Order of Silver Tears Tourney, 12/7/2002, Rest of Ages Inn

As posted on the message boards, Order of Silver Tears folder, posts #60 and #61, on 12/7/2002 by SOLONDAR, entitled "Tournament of the Arts" (Day 1 and 2)

[Rest of Ages Inn, Taproot Tavern]
Hollowed out of massive roots, this tavern is homey yet somehow elegant. Intimate tables of rich woods in the shape of large slices of tree trunks are surrounded by plush banquettes. The semi-circular bar is hewn from the tree itself, carefully sculpted into a single piece and covered with glorious depictions of forest life in the golden Elven age. It is low to the ground, and patrons sit on velvet pillows around it conversing with Ulipher, the silver-haired tapster. You also see a blue checkered cloth with some stuff on it and a menu.
Obvious exits: up.

Guest List

(not posted)

Set List

Day 1:

Solondar: The Everlasting Bond
Matrina: Seasons of Love
Niteshiver: "interracial love song"
Xanzie: Dagis Fana and Lasaijen Asman
Khestryl: "father's tale"

Day 2:

Solondar: "tale of adventure from my past"
Pielle: Morganae, The Queen of The Mountain
Trantris: "your history"
Ravlina (Daerlynn): The Bardess
Janneth: "about those boys"
Cleosha: Ageless Bound
Daerlynn, Heston, Xaphira: "journey of the night"
Ravlina: "a cow and a cougar"

Concert

Tournament of the Arts Day 1 (long) on 12/7/2002 12:26:44 PM
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[Rest of Ages Inn, Taproot Tavern]
Hollowed out of massive roots, this tavern is homey yet somehow elegant. Intimate tables of rich woods in the shape of large slices of tree trunks are surrounded by plush banquettes. The semi-circular bar is hewn from the tree itself, carefully sculpted into a single piece and covered with glorious depictions of forest life in the golden Elven age. It is low to the ground, and patrons sit on velvet pillows around it conversing with Ulipher, the silver-haired tapster. You also see a blue checkered cloth with some stuff on it and a menu.
Also in the room: Diuran who is sitting, Troubadour Raziaar who is sitting, Niteshiver, Eleneri who is sitting, Warrior Poet Xanzie who is sitting, Cleosha, Bard Draconita who is sitting, Servium who is sitting, Patron Greyhallow, Aes-Danai Matrina, Student Salustian, Champion Dhargar who is sitting, Khestryl, Vidra who is sitting, Kerianna, Trantris, Darkskye who is sitting, and Fennec who is sitting.
Obvious exits: up.

Kerianna says, "A greeing to all good folk, and welcome to the Order of Silver Tears Tournament of the Arts. I am Kerianna, and before I let a certain bard run amok, I hope you will allow me a few words."

Raziaar shoots Solondar an accusatory glance.
Eleneri looks at Niteshiver and blushes.

Kerianna says, "I wish merely to tell those who may be unfamiliar with us a bit of our ways."

Xanzie blinks.

Kerianna says, "We are researchers of the Elven ways, devoting ourselves to discover and unite the ways of all clans."

Kerianna says, "In this matter, we sponsor various events like tonight's festivities to offer the knowledge of our ancestors to everyone. Both of Elven decent and other Races. "

Kerianna says, "If any of you would like further information about us, please see myself or another member afterwards. We would be happy to speak to you of things. "

Kerianna says, "And now, without further ado, may I introduce tonight's Master of Ceremonies.. "

Kerianna says, "Solondar Wolfstooth, who shall go about explaining the rules of the Tournament and get us undersway. "

Matrina whistles at Solondar.

Solondar smiles.

Solondar bows.

Solondar says, "thank you fair lady"

Kerianna smiles at Solondar.

Solondar says, "and welcome all to the first of hopefully many such tournaments of the arts"

Solondar smiles warmly.

Solondar says, "the rules are simple...."

Solondar says, "perform and you perhaps will take home the noble steed out front"

Solondar says, "each competitor will be judged on three components"

Solondar says, "style, orginality and accuracy, each give a score of 1-10 with the three being added for a grand total"

Solondar says, "this way all types of performances are able to compete against each other"

Solondar says, "now the only thing we ask of the audience tonight is while someone is performing to be respectful"

Solondar says, "laugh and enjoy the tales put forward tonight"

Solondar says, "but please keep your conversations private so the judges can concentrate on their task at hand"

Solondar says, "now to prove chivalry is not dead and to since usually everyone is nervous to go first"

Khestryl gnaws on her lip.

Solondar says, "I'll perform a short piece while I give our first competitor time to prepare themselves"

Solondar exclaims, "good luck to everyone and enjoy!"



Solondar lovingly says, "The Everlasting Bond"

Solondar gets an ice-white birch mitbiq banded with azurite-inlaid silver rings from inside your backpack.

Solondar kisses his ice-white birch mitbiq as he begins a soft gentle melody. He lets the music fill the room and begins his performance.

Solondar tenderly sings in a tenor voice:

    "Once upon a time there were two elven loves
     Complimenting each other, like a hand to a glove
     Teresa and Charly names given at birth
     Their love knew no bounds twixt heaven and earth"

Solondar sweetly sings in a tenor voice:

    "Charly a sailor, travelling the world round
     The sea was his life, never happy a'ground
     Teresa, the daughter of a captain of the guard
     With her smile and her voice, made her naturally a bard"

Solondar returns the mitbiq to his lips and blows a spriteful variation of a local drinking tune.

Solondar lovingly sings in a tenor voice:

    "Seperated they were 'til a day happened when
     A certain lad's ship docked near Teresa's glen
     True love's never planned, rarely happens that way
     But for those two young elves, they knew from that day!"

Solondar happily sings in a tenor voice:

    "Charly stumbled down the walk and off of the ship
     Looking for a tavern and some good drink to sip
     Unbeknownst to him, on that tavern's stage
     Teresa was singing, earning barely a wage"

Solondar cheerfully sings in a tenor voice:

    "She noticed a sailor as he walked through the door
     Soon a feeling was stirring, warming her to the core
     Charly entered the tavern to a very sweet voice
     To him it was clear, here was tonight's choice"

Solondar happily sings in a tenor voice:

    "Ending her song with a wink and a smile
     Headed to the bar to sit for a while
     Peaceful and alone until a tap on her shoulder
     Brought her face to face with the sailor before her"

Solondar sweetly sings in a tenor voice:

    "'Excuse me fair lady, I'm sure ye've heard this before.
     Your voice is quite lovely, I'd like to hear more!'
     Charly motioned to a table towards the back
     All the while hoping her reply wasn't a smack"

Solondar tenderly sings in a tenor voice:

    "'Good seaman, ye know I don't sing for free!
     But I can't think of a spot that I'd rather be!'
     So together they sat at the small little table
     Laughing and drinking, exchanging some fables"

Solondar wistfully sings in a tenor voice:

    "Never apart from that night forward
     A life together they walked toward
     Exploring the world, asea and ashore
     Never a moment that they'd call a bore"

Solondar lovingly sings in a tenor voice:

    "Their greatest adventure began one starry night
     Alone in a forest beneath gentle moonlight
     Enjoying their time in quiet solitude
     Soon the night took on a more romantic mood"

Solondar plays a gentle serende on his ice-white birch mitbiq.

Solondar happily sings in a tenor voice:

    "After that night, they lived without a care
     Until it appeared that Teresa had a child to bear
     Nervously together they await the little one
     And after many nights worrying they had a son"

Solondar blows a triumphant triplet on his ice-white birch mitbiq.

    "They settled down near here, for just a short while
     While the little toddler had their hearts beguiled
     Teaching him the skills of father and mother
     Sharing the love they had for each other"

Solondar cheerfully sings in a tenor voice:

    "And when the boy was old enough
     The trio picked up from where they left off
     Wandering the lands with their son in tow
     Beaming with pride while watching him grow"

Solondar takes a slight moment to compose himself before playing a slow passage on his mitbiq.

Solondar regretfully sings in a tenor voice:

    "They continued to do that for hundreds of years
     Until something occurred, which everyone fears
     The gentle caress of Urrem'tier's embrace
     Which into each life unfortunately must grace"

Solondar plays a soft mournful dirge you recognize as Elven descent.

Solondar painfully sings in a tenor voice:

    "Charly was first, all those years of smokin'
     Three months later, Teresa with a heart that was broken
     Away from each other, even just for a bit
     Their love was so strong, not even in death would it quit!"

A tear runs down Eleneri's face.

Solondar quietly says, "In honor of Teresa and Charly"

You say in Ilithic, "Mother, Father, may Eluned and Faenella guide ye safely through ye new realms "

Solondar lightly runs a finger over the Soul Knot on his pin, smiling softly as it seems to quiver under his touch.

A tear runs down Solondar's face.

Solondar smiles weakly as he returns to his seat before the crowd.

Eleneri begins to weep softly.

Vidra sniffles.

Khestryl sniffles.

Xanzie gazes sadly at Solondar.

Khestryl rubs Solondar gently, massaging his sore muscles.

Cloudcrest looks with concern at Solondar.

Solondar says, "now aren't you all glad I'm a judge tonight"

Solondar hums a mischievous tune.

Kerianna grins at Solondar.

Jordan chuckles.

Matrina ponders.

Xanzie is giggling at Solondar.

Cleosha cackles at Solondar!

Niteshiver says, "i thought ye were the clown warmup act"

Vidra chuckles.

Khestryl grins at Niteshiver.

Solondar says to Niteshiver, "no actually that is for your performance"

Solondar winks.

Niteshiver cackles!

Dhargar says, "I especially like that one lyric about him fearing her to smack him"



Solondar says, "now please everyone give a loud moo for our first competitor"

Dhargar says, "made me remember my woman from the north"

Matrina beams!

Dhargar grins at Solondar.

Draconita chuckles at Solondar!

Dhargar says, "she sure could slap"

Dhargar nods.

Dhargar grins at Solondar.

Niteshiver grins.

Matrina clears her throat.

Solondar says, "welcome to the front Matrina de'Arville with a song to regale us all"

Khestryl chuckles at Dhargar.

Khestryl lets out a loud "Huzzah!"

Matrina says, "possibly."

Matrina smiles, revealing dimples in her cheeks.

Khestryl beams at Matrina!

Matrina inhales a great swallow of air.

Matrina says, "I rarely speak of my parents, they've been gone for some time now. My mother, an elven bardess, father was a wealthy elven trader."

Matrina says, "Father was oft to take long trips to trade his wares, I remember my mother singing out this song to him as he drove his caravan down the lane from our small house here in Leth Deriel."

Matrina gets a scarlet gypsy tambourine with fluttering multi-colored ribbons from inside her instrument case.

You listen with appreciation as Matrina plays a gentle lullaby with total mastery.

Matrina says, "Seasons of Love..."

Matrina sweetly sings in a soprano voice:

    "Give me hope,
     Give me reasons.
     Give me light,
     Within the seasons."

Matrina longingly sings in a soprano voice:

    "Hear my soul,
     Heed the call
     Follow my voice,
     Into colorful fall."

Matrina taps her gypsy tambourin gently, smiling as she remembers her mother.

Matrina dreamily sings in a soprano voice:

    "Let my heart,
     Make yours stay
     Deep into winter,
     And beyond I pray."

Matrina tenderly sings in a soprano voice:

    "In the springtime,
     When life is anew
     Let the breeze of
     My lips cover you."

Matrina pauses and stands on her tip toes, seeming to strain to see a vision of her father as he turns and waves back to his waiting family.

Matrina wistfully sings in a soprano voice:

    "Golden Light of summer,
     Warm the hope again,
     Let us slip into love,
     My forever friend."

Xanzie smiles.

Matrina shakes her gypsy tambourine for a lingering note, bowing her head with a soft sigh.

With a graceful flutter of her hands, Matrina sinks down in a formal curtsy.

Niteshiver says, "wow beautiful matrina"

Matrina says, "Thank you."

Solondar says, "well done m'lady"

Solondar says, "let the judges converse for a moment and I'll annouce our next competitor"

Xanzie beams at Matrina!

Matrina grins, revealing her dimples.

Raising his dreamer's kiss to Matrina, Niteshiver gives her a toast.

Solondar carefully pens some notes into the margins of his songbook for later reference.

Solondar says, "they have confirmed and Matrina you have been measured"

Solondar cackles at Matrina!

Kerianna gives Solondar a playful poke in the ribs.

Khestryl chuckles at Solondar!

Dhargar says, "geez you guys should have amatuer night I couldn't even come close to coming up with a song like the ones before"

Dhargar grins.

Eleneri pats Dhargar on the back.

Servium nods to Dhargar.

Solondar says, "now before I introduce the next victim"

Xanzie raises an eyebrow.

Khestryl gnaws on her lip.

Raziaar chuckles.

Niteshiver grins.

Dhargar sadly says, "I am not talented."

Khestryl rubs Dhargar gently, massaging his muscles.

Solondar says, "I would like to remind everyone we will be holding this again on the next night for those who have not entered as of yet"

Solondar says, "we have a full slate for this evening but plenty of openings for the second eve"



Solondar says, "now without further ado please welcome Niteshiver Vodou to the center"

Niteshiver slowly empties his lungs.

Xanzie lets out a hearty cheer for Niteshiver!

Matrina whistles at Niteshiver.

Niteshiver says, "This is an esteemed audience"

Niteshiver says, "this is an interracial love song.....it explains itself...."

Niteshiver recites:

    "Elven eyes
     The blood fire of twisted forests
     that clash and winnow
     in the sky-dance dawn"

Niteshiver recites:

    "She said she was too filled
     with ancestral memories
     to love me
     but I said things might change"

Niteshiver recites:

    "So I spun her about
     the spinal mountains and sensual fields
     where herbs and orchids grow
     and bade her taste the soma
     made from honey and summer snows"

Niteshiver recites:

    "I said Look, we are the future
     where love flies on its own wings
     where the green jungle vines and sapphire birds move freely
     through all possible worlds"

Niteshiver recites:

    "I said Ilithi and Gamgweth creates fire
     spirit mixes with the flesh
     The silence of eternities prejudice
     fades when our kisses mesh"

Niteshiver recites:

    "She said elven spirit and human heat
     human spirit and elven fire
     a new passion can they make
     We have been caught in history's mesh and now we can escape
     and she touched my heart with her tonguetip
     and I kissed the pulse in her neck
     and the love we made killed prejudice
     for future Freedom's sake"

Niteshiver bows.

Khestryl gazes at Niteshiver in awe.

Matrina fans herself.

Niteshiver says, "i thank ye all"

Dhargar says, "make me warm all inside for some odd reason I like it"

Solondar says, "seems I started a trend with love songs"

Solondar grins at Niteshiver.

Matrina grins at Solondar, her dimples flashing into view.

Xanzie beams at Niteshiver!

Solondar says, "again a moment for the judges to confirm"

Dhargar says, "great songs I am having a good time this is alot of fun..."

Eleneri smiles dazzlingly at Niteshiver

Dhargar says, "gotta tell me when ye having this again.."

Solondar carefully pens some notes into the margins of his songbook for later reference.

Dhargar says, "makes me remember alotta things about the realms I have forgotten"



Solondar says, "now to continue the trend of love songs nothing but love songs"

Eleneri grins.

Kerianna grins at Solondar.

Solondar says, "please welcome Xanzie Nikeatime with a song of Sand Elf descent"

Raziaar beams at Xanzie!

Xanzie says, "A few translations before I begin, I hope no one minds. "

Dhargar says, "always good to learn something"

Xanzie says, "Laiho is elven for goodbye."

Xanzie says, "Mabasim elcartaroi, arn maite is Very soon we will meet, my love."

Xanzie grins at Raziaar.

Xanzie says, "Elcartaroi elo gowren is We will meet once more."

Khestryl gazes at Xanzie.

Xanzie says, "Please enjoy this story of love lost."

Eleneri gazes at Xanzie.

Xanzie smiles proudly.

Xanzie says, "This is the story of the Sand Elves called "Dagis Fana and Lasaijen Asman", by Xanzie Nikatime."

Raziaar smiles at Xanzie warmly.

Xanzie curtsies gracefully.

Kerianna smiles at Xanzie.

Xanzie pauses calmly, gathering herself as she prepares to sing.

Xanzie sweetly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Dagis was a dusty and worn lad
     Tanned and scuffed from the weather and sand
     It was his first trip to the village gates
     All the people came out to see their new man

     His life they did depend on
     To bring to stocks and needs so they could survive
     And as the traders unloaded their wares
     They inspected him thoroughly with cautious eyes"

Xanzie wistfully sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Her name was Lasaijen
     With tanned skin and ebon hair so true
     Their eyes met and he was caught
     And drenched in her deep pools of blue

     In this raging desert, in this tiny town
     How could this beautiful flower bloom so bright
     He ran his fingers through the garden of her hair
     Reveled in the tenderness of her light"

Eleneri sighs dreamily

Xanzie smiles.

Xanzie longingly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "The time was drawing near to go
     The traders called their driver to his ride
     One last look into her eye
     He touched her cheek to say good bye.

     She said, I will not say laiho to you
     It's too definite and final for my heart, you see
     So do not think that this is a trifle thing
     I say to you, "Mabasim elcartaroi""

Xanzie gazes at Raziaar.

Xanzie sweetly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Mabasim elcartaroi, arn maite
     Elcartaroi elo gowren
     Drive those yeehar forward, boy
     Till the day we will meet again"

Xanzie smiles.

Xanzie tenderly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Many trades and many trails
     Led him to and from this tiny oasis
     Always he made good time and spent his day
     To dive into her eyes, and await the blessing of a kiss

     The sun is nothing to the heat of the heart
     The wind cannot wear down this resolve
     For each time he has to travel on
     She says, "Mabasim elcartaroi""

Xanzie lovingly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Mabasim elcartaroi, arn maite
     Elcartaroi elo gowren
     Drive those yeehar forward, boy
     Till the day we will meet again"

Xanzie sadly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "One day traveling he saw a barge
     Loaded down with ragged migrant ones
     They hailed his ship and he pulled along side
     And asked where they were coming from

     The driver told a chilling tale of slavers on the move
     Moving towards the tiny village and his Lasaijen love
     He spurred his yeehar to faster feats to make it there on time
     His heart boiled in the burning sun as he prayed to the gods above."

Xanzie sadly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "He landed at the gate to a pleading crowd
     He ignored their pleas and asked of his Lasaijen
     "She is gone, Dagis", an old woman said, "On an earlier ride"
     "Yet we know not which way it went."

     Mindlessly he took them all aboard, these refugees of the sand
     To help them escape from the slaver's yoke
     As he left her village for the last time quietly he spoke..."

Xanzie gazes at you sadly.

Xanzie quietly says, "Mabasim elcartaroi, arn maite."

Khestryl frets.

Xanzie wistfully sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Now he drives the land in search of his love
     For ebon hair and deep blue eyes he yearned to see
     He prayed that she was somewhere safe
     It was the only thing he dared to believe

     Each new place he searched for faces
     Each new day he rode the burning sea
     With each new camp he seeks to hear her say,
     "Mabasim elcartaroi."

Xanzie longingly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Mabasim elcartaroi, arn maite
     Elcartaroi elo gowren
     Keep on driving to find your love
     Till the day we will meet again"

Xanzie gazes off into the distance.

Xanzie quietly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Mabasim elcartaroi, arn maite
     Elcartaroi elo gowren
     Drive those yeehar forward, boy
     Till the day we will meet again"

A tear runs down Eleneri's face.

A tear runs down Vidra's face.

Xanzie curtsies gracefully.

A tear runs down Khestryl's face.

Eleneri begins to weep softly.

Niteshiver slowly empties his lungs.

Xanzie beams!

Niteshiver exclaims, "awesome!"

Xanzie blushes, the tips of her ears turning a delicate scarlet hue.
v Raziaar wraps his arms around Xanzie in a loving hug.

Khestryl beams at Xanzie!

Khestryl gazes at Xanzie in awe.

Xanzie slowly empties her lungs.

Solondar says, "now I do where the proverb Inoren daforin bir chol alorisa comes from"

Khestryl gnaws on her lip.

Xanzie smiles at Solondar.

Solondar winks at Xanzie.

Xanzie blushes, the tips of her ears turning a delicate scarlet hue.

Cloudcrest smiles at Xanzie.



Solondar says, "ah now please give a hearty round of applause for the laddy Khestryl Nesbitt with a story of her own to tell"

Khestryl smiles.

Khestryl quietly says, "We elves have a long and glorious history reaching back farther than any other race can remember."

Khestryl slowly says, "Any other race except for the Dwarves."

Khestryl matter-of-factly says, "Our history has had moments of glory and triumph. And also moments of deep dark despair. My father's father would tell a tale once a year by the light of the fire in our Inn."

Khestryl sadly says, "His eyes would well with tears as he told his tale."

Khestryl quietly says, "It was hard for him to relate it, but he did so that we would remember, tell our children and continue our oral tradition."

Khestryl quietly says, "For his remembrance, I am grateful."

Eleneri gazes at Khestryl.

Khestryl quietly says, "Here is my grandfather's tale as told to me."

Khestryl gazes into the distance remembering a time not long ago. A brightly burning fire crackling in a stone hearth and a pair of soft gray eyes gazing at her from her grandfather's lightly tanned face.

Khestryl's attention returns to the present and she gazes out at the crowd. Clearing her throat she begins her tale.

Khestryl loudly says, "*CRACK*"

Vidra blinks.
Eleneri blinks.

Khestryl emphatically says, "The air popped within inches of his ear."

Khestryl harshly says, "Move elven dog or feel the lash again."

Eleneri shudders.

Khestryl recites:

"He glanced up quickly into the swarthy face of the leather clad Dwarven guard perched on the rock directly to his right. "

Khestryl recites:

"'Challenge me, will yeh!' the dwarf growled raising the handle of his whip, letting the length unravel revealing a wickedly barbed end."

Eleneri blanches.
Vidra winces.

Khestryl recites:

"Quickly averting his eyes, he returned to his task. He slowly toiled up the incline tunnel from the dark and damp cavern below."

Khestryl recites:

"His muscles burned from the strain of the load he carried. His hands, slick with blood from newly opened blisters, slipped on the leather straps of the canvas bag filled with mined ore. His stomach roiled with hunger. A hunger little satisfied by the slop that passed as food. When he was allowed it."

Khestryl quietly says, "The one thought that replayed in his brain 'Keep moving, don't let them win'."

Khestryl quietly says, "To give in to the pain meant punishment. Punishments were often worse than the tasks at hand."

Khestryl recites:

"Two steps farther and his body failed him. It had no choice, exhausted and ill fed as it was. Stumbling, he pitched forward slamming first his knees and then shoulders into the hard rock of the mineshaft. He felt a sharp pain in his ribcage as the iron-toed boot of the guard found its mark."

Eleneri wrings her hands.

Khestryl loudly says, "Move, yeh lazy elf! "

Eleneri shivers.
Vidra frowns.

Khestryl recites:

"His breath coming in ragged gasps, he attempted to stand, only to have the guard's boot slam again into his body sending him sprawling to the ground. Sand and sharp rocks grated against his cheek, gouging the flesh and causing new wounds to open and bleed."

Jeruliath frowns.
Vidra shakes her fist!

Khestryl painfully says, "'Keep moving' his mind echoed, but his body would not, could not respond."

Khestryl recites:

"'Tha's it, yeh asked for it!' exclaimed the guard and with a flick of his muscular wrist the air cracked at the end of the whip."

Khestryl recites:

"The thin fabric of the shirt that barely covered him shredded easily and new welts rose on his back. Old scars ripped away easily under the barbs of the whip. His ears rang with the whistle of the leather snake wielded by the dwarf and pain shot through his body each time it descended."

Eleneri growls ferociously!
Xanzie winces.
Vidra sighs.

Khestryl hopelessly says, " Darkness stole him just as the blackened sole of the guard's boot smashed into his face."

A tear runs down Eleneri's face.

Khestryl lowers her eyes and gazes at the floor, composing herself. A heavy sigh escapes her as she lifts her head and sadly gazes deeply into your eyes. Scanning the room, she continues with her tale, her voice taking on a different tone and timbre creating a new mood.

Khestryl quietly says, "'Terryn...Terryn...wake up my son'."

Khestryl recites:

"He awoke slowly and sleepily gazed into her soft gray eyes."

Khestryl recites:

"'Terryn, quickly now. You must run to the forest and hide'. Her voice had an odd urgency to it."

Khestryl recites:

"His mother kissed the little boy softly and swiftly on the cheek, stroked his hair and sat him up in bed. Glancing out the window quickly, she scanned the tidy yard."

Khestryl recites:

"Turning back to her son, she whispered, 'The dwarven legions are marching on the village. You must run and hide'."

Vidra sniffles.

Khestryl quietly says, "'But mama...' the boy pleaded."

A tear runs down Eleneri's face.

Khestryl recites:

"She cut him off with a finger to his lips and continued 'Run and hide like you have in the past. Remember when you hid so well, even you father's hunting dog could not find you? You must do that now. Do that to save your life'."

Khestryl recites:

"Grabbing his woolen cloak, she draped it about his shoulders. She handed him a small sack and urged him towards the window. Outside the air was cool and eerily still. The moon shown brightly and cast long shadows over the yard. In the near-by woods, Terryn could see flickering orbs of flame bobbing in and out of the underbrush."

Khestryl recites:

"She whispered in his ear, 'They are searching the forest, my son. Be swift and silent now, as your father taught you.' "

Khestryl recites:

"'But mama...' he managed to squeak out, tears welling in his eyes. 'I will not leave you, I cannot. I am not afraid.'"

Khestryl recites:

"Gazing into his eyes she saw his thinly concealed fright. Two crystal tears slid down her cheek as she gently kissed his forehead reassuringly."

Khestryl quietly says, "'I will follow behind you, Terryn. I will meet you in the secret grove behind the moss-covered boulder. You remember the one?'"

Khestryl recites:

"Terryn nodded. With one last glance at his mother, he reluctantly slipped out the window into the dark night."

Khestryl recites:

"Peering into the shadows he darted for the cover of the nearby trees. He did not make it much farther when he heard the explosion. Jerking around, he saw his house erupt in flames and heard the screams of his mother."

Vidra begins pouting.
A tear runs down Eleneri's face.

Khestryl quietly says, " And then, a more horrible sound. Silence. Her screaming stopped short as hot air scorched her lungs."

Khestryl recites:

"Forgetting his age, he ran back towards the inferno, his only thought to save his mother."

Khestryl recites:

"The dwarven raiders who had started the fire grabbed the boy, strangled him, cutting off his breath then stuffed him into a foul smelling sack so he could not move. The stench invaded his senses, his stomach roiled with rising bile and darkness overtook him."

Khestryl coughs.
Khestryl sighs heavily.
Khestryl painfully says, "A kicking in his side..."
Khestryl emphatically says, "A yell..."
Khestryl quietly says, "And he was awake."

Khestryl recites:

"'Rise, dog! To the pit wid ye!' the guard snarled, kicking the forty year old elven man in the ribs."

Khestryl quietly says, "Painfully, slowly, the young elf rose to his feet in preparation for his punishment..."

Khestryl quietly says, "A punishment he had received every day since he first arrived in the mine."

Khestryl hugs her cloak close to her body, lowering her gaze to the floor. Her lips move slightly as she utters a quiet prayer to her elders, remembering the tales her grandfather told her of his youth.

Khestryl bows.

Niteshiver says, "bravo"

Eleneri exclaims, "Bravo!"

Khestryl slowly empties her lungs.

Solondar says,"well told tale, Netheriel would be proud"

Khestryl smiles at Solondar.

Dhargar says, "it Felt as if I was there"

Khestryl smiles at Dhargar.

Dhargar says, "well done."

Dhargar nods.

Solondar says, "again I would like to congratulate all of tonight's competitors"

Solondar says, "regardless of the judges thoughts you are all winners by any standard"

Niteshiver nods.

Niteshiver says, "amen"

Eleneri nods.

Khestryl smiles at Cloudcrest.

Solondar says, "now in interest to keep you all in good favor with our Order"

Dhargar says, "I feel for the judges to have to judge it"

Greyhallow says, "It has been difficult I assure you."

Kerianna nods to Greyhallow.

Solondar says, "I'd like to close tonights competition and invite you all to the next evening of competition"

Cloudcrest beams at Solondar! What a warm feeling!

Kerianna smiles at Solondar.

Cloudcrest asks, "Will the winners be announced then?"

Solondar says, "that way everyone will be able to attend Cesiro's auction of lovely and rare goods"

Kerianna nods to Cloudcrest.

Solondar says, "we will award the winners who are in attendence tomorrow or personally deliver them at a later date"



Tournament of the Arts Day 2 (long) on 12/7/2002 12:29:30 PM
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[Rest of Ages Inn, Taproot Tavern]
Hollowed out of massive roots, this tavern is homey yet somehow elegant. Intimate tables of rich woods in the shape of large slices of tree trunks are surrounded by plush banquettes. The semi-circular bar is hewn from the tree itself, carefully sculpted into a single piece and covered with glorious depictions of forest life in the golden Elven age. It is low to the ground, and patrons sit on velvet pillows around it conversing with Ulipher, the silver-haired tapster. You also see a blue checkered cloth with some stuff on it and a menu.
Also in the room: Tarissa, Silversparks, Warden Dulcinia, Vigil Keeper Ketrianna, Apprentice Sylvester who is sitting, Eleneri who is sitting, Sonnie who is sitting, Derforgala, Pyrolian who is sitting, Kerianna, Trantris, Ravlina who is sitting, Wordsmith Pielle who is sitting, and Bard Draconita who is sitting.
Obvious exits: up.

Solondar says, "please forgive the small delay as we are waiting for the last judge to arrive"

Solondar says, "but in the mean time if you all would like to sit back and enjoy I'd be happy to regale you all with a tale"

Eleneri settles in with her milk for the storytelling

Solondar begins his performance for the audience.

Solondar exclaims, ""Here's a tale of adventure from my past!"

Solondar recites:

    "The storyteller is
     The most popular person
     In the tavern, they say...
     But in my experience,
     There's always some youngin
     Who thinks he knows better"

Ravlina rearranges her skirt around her ankles and leans back, waiting for the story.
Sylvester covers his ears with his hands.

Solondar recites:

    ""You old phony! There's no such things as unicorns!", said the young pup
     As others in the tavern muttered in agreement
     I said" You calling a bard of Faenella,
     Keeper of the land's lore a liar?""

Solondar recites:

    ""Not exactly," he stammered as he backed away
     "Good! Because we may be drunks and lechers,

     But never liars!""

Solondar grins.
Ravlina chuckles.
Derforgala grins.
Pielle grins at Solondar.

Solondar recites:

    "As a matter of fact, I know unicorns exist
     Because I've seen one myself!
     Of course one might persuade me to tell the tale...."

Solondar looks at his empty mug.
Solondar winks at the barmaid refilling his glass. He sits down in a chair in the center of the room and prepares to continue his tale.

Sylvester's face ripples with a disgustingly sweet smile.

Solondar recites:

    "Well then! It was in me younger days
     Never you mind how young
     When i was a bit of a rogue...."

Ravlina flicks one ear back as though listening for something.

Solondar recites:

    "Not that I broke any laws, but sometimes
     People lost things that ended up in my pockets
     Which of course led to some misunderstandings"

Solondar smirks as he watches everyone search their pockets

Solondar recites:

    "Twas one such misunderstanding that caused me
     To spend some time away from my home of Deriel
     There was a rumor going around at the time
     Of a rare jewel, property of an old elf
     Living in the Forest of Night"

Solondar recites:

    "The Forest Pearl it was called
     And it was said the old elf
     Would give it to the right person
     If they could find their way
     Through the winding trails of the wood"

Solondar exclaims, "And getting lost in the woods was mighty appealing to me at that time!"

Solondar recites:

    "You see I had no idea
     That such a small trinket
     Which appeared in my pocket
     After bumping into that dwarf
     Could be a clannish heirloom"

Solondar recites:

    "Wandering around the forest
     I dreamt about the Forest Pearl
     And the old elf,
     Figuring ways to talk him out of the bauble
     If he was as old as they said
     His wits couldn't be that sharp!"

Solondar recites:

    "Besides I'd be doing him a favor
     Taking the burden of caring for it off his hands!"

Solondar recites:

    "So I kept walking
     Only a little concerned
     That I was never quite able
     To find the edge of the forest again!"

Solondar recites:

    "Nevertheless, the time
     Passed pleasantly
     And uneventfully--
     Until the seventh day"

Solondar recites:

    "It was high noon
     And I could hear the welcome sound
     Of water uphead in a clearing,
     I could just spot through the leaves.
     I paused in the shadows catching my breath"

Solondar recites:

    "That's when I saw her!
     The most magnificent creature
     Ever I had seen!"

Solondar gasps!
Ravlina gasps!

Solondar recites:

    "Her horn sparkled like
     A jeweled wand, her eyes
     Blue as sapphires
     And wildflowers tangled in
     Her platimum-colored mane"

Sylvester clucks his tongue and shakes his head.

Solondar recites:

    "Her entire form
     Was a combination
     Of magic and grace"

Solondar recites:

    "Alas I must have
     Made some small sound
     For that indigo eye
     Peered straight into my soul"

Solondar recites:

    "Then in a single bound
     Away she dissappered"

Solondar sighs.

Solondar recites:

    "Shaken I was,
     With what I beheld
     It's not every day
     You see a myth made real"

Solondar recites:

    "Trying harder to find
     My way out the forest
     With no better luck
     I could always feel her
     Watching over me
     The several next days"

Solondar recites:

    "Seeing a flash of
     White out of the corner
     Of my eye,or hearing
     Her soft breathing
     Not scared but feeling uneasy"

Solondar recites:

    "I had no idea what
     I would find next
     But two nights later..."

Solondar pauses breifly in his story. You see his face tighten up as if recalling some great pain

Solondar recites:

    "I woke in the middle
     Of the night to the
     Sounds of wolves baying
     Sounding close I reached for my crossbow"

Solondar recites:

    "Under normal circumstances
     I'd be heading as far away
     As I could but alas,
     Nothing was normal that night!"

Solondar recites:

    "Gone barely half a league I saw them,
     She'd put up a fight
     But they had her trapped"

Solondar recites:

    "It seemed strange that
     An ordinary pack could
     Threaten a creature like her
     Then I spotted the leader
     And knew he was no ordinary wolf!"

Solondar recites:

    "Now I can't stand to see beauty harmed,
     As I sighted on the leader
     I felt his icy stare on me
     Freezing me in my place
     Unable to move a finger"

Solondar exclaims, "Suddenly they attacked!!!"
Solondar springs suddenly fowards causing you to flinch backwards in shock.

Solondar recites:

    "A bare instant was all
     Before the monster's minions were on me,
     Scrambling for my knives
     My hands suddenly slick with blood"

Pielle blinks.

Solondar recites:

    "Their rank breath all around me
     As their claws tore at my face
     Then suddenly the attacks had stop

     But not before I paid their price"

Solondar rubs his blood-wolf eyepatch absentmindedly.

Solondar recites:

    "Somehow the unicorn,
     Her blue eyes flashing
     Like lightning, had saved me"

Solondar recites:

    "Looking back I saw the shot of a lifetime,
     But I wasn't going to appreciate it
     As my vision dimmed,
     I saw the unicorn again,
     Head bowed as if in mourning"

Solondar recites:

    "Then there was a flash
     Of brilliant white hot
     Pain--as if molten silver
     Seared my flesh, then
     Everything went black...."

Solondar recites:

    "I awoke near after dawn
     Faint scars where there were wounds
     With the unicorn gazing serenely at me
     She took a few steps
     then looked over her shoulder"

Solondar recites:

    "Now I've never been one
     To turn down the invitation
     Of a beautiful lady
     Even when she had saved my life!"

Solondar winks to the pretty barmaid serving drinks.
Pyrolian grins.
Cleosha snickers.

Solondar recites:

    "By midday we reached our destination
     "Greeting's old elf! I am Solondar
     I apologize for the intrusion.
     But I've been lost many days in the woods
     Until this gracious lady led me here.""

Solondar recites:

    ""Then you are indeed most fortunate," the old elf replied
     "I receive few visitors
     I'm surprised you were allowed.""

Solondar recites:

    "He then asked my intentions
     To which I could not lie
     "I came for the pearl, but
     After last night. I'd glady
     Just leave with my life!""

Solondar recites:

    "I'd assume the unicorn was his
     Until he then spoke,
     "If she led you here then,
     Perhaps you'll leave with both.""

Solondar recites:

    "The old elf then asked,
     "What do you think, Pearl?
     Do you want to go with him?""

Solondar recites:

    "And so we left the forest together"

Solondar winks to someone in the back of the room. You see a flash of platium hair as a lady walks out.

Solondar's performance ends.

Solondar asks Kerianna, "is it too late for me to enter?"

Solondar winks at Kerianna.

Kerianna grins at Solondar.

Derforgala grins.
Dulcinia whistles like a lark at Solondar.
Solondar says, "now folks I appreciate you patience if you give us a few more moments we shall begin"

Solondar says, "and please have another libation to tide you over"

Solondar points at a blue checkered cloth on the floor.

Dulcinia says, "oooo libation"

Kerianna grins at Dulcinia.

Dyten asks, "So whats going on here tonight?"

Dyten grins.

Dulcinia says, "entertainment, and it's not costing a silver a second"

Ravlina says, "That's what you think..I'm chargin a copper for every word I sing.."
Ravlina nods to Dulcinia.

Dulcinia quietly says to Ravlina, "I hope yer not overly verbose."

Ravlina swishes her tail through the air.


 

Kerianna says, "A greeing to all good folk, and welcome to the Order of Silver Tears Tournament of the Arts. I am Kerianna, and before I let a certain bard run amok, I hope you will allow me a few words."

Kerianna says, "I wish merely to tell those who may be unfamiliar with us a bit of our ways."
Kerianna says, "We are researchers of the Elven ways, devoting ourselves to discover and unite the ways of all clans. "
Kerianna says, "In this matter, we sponsor various events like tonight's festivities to offer the knowledge of our ancestors to everyone. Both of Elven decent and other Races."

Ravlina's tail swishes through the air.

Kerianna says, "If any of you would like further information about us, please see myself or another member afterwards. We would be happy to speak to you of things. "

Kerianna says, "And now, without further ado, may I introduce tonight's Master of Ceremonies.. "
Kerianna says, "Solondar Wolfstooth, who shall go about explaining the rules of the Tournament and get us undersway. "

Kerianna gently kisses Solondar on the cheek.

Solondar says, "good eve again to you all and thank you much for bearing with us"

Kerianna takes a sip of her frostwynne.

Solondar says, "welcome the the tournament of the arts, the first of hopefully many"

Solondar says, "the rules are quite simple, while someone is performing please be respectful of them"
Solondar says, "feel free to reacted to them but please keep all other matters to mere whispers as not to disturb"

Solondar says, "each contestant will be judged in three areas, style, originality of the pieces, and their accuracy"
Solondar says, "with those categories added together to arrive at their final score"

Solondar says, "now normally I would perform something so noone would worry about having to go first"

Khestryl grins.

Ravlina chortles softly at some secret joke.
Janneth raises an eyebrow.

Solondar says, "but since I had to play that card a little earlier, please a hearty round of applause for our first contestant"

Cleosha chuckles.
Ravlina gets an impish expression on her face, and lets out a hearty cheer.

Dulcinia says, "tell us who it is and I'll applaud"
Dulcinia ducks her head.
Kerianna grins at Dulcinia.

Solondar says, "Pielle Ru'benta, a bardess who really needs no other introduction"

Dulcinia smiles brightly.
Pielle grins.
Janneth says, "Oh, I like cheese"

Sonnie gazes at Pielle in admiration.
Cleosha grins at Pielle.



Pielle darkly says, "The tale which you are about to hear is historically accurate in the eyes of every Elf in Elanthia. It is a dark tale of betrayal, murder, and retribution."

Janneth squints at Pielle, then throws some soft wine-laced cheese in her direction. Oooo, near miss!

Ravlina lets out a hearty cheer for Pielle!

Janneth says, "Wups"
Janneth blinks.
Janneth takes a seat.

Pielle says, "I now present to you: Morganae, The Queen of The Mountain. By Pielle Ru'benta."

With a graceful flutter of her hands, Pielle sinks down in a formal curtsy.

Pyrolian leans forward and rests his chin in his hand, a thoughtful expression on his face.
Eleneri gazes at Pielle.

Pielle sweetly sings in a soprano voice:

    "An innocent child, her eyes all aglow
     Followed her parents to chambers below.
     Father and mother were so proud that day
     "Dwarves and Elves sharing bread!"
     She heard them blithly say."

Pielle sings in a soprano voice:

    "Too many days, too many nights
     The Elven and Dwarven had kept up their fight
     Now they would meet
     Bring Dwarves to the light.
     And soon it would come to an end."

Pielle sings in a soprano voice:

    "Morganae and kin, sat down for the feast.
     The Dwarves' buffet laiden with all diff'rent beasts.
     Wine was poured out for her parents to drink
     The children drank water
     But their spirits did not sink."

Pielle guzzles down some of her wine and then smacks her lips and wipes them with her sleeve.
Pielle winks.

Pielle sings in a soprano voice:

    "Too many days, too many nights
     But Elven and Dwarven would break off the fight.
     The wine was so sweet
     They could not see their plight
     But soon it would come to an end."

Pielle sings in a soprano voice:

    "Shortly thereafter, her parents did sleep.
     She never could wake them from this rest so deep.
     She pushed and fell on them, but to her dismay
     "The wine was what took them"
     Between smirks, the Dwarves did say."

Pielle sings in a soprano voice:

    "Too many days, too many nights
     The innocent children could nae struggle nor fight.
     They were made slaves
     In a place without light
     It seemed they would not see an end."

Pielle firmly sings in a soprano voice:

    "Morganae worked hard, and she grew strong.
     So many years, she remembered one song.
     She sang of their plight, to remind all her kin
     But the Dwarves did not hear it
     T'was muffled in the din."

Pielle hums a mischievous tune.

Pielle sings in a soprano voice:

    "Too many days, too many nights
     The hard-labored Elven were losing thier fight.
     They worked as slaves
     They'd forgotten the light
     But soon it would come to an end."

Pielle confidently sings in a soprano voice:

    "Then one cold night, Morganae raised fist.
     A personal Army in which Elves did enlist
     Drew up their hammer and brought it down hard
     Atop all their masters
     Upon thier dark lords."

Pielle shakes her fist!

Pielle sings in a soprano voice:

    "Too many days, too many nights
     The Elven were destined to win this dark fight.
     Morganae's rememb'ring
     Shined brighter than light
     Their terror did come to an end."

Pielle darkly says, "Some would say that in the haunting of her memories, Morganae herself is as cold hearted as the cold mountain she dwells in. And some would say that what we do not remember..."

Pielle darkly says, "We are doomed to repeat."
Pielle sinks into a deep curtsy.

Raising her Elven frostwynne to Pielle, Eleneri gives her a toast.
Draconita applauds.
Cleosha grins at Pielle.
Pyrolian lets out a hearty cheer for Pielle!
Pyrolian pats Pielle on the back.

Janneth checks her hands to make sure they are empty.
Janneth applauds.

Sonnie gazes happily at Pielle.
Ravlina giggles at Janneth.
Janneth blushes furiously!

Pielle says, "Thank you."

Solondar says, "very well done my dear, and you were nervous earlier"
Pielle grins at Solondar.

Solondar gives Pielle a little prod between the shoulder blades.

Pielle blushes a bright red color.

Janneth quietly says to Pielle, "Sorry about the cheese"

Pielle giggles at Janneth.
Pielle says, "It's alright dear.. that bardic skin ... helps dodgin thrown food"
Pielle grins.



Solondar says, "now the only male tonight, who I've been told has ordered some to come tonight"

Solondar hums a mischievous tune.

Ravlina chuckles.
Cleosha chuckles.

Janneth clears her throat.
Janneth whistles a merry tune.
Salustian grins.
Ravlina flicks one ear back as though listening for something.

Solondar says, "please welcome to the forefront Lord Trantis Esseylon and his marital tale"

Solondar says, "oh wait that's martial"

Trantris smiles.

Dulcinia whistles a few soft, twittering notes.

Trantris clears his throat.

Trantris says, "An... introductory word, if you will forgive me."

Kerianna smiles at Trantris.

Trantris says, "When I am through, you will either be moved to absolute adoration of me, or you will try to lynch me."

Silversparks chuckles.
Ketrianna grins at Trantris.
Khestryl raises an eyebrow in Trantris's direction.
Dulcinia chuckles at Trantris.

Janneth quietly says to herself, "I bet I know which I'll do"
Cleosha grins at Janneth.

Trantris says, "Now, I have been out of this business for some forty years. In that time, my once unparalled ability to read an audience has rather waned."

Trantris says, "So in the case of the former, well, so much the better."

Trantris says, "I have, of course, made provisions for the latter circumstance."

Trantris smiles pleasantly.

Janneth raises an eyebrow in Trantris's direction.
Janneth grumbles.
Eleneri raises an eyebrow.
Khestryl squints.

Trantris says, "So, without further ado and all that..."

Trantris says, "My lords, ladies, and gentlemen, your history:"

Trantris clears his throat.

Trantris sings:

    "Come hear the news, 'tis time to rejoice,
     Teiro, Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa.
     Our people are given again a Voice,
     Teiro, Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa."

Trantris sings:

    "Teiro, Teiro, dirais Jaun Teiro,
     Jaun Teiro, mahai unbanoren,
     Teiro, Teiro, Teiro, Teiro,
     Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa."

Trantris sings:

    "Lord Teiro's banner above us we'll raise,
     Teiro, Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa.
     Now at last we'll avenge our infamous days,
     Teiro, Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa."

Trantris sings:

    "Teiro, Teiro, dirais Jaun Teiro,
     Jaun Teiro, mahai unbanoren,
     Teiro, Teiro, Teiro, Teiro,
     Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa."

Trantris sings:

    "So come, dear friends, no more forsake hope,
     Teiro, Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa.
     For we'll string up the dwarves all on a rope,
     Teiro, Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa."

Trantris sings:

    "Teiro, Teiro, dirais Jaun Teiro,
     Jaun Teiro, mahai unbanoren,
     Teiro, Teiro, Teiro, Teiro,
     Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa."

Trantris sings:

    "And now brave Targel spurns Lanival,
     Teiro, Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa.
     The human scum are due for a fall,
     Teiro, Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa."

Dulcinia blinks.

Trantris sings:

    "Teiro, Teiro, dirais Jaun Teiro,
     Jaun Teiro, mahai unbanoren,
     Teiro, Teiro, Teiro, Teiro,
     Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa."

Ravlina curls her tail around her waist

Trantris sings:

    "Ere long all the Empire will be ours alone,
     Teiro, Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa.
     For who else is as fit to hold such a throne?
     Teiro, Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa."

Janneth drags her hand down over her face and inhales deeply

Trantris sings:

    "Teiro, Teiro, dirais Jaun Teiro,
     Jaun Teiro, mahai unbanoren,
     Teiro, Teiro, Teiro, Teiro,
     Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa."

Ravlina twitches an ear nervously.

Trantris sings:

    "There was an old prophecy found midst stones and twigs,
     Teiro, Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa.
     That our lands would be ruled by a butcher of pigs,
     Teiro, Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa."

Trantris sings:

    "Teiro, Teiro, dirais Jaun Teiro,
     Jaun Teiro, mahai unbanoren,
     Teiro, Teiro, Teiro, Teiro,
     Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa."

Trantris sings:

    "See now those words are falling in line,
     Teiro, Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa.
     For Teiro's the butcher and Lanival is the swine,
     Teiro, Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa."

Trantris sings:

    "Teiro, Teiro, dirais Jaun Teiro,
     Jaun Teiro, mahai unbanoren,
     Teiro, Teiro, Teiro, Teiro,
     Jaun Teiro, Ses amisa."

Trantris gets a pig-shaped coral pin from inside his leather haversack.
Trantris puts on a pig-shaped coral pin.
Trantris adjusts his coral pin.

Janneth gnaws on her lip.
Trantris smiles and inclines his head slightly.
Khestryl ponders.
Salustian applauds.
Kerianna applauds.
Sonnie exclaims, "Who's got the rope? Lets string him up!"

Janneth moves over to guard Trantris.
Dulcinia mutters into the air something about human scum.

Kerianna places her hand over Sonnie's mouth.
Ravlina purrs happily in Trantris's general direction.

Pielle blinks.
Sonnie blushes a bright red color.
Trantris chuckles to himself.

Janneth glances at Trantris.

Solondar says, "well told Trantris, and as you said it is part of our history"

Trantris says, "Quite."

Solondar says, "we can't choose the parts to suit our personal choices"

Trantris says, "A pity, but there it is."



Solondar says, "now on to hopefully a lighter side of our history"

Solondar says, "though since I haven't hear this piece before I can only guess"

Ravlina says, "Tis a bit of a sad tale I'm afraid.."

Solondar says, "please welcome Ravlina Ka'talir with your applause"

Cleosha looks at Ravlina and applauds!
Dulcinia whistles like a lark at Ravlina.
Ravlina dusts herself off.

Ravlina purrs.
Ravlina says, "Thank you."
Ravlina curtsies.

Ravlina recites:

"I shall now perform The Bardess, lyrics by Daerlynn Soulmyste and melody by Ravlina Ka'Talir."

Ravlina cheerfully sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "A bardess I am, just simple and true
     I sing and I dance and I play
     Nothing else there be that I'd rather do
     But travel the realms day by day.

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And winding roads beckon me on."

Ravlina smiles softly and curtsies deeply as she strums a cheerful tune on her lute that seems to contain all a Bard lives for in its simple refrains.

Ravlina cheerfully sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "For sailors I sing the songs of the sea
     To soldiers of defeating foes
     Early evening the songs may be quite bawdy
     And of love when candles are low.

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And busy roads beckon me on."

Ravlina smiles wider as she turns the cheerful tune to something more robust and then into romantic, matching her tune to her words as she plays.

Ravlina wistfully sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "One day while I was teaching and singing
     To the farmers of their harvest
     While I sang in my ears were then ringing
     Children's laughter from Fayrin's Rest.

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And laughing roads beckon me on."

Ravlina smiles as she pictures the scene, playing a simple harvest theme on her lute and taking a quick sip from her glass.

Ravlina smiles only a bit and shakes her head slightly as the lute sounds a bit more sad with a battle march in the background.

Ravlina sadly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Sadly The children were all laughing and playing
     Pretending of wondrous deeds
     While an army approached with hounds baying
     The town was then quickly besieged

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And warring roads beckon me on. "

Ravlina smiles wryly as she plays a slightly skewed march and taps her foot to the off-beat tempo.

Ravlina hopelessly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Now the peasants and farmers all gathered
     Bringing pitchforks and axes and hoes
     I knew that their small force would not matter
     'twas only to death they would go

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And shouting roads beckon me on."

Ravlina quietly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Organizing themselves in their Town Square
     With their lives they hoped to delay
     They knew a relief army would be there
     To save their town the next day

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And waiting roads beckon me on. "

Ravlina smiles slightly as the march slows to a heartfelt and rousing ditty, she quickly takes another sip from her glass, to keep her throat wet of course.

Ravlina matter-of-factly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "As I looked at these husbands and fathers
     Heroes giving their lives for their kin
     One long look from one to the other
     Then I pushed myself up front through the din

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And fateful roads beckon me on."

Ravlina smiles and shakes her head again, the beads in her hair producing a tiny counter-melody as her lute produces a simple tune with an underlying tone of courage.

Ravlina sternly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "I stood there and started explaining
     Their sacrifice would be in vain
     The army of trolls and their minions
     Would cut through them like scythes through their grain

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And bloody roads beckon me on. "

Ravlina smiles sadly as she strums a frightening, forboding piece on her lute.

Ravlina darkly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Since dark evening, it was softly falling
     We had to hold out the night
     The carnage would be appalling
     If these brave men attempted to fight

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And loving roads beckon me on."

Ravlina smiles sadly as her music matches her words, a sad piece with a brave undertone, a melodic tragedy.

Ravlina nervously sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "I'd go to the enemy army
     And beguile them with magic and song
     The town would lose nothing to send me
     They could still fight if I was proved wrong

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And empty roads beckon me on. "

Ravlina smiles a dazzling smile, making you believe in her ability to pull off anything while her music becomes bold and attention-grabbing.

Ravlina firmly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "I went to the enemy's encampment
     As bold as a bardess can be
     "Show me to your general's tent!"
     I cried, "I have something that he needs to see!"

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And bolden'd roads beckon me on. "

Ravlina smiles engagingly and strums boldly on her lute, a deceptive undertone rippling throughout the music.

Ravlina weakly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Like a leaf I was all trembling inside
     While I stood before the evil old troll
     But this fear I knew that I must hide
     While music off my tongue then did roll

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And fearful roads beckon me on."

Ravlina smiles nervously, her music trembles as it falls from the lute and her shaking fingers.

Ravlina smiles proudly and holds her head up as a enrapturing melody pours from her lute.

Ravlina confidently sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "I played and I sang, recited and danced
     With my music a web I did weave
     My bard magic worked to enchant
     Troll officers, them to deceive

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And magic roads beckon me on. "

Ravlina smiles slyly as she takes a large drink from her glass and then strums a song of sunrise and hope.

Ravlina smugly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "For me the night lasted so long
     But for them time passed quickly away
     Truer testament ne'er was, to a Bard's Song
     That I sang 'til the dawn of the day

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And singing roads beckon me on. "

Ravlina winces slightly and hits a few discordant notes in an angry theme.

Ravlina wistfully sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "As the welcome sun brightened the skies
     I heard an Elven horn, ringing and clear
     Then I looked deep into the troll's eyes
     And saw there his rage and his fear.

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And dark'ning roads beckon me on. "

Ravlina tiredly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "He then beat me and threw me and scarred me
     He destroyed my cittern and fife
     He then gave me to his leering army
     To use me and then take my life.

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And ending roads beckon me on."

Ravlina weeps softly and plays a trembling, frightened melody on her lute.

Ravlina shudders as a dark and foreboding theme flows around her.

Ravlina rancidly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Always wanting to be someone's treasure
     Of regrets, this my only one
     But now I was used for soldier's pleasures
     Their wanton lusts and for their fun

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And lonely roads beckon me on. "

Khestryl gazes down at the floor.

Ravlina rancidly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "I was put to every horrible use
     They sated every nightmarish dream
     My throat had always been used for the muse
     Even now, I did not use it for screams.

     I travel the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sing for my keep, I'm a wand'ring Bard
     And silent roads beckon me on. "

Ravlina looks up at you with wounded eyes, yet with a bit of stubborn pride flashing in their depths, much as her music sounds.

A tear runs down Eleneri's face.
Khestryl sighs sadly.
Derforgala glances about with concern on her face.

Ravlina haggardly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Passed around and abused 'til the elves did draw nigh
     With wounds my soul and body were rife
     And then finally with one last shuddering sigh
     My spirit departed this life.

     I traveled the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sang for my keep, I was a wand'ring Bard
     And Starry Roads beckoned me on. "

Ravlina straightens her shoulders and smiles, a bit sadly, as if a huge weight was taken from her just as her music soars towards the heavens in relief.

Khestryl clenches her Rissan brandy tightly until her knuckles go white.

Ravlina tenderly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Do not weep for me now, those who listen
     For the children still laugh and they play
     I want no teary eyes to glisten
     Just lift a glass to the bard Aurilae.

     For I traveled the realms from Theren to Shard
     Bringing laughter and stories and song
     I sang for my keep, I was a wand'ring Bard
     'Til the Starry Roads beckoned me on."

Ravlina smiles tenderly as the music turns to a glorious and angelic refrain, tears glistening in the corners of her eyes.

Ravlina quietly says, "Now the Starry Road has beckoned me on. "
Ravlina curtsies.

Derforgala looks over Ravlina very closely.
Pyrolian applauds.
Draconita applauds.
Kerianna applauds.

Pielle lets out a hearty cheer for Ravlina!
Eleneri clutches her Elven frostwynne tightly.

Ketrianna looks at Ravlina and applauds!
Cleosha sniffles.

Raising her Rissan brandy to Ravlina, Dulcinia gives her a toast.
Khestryl praises Ravlina.
Raising her Elven frostwynne to Ravlina, Derforgala gives her a toast.

Ravlina purrs.

Solondar says, "another performance well done"
Kerianna nods to you.



Solondar says, "and look we are in for a rare treat tonight folks"

Solondar says, "as Daerlynn will be gracing us with her presence as well"

Daerlynn wobbles, looking a bit faint.
Khestryl beams at Daerlynn!
Kerianna exclaims, "You did come! Wonderful!"

Draconita grins at Daerlynn.

Daerlynn gives you a gentle poke in the ribs.

Solondar says to Ravlina, "I hope you share if you win"
Solondar winks at Ravlina.

Khestryl chuckles at Solondar!

Daerlynn just tickled Solondar, making him laugh out loud.

Daerlynn says, "SIlly Solo."

Solondar says, "now folks we have to lighten the tone a bit from dark to sad"
Solondar says, "please welcome the comedic stylings of one Janneth de'Miserbain"

Janneth rolls her eyes.

Kerianna looks at Janneth and applauds!
Dulcinia whistles like a lark at Janneth.
Janneth grins at Solondar.

Ravlina purrs happily in Janneth's general direction.

Dulcinia says, "first she'll throw cheese..."
Dulcinia ducks her head.

Janneth nods to Dulcinia.
Janneth says, "Now friends, I'm just comic filler here, but this is a universal theme of all races... "

Janneth says, "About those boys that gave us young girls a hard time when growing up..."

Kerianna chuckles.
Salustian covers his mouth with his hand.

Janneth steps forward and clears her throat.

Khestryl grins at Janneth.
Rhorgul points at himself.

Janneth glances about at the men in the room

Janneth recites:

    "Hairy legs, you say?
     Can't see the forest for the trees?
     At least they're strong and shapely....
     Yours are vines that grow from knees."

Janneth scoffs.
Janneth paces back and forth.

Salustian chuckles.
Cleosha cackles!

Janneth recites:

    "If I wore glasses I'd be "four-eyes?""

Janneth flails her arms about.

Janneth recites:

    "Yes, I'm skinny! Yes, I'm plain!"

Janneth smirks.

Janneth recites:

    "But it baffles me you noticed
     ...since you haven't got a brain."

Ravlina giggles.
Janneth sighs.

Janneth recites:

    "What? My skin's so white! No kidding?
     But you should see me when it's red!"

Janneth glares.

Janneth recites:

    "You too were born my color
     And you'll be it when you're dead."

Khestryl chuckles.
Pielle giggles.

Janneth rubs her nose in response to a whisper she overhears from the crowd

Janneth recites:

    "You say I have a mustache? "

Janneth rolls her eyes.

Janneth recites:

    "As if I didn't know!"

Janneth scoffs.

Janneth matter-of-factly exclaims, "Well, you haven't got one whisker of masculinity to show!"

Janneth smiles, chortling to herself.

Janneth recites:

    "Yes, and all those times you 'let me win'
     Did you really think I tried?"

Janneth raises an eyebrow.

Janneth recites:

    "Well yes of course you know I said I did..."

Janneth smirks.
Janneth quietly says, "But guess what...."
Janneth says, "I lied! "

Janneth bows.

Khestryl laughs!
Ravlina giggles.
Pielle lets out a hearty cheer for Janneth!

Salustian mutters cryptically to himself.

Janneth steps back
Khestryl looks at Janneth and applauds!
Cleosha chuckles.
Rhorgul grumbles.

Pielle squints at Janneth, then throws some soft wine-laced cheese in her direction. Oooo, near miss!
Kerianna applauds.

Kerianna says, "For those just arriving, there are refreshments on the cloth, if you've the want."

Solondar exclaims, "exactly what we needed my dear!"

Solondar tickles Janneth, making her laugh.

Khestryl grins.

Solondar says, "well folks just a few more performers, I hope you all are enjoying yourselves"

Rhorgul smiles at Solondar.
Derforgala nods to Solondar.
Khestryl beams at Solondar! What a warm feeling!



Solondar says, "please welcome a bit of prose from Cleosha Huntsrander"

Khestryl hums a quiet tune.

Raising her mulberry-wheat beer to Cleosha, Janneth gives her a toast.

Solondar says, "who I might add used frostwynne to clear her head earlier"

Raising his Rissan brandy to Cleosha, Rhorgul gives her a toast.

Solondar winks at Cleosha.

Cleosha wobbles, looking a bit faint.
Cleosha says, "jusss a taaad."

Kerianna asks, "Is that where it all went, hmm?"
Kerianna just tickled Cleosha, making her laugh.

Cleosha whimpers softly.
Cleosha ducks her head.

Solondar says to Kerianna, "oh good blame her"

Cleosha says, "Forgive me, my voice can't match the tuned beauty of a bard's, and my lute brings tears to one's eyes in the worst way, so I'll spare you all from such horrific noise, and move on to my poem."

Cleosha happily says, "Ageless Bound by Cleosha Huntsrander"

Cleosha recites:

    "Though we are bound to the twist of fate,
     Mark not this sad and sullen state,
     Through the hourglass the time flies,
     And true beauty is found in goodbyes."

Cleosha recites:

    "A tale of two young lovers caught in time,
     Words fail to do justice in this rhyme,
     Romance foretold by stars in the skies,
     Their hearts intwined until their demise."

Cleosha recites:

    "Hunters and companions till the end,
     Hearts open to foe and friend,
     Still their love continued to rise,
     Surpassing even fortunes by the wise."

Cleosha recites:

    "Her profession remains untold,
     But she was a beauty to behold,
     He was a warrior of some acclaim,
     Though years had passed and he was lame."

Cleosha smiles faintly as she recalls her parents,she then lowers her voice to draw you in closer.

Cleosha recites:

    "But their path was wrought with woe,
     Endless love cut short by Sorrow,
     War reigns down from the skies,
     And death comes in such a guise."

Cleosha recites:

    "Seek the girl buried in her auburn hair,
     Hands outstretched in a silent prayer,
     Unwilling muse with tear-filled eyes,
     A quiet despiration in her cries."

Cleosha recites:

    "Now tis been many years ago,
     A reluctant smile she may show,
     Her broken heart's whims I can only surmise,
     And my part here I must apprise,"

Cleosha recites:

    "Thus with the tale I've told,
     It transcends the young and old,
     For I have myself to blame,
     For I am time, and his time came."

Cleosha smiles enigmatically as she leans closer to you.
Cleosha curtsies.

Raising her Elven frostwynne to Cleosha, Derforgala gives her a toast.

Sonnie praises Cleosha.
Salustian applauds.
Pielle applauds.

Cleosha says, "I'll take kicks in the behind once we get out of here."

Ravlina purrs happily in Cleosha's general direction.
Ketrianna looks at Cleosha and applauds!

Cleosha grins.
Gaumedies says, "Very nice, madam, very nice indeed."



Solondar says, "now please welcome our last performers, a lovely trio I think you'll all agree"

Daerlynn smiles shyly at Solondar.

Solondar says, "the lovely Daerlynn, agile Heston, and the improvisional Xaphira"

Cleosha chuckles.
Eleneri gets an impish expression on her face, and lets out a hearty cheer.

Xaphira grins.
Daerlynn grins at you.
Heston grins impishly.

Dulcinia whistles a few soft, twittering notes.

Dulcinia exclaims, "hey I know them!"

Heston crooks a finger at Dulcinia with a playful smile on her face.

Daerlynn winks at Dulcinia.

Heston begins her Bardic performance for her audience.
Xaphira begins her Bardic performance for her audience.
Daerlynn begins her Bardic performance for her audience.

Daerlynn stands quietly in front of you, her head bowed so that you see nothing of her face. Her features are completely concealed by a dark cloak, so that she blends into the darkened room.

Heston stands straight and tall, silently flanking Daerlynn on her right side. Her hair dark, her face pale, she is dressed as the Bright Beautiful Princess of the Mountain Elves.

Xaphira stands tall and proud at Daerlynn's left, dressed regally, a Mountain Elf Prince in all of his glory.

Heston, Xaphira and Daerlynn stand silent, heads bowed, as a low drone is heard on a vielle a roue. After a few seconds, a resonant low drum begins a slow, rhythmic beat that is felt throughout your body.

Xaphira decisively moves his arm in a quick gesture, and torches flare into being, throwing shadows of a gruesome scene on the wall behind the three. Almost appearing to dangle from the ceiling, the shadows of hanging bodies come into stark relief... the cold reality of death, war... and betrayal.

Heston begins to sing a slow, almost ethereal yet rhythmic keening wail, accompanied by the haunting sound of a silken stringed pyi-pya. Behind her, a number of children file slowly in, elven all, completely outfitted in black, with painted black faces, looking like shadows in the flickering torchlight. They enter slowly, sadness... loneliness... fear and despair evident in their movements, as they slowly move past and between the bodies.

Xaphira stands unmoving, face hard and emotionless, as a number of novice elven bards, hidden in the darkness, begin to softly play a uniquely elven rhythm on their percussion instruments.

Xaphira joins his voice with Heston's wail, in a modal harmony, as the children continue to file through the bodies, with the final child a small, elven girl. The girl stops, gazing up for a long time at two of the hanging bodies, a man and a woman, their hands still clasped together... even in death.

Heston suddenly stops her wailing - all of the music stops, leaving just the echo of it's passing. In the silence, the elven girl turns and stares out at you. Unlike the other children, her face is not painted black; instead you see the face of an exquisitely beautiful elven girl with flowing black hair and piercing dark eyes. You almost feel a chill in your soul as her face slowly turns to ice, her eyes, glistening with unshed tears, bore into you as she whispers into the darkness, "Aman abule."

Daerlynn whispers to you 'And so the Journey of the Night begins..."

Xaphira ,Heston and Daerlynn (her head still lowered, face hidden) stand quietly, as the bodies fade away and the children circle the room in darkened silence. This time two pedal drone notes begin, an open fifth on a bass viol, soon joined by an aimless yet intricate melody played upon a mirliton, wandering, searching and restless.

Heston lifts her soprano voice up in a haunting progression, joined by the ethereal voices of the elven children circled around you... a gentle, keening sound. Her arms rise up and she begins a ritualized elven dance... standing in place as she sings, the elven percussion beginning an exotic rhythm.

Xaphira begins to move in the same dance as Heston but in the opposite direction, creating a symmetry on each side of the silent and unmoving Daerlynn. The exotic percussive rhythms fall into a tight groove with the voices and mirliton, and are obviously elven - the elven of the Mountains, tinged with loss and vengeance - and a touch of harsh Dwarven.

Ravlina flicks one ear back as though listening for something.

Daerlynn lifts her head up quickly, her eyes flashing and hot. Her face is deathly pale and framed by a wild mane of black hair. Her normally jade eyes are a feral black, and you notice a striking resemblance between her face and the cold face of the elven girl.

Daerlynn sings in an alto voice:

    "Enslaved we were, for age upon age
     In shackles and in chains
     Locked within, their deep mountain cage
     Far from the Wind and Plains."

Daerlynn sings in an alto voice:

    "Entombed inside, their unholy earth
     They thought that we'd forget
     But in our heat'd breast there burned
     The Outrage they'd regret."

Xaphira's soprano and Heston's mezzo-soprano join with Daerlynn's alto as she sings:

    "Vengeance is ours, we do not forget
     And thou hast not the right!
     To judge us or condemn us 'lest
     Thou's made the Journey of the Night."

Daerlynn sings in an alto voice:

    "We remembered our parents, we remembered the Sun
     And our hearts burned cold through the wait
     But soon we knew that our time would come
     Our blood lust hunger to sate."

Daerlynn sings in an alto voice:

    "The massacre began, in the Vigil of Night
     Rendstone ran slick with blood
     I established mine own Divine Right
     When on their King's corpse I stood."

Dulcinia shivers.
Eleneri shivers.

Xaphira's soprano and Heston's mezzo-soprano join with Daerlynn's alto as she sings:

    "Vengeance is ours, we do not forget
     And thou hast not the right!
     To judge us or condemn us 'lest
     Thou's made the Journey of the Night."

Daerlynn looks out at you defiantly, slowly raising a delicate circlet to her head, as the elven tablas, bodhrans and other percussion instruments beat out their insistent rhythms, accompanying the plaintive cry of the mirliton and the children's voices once more. Behind her, you see the silhouette of a young Elven woman slowly lifting a crown from a body upon which her foot rests, raising the crown into the air before slowly settling it down upon her head.

Daerlynn sings in an alto voice:

    "The Wind and the Plains, turned their backs on us
     And we could not return
     We lost the heat, and the light of the sun
     Cold and dark did our hearts burn."

Xaphira's soprano and Heston's mezzo-soprano join with Daerlynn's alto as she sings:

    "Vengeance is ours, we do not forget
     And thou hast not the right!
     To judge us or condemn us 'lest
     Thou's made the Journey of the Night."

Daerlynn sings in an alto voice:

    "I offered a Prince, to the Elves of the Trees
     An alliance to effect
     I offered them friendship, I offered them peace
     And my son they did reject."

Daerlynn sings in an alto voice:

    "Their Princess chose, one of Human blood
     Bringing war and tears and pain
     Death and destruction, savaged her wood
     And my precious son was slain."

Xaphira reaches out toward Daerlynn.

Xaphira chokes and gags in a drawn out death scene until she collapses to the ground.

Daerlynn stares out at you, eyes growing even colder.

Gaumedies listens, face impassive.
Rhorgul gulps.

Heston's mezzo-soprano joins with Daerlynn's alto as she sings:

    "Vengeance is ours, we do not forget
     And thou hast not the right!
     To judge us or condemn us 'lest
     Thou's made the Journey of the Night."

Daerlynn sings in an alto voice:

    "Withdrawing then, for many a year
     A return to the Realms was hard
     But Corik then came, to us without fear
     For him we sang the founding of Shard."

Daerlynn sings in an alto voice:

    "After Shard was rebuilt, we took care of the pass
     And the gondola between lands
     We decided to try for a peace that would last
     I sent my daughter into human hands."

Heston's mezzo-soprano joins with Daerlynn's alto as she sings:

    "Vengeance is ours, we do not forget
     And thou hast not the right!
     To judge us or condemn us 'lest
     Thou's made the Journey of the Night."

Heston stops her ritual dance, turning and smiling a tender, loving smile towards Daerlynn, reaching out to her as the music slows and quiets.

Daerlynn sings in an alto voice:

    "She left Rendstone, on that fateful day
     My bright and shining heart
     So many words, that I did not say
     Before she did depart."

Heston reaches out a hand imploringly to Daerlynn, somehow unable to reach her.
Dulcinia gnaws on her lip.
Ravlina twitches an ear nervously.

Daerlynn sings in an alto voice:

    "I felt her last cry, in the deep of my heart
     As the monstrous beast struck home
     Foully murd'ring, my bright shining star
     Turning my heart and soul to stone."

Heston reaches out..... unable to reach Daerlynn.
Heston chokes and gags in a drawn out death scene until she collapses to the ground.

A tear runs down Evye's face.
Ravlina's ears droop for a moment.

Daerlynn enfolds her daughter's body in her arms, as the music stops in a dead silence.

A tear runs down Eleneri's face.
Pielle sniffles.

Daerlynn looks down at the body, the room silent and dark... dark, except for the little bit of light around a mother tenderly cradling the body of her dead daughter in her arms.

Derforgala rubs her eyes.

Daerlynn painfully lifts her eyes to you, one tear making a slow track down her cheek.
Daerlynn lifts a halting voice... slow... a cappella...

Daerlynn sings in an alto voice:

    "Vengeance is mine, I do not forget
     And thou hast not the right
     To judge me or condemn me ..."

Daerlynn says, "Unless *you* have made the Journey of My Night....."

Daerlynn whispers to you "Aman abule... "
Daerlynn drops her face as complete and utter darkness falls.
Daerlynn's performance ends.

Janneth raises an eyebrow.

Rhorgul slowly empties his lungs.

Raising her Elven frostwynne to Daerlynn, Derforgala gives her a toast.
Eleneri slowly empties her lungs.

Dulcinia gets an impish expression on her face, and lets out a hearty cheer.

Trantris applauds.
Silversparks shrugs.

Khestryl slowly empties her lungs.
Raising her Elven frostwynne to Heston, Derforgala gives her a toast.

Pielle says, "That was.. amazing"

Daerlynn curtsies.
Ravlina nods to Pielle.
Derforgala nods to Pielle.

Xaphira curtsies.
Dulcinia says, "that was beyond good, you three."

Raising her Elven frostwynne to Xaphira, Khestryl gives her a toast.
Dulcinia fans herself.

Draconita says, "excellent performance"

Solondar says, "well done ladies, words can not describe the scope of your talents"

Daerlynn smiles shyly.
Rhorgul says, "I don't think I've ever seen such beauty and precision"

Eleneri says, "Beyond excellent"
Daerlynn says, "Thank you."
Daerlynn beams at Rhorgul!

Sonnie says, "...it was okay"
Sonnie hums to himself.

Solondar says, "although I do wonder if we've enough food for your whole ensemble"

Pielle babbles something incoherent at Sonnie.

Sonnie grins at Pielle, his dimples flashing into view.

Kerianna chuckles at Solondar!

Gaumedies says, "A most accomplished performance indeed."
Pielle grins at Solondar.

Rhorgul says, "Somebody throw gems"

Natashya ponders.
Solondar checks the cloth for any scraps.
Baerk laughs!

Janneth says, "It was wonderful"


 

Solondar says, "well good folks that does conclude the competition"

Solondar says, "you all from last eve and this are winners in my eye"

Kerianna nods to Solondar.
Pielle smiles at Solondar.

Kerianna says, "I do agree, completely."
Solondar says, "and with the great turnout I'm sure my order will be sponsoring another"

Kerianna nods to you.

Solondar says, "now if you will permit the judges and I to confer we will be handing out the prizes shortly"

Kerianna says, "Indeed, Solondar. And hopefully soon."

Solondar says, "and with this group of bards here I'm sure entertainment will nary be a problem in the meantime"

Jordan asks, "How do you split a horse between a group?"
Kerianna says in Ilithic, "Everyone is welcome to the refreshments on the cloth, if desired."
Jordan chuckles.

Kerianna chuckles at Jordan.
Ravlina angles her ears forward, gazing curiously at Jordan.

Dulcinia asks, "throw in a couple more horses?"

Xaphira says, "Well, I already have a horse..."
Rhorgul asks, "Make sausage?"
Gaumedies chuckles.

Kerianna grins at Rhorgul.

Ketrianna chuckles.



Solondar says, "if one of my guildmates would mind entertaining the good folk here I'm sure they would love to hear some more tales"

Pielle nods to Solondar.
Solondar says, "that way we judges can confer as quickly and without distraction"

Kerianna nods to Ravlina.

Ravlina coyly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Tis a sad tale I must tell you now,
     about a halfling and his pet cow.
     Those two would frolike all day long,
     With or without the halfling's song."

Ravlina mischievously sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "One day as on the hills they played,
     a cougar watched from the cool shade.
     He watched and waited a bit,
     Then waited until he had to erm.."

Heston gazes at Ravlina in admiration.
Janneth grins at Ravlina.

Ravlina sarcastically sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Well this cougar saw the perfect place to go,
     One of the few spots without the snow.
     This just also happened to be...
     Where the cow's repast was to be."

Ravlina flicks one ear back as though listening for something.

Ravlina sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "So the cougar he went as cougars will go,
     Crouching and scratching at all of the snow.
     The cow he saw what happened to his brekfast
     and ran at this cougar rather fast."

Cleosha laughs!

Ravlina sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "The cow he lowered his horns as he ran,
     Blind to what was infront in the way of the land.
     The cougar saw him coming indeed..
     And jumped up out of the feed."

Khestryl grins at Ravlina.
Ravlina giggles.

Ravlina wryly sings in a mezzo-soprano voice:

    "Still the cow came at quite a speed,
     Until he hit the wall where the cougar peed.
     A headache the cow had for quite a while,
     The cougar merely pranced off, with a chershere smile."

Ravlina's tail undulates lazily through the air.

Cleosha snickers at Ravlina.
Jordan grins at Ravlina.
Ravlina takes a seat.
Ravlina purrs happily in Dulcinia's general direction.

Ketrianna chokes back a laugh.

*****THERE IS A BAWDY PERFORMANCE OF DAERLYNN"S BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE RECORDS ARE INCOMPLETE REGARDING IT (my sincerest apologies)******

Solondar says, "well all again thank you for your continued patience tonight"
Ravlina purrs happily in Solondar's general direction.
Xaphira grins at Solondar.

Pielle leans on Solondar.

Solondar says, "the competitors all have been weighed and measured"
Solondar says, "and the winners have been found"

Kerianna nods to Solondar.

Solondar says, "now I should get right to the matter and annouce the Master of the Tournament but what's a little suspense among friends"

Khestryl grins at Solondar.
Ravlina tickles Solondar with her tail!
Cleosha grunts at Solondar.

Solondar says, "now I will call up the winners and my dear Kerianna will announce the prize"

Kerianna smiles.

Solondar says, "for the performer who put forth the best effort"
Solondar says, "and who gave us a little comedy when we needed it the most tonight"

Pielle grins at Janneth.
Ravlina giggles.
Khestryl beams at Janneth!
Sonnie lets out a loud "Huzzah!" for Janneth!
Cleosha grins at Janneth.
Ravlina pats Janneth on the back.

Janneth exclaims, "It's cheese!"
Solondar exclaims, "Janneth!"

Khestryl lets out a loud "Huzzah!"
Janneth chortles softly at some secret joke.

Sonnie asks, "Whats the prize? A date with Solondar?"

Trantris chuckles to himself.

Pielle gives Sonnie a gentle poke in the ribs.
Ravlina exclaims, "Dangit..I wanted that one!"

Ravlina winks at Solondar.
Sonnie gives Ravlina a playful poke in the ribs.

Cleosha exclaims, "Urrem'tier help us all, if Solondar's the prize, I think we better revolt!"
Khestryl smiles at Janneth.

Janneth says, "You go riding Solondar? "
Ravlina giggles at Cleosha.
Draconita begins chortling at Cleosha.

Khestryl chuckles at Janneth.
Daerlynn giggles at Cleosha.

Ravlina gives a muffled laugh.
Kerianna offers Janneth a deep crimson large suede case hung from a rich golden silken tapestry strap woven with leaping crimson flames.

Janneth accepts Kerianna's large suede case.
Janneth beams at Kerianna!
Janneth says, "Thank you m'lady"

Kerianna says, "Within each of the containers that the winners are given, you will find a few trinkets of appreciation as well."

Janneth unfastens the clasps holding a deep crimson large suede case closed, and carefully opens its lid.
Kerianna says, "Thank you, my dear. For your lovely performance."
Kerianna gets a small silver box from inside her colorful haversack.

Kerianna offers Janneth a small silver box.
Cleosha lets out a hearty cheer for Janneth!
Janneth says, "Oooooh"
Daerlynn lets out a hearty cheer for Janneth!
Janneth accepts Kerianna's silver box.
Kerianna asks, "A round of applause for Janneth?"

Daerlynn lets out a hearty cheer for Janneth!

Janneth smiles.

Kerianna says to Janneth, "Within the box, is a bit of jewerly. Magical jewelry, enchanted by the best."

Draconita draws forth a deep indigo kris.
Draconita pivots in Janneth's direction and salutes her with her kris, bringing the weapon downwards in a precise, fluid movement.

Janneth beams at Kerianna!

Kerianna says to Janneth, "Teaching, music and scholorship, shall be awarded when you rub each piece."
Janneth says, "Thank you all so very much"

Solondar says, "now on to the one with the best bit of prose we've heard"

Kerianna gently kisses Janneth on the cheek.

Solondar says, "with her poem to her parents, the award goes to Cleosha"

Pielle lets out a hearty cheer for Cleosha!
Draconita lets out a loud "Huzzah!" for Cleosha!
Silversparks applauds.

Cleosha blushes, the tips of her ears turning a delicate scarlet hue.

Heston beams at Cleosha!
Janneth looks over Cleosha very closely.
Kerianna gets a black satin pouch with braided red silk drawstrings from inside her colorful haversack.

Raising her Elven frostwynne to Cleosha, Derforgala gives her a toast.

Kerianna offers Cleosha a black satin pouch with braided red silk drawstrings.

Cleosha quietly says, "Thank you."
Kerianna says, "For the romantic at heart."
Cleosha accepts Kerianna's satin pouch.

Kerianna smiles at Cleosha.
Cleosha hugs Kerianna, getting a smile in return.
Kerianna hugs Cleosha, getting a smile in return.
Kerianna offers Cleosha a small silver box.
Cleosha blushes, the tips of her ears turning a delicate scarlet hue.

Kerianna asks, "Another round of applause for Cleosha?"
Cleosha beams at Kerianna!

Solondar says, "we now come to the best story prize"
Solondar says, "and for those that did not attend last night's grouping I'm sure she'd love to perform it again"
Solondar says, "please give a hearty round of applause to Khestryl and 'The Mine'"

Khestryl blushes, the tips of her ears turning a delicate scarlet hue.
Heston beams at Khestryl!
Trantris applauds.

Salustian lets out a hearty cheer for Khestryl!

Raising her Dalesian white wine to Khestryl, Ravlina gives her a toast.

Kerianna offers Khestryl a dark grey messenger's satchel reinforced with thick black leather.

Khestryl blushes, the tips of her ears turning a delicate scarlet hue.
Kerianna smiles at Khestryl.

Khestryl accepts Kerianna's messenger's satchel.

Kerianna says, "Well done, dear lass. Well done."
Kerianna moves a small silver box to her right hand.
Khestryl hugs Kerianna, getting a smile in return.
Kerianna offers Khestryl a small silver box.

Khestryl says, "Thank you, and I would be honored to tell the story again"

Khestryl slowly empties her lungs.
Khestryl smiles at Kerianna.

Kerianna says, "Any of the winners are welcome to perform their pieces once the last announcements are made."

Solondar says, "we now come to the best dance award"
Solondar says, "and honestly I can speak for all the judges we found this winner hard to fit into one category"

Kerianna nods to Solondar.

Solondar says, "but for the ensemble piece and a fantasic use of the room"
Solondar says, "please let out three cheers for the trio of ladies Daerlynn, Heston and Xaphira"

Ravlina gets an impish expression on her face, and lets out a hearty cheer.
Sonnie applauds.
Draconita lets out a hearty cheer for Daerlynn!

Daerlynn smiles shyly.
Ravlina exclaims, "Hip, hip, hooray!"
Draconita lets out a hearty cheer for Heston!

Kerianna offers Daerlynn a small silver box.
Draconita lets out a hearty cheer for Xaphira!
Heston blushes a bright red color.

Daerlynn exclaims, "Thank you!"

Solondar says, "now ladies if you are planning on fighting over the gifts, let us gentlemen know so we can muddy up a pit for you"

Solodnar hums a mischievous tune.

Xaphira laughs!
Daerlynn is giggling at you.
Pielle chuckles.

Derforgala grins at you.
Salustian nods.

Jordan grins at you.
Salustian nods.
Daerlynn blushes a bright red color.
Janneth raises an eyebrow in your direction.
Heston clears her throat.

Ravlina says, "Quiet you, I still wanna know who wins the date with you."
Ravlina winks at you.
Cleosha chuckles at Ravlina.

Sonnie says, "That would be me."
Janneth chuckles at Sonnie.

Sonnie leans on Ravlina.
Ravlina giggles at Sonnie.
Sonnie catches your eye, smiles slowly, and begins flirting with you. You give him a quick grin.
Derforgala chortles softly at some secret joke.

Solondar says, "I'd say my wife Breegan would risk getting shock fighting for me"

Cleosha grins at you.

Edenlaen says, "Ye all were most wonderful."

Sonnie says, "O yah heard about her she's pretty mean I hear."
Sonnie nods.

Solondar says, "now for the most contested category of the tournament"

Janneth tips her helm to Edenlaen with a courteous nod.

Sonnie says, "I don't want him."
Sonnie squirms.

Solondar says, "the best song"

Gaumedies says, "Indeed, I can only be glad we wandered by at this time."
Gaumedies nods to Edenlaen.
Edenlaen nods to Gaumedies.

Kerianna gets an undyed woolen songbook satchel slung on a braided linen strap from inside her colorful haversack.

Solondar says, "and with the amount of entries in this category we've decided to award a prize for honorable mention as well"

Solondar says, "so first the honorable mention and accepting it for her"
Solondar says, "I swear I'll give it to her"

Ravlina laughs!
Pielle grins at Solondar.
Cleosha chuckles at Solondar!

Solondar says, "Xanzie and her Song of Sand Elf loves"

Pielle gets an impish expression on her face, and lets out a hearty cheer.

Solondar taps a gold-chased woodwind case.

Heston exclaims, "To Xanzie!"
Daerlynn gets an impish expression on her face, and lets out a hearty cheer.

Solondar says, "Xanzie couldn't be here tonight but I know she'd like to thank me for all that training"
Solondar grins.

Janneth chuckles.
Cleosha snickers.

Solondar says, "and for the best song and the only gentlemen to make the grade"
Solondar ponders only since I was a judge

Jordan grins at Solondar.
Fennec snickers.
Janneth snorts at Solondar.

Jordan asks, "Yourself?"

Solondar says, "Trantris "

Pielle looks at Trantris and applauds!
Khestryl looks at Trantris and applauds!

Janneth says, "Well done m'lord"

Kerianna offers Trantris an undyed woolen songbook satchel slung on a braided linen strap.
Kerianna smiles at Trantris.

Trantris says, "My word. What an unexpected honour."

Kerianna offers Trantris a small silver box.

Raising his Golden Ale to Trantris, Diuran gives him a toast.

Trantris asks, "I suppose it's the former after all, what?"
Trantris puts his satchel in his leather haversack.
Silversparks grins at Trantris.

Solondar says, "now trantris just a word that songbook is unbonded but perhaps you'll grab a bardic lass with it"

Ravlina chuckles.
Trantris bows.
Edenlaen smiles at Trantris.

Daerlynn is giggling at Solondar.
Ketrianna chuckles.

Salustian drools.
Trantris smiles at Solondar.

Daerlynn slips her hand into Heston's.

Janneth shakes her head at Solondar.
Trantris says, "Perhaps so."

Khestryl gives Salustian a gentle poke in the ribs.

Solondar says, "and I think that's all the awards right?"
Solondar winks at Kerianna.

Kerianna exclaims, "The horse!"
Khestryl hums a quiet tune.

Cleosha snickers at Kerianna.
Ravlina chuckles.

Kerianna says, "I forgot the horse yesterday, and you today. "
Kerianna rolls her eyes.

Khestryl chuckles.

Gaumedies quietly says, "Someone *always* forgets the livestock."
Pielle chuckles.

Janneth covers her mouth with her hand.
Gaumedies shakes his head.

Ketrianna grins at Gaumedies.

Solondar says, "yes the horse with armor and lessons on bardic grabbing if needed"

Kerianna says, "The armor, the winner will be able to choose on their own. Though I shall take care of the cost."

Solondar says, "please a hearty cheer for the Master of the Tournament"

As you pound your wooden spoons, a fierce march thunders through the air with a flash of ruffles and flourishes.

Kerianna gives you a playful poke in the ribs.

Solondar exclaims, "Pielle!"

Ravlina says, "Him and his suspense.."

Pielle blinks.

Kerianna applauds.
Khestryl lets out a loud "Huzzah!"
Ravlina lets out a hearty cheer for Pielle!
Raising her Elven frostwynne to Pielle, Derforgala gives her a toast.
Daerlynn gets an impish expression on her face, and lets out a hearty cheer.
Cleosha beams at Pielle!
Janneth lets out a hearty cheer for Pielle!

Trantris exclaims, "Brava!"

Pielle stands up.
Kerianna offers Pielle a gold-spangled gift box.

Edenlaen beams, applauding heartily.
Kerianna says, "Congratulations to you, my dear."
Kerianna smiles at Pielle.
Cleosha praises Pielle.

Pielle says, "Oh my god"
Janneth quietly says to Pielle, "It was the cheese"
Sonnie smiles, revealing dimples in his cheeks.
Kerianna exclaims, "To you all, for such a wonderous Tournament!"

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