A River In Egypt, Part Five

<HollyhockGod> Let me, see, where were we when last we visited Egypt?

<HollyhockGod> Ah, yes, you'd shaken up the ghost of Sennet VI.

<HollyhockGod> Who claimed both to know and not to know of Kes-en-ephet.

<HollyhockGod> So, what plan do the Powers of Raemiel have to continue their dig, now that the other duelists

are likely to begin in earnest?

<ViktorWalters> be boring!

<Edith> I think Laurel and me were just going to find someone to ask questions.

<AlanAmis> I was going to suggest our investigators go make a deal with Miss Information.

<Laurelynne> Weren't we going to let the familia know what we've uncovered so far?

<Edith> Yeah, the person we're going to ask probably is going to be in Locus Wordswyrm so we'll need to talk to

the Cricible anyway,

<Edith> *.

<Laurelynne> So back to the dig site?

<AlanAmis> Indeed.

<AlanAmis> It's most likely an errant power or even imperator.

<Edith> Maybe a prayer, too.

<Laurelynne> Are we allowed to pray to Nobles outside the family?

<Edith> I meant to our lot, but I don't know.

<HollyhockGod> Yes, but since he's right over there it's good manners to go and show up in person.

<Laurelynne> Right.

<Laurelynne> I think a head's up to our boys though would be a good idea.

<HollyhockGod> Feel free, then.

<Laurelynne> I'll send one to Alan that our investigation points to Kes-en-ephet's being removed from reality.

<HollyhockGod> And then head over?

<HollyhockGod> Alan, what are you and Viktor doing?

<AlanAmis> Well, we -could- try to ask the pharoah's tomb itself, as was mentioned before.

<ViktorWalters> being boringly mortal!

<AlanAmis> Although I'm not sure that would do much.

<AlanAmis> But what the hey, while we're there.

<HollyhockGod> "I am the tomb of Sennet VI!"

<HollyhockGod> "Why is it so cold in the world above?"

<HollyhockGod> "Has Apep finally devoured the noble Horus?"

* HollyhockGod can't remember which Egyptian gods are which.

<Razzen> (I think you meant Amon-re devoured by Seth.)

<Edith> (They ended up shoving every concept they could into Horus, so you're not far wrong).

<Razzen> (That is true though.)

<AlanAmis> "Fear not, noble tomb, for that has not transpired yet. There is one though who wishes to find

the tomb of Kes-en-ephet to destroy it, and that is why she brings storms down upon the land above, so that I and my

party may not find it."

<AlanAmis> "If you know anything of it, we may put to an end more quickly this cold disposition she has set

upon us with."

<HollyhockGod> "Kes-en-ephet? The usurper? The man of fire who came from the North?"

<HollyhockGod> "I've never heard of him."

<HollyhockGod> "Must have been after my time."

<ViktorWalters> (hah)

<AlanAmis> That seemed a rather contradictory statement. "Are you sure you've never heard of this usurper,

this man of fire who came from the North? It seems rather suspicious you would know so much for knowing so little."

<Edith> (Alan, you're more wyrmy that the lord of wyrmkin).

<Edith> (No wonder you two make such good bedfellows).

<AlanAmis> (Eh?)

<Razzen> (Shades of the power of lies.)

<AlanAmis> (Yes, I admit to that. I never had a chance for obscene duplicity.)

<HollyhockGod> "Man of fire? Surely the only man of fire is the great god Aten! I know of no other!"

<HollyhockGod> Once more reality can't get it's story straight.

<AlanAmis> It seemed to be the same as the pharoah indeed. "Very well then, Sir Tomb. We shall bring

warmth back to the lands just yet."

<AlanAmis> Seemed like that was all they were going to get out of the tomb, although "from the North" seemed

the only lead he had. It could've easily referred to "from the sky", but who knew.

<HollyhockGod> Are the girls back yet? They might as well arrive now.

<AlanAmis> Excellente!

<ViktorWalters> Well, the hint could be it was a mystical being like the North star

<ViktorWalters> well, the spirit of said

<AlanAmis> Ah. Viktor proves once again that boredom is smart.

<ViktorWalters> Always a good thing to remember.

<HollyhockGod> What do Edith and Laurel have to share with the group?

<Edith> "Wow, it's nice and cool here! What happened?"

<Edith> "(As if I need to ask.)"

<HollyhockGod> Yes, the snow is beginning to fall quite hard.

<Laurelynne> "Then we appear just in time to put an end to this nonsense."

<Edith> "We do?"

<Laurelynne> "Yes. If what I believe is true, there is no point for our familia to engage in this duel."

<Laurelynne> (Are we all together now?)

<AlanAmis> (I would hope so.)

<Edith> Does Ancagallon predate the two Sennets and Kes-en-ephet?

<ViktorWalters> (I'm unsure if I should be present, wouldn't that be pretty much giving away that I'm in the


<Laurelynne> He probably claims to, but who knows if he'd be telling the truth?

<HollyhockGod> Ancagallon claims to be the oldest living Power, but so does Su-Yin, who was born in the moment

of the first Excrucian attack.

<Edith> I thought as much.

<Laurelynne> "History shows the Sennets in question to have been mediocre, but that one was preceded by and

the other followed by a mighty pharaoh—Kes-en-ephet."

<Laurelynne> "Whatever or whoever he was, any trace of him at least conceptually has been removed from


<Edith> "He's very rarely named though, the progression skips from Sennet VI to Sennet VII, but all agree that

Sennet VI was a poor ruler and that Sennet VII was a poor ruler that follower a great God-king."

<Edith> (Oh).

<Edith> *followed

<Laurelynne> (Yes, just to reiterate.)

<AlanAmis> "None of the testimony of the spirits locally seem to correlate either. One moment they mention

him, then the next they have no recollection. Your theory seems correct."

<Laurelynne> "Indeed. Divinations for Kes-en-ephet are blocked, I believe, because of this removal from

reality itself."

<Edith> "If he has been removed conceptually would his relics not remain? Would Ancagallon's grievance have sent

us out here on a wild goose chase?"

<Edith> (His wonderful, /magical/ grievance that no one but Alan can see).

<Laurelynne> "It's possible, depending on whether the removal was physical as well as spiritual, but even if

they did remain I'm not sure they would still be correlated to him."

<ViktorWalters> (Alan and Viktor, but apparently Viktor is too boring to notice ;-;)

<Laurelynne> "If his greatness is gone, what value would they have even to Greed?"

<HollyhockGod> Bragging rights?

<AlanAmis> "It's obvious that Kes-en-ephet possessed some object of great power I would think."

<Laurelynne> (It was a rhetorical question. :P )

<Edith> "Metals and craftsmanship would appeal I think, and antiquity for antiquity's sake."

<HollyhockGod> (I live but to serve.)

<Laurelynne> "I think it's just that they have never been recovered is all. Even so, if we still want to find

them we may have better success first finding where Kes-en-ephet himself went."

<HollyhockGod> "I feel certain," said E'jah, "that if anything remains, then it remains wherever it was buried

at the original point in mortal history, before the eradication."

<HollyhockGod> "Perhaps there is some way of deducing its location without the use of divinations, which seem to

be useless?"

<ViktorWalters> (perhaps good ol' archaeology?)

<ViktorWalters> (look for the items from that time period and gogogogo)

<AlanAmis> (Ah yes. Make that suggestion then!)

<Laurelynne> "If we're looking for the point in history of his removal, I suggest we ask your sibling for


<ViktorWalters> (I can't, I'm supposed to be a boring mortal! I don't want to chance infuriating our new noble


<AlanAmis> (Fair enough.)

<HollyhockGod> "I doubt knowing the exact time will help us know the exact place."

<ViktorWalters> (unless somehow it's possible a worker can go have a chat with his owner without being overheard

by demigods?)

<HollyhockGod> "We know that Fortune can find tombs other than that of the Burning-Brightly-One."

<HollyhockGod> "Can he find a place where tombs appear *not* to be?"

<Razzen> "History is time /and/ place."

<AlanAmis> (I want to hurt Sir Crucible now.)

<HollyhockGod> "But this is history that no longer exists."

<HollyhockGod> "We might have a better chance by locating auspicious locations for tombs in which no tomb is

visible to the eyes of Wealth himself."

<HollyhockGod> "The best location for the mausoleum of a god, with no god in it, is our destination."

<HollyhockGod> E'jah shifts to a shade of reddish-gold in pleasure with his logic.

<AlanAmis> "There is unfortunately a lot of land which seems bereft of tombs."

<HollyhockGod> "I possess maps, and plentiful photographs. Can we locate a splendid location for a divine tomb?

That might give us a clue."

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<Laurelynne> (He's still absorbed in his own project.)

<HollyhockGod> "Is there some other factor that might suggest the possibility of a tomb's presence?"

<HollyhockGod> (He is sort of an a tight time frame.)

<Legume> (I'm wondering, perhaps, could the most likely place be the most boring?)

<Legume> er

<AlanAmis> Alan seems left open to suggestion from others. Aside from looking over E'jah's maps and

correlating them with his divinations to see if one doesn't show up on his radar, he's a little at a loss.

<Legume> (guh, I didn't even notice being disconnected T_T)

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<ViktorWalters> (well, if anyone wants to pray to Viktor and fill him in, he could potentially have an idea)

<ViktorWalters> (if that's inconspicous enough)

<ViktorWalters> (inconspicuous*)

<HollyhockGod> (Viktor should probably just start sweeping something nearby.

<HollyhockGod> For simplicity's sake.)

<ViktorWalters> (fine, I just thought all workers would be at the task of excavating)

<ViktorWalters> (can my familia see me despite the boringness and being a mortal?)

<Laurelynne> "Well while you pour over your charts and your tombs where no tomb exists, I'm going to deal with

the greater matter at work here."

<ViktorWalters> Viktor does go ever to sweep, so he can listen in at least.

<Razzen> (Eternal sweeper?)

<ViktorWalters> (That is not dead which can eternal sweep)

<HollyhockGod> (It's been done.)

<HollyhockGod> (www.elfonlyinn.net)

<Razzen> (Yes I know.)

<HollyhockGod> (Oh, Razzen does read the internet after all.)

<Razzen> (He used to.)

<HollyhockGod> (I wouldn't have thought that was your thing at all.)

<ViktorWalters> (I'm going teach something important, something relevant! The internet! Ah!)

<Razzen> (Long ago.)

<ViktorWalters> (to teach*)

<ViktorWalters> (guh)

<AlanAmis> (So how will Alan go about this?)

<ViktorWalters> (so, uh, if Viktor unguises and then unborings and talks with everyone, no one would correlate

him and the worker right?)

<HollyhockGod> (I suspect they would notice!)

<HollyhockGod> (Well, mortals wouldn't.)

<HollyhockGod> (But Powers would.)

<ViktorWalters> despite him being inutterably boring

<Edith> Would that even affect powers?

<ViktorWalters> the boring bit?

<ViktorWalters> I think it does

<Edith> Or would it be like flames created with a creation of flame?

<HollyhockGod> So, you take a look at the wide selection of maps on a table, with assistance from a four-armed

mapmaker that E'jah brought along.

<HollyhockGod> The boring doesn't, but the Unblemished Guise does.

<HollyhockGod> What sort of traits do you plan to look for?

<AlanAmis> Hmm. Good question.

<ViktorWalters> I always thought that if you make an object boring a noble would find it boring, but you can't

make a noble bored or make a noble boring

<ViktorWalters> other than yourself

<AlanAmis> I figured I'd be running my divinations over the area and try to correlate between what does or

doesn't show up on radar.

<ViktorWalters> (but whatever)

<AlanAmis> (That's what I though too.)

<AlanAmis> (thought* guh)

<HollyhockGod> (In terms of intent, the miracle attempts to alter a Noble's action: "don't notice this")

<HollyhockGod> (So it's verboten.)

<ViktorWalters> (I always thought boring was a quality)

<ViktorWalters> (but k, I'm fine with it)

<HollyhockGod> True, but as you said, there are lots of places that don't have tombs.

<HollyhockGod> You need to find places that might have tombs, that don't seem to.

<Laurelynne> "Am I the only one who smells the Dark Horsemen behind this?" Laurel is starting to look


<HollyhockGod> (Well, they'd say "Wow, that's boring." But they wouldn't ignore it because of it.")

<AlanAmis> Places that might have tombs but don't seem to…

<ViktorWalters> (yeah, but I at least want to know I can make things boring to nobles)

<ViktorWalters> (so yay, I can)

<Edith> "No, but what can we do for it now? We're 2.8 thousand years too late for the party."

<ViktorWalters> (doesn't time flow differently mysthically?)

<ViktorWalters> (mythically*)

<HollyhockGod> Essentially, prime real estate for the dead.

<OShuva> (Time's borked, but it holds approximately right).

<HollyhockGod> (Yes, the two don't flow at the same rate, but events correlate.)

<Laurelynne> (Keep in mind the world is only 6,000 years old.)

<HollyhockGod> Unless, Cornelius, Time's-Regal, changes his mind.

<HollyhockGod> Then there could be anomalies.

<Laurelynne> "Nothing as such, but the sorrow of his lost cries out to me and I wish to know his full story."

<Edith> "That /would/ be good to know, I admit."

<AlanAmis> "Do the cries simply drift everywhere, or perhaps surround a certain point?"

<AlanAmis> Unfortunately for Alan he had never planned to be in the real estate business.

<HollyhockGod> Honestly, just make up a good plan to find the place and we'll run with it.

<Laurelynne> "That is a good question."

<HollyhockGod> (Still no way to pinpoint a specific location with divinations, I fear. From the point of view of

everywhere else, the place you want is no longer there.)

<Laurelynne> Is there any place where the sorrow of the lost pharoah is felt strongest, in the Mythic world at


<Laurelynne> (Oh well, nevermind then.)

<AlanAmis> (I'm talking more like how you know which parts of a frying pan are still non-stick after having

burnt eggs on them…)

<AlanAmis> (Not so much pinpointing as pinpointing everywhere else.)

<HollyhockGod> (It amounts to the same thing under the intent rules.)

<AlanAmis> (The option you give me is nonspecific)

<ViktorWalters> (so try just searching for the most fortunate place for a tomb to be built?)

<ViktorWalters> (or is that the same thing?)

<AlanAmis> (Probably the same thing.)

<AlanAmis> (I mean, they basically built the stuff anywhere.)

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<HollyhockGod> (I don't know. Just make a good enough plan and it will work.)

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<AlanAmis> (I'm American though.)

<AlanAmis> (I don't make plans: I follow them.)

<ViktorWalters> (Alos, Americans suck at making plans for the Middle East)

<ViktorWalters> (Also*)

<AlanAmis> (Indeed.)

<AlanAmis> (So E'jah's machine is showing me tombs they know are there?)

<HollyhockGod> (No, just landscape details and various geographical data.)

<ViktorWalters> (find a good place for a tomb, like with good bedrock, that isn't taken. Any place with

specifically useful geographical bits for Tombs is probably the place, if it's not taken)

<AlanAmis> (Ok, so I could look at the places I know tombs are, figure some sort of rough pattern of

features they choose to choose a location- and Viktor said it first.)

<AlanAmis> (Fair enough. Let the games begin!)

<Laurelynne> "Sigh. They built their necropolises near their capitols. Look for a good site for a powerful

ruler to have used to control large parts of the region."

<HollyhockGod> "Might I suggest a look at this document as well?" says the four-armed mapmaker.

<HollyhockGod> He spreads out a large map of Egypt criss-crossed with lines of at least fifty different colors.

<HollyhockGod> "This map shows the flows of the major ley lines of the region. Owing to the lack of major human

alterations since the fall of the Egyptian civilization, they remain largely unchanged today."

<HollyhockGod> "One prime location for a tomb would be at a confluence of several lines.

<HollyhockGod> "

<AlanAmis> So Alan would take a look at the sites he had chosen as "likely" and the map where the leylines

converged. Hopefully there would be a very limited number of choices.

<HollyhockGod> Only two or three.

<HollyhockGod> And one seems excellent!

<HollyhockGod> It's at a convergence of seven ley lines, and overlooks a major fertile valley at a slight


<HollyhockGod> Yet there doesn't seem to be anything of value there except trash and various bits of debris.

<AlanAmis> (Decept- Nobles, to the valley!)

<HollyhockGod> Don't tell E'jah to transform and roll out.

<HollyhockGod> He'd really do it.

<AlanAmis> Alan points to the likeliest point. "That's where we should be going to next." His overwhelming

sense of mediocrity was assuaged for the moment.

<ViktorWalters> (no one has mastered boredom more than the essense of boredom, Viktor the sweeper~)

<AlanAmis> (Guh, I had to cram Faust and Madame Bovary in a day or two. It's affecting my writing.)

<ViktorWalters> (so don't worry, Alan. You'll always be above the demi-god-turned-janitor)

<HollyhockGod> Any questions or comments?

<ViktorWalters> (Uber Janitor!)

<OShuva> (I'm sure you can beat up Time later).

<AlanAmis> "What should we expect from our rivals upon reaching the destination? They will surely suspect

something is up if we go to the middle of nowhere."

<Laurelynne> "Use another dig as a feint then, and send supposed neutrals to the real site."

<AlanAmis> "They would be rather upset if they figured out the deception though, wouldn't they?"

<Edith> "I think they would be."

<AlanAmis> "Perhaps a more direct approach…if we could locate them."

<HollyhockGod> So, what will you do?

<AlanAmis> Up to the others. Group huddle!

<HollyhockGod> Laurel, Edith, Viktor? Plan?

<AlanAmis> I think they're busy preparing to tie me up like a turkey and send me to Madam Ice on a platter.

<AlanAmis> Complete with apple in mouth.

<Laurelynne> I already stated my plan. And don't forget the stuffing, Alan.

<HollyhockGod> So, who will go where?

<Laurelynne> Doesn't mean you all have to follow it though.

<Edith> We could probably just clump in and play whack-a-rat with any problems that come up.

<Edith> I mean, at this point.

<ViktorWalters> (I can't talk!)

<AlanAmis> Edith has seniority!

<ViktorWalters> (stupid trying to be clever)

<Laurelynne> You surprise me, Edith—I would not have though you'd be party to the duel.

<Edith> "I'm just as surprised, but there's nothing but sand and snow for miles, it's cold, I'm cold, and the

sooner we're done here the sooner we can go and the sooner E'jah can get on with his project."

<AlanAmis> "Very well. Shall we be on our way then?"

<Laurelynne> "Much as I would like to, I can't argue with that logic."

<HollyhockGod> Stepping out on the duel you walked into is pretty cold, though.

<HollyhockGod> Maybe you could hope to find the stuff you want there. Or at least lead E'jah to believe that

it's out there.

<Laurelynne> That's good enough I suppose.

<Edith> Once we find the tomb we're after, we can probably help him loot non-specific tombs wholesale.

<Edith> That we doesn't include I, oddly enough.

<AlanAmis> You could leave me behind, yes.

<AlanAmis> It's my fault anyway, sort of.

<Edith> Actually, it's basically Alan.

<Laurelynne> Nor I, not oddly though.

<HollyhockGod> "Very well," said E'jah. "Even if the tomb of nonexistence you seek has no Egyptian relics as

such, there must be *something* there I can use."

<HollyhockGod> (Actually, archaeology is one field where Edith's new Gift could be extremely useful.

<HollyhockGod> )

<HollyhockGod> "I shall send all my machines to this destination!"

<Edith> We could shove it all in the bag.

<HollyhockGod> You boldly stride out of the tent and towards the hoverdiggers…

<HollyhockGod> and that's when ten feet of snow falls from the sky in a thousand-mile radius and an unpleasant


<HollyhockGod> And then the sun goes out.

<AlanAmis> Ouch. Any time to react at all to that falling snow?

<HollyhockGod> Never snows but it pours, you know?

<Edith> "BAAAAAGH!"

<HollyhockGod> Sure, you've got Aspect.

<HollyhockGod> Aspect 2 to duck back inside and avoid the snow.

<ViktorWalters> buh, being hit by snow is nothing new.

<AlanAmis> Right-o. While Edith is eating snow I'll be inside looking for the coffee pot.

<AlanAmis> If there is one.

<HollyhockGod> E'jah hums softly and emits a deep red glow, causing the snow to melt just above your heads in a

short radius, leaving each of you wet, but unthumped, save Alan, who ducked inside on his own initiative.

<HollyhockGod> There *is* a coffeepot.

<HollyhockGod> It's very good coffee!

<HollyhockGod> Outside the tent, though, it's now freezing and totally black.

<AlanAmis> Alan quickly re-exits upon seeing E'jah do his thing, coffee cup in hand. "Well this isn't


<HollyhockGod> I'm going to take a moment to switch computers.

[06:15] HollyhockGod: All right, returned.

[06:15] HollyhockGod: So, what's our plan to deal with sudden attacks of snow and darkness?

[06:16] AlanAmis: This is where Viktor jumps out of nowhere, throws off his shirt to flex his massive muscular manliness, and strikes a pose, thus scaring our opponents away.

[06:16] AlanAmis: At least in Bizarro World.

[06:16] ViktorWalters: D:

[06:17] ViktorWalters: I could potentially bore them away…

[06:17] Laurelynne: I would like to affect the snow spirits' feelings such that they will want to take their snow back up from the land.

[06:17] AlanAmis: Yes, let's not discuss that. Laurelynne has that '70s home mother look going full of smiles and good cheer and baking brownies.

[06:17] AlanAmis: Bizarro World is bad.

[06:17] Laurelynne: What an awful, horrible thought.

[06:17] ViktorWalters: the brownies are full of /happiness/

[06:18] Laurelynne: Unless behind that good cheer is a raging alcoholic. [ 06:18] HollyhockGod: Okay, so you want to fill them with sadness about being here? [ [06:18] AlanAmis: Well, we'll see if Laurel's idea works.

[06:19] Laurelynne: Something like that.

[06:19] HollyhockGod: That's possible, but it would take a Major Creation to affect such a wide area.

[06:20] Razzen: I have 10 SMPs for a reason.

[06:20] HollyhockGod: And it is so!

[06:21] HollyhockGod: Lo, Sorrow casts out her voice, and cries out to the spirits of the snow: "This country is filled with the cries of the dead who are gone, and the eye of the blazing sun is on it ever! Flee whilst ye can! Waily, waily!"

[06:21] HollyhockGod: Or something like that.

[06:22] HollyhockGod: You've got a feeling that it's at least partially effective.

[06:22] HollyhockGod: But you can't see what's going on.

[06:22] Razzen: Now would be a good time for someone else to hit it with another miracle.

[06:24] HollyhockGod: "This is a problem," says E'jah.

[06:24] HollyhockGod: "But I can at least ameliorate it for now."

[06:25] HollyhockGod: He drifts off into the air and begins lighting beacons over each of the tents he's set up at base camp.

[06:25] HollyhockGod: They don't really have enough power to illuminate anything else, but at least the workers can see themselves now.

[06:26] HollyhockGod: "I can continue lighting these lamps for as long as should prove necessary," he tells the group.

[06:26] HollyhockGod: "I'd like to conserve the strength I'd need to do anything larger, for future need."

[06:26] AlanAmis: Are we already at our intended site, or did she stop us before that?

[06:28] HollyhockGod: You haven't left yet.

[06:28] HollyhockGod: The snows seems to be shifting gradually out of your path and clearing away from the machines, although not completely leaving.

[06:29] HollyhockGod: Possibly Katriana used more than seven levels of miracle to make them.

[06:30] Razzen: 8 is destruction though—major change then? Craziness. [ [06:30] AlanAmis: She really doesn't want us to pull this off.

[06:31] HollyhockGod: You can always use more power than is strictly necessary to give yourself a boost against dispel attempts.

[06:31] HollyhockGod: And since Nobles recharge when a new *story* starts rather than over time, she doesn't really have a reason to hold back MPs she doesn't think she'll need against you.

[06:32] Razzen: Only in 1, 2, 4 or 8 increments though I believe.

[06:32] AlanAmis: "Well Sir E'jah, if you can help us with this one thing, I will gladly commit to your item hunt with all strength available to me. I promise this."

[06:32] Razzen: (And I burned 4 MPs on that. :P )

[06:32] AlanAmis: (And Alan is digging himself deeper)

[06:33] Laurelynne: (Yes he is.)

[06:34] AlanAmis: (or perhaps it's all part of his grand scheme!)

[06:35] HollyhockGod: "I feel that since we now know where we wish to be, a simple system of beacons is our most efficient means of negating the effects of Rahru's darkness."

[06:35] ViktorWalters: (either way, Viktor is very worried about a certain dragon(

[06:35] HollyhockGod: "If more powerful effects are necessary, I shall use them."

[06:35] HollyhockGod: "Either way, we shall make our way to the Tomb of the Burning-Brightly-One!"

[06:35] HollyhockGod: "Let us board the digbots and be off!"

[06:37] ViktorWalters: Viktor boards a digbot.

[06:38] ViktorWalters: well, one of the worker ones.

[06:38] ViktorWalters: Also, he has to switch computers, so brb

[06:48] HollyhockGod: Anyway, you climb onto the digbots, and prepare to depart.

[06:48] HollyhockGod: However, the sudden rush of movement you were expecting does not occur.

[06:48] HollyhockGod: One of the workers jumps off the front, and comes around to ask E'jah "Has anyone seen the keys?"

[06:50] AlanAmis: (Oh great.)

[06:50] ViktorWalters: (Oh, wow.)

[06:50] AlanAmis: There were two possibilities: the snow had stolen the keys, or that mysterious Power who was aptly named had done something.

[06:51] HollyhockGod: "I was certain I had them right here in my hand…"

[06:51] HollyhockGod: "Must have misplaced them somewhere."

[06:51] AlanAmis: (Would a lesser creation of fortune do anything to help him find it?)

[06:53] HollyhockGod: Yes. Yes, it would.

[06:53] HollyhockGod: Alan tosses out the jazz hands, and the man trips and falls flat on his face in the snow.

[06:53] HollyhockGod: "Oh! Here they are!"

[06:53] HollyhockGod: And you go on your merry way.

[06:53] AlanAmis: (I was thinking the nose twitch from Bewitched, but that works.)

[06:54] HollyhockGod: (You need Aspect 3 to do the nose twitch.)

[06:54] AlanAmis: (Wow, really? Damn.)

[06:54] HollyhockGod: (They had to speed up the camera for Elizabeth Montgomery to do it.)

[06:54] HollyhockGod: Either way, you begin making good progress toward the probable dig site.

[06:55] HollyhockGod: E'jah continues to light beacons in more or less random places on all sides.

[06:55] HollyhockGod: Then, randomly, the unnatural darkness begins to fade, with no explanation.

[06:58] AlanAmis: Alan didn't like that. Sure, he disliked lots of things, but this especially.

[06:58] HollyhockGod: Anything specific you care to do in response?

[06:59] AlanAmis: Look around to see if there's any visible indication of incoming trouble.

[07:00] HollyhockGod: No, although the icetower is still vaguely visible in the distance.

[07:02] AlanAmis: Since everyone else seems to be taking an inflight nap, no.

[07:02] AlanAmis: Best to just get to the site as quickly as possible. E'jah's point to conserve strength was probably smart.

[07:03] HollyhockGod: Okay, you continue shoving along.

[07:03] HollyhockGod: A few times, ice knives randomly stab at you out of nowhere, but E'jah melts most of them, and Alan is able to deflect several as well.

[07:04] HollyhockGod: Evidently someone is tossing simple miracles off while thinking of what to do next.

[07:04] HollyhockGod: You eventually arrive at the spot located on your map: a tall, broad plateau overlooking a fertile but empty valley.

[07:04] HollyhockGod: The ley line convergence is right up at the top.

[07:04] HollyhockGod: Is there something you'd like to do?

[07:05] Razzen: Yeah, sleep.

[07:06] ViktorWalters: silly people with jobs

[07:06] ViktorWalters: and lives.

[07:06] Razzen: You got that right.

[07:06] AlanAmis: Alrighty then.

[07:06] HollyhockGod: Okay, we'll save the rest for later

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