Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Meditation in the Library

Eolar walks down the stairs while the others are eating in the hall. He needs time to think and mediate and with all the noise upstairs he decided to explore the old church in search for a quiet place. He turns round another corner of the extensive underground maze of rooms and corridors. The stonework here is of good quality and above all it is very old! He found rooms that the current residents used for storage but further down he now could see rooms that the evil clerics had used for their ceremonies.

He was walking now for 30mins and just entered a wider corridor. Judging by the untrodden layer of dust on the ground nobody had been here for a while. The nicely carved door in front of him opens with a creaking noise. He slowly looks round edge: a library! Astonished he walks into the room. It is a rather large room filled with shelves. Many of them contained books, others scrolls and boxes. He takes a random book, blows the dust off and reads the title: "Endo Lar's book of elixiers and ointments". Intrigued, he reads through the inventory and opens the book at a recipe that caught his attention. His eyes fly over the instructions and in a trace of scientific interest he starts to look round the room. He spots a small vial, dusts it off, fills it with water and starts the spell.

A few hours and many instructions later he looks at the vial. He didn't have the spell that was needed and had used a silence spell but it seems to have worked. The water changed in colour to a dark brown. Not sure what the exact effect might be, he smiles and without hesitation takes a sip. He makes one step and listens. His smile widens. In Seawell there are a few clerics in the church who produced elixirs but the secrets are only passed on to selected apprentices and not taught in general. He looked at other titles on the same shelf. This is a extensive collection of ancient craftsmen and their knowledge. He definitely has to come back here for further reading. After encountering wondrous items he finally knows how to produce them. And it is so easy once you know! He couldn't wait to test the formula on the others.

Elixir of sneaking, 500gp, +10 competence bonus to move silently


Hedzor said...

Dear Santa/Eolar,
I've been a very good boy this year.
Can I have:
1) A cubic gate
2) An Efreeti bottle
and a
3) Helm of brilliance
P.S. If you think I deserve more, just put in a few treats.

Joebroesel said...


Well, my elves have to wait for the DM to throw XP at them since the items you want require spell level 5 (gate) and 7 (bottle).
And you haven't been good enough for the helm :D

I could throw in a Phylactery of Faithfulness as a treat to guide you on the right way :D

Hedzor said...

'A Phylactery of Faithfulness'?
That sounds horrible!
Still, I sure Mendez's money and Eolar's abilities will find a match somewhere.

Joebroesel said...

The Phylactery would do you all good! You poor misguided souls need every help to come back onto the path of true order and enlightenment!

Come closer to the light of my candle of truth and we can talk about what you really want :D

Insanodag said...

I think Elogyn is more in need of it than Mendez.

Considering that she helped out in a rather horrible atrocity, her paladin career must be in tatters.

Code of Conduct: A paladin must be of lawful good alignment and loses all class abilities if she ever willingly commits an evil act.

A paladin who ceases to be lawful good, who willfully commits an
evil act, or who grossly violates the code of conduct loses all paladin
spells and abilities (including the service of the paladin’s mount, but
not weapon, armor, and shield proficiencies).

While it was not a purely willful act purpose, the fact that she didn't give fair warning or investigate properly before she started to participate in the wholesale slaughter of the innocents, means that she should do some serious atoning...

Hedzor said...

In Elogyn's defence, she is an underling of Eolar. She does what her church superior commands.
Yes she could have cast 'Detect Evil', but she instead made an honest assumption. As did the defenders.
The situation was confusing for everyone involved and I'm sure she's doing her best to make amends now.

(She is also just an NPC sidekick. I think Sven plays her admirably.)

Insanodag said...

That is a strong point in her defense, especially as St. Cuthbert is big on the whole hierarchy and obedience thing.

Joebroesel said...

It is true, Elogyn followed the orders of her superior. And in addition she didn't even know that it was a bad thing to follow them.
So no willful act against the code. But of course she is feeling bad about it now and since paladins like to be shining examples she has some extra praying for forgiveness coming up ;-)