘Is the way Sami looks at you. Its kindof ... overly intense.'.

Someone tells you, 'how so?'.

You tell someone (in common), 'and finally, our conversation is about taking souls.. not really casual chatter.'.

Someone tells you, 'you asked a question I answered it'.

You tell someone (in common), 'Yep. Doesn't make the answer comfortable. Questions are like that.'.

Someone tells you, 'did sami tell you why I was eyeless?'.

You tell someone (in common), 'Not yet, but I bet she will.'.

Someone tells you, 'you seem to be getting close to samiyah'.

You tell someone (in common), 'She's been real nice. Her brother too.'.

Someone tells you, 'so I’m the one that bothers you'.

You tell someone (in common), '.. You're uncomfortable. That's what I said *nods agreement, while clarifying*'.

Someone tells you, ‘I'm not that bad'.

You tell someone (in common), 'There's a big difference between uncomfortable and bad. I never said you were bad.'.

Someone tells you, ‘I understand'.
Someone tells you, 'but I have traveled a long dark twisted path to become what I become today and it’s too bad I make you uncomfortable'.

You tell someone (in common), '*shrug* Worse things than being uncomfortable.'.

Someone tells you, 'true like having your eyes burnt out then beaten to death that’s worse'.

You tell someone (in common), '*nods* And being keel hauled.'.

Someone tells you, 'nod'.
Someone tells you, 'Samiyah will watch over you, unless you follow the foolish nash faith'.

You tell someone (in common), 'Is that what happened with the friend she can't travel with any more?'.

Someone tells you, 'which friend'.

You tell someone (in common), 'I don't know, she didn't say. Someone she used to mob hunt with.'.

Someone tells you, 'you will have to ask her yourself'.

You tell someone (in common), 'Was it a Nashite that took your eyes?'.

Someone tells you, 'no '.

You tell someone (in common), 'So why don't you like Nashites? Even we heard of him, and my Da worships Aulkar.'.

Someone tells you, 'nash is a fake god made up to fool the people'.
Someone tells you, 'but there is one god I believe if there has to be nash it would be molo'.

You tell someone (in common), 'Who is Molo?'.

Someone tells you, 'the arch lich of the black conclave - an old old following'.
Someone tells you, 'Samiyah can answer questions for you'.

Sorrow, Song, and Sunset

(Log by Sami)
The Riverhold Town Hall and School
[Exits: north south]
A single large, drafty room, this building acts as both the school
and the town hall for meetings. Rough-hewn wooden benches, tables
and desks are scattered about the room, ready to be moved into the
needed configuration depending on the purpose the chamber is being
used for at the time. A thin slab of slate has been affixed to the
west wall for use as a makeshift chalk board. The floor is made of
wood planks, darkly stained in spots, with many warped by time and
the elements to show the ground underneath. Southward, an archway
has been built into and through the wall. Its framework appears to
be that of a damaged boat, repurposed as a portal that allows exit
to the safety of the Guild Hall.
Tross is sleeping here.
Singing under her breath, Elvalee prepares the next lesson.

Tross wakes and stands up.

You smile at her.

Tross smiles happily.
Tross says (in common), 'Hi Sami - Hi Seraph.'.

You chuckle.
You say (in common), 'Sahib is not here.'.
You rest.

Tross says (in common), 'Sami.. that girl you're not allowed to travel with anymore. Is she a Nashite?'.

You shake your head.
You say (in common), 'No.'.
You say (in common), 'She is of the Wyld Hunt.'.

Tross says (in common), 'Seraph told me you would watch over me .. unless I followed the Nash faith.'.

Tross's stomach growls.
Tross leaves north.
Tross arrives from the north.

Samiyah bites her lip, eyes closing for a moment, shoulders slumping the tiniest bit. 'I am not permitted to help the Nashites, no.'

Tross rests.
Tross says (in common), 'the thing is .. Wish is a Nashite. And Da hasn't come, and I'm almost 13.'.

You nod.
You say (in common), 'And you wish to follow Sah..Lord Wish?'.

Tross says (in common), 'Well sure I do. I already told him I would if I wasn't leaving.'.

Samiyah nods sadly. 'I will not be permitted to help you any more, when you give your vow to Sah..Lord Wish.'

Tross nods back sadly.
Tross says (in common), 'Yeah.. I figured that out. That's why I wanted to tell you now. Would be an awful surprise.'.

Samiyah falls silent and simply nods, looking down at her clasped hands.

Tross says (in common), 'we can still be friends, even if you can't help me with stuff. He doesn't stop you from -talking- to people, right?'.

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

Tross says (in common), '..Crikey Sami.'.

Samiyah nods silently.
Samiyah sighs.
The edge of her veil darkens with moisture.

Tross stands there looking awkward.

Samiyah says quietly, 'I honor your choice. Until.. things changed... I respected Sahib Wish quite a bit. I still do.'
Samiyah continues, 'But he is the sworn enemy of Sahib Seraph, this spoken from both their mouths.'

You say (in common), '.. and I am not permitted to be friends with those who are enemies of my Sahib. And Sah..Lord Wish.. would not permit it either, I do not think.'.

Tross says (in common), 'Oh, I don't know. He's pretty reasonable about everything. He even said I could eat all the pastries I wanted.'.

Samiyah smiles crookedly. 'Well. I can see how that might sway you.'

Tross says (in common), 'It’s more than that. It’s how he always asks if I've seen Da. It’s how he talks about you, even despite.. you know. What happened.'.

Samiyah glances at you, curiosity evident, but does not ask. Instead, she nods.

You say (in common), 'He should have been a bard. He is very good at talking. and telling stories. and he is clever.'.

Tross says (in common), 'He's comfortable. A real sailor's god. And he never hides invis when talking to me.'.

Samiyah sighs heavily at that, a flash of irritation crossing her face. 'Yes, that is always nice.'
Samiyah asks, 'so.. soon, then?' Her voice is wistful.

Tross frowns sadly, holding his hand out towards her in offer.
Tross nods in recognition to you.

You shake her hand.

Tross says (in common), 'Yeah. When I'm 13 it's time to make grownup choices. If he'll have me - and if we can work something out about when Da returns.'.

Samiyah adjusts her veil a bit with a concealing cough to hide a sniff.

Tross says (in common), 'I mean, it's big stuff. I need to learn what he expects more.'.

You nod.
You say (in common), 'such choices are important.'.
Her voice breaks a smidge as she speaks.

Tross doesn't shake her hand back, but squeezes it fondly.

Samiyah clasps your hand in return, then asks in a voice that allows for refusal, '... would you tell me your name?'

Tross smiles happily.
Tross leans close, almost touching temple to temple with her fingers laced around Sami's as she whispers.
Tross tells you (in common), '*whispers* It's a secret ...Albatross, daughter of Drefin.'.

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

You say (in common), 'I KNEW IT!!'.

Samiyah claps her hands over her mouth and giggles, skipping a little.

Tross says (in common), 'Shhh Will you!'.

Samiyah smiles and nods, hushing.

Tross makes minimizing gestures, scowling a little.

You say (in common), '..That is how I have thought of you.'.
You say (in common), 'A beautiful sea bird, soaring high.'.
You say (in common), 'Traveling far.'.
You say (in common), 'The luck of a ship.'.
You smile happily.
You say (in common), 'I even started a song about it.'.

Tross blinks.
Tross says (in common), '... really?'.
Tross says (in common), 'what have you written sofar?'.

Samiyah rummages in her bag and pulls out a black book. She nods. 'I never fib about songs.'
She pats the cover of the book.

Tross peers at it.

You smile happily.
You say (in common), 'It's not done yet.'.
You say (in common), 'but I have been working on it.'.

Tross says (in common), '... do I get a sneak peek?'.

You shake your head.
You say (in common), 'No.'.
You say (in common), 'But ... perhaps I can get it done before you Choose.'.

Tross says (in common), 'Well how do you like that!'.

Tross's stomach growls again - the never ending pit of a growing kid.

You say (in common), '.. besides. It's a little sad.'.

Tross stands up.
Tross leaves north.
Tross arrives from the north.

Tross says (in common), 'How come?'.

You say (in common), 'because I was sad when I met you.'.
You say (in common), 'and we see in others what we cannot always admit to seeing in ourselves.'.

Tross says (in common), 'I didn't really trust you at first, no one is ever just nice for no reason on the boats. Why were you sad?'.

You say (in common), 'because you reminded me, of me, when I first left the desert.'.
You say (in common), 'but so much more brave.'.
You say (in common), 'The hardest lesson.. the one the Sahib has tried and tried to teach me, all these years, you have already mastered.'.
You say (in common), 'Courage.'.

Tross rubs the back of his neck.

Samiyah relents, and opens the book.

Tross is next to her immediately, shoulder to shoulder to look on.

Samiyah glances at you, then reads:

'Oh once I saw a sea-bird'
'It soared aloft so high'
'I wondered where it traveled,'
'and heard it's mournful cry'

'It searches out its lost ship,'
'Its traveled lo so far'
'Into every sea-port'
'Searched every mast and spar'

'It looks for crew and kinsman'
'It seeks to find its home'
'Crossing every channel'
'Aloft and so alone'

'Faithfully it searches'
'Wings pushing tirelessly'
'Its keen-eyed gaze a-looking'
'Across the white-capped sea'

'So ghostly pale and silent'
'Its wings extending wide'
'Its search, it will not falter'
'Ever following the tide'

'Its home is with its sailors'
'Their luck when on the sea'
'I watched that lovely seabird'
'And felt its cry in me.'

'I hope it finds a safe berth, '
'Sun fading in the west,'
'A perch, a home, a comfort,'
'And lets its wings to rest'

Samiyah closes the book.

A skittish gray mouse leaves north.

A skittish gray mouse arrives from the north.

A skittish gray mouse leaves north.

Samiyah glances at you sideways, trying to judge your reaction.

Tross is flummoxed.
Tross says (in common), '.. Sami.. that was the most beautiful thing.'.

You shake your head.
You say (in common), ‘It's not done'.
You say (in common), ‘It... the syllables... they're not exactly right, and...'.

Samiyah gestures vaguely with the book.

You say (in common), 'but... it's what I felt when I met you the first time.'.
You say (in common), 'a wild little sea bird'.

Samiyah pales as a thought occurs to her. 'Uhm.. Don't mention to Sahib Wish that I wrote you a poem... He's a bit .. sensitive.. about that right now.'

Tross states deadpan.
Tross says (in common), 'I promise not to eat it.'.

You cough.
You giggle.
You say (in common), 'you might turn into a fish!'.

Tross says (in common), '... could that really happen?'.

You say (in common), '..Tross.. I need you to know something.'.
You say (in common), 'I am sure that Sahib .. er.. Lord Wish.. has told you things about what happened.'.
You say (in common), 'I did not write the poem to hurt him. He told me, twice, that "Alchemy has consequences." '.
You say (in common), 'I think he did not realize that not all the consequences .. were for me. Some were for him.'.
You say (in common), 'HE underwent a Transformation.. every bit as much as I did.'.
You say (in common), 'Both .. had their cost.'.
You say (in common), 'I can't tell him that, because, well, he won't speak to me. But I wanted you to know. I never, ever tried to hurt him.'.

Samiyah wrinkles her brow in thought.
You say (in common), 'You shared something with me. Your name.'.
You say (in common), 'May I share something with you?'.
You say (in common), 'something personal?'.

Tross says (in common), 'You don't need to Sami.. but of course you can.'.

Samiyah removes the decorative brooches holding her veil in place.
Samiyah unwinds the dark linen folds of fabric that cowl her hair.
Samiyah lifts the last drape that conceals her face.
You stop using a white linen blindfold.

Tross looks at you.

Samiyah looks at you with a bared face for the first time.

You tell Tross (in common), '(She has a very plain face. Lips a smidge too wide, nose a smidge to big, etc. A few degrees away from anything that could be called pretty.)'.
You tell Tross (in common), '(Seraph's braid is woven into her hair at her temple - and seeing it clearly, that's obviously where it's from.)'.

Tross smiles back warmly.

You smile at her.

Tross says (in common), '..Hi Samiyah, daughter of the desert and my friend.'.

You say (in common), 'Hello, Tross, far-travelling sea-bird.. and my friend... for as long as my vows permit me to say it.'.

Samiyah smiles sadly.

Tross says (in common), '...and after, even if you can't?'.

Samiyah lays her finger over her lips and winks.

Tross's gaze searching, she nods in satisfaction.

Tross says (in common), '...take me somewhere. Lets make someplace our spot.'.

Samiyah wrinkles her brow in thought.

Tross's stomach growls in apparent agreement.
Tross stands up.
Tross leaves north.
Tross arrives from the north.

You say (in common), 'follow my footsteps.'.

(Sami goes to...)

In the Branches
[Exits: south down]
This thick branch extends over a wrought iron wall and into the
orchard. It is easily strong enough to hold the weight of a child,
but groans and creaks when stood upon by an adult, bending and
creaking against the top of the wall.
The sky is cloudy and a warm southerly breeze blows.
Looking for her mate, a sparrow trills softly.
Looking for her mate, a sparrow trills softly.
Head tilted quizzically, a sparrow wonders what you're doing here.
Head tilted quizzically, a sparrow wonders what you're doing here.

Tross arrives from below.

You say (in common), 'I love trees.'.

Tross smiles happily.

You say (in common), 'this is not a _safe_ place..'.
You say (in common), 'but it is a beautiful one.'.

Tross says (in common), 'reminds me of a crow's nest.'.

You say (in common), 'there are no trees like this in the desert.'.
You say (in common), 'where you are surrounded by .. by green.'.

Samiyah gestures around in amazement and wonder that has not faded one whit.

Tross smiles happily.

Tross says (in common), 'as far as what you were saying about mister Wish.. if he isn't talking to you, I'm not going to say what he says, but just remember..'.

Tross says (in common), 'one of the reasons I like him so much is how he talks about you, even despite. Those funny eyes of his see pretty clearly.'.

> 4 players.
Gno [ Wa:30 Th:30 Cl:30 ] Teva EbbinWhat, Crimson Alchemist of Nashite
Hum [ Ma:12 ] Tross the Boy
Hum [ Wa:17 Cl:20 ] Kandan, is a Student of Wisdom
Hum [ Bard: 30 30 28 ] Samiyah bint Suriel, ukhayyatun Deme <<High Order>>

You say (in common), 'Teva is within the world. If he comes here, I will have to go, very fast.'.

Samiyah says softly, 'Sahib Wish has ordered Teva to kill me.'

Tross nods in recognition to you.
Tross says (in common), 'do you know why?'.

You say (in common), 'He told me it is because I chose Seraph and am a 'tool' and a 'slave' and 'mindless'.'.
Her voice is not bitter. Only sad.

Tross says (in common), 'Sounds like I've never seen Wish mad. You do get a really focused, devoted look around Seraph.'.

You say (in common), 'He has held my very soul in his hands. He put me back together when I was broken beyond any repair.'.

Tross says (in common), 'Da always said there are two ways to judge someone. By how they treat their friends, and how they treat their enemies.'.

You say (in common), 'Your Da is wise.'.

Tross says (in common), 'I'm glad he treats you well. Just make sure you don't have to give up too much of you...'.
Tross says (in common), 'the girl who tries to help everyone that I first thought couldn't possibly be what she seemd.'.
Tross grins wickedly.

Samiyah blinks slowly. 'That is the same advice my Wyld friend gave me.'

Teva gossips (in common), 'samiyah I demand you to dance with in the name of my lord Wish'.

You gossip (in common), 'The Lord Wish has the right to command me, but I am afraid that you do not, Teva.'.

Teva gossips (in common), 'FINE!!! make this take longer!'.

Tross winces. Ouch!
Tross says (in common), 'Sorry .. its just - important.'.

Teva is gathering info on you.

You nod.
You say (in common), '..it is. and I try and be.. I try to hold that in my thoughts.'.

The sun slowly disappears in the west.

A tiny little field mouse arrives from the south.

You say (in common), '.. and there goes the sun, into the west.'.

Samiyah smiles crookedly.

Teva gossips (in common), 'let me guess riverhold safe?'.

Tross watches the last glow with a scowl of sadness.

You gossip (in common), 'I am not in a safe room, no.'.

Teva gossips (in common), 'ohhhh'.

Tross says (in common), 'trust a bard for that kind of drama.'.

You giggle.
Samiyah raises her hand and solemnly says, 'Guilty.'

Teva gossips (in common), 'better hit you while you don't have cresom guarding over you'.

Tross grins wickedly at you.

Tross watches as the night darkens.

Samiyah points out the patterns in the stars.
You say (in common), 'There's the Shepherd's Crook...'.
You say (in common), 'And the Scorpion..'.

Tross says (in common), 'They're all different than the ones I know.'.

You say (in common), 'The Pyramid..'.

> whoz

You say (in common), 'The date palm..'.

You say (in common), 'he is here'.

Tross says (in common), 'which ones do you navigate with here.. the what?'.
Tross nods in recognition to you.

You say (in common), 'the date palm'.
You say (in common), ‘Its a tree'.

Tross says (in common), 'A desert tree?'.

You eat a tiny St. John's Wort seed.
You are surrounded by a white aura.

You nod.

You get powdered beryl and stone from a saddlebag.
You eat powdered beryl and stone.
You feel someone protecting you.
You feel righteous.

You say (in common), 'tall and graceful'.
You say (in common), ‘It sways in the wind'.
You say (in common), ‘Its curve shows where the north winds blow'.

Tross says (in common), '.. don't forget your veil sami.'.
Tross mentions quietly.

Teva arrives from below.

You wear a white linen blindfold on your head.

c portal room
You make the gesture necessary to invoke your spell.

Opening a portal to On a Pile of Rubble.
On a Pile of Rubble
[Exits: north south west up]
The cliff face goes straight up into the sky, but a careful examination
shows there are nooks and crannies which could serve as handholds for
someone wanting to try and climb it. The rubble at your feet, though,
reminds you the cliff is not very stable and that climbing it might be
the last thing you ever try to do. Maybe it would be safer to go back on
the beach and look for a safer route to the top of the cliff.
The sky is cloudy and a warm southerly breeze blows.

You tell Tross (in common), 'Good night, little bird.'.

Tross tells you (in common), 'Goodnight Sami'.

Fare thee well!

The Weaver And the Serpent

Seraph: you have a minute cordir?

Cordir: certainly

Seraph: may i come visit?

Cordir: You may.

Seraph appears before you.
Seraph steps out the shadows.

Seraph says, 'good day cordir'.

If Hell itself had a champion, it would look much like the unholy figure that towers over you. Dressed from head to toe in black plate armor, the unrelieved sable continues in the inky wings that arch upward. Weapons, shield, and armor alike bears the evidence of battle - blood dripping in a steady stream to pool at his feet. Thick shouldered, bearing the signs of two gods - Kerriariadne and Katrana - worn still around his wrists, a clearer picture of violence could not be drawn. His multi-hued hair - an uninteresting brown at the top, fading to a pale white at the ends - has been braided back, to stay out of his eyes during combat. His eyes seem unusually dark, shadowed, until he lifts his head with an evil laugh, an unopposed view granted of the burned holes that are all that remains. It is a horrifying sight and he laughs at your discomfort. His crossed arms draw your eye to the holy symbols still worn around his wrists: That of
Katrana and Kerriariadne - the gods that shaped him the most strongly. As he returns your stare, you feel a strange tugging in your chest - a sense of emptiness... as if, by his presence alone, he could steal that which is most precious - your very essence. With a smirk and a flick of his fingers, he releases his playful tugging on your spirit... For now.
Seraph is bathed in the essence of charisma.
Seraph is in perfect health.

Seraph is using:
(Weak magic) a brightly-burning dragon's heart
(Moderate magic) the throbbing star sapphire ring
(Moderate magic) an elven chain shirt
(Moderate magic) a chain mail coif
(Moderate magic) a pair of ring mail leggings
(Potent magic) a pair of ring mail boots
(Moderate magic) a pair of scale mail gauntlets
(Moderate magic) a pair of bronze sleeves
(Moderate magic) a scale mail sash
(Moderate magic) a studded leather bracer
(Moderate magic) a brass bracer
(Powerful magic) a battle axe
(Moderate magic) some spun glass
(Artifact magic) (Glowing) (Humming) the Medallion of Godhood
(Moderate magic) the Agriculture Minister's Symbol of Office

You say, 'Hello.'.

Seraph folds his hands behind his back.
Seraph says, 'i have a story for you'.
Seraph smiles at you.

You frown. What's bothering you?
You say, 'The Bardic Circle is tomorrow'.

Seraph says, 'no this is just for you'.
Seraph says, 'i was walking in the realm of souls the other day'.
Seraph says, 'because i like to do that makes me feel peaceful'.

Cordir sits on a bench by the fountain and schools her expression to one of bland politeness.

Seraph says, 'in my walk i came across some one well 2 people really'.
Seraph says, 'the first one seemed confused and lost'.
Seraph says, 'he could not understand why he was there'.
Seraph says, 'seems he has been forgotten '.
Seraph says, 'such a shame he seemed like a ok type of fella'.

Seraph pauses and looks at the spider.

Seraph says, 'oh sorry where was i? ....'.
Seraph says, 'oh yes the elf'.

Cordir looks at you with a small degree of impatience and annoyance.

Seraph says, 'he asked me what he was doing there and could i help him find his daughter'.
Seraph says, 'so i agreed of course'.
Seraph says, 'strange fellow his skin was odd color'.
You raise your eyebrow.

Seraph says, 'anyways i took his hand and went looking for his daughter'.
Seraph says, 'when i asked him where his elven daughter was last seen'.
Seraph says, 'he told me she was half elven'.
Seraph says, 'i nodded cause well elves and humans mate all the time'.
Seraph says, 'as we walked we talked about useless stuff his days etc'.
Seraph says, 'then there she was the half elven lady he was looking for'.
Seraph says, 'she seemed lost and scared also'.

Seraph walks around slowly.

Seraph says, 'so i approached her intruduing myself of course'.
Seraph says, 'she bowed then said have you seen my mother and father'.
Seraph smiles happily.

Seraph says, 'i asked this lovely child what there names were'.
Seraph says, 'deamhan and cordir '.

Seraph smiles at you.

Cordir's expression goes paler still and she snarls, "Get out."

Seraph says, '1 more minute please'.
Seraph says, 'and i will leave'.
Cordir rises from the bench shaking in anger.
You say, 'Get. Out.'.

Seraph says, 'ok but i guess you dont want them'.
Cordir's eyes go black with rage.

Seraph steps into the shadows.
Seraph disappears instantly.
Seraph tells you, 'i came to tell you a story and give you gifts and you kick me out'.
Seraph tells you, 'you want my two gifts them seek me out but time is not on your side'.

A seething, wordless rage burns across your senses.

Seraph tells you, 'also you cut my thread the gifts vanish for good'.

You tell Seraph, '.. go back to Hell or wherever it is you came from, Seraph. And do not ever sully the names of my husband and daughter again.'.

Seraph tells you, 'come to me for a moment'.

You tell Seraph, 'No.'.

Seraph tells you, 'i think you want to see this'.

Western Avenue
[Exits: east south west]

Empty Foundation
[Exits: north]
(Invis 71) (Intense Dark Blue Aura) Seraph is resting here.

Seraph nods in recognition to you.

Cordir says icily, "What?"
Seraph opens his hands as two souls form in them.

Western Avenue
[Exits: east south west]

A Midnight Garden
[Exits: south]
(White Aura) A distressingly large, shiny black spider weaves webs here.

Seraph tells you, 'i guess they are mine now since you don’t want them'.
Seraph tells you, 'if you want your daughter and husband you know where to find me'.
You tell Seraph, '...'.

Seraph tells you, 'oh didn't recognize their souls has it been that long?'.
Seraph tells you, 'don't worry I’ll keep them safe for you.... it's what i do'.
Seraph smiles at you.

Seraph: have a great day all

### Seraph has quit.