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Lunar Experiment - Arbiter's Stylus

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  1. [Dismal Grove, Paper Mill]
  2. Surrounded by boulders and jagged rocks, a small wooden paper mill sits in the center of the circle of dead poplars, appearing to be relatively newly built. Several younger trees near the building struggle valiantly against the harsh environment, providing patches of green that sharply contrast the barren landscape.
  3. You also see a globe of blue light, the mill's door and the main road.
  4. Rafano happily says to you, "Good to see you, sir."
  5. You say, "Very good to be here."
  6. Rafano happily says to you, "The sun sets and the sky is clear . . . the starlight flows smooth. A good start, at least . . ."
  7. You say, "Very good omens."
  8. Rafano asks, "Does anyone have any questions while we wait?"
  9. Woten says, "Lots of constellations out tonight."
  10. Ghust quietly exclaims, "Thanks. Those things are cold!"
  11. Woten says, "Not that I usually keep track."
  12. Woten asks, "What are we looking to gain here?"
  13. Ghust quietly asks Rafano, "Actually, ah do have a question. What exactly are we doin?"
  14. You say, "My only question is..if anyone knows anyone that needs riftal summoned, let me know."
  15. You say, "Trader research through the moon gate."
  16. You say, "Affects the moon mage guild."
  17. Rafano says to Woten, "Putting it the simplest way . . . knowledge is what we seek . . . The more complicated answer is that we seek to learn more about the Arbiter in Darkness, as well as its Contract with the Traders' Guild. Very little is known about either of those things."
  18. Rafano happily says to Lenaea, "Good to see you."
  19. Ghust quietly asks, "Wait, so this is mostly bout Traders?"
  20. You say, "But it affects everyone."
  21. Rafano laughingly says, "Wait, no, my nod was mistimed, hehe."
  22. You say, "And we need all the help we can get."
  23. Rafano says to Ghust, "As Aaoskar said, this affects us all. Your presence is very much welcomed, even as an Empath."
  24. Tellel asks, "Is this the meeting?"
  25. Rafano says to Tellel, "Yes ma'am."
  26. Tellel says, "Thank you."
  27. Rafano laughingly says to Tellel, "Congratulations, you make the second Trader."
  28. Tellel says, "I'm glad to see we're so well represented."
  29. Woten says, "I had completely forgotten this place existed before the thought earlier."
  30. Woten asks, "Why here?"
  31. Frediwyn says, "I'll go to the empath guild to see if anyone else is coming."
  32. Ghust quietly asks, "Since we're all here, does anyone need any healin?"
  33. Lenaea says to Woten, "The spell Rafano seeks to use contains sigils, I believe, and the creatures within this paper mill are, well, made of paper."
  34. Rafano says to Woten, "We figured that the best place to try to read the words of the Stylus was on the surface of paper . . . and origami creatures will provide that paper."
  35. Woten says, "I like the thought."
  36. Woten says, "And I could use a little cleaning up."
  37. Ghust quietly says, "There ya go."
  38. Ghust quietly says, "Thanks."
  39. Woten says, "Much obliged."
  40. Rafano says, "Ah yes, perhaps given the questions I should quickly recap while we wait . . ."
  41. Ghust quietly asks, "Anyone else need a cleanup?"
  42. Rafano says, "It's a short plan . . ."
  43. Rafano says, "The Arbiter's Stylus, a spell granted to Traders by the Contract with the Arbiter in Darkness, attacks a target by writing words of arcana onto the target's flesh . . ."
  44. Rafano mysteriously says, "And yet no one knows what these words might say or mean."
  45. Ghust quietly asks, "Why do traders need ta fight stuff in th' first place?"
  46. Indaara says, "Hello."
  47. Krumlux asks, "What do they look like?"
  48. Rafano says, "And so we intend to go into the Paper Mill, cast Arbiter's Stylus on the origami creatures, thus carving the mysterious words onto their paper flesh, which we will then attempt to read and decipher."
  49. Lenaea asks Rafano, "Those who aren't traders should study the creatures, correct?"
  50. Rafano wryly says to Ghust, "Because sometimes we have things that other people want, I would think."
  51. Ghust quietly says, "Guess so,."
  52. Tellel says, "War is often defined as the want for more platinum, so it only makes sense for traders to be involved."
  53. Rafano excitedly says to Lenaea, "That's correct . . . we don't know exactly how we'll read the words . . . as we Traders cast, I would encourage everyone to try different things, like reading, studying, analyzing, and looking at the creatures."
  54. Woten asks, "So, don't kill any critters unless you are a trader?"
  55. Tellel asks, "Is it really killing?"
  56. Lenaea says, "Do we have a bard? Perhaps Aura of Tongues would be good."
  57. Rafano says to Woten, "If you can avoid it, yes. In a certain sense we need them."
  58. Rafano thoughtfully says, "One crazy idea I had . . . not sure if this would work . . . is to also cast Gauge Flow, if you have it, and try to use the symbols as the basis of a RESEARCH project."
  59. Krumlux asks, "Have you tried speaking to someone who calls themselves trabe?"
  60. Lenaea says to Krumlux, "The Nomads keep their secrets."
  61. Rafano says to Krumlux, "Ah, good question. I have not, although I know that Aaoskar and Lenaea here are working on some very interesting research to try to reach out to Nera."
  62. Ghust quietly says, "Sorry, ah gotta go."
  63. Rafano patiently says, "Let's give stragglers the usual complementary few moments to come late, then we'll get started."
  64. Lilliwea asks, "Bard for?"
  65. Lenaea says to Rafano, "Can we recap the plan before we head in? You'll be casting, correct? And then we will study and research and see what we can learn."
  66. You say, "Especially since they are praying right now."
  67. Indaara says, "I don't have the spell yet, can someone pop that gate and I"ll see about getting it."
  68. Lenaea says to Lilliwea, "Aura of Tongues, dear Lilliwea."
  69. Lenaea says to Lilliwea, "Once we head inside."
  70. Lilliwea says, "Ah."
  71. Lilliwea asks, "Who has a group I can join?"
  72. Rafano says to Lenaea, "Sure thing, will go through it again."
  73. Krumlux asks, "Should I join a group?"
  74. Indaara says, "Thank you."
  75. Rafano says, "As the origami creatures appear, Traders will cast Arbiter's Stylus on them . . . which should mark their paper-y flesh with the symbols of arcana."
  76. Tellel says, "If that doesn't work, we could always carve up a moon mage or two."
  77. Woten asks, "I don't remember how tough these are, is anyone going to be in danger?"
  78. Tellel says, "First hand observation and what not."
  79. Rafano says to Woten, "They sould be quite easy."
  80. Indaara asks, "Alright, so cast stylus on the orgami creatures is the plan?"
  81. Tellel says to Woten, "No."
  82. Woten says, "Good but disappointing."
  83. Lilliwea asks, "I'm assuming group casting is no longer a thing?"
  84. Tellel says to Woten, "If anyone is in danger, it's because they want to be."
  85. Lenaea says to Tellel, "Well, I guess since we have an empath here, that'd be alright."
  86. Rafano says, "I don't know what the champion will be like when we summon it, though."
  87. Lilliwea says, "With the consolidation of the new feats."
  88. Lenaea exclaims, "Everyone join Rafano!!"
  89. Tellel says, "I like the plan."
  90. Rafano exclaims to Indaara, "That's correct!"
  91. Indaara says, "We'll probably all die."
  92. Tellel says, "Imagine a slightly larger paper cut."
  93. Woten says, "I've died before."
  94. Lilliwea says, "Ok, at least it works."
  95. Lenaea asks, "Are we ready?"
  96. Rafano says, "But yes they should be relatively easy . . . and I believe we also have an Empath or two on hand if there's any trouble."
  97. Frediwyn says, "I am available to heal."
  98. Morlen says, "As am I."
  99. Lenaea says, "Any younglings here? Let me know if you need someone to guard you."
  100. Rafano excitedly says, "Alright, last call to join me, we're getting ready to head in . . ."
  101. A solid wall of chaotic blue light begins to bulge through the mouth of a large chaotic fissure before retracting again.
  102. Tellel raises her head skyward, chanting.
  103. You decipher the telltale signs of the Enrichment spell.
  104. You exclaim, "I'm ready!"
  105. Sinuous tendrils of light creep through a large chaotic fissure, their colors flowing from blue to indigo to black and back again.
  106. A solid wall of chaotic blue light begins to bulge through the mouth of a large chaotic fissure before retracting again.
  107. Rafano excitedly says, "Alright, here we go . . . ."
  108. Economist Rafano's group went through the mill's door.
  109. [Paper Mill, Entrance]
  110. The paper mill's high walls are crafted from planks of untreated wood, held together with bare nails in even rows. Wooden beams hold up the high ceiling, and sawdust is scattered over the dirt floor. The building has an unfinished air about it, as if aesthetics were sacrificed solely for function.
  111. You also see the mill's door.
  112. Also here: Commodities Specialist Tellel, All-Seeing Lenaea who is surrounded by a golden cloud of glitter, Adviser to the Twelve Lilliwea, Krumlux, Storm Lord Woten who has a fiery visage, Tinkerer Fillius, Legendary Trader Indaara, Traim who is darkened by an unnatural shadow, Sightless Sionyl, Life Weaver Frediwyn, Directionless Morlen and Economist Rafano.
  113. Obvious exits: west.
  114. You follow Rafano west.
  115. [Paper Mill, Scrap Yard]
  116. Sheared scraps of discarded bark, broken and rusty equipment, crumpled paper and other waste line the edges of the yard. A relatively clear path leads east, where an enormous sawdust pile can be seen. A compost bin has been shoved into the corner of the room, the rotting greens casting off an earthy smell.
  117. You also see a green origami grasshopper and a striped origami mouse.
  118. Also here: Directionless Morlen, Life Weaver Frediwyn, Sightless Sionyl, Traim who is darkened by an unnatural shadow, Legendary Trader Indaara, Tinkerer Fillius, Storm Lord Woten who has a fiery visage, Adviser to the Twelve Lilliwea, All-Seeing Lenaea who is surrounded by a golden cloud of glitter, Commodities Specialist Tellel and Economist Rafano.
  119. A green origami dragon moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  120. A purple origami hat flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  121. A purple origami dragon moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  122. An orange origami hat flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  123. A red origami duck flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  124. A red origami dragon moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  125. A red origami sprite flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  126. A striped origami mouse moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  127. A silver origami mouse moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  128. A black origami dragon moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  129. An orange origami bird flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  130. A red origami bird flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  131. A black origami duck flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  132. A pink origami bird flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  133. A silver origami dragon moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  134. A red origami hat flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  135. A pink origami duck flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  136. A white origami mouse moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  137. An orange origami mouse moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  138. A white origami dragon moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  139. Tellel raises her head skyward, chanting.
  140. You decipher the telltale signs of the Arbiter's Stylus spell.
  141. Lenaea says, "Oh my."
  142. Lights flash in rapid succession from thin air, laving a green origami grasshopper's right hand with white razors.
  143. Indaara blinks.
  144. You say, "Oh my."
  145. The origami dragon begins to advance on Morlen.
  146. The origami mouse begins to advance on Morlen.
  147. The origami mouse begins to advance on Morlen.
  148. The origami duck begins to advance on Morlen.
  149. The origami hat begins to advance on Fillius.
  150. The origami dragon begins to advance on Indaara.
  151. The origami bird begins to advance on Indaara.
  152. The origami duck begins to advance on Indaara.
  153. The origami bird begins to advance on Fillius.
  154. An orange origami bird searches about carefully for enemies, or possibly open flames.
  155. The origami dragon begins to advance on Indaara.
  156. The origami mouse begins to advance on Fillius.
  157. The origami mouse begins to advance on Fillius.
  158. The origami sprite begins to advance on Frediwyn.
  159. The origami dragon begins to advance on Rafano.
  160. The origami duck begins to advance on Tellel.
  161. The origami hat begins to advance on Tellel.
  162. The origami dragon begins to advance on Tellel.
  163. The origami hat begins to advance on Sionyl.
  164. The origami dragon begins to advance on Tellel.
  165. Lilliwea says, "Well that's a thing then isn't it.."
  166. The origami grasshopper begins to advance on Lenaea.
  167. An orange origami goblin walks lightly in, adjusting its folds carefully.
  168. The origami mouse begins to advance on Lenaea.
  169. Red blood rains across the ground as a green origami grasshopper's right leg is pinioned by freezing white lines!
  170. Morlen says, "That's.... a lot of paper."
  171. Cupping his palms skyward, Fillius basks in a cascade of cold white starlight. Silvery blue crystal armor coalesces onto his body!
  172. Woten exclaims, "Let's start reading!"
  173. An inky black configuration of fractals and geometric abstractions slowly creeps across Woten's skin.
  174. Rafano loudly exclaims, "Traders, your up!"
  175. Rafano raises his arm skyward, chanting.
  176. You decipher the telltale signs of the Arbiter's Stylus spell.
  177. Indaara raises her arm skyward, chanting.
  178. You decipher the telltale signs of the Arbiter's Stylus spell.
  179. Sionyl says, "That does seem like a rather large amount..."
  180. You say, "Moon mages, might make it easier if we mental blast them."
  181. A pink origami sprite flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  182. A striped origami goblin moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  183. A green origami sprite flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  184. A red origami bird flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  185. A white origami sprite flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  186. A silver origami duck flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  187. A black origami sprite flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  188. A red origami cow moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  189. A black origami mouse moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  190. A green origami cow moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  191. A pink origami yak moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  192. A striped origami sprite flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  193. A red origami cow moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  194. A striped origami bird flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  195. A green origami duck flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  196. A purple origami sprite flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  197. A black origami duck flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  198. A pink origami yak moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  199. An orange origami mouse moves in carefully, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  200. A pink origami hat flies in on an errant breeze, looking strangely hostile for a piece of folded paper.
  201. Tellel raises her head skyward, chanting.
  202. You decipher the telltale signs of the Arbiter's Stylus spell.
  203. Rafano raises his arm skyward, chanting.
  204. You decipher the telltale signs of the Arbiter's Stylus spell.
  205. Indaara gestures at a silver origami dragon with a flamboyant upstroke.
  206. The origami dragon tries to twist away from Indaara's spell!
  207. Glowing particles emerge seemingly from the stars above, then evanesce as they wind their warlike way to the origami dragon.
  208. Tellel gestures at a striped origami mouse with a flamboyant upstroke.
  209. The origami mouse tries to twist away from Tellel's spell!
  210. Glowing particles emerge seemingly from the stars above, then evanesce as they wind their warlike way to the origami mouse.
  211. Woten says, "Hmmm..."
  212. Lines of coldness sketch the air, curving into starbright parabolas that scoop the flesh of a striped origami mouse's right leg from the bone.
  213. The origami mouse falls to the ground in a half-crumpled, papery heap.
  214. Lilliwea asks, "DO you need me to do antyhing?"
  215. Rafano gestures at a red origami dragon with a flamboyant upstroke.
  216. The origami dragon tries to twist away from Rafano's spell!
  217. Glowing particles emerge seemingly from the stars above, then evanesce as they wind their warlike way to the origami dragon.
  218. You notice Tellel attempting to conceal her spell preparations.
  219. Tellel raises her head skyward, chanting.
  220. You decipher the telltale signs of the Arbiter's Stylus spell.
  221. Perfect white lines flicker from the air and coil into sharp-edged symbols about a red origami dragon's left leg, whipping it into slop!
  222. The origami dragon falls to the ground in a half-crumpled, papery heap.
  223. Indaara raises her arm skyward, chanting.
  224. You decipher the telltale signs of the Arbiter's Stylus spell.
  225. Perfect white lines flicker from the air and coil into sharp-edged symbols about a striped origami mouse's left leg, whipping it into slop!
  226. The origami mouse stops moving, the magic that powered it unable to keep up with the assault. It flutters to the ground, now nothing more than a crumpled piece of origami paper.
  227. Fillius gestures at a red origami hat with a flamboyant upstroke.
  228. The origami hat tries to twist away from Fillius's spell!
  229. Glowing particles emerge seemingly from the stars above, then evanesce as they wind their warlike way to the origami hat.
  230. Radiant words etch themselves along a red origami hat's left leg.
  231. Tellel asks, "Can you put these things to sleep?"
  232. A red origami dragon is suddenly haloed by celestial geometries, lines sketched with rigorous precision, inked with the brilliance of concentrated starlight. Its body collapses in iced pieces.
  233. The origami dragon stops moving, the magic that powered it unable to keep up with the assault. It flutters to the ground, now nothing more than a crumpled piece of origami paper.
  234. Tellel says, "They're making it hard to see."
  235. Indaara gestures at a green origami dragon with a flamboyant upstroke.
  236. The origami dragon tries to twist away from Indaara's spell!
  237. Glowing particles emerge seemingly from the stars above, then evanesce as they wind their warlike way to the origami dragon.
  238. Radiant words etch themselves across a green origami dragon's abdomen.
  239. Radiant words etch themselves across a red origami hat's abdomen.
  240. Rafano raises his arm skyward, chanting.
  241. You decipher the telltale signs of the Arbiter's Stylus spell.
  242. Tellel gestures at a red origami duck with a flamboyant upstroke.
  243. The origami duck tries to twist away from Tellel's spell!
  244. Glowing particles emerge seemingly from the stars above, then evanesce as they wind their warlike way to the origami duck.
  245. Lilliwea says, "I can kill them all."
  246. You exclaim, "Bardic recall on origami, on the area, on symbols, study the sigils, anything you see!"
  247. [Paper Mill, Scrap Yard]
  248. Sheared scraps of discarded bark, broken and rusty equipment, crumpled paper and other waste line the edges of the yard. A relatively clear path leads east, where an enormous sawdust pile can be seen. A compost bin has been shoved into the corner of the room, the rotting greens casting off an earthy smell.
  249. You also see a lethargic Shadow Servant, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, a striped origami mouse, a green origami dragon, a shimmering brilliant red sphere, a purple origami hat that is sleeping, a purple origami dragon, an orange origami hat that is flying around, a red origami duck that is flying around, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, a red origami sprite that is flying around, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, a silver origami mouse, a black origami dragon, an orange origami bird that is sleeping, a red origami bird that is flying around, a black origami duck that is flying around, a pink origami bird that is flying around, a silver origami dragon, a red origami hat that is flying around, a pink origami duck that is flying around, a white origami mouse, an orange origami mouse, a white origami dragon, a red origami goblin, a silver origami goblin, an orange origami goblin, a pink origami cow, a pink origami sprite that is flying around, a striped origami goblin, a green origami sprite that is flying around, a red origami bird that is flying around, a white origami sprite that is flying around, a silver origami duck that is flying around, a black origami sprite that is flying around, a red origami cow, a black origami mouse, a green origami cow, a pink origami yak, a striped origami sprite that is flying around, a red origami cow, a striped origami bird that is flying around, a green origami duck that is flying around, a purple origami sprite that is flying around, a black origami duck that is flying around, a pink origami yak, an orange origami mouse, a pink origami hat that is flying around, a pink origami grasshopper, a striped origami duck that is flying around, a purple origami bird that is flying around, a pink origami mouse, a striped origami duck that is flying around, a green origami hat that is flying around, a white origami grasshopper, a silver origami yak, a red origami mouse, a silver origami sprite that is flying around, a striped origami goblin, a black origami sprite that is flying around, a grey origami bird that is flying around, a black origami yak, a green origami duck that is flying around, a striped origami cow, a black origami duck that is flying around, a green origami hat that is flying around, a pink origami goblin, a black origami hat that is flying around and a purple origami yak.
  250. Also here: Directionless Morlen, Life Weaver Frediwyn, Sightless Sionyl, Traim who is darkened by an unnatural shadow, Legendary Trader Indaara, Tinkerer Fillius, Storm Lord Woten who has a fiery visage, Adviser to the Twelve Lilliwea, All-Seeing Lenaea who is surrounded by a golden cloud of glitter, Commodities Specialist Tellel and Economist Rafano.
  251. Obvious paths: east.
  252. Rafano says, "Yes, hard to see."
  253. Perfect white lines flicker from the air and coil into sharp-edged symbols about a red origami duck's left arm, whipping it into slop!
  254. Woten says, "Killing them is counter productive."
  255. Rafano says, "I'm taking some down with Stylus."
  256. Lilliwea asks, "Ok, what if i put sanctuary up?"
  257. Tellel nods to Lilliwea.
  258. Tellel says, "Good idea."
  259. Starlight glare falls upon an orange origami hat, and it flails fishlike between the glittering perfection of lines that sketch through its chest!
  260. Woten exclaims, "Wait!"
  261. Woten asks, "Can't cast stylus if you do that, can you?"
  262. You say, "We need to be able to see what the sigils say."
  263. Woten says, "Yeah."
  264. An orange origami hat is suddenly haloed by celestial geometries, lines sketched with rigorous precision, inked with the brilliance of concentrated starlight. Its body collapses in iced pieces.
  265. The origami hat stops moving, the magic that powered it unable to keep up with the assault. It flutters to the ground, now nothing more than a crumpled piece of origami paper.
  266. Rafano says, "Right, we NEED the creatures. Trader's should be casting."
  267. Lilliwea says, "Sanctuary will keep any new ones from entering."
  268. With a screech of shattering glass, the Negotiants suddenly unfold from empty air, extend fractal extremities that bristle with red hot crystal needles, and begin to survey the area.
  269. Lilliwea says, "The ones still here will remain."
  270. You exclaim, "A dragon! i'm going to hit a dragon!"
  271. Rafano says, "Ah ok."
  272. Lilliwea says, "And it takes a few moments to kick in."
  273. Tellel gestures at a black origami duck with a flamboyant upstroke.
  274. The origami duck tries to twist away from Tellel's spell!
  275. Glowing particles emerge seemingly from the stars above, then evanesce as they wind their warlike way to the origami duck.
  276. Woten asks, "Will they be able to attack?"
  277. You say, "I have an egg if we need it."
  278. With a screech of shattering glass, the Negotiants suddenly unfold from empty air, extend fractal extremities that bristle with red hot crystal needles, and begin to survey the area.
  279. Lilliwea says, "Ok, casting sanctuary."
  280. You exclaim, "Negotiants are here!"
  281. Lilliwea says, "Yes, you can still kill them."
  282. Woten says, "Interesting."
  283. Traim says, "Careful..."
  284. [Paper Mill, Scrap Yard]
  285. Sheared scraps of discarded bark, broken and rusty equipment, crumpled paper and other waste line the edges of the yard. A relatively clear path leads east, where an enormous sawdust pile can be seen. A compost bin has been shoved into the corner of the room, the rotting greens casting off an earthy smell.
  286. You also see the Negotiants, a lethargic Shadow Servant, a striped origami mouse, a green origami dragon, a shimmering brilliant red sphere, a purple origami hat that is flying around, a purple origami dragon, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, a red origami sprite that is flying around, a silver origami mouse, a black origami dragon, an orange origami bird that is flying around, a red origami bird that is flying around, a black origami duck that is flying around, a pink origami bird that is flying around, a silver origami dragon, a pink origami duck that is flying around, a white origami mouse, an orange origami mouse, a white origami dragon, a silver origami goblin, an orange origami goblin, a pink origami cow, a pink origami sprite that is flying around, a striped origami goblin, a green origami sprite that is flying around, a red origami bird that is flying around, a white origami sprite that is flying around, a silver origami duck that is flying around, a black origami sprite that is flying around, a red origami cow, a black origami mouse, a green origami cow, a pink origami yak, a striped origami sprite that is flying around, a red origami cow, a striped origami bird that is flying around, a green origami duck that is flying around, a purple origami sprite that is flying around, a black origami duck that is flying around, a pink origami yak, an orange origami mouse, a pink origami hat that is flying around, a pink origami grasshopper, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, a green origami hat that is flying around, a pink origami goblin, a black origami hat that is flying around, a purple origami yak, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, a striped origami mouse, a silver origami bird that is flying around, a flickering shadowy sphere, a silver origami duck that is flying around, a striped origami cow, a black origami dragon, a white origami cow, a black origami goblin, a green origami duck that is flying around, a black origami sprite that is flying around, a silver origami sprite that is flying around, a red origami mouse, a pink origami mouse, a striped origami duck that is flying around, a grey origami goblin, a green origami goblin and a white origami goblin.
  287. Also here: Directionless Morlen, Life Weaver Frediwyn, Sightless Sionyl, Traim who is darkened by an unnatural shadow, Legendary Trader Indaara, Tinkerer Fillius, Storm Lord Woten who has a fiery visage, Adviser to the Twelve Lilliwea, All-Seeing Lenaea who is surrounded by a golden cloud of glitter, Commodities Specialist Tellel and Economist Rafano.
  288. Obvious paths: east.
  289. Lilliwea says, "Sanctuary going up."
  290. [General][You] "the negotiants are here!"
  291. Tellel says, "Greetings Negotiants."
  292. Rafano gasps!
  293. Lenaea says, "The Negotiants are here...."
  294. You ask, "What have you to tell us?"
  295. Lines of white brilliance leap at a striped origami cow from nothingness, extending across arcs and winding about unseen axes. With greater and greater complexity, they form spirals that etch frozen ruin on its back.
  296. Traim says, "Now might be a good time for that sanctuary."
  297. Rafano carefully says, "Be very careful what you say to them . . ."
  298. Lilliwea says, "It's up."
  299. Frediwyn asks, "Does anyone need healed?"
  300. Lilliwea says, "It takes a moment to kick in, it has to build up."
  301. The music takes hold, manifesting as a dome of faintly shimmering light.
  302. Lilliwea says, "Give it a few pulses and it should prevent anythign else from entering."
  303. [General][Zaer] "Is there a rift available to the lunar experiment?"
  304. The origami sprite picks up a nearby quill and lightly doodles on itself. However, since the quill is out of ink, it doesn't accomplish very much.
  305. Sionyl whispers, "Can I ask a question? You seem rather knowledgeable about these...what do the origami creatures have to do with the Negotiants and their ilk?"
  306. Woten says, "Not seeing anything on the paper just yet."
  307. For several torturous moments, a green origami duck's right hand is flensed by countless threshing lines of light!
  308. Woten says, "I thought the point was to not kill them outright."
  309. Lilliwea says, "Ok, it is up and in full effect."
  310. Lilliwea says, "Nothing new should walk in."
  311. Rafano says to Woten, "Hard not to . . . they're quite soft I think."
  312. [General][You] "the negotiants are acting at the paper mill in dirge!"
  313. The Negotiants extend a line of swirling crystal into a broad loop held before them, the space within contorting and shimmering into a bizarre kaleidoscopic polytope which slowly morphs and shifts.
  314. Zoluren's Herald Navesi just arrived, leading her group.
  315. [Paper Mill, Scrap Yard]
  316. Sheared scraps of discarded bark, broken and rusty equipment, crumpled paper and other waste line the edges of the yard. A relatively clear path leads east, where an enormous sawdust pile can be seen. A compost bin has been shoved into the corner of the room, the rotting greens casting off an earthy smell.
  317. You also see some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, the Negotiants, a lethargic Shadow Servant, a shimmering brilliant red sphere, a silver origami mouse, a black origami dragon, an orange origami bird that is flying around, a red origami bird that is flying around, a black origami duck that is flying around, a pink origami bird that is flying around, a silver origami dragon, a pink origami duck that is flying around, a white origami mouse, an orange origami mouse, a white origami dragon, a silver origami goblin, an orange origami goblin, a pink origami cow, a pink origami sprite that is flying around, a striped origami goblin, a green origami sprite that is flying around, a red origami bird that is flying around, a white origami sprite that is flying around, a silver origami duck that is flying around, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, a black origami mouse, a green origami cow, a pink origami yak, a striped origami bird that is flying around, a green origami duck that is flying around, a purple origami sprite that is flying around, a black origami duck that is flying around, a pink origami yak, an orange origami mouse, a pink origami hat that is flying around, a pink origami grasshopper, a green origami hat that is flying around, a pink origami goblin, a black origami hat that is flying around, a purple origami yak, a silver origami bird that is flying around, a flickering shadowy sphere and a black origami dragon.
  318. Also here: Web Healer Aislynn who is being harassed by an intrigue of phantasmal kittens, Rhapsodist Isedora, Zoluren's Herald Navesi, Directionless Morlen, Life Weaver Frediwyn, Sightless Sionyl, Traim who is darkened by an unnatural shadow, Legendary Trader Indaara, Tinkerer Fillius, Storm Lord Woten who has a fiery visage, Adviser to the Twelve Lilliwea, All-Seeing Lenaea who is surrounded by a golden cloud of glitter, Commodities Specialist Tellel and Economist Rafano.
  319. Obvious paths: east.
  320. Navesi says, "Goodness."
  321. Flickering indigo radiance erupts from seemingly nowhere, forming a jagged rift in the air. Zaer steps out from within the light, followed by a gust of chill winds. The rift vanishes as swiftly as it appeared.
  322. Rafano asks, "Let's take cre of this crop . . . then try the egg?"
  323. Woten says, "Those, uh, things in the corner are hard to look at."
  324. Zaer says to you, "Thank you."
  325. Lenaea says to you, "Maybe now you should cast.... the spell."
  326. Aislynn quietly asks, "Anyone need an empath?"
  327. Rafano nods to Woten.
  328. Isedora exclaims, "Is this on purpose!"
  329. You ask, "Are you sure?"
  330. Woten says, "Yes."
  331. Lilliwea says, "If you want to try the egg i have to drop sanctuary."
  332. Navesi says, "Sanctuary is up."
  333. Lilliwea says, "It more than likely will keep it from coming in."
  334. Looms of white starshine crown a pink origami yak for a splendid moment. The light then scythes downward through flesh and bones, cutting its head into horrendous slices.
  335. The origami yak stops moving, the magic that powered it unable to keep up with the assault. It flutters to the ground, now nothing more than a crumpled piece of origami paper.
  336. You say, "I have an idea on how to see the sigils better."
  337. The Negotiants rotate slowly in place, as if viewing the area through the lens of the polytope. Distorted images fracture behind the shifting geometries, ephemeral and angular.
  338. Rafano nods to you.
  339. You say, "May the fates be kind."
  340. Rafano asks, "Everyone doing okay?"
  341. You gesture at a black origami dragon.
  342. The world about you jolts to a sudden stop. Awareness of the here and now fades as flickers of fate flood your mind, allowing you to view all the myriad possibilities that may yet be.
  343. Empowered by the sorcerous magic, you splinter off a fragment of your newly augmented prophetic connection and attempt to imbed it into a black origami dragon's essence.
  344. The sliver of prophecy sinks deeply into a black origami dragon.
  345. ...and then the world moves on as if oblivious to what just happened.
  346. Tellel asks, "How is everyone's enlightened geometry?"
  347. Woten asks, "Any of the traders familiar enough with the... entity to speak with it? Them?"
  348. A black origami dragon closes its eyes briefly before snapping them open again revealing scleras awash with shadows that creep into the irises. Threads of silver flicker across the pupils as its eyes drift about serenely.
  349. A black origami dragon blinks once, returning its eyes to normal.
  350. A black origami dragon closes its eyes briefly before snapping them open again revealing scleras awash with shadows that creep into the irises. Threads of silver flicker across the pupils as its eyes drift about serenely.
  351. [Paper Mill, Scrap Yard]
  352. Sheared scraps of discarded bark, broken and rusty equipment, crumpled paper and other waste line the edges of the yard. A relatively clear path leads east, where an enormous sawdust pile can be seen. A compost bin has been shoved into the corner of the room, the rotting greens casting off an earthy smell.
  353. You also see some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, the Negotiants, a lethargic Shadow Servant, a shimmering brilliant red sphere, a black origami dragon, an orange origami bird that is flying around, a red origami bird that is flying around, a black origami duck that is flying around, a pink origami bird that is flying around, a silver origami dragon, a pink origami duck that is flying around, a white origami mouse, an orange origami mouse, a white origami dragon, a silver origami goblin, an orange origami goblin, a pink origami cow, a pink origami sprite that is flying around, a striped origami goblin, a green origami sprite that is flying around, a red origami bird that is flying around, a white origami sprite that is flying around, a silver origami duck that is flying around, a black origami mouse, a green origami cow, a striped origami bird that is flying around, a green origami duck that is flying around, a purple origami sprite that is flying around, a black origami duck that is flying around, a pink origami yak, an orange origami mouse, a pink origami hat that is flying around, a pink origami grasshopper, a green origami hat that is flying around, a pink origami goblin, a black origami hat that is flying around, a purple origami yak, a silver origami bird that is flying around, a flickering shadowy sphere and a black origami dragon.
  354. Also here: Ascetic Zaer who is darkened by an unnatural shadow, Web Healer Aislynn who is being harassed by an intrigue of phantasmal kittens, Rhapsodist Isedora, Zoluren's Herald Navesi, Directionless Morlen, Life Weaver Frediwyn, Sightless Sionyl, Traim who is darkened by an unnatural shadow, Legendary Trader Indaara, Tinkerer Fillius, Storm Lord Woten who has a fiery visage, Adviser to the Twelve Lilliwea, All-Seeing Lenaea who is surrounded by a golden cloud of glitter, Commodities Specialist Tellel and Economist Rafano.
  355. Obvious paths: east.
  356. Woten asks you, "What spell was that?"
  357. A black origami dragon closes its eyes briefly before snapping them open again revealing scleras awash with shadows that creep into the irises. Threads of silver flicker across the pupils as its eyes drift about serenely.
  358. A black origami dragon blinks once, returning its eyes to normal.
  359. Tellel says, "I'm not sure I can fully understand what the negotiants are doing."
  360. Lilliwea asks, "What should we be asking them?"
  361. Tellel gestures at a black origami dragon with a flamboyant upstroke.
  362. The origami dragon tries to twist away from Tellel's spell!
  363. Glowing particles emerge seemingly from the stars above, then evanesce as they wind their warlike way to the origami dragon.
  364. Sionyl blinks at you.
  365. Rafano says to Woten, "I am assuming they are only here to police . . . to watch."
  366. Traim quietly says, "Not a good one."
  367. You say, "If we can just slow down time, maybe we can see what they are doing and what is being written better."
  368. Sionyl asks you, "Did you cast what I think you just cast?"
  369. A black origami dragon is suddenly haloed by celestial geometries, lines sketched with rigorous precision, inked with the brilliance of concentrated starlight. Its body collapses in iced pieces.
  370. The origami dragon stops moving, the magic that powered it unable to keep up with the assault. It flutters to the ground, now nothing more than a crumpled piece of origami paper.
  371. Tellel asks Rafano, "But police whom?"
  372. Rafano says, "We've been quite vocal about this experiment . . . I think they are here to be sure we do not do anything rash."
  373. You say, "Don't worry about what it was. just that it may just be what we need."
  374. Woten nods.
  375. You gesture at a silver origami dragon.
  376. The world about you jolts to a sudden stop. Awareness of the here and now fades as flickers of fate flood your mind, allowing you to view all the myriad possibilities that may yet be.
  377. Empowered by the sorcerous magic, you splinter off a fragment of your newly augmented prophetic connection and attempt to imbed it into a silver origami dragon's essence.
  378. The sliver of prophecy sinks deeply into a silver origami dragon.
  379. ...and then the world moves on as if oblivious to what just happened.
  380. Woten says, "Fair enough."
  381. Woten grins.
  382. Woten gives some crumpled origami paper a studious look.
  383. Rafano curiously asks, "Anyone seeing anything?"
  384. A silver origami dragon closes its eyes briefly before snapping them open again revealing scleras awash with shadows that creep into the irises. Threads of silver flicker across the pupils as its eyes drift about serenely.
  385. A silver origami dragon blinks once, returning its eyes to normal.
  386. Aislynn quietly says, "I'm seeing lots of paper."
  387. Radiant words etch themselves across an orange origami bird's abdomen.
  388. Tellel says, "I see the weight of eternity."
  389. Tellel looks at Aislynn and shrugs.
  390. You gesture at a silver origami goblin.
  391. The world about you jolts to a sudden stop. Awareness of the here and now fades as flickers of fate flood your mind, allowing you to view all the myriad possibilities that may yet be.
  392. Empowered by the sorcerous magic, you splinter off a fragment of your newly augmented prophetic connection and attempt to imbed it into a silver origami goblin's essence.
  393. The sliver of prophecy sinks deeply into a silver origami goblin.
  394. Isedora says, "I see utter chaos."
  395. Traim says, "You're risking their wrath...we're all risking their wrath. With every cast...you know that."
  396. Rafano carefully says, "Alright . . . I think it's time for the egg."
  397. A silver origami goblin closes its eyes briefly before snapping them open again revealing scleras awash with shadows that creep into the irises. Threads of silver flicker across the pupils as its eyes drift about serenely.
  398. A silver origami goblin blinks once, returning its eyes to normal.
  399. Lilliwea says, "Dropping sanctuary."
  400. You ask, "At the creatures or at the negotiants, rafano?"
  401. Rafano says to you, "The Creatures ."
  402. J> wave egg at dragon
  403. You wave your egg at a champion origami dragon.
  404. A spiraling purple light arcs from the egg toward a champion origami dragon! The light is absorbed into its body, leaving it somehow stronger!
  405. Tellel says, "I see time as a foruth dimension, nothing changing, nothing passing, just is."
  406. You exclaim, "The dragon!"
  407. Lilliwea says, "Killing stuff."
  408. Traim shoves a black origami hat with tremendous force, knocking it into a sprawling heap.
  409. (Morlen attempts to try to see through all the flying paper.)
  410. You notice Tellel attempting to conceal her spell preparations.
  411. Tellel raises her head skyward, chanting.
  412. You decipher the telltale signs of the Arbiter's Stylus spell.
  413. Tellel gestures at a red origami hat with a flamboyant upstroke.
  414. The origami hat tries to twist away from Tellel's spell!
  415. Glowing particles emerge seemingly from the stars above, then evanesce as they wind their warlike way to the origami hat.
  416. Brilliant lines web a red origami hat's neck like a tattoo inked with light. Its skin is simultaneously shredded and frozen as the lines branch into ever-spiraling motifs.
  417. You whisper to Sionyl, "we are trying to see what words the arbiter's stylus writes on them..as they are paper"
  418. Rafano tiredly says, "Hard to see . . ."
  419. [Paper Mill, Scrap Yard]
  420. Sheared scraps of discarded bark, broken and rusty equipment, crumpled paper and other waste line the edges of the yard. A relatively clear path leads east, where an enormous sawdust pile can be seen. A compost bin has been shoved into the corner of the room, the rotting greens casting off an earthy smell.
  421. You also see some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, the Negotiants, a lethargic Shadow Servant, a shimmering brilliant red sphere, a black origami duck that is flying around, a pink origami bird that is flying around, a champion origami dragon, a pink origami duck that is flying around, a white origami mouse, an orange origami mouse, a white origami dragon, a silver origami goblin, an orange origami goblin, a pink origami cow, a pink origami sprite that is flying around, a striped origami goblin, a green origami sprite that is flying around, a white origami sprite that is flying around, a silver origami duck that is flying around, a black origami mouse, a striped origami bird that is flying around, a green origami duck that is flying around, a black origami duck that is flying around, a pink origami yak, an orange origami mouse, a pink origami hat that is flying around, a pink origami grasshopper, a green origami hat that is flying around, a pink origami goblin, a black origami hat that is flying around, a purple origami yak, a silver origami bird that is flying around, a flickering shadowy sphere, a black origami dragon, an orange origami yak, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, a white origami goblin, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, some bronze coins, some copper coins, a purple origami mouse, a green origami hat that is flying around, a white origami goblin, a green origami grasshopper, a pink origami cow, an orange origami mouse, a black origami duck that is flying around, a black origami mouse, a white origami goblin, a black origami duck that is flying around, a white origami goblin, a red origami duck that is flying around, a purple origami mouse, an orange origami grasshopper, a green origami dragon, a red origami goblin, a black origami grasshopper, an orange origami duck that is flying around, a white origami goblin, a black origami goblin, a black origami yak, a black origami sprite that is flying around, a striped origami goblin, a silver origami sprite that is flying around, a red origami mouse, a white origami grasshopper, a green origami hat that is flying around, a striped origami duck that is flying around, a striped origami duck that is flying around and a grey origami goblin.
  422. Also here: Ascetic Zaer who is darkened by an unnatural shadow, Web Healer Aislynn who is being harassed by an intrigue of phantasmal kittens, Rhapsodist Isedora, Zoluren's Herald Navesi, Directionless Morlen, Life Weaver Frediwyn, Sightless Sionyl, Traim who is darkened by an unnatural shadow, Legendary Trader Indaara, Tinkerer Fillius, Storm Lord Woten who has a fiery visage, Adviser to the Twelve Lilliwea is surrounded by swirling flames, All-Seeing Lenaea who is surrounded by a golden cloud of glitter, Commodities Specialist Tellel and Economist Rafano.
  423. You notice Mistanna attempting to conceal her spell preparations despite her invisibility.
  424. You hear someone whispering.
  425. You recognize the familiar mnemonics of the Dinazen Olkar spell.
  426. You notice Mistanna focusing intently on a champion origami dragon while remaining hidden.
  427. Isedora asks, "Exactly what are we trying to learn from this absurdity?"
  428. Zaer flashes midnight-blue, freezing with a terrible blizzard and lands an apocalyptic strike (So that's what it felt like when Grazhir shattered!) that rips the left leg from the hip socket, making a wet popping sound.
  429. The origami grasshopper stops moving, the magic that powered it unable to keep up with the assault. It flutters to the ground, now nothing more than a crumpled piece of origami paper.
  430. You gesture at a champion origami dragon.
  431. The champion dragon tries to twist away from your spell!
  432. The world about you jolts to a sudden stop. Awareness of the here and now fades as flickers of fate flood your mind, allowing you to view all the myriad possibilities that may yet be.
  433. Empowered by the sorcerous magic, you splinter off a fragment of your newly augmented prophetic connection and attempt to imbed it into a champion origami dragon's essence.
  434. The sliver of prophecy sinks deeply into a champion origami dragon.
  435. ...and then the world moves on as if oblivious to what just happened.
  436. As the Negotiants scan the area, you catch a glimpse through the polytope -- branching equations reduce physical phenomena to shifting abstraction and expanding polynomials. Functions asymptotically weave across infinity, and reality itself is laid bare. The scattered symbols of the Arbiter's Stylus blossom behind the polytope, radiant and sharp.
  437. A champion origami dragon closes its eyes briefly before snapping them open again revealing scleras awash with shadows that creep into the irises. Threads of silver flicker across the pupils as its eyes drift about serenely.
  438. A champion origami dragon blinks once, returning its eyes to normal.
  439. Tellel gestures at a purple origami mouse with a flamboyant upstroke.
  440. The origami mouse tries to twist away from Tellel's spell!
  441. Glowing particles emerge seemingly from the stars above, then evanesce as they wind their warlike way to the origami mouse.
  442. Zaer says, "What the inside of paper looks like."
  443. A champion origami dragon closes its eyes briefly before snapping them open again revealing scleras awash with shadows that creep into the irises. Threads of silver flicker across the pupils as its eyes drift about serenely.
  444. A champion origami dragon blinks once, returning its eyes to normal.
  445. Rafano loudly says, "There."
  446. The origami duck picks up a nearby quill and lightly doodles on itself. However, since the quill is out of ink, it doesn't accomplish very much.
  447. You ask, "I never thought of that...can we skin them?"
  448. A champion origami dragon closes its eyes briefly before snapping them open again revealing scleras awash with shadows that creep into the irises. Threads of silver flicker across the pupils as its eyes drift about serenely.
  449. A champion origami dragon blinks once, returning its eyes to normal.
  450. Indaara gives a champion origami dragon a studious look.
  451. Woten says, "Good question."
  452. Rafano says, "Negotiatnts just did something."
  453. A champion origami dragon closes its eyes briefly before snapping them open again revealing scleras awash with shadows that creep into the irises. Threads of silver flicker across the pupils as its eyes drift about serenely.
  454. A champion origami dragon blinks once, returning its eyes to normal.
  455. Rafano raises his arm skyward, chanting.
  456. You decipher the telltale signs of the Arbiter's Stylus spell.
  457. Tellel asks, "Did or are?"
  458. Traim gestures.
  459. An ominous rustling comes from all around as debris takes flight of its own accord!
  460. The champion dragon tries to twist away from Traim's spell!
  461. A wee ebony sliver suddenly swings from orbiting around his head and zips toward a champion origami dragon!
  462. The ebony sliver lands a glancing strike to its left arm!
  463. The ebony sliver explodes into even tinier multicolored fragments and vanishes!
  464. A wee ebony sliver suddenly swings from orbiting around his head and zips toward a champion origami dragon!
  465. The ebony sliver lands a glancing strike to its right arm!
  466. The ebony sliver explodes into even tinier multicolored fragments and vanishes!
  467. A wee ebony sliver suddenly swings from orbiting around his head and zips toward a champion origami dragon!
  468. The ebony sliver lands a good strike to its left arm!
  469. The ebony sliver explodes into even tinier multicolored fragments and vanishes!
  470. The air takes on a sudden chill as a shimmering brilliant red sphere flares and rushes at a champion origami dragon!
  471. The champion dragon gags comically for a moment as frost erupts inside its neck, forcing it to explode in a shower of blackened flesh and wrinkled skin. The head wobbles precariously for a second upon the neck's skeletal remains before falling to the ground.
  472. The champion dragon stops moving, the magic that powered it unable to keep up with the assault. It flutters to the ground, now nothing more than a crumpled piece of origami paper.
  473. A spacious treasure sack is revealed!
  474. Rafano gestures at a black origami sprite with a flamboyant upstroke.
  475. The origami sprite tries to twist away from Rafano's spell!
  476. Glowing particles emerge seemingly from the stars above, then evanesce as they wind their warlike way to the origami sprite.
  477. The Negotiants rotate slowly in place, as if viewing the area through the lens of the polytope. Distorted images fracture behind the shifting geometries, ephemeral and angular.
  478. Rafano asks, "Looks like we killed the champion, yes?"
  479. Rafano raises his arm skyward, chanting.
  480. You decipher the telltale signs of the Arbiter's Stylus spell.
  481. [General][You] "all help needed at the Paper Mill in Dirge. we know not what the Negotiants are doing!"
  482. Rafano gestures at a green origami sprite with a flamboyant upstroke.
  483. Glowing particles emerge seemingly from the stars above, then evanesce as they wind their warlike way to the origami sprite.
  484. Parabolas of razor-sharp light flare out and close upon a green origami sprite! Its right eye glows red beneath the unforgiving radiance that blinds it.
  485. You gesture at a black origami dragon.
  486. The world about you jolts to a sudden stop. Awareness of the here and now fades as flickers of fate flood your mind, allowing you to view all the myriad possibilities that may yet be.
  487. Empowered by the sorcerous magic, you splinter off a fragment of your newly augmented prophetic connection and attempt to imbed it into a black origami dragon's essence.
  488. The sliver of prophecy sinks deeply into a black origami dragon.
  489. ...and then the world moves on as if oblivious to what just happened.
  490. A black origami dragon closes its eyes briefly before snapping them open again revealing scleras awash with shadows that creep into the irises. Threads of silver flicker across the pupils as its eyes drift about serenely.
  491. A black origami dragon blinks once, returning its eyes to normal.
  492. [Paper Mill, Scrap Yard]
  493. Sheared scraps of discarded bark, broken and rusty equipment, crumpled paper and other waste line the edges of the yard. A relatively clear path leads east, where an enormous sawdust pile can be seen. A compost bin has been shoved into the corner of the room, the rotting greens casting off an earthy smell.
  494. You also see some bronze coins, some copper coins, a tiny periwinkle andalusite, a spacious treasure sack, the Negotiants, a lethargic Shadow Servant, a shimmering brilliant red sphere, a green origami sprite that is flying around, a white origami sprite that is flying around, a silver origami duck that is flying around, a black origami mouse, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, a pink origami hat that is flying around, a pink origami grasshopper, a silver origami bird that is flying around, a flickering shadowy sphere, a black origami dragon, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, a white origami goblin, a pink origami cow, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, a black origami duck that is flying around, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, a white origami goblin, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, a green origami dragon, a red origami goblin, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, a white origami goblin, some crumpled origami paper which appears dead, a green origami hat that is flying around, a striped origami duck that is flying around, a striped origami duck that is flying around and a grey origami goblin.
  495. Lenaea says, "Their fractals are becoming clearer."
  496. You say, "I'm going to try to slow things down more...i dont know if i can, though Rafano."
  497. Tellel says, "If anyone missed it, but I saw a glimpse as they moved. Branching equations reducing physical phenomena to shifting abstractions and expanding polynomials. Functions asymptotically weave across infinity, and reality itself is laid bare. With scattered symbols of the Arbiter's Stylus blossoming behind the polytope, radiant and sharp."
  498. Rafano hopefully says, "See, friends? Patience . . . this is not for naught."
  499. Rafano says to you, "Sounds good."
  500. Woten says, "I agree."
  501. Woten says, "Something is happening at least."
  502. Tellel asks, "Could it be possible the symbols are a portion of the negotiant's realm, brought into our reality?"
  503. You gesture at a green origami dragon.
  504. The origami dragon tries to twist away from your spell!
  505. The world about you jolts to a sudden stop. Awareness of the here and now fades as flickers of fate flood your mind, allowing you to view all the myriad possibilities that may yet be.
  506. Empowered by the sorcerous magic, you splinter off a fragment of your newly augmented prophetic connection and attempt to imbed it into a green origami dragon's essence.
  507. The sliver of prophecy sinks deeply into a green origami dragon.
  508. ...and then the world moves on as if oblivious to what just happened.
  509. A green origami dragon closes its eyes briefly before snapping them open again revealing scleras awash with shadows that creep into the irises. Threads of silver flicker across the pupils as its eyes drift about serenely.
  510. A green origami dragon blinks once, returning its eyes to normal.
  511. Woten says, "Still not seeing anything on the paper though."
  512. Tellel gestures at a green origami dragon with a flamboyant upstroke.
  513. The origami dragon tries to twist away from Tellel's spell!
  514. Glowing particles emerge seemingly from the stars above, then evanesce as they wind their warlike way to the origami dragon.
  515. J>
  516. Parabolas of razor-sharp light flare out and close upon a green origami dragon! Its left eye glows red beneath the unforgiving radiance that blinds it.
  517. The origami dragon stops moving, the magic that powered it unable to keep up with the assault. It flutters to the ground, now nothing more than a crumpled piece of origami paper.
  518. Navesi gazes about, drinking in her surroundings.
  519. The world about you jolts to a sudden stop. Awareness of the here and now fades as flickers of fate flood your mind, allowing you to view all the myriad possibilities that may yet be.
  520. Lacking a proper focus, your newborn awareness suddenly expires and leaves you diminished.
  521. ...and then the world moves on as if oblivious to what just happened.
  522. Traim says, "Too much, Aaoskar. Too dangerous. Too much attention, I can't be part of this with more casts. Far too dangerous."
  523. Rafano carefully asks, "Nothing left . . . calm before the storm?"
  524. Traim says, "Knowledge isn't worth that much, not to me."
  525. Traim attaches a ceremonial scourge with a diamond-hide grip to his belt.
  526. [General][Coriana] "Where are we needed in Dirge?"
  527. You feel a balming warmth surround you. Setting your jaw, you manage to resist the call of the alluring enchante.
  528. Traim gestures.
  529. A blinding flash of silver light explodes into existence! As it fades, you notice that Traim is gone.
  530. Indaara mumbles something under her breath.
  531. Sionyl asks, "How can there be a price to be put upon knowledge?"
  532. Through the polytope, degenerate bijectives swirl harmoniously between linear morphisms, algebraically reducing dust, light, gravity, time, to monoid variants. You have no framework to comprehend the otherworldly information creeping through the Negotiants lens, and find yourself gritting your teeth as your mind tries to make sense of it all!
  533. Woten shakes his head.
  534. Aislynn quietly says to Sionyl, "To make sure the student knows the value of what they seek."
  535. You say, "What are you saying, Traim. there's so much we need to know."
  536. Morlen asks, "Uh, so can anyone understand any of this?"
  537. Rafano says to Morlen, "No, not yet . . . but it IS beautiful."
  538. Lenaea exclaims, "They speak, but I do not know their language!"
  539. You ask, "Can bards understand with aura of tongues?"
  540. Navesi writes something on a page in her oak-bound volume.
  541. As the polytope rotates around the Negotiants, you are able to see twisting lines of abstraction rendered into reality, cycling between symbol and substance. The faded symbols of the Arbiter's Stylus wink in and out of being, language drawn from the rules of reality.
  542. Lilliwea says, "I see the same thing you see."
  543. Lilliwea says, "And i have my auraup."
  544. J> l negotiants
  545. The Negotiants are an arcane mosaic of crystalline tesserae which spiral ceaselessly in precise telekinetic trajectories, conforming to some kind of abstract symmetry. Surrounding the crystals is a clockwork of nothing more than spun glass and refracted light. Thinly tangled loops and thorns and recurved spires whir along without any immediately obvious purpose.
  546. J> focus negotiants
  547. You focus your magical senses on the Negotiants.
  548. The device is drawing Lunar mana around itself like a swirling white cloak, sifting all of it through fractals that taunt your mathematical intellect. Despite the impenetrability of its workings, this is evidently a wonder of Fabrication and Noematics magic.
  549. You cannot tell anything else.
  550. Isedora says, "These aren't symbols I have any knowledge of."
  551. Oshan raises his arm skyward, chanting.
  552. You decipher the telltale signs of the Noumena spell.
  553. J> study negotiants
  554. You regard the Negotiants the impersonal benefactors and jailers, the great cornucopia and burden of the Trader Guild. They are the manifestation of the deal struck between House Turmar and the extraplanar entity known as Arbiter in Darkness -- magical power for never touching the Plane of Probability. Their name, or 'Tutors' as some call them, is a polite term for what they truly are: ruthless guarantors poised to take away the boon as quickly as it was granted.
  555. No doubt there is more to the great machine's true nature, albeit out of your reach.
  556. [General][You] "paper mill"
  557. Rafano blinks.
  558. Lenaea raises an eyebrow.
  559. Aislynn quietly asks Navesi, "Will this article be entirely in geometric numerals?"
  560. Woten says, "I think this is how they must communicate. By describing the laws of their reality in equations."
  561. You feel a balming warmth surround you. Setting your jaw, you manage to resist the call of the alluring enchante.
  562. Lenaea asks, "And their stillness... a Statement?"
  563. Woten asks, "An equation solved?"
  564. Rafano wistfully says, "Who knows what universal laws those equations describe . . ."
  565. You say, "If only Atazai were here."
  566. Woten chuckles.
  567. Surgeon Gallifreius just arrived.
  568. Navesi says to Aislynn, "I am skilled in mathematics and could make it quite incomprehensible if you like..."
  569. Woten nods to Gallifreius.
  570. Tellel says to Navesi, "Please do."
  571. Aislynn quietly says to Navesi, "No more demon maths. Please."
  572. Lilliwea asks, "Anyone cast arbiter stylus thing on the cow?"
  573. Tellel says, "I could, but I feel too calm."
  574. Suddenly, your head fills with the psychic backlash of the Negotiants chatter, "... HAS BEEN NOTED AND ACCOUNTED FOR THE CONTRACT REMAINS AS INTENDED THIS STANCHION REMAINS..." before meandering into whispers.
  575. Isedora says, "The lone cow that has abandoned us."
  576. Morlen blinks.
  577. Isedora blinks.
  578. A pained expression crosses Navesi's face.
  579. Lenaea gasps!
  580. Aislynn winces.
  581. Woten asks, "Do we have something to offer them?"
  582. Indaara winces.
  583. Coriana blinks.
  584. Lilliwea says, "That was... painful."
  585. Sionyl scowls.
  586. Zaer frowns.
  587. The Negotiants begins to whirl chaotically, their crystalline form rapidly retracting into nothingness and suddenly, they vanish!
  588. Lenaea asks, "The sigils are a contract?"
  589. Woten asks, "Is the contract the stanchion?"
  590. Aislynn quietly asks, "I think they say it's working as intended?"
  591. The melodic whispers recede as your mind goes quiet.
  592. Tellel asks, "Can we sign them?"
  593. Frediwyn waves her hands around.
  594. Woten asks, "If so, that implies the contract is holding something up? Supporting something else?"
  595. Rafano tiredly says, "Must have missed something . . ."
  596. Tellel says, "Should we have cast arbiter's stylus at the negotiants/."
  597. Woten shakes his head.
  598. Woten says, "Clear as mud."
  599. Zaer says, "Or at least they aren't interested in changing terms at this pint."
  600. (Navesi continues sketching in her book.)
  601. Rafano tiredly says, "There must be MORE."
  602. Zaer coughs.
  603. Zaer says, "Point."
  604. Frediwyn pats Rafano on the back.
  605. Sionyl says to Tellel, "Perhaps, although none of my spells were able to be directed towards them."
  606. Tellel says to Zaer, "I wouldn't mind a renegotiation."
  607. Frediwyn says, "We won't give up searching, Rafano. We won't."
  608. Lenaea says to Rafano, "We can ask Nera."
  609. Tellel says, "Better terms, if such could be gained."
  610. Woten asks Lenaea, "Still going forward with that plan?"
  611. Lenaea nods to Woten.
  612. Zaer says to Tellel, "I'm sure you'd be in good company there, though at this point it looks like you'd be negotiating with yourself."
  613. Frediwyn says, "You're right, Lenaea. Rafano, we may need to ask someone wiser than us."
  614. Navesi asks, "I'm afraid I missed the start. Would someone be kind enough to catch me up privately on the purpose of this experiment?"
  615. Rafano nods to Frediwyn.
  616. Tellel says to Zaer, "Very true."
  617. Rafano leans on his skefne.
  618. Rafano sighs.
  619. Indaara shifts her weight.
  620. Rafano wistfully says, "How poetic . . . a ground littered with coins . . . yet the true treasure eludes us."
  621. Navesi nods to Woten.
  622. Woten chuckles at Rafano.
  623. Morlen smirks.
  624. Lilliwea asks, "How about we move to the next place?"
  625. Isedora asks, "There's a next place? That wasn't it?"
  626. Lenaea says to Rafano, "I think they were worried about you... Thank goodness you didn't use any spell from our books tonight."
  627. Tellel says to Navesi, "In short, this was put together to better understand the arbiter's stylus. Negotiants appeared. We saw equations and enlightened geometry. There was something about no changes, and here we are."
  628. Lilliwea says, "Oh, i thought someone said we were moving somewhere else."
  629. Tellel says to Navesi, "I 'm sure you're as confused as I feel."
  630. Navesi nods to Tellel.
  631. Rafano calmly says to Navesi, "Sorry, I am a bit . . . let down . . . I am happy to discuss all this in more detail later."
  632. Navesi says, "I see, I see."
  633. Navesi says to Rafano, "Yes, we should arrange an interview."
  634. Frediwyn says, "Lilliwea, we were talking about asking Nera."
  635. Navesi writes something on a page in her oak-bound volume.
  636. Rafano nods to Lenaea.
  637. Lilliwea nods.
  638. Rafano says to Lenaea, "You are correct in that the outcome could have been . . . worse."
  639. Tellel nods to Lenaea.
  640. Lilliwea says, "Least we didn't die."
  641. Lilliwea chuckles.
  642. Rafano nods to Lilliwea.
  643. Lenaea exclaims to Rafano, "You did fine. We don't know what we learned yet, but I know we learned something!"
  644. Tellel says, "Always a positive outcome."
  645. Reyna furrows her brow.
  646. Rafano says, "Or we didn't get Dehvra-ed."
  647. Morlen reluctantly says, "Or trapped in a mirror."
  648. Tellel says to Lenaea, "I learned that I understand nothing."
  649. Lilliwea says, "Someone wanna cast arbiter stylus on something."
  650. Lenaea nods at Rafano, obviously agreeing with his views.
  651. Frediwyn says, "Of course, we havent stepped outside these doors yet."
  652. Navesi says to Tellel, "Now you can begin to learn."
  653. Tellel says, "Let's cast it on the bard."
  654. Lilliwea says, "Go for it."
  655. Tellel asks Navesi, "Or forget it all and regain my sanity?"
  656. Isedora says, "You'll have to be more specific."
  657. Rafano loudly says, "Well . . . in any event, I thank you all for coming. Very much so."
  658. Woten asks, "Should we keep trying or call it a semi-succesful experiment?"
  659. Tellel says, "Just don't cast back."
  660. Navesi says, "The first great piece of knowledge is the understanding of just how little one knows."
  661. Lilliwea chuckles.
  662. Rafano loudly says, "And a special thanks to Lenaea and Aaoskar."
  663. Frediwyn says, "I'm guessing you have so much to think about."
  664. Aislynn quietly says to Gallifreius, "What? It's untidy."
  665. Lenaea says to you, "Maybe you can capture one of the creatures, just one."
  666. Tellel says to Rafano, "Thank you for arranging this get together. It was entertaining if not enlightening."
  667. Mistanna asks, "Anyone else want to hunt down another champion?"
  668. Rafano says to Tellel, "My pleasure, friend. Thanks for coming."
  669. You open a cracked jade urn with tarnished silver filigree and it begins to shake in your hands.
  670. Light and smoke emanate from the jade urn. Before your eyes, the smoke coalesces into a spiteful nimbus!
  671. You quickly close the urn to keep the nimbus from being sucked in again.
  672. The spiteful nimbus begins to advance on you!
  673. The spiteful nimbus is still a distance away from you and is closing steadily.
  674. You say, "Woops."
  675. The spiteful nimbus closes to pole weapon range on you!
  676. Lenaea says, "Hm."
  677. Woten laughs at you!
  678. The spiteful nimbus closes to melee range on you!
  679. You move a cracked jade urn with tarnished silver filigree to your left hand.
  680. You get a light tyrium throwing axe from inside your magister's backpack.
  681. < You throw a light tyrium throwing axe at a spiteful nimbus. A spiteful nimbus attempts to dodge.
  682. The axe lands an awesome strike that scratches the right bicep (But another battle scar for the nimbus's collection!).
  683. The throwing axe lodges itself shallowly into the spiteful nimbus!
  684. [You're winded, solidly balanced with no advantage.]
  685. * A spiteful nimbus rakes its frigid claws at you. You evade.
  686. [You're winded, solidly balanced and in good position.]
  687. A light tyrium throwing axe suddenly leaps from a spiteful nimbus and flies toward you! You catch the axe easily in your right hand.
  688. * A spiteful nimbus slices wide at you. You block solidly with an aldamdin targe crafted to resemble a stylized spider.
  689. [You're winded, solidly balanced and in strong position.]
  690. < You throw a light tyrium throwing axe at a spiteful nimbus. A spiteful nimbus attempts to evade.
  691. The axe lands a devastating hit (That'll leave a mark!) that snaps bones and removes most of the right arm, severely stunning it.
  692. The throwing axe lodges itself firmly into the spiteful nimbus!
  693. [You're winded, solidly balanced and in strong position.]
  694. A light tyrium throwing axe suddenly leaps from a wounded spiteful nimbus and flies toward you! You catch the axe easily in your right hand.
  695. Tellel says, "My hand isn't steady enough, it seems."
  696. The spiteful nimbus falters slightly, but remains hovering.
  697. Navesi raises an eyebrow.
  698. You gesture at a wounded spiteful nimbus.
  699. A jolt of psychic energy discharges from your pattern and grounds into a wounded spiteful nimbus's mind.
  700. A wounded spiteful nimbus collapses as if dead.
  701. Lilliwea lands an apocalyptic strike (So that's what it felt like when Grazhir shattered!) that cleaves the right arm from the shoulder.
  702. The spear lodges itself savagely into the spiteful nimbus!
  703. The spiteful nimbus falls to the ground, motionless. The glow begins to fade from the body as the wispy tendrils of light slowly disperse.
  704. A senci spear suddenly leaps from a wounded spiteful nimbus and flies toward Lilliwea! Lilliwea catches the spear easily in her right hand.
  705. > search nimbus
  706. You search the spiteful nimbus.
  707. You find nothing of interest.
  708. The dead spiteful nimbus shatters into tiny glowing shards that rapidly die away.
  709. Tellel says, "Okay, if nimbus are appearing, I'm disappearing."
  710. Lilliwea laughs!
  711. Lenaea says, "No that was Aaoskar."
  712. You say, "That was my fault."
  713. Lenaea chuckles.
  714. Navesi says, "Just one from a jar."
  715. Mistanna chuckles.
  716. Gallifreius chuckles.
  717. Lilliwea says, "I figured the spear would go right through that."
  718. You get a cracked jade urn with tarnished silver filigree from inside an ice-blue silk satchel with a white drusy quartz clasp which is in your traveler's satchel.
  719. You open a cracked jade urn with tarnished silver filigree, and it begins to shake in your hands.
  720. Light and smoke emanate from the jade urn. Before your eyes, the smoke coalesces around a silver origami cow! The smoke appears to be sucked back into a cracked jade urn with tarnished silver filigree, taking a silver origami cow with it.
  721. You quickly close up the urn, securing its new contents.
  722. You hobble west.
  723. [Paper Mill, Scrap Yard]
  724. Sheared scraps of discarded bark, broken and rusty equipment, crumpled paper and other waste line the edges of the yard. A relatively clear path leads east, where an enormous sawdust pile can be seen. A compost bin has been shoved into the corner of the room, the rotting greens casting off an earthy smell.
  725. You also see a lethargic Shadow Servant.
  726. Also here: Ascetic Zaer, Surgeon Gallifreius, Legendary Trader Indaara, Big Shot Oshan, Web Healer Aislynn who is being harassed by an intrigue of phantasmal kittens, Rhapsodist Isedora, Zoluren's Herald Navesi, Directionless Morlen, Sightless Sionyl, Stargazer Mistanna, Tinkerer Fillius, Storm Lord Woten who has a fiery visage, Adviser to the Twelve Lilliwea, All-Seeing Lenaea who is surrounded by a golden cloud of glitter and Economist Rafano.
  727. Lenaea says, "Ironic."
  728. Isedora asks, "Is he going to use a large butterfly net?"
  729. Lilliwea says, "That too."
  730. Lenaea joins Rafano's group.
  731. Navesi says to Isedora, "The same jar that the nimbus was in."
  732. Woten asks, "Heading back to the yard?"
  733. Isedora says to Navesi, "Ah, probably more practical."
  734. Indaara asks, "Who should we join?"
  735. Rafano asks Lenaea, "Sorry, where are we headed?"
  736. Lenaea says to Rafano, "The main road."
  737. Navesi asks, "Who is leading?"
  738. Rafano loudly says, "You may join me if you'd like."
  739. Lenaea says, "I vote Rafano."
  740. Lilliwea says, "I wanna see another light show..their spell was pretty."
  741. Rafano loudly says, "Last call . . ."
  742. You say, "I killed a dragon."
  743. Lenaea dryly says to you, "You sure did, love."
  744. Rafano smiles at you.
  745. Gallifreius appears to be trying hard not to grin.
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