Greetings! I am sending out two turns to each player in most cases. One is the public turn everyone gets, and the second is the private turn. Thank you for all of the input . . . the turn follows. Next turn submission for the players will be on 12 OCT 94 (Wednesday). I will send out the turn on 16 OCT 94, and I will be gone to Germany from 17 to 31 OCT 94 for an exercise. In service, Rich Staats Grossenspielmeister =================================================================== Each of the party members looks around cautiously. Leoshi, Trahk Chi and Guy fan out to protect the party. Huvis, Miriya and Balinor approach the bodies. Huvis raises his arms to cast a spell and then folds them again as he thinks the better of it. Miriya looks up and remarks sharply. The remainder of the party glances skyward, and all note the blue moon is approaching the group. Huvis and Miriya remark that although the moon is approaching, it does not appear to be hurtling toward the party in freefall. ``It's some kind of trap!'' remarks Huvis. Balinor adds ``it was probably brought on by our presence here at the blue crater!'' Trahk Chi mentions ``That would explain why we have not been attacked yet; this is trollish holy ground! Make the nails of Zorak Zoran shred his enemies forever!'' Leoshi squints as she scans the horizon. ``Looks like something else is heading this way too!'' she notes. Guy follows the direction her finger is pointing and states ``that's a dragon, and a big one too!'' Leoshi nods her agreement. Huvis, Balinor and Miriya reach much of the same conclusions reference the bodies. Huvis notes that there are small bits of wood in and around the chest cavity on Styles. Balinor identifies it as being from a white oak. Miriya discovers that the Tiens body has been tampered with. ``This body was deposited here, perhaps as a warning! See how the ashes have been moved. Anyone who was powerful enough to kill these two must have been in a tremendous hurry to have jostled the ashes like that.'' Huvis cautiously turns over the skull on the Tien and indicates the mark at the base of the skull. He appears to have been struck down at a distance. Balinor speculates that someone might have been using a arrowhead constructed from anti-psionic material. Miriya is the first to point out the strange rectangular hole in Styles chest. Balinor mentions that it was probably the work of the spike, a relic designed to destroy powerful undead during the gods war. Huvis, Balinor and Miriya are all attracted by the potentially magical items left on the Tien and Styles, but as they bend down to remove them, Balinor and Risk both state ``we are not alone --- a powerful psionic creature is nearby.'' Balinor grabs his temples, and Miriya and Huvis stop short. At this point, an ancient man seems to step from the shadows of the crater; his hair has faded to a shock of white, and wrinkles cover much of his face. He is dressed in a black cloak over a scarlet red shirt and grey slacks; around his head is a gold ringlet, the front of which widens in the middle to display a single mastery rune. The skin around his left eye and his entire right arm are exceptions to his aged appearance; these areas appear less wrinkled and stronger. The left eye is also different in another way from it's companion; while Branahm's right eye is blue, his left is a bright purple. He appears very alert, and looks at each party member in turn with a penetrating stare; almost as if he were inside their head. "Well, well, " he says, with an accent that no party member could place, "it seems as if I'm not the only one who decided that the place to be at the end of the world is the place where the disaster could be stopped. Two of you I recognize from the courts of Fineous the Black and Duke Tremir the Just; the two of you hopefully remember me from these meetings. Let me introduce myself to the rest of you; I am Branahm Stephenson, traveller and explorer. Who might you be?" Suddenly Trahk Chi springs up and blurts out ``bowman on the cliffs above!'' Branahm smiles and says ``it would appear we are not alone here!'' LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!