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Viscardi's Secret "Ciphered" Journal - Entry Nine
Goblins and Sherlock Holmes

Job offer from the druids to solve the goblin raids and assaults. After a great deal of sass and abuse from Achlys and myself to some druid that still refuses to accept that the bank is evil. I thought they were meant to be thoughtful and insightful. Bloody Maple-Bloods.


So after being certain of foul play but unable to convince the druids. We went to the whispering woods. Filled with fae trickery and  creepy shenanigans. Heading in we found rudimentary, dilapidated abodes. Found some Goblin and big doggo tracks in the village. Eriise pointed out the higher buildings were for the higher ups of the village. The village of the goblins was designed not with defence but for the speed at which it could be abandoned. But that would require intelligence of enemy movements. 


More evidence of either an informant within the Maple-Blood Continent or decent diviners of Goblins. It was actually Arianna that came up with a decent explanation. The Goblins while looting for metal scraps would also take water. They would also try and live in an area with a natural water source. This fixation on water of Achlys and I made us think it was Divination. Arianna pointed out that the bank aims to control the water sources, and after we visited one village and it became known to the banks and was attacked by Goblins. While correlation does not equate to causation but that is damn suspicious.


Then we found the dog. Following some strange burning marks we found a strange shadow spirit dog. Then Achlys had a revelation. This had been a dog that was the victim of a transformative spell. They turned their own dogs into that abomination to distract their attacks as they fled. How do they forge? Their weapons, are clearly of some craftsmanship. Yet there are no forges, nor could there be, fire would bring about the wrath of the vengeance spirits. He started referring to me as Watson after I starting making notes as I just couldn’t keep track of everything. 


Then Arianna heard the voices. Which Eriise listened to. Then Achlys. So I guess I had to. Morons. WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?! WHO IS WATSON?! 


Achlys furthered Arianna’s points. The bank was not lifting a finger to deal with this. Meaning either the bank didn’t care about the rest of the continent which was unlikely. And much more likely, they are involved. Then we found the village, alive and well under an illusion. Trying to get “Holmes” to see through it was quite the ordeal. He kept yelling that I’d never make detective at this rate, and using the idiot as a defence was hardly helping me. After paying an urchin to stab him both he and Eriise realised that it was a fully inhabited village.


Heading up to the “Blood-Vision” which unsettled Holmes. What with it’s dried up eyes and mouth. It was to be fair a very disturbing madwoman. She wanted to defeat the bank. The Princess is a drug addict being manipulated by the bank which would explain the druidic and royal guard in activity. The goblins want to defeat the leaf-ears. We saw the Princesses room in the visions. A junkie den. Truly sickening motivation.


Druids were also being pulled by the strings as well. “Blood-Vision” told us of the 3 other tribes. We were apparently talking to the leader of the tribes. She is without a doubt the most insanely chaotic evil I have ever met. Unsurprisingly Achlys was up for the plan. Arianna will take some convincing. 


I then asked to witness the visions. I was all of a sudden there. In the midst of the death of the Children of Moonlight. Drow nobility cut down, gutted and drained of their lives. In the centre I saw Kelaeny, in his armour wielding his katana. Then I returned to reality and seeking a non-lethal alternative to killing everyone, went off to see the tech smith.


 Tech smith was substantially more stable, mentally. The bank don’t want to risk actually fighting the Goblins. By opening communication to the bank, they believe “blood vision” can overcome the bankers leadership. Then lacking this cohesion they will fall completely. The other thought was for us to quietly sneak into the bank and kill managers silently. We opted to try opening dialogue. The Goblins could also threaten their supply of hallucinogenic drugs.


So we headed back to the capital, next entry I’ll have tried to convince the managers to leave the safety of their LITERAL IVORY TOWER!!
 

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Viscardi's Secret "Ciphered" Journal - Entry Eight
Ruins, Dragons and Presents

Continuing to work for the bank we were sent to the towering willow woods to search some ancient ruins. Upon reaching it I was concerned this was how they chose to knock us off. Massive repugnant flies and accompanying maggots. Absolutely disgusting. But we ventured on after setting a small fire and being beset by some vengeance spirit. I think we were helping by killing maggots but what do I know. The ruins were relatively easy to navigate although we did have to deal with some gelatinous cubes which were interesting traps.

After dispatching the golden clad skeletons, we searched the treasure. After dividing up the treasure we realised that was a bit difficult. As there was a dragon. It was very cute, I played catch with it and everything. But after leaving the ruins with the loot we discovered our air ship was destroyed and the servant’s dead. We moved on not wishing to also become a host for giant wasps. Moving on after about 4 hours we collapsed exhausted. Taking shifts Eriise spotted some monster constantly on the periphery of her visions. Ignoring it I returned to sleep discovering cursed paints by my bed… yay?

This was only to escalate as the beast came for Arianna. It was good for some reason but that just made it an easier target for me. Well I got its attention as it set about kidnaping me. Initially I still put up a bit of a fight but then I realised, the pitch of my voice was rising, and my clothes were practically falling off me. I wasn’t just shrinking. I was getting younger. My shouts of protest became shrieks of terror. Thankfully I was rescued and then had to also rescue Eriise. After my first efforts everyone began telling me off; Ariaana and Achlys denouncing my efforts to rescue her and Eriise yelling that I’d attacked a fae. So, fuck it then. I went to bed and began sketching until I fell asleep.

Getting up we moved on, Eriise with a lot of bruises and a new smug claim on the moral high ground. We got picked up by an airship with some strange cat people. Spoke to them for a while. Arriving in the capital I began giving off to the managers for abandoning us for a day in the towering willows for a day. During which time Eriise ran off with the dragon to present it to the princess on my behalf.

Well it was going well we got a good deal of money and the princess got her dragon at least I thought so. After all the effort to get that dragon a princess’ treasury it just had to have it all and got itself squashed by a hammer. After the banker couldn’t make a deal with it. Well we have some proof of their illegitimate methods, when confronted with the word no. I mean I’m evil but no means no.

So, with our pockets full of blood money we left, and I spoke to the princess. Told the druids off for letting such a blatantly evil and extortionate institution make the calls. Then to the princess I apologised for failing to bring her the dragon and explained that when the dragon wanted to keep its private property the manager just killed him in cold blood and took it. How are these people so determined to do nothing?! It’s infuriating! There is no ideological defence for the bank just incredible apathetic passivity from all other potential authorises! HOW DO THESE MANAGEGERS HAVE SUCH AN EASY LIFE?!

 

Latest sketch of Hisun for his Birthday… upon reflection I should find out when that is…

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Arianna’s diary: entry 8

You know, it’s been a few days but I still can’t believe I’m in a completely new world. Wait, I should probably add in some context first. So, right now I’m on a field trip with Achlys, Eriis and Viscardi. Apparently we have Mrs Arael supervising us but since we’ve only seen her once or twice we must be doing pretty well so far. Anyway, we started off in a huge forest with the biggest trees I’ve ever seen; it took Eriis a good few minutes just to climb one and get a lay of the land. A few hours later we came across a village full of elves wearing weird clothes made of leaves who water down their wine with sap. Apparently water is kind of rare around here. Achlys and Viscardi had the great idea to create and sell some which didn’t really end up going well. They wanted to get Achlys “tested” and in response we ran away as fast as we could. As if that wasn’t exciting enough we came across a bunch of big mechanical scorpions piloted by goblin who attacked the village. In the confusion that caused though we were caught and sent to their capital on, get this, an air ship! It was piloted by druids who got us up to a stupidly fast speed it was the best and we definitely some of them at home.

Anyway, the next day we made it to the capital, Achlys was tested and they found out everything about his oracle mystery. After that we were asked to meet the manager of the local bank who seemed really friendly and gave us all a bunch of stuff. He paid Achlys for all the water he made and gave us each a room in a really nice hotel. Speaking of, when I got to my room I found the most beautiful sword on my bed, with gold and jewels and everything. Oh, I almost forgot, the manager asked if we were interested in doing a job for him the day after but until then he insisted that we check out the capital. Achlys found out that my sword is enchanted but he couldn’t determine what kind of enchantment it was so I decided to head over to the market. I thought about asking him to join me but I thought he might be a bit busy or maybe wanted some rest after his test so I decided not to. In retrospect it was probably for the best because when I got to the market I was almost attacked by a rhino. I kind of calmed it down long enough to get away and I just hope nobody else got hurt there. Maybe I should try and see somebody about this especially if people could get hurt because of it. Anyway, I heard that Viscardi went to dinner with the manager while I went to the library to try and learn about my sword but I didn’t really find anything about it. 

So, the next day we found out that the manager wanted us to go into the forest to collect a package from him. It almost went smoothly until Viscardi fell into a big hole covered with spider webs. Then a giant spider descended and I blinded it with my magic glitter. I don’t think he or Viscardi liked that but it didn’t take long to finish it off. As it turns out, the package was filled with some weird leaves, probably some more of their strange currency. Oh, that’s reminds me they don’t use coins like we do but some strange paper notes with numbers on them. I guess it would be lighter and easier to carry but how is can leaves have different values? Also, I might have gotten Achlys interested in Dragon Worlds after I told him about it in the morning. I hope he does start playing, it would be nice to face off against one of my best friends. Also, my sword is alive. His name is Ryan and Achlys says that he’s some kind of evil. Still, he’s just so charming and he’s only helped me so far so I might as well give him a chance. I mean, Viscardi’s an anti-paladin and we get along pretty well. After that we were told that a manager on a higher floor also had another job for us, something about finding information about a possibly shady merchant or something like that. Later in the day though I find a strange package hidden in a back alley: some money, some odd substances that Ryan told me were local drugs and a note. One of these drugs, Ryan told me, was meant to relax you when lit so I tried it that night and I admit he didn’t lie. I don’t think I’ve ever had a better night’s sleep. Still, I didn’t use the whole thing and I think Achlys and Viscardi joined me later on. 

The next day we made a start on our investigation, apparently the woman was holding a big party that night so we spent the day getting ready. We were given beautiful new clothes and the complete works to make us look perfect for the night. It didn’t end as we expected it to though, we found out that she is seemingly looking to run a legitimate business. Also, it turns out that the bank is keeping water rare so that they can raise it’s price on the market and make more money so it turn s out that they might be pretty evil. I think the others want to take them down but I’m not so sure. I mean, they’re obviously evil and bringing them down does seem like the right thing to do but what’s going to replace them? What if we take them down and something worse takes their place? Still if the others do want to topple them I’ll help but I want to make sure we think everything through first. Also, I’ve been thinking things through and I don’t think the whole glory thing is for me. When I first joined the order of the flame I thought it would be pretty cool but now that I have some experience fighting it’s not really what it was cracked up to be. So, I’m thinking of joining the order of the dragon. I mean, dragons are inherently cool and it’s all about helping you friends which I think suits me more. 

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Achlys' Log - 5
Revelation

It’s been too long since I last wrote. I won’t bother trying to recall all that happened, only that working at an orphanage should not be so “exciting”. Besides something more important is happening. I am on a field trip with Arianna, Eriis and Viscardi. We ended up in a world with oceans of trees and a strange society. It didn’t take us long to find out that water is a rare resource on this world. Immediately Viscardi and I turned our attentions to making a profit. This would prove a mistake as apparently all spellcasters are rather forcibly tested (despite their pathetic bleating about how they’d never do anything against my will). Eventually I was apprehended and brought to be tested. I was furious, yet powerless. There it was again, powerlessness. Helpless against the predations of the stronger. I am quite thoroughly sick of feeling powerless. In a sense I should be thankful for this because my eyes were open. I was struck by a revelation. I felt weak because I was rejecting my nature, refusing to use what power I had to its full effect. There is a reason I was marked. I was upset at being shackled physically but it was the natural result of shackling my mind throughout my life. All at once I felt much more powerful.

 

I digress, we arrived at the capital of this country for testing and was quite thoroughly shown to not be a pyromancer. As if it wasn’t blindingly obvious, maniacal pyromancers don’t go around creating water. Ultimately, this wasn’t about pyromancy though. This apparent druidic society in actuality is run by a cabal of degenerate bankers who have somehow managed to make water a scarcity. Impressive evil and depravity yet somehow so boring. Maybe being barred from the more interesting aspects of society due to my age isn’t helping. We got paid quite the sum to keep hush about our water creation and have a job lined up. They made sure to offer all manner of luxuries to win us over. No doubt they are all tainted somehow. Viscardi had a dinner with our contact only to be given food that made him give away information about our world. Arianna was given a magical sword, that turns out to be alive and capable of sending suggestions. We are probably being shadowed by their goons. What their end goal is, beyond making a profit, I don’t know. Viscardi did end up revealing a lot about our world. I don’t want to have to deal with their lot back home. I quite happen to like home as it is, for now at least. What other place can boast such numbers of high quality help and a platform into so many other worlds? I’ll have to keep an eye on those shifty bankers.

 

In other news I have grown fond of poor Arianna’s effect on animals. It can be a great source of amusement and a useful tool, when directly and manipulated properly. Such manipulation is a great example of my new found “power” as it were. I wouldn’t have be willing nor capable of murdering a few town guards as my previous self but now by using the powers I have in ways I wouldn’t haven’t even considered before… well the results speak for themselves. That was just a proof of concept though, it’s time to think bigger.

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Arianna’s diary: entry 7

It’s been a few months since I last wrote anything but to be fair not much has really happened after the first few hectic weeks of school. Classes are going well enough, I’m getting better at Dragon Worlds and Millbit is still scary beyond belief. That said things have been happening now and again so I thought I would wait until it all finished up before writing it down. It really helps the story flow more consistently. So, where to start off… Well, really weird stuff was happening at the orphanage, stuff of the demonic kind. We had some help from a temporary worker: a halfling bard whose name I can’t quite recall but who Viscardi kept referring to as Edgelord. Not really the most undeserved titles given that he kept creating creepy illusions whenever possible. As if that wasn’t weird enough one of the kids, a girl named Alice, was acting pretty odd and may or may not actually be a wizard/sorcerer. 

The job itself went fine for the first few months until one day a child was injured playing on the obstacle course that we set up for them. Eriis rushed him to see a doctor and came back surprisingly soon, shouting for us to come down and speak to her. She and Viscardi both told me that the boy was being seen to which turned out to be a lie, the boy having transformed into a choker and a group of barbarians killed him. I wasn’t sure which emotion I felt more then; anger at them lying to me or shock and terror that we let a child die in our care. From what I was told later though it was the latter by miles. Believe it or not though that wasn’t even the most insane moment of the day as shortly after we saw Viscardi coming up from the basement with the boy very much alive shortly after his body had suddenly disappeared. Apparently he made some sort of a deal to bring the boy back but who it was with he wouldn’t say. 

The next day Viscardi and Achlys came to my house, offered me a Mcfluffy (which tasted really good by the way) and asked if I would come with them to Mcdangles to discuss some big scheme they were planning. Intrigued and with the possibility of more Mcfluffies I agreed. Apparently whatever helped Viscardi bring the boy back to life wanted something in return: something from Millbit office of all places. A bit hesitant at first given Millbits love of both traps and punishing students I soon agreed upon learning that I wouldn’t actually be near his office, instead myself and Viscardi would try to stall him if he tried to get back to his office. So, with the plan set out we left Mcdangles (for some reason we all looked really exhausted) and got ready for what could best be described as the greatest heist of the century. Mind you, that’s not to say that everything went as planned as I soon heard roaring sounds followed by the image of Millbit rushing to his office about half an hour after starting, followed by the sight of two demons fighting in the cafeteria during lunch. Oh yes, I forgot to mention didn’t I? As it turns out Viscardi made a dream with a DEMON!

Still I suppose things could have gone much worse. Millbit didn’t catch on to our plan, the boy is still very much alive and the demon is very much isn’t. With that said however I think I’ll pay a bit more attention to any future schemes that Viscardi brings up in the future which may or may not happen soon. It’s the field trip tomorrow and I’m paired up with him, Achlys and Eriis. It’ll be my first time in a new world so I’ll need to look presentable especially if we’re going to a world that hasn’t had any contact with ours. We should leave a good impression. 

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Viscardi's Secret "Ciphered" Journal - Entry Seven
Daemons

What the fuck is going on with this Satandamn orphanage. School has been going ok by the way but seriously what the shit?! Run by a powerful cleric that can banish chokers but she doesn't notice Alice is being watched over by a Daemon, and a powerful one at that. We initially feared chokers were up to something but one of the children began to take ill so Eliise ran him to the local doctors. En route though he transformed into a choker and attacked. Thankfully Eliise was helped by the locals, who pummeled it to death. Once she returned I realised it was an illusion, a trick. She'd been tricked into getting a child killed. Maybe I'm not cut out for this evil stuff because that sickens me to my core. It's one thing to outmaneuver an opponent and defeat them through manipulation, blackmail and other unsavoury methods, but that was a child!

Eliise and I hid the body while I tried to think of the best way to respond. She wouldn't leave the body and Achlys made it his personal mission to safeguard the body, suspecting daemonic shenanigans. Which was right. While I was keeping Arianna and Edgelord from finding out a child was dead, said child's soul was consumed. I ran in to help but appear to have released the Daemon and we couldn't catch it. I said this was outside of our control and we had no way of dealing with this. We should contact the royal guard.

Well this was clearly the right choice as the daemon appeared before me and implored me to reconsider. It had Alice at knife point. Well my suspicions of her made me certain, although well… not certain enough to try and rescue her. After whipping the knife from the daemon I charged and then realised I was right the first time. He was bluffing. So we engaged in a discussion. So the child is… up and I have his soul in my hand, admittedly somewhat digested. I was to help him break into Milbits office and if I did I would gain an ally. Some item would summon an outsider aligned to my god who would be loyal to me. I doubt this is the case but can I afford to not take that chance?

So all I have to do is convince a rogue to break in somewhere with the help of two people that hate Milbit. This shouldn't be too difficult.

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Achlys' Journal - 4
Silence

I’m fine. Everything is fine. I’m home, I’m safe, nothing to worry about.

Get out of my head

Wednesday. Weird day. Decided to show Viscardi the mark. He trusts me with his secrets, seemed fair. Also, he’s strong and knows about evil outsiders, makes for a good ally. Good friend. We went to the library. Needed to research daemons. Found a useful book, learned a lot. Was alive and angry, had to defeat it before reading. Had work, got paid. Went home, instead arrived in strange shop with smiling merchant. Could hear music and not in my mind. Could speak. Very disconcerting experience. I apparently won a raffle. Don’t remember entering any raffle. Did… did I forget? Everything seems a little fuzzy after today. Raffle was rigged. Felt time stop, reality buckle. Someone toys with fate like I do. Someone with an interest. Got an eye of an evil outsider in a jar. Was told if I drank containing liquid I would vastly improve sight. Benefit too good to ignore.

I know it was stupid shut up shut up shutupshutupSHUTUP

Made preparations to cope with presumably awful taste. Was neutral in taste. Nothing happened for a bit. Then my eyes twisted in on themselves. The pain was excruciating.  Stumbled my way to mirror, found eyes replace with sickly pink irises and cross-shaped pupils. Was not told my eyes would be replaced.

Don’t care that “I’m better now”, shut up

Pretty sure I’ll see that shifty merchant again. Must remember to get comprehensive details of received items. Ari, Viscardi and Eriis showed up soon after. Lied and said I had pink eye. They didn’t buy it. They needed help dealing with a wall or something. Was not informed feral undead animals would be an issue. Had to leave early to get treatment. Not sanitary. Picked up blindfold to hide eyes, successful so far.

Don’t want to be like you

Thursday classes were uneventful. Viscardi has an imp tutor for languages. Decided to learn Infernal, have to learn the language of the enemy. Angel tutor upset. Perhaps angel tutor should defeat forces of evil for me. No? Then he should cease his complaints. Lunchtime went badly. Eriis had new magical device, could steal traps. Helped her work it, then tested it on Millbit’s door. Worked perfectly, but Millbit’s familiar was nearby. Had to hide in room. No telling when it might check. We split up, Eriis out the window, myself out the door. Got caught, expected as much. Didn’t incriminate myself, didn’t incriminate anyone else. Got detention, wasn’t worried at time. Mistake. Before going to Suwek’s saw trap trigger on Averandus’ locker. Seems Eriis has mastered the item. Had fun at Suwek’s, learned more about his family. Nearly died of second-hand embarrassment at their brown-nosing.

Friday… Friday is difficult. Not much happened in class. Had detention with Millbit. Wanted to know who had the Trap Stealing Rod.

Not telling, never telling

Told him nothing. Suited him fine. Summoned Cacodaemons. Not sure what they did but I could feel my will draining away. Then came the taunts, the insults, the mockery. I can still hear it now. Not sure if it’s something they did, my memories or I’m just going insane. Probably latter.

Didn’t break though, who’s weak now eh!?

Have another scheduled for Friday. Can’t let that happen. They say Mr. Kalaeny is a good man, let him prove it. Right now, I need rest. See if I can sleep it off. Think I’ve earned myself some relaxation.

Or at least for these irritating voices to fade from memory

Maybe check out a salon or something. That’d be nice.  Night.

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Ariannna's diary: entry 6

Wednesday:

Today was pretty weird right from the get go. I woke up a bit early to make breakfast for Viscardi (given that he's living with us for a while I thought it only right that I try to make him feel as welcome as I could) though it didn't go as well as I had hoped. It's a shame too given that I soon heard him shrieking upstairs he might have liked something nice to eat. I probably would have gone back up to check on him had I not heard the rattling of my parents armor as they ran up to check on him. We later set off for school together and, on our way there, I overheard the half-orc Kanan talking with the halfling rogue (who I later learned was named Lianna) about the card game that I've been looking to play. Given that I was in a bit of a rush though I decided to wait until break to ask them about it. 

Our first class was Divine Studies where we learned that the gods of the Elemental planes are pretty evil. I suppose that explains why that massive water elemental in Millbit's class was such a jerk. Speaking of Millbit we had Art straight after where we changed from a more free form class to a more instructional lesson. At break I talked with Lianna and Kanan about playing against them though they offered to go with me after school to get new cards since a larger collection can give a better deck. I suppose I can't argue with that. After that it was a surprisingly normal PE lesson with nothing out to hurt us (I think) and then we learned about chaotic and anarchistic societies in CSS. Nothing of major note really happened at lunch and we finished off the day in General Studies. Aiming to be more accommodating to Achlys I found a book or two on sigh language as well as some on Azata since I wanted to know if I might develop more weird powers down the line though the chances of that are pretty slim apparently (kind of a shame since something like laser eyes could be pretty cool). After school clibs were cancelled for the day so I immediately went to Central Plaza with Lianna and Kanan. I got some more cards (I'm up to 55 now) but what was really strange was that one of the packs had a golden ticket with an address. I don't mean like a good coloured foil ticket but a solid gold ticket. Kanan had to go home but Lianna went with me to the Dragon Bazarre… and were immediately met with a blank wall. However as soon as she left a door appeared in the wall with a shop inside. The store itself seemed to sell magical equipment, was playing music that was both generic and creepy at the same time and was manned by a man with a constant smile and chipper voice. Needless to say I felt like I did with Viscardi's grandad and decided to get things over quickly and and with as much composure as I could muster. He said that I had entered into a raffle and, upon giving him my ticket I was given the 'Champion's Buckler' as he called it. It's actually a really nice looking shield that he said would help with my challenge skills. He also offered me another ticket if I signed up three other people but it needed up a complete dud. 

Returning home I encountered Viscardi with a suit of plate armor (apparently he went to see the weird man too) and he asked me to help knock down a wall in his house. We then went to see if Eriis and Achlys (who had also seen the man and now had pink coloured eyes) wanted to help. Upon arriving at his house we were told that it was the wall separating his room from his brother's that he wanted gone and, upon entering his brother's room, he was attacked by undead dogs and a cat. They were utterly grotesque and exploded when the finishing blow was struck. Soon after Viscardi began to clean to floor of… remnants though that didn't stop me from slipping and falling face first into the stuff. I swear I have no idea how I stopped myself from throwing up there and there but I made it to Viscardi's bathroom in time. His shower was boiling hot but it got bearable after the first half hour. Apparently while I was in there Achlys and Eriis had to go to hospital to see about some disease they contracted during the fight so I guess it could have been worse. 

Thursday:

Honestly today was pretty uneventful. Millbit summoned a huge Earth elemental, we spent PE learning how to disarm opponents, Viscardi is now being taught a new language by an imp and Lianna beat me in cards (I didn't even draw my god card). The only weird thing is that Viscardi hasn't come home yet. I just hope nothing bad has happened to him. I don't know maybe after yesterday things just didn't seem as interesting today but I have a feeling that tomorrow will be pretty uneventful too.

Friday:

Yeah, pretty much nothing of interest happened today too. Still, we have our job at the orphanage tomorrow so that should be pretty fun (hopefully with fewer chokers this time).

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Viscardi's Secret "Ciphered" Journal - Entry Six
Hisun

Waking up in Arianna's house was awful. The light was burning my retina's before I opened them. Writhing and shrieking in panic and pain was met with two armoured knights running into my room. I guess I'm just used to responses of louder shrieks of annoyance at my shrieks. We went to school together and nothing seemed particularly out of the ordinary. Art was interesting though, going for a new tack. Sketching and slowly building up a piece rather than cracking one out in a few hours. Then in cultural studies I was fed lies about chaotic “societies” what kind of utter drivel is that?! Then Achlys and I went to the library. He revealed his mark and it is utterly terrifying. The cosmos being consumed by in inhumane screaming skull. Apparently, he’s been marked by the most potent of daemon. More powerful than devils or demons (although I’m sure Satan could take him). In our efforts to study daemonology we happened across a living and mean book. After bad touching it into submission Achlys studies it. I’m not sure how useful it was. Then after earning minimum wage I went ack to Arianna’s, where I was best upon someone. Well I walked into his shop. But it shouldn’t have been there! He gave me some full plate and I went on my way. I didn’t like it. After conscripting my friends, we went to mine and got to work breaking down a wall. Although this was interrupted by my brothers “pets”. Foul decaying tortured animals viciously attacking us. After they were disposed of along with his rotten bed We did what we could before calling it a night.

Thursday was as expected. First thing was to go to the nurse’s office, apparently I’d contracted some disease or something? Anyway, everything was being the norm and then there was languages. I was pleased with my new tutor. A scorpion who asked to take its true form, an imp. The face of Averandus I would say was priceless but I know the prince, I am being taught by a snivelling servant of one of the traitorous lieutenants. The sketch I was making was immediately torn to shreds and I just got to studying. It was all I could do to not pummel him to death. Then came survivalists training which was an utter train wreck what with my utter lack of any survivalist skills or experience. I was paired up with Hisun and watching him was a hindrance rather than a help. Then came the magic monsoon and I was nearly drowned. After recovering I asked if Hisun would mind coming to mine to help me with something. Something being the wall. It would appear upon arrival he had forgotten I’d asked for help and just remembered being invited over. Upon seeing the wall and the tools his face sank. And with it… I did too? I dropped the tools and began stuttering out that we could just do whatever he wanted and didn’t have to break the wall I just thought he’d like it and it’d be something to do together rather than forcing awkward conversation that I was worried would die and leave a prolonged silence while this meant silence could just be worked through literally. He picked up a hammer and smashed in what was left of the wall and said we should go to his. My throat caught so I just nodded and followed eagerly. At his I saw it was somehow more rundown than my house. Barbarians I guess. I then discovered he had brothers… big brothers. They hurled themselves at us surprised to see a dark elf. In the conversation, I had to stop myself referring to elves as pure bloods. Really must be careful about that. Managing to get into Hisun’s room we thought we were safe. And then the door broke and the tide flowed. I dodged the hulk and tried to get Hisun back but was simply taken in the grapple in his place. Then his dad showed up… I didn’t know humans came in that size. He asked if I was ok and left. He was straight to the point ad upfront. I like him. Once everything calmed down Hisun got really shy and embarrassed about his family. I told him not to worry about it and began to sketch him to take his mind off it. It was a beautiful sketch if I do say so myself It was damn near perfect… maybe even perf erratic scratches and tear stains IT had to be destroyed it. It was wrong. But I still remember it… It was perfe ink blot from broken pen Anyway he could see I was upset as I tore it apart and said I must be good if that wasn’t good enough. What was I going to tell him? It was too good?! Then it happened. From behind he grabbed me and threw both himself and me into his bed and held me tightly. After brief… well prolonged panic I relaxed into his embrace. Then while slowly descending into sleep I realised I couldn’t move. Well I think I could break his hold but, why would I? It was nice just being there.

In the morning, I realised it had not been a dream, I was still wrapped in his arms. Was it really this easy? I assumed it took months maybe even years of careful courtship (screaming in my parent’s case) and then it culminated in the eventual proposal (final duel). But know draw a sketch cry about it just not being good enough and fall into bed with them. This is BRILLIANT! As we got up he even kissed me. It made me feel weird, I’ve never had that peculiar sense before. It contorted my face somehow. Hisun seemed to like the expression, I guess I’ll try to maintain it. We walked to school together, went to a café and arrived on time. Then it occurred to me. I was in yesterday’s clothes; unwashed and unkept. This did not escape Eliise’s astute observation, after a thorough grilling I retreated to the bathroom and I think I did a damn good job to make myself up. Between classes Averandus caught sight of Hisun with his arms wrapped around me. His glare did not go unnoticed by myself, Hisun or Eliise who was already planning her revenge. History I found informative but apparently for everyone else it was utter hell as I questioned Miss Dolaeneth on the history of the Children of the Silver Moon. So caught up I was utterly oblivious to everyone’s discomfort. I apologized but I fear some permanent and unrepairable damage to my relationship with her. During lunch Hisun appeared to have confronted Averandus and asked why he was so set against me. I tried to play it off casually but I’m utterly ecstatic. He took my word over that of a paladin. I’m winning people over! Well Hisun anyway and that’s all that matters right now. During general studies, I appear to have finally done enough practise to communicate with sign language effectively. As did Eliise which did somewhat take my thunder but oh well. After school, I ran to Arianna’s grabbed my stuff went back to Hisun’s. Maybe it’ll be just as good the second time!

The sketch before the incident

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Achlys' Journal - 3
Theoretical Dark Gods

Oh boy, what a day. So, I’ve finally found out what my mark is. You know how when people are like “You don’t want to know” but you press anyway and lo and behold, you don’t want to know? It’s like that.  

I’m getting ahead of myself. Day started with homeroom as usual. Mr. Ohanis handed out forms our parents had to sign for the field trip. We also get to choose our group for the field trip and what teacher we get. Well, we get to say who we’d prefer. Group composition and the like is obviously up to the teachers. I initially opted for Mr. Velnon but after today I might change it for Mrs. Arael, the divinities teacher. She seems nice. After homeroom was arcane studies. Despite my best efforts it feels like I’m hitting my head against a brick wall. Maybe divine power isn’t enough to make up for not knowing stuff. Nature studies came after that and I did pretty great! I was really worried about having my hands bound and essentially being pushed into a hostile forest but I managed to avoid the plants well enough. Others didn’t fare so well. Some of them were even dropped off unconscious. Made me really glad I avoided those plants.  Met with Suwek during break, arranged to go over to his house on Thursday. Should be pretty cool to hang out with him, although I get the distinct feeling his family will be weird given their whole “Let’s pretend we are in the Royal Guard” thing. Can’t be the weirdest I’ve met though!

After break was Millbit. Just writing his name sends a shiver up my spine, given what happened today. I’ll get to that soon. Learned more about elementals, even had a giant water elemental summoned. Seemed rather haughty for a bunch of sentient water but whatever. The lesson was actually interesting which makes a change. Then we had PE. It was way more difficult than I expected, especially given the last two lessons. Finally, we are getting proper practical experience. We were to get into groups of 3-5 and go off into the forest to survive… something for 2 minutes. Ari, Viscardi and I formed up pretty quickly but we needed an arcane caster and, for lack of a better term, a big fighty type to cover our weaknesses. At least that’s what we thought. Definitely needed some form of archer or something. I suppose Viscardi fulfills the fighty type role, although that whip of his does kind of slowly kill him which harms his staying power. I guess between my healing and the two fighty types already in the core group that can be offset but still. Whoops got sidetracked strategizing. We picked up Hisun and Sarvin to finish our group and were then quickly volunteered by Viscardi. It was an intense experience. We were constantly harassed by strange plant creatures from afar. We cut them down with relative ease at first but as time passed the harassment took its toll. Still I think the wave that Ari used whatever that magical power was on was our best work. Don’t know how she did it, but it was pretty cool. After that though things came to a head. One of the beasts drank Ari’s blood and went a little crazy. Was one tough plant but we came out on top. Viscardi insisted on burning the body. Better safe than sorry I suppose.

Lunch was interesting. I wasn’t actually planning on looking further into the mark, I trusted that I could leave Mr. Velnon to it. Then Ari went off to find out what that magic was all out about and Viscardi mentioned that maybe the divinities teacher might know more about my mark. Not sure why I didn’t think of this sooner, after all it was probably the work of some god right? At least that was what I was kind of hoping. It’d be real embarrassing if this was just a really unfortunate, but completely natural birthmark. I’d come to regret that soon. Unfortunately, Mrs. Arael didn’t have anything so we then went to Dr. Millbit. To say I was reluctant would be an understatement. Millbit, to his credit, did seem to know and upon seeing the mark was furiously searching through books. I’m quite glad Mrs. Arael stayed with me. I was afraid of Millbit before but this was something else entirely. He was fascinated. I have no intention on finding out what happens to his objects of fascination. Finally, he seemed to hit on something and we went to see Mr. Kalaeny. Essentially, I have been marked by an Archdaemon. Not just any Archdaemon, the 5th Horseman of the Apocalypse, father of all daemons, the Oinodaemon. Small problem with that. He’s only a theoretical being.  Well certainly not theoretical for me anymore.  You see, the reason he’s considered theoretical is that only things that interact with him are the other Horsemen. He doesn’t seemingly do anything, he leaves almost 0 trace of his existence. Which makes this marking particularly ominous. Given that marks such as these are portents that an individual is important to the marker you can now see why I am somewhat concerned. Whatever machinations led to this theoretical dark god considering me important, I want no part of. Unfortunately, Mr. Kalaeny says it’s quite likely I’ll have some encounter with daemons in the future. Which is not good as apparently they are on average much stronger than Devils and Demons. This is really bad isn’t it? Well, staying positive there are two good things about this. Mr. Kalaeny has emphatically shut down Millbit’s plans for… whatever he was planning to do with me. Which is good. I also learned a whole bunch about the Planes and Outsiders today which is bound to come in handy!

After that came drama. Yeah, as you can imagine I wasn’t really into it. It was made even worse when Ms Dolaeneth started handing out lines for a play. I mean I can stand around, silent, looking menacing I guess. Reckon I’ll be regulated to backstage for this one. The group counselling didn’t go well either. It was pretty much what I expected, a place where people can discuss issues and such arising from them being… different. That’s all very well for some but doesn’t really cut it for me. Talking about it isn’t going to make me un-deaf and rich! I prefer to struggle and work. I have to work so much harder to get where everyone else is and that won’t do! I have to be better, which means I have to work even harder! Got no time for pity or charity. Apparently enough time for bitterness though, eh? Maybe they have a point, but it isn’t a good fit for me.

Was hoping to forget about it at work but then my Dad showed up and said I had to go home. Manager was nice enough about it though.  Turns out there was a Royal Guard waiting for me. Wanted a statement about the whole bird monster, crazy grandpa kidnapping thing. Didn’t feel nice to snitch on Viscardi’s grandad but he was out of order. Found out that I was entitled to some form of victim’s compensation or something in the form of a wish. I’m not sure if this guy was just a powerful caster or actually an Efreeti or something but I wished for help becoming a Royal Guard. I think he was surprised. I mean could have wished for a bigger house or unending wealth but seems like cheating y’know? Besides if we could afford a bigger house we’d have one and wishes for unending wealth or power, always, always, ALWAYS, go horribly wrong. He said something like if I’m tied for entry I’d be given preferential treatment or something. That isn’t really what I was looking for. Besides that’s only any help if I a) make to the point of joining the Royal Guard and b) am tied at the very bottom for getting in. Screw that! I want to be good enough not only guarantee I can start the application process but also ascend beyond being rank bloody bottom. I’ll give it a week or two to see if anything happens to help me before I go see that Damien and have a frank discussion on the definition of “help”.

Talk about a long day. I should get some sleep, just in case tomorrow proves just as exhausting.

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