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Reading the Pattern


Within The Tapestry of Fate
[Exits: north up]
You find yourself standing beneath countless stars... no, not stars, but strands of light, their ncandescent 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.

Tsumemasa tells Cordir (in common), 'ok *smile8 as they say "lats get this show on the road"'.

Cordir ftells, 'Okay, I think Tsumemasa has his stuff together'.

Tranquility ftells, 'Got this on info: [Tsumemasa tells Clue (in old-common), 'ready']'.

Clue utters the words, 'summon'.
Clue utters the words, 'summon'.
Clue utters the words, 'summon'.
Tsumemasa arrives suddenly.

Clue curtseys gracefully.

Tsumemasa bows deeply.
Tranquility smiles happily.

Clue says (in old-common), 'summon failed twice :('.

Tsumemasa smiles happily.

Tranquility curtseys gracefully to Tsumemasa.

Clue says (in old-common), 'welcome to Cordir's Temple, for the second time in two nights'.

Tranquility grins happily at Clue.
Tranquility nods.

Cordir smiles slightly.

Tsumemasa says (in common), 'once again my apologies for my tardines but i had some technical difficulties (modem was smoking)'.

Tranquility winces. Ouch!
Tranquility says (in common), 'Well, that's no good'.
Cordir says, 'Modems that emit smoke are bad.'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'did it inhale? (*wince*'.

Tsumemasa says (in common), 'luckily i have a backup machine that was still in working order'.

Tsumemasa smiles happily.

Kerriariadne ERUPTS on the scene in a glorious flurry of frost and ice!
Kerriariadne looks around.
Kerriariadne bows galantly.

Tranquility grins happily.
Clue curtseys gracefully to Kerriariadne.
Tranquility curtseys gracefully to Kerriariadne.
Tsumemasa bows before Kerriariadne.

Cordir ftells, 'Everyone here that is attending?'.

### Anduin has regained level 24.

Tsumemasa says (in common), 'AklaAisler-Kerriariadne'.

It is 6pm on Ozymandiut the 26th, the month of the Lifegiving, in the year 2489.
TFC started up at Sun Aug 19 14:17:45 2001 \ The system time is Wed Aug 29 19:43:44 2001

Treehugger gossips (in common), 'Gratz Anduin'.
Cordir gossips, 'Well done, Anduin!'.
Aslan gossips (in common), 'Gratz, Anduin :)'.
Tsumemasa gossips (in common), 'gratz anduin'.

Anduin ftells, 'thanks'.
Clue ftells, 'gratz Anduin'.

who fate
5 players.
Aar [ Th:20 Sh:21 ] Tranquility fated Handmaiden. Tao/App/Pursued
Elf [ Cl:24 Wa:12 ] Anduin, Lunar Knight of Fate
Hum [ Lesser Goddess ] Cordir: Judge me by my enemies. FATE.
Hum [ Wa:28 Cl:30 ] Clue(Mrs Rigel) Weaver Priestess, favored of Fate
Hlf [ Cl:18 ] Aslan Tsarran, engaged to Talyn, Apprentice of Fate
Clue looks around.

Kerriariadne says, 'So I hear a fortune-telling is in our future?'.
Kerriariadne grins evilly.

Cordir nods.
Cordir says, 'of sorts, yes.'.

Tsumemasa tells you (in giant), 'ready when you are :)'.

Tranquility says (in common), 'I read your Grand Opening note Kerriariadne.'.

Kerriariadne smiles happily.

Tranquility says (in common), 'I am much looking forward to seeing your following'.

Cordir says, 'forgive me... clearing up a few details.'.
ordir says, 'is everyone present that wishes to attend?'.
Cordir is going to assume so.

Cordir smiles and looks at each gathered in the temple.
Cordir says, 'Welcome to the Tapestry of Fate.'.
Cordir says, 'This place is not simply a shelter from the elements...'.

Clue rests.

Cordir says, 'But a place within existance itself.'.
Cordir says, 'Connected yet apart.'.
Cordir says, 'Within, yet without.'.
Cordir says, 'Here is the Great Tapestry...'.

c sum boromir
Boromir arrives suddenly.

Boromir ftells, 'Hi All :) '.
Boromir bows before Cordir.

Cordir says, 'And here, each thread within the world is found'.

Tranquility ftells, 'Greetings Boro!'.

Cordir says, 'Every event, every place, every spirit'.

Tranquility ftells, 'The Lady is doing a reading at the temple....if you care to join'.

Cordir says, 'The past, the present, and the future.'.

Tranquility ftells, ':)'.
Boromir ftells, 'Hi Tranquility :) '.

Cordir says, 'As the Weaver of Fate, I am bound by Geasa as are my folk'.

Boromir ftells, 'hmm I guess I will *grin* '.

Cordir says, '(is smoke coming out of your modem again, Tsumemasa?)'.

Tsumemasa shakes his head.

Cordir pauses to see if Tsumemasa needs the fire department.
Cordir nods.
Cordir says, 'Okay.'.
Cordir continues.

Boromir ftells, 'what were the colors of my thread ... hmmm'.
Boromir ftells, 'Hi CLue :) '.
Clue ftells, 'hiya'.

Cordir says, 'One of those Geasa is to read the Pattern whenever I am asked to do so.'.
Cordir says, 'This is not only a very difficult task..'.
Cordir says, 'But in some ways, a very dangerous one...'.
Cordir says, 'For those that witness it.'.

Boromir nods.

Cordir says, 'For I am touching and manipulating the Pattern itself at that moment.'.
Cordir says, 'The unwary can become lost in the past or the possibilities of the future.'.

Boromir ftells, 'I just walk in the door from work'.

Cordir says, 'Both Fate and Chance take part in the interweaving of the future'.
Cordir says, 'And it is a rather ... gray ... thing.'.

Tsumemasa nods.

Cordir says, 'However...'.
Cordir says, 'Tsumemasa of the Circle of Faces has bid the Lady Weaver to Read the Pattern...'.
Cordir says, 'And I shall endeavor to do so.'.

Boromir ftells, 'anyone need ids? '.
Cordir ftells, 'Not right now, Boro.'.
Cordir ftells, 'Not during an Hour.'.
Boromir ftells, 'Yes M'Lady '.
Boromir ftells, 'I was just iuquiring for futer plans :)'.
Boromir ftells, 'future even '.

Cordir closes the spider-web.

Cordir walks over to the Great Pattern itself, seating Herself at the Loom.

Boromir ftells, 'anythiung we can do ? to assist ? '.

Cordir gathers the tools from her belt.
Cordir removes a Shuttle, a Spindle, and a pair of Scissors.

Cordir lays aside the Scissors.
Cordir says, 'There will be no cutting of Threads during this vision.'.

Cordir lays aside the Spindle and Shuttle as well.

Boromir nods.

Tranquility smiles happily.
Tranquility says (in common), 'That is good to know'.

Tsumemasa nods.

Cordir raises slightly trembling hands to the Pattern.

One Thread shines out, radiant and clear.
The color of a pure sky, untouched by cloud, azure and clean.

Cordir lays her hands upon the Azure thread.

Gavin quietly steps through a swirling rift in time and space.
Gavin tells you, 'Ehem.'.

Cordir says, 'Tsumemasa, do you acknowledge this Thread as your own?'.

Tsumemasa nods.

Gavin pokes himself in the ribs, looking very sheepish.

Cordir says, 'And is it your will that it be Read before these witnesses?'.

Tsumemasa says (in common), 'It is the color of the sky above the island i call my home'.
Tsumemasa nods.

Cordir says, 'The beautiful Isle....'.
Cordir nods.

Gavin whispers softly to Tranquility.

Cordir closes her eyes for a moment.
When she reopens them, the indigo color is gone -
Only a field of black flecked with stars remains.
An almost distant voice, touched with the accent of Thoras speaks:
You hear it clearly in your mind, for the Weaver's lips do not move.

*Destined to walk a solitary road*

* Yet touched by companionship, oath, and a god's grace*

* These things and more... *

* Dare you look further ? *

Boromir raises an eyebrow.

Tsumemasa slowly nods.

Cordir nods once.

Cordir lifts her hands to the Thread once more, touching it's interweaving with others.

* A love? Not yet born... *

* Sorrow and grace *

* A warrior's Path *

* Nightmare strewn, is the present *

* Dreams of the distant past, before your own birth *

* Dreams of the slavery of the Giants *

* Dreams of the birth of the Giant Kin *

Cordir blinks slowly, her eyes still closed - as if she gazed off into a future you cannot see.

Tsumemasa nods.

The Azure Thread trembles in the Lady's grasp.

The possible futures stretching out before Her hand.

The room suddenly seems crowded, as if hundreds of spirits were present.

They tower over those in attendance, their brawny shoulders touching.

One stands alone, apart, his Hand aflame.

Another lifts a tankard in toast, humor his weapon.

Tranquility grins happily.

Another smiles sadly, his eyes mirroring his father's.

Tsumemasa's eyes go wide in recognition of the Lengends of his Kins.

Dozens upon dozens of giant-spirits here, present, wanting something...

One figure steps foward.

Tsumemasa says (in giant), 'what is it that you want Elder Kinsman?'.

She is embued with the power of Immortality.

Boromir look at the ghostly figure intently.

She seems startled to be present in this gathering, as if she walked in a dream, unknowing.

Tranquility smiles happily.

The spirit-figure whispers, 'Integrity.'

The spirit-figure whispers, 'Knowledge...'

The spirit-figure whispers, 'Truth... tell them the truth...'

Clue says (in old-common), 'Lady Masher'.

Tsumemasa nods in recognition to Clue.

The figure blinks and nods slowly.

" Do I dream," she asks.

Tsumemasa nods.

Another figure steps forth and lays a comforting hand on hers.

"Lady, we all dream."

The Weaver nods slightly.
The Weaver whispers, 'Such visions are best bound within the scope of dreams.'
The Weaver whispers, 'The Giants have asked it... and I must spin the tale...'

You sense the assembled spirits' agreement.

One, his eyes much like those of his father, stands forth.

"Too much has been forgotten," he murmurs.

The spirit with the mug's eyes drain of the humor that he carries as shield.

"Tell them, Lady. Show them what mortals in their short span of life have forgotten," he asks.

The Weaver nods slowly.

The Pattern roars around you...

Threads slide by with the speed of falling stars..

Cordir says, 'You see your own life spinning backwards'.
Cordir says, 'Be careful..'.
Cordir says, 'Do not be caught up.'.
Cordir says, 'We travel to the past...'.
Cordir says, 'And yet...'.
Cordir says, 'The future as well...'.

Before your eager gaze, a scene unfolds...

Thalos in its prime stretches before you.

Tsumemasa sits down and thinks deeply.

Its social elite, rich and powerful, demand slaves to further their enterprises.

It is decided by the Mayor and his folk to enslave the giants...

Huge hunting parties spread out from Thalos, searching the hills, forests and mountains..

They track down every family of Giants that living anywhere near Thalos.

Entire families are enslaved, restrained by chain and spells.

You feel the rage of the witnessing spirits.

But the Giants prove to be poor slaves at best.

These noble spirits have no 'breaking point' ...

No point at which they will simply 'give up' and accept slavery.

The slavemasters become desperate, and turn to sorcery.

But the already magical Giants cannot be weaked through magic.

Tsumemasa let's a solitary tear fall from his chin at the sight of his pround races history.

A plan is devised to weaken the race, by breeding them with humans.

Perhaps the weakness of Humanity will break the indomitable Giant will.

Gavin shatters a small crystaline orb on the ground, and is engulfed in flames.

Spells are worked to make Human slaves as compatable with Giants as possible.

Forced breeding occourson all of the female Giants old enough to bear children.

Years pass, and the slavemasters watch with eager eyes...

Will these children be the sturdy, strong, slaves they have sought?

But the Giant-Kin have inherited the strength of their mothers....

And eventually the project is declared a failure...

Tranquility ftells, 'The Lady is doing a reading in the temple if you care to join...'.

The Giant Kin are declared too dangerous to keep as slaves, and they are sent forth...

Sold to the Unnamed City to become gladiators in its Arena.

The slaves realize this is their only hope for freedom.

Palin ftells, 'Ahhh...brt'.

One among them leads the revolt ... Skor'Lanis...

The rebellion is swift and sure, and the slavers are left behind in their own chains.

The giants take to the mountains, north, through the hills, beyond the foothills.

There, the first giant city is founded.

The spider-web opens.
Palin arrives from the north.

A sense of agreement and acknowledgement sweeps over you from the assembled spirits.

Palin closes the spider-web.

Tranquility ftells, 'The reading is for Tsumeemasa and you might be a little confused at first.'.

Palin rests.

Yet a tinge of powerful sorrow wracks you.

Tranquility ftells, ':) You'll catch up though.'.
Boromir ftells, 'Hi Palin :) '.

This is their past...

This is the foulness in the veins of every Giant...

Tsumemasa nods.

Boromir ftells, 'synopsis : giants get enslaved in thalos .. they revolt and move to mt aire ... '.
Palin ftells, 'Okie'.
Tranquility ftells, '*laugh* Short, and brutal'.

None remain with the original purity.

The Pattern screams and howls about you, like a horrific gale...

The Giants grow in their new home...

Others, after the attack of Midgaard upon the Elves, seek a safer place..

Traveling the Great Sea, they are wrecked upon an Isle..

Finding the gem within the dirt, they make this place their home...

Generations pass..

And yet, the seed of Humanity buried within the Giant-Kin remains...

Dormant... yet present...

Lives, times, places pass...

A stream of existance rushes through you, like the torrent of a great waterfall.

Your mind cannot absorb it..

And just as you think you may yet go mad..

You are within the Tapestry once more....

Standing in the presence of a Giant-Kin...

Boromir shakes himself.

A pillar of light swirls up around Tsumemasa.

You see him begin to age, as the Pattern seeks out the future.

You see his body develop, his mind, his spirit.

Boromir watches with interest.

He walks many roads, often alone, but with a great love carried in his heart.

You see him accept responsibilities within the Circle of Faces.

You see him give oath to a woman who brings him great joy...

And you see him travel, alone, to a solitary craig of Mount Aire.

Wiser, older, he seeks to do that which has never been done...

The spider-web opens.
Kilrogg arrives from the north.
Kilrogg closes the spider-web.

And the Past comes full circle to the Present.

Kilrogg says (in common), 'sorry if I am disturbing you, a bit late.'.

The Giant stands silently upon the mountain top

Kilrogg bows deeply.
Kilrogg rests.

Kneeling, he casts his mind within...

And seeks to purge and conquor that tiny spark of Humanity within...

And become the first Pure Giant in centuries....

The very air about you begins to shudder as he tries to master his own race's curse...

** And the vision shatters, leaving you wracked and soaked in sweat. **

Cordir gasps and releases the Azure thread.

Tranquility says (in common), 'Wow'.

Kilrogg grins wickedly.

Her hand is bleeding somewhat, cut by the sharp possibilities.

Boromir shakes himself and returns to the present.

Tsumemasa feels faint and begins to stagger.

Palin blinks.

Tranquility hands the Lady a handkerchief.

Boromir supports him.

Cordir nods somewhat absentmindedly, her attention obviously not quite all ... here.

Tranquility sits down and thinks deeply.

Cordir wraps the handkerchief about her thin hand.

Tranquility smiles happily.

Cordir says, 'Did... that ....'.
Cordir pauses for a moment.
Cordir says, 'I do not always see what I am Seeing, if that makes sense.'.

Boromir nods.

Tranquility says (in common), 'The reading went well, Lady'.

Clue nods in recognition to you.

Cordir says, 'The vision takes me, and I simply become a channel for the Tapestry... for the Pattern.'.

Kilrogg opens the spider-web.

Cordir tilts her head to one side.

Kilrogg bows deeply.
Kilrogg stands up.
Kilrogg leaves north.
The spider-web closes.

Cordir says, 'Did that make sense, Tsumemasa?'.

Boromir looks at Tsumemasa and wonders.

Cordir says, 'Tsumemasa? are you okay?'.

Kerriariadne pokes Tsumemasa in the ribs.

Tsumemasa slowly nods.

Cordir nods.
Cordir says, 'I do not know if that is what you sought to learn..'.
Cordir says, 'But that is what I Read in the Pattern.'.

Kerriariadne bows galantly.

Tranquility curtseys gracefully to Kerriariadne.
Kerriariadne leaves north.

Cordir sits down rather shakily upon the bench.
Cordir picks up the Shuttle, Spindle, and Scissors that are the mark of Her calling.
Cordir attaches each to her belt.

Palin says (in common), 'Will you be alright m'Lady?'.

Boromir glances at Lady Cordir .. looking a bit concerned.

Cordir nods distractedly.

Tsumemasa says (in giant), 'it explained the nightmares i've been having as of late Lady, and somehow the vision opened the road i've been searching for'.

Cordir says, 'It is hard to shield you from the pattern...'.
Cordir says, 'In doing so, I open myself to it more ....'.
Cordir says, 'And it is hard to come back to here-and-now.'.

Cordir nods in recognition to Tsumemasa

Tranquility offers the Lady a cup of tea.

Cordir says, 'I am ... pleased to hear this.'.

Cordir smiles her grateful thanks to Her Handmaiden.

Boromir bows before Cordir.

Cordir smiles at Boromir and nods.
Cordir says, 'Be well, My Councellor.'.

Tranquility hugs Boromir.
Boromir hugs Tranquility.

Boromir opens the spider-web.
Boromir leaves north.

Cordir murmurs the formal phrase. "Merry meet and merry part. This Hour has ended."

Tsumemasa nods.

Cordir says, 'ALl are welcome to stay or go as they wish'.

Tsumemasa thanks Cordir heartily.

37 players.
Dwa [ Th:27 Sh:30 ] Doc Demento, Tiger Elder -LLU-
Hum [ Wa:30 Th:30 Ma:30 ] Maldobar, Dark Minion of the Arch-Lich.
Hum [ Sh:24 Ra:21 ] Harmony the Dark Heathen
Dwa [ Cl:16 Wa:15 ] War'Rior, Guard of The Black Conclave.
Elf [ Wa:30 Th:24 Ma:30 ] Mael: I am Elven. Hear me roar. [Coven]
Gno [ Sh:17 Wa:15 ] Khoth, Initiate of the Black Conclave. *NASH*
Dwa [ Cl: 6 ] Arai the Dwarf
Ogr [ Wa: 8 ] Kalar the Ogre
Elf [ Demigod ] Tripper: Master of the Tigers
Hum [ Wa:30 Cl:30 ] Daelin, Grand Knight of the Black Conclave
Hum [ Th: 3 Ma:24 Wa:25 ] Palin D'henoke: Weaver's Fated Apprentice *Taoi*
Hum [ Cl:22 Wa:22 ] Alaric: Virtuous Tiger Visigoth
Hum [ Assassin ] Tylorn, Minion of the Arch-Lich
Elf [ Demigod ] Vorax, Lord of Shadows
Hum [ Wa: 9 ] Caine, Blade of Tyshalle
Hel [ Th: 5 Ra:12 Ma:16 ] Joeb the man of the people (Tiger) (TLR)
Gia [ Sh: 8 ] Katana Thorn son of Axe Thorn
Gno [ Sh:18 Wa:18 ] Kaltar Bliss's SpokesGnome -=CaBaL=- *EXP SOC*
Elf [ Ra: 8 Ma:15 ] Neodis, Spellbumbler -=COVEN=-
Elf [ Ra:30 Cl:30 Th:30 ] Maimer, Tiger
Hel [ Ma:12 ] Doza, Happy Tiger mage, here to help.
Dwa [ Holy Apostle ] Athorne Battlehammer, Healer of the Tigers, 138 *TC*
Hum [ Ra: 9 ] Spittle the Boy
Gno [ Wa:30 Sh:30 ] Ravaged, Keeper of the Feathered Stone
Gia [ Sh:10 ] Tsumemasa, Wanderer of the Circle [SAYA]
Elf [ Ma:29 ] Nosferatu, Wizard of the Black Conclave.
Hum [ Th: 6 Sh: 9 ] Montresor, Student of Wisdom
Aar [ Th:20 Sh:21 ] Tranquility fated Handmaiden. Tao/App/Pursued
Hel [ Wa:15 Cl:22 ] Treehugger's poke *** TIGERATES *** you! (tiger)
Hel [ Ma:14 ] TeWhareMate the Half-Elf
Elf [ Demigod ] Kerriariadne Bala'Bandienne, Lord of the Dark <Inv 11>
Hum [ Lesser Goddess ] Cordir: Judge me by my enemies. FATE.
Hum [ Wa:28 Cl:30 ] Clue(Mrs Rigel) Weaver Priestess, favored of Fate
Ogr [ Wa:12 Sh:15 ] Grug Wanre Noamuth d`lil Veldrin.
Gia [ Wa: 8 ] TiamaT the Giant
Hel [ Wa:30 Th:23 Ma:30 ] Shazam, Nefarious Ninja of the Black Conclave
Tsumemasa says (in giant), 'My thanks go you you Aisler-Cordir'.

Cordir smiles slightly.
Tranquility grins happily.

Cordir says, 'And you are welcome, Terra Tsumemasa'.

Tranquility says (in common), 'I must do research on Okk'd following'.
Tranquility grins happily.
Tranquility says (in common), 'I keep MEANING to do that'.
Tranquility snickers softly.

Palin arrives from the north.

Clue prays for Cordir's blessings.
Clue utters the words, 'bless'.

Clue attempts to create a wall of magical protection.
Clue utters the words, 'armor'.

Cordir says, 'I am Aisir. Noctus is Aisir, as is Nyx.'.

Tsumemasa beams a smile at Tranquility.

Palin says (in common), 'I missed that. What is Aisir?'.

Tranquility grins happily at Tsumemasa.

Clue says (in old-common), 'a Title from Okk's following'.

Cordir nods.

Palin says (in common), 'Ah'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'i suspect it's one who is worthy of respect'.

Tranquility smiles happily.

Tsumemasa says (in giant), 'it is a form of address that means "of the heavens''.

Palin says (in common), 'Would make sense'.

Tranquility grins happily.

Clue says (in old-common), 'pardon my lack of knowledge'.

Tranquility says (in common), 'I thought it had something to do with higher reference'.
Tranquility grins happily.
Tsumemasa smiles happily.

Tranquility says (in common), 'She, and her ordained called such'.
Tranquility says (in common), 'Thank you for the clarification'.

Cordir smiles slightly.
Cordir says, 'I am pleased to announce..'.
Cordir says, 'For those who do not know...'.
Cordir says, 'That another of the spirits of the past will be walking among us at the next Fateful Hour'.

Palin raises an eyebrow.

Tranquility sits down and thinks deeply.
Tranquility says (in common), 'who!'.
Tranquility smiles happily.

Cordir says, 'Lord Foolkiller will be visiting to talk about the Trinity.'.

Tranquility claps her wings together with glee.

Palin smiles happily.

Tranquility says (in common), 'Splendid'.

Palin says (in common), 'Indeed'.

Tsumemasa smiles happily.

Tranquility says (in common), 'He is a great storyteller'.
Tranquility smiles happily.

Tsumemasa says (in giant), 'ill I be allowed to attend Aisier-Cordir'.

Cordir says, 'Yes, you may attend, Tsumemasa'.

Clue remembers when Foolkiller was a fellow Court Officer.

Cordir says, 'Anyone is welcome to share in the Hour, so long as they behave and abide the rules.'.

Tsumemasa nods.

( End Scene )

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