Eloranth's Tower.   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: archive 0
Dungeon Master
 GM, 174 posts
 Blessing the Rolers
 Cursing the Rollers
Fri 3 Mar 2006
at 21:44
Eloranth's Tower
Eloranth helped Darwin transfer some of the lighter objects across the low wall and carried them into her tower.  The door openned on its own as she approached and a light flared within.  "Come along, you come as my guest and will be permitted."

From the outside the tower looked to be no more than 15' square and two stories tall, inside however the space was much larger.  The foyer was two stories tall by itself and a winding staircase led to more spaces above.  Candleholders hung evenly spaced along all of the walls providing nearly as much light as the outdoors.  A closer inspection revealed that they were not in fact candles, but glowing orbs of pure light bouncing and swaying slightly to mimic the dance of flames.  "Have a seat here, I will fetch some pearls from my study."  Eloranth said motioning toward several overstuffed chairs set in  a small grouping off to one side of the room with a table between them.

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Darwin Amblecrown
 player, 73 posts
 Yon wizard has a lean
 and hungry look
Sat 4 Mar 2006
at 15:44
Re: Eloranth's Tower
"I thank you for your hospitality," Darwin said to Eloranth, sounding rather formal to his own ears.

Darwin's eyebrows rose as he entered the tower and saw its surprisingly vast interior. His uncle had mentioned the extradimensional space created by some relatively simple spells, such as the rope trick, and he wondered if this might be an expansion on that concept.  Then again, perhaps the outside was cloaked by a powerful illusion spell.  "Interesting," was all the young wizard said, so as not to betray his ignorance or just how awestruck he was.

He noted the magical lights and wondered what Serol might think of them.  He had only caught snippets of the priest's thoughts on hearthfire and decided he would not mention the tower's illumination to the cleric.  He smiled slightly at that.  He placed the items carefully on the table and took his seat as requested.

"I appreciate you taking the time to help me," he said as she stepped away. "To help all of us."
Eloranth
 NPC, 6 posts
 Mysterious Mage
 'From all, to all'
Sat 4 Mar 2006
at 19:20
Re: Eloranth's Tower
Eloranth returned with a hand-sized white velvet bag cinched with a similarly white cord.  "I help you in your study of magic.  It is incumbent upon those with greater knowledge to help along those who wish to learn it for themsleves."

Eloranth took a seat next to Darwin and picked up the vials of what appeared to be water as well as the vial of bubbling red liquid.  "These two are most obviously holy water, this other a potion granting great strength to any who imbibe it.  Fulgar is fond of these potions...  There appears to be enough for two doses in this flask."  The ease with which she determined their nature was impressive.  "Oh do not be too impressed" she said sensing the awe you had tried so very hard to hide "The next time you come across a similar potion you will know as quickly as I, there is not much secret to these things once you learn it the first time."

Eloranth's delicate fingers pulled open the drawstring of the bag to reveal what had to be fifty or more pearls.  "Let's get started then shall we?  help yourself, this will quicker if we work together.  You do have the proper spell memorized no?"  Plucking a pearl from the bag she intoned the words of a familiar spell and began to examine the first item, the book labeled 'Academia'.
Darwin Amblecrown
 player, 76 posts
 Yon wizard has a lean
 and hungry look
Sun 5 Mar 2006
at 20:35
Re: Eloranth's Tower
Darwin nodded at her advice regarding identifying the potion. "Yes that's true," he said. "I suppose that's why I was able to readily identify an alchemical substance we found.  Hearthfire.  I did a stint as an alchemist's assitant not too long ago."

Darwin smiled eagerly as he saw the ready supply of pearls. "Yes, I studied the spell at length this morning," he replied. "I think I will inspect this chest."  He brought the item before him and prepared to utter the proper incantation as he took a pearl in hand.
Eloranth
 NPC, 7 posts
 Mysterious Mage
 'From all, to all'
Mon 6 Mar 2006
at 04:18
Re: Eloranth's Tower
As the mystery of each item was unravelled, and each power revealed Eloranth took the time to provide Darwin with interesting tidbits of information.  Things such as how exactly someone could bend a simple apprentice-level spell into the magical hinges of the chest thereby creating a safe storage place for valuables, or even use it as a decoy as the clever Grintak had done.

"It is not altogether unlike scribing a spell onto a scroll though much more detailed and exacting.  Spells are rarely placed within items in their truest form but rather are twisted a bit to suit the creator's intention.  It's importnant when an item is created that the enchanter work with the item itself as much as with the weave.  Ironically it is their ability to weave the two together.  Do you ever think of imbuing ordinary items with magical enchantments?"  Eloranth was the most graceful and patient teacher Darwin had ever had.  The fact that she was uncommonly beautiful and her robe fell delicately around every curve didn't hurt either.
Darwin Amblecrown
 player, 78 posts
 Yon wizard has a lean
 and hungry look
Mon 6 Mar 2006
at 14:07
Re: Eloranth's Tower
Darwin nodded with each bit of wisdom Eloranth imparted.  There were things he hadn't thought of that seemed to come to her as naturally as breathing (and he couldn't help but note the way she breathed, for that matter).  Each time she shared some aspect of her magical knowledge with him, the lore suddenly seemed obvious. It almost felt as if he had known these things all along and only needed to be reminded them.

He looked up to meet her eyes at her question about enchanting items. "I've thought about it many times," he said. "Ever since my uncle showed me this amazing device that let him breath underwater.  He found it on a skeleton in an old ruin he was investigating ..."  His voice trailed off as he wondered about his uncle's whereabouts now.

"Sorry," he said, after he realized he was still staring at her face. He flushed slightly as he hurriedly continued. "But yes, that is certainly something I hope to accomplish someday. I am always thinking about the weave, but perhaps I have not focused enough on the importance of the item, the material.  Thank you."  He looked down at the pin and focused on it, calling on further reserves of the magic he studied this morning.

He was curious to know how Eloranth had risen to such obvious command of magic, but he did not want to pry too much into the life of his new teacher.  Not yet at least.
Eloranth
 NPC, 8 posts
 Mysterious Mage
 'From all, to all'
Tue 7 Mar 2006
at 04:46
Re: Eloranth's Tower
When the last of the items had been layed upon the table, its mysteries unlocked Eloranth looked at Darwin and smiled.  "You have done the right thing, to set out beyond the walls of libraries and laboratories while you are still young.  One's life is longer than you care to believe and there will be more than enough time to sit within walls and research long-lost spells."

Eloranth smiled as if something had just dawned on her then let loose a melodious laugh.  "Listen to me as I sit within these walls!  No Darwin, there is no substitute for practicing the art under the pressure and stress of your own mortality, no laboratory can recreate that.  As you well know after yesterday..."

Gracefully standing Eloranth picked up a few items to help you carry them outside.  "The others are anxiously waiting I'm sure."  She said as her eyes sparkled with a hint of mischief.  "If you do find that enchanting items intrigues you, I'd be most happy to share some unique tomes with you."

Eloranth accompanied you as far as the wall where she sat down the items she carried.  Before leaving she whispers to you with a wink and nod toward the others. "Now is when you become their hero."
Darwin Amblecrown
 player, 81 posts
 Yon wizard has a lean
 and hungry look
Tue 7 Mar 2006
at 21:01
Re: Eloranth's Tower
Darwin smiled at Eloranth's offer. "I thank you," he said. "You have been very generous with your time and ... well I am wondering if you need repayment of the pearls right away.  We should be able to sell quite a bit of our newfound gear in town.  I hope we will have the money to repay you."

He smiled wider at her whispered words as they went to rejoin the others. "That I'm not so sure about," he said, sounding shy now. "But I hope they are at least glad to see me.  Thank you again. And tell Willow I am sorry for taking you from her.  I hope she isn't angry."
Eloranth
 NPC, 9 posts
 Mysterious Mage
 'From all, to all'
Wed 8 Mar 2006
at 05:15
Re: Eloranth's Tower
"The pearls mean little to me but I do see many a practical use for this chest here.  I would consider the chest a fair exchange for the pearls used today if you are willing to part with it."
Darwin Amblecrown
 player, 83 posts
 Yon wizard has a lean
 and hungry look
Wed 8 Mar 2006
at 14:06
Re: Eloranth's Tower
Darwin nodded. "I will have to ask my companions," he replied, "though I will gladly part with it, both as repayment for the pears and, I hope, as downpayment for future lessons."
Eloranth
 NPC, 10 posts
 Mysterious Mage
 'From all, to all'
Wed 8 Mar 2006
at 18:45
Re: Eloranth's Tower
"Ask the others?  Dear Darwin, we who wield magic need not ask anyone for permission, the ultimate power is ours though it is often better to let others believe different."  There was an edge to Eloranth's voice that had not been there previously.  Clearly she was displeased by your acquiesence to the others.  "Would not the chest be yours by right anyway, to do with as you please?  What could the others have that they would wish to safeguard from prying eyes, probing divinations and wandering hands?"

Eloranth smoothed a fold in her robe and her tone returned to normal.  "I nearly forgot, let me show you the item I mentioned earlier."  Eloranth reached into a fold of her robe and withdrew what appeared to be an oyster shell.  A smile flitted across her face as you looked on with rapt attention.  "Indeed this is an oyster but no ordinary oyster, it provides pearls to mages who know how to open it.  It is a common item in the mage schools of Halruaa, useful as both a teaching tool and a valuable source of pearls for the spells we just completed.  Here, take it for now.  If within two days time you can show me that you can open it I will give it to you."

"Now run along and tell the others you have taken care of the cost of the pearls yourself, unless that is you wish to keep the chest yourself?"

For the record, you were the one that identified the chest, she's not trying to pull a fast one on you to get an item of great power from you.  :0)
Darwin Amblecrown
 player, 84 posts
 Yon wizard has a lean
 and hungry look
Wed 8 Mar 2006
at 19:03
Re: Eloranth's Tower
Darwin raised an eyebrow at Eloranth's shift in tone. Her words stirred a mix of feelings in his heart. He knew that what she said was true, but he did feel a loyalty to his companions.  He would've been dead without their help at the goblin camp.  On the other hand, he did not at all like the idea of Eloranth being displeased with him, of somehow thinking less of him.

"Perhaps what you say is true," he said. "I, however, do not wield so much power yet. But that will change ..." His last words were spoken in barely a whisper, and he seemed to be looking off into some distant place.  Her description of the enchanted oyster finally brought him back, and he slowly began to nod.

He reached out to take the oyster, eager to face the challenge she had issued. "I will figure it out," he said in a firm voice. "And I will give you the chest. I am sure that you have more valuable prizes to secure than I do."

He paused and a mischievous look came to his face. "At least for now," he said.  He smiled at Eloranth as he tucked the shell into his cloak and turned to rejoin the others.