Kyou 5

[15:12] Murska: -.-
[19:40] Shadowcaller: You leave the inn then, the streets are much more crowded since the time Simone were out there
[19:40] Shadowcaller: People are giving you strange looks
[19:41] Shadowcaller: You go over the bridge leading to the house of masks, you can see the building in the distance
[19:42] Happy: Simone guides them expertly. "Maybe you need different clothes?" she suggests quietly to Aegnor. (Do Simone's clothes stand out?)
[19:42] Shadowcaller: (Well, yes, people are dressing in more Japanese/chinese fashion.)
[19:43] Wolfbane: (Promise's probably does. Pants, a cloak, and a black mark on one side of his face and covering an arm)
[19:43] Murska: 'I don't think we can do anything that'd help us not look like outsiders, especially with those three.' (quiet answer)
[19:43] Shadowcaller: (and who are "those three?")
[19:44] Shadowcaller: (Besides, you have a different skin colour then people around here.)
[19:45] Murska: (The other three in the group, obviously. :P)
[19:45] Murska: (Hope, Promise and Cessie)
[19:45] Wolfbane: (Not to mention that Promise is pretty tall)
[19:46] Shadowcaller: (Hey, Cessie don't stand out.)
[19:46] Happy: (except for being a beautiful Western girl)
[19:46] Murska: (I'd imagine a place with /no/ visitors would notice almost any outsiders)
[19:46] Shadowcaller: (…point.)
[19:46] Happy: (so therefore exotic and interesting to look at)
[19:47] Shadowcaller: You see a group of people entering the house of masks, its open this time at least
[19:49] Shadowcaller: People seems to have a bit more expensive clothes here
[19:50] Wolfbane: (brb, Laundry)
[19:51] Shadowcaller: A man asks you something Simone understand that he asks for tickets
[19:52] Happy: "How much being tickets?"
[19:53] Shadowcaller: The man appears to change his attitude a bit once he hears her broken language
[19:54] Shadowcaller: "fourteen Jem."
[19:54] Shadowcaller: "If you can't afford, then just move along."
[19:55] Happy: She translates to Aegnor.
[19:57] Murska: (brb bass fixing)
[19:57] Murska: 'Right, we need to go exchange our money…'
[19:59] Shadowcaller: "Don't worry, I did think of that…" Cessie picks up coins from her pocket and gives it to the man
[19:59] Shadowcaller: He nods and gives each one of you tickets
[20:00] Shadowcaller: "Well, here we are…" She enters
[20:01] Murska: b
[20:02] Murska: Aegnor walks in after her.
[20:02] Happy: Hope and Simone follow. Simone looks around to see if there are places to sneak, hide, climb, or escape.
[20:02] Shadowcaller: (I will assume the other do this too.)
[20:03] Shadowcaller: You enter a very long corridor without any doors, there are a few people walking along it, all in same direction
[20:03] Shadowcaller: 'in the same direction
[20:04] Shadowcaller: You go along the corridor and finally reach what you think is the enterance to the theathre itself
[20:05] Shadowcaller: *theatre
[20:05] Shadowcaller: But the corridor leads on to what you assume are the non-official parts of the house
[20:06] Happy: Simone gives Aegnor a questioning look, with a motion of her eyes to indicate that direction, meaning to ask if she should sneak that way on her own.
[20:10] Murska: (now really back)
[20:10] Murska: (stupid shoddy components…)
[20:10] Murska: Aegnor shakes his head for now. (She doesn't seem to be that scared of the whole 'be separated from the group —> death thing)
[20:11] Shadowcaller: Cessie enters the theathre
[20:11] Happy: (She thinks the House of Masks is safe)
[20:13] Shadowcaller: *theatre
[20:14] Shadowcaller: (Guess I assume you follow her then?)
[20:14] Happy: We all follow.
[20:15] Murska: yeah
[20:15] Murska: (Sorry, I have to re-do all the tunings ))
[20:16] Shadowcaller: Inside there are many rows of seats, many of them already taken
[20:16] Shadowcaller: (No problem^^)
[20:16] Murska: (My musical instrument's maintenance drives over the IF, if barely. :P)
[20:17] Wolfbane: (back)
[20:17] Shadowcaller: The stage is covered by a huge papper screen
[20:19] Shadowcaller: Cessie looks at her ticket, "Looks like they don't even use our numbers…" She sigh
[20:19] Wolfbane: "Do we just take a seat?"
[20:20] Murska: 'I assume we need to sit in certain places, marked on our tickets. That's how these kinds of places usualy work, I think.'
[20:20] Murska: *usually*
[20:20] Shadowcaller: "Exactly." She smiles at Aegnor
[20:21] Murska: Aegnor examines the markings on the rows and seats
[20:21] Murska: also on the ticket
[20:21] Happy: Hope is baffled by the weird city habits and waits to be told where to go.
[20:22] Shadowcaller: Its hard to see the marks, due the room being poorly litten
[20:22] Shadowcaller: Only one singel lantern lits up the room
[20:22] Happy: Simone tries to work it out, or find an usher.
[20:24] Shadowcaller: SHe can hardly read her own ticket, but after some time she can see a symbol that looks somhow like it
[20:25] Shadowcaller: 'somehow
[20:26] Happy: Then she leads the party to what she thinks are their seats.
[20:26] Shadowcaller: Cessie looks impatiently at Simone to find the right place as no more people are entering the theathre
[20:26] Shadowcaller: *theatre
[20:26] Wolfbane: Promise waits to be seated also, confused about everything.
[20:27] Murska: Aegnor follows her, still trying to read the markings himself.
[20:27] Shadowcaller: Some time after you have taken your seats a man enters the room and puts out the only lit lantern
[20:27] Shadowcaller: The only lit place is now the stage
[20:27] Shadowcaller: On the paper screen two shadows are starting to show
[20:28] Wolfbane: (Are the seats all near each other?)
[20:28] Shadowcaller: (they are.)
[20:29] Shadowcaller: The shadows take form of different things but soon you realize the plot of the story (or large part of it at least.)
[20:30] Shadowcaller: A man (most likely a king or something) and a woman (his lover) is out riding in the woods
[20:30] Shadowcaller: When the woman is alone she see a cat with two tails
[20:31] Shadowcaller: Some time later after they returned home (to a palace or something) the woman wakes up in her bed
[20:31] Shadowcaller: She see the cat entering her bedroom
[20:32] Shadowcaller: The cat kills the woman and takes her shape
[20:32] Shadowcaller: (you are not exactly sure how)
[20:32] Shadowcaller: Then some scenes show the man getting weaker and weaker
[20:33] Shadowcaller: One day one of the guards hears that anyone guarding the prince falls asleep
[20:34] Shadowcaller: He himself guards the man, (its hard to see whats going on at this point but you think something is trying to trick him or something.)
[20:35] Shadowcaller: After a while the guard see the woman enter the room
[20:35] Shadowcaller: And starts doing something with the prince
[20:35] Shadowcaller: He attacks the woman and she becomes a cat again
[20:36] Shadowcaller: After this they found the body of the real woman
[20:36] Shadowcaller: It ends with the prince hunting down the cat and killing it
[20:36] Shadowcaller: The lantern is lit once again and people are starting to move out
[20:36] Shadowcaller: 'exiting the building
[20:37] Happy: (has Aegnor been looking for spirits at all during this?)
[20:38] Murska: (He'll have checked the room once, but I guess watching a show with a spyglass would be rather noticeable)
[20:38] Happy: (opera glasses)
[20:39] Shadowcaller: (if he checked during the play he would see a creature that looks very much the paper the shadow theathre was shown upon, but many layers of it
[20:39] Shadowcaller: From the looks of it, shadow theatres are played upon the creature itself
[20:40] Shadowcaller: *theatres
[20:40] Happy: Simone looks to see if Sim is around, wary of attracting his attention.
[20:41] Shadowcaller: SHe can't see him during the play, and most of the people inside appears to be crows only
[20:41] Shadowcaller: *crowd
[20:41] Wolfbane: Promise takes a glance around to look for Mino.
[20:41] Happy: (ugh. i need to lay down.)
[20:41] Happy: (not sick, just can't stay awake)
[20:42] Murska: (I'm supposed to go to sleep aswell now.)
[20:42] Shadowcaller: (Hm, too many late night huh?)
[20:42] Wolfbane: (Aw… it is only 241pm here :P)
[20:42] Happy: (yeah, and i need to get back to a sensible schedule)
[20:43] Shadowcaller: (well, I could go on gor a hour and tow, but it would be hard without two players o.O)
[20:43] Shadowcaller: 'two
[20:43] Shadowcaller: 'or
[20:43] Murska: *for an hour or two*
[20:43] Murska: I assume
[20:43] Murska: anyway, I better get back onto an ordinary sleep rythm aswell
[20:43] Wolfbane: (Yeah, it is probably best to call it quits now before it gets too involved)
[20:43] Shadowcaller: (yeah, I have no idea why I wrote that o.O)
[20:44] Murska: have the 16-hour-sessions next weekend again
[20:44] Murska: :P
[20:44] Shadowcaller: (Okay, lets end it here then.)
[20:44] Murska: night all
[20:44] Murska: I'll try what it feels like
[20:44] Shadowcaller: Good Night
[20:44] Murska: sleeping at night
[20:44] Murska: -.-
[20:44] Shadowcaller: ^^
[20:44] Murska: cya
[20:44] *** Aegnor has left the conversation.
[20:44] Wolfbane: Night
[20:44] Wolfbane: You two probably should get some sleep too
[20:45] Shadowcaller: Eh, sleep is overated
[20:45] Wolfbane: We wouldn't want SC to fall asleep at his computer again.
[20:45] Wolfbane: :P
[20:45] Shadowcaller: Well, I'm hardly tired yet

[21:53] Shadowcaller: People are exiting the theatre, you find yourself lost in the crowd, Hope and Promise can't see the others any more
[21:54] Happy: Hope takes hold of his hand, trying not to be separated from him.
[21:54] Wolfbane: Promise keeps a tight grip on her hand.
[21:54] Shadowcaller: The lantern dims a bit
[21:55] Shadowcaller: You find yourself alone in the theatre
[21:55] Shadowcaller: The lantern goes out
[21:56] Happy: Hope puts her hand to her sword. (Unless she wasn't allowed to go armed in the city)
[21:56] Shadowcaller: It gets completly dark now that the stage
[21:56] Shadowcaller: light is no longer on
[21:56] Shadowcaller: (you have weapons.)
[21:57] Wolfbane: Promise looks around trying to see /something/.
[21:57] Happy: (or smell something)
[21:57] Happy: "Where did everyone vanish to?" *hushed whisper*
[21:58] Shadowcaller: Suddnely the light comes back again, stronger then before, the theathre is even more crowded then last time
[21:58] Shadowcaller: *suddenly
[21:58] Shadowcaller: Everyone is looking at you two
[21:58] Shadowcaller: All seats taken, except yours
[21:59] Wolfbane: Promise looks around himself.
[22:00] Shadowcaller: There are people in every seat, all looking at you
[22:00] Shadowcaller: A man near you nods in the direction of the stage
[22:00] Happy: *look at the stage*
[22:00] Shadowcaller: They look at you expecting something
[22:01] Shadowcaller: The stage is empty, not even the paper screen is there
[22:01] Happy: "What do you want? What is this?"
[22:01] Shadowcaller: The man shrugs and then nods in the direction of the stage
[22:02] Wolfbane: "I think we are suppose to go on stage." Promise starts to walk towards it.
[22:02] Happy: Hope goes with him.

[22:03] Shadowcaller: When you enter the stage everyone applaudes
[22:03] Happy: Hope looks around nervously
[22:04] Shadowcaller: A man in a monster mask steps out, he bows before you and then starts to junggle balls, keeping a suprising amount of them in the air at the same time
[22:05] Shadowcaller: "Silly wolfy… you are supposed to act." You can hear a voice coming from somewhere
[22:05] Wolfbane: Promise looks for the source of the voice.
[22:06] Shadowcaller: You can't see any place it might have come from
[22:06] Happy: (Does Hope hear this?)
[22:06] Shadowcaller: "Can't you act wolfy? For me?"
[22:06] Shadowcaller: (she dose.)
[22:07] Shadowcaller: "The crowd is waiting for you."
[22:07] Wolfbane: "I am afraid that I am not a very good actor. I wish I were otherwise."
[22:07] Happy: "A mock battle maybe?" she suggests in a low voice to Promise.
[22:07] Shadowcaller: Right now the juggler keeps the crowds attention
[22:08] Wolfbane: "Sure." Promise answers and unslings his spear.
[22:09] Shadowcaller: The juggler see this as a sign and lets all the balls drop
[22:09] Shadowcaller: He dissapers again
[22:09] Shadowcaller: Now the crowd is focusing on you
[22:09] Shadowcaller: "Go wolfy!"
[22:10] Happy: Hope draws her sword, and she and Promise perform a staged battle then.
[22:11] Shadowcaller: The crowd appears to enjoy this, now only the stage itself is lit up
[22:11] Shadowcaller: The rest is darknees, you can't see the crowd anymore, but you can hear their whispers
[22:12] Wolfbane: (I assume the fight goes on for a while)
[22:12] Shadowcaller: (indeed.)
[22:13] Happy: At one point, when she and Promise are close, Hope whispers 'I think I should pretend to be defeated.'
[22:14] Wolfbane: Promise nods in response and waits for the signal.
[22:15] Happy: The next time he thrusts his spear, she makes sure she's between it and the audience. She groans, and doubles over as if she was hit. When he draws it back, she falls to her knees,
[22:16] Shadowcaller: The crowd goes silent
[22:17] Wolfbane: Promise walks and stands over her. He then stabs the spear so it /looks/ like a killing blow. He doesn't hit her of course.
[22:17] Shadowcaller: You can hear applauds all around you
[22:17] Shadowcaller: And suddenly you feel something tapping on your shoulder
[22:18] Wolfbane: Promise helps Hope up and turns around.
[22:18] Shadowcaller: Zubera stands before you, she is smiling as usual
[22:18] Shadowcaller: "Great job wolfy!"
[22:20] Wolfbane: He gives a bow. "Thank you."
[22:20] Shadowcaller: "You didn't hurt her for real did you?" She looks worried at Hope
[22:21] Shadowcaller: Her hands kept together
[22:21] Happy: (I thought she hated me :P)
[22:21] Happy: Hope is standing quietly back. "I am unhurt."
[22:22] Shadowcaller: "Great, this is a stage after all, here all emotions are supposed to be pretence."
[22:22] Wolfbane: (Is Zubera the little girl again?)
[22:22] Shadowcaller: (as always.)
[22:23] Shadowcaller: She walks in between you, closer to the audience
[22:24] Shadowcaller: "I glad you both could make it, you made a great start to the masquerade."
[22:24] Shadowcaller: "Everyone is invited!"
[22:24] Wolfbane: "A Masquerade?"
[22:24] Shadowcaller: "Yes, you didn't notice?"
[22:25] Wolfbane: "We were… distracted at the time."
[22:25] Happy: (Link:
[22:25] Shadowcaller: "We are all a part of it." She twirls
[22:26] Happy: "What happened to our friends?"
[22:26] Shadowcaller: "Oh, they didn't want to come."
[22:27] Happy: "But you wouldn't let them be hurt, right?"
[22:27] Shadowcaller: "But yet they are a part of it."
[22:27] Shadowcaller: "No…" She looks hurt
[22:28] Wolfbane: Promise thinks for a second. "If everyone is part of it then…" He chuckles. "You are talking about life, aren't you?"
[22:29] Shadowcaller: She turns her head a bit and grins "You are so clever wolfy!"
[22:30] Wolfbane: "I have my rare moments of clarity."
[22:32] Shadowcaller: "After all…" the whole theatre is lit up, the whole audience is there watching you. "..we all have masks." At those words everyone in the audience picks off their own face.
[22:32] Shadowcaller: Still watching you, facelessly, with their face in their hand
[22:33] Happy: Hope screams.
[22:33] Wolfbane: Promise stares blankly at the audience. Horrified.
[22:33] Happy: and clutches Promise.
[22:33] Shadowcaller: Zubera don't seem to take notice
[22:33] Wolfbane: Promise puts an arm around Hope.
[22:33] Shadowcaller: "WolfY? Why haven't you unmasked yet?"
[22:34] Wolfbane: He turns to Zubera. "What…how…" He is still slightly stunned.
[22:34] Happy: (gah, you're good at these scenes O.o)
[22:35] Wolfbane: (He /did/ write SEU :P)
[22:35] Happy: Hope buries her face against him to block out the sight of the crowd.
[22:35] Shadowcaller: "Everyone knows that at the end of the
[22:36] Shadowcaller: masquerade, everyone unmasks."
[22:36] Shadowcaller: "Its tradition!"
[22:36] Wolfbane: Curious, Promise reaches up to his own face.
[22:37] Shadowcaller: You pull of a human mask, your wolfen again
[22:37] Shadowcaller: It feels strangly life-like in your hand
[22:37] Shadowcaller: *off
[22:38] Happy: Hope feels him transform and looks up at him, terrified that she'll see him faceless.
[22:38] Shadowcaller: Wolfbane is not faceless, he looks like he did before Helenas transformation of him
[22:38] Wolfbane: He looks down at Hope, needing to see her reaction.
[22:39] Wolfbane: He looks from the mask, to his fur, and back to Zubera. "How…"
[22:39] Happy: She lets out her held breath and gives him a very feeble smile.
[22:40] Shadowcaller: She ignores you this time "Okay, now its your turn!" She looks at hope
[22:40] Shadowcaller: "Or do you want me to remove mine first?"
[22:40] Wolfbane: He turns worridly towards Hope.
[22:41] Happy: "I only have one face," she whispers, terrified out of her mind.
[22:42] Shadowcaller: "But its tradition…" *puppy eyes*
[22:43] Shadowcaller: "Maybe if I take of mine first? Will take make it easier?"
[22:43] Wolfbane: Promise holds Hope reassuringly. "You'll be fine."
[22:44] Happy: Hope slowly reaches towards her face and places her hand on it, afraid to refuse her, and not wanting to see Zubera unmasked.
[22:44] Shadowcaller: She can feel her own face loosen, she gets a extremly dreaded feeling
[22:45] Happy: Whimpering in terror, she continues.
[22:47] Wolfbane: "Wait."
[22:47] Wolfbane: "You said that you do it /after/ the Masquerade. But life isn't over yet, is it?"
[22:47] Wolfbane: "At least, for her it isn't."
[22:47] Shadowcaller: Zubera looks at you strangely
[22:48] Wolfbane: "Wouldn't her unmasker be even greater then?"
[22:48] Wolfbane: unmasking*
[22:49] Shadowcaller: Zubera appears to think of this for a moment "Maybe your right wolfy, now you must be feeling silly to pull of your before it was over?"
[22:49] Shadowcaller: She giggles at you
[22:50] Wolfbane: Promise chuckles as well. "Yes, I supposed I do feel awfully foolish now."
[22:50] Shadowcaller: The faceless crowd puts on their faces again, still watching you
[22:51] Happy: Hope sags against Promise, still clinging to him. He'll be able to smell that she's wet herself in her terror.
[22:52] Wolfbane: Promise holds her tightly.
[22:53] Shadowcaller: ZUbera appears completly oblivious of this, she still smiles like nothing have happend
[22:54] Shadowcaller: "But you need to promise me that I can see her unmask at the end right?"
[22:54] Shadowcaller: "I will be watching."
[22:56] Wolfbane: Promise nods. "I'll see if I can do anything about that."
[22:56] Wolfbane: (brb, I have to get dinner)
[22:56] Shadowcaller: (okay.)
[22:56] Happy: (Hope has taken SAN damage)
[23:01] Shadowcaller: (I hope so:P)
[23:01] Happy: (meh)
[23:01] Happy: (:P)
[23:02] Shadowcaller: (But… she is only a little girl!)
[23:02] Happy: That's no little girl, that's YO MAMA
[23:02] Shadowcaller: (I hope not o.O)
[23:03] Shadowcaller: (If my mother could pull my face off..)
[23:03] Happy: (Was Hope about to be faceless?)
[23:10] Shadowcaller: (she was.)
[23:10] Shadowcaller: (Heck, I even was about to do this (copied) Promise can see Hope face in her own hand, like a extremly life-like mask, Hope on the other hand is faceless)
[23:12] Shadowcaller: (But wolfbane said something before I clicked on "enter".)
[23:12] Happy: I guess Zubera chose the right person. She must like that he could surprise her like that.
[23:13] Shadowcaller: (Hehe, well he did say the right thing at the right time, he appears to understand her quite good.)
[23:14] Happy: (And what would it have been like for Hope, being faceless? Would she have been seeing out of her mask? Or just without senses?
[23:16] Shadowcaller: (At that point, she would not function at all, she would have been just another audience member.)
[23:16] Happy: (*shudder*)
[23:16] Shadowcaller: (Just watching…)
[23:16] Happy: (And would her face have gone back?)
[23:17] Shadowcaller: (Well, if Promise could convince Zubera to return it yes.)
[23:17] Happy: (I imagine he could have. He's pretty good with her)
[23:18] Shadowcaller: (Luckily for Hope..)
[23:20] Wolfbane: (back)
[23:21] Shadowcaller: Zubera nods in understanding "You were great actors, I almost belived she died at the end.."
[23:22] Shadowcaller: She turns toward Hope "You won't take him away from me right?" She looks sad
[23:23] Wolfbane: (Hope almost became faceless?!? O.o)
[23:25] Wolfbane: (I am /so/ glad about stopping that.)
[23:25] Shadowcaller: (Hehe.)
[23:25] Happy: Hope is temporarily insane and incapable of conversation.
[23:26] Shadowcaller: But yet Zubera continues to speak, like you were responding "I know you be… special friends and all, but I like him to, despite that he is a icky boy."
[23:27] Shadowcaller: "Guy germs eww!"
[23:28] Shadowcaller: "Yeah, I think so to," Zubera says to Hope "He can be really silly."
[23:29] Shadowcaller: She then turns back to Promise "You got a great special friend, we should tottaly start a secret club!"
[23:29] Shadowcaller: *totally
[23:30] Wolfbane: Promise chuckles. "It will have to be when we have more time I am afraid. First, I still have to find the ones hiding."
[23:32] Shadowcaller: She shrugs "Okay, later then, I'm going to sleep now… can't stay up after the sun is down."
[23:32] Shadowcaller: "I always did before but then Mino says that I'm not old enough…"
[23:33] Wolfbane: "It is good advice to sleep well."
[23:33] Shadowcaller: She looks around, worriedly, "You can keep a secret right?"
[23:34] Wolfbane: "Of course I can."
[23:34] Shadowcaller: She comes closer to you and then whispers "I often stay up much later, too many playmates around."
[23:35] Shadowcaller: She giggles when she share this little secret
[23:35] Wolfbane: Promise grins. "I won't tell."
[23:36] Shadowcaller: "Good, he is not my dad anyway…"
[23:36] Happy: *still clinging and trembling*
[23:37] Shadowcaller: Zubera yaws, and stretches herself a bit
[23:38] Shadowcaller: "Can I sleep with you?" *puppy eyes*
[23:40] Shadowcaller: 'yawns
[23:41] Wolfbane: Promise smiles. "I don't think it would be a good idea. Mino would probably be bothered by it. I can tell he loves you very much and wants to protect you."
[23:41] Shadowcaller: "Can I climb up in your lap then?"
[23:42] Happy: (Aren't we standing?)
[23:42] Shadowcaller: *arms
[23:43] Wolfbane: He sets Hope down gently into a seated position. "Since you should probably go soon so Mino doesn't get suspicious, would a hug be good?"
[23:44] Happy: Hope isn't capable of sitting up. She crumples to the floor, still trembling.
[23:45] Shadowcaller: She looks a bit dissapointed but then appears to agree with this "Okay then, but a long one."
[23:46] Shadowcaller: She comes closer to you
[23:47] Wolfbane: Promise chuckles and kneels down with his arms open. "Okay, but not /too/ long. You do need some sleep"
[23:48] Shadowcaller: SHe hugs you, Promise can feel her kiss his cheeck, then all lights goes out
[23:48] Shadowcaller: A moment later, they are back again and so is Zubera and the audience
[23:49] Shadowcaller: There is a large paper screen on the stage
[23:49] Shadowcaller: *papper
[23:50] Happy: Is Hope still crumpled up on the stage?
[23:50] Shadowcaller: Promise is still in wolfen form, but he can still feel himself holding the human mask
[23:50] Shadowcaller: She is
[23:50] Wolfbane: Zubera is still there?
[23:50] Shadowcaller: (no, as I said.)
[23:51] Shadowcaller: Um, right, the light is back, zubera and the audience is gone
[23:51] Wolfbane: Promise picks Hope up off the floor. "Hope?"
[23:51] Happy: She doesn't speak, but she does cling to him.
[23:52] Wolfbane: Promise holds her tightly for a moment before remembering his form. He looks at the mask a moment.
[23:52] Shadowcaller: It looks like his face in human form, its quite small
[23:53] Shadowcaller: It feels… like-like
[23:53] Shadowcaller: *life
[23:53] Wolfbane: Supporting Hope with one arm, he decides to try on the mask.
[23:54] Shadowcaller: When you do so, you are back in human form, just like you were before Zubera told you to pull off your mask
[23:54] Happy: Hope screams, and tries to get away from him.
[23:55] Happy: Before fainting.
[23:56] Wolfbane: Promise holds onto her and after he faints, picks her up with both arms. He carrys her and goes to find the others.
[23:56] Wolfbane: she*
[23:56] Shadowcaller: And there it ends
[23:56] Wolfbane: (Well, I was going to say that they needed to get back to the Inn, I imagine Hope needs to change and rest)
[23:57] Happy: (but something might change depending on what happens to the others)
[23:57] Shadowcaller: (you do that next session, when everyone can react to it.)
[23:57] Wolfbane: (True)

[15:44] Shadowcaller: Cessie: "Where is Hope and Promise?"
[15:44] Shadowcaller: "I saw them only a moment ago…"
[15:44] Happy: Simone looks around. "I not see them. How we not see them? Promise easy to find."
[15:44] Happy: O.o
[15:45] Murska: 'I don't think they're the type to stray off…'
[15:45] Wolfbane: (Horrible pun :P)
[15:45] Murska: (:P)
[15:46] Shadowcaller: "A large crowd, and they aren't used to the city…"
[15:46] Happy: (Link:
[15:46] Shadowcaller: "Maybe they just lost their way somewhere? This is a large place after all…"
[15:47] Shadowcaller: (Thats how they look like…)
[15:49] Murska: 'Which would seem more likely to you? They just happen to disappear when we're in this place we were lured to, we're being attacked by spirits and an influential Speaker and we've also made enemies in other circles… or something more sinister?'
[15:50] Happy: "They not just disappear. I would see them," Simone mutters. "They stand out in crowd."
[15:50] Shadowcaller: "Well, I lost sight of them for a second, and then they were gone."
[15:51] Happy: Their race, their clothing, their physical strength, Promise's large size, and especially his mark.
[15:51] Happy: Not to mention their unfamiliarity with crowds. They don't blend.
[15:51] Shadowcaller: "Sure, this place may not be the safest of places, but we can't assume the worst, not after Ai's death…"
[15:52] Murska: 'We should always assume the worst.'
[15:52] Murska: 'Now then, what do we do if it is the worst?'
[15:52] Shadowcaller: "I could not handle that.."
[15:52] Murska: 'Okay, second worst. We have to save them. Where might they be?'
[15:53] Shadowcaller: "We go look for them?"
[15:53] Shadowcaller: "I wonder if you can pay something extra to go back-stage here…"
[15:54] Happy: "Money talk," Simone says.
[15:54] Shadowcaller: "Simone, could you help me ask someone if we can do that?"
[15:55] Happy: Simone nods, and tries to pick out someone who looks like an insider.
[15:56] Murska: Aegnor's been scanning the crowd for a while now.
[15:56] Shadowcaller: A man that is dressed in a uniform very much like the one that gave you the tickets are watching the people exiting the theatre
[15:58] Shadowcaller: You can see all types of people exiting the theatre, but the most of them look like they are from richer stock
[16:00] Shadowcaller: Simone walks up to the man that don't seems to take her very seriosly
[16:00] Shadowcaller: "What do you want girl?"
[16:00] Happy: "My master wishes to know if he can pay to go backstage, Sir." Simone curtseys.
[16:01] Shadowcaller: "Who is your master girl? We can't let anyone in here."
[16:01] Happy: "He being friend of wizard Jopo."
[16:02] Shadowcaller: The man seems to regoonize the name "Oh, well, I'm sure we can make some kind of deal then."
[16:03] Happy: Simone tries to negotiate a price."
[16:03] Shadowcaller: She get it quite low, but the man demands to know the names of the person he is letting inside
[16:05] Shadowcaller: *persons
[16:06] Happy: "They being Maigin and Lessa," she says.
[16:06] Shadowcaller: "Okay, where are they then?" He picks up a keychain
[16:06] Shadowcaller: from his pocket
[16:07] Happy: "I bring them." She goes back to them. "Master Maigin, you are being permitted backstage with Mistress Lessa," she says to Aegnor, with a curtsey.
[16:08] Murska: 'Right. Thank you.'
[16:08] Murska: Aegnor follows her to the man.
[16:09] Shadowcaller: (did you pay him already?)
[16:09] Happy: (not unless Cessie gave Simone money)
[16:10] Shadowcaller: (she did not.)
[16:11] Shadowcaller: He looks at Aegnor and Cessie strangly "I need you to pay before I let you anywhere." (of course neither of them understand this.)
[16:11] Happy: Simone tells 'Lessa' the price.
[16:11] Shadowcaller: Cessie pretends that she understands the man and pays him without saying a word.
[16:12] Shadowcaller: The man shrugs and leads you deeper into the corridor
[16:13] Shadowcaller: Soon enough you come to a door that he unlocks, "If someone asks just tell them that Jin let you in."
[16:14] Shadowcaller: Cessie nods, still pretending that she understood that
[16:14] Happy: Simone enters, adopting a subservient posture, and translates in a low voice.
[16:15] Murska: Aegnor acts confidently and 'allows' the others to do all the work while standing nearby.
[16:15] Shadowcaller: Jin: "Just don't try to pull something off, this place got more eyes then you realize.."
[16:16] Shadowcaller: Then he waits for you to enter the room
[16:16] Happy: We enter.
[16:16] Shadowcaller: He closes the door after you
[16:17] Happy: *looks around, general scan for threats, escape routes, hiding places, etc* *as well as for signs of Hope or Promise*
[16:19] Shadowcaller: You are now in a very poorly litten room with ropes and small platforms that you assume are used by stageworkers
[16:19] Happy: Any people?
[16:19] Shadowcaller: Not what you can see
[16:20] Shadowcaller: Its completly silent in here
[16:20] Happy: sneak around
[16:22] Shadowcaller: You don't see very much around here, you can see corridors and doors leading off to other sections of the teathre thought
[16:23] Shadowcaller: There is two corridors and three doors, one ladder leading up to a higher level
[16:23] Shadowcaller: This place is a maze
[16:23] Happy: Simone looks to Aegnor for directions.
[16:23] Happy: *poke*
[16:24] Murska: Aegnor shrugs and decides on a random door.
[16:24] Shadowcaller: (You may invite me to the other chat.)
[16:24] Shadowcaller: (Random is not a choice.)
[16:24] Murska: (Well, the 'third' door then, at random.)
[16:29] Shadowcaller: You come in what looks like a storage room, there are large papper screens (not all of them blank like the one you saw), wooden buckets, ladders, ropes and a half empty wine bottle that someone appears to have left here for some reason
[16:30] Murska: (Grab the wine for the reunification party? )
[16:30] Wolfbane: (:P)
[16:31] Murska: 'Nothing here. Next room.'
[16:31] Happy: Any exits to this room?
[16:31] Shadowcaller: Not what you can see
[16:31] Happy: Room number 2 then
[16:33] Shadowcaller: In the second room there are a lot of costymes and masks, it appears to be some kind of dressing room
[16:34] Happy: (normal masks or zubera's type?)
[16:34] Shadowcaller: (Normal masks.)
[16:38] Murska: Anything special?
[16:39] Happy: no exits?
[16:39] Murska: That we'd notice
[16:39] Shadowcaller: (Any special costumes and/or masks?)
[16:39] Murska: (Any special anything)
[16:40] Happy: (any plot relevant stuff, of course :P)
[16:40] Happy: (oh, and Aegnor should be using the spyglass)
[16:40] Murska: (right)
[16:41] Murska: Aegnor checks the room with that.
[16:41] Murska: and totally did to the previous one
[16:43] Shadowcaller: WHen you look inside the spyglas and see a humanoid spirit dressed in what appears to be a vaiarity of different costumes stiched together with a lot of masks sewed into it, right now it wears a dragon mask
[16:44] Shadowcaller: It stands behind the only chair in the room
[16:45] Murska: /who are you?/
[16:45] Murska: brb
[16:46] Shadowcaller: The spirit speaks in a ever changing voice, from man to woman, from old to young, in different accents and tones
[16:47] Shadowcaller: /YoU SpEak?/
[16:48] Murska: /Yes, as you can see./
[16:48] Shadowcaller: Cessie: "Why are we stopping here? We need to coninue looking."
[16:48] Murska: 'There is a spirit. Wait a second.'
[16:49] Shadowcaller: /WHo aRE you? SpeAK firsT AND last./
[16:49] Shadowcaller: The spirit changes its mask, not it have a monkey mask
[16:49] Murska: /Um. Right now, I am Maigin./
[16:49] Shadowcaller: *now
[16:51] Shadowcaller: /NamE FOR nAme… I am THE Kami of ManY ACtS./
[16:51] Murska: /Glad to meet you. I wonder if you could help us?/
[16:52] Shadowcaller: /WHAT do you nEed?/
[16:52] Murska: /Two of our friends seem to have gone missing inside this building./
[16:52] Shadowcaller: /I sE, BuT YoU are noT acTors ArE yoU?/
[16:53] Murska: /No, I don't think we could be classified as that./
[16:53] Shadowcaller: /ArE yoUr FRIEnds acTors?/
[16:54] Murska: /No… Probably even less than us./
[16:55] Shadowcaller: /I ProTect tHe ACtors
[16:55] Shadowcaller: /
[16:55] Shadowcaller: /NOT EverYone./
[16:55] Murska: /Do you have any idea where they might be?/
[16:56] Shadowcaller: /THey Are… WIth THe MISTRess./
[16:56] Murska: (If it'd have refused to help, I'd totally have cited 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women are merely players')
[16:56] Murska: /Mistress? Zubera?/
[16:57] Shadowcaller: /THATs WhAt you CAll her./
[16:58] Shadowcaller: /I CaN Not HelP yOu wiTH that, She HAve Claimed This Place after ALl./
[16:59] Murska: /Thank you for the information, then./
[16:59] Murska: 'They're apparently with Zubera.'
[16:59] Shadowcaller: "It told you that?"
[16:59] Murska: (Hmm, epic band name.)
[16:59] Murska: 'Yeah.'
[16:59] Murska: (Pharmakon)
[16:59] Happy: "What do that mean?!
[17:00] Shadowcaller: "Zubera?.. oh no."
[17:00] Murska: 'I don't know, but it can't be good.
[17:01] Shadowcaller: "We must find them, somehow."
[17:02] Shadowcaller: "If she would do anything… I swear…"
[17:02] Shadowcaller: "We need to find them." She repeats and goes off
[17:03] Murska: Aegnor follows her. 'Do you think we can find them in this house if Zubera doesn't want them to be found?'
[17:03] Shadowcaller: "We need to, we don't got a choice."
[17:04] Shadowcaller: She goes into the first corridor
[17:05] Happy: Simone stays near 'Maigin'
[17:06] Murska: (She isn't searching very effectively. Check rooms first, then corridors since corridors lead to somewhere with more places to search while rooms often don't)
[17:06] Murska: Aegnor goes after her.
[17:07] Shadowcaller: (SHe never claim to be good at searching, she is a wizard after all^^)
[17:08] Happy: "Miss Lessa, there still being one more room," Simone says
[17:08] Shadowcaller: The corridor leads into a large room, it appears to be a stage of some kind
[17:09] Shadowcaller: Its empty
[17:09] Shadowcaller: "Um, okay, maybe thats a better idea, this place is confusing."
[17:10] Shadowcaller: She goes back to the first room
[17:10] Happy: Simone goes into the first room
[17:11] Shadowcaller: She opens the last door, it appears to be some kind of bed room
[17:11] Shadowcaller: Some of the bebs are occupied…
[17:11] Shadowcaller: 'beds
[17:12] Murska: Aegnor quickly scans the room and then motions the others to leave quietly, unless they see something interesting enough to make them stay.
[17:13] Shadowcaller: Not really, unless Simone wants to speak to the people at the theatre
[17:13] Happy: She's being obedient for the moment.
[17:14] Shadowcaller: Then you close the door again
[17:14] Happy: is there anything left other than the ladder/
[17:14] Shadowcaller: And the other corridor
[17:15] Happy: the other corridor t hen
[17:16] Shadowcaller: As you walk down in it, you can see yet another stage, this one is not empty, there are actors there doing some kind of play with costumes
[17:17] Happy: Are there any who are not busy?
[17:17] Shadowcaller: You can hear the audiences cheers as one of the actors do a backflip
[17:18] Shadowcaller: Yes, some of the people appears not to be in sight of the audience, either waiting to enter the sate or not being actors
[17:18] Shadowcaller: (brb, food.)
[17:19] Happy: Simone approaches one who looks like he isn't being terribly attentive (so hopefully not urgently needed for anything on stage)
[17:20] Murska: Aegnor scans this room with the spyglass aswell.
[17:27] Shadowcaller: (Back.)
[17:29] Shadowcaller: Simone walks up to a person that appears to be a stage worker, He don't say anything but makes some gestures that she assumes means she should be quiet
[17:29] Happy: She stays quiet then.
[17:29] Shadowcaller: Aegnor can see second person behind one of the actors on the stage
[17:29] Shadowcaller: *a
[17:29] Murska: What's that person like?
[17:31] Shadowcaller: The second person is pure white, much like the traditional version of the ghost
[17:31] Shadowcaller: It follows the actors every move
[17:34] Happy: Simone tries to find someone she can talk to
[17:35] Shadowcaller: Its hard to see the person faces beacuse of the darknees, but she can regnoize one of them… Sim
[17:35] Happy: She returns to Aegnor, trying not to be seen by Sim.
[17:36] Shadowcaller: He is focused on the stage, don't notice you at all
[17:36] Happy: And tell Aegnor, in a low voice, that she's seen Sim.
[17:37] Murska: Aegnor, who has no idea who Sim is?
[17:38] Happy: (She told him. The guy she met who watned her to steal the flute)
[17:38] Murska: (She told his name, too, then?)
[17:39] Murska: 'Right… I don't think they'd be here, anyway.'
[17:39] Happy: "It being Sim, man who want me steal flute."
[17:39] Shadowcaller: Cessie: "What are you talking about?" *low voice*
[17:40] Murska: 'Someone who we don't want to see Simone is here.' Aegnor starts motioning them back out of the room.
[17:41] Shadowcaller: She follows them away from the stage "Who exactly?" She says once you are some distance away from the stage
[17:42] Murska: 'The man who asked her to steal the flute from the guild hall.'
[17:43] Shadowcaller: "I see… well, we still need to find Promise and Hoper (that are returning from ZUberas play right now.)
[17:43] Murska: 'Well, I didn't see them there.'
[17:43] Shadowcaller: "So, we need to look for them else where."
[17:43] Murska: Aegnor heads back to the spot with the three rooms and two corridors and ladder upwards.
[17:44] Murska: 'This way then?'
[17:44] Murska: *referring to ladder*
[17:44] Shadowcaller: Cessie follows him up the ladder
[17:44] Shadowcaller: (if he goes that way that is.)
[17:44] Murska: yup
[17:45] Happy: Simone scampers up it easily.
[17:47] Shadowcaller: When you climb up the ladder you find yourself on the upper stage area, from here you can see the lanterns lighting up the stages and the ropes used to pull the curtains and papper screens
[17:47] Shadowcaller: You can see a few stage workers here, but they are too focused on their work to notice you
[17:48] Murska: I scan the area with the spyglass, again.
[17:48] Shadowcaller: At the same time Promise and Hope walks out the theatre and into the first corridor, Jin (That they don't know the name off) stares at them confused.
[17:49] Happy: Simone tries to use the vantage point to look for Promise and Hope.
[17:49] Happy: Hope is unconscious and being carried.
[17:50] Shadowcaller: Aegnor can see a woman in white floating above the stage they were at a few moments ago
[17:51] Shadowcaller: She appears to be watching the play with intrest
[17:51] Shadowcaller: Cessie: "Do you see anything?"
[17:51] Murska: 'There's a spirit, watching the play.'
[17:52] Murska: /Excuse me…/
[17:52] Shadowcaller: Simone see the public down there, but nothing else
[17:53] Shadowcaller: The woman looks up at you, shocked. /You!/ you recgonize the voice…
[17:53] Wolfbane: Promise looks around for the others, ignoring Jin.
[17:53] Shadowcaller: The spyglas starts to shake
[17:54] Happy: O.O
[17:54] Happy: it's the murderer!
[17:55] Shadowcaller: Promise can't see any of the others, Jin is trying to ask him of something thought
[17:55] Murska: 'It's hostile! Get away!'
[17:55] Happy: Simone flees back the way they came.
[17:55] Shadowcaller: The white woman floats closer to Simone
[17:55] Happy: Hope starts to stir in Promise's arms.
[17:56] Murska: Aegnor tries to position himself between the spirit and the others and leaves last.
[17:56] Shadowcaller: Cessie: "Where is it?"
[17:56] Wolfbane: Does Promise understand anything that the guy is saying?
[17:57] Shadowcaller: (he dose not.)
[17:57] Happy: (I guess Zubera's mask doesn't do that much)
[17:57] Murska: 'Follow Simone!' Aegnor tries to send a call out to Kowa-Tengu for help, mentally.
[17:57] Wolfbane: Promise shakes his head. "I can't understand you."
[17:58] Happy: Simone is retreating at high speed, completely at ease at the heights.
[17:58] Shadowcaller: The woman draws closer, but suddenly a huge bird like spirit places itself between you and it
[17:59] Shadowcaller: /What is this? You try to stop us?/
[17:59] Shadowcaller: (woman)
[17:59] Murska: Aegnor goes down the ladder after Cessie.
[18:01] Shadowcaller: You find yourself in the first room again
[18:01] Murska: /Be careful!/ at Kowa-Tengu while running towards the exit from the building.
[18:01] Happy: As soon as she's down the steps, Simone draws her knife. (the normal one, not the magic one, since Arik has that)
[18:02] Happy: Simone follows Aegnor.
[18:02] Shadowcaller: Cessie follows you, still confused of whats going on
[18:03] Shadowcaller: You can see Promise at the exit, holding a apperently passed out Hope
[18:04] Shadowcaller: Jin is trying to get them out of the building
[18:05] Wolfbane: Promise ignores Jin and shifts his hold on Hope, trying to get her a little more comfortable. (does he see them?)
[18:05] Shadowcaller: (not yet, but I think you will in a second…)
[18:05] Happy: Hope is stirring a bit, and whimpering, but doesn't seem fully conscious.
[18:06] Happy: Simone probably outruns the others
[18:06] Wolfbane: Promise sets Hope down for only a moment to wrap her in his cloak before picking her back up again.
[18:06] Shadowcaller: You can hear a scream coming from inside the theatre
[18:07] Shadowcaller: Then the sound of a lot of people moving around
[18:07] Shadowcaller: You can see the others now, running toward you
[18:09] Happy: Simone tries to dart past them and outside the building.
[18:09] Shadowcaller: She dose so, just before the theatre doors open and a lot of paniced people runs out of it
[18:10] Wolfbane: Promise lets Simone past and looks at the others. "We need to get to the Inn, Hope passed out, I'll explain later."
[18:10] Shadowcaller: Cessie and Aegnor finds the way out blocked by the panicing crowd
[18:11] Wolfbane: "Whats happened?"
[18:11] Shadowcaller: (You ask Simone?)
[18:11] Wolfbane: (If she is nearby)
[18:12] Happy: Simone went out the door
[18:12] Happy: She's looking for a hiding place nearby.
[18:13] Shadowcaller: (You can't ask Aegnor or Cessie that are on the other side of the crowd.)
[18:13] Wolfbane: (oh)
[18:13] Wolfbane: (Which side?)
[18:13] Happy: (you'd better leave before the crowd gets to you)
[18:13] Wolfbane: Promise leaves, carrying Hope.
[18:13] Shadowcaller: They are are tying to exit the house of masks as fast as possible
[18:14] Murska: Aegnor stays with Cessie and helps her out, using a lot of elbowing.
[18:14] Happy: As soon as she sees them, Simone darts out and grabs Promise's hand, pulling him (or attempting to) towards an alley, to avoid the crowds.
[18:15] Shadowcaller: /You will be punished for this speaker, I will kill your lover personally./
[18:15] Shadowcaller: (Aegnor can hear.)
[18:15] Murska: /Yeah, screw you. It's not like I did anything./
[18:15] Wolfbane: Promise goes with Simone.
[18:16] Happy: "Stay yhere. I be finding others."
[18:16] Shadowcaller: Simone dose so, soon after a huge group of people leaves the building.
[18:16] Happy: Simone scans the crowd for Aegnor and Cessie.
[18:16] Shadowcaller: You can soon find them, trying to make their way out of the building
[18:17] Murska: Aegnor heads for the alley aswell.
[18:17] Happy: Simone darts through the crowd to them, and leads them back to Promise.
[18:17] Murska: (Or an alley)
[18:17] Murska: (but yeah, that happens)
[18:17] Happy: And then back to the inn, via side roads rather than the main roads.
[18:18] Murska: Aegnor tries to contact Kowa-Tengu to see if it's okay.
[18:18] Shadowcaller: You are all soon gathered in a back-alley
[18:18] Shadowcaller: Kowa-Tengu: /Speaker?/
[18:18] Happy: "What happen to Miss Hope?"
[18:19] Murska: /Are you okay?/
[18:19] Shadowcaller: /Yes… but the same thing can not be said about the poor mortal here…/
[18:19] Wolfbane: "She passed out, we have to get to the inn so I can take care of her. I'll explain everything when we get back behind closed doors."
[18:20] Shadowcaller: Cessie: "Sounds like a plan to me, you all got some explaining to do…"
[18:20] Wolfbane: Promise nods. "Once I make sure Hope is okay first."
[18:20] Murska: /What happened?/
[18:21] Happy: Hope opens her eyes, but doesn't seem to focus on anything. "Pro… Pro…"
[18:21] Shadowcaller: /She materalized, floated down to the mortal… and killed him./
[18:22] Shadowcaller: /Then the coward fled the scene./
[18:22] Wolfbane: Promise holds her tightly. "It is okay, I am here."
[18:22] Shadowcaller: Cessie looks worried at hope, "…lets go to the inn, now."
[18:23] Murska: /I think she'd have killed us, if not for you…/
[18:23] Happy: "Don't… don't… let… " She's trembling, again, smelling of fear.
[18:23] Murska: Aegnor leads the way with Simone. 'The spirit that saved us is, luckily, okay. But someone was killed.'
[18:23] Shadowcaller: /But I could not save him… I hope you can stop this speaker, I can not stand to see this injustice./
[18:24] Murska: /I will try./
[18:24] Happy: "…her… take… me…"
[18:24] Shadowcaller: /And I will serve you as long as you do./
[18:24] Wolfbane: "Its okay Hope, you are safe. I won't let her."
[18:25] Happy: Simone: "Was it same spirit that kill Miss Ai?"
[18:25] Shadowcaller: You walk away from the house of masks, out into the streets again, people are still leaving the house as you escape the place
[18:26] Happy: Her voice is saddened and scared.
[18:26] Murska: /For that, I am very grateful./ 'Yeah.' (Even though nobody ever told me…)
[18:26] Happy: (I'm sure Hope described the woman at some point -.-)
[18:27] Shadowcaller: You soon come to the red bridge again, there are guards coming from all directions now, presumable going to the house of masks
[18:28] Shadowcaller: Finally you have reached the inn again, safe, for now
d with his help.

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