Yathrin Evanshalee dragged Istinid from the city center out to patrol, saying something about it being his daily "punishment" for being a male. Whatever. Istinid properly reveres all of Lolth's clergy, but Evanshalee's naive zeal is foreign to him.
They were soon joined by a weak deathsinger of house Dev'Lin, whose name Istinid did not hear and had no interest in knowing anyway. Evanshalee and Istinid carved and bashed their way through packs of gnolls and bugbears and large goblins with practiced ease, then encountered two other Morcane females: Aly'Ffyn and Dlillen. They joined forces and fended off some orcs, making their way to the gorbog areas. Apparently Evanshalee and Dlillen had business elsewhere, so Istinid found himself alone with Aly'Ffyn and the Dev'Lin. Enhanced by his spells, the three settled into a vigorous routine of dispatching gorbog apes as Aly'Ffyn sang praises dedicating the spilt blood to Lolth.
Aly'Ffyn commented possitively on both their abilities, setting the two males off into a disagreeable banter which Istinid certainly felt he got the better of. Vithin weak, fool of a Dev'Lin, he thought. As they carried on, Istinid found himself more and more inspired by the young jabbress -- close to his age -- and strained to demonstrate the full extent of his abilities with sword and spell. Eventually the Dev'Lin departed and the two were blissfully alone. Aly'Ffyn went on to praise Istinid's skill and service to Lolth. Few times in his life had he ever felt this proud, and never so captivated ((Charisma check 42)).
He soon found himself staring at her with obvious desire, and when she did not slink away drew in close for a kiss. She closed her eyes and was surprisingly shy, apparently not used to the attentions of a "noble born" as she kept teasing him. She commented on the meaning of his name, "immortal harbinger" to which he made his usual joke of being uncertain about the second part but "so far, so good" to the first. They spoke of her recent entry into the service of House Morcane, and of what would happen if they were found like this. Aly'Ffyn was hesitant and pulled away on one occassion, but he insisted his mother would understand and indeed expected no less of him.
They passed some time together in that cave passage ((just first-second base you twerps! : ) -- Istinid could not have guessed how long, just not enough -- before she had to return to her house for some duty ((had to log)).
Istinid was left with a dreamy, burning desire for more -- a feeling quite strong and unfamiliar to him. Is it love? Perhaps...the selfish kind.