(23a) Addendum to (23)
The Crusader Campaign (095-1123 to ???-1123)
Kalida's Fourth Klatrin Experience
Kalida's fourth klatrin experience starts out much
like the first, with the shrinking and expanding and floating.
This time, she has some very definite directions in mind.
She starts out focussing on Santanocheev. She
wants to trace down who else he is affecting.
He is affecting pretty everyone right now.
Unconsciously or consciously, he's pulling on everything, threads going
out everywhere. They're strong, very strong, and Kalida herself
has strengthened them. She simply can't figure out which is
That doesn't seem to be getting here anywhere, so
she refocusses on Norris. He's still pulling all kinds of
threads, as she expected, but he's also getting pulled now as
well. Santanocheev is pulling Norris now, and unintended
consequences are everywhere. It's a very complex system.
It's really hard to avoid getting tied up in it, almost literally.
Still, she's holding on, even though it feels
dangerous here. Among these threads, they're tying her down
wherever she looks, and all she has to do is twitch and some thread
In response, Kalida stops looking too hard locally,
and remembers that Norris had some threads that went out in odd
directions. She tries to pick one and examine it, follow
it. That one right there, in fact. It looks like he's
pulling threads that with just a little ripple are going out and
affecting some trading company. He's deliberately pulling
something, that's certain. It's very minor and overshadowed by
everything that's flying around at the moment, of course.
On a whim, Kalida pulls back from Norris and looks
for Eduard. It's kind of hard to identify anything related to
him. There's just such strong threads over there that he is
probably masked underneath. There's the strong ones that
Santanocheev is sending out, and the threat that's coming in to Adabicci
is somehow a consequence of that, and details are pretty obscure up
She does, however, think she sees something else
pulling around Adabicci's family. It's not part of the threat,
but there's something going on around there. She starts looking
into it, and suddenly runs into a wall. Something's blocking her
view out there. There's a hole that's being blocked, and she
thinks that while there might be threads coming from it, she can't see
She looks for a way around it. She can't see
one, and what is worse she feels like her view is being sucked into
there, views elsewhere are starting to fade on her as she is falling
into the hole. She tries to fall back out -- she can hold where
she is, but it's taking an effort.
Kalida notices she's starting to feel tired from the
major effort of holding still. She fights against it harder, but
she's starting to slip slightly, getting sucked in by the strength of
She looks for something to grab hold of, and
clutches some nearby threads. She has no idea what threads they
are, but they're where she can grasp them and try to pull herself out.
But as she does so, she feels like she's made things
really worse. She can't see what, but she feels that it's
something bad. The hole has sprung out towards them, sending
ripples flying along the threads she's holding. This is not
good. She has once again made a bigger mess. She has to try
to extricate herself somehow, unless she dives right into the hole,
which she doesn't think is a good idea.
Suddenly she comes to a decision. She doesn't
know what will happen if she lets go of everything she's holding, but
it's what she will do.
Kalida lets go.
As she falls into the hole, she sees that the
threads she was holding are stabilizing back again, recovered a lot
from what she'd done to them. She is falling into the hole.
...she's passing some sort of boundary
She feels like she's falling into a black hole,
hovering on slowing down, like she's being drunk as a glass of water,
like she's a book and someone's riffling through her pages. Time is
...but she's drifting and not affecting anything
...not being affected
Stuck. She's not actually attached to anything
at the moment. She looks around but can see nothing. The
only sensations she has are of herself, and those are doing strange
things. She tries to move herself, and the sense of everything