Volume 2: Search for the Blue Adepts.   Posted by Azurak the Blue.Group: 0
GM Azurak the Blue
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Sat 18 Jul 2020
at 05:24
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As near as Lady Isile can tell, her Dispel Magic spell has no effect on it, though she gets the sense that her spell simply isn't strong enough, by several magnitudes!
Anira
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Sat 18 Jul 2020
at 05:34
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"I can't say I didn't expect that," Anira offers. "I can sense the magic. It's kind of like lodestone... it attracts other magic."

"If you are sure that your spell just isn't strong enough, we can probably boost it through a magic circle... with all of us joining together."

"We might only have one shot at it, though, as it will take a great toll on us. The magic circle will boost our power to the level of this Black essence... but not to the point it will kill us. If we get to that point, the circle will break on its own."

"If we put the girl inside the circle, it should dispel the Black. However, whether we are successful or not, it will not harm the girl any further."

Lady Isile
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Sat 18 Jul 2020
at 12:17
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It was good to hear Anira's suggestion and as she spoke Lady Isile looked over at the statues by the farmhouse and then at the family.  If it copied them all, what happened to the other dog and why is the girl the only one being effected if it touched them all.

Looking to Jarson "May I ask, did your daughter ever show signs of using Magic?
GM Azurak the Blue
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Sat 18 Jul 2020
at 15:27
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"Not in the way you would appear to mean," Jarson says. "She's a child still. She plays at casting pretend magic. It's never been real. Has it?" He directs this last to his wife.

"No, not that I know of," his wife replies. "She may have touched it, though, or maybe she got it from Rufus. He was our other dog. He barked at the stones, and when it started turning into us, he attacked it. We think that's how he got the poison. He died two days later as the blackness slowly turned him all black."

"Vanetta comforted him as it got worse."

Saxon the Dead Smith
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Sat 18 Jul 2020
at 22:00
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Saxon looked at the two sorceresses with him and pressed his lips into a thin line. Dealing with people was NOT something he was good at. He wasnt even great at talking with kids. But all in all this seemed like a magical essence that had rules. He moved over and crouched near the little one. "Hi there. My name is Saxon... It is very nice to meet you." He nodded once, "Would you mind if I have a look there at what made you feel bad?" What was in her arm may differ from the stones as substances changed depending on what was interacting with them. Who knew? He may have a way to draw it out.
GM Azurak the Blue
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Fri 14 Aug 2020
at 21:27
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((OOC: So, Saxon had said he'd post, and then I was waiting for him to post, and then he posted... and I forgot that he posted and then I got 'busy' with RL stuff...))


Saxon examines the black areas on the girl and readily identifies it as magical, then recognizes it as necromantic (though nothing he's ever encountered before), and finally it's evil. To his senses, it smells of the Dark Lord.

While he can identify the various 'components' of the 'affliction', there's some sort of twist to the combination that--for the moment--eludes him.
Saxon the Dead Smith
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Sat 15 Aug 2020
at 00:49
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((If we razed you about that then we would be some extreme hypocrites.))

Saxon took a moment to write down his findings and handed it off to the lovely ladies. He knew the strange stuff but they had a stronger hole on the lore of arcanum. He smiled at the family and sighed. "Any chance you saw someone with eyes like mine walking around before the black stuff showed up?" He had an odd idea. "Just on the odd chance we are way over thinking this..." He looked back at the mages. "Want me to try and command the material? It's a long shot but worth a try before we commit to a ritual but I submit to the wisdom of the group."
Anira
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Wed 19 Aug 2020
at 21:37
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"Always hope for the best, but expect the worst," Anira said with a smile, recalling one of Radagast's favorite sayings.

"We know it's magical, confirming our ideas, but we don't know what kind of magic. Too many different categories... yes, it's necromancy, but what is the method of it!"

"Let me try a basic cantrip first."


She promptly casts Detect Poison on the little girl.

"Well, that confirms it! It's a poison! A magical poison. I think it akin to that which poisoned the Ent. It can be a toxin or venom, but I think it might be a disease because of the way it spreads."

"Okay, one more spell."


She now casts Diagnose Disease.
17:15, Today: Anira rolled 41 using 1d20+24 ((17)).

Per GM:

"Ah-ha! It IS a disease... a magical disease! I'm pretty sure there's a necromancer spell called Plague. I think that's it, but heavily augmented. It's going to take my most potent spell!"

"Radagast and Lady Isile, can you assist me? If this is the Dark Lord's work, it may need all of us to overcome it."


This time, she casts Greater Dispel Magic though she's prepared to still have to remove the disease itself once the magic driving it is (hopefully) gone.
Saxon the Dead Smith
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Wed 19 Aug 2020
at 22:10
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When she said "If this was the dark lord" Saxon's lips drew into a thin line like he was beating back bad memories with a club inside his own head. "I have alchemy that can removed diseases and restore the damage done by corruption, however, I have nothing for a poison. I do have universal access to most lower forms of alchemy." Lower alchemy to Saxon was mid-tier magic to a mage.

He leaned over to rummage in his bag and pulled out a glowing blue vial with the words "dispel magic" written on its tag. He offered the bottle to Anira "I may not be a mage but every little bit helps right? Let me if you need a remove disease potion as well."
GM Azurak the Blue
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Sat 19 Sep 2020
at 21:55
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((OOC: Bleh. Don't know what happened. I think I was waiting for someone else to post.))


If Anira uses Saxon's Dispel Magic potion as a spell component, it will significantly enhance her own spell.

Once her spell gets rid of the Dark Lord's 'taint'--if it does, it'll be up to Saxon to remove the disease from the girl.
Saxon the Dead Smith
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Sat 19 Sep 2020
at 22:00
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Saxon pulled a number of small vials from his bag and used a drop of this and a pinch of that. "And a touch of sugar helps the medicine go down." He offered the dropper to the girls family. "Far better if someone she cares about does it. Three drops on the tongue and it should be all right as rain and twice as nice. "
Radagast the Brown
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Sat 19 Sep 2020
at 22:06
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"I can assist you in the first part," Radagast responds to Anira. "We don't cast spells the way you do--we just focus the magic inherent to our natures."

"You've all seen orcs. They are the twisting of Nature, and Nature is my field of study. So i can add my energy to your spell."

"Alas, I doubt if it'll be enough to drive the Dark Lord's presence from this land."

Eomund
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Mon 28 Sep 2020
at 21:02
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"How exactly do you cast spells?" Eomund asks the wizard.
Radagast the Brown
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Mon 28 Sep 2020
at 21:27
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"Being Istari, I do not 'cast spells' as mortals must," Radagast replies to Eomund. "It is about focusing our personal energy. It is why, if we expend too much, we become weak."

"You see us wield staffs, sometimes other devices. These are items attuned to the energy we emit. We are more readily able to focus our energy through them to make the result more powerful and have a greater range."

"Through meditation, deep study and intense training, mortal can cast spells in a somewhat similar way. However, it takes years to master this. It is but one reason why the Istari look like old men. If we appeared young, you would think you could learn the magic in merely a year or two. Also, the energy of youth interferes with the spiritual energy. It's like aging whisky or wine. It takes time to get that good."

GM Azurak the Blue
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Mon 28 Sep 2020
at 21:36
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Anira does, indeed, use Saxon's Dispel Magic potion as a spell component for her spell, and the expected results happen. The blackness on the girl's arms seem to evaporate and disappear into the air.

The odd vein-like effect on her arms and legs is still there--it just isn't evil.

At Radagast's urging, her parents put the drops of liquid on the girl's tongue. Almost immediately, the veining begins to disappear. Within 5 minutes, it's all gone.

The girl wakes up with a start and starts crying, though it seems to be from fear rather than pain.

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Lady Isile
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Fri 2 Oct 2020
at 01:00
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Lady Isile looked at Anira and nodded to assist in any way she could.  Her spells were limited but what she could do was heal wounds if needed.
Saxon the Dead Smith
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Sun 4 Oct 2020
at 11:11
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Saxon smiled and closed his eyes before backing away from the child. He knew he was more than a little scary to most kids. It was still very nice to see that she was going to be doing just fine. "Can't say that we can handle the stones, do you all have a place to go away from here?" Saxon always loved mobile so it was beyond him to tell if people could uproot quickly or not.
GM Azurak the Blue
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at 02:28
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"No, we don't have any place to go, but if you can't stop this blackness, I guess we don't have any choice," Jarson answers.

"I'm not sure there is any place safe any more."


"We can stay with the Saunders for a little while," his wife says. "These great people are going to get rid of the darkness, aren't you?"
Lady Isile
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Wed 7 Oct 2020
at 23:37
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Lady Isile looked to the lady and then to the man for a moment she wondered if what they were asking even possible.  For she didn't hold the powers like the Istari.  But they did have one with them but was he strong enough to overcome such dark magic.

"We will do our best to rid your lands of such blackness. she said with a smile and looked down at the child who now was getting better.

She thought if they were able to save her, then they may be able to save these lands.  But it was a risky try what they did to the girl.  The land would need more Power.
Radagast the Brown
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Thu 8 Oct 2020
at 18:23
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"That isn't why we are here, but it seems as if the people we are looking for may have been here and their efforts may have slowed down the spread of this darkness," Radagast replied.

He was never all that good with people to begin with; he much preferred animals and plants.

"Yes, we will drive this darkness from your land!"

Should he have said that? Was that the same as a promise? They seemed to need to hear that. Would they live long enough to be disappointed if he didn't succeed?
Borun Redbeard
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Thu 8 Oct 2020
at 18:26
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"Dang it! Just give me something to hit!" Borun added. "I'll drive it from this land, this world, this universe!"

It was a good thing Dwarves were a patient people. They'd already spent way too much time palavering.
Saxon the Dead Smith
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Fri 9 Oct 2020
at 02:28
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Saxon nodded, "Give it time, I've got a scent so I do have a tiny idea of what we are dealing with. However, later, If you want I can provide you a bit of experience at what it is to deal with the big names on the other side."
Lady Isile
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Fri 9 Oct 2020
at 04:29
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OOC: Where are we exactly on the map?
GM Azurak the Blue
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Mon 19 Oct 2020
at 17:36
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You walked between the first row of hills to reach the river, then crossed the river and, having passed the town, walked through the next set of hills. You are now at the base of the mountain at the west end of the range that seems to form a line eastward.

You'll be walking along the base of those mountains.

When you come to the stream between the first two mountains, it'll probably be time to make camp, unless you plan on walking all night. You don't actually know that it'll get dark, but the sun has been moving across the sky and presumably it will set.

The next day should take you to the end of that mountain range.

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Radagast the Brown
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Sun 25 Oct 2020
at 21:00
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"I could walk all night if there's a need to do so," Radagast says. "I can't quite decide if making camp would be more or less dangerous than walking on into the unknown in the dark. I can get no sense of the wildlife here. That would normally give me some idea of any creatures that might also live here."

"I suspect Grimfast and Borun can go all night. What about you, Anira and Lady Isile? Do you need to rest?"