Poesy and Peony's Journal
Poesy: Clan Hunt and Passing the Second Circle Test
Terrdi, day 8 of Winter, 549
Well, today at the clan meeting I think it must have been Rincewind's turn at
show and tell. When I came to my senses after jumping off the cliff to the WoD
meetin' place I saw him playing with a giant blue flame. He's got it trained a
treat I guess 'cause it was dancin around where ever he told it to go. He even let
me stand it it! It kind of tickled a little bit, but it wasn't at all hot. What a strange
Rincewind also showed us his purgatory pendant, what a pretty thing! And his blue
tor shell he said he won at auction a while ago. I bought some auction tickets for a
tor shell just the other day, but I don't suppose I'll get it.
Which reminds me! I've heard rumors on an enchanted breeze that the next set of bard auditions
will be soon and not "soon"! (Poesy scratches her head) I hope that means what
I think it means.... Boy I've got some work to do! I was recently thinking that I'd
audition using a violene, then I switched to the bagpipes, now I think I'm back to the
After the meeting we decided to hunt the Rocky Cavern so that Kiriel could practice
bricking Wyrms for the 5th circle fighter test. It was a fun hunt, I don't think I've
ever hunted Wyrms before... I remember a long time ago being shown the entrance to the
wyrm cave, and how I thought I would never be strong enough to hunt in a place like that.
Well, I guess time changes things. I think I've been exiled for wow... a Puddle-year and
a half... Sure doesn't seem like it. I suppose if I spent more time out of the library
I would be an even better fighter by now, but I'm not driven like some of the other
exiles seem to be.
And then came the best part - I passed the 2nd circle fighters test! I didn't think
I would, last time I tried, oh, a season ago probably, I didn't even scratch the
ferals, but recently I've been noticing I can hit them, so I figured it was time
to try again. And I passed! There was a tricky bit, where I wasn't hitting the
ferals at all, but then my vision cleared and I was able to poke them with my rapier some
more. When I struck down the first feral, I think it must have been the first feral I
ever soloed, I learned something from it, and found myself able to fight more effectively.
Before I killed the last feral I had the presence of mind to switch to my trusty axe...
As I was on red, I suppose it might have cost me the battle, but passing the circle test
with a rapier? What kind of weapon is that for a dwarf? I'd been using it to tag before
and didn't think of switching it before the test. But I whipped it out for the final
blow and WHACK! There went the feral and Honor congratulated me.
I was touched to find Kiriel and Nunul waiting for me outside the test chamber.
They and half the people in the lands congratulated me, an' I was a happy dwarf.
Then Kiriel and Nunul introduced me to the second circle trainers. I was surprised
to see that they all already knew me. I had heard that Evus discused his pupils with
most of the other trainers, but I didn't think I really rated that kind of attention.
I'm ashamed to admit that I always confuse the subjects of Darkus' and Detha's training,
so I'm a little surprised they were as polite towards me as they were.
After Kiriel and Nunul left me to kick pebbles around the 2nd circle room and talk
to everyone, I had a massage and a steam bath. If I knew they gave out free massages
in the second circle room I probably would have been concentrating on passing that test
a lot harder!
Sombdi, day 4 of Winter, 549
I finally got out of the library! OH it felt so GOOD!
Ahem. I admit that it was my fault, I didn't see the little tiny sticky that
Joe the Librarian had stuck to my comfy couch. When I woke up one day to find meself
shackled to my couch I dug around a little bit and found it crumpled up inbetween two
of the cushions... It said something like "Your days are numbered dwarf! Pay me now!"
But that clearly didn't do any good since I didn't see it. Ah well. After finding
meself shackled I promptly packaged up me bill with payment for the next four puddle-years
and had Wheatstone walk it over to the bill box in the lib. What I should have
had him do was find Joe and box his ears! The scoundrel took an entire Zodiac to
unchain me! I'm still workin th' blood into me foot.
(Poesy shakes herself all over) Anyways I had a good little romp. Nothing terribly
interesting mind you, no dragons here. (Although Wheatstone tells me he fought some
blood wyrms the other day! And where was I???)
Wheatstone came along with me to make sure I didn't collapse to
a rat in my feeble state. (No exercise for a zodiac I tell you!) Although it
turned out Wheatstone was the one who fainted first, but I think it was that
funny spinny fish shaped like a balloon he insisted on eating before we left the
lib. I poked at him for a while, but finally I found the vial of fishoil in his pocket
and that woke him up. I figured if that didn't work then I was gonna start using it
to finger paint the top of his head. Whee!
We met a nice new exile Lukee who told us he came from another world, I wasn't quite
sure what to make of that, but he seemed normal enough other than that. He was
a thoom! I like thooms. They're so squidgy. :-) He was workin on a
rat quest so we left him be after raisin him. Too bad I didn't think to get a
sketch. Rusty I tell you!
After tooling around South Forest for a very short while, (neither Wheatstone nor
I has any skea, and it got pretty depressing), we headed over to east field on our
way to the Undine Hut. There were quite a few undine just running around the field.
Foolishly I stopped to take this sketch, of course I got distracted for several
vital seconds and only came to my surroundings quickly enough to notice myself falling
to the ground. Sigh.
Luckily I'd decided to try taking out some Mystic Insurance earlier in the day,
and let me tell you the stuff works! :-) Shortly after I'd fallen
I got a jingle from Laiy asking me if I needed any help. Wheatstone struggled for a while
trying to keep things under control, trying to both run monsters and heal me with his
moonstone, while I appologized for being such a dorf, but that really wasn't working.
I was doubly upset, since shortly after I had fallen to the Hooded Corpse I noticed
Lukee fall to a vermine, but couldn't do anything about it. Thwap! Bad Dwarf! Thwap! Sigh.
I guess Laiy must have decided that we needed help wheither we were going to admit to it
or not, or Wheatstone SS that we needed help, because Falinus trecked over to East
Field and got me up in a jiffy. What a nice fellow. (He said he reads my journal! Whee!)
We were going to hang around and peg the undine off one at a time, but Wheatstone,
ever more perceptive than I noticed that there was an Agratis online so we trecked
over to the fairgrounds to see if we could chat them up. :-) Unfortunately
by the time we got over there they were gone. I did however discover Gubara, who was
happy to tell me about both the most esteemed and reviled citizens in Puddleby. Apparently
Census is both one of the most esteemed and reviled citizens of our little mud puddle.
(Poesy scratches her head.) Yep, that seems about right.
I was about ready to head to the lib to sleep, but Taryn was looking for some company
to take a new fellow, El'kar, into the Myrm Hive or somewhere else more exciting than
the rat towers. I saw Falinus snoozing in town center, he didn't want to come along,
but he did kindly offer mop up service if we all should fall to the fiercly munching
mandibles of the Myrms.
It was a good little hunt, with most of it devoted to lectures of Puddleby etiquette,
fighting technique, possible future career paths and which weapons are best for tagging.
I hope we didn't overwhelm him. Wheatstone being the good Windy Thoom that he is offered
our new friend a pair of pants and an Orga Eye. Slimy thing. (I wonder if Viagra
eats those too?) I suppose really they're probably more squidy than slimy, just like
Which reminds me of something I've been thinking about. There was a thread
in my clan's forum about giving new exiles too many things... El'kar had an Axe!
I don't know if he had a sunstone... But it was about how if you give a new exile
everything, then there's not really anything for them to strive for, no reason
for them to get out of the lib... I'm going to have to think about where the ballance
point is. It's sure fun to give them stuff though! But does it make it less fun for
Poesy: Drake Den and Huntin' Bears
Merdi, day 15 of Autumn, 548
Today Wheat and I and Baraboo and Viagra met to go on a hunt somewheres. Before we got out
of town center though, we were invited on a trip to the Drake Den on Fire Island by Kiriel.
If we'd realized right off that it was an exploration trip, not a hunting trip we
probably would have declined. I like exploration normaly, but I'd come out of the library
specifically in th' mood for a hunt. With good thwacky monsters I can hit at least
50% of the time preferably. But it sounded interestin.
Bein a dwarf I have an eye fer beautiful an well-made things, and an eye fer patterns.
(Sure, laugh at
dwarfs an beauty, I may not be much ta look at, but I kin appreciate it, an
even bein young I've done a fair bit o' chasin metal an shapin stone.) So
I was taken with th' sketch on th' left there of th' tree. I thought it was
kinda interestin how th' exiles all aranged themselves ta mimic the shape o'
the tree. Caught me notice, part o' th' patterns of all things. (Poesy scratches
her head) Whell, lookin at it again, maybe it looks more like a mushroom....
Could be th' beer....
Then we set off ta th' interior o' the island. I'd never been here before, so my
eyes were kept wide lookin about. Pretty soon we ducked into a cave, ah th' delicious dark.
I don't quite understand how Peony doesn't like caves... she was complainin ta me
about th' twisty clefts she had ta squeeze through recently in th' passes. We had
ta do quite a bit o' weavin through twisty paths ta get ta th' inside o' Fire Island,
but I thought it was kinda relaxin. A body could get lost in there pretty quick though.
An I can see why Peony wouldna want ta be in a place like that when th' earth was
Eventually we got out o' th' twistiness into some real caves. Mighty toasty too.
It being my first time here, I was suprised by th' little Voolcon criters. They
do seem pretty harmless, although they chitter an awful lot like rats. Huntin
with Viagra was quite interestin, she seemed ta want to eat everything! I learned
from her instruction though that rats are really pretty tasty. I suspect she eats
'em raw, but I like 'em better singed over a lava pool or fire. Bein my current
lowish level I also discovered that I learn quite a bit from killin th' fire
To get into th' drake den we had to traipse across a lava pool... You'd think given
the number of dwarfs that we exiles would have enough engineerin talent ta build bridges
over stuff like that!
Once into th' drake den, there didn't seem ta be much there. Apparently folks were
wanderin around an lookin fer new paths out that they hadna found yet. Seems they
had a pretty good reason, lundar could sense that there was a drake somewhere on the
snell, but we couldna find a path to him anywhere. Maybe there's a long way ya got
ta go around, summat like in the Myrm hives which are also pretty twisty, or maybe
there's a secret crack no-ones found yet... or mebbie ya needs 5 cross-shared
full mystics ta open a door in the middle o' the floor, an if ye go downs there
yer instantly teleported ta dwarven paradise! Naw, prolly not.
Anyhow, folks kept runnin around and starin at th' walls... I got pretty antsy.
Viagra decided she'd had enough o' starin at rocks with nothin ta chew on in sight,
and left th' den ta go back into th' room o' lava pools what we'd come in by.
It sounded ta me like she was havin an awful lot o' fun in there, and me
sense o' adventure and curiosity over rode me sense o' prudence an I followed her in.
Unfortunately, I'd forgotten about the lava pool by th' entrance, and I didna make
it more than 8 steps or so before I was fallen just on th' edge. Even if I'd made
it one more step though, I don't expect I woulda lived much longer anyway, judgin by
th' string o' firey beasts Viagra was leadin around on a string, and I wouldna had
enough health ta make it across th' lava twice ta get back inside an healed.
Perhaps I shoulda regretted me rashness, but I have ta say I had more fun watchin
Viagra runnin around wit all o' th' flames than I had watchin folks starin at rocks.
I haven't gotten any pathfindin skills meself, so there wasn't anything ta do in there.
Unfortunately Viagra ruined her play with da firey toys ta try ta rescue me, an
fell herself. I suppose th' rats got their revenge by chewin on us, fer chewin on them.
Heh, turnabouts fair play.
I dinna remember th' rest very well. When everyone had gotten their fill of starin
at rocks they came out ta get us, and discovered even with th' five or so healers
we'd brought along that Viagra an I were far past recovery. I told them I was happy
ta depart, I dinna want ta break up any more starin at rocks they might want ta be
doin. They insisted on chainin me along with them though, and not bein one ta
argue about that I jest kinda drowsed through th' rest o' th cave as they dragged
me an Viagra around, I had plety o' thinkin ta do bout other stuff. Perhaps yer
thinkin that I shoulda been doin that earlier then, instead o' fallin in lava
an chargin inta danger above me head, an yer probably right, but I dinna ken, an I'm
not sure I'd really do different again. Hearin a battle a little ways away is
an awful temptation ta a dwarf in th' mood fer thwackin stuff.
Finally I awoke ta find meself bein dragged through th' ocean, and was soon in
town center. I was glad, cause it seemed Santie Chicken 'ad been lookin fer me
as he had discovered diggin through th' bottom o' his bag a present wid me name
on it. After most everyone in town center had chipped in ta get me back
on me feet (I'm sure glad ta be exiled in such a friendly place!) Santa Chicken
gave me my present and I gleefully ripped it from it's wrapper ta discover a
cluster o' lilaberries! What a present! I thanked him heartily, an I'm awful
glad that Mobius didna keep such a kind old soul fer himself, but generously exiled
him so's we can have such wonderful Bawkmas treats as he's allus comin up with.
I'm not sure what to do with the lilaberry though, I'd really like ta dye somethin
fer Peony, since she's allus thinkin about her cloths, but I'd like ta get her a
sunstone first. Maybe I'll sell th' lilaberry, maybe I'll save up ta be able
ta dye somethin with it.
After I was up we finally got to go on our hunt. We started out in North Forest,
and got quite drunk on Herpatid poisons! That was pretty amusing, but after
a while it got a little dangerous! It's quite hard to clear out a swarm of herpatids
without fallin over drunk! The cats were plentiful too though, which was nice.
Eventually, after we were tiered of reeling from th' herptidys we sallied off to
th' bear caves. We spent a good long while in there thwacking bears an snakes
an those annoying little buggers of bats. I made enough coins on that hunt that I
think I kin finally afford ta get Peony a sunstone o' her own, if that suspicious guy hoppin
about th' farms is still sellin em fer a reasonable price.
When we were finally tierd of whacking bears, which took quite a while, we went
on a brief rescue, wandered over to th' lake fer a moment, and then headed back
ta town center, where we ran into a Thoom council line. Thooms are such handsome
fellows! Especially Wheat. I headed of ta th' lib then, while Wheatstone an
Baraboo spent some time Thooming with th' council.
Peony: Fasion and Cave Huntin
Gradi, day 13 of Autumn, 548
Hi! My name's Peony and I'm a halfling. Poesy and I are best friends AND foster
sisters, so she said I could share her journal. People are allus gettin us mixed
up anyhow, I bet if I hadn't said anything it would have been seasons before
you noticed there were two of us sharin this journal. Maybe I'll tell you my story
later, suffice to say for now, Poesy almost lost her life defending me, that's why she
was exiled, 'cause th' other guy did loose his life... Ya gotta watch out fer an
angry dwarf. Anywho, I followed Poesy out here 'cause there was no way I was lettin
her get exiled alone! But now that I'm here, ya know... I kinda like it. All th'
folks are much nicer than they were at home...
But on to my exile life! I'm not going ta tell you any old stories, but today was
pretty interesting, at least for me! First off I was sick of the green shirt I had,
it was just too bright and doesn't flatter my hair at all! Don't you think?
Maybe if I can dye it darker green... But first I have to save up for a sun stone...
pretty depressing to be without one. Anyhow, I realized that I could get a whiteish
shirt in the healers temple for free! What a great deal! I'm sure I can do better,
eventually, but it's better than that bright green! I think the white looks pretty
nice when I stand under that tree. It's less fasionable when I'm hunting on grey rocks
Hm. Actually first I went to visit the Maha's in the Healer Zoo. Aren't they cute?
They run around and try to bite you, I'm so glad they build a nice strong wall.
I'd hate to see what happened if they got out! On the one hand, I think it's mean
for people to whack at them... I'm a healer, I value life of all kinds... but on the
other hand, there sure seem to be a lot of them, and well, they make really nice
shirts! Hmm. Ethics, Fasion. Ethics... Fasion... Life is so complicated.
Then I met Farhope and Bob the Archer in town, I think they'd just got back from
rescuing Algernon, I helped get him back on his feet. Why anyone would want to
hurt that cutie-pie I don't know! Don't they understand halflings are sensitive?
I asked them if they wanted to go hunting and they did! So we charged off through
South Forest. On our way down wacking things we met Calil and Genmo, I healed them
up and they joined us. Then we ran into Jeanne, and she joined us too! It was
my first experience trying to keep five fighters healed up on my own! Pretty rough
work, although nothing much hit Jeanne, and Farhope didn't need much either. I
think Calil has pretty high Troillus too, but I healed him anyway... Fortunately at
one point when we were looking a bit ragged, and I didn't have much left in me
Murur swung by and helped me get everyone shaped up again. He said we could SS him
if we ran into too much trouble too! What a nice fellow.
Then someone said something about some passes, that I've never hear of before, and we
started running south, which confused me, because the passes that I had
hear of were past East Forest and kind of northish I thought. And then
we were running through the marsh which I didn't understand at all. And
then I followed everyone across a crossing, but I ended up in East Field! Alone!
After waiting for a bit though I crossed back over, and there was Farhope looking for
me. She showed me the way to cross to get to the Marsh Hermit's hut, although, last
time I went, I'm pretty sure it was on the other side of the snell... The marsh
is so confusing! I'm going to have to study it some more. Then she ducked under
a tree next to the Marsh Hermit's house! I was very supprised! The picture on the left
is where we came out, and there was everyone waiting for me! It was so embarassing,
I thought I'd followed everyone across the marsh boundarie just like a duck the first time!
We hunted in the very beginnings of the passes for a short while, then Bob the Archer
and Genmo said they had to get back to the lib. Jeanne was kind enough to take them,
and then catch up with us later. After timidly feeling our way around the entrance to
the passes we met up with Schmu, Jacob, and the Pied Piper. They were planning on
pushing through the passes to search for a Drake den they'd heard about, and
we decided to come along.
It was probably a mistake on my part, to come along that is, I was doing fine
avoiding all of the wendies, but as I was standing next to Jeanne giving her a
healup, a rock came from behind me and smashed it's way through both of us! Too
bad I didn't have time to take a sketch. Unfortunately, with my non-existent bodrus
and Jeanne's already weakened state, we were both too fallen for Schmu to heal. :-(
We retreated north briefly but that may not have been such a good idea.
Farhope was kind enough to chain Jeanne and I all the way back to town where we were
quickly raised. On the way back as Farhope was chaining us, she chained me over an
ore and I picked it up! I had no idea ore was so invisible or that you could pick
things up when you're being chained! I gave it to her as a ride tip, but she spent
5 coins to find out it was a stone, then gave it back to me... :-S Not a very
At this point the smart thing for a first circle healer would have been to stay in town.
What did I do? Followed Farhope and Jeanne back to the passes. :-)
We made it back, and then began a trek through a very long set of twisty crevices.
They went on and on and on and on, and there were lots of earthquakes too! An we
kept gettin lost, and loosin people, when people opened paths not everyone would
make it through, and people would get left behind, and oh! What a mess! I kept
getting distracted, and I completely forgot that we were looking for a drake den!
I thought we were just wandering around pointlessly. :-)
While we were waiting for somebody who had gotten lost
Calil started cleaning his pack and I scrounged a flask and caught this
cute picture of him worshiping his Bawkmas potato. I also got to watch Farhope give a fasion
show! She showed off two sets of skirts and shirts, and two cloaks! Someday I hope to
have a wardrobe as extensive and stylish as hers. I especially liked her rosy cloak
with the yellow trim, that one's really pretty. Poesy got a lilla berry for Bawkmas,
but it'll be until the universe collapses before I'd have the coins to dye anything
with it, so she'll probably try to sell it to someone.
Eventually we all admited that we were just going in circles and tired and finally agreed to
try to find our way out. Which also took a while. :-) I probably would have been more cheerful about it
if my body hadn't been telling me it was 3am. Teaches me to start on a hunt that late I
Unfortunately on the way out I think I got hit by the same darn rock I'd been hit by
before, and ended the hunt being chained back to town by Farhope again. What a
kind and patient halfling!
An thus ends a not so typical day in th' life of the halfling Peony. I don't write
about the typical ones. Thems boring. ;-)