In-Character E-mail 2
Darkplane Descending In-Character Email # 2
Tobias Orindel – played by Adam
Vashvari Gahnalende – played by Mike
Ichtaca Ollin – played by Jared
NPC’s – played by Kristy
Sooty, burned, and reeking of smoke, Tobias, Vash, and Lyda return to the observatory field, to find an empty lawn scattered with discarded cups, overturned chairs, and a few tables still laden with food. An elderly healthfolk man Tobias recognizes as a servant from Abríanach wanders the wide space, cleaning up and extinguishing the standing torches. Kinshaylo, also filthy with smoke, passes by as the trio arrives, along with a few other scorched looking students. Seeing Tobias, she walks up and tells him that after they left, most of the partygoers left to assist with the fires in the Northwest District of the city. She leaves to go to the mayor’s office to offer University Abríanach’s help in organize housing for the newly homeless. Ichtaca and Professor Jennish at first seem to be gone, but the wind carries the sound of soft voices down the steep stairs on the hill, revealing their presence.
The observatory is set into a steep hill on the northeast side of the university grounds. It is a simple, whitewashed brick dome structure full of an intricate assembly of machinery and huge lenses. Steep stairs switchback up the southwest side of the hill, but the other sides drop off in a steep cliff. A wooded park surrounds the hill on the north and east, wide lawns and gardens on the south and west. It provides the perfect viewpoint for the smoking ruin that, only hours ago, was a major residential district of Athelshoth.
Vash hefts the meteorite onto a large table at the edge of the room behind the telescope, then pulls out the bag of meteorite dust and tosses it onto the table as well. “Now,that I’ve brought it back here, one of you should probably study this ‘fallen star’ or whatever it is. I also think we should collect the other two before anyone else. If the university can provide horses and men, I’ll go after them right away.”
“Indeed,” Tobias says, walking up to examine the stone, holding his hand close to it to feel if any heat emanates from it. (28 on an arcana check)
[Out of Character: Wow, great check!]
The crystal meteor is cool to the touch, almost like ice. Tobias senses intense psionic magic coming from the meteorite, especially the veins of silvery metal throughout the surface. It appears to be the remains of a much larger crystal. Even in its melted, cratered form, It radiates a sense of power and purpose. In his examination, the strange lightness is most intriguing. It seems that this is what remains of a great artifact, one that before it’s destruction, was designed to float weightlessly.
Professor Jennish comes into the observatory, staring with interest at their find. “Vash, you saw two more? I’ll happily provide you with resources to retrieve them.”
Lyda, meanwhile, moves to stand by Tobias. “All this discussion over the nature of the stars, what they truly are.” Her voice is quiet with awe. “And now we’ve found one.” She reaches out to run a slender finger down one of the veins of metal.
As she does so, Tobias is suddenly overwhelmed with a surge of emotions and sensations not his own. Excitement, weariness, the pain of aches, bruises and burns where a moment ago he knows he had none. A sudden sharp pain in his ribcage, low and to the right. For a moment, it seems as if a man stands beside him, and his simple presence sends his heart pounding, a rush of heat through his cheeks and neck any time he moves closer…
Vash pulls out a map of the area, holding it up to show Jennish where he believes the other two meteorites came down. “They struck here, and here, I’d say. We should get cleaned up and go right away, if we want any chance of retrieving them. Tobias, why don’t you—” he pauses as he sees the young human’s face. “What is it? You look like you’ve seen a ghost!”
Tobias takes a moment to register Vash’s comment, but soon snaps out of it. “I… um, I’m not… I’m fine. What do we need to do?”
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