This marks the second occasion I influenced the stream of time. The first time I wished things to be different, to save my home and the people in it. It worked, and even gave the added benefit of adding a companion and friend to our group: Gilroy. But what we just did is far more dangerous than a simple wish. It’s funny, calling some of the most powerful magic “simple”, but it’s true.
With the furnace finally fixed, the armband procured (and a new friend made), and the tower safe enough to leave in the hands of the other for a while, we ventured into the past using the machine powered by what we now know as a time elemental. Deep in the basement of the tower, Xerxes, Gilroy, Jayden, and I stepped onto the platform seeking the past. Vindrel stayed behind, wearing the armband and controlling the machine so that we may learn what happened in the past.
We appeared in the courtyard area on the teleportation platform, only things were different. Things were not in ruin. The city was patrolled by guards, filled with people of all walks of life, but most of the time keenly aware of magic and not scared by it. Being in this place, the past, was the most comfortable I have felt in my own skin in a very long time.
Watching over the platform were a contingent of guards, and after some attempts at requesting to speak with Crab, my impatience got the better of me again. I told the head guard to send a message to Crab, detailing our trip from the future utilizing the device under the tower. I did not see any specific leave to deliver the message, but Jayden did not point out any lies.
The others went into town to explore and apparently made an appointment at the town hall to speak with Crab in several weeks. Perhaps falling victim to his own impatience, or tactlessness, Jayden told the poor woman the topic of conversation would be the end of the world. While I am sure it did give us a great deal of attention, I doubt it was the type of attention we wanted.
They returned some time later after I had already followed up with the guard, to no avail. The others told me their own antics, as some of them began noticing we were being watched, surrounded, and even gestured at in a accusatory ways. Then, before I knew what I could do, darkness surrounded me that my eyes could not pierce, and I had to decide whether or not to resist something pulling at my will.
I let it work, and fortunately it was Crab coming to get us under cloak of darkness. While he was displeased, and had some trouble relaying his displeasure verbally, I think he understood our impatience.
The next hour or so we assaulted Crab with questions of all kinds, trying to learn why we were there and what we were supposed to do. “What is the master plan!?” It did not appear even this powerful mage knew the answer. He explained the time machine to us, called us “tenacious souls”, and relayed that we are meant to fix things by going into the past and the future to gain access to all points desired. Confusing, but alright.
We ended up discussing our affairs with Etrol, a man seemingly comfortable in the darkest parts of the multiverse. He was not the first to tell us that his God was dead, but that he hoped a restoration would come as a result of our joint actions. We talked at length about the quory, but were scolded several times by Etrol, remarking that our goal is not to wipe out the quory, but to save all things from their end. As evil and malicious as the quory are, they are part of the “natural” order. I am glad I am not a druid, because the natural order pisses me off. And I say that as a newly crowned lord of the Fey.
We talked to Casen as well, and that conversation yielded some fruit, as we learned upon our return to the present that Casen was alive. Even if nothing else had changed, that made it worth the trip. Casen is another powerful mage, apparently with the ability to rob magic users of their power for a short time. He also seems to possess a keen intelliect and a genuine interest in doing the right thing.
We are shipping off to Orlast soon. We will probably get some answers, and we will definitely have more questions. I am going to spend as much time as possible familiarizing myself with our flying ship as I can, because to date, it is the most useful possession we have in longevity.
…plus it is the most incredible representation of magic I have ever seen.