Keemhan asks, "Now, are we all settled in?"
(Xuxu smiles behind her hand.)
Keemhan says, "Comfy, cozy..."
Keemhan asks, "and quiet?"
Keemhan says, "Hmp. Okay then."
Keemhan says, "Well. Tsrrin's life wasn't easy, but it wasn't too hard either."
Keemhan says, "She worked in her family's garden, and sang, and danced."
Keemhan says, "Sometimes she traveled to the neighboring village to visit her cousins."
(Keemhan points upward with his staff.)
Keemhan says, "You see those three planets up there."
(Michael looks up)
Keemhan says, "Well, everybody knows that when they're lined up in a row - like they almost are now - strange things can happen.."
Keemhan says, "It's been that way for as long as anybody can remember. We know it, Tsrrin knew it... and the Darshak knew it too."
Keemhan says, "Why, you ask? Well, I wouldn't know. Maybe ask a Mystic. Me, I'm just a simple storyteller."
Sutai says, "I don't know why either."
Sutai says, ": )"
Keemhan says, "There's a couple of mystics there, I see. So ask them. But not 'till I'm done."
(Callia kicks Sutai)
Callia whispers, "shhh!"
Keemhan says, "And I'll never finish, by the way, if you keep interrupting."
Keemhan ponders, "Hmp."
Keemhan asks, "Now, where was I?"
Ghrr says, ""we all know it...""
Keemhan says, "Oh, yes, the planets."
Keemhan says, "This time I've been talking about, Tsrrin's time, what happened right around then was a Darshak raid."
Keemhan says, "All right, maybe that's not so strange during a war. But it was a terrible tragedy."
Keemhan says, "Tsrrin came home from a visit to her cousins' village to find her home burned, the garden trampled."
(Xuxu grips Drablak's sleeve.)
Keemhan says, "Her friends and family had vanished, every one, carried off by the Darshaks for some unspeakable purpose."
Keemhan says, "Tsrrin may have been young, but she was brave and resourceful."
Keemhan says, "She followed after the Darshaks, tracking them through the hills, until she found their camp..."
Keemhan says, "... shrouded in darkness and smoke and a feeling of evil you could almost smell."
(Keemhan sniffs as though he can smell it now.)
Keemhan says, "Off to one side, packed into a wooden pen, huddled her entire village, overcome with exhaustion and fear."
Keemhan says, "Guarding the pen were a handful of Thugs and a crowd of hooded corpses, ..."
Keemhan says, "and in the center of the camp stood half a dozen priests, chanting something over a blood-red flame."
Keemhan says, "Tsrrin knew she had to free her family, and quickly."
Althus ponders, "this story gets better every time."
Keemhan says, "With scraps of cloth, mud and leaves, she disguised herself as a hooded corpse,..."
Keemhan says, "and lurched into the camp under cover of darkness and fog."
(Keemhan spots Malkor and chuckles.)
(Malkor smiles and waves.)
Keemhan says, "She looked a lot like you, I guess, when she was done."
Keemhan says, "Carefully she wandered nearer to the captives' pen."
Keemhan exclaims, "You'd be careful too, alone in a camp full of Darshaks. She was brave, but she wasn't an idiot!"
Keemhan says, "Ah, but she was lucky, that she was."
(Xuxu grips Drablak's sleeve tighter.)
Keemhan says, "Tsrrin managed to attract her brother's attention, then get close enough to stumble against the latch on the gate."
Keemhan says, "Out swarmed a crowd of villagers, taking the thugs and corpses by surprise."
Ghrr ponders, "woo!!"
Keemhan says, "The heroine Tsrrin stripped off her disguise and joined her family,..."
Keemhan says, "running from the camp before the priests knew what had happened."
Keemhan says, "And so, every couple of years, when the planets line up like they are now, we celebrate the Feast of Tsrrin."
Keemhan says, "We put on disguises like she did, dodge the sinister carved Darshak and rescue candy."
Keemhan says, "Ahh... but you know all that, of course, and I you're not likely to pay me to hear it again."
Keemhan says, "And that's the story of the Feast of Tsrrin, when nearly anything can happen."
Keemhan asks, "Now, who's got a spare coin for a good storyteller?"
Kiriel D'Sol says, "thanks for the story Keemhan"
Althus says, "I'm a bit short on coinage, but..."
Althus hands a lager to Keemhan.
Kiriel D'Sol says, "I hadn't heard the whole thing before"
Ghrr exclaims, "thanks Keemhan!"
Althus exclaims, "Perhaps you could use a drink after telling that long story!"
Keemhan ponders, "Well, the pay's gotten a lot better since I first started telling this here."
Callia says, "I love that story Keemhan"
Keemhan says, "Oh yes, mighty thirst work, storytelling."
Drablak says, "thanks for the story"
Callia says, "I just wish you'd come tell us stories more often :)"
Keemhan raises his lager on high, and drains it in one gulp.