This is the story of how Greypoe the Wizard started his quest in the academy, then began researching the Apothecary to continue studying this herb that he had found on the island adventure. When he returned from the island, he wanted to find out more about this herb. He knew that this plant had mystical qualities, the smoke winds and twirls with the pattern of the energies swirling about. The Shamans use many plants to teach them more about these natural forces, so you can take a deeper look into the smoke. In these sets of stories Greypoe learns about the forces of nature, how to control storms and plants. And so begins the tale of a beginning scholarly wizard.
Greypoe takes a big puff off his pipe and blows out smoke, and the story begins to appear within the swirl of smoke. Then he announces that he is about to teach you a lesson in magic. The smoke swirls then fizzles as it starts a powerpoint presentation. Then the powerpoint fizzles out and tries to start it again, but has to announce that his powerpoint is broke.
I could tell you about the time I penetrated the apothecary. Thats a long story, I will save that for later.
Ok instead let me tell you about another time I had a very foolish encounter. This is the tale of The April Fools Day Curse. I was studying at the academy and preparing to convince my peers that this herb is very useful. Though, I had found that the high wizards want to keep the qualities of this plant secret. They have even succeeded in convincing the people that this plant is evil. The class elder would not let me give my speech, instead another student gave a speech about the poisionous qualities of this plant.
It was April Fool's day and I was expecting some sort of humorous magic to happen. Dare I say that if I went to that class, what would have happened. I decided not to attend. Instead I go on a quest for knowledge about this plant. I found a small shop with some very special books on the subject. This book was a compendium of many different varieties of this plant. Then I began reading it as I walked down the street.
Encounter- A group of travelers notices your book and offers to sell you some herb. You examine the herb and compare it to pictures in your book to try and determine what strain it is.
You do an intelligents check and fail, your unable to determine what strain it is.
Then a member of the group proudly tells you the strain and beckons you into a corner. You examine the bag to assess it's weight and try to appraise the value of it. The group tells you they want $20.
You try to negotiate for $10, you do a charisma check and succeed and he agrees to take $10. Then after handing him $10 he decides not to give you the herb. Then I continued to roll the charisma and tried to convince the group to give me the herb for $10. He failed, the group still wanted $20. Then the theif gave the $10 to another group member, telling him that he was paying him back for the small bud he had given him. Then I knew he was the leader of the pack he was much taller then this little short theif. I tried a charisma roll on him. I started telling him a story about some heroic adventure. Then as the theif saw I was winning favor he jumped over a fence and started running away. I immediately made the decision to chase him.
We ran down the alley he had higher agility and was running faster then me, but I was still keeping on a distance. I rolled a stamina check and passed and kept up with the theif. Then the theif stopped to fight. Feeling confident in my hand to hand training I charged him. The manuver failed, as the theif threw me to the ground. As I began to regain my center, he charged and threw a kick that landed in the face knocking out my two front teeth.
This was a took a major hit on my charisma, and I had to fix it. The next step was to call my uncle who was in the guild of dentistry. I couldn't even convince him that I had actually lost my two front teeth. When I finally succeeded he set me up with a new pair of teeth. Just my luck they looked like donkey teeth.
This wasn't enough I still needed to repair my charisma, because I needed it to get around. So I started developing some fragrant potions to boost my charisma, then I started selling them to members of the academa. The ladies were always charmed by my potent brews that smelled like fruits and candies. I could always charm them just long enough to sell the potions.
Stay tuned for the next edition on how I became a Rogue Scholar.