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    Cedric feels a little crestfallen.

    Guess it was too much to hope that they may need any help with all of those powerful magic users and the young lord there.

    Then a thought strikes him,

    "Say Gill, you know John, don't you? Could you put in a good word with him? Maybe apply some of that charm of yours and help him see that they need an extra well-compensated escort on their trip? Since you'll no longer be able to afford my services, this might be a good answer. I get a job, you won't have to worry about how I make my way in the world after you cut me loose, we both win. Additionally, I wouldn't need to beg a ride home from you," he says, grinning.

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    @Cedric

    Gillian steps to one side to speak with Cedric in private. "I don't know John that well really, but if they do need a guard, then I'd be more than happy to recommend you. And I'm certain that Tring would do likewise.

    "I'm not so sure he vouch for you as an entertainer, though,"
    he adds with a smile.

    "Otherwise, you could always ask in Fordham town. That's only about 10 mile from here. Or I'd be happy to take you back to Carrick if that's what you'd prefer."

    Gillian thinks for a moment. "You said 'well-compensated'. How much are they paying?"

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    Ementha

    Ementha whistles. "Wow, 15 marks. More'n I seen all in one place in a long time. Wonder if they'll just be wanting one of us to get this thingamajiggy or if they want us all to go together. Sounds like they think it'll be pretty tough to get ahold of, so maybe more's the better. Even if they send a group of 5 or so, that'll still split out pretty nicely. Could do a lot with that kind of money. We'll have to wait 'til we meet the boss man and see what he wants I guess."
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    "Otherwise, you could always ask in Fordham town. That's only about 10 mile from here. Or I'd be happy to take you back to Carrick if that's what you'd prefer."

    Gillian thinks for a moment. "You said 'well-compensated'. How much are they paying?"
    "He said fif-teen marks!" hisses Cedric, "though, I could not decide if that's altogether or individually. Surely if this artifact hunt were so difficult that he needs a lordling and several wizards, he would pay a better reward than 3 or 4 marks a piece."

    Excited, he proceeds to forget about Gillian's offer for a ride.
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    @Cedric

    "Did John say where this 'artefact' is located?" asks Gillian. "Or how long the job would take? A lot would depend on that, I'd think."
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    Cedric's enthusiasm and fantasy deflate a bit.

    "No... but I'm sure he'll say it soon," he says, hopefully, trying to pluck up his mood.

    "Guess I'll leave up the "where" to you. I haven't heard much about Fordham from Auntie, but it's near Deerhall. Might be nice to get away from the old inn a little, that could be a bit disheartening to see if every day. Or maybe we could stop at Deerhall and I could visit for a bit."

    He looks hopefully back at the gathering and gives a short wave to nobody in particular.

    "Maybe we can wait and see what happens here? Just for a few minutes? Please?"

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    Even split amongst this group, that would be 3 marks a piece, and that's probably more money than I have from everything I've squirreled away while working for Claudius. Eniarch inclines his head at Ementha. "She is right. I can not imagine that this object they're hunting will just be sitting on a shelf in the open, waiting for someone to just walk up and take it. Having a few others along would almost certainly make the acquisition easier." He shakes his head, the hood of his robe swaying slightly as he does so. "While my statements of ability to the majordomo were no idle boast, I must confess that I find using mana in Caithness to be.. less than pleasant. It would be unwise to depend too much on my own ability."

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    @Cedric

    "Sure," replies Gillian. "We can wait a short while. I'm a little curious myself."
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    Franciszek folds his arms across his chest.
    It's indeed a generous offer. Generous enough, in fact, to make me suspicious.
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    "If they expect the recovery to take quite some time, then this reward may be less generous than it first appears. Without more information, we're fumbling in the dark for a handful of coins we do not even have, as yet."
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    The door of the tower opens and John re-emerges carrying a bundle of wood. As he approaches, it can be seen that John's bundle consists of three poles or sticks.

    "Thank you for waiting, yes," he says. "I have here three wooden staves for this test. Each staff could be employed well as a walking stick, as a badge of station such as you three carry, or perhaps even as an implement of self defence, yes." John looks at each of the spell-casters as he talks. "Please say nothing until I bid you each to speak. I will place these out in a row between us so that you may all see them clearly."

    John bends down and places the first staff on the ground (on the left from your perspective). It is about six feet long and made from a dark wood. The second staff he places a couple of feet away, parallel to the first (and the middle or central of the three). This one is about five or so feet long and is also made of a similar dark wood. The third staff John places about two feet from the second and again parallel to the others (on the right from your perspective). It is about six feet long but made from a paler wood than the first two.

    Having placed the staves, John continues. "I would expect the three mages to be able to tell me which of these sticks is different, yes. The 'odd one out', if you will. You may touch the staves, or even cast spells on them if it is necessary. But please do not speak of the answer to me or each other yet. Only say when you are done, and I will then speak with you each in turn, yes."


    [OOC to NamelessArchon, Morty and dariathalon: Please roll 3d6 three times in a spoiler. When you have each done so I will continue. Thanks.]
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    Left: (3d6)[12]
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    Right: (3d6)[17]

    Eniarch isn't "done", I'm just getting the sense rolls out of the way. I kinda figure he'll miss one or two and have to use a spell or two to find the odd one out.

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    Eniarch isn't "done", I'm just getting the sense rolls out of the way.
    I know. This was exactly my intention - to get the three rolls from each of you, and then proceed.
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    (3d6)[6]
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    And to take a slightly different tack on this, would you also give me an IQ roll on John for Empathy?

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    And to take a slightly different tack on this, would you also give me an IQ roll on John for Empathy?
    Certainly! (good call, btw)

    I'll give you Ementha's "feeling" along with the other info, once I have Morty's rolls as well.
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    From where you stand, you can see that the first (left-hand) staff is not magical. The second (middle) one however, is magical. The third (right-hand) staff is not only magical, it's dangerous - you are seeing some bad aura on that thing!

    Touching the staves could confirm or deny what you are seeing and might possibly reveal more, but would Eniarch want to risk it?


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    From where you stand, you can see that the first (left-hand) staff is not magical. The second and third (middle and right-hand) staves however, both have magical auras.

    Touching the staves could confirm or deny what you are seeing and might possibly reveal more.

    As to John, the "feeling" you get is that he is being largely truthful, if somewhat officious. John seems to be more taken with you than the others, but would appear to be trying to remain 'professional'.


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    From where you stand, you can see that the first (left-hand) staff is not magical. The second and third (middle and right-hand) staves however, both have magical auras.

    Touching the staves could confirm or deny what you are seeing and might possibly reveal more.
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    Eniarch's brow furrows slightly as he looks at each staff in turn. Over each he makes the gestures of a spell, moving to kneel next to each staff in turn from left to right. He does not touch them as he studies them, only making the gestures of his spell and moving on.

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    If any of these should fail, Eniarch will recast.

    He'll be casting Detect Magic, range C for each cast. I'm curious - the description of Regular spells in Magic (p. 11) notes that you're at a -1 penalty for each yard of distance if you cannot touch the target. If you can touch the target (eg. you are in its hex, or at range C) but are unwilling to do so, is there a penalty for casting in this case?

    Detect Magic, Left: (3d6)[9]
    Detect Magic, Center: (3d6)[11]
    Detect Magic, Right: (3d6)[16]

    This will cost 6FP in total, leaving Eniarch with 5, assuming all spellcasts are successful.

    Edit: And since the last one is a failure, the total is 5 FP and he'll have to cast again. That right-hand staff isn't just dangerous, it's got it in for me!
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    Ementha bites her lower lip as the staves are laid out before them. She nods as she looks at each one individually making quiet "ticking" noises with her tongue. Deciding it was best not to leave this up to first impressions, she also takes a moment to cast a spell. Her free hand moves up to her temple where it makes a brief gesture as she speaks a few quiet words of magic.

    She then looks at the three staves one at a time again then sweeps the rest of the area to see if there is anything else of interest around.

    (Ementha is casting Mage Sight - skill 13)
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    Ementha moves the staff from one hand to the other, making the same gesture again with her opposite hand and repeating her words once more.

    (First spell looks like a failure, so she'll recast.)
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    1 fatigue for failure + 3 fatigue leaves Ementha down 4 (at 10)
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    The first two castings confirm what Eniarch's sight indicated - that the left-hand staff is not magical, but the central one is. The third casting failed [as you already gathered].

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    OOC: It wouldn't have made any difference with those rolls, but yes the -1 would apply IMO. I answered your question in more detail in the OOC thread, as it's quite an important point. Also that way, any discussion can take place there, rather than here in the IC thread.


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    The first casting failed [as you already expected]. The second casting of Mage Sight confirms Ementha's initial perception - that the left-hand staff is not magical, but the central and right-hand ones are. Ementha sees nothing else of obvious magical interest during her visual sweep.
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    Eniarch frowns at the third stave for a moment, and then casts his spell once more. Claudius would be giving me seven kinds of glares right about now for failing such an elementary spell.

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    "I believe I'm ready," she said with a nervous grin. She stood twisting a few strands of hair between her fingers waiting for the others to complete their assessments.

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    @Ementha

    "Very well," John smiles. "As Eniarch and Franciszek are still busy, I will hear your answer first, yes." He walks a few yards away so as to be out a immediate earshot of the others and gestures for you to follow.

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    Your re-casting of Detect Magic confirms that the right-hand staff is indeed magical, but you get no more than that.
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    Eniarch walks around the staves again, kneeling before each and bending nearly to the ground to closely and carefully study their physical characteristics. Very interesting, this test, 'yes'. He manages a slight grin, then straightens and steps away from the staves, the grin vanishing as he realizes that he has reached the end of his task and has to address his findings to another. "Unless you wish me to undertake a far more detailed examination that would likely leave us standing out here for several hours, I have completed my appraisal and I believe that I am ready to give you the answers to your question."

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    The staff on the right is a lighter color. Are the other two approximately the same color/wood? I recognize that Eniarch's no botanist, but is the grain relatively consistent between the first and second? Are they potentially the same material?

    The left and right staves are approximately the same length. How close are they estimated to be in length, without tools? Say, under an inch or so difference, at an eyeball glance?

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    Franciszek leans over the staves and weaves a quick spell, then moves his hands over the staves, releasing it.
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    @Eniarch

    The two darker staves appear very similar in grain and hue. You would guess that they are potentially the same material. For the length comparison, you would say that there can't be more than an inch difference in the outer two.

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    While most spells only take a few seconds or maybe a minute, Analyse Magic is a fairly powerful spell that takes an hour to cast and drains 8 FP (and would have to be re-cast if you wanted to analyse more than one object). As a result, you might not want to keep the NPC waiting that long under the circumstances.

    Either touching the staves or casting Detect Magic (5 seconds, costs 2 FP) three times would be quicker and less draining.
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    "My, my aren't we official," Ementha says in a friendly jovial way (not at all mocking). She follows John until he feels far enough away.

    "So you just wish to know which is the different staff, correct?" If he answers affirmatively, Ementha will continue... "Of course each one is different in it's own ways, but I'd have to say the longer dark wood one is the odd stick out. I bet your boss wants to see if we can see magic auras since he wants to send us after a magic artifact. It is the only one without a magic aura," she says quietly. Then she adds as an afterthought. "Or perhaps it has one, but it is hidden, which again would make it different." She shrugs and smiles.

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