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LADY ALLURA

You see Allura Slyboots the Half-Elf Thief. She appears to be in her 90's, has unkempt, long dark brown hair, multihued eyes, and tanned skin. She has a sinister blue shark tattoo on her forearm. She is in good shape. She is holding a beribboned feather trimmed tambourine in her right hand. She is wearing a crystal amulet, a silver owl charm bracelet, a sea-blue vultite shield bound by silvery imflass and emblazoned with a golden owl perched on an ancient modwir, a bronze sovyn clove medal, a silver spidersilk pouch, some silver shark fin earrings, a deep black spidersilk satchel stitched with glistening black pearls and clasped with a polished golvern catch cleverly fashioned into crossed lockpicks, a gold-trimmed red velvet lute satchel, a turquoise glaes spider charm, a twisted multi-colored belt, a small leather toolkit, a vaalin-edged scale lockpick kit, a silver-dusted deep blue silk pack, a sharktooth necklace, an exquisite gold nymph pendant, a pearl engagement ring, some glittering scaled boots, a multi-hued shimmering silk skirt, a storm blue silk cloak edged with a band of grey waves and clasped by a silver shark, a teal blue hauberk, and a wide gold ring.


ALLURA'S SONG:

LAMENT FOR ELANTHIA


Lyrics by Kie Sharku
1999 Kie Sharku

Once, not long ago,
Was a time when
Each place you would go,
You saw good friends.
Standing side by side,
There was pride:
It was our guide.

But now...

No one seems to care;
So much anger.
People everywhere:
Total strangers.
Lonely in a crowd,
All so loud,
You want to scream.
Like a bad dream.

Do you recall
In bygone days,
Helping all
In countless ways?
Fellowship
Was a thing
That we all would share
Everywhere.

Dear Elanthia,
You are faded.
Glory days are gone,
People jaded.
Once you did inspire;
Lost your fire.
Cry a tear for Elanthia.

All that matters now
Is promotion.
Such a rush to age:
No emotion.
Power is the aim;
Lust for fame.
There is no shame.

So sad.

All the land for sale:
Name your prices.
Avarice prevails,
Greed entices.
Charity has died,
Cast aside,
In silver's name.
World insane.

Our heroes gone,
Like blowing sands.
Gone away
To other lands.
As each goes,
We are less
Than we were before.
Truly poor.

Fair Elanthia,
You are bleeding.
Those who were your strength,
Now are fleeing.
We who stay behind
Shall soon find
We shed a tear for Elanthia.

Oh, Elanthia,
Near forsaken.
You have lost your soul,
Long since taken.
Will there come a day
When I say:
Does no one weep for Elanthia?

Allura and Friends...


[Jeweled Jasmine Table]
A clear glaes dome forms the centerpiece of the table. Within the dome is a bouquet of creamy jasmine blossoms and maidenhair ferns. Small, grey pearls take the place of the stamens in each flower. Also in the room: Lady Panthara who is seated, Lord Roigue who is seated, Jhernish who is seated, Allura who is seated Obvious exits: out.


Jhernish asks, "Ah .. are you all well met afore?"
Panthara appears less confident.
Allura says, "Oo..I should take advantage of Roigue bein' here..."
Jhernish smiles.
You smile at Panthara.
Jhernish says, "I is a cheap bard"
Allura asks, "Mebbe t' convey that, changed "grabbed" t' "nabbed"?"
Jhernish chuckles.
You grin.
Jhernish says, "Hmm"
Panthara says, "well pick em..ya know"
Panthara giggles.
Jhernish says, "good idea theif"
Roigue grins.
Allura says, "I thief knows what a thief does"
Allura giggles.
Roigue nods to Allura.
Jhernish nods.
Allura snaps her fingers.
Allura sniffs at you.
Jhernish says, "and can pronounce it corectly too"
Allura says, "Yer poor, sis"
Roigue chuckles.
You grin.
Jhernish smiles.
Allura just gave you a smooch.
Jhernish says, "Oh dear .."
Roigue says, "you are too"
Jhernish smiles.
Roigue points at Allura.
Allura nods to Roigue.
You say, "not so poor, I am rich in wonderful sisters"
Allura winks at Roigue.
You give Allura a smooch.
You wink.
Roigue chuckles.
Jhernish asks, "anyone have a jam splattered tart satchel?"
Allura asks, "I wander th' guild...ya think I carry silvers in there?"
Allura smirks.
Allura hugs you.
Panthara giggles.
Roigue says, "I walked in there loaded one day"
Allura rubs her chin thoughtfully.
Roigue stares off into space.
You hug Allura.
Jhernish asks, "or a food related costume item?"
Roigue says, "came out with it all too"
Roigue mimes raising a glass and gives a toast to his health. How rude.
Allura begins chuckling at Roigue.
Jhernish takes a drink from his Elanthian coffee.
Allura says, "Nymka must not have been in that day then"
Roigue says, "nope"
Roigue says, "no one was"
Roigue gibbers incoherently.
Allura fidgets.
Roigue cocks his head at Allura.
Allura mutters sweep_victim.
Roigue chuckles.
Panthara grins.
You giggle.
Jhernish says, "So many to introduce ..."
You nod to Jhernish.
Jhernish says, "I am Jhernish .. bard and friend to all"
Roigue says, "Ahh......Allura this is my wife Panthara.....Panthara my friend Allura"
Jhernish smiles.
Allura just hugged Panthara.
Allura says, "Ya gotta good one there, hon."
Panthara just hugged Allura.
Panthara nods.
Roigue grins.
"I am Keraa, Allura's sister
Panthara says, "aye he is lovable"
You say, "I am Keraa, Allura's sister"
Panthara smooches Roigue all over his face.
Panthara hugs you.
Roigue smooches Panthara all over her face.
You say, "nice to meet some of her many friends"
Panthara put a black alloy moon axe in her empath's cloak.
You smile.
Allura says, "I's Allura, thief an' wanna-be bard"
Allura giggles.
You hug Panthara.
Jhernish says, "Music ties us all .. I sang at Panthara's wedding (sorry Roigue, it is always the brides) and I mett Allura playing instruments in Pinefar"
Panthara says, "Look like I am about to atack something"
Panthara clears her throat.
Panthara slings a sky-blue vultite wall shield over her shoulder.
Roigue chuckles.
The wall of force disappears from around Panthara.
Roigue cowers away from Panthara!
Panthara giggles.
Panthara smiles at Jhernish.
Jhernish says, "Well, I have a new piece for tonights Bardfest finals"
Jhernish says, "Hoped that you all could listen and improve it"
Allura says, "Where I shamelessly got him t' tune Siren alla time"
Allura grins.
Allura just hugged Jhernish.
Roigue just tickled Allura.
Jhernish says, "the topic is Flirt and Food"
Roigue smacks his lips.
Jhernish says, "everyone has the same"
Panthara says, "nummy..love food"
Roigue nods.
Jhernish smiles.
Jhernish says, "Well, here goes"
Roigue says, "sounds like me when I was young"
Jhernish smiles with a hint of mischief in his eyes as he walks through the crowd to the stage.
Panthara says, "oh you still love food"
Roigue nods.
Panthara returns to normal color.
(Jhernish takes a seat on the performer's stool, crossing his legs at the ankles.)
Roigue tickles Panthara, grinning wickedly.
Jhernish pulls out a chair and plops himself down at the table.
Panthara touches one finger to her lips.
Jhernish says, "I want to sing for you tonight, a tale that happened to me this past spring. It was another romantic adventure, one among many that I have either endured or made up to impress the fellows at the tavern."
Jhrnish says, "I call it: For the Love of the Baker's Daughter"
Jhernish removes a bright crimson tambourine framed in gilded modwir from in his troubadour's cloak.
Jhernish slowly raises his tambourine and begins to tap out a slow, soothing beat.

Jhernish sings:


In the Springtime, I was sitting, sipping strong sweet tea,
when a pang of lonely heartache caused a change in me.
I felt a hole inside me, that only love could fill.
I headed out for town in the early morning still."

Swaying slightly, Jhernish creates a slow, calm heartbeat with his tambourine as he taps it with his hand.


Jhernish sings:


"Yeasty fragrant scents filled the cold night air.
I stepped into the bakery door and saw her standing there.
Her girlish frame was ample, her cheeks a rosy glow.
It took just a moment, for my heart to know she was the maiden fair,
that all my days I sought.
Now with my future found, I needed future caught."

Jhernish's eyes drift closed as he loses hisself in the slow, soothing cadence of the music.


Jhernish sings:


"I slipped into a corner booth to lay my master plan.
What fair maiden could resist the charms of a bardic man?
I slowly sipped my coffee and caught her with a glance.
She sat behind the counter, too distant to entrance."

Jhernish smiles as he runs a finger around the rim of his coffee cup.


Jhernish sings:


"In her left hand was a doughnut, a strudel in her right, with alternating motions from each she took a bite.
"What grace!," I thought, "What beauty!'" so soft and round and sweet.
At that moment I was certain, she would make my life complete."

A low, throbbing beat takes you over, and Jhernish begins to elaborate with small flourishes and deft rhythm variations.


A slow, pulsing rhythm unwinds as Jhernish plays his tambourine.


Jhernish sings:


"A gift!," I thought, a trinket to win her loving heart.
If'n I remembers .... its with flowers that I start.
Some sweet persimmon blossoms, newly sprung in bloom never hurt the chances of a potential groom.
I grabbed myself a few and I brought them to her door, then waited for the kisses, that surely were in store."

A low, throbbing beat takes you over, and Jhernish begins to elaborate with small flourishes and deft rhythm variations.


Jhernish sings:


"With some lilting laughter, came her sweet reply.
"You silly Bard, you shouldn't have! They merely please my eye."
If you left the boughs on, the sweet persimmon tree, come autumn, I'd have tasty fruits arranged in front of me."

Jhernish's eyes drift closed as he loses hisself in the slow, soothing cadence of the music.


Jhernish smiles with a twinkle in his eye as he begins to sing in a high falsetto.


Holding the tambourine lightly in his hand, Jhernish builds a rapid rhythm, rising and falling with drama and emotion.


Jhernish sings:


"-
By the lash of my eye.
By the lobe of my ear.
You're silly to buy,
Such a gift for me, dear."
Jhernish sings:
"-
A gift must be pretty
to please a girl's heart.
But given with meaning
and I doubt that thine art"

With small, deft movements of his wrist and arm, Jhernish shapes a rapid beat with his tambourine.


Jhernish smiles wryly as he continues in his rich baritone.


Jhernish sings:


"She nibbled at a sweet roll as she finished up her verse.
Now how could I get in, to break this lonely curse?
And then the muse enlightened me, a song it must be written.
I'll sing some bardish ditties to make the young lass smitten!"

A low, throbbing beat takes you over, and Jhernish begins to elaborate with small flourishes and deft rhythm variations.


Jhernish sings:


"Next evening I knelt down and sang a song of love, Below her bedroom window, I sang about a dove.
And how that sweet dove cooed a song of love so dear, at the moment I was finished, a voice came from the rear."

Jhernish sings:


"She was standing in the kitchen, framed in pale moonlight.
"I've been listening to your crooning and I say "you sing alright."
"But I'm not too certain about those doves of which you sing."
"Yeah, they're tasty baked or fried, but love they do not bring."

Jhernish's eyes drift closed as he loses hisself in the slow, soothing cadence of the music.


A beautiful, evocative rhythm fills the room as Jhernish expertly manipulates his tambourine.


Jhernish smiles broadly as he again begins to sing in his high falsetto voice.


Jhernish sings:


"-
By the tip of my tongue.
By the soles of my feet.
You're silly to have sung,
such a song to me my sweet."

Holding the tambourine lightly in his hand, Jhernish builds a rapid rhythm, rising and falling with drama and emotion.


Jhernish sings:


"-
A gift must be pretty
to please a girl's heart.
But given with meaning
and I doubt that thine art"

Jhernish smiles even broader as he continues in his rich baritone.


Jhernish sings:


"She quickly chewed a pretzel as she finished her refrain.
I begged Oleani guide me ... to lead me from this pain.
Then inspiration struck again, a thought was coming clear.
It seemed that her strong appetite, might draw our two hearts near."

A slow, pulsing rhythm unwinds as Jhernish plays his tambourine.


Jhernish sings:


"I met a ranger friend and he cast on me a spell.
His magic guarded me from cold and from the heat as well.
I slipped into the bakery door and crawled into some batter.
I'd make myself a treat for her, this gift it HAD to matter."

Swaying slightly, Jhernish creates a slow, calm heartbeat with his tambourine as he taps it with his hand.


Jhernish sings:


"The magic kept me safe, as I lay inside the cake.
I never felt a thing as I slid inside to bake.
I was cooling on the counter when she came to frost my skin.
My heart lept with excitement at seeing her again."

The slow steady tempo sweeps through you as Jhernish weaves his beautiful music.


Jhernish sings:


"At first she squinted, then she stared at my pastry form.
I saw a smile of pleasure beyond the common norm.
"Is that you in there Bardy? Hidden in the giant cake?"
"I never met one such as you, the effort that you make!"

Jhernish's eyes drift closed as he loses hisself in the slow, soothing cadence of the music.


Jhernish sings:


"As she stepped in closer .... my heartbeat fluttered fast .....
The kiss that I'd been yearning for .... that kiss was here at last ...."

The slow steady tempo sweeps through you as Jhernish weaves his beautiful music.


Jhernish sings:


"She leaned down with a graceful bow to whisper in my ear
Her soft breath brought me chills for the time at last was here."

The music moves slower and slower until finally, with a last hovering beat, it fades away. Jhernish looks up from his tambourine and smiles.


Jhernish shivers.
Jhernish sings:


"The next words that she uttered changed my very life ....."

Jhernish shudders.
Jhernish sings:


"Have you met my daughter? I'm the baker's wife."

*Note: Jhermish went on to win first place in the Bard Fest that night with this song.

Allura giggles.
Jhernish groans.
Jhernish leans a bit too far back in his chair and falls over backwards!
Panthara giggles.
Roigue chuckles.
Jhernish stands up.
Jhernish bows.
Jhernish pulls out a chair and plops himself down at the table.
Jhernish put a bright crimson tambourine framed in gilded modwir in his troubadour's cloak.
Allura applauds.
Panthara exclaims, "Oh that was so good!"
You applaud.
Panthara giggles.
Allura exclaims, "That was great!"
Roigue nods.
You say, "very well done!"
Jhernish asks, "Did you follow it well?"
Panthara nods.
Allura nods.
Allura says, "No trouble at all"
You smile at Jhernish.
Panthara leans on Roigue resting her head on his shoulder.
Roigue leans on Panthara propping his chin on her shoulder.
Allura just tickled you.
You giggle.
Panthara lifts one end of the table, causing everything upon it to slide precariously to the other side! Panthara sets the table level before any of the items meet disaster.
You lean on Allura.
Panthara blushes a nice shade of off-pink.
Jhernish says, "Oh dear"
Jhernish places his hand on his Elanthian coffee.
Panthara cringes.
Roigue chuckles.
Jhernish taps an ale-stained troubadour's cloak.
Panthara says, "I sowwy"

I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into Allura's life..come back soon, there is more to follow.

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