Hi D<-, since you found and redirected the little subthread in which I was making use of your avatar, I thought you might like to know where that thread started, especially since it ties in rather nicely with the Middle-Eastern turn you've given the story. You can't really get there by backing up because of the various cross-links. It starts at the episode http://www.bearchive.com/~addventure/game1/docs/223/223955.html
(a sidebar on the Monster's Ball thread), and you were brought in mainly to show how other avatars viewed the main goings on. I continued the thread mainly to fill out prolific's family tree (also without authorization!). Anyway, if you have any additional ideas of where to take the thread from here, feel free.