Back Home and Thayan Wizards
We headed out the next day with everyone in town being so very nice to us. Seraphim decided to stay and help the town a tad longer. I made a grand speech on how the Lady’s College in Silverymoon would never let any town fall and how Silverymoon was always here to protect all of the people in the Silver Marches. With that done Carnifex showed us what he built during the night. I truly wonder how he stays as fit and healthy without sleep. I mean it takes nearly a full regimen of people to wake me up in the morning. But he did manage to make us a beautiful carriage and so Elia got in the front seat with Carnifex and that is when the town leader said for some upstart to walk us out of town. When he said the name I wanted to jump out of my seat right away and point out that this young moron was a Shar follower, but for some reason I was told not to. However I made it clear that I knew who he was.
We made it towards Sundarbar with little issue I am coming to think Belial can do one thing right and that’s find his way around trees. We got to Sundabar and I was told to wait in the cart with the rest and only Elia and Bel were going in. Now normally I would be fine with this staying out of the smelly place and not having guards fallow me everywhere but she took Bel out of everyone! It wasn’t long before they came running out with a full guard chasing after them. Carnifex in an odd voice talked the guards out of killing Bel right out and letting us take my accident back to the college. Wow that was funny.
We were not on the road long when we encountered the “merchant” that bought the mine from Stauvin. Well as I made it clear to everyone that these men were bad and one is a Red Wizard, I really wonder if any of my group besides me knows what that means. Our new cleric (Merime I think was the ditz name.) Decided to get closer to the Necromancer of evil! She latterly went over and spent the whole night with that vile excuse for a man! I cast an alarm spell (mental) on the cart and never left it. Carnifex must have noticed my agitation and stayed watch for a long time.
My alarm did go off once that night when one of the vile man’s guards “traveled to close” to the cart and “bumped” it. Both I and Carnifex woke up right away. I am not sure how Carnifex new that the alarm went off, but maybe it’s more of that accent Nithril magic. I will need to attend History class more to learn what I can of my new friend.
In the morning I just dispelled my alarm spell and at this Carnifex was pleased with me. Then Elia, Carnifex, Bel, and I all gathered to discuss our plan. With the accident of bumping last night we thought it good to move faster than the “merchant”. So with that we collected our cleric and I checked for any mind affecting spells or spells on her in general. There were none. And we left.
We made good head way and found a tavern/inn that we could rest a bit in. I went straight up to the room with Elia and had my dinner that I packed. Why can’t Inns serve good food and not this crap they call food!? I mean really anyone raised on the wonderful cooking of the college would die if they ate what these people would pass off as eatable food! This says that the rest of my companions have stomachs of steel because they eat it all the time. Must be why Bel smell and acts they way he dose and why Keiji is so fit. But it wasn’t long before Keiji came knocking on the door ( I should say door frame! He can be taught!) I stated the word and opened the door to see a look of worry on his face. He then told me a few “bad looking men” were down stairs looking for someone that looked like me. He said that Bel and him gave them misderections on my whereabouts but wanted me to know that someone is looking for me and not in a good way.
I have a feeling that these men might be connected to the ex-shop keep in Newfort. I am a tad worried that my unbrideled use of my gift has put this on me. I will need to tell Serianos about this when I get back. He will not like this one bit. He did tell me not to use my power when I was out and about. I will need to make sure the old elf is sitting when I tell him or he might just keel over and die right there.
We made it to Siverymoon in no time after that. I am happy to be home but now thinking about the butt loads of homework I will need to do is getting to me. I walk into the guard tower and that’s when I remember the circle and the questions my entire new group will need to ask and now I am worried that Carnifex may be found out about his “odd” situation. I mean it’s neat that someone from that age is around now but I don’t want him to be thought of as some sort of project for some upstart mage to try and crack! He is a person ( I think) and he deserves the same rights as any other person!
I told them my name and stood in the circle and they handed me my token for school. The rest went through and when Carnifex went up I think I held my breath for a short while. He passed but then they cast an alignment spell on him and still nothing happened. So he was safe and I really didn’t worry much about the rest of the group. I was surprised that Bel made it through. For a while they all thought that he was some experiment gone very wrong form the college. I soooo wanted to play that up but with the truth spell going on I couldn’t. So we went into town and that’s when I departed Elia and the rest.
When I made it to the college I slowed my steps. It was good to be home but also what was I to say to everyone that would ask where I had been. I mean I always skip Necromancy class but I tend to at least attend even if I am sleeping most of the other classes. And then there were the chores that most likely backed up. I was greeted by odd looks at the gate of the college. That is when I remembered my school outfit was burned thanks to Bel! So I saw Amie and stopped her real quick, she was a good student and fun to hang around with and she was the same size I was. That’s when I asked if she had an extra outfit I could use. She of course said she did but I would need to tell her everything about my trip. I like her she is funny. So we talked and I changed.
Then it was time to talk to Serianos. He knew the moment I was on campus. Which begs the question? Why is he always surprised when I am gone!? So I met him in his classroom, He had a stack of books and papers with him. I knew that they were meant for me. We started talking and he was real nice and calm. Man I am so going to hate telling him about the Zhentarum. So I manage to get some of the pieces of homework removed by sweet taking about what I found and who I met. Then I came to the do or die moment. He asked me if I was good and not using my power. I stopped talking and asked him to have a seat. I did not want him to have a coronary failure standing up. Then I explained what happened at Newfort, and how men are now looking for me.
I saw something of pain and dread in his eyes. He started rubbing his head and saying something about how the Lady was going to cook him alive and that he may have to go into hiding. I was concerned and wanted to change the subject anyway. So I told him about my findings with the Red wizard in the town. He perked up at that. He told me to write a letter to the guard explaining my findings and to give a good description of the person. I then asked about my parents. I truly don’t think I know when to stop with this poor man. He said he truly had no idea of whom my parents were, but he knows who does and I could always go ask her.
Great! Now someone who can tell me who I am and who my parents are and if there are any living relatives! So I asked who this person was. That is when my hopes of finding out dropped and made sense of a lot of things. Lady Alustriel was the person that knew my parents. This means that not only is the probability of me seeing her was extremely low but that I was never going to have the opportunity to speak to her about anything because who would have time for some lowly spell caster mooch? I mean she was paying for my schooling here and I haven’t really been showing my gratitude very well. So this made up my mind on not only going to more classes and actually trying, but somehow I will find a way to talk to her. But before that I needed to go to the library.
I wasn’t more than two steps towards the door when Serianos sat my happy butt in a chair and slammed the reaming books of work in front of me and stated that the kitchen would love to see me soon as well. Man I just saved a whole town and knocked out a temple of Shar and I still need to do homework and chores?! This sucks!
Ok so the whole doing homework only lasted until he left the room and I could cast silent image. Then I busted out of there and went to the library and also the Sage Vault. I found a list of known spellfire wielders and had them copied. I noticed one might even still be alive! A woman by the name of Shandril Shesshair, She would be about 33 years old if she still lived. I made a note to try and track her down. It said she was from Highmoon. So to Highmoon I will go when I can leave again.
So I was at my favorite tavern boasting about what an awesome job I did in Newfort when this Sorcerer decided to argue that one cannot catch a grease spell on fire with a Burning hands spell. Shows how much snobby Sorcerers know. So he flung grease and I called out a burning hands spell at the same time Belial (I had no idea he was even there and that he was climbing to the rafters.) showed up and caught all of it right smack in the middle. He dropped to the floor and three of us and the new cleric (what was she doing here?) cast a water spell on him that made it worse. Then I had the idea to use ice spells. So about ten of us used ice spells on him and we created the ice rink that lasted a few days. Come to find out Belial wanted me to enchant his bow. Mind you he is not on my favorite persons list so I charged him extra for the fact I would have to touch his bow.
The rest of the week went by without much excitement until Carnifex and Belial came to school looking for me. Mind you they picked the time I was supposed to be in Necromancy class and was actually sun bathing with Bale on the top spire with the new spell I learned (Fly). So here I was minding my own business when Belail throws rocks at me and the college! Was he asking for death!? So I decided that since he was throwing rocks at me I would throw missiles at him. Mind you it was a small spell and no need for aim. He got scared and drops his darkness spell, the missiles hit anyway. That is when Serianos came out and I was all ready on the ground yelling at Belial and the guards and stating that the monster should never been allowed into the city in the first place and Carnifex was walking the poor soul that Bel cast Darkness on into the college for help. So it was a cluster fuck!
At the end of it I was in trouble and Bel was asked to leave and Carnifex was redecorating the inside of the college. I told Serianos that Carnifex was a friend and a part of the group that went with me to Newfort. I didn’t tell him that Carnifex was part of Nithril history but that can always wait. That’s when Serianos gave me a speech on how magic is a privilege and not to go throwing it around without thinking and how it could hurt someone and that I needed to have more self control. Blah!
(Note here: I along with the enchantments Belial asked for on his bow I put on a fireball spell and a power word spell. The word to make it go off is BOOM!)
Around then is when Elia told me to meet her at Helms for our next mission. Also she asked me to write a letter for help for Newfort. I had dinner dishes duties that night and since my stunt with Bel I was “grounded” from leaving the school grounds. So silent image, invisibility, and I was gone! Man when will they learn to check my spells before leaving me alone!? I was the last to arrive at the gathering. I even brought Bel his bow! Elia strangely knew I was there before I even said a word or took off my spell. Weird! Anyway she said she had been given orders to check out an outpost town of loggers because they have not been heard of for some time. So yay leaving again for some small town that I can’t even remember the name of and can’t find on any map! Plus how was I going to tell Serianos about this.
I went back into the school and went straight way to see Serianos. On my way I found out that a few men have come to the town gates and asked around for someone like me. This was going to be great, first “hey some mean looking people are at the gates looking for me and oh can I leave again?!” ya that is not going to go well at all I truly think I may just send this poor man into an early retirement, if he doesn’t drop dead from heart failure first. It went better than I expected. But he went on this rant how Lady Alustriel was going to fry him and that he may lose his job or his life. I told him that I would talk to her as soon as I could because it’s not his fault that I want to leave. I tried to make him feel better but it seems that the more I talked the more agitated he got. So I just went to my room.
The road and The Fake church of Mystra!
We hit the road early the next morning. It was good to be with Elia again I really wanted to talk to her about what I found out about my family. But we were only a day or so away from where we needed to be. And I needed to study a bit and research some spells I came across and make scrolls. We came into a small town and right away it all seemed way to odd. There was a smoldering building and it looked like people weren’t sure how it happened then some priest said it was by the “bandits” and then slowly everyone agreed. I didn’t like it one bit. We were ushered to the “Temple of Mystra” to talk to the head priest. I am sorry but Mystra has opened temples with stars and flowing red and blue banners. Not built into some rock with dark tapistries and some vile looking priest who boast about the “Privalige of Knowlegde and that only a few are allowed to have such knowledge”. It got me so worked up I contested the whole damn thing right then and there and stated Mystra believes everyone should have the ability to have arcane knowledge and that it is one of her many tenets to share what you have learned with anyone and everyone. I was told to leave. Keiji, myself, and Merime left to the only tavern/inn the place had. We started to cook up a good plan. Merime and I would go into their “nightly” services and then keiji would sit down in the tavern with an image of myself “eating”.
We needed however two people from the town. I would never be allowed back into their fake Mystra temple. So we found two drunk guys and we had Merime do her stuff. Keiji and I waited up in the room for the right moment. Merime led the poor fools upstairs and into the waiting sleep spell I had. Kieji tied them up and Merime and I got dressed in their clothes. For authenticity we jumped on the bed and made “noises” I was slightly embarrassed but it was great fun. I will write more after the plan has been done.
Trouble and Mistakes:
I can’t do it anymore! I just want to be home in my room safe and happy! Why did I ever want to leave? I took two lives today, and they were only simple guards for the temple they weren’t bad, just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I went in to the temple as planned and told Merime to leave when they asked us to chose our path. I thought I could do this on my own that I could leave without any issue if needed. But I was wrong. I panicked when the priest started to talk about all sorts of weird stuff and making no sense. I had no idea what I was getting into and had no way to tell my party to help me if needed. The only sign we agreed on was a fireball. I cast silent image and got to the inner door when two guards spotted me. I panicked and ran. I fist cast Daze to confuse them but one still was ok. They yelled after me. I turned and cast my only offensive spell I had “Fireball”, I prayed that they would leave me alone. When I looked up they were toast. I killed them! They were not evil and really didn’t hurt me. But I killed them.
I pulled out my wand of magic missiles it was my last thing to get me out. Then Carnifex came through the door and even thought I told him they were lying about this being a temple to Mystra he came at me anyway. I knew if he wanted to he could kill me in one swipe of his sword. He disarmed me and asked for my surrender. I gave up hoping this was some plan.
I was walked to the jail and put into a cell that later Demi picked the lock and helped me out. Or at least I hope it was Demi, I only heard her voice wasn’t sure if it was her or not. I made it to the cart were I was told to go. I had cast Invisibility on myself so no one would see me then all hell broke loose and more innocent people died. At this point my spell was taken off and my fly spell was put on. With some of the town on fire and two more people dead I was told to leave. I didn’t kill those two Bel did that I truly think he is evil. That is when he yelled such a name to me that I will never repeat it! But I turned wanting badly to say the power word and be rid of him. But he was around other people that would get caught in the blast so I left.
I am done! This was a stupid idea! Why? I am traveling with a demon that insults me! And an armored man form a time were Magic ruled ruthlessly, he also scars me and hates me! I even think Elia hates me! Dear Mystra I need your guidance!
Just want to be back in class with my safe friends and safe walls. I feel alone. I feel lost. Am I a monster? Am I evil, or just a lost stupid person, with too much power at her hands? I now remember what Serianos said about responsibility with power and how one should be careful and not let emotion rule them. I need to learn that. I sit at our make shift camp with everyone hurt and upset. Elia won’t even talk to me and the rest are covering our tracks. I truly think my only friend is lost to me. She may want me to be someone I am not. I want to talk to her; however I am afraid of what she will say.
The only person left to me is Bale. I tried talking to him about home but he has never been a talker and even though he tried to he wasn’t made for such things. I also think he sees weakness in me. And maybe he is right I am weak. But I am only 16 years old! I wasn’t even supposed to be let out of the city! With my spellfire and being a mage I think I may have to get use to being alone. I will either be alone or dead because of what I am. Mystra help me!
So I will try only having defensive spells. Elia says we have to go back to the town and not hurt any of the town folk. Then we need to bring down the false temple. I did not know what to do. They all knew I killed two of their people already. I sat and thought on it and came to a conclusion that if I save the rest of the town and bring down this false temple without killing one person that I could atone for the lives I did take.
So that is what I shall do.
Temples and Dark Deities:
In the morning we split the party. All the towns people thought Carnifex was still their friend and so would welcome him back. He would say that he caught the people responsible for the murders in the town and “dealt” with them. While he was distracting the guards with the loot that he was “returning” Demi, Belial, Keiji, Merime, and myself would sneak into the temple and covertly take out the temple without killing any of the guards. Elia would be going back to the woods to get the “wood cutters” so we can smooth over our standing in the town. So that is the plan let’s see if we get it to go off without a anymore issues, however Bel is with us so anything could happen.
Later that day:
We set out for the town about noon ish and with Carnifex infiltrating the town and talking with the guards he was going to act as if he was sent by Shar herself. I do say that man never lacks imagination. So I cast invisibility on everyone but Demi and put component sight one use so we could at least see each other. That wasn’t the best idea because Bel in the time I cast one and fallowed with the other had taken off his pants and there is no reason one should lay eyes on that body part of that creature…. Ever! So with that we looked for ways into the closed gate and had to cast yet more spells to fly and levitate the party over. So far the idea to just bring defensive magic was a good idea. We got in by sliding into the cracked front door. Carnifex started asking about “fixing” the doors to the various off shoots of the temple this helped us not to wasted time because all good spells have a time limit. We manage not only to walk into a girl showering and one changing to the delightment of the boys but found the main hallway. That is where shit hit the fan.
The damned priest saw the door move and cast a dame purge spell. I saw this and hid around the corner. I motioned to the rest that the guy could see them. I am not sure Bel’s body could handle that much magic at once because he decided to defecated the door and the grounds with his bodily fluids and solids! That creature is most vile! I turned to notice a sword swooshing over my delicate head. I quickly pulled out my Chakrum, if I manage to just injure this creature enough to stop attacking me it still counts as not killing anyone right? I should have been looking at my mid section because after hitting the damn shadowy thing in the face it payed me back with a sword to the stomach!
(Note: That hurts! There is nothing I have had to deal with more painful than a steel sword right through my stomach! And I am female so I get pains on a monthly basses!)
I was shocked at the hole left in my small body. I put my hands to the wound to try and hold in my life blood, and other parts of my body inside. I wasn’t sure how I would survive; I had a hole in my middle! I panicked and wished that I could heal like those damned clerics and that I didn’t just have power to destroy but to heal and to help myself. Then something odd happened. My body got warm and the power I had stored up started to run through me. My hands glowed blue. I felt the warm energy run its course through my whole body, and then I felt no more pain. All I was thinking of was how I wanted the pain to stop. I found that my destructive power has a good side. It can heal! I also found that it makes me weak after such event. I managed to stay upright but was shaky.
At this point the door was set on by the guards on the other side and Keiji was holding it closed. I took the initiative to tie rope on it and then Carnifex put it on fire! Keiji ran and as he did he lifted me up and carried me on his shoulder.
(Note: Now Keiji is nice to look at but never had I the mind to think of him more than a love drunk fighter. However on his shoulder like that I felt his taught muscles and with the gentle way he held me it was divine! He even had a sweet smell! And that cute little monkey was trying to hold me too! I might want to make him something nice to repay him.)
I cast Shield and Mage Armor on both of us. If he was going to carry me then he damn well get some protection out of the deal! We all reach the basement floor and then ran into a garbage monster. He gently sat me down on the floor. (What a gentleman he truly is sweet.) While the beast was dealt with I took notice that there was a statue in the middle of the room so I examined it closer and came to understand that this was a true statue of the Great Lady of Mysteries. The Great Lady was trying to shed some of her divine power through this one statue. The power was pure and clean. Not dark and dirty as the other magic I have felt in this temple. This led me to believe this once was a true temple to Mystra. Somehow the Sharans had made it into the ranks and perverted the whole thing. I will make them pay for such a slander against the Great Goddess Mystra!
I said a quick prayer to her and as the beast was dispatched by the heavy fighters of the group I went about looking at one room and finding small boxed with locks our small pixie friend could open. At the same time Carnifex had stated he found what he thinks may have been the library. I would like to see if there was anything useful like scrolls or spell books. If this was a temple to the Great Lady then maybe they might have some still. Demi got the locks open and that’s when I heard someone crash through the door and set off an alarm. ( I pin this one on Bel seeing how that is his brutish style and Carnifex was busy in the Library and Keiji is far too much of a gentleman to do such a thing.)
I went to the room that held the library and found a few small scrolls mostly for the spell beggars but I did find one scroll on Dispel magic. I heard a loud crash and a moaning sound coming from the main room. I went out to check on what made such a ruckus when I saw Bel sprawled on the floor and a very broken Sacred Statue to the Great Lady of Mysteries broken on the floor.
Ok so I may not be the purest person or even the star student. I may not always listen or keep my temper in check but that damn devil just busted a statue that radiated of divine magic! Shouldn’t that make him cursed or something?! Then as I was standing there with my mouth gapping at what he had done, that wretched creature asked me to use my divine gift, given to me by the very same Goddess that the statue was made to that he just broke! Not only was he dirty, smelly, rude, ill-mannered, and ill-tempered, a bad shot, and a demon. He was stupid too!
This was a true test of my personality, and alignment. Should I heal this thing or let it suffer? I truly had a hard time with this. I had to stand there and think on the ramifications on the actions I was to take. Not only that but with the amount of injuries he had it would take all the power I had left to get him back to fighting status, not to say he would still be hurt after that. If I were to use all my power I would most definitely pass out and there was no way I was going to ask that thing to pick me up. He would most likely to horrible things to me! Where was Keiji when I needed his strong warm arms! I did spot Carnifex still in the room. So I asked him to help me. He agreed.
I spent what power I had healing the thing that broke my ladies statue. (I better get some major good juju for this!) Then the world went dark.
I had a dream I saw a blue flame in a shape of a female. She was dancing and seemed happy. I felt warm and safe. I tried to get a better look at the girl in the flame. However the closer I got the farther she went. I felt as if I should know this girl. Then as quickly as the world went away it came back and the Flaming Girl was gone.
I awoke in a corner of a hallway I didn’t know and heard some fighting in a different room. I slowly got to my feet and saw a large hammer hanging from the ceiling, and a door to my left. I turned through the doorway and saw my group finishing a battle. As far as I know my kill count is still zero. Doing good so far. I saw at the end of this room a large symbol of Shar blocking the way. It made me feel dark inside and I wanted it to go away. Even with that there we had people to find and rooms to check. Carnifex took the leader prisoner and tied her up. Demi and I took one room and she found a pair of satin slipper which I knew as spider climb slippers. I put those babies on right away. Bel kept pleading for me to give him them but there was no way I was going to give these to him. We found other useful things and I finally found suitable food to eat and wine to drink!
With the rooms searched we found out the Carnifex was indeed missing and then Keiji was going to touch the disk of Shar. I shouted for him not to touch the thing. There was no way to know what would happen to him if he did and there was no way I would let him get hurt. He is now under my protection. (How meager that might me he has my spells and maybe more if he wants them.) I will protect him as I do Elia. They are my friends and I protect my friends. However his monkey touched it and seemed ok. Then Bel went through it and said it wasn’t really there. I studied it a bit and found it to be an illusion. So I absorbed the magic needing to get my power levels back up from exhausting them earlier, and not knowing what we were heading to.
On the other side we found a strange device that looked a lot like a portal but it wasn’t fully functional and missing pieces. I could tell it was a portal to a dark place. I wanted to destroy it, to rid the world of it, but something inside told me to leave it be. We came upon Carnifex dispatching a large creature and a small stinky man scared shitless. We also found some of the lost villagers. We were told of the dark plans of the Cult Of Shar. That they had more of the town’s folk in the Night Woods. Those woods were not a good place to go if you are human or anything other than a creature of evil. I found a map of the water ways and took them. Carnifex persuaded the boatman to take us when we needed, however there was a time limit to the boatman’s help.
We got back topside with prisoner in tow and that is when Elia and the wood cutters came to vouch for us. I help explain that the temple was turned into a Sharan Temple and that many of the people taken were no longer here. We agreed to get them back. Many of the towns people were very upset and I understand why. They were lied to and their loved ones are gone taken from them for no known reason. And to top it off they were led to believe that Mystra was protecting them. I made my best efforts to make them understand that this was not Mystra’s doing at all. They agreed to make the temple into a true Mystra Temple if I got them a true cleric.
I have learned a lot on this trip and one of them is, Control ones temper of innocent people will get hurt and sometimes you can’t undo what you did.
Second is, you cannot run affectively in a damned skirt! Nor is it helpful to have a shit ton of sleeves and my whole outfit needed to change! I needed pants! How and where to get them? I only ever got my clothes from the school. I must have looked like I was in trouble because Kieji asked me what was wrong and when I finally told him with my face beat red. He laughed and said he would help me. (Even his laugh is sweet!) However we didn’t get a lot of alone time because Elia got the idea in her head she needed to come along as well. She was acting all strange. Every time Keiji and I would be getting to friendly she managed to find a way wiggle in or she became huffy. I must talk to her about this. I am wondering if she may like him as well. If so I would be more than willing to let her have him, she is prettier than I am and I have to study a lot anyway. I will graduate soon and Serianos did ask me to keep up on my studies while out.
We have to leave for Silverymoon in the morrow so I am off to bed. I wonder if Bale has “company” again tonight?