I did not think I would be accepting @Lin
's challenge so soon but...
Ok so RL background, I am off work, had a few beers, plan to log on when the US is asleep and just work on learning a few lessons and killing some mobs and then this happens....It caught me completely off guard. At the time of this log I seriously had not read a single Divine's help file.
Sorry about the timestamps and any other formatting issues. Any advice on how to make this more readable is welcome (I am using the nexus client). Anything in (())'s is an OOC comment.
I welcome any and all constructive feedback.@Chakrasul @Estheld
20:10:59.676 What to do...what to do... (( Yes I often THINK to myself))
(( cutting boring stuff no one cares about ))
20:22:10.942 This large chamber stands off the main hall of the Archivium, and is crafted from light, argent wood. The ceiling is high and domed, supported in turn by strong crossbeams, and slopes downward into walls created from uneven arrangements of stone. Thinly mortared together, they serve as a framework for shelves built of the same wood as the ceiling and floors; these immense bookcases are filled, top to bottom, with books. A movable ladder, connected to the junction between ceiling and wall by means of a curving rail, permits access to the higher shelves. The floor is occupied by an array of couches, chairs, and tables, providing no shortage of places to read the available literature. A large, labelled canister filled with purple sludge has been left here. Sneak, the Numerologist stands here. A sigil in the shape of a small, rectangular monolith is on the ground. An iron-banded bucket sits here. A small sign indicates that LIBRARY CATALOG will list the materials in this library. Sneak, the Numerologist is a tutor. View HELP LEARNING for more information about learning skills. An ad-hoc laboratory has been arranged in this room, tables, vessels, and chemicals spread out in a wide swath.
20:22:10.942 You see a single exit leading southwest.
20:22:10.942 [HINT]: Sneak, the Numerologist has a quest you have yet to undertake! (( One day I shall figure this quest out! ))
20:26:43.098 You ask Sneak, the Numerologist, "I am trying to decide if I want to learn more numerology, with the risk of unmaking myself, or bioessence, any suggestions?"
20:28:47.185 You say to Sneak, the Numerologist, "Yes yes, I know, everyone tells me I have nothing to worry about but I think I will go for some more bioessence."
20:28:49.596 You grin mischievously at Sneak, the Numerologist.
20:29:32.095 Sneak, the Numerologist teaches you the 1st segment on Bioessence.
(( skipping a bunch of learning spam! ))
20:44:20.853 (Archivists): Estheld says, "Good afternoon."
20:44:43.211 (Archivists): You say, "Estheld!"
20:45:03.843 The following members of the Archivists are in the realm:
20:45:03.843 Member Rank Position Class
20:45:03.843 Nenelos a Student of the Spires Carnifex
20:45:03.843 Vash a Seeker Archivist
20:45:03.843 Estheld a Seeker Archivist
20:45:21.024 (Archivists): You say, "Don't mind Nenelos, I think his mind is elsewhere."
20:45:33.772 (Archivists): Estheld says, "As it usually is."
20:45:46.653 Estheld tells you, "How are you?"
20:46:13.018 You tell Estheld, "Excellent, and how does the day find you?"
20:47:02.533 Estheld tells you, "Just waking, but well so far. I suppose I'll just have to get busy on tasks, again. And nicely done, too - I read you've completed the Pupil tasks already."
20:47:11.230 So excited that Estheld is awake! (( Everyone should THINK to themselves))
20:48:23.623 You tell Estheld, "Thank you! To be honest I was just waiting until Kani was around to advance."
20:49:31.970 Estheld tells you, "Akaryuterra conducted my interview, openly over the guild's channels."
20:50:08.666 You tell Estheld, "Ha! That could be fun, Kani is my mentor so I felt it was only fitting if she performed the test."
20:50:23.418 Estheld tells you, "Of course. I do not have a mentor, though."
20:50:30.758 You tell Estheld, "Between you and me I think she did not really challenge me as much as she could have."
20:50:45.499 Estheld tells you, "I don't think I was challenged, either."
20:51:04.804 Estheld tells you, "The Seeker tasks are a bit more...tedious, though."
20:51:18.021 Estheld tells you, "Still working towards the eightieth circle."
20:51:24.099 You tell Estheld, "It is up to us to take positions of power in the Archivists and hold those pupils to real standards!"
20:52:02.008 You tell Estheld, "Honestly I just saw the first one and did not bother to read more, circle eighty or else is my current motto." (( see below ))
20:52:05.127 "I am sure My Viyveti will challenge you when she deems it necessary," comes a low, sultry voice from the corner of your mind. (( WTF? ))
20:52:17.347 Your input, 'blin' is not a valid command. Type HELP BASECOMMANDS for a list of common commands. (( yes I was flustered enough in real life to miss type blink ))
20:52:19.463 You blink.
20:52:49.249 Ok I must be really tired or something as now I am hearing random voices in my head. (( a THINK a day keeps the crazy away! ))
20:52:53.675 You can see the following 4 objects:
20:52:53.675 "canister54793" a sludge filled, sealed and reinforced canister.
20:52:53.675 "Sneak66386" Sneak, the Numerologist.
20:52:53.675 "monolith sigil214012" a monolith sigil.
20:52:53.675 "bucket296121" an iron-banded bucket (empty).
20:53:08.778 An argent library in the Archivium.
20:53:08.778 This large chamber stands off the main hall of the Archivium, and is crafted from light, argent wood. The ceiling is high and domed, supported in turn by strong crossbeams, and slopes downward into walls created from uneven arrangements of stone. Thinly mortared together, they serve as a framework for shelves built of the same wood as the ceiling and floors; these immense bookcases are filled, top to bottom, with books. A movable ladder, connected to the junction between ceiling and wall by means of a curving rail, permits access to the higher shelves. The floor is occupied by an array of couches, chairs, and tables, providing no shortage of places to read the available literature. A large, labelled canister filled with purple sludge has been left here. Sneak, the Numerologist stands here. A sigil in the shape of a small, rectangular monolith is on the ground. An iron-banded bucket sits here. A small sign indicates that LIBRARY CATALOG will list the materials in this library. Sneak, the Numerologist is a tutor. View HELP LEARNING for more information about learning skills. An ad-hoc laboratory has been arranged in this room, tables, vessels, and chemicals spread out in a wide swath.
20:53:08.778 You see a single exit leading southwest.
20:53:18.933 Estheld tells you, "I like your ambition. And same, the prospect of not having to sleep is enticing on its own."
20:53:27.454 A trickle of fear drips down your spine as the Presence settles in the corner of your conscious, "Tired or blessed?" The voice croons.
20:53:31.502 You have emoted: Vash looks around the library carefully to see if he can notice anyone in the shadows.
20:53:46.676 Estheld tells you, "If you have time for hunting, I'm about to head out."
20:54:09.583 You tell Estheld, "Ok...I might be going crazy but I swear I just heard another voice in my mind that was not yours."
20:54:12.932 You gulp nervously.
20:54:17.913 You ask, "Hello?"
20:54:31.464 Estheld tells you, "What do you mean?"
20:54:39.145 Estheld tells you, "What did you...hear?"
20:54:47.999 Yeah that will work, just say hello to no one and confirm you are not going crazy.
20:55:00.913 Alluring and cold, a hollow laugh echoes across the space of your mind.
20:55:52.406 You tell Estheld, "A cold, rather disturbing presence? I have no idea, I might be going crazy."
20:55:56.932 Estheld arrives from the southwest.
20:56:01.654 Your stomach notifies you that it is beginning to feel hungry. Perhaps you should find yourself some food. (( not being level 80 sucks ))
20:56:02.586 You smile at Estheld.
20:56:03.177 Estheld peers at you suspiciously.
20:56:18.121 You exclaim to Estheld, "Don't look at me like that!"
20:56:22.651 Estheld asks you, "I doubt it's insanity...have you recently visited any haunted houses?"
20:56:44.070 You say to Estheld, "I woke up, came here, asked Sneak for a few lessons..."
20:56:46.075 You smile at Sneak, the Numerologist.
20:56:51.094 Estheld sucks thoughtfully on her teeth.
20:56:58.044 You say to Estheld, "Started talking to you and then..."
20:57:10.376 "Peh. Haunted house? I haunt more than a simple house," the voice states on a snarl and you feel It drag a metaphysical claw against the fabric of your mind, "I haunt... Mortals."
20:57:10.399 Curiously, Estheld says to you, "Did it say anything in particular?"
20:57:35.084 Beads of sweat break out on your brow.
20:57:42.368 That laugh bounces around again. Mocking.
20:58:55.925 You have emoted: All the blood drains from his face as Vash replies "It...it seems to be...toying with me?"
20:59:31.177 Fear digs its claws into you as you feel the Presence drag Itself to the forefront of your mind, "Think harder," It demands on a voice that drips with malice.
21:00:31.393 You have emoted: Vash drops to his knees in pain as he cries out "I apologize for any slight I may have caused!" (( miiistaaaake ))
21:01:46.868 Estheld places a hand reassuringly upon your shoulder. "It could be any number of things, really...are there words? I won't repeat them." She remains calm, but noticeably intrigued.
21:02:03.825 Pure amusement as a gleeful laugh rattles around, almost deafening you, "Tch! I will only feel slighted if you cannot identify Me," the voice replies and an image blooms against the back of your eyelids; a jade, duskywing butterfly.
21:02:31.909 Estheld performs a quick search of the surroundings.
21:04:25.084 You have emoted: Vash takes a few ragged breaths before looking up at Estheld. "The presence is cold, clawing at my mind, I have offended it...It? by not recognizing the source." he takes a few more halting breaths, clearly in pain, before continuing "A..butterfly? jade...duskywing?"
21:05:14.641 Your pose is now set as:
21:05:14.641 Vash is kneeling on the ground clutching at his head in obvious pain.
21:06:37.556 Dropping to her knees before you, Estheld firmly grasps his shoulders with both hands, her eyes intent on your own. Her voice is low, hushed, futile: "Those symbols...the Dark Mother?"
21:08:05.211 Estheld yawns suddenly and mightily. (( not being level 80 sucks ))
21:08:16.360 You have emoted: Vash looks up to Estheld with tears of pain streaming from his eyes. "I have no idea Who that is. What should I do?"
21:08:40.673 Idiot...why did you not read more about this world when you had the chance.
21:08:56.851 You can almost -feel- Her sneer at the mention of Her name, "Tch. How did your companion figure it out first?" She taunts on a whisper of sound, "You should learn of Me to better understand," She replies in response to the question.
21:09:33.958 Her hands moving to cup your cheeks, wiping tears away with her thumbs, Estheld murmurs, "Lady Chakrasul. Try to answer Her?"
21:12:04.899 Estheld yawns suddenly and mightily. (( I am cracking up about this in RL ))
21:12:10.936 You have emoted: Vash lifts his head, his voice rough with pain, as he tries to reply with a steady voice " Dark Mother, I apologize for my ignorance, I am deeply embraresed by my lack of knowledge and understanding and shall do what I can to rectify it, but please, my mind...I can not..."
21:12:55.491 Estheld's hands recoil quickly from your face, her fingers grasping at her own temples. Her eyes are shut - brow furrowed, "You must learn of Her," she begins quietly, "She is rightly offended."
21:13:18.465 You have emoted: Vash collapses against Estheld as his body shudders in pain.
21:13:32.183 It is now dusk on Falsday, the 4th of Lleian, year 466 of the Midnight Age.
21:16:02.605 The ringing clang of some relentless forger's hammer sings out through the air.
21:17:38.460 No longer one to comfort another, Estheld remains gripped by the torment of the Lady's machinations. "You must," she continues, staggered, "We must make an effort to cure your ignorance."
21:17:56.662 Her grip tightens on your mind and you feel a pit of despair begin to grow in your stomach, "I do as I please. As I desire, do not plead for mercy for it will only encourage My malice," She whispers on a chilling, seductive tone.
21:18:04.970 Estheld yawns suddenly and mightily.
21:20:05.149 Estheld yawns suddenly and mightily. (( I mean really, who would feel tired at a time like this?))
21:20:11.331 You have emoted: The shudders intensify as Vash raises his head up to look around the library, first at Sneak, the Numerologist, and then to Estheld, and finally as his gaze lingers on nothing, his voice still rough with pain he whispers "I will do as You command, Your will is mine."
21:21:57.107 Slowly, like a fist unclenching, She relaxes Her grip on your conscious, "Ensure it is," She commands on that same, dark tone that elicits a shiver down your spine. With that, Her presence begins to fade, leaving behind the sickly sweet smell of decay stuck in your nose.
21:22:04.937 The first faint feelings of exhaustion prick at your consciousness.
21:22:32.827 You have emoted: Vash collapses on the floor and with one final shudder, he is still.
21:23:44.971 You have emoted: Slowly with obvious lingering pain Vash turns his head to Estheld and asks "What...why...how did you know?"
21:24:54.775 A piercing scream heralds the arrival of a cacophony of duskywing butterflies that quickly coalesce into the form of Chakrasul. (( OMG OMG OMG ))
21:24:59.425 As the shrieking that announces Her arrival subsides, Chakrasul drops a book on a table beside Sneak, "Because learning of the Gods that makeup Sapience is wise."
21:25:15.309 Chakrasul drops a simple book entitled, "Lady Chakrasul, A Study Guide".
21:25:29.419 You can see the following 5 objects:
21:25:29.419 "canister54793" a sludge filled, sealed and reinforced canister.
21:25:29.419 "Sneak66386" Sneak, the Numerologist.
21:25:29.419 "monolith sigil214012" a monolith sigil.
21:25:29.419 "bucket296121" an iron-banded bucket (empty).
21:25:29.419 "book79912" a simple book entitled, "Lady Chakrasul, A Study Guide".
21:25:40.812 A deep, resonant note echoes from all throughout the corridors of the Citadel, creating a tremulous sound that seems to rattle the sky itself. In its wake, a chill wind bellows across the firmament, embracing the twilight of a new dusk.
21:26:24.234 The pain is fleeting now, a fresh stain on her mind which distorts Estheld's expression into an earnest grimace as she observes your suffering, and finally stillness. The distant toll of the forge slices into the quietude, overshadowing the Atavian's hushed voice as she fails to respond to you, the sudden presence of Chakrasul an answer on its own.
21:28:05.868 The first faint feelings of exhaustion prick at your consciousness.
21:28:05.906 Chakrasul's shoulders roll as She draws Her wings forward to drape around Her demure frame, the feathered appendages casting Her in shadow, "My Siblings and I do not favor the ignorant," She continues as She lifts a hand to inspect Her fingers with an expression of indifference. Finally, Her jade eyes lift and a cruel smile twists Her lips upwards, revealing a set of perfectly curved fangs.
21:28:05.928 There's no one here by that name.
21:28:38.914 You have emoted: Vash glances up for a moment before quickly adverting his gaze back to the floor, his pain roughed voice barely above a whisper says, "Thank You for the lesson, I shall correct my ignorance immediately" his body shudders in remembered pain as he lies prostrate on the floor.
21:29:12.415 Your pose is now set as:
21:29:12.415 Vash lies prostrate on the floor, his body wracked with pain.
21:30:41.845 Quickly, Estheld shoots to her feet before the Divine - leaving your side. His comfort is not longer a priority, as her eyes travel hesitantly to examine Chakrasul, to observe this embodiment of Cruelty and Malice.
21:32:06.214 You notice Estheld's eyelids are beginning to droop.
21:34:08.353 Chakrasul's head cranes to watch the mortal Estheld before Her, "Curious thing," She comments as Her jade eyes follow Estheld for a moment longer. Her attention eventually shifts to your prone form, "Tch. Stand, young Archivist. The pain will not linger. Thankfully, for you, it was I and not My Sister who enjoys Pain. Being it is Her domain." The Goddess drops Her hand, "I only torment." She adds with another wicked grin before Her emerald gaze follows the path of a passing duskywing, "This book is old and is not as accurate as speaking to one of My Chosen or being amidst My faithful. It is, however, a starting point."
21:36:20.869 You have emoted: His body still trembling slightly Vash slowly stands, his eyes still cast down on the ground.
21:36:55.867 Your pose is now set as:
21:36:55.867 Vash stands here, body swaying slightly, eyes downward cast.
21:37:15.034 Don't make it worse...don't make it worse...you can do this. (( I am so in love with the THINK command ))
21:37:19.994 A stray, brightly colored wooden ball rolls by, helped along by the breeze. (( I hate this ball ))
21:39:49.742 Your need for sustenance is becoming serious. You must find food soon or you will begin to suffer harm. (( being level 80.. ))
21:39:51.110 You have emoted: Unable to resist the temptation, Vash quickly glances at Chakrasul, before returning his gaze to the floor.
21:39:52.290 You have recovered balance on all limbs.
21:40:01.514 She is an Immortal, emanating an emerald glow, the light serving to accentuate Her sharp facial features. The green coloration originates from the pair of jade orbs inset Her face. Lacking pupils, the verdant green of Her eyes compliments the smoky hues of black painted on Her eyelids. Her dark hair, masterfully intertwined, crowns Her head in the form of two thick braids that create a makeshift circlet. Living Duskywing butterflies are pinned intermittently to Her jet hair, their wings offering the occasional, helpless flutter. Finally, dwarfing Her pale body is a set of onyx, feathered wings that arc gracefully away from the muscles of Her back.
21:40:01.514 (fitting perfectly to Her form) : a shimmering white gown
21:40:01.514 (resting snugly upon Her brow) : the Circlet of Corruption
21:41:07.785 Estheld does little more than observe the two before her. A slightly furrowed brow and firmly pursed lips show no real expression, but make it appear as if she's trying to hold back something else.
21:41:09.601 The echoing cry of some bestial creature fills the cold night air.
21:41:45.675 Sidran has escaped Slaver's Isle and entered the realm of Aetolia.
21:42:14.821 She has green eyes..you can do this...such green eyes...don't unicorns this up...just...unicorns...you can do this. (( Not obvious from reading this but Vash also has green eyes, though obviously not as striking ))
21:43:23.844 The first faint feelings of exhaustion prick at your consciousness. (( don't yawn...don't yawn!))
21:43:45.259 Chakrasul's bored expression slides back to Estheld and She pins her with Her stare momentarily before Her sneer reveals Her fangs again, "Curious thing," She repeats on a low, seductive growl before something unheard snaps Her attention back to you and Her eyes darken with a curious hunger.
21:43:47.044 Shattering into thousands of duskywing butterflies, Chakrasul's body unravels and as the last insect leaves, no trace of the Goddess remains.
21:44:51.996 You have emoted: Vash lets out a breath as his body slumps in obvious relief.
21:45:07.165 Estheld's eyes shoot to you, in shock - perhaps anger. "Y-you really didn't know, did you?"
21:45:22.531 Your pose is currently set to:
21:45:22.531 Vash stands here, body swaying slightly, eyes downward cast.
21:46:56.366 You have emoted: Vash glances up at Estheld, his eyes barely focused as he replies "I...I had received Her blessing once along with the rest of the city but..." he shudders out another breath before continuing "I had no idea..."
21:47:24.126 You notice Estheld's eyelids are beginning to droop.
21:48:02.692 The echoing cry of some bestial creature fills the cold night air.
21:48:51.531 Memorize everything about the cities Patrons before you do anything else you idiot, don't let Them catch you off guard next time.
21:49:06.067 This library currently has no books for viewing. (( this is me not remembering She dropped a book ))
21:49:11.359 You can see the following 5 objects:
21:49:11.359 "canister54793" a sludge filled, sealed and reinforced canister.
21:49:11.359 "Sneak66386" Sneak, the Numerologist.
21:49:11.359 "monolith sigil214012" a monolith sigil.
21:49:11.359 "bucket296121" an iron-banded bucket (empty).
21:49:11.359 "book79912" a simple book entitled, "Lady Chakrasul, A Study Guide".
21:49:24.228 You yawn suddenly and mightily. (( unicorns! ))
21:50:06.549 If there were breath to be had in Estheld's chest, it would be heaving. In the wake of the Dark Lady, she relaxes her restraint, freely showing her fear and excitement. Trembling now, but yet somehow enthusiastic, she replies, "It's a great opportunity then, th-then to learn of Her. And first-hand experience, no less? Kanivara, we should reach out to her..." she pauses, "She is one of the Lady's Chosen, I believe."
21:51:24.373 Estheld's eyes repeatedly shut as she tries to stay awake.
21:51:49.366 Estheld tells you, "// ignore this."
21:51:50.564 Estheld closes her eyes, curls up into a ball and falls asleep. (( snicker ))
21:53:10.573 Estheld opens her eyes and stretches languidly, a smile on her face.
21:53:13.235 You have emoted: Vash glances down at a small codex before looking back to Estheld and asking "I had no idea, I mean.." he pauses to take a steadying breath "I assumed that I would be beneath Their notice so I did not have know much about Them." glancing once again at a small codex he looks back to Estheld "I was an idiot." (( I was trying to @ the book that was dropped but a plain @book
targeting my codex which I only noticed later ))
21:53:24.159 You yawn suddenly and mightily.
21:53:42.055 You tell Estheld, "(( level 80 or bust...my turn))"
21:53:43.124 You close your eyes, curl up in a ball, and fall asleep. (( unicorns! ))
21:53:43.124 You are afflicted with asleep.
21:54:11.170 You find yourself in a small cavern beside a river, staring down the face of a giant grey spider. Fearing for your life, you try to hide behind a nearby rock. The rock seems fairly loose as you lean forward to keep out of sight. Suddenly, the rock slides forward unexpectedly, and you fall through a large hole that is revealed underneath. With a painful bump you strike ground again, and you find yourself in a cavern filled with rubble. Slowly rummaging through the rubble, you are surprised to find great riches buried underneath the rocks. You climb back out of the cavern, carrying with you the greatest treasure of all.
21:54:13.336 You witness, in an instant, the Creation. The first beginning. Years pass like a swarm of gnats and you feel a new beginning waiting for you, a rebirth of peoples and their mosaic faith tapping its toes in impatience. Images flurry past and you can't even register them all before they scuttle out of perception. A newborn flame and sleeping passion. Newly spoken vows, newly woken woods, newly walked shores of old. Trials of youth, so familiar, rendered peculiar. And behind it all, the voices of the prophets chant ceaselessly, "A new day is upon us!"
21:54:17.594 You open your eyes and stretch languidly, feeling deliciously well-rested.
21:54:17.594 You have cured asleep.
21:54:21.671 You stand up and stretch your arms out wide.
21:55:01.312 You can see the following 5 objects:
21:55:01.312 "canister54793" a sludge filled, sealed and reinforced canister.
21:55:01.312 "Sneak66386" Sneak, the Numerologist.
21:55:01.312 "monolith sigil214012" a monolith sigil.
21:55:01.312 "bucket296121" an iron-banded bucket (empty).
21:55:01.312 "book79912" a simple book entitled, "Lady Chakrasul, A Study Guide".
21:55:04.181 This small codex has been made with dark wooden covers to protect the white pages within from being easily damaged. An ornate bronze latch keeps the codex held shut when not in use. It has no title upon the covers, only a simple reoccurring pattern made from recognisable geometric shapes.
21:57:16.925 You tell Estheld, "(( I just realized that @book
resolved to Vash's codex, it was supposed to resolve to the study guide She left...so yeah..))"
21:57:42.165 Estheld tells you, "// oh, do II book?"
21:58:47.864 You have emoted: Vash glances down at a simple book entitled, "Lady Chakrasul, A Study Guide" once again "I can take it right...I mean She left it for me" he looks back to Estheld "right?"
21:58:48.954 You have recovered balance on all limbs. (( Remmeber kids, when targeting an object always use the numer! ))
21:59:08.912 You tell Estheld, "(( Yup, had to use the # ))"
22:00:32.080 Apparently, Estheld doesn't feel the need to glorify your statement with any sort of assurance, but at the question, the answer is an immediate "Yes." She gives pause, observing her friend in the dim light of the library - "She tormented you - but gave you an opportunity there."
22:02:34.242 You have emoted: Vash takes a few steadying breaths before reaching down, pausing for a moment, and then picking up a simple book entitled, "Lady Chakrasul, A Study Guide".
22:03:06.427 You open a simple book to page 1 and begin reading.
22:03:06.427 Lady Chakrasul, A Study Guide, Page 1, by Captain Dio Vasaar.
22:03:06.427 TABLE OF CONTENTS