The Good Doctor's Journal
The Great Project
My latest experiment is now officially underway. I should have known better than to doubt Kathryne. It has taken her years to fulfill her part of the bargain, but the samples she finally delivered to me are above and beyond anything I have dealt with during my first three attempts. In fact, I am unsure if she even realized how perfect they are. No, I am certain she did not, how could she, not knowing the nature of my current research?
I need to slow down, to proceed methodically. Scientifically. Meticulously. This is the only way my works will be taken seriously, will be recognized for what they are.
Start at the beginning.
This band of travelers whom I met during my latest wanderings has been kind enough to offer, in exchange for my fair services, to protect me for as long as I travel through their plane of aleandwhores. I have chosen to take them up on this offer immediately and in doing so have been witness to most amazing revelations.
During our first night in this plane we encountered another group of fellow travelers. My companions slew them without hesitation. No emotional response was noted.
Following the execution we rested, then continued our journey. I should specify the task at hand, I fee it goes a long way to demonstrate the nature of this group and allows their inner purpose to shine through. We (is it right to use this term? Would it be more professional to remain aloof and observe them as well as the plane of aleandwhores? It is not in my nature to be so distant, but I digress) are seeking to travel to the capital city of the Dwarves, by traveling instead to another city, which is reached by way of a third city, which is near, by in the opposite direction of, the mountains where the Dwarves live, but within which we do not know where to find their capital. Once there, the plan is to carry out a series of murders of Koblins and Gobolds (I believe they are called) as part of a war which we are not involved in, in the name of a comrade who is no longer capable of making such, pardon the pun, life changing decisions, himself. I am assured that this is considered the highest path of goodness and that these efforts are blessed by no less than “Bob Himself” (based on the holy man’s reaction to returning to this dirt-filled place I can only assume that Bob is either the first amoung pebbles or else a name given to the idea of downwardness, I shall continue to investigate this).
Anyway, that following morning we happened upon a woman who had worked her horse to death for the sake of profits. This being deemed a right and honorable thing to have done my companions at once offered that one of their own (a quiet fellow with a tail) should take the place of the horse.
Kill Ratio: 1(horse):0
Profession: Farmer, saleswoman
Deals Struck: One bag each of Wheat and Grain, in exchange for nothing
Notes: On a first attempt her mind proved highly susceptible to even absurd suggestions, a latter effort proved fruitless. I will need to devise a means of checking the strengths of a subject’s mental defenses in the near future…
While traveling with Stacey to North Tulderoc, which is not the city we want to go to, but the city which is near the city which is in the area of the mountains where the city we wish to go to is, several important revelations were made. The most important of which was the confirmation that in this group there are actual, living, breathing, Orcs! They had indicated as much themselves before, but I have had a remarkably difficult time getting outside confirmation in previous cases, to have it confirmed by an outsider who had no time to be coached was a great relief. Here things began to get interesting. Stacey proceeded to discuss with The Hypothesis at length about the nature of magic and the role of orcs in history and in the modern world, two subjects I am myself most interested in learning more about. When she indicated that she herself was a student of The Masters, who were, at great expense, seeking to continue to curse placed upon the Orcs, The Test Case became concerned and urged great caution, but was not heeded.
Ultimately, this discussion managed to gain the attention of one such Master. Here as well there were several interesting things observed and learned. I am not sure what each means yet, or how best to fit them together, so I shall list them as independent facts:
Fact 1: The curse was placed upon the Orcs because they “got all uppity,”
Fact 2: The primary target of this curse is Orcs with magical abilities (confirmation of my original idea?)
Fact 3: The Hypothesis appeared unafraid of the curse or The Master, and, if anything, interested only in talking
Fact 4: The Constant, on the other hand, preferred direct confrontation and provocation (this appears in direct contradiction to Fact 2 and conjecture 1)
Fact 5: The Master, though powerful, is not the invulnerable being they have been described as
- Possibility 1: What we encountered and took to be a Master was in fact something else
- Possibility 2: There are varying degrees of Masters, some more powerful than others
- Possibility 3: (My favorite) Something has shifted within the plane of aleandwhores (within the allplane?) to put The Masters somehow out of favor with whatever power they once wielded. This would explain both the inability of the Master to properly defend itself, and the brazenness of a magic-slinging Orc
Conjecture 1: The Master suggested that the very existence of magical Orcs was a threat. But he was not specific as to what this was a threat to. He implied that it was a threat to the natural world, saying that the great waste of a desert in this realm is to be blamed on an Orc, and that they were a threat to civilization, saying that they had created a great many things, only to later turn and destroy them. Could it be a threat to something more fundamental? Or perhaps simply more focused? Do they simply worry that Orcs have long memories (this does not seem likely given The Hypothesis’ insistence that he does not even hold his own racial memories fast in his mind).
What this all means I cannot hope to say at this early stage. I shall continue my experiment, my research. I value this opportunity above all others I have received. This will surely end well.
Final Note: A small part of me does still wish to slit their throats… I am so much more used to dealing with cadavers (which reminds me, it is apparent that the second sample I dealt with was a blatant fraud, I shall have to deal with the Gnome who provided it to me as soon as an opportunity presents itself) and I would love to compare what I find with these samples to what I recorded in earlier attempts at this research. I will be patient though, there is too much to learn while they are alive. And I am sure some opportunity for dissection will arise in the future! A positive attitude is always key!
The Great Project
The following information is based largely or whoely upon Gnomish research and should not be considered indpenedntly verified fact. This disclaim is required to be included in any follow-on research based in whole or in part on Gnomish studies.
A strange new element has been introduced to my studies. Bringing with it a not insignificant amount of additional information, and a series of additional questions. The most interesting factor is his observations on the nature of the magical/physical/elemental balance of the Plane of Aleandwhores. According to The Earth magic, on this plane, is powered directly by life-force, which must be removed from somewhere within the realm in order for spells to be cast elsewhere. This taking of life-force is unaffected by the nature of the spell being cast, which leads one to assume that a properly designed spell meant to increase life force (through the mending of wounds) could produce an overall even balance of lifeforce removed from the plane and added to it, whereas one meant to directly diminish lifeforce (the more violent, destructive, spells) has a compounded effect.
This fits well with my observations on other planes, the elemental planes are the way they are (according to my theory) because spells there are in fact powered by the opposite element, so any spell cast in the Plane of Ice is in fact powered by heat, which is drained from some part of the plane which still has warmth (and, warmth being relative this ensures that the plane can always get colder and magic will be in infinite supply), so while one could cast a spell to create additional warmth, this effect would be negated in the long run because it would be powered by the draining of some warmth somewhere else. Likewise in other planes, even in my own home of the Botenkin any magic used will draw strength by sapping some of the order from the world at large.
This, therefore, makes the Orcish role in magic that much more interesting. It would appear that the Plane of Aleandwhores is in fact just an early stage of a Plane of Death, or at least of Anti-life, but the magic-users here have been artificially controlled and manipulated to prevent this from happening. The Orcs are the natural response to this control, creatures with no sense of order who are willing to use magic without restraint and even to use destructive magic with it’s doubled effect. I find it curioius then that The Earth seeks, much like The Masters, to continue to hold the Orcs in check and to prevent the further evolution of the Plane. I wonder what his angle is.
This lends a much greater importance to my research. Could these forces be manipulated in such a way that it changes not only the nature of continents, or worlds, but entire realms of existence? I would be remiss not to try.
The Great Project
Happy, happy, horrible day! Only rarely has the death of a comrade been so fortuitous! Here I had been hoping for an opportunity to slice open The Hypothesis to try and see his clockwork for myself, and had nearly given up all hope of being able to do so without causing extreme harm, and what good fortune should smile upon us but his untimely and bloody death?!
Now I need to hope that he is able to hold his life at bay for long enough that I might rest up and prepare an area in which he can be properly examined. I should want my full strength for this endeavor. Until such an opportunity I must busy myself in seeking to avoid any repeat of the last 5 minute’s events. I ought to try and categorize everyone’s actions, if I can examine it from every angle I believe I can wrap my mind around all of the chaos and discern the very Best chaos that it could have been, and could be next time.
I must confess, in the privacy of this log, that I am quite impressed with the feat I was able to perform in my efforts to hasten our voyage. Although that strength was sorely missed when violence boarded us later in the day… I’ll have to continue my work on enhancing the others as a force multiplier. A prioritization is in order, I do not think it is the most efficient use of our energies to have The Hypothesis so focused on dying. If anything, though, we expended too much effort on not-dying, the balances were all wrong all around.
I wonder how the dwarves will receive those of us who are still mobile…
The Great Project
Another theory proven correct! Another prized certainty disproved! If it weren’t for all the bleeding and screaming this would have been a perfect experiment!
So, now we know:
1)The barrier between this world and the next, that of limbo itself, is permeable;
2)The barrier can be breached by force, although it requires much more force than a single caster is likely to be able to throw against it;
3)The essence maintains a connection to it’s physical body for a time after death (given how the use of the shells in the ritual enabled us to find the corresponding essences as soon as we entered limbo);
4)Limbo itself is unbelievably dangerous;
5)Certain entities within Limbo attempted to kill us;
6)Other entities within Limbo appear poised to try and finish the job if we ever show up there again.
This does not look good for my chances of convincing these gentlemen to accompany me into the beyond again any time soon…
I will put that line of investigation on hold until later then, who knows, maybe creatures native to Limbo have amazingly short memories! One can always hope, right?
I initiated another line of experimentation today as well (I need to start coming up with code names for all of these various pet projects, I feel that my focus is drifting somewhat from The Great Project itself… although, my prime subject in every case has stayed The Hypothesis, so as long as he continues to survive each round of experimentation I can see how I will be able to tie it all together in the final paper). This one is probably more dangerous, although not to me (a vast improvement!). I wonder when an opportunity will present itself for me to move the final pieces into place and see how my cadavers react. They responded as well as I could hope to the first round of test, they are certainly breathing, now if we have re-attached the souls correctly they should be set.
Hmm… perhaps I should have thought a bit more intentionally about how the reattachment process would go. Oh well, too late now, I’ll just have to hope that natural magnetism drew the proper soul to the proper shell! I’m sure it will all work out fine… more or less…
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Quick re-entry of missing days: Alive, Captured, Fought, Dead, Alive.
This Goblin machine fascinates me! And, more importantly, it fits into my ever-expanding unified theory of magic! It shows clearly how a form of energy can be directly manipulated and transformed into enhanced magical energy. Unlike the more basic magical incantations, which, according to the Gnomish caveat, require that some other life-energy from another place be drained in order to craft magic, this takes a specific source, the life energy of a tree, or of coal, and transfuses that directly. It would stand to reason that much larger spells could be powered this exact same way.
Imagine, a reactor the size of a room rather than one the size of a pack, with that sort of device one could fill it with all manner of energy-producing items! An entire forest worth of life force could be fed directly into a spell! I wonder what would happen if I were to use alternative forms of fuel… I could see how the energy released by the incineration of psychadelic mushrooms could power an extremely potent psychological magic. The mechanics of the machine appear to run on steam, a form of water, known throughout the planes for it’s ability to quick store and release energy, so it is little wonder that this version allows directed energy to be more powerful. What would happen if that water were replaced with something of another element? Could blood be used to create a machine capable of throwing greater healing magic across a battlefield?
The liability release forms I will have to draft up in order to be able to test that theory…
Once I am satisified that I understand the powers and limits of this mechanism I will have to try and combine it with the power of a magicorc. If magicorcs acting on their own could unleash such destruction as these Masters claim, I wonder if it would prove to be a more stable sort of spell casting if they could directly choose which life and matter was destroyed, or if it would just empower them to suck more life and power from elsewhere in the world… Those do seem to be the two most likely choices, either it easily saves the world or else it enables the world’s destruction. Should be fun!
The Great Project
After two voluntary changes of dimension and two involuntary ones, it was an enjoyable experience to go an entire day on the same plane of existence. Even if that day was spent on the violent disassembly of constructs.
It is curious how much permenancied magic the Dwarves appear to have access to. The idea of wasting spells on eternal guardians to stand outside the gate, or on animating the inanimate in order to provide a challenge to outsiders seems especially wasteful to me. Perhaps this is indicative of their having found a more economical way to do this? I will try and learn some of their secrets and see if they can be applied to my project. With access to the direct-power technology provided by the Goblins, and the knowledge of how to leave lasting magical impressions on the world from the Dwarves, I believe we would be two very significant steps closer to being able to re-create the circumstances under which the Orc Magicians originally scarred the world and drove off The Masters.
I’ll have to keep an eye out for a good place to start testing The Hypothesis, maybe we could just try to scar a city…
The Great Project
Another society met, another novel means of manipulating energy laid bare. The Dwarves are less circumspect about their efforts, choosing to forgo the intermediate stage of converting physical matter into magical energy, as the Goblins had shown possible, and instead have proposed a tool by which they can directly convert the physical matter of the world into a physical change in the world. They propose turning the consumption of elements in a flame into motion, a transfer so bizarre I doubt that anyone even has the math we would need to accurate describe it.
I wonder how the various nymphs and faeries would feel about this advancement. It is, in essence, allowing the destruction of their natural homes for the advancement of another species. We should be careful how far we push these new alternative forms of energy conduction, lest we create new enemies.
In the short term, however, I have begun to work these power-magnification devices into our broader plan. With a coalition of all the factions on (and under) the continent at our disposal, and a variety of tricks that The Masters would never dare imagine (it would take groups as mentally twisted as the Golbins or Dwarves to craft such devices, and a cause as mad as our own to warrent their implimentation on a wide scale) we will have a welcome ready that may even be enough to do us good (or, at the very least, to harm us so badly and so quickly that We will no longer be the ones responsible for facing the masters!).
The Great Project
Despite my best efforts The Hypothesis appears to be moving further and further away from the route I had hoped to push him down. In each successive encounter with one of the, apparently vast, number of forces seeking to cause immediate physical harm to myself or my companions The Hypothesis is moving further and further away from testing the upper limits of his magical abilities. I wonder if he took the Gnomish warning too literally? Would it be unethical of me to interfere with my experiment slightly in order to push him towards greater magic-usage? I could just… tutor him… a bit. Give him a few examples of new and interesting ways to use his powers and see what happens. As long as I put a caveat into the final dissertation I don’t see what problem anyone could have with it! It’s all for the sake of SCIENCE! If I don’t do it then No one will learn Anything! Wouldn’t that be the really unethical thing to do? Wouldn’t it?!?!
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What do you do with a problem like a paladin?
I can, and do, certainly respect his desire to be honest, that is the only natural and right way to behave in any sort of social interaction, after all. But I worry that he is taking it to such an extreme that it will begin to endanger all of us. A certain amount of weaving must be applied to any honesty before it is spoken, to carefully show only the right truth for the audience you are engaging with and for the reasons why you are engaging them. I worry that in his frequent interactions with his deity he may have inadvertently made some manner of very unfortunate bargain, that would seem the most likely reason he now finds himself compelled to act the way he does. I wonder if we can get him out of his bargain? If there is some sort of goal that he must reach to fulfill it, regain his god’s blessing, and be able to rekindle some degree of his previous moral flexibility. Or, perhaps it does not need to be His deity… He has been striking deals with every god we come across, I wonder if one of them could get him out of this bind, and allow him to speak more plainly, but less blatantly… I will make a note to discuss this with any future gods that we may cross paths with!
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These crazed monsters have taken the direct-power-sourcing ideas of the goblins to a fascinating new level. As Jerimiah-Ezekial (Jay-Z, for short) pointed out, the most interesting fact about trolls is their regenerative power. And, as was explained by the mad gnome, any prolonged magic is going to consume a great deal of life energy. It is only un-natural, therefore, that someone should use the goblin design to craft a living monstrosity, an aggressive spell that uses the shell of a troll, a veritable endless engine of life energy, to provide both power and locomotion. Fiendish, just brilliantly fiendish.
Of course, I mustn’t let these questions of science blind me to the more troubling facts of our situation. We have much effort yet to expend and comparably little ability to expend alongside it… Thankfully, it seems that everyone else in this cadre has begun to think more like me and has decided, as I did, that the best option was to begin experimentation by binding the strange and unknown artifacts to various individual’s bodies without even the slightest effort to divine their usage first. I am proud of them for this, it is very important that one does not taint the potential outcome by presuming any given outcome is more likely than another simply because magical and supernatural means indicated it was so. That truly is one of the most crippling problems facing so many magical studies…
Another moment to pause and reflect on the experiences of this place. I can’t believe how alive I felt back there! For those few moments I know I could have done absolutely anything I tried. I wish I had been able to really stretch myself, to push the limits and see what great and inventive possibilities there could have been. I should have tried to transform the barbarian into an even more powerful beast, or to lay charms on Ty’nak to focus his magics, or somehow taken over the bards mind and filled it with all the marvelous knowledge of things like rhymes and meter! Alas for what might have been… I can never tell with these companions, whether they will seek out destruction or flee from it. One moment they are advocating for the slaughter of a troll-thing simply because it looks like someone Might have tampered with it a Little bit, the next they are up in arms over the importance of not destroying works of art. Who can make sense of that? At least The Hypothesis seems to be coming around to my way of seeing the world. That will make what is to come much, much, easier on him.
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There is nothing as great for self-realization as being able to step outside your self and realize from a distance. I find it facinating to observe what our mirror-selves were able to with our powers. Sure they were more wiling than we to expend all available resources, but the glisten they got for their gold certainly seemed worthwhile. I once had visions of being able to call forth such dangerous summons, but the price one has to pay has always seemed to large, even if I could convince others lend me the strength of their minds.
The larger question, of course, is who are our mysterious hosts? They have our same goal in mind, which is encouraging, but their words do not indicate that they view Us as being an especially important means of reaching that goal. At best we can prove that we as individuals are more powerful than their copies, but why would they ever need to release us then? We must come up with a way to show that we Are the way to defeat The Masters…
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Physiology! Of course! How could these simple test-and-repeat experimenters have stumbled upon it before I did? It must have just been their good chance to have been working on Trolls at the very beginning whereas I have been so focused on the end-game of a magical orc. But now, now I am truly on to something! Combining the myths spoken by the gnomeling, with the direct-physical-magical-transmutation principles at work behind the goblin creations, and now the ideas of our current hosts about fusing magics to mortals by directly altering their flesh… It all just works together so perfectly. I was able to shape my knowledge and have begun the process of changing myself directly, so as to change how I am able to work magics. I am breaking down the barriers between flesh and energy, allowing it all to flow one into the other. Not only can magic re-knit damaged flesh, but flesh can strengthen magic! And that flesh itself is mutable, able to change and absorb the very nature of this world around us, taking on the forms of the living beings whose life powers magic, to tap the latent energy in the ground around us, to wrap one type of magic in another, this is it! I have seen how holy men can for a moment take on the aspect of their gods, and have heard of ascetics who spend years in their studies and become something more than mortal themsleves, I believe this is what I am doing, I am moving towards becoming a creature of pure magic, capable of flowing from physical being to energy and back again effortlessly! This will give me a great advantage in my efforts to draw out the potential energies from The Hypothesis…
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Our gracious science-hosts have indicated that the experiments they needed our help with are nearly over, our painful testing will be wrapped up shortly. When they keep their word about ceasing hostilities against the Trollinoids we will have accomplished what we set out to do and must take stock of the possition this puts us into. We will certianly have the Troll warrior in our debt, but will that be enough? Would he have enough sway to convince the rest of his kind to allign with us? Will we be able to use him to put pressure on someone else higher up? The world of Troll politics must be a strange and dangerous place for us to venture into…
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It appears that we have maintained the attention of an old foe and gained the aid of a strange new ally. I am as skeptical of our new friend’s motives as I am of our other mysterious benefactors. Still, whatever help he can offer is much appreciated. I worry now about our ability to hide our movements in the future, if they found us here then that seems to indicate that Ronan is still broadcasting our location through the ether. I don’t think we have any further magics at our disposal that can hide him again, so we would do well to keep on the move at all times. With a new base of operations it will be easier to manage that, we can skip back here to sleep, move forward during the day, throw off their scouts as to where we are, at least in the short term. I wonder if we can devise another way to teleport The Hypothesis somewhere else entirely every night, make it appear that he is traveling all over the world without any sense of where he is actually heading. I should work on developing that, I wonder what sort of help I can get from our long-dead mentor…
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There are worse places to be than lost in a jungle with a dead guide, a slaughtered village, an unknown number of dragons, and an unclear path to the nearest town… but I suppose most of thsoe places would be on fire… I will salvage what I can of our unfortunate guide and see if his remains can be… ‘pursuaded’ to finish showing us the way (if nothing else this should allow us to take a more leisurly pace for a while!). I wonder if it would be better or worse for us if he were able to walk into town on his own?
We have learned one thing for certain though, a system of high-speed rail-based transportation, such as the one described by the dwarves, would be a welcome addition to this swamp!
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I believe I see one of the few weaknesses that we are likely to discover about The Masters: Their Specialization. The Masters use brilliantly unique weapons, and use them very well, but that tells of extremely specialized training and a very rigorous system of roles and tasks. They appear fond of using more lupine beings to help compensate for it, but that will only be of a small degree of help since the two beings are easily seperated. We shall use this to our advantage, my compatriots and I are far more versitile and can easily adapt to any needed role in any given situation. I know that my own ongoing transformation is allowing me a much greater degree of flexibility in terms of how my arts are to be weilded. I suspect that I should now be able to move beyond the simple exchanges of life for magic for life, and now can transmit magic itself from one being to another! If only I had The Hypothesis around to test this on… I have a hunch that this may hold the key to revitalizing the magical properties of the Orcish brutes. Perhaps the Axe would be willing to let me do a few preliminary experiments on him…
From The Desk of The Good Doctor Arkham West
Duplicate Copy for personal files
The Fairy Court would like to take this opportunity to extend warmest greetings and felicitations to the newest regeneration of the Troll leadership. We hereby extend official recognition of your position and would gladly welcome an Ambassador from your people to visit us in the Botankine. It is respectfully requested that you respond in kind by recognizing the authority of the Fairy Courts at your earliest convenience.
I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, The Good Doctor Arkham West, a traveler from the infinite and everchanging realms of the Botankine now adventuring in your realms under the protection of these fine companions. While I have heard much of your peoples I have not previously had the opportunity to spend nearly enough time amoung them. When my fellow travelers revealed that they had urgent news to bring to your attention I seized on the opportunity to travel here firsthand and have not been disappointed by the people and places that I have seen. Truly your realms are prosperous and people powerful! Out of thankfulness towards my companions for bringing me this opportunity I feel that I must beseech you on their behalf and ask that you listen to the dire situation of which they speak and give full consideration to their cause.
Again, I praise your kingdom from end to end, The Fairy Court sends its regards, and may this regeneration of the Trollish leadership be powerful, just, wealthy, and strong!
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My companions abilities to negotiate continues to place us in increasingly dangerous situations. I have long been an advocate for the importance of selective honesty as a way to maximize harmonious interactions, but among this group I find the flow of honesty is without any buffer at all. This is certain to prove awkward when we return Jeremiah to his people and Kain realizes what a gross violation of the terms of Jeremiah’s punishment this is. I almost wonder if we couldn’t avoid this situation altogether and focus instead on approaching the Orcs so that I might find a new prime subject for my experimentations. I can try to alter Zekthal and draw out some greater magical aptitude from him, but that seems like an uphill battle because of his proclivity towards bloodthirsty rages. I wonder if there isn’t a way to work with that though… to give him the ability to enhance his rages, to power himself up with a series of small, quick, magics that he could perform before being fully subsumed by his anger…Yes, this could work quite well, I will have to keep an eye out for the next time that he gives permission or falls asleep!
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It seems that our visit to the Anurians was a bust… such a shame too, after we had such an easy time getting there. Of course with a quick bit of dealing in the bar I was able to secure us the services of a guide for what I consider a very reasonable price, so that more than makes up for the effort we put forth. I will be interested to see this place he has described and try to understand how it can be used. I wonder what we will be able to do with an old, broken, portal to the gods… Is it worth our while to go visit them where they are now? Or should we focus on finding a way to prop the door open and drag the gods over to our side of reality for a short visit? Perhaps we should try and pull a much more large-scale trick and convince The Masters to go through the portal to visit the gods and hope that either the deities can handle themselves in their own realm.. or that we can destroy the portal from our side and trap them all there together… I suppose that might upset some people though… I will have to come up with a way to propose this in the most positive light…
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I clearly missed an opportunity here. While myself and Tuck were so focused on our efforts to bring life to the lifeless these mages were occupied with bringing More life to something already alive! How ingenious! The trees, the bushes, the very shrubs that surround us all (more litter literally now than in normal circumstances) are both alive and inanimate, so it is a simple thing to move them one step further along on the scale of living and make them alive and Animate! I would love to stay and admire their handiwork but it does not appear that my comrades blades leave (hehe) just about as little to work with as my own bursts of fire (I wonder if anyone knows of a way unleash destruction in a… less destructive way… another research opportunity there!). It seems we are resigned to press onward, I wonder if I shall have a chance to speak with the great mind who designed this garden, that would be most exciting I’m sure!
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An opportune time to reassess the situation! Devoid of our items we lack our most unhealthy advantages, but still maintain a certain numerical advantage. My own mental assault, if successful, could buy us some breathing room if it creates a bit of a distraction, but I will need to hope that someone else is able to take advantage of that distraction so as not to tip my hand too quickly. There is always a chance that one of the more brute-force companions might be able to rip themselves free of their confines, and hopefully the more magically attuned amoung us will also have a few aces up their mundane sleeves that could help loose these bonds. If I am able to burn the zombie from here I shall need to come up with some sort of quip about how flammable all of Seibel’s creations are. That should really Burn him up! I better survive long enough to write this down…
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Most awkward way to leave a dungeon imaginable…
Time to turn my focus towards scientific pursuits though! I have mastered bringing life to non-life, witnessed the potential in turning inanima to animation, now, to break down new barriers by binding un-life to life! Based on my calculations, if I can properly tied the nerves together (note: buy very strong twine… perhaps even glue…) then I see no reason why a live host should reject an undead appendage. It may be a bit unwieldy at first, but if we can find Kain a large gauntlet to really hold the hand firm against the stump during these initial few hours (days?) then he should find that he is able to use the hand every bit as well as when he was alive! There is a small concern that lingers about the effects of positive/negative energies on someone made up of 90% positive action flesh and 10% negative action flesh… but there is no real way to be sure about how that will work out other than to knock him out, perform the surgery, and then start casting harm on him! Results to follow!!