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Annabel Ashcroft

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Day 150: The never-ending search for a cure.

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Here are the patch entries. Note I did this one ALL the way back in February, so I have been sitting on it for a LONG time till I had finished up the main SHB storyline. But now the main story is done and I can release all of them, so enjoy. ;-)



Dear Darling Sisters:

You know we all have souls right, of course you do. All the various religions mention it in some way, each with their own 'spin' on their interpretation of it. But no matter how they describe it, each of them IS right in a way. We do all have souls and they bind us to this land of ours. And when something happens that manipulates them in some way....well, lets just say things can go pretty wrong for the person in a BIG way.

Alea: (looks shocked) "Adora?"
Adora: "Yes dear?"
Alea: "Let me see that." (takes letter, looks at it) "Yep, that IS her handwriting, Sis, I am confused! That was a rational opening to her letter with NO bitchiness, this CAN'T be Annabel writing it."
Adora: "Well, maybe her experiences in the First have matured her more than we think. She did go through a lot there that was rather hard on her."
Alea: "Maybe Adora, maybe. I'll believe it if she can go another TWO paragraphs without bitching."
Adora: "....."


After a nice long rest that I forced out of Ex, (you know Savor and all, I DESERVE it!), it was time to head back to the source, (IE: the hell I not so affectionately call Eorzea: where nothing is EVER easy!), to give the people back there an update what had been going on there in the First. (Which is the WORST!) This meant, of course, seeing MMT, which I had NOT missed in the slightest. Who knew what Minniesque draconian policies she had put into place at the Scion stronghold since our absence.

As I got there, sure enough the place felt like days of old when Minnie was running it. The aura of fear was everywhere and people spoke in hushed tones as not to be overheard and reported to their Mistress. As word of my arrival reached MMT, I could hear in the distance her high Lalafell voice, (which actually kind of reminded me of Minnie), telling her minions to fetch me NOW or there would be additional meals for her Pet today.

(Wait, that thing was STILL around? You know, one of these days I am going to have to actually SEE this 'pet' to find out what it is.)

Before I knew it, I was soon escorted VERY quickly to the inner sanctum of the Stronghold and found myself before the tyrant herself. She greeted me with a mix of cold warmth and contempt, which I actually admired. She had learned that little trick from Minfilia well, it felt JUST like I was with her again.

The former minion grilled me for hours about what had happened and the fate of her subjects, wanting to know all. I told her everything I could recall and remember, stating 'facts' and of course making them up when I could not remember exactly what happened. (You know, like I actually remember this stuff half the time!) I am telling you sisters, it was HELL and made me kind of wish for the worst the First had to offer to just get away from her!

Alea: "Hmmmmm, does that count as bitching? I don't know if I should give her some slack."
Adora: "Well dear, you have to admit, it IS rather tame compared to her other letters."
Alea: (sighs) "Fine, I will let it slide, for now. I STILL don't believe she has changed though, I think Tataru just drained her."
Adora "....."

As we were talking, one of her minions, Riol, who I really don't remember, came in to interrupt her. I thought she would go into a rage at this but she didn't. It seems that he was in charge of finding out information from the Garleans latest actions, but there was none, they had gone all quiet. MMT was VERY concerned at that and ordered him to go Ilsabard itself to find out what he could. He paled at this but dared not protest and took his leave. Poor guy, better the Garleans though than MMT's pet I guess.

With one interruption over, the next came in the form of Mini Minnie. This surprised me for I was sure she would have been captured again by SOMEONE, the thing is utterly clueless! It seems MMT had assigned her to watch over the other Scions empty bodies and hearing I was back wanted to make a report of what was going on with them.

Fully expecting her to say "my incompetent self screwed up and killed them", instead she reported that their bodies were starting to die without their souls and they REALLY needed to get them back as soon as possible. Well, you know that THIS meant, yep, back to the First to give the others the bad news.

(Hey, I did not mind this. I am ALWAYS the receiver of bad news, it's about time I GAVE some! Plus it got me away from MMT before she could send me on some REALLY stupid time wasting errand!)

Alea: "Hmmmm, it's seeping though Adora."
Adora: "Dear, it's fine, you know how Annabel is with Krile."
Alea: "uh huh, I swear you are just giving her excuses. Fine, but I am STILL watching for bitchiness."

Arriving back in the First, I tried with a somber face, (I REALLY did Alea!) to give the others the bad news but was disappointed with their reaction. They seemed to know what was going on which ruined my chance at bad news, Damn it! And you know what, they had already found a solution to their problem. It seemed that they came up with the idea to stick their souls in something called auracite and have me bring them back to the Source that way. Sigh, once again having ME be a courier, why am I NOT surprised at this.

Alea: "Adora, SEE, Bitchiness!"
Adora: "Only slightly dear."
Alea: "REALLY? WOW, I cannot believe the slack you are giving her, fine, but I am STILL watching."

But how to do this? They certainly did not know. But it seemed that Ex did know someone and suggested that we pay her a little visit. Trouble was that this person did NOT like visitors so we had to um....'invade' her castle to try and convince them to help us. I mean REALLY? How was this going to work, breaking into someone's home to make them 'help' us. I swear Sisters, sometimes my allies come up with the DUMBEST ideas!

But what was I to do? You know me: Annabel; 'point her in a direction. tell her to do something, and tell her to give NO lip about it' Ashcroft. Sigh........

So, we go to this castle and find....that it is a REALLY nice place, I mean Seriously Sisters, REALLY nice. This is the sort of place I should be living in, well without all the annoying things that ended up attacking me. Animated brooms, animated furniture, animated knickknacks, animated flowers, pretty much animated EVERYTHING. It was REALLY annoying not knowing what would move next to try and kill you. But we finally got through the place, beat up the owner's pet fire demon, and after some convincing, got this wizened old hag, (which was only of those fairy dog like creatures), to come help us.

Alea: "Wow, that would be REALLY annoying to have everything in a place move, and I don't believe for a second that there was not at least ONE Bitchy retort from her lips!"
Adora: "Well dear, just be glad our stuff does NOT move, it would make organizing a nightmare. And give our sister some credit, I am sure she showed much restraint for the sake of her companions."
Alea: "Restraint? Annabel? That's it Adora, NO more wine for you."
Adora: (Slaps Alea's hand away from the decanter), "Don't you dare dear."

Back at the Crystal palace, there was much boring discussion on how to accomplish this whole auracite thing. It pretty much boiled down to, "Annabel, go help the Matoya like crone with crap and DON'T give her a heart attack with your Bitchy Tirades." Sigh, they take ALL the fun out of my errands!

I soon found myself back in Amh Areng at the inn where all the patients afflicted by the Light were being kept. I have not spoken about this place because it beings back bad memories. I was soooo hoping that what business we had here would be done quickly.

Alea: "Annabel never did mention that place in her letters."
Adora: "Hmmm, I have a feeling it was for good reason. I think it might be best if we don't pry into this one."
Alea: "Fine, at least from the sound of her, there probably won't be any bitching.

Beq Lugg, which is what the old things's name was, examined the patients and tried a few remedies to see what would happen. Surprisingly, some of them responded to the treatment, but others did not. Dismayed, WHS pushed Beq into trying something stronger even though Beq warned that she had no idea what would actually happen. Well, you know what THAT meant, that's right, sigh, 'errand girl' time, BAH!

At least I only had to get one of the ingredients for the familiar spell, the twins got stuck having to go back to pixie land, Ha Ha! Mud soon in hand, I was back at the inn and waiting for the others, who soon came, looking MUCH worse for wear. Yeah, those pixies can be a REAL pain in the ass at times.

Having all the ingredients for the spell, Beq wanted WHS to cast the thing, but first she had to mold the clay into a likeness of a porxie, a flying pig. Did she do a good job........no, it looked AWFUL and I laughed myself silly at the thing. But, it did not seem to matter for the spell went off without a hitch and the result was fine. The familiar went to work and surprisingly, it DID help for we saw a positive reaction in the boy it was tried on.

WHS was thrilled and wanted to stay to work on the other patients, which was fine with me, one twin is MORE than enough for me. But before we could head back to the palace, Kai-Shirr, one of the Eulmore people, came to find me, letting me know that fat cat Duila needed to see me as soon as possible. Wonderful, NOW what does she want? I am telling you sisters, someone ALWAYS wants something from me.



Continued: part 2


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