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The Beautiful Mage
In an ancient forest far, far away from the humdrum of everyday life, our heroes paid visit to a mage of great renown who spent her days in solitude.Though they sought the secrets to primal crystals, they found themselves on the receiving end of a symposium on beauty.Though thrown for quite the loop, the party managed to successfully recruit Mishra to their Order.
Somewhere out there is an ancient forest, far removed from the world you and I know. In it lived a magician, a magician who grasped for herself a very special sort of knowledge.
Having heard a rumor, the party found themselves slogging through the waist high grass of a gloomy forest in the hope of learning more about primal crystals.
Vyrn: Hehehe...well they said she’s pretty old. And you don’t want to get her mad...unless you wanna end up a frog or something...
Can’t you see how scared she is?!
You just made all that up, didn’t you? Didn’t you?!
Vyrn: Hahaha! Sorry and sorry again!
Vyrn: I’m just saying...don’t be shocked if it happens.
A wild forest like this...creep central.
Lyria: We’ve been here before...hey, (Captain)...
Are you sure we aren’t going in circles?
Katalina: Yeah...I’ve seen that tree, like, ten times...don’t tell me we’re los?
Katalina: Wait?! C-careful now... waugh!
Let go of my tail...
Vyrn: Ow...you okay, (Captain)?
Katalina: I feel something...
???: Such noise...what is it, Zehek?
Strange Woman: Zehek! Can you hear me?!
Where in blazes did that nubbin run off to...hm...
Strange Woman: Oh, dearie me...what have we here!
Oh, I’ve not had callers in a donkey’s years!
Strange Woman: I assume you’ve come to unlock the supreme mysteries of beauty? You have, have you not? Mm?
Strange Woman: Very well! Don’t be shy, now! I’ve been quite dying of boredom. You’ll get your guidance straight from the source.
Strange Woman: We’ll start with...yes, you! The armored lass!
Strange Woman: You’ve done well with the hair...but take these seeds. Press them and use the oil to go from simply pretty to absolutely enchanting!
Strange Woman: I’ll have you know they’re quite hard to acquire. Consider it a gift!
Twice a day. That’s two times and don’t you forget it!
Katalina: Erm...thanks, I guess...
And next...ah, you don’t see that every day.
A flying, talking lizard.
Vyrn: Did I stutter?!
Listen, lady, I’m not a liz?
Strange Woman: Ah, I’m no longer interested.
Strange Woman: More importantly...you.
I believe they called you (Captain)?
Strange Woman: What is it you’re hiding?
A certain je ne sais quoi...a pulse of the soul...
No need to be afraid.
I don’t bite.
Now come on out.
Strange Woman: Oho!
This is quite the shocker!
Vyrn: No way... How’d she know Lyria was there. Who the hell are you?
Strange Woman: A silly question to ask.
I do believe it was you lot who were searching for me?
N-nah. We’re looking for a magician. An old lady...
Strange Woman: Oh, be not quick to judge a book by its cover.
Hehe. Of course, you’re still wet behind the ears.
Katalina: Don’t tell me you’re...
Mishra: Indeed I am.
It is I whom you seek. Mishra, the Sorceress of the Ancient Wood.
Mishra: Ahaha! Look at those faces! That’s just so deliciously perfect! Ahahahaha!
Mishra: Oh, I haven’t had a chuckle like that in a month of Mondays...
Mishra: Oh, I do suppose you deserve something for giving me a bit of fun.
Mishra: Is there a question you wish to ask?
Hmph...and considering the girl’s power, I presume it has something to do with primal crystals.
What d’you know about the crystals?!
Mishra: Nothing, I’m afraid.
Mishra: Hahaha! My apologies. My only concerns are beauty and the cultures of antiquity.
Mishra: But you need not worry.
I thought this day my come. My preparations for the journey are already in place.
Journey? What journey?
Mishra: Well you are travelers, aren’t you?
And if it’s primal crystals you seek...you must be looking beyond the sky. To Estalucia.
Mishra: Visiting unknown lands, crossing swords with unknown foes...my ken will come in handy, I think.
Mishra: I say that, should you wish it, I would have no problem joining you.
Vyrn: (What do you wanna do, (Captain)?
I’m just saying, watch how you phrase it...)
Choose: Would you care to join us?
- Would you care to join us?
- Smells fishy to me...
Mishra: Hehe. Ah, you are a prudent one.
I like you.Choose: Smells fishy to me...
Mishra: Hahaha! I like you! Now I’ll definitely be joining you. I do hope you’re ready.Continue 1
That’s that. Let us go.
Hehe...I couldn’t be more excited!
Oh, this is no time to dilly-dally!
Vyrn: Hrm...kinda feels like we walked into a trap here...
Katalina: Well...at least we know she’s a seasoned mage.
That’s definitely going to come in handy.
Mishra: One more thing...how do we get out of here?
Mishra: I came here decades ago to conduct research on ancient cultures...I quite forgot where the exit was.
Oh, Mishra! You’re such a kidder!
Katalina: Sigh...at least, I hope she comes in handy...
And so Mishra, seasoned mage and authority on beauty and ancient culture, joined our heroes.
And being an authority on beauty, she had quite the harsh lessons in store for the those of the Order. But that’s a tale for another time...
The Sage's Treasure
Upon hearing about the treasure of the ancient people, the company descended upon a remote ancient ruin. The ruin had already been trashed from other skyfarers looking for the treasure. It had completely changed from when Mishra last came. The company begin exploring around, but they were stopped from a sudden monster attack.
It is said that a treasure of the ancient people is kept in ancient ruins somewhere. The company got wind of that rumor.
To verify the rumors... and also by the request of Mishra, the company heads to the rumored island.
Vyrn: Wow... There are holes punched everywhere. It’s completely trashed here.
Katalina: Hmph... It must be thugs who have heard about the rumors of the treasure and turned everything on its head.
Mishra: Hmm... It certainly looks different from when I last visited.
Vyrn: What’s going on? You came here before, Mishra?
Mishra: Yes. The ancient writing that I use was also written on the stone tablet of this ruin.
Mishra: Originally, this was a quiet ruin where people and monsters alike did not come to... And look at it now...
Lyria: Huh? Say, (Captain). Did something...?
Katalina: Careful! Monsters!
Rackam: Tch! Over here, too! We’re surrounded.
Mishra: Oh, dear... I didn’t want to cause a commotion... But you leave me no choice.
The Sage's Treasure: Scene 2
The monsters were sent by a man looking for treasure. The man, being unable to read the ancient writings, wanted to use Mishra to find the whereabouts of the treasure. Being annoyed at the company for not doing as he says, he sent monsters after them again.
Mishra: This is odd. There used to be a spell cast here so that monsters do not come close.
Lyria: Um... I think I saw someone in that building over there...
Lyria: Maybe it’s someone using monsters to chase us away...
???: Hehe... You’re a sharp one, little lady.
Hooligan: Hey! Erune woman! You said something about a spell. Can you read the ancient writing here?
Mishra: What if I can?
Hooligan: Whoo! I’m in luck! If I have you, I can find the treasure.
Hooligan: Hehehe. I found something that looks like a treasure map, but I can’t read the ancient writing on it!
Hooligan: I didn’t know what to do, so I was thinking of destroying the ruins!
Rackam: I see... That sounds ominous...
Hooligan: Hey! You there! If you don’t want to hurt, hand over that woman.
Hooligan: Hehe... Or else...
Katalina: Ugh... Our hunch was correct...
Mishra: Haha... Hehehe... Ahahaha!
Vyrn: Mishra... What’s going on?
Mishra: This is perfect. I was incensed by the looting of the ruins.
Mishra: It seems that youngsters nowadays have no respect for the old. It think you need to be taught a lesson!
The Sage's Treasure: Scene 3
Guided by Mishra, the company arrived to where the treasure was. What they found were a great number of stone tablets. Rackam had half-expected there to be valuables there, but Mishra began immersing herself in her research to decipher the stone tablets.
Hooligan: Damn it...!
Mishra: Is this your treasure map? I see... This is...
Mishra: This is certainly a map to the whereabouts of the treasure. And this is a treasure, yet it is not.
Rackam: Oh... What? What's that supposed to mean?
Mishra: Haha. A picture is worth a thousand words. Follow me.
Vyrn: W-Wow...! This is...
Lyria: Wow...! There are so many stone tablets!
Katalina: This is certainly a grand sight... Every single one of the stone tablets are full to the brim with ancient texts.
Mishra: This is a treasure trove of knowledge. The map you carried was for the location of the treasure for the learned.
Mishra: Hmph... You must have thought it the treasures were gold and other valuables. Ahaha! You fool!
Hooligan: No way...
Mishra: You should be grateful that you didn’t get lost in the ruins and died from exposure.
Mishra: Now that you learned your lesson, don’t ever enter the ruins without respect in your heart.
Rackam: But you know... I was kind of hoping that there were valuable treasure here.
Lyria: Ahaha... But it is treasure to Mishra!
Rackam: I see... So she’s locked herself in her room doing research again...
Rackam: Sigh... Thanks to that, I didn’t have to get lectured about beauty or whatever...
Mishra: Ahh! (Captain)! You came at the right time! Will you hear me out?!
Mishra: I was trying to decipher the writing on the stone tablets we found in the ruins the other day. Surprisingly, the knowledge of that age...
Mishra: When I compare it with the blending technique of the herbs I was researching before, it shows that it can tighten the skin and keep it moisturized...
Rackam: Blegh...! G-Give me a break!
The treasure that sleeps in the ancient ruins. This is truly a treasure for Mishra, the explorer of beauty and ancient texts.
Who would leave this behind? Her adventurous mind will become the map to the truth as well as the key.
Just Like a Child
Zehek put some distance between himself and Mishra in order to get away from her uninhibited behavior. Mishra slumped down, pained by that cold and distant behavior. Zehek had a change of heart when he saw Mishra in that condition, and went to see her so that they could locate the phantom herb sought by Mishra and to clear up any misunderstandings.
The Grandcypher sailed peacefully through the sky, until one day...
Vyrn: What's the deal, Zehek? You playing hide and seek or something?
Lyria: That means she might not be feeling too well herself! We need to go talk to her!
Vyrn: Hey... what's with the hiding? You hurt or something?
Zehek: No... no need to worry yourself over me.
Mishra's Voice: Zehek? Zehek, where are you?!
Lyria: ...hm? Zehek? It sounds like Mishra's calling you!
Vyrn: Hmm? Don't tell me you aren't gonna go?
Mishra: Zehek! What in the blazes are you doing here? I've been searching up and down for you.
Mishra: What's the matter with you, Zehek? Is your arrhythmia acting up again? Let's take a look at you.
Zehek: Save it... You're my master, not my doctor.
Mishra: Oh, brr. Chilly as ever. And here I thought you a friend of mine.
Vyrn: Uh-huh. Just think of it! The old master and student back together again. No need to be shy!
Zehek: Shy? What in d'you mea?*cough*!
Mishra: You were quite the sickly young sprite when I took you in...
Mishra: You'd not even be gallivanting around with this lot if it weren't for my efforts!
Mishra: Quit your brooding! You've been in my care before, haven't you?!
Zehek: Ah... made to quaff strange potions and playing the laboratory rat?*cough*! Ack!
Mishra: Oh... is that how it was? My memory seems to have failed me.
Zehek: Master... I am not some toy for you to play with!
Zehek: *cough*... all that time I spent with you, master. You think I haven't caught on yet?
Mishra: Oh, my... to hear my dearest student speak so...
Mishra: Forgive me... I've always meddled a bit too much, I know. I must mend my ways...
Vyrn: H- Hey! Are you okay with that? Your master just, y'know, left and all?
Lyria: She looked so broken up...
Vyrn: Whoa, now! You haven't been sleeping with your windows open, have you?
Zehek: It's nothing... did you require something?
Vyrn: Well, if you're asking... I was kind of wondering about things between you and Mishra.
Zehek: It's not what you think! We never...
Zehek: I... I never even...
Lyria: Huh? So if Zehek has those herbs... and Mishra is looking for them...
Zehek: That... it's pure coincidence!
Vyrn: Haha... well if that's the case, what the hell are we doing standing around, (Captain)?
Pressed by (Captain), Zehek went off in search of Mishra, dragging his feet with each step.
Mishra: Hoho! This is quite the shocker! Such rare herbs, all for little old me...
Lyria: Oh, that is so good to hear! You seem pretty happy, Mishra!
Vyrn: Wait a minute! Somebody turn off that lamp. Oh, wait. It's Zehek.
Mishra: Oh, Zehek... you haven't changed since you were a boy.
Mishra: Hehe. For all the running he did from my treatments, guess who came slinking back because he was too scared to sleep alone...
Lyria: Wow! We're learning all sorts of things about you, Zehek!
Zehek: Gah! When did I ever? You don't need to go telling them about that!
Mishra: Ohohoho! What's wrong, my dear? Is that a thumpity-thump-thump I hear?
Mishra: Oh, this is too perfect! You are just too, too adorable!
Zehek: Master! I with you would stop! How many times must I tell you I am not your playthi?*cough*!
Mishra: Ahahaha! Oh, fine.
Mishra: Now that Zehek has given me what I needed, I can start working on the potion.
Mishra: Hmph... Lyria! Vyrn! Bring these to my lab and be quick about it.
Vyrn: Whoa! Where's the fire?!
Lyria: Wow! I-is this it? What? Over here?
Zehek: This is bad! We can't be here! Run, (Captain)!
Vyrn: What's that supposed to mean? What d'you mean, run?
Mishra: Ohoho... this is too, too exciting! These herbs contain a very special ingredient, you see...
Mishra: Oh, yes... crossbreed them using a special technique...no, that's not quite right. They need to be further purified...mhmm, mhmm.
Mishra: What are you doing standing around?! Zehek, prepare that for me. And you, (Captain)! You need to be over here!
Surround by Zehek, (Captain), and the others, Mishra found herself getting more than a little carried away in her endless pursuit of beauty.
And finally our heroes learned the extent of Zehek's affliction.