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At the shores edge, Timbre points to a glowing area about a hundred years out “ That used to be so far from the shore, but now the beast is so close, so close to my shame.” She turns to the party, “The beast is only about a main branches down, Remember the blade must be held by one willing to bear the burden of the Seela’s lives. Anarial placed gaurdians near by, Water Ogre’s that surround the beast to keep it from being disturbed, and possibly freed. They may all be dead now, but I can’t be sure.”
The party looks at one another as Calynna gets back to the surface from getting knocked in by Vol. She starts to swim to where indomitably is, She knew that she needed to pull the sword to end this suffering.
The party at the shore line starts to tie a line around the watch tower and Horatio starts to pull the other end of the rope to the location where Indomitably is. Just before Horatio came to a point where his head was under water, Calynna submerged herself to go down to indomitably, and seen two water Ogre’s come into sight.
They were in a patrol type pattern after Katrina was down there earlier, she disturbed them and now they were on alert. Calynna panicked and quickly surfaced. In a feat of unknown physics she sam so fast she could be mistaken for almost running on water back to the surface while yelling “OGRE!!!”
The Ogre’s easily notice the little Eladrin and the wake she created, and it didn’t take a lot to notice that there were others in the water as well. Each one spotted one close to them, and darted like a torpedo to them, one to Horatio, one to Torrent
The Ogre that headed to Horatio quickly reached him and quickly reached out with a claw and swiped at our hero, the force from the ogre torpedo with the claw easily penetrated Horatio’s armour. But it just took out a little out of his side.
Torrent just happen to be watching Horatio when she seen him just about double over. When a glowing light reached him. She looked off to the left and seen another under water glow heading to her. She takes her holy symbol in her right hand, and in front of her claps her hadns with her arms extended. A giant wave formed in front of her like something very large hit the water, The wave formed from it heading to the glow, and it seemed to get tumbled around, bounced off the bottom and pushed back a bit. She quickly walked up onto shore and pulled out her battle axe.
Horatio when he doubled over from the pain in his side, the Ogre comes around with his other hand and grab his ankle trying to pull him under. Rhyslan see’s Horatio go under and points his wand where he was, and moves his wand over to where Orihime is. Horatio burst out of the water like he was being pulled by a big claw with some force. The sudden splash startled Tigger while she was in the form of a big cat, The cat in one bound went to the top of the watch tower twenty feet high, and looked down after shaking off some of the water.
Orihime raised up her holy symbol from her neck and says something in elvish, and a burst of light appeared, and faded quickly. When it faded she looked down and there was Horatio at her feet, and she immediately started to heal his wound in his side. Horatio didn’t waste any time, he pulled out his cross bow that was attached to his thigh, and took aim to where the Ogre was.
Randall quickly thought what he could do, and held his wand out in front of him. He held it mid shaft but started to form a circle with the top of the wand, and a vortex formed right at the water ogre was that attacked Horatio. The vortex pulled up the water ogre, and it stood there floating for a moment.
Once the water ogre was seen, Orihime quickly pulled out her long bow and fired off two arrows, Horatio aimed at the floating Ogre and fired off three cross bow bolts, Calynna quickly threw a javelin at the floating ogre, Rhyslan held his staff and launched a magic missile at him. The splash that the ogre made after being turned into a pin cushion was epic, not quite dead yet, but slowly moving.
The Ogre by Torrent regain his senses, and quickly came up to the surface looking for who could do that to it. Torrent and Tigger see it, and both know that they have the high ground here. Tigger quickly Jumps down with all four claws digging into the head neck and right along the spine of the Ogre, when she loses momentum, she jumps off to the side, digging in the claws once more to help her with the jump. The Ogre arches his back in pain and comes up and forcefully with both of her hands, come swinging down at the center of the Ogre
Orihime fires off her bow two more times into the water, Calynna hurtles another Javelin at the same ogre, Horatio fires off three more cross bow bolts into the water. Randall and Rhyslan still holding his staff mid shaft, acts like it is a long bow, and a magic missile comes from his hands. Seeing all the projectiles into the water was more like shooting fish in a barrel. Then the water ogre floats to the surface face down.
The ogre comes down from being hit by Torrent, and takes a swing with his massive claw at her, but she was a bit shorter than what he swiped at. Tigger leaped and grabbed the ogre by the throat in a death bite, and clawed the back again. Calynna quickly ran over with a long spear, and quickly stuck the Ogre in the shoulder, trying to aim for the heart area. Randal fired off another magic missile at him, and Torrent went behind Calynna. The Ogre very mad tried to reach behind to hit the large cat, but it just has too many mustles to reach, but it comes down and tried to hit Calynna, but she had a tight grip on the long spear, and keeps him just out of reach. Tigger re- adjusts her bite, and Calynna stabs the ogre this time in the middle of the chest. When she pulls back the ogre attacks again with his claw, the force knocks Calynna against the tower of the guard tower, and impaled in her side and arm. Tigger quickly takes one more bite, this time the ogre gues limp, and falls face first down on the shoreline. After a minute Tigger finally lets go, and just gives a mean hiss at the ogre. Torrent looks at Calynna and lays healing hands on her, and quickly healed.
Calynna looks at Timbre, Timbre says “ They might all be dead, but I am not sure”
Calynna looks around “Lets just get this over with, I am Hungry” and she starts heading back out in the water…..
As Calynna walks off, singing a traveling tune, the rest of the travelers start to follow one by one, they form a single file line, they start traveling toward Guinevere’s lake. Vol just looks at them with a look almost of disgust. He murmurs something under his breath, to the group.
As they travel, Calynna tells the group, we have to have a plan, The Stag at the bottom of the lake IS the embodiment of the forest. If the song stops, the embodiment stops, and the forest with all of us go poof, We have to find a way to find Timbre and hopefully she can tell us more, then we may find a way NOT to go poof.
Their travels went quickly, about four miles from the village, the most beautiful sight is seen by the group. Something that has not been sen by the group in a long time. A pool filled with patches of burning reeds, they pop out of the water and sway with the slight breeze. Of all the ash covered water that the group had seen, this water was pure and clear. Everyone could see all the way to the bottom with no problem. At the center of the pool there is a island, covered with flaming flowers arranged tasteful among the small animal skulls and rocks. Tree branches sway back and forth with the gentle wind. The calming and serene sight of the pool is almost hypnotic. To the south end of the pool, there is a cave leading into a dark nothingness.
Calynna looks at the group “I guess that this is Guinevere’s area. Now she loves animal sacrifices, I have a plan for that.” She walks back into the woods a bit while reaching into her backpack to get her flute. Once she reached so far in the woods, Calynna sat down and started to play a song.
As the song was being played, all the trees and bushes around that started to bloom and produce fruit. This was something that the forest has not seen in a very long time. Several woodland creatures notice and head to the newly bloomed plants. Tigger and Rhyslan quickly catch a couple of foxes, Horatio and Randall takes aim at a flock of birds, Torrent and Orihime snares several squirrels.
Calynna ends playing her song and looks up at the group and smiles. Now the group walks over to the pool with the several animals.
Horatio and Torrent walk up to the shore line, and lay the animals just on the edge of the water line. Guinevere comes around the island and gives a cackle, “Ha Ha Ha” and with a full body sweep. She surveys the party, and unexpectedly, she looks at a braid of hair
The party recognize it as the lock of hair they heard about, it 2′ long blonde, and held together by a copper clip, basically a whole ponytail, she has draped over one shoulder, and speaks to the hair “Oh my love, have the jealous come to see our beauty?” Her focus then turns on gifts of the animals that everyone brought for her. She stretches out both arms toward the offering. “They seek to trick us with such tender morsels” as she seems to be talking to herself. Then with a threatening hiss, “Do you scheme to rob me and my love? Tell me true or you shall die!”
Torrent replies back to her, “We came to beg a boon with thee”
“You must tell me more of this” the old hag replied
Rhyslan steps forward “We seek the smallest inoffensive thing, something that we need.” Everyone could heat the respect in his voice he was giving to her.
“I’m listening” she just cackles back
Torrent looks at her and asks “wouldn’t you like to see your love restored?”
She jjust gives torrent a odd look, “ I have my love with me, forever and always!”
Trying to sound sympathetic “What you have is a talisman of misery, would you not rather have a talisman of joy?”
“that could be useful” Gwenevere said as she thought about it a bit
“We do not seek to take from you anything you possess, but would you tell us how you chose that talisman to take?”
“It is my precious, it is my Love” she said grasping on to the end of the hair.
“What makes it so precious for you?” Torrent asked her
“It is, what it is” Guinevere replied grasping the hair just a bit tighter
Torrent trying to make her think, “Can you call up a ghost with is?”
loosening the grip on the hair, she looks at the rest of the party, “What ghost, it is my Love.”
“is it he ONLY thing that is so precious to you” Torrent replied back
Guinevere immediately responded “it is the only thing that we have left here.” she said with a voice that sounded like she was miserable.
Calynna steps up in between Horatio and Torrent, and steps into the water. “Pardon me beautiful woman, we are looking for the shrine of Anaril” she said with a soft warm face, Nobody could fake that face better. If there had been a mirror in front of her, she would have believed herself.
“Just exactly which beautiful woman are you looking for young one” Guinevere gazing at the blond Eladrin
Calynna continued on, “Our traveling group was told that there was a beautiful woman here at this pool by the lake that would help us find the shrine. After seeing your beauty, we thought that was you”
After a brief moment of thought, Guinevere gets the biggest smile of her face. Her eyes begin to glisten, and some of her wrinkles even seem to disappear. She invites everyone over to the shore line, and sit a bit and talk.
Once everyone was seated and relaxes, Guinevere says, “So tell me what it is you all want to do…”
“We came to see the shrine of Anaril,” spouted off Calynna
“We might find something there to help us put these fires out.” Rhyslan immediately interjected.
“I See” Guinevere stated
Rhyslan looked at Guinevere “We believe there is a lock of hair, and if we show that lock of hair to Timbre, she might calm down enough to let us talk to her and learn from her how to put the fires out”
Guinevere looks at the party, and Begins hang her head and cry, she tries to look up at her guests, but each time she sees them, just brings another wave of tears as they stream down her face, as they hit the pool, they cry out into a crystal bell tone. The water around her is just radiating, and looks like nothing is there. She begins to sway, and then with a big wale, a shock wave is generated from her, so large that it shakes the ground. Threw the tears she states “Am I so blind, Anaril is gone, and though my grief is pure, my actions are not. What have I done? How could this of happened” as the tears begin to subside she tells the group “come with me.”
The group stands up in unison, and begin to wade into the water, The pool is only waist deep as they head to the cave. There inside of the cave, there is the shrine for Anaril. Guinevere takes the braid of hair and sets it up on the shrine. “Tell Timbre I have been a Fool, The troubles of the forest have gone on for far too long. I am eternally sorry for abandoning my duty. I am weak now, and can no longer help you as I desire. There is a shrine at the mouth of the river where my powers can be restored. If your quest fails, I shall be there and there may be items to help you if you use them with honor. Go now with my last blessing.” As she is walking to the entrance of the cave, she touches each member of the party with a cold and wet finger on the forehead. She waves goodbye to everyone as she swims with the river north.
Torrent being a little stunned after the blessing, looks at the shrine and walks over to it, takes the braid of hair, and starts for the cave entrance. “Okay, lets find Timbre”
The party starts traveling back to the village, They took the long way around, trying to find the area that they heard that Timbre might be in. about a mile on the north side of the village, they come across a area in the river bed area, there was a staircase, inlay-ed into the stairs was silver symbols. At the top, a ledge. Willows on fire dance with the thermals off the ledge. Scattered around are burning rose bushes. At the top of the hilltop, there in a circle is a huge willow. Two boars and two stags stand guard to block the way, they with everything burn with the forest’s fire. They stand guard, but make no move until the group comes close, then the boars move and grunt blocking everybody. Curtains of fire show that the path is the only way. The tree in the center is identical to the one of the shrine in the center of the town. The party can make out the form of a woman whose wrapped around the trunk, her wooden skin flares with bright intensity of the fire.
Randall shouts “I think we found our Timbre”
Rhyslan takes the hair from Torrent, Holds it in front of the garuds, “Would you let us in?”
Timbre looks up at the party, but other than that not budging, and neither are her guards
Torrent begins to tell Timbre about the adventure that they had been on. Emphasizing on duty and honor of their adventure, to protect the forest. She also reminds Timbre to her duty of the forest.
Tigger tries to appeal to her role as the protector of the forest, and how the forest is crying for help.
Rhyslan also describes how that they were chased into the forest by the Shahalesti that were with the goblins.
Timbre remembers everything in a wave of emotions that snaps her out of her madness. “ Let them enter” She says, and the boars move out of the path. Everyone moves in taking careful steps not to look threatening
Timbre’s knowledge is Vast, She describes the first tree of Entadar was planted by a Gold Dragon named Ceanna, it was blessed by a deity of life at the forest founding. In this mountain pass the Fey wild, and the material world met, The willow grew in both worlds. The first seeds were the Seela. They were the first children of the forest, and charged to take care of it. But it also radiated with the dragon that planted. The old story of the Seela tells how they learned the song of forms from the rumbling of the earth from caved deep under the forest. How their dragon magic gave them the power to preserve nature. Timbre herself is a product of the song. She is a awakened spirit born from the subconscious of the forest when it needed protection in the bitter winter months of a long forgotten time ago. The beauty and power of the song drew elf’s from the fey wild, and they settled at the forest verdant glades, and the trees cool shade. They lived peacefully and became emissary and diplomats with the Seela when the other races began trade threw the forest paths. The Elf warrior Anaril came to rest in the forest glade during the first crisis of the forest. The assault of the entadar elves by the Shahalesti. Timbre came to care for the elf, and began to love her. She gave the elf warrior a gift, A branch from the tree that was part of herself. With that blade, she drove back the Shahalesti and drove them back. Anaril came back to the grove, and became a protector champion to the rest of the forest. When the vile creature of indomitable life came to the forest years later, and death was refused to the forest inhabitants, Anaril fought it, but suffered a mortal would while using the sword to imprison it. A shrine was erected to her and her memory. Hoping that her spirit be as resilient as the beast she defeated. When the Shahalesti came forty years ago, there was no protector for the forest this time. The Seela were so connected with the first tree that their very lives depend on it’s survival. The ancient willow was probably lost to the flame, but Anaril sword is a living branch, untouched by the fire that consumes the rest of the forest. The sword only lives when it is bonded to a living creature. The sword is currently pinning indomitably to the bottom of lake Seela. And it is still bound to Timbre. Timbre will release the swords bond if the hero’s intend to retrieve it to save the Seela. If someone grabs the sword, it will bond with them, but also release indomitably again. The beast will be weak from it’s long imprisonment, but still be formidable. The forest will burn down, but as long as the bearer of the living sword survives, so will the Seela. The forest will take root again,, The Seela will be able to bond to a new first tree. Timbre knows that she will die when the forest burns down, but she accepts this fate, and looks forward to be with her lover in the after life. Timbre does not know why the song of forms keeps the creature from becoming unsustainable, but suspects it’s a combination of powerful primal magic and a unknown connection between the Seela and the creature. Timbre mourns over the lost of Guinevere friendship, and brightens with hope in the fact that the hero’s did not kill her. The shrine that was built was built by the God that blessed this grove, so her madness now should be cured, and her strength restored.
After the story, the party looks at one another and Horatio asks “What do we do now?”
Rhyslan looks at him. “We go back to the village”
“May I Join you now, I may be useful” Timbre asks.
The whole party agrees and they make their way back to the Seela Village. They discuss on who would be the one to take the sword. It seems a consensus that it would be Calynna or Horatio
When everyone reaches the village, when Vol flies out to meet everybody. “And Timbre” he stated, He quickly draped a dark cloak over her. Vol Shouts to gather all the Seela together. After a moment when all the Seela are there he announces to everyone “My fellow Seela, Forty years of pain and suffering are almost at a end. What is beneath this cloak is our salvation. Gaze upon our freedom.” with this he pulled the cloak away to reveal the ancient Dryad. From a fold in his clothing he reveals a wicked dagger in his hand. Before anybody could react, he plunges it into he heart of Timbre. “Your death comes NOW!!”
with a gasp, Timbre falls to the ground. Flames slowly start to go out all over her body. Vol lifts her lifeless body, taking her out into the shallows of the lake and casually just drops her body into the water. Steam rises and the last of the flames on Timbres body extinguish.
Suddenly there was a eerie silence, everybody in shock. The Seela song was stopped.
Rhyslan in anger “Vol What Have You Done!!”
From out of nowhere, Tilljon starts to sing, and starts to walk around having others to start singing,
Vol realizes this and Shouts out “NO!” and unleashes psychic attack to Tilljon, trying to silence her. Calynna quickly shoves Tilljon out of the way, but is hit by the blast, and is hurtled out into the water. Tilljon startled, still continues to sing.
Orihime and Torrent quickly rush over to Timbre, they act quickly to try and save the life of Timbre.
Tigger, quickly transforms into a large cat. She with her cat reflex, leaps towards Vol, it startles him, as he feels the claws enter into him, then as quickly as Tigger jumped onto him, she does a leap back to the middle of the group.
Randall and Rhyslan raise their staffs, and with a glow on the end, they point the ends to Vol, and two ghostly hands appear on each side of Vol, The hands grab a hold of each arm, and holds him in place.
Vol being pinned, attempts to attack some more of his fellow Seela, but a sudden jerk of the wand by Randall, made him miss.
In a almost slow motion action, Horatio walks up, as he is drawing his sword, as he takes another step, he raises his enormous sword over his head, about to come full force down on Vol.
Vol looks at Horatio directly in the eye for a second, and just flinches closing his eyes knowing that this was the end.
“Pathetic” Horatio says right before his sword comes down. It enters just to the left of his head, and quickly moves threw his pinned body as Horatio is giving a combat yell, finally coming to stop at Vol’s right hip. With a grunt Horatio twists the sword, and another grunt as he pulls out his sword of Vols now lifeless body, nearly split in half.
With that, both Randall and Rhyslan gasp at the power and their phantom hands disappear, allowing Vol to fall to the ground. When he hits the ground, something is not right, he no longer looks like a Seela. It looks like a trillith. The almost non corporal form lay before them, it’s head with nothing but a large split jaw mouth, and it’s 6 tentacles for arms and legs just lie there. In a mist of smoke it fades away
Timbre then sits up and asks “Is it over yet?” She said like nothing ever happened. “I knew something was going to happen, I didn’t know which angle it was coming from, so I wore my special armor today.
The party is continuing on their journey to the village of the Seela. The burning grove is located about a mile north of the Seela village, there is a deep walled gorge that once held a stream. No oher major roads of pathways come to the river. Everybody was contemplating the song that they were hearing. As they got closer to the village, the intensity increased with the song. The words unfamiliar and alien to everybody, but the meaning very clear. The strangely familiar rhythm blends of loss and longing and a memory of beauty. Which will not be abandoned no matter how thickly death surrounds and entraps. One can not help but feel weak at the beauty of it. This is the song of the Seela.
In the party is Horatio, when traveling he is always in the back, as the rest of the party is keeping a lively pace, talking with one another, he is always the quiet one. He is always the enigma of the group, the one with the stone face, when someone ever tries to talk to him, he just gives quick reply, somewhat being annoyed that someone is talking to him. With the song, Horatio is clearly affected by the sadness. Orihime occasionally looks back to Horatio, she tries to put it in the back of her head, but finally breaks and drops back to try and talk to him.
After a moment of gathering her words, she finally spits out “Are you alright Horatio, I hear the song too, and feel the same way.”
Horatio’s face quickly turned back into stone that everyone is familiar with. “I’m fine, Just lets keep walking.” he said as he took a couple of heavy steps with all the weight of his armor.
They finally come to a spot where they can see the lake and the village. Between the clouds, smoke, and ash in the air that basically blocks most of the sunlight day and night, the glow of the fire gives enough light to see a body of liquid roughly 2 miles across it looks like a lake but only completely flat black, once they get close enough a small creek appears, Calynna reaches down takes a handful of water, and see’s that it has a thin layer of ash floating on top “So that is why it is black” she spouted off to the rest of the group as she tried to wash her hand off from the black ash. The water is a slightly cool 200 degrees Fahrenheit. The fire of the forest has burned and boiled away much of the original lake. Off to the north east side of the lake is the Seela village, not far from the white river. They can tell the song is coming a large watch tower in the middle of the village with a few Seela singing from the parapets. It is magnified from here as it bounces off the cliffs so that it sounds like a chorus of dozens. All around the lake, there are caves that just lead away into darkness. To the south side of the lake they see Guenevere’s pool. Indomitablity himself is pinned to the floor of the lake just outside the Seela village. After much of the lake was been boiled away, the lake is still roughly 20′ deep where the Stag is.
Katrina dropps her hood of her cloak and suddenly her stride suddenly changes the way she is carying herself. Instead of looking like a warrior she now looks more fragile, more like a woman. She quickly rushes ahead of the rest of the group, and puts a good distance between the group and her. Randal quickly follows her, the only look on Kat’s face is that of annoyance, wondering how she attracted such a person. She mumbles to herself, “Why did we accept the deal from Indomitably, it seemed like a good deal at the time, but now it’s just a pain.”
Tigger turns to Torrent, “If we kill the stag, will the flames of the forest go out?”
Torrent gives Tigger a odd look, “If it dies, We die. Everything that is indomitable, including us gets consumed. I am wondering if there is a way to releasing his captivity without killing.”
Finally they came off to a drop to where the village is below. Crude huts ring the tower, and a pathway leads to the caves piercing on the old lake bed. A burning wall of brush line exists along the shoreline. It’s placement seems to be defensive and not a natural feature, Like someone planted them exactly where they were needed. To the south side of the village, there is a large stone wall. A small revine cuts into the lake bed revealing a ramp to a large hut.
Kat and Randall reached the village ahead of the rest by a good amount of time, and wanders around the huts aimlessly. On the southern edge of the villiage, she encounters a Seela, he appears to be thicker and more well fed than Tilljon.
He looks at her, “Who are you?”
Looking as innocent as possible, “My name is Katrina, I am trying to find a stag along with some food and a place to stay.”
He watches her for a second, looking at her up and down. “Welcome to our villiage Katrina, I’m Vol. What you are looking at is out in the lake, over there” He pointed to the lake and a glowing mass that could be seen even threw the layer of ash.“I have some toasted nuts and fruit here in my cave, and also a place to sit down”. To nearly everybody, Vol seems very suspicious, and not very trustworthy.
Katrina was to the point she didn’t really care she walked in, sat down age a few bites as Vol looked at her. Finally she stood up and stated “Pardon me, I have someone I need to go talk to”, and started to get ready to swim out. She was handing all of her stuff to Randall. As she entered the water, Randall just sat at the shoreline, and the rest of the party entered the villiage.
“This is our Village, a total of fifty Seela live here.” said Tilljon, “Seventeen singers continue the song of forms in shifts, Including herself and Papavein our leader. The other thirty two are the rebels.”
“Rebels?” said Horatio in a questioning voice
Torrent just said “The ones that are just tired of singing for 60 years and just want to die. But it sounds like there are twice as many rebels as singers”
Calynna asks, “If there are 50 Seela, 17 singers, and 32 rebels, that is 51, Where is the extra one”
“No it is 49, and the MISSING one name is Vol you thick headed blond” Quickly spouted off Rhyslan.
Tigger listening to the music being constantly sung, asks Tilljon “Is there a way to end the singing without releasing the Stag?”
“That is a question for Papavein” replied Tilljon.
The group starts to walk up the path cut into the cliff side, Out of the large hut comes Papavein to greet everybody. He is obviously the villiage elder, and appears to be very honorable and trustworthy. He immediately comes up to Tilljon very concerned, and looking her over. He looks over at the group “Who are you all?” he stated like we tried to harm her.
“Hello there, we are the good guys” Spouting off Calynna with a smile.
“ugg” said Torrent, “Greetings sir, we are travelers, we encountered Tilljon on our path, and escorted her back here to make sure she stays safe”
Horatio from the back “And we don’t like this Fire”
Torrent continues “And is there anything we can do to help the village with this fire?”
“Yes, yes, of course,” he said with his elder crackling voice “come on inside, make yourselves comfortable.”
Inside the party finds something unusual, Green plants, some have fruit on them. The air is sweet like newly mowed hay. A small spring spouts water that is ice cold and refreshing. Papavein almost demands that we speak of our adventures.
As a group the party speaks of it’s adventures. Everybody wanted to throw their perspective on all the things they have done.
Half way into telling the tales, Katrina bursts in, and sits down. Randall of course is not that far behind. Kat has just a scolding look on her face, and Randall just starts in telling tales with all the rest of the party. Papavein seems kinda suspicious towards Kat. When it came to the part about meeting Condrovon, Tilljon throws in her side of things, that she was visiting the burning grove as requested, and was surprised. Papavein says to the whole group, “welcome, welcome, welcome. everybody to stay at my place. Stay cool here in my cave and rest here from the heat of the forest fire for a few days, so take a load off. All I have to worry about is to keep focus on my duty, keep singing the song. Which I have to leave now and sing my part of the song.” Papavein and Tilljon get up to leave “You are free to talk to anybody in the villiage”
Calynna also stands up, “May I Join you?” she directs at Tilljon. With a nod she agrees
Rhyslan, Tigger, and Torrent get up and walk out into the village to talk to people. Kat was still being quiet in the corner. She just pulls out her daggers and starts making sure that they are razor sharp. Randall just stays by her watching, almost memorized by Kat’s motions. Horatio, just breaths a sign as he takes off part of his armour. Orihime senses the frustration in Kat, and just starts to pray to her god that She be healed.
At the evening meal, everybody is gathered and shared what they learned with one another.
Tilljon is tired of singing the song, but knows it is her duty to continue, she is eager to find a solution that does not involve singing forever. She is trying to study the ways of magic from a book given to her when her destiny song was sung. She put it away many years ago when she took up her duty of the song. But thinks it’s magic may provide the means of escape from the fire. She will not share it with anybody. Her favorite part of the song is the tale of the long walker. It relates the story of Tenifey, a bard who escaped the forest to find help. A profecy of his journey came from Timbre ‘thy heart shall be found and torn asunder and in thy desolate doom thy song shall stay the agony of the world.’ She continually wonders what the proficy means, and wants to go to Sequin and start searching for answers.
Vol has had a revelation that life is meaningless. His latest thing he says is ‘free from the song of suffering, free from the song of death’ He advocates that freeing the jail and letting their spirits die. He gets dizzy whenever the ‘living blade’ verse of the song is sung, ‘So as we were born from the first tree, so as from our homelands breast was cut a living blade, as this our lives are bound to thee, the forest heart, and Timbre’s blade.’ he often gets a little angry over complaining that the sword traps the Seela in oppressive slavery. He has left the village often the past few weeks. He disappears form many hours, and reappears in the early mornings. Early one morning a young Seela seen Vol hop over the wall, he thought he seen Vol’s feet were tentacles, but when he looked again the legs were normal.
Papavein tells the history behind the song of forms every day before the evening meal. The original propose of the song was to give a body to the native spirit of the forest for holy festivals, and invoke real images of the events told. The first words of the song are ‘Life is a dream that has found it’s form, I sing these dreams, these tales, the legends that they may be born’. It’s a manifestation spell, of the fire of the forest. He believes that the song of forms is the key to freeing the Seela, Tradition has always allowed the tales of the song to change, He believes it has the power to not only tell the past but bind the future. The ones that still sing, are encouraged to change their stories and sing new songs. He thinks Timbre might know how this works, but is unable to get past her guardians and talk with her.
The lake monsters that exist, they are the twisted children of the lake nymph Guenevere, whose obsessive and jealous love for Anariel made her bitter rivals with Timbre. On Anariel’s Death, Guenevere retreated to the far end of the lake. Her grief of Anarials death twisted her into a old hag. She occasionally appears by the wall of a village cackling like a old crone, waving a lock of hair, half sobbing, half laughing ‘Anarial is mine, she will never be lost again.’ The lake creatures stop for a while when Gurenevere is given a animal sacrifice. And when she eats, she does nothing but speak of her love for Anarial, and her hatred of Timbre.
Timbre is often heard in the Forrest weaping for her lost love. The Seela that hear her, will dream the same dream for a week. They see Timbre laying a lock of her loves hair at her statue, when the shrine of Anarial was dedicated, they also hear Timbre talking to the statue, as she touches the blade Anarial holds ‘ The gift of my heart binds all to thee, threw the sacrafice of thy life and need.’ Tilljon may know more to the meaning of this. The first tree of the forest is in Timbre’s grove, the one to which she is bound, was believed to be planted by a dragon of old by the name Ceana, whenever it seems to be spoken, the forest whispers it back with a sadness and joy that is almost unreconcilable, but always reaches a harmonious end. When the moon is full, and her name is spoken into the hollow of a tree, all the trees of the forest bow to the dragon that gave them their home land.
Once the evening meal was over. Everybody goes to their huts and caves for the night, and everyone in the party rests for the night.
When the party wakes up in what they think is morning, they all look at one another, not sure what to do as their next step.
Kat finally breaks the silence, “Enough of this, I am going to let this thing loose, and end all of this in a single go. I don’t care about no sword, If you all want to follow me, that is up to you, but I am doing this quickly, if you don’t want to follow, Good Luck” She gets up points at Papavein and demands “You! Outside! NOW!!!”
Torrent looked at Kat, “Who died and made you a God?”
Kat snapped back “Do Not Start With Me!” she aimed at Torrent, while showing her daggers. “I am going to end this, Do you wish to Live?”
Papavein just smiles at Kat, and walks outside of the cave.
Kat just jumps to buisness, “Is there any way to negotiate for the release of the Stag, provided that the fire goes away once the release happens?”
Papavein tells Kat, “If the fire goes away, we all die, the forest dies, and everything dies”
Kat just spits out “I can negotiate the lives of your people if you authorize this release”
“We are the one in charge of imprisoning him, I don’t think that is going to happen. Many Seela lost their lives making sure he staid there” Papavein said.
Kat getting a bit desperate “I can guarantee….”
Papavein interrupts, “I can not sanction anything like that, it is my job to keep the song going, so the forest never dies.
Kat now getting mad pulls out a water skin that was spiked with sleeping pills.
Papavein tells Kat, “No I am the host, it is my job to provide for you”
Kat trying everything to be civil, “Yes, To your health…” and tries to offer the skin to him.
Papavein insists “I can not take your provisions”
Kat starting to get mad, “I have plenty”
Papavein repeats “I can not take your provisions” holding up his hands indicating he is refusing the skin, “ I have done nothing but help you, I took you into my home, and you threaten my life”
Kat takes a deep breath, and puts the skin back, and raises her hand to the door offering to go back inside. Papavein walks back into the cave entrance. Kat quickly pulls out a dagger and with the hilt, whacks the back of Papavein’s head.
As Papavein drops to the floor out cold, Oriheme, Torrent, and Calynna quickly stand up. Torrent Shouts out, “What did you just do?”, Oriheme begins to walk over to Papavein about to heal him. Calynna stood there with her mouth open in shock.
“Don’t you dare touch him” Barked Katalyna toward Oriheme while pointing her dagger at her “Rhyslan and Randall, Tie him up.”
Rhyslan signaled Horatio to get up and help them, and they took their ropes, and tied up Papavein while Tigger ovserved to make sure he was not seriously harmed
Oriheme, Torrent and Calynna left out of the cave upset at the actions of Kat. They were soon joined by the rest of the group. Kat was the last one out the door and shouts “Again, if you all want to live, Follow me!” she said, not trying to hide the anger in her voice. “We heard what the Old man had to say, Nothing, I am going with Vol, and what he has?”
When the party gets there, there are two Seela with nhim seated on the cusions with him. When Kat charges in, he stands and points to the entrance, and the two stand and leave passing by everybody on their way out. Vol welcomed in the party, “Welcome everybody, you are from beyond, The song is strengthened by your notes, and we rejoice with new harmony does your presence bring.” Tigger, Orihime, Calynna and Torrent stay standing at the entrance. Vol offers everybody some toasted acorns, “the finest feast the forest has to offer, it may seem meek, it is a rich bounty for all to partake” but none of the party accept. He offers some medium size cushions are about the floor, his wiry body moves almost with the wind, the smell of death is all about the room.
Kat is always down to business, “I have come to negotiate the end of this fire permanently. Would you want to work with us or against us”
Vol replied back “No one more than me wants to see that happen, I have been just trying to let it happen. What is with your attacks, I have opened my house to everybody. This is the best I have”
Rhyslan joins in “we do wish to release the stag so we all can be free”
“My thoughts on this are like a hoarse with a broken back, quick is better than slow and suffering. I help stop the song, the song ends, he is released. The song is what keeps him”
Horatio with his deep voice just says, “you may want to die, I do not..”
Kat asks, “How do I stop the song?”
Vol smiles, “That is going to take something dramatic something that has to end the song for several seconds, what I need you to do is something like get Timbre in town and kill her?”
Rhyslan angry tone said “No deaths, you outnumber them, why don’t you just force the song to stop”
Vol looks at him, “Even her have suffered and burned these last two score years, she has grown mad, even the most callas can grant her mercy.” Vol slumps as he releases a sigh “The weary can no longer fight the song of life now sustains unlife and endless torment, so too I been broken, I no longer have the will to continue, and Timbre will is unreadable. Your fate and ours seem to be meshed, for we both see the end of the song as the best way of leaving this forest. I know how the end can come” and the impression he gives is that he is telling the truth, but there seems to be more that he is not saying.
Kat points to Torrent, “Lets talk for a moment” and they step outside they return and immediately Kat states off “I have a Idea, we have Papavein tied up in his cave, if we bring him into the center of town, that may be shocking enough. Then when everyone is shocked by that, we all drug them and the song will stop while they are drugged. That will release indomitably.”
Vol looks at him, pleased that Kat is trying to help him, “I am afraid that won’t be shocking enough, if it was Timbre, that WOULD be shocking and stop the song, Finding her might be impossible, she has been driven mad with grief for her lost love, and surrounded by creatures, if she had something to bring her out of her madness, such as a lock of hair that she layed at her loves statue, that may be good enough to get to her.
Kat storms out of the cave, but turns back “my plan will work, and I will grant your wish for death”
Once everyone is out of the cave, Kat passes out sleeping pills to everyone, “Here is the plan, we shove these down the throat of everybody. Everyone work as fast as they can”
Orihime and Calynna just look at Kat dumbfounded, and pass their pills off to the rest of the party as they watch Kat and Randall go up to Papavein’s cave. Orihime continues to pray, and Calynna pulls out her flute.
The party emerge from the cave with a Papavein over Horatio’s shoulder, in the center of all the huts, by the watch tower, Kat yells out to everybody in earshot, “Now hear this, I have your leader, if you want him to live, come and see him.”
About nine Seela come out, and Kat shouts out the word now. The group rushes to the Seela and try to drug each of them, the shock made the five get to one each, and the Seela go out cold, when thy were heading to the second target, they just disapear. The five gather around Papavein, the Seela that were druged almost immediately woke up, the drugs were inefective.
Kat looked at Orihime and Calynna, “Why did you not help?” he said in anger and disgust. Calynna playing a lulluby tune, aimed at Kat, “That is not going to work on me,” Kat starting to get thirsty, reaches back to grab a drink of water, opens it up, and takes a swig “Now lets go kill a mad wo…” The lulluby tune Calynna was playing, made Kat forget that her water skins was drugged by her, the drugs hit her immediately. Orihime made sure she was not face down and would wake up alright. She then went over to Papavein and untied all of the rope, and cast a healing spell so he would wake up with Kat.
“Now if you will all listen to me, and get your mind in the right places, let us go rid ourselves from this curse, the proper way, without any innocent bloodshed.” Calynna starts to walk off playing a traveling tune, and has a bit of spring in her step, The party leaves Kat there to rest of the drugs she self ingested
As the ragtag band of misfits come back from their travels, with a new idea in mind on how to try to escape from the burning forest after learning that the blessing they took from the creature Indomitable made them never to leave the forest. The possibilities were going through their heads when everyone in the party hears a song inside their thoughts, at first very dim and almost unrecognizable to all but as they travel along it becomes louder and louder. The song is altogether mesmerizing in its beauty and sadness that the song has. Everyone slowly looks at Calynna, but she just hums along with the tune of the song walking along looking at the burning forest, the look on her face is somewhat of sadness seeing the forest not living, but not dying. Katrina is somewhat disturbed by the song, she is walking like something is about to appear out of the shadows, every other step, Katrina touches the hilt of her daggers like she is about to draw them out at a moments notice. Following right behind her is her ever faithful Randall, who the Gods seem to bless with the use of magic, if it was not for that, he would be confined to a village asylum. The rest of the group is just scattered and following the road wondering where the music is coming from.
they walk up upon a bridge again with the familiar lookout post that they crossed before, as they approach the bridge, the music is almost fully definable.
Katrina cries out to the rest, “ I know this place, we have been here before”
Randall shouts out “YES MISTRESS”
Katrina shivers and thinks, ‘must you always do that’ She turns around to Randall and just as she was about to begin giving him another lashing for being too loud, Torrent Shouts “Who is that?!?!”
There standing in the middle of the bridge, there appears to be a young girl, with a set of wings, almost a cross between a nymph and a elf. Everyone recognizes it as a Fey creature and the source of the song. Katrina immediately pulls out her magic daggers and with skill and ease disappears into the forest. The look on Randall’s face is ever shocking on seeing her disappear. immediately his attention turns from Katrina to the creature standing by the watch tower in the middle of the bridge. Everyone gets a cold chill up their spines as they see some smoke gathering up in a few isolated spots and seeing the fey creatures like her suddenly appear. Everyone in the party recognizes the sudden appearance since they have seen Calynna do it several times. 5 creatures just like the girl, all male and all have weapons in their hands. All members of the party respond, almost like a well rehearsed dance, Rhyslan and Randall take their staves in both hands, the tips of them begin to glow, Orihime takes her holy symbol in her left hand, pulls the cord until the end snaps off, and readies her bow, Torrent grabs her battle axe in her right hand, and holds her holy symbol in her left hand still on its chain. Tigger spins and in a amazing feat of transformation, what appears to be falling to her hands and knees, a vicious tiger appears, None on the field can match the length of Horatio’s sword as he unsheathes it Calynna not sure what to do, has a look of shock on her face. The stage has been set, the characters are now in the spotlight. What will happen
Two of the creatures suddenly jerk towards the girl. they have her surrounded and try to attack with their short swords, suddenly the girl ducks down and the 2 swing at nothing but air. Out from the mouths of one of the creatures shouts out “you morons”. Kat whispers under her breath, ‘gotcha’ knowing that this one is clearly their leader
Tigger suddenly pounced forward and leaps on the bridge and stares down 5 of the creatures and snarls at them, with a roar, the ground begins to form a wave, first moving out from Tigger, the ground is deforming like it was water, then once the wave reaches the closest creature, the deformity breaks and a big wave as tall as the creature of salt water and small rocks being forced by the wave knocking the creature. A small smile appears on Tiggers face but is quickly gone when the creature turns towards her almost unharmed. Out of nowhere Katrina appears right next to Tigger both daggers are in her hands ready to be thrown. first Katrina throws the one from her left hand, then quickly from the right hand. The first dagger lands square in the shoulder of the creature, the force it has behind it goes all the way to the handle, and partially spins the creature, but because of that spin, the second dagger missed. as quickly as they were thrown, they seem to turn into ash and re-appear in the holster on Katrina’s belt.
Everyone hears coming from the girl, “Don’t Kill them….” The party thinks that she is yelling at the creatures because they appear to be the same race.
As the rest of the group is coming up behind Tigger, Calynna does something very strange she reaches up to her cloak and unsnaps its connector, suddenly doing a mad dash towards the girl she swings the cloak over her left side, and carrying it in front of her, passing by one creature, they take a swing at her, she narrowly avoids the blade as she jumps over it, and when she hits the ground, she wraps the girl in the cloak and disappears. suddenly coming back into the world on the other side of Tigger. Calynna just has enough time to utter the words “Are you Okay” to the girl, when a couple of the creatures realize what happened and through some daggers at her and hit her right in the back, and the one closest to her takes a swing and hits her right in the arm. The girl just looks around at the party scared to say a word, almost confused at what happened. The others see this, and Randall takes his staff in his left hand, and with his right hand treats it like a bow, a magic missile appears and hits the same creature that the rest of the party appeared to be hitting. Rhyslan points the end his staff at a creature right on the edge of the bridge, a hand of Ice appears right beside the creature, the hand closes and Rhyslan suddenly jerks where he is pointing the staff down to the water, the icy hand that was holding the creature follows and quickly dunks the creature under the water.
The small girl looks at Rhyslan and says in a pleading voice “Please don’t kill them…”
Orihime and Horatio quickly charge up to Calynna, Horatio quickly takes a charging swing at the creature that was about to take another swing at Calynna. The blast from his sword is so violent that the creature drops his short sword. Orihime quickly pulls the daggers out of Calynna’s back and chants a spell to heal the wounds, “I reject” and the gaping wounds are closed up.
The creature that appears to be the leader raises a cross bow aiming right for Horatio, the bolt flies thru the air, and hits horatio right in the thigh. Horatio looks up at the leader. and grins. The leader is so taken by his glance that he takes a step back.
The two that took a swing at the girl turn around and start running to the girl again. Calynna looks up at Orihime smiles, Orihime knew that it meant ‘thank you’, that does not last long, Calynna quickly stands up and turns around. she holds out her hands like she is about to choke someone right in front of her. Calynna begins to almost yell a melody, and a claw of grey vapor appears in front of one of the creatures, they quickly see the claw in front of them but they could not stop and runs right into the claw as it grasps around it. she copies Rhyslan and sends them into the water.
The girl is clearly upset and screams when it hits the water. Kat looks at Randall, and shouts to him, “Do the same to that one” as she points to the leader holding the crossbow.
Randall points to him with the end of the staff, another green hand appears, this time around the leader of the bandits, like nothing, the one that shouted to his own men that they were ‘idiots’ was now being dunked head first in the river below, over and over. Randall was on the bridge just laughing away as the tip of his staff moved up and down.
The rest of the creatures stop in their tracks, and look at one another. their wings begin to flutter, almost in fear, and they disappear in a whisp of smoke.
for a moment the only sound was Randall laughing as the leader was being dunked in the water head first.
Kat slowly walked back to Randall, grabbed the staff and just said in a stern tone, “Stop That!” and raised his staff up to where the leader was hanging over the edge of the bridge upside down. “Bring those two up” she barked, and the other two creatures came up out of the water.
the girl just started to say over and over “don’t kill them, don’t kill them…..”
Kat just said “ let them go, I am interested in this one.” Randall and Calynna released their grasp on the creatures, and they disappeared like all the rest.
Calynna walks back to the girl, she appears alright, with the exception of not appearing to have eaten in days if not weeks, and asks again, “what is your name, did they Harm you in anyway?
All that she could tell the group was “my name is Tilljon what have I done?”
Kat just snaps back, “We just showed up and saved your scrawny behind”
Randall just had to add in, “And we didn’t kill anybody in the process, which is what we don’t do” Kat just rolls her eyes as he is saying it.
Torrent added, “Yeah, so much easier to kill them all and let their Gods sort them out”
Orihime yells at everybody “ People Please!” and turns to the Tilljon, “who was trying to harm you” she said in the kindest voice
Tilljon just replied back “Condrovon”
Kat and Horatio look at each other and Kat replies back, “Who is Condrovon”
She just points to the one being held upside down, “That one, There…”
Torrent asks her “So…. Um… Are you related to these people?”
Tilljon replies back “They are my Kind, They are from my village”
Kat snaps back almost yelling at her “What did you do to piss them off?”
“I Did Nothing” she replies back scared “How can I do something like that”
Rhyslan Jumps in and asks “So your people just send assassins to kill you for nothing?”
“it seems so” she said with a sad heart.
Torrent getting frustrated “did you just have a birthday, step away from a wedding, or…..” trying to imply something else
Should I close this a little tighter? as Randall made the hand holding the leader of the gang close tighter
“NO’ She shouted
Kat just put up her hand telling Randall to stop. And walks over to him. “I have a few questions for you.” she tells him “Why did you try to kill an innocent girl here”
he spits back “I was just sent by Vol, I am just his minion”
Kat quickly walks up to him, hops up on the ledge of the bridge, pulls out a dagger and holds it up to his throat, “She may want you not to die, I don’t care, so either you tell me why you want someone dead, or I kill you”
“NO” Tilljon screams
Condrovon looks at the dagger and quickly replied “ I Swear I know nothing, I was just sent to stop her from singing”
Kat looks at him for a moment judging on if he is telling the truth. finally puts the dagger back, “Let him go..” she orders as she walks back to the group
Randall raises his staff, the hand holding Condrovon vanishes and he falls, but disappears before he hits the water.
Calynna spits out “Your song, It is so beautiful, but so sad, why is it so sad???”
Tilljon looks at her, “Look around you, the forest is suffering, is that not sad, all this fire and we can not leave, we can’t live.”
Calynna replies back, “Yes we are trying to end all the fire in the forest, can we help you out anyway, would you like some food?”
She looks at Calynna “ I have plenty of food back in my village”
Torrent asks, “Can we escort you back to your village, make sure Condrovon or anyone else like him doesn’t try to harm you again?”
She just smiles and looks at each member of the party, “Well I suppose” knowing that these people around her now are not her enemy
Kat walks up to her and doing her best to fake a smile, “Do you know where the source of all this fire is coming from, and what is the best way to put it out is?”
Tilljon just sighs, “Well do you really want to know why I think they attacked me, and how to stop this fire”
The whole party either nodes or quietly says “yes”
Tilljon goes on, “It is because they want the song of forms to end, it is the song that I sing. “
Kat replies slightly harshly “well we can help this song to end, but what is the source of the fire is to help it to end”
Tilljon then stands up fully and then up close the party recognize her as a Seela, as their legend goes, they are known for Song and wind, They used to be messengers for the nations. Song is part of their power
Once Kat seen her, “So as long as you sing the song, the forest burns…”. There was the glint in the back of Kat’s eyes like she was about to kill her right here and now
Tilljon replies back, “Yes, the song keeps Indomitability imprisoned, and that keeps the Fey alive”
Kat Squints, “So Indomitability is your enemy” and puts one hand her daggers.
Tilljon says, “Here is the thing, you all are welcome to come with me to my village and we can discuss this some more, You may be the ones from the outside spoken of in legend and lore. be the ones to bring something beautiful to this ever burning forest, and release us from this prison. I was born to see the rest of the world, to be a messenger to Sequin, but all that I know is this fire forest.”
Kat looks at her, “Lead us to our enemy, and we shall let you see the rest of the world”
Tilljon replies back, “I came to this bridge here after I spoke with Vol, he is one of my people, he has been acting strange and different the last few weeks, he told me that he saw something beautiful he could not speak of, it gave him hope that the Seela could survive if the song ends. and that is why I came here.
Torrent asks, “So you are traveling, These people were trying to stop you”
She just replied back, “This is not the Seela village, No. Under Vol’s influence, the rebels affecting on the song of forms, only 15 remain to sing it. the other 35 stoped so that they might die.”
Torrent asks “How long has this song been going on?”
Tilljon just replies “60 years”
Torrent thinks about it a second, “And Vol has been acting strange for a couple of weeks, what happened?”
She comes back, “Something happened, I can’t put my finger on it, So many have stopped singing, we can’t keep the song going on forever. When we get to the village, we can explain the song better. Once I explain things to our leader, I am sure, no more attacks will happen.
And the Party continues on to the Seela Village…….