Volume 2: Search for the Blue Adepts.   Posted by Azurak the Blue.Group: 0
Anira
 Fellowship, 123 posts
 Half-Elf
 Witch-Rogue
Tue 12 Nov 2019
at 20:34
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Anira moved to where she could take a peek at the map as well, considering possibilities.


OOC:  Is there a pic of the map somewhere that we can view?  It's been so long I've forgotten and the only map I found was the main game map.  :/
Azurak the Blue
 GM, 526 posts
 Storyteller
 StarMaster
Mon 18 Nov 2019
at 01:08
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The map had been a typical-looking map...monochromatic black ink on tannish parchment. The parchment, however, was clearly magical... probably something like a scroll... masterwork material with an enchantment put into it, which is why it could be pulled through itself... however that was done.

There were a few mountains and rivers indicated, and merely a dot for the places that were labeled.

Now, though, as you all look at the map again, the image begins to change. Details and color begin to 'fade in', appearing faint at first and slowly coming into clear focus.

Whereas the map seemed to indicate just a vast land... perhaps the source of the name... it now appears that the land is an island... or perhaps an island continent.

((OOC: Map is under Map 0.))
Lady Isile
 Fellowship, 248 posts
 Moriquende
 Sorceress/Oracle
Mon 18 Nov 2019
at 02:28
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It was as Lady Isile had believed would happen once they were in the area where it was directing them to go.  She allowed herself to memorize the landscape as best as she could.

"Now were were we suppose to be heading? she said in a joyful tone.
Radagast the Brown
 Istari, 117 posts
 Istari Ranger/Druid
 Wizard/Nature Warden
Tue 19 Nov 2019
at 01:35
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"There was nothing more specific than just The Vast... whatever that was supposed to mean," Radagast replies.

"It's probably safe to say that the Blue Wizards came here. I'm looking at all those icons for towns and such that don't have a label. It might mean that they never went to those places. If we visit one of the named places, they might be able to tell us if the Blue Wizards were here, visited them, what they said and did, and perhaps where they went afterward."

"Obviously, the closest place is Emynar, but is that where we want to start?"

Lady Isile
 Fellowship, 249 posts
 Moriquende
 Sorceress/Oracle
Tue 19 Nov 2019
at 02:03
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Nodding her head at his words.

"If we do start asking about them, we may need to prepare ourselves with some negativity.  Not all are fond of the Istari she replied with sincerity.

As she looked at the map "There is only two major cities marked here.  Balchoth and Kyhurain but I am more interested in the small island to the far West, Aricenthrel.
Anira
 Fellowship, 124 posts
 Half-Elf
 Witch-Rogue
Thu 21 Nov 2019
at 20:47
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Anira was thoughtful as Lady Isle gave her opinions, nodding her head slightly in agreement that they would need to be careful.  "It's all new territory for us," she mused.  "What draws you most to Aricenthrel?" she asked curiously.
Lady Isile
 Fellowship, 250 posts
 Moriquende
 Sorceress/Oracle
Thu 21 Nov 2019
at 21:15
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Looking at Anira "It is the name. Most of these cities have Elven names.  It that a coincidence?
Radagast the Brown
 Istari, 118 posts
 Istari Ranger/Druid
 Wizard/Nature Warden
Fri 22 Nov 2019
at 04:49
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"Good point, Lady Isile," Radagast replies.

"Exactly who do we say we are looking for? Did they identify themselves as the Blue Wizards? Does anyone here even know what an Istari is? And what if the Blue Wizards did something they didn't like? How then would they respond to our inquiries?"

"We should definitely scout out these places before we enter and reconnoiter within before we ask for  the Blue Wizards."

"Yes, I suppose this Aricenthrel place could be seen as something significant. So, do you suggest we got there first? I suppose it is up to you and Anira if you want to risk teleporting there. Otherwise, it will be several days' journey to reach it."

Lady Isile
 Fellowship, 251 posts
 Moriquende
 Sorceress/Oracle
Tue 3 Dec 2019
at 12:58
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Looking at the map she had to wonder if it was wise to teleport there when there was so many differnet places to see and know before getting there.

"I would suggest we travel by land for a bit till we get a feel of the land and know how things are here. she said calmly as she then looked to Anira for agreement.

There was more to this new land and she wondered what she could learn and collect along the way.
Radagast the Brown
 Istari, 119 posts
 Istari Ranger/Druid
 Wizard/Nature Warden
Tue 3 Dec 2019
at 18:10
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"I gather, Eomund, that none of these places sound familiar to you, either?" Radagast asks.

"On the other hand, does any place seem to call to you? Sometimes, that's a sign. Sometimes, though, it might mean a lure."
Eomund
 player, 16 posts
 Rohan Fighter/Paladin
Wed 4 Dec 2019
at 03:52
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"Neither of these places am I familiar with," said Eomund. "Neither place truly calls to me, I feel."
Lady Isile
 Fellowship, 252 posts
 Moriquende
 Sorceress/Oracle
Sun 15 Dec 2019
at 14:52
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It seems that the group has all come to a new area of this world or a world they never been.  In either case, they needed to make haste in some direction and it was Lady Isile who started walking in the direction toward Aricenthrel.
Radagast the Brown
 Istari, 120 posts
 Istari Ranger/Druid
 Wizard/Nature Warden
Sun 15 Dec 2019
at 21:57
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"If the map is correct, the distance to Aricenthrel is about seven or eight days, barring any problems with the terrain as we go," Radagast said as stepped up along side Lady Isile.

"Do you sense anything strange about this land, Isile? I'm not feeling any connection with nature here. It's completely different than back home... I think. Is it because it isn't home? Or is it because it is different in some way that I can't sense?"

"Or is there some force at work that's... what? Blocking my senses?"

"If our assumption is correct, that the Blue Wizards came here to stop Sauron, then it follows, does it not, that Sauron knew of this place and came here, too?"

"I'm wondering if this Black Expanse is actually the presence of Sauron. Or, more likely, the forces of Mordor... not necessarily Sauron himself."

Grimfast
 Fellowship, 32 posts
 Beorning
 Feral Hunter/Skald
Sun 15 Dec 2019
at 22:06
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Grimfast wanted to take the lead, to protect Radagast and the ladies from any threat that might pop up, but he was pretty sure that they could all take care of themselves at least as well as he could... if not better.

"Yes, Mordor is here," Grimfast stated. "You can smell it in the very air. It is not that near at the moment, but it is here."

"Mordor we can deal with. It is that which we aren't familiar with that concerns me."

Lady Isile
 Fellowship, 255 posts
 Moriquende
 Sorceress/Oracle
Tue 24 Dec 2019
at 02:22
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Lady Isile looked at Grimfast and wondered how was he able to know such things.  Was he able to tap into the world and discover its secrets and past.  In either case she began to head off to see what is in store for them as they walk through the new lands.
Radagast the Brown
 Istari, 121 posts
 Istari Ranger/Druid
 Wizard/Nature Warden
Sun 29 Dec 2019
at 19:54
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"Now that you've named it, I agree with you, Grimfast," Radagast responds.

"I was sensing it, too, but I was reluctant to put a name to it in case I was wrong."

"Still, it's... different... in some way. Perhaps, while it was attempting to corrupt this land, this land was corrupting it in return. That would be interesting. You would think that would be a good thing, though, right? How could it make Mordor worse?"


As they talk, Radagast follows Lady Isile's lead as she heads off to the east. As long as Anira had the Magnificent Mansion spell, he felt they were safe enough at night when they might choose to rest.
Azurak the Blue
 GM, 528 posts
 Storyteller
 StarMaster
Fri 10 Jan 2020
at 21:47
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Unfortunately, the map details aren't good enough to let you know if there's one route that's better than another, so you can't really see any reason for going to the south. Instead, you just head east, which takes you between hills to the north and to the south.

After only seven miles or so, you come to a river. It flows to the south. It isn't that wide or deep, has a lot of rocks and rapids at this point, so it isn't a navigable river.

Across the river, you can see a town maybe another 7 miles away.

As you consider how you are going to cross the river, you spot what at first you take to just be odd shaped ripples or rapids or waves. After the third one, you realize that you are seeing a face in the water. It's only there for a moment before it vanishes.
Lady Isile
 Fellowship, 257 posts
 Moriquende
 Sorceress/Oracle
Thu 23 Jan 2020
at 04:41
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OOC: Is the face that of a human size or something larger?
Azurak the Blue
 GM, 530 posts
 Storyteller
 StarMaster
Thu 23 Jan 2020
at 17:22
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It appeared roughly human-sized. It wasn't a face under the water but rather made of water.
Eomund
 player, 19 posts
 Rohan Fighter/Paladin
Wed 5 Feb 2020
at 21:01
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In reply to Azurak the Blue (msg # 23):

"What do you think that was?"
Anira
 Fellowship, 125 posts
 Half-Elf
 Witch-Rogue
Thu 6 Feb 2020
at 01:19
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"It could be a selkie," Anira offers. "More likely a sylph."

"We should try to communicate with it. We can simply fly across the river, but there might be a taboo against that... or a toll for crossing which I don't recommend we try to cheat."

"Saxon, can you make a potion of water-breathing?"

Eomund
 player, 20 posts
 Rohan Fighter/Paladin
Mon 17 Feb 2020
at 20:51
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OOC: Did the creature appear in any kind of pain?
Saxon the Dead Smith
 Fellowship, 173 posts
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 01:12
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Saxon shook his head, "Not potions but I can get the water to do us a bit of a favor if you like. When you are ready I can be at the edge of the water, as long as I can make contact we will all be able to breathe just fine." He smiled, "It will last most the day if push comes to shove."
Azurak the Blue
 GM, 531 posts
 Storyteller
 StarMaster
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 18:26
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No, the creature did not appear to be in pain.
Borun Redbeard
 Fellowship, 211 posts
 Dwarf
 Monk/Empyreal sorcerer
Fri 20 Mar 2020
at 16:31
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"You expect us to stick our heads underwater and try to breathe?" Borun asks Saxon looking at him a bit askance.

"Oh, I get that it's magic, but only a practitioner of magic would do something so clearly foolhardy! And what if the creature we saw in the water attacks us? Will it affect her? For that matter, will it harm her? If we're in water and breathe like it's air, if she breathes water, will she then be able to breathe air?"

"I think Anira wanted to be able to talk to the creature... without killing it... her... whatever."

"I mean, it's not like we can't swim across. We just wanted to know if that was a good idea!"