Solo Taking Inventory

A mage works to discover the function of several magic items. [Skill Grind]

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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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Postby Kynier on Yesterday, 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 Today, 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 his bondmate 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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