Kyou 32

[17:56] Shadowcaller: Where were we?
[17:57] Shadowcaller: We was heading toward Gallion…
[17:58] Happy: Just leaving camp.
[17:58] Happy: Simone wants to walk, but Hope won't let her.
[17:58] Happy: "I not want be carried like a baby!"
[17:59] Happy: "You aren't being carried like a baby, you're being carried like an invalid. And if it makes you feel better, I've carried Aegnor and Cessie at different times when they were injured."
[18:00] Shadowcaller: "That feel like years ago now…"
[18:01] Happy: Simone finally, grudgingly, agrees to be carried. She weighs so little that she's barely a hindrance at all.
[18:01] Shadowcaller: "We need to disscuss that Arik said too… I can't speak with him now, but I don't think he was lying about it."
[18:02] Happy: "About the gate being in danger?"
[18:02] Shadowcaller: "Yeah, it did sound serious."
[18:03] Shadowcaller: "Maybe we should just talk with Zubera and Helena about it?"
[18:04] Shadowcaller: "They ought to know something about it at least."
[18:04] Happy: "Helia say… something happening to change the world. And that the time of gods is ending."
[18:05] Shadowcaller: "Helia?"
[18:05] Happy: "Yes. After Helios left, she speak to me and lead me to the blue book."
[18:06] Shadowcaller: "Who is Helia exactly? And time of gods ending?"
[18:08] Happy: "You not know? Helios not the first god of knowledge. He have been others before. One was an elf. One was a wolfen. And one was a woman name Helia."
[18:09] Happy: "Others are gone now, but they live as memories in his mind. And they argue with him. Helia act like she like me. But I know better. I not trust her either."
[18:10] Shadowcaller: "Wow… he revealed a lot to you didn't he?"
[18:10] Shadowcaller: "End of gods… that sounds like some type of profetcy."
[18:10] Happy: /Why you tell me more than you ever tell Miss Cessie?/
[18:11] Shadowcaller: /Beacuse you needed to know, for the moment./
[18:12] Happy: /What happening to the gate?/
[18:12] Shadowcaller: /Its closing, its meant to be./
[18:13] Happy: /Why? What will happen to the spirits? And to Mr Aegnor and Mr Promise?/
[18:14] Shadowcaller: /The spirits… all spirits outside the gate will be driven insane. It will be the end of the world as you know it./
[18:14] Happy: /No…. /
[18:15] Happy: She changes focus /Myubi!/
[18:15] Happy: "He say the gate is closing… that all spirits outside the gate will be driven insane!"
[18:15] Shadowcaller: /You can't change this Simone, no one can./
[18:16] Happy: She ignores him, trying to contact Myubi.
[18:16] Shadowcaller: /Simone?/
[18:16] Happy: /Where are you? Are you inside the gate, or outside?/
[18:17] Shadowcaller: /I am here Simone, in your world./
[18:18] Shadowcaller: "What? What is going on Simone? What is he saying?"
[18:19] Happy: /Go back! Helios say the gate is closing! You be in danger!/
[18:19] Happy: "He says the gate is meant to be closing, and that it will be the end of the world as we know it."
[18:20] Shadowcaller: "What? Is she…?"
[18:20] Happy: /Please, Myubi, I don't want you hurt. /
[18:21] Shadowcaller: "Simone, try to calm down, you are not making much sense."
[18:21] Happy: "I telling you what Helios telling me!"
[18:21] Shadowcaller: /Simone… Helios? A risen one?/
[18:22] Happy: /Yes. Very smart risen one. He evil, but he know very much./
[18:22] Shadowcaller: /I'm not… are you sure about this? Is he tricking you?/
[18:23] Happy: /Maybe he be tricking me, but still you should go home. Be safe. What if you trapped in this world forever?/
[18:24] Shadowcaller: /…okay, but just beacuse I trust you Simone. I like this world./
[18:25] Happy: /If he being wrong, then you come back, okay?/
[18:26] Shadowcaller: /I will, should I go now?/
[18:27] Happy: /I love you./ She blinks back tears. /If the gate closes, I never talk to you again…/
[18:28] Shadowcaller: /Simon I-/
[18:29] Shadowcaller: "Helios is telling you this?…"
[18:29] Happy: "Yes. I hope he lying…"
[18:37] Shadowcaller: "I'm not sure, Helios is claiming that the gate between the worlds are closing? That this somehow will end all the gods?"
[18:39] Shadowcaller: /Simone, I will make sure I'm safe, I will return once you wish… I hope I will hear your call./
[18:40] Happy: "That what he say."
[18:40] Happy: /Goodbye…. / *very sad mental voice*
[18:41] Shadowcaller: /Farwell, we will met again Simone, don't despair, you can do without me a few days right? You have done so before./
[18:41] Shadowcaller: "This… if all this is true… why do all these things happen to us?"
[18:42] Happy: Simone just scowls. /Why this happening? Why can't we stop it? And what will happen to Mr Aegnor and Mr Promise?/
[18:44] Shadowcaller: /Its the mortals fault, as it always is. Do you know why I am telling you all this?/
[18:44] Happy: /Because you want something from us, of course/
[18:47] Shadowcaller: /Ahh, you have learned. Well, I would not tell this to the other gods if I were you. It would have terrible consequences./
[18:47] Happy: /I decide that./
[18:48] Shadowcaller: /You decide that Simone? I doubt that, in fact, *I* decide that. I'm just giving you a warning you see?/
[18:49] Happy: /So you are the one doing it?/
[18:49] Shadowcaller: /What? Do you think I'm insane? The mortals are doing it, I'm just not stopping it./
[18:50] Shadowcaller: /I have as a rule to not manifest./
[18:50] Happy: /So what do you decide? What terrible consequences happen if gods are told?/
[18:51] Shadowcaller: /See here, the only reason I tell you this is that we have a bond, a deal./
[18:52] Shadowcaller: /But now I'm also telling you that the knowledge I'm giving you should not be told to other ears then ours, and maybe your party members./
[18:53] Happy: "Helios say I can tell you but that he not want other gods to know."
[18:53] Happy: /Why no one else? You think they might stop it?/
[18:54] Shadowcaller: /I doubt they would understand, ignorant fools all of them really… They do not understand the power of the gate./
[18:54] Happy: /Then tell me./
[18:56] Shadowcaller: /Why… very well, since you ask so nicely and beacuse we have a deal right?/
[18:56] Shadowcaller: /Helia bounded you to me the moment she saved you from the shades. She betrayed me in a way…/
[18:57] Happy: /Ah. So she pay you back./ *grinning*
[18:58] Shadowcaller: /Foolish woman, you have no idea what she did to save you have you? This is not some joke. You are a part of me know you see? You have been choosen, just beacuse she didn't want you to die there./
[18:59] Happy: /… What?!/
[19:00] Shadowcaller: /Yes, emotions can do that kind of stuff. Rash and unexplainable, but thats the way it is right now little one./
[19:28] Shadowcaller: Cessie notices that Simone is still speaking to someone and do not disturb her. But she is quite shocked by now.
[20:30] Happy: Simone is silent for a while, absorbing what Helios just said.
[20:30] Happy: /I am bound to you? /
[20:31] Shadowcaller: /In a way yes, as much as I'm bound to you./
[20:32] Happy: /I need to understand this./ No more taunting or accusing. Simone is in serious mode now.
[20:33] Shadowcaller: /I guess I need to make you understand? Let me attempt to make this as clear as possible…./
[20:35] Shadowcaller: /You are now a part of my divine essence. Like… the other memories, but real. Sort of a servant in a way./
[20:38] Shadowcaller: /This of course makes it a very bad idea to not coperate with me right now. I'm not limited by the circle when it comes to you…/
[20:39] Happy: /Show me/
[20:39] Shadowcaller: /Show you what?/
[20:39] Happy: /That you aren't limited to the circle. I'm not supposed to trust you, so I need evidence./
[20:40] Shadowcaller: /Exactly, how am I supposed to prove that then? Lit your hair on fire?/
[20:43] Happy: /Perhaps something a little less drastic? Put something in my hand./
[20:43] Shadowcaller: /No, I can't effect things outside your body./
[20:47] Happy: /Then warm my hand. Without burning it./
[20:47] Shadowcaller: /Very well…/
[20:47] Shadowcaller: Simone feels her warm get a bit warmer
[20:49] Happy: /Okay./ She's clearly in all-business mode now. /You can hurt me if you want, but you can't kill me, can you?/
[20:49] Shadowcaller: /No, why would I want to kill you anyway? As you are a part of me now, that would be like killing a part of myself./
[20:51] Happy: /Right. And what happens to this bond after the gate is closed?/
[20:51] Shadowcaller: /Nothing really, or well. You might feel some pain…/
[20:53] Shadowcaller: /But nothing else./
[20:53] Happy: /Will we still be able to talk?/
[20:53] Shadowcaller: /We won't./
[20:54] Happy: /And will it be permanent, this bond?/
[20:55] Shadowcaller: /Yes, unless you die of course./
[20:55] Shadowcaller: /Then you will be a servant or something I guess./
[20:56] Happy: /And the gate closing? Is that permanent too?/
[20:57] Shadowcaller: /No, it can be reopen again of course./
[20:59] Happy: /Good. This bond is no use to me if we can't talk. Why do you mean to allow it to close?/
[21:00] Shadowcaller: /I'm not exactly allowing it to close, I just don't want to influence the world./
[21:01] Happy: /What is in the book that Helia gave me?/
[21:02] Shadowcaller: /Its a toa book, it contains basically all her knowledge./
[21:02] Happy: /Is it dangerous?/
[21:03] Shadowcaller: /She gave that to her worshippers when she was the goddess…/
[21:03] Shadowcaller: /No, of course not./
[21:03] Shadowcaller: /It speaks, thats all./
[21:07] Happy: "We needing to talk." she says aloud.
[21:07] Shadowcaller: "What?"
[21:07] Shadowcaller: "You really need to explain this with better detail…"
[21:07] Shadowcaller: *detail
[21:12] Shadowcaller: "What exactly have happend?"
[21:26] Happy: Simone takes out the book. "When I see Helios last night, he take the Deep Realms book and leave. Then Helia protect me, give me this book, and send me home."
[21:27] Happy: "Now Helios say that make a bond between us."
[21:28] Shadowcaller: "A bond? This is all coming very fast Simone."
[21:29] Happy: "I think maybe Helia did it to save my life."
[21:30] Shadowcaller: "So this about the end of gods… if the gate closes, the gods dissapear?"
[21:31] Happy: "They not gone. They just sealed off from us."
[21:31] Shadowcaller: "And Helia, one of Helios "personalities" saved you by binding him to him?"
[21:32] Happy: "Yes. There were shapes in the darkness, with red eyes. She saying they would kill me."
[21:32] Shadowcaller: "Helios let you fight shapes of darkness?"
[21:33] Happy: "He left me. I was alone."
[21:33] Happy: /You wanted me to die?/
[21:34] Shadowcaller: /No, of course not. You tespassed inot the library, the shades mearly reacted to your presence there./
[21:34] Happy: /But I was in the library because you took me there/
[21:35] Happy: "Shades. They guard the library."
[21:35] Shadowcaller: /Well, you went to deep into if, if you just had stayed hwere I hed left you off…/
[21:35] Shadowcaller: *had
[21:37] Happy: /Then I would have died of cold, Miss Hope says./
[21:38] Happy: "He says he won't try to stop the gate from closing. But that it could be opened again."
[21:39] Shadowcaller: /Don't you think I knew that you were cold? You weren't going to die of that Simone, I would not allowe it./
[21:39] Happy: /Why didn't you send me home? You wanted me left in the library, for some reason./
[21:42] Shadowcaller: /Well… if you had stayed there, you would have been sent home. But instead you went away from the safe zone./
[21:43] Happy: /Never mind. That's done. Let's talk about the gate./
[21:43] Shadowcaller: /What do you wish to knpw?/
[21:43] Shadowcaller: *know
[21:44] Happy: "Cessie, what do we need to know about the gate?"
[21:46] Shadowcaller: Cessie don't look very comfortable with having this disscussion while they are walking, and Simone is carried by Hope. "Defenses perhaps? I'm not reallt sure whats going on or why anyone would want to close the gate. Whatever is going on there is the work of wizards, but why they are doing it…"
[21:51] Happy: "We need to stop. Hope, put me down."
[21:51] Happy: Hope puts her down.
[21:51] Happy: "And I thinking we need Arik here too." Simone says.
[21:52] Shadowcaller: "No idea where he can be, I try to talk with him…"
[21:53] Shadowcaller: She goes silent for a few moments.
[21:53] Shadowcaller: "He's coming."
[21:55] Shadowcaller: Arik soon arrives, he is very quiet thought, not even greeting them
[21:56] Happy: "Cessie tell you what Helia did?"
[21:57] Shadowcaller: "She told me enough, I already know of the gate thought, I had no idea that it had effect on the gods thought…/
[21:58] Happy: "I not know what questions to ask Helios."
[21:59] Shadowcaller: "It appears that this is even more important than I orginally thought."
[22:01] Shadowcaller: "Ask him of its defenses, I know that in 2 weeks a aemt will arrrive at that location…"
[22:02] Happy: (aemt?)
[22:02] Shadowcaller: *army
[22:02] Happy: /What defenses do the gate have?/
[22:03] Shadowcaller: /I can't sadly say I know everything of the mortals at the gate…/
[22:04] Shadowcaller: /There are a unkown number of soldiers and a few wizards at it./
[22:04] Happy: "Soldiers and a few wizards."
[22:04] Happy: /Who is trying to close it? And why?/
[22:05] Shadowcaller: /And a man calling himself "Alegia", I am not sure why they want to close it, but I think it have something to do with their emperor./
[22:06] Shadowcaller: /In a number of days an army will arrive at the gate thought. But you can delay that./
[22:06] Happy: "A man called "Alegia". Helios think they closing it because of the emperor."
[22:06] Happy: /How?/
[22:07] Shadowcaller: Both Cessie and Arik reacts to this "Are you SURE he said Alegia?" Arik asks.
[22:07] Happy: "Yes"
[22:08] Shadowcaller: /There are two bridges between the gate and the city they are going, if they would somehow… break, they would either need to fix them which would take months. Or go around./
[22:08] Shadowcaller: "By Helios… how did HE get here?"
[22:08] Happy: "If we can cut the bridges, we can slow the army."
[22:08] Happy: "Who is Alegia?"
[22:09] Shadowcaller: "A sick bastard, a wizard hunter."
[22:10] Shadowcaller: "He was a witchar until he was seen unfit for duty."
[22:11] Shadowcaller: "I have no idea how he got here thought…"
[22:11] Happy: "What is a witchar?"
[22:12] Shadowcaller: "Witchars is a part of the Hestopian rule system, they keep the wizards in their place."
[22:12] Shadowcaller: "Humans that take a lot of drugs, mutates themself and other things to be able to fight opponents with magic."
[22:13] Shadowcaller: "They are resistant to magic and uses a large number of magical items to improve their strenght."
[22:16] Happy: "Are they still vulnerable to a blade?" Hope asks.
[22:16] Shadowcaller: "Yes, but they are damnable fast…"
[22:18] Happy: "I ask Helios what happen to Aegnor and Promise if gate closes,b ut he has not said."
[22:18] Shadowcaller: "Ask him again then."
[22:18] Shadowcaller: (Cessie.)
[22:19] Happy: /What happen to Aegnor and Promise if the gate close before they back?/
[22:19] Shadowcaller: /They will be left there until it opens again./
[22:19] Happy: "They will be left there until it opens again." Simone repeats slowly.
[22:20] Shadowcaller: Cessie don't respond
[22:20] Happy: (Where is Michicora? Just nearby being silent?)
[22:21] Shadowcaller: (yeah.)
[22:26] Shadowcaller: Arik: "Well, lets hope they come back before that?"
[22:26] Shadowcaller: /Oh, there are a number of spirits trying to disturb the gate closing…/
[22:26] Happy: "We have to stop it," Hope says, clutching her cloak.
[22:26] Happy: /But you don't think they will succeed?/
[22:27] Shadowcaller: /I don't./
[22:27] Shadowcaller: /I belive you are familiar with these spirits actually…/
[22:30] Happy: /Who are they? Iname?/
[22:31] Shadowcaller: /Not exactly…/
[22:31] Shadowcaller: /Iname is not aware of this./
[22:36] Shadowcaller: /A Tengu, Yuki-jiro and a Tanuki./
[22:43] Happy: "There are spirits trying to disturb the gate closing. Tengu, Yuki-joro, and Tanuki."
[22:43] Happy: /The ice-whore/
[22:46] Shadowcaller: /Yes, she is called something like that, most likely by her victims friends and lovers./
[22:46] Happy: /She murdered Ai./
[22:46] Happy: Hope mutters "Yuki-joro"
[22:47] Shadowcaller: "…what are we going to do with them?"
[22:48] Happy: "Arik, you having necromancy book now. Can you stop gate closing with it?"
[22:49] Shadowcaller: Arik: "Sadly, I have no idea how to close the gate, and I doubt you can read that in a book either. Since it have just benn discovered actually."
[22:50] Shadowcaller: *been
[22:50] Happy: "Then why you in such hurry last night?"
[22:51] Shadowcaller: "The book can help us enter kyou, kill the guards watching it. We need to speak with Jopo…"
[22:53] Shadowcaller: "He is the one who knows how to manipulate it."
[22:53] Happy: "Why we not just go invisible and fly over wall?"
[22:54] Shadowcaller: "Its wizards there! Don't you think they have placed some kind of protection over it?"
[22:54] Happy: "Over a whole city?" O.o
[22:56] Shadowcaller: "Well, as soon as we enter the city invisible or flying they will be able to sense it. The amount of magic produced by such spells are easily detected and I'm not good at suble spells."
[23:07] Happy: "Arik, can you please start from beginning and tell us everything you know?"
[23:07] Shadowcaller: "Oh well, if you are ready to listen, then I'm ready to tell."
[23:09] Happy: Simone listens closely. She seems to have either forgiven Arik or put it out of her mind for the moment.
[23:09] Shadowcaller: "In my meetings with Jopo, he told me that he had made a amazing discovery. The very reason he came to Kyou actually."
[23:09] Shadowcaller: "He had discovered a way of manipulating the gates energies."
[23:12] Shadowcaller: "In ages the houses have keept the peace in all countries by having a equal number of wizards in them."
[23:13] Shadowcaller: "That way, if one country attacks another with magic, the wizards in the other country can strike back with equal power."
[23:15] Shadowcaller: "No one dare start such a war, since it easily could devaste both counttries."
[23:17] Happy: Simone nods, listening.
[23:19] Shadowcaller: "But with the gate… you can channel a endless amount of arcane energy from the spirit realm."
[23:19] Happy: "And Jopo wanted to do this."
[23:19] Happy: /simone
[23:20] Shadowcaller: "Yes, he did. Which would disturb the balance that have existed for centuries."
[23:21] Happy: "So then what happen?"
[23:21] Shadowcaller: "Well… he got discovered as he had sent some reserch reports to some other wizard."
[23:22] Shadowcaller: *research
[23:22] Shadowcaller: "So, to prevent this unbalance from ever happening they are sealing it."
[23:22] Shadowcaller: "They have no idea whats going to happend…"
[23:27] Happy: "So this Jopo's fault."
[23:27] Happy: (Simone is the one doing all the talking unless I say otherwise)
[23:28] Shadowcaller: "In a way yes."
[23:30] Shadowcaller: "But it dosen't matter who's "fault" it is… when they discovered Jopo they sent a task force to stop him and then they suddenly decided to close the gate too."
[23:31] Happy: "And that why they try to arrest us."
[23:32] Shadowcaller: "Yes, I think they a bit bothered by you killing some of their guards now…"
[23:32] Happy: (We killed them?)
[23:32] Shadowcaller: (You killed at least one guard right?)
[23:33] Shadowcaller: (The one Michicora hit in the throat.)
[23:33] Happy: (I don't remember that any of them died, but I could be wrong. Michi probably did)
[23:33] Shadowcaller: (She killed one, so yeah. You tried to kill them anyway.)
[23:34] Shadowcaller: "So, we need to stop them. It as simple as that."
[23:34] Shadowcaller: *its as
[23:34] Happy: "What is your plan?"
[23:36] Shadowcaller: "I will learn all the spells in this book, then I will learn them to Cessie too. You melee… warriors take care of Alegia and we kill and raise the guards as undead."
[23:36] Happy: "What? No!" Hope says, horrified.
[23:36] Shadowcaller: Cessie also looks a bit doubtful about this idea
[23:37] Shadowcaller: "Its the only way, we can't match their man power."
[23:37] Happy: "Helios say we can cut bridges to stop army."
[23:37] Shadowcaller: "Yes, thats a very good idea, but its still a smaller army in the city."
[23:38] Shadowcaller: "If the real army reaches Kyou its impossible."
[23:38] Happy: "But we still not know how to stop the gate itself."
[23:38] Shadowcaller: "Jopo is there somewhere, they still need him to close it."
[23:39] Happy: "So we kill Jopo," Simone says.
[23:39] Shadowcaller: "No! We need him to unclose it."
[23:39] Shadowcaller: "To open it." Arik corrects himself
[23:40] Happy: "Which is it? They need him or we need him? Or both?"
[23:40] Shadowcaller: "Both."
[23:44] Happy: "I think I need to read this book," Simone says.
[23:45] Shadowcaller: "Do that if you wish…"
[23:52] Happy: Simone opens the book.
[00:30] Shadowcaller: The pages inside the book are blank strangely enough but then she hears a emotion-less voice "Greetings Mistress."
[00:30] Shadowcaller: "What do you wish to know?"
[00:31] Happy: "I wanting to know how to keep the spirit gate open"
[00:33] Shadowcaller: "The spirit gate or Kyou is a meta-magical phenomena belived to be a way into the spirit world."
[00:34] Shadowcaller: "Spirits can manifest more easily near the gate, but they are not actually stronger here."
[00:34] Shadowcaller: "The connection between the spirit world and the mortal world is just stronger near the gate."
[00:37] Shadowcaller: "The "gate" is always open, the spirit energies can not be manipulated by any known means."
[00:38] Happy: "Hmph. So Jopo know something this book do not."
[00:40] Shadowcaller: Cessie: "Well, I don't know with you, but this… do you seriously think we could do this?"
[00:44] Happy: "Cessie, we *have* to," Hope says. "If the gate closes before they get back…"
[00:44] Shadowcaller: "Well, we need to get more help, we can't do this just the five of use."
[00:45] Shadowcaller: "I mean, how many guards can you and Michicora take down while… I can't see myself against real wziards."
[00:46] Happy: "You can't really mean to use… undead…"
[00:47] Shadowcaller: "I'm…" Arik Interupts her "I do not see any way we can do this without the undead, but I'm willing to accept suggestions. There is much more to necromancy then creating undead after all."
[00:53] Shadowcaller: Arik: "So, got any other ideas?"
[00:53] Shadowcaller: Cessie looks doubtful at Arik, she looks very unsure.

[03:14] Shadowcaller: Hmm… I wish Murska was here so he could tell me how Aegnors death scene would be like…
[03:15] Happy: badass, of course
[03:15] Shadowcaller: Well, I have a idea how it would be
[03:15] Shadowcaller: Quite dark >.>
[03:15] Happy: oooh
[03:16] Shadowcaller: "Exhuse me a moment while I catch you breath."
[03:16] Shadowcaller: "What was that speaker? No clever responses? No logical arguments? maybe you need to lay down a moment?"
[03:17] Shadowcaller: "Do you think your death will break hearth? DO you think she want to die when she find your body speaker?"
[03:17] Shadowcaller: "I think so, the magic bitch will cry, oh she will cry…"
[03:18] Shadowcaller: "Not that you can do anything about it."
[03:19] Shadowcaller: "Bye speaker…"
[03:19] Shadowcaller: Something like that
[03:19] Shadowcaller: All this while Aegnor slowly chockes to death
[03:21] Shadowcaller: Any other ideas? I know Yuki's responses quite well…
[03:21] Happy: I like it
[03:21] Happy: and maybe taunt him a bit about how Cessie will suffer when it's her turn :)
[03:21] Shadowcaller: Yeah, she likes to do that

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