Exodus 34

[22:37] Happy: so… it's been about 24 hours since they arrived at the wolfen's oasis.
[22:38] Shadowcaller: It has, Cessie and Aegnor is sleeping I guess
[22:38] Happy: About 1/3 of the elf population is sick. The quarantine doesn't seem to have helped.
[22:38] Shadowcaller: o.O
[22:39] Shadowcaller: Michicora is trying to help hope in any way she can
[22:40] Happy: Hope hasn't slept in all this time.
[22:41] Shadowcaller: Niehter have Michicora (maybe bacuse she dosen't need to…)
[22:41] Shadowcaller: *neither
[22:41] Shadowcaller: She tries to take on Hope's resonsibilities the best way she can
[22:41] Shadowcaller: Having helped Hope with everything, I think she learned a thing or two
[22:42] Happy: Yeah
[22:42] Murska: Naib also helps around where he can.
[22:43] Happy: Seren sends Cessie word that Dal seems to be responding well to the treatment, and isn't suspected to be in danger.
[22:44] Shadowcaller: She is relived of course, but she is almost as tired as Hope by now
[22:46] Shadowcaller: How is Aegnor?
[22:48] Murska: (Do I have to know? :P)
[22:48] Murska: (Also, Happy just headshotted a sectoid from a roof.)
[22:48] Murska: (After another guy missed twelve times with a laserpistol)
[22:48] Happy: He's still coughing. The rash on his chest stopped spreading.
[22:49] Shadowcaller: Cessie is tyring to make him as cofortable as possible, what are the wolfen around them doing? Just coming with supplies?
[22:49] Shadowcaller: *comfortable
[22:51] Happy: They're being very considerate and helpful. There's no more guards, and people from the camp are escorted in and out as they wish. They keep the fire going and bring hot food regularly.
[22:51] Shadowcaller: (bah, must they be so friendly:P)
[22:52] Happy: (his honour is at stake. it isn't because he likes you.0
[22:53] Shadowcaller: (Cessie dosen't understand honor so…)
[22:53] Happy: (If Aegnor dies, the more ambitious in the tribe would claim that Spearscar had forfeited his name and challenge him for leadership.)
[22:53] Happy: (So she thinks they're just being nice?)
[22:54] Shadowcaller: (Well, since they are calling them hostages, she don't really expected that.)
[22:54] Shadowcaller: (Its just very different cultures.)
[22:55] Shadowcaller: (Back home, there are three kinds of people, royals/wizard, commoners/merchants and criminals.)
[22:56] Shadowcaller: *criminals/troublemakers
[22:56] Shadowcaller: (Guess which section the wolfen are placed in eh?)
[22:56] Murska: (Wizards, of course :P)
[22:57] Shadowcaller: Cessie will mainly ignore the wolfen and concentrate on Aegnor
[22:57] Happy: Aegnor slips in and out of sleep.
[22:58] Shadowcaller: She tries to be there for him every time he wakes up
[22:58] Murska: (Hm. I should totally have him be delirious and mumble something »)
[22:59] Shadowcaller: (Sure…)
[22:59] Murska: (But I have no idea what.)
[23:00] Happy: (have him think he's in his past.)
[23:02] Murska: (*points at big chat* :P)
[23:03] Happy: For a while, there are no visitors from the camp, and Cessie and Aegnor are alone.
[23:03] Happy: Cessie hears a scratching noise.
[23:03] Shadowcaller: (noo!)
[23:04] Happy: (yes! > =D )
[23:04] Shadowcaller: She slowly looks in the direction of the noise
[23:04] Happy: http://bestiarumvocabulum.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/nakedmolerat2.jpg
[23:05] Happy: She sees this guy peering out from behind a tapestry.
[23:06] Shadowcaller: She screams (not too loud however) and makes sure she have her feets off the floor
[23:07] Happy: The scream either wakes Aegnor up or works itself into a horrible dream. Player's choice.
[23:09] Murska: Aegnor's sleep turns restless, he sweats a lot and such.
[23:10] Happy: A wolfen comes running in, asking Cessie what is wrong. In wolfen, of course.
[23:11] Shadowcaller: She dosen't understand and just points at the rat, or at least where the place the rat was
[23:12] Shadowcaller: *were
[23:12] Happy: The wolfen pounces, so fast it's almost a blur, and the rat makes a only a squeak as it dies.
[23:13] Happy: The wolfen then offers the dead rat to Cessie.
[23:14] Shadowcaller: She looks at it with disgust and moves away from it as far as the bed allowes /Keep that thing away from me, its disguisting.!/
[23:15] Happy: /You don't want it to feed your sick mate?/
[23:18] Shadowcaller: /Get your disgusting rat away from us right now!/
[23:18] Happy: The wolfen, clearly confused, bows and leaves with it.
[23:19] Shadowcaller: "Animals…" (No she dosen't really mean it:P)
[23:19] Happy: In Aegnor's mind, he can hear Cessie screaming as she's being dragged to an altar.
[23:20] Murska: He shakes, pale, in his sleep, trying to save her somehow.
[23:23] Happy: He's trying to run to her, but it feels like he's weighed down. He can barely move.
[23:23] Shadowcaller: Cessie turns her attention back to Aegnor, not sure if she should wake him up or not
[23:25] Murska: He feels as though there are chains around him… chains of dark, cold metal… He tries to struggle against them, to get to her somehow, but the screams…
[23:26] Happy: He can't hear her screaming anymore. Maybe it's too late.
[23:27] Shadowcaller: (bah, why is always altars when it comes to female characters?:P)
[23:28] Happy: (It's altars because that's what he remembers)
[23:28] Happy: (And I'm pretty sure /you/ were the GM then…)
[23:28] Shadowcaller: (Hm, Cessie never came near the altar…)
[23:30] Murska: Chains, attached to a damp wall… bars, the sneering faces and the screams…
[23:31] Happy: He's all alone. None of them are left. Cessie. Hope. Simone. Promise… all gone. Either they've left him, or…
[23:31] Happy: … or he's failed them, and they were taken by the worm.
[23:34] Murska: Simone… Mire… he saw her, they showed him her head. It was all futile. Why try to escape, what would it matter?
[23:35] Happy: Cessie can see Aegnor trembling in his sleep, drenched with sweat.
[23:36] Shadowcaller: She puts her hand on his forehead
[23:36] Happy: He's burning up
[23:39] Shadowcaller: She gets a drenched rag and puts it on his forehead
[23:41] Happy: His captors throw a bucket of cold water at his face.
[23:41] Shadowcaller: "Aegnor, Aegnor?"
[23:41] Murska: He tries to escape the chains, to hurt them, he has to kill them all…
[23:42] Shadowcaller: "Everything is okay…" She says in a low voice, speaking to a sleeping person
[23:43] Happy: The chains come loose from the wall. He can hear her!
[23:44] Murska: Relief. Where? Where is she? Find her…
[23:45] Shadowcaller: What is Aegnor doing? (in bed that is.)
[23:47] Happy: probably thrashing around a bit
[23:48] Shadowcaller: Cessie is basically laying on top of him, trying to hold him calm
[23:48] Happy: He turns a corner and runs right into her.
[23:52] Murska: He tries to calm down. She's right there, she's okay… just need to get away now.
[23:55] Shadowcaller: (um… am I playing dream Cessie too?)
[23:55] Happy: (sure)
[23:55] Happy: Real Cessie can feel Aegnor's heartbeat and breathing calm.
[23:56] Shadowcaller: She also calms down along with him, taking a deep calming breath
[23:58] Happy: His arms go around her and hug her tightly. The wound in her side is aching from exertion.
[23:58] Shadowcaller: (Dream or real Cessie?)
[23:58] Happy: real Cessie
[23:58] Happy: Dream Cessie is in whatever condition you say.
[23:59] Shadowcaller: (Well, it dosen't really seems to be that kind of dream >.>)
[23:59] Happy: (well no… :P )
[23:59] Shadowcaller: (Its more vague things, no conversations.)
[23:59] Shadowcaller: (I keep it to real Cessie.)
[23:59] Shadowcaller: (And it was some days ago she was wounded…)
[00:01] Shadowcaller: Dream Cessie: "WHats going on? Whats happening?"
[00:02] Happy: (meh… my broken toee hurt me for three weeks. I figure a stab wound should hurt at least that long)
[00:02] Murska: (My stab wounds aren't very severe and they hurt a few days. :P)
[00:03] Happy: (what stab wounds?
[00:03] Murska: 'Go away… We have to run, kill, death… away from the screams.'
[00:03] Murska: (Eh, just small cuts. :P)
[00:03] Shadowcaller: (He hugs her in his sleep? o.O)
[00:03] Murska: (yup)
[00:05] Shadowcaller: "What? You aren't making any sense."
[00:05] Happy: Ahead, the corridor forks. To the left, the corridor is more open. To the right, it is narrower, darker, and damp.
[00:06] Happy: The screams are behind.
[00:06] Shadowcaller: Real Cessie is a bit confused by his hugging as she notices he's not awake yet.
[00:06] Happy: (it's not uncommon to hug your partner in your sleep >.> )
[00:07] Murska: He takes her hand and starts heading to the left corridor
[00:08] Shadowcaller: "Where are we going? Stop dragging me like that, why are you acting so strange?" (Dream Cessie.)
[00:10] Murska: 'We must escape. They're everywhere… must get out.'
[00:11] Shadowcaller: "What?" She seems completly oblivious of your sorroundings
[00:12] Murska: He keeps trying to make her move. What are our surroundings anyway? :P
[00:13] Happy: slightly less damp and dark corridor than before
[00:15] Shadowcaller: She follows, eventually
[00:16] Shadowcaller: Sithing
[00:16] Happy: Aegnor thrashes some more when Cessie hesitates.
[00:16] Shadowcaller: *sighting
[00:17] Shadowcaller: "Aegnor, wake up…"
[00:17] Shadowcaller: (real Cessie.)
[00:17] Shadowcaller: She attempts to wake him up this time
[00:20] Happy: He doesn't wake.
[00:21] Shadowcaller: She shakes him more voilently "Aegnor?" She repeats
[00:24] Happy: In the dream, dream Cessie grabs dream Aegnor by the shoulders and shakes him.
[00:25] Murska: 'What? We need to go…' He steps back from her, back towards where the corridor leads. 'Come on…'
[00:26] Happy: Real Aegnor doesn't wake.
[00:26] Happy: http://www.temehu.com/Picturatum/sahara-acacus.jpg
[00:26] Shadowcaller: (Dream Cessie) "Where are we going? You aren't making much sense right now." She says while following him
[00:26] Happy: the desert landscape where we are. the oasis is tucked between rock formations
[00:27] Shadowcaller: "Aegnor?!" She screams suddenly paniced (real Cessie.)
[00:28] Happy: (heh… http://www.temehu.com/Libyan-Science.htm#gmrp )
[00:29] Happy: (i wonder if the lizardmen are behind this?)
[00:29] Shadowcaller: (*shrug* a possibility…)
[00:30] Shadowcaller: /Hope?! Aegnor is not waking up…/
[00:32] Happy: /… is he feverish?/
[00:32] Shadowcaller: /Yes, can you please help me? Please, please…/
[00:34] Happy: /Try to reach him. Everyone I'm treating does better when someone is with them, talking to them. I don't know why./
[00:36] Shadowcaller: /Reach… When will he wake up then?/
[00:36] Happy: In Aegnor's dream, he hears a voice in his mind. /We have them all, you know. None of the villagers will escape./
[00:37] Happy: /… I can't say Cessie. I wish I could./
[00:38] Shadowcaller: /But he will right? Everyone else has right?/
[00:38] Murska: /No! I escaped… all the blood…/
[00:39] Happy: /I haven't lost anyone yet… but…/
[00:40] Shadowcaller: /…what?/
[00:40] Happy: /We let you escape. So you could lead us to more./
[00:40] Happy: (aegnor's mind, that last)
[00:40] Happy: Hope: /I don't know, Cessie. I just don't know./
[00:40] Happy: She sounds exhausted to her very core.
[00:40] Murska: /No…/
[00:41] Happy: voice: /You remember what we did to the others, right?/
[00:42] Shadowcaller: /Have everyone woken up or not? Thats all I need to know. He is right here Hope…/
[00:43] Happy: /Not everyone has woken up, no./
[00:43] Happy: (hint to Murska: this would be a good time for you to reveal some of Aegnor's past ;) )
[00:43] Shadowcaller: (Bah, he is busy with x-com >.>)
[00:46] Happy: Hope: /Cessie, all I can tell you is that the ones who are in the most danger now are the ones who were alone when they first fell ill./
[00:46] Murska: (I have to make up a past? Augh.)
[00:46] Shadowcaller: /Well, he is not alone, I'm here with him, he will be okay…/
[00:46] Happy: /Just make sure he *knows* he's not alone/
[00:47] Murska: /Dead… right? They're all gone… I heard the screams. They showed me her head…/
[00:47] Happy: voice: /So pretty, wasn't it?/
[00:48] Shadowcaller: Cessie (real) looks at Aegnor and says "I'm here… don't worry."
[00:48] Murska: /She… why? Why her? Why did I get away and not her…/
[00:50] Happy: Dream Cessie and Aegnor emerge into a large chamber. It is suddenly lit up so brightly that both are temporarily blinded. /So you could bring us another sacrifice, of course. And she's even lovlier than the last./
[00:50] Shadowcaller: She gently brushes Aegnors hair with her hand, trying to calm him
[00:50] Shadowcaller: (real.)
[00:51] Murska: /No…/ 'Go back!' He tries to make her go back to the corridor, putting himself between her and the room.
[00:52] Happy: Seren's voice in Cessie's mind: /Cessie? Hope just told me what's happening. Try telepathy. I got into Dal's mind that way. He was… he was having nightmares about slavers. I was able to walk him out of it./
[00:54] Shadowcaller: /I have already tried… but.. I'm just so weak… tired right now. I can't get a connection./
[00:55] Happy: /I wish I knew more about mind magic./
[00:55] Shadowcaller: /…you need to get here./
[00:56] Shadowcaller: /Now./
[00:56] Happy: /Yes./
[00:56] Happy: He cuts off at once.
[00:57] Shadowcaller: "Aegnor?" She tries again "You know I'm here for you right?"
[00:58] Happy: dream voice: /It's so fun watching you run around with her. Yes, do try and escape, little rabbit./
[00:58] Happy: Dream Aegnor pushes dream Cessie back into the corridor.
[01:01] Shadowcaller: (Dream Cessie falls to the floor) "Ouch…"
[01:02] Murska: He stands in the doorway. 'Go! Back! Out… escape!' His breathing is rapid.
[01:03] Happy: Seren arrives, breathless, with Saranna.
[01:03] Happy: "We came as fast as we could."
[01:04] Shadowcaller: SHe slowly get herself from the floor "Aegnor…" She looks around but seems to not see the same thing he sees "There is nothing to be afraid of."
[01:06] Shadowcaller: Real Cessie is on the bed with Aegnor, slowly pulling her hand throght his hair whispering things in his ear
[01:07] Shadowcaller: As they enter she looks at them with teary eyes but dosen't say anything.
[01:07] Happy: "Cessie… what can we do?" Saranna asks anxiously.
[01:07] Murska: 'Please… it's waiting…'
[01:08] Happy: Seren looks shocked. "This is bad. Worse than anyone I've seen in the camp. There has to be a way into his mind."
[01:09] Shadowcaller: Dream Cessie "What? I can't see anything Aegnor…"
[01:11] Shadowcaller: Real Cessie: "My backpack… there is gemstone.. get that…"
[01:12] Happy: Saranna goes into the backpack and digs, pulling out the brooch. "This is strong magic. What is it?"
[01:14] Murska: He's pleading, desperate. 'It mustn't get you! Please, Cessie…'
[01:15] Shadowcaller: Dream Cessie summons up a air elemental beside her, suddenly looking quite confused by Aegnors act "Uh… then you need to come with me, I can protect us both."
[01:15] Shadowcaller: She steps back, holding out her hand
[01:16] Shadowcaller: Real Cessie: "its a mind artifact… it can enter his mind…"
[01:16] Murska: He takes her hand. 'We need to flee…'
[01:18] Shadowcaller: Dream Cessie: "Okay, okay… just show the way then." She appears very puzzled by all thos
[01:18] Happy: "Good. Do it." Seren says.
[01:18] Shadowcaller: *this
[01:19] Happy: "It's dangerous," Saranna warns.
[01:20] Shadowcaller: Real Cessie, "No- he did it, he wasn't in danger…"
[01:20] Shadowcaller: Dream Cessie: "Since I can't really see what we are fleeing from…"
[01:22] Happy: Seren. "It'll be okay, Saranna. At least having a focus will help us keep hold of her. Cessie, lay down next to him."
[01:22] Murska: 'I don't know… we need to get outside…' He heads down the corridor.
[01:23] Shadowcaller: Dream Cessie and the air elemental follows
[01:26] Shadowcaller: Real Cessie holds on to Aegnor as she lays down beside him
[01:26] Shadowcaller: Without a word
[01:28] Happy: Seren places the artifact on Aegnor's chest and then puts his hands on Cessie's head. "Saranna, keep a tie between Cessie and the artifact. I'll try and cast the spell."
[01:30] Happy: Seren is not as good at the spell as Arik was. Cessie finds herself suddenly jerked into Aegnor's mind.
[01:31] Happy: She finds herself in a place that smells of fear, and pain, and blood.
[01:31] Shadowcaller: "Aegnor?" She looks around.
[01:32] Happy: She's next to him. Her elementals are with him. She has replaced the Dream Cessie, and unlike her, can see what Aegnor sees.
[01:33] Shadowcaller: "Aegnor, you need to wake up!" She says as soon she collected her vits a bit
[01:33] Murska: 'What?'
[01:33] Happy: (aaaaand… I need to sleep)
[01:34] Happy: (you guys can continue this if you want)
[01:34] Shadowcaller: "This is a dream, you need to wake up from it!"
[01:34] Murska: (aww, night)
[01:34] Shadowcaller: (Good Night.)
[01:34] Murska: 'What? But… they're dead…' He sounds confused.
[01:36] Shadowcaller: "Dead? I don't know what your talking about, all I need you to do is wake up okay?"
[01:36] Shadowcaller: "Just snap out of it, nothing of this is real."

[00:02] Happy: The nightmare fades from view.
[00:02] Happy: Cessie finds herself in a forest. She can see a small village of huts, similar to Gallion, but not as desparately poor.
[00:03] Happy: As she approaches, a voice calls to her from above.
[00:03] Happy: "Stop right there."

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