The Beginings

Raemus is a good teacher and mentor, firm but with a good, caring nature about him. You see him as an advisor and judge to the people of Dunstan’s Bluff as almost everyday he receives visits from the local townspeople who require his aid. This aid, requiring his magic, wisdom or just an open ear is given freely by a caring and wise ruler. He has the respect of nearly everyone around. As you study, you notice that he is trying to instill some of the same qualities in his students, some being more receptive than others.

You have learned a lot about magic from Raemus’ lectures and his extensive library, but not leaving the tower for two months grew on everyone’s nerves. Just as cabin fever threated to claim some of those less even-tempered Raemus declared that you were “ready for some experience” and sent you off on a patrol with the local militia. Through some friendly discussions with Sergeant Roland, to whom you reported for duty, you found that part of Raemus’ feudal obligations require him to supply “troops” to bolster the rather small militia. You soon realized why Raemus himself did not join you after sleeping on the cold, hard ground on a three week patrol south to Overlook Point and the surrounding villages. Most of what you remember of the scenery is white from the miles and miles of seemingly endless treking through snow.

Your typical day at school consists of a breakfast of warm oats and eggs followed by morning chores and then Raemus’ lecture. Past lectures include: Philosophy of Magic Spell Theory Divination for the Divine Scrying Library Instruction Fundamentals of Spell Transcription Principles of Casting Spell Tutorials and Seminars Formula Analysis Laboratory Techniques Power Thinking Survey of Literature Language Instruction Fundamentals of Meditation Basic Astrology

For lunch, Helga usually prepares a soup or a stew, made from fresh seafood. After lunch is physical training in the courtyard and then project work until a dinner of grilled fish or steamed mussels. After dinner there are more chores to be done and then private study before bed.

When Raemus does not have lectures scheduled you are expected to work with the militia taking fire watch in the town towers, patrolling around the town or standing guard at the city gates. Reading on duty is frowned upon, since you are supposed to be on watch but more than once several of you have smuggled in a book to help pass the time. Over the past two months you haven’t seen anything out of the ordinary happen in Dunstan’s Bluff and you’ve caught yourselves wishing that something would happen just to break the monotony. Morning chores have almost been completed when you overhear a knock at the door, the visitor is for Raemus of course and Raemus sends word that lectures are cancelled for the day and you have the day for personal use. The morning chores finish up quickly and the students scatter to their rooms execpt for a few of you who have decided to go into town.



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