A task to perform.   Posted by DM.Group: 0
Waydin Boshar
 player, 77 posts
 Apprentice Mage
Sun 6 Dec 2015
at 20:29
A task to perform

 Waydin thought a moment. " Let us explore the other room, Milos." They pair would attempt to open the other door in the usual way.
DM
 GM, 70 posts
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 01:55
A task to perform
The two luskanites make their way down a flight of steps and enter a hexogonal chamber without a door.

The chamber lights up with glowing globes in the six corners of the chamber, revealing 6 dessicated undead, dressed in rusted chain armor and all holding bardiches. In the far wall is a long, stone tomb. Along the wall are painted but faded murals of a bearded man - one showing him with a circle of wizards, another raining fire and lightning on giants and orcs and a third shows him directing workers building edifices.

By the stone tomb stands a black robed skeletal undead. It red pinpoints of light turn to both Waydin and Milos and scrutinizes them while the 6 armored ones raise their weapons in a defensive posture and move forward, placing themselves in a skirmish line between the sailor and mageling and the tomb and the robed skeletal undead.

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Waydin Boshar
 player, 78 posts
 Apprentice Mage
Mon 7 Dec 2015
at 04:39
A task to perform
In reply to DM (msg # 142):

 When the two men named Milos and Waydin entered the main chamber of the tomb, what they beheld made them stop in their tracks. Waydin had to blink several times, to believe his own senses.  But he believed he was beholding the Mage Ixon, and his body guards. Even in death, Ixon was impressive to behold. He must have been imposing indeed, in life.

  The Mageling new at once, they were no match for the undead within this chamber, they could either flee, and he would face the displeasure of his Masters. Or Waydin could attempt a gambit. Perhaps where might fell short, wits might wind the day.  In a low voice to Milos, “Do nothing, but be prepared to flee, if I fail". Waydin set the lamp and staff to the floor.

  Waydin slowly made a few steps toward the skirmish line, with his hands open and arms spread in a gesture of being unarmed. He then attempted to speak in the ancient tongue used by the nobility,Thorass. “Great Ixon, I beg forgiveness for disturbing your rest and violating your tomb. I am one that studies the magical arts, as you once did, but I am nothing as compared to you, the Hero that stood against an Orc horde, an act of great courage, indeed. Please hear my petition to you.” Waydin bowed then to the robed figure.

23:40, Today: Waydin Boshar rolled 18 using 1d20.  Speak Ancient Language Thorass.

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DM
 GM, 71 posts
Tue 8 Dec 2015
at 11:28
A task to perform
The robed skeletal figure merely stares at Waydin as he approaches and listens to him speak. The robed undead puts its right hand on the top of the tomb.

"My master will meet you momentarily" it says in the common tongue. "Your misuse of Thorass is evident - you need practice", it says plainly. "Put away your weapons - you will find them useless unless you wish to join our ranks", it says to Milos at the entrance to the chamber.
Waydin Boshar
 player, 79 posts
 Apprentice Mage
Thu 10 Dec 2015
at 01:41
A task to perform
In reply to DM (msg # 144):


  When the dead thing spoke in the Common tongue, Waydin knew he had indeed misspoken the old tongue of the nobles. He wanted to flee the chamber, but that fascination to anything magical, made war with his natural fear.

 He looked to Milos." Put away your weapons,Milos. If the denizens of this room,wanted to harm us, we would now be dead. Put them away." Waydin gave his best , "trust me" expression.
DM
 GM, 72 posts
Sun 13 Dec 2015
at 23:52
A task to perform
Milos looks to Waydin and then at the undead before him and wisely puts away his weapons.

"May Mask favor this foolish swab", he says in a low tone.

After Milos says this, the tomb slowly slides open with a grating of stone. A skull levitates out of the tomb and with it, dust that begins to surround the skull until it forms a body for the skull, giving it a ghostly visage.

"You have entered my tomb and I demand to know why", the skull/dust amalgamation says in Waydin's mind. "Was it for plunder, defilement or mere curiosity...Speak!"
Waydin Boshar
 player, 80 posts
 Apprentice Mage
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 00:54
A task to perform
  When the skull finished demanding to know why they were in the tomb, Waydin went to both knees, and attempted to speak in the tongue of the nobles, once again. “Master Ixon, I did not know this was your final place of rest, until I read the words on the statute. I was tasked with coming here and fetching back, a so-called “Item of Power” for the Masters of the Arcane Brotherhood, of which I am a mangling.  The two of us, have been sent on a fool’s errand, it would seem.   I knew my task was a failure, once I knew this was your tomb. But I had to try anyway, for failure in this task shall cost my companion and my life, more as like. For what it is worth, I am most honored to have the privilege to speak with one of the most powerful Wizards known to history.

 Waydin fully expected to be slain at this point, but he was indeed in awe of Ixon, and felt honored to be in his/its presence. If he had to die, better it be by the magic of a powerful Wizard like Ixon, as compared to the bade of some Orc, or such. A worthy death for a Mage,indeed.


19:54, Today: Waydin Boshar rolled 10 using 1d20.  Speak Ancient Language Thorasse.

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DM
 GM, 73 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 01:58
A task to perform
The skull and dust body of Ixon hovers closer to Waydin.

"You will open you mind to me - if indeed what you say is true, my probing will reveal as such...Resist and you risk your mind - damaged."

Waydin feels a pressure on his head as if under a rock, followed by a sensation of needles sticking in his brain.

(Need to know if you intent to save vs. spell or forego the save and allow the intrusion ~Almighty DM)
Waydin Boshar
 player, 81 posts
 Apprentice Mage
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 02:26
A task to perform
In reply to DM (msg # 148):

 The Magical physicality of Ixon touched Waydin's mind,and it was all the young mage could do, to not jump to his feet and flee for his life.  He had had no control of his destiny up to this point. And to die because someone else had sent him to this place, infuriated the young Mageling.Waydin found himself calling down a curse upon Jaluth and the Lich, but he snapped back his attention to the matter at hand. Waydin knew to resist such as Ixon,was sheer folly, so he forced himself to remain calm,and accept the mental intrusion, but he liked it not.
DM
 GM, 74 posts
Mon 14 Dec 2015
at 11:18
A task to perform
The vision of the chamber, tomb and undead fade away as Waydin sees his life thus far shown to him in an instant.

Birth, his childhood, working for the glass merchant, being sold to the Arcane Brotherhood - all his life's experience up to now, sped up in a blurring instant!

As quickly as the images of his memories and thoughts are brought before him, they stop and Waydin collapses on the floor of the chamber with a splitting headache and a touch of nausea.
Waydin Boshar
 player, 82 posts
 Apprentice Mage
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 00:57
A task to perform
 Waydin went face first onto the cold unforgiving stone floor of the room. He felt like he  was dying in his mind. His life events flashed in his mind's eye, like some cheap drama performed in the market place. He could not move at first, his head felt like it had been drilled into by a drunken man. " May Mystra blind you." Waydin muttered in a low voice.It was a phrase meaning, may the Goddess of Magic remove her grace and therefore magic from the one cursed.

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DM
 GM, 75 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 11:25
A task to perform
Ixon floated back to his tomb as Waydin regained his composure. In a few moments his headache slowly subsided and his nausea left him. He looked over to see Milos on his back unconscious - could he have been subjected to what he had just endured?

"My city that I fought for is gone...In its place a perversion of what I sought to leave. Illusk is now Luskan, and mages & sailors now jockey for power as the city suffers for their bad decisions...I have been away for too long."

The creature that was Ixon turns back to Waydin. "The Arcane Brotherhood you serve is but a mere shade of what I and my fellows once established...You and your compatriot can serve me and in that service, I can make you powerful but only to make your Luskan the greatness that was the Illusk that I left before leaving my mortal form behind...What say you?"
Waydin Boshar
 player, 83 posts
 Apprentice Mage
Thu 17 Dec 2015
at 00:32
A task to perform
 When Waydin was himself again, he for a brief moment, thought he had taken leave of his senses when Ixon offered him what the mageling had always desired. Power was a seductive thing,and for a moment, Waydin was blinded by the intoxication of the thought, but then became cautious. " Master Ixon, if I accepted your offer without knowing what it entailed, I think you would brand me a fool. I wish to become a great Arch Mage, if such is my destiny, but what must I do to be given this great boon you offer?  you say I must take Luskin upon the path of glory and power, I am more then willing to do that, but how?" Waydin remained kneeling, but he was now looking at the skull.

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DM
 GM, 76 posts
Mon 21 Dec 2015
at 11:08
A task to perform
"I will give over that which you seek - the item of power of which you speak of...Describe it as I have many treasures within my vault. As to how we will start our path to making our city great, we will bide our time - I must know more of this "Brotherhood" that rules over the city and you will be my eyes and ears among it", the thing that was Ixon says telepathically.

Milos groans and begins to stir.

"He too will be of a great asset - I must know more of these High Captains that do the Arcane Brotherhood's bidding...You two are of like mind, Waydin - two beings that wish to be great within their respective professions - together I can give you whay you seek and in return you will give me what I seek."
Waydin Boshar
 player, 84 posts
 Apprentice Mage
Tue 22 Dec 2015
at 01:02
A task to perform
  Even with the heady thought of being offered power, or the promise of power, there was a nagging thought that kept intruding itself upon Waydin. What the thing offered was  a delight and was on the verge of seducing the Mageling,but he would have to again become a servant. So be it, for the time being, he would be  a very observant servant.

 Waydin bowed his head to the thing that was once Ixon in life.

 " I am thy servant in this great undertaking, Master Ixon."

 Waydin then went on to describe the socalled " object of power" that the Lich of the Brotherhood coveted.

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DM
 GM, 77 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2015
at 11:18
A task to perform
After hearing the description, the creature that was Ixon goes to his tomb and reaches into it, pulling out the small cube that Waydin was sent to find. It hands it to Waydin.

"I wll alter your memories of this meeting - it will be as a mere dream to you but it will deter your superiors to know of my existence...All you will remember is that you and your companion fought your way into the chamber and found this item in a secret niche but any other treasure was plundered ages ago."

Milos gets to his feet but is still woozy from his mind being probed.
Waydin Boshar
 player, 85 posts
 Apprentice Mage
Thu 24 Dec 2015
at 02:52
A task to perform

 Waydin did not care for the idea of having him mind meddled with, but such was the price for Ixon's favor. "As you will.Master. Might Milos be given a trinket as a reward for his efforts,Master? I believe that our story would seem more real if he had a treasure or two."
DM
 GM, 78 posts
Mon 28 Dec 2015
at 11:20
A task to perform
The long dead wizard looked at Waydin for a long while. Suddenly a portal appeared in the middle of the room.

"Follow me", the undead wizard said and entered the portal. Both Waydin and a now recovered Milos enter and after a brief disorientation, find themselves in a treasure vault with 8 desiccated undead guardians standing along the walls.

The creature that was Ixon goes to a metal coffer and removes the item that Waydin seeks and hands it to him. A sword levitates from a weapons rack and floats before Milos which he takes warily.

"Serve me well and we can achieve much and more importantly, what we want out of our bargain", the thing that is now Ixon says. Suddenly Waydin's vision goes blurry and he passes out.

Upon waking, he and Milos find themselves outside the entrance to the tomb but it has collapsed in on itself. He only remembers entering the Tomb, fighting undead creatures and entering an empty chamber where a single coffer was on a pedestal with what he sought for the Brotherhood within it.

Milos had a sword from off one of the undead that was an excellent swordsman but the sailor prevailed and took as a trophy.
Waydin Boshar
 player, 86 posts
 Apprentice Mage
Tue 29 Dec 2015
at 01:10
A task to perform

 Waydin slowly shook head head, in an attempt to clear the cobwebs away. He looked around and saw the tomb now a fresh ruin. He next looked to his right hand which held the item of power, sought by the Masters of the Brotherhood. Waydin could not but notice the fine sword held by Milos.

 " You have won a treasure indeed, Milos. That sword was forged generations upon generations ago. It is a blade of the ***** Empire and worthy of one of the High Captains. Use it well,Milos, you have earned it this day."

 Waydin brushed himself off,and secured the item of power in his large belt pouch.

 " We have done what we set out to do. Let us leave these ruins."  The Mageling started to head away towards the edge of the ruins,and the rope  to climb out.
DM
 GM, 79 posts
Wed 30 Dec 2015
at 11:10
A task to perform
Waydin and Milos return to the Sea Tower after leaving the ruins and shortly after, the mageling alone went to the Hosttower itself to hand over the item to the Overwizard. After telling his story to the Overwizard and her casting of a truth spell on Waydin to ascertain his honesty of the tale, she dismissed Waydin.

Returning to the Sea Tower, he found himself with Milos once more.

"I must say we had a grand adventure of sorts and we didn't even leave the city walls. I will take my leave of you now - I will be making my own inquiries on my newly acquired weapon through my contacts in the city."

After Milos leaves, Waydin finds out that his quarters have been upgraded to private ones in the Sea Tower - no more sharing bunks with the magelings.

As night falls, Waydin prepares for sleep in his new room and more comfortable bed than the bunk he slept on for many years. As sleep takes him, he dreams of the tomb he visited and a chamber he does not remember visiting. A ghostly form with a skull for a head appears.

"You are asleep and as such, I can visit your unconscious form and speak to you."

At once, Waydin remembers his true memories of the tomb and his visit with the undead remains of Ixon, the powerful Archmage of the city of Illusk.

"I trust your meeting with your superiors went well?", it asks.
Waydin Boshar
 player, 87 posts
 Apprentice Mage
Wed 30 Dec 2015
at 18:41
A task to perform
  After handing over of the object of power to the Over wizard and being probed by a spell, Waydin found himself dismissed without ceremony. So much for the gratitude of Kings and Princes, thought Wadyin,as he  made his way back to the Sea Tower.

 Upon his arrival, he ran into his recent companion in the tomb penetration. When the Pirate told the mageling he was going to make inquiries about the blade, he had taken as a prize from the tomb, Waydin frowned. He was concerned not so much for the Pirates well being, but for his own.

 "Milos, we did indeed do well,all things considered. But I must caution you, in matters of the blade you have. Bear in mind, that blade is over a thousand years old,as we now mark the passing of time. Mystra only know what magics that blade contains, it is not common sorcery. I would not wish to see anything untoward happen to you. You must be most discrete in your inquiries."

 The truth was, if it was discovered the origins of that blade, others lusting for power and riches from the ancient past, might pay Waydin a visit, seeking information. And some of these might be in the Brotherhood,and Waydin knew only to well, the many methods both archaic and mundane to extract information.


  There was one unexpected benefit for his efforts in this matter. waydin found that he had been assigned a room for his sole occupation. It was a small room with a narrow window that sat to high up for a view. The bed was narrow and hard,not to mention the lack of a hearth to keep him warm. But for all that, it was as a King's ransom in worth, after having spent years in the Magelings barracks.

 That night, while he slept in his new quarters, Waydin dreamed of Ixon,and what had really transpired in the tomb. The Mageling had a question put to him by Ixon.

 "It mostly as I expected, Master Ixon. I turned over the item of power,was probed by a truth spell, then sent on my way. Be wary, Master Ixon. The Brotherhood is constantly using spells to detect any magical intrusions of their Towers. And there is that Lich, its power must be great to have cheated death."
DM
 GM, 80 posts
Mon 4 Jan 2016
at 11:02
A task to perform
"I have not been idle, Waydin", It said. "I have been researching the Arcane Brotherhood since you left...The Overwizards rule over a quadrant of Faerun while one wizard rules them all. In turn, that wizard rules by the whim of the Old Ones which I assume are liches - Perhaps some are former associates of mine...I will investigate further."

"They sent a small group into Illusk to investigate my collapsed tomb and saw it would take days to excavate - no doubt following up your story...If they do try to dig it up, they will find nothing as I have moved my resting place deeper into the Necropolis."
Waydin Boshar
 player, 88 posts
 Apprentice Mage
Mon 4 Jan 2016
at 20:47
A task to perform
 The Mageling tossed and turned in his bed. The dream that Ixon forced upon Waydin's sleep,was not welcomed. But what choice did he have. In response to Ixon's informing Waydin of his Tomb's relocation. " A wise precaution,Master. It is like the dogs, that rule the Brotherhood, to send an expedition after our recent encounter. It is as I thought, Milos and myself where but pawns in this matter. They wanted to test the defenses of your tomb,and if we where slain, so be it. I shall not forget that they considered me expendable." The bitterness in his thoughts was evident.

 But the got control of himself,and addressed the matter at hand.

 " I await my next task, with anticipation. What is thy bidding,Master?"

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DM
 GM, 81 posts
Tue 5 Jan 2016
at 11:09
A task to perform
"My bidding is patience - so far the Brotherhood suspects nothing of my existence and your collusion...I will continue to research the hosttower. You will continue to be the dutiful mageling, following orders and such until I have need of you", it said to Waydin.

"I will contact you every other tenday to keep in touch with you."

And with its final words said to him, Waydin awoke with the first peels of morning light coming through the window.
Waydin Boshar
 player, 89 posts
 Apprentice Mage
Wed 6 Jan 2016
at 03:02
A task to perform
 With the coming of the dawn, Waydin rose from his bed, made it up,and went down the hall to join the rest of the Magelings in their morning libations. Once he had cleaned up and changed into a cleaner robe, Waydin joined the rest of the throng of young men and women, heading down the stairs to where they took their meals.

 Course brown bread, porridge and some sort of tea, made up the morning breaking of fast for the young eager faces of the Brotherhood's future.  Waydin picked at his meal, not really hungry for some reason. His sleep had been plagued by dreams, so his rest had not been fitful.

 After morning meal, the Magelings where assigned to different tasks by one of the Master of Apprentices. They where usually found in class for spell theory or out to the courtyard, to try their hand with the Quarter staff,dagger and darts. The Brotherhood Master at Arms ran that activity,and he did seem to enjoy whacking Waydin and the others with that Reed cane he carried, when one of the Magelings made a mistake. The afternoon was usually reserved for such illumination activities as cleaning, sweeping, scrubbing, and Waydin's favorite, emptying the chamber pots from the Master's chambers.

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