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Taking Inventory

Postby Kynier on November 8th, 2018, 11:23 pm

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5th of Fall, 518 A.V.

Kynier made his way to the desk in the studio and sat down with a pleased groan. It was good to finally be off his feet after an entire day of chasing around couriers again. While he did not know if Doler employed other spies that Kynier just happened to miss running into, he did think that he had proven his abilities to be beyond that of following the parcel deliverers. And while sometimes he was appreciative of getting an easier task, they tended to be rather dull. Though the more interesting tasks tended to have more life risking endeavors, he was at least able to learn something about the dynamic of those in the city. No matter how small it was. Kynier rubbed his brow with a sigh.

He knew he should do something to improve his skills since he was home sooner than expected. All of his physical skills were out of the question. For he was too tired to do any running, strength training, endurance building, or acrobatic improvements. Kynier bent over in his chair to pull out one of his journals he had started. His selection was blind because he could not make a conscious decision about which magic discipline he would want to expand on. There was the project in the basement that he could continue, but the progress was slow and today he did not feel in the mood to work on it. If he pulled out his Observations of the Elements, then he would work on the project.

That wasn’t the journal that he had blindly pulled from the drawer. In his hand was From the Other Side. A blank journal that he had for when he got back around to practicing his Voiding. Kynier shrugged and supposed that now was as good of a time as any to get back to it. The Mighty Quill was taken out of the hidden pocket that it usually dwelled in within his dark green vest. Then he rummaged through the next drawer for some ink. Once he popped the top off the vial he paused to look at his magic quill. Then he looked at it more intently and realized something. While he knew it was magical, he never had learned the fullest extent of its powers.

Rotating the quill around so that he could see the small glyph that was etched towards the quill’s tip, Kynier reconsidered his objective for the night. In the last year, his use of Auristics had improved by a lot. It was less draining and conveyed more information. While he had only attempted to discover the secrets of a few magic items, only one had been successful. Kynier held the quill up before him with both hands grasping an end. With a breath he brought forth his Djed to empower his Sight. The Mighty Quill’s aura cackled with energy and did not simply emanate from the item. It swirled consistently like the Mighty Quill was the center of a vortex.

As Kynier applied his focus on the item, he felt an energy crawl over his skin just like the last time he had perceived it with Auristics. More in his mind than in his ears he heard the whistling of strong winds. The small glyph at the Mighty Quill’s tip acquired a golden glow as he focused more on its energy. Understanding was revealed to him. That the quill was capable of writing on anything. Even unnatural mediums like rocks, wood, and bones. All it needed was something to write with, be it ink or blood.

And there was more. Kynier began to feel the presence of a storm within himself. The rumbling of thunder in his chest, a crack of lightning to make his heart jump, and the bitter cold of a rainstorm. Through it he saw an enlarged image of the glyph on the quill’s tip. It was not made of gold, ink, or even blood, but of a current of lightning that was cackling endlessly in his Sight. The storm made rune grew in size and encompassed his body, filling him with a sense of protection. And he understood. Kynier closed his eyes and ceased the flow of Djed to also close his sight. The rumble left his chest and the bitter cold left his skin. Kynier opened his eyes and stared at the Mighty Quill in a new light.

“Thank you, Akajia, for bestowing to me this gift. One that I was unable to fully appreciate before.”



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Taking Inventory

Postby Kynier on November 14th, 2018, 10:00 pm

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Kynier set the Mighty Quill down on top of the blank journal before standing up from his seat. The power of the Mighty Quill’s aura was still causing his skin to tingle, and he felt the need to get up and move from it. He paced the room for a moment before suddenly going into the master suite. His pack was magical, and he already knew the ways it which its power worked. And yet, he had never attempted to withdraw everything that may have been stowed away inside of it before it came to his possession. Lifting it off its resting place on the large chest that lay at the foot of the bed, Kynier went out to the desk in the study again.

Undoing the strap that kept it shut, he reached into the backpack with a hand. Kynier’s arm disappeared into depths that were not physically present within a normal pack. His thoughts were relatively blank. There was nothing specific that he was wishing for when he reached inside. As before, the pack procured something for him. It was small and connected to a fine chain. The mage withdrew it and set the pack on the desk’s surface. The item that he had pulled at random was an amulet. A clouded looking crystal that appeared more interesting than it did valuable was set into a thin gold frame. The gold chain and the gold from were most likely the more valuable aspects by the naked eye. But if it was magical…

With a deep breath, the mage summoned his Djed from his soulcore. The power trailed up through his body and to his eyes. Power enhanced his senses as his Auristics activated and his Sight opened. With it, he felt a gentle hum of power in his hand from the amulet. A smile tugged at his lips. It was magical and its aura was a thin rainbow that was constantly shifting colors. Kynier set his focus on the item and the aura seemed excited by it. The colors swirled and changed faster around the crystal as it began to glow a faint off-white through its clouded form.

In his heart he felt desire as he gazed at the magic amulet’s aura. It was unusual though, because he felt a strong pull on his soul. There was a desire for something, anything, and a drive to find it. To seek it out, to guide the way. Kynier arched an eyebrow when feeling the sensation. Was it some sort of tracker? While he was now half of a bond, which allowed him to intuitively sense the direction of the other at all times, he brought for the desire to see his Sea Eagle. The ever-swirling aura of the amulet steadied itself around the crystal and rippled with colors rapidly.

Kynier’s next motions were less of a conscious thought and more intuition imbued from the amulet. He held the crystal in his hand and walked in a small circle around the study. The off-white glow of the amulet intensified, and it rolled on its own in his hand to point in the same direction that his bond indicated. Kynier pinched the ends of the amulet’s chain between his fingers as he suspended it in the air. The amulet did not fall straight down, but at an angle to try and point at Kelski’s location. Kynier stopped concentrating on his bondmate and the amulet went inactive. An Amulet of Desire. The words echoed in his mind as he thought them.



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Taking Inventory

Postby Kynier on November 15th, 2018, 4:15 am

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As he set the Amulet of Desire down by the journal, Kynier fell into a minor state of melancholy. This pack had been in his possession since the early part of summer. In which case, all the items it held inside had been in his possession without his knowing. During his bondmate’s disappearance, he had the Amulet of Desire yet did not know it. It would have helped him to find her. By Akajia, how could he be so ignorant of all the things that have been given to him? His eyes trailed to the ceiling. Did you make sure this fell into my possession? So that I could have used it when that Khur-va took her?

With a sigh, he brought his gaze back down to settle on the pack. It did not matter now. She had survived. They had moved on from it and now they were in a better place than they were before. Kynier reached inside the pack once again and waited to see what it was that would pass to his hand this time. For what seemed like a chime there had been nothing. He started feeling around the inside when he felt something small, circular, and metal. Pinching it between his fingers, Kynier pulled out a ring. He scooted his seat closer to the burning candle to have a better look at the finer details of it. The material that the band was made from was some sort of metal. What it was exactly, he had no ability to guess. It was not similar to any metal he had ever seen before, nor did it appear to be a painted color.

There was a small black stone set in the band that was really catching his eye. It’s surface was completely smooth… except… Kynier squinted at the stone and noticed a small etching. It was of some creature that looked like a mouse. As he squinted, he noticed other minor details on the ring. There were what looked like glyphs etched along the inside of the ring. They did not look like anything he recognized from his understanding of Glyphing. Nor did they resemble a language that he understood. Kynier was not a linguist by any means though. But they were a curiosity.

Taking it away from the candlelight, the mage summoned the use of his Auristics again. The warmth of his Djed coursed up his neck and to his eyes. When his Sight opened, he saw a faint, nearly black aura emanating around the ring. The mage set his focus on it and became more away that it had magical properties. There was a sense of life coming from it. That was puzzling as the aura was too small to reflect the size of a true living creature’s aura. And as he felt its power with his mind, Kynier sensed the ring’s desire to connect.

He explored that longing for a connection. The ring was calling for… a memory? A feeling. It was seeking to draw the strength to activate from him, yet it needed it in a certain way. Kynier sensed that he needed to focus his thoughts on an animal in his life. There was an easy one to consider. Kynier thought about the Sea Eagle and projected those thoughts of love and connection to the ring. Through the Sight, the mage was able to see a small glimmer around the black stone. It seemed to quake before it slipped out from its place in the form of an absurdly small black mouse. Kynier’s eyes widened as he raised a hand up to offer the mouse a place to crawl to.

There was a connection that he could feel to it. Once his hand was up the most went straight to his palm and gazed around. The mage slipped the ring on his finger and felt the connection to the small creature increase. Closing his eyes, Kynier concentrated on that connection. In an instant, images of black and white filled his eyes. He was on an unusual surface… the palm of a giant. On his own palm! Kynier saw himself from the black mouse’s perspective. He opened his eyes and the images faded from him. “Truly fascinating!” he said in a whisper.

He closed his Sight by redirecting his Djed. He wanted to test something. Djed was repurposed to surrounding his right arm to activate his Projection. Limiting it to the wrist and hand, Kynier dislodged the hand and fingers with a series of magical bursts. The astral hand held the mouse as his corporeal hand went limp. The mouse looked around in a small panic as it appeared to be levitating in the air. The little creature ran off the side of his hand and fell to the ground. Kynier stood up and reached down with the astral hand by instinct to grab the creature.

It darted under the desk and out of reach when his hand made contact with the floor. Kynier got down to peer under the desk. But it was too dark, and he couldn’t see it. He closed his eyes and concentrated on the connection with the creature again. Darkness filled his vision. “Come on out,” he said. But the words he heard from the creature’s perspective sounded like gibberish. Kynier opened his eyes and sent his astral hand in after the creature. He felt his incorporeal fingers brush against it for a moment and it darted away before he could grab it.

He grumbled to himself as he mentally tried to feel where the black mouse had gone to. But he was not able to determine that. The ring’s power lacked that function it seemed. The mage changed tactics and brought his astral hand back to his wrist. With a breath, he focused on stretching out the astral fingers rather than the hand itself. Two fingers snaked out and felt around under the desk for the black mouse. Mentally, Kynier willed it to come out. He could not hear it scurrying around due to its size. But one of the astral fingers felt it and he instantly pressed the fingers together to trap it.

The black mouse was trapped in his incorporeal grasp as he drew it out from under the desk. Kynier held up the empty facet of the ring and placed the mouse by it. The creature took to it and changed back into a black stone. “Well, that was interesting to say the least.”



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Taking Inventory

Postby Kynier on November 17th, 2018, 12:45 am

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For a moment he continued to stare at the strange ring that was still on his finger. The Black Mouse ring was very unusual to him. So much so that it became intriguing. Sitting at the desk, he marveled at the notion that someone thought of creating a magic item like this one. Items like the Amulet of Desire or even the Mighty Quill made much more sense to him because they had clear purposes to their enchantments. Whereas the Black Mouse ring seemed quite random. For what sort of person would think to have the stone facet of a ring change into a small mouse that the ring wearer could influence and perceive the world through? That they were able to create it was astounding. Still, it was very odd.

Kynier took the ring off and set it down by the Amulet of Desire on the desk’s surface. When he lifted and set the pack of voiding to his lap, he sighed a little. The magic pack could have been nearly limitless in its ability to store contents. Taking it all out one piece at a time could take a long while. Was there a way for him to quickly retrieve all the items? He drew on his Djed again for the purpose of Auristics. The power opened his sight and the veil that kept auras from his senses was lifted. The pack’s aura was a little wider than that of other magic items. The aura was unusual in the sense that it emanated out but visually appeared to draw back in on the pack in a vortex.

With his focus on it, the mage began to feel a sense of hollowness at his core. A hunger, not for food or anything else related to the concept of hunger, echoed inside of him. A need to be filled by something, anything. At the deepest recesses of that hollow sensation he felt a trace of something. Something that had been cast into the void but was only able to fill a small piece of that emptiness. Kynier concentrated on that fractional piece that existed within the bowels of nothingness. There was a connection to it that was similar to a rope to a bucket in a well. Kynier latched onto it and mentally pulled at the connection as his hands flipped the magical pack upside down over the floor next to him.

What he had expected were a few odd items to come out of the pack. Random articles of clothing or tools used for survival in various environments; those sorts of things. Instead, what came out was a cascade of gold mizas. The ringing of gold coins falling upon gold coins rang out as the cascade continued. What was easily hundreds of gold fell to the floor that was creating a gradual pile that was rising off the floor. After a chime it had ended with the last couple of coins falling out. The hollow sensation he felt from the pack was now complete as he stared wide-eyed at the sheer amount of wealth that had fallen out of the pack.

The mage ceased his flow of Djed to end his use of Auristics as he set the pack down on the desk’s surface by the other items. Gold miza coins had scattered out on the floor of the study. So many, that it looked like it was going to take a while to collected them all, let alone count them. Kynier took the Might Quill and placed it in its usual hidden pocket of the dark green vest that he was wearing. The Black Mouse ring and the Amulet of Desire were both placed within the backpack of voiding before it was set at the foot of the desk.

Then the mage cast his eyes over his next little project. As he leaned over in his seat to begin by taking a handful, he paused with an idea. It seemed like a good opportunity to work on his dexterity regarding this astral form. Kynier took several moments and filled them with deep breathing exercises. Evoking his Djed, he harnessed the power to run down the full length of both arms. Kynier decided to try something different with his Projection. Instead of beginning with the shoulder and working way down the arm, he harnessed the Djed in a way that would begin at the wrist and move upward. With each successful push of Djed his astral limbs were freed from his physical form. When it was over with, Kynier reflected on the ease of the method and did not really notice a difference between going up or going down the arms.



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Taking Inventory

Postby Kynier on November 17th, 2018, 12:46 am

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Both astral hands reached down to grab handfuls of gold mizas. After the unfavorable twisting of the body to be able to view the coins going from the floor to the now clear desktop, Kynier stood up and pulled the chair out of the way with his foot hooking around the leg. Then he was able to progress more quickly as well as more comfortably. Astral hands lifted the gold coins off the ground and stacked them in piles of twenty on top of each other. As he went along, Kynier tried to keep a mental count of his progress. A few times during the process, he was not sure of his placement and took a moment to count the number of stacks he had and then multiply the amount by twenty in his head.

The challenge of the task was gripping the coins with his astral hands. While he certainly could have scooped up a large amount of coins at once, his astral form was still not as strong as his physical one. The first time he tried making a large scoop it was heavy and difficult. So, he resorted to gripping three or four at a time with each hand and shifting the coins between his fingers to generate the stacks. After some time, the number to stacks had grown to the point where it seemed a certainty that the desk was not going to have enough room for all the gold that had fallen out of the pack.

So, he started forming stacks on the floor as well. After some time, his astral arms, hands, and fingers started feeling tired. Kynier set himself the intention of making another five stacks before pulling his astral form back to synchronize with his body. But when he only made the second stack, the limbs were feeling very heavy and sluggish. That was enough. Kynier shortened the limbs to match the dimensions of his body as he went about setting them back in place. Most of the coins had managed to get organized before the fatigue had settled into his astral form. It was possible to still continue, but the book that Doler had given him with the details about Projection mentioned that could lead to physical paralysis. Temporary as well as permanent. That was very undesirable, let alone in a place like Sunberth.

A couple of chimes later, his astral and physical form were resynchronized. Kynier flexed his fingers and generated fists to test the weariness that sometimes occurred after extended uses of Projection. It felt as though he had been lifting and moving heavy objects repeatedly. While his hands and fingers moved a little slow and felt stiff, it was otherwise fine. Kynier knelt down and continued the process like a normal person. It took about a half a bell after he had stopped using Projection to completely stack all the gold mizas.

While the desk had a large number of stacks resting on it, there were even more on the floor itself. “Each stack is a set of twenty… five stacks for one hundred… two… four… five, one hundred. Two… four… five, two hundred…” Using that method, he counted past one thousand with plenty more to count. At the end, he found that it was over seventeen hundred gold mizas. Kynier ran his fingers through his hair as he sighed in disbelief. He had access to all this gold as well for a long time. For a while, he had struggled with money, and now that he had access to a large surplus, Kynier had no idea what to apply it too. The lifestyle he had here at the Midnight Gem, with Kelski and the others, was more comfort than he ever thought he’d have in a home. While it was possible to make their lives more lavish, it did not seem necessary.

Kynier picked up the backpack of voiding and started sliding the coins off the desk and back into it. For now, it would be a surplus. He was sure that in time, he would find a need for it.



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Taking Inventory

Postby Kynier on November 17th, 2018, 1:06 am

Grades!


Skill Rewards
  • Auristics +4
  • Investigation +3
  • Mathematics +1
  • Organization +1
  • Planning +1
  • Projection +3
  • Research +1

Lores Learned
  • Amulet of Desire: All the magical properties
  • Backpack of Voiding: All the magical properties
  • Planning: Using random chance to make decisions
  • Research: Attempting a task a different way
  • Ring of the Black Mouse: All the magical properties
  • The Mighty Quill: All the magical properties
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