April 30th, the year 751 BC
No one listens. No one listens.
I’m listening you silly girl.
My dear calm down.
Kraj got knocked out. He was crazy. He apparently hurt Esera. I don’t like her but she doesn’t deserve that! I wonder what she tried. My, what did he try?
The one that turns invisible knocked him out.
He was okay in the morning but I don’t remember falling asleep.
You did, idiot. It happens. Hurry up and play.
I found Kraj’s cart however at some old standing stones. There was magic there. I have to read it tomorrow.
That was last night. This is tomorrow. Esera was glad I found her armor. It was in the cart.
Yes and what does that mean of the play? I don’t recall seeing that in the first performance what so ever, these magic stones…
They’re trying to figure out where to go. Ivan’s girlfriend needs our help. Kraj and Esera seem to have made up.
We aren’t ready to go. Arden needs help. Esera is about to hurt him. Kraj tried to grab me like he tried to grab Esera.
The stones are abjurative. I’ve been looking at them a while. Arden comes out. Seems he got himself out of it. I hope Esera didn’t hurt him.
What does Arathmis want?
He’s a killer, like me.
We have to plan. We need a plan. They don’t know how to make a plan.
No. They don’t. They do not understand the Way. They have not walked it. You must show them.
Doesn’t anyone understand how to make a disguise? They aren’t rehearsed. It’s going to fall apart.
They should see you perform! They would know fear! None shall escape the Scorpion!
No, no. Not yet.
Good we’re going to Keeli. We can come from the south.
North? Why north? Why would we all come from there? Only Arathmis speaks the language…
Most don’t even know Tepestani.
But we do.
Oh wow the fire is getting low.
Few understand the true power of flame. You coax it into life with flashes and sparks. Even in the driest desert you can find life, surviving under rocks. The same is true for fire. It survives.
See how it’s dancing. The coals are warm, smoldering. Fire burns through. It is every burning somewhere. You reach out and another spark ignites. The weather may storm, sending rain in curtains down upon your heads but the fire will still be there.
I trained with many distant relatives. The mists could be chilling and twisting, but we moved through them. And in them, we sparked camp fires. Oh how we miss playing simply by fireside. I knew I’d be stealing in the morning but life was peaceful.
We could dance for hours and the flames would grow high. As we tired, so too did the fire until only embers remained. I can’t summon magical fire but I know it’s the secret words. I haven’t found enough words.
The cart? I found the cart yesterday. I don’t think Kraj is paying attention to me.
They couldn’t possibly come through the woods so it has to be north. They’re going to fall apart. I’ll have to help them if only to figure out what they’re planning. If they double cross me they’ll regret it.
Here I am, sharing my spoils with them, revealing my charade and they won’t even listen to my advice. They’re too busy talking about horses and trading manacles.
I bought some cold iron. If we fight any scary fey I’ll have some cold iron. They say it helps here.
I also cloaked my items. I’m well prepared. They should trust me instead of working against me. I feel bad they’re being used.
I was in Tepestani before as Lily. She’s unassuming, has a reason to be ready to fight, but still is sweet and friendly. It’s too bad the others won’t listen to her.
I just wanted to get away from my fiancé. He was abusive… You understand, I know you do.
My dear, you are safe with us.
You believe her? You believe any of this? Really, you’re all damned to hell. Fuck this.
We have to go now? Arden doesn’t seem that up for it but he wants to go. Why’s he angry again?
Goodbye Ivan, you better not be double crossing us. I think I made him cry near the river. Was that yesterday or today? How long have we been here?
I think the play is trying to trick me. I can’t seem to keep track of-
Fucking hell, where did Arathmis come from? That was earlier anyway.
You’re daft. Shut up and let me take over.
We have to stop if it starts raining. Why are they giving me a problem about that? If we have to come from the south but lie about coming from the north – as much sense as that makes – the least we can do is make sure Arden’s book doesn’t get wet. He needs to study.
I don’t think Arden likes me. Arathmis clearly has been charmed by Esera. Esera seems to be avoiding me. She knows I’m onto her plan. Hopefully she helps. I don’t think she likes being trapped in the play either.
Kraj. Kraj keeps yelling at Esera. I don’t know why. I can’t let him hurt her again.
Oh an ambush! I see trees down!
Let me take them apart! They shall tremble at our wake!
Or I could just kill them. Fuck this isn’t a stage, idiots.
A giant spider?
A dweller of darkness… Its web is spun.
So many goblins!
Well, see if you enjoy this cacamany bullshit like the rest of it!
You vomit, see? It’s terrible. Such horrible rubbish.
They’re all pathetic but we are strong.! Together we shall survive this wretched play!
Down they go but look more goblins! Run after them!
Kill them! I’ve wanted to kill something for days!
Who is this horrible goblin woman? She’s ugly and that spider!
Die die die! You will fall spider, suffer the play of a blithering idiot! Don’t like it back on you do you Lemot?
Can’t hit me you stupid wretch! Die die die!
Right in the back and into the heart and up into your neck! It’s raining your blood!
I bet I could still start a fire!
Ha, we won! We won! Your corpses shall be our guest pass!
Together we can’t fail!
They’ll all die!
I hope I don’t have to stab any of my friends.
Are they friends?
I thought they were.
Why doesn’t Esera help?
Kraj tried to hurt Esera.
I can’t read Arden’s book.
I think she’s lovely, Arden.
Really, a handkerchief? This is ridiculous.
They are all too trusting. Maybe, how could they-
We’ll help you.
Let me back in.
No, you saw how the others responded to me. Let me lead and we’ll put them in line!
Esera said you were scary. Allow me to astound them. Step down and let me-
I really think it best if we put on a happier tone-
I was here before-
Are my eyes raining?
So much blood.
I’ll clean it off and then we can-
You can’t help me.