Volume 2: Search for the Blue Adepts.   Posted by Azurak the Blue.Group: 0
Saxon the Dead Smith
 Fellowship, 189 posts
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
 Istari, 126 posts
 Istari Ranger/Druid
 Wizard/Nature Warden
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
 player, 25 posts
 Rohan Fighter/Paladin
Mon 28 Sep 2020
at 21:02
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"How exactly do you cast spells?" Eomund asks the wizard.
Radagast the Brown
 Istari, 127 posts
 Istari Ranger/Druid
 Wizard/Nature Warden
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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 Storyteller
 StarMaster
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
 Fellowship, 273 posts
 Moriquende
 Sorceress/Oracle
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
 Fellowship, 191 posts
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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 Storyteller
 StarMaster
Wed 7 Oct 2020
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
 Fellowship, 275 posts
 Moriquende
 Sorceress/Oracle
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
 Istari, 128 posts
 Istari Ranger/Druid
 Wizard/Nature Warden
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
 Fellowship, 212 posts
 Dwarf
 Monk/Empyreal sorcerer
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
 Fellowship, 192 posts
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
 Fellowship, 276 posts
 Moriquende
 Sorceress/Oracle
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
 Istari, 129 posts
 Istari Ranger/Druid
 Wizard/Nature Warden
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?"

Saxon the Dead Smith
 Fellowship, 193 posts
Fri 30 Oct 2020
at 00:36
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Saxon nodded, "No rest means no time to regain myself. Cant go chatting up the elements or mixing tonics without replenishing myself. And if my nose knows right we will need as much of our power at hand. More than just basic evil in that little plague there." He smiled wide, "And although it may look like I can see in the dark, I will go backside over tea kettle over a cliff in the night only alerted by the ground no longer being under my feet."
Lady Isile
 Fellowship, 277 posts
 Moriquende
 Sorceress/Oracle
Fri 30 Oct 2020
at 00:45
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Lady Isile smiled to Radagast "I am Moriquende.  We can go days without rest.

Looking to the others she didn't want them to be without their full strength if danger would arise.
Radagast the Brown
 Istari, 130 posts
 Istari Ranger/Druid
 Wizard/Nature Warden
Fri 30 Oct 2020
at 15:05
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"That was my assessment, too, but I could always be wrong, and I did not wish to speak for anyone else," Radagast replies.

"We shall make camp, then. This creeping black ground does not appear to move very quickly, but for all we know, it could accelerate due to our presence. Therefore, we should move as far away from it as possible before choosing a campsite and perhaps keep watch."

"Anira's mansion may not be proof against this blackness."


With that said, he heads off in what appears to be due east direction. The family had left already, heading to the southeast.
Lady Isile
 Fellowship, 278 posts
 Moriquende
 Sorceress/Oracle
Sun 1 Nov 2020
at 18:38
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Lady Isile seemed to change form again and took off to the sky, keeping an watchful eye out for any spots that may be clear of the blackness so that the group can make a safe campsite.

She also wondered if the blackness was traveling underground and that it would be much harder to detect.
GM Azurak the Blue
 GM, 559 posts
 Storyteller
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Wed 25 Nov 2020
at 14:54
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As Lady Isile once again takes to the skies to scout the land below, she can soon see that the blackness apparently came from outside this land. She can't quite tell if it's a large island or perhaps a small continent, but, then, scholars have always had a hard time making such distinctions.

From her perspective, it seems as if there are spots where the blackness is... avoiding? Or perhaps just not strong enough to move against that spot quickly. It certainly appears as if distant Aricenthrel is one of them.

On the other hand, the blackness that affected the family seems to be sporadic, like it was dropped from the air in places and began spreading out from there.

Whether the mountains just to the north are one of the 'strongholds' or not is unclear, but there are certainly none of the creeping black spots there, nor does it look like any of the ones she can spot are close enough to 'creep' up on the spot she selects for the camp.

Once she selects a spot, she flies back and informs the others, then leads the way.

When the others get there just at dusk, they find a reasonably flat clearing with a mountain spring. It's not a particularly defensible area, but that shouldn't be a problem.
Anira
 Fellowship, 128 posts
 Half-Elf
 Witch-Rogue
Wed 25 Nov 2020
at 15:30
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"Whew!" Anira says. "Not that I was getting tired, but there's a... miasma... that hangs over this land. It's kind of like an impending thunderstorm. You can feel it in the air. At least with a thunderstorm, it passes quickly. This miasma never goes away."

"Did you notice it was thicker in the area we arrived? It's gotten slightly less oppressive as we moved away from there, but it's still tiring having to fend it off all the time."


She sets about conjuring her Mariposa's Magnificent Mansion once again. She'd only recently come to realize that Mariposa's spell differed from the standard spell. Mariposa, the wizardess she'd learned the spell from, had also taught her that there were ways to augment, enhance and just plain tweak spells to make them more personal. She'd said that the basic spell was too austere for her tastes. She needed more color and art and decorations, so she crossed the spell with Secret Chest in order to have the same mansion show up each time she conjured it.

Anira has always thought that was 'normal' until the others had pointed out the... difference.

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Eomund
 player, 28 posts
 Rohan Fighter/Paladin
Wed 25 Nov 2020
at 16:50
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"Something had certainly felt off before, but I couldn't exactly explain what it was that felt off." Eomund took a swig from his waterskin before following the others
Saxon the Dead Smith
 Fellowship, 194 posts
Sun 29 Nov 2020
at 02:53
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Saxon blinked for a moment, "You're feeling some kind of Miasma?" He looked absolutely oblivious to the dark feelings. "I remember a place of fire and darkness before. The mountain would often throw rock and fire. The place I remember is not this place but all rivers run, who knows, they may have a fire-spitting mountain here too."

"I've only ever seen it from a distance. The thrown fire and stone strikes and splatters on the land."

"If this is like the place I've been... There will be very bad things the closer we get. Spirits of air and stone, and not the kind kind."
He closed his eyes but the glow of his ember eyes nightlighted through. "But that place did not have toxic rocks. So this could be entirely new."

"... I could try to break the rocks down to their base components to see if we cant learn mor if you like."

Borun Redbeard
 Fellowship, 213 posts
 Dwarf
 Monk/Empyreal sorcerer
Tue 1 Dec 2020
at 17:28
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"It's not the rocks themselves that are the problem," Borun answers. "It's what's imbuing them... contaminating them, if you like."

"I wouldn't bring one in here anyway. Never know what kind of problems that might cause. It could contaminate Anira's mansion here."

GM Azurak the Blue
 GM, 560 posts
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Tue 1 Dec 2020
at 18:29
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Once Anira's mansion is conjured again and everyone goes inside, she seals the door. This still allows anyone inside to go out and come back in but nothing else from the outside can get in... supposedly, but with this shadow creatures, no one is sure that will work.

At several times during the night, you can hear something trying to get in through the door, while at other times, you hear creatures on the roof. The mansion seems proof against these creatures... for now. Who knows if that'll hold true if they grow more powerful.

Other than that, the night passes uneventfully. When someone ventures out in the morning, they are not attacked by anything nor are any creatures spotted.

When everyone is ready to move on, Anira dismisses the mansion and the groups set out east once more. The land at the base of the mountains is most rolling hills, with scattered rocks, but it's easy travel. As the end of the day approaches, you've crossed two other rivers, though still streams this close to the mountains, and moved out of the shadow of the mountains onto a small plain. Larger hills are visible across the plain and you manage to reach the junction of three rivers by nightfall.

Once again, Anira summons her mansion, and another night passes uneventfully.