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The Fateful Hour: Binding the Tainted

The Sanctuary of Fate
[Exits: north]
The breathtaking loveliness of a midnight shadowed garden embraces you. The
night sky is filled with stars... no, not stars, but strands of light which
shimmer at the edges of sight. The soft call of unseen birds provides sweet
melody to please the ear and the low hoot of an owl echoes out of the trees.
A thick tangle of web-shrouded briar roses marks the boundaries of the area
and every conceivable variety of flower blooms within, despite the darkness.
Here and there, care has been taken to create gathering places in the glade,
from an intimate nook of soft, thick moss beneath a veiling willow tree, to
a low, gentle dell where a large group could rest in comfort. Each cardinal
point is marked by its own unique archway. Ebon flames beckon within a trio
of them, and the fourth is sealed by an enormous spiderweb. At the heart of
the clearing is a large round seal of orichalcum.
A small weaving loom is barely visible amidst the trees.

The garden seems unusually dark tonight, the full silver moon hidden behind thick, angry clouds.

Ptarchyzk gets a pipeweed bread from an egg casing.
Ptarchyzk eats a pipeweed bread.

Clue says (in old-common), '(having never been in one of Khore's)'.

To the east, the sprite flutters, her soft low trill troubled and nervous.

Clue looks around.

The raucous, hateful scream of a raven is abrupt and startling in the night.

The silvery surface of the reflecting pool to the west seems to shudder.

You hear someone's distant death cry.

Clue looks around expectantly.
Clue looks around.

Ebon-black hands and arms stretch up, their movement violent and blind, seeking to escape.
.... Lanfear? .... ?
A drow woman, for certain...

Cordir looks troubled.
Cordir looks at those present, and bites her lip.
Cordir says, 'I cannot intervene.'.
Cordir says, 'I am Weaver. I cannot directly oppose my Sisters.'.

Cordir glances at the willow tree.
Cordir says, 'Elae, help them.'.

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.
The Pattern fades into motes of light, scattered about the chamber.

You hear a startled cry from the dryad in the willow.

Elaeshavarn steps out of her tree towards the pond.
Elaeshavarn looks over at you two, shaking.

Elaeshavarn utters the word, 'Binding'.

A web of light streams from her hands, sealing whatever it is beneath the water.

Loud, gurgling, snarling sounds come from within the pool.

With a last violent wave across its surface, the pool is still once more.

The dryad leans back against her tree, spent.

Her skin is as pale as an aspen, and she seems as ephemeral and translucent as a moonbeam.

Sweat beads on Elae's skin.

With a low moan, she sinks into her tree for rest.

You hear a voice in your mind: *The Binding will not hold*

Upon the dryad's disappearance, the flames to the south flare up within their cauldron.

All of the roses in the garden shift color to a deep, perfect ebon hue

Dark, feminine laughter wells out of the shadows surrounding the fiery cauldron.

Something turns its attention to you.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'bring it..'.

Clue looks around nervously.

Ptarchyzk smiles happily.

You feel yourself examined... your body, your spirit, your mind.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'play in my mind.. please.'.

Rich, dark laughter echos through the Garden.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'you'll soon be sucked in too!'.

Clue thinks "too much examination, my body may come apart.

*> That bitch has fled, I see, leaving only a sarcastic layabout and a fledgling vampire? <*

Ptarchyzk hands clue some chewing gum and baling wire.. to hold herself together.

*> This won't take long. <*

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'Layabout, eh?'.
Ptarchyzk fingers his dagger.

The willow's branches tremble.

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

You hear Elae's voice, soft and weak.
* Wyld must be bound. *
* Her Incarna never died, before the next was crafted *

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'I have chewing gum and bailing wire here, Elae.. I'll see what I can do. '.
Ptarchyzk smirks.

Clue stands ready to embrace the Wyld.

* You must learn who the Incarna was . . . and how to bind her *
* Until the new Incarna Ascends *

Ptarchyzk sits down and thinks deeply.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'an old incarna of Wyld.. '.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'I'm not up on triat history.. '.

Clue sits down and thinks deeply.
Clue says (in old-common), 'i haven't learned much yet, either'.

Ptarchyzk paddles his toes in the pond.

The color of the water turns dark.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'now now.. my feet aren't that bad'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'Zara seems to have been at least an avatar of the Wyld'.
Clue sits down and thinks deeply.

The reflection of a drow in the pool shifts.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'was zara a drow?'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'dunno, i think not'.

The Drow woman laughs.
*> Zara was an Avatar. Not an Incarna <*

Kaldred ftells, 'Bleeeh'.

Ptarchyzk sticks his tongue out at the Drow.

Clue nods.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'fess up, or I pee in the pond'.

Clue checks out the silver-white hair.
Clue looks around.

Clue studies the reflection, trying to get an idea of identy.
Clue says (in old-common), 'identity, even'.

Ptarchyzk starts to undo his pants.. then pauses..

The Drow's aura shifts, first blue, then back to crimson.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'think there's lightning involved here? '.

Clue says (in old-common), 'like Leviathan?'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'last time I peed in a pond, it got hit by lightning at the same time.. took me weeks to recover from it'.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'blue then red aura..'.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'me thinks that's a hint.'.

Clue thinks out loud, "was Siren a Drow?"...

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'Em wasn't Wyld though'.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'nor is she drow'.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'Siren?? I've no idea'.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'I have problems remembering last week at times.. let along that many years ago'.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'along=alone'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'Darkmoon?'.

Clue is glad she ain't the only one doing typos.

Ptarchyzk snickers softly.

Clue says (in old-common), 'i think Siren started out Blue, then went to Red ... but i don't know if she was Drow'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'ah well.. personally, I'm all for turning that red aura more orange.'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'layabout, indeed!'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'and how would we bind Siren?'.

Clue looks to see if Elae has emerged from her tree.

The willow trembles, but the dryad does not emerge.

Clue says (in old-common), 'where is Guardian? ... he may be able to give us a hint'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'hints, Dryad?'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'or Guardian! he likes me.. he's kept my hammock in decent repair.. '.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'Dispite lanfears attempts to tear it to shreds.'.

The webs about the Garden tremble.

Clue thinks that there's very little that escapes the notice of Guardian.

The spider appears, but in a very small form.

She seems reluctant to approach, and stays far from the pool.

Clue says (in old-common), 'enlighten us, please, Guardian?'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'any clue's?'.

Clue nudges Ptarchyzk impatiently.

Ptarchyzk gets out a big leather whip and flogs his keyboard into submission.

Clue says (in old-common), 'only one Clue'.

The spider shakes her head.

Guardian murmurs, "I can only advise you to seek out those who taught the Wyld Incarna."
Guardian murmurs, "Seek out the Shamans."

Clue says (in old-common), 'is that "no, you can't" or no, you won't"?'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'shamans.'.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'borneo?'.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'borneo was cleric though..w asn't she?'.
Ptarchyzk grumbles.

Clue says (in old-common), 'this is a deep problem'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'in a shllow pong..'.
Ptarchyzk snickers softly.

Kaldred arrives from the north.

Ptarchyzk gets out a big leather whip and flogs his keyboard into submission.
Ptarchyzk gets out a big leather whip and flogs his keyboard into submission.
Ptarchyzk gets out a big leather whip and flogs his keyboard into submission.

Kaldred smirks.

Clue hugs Kaldred.
Kaldred hugs Clue.

Clue bounces onto Kaldred's lap.
Clue eyes Kaldred's neck thoughtfully.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'in a shallow pond, too!'.

Kaldred beams a smile at Clue.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'heya Kaldred..'.

Kaldred says (in common), 'Heyas :)'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'just in time ... maybe you can help'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'come help me pee in the pond and piss off this emanation.. hmm?'.

Kaldred says (in common), 'Ptar, i think peeing is something that you should learn to do solo, bud ;)'.
Kaldred winks at Ptarchyzk.

Ptarchyzk rolls his eyes.

Clue says (in old-common), 'Elae has bound the old Incarna of the Wyld in the pond'.

The willow shifts.

Clue says (in old-common), 'but a voice in my head said the binding won't hold'.

Kaldred looks at Ptarchyzk.
Ptarchyzk poses for Kaldred

Clue says (in old-common), 'we are to seek out the identity of the Incarna and how to bing her'.

The water of the pool trembles violently.

Clue says (in old-common), 'bing=bind'.

Kaldred nods.
Kaldred says (in common), 'Afk one moment.'.

Clue steps back from the pool.

Nyx ftells, 'Greetings'.

An angry hissing noise greets the Shadow's voice.

Clue ftells, 'greetings, Shadow'.

Nyx arrives from the north.

Clue looks around.

The shadows seem to recoil away from Nyx and gather around the pool.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'Ahh.. hola, Shadow..'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'Nyx would know.. he's up on triat history..'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'he should'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'who was a drow Wyld incarna?'.
Ptarchyzk points at the pond.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'l'.

Nyx wasn't expecting that this had already begun.

Soft, angry laughter echoes forth.

Clue says (in old-common), 'her aura shifted from Blue to Red'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'Cordir goofed on the time.'.

Nyx mentally calms himself for a moment to put his affairs in order.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'tis ok..'.

*> He will not remember. It is from the Dark Time, when he bore another Name.<*
The voice is gloating.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'i'm about ready to pee in the pond to get an answer'.
Ptarchyzk snickers softly.

Clue doesn't think that will help.

Nyx looks to the pond.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'prolly not..'.

l pool
Carefully positioned to cast back and magnify the dancing brightness of
the western flame, yet not be in the way of anyone entering or exiting
a hammock, this pool seems to shimmer with reflections, but not of anyone
with you in the garden. As you stare, entranced, at the dream-like liquid
visions, the image of a stunningly lovely drow woman appears. She winks
audaciously, and then the picture fades and the pool is simply water once
more.

Oddly, there are paw prints from some extremely large feline at the pool's
edge.

Nyx says (in common), 'Ah'.
Nyx says (in common), 'Her.'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'but it's always fun top see a red aura turn orange.'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'besides.. what else can I do to a pond that calls me a layabout?'.

Clue tilts her hear questioningly at the Shadow.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'almost as bad as calling em a pickpocket, I tell you'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'it wasn't the pond, it was the Drow'.

Ptarchyzk rolls his eyes.

Kaldred disappears into the void.
Clue peers into the void, searching for Kaldred.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'yes.. yes.. but the Drow is only an emanation from the POND!'.

Guardian crawls towards the Shadow, her movement slow and painful.

Clue says (in old-common), 'no, she is a reflection ON the pond'.

Guardian looks up at him, and nods.

Nyx kneels down to Guardian.
Nyx says (in common), 'What is to be done with the name?'.

Clue sits and thinks deeply ... "who are the Shamans?"

The Guardian whispers, "The binding must be made. Learn of it from the sigla-bearers."

Nyx raises an eyebrow.
Nyx says (in common), 'Who bears the sigla?'.
Nyx looks to Clue.

Clue wrinkles her brow ... she didn't know the sigla were borne.

Nyx says (in common), 'Was this something I missed?'.

One of the sigla underfoot pulses in a mute message.

l sigla
Three glowing sigils of great power have been crafted here, aglow with power
and presence: the Sapphire Glyph Argedo, ward of the Weaver, the gateway to
serenity; the Ebon Sigil Odegra, pact of the Wyld, the path to oblivion; the
Crimson Sigil Draktha, seal of the Wyrm, bridge between lifetimes.

Nyx nods.

Kaldred has returned from the void.

Nyx says (in common), 'There are many sigla...'.

Kaldred bows before Nyx.

Nyx nods in recognition to Kaldred.

Kaldred says (in common), 'My appologies.'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'there are three here, but they are not "borne" '.

Ananasi ftells, 'Greetings...'.

Nyx says (in common), 'There were those carried by the shaman of N'kai'.

Kaldred says (in common), 'I've got to be going. I have a GT to host tomorrow, and Aslan to pick up from the airport in the morning.'.

Nyx ftells, 'Greetings, Ananasi'.
Kaldred ftells, 'Good Evening Ananasi :)'.

Clue hugs Kaldred.

Ananasi arrives from the north.

Kaldred hugs Clue.

Clue bounces onto Kaldred's lap.
Clue purrs contentedly.

Ananasi bows deeply.

Clue ftells, 'enjoy your GT'.
Kaldred says (in common), 'I will see you all Sunday night.'.

Ananasi ruffles Ptarchyzk's hair playfully.

Kaldred ftells, 'Oh will do :)'.

Nyx says (in common), 'Fare you well, Kaldred'.

Guardian bites the Shadow encouragingly.

Ananasi blinks.

Ptarchyzk waves happily.

Kaldred says (in common), 'And you, friend'.
Kaldred waves happily.
Kaldred leaves north.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'heya Ana'.

Clue gasps at Guardian.

Nyx says (in common), 'They have passed through many hands since...'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'bites him encouragingly.. hmm'.

Ananasi says (in common), ''lo, Ptar...Guardian? Biting the Shadow is your new form of entertainment?'.
Ananasi thinks she has missed a lot.

Clue says (in old-common), 'we were told to "Seek the Shaman"'.

Ptarchyzk nods in recognition to Ananasi.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'you have'.

Nyx says (in common), 'Plural or singular?'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'plural'.

Nyx says (in common), 'Then we seek N'kai'.

Ananasi gets on her NKai clothes.

Clue says (in old-common), 'those who taught the Incarna'.

Nyx says (in common), 'There are Three who make that place their home'.

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

Ptarchyzk gets out a Magic Marker and draws a funny looking symbol on Ananasi, just to stay in fashion.

Ananasi makes a complicated-looking gesture.

Nyx says (in common), 'In truth, four'.
Nyx sits down and thinks deeply.

Ananasi makes a complicated-looking gesture.
Ananasi draws a funny looking rune on the Weaver's Loom.

Ananasi makes a complicated-looking gesture.

Nyx says (in common), 'Dal-Kroth, Lin-Tra, Shar-Ti, and Ti-Lok'.

Ananasi ftells, 'You're already wizmarked, Nyx, did you know?'.
Nyx ftells, 'I was not aware of that'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'good-grief'.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'too many da-shes'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'so, where are these Shaman?'.

Ananasi chuckles at Ptarchyzk's joke.

Nyx says (in common), 'One stands on the river, one at the entrance to the Dhole, one far above the hurricane, and one in the calm within the ceiling'.
Nyx says (in common), 'I think.'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'within the ceiling? it's always calm inside rock'.

Nyx sits down and thinks deeply.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'been ages since I been to Nkai.. '.

Clue says (in old-common), 'it was suggested that we could ask'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'and the last time was cause I was exploring the water in Duergar.'.

Nyx says (in common), 'Should we travel there?'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'i suppose we need to go to N'Kai'.

Ananasi says (in common), 'Sounds like'.
Ananasi says (in common), 'Is this something the Shadow should lead, or another? Having missed much of what's passed so far...'.

Nyx says (in common), 'I have missed most as well'.

Ananasi says (in common), '(meaning, me missed it)'.

Ptarchyzk tosses a pebble into the pond.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'layabout.. indeed!'.

Clue gasps as she realizes what Ptarchyzk did.

Nyx says (in common), 'Perhaps those who were here could bring us quickly up to date?'.

Ananasi would appreciate that.

Nyx says (in common), 'We have the name of the drow, the Wyld Incarna, in the pond'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'drow chick shows up as reflection in pond..'.

Nyx nods in recognition to Ptarchyzk.

Ananasi says (in common), 'What are we seeking? Names of Incarna?'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'Cordir can't help, tells dryad here to help instead'.

Ananasi remembers Macha.

Clue says (in old-common), 'Elae'.

Nyx nods in recognition to Ananasi.

The pool boils.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'dryad hexes pond.. drow starts yakkin..'.

*> Yes. Please. Speak my name again. Speak my TRUE name. GIVE me more power.<*

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'calling clue and I names..'.

Ananasi chuckles at Ptarchyzk's joke.

Clue says (in old-common), 'her name for me was true ... i am fledgling'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'we're suppose dto bind the incarna of wyld (old) before new can ascend '.

Ananasi says (in common), 'I suppose the name Clue gave was the true one? Since she was the one who spoke?...'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'what name was spoken? ... Macha?'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'think maybe it was yer, ana..'.

Ananasi pokes Clue in the ribs.

Dark laughter echos through the garden.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'I've no idea who that is.'.

*> Again, fledgling. Please. <*

Nyx says (in common), 'I'd suggest it not be spoken'.

Clue shudders from the sheer thought of it.

Nyx says (in common), 'Too much power exists in names.'.

Clue nods.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'sounds a bit like Betelguese..'.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'just click your heels three times... and Poof!'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'so, we seek how to bind M... the one whose name we won't speak again'.

Nyx nods in recognition to Clue.

Nyx says (in common), 'And to do so, we need the Shaman. The bearers of the sigla.'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'I have chewing gum and bailing wire here..'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'and by binding her, make way for a new Incarna'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'but that was for clue so she wouldn't fall apart upon too close an examination'.

Nyx nods.

Clue snickers with Ptarchyzk about their shared secret.

Nyx says (in common), 'At least one should stay here, to keep an eye on the pond.'.

Ananasi says (in common), 'OK, let us get a move on'I suggest those who are going to N'Kai, get a move on. Should we leave someone here to attend to the pool?'.

Nyx looks to Ananasi.
Nyx nods in recognition to Ananasi.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'so.. who's this person/incaration/whatever?'.

Elae sticks her head out of the willow, and gestures at herself.

Clue says (in old-common), 'Guardian murmurs, "I can only advise you to seek out those who taught the Wyld Incarna." '.

Ananasi says (in common), 'Oh, right...sorrym, Elae'.

The dryad whispers, 'I will watch.'

Ptarchyzk sighs loudly.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'so.. who's walking with me then? :>~'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'we adjourn to N'Kai?'.

Nyx says (in common), 'Regroup at the entrance?'.

Clue nods.
Nyx nods.

Ptarchyzk joins Nyx's group.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'doh.. useless.'.

Ananasi utters the words, 'invis'.
Nyx fades out of existence.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'he's h-elf.'.

Ananasi joins Nyx's group.
Clue joins Nyx's group.

Clue curtseys gracefully.
Clue leaves north.

Ptarchyzk leaves north.

Nyx bows to Guardian.

The spider bites the Shadow affectionately.

Nyx whispers, "Watch carefully..."

Nyx leaves north.
Ananasi leaves north.

( *** and the group gathers in N'Kai *** )

Nyx leaves down.
Ananasi leaves down.
Clue leaves down.
Ptarchyzk leaves down.

Cave Conjoining N'Kai
[Exits: north]
(Invis) (Hide) Ptarchyzk is here.
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Clue is here.
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Ananasi is here.
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Nyx is here.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'anyone need spells besides shield/invis?'.

Nyx ftells, 'Another alarm, please?'.

Nyx says (in common), 'flight'.

Ananasi utters the words, 'alarm'.

A soft sigh seems to come from all directions.

Ananasi sits down and thinks deeply.

Ptarchyzk gets a bat wing from a cloth baldric, draped over the shoulder.

Ananasi utters the words, 'fly'. Ananasi now can fly.

Ptarchyzk gives a bat wing to Nyx.

Clue looks all around.

Ananasi utters the words, 'fly'. Nyx now can fly.

Nyx grins mischievously.

Lin-Tra tells you (in old common), 'You have come. Good.'

Clue utters the words, 'tongues'.
Clue utters the words, 'armor'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'lin-tra?'.

Ananasi utters the words, 'fly'. Ptarchyzk now can fly.

Nyx says (in common), 'Did any of the rest of you hear that?'.
Nyx nods.

Ananasi utters the words, 'fly'. Clue now can fly.

Ananasi nods.

( Nyx leads the group to Lin-Tra )

Source of the Darkwater
[Exits: (north) (south) (up) none]
The stream of the Darkwater fills this area.
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Ananasi is flying here.
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Clue is flying here.
(Invis) Ptarchyzk is flying here.
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Nyx is flying here.
Flowing among the waters, a monstrous moray eel slides past.
(Light Red Aura) Lin-Tra, Duergar Shaman of the Spawn, worships her totems here.

Lin-Tra nods.

Unclothed but for the sigla completely covering her body,
Lin-Tra sings her worship of the Formless Spawn:

Shapeless they are, yet of all shapes can they be.
Boundless they flow, ever wild and free.

Realmless they wait, for their Sender will soon wake.
Ceaseless they grow, the Sun-Lit world they take.
Lin-Tra is in perfect health.

Lin-Tra is using:
<worn on legs> (Token magic) a pair of splint mail leggings
<held> a pustulous heart

You peek at the inventory:
Nothing.

Ptarchyzk pokes Lin-Tra in the ribs.
Lin-Tra looks around, startled.

Clue looks at Lin-Tra.
Ananasi looks at Lin-Tra.

Lin-Tra folds her arms over her chest.

Clue says (in old-common), 'we seek to bind the Incarna of Wyld ... can you guide us?'.

Lin-Tra nods slowly.

Nyx looks around.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'zak on'.
Nyx nods in recognition to Ptarchyzk.

Clue looks around.

Lin-Tra says (in old-common), 'Shapeless, it is.'
Lin-Tra utters the words, 'cloak of protection'.
Lin-Tra says (in old-common), 'Ancient and ageless, the Three.'
Lin-Tra says (in old-common), 'You know the story of the flames...'

Clue listens studiously.

Lin-Tra says (in old-common), 'Incarna... birth and death... for the Three to re-learn.'
Lin-Tra says (in old-common), 'But the Demon-queen interferred.'

Nyx raises an eyebrow.

Ptarchyzk cants 'I suck at this ceremonial-speak'.

Lin-Tra says (in old-common), 'The incarna borne to her did not die. Her mother broke the Pattern.'

Ananasi utters the words, 'comprehend'.
Ananasi cants 'Let me know when it wears off'.

Lin-Tra says (in old-common), 'The tainted priestess of the fellowship yet lives, bound.'

Clue says (in old-common), '(who was the Demon-Queen?)'.

Ptarchyzk cants 'I know old-common.. sheesh. it's the flowery speah that gets me.. riddles!'.

A small black spider crawls across the floor. Lin-Tra's eyes follow its path.

Ananasi says (in elven), '(the one whose name we can't say, I thought...except I thought she was the 'tainted priestess'...)'.

Nyx nods in recognition to Ananasi.

Ananasi says (in elven), '(me and my so way outta date mud lore)'.

Someone says, 'the Tainted's mother was the Demon Queen of Spider.'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'so.. where do we find this tainted preistess?'.

Nyx says (in common), 'In the drow underworld'.

Ananasi says (in elven), '(oo oo, my second guess was right)'.

Someone smiles evilly.

Clue says (in old-common), '(so, the Demon-Queen was the mother of She-whom-we-seek-to bind?'.

Nyx nods in recognition to Clue.

Clue says (in old-common), 'maybe it's She'.

Shar-Ti smiles toothily, bows to Lin-Tra, and leaps into the Hurricane, departing.

Nyx says (in common), 'I suspect we must seek the others'.

Clue nods in recognition to Nyx.

Ananasi nods.

Ptarchyzk rolls his eyes.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'onward!'.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'I just hope we don't end up seeking the Yochlol :>'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'no xp here anyway'.

Nyx leaves north.

The Frozen Lake Hali
[Exits: (north) south up]
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Nyx is flying here.
Ananasi arrives from the south.
Clue arrives from the south.
Ptarchyzk arrives from the south.

Nyx lands softly on his feet.
Ananasi lands softly on her feet.

Nyx says (in common), 'Just to double-check something'.

Ptarchyzk lands softly on his feet.

Clue has got to brush up on Triat History.

Nyx waves Clue down.
Clue lands softly on her feet.

Nyx nods.
Nyx leaves north.
Ptarchyzk leaves north.
Clue leaves north.
Ananasi leaves north.

Nyx leaves north.

The Shore of Lake Hali
[Exits: east south down]
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Nyx is here.
Shar-Ti, Duergar Shaman of the Dhole, worships her totem here.
Ananasi arrives from the south.
Clue arrives from the south.
Ptarchyzk arrives from the south.

Ananasi looks at Shar-Ti.

Shar-Ti bows.

Ananasi bows deeply.

Ptarchyzk looks at Shar-Ti.

Clue curtseys gracefully to Shar-Ti.
Shar-Ti looks around, startled.

Shar-Ti smiles evilly.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'ooo.. better, some xp here. not much though'.

Ananasi chuckles, evidently amused.

Nyx says (in common), 'The tainted daughter yet lives, disrupting the cycle'.

Shar-Ti says (in old-common), 'The Tainted must be bound more strongly. The wood-witch cannot hold her.'

Ptarchyzk snickers softly.

Shar-Ti says (in old-common), 'The Tainted is strong.'

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'wood-witch'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'dryad'.

Ptarchyzk nods.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'I know..'.

Clue snickers softly.

Nyx says (in common), 'And to be bound such requires... ?'.

Shar-Ti says (in old-common), 'The Name of the Triat holds power. Seek it out.'

Ananasi says (in elven), 'Thank you'.

Ptarchyzk sighs loudly.
Clue sits down and thinks deeply.

Shar-Ti says (in old-common), 'My brothers and sisters will teach you more.'

Ptarchyzk looks around.

Nyx nods.
Nyx bows deeply.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'where next?'.

Nyx says (in old-common), 'Let us visit the others here, first'.
Nyx says (in old-common), 'Then to the Name'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'the other Sigla-bearers'.

Nyx nods in recognition to Clue.

(nyx leads the group to... )

Below the Sender's Teeth
[Exits: down]
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Ananasi is flying here.
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Clue is flying here.
(Invis) Ptarchyzk is flying here.
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Nyx is flying here.
(Light Red Aura) Dal-Kroth, Duergar Shaman of the Polyps, worships his totems here.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'nice timing'.

Nyx nods.

Ananasi utters the words, 'fly'. Ananasi's feet rise off the ground.

Dal-Kroth nods and makes a gesture of welcome.

Ananasi utters the words, 'fly'. Nyx's feet rise off the ground.

Ptarchyzk sticks his finger in Dal-Kroth 's belly button and wriggles it around a bit.

Ananasi utters the words, 'fly'.
Ananasi utters the words, 'fly'.

Nyx says (in old-common), 'Greetings'.

Dal-Kroth bows before each of you, before slapping Ptarchyzk's hand away.

Ananasi bows deeply.
Ananasi nods in recognition to Nyx.

Dal-Kroth says (in old-common), 'The Tainted one struggles within her slumber. The new Incarna will rise soon.'

Ananasi utters the words, 'fly'. Clue's feet rise off the ground.
Ananasi utters the words, 'fly'. Ptarchyzk's feet rise off the ground.
Ananasi utters the words, 'shield'. Nyx is surrounded by a force shield.
Ananasi utters the words, 'shield'.

Clue utters the words, 'tongues'.

Ananasi utters the words, 'shield'. Ananasi is surrounded by a force shield.

Clue utters the words, 'true seeing'.

Ananasi utters the words, 'shield'.

Dal-Kroth utters the words, 'cloak of protection'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'oh.. so we just need a really big sleep spell.'.

Nyx shakes his head.

Clue says (in old-common), 'what do we need to do?'.

Dal-Kroth says (in old-common), 'You will need the blood of three who are dead-that-yet-walk. Not spells.'

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'zombies, or vampires?'.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'The three vampires in Sanguinna, I think'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'or.. other?'.

Nyx says (in old-common), 'There are many that fit that description...'.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'Big on blood, they are'.

Nyx nods in recognition to Ananasi.

Dal-Kroth says (in old-common), 'You will learn.'

Dal-Kroth glances aside at Clue.

Clue pricks a finger on her fang.

Dal-Kroth nods approvingly.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'Or that'.
Ananasi grins mischievously.

Nyx grins mischievously.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'not that.. that clue!'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'DC would be another, and Cirth'.

Nyx nods in recognition to Clue.

Ananasi nods.

Ananasi utters the words, 'stone skin'. Ananasi's skin turns to stone.

Nyx says (in old-common), 'What must be done with this blood?'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'Cirth and i are bound'.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'To each other? Or something else? PArdon my not knowing...'.

Dal-Kroth says (in old-common), "Catch it in a chalice made of the glass of the mountains.'

Ptarchyzk cants 'is it you nyx, or my thoras that sux?'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'blood-bind ... we shared blood with each other'.

Ananasi cants 'the blyod was nyx, I think :P'.
Ananasi nods.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'crystal chalice.. isn't that in .. thaose caves across the pass from EC?'.

Dal-Kroth bows, and returns to his meditations.

Clue says (in old-common), 'hmmm ... glass of the mountains" ... lava crystal?'.

Nyx says (in old-common), 'Obsidian'.
Nyx nods in recognition to Clue.

Nyx bows deeply.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'obsidian chalice?'.

Nyx leaves down.

In the Hurricane of N'Kai
[Exits: north south up down]
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Nyx is flying here.
Ananasi arrives from above.
Clue arrives from above.
Ptarchyzk arrives from above.

Ananasi utters the words, 'locate object'.

Nyx sits down and thinks deeply.
Nyx says (in old-common), 'The last will be very difficult'.

Clue begins to think she knows more than she knows.

Nyx says (in common), 'The river's current will continually pull us from the room and into an aggressive creature'.
Nyx says (in common), 'Not to mention pulling us underwater'.

Ananasi can take care of THAT.

A Flying Polyp of N'Kai arrives from the north.
Ananasi fades into existence.
Ananasi's armor deflects a Flying Polyp of N'Kai's attack.

Ananasi's pierce wounds a Flying Polyp of N'Kai.
Ananasi's pierce wounds a Flying Polyp of N'Kai.
Ananasi's pierce wounds a Flying Polyp of N'Kai.
Nyx fades into existence.
Nyx over-extends his attack, pulling him off-balance!
Clue fades into existence.
Clue loses control and almost crashes!
Ptarchyzk fades into existence.
Ptarchyzk's pierce devastates a Flying Polyp of N'Kai.
Ptarchyzk's pierce decimates a Flying Polyp of N'Kai.
Ananasi's armor deflects a Flying Polyp of N'Kai's attack.
Ananasi parries a Flying Polyp of N'Kai's attack.

Ananasi sighs loudly.

Ananasi's pierce wounds a Flying Polyp of N'Kai.
Ananasi's pierce mauls a Flying Polyp of N'Kai.
Ananasi's pierce wounds a Flying Polyp of N'Kai.
Ptarchyzk's pierce mauls a Flying Polyp of N'Kai.
Ptarchyzk's pierce decimates a Flying Polyp of N'Kai.
Ananasi's armor deflects a Flying Polyp of N'Kai's attack.

Clue beams a smile at Ananasi.

Ananasi's pierce wounds a Flying Polyp of N'Kai.
Ananasi outmaneuvers a Flying Polyp of N'Kai's dodge attempt.
Ananasi's pierce wounds a Flying Polyp of N'Kai.
A Flying Polyp of N'Kai is DEAD!!
You hear a Flying Polyp of N'Kai's death cry.

Clue says (in old-common), 'who is the fourth?'.

Nyx says (in common), 'Ti-Lok'.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'so we have to swim alot..'.

The Great Dhole yells, 'Will no one come and visit?'.

Nyx snickers softly.

Clue yells (in old-common), 'quiet, Dhole'.

Ptarchyzk yells (in common), 'blah blah blah.. hush before you die.'.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'I can do that if needed...I can protal out.,,..'.
Ananasi shrugs.

Nyx sits down and thinks deeply.
Nyx says (in common), 'Let me double-check first.'.
Nyx says (in common), 'I want to make sure I know where I'm going before I take everyone in'.

Ananasi grins mischievously.

Nyx lands with a splash.

Nyx leaves south.

Nyx arrives from the south.
Nyx concentrates for a moment and begins to fly.
Nyx says (in common), 'Unfortunately, I was right.'.
Nyx sighs loudly.
Nyx says (in common), 'I hate that.'.

Ananasi grins mischievously at Nyx.

Clue says (in old-common), 'being right?'.

Nyx says (in common), 'In these situations, yes.'.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'Ah, we'll all just have to keep coming back to the room'.

Nyx says (in common), 'Just try to stay in the room'.

Nyx nods in recognition to Ananasi.

Nyx lands with a splash.
Ananasi lands with a splash.

Nyx is pulled south by the current.

Clue lands with a splash.

Ananasi is pulled south by the current.

Clue leaves south.

Along the Darkwater
[Exits: (north) (east) none]
The stream of the Darkwater fills this area.
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Clue is here.
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Ananasi is here.

Clue is pulled east by the current.
Ptarchyzk is brought here by the current.
Ptarchyzk leaves east.
Ananasi is pulled east by the current.

The Dhole yells, "What, you think only THEY know anything?"

( And aventually, they get to ... )

Source of the Darkwater
[Exits: (north) (south) (up) none]
The stream of the Darkwater fills this area.
Flowing among the waters, a monstrous electric eel slides past.
(Light Red Aura) Lin-Tra, Duergar Shaman of the Spawn, worships her totems here.

Nyx arrives from the south.
Ptarchyzk arrives from the south.
Clue arrives from the south.

Lin-Tra smiles.

Nyx ftells, 'You okay, An?'.

Lin-Tra murmurs, 'You have done well.'

Nyx bows deeply.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'sorta.. still need to see the dhole.. it seems'.

Lin-Tra murmurs, 'Seek the manacles that once bound your Lady Incarna.'

Clue thanks Lin-Tra for the encouragement.

Lin-Tra murmurs, 'When those three objects you have obtained... seek the Binding'.

Clue is pulled south by the current.
Ptarchyzk is pulled south by the current.

Clue arrives from the south.
Nyx gives a bat wing to Clue.
Nyx says (in common), 'Eat it'.

Clue eats a bat wing.
Clue's feet rise off the ground.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'manacles, chalice and what?'.

Ananasi tells the group (in elven), 'eat it, eh nyx? :P'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'blood'.

Ptarchyzk sits down and thinks deeply.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'ok'.

Clue grins to herself. What IS she thinking about...?!

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'so... where to find these?'.

Nyx says (in common), 'And a visit to the Name'.

Ananasi yells (in elven), 'where are you all?'.

Ptarchyzk yells (in common), 'here'.

Ananasi yells (in elven), 'eyeroll :P'.

Nyx ftells, 'With Lin-Tra'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'the blood (one-third at least) is here'.

Ptarchyzk tells the group (in common), 'lin-tra'.

Clue utters the words, 'gjwwai'.

Lin-Tra nods.

Clue utters the words, 'gjwwai'.
Ananasi arrives suddenly.

Nyx grins mischievously.

Ptarchyzk nods.

Ananasi laughs.

Lin-Tra says (in old-common), 'You know what you need to know.'

Lin-Tra utters the words, 'qhiat ay sfainfrauai'.

Nyx bows deeply.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'kewl..'.

Lin-Tra returns to her meditations.

Clue curtseys gracefully.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'cept I dunno where to get any of it'.

Nyx says (in common), 'One last stop'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'Dhole?'.

Nyx nods.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'Only one of us can go'.

The Chamber of the Dhole
[Exits: none]
You have fallen into an immense chamber, easily hundreds of
meters across. Frighteningly, the chamber is full, as great
coil upon coil of a titanic, slumbering beast shift. Horrid
ichor coats the walls, while this beast roils, the sleeping
guardian, the great Dhole ...
Torpid, shifting, the Great Dhole waits for the day it can rise again.


Ananasi says (in elven), 'Back shortly'.

Nyx says (in common), 'It is not aggressive'.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'It's not aggro'.

Nyx says (in common), 'It sleeps'.

Ananasi will be right back.

Nyx says (in common), 'Unless _someone_ pokes it'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'Shadow, as leader'.

Ptarchyzk snickers softly.

( the group travels to ... )

The Shore of Lake Hali
[Exits: east south down]
Black ice, dark and opaque, extends in a plain about you,
forming a lake of dark, slick perfection. You have landed
on the shore of that body, a dark cliff rising before you
to the north. An octagonal door has been cut into it, and
an octagonal pit opens downward. The eldritch monstrosity
emanating from them horrify you, urging you to retreat.
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Clue is here.
(Invis) Ptarchyzk is here.
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Ananasi is here.
Shar-Ti, Duergar Shaman of the Dhole, worships her totem here.

Nyx bows deeply.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'I can portal back. Anyone mind if I go?'.

Nyx sits down and thinks deeply.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'Or I suppose Clue can summon Nyx. Whatever'.
Ananasi smiles happily.

Nyx chuckles.
Nyx says (in common), 'The room is too small'.

Ptarchyzk waves happily.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'someone go'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'too small for...?'.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'You go, Shadow'.

Nyx leaves down.
An ominous cavern
You are within the Octagonal pit from the shore of Hali. You
descend until you see an immense cavern swelling below. Dark
coils surge a hundred meters down, titanic and restless, but
safely beyond you. Should you go down, you do not see how to
return back to here ...
[Exits: up (down)]
Clue arrives from above.
Ananasi arrives from above.


Clue leaves up.

Nyx sits down and thinks deeply.

Ptarchyzk shrugs.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'Unless of course it's nosummon'.
Ananasi snickers softly.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'yeah??'.

Ananasi is going.
Ananasi says (in elven), 'Or not...'.
Ananasi says (in elven), 'Private now...'.

Nyx leaves down.

The Chamber of the Dhole
[Exits: none]
You have fallen into an immense chamber, easily hundreds of
meters across. Frighteningly, the chamber is full, as great
coil upon coil of a titanic, slumbering beast shift. Horrid
ichor coats the walls, while this beast roils, the sleeping
guardian, the great Dhole ...
Torpid, shifting, the Great Dhole waits for the day it can rise again.

Nyx looks at the Dhole.

Monstrously immense, the Dhole measures over 300 meters, coil
upon coil of its enormous length laying here. One end rises,
and three immense jaws extrude and snap in a monstrous yawn.

Retracting its jaws, the beast shifts, as if sensing someone
near. Its mandibles unsheath once more, acidic spittle aflow
from its maw. Its fetid exhalation rolls over you, and it is
drawing nearer ...
The Great Dhole is in perfect health.

The Great Dhole is using:
<worn as shield> a medium iron shield

You peek at the inventory:
Nothing.

The Great Dhole smiles toothily.

Nyx bows deeply.

The Great Dhole says, 'Hello, little morstle'.

Nyx appears out of nowhere.
Nyx says (in common), 'Greetings'.

The Great Dhole says, 'You Children of the Weaver must find that which the sigla-bearers have spoken of.'.

The Great Dhole says, 'at the proper time... the Testing of the Fates...'.

time
It is 3am on Searynx the 21st, the month of the Shallow Graves, in the year 2533.

TFC started up at Wed May 22 00:31:49 2002
The system time is Fri May 24 21:02:29 2002

The Great Dhole says, 'After the Acolytes praise Me, the Wyrm....'.
The Great Dhole says, 'Then shall you be successful in your attempts to bind.'.

Nyx says (in common), 'I see...'.
Nyx says (in common), 'It was well that we sought you out, then'.
Nyx says (in common), 'As you said, you know more than the Shaman could tell us'.

The Great Dhole says, 'No one ever listens.'.
The Great Dhole sniffs sadly.

Nyx says (in common), 'Thank you for sharing your great wisdom'.

Clue tells the group (in old-common), 'Shadow?'.

The Great Dhole says, 'be off with you. before I devour you.'.

Nyx tells the group (in common), 'Can you summon me?'.

Nyx bows deeply.

Nyx disappears suddenly.

An ominous cavern
[Exits: up down]
(Light Cyan Aura) Clue is here.
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Ananasi is here.
Ptarchyzk is here.

Ptarchyzk utters the words 'useu pthi smana'.
Ptarchyzk utters the words 'useu pthi smana'.

Nyx nods.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'it worked!!'.
Ptarchyzk bounces around.

Nyx says (in common), 'It should'.

Ptarchyzk bounces around.

Nyx smiles happily.

Ananasi chuckles at Ptarchyzk's joke.

You say (in common), 'I think we have learned all we can from here... for now'.

Clue says (in old-common), 'so, what's next?'.

Someone ftells, '( Okay, guys. You have the pieces of the puzzle. ) '.

Nyx says (in common), 'Return to safe for a moment, to discuss'.

Nyx says (in common), 'This will be a long endeavor'.

Someone ftells, '( story continues the FH after next. )'.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'I'll try portaling us!'.
Ananasi bounces around.

Nyx says (in common), 'We will not complete it tonight'.

Ananasi snickers softly.

Clue nods.

Ptarchyzk hold on.

The Sanctuary of Fate
[Exits: north]
A small weaving loom is barely visible amidst the trees.

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

Ptarchyzk smiles happily.
Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'it worked!'.

Ananasi says (in elven), 'Dang'.

Nyx chuckles, evidently amused.

Clue says (in old-common), 'it should!'.

Ananasi rests.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'dang?'.

Nyx bows before Ananasi.

Ptarchyzk says (in common), 'you were TRYING to loose me?'.

(end Scene)

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