James is Missing

At dinner, Dalish notices that his shadow, James isn’t there anymore. That’s weird, he’s Always around Dalish. So, we decide to go look for him. He isn’t in the dorm, or anywhere between class and the dining hall. We head out to the lake where he and Dalish had been studying the night before, but no one is there.

I suggest we go ask a teacher, and we find a staircase by the dining hall that has a sign for the Teacher’s Lounge. We all head up, and Professor Malden answers the door. He says that students often get overwhelmed here, and that the staff doesn’t go looking for two or three days! But if we’re worried we should go check the Lost and Found.

Our class never did get a tour of the grounds, so we don’t know where that is. Nat, MaryBeth, Remmy, and I decide that we should go try and get lost, so we can be found. This is a weird school, maybe it will work, or maybe James got lost and we’ll find him. Dalish and Gerhardt decide to look around the buildings for a sign that says Lost and Found, how boring.

We go walk deep into the woods for awhile. MaryBeth is worried about being late to Astronomy class, so we turn back around. Nat says he knows the way, so we all follow him. Before we make it out though, Remmy starts seeing things, shadows or fairies or something. Who believes in Fairies? Nat, apparently.

The groundskeeper finds us though, before Remmy can start chasing things that don’t exist. I guess we’re not allowed to be out on the grounds after dark, so he takes us all back towards dorms. Dalish and Gerhardt tell us they found the Lost and Found, and a lot of things have gone missing, and they might have found a spell that could help. The others all have class, so I study a bit and go to bed.

Fundaments of Magic class is late again. This time Professor Malden brings in a cart and several jugs of mana. Mana, he tells us, is the essential material needed to cast Magic, but I don’t need it. He calls me to the front of the class and tells me to drink one of the jugs. This seems wasteful to me, but I do it anyway. My classmates’ eyes all bug out watching me. Then Professor Malden tells them how dangerous I am and that I’m in danger, too. Wait, what??

People I don’t even know, people I’ve never me, he says, will come after me. Will want to take me and study me. They’ll want to know what makes my magic work, and they might even want to Use me! Nonono, I just… I just wanted to do magic. Back at my seat, I notice he’s talking again.

Mana puts a limiter on Magicians. You have to think carefully about how you use it. Then he talks about possessing the mana. How a lot of people drink it, but that isn’t necessary. Ownership is all they need.

He calls Remmy and Dalish to the front and tells them to take ownership of, without touching, the mana. Dalish manages it pretty easily, but Remmy gets frustrated and sets it all on Fire! Dalish wills the fire to go out, and it does! How am I the dangerous one? Mana is volatile, Malden warns us, and doesn’t like being disrupted.

MaryBeth asks about using emotions, rather than Will to control mana. Or using mana as a weapon. Professor Malden says both of these are possible, but inefficient. He demonstrates manipulating the mana itself, turning it into a gas, a solid, and a liquid.

He has everyone else work on taking ownership of the mana until they are all out of spells. Then he talks about Overcharging, which is, I guess, what everyone thought he was having me do at the start of class. Taking in too much mana. This is dangerous, too, and makes you pass out after a minute, if not immediately. This is their homework, Overcharge, without killing themselves, to see how well they can handle it. I’m supposed to see how much magic I can do in a day, test my limits.

The rest of classes go as expected, but James never does turn up. Klyce banters with the professor in History. MaryBeth has strange questions about efficiency of magic and mana, so I send her to Professor Mast. Then I finally get to go to P.E. but I don’t get to see Oliver. We make a plan about digging foxholes to protect against ranged magic, but when I run out to grab the ball, I get knocked down immediately and am unconscious for the rest of class.

Afterwards, we go looking for James again. I go to the Philosophy classroom and ask everyone coming out if they’ve seen James since class ended yesterday, but no one has. MaryBeth, Klyce and I go talk to the stablehands. Well, Klyce talks to them mostly, and they suggest the kitchens. So we go find the Kitchens. The weird servitors here aren’t Quite as freaky as the ones in the stables. They say food has gone missing, and there are strange smells of Daffodils and Slime.

We gather up again and go talk to Triplehorn, the Transmutation professor. Dalish tried to do Locate Object, but it didn’t work for him. Triplehorn wants to help us, but the Dean says he’s not allowed for a couple more days. Then he tells us you Can memorize spells you aren’t strong enough to cast, but that very few wizards can manage Divination spells. So, we go off to Dinner to plan what to do next.

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