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(It is usual habit that these events have pre-prepared scripts, so that they go quickly and smoothly. I had spent hours working on said script, then promptly left the diskette at my office. Since my car also broke down that day and was towed to the shop for repair, I had no way to fetch the disk. So... I tried to wing it and give Nyx and Esariston a good ceremony anyway.

Log is on: 7-5-2002-8-58-pm.txt

The Sanctuary of Fate
[Exits: north up]
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.
(Token magic) A magical spring flows from the ground here.
A small weaving loom is barely visible amidst the trees.
(Light Cyan Aura) Esariston is here.
(Intense Light Green Aura) Clue is here.
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Ananasi is here.
(Light Cyan Aura) Nyx is here.
(Hide) A distressingly large, shiny black spider weaves webs here.

Esariston bows deeply.
Ananasi bows deeply.

Nyx bows before Esariston.
Nyx looks at Esariston.

Saruman arrives from the north.
Saruman tries to break dance, but nearly breaks his neck!

Clue ruffles Saruman's hair playfully.

Saruman smiles happily.

Guardian twitches.

Saruman says (in common), 'Almost up for 24 hours now'.
Saruman says (in common), 'Silly PC thingies'.

Ananasi bows to Guardian.

Guardian shifts her shape to that of the Yochlol.

Quarnel arrives from the north.
Quarnel says (in common), 'an Eight-Legged Freak!'.

Nyx coughs.

Guardian strides purposely over to the amphitheater.

Ananasi glances from Guardian to Quarnel and edges away from Quarnel.

Saruman frowns.

Saruman pokes Quarnel in the ribs.

Guardian glances over her shoulder with four eyes, waiting.

Ananasi leaves north.

Saruman ftells, 'Saruman's info(tm): Natilena has scored 2 points on a location quest (2812 points total)'.
Saruman ftells, 'that's sick'.
Lanfear ftells, 'hehehe :P yeah'.

Guardian crawls over to the podium.
Guardian hisses impatiently.

Nyx bows before the guardian spider.
The guardian spider bows before Nyx.

Saruman says (in common), 'Does the guardian has geasa?'.

Ananasi arrives from the north.

Guardian taps a foreleg on the first row of benches, and gestures impatiently for you to approach.

Saruman sits down and thinks deeply.

Ananasi sits crosslegged on a bench.

Saruman does a little doo-little-doo!

Nyx shifts to a slightly darker spot behind one of the benches.

Esariston slides over to the shadows by the door.

The Yochlol-Guardian form glares at each of you intently.

Guardian chants (in old common): Some say he's lived a hundred lives, some say he's lived but one,
Guardian chants (in old common): ebon shadow,
Guardian chants (in old common): fire master,
Guardian chants (in old common): hidden weaver,

Saruman moves in to the bright light and grabs the microphone... LAAADDDIIIEEESSS AAANNDDD GEEENNTTLLEMAAANNN!

Guardian chants (in old common): whisper tracker.

Ananasi smiles and murmurs to herself, "Nyx."

c rift saruman
Your soul rift *** ANNIHILATES *** Saruman.

Guardian chants (in old common): Some say he's borne a hundred names, some say he's borne but one,
Guardian chants (in old common): son of darkness,
Guardian chants (in old common): midnight watcher,
Guardian chants (in old common): twilight runner,
Guardian chants (in old common): silent hunter.

Saruman pouts.

Guardian chants (in old common): Some say he's shown a hundred faces, some say he's shown but one,
Guardian chants (in old common): thief of ages,
Guardian chants (in old common): lesson teacher,
Guardian chants (in old common): unseen prowler,
Guardian chants (in old common): treasure stealer.

Guardian chants (in old common): Some say he's nothing but a myth...
Guardian chants (in old common): ....Somebody's wrong.

Saruman ftells, 'I wont add.. let the feast begin..'.
Quarnel ftells, 'heh'.
Ananasi ftells, 'Yeah, you might be the thing getting eaten :P'.

Guardian says (in old common), 'Let him step forward.'

Nyx quietly steps up to stand before Guardian.

Guardian says (in old common), 'First to kneel in N'Kai and swear oath.'
Guardian says (in old common), 'Foreswearing even Ebon Lord himself.'
Guardian says (in old common), 'First to bear the Lady's Blessing, standing as Shadow, Faileas Dhan.'
Guardian says (in old common), 'First to serve as Hand of Fate.'
Guardian says (in old common), 'Look upon him, Chosen... and know the duty he has upheld, and the example he sets.'

Nyx prays, 'It's a good thing I wear a mask. I'm blushing. :P'.

Guardian says (in old common), 'Look upon him, Chosen... and know him to be treasured of the Lady Herself.'

The midnight sprite upon the Shadow's ebon-clad shoulder smiles and flutters her one good wing.
The midnight sprite trills her pride.

Guardian says (in old common), 'Always he has walked alone.'
Guardian says (in old common), 'And yet...'
Guardian says (in old common), 'Challenge has been given, and accepted.'
Guardian says (in old common), 'Speak, Shadow, of what challenges were proferred.'

Within the gloom, a glittering appears, like moonlight on spiderwebs.
A midnight sprite glides out of the glittering darkness, and pauses, hovering.
The ebon shadows shiver for a moment, and a thin, dark-clad figure emerges.

Nyx clears his throat.
Nyx says (in common), 'The first was to learn of me'.
Nyx says (in common), 'To learn of my name and of the shadows that I sacrificed.'.

Nyx says (in common), 'The second was to learn of the way others viewed the shadows, by speaking to those with such alliance in their titles.'.

Nyx says (in common), 'The third was to seek out knowledge from around the Realm, learning of hidden places and lost lore.'.

Guardian says (in old common), 'And have these requirements been met?'

Nyx nods.
Nyx says (in common), 'They have.'.

Guardian says (in old common), 'Bring before me the one who has achieved these things.'

Lanfear arrives from the north.

Esariston slowly steps out of the shadows at the rear.

Cordir remains still, her expression bemused at Guardian's imperious conquest of the Hour and garden.

Ananasi prays, 'chuckle'.

Esariston steps forward before the Guardian.

### [Somewhere, Nyx tells Esariston (in common), 'Before Guardian... despite the lack of shadows here. *sigh*']

Nyx nods in recognition to Esariston.

Guardian glances at the two shadow-seeking individuals, and chuckles.

Cordir glances upward, and thick clouds cover the full moon above, veiling the garden.

Guardian says (in old common), 'The oaths and responsibilities of Apprenticeship and Mentorhood are not taken lightly'

Nyx prays, 'Can't hide... must resist urge to hide... *twitch* *twitch*'.

The Yochlol-spider turns to the Lady's Shadow.

Guardian asks (in old common), 'Shadow, whose name was sacrificed in ancient days, in ages past, will you swear to take on this student?'

Nyx nods.

Guardian asks (in old common), 'Will you teach him to the best of your ability, passing on the wisdom you have gathered through the centuries?'

Aslan ftells, '*curtsey*'.
You ftell, 'hi Aslan!'.
Lanfear ftells, 'hoi'.

Nyx nods.

Aslan arrives from the north.
Aslan curtseys gracefully to Clue.

Aslan hugs all around.

Guardian turns to Esariston.

Clue beams a smile at Aslan.

Nyx ftells, 'shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... Be very, very quiet'.
Nyx ftells, ':)'.

Aslan apologises for her tardiness.

Guardian asks (in old common), 'Will you, Esariston, swear to keep an open mind and heart to the guidance of your teacher?'

Esariston nods.

Guardian smirks.
Guardian says (in old-common), "Silent shadow-seekers, the both of you. A fitting pair."

Lanfear grins mischievously.
Lanfear looks around.

Guardian says (in old-common), 'Hold out your wrists, both of you.'

Esariston bares and extends one hand and arm, turned up.

Nyx stops using some black leather wrist guards.

Esariston stops using the glinting pearl bracelet.

Nyx holds out one bare wrist.

Guardian reaches out with two chininous arms, grasping them tightly.

With blinding speed, Guardian sinks a fang into the wrist of each, Apprentice and Mentor.

Lanfear blinks.

Blood wells forth, dark in the shadowy light.

Lanfear grins mischievously at Clue.

Guardian weaves a bit of silk to bind the Shadow and Esariston's wrists together.

Guardian murmurs, 'Blood to bind it, Oath given, Pattern woven.'

Guardian whispers in your mind: *Witnessed!*

You say (in old-common), 'Witnessed'.

Ananasi nods.

Guardian steps back, releasing their limbs.

Ananasi says (in common), 'Congratulations, both of you'.

Guardian examines each of them for a long moment, then nods.

Aslan beams a smile at Nyx.

Guardian says (in old-common), 'I am pleased.'

Aslan beams a smile at Esariston.

Esariston glances at the wound on his wrist, and seems to smile.

Nyx wears some black leather wrist guards on his arms.

Guardian says (in old-common), 'This will help strengthen a part of the Chosen's Pattern that has grown weak.'

Lanfear looks at Esariston.

Nyx tightens the one guard over the silk a bit better.

Lanfear stops using (Emanating light) Dawn, Submission of the Dark .
Lanfear wields a katana.

Ananasi raises an eyebrow at Guardian.

Lanfear wields a katana in the off-hand.
Lanfear grins mischievously.

Guardian says (in old-common), 'Learn. Heed. Listen.'

Esariston wears the glinting pearl bracelet around his left wrist.

Lanfear looks at Nyx.

The spider pats Esariston on the shoulder with this last bit of news, and shifts once more.

You nod.
You say (in old-common), 'Katrana is yet missing.'.

Esariston grins.

You say (in old-common), 'Does anyone else have business to conduct with or before the Chosen?'.

Nyx bows to Guardian, then slips away from the centerpoint of attention.

Esariston grins mischievously.

Aslan shakes her head.

Esariston slides back to the shadows near the door.

Nyx prays, 'Wonderful *grin*'.

You nod.
You say (in old-common), 'Then I shall be stepping away'.

Ananasi bows before you.

You ftell, '(I must deal with unhappy car and other unpleasantries )'.

Ananasi prays, 'hug'.

Esariston ftells, 'I have to leave again...left the middle of something'.

Aslan curtsies before her Lady.

You ftell, 'Be well, Chosen...'.

Nyx ftells, 'Thank you, all, for making it this evening'.

Lanfear ftells, 'u 2'.

You ftell, 'and thank you for the efforts each of you made to be here.'.

Nyx ftells, 'And fare well.'.

Aslan ftells, '*smile* And you, Lady ;-)'.

Esariston ftells, 'Farewell Lady, and Chosen, and...Teacher'.

You ftell, 'Good night'.

Fare thee well!

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