12-30-2013

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12/30/13: Never Argue With A Fool

(Log by Nicholai)

Opening a portal to The Heart of the Tree.
The Heart of the Tree

Nicholai was last here, traveling down.

Samiyah is resting here.

You smile at her.

Samiyah blinks.
Samiyah scrambles up to stand.
Samiyah curtseys gracefully.

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Hope, love, and a new-found sense of strength shine within the blessedly clear,
deep chocolate brown eyes of the desert woman before you. While not unscathed,
her recent battles against dispair and darkness have helped strip away the self
doubt and uncertainty that so often branded her demeanor and actions. Her chin
is raised and her shoulders squared as she calmly awaits the repercussions of an
act of defiance (meddling, some might say) against the forces of evil, ready to
face her fears and name them, giving them no additional power over her. Sister
to one in blood and another in oath, a mentor to her Choir of bards, and friend
to those of every walk of life and aura, Samiyah walks her own road: a child of
the desert sands, a woman of the world beyond the veil, daughter to a God and a
song within the heart of the Wind.
Samiyah has a special twinkle in her eye.
Samiyah is in perfect health.

You say (in elven), 'You look better'.

Samiyah thanks you heartily.
Samiyah says (in common), 'thank you'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'I hope i am not intruding.. I was just thinking that I might be and that I should go'.

You say (in elven), 'well, seeing as you were here first, and I just portalled in, I may be intruding'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'this is your special place'.

You say (in elven), 'If it was secret, I wouldn't have told you'.

Samiyah says (in common), '..still.'.

You say (in elven), 'did you keep any of the crowns? I see 3 back in the well'.

Samiyah shakes her head.
Samiyah says (in common), 'Seraph did not care to take them'.

You say (in elven), 'oh'.

Zephyr arrives from below.

You bow before him.

Zephyr says (in common), 'how did i know you two would be here'.

You ponder the question.

Samiyah grasps an upper branch and leans over, watching the people shuffle about the square below.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Hello Zephyr'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'blue, red - always together, that's how'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'I like pleasant trees and this one has lessons to teach'.

You say (in elven), 'it's a nice shade of purple'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'ok good/evil always together. Info one you find the other'.
Zephyr rests.

Samiyah looks at the old man then says quietly, "I am not doing anything forbidden to me."

Zephyr says (in common), 'you two make your gods look bad. Damn blue/red mix'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'By speaking?'.

You say (in elven), 'My lady enjoys her badness'.
You grin evilly.

Zephyr says (in common), 'as i said - you info one you find the other'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'You and I spoke many times when you bore Katrana's aura, and found no fault with it then'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'yep and i also tried killing you. I do not see that happening with you two'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'actually...'.

Samiyah glances at Nicholai.

Samiyah says (in common), 'I kicked him rather soundly when he hit me with a rock'.

You nod in recognition to her.
You say (in elven), 'she certainly did'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'you stood in a open area'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'and I am currently heavy in debt for muting him in the temples'.

You say (in elven), 'I wouldn't shut up'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'We have fought twice'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'ya thats not fighting'.

You say (in elven), 'I lured her into a dangerous nest and she was chased by an angry bird'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'for crowns'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'You did say that she wouldnt attack and then she did'.

You say (in elven), 'then I ruthlessly stole bags she dropped'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'i am old but i am not stupid'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'I obtained something I needed to destroy the phylactery - a great evil. it was worth it. My God did not want the crowns i took so I destroyed them'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'so says you. You guys are the reason why i do not believe in gods anymore'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'then i would say you did not have much faith to begin with'.

You say (in elven), 'I'm glad to have such an impact on your personal belief system'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'faith.. i had that... good and evil working together is just wrong'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'I have never grouped with him.'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'so what? It's a loophole'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'we have had similar goals but it was for an act of good'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'loophole'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'destroying the phylactery had to be done'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'Says you. Now he will create another'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Yes. Says me. And that will take time, Time and resources'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'so'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'time we did NOT have two days ago'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'See, you didn't see the bigger picture. Why doesn't suprise me?'.

Samiyah says (in common), '...educate me'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'as long as you held on the the phylactery he couldn't build another. Which means it wouldn't be back in his hands. All you did was do him a favor'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'it was possessing me.'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'so hand it off to other people. Then once it wears off get it back'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'and give them the burden that Seraph gave me? Coward's way.'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'if they are your friends they would have taken it'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'no - smart way'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Better to face it and defeat it myself, despite the fact few believed I could'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'you didn't defeat anything. You let him gain control to have it back in his hands'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Believe what you think'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'it's not all about you'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Venom took a grievous blow two days ago'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'yet he is still here and he will make it again, and he will have it in HIS hands. Then chaos will happen. But did you stop to think about that. No you didn't. It's all about me, me, me'.

Samiyah says slowly, as if explaining to a child, "Then I will take it away again."

Zephyr says (in common), 'you can't'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'You are welcome to your opinion, Zephyr.'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'it's not a opinion it's a fact'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'I disagree with you, of course.'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'and when everyone you care about falls because of your selfishness you will remember this talk'.

Samiyah looks at the drunken old man with pitying eyes.

Zephyr says (in common), 'don't pity me little girl'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'go sleep it off, old man.'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'i'm not the one who is messing up'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Go, Zephyr. Just ... go.'.

Zephyr laughs.
Zephyr says (in common), 'now i look forward to the day you eat your words little girl'.

Zephyr looks at you.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Your predictions of failure in Candlespyre did not come true. The phoenix was defeated. Twice.'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'if you went alone they would have... but dragging a evil with you ...well... Sorry ... you both had the same goal at the same moment and happened to meet up'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Nicholai, did I drag you to the mountain?'.

You say (in elven), 'kicking and screaming'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'you should scroll down little girl rules to loopholes'.
Zephyr laughs.

Samiyah says (in common), 'No. it was planned. We had different goals but had to achieve the same thing and my following laws allow trades and deals with evil so long as good comes out ahead'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'might as well just grouped'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Nicholai gained an item he needed no help from me to get'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'yep'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'I gained the much more valuable water which i could not obtain easily on my own. So in that, i came out far ahead in the deal'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'whatever helps you sleep at night'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'I abide my word. Grouping is illegal, while a trade is not.'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'loopholes'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'It may be shades of gray to you but it is an important thing to me, so....take it up with my God'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'far as i hear he no longer cares what you do'.

Samiyah says (in common), '..it was worth any price to destroy the phylactery.'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'yet again; all you did was do venom a favor'.

Samiyah rolls her eyes.

Zephyr says (in common), 'think about it a moment'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'and if venom dies ... Mayhem has no where to go.. which was the point of the exercise'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'venom will not die'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'I will kill him. I have already nearly done so'.

Zephyr laughs.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Laugh all you want, old man'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'nearly and doing it are two different things'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'we have already seen I can accomplish that which you think i cannot'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'you cannot do it alone. Which i said - "if you go alone you will die"'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'I do not have to do it alone and some tasks are better accomplished with help'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'who, your brother will help you kill venom?'.

Samiyah glances at Nicholai and bows slightly.

Zephyr says (in common), 'the vampire will help you kill venom'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'No'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'Why are you so concerned in my business? Until but recently you were trying to kill me'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'why cause i'm watching this all unfold and it's going to be bad'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'maybe you need more hope and faith. It works wonders'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'maybe you better start opening your eyes and stop being self absorbed'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'There is nothing wrong with my sight, old one.'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'sure there isn't'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'I am done arguing with you. You are not my judge. I owe you no explanations for my actions'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'of course not'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'maybe you should go back to the dessert. This place isn't for you'.

You tell Samiyah (in elven), 'Ohh, bring me back a sundae!'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'neither is the desert. I am of both. Not one or the other but a blend of each'.

Samiyah scolds you. What did you do now??

You laugh at yourself. I would, too.

Samiyah grins happily at you.

Zephyr looks at you.
Zephyr says (in common), 'i see your still holding my ring, Nicholai'.

You say (in elven), 'Yes, and I'm sure Belgarion appreciates your concern for its safety'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'everyone keeps say you are a sleeping dragon. I would like to wake that dragon'.

Samiyah blinks.
Samiyah says (in common), 'i am "everyone"?'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'yet again with the me me me. No, samiyah, you are not the only one'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'who else has said it?'.

Zephyr rests.
Zephyr says (in common), 'your mother'.

Samiyah rolls her eyes.
Samiyah says (in common), 'liar'.

Zephyr tilts his head slowly.
Zephyr says (in common), 'i suggest you start picking your words more carefully'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Nicholai, have you ever met Zahra?'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'nich is hiding'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'He is mist.'.

You say (in elven), 'Briefly, nasty briars in front of her place'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'then we need a good wind storm or a fireball that will fix the mist problem'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'and did you reveal any dragon-ness about your person?'.

You say (in elven), 'I don't recall saying a word to her'.

Zephyr says (in common), 'oh the hound is on'.

Zephyr invokes recall magic.
Zephyr disappears suddenly.

You chuckle.
You say (in elven), 'never argue with a fool. You then become one'.

Samiyah says (in common), '... that was frustrating.'.

Samiyah nods in recognition to you.

You say (in elven), 'that was...boring'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'I need to learn your wise silences'.

You say (in elven), 'I considered just silencing the room, but that might be considered rude... to you'.

Samiyah blushes.
Samiyah says (in common), '.. I am a bard. We do not always know when to stop talking.'.

You say (in elven), 'oh...I recall a bard from long ago who never shut up. And then of course there is Nevyn'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'what was their name?'.

You say (in elven), 'oh, Jerald, if I remember correctly'.

Samiyah nods.

You say (in elven), 'I vaguely remember him having a particular friendship with Darkclaw, in her mortal years'.

You say (in elven), 'she had taken on a blue aura'.

Samiyah blinks.
Samiyah says (in common), 'that is a hard thing to imagine'.

Samiyah says quietly, "I see your Progeny has awoken. We have not spoken, he and I, since the phylactery was destroyed."

You say (in elven), 'He says he is weakened'.
You say (in elven), 'I'm trying to tell him he is strong without it, doesn't need it'.
(See the next log for more info)

Samiyah nods.
Samiyah says (in common), 'Mayhem weaves a tight web.'.

Zephyr gossips (in common), 'damn it sagan will you just lay down and let me kill you'.

Sagan gossips (in common), ':( I am sorry for being mean.'.

Samiyah sits down and thinks deeply.

Sagan gossips (in common), 'That wouldn't be fun though!'.

Zephyr gossips (in common), 'never know unless you try it'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'I suppose that is the tactic he would wish to employ with you as well'.

You say (in elven), 'tactic?'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Attacking only when his opponent sleeps.'.

You say (in elven), 'oh'.

You laugh.
You say (in elven), 'I think his "tactic" is at the bottom of a bottle of rum'.



10/30/13: Master and Student

(Partially concurrent with prior scene)
(Log by Nicholai)


Venom ftells, 'Greetings, Master.'.

You ftell, 'Greetings, how are you today?'.

Venom ftells, 'I am not well...'.

You ftell, 'what ails you?'.

Venom ftells, 'My phylactery has been destroyed... If I die, the Lich will have no place to retreat... And I am so weak...'.

You ftell, 'you are strong without it'.

Venom ftells, 'The sun assaults me..'.

You ftell, 'That...yes, may be a problem. You need immortal blood, and our lady is missing'.

Venom ftells, 'No, I am nothing without the Lich. It is the source of my powers.'.

You ftell, 'you are kindred, you need to find your own strength. You shared the blood that I was shared from Khore'.

Venom ftells, 'I feel that somewhat, but the Lich uses that strength for himself, to control me...'.

You ftell, 'then you need to rid yourself of it'.

Venom ftells, 'But his hand guides my claws into such a fine dance of magic and combat. I do not think I could survive without His influence. When the meddling sand-goat nearly killed me, it was the Lich who saved my life.'.

You ftell, 'but still that makes you a puppet, learn the dance and show him what you can do without him'.

Venom ftells, 'But if I could fuse.. I would be Demi again, not puppet... Then the power would be half mine!'.

Venom ftells, 'For now I need to refocus my energies on building a new phylactery.'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'i may have to agree with you.'.

Venom ftells, 'It is far too dangerous for me to be without my phylactery. If the gods wipe me again from the realm, I will never return.'.

You ftell, 'hopefull that will never happen'.

Venom ftells, 'Even now I sense they are watching, aware of my transformation, scared of my growth.'.

You ftell, 'show them what you are capable of'.

Venom ftells, 'Oh I will show them... *grin*'.


12/30/13: A Warning and Tales of Adventure

(Log by Nicholai)

Samiyah glances down into the square, watching the shuffling people below.
Samiyah looks at you.

Samiyah returns her gaze to the lost ones below.

You say (in elven), 'they carry on, seemingly unaware of their own misery'.

Samiyah says softly, "They are a warning I must heed."

You say (in elven), 'beware the baby bats, they are fierce'.

Samiyah smiles and laughs softly. "Indeed."

Samiyah says quietly, "It would be easy to be like them."

You say (in elven), 'many are, they go through life like slaves. Toiling in mundane tasks, following the rules they believe they are bound to. Doing what they are told'.

Samiyah says with some embarassment, "The lure of a vampire's bite is very strong."

You say (in elven), 'yes..it can be... but you seem to be handling it well, and at least yours cares about you'.

Samiyah blushes and glances away. "Mostly. . . and yes. I am honored by his feelings... Wind does not treat me like food."

Samiyah smiles wyly, the expression one of frustrated amusement.

Samiyah murmurs to herself, "...not even when I ask him to.."

You grin evilly at her.

Samiyah coughs.

You say (in elven), 'so, have you taken down any monsterous beasts while I was gone?'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'I slew Night by myself, nine times.'.

You say (in elven), 'nine times?'.

Samiyah nods.
Samiyah says (in common), 'and then six more with Cresom'.

You say (in elven), 'what did he do to anger you so?'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'I was asked to obtain his dagger at a specific level of potency'.

You say (in elven), 'did you find a nice one?'.

Samiyah gets a slim, deadly holdout dagger from a saddlebag.
Samiyah gives you a slim, deadly holdout dagger.

You say (in elven), 'not bad at all'.

You give a slim, deadly holdout dagger to Samiyah.

You say (in elven), 'the range on mine amuses me'.

You give a slim, deadly holdout dagger to Samiyah.

Samiyah blinks.
Samiyah gives you a slim, deadly holdout dagger.

You say (in elven), 'I miss that old Mage tower'.

Samiyah says with some difficulty, "Silence is trickery so..."
Samiyah says (in common), 'Sometimes ... er.. nevermind'.

You say (in elven), 'I had a "tactic" for retrieving the blue enchant scroll'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'What scroll is that?'.

You say (in elven), 'it enchanted at 6/7'.

Samiyah nods.

You say (in elven), 'guarded by many ornary arch mages'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'And it is gone now?'.

You say (in elven), 'yes, the Gods destroyed it'.

Samiyah nods.

You say (in elven), 'of course, my technique was not as precise as with Candlespyre. It mostly involved running around like mad and then playing hide and seek'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'no being hit with rocks?'.

You say (in elven), 'only if the head mage refused to give up his key. He alone wasn't too difficult, it was when all his friends showed up...'.

Samiyah winces. Ouch!

You say (in elven), 'they were not good hosts'.

Samiyah nods.
Samiyah says (in common), 'it is hard to imagine you being unsettled and runming about'.

You say (in elven), 'organized chaos I suppose'.

Samiyah nods.
Samiyah says (in common), 'My Father has awoken. We have not spoken overmuch since Candlespyre'.

### [Venom says (in common), 'Greetings, Angel.']

You nod.
You say (in elven), 'well, you did the impossible or so it was made to seem'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'He will not see it that way. He will see it as me "running to evils"'.

You say (in elven), 'oh, no...I totally used you to do my bidding'.

Samiyah shakes her head.
Samiyah says (in common), 'you needed no help from me at all'.

You say (in elven), 'you did hold that key when I forgot to drop it and you woke me up when I swarmed in the wrong place'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'your meteor woke you'.

You say (in elven), 'did it? I don't recall much, it's a bit fuzzy'.

Samiyah says (in common), '... Nicholai. You did not need my help.'.

You say (in elven), 'I won't argue if I did or didn't, but it was fun, regardless of who needed who's help'.

Samiyah smiles happily.
Samiyah bows deeply.

Samiyah says (in common), 'It was an adventure. Totec would have been pleased.'.

You say (in elven), 'more importantly to me, I actually did something great, again. And you were there to be part of it.'.

Samiyah smiles at you.
Samiyah says (in common), 'it was a remarkable feat'.

You say (in elven), 'But I will say, I could not have fought that thing alone. You did that. Twice'.

Samiyah says (in common), '.. She is unfriendly.'.

You say (in elven), 'I am still curious as to why she targeted you.'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'and Zephyr is wrong: it would have been FAR easier if I had been grouped... but I could not disobey. That means something to me, even if it is only a "loophole" to him'.

You say (in elven), 'I adore loopholes and I refuse to be bound by rules'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'i try hard to obey but sometimes I think there is more goodness achieved by disobeying'.

You say (in elven), 'I'm a bad influence'.
You grin evilly at her.

Samiyah chuckles, evidently amused.
Samiyah says (in common), '...sometimes. It is that dratted vampire pursuasion!'.

Samiyah nods at herself; she must be getting senile.


12/30/13: Eavesdropping

(Log by Nicholai)

Samiyah pauses and frowns.
Samiyah says (in common), '... I know THAT voice...'.

You say (in elven), 'voice?'.

Nicholai didn't hear anything.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Your progeny needs you, Nicholai. Mayhem speaks inside Venom. I heard his voice, clear as the sky'.

You say (in elven), 'odd that I did not'.

Venom ftells, '*a weak sensation, pleading for help is tugging through the blood bond*'.

You ftell, 'are you ok?'.

Venom ftells, '(in deep monotone) He is fine.'.

You ftell, 'Hmmm...Mayhem I believe?'.

Venom ftells, '(in deep monotone) None other.'.

You tell Venom (in elven), 'you need to resist him'.

Samiyah repeats, "then why do you think I would trust my soul in a red ball marked by a blue angel"

Venom tells you (in common), '(in deep monotone) Venom slumbers now, Eldest...'.

You say (in elven), 'brb'.

Opening a portal to Temple of the Lost.
Temple of the Lost

Opening a portal to The Heart of the Tree.

### [Somewhere, Venom says (in deep monotone), 'Indeed, just sacrifice it and move on...Where does that leave me?']

Samiyah blinks.
Samiyah says (in common), 'is all well?'.

You say (in elven), 'I'm not sure. I don't know where he is'.

>info venom
This may take a while...
Venom is in the area of Riverhold.

You say (in elven), 'riverhold'.

### [Somewhere, Venom says (in deep monotone), 'If I die and you intervene then fine, but I will not subject myself to a ball.']

Samiyah repeats, "I reject the entire proposal, the end. Venom is fighting back, now"

You say (in elven), 'who is he talking to?'.

Samiyah says (in common), 'My guess is Seraph'.
Samiyah shrugs.

### [Somewhere, Venom says (in deep monotone), 'ENOUGH! Do not presume to tell ME how to be a proper Lich!']

Samiyah giggles.

You say (in elven), 'someone is getting testy'.

Samiyah nods.
Samiyah says (in common), '.. I live in Riverhold...'.

Samiyah says carefully, "Perhaps I should go there."

You draw a wizard mark rune on Samiyah.

Samiyah bows deeply.

### [Somewhere, Venom discards your comment with a casual wave of his hand.]

Samiyah stands up.
Samiyah makes a complicated-looking gesture.

Samiyah says (in common), '..ohdear'.
Samiyah says (in common), 'Marks faded'.

Samiyah invokes recall magic.

Opening a portal to Samiyah.
The Riverhold Town Hall and School

Samiyah is here.
Venom is here.
Singing under her breath, Elvalee prepares the next lesson.


12/30/13: Thanks, But No Thanks

(Log by Venom)

Turyal steps out the shadows

You raise your eyebrow.
You say (in common), 'Greetings, Angel.'.

Turyal says, 'Seems you have a problem, lich.'

You say (in common), 'I have only solutions....'.

Sai ftells, 'wintermeet is great exp but it is also pk central, heh'.

Turyal says, 'Oh and if you died right now, do you have a solution for that?'

Nicholai ftells, 'how about the plantation?'.

You say (in common), 'What business is that of an Angel?'.
You say (in common), 'I do not die, regardless....'.

Turyal says, 'Everyone does.'

Sai ftells, 'haven't tried it, workers and visitors con death tho - they are bigger than centaurs'.

Turyal says, 'Besides: I have come to help.'

You say (in common), 'How do you intend to help me...'.

Turyal says, 'To make sure that when you die, the lich has a place to go for a bit.'

You say (in common), 'When I die?'.
You say (in common), 'I think you mean, IF.'.

Turyal says, 'Everyone does.'

You say (in common), 'What are you proposing?'.

Turyal says, 'Well, it's simple, really.'
Turyal says, 'Create a ball of light.'

(a brief pause)

Turyal shrugs his shoulders
Turyal says, 'Well, it's your loss, I suppose.'

You say (in common), 'I was listening....'.
You say (in common), 'You said, create a ball of light... '.

Turyal says, 'Make a ball.'

You are already standing.
You make the gesture necessary to invoke your spell.
You twiddle your thumbs and a ball of bright red light appears.

Turyal says, 'Hold it up to me.'

You get a ball of bright red light.

Venom holds the ball up.

Turyal places his hand on the ball. It fades from red to grey and back to red.

You feel more vulnerable.

Turyal says, 'There. You get two deaths. The ball will hold your soul until you are done with your skull.'

You say (in common), 'I don't trust you. There are no wards of protection on this container... What if it is destroyed with my soul inside!'.

Turyal says, The ward is on it. If it gets destroyed, create a new ball.'

You say (in common), 'IF I accept this, which I may not... What is the cost to me?'.

Turyal says, 'You know the deal already.'

Dralend arrives from the south.
Dralend bows before someone.

Dralend rests.
Dralend stands up.

You say (in common), 'I don't believe in free...'.

Dralend rests.

Turyal says, 'Not my problem.'

You say (in common), 'I smell a trap.'.

You drop a ball of bright red light.

DarkClaw accepts your sacrifice.

Turyal shrugs

You say (in common), 'Be gone, angel of the shadows, and tell your master to stop sending his pathetic minions'.

Turyal says, 'Make another ball and see for yourself.'

You say (in common), 'I am done obeying your foolish commands.'.

Dralend stands up.
Dralend leaves south.

You say (in common), 'You tell the soul stealer our deal is between us, and his Angels are scum to me. I will deal with Him directly.'.

Turyal grabs Venom by the throat, lifting him off the floor.

Venom grins evilly, his elongated fangs glistening.

Turyal tilts his head, his eyes glowing a crimson red.
Turyal says, 'I offer a gift and you spit it back in my face? I should rip your heart out.'

Venom's eyes shutter and begin to glow a soft red.
Venom says (in deep monotone), 'Go ahead, Venom is already undead, he needs no heart.'

Someone steps through the shadows.
Seraph has granted you the ability to see him when he is invis.

Seraph says, 'put him down Turyal'.

You bow before Seraph.

Turyal grits his teeth and gently puts you back down.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'This was not a part of our bargain, soul stealer....'

Seraph says, 'leave, Turyal'.

Turyal turns and steps into the shadows

Seraph says, 'I sent him to protect you'.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'I will not deal with your minions...'

Seraph folds his hands behind his back.

Seraph says, 'you will deal with who I send you'.

You laugh.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'You do not give me orders, fallen one...'

Seraph grins slyly.
Seraph says, 'I released you, Lich. Do you think I would let you go so freely?'.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'I have a suitable container here in this corpse.'

Seraph says, 'and when you die you will vanish into nothing'.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'I honour our deal only because I respect you, not because I have to. I will build a new phylactery.'

Seraph says, 'i know you will'.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'Please, allow me to ask you a question.'

Seraph nods.

You ftell, '*a weak sensation, pleading for help, is tugging through the blood bond*'.

Nicholai ftells, 'are you ok?'.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'Do you have any idea how much work it takes for me to create a proper phylactery?'

Seraph says, 'a lot'.

You ftell, '(in deep monotone) He is fine.'.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'Then why would you think I would trust my soul in a red ball marked by a blue angel?'

Nicholai ftells, 'Hmmm...Mayhem I believe?'.

You ftell, '(in deep monotone) None other.'.

Nicholai tells you (in elven), 'you need to resist him'.

Seraph says, 'because i am the keeper and stealer of souls'.

You tell Nicholai (in common), '(in deep monotone) Venom slumbers now, Eldest...'.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'You are one thing, a stupid ball is another. It is unsafe.'

Seraph laughs.
Seraph says, 'See, the trick to the ball is most only see a ball'.
Seraph says, 'and who cares about a ball?'.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'Indeed, just sacrifice it and move on...Where does that leave me?'

Seraph says, 'as Turyal said: you create another'.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'I reject the entire proposal, the end. Venom is fighting back now...'

Seraph says, 'The ball goes poof. The soul lingers for a few minutes. You create a new ball. The soul travels back into the new creation'.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'If I die and you intervene then fine, but I will not subject myself to a ball. It is unsafe.'

Seraph says, 'it is safer than your pretty skull. You see where that got you'.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'ENOUGH! Do not presume to tell ME how to be a proper Lich! My phylactery is tenfold the home of your balls of light!'

Seraph pulls a ball of light out the air.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'You meddle! Like Father like Daughter!'

Seraph looks at the ball.
Seraph says, 'this ball been around over a 1000 years'.

Venom discards your comment with a casual wave of his hand.

Seraph laughs.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'Years crumble beneath my gaze alone.'

Seraph says, 'here comes Samiyah'.

Seraph says, 'Well, think of this, lich: When you die, your soul enters the realm of souls... and i will be waiting'.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'Take your idle threats back to your hall Fallen One.'

Seraph grins slyly.
Seraph says, 'and so will Samiyah'.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'IF Venom dies, my phylactery will be ready and waiting.'

Seraph says, 'but you don't need my help'.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'I can only hope...'

Samiyah arrives from the south.

The Riverhold Town Hall and School
[Exits: north south]
(Dark Blue Aura) (*Enemy*) Samiyah is here.
Lured by the prospects of easy food, a mouse dashes by, cheeks full.
(Invis 71) (Intense Dark Blue Aura) [GS] Seraph is here.
Singing under her breath, Elvalee prepares the next lesson.

You hear a distinct pop as Nicholai's portal closes up.

Nicholai makes a complicated-looking gesture.
Nicholai draws a funny looking rune in the air.

Samiyah looks at you.

Nicholai makes a complicated-looking gesture.
Nicholai draws a funny looking rune on you.

Venom says (in deep monotone), 'I believe that is my cue.'

You sleep.

Nicholai ftells, 'Venom?'.

You ftell, 'Yes?'.

Nicholai ftells, 'ok'.
Nicholai ftells, 'just seeing who I was talking to'.

You are surrounded by a force shield.

You ftell, 'Okay...'.

You feel stronger.

You wake and stand up.

Nicholai utters the words, 'uwsfazze uizug'.
You fade out of existence.

You rest.

Nicholai says (in elven), 'You seemed to be having a conversation'.

You say (in common), 'Turyal choked me out.. Thank you, Eldest...'.

Nicholai says (in elven), 'that messenger?'.

You nod.
You say (in common), 'One of Seraph's angels.'.

Nicholai says (in elven), 'still, just a trumped up courier'.

You say (in common), 'He is mighty.. He lifted me off my feet and choked me out cold with one hand.'.

Nicholai says (in elven), 'did he have a particular reason? I watched him outcast one of his own the other day'.

You say (in common), 'He was offering me a temporary phylactery, but it was a trap.'.

Nicholai says (in elven), 'I should say so...he knows that is what you desire. Desires make us vulnerable. You need to purge yourself of them'.

You say (in common), 'But I MUST have a phylactery!'.

Nicholai says (in elven), 'it would be but a crutch. You don't need it'.

You say (in common), 'I'm sorry Eldest, but in that you are wrong. I cannot become ruler of the realm without the Lich!'.

Nicholai sighs loudly.
Nicholai says (in elven), 'perhaps, but who really wants to rule anyway. Too much responsibility'.

You say (in common), 'Perhaps a better word would be "own"'.

Nicholai says (in elven), 'stand the test of time, watch empires rise and fall...'.

You say (in common), 'I must go rest in the soil of the temple'.

12/30/13: Gremlins

(Log by Nicholai)

You tell Samiyah (in elven), 'you didn't happen to purchase some nasty popcorn from Mish did you?'.

Samiyah tells you (in common), 'I did not... it smells horrible.'

You tell Samiyah (in elven), 'ok, I lost mine to the purging demons'.
You tell Samiyah (in elven), 'gremlins more like it'.
You tell Samiyah (in elven), 'they sneak in my bags when I am asleep and give things to mish'.


12/30/13: Repercussions


Seraph has granted you the ability to see him when he is invis.
Seraph ftells, 'Have fun on your little adventure?'

Samiyah ftells, 'Which one?'
Samiyah ftells, 'Candlespyre? The lava lake in Gertek's Tomb? Dauskdraugs?'

Seraph ftells, 'to destroy the phylactery'

Samiyah ftells, 'It was not 'fun'. It was necessary.'

Seraph ftells, 'If you say so.'

Seraph steps out of the shadows.

samiyah bows deeply.

Seraph says, 'I am glad to see your vampire friends gained from your adventure.'

Samiyah says (in common), 'I gained far, far more. And is that not Your requirement for a trade with evils?'

Seraph says, 'So you say.'
Seraph folds his hands behind his back.

Seraph pulls his helm out of the shadows and puts it on.
Seraph says, 'Ah... much better.'

Samiyah watches in silence.

Seraph says, 'See, Samiyah, there is a problem.'

Samiyah listens.

Seraph opens his arms as his armor comes and hooks to him.
Seraph slowly walks towards you.

Samiyah tells Nicholai, 'Please listen for my death cries at Wendell.'

Seraph pulls his sword from his armor.

Seraph says, 'Even now you call to the vampire.'

Samiyah kneels and slides her hair away from the back of her neck.

Samiyah says (in common), 'Better him, than Hunt or venom.'

Seraph places the tip of his sword to your throat.

Nicholai says (in elven), 'why?'
Nicholai looks at you.

Seraph's sword glows a bright blue.

Samiyah awaits His judgment without fear or remorse.

Seraph's sword starts to absorb the red stain from Samiyah's soul.

The sword glows. After a few moments, the red aura is gone.

Seraph says, 'You have bent my rules one too many times.'
Seraph says, 'Killing you would be a release.'

Seraph walks towards the shadows.


12/30/13: I’ll Most Likely Kill You In The Morning

(Log by Samiyah)

(Nicholai portals out, then back in.)

Samiyah says, 'Thank you for being present that my shell would be safe. Apparently He does not intend to kill me at this particular instant.'

Nicholai says (in elven), 'Well, then I won't need to use this.'
Nicholai stops using the scroll of promise.

Nicholai gives you the scroll of promise.

(Examine scroll: Bless / cure crit / heal)

Nicholai says (in elven), 'I thought it would be fitting.'

Samiyah says (in common), 'I am.. as often is the case... confused.'

Nicholai says (in elven), 'I'd hate to see you lose those lyricals. Even when I'm on the receiving end of a beat down, I am impressed with the technique.'

Samiyah says (in common), 'I have survived one of his rifts before.. but if He wished me dead... He would do whatever it took to make it so.'

Nicholai sits down and thinks deeply.
Nicholai says (in elven), 'Poor Wendell. He is always patiently waiting. But he never lets me change my home town to Sanguinna.'
Nicholai says (in elven), 'Or even the top of Master's Tower, for that matter.'

Nicholai utters the words, 'safar'
The air shimmers as Nicholai creates a portal here.


12/30/13: .. Or I Shall Taunt You A Second Time..

(Log by Samiyah)

Samiyah glances at the vampire's receding form as he steps through the portal, and absentmindedly rubs the fang-scars on her wrist.

Someone says, 'You should get that healed.'

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

Someone says, 'Why?'

Samiyah says (in common), 'I do not know who you are, and that question is a personal one.'

Someone says, 'I know the answer. I know everything you think and feel.'

Samiyah says (in common), 'Then why ask?'

Someone says, 'Why not?'

Samiyah says (in common), 'You know that I crave his bite.'

Someone says, 'Yes, I do.'
Someone says, 'I know that you lean more towards the vampires than your own.'

Samiyah says (in common), 'Not all vampires. Some. And some of 'my own' were molesters and brutes.'

Someone yawns.
Someone says, 'Poor bard, always being hurt.'

Samiyah rolls her eyes.

Samiyah says, 'Rolling your eyes. Cute. Do it again.'

Samiyah stands, gazes towards where your face might be, and speaks your name.

Someone says, 'Think about your actions carefully.'

Samiyah says (in common), 'If you wish to ignore that your own people molested your daughter, then do. But don't pretend I am in the wrong for naming the ill done to me by your people. What they did was wrong. I have reasons for my associations.'

Someone says, 'And they were punished for it. More painfully than you have ever been. But you still hold on to that piece of time to excuse your actions.'

Samiyah says (in common), 'I take care of my bards. I give assistance to all the Order at great risk to myself. I have not turned my back on them.'

(sami loses link, ending the scene)

The Scent of Things To Come

(Log by Rhyvn)

(Rhyvn reads Venom's quest notes)
Then: whois rhyvn

Rhyvn (VII): Female Elf 18 Mage (Eff. 18)
Last login: Mon 2013-12-30 20:37:59.
Was created 2013-11-21 11:56:21, and has
played 5dy 12hr 20min (actual time online).
204517 total experience earned.
Scored 0 mobmaster, 0 mobhunt, and 0 location quest points.
7 day activity rank  : 8th.
14 day activity rank  : 8th.
30 day activity rank  : 6th.
60 day activity rank  : 8th.
90 day activity rank  : 18th.
7 day out-of-safe room rank  : 6th.
14 day out-of-safe room rank  : 5th.
30 day out-of-safe room rank  : 3rd.
60 day out-of-safe room rank  : 5th.
90 day out-of-safe room rank  : 7th.
------------------------------- PK INFO -------------------------------
Has initiated 0 attacks (0 justified, and 0 not justified).
Has been attacked 0 times (0 justified, 0 not justified).
Is credited with 0 PKs (0 justified, 0 not justified).
Has been killed 0 times (0 justified, 0 not justified).

pray I don't think this is going to work out so good for me...
Pray to whom? You haven't picked an immortal to worship!

4 players.
Elf [ Ma:18 ] Rhyvn, Little Sister. Pickle Jumper. +Shiny Things
Hel [ Ma: 5 ] Caelreth the Half-Elf
Gno [ Cl: 1 ] Vazt the Gnome
Elf [ Ra:21 Ma:22 ] Cusithe growls softly as she Hunts

(title change)

4 players.
Elf [ Ma:18 ] Rhyvn.
Hel [ Ma: 5 ] Caelreth the Half-Elf
Gno [ Cl: 2 ] Vazt the Gnome
Elf [ Ra:21 Ma:22 ] Cusithe growls softly as she Hunts

Cusithe tells you (in common), 'where you?'.

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.
A pit for donations dominates the room.
A gingerbread man stands here, reminding you of your childhood.

  

You tell Cusithe (in common), '*dryly* at the pit.'.

Cusithe arrives from the east.
Cusithe tilts her head back slightly and sniffs the air, learning your scent.
Cusithe looks at you.
Cusithe grins ferally.
Cusithe says (in common), lo'.

You say (in common), 'I smell like pickles.'.
You smirk.

Cusithe's nose twitches.

Rhyvn is NOT amused.

Cusithe sits down and thinks deeply.
Cusithe says (in common), 'whyforno?'.
Cusithe scratches her head.
Cusithe pokes you in the ribs.

You shrug.

Cusithe sits down and thinks deeply.
Cusithe says (in common), 'You think i bite YOU?'.
Cusithe grins ferally.


Cusithe shakes her head.
Cusithe says (in common), 'too small.'.

You may initiate PK attempts.
You should be wary of those that are effective level 26 or below.

Cusithe says (in common), '.. why grumpy pickle?'.

You say (in common), 'Venom's mad at me for something I guess.'.
You say (in common), 'but I dunno what I did.'.

Cusithe sits down and thinks deeply.

You say (in common), 'and he wants the whole place to hate me I guess.'.
You say (in common), 'after he told me wouldn't hurt me.'.
You say (in common), 'I don't get it.'.

Cusithe sits down and thinks deeply.
Cusithe says (in common), 'i think he's just likes makin folks mad'.

You say (in common), 'I need to talk to my teacher but he's nowhere to be found.'.
You sigh.

Cusithe says (in common), 'and no one gonna be mad at you, even if they bite you'.

You say (in common), 'yeah.'.
You shrug.

Vazt arrives from the east.

You say (in common), 'well, enjoy the day. Nice to meet you.'.
You bow deeply.
Fare thee well!

12/20/13: Adventures of an Idiot

(Log by Kintsukuroi)

The Riverhold Town Hall and School
[Exits: north south]
Bundled against the breeze from the river, this villager trudges home.
Singing under her breath, Elvalee prepares the next lesson.


You are hungry.

You yell (in common), 'KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO'.

Kintsukuroi stamps her foot.

You are hungry.
You eat a still-warm chocolate chip cookie.

who
7 players.
Ogr [ Bard: 9 6 4 ] Kibou, Minstrel of the High Order. The Brains
Dwa [ The Hound ] Sagan'dari.
Hum [ Ma:20 Wa:30 Th:30 ] Ptarchyzk ex-muggle sneak
Hel [ Wa:16 Ma:18 ] Qwerty the Half-Elf
Elf [ Wa: 5 Cl:10 ] Kintsukuroi: Pinky Jester of the High Orgre cuz he sed s
Hel [ Ra:14 Ma:15 ] Chopstick: That which picks things up. <UAD>
Dwa [ Bard: 14 13 13 ] Smudge the Dwarf

You ftell, 'KIBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!'.
You ftell, 'kiboukiboukibou!!!'.

The Lower Hall
[Exits: north up]
(Invis) Qwerty is here.
Kibou is resting here.
Mish Leigh Salvandor will use her contacts to help you... for a price.

>hug Kibou
You hug him.

>kick Kibou
You aren't fighting anyone.

Kibou hugs you.
Kibou hugs you.

You say (in common), 'follow me!'.
You say (in common), 'we shall smite!'.

Kibou says (in common), 'I need a few moments!'.

You get a still-warm chocolate chip cookie from bag made from sheriff hide.
You give a still-warm chocolate chip cookie to Kibou.

Kibou has his hands full.
Kibou says (in common), 'My legs are still shaky'.

You say (in common), 'I will carry you'.
You say (in common), 'i am strong, like ox'.

Kibou grins happily.
Kibou drools on himself.
Kibou stands up.


>l kib
The first thing you notice about this disheveled ogre is his hair, which
wildly juts out in every which way. Everything about his appearance is a
mess, from his half-unbuttoned tunic which bares a terrifying expanse of
hairy dull gray flesh, to the fact he is wearing one boot and one wooden
crate. Yet here he stands, beaming a toothy grin, as if nothing could be
better. Although he may look ordinary, he is from it, having setting out
at a young age, when he decided to choose the bardic path, just like his
hero, Oook. Now a part of the High Order, he pursues his passions - song
and the attention of his pal, Kintsukuroi.
Kibou has a special twinkle in his eye.
Kibou is in perfect health.

You are now guarding Kibou.

In a Vegetable Garden
[Exits: north south west]
The sky is cloudless and a cold northern gust blows.
Kibou is here.
A beautiful, jewel-toned giant dragonfly hovers in the air.

Your crush maims a jewel-toned dragonfly!

Kibou says (in common), 'Go Kintsu!'.

Kibou's slash mauls a jewel-toned dragonfly.
You attack and narrowly miss a jewel-toned dragonfly.

You strut your stuff.

Kibou's slash wounds a jewel-toned dragonfly.
Your crush MUTILATES a jewel-toned dragonfly!
A jewel-toned dragonfly is DEAD!!
You receive 24 experience points.
You split 108 gold coins. Your share is 54 gold coins.
The corpse of a jewel-toned dragonfly contains:

    Nothing.


You wiggle your bottom.

Kibou says (in common), 'You can do it for us!'.
Kibou says (in common), 'Show them filthy bums who's boss'.
Kibou gawks at Kintsukuroi's muscles.

Kintsukuroi flexes.

Kibou grins happily.

Kibou ftells, 'I need a smoke'.
You ftell, 'ok, so smoke'.
Kibou ftells, 'want me to rest in safe or keep following'.
You ftell, 'keep following'.

Kibou gets a spell score from the corpse of a bad-tempered old goat.
Kibou hums several notes to a song you didn't know existed.
Kibou ftells, 'You hum a few bars to an improbable song, 'Gettin' jiggy wit haunt'.'.

c spi ghost
Your spiritual hammer mauls the ghost of a filthy child of the village.

The ghost of a filthy child of the village injures you.
You attack, but it wasn't close to where the ghost of a filthy child of the village was.

Kibou's slash decimates the ghost of a filthy child of the village.
You attack, but it wasn't close to where the ghost of a filthy child of the village was.

Kibou's slash wounds the ghost of a filthy child of the village.
Your crush maims the ghost of a filthy child of the village.

cast 'cure serious'
You feel better!

The ghost of a filthy child of the village leaves south.
The ghost of a filthy child of the village has fled!

Kibou utters the words, 'pkadaih'.
Kibou utters the words, 'pkadaih'.
Kibou utters the words, 'pkadaih'.
(**He was attempting to Haunt Kintsukuroi**)

k ghost

Kibou ftells, 'grrrrrr'.

You attack and narrowly miss the ghost of a filthy child of the village.
Your crush devastates the ghost of a filthy child of the village.
The ghost of a filthy child of the village is DEAD!!
You receive 18 experience points.
The ghost of a filthy child of the village disintegrates before your eyes.

Kibou ftells, 'brb'.
Kibou ftells, 'if venom comes on, save me'.

You ftell, 'ok'.
You ftell, 'i will smite him'.
You ftell, 'oh wait, that means i have to check who'.

(SNIP)

Kibou ftells, 'im almost back'.

Kibou attacks and narrowly misses a female villager of Riverhold.
You attack, but it wasn't close to where a female villager of Riverhold was.

A female villager of Riverhold trips you and you go down!
A female villager of Riverhold wounds you.
Kibou attacks and narrowly misses a female villager of Riverhold.
You aren't on your feet! Get UP!!!
You do all you can just to defend yourself.

A female villager of Riverhold attacks, but it wasn't even close.
You aren't on your feet! Get UP!!!
Your crush mauls a female villager of Riverhold.
A female villager of Riverhold is DEAD!!
You receive 40 experience points.
You split 195 gold coins. Your share is 98 gold coins.
The corpse of a female villager of Riverhold contains:
a roughly made wooden bucket
a rough skirt of homespun red fabric
a rough homespun shirt of dull green

You stand up.

On a Rutted Dirt Path
[Exits: north east south west]
Carts have passed this way, leaving ruts in the pathway. Equally
prevalent are the prints of bare feet, traveling to and from the
town square. This is a residential area, with short, squat wooden
huts flanking the pathway to either side. The scent of growing
things is carried on the wind from the south from the gardens and
fields a short distance away.
The sky is cloudy and a warm southerly breeze blows.
The corpse of a female villager of Riverhold is lying here.
Kibou is here.

Kibou says (in common), 'Why were you on your butt'.

You say (in common), 'closer to your man sausage!'.

Kibou throws back his head and cackles with insane glee!

Smudge tells you (in common), '...'.

You tell Smudge (in common), '?'.

Smudge tells you (in common), 'man sausage??'.

You tell Smudge (in common), 'welll.....'.

In the Branches
[Exits: south down]
The sky is cloudy and a cold northern gust blows.
The corpse of a graceful nut-brown sparrow is lying here.
( 2) The corpse of a delicate nut-brown sparrow is lying here.
Kibou is here, fighting a graceful nut-brown sparrow.
A graceful nut-brown sparrow is here, fighting YOU!

Kibou attacks, but comes nowhere close to a graceful nut-brown sparrow.
Your crush devastates a graceful nut-brown sparrow!

Kibou says (in minotaur), 'z yn nyr syyv'.

Kibou attacks and narrowly misses a graceful nut-brown sparrow.
Your crush maims a graceful nut-brown sparrow!
A graceful nut-brown sparrow is DEAD!!
You receive 15 experience points.
You split 60 gold coins. Your share is 30 gold coins.
The corpse of a graceful nut-brown sparrow contains:

    Nothing.


You growl. Grrrrrrrrrr...

c fae Kibou
You are no longer guarding Kibou.
Kibou stops following you.
Okay, no longer assisting anyone.
You have become a miscreant.
Kibou is surrounded by a pink outline.

Your crush scratches Kibou.

Kibou leaves down.
Kibou has fled!


The Riverhold Town Hall and School
[Exits: north south]
(Pink Aura) Kibou is here.
(Light Red Aura) (*Enemy*) Smudge is sleeping here.
Singing under her breath, Elvalee prepares the next lesson.

You giggle.

Kibou grumbles.

Kibou says (in minotaur), 'vqy vqye urr'.

You glare icily at him.

Kibou says (in minotaur), 'yuv d fqqe un<vheny qqqe gqy urr'.

You say (in common), 'quit talking like a COW!!!!'.

Smudge wakes and stands up.

Kibou dances around.

You say (in common), '... no ladybits for you if you keep talkin like a cow'.

In a Wheat Field
[Exits: east south west]
A half-elf woman kneels here, hands dirty and full of weeds.
A half-elf woman kneels here, hands dirty and full of weeds.
A half-elf woman kneels here, hands dirty and full of weeds.
A half-elf woman kneels here, hands dirty and full of weeds.
Boldly calling down from atop a tree branch, this jay scolds you.

Kibou yells (in common), 'COME BACK'.
Kibou yells (in common), 'NO SMITING WITHOUT ME'.

A filthy half-elf gardener wounds you.
You outmaneuver a filthy half-elf gardener's dodge attempt.
Your crush devastates a filthy half-elf gardener.
A filthy half-elf gardener is DEAD!!
You receive 60 experience points.
The corpse of a filthy half-elf gardener contains:
(Moderate magic) a orange potion with gold swirls
(Weak magic) a leaf mail sash
a rough skirt of homespun red fabric
a rough homespun shirt of dull green

You gossip (in common), 'There is sparkly in the dead thing, kibou'.
You gossip (in common), 'what do i do'.

You get the corpse of a filthy half-elf gardener.

The Riverhold Town Hall and School
[Exits: north south]
(Light Red Aura) (*Enemy*) Smudge is here.
(Pink Aura) Kibou is here.
Singing under her breath, Elvalee prepares the next lesson.

Kibou gossips (in common), 'Seeking info on how to tame a Kintsukuroi'.

You drop the corpse of a filthy half-elf gardener.

Kibou chuckles, evidently amused.

Smudge leaves south.

Kibou now follows you.

You poke him in the ribs.
Kibou joins your group.

Kibou sacrifices the corpse of a filthy half-elf gardener to Seraph.

You gasp.
You pout.

Magistrate's Office
[Exits: north west]
(White Aura) The Magistrate stands here dispatching justice to the masses.

Kibou arrives from the west.

The Magistrate says, 'Well, if you want Kintsukuroi hauled in, it will cost you 76923 gold.'.

The Magistrate says, 'Well, if you want Kibou hauled in, it will cost you 4999995 gold.'.

Kibou chuckles, evidently amused.

You growl. Grrrrrrrrrr...

The Eastern Side of the Town Square
[Exits: north east south west]
Thick, dark mud covers the ground here, making footing treacherous.
Whiskers aquiver, a tiny field mouse dashes past.
His face covered in sores, this beggar raises a trembling hand towards you.
Kibou arrives from the east.

Kibou looks at a diseased, homeless human beggar.

You say (in common), 'see, that's what happens...'.

You outmaneuver a filthy child of the village's dodge attempt.
Your crush devastates a filthy child of the village.
A filthy child of the village is DEAD!!
You receive 36 experience points.
You see nothing like that in the corpse.
The corpse of a filthy child of the village contains:
(Potent magic) a blood red potion with clear swirls
a pair of rough, homespun pants

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

Kibou sits down and thinks deeply.
Kibou says (in common), 'Stop calling potions sparkly'.
Kibou says (in common), 'You make me want items'.


A Widening of the Path
[Exits: north east south (west)]
This young girl looks miserable as the cold river winds blow up her skirt.
Flopping back and forth, a tadpole seeks the safety of the water.
Flopping back and forth, a tadpole seeks the safety of the water.
Kibou arrives from the east.

>k girl
Kibou's slash decimates a girl of Riverhold.
Kibou attacks, but comes nowhere close to a girl of Riverhold.
You attack, but it wasn't close to where a girl of Riverhold was.

You say (in common), 'I SAW YOUR PANTIES, GIRL!'.

Kibou attacks, but comes nowhere close to a girl of Riverhold.
Your crush decimates a girl of Riverhold.

Kibou's slash wounds a girl of Riverhold.
A girl of Riverhold is DEAD!!
You receive 61 experience points.

Kibou looks at the ghost of a girl of Riverhold.

You say (in common), 'I WILL KILL YOU FOR HAUNTING ME!'.

Kibou says (in common), 'uhhhh... me?'.

You shake your head.
You point at the ghost of a girl of Riverhold.

Your spiritual hammer wounds the ghost of a girl of Riverhold.
Kibou's slash decimates the ghost of a girl of Riverhold.
You attack and narrowly miss the ghost of a girl of Riverhold.

The ghost of a girl of Riverhold leaves east.
The ghost of a girl of Riverhold has fled!

Kibou ftells, 'So when you come visit, you're totally bringing me a present right?!'.

You ftell, 'hell yes!'.
You ftell, 'your very own man sausage'.

Kibou ftells, 'I have one of those'.

You ftell, '.. oh'.

The Lower Hall
[Exits: north up]
A copy of the TFC Daily News lies here.
Mish Leigh Salvandor will use her contacts to help you... for a price.
Kibou arrives from above.

You give Kibou a long and passionate kiss.
Fare thee well!



12/31/13: The Hound and the old Man


For three days, the Hound and the old man have done battle, neither one victorious. This is the tale of one of the battles.

He nods off in the temple of Nydia, still grasping his favorite bottle of rum, when he hears a familiar voice.

“Hello, old man.”

He looks up, his eyes adjusting to the light in the temple. Before him stands a former friend and ally, now turned enemy.

The old man smiles and says, "Hello, Hound. Come to cut my Thread?"

Even though the old man cannot see the Hound’s face, he knows the other is smiling.

The old man slowly stands up, his armor creaking and popping. He brushes the dirt and blood off of it the best he can, all the while looking at the Hound. His foe is dressed in some of the finest armor in the entire realm, truly a sight to be seen. By some others, it’s the last thing they want to see standing before them.

The old man takes a sip from his rum bottle and puts it a bag, silently hoping it won't get broken. He draws his weapon and begins casting protection spells. The Hound laughs and starts cast spells himself. Once the final spell has been cast, the Hound draws his whip. The heat and flame from the weapon makes the old man squint his eyes. He remembers all too well the damage it can do. The old man ducks out of the room and into the courtyard beyond. Quickly, he grabs a scroll from his belt pouch and recites it as fast as he can. The room grows silent just as the Hound’s whip flies threw the air and hit the old man’s shield with great force, knocking him back a few steps.

The old man gathers his composure and strikes back, hitting the Hound on his arm. The old man cannot hear the Hound’s laughter, but he knows he is laughing at him. They circle each other, looking for the right time to attack. The old man catches up a handful of dirt and throws it into the Hound’s face, but it glances off his helm.

"Nice try, old man," the Hound calls out, then brings his whip down across the old man’s wrist.

Pain shoots through his arm, causing him to drop his mace. But without thought, the old man draws another weapon strapped to the inside of his shield and swings at the Hound, striking him multiple times. The Hound staggers back, no longer laughing as he looks at the old man.

The old man wipes the sweat out of his eyes, his breath coming heavily. He knows he can't beat the Hound, but he will not make this death easy for him. The old man calls for magic to heal himself then braces himself for the oncoming attack. Even so, he was not prepared for the Hound’s fury. Lunging forward, swinging with great rage and strength, his whip hits the old man’s shield knocking it to the ground. This leaves the old man open to receive a forceful kick to the chest, knocking him onto his back. The Hound stands over the old man. Smelling victory, he brings his burning whip down upon the old man again and again: each strike causing flesh burning and screams of pain.

The old man looks up at the Hound, his eyes burning with blood and sweat. His body trembles with pain. Darkness starts to creep in. Each breath is harder and harder to catch. He tries to scramble away but the Hound stays with him, matching every step. His vision starts to fade out. He knows his time is near. In a last, desperate measure, he calls on the magic of fear. The Hound steps back, trying to block the magic, but it takes hold and the Hound is forced to run away.

The old man lies back looking into the sky, trying to gather his thoughts.

"Get up, old man,” He thinks. “The hound will be back."

He staggers to his feet and slowly stumbles back to the temple. Once inside, he slides down the wall and rests on the floor. Reaching for his bottle, he is surprised and happy to find it is not broken. He splashes some rum on his wounds and then takes a sip. He is wearily hanging his head, when he hears a voice:

"Nice fight, old man, but next time … you will not be so lucky"

The old man looks up and removes his helm, his dirty, sweaty hair falling into his face. "Perhaps you are right, old friend."