The Red Hand

Letter to Priam Khassit

Dated the 15th of Kythorn, 340 AF

Your protege still lives, Priam. And for the first time since I have joined I have been allowed out of the Academy. I do not know how often I will be granted this luxury so I am taking this opportunity to pen you this letter, which I hope will find its way to your hands.

You might not be surprised that we do not get to choose in which magic school we are to study. Our mentor chooses us rather than the other way around. Fortunately for me, my mentor ended up being Althea Guezult, the head of the school of transmutation, a specialization which compliments my martial pursuit perfectly. I quickly found out that I joined the academy latter than most but I’m doing my best to make up for lost time. I already picked up a few tricks I am eager to show you.

I am currently in Wahdi with seven of my peers. We are here to loot its necropolis, at the behest of our mentors, in what I imagine a way for them to test our abilities. It seems these other students will form my particular cohort. Each of us represents a different school of magic, which I assume is not a coincidence.

Rhea Amelia Namtab (School of Divination):
The elf has a way with words and the power for forsight, a skill set more fit for court intrigue than dungonneering. She’s a bit out of place for our current task but she managed to repurpose the powers her mentor taught her and find ways to earn her keep. I’m careful about commenting her overall combat effectiveness too harshly however. After all, the halls of power can be as every bit dangerous as a battlefield… Should future assignments have us engage in political intrigue, I would have to defer to her.

Eydan Stormmane (School of Evocation):
Eydan is an introverted, unassuming guy, but when hell breaks loose, he always seem to step up his game to bail us out of trouble. He came to the group with the reputation of being some kind of prodigy and he lived up to the hype so far. Eydan and Rhea are the highest ranked member of our group, although neither showed inclinaison to assume an official leadership role. I hope in time to add more evocation spells in my arsenal so having Eydan around is a great learning opportunity for me.

Nasah Torah (School of Necromancy):
An effeminate elf with an unhealthy fascination with corpses. Surprisingly, he has shown himself a bit of a wiz with the bow. There’s still hope to make a decent warrior out of him. I will see if I can take this one under my wing…

Orfée kor Samfund (Lesser School of Enchantment):
A peculiar one. She’s not from a race I know and she is the only one of us who hold an innate power of magical healing. I’m usually wary of those who learn to play with people’s mind but this enchantress has done much to allay my misgivings. She seems always eager to help, sometimes up to the point of carelessness. It is not an understatement to say that she has a real knack to get in trouble.

Rhialla Maudril (School of Conjuration):
Much like Orphée, Rhialla seems to have to have a motherly streak to her, rushing to assist anyone under duress. Unlike Orphée, however, this aasimar lady has the grace and mannerism fit for a uncouth sailor. She still managed to catch the – unwanted – attention of our colleague Nasah… Well, they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Mavrikos Garfas (School of Abjuration):
I had the opportunity to spar with this Paladin of Phos and he proved a very capable fencer. Given our group composition he really should be manning the front line with me, but in practice, once a battle breaks out he tends to favor the self-preservation that fighting with his lucerne hammer provides him. To make things worst, he hasn’t shown any particular aptitude for fighting with a polearm. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem like the type that would listen to reason, so there’s hoping he comes to this realization by himself eventually, Phos’ willing.

and last but not least…

Samir Goldentongue (Lesser School of Illusion):
Samir is the group’s fearless daredevil and would be trap-expert. He might come off as being a bit too mischievous and unfocused for his own good but I won’t lie, his antics humors me. In any case, his sharp wit and devil-may-care attitude makes for the perfect drinking buddy. It is a real shame that he’s been stuck with one of the lesser schools of magic…

You might be interested to know that I am now practicing fighting unarmored, relying exclusively on spells for protection. This was initially done to facilitate my spell-casting but I quickly learned to appreciate the extra mobility fighting unarmored provides me. However, as I found out today, it does leaves me particularly vulnerable when caught by surprise.

Fighting as a cohesive unit with a group of stranger is proving challenging and makes everything harder than it should. That said we did not lose anybody yet and brought back some treasures for our trouble. All is well as we prepare for the third and final day of our investigation of the necropolis. I expect we will be recalled to the academy immediately after we are finished.

I do not know when I will be granted enough liberty to allow for me to fight for you again. I haven’t heard anybody getting being granted a furlough and it seems that only members of the highest rank have complete freedom of movement. I imagine that by the time I am in a position to return, I may be a wizard of some renown, rich enough to buy my manumission many times over. I want you to know that I still intend to fulfill my end of the bargain. There is not a day in which I do not dream of the sands of the Colosseum.

Ananrath prevails!

Hasdrubal Thesh

Comments

“Very interesting read”, says Rhea, as she replaces the letter back into the postmaster’s satchel. ;)

Letter to Priam Khassit
 

Finally updated with all the last names. :-)

Letter to Priam Khassit
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