Blairjay

Secrets and Squeezes

Apr 8th, 2021
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  1. Illyria follows you southwest.
  2. The Stables of the Wyrden Thorn.
  3. The shadows violently writhe and twist along the ground here, indicating a war shrine of Nocht nearby. The shadowy outline of a twisted forest casts a dark gloom here. It is warm and quite pleasant. Wyrden trees hunch over each other here, forming a canopy overhead. The twisted branches from each tree clash together, writhing about each other and blurring together in an unending battle of foliage. Beneath the twisted canopy, a sturdy stables has been erected, crafted from the wood from several ravenwood trees. Viciously thorny vines spread out across the ground, wrapping around the stables and spreading outwards. Midnight black roses grow in patches amongst the abundant plant life, their heavy blooms threatening to snap the stems they grow upon. Tucked away in the corner of the stables is a carefully wrapped bundle, the corner of a pitch-black tunic and the shimmer of silver and gems visible within. A solstice stocking has been hung here. Filib Shee-Slaugh hovers in the air here with a pair of daggers in his hands, wings beating rapidly. Filling the space about him with his charismatic presence, Akuuko lingers here. A leopard lurks in the shadows, curiously watching anything that moves. Nothing more than a puffball with cerulean eyes, a seal lynx point ragdoll kitten lies here lounging languidly. A delicate, radiant pink mare ambles about here. Nascent Gael, Attendant to the Wyrd is here. He wields a grotesque mandolin in his left hand. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart is here, shrouded. She wields a richly decorated ravenwood viola in her left hand. A baleful crow perches here, crimson eyes piercing in their glare. A sign suggests you can use STABLE commands here.
  4. You see exits leading north and northeast.
  5.  
  6. Lifting her head, Ilistala looks at you hopefully.
  7. You pet Ilistala, an enormous leopard ingratiatingly.
  8. A loud rumbling emanates from Ilistala as she rubs against you.
  9.  
  10. Leaning in to murmur to Gael, Olethea explains, "Mister Filib manages the stables for the Glomdoring, and is... related? To Auspice Esei and their family, somehow? Auspice Esei and their aunt seem especially fond of him. And... mister Akuuko, it seems."
  11.  
  12. Tilting their head towards Olethea and Gael, you whisper, "And we are very proud of Filib, yes."
  13.  
  14. Akuuko, the Rewoven blurts out at Olethea, "Oh, well, yea o' course. Filly is great."
  15.  
  16. Ilistala, an enormous leopard subtly moves herself around, somehow managing to keep her body between Filib Shee-Slaugh and Akuuko, the Rewoven's jabbing hand.
  17.  
  18. Akuuko, the Rewoven ponders the situation.
  19.  
  20. Illyria glances back and forth once between Gael and Olethea, following in your shadow and standing a distance away.
  21.  
  22. Filib Shee-Slaugh lands gently on the ground, surprised at all the activity. He allows Ilistala to remain between himself and Akuuko, a giant feline shield that he peers over. "Tending to the stables as is my duty. What have -you- been doing?"
  23.  
  24. Akuuko, the Rewoven scratches idly at his thigh and then frowns at Ilistala, an enormous leopard. "I guess you like him, too, eh?"
  25.  
  26. Ilistala, an enormous leopard nods her head affirmatively at Akuuko, the Rewoven.
  27.  
  28. Gael simply nods slowly at Olethea's words, looking thoughtful.
  29.  
  30. A bit bemused, and put on the spot, Olethea smiles blankly at Akuuko, the Rewoven. "I... can only assume he must be, with so many noteworthy people singing his praises, but I haven't had many opportunities to speak with him myself...."
  31.  
  32. Akuuko, the Rewoven guffaws brightly and smiles at Filib Shee-Slaugh. "Always working, working, working. Remember when we played tag and Nightwaff -- " He looks sharply about and then clears his throat. " -- when the La - dy - Night - shade -- " he pronounces each syllable carefully before continuing, "...uh wrapped me up in shadow smoke stuff and sent me away, and got real mad, and then I sneezed fire because she said something weird."
  33.  
  34. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "I know I remember."
  35.  
  36. Olethea hides a grin behind her hand.
  37.  
  38. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says to Akuuko, the Rewoven, "And well done on that pronunciation. She would be pleased. I think. Maybe."
  39.  
  40. With a bit of a giggle, Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart asks, "You've been having fun since the last time I was a wake, haven't you, Mr. Akuuko?"
  41.  
  42. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist looks skeptical and says, "Possibly?"
  43.  
  44. Akuuko, the Rewoven ponders the situation.
  45.  
  46. Lifting a brow, you say, "Sneezed fire? That's new."
  47.  
  48. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "Certainly less angry."
  49.  
  50. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart asks you, "Is it?"
  51.  
  52. Shrugging, Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Yea, the old broad is pretty persnickety. Yous think she'd like that instead of witch? Broad?"
  53.  
  54. Olethea hides a grin behind her hand.
  55.  
  56. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "I think "woman" might be better."
  57.  
  58. You say to Olethea, "As far as I know."
  59.  
  60. Olethea hides a grin behind her hand.
  61.  
  62. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says, "May I ask who it is you're referring to...?"
  63.  
  64. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart asks, "Lady Rowena?"
  65.  
  66. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Or just Nightnight? Night...shadow. Nightmare."
  67.  
  68. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "Dominique might become your nightmare eventually, yes."
  69.  
  70. A wry smile spreads across Xenthos's face.
  71.  
  72. Akuuko, the Rewoven stammers to himself a moment and then narrows his eyes in focus.
  73.  
  74. Olethea looks at Xenthos and comprehension flashes across her face.
  75.  
  76. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says, "Dominique."
  77.  
  78. Filib Shee-Slaugh eyes Akuuko, raising an eyebrow. "I remember you chasing me through half the forest, yes. I don't think we agreed to play a game though..."
  79.  
  80. Ilistala, an enormous leopard settles herself down on the ground at Filib Shee-Slaugh's feet, still carefully watching Akuuko, the Rewoven.
  81.  
  82. Olethea purses her lips, contemplating Akuuko, the Rewoven thoughtfully.
  83.  
  84. You have emoted: Esei leans in curiously, smiling pleasantly.
  85.  
  86. Akuuko, the Rewoven shivers suddenly and nods. "That was also when Lady Khasur, ah...well...when she sent me back to the spider mom's place."
  87.  
  88. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "Ah, is that where you ended up?"
  89.  
  90. Olethea frowns slightly, thoughtful. "...Is that when you were wrapped up in silk, or after? Last time I was awake.... You had just emerged."
  91.  
  92. You say, "After, likely."
  93.  
  94. Filib Shee-Slaugh gasps softly, glancing about as if to check for someone. "Akuuko! You... You just can't call Her..." He lowers his voice, whispering under his breath, "spider... mom... Her name is Lady Viravain."
  95.  
  96. Akuuko, the Rewoven nods slowly and rubs at his bicep. "I had ta do a lot of thinking, according to the spooky crow woman. Thinking and avoiding the, well, other thing in there..."
  97.  
  98. Olethea tilts her head curiously at Akuuko, the Rewoven.
  99.  
  100. Ilistala, an enormous leopard's ear twitches at Akuuko, the Rewoven's words.
  101.  
  102. Akuuko, the Rewoven blushes, the green in his scales flushing with gold around his cheeks. "Thanks, Filly. You're so handsome and smart."
  103.  
  104. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "So anyway, do you all know what that Lady Virtlbloom has in Her web?"
  105.  
  106. Akuuko, the Rewoven whistles appreciatively.
  107.  
  108. You glance askance.
  109.  
  110. Olethea hides a grin behind her hand.
  111.  
  112. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Virvain. Verm...hahahaha, it almost sounds like vermin."
  113.  
  114. You say, "Vervain is a kind of flower."
  115.  
  116. You glance askance.
  117.  
  118. Filib Shee-Slaugh blushes slightly at the comment, then immediately widens his eyes in surprise, flying up and clasping his hands over Akuuko's mouth. "Vira-A-Vain." he repeats slowly.
  119.  
  120. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "What does She have?"
  121.  
  122. Clearing her throat, Olethea lifts her chin up and very slowly and gently enunciates for Akuuko, the Rewoven. "Vii - Rah - Vain."
  123.  
  124. Akuuko, the Rewoven nods along with Filib Shee-Slaugh and sounds it out with him. "Vir-a-" and then he puases, his eyes screwing up as if he were deep in thought. "v...nah, I won't get it this time. It's alright. I'll try again when I feel like it."
  125.  
  126. Akuuko, the Rewoven says to Xenthos, "You don't know?"
  127.  
  128. Olethea's eyes crinkle at the corners as her face warms with an imperceptible smile.
  129.  
  130. You tilt your head curiously at Akuuko, the Rewoven.
  131.  
  132. Akuuko, the Rewoven looks up, his eyes scanning the sky for something, and then he frowns. "Think anything's listening up there?"
  133.  
  134. Akuuko, the Rewoven shakes his head at you.
  135.  
  136. You raise a slender brow.
  137.  
  138. You nod your head slowly in understanding.
  139.  
  140. Illyria listens silently from her place well behind the others, quietly fascinated.
  141.  
  142. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Nah, I know that one's name. It's Regev. Not Regrev. The bug's daughter wasn't REALLY listening to me, anyway."
  143.  
  144. A wry smile spreads across your face.
  145. 21:54:56 Filib Shee-Slaugh exhales softly in defeat, landing on the ground next to Akuuko as he watches the conversation unfold - eyes darting between each person speaking.
  146.  
  147. You tilt your head and listen intently to Filib Shee-Slaugh.
  148.  
  149. An unnerving silence falls across the area as Tau enters from the northeast.
  150.  
  151. Xenthos purses his lips pensively, gazing off into the distance as he carefully gathers his thoughts.
  152.  
  153. Muttering, Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Kept telling me I was being hurt, or sommat. I kept saying, no, miss Cheliyi, I'm not being hurt -- I lit Lady Bloom's forest on fire. Obviously She's going to be mad, y'know what I'm saying?"
  154.  
  155. Tau the Twilit murmurs, "Oh, the stinky Lady."
  156.  
  157. Gaining confidence, Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "And so I says to her, I says, Miss Cheliyi -- you gotta just trust me on this, I can leave really whenever I wanna. It's spooky here, for sure, but She fixed my leg."
  158.  
  159. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "I would like to know more of the Regev - though later, perhaps. It went through a few sources before whispers of it got to me."
  160.  
  161. Softly, you say, "Cheliyi often has overflowing compassion where it may not be necessarily relevant."
  162.  
  163. Akuuko, the Rewoven says to Tau, "Did you just call Summer Bloom a stinky lady? Because let me tell you, the things She has in Her web -- I dunno, I'd just be careful who you call smelly."
  164.  
  165. Tau the Twilit says, "She sounds stinky, that's all I'm saying."
  166.  
  167. Tau shrugs helplessly.
  168.  
  169. Deep in thought, Tau leans her cheek on her hand.
  170.  
  171. Tau the Twilit says, "I wonder if we're talking about the same person."
  172.  
  173. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "I do not think you are."
  174.  
  175. Akuuko, the Rewoven lifts his eyebrows as high as they go in shock and then looks around curiously, as if expecting something. "Filly, isn't it now when SOMETHING swoops out of nowhere to thwap me if I said the Spider Mom was smelly?"
  176.  
  177. A wry smile spreads across Xenthos's face.
  178.  
  179. Tau the Twilit says, "Oh, not that one. The OTHER Bloom."
  180.  
  181. Tau waves her hand dismissively.
  182.  
  183. With amusement, Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says, "The Serenity Bloom, not ours."
  184.  
  185. Tau the Twilit says, "THAT'S the stinky one, yeah."
  186.  
  187. A wry smile spreads across your face.
  188.  
  189. Tau the Twilit murmurs, "S'what I get for coming in to a conversation in the middle, huh?"
  190.  
  191. Filib Shee-Slaugh seems to shrink down even more, eyes glancing warily at the canopy above. "Lady Viravain," he clarifies again.
  192.  
  193. A look of understanding crossing her features, Tau nods her head slowly.
  194.  
  195. Illyria slips silently away.
  196. Illyria leaves to the northeast.
  197.  
  198. Akuuko, the Rewoven kicks the ground with his toe. "It just doesn't strike me as fair, y'know? Why I gotta always be threatened with being sent away or to meet Regev when Tau can just call Goddesses stinky willy nilly, y'know?" He sighs and then shrugs. "Anyway, so, the-potentially-smelly-not-smelly-GODDESS" he says the last word loudly to the empty night sky, still expecting something. "has a giant spider named Regev."
  199.  
  200. Whispering, Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "And when I say giant, let me just say..."
  201.  
  202. Akuuko, the Rewoven looks this way and that. "It could, like, put one foot there -- " he gestures wildly to the north. "And another there --" this time, he points south. Then, he spins around in a circle, pointing as he goes, and says, "and there and there and there and there, like, eight times, because that's how many legs they got."
  203.  
  204. Akuuko, the Rewoven casually sidesteps Ilistala, an enormous leopard and wraps his arm comfortably around Filib Shee-Slaugh. "Anyway, handsome. Missed you." He pauses in reflection for a moment and then asks, "How much of that was I only s'posed to tell you, ya think?"
  205.  
  206. Observationally, Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "Regev is awfully close to greev, and what you are describing sounds much the same, as well."
  207.  
  208. Beautiful wings of ice spring up from Xenthos's shoulder blades, expanding wider than any mortal's could, elegant yet cold. Crackling with the motion, they begin to fall apart, dissipating into the air as mist.
  209.  
  210. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Ehhhhhhh. It's probably fine. We're all family, right? Just one big spooky bunch, in a spooky place, with lots of spooktastically spookerrific spiders the size dang forests."
  211.  
  212. You stare blankly into space.
  213.  
  214. Filib Shee-Slaugh puts his face in his hands, the tips of pointed ears darkening slightly in embarrassment. He peeks through his fingers up at the dracnari. "Yes... I'm sure it is fine..." he whispers, perhaps more to himself than to the dracnari.
  215.  
  216. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Anyways, if that crow woman pops up anytime after I head out, I didn't say nothin' about the giant spider."
  217.  
  218. Tau the Twilit says, "That's the spirit."
  219.  
  220. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Oh my Goddess, did you know that Khasur's actually a crow?"
  221.  
  222. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "But you said that Regev is not who you were speaking of, when discussing something within Her webs?"
  223.  
  224. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Yea, saw it with my own eyes. She ain't a trill at all."
  225.  
  226. You say, "Well, she is Her Herald, I'm not too surprised."
  227.  
  228. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "I don't know what all the fuss is about. If i grew up a bird, I'd be happy as a thornbeast to be a trill. Less beak."
  229.  
  230. Filib Shee-Slaugh simply returns his face to his hands.
  231.  
  232. Akuuko, the Rewoven says to Xenthos, "Oh, no, for sure, Regev is the thing in the webs."
  233.  
  234. You have emoted: Esei blinks slowly at Akuuko, the Rewoven.
  235.  
  236. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "I THINK, and definitely don't quote me, but I THINK that she is the real spider mom."
  237.  
  238. Ilistala, an enormous leopard moves her face so that it is also in Filib Shee-Slaugh's hands, her nose against Filib Shee-Slaugh's forehead.
  239.  
  240. Olethea pauses, briefly.
  241.  
  242. Olethea purses her lips, contemplating Akuuko, the Rewoven thoughtfully.
  243.  
  244. Akuuko, the Rewoven winks knowingly.
  245.  
  246. Olethea's eyes sparkle with amusement at Akuuko, the Rewoven.
  247.  
  248. You have emoted: Esei scratches their temple with a clawed digit, as though in thought.
  249.  
  250. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Wow, I think I just realized something."
  251.  
  252. Filib Shee-Slaugh accepts the leopard's advance, hiding his face against her fur instead.
  253.  
  254. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says to Akuuko, the Rewoven, "Do you happen to know what Regev looks like?"
  255.  
  256. Akuuko, the Rewoven gestures widely. "You all don't talk a lot, do you? This is a pretty quiet place, eh?"
  257.  
  258. You stare blankly at Akuuko, the Rewoven.
  259.  
  260. Dom inclines his head politely to those around him.
  261.  
  262. You stare blankly at Ebon Prayer Beads of the Silent Lord.
  263.  
  264. You stare blankly into space.
  265.  
  266. Mumbling, Filib Shee-Slaugh says, "Was..."
  267.  
  268. Olethea hides a grin behind her hand.
  269.  
  270. Tau the Twilit says, "I try not to talk too much, honestly."
  271.  
  272. Akuuko, the Rewoven says to Xenthos, "I already told you. From what I've seen, she's a spider the size of a heckin' city."
  273.  
  274. Tau the Twilit says, "It all comes out of my mouth, and sometimes it's not pretty."
  275.  
  276. Akuuko, the Rewoven says to Tau, "Yea, because you go around telling folks that Lady Thorns smells."
  277.  
  278. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says to Akuuko, the Rewoven, "Some... speak more than others. I can get chatty if I have something to talk about."
  279.  
  280. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "I wouldn't talk much either, if I were you."
  281.  
  282. Olethea hides a grin behind her hand.
  283.  
  284. Tau the Twilit says, "A mere misunderstanding."
  285.  
  286. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Sometimes, Lady Thorns comes to see me."
  287.  
  288. Akuuko, the Rewoven puffs out, his arm still slung around Filib Shee-Slaugh's shoulders. "She tells me that I'm going to be important, whatever that means."
  289.  
  290. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says to Akuuko, the Rewoven, "Um... I'm glad you like it here, Mr. Akuuko? Lady Shee-Slaugh would be happy, if she woke up."
  291.  
  292. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says to Akuuko, the Rewoven, "I see. So she does not look like she consists of numerous smaller bits and pieces of other things."
  293.  
  294. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says to Akuuko, the Rewoven, "Thank you."
  295.  
  296. Akuuko, the Rewoven mutters to himself and to Filib Shee-Slaugh, "Something about a purpose and that I'll need to get comfy with a staff, or whatever?"
  297. 22:09:35 Akuuko, the Rewoven says to Olethea, "Who's a sheeshee."
  298.  
  299. You glance askance.
  300.  
  301. Olethea purses her lips, deep in thought.
  302.  
  303. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Oh wait, isn't Filly's last name Sheeshee?"
  304.  
  305. Akuuko, the Rewoven hugs Filib Shee-Slaugh compassionately.
  306.  
  307. You wrinkle your nose and sniff.
  308.  
  309. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "That's a weird name, if you ask me."
  310.  
  311. Nodding at Filib Shee-Slaugh, Olethea says, "The head of Mr. Filib's family, yes."
  312.  
  313. Filib Shee-Slaugh seems to have resigned himself to being in the dracnari's grip. "Shee-Slaugh", he corrects softly.
  314.  
  315. You have emoted: Esei eyes Filib Shee-Slaugh carefully, then passes their sword from one hand to the next.
  316.  
  317. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says, "Or at least... the, not? Fully? Slaugh part? I'm not actually sure how your family line works. Mx. Esei explained once...."
  318.  
  319. You say, "We are descended from Queen Lhiannan Shee-Slaugh, one of Mother Night's Avatars."
  320.  
  321. As she nods slowly in your direction, you realize Olethea understands.
  322.  
  323. Tau the Twilit says, "The family stuff is all real interesting, but what was that about a staff and a purpose?"
  324.  
  325. You nod your head slowly in understanding.
  326.  
  327. As if suddenly connecting the dots, Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Oh, sorry -- missed that. No, Regev's not pieces. She's just one honkin' spider." He pantomimes a spider crawling across the air and then makes it look like the spider's smashing something with its legs. "I only got one quick look when Lady Thorns was showing me around. She said, 'And this here is something no one else...'" he pauses and stares forward, as if realizing something. He swallows hard and then says, "'no one else knows she's here, because she is too gentle for this world."
  328.  
  329. Olethea tilts her head curiously.
  330.  
  331. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart looks thoughtful and says, "...Gentle?"
  332.  
  333. You furrow your brow in thought.
  334.  
  335. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "I see."
  336.  
  337. Akuuko, the Rewoven slumps against Filib Shee-Slaugh, accidentally pulling him to the ground. He looks up slowly and says, softly, "I don't think I was supposed to say anything. Lady Thorns seems to really, really like that big bug, and I think she's hidden on purpose?"
  338.  
  339. Olethea's eyes crinkle at the corners as her face warms with an imperceptible smile.
  340.  
  341. Xenthos purses his lips pensively, gazing off into the distance as he carefully gathers his thoughts.
  342.  
  343. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says, "Then... we can certainly respect the Lady's wishes, and ensure that Her Regev does not suffer the cruelty of the outside world."
  344.  
  345. Hesitantly, Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart asks, "Can we not?"
  346.  
  347. You think to yourself: ** ...the gentle swaddling of a child too young to understand. **.
  348.  
  349. You murmur softly to yourself.
  350.  
  351. Filib Shee-Slaugh lets out an "oof" as he is dragged down, looking slightly exasperated. "Are you just now realize this Akuuko? Truly?"
  352.  
  353. Akuuko, the Rewoven creases his brow in a frown.
  354.  
  355. Even more hesitantly, Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says, "... Shouldn't we? We live in Her Dark Heart, so...."
  356.  
  357. Softly, Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "I'm trying to do right by Her. She gave me my life back, after all. All I gotta do is wait around for The Moment, or whatever that is. Or did She say omen? Or something something."
  358.  
  359. Olethea smiles softly.
  360.  
  361. Olethea sighs, just as softly.
  362.  
  363. You tilt your head back and look up at the sky.
  364.  
  365. You say, "Climb up, Tsillah."
  366. A cat of black ink jumps up onto your shoulder.
  367.  
  368. Filib Shee-Slaugh tilts his head, frowning slightly, and seeing as he's trapped as it is, he reaches out tentatively patting Akuuko's back. "Ahem... There, there..."
  369.  
  370. Tau peers at you unscrupulously.
  371.  
  372. You tilt your head and listen intently to Tau.
  373.  
  374. Tau the Twilit murmurs, "I forgot to give you your cat back."
  375.  
  376. You say, "Ah, she wanders back to me eventually."
  377.  
  378. You ponder the situation.
  379.  
  380. Akuuko, the Rewoven starts to fold his arms, forgetting he's still holding Filib Shee-Slaugh. He loosens his grip some and then helps the faeling to his feet. "So, ahhh. Umm. How about that sun, eh? What a jerk."
  381.  
  382. You ask, "Who do we know that gives omens and prophecies?"
  383.  
  384. Filib Shee-Slaugh stares implacably at Akuuko, the Rewoven.
  385.  
  386. Olethea's eyes sparkle with amusement at Akuuko, the Rewoven.
  387.  
  388. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says to you, "...We do have a new Nascent. It would be a good opportunity to show him the Nai'Dorin."
  389. 22:19:52 Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says to Akuuko, the Rewoven, "It must be said that we -all- wish to do right by Her."
  390.  
  391. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "I heard M. Night thinks Sun's a real piece o' work. Mister Shadows has gotta hate him, amiright?"
  392.  
  393. Tau nods her head affirmatively.
  394.  
  395. You say, "I think 'hate' is a gentle term for it?"
  396.  
  397. Sunlight billows across the realm, revealing the full glory of the majestic sun's luminous presence as he climbs higher into the sky.
  398.  
  399. Tau the Twilit says, "Sun is stinky, confirmed."
  400.  
  401. Murmuring still, Filib Shee-Slaugh says, "Lord Nocht."
  402.  
  403. You nod your head at Olethea.
  404.  
  405. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Nocht? That sounds like something got caught in your throat."
  406.  
  407. Tau frowns at Akuuko, the Rewoven.
  408.  
  409. You have emoted: Esei covers their eyes with one hand.
  410.  
  411. You think to yourself: ...oh, I hope He is not watching, just this once.
  412.  
  413. Akuuko, the Rewoven claps Filib Shee-Slaugh on the back a few times. "Try again now, Filly. What's His name?"
  414.  
  415. Filib Shee-Slaugh flutters up, his wings becoming a blur behind him as he thwaps Akuuko on the head.
  416.  
  417. Quietly, Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says, "Oh, it's probably not a good thing I'm getting used to how he talks, is it."
  418.  
  419. Akuuko, the Rewoven swats Filib Shee-Slaugh away and laughs. "Not now, Filly, we have guests."
  420.  
  421. Whispering, Filib Shee-Slaugh says, "We'll all be struck down for blasphemy at this rate and Hi---."
  422.  
  423. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Lord Caughtinthethroat hates the sun."
  424.  
  425. In a quiet, lilting voice, Nascent Gael, Attendant to the Wyrd asks Olethea, "Nai'Dorin?"
  426.  
  427. Filib Shee-Slaugh splutters over the rest of his sentence at Akuuko's remark.
  428.  
  429. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says to Filib Shee-Slaugh, "You have my... deepest condolences, Mr. Shee-Slaugh."
  430.  
  431. You say to Filib Shee-Slaugh, "You can borrow my sword, if you'd like."
  432.  
  433. Tau the Twilit says to Akuuko, the Rewoven, "Hate is a strong word. But I think that's true."
  434.  
  435. Akuuko, the Rewoven flexes one of his arms and smirks. "You can try, but the wyrd did quite a number on these scales. I dunno if anything can get through these anymore."
  436.  
  437. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says to Gael, "The Nai'Dorin are the ritual steps that we take to beseech the spirit of Mother Night for guidance."
  438.  
  439. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says to Gael, "It would... be good for you to see the ritual with your own eyes, honestly."
  440.  
  441. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "Anyway, I think I gotta get back. That old chicken will come looking for me."
  442.  
  443. You raise a slender brow.
  444.  
  445. Tau the Twilit says, "Is it that time? I think I still know my way around the Skarch."
  446.  
  447. Akuuko, the Rewoven says, "If you see Khasur, do NOT tell her I called her a chicken."
  448.  
  449. Filib Shee-Slaugh exhales sharply, subtly glancing over at Akuuko to look him up and down before looking away once more.
  450.  
  451. Ilistala, an enormous leopard stares at Akuuko, the Rewoven, clearly considering the challenge.
  452.  
  453. You ponder Akuuko, the Rewoven thoughtfully, looking him up and down.
  454.  
  455. Olethea hides a grin behind her hand.
  456.  
  457. You hum innocently to yourself.
  458.  
  459. Akuuko, the Rewoven awkwardly untangles himself from Filib Shee-Slaugh and then, as if shyly, he gives the faeling a peck on the cheek. "Alright, well, you all didn't have to watch that, sheesh."
  460.  
  461. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says, "Is he always like that?"
  462.  
  463. Xenthos eats a kafe bean.
  464.  
  465. Xenthos purses his lips pensively, gazing off into the distance as he carefully gathers his thoughts.
  466.  
  467. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says to Filib Shee-Slaugh, "Do you mind Akuuko's presence?"
  468.  
  469. You say, "Mostly, I believe."
  470.  
  471. You nod your head at Xenthos, showing your acceptance.
  472.  
  473. Olethea nods her head emphatically.
  474.  
  475. Olethea tilts her head curiously.
  476.  
  477. Olethea tilts her head and listens intently to Filib Shee-Slaugh.
  478.  
  479. Filib Shee-Slaugh blinks in surprise, hand on his cheek.
  480.  
  481. Whispering, Filib Shee-Slaugh says, "Ahem... Um... No. Though he may get us all struck down by the Gods at this rate."
  482.  
  483. Musingly, Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "I see."
  484.  
  485. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says to Filib Shee-Slaugh, "...Because I have had hands upon me that I did not want, in the past, and if you find him distasteful, I will drag him off of you myse--hum. Well. Perhaps, but there is at least that."
  486.  
  487. Filib Shee-Slaugh eyes Xenthos briefly but says nothing else.
  488.  
  489. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says to Filib Shee-Slaugh, "Do let me know if that changes, yes?"
  490.  
  491. Olethea nods her head at Xenthos.
  492.  
  493. You say to Filib Shee-Slaugh, "We care deeply for you, dearest cousin."
  494.  
  495. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "Still. Some useful information to learn, that we were not supposed to. Let us do strive not to all become charred bone growing moss."
  496.  
  497. Tau the Twilit says, "I'm not worried."
  498.  
  499. Tau hums a happy tune.
  500.  
  501. Filib Shee-Slaugh straightens himself out, brushing off dirt and leaves as he does his best not to look flustered. "O-Of course, cousin."
  502.  
  503. You smile softly at Filib Shee-Slaugh.
  504.  
  505. Thoughtfully, Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says, "I would not have minded more... context. But I think that may be my own fault."
  506.  
  507. Tau the Twilit says, "Pardon me."
  508.  
  509. Brow furrowed, Gael stares blankly for a long time before muttering, "Are...giant spiders normal for here?"
  510.  
  511. Very seriously, and looking him dead in the eye, Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says to Filib Shee-Slaugh, "If anyone ever puts a finger upon you that you do not welcome, I will rip them from you tooth and claw and personally see to it that they no longer possess the offending limb. I swear it."
  512.  
  513. You smile wryly at Olethea.
  514.  
  515. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "And I think we have a little context - it has been observed through some visions of our wreaths that there is another being, much like the greev yet not, worried that we might confuse it for the greev. And hiding itself away."
  516.  
  517. You say to Gael, "Theoretically, yes, though usually not ones city-sized."
  518.  
  519. You say to Xenthos, "It is also connected to a Web. Or she?"
  520.  
  521. You purse your lips, deep in thought.
  522.  
  523. In a quiet, lilting voice, Nascent Gael, Attendant to the Wyrd says to you, "I have seen many of the little ones, searching for crows.."
  524.  
  525. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "Regev seems to be... quite fitting of this description in all respects, including the name."
  526.  
  527. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says to you, "The Lady's Web, meaning Her domain."
  528.  
  529. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "I would advise not trying to break into it."
  530.  
  531. You nod your head slowly in understanding.
  532.  
  533. You ask, "...why would I?"
  534.  
  535. You give Xenthos the once-over, eyeing him suspiciously.
  536.  
  537. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "Of course, nobody would think of such a thing."
  538.  
  539. Ilistala, an enormous leopard stares implacably at Xenthos.
  540.  
  541. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says, "It would be treason."
  542.  
  543. With a sniff, Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says, "I'd hope no one here is that stupid."
  544.  
  545. Brows furrowing deeper, straining for understanding, Gael asks Olethea, "Wasn't...that altar on a big web?"
  546. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says to Gael, "The Manifestation of the Master Ravenwood is shaped like a giant web, yes - as is the Spider's Larder, deeper in the forest, and parts of Ethereal Glomdoring. The Glomdoring is the Lady Viravain, and the Lady Viravain is The Glomdoring, many things connected to it reflect Her Domain."
  547.  
  548. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says, "But that doesn't mean we are trespassing; these things are here for us."
  549.  
  550. Gael nods his head slowly, though he still looks mildly perturbed.
  551.  
  552. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says to Gael, "It's made in Her Image after all... of course it's going to resemble things dear to Her."
  553.  
  554. Spirit Warden Xenthos An'Ryshe, the Ebon Strategist says, "I must be departing."
  555.  
  556. You nod your head at Xenthos.
  557.  
  558. Reassuringly, Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says, "But I don't think we could get close to the heart of Her realm without an invitation if we wanted to. Don't worry about stumbling there inadvertently."
  559.  
  560. Olethea nods her head at Xenthos.
  561.  
  562. Softly, Darach Tylwyth Ebonrose says, "How are all of you?"
  563.  
  564. Gael shifts his eyes to look at Tylwyth, dipping his chin quietly in greeting.
  565.  
  566. Filib Shee-Slaugh blinks, hand still at his cheek. He glances around at those still remaining before whispering, "Ah... Ahem. Well, thank you."
  567.  
  568. Glancing quietly in Filib Shee-Slaugh's direction, Olethea's face briefly warms behind her veil.
  569.  
  570. Olethea curtseys gracefully before Filib Shee-Slaugh.
  571.  
  572. Tylwyth bows respectfully to Filib Shee-Slaugh.
  573.  
  574. Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart says to Filib Shee-Slaugh, "Pleasant daydreams, Mister Shee-Slaugh."
  575.  
  576. Filib Shee-Slaugh blushes furiously.
  577.  
  578. Whispering, Filib Shee-Slaugh says, "I.. should return to work."
  579.  
  580. Leaning forward, you gently press a kiss to Filib Shee-Slaugh's brow.
  581.  
  582. Softly, Darach Tylwyth Ebonrose says, "If you must."
  583.  
  584. Filib Shee-Slaugh inclines his head, looking very busy.
  585.  
  586. Gael leaves, following Proselyte Olethea, Euphony of the Dark Heart.
  587.  
  588. Filib Shee-Slaugh wanders off towards the stables, one hand at his cheek, the other at his forehead.
  589.  
  590. You have emoted: Esei smiles wryly, shaking their head, before taking their own leave.
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