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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 15th, 2017, 9:46 pm 
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Mariel took the scarf he offered and used it to wipe the mud from her cheek. She then grew silent after he spoke, for she didn't know what else to say. Well, she did want to ask questions, but she did not want to seem too eager, if that were even possible. A small sigh escaped her lips as she returned to carefully picking up spider's eggs and stones.
Her thoughts seemed to take over her mind, for as she picked up one of the frail eggs, she lost her grip and watched as it fell to the ground. Small spiders immediately poured out from the crack and she, shrieking in shock and fear, leaped away from the broken egg and shook the skirt of her dress as some had began crawling up her legs and dress.


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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 16th, 2017, 5:18 pm 
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As expected, shortly after they started digging spiders swarmed from all directions. At first it seemed like they would be over run but as Calypso and Thudpaw took out the first groups to approach the others grew hesitant and more deliberate in their approach.

The old man, mostly ifnored the spiders and dug with a feverish pace. He could hardly contain his excitement and felt almost like a child again as he started hum a happy song.

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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 16th, 2017, 8:45 pm 
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Once she managed to sweep away the baby spiders, Mariel quickly ran back over to the rubble and began to dig. It was then that she heard the old glazier humming a tune.
She turned and raised a skeptical brow at him.
"Forgive me, but are you really humming at a time like this?"
She glanced up in mention to the hoard of spiders that Calypso and the Warg fought.


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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 16th, 2017, 10:46 pm 
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Durian worked at moving a large broken piece of stone that was wedged against what looked like a stone door. He shook his head thinking to himself... 'sure, let's hum dittys while we try and get this door open and are being attacked by spiders.' He looked at Mariel and questioned his sanity as to why he had taken up with this beautiful blonde bint to do this. He had profitable work to do, but then again, it would be best to let the other rangers clear out. He paused and smiled when Mariel looked his way, and he nodded and went back to trying to move the stone, remembering the night they had together. He also remembered how she quickly tried to frame him for some thieving she had done.


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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 18th, 2017, 1:48 pm 
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The old man looked up from his digging, not pausing from digging, with a smile. "I am indeed!" He chuckled. "I can almost hear the real music now!" He kept on digging and his pace quickened as Durian removed the larger stone and the door came into view. He fell to his knees as they brushed off the last bits of rubble. His humming stopped and he hurriedly fumbled around in his pocket for the key. His hands were shaking and as he fit the key into the latch he paused as if almost re-thinking his choice.

With a shaky exhale he turned the key as Calypso and Thudpaw were nearly being over run. One spider got past them and headed towards the group at the door but the old man seemed oblivious to it. As the key made one full circle inside the lock a resounding "Click" was heard.

With unsturdy hands outstretched the old man reached for the door and slid it open with much effort revealing a dark staircase descending into the ground.

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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 18th, 2017, 9:07 pm 
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Mariel stared at the old man. She was flabbergasted. Here they were digging in a pile of rubble while there companions were being attacked and overrun by spid-
Mariel's thought stopped as she saw a large spider come crawling towards them. Out of instinct, she dropped the pile of dirt and rocks and backed up until she bumped into Durian.
"Spider...spider, spider!"
Her voice increased in volume as she touched Durian on the back and pointed at the approaching spider.


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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 18th, 2017, 9:21 pm 
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Spinning about, Durian drew his sword and as the spider considered taking a bite of Mariel, it lost two legs and fell back. when it tried to make another charge, dripping its foul smelling goo from its missing legs, Durian hit it in the face taking out some eyes and wounding the pincer. It backed away not wanting to continue the assault for now. He said,

"Hey glazier, we best get in and hope there are none inside."

He took Mariel's hand and helped her in front of him down to just inside the door behind the old man before looking back for more spiders..

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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 19th, 2017, 10:38 am 
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Mariel let out a small cry and stumbled backwards as the spider began to lunge towards her, then she let out a sigh of relief as Durian attacked the monster. She stood behind Durian as the creature lunged out again, then took his hand and reluctantly walked into the dark chasm. She hoped that there were no more creatures lurking below.


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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 20th, 2017, 11:00 pm 
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As Mariel and Durian turned to look the old man was already heading down the tunnel... still humming. "No more?" He chuckled. "Why of course there will be more!"

Calypso and Thudpaw fallowed behind the others and the next thing everyone knew everything went black as the door closed behind them. A brief moment passed in the darkness where one could not but see a hand in front of their face. Then, ahead, shone a light. It was a strange blue light from a crystal the old man carried. The louder he hummed the brighter it glowed.

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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 21st, 2017, 3:04 am 
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Durian stayed close behind Mariel, following the glazier down the steep stair. With the tune the old man hummed, it was hard to hear, but Durian was sure that water could be dripping in the far distance. They were after all, in a swamp. He kept his sword at ready in one hand, and would check behind on occasion.


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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 21st, 2017, 10:55 am 
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Mariel let out a nervous breath as the old man responded to her unvoiced question.
"Of course there will be more."
She muttered sarcastically as she squinted to see her surroundings. She gasped and turned back as she heard the door to the cave shut with a loud and echoing thud, and with fear quickly growing in her heart, she reached behind her to find Durian's arm.
Mariel felt Durian take her hand in his and squeeze it reassuringly, and she was glad for it, for not a moment after, a light blue glow emanated not far ahead of them. As she listened to the glazier hum, she realized that he was the cause of the glow. Squinting her eyes, Mariel thought she could make out vague shapes of Calypso and her warg walking in front of her. For some reason, seeing the two in front of her calmed her nerves just a bit.
As the company walked, Mariel wondered how long the blue light would hold if he were to stop humming.


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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 24th, 2017, 8:48 pm 
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Durian kept watch to the rear even if the light up front did little to illuminate what was behind him. He kept his eyes away from the light and let his night senses guild his eyes. So far, so good. A times he felt Mariel reach for him ad hold his cloak or sleeve, and he did his best to reassure her. They kept going down until the soft splash of water could be heard under the glaziers feet. Fortunately they had reached the bottom of these stairs and the water was only ankle deep. The sound of their feet moving in the water added to the dripping sound that had grown louder as they grew closer to it. The air was dank and musty, and its chill grew as they went on.


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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 24th, 2017, 10:08 pm 
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The passage way was short and several spiders showed their agression as they scurried across the path. The spiders inside seemed to be smaller, though, and fewer. They made their way down a long tunnel and soon came to a central room. The room was round and in the center was a round table and on it was a piece of what looked like some small ancient musical instrument.

The old man paused and sighed nervously as he nearly began shaking woth excitement. "Finally!" As he spoke the light faded as he had stopped humming his tune and finally he started huming and beoke out singing, though in a gravely rough voice.

"The songs we sing,
Of ancient things,
The music's power,
It will bring!"

And the song went on in similar form. As he sang the light grew bright and revealed atone statues circling the wall on pedestals. Odly enough there were many pedestals empty and each pedestal that was filled with a statue began to glow with his song as well. Once the somg ended the old man approached the center piece and the lights from the pedestals remained.

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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 25th, 2017, 8:19 pm 
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Mariel looked around the room in awe, and as the glazier started to sing, goosebumps rose on her arms. She released a breath that she held as the man ended his song then slowly followed behind him as he walked up to the center piece.
She suddenly wondered why there were some pedestals that were not filled with statues and some that were filled. Mariel furrowed her brows and decided to give the man some room, just in case something...bad happened.


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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 27th, 2017, 6:22 am 
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The sounds and the lighting in the ruins had Durian drift into a bit of a dream state. He remembered a time in his youth when he ate some mushrooms in the forests of Rhuadur. Most were harmless and a good source of subsistence in the wild. But he had some bluish ones, much like the colour of the light that emanated from the crystal the glazier had. He saw things and heard things and felt things that were wildly exaggerated and colourful. He dreamed and wandered throughout that day and into the night. When the visions subsided, he was sitting by a creek in the grass where he went to sleep. So Durian watched what the glazier did with the musical instrument, and hoped Mariel was in tune with what he was doing.


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 Post subject: Re: The Music of the Midgewater
PostPosted: April 28th, 2017, 6:12 pm 
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The old man gently picked up the piece of the instrument and reached into his pack. He pulled out several other pieces and began puting them together.

"Once I have this together I can play the tune I played at the Inn when you had your vision," he told Mariel. "This will give you a fuller vision that will show you everything and you will know the meaning."

He fumbled around, fitting the pieces together as his hands shook from excitement. Calypso and Thudpaw guarded the hallway while he worked. A few spiders came at them but the smaller creatures were easily dispatched. Finally the old man had his small instrument put together. It looked like a whistle of some sort. He looked at Mariel, as if to ask if she was ready.

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