Kobold Cleaver wrote:
C'mon, the Favorites will start piling up any minute now.
Tristan the Waif wrote:
Meanwhile, Jay Frogskin and the Mask are arguing again.:The Foreseer is our only hope. Nothing can hide from it:
"No. It would do untold damage. It--oh no...what's the matter?" Frogskin asks, alarmed, as the angry emotions of Tristan touch him. He looks up to the ceiling of the cave. "What could that be?"
The Mask takes advantage of Frogskin's distracted state, and attempts to gain control.
"What? No! Don't! It--" The raven closes his eyes, and sighs. When its eyes open, they glow deep crimson.
Meanwhile, Frogskin keeps working, watching several scrying balls at once, his eyes barely open. His feathers are falling off, leaving patches of bare skin in some places.
Djuhah the Djinn wrote:
"They are shadow. Only force magic is certain to harm them, unless you have magical weapons of a certain type. Wards won't be easy. Spotting them is hard, and if you manage to see one, you can't let on that you have. They'll scamper. Just watch the shadows. I have to go."And with that the raven flies away, to find a new cave.
Djuhah the Djinn wrote:
"Oh, right." *Poof* ;)"It's...different, for the shadowdancers. They have ways of confusing wards. Unfortunately for them, this confuses all the wards, thus denying them any protection. Fortunately, this magic also weakens them a great deal, making them easier to notice. And to kill."
Sky Cloudgather wrote:
"A member of the Servants did. They've sent Shadowdancers. Spies, and very dangerous ones. I just killed one, and took a lot of the cave with it."
Db3's Narrator wrote:
Frogskin flies to meet Sky."Listen, where is Lynora? I need to talk to her!"
Good Morning everyone!Frogskin sits in his cave, staring at the crystal ball. Suddenly he freezes.
"It can't be...I'd have noticed..."
He is still for a minute. Then, suddenly, he whirls around and explodes the wall behind him. Daylight rushes in, greedily filling every nook. There is a scream that can be heard throughout the Eyrie.
The raven flies out, to find the others.
"There must have been a good reason," Allura said, doubtfully. "I mean, she wouldn't deliberately send her own daughter into a dangerous situation."
"Madam..." Frogskin flies out of a cranny in the wall. "There was, I am sure. We cannot doubt any decisions that have been made. I am worried about what Jack Hammer is doing. I am worried what happened back at the Bazarr may attract the attention of...other factions. I am worried my worse half will wake up and try to impose...suffice to say...a very bad idea. But I can't do anything about it. The most I can do is watch. Watch the Servants. Watch the Mask. Watch Alaina. Watch the kids. And I can't--" Frogskin stops. "Oh, crap. I have to go." He flies off, muttering to himself.
Djuhah the Djinn wrote:
It's different. That one was allowed by the goddess. It makes a difference. The worst part is, Kiba was goaded."Frogskin seems to be talking to himself. "Yes, not at all good. We can't let that happen. There's not much we can do. But, really, this is terrible...dreadful. Do you realize the danger we're in? Yes, but the important thing is to stay calm." Frogskin clearly is talking to himself. "Training may not be safe. If the rings are permitted past the wards, things could get incredibly difficult. And if Kiba can be goaded...think about it. Bad. Something must be done. No, it's not a good idea. What if--yes, I know, but it could be necessary. If the Servants get ahold of one of these...no, not a good idea!" Frogskin looks up at the others. "We have to be elsewhere. Some..issues come up. Goodbye." Frogskin flies off.
She turned to JH. "What do you think, love? It's not just me that should decide this. This trial of fear has real risk involved. I'm not sure I can do that. What if I didn't come back? I want to be here with you. I want to watch Arielle grow up. There are people here who depend on me. But if I take it and pass then I can do a better job of keeping everyone safe. I just don't know what to do."
"Lynora..." Frogskin whispers. "I don't like this guy. He was at a bunch of our previous battles, and he wasn't on our side. The Mask is really, really upset. I don't know if this is a good idea. You don't need power, we can go without it. But if you die, this whole place could collapse. It all depends...how it relies...look, it isn't worth the risk. Tell the demon to get out of here. With luck, maybe the Servants can do something useful."
"Listen, he's been every active. Setting Frost and Candle Lighter to guard the Giggler, trying to keep informed of the Servants' dealings. Look, he...he needed a vessel, to regain his strength in. I provided one." Frogskin sighs. "The Mask was lost in the destruction of the Palace of Skulls. Until we find it, I must suffice. I thought you should know."
Frogskin sighs. "When did you last see the Mask?"
He relaxes. "Good. It would be a bad idea for her to be present. Listen, this is...not a matter to discuss with so many ears about. Is there somewhere we won't be overheard? By anybody?"
Frogskin recovers. "They are not attacking us without reason. They dislike you because they prefer new gods to be run by them, first. To make sure they're not a threat. Unfortunately, they didn't exist when you became a god, and we would have had no time for it anyways. So, they aren't sure what to make of you, but they're probably very wary, especially now that they see that you would prefer KC stepping back into the light. They are frightened, Lynora. They aren't back to full strength yet. So they aren't undertaking any major jobs. Which is why Sytt is the only one being attacked. I'll be next, I--erm, I was closest to Kobold Cleaver before he fell, and they aren't sure...listen, I have more news. Or, rather, something important to tell you. But...have you had any word from Alaina recently?"
Frogskin sighs wearily.
He leaps back. "No! I mean...it's not important, look. Fir--" Before he can finish, the Slaad runs in, and distracts him. When the excitement has died down, he continues."First of all, Sytt seems to have left the Eyrie. It would appear that he's being tracked by a bunch of Cleaners. He's rapid teleporting to try and shake them, but it isn't working, they're hot on his heels."
Jack Hammer wrote:
Jay gasps for breath. He doesn't look good, his eyes weary and his feathers ragged. He coughs."No time, Jack Hammer. I have a lot of bad news to give you all."
"Hmm. One sec." Frogskin grabs a scroll and pen from his pack and starts writing. He vanishes. A few seconds later, he reappears, still writing. Then he disappears again. This goes on for a few minutes, til he finally puts down the pen."Alright, this may do the trick." He hands the letter to Devlyn and then vanishes again.
Dragon Lord Daelemos,
We congratulate and thank you for deigning to collect the pieces of the goddess of song. We understand that it is quite an honor for Daelemos himself to take interest. The pieces which you have so easily collected had eluded us, and believe me, many heads connected with walls when we saw how simple a matter it was for you.
These pieces, as you know, are vital in the return of Lynora. We would deeply appreciate it if you would aid in her return, by sending us these pieces. We would be willing to reward you, of course, but perhaps a greater reward would be the prestige: You will have brought a god cast down by the forces of chaos and madness into power, which could be vital in the fate of the Board. You will have, in short, directly altered the Board. I doubt many other dragons can say the same, certainly not your 'rivals'--if they can be called that. We have researched these 'rivals', and while they are certainly far from weak, they are hardly equal to a more powerful lord such as yourself.
The pieces are almost useless in their present state, and any power you may derive form them will be easy to destroy. The favors of a goddess are not. Not to mention, minions of chaos will constantly be breaking down your door to destroy the stars, and then you will have gained nothing but a broken-down door. Consider this offer, please. Contact me in any way you deem fitting.
--Jay Frogskin, Champion of the Boards
"I hate to bring the topic back around to other unpleasant subjects, but we do need to think of some way to deal with Daelemos. Great Erl, Tree Emperor, Meg, do any of you know of a good way to trick a dragon into giving up its treasure?"
Frogskin flashes in again."I know of no way to trick a dragon like that. I doubt it is possible. Could you not make a deal with him? Find out why he want them, anyways. Perhaps he hopes to use their power? In which case, we could give him something of equal or greater power."
"Sometimes relationships can be...complicated. Sometimes even family members can get angry and fight with each other."
"Tell me about it." Frogskin mumbles. He seems to be going in and out, disappearing for short periods of time and then reappearing for a few seconds. There is a pause as he fades, then he returns."Hope the wolves are alright. Looked mad. Hard to tell though."
"I wish you well with that, Frogskin. It's not a pleasant thing, I imagine."
"It's actually not all that bad. You keep your mind and spirit, and gain a fair amount of power. But yes, it is difficult. You must forgo any normal life that you might have had. We only tell those with the least to lose the Secret, but sometimes they make mistakes...."Frogskin sighs. His cough seems to have cleared up.
"Finally. Now, I must rest. Good night. Or is it good day? This forest is quite darrrr..."
Frogskin falls asleep.
"Indeed. The secret of the Board Lich is a great burden, and those who learn it are generally expected to use it."
Frogskin coughs."The sooner I get out of here, the better. Unfortunately, that is not an option."
"It's nothing. A-a small s-sacrifice to pay. It was n-necessary. Nothing to w-worry about.
Frogskin looks decidedly nervous."Um, that's a-alright. Just a l-little...cold.
Frogskin coughs."H-he certainly i-isn't. But as you s-said, c-caution is necess-necessary. O-our heads must be clear."
...Dammit. I knew I'd forgotten something. Allow me to rephrase that:
[i]Frogskin appears, looking a bit ill.[/]
"That's right. He's possessed by the Mask. I don't know how long they can hold him, though..."
Frogskin suddenly stops walking toward teh city and sighs."Damn it! I gotta go!"
He vanishes. Sytt sighs and does the same.
Nimora Orlbereth wrote:
He nods."I know. Good luck!"
The Bard wrote:
"Could you guys point me to Mirathan's family?"
Frogskin appears next to Sytt.
Thanks, I really have to go. Heh, clock says '404'. :DFrogskin nods, distracted, and vanishes.
Frogskin nods."So he did. And we need to go on a journey to find more shinies. Okay?"
He looks at a small watch.
"Oh, crap. I have to go, Azurith, I'm sorry. Can the trip wait?"
Frogskin nods. "Can I talk to her?"
Frogskin nods."Alright, I'll go when she's ready. Where is she? More importantly, who is she?"
"I could go, I still have some spells left and she'll need some help."
"Yes, but I have some bad news. One of the Yugoloths spotted two nymphs taking two of these stars somewhere, and decided to tell me about it."