Marai: The Long Dark
14 Kolanth 445 NC, The Shadow
It was interesting to watch Mei Li as she was helped prepare for the wedding ceremony. Her mind was a whirl of thoughts, obvious as she jumped from topic to topic. When the spirits began to pass by me, I quickly excused myself,fearful of this unusual appearance and the quantity that seemed to quickly be gathering. To my surprise, Ching Lan joined their ranks. When I followed them to the throne room, they began to be drawn together in the form of infinity. I happened to notice the soul of a shoe above the swirling spirits. Akra entered the room, was able to see the shoe and went looking for help while I tried to help cull Ching Lan from the swarm by using Puca. Suddenly, the swarm formed into a ‘man-spirit’ and began draining the life from several of the Nobles that were there to attend the wedding. A fight ensued thankfully only claiming four of them. Never in all my training have I heard of a spirit animating a statue as Ching Lan’s did! For some strange reason, she seems to have been sent back to us. I am thankful and angry but I remain silent while I try to understand her reasons for leaving us in the first place. Ko Nor is now trying to convince Jogaila he does not need to marry and be emperor but Jogaila is as strong-headed as his father. I try to guide him to be sure to think of others in his decisions and now we wait for his response, tomorrow.