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Hedoni gives a wry grin back, and answers "No, I've been keeping considerably more guarded company lately - but thank you for the offer."

Changing the subject, he says, "Do you know much about broken warlock pacts? Or what could cause one to go bad? Our friend seems to be suffering some...interesting... problems."
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Gy replies "I can try to help, but honestly it is not my area of expertize. First of all, I'd need some more information."

Then the cleric asks Salazar "So, how exactly did you become a warlock? What kind of pact did you take on?"
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"I'm a -

Years ago, I -

There was this -"


Despite repeated attempts, Salazar just can't get the word out. As soon as he tries, his mouth snaps shut. Finally, he nods at Hedoni, who knows at lest part of the story.
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Finding it odd to see his usually cocky friend at a loss for words, Hedoni begins, "Salazar and I met at Olorin's Academy of Wizardry. His natural intellect carried him for some time, but his lack of work habits eventually caused him to lag behind his classmates. Not being one to accept such a fate, he started looking for an easier path to power. He convinced the school's librarian that he was researching for a school project, but instead gained access to some powerful tomes with rather unsavory dark secrets."

Looking over at Salazar expecting him to protest, but seeing him slumped in his chair instead, Hedoni continues, "After that, he began to ace all of his classes. Nothing was difficult for him anymore - for obvious reasons. I was the only one who knew of the source of his power, and such pacts were strictly forbidden for students. For his own sake, I told the Headmaster what had happened, and he was kicked out of school. We parted ways for several years after that, and I don't know what other deals he may have made in the mean time."
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Salazar cringes and averts his eyes as Hedoni recounts the tale, but doesn't protest.
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Hedoni thinks back to their time in school and tries to remember exactly what happened...

Flashback

OOC: This will be a flashback to several years ago when Salazar and Hedoni were students at Orlinís Academy. We will reenact what happened when Salazar was studying to be a wizard, but instead took a path to become a warlock. Mike and Gary will act the part of their younger characters, with Josh, Viktor and Marek temporarily taking on roles of others at the school. This will be pure role-playing only.

Orlinís Academy for the Arcane Arts and Sciences is a small but prestigious school with an excellent reputation for graduating first-rate wizards, sorcerers, and artificers. Headmaster Aurythria, a gold dragon, has led the school for over a hundred years.

Scene 1: Studying for exams

Characters:
Young Hedoni: a popular student with natural talent and a thirst for knowledge.
Young Salazar: although he has a strong natural talent, instead of applying himself, Salazar often tries to cut corners.
and if Marek wants to join in -
Suribb: a clumsy, but altruistic gnome student

It is well past midnight in the dorms. Hedoni, just back from a great party, notices Salazar fiddling with an exotic black quill that heís never seen before. It has an aura of magic about it, but Hedoni canít quite place it.

  •   For Hedoni only
      While at Olorin's, Hedoni was a genial student with natural talent and a thirst for knowledge. He could have been the perfect student, if he didnít ignore his studies in favor of socializing so often. He was in the same year as Salazar and recognized that the human also had a strong natural aptitude for magic. But where Hedoni was a social butterfly, Salazar was just lazy. Often at the last minute, Salazar would plead with Hedoni to help him finish his assignments. On one occasion, Hedoni refused to let Salazar copy his essay and Hedoni suspects that Salazar outright cheated, perhaps by improper use of divination magic.


  •   For Salazar only
      Desperate to get better grades, Salazar plans to sneek into professor Everbrightís study tonight. He plans to use this enchanted quill to copy and store the answers to the midterm exam.


  •   For Suribb only
      Suribb is a clumsy, but altruistic gnome student wizard, a year behind Salazar and Hedoni. He lives in the same dorm as Salazar and Hedoni. He admires their natural magic abilities, but is intimidated by Hedoniís popularity and wary of Salazarís underhandedness.
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"Back so soon?" Salazar asks Hedoni as he quickly puts the quill away. "I figured you'd be in the girls' dorms until dawn, as usual."
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"Some things happen earlier in the evening, especially on a school night" says Hedoni, looking content by tired, "Besides, I don't pass classes by not going to them. Balance in all things, my mother used to say."

Hedoni puts down his things, and notices Salazar's writing quill tucked under some parchment. "Still writing that test for old Mungworth's class? I heard you aced the last one -- I was a little surprised to hear that."
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"Yes, that's it. Burning the midnight oil, you know. And hey, that last test wasn't too bad. Didn't need to study after all, just like I told you."

Salazar begins cleaning up his quill and parchment. "Well, I suppose we better turn in, eh? You are an early riser right?"
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Hedoni looks suspiciously at Salazar, then says, "When I need to be - sleep is one of life's finer pleasures, but so is the sunrise. But lemme have a look at that quill - I've never seen one like it. There's something vaguely impressive about it, but I can't say exactly what..."

Before Salazar can say anything, Hedoni snaps his fingers and pulls the quill from Salazar's hand, and into his own. "Interesting shimmer - good weight distribution - auto-refilling, of course..."

Suddenly, Hedoni's eyes get wide as he feels some magical energy coming from the pen. "There's an enchantment on this I can't place, but it does much more than refill the ink." A moment later, after recalling how divine tools have a slight pull to them, Hedoni exclaims "Great Corellon's Pipe! This is like the Spymaster's Quill, except it doesn't just record, it produces new material...what is it, Sal? Where'd you get it?"
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"I don't know what you're talking about! I bought it at the bookstore at the beginning of the semester. You're letting your imagination run away with you. You really should get some sleep."
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"As someone who's told some tales, I can tell when you're lying, Sal. And I assume it's just a coincidence that as soon as I stop letting you 'borrow' my class notes and essays that you ace your first test with your new quill? You know that kind of magic isn't allowed at Orlin's - Aurythria will have your head, and probably eat it, too."

Hedoni throws the quill back to Salazar, then says "It's your career - I can't help you if you're getting help from planes beyond. But I hope it's worth it."
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"Bah, you're crazy. You're just jealous I aced that test without your help. You worry about your lady friends, I'll worry about my studies. Personally, I think you're more likely to run in to trouble one of these days, the way you fey step from bed to bed."
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"I have discriminating tastes, thank you very much. And besides, it's not like I'll see most of these girls in the future. By the time their fathers come looking, I'll be long gone..."

OOC: Do we have an end point for these mini flashbacks? or a specific goal for this one?
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OOC: I think I'm good on this scene.
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Scene 2: Protection from Vile Magic class

Characters:
Professor Everbright (Viktor) Ė A middle aged elf sorcerer and the Protection from Vile Magic teacher. He is also the Assistant Headmaster in charge of discipline.
Young Hedoni: a popular student with natural talent and a thirst for knowledge.
Young Salazar: although he has a strong natural talent, instead of applying himself, Salazar often tries to cut corners.

Setting: The next day. A mid term examination on Illusion Destabilization in Professor Everbrightís class. Salazar is using his new quill to take the test.

  •   For Professor Everbright only
      The professor has always liked Salazar. In some ways Salazar reminds him of himself when he was younger. The teacher has shown more favor on Salazar than perhaps he ought to have.

      Professor Everbright is an expert in the Abyssal Plane and all things demonic and devilish. He is the Vice-Head in charge of discipline and has a hobby of coming up with creative and effective punishments for students.

      The professor knows that young Salazar has a surprising amount of natural talent, but instead of applying himself, Salazar has been mostly lazy. He tries to cut corners, often asking other students to help him with his schoolwork. On more than one occasion, Salazar had been suspected of cheating, either by sneaking about in professors' offices or improper use of divination magic, but he has yet to be caught. That is about to change, today.

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Michael Doss wrote
OOC: Do we have an end point for these mini flashbacks? or a specific goal for this one?


Nicely done. I have one or two specific goals, but this is more to flush out some backstory and set the stage for the next adventure. I think you guys got as far as we could with that. I imagine you can figure out where we're going with this. When the scene seems played out, we'll move along.
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Salazar sits at his desk, head down, scribbling furiously.
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While Illusion magic was never one of Hedoni's preferred forms of the arcane arts, the test before him doesn't seem particularly difficult. Of course, he studied the materials well, and even on less than a full night's sleep, the concepts are clear to him.
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Professor Everbright, enjoying these moments of watching his students apply themselves furiously under pressure, patrols the aisles of his classroom. He keeps a measured pace with his steel-tipped boots, knowing full-well how the sound of approaching footsteps unnerves some of the weaker-minded in his class. He occasionally stops to peer across the room or gaze down at one of the students' scribblings.

He reaches the desk Hedoni is using, looking at some of his answers. Everbright nods to himself at what he sees, not at all surprised that the young fey is both thorough and creative in his responses. Everbright moves on, shoes clicking.

As he turns around to go through another aisle, his almond-shaped eyes notice a student hunched almost double over his quill, twitching slightly at every click of Everbright's footsteps. His instincts tell him something is wrong. Is that Salazar?

The professor keeps his measured pace and even passes a couple steps past the young human, before turning around and walking back. As he stops behind Salazar's shoulder, the young man flinches again and hunches over even more.

Professor Everbright takes out his wand and uses the tip to ease back Salazar's shoulder, revealing a page with copious amounts of messy handwriting. Everbright frowns, since he did not expect to see a student applying himself, but rather an Inkwell of Memory or some other trick for cheating.

OOC: I thought I'd let Gary react in some way at this point.
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"Yes, Professor?" Salazar replies innocently in whispered tones. "Quite a challenge you've given us today, but I'm sure all my extra studying will pay off."
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Professor Everbright arches an eyebrow, staring down at Salazar dispassionately.

"Quite the challenge indeed. The question is whether it is an academic challenge or another sort. Your studying appears to be going well by the looks of it." he says and remains there, looking into Salazar's eyes expectantly. Some of the other students notice the exchange and look up, Hedoni included.
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"Yes, well, then, if you don't mind, I still have several questions to answer, and the hourglass is till sifting, after all..."
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As quietly as he can, Hedoni projects a whisper toward the professor, saying "You might want to take a closer look at that quill - I saw him using it last night as well..."
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