Shattered Moon

The Great Circus

Every character had they private meeting with game master

All travellers wakes up in the some-kind of maze, but in different locations. Soft mold covering everyone of them. So, the new stage of the journey begins.

It takes time to remove mold from the Bastyn‘s body. During this action merchant had lost countless times of consciousness, but he managed to free his body. Various kinds of earthworms crawled on his body. It’s good time to restore some strength from these little creatures. It’s been a long time the when he had took a meal. Only pitch blackness haunted Bastyn‘s minds. Immortal man started to move forward. In the way he found several crossroads, but he decided to use his left hand as main streamline. This decision leads him to weak source of light. The tension in the merchant’s mind had loosen a little bit. He started budge to source of light as new streamline of his journey when the frail whispers had reach his ears. Approaching the larger source of the light the whispers had gained some meanings. Merchant arranged some kind of a weapon during his walk. Bastyn was found by man, but from the his view of point he could not told who he is. He could only distinguish the main features: cloak contours, long hairs and masculine figure.

- Do you want to be left here for all?
- No – man’s voice was very familiar to Bastyn. Maybe, it was Satrurn.
- Follow me.

Yes it was the Mighty Dragon – the prince of the great empire.

The great amount of light began dazzle merchant’s vision…

Meanwhile. The same soft mold and pitch blackness all around the Great Hunter. The whole body is numb like after long hibernation. Arms, legs recovers in great swiftness, but biting cold remains. Rakshavyada tries to recall his friends, but without any success. He wants to create some bonfire, but could not find any dry trumps, but only paces of the rust metal scurry in this place.

Padme tries to free her body from the soft mold, but this task is not achievable. She hears voices all around her. This time of weakness drive her mad…

Few moments and Zalyanitha set free her body from the soft mold and a few moments to adjust her eyesight to the current amount of light. It seams that she had holded in the some kind of structure made by man. The name of deva had reached her ears… Deva of justice could not designated the source of the sound, but she starts her walk out of this maze. Someone is calling her, but she could not reach of find the caller. The more she wander around the more he reveals that she is in the some kind of great template or something similar…. After some time she finds the gate which opens and the great amount of light began dazzle deva’s vision…

All travellers and Hrsumatra were placed in the sarcophagus. Zalyanitha, Rakshavyada are the first freed devas. The elder gives them water and returns to his mission. Both devas gather they strength while the deva’s elder and some humans (Med, Per and…) works to free the others from their prisons. Rakshavyada tries to shut down the sarcophagus when he sees the face of the Hrsumatra.

- That’s enough! The game is over. – the elder deva reminds the place of ebullient yongster.

Air fills the lungs of Bastyn. Immortal man carefully opens his eye. The strange deva looks at him with great amazement. Few more moments and merchant body is ready to retreat to safe place.

- How could it happen? – the strange deva asks question. At this moment Bastyn springs out of sarcophagus with best of his ability. He takes some covers and looks around. Five sarcophagus repose on the some king of platform. The solid moonhip lingers near the stage. Rakshavyada, Zalyanitha, Hrsumatra and sailors are there too. Deva of justice is still in pregnancy. The unshattered floats in the sky… Could it be? One more trick of The Mad One? Immortal man hides behind back of Zalyanitha and Rakshavyada.

Padme is the last deva to be freed from the imprisonment.

The elder invites all to his board.

- Now we are ready to leave this universe.

All deavas and immortal man goes to the deck. Bastyn reminds Rakshavyada that sailors should be brought together. The elder allows to take simple man to the ship. The elder name is „Who dream of the way“. Ship owner announce that the journey to the moon would take couple days and all drinks and food are at quests dispose.

- For now we could make light party and talk a little bit about the game.

All members accepts this invitation with great pleasure except Rakshavyada. He would like to make some meditation about current situation and set his mind free from Hrsumatra.

It seams that elder is very interested in Bastyn, but immortal knows how to keep his secrets under sonorous philosophy about unending life, but few strong drinks brings him to very good and harmless dream. Padme is the one who lining the truth about merchant.

The moon. The great nation gathered in the embankment to entertain.

  • Zalyanitha is ready to bring a baby to the world.
  • Rakshavyada frees sailors from the controlling devices and explains how to behave.
  • The elder and Bastyn stands in the big crowd. Not the pleasant one. The feeling is like in the circus performance with immortal actor.
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Repeating the most embarrassing moments

Party stood before the spindle and everyone in the hall stared at them… Suddenly doors swung open and two angry elders with their entourage arrived. They asked what the hell is going on and that they had everything settled with devas long time ago, even the devas people were allowed into the island, so what the hell?
Zal-Bastyn climbed into the spindle construction and grabbed the hoop, breaking all the construction of the loom. Zal-Bastyn declared that she is taking what was stolen from her. Elders – speechless. After what party left through smaller door to the room where the devan elder was dealth with. They all sat into the boat, Padme was placed on the floor and covered with some blanket, and sailed out to the channels.

After some time guard noticed them and reacting to that Bas-Rakshavyada skewered one of the guards with the improvised spear… that way drawing attention of everyone to the party. So there was no way but to flee in an undignifies manner – Bas-Rakshavyada broke mechanism of the channel leveling sluice and boat with all sitting in it went down with a torrent of moonsilver.
Two pyramids appeared in the air, the serious chase began. So devas with friend too took the pyramid and flew for the port, to gather remaining sailors. Pursuers tried to get them, but in vain, devas even managed to knock-off cannon from the battlements by the gate.

At port firstly they went to the barracks where they had stayed after arrived into the island. Here they learned that remaining sailors opened a tavern “Green Mermaid” and are at that site. So they picked up unwilling sailors at the tavern. Sailors were greatly distressed and unhappy, even hysterical. Rak-Sailor as it is in his nature continued to raksplain the situation as illusion of the Mad One and so on, but sailors were not comforted by that.

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Suddenly everyone woke up at the Marble temple of Devas and saw floating pages of the Silver Book on the water… also falling from the sky. Pad- Zalyanitha and Rak-Sailor began to catch the pages and read whatever they could. Meanwhite Bas- Rakshavyada and Zal-Bastyn went into the tower to find Mad One presenting himself as Sarvajaja – ripping the Silver Book and scattering the leaves. Here he asked devas if they reach the Unmandin are they going to spoil the knowledge, loose everything that is important as they did before or what. Zal-Bastyn said that they need to make their mistakes by themselves at what Sarvajaja laughed and said OK – disappearing over the edge of the tower.

Travelers saw opening in one of the towers and went that way. That was burrow leading into the hall of the Mother of All Crawling Things. The Mother of the Crawling Things was present to. She asked where they wanted to go into what everyone answered “Unmandin” (actually some of them were not so sure, but had to comply with majority) . after creature said “so go where yu wish to” ceiling caved inn and everyone were covered with soil and other debris. Devas and sailors lost consciousness, but Bastyn was not so happy – he agonized as immortal mages buried alive ought to – losing consciousness, suffocating and gaining awareness continuously.

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A trap of collective hallucination

Dazzled and confused all the devas returned from the crypt back to the ship. And, yes, there was Bastyn all along. All different Rakshavyada asked his suddenly close remains of sailors to go to the crypt and tell the person there that they want to go to Unmandin as well. Dust Swallower previously known as Med had some doubts on why they need to go there and suddenly too friendly and kind aproach that Rakshavyada was using did not helped at all but after a brief discussion he was convinced to take tied Dead Gaze also known as Pehr in the crypt. The last sailor – Slave of the Mad One who used to call himself Paul remained. Rakshavyada asked him separately. Surprisingly Slave of the Mad One was less submissive, he rather talked like equal with the deva. While original Rakshavyada would threaten the mortal of faith far less pleasant than death, the changed Rakshavyada was rather dyplomatic and said that the whole crew would find nothing but eternal wandering if the person in the crypt will not be convinced that everyone has the same goal. While sailors were in the crypt Padme as weak as she was tried to squeeze the last drops of blood from her exhausted body and soon she lost her cautiousness. Zalyanitha checked healing process of the ship and since she had bleeded on ship quite much herself she went to have some rest. Bastyn took care of faded Padme and then approached all worried Rakshavyada with another of his crazy ideas “if we are in the reality close to the dream then there is a possibility to affect the dream with the will so it would change reality”. Or at least it sounded crazy at first but soon Rakshavyada realized that this is not a crazy idea at all. Bastyn was willing to test his theory in trying to materialize white poppy. Rakshavyada was quite willing to help him in writing the pattern of the poppy. After some time sailors emerged from the crypt. First Slave of the Mad One boarded the ship sayng nothing and soon after Dust Swallower and Dead Gaze came and affirmed that they are ready to sail. Dead Gaze was no longer tied, nor he was being aggressive towards Dust Swallower because he stole his face. Ship itself also confirmed that it is ready to depart and once again the whole company was on their way to Unmandin.
As Zalyanitha was slowly waking up from her slumber she overheard the conversation of couple of sailors. She was not sure which exactly sailors were talking yet there was a strong suspicion that one of them was Paul now calling himself Slave of the Mad One. They named none other but Zalyanitha as a reason of their endless wandering in Mad Lands and if they expecting to reach any place there they have to get rid of her. Deva pretended to be asleep for a while until conspirators left the inner deck leaving her wondering on her way to survive this possible betraying situation.
During the black out Padme was blessed or rather cursed on her vision of her own. She saw herself in surrendering in pleasure of firm embrace of Rakshavyada. In her delightful weakness she felt Rakshavyada ‘s masculine body. She could feel his hard as rock muscles radiating primal power and yet he was so gentle. Dazed in almost unbearable satisfaction Padme felt as butterfly being carried by a giant. At any moment the force could just snap her into pile of dust yet she knew – she is safe, nothing could harm her here, in fact everything just ceased to exist only extreme pleasure and this overwhelming primal power. She was touching this power, she was embraced by it, it was in her bringing all the senses in such heights. And then in the madness of this euphoria a spark of cautiousness woke up. As despairing as it sounds Padme realized that this is merely a memory. This seems so real so present but she does not recognize the body as hers… It happened before, the outcome was not that well. Padme clanged on this spark of cautiousness she gathered her swiftly melting will to resist euphoria and she pushed Rakshavyada off leaving him puzzled. While the spell was broken there was still part of her screaming in madness what in a hell she is doing why she tries to escape this amazing sensation but the moment was gone, this part was quickly fading leaving only strange sadness. Rakshavyada said in calming voice “everything going to be ok”. Padme blinked her eyes and the vision was gone only the voice remained “everything going to be ok” but to her disappointment it no longer belonged to Rakshavyada it came from another face. It was from Slave of the Mad One. Instantly all the disapointment and sadness was changed by rage and focusing all the power of her weak body she slapped the face of the mortal immediately knocking him out. Unfortunately this drained the remains of her energy as well and Padme faded out. Later Zalyanitha found both unconscious body lying and put them in more comfortable positions. After some time when Slave of the Mad One was asked by Rakshavyada the reasons of his black out, he just simply answered that this is not his concern and nothing wrong happened.
Zalyanitha after her rest was still concerned off her safety here among so called friends. She made sure that she won’t be anywhere alone especially with sailors. First thing she did was to come to the group of the three sailors and announce that she knows their plan and will not let it happend. That gave little assurance yet it needed to be done. The more careful they are the less they will be blunt in executing their sinister plan. After that she went straight to Rakshavyada and shared her concerns towards sailor companions. The possibility of their betrayal. Rakshavyada listened it all and thought that he recognized the pattern of paranoia in her thoughts. He asked back if she had some recent visions where she was someone else fearing that madness of the land touched the wisest of them. Later he had an opportunity to share his concerns with Bastyn. He explained that as everyone gets some alien mental features after seeing some visions that reflects someone’s from the crew, so Zalyanitha was touched with some qualities of Bastyn himself. And the quality she got was none other than lack of trust. Bastyn tried a little experiment with Zalyanitha to make sure of this theory. As crude as experiment was it did not deny Rakshavyada ‘s assumption.
For Bastyn himself his experiments to shape reality as it seems was not in vain. He woke up out of his trance and there was few petals of the poppy in the hand. While it was just a small step toward the main goal it lifted immortal to unbelievable satisfaction. Here he merely a creation of deva was successful to do something that even his companions devas couldn’t. He ran from deva to deva to show his small victory clutched in to the palm. And yes he definitely got his well deserved praise. Rakshavyada now was the one to ask his wisdom if it would be possible to create some food for the sailor companions. Apparently this thought would rather delay Bastyn of his true goal of making drugs, therefore Rakshavyada was left to try this by himself. And deva of the hunt tried to meditate on that even though it would mean that he would not make the real food but rather the idea, dream reflection of the food.
As the whole crew pushed hours after hours in their travels sooner or later they were pushed to slumber by monotonous environment. Rakshavyada was visited yet by another vision. Once again he was in the alien body of mortal. Once again this was one of the memories just from the other perspective. Now it was in the boat slowly sliding through crystal water canal in the city o Heart in the Moon Island. With not giving a lot of thought Rakshavyada tried to snap out of this vision by rebelling against the memory and jumping out of the boat. It was not the wisest of his decision as he just hang out of the chain that just woke the Rakshavyada ‘s impression in the vision. And was quickly pulled back in. The commotion woke up the rest of the passengers in the boat. And surprisingly here it was all of them. Bastyn in Rakshavyada ’s body, Padme in Zalyanitha ’s body and Zalyanitha in Bastyn ’s body. It took some time to realize all the connections but then Bastyn in Rakshavyada ’s body raised an idea that his is master’s of the Moon Island doing. While Rakshavyada had his doubts about that but he did not had courage to push this discussion too far. He was a mortal and it is inappropriate to argue with deva. Luckily they decided on course of action in this vision. They missed out all the sailors in this vision and they need to be found somehow or they risk to travel forever though the lands of the Mad One. While two of the sailors Med and Pehr were unknown where to be find in this memory – one that somehow could be seen as having some of the Padme ‘s qualities probably could be found in the armor of Moon Island collecting moonsilver, so Padme thought. And that created a huge problem. If Padme has lost herself in the cautiousness of armor so what chances merely a mortal had. Neverless they decided to see and try. They sailed to the main pyramid in the center of the city. Zalyanitha glanced to the far of the Moon Island and surprisingly could see the towers of Unmandin in the horizon. She asked Rakshavyada if he could see that too. Rakshavyada couldn’t tell at first but after being showed he could perceive patterns of the roofs. Guards of the pyramid were quite surprised to see such delegation come to the entrance and as afraid as they were they could not let bodies of Bastyn and some slave to enter their sacred place. So Zalyanitha and Rakshavyada had to be left outside while Padme and Bastyn with the bodies of devas could storm in with little of resistance. They both reached the center of the pyramid and found the armor that Padme used to wear. It was too late for sailors will to be snapped out of it. Paul had only one thought in mind that is “Moonsilver must flow”. Workers there were more than puzzled to see what their devas was. One of them ran to the elders just pass the waiting Zalyanitha and Rakshavyada to seek the advice. Padme and Bastyn thought of nothing else but to snatch armor and ran quickly out of the pyramid for quick retreat.

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Tomb of the Last Wanderer

After some time company noticed little island with the crypt in the middle of it. Rakshavyada goes to shore to explore it. As he descends into the crypt, hunter feels the scent of incense and sees candlelight. Inside he meets thee eyed four-armed blue person who tends the candles – takes the burned out ones from niches and replaces with the new. Rakshavyada is told that this is the last resting place of the Last Wonderer.

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Zalyanitha, after landing on the island, feels enormous pain, so she screams and falls. She sees herself elbow deep in the abdomen of her body (as she is watching from the perspective of the body), the other Zalyanitha pulls out entrails from current one, looks at them and stuffs back. Zalyanitha sees purple sails above them.

Meanwhile at the ship Bastyn tries to resolve conflict between two sailors – one of them, Pol, screams that the other stole his face. Bastyn gets physical with him after what Pol threatens to cut his own face off with a wooden chip after what he is subdued and bound.
Rakshavyada returns to the ship and gives Padme some water that he acquired from the keeper of the crypt. And suddenly he sees massive black bird above himself as it rends purple sails, suddenly some soldier sticks harpoon to his nose and shouts something… Rakshavyada runs past him with the harpoon and skewers one of the birds with it. After gaining his senses, Rakshavyada feels himself not the old Rakshavyada but the one of the sailors.

Padme notices that one of the sailors repeats all her actions, other suspicious shit is happening on board, and that Rakshavyada reacts awkwardly to devas and Bastyn.

-X-

Rakshavyada returns to the crypt and takes a better look at the statue inside it – he sees the likeness of Padme on it. Rakshavyada consults about this and the visions with the blue man, but he ensures, that this is perfectly normal at the Madlands and asks where the others are. Rakshavyada leaves to lead others into the crypt. But at ship he gets carried away by this short attention span and finds himself chatting with the crew and using the unknown language maybe native to the sailors. Friends try to reach real Rakshavyada with puzzle pattern, but fails, also Zalyanitha realizes that she was in Bastyn body while having the vision.

-X-

After some time devas and Bastyn actually manage to get to the crypt where the keeper asks them if they are ready to stay here as their final resting place. Travelers recognize themnselves on the statue – it’s actually statue with three different sides, everyone carrying likenes of one of devas, allso there are root formations on the legs of the statue, that Padme says may be Bastyn.

Padme confronts the idea and explains that she needs and will reach Unmandin, to try harvest it’s power ant get back the world she lived in from the metaphorical ashes. All of the party declare their will to reach Unmandin too, explaining why they are in need of it.

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Past and future

The Sea of Times is the harsh place to stay for anyone even devas. This place could shift in time and space in split of the mind and you don’t know where you will land in the end of alteration process. Accelerating movement of celestial objects in the sky was the sign of the time travel phenomena of this place. The first crew journey take the place in the zone of great war between black and white circle members. Limitless sea changed to the solid ground… The canyon appeared in the left side of the ship and the boundless fogg in the right. This change does not interrupted the movement of the ship. After a few moments the sound of horn had cried in the right and the fogg started to move faster and faster. The ship does not stopped… With every moment the unrest is growing louder and more closer. The horned beasts appeared on the shoulder belt of canyon and fogg covered the ship. Bastyn, Rakshavyada and Padme withdrew to the rooms without wasting time, but Zalanytha remained on the deck. She saw the strange movements in the mist. The more sounds of horns echoed in the land… And the battle begins. Deva does not wanted to get involved in this fight and started to go to her room too, but it was to late. The winged individual landed to the ship deck and it was ready to fight with her twin, two meters long, swords.
- What are you and what are you doing here? – Zalyanitha hears the feminine voice.
- We just the ordinary travellers and we don’t want to get involved in this battle.
Rakshavyada in curiosity put his head to look around. And at his moment the warrior cuts with her swords right in the place of the deva’s head. The great hunter get lucky and does not lost his head. This famine voice is close enough to Padme ears, so she attracts to he deck with great precaution. It seams that the owner of the voice is her older sister Kalaka (black circle member). The sister is surprised enough that her younger sister is in this ship.
- This is not the place for youngsters. You will be safer in your playing ground…. Kalaka could not finish her words then another person landed in the deck. Padme quickly returned back to the hold during this landing. Another famine voice appeared in the ship:
- What are they, Kalaka?
- They are travellers, they just want safely to get out of this land…
- I feel the smell of the Wild One. – They are just operatives and wants to broke in hour lands. The person lifts her spear and aims to the Zalyanitha and throws to her… The big boom pulls to left aboard of the ship. The vessel strongly shakes and moans. All things including live ones goes down or up… The grey mist covers ship… The crew is back to the ship, but the situation is not much better – the boat is cough by the imminence size of vortex. The vessel is damaged to… The artefact could not deal with strong jet and starts drift to the black and cold eye of the male storm. The crew decided to make some arrangements of the stuff in the ship and recover balance of the ship, but ship is need to be feed with blood a lot of blood. The first feeder was Padme. She shed her blood until she passed out. Rakshavyada catches her… Zalanytha were the second one. Good news – ship started to climb out of the eye. The grey mist appeared once more… Every crew member visited the past and future moments of they own. So, lets start from the Rakshavyada.

Rakshavyada in the past. Deva finds himself at the table with his master. In his eyes he see his last unresolved task before he decided to go the lower realms. This moment was over many centuries ago in witch deva accumulated many knowledges and know how. And after few minutes the enigma had been cracked by his mad minds, but this does not impressed his teacher – instead of commendation the great hunter got some blows to the torso.
- You should be ready that everyone in this world will hurt you including me. You don’t get from me any accolade… – he hears the voice and hard steps of the teacher when he hid behind the column.
Rakshavyada with his long life accumulated not only experience, but effrontery too. Deva came up with the plan to teach his master with the same blow he did to him. He had occupied a comfortable position behind the column. At the right moment he maneuver to the position to hit, but he does not calculated that his strength is like a little boy…

Rakshavyada in the future. Deva announce that he firmly holds a dagger in his hand and he stood behind the sarcophagus. The black thing with wide array of the eyes is shut in the box. He starts to feel that beast starts the conversation with him, not verbal one, but…
- End your work right now if it makes you feel better.
Deva unclench his fist and release the dagger. The weapon flees away from him.
- Who am I and what I am doing here?
- So, you have chosen….

Padme in the past. Teenager girl weak ups from the short snap. Nice dress covers her body and she in the large and beautifull hall of the palace. The bad feeling pierce Padme‘s minds that she is back to her leadership period, but he turns his head and sees the long rows of the figures. She had played this game when she was young. She liked this game so much, but his older sister finds so many ways to ruin this pleasure. Once more, Kalaka enters the hall. She with easy kick demolish one figurine.
- It’s time to finish this silly game of yours. You must to remember that not every one gives you love, but always will be those who will try to ruin you. One more successful easy kick.
- Are you always going to ruin my doings, sister? Padme demonstratively slams the door and leaving her older sister alone.

Padme in the future. Deva is awakened by cold wind. The blackness tries to eat her. The time of deva’s comes to the end, but I can make my last sprint. Padme starts to climb towards shoulder belt of the canyon. The run is hard enough for her, but blackness is still coming to her with ease. During the run deva sees the small portal on the top of the wall. She speeds up her movements. Nothingness consumes spilled stones beneath deva’s foots. The hardest part of the climb begins when the landslide falls to the deva. Falling rocks hurts Padme so much, but she does not have other choise – just climb to the end. She sees the fresh new world behind the portal, feels light breeze in her hairs and warm suns on the face… Rock cracks in front of her and he starts fall back to the blackness.

Zalyanitha in the past. Deva wakes up in her bad and her room located in the great Moongates. Chandrakridalu is there too. She is able to recall that is the day before her lover dispersers forever and the black sky object cracks the high realms.
- What will you do if I will disperser? – Chandrakridalu opens the conversation.
- I don’t know.
- Shall you be in search of me?
- I don’t know where to start my search. Do you have home?
- Why do you asking me this? – Ok, we could play this question game.
- I’m feeling that great danger will come to all deva’s life.
- We already talking about this subject.
- I will want to do this, but I need some directions..
- If it will happens, I’m feeling that you will find out what to do. – Chandrakridalu starts to kiss Zalyanitha, but without answer. – You seem that you lost in your daydream.
- I saw a vision that I became the patroness of you.
Chandrakridalu leans back from the Zalyanitha, but sight keeps in track.

Zalyanitha in the future. Deva feels cold in her back and naked thighs. The rings is spinning in both of her palms, but in different rates and diverse patterns. She folds her palms and the both rings joins to one and spins new pattern. The are no fauna or flora around the place only grey wasteland. She did not immediately notice that the body of deva is laying in the moonsilver of the pool – in front of her throne. The fresh blood plash in to streams of the moosliver. Zalyanitha dismounts the throne and wants to check the corpse closer. She discovers Padme’s boady.

Bastyn in the past. People stands in the long line. Today Mother adopts her childes and gives a short audience to the chosen ones. With this mind the long living merchant kickins. Wait a moment… Now I remember this morning and the gift given by mother. Bastyn stops for a moment to refresh his memories. The young woman slams in his back.
- Kursikan, are you OK? You are a little bit dizzy today, are you?
- I will sound strange, but I already was in this line at the start of my journey. Many years passed from that moment.
- Are sure that are you is OK?
- Yes, I’m OK. The Bastyn follows the line.
After some period of time the Bastyn sees the Mother tree in the great hall. He nervously approaches the mother.
- Kursikan, could you forgive me for my deeds?
- Are you talking about the failed journey you gave me long time ago?
- What are you talking about?
- Now, I’m in the Sea of Times and I have the ability to view this small glips of my past.
- Could you forgive me?
- Yes, I could.
- Good, go now to the sacred fireplace and you will see your gift.
It took some time to find the this sacred room, but before entering this hall Bastyn checked are there statues of the chosen ones, but he did not find anything. The immortal merchant entered the sacred halls and met elegant woman with blue eyes. The ritual started. The woman folded her clothes and invited Bastyn to make sex. In the end the woman started merge inside the merchant body and suck out his memory.

Bastyn in the future. This feel of constant falling does not help at all. The deep blackness surrounds him and gives chills. The immortal merchant tried to grab the last drops of earth before darkness consumes it all. The body shape is damn strange too. It’s more like a wooden than constructed from flash and bones.
- What it makes so precious to live for?
- I can’t give up the fact of the existence of past, present and future and place.
- Do you want to stay here forever?
- Yes.
- So, be it.
- I will wait for you when the end comes to your’s new beginning.

Finally, the ship get away from the eye of the vortex. The grey mist covers ship once more and the crew appeared on the dry land. The sound of horns is not the air. And this good sign. After few hours of journey the ship reaches the strange convoy.

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Wine dream

Bastyn questioned Cheruhashin about the Council of Five and the devan fraction that separated from forces f Mad and Wild ones during the war to be neutral and create something independent. As companion noted – they probably failed, because were not heard or seen no more. Also Bastyn asks about the hole in the sky and the end of the world, but Cheruhashin only shrugged and laughed, that Bastyn must not worry, because he’s mortal after all – after this they argued a little on the matter.
Cheruhashin also asked Zalyanitha for what they are traveling to Unmandin, because he thinks it’s pointless and after she said to find the way to save the world, he only rolled his eyes and laughed. there was some wine and talks, so devas, Bastyn and their companion had a good time. Except Padmeme she, didn’t drink.


Someone from the crew shouted that the coast is in sight and ship stopped. Zalyanitha noticed white moonbone towers and stairs towards them. Cheruhashin declared, that he’ll stay at the ship for now. Rakshavyada too wanted to stay, but knowing alternative to stay with chatty companion decided to com with everyone at the end.

All the walls were covered in patterns and barreliefs of beasts and persons in submissive poses. Party ascend the stairs with difficulty, finding more and more tales of torture of rebels and so on. Patterns continue till they reach the gate – here they come into one figure sitting on the throne that holds silver disk (this disk Zalyanitha reminds of her own). Zalyanitha is searching for the rules to get into that throne, while other three decide to come back to the ship.

After some time thinking Zalyanitha pushes the gate and it opens, letting out the red light.

Here everybody wake up at the ship. The wine was wild…


After confronting Cheruhashin he says, that this was consented by them and they may regard it as a warning what could become of their journey. Only Padme is a little lost on the subject (she did not drink), but she asks Bastyn to fill in for her.

Actually everyone can see the towers, but the are not getting nearer as they travel… Cheruhashin begins to sing about the mother that is hoping for the son to come back, about the son who have to kill his mother, girl who wants to be loved by everyone but cannot love herself and the last seed of the Tree of Life and that they all are lost in the silver labyrinth… doing so he transforms into that melody and with the last notes of his song dissolved into the thin air.

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New member on board

After some time spent with sailors Bastyn realizes that nothing sane is left in the minds of the comrades, only broken bodies still live some how. They made up various names for them self which are connected to the desert. The Mad One is the only god is left for them to pry. So, immortal merchant has more obstacles to calm his troubled minds, but he made a promise to protect them from this insane realm. At least, the madmans could talk in devani.

One sailor was caught drinking blood from the boat fuel supply and this action did not made Zalyanitha more blissful. He warned the poor man for his actions. The other actions of this kind will sentence the person to leave the ship for all time. Deva had noticed that sailor was not afraid of her (or any deva) any more. After this event Zalyanitha had made private conversation with Bastyn about behaviour of the madmans. The magician confirmed that people are very, very odd from the start of the journey. No one is safe in this ship if they don’t find the way how to fed them and no one knows how they are connected to this land. Immortal merchant is certain that they survived in this harsh conditions with someone help and the survival price could be landed on the shoulders of the crew. Bastyn will try to fed them on his blood. Deva made an advice that perhaps some shimmers could sort out he problem of hunger.

Bastyn had presented his decision about feeding issues to Beb. He will made a timetable on the blood supply to the sailors, but they must to stay calm until they reach the Unmandin. To bind the shimmer to them could help them to forget about the hunger, but Beb left his cabin without a question. That night and some others Beb did not feel very well after usage of blood and moon-silver mix.

Next day morning Padme had been awakened by sound of the many bells. Over time the sound became more clear and stronger and after few more hours the crew reached the riverbed with many small waterfalls and one big enough to make so much sound that shut down any conversations between crew members. This landscape does not made any troubles to the vessel. The ship swam only in the direction of course known to him only. Moving away from great waterfall enabled conversations between ship members. The island appeared in the front of the moving direction. This island was not a simple one, but covered with strange mist. The mist made of the floating patterns. Two persons stands in the meadow and mows the flowers, grass or something like that. Hay just not drops down, but floating away from island. It seams that the ship will hit the mist in full scale. All crew on the deck gathered to they cabins for safety reasons. When ship left the mist they came back to check. The left board was covered of various colours, even some textures of the wood was changed to skin, but nothing to be eaten.

In a middle to tight sleep Bastyn was awaken by feel that someone have an eye on him. Immortal merchant could count seven eyes in the darkness. He understands clear enough that sailors is looking for him and he cannot stand such madness any more and he goes back to the deck to purify his minds. Before reaching the location he feels the penetrating pain in his back, legs and all the boy and the chant begins… Padme know the very well of consequences of this ritual. She knows that the safest place right know is to sit tight in her cabin and don’t come out for a while.

Zalyanitha wants to know more details on the progress of the journey, but vessel does not know exactly how much time left until they reach the Unmandin, but he is certain that he wants to „fly“ with devas until the end of the world.

The madmans announce to Bastyn that Beb left ship this night. They babbled about some misteriuos lady that took care of him. Merchant searched the ship, but did not find the corpse of the Beb. Zalyanitha was informed about this disappearance and deva stared her own investigation. She does not find any evidence of struggling or something like that and it seams that Beb left the ship by his own. Deva returned to the deck and checked one side of the ship… No evidence to… Closer inspection on the reflection of the moon-silver stream. The pretty face of the women appired in front of her and disapiered, the other image was of the Chandrakridalu… Deva lifted her body from the side of the ship and saw the same woman from the water in front of her. The woman was dressed in the white mantle. The face and eyes does not show any trouble in her life. She presents herself as living beaing of the river. She announce that Beb is know at her palace. Zalanytha reveals that she travels to the Unmandin. The river lady remembers this city very well, she even remembers the great times of this city, but Mad One destroyed it, but even now there are good places in it. She also warns Zalyanitha that her journey to the city could be overhelmed by crew members. She alone could travel more faster, but road is dangerous enough. She always could stay in her palace. The river lady tried to convince her by entering in her private space and murming in her ear about travelling alone. Zalyanitha persisted this try and lady perished from the ship.

The vessel stops in the center of split of the river. The shimmer does not know which path should be taken. It knows that both of them will lead them to the Undmandin. During the decision period the strange beast approached the boat. He introduced himself as Charuh. Bastyn remembered song about this beast, but nothing more detailed only that such beast exists in the legends. The furry beast was very impressed by the knowledge of the human, but it was more insinuate to Zalyanitha nor his fair reaction. The horny beast could help the ship to go back to the journey in the exchange that they take him too. Zalyanitha presented him rules of the ship and creature accepted the terms. He directed the Zalanytha to take the shortest way to Unmandin. The mood began to lighten when new crew member joined the ship. Charuh with his music or dances does not pestered anyone.

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Flow of time

Padme and Rakshavyada stands in Padme warren and ponders what to do. Suddenly Padme hears the voices – she geos that way to find the dolls from the theatre she saw performance for her wedding present. Padme sees the silver thread and is encouraged to pull it by the voice – so she does and theatre doll pops out. Deva greets the doll and the doll cheer and laugh – “little baby Queen – always in trouble”. After some chat and some negotiation Padme exchanges promise of future favor (but it was negotiated that it would not be to kill her friends) with the Master of Time and Life (as he is the doll master) to travel 10 years into the future with all her friends to get the things over with the contract. Padme pulls the string again and it snaps – she ties it around her wrist as a reminder of her binding. Rakshavyada sees nothing of the dolls, he only sees as Padme pulls the string twice and wraps it around her arm.
Rakshavyada goes out to the “real world” and reports to Zalyanitha that maybe Padme is in trouble again.

Outside of warren Padme wanders in search of the way out she was promised and finds silver string leading out of the city. So she takes a hint – and calls everyone to gather around and hold on to her. As Padme wraps the string around her and pulls – times begins to fly by and speed up. Padme is devastated to see that they actually are in that current of time, not just speed by it – so human companions age and some of them die… devas and mage remain the same. After this only immortal Zalyanitha, with all the time of the World on her hands, bitch for loosing 10 years. Padme seeing how the time was not merciful with the humans and especially Vestur – cries her heart out…
Company prepares to leave… accidentally Padme finds the ship, that was promised as “the bonus” to her too. So devas and Bastyn round up all the stuff and people left and heed to the Gates of Unmandin. Padme knowing the weight of her choices volunteer to feed the ship as long as she can.

At some point of the journey the wild white horses are seen running free… humans are amazed and devas are nostalgic…

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Padme's dream

While Padme was humming cheerfully catching tune about the will. Sailors desperately tried to make some food from something mixed with blood. Zalyanitha immediately ran to check hidden scrolls. She managed to find actual place, however it was covered bu rubble. After some physical work she managed to dig them out. Most of the scrolls were pretty in a good shape.
Rakshavyada mentally noted the direction that performer went but remained next to the fountain for a while. Actually up until Bastyn came by and started to pick something out of his furs. That was more than Rakshavyada would describe as siting in tranquility. So he just politely with no etiquette intended asked if Bastyn found what he wanted and went out to direction of performer. He could follow the tracks in ashes, though the further he tracked the more faded they looked up to the point they were nowhere to see.
Bastyn has been approached by Vestur and been once again begged to desert this place at least to search for food. Bastyn promised to leave this place, they just need to prepare for the journey. Immortal put all fungus from Rakshavyada ‘s furs into the pocket and began to organize the making of wagon out of rubble for mainly scrolls Zalyanitha had saved.
Little by little came another day. Everyone gathered prepared for the long trip. Out of nowhere visir came and asked Padme do not leave the city at least to keep her dignity. She once again refused.
First was Rakshavyada to leave through gates of the city. Just behind him Padme as she tried to step out throuh gates to everyone’s surprise she just end up stepping in. The confussion made Rakshavyada to turn back. Bastyn announced the delay of the group. And painted puzzle-pattern, Bastyn was just sure that whatever keeps Padme bounded in the city it is in her warren. Rakshavyada was asked to accompany her.
Two devas were walking in ruins of the city. Everything looked just like in the real world but one tower that seemed to be not touched by attack. The ruins of the city formed some kind of labyrinth. Rakshavyada suggested Padme to find the pattern and follow it. As Padme seperated in search of thread of the pattern she heard the noise in one of the nearly collapsed buildings. She immediately shouted for Rakshavyada. From the collapsed building emerged the dark figure. Both devas took more then instant to realize that this is none other but Bastyn. His whole skin seemed to emit some kind of vile black smoke. After all the non-necessary introductions they proceed in searching the patterns. Bastyn seemed to use some more potent drugs to dive into warren as he saw patterns with less difficullty. Luckly no one asked where Bastyn got his drugs.
All of them three searched everywhere even got in the tower full of the sarcophaguses. Other floors were full of tables for dissecting humans and other horrific devices that raised all those mysterious stories of evil of devas back to Bastyn memory. Out of the highest point of the tower they all could see far. Only Bastyn could see how tower is a pattern that is in the pattern of the city. The city pattern itself was inside of some kind of bigger picture, bigger than one’s sane mind could cope.
As none of the three could find anything that could release Padme, they decided to try to rewrite the contract she has with the city. And there could be helpful only one person in the world – the wise, the just, the beautiful deva Zalyanitha.

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The one who has the will - sets the rules

After hiding all the books Zalyanitha, dodging all the danger, runs to the fountain. Deva sees passing by silhouettes of the beast men so she hides in the alley

Bastyn and Rakshavyada – walk to the palace to find Padme, here deva of the hunt kicks down the door to find Vestur covered in debris and some other men from the crew.

The battle rages on, through the thundering and sound of horns party hears the roar of the wild beast and it is getting near. Devas call for Padme but she is unreachable
Meanwhile Padme walks to the exit of the palace and meets, accidentally, her suitor the beatsman. He calls out to Padme saying that now she’ll change her mind and be his, but deva does not agree, so beats drops his sword and tries to grab Padme, but manages only to pluck some of the luscious hair, but after that he somehow manages to grab deva and knock her to the ground. Padme laughs, while someone attack beastman from the behind and using the change deva of caring drives in her sword into the belly of the bull. Suitor roars in pain or in anger and then Padme sees the attacker. But she’s too busy – she uses the moment again and pushes sword deeper into the belly of her attacker. The beats gets strong blow from the other attacker and falls onto devas sword and skewers his neck on it. This suitor is finished for good…
- So, you came back, my dear husband, – Padme calls out to the man behind bulls back.
- You’re my kill, – he says, and pulls out his sword from beast back.
Padme wriggles out from beneath the dead body and grabs nearby candelabra – she is going to defend herself no matter what.

Rakshavyada and Bastyn finally are at the same room as Padme ant the others. Here after watching the scene Bastyn suddenly realizes that one of the sailors must not be here, he was dead at the caravan. So he points this out.
Zalyanitha is hiding in the cellar. The man with the spear in his chest stumbles into it. She sits quietly, but after the man some beastman comes into the room… so Zalyanitha takes care of it and now she has a broken spear to defend herself – deva continues her journey to the palace

-X-

Suddenly the suspicious sailor moves away from the group, shouts “it’s enough’ and pulls of his face, revealing only the other face under it… he is the same as 5the second ”/wikis/padme" class=“wiki-page-link”>Padmes suitor, but his face changes moving through the memories of the deva. He declares that now he is the king, cuts off the head of the beastman and declares that trough the balcony holding “his trophy”.
Padme leaves on the pretense that she needs to clean herself. Near the fountain she talks to her companions and decides that the second suitor must die too – so she asks for the kill from Rakshavyada, promising him a forge and mayhap the matrimony. Rakshavyada likes the forges a lot, so he goes and kills the man after what cuts his head and gives it to Padme as a wedding present.

-X-

In the morning, party approximates the damage of the city – actually, there is no city at all. Near the fountain the same caravan as did the other spectacle conducts puppet play – it’s a grotesque of the recent events. The queen-puppet smack all her suitors on the head and declares that she is leaving. Here governor of the city loses his grip and starts to shout that this is unacceptable. The doll sings “the one who has the will – sets the rules” and in between singing explains what the will of the wise one is. So Padme goes to her own conclusions and declares “tomorrow you, my kingdom, and I leave” ignoring the objections of the governor. She hums softly “After hiding all the books ”/wikis/zalyanitha" class=“wiki-page-link”>Zalyanitha, dodging all the danger, runs to the fountain. Deva sees passing by silhouettes of the beast men so she hides in the alley

Bastyn and Rakshavyada – walk to the palace to find Padme, here deva of the hunt kicks down the door to find Vestur covered in debris and some other men from the crew.

The battle rages on, through the thundering and sound of horns party hears the roar of the wild beast and it is getting near. Devas call for Padme but she is unreachable
Meanwhile Padme walks to the exit of the palace and meets, accidentally, her suitor the beatsman. He calls out to Padme saying that now she’ll change her mind and be his, but deva does not agree, so beats drops his sword and tries to grab Padme, but manages only to pluck some of the luscious hair, but after that he somehow manages to grab deva and knock her to the ground. Padme laughs, while someone attack beastman from the behind and using the change deva of caring drives in her sword into the belly of the bull. Suitor roars in pain or in anger and then Padme sees the attacker. But she’s too busy – she uses the moment again and pushes sword deeper into the belly of her attacker. The beats gets strong blow from the other attacker and falls onto devas sword and skewers his neck on it. This suitor is finished for good…
- So, you came back, my dear husband, – Padme calls out to the man behind bulls back.
- You’re my kill, – he says, and pulls out his sword from beast back.
Padme wriggles out from beneath the dead body and grabs nearby candelabra – she is going to defend herself no matter what.

Rakshavyada and Bastyn finally are at the same room as Padme ant the others. Here after watching the scene Bastyn suddenly realizes that one of the sailors must not be here, he was dead at the caravan. So he points this out.

-X-

Zalyanitha is hiding in the cellar. The man with the spear in his chest stumbles into it. She sits quietly, but after the man some beastman comes into the room… so Zalyanitha takes care of it and now she has a broken spear to defend herself – deva continues her journey to the palace

-X-

Suddenly the suspicious sailor moves away from the group, shouts “it’s enough’ and pulls of his face, revealing only the other face under it… he is the same as 5the second ”/wikis/padme" class=“wiki-page-link”>Padmes suitor, but his face changes moving through the memories of the deva. He declares that now he is the king, cuts off the head of the beastman and declares that trough the balcony holding “his trophy”.
Padme leaves on the pretense that she needs to clean herself. Near the fountain she talks to her companions and decides that the second suitor must die too – so she asks for the kill from Rakshavyada, promising him a forge and mayhap the matrimony. Rakshavyada likes the forges a lot, so he goes and kills the man after what cuts his head and gives it to Padme as a wedding present.

-X-

In the morning, party approximates the damage of the city – actually, there is no city at all. Near the fountain the same caravan as did the other spectacle conducts puppet play – it’s a grotesque of the recent events. The queen-puppet smack all her suitors on the head and declares that she is leaving. Here governor of the city loses his grip and starts to shout that this is unacceptable. The doll sings “the one who has the will – sets the rules” and in between singing explains what the will of the wise one is. So Padme goes to her own conclusions and declares “tomorrow you, my kingdom, and I leave” ignoring the objections of the governor. She hums softly ""the one who has the will – sets the rules"…

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