Magic And Light – Chapter XXVII



by DarkJade

Chapter I – A Gathering Of Friends – Chapter II – Making Characters – Chapter III – Choose Your Class – Chapter IV – Character Introductions (Stigus) – Chapter V – Character Introductions (Chi (Red)) – Chapter VI – Character Introductions (Ren) – CHAPTER VII – Character Introductions (Kinner) – Chapter VIII – Character Introductions (Zhan) –  Chapter IX – Final Character Introduction (Tor-Atimus) – Chapter X – Beginnings – Chapter XI – The Crimson Blade Tavern – Chapter XII – Waiting – Chapter XIII – North To Drudgek – Chapter XIV –  Session 3 – Chapter XV – Day 1 – Chapter XVI – Orcs – Chapter XVII – Kenku – Chapter XVIII – XP – Chapter XIX – Drudgek Barbarians – Chapter XX – Faren – Chapter XXI – Captor – Chapter XXII – Rude Awakening – Chapter XXIII – Session 4 – Chapter XXIV – The Hunted – Chapter XXV – The Druid Jarothh – Chapter XXVI – Dinner’s At 8

CHAPTER XXVII – A Question Of Beliefs

As the Party sat down to dine at Jarothh’s elaborate table, filled with all the foods one would want, though the majority was nuts and plants.

They took note that the table itself appeared to be a large, dead oak laying on its’s side.

It was a huge tree, but somehow Jarothh got it inside the tower.

Candles also filled the tabletop, creating a warm glow…

…and large assortments of flowers were the decor.

Jatothh himself sat at the end of the table, but was not eating, though he fed a bird on his shoulder.

“A little bird told me that the incident with the Black Rock Orcs was not your fault…” spoke Jarothh suddenly, as the Party began to eat.

The Party could not guess whether he was serious about a bird telling him, or if it was a bit of Druid humor.

“It’s true… They kidnapped our Ranger Chi, and were taking him back to their tribes dwelling… I believe it was in an attempt to lure me there,” spoke Tor-Atimus.

“Perhaps… So there is nothing to discuss about this,” continued Jarothh.

“Well, we were just concerned that because they retrieved me from the Black Stone Orcs, and wounded some of them, there might be some repercussions…” interjected Chi.

Jarothh gazed at Chi, “There is much fear in you…” he then gazed at the Drudgek Barbarian Faren, “You even fear one of your Party members.”

Chi followed Jarothh’s gaze towards Faren.

“The Black Rock reaped what they sewed, I will say no more of this…” proclaimed Jarothh who now cast his gaze on Zahn.

“As for your mission,” Jarothh spoke.

“You called my God, Apollo, a fool… Why?” spoke Zahn.

“The Druids do not follow Zeus, nor his Gods… The Earth is its’ own,” he spoke.

“Coercing men to follow a God, there is no need for this.” he concluded.

“The complexities of men and the like run deep… Though they are capable of great joy, they also battle with a deep sadness… Sometimes a little ‘light’ can sustain them to venture on,” explained Zahn.

“You think there is no light from the Earth… It gives you its’ trees, its’s beds of water… It’s warm winds… And what about the sun that gazes down upon us from our blue sky… The Gods are not needed to sustain us, we have all that we need right here,” he explains.

“Men and ‘the like’ find themselves in need for more than our land can offer, from time to time… Our minds are very demanding,” interjects Ren with a smile.

Jarothh gazes as Ren, “You study magic like it’s some toy to play with… You long for power, though you do not truly need it… Do not lecture me on the complexities of the mind,” speaks Jarothh, who now seems a bit bothered.

“Wait just a min–” starts Ren who stands and places one of his fists against the table, but is cut off…

“–Hold now… It is not our intention to anger, or disrespect one such as yourself,” speaks Zahn, who then gazes towards Ren.

Ren, gathering his senses nods, “My apologies Jarothh,” he then sits.

Jarothh gazes around the room at Zahn’s Party, “For a group newly formed, I sense a certain bond between you…”

Zahn nods in acknowledgement.

“You will leave in the morning,” spoke Jarothh, who then stood, transformed into a raven once more, and flew out the window.

All let out a sigh.

“Well… That was intense,” speaks Kinner who begins to eat once more.

“And educational,” adds Zahn.

“If life is so perfect for him, why did he anger so quickly,” interjected Stigus.

“I do not think life is perfect for any of us… In his core, there is heat, like the earth we sit upon,” speaks Tor-Atimus.

“What kind of fool am I to ‘combat’ him in his own home,” speaks Ren, who then swigs down some more wine.

“You question, not accept, all things Ren… It is a attribute… And aren’t we all a bit foolish from time to time,” with this all laugh, finish their meals, and sleep for the night.


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