This didn't seem to post last time, so... take two!

[2016/07/31 18:06] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) sniffs through the doorway of the old building, looking this way and that with his one eye. "Spirit woman?"
[2016/07/31 18:07] Maenas continues staring at the small dish of burning oil. "You have come."
[2016/07/31 18:08] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) cautiously steps inside, "The sands have kept me away, but now I am ready to hear your spirits."
[2016/07/31 18:08] Maenas: "Many are ready to hear. But some are unwilling to pay the price."
[2016/07/31 18:09] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) cocks his head, "Price? What is this price? I have many things and will be able to pay it."
[2016/07/31 18:11] Maenas shifts her gaze from the flame to the small bone dice that lay on the table. "The price... is not yet known. But your hands will decide it."
[2016/07/31 18:13] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) steps a few paces forward, his flat feet slapping on the cold tiled floor. "Hmmm, a price of mystery. The spirits are already talking..." He winks to indicate lightheartedness but it just looks like he's blinking.
[2016/07/31 18:14] Maenas looks into your eyes. "The spirits always speak, to those who would listen."
[2016/07/31 18:16] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) silently inspects the runes and symbols that encircle the table, and the mysterious totem pole behind it. "I believe in the power of the King of Fire, and his blessings or curses that drive the river of life. But I have large ears and will listen to your spirits, too." He waits a moment, looks around, "When do they start talking?"
[2016/07/31 18:17] Maenas: "They speak through the scrap which you find. One of the voices of the land. Has any scrap come to you this day?"
[2016/07/31 18:19] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) nods and fumbles in his pouch, pulling something out, "The King of Fire smiled upon me, I found some meat but what kind I do not know..." he holds out the strange organ-like meat-thing for her inspection.
[2016/07/31 18:20] Irk (shannonwilsonbell): "Is meat scrap if it is a scrap of meat?"
[2016/07/31 18:21] Maenas: "Whatever you find in the sand will speak with the voice of the land. But that which you receive in trade, or from a Machine, will not. Place the three things the land has given you upon this table, so that I may see them."
[2016/07/31 18:22] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) steps closer, pausing a moment before crossing the strange circle of runes... he silently places the Mystery Meat, a Pipe, and some Wires down on the table.
[2016/07/31 18:23] Maenas stares at them intensely. "Which was found first? Which was found last?"
[2016/07/31 18:23] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) points at each, "First the meat, then pipe, then the wires.
[2016/07/31 18:24] Maenas nods, still staring at them. She closes her eyes and begins to hum, a low strange drone that reverberates throughout the room, a sound almost solid...
[2016/07/31 18:26] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) stands quietly, watching and listening...
[2016/07/31 18:29] Maenas's eyes snap open again, and the humming stops. "The Mystery Meat was found earliest, and so it speaks your past. It speaks of... discomfort. Of questions unanswered. Of rot, and of rejection."
[2016/07/31 18:29] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) looks down, saying only, "Yes."
[2016/07/31 18:32] Maenas: "Mystery Meat is edible - but it is a poor meal. To eat it risks poison. It is a food of desperation. Its origins are unknown, but it reeks of offal. Mystery Meat is a thing cast aside. This has befallen you, as well. A poison, cast aside, seen as unfit to enrich, incapable of nourishment," she says in a slow, distant voice.
[2016/07/31 18:33] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) repeats softly, "Cast aside, unfit, offal..."
[2016/07/31 18:38] Maenas looks down at the Pipe. "The Pipe. Second found, it speaks your present. The Pipe is a conduit. It allows things to flow from place to place. It connects them. And it shelters that which it carries."
[2016/07/31 18:39] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) listens intently, "What does this mean of my present then?"
[2016/07/31 18:42] Maenas: "Cast aside, you now bridge two worlds. For, though you may be rejected, and though others may deny you, you have not lost your learnings. You contain all the wisdom of your origins, and you carry it now wherever you go. The pipe speaks also of connection - as one pipe can connect to another, thus you are able to connect. World to world. Self to self. Mind to mind."
[2016/07/31 18:44] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) blinks again. A small smile creeps across his green lips. "I... have not lost my learnings! And I have recently set a trade to share these things!" He becomes excited, "I am a Pipe!!"
[2016/07/31 18:45] Maenas's eyes gleam in the firelight. "Already you begin to fulfill your future, the future spoken by the Wires..."
[2016/07/31 18:45] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) becomes silent as the future speaks through the strange woman...
[2016/07/31 18:51] Maenas: "For Wires are mysterious, and WIres are arcane, but it is known that - in the hands of the ancient magicians - tremendous power flowed through them. But also a dangerous power - one that could kill the unwary. And so the wires speak of passion, of mystery. Of the ability to give life and light and sound and spark to the inanimate. But, it is a reminder to be wary, and to be temperate, and to always and ever admit when your knowledge is insufficient."
[2016/07/31 18:53] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) ponders this for a long time. He starts to ask something, then changes his mind and stays quiet. After scratching his head, "this spark sounds powerful and dangerous. How do I know the best way to use it?"
[2016/07/31 18:56] Maenas: "This is the difficulty of Wires, and of a life like Wires. It is so arcane, so unique, that there are few others who can understand, who can share the same passion. You might seek out others who are like you, and learn from them. You might seek introspection within yourself. Or you might trust to the sands, and see what they speak in days to come."
[2016/07/31 19:00] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) grins again. "The spirits say all of this from this scrap? When things speak, what is next?" He chuckles, then reflects, "I will watch for this life spoken of by wires, and I will look for others who also have this spark. Your spirits say much..."
[2016/07/31 19:03] Maenas nods. "it is because of your rejection that you can now become a conduit. It is because you are a conduit that you can pass such power and wisdom from past to present, from group to group, from mind to mind. How you choose to do this... what you transmit, what you tell, what you create... will be your choice. It is a great power. And I can but hope that you will learn to wield it well."
[2016/07/31 19:06] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) thumps his chest, "I am a warrior. From the time I was a cub I was trained to be disciplined, to fight with the mind and heart as well as the hands. I will learn of this spark and this transmit. I will wield it with honor!"
[2016/07/31 19:06] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) eyes her, "So... what is this cost then?"
[2016/07/31 19:07] Maenas nods, and points to the small bone dice on the table. "You have sought order from that which is chaos, and now the chaos begs its due. Roll the bones and know the number."
[2016/07/31 19:07] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) he gathers up the item slowly, reflecting on the meaning of each as he stows them away. He then takes the dice and rolls...
[2016/07/31 19:07] Small Bone Dice: shannonwilsonbell Resident rolls the small bone dice. They show a total of 9.
[2016/07/31 19:08] Maenas looks at the dice, and nods. She extracts her Rattlesnake from below the table and grips it in her hand. "Your number is nine."
[2016/07/31 19:08] Maenas slowly walks up behind you.
[2016/07/31 19:09] Maenas: "Stand, seeker, and let what is owed be paid."
[2016/07/31 19:09] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) sees the weapon and is rattled , didn't expect this... But he withstands the attack....
[2016/07/31 19:10] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) reaches behind him and grabs his knife, just for good measure...
[2016/07/31 19:10] Maenas strikes nine times, slowly, methodically, her face blank, her eyes gleaming in the firelight.
[2016/07/31 19:10] Maenas: "It is paid." She steps aside. "Go, seeker, and seek what you choose."
[2016/07/31 19:11] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) looks cross, checks the wounds. "A fair price, blood for knowledge. I will speak of your powers to others. Your vision and your spirits open my eye to what is possible. I will not forget."
[2016/07/31 19:13] Maenas: "Blood for knowledge. Chaos for order. Pain for wisdom. Speak to those who would listen, yes. I follow the sands, but I shall return here."
[2016/07/31 19:14] Irk (shannonwilsonbell) nods, "Fair wandering to you, spirit woman. May the King of Fire watch over you." With this he turns and starts for the door.
[2016/07/31 19:14] Maenas: "Go well," she says, standing beside the table again and staring into the flames.
[2016/07/31 19:15] Irk (shannonwilsonbell): The mutant walks through the door into the burning sunlight.