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    Mais moved closer to Roderick, explaining in a low voice. "A raw deal perhaps, or perhaps not. I'm certain that is being of chaos and whatever temperament they happen to be in, we should likely abide for the moment to escape persurers.
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    "Gorum is a chaotic wargod and I somehow doubt he'd offer trinkets to launder... I have a feeling this will curse us in some way." He mutters under his breath moving to get a better look at the other creature, "Might'nt I ask ya a question ma'am? Why so ardent about us mot acceptin' a thing from the skinny fella?"

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    The squat woman raises an eyebrow, as if taken aback that she is being addressed, "dear, I'm here to prove a point. I could care less whether you are swindled or pass up the opportunity of a lifetime, so long as one of you pulls the rug out from under this insufferable lout and proves me right. I hope you are not all as daft as you seem to be,"

    "The mage seems pretty bright," the lanky man retorts as Sefariel continues to examine the stone. The woman does not respond at all.

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    Atticus had watched the strange duo with a bewildered look. He wasn't sure what to make of either of them, besides being an inopportune distraction. Sounds like a buncha snake oil ta me. Sefarial, please be quick; we don't have time fer distractions... He trailed off as he traced the arc of a cannon shot, bracing slightly.
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    "That is a wargod though, not someone such as this. " Mais says moving now to approach. "As for you though, Atticus was it? We're on a ship that flies, and none of us here are flying it. That is left to the pilot. Rather a distraction is quite what we need right now. Though..." he pulls out a black quill and a piece of paper, and begins to draw quickly on it. "As fine as your item is, its hardly one of a kind. Art on the other hand, never two would be the same, even if from the same person. So this is far too valuable for me to trade for your stone."


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    Mais is attempting to draw a picture of the tall lanky man and the short woman.
    Course, he isn't really all that good at crafting checks, lol. Wish I had some bluff bonus items.

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    Aron moves to put himself between the visitors and the helm, to ensure Tanner is not disturbed, in a stance that isn't overtly aggressive but certainly inhospitable.

    Thoughts race through his mind as he watches the exchange. "The appearance of these two on the edge of the ethicality storm ahead is no coincidence. What happens here may well determine our course in the coming storm. I wish Sefariel wouldn't engage with that chaos avatar. I should stop him. But we are still on edge after the unfortunate incident with the ghost wizard. Now is not the time for me to assert my will over my companions. I have to trust him. He is as smart as I am, and better schooled probably. But I don't know if he is a sucker. Well, the skiff is still moving, and that's the most important part."
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    The stone appears to be suffused with a powerful type of energy, though not a kind that you've ever seen before. The energy is formless and chaotic, and yet at the same time grounded inside this physical stone.


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    Drawing close and analyzing the stone, you catch a glimpse of what it really is: raw potentiality. Like an idea swirling around in a master craftsman's head, this stone's future is not yet fixed and it could be molded and shaped into something truly remarkable. An offer of such an item seems too good to be true, but you can perceive no faults or illusions in the stone.


    The Lanky man laughs at Mais, "a fine offer my friend, but sadly I have no way to hang that work of art. Surely you can offer something that would be useful for a poor connoisseur of art like myself to fully appreciate your masterpiece? But alas, you don't seem to have anything that would help,"
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    Sefariel examined the stone for some time, aided by a simple spell to enhance his awareness of the magic. His face turned from wonderment to confusion as he stared. Finally, he shook his head.

    "I am afraid I must respectfully decline" he said apologetically to the man. "It is clear that it appears to be imbued with some form of power, and a great deal of it, that much is certain -- but I am unable to fathom what it may be, or what might be done with it. It should not be possible in its current state. Mind you, should any of my colleagues have a more complete understanding, I should not discourage it should they wish to take the risk -- but a great risk it may be, fraught with uncertainty, and perhaps danger.

    "For myself, I choose not to meddle with mysterious sources of great power until I am properly able to take the opportunity to understand them -- all things can be so understood with reason, given sufficient time, I believe. It is unfortunate that under the present circumstances time is one resource is one we possess in very short supply. Perhaps it is a fair trade, or even more, but I am, I fear, a poor partner for it."

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    The lankey man falls silent at Sefariel's response. He raises a finger and opens his mouth then drops it and thinks; there is something about Sefariel's response here that has legitimately flummoxed him.

    "If I may briefly discuss a matter with my erstwhile rival over there," the lanky man snatches up the stone and excuses himself and he swoops next to her swiftly. The two of them whisper unnaturally, their mouths not moving in any way that seems to correspond with intelligible sounds (much less actual words) before the lanky man breaks away.

    "By the rules of the little challenge between us, I must inform you of the properties of this priceless relic, my dear wizard," he allows the stone once again to float towards Sefariel, this time approaching within arm's reach, "you may... touch it, if you so desire,"

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    A flood of sensations enter your body as you touch the stone. It is not raw power like you expect, but rather raw potential and is limited only by the imagination of its owner. Its power will likely somewhat dissipate upon leaving the squall, but it will retain a large fraction of its wondrous properties.

    This stone can duplicate the properties of any ioun stone (except those with limited charges), and as a full round action the holder can change which ioun stone it is duplicating. Upon leaving the squall it will likely have a limit on how often it can be changed.


    As soon as anyone touches the stone the lanky man exclaims, "you see!? Such a unique relic, one which I am forced to part with by my wretched counterpart and her wager. Surely you cannot deny your sense of touch. How could that possibly be fooled!? A poor sap like myself couldn't do it, that's for sure! It's worthy - more than worthy - of the most expensive and rare items in your possessions. Truly my wager with my rival here is the opportunity of a lifetime for you to obtain such a priceless artifact. You'd be a fool to turn down my offer!" the lanky man's tone seems slightly different than before.

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    "Very well" Sefariel replied somewhat resignedly, taking hold of the stone... and a look of astonishment crossed his face; the little sparkles in his skin lit up for a moment.

    "That is... virtually impossible. Remarkable. I see. Yes, if -- any sense can be fooled, of course, given sufficiently advanced magics, which one who would appear suddenly atop the mast of an astral vessel might well possess. But, it seems, that if that were the case, I shall have only myself to blame for a modicum of avarice...

    "Very well, sir. I succumb to your offer. I presume that you are well aware that the purely financial terms of this exchange are completely inequitable, and in my favor. As such, I leave it to you as to which of the two pearls I possess you more desire in return. This one, here" he offered, reaching into his pouch to retrieve them both and extend them in his hand "is the more valuable of the two in those terms. If it truly make no difference to you, I would of course prefer to offer you the other; if nothing else, it should be more replaceable with reasonable effort on my part, and in the meanwhile it will allow me that much more to offer to my companions in our travels.

    "An interesting choice you have made, in the pearls; in their own modest way they replicate that which you offer -- their own power, though much more limited, depends greatly upon the intelligence and intentions of their owner."

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    The lanky man approaches tacitly, eying Sefariel. His demeanor changes to a vicious sneer as he snatches the greater of the two pearls, though his emotions are now worn plainly on his sleeve and his decision is more out of spite. The shining stone tumbles into Sefariel's hands. There is a momentary resonance of magic as it touches him, and then it softly floats upwards to orbit his head, tacitly awaiting Sefariel to will it into its desired form.

    The squat woman is the first to break the silence, "hah, see, I told you so didn't I!? Just as you cannot give an ordinary stone the powers of a relic by words alone, you cannot steal away the powers of a true relic by sowing uncertainty and doubt! Reality shone through like daylight, clearer than your poisonous words! By the terms of our wager I've won, you odious lout!" the squat woman laughs, then turns to Sefariel, "I must thank you, little one. Your reason for refusing had nothing to do with his words, but rather concern regarding its true properties being beyond your ken. Had you refused on such a basis, he would have still lost. Thus his hand was forced to show you a little more than he would have liked. And from the beginning I thought your caution would work against my wager, not for it. Never have I been happier to be proven wrong,"

    "Enough!" a peal of lightning erupts as the lanky man's face is now a deep shade of red and his entire head begins to swell up, "you insufferable cretins, you've robbed me of a great victory this day. I'll find every other aspect in this storm and I'll convince them break this ship and everyone on it. Smash it to splinters, burn it to cinders, scatter it to the winds of the astral. For this humiliation I. will. make. you. suffer!" and as he speaks the last word the lanky man's head bursts like a volcanic eruption and a searing red liquid comes pouring out, spilling into the storm around you. Some bits of the goop land on the deck, where they sizzle but otherwise appear harmless. His body collapses like a rag doll, rapidly disintegrating to dust and disappearing into nothing before it strikes the deck. The pearl of power he took from Sefariel is nowhere to be seen. At the same moment the swelling surges of the storm that held back the Cerulean Gray give way, and Tanner steers the ship into a new current the sweeps it ahead. The pursuing ships slip further away.

    "Now that is a sore loser," the squat woman chuckles, "I'd offer you a reward for being so helpful to me, but the prize you won from my opponent is probably more than enough as it stands. Still, one piece of advice," she begins to turn into dust as she shares her parting wisdom, "do not follow white rabbits,"

    In the distance of the storm the crackling of thunder washes over you. Amid the occasional flash of lightning you can make out an enormous shape in the distance. The humanoid figure swings wildly at vastly smaller attackers. Tanner appears to make a concerted effort to steer the ship away from this tumultuous conflict, but every time the ship tries to turn the winds crash hard into the ship and send it careening hard in the other direction. Those of you who look over the edges of the ship see that the currents of the astral have transformed into an army of diminutive soldiers. Listening closely you can hear their warcries, "Death to the tyrant! Give us liberty or give us death! Together we are stronger!"

    While you aren't quite close enough to see the details of the battle ahead, you can hear the chattering warcry of what sounds like thousands, and a single booming voice that shouts over them, "you fools, if you strike me down you shall only injure yourselves. I am the shoulder that holds up our world, and if I am gone there will be nothing to fill the void that I leave behind!"

    It would seem that there is another debate in the depths of the storm, this one more violent than the last.

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    Peering ahead with your aura sight, you can make out an overpowering aura of law around the enormous figure, and a frothing tide of faint chaotic auras milling around it.

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    Sefariel nodded as the man snatched the better of the pearls. Lamentable, but expected nonetheless, as was the puerile ranting afterwards. He merely nodded a thanks at the short woman.

    He took a moment to first remove the stone currently orbiting his head, returning it to Atticus with a thanks. "I rather suppose there should be no immediate need for my continued possession of your stone. If any of you thinks you might benefit from a particular application of this new item, I would happily entertain discussion of the matter at an appropriate time."

    He considered the matter but briefly before letting the stone enter its orbit, it turning a bright vibrant orange and shaping itself into a clever little prism.



    At the sight of the impending.... tide? of tiny men, it seemed apparent that this strange event was but another of the peculiar tests the Astral had seen fit to offer.

    "What seems to be the problem, little ones?" he asked to none in particular. "Have you a particular grievance?"

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    For now, I guess we'll make the ioun stone a nice boring +1 caster level type. I'll at some point want to properly identify this thing and the powers (and limitations of switching it), via whatever means available (including an identify spell, because duh).

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    "Freedom!" a shout echoes out in response to Sefariel, "Down with the oppressor!" another chimes in, "Give me liberty or give me death!" comes a particularly zealous cry.

    "One moment!" a distinct voice rings out from the crowd. Suddenly a group of the tiny sprites group together, and throw one of their members up onto the deck. The uncoordinated figure clad in orange tumbles across the deck, stopping just shy of Sefariel. He dusts himself off and looks up. Though his features make him seem very much like an elf, he stands no taller than a halfling. He composes himself and speak, "the revolutionary army is going to overthrow our great oppressor. Once he was of the same stature as the rest of us, until he became our king. Slowly he fell to the vices of avarice and gluttony, and he grew larger and larger until he towered over all of us, and in his might he grew arrogant. We're fed up! No more! We will bring down the tyrant and no longer an he hoard our treasures!"

    In the distance the giant figure swings an enormous maul, crashing into a drove of his tiny foes and scattering them back towards the storm, "I built this kingdom, without me we wouldn't even have these great treasures. By my strength I hold this kingdom together, by all rights I have earned my wealth and power. You ungrateful vermin know only how to steal from your betters!"

    "Soon he will fall; he is mighty indeed, grown fat on the spoils of his conquests, but we are many and he is one and he will eventually fall!" the sprite before Sefariel insists, but takes a moment to marvel at the ship.

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    Mais makes a tsk sound, before reaching into his pockets and pulling out rope and twine, throwing it onto the deck before the sprite. "Bind his feet, bind his hands. Then you can bring him down. Mortar walls of brick around the tyrant and build upon his enlarged form."
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    "I don't think we should help the little ones. Being smaller doesn't make them right, you know. We feel that they must be, but that is only sympathy brought from unconscious memories of the time we ourselves were rebelling against giants for our freedom. But the world must be run by adults, not children". [/I]
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    "The little one has done nothing to convince me. But by words of the big one alone."
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    "That's a really good idea. Any idea where we can get some brick and mortar?" the sprite asks Mais.
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    This sounds like a lot of not our problem. Atticus grumbled. Don't matter whose right or wrong. We're outsiders; we can't make that call. Too little info.
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    "Based on the storm, the conflict, and what had happened previously, we're involved if we wish to keep moving onward. " Mais guessed.
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    "Pretty much my thought on it," Considering his level and his alignment he bristles with Chaotic alignment all day long. That said he does frown to himself he of course scoffs at everyone, "You would let others be oppressed simply because it is easier? Surely that isn't how you all act all the time, if so- that is rather craven is it not?"

    "Plus the bigger ones have the better loot, clearly you all didn't adventure enough to learn that." He's teasing, clearly- and walking forward to get a good look at whatever it is in the distance, "... What is that thing anyway?"

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    Roderick peers at the towering figure ahead. The creature's lower half seems planted directly into the storm and isn't visible below the abdomen, and a humanoid form of gargantuan scale extends above. Chiseled muscles ripple as he swings an enormous hammer, striking and sweeping at the hordes of enemies assailing him. He wears little in the way of clothing, save for a royal crown and illustrious cloak that billows in the storm. The face of the creature seems odd; almost elf-like in proportions yet juxtaposed with a well-shaped beard that seems so unlike an elf's face.

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    "Huh, always thought elves would look better as men if they could grow beards." He strokes his chin slowly at this point before chuckling and just looking about, "I'm more concerned that he has a crown, cloak, and hammer- this fellow seems like a ROYAL pain in the ass to fight probably."

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    "Which is why, we give the small folk rope and fly this one back to his people. As much as I wish to move on, at the same time it isn't our fight to fight. No meaning in victory unless they grasp it themselves." Mais replies, as if the small elf wasn't even there. "Perhaps he is the result of Dwarfs and elves mating. Humans seem to do anything with a hole, and now there something out there that is half human half something else. Even rocks. Even fire. Seriously.. Fire? Nevermind, not important, the point is I believe these are... Dwelfs. Dwarls? Alfs? Evarfs.. warfs.. whatever."
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    "If I may, I wish to interject a point that perhaps neither of the parties have considered."

    The wizard bent down, taking a hand of the little creature before him, and speaking gently. "Perhaps, it is true, this fellow has, in your mind oppressed you. There is certainly evidence to support your claim. Nonetheless, you must admit that he has proven himself a capable individual if nothing else, and it might be worth your learning something from him rather than summarily discarding potential leadership from one of great skill."


    He let the little one go, and stared up at the giant. "And you, sir. With respect, if you are to proclaim yourself a king... I have always believed that the true worth of a king can always be ascertained by the quality of those in his kingdom. Your people, it seems, despise you. They would sooner see themselves killed by that great hammer you wield, than spend another moment under your rule. I believe you could probably destroy them all, in time, if you wished; none among us question your might. They know it as well, but do not fear it. But then what would you do, sir king, with nobody left to rule? You would find yourself back where you started, as the smallest among all you can hope to see. Is that what you would have yourself become? I rather think not.

    "It seems that there is an eminently suitable solution to the matter -- you must share your might and your treasures with those who helped you obtain them. They will grow, surely, and you shall find yourself smaller than you are now. And they shall have the ability to assist you all, further still, to grow greater and greater. There is but no question that each and all of you will be quite a bit larger than when you began. And was that not the original purpose of your adventures?"

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