Autolycus Storytelling Contest Part 3

Epoclaen recites:
""Then maybe you can help me out while you're in town, Autolycus."
"Well I'd love to big guy but people to see, places to go, things to stea…"
"Relax," Hercules replied putting a gentle but firm hold on Autolycus' shoulder, pulling him back from walking off. "All I need is a little advice on what to look for if someone were to be thinking of stealing the cloak. As you know, I'm to keep an eye on it until after the engagement party and who better to get advice from than the King of Thieves?""

Llorien grins.

Anika giggles.

Leanna takes a drink from her spicy trima wine.

Epoclaen grins at Autolycus.

Epoclaen recites:
""Ah well I don't know how much help I - the cleverest, most subtle, most crafty rogue in the lands - can possibly be to the son of Zeus but let me think…" smiled Autolycus with false modesty. "The greatest thieves you won't even see coming. They'd be virtually invisible, keeping a low profile but being VERY distracting from the intended contraband.""

Autolycus says, "And it wouldn't be the first time I had to help him, either."

Epoclaen recites:
"Not like that guy dressed up like a constable there…"
Here he pointed to a local magistrate leading away a would-be pickpocket.
"What about him?" asked Hercules curiously.
"You didn't see that?" asked Autolycus rolling his eyes.
"He's the real culprit you see, posing as a magistrate and appearing the hero when he returns some small stolen merchandise but in the meantime swiping both the victim's other belongings and even the pickpocket's wallet as well!"

Scheherazade chuckles at Autolycus.

Epoclaen recites:
"It's pretty simple but if done right, VERY effective. I've been known to use the technique myself sometimes.""

Autolycus coughs.

Epoclaen gives Autolycus a lopsided grin.

Heartsong grins at Autolycus.

Epoclaen recites:
"Hercules glanced after the magistrate as he disappeared into the crowd but he was too late, the thief had gone.
"Autolycus, I'll need your help on this."
"Hey, I'm no stiff legged guard for some uppity rich girl!""

Kymnarkmar smiles at Heartsong.

Anika giggles.

Autolycus nudges Epoclaen with his elbow.

Kymnarkmar chuckles.

Epoclaen recites:
"Besides, look at all the lovely ladies here for the festivities dressed in their finest garb who need attending to… and perhaps an escort to the engagement party!" said Autolycus as his eyes caught those of one of the city's more coquettish noble women as she walked passed, returning his gaze."

Leanna grins at Autolycus.

Llorien chuckles.

Epoclaen recites:
""Ah," nodded Hercules in understanding. "Then you won't be interested in helping Bucephalus's heir Aphasia and all her wonderful handmaidens to keep an eye on that cloak?"
"Now how could I let the lady of the city down? Let's go meet the gal!" said Autolycus with renewed alacrity as he and Hercules headed off to the citadel."

Autolycus grins.

Jyla grins.

Epoclaen recites:
"Hercules and Autolycus found themselves in Aphasia's chambers awaiting her arrival for the formal introductions. Autolycus was obviously enjoying borrowing the handmaidens who had found themselves loving the attention they were getting from him. In return for his flattery they had set him on an ornamental sofa over-burdened with plush pillows and fed him grapes by hand and wines from finely crafted flasks, all the while giggling at his banter."

Llorien laughs!

Autolycus smiles.

Autolycus says, "Now this is MY kind of tale."

Epoclaen recites:
""I can certainly appreciate the opportunity to help folks in need!" he proclaimed to Hercules who stood watching him in envious disgust, impatiently waiting for Aphasia to arrive. Finally, he had had enough.
"I'm going to see Bucephalus about some details I'm worried about. Make sure Aphasia shows you the room where the cloak is kept so we can be sure it's secure." Hercules directed as he hurried out."

Epoclaen nods to Autolycus.

Advina giggles at Autolycus.

Leanna grins at Autolycus.

Epoclaen recites:
""Ohhhh… trust me, it's in good hands," Autolycus replied distractedly as he drew an arm around one handmaiden sitting close to him, smiling at her in a way that suggested just how true that statement was."

Llorien chuckles.

Epoclaen recites:
""I trust my handmaidens have tended you well?" uttered a voice from behind him.
Standing up in surprise he beheld a tall, strong woman dressed in overly informal clothes for one in such an important position as Aphasia. She was obviously measuring him as her eyes wandered up and down and suddenly Autolycus chided himself when he realized that he was doing the same to her."

Jherle rolls her eyes.

Autolycus chuckles.

Epoclaen recites:
""Forgive my poor appearance but I've been so tired from making plans all day that I just needed to wear something a bit more comfortable" she smiled at him as she toyed coquettishly with the low cut neckline of her dress. Her warm smile was inviting as she approached him.
Autolycus wasn't going to get himself in any trouble with this engaged woman, he thought to himself, but he wasn't going to be out flirted either."

Autolycus winces.

Epoclaen winks at Autolycus.

Denada chuckles to herself.

Epoclaen recites:
"He took Aphasia by not one hand but both, his eyes not leaving hers and his smile smothering her with charm.
"Who could ever need such a cloak when it would only eclipse such a beautiful woman's own brilliance!" and he leaned forward to kiss her hand.
The guard nearby made an obvious effort to clear his throat giving Autolycus a stern look of disapproval.
Aphasia smiled and blushed with embarrassment after being shaken from the rogue's spell."

Autolycus smirks.

You hear the voice of Ingonish say, "There's trouble"

Heartsong chuckles at Autolycus.

Epoclaen recites:
""This is Cyrol, my longtime friend and personal guard," she explained. "While you watch over the cloak, he watches over my well being."
Autolycus grumbled in annoyance at Cyrol but gave him a quick handshake none the less.
"Well you're in good hands then Lady Aphasia" he said stepping back a respectful distance and giving the guard a glance. "All the same I'd like to see where this is cloak is being secured.""

Epoclaen recites:
"She led him to the room adjoining her own quarters. Various tools were covering one table from fine toothed combs to various needles to strange relics and open books with strange writing filling their pages. In one corner sat an intricate loom and some raw materials were set in bundles in the corner. There were no windows and the room would have been dark but for the cloak hanging from a case on the far wall."

Autolycus leans back.

Epoclaen recites:
"The cloak was more magnificent than Autolycus had imagined. So well did it capture light on the threads of gold that were interwoven through it that even in the dimmest light it shimmered with brilliance."
Epoclaen recites:
"In Autolycus' skilled hands he had no doubt that he could use the cloak very well by using the folds in the cloak to create blinding flashes of light to befuddle pursuers. Even in the dim light of the room the mystical shimmers were disorienting to his eyes, forcing him to retreat back to Aphasia's quarters."

Epoclaen recites:
"Rubbing his eyes, he took his leave. "I'll be watching this room closely tonight Aphasia. As much for my well being as for yours."
"What do you mean? She asked curiously."

Epoclaen recites:
""In the proper hands of a skilled thief, that cloak might just bedazzle folks into confusion with a blinding light so piercing that it would work the same effect on one's senses as it would on their eyes. Whoever had the skill and had that cloak could be the most dangerous thief in Attica… and that's MY job!" He grinned mischievously. And with that, he raced off to make his plan to defend against the theft of the cloak."

Heartsong smiles at Attucus.

Emrys just arrived.

Denada leans on Emrys.

Emrys sits down.

Epoclaen grins at Autolycus.

Anika raises an eyebrow.

Epoclaen recites:
"That evening was silent. The darkness of the night and the silent sounds of a sleeping town had settled over Corinth. Shadows stretched from every wall concealing everything in the hidden folds of obscurity. Autolycus and Hercules stood just outside the door to Aphasia's chambers whispering quietly to each other."

Leanna takes a drink from her spicy trima wine.

Autolycus says, "Giving him pointers."

Epoclaen recites:
""Seems quiet," Hercules began.
"That doesn't mean much," advised Autolycus. "These conditions are pretty ideal even with the little moonlight coming in from the window. In fact, a little light is good to dilate the eyes and make it harder to see where it's dark. Also, with the cloak's properties of brilliance you'd want a little light like this to use it well.""

Autolycus nods.

Tkeeri hums to a woven willow basket.

Advina grins.

Epoclaen recites:
""What do you mean?" he asked peering uncertainly at him.
"C'mon Herc, get with it! If a thief were to lay his hands on that he could easily escape, blinding us with flashes of light and maybe even stunning us with it's intensity. The trick is to make sure they never even have that chance…""

Aldigold giggles at Autolycus.

Anika snuggles up close to Aldigold.

Aldigold cuddles up next to Anika.

Emrys smiles.

Epoclaen recites:
"A sudden crash from Aphasia's chambers made the two heroes tense up suddenly and with a glance at each other they turned and threw open the door. Neither of them had time to even step inside when a blinding flash flooded their senses. Autolycus felt someone race by him and down the steps leading out to the city."

Tkeeri glances at Autolycus.

Anika gasps!

Autolycus rolls his eyes.

Tkeeri mutters something under her breath.

Scheherazade chuckles.

Epoclaen recites:
"Blinded and stumbling around in a desperate attempt to regain their composure, they finally staggered through the doorway to find Aphasia sitting up in bed screaming with fear.
"It's gone! It's been taken! Oh we must have it back! Autolycus, if ever so kind and skilled a man as yourself could return it, I would be forever grateful!" Aphasia gazed hopefully at him."

Athena glances at Autolycus.

Emrys chuckles.

Gojita frowns at Autolycus.

Anika raises an eyebrow in Autolycus's direction.

Scheherazade asks, "not as good when a unbiased party tells em is it?"

Scheherazade edges away from Autolycus.

Leanna takes a drink from her spicy trima wine.

Kymnarkmar gasps!

Epoclaen recites:
"He knew he had to get it back not only for the security of the engagement but also because such a challenge was rather appealing to him and he hated not knowing how a simple thief had slipped passed him as he guarded the door.
"My services were surely made to aid such a lovely woman as yourself, my sweet.""

Autolycus says, "Heh. True enough."

Scheherazade grins.

Emrys chuckles.

Epoclaen grins at Autolycus.

Epoclaen recites:
"He smiled at her as he turned and they ran out the citadel and into the streets. Autolycus was following the normally invisible signs of footprints that told him where the thief was headed. "He's going for the woodlands just outside the city," Autolycus announced. "We gotta beat him there or he'll lose us in the trees!""

Gojita yawns.

Epoclaen recites:
"Racing off to just inside the woods, Autolycus put a hand on Hercules' shoulder and drew them to a stop. He listened intently for a moment with a look of focused concentration on his face. "He's off there behind the trees," he whispered to Hercules.
"I'll get him," said Hercules striding forward. Autolycus tried to stop him but it was too late."
Gojita rubs his eyes.

Gojita's teeth chatter.

Autolycus says, "All brawn, no brains."

Scheherazade chuckles.

Autolycus shakes his head, clucking his tongue.

Epoclaen nods to Autolycus.

Llorien rolls her eyes.

Epoclaen recites:
"As Hercules reached for the thief he was flushed out from hiding and there was a blinding light. Autolycus had just enough time to shade his eyes to see Hercules come stumbling back out of the gloom, disoriented from the flash. A maniacal chuckling came from the trees and a voice spoke from somewhere within the woods."

Tkeeri glances at Autolycus.

Advina chuckles.

Anika leans forward.

Epoclaen recites:
""Give it up. You'll never catch me as long as I have the cloak!"
With a confident smile Autolycus gently pushed Hercules back a step, "Let me handle this one Herc…" He pulled an item from inside his cape and with that, Autolycus stepped into the shadows and the test of skills began."

Epoclaen gazes at Autolycus.

Kymnarkmar raises an eyebrow.

Epoclaen recites:
"Staring into the darkness, Hercules could see nothing and the silence held him in suspense. Suddenly, there was a flash of light illuminating Autolycus' silhouette but the hero had quickly dodged the flash and slipped into hiding again. Again, there was a long silence before another blast of light flared out from amongst the trees, just missing Autolycus again.
"Stand still you worm!" came the thief's voice."

Fariboulloupas just left.

Epoclaen recites:
"Another burst of light flew out from the trees quickly followed by another, but each time Autolycus amazingly stepped aside from the glow with the nimbleness of the King of Thieves.
Now in frustration the thief fired a series of brutally incessant flashes that lit the woods like the lightning from Zeus on mount Olympus.
"That does it!" cried the thief in aggravation, "try dodging THIS!!!""

Autolycus says, "Bet I know how it ends."

Anika's jaw drops.

Denada gulps.

Athena thwaps Autolycus again, making him rub his head with a grimace.

Epoclaen recites:
"A beam of light, more brilliant than any other the thief had yet used, raced towards Autolycus as he stepped from the shadows towards it. Quickly holding up the mirror that he had pulled from his cape earlier, he pointed it at the beam of light and hurtled it right back at the thief!
A cry of surprise and pain rang out from where the thief had sat hidden and Hercules raced over to where it had come from only to find Autolycus standing over the unconscious form of Cyrol, the guard of Aphasia."

Anika licks her lips.

Scheherazade chuckles.

Tkeeri lets out a howl for Athena!

Emrys snickers.

Hyzenthlay chuckles at Athena.

Anika gasps!

Heartsong grins at Athena.

Anika beams!

Advina gasps!

Emrys smiles at Athena.

Kalipso giggles at Athena.

Anika gets an impish expression on her face, and lets out a hearty cheer.

Llorien grins.

Hyzenthlay rubs Autolycus gently.

Gojita laughs at Autolycus.

Epoclaen recites:
""Cyrol!" cried Hercules in astonishment.
"Yep," Autolycus explained, "I guess he was a little too good of a friend to Aphasia and was trying to thwart the wedding plans in the hopes of making her his own. It also explains how the thief got passed my guard. He was in Aphasia's bedchamber the whole time supposedly helping keep watch while we were outside.""

Jherle grins at Athena.

Jyla blinks.

Anika laughs!

Anika giggles.

Heartsong grins.

Autolycus says, "No surprise there."

Epoclaen recites
"Hercules gazed at Autolycus in admiration and thankfulness, "You've saved me a world of trouble and worry Autolycus, I suppose you deserve my sincerest thanks!"
"It was nothing Herc," he replied with modesty.
"Let's get him back to the citadel. We have a party to attend tomorrow!"
"Ok, but first ya want to hand me that cloak Autolycus?" asked Hercules giving him a knowing smile.
With a pout, Autolycus begrudgingly handed the cloak back to Hercules before they headed back to the town gates."

Anika laughs!

Autolycus grins at Epoclaen.

Kymnarkmar snickers.

Epoclaen recites:
"The crowds that had gathered from far and wide filled the great hall for the engagement party. Many wealthy and noble couples wandered about chit-chatting and gawking at the wonderful cloak that Aphasia wore, sitting at the dinner table up on the raised dais in the center of the room. Epimandosas and his son sat with her and at the head of the table stood Bucephalus."

Tkeeri grins at Autolycus.

Epoclaen recites:
"Hercules could see Autolycus from where he stood being his usual self, drinking in the laughter of the ladies at his outlandish tales while he moved from table to table.
Bucephalus then took a small bell from the top of the table and rang it gently to gather the attention of the crowd."

Kalipso snuggles up close to Tkeeri.

Tkeeri cuddles up next to Kalipso.

Epoclaen recites:
""I'd like to thank you all for joining us such a wonderful occasion! Now that you've been fed and the wine hasn't gone to your heads too much… yet!" he gave the crowd a playful smile, "I would like to bless my daughter Aphasia and my soon to be son-in-law with the blessing of fertility and the hopes of starting a family of their own!""

Anika takes a drink from her spicy trima wine.

Scheherazade grins at Leanna.

Kalipso glances at Tkeeri.

Gojita just left.

Kalipso holds her hand out to Tkeeri.

Tkeeri glances at Kalipso.

Tkeeri gives Heartsong a little shake.

Kalipso says, "my turn."

Epoclaen recites:
"Here a servant brought forth the case that held the Rod of Corinth and presented it to Bucephalus. The king gently laid the case on the table and drew the key to the case off a necklace that he wore around his neck.
Ceremoniously unclasping the lock, Bucephalus gently opened up the case and his smile crumbled in horror as he stared inside."

Tkeeri mutters something under her breath.

Heartsong smiles at Tkeeri.

Tkeeri looks at Heartsong and blushes.

Llorien blinks.

Tkeeri says, "she wants to take her from me"

Anika raises an eyebrow.

Tkeeri pouts at Heartsong.

Epoclaen grins at Llorien.

Epoclaen recites:
"The rod was gone!"

Tkeeri points at Kalipso.

Kalipso nods to Heartsong.

Jyla asks, "it is gone right?"

Autolycus whistles skillfully to himself.

Jyla says, "right"

Epoclaen recites:
"In unison the crowd gasped and began muttering to each other in confusion.
Hercules' mouth dropped wide open in utter astonishment and surprise as the shock of what had just happened began to sink. Desperately he searched the crowd for Autolycus but he found nothing but unfamiliar faces of the guests gawking at this turn of events…."

Advina grins.

Anika's jaw drops.

Llorien glances at Autolycus.

Leanna grins at Autolycus.

Heartsong chuckles.

Epoclaen recites:
"Slowly the words of Autolycus that he had spoken just the day before in the town square began to run through his memory with renewed meaning…"
Epoclaen recites:
"Quote:
"Oh, well I had a commission from the King there - he's a poor childless fellow you know - but it's nothing I can speak of…""

Epoclaen recites:
"Quote:
"He's the real culprit you see… appearing the hero when he returns some small stolen merchandise but in the meantime swiping both the victim's other belongings and even the pickpocket's wallet as well!""

Epoclaen recites:
"Quote:
"I've been known to use the technique myself sometimes.""

Tkeeri smiles as she gently kisses the baby's forehead before handing the basket of wonder over to Kalipo.

Kymnarkmar says, "ahh.."

Epoclaen wiggles his eyebrows.

Tkeeri offers Kalipso a woven willow basket.

Epoclaen grins at Autolycus.

Epoclaen recites:
"In horror Hercules reached for his wallet only to confirm what he now feared, it was gone!"
Kalipso beams at Tkeeri!

Autolycus coughs.

Kalipso accepts Tkeeri's woven willow basket.

Scheherazade chuckles.

Kymnarkmar laughs!

Emrys chuckles.

Heartsong laughs!

Epoclaen recites:
""Auuuuutolllllyyyyccccuuuussssssssssssss!!!" he bellowed and raced after him out the gates of the city."
Tkeeri glances at Autolycus.

Anika giggles.

Llorien laughs!

Anika laughs!

Autolycus chuckles at Epoclaen.

Epoclaen bows to Autolycus.

Anika claps her hands.

Xxenos chuckles.

Leanna says, "No wonder Hercules made you give over the Kronus stone."

Tkeeri smirks.

Advina lets out a hearty cheer for Epoclaen!

Leanna grins at Autolycus.

Kymnarkmar applauds Epoclaen!

Attucus applauds.

Athena applauds Epoclaen!

Advina applauds Epoclaen!

Heartsong applauds Epoclaen!

Kalipso applauds Epoclaen!

Tkeeri applauds Epoclaen!

Jherle applauds.

Emrys applauds Epoclaen!

Pickoer lets out a hearty cheer for Epoclaen!

Hyzenthlay applauds Epoclaen!

Scheherazade applauds Epoclaen!

Tkeeri lets out a howl for Epoclaen!

Denada lets out a hearty cheer for Epoclaen!

Jherle applauds Epoclaen!

Xxenos lets out a hearty cheer for Epoclaen!

Kalipso smiles at a woven willow basket.

Leanna lets out a hearty cheer for Epoclaen!

Aldigold gives Anika a lingering kiss.

Llorien lets out a howl for Epoclaen!

You hear, seemingly from nowhere, an enthusiastic voice cheering at the tops of its lungs.

Aldigold lets out a howl for Epoclaen!

Anika kisses Aldigold deeply.

Epoclaen flashes his teeth in a quick smile.

Jyla applauds.

Anika applauds Epoclaen!

Heartsong grins.

Jyla gets an impish expression on her face, and lets out a hearty cheer.

Xxenos searches around for a moment.

Autolycus asks, "Couldn't you have ended at the part where I saved the cloak?"

Kymnarkmar applauds Epoclaen!

Epoclaen applauds Autolycus!

Gimli just arrived.

Autolycus nudges Epoclaen with his elbow.

Autolycus grins.

Denada giggles.

Gimli smirks.

Anika nods to Autolycus.

Pickoer hugs Gimli.

Anika giggles at Autolycus.

Llorien grins at Autolycus.

Advina grins at Autolycus.

Epoclaen chuckles at Autolycus.

Heartsong chuckles at Autolycus.

Gimli hugs Pickoer.

Leanna gives Gimli a smooch.

Scheherazade chuckles at Leanna.

Kalipso removes a cuddly brown toy dog from her doeskin satchel.

Emrys snickers.

Gimli bows to Llorien.

Gimli gives Leanna a smooch.

Autolycus nods to Gimli.

Vaftel just arrived.

Gimli pats Autolycus on the shoulder.

Tkeeri glances at Kalipso.

Vaftel sits down.

Epoclaen sits down next to Advina.

Denada grins at Vaftel.

Autolycus nods to Vaftel.

whispers to Autolycus, "Good to see ya."

Tkeeri says, "she's sleeping love"

Kalipso smiles at Tkeeri.

Vaage snuggles up close to Hyzenthlay.

You hear the voice of Ingonish ask, "Why…are they still looking for the rod Autolycus?"

Pickoer says, "He's been puttin moves on Leanna."

Advina hugs Epoclaen.

Autolycus says, "Must be the second shift."

Pickoer nudges Gimli with his elbow.

Kalipso nods.

Vaage points at himself.

Vaage says, "not him"

Vaage points at Vaftel.

Emrys chuckles.

Kalipso says, "but when she wakes…"

Gimli sits down next to Leanna.

Vaage winks at Hyzenthlay.

Hyzenthlay giggles at Vaage.

Heartsong exclaims, "Ok, we have another contestant, a rogue with a rhyme…..Attucus!"

Anika nuzzles Aldigold's throat.

Athena raises an eyebrow in Autolycus's direction.

Vaftel chuckles.

Athena asks, "Are they?"

Tkeeri nods to Kalipso.

Aldigold nuzzles the back of Anika's neck.

Autolycus babbles something about Epoclaen.

Anika gazes at Aldigold.

Pickoer runs his fingers through Llorien's hair.

You hear someone chuckling.

Tkeeri leans on Kalipso.

Kymnarkmar smiles at Epoclaen.

Vaage chuckles at Autolycus.

Heartsong grins at Autolycus.

Vaftel grins at Llorien.

Attucus says, "ok bear with me i found a scroll with a rhyme of the young Auto"

Llorien smiles at Vaftel.

You hear the voice of Ingonish exclaim, "Get him Athena!"

Epoclaen grins at Autolycus.

Autolycus smiles at Attucus.

Vaage waves at Athena.

Athena smiles at Attucus.

Anika raises an eyebrow in Attucus's direction.

Vaage asks, "can i ask you a quick question?"

Vaage peers quizzically at Athena.

Hyzenthlay snuggles up close to Vaftel.

Autolycus asks, "The young Auto? As if I'm old?"

Hyzenthlay blinks.

Autolycus flails his arms about.

Hyzenthlay says, "ooops"

Anika laughs at Autolycus.

Vaage sticks his tongue out at Hyzenthlay, and lets out with a loud, "Thbtbtbtbt" from his lips!

Kalipso flutters her fingers over a woven willow basket.

Hyzenthlay snuggles up close to Vaage.

Leanna says, "I think that Auto chose wisely in his other judge."

Hyzenthlay says, "sorry love"

Kalipso glances at a woven willow basket.

Vaftel chuckles at Hyzenthlay.

Kalipso ponders.

Hyzenthlay pouts at Vaage.

Athena nods to Leanna.

Vaage says, "yeah, uh huh"

Athena says, "Naturally."

Anika smiles at Athena.

Heartsong smiles at Athena.

Vaage says, "you just want to upgrade your alchemist account"

Kalipso leans on Tkeeri.

Epoclaen says, "I think Athena chose wisely to be here to watch him"

You hear the voice of Ingonish say, "Your like 18 year old scotch Auto…your better aged."

Gimli blinks at Athena.

Gimli gasps!

Hyzenthlay kisses Vaage on the cheek.

Anika chortles.
Gimli swoons to the floor in a dramatic heap!

Attucus recites:
"A long time ago
There was a clumsy rogue named Auto
One day Auto fell into a grotto
Now all rogues follow the motto
Dont be like Auto"

Anika mutters incoherently at Gimli.

Tkeeri grins at Gimli.

Pickoer kisses Llorien on the mouth.

Attucus winks at Autolycus.

Llorien chuckles.

Denada laughs!

Scheherazade chuckles at Attucus.

Kalipso giggles at Attucus.

Tkeeri grins at Attucus.

Anika blinks at Attucus.

Hyzenthlay giggles at Attucus.

Heartsong chuckles.

Anika laughs!

Jherle grins at Attucus.

Xxenos smirks.

Llorien smirks.

Anika applauds Attucus!

Denada dissolves into a fit of giggles.

Kymnarkmar falls down, laughing hysterically!

Vaftel chuckles.

Epoclaen chuckles at Attucus.

Llorien applauds Attucus!

Heartsong applauds Attucus!

Advina giggles at Attucus.

Autolycus sighs.

Kymnarkmar sits up.

Jherle applauds Attucus!

Anika giggles at Autolycus.

Emrys chuckles.

Attucus jumps to his feet!

Attucus bows.

Tkeeri grins at Autolycus.

Attucus sits down.

Kymnarkmar claps her hands at Attucus.

Anika applauds Attucus!

Autolycus gives Attucus a half-hearted applause.

Advina applauds Attucus!

Ingonish comes out of hiding.

Ingonish claps his hands.

Anika snorts at Autolycus.

Athena smiles at Attucus.

Heartsong asks, "Now, before I say he was the last contestant…did I miss anyone else?"

Attucus grins at Autolycus.

Leanna says, "It seems the rogues changed their motto now though."

Vaftel chuckles.

Vaage chuckles at Autolycus.

Athena says, "I was hoping there would be other verses."

Anika mutters something under her breath.

Vaage says, "nice come back"

Leanna says, "There isn't so many rogues here for nothing."

Vaage winks at Autolycus.

Pickoer says, "I wanna sing my Manure song about him."

Athena says, "That was quite refreshing."

Pickoer smirks.

The blood slowly drains from Llorien's face.

Denada grins at Athena.

Tkeeri grins at Athena.

Anika giggles at Athena.

Jyla says, "I am a rogue"

Xxenos grins at Athena.

Leanna looks over at Scheherazade and shakes her head.

Gimli sits up.

Scheherazade takes a bite of her sundae.

Emrys coughs.

Jyla says, "I dont think that poem will win the prize Attucus"

Jyla grins.

whispers to Gimli, "tonights been really fun."

Anika giggles at Jyla.

Gimli grins at Leanna.

whispers to Leanna, "Too bad I've missed most of it."

Autolycus asks, "Manure?"

Heartsong says, "No more stories….Ok, now the judges have the very difficult time of trying to make decisions."

Emrys giggles at Autolycus.

Llorien takes a drink from her hot jasmine tea.

Autolycus nods to Heartsong.

Pickoer squints at Heartsong.

Anika takes a drink from her spicy trima wine.

Gimli rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Gimli snaps his fingers.

Gimli says, "Bad, too late."

Kalipso leans on Tkeeri.

Jherle says, "I still have my story Heartsong"

Kymnarkmar takes a drink from her hot jasmine tea.

Vaage says, "it's like pooh, only it smells worse"

Leanna says, "Save yourself from listening to it."

A waiter fastidiously straightens his clothing.

Vaage grins at Autolycus.

Pickoer shrugs.

Leanna nods to Autolycus.

Kalipso glances at a woven willow basket.

Gimli says, "Erm, bah."

Advina gazes hopefully at Epoclaen.

Gimli babbles incoherently.

Epoclaen takes a drink from his spicy trima wine.

Llorien rubs Pickoer gently.

Pickoer says, "No Manure song I guess."

Gimli beams at Leanna!

Autolycus glances at Vaage.

Epoclaen kisses Advina on the lips.

Kalipso asks, "did you have to put her to sleep?"

Aldigold removes a cup of cool water from his canvas backpack.

Kalipso peers quizzically at Tkeeri.

Vaage nods to Autolycus.

Hyzenthlay chuckles at Vaage.

Kymnarkmar takes a bite of her apricots.

Emrys leans back.

Heartsong says, "And while the judges are deliberating…here is Jherle."

Tkeeri glances at Kalipso.

Vaage says, "i've done extensive testing to prove it"

Tkeeri points at Heartsong.

Kymnarkmar takes a bite of her apricots.

Jherle stands up.

Anika beams at Jherle!

Kalipso glances at Heartsong.

Tkeeri says, "Her mother did it"

Autolycus asks, "Isn't Jherle going to share her thoughts about me?"

Gimli grins at Leanna.

Autolycus gazes at Jherle in admiration.

Emrys smiles at Jherle.

Aldigold takes a drink from his cool water.

Kalipso mutters incoherently at Heartsong.

Heartsong nods to Autolycus.

Emrys appears to be slightly less self-assured than a moment ago.

Hyzenthlay blinks at Vaage.

Anika removes a marble cloud-edged chalice from her cotton backpack.

Vaage rubs some gaudy green sequined pants.

Hyzenthlay asks, "you tested manure?"

Vaage rubs some gaudy green sequined pants.

Vaage rubs some gaudy green sequined pants.

(Anika gives Aldigold a sip from the chalice.)

Vaage says, "all clean"

Tkeeri blinks at Vaage.

Jherle says, "Ok, as I was saying before, I can't take credit for this story its something I dug up"

Aldigold kisses Anika on the lips.

Hyzenthlay exclaims, "dont touch me!"

Vaage raises his hand, palm out, in Hyzenthlay's direction.

Hyzenthlay edges away from Vaage.

Anika gives Aldigold a lingering kiss.

Tkeeri crosses her eyes.

Athena smiles at Jherle.

Emrys sticks her finger in her mouth and makes a gagging sound.

Hyzenthlay flails her arms around in front of Vaage.

Tennetty leans on Scheherazade.

Gimli laughs at Leanna.

Kymnarkmar takes a bite of her apricots.

Aldigold pats Tkeeri on the shoulder.

Jherle says, "Sisyphus was the son of Aeolus, and married Atlas's daughter Merope. He owned a fine herd
of cattle on the Isthmus of Corinth. He lived near Autolycus who was in the past a master thief.
Autolycus also claimed Hermes as his father."

Tkeeri gives Heartsong a little shake.

Tkeeri mutters something under her breath.

Anika puts a marble cloud-edged chalice in a large white cotton backpack.

Jherle says, "Autolycus was given, by Hermes, the gift to change any beast he had just stolen. He could
change them from horned to unhorned or from black to white, and the other way around also. Therefore,
when Sisyphus noticed that his cattle herds were getting smaller and Autolycus's herds were getting
larger, he was unable to prove Autolycus was the thief."

Vaage says, "it was just sniff testing, honest"

Heartsong chuckles at Tkeeri.

Hyzenthlay glances at Vaage.

Hyzenthlay sniffs at Vaage.

Hyzenthlay says, "hmm…ok"

Hyzenthlay cuddles up next to Vaage.

Jherle says, "One day he came up with an idea to catch the thief: He engraved the hooves of all his cattle with the letters "SS" or perhaps it was "Stolen by Autolycus". Later that night, as usual, Autolycus helped himself to Sisyphus's cattle. At dawn, the hoof prints along the road provided Sisyphus with the evidence he needed to summon neighbors to be witnesses of the theft. He went to the stable and recognized his own cattle by the marked hooves."

Goldenmane just arrived.

Anika giggles.

Emrys snickers.

Goldenmane sits down.

Jherle says, "He left his witnesses to deal with the thief and then hurried around the house and entered it. While the argument went on outside, he seduced Autolycus's daughter Anticleia, wife of Laertes. She secretly bore him Odysseus, whose conception is enough to account for the cunning he has habitually showed. While Odysseus passed as a son of Laertes, Sisyphus was his true father."

Lurossa just arrived.

Tkeeri lets out a howl for Lurossa!

Autolycus exclaims, "My daughter Anticleia!"

Lurossa lets out a howl for Tkeeri!

Leanna says, "Wow.. the rumors that get around about you.."

Anika's jaw drops.

Emrys asks, "you had a daughter?"

Leanna gazes at Autolycus.

Scheherazade chuckles.

Autolycus blinks at Jherle.

Denada smiles.

Jherle grins at Autolycus.

Emrys gawks at Autolycus.

Jherle nods to Autolycus.

Scheherazade says, "now it comes out"

Jyla says, "shhhhh"

Kymnarkmar takes a bite of her apricots.

Autolycus says, "I've never had Anticleia."

Scheherazade shakes her finger at Autolycus.

Xxenos grins at Lurossa.

Vaftel chuckles.

Lurossa gives Xxenos a smooch.

Autolycus mumbles something under his breath.

Gimli releases a slow, low whistle.

Jherle says, "Shortly after the infant's birth, Autolycus went to Ithaca and on the first night of his stay, when supper was finished, he took the infant on his knee."

Xxenos hugs Lurossa.

Vaage chuckles at Autolycus.

Scheherazade says, "she's telling your future"

Gimli shakes his head at Autolycus and clucks his tongue.

Jherle says, ""Name him father," said Anticleia."

Scheherazade grins at Autolycus.

Gimli pats Autolycus on the shoulder.

The blood slowly drains from Autolycus's face.

Autolycus stares at Scheherazade.

Leanna says, "Lets hope not."

Tkeeri cackles at Autolycus!

Denada gazes at Autolycus with a sympathetic look on her face.

Emrys says, "by the gods"

Jherle says, "Autolycus answered, "In the course of my life I have antagonized many princes, and I shall therefore name this grandson Odysseus, meaning The Angry One, because he will be the victim of my enmities. Yet if he ever comes to Mount Parnassus to reproach me, I shall give him a share of my possessions, and assuage his anger.""

Leanna says, "Just remember this Auto, don't steal cattle."

Emrys utters a few quiet prayers.

Gimli asks, "Jherle the prophet??"

Gimli blinks.

Autolycus nods to Leanna.

Gimli says, "Nah."

Gimli snorts.

Jyla says, "shhhhh"

Heartsong nods to Autolycus.

Anika tilts her head toward Jherle.

Jherle says, "When Odysseus came of age, he duly visited Autolycus but, while out hunting with his uncles, was gashed in the thigh by a boar, and carried the scar to his grave. However, Autolycus looked after him well enough, and he returned to Ithaca laden with the promised gifts."

Jherle says, "I never promised my story would be flattering, and I never said it was mine, I found it"

Scheherazade grins.

Jherle says, "Thats the end of it too"

Autolycus says, "I always go around with a lot of gifts."

Emrys chuckles.

Heartsong smiles.

Emrys lets out a howl for Jherle!

Vaftel ponders.

Anika applauds Jherle!

Autolycus says, "Well, flattering isn't what that story was, Jherle."

Denada lets out a hearty cheer for Jherle!

Anika lets out a hearty cheer for Jherle!

Jyla grins.

Heartsong applauds Jherle!

Autolycus glances at Jherle.

Lurossa applauds Jherle!

Leanna says, "You really need someone to spread some different rumors about you."

Xxenos applauds Jherle!

Leanna grins at Autolycus.

Athena smiles at Jherle.

Scheherazade says, "yup, she musta found it when we went to that weird place with all the boxes and
flashing lights"

You hear the voice of Ingonish exclaim, "Yes Auto…other peoples gifts!"

Gimli peers quizzically at Autolycus.

Gojita just arrived.

Advina applauds Jherle!

Kymnarkmar applauds Jherle!

Scheherazade says, "told ya it was your future"

Gimli asks, "Lots of gifts eh?"

Athena says, "Also a refreshing tale, nicely woven."

Leanna says, "Gotta talk to Sid about that."

Jherle says, "Told you I went for truth"

Anika giggles at Scheherazade.

Autolycus exclaims, "I haven't got a daughter!"

Autolycus flails his arms about.

Tkeeri grins at Jherle.

Jherle smiles at Athena.

Jherle settles down onto the ground.

Gimli says, "Was that you running around on solstice in that silly costume tossing presents this way and that."

Heartsong smiles at Goldenmane.

Gimli nudges Autolycus with his elbow.

Jherle says, "You will then"

Autolycus says, "Jherle, I'm going to put out that torch I carry for you."

You hear the voice of Ingonish exclaim, "Maybe someone here will help you with that Auto!"

Autolycus says, "I'm sure you'll understand."

Jyla says, "well, ye might have one and not know it Autolycus"

Autolycus stares at Emrys.

Emrys laughs!

Denada laughs!

Vaftel chuckles.

Autolycus exclaims, "Em!"

Jherle grins at Autolycus.

Autolycus flails his arms about.

Llorien just left.

Anika giggles at Autolycus.

Pickoer says, "That extremely flattering compared to the song I WAS going to sing."

Llorien just arrived.

Emrys says, "well…"

Kymnarkmar exclaims, "that you know of Autolycus!"

Tkeeri pulls at an elegant menu.

Emrys shakes her head at Autolycus and clucks her tongue.

Autolycus blinks at Pickoer.

Kymnarkmar chuckles.

Tkeeri mutters something under her breath.

Jherle says, "I'll pretend to be disappointed"

Anika snuggles up close to Aldigold.

Pickoer kisses Llorien on the nose.

Tkeeri asks, "no Amazon cuisine?"

Anika giggles at Jherle.

Gojita just left.

Heartsong says, "Ok, seems one of the contestants who registered had a hard time getting here…lost on the way to the taverna for an hour and a half."

Scheherazade chuckles at Jherle.

Llorien leans on Pickoer.

Tkeeri mutters something about men under her breath.

Llorien sighs.

Kalipso glances at a woven willow basket.

Gimli laughs at Jherle.

Aldigold cuddles up next to Anika.

Tkeeri nods to Lurossa.

Lurossa sways back and forth.

Autolycus says, "Look, guys, this was supposed to be a celebration about me, not one of those festivals where you knock me down."

Autolycus says, "I get enough of that in a normal day."

Anika says, "Jherle, you're so unimpressed with Auto it's hilarious."

Leanna says, "Heh, Auto, Athena, I think it may be best for you all to judge.."

Xxenos tilts his head toward Lurossa.

Emrys chuckles.

Jherle smiles at Autolycus.

Vaftel grins at Autolycus.

Epoclaen pats Autolycus on the shoulder.

Athena chuckles.

Leanna says, "We don't really want to loose any dinars to Autolycus because he's annoyed after all.."

Xxenos grins.

Xxenos nods to Lurossa.

Gimli rummages around in his pockets.

Hyzenthlay says, "its turned into a roast of Autolycus"

Gimli clears his throat.

Kalipso pokes the side of her dog. It gives a soft "Woof!" in response.

Autolycus nods to Hyzenthlay.

Emrys says, "Auto is the only man I know who can steal your jewels and melt you at the same time"

Anika nods to Leanna.

Hyzenthlay nods to Autolycus.

Emrys winks at Autolycus.

Hyzenthlay smiles at Autolycus.

Kalipso peers closely at a woven willow basket.

Heartsong says, "But Autolycus and Athena have graciously said that they will listen to her story too, before they decide the winners."

Anika giggles at Emrys.

Autolycus says, "That's better, Em."

Pamico just arrived.

Autolycus grumbles.

Heartsong smiles at Autolycus.

Gimli rolls his eyes.

Denada raises an eyebrow in Emrys's direction.

Tkeeri looks over at Emrys and shakes her head.

Emrys chuckles.

Advina grins at Emrys.

Heartsong smiles at Athena.

Jyla says, "I can roast ye another way Autolycus"

Jyla winks at Autolycus.

Athena nods.

Denada gives Emrys a soft poke in the ribs.

Jherle says, "Hey I didn't enter the contest, I'm under no obligation to flatter him"

Xxenos chuckles at Jherle.

Athena says, "This has been a wonderful evening. So unexpectedly delightful."

Llorien takes a drink from her hot jasmine tea.

Kalipso smiles at Athena.

Denada smiles at Athena.

Autolycus says, "Well, thanks anyway."

Autolycus glances at Jherle.

Heartsong exclaims, "So we will have our final story from Goldenmane!"

Leanna says, "Well, this is the town named after you,"

Jyla laughs!

Tkeeri blinks.

Tkeeri glances at Lurossa.

Autolycus applauds Goldenmane!

Anika smiles at Athena.

You hear the voice of Ingonish exclaim, " remember this time…Autolycus swallowed three rubies….you should heard the screaming going on that night!"

Leanna says, "Of course we have to be enjoyable."

You hear someone laughing.

Athena smiles at Goldenmane.

Kalipso shows Lurossa her woven willow basket.

Lurossa glances at Tkeeri.

Athena chuckles.

Jherle asks, "Bet you never figured me for being smart too huh?"

Goldenmane smiles at Athena.

Heartsong smiles at Goldenmane.

Lurossa blinks at Kalipso.

Autolycus says, "Yeah, and don't remind me, Ing."

Kalipso points at Heartsong.

Jherle glances at Autolycus.

Llorien takes a drink from her hot jasmine tea.

Lurossa nods to Kalipso.

Kalipso glances at Lurossa and holds up one finger to her lips.

Pickoer smiles at Llorien.

Kalipso says, "she's sleeping."

Kalipso pouts.

A waiter clears his throat.

Attucus shifts his weight around.

Heartsong smiles at Kalipso.

Tkeeri glances at a waiter.

A waiter frowns slightly then says, "I'm sorry, but I fear I cannot help you with that.

Vaftel glances at a waiter.

Tkeeri begins muttering at a waiter.

Lurossa tickles Tkeeri.

Vaage says, "he needs a drink"

Vaage points at a waiter.

Pickoer blinks at a waiter.

Leanna says, "Maybe he wants to say a story too."

Llorien looks thoughtfully at a waiter.

Autolycus says, "I hope not."

Gimli babbles incoherently at a waiter.

Autolycus glances at a waiter.

Leanna says, "He's certainly seen Autolycus in here often enough.."

Goldenmane stands up.

Heartsong says, "Here's Goldenmane."

Athena says, "It might be a nice balance to hear his point of view on you."

Athena winks at Autolycus.

Heartsong smiles at Goldenmane.

Anika takes a drink from her spicy trima wine.

Goldenmane smiles.

Aldigold smiles at Goldenmane.

Vaage opens his ash grey wrist pouch.

Tkeeri asks, "aren't you gonna get some Amazon cuisine in anytime soon or do I have to have my tribe tether you up till you do?"

Tkeeri growls at a waiter.

Goldenmane recites:
"The first time I heard of Autolycus was several years ago whenI was finally old enough to be allowed to attend the Festival. After I had seen the jugglers and the acrobats and the strongman and watched the wrestlers for a while, my youthful appetite urged me to seek out one of the dining tents."

Pickoer blinks at Vaage.

Kalipso glances at a waiter.

Jyla exclaims, "shhhhh!"

Goldenmane recites:
"As luck would have it, there was an ancient bard seated at one of the tables across from the cooking pits regaling the patrons with tales of heroes and daring deeds in exchange for his afternoon meal."
Hyzenthlay smiles at Vaage.

Gimli glances at Jyla and holds up one finger to his lips.

Goldenmane recites:
"I purchased a couple of meat pies and some goats milk and sat down on the ground near the bard's table since all the benches were full."

Goldenmane recites:
"The bard had just finished the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur, which I had heard many times in my father's hall. But his audience seemed in no hurry to leave, so I assumed that the entertainment would continue. "

Goldenmane recites:
"After a numberof patrons had showed their appreciation by putting some dinar in the storyteller's copper bowl, the old man said, "If one of you would be so kind as to bring me a cup of wine, I will relate to you the story of Autolycus and the Pearl of Great Price."

Goldenmane recites:
"Within moments, there were several cups of wine in front of the bard and with a twinkle in his eye he said, "You are a wonderful audience. You really know how to keep a storyteller's words flowing.""

Goldenmane recites:
"Changing his voice to the deep mellifluous tones of the master storyteller, he began his tale."
Epoclaen grins at a goblet of spicy trima wine.

Heartsong grins at Goldenmane.

Epoclaen takes a drink from his spicy trima wine.

Ingonish comes out of hiding.

Anika pokes Ingonish in the ribs.

Goldenmane recites:
"Some years ago, King Xanthius, the ruler of a small but wealthy kingdom far to the east, let it be known that he was in need of a master rogue to perform a "delicate" service for him."
whispers to Gimli, "Athena is one of the most enjoyble goddesses we've had so far."

Goldenmane recites:
"In order to choose the rogue best qualified for the commission, he would hold a competition forall those who thought themselves equal to the task."

Goldenmane recites:
"The winner of the competition would be entrusted with this "delicate" service and would receive a pearl of great price for his efforts."

Lurossa joins Xxenos's group.

Goldenmane recites:
"On the appointed day, hundreds of rogues from near and far poured through the palace gates and gathered in the courtyard where the competition would be held."

Lurossa rummages around in her pockets.

Ingonish comes out of hiding.

Lurossa just handed Ingonish some dinars.

Goldenmane recites:
"One of the would-be contestants was a youngman named Autolycus who, though not yet the master thief he would become, nevertheless thought himself capable of winning the competition. He had a very high opinion of himself even then."

Autolycus snorts at Goldenmane.

Gimli snickers.

Lurossa mumbles something under her breath.

Llorien chuckles.

Heartsong grins at Autolycus.

Xxenos chuckles at Lurossa.

Goldenmane recites:
"When all was in readiness, the grand vizier ascended a platform in the center of the courtyard and addressed the throng."
Leanna grins at Autolycus.

Goldenmane recites:
"I welcome you all to this unprecedented event and wish all of you the best of luck. You will be asked to compete in each of ten events which have been designed to test you in those skills which will be needed to succeed in the service required by my master, King Xanthius."

Anika clamps her hands over her mouth.

Goldenmane recites:
"The first three finishers in each event will be entered in the final competition to be held at the conclusion of the first ten."

Vaage takes a drink from his hot jasmine tea.

Hyzenthlay giggles.

Goldenmane recites:
"You may choose at which station you will begin, but you must complete each event in order to be eligible for the final."

Goldenmane recites:
"As the day progressed, Autolycus and the others demonstrated their abilities in stealth, perception, acrobatics, armed and unarmed combat. All those skills which are necessary to a master rogue."

Autolycus nods to Goldenmane.

You hear the voice of Ingonish say, "Forgot charm"

Xxenos chuckles.

Epoclaen chuckles.

Goldenmane recites:
"While Autolycus did not win any of the individual events,he did place second in one and third in two others."

Leanna grins.

Hyzenthlay grins.

Tkeeri mutters something about men under her breath.

Autolycus blinks at Goldenmane.

Jherle chuckles.

Vaage winks at Tkeeri.

Scheherazade chuckles.

Autolycus says, "Goldie, you wound me…."

Vaage snuggles up close to Hyzenthlay.

Autolycus sighs.

Denada sniffs.

Goldenmane recites:
"Thus at the end of the first ten events, he was one of twelves rogues who were eligible for the final competition."

Anika nods to Autolycus.

Hyzenthlay smiles at Vaage.

Hyzenthlay cuddles up next to Vaage.

Hyzenthlay kisses Vaage on the nose.

Jherle says, "The truth hurts Autolycus"

Emrys chuckles.

Autolycus stares at Jherle.

Scheherazade says, "you were just holding back so you could hussle em"

Emrys snuggles up close to Autolycus.

Scheherazade grins.

Jyla says, "ye were young Autolycus"

Goldenmane recites:
"While the scores were being tallied, the grand vizier again ascended the central platform and addressed the contestants."

Autolycus says, "You, I'm not speaking to. Any more. After this."

Jherle smiles at Autolycus.

Emrys says, "there there rogue"

Jherle chuckles at Autolycus.

Pamico says, "Smart man"

Vaftel chuckles at Scheherazade.

Athena bops Autolycus on the top of his head.

Goldenmane recites:
"King Xanthius in his generosity wishes to invite all of you who did not succeed in making the finals to partake of refreshments which will be served here in the courtyard."

Tkeeri lets out a howl for Athena!

Gimli laughs!

Emrys chuckles.

Denada giggles at Athena.

Vaage exclaims, "again!"

Hyzenthlay laughs!

Kalipso chuckles.

Vaage lets out a hearty cheer for Athena!

Jherle grins at Athena.

You hear the voice of Ingonish say, "If I knew it was that easy to keep you quiet Auto…I'd have done it long ago"

Emrys pats Autolycus on the shoulder.

Emrys shakes her head.

Goldenmane recites:
"Those of you who are eligible for the final are asked to enterthe palace and follow the guide to the Great Hall."

Tkeeri glances at Emrys.

Autolycus grumbles.

Gimli grins at Leanna.

Heartsong says, "Be nice to our guest of honor folks"

Emrys says, "I have a thing for rogues"

Autolycus nods to Heartsong.

Emrys winks at Tkeeri.

Goldenmane recites:
"King Xanthius will then tell you about the deciding event."
Emrys giggles.

Tkeeri says, "he started it"

Tkeeri grins at Heartsong.

Xxenos grins at Emrys.

Autolycus says, "Bless you, Heartsong."

Gimli makes a shushing noise.

Gimli turns toward Goldenmane.

Leanna says, "You've gotten much better, Auto, we all know that. "

Tkeeri looks at Goldenmane and blushes.

Leanna winks at Autolycus.

Goldenmane recites:
"A herald then gathered Autolycus and the others and conducted them to the Great Hall where King Xanthius awaited them seated on a gem-encrusted golden throne."

Leanna turns toward Goldenmane.

Hyzenthlay takes a bite of her apricots.

Goldenmane recites:
"After the rogues had made their obeisances, King Xanthius spoke."

Goldenmane recites:
"All of you have demonstrated your prowess in physical roguish skills. But I need a rogue who is also intelligent and who can solve intellectual problems."

Goldenmane recites:
"This, then, is your final task. I will describe to you the Pearl of Great Price which you are competing for."

Goldenmane recites:
"Then you have two hours to find it somewhere within the confines of the palace."

Goldenmane recites:
"This pearl is of great size and wondrous to behold. It is perfectly formed and its skin is luminous. It is the Mother of all pearls."

Epoclaen exclaims, "two hours? far too much time for Autolycus!"

Epoclaen grins at Autolycus.

Goldenmane recites:
"Now go search and when you have found, stay with it. At the end of two hours, the one who had made the correct choice will be known."

Autolycus chuckles.

Aldigold says, "not if he sees a female."

Gimli chuckles at Autolycus.

You hear the voice of Ingonish say, "He'll need the extra time though to get the pearl and that throne"

Jyla grins at Aldigold.

Xxenos chuckles at Aldigold.

Goldenmane recites:
"But be careful. Do nothing which would jeopardize your chances."

Jherle says, "Thrones don't fit in your pocket"

Llorien chuckles at Jherle.

Goldenmane recites:
"The contestants scattered throughout the palace searching for the pearl."

You hear the voice of Ingonish say, "That's not a problem for Auto"

Pamico grins at Jherle.

Jyla says, "he hid a statue once, with Xena"

Jherle chuckles.

Leanna says, "Alright all, be respectful to Goldenmane."

Hyzenthlay nods to Jyla.

Goldenmane recites:
"While some thought it was an actual pearl, others realized that the king meant something quite different. But what?"

Xxenos nods to Leanna.

Leanna pokes Aldigold in the ribs.

Gimli winks at Autolycus.

Jherle raises an eyebrow.

Goldenmane recites:
"Some went to the library and searched the scrolls for a pearl of wisdom."

Goldenmane recites:
"Others went to the harem and sought for the 'pearl' there."

You hear someone chuckling.

Vaage takes a drink from his hot jasmine tea.

Anika pokes Aldigold in the ribs.

Gimli lets out a deep sigh.

Goldenmane recites:
"Autolycus wandered through the palace finding nothing which seemed to meet the criteria. He was completely discouraged."

Autolycus says, "I must have been VERY young."

Autolycus grins at Goldenmane.

Anika giggles at Autolycus.

Hyzenthlay kisses Vaage on the lips.

Epoclaen nods to Autolycus.

Vaage says, "or just picky"

Goldenmane recites:
"Finally he made his way back to the chambers near the entrance to the Great Hall."

Vaage winks at Autolycus.

Hyzenthlay blinks.

Vaage peers quizzically at Hyzenthlay.

Hyzenthlay blushes a bright red color.

Goldenmane recites:
"There he came upon a beautiful snow white mare. She was so lovely that Autolycus stopped to look at her."

Goldenmane recites:
"Ah,my pretty, he said to the mare. Your master has set us an impossible task."

Emrys asks, "you have a thing for mares too?"

Vaftel chuckles at Emrys.

Emrys glances at Autolycus.

Autolycus chuckles at Emrys.

Llorien cackles!

Advina giggles at Emrys.

Jherle snickers at Emrys.

Denada pushes at Emrys!

Tkeeri smirks.

Attucus snickers at Emrys.

Gimli snorts.

Athena snickers.

Epoclaen shakes his head at Emrys and clucks his tongue.

Goldenmane recites:
"With that, a guard came from behind a concealing drapery and said, "Follow me.""

Heartsong exclaims, "Shhhh!"

Emrys presses her lips together in a thin line.

Goldenmane recites:
"He conducted Autolycus back to the Great Hall into the presence of the king."

Goldenmane recites:
"Xanthius smiled and said, "Congratulations. You alone of all the rogues know a pearl of great price when you see one."

Autolycus grins.

Goldenmane recites:
"She is now yours."

Goldenmane recites:
"Suddenly Autolycus realized that the king was referring to the beautiful snow white mare with the luminous coat. Of course she was much larger than any pearl and she would be the mother of more."

Goldenmane recites:
"But he was still confused. What delicate service had he performed that the mare was now his?"

Llorien coughs.

Pamico grins at Llorien.

Goldenmane recites:
"However, as the king continued to speak, Autolycus was enlightened and knew a kindred spirit when he found one."

Gimli gives Leanna a smooch.

Goldenmane recites:
"Today you have performed a great service for me. All the rogues who have gone unpunished for their crimes have now been caught. "

Hyzenthlay takes a bite of her apricots.

Anika laughs!

Xxenos chuckles.

Epoclaen grins at Goldenmane.

Autolycus sighs.

Kymnarkmar raises an eyebrow.

Hyzenthlay blinks.

Emrys chuckles.

Goldenmane recites:
"The judges at the various stations were witnesses to crimes or victims of crimes that have gone unsolved until today when the criminals have finally been recognized."

Advina grins at Goldenmane.

You hear someone chuckling.

Hyzenthlay says, "way to go, Auto"

Hyzenthlay mutters something under her breath.

Jherle says, "Oh…"

Autolycus says, "Goldie, Goldie, Goldie…"

Tkeeri lets out a howl for Autolycus!

Kalipso chuckles.

Jherle says, "Not a good thing to turn in your colleagues"

Gimli smirks at Autolycus.

Tkeeri pats Autolycus on the shoulder.

Autolycus says, "I would never rat on a fellow rogue."

Pamico nods to Llorien.

Gimli kneels.

Emrys smiles at Goldenmane.

Autolycus grins at Gimli.

Gimli stands up.

Goldenmane recites:
"Luckily no one recognized you."

Gimli bows.

Gimli just went out.

Anika giggles at Autolycus.

Xxenos applauds Goldenmane!

Autolycus says, "This is clearly fiction."

Tkeeri says, "bout time you did something right"

Tkeeri pats Autolycus on the shoulder.

Autolycus scoffs at Goldenmane.

Scheherazade chuckles.

Kymnarkmar applauds Goldenmane!

Emrys snickers.

Tkeeri smirks.

Kalipso applauds Goldenmane!

Emrys applauds Goldenmane!

Vaftel chuckles.

Vaftel applauds.

Jherle applauds Goldenmane!

Scheherazade applauds Goldenmane!

You hear, seemingly from nowhere, an enthusiastic voice cheering at the tops of its lungs.

Athena applauds Goldenmane!

Llorien lets out a hearty cheer for Goldenmane!

Aldigold lets out a howl for Goldenmane!

Epoclaen lets out a hearty cheer for Goldenmane!

Autolycus applauds Goldenmane!

Heartsong says, "That was before you became the rogue you are now."

Tkeeri lets out a howl for Goldenmane!

Goldenmane grins at Autolycus.

Advina applauds Goldenmane!

Tkeeri applauds Goldenmane!

Anika applauds Goldenmane!

Athena says, "How nice to see justice served for a change."

Heartsong applauds Goldenmane!

Athena glances at Autolycus.

Athena smirks.

Lurossa smiles at Goldenmane.

Llorien grins at Athena.

Autolycus rolls his eyes.

Vaage takes a drink from his hot jasmine tea.

Kalipso nods to Athena.

Jyla exclaims, "no one recognized 'im cause he was already so good then that he was already the prince of thieves!"

Anika smiles at Athena.

Llorien takes a drink from her hot jasmine tea.

Kalipso grins.

Goldenmane sits down.

Gojita just arrived.

Pamico says, "If that was true"

Pickoer gazes at an elegant menu.

Pickoer appears to be checking his pockets for something, but finds them empty.

Autolycus Storytelling Contest part 4

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