<Zahara> "Oh, you're back already? Good, we need your..expertise."
<Zahara> "Well, let's get started. Birds will get here when she gets here, as always. She's probably baking a parrot."
<Zahara> "So." she says, when the sweet is gone. "I've been thinking about all the obstacles in our way, and we need a coherent plan to get through this alive."
<Markuran> "I'm glad you came to that conclusion. Now what?"
<Zahara> "Okay. Now, we need to break that down, and distribute as many things we can to the allies we already do have. There's no way we can do everything in time, ourselves."
<Cerin> "Well, we still need Essence of Wood and Air from creation. As well as several ingredients from other planes."
<Cerin> "As for allies, I am not sure who we could turn to for aid. We have the aid of the Dragon Kings, such as it is, and of Lookshy, and I am not sure I trust those other Sun touched like ourselves."
<Zahara> "well I certainly don't trust the ones who conveniently left just as Reaver's family planned a picnic without him." She scratches the creature affectionately and feeds him a heart.
<Cerin> "Though, aside from the man in the woods, those are the only solars we have seen. My memories and researchs into Ymir imply there were many more."
<Markuran> "What about allies from amongst the Godbound themselves?"
<Zahara> "Yes... that is odd. Surely more of the Godsparks escaped than simply us and them."
<Zahara> "Why would the Godbound ally with us, who wish to keep them in their proper place in the world?"
<Cerin> "We are unlikely to gain many allies amongst them, not until we can make our own."
<Cerin> "Perhaps we should consider sponsering a faction within the Realm..."
<Markuran> "They may not wish to be slaves. Which is what they will become. Or the Gods may exterminate them once they have achieved victory, to prevent a rebellion."
<Zahara> "The Realm? Last time we went there it did not end well."
<Cerin> "I am merely offering suggestions."
<Zahara> "I suppose that was not the Realm's fault it went so poorly."
<Markuran> "The exiled general?"
<Zahara> "I don't suppose you've come upon any hints of where to summon the demons of the third circle?" she says with little hope. "I'd much rather have them on OUR side."
<Cerin> "I will look into while I am in the realm of the golden crysthanthamum."
<Zahara> "Hmm... yes, the Roseblack certainly isn't allied with any of our enemies, so far as we know. They may welcome the extra power we can bring to bear."
<Zahara> "I don't suppose you'd like to talk to them, Marku?"
<Cerin> "Anyway, I would like to visit the pole of air soon. I would like to see what the Haslanti are up to. Relovia mentioned slightly disturbing things in her report, and I would like to get some elemental ice."
<Zahara> "Starting with the coming month."
<BirdsOfTrinity> A message from Birds follows Kai in timidly. It reads, "Am arguing with ingredients. Will arrive presently. - B"
<Markuran> "I'd be happy to speak to the Roseblack."
<Zahara> "Arguing? Ahh...hmmm... yes."
<Kai> "Well, that's good, I've always liked surviving things."
<Zahara> "So, would you prefer to speak to them before or after we journey North?"
<Kai> "Talking to who, am I?"
<Cerin> "Well, only if you want to, but perhaps you could accompany Marku when he talks to the Roseblack?"
<Markuran> "Did you bring a stuffed parrot, Birds?"
<Zahara> "Is it safe to let Kai go out with only Marku there? We must keep in mind the...party...that wishes to claim her sword."
<Zahara> "Especially since they have access to the highest Circle of Sorcery."
<Kai> "Is a Roseblack a someone, or a something?"
<Cerin> "A dragonblood, a general, and an exile from the Realm."
<Zahara> "Oh really? Then why did the last meeting with their minions go so wonderfully? You were there, as were the rest of us, except Cerin who arrived rather fortuitously at The End."
<Kai> "And presumable something more, if we're going to talk to him."
<Cerin> "She is in possession of a large army, and we believe she is unhappy with the state of the Realm at present."
<Zahara> "What I am saying, is that it may take all of us to keep her safe, even with our formidable powers."
<Kai> "Given the exiling and all."
<BirdsOfTrinity> "Perhaps we do not have to travel."
<Cerin> "We do not need to throw caution to wind ... perhaps you could summon something to guard them too?"
<Markuran> "Kai and I will just have to make do. I will make sure we don't attract the wrong sort of attention."
<BirdsOfTrinity> "Lucien is probably lurking around somewhere,. He's always lurking, that one."
<Cerin> "He lurks very well."
Some of the lesser war council members have been watching silently up til this point.
Relovia nods. "I have spoken briefly with Tepet Ejava before, though only in a formal capacity. I might be able to assist."
Ssithumi decides that this is a good moment to pipe up. "What are our military objectives now? Even with my people awakening at an unprecedented rate, our forces are dwarfed by those of our foes."
<BirdsOfTrinity> " 'Don't die' is a personal favorite."
<BirdsOfTrinity> "I know we all want to go out there and kill and kill until a season has passed and we have covered ourselfes in carrion and glory."
<Cerin> "Primarily, defensive. We need to hold the sunlands until we can find the last of the ingredients on this list. I'm not sure we have the strength to strike at the nearest outposts of the godbound yet."
<Cerin> "However, some scouting along the boarders to determine if this is truely the case would be required."
<Cerin> "Also, we need to sweep the sunlands, to ensure there are no more hidden training camps."
<BirdsOfTrinity> "I think that we will do better if we strike carefully, from the shadows, from unexpected angles and without being detected."
Relovia speaks up. "We should also consider our other neighbors, then. Do you trust the peace we currently share with the Mask of Winters?"
<Cerin> "Not entirely, no."
Relovia: "Can we afford to devote more energy to protecting against Deathlord treachery when we are already stretched so thin?"
<BirdsOfTrinity> "What she said. First we deal with our enemies, then we decide whether our dangerous friends are who they say."
Relovia nods grimly.
<BirdsOfTrinity> "Or else we'd never get any sleep. I don't want you all crouching under your beds with daggers, waiting for the inevitable assassin."
<Cerin> "Why ever would I do that?"
<Markuran> "What's that?"
<Zahara> "The talk of separation brought these to mind. A side project I've been tinkering with when I get bored of weapons." She carefully dumps out the contents of the pouch in the center of the table, revealing a small pile of rings, Orichalcum intertwined with Blue Jade form a pattern like that of a puff of air, repeated 8 times along the edge in minute detail.
<BirdsOfTrinity> "So, these are for our secret club, I guess?"
<Zahara> "There should be enough for all of us." She regards Birds with amusement. "I suppose you could consider them our secret decoder rings."
<Markuran> "What do they decode?"
<Cerin> "Thank you." he says with a smile
<Zahara> "So, if you wish, you can converse with up to ten people at a time."
<Markuran> "Why are you looking at me, Birds?"
<Zahara> ::Hello, Birds. Enjoy your stay::
Tags: (:tags Exaltation Checklist, God-Exalts, Solars, Roseblack, Relovia, Ssithumi, Mask of Winters, Telepathy Rings :)