The Imperial Tiltyard.
The stars glimmer down, broken only upon occasion by thin wisps of clouds. A stone wall surrounds the tiltyard,
with a large wrought iron gate set in the western portion. Raked golden sand stretches down the length of
this field, separated by the solid tilt that runs from one end to the other, keeping the mounts from colliding.
Several enclosed benches encircle the yard behind the lists, enabling those who wish to view the show to do
so in safety. Silver and blue pennons flutter gaily from long poles driven into the ground to either side of
each seat. Set to the north, more ornate stands rise higher than the others, their decoration accented with
elaborate shields and their seats softened with cushions to make the Senate more comfortable. Recesses behind
the seating and close to some bright pavilions allow those who joust to rest in peace without fear of injury.
A runic totem is planted solidly in the ground. Mounted atop a sleek snow panther, a mountain archer coolly
scans the distant peaks. There are 3 runic knights here. There are 2 alabaster pegasi here. A bright green,
elongated leaf rests here, unsurprisingly motionless. An intricate bench of dark blue marble stands here
invitingly. Shield Lancer Dochitha Lionblaze is here. His features are obscured by a mask of lifevision. He
wields a Shield of Absorption in his left hand and a Cane of the Quickening in his right. Volunteer Ketan is
here. Shieldwarden, Lady Aeryi Imperio, Chosen of Phaestus is here. She wields a Scimitar of Eagles in each
hand. Lorielan, the Jade Empress bides here, surrounded by a soft blur. She wields a crystalline staff of the
elements in Her left hand. Volunteer Goryllin is riding on an alabaster pegasus. His features are obscured by
a mask of lifevision. He wields a Logosian broadsword in his left hand and a Logosian battleaxe in his right.
Volunteer Malchior is here.
You see a single exit leading southeast.
Volunteer Malchior says, "And here we are again."
Aeryi says in a clear, soft voice, "Any questions?"
You say in a soft voice, "And, as an added bonus, I didn't get turned in to a penguin!"
Ketan bows respectfully to #loriel.
Aeryi says to Malchior in a clear, soft voice, "I can take you to the crystal whenever you have the time."
Ketan coughs softly.
Lorielan ponders you with a contemplative expression.
You blink.
Aeryi winces in pain.
Malchior stares implacably about himself.
Volunteer Ketan says, "Damn..."
Aeryi says in a clear, soft voice, "There is an old saying.."
Your fabulously fraudulent facial accessory seems to crawl upon your upper lip as it inexplicably alters.
Aeryi says in a clear, soft voice, "About never tempting the Divine.."
Goryllin says in a coarse voice, "Are there restrictions on the actions of Aspirants?"
Volunteer Malchior says to Aeryi, "Thank you so much for your time."
You stick your tongue out and say, "Ack."
The clock tower bells let out a single sonorous peal, jostled by the wind.
Ketan bows respectfully to Lorielan.
Aeryi says in a clear, soft voice, "Read hhelp volunteer."
Aeryi says in a clear, soft voice, "And hhelp welcome."
Lorielan, the Jade Empress says, "I have a question for the gathered."
Aeryi says in a clear, soft voice, "For those very new... hhelp volunteeradvice."
I cannot fathom your meaning.
Aeryi tilts her head and listens intently to Lorielan.
Interesting...
Malchior tilts his head and listens intently.
You nod, listening carefully.
Lorielan, the Jade Empress says, "Maggot, toad, or shrub?"
Heaving a great sigh, you flop down upon the ground, defeated by the world.
Opening her mouth wide, Aeryi gapes in wonder.
Ketan coughs softly.
Opening his mouth wide, Dochitha gapes in wonder.
Aeryi says in a clear, soft voice, "Toad."
Volunteer Ketan says, "Under which context, Lady?"
Goryllin says in a coarse voice, "Toads have the more ability to understand what is happening and learn from
their mistakes."
Aeryi nods her head at Goryllin, showing her acceptance.
Comprehension flashes across Dochitha's face.
Goryllin says in a coarse voice, "I believe this is a question to decide Nylian's fate."
You twitch spasmodically.
Poof! You have been turned into a Toad!
Your race is now that of Toad.
You feel your tongue lengthen and your body simultaneously shorten and widen, and warts pop into place across
your skin. A deep desire to devour a fly overwhelms you. (-2700h, 96.4%, -2555m, 232.3%)
You are already wearing this item.
You croak in a soft voice, "Ribbit."
Goryllin pats you in a friendly manner.
Aeryi pats you in a friendly manner.
Kondar has been slain by the might of Dingis, the Dignified.
Malchior gives you a compassionate hug.
Lorielan, the Jade Empress says, "A good choice."
A lump forms in your throat as emotion overwhelms you; a single tear runs down your cheek.
Goryllin says in a coarse voice, "You do make a handsome toad, however. So take comfort in that."
You croak in a soft voice, "She likes me."
Your heart skips a beat in excitement, will another of the false Gods fall today?
Goryllin nods his head slowly at you, looking very wise.
Volunteer Malchior says, "He's so cute."
Aeryi smiles and says in a clear, soft voice, "Never ever tempt the Divine."
Aeryi's eyes sparkle with amusement.
You nod your head emphatically.
Aeryi says in a clear, soft voice, "Unless it's with a cookie or a cold ale."
Your race is now that of Troll.
Your hoppin' days are over.
You sigh with relief as your normal form is returned to you. (+2700h, 49.1%, +2970m, 73.0%)
You are already wearing this item.
Feeling a sense of immense shame, Malchior apologises.
You wipe the back of your hand across your head in relief as you mutter, "Whew."
Aeryi grins mischievously at you.
An alien tone thrums through your being, and your vision sharpens to clarion in response as the Jade Empress
gifts you with Her benediction for 1 Achaean month.
Lorielan winks conspiratorially at you. (+305h, 5.0%)
"Heh heh heh," Dochitha chuckles.
You peer about yourself unscrupulously.
You cheer wildly! (+295h, 4.8%)
Aeryi says to Lorielan in a clear, soft voice, "You honour me m'lady, thank you for coming along."
Kaden arrives, following Loalaine from the southeast.
Kaden laughingly says in a quiet voice, "Unless that's changed."
You snap your fingers.
Loalaine lowers her head respectfully.
Lorielan, the Jade Empress smiles and says to Aeryi, "It was My pleasure."
Kaden inclines his head politely at Loalaine.
You nod your head emphatically.
Kaden coughs softly.
You bow respectfully to Lorielan.
Kaden inclines his head politely at Lorielan.
You say in a soft voice, "Anytime you need a toad..."
You tap your nose knowingly.
The corners of Aeryi's mouth turn up as she grins mischievously.
Malchior stares implacably about himself.
Dochitha grins mischievously at you.
Aeryi says in a clear, soft voice, "You handled that very well Nylian."
Loalaine's eyes sparkle with amusement.
Lorielan, the Jade Empress says, "I shall let you all return to your sparring and teaching. Welcome to you,
Volunteers."
You attempt to stifle your amusement but cannot help laughing aloud.
Loalaine grins mischievously at you.
Aeryi gives Lorielan a respectful salute.
Volunteer Malchior says, "I'm a little overwhelmed."
Ketan bows respectfully to Lorielan.
Loalaine lowers her head respectfully before Lorielan.
Malchior sits down.
Dochitha says in an all-consuming, frosty voice, "It's a pleasure to have you around Lady."
Goryllin bows respectfully to Lorielan.
With a decisive gesture, the Jade Empress exposes a glimmering portal in the ether and departs.