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Post by Aviana on Sat May 18, 2019 10:45 pm

Endrit blinks a few times, puzzled. After a pause, he asks, ”And... what is going with? With them? Or otherwise?”
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Post by Nix Machina on Sat May 18, 2019 10:51 pm

"There's a lot to unpack there," the man says. "As far as 'with them' goes, Zandalus calls them the Apostles in Orpiment. They’re his followers. Some have bought into Zandalus’s creed that dreams are prophecies and that Zandalus’s visions foretell the coming of a great change, but most are just scared, former patients who need treatment. As for the rest of it, I've been able to get a general idea as to the mess that's enveloped this place." He smiles weakly. "I'm Doctor Wren Elbourne, by the way. It's a shame we couldn't have met under better circumstances."

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"Run away, run away, run away, to a far
To a far, to a far, to a far, to a far,
To a far and a sunless land."

"You can run," said the sun, in the middle of the day.
"Oh, I wish someone had told me that I could run away -
Run away, run away, run away, run away,
To a far and a peaceful land."

"You can run away," said the sunset's light,
And it set its horizon in a hard flat line.
"It's okay, it's okay, it's okay, and you'll find
A far and a sunless land.
A far and a sunless land."

And the night rolls over and it makes me sick,
It's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick.
And I wish someone had told me that I could run away
To a far and a sunless land.

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Post by Drekkle on Sun May 19, 2019 1:16 pm

"What is the mess that's going on here? We've not been able to piece together too much for certain yet," Vadoma says.

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Post by Nix Machina on Sun May 19, 2019 1:20 pm

"Well, it all starts with Ulver Zandalos," Wren says. "He’s this lot’s leader and the one responsible for all this. I hear he used to be just a quiet artist who had bad dreams. I don’t know how else to explain it, but something let his dreams loose. He convinced a bunch of patients that he’s some sort of prophet and that he can lead them to the land of dreams. That was enough to start a riot. Soon after, those strange mists rose outside and an earthquake caused much of the asylum to fall apart. We’ve been trapped here ever since."

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"You don't have to stay," said the morning star.
"Run away, run away, run away, to a far
To a far, to a far, to a far, to a far,
To a far and a sunless land."

"You can run," said the sun, in the middle of the day.
"Oh, I wish someone had told me that I could run away -
Run away, run away, run away, run away,
To a far and a peaceful land."

"You can run away," said the sunset's light,
And it set its horizon in a hard flat line.
"It's okay, it's okay, it's okay, and you'll find
A far and a sunless land.
A far and a sunless land."

And the night rolls over and it makes me sick,
It's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick.
And I wish someone had told me that I could run away
To a far and a sunless land.

-Jenna Moran, A Far and a Sunless Land
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Post by Drekkle on Tue May 21, 2019 2:47 pm

"Is there anything more you know about the mists, or the dreams that everyone is having here?" Vadoma presses.

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Post by Nix Machina on Tue May 21, 2019 6:21 pm

"Zandalus found some way to breach the border between dreaming and wakefulness. The fog is a result; it’s like spillover from whatever dream realm he’s tapped into. But the fog isn’t the problem, it’s the things that came along with it. Weird things, like from nightmares. The worst seem content to keep to the fog, but I’ve seen strange forms slip into the asylum—figures I can’t rightly describe." Wren shudders. "In regards to the nightmares, if all that's happened here isn't enough? I can’t be sure, but everyone’s suffering from the same bad dreams, me included: mostly visions of bleak skies and empty cities. Some say they’re the dreams Zandalus used to have, that now that they’re free of his head they’re infecting everyone else. Some say the Tatterman brought them, and he’s haunting all of our nightmares. Others think they’re visions of what’s beyond the fog. But who can truly say?"

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"You don't have to stay," said the morning star.
"Run away, run away, run away, to a far
To a far, to a far, to a far, to a far,
To a far and a sunless land."

"You can run," said the sun, in the middle of the day.
"Oh, I wish someone had told me that I could run away -
Run away, run away, run away, run away,
To a far and a peaceful land."

"You can run away," said the sunset's light,
And it set its horizon in a hard flat line.
"It's okay, it's okay, it's okay, and you'll find
A far and a sunless land.
A far and a sunless land."

And the night rolls over and it makes me sick,
It's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick.
And I wish someone had told me that I could run away
To a far and a sunless land.

-Jenna Moran, A Far and a Sunless Land
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Post by Drekkle on Tue May 21, 2019 6:23 pm

"The Tatterman? That thing in the rags?" Vadoma asks. "Do you know more about him?"

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Post by Nix Machina on Tue May 21, 2019 6:25 pm

Wren grimaces when the Tatterman is mentioned. "A lot of people are having the same dream of a gaunt thing in yellow rags hunting them. They say if he kills you in your dreams, he reveals what you really are. Sometimes that’s a corpse, sometimes it’s something worse. Regardless, everyone is terrified of sleeping, fearing the nightmares. Worse, they say that the Tatterman works for Zandalus. It’s all the more reason not to defy him, lest he send his dream assassin after you."

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"You don't have to stay," said the morning star.
"Run away, run away, run away, to a far
To a far, to a far, to a far, to a far,
To a far and a sunless land."

"You can run," said the sun, in the middle of the day.
"Oh, I wish someone had told me that I could run away -
Run away, run away, run away, run away,
To a far and a peaceful land."

"You can run away," said the sunset's light,
And it set its horizon in a hard flat line.
"It's okay, it's okay, it's okay, and you'll find
A far and a sunless land.
A far and a sunless land."

And the night rolls over and it makes me sick,
It's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick.
And I wish someone had told me that I could run away
To a far and a sunless land.

-Jenna Moran, A Far and a Sunless Land
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Post by Drekkle on Tue May 21, 2019 6:27 pm

"Something worse? Like what?" Vadoma asks.

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Post by Nix Machina on Tue May 21, 2019 6:40 pm

"I'm pretty sure the ghouls are people who were killed by the Tatterman. There might be other things, but that's all I really know right now."

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"You don't have to stay," said the morning star.
"Run away, run away, run away, to a far
To a far, to a far, to a far, to a far,
To a far and a sunless land."

"You can run," said the sun, in the middle of the day.
"Oh, I wish someone had told me that I could run away -
Run away, run away, run away, run away,
To a far and a peaceful land."

"You can run away," said the sunset's light,
And it set its horizon in a hard flat line.
"It's okay, it's okay, it's okay, and you'll find
A far and a sunless land.
A far and a sunless land."

And the night rolls over and it makes me sick,
It's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick.
And I wish someone had told me that I could run away
To a far and a sunless land.

-Jenna Moran, A Far and a Sunless Land
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Post by Drekkle on Tue May 21, 2019 6:45 pm

Vadoma chews her lips for a few moments. "Has anyone mentioned the Tatterman doing something other than hunting them?"

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Post by Nix Machina on Wed May 22, 2019 10:22 am

Wren raises an eyebrow. "I haven't heard about anything like that, no."

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"You don't have to stay," said the morning star.
"Run away, run away, run away, to a far
To a far, to a far, to a far, to a far,
To a far and a sunless land."

"You can run," said the sun, in the middle of the day.
"Oh, I wish someone had told me that I could run away -
Run away, run away, run away, run away,
To a far and a peaceful land."

"You can run away," said the sunset's light,
And it set its horizon in a hard flat line.
"It's okay, it's okay, it's okay, and you'll find
A far and a sunless land.
A far and a sunless land."

And the night rolls over and it makes me sick,
It's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick.
And I wish someone had told me that I could run away
To a far and a sunless land.

-Jenna Moran, A Far and a Sunless Land
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Post by Drekkle on Wed May 22, 2019 10:39 am

"How about the King in Yellow? Have you heard anything about that name?" Vadoma asks.

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Post by Nix Machina on Wed May 22, 2019 10:49 am

"I can't say I have." Wren frowns. "Is that another name Zandalus has been using for himself?"

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"You don't have to stay," said the morning star.
"Run away, run away, run away, to a far
To a far, to a far, to a far, to a far,
To a far and a sunless land."

"You can run," said the sun, in the middle of the day.
"Oh, I wish someone had told me that I could run away -
Run away, run away, run away, run away,
To a far and a peaceful land."

"You can run away," said the sunset's light,
And it set its horizon in a hard flat line.
"It's okay, it's okay, it's okay, and you'll find
A far and a sunless land.
A far and a sunless land."

And the night rolls over and it makes me sick,
It's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick.
And I wish someone had told me that I could run away
To a far and a sunless land.

-Jenna Moran, A Far and a Sunless Land
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Post by Drekkle on Wed May 22, 2019 10:58 am

"I don't think so... I think there's a bigger forces in play here..." Vadoma says, tapping her fingers with concern. "How about the Briarwood Witch, have you heard that name?"

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Post by Nix Machina on Wed May 22, 2019 11:00 am

Wren shakes his head. "Sorry, I haven't."

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"You don't have to stay," said the morning star.
"Run away, run away, run away, to a far
To a far, to a far, to a far, to a far,
To a far and a sunless land."

"You can run," said the sun, in the middle of the day.
"Oh, I wish someone had told me that I could run away -
Run away, run away, run away, run away,
To a far and a peaceful land."

"You can run away," said the sunset's light,
And it set its horizon in a hard flat line.
"It's okay, it's okay, it's okay, and you'll find
A far and a sunless land.
A far and a sunless land."

And the night rolls over and it makes me sick,
It's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick.
And I wish someone had told me that I could run away
To a far and a sunless land.

-Jenna Moran, A Far and a Sunless Land
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Post by maswoon on Wed May 22, 2019 12:55 pm

”Vadoma, we should focus on the foes in front of us instead of chasing ghosts. If we can kill the Tatterman and Zandalus, things should clear up around here, right? Seems to me we have a goal now,” Junmai says, thumbing Dragonclaw.
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Post by Drekkle on Wed May 22, 2019 1:01 pm

Vadoma purses her lips together with concern. "Hopefully. But we don't know."

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Post by maswoon on Wed May 22, 2019 1:02 pm

”I’d rather act on what we do know than sit around hoping more information happens to show up,” Junmai says.
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Post by Drekkle on Wed May 22, 2019 1:05 pm

"I'm not saying we should sit around. Zandalus is at the center of this, and we should go after him. But that doesn't mean I'm going to stop worrying about what else might be going on here," Vadoma replies tersely.

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Post by maswoon on Wed May 22, 2019 1:07 pm

”You’ll get grey hairs that way,” Junmai comments drily, then turns to Wren. ”Can you get us closer to Zandalus? Dragonclaw and I have some choice words for him.”
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Post by Nix Machina on Wed May 22, 2019 1:09 pm

"He and his closest followers keep to what remains of the halls upstairs," Wren says. "No one is allowed up there, though. Zandalus’s thugs stand guard, but worse, that weird mist collects up there like a snake in a hole. Who knows what they do in that fog? But we all hear the chanting and screaming... even though we try not to." He thinks for a moment. "You seem like you might be strong enough to take out some of Zandalus’s guards, but there’s an army of them. Even if you beat them all, Zandalus himself is still locked away in that maze of fog upstairs. So, it seems to me, the only way to get out of here is to get rid of that mist—and I have a hint of how. Zandalus calls his most devoted acolytes his oneirogens. Most stay locked away with him upstairs, but at least one watches over the northwestern tower. I don’t know what he does up there, but I think he’s alone. If you got to him, you could probably wring some of Zandalus’s secrets out of him, maybe even learn how to get rid of this awful mist. Once it’s gone, what you do about Zandalus is up to you."

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"You don't have to stay," said the morning star.
"Run away, run away, run away, to a far
To a far, to a far, to a far, to a far,
To a far and a sunless land."

"You can run," said the sun, in the middle of the day.
"Oh, I wish someone had told me that I could run away -
Run away, run away, run away, run away,
To a far and a peaceful land."

"You can run away," said the sunset's light,
And it set its horizon in a hard flat line.
"It's okay, it's okay, it's okay, and you'll find
A far and a sunless land.
A far and a sunless land."

And the night rolls over and it makes me sick,
It's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick.
And I wish someone had told me that I could run away
To a far and a sunless land.

-Jenna Moran, A Far and a Sunless Land
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Post by maswoon on Wed May 22, 2019 1:12 pm

”Great. Can you get us closer to that tower?” Junmai responds, eager to get his hands dirty.
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Post by Nobody7713 on Wed May 22, 2019 1:30 pm

"Do you know why the mist doesn't seem to harm Zandalus and his oneirogens?" Thulvreiss asks, pursing his lips thoughtfully. "I do agree with Vadoma that we need to stay attentive to the greater threats here, however."

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Post by Nix Machina on Wed May 22, 2019 1:33 pm

"I don't think the mist is harmful by itself," Wren explains. "Zandalus found some way to breach the border between dreaming and wakefulness. The fog is a result; it’s like spillover from whatever dream realm he’s tapped into. But the fog isn’t the problem, it’s the things that came along with it. Weird things, like from nightmares. The worst seem content to keep to the fog, but I’ve seen strange forms slip into the asylum—figures I can’t rightly describe."

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"You don't have to stay," said the morning star.
"Run away, run away, run away, to a far
To a far, to a far, to a far, to a far,
To a far and a sunless land."

"You can run," said the sun, in the middle of the day.
"Oh, I wish someone had told me that I could run away -
Run away, run away, run away, run away,
To a far and a peaceful land."

"You can run away," said the sunset's light,
And it set its horizon in a hard flat line.
"It's okay, it's okay, it's okay, and you'll find
A far and a sunless land.
A far and a sunless land."

And the night rolls over and it makes me sick,
It's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick, it's a trick.
And I wish someone had told me that I could run away
To a far and a sunless land.

-Jenna Moran, A Far and a Sunless Land
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