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Kettri's Path

( This log was provided by Aslan, and is from her point of view.)

Cordir says, 'We gather here as a mark of faith - Faith in ourselves, for the journey...Is not an easy one.'
Cordir smiles wryly, glancing at her Chosen.
Cordir says, 'Either metaphoically or literally. We gather here to give strength to the sigil that holds back the darkness of N'Kai. The world at large cannot face what lies below. Yet we embrace it for the challenge that it is - It is a forge of spirit, of flesh..'.

Cordir says, 'pardon me....'.

Kettri nods.

You nod.

Cordir says, 'Young spirits, unable to interact in an adult fashion.'.
Cordir returns her full attention to the gathering.

Kettri grins widely, gold glintingis his smile.

Cordir says, 'kettri, you have been here before. Reborn, in a sense, as a Shaman.'.

Kettri bows, his beard touching the ground.
Kettri says, 'Yes'.

Cordir says, 'Shall we return to your mystical birthplace?'.
Cordir gestures downward.

Kettri nods.

Cordir leaves down.

End of the Granite Cavern
[Exits: south down]
This is the Last Bore, the tunnel that connected the Plaza to the black caverns of N'Kai. Stong winds howl here, flowing into small holes in the ground. The source of the winds is a mystery - there SHOULDN'T be any wind ... yet it rages like a storm here ...
A Marker Slab has been erected in the center of the room.
The Sigil Draktha floats in the air here, warding the cave below.
(Translucent) A pool of ichor coalesces into a small formless spawn.
Rigel is here.
Ordeith is here.
(Invis 71) [GS] Okk is here.
Kettri is here.

Kettri smiles eagerly.


Cave Conjoining N'Kai
[Exits: north]
You are below the Sigil Draktha, near N'Kai the Black. You have no escape but to go onward, for the Barrier seals you within here just as forcefully as it does the Spawn. Bones lie scattered about, strewn above a dried pool of blood.

A Message has been scrawled on the bloody floor.
Cordir is here.

Ordeith appears out of nowhere.
Kettri appears out of nowhere.
Rigel appears out of nowhere.

Cordir ftells, 'Chosen, I'm going to ask everyone to help call Guardian... Palin, you first, as my Apprentice.'.
Cordir ftells, 'When we get to that part of the ceremony.'.
Palin (invis) ftells, '*nod*'.
You ftell, '*nod*'.
Ordeith ftells, 'how do we do that?'.
Rigel ftells, 'Uhm yeah'.
Cordir ftells, 'Roleplay = ) '.
Ordeith ftells, 'nod, sorry this my first ceremony'.
Cordir ftells, '"By my geasa, I ask the Guardian to come" or something like that ...'.
Cordir ftells, 'When I give you a cue.'.
Rigel ftells, 'Oh, that! '.

Kettri's dark eyes glitters.

Cordir nods.
Cordir says, 'There.'.
Cordir says, 'Now all are present once more'.
Cordir glances about the cavern.

The shadows stir in response

Cordir says, 'We gather here in solemn assembly to hear oath. Kettri, the journey began for you here. And another journey begins here as well.'.

Kettri smiles and nods.

Ordeith looks at Kettri.

Cordir says, 'There are many tasks you have completed to be here today. Ten Ascensions, assistance of the young. You have done these things in faith, have you not?'.

Kettri says, 'Yes, I have'.

Cordir says, 'Have you become in tune with the lands, wandering them, learning them?'

Kettri says, 'Yes, I have travelled the lands, and brought you tokens from its cities'.

Cordir nods.
Cordir says, 'Please name them and lay them upon the floor.'.

Tranquility arrives suddenly.

Ordeith bows before Tranquility.
Tranquility snickers softly.

Kettri places a giant steel helm upside down on the cavern floor.
Kettri drops a giant steel helm.

Tranquility says, 'Greetings!'.
Tranquility snickers softly.

Ordeith kisses Tranquility's hand. How continental!

Tranquility hugs someone.
Tranquility hugs Ordeith.
Tranquility hugs Rigel.

Kettri says, 'Hello Tranquility'.

Tranquility hugs you.

Kettri says, 'A steel helmet from Skorlanis'.

Tranquility beams a smile at Kettri.

You curtsey to her.

Kettri says, 'City of giants, far bigger than I'.

Kettri gets a vial of dragon blood from a backpack.
Kettri pours dragon blood into the steel helmet serving as a bowl.
Kettri drops a vial of dragon blood.
Kettri says, 'Blood of a dragon, purchased in the strange and large city of humans - Midgaard'.

Tranquility curtseys gracefully to Cordir.
Tranquility beams a smile at Cordir.
Cordir nods in recognition to Tranquility.
Cordir nods in recognition to Kettri.

Images appear like a vision pool in the blood.
You see a young Kettri journeying through a great spiral..
Becoming in tune with the Pattern of the Spiral
Emerging next to the waters of Lake Hali
The images fade as ripples break the surface.

Kettri's dark eyes glitters with recognition.

Kettri powders green powder into the blood.
Kettri drops a packet of fine green powder.
Kettri says, 'They finest powder of green, from my new home - Thistlerock'.
Kettri says, 'You can dream the most amazing dreams if you inhale it'.
Kettri smiles happily.

Kettri gets a cup of the local spice from a backpack.
Kettri empties a cup of alcohol into the helmet.
Kettri drops a cup of the local spice.
Kettri says, 'A remarabkle brewage from the Half-elf camp'.

Kettri gets a tobacco leaf from a backpack.
Kettri drops a leaf into the helmet.
Kettri drops a tobacco leaf.
Kettri says, 'a good smelling leaf from Hovelton'.

Kettri gets a dwarven pipe from a backpack.
Kettri lights a dwarven pipe and places it before the helmet.
Kettri drops a dwarven pipe.
Kettri says, 'a pipe from the dwarvenhold city above us'.

A gentle tendril of smoke wafts up from the pipe to dance upon the surface of the liquid in the helmet.

Kettri gets a seasoned rat kabob from a backpack.
Kettri splashes the rat on a stick into the helmet.
Kettri drops a seasoned rat kabob.
Kettri says, 'a dead rat, that is eatable (i was told) from Aracity'.

Tranquility snickers softly.
Tranquility nods.

Cordir's face twitches slightly, as if to control a grimace of disgust at the skewered rat.

Okk loves rat.

Tranquility says, 'They are quite yummy'.

Kettri gets a small drum from a backpack.
Kettri says, 'and a pair of nice drums, held by the shamans apprentice in Og'.

Tranquility says, 'Far better than fried human'.

Kettri drops a small drum.

Okk nods.

Tranquility hushes up now.

Kettri beams a smile at Tranquility.

Kettri taps the drum twice.

Cordir ftells, 'Ty, I've asked the Chosen to help call the Guardian'.

Kettri bows deeply.

Cordir ftells, 'Would you be willing to discuss with them ways they can RP doing so?'.

Cordir nods.

Tranquility ftells, 'I can do that'.

Cordir says, 'Items have been gathered, proving your knowledge.'.
Cordir gazes down at the items.

Tranquility ftells, 'Summoning of guardian....this has been done before, yes?'.
Tranquility ftells, 'I missed the previous rp involving that. Was anyone on at that time, other than the Lady?'.
Palin (invis) ftells, 'I wasn't...but I know what I am going to do'.
Rigel ftells, 'I've got a good idea aswell'.
You ftell, 'Ditto.'.

Cordir raises her hands which glow with a fiery light.
Cordir envelops the room with flame!
Cordir nods.

Ordeith ftells, 'what should i do, this is my first ceremony'.
Rigel ftells, 'Go with it'.
Palin (invis) ftells, 'Follow everyone's lead'.
Ordeith ftells, 'nod, ok'.

Kettri smiles happily.

Cordir withdraws a scroll from one sleeve and holds it up for all to see.

The parchment is covered in a fine, spidery hand in blue ink upon pale gray parchment.

Cordir says, 'The tale of your life, I received and read with pleasure.'.

Kettri squint his eyes trying to read.

Kettri smiles widely.

Cordir gazes about those gathered.
Cordir says, 'Do any here offer sponsorship?'.

You nod.

Cordir says, 'Knowing the full responsibility it entails?'.

Ordeith nods.

Someone nods.

You say, 'I offer it wholeheartedly.'.

Cordir says, 'Aslan, Ordeith, and Palin have all offered sponsorship'.

Kettri smiles at you.

Kettri says, 'I am deeply honored'.

Cordir says, 'I add My own sponsorship as well.'.
Cordir says, 'For I believe yours to be a very special soul....'.

Kettri blushes.

Tranquility ftells, 'Lets see....'.
Tranquility ftells, 'Lets see...last time Noctus laid down a blade and said something about geasa'.
Tranquility ftells, 'Who should lead?'.
Palin (invis) ftells, 'I think I am'.
Tranquility ftells, 'Excellent'.
Tranquility ftells, 'Shall we follow your lead?'.
Palin (invis) ftells, 'But maybe you should are her handmaiden'.
Tranquility ftells, ':) I am completley comfortable with that'.
Palin (invis) ftells, 'I am mearly her apprentice ;)'.

Cordir says, 'One that will be Woven so as to touch with many others.'.
Cordir tucks the scroll back into her sleeve, hidden from view.
Cordir says, 'The last, then, that remains... Is the speaking of Geasa'.

Kettri nods.

Cordir turns to her Chosen.

Tranquility ftells, 'Either way, Perhaps it is good to have a Male lead'.
Palin (invis) ftells, 'Okie'.
Cordir ftells, 'That's SOMEONE's cue'.
Tranquility ftells, 'I think it is best for you to do so Palin, and I greatly respect your rp ability'.
Cordir ftells, 'Palin?'.
Tranquility ftells, 'Go Palin'.

Someone nods.
Someone steps forward.
Someone bows his head.
Palin appears out of nowhere.
Palin intones "By my Geasa, I ask the Guardian to come to bear witness.
Palin makes a complicated-looking gesture.
Palin draws a funny looking rune in the air.
Palin steps back.

Something stirs in the darkness.

Cordir ftells, 'next?'.
Palin ftells, 'Ty'.

Tranquility steps forward.
Tranquility curtseys gracefully.
Tranquility says, 'By my geasa, I ask Guardian to come forward and witness'.
Tranquility steps back, hand upon the Oath around her midsection.

Ordeith ftells, 'i will go next'.
Tranquility ftells, '*grin*'.
Rigel ftells, 'You or me next Aslan'.

Ordeith meditates trying to bring forth the Guardian.
Ordeith wakes, and steps back.

You ftell, 'I will :)'.
Rigel ftells, 'Makes me last right?'.
Tranquility ftells, '*nods*'.

Aslan glides forward, and kneels.
Aslan takes a calming breath, and by her love and faith in the Triat, prays for the Guardian to come and listen to the petitioner's oaths.
Aslan stands, and steps back.

Cordir smiles at the sweet prayers offered.

Kettri tugs his beard nervously.

Rigel falls to his knees, arms tward heaven.
Rigel sings in clear elven song, calling the Guardian.
Rigel stands slowly.
Rigel bows deeply.

The cavern itself around you seems to move.
From above, the body of a spider of gigantic proportions decends from its hiding place.
You realize its legs have been all around you the entire time.

Kettri blinks.

She is a black widow of a size beyond reasonable comprehension..

Tranquility grins upwards at Guardian.

Kettri involuntarily crouches.

Despite her obvious destructive potential, her eyes are soft.

Kettri stares above him.

The Guardian Spider says, (in ancient Thoras) "I am summoned by geasa, by faith, by song."
The Guardian Spider says, (in ancient Thoras) "I am here. What would you have of me?"

Cordir says, 'Guardian, this young shaman seeks to bind himself to the Pattern of the Chosen..'.

Kettri grins eagerly.

Cordir says, 'Offering up Geasa unto us, to swear oath in common cause with us. Will you hear his words? '

The spider nods.
The spider dips her thorax in a bow before the Lady.
The spider dips her thorax in a bow before the Guardian Spirit.
Ponderously, she shifts, turning towards the tiny gnome.

The air is really charged with electricity today.

Kettri tries to look brave.

The Guardian Spider says, (in ancient Thoras) "Speak, young one."

An expression somehow flits across the spider's eyes.

The Guardian Spider says, (in ancient Thoras) " You are safe. You speak geasa."

Kettri bows toward the spider, careful to keep an eye at it.

The Guardian Spider says, (in ancient Thoras, in an aside) " Besides... I don't like the taste of Gnome."

Aslan looks encouragingly at Kettri, inwardly cheering him on.

The spider glances over at the Ogre nearby, flicking one foreleg in his direction.

Kettri says, 'I swear that each time I enter this realm, I shall put a container into the pit'.

The Guardian Spider says, (in ancient Thoras, in an aside) " For what purpose? "

Okk holds big can of bug spray and glares at the spiders challenge.

Ordeith smiles happily.

Kettri says, 'So that the young may lighten their burden somewhat'.

The spider nods.

The Guardian Spider says, (in ancient Thoras) " Witnessed. "

Cordir says, 'witnessed'.

Cordir ftells, 'feel free to witness as well'.

Someone says, 'witnessed'.
Rigel says, 'Witnessed'.
Ordeith says, 'witnessed'.
Tranquility says, 'witnessed'.
Aslan makes a note, and confirms that she has witnessed the oath.

Kettri says, 'I swear that I shall never foul my mouth with the Goblin or Kobold language'.
Kettri says, 'Since they are the ancient enemies of my race'.

Cordir nods.
Cordir says, 'Witnessed'.

The Guardian Spider says, (in ancient Thoras) " Witnessed. "

Someone says, 'nurnussuw'.
Rigel says, 'Witnessed'.
You say, 'Witnessed.'.
Ordeith says, 'witnessed'.

Ordeith looks at Okk.

Kettri says, 'I swear thay I shall never torment ghosts by haunting them'.
Kettri says, 'Out of respect for the spirits'.

Cordir nods.

Okk smiles happily.

You nod in recognition to him.

Cordir says, 'I approve of this geasa especially.'.
Cordir says, 'Witnessed.'.

Kettri smiles happily.

The Guardian Spider says, (in ancient Thoras) " Witnessed. "

Someone says, 'nurnussuw'.
Ordeith says, 'witnessed'.
Rigel says, 'Witnessed'.
Aslan chicken scratches the last oath, and puts the parchment in a safe place for her reference.

Ordeith ftells, 'i am sorry, but i have to go real soon...i am needed in RL'.
Cordir ftells, 'do you want a guild summon?'.
Ordeith ftells, 'please if its not a burdon'.

Cordir glances over at Ordeith and nods, hearing his silent plea.
Ordeith disappears suddenly.

Okk remembers with annoyance at people who have tried to haunt HIM.

Ordeith ftells, 'good bye'.

Cordir blinks at Okk, seemingly stunned.
Kettri winces at Okk.

Tranquility ftells, 'Take care Ordeith'.
You ftell, 'Be well :) *wave*'.
Rigel ftells, 'Bye Ordeith'.
Cordir ftells, 'gonna do something different'.
Palin (invis) ftells, 'Take care :)'.
Cordir ftells, 'rather than the kneel and oath..'.
Cordir ftells, 'I'm going to ask the Chosen to 'stand in support of this petitioner''.
You ftell, '*nod Cordir*'.
Cordir ftells, 'Emote that you're moving to stand in a circle, and lay your hand on his shoulder.'.

Okk is too much of a spirit for any shaman, though.

Cordir nods in recognition to Okk.

Kettri smiles happily.

Tranquility nods.

Palin (invis) ftells, '*nod*'.
Rigel ftells, '*nod*'.

Cordir says, 'The quest has been completed, Kettri. The moment of decision has come.'.

Kettri bows deeply.

Cordir says, 'Do you still wish to join the Chosen of Fate?'.

Kettri says, 'Yes'.

Cordir looks to Her Chosen.

Palin (invis) ftells, 'I will lead again'.

Cordir says, 'Then, Chosen, I ask you to stand in support of this petitioner.'.

Rigel ftells, 'Nod'.
Rigel ftells, 'I'll go last again'.
You ftell, '*nod* Second last?'.
Cordir ftells, 'go ahead, palin'.

Someone moves to stand next to Kettri, placing a hand on his shoulder.

Kettri smiles happily.

Palin (invis) ftells, 'Sorry...fingers got fat'.
Cordir ftells, '*grin*'.
Tranquility ftells, 'Palin, myself, Aslan, Rigel seems to be the order from earlier, minus Ordeith'.
Rigel ftells, 'Nod'.
Cordir ftells, 'go ahead, Ty.'.

Cordir turns next to her Handmaiden.

Palin (invis) ftells, 'must....type....faster..... ;)'.
Tranquility ftells, 'Um....k, approve?'.
Tranquility ftells, '*laugh*'.
Cordir ftells, 'mimic Palin. '.
You ftell, '*chuckle*'.
Cordir ftells, 'You're standing next to Kettri, putting hand on shoulder'.
Cordir ftells, '( in essence, will make a circle of Chosen around him, which I'll complete last... enclosing him in the Following.'.
Palin (invis) ftells, 'Whew...was going to say...I am not a very good mime'.

Tranquility moves next to Kettri, placing a winghand upon his shoulder.

Tranquility ftells, 'Sorry!'.
Tranquility ftells, '*grin* Hehehe, took me a sec to catch up!'.
Tranquility ftells, '*grumble*'.

Kettri smiles happily.

Palin (invis) ftells, '*lick Ty*'.
Cordir ftells, 'sorry, I wasn't really clear.'.
Palin (invis) ftells, 'Rigel's up to bat'.

Aslan moves into the circle, and lays her hand on Kettri's shoulder, supporting him as best she can.

Rigel moves next to Kettri and places a hand on his shoulder.

Cordir steps forward, and in a graceful gesture, lays her hands on Kettri's shoulders...

Kettri smiles happily.

Her body closes the circle around him, surrounding him with his new brothers and sisters.

Cordir says, 'Kettri, do you swear to treat all Chosen as your brothers and sisters?'.

Kettri says, 'Yes I do'.

Cordir nods.
Cordir says, 'Do you swear to hold high our values, integrity, and act ever honorably as one of us?'.

Kettri says, 'I do'.

Cordir says, 'And will you vow to pursue your own growth, learning, sharing, and teaching your fellows as you endeavor to reach your full potential?'.

Kettri says, 'Yes I will'.

Palin (invis) ftells, 'Hey batter batter batter...saaawing batter!'.
Rigel ftells, 'It was dramatic pause, not cklutz type'n...I swear'.
Palin (invis) ftells, '*snicker* Umm...yeah...same here ;)'.
Cordir ftells, '( I'm trying to have this ceremony evolve ... do you folks like the changes?)'.
Palin (invis) ftells, '*nod* Sure do'.
Rigel ftells, 'I do'.
You ftell, '*nod*cheer*'.
Tranquility ftells, 'Indeed'.
Rigel ftells, 'Think I'll prepare some aliases for next time though'.

Cordir says, 'Then I ask you to give us your oath.'.

The aura of the Chosen flows outward around the gnome.

Cordir ftells, 'Welcome, Kettri'.

Kettri bounces around.

Kettri ftells, 'Thank you!'.

Palin (invis) ftells, 'Welcome Kettri!!'.

Rigel ftells, 'Greetings Kettri'.
Kettri ftells, '*grin*'.

You ftell, '*hug Kettr* Good to see you on ftel!'.

Cordir steps back.

Rigel shakes Kettri's hand.

Kettri ftells, 'You too Aslan'.

Someone pats Kettri on his back.

Kettri beams a smile at Rigel.

Cordir ftells, 'Thank you, Chosen, for your assistance.'.

Kettri bows deeply.

Palin (invis) ftells, 'Anytime :)'.

Cordir smiles happily.

Tranquility ftells, '*smile*'.

You ftell, 'It was a pleasure :)'.

Cordir gathers her breath, and steps back, closing the circle a second time.

Drawing on the strength of the Chosen, she lays her hand upon Kettri.
Her tiny hand lays upon Kettri's back.
Somehow, you see beneath his shirt, to where the tattoo of the Labrynth glows upon his skin.
Cordir murmurs something in a tongue you do not understand...

Kettri beams a smile at Cordir.

A glowing ward appears, integrating fully with his other tattoo.

Cordir creates (Tattooed) (Writhing) The Covenant of the Chosen out of thin air!
Cordir gives (Tattooed) (Writhing) The Covenant of the Chosen to Kettri.

You say, 'It becomes you, brother..'.

Rigel nods.

Cordir says, 'And now, to come home.'.

Cordir raises her hand in a graceful gesture of summoning.
A glimmering light appears, and expands into a shining web-like Pattern.
Cordir steps through the Pattern Web, disappearing from the chamber.

Kettri disappears suddenly.

Cordir has summoned you!

Within The Tapestry of Fate
[Exits: north]
You find yourself standing beneath countless stars... no, not stars, but strands of light, their incandescent glow pushing back the darkness that would otherwise overcome you.

You stand on a circular cathedra of dusky marble striated with silvery gray. Four titanic, equidistantly spaced archways of albescent jade yearn upward towards the lights above you. Sable fires seethe within three of them, a spider-web filling the fourth. In the center of the rostrum stands an intricately carved wooden loom. It is cool here, like the first misty chill of twilight, and you shiver slightly, hair prickling on the back of your neck as you realize: Perhaps this is no place for a mortal to be.
The Loom of the Weaver is here, coruscating with an unearthly radiance.
Kettri is here.
Cordir is here.

Tranquility arrives suddenly.
Okk slithers out of a crack in the spirit-world.

Rigel arrives suddenly.
Rigel smiles happily.

Tranquility grins.

Cordir nods in recognition to Kettri.
Rigel does alittle softshoe.

Cordir ftells, 'did I get everyone?'.

Kettri wears (Tattooed) (Writhing) The Covenant of the Chosen as a decoration.

Palin (invis) ftells, 'Yep'.
Rigel ftells, 'Nod'.

Cordir smiles at the gnome, her expression welcoming.

You nod.

Kettri beams a smile.

Cordir says, 'I think you have much to do, Kettri.'.

Kettri hugs everyone.

Cordir says, 'And I release you to go about your duties.'.

You ftell, 'Would you like me to send the log, Lady Mistress?'.

Kettri bows deeply.

Cordir says, 'May the Three guard your travels.'.

Kettri says, 'I must go'.

Kettri sniffs sadly.

You nod.

Cordir ftells, 'That would be great, Aslan! Thank you'.

Kettri says, 'but I'll be back!'.

You hug him.

You wave goodbye to Kettri.

Kettri says, 'Thanks All!'.

Someone waves goodbye to Kettri.

Cordir beams a smile at Kettri.

Rigel smiles happily.

Rigel waves goodbye to Kettri.

Cordir says, 'Blessings, Kettri.'.

Kettri waves happily.

Kettri bows deeply.
Tranquility beams a smile at Kettri.

Kettri bounces around.

Kettri leaves north.

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