The orb feels different when held than from afar. There is a distinct presence of energies pertaining to the contents of the orb, even within its weakened form. I have attempted a little practise with it, but the energies seem reticent to come to call. Further research on the matter has made it evident the basic forms of the orbs are limited to very simple and lowly spells.”
The writing in the journal was aged several months, the ink dried from solid black to a duller ochre. It was by no means a heavy tome nor lavishly ornamented. The cover was simple leather, still supple to make for comfortable page turning. The pages were quality paper, no mark or bend made in them. There was a bookmark, much further into the pages, but the ordeal of arcane learning started upon page one.
“Yesterday I attempted the summoning of a small light, which appeared as anticipated and remained stationary upon the general region of one’s shoulder, casting light the equivalent of a strong candle flame yet without the flicker of one. It would no cease for several hours and only upon retiring to sleep did I finally dismiss it by hand.”
Last Edit: Oct 6, 2019 9:26:39 GMT -6 by Evainmoire
Upon awakening in the morn I resumed the experimentation. The light was summoned again, set to hover upon the shoulder as I went about my morning duties. Nothing of particular note to make about the light for that day, except the reactions of the beasts, who found it to be a curious attraction for their attention. It should be noted the seeker and plant were not affected by its presence. The mounts, bird and stone beast each wished to capture the small glowing object to no effect.
Here upon I should note an observation of the light - although appearing as though coming off of a physical manifestation, there is no physical form to touch, grab or affect. The light is purely arcane in nature and though it may be covered up by objects to dull its effect, such as the placement of a bowl over it, it does nothing to extinguish the light itself. It can simply phase through the bowl if inaccurately covered.”
Last Edit: Oct 6, 2019 9:26:50 GMT -6 by Evainmoire
It has been two days of experimentations with a focus upon the light. Nothing new has been observed and the beasts themselves have grown accustomed to its presence. In so far I am confident in my assessment to state its purpose has a wide range of utility use during the darker hours of the day, but has little to no use at daytime. It is now my goal to move onto another spell for experimentations and observation.”
Here the pristine white pages take a turn, as directly beneath the writing and for several pages after there are yellowed splotches occasionally bordering on brown on the edges. The lines skip most of the page, to begin again further below the worst of the stains.
“The use of a spell to move objects should here on out be reserved for testing upon subjects that do not contain liquid. Of the casualties of the experiment I can recount one excellent cup of tea, a few pages of this very journal and a tailored jacket. Thankfully the service itself is unharmed.”
Last Edit: Oct 6, 2019 9:27:21 GMT -6 by Evainmoire
The stained pages continue for a few turns, the marks growing fainter yet not completely yet gone. After the first two pages the writing resumes its normal line spacing, to no longer avoid the stains and instead begin writing over the stains themselves.
Of the spell which allows one to manipulate objects without touching I can now summarize, through practise and extended use, that it is a far more utilitarian use comparative to the light spell. There is a limit of weight, size and dimensions which narrows the field of use considerably, but I am content to say it is not crippling. One is able to move small, everyday objects from one room to another; move tools from the yard to the shed; even change the position and angle of smaller rocks upon the workbench. For the purposes of training creatures it can also be used to carry a leading object in front of the beast for the purposes to exercising the creature, without having to set one’s self in harm’s way.
The only discomfort in using the spell is the orb’s limitations in holding arcane power. It appears only a single movement spell or three light may be summoned within a day before the orb considerably dims and becomes unusable until the morn of the next day.”
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I have now been attempting to force myself into a habit of using the spells as a means of adjusting to their summoning process, but with so little energy at my disposal for the full length of a day, I admit it has become increasingly frustrating. I shall have to do further research upon the subject of the orbs.”
The rest of the page is blank. The writing continues on the next page, on the other side, in fresher ink to suggest a stage of entries from a more recent time.
My obligations to the cemetary has kept me from attenting the library of the City, impeding research until further notice. I have learned from a few acquaintances of a selection of places with potential answers, most of which are private collections of arcane lore. history and other related research. I’m hopeful to find out more about these orbs with their assistance.”
Last Edit: Oct 6, 2019 9:27:38 GMT -6 by Evainmoire
It is with great disappointment I report the lack of any real finds among the private collections. What topics upon arcane knowledge they had were based upon legend and myth rather than scientific research. More about the promise of power rather than the study of it. Others with storied tales most obviously altered from truth for the betterment of image. It appears I am left with no other hope but to visit the City library proper.”
A chance encounter with a bookshop keeper has given me hope in my quest. Of small stature, the bookkeeper offered to scour their tomes with any relevant information. He also informed me the library would most assuredly have the information on the orbs, such as it has been collected by expeditions in the beyond-the-borders and study of the temple within the City grounds itself. Although I would be loathe to revisit the temple itself, in so far it is the strongest connection to any information on the orb.”
Last Edit: Oct 6, 2019 9:27:47 GMT -6 by Evainmoire
Today I had the final opportunity to visit the library and procure reading material on the orbs as the bookkeeper had assured me. Of the immediate impressions on the material it struck me how the orbs were often referred to as found in nature, making them more likely to be a natural occurrence rather than man-made invention. Their rarity in nature suggests the process may be slow and arduous, or completely at whim of a set of conditions for one to come to being. It is my own thesis that with the presence of magical crystals within nature, for it is indeed their source, there may yet be a secondary process unknown to us which formulates them.
Of the process known to us, there were less details. It is assumed to be a petition to the Old Gods by which the sacrificial process gives them a tithe and in return they grant the power to an orb equivalent to the tithe. The greater the power, the greater the sacrifice. I admit the thought of having to return to that wretched place fills me with disgust.”
Last Edit: Oct 6, 2019 9:27:57 GMT -6 by Evainmoire
Further reading has brought to light another option. A passing mention of a manuscript described the nature of beings titled ‘elementals’. In this it should be said the description did not pertain to the Laboratory-made golem species, but to full humanoid beings. I was able to follow the mention through to another tome with a description of the process, which some scholars have believed to be an old method of arcane infusion. In a factual sense it is not entirely dissimilar to the sacrificial process performed to formulate an orb - according to the scholars one need only ‘consume’ it by which point it becomes fused within the person. The orb then acts as an anchor for its respective element and the person becomes a conduit. I found the passage quite intriguing.”
I have been able to collaborate the scholar’s writings with several other sources within the library. An attendant was kind enough to translate an older dialect version of a scroll. Off-handed they mentioned the City had a few such elementals living within it as we speak. If that is true then I would hope to meet one such.”
Last Edit: Oct 6, 2019 9:28:05 GMT -6 by Evainmoire
In spite of my asking around it appears few enough people know or are aware of these ‘elementals’ within our society. A few rumours have persisted, from dock workers whom secretly had the blessings of water to jewellery who control fire as though born to it. I have in so far been unable to provide validity to such claims. It appears my search may not yield as many prepared answers as I would have hoped. Experimentation may be in order.”
The rest of the page is, once again, empty. The writing resumes on the page after, with fresher ink and firmer handwriting.
I chanced to visit the bookkeeper today. He did not have the answers for the elemental questions, at the least, no more answers than the library itself. I assured him to not worry and approached him with another concern entirely. I asked him what he knew about plagues.”
Last Edit: Oct 6, 2019 9:28:13 GMT -6 by Evainmoire
I have been back to the bookkeeper’s shop thrice now, and thrice have we tried to find answers within their tomes. History is filled to the brim with stories and records of sickness and disease and yet none seem to match the scale and scope of what I saw transpire. If indeed this plague had been but a singular occurrence I should count myself and the world blessed. However, doubt gnaws at me, for how could something so voracious simply appear and disappear at mere whim?
The orb has been in my pocket for the better part of two months now. Whereas the search for information of elementals appears to yield very little, I have looked into the nature of the light that the orb contains. Old spell books, old scriptures, rituals and miracle cures. It appears light can do a great deal of good. But I still wonder, even as I sit here, orb rolled under thumb and finger..
Would it still be enough?”
Last Edit: Oct 6, 2019 9:28:23 GMT -6 by Evainmoire
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