Kyou 64

[21:02] Happy: I guess since Murska is busy we can do Hope and Ai
[21:03] Shadowcaller: If you wish, Hope and Kuori then?
[21:03] Happy: which first?
[21:04] Shadowcaller: you decide
[21:06] Shadowcaller: >.>
[21:07] Happy: Ai
[21:07] Shadowcaller: Okay, Ai then
[21:07] Happy: I guess she has to go to Nega's realm?
[21:07] Shadowcaller: Yeah
[21:07] Shadowcaller: When did she go there?
[21:08] Happy: Between Simone's nightmare and the trial
[21:08] Shadowcaller: Hm, okay
[21:10] Shadowcaller: She enter Negas realm then at the exact same place where she fist entered it when they first came to the realm of gods
[21:10] Shadowcaller: This time however, there are no servants there
[21:11] Happy: Is there anyone there at all?
[21:11] Shadowcaller: Nope
[21:12] Shadowcaller: But after a while she can feel Nega's voice fill her head with her musical tone
[21:12] Shadowcaller: "Welcome back Hope, it is good to feel your presense again."
[21:13] Happy: "Thank you Nega. "
[21:14] Happy: "You probably know why I wanted to return here."
[21:15] Shadowcaller: "I suspect that you wish to see Ai again, or at least what is left of him."
[21:15] Happy: "Very much so. I think of him every day."
[21:17] Shadowcaller: (You hear this inside your head, but its very different from normal telepathy, hence the different exclamation marks.)
[21:18] Shadowcaller: "He wishes to see you too… hand on and I will move you."
[21:20] Shadowcaller: When Hope blinks she is someplace else, its a forest, filled with snow, but the temprature here is still the same and very plesant. The snow actually feels a bit warm to touch.
[21:21] Shadowcaller: She can caught glances of white, mist-like creatures moving between the trees
[21:23] Shadowcaller: Nega; "He should be around here somewhere… I will leave you two alone now."
[21:23] Happy: Hope looks around for anything that might make her think of Ai. Of course, his appearance could be anything.
[21:24] Murska: back
[21:25] Shadowcaller: "Hope?" A otherwordly voice comes behind her
[21:25] Happy: "Ai?"
[21:27] Shadowcaller: As she turns around she can see a misty-shapeless creature, it dosen't look like Ai, but as it speaks again, it can't be none then him "How long… I can't remmeber when I left you."
[21:27] Shadowcaller: *remember
[21:28] Shadowcaller: "How long has it been? I-" Ai seems very unsure of himself
[21:29] Happy: (I don't remember? A couple of months?)
[21:29] Shadowcaller: (Weels more like it.)
[21:29] Shadowcaller: *weeks
[21:30] Happy: "A few weeks. But it seems like so much longer. I've missed you so much."
[21:31] Shadowcaller: "I- missed you too Hope, I missed the others too… but- but I can't even remember their names anymore." Ai's voice is sadder then usual, this is not exactly how you remember him.
[21:33] Happy: "I should have been faster… I should have been able to save you…" Hope's eyes are filling with tears.
[21:36] Shadowcaller: "Don't cry- its okay, everything is okay Hope. I'm- I just wake up, you made me wake up Hope."
[21:37] Shadowcaller: "I think I have been sleeping, I can't remember…"
[21:38] Shadowcaller: Two white eyes forms in the mist, they look at her, saddened.
[21:39] Happy: "It's better than…. when you were trapped in the Legion… right?"
[21:40] Shadowcaller: "Of course it is Hope, you saved me from the only fate I could not have lived with, to never be able to see you again."
[21:40] Shadowcaller: "I was killed wasn't I?"
[21:41] Happy: "Yes. The spirit Yuki-joro killed you. We still haven't found her yet to stop her, but at least we set the souls free that she was capturing."
[21:42] Shadowcaller: "Its okay- I remember it now…. she was confused, so very afraid…"
[21:43] Shadowcaller: "You don't hate her do you?"
[21:44] Happy: "Of course I do… she took you from us."
[21:45] Shadowcaller: "Please don't, I don't hat her Hope, despite what she did. Hate twists and hurts, she was filled with it and just see what it made her do."
[21:45] Shadowcaller: *hate
[21:50] Happy: "For you… for you I will try. You make me try to be a better person. You and Promise are my role models."
[21:51] Shadowcaller: "I'm proud that someone would look at me that way Hope… you really are a special person. Can- can you please remind me who the others were?"
[21:53] Happy: "Do you remember when you were a witness at my mating ceremony with Promise? In the jungle with the Wolfen tribe?" Hope smiles at the memory of it.
[21:54] Shadowcaller: "How could I forget that Hope? How could I possibly forget that?"
[21:54] Shadowcaller: "I remember Promise too… that was the best moment of your, and possibly my life."
[21:55] Happy: "And Cessie and Aegnor were there. He was playing music, and she was uncomfortable because it was in the wild and she didn't know the language.
[21:59] Shadowcaller: "Yes… I remember it that… how could I have forgotten? How could I possibly have…" For a moment Ai appears deeply saddened with his fate, but he quickly recovers "No, this should be a happy moment, I don't want you to suffer more beacuse what happed to me Hope."
[22:01] Happy: "But what is it like for you? If you can't remember what has passed?"
[22:03] Shadowcaller: "It feels like I'm still sleeping somehow… which is strange since I haven't slept since I was a mortal. Everything have been a haze before you came here. Now everything is slowly returning to me.. bit by bit."
[22:04] Happy: "Is this where everyone goes? Or only Nega's followers?"
[22:05] Shadowcaller: "I don't know, I was never really aware of this place when I was alive. Its strange really…"
[22:08] Shadowcaller: "But its better then being gone forever like others are…"
[22:09] Happy: "Do you see anyone else? I know you don't like to be alone."
[22:10] Shadowcaller: "I'm have hardly been aware of the world around me before you came Hope. Its as misty as this form I currently have I'm afraid."
[22:12] Happy: "It sounds awful… like you don't exist unless someone asks for you."
[22:12] Shadowcaller: (The life of a NPC eh?:P)
[22:12] Happy: (unless you're Arik. He's always scheming off-screen)
[22:13] Shadowcaller: (Or Helios I guess, or a major villian.)
[22:14] Shadowcaller: "Its okay Hope, it could be worse, so much worse…"
[22:19] Shadowcaller: "Sorry, didn't mean to fade off like that." The eyes blinks "So, what have happend to you? To everyone?"
[22:22] Happy: "We found a village of Wolfen and Elves who are free, and we've been fighting to make sure they stay that way. Helena has chosen to be their goddess."
[22:23] Shadowcaller: "That is good news Hope, freedom is something everyone deserves."
[22:23] Shadowcaller: *that's
[22:24] Shadowcaller: "Helena will make a great godess to them, she deserves to be loved too, and they deserve to be loved by her."
[22:25] Happy: "We are doing our best for them. I wish there was some way you could see it."
[22:26] Shadowcaller: "Maybe Nega can show me it some day… if I remember asking her."
[22:26] Happy: "It isn't fair. The gods can manifest, why can't you?"
[22:27] Shadowcaller: "I'm dead Hope, I'm very glad that we are even able to talk here…"
[22:30] Shadowcaller: "I don't know how death works… but I don't think I can return there."
[22:33] Happy: "I love you, Ai."
[22:34] Shadowcaller: "I know Hope, I always knew that. And I always loved you Hope, there is nothing in the world that can change that, not even death."
[22:36] Shadowcaller: "That love makes me remember… it prevents me to fade away into nothingness."
[22:39] Shadowcaller: "Know that I will always be here for you Hope, no matter what. If you need me… just return here and I will be here."
[22:39] Happy: "And Nega can always call on me for you, Ai. You will always be in my heart."
[22:41] Shadowcaller: "I never imagined otherwise Hope, I'm glad that I may have helped you and the others in your little group to a better life…"
[22:42] Shadowcaller: "How is Simone? Aegnor? Cessie? Promise?"
[22:44] Happy: "Oh, Ai, you wouldn't believe… Promise brought Zubera back to herself. She is making amends for what she did, and I think Kuori has forgiven her."
[22:48] Shadowcaller: "I'm so very proud of him… ages of hatred ended… I can remember how many lives that was ended beacuse of that conflict. He ended it peacefully, after so many lives that had been lost. I'm so very, very proud of him… He is the only one for you Hope, you are both very special."
[22:48] Shadowcaller: "Zubera was saved from hatred, and in turn Kuori was cured of his hate toward her."
[22:50] Happy: "He went to the spirit realm to find a protector for the people of Gallion. He hasn't returned yet, but I know that he will."
[22:51] Shadowcaller: "Of course he will Hope, never belive otherwise. Such special persons never dissapear out of our lives."
[22:53] Shadowcaller: "What of the others then?"
[22:55] Happy: "Simone - she's learning to trust people. Aegnor, at least."
[22:56] Shadowcaller: "I knew she would, in time. Be patient with her Hope, its nothing that should be rushed, she will take her own time with it."
[22:59] Shadowcaller: "Aegnor and her… they share the same pain, I'm sure they will use what they learned of it to make contact with each other. He might help her overcome it, as he have done a bit himself."
[23:02] Happy: "Cessie hasn't changed at all. She's so much in love with Aegnor, and he with her."
[23:05] Shadowcaller: "She is afraid of change, she tries to prevent it. I had hope Aegnor would help her overcome that fear. But I guess it will take time for her too. It even took a lot for her to admit that love… for me and her."
[23:10] Shadowcaller: "Aegnor then, how is he doing?"
[23:11] Happy: "It's been good for him, being with elves again, since we found the village. He's been the one leading us."
[23:14] Shadowcaller: "I always seen it within him, if the fates would have been different, he might have been a great leader to his people. I really hope he can overcome the evils that have befallen him, I still sensed a pain deep inside of him last time I saw him."
[23:15] Shadowcaller: "He changes the world around him… but he will need to be able to change himself too, to free himself from that pain."
[23:21] Happy: "I think he's changed the most of all of us, since we met."
[23:22] Shadowcaller: "Indeed, the fates twist around him… I think the fates have something great for him in mind."
[23:24] Shadowcaller: "What are you all doing now then?"
[23:28] Happy: "Something strange, as usual. Someone came into this realm to kill gods, and we found him and stopped him. I suppose we'll all be going back to the mortal realm soon."
[23:29] Shadowcaller: "Yes the fates really are twisting around you… but I have asked you so much, is there something you like to ask me? Anything at all?"
[23:36] Happy: "I only wanted to know that you were safe and… happy… " her voice trailed off.
[23:38] Shadowcaller: "I'm happy now Hope, more happier then I would have ever been if you had not visit."
[23:39] Happy: "I should go… I'm not sure how long we can stay in these realms."
[23:40] Shadowcaller: "I know you will return, so I'm not saddened. Go and help your friends Hope, I will be here waiting for your return."
[23:43] Shadowcaller: "Don't ever worry about me Hope, I'm already dead after all, no ills can befall me."
[23:44] Happy: "I will return, whenever I can."
[23:44] Shadowcaller: "I know you will, don't worry."
[23:45] Happy: Hope puts out her hand toward the eyes, but of course there's nothing there to embrace.
[23:48] Shadowcaller: She feels the something warm as her hands touches the mist, but nothing else. "I- Nega might grant me a form later on."
[23:51] Happy: "I'm sure she will grant you anything you desire," Hope says, blinking back tears again. "I will see you again. I promise."
[23:52] Shadowcaller: "Yes, I will see you again Hope. I hope I will see the others too next time we met."
[23:53] Happy: Hope smiles at him one last time, and then wonders if Nega will know when she's ready to leave.
[23:55] Shadowcaller: Nega: "I know your mind Hope… next time you met, it will be much better. I- I think you will need to go now anyway, there is something I need to attend to."
[23:56] Happy: Hope doesn't speak, but Nega should feel her agreement.
[23:57] Shadowcaller: Hope see how Ai's misty form disappears aswell as the snowy landscape, she is now back in Helenas realm again,
[00:00] Shadowcaller: (So, what now?)
[00:01] Happy: (Kuori? Or all of us? Or finish for the night?)
[00:02] Shadowcaller: (I'm not tired at all yet actually, but I'm going after you here.)
[00:02] Murska: (I haven't done anything yet!)
[00:02] Shadowcaller: (Indeed.)
[00:03] Shadowcaller: (We could do the return, with Aegnor in focus:P. Then we can do Kuori later on.)
[00:04] Happy: (It's DC's birthday now, at least in my time zone.)
[00:04] Shadowcaller: (Good for him.)
[00:05] Shadowcaller: (No one remembered my birthday. Except the forum itself^^ and all my relatives of course…)
[00:05] Happy: I only remembered because Maggy reminded me a few days ago so I put a reminder in my Outlook. When was your birthday?
[00:06] Shadowcaller: 24 feburary
[00:06] Murska: 28 January for me
[00:07] Happy: heh… so SC's was right about the time we were just getting started with IF
[00:08] Shadowcaller: hm?
[00:08] Happy: Wasn't it back in February that we started?
[00:09] Shadowcaller: Um, yeah
[00:10] Shadowcaller: But anyway, should we do the return to Kyou=
[00:10] Shadowcaller: *?
[00:11] Murska: Aegnor oughta talk to Simone at some point, quickly. About the differences of a normal knife and a ghost touch one.
[00:11] Happy: Helios's library disappears, and the party finds themselves once again in the warehouse in Kyou.
[00:11] Happy: (Sure, go ahead.)
[00:11] Murska: (I don't think we've had time yet.)
[00:11] Shadowcaller: (sure, I can watch.)
[00:12] Shadowcaller: (You decide since its both your characters:P)
[00:13] Happy: (They were talking about the dagger and the items. He could have done it then.)
[00:14] Murska: ('kay, well, I suppose. Who starts?)=
[00:15] Shadowcaller: (Well, its not me at least)
[00:16] Happy: (Go back to when he first handed her the knife.)
[00:17] Murska: ('kay… lessee. Where was that…)
[00:17] Murska: (Or we could skip the RP and I just say what he said. Easier.)
[00:18] Shadowcaller: (Its won't be much really.)
[00:18] Happy: (sure)
[00:20] Murska: (So, he tells her about how 1: Spirits will most likely outclass her so, again, she shouldn't fight. 2: They'll probably be overconfident if she keeps the knife hidden. 3: She needs some way to see them for any effectiveness at all. 4: The spirits don't have protection from it so stabbing motions are less useful and slicing is viable, and in many cases even preferred.
[00:24] Shadowcaller: (Hm, okay. Are wo going back to kyou now?)
[00:28] Happy: Helios's library disappears, and the party finds themselves once again in the warehouse in Kyou.
[00:28] Murska: (Ooh. W/W role.)
[00:28] Shadowcaller: (Is Arik or the undead there? What time is it?)
[00:28] Murska: (*opens* v.v come on…)
[00:30] Happy: The first thing you notice is the smell. One of the undead elves is lying near the ritual circle, cut to pieces.
[00:30] Happy: There's no sign of Arik or any 'living' undead. You can't tell the time of day from inside the building, except that it's daylight.
[00:31] Shadowcaller: "Arik…" Cessie says with a low voice. "He must have- he must have escaped."
[00:32] Murska: 'We better, aswell. How many fly-spells do you have?'
[00:33] Shadowcaller: "Three since I have just rested."
[00:34] Murska: 'The boats are probably away since it seems it's lit. Maybe we could hide and wait for nightfall, then have you signal them to get back if possible.'
[00:34] Shadowcaller: "We should try to see whats going on outside before we make any plans… I could make one of you invisible."
[00:35] Happy: "I not need spell for that," Simone says. "I know this city pretty good."
[00:35] Murska: 'Maybe you should contact Suroshian and see how they've been doing.'
[00:35] Shadowcaller: "Already?" Cessie asks, sounding a bit surprised.
[00:36] Shadowcaller: "I will try…"
[00:36] Shadowcaller: /Suroshian?/
[00:36] Happy: /Cessie?/
[00:38] Shadowcaller: /Yes, its me. WHats going on out there? How long have it been since you dropped us off at Kyou?/
[00:39] Happy: /Two days. But Helena sent word through the priestesses that you were safe./
[00:40] Shadowcaller: /Thats very good, but we need to know whats going on outside, we have been away from the mortal realm for quite some time after all…/
[00:48] Happy: /We haven't had anywhere near the problems you have. Yokai tells us there are angry spirits, but he keeps them from us./ (We still need to think of what we would have named him)
[00:50] Shadowcaller: (Hm, yeah.)
[00:50] Shadowcaller: /So you are okay then? There have been no counter attacks or such things?/
[00:51] Happy: (We're leaving Murska out again…)
[00:51] Shadowcaller: (Well…:P)
[00:51] Happy: (Aegnor should look around the warehouse…)
[00:52] Murska: He does that, then. :P
[00:55] Happy: The casting circle has been rubbed out, but of course there was no blood from where Arik had been stabbed. There are some puddles of wax where the candles burned all the way down, and in one of them, there is a fold of parchment, obviously having been stuck in while the wax was still warm.
[00:55] Happy: /Our scouts haven't seen any sign of any soldiers. It's got us somewhat on edge, actually./
[00:56] Murska: Aegnor grabs the parchment and examines it
[00:56] Shadowcaller: /Do you know whats going on in Kyou right now?/
[01:00] Happy: It's hastily written, and in Hestopian. Arik's handwriting.
[01:01] Happy: /No we don't. But we'll send the boats again once it's dark. Same place. You'll be there?/
[01:01] Shadowcaller: /Of course, but it might not be safe… I report back to you once we know more whats going on in here./
[01:03] Happy: /Very well./
[01:05] Shadowcaller: "Suroshian and Gallion is safe for now, they haven't even seen any soldiers from Kyou. I think we need to find out whats going on here thought."
[01:06] Murska: Aegnor hands the note to Cessie.
[01:06] Murska: 'Arik left this.'
[01:06] Shadowcaller: Her eyes widen a bit and she carefully reads the note silently
[01:08] Happy: 'Kyou in revolt. Not safe. GET OUT!'
[01:08] Shadowcaller: "It says… Kyou is in revolt."
[01:08] Shadowcaller: "And that we need to get out of here."
[01:13] Murska: 'Hm. Well, good for him to say after we relied on his flight spells on our exit.'
[01:14] Shadowcaller: "I could make myself invisible and make it out on my own."
[01:16] Murska: 'We'd best stay together. Are the boats able to come pick us up at night?'
[01:16] Shadowcaller: "Suroshian claims so, but he have no idea whats going on here."
[01:17] Shadowcaller: "For all we know, the harbors might be blocked."
[01:18] Happy: "We should go and find out, at least. Could you disguise us as natives?" Hope asks.
[01:19] Shadowcaller: "Err … I think so."
[01:20] Shadowcaller: Cessie attempts to create illusions on the party, they might get sensed by a mage however
[01:23] Happy: "At least you know he okay," Simone says to Cessie.
[01:24] Shadowcaller: "Yeah… but I knew he would make it."
[01:25] Shadowcaller: "I'm more worried about us."
[01:26] Shadowcaller: /Suroshian?/
[01:26] Happy: "Hmph. We survive worse than this before."
[01:26] Happy: /Yes?/
[01:26] Shadowcaller: /There have been a revolt in Kyou apperently./
[01:29] Shadowcaller: /I report back once I learn more of this./
[01:29] Happy: /Hmm… that might explain why we haven't seen a counterattack./
[01:29] Happy: /Be careful./
[01:30] Shadowcaller: /We will./
[01:31] Shadowcaller: "Who can scout?"
[01:31] Happy: "I can," Simone says.
[01:33] Shadowcaller: "Everyone okay with sending out her to scout?"
[01:33] Shadowcaller: (Is the illusions on?)
[01:33] Happy: (Yes. Everyone looks like locals.)
[01:36] Happy: "I hate to but… she's better at it than I would be."
[01:37] Murska: 'Yeah. And less noticeable.'
[01:37] Shadowcaller: "Your free to go then Simone."
[01:38] Murska: 'Just be careful and get back if the streets are too unsafe.'
[01:38] Happy: Simone slips out. (time skip) And returns.
[01:39] Murska: Meanwhile Aegnor checks the second floor for anything.
[01:39] Happy: Whatever stuff would typically be in a warehouse…. *no idea*
[01:40] Murska: Access to roof?
[01:41] Happy: Yes.
[01:41] Murska: He climbs to the roof then and looks around.
[01:44] Happy: The streets are rather empty in the part of town where they are, but towards the center of town, he can see in the distance that crowds are gathering. Fortunately for you, the harbour is the other way.
[01:44] Murska: Any sign of military forces?
[01:45] Happy: He can probably make out a few uniforms in places… mostly around the more important buildings. Most of the crowds seem to be angry civilians.
[01:48] Shadowcaller: (can he hear what they are angry about?)
[01:51] Happy: No. Much too far away.
[01:53] Murska: He returns downstairs and tells this to people. And then timeskip.
[01:53] Shadowcaller: Cessie: "What did you see Simone?"
[01:57] Happy: "People saying the emperor was …. " she stops, trying to think of the right word in common. "… someone else take his place. Some people thinking emperor is killed, and others that he arrested. Soldiers trying to keep peace, but people are angry. Blame emperor for everything that happen."
[01:58] Murska: 'Is the harbour clear?'
[01:58] Shadowcaller: "Just what I wa going to ask."
[01:58] Shadowcaller: *wa
[01:58] Shadowcaller: *was
[02:00] Happy: "Yes. If we careful."
[02:00] Shadowcaller: "We wil risk their lives too if we ask them to come and get us…"
[02:00] Shadowcaller: "What do you think we should do?"
[02:02] Happy: "They would know the streets of Kyou no better than we do," Hope says.
[02:03] Murska: 'Besides, how else would we get out?'
[02:03] Shadowcaller: "Fly? Invisibilitt"
[02:03] Shadowcaller: *Invsibility
[02:04] Happy: "I don't think you can make us all invisible."
[02:05] Shadowcaller: "Well, I can make some of you able to fly and some of you invisible…"
[02:06] Murska: 'How would the invisible ones get out? I saw the crowds blocking some streets and it's common prodecure that during rioting, gates are closed and under heavy guard.'
[02:07] Happy: "Harbour safest way out," Simone says. "We just act like we belong, and nobody bother us."
[02:08] Shadowcaller: "I don't know… even if we can'g get out with invisibility, I would rather keep myself invisible while waiting then risk getting caught by the guards."
[02:09] Happy: "Aegnor? What do you think?" Hope asks.
[02:11] Murska: 'Well, I could keep watch on the roof and warn if anyone's coming this way.'
[02:12] Shadowcaller: "Yeah, we better stay here until nightfall."
[02:12] Shadowcaller: /I guess you need to pick us up with the boats then./
[02:12] Shadowcaller: /Be very careful./
[02:13] Happy: Fortunately, it's late afternoon. So there isn't long to wait.
[02:15] Shadowcaller: I guess we sneak out then, Cessie makes herself invisible, just in case.
[02:16] Murska: Aegnor kept watch on the roof. And then as night falls, they move towards the harbour, which is pretty much right next door since we were in a warehouse.
[02:16] Happy: As nightfalls, Aegnor can see fires in the city. Though it isn't complete anarchy yet.
[02:19] Shadowcaller: He says anything special to us, or do we just sneak out?
[02:20] Happy: I don't know, Aegnor, do you?
[02:20] Murska: Nothing special.
[02:20] Murska: He assumes people know what rioting is.
[02:22] Shadowcaller: We exit the storage house then
[02:23] Happy: You make your way through the streets. I assume Cessie is holding on to someone so they won't lose her?
[02:24] Shadowcaller: Well, she isn't that bad on the streets actaully >.>
[02:25] Happy: Yes, but if she got separated, no one could see where she was.
[02:25] Shadowcaller: Oh right, yes she dose
[02:26] Shadowcaller: Aegnor of course
[02:28] Happy: So you make your ways through the streets. You hear distant screams at times, but sensible people are behind lock and key until the city is calm.
[02:30] Shadowcaller: Cessie stays near the others, trying to sense possible magical threats
[02:31] Happy: She doesn't sense any magic at all.
[02:31] Happy: "If Promise were here, he'd be able to track Arik for you," Hope murmurs.
[02:32] Shadowcaller: "I'm sure he is around here somewhere… he will come to us."
[02:33] Happy: As they turn a corner, they hear a scream that is much closer than the others.
[02:34] Murska: Aegnor keeps heading towards the harbour.
[02:34] Shadowcaller: Cessie follows him, but looks in the direction of the scream
[02:37] Happy: Aegnor hears a word in Elvish. "Mamma!"
[02:38] Murska: He looks that way, stopping.
[02:39] Shadowcaller: (So, if there was a human in danger…:P)
[02:39] Shadowcaller: (Or rather, a non-child
[02:40] Murska: (Yeah. Or, the horror, both.)
[02:43] Happy: At the end of the street, he sees an armed man holding an elvish woman by the arm. A teenage (or elvish equivalent) boy is running towards her.
[02:43] Murska: Too far to accurately hit the guy with a dagger?
[02:44] Happy: Elf woman to the boy: "Go! Get out of here!" /elvish
[02:44] Happy: Yes, too far.
[02:44] Shadowcaller: (far enough for a hold person?)
[02:44] Murska: What about a longbow shot?
[02:44] Happy: The boy doesn't look like he's obeying his mother though.
[02:45] Happy: Hold person might get any of the three. Longbow… Aegnor maybe, but the lighting isn't good, and all three are moving.
[02:45] Shadowcaller: Cessie casts a hold person at the armed man, breaking her invisibility
[02:46] Murska: Aegnor quickly runs towards them.
[02:48] Happy: The woman gets hit by the spell. Since she was kind of being dragged, it looks like she fainted.
[02:48] Happy: The man sees Aegnor. "Grab that kid, will you? He's a runaway." /Kyouen
[02:48] Murska: How are they positioned?
[02:49] Shadowcaller: Cessie casts another hold person at the man, since the woman must now be down on the streets
[02:49] Happy: long street…. Aegnor -> boy-> man/elf woman
[02:49] Murska: Is the boy close enough for an accurate daggerthrow?
[02:50] Murska: as in
[02:50] Murska: from him to the man
[02:51] Happy: Well the boy is running towards them too, so he'll still be between you.
[02:52] Murska: He'll run to him, push the boy aside and throw a dagger at the man's eye if it's not in danger of hitting the elf.
[02:53] Murska: The other plan will be, he'll run to the boy, grab him, whisper for him to be quiet, move towards the man, backstab him.
[02:54] Shadowcaller: Anyone else nearby?
[02:54] Happy: Given the bad lighting, the second plan is probably the safest. You're like, 80% sure you can hit the guy though, so it's up to you. (Do you feel lucky, punk?)
[02:54] Happy: No one that you can see.
[02:54] Murska: (No, I don't. :P)
[02:54] Murska: (But shouldn't it be 'ya')
[02:55] Happy: (So..?)
[02:55] Happy: (Plan
[02:55] Murska: (Plan 2.)=
[02:56] Happy: Okay. You grab the boy. He struggles wildly.
[02:57] Shadowcaller: Cessie comes closer, trying to see if the man is in range for a spell
[02:57] Murska: Aegnor gets closer. 'Yours?'
[02:58] Happy: (You didn't say anything to the kid?)
[02:59] Murska: (The plan was to whisper for him to be quiet as he picked him up.)
[02:59] Murska: (So, if I didn't do that yet, then sure.)
[02:59] Happy: (I was waiting for you to actually do it :P)
[03:00] Happy: So you whisper 'Be quiet' in Elvish, I guess?
[03:01] Murska: Yup.
[03:01] Shadowcaller: (Armed man in range yet?)
[03:03] Happy: "Yeah, ungrateful wretches, trying to take advantage of the troubles," the man grumbles. "Hey, wake up, you?" *shaking the woman*
[03:04] Shadowcaller: (>.>)
[03:04] Happy: Aegnor is close enough for a stab, and Cessie is close enough for a spell. Hope is watching the other way to make sure no one else is coming.
[03:05] Murska: Aegnor keeps getting closer to the guy. (When will my chances of hit exceed >99,9? :P)
[03:05] Murska: Ah.
[03:05] Murska: Aegnor stabs the guy, lethally, once.
[03:05] Happy: The man falls dead.
[03:05] Murska: He lets the boy go and catches the woman.
[03:06] Happy: You and the boy both catch her. "Mamma… wake up, mamma!" He's anxiously searching for wounds.
[03:06] Shadowcaller: Cessie sigh, but continues to come closer to Aegnor, the boy and the woman
[03:06] Murska: What was the armed man armed with?
[03:06] Shadowcaller: As soon as she is there, she will cast dispel magic at the woman
[03:08] Happy: The man was armed with a police baton type thingie. The woman wakes, and looks around, confused.
[03:09] Murska: Aegnor grabs the baton, then. 'You'd best come with us.' /elvish
[03:12] Happy: "Who are you? Did Eladrin send you?"
[03:12] Shadowcaller: Cessie don't understand much of what they said, but tries to look as harmless as posssible (which should be easy) to the woman and the boy
[03:13] Murska: 'No. Who's that? But we don't have time right now, so if you'd follow us and I'll explain on the way.'
[03:14] Happy: "On the way where? We're trying to leave the city before things get worse."
[03:15] Murska: 'Us too.'
[03:15] Murska: 'Harbour, we got boats coming.'
[03:17] Happy: "But.. you're human. How do you speak our tongue?"
[03:17] Murska: Aegnor takes off his hood, then. :P
[03:17] Shadowcaller: (illussion?
[03:17] Murska: Ah.
[03:17] Murska: Right. ;)
[03:18] Murska: 'Magic. We don't want to be spotted.'
[03:18] Murska: 'So we had her*points at Cessie* put up some illusions.
[03:18] Shadowcaller: I guess she nods, not really sure what this is about.
[03:21] Happy: "I heard all the wizards were killed…. but… you're right, there is no time. I just hope Eladrin and the others are at the harbour. Though they might have given up on us by now."
[03:21] Murska: Aegnor leads them to the others and gets moving to the harbour again. While they're walking: 'So, what was your plan and who's Eladrin?'
[03:23] Shadowcaller: Cessie just follows along, not really sure what the are talking about.
[03:23] Shadowcaller: She keeps looking out for magic however
[03:24] Happy: "Eladrin is my… well, we would be married, but his owner and mine couldn't agree on a price to sell one of us to the other… "
[03:27] Happy: "We had been making plans to escape, but then the city was locked down tight during the spirit madness. We had almost given up. But then the rioting started, and we thought it was worth the chance. To be together, but especially so my son could grow up free. Asan, you should have run when I told you to."
[03:27] Happy: The boy just gives her a 'Yeah right' look.
[03:29] Murska: Aegnor nods. 'Yeah. Freedom is worth it. I wish… Anyway, how many are there of you? Were you planning on stealing boats to get out?'
[03:31] Happy: "I'm not sure of how many. Eladrin has a sister, and he says he has the help of a wolfen slave for the boats."
[03:35] Happy: You hear heavy footsteps in the street ahead.
[03:35] Murska: How far yet to the harbour?
[03:36] Happy: Maybe ten minutes walk.
[03:37] Shadowcaller: Cessie prepares, trying to make out any possible threats on the road ahead of them
[03:37] Happy: Like the heavy footsteps maybe?
[03:37] Murska: :P
[03:37] Murska: Anyway, they keep going the shortest route.
[03:37] Shadowcaller: (Well, persons that is.)
[03:39] Shadowcaller: (Any armed or person carrying armor.)
[03:39] Happy: Then if you keep going, you'll see the uniformed Kyou city guardsman.
[03:39] Murska: One?
[03:41] Happy: Yes
[03:42] Happy: He's holding a lantern. "Good evening folks. May I ask what you're doing out?"
[03:43] Murska: Aegnor responds with a slightly shaky voice. 'There's a body that way.' Pointing behind them. 'Stabbed to death.'
[03:44] Shadowcaller: (Well since Cessie don'tknow kyouhen..)
[03:45] Happy: "Gods be… try and get the women and children to safety, Sir, and I'll check it out. This isn't a night for decent folk to be on the streets."
[03:46] Murska: 'Yes, we're on our way.' And they keep going.
[03:47] Happy: The guard goes back the way they came.
[03:47] Happy: (Nice bluff check :P)
[03:48] Happy: (He's just a decent guy trying to do his job and keep the streets safe in the middle of all the chaos)
[03:48] Murska: (yah.)
[03:49] Murska: (Besides, leaving a trail of corpses isn't good.)
[03:49] Happy: You get to the harbour without further incident.
[03:49] Murska: We look around for the other escaped slaves
[03:52] Happy: The boy leads you to one of the boat houses where they'd arranged to meet. There are four more elves and three wolfen.
[03:53] Shadowcaller: "Hope he brings two boats…"
[03:54] Shadowcaller: "What is all this about anyway Aegnor?"
[03:54] Murska: 'Slaves deciding it's better to be free.' He responds.
[03:54] Murska: Then he turns to the others. (How do they react to the two leading a group of humans in?)
[03:55] Happy: No one responds obviously, but Aegnor and Hope can tell that some of them are readying themselves for a fight.
[03:56] Murska: 'So, how were you going to be leaving?' /elvish
[03:56] Happy: The elves look at each other warily, as that is an awfully ambiguous statement.
[03:57] Murska: Heh.
[03:58] Happy: Hope speaks in Wolfen. "We are friends. Not all humans believe in slavery."
[03:58] Happy: This diffuses the situation a little better, because very few of the slave masters ever learned Wolfen.
[03:58] Murska: (Or elvish?)
[04:00] Happy: Elvish speaking masters isn't unheard of. But learning Wolfen is a lot harder because of the different shaped mouths.
[04:00] Murska: Anyway. Any response?
[04:02] Shadowcaller: Cesssie is a bit confused but tries to looks as friendly as possibly, smiling nervously
[04:03] Happy: "We have the boats here. We think we have enough water to stay on the sea for several days, and hopefully that will get us far enough away."
[04:05] Murska: 'Hmm. Well, if you wish, we could lead you to a village of elves and wolfen, three days into the forest.'
[04:06] Happy: "A free village?"
[04:06] Murska: 'Yes.'
[04:08] Happy: Eladrin: "But is it safe? So close to Kyou?"
[04:10] Murska: 'It's been, thus far, with some pretty powerful defenses. But what with recent events, we'll see. They won't be enslaved, though, but we've been thinking of the possibility of moving somewhere else.'
[04:11] Shadowcaller: Cessie looks around after the boats while Aegnor and the elves are talking
[04:12] Happy: They talk among themselves for a few more moments. "We accept your offer. Gods help us if you are only leading us into a trap."
[04:15] Murska: 'Cessie, signal for our boats, would you?'
[04:16] Murska: 'So, best get ready, quickly.' /elvish
[04:16] Shadowcaller: "Okay." /Are you there?/
[04:17] Happy: /We are near the harbor. Which dock are you at?/ (I'm guessing Cessie was working that out while Aegnor was speaking to the escapees)
[04:17] Shadowcaller: (Yeah.)
[04:18] Shadowcaller: (Well, dock X.)
[04:19] Happy: The escapees have their own boat. You meet up with the Gallionians, and escape is made.
[04:19] Shadowcaller: Okay
[04:20] Shadowcaller: End here? Or make introduction with the commando post/Gallion first?
[04:23] Happy: Up to you two.
[04:23] Murska: well, I won't be going to sleep
[04:24] Murska: so I'm all fine with anything, really.
[04:24] Shadowcaller: Man, you are machnines:P
[04:24] Murska: I just decided I'd go for a normal sleep schedule for two days
[04:24] Murska: so my parents get to see me
[04:24] Murska: and know I'm alive
[04:24] Shadowcaller: ^^
[04:25] Shadowcaller: Where do we arrive? the commando post?
[04:27] Happy: The warcamp first, yes. Though it's a couple of days travel from the sea, yes?
[04:27] Shadowcaller: Hm, not really
[04:28] Shadowcaller: About 1 day
[04:28] Happy: bah. I never understood the geography around Kyou
[04:28] Murska: :P
[04:28] Happy: Okay. In any event, you learn more of current events from Eladrin.
[04:30] Happy: The emperor was widely blamed for the chaos caused by the mad spirits. Only by strong martial law in the city was the rioting kept down.
[04:30] Happy: But after a lot of the soldiers and wizards suddenly disappeared a few days ago *cough* the military no longer remained behind the emperor
[04:33] Happy: They organized a coup, deposing the emperor, and putting another member of the royal family on the throne. The former emperor is now imprisoned, and the new one is reversing his rules about the worship of gods and spirits.
[04:33] Happy: There is still some rioting, because not all of the army is behind the new one, though the majority are.
[04:34] Murska: And in all this chaos, everyone forgot all about what actually happened to the wizards and soldiers? :P
[04:36] Happy: They think the spirits ate them.
[04:36] Happy: Which in some cases, is true.
[04:36] Shadowcaller: Well, it can't have been *that* many soldiers since the the ones at Kyou could hardly even be called a small amry
[04:38] Shadowcaller: *army
[04:38] Happy: But it was the loss of enough of them to make the rest decide that the emperor was leading them to ruin.
[04:38] Shadowcaller: 5 wizards is one the other hand quite a major loss…
[04:41] Happy: The nobility always answers to the military. If the have a standing army that suddenly decides not to answer to them, what are they going to do?
[04:42] Shadowcaller: Yeah, the emperor fell on his own
[04:43] Happy: There will still be sporadic fighting and rioting, but the worst of it is over. The people just need to be notified and calmed.
[04:44] Murska: Hm. So, the large army on the way to Kyou
[04:44] Murska: made the coup?
[04:45] Happy: The large army hasn't reached Kyou yet, because of the bridges. But messengers have gotten back and forth, and they're mostly behind the new guy.
[04:48] Shadowcaller: Okay, so after some unstability there will be peace? How about the wolfen and the elves?
[04:50] Happy: Nobody's suggesting emancipating the slaves.
[04:50] Shadowcaller: I didn't think so, but how are they holding up overall?
[04:50] Shadowcaller: Those rebel groups for example…
[04:51] Happy: Who do you mean?
[04:52] Shadowcaller: Well, are they using the chaos to their advantage? Are they rising up?
[04:52] Shadowcaller: Some already did before this after all
[04:54] Happy: I don't remember you talking about it, but I'm sure Eladrin's group wasn't the only one to take advantage.
[04:55] Murska: Hm. So, we reach the warcamp.
[04:56] Happy: Eladrin's owner was quite high in the nobility, on the usurper's side, so that's why Eladrin knows so much of what happened.
[04:56] Murska: And probably we also drop the illusions
[04:56] Murska: at some point
[04:57] Shadowcaller: Quite soon after we left…
[04:57] Happy: Everyone feels a lot safer once they see that Aegnor is an elf.
[04:58] Shadowcaller: How used are they to elf/human relationships anyway? Beside the… forced ones
[04:59] Happy: They'd have known some humans who treated them as equals, but not many.
[05:00] Murska: As we approach the warcamp… :P
[05:00] Happy: Asan's father doesn't seem to be among the group.
[05:02] Happy: Sentries challenge you before you get there. Aegnor can definitely tell a difference in the professionalism of the little band of warriors since before they were bloodied.
[05:02] Murska: Aegnor greets them.
[05:04] Shadowcaller: Cessie, that still don't know any of their languages goes back to her hut, or follows hope depending on where she is going, she might stay with Aegnor too depending on what he is doing:P
[05:05] Happy: I'm sure you get translations of everything important over the course of the journey. But yes, when you arrive, I'm sure Cessie wants nothing more than to go into a hut and relax.
[05:05] Shadowcaller: Yeah
[05:07] Shadowcaller: Well… feels like a end to me at least
[05:08] Shadowcaller: And its 6 Am >.>
[05:08] Happy: yeah
[05:08] Happy: :)
[05:08] Shadowcaller: Good Night
[05:09] *** Shadowcaller has left the conversation.
Session Close (Group Conversation 15968): Mon Jun 29 05:09:34 2009

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