Time makes idiots of us all, he thought.
The passageway leading to the Well Chamber went on and on and on.
And on, and on, and on.
Kelli Thunderhold, Paladin of Righteousness, was getting antsy.
“Uh, excuse me?” she said, after a while. “How long now?”
“Not far!” said the little kobold, encouragingly. “Not far at all! Just have to wander a little more!”
When the time came to choose, Netty chose the forces of Evil.
It took me all of ten seconds to verify that the Obligatory Chess-Board Puzzle was not as obligatory as usual.
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“I don’t get it, Seamon,” I said, scooting myself back up against one of the large columns ringing the central well of the pool chamber. “I mean — I’m not sure I quite follow. You are an elemental, yes?”
“Wull, yes,” grumbled the water weird, lounging his long and snakelike mass along the diabolically-carved reddish stone of his well.
“You’re made entirely of elemental water, given shape by psychothaumaturgical vibration.”
The weird flopped from side to side, ambivalently. “More or less,” he said, eventually.
“You don’t sleep. You don’t eat. You obtain sustenance by drowning things here in your pool, by means none of us fully comprehend.”
“Yup,” said the weird.
“You have no discernible biological functions.”
“Mm hm,” Seamon agreed.
“And yet… you want a girlfriend.”
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