Tower of the Arcane . Rise of the Mage (Prologue) . 30 years after the fall of Count Vlad and his minions, the Kingdom of Leon has become a prospering Empire, covering the lands of men from sea to sea and filling in the borders of the ancient Empire of Tasher.
In the West lands the tower of Edrin the Wise rises like a monolith to the arcane arts and marks the Western-most border of Leon. Edrin has held dominion over this land for nearly 200 years; protecting and caring for its people, hailed as the savior and guardian of the West, renowned for his wisdom and considered one of the most powerful Elemental Mages in the World.
Alas, even the greatest Mage in Leon is mortal and can only ward off his demise for so long… Old age and a the byproducts of countless spells cast over his lifetime have drained Edrin of his strength and power. Even his beloved people have abandoned him in this state of weakness. Edrin the Wise now lies in his deathbed in the Tower; only his apprentice Kaloyan and his servant Roger remain bedside.
As his life force leaves him, Edrin utters to his disciple; “Protect the people, protect the Kingdom of Leon my gentle Kaloyan”.
Kaloyan: "Farewell my old friend, may they treat you better in the next world than they did in this one. Quit your sniveling Roger, this is a time to rejoice!"
Roger: "Rejoice how ser?"
Kaloyan: "The passing of my tutor makes me the senior-most mage in Western Leon; this is a moment I have been waiting for for nearly 20 years!Follow me, there are rites to attend to!"
Up near the top of the tower:
Kaloyan: "Ah here we are, the Rotunda of Elemental Magic!”
Roger: What is this chamber ser? Tis’ fancier than the rest of the tower?”
Kaloyan: “This is the portal to the paranormal, the opeining to the occult my dear servant. “
Roger: “What is it’s puropos ser?”
Kaloyan: “Look around Roger; these are no simple mosaics. These pictographs are riddles with enchanted stones and runes od elemental magic. All the elements are present: air, water, fire, and earth. Over by the terrace you see the quintessence; the fifth element; the Dominion of the Underworld. It is the force of death magic in other words; a forbidden practice in Leon. This chamber can augment any spell and impose it on the surrounding area. This was Edrin’t secret weapon; I intend to make it my tool of dominion. Now Roger, head on down to the village and summon the elders to come up and greet their new lord”
Some time later:
The Elders arrive, but not a trace of rejoice or obedience is evident in their sturn faces and their frustrated postures.
Kaloyan: “Well would you not bow And greet your lord?”
Village Elder: “You have some nerve mage to summon us! We swore loyalty to Edrin the Wise long ago in exchange for his protection. His dominion over this land was earned and he suffered for his people. We have no loyalty towards you, you young cockerel!”
Other Elder: Keep your nose buried in your books, and your eyes on the stars and let the Empire of Leon take care of its people.
Third Elder: “Never send for us again or make claims of entitlement to power, or else the Emperial courts shall hear of your defiance! “
Kaloyan: “You dare speak to me that way you ungrateful peasants! Who are you to challenge the might of a Mage! Who are you to set foot in the hallowed chamber of the and denounce the practice that has saved your timber homes form fires, giants and advancing armies!”
“Get out of my sight!”
Kaloyan: “Cockerel! Filthy peasants! To speak that way to a mage, and in his own tower nonetheless! I’ve had it Roger, it’s time we used the fine resources my mentor never had the nerve to use! It’s time to teach these town-dwellers why it is that people feared mages before their precious Empire took over. Let us see what else Wise old Edrin has hidden away in this tower!”
Kaloyan: “You poor old man… If only you could see what your beloved people think of mages now. You were too soft on them; they lost all respect for the power of your position. You could have had it all if only you had the ambition! To single handedly crush an Orc invasion and to slay a mighty dragon rider in service to the crown, not to mention defeat the greatest of the vampiri clans and why? So that these peasants can eat and drink and enjoy their sinful ways and demean you?!
Kaloyan: “Let us look around”
Kaloyan: “These are the ancient texts of the Tasher Mages! I can only imagine what kind of powerful spells must be described within!”
Kaloyan: “Edrin’s Potions room! There is enough vials in here to fight a small army. Let’s see Roger what can we use to send a message to the little town below?”
Kaloyan: “Ah yes! I have heard of this; why this should be quite the demonstration! This must be primed with a large amount of earth Magic. Let’s ascend the tower and see just how powerful this Rotunda is!”
Kaloyan primes the spell and fills the potion with earth Magic>
Kaloyan: “Come on Roger, at dawn we go down to the village and show these ungrateful peasants why a mage is to be respected! A new day will arrive and I will be the Harbinger of its advent!”
“The era of submission is over; the era of the Mage is here!”
To be continued…