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Carl Stoneweaver wrote:
Over the ancient forest a small light flies, heading straight for Arielle. As it draws near it is a small songbird made of crystals , the sunlight reflecting off of it in a rainbow of colors. Landing on a root near the girl the songbird begins to sing happily.

JH studies the small bird, sensing the spark of life within it. There is only man/gnome that he knows capable of crafting such a thing. He whispers a 'thank you'


Arielle smiles and claps her hands in delight as the beautiful bird starts singing. She is completely distracted from her fears of a moment ago.


Arielle wrote:
Arielle smiles and claps her hands in delight as the beautiful bird starts singing. She is completely distracted from her fears of a moment ago.

"That's a cool bird, Arielle. Looks pretty real too, someone very skilled must have made it."


Little Kiba wrote:
Arielle wrote:
Arielle smiles and claps her hands in delight as the beautiful bird starts singing. She is completely distracted from her fears of a moment ago.
"That's a cool bird, Arielle. Looks pretty real too, someone very skilled must have made it."

Arielle nods. :It has stone songs in it. I bet there aren't too many people who know those.:


Arielle wrote:
Little Kiba wrote:
Arielle wrote:
Arielle smiles and claps her hands in delight as the beautiful bird starts singing. She is completely distracted from her fears of a moment ago.
"That's a cool bird, Arielle. Looks pretty real too, someone very skilled must have made it."
Arielle nods. :It has stone songs in it. I bet there aren't too many people who know those.:

"There are few who know how to sing any Nature songs. Someone put a lot of time into. I'm guessing whoever made this likes you a lot.


Little Kiba wrote:

"There are few who know how to sing any Nature's songs. Someone put a lot of time into. I'm guessing whoever made this likes you a lot.

Arielle smiled. :Well, it was a very kind thing to do. And it's so pretty.: She reached out to gently touch the little bird.


And suddenly a rather nondescriptly dressed woman of utterly unremarkable appearance is there, inspecting a couple of slight tears in her dull brown cloak.
Greetings.
I pedal information, at times, and was wondering if there was anyone here who might be in the market? I believe that I may have dealt with some of you before.


"Yes, I remember you," Azuri'ith rumbled. "You were most helpful in providing information about an attempted attack. And just as timely then as you are now. A good skill to have in your line of work I imagine. We are in the market for any information that can be obtained about the dragon Daelemos."


Arielle wrote:
Little Kiba wrote:

"There are few who know how to sing any Nature's songs. Someone put a lot of time into. I'm guessing whoever made this likes you a lot.

Arielle smiled. :Well, it was a very kind thing to do. And it's so pretty.: She reached out to gently touch the little bird.

The little bird hops onto Arielle's finger, changing its song to one of the sky. Its crystalline body has flecks of red, blue, and yellow mixed into clear. Its chest is the color of granite, but still crystalline.


Carl Stoneweaver wrote:
Arielle wrote:
Little Kiba wrote:

"There are few who know how to sing any Nature's songs. Someone put a lot of time into. I'm guessing whoever made this likes you a lot.

Arielle smiled. :Well, it was a very kind thing to do. And it's so pretty.: She reached out to gently touch the little bird.
The little bird hops onto Arielle's finger, changing its song to one of the sky. Its crystalline body has flecks of red, blue, and yellow mixed into clear. Its chest is the color of granite, but still crystalline.

Arielle laughs with delight as the bird hops onto her hand. She loves listening to one of her favorite songs. She seems oddly unaware of the new arrival to the Grove, as if she can't see her.

Unlike last time, this time LJ is actually looking at the visitor, and is therefore aware of what she is. She is keeping Arielle distracted, but isn't interfering with Azuri'ith's negotiations, or even making her presence known in the slightest.


I believe that a dragon of that name recently attacked a group of folk from the Carnival of Shadows, who had embarked upon a pilgrimage of some description. So much you will be able to easily find out for yourselves, however - perhaps even to identify and speak to some survivors. Be careful, however, since their former leader now carries a curse from the dragon. She makes a dismissive motion with one hand. But I do not like to carry tales of the doings of a dragon that old.

I do, however, have a little tidbit from the Realms of Dream which I thought that you might like to hear. For the same sort of price as we last agreed upon.


Shovastika wrote:

I believe that a dragon of that name recently attacked a group of folk from the Carnival of Shadows, who had embarked upon a pilgrimage of some description. So much you will be able to easily find out for yourselves, however - perhaps even to identify and speak to some survivors. Be careful, however, since their former leader now carries a curse from the dragon. She makes a dismissive motion with one hand. But I do not like to carry tales of the doings of a dragon that old.

I do, however, have a little tidbit from the Realms of Dream which I thought that you might like to hear. For the same sort of price as we last agreed upon.

"Hmmm," Azuri'ith paused, considering. It wasn't exactly what he had been looking for, but last time the information she had brought was exactly what they needed. "Very well. I will have your payment brought momentarily." He spoke a few words in Aurun and a few minutes later the chests arrive the same as before.


Arielle wrote:
Unlike last time, this time LJ is actually looking at the visitor, and is therefore aware of what she is. She is keeping Arielle distracted, but isn't interfering with Azuri'ith's negotiations, or even making her presence known in the slightest.

Well certainty is difficult, since she could be an incarnation of a deity of trickery or one of a number of other things, but let's say that it's probably up there in the list of top ten suspects. Even to deities, Daughters of the Morning are generally thought to be myths, and without confirming evidence all you can do is say 'the balance of probability is that xxx...'


Azuri'ith wrote:
"Hmmm," Azuri'ith paused, considering. It wasn't exactly what he had been looking for, but last time the information she had brought was exactly what they needed. "Very well. I will have your payment brought momentarily." He spoke a few words in Aurun and a few minutes later the chests arrive the same as before.

As before she inspects them, and disposes of the contents in a practically identical manner.

Candle Lighter and Frost are a pair of dragons whose secrets I have no reservations about spilling. They were, until recently, keeping The Giggler in a cave somewhere in the Realms of Dream.
Then his girlfriend, Kytania the Cenobyte broke him out, and he made contact with some acquaintences amongst the Denizens of Leng, and the last I heard he had taken ship for one of the few remaining ways for people to currently physically enter or exit the Realms of Dream. He may be out already. Time has been running rather faster there than here.
She quirks an eyebrow at Azuri'ith.
I trust that you would consider that information to be sufficiently of interest to be worth what you just paid for it?


Charles Evans 25 wrote:

Well certainty is difficult, since she could be an incarnation of a deity of trickery or one of a number of other things, but let's say that it's probably up there in the list of top ten suspects. Even to deities, Daughters of the Morning are generally thought to be myths, and without confirming evidence all you can do is say 'the balance of probability is that xxx...'

But you *told* her about them.


Shovastika wrote:

As before she inspects them, and disposes of the contents in a practically identical manner.

Candle Lighter and Frost are a pair of dragons whose secrets I have no reservations about spilling. They were, until recently, keeping The Giggler in a cave somewhere in the Realms of Dream.
Then his girlfriend, Kytania the Cenobyte broke him out, and he made contact with some acquaintences amongst the Denizens of Leng, and the last I heard he had taken ship for one of the few remaining ways for people to currently physically enter or exit the Realms of Dream. He may be out already. Time has been running rather faster there than here.
She quirks an eyebrow at Azuri'ith.
I trust that you would consider that information to be sufficiently of interest to be worth what you just paid for it?

"Quite. Thank you. A pleasure doing business."


lynora-Jill wrote:
Charles Evans 25 wrote:

Well certainty is difficult, since she could be an incarnation of a deity of trickery or one of a number of other things, but let's say that it's probably up there in the list of top ten suspects. Even to deities, Daughters of the Morning are generally thought to be myths, and without confirming evidence all you can do is say 'the balance of probability is that xxx...'

But you *told* her about them.

So far I've found a quote from a post from the Eighth Runelord: 'and she glimpses from the corners of her eyes immutable absolutes, shadows cast by their own great and terrible light, and hears the funeral dirge of a dwarven nation... ' which comes close. At present Shovastika is operating in 'stealth mode', simply being unreadable (which in and of itself is probably pretty suspicious for a deity level being).

I've checked in-game conversations with Eiboria, Nirellia, the Eighth Runelord, and the Messageboard Oracle.
Will look further though.


Smagnavast the Black wrote:
...The second is that, beautiful and evil, the Daughters of the Morning walk at times abroad, wrapped in the shadow of their own light - a light which was before even most gods were, and which will still be after all the gods are gone, and which is horribly unique to them, a last echo perhaps of the grandeur and splendour of the multiverse in the days when everything was new. Such creatures are outside of the the knowledge of even the gods, their thoughts their own unless they permit otherwise, and inscrutable as they wish to magic. It is said that only the most pure-hearted of paladins can defeat them, by sacrificing themselves, although the last deity of paladins and chivalry to attempt to disseminate that information broadly, to his followers, expired in a rather nasty manner as the homeworld of his pantheon was invaded by three simultaneous hordes of fiends, and a plague of Scro from spelljamming space, eliminating every last worshipper and cleric within hours...

Confound that Dragon! No wonder he so suddenly and abruptly vanished.

Well if you think that that's enough for Lynora-Jill to go on, then it is, but hmmm, Smagnavast has abruptly vanished without ever being heard from again, let's not forget, despite having those stars he wanted to personally deliver to Arielle, and which Eiboria ended up delivering instead....


Azuri'ith wrote:
"Quite. Thank you. A pleasure doing business."

She drops an ironic curtsey.

Likewise with you, sir.
One other thing which does occur; one of those metaphorical 'friends of a friend who has a friend in a place beyond which even the gods cannot scry' has heard that an elven queen of the Realms of Dream now has a former silver dragon paladin by the name of Aritha under house arrest, the aforementioned dragon having apparently finally pushed her too far in some manner, and that she has forced the dragon to turn over at least one child as hostage, additional punishment or compensation. And like any good spymisress who wishes to tease and tantalise, I will say that more than that I do not like to say...
Good day to you sirs.
She slips away.


"Interesting lady, that one."


Arielle wrote:


Arielle laughs with delight as the bird hops onto her hand. She loves listening to one of her favorite songs.

"So what are you going to name your new friend?"


Jack Hammer wrote:
"Interesting lady, that one."

"What lady?" Arielle asks, confused.


Arielle wrote:
Jack Hammer wrote:
"Interesting lady, that one."
"What lady?" Arielle asks, confused.

"Shh, it's alright, dear. It's no one you need to worry about."

Privately to JH, "I did my best to shield Arielle from any awareness of that particular visitor. I have my suspicions about what she is, but it's better if you don't know. It's better if I don't know, but I have to know, so I just try to act like I don't know because that way nobody knows that I know....And I'm just no good at this convoluted reasoning. It's just better if Arielle and I never have any direct contact with her."


Jack Hammer wrote:
Arielle wrote:


Arielle laughs with delight as the bird hops onto her hand. She loves listening to one of her favorite songs.

"So what are you going to name your new friend?"

"I think I'll call it Kanoni. That seems like a good name for a bird."


Leaving the auburn haired lady at the edge of the trees, the goblin with the tuxedo and bowtie makes his way into the grove, and looks around.
Just an indication here as to some continuing interest from the Runelord.


Yames Boornd wrote:

Leaving the auburn haired lady at the edge of the trees, the goblin with the tuxedo and bowtie makes his way into the grove, and looks around.

Just an indication here as to some continuing interest from the Runelord.

"Hello," Arielle chirps. "I remember you. You were at the arena."


This is just a passing visit to let you know that the ne'er do well who killed Spring Sapling has apparently left the Realms of Dream, the goblin looks slightly embarrassed.
The Runelord is apparently in two minds about this, but as a courtesy, since on some of his good days he still has some regard for you here, I thought it best to let you know.
Yames doesn't realise he's already been ninja'ed in bringing this news.


Yames Boornd wrote:

This is just a passing visit to let you know that the ne'er do well who killed Spring Sapling has apparently left the Realms of Dream, the goblin looks slightly embarrassed.

The Runelord is apparently in two minds about this, but as a courtesy, since on some of his good days he still has some regard for you here, I thought it best to let you know.
Yames doesn't realise he's already been ninja'ed in bringing this news.

"Give him our thanks for sending us this news. We are...preparing as much as we can. That one is slippery and causes more trouble than should be possible." You can hear the distaste in her voice as she speaks about the one who killed her.


Arielle has a sense of stars which for a long time had been missing from her senses, suddenly back and approaching.
Sorsha is arriving with Eiboria's 'jewel' collection, from where they had been 'off the radar' in the Wildwood in Dream.


Arielle wrote:
Jack Hammer wrote:
Arielle wrote:


Arielle laughs with delight as the bird hops onto her hand. She loves listening to one of her favorite songs.

"So what are you going to name your new friend?"
"I think I'll call it Kanoni. That seems like a good name for a bird."

The bird flaps its wings excitedly, whistling strongly.


lynora-Jill wrote:
Yames Boornd wrote:

This is just a passing visit to let you know that the ne'er do well who killed Spring Sapling has apparently left the Realms of Dream, the goblin looks slightly embarrassed.

The Runelord is apparently in two minds about this, but as a courtesy, since on some of his good days he still has some regard for you here, I thought it best to let you know.
Yames doesn't realise he's already been ninja'ed in bringing this news.
"Give him our thanks for sending us this news. We are...preparing as much as we can. That one is slippery and causes more trouble than should be possible." You can hear the distaste in her voice as she speaks about the one who killed her.

Does she have any means to address Yames? He desn't actually have any stars in his possession, isn't telepathic, and doesn't have any commune with nature like spells currently running.


Yames Boornd wrote:

Does she have any means to address Yames? He desn't actually have any stars in his possession, isn't telepathic, and doesn't have any commune with nature like spells currently running.

She can speak with anyone in the Grove providing they are not closed off to the Green. It's other places that she has trouble communicating with people other than those closest to her.


"Mommy, there are some shinies coming this way. I can feel it," Arielle says excitedly.


To Lynora-Jill:
The goblin seems surprised by the 'voice out of nowhere'.

Ah. You would be an entwife? he hazards a guess. Assuming you speak for the grove I shall be delighted to convey your message.


On the edge of the grove, Sorsha pauses to exchange a few pleasantries with Yames' companion, Tangessa.


Yames Boornd wrote:

This is just a passing visit to let you know that the ne'er do well who killed Spring Sapling has apparently left the Realms of Dream, the goblin looks slightly embarrassed.

The Runelord is apparently in two minds about this, but as a courtesy, since on some of his good days he still has some regard for you here, I thought it best to let you know.
Yames doesn't realise he's already been ninja'ed in bringing this news.

"Thrice has this miscreant attacked those held dear by the Green. Twice to Spring Sapling alone. His escape causes us concern."


Yames Boornd wrote:

To Lynora-Jill:

The goblin seems surprised by the 'voice out of nowhere'.
Ah. You would be an entwife? he hazards a guess. Assuming you speak for the grove I shall be delighted to convey your message.

She laughed. "No. I speak for myself. Lynora-Jill. Only I am somewhat lacking in the physical body department these days. We're working on that."


Well I would offer to kiss your hand, if I knew where it was, the goblin looks all around. Having brought my tidings, I shall collect my companion and depart. I have business sadly more urgent than this 'social' call.
He briefly bows, then heads out of the grove, where he 'reacquires' Tangessa, and heads off elsewhere.


As a 'heads up', to true-sight like abilities, I seem somewhat strange, being sort of an overlapping and mixing adult silver-dragon and succubus, both at the same time, making it difficult to be certain what or which I am.
Being part-succubus I have the chaotic and evil outsider subtypes, which is almost certainly going to be picked up by detect alignment like effects.
For the record, if any means of determining such exists, as an outsider I am native to the Realms of Dream.

Deprived of her gossip companion, the flame-haired woman enters the grove, an ornate wooden box tucked under one arm. She wears a shiny red-silver dress and cloak and is shod in boots of dark leather.


"Hello," she says cautiously, uncertain if this new arrival could hear her, but thinking that perhaps it was best not left to Arielle to greet her.


Arielle and Lynora-Jill are acutely aware of the siren song of the stars from within the box.
The woman looks about somewhat nervously.

I have a delivery from the Princess Eiboria.


Countess Sorsha wrote:

Arielle and Lynora-Jill are acutely aware of the siren song of the stars from within the box.

The woman looks about somewhat nervously.
I have a delivery from the Princess Eiboria.

Arielle runs forward, smiling widely. She holds out her hands for the box. "May I have it please?"


And your name, Princess, would be?


Countess Sorsha wrote:

Arielle and Lynora-Jill are acutely aware of the siren song of the stars from within the box.

The woman looks about somewhat nervously.
I have a delivery from the Princess Eiboria.

JH walks over.

"Welcome. And thank you."


Countess Sorsha wrote:

And your name, Princess, would be?

"I'm Arielle. What's your name?"


That sounds about right. The Princess Eiboria sends you her jewels, which she apparently promised to you.
The woman hands over the box to Arielle.
Inside it dozens of stars have been set in a pair of bracelets and a necklace, and a few 'unset' stars are lying loose in it too.

With the exception of one star 'off the radar' in the Wildwood which is going to be awkard to part with, Arielle and Daelemos now have the rest.
Oh, my name's Sorsha, and I'm a Countess, but I'm not really terribly important.


Arielle wrote:
"Mommy, there are some shinies coming this way. I can feel it," Arielle says excitedly.

Not wanting to be seen in case things turned sour, Lk climbs back into his tree.[/time warp]


Countess Sorsha wrote:

That sounds about right. The Princess Eiboria sends you her jewels, which she apparently promised to you.

The woman hands over the box to Arielle.
Inside it dozens of stars have been set in a pair of bracelets and a necklace, and a few 'unset' stars are lying loose in it too.

With the exception of one star 'off the radar' in the Wildwood which is going to be awkard to part with, Arielle and Daelemos now have the rest.
Oh, my name's Sorsha, and I'm a Countess, but I'm not really terribly important.

"Please give our thanks to Princess Eiboria, Countess Sorsha. And again, thank you for deigning to bring them here."


To Jack Hammer:
Oh she was worried she might not be able to hand them over personally, so insisted that they be personally delivered by me.

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