[3/14/2013 9:23:53 PM] Josie: As dawn begins to break in Meneluinin, at the House of Masks, you are awakened by a shout, and then another shout!

[3/14/2013 9:24:18 PM] Karid: Karid wakes up and begins looking around for the shouting!

[3/14/2013 9:24:34 PM] Josie: Roll Notice!

[3/14/2013 9:26:15 PM] Karid: Karid heads towards the shouting

[3/14/2013 9:27:13 PM] Marilla: Marilla is awakened by the sounds and quickly scoops up Dionysia and her quarterstaff before bounding out the door toward the foyer.

[3/14/2013 9:27:47 PM] Marilla: Marilla trips as she realizes she is nolonger wearing a chainmail bikini.

[3/14/2013 9:28:18 PM] Marilla: Marilla picks herself up and goes on her way.

[3/14/2013 9:28:29 PM] Arwen: Arwen awakens and attempts to find the source of the shouting

[3/14/2013 9:28:41 PM] Josie: You find two men circling each other in the entryway/foyer.

[3/14/2013 9:28:53 PM] Karid: "What are you two doing?"

[3/14/2013 9:28:54 PM] Josie: One is a man in a heavy brown cloak, still dripping from the moisture of outdoors.

[3/14/2013 9:29:10 PM] Josie: The other one is clearly Drow--green eyed, spiky white hair.

[3/14/2013 9:29:25 PM] Josie: The Drow draws his sword; the cloaked man is unarmed.

[3/14/2013 9:30:05 PM] Josie: The man in the cloak throws a punch at the Drow with a sword, but misses.

[3/14/2013 9:30:52 PM] Josie: The Drow: "I don't know, good sir! I was minding my own business and this ruffian assaulted me!"

[3/14/2013 9:31:24 PM] Arwen: (( rolling SM on that ))

[3/14/2013 9:31:36 PM] Karid: "Both of you should drop your swords, I am thinking."

[3/14/2013 9:32:27 PM] Josie: The man in the cloak growls and pounces the Drow onto the ground, trying to wrestle him into a hold.

[3/14/2013 9:33:10 PM] Josie: The Drow wipes the blood from his nose with the back of his hand.

[3/14/2013 9:33:25 PM] Josie: Drow: I would be delighted to! As soon as this lout relents and stops punching me.

[3/14/2013 9:33:28 PM] Karid: "Stop it, you fool!"

[3/14/2013 9:33:36 PM] Josie: The cloaked lout punches the Drow in the face again.

[3/14/2013 9:33:55 PM] Karid: Karid sighs...he doesn't like to have to get physical, but...

[3/14/2013 9:34:01 PM] Karid: Karid tries pulling the dude off the drow

[3/14/2013 9:34:30 PM] Josie: Roll grapple, Karid!

[3/14/2013 9:35:25 PM] Josie: Karid grabs the flailing arms of the cloaked man and tries to drag him away; meanwhile, the Drow has enough presence of mind to headbutt the cloaked fellow in the belly.

[3/14/2013 9:35:45 PM] Josie: The cloaked guy gasps and wheeeeeezes, trying to catch his breath; Karid has an easier time dragging him away.

[3/14/2013 9:36:17 PM] Karid: Karid tries taking something off the guy's arm

[3/14/2013 9:36:20 PM | Edited 9:36:28 PM] Arwen: Arwen turns to the Drow. "Was that entirely necessary?"

[3/14/2013 9:36:29 PM] Josie: The Drow's assailant is careful to keep his head covered.

[3/14/2013 9:36:34 PM] Josie: Karid, roll strength!

[3/14/2013 9:36:44 PM] Karid: (( Welp ))

[3/14/2013 9:36:55 PM] Josie: The Drow stands up, backs up, and says "Thank you, kind sir."

[3/14/2013 9:37:02 PM] Josie: Nothing much happens.

[3/14/2013 9:37:10 PM] Marilla: Marilla reaches over to the assailant, trying to pull back his/her hood, "Who ever could you be?"

[3/14/2013 9:37:10 PM] Karid: Karid instead pulls the dude's hood back

[3/14/2013 9:37:23 PM] Marilla: :D

[3/14/2013 9:37:30 PM] Josie: He struggles harder at this, but between the two of them they manage to drag the hood down.

[3/14/2013 9:39:28 PM] Josie: It's... well, the upper left side of his head as you're looking at it is that of a golem's, or a warforged's, complete with the staring metallic eye and a roughly-beaten coppery exterior reinforced with rivets. The metal part is about a quarter of his head. The rest is human-looking, with perfectly ordinary shaggy brownish-blond hair and a blue eye. That side of his face has a distinct five o'clock shadow.

[3/14/2013 9:39:33 PM] Marilla: Marilla preemptively gasps.

[3/14/2013 9:39:47 PM] Josie: The Drow turns to Arwen. "Possibly not, my lady, but it wasn't unnecessary, either."

[3/14/2013 9:40:19 PM] Josie: The metal monster-hybrid snatches his hood and pulls it back over his face.

[3/14/2013 9:40:47 PM | Edited 9:41:04 PM] Arwen: "....and what brings you two here so early in the morning?"

[3/14/2013 9:41:14 PM] Josie: Cloaked thing, roughly: I belong here. *He* doesn't.

[3/14/2013 9:41:23 PM] Marilla: "Goddess. Nevermind who, *what* are you?"

[3/14/2013 9:41:59 PM] Arwen: "Belong? That word could mean *a lot* of things. I beg you to continue?"

[3/14/2013 9:42:21 PM] Josie: Drow: Not to be contrary, my fair lout, but I have been hired by the Lady Faustina.

[3/14/2013 9:42:31 PM] Josie: Metalthing: I'm the *groundskeeper.*

[3/14/2013 9:43:04 PM] Arwen: Arwen exhasperated sigh. " There's a groundskeeper? And we haven't heard about this...because....?"

[3/14/2013 9:43:41 PM] Josie: Metalthing: I've learned to keep to myself!

[3/14/2013 9:43:51 PM] Marilla: "This house seems to me that it can take care of itself, and who's ever heard of a groundskeeper? The land owns itself, it needs not a keeper."

[3/14/2013 9:43:51 PM] Karid: "...why?"

[3/14/2013 9:44:40 PM] Marilla: "And you," At the Drow, "Hired for what?"

[3/14/2013 9:45:09 PM] Marilla: Marilla to Karid, "Were we hired? Are we getting payment for exploring?"

[3/14/2013 9:45:17 PM] Josie: Metalthing: If you looked like me, you'd keep to yourself too.

[3/14/2013 9:46:19 PM] Josie: Drow, to Marilla: For the same reason you eclectic lot are here, I'd presume.

[3/14/2013 9:46:35 PM] Josie: Drow: To investigate the house. Map it. Reclaim it for the d'Amici family, and so on, and so forth.

[3/14/2013 9:47:35 PM] Arwen: "Do we get names, or just faces to look at but not to name?"

[3/14/2013 9:47:51 PM] Josie: Metalthing: Holly.

[3/14/2013 9:48:28 PM] Josie: Drow: My apologies! How rude. I am Argo Coil.

[3/14/2013 9:48:48 PM] Josie: Holly tries to shake himself free of Karid and Marilla.

[3/14/2013 9:49:02 PM] Josie: Argo bows.

[3/14/2013 9:49:15 PM] Marilla: Marilla backs off at the first sign of resistance.

[3/14/2013 9:49:17 PM] Karid: Karid lets go of him/her

[3/14/2013 9:49:34 PM] Karid: "Sorry, were attacking the man, yes?"

[3/14/2013 9:50:18 PM] Josie: Holly: It's a *Drow.*

[3/14/2013 9:50:25 PM] Karid: "...and?"

[3/14/2013 9:51:21 PM] Marilla: "And here I thought the supposed civilized world had moved past such prejudices."

[3/14/2013 9:52:00 PM] Josie: Holly: We're at *war.*

[3/14/2013 9:52:01 PM] Marilla: To Argo, "Show us your letter from Faustina."

[3/14/2013 9:52:24 PM] Josie: Argo, to Marilla: I have several scars that would beg to differ, my lady.

[3/14/2013 9:52:42 PM] Josie: Argo produces a document in a black envelope, and hands it over to Marilla.

[3/14/2013 9:52:58 PM] Karid: "He does not seem to have come with violent intent."

[3/14/2013 9:53:01 PM] Marilla: Marilla examines it.

[3/14/2013 9:53:22 PM] Josie: Holly: Oh, you'd like to wait for him to stab you in the back, would you?

[3/14/2013 9:54:02 PM] Karid: "You'd like to just assume he is here for that and attempt to kill him?"

[3/14/2013 9:54:39 PM] Karid: "You are the only one I saw with murderous intent."

[3/14/2013 9:54:58 PM] Josie: Holly: It's a damned spy!

[3/14/2013 9:55:06 PM] Karid: "How do you know this?"

[3/14/2013 9:55:13 PM] Karid: "Are you a spy yourself?"

[3/14/2013 9:55:57 PM] Marilla: "What can a spy possibly learn in this house but how they'll die, moments before the fact."

[3/14/2013 9:55:57 PM] Josie: Holly glowers. It's hard to tell, as he still has the hood on, but from the stiff way he draws himself up to his full height, you can tell he's pretty angry.

[3/14/2013 9:56:10 PM] Josie: Argo: I am not here to stab anyone in the back.

[3/14/2013 9:56:15 PM] Josie: Argo: And I am strictly apolitical.

[3/14/2013 9:57:04 PM] Karid: "I do not mean to anger you, but you can see how easy such accusations are to throw around."

[3/14/2013 9:57:13 PM] Marilla: ((Senses motive))

[3/14/2013 9:57:26 PM] Josie: Holly: A spy can learn plenty when people are softhearted *and* softheaded. And *I* am a loyal veteran of the Meneluinin army, thank you very much. Which is more than I can say for this piece of (elven word) trash.

[3/14/2013 9:58:17 PM] Josie: If you speak elven, feel free to PM me for the translation.

[3/14/2013 9:58:18 PM] Marilla: Marilla hands the letter back. "It appears to be authentic."

[3/14/2013 9:59:30 PM] Josie: Holly: And you'd spot a forgery, would you?

[3/14/2013 10:00:05 PM] Arwen: "If you're so concerned about spies...well, why didn't you assume *we* were all spies?"

[3/14/2013 10:00:33 PM] Josie: Holly: You're not Drow, are you? Simple as that. They're to be shot on sight.

[3/14/2013 10:00:46 PM] Karid: "Under whose orders?"

[3/14/2013 10:00:57 PM] Trystan: Trystan stumbles out of the east wing. He's dressed (a little sloppily) and his hair's a bit of a mess, but he still looks amazingly good. ((18 CHA ftw.))

[3/14/2013 10:01:18 PM] Josie: Strictly speaking, this is... sort of true. Nationally, Meneluinin is not technically at war with the Drow. Chiefly, however, that's because the nation does not recognize Drow sovereignty.

[3/14/2013 10:02:05 PM] Josie: Occasionally Drow raid the surface and Meneluinin raids the Underdark; both groups do tend to shoot first and ask questions later. However, it's not *exactly* a war and you can't generally go around just shooting people, even if they are Drow. It's considered rude, if nothing else.

[3/14/2013 10:02:46 PM] Josie: Argo: What a wonderfully simple worldview! I envy you. Threats color-coded for your convenience.

[3/14/2013 10:02:56 PM] Josie: Holly: It works with dragons, doesn't it?

[3/14/2013 10:03:45 PM] Marilla: "That's different, dragons are apex predators."

[3/14/2013 10:04:03 PM] Josie: Holly's teeth can be heard grinding together. "So are *Drow.*"

[3/14/2013 10:04:31 PM] Trystan: "... What the hell is going on?" He stares blearily at the two strangers.

[3/14/2013 10:04:59 PM] Josie: Holly points with one heavy, rough leather glove at the Drow. "We have an infestation."

[3/14/2013 10:06:00 PM] Josie: Argo: I am guilty of the crime of being born, according to this gentleman.

[3/14/2013 10:06:22 PM] Josie: Holly: And your hands are clean, are they? Slavers, murdering thieves...

[3/14/2013 10:06:52 PM] Karid: "You are quick to judge an entire race."

[3/14/2013 10:06:57 PM | Edited 10:07:00 PM] Marilla: "If he truely is a spy, the house will give its just desserts in its own time, won't it, *groundskeeper*?"

[3/14/2013 10:07:02 PM] Trystan: "Eh. I know a bunch of people like that. And those are just the politicians."

[3/14/2013 10:07:45 PM] Josie: Holly, bitterly: I have *experience.*

[3/14/2013 10:08:02 PM] Josie: Argo: Ah, but you are not judging me for *my* sins, are you, my fine metal man?

[3/14/2013 10:08:19 PM] Josie: Holly, raggedly: *Don't* call me that.

[3/14/2013 10:08:27 PM] Marilla: "Experience: the only prerequisite for the right to administer the death sentance."

[3/14/2013 10:09:49 PM] Trystan: "Please don't kill anybody before breakfast..."

[3/14/2013 10:10:20 PM] Josie: Argo: Sensitive, after being so quick to throw out the slurs yourself? You are an interesting individual, Holly.

[3/14/2013 10:10:32 PM] Josie: Holly: Not so sensitive I can't give you a drubbing, spy.

[3/14/2013 10:11:21 PM] Marilla: "I ache for the moment you lay a hand on him, for it will surely be your last."

[3/14/2013 10:12:12 PM] Karid: "I both being fools. Stop goading eachother. Do not start another fight."

[3/14/2013 10:12:27 PM] Josie: Holly: Why not? It'll get him out.

[3/14/2013 10:12:44 PM] Arwen: "He doesn't *need* to get out, though."

[3/14/2013 10:12:57 PM] Trystan: "Who are you two, even?"

[3/14/2013 10:13:09 PM] Josie: Holly: I'm the groundskeeper! I work here.

[3/14/2013 10:14:02 PM] Josie: Argo, to Karid: I have done *nothing* wrong, sir, except get assaulted for having been born as I was.

[3/14/2013 10:14:09 PM] Marilla: Marilla points, "Holly, and Argo Coil."

[3/14/2013 10:14:17 PM] Josie: Argo hands Trystan the letter from Faustina.

[3/14/2013 10:14:20 PM] Trystan: "Ah. Groundskeeper. Go keep the grounds, then."

[3/14/2013 10:14:44 PM] Trystan: Trystan accepts the letter, and opens it.

[3/14/2013 10:14:49 PM] Karid: "Yes, but now you are insulting him."

[3/14/2013 10:14:59 PM] Karid: "Thus it is going to become a cycle."

[3/14/2013 10:16:37 PM] Josie: Holly: I'll do more than insult him if you just let me *go*.

[3/14/2013 10:16:41 PM] Trystan: "He really is supposed to be here. This seal is the real thing."

[3/14/2013 10:16:54 PM] Josie: Holly: *What*? Let me see.

[3/14/2013 10:17:03 PM] Trystan: Trystan obliges.

[3/14/2013 10:17:59 PM] Josie: Holly snatches the letter and examines it.

[3/14/2013 10:19:28 PM] Josie: Argo: Yes, you *oaf*, I'm supposed to be here. You should have led with 'let me see your papers' rather than the punching and racial slurs.

[3/14/2013 10:20:02 PM] Josie: Holly hurls the letter in the Drow's face, tears himself free of the others and stomps out of the house. He has a pretty severe limp.

[3/14/2013 10:20:25 PM] Karid: Karid sighs

[3/14/2013 10:20:39 PM] Arwen: "Well that was a bit histrionic for my taste."

[3/14/2013 10:20:54 PM] Trystan: "... is it too late to welcome you here, Mr. Coil?"

[3/14/2013 10:21:54 PM] Caspar: Caspar smiles at Trystan.  "Not at all, sir.  And I think you all for the intercession."

[3/14/2013 10:22:24 PM] Trystan: ((ODAMN.))

[3/14/2013 10:23:00 PM] Trystan: "... Anyone had breakfast?"

[3/14/2013 10:23:09 PM] Marilla: ((say what))

[3/14/2013 10:23:21 PM] Karid: (( I've been up since 5AM. I am confused. ))

[3/14/2013 10:23:29 PM] Karid: (( Coil was Caspar? ))

[3/14/2013 10:23:34 PM] Coil: ((ALL ALONG.))

[3/14/2013 10:23:35 PM] Josie: ((No, Coil is Coil.))

[3/14/2013 10:24:06 PM] Coil: ((It's part of my plan to get the deed to the haunted amusement park.))

[3/14/2013 10:24:09 PM] Josie: ((New PC!))

[3/14/2013 10:24:45 PM] Karid: " was no trouble, though I was serious about not insulting him back."

[3/14/2013 10:24:53 PM] Karid: "It is best not to anger him further, hrm?"

[3/14/2013 10:25:13 PM] Coil: Nothing I would have done would have accomplished that.

[3/14/2013 10:25:28 PM] Trystan: ((WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT I'M READING SCP-097 RN?!))

[3/14/2013 10:25:53 PM] Coil: He likely has legitimate grievances against my people, so.

[3/14/2013 10:26:08 PM] Coil: Who said something about breakfast?  I'm starving.

[3/14/2013 10:26:45 PM] Arwen: "I quite agree with our new friend. Breakfast sounds quite pleasant, especially in comparison to this...brawl..."

[3/14/2013 10:27:01 PM] Karid: (( I think I'm gonna sleep...I've been up for like...17 hours ))

[3/14/2013 10:27:19 PM] Josie: ((Ni!))

[3/14/2013 10:27:30 PM] Arwen: ((Goodnight!))

[3/14/2013 10:27:41 PM] Marilla: ((Night!))

[3/14/2013 10:27:43 PM] Kendall: (( Night ))

[3/14/2013 10:28:56 PM] echotango: echotango leads the charge towards the battle of Breaking Fast.

[3/14/2013 10:29:15 PM] Coil: Coil sheathes his rapier and follows the others.

[3/14/2013 10:30:02 PM] Trystan: Trystan follows Marilla, shaking his head.

[3/14/2013 10:30:28 PM] Josie: There's quite the spread laid out in the common room again. Egg bake, toast, pancakes, bacon, sausage, hash browns and fried potatoes.

[3/14/2013 10:31:31 PM] Coil: Coil smiles.  "Is there always this much food?"

[3/14/2013 10:31:57 PM] Arwen: Arwen nods. "They take good care of us here."

[3/14/2013 10:32:26 PM] Josie: Lissa stomps in, slams down a hotpot full ocf coffee, and stomps back into the kitchen.

[3/14/2013 10:32:37 PM] Coil: Ah, coffee!

[3/14/2013 10:33:29 PM] Trystan: Russet digs into the meat products, per usual.

[3/14/2013 10:33:51 PM] Josie: Today Lissa's hair and outfit are bright orange.

[3/14/2013 10:34:12 PM] echotango: echotango follows the usual routine, the fastest track towards diabetes.

[3/14/2013 10:34:34 PM] Trystan: "So, Argo Coil, correct? I'm Trystan LeMort." ((The shipping company is pretty widely known, especially for their tendency to employ undead.))

[3/14/2013 10:35:01 PM] Coil: Coil raises an eyebrow.  "LeMort of... LeMort?"

[3/14/2013 10:35:49 PM] Trystan: Trystan nods. "Yes. My father is the company owner."

[3/14/2013 10:36:01 PM] Josie: Serafina flits in, looking exhausted.

[3/14/2013 10:37:05 PM] Coil: Coil looks at Marilla.  "And you?  I don't think I got your name."

[3/14/2013 10:37:24 PM] echotango: echotango giggles at the sight of an exhausted Serafina, "I hope you enjoyed my present. It was a reminder of what can come out of nights without protection."

[3/14/2013 10:38:40 PM] echotango: "Marilla, can't recall a last name, and this is Dionysia, my wild companion."

[3/14/2013 10:38:58 PM] Josie: Serafina looks stricken, bursts into tears and runs out of the room.

[3/14/2013 10:39:26 PM] Trystan: Trystan glares at Marilla and then runs after his cousin.

[3/14/2013 10:39:45 PM] echotango: "... I was talking about the monkey!" She calls after her.

[3/14/2013 10:39:57 PM] echotango: "Was it something I said?"

[3/14/2013 10:40:24 PM] Coil: Coil raises an eyebrow.  "I'm not sure what the situation is, but I'd say yes, it was something you said."

[3/14/2013 10:40:35 PM] Coil: Coil looks at Arwen.  "And you, miss?"

[3/14/2013 10:41:10 PM] Arwen: "Arwen. Pleasure to meet you."

[3/14/2013 10:42:07 PM] Coil: Coil grins.  "And you.  What was all that about?"  He gestures toward the door that Serafina and Trystan ran out of.

[3/14/2013 10:42:42 PM] Arwen: Arwen shrugs and looks to Marilla. "What happened here last night??"

[3/14/2013 10:44:30 PM] echotango: "If I told you I was cursed to a life of ruling the house as queen of chainmail bikinis, would you believe that it turned out well?"

[3/14/2013 10:44:48 PM] Arwen: Arwen bursts into laughter

[3/14/2013 10:45:54 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus enters the room.

[3/14/2013 10:46:01 PM] Coil: That is a very strange thing to say.  I believe I'm missing some vital information.

[3/14/2013 10:46:59 PM | Edited 10:47:28 PM] echotango: "That was pretty much it. Morrow Aethon."

[3/14/2013 10:47:13 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Please, Aethon is fine."

[3/14/2013 10:47:28 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Have you seen Serafina? I woke up and she was gone."

[3/14/2013 10:47:43 PM] Arwen: "Marilla scared her away. She's with Trystan somewhere."

[3/14/2013 10:47:48 PM] echotango: ((Woopsie daisies, nevermind that))

[3/14/2013 10:47:50 PM] Trystan: ((SHE'S IN THE ARMS OF ANOTHER MAN. ;)))

[3/14/2013 10:48:00 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((cousincest is wincest))

[3/14/2013 10:48:19 PM] Trystan: ((They're like 9th cousins or some shit.))

[3/14/2013 10:48:25 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Ah. Well, I see we have some new faces."

[3/14/2013 10:48:41 PM] echotango: ((No one has said anything, so I am assuming Aethanus is Aethon but a lot more anal.))

[3/14/2013 10:48:42 PM] Coil: Coil holds out a hand to Aethon.  "Hello, good sir.  I am Argo Coil, newly hired by our benefactor."

[3/14/2013 10:49:23 PM] Josie: ((Yeah, the relationship is pretty distant.))

[3/14/2013 10:49:52 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus is a human paladin of Jaer, god of Justice. Brown hair, brown eyes, and a youthful smile, he stands 5'8" tall and a burly 180 lbs. He is dressed to adventure in a coat of chainmaille, and a greatsword hangs on a sling from a shoulder.

[3/14/2013 10:50:06 PM] echotango: "Surely she's just upset about the monkey feces, I'm sorry to have reminded her in that case, I hate to start someones day crying."

[3/14/2013 10:50:14 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((By the by, are we ever going to get paid/level up?))

[3/14/2013 10:50:38 PM] Coil: Coil is, by the way, a drow munching on bacon, with short, spikey white hair, green eyes, and clad in studded leather armor with a sheathed rapier at his side.

[3/14/2013 10:50:52 PM] Trystan: ((We level up after every 10 sessions. This is 9.))

[3/14/2013 10:51:19 PM] Josie: ((Or at least, that is the plan.))

[3/14/2013 10:51:45 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus looks Coil over, his eyes lingering for a moment over his arms and armor. "You seem a capable man. I am Aethanus Hyperianus, a paladin of Jaer." He reaches for the hand, and gives it a strong grip.

[3/14/2013 10:52:19 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "You may call me Aethon."

[3/14/2013 10:52:40 PM] Coil: Aethon it is, then!  Everyone calls me Coil.

[3/14/2013 10:52:56 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Coil." Aethon releases his grip.

[3/14/2013 10:53:46 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "I've completed my daily ablutions, and my sword-arm aches for some action. Shall we prepare?"

[3/14/2013 10:55:09 PM] Arwen: "What are we preparing for exactly? Anything in particular?"

[3/14/2013 10:55:21 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Whatever terrors await us in these halls."

[3/14/2013 10:56:20 PM] Arwen: "That's a fairly general statement, but I agree. I'm craving another adventure into this mysterious house."

[3/14/2013 10:56:38 PM] echotango: "I hope there are more gurneys."

[3/14/2013 10:57:03 PM] Arwen: Arwen stares at Marilla.

[3/14/2013 10:57:23 PM] Coil: Gurneys?

[3/14/2013 10:57:26 PM] echotango: "What? Someone has to pay for the price of royalty."

[3/14/2013 10:57:39 PM] Trystan: ((THOSE GURNEYS ARE HER -WENCHES-.))

[3/14/2013 10:57:41 PM] Arwen: "We were attacked by animated gurneys. It was odd."

[3/14/2013 10:57:53 PM | Edited 10:57:58 PM] Coil: Gurneys?  Like... medical gurneys?

[3/14/2013 10:57:53 PM] echotango: "They're my wenches."

[3/14/2013 10:58:10 PM] Arwen: "Yes, medical gurneys. They hurt a lot more than you think they would."

[3/14/2013 10:59:14 PM] echotango: echotango takes a peek down the hallway Trystan and Serafina went down.

[3/14/2013 10:59:49 PM] Coil: I can imagine.  STrange things are afoot in the House of MAsks then, eh?

[3/14/2013 10:59:59 PM] Arwen: "Indeed they are."

[3/14/2013 11:01:10 PM] Josie: The hallway is EMPTY.

[3/14/2013 11:01:31 PM] echotango: ((lol. EMPTY.))

[3/14/2013 11:02:50 PM] Coil: Coil continues eating!

[3/14/2013 11:02:53 PM] echotango: echotango follows the hall silently at first, perhaps they're further down.

[3/14/2013 11:03:17 PM] echotango: "Serafina? Trystan? Russet?"

[3/14/2013 11:03:31 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus grabs some toast, and follows Marilla. Finding Serafina is on his mind.

[3/14/2013 11:03:56 PM | Edited 11:04:05 PM] Trystan: Russet is sitting on a doorknob. He -will- hiss at and bite and claw anyone who tries to touch it, wild empathy be damned.

[3/14/2013 11:04:17 PM] Josie: You follow the hallway into entryway/foyer!

[3/14/2013 11:04:41 PM] echotango: ((Is the west wing open?))

[3/14/2013 11:05:26 PM] Josie: It is! ... oddly, there's a string leading into it, tied onto the door of the east wing.

[3/14/2013 11:05:42 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus comes upon Russet's doorknob. "Little creature, is Serafina inside?"

[3/14/2013 11:06:01 PM] Trystan: Russet: HIIISSSSS!

[3/14/2013 11:06:13 PM] Trystan: And he tries to bite Aethon's finger.

[3/14/2013 11:06:13 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((Roll to handle animal?))

[3/14/2013 11:06:25 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((I'd rather not crush the little rat))

[3/14/2013 11:07:06 PM] echotango: echotango calls for Dionysia, who should swiftly come beside her. She then takes hold of the string and tugs it a few times.

[3/14/2013 11:08:06 PM] Josie: The string is slack in Marilla's hand; she can reel it if she wants. If there's someone back there that would risk stranding them, of course.

[3/14/2013 11:08:13 PM] Josie: Roll to handle animal!

[3/14/2013 11:09:38 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Calm down, little thing. I mean no harm."

[3/14/2013 11:10:10 PM] Trystan: Russet is easily grabbed, and can't penetrate Aethon's armor with his claws. He squeaks loudly.

[3/14/2013 11:10:25 PM] echotango: echotango grits her teeth and picks up Dio, before rushing into the West Wing(Right into the POTUS).

[3/14/2013 11:11:18 PM] Josie: Yeah, in retrospect I should've gone North South East, but then the diagrams would've been all weird.

[3/14/2013 11:11:39 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus puts his hand to the knob, and twists.

[3/14/2013 11:12:13 PM] Coil: Coil has continued eating breakfast!

[3/14/2013 11:12:37 PM] Trystan: (( WEASEL NOISES!))

[3/14/2013 11:12:48 PM] Arwen: Arwen is also still eating breakfast,too.  "Think we should go see what trouble those two got into?"

[3/14/2013 11:13:08 PM] Josie: The door swings open!

[3/14/2013 11:13:11 PM] Coil: I really dont' even know what's going on.

[3/14/2013 11:13:19 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((No kidding, neither do I))

[3/14/2013 11:13:29 PM] Josie: Serafina's crying and Trystan is holding her hands.

[3/14/2013 11:13:43 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: A puzzled expression appears on Aethon's face.

[3/14/2013 11:13:59 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Ah. Sorry to interrupt."

[3/14/2013 11:14:31 PM] Trystan: Trystan glances at Aethon. It quickly becomes a glare. "Unhand my familiar, please."

[3/14/2013 11:14:38 PM] Arwen: Arwen stands up, and says to Coil "I can give you a grande tour if you want?"

[3/14/2013 11:14:56 PM] Coil: Coil nods.  "That would be great.  Where will I be sleeping?"

[3/14/2013 11:15:16 PM] Josie: Serafina glomphugs Aethon, burying her face in his chest.

[3/14/2013 11:15:22 PM] Arwen: "There's plenty of rooms to choose from. Have whatever suits you that isn't already taken."

[3/14/2013 11:15:33 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus loosens his grip as Serafina knocks into him.

[3/14/2013 11:16:02 PM] Trystan: Russet squirms out and jumps into Trystan's arms in another touching reunion.

[3/14/2013 11:16:10 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "What's going on?" Aethon strokes Serafina's hair, and pulls her chin up.

[3/14/2013 11:16:50 PM] Josie: Serafina stares at him with teary eyes. "... I just... I wanted advice from family, that's all..."

[3/14/2013 11:17:01 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Is everything alright?"

[3/14/2013 11:17:22 PM] Josie: Serafina: ... no, but, but you *know.*

[3/14/2013 11:18:09 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus gives Trystan a steely look. "How much does he know?"

[3/14/2013 11:18:40 PM | Edited 11:18:51 PM] Trystan: "It will be fine. Just be careful, you two. And use protection!" He smacks Aethon's forehead before leaving. Russet blows Aethon a raspberry as they go.

[3/14/2013 11:19:06 PM] echotango: (rofl)

[3/14/2013 11:19:35 PM] Josie: Serafina turns *bright* red and covers her face with her hands.

[3/14/2013 11:20:46 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "No secrets in this house."

[3/14/2013 11:22:28 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Shall we go back?"

[3/14/2013 11:22:39 PM] Josie: Serafina: ... yes.

[3/14/2013 11:23:08 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus walks back with Serafina, arm across her waist.

[3/14/2013 11:23:20 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Are you all finished with breakfast?"

[3/14/2013 11:23:37 PM] Trystan: "... Where's Marilla?"

[3/14/2013 11:24:29 PM] Arwen: "Thought she was with you."

[3/14/2013 11:24:44 PM] Coil: Yeah, she left with the rest of you.

[3/14/2013 11:24:49 PM] Josie: Serafina tries to smile.

[3/14/2013 11:25:26 PM] Trystan: "I never saw her."

[3/14/2013 11:25:48 PM] Arwen: Arwen shrugs. "She's a wild one. Probably decided to do something else."

[3/14/2013 11:26:10 PM] Coil: Is it safe to go off by oneself in this place?

[3/14/2013 11:26:25 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Not exactly. Serafina, I'll be back."

[3/14/2013 11:26:33 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus heads back down the hall, to look for Marilla.

[3/14/2013 11:26:42 PM] Josie: Sera: Be careful! ... please...

[3/14/2013 11:26:48 PM] Trystan: "... Not a good place to do that. I'm gonna look around. Russet, can you scent for her?" Russet trills ascent before jumping down and sniffing the floor.

[3/14/2013 11:27:02 PM] Josie: There's a horrific scream coming from past the entryway.

[3/14/2013 11:27:12 PM] Arwen: Arwen follows Trystan!

[3/14/2013 11:27:18 PM] Coil: Oh dear.

[3/14/2013 11:27:37 PM | Edited 11:27:42 PM] Trystan: Russet and Trystan immediately speed up!

[3/14/2013 11:28:17 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus runs to the noise.

[3/14/2013 11:28:25 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus draws his blade as he strides.

[3/14/2013 11:28:30 PM] Coil: Coil follows the group, then!

[3/14/2013 11:28:32 PM] Josie: You run down the East Wing hallway and through the entryway!

[3/14/2013 11:28:45 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus runs in first.

[3/14/2013 11:28:56 PM] Josie: And into the West Wing, following string!

[3/14/2013 11:29:12 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus notices the string, and chases after it's unseen end.

[3/14/2013 11:29:29 PM] Josie: Eventually you catch up with Marilla, who's inspecting a severed leg, or what appears to be one.

[3/14/2013 11:29:31 PM] Trystan: Trystan is running unarmed... uh-oh.

[3/14/2013 11:29:53 PM] Trystan: "... What the hell?!"

[3/14/2013 11:30:00 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus catches his breath. "Whose is it?"

[3/14/2013 11:30:20 PM] Josie: The string doesn't stop there; it leads up ahead.

[3/14/2013 11:30:28 PM] Coil: Coil raises an eyebrow.

[3/14/2013 11:30:40 PM | Edited 11:30:49 PM] echotango: "... I fear... The groundskeepers."

[3/14/2013 11:31:15 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "I'm going to scout on ahead. You ready your arms, and send the others."

[3/14/2013 11:31:36 PM] echotango: "You musn't!"

[3/14/2013 11:31:58 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Whatever caused this must be at the end of this string. We can't waste time."

[3/14/2013 11:32:11 PM] Trystan: "I'm coming with you, Aethon."

[3/14/2013 11:32:24 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((By the way, can you describe the leg for us?))

[3/14/2013 11:32:31 PM] Arwen: "I'm coming, too."

[3/14/2013 11:32:31 PM] echotango: "See, they're here already!"

[3/14/2013 11:32:40 PM] Josie: It is... a leg! In half a pair of pants!

[3/14/2013 11:32:50 PM] Josie: It looks kind of weird, from far away. You can inspect it, though.

[3/14/2013 11:33:00 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus inspects the leg.

[3/14/2013 11:33:09 PM] echotango: "No, you shouldn't look..."

[3/14/2013 11:33:22 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((Notice or Search?))

[3/14/2013 11:33:35 PM] Josie: No need, once you're close enough you can see it clearly.

[3/14/2013 11:33:52 PM] Josie: Though it is rather dim in here. Does someone have a light?

[3/14/2013 11:34:09 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus pulls out the hooded lantern in his pack.

[3/14/2013 11:34:49 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: After a few seconds of fiddling, he lights the oil with a flint and steel.

[3/14/2013 11:35:06 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus examines the tear.

[3/14/2013 11:36:34 PM] Josie: The string leads on ahead of you in the hallway; quite a ways off you can see another object on the floor.

[3/14/2013 11:36:35 PM] Josie: Nearer, you can see bloodstains on the carpet.

[3/14/2013 11:37:04 PM] Arwen: Arwen follows the string to the object!

[3/14/2013 11:37:04 PM | Edited 11:37:17 PM] echotango: "Goddess..."

[3/14/2013 11:37:28 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Something tore this prosthetic off of someone alive."

[3/14/2013 11:37:28 PM] Trystan: Trystan follows the string as well.

[3/14/2013 11:37:58 PM] Josie: Arwen and Trystan go ahead of the group!

[3/14/2013 11:38:57 PM] Coil: Coil watches his surroundings carefully.

[3/14/2013 11:39:37 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus looks up at Coil. "Best ready that blade, friend. Danger lurks."

[3/14/2013 11:40:45 PM] Josie: While Coil, Marilla and aethon stay behind?

[3/14/2013 11:40:51 PM] Coil: Coil pulls his rapier and nods.  "Clearly.  What's the deal with string?"

[3/14/2013 11:40:59 PM] Coil: Coil is moving forward, just not rushing into it.

[3/14/2013 11:41:07 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "You know that fable about the labyrinth and the beast?"

[3/14/2013 11:41:12 PM] echotango: echotango follows Arwen and Trystan, now.

[3/14/2013 11:41:13 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Same basic principle."

[3/14/2013 11:41:40 PM] Coil: Ah, yes.

[3/14/2013 11:41:54 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus holds his greatsword against his shoulder. "Let's go."

[3/14/2013 11:41:55 PM] Josie: ... okay, I'm gonna assume you're all moving forward together, because otherwise this is gonna get real annoying real quick.

[3/14/2013 11:42:01 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus runs after Trystan and Arwen.

[3/14/2013 11:42:04 PM] Josie: So you all follow the string.

[3/14/2013 11:42:26 PM] Josie: Eventually you come across another object lying on the ground; the light Aethon has allows you to see that it is, in fact, a severed arm.

[3/14/2013 11:42:28 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((Staying behind the tank is better for your health, guys))

[3/14/2013 11:42:45 PM] Josie: ((It really, *really* is.))

[3/14/2013 11:42:48 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus kneels to examine the arm.

[3/14/2013 11:43:37 PM] echotango: "This is cruel..."

[3/14/2013 11:43:47 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Someone was made to suffer."

[3/14/2013 11:43:54 PM] Trystan: "... Something dismembered the poor guy."

[3/14/2013 11:44:14 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus runs a gauntleted finger across the blood. ((Is it wet or dry?))

[3/14/2013 11:44:57 PM] Josie: Wet.

[3/14/2013 11:45:10 PM | Edited 11:45:16 PM] Josie: It too is a mechanical.

[3/14/2013 11:45:26 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((Female or male-ish?))

[3/14/2013 11:45:42 PM] Josie: Male looking.

[3/14/2013 11:45:56 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((*phew* none of the hotties are in danger))

[3/14/2013 11:45:58 PM] Trystan: Russet looks at Trystan and nods. "Russet thinks this is definitely from the same person, guys..."

[3/14/2013 11:46:13 PM] echotango: ((Maybe where you're looking ;p))

[3/14/2013 11:46:24 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Whatever caused this, we've not reached the end."

[3/14/2013 11:46:30 PM] Josie: ((I was gonna *say*.))

[3/14/2013 11:46:32 PM] Coil: Is it Holly?

[3/14/2013 11:46:34 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus shines his light further down the string.

[3/14/2013 11:47:06 PM] Josie: Further up ahead there's another object on the ground...

[3/14/2013 11:47:17 PM] echotango: "Make it stop!!"

[3/14/2013 11:47:21 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus goes to the next object.

[3/14/2013 11:47:36 PM] Trystan: "... Who's Holly?" He never got his name.

[3/14/2013 11:47:59 PM] Arwen: "The groundskeeper we met earlier. "

[3/14/2013 11:48:22 PM] Trystan: Russet just nods again. Trystan doesn't have to say anything.

[3/14/2013 11:48:26 PM] Josie: The next object is, in fact, a partially-dismembered Holly. There's a torn-off hand and a torn-off foot next to him, and he's face-down on the ground.

[3/14/2013 11:48:37 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus kneels to take his pulse.

[3/14/2013 11:49:13 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((He's dead, Jim.))

[3/14/2013 11:49:22 PM] echotango: ((FUCKING LOL))

[3/14/2013 11:49:31 PM] Trystan: "... How is it?"

[3/14/2013 11:49:55 PM] Josie: He seems to be lying on the endpoint of the string.

[3/14/2013 11:49:56 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus furrows his brow.

[3/14/2013 11:50:08 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "He's... he's still alive. Quick! Someone heal him!"

[3/14/2013 11:50:32 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Take heart, man, we're here now."

[3/14/2013 11:50:36 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Quickly!"

[3/14/2013 11:51:28 PM] Trystan: "Marilla! Do you have that wand?!"

[3/14/2013 11:51:31 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: While the others gather to tend to him, Aethon tries to engage the crumpled figure. "What did this to you?"

[3/14/2013 11:51:45 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((Is he unconscious?))

[3/14/2013 11:51:57 PM] echotango: echotango reaches into her hair for the twig of healing, applying its magic to his wounds.

[3/14/2013 11:52:04 PM] Josie: He opens his ... eye, given that the other one is warforged.

[3/14/2013 11:52:16 PM] echotango: echotango bops him.

[3/14/2013 11:52:19 PM] Josie: Holly: nrrghhh.

[3/14/2013 11:52:30 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "It's alright. You're safe now."

[3/14/2013 11:52:30 PM] Josie: Roll 1d8+1.

[3/14/2013 11:52:36 PM] Coil: Coil tries to stay out of his line of sight!

[3/14/2013 11:52:41 PM] Trystan: Trystan and Russet go to fetch the arm and leg.

[3/14/2013 11:52:45 PM] Josie: Roll stealth, Coil!

[3/14/2013 11:53:06 PM] Arwen: A few tears run down Arwen's face -- a mixture of the stress of the situation as well as the joy that the man is not dead.

[3/14/2013 11:53:12 PM] Josie: Holly's stumps appear to stop bleeding.

[3/14/2013 11:53:27 PM] Josie: They're still stumps, though.

[3/14/2013 11:53:31 PM] Trystan: And they return, succesful!

[3/14/2013 11:53:38 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Speak, man. What happened?"

[3/14/2013 11:54:01 PM] Josie: He looks at you all in horrified recognition and tries to pick up the hand. Of course he doesn't have anything really to pick up the hand with...

[3/14/2013 11:54:15 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus tries to reassure the panicked man.

[3/14/2013 11:54:29 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Peace. Gather yourself."

[3/14/2013 11:54:34 PM] echotango: echotango attempts to use the wand on the leg while it was near its place on Hollys body.

[3/14/2013 11:54:37 PM] Josie: Holly, in a weird growly voice: Displacer beasts.

[3/14/2013 11:54:48 PM] Trystan: "... We have those?!"

[3/14/2013 11:55:19 PM] Josie: Holly: Never saw 'em before. Nobody ever bothered me if I stayed to the hall. You're waking them up.

[3/14/2013 11:55:24 PM | Edited 11:55:30 PM] Trystan: ((He told you to keep the grounds, Holly! YOU HAD ONE JOB!))

[3/14/2013 11:55:47 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus looks up.

[3/14/2013 11:55:52 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((Detect evil))

[3/14/2013 11:55:54 PM] Josie: Holly squirms a little closer to the leg, wormlike, and then the wand seems to... take effect, somehow, joining the two together.

[3/14/2013 11:56:02 PM] echotango: "... The gurneys."

[3/14/2013 11:56:08 PM] Josie: No evil anywhere in the hallway.

[3/14/2013 11:56:25 PM] Josie: He's still missing an arm, a hand, and a foot, though.

[3/14/2013 11:56:41 PM] echotango: echotango attempts the same with the arm.

[3/14/2013 11:56:44 PM] Josie: Holly, not meeting anyone's eyes: ... fix the hand, so I can put myself back together.

[3/14/2013 11:56:50 PM] Josie: It works!

[3/14/2013 11:57:25 PM] Josie: He uses the hand to manually *push* the other pieces into the proper places. It's obviously painful, though he seems pretty stoic about the whole thing.

[3/14/2013 11:57:50 PM] echotango: "Was it... The gurneys?"

[3/14/2013 11:58:09 PM] Coil: ((brb.))

[3/14/2013 11:58:23 PM] echotango: "I knew they were rebellious, but not like this..."

[3/14/2013 11:58:52 PM] Arwen: Arwen stares at Marilla. "Will you get over the gurneys already?"

[3/14/2013 11:59:01 PM] Josie: Holly: No. Displacer beats. I *know* what they look like.

[3/14/2013 11:59:08 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "And where are they now?"

[3/14/2013 11:59:19 PM] Josie: Holly: Don't know. They ran off. All the doors closed.

[3/14/2013 11:59:30 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus sighs.

[3/14/2013 11:59:30 PM] Trystan: "DoorS? Plural?"

[3/14/2013 11:59:40 PM] Josie: He sees you all looking at him and drags his hood over his face.

[3/14/2013 11:59:45 PM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Can you make it back on your own?"

[12:00:02 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "We can't allow them to roam these halls any longer."

[12:00:02 AM] Josie: Holly: Doors. All along the hallway. ... yes.

[12:00:12 AM] Josie: Holly: There's no doors now.

[12:00:22 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Damn the bloody doors, we'll kick them all in."

[12:00:24 AM] Trystan: "We usually only see one."

[12:00:26 AM] Josie: And there aren't. He's right. There's not even places where doors would be.

[12:00:52 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus lets out a grunt of frustration.

[12:01:20 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus shines the light further down the hall. ((Or room, or whatever. Where the hell are we?))

[12:01:27 AM] Josie: The hall, is where you are.

[12:01:32 AM] Josie: And there are no doors! None.

[12:01:47 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Look for a way."

[12:01:51 AM] Josie: Holly clambers to his feet, swaying a bit.

[12:01:52 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((Everyone search?))

[12:01:56 AM] Trystan: Trystan detects secret doors!

[12:02:04 AM] Josie: None! No doors. Sorry!

[12:02:27 AM] Trystan: "... there are legitimately no doors. Do you think the rooms moved?"

[12:02:50 AM] echotango: "They're probably just... Hiding. Like the gurneys."

[12:02:53 AM] Coil: Does that happen here a lot?

[12:03:01 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Forget that. This entire place is enchanted." Aethon turns to Holly with a suspicious look. "What were you doing out so far, and alone?"

[12:03:19 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((Detect evil on him))

[12:04:03 AM] Trystan: "Marilla... can you call to the gurneys? There may be some medical equipment in that room, and we could use that."

[12:04:08 AM] Josie: Holly: Getting away from you lot.

[12:04:29 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Into the accursed mansion? Doesn't seem like a very well thought-out plan."

[12:04:49 AM] Arwen: (( sorry guys but i need sleep. goodnight! ))

[12:05:22 AM] echotango: "I don't know. I can try?"

[12:05:23 AM] Josie: ((Ni! Yeah, this is meant to wrap up soon, hopefully; I know we started late so I planned a short session.))

[12:05:30 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((Go on cruise control, we'll send Holly away with Arwen once we're finished interrogating him))

[12:05:31 AM] Josie: Holly: It never hurt me before.

[12:06:12 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((Sense motive))

[12:07:22 AM] Trystan: "Sir, we've fought monsters here before. Hellhounds, varguoille... and now there are displacer beasts, too. Find a safer place."

[12:07:42 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Not yet. I've still got some things to ask him."

[12:08:12 AM] Josie: Holly: The house knows I belong here.

[12:08:43 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus sighs.

[12:08:59 AM] echotango: echotango attempts to summon the gurneys, through interprative dance.

[12:09:02 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Alright. It's been a tramautic experience for you, to be sure."

[12:09:13 AM] Trystan: "... Sir. I'm a d'Amici. Whether you belong here or not, being within 10 feet of me in this wing is not a good idea."

[12:09:37 AM] Josie: Holly snorts. "Take a lot more than that to upset me."

[12:09:44 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Arwen, can you take him back to safety?"

[12:09:44 AM] Josie: He starts stumping off toward the foyer.

[12:09:55 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Just see that he gets back safely."

[12:10:17 AM] Josie: Arwen heads back with you, leaving you in the empty endless corridor with no doors.

[12:10:43 AM] Josie: Which is empty.

[12:10:45 AM] Josie: And endless.

[12:10:49 AM] Josie: And has absolutely no doors.

[12:11:06 AM] Coil: This is strange.  Does the layout keep changing like this?

[12:11:35 AM] Trystan: Trystan pulls a sock-ball out of his pocket and casts Light on it before tossing it for his bored weasel to play with.

[12:11:48 AM] Trystan: "Yeah. How many doors, where they lead to..."

[12:12:05 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "The composition of the hallway..."

[12:12:08 AM] echotango: "Pretty sure its not working."

[12:12:29 AM] Trystan: Trystan is a little sad that he missed Marilla making gurney noises.

[12:12:44 AM] Trystan: Which was pretty much the whole point.

[12:13:07 AM] echotango: echotango squeaks one last time. "Ee ee ea. Ee ee ea."

[12:13:16 AM] Trystan: Trystan snorts

[12:13:17 AM] Coil: Well.  Maybe we should head back?  Doesn't really seem like it wants us to go any further.

[12:13:35 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus shines his light around one last time.

[12:13:39 AM] echotango: "Since when did we decide to do what the house wanted?"

[12:13:40 AM] Trystan: Trystan checks the ceiling for mirrors before he tries to leave.

[12:13:54 AM] echotango: "It's not a master, it's an obstacle."

[12:14:05 AM] Trystan: "... Wait. Did they take the string?"

[12:14:21 AM] echotango: "I'm not afraid of you!!"

[12:14:38 AM] echotango: "Unless we don't have a string, then I'm afraid."

[12:15:11 AM] Josie: They did not take the string.

[12:15:16 AM] Josie: They followed the string back.

[12:15:22 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((And... that's a wrap?))

[12:16:31 AM] Coil: Coil shrugs.  "I don't know.  But it seems to me there's not much you can do if there's no doors."

[12:16:46 AM] Trystan: Trystan eyetwitches. "Mirror's still here. And tempting now. Dammit."

[12:16:54 AM] Trystan: "Let's go."

[12:16:56 AM | Edited 12:16:58 AM] echotango: echotango looks up at the mirror.

[12:17:06 AM] echotango: "We could walk a bit more."

[12:17:13 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus lays his hand on Coil's shoulder.

[12:17:24 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "If you look up, expect something... graphic."

[12:17:30 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus looks up.

[12:17:40 AM] Coil: Coil shrugs and looks up!

[12:19:33 AM] Coil: That doesn't seem so bad.

[12:19:44 AM] echotango: echotango SHRIEKS!!!

[12:19:53 AM] Trystan: "I almost hate the good stuff more... The house wants us to surrender to it."

[12:20:02 AM] Trystan: "Marilla, you ok?"

[12:20:27 AM] Coil: I just see me.

[12:20:45 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Just give it a few days. The house watches, and it figures out how to play with you."

[12:21:54 AM | Edited 12:21:57 AM] echotango: echotango is slightly more disturbed by the fact that Coil sees only himself as he is, than her hideously reflection which is a blaspheme upon the earth.

[12:23:09 AM] echotango: echotango eyes Coil warily, if there ever were seeds of doubt, they have been planted. "I'm... Fine. Just a bit of a shock."

[12:23:28 AM] Coil: Why, what should I be seeing?

[12:23:39 AM | Edited 12:23:50 AM] Trystan: "Marilla, what terrified you so? Do you want to talk about it?"

[12:24:36 AM] echotango: "I look like... Holly."

[12:25:27 AM | Edited 12:25:31 AM] Trystan: "... The house is still tormenting you?"

[12:25:46 AM] Trystan: "It's moved on to -tempting- me."

[12:26:21 AM] echotango: "Can't somebody shatter that mirror already?"

[12:26:35 AM] Trystan: "We tried. Remeber the bolt?"

[12:26:41 AM] Trystan: "And the spell?"

[12:28:30 AM] echotango: echotango twists her quarterstaff in her hand, and thrusts up at the ceiling, with every intention of taking any piece of glass that might fall on her with grace and owwies.

[12:28:46 AM] Josie: Bonk. She hits the ceiling.

[12:29:08 AM] echotango: echotango hits it again. Harder.

[12:29:37 AM] Trystan: Trystan sighs... and magic missiles the ceiling again.

[12:30:13 AM] Coil: Coil assumes the ceiling mirror has it coming.

[12:30:15 AM] Josie: Bonk, plink. Nothing happens.

[12:32:19 AM] echotango: "Be that way. Ugly mess. Let's get to the other wing already." She starts back up the hall, following the string, before her head snaps back, and  she asks, "Where does the string lead?"

[12:33:21 AM] Coil: It was tied back to the door of the East Wing.

[12:33:54 AM] Josie: The string ended in a stringball underneath Holly, and on the door of the East Wing.

[12:34:03 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus follows the string back with the others.

[12:34:21 AM] Trystan: Trystan goes east

[12:34:43 AM] Josie: You head back to the foyer.

[12:35:01 AM] echotango: echotango starts her search for the garden. This place needs more plants.

[12:36:39 AM] Josie: Marilla goes outside into the snow!

[12:36:43 AM] Josie: ... it's snowing.

[12:37:01 AM] Trystan: Trystan goes out, smiling.

[12:37:01 AM] Josie: Best not to go too far.

[12:37:04 AM | Edited 12:37:10 AM] echotango: echotango makes a face akin to this: :/

[12:37:15 AM] Josie: Because you'll go blind and die of exposure 20 feet from the house. That actually happens here.

[12:37:19 AM] Trystan: "Marilla, do you want to build a snowman?"

[12:37:36 AM] Josie: Though if you don't go far it's probably fine!

[12:37:40 AM] Trystan: ((Guess who grew up in a windy cold place!))

[12:38:15 AM] echotango: echotango would, in that case, cast endure elements.

[12:38:15 AM] Josie: Indeed! Aethon gets glomphugged by Serafina when he gets back to the foyer.

[12:38:49 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "Just another routine foray. Nothing to worry about." He says, after an oomph.

[12:39:06 AM] echotango: "I'd rather find some flowers..."

[12:39:17 AM | Edited 12:39:26 AM] Trystan: Trystan starts to build a snowman! Simple one. He's bored. Then he comes back in, freezing, with a Weasicle on his shoulder.

[12:40:11 AM] echotango: echotango follows. "Serafina? Are you alright? I thought you were in the west wing at some point."

[12:40:17 AM] Trystan: Said weasicle climbs into his clothes for warmth, then they both go into his room to nap.

[12:40:23 AM] Trystan: ((night, guys!))

[12:40:35 AM] Coil: ((Night!))

[12:40:40 AM] Josie: Serafina: But I smell blood....

[12:40:45 AM] Josie: ((Ni!))

[12:40:53 AM] Josie: Serafina: Me? Oh no, that's dangerous. I'd never go in there.

[12:41:04 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((Night))

[12:41:21 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus gives Marilla a look.

[12:41:23 AM] echotango: "... I couldn't find you, I assumed the worst."

[12:42:09 AM] echotango: "Have your eyes that far out of your face and they'll fall right out, keep that look for yourself."

[12:42:43 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus gives her a mirthful smile.

[12:42:58 AM] Josie: Serafina: I... I haven't had to fight anything since school.

[12:43:36 AM] echotango: "Oh, you have battles with wild boars here too?"

[12:43:54 AM] Josie: Serafina: ... um. Mostly we try to kill each other?

[12:44:08 AM] echotango: "Oh."

[12:44:30 AM] echotango: "Thats... Weird. Civilized folk, pft."

[12:44:53 AM] Josie: Serafina: ... I studied languages?

[12:45:14 AM] echotango: "Oh, that makes sense."

[12:45:57 AM] echotango: "Made a mistake while talking to a griffin and you can expect to have your neck in its claw before you finish the sentance."

[12:46:13 AM] Josie: Serafina: ... oh no, I went to the Academy.

[12:47:23 AM] Josie: She looks at Aethon uneasily.

[12:47:26 AM] echotango: "I'm sure there were plenty of fantastic, dangerous creatures there too, all those alpha predators."

[12:47:28 AM] echotango: "Anyhow... Did I... Say something that upset you earlier, Serafina?"

[12:47:47 AM] Josie: Serafina: Oh, I'm...  I'm all right.

[12:47:48 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus furrows his brow.

[12:48:03 AM] echotango: "So you liked my gift?"

[12:48:18 AM] echotango: "Just a taste of whats to come."

[12:48:33 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: "What?"

[12:48:37 AM] Josie: Serafina: The monkey? We just.... ran away from that.

[12:48:40 AM] echotango: "Actual children are much more of a handful."

[12:48:59 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus stifles a groan. Of course that's what Marilla was talking about.

[12:49:18 AM] Josie: She tries not to tear up, but doesn't do a very good job of it.

[12:49:46 AM] echotango: "Oh my..."

[12:49:59 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: Aethanus Hyperianus takes Serafina by the hand and leads her to his room. "See you later, Marilla."

[12:50:18 AM] Josie: She trots along after him, meekly.

[12:50:26 AM] echotango: "Goodbye! Maybe I can midwife when the babe comes around!"

[12:50:39 AM] Aethanus Hyperianus: ((*groan*))

[12:50:44 AM] Josie: Choked sob.

[12:51:11 AM] Josie: She runs ahead of Aethon into one of the rooms in the corridor.

[12:51:15 AM] echotango: "If you ask nicely I can be his fairy god mother, I know its a boy already, oh? Did you not want to know?"

[12:51:53 AM] echotango: "Fairy god mothers can grant a birth-wish! You'll want that so he can survive in the wild!"

[12:52:57 AM] echotango: "Now, there must be some of mothers love around here somewhere..." She goes off to do just that, search for plants.

[12:53:15 AM] Josie: She slams the door in answer. Aethon may or may not have gotten in before she did.

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