The Soul Stealer's Bargain

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This log/story/RP thread spans several months, and is ongoing. Principle players include DarkClaw, Samiyah, Seraph, Cresom and Aoide.
For connected stories, see: The Soul-Stealer, which occurred in July 2012, The Soul Stealer's Prey and The Soul Stealer's Plan.

11/15/2012: 7:00PM - The Letter

Samiyah wrinkles her brow in thought.
You say (in common), 'Sayyida... I received a puzzling letter'.

DarkClaw says, 'From whom?'.

You say (in common), 'The Soul-Stealer wishes me to write of him.'.

DarkClaw blinks at what you said, seemingly stunned.
DarkClaw says, 'That IS a rather strange request, coming from him.'.

You say (in common), 'I replied that I did not know of him, save for what you have told me'.
You say (in common), 'and that the stealing of souls..'.

You shiver.
You say (in common), 'can you 'look over my shoulder' ?'.

DarkClaw says, 'Are you still waiting for his response?'.

DarkClaw says, 'I will.'.

[ 8] Seraph: poem

Mon Nov 5 10:53:23 2012
To: samiyah
I would like it if you did a bard circle about me I will give you whatever info you need
just let me know
Seraph Fallen Angel

[ 10] Samiyah: a bardic work

Sun Nov 11 21:43:10 2012
To: seraph
Sahib Seraph:

I am afraid that I know almost nothing about you, other than what
the Sayyida DarkClaw has told me. That little, was a fearsome and
horrible tale -- indeed, she and I spoke once, of me writing a work to warn
the world of your stealing of souls. That is all that I know of you - that you
steal that which is most precious, as a game. I do not think I can
in conscience, sing well of you, if that is your desire

with respect,
Samiyah bint Rasul

DarkClaw says, 'I would bind your soul with ours, but I know that isn't your way.'.

Samiyah smiles but shakes her head.

[ 16] Seraph: poem

Fri Nov 16 16:48:12 2012
To: samiyah
no sing of me the way YOU see me or what darkclaw has spoken
i can fill you in of my back group I think on the forums
someone has written about my past I’ll have to look

11/17/2012 - 1:00 pm - Seeking Lore

You gossip (in common), 'Does anyone present have personal knowledge of the Stealer of Souls, Seraph? '.
You gossip (in common), 'Was anyone in his following, or know him in his mortal days?'.

Odin gossips (in giant), 'I knew him :)'.

You tell Odin (in common), 'he has asked me to write a bardic work about him'.
You tell Odin (in common), 'but I don' know him at all'.
You tell Odin (in common), 'what can you tell me about him?'.

Odin tells you (in giant), 'he was friendly I remember that, but many apologies as far as personal traits I cannot be of assistance'.

You tell Odin (in common), '*nods* Were you in his following?'.

Odin tells you (in giant), 'I believe so, don’t quote me on that tho'.

11/17/12: 4:00 pm(ish) - The Bargain

Someone grins evilly at you.

Samiyah lays a hand across her chest, modestly lowers her eyes, and curtseys.

You say (in common), 'Greetings... Someone'.

Someone says, 'so you can’t write a poem about me?'.

You say (in common), 'I have heard no pleasant things of you..'.
You say (in common), 'what I said, was that I could not write a poem of _praise_'.
You say (in common), 'for I have heard nothing praiseworthy'.
You say (in common), 'I can write of frightening things, and have...'.

Someone says, 'really bad things?'.

You say (in common), '.. that you steal, for amusement, the purest essence of a person.'.
You say (in common), 'I can think of no worse crime'.

Someone says, 'really'.
Someone says, 'I can'.

You say (in common), 'I am almost too horrified to ask what that might be'.

Someone says, 'well what would be worse? Me taking your soul OR everyone you hold dear'.

You say (in common), 'their souls? or their lives?'.

Someone says, 'souls'.

Seraph has granted you the ability to see him when he is invis.

You say (in common), 'I think that's the most evil proposition I have ever heard.'.

Samiyah lays a hand across her chest, modestly lowers her eyes, and curtseys.

Samiyah looks at you.

Seraph wings fold about his body and he kneels down to look you in the eyes.

Samiyah shivers, but holds her ground... barely.

Seraph runs his finger down your cheek.
Seraph says, 'you are mistaken'.

Samiyah violently pulls away, adjusting her veil to ensure it is properly in place.

Seraph says, 'I’m not looking for praise'.

You say (in common), 'You do NOT have my consent to touch me!'.

Seraph eyes turn black as night.

Seraph says, 'so will you does this for me?'.

Samiyah tries to compose herself, stilling the trembling of her hands by clasping them together.

You say (in common), 'I know that you can be frightening. I know a single act that you do..'.
You say (in common), 'but I do not know enough about you to write of you.'.
You say (in common), 'I will do so.. when I know enough.'.

Seraph says, 'ask away'.

You say (in common), 'but what will you do in return?'.
Samiyah lifts her chin and says proudly, 'my works have value.'

Seraph says, 'promise not to collect your loved ones'.

Samiyah says quietly. 'Is that how you make your bargains? Threats?'

Seraph says, 'I know of your work that’s why I sought you out'.
Seraph says, 'I feel that’s a good deal'.
Seraph says, 'it’s more than I have offered anyone else'.

Samiyah's hand steals up to cup one of the bell-chimes braided into her hair, as if to take comfort from it, and nods abruptly.

You say (in common), 'Very well.'.
You say (in common), 'I will perform a work about you, at my next Bardic Council.'.
You say (in common), 'and between that time and now, I will seek and learn more about you.'.

You say (in common), 'but right _now_...'.
You say (in common), '(ooc: Please forgive me, but I have a limited-time-duration lyrical, and I MUST use it while I can.)'.

Seraph says, 'ooc giver hell :)'.

Samiyah nods, the movement causing her veil-charms to chime.

You say (in common), '(thanks)'.

Seraph says, 'seek me out when you have time'.

You say (in common), 'I will'.

Seraph [GS] tells you, 'may I ask who said I was a horrible person?'.

You tell Seraph (in common), 'that wasn't a quote'.
You tell Seraph (in common), 'it's more the stealing of souls thing is horrible'.

Seraph [GS] tells you, 'ahhh '.

11/17/2012: 7pm(ish) - Seeking Stories

You gossip (in common), 'So Sahib Seraph made me the proverbial offer I cannot refused... '.
You gossip (in common), 'so I am seeking lore and information about him '.
You gossip (in common), 'as a mortal, as an Immortal .. anything I can learn.'.

Sagan gossips (in common), 'He has tried to get Sagan to add Man Meat to his title on multiple occasions. That should be documented.'.

11/18/2012: 12:00 PM - Seeking Stories

You gossip (in common), 'does anyone here have personal knowledge of the one known as Seraph, either from his mortal or immortal span?'.

Jafar tells you (in common), 'I just remember a couple shady stories'.

You tell Jafar (in common), 'Oooh. Shady is good.'.
You tell Jafar (in common), 'He's blackmailing me into writing a song/poem about him.'.
You tell Jafar (in common), 'so the shadier the better.'.

Jafar tells you (in common), 'probably not good'.
Jafar tells you (in common), 'I can PM you a log of him and a PK'.
Jafar tells you (in common), 'it's funny cause I just saw it again recently'.

You tell Jafar (in common), 'I'm on forums, or you can email to '.

Aaven gossips (in common), 'uh yeah, why?'.

You gossip (in common), 'Because he's given me the proverbial offer I can't refuse, to write a poem/song about him.'.
You gossip (in common), 'and I don't know him well enough to write one yet.'.
You gossip (in common), 'so I am collecting stories and lore and info.'.

Aaven gossips (in common), 'he worshiped Kerri'.
Aaven gossips (in common), 'very evil very selfish'.
Aaven gossips (in common), 'I think he was cleric warrior thief'.
Aaven gossips (in common), 'then he went into a rut, and became very inactive'.
Aaven gossips (in common), 'when he returned his evil overcame him and he became an immortal himself'.
Aaven gossips (in common), 'he ran a follow of liars and tormentors, out to claim and hoard all the power of the realm for themselfs'.

Jafar tells you (in common), 'through pm'.

You tell Jafar (in common), 'Thank you!'.

Jafar gossips (in common), 'mostly selfish'.

Aaven gossips (in common), 'he forced the followers to be greedy, and to show no mercy. This in turn caused maybe adventures to die out and never return'.
Aaven gossips (in common), 'maybe = many*'.

Jafar gossips (in common), 'I would ask hedschott and golson, they were his top guys in his following'.

Aaven gossips (in common), 'when his hunger for more was satisfied, Seraph too, died out and has only been seen by few since'.

11/18/2012: 3:00 PM - The Fallen One's Tale

Someone says, 'hi'.

Samiyah lays a hand across her chest, modestly lowers her eyes, and curtseys.
You say (in common), 'Hello, Someone'.

Someone says, 'it’s me '.
Seraph has granted you the ability to see him when he is invis.

Samiyah takes a slow, careful step back, but curtseys once more.

Seraph says, 'so you feel like you’re being forced?'.
Seraph wings fold about his body.

Samiyah says very politely, 'Hello, Fallen One.'

Seraph grins evilly at you.

> l seraph

You see nothing special about him.
Seraph is bathed in the essence of charisma.
Seraph is in perfect health.

Seraph is using:
<worn on finger> (Moderate magic) the splendid jasper ring
<worn on finger> (Moderate magic) the dazzling fire opal ring
<worn around neck> (Moderate magic) the glorious blue quartz amulet
<worn around neck> (Moderate magic) the engraved diamond amulet
<worn on body> (Moderate magic) a leather shirt
<worn on head> (Potent magic) a scale mail helm
<worn on legs> (Moderate magic) a pair of studded leather pants
<worn on feet> (Moderate magic) a pair of leaf mail boots
<worn on hands> (Moderate magic) a pair of ring mail gloves
<worn on arms> (Moderate magic) a pair of iron sleeves
<worn as shield> (Moderate magic) an iron buckler
<worn about body> (Moderate magic) a reinforced leather harness
<worn about waist> (Moderate magic) a quilted cloth sash
<worn around wrist> (Moderate magic) a brass bracer
<worn around wrist> (Moderate magic) a leather wrist guard
<wielded> (Moderate magic) a broad sword
<worn with pride> (Artifact magic) (Glowing) (Humming) the Medallion of Godhood
<worn with pride> (Token magic) (tattood) (writhing) thorny black vines

You say (in common), 'Is it true that your eyes were torn out as a mortal?'.
You say (in common), 'I cannot tell, for the shadows around you.'.

Seraph says, 'torn no'.
Seraph says, 'they were burned out'.

You tell Seraph (in common), '((you REALLY need a desc!! *scold*))'.

You say (in common), 'Who did this?'.

Seraph raises his hand and a throne of bones rises from the floor.
Seraph sits on the throne.

Samiyah startles, and takes another step backward, gasping as she hits the wall unexpectedly.

Seraph says, 'when I was a child my parents were killed'.
Seraph says, 'I was about 8 at the time'.
Seraph says, 'I took to the streets of Midgaard doing whatever I could to survive'.
Seraph says, 'I meet up with a man and he took me in, fed me, clothed me'.
Seraph says, 'trained me in combat'.
Seraph says, 'but everything comes with a price'.
Seraph says, 'I worked for him stealing - collecting items for him '.

Samiyah nods slightly, listening.

Seraph says, 'if it wasn’t up to his standards I was beaten and it was never up to his standards'.

Samiyah makes a soft sound of sorrow at the image of a starved, desperate child being beaten.

Seraph says, 'One day he told me to go collect from the weaponsmith so I did'.
Seraph says, 'When I got back I saw him talking with a huge ogre'.
Seraph says, 'I was spotted standing there and was dragged into the room'.
Seraph says, 'They beat me with a chain and whips until I was almost dead'.
Seraph says, 'They heated up an iron fork and came over to me'.
Seraph says, 'He said a person with no eyes has no soul for the eyes are the window to the soul'.
Seraph says, 'and pushed the burning rod into my eyes '.

Samiyah covers her mouth with one hand, her eyes reflecting the horror she feels.

Seraph says, 'that moment my soul left my body and I was standing before a angel'.
Seraph says, 'He said I feel the hate in you and I will help you'.
Seraph says, 'He breathed life back into my lifeless body '.
Seraph says, 'He also told me how to steal souls for souls kept me alive'.

You say (in common), 'was this the 'Vir' I have read of?'.

Seraph says, 'no'.

Seraph says, 'I was not dead and I was not alive when I came back I was a angel'.
Seraph says, 'the first soul I ever took was Marion'.

Seraph pulls a gem from his robe. It glows bright red.

Samiyah stares wordlessly at the gem, shuddering.

Seraph tosses it to you.

Samiyah squawks and catches it instinctively.

Seraph says, 'meet Marion'.

Samiyah holds it in her hands like she would a dead, rotted thing.

Seraph says, 'he was the one who took me in'.

Tears seep from her eyes, staining her veil.

Seraph says, 'as the years passed I killed and collected souls'.

Samiyah begs softly, her voice shaking, 'Please .. please take it back.'
Samiyah extends her hands.

Seraph says, 'Then the Dark lord took me in under him I learned to harness my hate'.

Seraph opens his hand and the gem returns, absorbing into it.

Samiyah lowers her arms, unconsciously rubbing her hands against the linen of her robe, over and over.

Seraph says, 'Kerri made me a helm so I could see again'.

You say (in common), 'How? Magic?'.

Seraph says, 'I became his Ordained and fought many battles for him spilling blood of the innocent'.
Seraph says, 'he used some of his immortal powers to create it'.
Seraph says, 'don’t mistake my childhood as a tale of sorrow. It is a tale of vengeance'.
Seraph says, 'I am thankful for Marion - he unleashed me'.

Samiyah nod slightly and asks softly, 'What of your vows to Lady Mystaya?

Seraph eyes glow bright red.
Seraph says, 'hmmmm Mystaya'.
Seraph says, 'I loved her but she was my weakness'.

You say (in common), 'do you have children?'.

Seraph says, 'no'.

You say (in common), 'what about your followers?'.

Seraph says, 'After many years of killing and raiding towns my time came to become a god'.
Seraph says, 'When I took my rightful place among the gods I was torn apart'.

You say (in common), 'emotionally or literally?'.

Seraph says, 'Both'.
Seraph says, 'I lost my way to the power. I lost my focus'.
Seraph says, 'The souls I collected shattered within me destroying my mind and body'.

You say (in common), 'so what is the Vir?'.

Seraph says, 'The vir is an illusion'.
Seraph says, 'Something my mind created and took hold'.
Seraph says, 'Once the gods cast me out of the heavens I returned to normal'.

You say (in common), 'so the power of immortality was too much to bear?'.

Seraph says, 'I was not ready'.

Seraph stands up the bone throne crumbles to dust.

You say (in common), 'so if you 'returned to normal'... why do you still steal souls '.

Seraph bends down, looking you dead in the eyes.
Seraph says, 'Because I like to'.
Seraph grins evilly at you.

Samiyah cringes back, her shoulders pressed against the stone wall as if to hide within it.

Seraph says, 'I want chaos and death'.
Seraph says, 'I want to stop as many people as possible from entering the heavens'.

Samiyah asks softly, 'Why? Does it make you feel better?'

Seraph says, 'yes it does'.

Seraph hand glows red. As he holds it close to your face, you can feel your soul slipping away.

Seraph pulls his hand away.

Samiyah reaches up and grabs a small, hand-made charm in her hair, and says quickly, 'Away with you!'

Seraph says, 'see, Samiyah? I can collect anytime'.
Seraph says, 'but I like you'.

You say (in common), 'Why do you want me to write about you?'.

Seraph says, 'why? Because you are skilled'.
Seraph says, 'people listen to you'.

You say (in common), 'Why do you care if people know your story? You hate them all..'.

Seraph says, 'everyone wants to be remembered'.
Seraph says, 'I don't hate you'.
Seraph says, 'that's why I will not take your soul'.

You look at Seraph.
You shiver.

You say (in common), 'Which of my works did you like best?'.
You say (in common), 'so that I understand your preferences better..?'.

Seraph says, 'the wylds'.

You say (in common), 'The Hunter's Call?'.

Seraph nods.

Seraph says, 'You don't like me very much do you?'.

You say (in common), 'I think the soul is the only thing in life that is truly ours'.
You say (in common), 'and that you would steal that, take it..'.
You say (in common), 'I cannot fathom.'.

Seraph says, 'nothing is truly yours'.

You say (in common), 'I do not know _you_.. I do not like what you _DO_'.
You say (in common), 'you choose to be an instrument of pain.'.
You say (in common), 'I don't understand that desire.'.

Seraph says, 'you choose to be a instrument of life threw song'.
Seraph says, 'same difference'.

Samiyah adjusts her veil to hide a smile, and murmurs, 'Though, to Anduin, one is as evil as the other.'

Seraph says, 'there you have my story'.

You say (in common), 'I have a part of it, yes.'.
You say (in common), 'but when I wrote of Sayyida DarkClaw's life.. I did not simply speak to her.'.
You say (in common), 'our own perception is a cracked and warped mirror. we do not see ourselves clearly.'.

Seraph nods.
Seraph says, 'Darkclaw knows me well'.

You say (in common), 'I searched the archives for your words..'.
You say (in common), 'What was your argument with Talyn and Aslan?'.

Seraph says, 'they followed majere and did not deserve to breath life'.

You say (in common), 'Aslan was a Handmaiden of Fate'.
You say (in common), 'Talyn was a Tiger'.

Seraph says, 'talyn killed mystaya so I swore vengeance'.

Seraph says, 'ooc wow hard to remember that far back'.

You say (in common), 'Did you slay his love, in return?'.

You say (in common), '(I have mad research skilz on the tfc site!)'.
You giggle.

Seraph says, 'got to run for a few band prac'.

Samiyah nods, the movement causing her veil-charms to chime.
You wave.

11/19/2012: Midnight - Giving Warning

3 players.
Hum [ Bard: 30 27 20 ] Samiyah bint Rasul seeks stories of Seraph
Hel [ Socrates ] Cresom Deme, I have found true Wisdom.
Elf [ Or: 9 Ra:30 Ma:30 ] Buttons, the Elf of Wisdom

> People near you:

You tell Cresom (in common), 'Cresom! I am so glad you are here. I need to talk to you about something important!'.

Cresom tells you (in common), 'ok whats that?'.
Cresom tells you (in common), 'GRATZ on 30'.

You tell Cresom (in common), 'I have sensed someone following me, now and then...'.
You tell Cresom (in common), 'and they revealed themselves to me today.'.

Cresom tells you (in common), 'and who would that be?'.

You tell Cresom (in common), 'They asked me to do a thing I did not want to do.'.
You tell Cresom (in common), 'and when I said no.. they explained what the repercussions would be if I refused.'.
You tell Cresom (in common), 'That they would not harm me.. but instead, harm my friends.'.

Cresom tells you (in common), 'ok what did they want '.
Cresom tells you (in common), 'and well screw them I will harm them'.

You tell Cresom (in common), 'You are someone I consider one of my dearest friends, and so I must warn you -- out of sheer spite, even though I eventually agreed..'.
You tell Cresom (in common), 'The Fallen Angel may try to .. to.. take your soul.'.

Cresom tells you (in common), 'no worries I think of you as a very good friend and if someone wants to harm me I will be up for it '.

You tell Cresom (in common), 'I don't know how he does it so I don't know how to protect against it'.
You tell Cresom (in common), 'but he showed me a soul he had stolen from someone named Marion'.
You tell Cresom (in common), 'we girls of the desert have a little charm that we make, to ward against evil...'.

Cresom tells you (in common), 'I hate fighting the unknown but if that is what has to be done I am in'.

You tell Cresom (in common), 'I don't know if it would work for you or not.. but I had to give you warning.'.

Cresom tells you (in common), 'thank you very much and I will do what I can'.

12/08/2012 - A Cause For Panic

Someone grins at you evilly.

>quaff recall

12/13/2012 - Prayers

Someone says, ‘how’s the poem coming?’
Someone sits on the fountain ledge.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘16 stanzas.’

Someone says, ‘I figured you gave up.’
Someone grins evilly.

Samiyah swallows hard, adjusts her veil and shakes her head.
Samiyah says (in common), ‘the price for failure is too high.’

Someone says, ‘may I ask a question?’

Samiyah says (in common), ‘It is not for me.. a mortal.. to refuse.’

Someone swirls his finger in the water turning it black
Someone says, ‘sure it is.’

Samiyah shivers.

Someone says, ‘you have a choice.’

Samiyah says (in common), ‘Ask, Sahib.’

Someone says, ‘did you want to give up?’

Samiyah clasps her hands to hide their trembling.
Samiyah says (in common), ‘The topic is not an easy one.’
Samiyah says (in common), ‘and you may not like the result - the stories I have been told..’

Someone cups some water with his hand and takes a sip

Someone says, ‘ohhh.’
Someone says, ‘but that’s not what I asked.’

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I am .. fearful. But I did not quit my efforts.’
Samiyah says (in common), ‘It has not flowed from me with joy and ease as other works did.’

Someone nods in recognition to you.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘each stanza is a battle.’
Samiyah says (in common), ‘I have had this struggle once before.’
Samiyah says (in common), ‘a work that was commissioned..’
Samiyah says (in common), ‘that I performed only once and never again.’
Samiyah says (in common), ‘for the horror of it was too great.’

Someone says, ‘so fear for your friends’ souls binds you to me?’

Samiyah says (in common), ‘as you said - I seek the light with my songs. The shadows are not home to me.’

Someone says, ‘so you would like me to release you from it?’

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I did not break oath.’
Samiyah says (in common), ‘and I swore to see this done for my next bard council.’

Someone stands up, his wings unfolding from his body.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘3 mobmasteries and 400 lq points from now..’
Samiyah says (in common), ‘Is when I am required to perform.’
Samiyah says, (in common) ‘but I have worked on it daily.’

Someone says, ‘so if I said you don’t have to finish it and everyone would be safe you still would continue?’

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I would, yes..’

Someone floats towards you.

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I cannot purge myself of it until.... ack!’

Someone looks you dead in the eyes.

Samiyah retreats until her back hits the wall.

Someone’s eyes glow red.

Samiyah closes her eyes tightly and turns her head away.

Someone hisses, ‘Look at me!’
Someone says, ‘You MUST know pain, suffering and heart ache to enjoy happiness joy and love.’

Samiyah begins whispering prayers under her breath, the words jumbling together.

Someone says, ‘Pray, dear one, I am listening.’
Someone cackles with glee!
Someone says, ‘I will answer your prayers!’

Samiyah turns back to face you, her eyes huge and frightened over her veil.
Samiyah says (in common), ‘I was praying to the gods of my people! Not to you!’

Someone says, ‘How do you know I am not their god?’
Someone grins at you evilly.
Someone says, ‘Or yourssssss?’

Samiyah presses back against the stone of the wall, hands scrabbling at the surface as if to seek entry and safety in the rock itself.

Someone says, ‘Do not fear me. I will protect you.’

Samiyah's knees give out and she collapses to the floor in a half-faint, whispering prayers.

Someone says, ‘as I protect your people.’

Someone grasps your hand pulling you up to your feet.

Samiyah chokes back a scream of panic.

Someone says, ‘have faith in me and I will guide you.’
Someone takes your hand.

Samiyah whispers, "'t."

Someone lets go of your hand and steps back
Someone glows so brightly the room turns red.

Samiyah shivers, raising her veil to shield her eyes.

Someone says, ‘Go. Go back to your people. Speak to your elders. ASK THEM WHO THEY PRAY TO!’

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I cannot.. on pain of death... return home!’

Someone says, ‘you can return.’

Samiyah says (in common), ‘I was cast out, removed from the tribe... to return is to be stoned to death for being what I am.’

Someone removes an amulet and places it next to your feet.
Someone says, ‘show them that. They will know you will be still cast out…’
Someone says, ‘but that amulet will give you 1 day.’
Someone says, ‘I will return.’
Someone jumps to the sky

Samiyah remains silent, staring at the amulet in horror.

12/13/12 3:00 PM CST– Reassurances

4 players.
Hum [ Bard: 30 30 24 ] Samiyah puts quill to paper.
Gno [ Wa:30 Cl:30 ] Lins Lin, Wise Guardian of the Coven. (-gossip)
Elf [ Ambassador ] Wish, Foul Sepiod
Hum [ Demigoddess ] DarkClaw:Honorary Hooligan of the Lost -=Belgarion=-

You tell DarkClaw (in common), '.. any immortal cannot FORCE someone to give them fealty... can they?'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'hello!'.
Aoide arrives from the west.
Aoide leaves up.

DarkClaw tells you, 'I've yet to see it be done.'.

Aoide arrives from above.
Aoide leaves west.

DarkClaw tells you, 'I would imagine those of higher status than the Fallen One might be able to...but not he himself.'.

You tell Aoide (in common), '(softly, troubled) Hello, Sayyida'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'what's the matter, Sami!?'.

You tell DarkClaw (in common), 'that gives me some relief, thank you...'.

You tell Aoide (in common), 'I was visited again today by the Fallen One.'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'oh..and it must have been a troubling visit, then'.

DarkClaw tells you, 'We are limited in our powers for a reason. There are those who are corrupt that would abuse it if they were given the opportunity.'.

You tell DarkClaw (in common), 'Yes. I.. it was .. he... keeps... too close, you see... and the prayers... its ....'.

Cresom gossips (in common), 'the attack of bards and one cleric'.

DarkClaw tells you, 'What...would you do were you to find out that he is one of the Gods your people worship?'.

You tell Aoide (in common), 'it was.. he keeps... well... he is too close.. and .. and.. my prayers... he said he heard them..'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'he heard them?'.

You tell DarkClaw (in common), '(whispered) i do not know'.

You tell Aoide (in common), 'He says that he did.. he called me his dear one... bid me go home to learn the truth of it..'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'that is very.. unexpected'.

You tell Aoide (in common), 'yes!!'.

DarkClaw tells you, 'I hope that is not the case, but it is a possibility. *hesitates a moment* Why were you banished, Sami?'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'so what will you do?'.

You tell Aoide (in common), 'I will write as I have sworn to write... and then I will hide!'.

You tell DarkClaw (in common), 'For my singing-magic'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'yes, I suppose that is about all you -can- do'.

You tell Aoide (in common), 'it is very troubling, his attentions...'.

DarkClaw tells you, '*raises a brow in shock* They banished you for being a bard?'.

You tell DarkClaw (in common), 'of course. Only men - only the tribe shaman - can work magic.'.

You tell DarkClaw (in common), 'for any other to do so is halal.'.

Aoide tells you (in common), 'yes, that is concerning'.

DarkClaw tells you, 'Forgive me, but that is silly. Why should one man have more power than anyone else?'.

You tell DarkClaw (in common), '(simply) it is the way of things.'.

Aoide arrives from above.
Aoide smiles happily.

You smile at her.

Aoide says (in common), 'how are you, Cresom?'.

Cresom says (in common), 'oh i am pretty good'.

You say (in common), 'my charms are not working to keep Him away.'. She touches a charm braided into her hair.

DarkClaw tells you, '*softly* It is the way they want you to follow...'.

Cresom looks at you.

You say (in common), '(ooc: fun log posted to wiki today)'.

Cresom nods in recognition to you.
Cresom says (in common), 'already read it '.
Cresom says (in common), 'i like how i said screw them=P'.

You say (in common), '(grin - that’s our Cresom!)'.

Cresom snickers softly.

Aoide laughs.

Aoide says (in common), 'I wish you luck'.
Aoide says (in common), 'writing, or finding a more potent charm'.
Aoide says (in common), 'or both!'.

You say (in common), 'thank you...'.

Aoide has left the game.

You say (in common), '...I will need it'.

12/14/2012: No Longer Alone

Samiyah wrinkles her brow in thought.

You say (in common), 'May I ask you a strange question?'.

Cresom says (in common), 'sure'.

Samiyah worries at her lower lip, the movement causing her veil to twitch.

You say (in common), 'I have no family outside the desert.'.
You say (in common), 'But consider you one that I trust and look to '.
You say (in common), 'Would..'.

Samiyah hesitates.

You say (in common), 'Would you be my brother?'.

Cresom says (in common), 'Of Course!!!!'.
Cresom says (in common), 'would be honored'.

You smile happily.

Cresom looks at Cresom.

You hug him.
You say (in common), 'Thank you.'.

Cresom hugs you.

You say (in common), 'Now I do not feel so alone.'.

Cresom is so excited that he cheers just for the hell of it.

You smile happily.

Cresom says (in common), 'family and friends are the most important thing in the world'.

You say (in common), 'I agree.'.

Cresom says (in common), 'i would give everything i have up for family '.

You say (in common), 'it is your loyalty and trust that I treasure'.

Cresom says (in common), 'and i will never do any wrong to you '.

You smile happily.
You say (in common), 'I know.'.

Cresom says (in common), 'that is on my word'.

You say (in common), 'Else I could never have asked you.'.

Samiyah turns over one henna-dyed hand, baring her palm.
Samiyah unsheathes a small knife, hanging at her waist.
Samiyah runs the blade over her hand, then turns it to offer it to you.

Cresom turns over one blacked battle hand, baring his palm.
Cresom takes the knife and makes a razor sharp cut.

Samiyah offers her small hand into your grasp.

You say (in common), 'Brother... by blood, I swear it.'.

Cresom says (in common), 'Sister... Blood forever, I swear it.'.

Cresom hugs you.

Samiyah beams a smile at you, then gives you another quick, impulsive hug.

Someone shows his approval by clapping his hands together.
Someone says, 'cute'.

Samiyah spins, looking for the source of the voice, recognizing the tone.

You say (in common), 'Sahib Fallen One.'.

8 players.
Hum [ Ra:30 Th:30 Cl:30 ] Padrone Silver, Marauder of the Lost
Hum [ Retired ] Seraph Fallen Angel of Darkness <Inv 30>
Hel [ Socrates ] Cresom Deme, I have found true Wisdom.
Hum [ Bard: 30 30 24 ] Samiyah puts quill to paper.
Ogr [ Bard: 5 4 3 ] More Lost
Hum [ Demigoddess ] DarkClaw:Honorary Hooligan of the Lost -=Belgarion=-
Elf [ Or:17 Ra:30 Ma:30 ] Buttons, the Elf of Wisdom
Elf [ Ma:25 Th:21 Ra:22 ] Kahann, The Hutt Family Battle Mage.

Cresom bows before Seraph.

Seraph steps out the shadows.

Seraph says, 'good evening'.

Samiyah moves slightly closer to Cresom.

Cresom says (in common), 'Hello Darkness'.

Samiyah says softly, 'Good evening, Fallen One.'

> L seraph
If Hell itself had a champion, it would look much like the unholy figure
that towers over you. Dressed from head to toe in black plate armor, the
unrelieved sable continues in the inky wings that arch upward. Weapons,
shield, and armor alike bears the evidence of battle - blood dripping in
a steady stream to pool at his feet. Thick shouldered, bearing the signs
of two gods - Kerriariadne and Katrana - worn still around his wrists, a
clearer picture of violence could not be drawn. His multi-hued hair - an
uninteresting brown at the top, fading to a pale white at the ends - has
been braided back, to stay out of his eyes during combat. His eyes seem
unusually dark, shadowed, until he lifts his head with an evil laugh, an
unopposed view granted of the burned holes that are all that remains. It
is a horrifying sight and he laughs at your discomfort. His crossed arms
draw your eye to the holy symbols still worn around his wrists: That of
Katrana and Kerriariadne - the gods that shaped him the most strongly.

As he returns your stare, you feel a strange tugging in your chest - a
sense of emptiness... as if, by his presence alone, he could steal that
which is most precious - your very essence. With a smirk and a flick of
his fingers, he releases his playful tugging on your spirit... For now.
Seraph is bathed in the essence of charisma.
Seraph is in perfect health.

Seraph is using:
<worn on finger> (Moderate magic) the splendid jasper ring
<worn on finger> (Moderate magic) the dazzling fire opal ring
<worn around neck> (Moderate magic) the glorious blue quartz amulet
<worn around neck> (Moderate magic) the engraved diamond amulet
<worn on body> (Moderate magic) a leather shirt
<worn on head> (Potent magic) a scale mail helm
<worn on legs> (Moderate magic) a pair of studded leather pants
<worn on feet> (Moderate magic) a pair of leaf mail boots
<worn on hands> (Moderate magic) a pair of ring mail gloves
<worn on arms> (Moderate magic) a pair of iron sleeves
<worn as shield> (Moderate magic) an iron buckler
<worn about body> (Moderate magic) a reinforced leather harness
<worn about waist> (Moderate magic) a quilted cloth sash
<worn around wrist> (Moderate magic) a brass bracer
<worn around wrist> (Moderate magic) a leather wrist guard
<wielded> (Moderate magic) a broad sword
<held> an egg casing
<worn with pride> (Token magic) (tattood) (writhing) thorny black vines
<worn with pride> (Artifact magic) (Glowing) (Humming) the Medallion of Godhood

Seraph says, 'am i interupting?'.

> shiver

You say (in common), 'Not.. entirely... no. We had just finished swearing blood-oath. A tribe of two, now.'.

Cresom nods in recognition to you.

You say (in common), 'Cresom is my brother, now.'.

Seraph says, 'ahhhh'.

Cresom nods.

Samiyah holds up her bloody palm.

Cresom holds up the blacked bloody palm.

Seraph says, 'cute'.

Cresom says (in common), 'what havoc are you bringing to the realm today?'.

Seraph gasps in astonishment.
Seraph says, 'me?'.

Cresom nods.

Seraph says, 'i'm not bringing havoc'.

Cresom says (in common), 'a fallen angel can do no good as far as i know '.

Seraph raise his hand and a throne of bones rise from the ground.

You shudder from the sheer thought of it.

Seraph rests on the throne.

Seraph focuses on samiyah.

Cresom growls.

Seraph says, 'have you made up your mind about going home?'.

Samiyah gazes back, not able to look him in the face, staring instead at his feet. Her voice is barely a whisper. "I am afraid."

Seraph says, 'does my presence bother you cresom?'.

Seraph says, 'afraid afraid of what?'.

Cresom says (in common), 'no just don't like her being intimidated.'.

Cresom tells you (in common), 'i can't spell worth a damn sorry=P'.

Samiyah's fingers entwine to still their shaking. "Afraid to go back. Afraid what they might say."

You tell Cresom (in common), 'Hey, RP is RP, even misspelled. I'm just happy to do some :)'.

Seraph says, 'but then you will know the truth'.

You say (in common), 'I don't WANT to know if you are the god my ancestors prayed to. '.

Seraph says, 'how am i intimadating you cresom?'.

You say (in common), 'I don't want to know if you hear my prayers, instead of the gods I have always believed heard them!'.

Seraph growls.

Samiyah flinches, and instinctively reaches out, grabbing Cresom's arm.

Seraph stands up his throne crumbles to ashes.

Cresom flexes slightly.

You tell Cresom (in common), '(ooc: lol!!)'.

Cresom tells you (in common), 'snicker'.

Seraph voices changes to a demonic growl.

Samiyah trembles, her weight shifting back so that she is half-hiding behind the Ordained.

Seraph says, 'SPEAK '.

Cresom says (in common), 'doesn't matter what I think, no one bothers Samiyah not with me around.'.

Tears course down from her eyes, staining her veil.

Seraph leans into cresom looking deep with in your soul.

Cresom says (in common), 'my sould is clean.'.
Cresom says (in common), 'soul i mean'.

Seraph gathers ahold of himself.
Seraph says, 'i am trying to help her'.

Cresom says (in common), 'doesn't seem like it to me. '.

Seraph looks at samiyah.

Samiyah will not meet the Fallen Angel's gaze, instead, staring at his feet once more.

Seraph says, 'look at me i need to see your eyes when i ask you this question'.

Samiyah swallows hard, trembling like a leaf. Her head lifts slowly, as she forces herself to obey.

Seraph says, 'have i harmed you in any way?'.

Cresom says (in common), 'harm can come in many forms'.

Seraph says, 'have i not tried to help you'.

Samiyah answers carefully, 'You have not done harm to my person. You have threatened my friends, however.'

You say (in common), 'answers more firmly, 'And you touched my face, which was a halal thing to do!.
You say (in common), '(oops)'.

Seraph says, 'have i not been trying to help you'.

You say (in common), '... not in any way that I understand...'.

Cresom says (in common), 'again your version of help can be twisted'.

You say (in common), '.. not in any way that you have spoken clearly of.'.

Seraph says, 'FINE'.

Samiyah flinches at the thundering tone.

Seraph smashes the wall with his hand.

Samiyah eeps and jumps back, her eyes going huge and frightened.

Cresom tightens a bit more.

[Exits: east south]
As you enter the Temple, you begin to feel more relaxed. Your worries
begin to melt away as you sense the peacefulness of the room.
A blue shimmering can be seen to the south.
(Dark Cyan Aura) Cresom is here.


You say (in common), '... is he gone?'.

Cresom says (in common), 'he left us'.

Cresom hugs you.

Samiyah's trembling turns to tears and she weeps against your chest.

Cresom hugs you.

Samiyah fumbles for a bit of linen from one of her pouches, and blows her nose, sniffling. "I hate it when he thunders like

Someone lands causing the ground to shake.

Cresom growls.

Samiyah adjusts her veil, ensuring its properly in place, then screams at the impact and the ground shaking.

Someone wings open up and ones of samiyahs elder tribesmen falls to the floor.
Someone hisses ASK HIM!

Samiyah blinks in astonishment to see the tribe shaman crumpled on the floor.

You say (in common), 'Sahib Malik, are you... are you allright? '.

Samiyah glances over the man, looking for injuries.

Someone hisses ASK HIM!

Someone watches the elder stand up before samiyah.

Samiyah shivers at the thundering voice, then switches to the desert dialect to ask:
Samiyah asks (in the desert tongue), 'Revered Elder... This One' - she indicates the general direction of the voice - 'is the god
of the Desert..'.

Samiyah continues (in the desert tongue), 'The Great Shepherd and Guardian of the Tribes... is this so?'

Someone stands back and grins as he answers the dark one is.

Samiyah blinks once. Then again. And again. Her expression is utterly blank and astonished.

Samiyah shakes her head, then speaks. "No, Elder. You must have misunderstood me. He - this Fallen One, of dark aura and
bloodstained hands --'

Samiyah continues, 'HE says that he is the one who answers the prayers of the men of the tribe...'

Samiyah shakes her head repeatedly as she speaks.

Someone smiles as the elder nods he hears all.

Samiyah presses her fist against her chest, as if her heart itself was aching. "Elder.. this cannot be.. We are not of the ways
of evil!"

Cresom says (in common), 'no your not samiyah '.

Samiyah says firmly, "I AM NOT EVIL!"

Cresom says (in common), 'doesn't matter what has been in the past.'.

Someone takes the elder by the hand lets go. he nods and they leave.

Cresom says (in common), 'that would be like my family back a long time ago being evil means i have to be. '.
Cresom says (in common), 'i have the purest heart around.'.
Cresom hugs you.

Samiyah stares in horror as the Elder walks away. "He said that he heard my prayers, when I prayed."

Cresom says (in common), 'id he gone for now?'.
Cresom says (in common), 'is i mean'.

Samiyah bites her lower lip and looks around. "I don't know. I don't sense his presence.."

Cresom says (in common), 'nor do I'.

Cresom says (in common), 'I never fear what I can't see'.

You giggle.
You say (in common), 'that's where we are different.'.

Cresom says (in common), 'because if i can't see it i think it isn't there'.

You say (in common), 'I'm afraid of everything I CAN'T see!'.
Samiyah makes 'scary-monster-hands'

Cresom says (in common), 'those are kids dreams '.
Cresom says (in common), 'i do push ups '.
Cresom says (in common), 'i can squash things'.

Samiyah says softly, 'They tell you that monsters exist... but ... you know, they really do.'

You smile at him.
You say (in common), 'it's easier to be brave with a brother!'.

Cresom says (in common), 'and when they show up I beat them up'.

Cresom hugs you.

You grin wickedly.

Cresom says (in common), 'you always have me '.

You thank Cresom heartily.

You smile at him.

You say (in common), 'Well, I must go on a quest to kill a monster, if I am to be ready to tell The Fallen One's story'.
You say (in common), '3 mobmastery quests and 300 location quests'.

Cresom nods in recognition to you.
Cresom says (in common), 'if you need me just let me know '.
Cresom says (in common), 'i am always here'.

Samiyah says soberly, 'Be careful, Cresom. He has threatened to steal the souls of those I care about. That means you.'

You say (in common), 'Very few people are on that list.'.

Cresom says (in common), 'my soul is strong '.

You say (in common), 'He tears it right from people's chests!'.
You say (in common), 'and turns it into a rock!'.
You say (in common), 'I saw one -- he said it was a girl, named Marion.'.
You say (in common), 'a Nashite warrior.'.
You say (in common), 'just be careful'.

Cresom says (in common), 'she wasn't as strong as me'.

Samiyah asks softly, 'But he is a God. How can you fight a god?'

Cresom says (in common), 'maybe not but i have a god on my side '.
Cresom says (in common), 'my god'.
Cresom stops using a Wisdom signet ring.
Cresom wears a Wisdom signet ring on his left finger.

12/17/2012: The Soul Stealer's Song

Someone says, 'good evening'.

> shiv

You say (in common), 'Fallen One.. greetings.'.

Someone says, 'greetings'.
Someone says, 'how are you?'.

You say (in common), 'I am.. I am well enough. I have finished the work, save for the last stanza'.

You say (in common), 'I am still pondering it.'.

Someone nods.

You say (in common), 'but am ready to perform for the Council...'.
You say (in common), 'and for you...'.
You say (in common), 'forgive me -- one moment'.

(combat snipped)

Samiyah is going to a safe spot.

A Small Chapel Strewn With Spiderwebs
[Exits: north south]
Spiderwebs drape every corner of this small chapel, giving it a ghostly
appearance. A small altar to Maurice stands at the center and pews form
untidy, disheveled rows leading towards it. Archways, partially blocked
by webs, allow access to the catacombs to the north and south. This was
a place for visitors to pause, collect their thoughts, offer up prayers
or meditations and perhaps light a candle, before or after giving honor
to those entombed here.
A cracked and broken font of stone still contains a trickle of brackish water.

You rest.

Samiyah nods, the movement causing her veil-charms to chime.

Someone says, 'you are ready to enlighten your peers?'.

You say (in common), 'and there's the last line. it just came to me.'.

You say (in common), 'I don't know about 'enlighten'...'.
You say (in common), 'but I am ready to perform.'.

Someone says, 'good'.
Someone says, 'you do that for them'.

You say (in common), 'Thirty stanzas, by the way.'.

Someone says, 'i want a private performance'.

You say (in common), '.. now?'.

Someone says, '30 hmmm im not sure if i should be impressed or insulted'.

Someone says, 'no not now '.
Someone says, '( im going to be busy soon piling wood)'.
Someone says, 'im sure you will make me proud young one'.

You say (in common), 'it is not my longest work - that was The Baroness Lament - but it's the second longest.'.

Someone touchs the water turning it black.

Belgarion tells you (in common), 'i am going to kill sendres once more and head back up to

You tell Belgarion (in common), 'okay - Someone is speaking with me right now, so I may be
delayed a smidge.'.

Someone says, 'let me know when i can hear it for myself'.

Belgarion tells you (in common), 'ok'.

You say (in common), 'I am at your service, Fallen One, and can perform it whenever you wish.'.

You say (in common), 'it is ready.'.

Someone says, 'just pray ill hear it'.

> shiv

You say (in common), 'I do not want to pray to you with intent.'.
You say (in common), 'You may hear them - and that is none of my doing...'.

Someone says, 'it doesn't matter i always hear it'.

Samiyah bites her lip, fidgeting with the long end of her veil.

Someone says, 'we are one samiyah and the sooner you accept that the easier life will be'.

Samiyah leans back against the wall, sliding down it, until she sits crosslegged on the

Samiyah composes herself, fidgeting with her veil.

Someone flicks his finger fixing the buckle on your golden armor.
Someone says, 'and please get that fixed'.

Samiyah entwines her fingers in her lap, jumping slightly at your touch.
Samiyah takes a deep breath and closes her eyes.

Samiyah prays, 'As my steps have travelled 'round the world for many years '
Samiyah prays, 'I've seen some acts of cruelty, come face to face with fears '
Samiyah prays, 'I've heard of foulest tortures and I've witnessed blood and pain '
Samiyah prays, 'Been exposed to death and horror, time and time a-gain '

Samiyah prays, 'But mortal terrors pale before Immortal threat of wrath '
Samiyah prays, 'A note demanded that I write - a song of Seraph's past '
Samiyah prays, 'Polite, my re-ply, but was firm: Of you, I cannot sing '
Samiyah prays, 'For your deeds are never fair, you only mis'ry bring '

You tell DarkClaw (in common), 'Sayyida - the Fallen One has demanded I perform -- I JUST started a few lines ago'.
DarkClaw tells you, 'May I join you?'.
You tell DarkClaw (in common), 'please do'.

Samiyah prays, 'I thought the matter ended, 'til I saw a wicked grin '
Samiyah prays, 'He backed me to a corner, laughed, and said in voice of sin, '
Samiyah prays, '"What would be worse - harming you? - or all that you hold dear? '
Samiyah prays, 'Now tell my tale, oh little bard, or they'll have cause to fear." '

Samiyah prays, 'He knelt before me, wings pulled back, and looked me in the eyes '
Samiyah prays, 'And ran a finger down my cheek, a threat in kindness' guise '
Samiyah prays, ' "So will you do this thing for me?" he asked with voice so cold '
Samiyah prays, 'I stammered yes, my friends to guard, that he not steal a soul. '

Samiyah prays, 'Thus angrily, surrendered will, agreeing to his task '
Samiyah prays, 'But swore I wouldn't write a word, until I knew his past '
Samiyah prays, 'He smirked and nodded, told his tale, then ordered me to write '
Samiyah prays, 'I shook my head, refusing, having not learned all I might '

Samiyah prays, 'I wouldn't let _his_ answers be the sum of all I learned '
Samiyah prays, 'Re-searched, read, and interviewed, and studied pages turned '
Samiyah prays, 'Until at last, was ready, and to paper, quill I put '
Samiyah prays, Til pages filled and ink was spilled, my fingers stained like soot '

Samiyah prays, 'I've scratched out lines and crumpled pages, disatisfied with all '
Samiyah prays, 'My efforts, words could not contain, encompassed in a scrawl '
Samiyah prays, 'But here and now, present to you, the tale of Seraph's life '
Samiyah prays, 'No pleasantries, no happy end - it is a work of strife. '

Samiyah takes a breath, then begins once more.

Samiyah prays, 'The being known as Seraph was once but a frightened boy '
Samiyah prays, 'Abandoned by his family, no happiness or joy '
Samiyah prays, 'A life of thiev'ry on the street, oft' beaten when he failed '
Samiyah prays, 'His master was a bastard brute, who truly should be jailed '

Samiyah prays, 'Then one day, a task was set, to thieve a weapon-smith '
Samiyah prays, 'And failing, he was snatched right up, clenched in an ogre's fist '
Samiyah prays, 'They beat him with a metal chain, and whips 'til almost dead '
Samiyah prays, 'Then heated up an iron fork, burned eyes out from his head '

DarkClaw winces. Ouch!

Samiyah prays, 'The eyes are naught, or so they say, but windows to the soul '
Samiyah prays, 'That child screamed and all went black - the peace of death his goal '
Samiyah prays, 'But lifted up, into a light, and there an "angel" stood '
Samiyah prays, ' "I feel the hate inside of you, and absence there of good." '

Samiyah prays, 'Into that corpse, the "angel" breathed, returning gift of life '
Samiyah prays, 'And sent him back, to earthly plane, to sow a path of strife '
Samiyah prays, 'Souls to steal and souls to take, for souls kept him alive '
Samiyah prays, 'The first to fall was Marion, the death he did contrive '

Samiyah prays, 'Soon thereafter, he was found, by Kerri in the Dark '
Samiyah prays, 'Given home, and honors all - still learning all the arts '
Samiyah prays, 'The Booga speaks most fondly of his Ordained Sur-i-el '
Samiyah prays, 'Honors gave his chief Ordained, who's rage burned hot as hell. '

Samiyah prays, 'Mystic armor, mighty blades - for great were the rewards '
Samiyah prays, 'And added greatly to the bags that Booga loved to hoard '
Samiyah prays, 'Then one day it hit him, with the ringing of a bell -- '
Samiyah prays, 'And there within the Booga's tree, in love the Seraph fell '

Samiyah prays, 'Mystaya was his wicked muse, the woman he would wed '
Samiyah prays, 'And for a time was happy, til his love by Tiger bled '
Samiyah prays, 'He swore revenge - let Aslan die! - for Talyn's desperate crime '
Samiyah prays, 'A love for love, the price to pay, in justice so sublime '

Samiyah prays, 'But interposed, the Weaver stood, Her eyes of deepest black '
Samiyah prays, '"If you should slay my Handmaid sweet, there is no turning back. '
Samiyah prays, 'Anathema named, Alliance hurt, and from you turn my face '
Samiyah prays, 'Where once a hand of friendship oft, just coldness in its place." '

Samiyah prays, 'Thus turned from path of Vengeance, he bitterly was forced '
Samiyah prays, 'And helpless rage turned deep within, with words so foul and coarse '
Samiyah prays, '"This love, it only weakens me: I cannot keep her long!" '
Samiyah prays, 'But each time thought to set aside, his heart proclaimed it wrong '

Samiyah prays, 'That wicked core of burning need, the thirst a soul could slake '
Samiyah prays, 'Came manifest in evil lies, all goaded by his mate '
Samiyah prays, '"Oh help me out, I need your aid!" he pled to Maja, whom '
Samiyah prays, 'Agreed to help "dispel a 'Clave", but only found his doom '

Samiyah prays, 'Locked within a Captain's place, blinded, crushed and slain '
Samiyah prays, 'A Nexus-friend was fooled and died, his gear was 'Staya's gain. '
Samiyah prays, 'Years, they passed, and many learned, to trust was but to die '
Samiyah prays, 'Then left behind by god and kin, he gazed up to the sky '

Samiyah prays, 'There must be more, beyond this Realm, I must leave it behind '
Samiyah prays, 'That distance might be sword to cleave through last of oaths that bind '
Samiyah prays, 'years would pass, the seasons sped, while absent Seraph stayed '
Samiyah prays, 'At last, returned, to Gods above, another vow was made '

Samiyah prays, 'I'll stand among you, serve the young, Immortal lessons learn '
Samiyah prays, 'But within me, there's a need, a fire wicked burns '
Samiyah prays, 'Born to sorrow, born to hate, and born to now Ascend '
Samiyah prays, 'And in my presence, trembling souls, before me knees to bend '

Samiyah prays, 'He followed through, was lifted high, his mortal shell to shed '
Samiyah prays, 'And in his name, his minions slew, 'til streets ran wet and red '
Samiyah prays, 'He crafted a new leg-a-cy, and gave a name -- the Vir '
Samiyah prays, 'There from a wicked throne of bone, the Seraph did not stir '

Samiyah prays, 'Many were the conquests of his favored scarlet souls '
Samiyah prays, 'Golson, Mas and Hedschott, all contribute to his goal: '
Samiyah prays, 'Let chaos spread - and lies and hurt - to make the whole world bleed '
Samiyah prays, 'Perhaps so all that suffering, would assuage his dark need '

Samiyah prays, 'For hungered, still, the Seraph did - that hollow void inside '
Samiyah prays, 'It made him reckless, to a fault, and wrongfully decide '
Samiyah prays, 'In a rage, he slew an oathed, and then - the rumor goes '
Samiyah prays, 'It was to friends from earthly plane, their eq quickly flowed '

Samiyah prays, 'The story's garbled - but the fact - he was not cast from high '
Samiyah prays, 'Means there is some question, and we may not e're know why '
Samiyah prays, 'He left his place, he left behind, his people and his throne '
Samiyah prays, 'November twenty, in Oh-Nine, this History has shown '

Samiyah prays, 'Many weeks would pass, until, the Seraph showed his face '
Samiyah prays, 'And with his re-turn, from him fell, the last Immortal grace '
Samiyah prays, 'It was the Spring, in April mid, the Seraph was Retired '
Samiyah prays, 'The Vir was gone, they said so long, their charter had expired '

Samiyah prays, 'Cen-tur-ies sped by with naught a hint of blackest wings '
Samiyah prays, 'Then DarkClaw found him in her home - and Chaos did he bring '
Samiyah prays, 'A growled need, a dark desire - for stronger was his thirst '
Samiyah prays, 'Three souls to gain, or else he'd steal: Belgarion'd be first '

Samiyah prays, 'She wept! She raged! How could he force, a woman to decide '
Samiyah prays, 'Between her friends and twixt her love, the choice she'd not abide '
Samiyah prays, 'She sought advice, she sought to hire, a Bard to tell the tale '

Samiyah glances quickly at DarkClaw, then continues.

Samiyah prays, 'And spread a warning through the streets, through cities and through dale '

Samiyah prays, 'Samiyah spoke of desert charms, of salt and bonds of faith '
Samiyah prays, 'Four Elements not close at hand, but Spirit the fifth makes '

DarkClaw smiles at you.

Samiyah prays, ' "Call your folk, and keep them close - like desert cat he hunts '
Samiyah prays, 'Culling out the wayward sheep, the wounded and the runts. '

Samiyah prays, 'Be the shepherd, ward them all, and get them through the night: '
Samiyah prays, 'Those shared vows will help you stand against this horrid fright." '
Samiyah prays, 'Heartened, Lady went her way, with troubled Bard behind '
Samiyah prays, 'For she the bonds of Faith rejects, alone and unaligned '

Samiyah prays, 'It wasn't long before he heard of little Bard's advice '
Samiyah prays, 'And thwarted, he began to watch - then spoke and named a price '
Samiyah prays, 'She'd do his bid, and spin his tale, or else her friends would fall '
Samiyah prays, 'But found that this was not enough - he wanted her as thrall. '

Samiyah prays, ' "I am the one who hears your prayers, To whom your people pray '
Samiyah prays, 'I've watched you for the longest time, through dark and light of day '
Samiyah prays, 'I'm here to help, you must believe, It's really for your good '
Samiyah prays, 'For without hate there is no love - I wish you understood." '

Samiyah prays, 'What Gods decree, we must abide - they cannot be gainsaid - '
Samiyah prays, 'And as my tale comes to a close, I'm filled with fear and dread '
Samiyah prays, 'For if it is - as Seraph says - he is my destiny '
Samiyah prays, 'I face the future yet unwrit, unknowing what will be. '

Samiyah falls silent and buries her face in her hands.

Someone says, 'very well samiyah'.

DarkClaw comforts you.

Someone says, 'we will be speaking soon'.

DarkClaw glares at someone.

Samiyah nods, barely.

DarkClaw says, 'Haven't you caused her enough anguish?'.

Someone leaps to the sky.

DarkClaw growls, staring after the Fallen One.
DarkClaw whispers, "Are you alright, Sami?"

Samiyah shakes her head slightly. "No, Sayyida. But I will feel better after I go and help Belgarion and get my mind off of it."

Samiyah pushes herself up off the stone floor, using the wall for support.

DarkClaw nods slowly. "Should you need anything..."

Samiyah unhooks her veil, wiping away the tears that soak her face.

DarkClaw says, 'Wait, please....'.

DarkClaw utters the words, 'gjwwai'.

You say (in common), '(afk one sec)'.

Someone utters the words, 'hfjz gzzuio'.
Someone utters the words, 'zabrahpdjatz'.
Someone utters the words, 'abrazak'.
Someone utters the words, 'sagg xa hgruqz'.

DarkClaw says, 'I fear she's too distraught to be alone.'.

Someone nods.
Someone nods.

DarkClaw says, 'She's barely holding herself up.'.

Someone says (in common), 'i see'.

You say (in common), '(Back)'.

Someone says (in common), 'what happened?'.

DarkClaw says, '(Welcome back)'.

You say (in common), 'Hello... Someone?'.

Belgarion appears out of nowhere.
Belgarion says (in common), 'its me'.

Samiyah smiles faintly. 'Hello, Friend.'

Belgarion says (in common), 'what happened Samiyah?'.

Samiyah blinks, realizing her face is bare, and quickly pins her veil back into place, blushing.

DarkClaw winces slightly and looks to Sami apologetically.

Samiyah turns slightly away, composing herself after being exposed to a non-family member.

DarkClaw says, 'I'm sorry. I was only worried for you.'.

Samiyah swallows hard, then says quietly, 'The Fallen One commanded me to write of him. I have done so. He commanded me to pray it to him.'
Samiyah continues, '... and I have done so... and he heard the prayer.'

Belgarion blinks.
Belgarion says (in common), 'he heard the prayer?'.

Samiyah explains, 'The Fallen One says that he is the god of the Desert tribes... and brought one of the Elders to confirm this, some days ago.'

Belgarion sits down and thinks deeply.

DarkClaw closes her eyes and lets out a heavy sigh.

Belgarion says (in common), 'i have not heard of this before'.

You say (in common), 'He has been most insistant.'.

Belgarion says (in common), 'so seems like the Fallen One has some tricks left up his sleeves'.

Samiyah nods, the movement causing her veil-charms to chime.
DarkClaw reopens her eyes and pins Sami with a look. "Sami, even if he is the god of the Desert Tribes, he cannot force your faith. You can decide your path and your fate."'.

Samiyah nods, the movement causing her veil-charms to chime.
You say (in common), 'I cling to the words you spoke a few days ago, Sayyida. That none can force worship - it is a choice.'.

DarkClaw nods in recognition to you.

Samiyah falters, 'But he says I belong to him... always have... that he witnessed my birth
DarkClaw says, 'I push myself on no one.'.

DarkClaw chuckles, evidently amused.

Belgarion says (in common), 'what i don't understand is how he ( who is without power now ) can do these things'.

DarkClaw says, 'Any God or Goddess could've witnessed your life, Sami.'.

You blink.
You say (in common), '... Oh.'.
You say (in common), 'I suppose that's right!'.

DarkClaw smiles happily.

DarkClaw says, 'You have many who love you for who you are. Please don't let him ruin the person that they love.'.

Belgarion says (in common), 'so he has told you that you belong to him?'.

Samiyah nods slightly, worrying at her lower lip.
Samiyah nods, the movement causing her veil-charms to chime.

Belgarion says (in common), 'interesting'.
Belgarion says (in common), 'he has also said he was going to have my soul'.
Belgarion chuckles, evidently amused.
Belgarion shrugs.
Belgarion says (in common), 'that will never happen'.

Samiyah smiles faintly. 'That was in my song.'

Belgarion says (in common), 'what was that he was after souls?'.

You say (in common), 'yours, yes.'.

Belgarion nods.
Belgarion says (in common), 'well i am seeing what the Fallen One truly is'.
Belgarion says (in common), 'do you know why he steals souls'.

Samiyah nods, the movement causing her veil-charms to chime.

You say (in common), 'because he has none of his own, any longer - just an empty void inside that aches to be filled.'.

Belgarion smiles happily.

You say (in common), 'only with the soul of others does that hunger abate'.

Belgarion says (in common), 'exactly'.
Belgarion says (in common), 'do you know HOW he steals souls'.

You say (in common), 'Yes.'.
You say (in common), 'He reaches out, touches their chest, and draws it from their body. Sometimes, he turns the souls into gems, if he wants a momento.'.

Belgarion chuckles, evidently amused.

You say (in common), 'He carries the first soul he ever took - Marion.'.

Belgarion shakes his head.
Belgarion says (in common), 'thats the way'.
Belgarion says (in common), 'but not HOW'.
Belgarion says (in common), 'the HOW is through fear'.
Belgarion says (in common), 'those that fear it may be true'.

DarkClaw snarls, "And trickery."

You blink.

Belgarion says (in common), 'i did at first'.

You say (in common), 'well, then I've been feeding him for .. well.. since the day we met.'.
You say (in common), 'because he terrifies me.'.

Belgarion says (in common), 'then he did somethings to Darkclaw'.
Belgarion says (in common), 'i stood up to him'.

DarkClaw beams a smile at Belgarion.

Belgarion says (in common), 'and told him that he was a weak godling'.

Samiyah covers her mouth with one hand as she gasps in surprise.

Belgarion says (in common), 'that he couldnt have my soul because i didnt fear him'.
Belgarion says (in common), 'his disrespect for Darkclaw spawned a rebuke from me that he didnt expect'.
Belgarion says (in common), 'you may verify it with Darkclaw she was there'.

DarkClaw nods and offers a crooked smile. "He speaks true."
DarkClaw says, 'It surprised even me.'.

Belgarion grins evilly.

You say (in common), '..this gives me hope.'.

Belgarion nods.

Belgarion says (in common), 'i will never be afraid of a god that has lost his power ever again'.

DarkClaw says, 'As long as there is struggle, Sami...there is always hope.'.

You say (in common), 'may we be gone from this place? I would like to be out in the sunshine and doing something useful...'.

Belgarion smiles at you.

DarkClaw says, '(Hehe, sorry.)'.

Belgarion says (in common), 'Samiyah if you ever need someone to talk to let me know'.

You say (in common), '(nono, that was in char - Sami's just creeped out)'.

Belgarion stands up.
Belgarion hugs you.

You blink.

Belgarion hugs DarkClaw.
Belgarion kisses DarkClaw.
DarkClaw hugs Belgarion.
DarkClaw kisses Belgarion.

Samiyah averts her gaze.

DarkClaw says, 'Thank you, hon.'.

Belgarion says (in common), 'i must leave now'.

You say (in common), 'oh, drat'.
You say (in common), 'i wanted to help you with that thing on the Mountain you needed help with'.

Belgarion shrugs.
Belgarion says (in common), 'there will be time'.
Belgarion chuckles, evidently amused.

You say (in common), 'I was down here getting the item I needed to be at my best'.

Belgarion nods.

You say (in common), 'Are you wanting the price of a simple ring?'.

Belgarion nods.

You say (in common), 'I bought one for Cresom recently'.

Belgarion says (in common), 'i know what my price is'.

You say (in common), 'let me look it up'.

Belgarion says (in common), 'i was just wondering if it was close to your'.

Belgarion bows deeply.
Belgarion utters the words, 'xafe ay candusqarr'.
Belgarion invokes recall magic.
Belgarion disappears suddenly.

You say (in common), 'Sayyida, could you let him know that my price is 5,050,525'.

DarkClaw says, 'I will, thank you.'.

You say (in common), 'I am sorry that took so long to obtain'.

DarkClaw says, 'No need to apologize.'.

DarkClaw says, 'You should leave here. Put this behind you.'.

Samiyah nods, the movement causing her veil-charms to chime.
You say (in common), 'with your permission, I will.'.

DarkClaw says, 'Of course.'.

Samiyah lays a hand across her chest, modestly lowers her eyes, and curtseys.

(end log)