Exodus 22

Shadowcaller sanoo:
*shrug* I need to see if happy can fix her internet
Otherwise the other internets may look down upon it
But I guess we could start… Aegnor need to open the meeting
Hope sanoo:
yeah, go ahead
Aegnor sanoo:
Me. Hmm.
Well, people arrive one by one and gather into… Cessie's tent? Until they're all there.
'Okay, is everyone here?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
8They are.)
(Depending on what you mean with "everyone"
.)
Aegnor sanoo:
(aww… I'm imagining the perfect possibility to attak England…)
(WHY did Russia have to… *sigh*)
Hope sanoo:
Saranna, Simone, Hope, and Seren are all here.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
And so are the characters I control (except…) Okay, Michicora, Cessie and Suroshian are all here
Aegnor sanoo:
Okay, so the basic assumption is that if you can think about someone who needs to talk, he/she/it is there
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(Indeed.)
(Except for beings not included into the party.)
Aegnor sanoo:
(…weeell?)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(Well?)
(Are we going to say yes with every character?)
Cesssie: "I think so."
"I can't see anyone missing…"
Aegnor sanoo:
'Okay, good.'
'So, first of all, everyone needs to know what happened on the scouting trip.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Cessie nods in agreement
She appears rather pressed to find out
Aegnor sanoo:
'I'll start for the first part.' Aegnor tells the part until they got separated from Cessie.
He isn't talking like a bard as Cessie and Hope might remember him doing but rather just stating a report.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Suroshian nods, "Thats about how far our scouts came."
"Then the dust oni attacked…"
Aegnor sanoo:
'Next, there's two groups. Someone other than me should tell what happened to the rest of us and Cessie can tell her story after. I don't remember everything very clearly here and nothing at all from a certain point.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Cessie lets her eyes rest on Aegnor as he is talking
Hope sanoo:
Seren does not speak up.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Michicora's eyes are strangely onfocused, as she have her mind set elsewhere
Aegnor sanoo:
Aegnor motions to the people who were in the group. 'Anyone?'
Hope sanoo:
"I can tell it," Simone says.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Cessie shifts her gaze at Simone
Hope sanoo:
"We found a hatch leading below to escape the dust. There was a door that felt strange, and when I touch it, it drained my energy. Then Aegnor reached for it and he passed out."
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Cessie speaks up as soon as she finished her setance "Passed out? Just like that?"
She looks at Seren "There must have magic… you must have felt it."
Aegnor sanoo:
'I'm pretty sure it was a spirit thing. But let's let her continue.'
Hope sanoo:
"It wasn't magic," Seren says, his voice not very loud. "It was a lack of magic."
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Lack?"
Hope sanoo:
"A void."
"The next room have a skeleton and books. and we keep going and there were more skeletons and more books. Then suddenly Aegnor wake up. But he was not himself."
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"What did he do? Was he ill?"
Hope sanoo:
"It was in the room with the idol of Jugan."
"He ran from us and spoke in another language. He not sound like himself. Michicora say the idol is a focus to speak to spirits, so I touch it and ask for them to give Aegnor back. And Aegnor run away."
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Cessie glances at Aegnor, trying to met his eyes
Aegnor sanoo:
She does that.
Hopey sanoo:
"Then we reach a cave with water and he go in the water and sink."
"Jugan appear while we chasing him and say he is trying to use the Heliot's escape route." She pauses. "I don't know what a Heliot is."
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Continue please."
Happy sanoo:
"So Seren go in the water after him, but he didn't come up. So I went in after them, and after I got off his weapons, Seren got him closer to the surface. So I tied the saree around them and Michicora and Naib pull them up.
(If Helios wants to stop her from revealing his involvement, now is the time )
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(Why would he want that? Besides, he don't know what she is doing. He can't watch her every second you know )
"But it went well… no one was hurt." She says in a hardly hearable voice, more to herself then to the others
Happy sanoo:
"They weren't breathing. So I ask Helios for help."
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"They weren't breathing? Oh, Aegnor…"
"Seren… what happend then?"
Happy sanoo:
"Michicora make a circle, and we put them in, and they start breathing again." Simone says.
"And Aegnor was himself again."
Shadowcaller sanoo:
She looks at Aegnor again, "Aegnor… do you remember anything of this?"
Aegnor sanoo:
'No. I have an educated guess as to what it was, though. Regardless, let's continue the story.'
Happy sanoo:
"Then Aegnor call the nymph, and she take us to the pyramid." Simone continues the story until the part where she fell asleep.
Aegnor sanoo:
Aegnor continues again until when they met Cessie.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(I guess he dosen't mention his and Michicoras conversation?)
Aegnor sanoo:
(No, just reporting what they did and such)
(Not any conversations)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
When he if finished Cessie tells them her story, about how she went into the pyramid, Sarannas voice that called upon her and how she came to the earth elemental. She pauses a minute to see if anyone have any questions
Aegnor sanoo:
So she tells this how exactly?
All the detours and such?
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Well… she tells them she found a magic item
But she don't mention those particualr details
*particular
Happy sanoo:
Does she introduce Saranna?
(Who is hiding)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(Well, she mentiones that she was talking with saranna.)
(And parts of their conversation down there.)
"Saranna?"
"Is there something you wish to add?"
Happy sanoo:
Saranna slowly forms up out of the jug of water she was hiding in. "I.. um… no?"
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Cessie continues then as no one have questions (?)
Aegnor sanoo:
Yeah.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
She tells about how she manged to slip it by and how the celling almost collapsed upon her. How she managed to pass the lock which needed her stone to get by.
SHe describes in great detail of the landscape up there and how strange it was to see it.
She pauses for questions
Aegnor sanoo:
Aegnor is looking at her but not saying anything. Naib looks lost in thought.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
She continues then, how the birds attack her. She even starts to theorize a bit why they could detect her even thought she had invisibility and silence, but the attacks themselves are mostly left out.
"Then I came to what looked like a huge wall of trees…" She pauses and glances at Saranna "Would you like to tell them the rest?"
She tries to sound as supportive as possible
Happy sanoo:
/I can't! I can't!/
*panicky*
Shadowcaller sanoo:
/Okay, I won't force you… but you promise that you will try later okay?/
Happy sanoo:
/There's just… too many people/
Shadowcaller sanoo:
/Later to a smaller crowd then?/ Cessie replies hopefully
Aegnor sanoo:
Aegnor is looking at them both in turns, waiting for someone to continue but recognizing that they're conversing.
Shadowcaller sanoo:
*pokes Happy*
Happy sanoo:
/M..maybe/
Shadowcaller sanoo:
/I know you can do it Saranna./
"Um… anyway. I stepped behind the trees with Sarannas help and entered the house she were trapped in."
"She was standing there… well, I had to sleep after we talked."
Cessie tells them about the artifact and how Saranna had become trapped by it
And then about how she rested a bit. Finally comes the part about how she destroyed it. At this point she actually takes it out of her backpack.
"Here is the crack I made… and when the air elemental attacked me, Saranna possessed the water elemental and saved me."
"Then… thats it really. We saw the nymph in the pool and she told us you were near."
(She didn't mention the bath )
Aegnor sanoo:
'So, we linked up and headed out of there, since breaking that artifact seemed to have made the place quite unstable.' Aegnor quickly goes over the events leading to them leaving the place and getting back to the villagers.
'So, about what happened to me.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Yes?"
Aegnor sanoo:
'The door which I touched had some sort of a spiritual presence which I would assume was of the original owners of the place.'
Happy sanoo:
(Is Jugan here?)
Aegnor sanoo:
'After a bit of a chat I decided to open the door for they didn't seem that unfriendly. But they attacked me somehow. The next time I awoke was in my own mind.' (I don't think he is *shrug*)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(Not right now.)
(You could call him thought.)
Aegnor sanoo:
'As some(*looks at Cessie*) of you might already know, I have a dragon somewhere in my ancestry.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
She nods quietly
Aegnor sanoo:
(Anyone else react?)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Suroshian do seem a bit surpised "Dragon?"
Aegnor sanoo:
'Yeah. Their god told me back when we met.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Their god?… this is above a simpel man like me I'm afraid."
(Simone isn't saying anything?)
Aegnor sanoo:
(Or Hope or anyone. )
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(Michicora is quiet as usual.)
Happy sanoo:
(Sorry, their player is feeling fuzzy )
(So I guess they're just listening)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(Aww…)
(But they won't learn anything unless they ask >.>)
Happy sanoo:
"How is that possible?" Simone asks.
Aegnor sanoo:
'Don't know much more than that, I'm afraid.'
'Anyway, the spirits had attacked me while leaving the part of me with dragonic features 'in charge', so to speak. I convinced it to work together with me, and woke up… I think it was underwater, I lost consciousness again after a short moment.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Oh… I guess that makes sense… its over atl least. You are okay."
"And so is everyone else."
There is a paus before she continues "So thats all right?"
Aegnor sanoo:
'Yeah. Now to decide what we'll do now.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Um, there was one thing… we need to return to the ruins."
Aegnor sanoo:
'Yes, that's one thing. We'll also have to find out what happened to the soldiers after us.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Suroshian: "And.." He pauses and looks at Aegnor
He gives him a meaningful look
Aegnor sanoo:
(*cough* Am I supposed to remember something?)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Cessie: "The storm can't have cuased them that much damage, we survived and we aren't even used to the desert. They were."
Happy sanoo:
(The clanky spirit thing)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(The clanking spirit?)
Aegnor sanoo:
(Ah, right. )
Aegnor meets his eyes. 'And any other possible threats around here.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Suroshian: "So… we need a plan."
"We are not safe down here."
Aegnor sanoo:
'We'll need to get out of here. But we're not really safe above either.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"But we are trapped here… not to mentione the possibility this place could land on our heads any moment from now."
*mention
Aegnor sanoo:
'First priority is getting out. Then we have to find out any threats and scout the ruins. But we'll need to decide where to head afterwards, aswell.'
Happy sanoo:
"Where else is there but onwards?" Gilraen says.
*poke*
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Suroshian "Shadow told me that they seen more desert people…"
"No one stayed around to chat thought."
Aegnor sanoo:
Naib: 'The ruins have a lot of water. And Cessie saw vegetation.'
Happy sanoo:
(Shadow?)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Everything was maintained by the artifact thought."
(A wolfen.)
(That is still above ground.)
Happy sanoo:
"Could the artifact be repaired?" Seren asks, hesitantly.
Aegnor sanoo:
'The water won't disappear… right?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
Cessie shrugs "Maybe, maybe not…"
Happy sanoo:
(I got nothing…)
Aegnor sanoo:
Naib: 'The pipes would be feeding water to oases.
What happens if they stop flowing?'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"It could dissapear back to the water plane if it would change form."
"Or it could do so over time… I'm not sure if this water is naturally here or summoned here thought."
Aegnor sanoo:
(Oh, by the way, the water-creature-thing in the lake is something that can inhabit parts of water to a certain limit at once, but it doesn't control the whole lake at any one time or such.)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(Hm, is the water summoned here? In that case, the artifact was the only thing that made it remain.)
Aegnor sanoo:
(There had originally been a smaller underground lake, to which the settlement had formed. It had been made larger by bringing water to it. But the water wizards create doesn't disappear either…)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(It dose after a while really. Long after it turned to something else.)
(It returns in another form.)
Aegnor sanoo:
('kay. Quite some water disappears then)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(After a while yes.)
Aegnor sanoo:
(Mostly since I created the place before I heard of magic theory originating from the elemental planes. )
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(bah, you should always ask Cessie first )
Aegnor sanoo:
(Magic not actually being anything but ordering around sentient stuff summoned there. It works, I just had envisioned it as more of something that'd be present around us and wizards were able to manipulate it based on what all we had done before. )
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(Hey, elementals are more mindless types.)
Aegnor sanoo:
(Sentient, not sapient)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(And it fits perfectly what we have done before.)
Aegnor sanoo:
(It does)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Anyway… what is your plan to get out?" Cessie ask, looking at Suroshian and Aegnor
Aegnor sanoo:
'We've begun constructing a ramp of sorts, to be supported by the edge of the pipe. We should have enough rope to lift everything up from on top of that.'
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Um, okay."
(happy, are you here?)
Happy sanoo:
"(yeah )
(but I'm fading)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
"Anyhow…" Cessie gets up from the floor "I just want to say that I'm really grateful for all of you. Down there at the ruins… you saved Aegnors life."
Aegnor sanoo:
Aegnor smiles at her. (Maybe we should stop then.)
Shadowcaller sanoo:
(Sure.)
(I want to do Cessie and Seren tomorrow.
)

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