[pnpgm] Game Update #144 - File #986 - Lone Shifter Eludes

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Status/Notes  Sex
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   FH.John Haight.......HY..Arawn.............Druid  .Normal/Al.. Ma
   ...Kevin Newark..........Dorhak............Warrior.Normal/Dwarf....Ma
   --.Tobie Bonahoom....YY..Fremea............Sidh....Normal/Faerry.. Fe
   W3.Mark Murtha.......HN..Kell..............Trader..Normal/Human....Ma
   W2.David Sanders.....HN..Kiet.Sunan........Acrobat Normal/Human  ..Ma
   R4.Wout Broere.......YY..Unali.............Ninja...Normal/Human  ..Fe
   R3 Panthera..............Pyandalgor........Hunter..Normal/Human....Ma
   R4.Alex Koponen......YY..Z'leyra...........Healer..Normal/Human  ..Fe
      Z'layha ..............Npc...............Normal..Normal/Shaman...Fe
      Animals: Corona [Eagle] Z'leyra

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       Game Update #144 sequence (file #986)

       Admin Notes: None

         From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]
           Z'leyra helps Arawn sit up then says to her sister Z'layha
           "I am sorry that I did not realize that we were on...
         GM: Ack.

         From Kiet: [Re: Actions]
           "Are we going after the other shifter or letting him....
         GM: Ack.

         From Fremea: [Re: Actions]
           Fremea shakes her head at Z, leaving the killer to go...
         GM: Ack. Once Z changed history and did a Doc Brown/Back to
             Future thing it changed history and your knowledge.  So
             the Metal Clan did kill(?) Tiren.  But the lone shifter
             was there to steal the notebook with secrets.  Or was he
             there to get it to spread so that he could lure someone
             to the Kameran lands to free his people?  I changed the
             words of 'your father' to many which he was a killer of
             many.  So hope this is acceptable.  I know I really
             HATE time travel the confusion alone.

         From Z'leyra: [Re: Actions]
           "Right." Z'leyra decides " Okay, let us get after that...
         GM: Ack.  As posted last update if days or weeks or whatever
             transpired then mana should be full for everyone as stated
             at bottom of last update.

         From Arawn: [Re: Actions]
           Arawn came to, his eyes flying open as his mind sought...

           "Someone's going to have to catch me up on what I missed," he..
         GM: Ack.  Very good introspections.

         From Arawn: [Re: Actions]
           Arawn was in agreement with those that had already...

           "I can translocate us out of here if this place...
         GM: Ack.  Dang! I forgot you guys bought the young Boy
             that was teleported to the lava room.  So yeah like
             Kell he would be a small set of skeleton.  So I'd
             assumed in boy/dead form he'd be carried over to
             the other side so yeah he'd have to be carried as well.

         From Kiet: [Re: Actions]
           Kiet is having a great deal of trouble with the passing...

           "Raki...is there anything that can force your kind out...
         GM: Ack.

         From Dorhak: [RE: Actions]
           Dorhak is thrilled with being released from the grip...
         GM: Ack. It's like Q from ST: TNG you hate the guy but love the
             guy.  Is he good or bad? :)

       [New Stuff]

           [Febris 9th, 1635TH]
           [Time: 5:01 pm??]

             Z'leyra helps Arawn sit up then says to her sister Z'layha
           "I am sorry that I did not realize that we were on some other
           plane and thus forgot to cast any protections against time and
           aging. I can later try to Cure Age on those who feel they have
           aged too much. But for now, are we past any wards that would
           prevent us from teleporting back to where this began? I would
           prefer that we not have to explain our being in a restricted
           place and that we keep the Kameri powers that be calm and not
           upset with us. Can we stay hidden until we can teleport back?"

             Z'layha begins to shift from foot to foot.  "If this is indeed
           the fortress then the Tribute Room is upstairs."  She points to
           the ceiling.  This looks to be the lower sub-`basement and
           so this place looks like it hasn't been visited in years.  But
           for now I really have to ahem...relieve myself."

             As she says this it seems so do the others who must've built
           up those reserves for days or whatever time has passed.

             Kiet glances at Raki staring back at the wall on the
           right.  "Are we going after the other shifter or letting him
           get away with his crimes?"

             Fremea shakes her head at Z, leaving the killer to go free.
           "No, the killer of many cannot go free. It is time for that one
           to pay." She turns to Raki/Kell, "Can you show me how to track
           this other one that is similar to you? Whether or not Z wants
           justice, this was the goal and I will not leave it unfinished."

             "Right." Z'leyra decides " Okay, let us get after that shifter
           and stop it from doing more evil. Anyone have the skill and mana
           to teleport us after him?"

             Raki turns to glance at Z'leyra's comments and then back at
           the wall.  Then back toward Fremea.  "I don't know if I can
           teach you.  These walls are thick.  I can just sense him.
           Like I did in the others.  These walls affect the sense but
           he can't be more than a few miles away.  It seems in that
           direction."  He points to the wall.

             Z'layyha just can't help it.  She scurries to the lower
           left wall and relieves herself day's worth of buildup.  She
           stands and frowns in the darkness for that corner.  "Sorry.
           I just...couldn't hold it."  She moves back into the hand
           made by Raki's weird hands.  "I have no idea what direction
           that is.  To the south and south west is the river.  But to
           the east is forest.  If that is where he is he can hide.
           If that is to the east then less hiding area.  This teleport
           thing?  It can get us out of here?  if so it is our best
           bet to avoid the people upstairs."

             Raki continues, "once I get outside I might be able to
           find him better."

             Z'layha places hands on hips.  "How could this one live
           for so long?  Do you not age?  Why isn't this one hunted
           down by the other gods."

             Raki shrugs, "when I was here we seem to age slowly.
           But our regeneration doesn't allow general aging.  I'm
           sue some of our body ages and dies.  But we just never
           saw it directly.  As to the other.  As I said in the prison
           he made a deal with one god...which we don't know or at
           least I don't.  He must have the same magic that I have
           on me now."  He pats his chest where the magic is now
           inlaid inside his body.

             Z'layha wonders one more thing, "if you were on their
           watch list...the gods that is...wouldn't they know you
           were around even if it were just a few minutes?"

             Raki nods, "more likely.  Whether they could pin point
           me now is unknown."  He turns to the wall.  "We must
           hurry a surge of distance has just been felt."

             Arawn came to, his eyes flying open as his mind sought to
           catch up to the current state of disarray. Mae lay slumped, the
           alfar fearing her dead until his keen eye spotted the tell-tale
           signs of breath and life. Beside her stood a seething Dorhak,
           the dwarf's emotions slamming into him like a ton of bricks - a
           heavy load with all else just experienced. And just beyond lay
           the skeletal remains of Kell, Arawn's otherworldly heritage
           allowing his sharp mind to reach the conclusion of planar
           temporality faster than might be expected.

             It was then that he noticed his fallen tunic, picking it up
           to discover the large hole burnt through it.

             Then it hit him. His own memories before he blacked out.
           Before he came to in this strange chamber. Of Kell's spirit
           struggling to free him from the unbreakable grip of the Cryx,
           now left behind in the prison. Whatever secrets it held it was
           probably for the best that it remained behind, a beacon of hope
           for any others that might find themselves accidentally trapped
           there in the future. Then he recalled the purple glow. And
           running toward the swiftly collapsing portal. Then darkness.

             Had he truly made it through? Or was this some trick, another
           challenge of the guantlet? Or had he been wounded and now healed?

             All this barely had time to flash through his mind when Raki's
           voice broke the silence. ["It is good to see you alive again
           Arawn. But we should leave soon."] Alive again...

             So he had died. So how was he alive now?

             "Someone's going to have to catch me up on what I missed," he
           replied with remarkable composure, considering. Though a bit
           weak, he found strength quickly returning to him and he seemed
           little affected by his passing, likely a courtesy of a quick death.
           He accepted Fremea and Z'leyra's help as he rose to his feet,
           a bit wobbly at first, while he listened to the exchange between
           Raki and Z'layha.

             "Yes, someone's definitely going to have to catch me up on
           things," Arawn echoed, his brow furrowing as he sought to examine
           the necklace wrapped around Raki's neck before it slipped from view.

             Arawn watched the exchange, his face tinged with suppressed
           sadness. Unlike the others, except for Raki and now Kiet, he had
           seen Kell's spiritual form, in the brief moments before escaping
           the prison. And he instinctively knew what was happening now,
           his own psychic sense picking up on the flow of emotions and
           energy between the three. Noble Kell, all the way to the end.
           Though not as close as Kiet was with the half-elf, Arawn
           considered him a friend and, though distant, kin. As the half-
           elf shared words with his close friend, Kiet, the druid spoke a
           quiet prayer to help usher Kell towards a truly blessed

             Arawn was in agreement with those that had already spoken.
           This Lone Shifter, if left to roam free, could find another way
           to one day free his people. And despite Arawn's compassion for
           the race he knew that such could not be allowed to come to pass.
           At least not until the day came that a spiritual healing had
           washed over the shape-shifters, returning them to a more
           peaceful nature in spite of the efforts of the Eldest Serpent
           who had corrupted them as he had with the Vong.

             "I can translocate us out of here if this place isn't
           warded," Arawn replied. "But the real question is, 'where is
           the Lone Shifter?'. I'd need a familiar enough target to
           translocate us to for maximum safety."

             He turned to Raki.   "Can you sense if the shifter is within
           the fortress? Or if it lies some distance away? What's the best
           way for us to track him from here?"

             He then presented a few questions to Z'layha.   "Do you
           know if the fortress is warded against teleportational magic?
           And, should we have to navigate this place, I suggest you take
           point as you won't arouse suspicions. If you encounter anyone a
           simple conversation should hit Raki's ears while the rest of us
           remain far enough away to make preparations as needed."

             He then looked around the chamber, collecting the young boy's
           skeletal remains as he stared at Mae's slumbering form.
           "Should we wake her? Or else, who's going to carry her?"

             "And make sure we don't leave anything behind that might
           arouse suspicion to our presence," he added, his tunic and any
           other gear having been collected and in hand.

             Z'layha shakes her head, "wards?  Ad in those things back
           there?  No.  We just don't allow entry to the lower levels
           like here for most.   As far as any wards I do not know
           of any.  But this large a group with 2 bodies and Mae
           being carried might be a bit hard to explain."  She looks
           worried.  "If this shifter was in the village at the
           statue place as you said how did he get here so fast? If
           that just hours ago....it takes a good week or more to
           travel here from there."  Then she looks shaken.  "Unless
           it has been a week or more we've been gone?"

             Z'layha who has been speaking in Kameran since leaving
           the prison not the oddly magically known Marentian in
           the prison continues.  "As to Mae she attacked him.  Tried
           to eat or kill him.  Unsure if we should kill or wake
           or what.  But she seemed desperate."

             Arawn nods, so Mae needed to feed energy.  Probably

             Z'layha looks around, "as to leaving stuff..." she blushes
           a bit.  "I say I just did.  But I doubt anyone has been
           down this far in years."

             Kiet is having a great deal of trouble with the passing of
           his friend.  His chest is tight.  He can't seem to take deep
           breaths. He cannot stop his weeping eyes, and doesn't really

             Still, even in his state of mourning he knows to ask a few
           questions of Raki.

             "Raki...is there anything that can force your kind out of the
           shape they currently hold?  If we know how, we can perhaps make
           it easier to catch him."

             Raki shrugs, "this is why we almost slaughtered many gods.
           Even the gods had trouble.  I suspect I can guess who he
           is once I sense him.  Then again you saw what heat can do
           to us.  It affects our cohesion."

             And then "Raki...would you be able to simply form yourself
           around Kell's bones?  I don't want to leave them here but would
           like to take him home to Ba'Ru."  Even with the tears, Kiet
           smiles a sad smile and says "He would probably get a lot of
           satisfaction being smuggled home that way."

             Raki nods, "if I recall a typical human male set of bones
           is what? Around 75 pounds?  Certainly I can try.  I was not
           wanting to leave him so would carry him if I had to."

             Dorhak is thrilled with being released from the grip of
           that demoness.  But he doesn't intend to let her get away with
           it!  He grabs his mace as quickly as he can and raises it to
           defend himself, only to find 'Mae' unconscious on the floor.

             Dorhak hesitates now that the immediate danger is over, but is
           still quite wary.  He circles around her, it, this thing, until
           he is behind her.  If she moves at all, he will not wait, but
           begin bashing in her head.

             Unali joins in, "Raki, no offense to you but two of your race
           in this world might tip the balance and might open the gates at
           some point. That is indeed not something that we should allow.
           Can you help us find the other shifter. Is he nearby?"

             Raki shrugs, "no offense.  I have worked on that emotion for
           a long time but never got it fully.  Yes. He is nearby but
           moving. Once I leave this thick walls and get outside I can
           pinpoint him faster.  This one is a kind of legend for our
           people.  The lone shifter that eludes detection.  Some
           believed he didn't exist still.  Zin had no doubt.  This
           particular shifter sought to learn how best to burn humans.
           He'd burn temples just to see how long the humans would die.
           Toward the end he killed 350 that way.   He deserves some

             Z'layha crosses her arms and glances at Dorhak to ensure
           he doesn't bash Mae.  Then back toward Raki.  "I hope this
           is not all a act.  I mean your people seem....not so kind.
           What makes you different?"

             Raki shrugs, "I saw the malice and hate my kind did.  For
           no good reason.  There were others like me.  They were all
           killed. Many felt they should not go against the gods.  But
           Zin forced many to invade the upper world.  If they hadn't
           been stopped the True World as you know it would not be
           the same.  I know I did very bad things.  At first I
           was curious and like them.  But the lack of intent and
           purpose was not there.  I fought Zin and he as an example
           felt I should be isolated.  Until Kiet gave me some hope."

           Actions?  Comments?

           Next Update....Saturday?

           GM: I had originally planned to do update Saturday.  But since
               plans for today changed I did it since got enough posts.
               Next week will be too busy for updates.  Tuesday afternoon
               got thing that will take all afternoon and the plans from
               today will be postponed till next Wednesday.  So doubt
               I can do a update Tue/Wed.  But we shall see.  Unless
               I do a very small one.

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