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Persephone joins the Chosen

End of the Granite Cavern
[Exits: south down]

2 players.
Elf [ Wa:20 Th:20 Ma:20 ] Furnock Sweetleaf, Fated to be Mischievious
Hum [ Ra:29 Th:28 Cl:28 ] Abe Stormreaver walks Blade in Hand with *Fate*

Cordir ftells, 'furnock, would you come to the Sigil Draktha and invite Persephone to do so as well?'.

1 player.
Elf [ Wa: 7 Cl: 9 ] Persephone walks the path of the Wyrm

Furnock ftells, 'will do'.
Furnock ftells, 'having a lag spike and she's got short legs :)'.
Cordir ftells, 'take your time'.

Furnock appears out of nowhere.
Persephone appears out of nowhere.

Furnock bows before Cordir.

Persephone curtseys gracefully for Cordir..

Furnock ruffles your hair playfully.

Cordir says, 'Hello.'.

Cordir smiles at Persephone.

Persephone says (in common), 'Hello!'.

Cordir nods in recognition to Furnock.

Persephone smiles at Cordir.

Furnock says (in elven), 'greetings'.

Cordir says, 'welcome to the Sigil Draktha, Persephone.'.
Cordir says, 'Draktha is the symbol of the Wyrm - ever growing, ever changing.'.
Cordir says, 'In a way, this moment and choice will change you as deeply as the one your parents made, leaving you at the monastery.'.
Cordir says, 'Are you certain this is a step you wish to take?'.
Cordir arches one eyebrow inquisitively.

Persephone says (in common), 'Yes'.

Cordir nods.
Cordir says, 'We swear oath here to strengthen this ancient symbol'.
Cordir says, 'Like the sigil itself, we stand between the darkness and the light'.
Cordir says, 'it weakens... but we must not'.

Persephone straigtens her shoulders, proudly.

Cordir says, 'so we give oath and swear our vows, that they will strengthen Draktha for the time to come.'.

Persephone peers at the Sigil.

l sigil
Pulsing red and black, the Sigil Draktha writhes and contorts before
you, shifting in time the magical flow sealing N'Kai below. Briefly,
the Sigil fades, and then resurges in power. The Sigil is weaker now
than it once was. One day it will fail altogether ...

Cordir says, 'Will you enter holy N'Kai with me?'.

Persephone says (in common), 'Of course, M'Lady'.

Cordir nods.

Cave Conjoining N'Kai
[Exits: north]

Persephone appears out of nowhere.
Furnock appears out of nowhere.

Cordir says, 'N'Kai the Black'.
Cordir says, 'a place of pain and turmoil'.
Cordir says, 'It can forge steel into a soul... or break it.'.
Cordir says, 'Much was offered up in sacrifice to make this place'.
Cordir says, 'names.. spirits... lives'.

A soft whisper from the darkness: *night*

Cordir says, 'Every Chosen knows the path to N'Kai...'.
Cordir says, 'For in a way, each day we spend in the Realm is like walking its twisted corridors'.
Cordir says, 'each day, a test of resolve, courage, geasa, determination.'.

Persephone nods solemnly.

Cordir says, 'Many have given oath here, upon these bloody stones.'.

Cordir says, 'Do you feel yourself worthy?'.

The weight of dozens of eyes falls upon you.

Persephone shakes her head.
Persephone says (in common), 'I may not be now, but I will strive every day to be so'.

Cordir nods.
Cordir says, 'The acknowledgement that growth is always needed, is a wise one.'.

Persephone nods at herself; she must be getting senile.

Cordir says, 'Just as life has many steps, so does the quest to become Chosen.'.
Cordir says, 'And I see that you have walked those steps with care and resolve.'.
Cordir says, 'Ten ranks and more do you have...'.
Cordir says, 'And you have described yourself with the words required...'.

Persephone blushes.

Persephone nods.

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

Cordir taps a scroll amidst a large case dangling from her belt.

Cordir says, 'what of those new to the Realm?'.

Persephone smiles happily.

Cordir says, 'Would you name one you aided and how?'.

Persephone says (in common), 'I must admit I do not remember the name, tho it was LIKE dragonbane, but not that name'.
Persephone says (in common), 'I both helped him with equipment and advice. A bit red aura'd one had asked him a favor'.

Cordir frowns and sighs.
Cordir says, '"evil" for greed's sake.'.
Cordir nods.

Cordir turns to Furnock.

Persephone says (in common), 'And he was afraid...but I let him know that he could not be harmed...being only 3rd level, and the reason he was asked was because he was the only one on wh'.
Persephone says (in common), 'o could do it'.

Cordir nods.
Cordir says, 'And why do you offer your name as sponsor to this one?'.

Furnock says (in elven), 'Though she is young, I feel I have known her somewhere before'.

Cordir coughs.

Furnock says (in elven), 'familiar like an old travelling partner'.

Persephone whistles appreciatively.

Cordir says, 'Some souls have many lives to journey through, within the Tapestry.'.

Furnock says (in elven), 'she show's talent in her strange magiks and she's not hard to look at'.

Persephone blushes.

Cordir nods.

Cordir says, 'Persephone, can you show your knowledge of your home continent?'.

Persephone says (in common), 'Oh yes!'.

Cordir nods.
Cordir says, 'go ahead'.

Persephone gets a can of Frank and beans from a small pouch.
Persephone gets a cloudy blue potion with sparkling swirls from a small pouch.
Persephone gets a sparkling gem from a small pouch.
Persephone gets a tobacco leaf from a small pouch.
Persephone gets a city guard signet ring from a small pouch.
Persephone puts a cloudy blue potion with sparkling swirls in a small pouch.

Persephone says (in common), 'A can of Frank and beans, a delicacy unsurpassed from the city of Og'.
Persephone shudders from the sheer thought of it.
Persephone drops a can of Frank and beans.

Cordir always wonders how Frank feels about it.

Persephone says (in common), 'a tobacco leaf, from the green fields of Hovelton'.
Persephone giggles.
Persephone drops a tobacco leaf.

Furnock sighs for the poor gnomes.

Persephone says (in common), 'A beautiful gem, which many little gnomes labored to bring into the world'.
Persephone drops a sparkling gem.

Persephone says (in common), 'A signet ring off of the finger of a very RUDE city guard of Midgaard'.
Persephone drops a city guard signet ring.

You tell Persephone, 'I just had the most horrid thought about them being gnome kidney stones and 'laboring to bring them into the world'. Gah!!'.
Persephone tells you (in common), 'EWWW'.

Persephone says (in common), 'A book, purloined from the tent of a rather...bizarre woman in Haon'Dor'.

Cordir sighs.
Cordir says, 'My once-husband's mother... Magda?'.

Persephone says (in common), 'I believe it once belonged to Beata...'.

Cordir says, 'Ah.'.

Persephone says (in common), 'I think that was her name'.

Cordir says, 'never mind, then.'.

Furnock nods.
Furnock says (in elven), 'she's a bit distressed'.

Persephone gets an engraved stone amulet from a small pouch.
Persephone says (in common), 'some big guy's idea of an ornament, from the giant town...*the name escapes me*'.
Persephone drops an engraved stone amulet.

Persephone gets a rod from a small pouch.

Furnock says (in elven), 'is it Skorlanis or is that the old name?'.

Cordir says, 'Skorlanis is new.'.
Cordir says, 'Mt Aire is old'.

Furnock has taken a few too many blows to the head.
Furnock nods.

Persephone says (in common), 'and this pretty, bright little rod, that the guys in my home town Loth Lorien like to carry around (you know boys and their stickd)'.
Persephone drops a rod.

Furnock whistles innocently.

Cordir coughs
Cordir nods.

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.
(Glowing) A rod glows mysteriously, bringing an odd illumination to the area.
A beautifully engraved stone amulet lies here.
A water-stained book rests carefully on the ground.
(Token magic) You see a ring with a strange symbol on the floor.
A gem sparkles in your light.
A large tobacco leaf must have fallen of its stem.
A can of Frank and beans sits here. It has an interesting label.
(Invis) (Light Cyan Aura) Furnock is here.
Persephone is here.

Persephone says (in common), 'I know, one more'.

Persephone gets a pair of tough leather wing guards from a basket.
Persephone says (in common), 'Last but not least, these really weird wing guards from the birdie guys down south...'.
Persephone drops a pair of tough leather wing guards.

Cordir nods.

Cordir counts and smiles.

Persephone grins wickedly.

The ceiling above you begins to move.

Persephone gasps in astonishment.

Eight dark pillars slide down the wall...

Then you realize - they are LEGS

An *ENORMOUS* black widow spider sinks down from the ceiling

You realize to your sickened horror she has been there the entire time, hidden among the shadows

Persephone shivers uncomfortably.

Furnock looks up and up and...up.

The Guardian Spider blinks all eight eyes angrily.

The Guardian Spider stretches wide her gaping maw, mandibles clicking.

Persephone's eyes grow wide.

Cordir yawns.
Cordir says, 'Guardian... enough theatrics.'.
Cordir says, 'Solaron isn't here to play with.'.

The spider visibly wilts.

Persephone stifles a snort.

Furnock comforts the Guardian.

The spider seems to shrug and shrinks to a much smaller size.
The spider dips its thorax in a bow to the Lady.

Cordir says, 'Guardian, I asked you here to witness the offering of Geasa'.
Cordir says, 'Not try to scare people out of their wits.'.

The Guardian Spider sulks.

Persephone offers the Guardian a weak little smile.

Cordir glances at Guardian reproachfully, murmuring, "your duty, please."

The spider nods and turns towards Persephone.
The spider says (in old-common), "What oaths would you swear, woven in the Tapestry for all time?"

Persephone says (in common), 'I would harken back to my beginnings, and always help young clerics in any way I can, when I see a need'.

The spider says (in old-common), 'And in what ways will you help them?'

Persephone says (in common), 'With both knowledge of our common craft and of the realm..l.'.

Furnock looks around.

The spider nods.

Persephone says (in common), 'and also with whatever may be at my disposal, either items, gold food, spells...'.

The spider nods.
The spider murmurs, *Witnessed*

Cordir says, 'Witnessed.'.

Persephone says (in common), 'I would also do my part to eradicate those great evils of any world, hunger and disease'.

Cordir nudges Furnock.

Furnock says (in elven), 'Witnessed'.

Cordir grins mischievously at Furnock.

Furnock blushes.

Cordir says, 'And your second?'.

Persephone says (in common), 'That was my second'.

Cordir blushes.

Persephone giggles.

Cordir says, 'Witnessed!'.
Cordir coughs.

Furnock says (in elven), 'Witnessed'.

Cordir says, '.. and your third?'.

Persephone is in a quandry.

Cordir blinks.
Cordir says, 'How so?'.

Persephone says (in common), 'I did have three, but I think I was counting food and disease as two'.

Cordir pauses a moment and thinks.
Cordir thinks it sounds spiffy as one.
Cordir likes lots of geasa.

Persephone does too..thus the quandry.

Persephone sits down and thinks deeply.

Cordir pauses a moment and thinks.

Persephone's brain starts to smoke.

Furnock passes note to Persephone.

Persephone says (in common), 'Well, the monks who raised me always taught me to be truthful...'.

Cordir nods.

Persephone says (in common), 'Maybe in keeping with that...'.
Persephone says (in common), 'I should always be truthful, or say nothing'.
Persephone says (in common), 'that should keep me quiet'.
Persephone chuckles at her own joke, since none of you would.

Cordir says, 'That, you will find, can be a very very hard geasa to keep'.
Cordir says, 'My Handmaiden must often stuff feathers into her own mouth to keep from speaking when she might otherwise wish to'.

Persephone says (in common), 'I know...thus I added the "or say nothing"'.

Persephone nods in recognition to Cordir.
Persephone nods in recognition to Cordir.
Persephone nods in recognition to Cordir.

Cordir nods.

Persephone says (in common), 'So I have heard'.

Cordir says, 'Very well.'.
Cordir says, 'Witnessed'.

Furnock says (in elven), 'Witnessed'.

Cordir smiles happily.
Cordir says, 'I believe that covers all the requirements, does it not?'.

Persephone smiles at Cordir.
Persephone says (in common), 'All the ones *I* found anyway'.

Cordir nods.

Furnock checks the Fate recruiting pamphlet.
Furnock nods.

Persephone says (in common), 'And I did look at everything'.
Persephone says (in common), 'I htink...'.

Cordir says, 'all the ones I remember at this late hour, too.'.

Persephone says (in common), 'sometimes I THINK too'.
Persephone giggles at herself, she must be nervous or something.

Cordir says, 'Then I ask you, if it is yet your true desire, to give me your oath of worship.'.

Dazzle ftells, 'woohoo'.
Cordir ftells, 'grats, Dazzle!'.
Furnock ftells, 'Gratz!'.
Cordir ftells, 'stats?'.
Zarous gossips, 'gratz'.
Dazzle ftells, 'Your gain is: 18/108 hp, 4/142 m, 9/139 mv, 6/6 prac, 0/5 trn.'.
Furnock ftells, 'woot!'.

Persephone says (in common), 'It is the road I set out on long ago, and one I will walk with pride'.
Persephone curtseys gracefully for Cordir..

Cordir smiles happily.
Cordir nods.

Persephone now worships Cordir!
Cordir has accepted Persephone into her following!

Dazzle ftells, ':)'.
Cordir ftells, 'welcome to the Chosen of Fate, Persephone!'.

Persephone says (in common), 'WHEEE!!!'.

Furnock ftells, 'Welcome Persephone!'.

Persephone ftells, 'Hello!!'.

Abe ftells, 'greets'.

Cordir ftells, 'Furnock, as her sponsor, would you cover the basics such as email list, communities, board list, and eq lists ?'.

The Sanctuary of Fate
[Exits: north up]
A small weaving loom is barely visible amidst the trees.
(Hide) A distressingly large, shiny black spider weaves webs here.

Persephone arrives suddenly.
Furnock arrives suddenly.

Cordir smiles happily.

Cordir says, 'welcome home'.

Furnock smiles happily.

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