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The Lesson

(Log by Sami)

Riverhold Town Hall and School
[Exits:North South]

Samiyah asks Elvalee humbly, 'I would like to take classes here at the school. Would that be alright?"

The teacher blinks at your accent, frowning, then nods. "It will be hard work."

Samiyah says with a blush, "I know there are many words I do not know and that my letters are not always right."

Elvalee frowns. "Your accent is horrible. Do you know how to read and write?"

Samiyah hesitates. "...desert script..."

Elvalee frowns. "You will need to learn the letters of common."

Samiyah holds her book to her chest and admits, "I do not like people smirking at me and saying I am uneducated."

Elvalee says, not unkindly, 'What is your name, girl?'.

Samiyah says meekly, 'Samiyah'.

Elvalee says (in common), 'Then we start with that.'.
Elvalee takes a piece of chalk and writes out the individual letters of your name.
Elvalee says (in common), 'Copy that, twenty times each. I have a lesson plan to work on.'.

Samiyah walks over to the slab of slate, picks up the chalk, and practices forming the strange, ugly letters of the common language.

Samiyah writes out the letter "S" many times.

Samiyah frowns in concentration as she tries writing out a line of "A"s.

Samiyah bites her lower lip as she writes out a line of "M"s, though a few have a bit too many bumps.

Samiyah skips practicing her "I"s with a glance over her shoulder at Elvalee.

Samiyah asks Elvalee to demonstrate again how to write a "y".

Elvalee sighs and puts down her papers.
Elvalee writes out both a block print and cursive "Y".

Samiyah makes an attempt at the letter, repeating it on the slate several times.

Samiyah makes a careful (if lopsided and drifting downward) line of 'A's on the slate.

Seraph ftells, 'Morning'

You ftell, 'hello, Sahib.'

Samiyah examines the lines of letters and bites her lip in concentration.

Samiyah attempts a row of "h"s, but most are horribly slanted.

Samiyah hesitantly asks Elvalee for help.

Elvalee sighs and puts down her papers.
Elvalee writes out both a block print and cursive "H".
Elvalee says (in common), 'Try it again.'.

samiyah erases the crooked letters and tries again.

You ftell, 'The letter "H" is hard to write in common, sahib. Much easier in desert script.'

Seraph ftells, 'What are you trying to write?"

You ftell, 'I do not know how to write in common at all... so Elvalee is teaching me.'

Seraph ftells, 'Ahh..'

Samiyah tries stringing the letters together to form her name in Common letters.

Samiyah whispers something to Elvalee.

Elvalee approaches the slate, and writes the letters "E" and "F."

Samiyah carefully practices writing the letter "E."

Samiyah bites her lip as she attempts a row of "R"s.

Samiyah focuses on properly shaping a letter "F" on the uneven surface of the slate.

Samiyah carefully strings the letters together to spell out, "SERAF."

Samiyah repeats the name across the entire width of the slate.
Samiyah grins to herself.

Samiyah thanks Elvalee for the lesson.

Samiyah heads to the Guild and the Hall.

Samiyah pauses outside the Coral Cave, wondering how its occupant is doing.
Samiyah sighs and continues on her way.


(Log by Sami)

Ceremonial Room
[Exits: east]
Glittering gold inlay, black obsidian floors, and large amounts of precious gems make this room one of the richest in all the realms. What makes it even more impressive is the room is massive, easily large enough to hold all the heroes of the world and have room to spare for many more. This room is for all the special moments in a hero's life,
such as honor given by an immortal, marriage, reception of a major quest prize, or even a really special party.
(Dark Cyan Aura) Cresom is here.
Alfonse is here.
(Dark Blue Aura) Melven is resting here.

Alfonse tells you (in common), 'Are you busy?'.

You smile at him.

Alfonse smiles at you.
Alfonse bows before you.

Alfonse tells you (in common), 'I have a question, when your Thread was cut, was your corpse given to Wish?'.

You tell Alfonse (in common), '...*whispered* why would you ask such a horrible and personal question!?!'.

1 player.
Sah [ Bard: 17 10 9 ] Alfonse slippery sahuagin

Alfonse tells you (in common), 'This is for my tale, which reports on your own trials and tribulations. '.

You blink.
You blink.
You blink.

Samiyah asks hesitantly, confused, "Why would you write about me?"

Alfonse tells you (in common), 'Because, though you think yourself a small person in a huge world. You are quite the BIG person.'.

You frown. What's bothering you?

Samiyah says faintly, "I really am not.."

Alfonse tells you (in common), 'People look up to you.'.

You blink.
You say (in common), 'I do not think that is so.'.

Alfonse tells you (in common), 'You may doubt yourself, but many of your actions, your stances prove otherwise.'.

Alfonse tells you (in common), 'A lot of smaller folk, including I, can see this.'.

You ponder the question.
You say (in common), 'Now I think I know how Aoide felt...'.

Alfonse smiles happily.

Samiyah says hesitantly, "In my culture.. there is no touching or looking at others. Thus the veil.."

You say (in common), 'when someone falls.. only a member of their family can ... touch.. the fallen shell without dishonor'.

Alfonse nods.

You say (in common), 'It MUST be handled with ritual and care or the sins committed in that life are not forgiven'.

Alfonse listens intently.

You say (in common), 'The idea that my shell - naked and broken - would b seen.. touched.. chopped up and Alchemized...'.

Samiyah swallows hard against the bile that rises in her throat.

You say (in common), 'When I fell to the Hunt... There was dishonor only because they were not relatives. They returned my shell to me with every honor and dignity they could. I sacrificed it to the Sahib Seraph. He performed the needed rituals.'.

Alfonse says (in common), 'I'm sorry to bring it up, i know it hurts. I just needed to know, I didn't know how that part of your tale ended, all the information was not there. I'm very honored that you are telling me this directly.'.

Samiyah carefully unpins only a portion of her veil, turning her face away.
An ugly scar mars the skin of her temple and cheek.
Samiyah repins her veil.

Alfonse frowns.

You say (in common), 'I would ask - if you are to write this thing - '.

Alfonse says (in common), 'Yes?'.

You say (in common), 'to speak of the honor and integrity and .. and .. courtesy that the Hunters showed'.
You say (in common), 'and their Sayyida Wyldess who took the time to speak with me but yesterday'.
You say (in common), 'to tell me the Hunt was withdrawn'.

Alfonse says (in common), 'I will speak of them as you ask.'.

You bow deeply.
You say (in common), 'and that Sahib was there at the instant of Rebirth and held my spirit safe'.
You say (in common), 'and dried my tears'.

Samiyah bites her lower lip still quite kerflummoxed at the idea of someone singing about her.

Alfonse tells you (in common), 'Please excuse me.'.
Alfonse smiles happily.

You nod in recognition to him.

Alfonse tells you (in common), 'Thank you so much.'.

The Place We Do Not Go

(Log by Sami)

The Kitchen
[Exits: west]
A small white fountain gushes forth here.
(Invis) (Dark Cyan Aura) Cresom is here.

Cresom smiles at you.

You smile at him.

Samiyah glances uneasily at the fountain.

Cresom raises an eyebrow.
Cresom drinks water from a fountain.
Cresom says (in common), 'taste fine to me '.

You say (in common), '.. strange things happen here, sometimes.'.
You say (in common), 'I usually avoid this room.'.
You shiver. Brrrrrr.

Cresom snickers softly.
Cresom nods.
Cresom says (in common), 'let’s move'.
Cresom leaves west.

Guild Hall
[Exits: north east south west]
(Invis) (Dark Cyan Aura) Cresom is here.

The Grimward

(Log by Sami)

You tell Drakar (in common), 'oh wow, hi there! I don't think I know you!'.
You tell Drakar (in common), 'I'm Sami. :) Nice to meet you.'.

Drakar tells you (in common), 'I believe you do know me. You did a bardic circle inspired from me about the Tower and it's Phantom unless my memory fails me.'.

You tell Drakar (in common), 'OH! *Blush* I am so sorry. Yes, I did. '.
You tell Drakar (in common), '*scuffs foot on the floor* I apologize...'.

Drakar tells you (in common), 'No worries.'.

You tell Drakar (in common), 'my sympathies for your loss... if you have just been released from your Vow upon visiting'.

Drakar tells you (in common), '*nod* No, it happened some while ago. However that does not necessarily soften the blow.'.

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.
A copy of the TFC Daily News lies here.
Drakar is here.
(Invis) (Dark Cyan Aura) Cresom is here.
Mish Leigh Salvandor will use her contacts to help you... for a price.

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

You say (in common), 'Hello, Drakar'.

Drakar tells you (in common), 'But thank you..'.

Samiyah wrinkles her brow in thought.
You say (in common), 'Are you looking for a new place to call home? I hope that is not a rude question'.

Drakar says (in common), 'I will need some time to reflect before I make my next step..'.

You nod.
You say (in common), 'I hope that if you have any questions about the High Order, that I might have a chance to answer them.'.

Drakar says (in common), 'Thank you for your candor'.

You say (in common), 'now that you have reminded me of our first meeting, I recall that you were someone of dignity and honor. That is the sort of people that the Sahib is calling to his banner.'.

Drakar says (in common), 'Aye, dignity and honor are steps to walk..'.
Drakar nods.

Samiyah ponders a moment, then says, 'Though, if you are Nashite, then Sahib Wish is probably your first choice.'
Samiyah murmurs, "Sahib is not.. He... would not be a good choice for one who follows Nash's ways."

Drakar says (in common), 'How so?'.

Samiyah wrinkles her brow in thought.

You say (in common), 'He does not speak well of Nash. I think that his time in the Black Conclave as a mortal was very bad and left an anger in him for Nash.'.

Seithr has entered the game.
Seithr curtseys gracefully.

You say (in common), 'Hello, Seithr'.

Seithr says (in common), 'Good eve, Samiyah.'.

Drakar says (in common), 'Dignity and Honor used to follow Nashites wherever they wandered.. Despite the crimson of their auras.'.

You say (in common), 'I have not known any except the Magi and the few in Alchemy.'.

Drakar says (in common), 'But, perhaps, that is subjective.. Depending on who you ask..'.

You say (in common), 'And some were that way.. and some were not.'.

Drakar snickers softly.
Drakar says (in common), 'Some are...were not..'.
Drakar nods.

You say (in common), 'Hedschott used to be almost.. nice... until he decided to leave, and then he was very unkind. He would hunt me, but then turn around and help with a Mob Mastery quest. But when he left, he began trickeries and lies.'.

>l Seithr
Mangey...that's what one might think upon first look at this woman.
Her dark, auburn hair is disheveled and unkempt, and her clothing
is wrinkled beneath the elven chain she wears. Even her face is
covered with dirt and grime, causing any person that gazes upon her
to wonder just exactly what she spends her time doing. But despite
all of that, her elven beauty and grace is clearly apparent by her
pointed features and the way she carries herself. Taller than the
typical elf, her height causes her to tower over any ordinary man.
Her calm demeanor is quite the contradiction to her appearance and
even the blue aura that surrounds her seems oddly misplaced. She
shifts her unique gaze to yours and offers a friendly smile and nod
in greeting, eyes the deep blue of twilight assessing you. As she
breaks the hold and turns, it leaves you feeling empty and wondering
if you should follow her into the unknown.
Seithr won't win any beauty contests.
Drakar says (in common), 'That is unfortunate..'.

Samiyah looks up, startled by Seithr's towering height.

Seithr curtseys gracefully.
Seithr waves happily.

Drakar says (in common), 'It is... difficult being someone who is absolutely feared...'.

Seithr straightens and smiles down at Samiyah warmly.

Drakar says (in common), 'For many reasons.. odd as that may sound..'.

You say (in common), 'Have people feared you in the past? Forgive me - I do not know very much about you. No one has ever been scared of me, that is for sure.'.

Samiyah pauses, 'Except maybe Wish when he got Alchemized.'

You say (in common), 'But that wasn't my fault.' She hastens to add, 'He shouldn't have eaten my poem.'.

Drakar says (in common), 'No, I'm not one who those have feared.. But I have observed the nature of many who have been.. The depths it drives one to..'.

You say (in common), 'I have known some that others call villains and terrors.. The Hound, who I once called friend, and then called Hunter, who was the death of me... I hope... '.

Samiyah fidgets, toying with the fringed edge of one long end of her veil.

You say (in common), 'I hope that someday I can truly feel comfortable calling him Friend again... It is still too recent and raw in my mind. Even if I know he did not mean cruelty or malice by it'.

Drakar says (in common), 'We have had our time... His sword is swift... My feet perhaps swifter.. It’s better to live and fight another day..'.

You say (in common), 'He and Eathor worked together - I fled from one, directly into the other.'.

Samiyah's hand unconsciously rises to her temple, where his weapon crushed her skull.

Drakar says (in common), 'A fellow bardling, hmm? And the Hound, you considered him a friend before?'.

You nod.
You say (in common), 'Yes. I still do, it's just... I'm also a little afraid of him now, even though he showed nothing but courtesy and honor and care with my ... '.

Samiyah swallows hard and cannot make herself say the word.

Samiyah gestures vaguely. 'He showed honor and kindness, even in those circumstances. He was Commanded by the Sayyida to Hunt for things my Sahib did.'

Drakar says (in common), 'I would wager, and perhaps I am ill-advised to speak of such things....he only has friends that benefit his purpose.'.

Samiyah wrinkles her brow in thought.

You say (in common), 'There was nothing he could gain from me - the whole time I have known him, he has never asked for anything from me. There was no .. benefit.. to me as a friend.. and yet.. many times he gave advice, or a spare bit of coin, or even a piece of equipment that was spare.'.

Drakar nods.

You say (in common), 'so.. I would say... I can be proof that your wager is not so.'.

Drakar says (in common), 'It is ignorant of me to speak of someone I do not know well.. However, the nature of those...there is...a common thread...'.

You say (in common), 'He does have a fearsome reputation. But I have seen ... more than just a Hound.'.

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

You ftell, 'Hello, Sahib'.

Seraph ftells, 'hello'.

You ftell, 'Talking to Drakar. :)'.

Drakar says (in common), 'Then, arbitrarily, you know him better than I..'.
Drakar smiles at you.

Samiyah smiles in return.

Seraph ftells, 'oh he sorta interested?'.

Samiyah hesitates, then asks. "may I ask... what manner of ..." She pauses, not sure of the right word.

You say (in common), 'You.. do not look like.. most... I have not seen one such as you before.'.

You ftell, 'not sure.'.
You ftell, '(He's got major evil-only gear, from the look of it, and that might be a difficult thing for him to overcome)'.

Seraph ftells, 'ya'.

You ftell, 'I also expressed that if he was actively Nashite, that it might not sync well with your feelings on that matter'.

Drakar chuckles softly, showing the first inkling of real emotion within.
Drakar says (in common), 'No?'.

You shake your head.
You say (in common), 'no.... I cannot say that I have... I have only ever seen fur on Ogres, and that is sprouting out their ears and nose, and not all over, and not striped... You look almost like one of the cats of the jungle, but ..'.

Drakar says (in common), 'Ahh...stripes.. they come with a price.. I assure you.. Have you heard stories of Lord Tripper?'.

You say (in common), 'Not really, no..'.

Seraph ftells, 'well if Drakar wants to talk I’m in the hall'.

You ftell, 'understood, Sahib.'.

Seraph ftells, 'but keep talking to him'.

You ftell, 'I will'.

Drakar says (in common), 'Long ago, there was an order that existed.. much like your order, which was led by Lorna..'.

Drakar says (in common), 'This was the order of the Flying Tigers..'.

You ftell, 'He served Lord Tripper for a long time, and that seems very much in line with the High Order but he was also a Nashite, so...'.

Seraph ftells, 'everyone can change'.

Samiyah listens carefully.

Drakar says (in common), 'The Flying Tigers were amongst the most honored, respected order in the entire realm..'.

Cresom wakes up.

Samiyah smiles at Cresom's return, murmuring 'Hello, Brother'

You say (in common), 'Drakar, please forgive any rudeness -- Cresom is here to help me with a task.. do you mind if I attempt it and return to speak some more?'.

Drakar says (in common), 'No worries..'.

Cresom bows before Drakar.

You ftell, 'attempting MM'.

You are to kill Glabrezu. You have 20 ticks to complete this task.

You ftell, '..resigning'.

You shake your head.
You say (in common), 'Glabrezu'.

Cresom grumbles.
Cresom snickers softly.

(A Short Time Later…)

The Pit
[Exits: east up]
A pit for donations dominates the room.
(Hide) (Dark Blue Aura) Sirka is resting here.
(Dark Cyan Aura) Mnaramenth is here.
Drakar is here.
(Invis 71) (Intense Dark Blue Aura) [GS] Seraph is here.

You smile happily.
Samiyah asks, 'am I intruding?'

Seraph says, 'nope'.

You say (in common), 'I had asked Drakar earlier what .... erm... '.

Samiyah glances at him, unsure of how to phrase it.

Drakar nods in recognition to Seraph.

You say (in common), '.. that I had never seen anyone like him before.'.

Seraph says, 'oh'.

You say (in common), 'and he was telling me about the Flying Tigers'.

Seraph says, 'I remember Drakar when I was mortal'.

You say (in common), 'He is the reason I wrote one of my most challenging bardic works, as honor-price for entering the Magi temple.'.

Seraph nods.
Seraph says, 'we have clashed in my mortal days'.

Samiyah wrinkles her brow in thought.

You say (in common), 'Darkness and Tiger.. yes... that would make sense. And you did not like.. hmm.. Talyn?.. of the Tigers? for the harm he brought your Lady?'.

Drakar ponders for a moment, considering..
Drakar says (in common), 'Many hated Talyn..'.

Seraph nods in recognition to you.

Drakar nods.

Samiyah says softly, 'Forgive me for speaking of a painful thing, Sahib.'

Mnaramenth coughs.
Mnaramenth nods in recognition to Drakar.

Seraph says, 'that was then this is now'.

Samiyah excuses herself.

You are to kill Glabrezu. You have 20 ticks to complete this task.
You shake your head.
You say (in common), 'Glabrezu – 3rd time..'.

(51 ticks later..)

You are to kill Glabrezu. You have 20 ticks to complete this task.

You roll your eyes.
You say (in common), 'glabrezu AGAIN! That’s four!'.

Cresom says (in common), 'again TIME is on our side =)'.

You sigh.
Samiyah tries to be patient.

Venom The Vampire

(Log by Sami)

Someone grins evilly, his elongated fangs glistening.

Cresom says (in common), 'I will kill him as soon as I can'.
Cresom says (in common), 'just for you '.

You say (in common), 'Who?'.

Cresom says (in common), 'I will bring you a steak'.
Cresom says (in common), 'venom'.

You blink.
You say (in common), '... how did you know I was thinking about him?'.

Cresom says (in common), 'he just logged in?'.
Cresom throws back his head and cackles with insane glee!
Cresom nods.

You say (in common), 'I don't see him.'.

Cresom says (in common), 'Venom grins evilly, his elongated fangs glistening.'.

You say (in common), 'oh, there he is.'.

You shiver. Brrrrrrrrr.
You say (in common), 'so he's a vampire now? Ew.'.

The Warning

(Log by Sami)

The Kitchen
[Exits: west]
A small white fountain gushes forth here.
(Dark Cyan Aura) Seithr is here.
Drakar is here.

Seithr says (in common), 'Have a good evening, Mr. Grimward.'.

You say (in common), 'Please excuse the interruption...'.

Drakar bows before Seithr.
Drakar says (in common), 'And you as well..'.

You say (in common), 'Seithr, I do not know you well, but I wanted to say..'.

Seithr raises an eyebrow at you.

You say (in common), 'If you do not know Venom - you would do well to avoid him. He is creepy and ... he.. .um..'.

Samiyah blushes, stammering, 'he likes to pursue ladies for ... bad acts.'

Seithr blinks at what you said, seemingly stunned.
Seithr says (in common), 'He has already shown me his nasty fangs.'.

You say (in common), '...that involve unwilling magic charms that make people his slaves.'.

Seithr says (in common), 'OH! THAT kind of bad act!'.

Drakar says (in common), 'Tsk. Tsk.'.

Seithr growls.
Seithr says (in common), 'I detest slavery.'.

Venom arrives from the west.

You say (in common), '.. please be careful. He is a mini-lich, and I don't entirely know what that means, but... he makes people .. not able to decide things for themselves. He takes away their choices and forces them to do what he wants'.

Venom drinks water from a fountain.

You say (in common), 'So.. be warned... and if you would... tell any other ladies you see.'.

Venom says (in common), 'Have I arrived at a bad time?'.

Drakar says (in common), 'No! Your right on time.'.

Seithr looks between Samiyah and Venom, the scrunches her face. "Thank you, Samiyah. I shall pass the message on, then."

Drakar says (in common), 'We were discussing what a Mini-Lich is, exactly.. and were hoping you could shed some light on the subject..'.

You say (in common), 'I do not know how he does it... but... Perhaps if the warning is widespread, he will find fewer victims.'.

Drakar says (in common), 'or in this case, probably not too much light..as it were..'.

Seithr nods in recognition to you.

Venom says (in common), 'Samiyah, you must stop being such an exaggerator. I have done nothing "evil" per se.'.

Samiyah continues as if Venom is not even present, not so much as glancing at him.

You say (in common), 'Further, he has no problems using mailblack to make people do what he wants, and blames them for his future actions if they do not do as he says.'.

Venom casually dismissed the charge.
Venom says (in common), 'I have done no such thing.'.

Seithr folds her arms over her chest and looks to Venom again expectantly.

Drakar scratches his head.

You say (in common), 'He is a bad man. Be warned. '.

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

Guild Hall
[Exits: north east south west]

### [Venom says (in common), 'Sami is suffering from delusions, perhaps it's the desert heat.']

The Kitchen
[Exits: west]
A small white fountain gushes forth here.
(Dark Purple Aura) Venom is here.
(Dark Cyan Aura) Seithr is here.
Drakar is here.

Venom says (in common), 'Well, I needed some help so I uh...recruited a warric'.
Venom says (in common), 'Oh and a butcher.'.

Seithr says (in common), 'Did you pay them for their services?'.

Venom says (in common), 'Samiyah exaggerates, perhaps the desert heat has finally cooked her mind.'.
Venom says (in common), 'They don't seem to ask for payment...'.

Seithr tosses a brief glance to Samiyah. "I see no dust on her at all. Seems like she hasn't been to the desert in some time."

The scent of vanilla wafts through...

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

Venom curls his nose up.
Venom says (in common), 'Putrid..'.

Seithr closes her eyes and breathes in the pleasant scent deeply.

You say (in common), 'Sahib of the Sahib... Honor to you, this evening..'.

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

You say (in common), 'I am looking up the info you requested... but a moment more.'.

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

Seithr says (in common), 'I am not entirely sure where that smell is coming fro...OH!'.
Seithr curtseys gracefully to Kerriariadne.

Kerriariadne grins evilly.

Drakar says (in common), 'Hmmm...'.

Venom says (in common), 'It seems I'm not welcome in this social circle.'.
Venom says (in common), 'Good day to you all.'.
Venom leaves west.

Kerriariadne [GS] tells you, 'If you are free for a story, please come to the amphitheater...'.

Kerriariadne leaves west.

Seithr leaves west.
Seithr arrives from the west.
Seithr says (in common), 'Excuse me! I am being summoned.'.

You are to kill Glabrezu. You have 20 ticks to complete this task.

Cresom says (in common), 'ok going to help samiyah get this I hope'.

You tell Cresom (in common), 'glabrezu again'.

Cresom says (in common), 'bah'.

You say (in common), 'resigned'.

Cresom grumbles to you.

You nod.

The Tale of Similus, Mace of Suriel

(Log by Sami)

The Storytelling Amphitheater
[Exits: west]
(Invis 71) (Intense Dark Red Aura) [GS] Kerriariadne is here.

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

Kerriariadne bows deeply.
Kerriariadne bows gallantly.

Kerriariadne says, 'I was very much hoping Seraph would not leave, but he did...before I could present myself.'.

You say (in common), 'He will be returning'.

Seithr arrives from the west.

Kerriariadne says, 'sheesh'.

Seithr blushes.

Kerriariadne pokes Seithr in the ribs.

Seithr says (in common), 'My apologies.'.

Kerriariadne says, 'It seems there is a gap in information about the Dark's most famous weapon.'.
Kerriariadne says, 'I wish the information corrected.'.
Kerriariadne grins evilly.

Samiyah gets a look of both intense fear and curiosity in her eyes.

Seithr blinks at Kerriariadne, seemingly stunned.

Kerriariadne says, 'An age and an eon ago, there was a toothy immortal in our lore...named Khore.'.

Samiyah clasps her shaking hands and sits, listening.

Kerriariadne says, 'Khore held a contest. We know this contest as the first of the Golem Wars.'.

Seithr finds a seat and listens intently, eager for knowledge.

Kerriariadne says, 'If memory serves -- and it does -- two followings won. My chocolate-addicted friend, Bliss, and yours truly.'.

Kerriariadne bows gallantly.
Kerriariadne says, 'We were given prizes.'.
Kerriariadne says, 'a bat necklace each (5dmg)'.
Kerriariadne says, 'a large container - a bat knapsack or some such... 50 kg, I believe'.

Seithr scrunches her face. "What is it with vampires and bats?"

Kerriariadne says, 'and each received a weapon... Suriel and sister Seretas.'.
Kerriariadne says, 'Suriel was a sword - more particularly a piercer.'.

Kerriariadne says, 'It was given to a handful of my Darklings, but eventually landed with Silence, upon his ordainment.'.

Someone draws a cold, frosty beer for Kerriariadne.

Kerriariadne says, 'I won't go into detail the slightly less than perfect wisdom of my decision...'.

Kerriariadne hugs someone.
Kerriariadne grins evilly.

Someone grins mischievously.

You say (in common), 'Hello, Lord Boromir'.

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

Kerriariadne says, 'close...'.

Samiyah blushes, ducking her head and concealing her face in one of the layers of her veil.

Kerriariadne winks suggestively at you.

You say (in common), 'er, bad guess'.

Lycron grins mischievously.
Lycron says, 'wrong grin'.

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

Lycron smiles at you.

Seithr says (in common), 'Good evening.'.
Seithr beams a smile at Lycron.

Kerriariadne says, 'Silence became my ordained, and he bore this piercer.'.

Lycron says, 'evening'.

Kerriariadne says, 'Then, the disgrace to my race that was Solaron, pk'd Silence with the aid of another.'.

Seithr winces. Ouch!

Kerriariadne says, 'Solaron quested and had the weapon morphed into one he could wield.'.

Samiyah swallows hard, her eyes swimming with shadows of suppressed memories.

Seithr says (in common), 'So...the weapon remains with Solaron?'.

You shake your head.
You say (in common), 'No. From his hands, it passed to Seraph's. And from Seraph's, to others, still... then to Hedschott.... And lastly to Teva.'.

Seithr says (in common), 'Teva is its holder now?'.

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

Seithr frowns.
Seithr says (in common), 'It should be with one of Kerriariadne's own...not with him.'.

Samiyah's expression is clouded with pain at how this knowledge was gained.

Kerriariadne says, 'Why so, Samiyah?'.

You say (in common), 'What the Sahib Kerri did not say... is that the weapon changed names to "Similus, Mace of Suriel".. when it was reformed.. and it is ... alive.'.

Kerriariadne grins evilly.

Seithr blinks and raises an eyebrow. "...Alive? Alive how?"

You say (in common), ‘It has a soul. It remembers. It drinks. It .. changes the one that wields it. It makes them more-than-they-were...'.

Kerriariadne says, 'The most famous weapon of the Dark, surprises me not it has attained a life its own.'.

Seithr says (in common), 'How is that possible?!'.

Samiyah says softly, 'That I do not know. But I have .. ' She swallows hard. '.. met... Similus.'

You say (in common), 'I was on a quest, to gain access to those artifacts that were once wielded by the Sahib, Seraph. One by one, I found them. The last, and most dangerous, was Similus.'.

Seithr says (in common), 'You...were attacked by its wielder?'.

You say (in common), 'Yes.. I have been struck by it, but.. I also ... after questing.. was permitted to touch it, along with his shield and his helm.'.

Seithr shakes her head, looking rather disturbed. "That weapon should NOT be in the hands of a mortal! Not if what you say is true!"

You say (in common), 'Solaron has the helm. One named Zephyr has the shield. They still exist, Sahib Kerriariadne - that may please You to know.'.

Kerriariadne says, 'Indeed.'.

You say (in common), 'I do not know if it is me, or if it is the artifacts, or as Wish says, it is my belief in the Sahib... but when I touch them, they show me things. When I touched Similus...'.

Seithr shudders visibly. "I would not dare touch something of that nature."

Samiyah bites her lip and bows her head.
You say (in common), 'I have caused myself to forget, using a special lyrical. I am told that it nearly killed me. That it broke my mind and shattered my soul, and that only the Sahib's care and gift restored me to any semblance of sanity. I have been told that I could not sleep for fear of the dreams, and people thought me a crazed person.'.

Her voice is troubled, uneasy.

Seithr says (in common), 'Can an immortal not reclaim the weapon and keep it from mortal hands?'.

You say (in common), 'Wish could if He chose, I would think, but it is very, very powerful. '.

Kerriariadne nods.
Kerriariadne snickers softly.

Seithr nods quickly. "Then our task should be to convince Lord Wish that it is detriment that he do so."

You say (in common), 'Sahib had me "dance" with Teva, to get close enough to capture that spark of His soul that was still in the weapon.... but Similus has its own soul, too.'.

Her inflection makes clear that the 'dance' had nothing to do with music and much to do with violence. Her expression as she speaks about the weapon looks rather like a recovered addict, speaking of that which they have given up, and still crave and fear.

Kerriariadne says, 'Similus has claimed many a soul - I would venture this continual accumulation has led to a collective consciousness of its own.'.

Samiyah says softly, 'Similus ...hates...'

You say (in common), 'more than anything else.. it hates, and it thirsts.'.

Kerriariadne says with a grin, "A blood lust, spawned by an eon of carnage."

Seithr bites her lip and watches Samiyah worriedly, "There is more than enough hatred without something like that wielded by man. I can't imagine what it would
feel like to hold such a thing."'.

Samiyah shivers at Kerriariadne's grin, remembering it echoed so many times on Seraph's face.

Seithr abruptly turns and walks to the archway, then calls over her shoulder. "I go to seek out Lord Wish. Time is of great importance."
Seithr leaves west.

Another Attempt

(Log by Sami)

You tell Cresom (in common), 'READY!'.

You are to kill Myrrhine. You have 20 ticks to complete this task.

You say (in common), 'Myrrhine'.

Cresom says (in common), 'what is that one?'.

You say (in common), 'biggest mob in vela'.

Cresom says (in common), 'fail'.
Cresom grumbles.

Cresom says (in common), 'again it is time '.

Samiyah leans on your shoulder, praying for patience.

Venom's Peril

Venom tells you (in common), 'So as not to engage in trickery... You no longer need to consider my offer.'.

(much later...)

Venom auctions (in common), 'Seeking a tp quill to rent for a minute.'.

Cresom gossips (in common), ‘I can't see you'.

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

Venom auctions (in common), 'Seeking a tp quill to rent for a minute.'.

Cresom says (in common), 'want me to let him borrow mine?'.

You shake your head.

Cresom says (in common), 'or be mean'.

You say (in common), '.. I'm mean. You aren't, brother.'.

Venom auctions (in common), 'I can't see you either...'.

You drop the sparkling crystal sphere.

You tell Venom (in common), '(ooc: the sparkling crystal sphere [m|C2 L20 charm person 5#] crashes to the stone floor, shattering in a thousand pieces!) '.

Venom tells you (in common), 'I am no longer concerned with charms.'.
Venom tells you (in common), 'I have what I needed'.

Cresom gets the sparkling crystal sphere.

You say (in common), ‘It is charm person. I destroy charm person items so that Venom does not get them.'.

You tell Venom (in common), '*only silence in return, though you sense her awareness*'.

Venom tells you (in common), 'Would you be a darling and rent me a tp quill for a moment?'.

You tell Venom (in common), '*only silence in return, though you sense her growing irritation*'.

Venom tells you (in common), 'Oh yes, I forgot...your naive view of evil..right. My apologies.'.

Venom auctions (in common), 'Could anybody rent me a tp quill for a moment?'.
Venom auctions (in common), 'I will pay 10k'.

You tell Venom (in common), '*struggles to remain obediently silent, gritting her teeth and turning away.*'.

Kahann gossips (in common), 'I’ll sell you one for 30k'.

Venom gossips (in common), 'sold'.
Venom gossips (in common), 'could you send me a tell please'.

(A few moments later..)

Kahann gossips (in common), 'who wanted the quill'.

Venom gossips (in elven), 'Me but I believe some high level invis person already looted me'.
Venom gossips (in elven), 'I have no idea...'.

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

> l venom
Venom won't win any beauty contests.
Venom has a few bruises.

Samiyah averts her gaze quickly, horrified.

> k fisher
Your outer crescent kick MUTILATES a man of the fisher-fleet!
Your ridgehand strike maims a man of the fisher-fleet.

Your spearhand strike MUTILATES a man of the fisher-fleet!
Your elbow strike DISEMBOWELS a man of the fisher-fleet!
A man of the fisher-fleet is DEAD!!
You receive 0 experience points.
You hear a man of the fisher-fleet's death cry.
You see nothing like that in the corpse.
The corpse of a man of the fisher-fleet contains:
ragged pants of a nondescript brown
a ragged gray-green cloth shirt

> get all corpse
You get ragged pants of a nondescript brown from the corpse of a man of the fisher-fleet.
You get a ragged gray-green cloth shirt from the corpse of a man of the fisher-fleet.

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

You give ragged pants of a nondescript brown to Venom.

Venom tells you (in elven), 'How thoughtful!'.
Venom tells you (in elven), '*scowl*'.

You give a ragged gray-green cloth shirt to Venom.

Samiyah averts her eyes.

Venom wears a ragged gray-green cloth shirt on his body.
Venom wears ragged pants of a nondescript brown on his legs.
Venom bows before you.

Guild Hall
[Exits: north east south west]

You ftell, ‘I wonder who got venom's corpse'.

Room of Records
[Exits: east]
(Dark Purple Aura) Venom is resting here.
(Dark Cyan Aura) Cresom is here.
(Invis) (Dark Cyan Aura) Kahann is here.

> ch cresom
Cresom is slightly injured.

You say (in common), 'Are you all right, Brother?'.

Samiyah glances towards the shadows, then takes care to bind all of Cresom's wounds.

Venom stands up.
Venom leaves east.

Samiyah says softly, 'It would not do to be leaking blood with him lurking about.'

Cresom says (in common), 'ok back'.

Kahann licks Cresom.

You say (in common), 'Apparently Venom died while you were gone'.
You say (in common), 'and someone grabbed his corpse'.

Cresom winces. Ouch!

You say (in common), 'and he feels they were out of range and picking on lowbies'.

You say (in common), 'since everyone online is big.'.

Kahann says (in common), 'he has his corpse'.

You say (in common), 'does he?'.
You say (in common), 'That’s.. um...'.

Samiyah tries very hard to say something nice about that.

Kahann scratches his head.

You say (in common), '( a damn shame, but .. within the rules... sadly.)'.
You giggle.

You say (in common), 'ready when you are, Brother.'.

Kahann licks you.
Kahann blushes.

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

Samiyah hops back.

You say (in common), 'DO NOT do that!!'.

Samiyah's brow furrows as she frowns, looking troubled.

You say (in common), 'that's the fourth time I have asked him not to do that'.

Venom gossips (in common), 'Could I please ask an audience of Lord Hutt.'.

The Delivery Girl

(Log by Sami)

Kahann gives you a pair of quilted cloth garter belts.
Kahann gives you a pair of heavy cloth gloves.

Kahann says (in common), 'give them to venom'.

You blink.

Kahann says (in common), 'stupid game'.
Kahann has left the game.

You tell Venom (in common), '*silently raises her hand to catch your notice, gesturing for you to approach*'.

Venom tells you (in common), '*slides forth calmly, one eye perked in interest*'.

You tell Venom (in common), '(please come to guild)'.

Venom arrives from the east.
Venom bows deeply.

You drop a pair of heavy cloth gloves.
You drop a pair of quilted cloth garter belts.

Samiyah looks at you with a frown, clearly not enjoying being someone else's messenger.

Venom gets a pair of heavy cloth gloves.
Venom stops using a pair of leather gloves.
Venom wears a pair of heavy cloth gloves on his hands.
Venom puts a pair of leather gloves in the donation pit.

Venom gets a pair of quilted cloth garter belts.
Venom stops using a pair of studded leather pants.
Venom wears a pair of quilted cloth garter belts on his legs.
Venom puts a pair of studded leather pants in the donation pit.

Samiyah averts her gaze as you change clothing.

Venom has a begging look of apology, one you won't see often.

You nod.

Room of Records
[Exits: east]
A delicious magic mushroom is here.
(Dark Cyan Aura) Cresom is here.

You say (in common), 'please let me know when you are back :)'.

Venom tells you (in common), '*scampers off to stash the back door key for future episodes...*'.

Cresom says (in common), 'here'.

You say (in common), 'Shall we try one last time?'.

Cresom says (in common), 'of course'.

You say (in common), ‘Is Kahann very angry?'.

Cresom says (in common), 'he was wrong '.
Cresom says (in common), 'of course he is '.

You nod.
You say (in common), 'I do not know if he took three items'.

Cresom says (in common), 'and in fact we owe him some money '.

You say (in common), 'he gave me two to return'.

Cresom says (in common), 'he took 2 and some money so tell me how much cash and I will repay it '.

You say (in common), 'I don't know and I am forbidden to talk to him - you will have to ask him. Him, being Venom.'.

You tell Venom (in common), '*sighs and frowns, gesturing for you to approach again*'.

Venom arrives from the east.
Venom bows deeply.

Samiyah glances at her Brother, then at the vampire.

Venom grins evilly, his elongated fangs glistening.

Samiyah takes a sliding step back.

Cresom says (in common), 'no I reread the fyi'.
Cresom says (in common), 'kahann can keep the cash'.

Venom says (in common), 'I offered the cash regardless. It was just as well to pay him rather than make a run at the back door. Which I can do, but this was fine too. I am glad we were able to come to an amicable settlement'.

Cresom says (in common), 'no you were right '.

Samiyah surreptitiously gets a small amount of rock salt and a palm twig from one of her pouches.

Cresom says (in common), 'just part of the rule is silly. If you bad recalled into Vela, he isn't going to get it '.

Venom steps back wary of Samiyah's spell components.

Cresom says (in common), 'even for 3 items'.

Venom says (in common), 'If I had died in a spot that I could not reach, I would accept any terms. But I can reach that spot. So that is unjust.'.

Samiyah dips the twig in the salt, then using a bit of thread, binds it to her cloak, like a brooch.

Cresom says (in common), 'but that isn't the rule '.
Cresom says (in common), ‘I was just told '.

Samiyah casts the remaining salt on the floor, in Venom's general direction.

Cresom says (in common), ‘I am not allowed to take anything from your corpse'.
Cresom says (in common), 'even if I go to the bad places on the realm for it '.

Venom says (in common), 'yes but I have the right to gift any eq I choose'.
Venom says (in common), 'If I make an agreement to pay you, that is fair game.'.

Cresom says (in common), 'true'.
Cresom says (in common), ‘I am asking about that now '.

Venom says (in common), 'In this case, I could have made a run at the back door on my own.'.

Venom says (in common), 'I am a thief.'.

Samiyah looks confused, but waits quietly next to her Brother, listening.

Cresom says (in common), 'Samiyah if you want to try let’s do it '.
Cresom says (in common), 'sorry'.

You nod in recognition to him.

Venom attempts to dabble at Samiyah's pouches.

Samiyah slaps at the intruding hands sharply.
Samiyah steps back.

Venom winces. Ouch!
Venom says (in common), 'Ok, I need some practice yet...'.

One Last Try

(Log by Sami)

You are to kill Glabrezu. You have 20 ticks to complete this task.

Venom says (in common), 'Good luck to you both.'.
Venom bows deeply.

Cresom waves happily.

You say (in common), 'Glabrezu again, Brother'.
You sigh.

Venom leaves east.

Cresom says (in common), 'ok that is a sign'.
Cresom says (in common), 'not tonight'.

You shake your head.
You say (in common), 'not tonight.'.

Cresom says (in common), 'but it will happen'.

You smile happily.
You nod.
You say (in common), 'It will.'.

Cresom nods.
Cresom says (in common), 'we will make it so'.
Cresom smiles happily.

You say (in common), 'and I know that you will be right there with me when it does, believing in me.'.