E7 feels a presence around him
Grandfather. The harlequin cursed me to die again. But he only plays his part in the Green's plan. My spirit has one more task to accomplish...
A long shaft of willow wood tipped with an green glowing spearhead appears in E7's hands
You know what you must do Grandfather. Farewell until the next cycle...
A slender form arrayed in shining mithril armor steps forward.
I am ready to challenge the Black. Who here will ride with me?
A group of large grizzly bears emerge, clad in rough armor and with forged claws.
We will fight with you Spring Sapling.
A group of large badgers similarly accoutered emerge
As will we.
One by one, armored groups of foxes, stoats, squirrels, rabbits and all manner of woodland creatures emerge, forming a massive army of animals. A one-eyed grizzly of immense girth stands before Spring Sapling
We are yours to command.
Spring Sapling shakes her antlered head
I am not your leader, Beren Fishfinder. My Grandfather is our leader in truth, I await his coming. I am but his herald in this matter.
Jay Frogskin wrote:
"The Balance will not help us. All we can do is fight. And die."
Spring Sapling looks sadly at the raven
If you believe that, why not just not fight? We are the Balance. It doesn't aid us, we aid it. If we wish to have a land free of tyranny and evil we must assume the responsibility for it. If you feel we have no hope go and hide. Do not try an disparage those who would try and preserve the Balance.
She makes shooing motions with her hands
Fly off stormcrow! Bring you evil counsel to other ears than ours!
The Dalesman wrote:
...and trying to make other folks do what they want, that such things will come faster. Makes no sense to me personally, but what do I know?"
Spring Sapling nods
You know much ... Devlyn. Sometimes it is hard for me to remember that ephemeral creatures often have a compulsion to amass power to extend their short lives.
She looks down at the ruined skeletons
Such a travesty. Using spirits for energy that shuld be progressing to their next incarnation. It can only lead to perversion and evil.
She bows her branched head and prays. A pulse of green light washes over the skeleton remains, cleansing them of their necromantic taint
Hopefully you have set them free She murmurs
The Dalesman wrote:
No she would have. She's brave, just a healer not a fighter. And she has godbombing attributes as the 'herald' of the Grove
Nimora Orlbereth wrote:
Spring Sapling nods
I am happy to help. I cannot fight well, but I can heal and I can carry messages. I also speak for the Grove. They watch us through me. I offer your alliance my services.
Sunny Godhead wrote:
A slender naked elven-looking maid with tree branches crowning her head stands forth before Sunny Godhead. She sings sweetly to the glowing manifestation
"Giver of Life
I am Spring Sapling
I am of the Earth
You are the force that binds it all
Spring Sapling drinks deeply of the sacred water proffered her by her grandfather. He can see through his Greensight that her aura has deepened, turning a much more vibrant green. The hateful sigul placed upon her by the Giggler seems to fade to a pale pink color.
She sings a high-swooping verse as she connects with the World Ash:
"Foundation of Life
I am singing to you
Heal my spirit ancient one
I beseech you
Those around her feel the power of Yggdrasil and the Green pour about them in a waterfall of energy.
The Tree Emperor can sense that Spring Sapling's life essence has been stretched by the travails she has undergone. He can also see carved in her aura as clearly as it was carved in her tree-form's flesh the evil grinning sigul of the Giggler. The hateful symbol flickers red amongst the pale green of Spring Sapling's lifeforce, like a patch of beetle wormholes in an otherwise flawless trunk. The Giggler has marked her spiritually as well as physically.
E7 can also sense that Spring Sapling is being reborn before full healing has been accomplished. He feels that this is as fate requires
The glowing figure stares up at him
I am ready to emerge from my willow Grandfather. Thank you for the sunshine of your love.
E7 finds himself back in the small sacred grove he planted to ward his granddaughter. The small willow shivers and the naked form of his Spring Sapling emerges, shivering as well. Along her taut stomach a faint scar of the evil grinning sigul gleams whitely against her nut-brown skin. She takes a few colt-like steps and grasps E7.
"G-G-Grandfather. I am awake!"
The chyrsalis splits and the spirit of Spring Sapling comes out. Her form looks as if she has recovered from a long disease. Her face is drawn and her colors are a paler shade of green than Emperor7 remembers.
The slight girl hugs E7, her spirit glowing in love
Grandfather! Thank you for rescuing me!
Flame Troll of Doom wrote:
The slender dryad cluthes her grandfather's bark
Ware the foe! She cries
She runs to meet the new foe, a knobbed quarterstaff wreathed in leafy growth in her slender hands.
Places a slender green-hued hand on the treant's rough bark
Grandfather if you would go, so would I. I have lived more years than many of the brave folk here.
Smiles up at him
Besides, someone has to make sure you stay out of trouble!
A slender elvish looking woman with tree-branch horns on her head and a pale green skin tone shimmers into existence on the omniportal
The young woman runs to Emperor7
Grandfather I heard the call and I have come! The Grove of Ancients has sent what power they can spare with me.
Hands the ancient treant a brown seed the size of a football
Yggdrassil's Nut! She says proudly