under the hill chapter three: lock and load, part 2
Session Start: Thu Aug 03 2006
*** Now talking in #greyhawk
*** CrazyJack has joined
<CrazyJack> howdy :-)
<DM> Hey, there!
<DM> Recalcitrant doggie
here. Had to perform a tickectomy and treat her
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<DM> Two-person job.
<DM> Hi, Gina.
<Dania> Hello! <CrazyJack> ahh.. tick
season is it
<CrazyJack> hiya gina
<DM> Lynne's walking a
couple more doglets, and then
she'll be here.
<Dania> How many doggies
do you have now? *** China
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<Dania> Hello Melissa!
<DM> Four, with Miss
<CrazyJack> hiya melissa
<DM> Hey, melissa.
<Dania> You have a
<DM> Just a mutt outta
*** Sahan is now known as China <Dania> She's a cute
<Dania> WOW! We're all
gonna be here tonight. <China>
<DM> She’s a sweet dog,
but weird about slick
floors. Won't walk on 'em of her own
<CrazyJack> i saw a dog
like that on Dog Whisperer
bad experience with them, or is it the shine that wigs her out?
<DM> Lynne will be a
very few more minutes.
<DM> Her footing seems
unsure, and she slips.
<DM> The dog, that is.
<Dania> I always find it
funny when they are sitting
on linoleum and their little feet keep sliding further and further
<DM> If anyone needs a
review of last time, the log is
posted with the others. We had a quiet
little session, mostly Jack and Dania over dinner.
my girlfriends dog likes to hear his nails click on lino
<DM> Heh. We
hear a lot of that sound around here.
<Dania> Here too....
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<Dania> Hello Lynne!
*** Lynne is now known as
<CrazyJack> hiya lynne!
<Jared> How have y'all
<CrazyJack> good thx :-)
<CrazyJack> counting the
days to dragoncon
<DM> We learned last
night that James won't be able to
make DragonCon this year...but that Debi probably will?
<CrazyJack> she says she
<DM> We'll be glad to
<DM> Any questions
before we launch this sucker for
<CrazyJack> cant think
<DM> . UNDER THE HILL
<DM> . “Lock And Load, Part 2”
<DM> 10 p.m.
<DM> There are still voices heard across the compound.The Sisters are talking about the strange
visitors and stranger events of tonight.In the guest house, Dania, Jack, Jared and China are enjoying the soup.China seems to have
the effects of the tasering.Kormack
arrived in the afternoon after an absence of some weeks.He left immediately, but is expected back
* Jared is trying to overhear what the Sisters are saying,
and eats his soup with his ears perked up.
* CrazyJack is enjoying his soup as well.
* Dania sits picking at some bread, talking with Jack about
where he comes from, and what it is like there, in the "ancient world."
<DM> Sister Anne makes a clatter in the kitchen,
cleaning up after the meal.She mutters
to herself occasionally.
is watching everyone closely--but not looking like it--while enjoying
<Dania> “Jack, I read that there used to be huge rooms
where people would gather to watch moving pictures.Illusions of stories.Have you ever
seen such a thing?”
<DM> Photography is a rare art these days, but moving
pictures are not unheard of.Not
available commercially, and no such venues are open to the public.
<CrazyJack> “Ya mean movies?”
* Dania smiles.
<Dania> “Movies. I like that.Are
they wonderful to see?”
<CrazyJack> “Oh, yeah, man.Watching
on the big screen was just like being there all over again.”
<Dania> “A play, but without the actors there...sounds
strange, but what can we know of the Ancients?”
<Jared> “How did you get here, Jack?”
* CrazyJack shrugs at Jared.
<CrazyJack> “I took this little green pill, see, and
next thing I know, I wake up here.Well,
I dreamed I woke up here.I'm
still waiting to really wake up.”
* Dania tries to sound patient.
don't think this is a dream. You are
* CrazyJack laughs.
<CrazyJack> "Sure, sister.Sure."
* Dania grins at Jared, and leans over to pinch Jack--hard!
* Jared gasps, then laughs.
* CrazyJack frowns at Dania, then chuckles.
<DM> There is a call from one of the Warden Sisters,
up on the wall, probably.It doesn't
<Jared> “Who were
those people? If they were people, that
<Dania> “I wonder if that's Kormack returning? I'll
go check. He'll want to meet Jack!”
<DM> You can hear the cry of "Open!"
* Dania runs outside to see if it is indeed Kormack.
<CrazyJack> “So, who is this Kormack?”
<DM> Kormack is well known to the Sisterhood.He is a frequent guest here, and occasionally
brings in relics from the ruins he loves to explore.He is one of a handful of friends of the
Sisters who are allowed to bear weapons inside the walls.
<Jared> “He's an explorer, scholar, and trader.He brings in artifacts, sometimes.”
<CrazyJack> “Like, righteous!”
<Jared> “He knows a lot. Been
around a long
<CrazyJack> “Like, how long?Centuries?”
<Jared> “No, maybe sixty years or so.”
* Jared smiles for a moment.
<Jared> “I do wonder, though, if those visitors
<CrazyJack> “And who might the folk be?”
<Jared> “You know.Them. The Gentry.The
<CrazyJack> “If you say so, dude.”
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<DM> The door to the guest house opens again, and in
come Dania and old Kormack, who is sweating from the evening heat.Kormack is a tall, lean man of sixty-some
years. He wears leather trousers and a chamois shirt, and carries a
Perched atop his balding head are a pair of goggles.He gives everyone a friendly wave, and
unbuckles a belt with a holstered pistol.
* Dania leans close to him talking animatedly with him. They
seem to be close friends.
<Jared> “Maybe he can tell us more about these
* Jared greets Kormack.
* Dania serves Kormack something cool to drink, and some
bread and soup.
* CrazyJack holds up his hand and splits his fingers (i.e.,
"live long and prosper").
* Jared looks oddly at Jack.
* Kormack looks at Jared, and grins.
<Kormack> “Congratulations, ‘Journeyman.’"
<Jared> Thank you, sir. Would that I still had a
Master in residence, however.
moves to greet Kormack, a great smile on her face.
* Dania watches China.
* Kormack spots China,
and his jaw drops.
beams and embraces him warmly.
* Jared looks at Kormack in surprise.
* Kormack hugs China,
<Kormack> “Is it really you, girl?”
nods, and seems a bit choked up.
“I have missed you.”
<Dania> “So, how do you two know one another?”
* Kormack looks dumbfounded.
<Kormack> “This…this is my brother's daughter.”
* Kormack hugs China
tightly, and releases her.
<Kormack> “I thought you lost with…with the shop.But let me look at you, girl!All
grown up.A little, anyway.”
nods and smiles as he looks her over, she even giggles at his remark
* Kormack smiles, and may be tearing up a little.He
drops the sack he'd carried.It hits the
floor with a thump and a clank.
* Dania smiles and sits.
<Dania> “Really, how nice that she has found you.”
* Jared smiles at Dania.
<Dania> “What did you
find, this trip?”
* Dania asks curiously.
* Kormack hugs China
“I didn't expect to see you here, Uncle.”
hugs back, and then looks to the bag as well.
“What's in the sack?”
* Kormack grins and looks fondly at China.
<Kormack> “Now, what kind of uncle would I be if I
hadn't brought our little China
doll a present?But that can be for
"Oh, Uncle Ernie, seeing you is present enough."
<Dania> “Oh, this is the visitor I mentioned to you
earlier.Jack, the hippie from San
* Kormack spares Jack a quick look.
<Kormack> “Frisco?Where's that?”
<Dania> “But we all know that Kalifornia is a
wasteland.No one lives there now. ‘The
cries of Oakland
* Kormack raises an eyebrow at Dania.
<Kormack> “Been hitting the books, Sister?”
<Dania> “Sorry, I was talking to Ursula tonight.”
* Kormack nods sympathetically.
<CrazyJack> “Hey, like, I was there just
yesterday.It aint no wasteland, ya know.”
<Dania> “That is why I think that you have come to us
from the past.”
* Kormack rolls his eyes.
<Dania> “Kormack, it is not unheard of, is it? For
travelers to be lost in time?”
* Kormack spares Jack another look.
<Kormack> “Well, I don't mean to be rude, but I've got
to talk with my niece.”
<Dania> “All right.It is getting late anyway. I'm to
report to the Reverend Mother come morning. I think I'm to take Jack to
* Kormack grimaces.
beams, then looks worried for a split second.
<Jared> “So, Dania, you believe that Jack has come to
us from the past? How could this be possible? Did They do it, for
only to Them?”
<Dania> “I think they did, Jared.”
* CrazyJack looks at Dania pointedly.
<CrazyJack> "I ain’t no traveler,
sister--timewise or any otherwise.I
took a freakin' green pill."
<Kormack> “I've met me more than one time traveler out
on the flats, if you know what I mean.No offense, stranger.”
<Jared> “The pill was likely symbolic, then. A choice.”
* Kormack glances at Jared, startled at this insight.
<Jared> “They are ever known to make such symbolic
bargains with mortals.”
<Dania> “I've always wondered about the Fair Folk, and
now I'll see them from closer than ever before. I've
seen them dancing in the moonlight many
times, but to go to them, to seek them out....it is frightening and
<CrazyJack> “Van Morrison?”
* Kormack stares at Dania.
<Kormack> “No need to speak of them now, surely.”
* Jared looks curiously at Jack.
<CrazyJack> “No, no.Not the Who.Van Morrison.”
<Jared> “I fear for the safety of Master Erik,
however. I don't know why They have
<Dania> “Well, if I'm to accompany Jack, here, you
come along and we'll look for Master Erik as well. Take two birds with
* Kormack takes China
aside, and speaks softly with
her, hugging her again.
hugs back and listens intently.
* Jared nods.
<Jared> “What will They want with Jack, here?”
<Dania> “Is this Van Morrison a friend of yours, Jack?”
<Dania> “Well, I don't know, but he was the only one
who had seen that…man before, so he's clearly important to them in some
<CrazyJack> “Heh.I guess you could say that.”
<Dania> “Maybe just a plaything.You
know how They can be.”
<Jared> “Oh, now that
can't be good.I wish I had more time to
study Their lore before we depart, but I fear for Master Erik and feel
not be wise to tarry.”
<Dania> “Get some sleep.I'll meet
you by the gates come morn.After prayers,
* Dania smiles.
been late for them the last week, every
day.One thing and another has put me
behind. I went without my shoes
yesterday because I couldn't find
* Kormack, while speaking quietly to China, taps his forehead
looking at Dania.
* Dania looks over at him.
* Jared looks at Kormack.
* Dania nods a little, uncertain whether she understands.
<Dania> “Jack.A moment, please, again.”
* Dania reaches over and touches Jack's hand again, wondering
if images will come this time.
<CrazyJack> (brb.. gotta put the parrot to bed)
<DM> [bedtime for birdie]
* Jared is watching.
* Dania winces and clutches Jack's hand hard, her nails
digging into his wrist as she cries out.
* Dania lets go then.
* Kormack whirls to look at Dania.
* Dania blinks.
* CrazyJack grabs his hand back.
<CrazyJack> "What the hell!?"
<Dania> "Find somebody to loooove"
<Dania> “Sorry I scratched you.It
was a woman singing.Loud.”
<CrazyJack> “Yeah, sister.Grace.”
<Dania> “The noise...where you come from, it is noisy.Horrid thundering noises...as if the world is
coming apart all around you.”
<CrazyJack> “Naw, sister.That's rock!”
<Dania> “No, it was a voice.I've
never heard a rock sing.”
*CrazyJack looks at the scratch.
<CrazyJack> "Just a flesh wound."
* Kormack approaches Dania, squinting at her.
<Dania> “Though, if you chew certain herbs, you can
imagine such things.”
* CrazyJack's ears pick up.
<CrazyJack> “Rock 'n' roll, sister!Jefferson
<Kormack> “How do you, Sister?”
<Dania> “I'm fine. I think I'm to be tasked with
returning Jack to the Fair Folk tomorrow.”
<Jared> “Where are They?Have you
been told how to get to Them?”
<Dania> “Should be interesting.More
so than sitting in the archive, cross-referencing.”
<Kormack> “Take it easy, Sister.”
* Kormack looks genuinely concerned.
<Dania> “Air plane.Airplane.Metal birds that flew
across the skies, one of the many wonders of the Ancient world.”
<CrazyJack> “Like, where can I find me some of those
<Jared> “Herbs grow everywhere. The Sisters grow them,
<Dania> “I suspect you've had enough of them to last
you a while, Jack.”
<Jared> “Master Kormack, have you heard anything about
Master Erik on your travels?
*Kormack shakes his head, and looks at Jared.
<Kormack> “No, not of late.He's
doing well, is he?Prospering still?”
<Jared> “He was,
but he disappeared. He had taken a
commission from a mysterious client, and then he vanished.We fear the worst.”
<Kormack> “What?How long back?”
<Jared> “Three days ago.”
<Kormack> “Mystery client?A baron
of Cratersville, maybe?Who else could
afford his services?”
<Jared> “He would never allow us or the apprentices to
formally meet the client.We spied, of
course. The man was tall, with long silver hair. Richly dressed.”
* Kormack strokes his chin.
<Kormack> “Outlander, maybe.”
<Jared> “The sword was odd, too. The basket hilt was a
strange greenish metal, fashioned like swirling leaves, and the hilt
and in the shape of an acorn.”
* Kormack purses his lips.
<Jared> “Only the master worked on it. We weren't
allowed near it.”
* CrazyJack is humming and singing under his breath
* Kormack squints.
<Kormack> “What's all this talk of the Others, then?”
<Dania> “We think that the Fair Folk may be involved.”
* Kormack appears to take Dania seriously for the first
<Kormack> “Are They bugging you Sisters again?”
* Jared looks very interested in this line of discussion.
<Dania> “Not lately. Though I've watched them dance a
time or two.”
* Jared murmurs. "Amazing. I've never seen any such
<Dania> “Last full moon,--what, two weeks ago?I snuck out to watch.”
<Kormack> “Sister.Dania.Think carefully.. What did
They look like?”
<Dania> “Got pretty close this time.”
* Dania thinks about what she saw.
<Dania> “I saw a few that were familiar to me, the
usual dancers, but there were a few who had never been there before.They seemed different from the others; their
dancing was definitely different...but it is hard to describe how.”
<Kormack> “They took human form?Or
* Dania nods.
<Dania> “They were also larger than my usual ones.
There were three circles, instead of the usual one, one of the wee ones
usually see and two of the larger, fiercer ones.”
* CrazyJack interrupts Dania and Kormack
<CrazyJack> “This is, like, all very fascinating…in a
cosmic sort of way...but. like, where were these herbs again?”
<Dania> “Have you ever seen the fairies dance?”
* Kormack lets his breath out in a whoosh.
<Jared> “Was it some type of magical working, Dania?”
* Kormack takes a seat, and looks at Jack.
<Kormack> “Pardon my poor manners, stranger.”
<Dania> “Jared, they dance in the wood behind the back
wall, every full moon and I've been watching them nearly every moon
since I was
* Kormack holds out his hand to Jack.
<Kormack> “Ernie Kormack.”
<Dania> “But Kormack is right, this time was
* CrazyJack shakes Kormack's hand.
<CrazyJack> "Jack Nesbitt.Crazy
Jack for short.”
<Kormack> “But not for long, eh?”
* Dania laughs a little.
never figured you to have a name other than Kormack the Scholar.”
<Kormack> “Well, Master Nesbitt, it sounds as though
things are starting to get hot here.You've come at a mighty strange time.”
<CrazyJack> “Yeah, well, Ernie…like, I took this green
<Dania> “Jared, I wonder if the entrance to their land
is near the place where they dance?”
<Jared> “Good point, Dania.At least
it should give a clue.”
<Dania> “A starting point, at the very least.But I do worry about what they want with
Jack.They seem hostile toward him.And if they've taken your master as well…They
are displeased about something.”
<Kormack> “You've seen 'Em talk to Nesbitt, here?”
<Jared> “Or there is trouble brewing, and they need
someone like Master Erik.He's the
finest swordsmith I know.”
<Dania> “And angry Fairies are not something I'm eager
<Kormack> “Careful how you name 'Em, Sister.”
<CrazyJack> “I'm not eager to face peaceful ones,
* Dania gives a small word of apology to any of the Fair
Ones who might have heard her speak.
<Dania> “I did not mean to offend.”
* Dania tells of the appearance of the "Doctor" on
<DM> Everyone roll an INT feat, please.DM
<CrazyJack> “Like, who'd you offend?I
don’t see no fairies around.
<Dania> “They are often unseen. We have no wish to
offend the Kindly Ones.”
<CrazyJack> “Like, they don’t sound very kindly.”
<Jared> “Shhh! Don't say Their name.”
<CrazyJack> “Whose name?”
<Jared> “Call them the Gentry.The
Folk.The Kindly Ones.But not
by Their name. Although I am not
particularly superstitious, even I am careful not to name Them.
<CrazyJack> “The fairies have a name?”
moves quietly to peek into the kitchen.
* Kormack looks at Jack.
<Kormack> “You're not from around here, are you?”
* Dania follows China
to the kitchen.
* CrazyJack laughs.
<CrazyJack> “Naw man, I'm from Frisco.That's
<Dania> “Sister Anne?”
* Dania calls.
surprises a guilty-looking Sister Anne, who has obviously been
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<Dania> “Is everything all right back here, Sister? Seemed awfully quiet.”
* SisterAnne reddens.
<Dania> “No matter, then. Hope you're enjoying your
* Dania goes back to the table, laughing at having gotten
the best of Sister Anne for once!
* SisterAnne 's look turns ugly.
* Jared winks at Dania, out of sight of Sister Anne.
* Dania grins at Jared, clearly unaware of Anne's change of
moves back near Kormack
<SisterAnne> “You've been sneaking out to watch Them
Others?When the Mother told you to keep
your head down and your prayers lifted upward?”
* Dania turns.
<Dania> “Watching does not detract from my prayers, nor
does it harm anyone.”
* SisterAnne shakes a fleshy finger at Dania.
<SisterAnne> “The Others are occasion for sin.How do you like your Vow lately, Sister?”
<Dania> “I've broken no vows, I've not shirked my
duties. No one save you has ever
* Kormack stands, and clears his throat.
* Dania folds her arms and stands straight and tall, her
face growing redder by the moment.
<Kormack> “Sister Anne...good to see you again.I mind me that I've not eaten since this
* Jared stands and walks closer to Sister Anne.
<Jared> “I would think, Sister, that this is a matter
between Sister Dania and the Mother.”
* SisterAnne looks as though she wants to spit at Dania, but
masters her rage.
* Jared comes close enough to Sister Anne that he's able to
use his height to advantage, and stares calmly at her.
<SisterAnne> “This is not a matter for menfolk,
* Dania watches Anne closely, as a rabbit does a predator.
<Jared> “I grew up here, Sister. I know what's what.”
* SisterAnne looks a bit intimidated. She turns and stalks
into the kitchen.
* Dania relaxes and sits down on the bench.
<Dania> “Of all
the people to have overheard that.”
* Jared nods and goes back to sit down.
<Dania> “She has always disliked me.”
<Jared> “Well, there more than a few who dislike her.
She makes few allies with her
<Dania> “Yes, but her cooking wins over many
others.I will even make nice for one of
her berry tarts.”
<Jared> “I wouldn't worry further, if I were you.”
* Dania smiles.
<Dania> “Oh, well...the cat is out of its sack now.”
<Jared> “So what is this about a…fairy ring in the
woods? I knew nothing of this.”
<Dania> “Oh, it has been there forever. I've been
watching since I was very small.”
<DM> A small loaf of bread is hurled at Kormack, but
he catches it expertly.
* Kormack grins.
<Kormack> “Thank you, Sister Anne!”
<Dania> “Since I was five or six, I think. I used to
drag Janni out, but she claims she's too grown up for such things now.”
<Jared> “And you say new dancers showed up? How
recently? And what did they look like?”
* Kormack shakes his head and turns back to the table. He
takes a seat.
<Kormack> “I'd like to hear this, if you don't mind,
<Dania> “The dancers have been growing in number for
about a year, but recently there were many more, on the last moonrise.”
* Kormack frowns.
<Kormack> “This is bad.”
<Dania> “The new ones are beautiful, but more serious
than the ones I've always seen.”
<Jared> “What color hair?”
<Dania> “The old dancers used to take notice of me,
they would wave and smile, even laugh as I watched. The new ones
I'm not there, or they glare in my direction.”
<Dania> “Hair?They glow, seemingly from within.”
<Jared> “They actually glare at you?What can this
<Dania> “One or two of them.I just
thought they didn’t like me watching.”
<Kormack> “They've killed
people for watchin'.”
<Dania> “The two who usually came to get the sweets I
always take weren't there this time. They didn't even take my offerings.They've always taken them before.”
<Kormack> “That's worse.They
usually keep to the old compacts.”
<Jared> “That's alarming. Is there some kind of war
<Dania> “I never thought of that.Kormack?
What do you think?”
* Kormack rubs his cheek.
<Kormack> “We had a deal.”
* Kormack shakes his head.
<Kormack> “Can't do harm to tell you now, I s'pose.”
* Jared frowns.
<Kormack> “I don't want you kids gettin' any ideas,
* Kormack shakes his finger at the group.
* Kormack looks uncomfortable, glancing at China.
<Kormack> “This was way back, before you were born,
looking intently and listening closely
<Kormack> “I went lookin' for a door, once, into Faerie.You know me.I like explorin'.”
* Jared is listening intently.
<Dania> “Did you find one?”
<Kormack> “I messed with somethin' I hadn’t oughta.I don't remember much about what they did to
* Kormack rubs his cheek absently.
<Kormack> “...but we made a deal.They
wouldn't bother Sanctuary, and they'd
keep outta town.Never bother folks
* Jared looks worried.
<Dania> “So, something has changed and the deal seems
to be off.”
* Kormack is speaking softly now, so as not to carry over the
renewed clatter in the kitchen.
* CrazyJack listens, but doesn’t understand even half of it.
“This in return for what, Uncle?”
<Kormack> “And I'd never get to...I'd never go back
into Their country.”
<Jared> “What could break the deal?”
<Kormack> “I never tried to get back.I've
done naught to peeve 'Em.”
* Kormack 's hand goes to his cheek, but falls back into his
<Jared> “Why would so many show up to the dance? And
why the different rings? 'Tis all so odd.”
“You don't think that Dania's watching could have done it, do you?If she has done it all these years, why would
it suddenly make them mad now?”
<Kormack> “They ain't nothing like us, girl.Sometimes just noticin' 'Em can be irksome.But you’ve the right of it, girl—why now?And why dance here if They
don’t wanna be watched?
* Kormack is peering closely at Jack.
* CrazyJack looks back at Kormack
<Kormack> “You, Master Nesbitt.You've
not got Their look, and you're solid
<Dania> “I've been watching them so long...the usual
ones knew I was there, they even came close to take the milk and cakes
bring.They smile at me.”
<Jared> “If there are Others who are new to the area,
maybe the watching is offensive to Them.
Maybe a new crowd is in the area, and this is part of the problem.”
* Kormack frowns, considering this.
<Jared> “I wonder if there really might be a war on.”
<Dania> “Between them, or between them and us?”
<Jared> Why take the best swordsmith in the area,
perhaps the best in the kingdom?
* Dania looks confused and suddenly concerned.
* Kormack nods, slowly.
<Jared> “Between them, maybe to do with us, though.
Maybe there are those who want to attack us, and others who do not.”
<Kormack> “They seem t’be of two minds, at least.”
<Jared> “Master Erik is a true genius at his art.”
<Kormack> “And why come to Erik for a sword of…green
<CrazyJack> “If he's such a genius, like, maybe he
will make them dull blades
<Jared> “Interesting point, Jack.”
* Kormack looks impressed by Jack’s suggestion.
<Jared> “Maybe the sword is made to kill Them, in
<CrazyJack> “Who are them?The
* Jared looks over his shoulder worriedly.
* Kormack turns to Jared.
<Kormack> “How's Mistress Elaine?And
little...Laurana?They have a safe place
<Jared> “Laurana isn't so little anymore. She's my
age. They are staying with the mistress's family, and the two
with them. We locked up the smithy.”
* Kormack thinks.
<Kormack> “I s'pose if They wanted ‘em, They'd-a taken
<Jared> “And may still, should Master Erik
prove...difficult.The mistress's mother
is a wisewoman, so I am thinking she would know how to protect them.
cottage is well warded.”
* Kormack smiles faintly.
<Kormack> “Mother Elspeth still kickin', then?”
<Jared> “Indeed she is, Kormack, and enjoys her 'baccy
as much as ever.”
<Kormack> “Well, it's a proven charm.”
<Dania> “Sanctuary should be safe, with the
protections of Saint Mary Ann.”
<Jared> “Is it too dangerous, then, for us to even
consider going into the Otherworld?”
* Kormack closes his eyes.
<Kormack> “You don't want to go messin' in Faerie,
* Kormack sighs, and leans toward Jared.
<Kormack> “But you've got the scent of 'Em, ain't ya?There'll be no turnin' your head, eh?”
<Jared> “I have to find Master Erik. I promised
Mistress Elaine. And Laurana. 'Tis my duty.”
<Kormack> “Erik was always too easy on you.”
* Jared looks at Kormack in surprise.”
<Kormack> “He *liked* you, right off.”
* Kormack smiles.
<Kormack> “And you'd do 'most anything for him, would
* Kormack chuckles.
<Kormack> “He didn't take a switch to you near enough,
<Jared> “Oh, but he did. Anyway,
what are you talking about? What
has this to do with rescuing Master Erik?”
<Kormack> “Rescuing?Y'don't rescue them's been
<Jared> “Then what?”
<Dania> “Yes, what, then?”
* Kormack grits his teeth.
<Kormack> “But I s'pose ya don't walk away from a man
like Erik, neither.”
* Kormack leans back, and sighs again.
<Kormack> “Elaine musta let you get inta her storybooks,
<Jared> “There's obviously something bigger going on.
People appearing out of nowhere...from the past? Attacks
on Sanctuary. Odd doings at the dances in
<Kormack> “But are ya ready to die for it?”
* Kormack 's gaze is serious.
<Jared> “If we do nothing at all, then what? Won't we
eventually have to deal with whatever it is, anyway?”
<CrazyJack> “Hey, like, I'm just here for the ride, ya
<Kormack> “Well, I'm forsworn.I
can't take you there.”
<Jared> “Can you at least tell us what we need to
* Kormack puts his face in his hands.
<Kormack> “I c'n give ya a nukin' map.”
* Kormack 's oath is the nastiest you have heard from him.
* Dania blushes at the harsh words.
<Dania> “Kormack, you once told me that I might find
answers in their world, since there are none to be had here.”
<Kormack> “I was jokin',
<Dania> “Maybe my visions come to me for a reason.
Maybe this is what was fated.
* Kormack pauses, and looks at Dania.”
<Kormack> “Not you, too?You're not
thinkin'-a goin', are ya?”
<Jared> “A map?”
* SisterAnne is running water loudly in the kitchen.
* Dania is still whispering.
<Dania> “Mother Andrea has asked to see me come
morning. I think she's sending Jack to them--wth me to
* Kormack is silent for a long moment.
<CrazyJack> “Hey, like I got no part in this.I
ain't goin' nowhere.”
<Jared> “Why would she want Jack to go to Them?”
<Dania> “I don't know.Just a feeling I have.I'll see
what she says.”
<Kormack> “She got some scripture up her tailpipe?”
* Kormack 's language is a bit coarse. He seems upset.
<Dania> “Probably. She is a Sister after all, our
<Jared> “And what of China?”
<Dania> Sister Isolde did mention prophecy.....and the
cries of Oakland....and
Saint Francisco, walking alone.
* Kormack whirls to look at China.
<Kormack> “I hope you're
not inta this foolishness, girl.”
* Kormack turns back to Dania.
<Kormack> “Let Isolde get wound up on this, did ya?”
<Dania> “I had little choice.She
was here when it all happened.”
* Kormack shakes his head.
<Kormack> She’s a good sort, but she sees a dust
devil, she thinks it's a sign from the Goddess.”
<Dania> “She was a wandering Sister, and knows more of
the world than most of us.”You
see a dust devil and are sure it’s
simply a dust devil.I think the truth
is somewhere between the two. Sometimes the Goddess sends signs,
* Kormack shrugs.
<Jared> “So what do you think they've done with Master
Erik? Surely he still lives?”
<Kormack> “Journeyman, I couldn't tell ya what They've
done with Erik, or if indeed They took ‘im.”
<Dania> “And I've been spying on Them my whole
life.Is it a sign? I
don't know, but it is unusual.”
<Kormack> “I dunno, Sister.Everything's
<Dania> “Well, the only way to deal with wrong is to
work to make it right.”
<Jared> “Maybe the first Ones we meet will be the ones
who like you, Dania.”
<Kormack> “They don't ‘like’ us mortals.At
best, we're play-toys.”
<Dania> “Maybe, maybe not. In any
case, I should be off to my bed. Matins
come early and Mother Andrea still wants to see me. I'd best be off.Good night Kormack. Jared,
<Jared> “I shall seek my bed, as well.”
* Dania kisses Kormack on the cheek and pats Jared on the
<Dania> “‘Night, Jack.Sleep well, and may your dreams be kind to you.”
<CrazyJack> “Umm…like, where am I sleeping?”
<Dania> “You have a room upstairs. I
think you're sharing with Jared.”
<Jared> “Come with me, Jack. I'll find you a place in
the men's quarters.”
* CrazyJack nods.
* Dania heads off to the convent.
* Kormack frowns, and turns to China.
<Kormack> “Not you, too, girl?An
hour ago I thought you long dead.”
* CrazyJack follows Jared
* Kormack shakes his head.
* Kormack rises, and speaks to China quietly and
<Kormack> “We'll talk more in the mornin'.You
sleep on this, China.”
*** Kormack has left #greyhawk
*** SisterAnne has left #greyhawk
<DM> Dania leaves the guest house for the convent
proper, ready to see the Mother.As
Dania walks up the stairs, she is approached by Sister Isolde, who
*** SisterIsolde has joined #greyhawk
* SisterIsolde was one of the wandering sisters until a few
years ago. She is nearly seventy years old and now walks with a cane,
the injury which keeps her from traveling. She is now one of the
keepers of the
archive and bears the distinction of having learned to use every weapon
arsenal. She has brought many treasures to the archive. She has no use
or outsiders of any stamp. She is the greatest expert on the life of
MaryAnn, having studied her journals extensively.
<DM> [thanks to Gina who created Isolde]
* Dania looks at Isolde.
* Dania looks at her, silently asking what is wrong.
<SisterIsolde> “A moment, Sister?”
<Dania> “Yes, of course.”
* Dania smiles, having always liked this particular Sister.
* SisterIsolde looks around, and sees no one else about.
<SisterIsolde> “You're going a-wandering, I hear.First time.”
<Dania> “Yes, so I've gathered. If
nothing else, it should promise to be
<SisterIsolde> “It's a great gift, and you should
thank the Mother.Few are allowed to
leave the Rule for any length of time.”
<Dania> “I’ll be careful.There is
something else, Sister?You seem out of
breath.Are you feeling unwell?”
* SisterIsolde leans in close, and whispers.
<SisterIsolde> “I've seen Them from my window, too,
<Dania> “You have? I thought I was
the only one....well, Janni
* SisterIsolde 's voice shakes, and tears well in her eyes.
* Dania looks concerned and takes the older woman's hand.
<Dania> “What is it?”
<SisterIsolde> “In my last nights as a novice, he came
to me…calling my name so sweetly, and praising my fairness.”
<SisterIsolde> “Don't laugh.'Twas
true enough, in those days.I were a young
girl once, as you are, and
thought a beauty by some.”
<Dania> “I'm not laughing, I have heard that you
turned more than a few heads when you were a girl.”
<SisterIsolde> “He named himself Erwilian, and he
spoke of such things as are better left unsaid within our walls.Fey though he were, he were still a man, and men want but one thing of
women.I ne'er let him in my window, but
he gave me such dreams…”
* SisterIsolde blushes through her tears.
<Dania> “Dreams are nothing to be shamed by.”
* SisterIsolde looks old, older than usual.Her
Cratersville accent, usually suppressed,
is strong now.
<SisterIsolde> “I were a good girl, and hoped my Vow
would keep me strong.But when I took my
first Sabbatical, I went looking for my Erwilian, ready to break my Vow
be with him.”
<Dania> “Sisters are not always bound to be chaste--though
I suppose a liaison with one of the Fair Ones would be considered a sin
some.Did you find him?Erwilian?”
<SisterIsolde> “I didn't find him, try as I
might.And he ne'er came again to me in
the night, except in dreams.”
* SisterIsolde shakes her head, now weeping openly.
<Dania> “Have you dreamed of him again?”
* SisterIsolde doesn't appear to be listening closely.Her eyes are elsewhere.
<SisterIsolde> “I have a gift for you, Sister Dania.”
* Dania just watches and listens.
<Dania> “Yes, Sister?”
* SisterIsolde hands Dania a holstered pistol.
<SisterIsolde> “Years later, when my turn came for a
second Sabbatical, I took this pistol with me as I give it to you now. I've cleaned it every month, and checked its
action.There are three slugs in it:
* SisterIsolde gives Dania the Sisterly kiss upon each
* Dania takes the weapon and returns the kiss.
<Dania> “Thank you.”
<SisterIsolde> “I'd ask only this in return...”
<Dania> “Yes. Anything.”
<SisterIsolde> “Do you find the fairy gentleman called
Erwilian, kill him.Kill him for me.”
* SisterIsolde 's eyes blaze.
<Dania> “Might I ask why?”
<SisterIsolde> “Kill him dead.”
* SisterIsolde turns to hobble away on her cane, wiping away
<SisterIsolde> “And I will sleep the quieter.”
<Dania> “I give you my word, upon my honor, should I
see him, I will do as you ask.”
* SisterIsolde sniffs.
<DM>. To be
<DM>. <Jared> (good god! so
much for nice old ladies!)
<Dania> (Hearing screams
from upstairs.....got to
go....sorry!) <CrazyJack> (uh-oh)
<Dania> (I think we may
have another bat in the house!
<DM> Good place to end
it, then. Dania should be heading to see the Mother, but
that's a matter for next time.
<CrazyJack> night gina!
interesting session all
<Jared> I never saw THAT
coming...about the gun.
<DM> Thank you
Y'all are great improvisers.
<CrazyJack> ok.. cool
deal.. thx john! *** Dania has quit IRC
<DM> Crazy people are
scary, aren't they?
<CrazyJack> i should
<DM> And you don't mess
with a nun's secret fantasies,
or she'll KILL you. <DM> All that
me thinks this whole world is a nut house -- oh -- oops that's real
<Jared> And you haven't
even been to Dragon*Con,
Melissa. That's even nuttier!
<DM> So, why haven't you
come to DragonCon, Melissa?
<DM> Still time to make
just never made it . . . yet . . . *** DM is now known as John
*** Jared is now known as
<CrazyJack> the more the
<John> Very merrier.
<Lynne> Yes, we'll have
the Talisman game to end ALL
<Lynne> And some
well nighters all -- we on for wednesday next week scott?
next wed it is
<John> And any reason
why we shouldn't plan to play
again on Thursday the 17th?
<CrazyJack> cant think
of a reason not to
works for me
Two weeks after *that* is DragonCon.
<John> And I reckon we
won't play then.
has quit IRC
<CrazyJack> no.. no game
that wed either
<CrazyJack> have a good
<John> So two more
Realms sessions before the con?
<CrazyJack> 9, 16 and 23
<John> If you can think
of anything to run for us, let
us know. I'm out of ideas, I think. <CrazyJack> i will come
up with something
And now to bed!
<CrazyJack> me too!
*** SisterIsolde has left
<CrazyJack> night john,
<John> Good night!
*** CrazyJack has quit IRC
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Session Close: Thu Aug 03 2006