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> You sit down in front of a porcelain head, "Come gather around all"
> Chrysoberyl grins at Xewe.
> Zia moves from a porcelain head to the eastern cabinets.
> Zia closes the eastern cabinets.
> Chrysoberyl gazes at a headless stone statue fondly.
> Zia points to four serviceable maple stools, "You can sit on these!"
> Finna begins to examine a porcelain head.
> Xewe moves from Chrysoberyl to a porcelain head.
> Xewe sits down in front of a porcelain head.
> Chrysoberyl moves from the northwestern gate to a headless stone statue.
> Zia moves from the eastern cabinets to a serviceable maple stool.
Chrysoberyl kneels down in front of a headless stone statue.
> Zia sits down on a serviceable maple stool.
> Zia waves to Chrysoberyl happily.
A white cat moves from Finna to Fezwin.
> Chrysoberyl waves at Zia smilingly.
> You smile to Zia appreciatively.
> Ryssa moves from the northwestern gate to a headless stone statue.
> OOC -- Chrysoberyl says, "too bad its a bit inapropriate for a lesson :p"
> Ryssa rests her slender right hand on a headless stone statue again.
> You mention to Ryssa, "As you were here when the keep's spirit came to us.. I'll try to bring people to speed, but I hoped you could speak a bit on its lessons."
> You offer your scroll to Ryssa.
To abort this action, type: revoke Ryssa
> You offer your scroll to Dittersdorf.
To abort this action, type: revoke Dittersdorf
> A tall courier moves from the southern heavy iron door to the northwestern gate.
Ryssa takes a scroll from Fezwin.
> A tall courier leaves through the northwestern gate.
> Dittersdorf takes a scroll from Fezwin.
> Ryssa clears her throat.
> Finna moves from the northeastern gate to a porcelain head.
> Finna sits down next to a porcelain head.
> You tell Dittersdorf, "Also as you both fought for the keep, and can represent the Collegium, part of our creative spirit, I hope you can speak a bit on that topic."
> Dittersdorf nods surely.
> Xewe hears your words wonderingly.
> You turn to Chrysoberyl and Zia, "You both studied the Heart before it was awoken, and helped us to awaken it. Without you, the keep might have fallen to the shadows."
> Finna flashes her mysterious violet eye and silver eye at Dittersdorf.
> Chrysoberyl smiles slightly at you.
> A gray cat moves from the northwestern gate to the southern heavy iron door.
> You finally turn to Xewe, "And you, you were there defending those of us who dreamt of the Heart, as important as any who were in dreaming, and then you fought under the Heart, your own heart steadfast, giving up your life to protect the keep and your fellows. As the Heart was awoken in part with dreams of Love and Duty I hope you can speak of that."
> Xewe nods slowly.
> A gray cat moves from the southern heavy iron door to the southeastern door.
You softly tap your simple redoak tambour with your right hand, which sings out with a bright "tek" sound.
> Finna listens to you.
> You surround the southern half of the workshop with your resonant voice, "And so we gather tonight, in joyful and somber ceremony both. We come to call upon the spirit of the keep to come to us, guests of Marrach."
> OOC -- Zia says, "ooo some nice cameos on 'Antique Roadshow"
> You reach into your black leather pouch.
> You see no heart here.
> You take a sparkling golden diaspore from your black leather pouch.
> OOC -- Finna says to Zia, "O_o"
> You draw your sparkling golden diaspore from your black leather pouch.
> Chrysoberyl raises her round deep green eyes admiringly to a porcelain head.
> Dittersdorf steps carefully.
Dittersdorf moves from the northwestern gate to a headless stone statue.
> Dittersdorf stands near a headless stone statue.
> Dittersdorf leans carefully on his impressive purpleheart cane.
> Chrysoberyl senses your sparkling golden diaspore comfortingly.
> Ryssa murmurs, "even then the castle felt the coming of the shadows...that it would provide for us this one means to defeat them."
> You raise your sparkling golden diaspore brightly, "We bring the Heart of the Keep, awoken, to return it to the gifter, for as the keep taught us in returning our gifts, sometimes a gift is not meant to be kept."
> Ryssa says, "a most comforting thought."
> A gray cat moves from the southeastern door to the southern heavy iron door.
> Zia smiles at your sparkling golden diaspore.
> The walls begin to shake slightly. A beam of light forms between the diaspore and the headless statue.
> You smile to Ryssa agreeingly, "Can you speak on the coming of the keep's spirit and its lessons?"
> Chrysoberyl gasps softly.
> Ryssa nods surely.
> You straighten your back noticeably.
> The stone beneath you shakes for a split second and the seam between the golem's head and body closes. You hear what sounds like the rocks of the surrounding walls shift and grind against each other.
> Ryssa says, "I was there at the beginning...when thunder broke through the castle, and a grim and stony visage appeared in the green archway."
> Zia waves to a stone statue.
> Chrysoberyl widens her round deep green eyes reverently at a stone statue.
> Xewe breathes meditatively.
> Ryssa says, "so powerful it seemed that none stood to block it's path, and it drew us like a magnet to follow."
>
> Finna smiles at a stone statue.
> You slap your simple redoak tambour with your right hand, which shouts out with a harsh "slap" sound.
> Ryssa says, "it's footfalls shoke the ground as it found its way tothe stairway we just decended."
> Chrysoberyl listens to Ryssa imaginatively.
> Chrysoberyl gazes at a stone statue continuously.
> Ryssa says, "and partway down it stopped....in a voice like gravel the first question came, it asked how one would determine what was or wasn't beautiful."
> As Ryssa speaks, a breeze flows through the room toward the statue. The pale beam of light connecting the diaspore and golem fades silently.
> Xewe listens wonderingly.
> Ryssa says, "I can imagine that such a question has unlikely been asked of you before, those of us gathered struggled with trying to ut into words our answers."
> Chrysoberyl glances at Xewe briefly.
> > Ryssa allows you to step her.
You move from a stone statue to Ryssa.
> You step quietly to Ryssa.
> You hand your sparkling golden diaspore to Ryssa reverently.
>
> You murmur quietly to Ryssa.
> Ryssa says, "slowly it became clear to us, beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, a personal thing, but the greatest beauty of all was love."
> Chrysoberyl holds her scroll closely.
> Ryssa says, "Generosity it queried next...what it was, and why was it important."
> You whisper to Ryssa, "Ihand you the Heart to pass on to Ditters once you've shared its lessons, and offered your gift."
> You fondly whisper to Ryssa, "Brief though, this is a summoning ceremony."
Ryssa says, "and again the words were difficult to form.. though the meaning was not... generosity was an expression of the love within... not the physical love some share, but the love of our spirits that we shed to all."
> A crunching sound can be heard within the statue. It and the very stone around you appear to soak up every word said.
> Finna glances at a stone statue.
> Chrysoberyl watches a stone statue hopefully.
> OOC - Ryssa loses her connection.
Ryssa enters the world.
[OOC Page] to Ryssa: "WB"
Ryssa blinks startledly, "forgive my reminicing."
> Dittersdorf observes quietly.
> Ryssa caresses her sparkling golden diaspore.
> A tall courier arrives through the northeastern gate.
> Ryssa says, "the next question that issued from the great golem was on what creativity was."
> > You try to step Dittersdorf. This requires his consent.
> Dittersdorf allows you to step him.
You move from a stone statue to Dittersdorf.
> You step to Dittersdorf.
> Dittersdorf shuts his sharp pale blue eyes meditatively.
> Ryssa says, "simply we learned that our creativity was our individualness expressing itself, but more than that, it was also the nurturing aspect burried qithin each of us, to create, to build, to become more than we are."
> The breeze around the statue grows stronger. A vortex of wind circles its head being sucked in through the polished porcelain.
> Dittersdorf whispers to you, "When should I speak?"
> Ryssa says, "and finally, the question of hospitality was raised, why extend our creativitiy and generosity, our love... to those we did not know."
> You whisper to Dittersdorf, "When Ryssa is done. She is giving lesson more than the short ceremonial summary I'd hoped."
> Xewe listens still.
> You whisper to Dittersdorf, "Still this is from each of our hearts, so it will be good."
> You beat your simple redoak tambour with your right hand, which cries out with a deep "doum" sound.
>
> A gray cat lies down on the ground.
> Ryssa says, "i remember then when I was first awakened, and how I was taken in and guided, my steps where kept from places and paths that could have distryed me....and the comfort and love i felt for those that gave me such care."
> Zia wiggles her long toes.
> Chrysoberyl focuses intently on a porcelain head.
>
> Ryssa says, "i saw that the castle itself has done the same for each of us from long before our eyes opened."
> Ryssa lowers her wide-set green eyes somewhat.
> A gray cat slinks in through the northwestern gate.
> A tall courier murmurs, in Teanga, "An ainnnei taesheagh maioll thi agus uph eogh ascist..."
> A gray cat moves from the northwestern gate to the southern heavy iron door.
> Ryssa says, "for each of these questions, the Golem awarded a piece of itself."
> Ryssa says, "a gem as token."
> Ryssa says, "and it's final gift was it's own being, the form you see bwfore you now, given for our use."
> You nod to Ryssa, "And so we bring gifts in turn as guests to host."
> After a while, the wind dies down completely. The statue trembles from within and you can hear a dry rattling breath come from the walls of the castle.
> Zia smoothes her lavender chiffon feathered cloak.
> Ryssa presents her scroll to a porcelain head.
> You shift your feet somewhat.
> A gray cat moves from the southern heavy iron door to the southwestern door.
> A stone statue gazes at the southern half of the workshop sightlessly.
> Ryssa says, "this poem was writ for all hallow's eve, of sprits and such."
> A tall courier moves from the northeastern gate to the southern heavy iron door.
> Ryssa recites from her scroll:
> It recites as follows:
"Spirits Risin'

The Spirits o' the dead arise
te gyre among the livin'
te gimbol in unearthly light
an' manifest unbidden.

They haunt the halls for their delight
te feel life's warm embrace
te stand despite their flesh's decay,
Their undone deeds te face.

Te rile against injustice done,
or see lost loves again,
te reach beyond the silent grave,
te point out whom te blame.

But there are them who's Evil reeks,
of Brimstone and of fire
Their only wish is te escape
Their wicked Master's Ire

So if a loved one should appear
upon this hallowed Eve
Beware ye have the story straight,
Or with them ye might leave....

"
It is signed by Ryssa.
> You smile to Ryssa gently.
> You turn to the southern half of the workshop.
> Ryssa offers her sparkling golden diaspore to Dittersdorf.
> Dittersdorf takes a sparkling golden diaspore from Ryssa.
> Ryssa smiles to Dittersdorf.
> You repeat formally to the southern half of the workshop, "The keep our host came to us to teach lessons on beauty, and generosity, creativity and hospitality. It gave of itself, unto its own Heart. And as we call the keep forth, we bring gifts of our own making to the keep."
> You smile to Dittersdorf followingly.
> Dittersdorf says, "Part of the spark of the golem was creativity. The impulse is carried in this Castle not just in the creation of arts, of musics, but in the search for things of truth. For all expansion of knowledge requires a rethinking of the way things were before, a breaking of the patterns into deeper profundity. And such knowledge can be used to further the arts themselves further, creating a cycle..."
> A tall courier moves from the southern heavy iron door to the southwestern door.
> Ryssa approaches the stone floor.
> Ryssa sits down on the stone floor quietly.
> Dittersdorf says, "...where leaps beyond logic reach into the deepest of mysteries and express the most profound beauty."
> A gray cat moves from the southern heavy iron door to the northwestern gate.
> A gray cat slinks out through the northwestern gate.
> A gray cat moves from the southwestern door to the southern heavy iron door.
> You helpfully whisper to Dittersdorf, "When you are ready, present your gift to the golem, and offer the Heart to Zia."
> You gaze lingeringly at a stone statue.
> Dittersdorf says, "This spirit is explempified in the Collegium, where all the disciplines are studied, for the glory of Her Majesty and for, by her express wish, the furtherance of the Castle itself."
> You turn your gaze inward.
> As if in response to Dittersdorf's words, the golem shakes slowly. It appears to be trying to move.
> Ryssa counts her head, your head, Dittersdorf's head, Finna's head, a white cat's head, Zia's head, Chrysoberyl's head, Xewe's head and a porcelain head.
> Dittersdorf raises his ebony leather book, "I present here a token of my own work, a series of artistic renderings."
> Dittersdorf says, "They present stars in a fantastic light. This is one of only two copies, the other already gifted. I gift it here today as a token of creativity."
> A tall courier moves from the southwestern door to the northwestern gate.
> Dittersdorf flips his sixteen pages openly.
> A tall courier leaves through the northwestern gate.
> Dittersdorf offers his sparkling golden diaspore to Zia.
> Zia waves to the walls.
> Zia takes a sparkling golden diaspore from Dittersdorf.
> You turn to Zia, "As the Professior speaks to creation of the mind, you are the guest of Marrach who knows gems best, who can speak to creation with the hands, for we are the hands of the keep and each of us raises glory with our acts."
> You alone sense that the Keep itself is reforming the golem from the inside and breathing new life into its limbs.
> Zia shows her silver and snowstone chain-link belt, "I have always made pretty things for the Castle's guests."
> Zia says, "I make them to see people happy."
> Zia says airily, "The stone man wanted to know about giving and happiness and making things."
> Zia smiles, "And he gave us himself."
> You smile agreeingly.
> Zia offers her sparkling golden diaspore to you.
To take this item, type: accept from Zia
To refuse to take it, type: refuse Zia
> accept from Zia> You take a sparkling golden diaspore from Zia.
> A gray cat moves from the southern heavy iron door to the southwestern door.
> > Xewe allows you to walk her.
You move from Dittersdorf to Xewe.
> You walk to Xewe.
> You smile to Chrysoberyl, "Patience."
> Dittersdorf listens still.
> Zia moves from a serviceable maple stool to a stone statue.
> Chrysoberyl blinks at you.
Zia puts a silver and snowstone chain-link belt on a stone statue.
> Dittersdorf shuts his sharp pale blue eyes also.
> Xewe breathes deeply.
> Chrysoberyl watches a stone statue still.
> Dittersdorf places an ebony leather book next to a stone statue.
> You hand your sparkling golden diaspore to Xewe reverently, "You gave your very life fighting beside the heart, steadfast. You guarded the sleepers when we dreamt, steadfast. We awoke the keep's Heart with dreams of Love and Duty and the Sun, I hope you can speak of duty and why one would sacrifice themselves so."
>> Xewe lowers her almond-shaped deep blue eyes to her sparkling golden diaspore thoughtfully.
> Chrysoberyl gazes upwardly at a porcelain head.
> Chrysoberyl listens to the southern half of the workshop absorbingly.
> Xewe murmurs softly, "I listen to everyone's words and I remember words from my past even though my memory has not yet fully returned to me. I was once told that Understanding is not Required, only Acceptance... However..."
> Chrysoberyl twitches her protruding ears at Xewe's words slightly.
> Xewe smiles softly, "I myself find solice in understanding why I do what I do."
> You smile gently.
> Xewe considers her sparkling golden diaspore, "It is for love that I do what I do, and if one told me that I would never understand it farther than that, but that I was welcome to try... I would continue."
> You quietly pat your simple redoak tambour with your right hand, which sings out with a bright "tek" sound.
> Ryssa murmurs softly, "it is not we that choose to love, rather love chooses us to serve."
> Several white wisps of air lash out from the walls around you and pierce the body of the statue. With each successive touch, the golem appears less like a statue and more like a living thing.
>

A gray cat moves from the southwestern door to the southern heavy iron door.
> Chrysoberyl inhales softly.
> Xewe finishes softly, "When Fezwin asked that I bring a gift to give I was unsure what to give... I would give my life again if I felt it would do anything. But having already given my body I thought to perhaps give the first thing abstract thought that came to my mind. For to understand love one must change one's perspective."
> Xewe recites from her scroll:
> It recites as follows:
"[Drawn on this scroll is a triangle with lines drawn from each point to the middle of the opposite side of the triangle. These three middle points are all connected with a circle.]

The scroll is labeled:

Each point is conncected to three and only three lines. Each line is connected to three and only three points. There are seven lines in this drawing, if one changes one's perspective.
"
You watch a stone golem worshipfully.
> It is signed "Respectfully, Acolyte Xewe Golianor" by Xewe.
> Ryssa watches a stone golem undauntedly.
>You take a sparkling golden diaspore from Xewe.
> You murmur to the southern half of the workshop, "I had planned to ask Finna to speak on love, but Xewe has tied both love and duty together. Love calls upon us to serve, and how else? And what could cause the keep to so gift us, but love as well?"
> A gray cat slinks in through the northeastern gate.
> Ryssa tells a stone golem, " welcome back old friend."
> Chrysoberyl gazes at a stone golem unwaveringly.
> > Chrysoberyl allows you to hand her.
You move from Xewe to Chrysoberyl.
> You hand your sparkling golden diaspore to Chrysoberyl, "You are studying Alchemy, and what can be more tied to the creative than the transformation of one thing to another. But also, when we stood with the awoken Heart, when shadows threatened to darken our hearts, I trusted you to bear it."
> A gray cat moves from the southern heavy iron door to the northwestern gate.
> A gray cat slinks out through the northwestern gate.
> Chrysoberyl turns her round deep green eyes to you slightly.
> Ryssa tells you, "on the surface there seems no answer to that, but it seems to me, that the castle and hermajesty, are one."
> Chrysoberyl stands up in front of a stone golem.
> Chrysoberyl runs her fingers over her sparkling golden diaspore softly.
> You request of Chrysoberyl, "The Heart is a thing of oldest magics and new. Of the deepest parts of the mountain and the life of the keep. The Awakening of it is my gift, and I ask that you present it to the keep who we call to, along with your own."
> Chrysoberyl smiles at you gratefully.
> Chrysoberyl turns her round deep green eyes to a stone golem.
> You beckon Finna too, "Your coming is a surprise, but a welcome one, if you have guest gift for the keep, please feel free to join us and gift it."
> Chrysoberyl breathes quietly to a stone golem, "Thank you for guarding us and lighting our way. I wish that I could have met you before when you lived and spoke, for you seem a very wise and noble soul. The thought that your spirit lingers within these walls makes me feel safer and more meaningful. You have my eternal service and love, and from the bottom of my heart I thank you."
You alone sense that the awakening of the golem is almost complete.
> You inhale subtly.
> You respectfully tap your simple redoak tambour with your right hand, which sings out with a bright "tek" sound.
> A tall courier arrives through the northeastern gate.
> Chrysoberyl glances at her scroll, "This is a dream I had.. a vision that illustrates love and life as I see it.."
>
A tall courier gives a scroll to you.
> Chrysoberyl puts a scroll on a stone golem.
> You unseeingly put your three scrolls in your black leather pouch.
Ryssa approaches a stone golem.
Ryssa puts a scroll on a stone golem.
> Chrysoberyl extends her sparkling golden diaspore to a stone golem reverently.
> Ryssa withdraws respectfully.
> Chrysoberyl offers her sparkling golden diaspore to a stone golem.
> A stone golem takes a sparkling golden diaspore from Chrysoberyl.
> As the sparkling golden diaspore touches the cold stone of the golem, you see a bright flash of white light. The warm glow from within the stone spreads to the golem and it begins to move.
> You gaze wonderingly at a stone golem.
> Ryssa smiles easily.
> A gray cat moves from the northeastern gate to the northwestern gate.
> A gray cat slinks out through the northwestern gate.
> Chrysoberyl gazes quietly at a stone golem.
> Finna smiles at a stone golem.
</b>> A chorus of raspy, grumbling voices says, 'It is the spirit of the castle alive, formed from stone and wisdom. It is the heart of creation that exists within these old walls.' The voices seem to come from the Castle itself.
> A stone golem wraps a marble and porcelain fingers around a sparkling golden diaspore tightly.</b>
> You finally smile.
> A stone golem feels a sparkling golden diaspore flamingly.
> Chrysoberyl breathes deeply.
> Finna smiles at a stone golem.
> Zia begins to examine a stone golem.
> Xewe begins to examine a stone golem.
> A tall courier leaves through the northeastern gate.
> Chrysoberyl begins to examine a stone golem.
> Ryssa watches a stone golem openly.
> Xewe gazes at a stone golem awedly.
> You thank a stone golem respectfully, "Your gifts to us inspired us, me at least in my service. Your Heart helped save us in our need, lighting our way, heartening our hearts. It was the light in the dark and shadow, both of keep and spirit that threatened us."
> Chrysoberyl licks her rosebud lips lightly.
Chrysoberyl watches a stone golem adoringly.
A chorus of raspy, grumbling voices droans, 'It thanks you for the stone, for the life and love within it's depths glows in it too. It asks why you have called it forth now.
> A stone golem groans movingly.
> You can't place things 'near' a granite feet.
> A stone golem shifts a granite legs heavily.
> You can't place things 'at' a granite feet.
> > You move from Chrysoberyl to a stone golem.
> You belatedly place a lopsided snow unicorn near a stone golem, "And this gift from a new awoken, who too shows spark of creation and stood beside your Heart."
> Ryssa tells a stone golem, "some gifts are meant not to be kept, but shared when needed."
> A stone golem turns its head and faces each of you individually. Though it has no eyes, you sense that it sees you.
> Chrysoberyl closes her round deep green eyes briefly.
> Finna smiles gently.
> Xewe maintains herself composedly.
You answer a stone golem, "You returned our gifts to you, and now the Heart is awake, it seemed unsafe for it to remain among us. There are those who might misuse your Heart. Thus we return the light to you, that you gave to us."
> Chrysoberyl senses a stone golem reverently.
> You bow your head to a stone golem, "As Ryssa says, it is important to know when it is time for a gift to be returned."
> A gray cat slinks in through the northwestern gate.
> A gray cat stares at nothing in particular.
> OOC -- You say, "Now that is one blase cat."
> A chorus of raspy, grumbling voices rumbles, 'It says it will return the stone unto the bowels of the mountain. It asks why you have believed in it so?
> You defer to Ryssa, Zia, Dittersdorf, Finna, Chrysoberyl and Xewe gently, "I'll let me fellows answer such."
> Chrysoberyl tells a stone golem quietly, "Because you believed in us."
> Ryssa says, "tell golem 'it has reflected my own heart to me that I might be more giving of myself."
> A tall courier arrives through the northwestern gate.
> Xewe murmurs softly, "There are shadows that seek to bend this castle to their will... we trust the castle and these mountains in there strength to remain true to love..."
> Dittersdorf says, "You showed inestimable kindness. It is a rare thing. It can only be done with trueness."
> A gray cat moves from the northwestern gate to the southeastern door.
> Ryssa says, "shadows, the doubts of love that cannot bear the light of truth."
> A gray cat flicks its tail.
> A chorus of raspy, grumbling voices relates, 'It asks what is meant by kindess and love.'.
Finna says, "The love was so deep and endless, we could feel it flow from the very depths. It gave us stength and continues to do so even now. So much love can not be hid. It flows and spreads and entwins itself in every heart."
> Ryssa says, "banished by the light of your heart."
> A stone golem listens to the southern half of the workshop neutrally.
> Chrysoberyl says softly to a stone golem, "Kindness.. being gentle, sharing gifts and knowledge, without any ulterior motive for doing so.."
> Xewe answers a stone golem lovingly, "Mu."
> Dittersdorf says, "Caring for others to the utmost capacity of oneself."
> You obliquely answer a stone golem, "For me it wasn't shadows sole. I've turned my life here to service, and hadn't ever put to words till I heard Xewe. How can you serve true, except in love. How can you sacrifice your blood, or time, or creativity, except for love. Love is the wanting enough for another, that you give of yourself."
> Ryssa says, "'and love, the giving of self to another the motive force of everything."
> Chrysoberyl nods to Ryssa's words gently.
> A chorus of raspy, grumbling voices says, 'It begs to know the opposite of belief, love, and kindness.'.
> Xewe tells a stone golem, "Doubt, HATE, and solitude."
> Finna says, "Darkness of the soul, sadness and hate. Bitterness which would darken the eyes so they can not see and the heart so it can not love."
> You inhale deeply, "Cynicism, selfishness. The slow chipping away at spirit, the enemy of creativity. The gathering for self, rather than building up."
Chrysoberyl licks her rosebud lips thoughtfully, "dismissal, hate, and cruelty.."
> A stone golem shifts a marble right arm slightly.
> A stone golem stares at the southern half of the workshop.
> Ryssa stands easily.
> Finna watches a stone golem.
> Finna extends her heart feelingly to a stone golem.
> A chorus of raspy, grumbling voices warns, 'It says true life comes from belief in a thing. That which lives does because of purpose. And that which lives pure, must be a balance of all things light and dark.
> A stone golem shares itself with the southern half of the workshop voicelessly.

> Dittersdorf listens meditatively.
> Ryssa says, "one cannot know light without also knowing dark."
> A tall courier moves from the northwestern gate to the southern heavy iron door.
> Chrysoberyl listens to a stone golem carefully.
> You nod thoughtfully, "The Heart as well... a thing of the deep mountains, of dark things which dwell there, and the keep's own nature."
> Xewe stands up near a stone golem.
</b>> A chorus of raspy, grumbling voices says, 'It says the golden stone lives in light, and belief, and kindness, and love. Beware that which lives in its opposite.</b>
> Finna gazes at a stone golem quietly.
> A stone golem presses a marble and porcelain hands to a sparkling golden diaspore.<b>
> Ryssa says, "dark and doubt, hardness and apathy."
<b>> A stone golem clasps his hands around the sparkling golden diaspore and it is swallowed within its form. You can see it move through its arm and down through its leg into the floor. You sense it travelling down below deep within the mountain and then it is gone.

> You aver to a stone golem reverently, "I hope we've served you well as guests to hosts, the light of your Heart gave us hope. May it ever shine in our dark times to remind us that we are not alone in you our home and host both."
> Chrysoberyl turns her round deep green eyes to the stone floor briefly.
> Chrysoberyl raises her gaze emotionally to a stone golem.
> Finna turns her mysterious violet eye and silver eye respectfully to a stone golem.
> A gray cat slinks in through the northeastern gate.
> A tall courier moves from the southern heavy iron door to the northeastern gate.
> A tall courier leaves through the northeastern gate.
> Xewe embraces a stone golem respectfully, "As Balance is required in all things, I place myself in the hands of balance."
> A gray cat moves from the northeastern gate to the southwestern door.
> Finna says, "All things in balance."
> A chorus of raspy, grumbling voices rumbles, 'It says the heart will always shine with love from those who believed in it and gave it life. It says you are never alone Here and as guest to It and Her you should remember all of its lessons. It asks now which of you wielded It's heart?
> Chrysoberyl glances at you.
> You smile to Chrysoberyl inclusively, "It was mostly wielded by myself, but sera Chrysoberyl bore the Heart as well against the shadows."
> Chrysoberyl smiles at a stone golem adoringly.
> A stone golem curls a marble and porcelain fingers inwardly.
> A chorus of raspy, grumbling voices says, 'It is its will to place a gift within your care. It says it is not of magic or light or dark, but symbolizes a great lesson. It asks if you would accept this as a sign of hospitality and thanks.'.

> A gray cat moves from the southeastern door to the northwestern gate.
> A gray cat slinks out through the northwestern gate.
> You affirm formally, "I would."
> Chrysoberyl nods gently to a stone golem, "I think we all would be honored to accept whatever you would gift us.."
> A stone golem takes a silver and snowstone chain-link belt, two scrolls, a lopsided snow unicorn and an ebony leather book.
> Finna nods to Chrysoberyl.
> You smile inclusively to Ryssa, Zia, Dittersdorf, Finna, Chrysoberyl and Xewe.
> A stone golem runs its hands over the gifts it was given and they are absorbed into the stone. From within its hands you now see a small sparkle.
> A gray cat moves from the southwestern door to the northeastern gate.
> A gray cat slinks out through the northeastern gate.
> A stone golem concentrates on a marble and porcelain hands fully.
> Zia begins to examine a stone golem.
> A stone golem shapes the light into something material.
> Xewe watches humbly.
> Ryssa watches silently.
> A stone golem uncurls a porcelain left hand.
> Chrysoberyl observes a stone golem awedly.
> A stone golem stretches a porcelain left arm outward.
> A stone golem reveals an ametrine platinum charm to the southern half of the workshop.

> Xewe begins to examine an ametrine platinum charm.
> Chrysoberyl admires an ametrine platinum charm respectfully.
> Zia begins to examine an ametrine platinum charm.
> OOC -- Xewe says, "You see a small charm formed from the finest platinum into a diamond shape. Within the platinum setting is a rare ametrine. The right and left sides of the stone are a deep purple color and the top and bottom are light golden. At the center of the gem, where the different colors met, you notice a warm glowing light, much like a fire's flame."
You gaze at an ametrine platinum charm curiously.
> Ryssa begins to examine an ametrine platinum charm.
> Zia claps her long hands lightly, "It's very pretty!"
> Chrysoberyl inhales deeply.
> Ryssa nods agreeingly, "most beautiful."
> Xewe remains quiet.
> Finna says, "Most beautiful indeed."
> A chorus of raspy, grumbling voices says, 'It says this is a thing of beauty. In its colors is the lesson of balance. The light within it is the light of It. Where light and dark meet, there is pure life.
> You softly comment, "Light and dark, met with hint of Heart's flame... beautiful.."
> A stone golem beckons you to itself.
> Chrysoberyl widens her round deep green eyes slightly.
> You walk to a stone golem slowly.
> A stone golem wraps a marble right hand around your calloused right hand strongly.
> Chrysoberyl closes her round deep green eyes quietly.
> A stone golem presses an ametrine platinum charm to your calloused right hand.
> The stone golem holds no hand stonil.
> You feel a marble right hand firmly.
> You aver to a stone golem, "The keep can call upon us, to build up with our hearts and hands."
> A tall courier arrives through the northeastern gate.
> A chorus of raspy, grumbling voices says, 'It says that it is its will to provide and as with all things you may do as you wish with its gifts. It is time for it to return.
> Zia asks a stone golem, "Will you visit us?"
> Chrysoberyl opens her round deep green eyes again.
> Chrysoberyl gazes at a stone golem sadly.
> Xewe lowers her head respectfully to a stone golem.
> Chrysoberyl kneels down in front of a stone golem.
> Xewe murmurs to a stone golem, "What ever is required of us in return we will give."
> Chrysoberyl breathes regretfully, "Goodbye.."
> You mimic Chrysoberyl.
> You kneel down stiffly near a stone golem.
Xewe kneels down also near a stone golem.
> Ryssa approaches a stone golem.
> Ryssa steps to a stone golem.
> Ryssa tells a stone golem, "once before my hnd rested on your chest."
> A gray cat slinks in through the northeastern gate.
> A chorus of raspy, grumbling voices says, 'It says it is always everywhere, all around. Look to your left and right and you will see it. It says it is not ask for anything in return.
> Chrysoberyl shares her heart with a stone golem emotionally.
> Zia waves to a stone golem, "Bur will you please come to see us sometimes?"
> Xewe smiles at a stone golem, "It may not ask, but we would still give in return."
> Xewe sighs quietly.
> A gray cat slinks out through the northeastern gate.
> Ryssa moves from a stone golem to the stone floor.
> Ryssa presses her left knee to the stone floor.
> A stone golem moves to Dittersdorf.
> A stone golem speaks to Dittersdorf voicelessly.

> Dittersdorf listens movingly.
> A small, exquisitely wrought charm made from platinum into a diamond shape and set with a lustrous purple and gold ametrine.
> A stone golem lumbers to Zia.
> A stone golem talks to Zia silently.<b>
> Ryssa feels her heart amorously.
> Zia tilts her head to a stone golem.
> A gray cat slinks in through the northwestern gate.
> Zia beams happily.
<b>> A stone golem groaningly walks to Xewe.

> Zia nods lightly to a stone golem, "I will."
> A stone golem converses with Xewe's head quietly.
> Dittersdorf contemplates deeply.
> A gray cat moves from the northwestern gate to the southern heavy iron door.
> Xewe listens to a stone golem wordlessly.
> Xewe swallows deeply.
> OOC -- Xewe says, "A stone golem groaningly walks to you... so what? It's thinking "Oh crap I guess I should say something to her"
> OOC -- Xewe says, "Hehe"
> Xewe nods surely to a stone golem.
> [OOC Page] from Dittersdorf: "yes, but I need to go to bed"
> Ryssa refuses to let a stone golem lumber her.
> OOC -- Chrysoberyl says, "*gasp* ryssa!"
A stone golem lumbers to Finna then.
> Finna listens to a stone golem.
> OOC -- Ryssa says, "list modified"
> OOC -- Chrysoberyl says, "hehe"
> OOC -- Dittersdorf says, "*needs sleep*"
Dittersdorf leaves the world.
> Finna raises her mysterious violet eye and silver eye respectfully to a stone golem, "I will."
> You smile to Chrysoberyl approvingly.
> You push to your feet.
> You stand up near a stone golem.
> You grunt somewhat.
> A gray cat moves from the southern heavy iron door to the southeastern door.
> Ryssa listens to a stone golem understandingly, "I will do my best."
> Chrysoberyl nods deeply to a stone golem.
> Inside your head you hear a chorus of raspy voices, 'It says continue to bring hospitality to Her guests. Teach the new ones that they are not alone and are surrounded by wonder.
> A stone golem trudges northwardly.<b>
> You bow your head surely.
> Chrysoberyl watches a stone golem lingeringly.
> A tall courier moves from the northeastern gate to the southeastern door.
<b>> A chorus of raspy, grumbling voices says, 'It says it is its will to stand beneath the sky and return its essence to the Keep.

> Xewe asks a stone golem, "Shall we acompany you to your standing place?"
> Chrysoberyl stands up slowly in front of a stone golem.
> You lift your cleft chin joyfully.
> Ryssa rises lithely.
> Zia moves from a stone golem to the eastern cabinets.
> A stone golem moves a porcelain left hand freely.
> Zia locks the eastern cabinets with her small copper key.
> A stone golem moves from the stone floor to the northwestern gate.
> A stone golem leaves through the northwestern gate.

A white cat moves from the stone floor to the northwestern gate.
> A white cat leaves through the northwestern gate.
> Xewe moves from the stone floor to the northwestern gate.
> You glance at Xewe, Zia, Ryssa, Finna and Chrysoberyl.
Chrysoberyl swallows.
> Xewe quietly walks out through the northwestern gate.
Chrysoberyl moves from the stone floor to the northwestern gate.
> > You move from the stone floor to the northwestern gate.
Chrysoberyl leaves through the northwestern gate.
> Ryssa arrives through the southwestern gate.
> Xewe walks followingly.
Zia arrives through the southwestern gate.
Finna sashays in through the southwestern gate.
> A stone golem moves from the southwestern gate to the northwestern door.>
> You step followingly.
> Ryssa accompanies a stone golem.
> Xewe moves from the southwestern gate to Chrysoberyl.
> A stone golem communicates with the walls and stone silently.
> A stone golem opens the northwestern door.
> A stone golem leaves through the northwestern door.<b>
Chrysoberyl leaves through the northwestern door.
Xewe quietly walks in through the eastern door.
A low passage running east-west. To the east is a door; four wooden doors, two set in the north wall, and two set in the south wall; and at the western end is the foot of a staircase. There is a plaque mounted on the wall next to the northwest door.

A stone golem, Xewe, you, a white cat and Chrysoberyl are standing near the eastern door. A tabby cat is standing near the northeast door. A young page boy and a dog are standing near the foot of the staircase.

> Ryssa arrives through the eastern door.
Zia arrives through the eastern door.
Finna sashays in through the eastern door.
> Xewe moves from the eastern door to Chrysoberyl.
> You close the eastern door.
> Zia locks the eastern door with her large, intricate steel key.
<b>> A stone golem moves from the eastern door to the foot of the staircase.
> A stone golem leaves through the foot of the staircase.

A white cat moves from the eastern door to the foot of the staircase.
Chrysoberyl moves from the eastern door to the foot of the staircase.
You move from the eastern door to the foot of the staircase.
Xewe moves from the eastern door to the foot of the staircase.
> A white cat leaves through the foot of the staircase.
You begin to enter the foot of the staircase.
Chrysoberyl leaves through the foot of the staircase.
Xewe quietly walks in through the lower end of the staircase.
A steep, narrow staircase running north-south, descending as it runs north.

A stone golem, Xewe, you, a white cat and Chrysoberyl are standing near the lower end of the staircase.

> Ryssa arrives through the lower end of the staircase.
Zia arrives through the lower end of the staircase.
> Finna sashays in through the lower end of the staircase.
> You proudly accompany a stone golem.
> A stone golem shifts a granite feet grumblingly.
> Zia begins to examine her basket.
> A stone golem moves from the lower end of the staircase to the door at the top of the staircase.
> A stone golem leaves through the door at the top of the staircase.<b>
A white cat moves from the lower end of the staircase to the door at the top of the staircase.
Chrysoberyl moves from the lower end of the staircase to the door at the top of the staircase.
You move from the lower end of the staircase to the door at the top of the staircase.
Xewe moves from the lower end of the staircase to the door at the top of the staircase.
> You begin to enter the door at the top of the staircase.
A white cat leaves through the door at the top of the staircase.
Chrysoberyl leaves through the door at the top of the staircase.
Xewe quietly walks in through the northern door.
A little room, with a couple of wooden doors.

A stone golem, Xewe, you, a white cat and Chrysoberyl are standing near the northern door.

> Ryssa arrives through the northern door.
Zia arrives through the northern door.
Finna sashays in through the northern door.
> A stone golem moves from the northern door to the eastern door.
> A stone golem leaves through the eastern door.
A white cat moves from the northern door to the eastern door.
Chrysoberyl moves from the northern door to the eastern door.
You move from the northern door to the eastern door.
Xewe moves from the northern door to the eastern door.
> A white cat leaves through the eastern door.
You begin to enter the eastern door.
Chrysoberyl leaves through the eastern door.
Xewe quietly walks in through the small door in the middle of the west wall.
The Dining Hall: a huge warm room scented of rich meats and savory spices. It extends further to the east beyond two thick pillars.

Cordon is sitting on a long wooden bench. A black cat is standing near the northwest door. A stone golem, Xewe, you, a white cat and Chrysoberyl are standing near the small door in the middle of the west wall. An empty tankard is sitting near the west wall. A liquor bar is standing in front of the west wall. Four nondescript cedar stools are standing near the west wall. Enchante is sitting near Cordon. Three empty tankards are sitting near a liquor bar. A quiet female servant is standing behind a liquor bar. Twelve drinks are standing on a liquor bar.

> Enchante tells Cordon, "I hope so ...i like him a lot as well."
Ryssa arrives through the small door in the middle of the west wall.
Zia arrives through the small door in the middle of the west wall.
Finna sashays in through the small door in the middle of the west wall.
>
Cordon stands up near a long wooden bench.
> Xewe moves from the small door in the middle of the west wall to a stone golem.
Chrysoberyl moves from the small door in the middle of the west wall to a stone golem.
<b>A stone golem moves a granite feet slowly.

Xewe walks followingly with a stone golem.
Chrysoberyl walks quietly with a stone golem.
Cordon says, "what the hell."
> You smile to Cordon and Enchante, "Come join the keep's golem."
> Chrysoberyl gazes upwardly at a stone golem.
Enchante smiles brightly at a stone golem.
> Xewe gently tells the dining hall, "There is no need for fear. This is the embodyment of the castle."
> Xewe means a stone golem.
> Ryssa beckons Cordon and Enchante, "join us."
> Enchante mischievously says, "Hello."
> Zia begins to examine a stone golem.
A stone golem consults stone silently.
> Cordon says, "ahh, I see I was confused."
Enchante stands up near Cordon.
> Willow arrives through the double door to the south.
> Willow curtsies.
Cordon begins to examine a stone golem.
> The walls seem to shake and groan in response to the golem.
> Ryssa refuses to let Enchante walk her.
> A stone golem moves from the small door in the middle of the west wall to the double door to the south.
> A stone golem leaves through the double door to the south.
Cordon moves from a long wooden bench to the double door to the south.
A white cat moves from the small door in the middle of the west wall to the double door to the south.
You move from the small door in the middle of the west wall to the double door to the south.
Xewe moves from the small door in the middle of the west wall to the double door to the south.
Chrysoberyl moves from the small door in the middle of the west wall to the double door to the south.
> You begin to enter the double door to the south.
> Cordon leaves through the double door to the south.
A white cat leaves through the double door to the south.
Xewe quietly walks in through the double doors leading north.
Chrysoberyl arrives through the double doors leading north.
The eastern end of the Grand Passage, a long high hallway running west-east through the heart of the castle.

Cordon, a stone golem, Xewe, you, a white cat and Chrysoberyl are standing near the double doors leading north.

> Ryssa arrives through the double doors leading north.
Zia arrives through the double doors leading north.
Finna sashays in through the double doors leading north.
> Cordon asks, "What is it doing."
> A stone golem moves from the double doors leading north to the western half of the passage.
> A stone golem leaves through the western half of the passage.
Cordon moves from the double doors leading north to the western half of the passage.
A white cat moves from the double doors leading north to the western half of the passage.
You move from the double doors leading north to the western half of the passage.
Xewe moves from the double doors leading north to the western half of the passage.
Chrysoberyl moves from the double doors leading north to the western half of the passage.
> You begin to enter the western half of the passage.
> Cordon leaves through the western half of the passage.
A white cat leaves through the western half of the passage.
Xewe quietly walks in through the eastern half of the passage.
Chrysoberyl arrives through the eastern half of the passage.
The western half of the Grand Passage, a long high hallway running west-east through the heart of the castle.

Cordon, a stone golem, Xewe, you, a white cat and Chrysoberyl are standing near the eastern half of the passage.

> Ryssa arrives through the eastern half of the passage.
Zia arrives through the eastern half of the passage.
Finna sashays in through the eastern half of the passage.
> Ryssa tells Cordon, "going home."
> Chrysoberyl says hushedly, "It is going to find a place to stand."
> Enchante arrives through the eastern half of the passage.
> Cordon says, "where is that?"
> Xewe gently tells Cordon, "We are likely almost there."
> Chrysoberyl points downwardly, "The mountain."
> Cordon nods.
> You explain to Cordon, "The keep has its heart back, awake and full of life. Now, the keep's golem returns its spirit back as well."
> A stone golem presses forward with its granite legs.
> A stone golem moves from the eastern half of the passage to the western archway.
Cordon says, "I see."
> A stone golem leaves through the western archway.
Cordon moves from the eastern half of the passage to the western archway.
A white cat moves from the eastern half of the passage to the western archway.
You move from the eastern half of the passage to the western archway.
Xewe moves from the eastern half of the passage to the western archway.
Chrysoberyl moves from the eastern half of the passage to the western archway.
> You begin to enter the western archway.
> Cordon leaves through the western archway.
A white cat leaves through the western archway.
Xewe quietly walks in through the east marble archway.
Chrysoberyl arrives through the east marble archway.
A wide open courtyard with high walls around it. There are passages leading out on every side. Heavy wooden gates lead west to the drawbridge, and a white marble archway to the east leads inward. A pile of hay has been placed along the south wall.

Cordon, a stone golem, Xewe, a black rat, you, a white cat and Chrysoberyl are standing near the east marble archway. A young page boy is standing near the northeast door. An ancient spruce bench is standing near the steps leading up to the gallery. A pillory is standing near the north wall. A snow bank is lying against the south wall. A pillory is standing near the south wall. A pillory is standing near the west wall.

> Enchante arrives through the east marble archway.
Ryssa arrives through the east marble archway.
Zia arrives through the east marble archway.
Finna sashays in through the east marble archway.
> Enchante smiles twinklingly.
> A young page boy moves from the northeast door to the wide southern passage.
> A stone golem moves from the east marble archway to the south wall.
> A young page boy leaves through the wide southern passage.
A stone golem lumbers to the south wall.
> A stone golem stands against the south wall.

> Xewe moves away from the east marble archway.
Xewe soundlessly moves to the Gate Courtyard.
> A stone golem faces the Gate Courtyard silently.
> Xewe faces statuesquely.
> Xewe kneels down.
Chrysoberyl bites her rosebud lower lip quietly.
> Xewe faces a stone golem.
> Chrysoberyl moves from the east marble archway to a stone golem.
> Willow arrives through the east marble archway.
Chrysoberyl walks to a stone golem.
> Cordon watches a stone golem.
> OOC -- Xewe says, "That is that was what I wanted to face"
> Chrysoberyl kneels down in front of a stone golem again.
> Willow leaves through the east marble archway.
> You wish a stone golem respectfully, "Again, only my thanks for your lessons and gifts. May we keep earning them."
> > You move from the east marble archway to a stone golem.
> You stiffly kneel down in front of a stone golem.
> Enchante moves from the east marble archway to a stone golem.
> Enchante slowly kneels down in front of a stone golem.
Cordon quietly asks you, "What did I miss?"
> Cordon moves from the east marble archway to a stone golem.
> Cordon kneels down in front of a stone golem.
> A chorus of raspy, grumbling voices says, 'It says the spirit returns to the Keep now to fufill the desires of Her. There is much to be done.
> A stone golem concentrates on itself spiritually.

> Chrysoberyl murmurs softly to a stone golem, "Thank you..."
> Xewe tells a stone golem, "Strength to your quests."
> Cordon bows to a stone golem.
> A stone golem releases itself fully.
> You reassure Cordon joyfully, "The story is a rich one to tell, and so we will to share the keep's lessons."
> Chrysoberyl senses her round deep green eyes tearily.
> Ryssa moves from the east marble archway to Cordon.
> Cordon nods to Ryssa.
> Enchante respectfully smiles at a stone golem.
> You close your wide-set storm grey eyes happily.
> Cordon bows respectfully to a stone golem.
> You hear a grinding sound and a wisp of light air soars from the golem and back into the stone of the castle.
> Finna smiles at a stone golem happily.
> Xewe appears to be calm.
> You feel a stone golem freely.
> You open your wide-set storm grey eyes again.
> Xewe gradually stands up.
> Ryssa moves from Cordon to a stone golem.
> Ryssa touches a stone golem.
> Enchante slowly stands up in front of a stone golem.
> Cordon stands up slowly in front of a stone golem.
> Ryssa says, "gone home again."
> Cold snowflakes fall gently from the sky.
Zia waves.
> You tell Ryssa, Cordon, Enchante, Chrysoberyl, Xewe, Finna and Zia, "The keep is all around us, all of us are home, and never alone here."
> Xewe begins to examine a stone statue.
> You rise to your feet.
> You stand up in front of a stone statue.
> Enchante smiles hugely.
> You hold your chest lightly.
> Chrysoberyl sighs quietly.
> Cordon nods to you.
> Enchante says, "This is such an wonderful gift."
> Enchante appears to be amazed.
> You smile to Chrysoberyl reassuringly, "This is no sad thing, but a night of beauty, generosity, hospitality and even creativity. All those things we were taught. And brought about through duty and love."
> A short male servant arrives through the main gate.
> Chrysoberyl nods knowingly to you.
> Xewe approaches Ryssa.
Xewe steps to Ryssa softly.
> Chrysoberyl glances lingeringly at a stone statue.
> A white cat flicks its tail.
> Ryssa says, "the light of the Heart put the shadows back into balance."
> Enchante chuckles.
> A black rat moves from the east marble archway to the steps leading up to the gallery.
> A black rat scurries out the steps leading up to the gallery.
> You must choose one of a statue atop the cornice or a stone statue.
> A young page boy arrives through the wide southern passage.
> You gaze at a stone statue respectfully, "Thank you."
> A white cat munches on its sprig of catnip.
> Cold snowflakes fall gently from the sky.
> A short male servant subserviently sighs, in Teanga, "Ollagh uand iarlanssta ner angunsmruisho ist traombind, choorrastusc'sceania eufhiofholl uand a an unnitheasciall tra theoan emb theoaistosc engphoach."
> Enchante bows her head.
> Enchante softly says, "Thank you."
> Chrysoberyl moves from a stone statue to the east marble archway.
> Chrysoberyl pets a white cat silently.
> A white cat flicks its tail at the Gate Courtyard partingly.
> A young page boy moves from the wide southern passage to the east marble archway.
A white cat leaves through the east marble archway.
> A young page boy leaves through the east marble archway.
> Zia waves to the Gate Courtyard.
> Zia leaves through the east marble archway.
You nod to Ryssa, "And maybe more than shadows. Perhaps it created small sparks of light."
> You tap your heart, "In all of us."
> Cordon begins to examine a stone statue.
> Ryssa smiles to you, "I would hope the sparks were already there....perhaps clouded before, but burning bright now."
> Cordon bows deeply to a stone statue.
> You allow Xewe to step Fezwin.
Xewe moves from Ryssa to Fezwin.
> Xewe steps to you quietly.
Chrysoberyl moves from the east marble archway to a stone statue.
Ryssa nods to Xewe, "that which you do so well."
> Chrysoberyl runs her smooth right hand lightly over a stone statue.
> You gaze at your ametrine platinum charm thoughtfully.
> Xewe whispers to you wonderingly, "What did it share with you as it's parting words?"
> Finna begins to examine a stone statue.
> Enchante curtsies lightly.
> Ryssa says, "i wish i had my jewel box...it's engravings are a pictorial of the arrival of our friend here."
Enchante says, "Excuse me please."
> Xewe smiles at Ryssa warmly.
> Enchante moves from a stone statue to the east marble archway.
> Enchante leaves through the east marble archway.
> A chill wind whistles through the high rooftops.
> You whisper to Xewe, "To continue to make Her guests welcome and share the keep's wonder with them. Why? To what did it task each of you?"
> Cordon bows to Chrysoberyl, Xewe, a short male servant, Ryssa, you and Finna kindly.
> Cordon moves from a stone statue to the east marble archway.
> Cordon leaves through the east marble archway.
> You see no enchante here.
> Finna turns her mysterious violet eye and silver eye to you.
> A short male servant leaves through the main gate.
> You must choose one of a statue atop the cornice or a stone statue.
> You must choose one of Chrysoberyl's head, Xewe's head, Ryssa's head, your head, a porcelain head or Finna's head.
> Xewe whispers to you, "It has asked me to continue to serve Her and protect Her guests within It."
> Zia arrives through the east marble archway.
> Zia skips lightly.
> Zia moves from the east marble archway to a stone statue.
> Xewe teases you good-naturedly, "Does this mean that Acolyte Finna will be inducting you as an Avowed Seeker after you heard what It had to say?"
> Zia extends her silver and fire opal jewelry box to Ryssa.
> Chrysoberyl murmurs inaudibly to a stone statue.
> Ryssa smiles widely.
> You whisper to Xewe thoughtfully, "To ward Her guests. Interesting task from the keep for you."
> Zia offers her silver and fire opal jewelry box to Ryssa.
> Chrysoberyl lowers her round deep green eyes from a stone statue finally.
> Ryssa reaches tentatively to Zia's silver and fire opal jewelry box.
> Zia says happily, "Here is something that will cheer you up."
> Ryssa takes a silver and fire opal jewelry box from Zia.
> A short male servant arrives through the main gate.
> Xewe begins to examine Ryssa's silver and fire opal jewelry box.
> You shake your head to Xewe amusedly, "No... I'm still not one for the Faith as such, but I'm glad it is there for those who seek it. I'll find balance in my own way."
Finna smiles at Ryssa and Zia.
Ryssa moves from a stone statue to Zia.
> Ryssa kisses Zia's high right cheek warmly, "thankyou."
> Ryssa begins to examine her silver and fire opal jewelry box.
> You ask Zia curiously, "What is this stone, that has two colors so?"
> Zia says, "It has been waiting for you long."
> You point to your ametrine platinum charm.
> Xewe moves from Fezwin to Finna.
> Xewe steps to Finna.
> A black rat scurries in the wide southern passage.
> Finna says to you, "But we allow such Fezwin. The Seekers teach that everyone finds balance in their own way....hence the reason we are seekers of Balance."
> Ryssa grins to Zia, "and I for it as well...seems we are finally met."
> Xewe smiles at Finna curiously.
> Zia begins to examine Fezwin's ametrine platinum charm.
Chrysoberyl sits down next to a stone statue.
> A short male servant moves from the main gate to the steps leading up to the gallery.
> A short male servant leaves through the steps leading up to the gallery.
> Chrysoberyl watches the Gate Courtyard quietly.
> Ryssa tells Zia, "trully a fine work."
> Ryssa opens her silver and fire opal jewelry box carefully.
> Ryssa begins to examine her silver and fire opal jewelry box.
> A finely carved jewelry box of exquisite design. The lid has been set with a square fire opal.
> Zia says lightly, "Oh it is a stone that is part amethyst and part citrine."
> A short male servant arrives through the steps leading up to the gallery.
> You nod cluelessly, "Oh."
> Zia says, "They are very very very rare."
> A short male servant leaves through the steps leading up to the gallery.
> Xewe asks Zia wonderingly, "What would be something that is only very very rare?"
> OOC -- You say, "I hope everyone had fun tonight btw."
> Zia ponders, "Bismuth.... skymetal."
> Xewe points at you, "Oh no trading that with Master Ali... no mater what he would give you, you would likely loose out on the deal."
> A black rat moves from the wide southern passage to the main gate.
> A black rat scurries out the main gate.
> Xewe asks Zia wonderingly, "What about something that is very very very very rare?"
> A black rat scurries in the main gate.
You reassure Xewe, "After moons of working to reawake its Heart, even when others scoffed, you think I'd trade away a token of favor from the keep?"
> Finna glances at Xewe.
> OOC - Ryssa loses her connection.
Ryssa enters the world.
> Zia shrugs vaguely.
>
> Xewe smiles at Zia, "I'm only slightly curious."
> Xewe giggles lightly.
A black rat scurries in the steps leading up to the gallery.
Xewe moves away from Finna.
Xewe moves to the Gate Courtyard.
A black rat moves from the main gate to the steps leading up to the gallery.
> A black rat scurries out the steps leading up to the gallery.
> Xewe approaches Chrysoberyl.
> Xewe hugs Chrysoberyl warmly.
> Chrysoberyl hugs Xewe gently.
> Zia asks you lightly, "What will you do with it?"
> A chill wind whistles through the high rooftops.
> Chrysoberyl glances upwardly at a stone statue.
> Ryssa traces her silver and fire opal jewelry box delicately with her fingers.
> Chrysoberyl gazes at the east wall, the north wall, the south wall, the west wall and the ground then.
> Cold snowflakes fall gently from the sky.
> Xewe asks Chrysoberyl lightly, "Would you like to know an even greater gift that It and She has given us?"
> A young page boy arrives through the east marble archway.
> You reply cluelessly to Zia, "I don't know.... perhaps have it set on a necklace someday. I don't really wear jewelry. The few pieces you've made for me, I've given all away to new awoken or friends over the moons."
Chrysoberyl listens hopefully to the east wall, the north wall, the south wall and the west wall.
> Chrysoberyl glances at Xewe then.
> Chrysoberyl tilts her head curiously, "What?"
> A young page boy moves from the east marble archway to the main gate.
> A young page boy leaves through the main gate.
> Xewe kisses Chrysoberyl's rosebud lips tenderly, "Life."
> Ryssa suggests to you, "perhaps have it set in your stick?"
> Chrysoberyl smiles slightly at Xewe.
> A black rat scurries in the steps leading up to the gallery.
> Ryssa means your simple redoak tambour.
> Xewe suggests aside to you, "Perhaps the center of a cloak clasp."
> Chrysoberyl begins to examine Fezwin's simple redoak tambour.
You smile blissfully, "It is a reminder... I'm more joyed that we served the keep."
> A redoak tambour of simple craftmanship. It is coated with an evergreen stain.
> Ryssa shows her silver and fire opal jewelry box to you, "also a reminder."
> A well-equipped courier arrives through the wide southern passage.
> Xewe tells Finna gently, "Strength in your quests Acolyte."
Xewe smiles warmly at Finna.
> Finna sashays out through the east marble archway.
> You nod to Ryssa smilingly.
> A black rat moves from the steps leading up to the gallery to the east marble archway.
> A black rat scurries out the east marble archway.
> OOC -- Xewe says, "The saddest thing about tapioca is when you finish it... there isn't any left... sniff sniff"
> A black rat moves from the steps leading up to the gallery to the east marble archway.
OOC -- Ryssa says, "there's always more tapioca someplace"
> A black rat scurries out the east marble archway.
> Ryssa begins to examine Fezwin's simple redoak tambour.
> Chrysoberyl stands up next to a stone statue.
> OOC -- Xewe says, "Yes but not in my bowl, and not any more in my house that I can eat :("
> OOC -- Ryssa says, "my sympathies that you have no 24 grocery stores...."
Xewe suggests to you, "Donate it to the museum when it is built."
> A black rat scurries in the east marble archway.
> You turn to Xewe curiously, "Hmm? Maybe."
> Ryssa says, "perhaps as a piece in the pheonix room?"
> Xewe shakes her head at Ryssa, "There will soon be a museum built and I think it would better be placed there."
You rub your ametrine platinum charm idly.
> A young page boy arrives through the main gate.
> Ryssa tells Xewe, "much has changed durring my absence...."
Chrysoberyl says softly, "I am glad that everything is safely returned and all around us.. but it was nice, holding the heart and being able to give a physical presence to the spirit and the love of the whole keep.."
> Xewe mentions, "That reminds me the museum should try to get a full set of those charms from both the Wyvern war and the Elemental events."
> Chrysoberyl moves away from Xewe.
Chrysoberyl moves to the Gate Courtyard.
> You relate to Chrysoberyl, "One thing which is our job..."
> You include Chrysoberyl, Xewe, Ryssa and Zia.
> A black rat moves from the east marble archway to the northeast door.
> A black rat scurries out the northeast door.
A stern guard arrives through the wide southern passage.
> Xewe smiles, "I'm not actualy working with the Museum. Only looking forward to it opening and wondering what might all be in it."
> A black rat scurries in the east marble archway.
> A black rat moves from the east marble archway to the northeast door.
> A black rat scurries out the northeast door.
> You seriously convey, "We need share with our fellow guests that the keep is alive about us, that we are its guests, and it wishes us to bring true life to its halls for Her Majesty."

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