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Those Shifty Empaths

As told by Absinthe -
After a rousing invasion followed by a particularly disturbing incident with a fellow new to Crossing, Atraeth and I retired to Bearholt's for a drink.  This is where the story begins...
[Baearholt's Farmhold, Taproom]
Dark oak beams criss-cross the low whitewashed ceiling in the taproom of Baearholt's Farmhold.  In the corner, a bard sits on a tall stool playing a rapid melody on her gittern as patrons join in a hearty drinking song and sample the quality meads and ales for which Baearholt's is known.  You also see a polished mahogany counter with some stuff on it, a narrow door, and a menu.
Also in the room: Atraeth.
Obvious exits: out.
Atraeth asks, "A preference?"
You say, "Something strong, methinks."
You gaze at a menu.
Baearholt places a snifter of applejack brandy on the counter.
Atraeth gets a snifter of applejack brandy from atop a polished mahogany counter.
Atraeth offers you a snifter of applejack brandy.  Enter ACCEPT to accept the offer or DECLINE to decline it.  The offer will expire in 30 seconds.
You wryly say, "I've never wanted to strangle someone more than I just did."
You accept Atraeth's offer and are now holding a snifter of applejack brandy.
Baearholt places a flagon of honey mead on the counter.
Atraeth gets a flagon of honey mead from atop a polished mahogany counter.
Atraeth takes a sip of his mead.
You say, "Thank you."
Raising your applejack brandy to Atraeth, you give him a toast.  Cheers!
You take a sip of the brandy.  WHOO!  Knocks you right off your feet!
You cough.
You say, "Strong."
You nod.
You let out a deep sigh of contentment that seems to come from the depth of your soul.
You take a sip of the brandy.  WHOO!  Good thing you were sitting for this one!
Atraeth takes a sip of his mead.
You kneel.
You stand back up.
You take a sip of the brandy.  WHOO!  Knocks you right off your feet!
You babble to yourself, and strangely enough, you understand every word of it!
You leap to your feet!
You dust yourself off.
Atraeth chuckles.
Rambler Daler just arrived.
Atraeth takes a sip of his mead.
Daler ponders.
Daler glances at you.
Atraeth nods to Daler.
Daler says, "there's an empath at the gate asking for empaths"
Atraeth asks, "A preference in drink?"
You blink at Daler.
Daler says, "looks pretty...distinguished"
You put your brandy in your cotton haversack.
Atraeth says, "Go."
You say, "Then I should go."
You nod.
[Northeast Wilds, Outside Northeast Gate]
You are before the Northeast Gate of the Crossing, surrounded by wayfarers and adventurers also in mid-journey.  Whether they travel to destinations in town or farther west, or to the north and east, they all appear to be seeking something beyond themselves.  You also see a pale blue moonbeam, some dried taffelberries, a pair of pothanit tusks, a silvery tent, a small bench that is low to the ground, a leaning weathered roadsign, a hardened woven basket with a sturdy lid, a large firepit, a smooth timber bench, a very long bench that is sturdy and tall, a narrow footpath, and a bucket of viscous gloop.
Also here: Fixer-Tog Trathtup, Kaith Partani Edenlaen, Belkyr, Elemancer Draike, Moon Mage Grel, the body of Hughie who is lying down, Seleste, Apok Aymer, Badge, and Arissande who is sitting.
Obvious paths: north, east, southeast.
You hear the ghostly voice of Hughie say, "I shall return"
The substance of Hughie's body shimmers, as if covered by a veil of crystal tears.  A moment later he fades away, leaving nothing but empty air where his body was.
Seleste nods.
Edenlaen beams at Badge!
Badge begins bouncing up and down like a little kid!
Arissande says, "He left.  Someone lock the gate."
Badge spins around!
Badge staggers to one side.
You shift your weight.
You ask, "Someone was looking for Empaths?"
Edenlaen nods to you.
Trathtup waves to Edenlaen.
You smile at Edenlaen.
Edenlaen says, "Aye, that would be me."
Badge exclaims, "More empaths than dead people!"
Trathtup exclaims, "Heyo fixer-furry!"
Edenlaen waves to Trathtup.
Badge exclaims, "Hurray!"
Edenlaen chuckles.
You say, "I'm Abby."
You adjust your "On-duty" button.
Badge comes and stands near you.
Trathtup says, "Tog is beed right back"
Catwalker Lannah came through the Northeast Gate.
Trathtup just left.
Badge lovingly snuggles up to you.
Trathtup just arrived.
Badge exclaims, "I am Badge!"
Aymer winks at Lannah.
Edenlaen says, "My duties within the guild keep me most busy.  And I've been away for some time in that pursuit."
Draike nods to Badge.
Edenlaen shakes Badge's hand.
Draike says, "That you are"
Lannah gives a slight nod.
Badge exclaims, "I am hurted!"
Belkyr roots around the area for a moment.
Badge moans.
Badge begins an eerie, warbling wail of despair.
Edenlaen says, "A pleasure to meet ye Badge."
Trathtup says, "This-tog is fixer-tog. Is not knowed you-fixer-furry."
(Badge clutchs his heart.)
You tickle Badge, who just laughs and tickles you back.
Grimdoc came through the Northeast Gate.
Badge is giggling at you.
Badge begins bouncing up and down like a little kid!
Grimdoc sits down on the low bench.
Edenlaen smiles at Trathtup.
Badge does an impressive backflip with a slight twist!
Mercenary Anlazaul's group came through the Northeast Gate.
Belkyr roots around the area for a moment.
Mrowen swishes his tail through the air.
Rayvne nods to Lannah.
Gentleman Rykard just arrived.
Anlazaul nods to Mrowen.
Mrowen nods to Anlazaul.
Hughie came through the Northeast Gate.
Hughie joins Seleste's group.
Woodsman Articus just arrived.
Woodsman Articus just went north.
Rykard hugs you, and you give him a smile in return.
Woodsman Articus just arrived.
Anlazaul glances at Hughie.
Rykard waves to Lannah.
Belkyr roots around the area for a moment.
think Jaidon, if you are near, might you come to the gate?
Mrowen glances at Hughie.
Battle Chanter Dashery came through the Northeast Gate.
Articus glances at Hughie.
Rykard smiles.
Lannah tucks her thumbs under her belt.
Lannah flashes a quick grin.
Trathtup waves to Dashery.
Lannah nods to Rykard.
Mrowen says, "heh.. it's alive"
Anlazaul asks, "Who gets to kill him next?"
Edenlaen says, "I just had a visit with Kentari, over in the temple."
Trathtup exclaims, "Heyo song-furry!"
Mrowen grins wryly.
Hughie says, "calm down, I'm being  good for a few"
Rykard grins at Lannah.
Dashery asks, "Who's killing who?"
Rykard says in Ilithic, "time"
Dashery raises an eyebrow.
Rykard babbles incoherently.
Grimdoc asks, "Whatver foor?"
Rambler Daler just arrived.
You ask Edenlaen, "Studies, you say?"
Rykard says in Ilithic, "Good morning to ye all."
Lannah says in Ilithic, "Allo Rayvne, saw ya go down too many times yesterday"
Belkyr roots around the area for a moment.
Edenlaen says, "He entrusted this book into my hands, and I have need to deliver it safely to Alris."
Lannah glances at Rayvne.
Lannah asks in Ilithic, "Fall intae a ditch somewhere?"
Elemancer Draike just went southeast.
Grel squints at Dashery.
Trathtup asks, "Is what-furry is that-furry?"
Grel smiles at Dashery.
Trathtup peers quizzically at Edenlaen.
Rykard raises an eyebrow in Lannah's direction.
You scratch your head.
Badge went through the Northeast Gate.
Edenlaen ponders.
Edenlaen gazes at Trathtup.
Rayvne says in Ilithic, "Aye, you might say that....full of bolts."
Lannah winces.
Seleste gnaws on her lip.
Lannah asks in Ilithic, "Heh, boxes eh?"
Elemancer Draike just arrived.
Rayvne says in Ilithic, "Throne City, thugs"
Gentleman Rykard went through the Northeast Gate.
Lannah grins at Rayvne.
Draike waves to Rayvne.
Lannah says in Ilithic, "A bit too outta my league, sorry tae hear it"
Dashery says in Ilithic, "Those thugs hurt."
Dashery nods to Rayvne.
Dashery nods to Rayvne.
Mrowen casually observes the area.
Articus leans against a leaning weathered roadsign.
Edenlaen asks, "Might a few kind souls of my guild be willing to assist me?"
Trathtup nods to Edenlaen.
Rayvne says in Ilithic, "Almost went down a third time too, but the voices in my head were screaming at me to stop"
You nod to Edenlaen.
Rayvne nods to Draike.
You say, "I would."
Trathtup asks, "Is should tog Dress For Rescue?"
Edenlaen smiles at you.
Lannah chuckles.
Draike beams at Rayvne!
Grimdoc asks, "Are we reskewen?"
Badge came through the Northeast Gate.
You ponder.
Edenlaen asks, "Ye wish to lead then Absinthe?"
You sheepishly say, "I get lost easy.  Prolly shouldn't."
Aymer casually observes the area.
Seleste asks, "May I join ye?"
You glance down and kick absentmindedly at the ground with the toe of your soft slippers.
Dashery grins at you.
Edenlaen says, "I'm sure Alris will have much to tell us."
Dashery gives you a smooch!
Dashery says in Ilithic, "We love ya anyway."
Dashery nods to you.
Edenlaen chuckles.
You grin at Dashery.
Apok Aymer went through the Northeast Gate.
Edenlaen pats you on the back.
Arissande says to Edenlaen, "If you tell her Alris has chocolate, I do not think she will have trouble getting there..."
Arissande winks at Edenlaen.
Trathtup says, "Tog is get losted when is in baths-place. Is proby not good for lead. "
Edenlaen asks, "Do any of ye know Alris?"
Edenlaen grins at Arissande.
Battle Empath Jaidon came through the Northeast Gate.
You say, "Chocolate."
Grimdoc shakes his head.
You sigh.
Articus shakes his head.
Jaidon leans on you.
Trathtup says, "Is proby beed weedfinder-tog if is was not fixer-tog."
Articus ponders.
Dashery rubs you gently.
Trathtup waves to Jaidon.
Jaidon waves to Trathtup.
You say, "Here is another guild-sibling."
You motion to Jaidon.
Edenlaen says, "He's a dear old friend I've nae seen in some time."
You nod to Edenlaen.
Hughie says, "Alris.. "
Hughie ponders.
Edenlaen says, "Tis the leader of our guild in Qi."
You ask Jaidon, "Might you know of Alris?"
Badge sniffles.
Jaidon shakes his head at you.
Jaidon says, "afraid not"
Badge sits down on the low bench.
Trathtup asks, "Oh. Is you-fixer-furry with jumpy-jewlry?"
Torquere just arrived.
Draike smiles at Rayvne.
Draike nods to Rayvne.
Hughie gently kisses Seleste on the forehead.
Trathtup says, "Be cause if is with Jumpy-jewlry, is can beed in islands-place lots-fast."
Jaidon says, "I have jumpy jewelry, yes"
Badge beams at Trathtup!
Badge exclaims, "Hello Rurik!"
Arissande turns her gaze to the sky for a few moments.
Dashery grins at Trathtup.
Seleste just kissed Hughie.
Trathtup points at Edenlaen.
Grel blinks.
Mrowen swishes his tail through the air.
Trathtup says, "That-fixer-furry."
Trathtup turns his gaze to the sky for a few moments.
Edenlaen says, "Oh, Kentari gave me an armband, and a stud for my ear.  But I fear I have no knowledge of what they are used for."
Edenlaen blushes, the tips of her ears turning a delicate scarlet hue.
You smile at Edenlaen.
Badge rummages through a duffel bag but it's clear he hasn't a clue if what he is looking for is there.
Trathtup says, "Tog is beed back with jumpy jewlry for this-tog."
Fixer-Tog Trathtup went through the Northeast Gate.
Dashery snickers.
Edenlaen smiles at you.
Mrowen says to Edenlaen, "the stud is for crossing, the armband is for ratha"
You quietly say to Edenlaen, "When the right moon is up, we can teleport like a Moon Mage does.  With the jewelry."
Edenlaen beams at Mrowen!
Jaidon nods to Mrowen.
Edenlaen asks, "Aye?"
Dashery says, "Yep, he's right."
Dashery chuckles.
Jaidon glances up at the sky.
You nod.
Grel says, "you can't teleport like I can"
Grel snorts, loudly.
Badge leaps to his feet!
Mrowen says, "yavash for crossing, xibar for ratha"
Badge giggles at Grel.
Jaidon says, "Xibar is up, so we can get to Ratha"
Badge exclaims, "I can!"
Mrowen swishes his tail through the air.
Badge went through the Northeast Gate.
Edenlaen smiles broadly as her eyes widen in amazement.
Fixer-Tog Trathtup came through the Northeast Gate.
Trathtup gets a tarnished silver armband from inside a green and gold brocade sack.
Trathtup attaches a tarnished silver armband to his upper arm.
Mrowen's tail undulates lazily through the air.
Edenlaen asks, "Ye willing to lead us all then Jaidon?"
Trathtup says, "Is go rub-rub-rub, then is in islands-place."
Grel smiles at Lannah.
Dashery chortles softly at some secret joke.
You gaze hopefully at Jaidon.
Jaidon asks, "where are we going again?"
Trathtup says, "Is proby should be with shiny for islands place all so."
Fixer-Tog Trathtup went through the Northeast Gate.
Seleste gazes at Jaidon.
Dashery points east.
Lannah rubs her nose.
Dashery says, "Ratha, from the sound of it."
Mrowen's tail undulates lazily through the air.
You nod to Dashery.
Edenlaen says, "Well I need some empaths to accompany me to our guild in Ratha."
Edenlaen nods to Dashery.
Fixer-Tog Trathtup came through the Northeast Gate.
Jaidon nods to Edenlaen.
Lannah waves a hand at Grel dismissively.
Trathtup joins Jaidon's group.
Jaidon says, "works for me"
You join Jaidon's group.
Seleste joins Jaidon's group.
Edenlaen joins Jaidon's group.
Jaidon asks, "who's coming?"
Seleste smiles at Jaidon.
Trathtup says, "Now is can goed."
Seleste looks thoughtfully at Hughie.
You get a tarnished silver armband from inside an indigo gem pouch which is in your cotton haversack.
You attach a tarnished silver armband to your upper arm.
Edenlaen asks, "Must we all rub our armbands then?"
Dashery gives you a smooch!
Dashery exclaims, "Have fun!"
Trathtup nods to Edenlaen.
You give Dashery a smooch.  Mmmmmwa!
Seleste says, "No"
Seleste sighs.
Dashery asks you, "Any other smoochable empaths going?"
Dashery casually observes the area.
Edenlaen says, "Ye must forgive me, I am unaccustomed to such travel."
Grimdoc looks himself over.
Trathtup says, "Is lots-fun."
Jaidon says, "one moment"
Jaidon gets a tarnished silver armband from inside his wrist sheath.
Edenlaen smiles at Trathtup.
Jaidon attaches a tarnished silver armband to his upper arm.
Lannah tucks her thumbs under her belt.
Belkyr just went east.
Grimdoc carefully inspects the casket for traps.
Lannah gives Grel a slight nod.
You ask Seleste, "You are without the jewelry, aye?"
Jaidon asks, "anyone have a spare silver armband?"
Gentleman Rykard came through the Northeast Gate.
Seleste nods to you.
Draike says, "i do"
Trathtup rummages through a fine snowbeast-pelt backpack with a frantic look of loss.
Trathtup shakes his head.
Dashery says, "I do, but not on me."
Dashery chuckles.
Draike says, "Aye, same here"
Rambler Daler went through the Northeast Gate.
Mrowen swishes his tail through the air.
Lannah nods amiably at Rykard.
Rambler Daler came through the Northeast Gate.
Edenlaen asks, "Jaidon?  Be so kind as to tell me what to do and when if ye would?"
Rykard hums to himself.
Jaidon says, "of course"
Jaidon says, "trying to track down one more armband"
Articus leans against a leaning weathered roadsign.
Hughie grins at Seleste.
Edenlaen just hugged Jaidon.
Edenlaen nods.
Seleste nods to Hughie.
Fala'Jan Rayvne just went north.
Lannah snorts at Rykard.
Trathtup says, "When that-fixer-furry is goed a way in blue light, is mean you-fixer-furry is should goed rub-rub-rub on arm."
Lannah says in Ilithic, "You only wish you were so lucky."
Seleste gazes at Jaidon in admiration.
You say, "I've an extra stud, but no armband."
Rykard begins chortling at Lannah.
Lannah gives Rykard a playful poke in the ribs.
Grel stretches out a hand imploringly to Lannah.
Arissande says, "You could just send Grel there to make a gate..."
You shake your head at Arissande.
You say, "Not to Ratha."
Hughie went through the Northeast Gate.
Jaidon says, "can't gate over water"
Grel says, "I'm nae errand boy"
Edenlaen nods to Trathtup.
Arissande asks Grel, "Why not?"
Arissande leans on Grel.
Trathtup nods to Grel.
Grel says, "course ya can gate over water.. just takes more skill"
Rykard asks in Ilithic, "How have ye been this afternoon?"
Trathtup says, "Is moon-furry."
Edenlaen smiles at Grel.
Grel smiles at Rykard.
Anlazaul says, "Grel is just unskilled."
Anlazaul nods.
Grel asks, "well, yourself?"
Rykard smiles at Grel.
Arissande chortles softly at some secret joke.
Natissa came through the Northeast Gate.
Rykard says in Ilithic, "Faring excellent."
Mrowen chuckles.
Grel says, "and you'll be unhaired in a bit"
Rykard leans on you.
Trathtup says, "Is mean is think lots-thoughts, ony is not can member where is pants."
Rykard scratches your back.  Aaaaah.
Jaidon says, "ok, we still need one more armband"
Draike says, "Oh"
Draike says, "One moment"
Rambler Daler just went east.
Rambler Daler just arrived.
Rambler Daler just went southeast.
Apprentice Draike went through the Northeast Gate.
Anlazaul pokes Grel in the ribs.
You regretfully ask, "Shall we go before Xibar gets too low in the sky?"
Anlazaul says to Grel, "No need to get fiesty."
Fala'Jan Rayvne just arrived.
Edenlaen nods to you.
Fala'Jan Rayvne went through the Northeast Gate.
Trathtup nods to you.
Edenlaen says, "Aye whenever ye all are ready."
Edenlaen smiles.
Apprentice Draike came through the Northeast Gate.
Seleste says, "I was hoping to go, too"
Draike asks, "Who needs the armband?"
Seleste smiles at Draike.
Mrowen points at Seleste.
Jaidon points at Seleste.
Draike offers Seleste a tarnished silver armband.
Draike smiles at Seleste.
Seleste accepts Draike's silver armband.
Jaidon says, "I will make sure it is returned"
Draike says, "Enjoy, good empath"
Trathtup says to Jaidon, "Now is goed rub."
Mrowen exclaims, "quick! everyone point!"
Edenlaen beams!
Mrowen grins mischievously.
Jaidon says, "everyone rub your armband"
Seleste exclaims to Draike, "Thank you!"
Trathtup rubs his silver armband.
He is suddenly engulfed in an azure flash of light and vanishes!
Edenlaen rubs her silver armband.
She is suddenly engulfed in an azure flash of light and vanishes!
Articus scratches distractedly at his beard.
You rub your silver armband.
You are suddenly engulfed in an azure flash of light and find yourself elsewhere...
[Ratha, Redthorne Square]
Stepping through an elaborately carved archway, one is transported from the filth and decay of the city streets to a simple but elegant square.  Giant pots of festive flowers and lush greenery dot inlaid brick walkways and low walls.  The square is kept meticulous, courtesy of the Redthorne Shipping Co.  A busy thoroughfare in the daytime, the company also uses the space to hold recruiting fairs every spring and autumn.
Also here: a stunned Kaith Partani Edenlaen and a stunned Fixer-Tog Trathtup.
Obvious paths: northeast, southeast, southwest, northwest.
Jaidon appears out of an azure flash of light.
Trathtup laughs!
Edenlaen blinks.
Trathtup says, "Is lots-fun."
Trathtup removes a tarnished silver armband from his upper arm.
Trathtup puts his armband in a fine snowbeast-pelt backpack.
You grab your head and moan softly.
Seleste appears out of an azure flash of light.
You shake your head.
You remove a tarnished silver armband from your upper arm.
You put your armband in the gem pouch which is inside your cotton haversack.
You say, "Always makes my head hurt."
You wrinkle your nose.
Edenlaen rubs you gently.
Trathtup gets a green and gold brocade sack from inside his snowbeast-pelt backpack.
Trathtup puts his sack in his red greatcloak.
Trathtup closes a green and gold brocade sack.
You ponder.
You say, "We'll need coin for the lifts."
Trathtup says, "Tog is gotted shiny."
Jaidon says, "empath guild is on this level"
You blush slightly, the tips of your ears flushing with warmth.
Edenlaen grins.
Edenlaen rubs her hands together.
Jaidon says, "just gotta remember where"
You sheepishly say, "I thought it was up."
You point up.
Jaidon winks at you.
Trathtup says, "Tog is never beed to islands-place be fore."
You wryly say to Edenlaen, "Told ya I trip over my own feet."
Trathtup says, "Is ony beed mosty to souths-place."
Edenlaen chuckles.
Jaidon says, "ok, lets see if I can remember"
Edenlaen just tickled you, making you laugh out loud.
[Onsuwayo's Clinic, Treatment Room One]
Several cots and pallets await the sick and wounded.  Cold white tile and chill stone floors make the environment clean but lacking in warmth.  Even the cots are a bleached white.  The only trace of color in the room is a thick spray of blood on the wall, each drop sparkling in the glaring light like a ruby.  The sight is less than reassuring.  You also see Healer Adept Onsuwayo and the dispensary.
Also in the room: Fixer-Tog Trathtup, Seleste, Kaith Partani Edenlaen, and Battle Empath Jaidon.
Obvious exits: out.
Jaidon ponders.
Trathtup waves to Healer Adept Onsuwayo.
You smile at Healer Adept Onsuwayo, who nods quickly in return.
Trathtup asks Edenlaen, "Is you-fixer-furry is knowed bear-togette in crossings-fixer-furry-place?"
Edenlaen asks, "Ye know which tier we might be on?"
Jaidon says, "lowest"
You say, "Tis the clinic, not guild."
Jaidon nods to Edenlaen.
You lean on Jaidon.
Jaidon says, "oops"
Trathtup says, "Tog is with shiny"
Jaidon says, "my turn to blush"
You pat Jaidon on the back.
Edenlaen says, "I believe the guild is higher in the city."
Edenlaen smiles.
Jaidon says, "tells you how much time I spend on the islands"
Seleste smiles.
Jaidon says, "we can try climbing"
Trathtup frowns.
Edenlaen asks, "How much might the lifts be?"
Trathtup says, "Is ony small shiny, tog is thinked."
Jaidon says, "half a gold I believe"
Trathtup gives Edenlaen some coins.
Edenlaen says, "I always keep coins at hand."
Trathtup gives you 1 silver Lirum.
Trathtup gives Jaidon some coins.
Edenlaen says, "Oh nae, I have some to share if need be."
Trathtup gives Seleste some coins.
Edenlaen blushes, the tips of her ears turning a delicate scarlet hue.
Trathtup says, "Now is can go ride."
Edenlaen gives Trathtup some coins.
Trathtup laughs!
Jaidon grins at Trathtup.
Edenlaen grins.
You say, "I could get us through the Bazaar, I believe.  Prolly quicker to take the lifts, though."
Seleste smiles.
Seleste says, "thank you"
Trathtup says, "Is smart-tog. Is gotted shiny be fore is wented."
Trathtup preens.  Someone's pleased with himself!
Seleste nods to Trathtup.
You praise Trathtup's efforts, supporting him with your approval.
Jaidon points at a rickety fence.
Jaidon says, "could try"
Jaidon grins.
Edenlaen grins at Trathtup.
Trathtup says, "Tog is not goodly for climb. Is usual snag pants."
Trathtup winces.
Jaidon grins at Trathtup.
You gaze at Trathtup with a sympathetic look on your face.
Edenlaen pats Trathtup on the back.
Jaidon says, "I've gotten better, not sure how good though"
Trathtup says, "Is proby should go ride."
Jaidon says, "ok"
Trathtup says, "All so, is can wave when is goed ride."
You grin at Trathtup.
Edenlaen says, "Take your time, we are most happy ye offered to help."
Edenlaen just hugged Jaidon.
Edenlaen says, "And the lifts are fine if ye all would rather.  I have extra coin I can share."
[Ratha, Greater Cobra Road]
The great lift to the second tier rises from the humble beginnings of the first to the loftier levels above.  People of all classes and habits mingle, each intent on his or her own affairs.  A militia guard keeps an eye on the surroundings and occasionally dissuades some disreputable looking person or another from ascending without some proof of honest business above.  You also see a wooden lift and a lift guard.
Also here: Fixer-Tog Trathtup, Seleste, Kaith Partani Edenlaen, and Battle Empath Jaidon.
Obvious paths: southwest.
Seleste smiles softly.
Jaidon says, "its on its way down"
Trathtup waves to a lift guard.
Trathtup nonchalantly smooths the folds of his greatcloak.
You gaze up at the sky.
You see the lift high above you stop having reached its destination.
Edenlaen gazes at the book in her hand, and rubs the cover gently.
Jaidon asks, "Seleste, did you have a way to get back?"
You say, "I have extra studs."
You nod.
Seleste blushes a bright red color.
Jaidon grins at you.
Seleste says, "My cousin does"
Seleste says, "I'm sort of the family..."
Seleste gnaws on her lip.
Seleste says, "outcast"
Seleste ducks her head.
Trathtup says, "Red-moon is wented when is was Invasion."
You pat Seleste on the back.
Jaidon says, "I have a few devices tuned to Crossing as well"
Seleste says, "thank you all so much"
You give Trathtup a look of sudden recognition.
You notice the lift is beginning its descent.
You ask, "It did set then, didn't it?"
Trathtup nods.
Seleste says, "I am not silent out of lack of appreciation"
Seleste says, "only out of feeling over-awed and incrediably joyous"
Edenlaen smiles at Seleste.
Jaidon says, "hey, adventures are fun"
Jaidon winks at Seleste.
Seleste nods.
Edenlaen says, "Aye, indeed."
You nod to Jaidon.
Jaidon asks, "how often do we get to have em?"
Trathtup says, "Is usual bad when red-moon is wented and is Invasion, be cause is mean is not can have some-furry from else-place is come when is bigeye-mans."
You mischievously exclaim, "Not often enough!"
(Seleste's face glows with happiness as she gazes all around.)
Edenlaen says, "All of life is an adventure really."
Trathtup nods to Edenlaen.
Jaidon grins at Edenlaen.
You ponder.
You say, "Indeed."
Edenlaen says, "Nae ever know what a new dawn might bring."
You flash a quick grin.
Jaidon says, "we'll have to make some for ourselves then"
Jaidon nods to you.
You nod to Jaidon.
Trathtup asks, "Is any-furry is knowed that-bear-togette in crossings-fixer-furry-place?"
Jaidon shakes his head at Trathtup.
Edenlaen gazes thoughtfully at Trathtup.
Trathtup fidgets nervously.
You slowly ask Trathtup, "Which?"
Trathtup says, "Is bear-togette where is doors and is pole."
Jaidon asks, "the guard to the healerie?"
Trathtup nods to Jaidon.
You get a thoughtful expression on your face.
You say, "Ahh."
The lift comes to a stop on the hard packed ground, awaiting new passengers.
Jaidon says, "can't say I officially know her"
Trathtup says, "Is lots-bossy, that-togette."
You say, "I'm afraid I've never stopped to chat."
Trathtup sighs.
Jaidon pays his transportation fee and boards a wooden lift.
The lift operator says, "Hello, Jaidon, and welcome aboard!"

Seleste pays her transportation fee and boards a wooden lift.
The lift operator says, "Hello, Seleste, and welcome aboard!"

Trathtup pays his transportation fee and boards a wooden lift.
The lift operator says, "Hello, Trathtup, and welcome aboard!"

Edenlaen pays her transportation fee and boards a wooden lift.
The lift operator says, "Hello, Edenlaen, and welcome aboard!"

The lift operator stops you and requests the small fee of 50 copper lirums.  You hand him your lirums and climb onto the lift.
The lift operator says, "Hello, Absinthe, and welcome aboard!"

[Ratha, Lift]
Various kinds of native and imported wood fill gaps in the lift's floor like a jester's patchwork cloak.  This single lift between the working section of Ratha and the merchant district looks to be the most used, and the least maintained.
Also here: Kaith Partani Edenlaen, Fixer-Tog Trathtup, Seleste, and Battle Empath Jaidon.
Obvious paths: out.
Jaidon says, "guess we all have to do it ourselves"
Trathtup frets.
Trathtup says, "Is sayed Heyo, ony that togette is not sayed Heyo."
Jaidon asks, "feel like teaching?"
Edenlaen says, "Aye, ye still our fearless leader tho'."
Trathtup frowns.
Edenlaen grins at Jaidon.
Jaidon leans on you.
Trathtup says, "Is proby thinked this-tog is not hard-worky-enuff."
Trathtup sighs.
The operator yells, "Going up!", as the chains on the lift rattle in agreement, and the lift begins to ascend.
Edenlaen just tickled Trathtup, who laughs and returns the favor.
Edenlaen giggles.
You laugh softly, trying to hide your amusement.
Edenlaen asks, "Ye all been faring well?"
Trathtup says, "If some-furry is knowed that-togette, is should sayed is knowed lots-hard-worky tog with lots from-turnip. Is definite Good Catch."
You say, "Fair to middlin, myself."
Edenlaen smiles as she gazes at each of you in turn.
You pat Trathtup on the back.
You kindly say to Trathtup, "I shall."
Jaidon grins at you.
Trathtup adjusts his glittering badge.
You ask, "How were your studies?"
You peer quizzically at Edenlaen.
Trathtup shows Edenlaen his glittering badge.
The heat from the sun grows rather intense.
The operator announces, "Here we are, have an exquisite day."
The lift operator helps you off the lift...
[Ratha, Upper Cobra Road]
Cool sea-breezes sweep across the rocky precipice that divides lower Ratha from the higher class districts.  The massive lifts work day and night, hauling people and goods up and down between the levels.  The view from here is considerable, with many ships in the harbor below displaying all manner of construction and decoration, hailing from a dozen different ports of call.  You also see a lift guard and a wooden lift.
Obvious paths: north.
Edenlaen exits the lift.
Trathtup exits the lift.
Seleste exits the lift.
Jaidon exits the lift.
Edenlaen says, "Oh, well tis an ongoing process."
Jaidon grins at Edenlaen.
[Ratha, Upper Cobra Road]
A pair of stone nagas rise to either side of the great lifts that lead to the third tier and the seat of power.  Liveried messengers hurry past, bearing important documents for the traders and merchants who do business on this level.  A nearby barracks holds a complement of guards, ready day and night to secure the approaches if rioting or rebellion should break out among the lower classes and threaten the island's trade.  You also see a lift guard and an oak lift.
Also here: Fixer-Tog Trathtup, Seleste, Kaith Partani Edenlaen, and Battle Empath Jaidon.
Obvious paths: south.
Trathtup gives Seleste some coins.
Trathtup gives you 1 silver Lirum.
Seleste smiles at Trathtup.
You continue to praise Trathtup's efforts, also supporting him with your approval.
Edenlaen asks, "We all have enough?"
Seleste tenderly says to Trathtup, "thank you"
Jaidon nods.
Seleste mumbles a word of general praise.
Trathtup says, "Tog is thinked so."
Edenlaen nibbles her lip thoughtfully.
Seleste praises Trathtup.
Jaidon says, "of course its not here yet"
Jaidon grins.
Trathtup laughs!
Edenlaen grins.
Trathtup says, "Is usual when tog is get boats-place is boat is just wented."
Edenlaen says, "Well, at least they don't take as long as some of the ships."
Edenlaen winks.
You say, "Too bad we didn't bring Justin.  He has uncanny luck with these and ferries."
Jaidon says, "true enough"
Edenlaen nods to Trathtup.
Jaidon says, "I need to  learn to climb more"
Trathtup nods.
Jaidon says, "no waiting then"
You grin at Jaidon.
Trathtup says, "Is goodly, that shiny-red-face-furry."
Trathtup blushes a deep green color.
Trathtup says, "Is meaned is tin-red-face-furry."
The lift comes to a stop on the hard packed ground, awaiting new passengers.
You say, "I've been drug through the sewer before."
Trathtup laughs!
Trathtup pays his transportation fee and boards an oak lift.
The lift operator says, "Hello, Trathtup, and welcome aboard!"

You wrinkle your nose.

Jaidon says, "course to third level, have to use the sewers"

Jaidon nods.

The lift operator stops you and requests the small fee of 100 copper lirums.  You hand him your lirums and climb onto the lift.
The lift operator says, "Hello, Absinthe, and welcome aboard!"

[Ratha, Lift]
The fine polished oak floor is scarred by the travel of cloven hooves and careless weaponmasters.  Despite the brutishness of some travelers the lift is well-maintained and operates near flawlessly.
Also here: Fixer-Tog Trathtup.
Obvious paths: out.
Jaidon just climbed aboard.
Edenlaen just climbed aboard.
Seleste just climbed aboard.
Jaidon says, "ok, so the cost is 5 bronxe and then 1 silver now"
Jaidon says, "its come down"
Seleste smiles a wide grin, bubbling in anticipation of the adventure.
You flash a wide grin at Seleste.
The operator yells, "Going up!", as the chains on the lift rattle in agreement, and the lift begins to ascend.
Trathtup nods to Jaidon.
Trathtup says, "Is not can goed on be fore is comed down."
Jaidon grins at Trathtup.
Edenlaen grins at Trathtup.
Jaidon says, "never a truer thing has been said"
Edenlaen says, "Aye that'd be a bad thing, specially up top."
Edenlaen shudders.
You chuckle to yourself.
Edenlaen says, "long fall..."
Edenlaen gulps.
Jaidon closes his eyes for a moment and grows still.
You say to Jaidon, "And Sete would be waiting at the bottom."
Trathtup ponders.
Jaidon chuckles at you!
Jaidon says, "she can smell blood can't she"
You nod to Jaidon.
Edenlaen raises an eyebrow.
You say, "Methinks she's the most ghoulish guild-sib I've met."
You grin wryly.
Jaidon chortles softly at some secret joke.
Edenlaen grins at you.
Trathtup asks, "If is fall on some-furry, but is deadered because is falled from high-place, is can still fixer if is comed back, or is not can fixer be cause is falled on some-furry?"
Edenlaen chuckles.
Trathtup gets a careful, slightly worried look on his face.
Jaidon says, "I think gravity is blamed, not you"
Jaidon nods to Trathtup.
Edenlaen grins at Jaidon.
You laugh softly, trying to hide your amusement.
The operator announces, "Here we are, have an exquisite day."
The lift operator helps you off the lift...
[Ratha, Golden Scale Road]
Golden Scale Road leads from the lifts into the elite heart of Ratha.  The road is paved with stone blocks cleverly carved to resemble large scales, carefully set with gold-tinted mortar.  The effect is one of gaudy elegance.  The motif is reflected in the massive pillars that carry the iron chains that control the great lift.  You also see a lift guard.
Also here: Battle Empath Jaidon, Kaith Partani Edenlaen, and Seleste.
Obvious paths: north.
Trathtup exits the lift.
Seleste just left.
Jaidon ponders.
You blink.
Jaidon says, "hmm"
Jaidon nods to Trathtup.
Seleste just arrived.
Seleste just went north.
Jaidon chuckles.
Seleste just arrived.
Seleste blushes a bright red color.
Edenlaen says, "What a polite operator."
Trathtup waves to Seleste.
Jaidon pats Seleste on the back.
Seleste joins Jaidon's group.
You babble something incoherent at Seleste.
Edenlaen ponders an exquisite day.
Seleste nods.
Edenlaen grins.
Seleste glances up at the sky.
You give Edenlaen an emphatic nod.
Seleste says, "is indeed"
Trathtup waves to a wild sea-worn monk.
[Empaths' Guild, Central Corridor]
The long corridor serves as little more than a passageway to get from room to room and front to back of the guild hall.  Except for occasional scuff and gouge marks from careless visitors, the plaster walls are undecorated.  You also see some stairs, an archway, and a wooden door.
Also in the room: Fixer-Tog Trathtup, Kaith Partani Edenlaen, Seleste, and Battle Empath Jaidon.
Obvious exits: north, northeast, northwest, out.
Jaidon says, "actually never been here before"
Jaidon blushes a bright red color.
You look around, trying to appear nonchalant.
Edenlaen ponders.
You sheepishly say, "I've only been here once."
Jaidon grins at you.
Jaidon says, "guess we explore"
Trathtup says, "Is first-time for islands-place for this-tog."
Seleste nods.
Edenlaen grins.
[Empaths' Guild, Library]
Mostly empty shelves line the walls of the empath library, but there are multiple copies of the books that are here.  Several leather reading chairs and some over-stuffed cloth-covered chairs are scattered about the room, each placed close enough to a window or lamp to give a reader sufficient light.
Also in the room: Fixer-Tog Trathtup, Kaith Partani Edenlaen, Seleste, and Battle Empath Jaidon.
Obvious exits: east.
Edenlaen says, "Aye tis fine, we get a tour as well."
Edenlaen smiles warmly.
You say, "Mmm.  Needs more books."
Jaidon grins at you.
You glance at some shelves.
Trathtup says, "Is with lots-comfy chair."
Jaidon says, "not too bad"
Trathtup says, "Is goodly for books-place."
You nod.
Jaidon nods to Trathtup.
You say, "Aye."
Edenlaen says, "Aye, a lovely library."
Jaidon asks, "we are looking for the guild leader aye?"
Edenlaen nods to Jaidon.
You nod to Jaidon.
Edenlaen is stopped by the librarian who has a few words with her.
[Empaths' Guild, Main Patio]
The crest of the Empaths' Guild has been skillfully recreated in broken tiles to pave the patio at the back of the Guild.  Carved limestone benches interspersed with young potted palms line the rim of the circular patio.  Behind them, crimson and orange daylilies dance happily in the breeze.  To the west beyond a wrought iron gate lies the Guild Leader's herb garden.  You also see a back entrance into the Empath Guild, a smaller covered patio, and a grassy clearing.
Also here: Fixer-Tog Trathtup, Seleste, Battle Empath Jaidon, and Alris.
Obvious paths: none.
You smile at Alris.
Alris says, "Hello, there."
Trathtup says, "Is losted that-furry."
Jaidon says, "we lost one"
Trathtup says, "Is in books-place."
Jaidon nods to Trathtup.
Jaidon says, "be back in a moment"
Jaidon stops you from following him.
Kaith Partani Edenlaen just arrived.
Trathtup joins Jaidon's group.
Jaidon says, "never mind"
Jaidon grins.
Edenlaen joins Jaidon's group.
Seleste smiles.
Jaidon says, "sorry"
Seleste joins Jaidon's group.
Seleste blushes a bright red color.
Edenlaen blushes, the tips of her ears turning a delicate scarlet hue.
You join Jaidon's group.
Edenlaen says, "Twas my fault, the Librarian thought I was stealing this book."
Jaidon chuckles.
You cluck your tongue and shake your head.
Trathtup laughs!
Jaidon says, "hello"
Trathtup says, "Is silly-books-furry. Is should knowed is not was with that-book be fore."
Jaidon waves to Alris.
Alris asks, "What brings you here, K'Edenlaen?"
Edenlaen beams!
Edenlaen says, "Alris!  At last."
Alris says, "Been a long time."
Edenlaen nods.
Alris shakes Edenlaen's hand.
Edenlaen just hugged Alris.
Alris just hugged Edenlaen.
Edenlaen says, "Aye indeed it has been.  I've seen an old friend of yours."
Edenlaen says, "One Kentari, to be specific."
Edenlaen smiles at Alris.
Edenlaen says, "He's had a book for many years, and asked if I might bring it to ye."
Edenlaen offers Alris a small grey book entitled "The Twist of Mindy".
Alris accepts Edenlaen's book BmdTOM.
You ask, "The Twist?"
Edenlaen nods to you.
Alris glances at a small grey book.
Alris asks, "Where did you get this?"
You nibble your lip thoughtfully.
Trathtup asks, "Is what is meaned?"
Alris flips through the pages, skimming the text.
Edenlaen says, "Kentari's had it these many seasons."
Alris says, "Kentar..."
Alris asks, "Kentari WEIKS?"
Seleste observes Alris with fascination.
Edenlaen nods to Alris.
Edenlaen says, "Aye, the very same."
Seleste raises an eyebrow.
You shift your weight.
Jaidon ponders.
You hesitantly ask, "Who?"
Seleste glances at you.
Edenlaen says, "I happened upon him in the temple."
Seleste nibbles her lip thoughtfully.
Alris says, "I haven't heard that name in oh...must be 35 years or so now."
Edenlaen nods to Alris.
Edenlaen says, "Aye, he said much the same of ye."
Alris says, "Bet he was surprised to find out I was over here."
Alris chortles softly at some secret joke.
Edenlaen says, "But he'd gotten to thinking about ye, and those days so long ago."
Edenlaen grins at Alris.
Edenlaen chortles softly at some secret joke.
(Trathtup tries to count to 35, but runs out of fingers... several times)
Alris nods.
Edenlaen says, "Felt t'would be good for ye to have the book now."
Alris nods.
Alris says, "Well, I thank you for that, K'Edenlaen."
Alris says, "I never would have imagined Mihocha..."
Edenlaen says, "Tis a pleasure, and I had aid getting over here quickly to find ye."
Trathtup fidgets nervously.
Alris says, "Well, I guess I shouldn't be surprised that she kept a record.  She is a bard."
Trathtup raises his hand.
Edenlaen says, "All these good folk were kind enough to help me."
Alris nods.
Edenlaen nods to Alris.
You say, "I'm Abby."
Trathtup quietly asks, "Is what is that-book is meaned?"
You curtsy awkwardly to Alris, your ankles wobbling as you try not to fall.
Edenlaen smiles at you.
Trathtup waves to Alris.
Alris says, "Abby."
Alris nods.
Trathtup says, "This-tog is fixer-tog."
Alris asks, "Fixer Tog?"
Trathtup nods to Alris.
Alris asks, "Is that your name?"
Trathtup says, "Is was with name when is was toggler, but is for gotted."
Trathtup blushes a deep green color.
You pat Trathtup on the back.
Alris says, "Ah."
Seleste smiles at Alris.
Alris says, "Good to meet you, all the same, Fixer."
Alris nods.
You ask, "He's also called...Puzzle Tog?"
Trathtup says, "Riddle-tog."
Jaidon grins at you.
You quietly say to Trathtup, "Is that...ahh, I was close."
You blush slightly, the tips of your ears flushing with warmth.
Alris asks, "And the young Kaldaran here...your name?"
Alris glances at Seleste.
Seleste smiles and blushes, shyly trying to sputter out her name, before turning to Absinthe with a gaze of appealment.
You laugh softly, trying to hide your amusement.
You say, "Seleste."
You motion to Seleste.
Seleste nods to Alris.
Alris nods.
You pat Seleste on the back.
Seleste smiles.
Jaidon says, "I'm Jaidon, a pleasure"
You say, "And our fearless leader, Jaidon."
Edenlaen smiles at Seleste.
You motion to Jaidon.
Jaidon bows to Alris.
You flash a quick grin.
Edenlaen grins at you.
Alris says, "I think I remember hearing about you from Annael in a letter.  She didn't mention much besides your progress, though."
Alris says, "Abby, Jaidon, definitely know about the two of you."
Alris winks.
Jaidon grins.
You grin mischievously.
Edenlaen hums cheerfully to herself.
You say, "It was him."
You point at Jaidon.
You nod emphatically.
Jaidon says, "yo'll never get me to admit it though"
Jaidon winks at you.
You tickle Jaidon, making him laugh.
Seleste chuckles.
Alris says, "Anyways...if you'll give me a moment here, I'd like to glance through the text by myself in the library."
Jaidon nods to Alris.
Trathtup nods to Alris.
You say, "Certainly."
You nod.
Alris says, "K'Edenlaen, by your leave..."
Edenlaen says, "Of course Alris."
Alris nods.
Edenlaen nods to Alris.
Edenlaen asks, "Will ye return?"
Alris nods.
Alris says, "I just need about two minutes.  I'm a fast read."
Alris entered a back entrance into the Empath Guild.
Jaidon casually observes the area.
Jaidon says, "nice place"
You nod to Jaidon.
You say, "Indeed."
Jaidon says, "should come here more often"
Edenlaen smiles.
Seleste nods.
Seleste says, "is a beautiful island"
You nod to Seleste.
Trathtup nods.
Jaidon asks, "anyone live out here?"
Edenlaen says, "Aye the people of Ratha take such pride in most of the city."
Jaidon peers quizzically at you.
You ponder.
Trathtup says, "Tog is thinked is proby should comed this-place when is lots cold in crossings-place."
Jaidon nods to Trathtup.
You say, "I think Bakan had a house here, but he's been in Shard of late."
Jaidon nods.
Jaidon says, "I know some hunt the sand sprites"
Trathtup says, "Tog is thoughted holy-apple-furry was in islands-place. Ony is not knowed what-islands-place."
You say, "I lost track of how much time I spent in a hammock when I was here last."
Jaidon says, "but I think they travel back and forth"
You smile sheepishly.
Edenlaen chuckles at you!
Jaidon says, "she stays on Aesry"
Jaidon nods to Trathtup.
You quietly say, "It was comfy and the sun was out and, and..."
You glance down and kick absentmindedly at the ground with the toe of your soft slippers.
Trathtup asks, "Is church-lady on this-islands-place?"
Edenlaen says, "Aye, a hammock under the warm sun, with a gentle breeze..."
Trathtup says, "Is definite borey, that-church-lady."
Edenlaen lets out a deep sigh of contentment.
You let out a deep sigh of contentment that seems to come from the depth of your soul.
You nod to Edenlaen.
Jaidon says, "no, she's around Crossing actually"
Trathtup says, "Tog is heared is was majik-furry on big-pigs-island-place."
Trathtup frowns.
Edenlaen says, "Add a cool drink, and well"
Edenlaen winks at you.
Jaidon nods to Trathtup.
You grin at Edenlaen.
Jaidon says, "I think he still is"
You say, "That's what happened to me."
You nod to Edenlaen.
You chuckle to yourself.
Edenlaen grins at you.
Edenlaen chuckles.
Trathtup says, "Church-lady is definite is should be at gates-place, be cause is lots and lots from borey."
nod trathYou nod to Trathtup.
Jaidon says, "she's been hiding a lot lately"
You say, "Lots and lots."
Jaidon nods.
Trathtup says, "Tog is sposed for lissen lots-borey-class, so is definite church-lady is should be at gates-place."
Seleste nods.
Jaidon says, "I don't know, absinthe is getting pretty boring"
Jaidon grins.
You let out an exasperated, "Pbpbpb."
Trathtup stretches out a hand imploringly to you.
Edenlaen says, "This is such a lovely spot."
Jaidon nods to Edenlaen.
You say, "Quite.  Just needs a hammock."
You pat a chipped limestone bench.
Edenlaen chuckles.
Edenlaen grins at you.
You hum to yourself.
Trathtup says, "Is should be lots-big if is for tog. Tog is seed some-hammock, is proby beed good for tog, ony is tied to small tree. "
Trathtup sighs.
Seleste frets.
Seleste gazes down at her hands.
You nod to Trathtup.
Trathtup hunkers down and looks sort of cute, in a gigantic hairless way.
You say, "Needs to be tied to a large tree for Tog."
Seleste quietly says to herself, "I'm probably too little..."
Edenlaen nods to you.
You ask, "For a hammock?"
You cock your head and blink at Seleste as you strain to figure out what she's doing.
Trathtup gazes at Seleste.
Seleste shakes her head.
Seleste says, "to be here"
Seleste says, "I don't mind Annael much"
Seleste says, "and study as I should"
Edenlaen says, "Aye a large sturdy tree."
Trathtup says, "That-fixer-furry is small-fixer-furry. You fixer-furry is lots big from that fixer-furry. "
Trathtup says, "All fixer-furry is looked small when is fixer-tog."
Trathtup laughs!
Seleste nods.
Seleste grins.
You grin at Trathtup.
Seleste says, "true"
Edenlaen chuckles at Trathtup.
Seleste says, "I had a self-conscious moment is all..."
Jaidon pats Seleste on the back.
Edenlaen smiles wryly at the Fixer.
Seleste says, "realized how inexperienced in the ways of healing I was."
Jaidon snorts, loudly.
Jaidon says, "you touch, you take"
Seleste gazes at Jaidon in admiration.
Jaidon winks at Seleste.
Seleste smiles.
Seleste nods.
Seleste says, "thank you"
You dryly say, "And listen to borey-classes."
You snore lightly.
Seleste nods to you.
Seleste chuckles.
Trathtup nods to you.
Jaidon nods to you.
Jaidon says, "always classes"
Jaidon nods.
Trathtup says, "Is sit at gates-place until is not can feel foots."
Edenlaen says, "Aye, such is our lot.  Very much lore."
Trathtup lectures, "So if is fixer-some-furry at gates-place, and is not can feel foots, is should proby look down so is can knowed if is still with foots on."
You laugh softly, trying to hide your amusement.
You say, "I tend to find lots of marsh-muck on my feet."
You glance down and kick absentmindedly at the ground with the toe of your soft slippers.
You brush your hand over your soft slippers, checking the security of the fasteners.
Jaidon nods to you.
Edenlaen grins at you.
Edenlaen asks, "Ye like the marsh?"
Trathtup says, "Tog is was on rescue when is was deadered-furry, and that-deadered-furry was with bumpy-mans. Is bumpy-mans is comed, and all-furry is runned, and tog is was losted."
You exclaim, "Oh, aye!"
You nod to Edenlaen.
Edenlaen nods to you.
Trathtup says, "Is runned a round and is yell, 'Tog is losted! Tog is losted!'. Some furry is finded this-tog and is tooked to roads-place."
You pat Trathtup on the back.
Edenlaen says, "Least ye got some help."
Trathtup nods to Edenlaen.
Edenlaen smiles at Trathtup.
Trathtup's eyes glaze over as he loses himself in a daydream.
You hum happily to yourself.
Trathtup suddenly blinks and wakes up from his daydream.
You sniff the air around you.
You let out a deep sigh of contentment that seems to come from the depth of your soul.
Edenlaen taps her foot impatiently.
Alris just arrived.
Edenlaen grins.
Trathtup waves to Alris.
You flash a quick grin.
Edenlaen says, "Ah, here ye are."
Alris says, "Sorry it took me a while."
Trathtup asks, "Is was Good Book?"
Alris says, "Had to... compose myself."
Edenlaen smiles at Alris.
Edenlaen nods.
Edenlaen rubs Alris gently.
Trathtup looks about with a puzzled expression on his face.
Edenlaen says, "So many memories for ye."
Alris says, "I'm sure you understand why."
Alris nods.
You nibble your lip thoughtfully.
Edenlaen nods to Alris.
Alris says, "Aye, Mindy."
Alris sighs.
Alris says, "My older sister."
Edenlaen nods to Alris.
Edenlaen rubs Alris gently.
Alris says, "Not many."
Edenlaen nods.
Alris says, "But some."
Trathtup looks with concern at Alris.
Alris says, "Well, it'd make more sense if you read what was going on."
Alris says, "Come with me to the library."
You quietly ask, "Best to dwell on the good, aye?"
Trathtup joins Alris's group.
You join Alris's group.
Jaidon joins Alris's group.
Edenlaen joins Alris's group.
Alris holds hands with Seleste.
Seleste smiles.
[Empaths' Guild, Library]
Mostly empty shelves line the walls of the empath library, but there are multiple copies of the books that are here.  Several leather reading chairs and some over-stuffed cloth-covered chairs are scattered about the room, each placed close enough to a window or lamp to give a reader sufficient light.
Also in the room: Fixer-Tog Trathtup, Battle Empath Jaidon, Kaith Partani Edenlaen, Seleste, and Alris.
Obvious exits: east.
Trathtup glances at some shelves.
You say, "Pardon me.  I shan't take long."
You sheepishly say, "I hope."
Alris nods to you.
Edenlaen smiles at you.
You get a copy of a small grey book entitled "The Twist of Mindy".
Trathtup gets a copy of a small grey book entitled "The Twist of Mindy".
Trathtup opens his book.
Seleste nibbles on her fingers contemplatively.
Edenlaen says, "Aye, please, ye all feel free to read."
Trathtup wanders off to read his book in peace.
[go read the books]
[Empaths' Guild, Library]
Mostly empty shelves line the walls of the empath library, but there are multiple copies of the books that are here.  Several leather reading chairs and some over-stuffed cloth-covered chairs are scattered about the room, each placed close enough to a window or lamp to give a reader sufficient light.
Also in the room: Fixer-Tog Trathtup, Kaith Partani Edenlaen, and Alris.
Obvious exits: east.

You rub your eyes.
You return the book to where it belongs.
You slowly and deliberately empty your filled lungs.
Edenlaen leans on you.
You quietly say, "Wow."
Alris says, "As I mentioned to Fixer..."
You lean forward.
Alris says, "I'll wait on everyone to come back out before I talk about what happened afterwards."
You nod to Alris.
You quietly say, "Gives me time to compose myself, and I wasn't even part of it."
You chuckle to yourself.
Trathtup sniffles.
You rub your nose.
You get a cotton rag from inside your hooded cloak.
You rub a cotton rag.
Alris says, "I hope the two of them aren't weeping in the corner..."
Alris frowns.
You say, "They may be."
Trathtup nods to you.
You smile wryly.
You slowly and deliberately empty your filled lungs.
You cheerfully say, "At least we are quick readers."
Trathtup nods.
You grin weakly at Trathtup.
Trathtup says, "Tog even member not for move lips when is doed read."
You continue to build Trathtup with your praise.
You say, "Bear-Togette would be proud."
You nod to Trathtup.
Trathtup sighs.
Seleste returns from reading her book.
Seleste ponders.
Seleste says, "curious"
Seleste looks thoughtfully at Edenlaen.
You say to Seleste, "We're waiting for Jaidon."
Seleste gets a copy of a small grey book entitled "The Twist of Mindy".
Edenlaen reaches into her harness and pulls out another book.
Seleste gazes at her book.
Seleste scratches her head.
Seleste returns a small grey book entitled "The Twist of Mindy" to where it belongs.
Alris asks, "What's that, Eden?"
Edenlaen asks, "Tis another book, that perhaps they should read as well?"
Alris asks, "What is it?"
You ask, "Another?"
Seleste smiles.
Edenlaen says, "I came across it some time back, it speaks of Jomay."
Trathtup asks, "Is that-book in crossings-fixer-furry-place?"
Seleste gazes at Edenlaen.
Edenlaen asks, "Perhaps ye'd like a quick look at it first Alris?"
You ask, "The one in the Crossings guild?"
Edenlaen nods.
Edenlaen says, "Aye"
You say, "An interesting story, that.  I read it the other day."
You duck your head.
Edenlaen says, "I'd managed to place a copy in our guild in Crossing recently, but then was called away on guild business."
Alris nods to you.
You smile at Edenlaen.
Edenlaen says, "I'd not had the time to speak to any of ye at the time."
You say, "I'd wondered who had left it."
Alris says, "I know enough about Jomay, unfortunately."
Edenlaen nods to Alris.
Edenlaen says, "Tis up to ye, if ye wish a copy for your library here."
You ponder.
Jaidon returns from reading his book.
Jaidon returns a small grey book entitled "The Twist of Mindy" to where it belongs.
Jaidon ponders.
A tear runs down Trathtup's face.
You hesitantly ask, "Wha-what happened after?"
Edenlaen gently places the book on the shelves.
Edenlaen gazes at Alris.
Alris nods.
You shift your weight.
You fidget nervously.
Jaidon leans on you.
You lean on Jaidon.
Alris says, "All right..."
Trathtup gulps.
Edenlaen gives Alris' shoulder a reassuring squeeze.
Alris says, "After we'd gotten to the Crossing, Vinny and I were charged to the Empath's Guild for recovery by Mirinn."
(Seleste tilts her head closer to Alris, eyes sparkling with curiousity.)
Jaidon grins at you.
Trathtup sniffles.
Alris says, "After we'd recovered, Vinny became a ward of the Cleric's Guild, while I became one of the Empath's Guild."
Seleste asks, "Vinny?"
Alris says, "Ivinnes."
Seleste nods.
Alris says, "Vinny was his nickname."
Seleste says, "I'm slow like that"
Seleste blushes a bright red color.
You pat Seleste on the back.
Edenlaen smiles at Seleste.
Alris says, "No one knew what happened to my uncle..."
Alris says, "But the fact of the matter is is that that book on the shelf, I suspect..."
Alris asks, "Tells the official version of Jomay's story, does it not?"
Seleste nods.
Trathtup nods.
You give a slight nod.
Alris says, "Officially sanctioned."
Alris smirks.
Edenlaen ponders.
Edenlaen says, "Oh, aye, that's correct."
Edenlaen clears her throat.
Alris says, "It gets the truth right in a few key places."
Edenlaen just nudged Alris.
Seleste raises an eyebrow.
Alris says, "Jomay was killed...or someone was killed for her."
Edenlaen smiles innocently.
Alris says, "Lots of people were disfigured."
You scrunch your eyebrows together and furrow your brow.
Seleste nods.
Edenlaen nods to Alris.
Alris says, "And she did have a circle of followers...among them, one of my ancestors, Yindi Fieldberry."
Seleste furrows her brow.
Seleste ponders.
Alris says, "But there was no insect that spread a plague."
Trathtup looks about with a puzzled expression on his face.
Edenlaen furrows her brow and frowns, thinking about Jomay and her followers.
Seleste asks, "how did they receive the plague?"
Alris says, "There was no plague."
Seleste raises an eyebrow.
Trathtup blinks.
Jaidon blinks.
Seleste asks, "No plague at all?"
Alris says, "None."
Jaidon asks, "what was it?"
Trathtup frowns.
Trathtup asks, "How is some-furry is can ritey down is was plague, when is was no plague?"
You nibble your lip thoughtfully.
Edenlaen sighs.
Alris says, "Niedave, Jomay's mentor, had discovered a unique ability..."
Alris says, "To alter others' appearances."
You blink.
Jaidon scratches his head.
You ask, "Alter appearances?"
Alris says, "It didn't work on one's self."
Absinthe does a reality check.
Alris nods.
Edenlaen nods.
(Seleste shakes her head, tapping it's side, as if something was caught in her ears.)
You quietly say to yourself, "Interesting."
Alris says, "And it was easier if the other person was a bit injured, oddly enough."
Seleste chuckles.
Seleste blushes a bright red color.
Jaidon asks, "ok, so what was killing all the people?"
Alris says, "Niedave was killed by Jomay's elder brother, Jimohe.  This much we determined after her death."
Alris says, "The fact that it's very hard to breathe if you have neither a nose nor mouth."
You slowly ask, "So they used this ability to harm?"
You shudder.
Trathtup begins an eerie, warbling wail of despair.
Trathtup frowns.
Trathtup says, "Tog is thoughted if is was hurted some-furry is not could fixer."
Jaidon ponders.
You say to Trathtup, "Mayhap they stopped fixering."
Alris says, "They didn't hurt."
Alris asks, "Close your mouth.  Put some glue on it.  Does that hurt?"
Trathtup asks, "Is can tooked moufth and nose from some-furry, ony is not hurted?"
You get a thoughtful expression on your face.
Alris says, "It doesn't hurt when it's initially done."
Trathtup blinks.
Alris says, "Hence, no shock."
You nod.
You say, "Makes sense."
Alris says, "About a minute later, a lot of pain."
You cringe.
Edenlaen says, "Aye the real problem lies in such a skill being in the hads of one such as she."
Alris says, "Jomay had sworn the circle to secrecy on all of its secrets..."
Alris says, "Only to pass them down via oral tradition."
Alris says, "She, incidentally, burned all of her notes."
Alris says, "My many times great grandmother, however, defied her."
You gaze thoughtfully at Alris.
You clear your throat.
You hesitantly ask, "And made notes of her own?"
Alris says, "Those notes were passed on down through my familial line."
Alris nods.
Alris says, "Though it took all the way until my uncle for interpret them."
You nibble your lip thoughtfully.
Alris says, "He left, before my family died, to see if there was some other Empath talented enough to learn the skill."
Alris says, "Never returned."
You weakly ask, "Never?"
Seleste gnaws on her lip.
Alris shakes his head.
Trathtup sniffles.
Trathtup asks, "Is where is that-furry is wented?"
Alris says, "But if Kentari had this book written by Mihocha..."
Alris ponders.
Alris says, "Knowing him, it's probably his obtuse way of saying that Mihocha might know where Bruwster is, or he that he does."
Edenlaen nods to Alris.
Trathtup asks, "That-furry is in temples-place?"
Alris says, "I suppose."
Alris asks, "Edenlaen?"
Alris asks, "Where did he say he'd be?"
Edenlaen nods to Alris.
Edenlaen says, "Aye, he spends his days serenading his goddess."
You chuckle to yourself.
You say, "Sounds like a Bard."
You nod.
Alris says, "Faenella, no doubt, given he's a Bard."
Alris nods.
Edenlaen says, "He's most oft to be found in the temple, aye."
Alris says, "Well, folks..."
Seleste looks thoughtfully at Alris.
Edenlaen says, "Seems to me ye all have work at hand."
Alris says, "If you find my prodigal uncle, let me know."
Trathtup nods to Alris.
Seleste nods.
You nod to Alris.
You ask, "Unless you would care to join us in our search?"
Alris says, "And if he indeed managed to learn how to Shift again..."
Alris says, "I wish I could, but I have paperwork, unfortunately."
Alris mutters cryptically to himself.
You wrinkle your nose.
Edenlaen pats Alris on the back.
You gaze at Alris with a sympathetic look on your face.
Alris says, "The Khalo does utterly nothing."
Edenlaen ponders.
Alris says, "Besides fan herself."
You say, "We will send word if we do, then."
Edenlaen looks at Alris and coughs.
Jaidon nods to you.
Trathtup nods.
Alris says, "If he's learned how to Shift..."
Alris says, "Be careful about using it around the other Guildleaders."
You shift your weight.
You nod.
Edenlaen nods.
Edenlaen nods.
Alris says, "Jomay's execution brought down the guild with her before."
Trathtup nods.
Alris says, "'Course, she was crazy from linking with those mentally ill people..."
Edenlaen nods to Alris.
You cluck your tongue and shake your head.
Alris says, "The reason the guild hid it is so that association wouldn't rise again."
You firmly say, "We will not let it do so again."
Edenlaen says, "Aye, often choices are made, to safeguard all the people."
Alris says, "If that ability ever got in the wrong hands again..."
You cringe.
Trathtup nods to Alris.
Edenlaen shudders.
Alris shudders.
Alris says, "Well, folks, I leave you to your tasks."
Trathtup waves to Alris.
Jaidon nods to Alris.
Alris says, "And I must get back to mine."
Edenlaen says, "Twas wonderful to see ye again Alris, although the memories brought up, well."
Alris says, "Good travels to the lot of you.  Abby, Fixer, Jaidon, and Seleste."
Alris nods.
You say, "Was a pleasure meeting you."
Seleste smiles.
You smile at Alris.
Alris says, "And K'Edenlaen."
Jaidon says, "yes, a pleasure"
Seleste curtsies to Alris.
Alris bows.
Jaidon bows to Alris.
Alris just went northwest.
You join Jaidon's group.
Trathtup joins Jaidon's group.
Edenlaen joins Jaidon's group.
Seleste joins Jaidon's group.
Seleste says, "wow..."
Jaidon asks, "where to?"
Trathtup says, "May be is red-moon is comed."
Trathtup points out.
You say, "We can hope."
Trathtup glances up at the sky.
Trathtup exclaims, "Is comed!"
Edenlaen says, "Is it possible to get back to Crossing?  I think ye all need to split up and each search."
Jaidon nods to Edenlaen.
Trathtup says, "Is go rub-rub-rub on ear."
You say, "Aye, Yavash is in the sky."
You get a burnished ruby stud from inside an indigo gem pouch which is in your cotton haversack.
You hang a burnished ruby stud from your earlobe.
You get a burnished ruby stud from inside an indigo gem pouch which is in your cotton haversack.
Trathtup asks, "Is all-furry with jumpy-jewlry for ear?"
You offer your ruby stud to Seleste, who has 30 seconds to accept the offer.  Type CANCEL to prematurely cancel the offer.
Edenlaen says, "It will be best to see if ye can find Bruwster, or word of him."
Jaidon says, "sounds like a plan"
Trathtup says, "Tog is thinked is proby not knowed enuff for learn for is doed that-thing."
Trathtup sighs.
You say, "Soon."
Trathtup says, "Is should definite be more hard-worky."
You nod to Trathtup.
You note and reaffirm your praise of Trathtup.
Edenlaen says, "Aye, well, ye will, especially since ye yourself said what a hard workin' Fixer ye are."
Seleste looks at you and blushes.
Edenlaen smiles at Trathtup.
Trathtup says, "Be cause is not can tooked disease yet, so is proby not knowed enuff."
You offer your ruby stud to Seleste, who has 30 seconds to accept the offer.  Type CANCEL to prematurely cancel the offer.
Seleste has accepted your offer and is now holding a burnished ruby stud.
Edenlaen nods.
Seleste smiles.
Seleste attaches a burnished ruby stud to her earlobe.
Trathtup says, "So if is seed that bear-togette, is should say is knowed extry-hard-worky-tog."
You say, "Well, then..."
Trathtup nods.
Edenlaen says, "Aye well, knowledge comes slowly but steadily."
Taking a deep breath, you throw back your shoulders and harden your resolve.
Trathtup says, "Now is can doed rub."
Trathtup rubs his ruby stud.
He is suddenly engulfed in an explosion of crimson flames and vanishes!

You rub your ruby stud.
You are suddenly engulfed in an explosion of crimson flames and find yourself elsewhere...

[The Crossing, Town Green North]
A small path of bent grass leads to a narrow stretch of cobblestones between the grass and the privet hedge that stands before Milgrym the Weaponsmith's.  The town's main source of serviceable arms, Milgrym does a good trade and has a solid reputation.  The stream of customers, though steady, seems careful not to disturb the usual tranquility of the facing greensward.  You also see a pig cart, the town green pond, and a public listings board.
Also here: a stunned Fixer-Tog Trathtup.
Obvious paths: north, east, southeast, south, southwest, west.
Edenlaen appears out of an explosion of crimson flames.
Seleste appears out of an explosion of crimson flames.
Trathtup laughs!
Jaidon appears out of an explosion of crimson flames.
Trathtup exclaims, "Is lots-fun!"
Trathtup laughs!
Edenlaen blinks.
You giggle at Trathtup.
Trathtup waves.
You remove a burnished ruby stud from your earlobe.
Jaidon grins at Trathtup.
Edenlaen says, "I'm still nae quite used to that yet."
Jaidon waves to Trathtup.
You put your stud in the gem pouch which is inside your cotton haversack.
Edenlaen asks, "Jaidon?"
Jaidon asks, "yes?"
Edenlaen asks, "Abby?"
Fixer-Tog Trathtup just went north.
You weakly say, "It does take awhile."
You nod to Edenlaen.
You ask, "Aye?"
Edenlaen says, "I think t'would be best for ye to split up."
Jaidon nods to Edenlaen.
Jaidon says, "we can do that"
You nod.
Edenlaen says, "I myself have other guild matters that call me for now."
Edenlaen hugs you, and you give her a smile in return.
Edenlaen just hugged Jaidon.
You hug Edenlaen.
Jaidon just hugged Edenlaen.
Edenlaen says, "I wish ye all the best in your research."
Jaidon says, "thanks for having us along"
Edenlaen hugs Seleste, who wraps her arms around Edenlaen with a warm smile.
Seleste smiles.
Edenlaen beams!
Seleste just hugged Edenlaen.
Edenlaen says, "Oh my thanks to all of ye, for being so very helpful and kind."
Edenlaen smiles warmly.
You beam at Edenlaen!
Seleste says, "Was so nice to meet you, Edenlaen"
Jaidon nods to Seleste.
Seleste gets a happy expression on her face!
Jaidon says, "yes, it was"
Edenlaen says, "I don't know what would have happened without ye."
Edenlaen says, "The pleasure has been mine."
Edenlaen says, "Tis so heartening to meet good souls and guildmates."
Jaidon smiles at Edenlaen.
You happily exclaim, "Always is!"
Seleste smiles.
You nod emphatically.
Edenlaen nods to you.
Edenlaen lets out a deep sigh of contentment.
You say, "Tis always good to get away from the city, too."
Edenlaen says, "I trust ye will do your very best to figure out how to continue."
Edenlaen nods to you.
You nod.
Jaidon nods to Edenlaen.
Edenlaen says, "Safe journies to ye all."
Jaidon waves to Edenlaen.
You say, "To you, as well."
Edenlaen waves.
You wave to Edenlaen.
Seleste smiles.
Kaith Partani Edenlaen just went southwest.
That is where my story will end.  It is up to an Empath of proper circle to follow it to their own ending.
And for those of you who are curious:

You see Kaith Partani Edenlaen Farrenlaore, an Elven Empath.
She has warm sea green eyes that twinkle with mischief and skin that has been tanned by many days under a warm sun.  Thick waves of dark auburn hair fall down to her knees, caught up with a delicate silver clasp in the shape of a dove in flight.  The only mark of age upon her is a curious streak of pure white hair that has been braided into a single slender lock that falls to one side of her face.
She is mature for an Elf.
She is in good shape.

She is holding a small grey book entitled "The Twist of Mindy" in her right hand.
She is wearing a burnished ruby stud, a tarnished silver armband, a scallop-edged chain balaclava, some silvery steel gauntlets with decorative cutwork cuffs, an intricately embroidered black spidersilk backpack shot through with gold and silver satin threads, a pair of grey suede thigh boots embroidered with white doves down the outer seams, a pair of pearl earrings, some antique elven chain, a dark grey spidersilk garter festooned with seed pearls and black satin ribbons, a deep ebony spidersilk cloak richly embroidered with silvery threads and set with tiny pearls, an elaborately braided ceremonial spidersilk sheath, a large grey spidersilk weapons harness woven with jet black threads, a jadeite gwethdesuan and a kyanite gwethdesuan.

You see Alris Burdlefoot, a Halfling Empath.
He has crystal blue eyes.  He has thinning golden hair and fair skin.
Alris has transcended time.
He is clean shaven.
He is in good shape.

He is wearing a brown herb pouch, a brown herb pouch, a jadeite gwethdesuan, some short umber knickers and a long dirt-covered cotton work smock covered with pockets of all sizes.