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11-14-2011 @ 8:21PM
Tae'thelan wandered through the broken world, the place where his Prince had turned to madness. He felt he had to come, he had to see the graveyard of the Sin'Dorei's proudest, to remember lest he fell into the same trap. There were those who said that magic was responsible for Kael's betrayal, that the arcane led its adherents only to corruption and death. But they are wrong. Does one forsake all fire because it can spread from the hearth to scorch the home? Because its warmth can turn to pain? No, just like fire, magic can be mastered, tamed, and though accidents are inevitable, the rewards are truly wonderous.Tae'thelan felt the hum of power around him, the twisted ley lines of this shattered place. He pulled the relic from his belt. A white wand of wood, carvered in graceful lettering of ancient elvish and decorated with subtle gold leaf. It was his greatest creation, a tool, but a work of art as well. His channeled his power, unleashing the magic within, the wand led him on his path. He was close.Ishanah stepped out from behind a crumbling pillar. "No further elf, the secrets you seek must remain lost."Tae'thelan Bloodwatcher tensed. Do they all assume him to be a fool? Can these fanatics not sense their blindness? An elf of his power, education, and intelligence, and they see fit to lecture him on the dangers of magic! Does one lecture the dwarven smith on the dangers of a forge?! "The knowledge within the tome lost here will save lives. It belongs to the Sin'dorei. Our greatest magisters put lifetimes into its creation. Surrender it."Ishanah bowed her head as furious Light gathered around her. She struck. Tae'thelan's wards shimmered into being, the magic bindings diffusing the holy energy. He flourished his staff, gathered his power and responded. The battle was long and harsh. Ishanah was chosen by the Light and seemed without weariness. But Tae'thelan had the arcane, with it's infinite complexity and infinite possibility. Bolstering himself with a mana crystal he bound and usurped Ishanah's own attacks, bending them against her. At last she lay still, utterly defeated, as all who denied the Sin'dorei would be. As he floated above her he was overcome by pity. He could feel the warmth of the Light, but she would never know the wonder of the Arcane. She would never see the beauty of the Universe. Tae'thelan teleported her to her people in Shattarah, then he returned to his introspections and his everlasting search of knowledge.
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