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I don't know the word for it, but this reads like these characters are rehearsing for a play and are incredibly uncomfortable with the roles they were assigned. I can't imagine Prudence and Oan, especially an Oan who's adventure the PC finished in Y1, interacting in such a...again don't know the word for it, formal? Adult? Stilted? Anyway, I can't imagine them interacting like this.

Also, of all the things to point out as being odd about Sima, the shape of her eyes probably wouldn't hit the top ten of most students, so signalling that out just looks...out of place. Again, like these characters were given lines and (awkwardly) pretending like they aren't going off script relative to how a real conversation would go.

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@Metis: You raise wonderful feedback. I am aware that my writing for everything is very formal, and I especially wanted to be didactic, lest people accuse the story of promoting racism. But I will try to rework it for the better.

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Definitely better, albeit still a bit overly stiff in places. A friend of PC Oan going "I wish that you and the person whom you are with could have attended the full assembly" seems borderline OOC for her. IIRC, while as friendly as can be, Oan has the stiff upper lip of a winged, rampaging elephant. 'Least around those she trusts.

Beyond that, parts still read like no teenager (except maybe Catherine Chard) would choose to actually say things. Definitely not Prudence, based on how she talks during her Y1 adventure.

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@Metis: Once again, many thanks for your feedback. I have rewritten the adventure a third time to be even less stilted.

Any feedback from anyone is welcome.

Dear Prudence 01:

 

Adventure

 

[If PC completed the Y1 adventure Just Going About Your Business]

 

[If PC completed Flore Yveuillet’s Y1 adventure]

 

[If PC has Affection with Flore Yveuillet]

 

Prudence leads you to the Ardica River, after which she turns towards a particular low flat stone that is so covered by thick mosses and overshadowed by plants that, but for her attention to it, you would have thought it to be a clump of vegetation. Writing phemes in rapid succession, Prudence causes the stone slab to rise and move to one side, after which she reached below and pulls out a faintly smeared wooden box. Opening the box, she reveals to you several sheets of blank paper of the quality and size that newspapers are printed upon, some remnants of fishing lures, and a canvas bag, the last of which she hands to you.

“Open the bag and read what is in it,” she says.

Not wanting to risk upsetting Prudence – who has, after all, made such efforts to reveal the bag’s contents rather than having you do all of the work – you silently open the bag, hoping that Prudence will follow her name by not having given you anything too embarrassing – or illegal.

Within the canvas bag, you find a recent copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar, bearing a large headline reading “Prudence the Pirate?”

You begin to read the associated article, whose anonymous author alleges that “certain very trustworthy persons” are claiming that Prudence Cossins must be a pirate – and they have proof! Not sure whether to be more shocked by the allegation about Prudence or by the author’s apparent willingness to provide proof, you numbly read through the rest of the article. It does not provide definite proof, but at least it is more than anti-Auncestrian stereotyping or allegations that all who fight as much as Prudence does must be pirates. The author points out that Prudence interfered during a pirate raid last Juvenalia in such a way that pirates were benefitted, notes that during her arithmetic classes during her first year she was known to reply to instructions with “Aye-aye, cap’n,” notes that it is unusual that a non-noble with no recorded studies at Esteban Contu’s school would be so skilled at incantation, and suggests that it is very peculiar that Prudence would have chosen as her first year courses what she took, given her temperament – unless her education had been financed by a pirate coster that wanted a skilled scholar-mage, come in time. The article includes innuendoes about Prudence’s perhaps using the Belonging Brethren to recruit pirates for her coster, hints that her friendship with Flore Yveuillet is merely part of a plot by her coster to kidnap Flore, and concludes by pointing out that there are accounts of people even younger than Prudence is who have joined pirate crews.

When you look up from the newspaper, you see Prudence looking at you, tensely.

“What do you think?” she croaks.

“My eyes saw and my mind comprehended that at least one pirate vessel operating in the skies near Mineta had a boy even younger than I was last year among its crew-members, but I am not sure what to think about…the rest.” You hope that your words, drawn out and clumsy as they may be, are sufficient to avoid angering Prudence. What if she is a hidden pirate? Would she hate you for exposing her secret? What if she wants to be thought of as a pirate? Would she hate you for not believing her to be one?

Prudence, to her credit, sees your uncertainty and replies rapidly. “I don’t like this story about me. Aaran Ledale – the freaky Aranaz orphan who loves studying law – says that Minetan authorities could hang me if I were convicted of being what this article says. Flore thinks it to be hilarious – I honestly think that she wishes that I were a pirate plotting to kidnap her. Her family could afford her ransom, and her being a pirate’s friend would help her to be less “Castellan’s daughter” and more “tough young woman,” if you know what I mean? But I’m not Flore. I can’t pay for even one lawyer to defend me if I were to be accused of piracy, let alone the several whom she could hire.”

You nod in understanding. Flore has a pleasant side that you are familiar with after much effort and many attempts to help her in achieving her unhealthy social desires, but she has little understanding of the way in which the world works. Being abducted by pirates, as you could tell her but have not due to recurring nightmares about your experience, is nothing fun, and if the Minetan authorities were to charge Prudence with being a pirate, her life could be seriously unpleasant even if she were not convicted.

Prudence’s face softens in relief as she sees your understanding. “So what I would like you to do is listen to me talk about my life, then go to von Kiep and get her to take back this story. We can meet at this place where I go fishing whenever you want. Honestly, it was my love of fishing that got me into this mess to begin with. I have an arrangement with the printers of the school newspaper to buy unused broadsheets for storing fish as I measure and clean them, and one printer thought that I should know what he was printing about me. Now come – let us go back to the Academagia.”

Prudence takes your hand and gestures you away from her fishing place.

[If PC has no Affection with Flore Yveuillet]

 

Prudence leads you to the Ardica River, after which she turns towards a particular low flat stone that is so covered by thick mosses and overshadowed by plants that, but for her attention to it, you would have thought it to be a clump of vegetation. Writing phemes in rapid succession, Prudence causes the stone slab to rise and move to one side, after which she reached below and pulls out a faintly smeared wooden box. Opening the box, she reveals to you several sheets of blank paper of the quality and size that newspapers are printed upon, some remnants of fishing lures, and a canvas bag, the last of which she hands to you.

“Open the bag and read what is in it,” she says.

Not wanting to risk upsetting Prudence – who has, after all, made such efforts to reveal the bag’s contents rather than having you do all of the work – you silently open the bag, hoping that Prudence will follow her name by not having given you anything too embarrassing – or illegal.

Within the canvas bag, you find a recent copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar, bearing a large headline reading “Prudence the Pirate?”

You begin to read the associated article, whose anonymous author alleges that “certain very trustworthy persons” are claiming that Prudence Cossins must be a pirate – and they have proof! Not sure whether to be more shocked by the allegation about Prudence or by the author’s apparent willingness to provide proof, you numbly read through the rest of the article. It does not provide definite proof, but at least it is more than anti-Auncestrian stereotyping or allegations that all who fight as much as Prudence does must be pirates. The author points out that Prudence interfered during a pirate raid last Juvenalia in such a way that pirates were benefitted, notes that during her arithmetic classes during her first year she was known to reply to instructions with “Aye-aye, cap’n,” notes that it is unusual that a non-noble with no recorded studies at Esteban Contu’s school would be so skilled at incantation, and suggests that it is very peculiar that Prudence would have chosen as her first year courses what she took, given her temperament – unless her education had been financed by a pirate coster that wanted a skilled scholar-mage, come in time. The article includes innuendoes about Prudence’s perhaps using the Belonging Brethren to recruit pirates for her coster, hints that her friendship with Flore Yveuillet is merely part of a plot by her coster to kidnap Flore, and concludes by pointing out that there are accounts of people even younger than Prudence is who have joined pirate crews.

When you look up from the newspaper, you see Prudence looking at you, tensely.

“What do you think?” she croaks.

“My eyes saw and my mind comprehended that at least one pirate vessel operating in the skies near Mineta had a boy even younger than I was last year among its crew-members, but I am not sure what to think about…the rest.” You hope that your words, drawn out and clumsy as they may be, are sufficient to avoid angering Prudence. What if she is a hidden pirate? Would she hate you for exposing her secret? What if she wants to be thought of as a pirate? Would she hate you for not believing her to be one?

Prudence, to her credit, sees your uncertainty and replies rapidly. “I don’t like this story about me. Aaran Ledale – the freaky Aranaz orphan who loves studying law – says that Minetan authorities could hang me if I were convicted of being what this article says. Flore thinks it to be hilarious – I honestly think that she wishes that I were a pirate plotting to kidnap her. Her family could afford her ransom, and her being a pirate’s friend would help her to be less “Castellan’s daughter” and more “tough young woman,” if you know what I mean? But I’m not Flore. I can’t pay for even one lawyer to defend me if I were to be accused of piracy, let alone the several whom she could hire.”

You nod. Flore’s efforts to have you help her in achieving her unhealthy social desires suggest that she has little understanding of the way in which the world works. Being abducted by pirates, as you could tell her but have not due to recurring nightmares about your experience, is nothing fun, and if the Minetan authorities were to charge Prudence with being a pirate, her life could be seriously unpleasant even if she were not convicted.

Prudence’s face softens in relief as she sees your understanding. “So what I would like you to do is listen to me talk about my life, then go to von Kiep and get her to take back this story. We can meet at this place where I go fishing whenever you want. Honestly, it was my love of fishing that got me into this mess to begin with. I have an arrangement with the printers of the school newspaper to buy unused broadsheets for storing fish as I measure and clean them, and one printer thought that I should know what he was printing about me. Now come – let us go back to the Academagia.”

Prudence takes your hand and gestures you away from her fishing place.

[If PC did not complete Flore Yveuillet’s Y1 adventure]

 

[If PC has Affection with Flore Yveuillet]

 

Prudence leads you to the Ardica River, after which she turns towards a particular low flat stone that is so covered by thick mosses and overshadowed by plants that, but for her attention to it, you would have thought it to be a clump of vegetation. Writing phemes in rapid succession, Prudence causes the stone slab to rise and move to one side, after which she reached below and pulls out a faintly smeared wooden box. Opening the box, she reveals to you several sheets of blank paper of the quality and size that newspapers are printed upon, some remnants of fishing lures, and a canvas bag, the last of which she hands to you.

“Open the bag and read what is in it,” she says.

Not wanting to risk upsetting Prudence – who has, after all, made such efforts to reveal the bag’s contents rather than having you do all of the work – you silently open the bag, hoping that Prudence will follow her name by not having given you anything too embarrassing – or illegal.

Within the canvas bag, you find a recent copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar, bearing a large headline reading “Prudence the Pirate?”

You begin to read the associated article, whose anonymous author alleges that “certain very trustworthy persons” are claiming that Prudence Cossins must be a pirate – and they have proof! Not sure whether to be more shocked by the allegation about Prudence or by the author’s apparent willingness to provide proof, you numbly read through the rest of the article. It does not provide definite proof, but at least it is more than anti-Auncestrian stereotyping or allegations that all who fight as much as Prudence does must be pirates. The author points out that Prudence interfered during a pirate raid last Juvenalia in such a way that pirates were benefitted, notes that during her arithmetic classes during her first year she was known to reply to instructions with “Aye-aye, cap’n,” notes that it is unusual that a non-noble with no recorded studies at Esteban Contu’s school would be so skilled at incantation, and suggests that it is very peculiar that Prudence would have chosen as her first year courses what she took, given her temperament – unless her education had been financed by a pirate coster that wanted a skilled scholar-mage, come in time. The article includes innuendoes about Prudence’s perhaps using the Belonging Brethren to recruit pirates for her coster, hints that her friendship with Flore Yveuillet is merely part of a plot by her coster to kidnap Flore, and concludes by pointing out that there are accounts of people even younger than Prudence is who have joined pirate crews.

When you look up from the newspaper, you see Prudence looking at you, tensely.

“What do you think?” she croaks.

“My eyes saw and my mind comprehended that at least one pirate vessel operating in the skies near Mineta had a boy even younger than I was last year among its crew-members, but I am not sure what to think about…the rest.” You hope that your words, drawn out and clumsy as they may be, are sufficient to avoid angering Prudence. What if she is a hidden pirate? Would she hate you for exposing her secret? What if she wants to be thought of as a pirate? Would she hate you for not believing her to be one?

Prudence, to her credit, sees your uncertainty and replies rapidly. “I don’t like this story about me. Aaran Ledale – the freaky Aranaz orphan who loves studying law – says that Minetan authorities could hang me if I were convicted of being what this article says. Flore thinks it to be hilarious – I honestly think that she wishes that I were a pirate plotting to kidnap her. Her family could afford her ransom, and her being a pirate’s friend would help her to be less “Castellan’s daughter” and more “tough young woman,” if you know what I mean? But I’m not Flore. I can’t pay for even one lawyer to defend me if I were to be accused of piracy, let alone the several whom she could hire.”

You shake your head. Flore has a pleasant side that you are familiar with after much effort, but you now realize that she has little understanding of the way in which the world works. Being abducted by pirates, as you could tell her but have not due to recurring nightmares about your experience, is nothing fun, and if the Minetan authorities were to charge Prudence with being a pirate, her life could be seriously unpleasant even if she were not convicted.

Prudence’s face spasms as she sees your puzzlement. “Flore is Flore, and Flore can be weird. But back to me. What I would like you to do is listen to me talk about my life, then go to von Kiep and get her to take back this story. We can meet at this place where I go fishing whenever you want. Honestly, it was my love of fishing that got me into this mess to begin with. I have an arrangement with the printers of the school newspaper to buy unused broadsheets for storing fish as I measure and clean them, and one printer thought that I should know what he was printing about me. Now come – let us go back to the Academagia.”

Prudence takes your hand and gestures you away from her fishing place.

[If PC has no Affection with Flore Yveuillet]

 

Prudence leads you to the Ardica River, after which she turns towards a particular low flat stone that is so covered by thick mosses and overshadowed by plants that, but for her attention to it, you would have thought it to be a clump of vegetation. Writing phemes in rapid succession, Prudence causes the stone slab to rise and move to one side, after which she reached below and pulls out a faintly smeared wooden box. Opening the box, she reveals to you several sheets of blank paper of the quality and size that newspapers are printed upon, some remnants of fishing lures, and a canvas bag, the last of which she hands to you.

“Open the bag and read what is in it,” she says.

Not wanting to risk upsetting Prudence – who has, after all, made such efforts to reveal the bag’s contents rather than having you do all of the work – you silently open the bag, hoping that Prudence will follow her name by not having given you anything too embarrassing – or illegal.

Within the canvas bag, you find a recent copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar, bearing a large headline reading “Prudence the Pirate?”

You begin to read the associated article, whose anonymous author alleges that “certain very trustworthy persons” are claiming that Prudence Cossins must be a pirate – and they have proof! Not sure whether to be more shocked by the allegation about Prudence or by the author’s apparent willingness to provide proof, you numbly read through the rest of the article. It does not provide definite proof, but at least it is more than anti-Auncestrian stereotyping or allegations that all who fight as much as Prudence does must be pirates. The author points out that Prudence interfered during a pirate raid last Juvenalia in such a way that pirates were benefitted, notes that during her arithmetic classes during her first year she was known to reply to instructions with “Aye-aye, cap’n,” notes that it is unusual that a non-noble with no recorded studies at Esteban Contu’s school would be so skilled at incantation, and suggests that it is very peculiar that Prudence would have chosen as her first year courses what she took, given her temperament – unless her education had been financed by a pirate coster that wanted a skilled scholar-mage, come in time. The article includes innuendoes about Prudence’s perhaps using the Belonging Brethren to recruit pirates for her coster, hints that her friendship with Flore Yveuillet is merely part of a plot by her coster to kidnap Flore, and concludes by pointing out that there are accounts of people even younger than Prudence is who have joined pirate crews.

When you look up from the newspaper, you see Prudence looking at you, tensely.

“What do you think?” she croaks.

“My eyes saw and my mind comprehended that at least one pirate vessel operating in the skies near Mineta had a boy even younger than I was last year among its crew-members, but I am not sure what to think about…the rest.” You hope that your words, drawn out and clumsy as they may be, are sufficient to avoid angering Prudence. What if she is a hidden pirate? Would she hate you for exposing her secret? What if she wants to be thought of as a pirate? Would she hate you for not believing her to be one?

Prudence, to her credit, sees your uncertainty and replies rapidly. “I don’t like this story about me. Aaran Ledale – the freaky Aranaz orphan who loves studying law – says that Minetan authorities could hang me if I were convicted of being what this article says. Flore thinks it to be hilarious – I honestly think that she wishes that I were a pirate plotting to kidnap her. Her family could afford her ransom, and her being a pirate’s friend would help her to be less “Castellan’s daughter” and more “tough young woman,” if you know what I mean? But I’m not Flore. I can’t pay for even one lawyer to defend me if I were to be accused of piracy, let alone the several whom she could hire.”

You shake your head. Until Prudence had told you about Flore, you had had no idea that Flore has such little understanding of the way in which the world works. Being abducted by pirates, as you could tell her but have not due to recurring nightmares about your experience, is nothing fun, and if the Minetan authorities were to charge Prudence with being a pirate, her life could be seriously unpleasant even if she were not convicted.

Prudence’s face spasms as she sees your puzzlement. “Flore is Flore, and Flore can be weird. But back to me. What I would like you to do is listen to me talk about my life, then go to von Kiep and get her to take back this story. We can meet at this place where I go fishing whenever you want. Honestly, it was my love of fishing that got me into this mess to begin with. I have an arrangement with the printers of the school newspaper to buy unused broadsheets for storing fish as I measure and clean them, and one printer thought that I should know what he was printing about me. Now come – let us go back to the Academagia.”

Prudence takes your hand and gestures you away from her fishing place.

[If PC did not complete the Y1 adventure Just Going About Your Business]

 

[If PC completed Flore Yveuillet’s Y1 adventure]

 

[If PC has Affection with Flore Yveuillet]

 

Prudence leads you to the Ardica River, after which she turns towards a particular low flat stone that is so covered by thick mosses and overshadowed by plants that, but for her attention to it, you would have thought it to be a clump of vegetation. Writing phemes in rapid succession, Prudence causes the stone slab to rise and move to one side, after which she reached below and pulls out a faintly smeared wooden box. Opening the box, she reveals to you several sheets of blank paper of the quality and size that newspapers are printed upon, some remnants of fishing lures, and a canvas bag, the last of which she hands to you.

“Open the bag and read what is in it,” she says.

Not wanting to risk upsetting Prudence – who has, after all, made such efforts to reveal the bag’s contents rather than having you do all of the work – you silently open the bag, hoping that Prudence will follow her name by not having given you anything too embarrassing – or illegal.

Within the canvas bag, you find a recent copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar, bearing a large headline reading “Prudence the Pirate?”

You begin to read the associated article, whose anonymous author alleges that “certain very trustworthy persons” are claiming that Prudence Cossins must be a pirate – and they have proof! Not sure whether to be more shocked by the allegation about Prudence or by the author’s apparent willingness to provide proof, you numbly read through the rest of the article. It does not provide definite proof, but at least it is more than anti-Auncestrian stereotyping or allegations that all who fight as much as Prudence does must be pirates. The author points out that Prudence interfered during a pirate raid last Juvenalia in such a way that pirates were benefitted, notes that during her arithmetic classes during her first year she was known to reply to instructions with “Aye-aye, cap’n,” notes that it is unusual that a non-noble with no recorded studies at Esteban Contu’s school would be so skilled at incantation, and suggests that it is very peculiar that Prudence would have chosen as her first year courses what she took, given her temperament – unless her education had been financed by a pirate coster that wanted a skilled scholar-mage, come in time. The article includes innuendoes about Prudence’s perhaps using the Belonging Brethren to recruit pirates for her coster, hints that her friendship with Flore Yveuillet is merely part of a plot by her coster to kidnap Flore, and concludes by pointing out that there are accounts of people even younger than Prudence is who have joined pirate crews.

When you look up from the newspaper, you see Prudence looking at you, tensely.

“What do you think?” she croaks.

“These are serious allegations.” You hope that your words, non-committal as they may be, are sufficient to avoid angering Prudence. What if she is a hidden pirate? Would she hate you for exposing her secret? What if she wants to be thought of as a pirate? Would she hate you for not believing her to be one?

Prudence, to her credit, sees your uncertainty and replies rapidly. “I don’t like this story about me. Aaran Ledale – the freaky Aranaz orphan who loves studying law – says that Minetan authorities could hang me if I were convicted of being what this article says. Flore thinks it to be hilarious – I honestly think that she wishes that I were a pirate plotting to kidnap her. Her family could afford her ransom, and her being a pirate’s friend would help her to be less “Castellan’s daughter” and more “tough young woman,” if you know what I mean? But I’m not Flore. I can’t pay for even one lawyer to defend me if I were to be accused of piracy, let alone the several whom she could hire.”

You nod in understanding. Flore has a pleasant side that you are familiar with after much effort and many attempts to help her in achieving her unhealthy social desires, but she has little understanding of the way in which the world works. If the Minetan authorities were to charge Prudence with being a pirate, her life could be seriously unpleasant even if she were not convicted.

Prudence’s face softens in relief as she sees your understanding. “So what I would like you to do is listen to me talk about my life, then go to von Kiep and get her to take back this story. We can meet at this place where I go fishing whenever you want. Honestly, it was my love of fishing that got me into this mess to begin with. I have an arrangement with the printers of the school newspaper to buy unused broadsheets for storing fish as I measure and clean them, and one printer thought that I should know what he was printing about me. Now come – let us go back to the Academagia.”

Prudence takes your hand and gestures you away from her fishing place.

[If PC has no Affection with Flore Yveuillet]

 

Prudence leads you to the Ardica River, after which she turns towards a particular low flat stone that is so covered by thick mosses and overshadowed by plants that, but for her attention to it, you would have thought it to be a clump of vegetation. Writing phemes in rapid succession, Prudence causes the stone slab to rise and move to one side, after which she reached below and pulls out a faintly smeared wooden box. Opening the box, she reveals to you several sheets of blank paper of the quality and size that newspapers are printed upon, some remnants of fishing lures, and a canvas bag, the last of which she hands to you.

“Open the bag and read what is in it,” she says.

Not wanting to risk upsetting Prudence – who has, after all, made such efforts to reveal the bag’s contents rather than having you do all of the work – you silently open the bag, hoping that Prudence will follow her name by not having given you anything too embarrassing – or illegal.

Within the canvas bag, you find a recent copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar, bearing a large headline reading “Prudence the Pirate?”

You begin to read the associated article, whose anonymous author alleges that “certain very trustworthy persons” are claiming that Prudence Cossins must be a pirate – and they have proof! Not sure whether to be more shocked by the allegation about Prudence or by the author’s apparent willingness to provide proof, you numbly read through the rest of the article. It does not provide definite proof, but at least it is more than anti-Auncestrian stereotyping or allegations that all who fight as much as Prudence does must be pirates. The author points out that Prudence interfered during a pirate raid last Juvenalia in such a way that pirates were benefitted, notes that during her arithmetic classes during her first year she was known to reply to instructions with “Aye-aye, cap’n,” notes that it is unusual that a non-noble with no recorded stuidies at Esteban Contu’s school would be so skilled at incantation, and suggests that it is very peculiar that Prudence would have chosen as her first year courses what she took, given her temperament – unless her education had been financed by a pirate coster that wanted a skilled scholar-mage, come in time. The article includes innuendoes about Prudence’s perhaps using the Belonging Brethren to recruit pirates for her coster, hints that her friendship with Flore Yveuillet is merely part of a plot by her coster to kidnap Flore, and concludes by pointing out that there are accounts of people even younger than Prudence is who have joined pirate crews.

When you look up from the newspaper, you see Prudence looking at you, tensely.

“What do you think?” she croaks.

“These are serious allegations.” You hope that your words, non-committal as they may be, are sufficient to avoid angering Prudence. What if she is a hidden pirate? Would she hate you for exposing her secret? What if she wants to be thought of as a pirate? Would she hate you for not believing her to be one?

Prudence, to her credit, sees your uncertainty and replies rapidly. “I don’t like this story about me. Aaran Ledale – the freaky Aranaz orphan who loves studying law – says that Minetan authorities could hang me if I were convicted of being what this article says. Flore thinks it to be hilarious – I honestly think that she wishes that I were a pirate plotting to kidnap her. Her family could afford her ransom, and her being a pirate’s friend would help her to be less “Castellan’s daughter” and more “tough young woman,” if you know what I mean? But I’m not Flore. I can’t pay for even one lawyer to defend me if I were to be accused of piracy, let alone the several whom she could hire.”

You nod. Flore’s efforts to have you help her in achieving her unhealthy social desires suggest that she has little understanding of the way in which the world works. If the Minetan authorities were to charge Prudence with being a pirate, her life could be seriously unpleasant even if she were not convicted.

Prudence’s face softens in relief as she sees your understanding. “So what I would like you to do is listen to me talk about my life, then go to von Kiep and get her to take back this story. We can meet at this place where I go fishing whenever you want. Honestly, it was my love of fishing that got me into this mess to begin with. I have an arrangement with the printers of the school newspaper to buy unused broadsheets for storing fish as I measure and clean them, and one printer thought that I should know what he was printing about me. Now come – let us go back to the Academagia.”

Prudence takes your hand and gestures you away from her fishing place.

[If PC did not complete Flore Yveuillet’s Y1 adventure]

 

[If PC has Affection with Flore Yveuillet]

 

Prudence leads you to the Ardica River, after which she turns towards a particular low flat stone that is so covered by thick mosses and overshadowed by plants that, but for her attention to it, you would have thought it to be a clump of vegetation. Writing phemes in rapid succession, Prudence causes the stone slab to rise and move to one side, after which she reached below and pulls out a faintly smeared wooden box. Opening the box, she reveals to you several sheets of blank paper of the quality and size that newspapers are printed upon, some remnants of fishing lures, and a canvas bag, the last of which she hands to you.

“Open the bag and read what is in it,” she says.

Not wanting to risk upsetting Prudence – who has, after all, made such efforts to reveal the bag’s contents rather than having you do all of the work – you silently open the bag, hoping that Prudence will follow her name by not having given you anything too embarrassing – or illegal.

Within the canvas bag, you find a recent copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar, bearing a large headline reading “Prudence the Pirate?”

You begin to read the associated article, whose anonymous author alleges that “certain very trustworthy persons” are claiming that Prudence Cossins must be a pirate – and they have proof! Not sure whether to be more shocked by the allegation about Prudence or by the author’s apparent willingness to provide proof, you numbly read through the rest of the article. It does not provide definite proof, but at least it is more than anti-Auncestrian stereotyping or allegations that all who fight as much as Prudence does must be pirates. The author points out that Prudence interfered during a pirate raid last Juvenalia in such a way that pirates were benefitted, notes that during her arithmetic classes during her first year she was known to reply to instructions with “Aye-aye, cap’n,” notes that it is unusual that a non-noble with no recorded stuidies at Esteban Contu’s school would be so skilled at incantation, and suggests that it is very peculiar that Prudence would have chosen as her first year courses what she took, given her temperament – unless her education had been financed by a pirate coster that wanted a skilled scholar-mage, come in time. The article includes innuendoes about Prudence’s perhaps using the Belonging Brethren to recruit pirates for her coster, hints that her friendship with Flore Yveuillet is merely part of a plot by her coster to kidnap Flore, and concludes by pointing out that there are accounts of people even younger than Prudence is who have joined pirate crews.

When you look up from the newspaper, you see Prudence looking at you, tensely.

“What do you think?” she croaks.

“These are serious allegations.” You hope that your words, non-committal as they may be, are sufficient to avoid angering Prudence. What if she is a hidden pirate? Would she hate you for exposing her secret? What if she wants to be thought of as a pirate? Would she hate you for not believing her to be one?

Prudence, to her credit, sees your uncertainty and replies rapidly. “I don’t like this story about me. Aaran Ledale – the freaky Aranaz orphan who loves studying law – says that Minetan authorities could hang me if I were convicted of being what this article says. Flore thinks it to be hilarious – I honestly think that she wishes that I were a pirate plotting to kidnap her. Her family could afford her ransom, and her being a pirate’s friend would help her to be less “Castellan’s daughter” and more “tough young woman,” if you know what I mean? But I’m not Flore. I can’t pay for even one lawyer to defend me if I were to be accused of piracy, let alone the several whom she could hire.”

You shake your head. Flore has a pleasant side that you are familiar with after much effort, but you now realize that she has little understanding of the way in which the world works. If the Minetan authorities were to charge Prudence with being a pirate, her life could be seriously unpleasant even if she were not convicted.

Prudence’s face spasms as she sees your puzzlement. “Flore is Flore, and Flore can be weird. But back to me. What I would like you to do is listen to me talk about my life, then go to von Kiep and get her to take back this story. We can meet at this place where I go fishing whenever you want. Honestly, it was my love of fishing that got me into this mess to begin with. I have an arrangement with the printers of the school newspaper to buy unused broadsheets for storing fish as I measure and clean them, and one printer thought that I should know what he was printing about me. Now come – let us go back to the Academagia.”

Prudence takes your hand and gestures you away from her fishing place.

[If PC has no Affection with Flore Yveuillet]

 

Prudence leads you to the Ardica River, after which she turns towards a particular low flat stone that is so covered by thick mosses and overshadowed by plants that, but for her attention to it, you would have thought it to be a clump of vegetation. Writing phemes in rapid succession, Prudence causes the stone slab to rise and move to one side, after which she reached below and pulls out a faintly smeared wooden box. Opening the box, she reveals to you several sheets of blank paper of the quality and size that newspapers are printed upon, some remnants of fishing lures, and a canvas bag, the last of which she hands to you.

“Open the bag and read what is in it,” she says.

Not wanting to risk upsetting Prudence – who has, after all, made such efforts to reveal the bag’s contents rather than having you do all of the work – you silently open the bag, hoping that Prudence will follow her name by not having given you anything too embarrassing – or illegal.

Within the canvas bag, you find a recent copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar, bearing a large headline reading “Prudence the Pirate?”

You begin to read the associated article, whose anonymous author alleges that “certain very trustworthy persons” are claiming that Prudence Cossins must be a pirate – and they have proof! Not sure whether to be more shocked by the allegation about Prudence or by the author’s apparent willingness to provide proof, you numbly read through the rest of the article. It does not provide definite proof, but at least it is more than anti-Auncestrian stereotyping or allegations that all who fight as much as Prudence does must be pirates. The author points out that Prudence interfered during a pirate raid last Juvenalia in such a way that pirates were benefitted, notes that during her arithmetic classes during her first year she was known to reply to instructions with “Aye-aye, cap’n,” notes that it is unusual that a non-noble with no recorded stuidies at Esteban Contu’s school would be so skilled at incantation, and suggests that it is very peculiar that Prudence would have chosen as her first year courses what she took, given her temperament – unless her education had been financed by a pirate coster that wanted a skilled scholar-mage, come in time. The article includes innuendoes about Prudence’s perhaps using the Belonging Brethren to recruit pirates for her coster, hints that her friendship with Flore Yveuillet is merely part of a plot by her coster to kidnap Flore, and concludes by pointing out that there are accounts of people even younger than Prudence is who have joined pirate crews.

When you look up from the newspaper, you see Prudence looking at you, tensely.

“What do you think?” she croaks.

“These are serious allegations.” You hope that your words, non-committal as they may be, are sufficient to avoid angering Prudence. What if she is a hidden pirate? Would she hate you for exposing her secret? What if she wants to be thought of as a pirate? Would she hate you for not believing her to be one?

Prudence, to her credit, sees your uncertainty and replies rapidly. “I don’t like this story about me. Aaran Ledale – the freaky Aranaz orphan who loves studying law – says that Minetan authorities could hang me if I were convicted of being what this article says. Flore thinks it to be hilarious – I honestly think that she wishes that I were a pirate plotting to kidnap her. Her family could afford her ransom, and her being a pirate’s friend would help her to be less “Castellan’s daughter” and more “tough young woman,” if you know what I mean? But I’m not Flore. I can’t pay for even one lawyer to defend me if I were to be accused of piracy, let alone the several whom she could hire.”

You shake your head. Until Prudence had told you about Flore, you had had no idea that Flore has such little understanding of the way in which the world works. If the Minetan authorities were to charge Prudence with being a pirate, her life could be seriously unpleasant even if she were not convicted.

Prudence’s face spasms as she sees your puzzlement. “Flore is Flore, and Flore can be weird. But back to me. What I would like you to do is listen to me talk about my life, then go to von Kiep and get her to take back this story. We can meet at this place where I go fishing whenever you want. Honestly, it was my love of fishing that got me into this mess to begin with. I have an arrangement with the printers of the school newspaper to buy unused broadsheets for storing fish as I measure and clean them, and one printer thought that I should know what he was printing about me. Now come – let us go back to the Academagia.”

Prudence takes your hand and gestures you away from her fishing place.

Choices

 

Since Prudence has said that she only wants to talk about her life later, you might as well follow her back to the Academagia’s buildings.

 

[If PC did not complete the Y1 tutorial perfectly (i.e., could not, during Y1, use the ability “Hang out with Oan”)]

 

[If PC completed the Y1 Adventure The Pit(t)s]

 

[If PC is in Avila College]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, she glances significantly at you.

“Hey, you’re…[PCLastName], my mentee from last year, right? Trying to build a reputation among the girls even outside Avila, eh? That Vernin student mage was not exaggerating about you, I guess.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,”Prudence bites out, scraping the ground with one shoe’s heel as if preparing to kick.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies with false cheerfulness. “If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

As Oan rapidly walks away, you and Prudence decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation. [+ 1 skill step Intimidation, + 1 skill level Schoolyard Education for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC is in Vernin College]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, she glances significantly at you.

“Hey, you’re…[PCLastName], my mentee from last year, right? Trying to build a reputation among the girls even outside Avila, eh? That Vernin student mage was not exaggerating about you, I guess. But then, you followed him into Vernin this year, so you must have liked what he said about you.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,”Prudence bites out, scraping the ground with one shoe’s heel as if preparing to kick.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies with false cheerfulness. “If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

As Oan rapidly walks away, you and Prudence decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation. [+ 1 skill step Intimidation, + 1 skill level Schoolyard Education for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC is in Godina College]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, she glances significantly at you.

“Hey, you’re…[PCLastName], my mentee from last year, right? Trying to build a reputation among the girls even outside Avila, eh? That Vernin student mage was not exaggerating about you, I guess. But since you are in Godina now, you must have found Avila’s female students to be too difficult to handle But Godina’s students are athletes and incantors in addition to musicians, so I hope that you were not too disappointed.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,”Prudence bites out, scraping the ground with one shoe’s heel as if preparing to kick.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies with false cheerfulness. “If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

As Oan rapidly walks away, you and Prudence decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation. [+ 1 skill step Intimidation, + 1 skill level Schoolyard Education for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC is in Durand College]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, she glances significantly at you.

“Hey, you’re…[PCLastName], my mentee from last year, right? Trying to build a reputation among the girls your new college like what you had last year in Avila? Or was that Vernin student mage exaggerating about you?”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,”Prudence bites out, scraping the ground with one shoe’s heel as if preparing to kick.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies with false cheerfulness. “If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

As Oan rapidly walks away, you and Prudence decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation. [+ 1 skill step Intimidation, + 1 skill level Schoolyard Education for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC is in College not Durand, Avila, Godina, or Vernin]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, she glances significantly at you.

“Hey, you’re…[PCLastName], my mentee from last year, right? Trying to build a reputation among the girls of all colleges like what you had last year in Avila? That Vernin student mage was not exaggerating about you, I guess.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,”Prudence bites out, scraping the ground with one shoe’s heel as if preparing to kick.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies with false cheerfulness. “If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

As Oan rapidly walks away, you and Prudence decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation. [+ 1 skill step Intimidation, + 1 skill level Schoolyard Education for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC did not complete the Y1 Adventure The Pit(t)s]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, she glances at you, then says a greeting.

“Hey, you’re…[PCLastName], my mentee from last year, right? What are you doing with her?”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says. “We went to my favorite fishing spot in Mineta to talk.”

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies with boredom. “If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

As Oan walks away, you and Prudence decide to split up. It would not be good, Prudence suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation. [+ 1 skill step Fishing, + 1 skill level Social Skills for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC completed the Y1 tutorial perfectly (i.e., could, during Y1, use the ability “Hang out with Oan”)]

 

[If PC is not Prodigy: On the Prowl]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with her?”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says. “We went to my favorite fishing spot in Mineta to talk.”

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

As Oan walks away, you and Prudence decide to split up. It would not be good, Prudence suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation. [+ 1 skill step Fishing, + 1 skill level Social Skills for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC is Prodigy: On the Prowl]

 

[If PC has Affection with neither Sima Venesico nor Miya Hikari]

 

[If PC is male]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down. “We went to my favorite fishing spot in Mineta to talk.”

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

As Oan walks away, you and Prudence decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation. [+ 1 skill step Fishing, + 1 skill level Social Skills for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC is female]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Trying to teach her something related to the assembly that second year students cannot attend?”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says. “We went to my favorite fishing spot in Mineta to talk.”

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

As Oan walks away, you and Prudence decide to split up. It would not be good, Prudence suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation. [+ 1 skill step Fishing, + 1 skill level Social Skills for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC has Affection with Sima Venesico]

 

[If PC did not take Dialectic during Y1]

 

[If PC Completed Sima Venesico’s Y1 adventure]

 

[If PC Completed the Main Adventure with the Triplets]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Sima Venesico?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Sima and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. She has sometimes said to me that your blonde hair is faintly repulsive to her, reminding her as it does of poorly cleaned teeth. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Sima makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Sima. She is a very interesting girl, once you get to know her, but she is so mysterious. And, come to think about it, she has never explicitly said that she is from Sung. Wherever Sima may be from, her interest in jewelry, which she has never satisfactorily explained and rarely justifies through wearing jewelry, can be downright dangerous. You shudder thinking what the spirits guarding the jewels that she sought could have done to her if you had not helped her. Then you give a sigh of pleasure. Whatever else Sima may be, she, Tabin, and Magsa led you in an adventure that solidified your bond with her and her close companions. Certainly, the adventure was dangerous, mysterious, and probably illegal in ways that you cannot even imagine, but it was exciting and established to your satisfaction that Sima is loyal to you. So you will be loyal to her and her friends. You hope, both because of your fondness for Sima and because you fear what she, Tabin, and Magsa could do if you were to become her enemy, that you will never become disloyal to her – and that Prudence will never become her enemy. [+ 1 skill step Rallying and Sleuthing, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC Completed the Main Adventure with Ilaro Dati]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Sima Venesico?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Sima and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. She has sometimes said to me that your blonde hair is faintly repulsive to her, reminding her as it does of poorly cleaned teeth. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Sima makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Sima. She is a very interesting girl, once you get to know her, but she is so mysterious. And, come to think about it, she has never explicitly said that she is from Sung. Wherever Sima may be from, her interest in jewelry, which she has never satisfactorily explained and rarely justifies through wearing jewelry, can be downright dangerous. You shudder thinking what the spirits guarding the jewels that she sought could have done to her if you had not helped her. Then you give a larger shudder. Sima apparently has some sort of secret relationship with Magsa Nembo and Tabin Furenzti, and given how intimidating even one of those other students can be even without a powerful magical staff, you have not dared to ask her about her relationship with them. You hope that Sima’s relationship with them is not such that she would sic them upon Prudence if Prudence were to offend her, and hope that you have judged Sima correctly as a comparatively harmless person who just happens to have a secretive relationship with intimidating students and an interest in jewelry that can lead her into foolish risks. Sima would not be the only student at the Academagia to have an interest that outstrips competence – potions would have a much better reputation among your classmates, you think, if Cante Caviti were not brewing and trying to use potions with dubious qualities. [+ 1 skill step Jewelry and Sleuthing, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC did not Complete the Main Adventure with the Triplets and did not Complete the Main Adventure with Ilaro Dati]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Sima Venesico?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Sima and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. She has sometimes said to me that your blonde hair is faintly repulsive to her, reminding her as it does of poorly cleaned teeth. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Sima makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Sima. She is a very interesting girl, once you get to know her, but she is so mysterious. And, come to think about it, she has never explicitly said that she is from Sung. Wherever Sima may be from, her interest in jewelry, which she has never satisfactorily explained and rarely justifies through wearing jewelry, can be downright dangerous. You shudder thinking what the spirits guarding the jewels that she sought could have done to her if you had not helped her. But then you shrug and go on your way. Most students and teachers at the Academagia are taciturn about their origins, yet can be gotten along with easily enough. Catherine Chard and Miya Hikari, with their constant references to their powerful family lineages, are the exceptions, and Miya may not be telling the truth. And she is not the only student at the Academagia to have an interest that outstrips competence – potions would have a much better reputation among your classmates, you think, if Cante Caviti were not brewing and trying to use potions with dubious qualities. Whatever Sima’s origin, you decide that she and you have a wonderful relationship that is closer than that between you and any other person in the Academagia. [+ 1 skill step Jewelry and Sleuthing, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC did not Complete Sima Venesico’s Y1 adventure]

 

[If PC Completed the Main Adventure with the Triplets]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Sima Venesico?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Sima and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. She has sometimes said to me that your blonde hair is faintly repulsive to her, reminding her as it does of poorly cleaned teeth. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Sima makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Sima. She is a very interesting girl, once you get to know her, but she is so mysterious. And, come to think about it, she has never explicitly said that she is from Sung. Then you give a sigh of pleasure. Whatever else Sima may be, she, Tabin, and Magsa led you in an adventure that solidified your bond with her and her close companions. Certainly, the adventure was dangerous, mysterious, and probably illegal in ways that you cannot even imagine, but it was exciting and established to your satisfaction that Sima is loyal to you. So you will be loyal to her and her friends. You hope, both because of your fondness for Sima and because you fear what she, Tabin, and Magsa could do if you were to become her enemy, that you will never become disloyal to her – and that Prudence will never become her enemy. [+ 1 skill step Rallying and Sleuthing, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC Completed the Main Adventure with Ilaro Dati]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Sima Venesico?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Sima and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. She has sometimes said to me that your blonde hair is faintly repulsive to her, reminding her as it does of poorly cleaned teeth. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Sima makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Sima. She is a very interesting girl, once you get to know her, but she is so mysterious. And, come to think about it, she has never explicitly said that she is from Sung. Then you give a little shudder. Sima apparently has some sort of secret relationship with Magsa Nembo and Tabin Furenzti, and given how intimidating even one of those other students can be can be even without a powerful magical staff, you have not dared to ask her about her relationship with them. You hope that Sima’s relationship with them is not such that she would sic them upon Prudence if Prudence were to offend her, and hope that you have judged Sima correctly as a comparatively harmless person who just happens to have a secretive relationship with intimidating students. [+ 1 skill step Fish and Sleuthing, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC did not Complete the Main Adventure with the Triplets and did not Complete the Main Adventure with Ilaro Dati]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Sima Venesico?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Sima and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. She has sometimes said to me that your blonde hair is faintly repulsive to her, reminding her as it does of poorly cleaned teeth. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Sima makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Sima. She is a very interesting girl, once you get to know her, but she is so mysterious. And, come to think about it, she has never explicitly said that she is from Sung. But then you shrug and go on your way. Most students and teachers at the Academagia are taciturn about their origins, yet can be gotten along with easily enough. Catherine Chard and Miya Hikari, with their constant references to their powerful family lineages, are the exceptions, and Miya may not be telling the truth. Whatever Sima’s origin, she and you have a wonderful relationship that is closer than that between you and any other person in the Academagia. [+ 1 skill step Temperence and Sleuthing, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC took Dialectic during Y1]

 

[If PC Completed Sima Venesico’s Y1 adventure]

 

[If PC Completed the Main Adventure with the Triplets]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Sima Venesico?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Sima and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. She has sometimes said to me that your blonde hair is faintly repulsive to her, reminding her as it does of poorly cleaned teeth. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Sima makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause. I am glad that you at least try to apply something from Dialectic. Professor Sido was interesting, but not a good teacher of what he was trying to teach us.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Sima. She is a very interesting girl, once you get to know her, but she is so mysterious. And, come to think about it, she has never explicitly said that she is from Sung. Wherever Sima may be from, her interest in jewelry, which she has never satisfactorily explained and rarely justifies through wearing jewelry, can be downright dangerous. You shudder thinking what the spirits guarding the jewels that she sought could have done to her if you had not helped her. Then you give a sigh of pleasure. Whatever else Sima may be, she, Tabin, and Magsa led you in an adventure that solidified your bond with her and her close companions. Certainly, the adventure was dangerous, mysterious, and probably illegal in ways that you cannot even imagine, but it was exciting and established to your satisfaction that Sima is loyal to you. So you will be loyal to her and her friends. You hope, both because of your fondness for Sima and because you fear what she, Tabin, and Magsa could do if you were to become her enemy, that you will never become disloyal to her – and that Prudence will never become her enemy. [+ 1 skill step Rally and Sleuthing, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC Completed the Main Adventure with Ilaro Dati]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Sima Venesico?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Sima and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. She has sometimes said to me that your blonde hair is faintly repulsive to her, reminding her as it does of poorly cleaned teeth. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Sima makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause. I am glad that you at least try to apply something from Dialectic. Professor Sido was interesting, but not a good teacher of what he was trying to teach us.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Sima. She is a very interesting girl, once you get to know her, but she is so mysterious. And, come to think about it, she has never explicitly said that she is from Sung. Wherever Sima may be from, her interest in jewelry, which she has never satisfactorily explained and rarely justifies through wearing jewelry, can be downright dangerous. You shudder thinking what the spirits guarding the jewels that she sought could have done to her if you had not helped her. Then you give a larger shudder. Sima apparently has some sort of secret relationship with Magsa Nembo and Tabin Furenzti, and given how intimidating even one of those other students can be even without a powerful magical staff, you have not dared to ask her about her relationship with them. You hope that Sima’s relationship with them is not such that she would sic them upon Prudence if Prudence were to offend her, and hope that you have judged Sima correctly as a comparatively harmless person who just happens to have a secretive relationship with intimidating students and an interest in jewelry that can lead her into foolish risks. Sima would not be the only student at the Academagia to have an interest that outstrips competence – potions would have a much better reputation among your classmates, you think, if Cante Caviti were not brewing and trying to use potions with dubious qualities. [+ 1 skill step Jewelry and Sleuthing, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC did not Completed the Main Adventure with the Triplets and did not Complete the Main Adventure with Ilaro Dati]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Sima Venesico?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Sima and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. She has sometimes said to me that your blonde hair is faintly repulsive to her, reminding her as it does of poorly cleaned teeth. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Sima makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause. I am glad that you at least try to apply something from Dialectic. Professor Sido was interesting, but not a good teacher of what he was trying to teach us.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Sima. She is a very interesting girl, once you get to know her, but she is so mysterious. And, come to think about it, she has never explicitly said that she is from Sung. Wherever Sima may be from, her interest in jewelry, which she has never satisfactorily explained and rarely justifies through wearing jewelry, can be downright dangerous. You shudder thinking what the spirits guarding the jewels that she sought could have done to her if you had not helped her. But then you shrug and go on your way. Most students and teachers at the Academagia are taciturn about their origins, yet can be gotten along with easily enough. Catherine Chard and Miya Hikari, with their constant references to their powerful family lineages, are the exceptions, and Miya may not be telling the truth. And she is not the only student at the Academagia to have an interest that outstrips competence – potions would have a much better reputation among your classmates, you think, if Cante Caviti were not brewing and trying to use potions with dubious qualities. Whatever Sima’s origin, you decide that she and you have a wonderful relationship that is closer than that between you and any other person in the Academagia. [+ 1 skill step Temperence and Sleuthing, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC did not Complete Sima Venesico’s Y1 adventure]

 

[If PC Completed the Main Adventure with the Triplets]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Sima Venesico?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Sima and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. She has sometimes said to me that your blonde hair is faintly repulsive to her, reminding her as it does of poorly cleaned teeth. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Sima makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause. I am glad that you at least try to apply something from Dialectic. Professor Sido was interesting, but not a good teacher of what he was trying to teach us.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Sima. She is a very interesting girl, once you get to know her, but she is so mysterious. And, come to think about it, she has never explicitly said that she is from Sung. Then you give a sigh of pleasure. Whatever else Sima may be, she, Tabin, and Magsa led you in an adventure that solidified your bond with her and her close companions. Certainly, the adventure was dangerous, mysterious, and probably illegal in ways that you cannot even imagine, but it was exciting and established to your satisfaction that Sima is loyal to you. So you will be loyal to her and her friends. You hope, both because of your fondness for Sima and because you fear what she, Tabin, and Magsa could do if you were to become her enemy, that you will never become disloyal to her – and that Prudence will never become her enemy. [+ 1 skill step Rally and Sleuthing, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC Completed the Main Adventure with Ilaro Dati]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Sima Venesico?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Sima and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. She has sometimes said to me that your blonde hair is faintly repulsive to her, reminding her as it does of poorly cleaned teeth. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Sima makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause. I am glad that you at least try to apply something from Dialectic. Professor Sido was interesting, but not a good teacher of what he was trying to teach us.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Sima. She is a very interesting girl, once you get to know her, but she is so mysterious. And, come to think about it, she has never explicitly said that she is from Sung. Then you give a little shudder. Sima apparently has some sort of secret relationship with Magsa Nembo and Tabin Furenzti, and given how intimidating even one of those other students can be even without a powerful magical staff, you have not dared to ask her about her relationship with them. You hope that Sima’s relationship with them is not such that she would sic them upon Prudence if Prudence were to offend her, and hope that you have judged Sima correctly as a comparatively harmless person who just happens to have a secretive relationship with intimidating students. [+ 1 skill step Intimidate and Sleuthing, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC did not Completed the Main Adventure with the Triplets and did not Complete the Main Adventure with Ilaro Dati]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Sima Venesico?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Sima and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. She has sometimes said to me that your blonde hair is faintly repulsive to her, reminding her as it does of poorly cleaned teeth. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Sima makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause. I am glad that you at least try to apply something from Dialectic. Professor Sido was interesting, but not a good teacher of what he was trying to teach us.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Sima. She is a very interesting girl, once you get to know her, but she is so mysterious. And, come to think about it, she has never explicitly said that she is from Sung. But then you shrug and go on your way. Most students and teachers at the Academagia are taciturn about their origins, yet can be gotten along with easily enough. Catherine Chard and Miya Hikari, with their constant references to their powerful family lineages, are the exceptions, and Miya may not be telling the truth. Whatever Sima’s origin, she and you have a wonderful relationship that is closer than that between you and any other person in the Academagia. [+ 1 skill step Temperence and Sleuthing, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC has Affection with Miya Hikari]

 

[If PC did not take Dialectic during Y1]

 

[If PC Completed Miya Hikari’s Y1 adventure]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Miya Hikari?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Miya and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. Miya has claimed to me that where she is from, all people have eyes like her eyes, and the only blonde hairs form the furs of monkeys. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Miya makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Miya. She is a very interesting girl to so many people, and you are sometimes still amazed that the close relationship between you and her is not, as far as you can tell, merely another of the tales that she tells for others’ amusement, often little caring how true they are – or part of some plot by her to gain better status within the thieves’ guild. Thieves, you think with a shudder, can be very scary, and the saying that there is no honor among thieves is one that you are constantly mindful of – and reminding Miya about. But then your confidence comes back. If you had wanted a special relationship with a female classmate distinguished by unimpeachable honesty, you could have tried to become close with Els Rottmundyn, Tulia Faspalla, or Cosetta Re. But you have become very fond of the aspiring actress and thief who claims to be a princess from a distant land. You only hope that Miya has a core of honesty that can be the basis for a good relationship. She doesn’t need to be a princess to be interesting to you, but if Miya were to be less fanciful in her words and behaviours, and were to satisfactorily swear to you to refrain from betraying you to her criminal partners, you would not have recurring doubts about whether her true feelings towards you are not what they seem. But you remind yourself that if thieves were truly unrelenting menaces to all other people, no one would tolerate them. It is only because thieves can make themselves useful to some non-thieves that they continue to exist, even though illegally. Having a special relationship with a thief from the thieves’ guild could be very useful for you – especially when the thief is as interesting and reciprocating of your affections as Miya Hikari is. [+ 1 skill step Character Study and Intrigue, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC did not Complete Miya Hikari’s Y1 adventure]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Miya Hikari?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Miya and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. Miya has claimed to me that where she is from, all people have eyes like her eyes, and the only blonde hairs form the furs of monkeys. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Miya makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause. I am glad that you at least try to apply something from Dialectic. Professor Sido was interesting, but not a good teacher of what he was trying to teach us.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Miya. She is a very interesting girl to so many people, and you are sometimes still amazed that the close relationship between you and her is not, as far as you can tell, merely another of the tales that she tells for others’ amusement, often little caring how true they are. But then you shrug and go on your way. If you had wanted a special relationship with a female classmate distinguished by unimpeachable honesty, you could have tried to become close with Els Rottmundyn, Tulia Faspalla, or Cosetta Re. But you have become very fond of the aspiring actress who claims to be a princess from a distant land. You only hope that Miya has a core of honesty that can be the basis for a good relationship. She doesn’t need to be a princess to be interesting to you, but if Miya were to be less fanciful in her words and behaviours, you would not have recurring doubts about whether her true feelings towards you are not what they seem. [+ 1 skill step Temperence and Storytelling, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC took Dialectic during Y1]

 

[If PC Completed Miya Hikari’s Y1 adventure]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Miya Hikari?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Miya and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. Miya has claimed to me that where she is from, all people have eyes like her eyes, and the only blonde hairs form the furs of monkeys. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Miya makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause. I am glad that you at least try to apply something from Dialectic. Professor Sido was interesting, but not a good teacher of what he was trying to teach us.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Miya. She is a very interesting girl to so many people, and you are sometimes still amazed that the close relationship between you and her is not, as far as you can tell, merely another of the tales that she tells for others’ amusement, often little caring how true they are – or part of some plot by her to gain better status within the thieves’ guild. Thieves, you think with a shudder, can be very scary, and the saying that there is no honor among thieves is one that you are constantly mindful of – and reminding Miya about. But then your confidence comes back. If you had wanted a special relationship with a female classmate distinguished by unimpeachable honesty, you could have tried to become close with Els Rottmundyn, Tulia Faspalla, or Cosetta Re. But you have become very fond of the aspiring actress and thief who claims to be a princess from a distant land. You only hope that Miya has a core of honesty that can be the basis for a good relationship. She doesn’t need to be a princess to be interesting to you, but if Miya were to be less fanciful in her words and behaviours, and were to satisfactorily swear to you to refrain from betraying you to her criminal partners, you would not have recurring doubts about whether her true feelings towards you are not what they seem. But you remind yourself that if thieves were truly unrelenting menaces to all other people, no one would tolerate them. It is only because thieves can make themselves useful to some non-thieves that they continue to exist, even though illegally. Having a special relationship with a thief from the thieves’ guild could be very useful for you – especially when the thief is as interesting and reciprocating of your affections as Miya Hikari is. [+ 1 skill step Character Study and Intrigue, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

[If PC did not Complete Miya Hikari’s Y1 adventure]

 

With a shrug, you wait for Prudence to pack up the wooden box, place it beneath the slab, and replace the slab. As you and Prudence return to the Academagia’s buildings, you see that older students are leaving the building that the assembly was being held in. One of them, wandering your way, is revealed to be Oan Sung. When she sees you and Prudence, her face brightens and she enthusiastically greets you.

“Hello, [PCFirstName], my friend and former mentee. I wish that you and the Durand girl with you could have attended the full assembly. Briardi gave some very valuable advice about magic and relationships, and she made it so much more interesting than the assembly for all students. What are you doing with this Durand girl? Not dating, Briardi would hope.”

Prudence scowls at Oan so fiercely that Oan apparently forgets that this is a major breach of school decorum between older and younger students. Instead of retaliating, Oan waves her hands in a signal for calm and says, “Hey, I’m sorry! Maybe I presumed too much.”

“I was telling [PCFirstName] that he needs to know more about me. People are spreading horrible rumors about me,” Prudence says after taking a deep breath to calm down.

“Well, good luck with that, [PCFullName],” Oan replies cheerfully. “I’m glad that you have a friend who trusts you so much. If you treat her story as you would any other research topic rather than as an adventure, you can help her easily.”

After Oan has walked away, Prudence looks at you with open curiosity.

“Did your mentor teach you that people with almond-shaped eyes are more than strange people from Sung and other distant lands? Was learning this from her why you were able to get so close to Miya Hikari?”

You are visibly shocked by Prudence’s suggestion. “Miya and I have our relationship due to her personality, Prudence, not due to my being able to look past any strangeness that others may see in her eye shape because I had a mentor from Sung. Miya has claimed to me that where she is from, all people have eyes like her eyes, and the only blonde hairs form the furs of monkeys. But you need to stop thinking of any people as strange merely because of the appearances of their bodies.”

Prudence guffaws, apologizes for her poor use of the skills that she learned in dialectic class, and says that if Professor Sido had used people’s understanding of her hair colour as an example of culturally constructed norms, she might have found his class more interesting.

Then Prudence sighs. “[PCFirstName], I goofed in what I thought and said about why you might be so close with anyone whose features mark him or her as extremely foreign to Renaglians and Auncestrians. I guess that I should be glad that I goofed only where you heard me, or things could have become very tense for you – and for me! Imagine if I had said a similar thing in front of Malthezar or Miya or Sima!”

“Prudence, I know from our efforts to found the Belonging Brethren last year that you are a champion of the powerless who reserves her wrath for wrong-doers and would never deliberately insult people for their physical differences based purely upon their physical differences. But remarks that insult by accident still insult, just like a miscast spell still causes damage. You make mistakes, I make mistakes, and Miya makes mistakes. The important thing to do in response to mistakes is to recognize our weaknesses and work around them, learn from our mistakes, and try to fix any problems that our mistakes cause. I am glad that you at least try to apply something from Dialectic. Professor Sido was interesting, but not a good teacher of what he was trying to teach us.”

You and Prudence then decide to split up. With your reputation, it would not be good, Prudence prudently suggests, to add another possibly underhanded association to her reputation.

But after Prudence has gone on her way, you are forced to pause and think about Miya. She is a very interesting girl to so many people, and you are sometimes still amazed that the close relationship between you and her is not, as far as you can tell, merely another of the tales that she tells for others’ amusement, often little caring how true they are. But then you shrug and go on your way. If you had wanted a special relationship with a female classmate distinguished by unimpeachable honesty, you could have tried to become close with Els Rottmundyn, Tulia Faspalla, or Cosetta Re. But you have become very fond of the aspiring actress who claims to be a princess from a distant land. You only hope that Miya has a core of honesty that can be the basis for a good relationship. She doesn’t need to be a princess to be interesting to you, but if Miya were to be less fanciful in her words and behaviours, you would not have recurring doubts about whether her true feelings towards you are not what they seem. [+ 1 skill step Temperence and Storytelling, + 1 skill level Social Skills and Temperance for Prudence Cossins, inform Location Prudence’s Fishing Place]

Edited by Rhialto
Too much talk about Sung sometimes

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Again, improvement on making it read less stilted. That said it's still rather...what's the word, by the book? For a conversation between, presumably, friends, parts still read too much like it was intended as a PSA. Which I could see being the case for some students, but Prudence and friend Oan? Not so much.

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@Metis: Alas, I rather was writing this as something of a PSA. Oan basically serves as a tutorial giver in this stage of the adventure, given the fact that the next stage of the adventure is not unlocked until the PC has researched the topic "Prudence Cossins" to 10. Plus, I wanted the story to unambiguously condemn Prudence's racially insensitive comment. But I am glad that I have improved it.

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Any feedback is welcome. @Legate of Mineta, this is the portion of the adventure  in which the PC may hint to Prudence Cossins that he is a Gates Mage.

Dear Prudence 02:

 

Prerequisites:

 

Research Level in Topic Prudence Cossins = 10

Adventure:

 

[If PC has no Love or Affection with Prudence Cossins]

 

Prudence seems much happier when meeting you at her fishing place than she had in other times.

“Well, [PCFirstName]? When will you tell that horrible Aranaz newshound Rikildis von Kiep to stop spreading rumors about me? I’ve told you about myself, so if the newspaper must write about me, you can give her material.”

[If PC has Affection with Prudence Cossins]

 

Prudence seems much happier when meeting you at her fishing place than she had in other times.

“Well, [PCFirstName]? When will you tell that horrible Aranaz newshound Rikildis von Kiep to stop spreading rumors about me? I’ve told you about myself, so if the newspaper must write about me, you can give her material. But no mentioning – either here or to Rikildis – anything about my kissing status, all right?”

[If PC has Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

Prudence seems much happier when meeting you at her fishing place than she had in other times.

“Well, [PCFirstName]? When will you tell that horrible Aranaz newshound Rikildis von Kiep to stop spreading rumors about me? I’ve told you about myself, so if the newspaper must write about me, you can give her material. But no mentioning – either here or to Rikildis – anything about my kissing status, all right? Better, I think, for the two of us to deal with it next year, when professors and staff would not punish us if they were to catch us doing this. Founding the Belonging Brethren with you taught me that building strong relations does not mix well with efforts to prevent them.”

Choices:

 

“Prudence, nothing that you’ve told me contradicts the claim that you are a pirate.”

 

Prudence’s eyes widen, and she slowly nods her head. “I never thought about it that way, but you’re right. Pirates could have great aunts who cook bat meat, I suppose. Still, Rikildis can be gotten to stop through other means, right?”

Judging by the way Prudence scowls when she says her last word, you think that you have some idea of what other means might work. [+ 1 skill level Intimidate for the PC and Prudence Cossins, choose other option]

[If Prudence Cossins failed at least one course during Y1] “Prudence, it would be sad if, having achieved what you have at the Academagia, you were to be kicked out through failing courses.”

 

[If PC has no Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

Prudence’s eyes grow misty with tears, but her voice is happy as she replies, slowly, “Yes, I suppose that I did achieve much last year, between getting through the year, making such fine friends as you, and founding the Belonging Brethren with your help. So…look, if you help me to study for my tests and train in various ways, you would be a great friend to me.” [+ 1 skill level Study Habits for the PC and Prudence Cossins, inform character Prudence Cossins, gain abilities Study with Prudence Cossins and Train with Prudence Cossins, choose other option]

Rewards:

 

Study with Prudence Cossins

 

Description:

 

Prudence is passionate. She can be powerful in certain circumstances, as her nickname suggests. But she has great difficulty in applying her passion and power to her schoolwork. To Prudence’s credit, she is willing to seek help from you, if you will give it. Even seeing how you study is very helpful to her – as is the knowledge that you are her friend. Plus, studying together is a very good way to mend any strife between you and Prudence. Quarreling study partners are bad enough, but can get dangerous when the subject being studied is magic.

Effects:

 

+ 1 study level in subject of choice for the PC and Prudence Cossins, + 1 skill step in random School Survival subskill for PC and Prudence Cossins, + 1 to relationship between PC and Prudence Cossins.

Train with Prudence Cossins

 

Description:

 

Prudence is passionate. She can be powerful in certain circumstances, as her nickname suggests. But she has great difficulty in applying her passion and power to certain things, such as school subjects and politeness. To Prudence’s credit, she is willing to seek help from you, if you will give it. Even seeing how you try to learn things is very helpful to her – as is the knowledge that you are her friend. Plus, training together is a very good way to mend any strife between you and Prudence. Quarreling training partners are bad enough, but can get dangerous when the subject being trained in is magic.

Effects:

 

+ 1 skill step in subskill of choice for the PC and Prudence Cossins, + 1 skill step in random School Survival subskill for PC and Prudence Cossins.

[If PC has Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

Prudence’s eyes grow misty with tears, and she gives a little sigh before replying, softly, “Yes, it’d be terrible if I were to get kicked out of here and away from you. Then I would not be able to date you next year...or kiss you. I suppose that I did achieve much last year, between getting through the year, making such fine friends and meeting you, and founding the Belonging Brethren with your help. So…look, if you were to be help me to study for my tests and train in various useful things, I don’t think that even Legate Orsi could complain if we were to be spending a lot of time alone together.”

Looking upon Prudence’s wistful face, you decide to try to cheer her up. “Ah, Prudence, dating is not all that wonderful, I think. So much of it is about wearing fancy clothes and listening to strange music and trying to do formal dancing.”

Prudence raises her face to you and smiles. “Yeah, I’m not that kind of girl. Thanks for liking me though.” [+ 1 skill level Dating for the PC and Prudence Cossins, inform character Prudence Cossins, gain abilities Study-Date with Prudence Cossins, Train and Hang Out with Prudence Cossins, choose other option]

Rewards:

 

Study-Date with Prudence Cossins

 

Description:

 

Prudence is passionate. She can be powerful in certain circumstances, as her nickname suggests. But she has great difficulty in applying her passion and power to her schoolwork. To Prudence’s credit, she is willing to seek help from you, if you will give it. Even seeing how you study is very helpful to her – as is the knowledge that you are her dear friend. You and she only hope that instructors will not misinterpret these study sessions, in which you and she often exchange lingering glances but do nothing that could be seen as romantic, as dates – because Prudence does not like dates, although she likes your company. Plus, studying together is a very good way to mend any strife between you and Prudence. Quarreling study partners are bad enough, but can get dangerous when the subject being studied is magic.

Effects:

 

+ 1 study level in subject of choice for the PC and Prudence Cossins, + 1 skill step in random School Survival subskill for PC and Prudence Cossins, + 1 skill step Temperence for the PC and Prudence Cossins, + 1 to relationship between PC and Prudence Cossins.

Train and Hang Out with Prudence Cossins

 

Description:

 

Prudence is passionate. She can be powerful in certain circumstances, as her nickname suggests. But she has great difficulty in applying her passion and power to certain things, such as school subjects and politeness. To Prudence’s credit, she is willing to seek help from you, if you will give it. Even seeing how you try to learn things is very helpful to her – as is the knowledge that you are her dear friend. You and she only hope that instructors will not misinterpret these training sessions, in which you and she grow more comfortable interacting with each other, as dates – because Prudence does not like dates, although she likes your company. Training together is a very good way to mend any strife between you and Prudence. Quarreling training partners are bad enough, but can get dangerous when the subject being trained in is magic.

Effects:

 

+ 1 skill step in subskill of choice for the PC and Prudence Cossins, + 1 skill step in random School Survival subskill for PC and Prudence Cossins, + 1 skill step Temperence for the PC and Prudence Cossins, + 1 to relationship between PC and Prudence Cossins.

[If PC is Student at Schohanwicht School] “Prudence, I have my own secrets about what I study and where I study it. Would you hate me for having such knowledge?”

 

[If PC has no Love and no Affection with Prudence Cossins]

 

“It depends,” Prudence says.

You wait a bit to see if she will say anything more, then hesitantly say, “I would never use it against you, Prudence. Any more than you would use your mysteriously great incantation powers to harm me. We are friends too firm for that.”

“I suppose,” Prudence grunts.

But there is between you and her a distance that was not there earlier. If you or Prudence were to admit outright where you learn your magic, trust might develop better between you and Prudence. But you dare not disclose to Prudence, as close a friend to you as she may be, that you study Gates Magic at the Schohanwicht School, and Prudence apparently does not trust you enough to reveal some of her thoughts. At least your secret remains safe from her. [+ 1 skill step Leadership, +1 stress for the PC and Prudence Cossins, - 1 relationship with Prudence Cossins, choose other option]

[If PC has Affection but no Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“It depends,” Prudence says. “I mean, some magic is dangerous, or illegal, or hard to know much about.”

You wait a bit to see if she will say anything more, then hesitantly say, “I would never use it against you, Prudence. Any more than you would use your mysteriously great incantation powers to harm me. We are dear friends too firm for that.”

“I suppose,” Prudence grunts. “I trust you enough to believe you, but, you know, some magic is very dangerous.”

You and Prudence faintly smile at each other. If you or Prudence were to admit outright where you learn your magic, trust might develop better between you and Prudence. But you dare not disclose to Prudence, as close and dear a friend to you as she may be, that you study Gates Magic at the Schohanwicht School, and Prudence apparently does not trust you enough to reveal where she learned incantation so skillfully. At least your secret remains safe from her. [+ 1 skill step Leadership, +1 stress for the PC and Prudence Cossins, choose other option]

[If PC has Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“It depends,” Prudence says. “I mean, some magic is dangerous, or illegal, or hard to know much about.”

You wait a bit to see if she will say anything more, then hesitantly say, “I would never use it against you, Prudence. Any more than you would use your mysteriously great incantation powers to harm me. We are dearest friends – our relationship is too firm for that.”

“It’s all in how you use it,” Prudence says. “And Flore has really opened my mind about how even Gates magic may be useful after all. Much about that ban is not told. So…not that I am accusing you of anything, but…if you were to have some skill in some type of…barely known… magic in Mineta, I would not hate you unless you were, I don’t know, trying to use it to take over the world or harm people who shouldn’t be harmed.”

Your joy must be extremely obvious upon your face, since Prudence laughs aloud and murmurs your name with soft affection. You feel so relieved by what you have said to Prudence – and what you have learned from her. You are glad that she would not kill you or turn you into the authorities if she were to learn that you study Gates Magic at the Schohanwicht School. You also admire Prudence’s clever statement. By saying what she said about your abilities after her talking about her friend Flore’s views about Gates magic, she implied that she would tolerate your being a Gates mage – yet by mentioning your using barely known magic in Mineta, she left open the possibility that you are merely studying some hidden cache of magic such as are possessed by the family of her classmate Durand de Thiomines. [+ 1 skill Level Innuendo for the PC and Prudence Cossins, add memory Prudence Suspects Gates, choose other option]

[If PC can use the ability Study at the Cave of Crystal] “Prudence, I also have abilities that I do not understand.”

 

[If PC has no Love and no Affection with Prudence Cossins]

 

“It depends,” Prudence says.

You wait a bit to see if she will say anything more, then hesitantly say, “I would never use it against you, Prudence. Any more than you would use your mysteriously great incantation powers to harm me. We are friends too firm for that.”

“I suppose,” Prudence grunts.

But there is between you and her a distance that was not there earlier. If you or Prudence were to admit outright where you learn your magic, trust might develop better between you and Prudence. But you dare not disclose to Prudence, as close a friend to you as she may be, that you are learning Mastery magic from cave filled with glowing crystals that communicate with your mind, and Prudence apparently does not trust you enough to reveal some of her thoughts. At least your secret remains safe from her, and you do not need to worry that she will condemn you as crazy – which, honestly, is not an unreasonable response, you suppose, to hearing someone’s claiming to be taught Mastery magic by cave filled with glowing crystals that communicate with your mind. [+ 1 skill step Leadership, +1 stress for the PC and Prudence Cossins, - 1 relationship with Prudence Cossins, choose other option]

[If PC has Affection but no Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“It depends,” Prudence says. “I mean, some magic is dangerous, or illegal, or hard to know much about.”

You wait a bit to see if she will say anything more, then hesitantly say, “I would never use it against you, Prudence. Any more than you would use your mysteriously great incantation powers to harm me. We are dear friends too firm for that.”

“I suppose,” Prudence grunts. “I trust you enough to believe you, but, you know, some magic is very dangerous.”

You and Prudence faintly smile at each other. If you or Prudence were to admit outright where you learn your magic, trust might develop better between you and Prudence. But you dare not disclose to Prudence, as close and dear a friend to you as she may be, that you are learning Mastery magic from cave filled with glowing crystals that communicate with your mind, and Prudence apparently does not trust you enough to reveal some of her thoughts. At least your secret remains safe from her, and you do not need to worry that she will condemn you as crazy – which, honestly, is not an unreasonable response, you suppose, to hearing someone’s claiming to be taught Mastery magic by glowing crystals that communicate with the mind. But the crystals that teach you can be so tempting about Prudence. Whenever they glow yellow, you think of Prudence’s blonde hairs, and you worry that the rocks are implanting within you thoughts of your using Mastery to make Prudence love you. Such would not be unnatural or easy to detect, you sometimes think. Joana is obsessed with Phillippe, but no one has said that she is being Mastered. Phillippe, you often think, is such a fool to not take advantage of Joana’s interest in him. Even a notorious hater of female companionship such as Antonio de Reyez e Irizarry-Vargas would be clever enough to use such obsession for dealing with problems such as ensuring that his clothes would always be clean. But then you jerk. Such thoughts as you are thinking are why Mastery was banned in the first place. Your life would be much simpler, you also often think, if you had never come upon the cave filled with glowing crystals that communicate with your mind. [+ 1 skill step Leadership and Willpower, +1 stress for Prudence Cossins, + 3 stress, choose other option]

[If PC has Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“It depends,” Prudence says. “I mean, some magic is dangerous, or illegal, or hard to know much about.”

You wait a bit to see if she will say anything more, then hesitantly say, “I would never use it against you, Prudence. Any more than you would use your mysteriously great incantation powers to harm me. We are dearest friends – our relationship is too firm for that.”

“It’s all in how you use it,” Prudence says. “And Flore has really opened my mind about how even Gates magic may be useful after all. Much about that ban is not told. So…not that I am accusing you of anything, but…if you were to have some skill in some type of…barely known… magic in Mineta, I would not hate you unless you were, I don’t know, trying to use it to take over the world or harm people who shouldn’t be harmed.”

Your worry must be extremely obvious upon your face, since Prudence jerks in panic, reaches for her wand, and rapidly writes the phemes for a negation spell that targets her. Once the spell is done, Prudence gives a relieved sigh and smiles at you in a relaxed way. You feel compelled to give her a forced smile of your own, but inwardly you seethe with worry. You are glad that Prudence would not kill you or turn you into the authorities if she were to learn that you study Gates magic, but are horrified by her negative reaction to the thought that you are using Mastery. Horrified but not surprised. Mastery is easily the more reviled of the two banned pillars, and its illegal use has, among other things, seriously restricted Academagia students’ dating options. But amidst your stress, you are able to admire Prudence’s clever statement. By saying what she said about your abilities after her talking about her friend Flore’s views about Gates magic, she implied that she would tolerate your being a Gates mage – yet by mentioning your using barely known magic in Mineta, she left open the possibility that you are merely studying some hidden cache of magic such as are possessed by the family of her classmate Durand de Thiomines. You must hope that she will believe this about you. [+ 1 skill Level Innuendo for the PC and Prudence Cossins, +1 skill step Dispassion, + 2 stress for Prudence Cossins, + 1 skill level Negation Methods for Prudence Cossins, + 2 stress, add memory Prudence Suspects Mastery, choose other option]

[If PC has Mastery skill > 0 or Gates skill > 0 and is not a student at the Schohanwicht School and cannot use the ability Study at the Cave of Crystal] “Prudence, we all have some mysterious traits and knowledge that could seem sinister.”

 

[If PC has no Love and no Affection with Prudence Cossins]

 

“It depends,” Prudence says.

You wait a bit to see if she will say anything more, then hesitantly say, “I would never use it against you, Prudence. Any more than you would use your mysteriously great incantation powers to harm me. We are friends too firm for that.”

“I suppose,” Prudence grunts.

But there is between you and her a distance that was not there earlier. If you or Prudence were to admit outright where you learn your magic, trust might develop better between you and Prudence. But you dare not disclose to Prudence, as close a friend to you as she may be, that you study forbidden magics without a qualified teacher, and Prudence apparently does not trust you enough to reveal some of her thoughts. At least your secret remains safe from her. [+ 1 skill step Leadership, +1 stress for the PC and Prudence Cossins, - 1 relationship with Prudence Cossins, choose other option]

[If PC has Affection but no Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“It depends,” Prudence says. “I mean, some magic is dangerous, or illegal, or hard to know much about.”

You wait a bit to see if she will say anything more, then hesitantly say, “I would never use it against you, Prudence. Any more than you would use your mysteriously great incantation powers to harm me. We are dear friends too firm for that.”

“I suppose,” Prudence grunts. “I trust you enough to believe you, but, you know, some magic is very dangerous.”

You and Prudence faintly smile at each other. If you or Prudence were to admit outright where you learn your magic, trust might develop better between you and Prudence. But you dare not disclose to Prudence, as close and dear a friend to you as she may be, that you study forbidden magic without a qualified teacher, and Prudence apparently does not trust you enough to reveal where she learned incantation so skillfully. At least your secret remains safe from her. [+ 1 skill step Leadership, +1 stress for the PC and Prudence Cossins, choose other option]

[If PC has Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“It depends,” Prudence says. “I mean, some magic is dangerous, or illegal, or hard to know much about.”

You wait a bit to see if she will say anything more, then hesitantly say, “I would never use it against you, Prudence. Any more than you would use your mysteriously great incantation powers to harm me. We are dearest friends – our relationship is too firm for that.”

“It’s all in how you use it,” Prudence says. “And Flore has really opened my mind about how even Gates magic may be useful after all. Much about that ban is not told. So…not that I am accusing you of anything, but…if you were to have some skill in some type of…barely known… magic in Mineta, I would not hate you unless you were, I don’t know, trying to use it to take over the world or harm people who shouldn’t be harmed.”

Your joy must be extremely obvious upon your face, since Prudence laughs aloud and murmurs your name with soft affection. You feel so relieved by what you have said to Prudence – and what you have learned from her. You are glad that she would not kill you or turn you into the authorities if she were to learn that you study forbidden magic without a qualified teacher. You also admire Prudence’s clever statement. By saying what she said about your abilities after her talking about her friend Flore’s views about Gates magic, she implied that she would tolerate your being a Gates mage – yet by mentioning your using barely known magic in Mineta, she left open the possibility that you are merely studying some hidden cache of magic such as are possessed by the family of her classmate Durand de Thiomines. [+ 1 skill Level Innuendo for the PC and Prudence Cossins, add memory Prudence Suspects Gates, choose other option]

“You’re right, Prudence! I’ll go to Rikildis right now!”

 

[If PC Completed Rikildis von Kiep’s Y1 adventure]

 

[If PC has no Love and no Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

With these words you leave Prudence, trying to seem confident. Trying is the key word here, because you know that from helping Rikildis that Rikildis can be utterly dedicated to plotting the humiliation or worse of those who have wronged her. [+ 1 skill step Confidence, advance to Dear Prudence 03]

[If PC has Affection but no Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

With these words you leave Prudence, trying to seem confident. Trying is the key word here, because you know that from helping Rikildis that Rikildis can be utterly dedicated to plotting the humiliation or worse of those who have wronged her. You hope that the special feelings between you and her can make your task easier for both you and Rikildis. [+ 1 skill level Confidence, advance to Dear Prudence 03]

[If PC has Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

With these words you leave Prudence, trying to seem confident. Trying is the key word here, because you know that from helping Rikildis that Rikildis can be utterly dedicated to plotting the humiliation or worse of those who have wronged her. You hope that the love between you and her can make your task easier for both you and Rikildis. Rkildis may seem to be only a poison-penned journalist, but she does have a better side that she has allowed you to become aware of. [+ 2 skill levels Confidence, advance to Dear Prudence 03]

[If PC did not Complete Rikildis von Kiep’s Y1 adventure]

 

[If PC has no Love and no Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

With these words you leave Prudence, trying to seem confident. Trying is the key word here, because you know that Rikildis is a journalist who delights in making her stories’ targets uncomfortable. Yielding to Prudence’s demands might be an intolerable weakness for her to display. [+ 1 skill step Confidence, advance to Dear Prudence 03]

[If PC has Affection but no Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

With these words you leave Prudence, trying to seem confident. Trying is the key word here, because you know that Rikildis is a journalist who delights in making her stories’ targets uncomfortable. Yielding to Prudence’s demands would be an intolerable weakness for her to display. You hope that the special feelings between you and Rikildis can make your task easier for both you and Rikildis. [+ 1 skill level Confidence, advance to Dear Prudence 03]

[If PC has Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

With these words you leave Prudence, trying to seem confident. Trying is the key word here, because you know that Rikildis is a journalist who delights in making her stories’ targets uncomfortable. Yielding to Prudence’s demands would be an intolerable weakness for her to display. You hope that the love between you and her can make your task easier for both you and Rikildis. Rikildis may seem to be only a poison-penned journalist, but she does have a better side that she has allowed you to become aware of. [+ 2 skill levels Confidence, advance to Dear Prudence 03]

“I’ll see Rikildis when I can, Prudence.”

 

[If PC Completed Rikildis von Kiep’s Y1 adventure]

 

[If PC has no Love and no Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

Prudence looks disappointed as you leave her, but you just don’t feel comfortable meeting Rikildis right away because you know that from helping Rikildis that Rikildis can be utterly dedicated to plotting the humiliation or worse of those who have wronged her. [+ 1 skill step Confidence, access Dear Prudence 03]

[If PC has Affection but no Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

Prudence looks disappointed as you leave her, but you just don’t feel comfortable meeting Rikildis right away because you know that from helping Rikildis that Rikildis can be utterly dedicated to plotting the humiliation or worse of those who have wronged her. You hope that the special feelings between you and her can make your task easier for both you and Rikildis. [+ 1 skill level Confidence, access Dear Prudence 03]

[If PC has Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

Prudence looks disappointed as you leave her, but you just don’t feel comfortable meeting Rikildis right away because you know that from helping Rikildis that Rikildis can be utterly dedicated to plotting the humiliation or worse of those who have wronged her. You hope that the love between you and her can make your task easier for both you and Rikildis. Rikildis may seem to be only a poison-penned journalist, but she does have a better side that she has allowed you to become aware of. [+ 2 skill levels Confidence, access Dear Prudence 03]

[If PC did not Complete Rikildis von Kiep’s Y1 adventure]

 

[If PC has no Love and no Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

Prudence looks disappointed as you leave her, but you just don’t feel comfortable meeting Rikildis right away because you know that Rikildis is a journalist who delights in making her stories’ targets uncomfortable. Yielding to Prudence’s demands might be an intolerable weakness for her to display. [+ 1 skill step Confidence, access Dear Prudence 03]

[If PC has Affection but no Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

Prudence looks disappointed as you leave her, but you just don’t feel comfortable meeting Rikildis right away because you know that Rikildis is a journalist who delights in making her stories’ targets uncomfortable. Yielding to Prudence’s demands would be an intolerable weakness for her to display. You hope that the special feelings between you and Rikildis can make your task easier for both you and Rikildis. [+ 1 skill level Confidence, access Dear Prudence 03]

[If PC has Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

Prudence looks disappointed as you leave her, but you just don’t feel comfortable meeting Rikildis right away because you know that Rikildis is a journalist who delights in making her stories’ targets uncomfortable. Yielding to Prudence’s demands would be an intolerable weakness for her to display. You hope that the love between you and her can make your task easier for both you and Rikildis. Rikildis may seem to be only a poison-penned journalist, but she does have a better side that she has allowed you to become aware of. [+ 2 skill levels Confidence, access Dear Prudence 03]

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I have finally completed the adventure. Any feedback is welcome. Happy New Year!

Dear Prudence 03:

 

Adventure:

 

You have come to see Rikildis von Kiep in the hopes of getting her to stop using the school newspaper to allege that Prudence is a pirate, but even meeting with her was difficult. When not striving to be the best student in her classes, Rikildis spends almost all of her spare time either writing for the Logodaedalo’s Roar, gathering information for the Logodaedalo’s Roar, or preparing the Logodaedalo’s Roar for publication. Dealing with angry and upset subjects of articles seems to be a burden that Rikildis bears happily – despite never having formally studied any currently recognized pillar of magic during her first year at the Academagia! But then, based upon how much power Rikildis wields through her journalism, you would not be surprised if you were to learn that she thinks that orthography is still a pillar of magic.

When you finally are able to get a moment to talk to her alone, Rikildis has just finished muttering about how she must get to the bottom of why the Academagia’s food tastes terrible – right after condemning a cringing Grainne Inneith for bringing her a rumour that is so trivial that no one, possibly excepting Professor Monetario, whom she mentions with a snort of disgust – would want to read it. You can see that Rikildis is all journalist now, with no prejudice based upon affection or dislike. Still, Prudence is counting upon you.

So you say to Rikildis, with only a slight quiver of fear, “Rikildis, Prudence Cossins wants you to stop telling people that she is a pirate and fix what you did.”

Rikildis takes out a pen and, writing in a small notebook in a way that is surprisingly swift and ominous, says, “So you want a retraction for Prudence’s sake. Why should I do that? Will Prudence sue me?”

When you say that Prudence cannot afford a lawyer, Rikildis makes a harsh mark in her notebook and says, “Well, then, she’ll have to settle it student to student. Why should I listen to her friend, though?”

Choices:

 

[If PC has Love or Affection with Rikildis von Kiep] “Can’t our relationship allow you to be nice to Prudence for my sake?”

 

[If PC did not complete Rikildis von Kiep’s Y1 adventure]

 

Rikildis looks at you with something between affection and pity, then sighs harshly. “What relationship do we have, [PCFirstName]? We aren’t dating until next year – and at this rate that is not guaranteed. More to the point, I can’t allow personal bonds to shape my decisions. If I were to do that, I’d not succeed, my career would not succeed, and this newspaper, which I dedicate so much effort to – would be unread, making it a failure. People like stories that are scandalous – and those who are talked about in such stories are always the minority.”

Although Rikildis’s words are not angry, they suggest that you should try another angle to help Prudence. [+ 1 temporary skill level Negotiate and Story Telling, choose other option]

[If PC Completed Rikildis von Kiep’s Y1 adventure]

 

Rikildis looks at you with something between affection and pity, then sighs harshly. “What relationship do we have, [PCFirstName]? Certainly, you helped me with my… little problem last year, but we aren’t dating until next year – and at this rate that is not guaranteed. More to the point, I can’t allow personal bonds to shape my decisions. If I were to do that, I’d not succeed, my career would not succeed, and this newspaper, which I dedicate so much effort to – would be unread, making it a failure. People like stories that are scandalous – and those who are talked about in such stories are always the minority.”

Although Rikildis’s words are not angry, they suggest that you should try another angle to help Prudence. Perhaps alluding to Rikildis’s “little problem” can help to get her more willing to help you. [+ 1 temporary skill level Negotiate, Storytelling, and Blackmail, choose other option]

Intimidate. “It must be difficult to deal with angry subjects of articles, Rikildis.”

 

Success

 

[IF PC has no Love or Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

“No more difficult than studying at a school for magic when not studying any recognized pillar of magic,” Rikildis sneers. “How? Report, report, report. The only ways to stop my reporting – once I established this reputation – are punishable by death. But who would risk execution to deal with me – a girl from no great family or realm? No one whom I know! Sure, sometimes I get beaten up, but such people’s reputations are savaged in the Logodaedalo’s Roar – my personal lion! This same source of power allows me to identify anonymous attackers. You would be surprised how many great sleuths in this school are willing to trade good coverage for investigating bullying against me!”

Then Rikildis takes a step forwards and thrusts an ink-smudged hand towards your chest. “So, are you willing to risk my wrath to threaten or bully me? All for Prudence?”

“No, but Prudence might.”

You do not flinch or use magic, but your words stop Rikildis as if she had been bound by incanted bonds – or seized by a strong ogre.

“Ex…plain,” she whispers.

“Well,” you say, drawing the word out in what seems to be a genuine concern, “I am not so foolish as to go against the Logodaedalo’s Roar. I would not dare to tamper with you because of your paper lion – more terrifying than real lions, which can be tricked or easily defeated with magic.”

Then, in a flat voice, you say, “But Prudence might.”

Then, continuing in a more concerned tone, you say, “I have friends who can restrain my worst impulses.”

Then, in a flat voice, you say, “But Prudence does not.”

To bring your speech to a crescendo, you decide to adapt a more conversational tone for your last point. “Other mage students, you know, even as they study a pillar of magic – either at the Academagia or at the Contu School – find it difficult to be great mages and physical fighters. But Prudence is skilled at incantation and fighting – yet she is, as far as I can tell, entirely self-taught as an incantor and as a fighter! Such a mysterious thing – and perhaps accompanied by other self-teachings. So I would not attack you in any way, but Prudence might – through an art unknown to me.”

Rikildis’s eyes are wide as she slowly opens her mouth to speak. “But if I were to publish a retraction, could I avoid having Prudence against me?”

“She only acts against those whom she thinks deserve it.”

Rikildis sighs. “True. Thanks for helping me to deal with this…problem. Now leave me alone to re-arrange the newspaper for tomorrow.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. A large headline proclaims “First Year Students Pranked Prudence Cossins” and in only slightly smaller letters “Falsely Alleged that She was Pirate” followed, in smaller letters, by the words “Which Mentors are to Blame?”

The article, as you and Prudence learn, is mostly a criticism of certain onerous and possibly illegal actions that mentors are allegedly forcing their mentees to do, but it opens by claiming that the argument that Prudence is a pirate was created by certain first year students with no knowledge about Prudence as part of a prank by their mentors.

The article causes many rumors to circulate about which students are bad or good mentors – a process made easier by the article’s refusal to name any of the alleged wrong-doers. The result is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and Prudence is happy. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence were right, even if it be accepted that they emerged in very uncertain circumstances. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 charm, + 1 skill level Oratory and Curiosity, +5 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, end adventure]

[If PC has no Love but Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

“No more difficult than studying at a school for magic when not studying any recognized pillar of magic,” Rikildis says. “How? Report, report, report. The only ways to stop my reporting – once I established this reputation – are punishable by death. But who would risk execution to deal with me – a girl from no great family or realm? No one whom I know! Sure, sometimes I get beaten up, but such people’s reputations are savaged in the Logodaedalo’s Roar – my personal lion! This same source of power allows me to identify anonymous attackers. You would be surprised how many great sleuths in this school are willing to trade good coverage for investigating bullying against me!”

Then Rikildis takes a step forwards and thrusts an ink-smudged hand towards your chest. “So, are you willing to risk my wrath to threaten or bully me? All for Prudence? What do you see in her?”

“Nothing compared to you, Rikildis, but Prudence might risk your wrath to threaten or bully you.”

You do not flinch or use magic, but your words stop Rikildis as if she had been bound by incanted bonds – or seized by a strong ogre.

“Ex…plain,” she whispers.

“Well,” you say, drawing the word out in genuine concern, “I am not so foolish as to go against the Logodaedalo’s Roar. I would not dare to tamper with you because of your paper lion – more terrifying than real lions, which can be tricked or easily defeated with magic.”

Then, in a flat voice, you say, “But Prudence might.”

Then, continuing in a more concerned tone, you say, “I have friends who can restrain my worst impulses.”

Then, in a flat voice, you say, “But Prudence does not.”

To bring your speech to a crescendo, you decide to adapt a more conversational tone for your last point. “Other mage students, you know, even as they study a pillar of magic – either at the Academagia or at the Contu School – find it difficult to be great mages and physical fighters. But Prudence is skilled at incantation and fighting – yet she is, as far as I can tell, entirely self-taught as an incantor and as a fighter! Such a mysterious thing – and perhaps accompanied by other self-teachings. So I would not attack you in any way, but Prudence might – through an art unknown to me.”

Rikildis’s eyes are wide as she slowly opens her mouth to speak. “But if I were to publish a retraction, could I avoid having Prudence against me?”

“She only acts against those whom she thinks deserve it.”

Rikildis sighs and reaches for your hand. “True. Thanks for helping me to deal with this…problem. People have different roles in each others’ lives, and yours is useful to me now. Now leave me alone to re-arrange the newspaper for tomorrow.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. A large headline proclaims “First Year Students Pranked Prudence Cossins” and in only slightly smaller letters “Falsely Alleged that She was Pirate” followed, in smaller letters, by the words “Which Mentors are to Blame?”

The article, as you and Prudence learn, is mostly a criticism of certain onerous and possibly illegal actions that mentors are allegedly forcing their mentees to do, but it opens by claiming that the argument that Prudence is a pirate was created by certain first year students with no knowledge about Prudence as part of a prank by their mentors.

The article causes many rumors to circulate about which students are bad or good mentors – a process made easier by the article’s refusal to name any of the alleged wrong-doers. The result is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and Prudence is happy. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence were right, even if it be accepted that they emerged in very uncertain circumstances. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 charm, + 1 skill level Oratory and Curiosity, +4 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, end adventure]

[If PC has Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

“No more difficult than studying at a school for magic when not studying any recognized pillar of magic,” Rikildis says. “How? Report, report, report. The only ways to stop my reporting – once I established this reputation – are punishable by death. But who would risk execution to deal with me – a girl from no great family or realm? No one whom I know! Sure, sometimes I get beaten up, but such people’s reputations are savaged in the Logodaedalo’s Roar – my personal lion! This same source of power allows me to identify anonymous attackers. You would be surprised how many great sleuths in this school are willing to trade good coverage for investigating bullying against me!”

Then Rikildis takes a step forwards and thrusts an ink-smudged hand towards your chest. “So, are you willing to risk my wrath to threaten or bully me? All for Prudence? Do you want to date that dim Durand deodand?”

“I don’t know what a deodand is, Rikildis, but Prudence is nothing to me compared to you. For this reason, I want to warn you that she might risk your wrath to threaten or bully you.”

You do not flinch or use magic, but your words stop Rikildis as if she had been bound by incanted bonds – or seized by a strong ogre.

“Ex…plain,” she whispers.

“Well,” you say, drawing the word out in genuine concern, “I am not so foolish as to go against the Logodaedalo’s Roar. Even if we were not feeling as we are for each other, I would not dare to tamper with you because of your paper lion – more terrifying than real lions, which can be tricked or easily defeated with magic.”

Then, in a flat voice, you say, “But Prudence might.”

Then, continuing in a concerned tone, you say, “I have friends who can restrain my worst impulses.”

Then, in a flat voice, you say, “But Prudence does not.”

To bring your speech to a crescendo, you decide to adapt a more conversational tone for your last point. “Other mage students, you know, even as they study a pillar of magic – either at the Academagia or at the Contu School – find it difficult to be great mages and physical fighters. But Prudence is skilled at incantation and fighting – yet she is, as far as I can tell, entirely self-taught as an incantor and as a fighter! Such a mysterious thing – and perhaps accompanied by other self-teachings. So I would not attack you in any way, but Prudence might – through an art unknown to me.”

Rikildis’s eyes are wide as she slowly opens her mouth to speak. “But if I were to publish a retraction, could I avoid having Prudence against me?”

“She only acts against those whom she thinks deserve it.”

Rikildis sighs and reaches for your hand. “True. Thanks for helping me to deal with this…problem. People have different roles in each others’ lives, and yours is useful to me now. Now leave me alone to re-arrange the newspaper for tomorrow.”

But you, noting Rikildis’s slumping shoulders, ask her whether you can help her to fix the newspaper. She, smiling at you, agrees, and the two of you spend the next several hours writing a new article whose content, Rikildis insists, is almost completely true, rearranging the type upon the printing press, and printing copies of the newly improved student newspaper.

“Good that you came to see me before I had printed the earlier version,” Rikildis tiredly sighs after the two of you staggeringly finish printing the last copy of the student newspaper’s latest issue. “I’ll make a journalist out of you yet, [PCFirstName]! O, to have done what other journalists do as they struggle to deal with deadlines and threats legal and illegal – and at such a young age!” She giggles, then, looking at her dirty hands, says brightly, “I guess that no one can accuse us of using this as an excuse to date or flirt past curfew, given these signs of our efforts.”

“Rikildis,” you say, “I like being with you, but…”

“What? Is Prudence willing to date you despite rules?” And even through Rikildis’s tiredness, you see her anger – and perhaps fear.

“What? No! But Rikildis, you’re so tired that you’re not thinking straight – and neither am I. I must go to sleep now.”

Rikildis embarrassedly agrees, and the two of you go your separate ways.

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. A large headline proclaims “First Year Students Pranked Prudence Cossins” and in only slightly smaller letters “Falsely Alleged that She was Pirate” followed, in smaller letters, by the words “Which Mentors are to Blame?”

The article, as you and Prudence learn, is mostly a criticism of certain onerous and possibly illegal actions that mentors are allegedly forcing their mentees to do, but it opens by claiming that the argument that Prudence is a pirate was created by certain first year students with no knowledge about Prudence as part of a prank by their mentors.

The article causes many rumors to circulate about which students are bad or good mentors – a process made easier by the article’s refusal to name any of the alleged wrong-doers. The result is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and Prudence is happy. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence were right, even if it be accepted that they emerged in very uncertain circumstances. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 charm, + 1 skill level Oratory, Curiosity, Puzzles, and Dedication, +4 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

Failure

 

[IF PC has no Love or Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

“No more difficult than studying at a school for magic when not studying any recognized pillar of magic,” Rikildis sneers. “How? Report, report, report. The only ways to stop my reporting – once I established this reputation – are punishable by death. But who would risk execution to deal with me – a girl from no great family or realm? No one whom I know! Sure, sometimes I get beaten up, but such people’s reputations are savaged in the Logodaedalo’s Roar – my personal lion! This same source of power allows me to identify anonymous attackers. You would be surprised how many great sleuths in this school are willing to trade good coverage for investigating bullying against me!”

Then Rikildis takes a step forwards and thrusts an ink-smudged hand towards your chest. “So, are you willing to risk my wrath to threaten or bully me? All for Prudence?”

“Yes.”

You try to sound menacing, but the effect is rather spoiled by your flinching as Rikildis advances upon you. She crows in triumph and makes a mark in her notebook that seems to you to be as menacing as what you had meant to seem. So with a sigh, you leave her, not wanting to suffer a tongue-lashing – or her efforts at blackmail. [+ 1 stress, - 1 skill step Intimidation, - 1 relationship with Rikildis von Kiep, pause adventure]

[IF PC has no Love but Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

“No more difficult than studying at a school for magic when not studying any recognized pillar of magic,” Rikildis says. “How? Report, report, report. The only ways to stop my reporting – once I established this reputation – are punishable by death. But who would risk execution to deal with me – a girl from no great family or realm? No one whom I know! Sure, sometimes I get beaten up, but such people’s reputations are savaged in the Logodaedalo’s Roar – my personal lion! This same source of power allows me to identify anonymous attackers. You would be surprised how many great sleuths in this school are willing to trade good coverage for investigating bullying against me!”

Then Rikildis takes a step forwards and thrusts an ink-smudged hand towards your chest. “So, are you willing to risk my wrath to threaten or bully me? All for Prudence? What do you see in her?”

“For Prudence I would threaten you.”

You try to sound menacing, but the effect is rather spoiled by your flinching as Rikildis advances upon you. She crows in triumph and makes a mark in her notebook that seems to you to be as menacing as what you had meant to seem. So with a sigh, you leave her, not wanting to suffer a tongue-lashing from Rikildis von Kiep – or her efforts at blackmail. [+ 1 stress, - 1 skill step Intimidation, - 2 relationship with Rikildis von Kiep, pause adventure]

[IF PC has Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

“No more difficult than studying at a school for magic when not studying any recognized pillar of magic,” Rikildis says. “How? Report, report, report. The only ways to stop my reporting – once I established this reputation – are punishable by death. But who would risk execution to deal with me – a girl from no great family or realm? No one whom I know! Sure, sometimes I get beaten up, but such people’s reputations are savaged in the Logodaedalo’s Roar – my personal lion! This same source of power allows me to identify anonymous attackers. You would be surprised how many great sleuths in this school are willing to trade good coverage for investigating bullying against me!”

Then Rikildis takes a step forwards and thrusts an ink-smudged hand towards your chest. “So, are you willing to risk my wrath to threaten or bully me? All for Prudence? Do you want to date that dim Durand deodand?”

“For Prudence I would threaten you.”

You try to sound menacing, but the effect is rather spoiled by your flinching as Rikildis advances upon you. She crows in triumph and makes a mark in her notebook that seems to you to be as menacing as what you had meant to seem. So with a sigh, you leave her, not wanting to suffer a tongue-lashing from Rikildis von Kiep – or her efforts at blackmailing you about your formerly close relationship with her. [+ 1 stress, - 1 skill step Intimidation, - 3 relationship with Rikildis von Kiep, pause adventure]

Persuasion. “You can tell better stories about Prudence than alleging that she is a pirate.”

 

Success

 

[IF PC has no Love or Affection with Prudence Cossins]

 

“Really? Such as?” Rikildis’s voice is carefully poised – a slight variation one way or another could turn it into contempt or admiration.

Hoping that she will admire your idea, you state, calmly, “Prudence’s great aunt is a strange hermit who eats bat meat and sometimes feeds guests the bat meat.”

Rikildis, to your relief, seems interested. “So that’s where that rumor about Prudence originated, eh? Funny story. But why should I print it? Many people are interested in reading about pirates and alleged pirates, but fewer people are interested in reading about great aunts with strange cooking habits.”

“The way I see it, for two reasons. First, it is more likely to be true.”

“Concern for truth is often incompatible with profitable journalism,” Rikildis smirks. “If we were to thoroughly research every claim or recent event before reporting, we would be less able to give people what they want – reports about the latest events and alleged events. But you speak well. What is the second reason?”

“If Prudence is not a pirate, then she might bully you in anger. But if she is a pirate, her crewmates might seek to silence the squealers – and those helping them.”

Rikildis gulps and nods. “True. Thanks for telling me about this…problem. Now help me to fix it.”

You tell Rikildis about what Prudence told you about her great aunt and bat meat, then leave her to her newspaper duties.

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. A large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate” and in only slightly smaller letters “Shocking Truth About Prudence Revealed” followed, in smaller letters, by the words “Prudence’s Mysterious Great aunt”.

The article, as you and Prudence learn, is mostly a discussion of hermits and the wisdom that they may teach – and dangers that they have caused the unwary. But the article opens with a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence that can more easily be explained by Prudence’s great aunt’s eccentricities, which it suggests might be hereditary.

The result of the article is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate. Unfortunately, for a while people act very strangely towards Prudence, as if believing that she will any minute decide to retreat into the Imperial Reserve and eat bat meat willingly. Beatrix von Wetgen, with her usual cheerfulness, even offers to guide Prudence to a place where hermits might live contentedly in the imperial reserve, unbothered by students such as Gwendy Zuyder. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were true. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Intelligence, + 1 skill level Intimidation and Curiosity, +5 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, + 3 stress for Prudence Cossins, end adventure]

[IF PC has no Love but Affection with Prudence Cossins]

 

“Really? Such as?” Rikildis’s voice is carefully poised – a slight variation one way or another could turn it into contempt or admiration.

Hoping that she will admire your idea, you state, calmly, “Prudence’s great aunt is a strange hermit who eats bat meat and sometimes feeds guests the bat meat.”

Rikildis, to your relief, seems interested. “So that’s where that rumor about Prudence originated, eh? Funny story. But why should I print it? Many people are interested in reading about pirates and alleged pirates, but fewer people are interested in reading about great aunts with strange cooking habits.”

“The way I see it, for two reasons. First, it is more likely to be true.”

“Concern for truth is often incompatible with profitable journalism,” Rikildis smirks. “If we were to thoroughly research every claim or recent event before reporting, we would be less able to give people what they want – reports about the latest events and alleged events. But you speak well. What is the second reason?”

“If Prudence is not a pirate, then she might bully you in anger. But if she is a pirate, her crewmates might seek to silence the squealers – and those helping them.”

Rikildis gulps and nods. “True. Thanks for telling me about this…problem. Now help me to fix it.”

You tell Rikildis about what Prudence told you about her great aunt and bat meat, then leave her to her newspaper duties.

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. A large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate” and in only slightly smaller letters “Shocking Truth About Prudence Revealed” followed, in smaller letters, by the words “Prudence’s Mysterious Great aunt”.

The article, as you and Prudence learn, is mostly a discussion of hermits and the wisdom that they may teach – and dangers that they have caused the unwary. But the article opens with a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence that can more easily be explained by Prudence’s great aunt’s eccentricities, which it suggests might be hereditary.

The result of the article is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate. Unfortunately, for a while people act very strangely towards Prudence, as if believing that she will any minute decide to retreat into the Imperial Reserve and eat bat meat willingly. Beatrix von Wetgen, with her usual cheerfulness, even offers to guide Prudence to a place where hermits might live contentedly in the imperial reserve, unbothered by students such as Gwendy Zuyder. Prudence finds some solace from these new rumors about her when you point out that you do not fear such a thing about her, which she takes very well. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Intelligence, + 1 skill level Intimidation, Curiosity, and Temperance, +5 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, + 2 stress for Prudence Cossins, end adventure]

[IF PC has Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“Really? Such as?” Rikildis’s voice is carefully poised – a slight variation one way or another could turn it into contempt or admiration.

Hoping that she will admire your idea, you state, calmly, “Prudence’s great aunt is a strange hermit who eats bat meat and sometimes feeds guests the bat meat.”

Rikildis, to your relief, seems interested. “So that’s where that rumor about Prudence originated, eh? Funny story. But why should I print it? Many people are interested in reading about pirates and alleged pirates, but fewer people are interested in reading about great aunts with strange cooking habits.”

“The way I see it, for two reasons. First, it is more likely to be true.”

“Concern for truth is often incompatible with profitable journalism,” Rikildis smirks. “If we were to thoroughly research every claim or recent event before reporting, we would be less able to give people what they want – reports about the latest events and alleged events. But you speak well. What is the second reason?”

“If Prudence is not a pirate, then she might bully you in anger. But if she is a pirate, her crewmates might seek to silence the squealers – and those helping them.”

Rikildis gulps and nods. “True. Thanks for telling me about this…problem. Now help me to fix it.”

You tell Rikildis about what Prudence told you about her great aunt and bat meat, then leave her to her newspaper duties.

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. A large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate” and in only slightly smaller letters “Shocking Truth About Prudence Revealed” followed, in smaller letters, by the words “Prudence’s Mysterious Great aunt”.

The article, as you and Prudence learn, is mostly a discussion of hermits and the wisdom that they may teach – and dangers that they have caused the unwary. But the article opens with a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence that can more easily be explained by Prudence’s great aunt’s eccentricities, which it suggests might be hereditary.

The result of the article is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate. Unfortunately, for a while people act very strangely towards Prudence, as if believing that she will any minute decide to retreat into the Imperial Reserve and eat bat meat willingly. Beatrix von Wetgen, with her usual cheerfulness, even offers to guide Prudence to a place where hermits might live contentedly in the imperial reserve, unbothered by students such as Gwendy Zuyder. Prudence finds some solace from these new rumors about her when you point out that you, with your very close relationship with her, do not fear such a thing about her, and retorts that if she were to go into the Imperial Reserve in order to live as a bat-eating hermit, you would at least be able to visit her. To this you laughingly agree. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Intelligence, + 1 skill level Intimidation, Curiosity, Temperance, +5 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, + 1 stress for Prudence Cossins, + 1 skill level Flirting for Prudence Cossins and the PC, end adventure]

Failure

 

“Really? Such as?” Rikildis’s voice is neutral.

Hoping that she will admire your idea, you state, “Prudence’s great aunt is a strange hermit who eats bat meat and sometimes feeds guests the bat meat.”

Rikildis brightens and says, “So that’s where that rumor about Prudence originated, eh? Funny story. But why should I print it? Many people are interested in reading about pirates and alleged pirates, but fewer people are interested in reading about great aunts with strange cooking habits.”

“Um, because it’s true?”

“Concern for truth is often incompatible with profitable journalism,” Rikildis smirks. “If we were to thoroughly research every claim or recent event before reporting, we would be less able to give people what they want – reports about the latest events and alleged events. Besides, if people were to accept as true everything that other people claim is true, criminals would very easily be able to avoid conviction. Now leave me alone before I think about writing an article about you that you will not like.” [+ 1 stress, - 1 skill step Persuasion, pause adventure]

Journalism. Try to appeal to Rikildis’s journalistic integrity.

 

Success

 

[IF PC has no Love or Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

“Rikildis,” you say, “you are a journalist, not a rumor-monger, spy, or story-teller. Doesn’t this mean that you should have higher standards for what you choose to write or publish? I mean, a novelist or an actor can pretend that almost anything is true, but they are condemned as base artists. Journalists, on the other hand, are committed to reporting what is true.”

Rikildis’s eyes widen, and when she speaks her voice is respectful. “You know, [PCFirstName], you are the first student to say such a thing to me when trying to get me to change my mind about what to publish. It is tempting, I admit, to be thought of as better than Sima Venesico, Lambert Cobo, Miya Hikari – or even my fellow Aranaz student Grainne Inneith.”

“So be better by publishing more responsibly,” you say.

“You sound like Professor Sido! And I will tell you what I told him once.” Rikildis takes a deep breath, then continues. “Journalistic integrity in the Empire of Man is a scam! Certainly, there is greater freedom for people than under dragons, but journalists still are not free. Anything major about dragons or reptiles is easier to not publish, because the temple or the government or both will crack down upon it often – rarely even telling us why it should not be published. Sympathetic reports about Oursouk or Oursoukis? Banned – in favor of xenophobic claims linking them to dragons. And don’t even get me started on Pievre – what one can publish about that horrid place seems to change from week to week. Then there are lèse-majesté concerns that restrict what can be said about governments and defamation laws that are used to muzzle allegations about powerful people. And that is only for adult journalists! Student journalists have to deal with threats of expulsion and detention from the administrators and teachers, as well as harassment, sometimes violent, from students. Given all of these issues, why should I prioritize commitment to an ideal that I cannot meet without getting in trouble rather than giving readers what they want – except for Prudence. But then, whose boss is she, anyway?”

You feel an ache of empathy for Rikildis. It must be so difficult for her to want to get involved in such a controversial, heavily regulated, much suspected position – and the added respectability of journalism must make it worse. At least actors, due to their low associations, can have fun that respectable people such as Regent Badcrumble would only mention in hushed whispers without suffering too much. But journalists must seem respectable because people think that they are respectable.

But that gives you an opening. “Rikildis, you crave your respectability. If you were to lose it, you might suffer from nasty rumors – and perhaps even your name would never go unaccompanied by laughter in the wine shops of foreigners. But the harm would stop there, and a person who was a journalist can become a novelist or playwright. But if Prudence were to lose respectability as an alleged pirate, she could be executed for it. Minetan authorities do not look kindly upon members of pirate crews.”

“Prudence could just plead benefit of clergy,” Rikildis mutters sharply. Then, in a louder voice she says, “I mean, she’s young enough still that she would not need to join a temple.”

“And be branded to prevent her from using it again?” Your words are soft, but they make Rikildis flinch. “Any student at the Academagia who is accused of a crime should, at minimum, only be accused when credible information can be found that, if believed, would mean that an accused committed a crime. But your article does not even have anyone claiming to have seen Prudence as a pirate. Our first Juvenalia at the Academagia was chaotic, with the pirate raid. Less excitable and more experienced mages have caused accidents in calmer circumstances than what Prudence had to work in.”

Rikildis sighs. “I can’t…make even a Durand student go through that, can I? Very well, [PCFullName]. I will prepare a fine editorial for tomorrow’s newspaper.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. A large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate” and in only slightly smaller letters “Weak Evidence with Dire Consequences” followed, in smaller letters, by the words “Rumors can Kill”.

The article is mostly a discussion of misfortunes that have befallen people who have been accused of crimes on flimsy grounds only to later be found innocent – or the targets of real criminals seeking distractions. But the article opens with a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence that would not hold up in a court of law, which should alone have the right to determine whether people are criminals.

The result of the article is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Insight, + 1 skill level Criminal Law, Civil Law, Curiosity, and Empathy, +3 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Ethics for Rikildis von Kiep, end adventure]

[IF PC has no Love but Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

“Rikildis,” you say gently, “you are a journalist, not a rumor-monger, spy, or story-teller. Doesn’t this mean that you should have higher standards for what you choose to write or publish? I mean, a novelist or an actor can pretend that almost anything is true, but they are condemned as base artists. Journalists, on the other hand, are committed to reporting what is true.”

Rikildis’s eyes widen, and when she speaks her voice is respectful. “You know, [PCFirstName], you are the first student to say such a thing to me when trying to get me to change my mind about what to publish. It is tempting, I admit, to be thought of as better than Sima Venesico, Lambert Cobo, Miya Hikari – or even my fellow Aranaz student Grainne Inneith.”

“So be better by publishing more responsibly,” you say. “I believe that you can be a good person.”

“You sound like Professor Sido! And I will tell you what I told him once.” Rikildis takes a deep breath, then continues. “Journalistic integrity in the Empire of Man is a scam! Certainly, there is greater freedom for people than under dragons, but journalists still are not free. Anything major about dragons or reptiles is easier to not publish, because the temple or the government or both will crack down upon it often – rarely even telling us why it should not be published. Sympathetic reports about Oursouk or Oursoukis? Banned – in favor of xenophobic claims linking them to dragons. And don’t even get me started on Pievre – what one can publish about that horrid place seems to change from week to week. Then there are lèse-majesté concerns that restrict what can be said about governments and defamation laws that are used to muzzle allegations about powerful people. And that is only for adult journalists! Student journalists have to deal with threats of expulsion and detention from the administrators and teachers, as well as harassment, sometimes violent, from students. Given all of these issues, why should I prioritize commitment to an ideal that I cannot meet without getting in trouble rather than giving readers what they want – except for Prudence. But then, whose boss is she, anyway? Yours?” Rikildis’s last word is a snarling sob.

You feel an ache of empathy for Rikildis. It must be so difficult for her to want to get involved in such a controversial, heavily regulated, much suspected position – and the added respectability of journalism must make it worse. At least actors, due to their low associations, can have fun that respectable people such as Regent Badcrumble would only mention in hushed whispers without suffering too much. But journalists must seem respectable because people think that they are respectable.

But that gives you an opening. “Rikildis, you crave your respectability. If you were to lose it, you might suffer from nasty rumors that I would not believe without investigation – and perhaps even your name would never go unaccompanied by laughter in the wine shops of foreigners. But the harm would stop there, and a person who was a journalist can become a novelist or playwright. But if Prudence were to lose respectability as an alleged pirate, she could be executed for it. Minetan authorities do not look kindly upon members of pirate crews.”

“Prudence could just plead benefit of clergy,” Rikildis mutters sharply. Then, in a louder voice she says, “I mean, she’s young enough still that she would not need to join a temple.”

“And be branded to prevent her from using it again?” Your words are soft, but they make Rikildis flinch. “Any student at the Academagia who is accused of a crime should, at minimum, only be accused when credible information can be found that, if believed, would mean that an accused committed a crime. But your article does not even have anyone claiming to have seen Prudence as a pirate. Our first Juvenalia at the Academagia was chaotic, with the pirate raid. Less excitable and more experienced mages have caused accidents in calmer circumstances than what Prudence had to work in.”

Rikildis sighs. “I can’t…make even a Durand student go through that, can I? Very well, [PCFullName]. I will prepare a fine editorial for tomorrow’s newspaper. Thanks for being my…conscience.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. A large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate” and in only slightly smaller letters “Weak Evidence with Dire Consequences” followed, in smaller letters, by the words “Rumors can Kill”.

The article is mostly a discussion of misfortunes that have befallen people who have been accused of crimes on flimsy grounds only to later be found innocent – or the targets of real criminals seeking distractions. But the article opens with a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence that would not hold up in a court of law, which should alone have the right to determine whether people are criminals.

The result of the article is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Insight, + 1 skill level Criminal Law, Civil Law, Curiosity, and Empathy, +2 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Ethics for Rikildis von Kiep, end adventure]

[IF PC has Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

“Rikildis,” you say gently, “you are a journalist, not a rumor-monger, spy, or story-teller. Doesn’t this mean that you should have higher standards for what you choose to write or publish? I mean, a novelist or an actor can pretend that almost anything is true, but they are condemned as base artists. Journalists, on the other hand, are committed to reporting what is true.”

Rikildis’s eyes widen, and when she speaks her voice is respectful. “You know, [PCFirstName], you are the first student to say such a thing to me when trying to get me to change my mind about what to publish. It is tempting, I admit, to be thought of as better than Sima Venesico, Lambert Cobo, Miya Hikari – or even my fellow Aranaz student Grainne Inneith.”

“So be better by publishing more responsibly,” you say. “I believe that you can be a good person.”

“You sound like Professor Sido! And I will tell you what I told him once.” Rikildis takes a deep breath, then continues. “Journalistic integrity in the Empire of Man is a scam! Certainly, there is greater freedom for people than under dragons, but journalists still are not free. Anything major about dragons or reptiles is easier to not publish, because the temple or the government or both will crack down upon it often – rarely even telling us why it should not be published. Sympathetic reports about Oursouk or Oursoukis? Banned – in favor of xenophobic claims linking them to dragons. And don’t even get me started on Pievre – what one can publish about that horrid place seems to change from week to week. Then there are lèse-majesté concerns that restrict what can be said about governments and defamation laws that are used to muzzle allegations about powerful people. And that is only for adult journalists! Student journalists have to deal with threats of expulsion and detention from the administrators and teachers, as well as harassment, sometimes violent, from students. Given all of these issues, why should I prioritize commitment to an ideal that I cannot meet without getting in trouble rather than giving readers what they want – except for Prudence. But then, whose boss is she, anyway? Has she become your boss by promising to date you next year, when not beating up Aranaz students such as me? Or will she date you as soon as I yield to her standards of good journalism – and preserve her bad reputation from becoming terrible?” Rikildis is snarling and almost sobbing by the time she finishes speaking.

You feel an ache of empathy for Rikildis. It must be so difficult for her to want to get involved in such a controversial, heavily regulated, much suspected position – and the added respectability of journalism must make it worse. At least actors, due to their low associations, can have fun that respectable people such as Regent Badcrumble would only mention in hushed whispers without suffering too much. But journalists must seem respectable because people think that they are respectable.

But that gives you an opening. “Rikildis, you crave your respectability. If you were to lose it, you might suffer from nasty rumors that I would not believe without investigation – and perhaps even your name would never go unaccompanied by laughter in the wine shops of foreigners. But the harm would stop there, and a person who was a journalist can become a novelist or playwright. But if Prudence were to lose respectability as an alleged pirate, she could be executed for it. Minetan authorities do not look kindly upon members of pirate crews.”

“Prudence could just plead benefit of clergy,” Rikildis mutters sharply. Then, in a louder voice she says, “I mean, she’s young enough still that she would not need to join a temple.”

“And be branded to prevent her from using it again?” Your words are soft, but they make Rikildis flinch. “Any student at the Academagia who is accused of a crime should, at minimum, only be accused when credible information can be found that, if believed, would mean that an accused committed a crime. But your article does not even have anyone claiming to have seen Prudence as a pirate. Our first Juvenalia at the Academagia was chaotic, with the pirate raid. Less excitable and more experienced mages have caused accidents in calmer circumstances that what Prudence had to work in.”

Rikildis sighs. “I can’t…make even a Durand student go through that, can I? Very well, [PCFullName]. I will prepare a fine editorial for tomorrow’s newspaper. Thanks for being my…conscience.”

But you, noting Rikildis’s slumping shoulders, ask her whether you can help her to fix the newspaper. She, smiling at you, agrees, and the two of you spend the next several hours writing a new article whose content, Rikildis insists, is almost completely true, rearranging the type upon the printing press, and printing copies of the newly improved student newspaper.

“Good that you came to see me before I had printed the earlier version,” Rikildis tiredly sighs after the two of you staggeringly finish printing the last copy of the student newspaper’s latest issue. “I’ll make a journalist out of you yet, [PCFirstName]! O, to have done what other journalists do as they struggle to deal with deadlines and threats legal and illegal – and at such a young age!” She giggles, then, looking at her dirty hands, says brightly, “I guess that no one can accuse us of using this as an excuse to date or flirt past curfew, given these signs of our efforts.”

“Rikildis,” you say, “I like being with you, but…”

“What? Is Prudence willing to date you despite rules?” And even through Rikildis’s tiredness, you see her anger – and perhaps fear.

“What? No! But Rikildis, you’re so tired that you’re not thinking straight – and neither am I. I must go to sleep now.”

Rikildis embarrassedly agrees, and the two of you go your separate ways.

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. A large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate” and in only slightly smaller letters “Weak Evidence with Dire Consequences” followed, in smaller letters, by the words “Rumors can Kill”.

The article is mostly a discussion of misfortunes that have befallen people who have been accused of crimes on flimsy grounds only to later be found innocent – or the targets of real criminals seeking distractions. But the article opens with a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence that would not hold up in a court of law, which should alone have the right to determine whether people are criminals.

The result of the article is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Insight, + 1 skill level Criminal Law, Civil Law, Curiosity, Puzzles, Dedication, and Empathy, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Ethics for Rikildis von Kiep, end adventure]

Failure

 

[IF PC has no Love or Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

“Rikildis,” you say, “you are a journalist, not a rumor-monger, spy, or story-teller. Journalists are committed to reporting what is true.”

“You sound like Professor Sido! And I will tell you what I told him once.” Rikildis takes a deep breath, then continues. “Journalistic integrity in the Empire of Man is a scam! Certainly, there is greater freedom for people than under dragons, but journalists still are not free. Anything major about dragons or reptiles is easier to not publish, because the temple or the government or both will crack down upon it often – rarely even telling us why it should not be published. Sympathetic reports about Oursouk or Oursoukis? Banned – in favor of xenophobic claims linking them to dragons. And don’t even get me started on Pievre – what one can publish about that horrid place seems to change from week to week. Then there are lèse-majesté concerns that restrict what can be said about governments and defamation laws that are used to muzzle allegations about powerful people. And that is only for adult journalists! Student journalists have to deal with threats of expulsion and detention from the administrators and teachers, as well as harassment, sometimes violent, from students. Given all of these issues, why should I prioritize commitment to an ideal that I cannot meet without getting in trouble rather than giving readers what they want – except for Prudence. But then, whose boss is she, anyway?”

You are not really sure how to reply to Rikildis’s words. Stammering, you leave her to her newspaper work. [+ 1 stress, + 1 skill step Journalism, pause adventure]

[IF PC has no Love but Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

“Rikildis,” you say, “you are a journalist, not a rumor-monger, spy, or story-teller. Journalists are committed to reporting what is true.”

“You sound like Professor Sido! And I will tell you what I told him once.” Rikildis takes a deep breath, then continues. “Journalistic integrity in the Empire of Man is a scam! Certainly, there is greater freedom for people than under dragons, but journalists still are not free. Anything major about dragons or reptiles is easier to not publish, because the temple or the government or both will crack down upon it often – rarely even telling us why it should not be published. Sympathetic reports about Oursouk or Oursoukis? Banned – in favor of xenophobic claims linking them to dragons. And don’t even get me started on Pievre – what one can publish about that horrid place seems to change from week to week. Then there are lèse-majesté concerns that restrict what can be said about governments and defamation laws that are used to muzzle allegations about powerful people. And that is only for adult journalists! Student journalists have to deal with threats of expulsion and detention from the administrators and teachers, as well as harassment, sometimes violent, from students. Given all of these issues, why should I prioritize commitment to an ideal that I cannot meet without getting in trouble rather than giving readers what they want – except for Prudence. But then, whose boss is she, anyway? Yours?” Rikildis’s last word is a snarling sob.

You are not really sure how to reply to Rikildis’s words beyond saying that Prudence is not your boss with such vehemence that Rikildis believes you. Stammering, you leave her to her newspaper work. [+ 1 stress, + 1 skill step Journalism, pause adventure]

[IF PC has Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

“Rikildis,” you say, “you are a journalist, not a rumor-monger, spy, or story-teller. Journalists are committed to reporting what is true.”

“You sound like Professor Sido! And I will tell you what I told him once.” Rikildis takes a deep breath, then continues. “Journalistic integrity in the Empire of Man is a scam! Certainly, there is greater freedom for people than under dragons, but journalists still are not free. Anything major about dragons or reptiles is easier to not publish, because the temple or the government or both will crack down upon it often – rarely even telling us why it should not be published. Sympathetic reports about Oursouk or Oursoukis? Banned – in favor of xenophobic claims linking them to dragons. And don’t even get me started on Pievre – what one can publish about that horrid place seems to change from week to week. Then there are lèse-majesté concerns that restrict what can be said about governments and defamation laws that are used to muzzle allegations about powerful people. And that is only for adult journalists! Student journalists have to deal with threats of expulsion and detention from the administrators and teachers, as well as harassment, sometimes violent, from students. Given all of these issues, why should I prioritize commitment to an ideal that I cannot meet without getting in trouble rather than giving readers what they want – except for Prudence. But then, whose boss is she, anyway? Has she become your boss by promising to date you next year, when not beating up Aranaz students such as me? Or will she date you as soon as I yield to her standards of good journalism – and preserve her bad reputation from becoming terrible?” Rikildis is snarling and almost sobbing by the time she finishes speaking.

You are not really sure how to reply to Rikildis’s words beyond saying that Prudence is not your boss with such vehemence that Rikildis believes you. Stammering, you leave her to her newspaper work. [+ 1 stress, + 1 skill step Journalism, pause adventure]

[If PC Completed Rikildis’s Y1 adventure] Blackmail. Try to use your efforts with Rikildis last year against her.

 

Success

 

[IF PC has no Love or Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

With studied casualness, you say to Rikildis, “The world is full of people doing illegal deeds. It would be a pity if you were to be revealed as one of them.”

“And how would such news spread?” Rikildis sneers. “The person who would reveal such false claims might frame him or her self due to revealing familiarity with deeds that such a story-teller – I had almost called him or her liar – would falsely attribute to me. Lambert Cobo, whom we had dealings with last year, is not well-respected for reasons involving more than his spying in all types of washrooms – as he loudly insists whenever caught.”

“There are many sources of information, Rikildis,” you reply. “Not all of them are disreputable. The Quiet Girl, for example, is, however she gets her knowledge, very reliable – and very prone to telling people about other people when the mood takes her. Plus, when certain people are harmed within certain locations, the very shortness of the list of suspects, combined with the seriousness of the allegations, may make such people very interested in investigating certain suspects even when the clues come from less reliable sources. By dealing kindly with… certain people about certain things, one source of such allegations may be avoided.”

Rikildis sighs, but her eyes are hard. “Very well, [PCFullName]. In order to better preserve me against false rumours that might spread, I will correct the newspaper.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. A large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate” and in only slightly smaller letters “Weak Evidence with Dire Consequences” followed, in smaller letters, by the words “Rumors can Kill”.

The article is mostly a discussion of misfortunes that have befallen people who have been accused of crimes based solely upon anonymous or pseudonymous rumors, which may be spread by many people for many reasons. But the article opens with a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence that would not hold up in a court of law, which requires that witnesses be identified and testify about how they knew something.

The result of the article is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Insight, + 1 skill level Criminal Law, Bureaucracy, Journalism, Curiosity, +4 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Innuendo for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, - 1 relationship with Rikildis von Kiep, end adventure]

[IF PC has no Love but Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

With studied casualness, you say to Rikildis, “The world is full of people doing illegal deeds. It would be a pity if you were to be revealed as one of them.”

“And how would such news spread?” Rikildis sneers. “The person who would reveal such false claims might frame him or her self due to revealing familiarity with deeds that such a story-teller – I had almost called him or her liar – would falsely attribute to me. Lambert Cobo, whom we had dealings with last year, is not well-respected for reasons involving more than his spying in all types of washrooms – as he loudly insists whenever caught.”

“There are many sources of information, Rikildis,” you reply. “Not all of them are disreputable. The Quiet Girl, for example, is, however she gets her knowledge, very reliable – and very prone to telling people about other people when the mood takes her. Plus, when certain people are harmed within certain locations, the very shortness of the list of suspects, combined with the seriousness of the allegations, may make such people very interested in investigating certain suspects even when the clues come from less reliable sources. By dealing kindly with… certain people about certain things, one source of such allegations may be avoided.”

Rikildis sighs, but her eyes, to your surprise, lack anger. “Very well, [PCFullName]. In order to better preserve me against false rumours that might spread, I will correct the newspaper. And honestly? Good job! Better to have you as a friend than an enemy.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. A large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate” and in only slightly smaller letters “Weak Evidence with Dire Consequences” followed, in smaller letters, by the words “Rumors can Kill”.

The article is mostly a discussion of misfortunes that have befallen people who have been accused of crimes based solely upon anonymous or pseudonymous rumors, which may be spread by many people for many reasons. But the article opens with a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence that would not hold up in a court of law, which requires that witnesses be identified and testify about how they knew something.

The result of the article is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Insight, + 1 skill level Criminal Law, Bureaucracy, Journalism, Curiosity, +3 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Innuendo for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

[IF PC has Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

With studied casualness, you say to Rikildis, “The world is full of people doing illegal deeds. It would be a pity if you were to be revealed as one of them.”

“And how would such news spread?” Rikildis sneers. “The person who would reveal such false claims might frame him or her self due to revealing familiarity with deeds that such a story-teller – I had almost called him or her liar – would falsely attribute to me. Lambert Cobo, whom we had dealings with last year, is not well-respected for reasons involving more than his spying in all types of washrooms – as he loudly insists whenever caught.”

“There are many sources of information, Rikildis,” you reply. “Not all of them are disreputable. The Quiet Girl, for example, is, however she gets her knowledge, very reliable – and very prone to telling people about other people when the mood takes her. Plus, when certain people are harmed within certain locations, the very shortness of the list of suspects, combined with the seriousness of the allegations, may make such people very interested in investigating certain suspects even when the clues come from less reliable sources. By dealing kindly with… certain people about certain things, one source of such allegations may be avoided.”

Rikildis sighs, but her eyes, to your surprise, lack anger. “Very well, [PCFullName]. In order to better preserve me against false rumours that might spread, I will correct the newspaper. And honestly? Good job! You could be a dangerous enemy to me or a powerful ally. And I much prefer you as an ally – and perhaps more, come in time.”

But you, noting Rikildis’s slumping shoulders, ask her whether you can help her to fix the newspaper. She, smiling at you, agrees, and the two of you spend the next several hours writing a new article whose content, Rikildis insists, is almost completely true, rearranging the type upon the printing press, and printing copies of the newly improved student newspaper.

“Good that you came to see me before I had printed the earlier version,” Rikildis tiredly sighs after the two of you staggeringly finish printing the last copy of the student newspaper’s latest issue. “I’ll make a journalist out of you yet, [PCFirstName]! O, to have done what other journalists do as they struggle to deal with deadlines and threats legal and illegal – and at such a young age!” She giggles, then, looking at her dirty hands, says brightly, “I guess that no one can accuse us of using this as an excuse to date or flirt past curfew, given these signs of our efforts.”

“Rikildis,” you say, “I like being with you, but…”

“What? Is Prudence willing to date you despite rules?” And even through Rikildis’s tiredness, you see her anger – and perhaps fear.

“What? No! But Rikildis, you’re so tired that you’re not thinking straight – and neither am I. I must go to sleep now.”

Rikildis embarrassedly agrees, and the two of you go your separate ways.

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. A large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate” and in only slightly smaller letters “Weak Evidence with Dire Consequences” followed, in smaller letters, by the words “Rumors can Kill”.

The article is mostly a discussion of misfortunes that have befallen people who have been accused of crimes based solely upon anonymous or pseudonymous rumors, which may be spread by many people for many reasons. But the article opens with a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence that would not hold up in a court of law, which requires that witnesses be identified and testify about how they knew something.

The result of the article is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Insight, + 1 skill level Criminal Law, Bureaucracy, Journalism, Curiosity, +3 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Innuendo for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

Failure

 

[IF PC has no Love or Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

You say to Rikildis, “Is your eagerness to stay the course about Prudence willing to yield for the sake of preserving your reputation as a non-burglar?”

“I know that there is an art to indirect communication, buy you’ve got it all wrong. And how would such news spread?” Rikildis sneers. “The person who would reveal such false claims might frame him or her self due to revealing familiarity with deeds that such a story-teller – I had almost called him or her liar – would falsely attribute to me. Lambert Cobo, whom we had dealings with last year, is not well-respected for reasons involving more than his spying in all types of washrooms – as he loudly insists whenever caught.”

Rikildis’s question brings a stop to your congratulatory thoughts. How would you avoid such problems? With a stammered apology, you leave Rikildis, hoping to succeed in a future effort. Based upon Rikildis’s angry glare as you leave her, though, you know that you have failed to help Prudence and angered Rikildis. [+1 stress, - 1 skill step Planning, - 1 relationship with Rikildis von Kiep, + 1 skill level Innuendo for Rikildis von Kiep, pause adventure]

[IF PC has no Love but Affection with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

You say to Rikildis, “Is your eagerness to stay the course about Prudence willing to yield for the sake of preserving your reputation as a non-burglar?”

“I know that there is an art to indirect communication, but you’ve got it all wrong. And how would such news spread?” Rikildis sneers. “The person who would reveal such false claims might frame him or her self due to revealing familiarity with deeds that such a story-teller – I had almost called him or her liar – would falsely attribute to me. Lambert Cobo, whom we had dealings with last year, is not well-respected for reasons involving more than his spying in all types of washrooms – as he loudly insists whenever caught.”

Rikildis’s question brings a stop to your congratulatory thoughts. How would you avoid such problems? With a stammered apology, you leave Rikildis, hoping to succeed in a future effort. Based upon Rikildis’s glare as you leave her, though, you know that you have failed to help Prudence and upset Rikildis. [+1 stress, - 1 skill step Planning, - 1 relationship with Rikildis von Kiep, + 1 skill level Innuendo for Rikildis von Kiep, pause adventure]

[IF PC has Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

You say to Rikildis, “Is your eagerness to stay the course about Prudence willing to yield for the sake of preserving your reputation as a non-burglar?”

“I know that there is an art to indirect communication, but you’ve got it all wrong. And how would such news spread?” Rikildis sneers. “The person who would reveal such false claims might frame him or her self due to revealing familiarity with deeds that such a story-teller – I had almost called him or her liar – would falsely attribute to me. Lambert Cobo, whom we had dealings with last year, is not well-respected for reasons involving more than his spying in all types of washrooms – as he loudly insists whenever caught.”

Rikildis’s question brings a stop to your congratulatory thoughts. How would you avoid such problems? With a stammered apology, you prepare to leave Rikildis, hoping to succeed in a future effort. Rikildis, however, stops you.

“Don’t feel so bad about your efforts,” she says. “Such activity is hard, I know, and by seeing how you don’t succeed, I can get better. Plus, you are so cute when you realize that you have not thought the plan through.”

Well, at least Rikildis is not mad at you, though Prudence’s reputation is yet unsalvaged. [+1 stress, - 1 skill step Planning, - 1 relationship with Rikildis von Kiep, + 1 skill level Innuendo for Rikildis von Kiep, pause adventure]

Negotiate. “Rikildis, I know what you want – a fascinating story. I can give you one.”

 

Success

 

“Really?” Rikildis seems genuinely interested. “You do have a certain reputation – especially after you, Zorzi, and Philippe Marchant got into that confrontation with the street magicians during our first year’s Workshop Day. So, what craziness can you tell me about?”

“Anything that does not get too personal,” you tell her. “And don’t worry – that leaves a lot of them that I can talk about.”

“Fair enough.” Rikildis nods and opens her notebook to a new page. “I’m sure that I don’t want to hear about Amada Kiffer’s hair – or similar things.” [+ 1 skill level Story Telling, hide all options not revealed within this box, choose other option]

Choices:

 

[If PC completed the Main Adventure with the Minetan City Guard During Y1] “Miss von Kiep, you speak to a veteran of the Minetan City Guard’s campaign against the Black Rose Fellowship and related problems last year.”

 

[If PC has neither Affection nor Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of your efforts with the Minetan City Guard. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about your role in the Captain’s actions against criminals in Mineta. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName]’s Account of Heroism”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less accurate than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to claim that you single-handedly charged seven pirates while urging other members of the City Guard to join you? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, your bravery in with dealing multiple types of criminals in Mineta, ranging from Ilaro Dati to the Black Rose Fellowship to a family of goblins.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Courage, Leadership, Memorization, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Command for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, - 1 relationship with Rikildis von Kiep, end adventure]

[If PC has Affection or Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of your efforts with the Minetan City Guard. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“Now I understand why every girl is said to like an officer, [PCFirstName].”

“If you were to explain why, Rikildis, I might have to report you. But what about my story. Did you like it?”

Rikildis blushes and says, “I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about your role in the Captain’s actions against criminals in Mineta. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName]’s Account of Heroism”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less accurate than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to claim that you single-handedly charged seven pirates while urging other members of the City Guard to join you? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, your bravery in dealing with multiple types of criminals in Mineta, ranging from Ilaro Dati to the Black Rose Fellowship to a family of goblins.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Courage, Leadership, Memorization, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Command and Flirting for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC completed the Y1 Adventure Just Going About Your Own Business] “If you want a pirate story, I can give you one.”

 

[If PC has Family: Sky Pirates]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of your abduction by a mysterious bounty hunter. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about your role in escaping from the bounty hunter and destroying the bounty hunter’s ship. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName]’s Abduction by Pirates!”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less dispassionate than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to claim that you may have been kidnapped by shapeshifting gorillas? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, your bravery in adapting to the engine-room, meeting the bounty hunter, and escaping from the ship while being hunted by the bounty hunter and her crew. You only wish that the article could have emphasized that not all criminals who use airships are as mysteriously cruel and frightening as these ones were. Your family, you hope, are much more reasonable.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Courage, Dispassion, Memorization, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Infiltration for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC does not have Family: Sky Pirates]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of your abduction by a mysterious bounty hunter. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about your role in escaping from the bounty hunter and destroying the bounty hunter’s ship. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName]’s Abduction by Pirates!”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less dispassionate than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to claim that you may have been kidnapped by shapeshifting gorillas? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, your bravery in adapting to the engine-room, meeting the bounty hunter, and escaping from the ship while being hunted by the bounty hunter and her crew.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Courage, Dispassion, Memorization, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Infiltration for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC completed the Y1 Adventure A Day in Frontino]: “I can tell you a story of thwarted lovers, a town riven by feuds – and my role in ending these problems.”

 

[If PC has Love with any character]

 

[If PC has Love with Zoe Melis]

 

[IF PC completed Zoe Melis’s Y1 Adventure]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of your trip to Frontino, and your not unpleasant meeting with some of its residents. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about your role in fixing the Frontino fountain, figuring out why the families were feuding, and creating peace between the two families’ patriarchs. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName]’s Urban War”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less dispassionate than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to present Frontino as a war-zone into which you had travelled? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, your cleverness in fixing the destroyed fountain and negotiating contradictory demands from feuders in order to create peace.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened.

To make matters even better for you, Zoe Melis is apparently awed that you would do what you did to allow lovers to love each other openly. To Prudence’s amusement, she approaches you and says that she is glad, after reading about your deeds in Frontino, that there are more heroes operating at the Academagia than the Homework Helper Heroine. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Diplomacy, Dispassion, Memorization, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Architecture for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Flirting for Zoe Melis and the PC, end adventure]

[IF PC did not complete Zoe Melis’s Y1 Adventure]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of your trip to Frontino, and your not unpleasant meeting with some of its residents. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about your role in fixing the Frontino fountain, figuring out why the families were feuding, and creating peace between the two families’ patriarchs. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName]’s Urban War”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less dispassionate than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to present Frontino as a war-zone into which you had travelled? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, your cleverness in fixing the destroyed fountain and negotiating contradictory demands from feuders in order to create peace.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened.

To make matters even better for you, Zoe Melis is apparently awed that you would do what you did to allow lovers to love each other openly despite the disapproval of people around them. To Prudence’s amusement, she approaches you and says that she hopes that you would be willing to help her as much as you helped strangers in Frontino, and seems impressed when you say that you would. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Diplomacy, Dispassion, Memorization, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Architecture for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Romance for Zoe Melis and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC has Love with Rikildis von Kiep]

 

[IF PC completed Rikildis von Kiep’s Y1 Adventure]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of your trip to Frontino, and your not unpleasant meeting with some of its residents. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about your role in fixing the Frontino fountain, figuring out why the families were feuding, and creating peace between the two families’ patriarchs. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName]’s Urban War”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less dispassionate than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to present Frontino as a war-zone into which you had travelled? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, your cleverness in fixing the destroyed fountain and negotiating contradictory demands from feuders in order to create peace.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened.

To make matters even better for you, Rikildis von Kiep is apparently impressed that you would do what you did to allow lovers to love each other openly. To Prudence’s amusement, she approaches you and says that she hopes that you would be willing to provide further stories about how you helped lovers to reveal their love openly – regardless of whom they may be. Her knowing eyes make clear to you that she includes herself and you in that list of possible subjects for stories. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Diplomacy, Dispassion, Memorization, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Architecture and Flirting for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

[IF PC did not complete Rikildis von Kiep’s Y1 Adventure]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of your trip to Frontino, and your not unpleasant meeting with some of its residents. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about your role in fixing the Frontino fountain, figuring out why the families were feuding, and creating peace between the two families’ patriarchs. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName]’s Urban War”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less dispassionate than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to present Frontino as a war-zone into which you had travelled? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, your cleverness in fixing the destroyed fountain and negotiating contradictory demands from feuders in order to create peace.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened.

To make matters even better for you, Rikildis von Kiep is apparently impressed that you would do what you did to allow lovers to love each other openly. To Prudence’s amusement, she approaches you and says that she hopes that you would be willing to provide further stories about how you helped lovers to reveal their love openly – regardless of whom they may be and what misdeeds they may have committed together. Her knowing eyes make clear to you that she includes herself and you in that list of possible subjects for stories. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Diplomacy, Dispassion, Memorization, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Architecture and Flirting for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC has Love with Sheary Warrington]

 

[IF PC completed Sheary Warrington’s Y1 Adventure]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of your trip to Frontino, and your not unpleasant meeting with some of its residents. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about your role in fixing the Frontino fountain, figuring out why the families were feuding, and creating peace between the two families’ patriarchs. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName]’s Urban War”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less dispassionate than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to present Frontino as a war-zone into which you had travelled? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, your cleverness in fixing the destroyed fountain and negotiating contradictory demands from feuders in order to create peace.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened.

To make matters even better for you, Sheary Warrington is apparently awed that you would do what you did to allow lovers to love each other openly despite the disapproval of people around them. To Prudence’s amusement, he approaches you and says that he hopes that you would be willing to help him as much as you helped strangers in Frontino, and seems impressed when you say that you would. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Diplomacy, Dispassion, Memorization, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Architecture for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Romance for Sheary Warrington and the PC, end adventure]

[IF PC did not complete Sheary Warrington’s Y1 Adventure]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of your trip to Frontino, and your not unpleasant meeting with some of its residents. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about your role in fixing the Frontino fountain, figuring out why the families were feuding, and creating peace between the two families’ patriarchs. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName]’s Urban War”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less dispassionate than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to present Frontino as a war-zone into which you had travelled? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, your cleverness in fixing the destroyed fountain and negotiating contradictory demands from feuders in order to create peace.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened.

To make matters even better for you, Sheary Warrington is apparently awed that you would do what you did to allow lovers to love each other openly despite the disapproval of people around them. To Prudence’s amusement, he approaches you and says that he hopes that you would be willing to help him as much as you helped strangers in Frontino despite what you now know about his motives for goodness, and seems both relieved and impressed when you say that you would. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Diplomacy, Dispassion, Memorization, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Architecture for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Romance for Sheary Warrington and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC has Love with Uliva Valaresso]

 

[IF PC completed Uliva Valaresso’s Y1 Adventure]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of your trip to Frontino, and your not unpleasant meeting with some of its residents. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about your role in fixing the Frontino fountain, figuring out why the families were feuding, and creating peace between the two families’ patriarchs. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName]’s Urban War”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less dispassionate than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to present Frontino as a war-zone into which you had travelled? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, your cleverness in fixing the destroyed fountain and negotiating contradictory demands from feuders in order to create peace.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened.

To make matters even better for you, Uliva Valaresso is apparently impressed by what she read about you, although not for the reason that you expected. To Prudence’s amusement, she approaches you and says that she is glad, after reading about your deeds in Frontino, that there are heroes such as you are, operating at the Academagia and capable of helping her to protect snakes. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Diplomacy, Dispassion, Memorization, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Architecture for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Animal Husbandry for Uliva Valaresso and the PC, end adventure]

[IF PC did not complete Uliva Valaresso’s Y1 Adventure]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of your trip to Frontino, and your not unpleasant meeting with some of its residents. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about your role in fixing the Frontino fountain, figuring out why the families were feuding, and creating peace between the two families’ patriarchs. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName]’s Urban War”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less dispassionate than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to present Frontino as a war-zone into which you had travelled? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, your cleverness in fixing the destroyed fountain and negotiating contradictory demands from feuders in order to create peace.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened.

To make matters even better for you, Uliva Valaresso is apparently impressed by what she read about you, although not for the reason that you expected. To Prudence’s amusement, she approaches you and says that she is glad, after reading about your deeds in Frontino, that there are heroes such as you are, operating at the Academagia and capable of protecting her from students who are creeped out by her love of snakes. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Diplomacy, Dispassion, Memorization, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Architecture for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Rallying for Uliva Valaresso and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC has Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of your trip to Frontino, and your not unpleasant meeting with some of its residents. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about your role in fixing the Frontino fountain, figuring out why the families were feuding, and creating peace between the two families’ patriarchs. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName]’s Urban War”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less dispassionate than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to present Frontino as a war-zone into which you had travelled? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, your cleverness in fixing the destroyed fountain and negotiating contradictory demands from feuders in order to create peace.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. To make matters even better for you, Prudence is apparently awed that you would do what you did to allow lovers to love each other openly.

“You really are such a swell friend,” she sighs. “Not just to me, but to others – even strangers! I was so right to use you to help me found the Belonging Brethren.”

And then, seeing your face, she says, “We can be more… next year.”

You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Diplomacy, Dispassion, Memorization, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Architecture for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Romance and Patience for Prudence Cossins and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC has Love with a Character not Rikildis von Kiep, Sheary Warrington, Uliva Valaresso, or Prudence Cossins]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of your trip to Frontino, and your not unpleasant meeting with some of its residents. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about your role in fixing the Frontino fountain, figuring out why the families were feuding, and creating peace between the two families’ patriarchs. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName]’s Urban War”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less dispassionate than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to present Frontino as a war-zone into which you had travelled? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, your cleverness in fixing the destroyed fountain and negotiating contradictory demands from feuders in order to create peace.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened.

To make matters even better for you, [FullNameofStudentWhomPCLoves] is apparently awed that you would do what you did to allow lovers to love each other openly despite the disapproval of people around them. To Prudence’s amusement, this student approaches you and to express hopes that you would be willing to help the one whom you love as much as you helped strangers in Frontino, and seems impressed when you say that you would. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Diplomacy, Dispassion, Memorization, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Architecture for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Romance for StudentWhomPCLoves and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC has no Love with any character]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of your trip to Frontino, and your not unpleasant meeting with some of its residents. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about your role in fixing the Frontino fountain, figuring out why the families were feuding, and creating peace between the two families’ patriarchs. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName]’s Urban War”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less dispassionate than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to present Frontino as a war-zone into which you had travelled? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, your cleverness in fixing the destroyed fountain and negotiating contradictory demands from feuders in order to create peace.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Diplomacy, Dispassion, Memorization, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Architecture for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC completed Beatrix von Wetgen’s Y1 Adventure] “Beatrix von Wetgen and I found some wyvern worshippers in the Imperial Reserve last year.”

 

[If PC has no Affection with Beatrix von Wetgen]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of how your efforts to help Beatrix with her interest in recording information about the Imperial Reserve led the two of you to discover and protect a wyvern. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about going into the Imperial Reserve, discovering wyverns in the Imperial Reserve, and foiling efforts by wyvern cultists to steal their eggs. Who would’ve thought that natural philosophy could be so interesting? Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName] Foils Wyvern Worshippers”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less about you and Beatrix von Wetgen than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to make allegations that the wyvern worshippers must have been Oursouki agents? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, Beatrix’s desire to learn about rare species within the Imperial Reserve and your role in protecting her against the dangers involved in this task – culminating in locating a wyvern and defeating sinister people who wanted to steal its eggs.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Cartography, Wilderness Survival, Seeking Friends in Hidden Places, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Biology for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC has Affection with Beatrix von Wetgen]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of how your efforts to help Beatrix with her interest in recording information about the Imperial Reserve led the two of you to discover and protect a wyvern. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about going into the Imperial Reserve, discovering wyverns in the Imperial Reserve, and foiling efforts by wyvern cultists to steal their eggs. Who would’ve thought that natural philosophy could be so interesting? Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName] Foils Wyvern Worshippers”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less about you and Beatrix von Wetgen than you had hoped – did Rikildis really need to make allegations that the wyvern worshippers must have been Oursouki agents? – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, Beatrix’s desire to learn about rare species within the Imperial Reserve and your role in protecting her against the dangers involved in this task – culminating in locating a wyvern and defeating sinister people who wanted to steal its eggs.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened.

You fear that Beatrix may take offence with the fact that the article makes so much of your heroism while reducing her to the role of a natural philosopher who needs protection, and tell her this. Beatrix, however, smiles and reassures you.

“Natural philosophy can be dangerous work, [PCFirstName], especially when dealing with places barely known to scholars. I knew the dangers, though, which is why I asked you, with your reputation, to help me. Finding a wyvern’s nest is a great achievement for any explorer or natural philosopher – it would’ve been terrible if the wyvern cultists had damaged it or killed me before I could report about it.” [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Cartography, Wilderness Survival, Seeking Friends in Hidden Places, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Biology for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Danger Sense for Beatrix von Wetgen and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC completed the Y1 Adventure Cloudy Skies Phase 12] “I fought against a Gates mage!”

 

[If PC is not Student at the Schohanwicht School]

 

[If PC has Gates Skill > 0]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of how you were involved in efforts by the Academagia’s Legate to track down and destroy the long-lived former Legate and Gates mage Mjolnir. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about the hunting down of Mjolnir and the foiling of his plans. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName] Fights Gates Mage”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less about you than you had hoped – Rikildis also had interviewed Regent Finus Piaxenza in order to gain confirmation of your claims – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, how your dream and your talking about the dream had been key to Legate Orsi’s being able to locate Mjolnir, after which you had heroically joined the expedition to Mjolnir’s mountain lair and fought Mjolnir yourself. Few mages since the Bans, you know, can boast of having gone forth to confront a formally trained and experienced gates mage at a place of his or her choosing – and you are one of them.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead as a champion against practitioners of evil and forbidden magics. The good news, you suppose, is that people may be less likely to suspect your own involvement, however fumbling, in Gates magic.

You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Charm, + 1 Glory, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Journalism for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC has Gates Skill = 0]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of how you were involved in efforts by the Academagia’s Legate to track down and destroy the long-lived former Legate and Gates mage Mjolnir. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about the hunting down of Mjolnir and the foiling of his plans. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName] Fights Gates Mage”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less about you than you had hoped – Rikildis also had interviewed Regent Finus Piaxenza in order to gain confirmation of your claims – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, how your dream and your talking about the dream had been key to Legate Orsi’s being able to locate Mjolnir, after which you had heroically joined the expedition to Mjolnir’s mountain lair and fought Mjolnir yourself. Few mages since the Bans, you know, can boast of having gone forth to confront a formally trained and experienced gates mage at a place of his or her choosing – and you are one of them.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead as a champion against practitioners of evil and forbidden magics. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Charm, + 1 Glory, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Journalism for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC is Student at the Schohanwicht School]

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of how you were involved in efforts by the Academagia’s Legate to track down and destroy the long-lived former Legate and Gates mage Mjolnir. When she is done, she looks at you with admiration.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about the hunting down of Mjolnir and the foiling of his plans. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName] Fights Gates Mage”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less about you than you had hoped – Rikildis also had interviewed Regent Finus Piaxenza in order to gain confirmation of your claims – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, how your dream and your talking about the dream had been key to Legate Orsi’s being able to locate Mjolnir, after which you had heroically joined the expedition to Mjolnir’s mountain lair and fought Mjolnir yourself. Few mages since the Bans, you know, can boast of having gone forth to confront a formally trained and experienced gates mage at a place of his or her choosing – and you are one of them. Admittedly, you know that if you were wanting to make a habit of doing so, it would be easier than most people think for you to do so – but since your admitting this would be extremely ill-advised, you merely think this.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead as a champion against practitioners of evil and forbidden magics. The good news, you suppose, is that people may be less likely to suspect your own study and practise of Gates magic.

You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Charm, + 1 Glory, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Journalism for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC completed the Y1 Adventure The Door in the Bad Part of Town’s Phase 8] “A rat-girl hiding in Mineta has a cache of treasures.”

 

Rikildis rapidly writes down your account of how you discovered that behind a certain door in a rather unsavory part of Mineta is a tunnel that leads to another building in which a rat-girl has accumulated much treasure. You carefully omit all mentions of Lambert Cobo. Rikildis seems to guess that you are hiding something based upon her smirk to you, but her words reveal that

she is willing to accept your account.

“This is perfect, [PCFirstName]! I’ll definitely be able to make a good newspaper article out of your story about what lies behind certain doors in Mineta. Who would’ve thought that such a person and such treasures could be found in Mineta? I would’ve thought that the Thieves’ Guild would have…well, done something better. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “[PCFullName] Discovers Treasure!”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is less about you than you had hoped – Rikildis really pulled out all of the stops in presenting parts of Mineta as being very dangerous to the unwary – but it does not skimp in portraying, correctly, what you did in order to discover the rat girl’s hide-out and does not exaggerate too much the riches that she has stashed away.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Cartography, Climb, Perception, Curiosity, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Minetan Swagger for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC completed the Y1 Adventure Splash’s Phase 6 and has no memory Rikildis Suspects Orsi of Being Disguised] “Legate Orsi sometimes disguises himself as a student to see how students behave.”

 

“I can believe that,” Rikildis muses. “Guess that I’ll need to be more cautious. But I can’t publish it. Even if Orsi doesn’t sue me for libel – which he might, given the…less than wholesome ways in which staff may be suspected of abusing such powers – he could easily turn the school against me for revealing his secret. So, no thanks. But try another story. Maybe it will be interesting and publishable.” [+ 1 skill level Perception for Rikildis von Kiep, + 1 skill level Civil Law for the PC, as memory Rikildis Suspects Orsi of Being Disguised, choose other option]

Storytelling. Neither you nor Rikildis said that the story had to be true. Make a story up.

 

Success

 

“So, Rikildis, I discovered this amazing manuscript in the Venalicium library written by Noemia’s own hand in which she described how, as part of her founding of the Academagia, she had to subdue various spirits – all without using Gates magic!”

You then tell Rikildis about various wise, humorous, embarrassing, and occasionally magical acts that Noemia had engaged in as she encountered various spirits in the vicinity of the future Academagia. By the time you finish telling her about the spirit whom Noemia banished after tricking it into believing that it was its own parent, Rikildis has tears of laughter in her eyes.

“I will certainly be publishing your lies!” she gasps. “And because I want the rights to that story, I will teach you a spell that I really discovered within the Venalicium. Deal?”

“Sure,” you numbly tell Rikildis. “But why do you dismiss it as a lie?”

“Because Noemia did not found the Academagia, much as people think that she did. Her brother Athanasios did. Furthermore, any manuscript written by Noemia would be treasured as a relic, not left to rot in the Venalicium Library – although its librarians are fierce guards. I care enough to not publish what you said as fact, but some fiction is always welcome. Now leave me to rearrange the newspaper.”

You feel a rush of shame that in all of your story-telling, you had not bothered to keep basic facts and plausibility straight, but are relieved that Rikildis will take what you told her regardless.

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “A Thrilling Tale of the Academagia’s Founding, by [PCFullName]”.

The article that Prudence is most interested in is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence.

The other article is remarkably faithful to your words, but includes, you cannot help but notice, the words “All Rights Reserved”. Later that day, Rikildis ushers you into a room where she allows you to study a manuscript from of all things, a children’s entertainer, containing Glamor phemes before having you sign over to her all rights that are or may be recognized under any code of law in Mineta or Vilocia related to your story.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise you for your funny story instead. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Wit, Sleuthing, Curiosity, learn spell The Tale of Sir William Hopkins, +1 skill level Civil Law for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

Failure

 

“Sure, I can tell you a good story about my adventure, Rikildis,” you tell her. “When I first came to the Academagia, see, I was not sure about whether I wanted to be a mage or a singer. So I resolved, in my spare time, to study all of the nuances of singing. The tuning, the pitch, the volume – and of course the various alleged ways to improve one’s singing voice and prevent it from –”

“Enough about your crazy efforts to learn about music!” Rikildis snaps. “I don’t care about such efforts – if you even did them – and neither will my readers!”

You try to tell Rikildis about the fascinating magical singing match that you were about to get to, but this causes her to scream so loudly that you decide that she should be left alone for now. [+ 1 stress for the PC and Rikildis von Kiep, - 1 skill step Character Study, pause adventure]

Manner of a Champion. Tell Rikildis about your experiences with Prudence, establishing her as a worthy member of Durand College.

 

Success

 

[If PC is not in Durand College nor Aranaz College]

 

[If PC has no Affection nor Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“You really like that article about Prudence Cossins, right, Rikildis? Why don’t I try to tell you about why Prudence Cossins is so well suited for Durand College?”

“If that’s what you think will compensate for my retraction, sure.” Rikildis’s voice is carefully neutral. “But I hope that you can move beyond the whole ‘punches people with little provocation’ angle. Godina is the college for athletes and similarly…less cerebral…types, and Philippe Marchant is in Morvidus College.”

“But I can, Rikildis,” you say with only the faintest hint of smugness. “Any fool can attack people, but the person whom Durand College wants as a student is willing to attack only certain types of people in certain circumstances. People who are doing wrong and making life bad for other people.”

“And Prudence is like this?” Rikildis sounds doubtful.

“Indeed she is, Rikildis…”

You tell Rikildis about how Prudence sought your help to create the Belonging Brethren. The whole idea, you emphasize, was hers – you just helped her to advertise it and find a peaceful meeting place. When rimbal players sought to beat up people who were attending the first meeting, Prudence willingly placed herself at risk to protect less skilled or defensive students – even when they were older students. Even when they were Aranaz students.

“And that,” you conclude, “is what being a Durand student is all about – being willing to take great risks to protect others even when the odds seem stacked against you. King Durand, you Aranaz students proclaim, was a fool to try to attack the dragons head on – especially since King Morvidus was not yet known to be approaching with his own army. Much better, you Aranaz students say, if we had followed King Aranaz’s less direct approach. Well, King Durand won the argument, the battle was joined, and Cyve was torn asunder. You Aranaz students think that had King Durand not attacked, this Exile would not have happened, and that had he known what the dragons had been planning, he would have deferred to King Aranaz. But I think that King Durand would have insisted upon attack regardless – and that he would have been right to do so, even if King Aranaz had used all of his cunning and the knowledge about the dragons’ powers and plans to argue for caution. I mean, had the dragons been left undisturbed, who knows what menaces – perhaps involving Gates or Mastery – they could have devised in order to restore slavery to all of humanity? But by attacking the dragons when he did, King Durand so weakened the dragons that they were forced to engage in the Exile – and from that point on, humans would not remain dragons’ slaves or mere rebels against draconic slavery. Prudence Cossins, due to her willingness to try to help people even when the odds are against her, follows in King Durand’s footsteps – and Durand College’s traditions of selfless dedication to helping others.”

Rikildis looks at you thoughtfully, then smiles faintly. “Next you would have us both join Durand College, right? But seriously, the essay that you have dictated to me will be an excellent companion-piece to the story about Prudence that I will be publishing a retraction about. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “The Real Prudence Cossins, by [PCFullName]”.

Prudence and you eagerly look over both articles. The first article is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence. The second article is less hostile to King Aranaz than you remember being, but it does not skimp in recounting how heroic Prudence was in founding the Belonging Brethren, nor in discussing how her virtues align with those promoted by Durand College.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise her instead using her nickname of “Prudence the Powerful”. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Leadership, Command, and Oratory, + 1 glory for Prudence Cossins, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, - 1 relationship with Sixt von Rupprecht for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Strategy for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +2 relationship with Polisena Briardi for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC has Affection but no Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“You really like that article about Prudence Cossins, right, Rikildis? Why don’t I try to tell you about why Prudence Cossins is so well suited for Durand College?”

“If that’s what you think will compensate for my retraction, sure.” Rikildis’s voice is carefully neutral. “But I hope that you can move beyond the whole ‘punches people with little provocation’ angle. Godina is the college for athletes and similarly…less cerebral…types, and Philippe Marchant is in Morvidus College.”

“But I can, Rikildis,” you say with only the faintest hint of smugness. “Any fool can attack people, but the person whom Durand College wants as a student is willing to attack only certain types of people in certain circumstances. People who are doing wrong and making life bad for other people.”

“And Prudence is like this?” Rikildis sounds doubtful.

“Indeed she is, Rikildis…”

You tell Rikildis about how Prudence sought your help to create the Belonging Brethren. The whole idea, you emphasize, was hers – you just helped her to advertise it and find a peaceful meeting place. When rimbal players sought to beat up people who were attending the first meeting, Prudence willingly placed herself at risk to protect less skilled or defensive students – even when they were older students. Even when they were Aranaz students.

“And that,” you conclude, “is what being a Durand student is all about – being willing to take great risks to protect others even when the odds seem stacked against you. King Durand, you Aranaz students proclaim, was a fool to try to attack the dragons head on – especially since King Morvidus was not yet known to be approaching with his own army. Much better, you Aranaz students say, if we had followed King Aranaz’s less direct approach. Well, King Durand won the argument, the battle was joined, and Cyve was torn asunder. You Aranaz students think that had King Durand not attacked, this Exile would not have happened, and that had he known what the dragons had been planning, he would have deferred to King Aranaz. But I think that King Durand would have insisted upon attack regardless – and that he would have been right to do so, even if King Aranaz had used all of his cunning and the knowledge about the dragons’ powers and plans to argue for caution. I mean, had the dragons been left undisturbed, who knows what menaces – perhaps involving Gates or Mastery – they could have devised in order to restore slavery to all of humanity? But by attacking the dragons when he did, King Durand so weakened the dragons that they were forced to engage in the Exile – and from that point on, humans would not remain dragons’ slaves or mere rebels against draconic slavery. Prudence Cossins, due to her willingness to try to help people even when the odds are against her, follows in King Durand’s footsteps – and Durand College’s traditions of selfless dedication to helping others.”

Rikildis looks at you thoughtfully, then smiles faintly. “Next you would have us both join Durand College, right? But seriously, the essay that you have dictated to me will be an excellent companion-piece to the story about Prudence that I will be publishing a retraction about. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “The Real Prudence Cossins, by [PCFullName]”.

Prudence and you eagerly look over both articles. The first article is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence. The second article is less hostile to King Aranaz than you remember being, but it does not skimp in recounting how heroic Prudence was in founding the Belonging Brethren, nor in discussing how her virtues align with those promoted by Durand College.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise her instead using her nickname of “Prudence the Powerful”. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. Besides, there are more pleasant things to think about with Prudence.

“I can’t believe that you really think me to be good for Durand College,” Prudence gushes to you for about the third time that day. “So often, people say that I should be in Godina College – and I often agree with them. But thanks to you, I feel that I can succeed in Durand College now.”

This makes you wonder why Prudence did not start in Godina College to begin with, but you figure that you cannot know everything about everybody. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Leadership, Command, and Oratory, + 1 glory for Prudence Cossins, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, - 1 relationship with Sixt von Rupprecht for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Strategy for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +2 relationship with Polisena Briardi for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, Prudence Cossins’s Stress reset to 0, end adventure]

[If PC has Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“You really like that article about Prudence Cossins, right, Rikildis? Why don’t I try to tell you about why Prudence Cossins is so well suited for Durand College?”

“If that’s what you think will compensate for my retraction, sure.” Rikildis’s voice is carefully neutral. “But I hope that you can move beyond the whole ‘punches people with little provocation’ angle. Godina is the college for athletes and similarly…less cerebral…types, and Philippe Marchant is in Morvidus College.”

“But I can, Rikildis,” you say with only the faintest hint of smugness. “Any fool can attack people, but the person whom Durand College wants as a student is willing to attack only certain types of people in certain circumstances. People who are doing wrong and making life bad for other people.”

“And Prudence is like this?” Rikildis sounds doubtful.

“Indeed she is, Rikildis…”

You tell Rikildis about how Prudence sought your help to create the Belonging Brethren. The whole idea, you emphasize, was hers – you just helped her to advertise it and find a peaceful meeting place. When rimbal players sought to beat up people who were attending the first meeting, Prudence willingly placed herself at risk to protect less skilled or defensive students – even when they were older students. Even when they were Aranaz students.

“And that,” you conclude, “is what being a Durand student is all about – being willing to take great risks to protect others even when the odds seem stacked against you. King Durand, you Aranaz students proclaim, was a fool to try to attack the dragons head on – especially since King Morvidus was not yet known to be approaching with his own army. Much better, you Aranaz students say, if we had followed King Aranaz’s less direct approach. Well, King Durand won the argument, the battle was joined, and Cyve was torn asunder. You Aranaz students think that had King Durand not attacked, this Exile would not have happened, and that had he known what the dragons had been planning, he would have deferred to King Aranaz. But I think that King Durand would have insisted upon attack regardless – and that he would have been right to do so, even if King Aranaz had used all of his cunning and the knowledge about the dragons’ powers and plans to argue for caution. I mean, had the dragons been left undisturbed, who knows what menaces – perhaps involving Gates or Mastery – they could have devised in order to restore slavery to all of humanity? But by attacking the dragons when he did, King Durand so weakened the dragons that they were forced to engage in the Exile – and from that point on, humans would not remain dragons’ slaves or mere rebels against draconic slavery. Prudence Cossins, due to her willingness to try to help people even when the odds are against her, follows in King Durand’s footsteps – and Durand College’s traditions of selfless dedication to helping others.”

Rikildis looks at you thoughtfully, then smiles faintly. “Next you would have us both join Durand College, right? But seriously, the essay that you have dictated to me will be an excellent companion-piece to the story about Prudence that I will be publishing a retraction about. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “The Real Prudence Cossins, by [PCFullName]”.

Prudence and you eagerly look over both articles. The first article is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence. The second article is less hostile to King Aranaz than you remember being, but it does not skimp in recounting how heroic Prudence was in founding the Belonging Brethren, nor in discussing how her virtues align with those promoted by Durand College.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise her instead using her nickname of “Prudence the Powerful”. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. Besides, there are more pleasant things to think about with Prudence.

“I can’t believe that you really think me to be good for Durand College,” Prudence gushes to you for about the third time that day. “So often, people say that I should be in Godina College – and I often agree with them. But thanks to you, I feel that I can succeed in Durand College now. And if I can continue in the Academagia, I can date you next year.”

This makes you wonder why Prudence did not start in Godina College to begin with, but you figure that you cannot know everything about everybody. Besides, you are sure that Prudence’s secrets, if secrets they are, are not the kind that would prevent you from enjoying a date with her, come in time. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Leadership, Command, and Oratory, + 1 glory for Prudence Cossins, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, - 1 relationship with Sixt von Rupprecht for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Strategy for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +2 relationship with Polisena Briardi for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, Prudence Cossins’s Stress reset to 0, + 1 skill level Dating for the PC and Prudence Cossins, end adventure]

[If PC is in Durand College]

 

[If PC has no Affection nor Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“You really like that article about Prudence Cossins, right, Rikildis? Why don’t I try to tell you about why Prudence Cossins is so well suited for Durand College?”

“If that’s what you think will compensate for my retraction, sure.” Rikildis’s voice is carefully neutral. “But I hope that you can move beyond the whole ‘punches people with little provocation’ angle. Godina is the college for athletes and similarly…less cerebral…types, and Philippe Marchant is in Morvidus College.”

“But I can, Rikildis,” you say with only the faintest hint of smugness. “Any fool can attack people, but the person whom Durand College wants as a student is willing to attack only certain types of people in certain circumstances. People who are doing wrong and making life bad for other people.”

“And Prudence is like this?” Rikildis sounds doubtful.

“Indeed she is, Rikildis…”

You tell Rikildis about how Prudence sought your help to create the Belonging Brethren. The whole idea, you emphasize, was hers – you just helped her to advertise it and find a peaceful meeting place. When rimbal players sought to beat up people who were attending the first meeting, Prudence willingly placed herself at risk to protect less skilled or defensive students – even when they were older students. Even when they were Aranaz students.

“And that,” you conclude, “is what being a Durand student is all about – being willing to take great risks to protect others even when the odds seem stacked against you. King Durand, you Aranaz students proclaim, was a fool to try to attack the dragons head on – especially since King Morvidus was not yet known to be approaching with his own army. Much better, you Aranaz students say, if we had followed King Aranaz’s less direct approach. Well, King Durand won the argument, the battle was joined, and Cyve was torn asunder. You Aranaz students think that had King Durand not attacked, this Exile would not have happened, and that had he known what the dragons had been planning, he would have deferred to King Aranaz. But I think that King Durand would have insisted upon attack regardless – and that he would have been right to do so, even if King Aranaz had used all of his cunning and the knowledge about the dragons’ powers and plans to argue for caution. I mean, had the dragons been left undisturbed, who knows what menaces – perhaps involving Gates or Mastery – they could have devised in order to restore slavery to all of humanity? But by attacking the dragons when he did, King Durand so weakened the dragons that they were forced to engage in the Exile – and from that point on, humans would not remain dragons’ slaves or mere rebels against draconic slavery. Prudence Cossins, due to her willingness to try to help people even when the odds are against her, follows in King Durand’s footsteps – and Durand College’s traditions of selfless dedication to helping others.”

Rikildis looks at you thoughtfully, then smiles faintly. “Next you would have me join you and Prudence in Durand College, right? But seriously, the essay that you have dictated to me will be an excellent companion-piece to the story about Prudence that I will be publishing a retraction about. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “The Real Prudence Cossins, by [PCFullName]”.

Prudence and you eagerly look over both articles. The first article is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence. The second article is less hostile to King Aranaz than you remember being, but it does not skimp in recounting how heroic Prudence was in founding the Belonging Brethren, nor in discussing how her virtues align with those promoted by Durand College.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise her instead using her nickname of “Prudence the Powerful”. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Leadership, Command, and Oratory, + 1 glory for Prudence Cossins, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, - 1 relationship with Sixt von Rupprecht for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Strategy for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +2 relationship with Polisena Briardi for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC has Affection but no Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“You really like that article about Prudence Cossins, right, Rikildis? Why don’t I try to tell you about why Prudence Cossins is so well suited for Durand College?”

“If that’s what you think will compensate for my retraction, sure.” Rikildis’s voice is carefully neutral. “But I hope that you can move beyond the whole ‘punches people with little provocation’ angle. Godina is the college for athletes and similarly…less cerebral…types, and Philippe Marchant is in Morvidus College.”

“But I can, Rikildis,” you say with only the faintest hint of smugness. “Any fool can attack people, but the person whom Durand College wants as a student is willing to attack only certain types of people in certain circumstances. People who are doing wrong and making life bad for other people.”

“And Prudence is like this?” Rikildis sounds doubtful.

“Indeed she is, Rikildis…”

You tell Rikildis about how Prudence sought your help to create the Belonging Brethren. The whole idea, you emphasize, was hers – you just helped her to advertise it and find a peaceful meeting place. When rimbal players sought to beat up people who were attending the first meeting, Prudence willingly placed herself at risk to protect less skilled or defensive students – even when they were older students. Even when they were Aranaz students.

“And that,” you conclude, “is what being a Durand student is all about – being willing to take great risks to protect others even when the odds seem stacked against you. King Durand, you Aranaz students proclaim, was a fool to try to attack the dragons head on – especially since King Morvidus was not yet known to be approaching with his own army. Much better, you Aranaz students say, if we had followed King Aranaz’s less direct approach. Well, King Durand won the argument, the battle was joined, and Cyve was torn asunder. You Aranaz students think that had King Durand not attacked, this Exile would not have happened, and that had he known what the dragons had been planning, he would have deferred to King Aranaz. But I think that King Durand would have insisted upon attack regardless – and that he would have been right to do so, even if King Aranaz had used all of his cunning and the knowledge about the dragons’ powers and plans to argue for caution. I mean, had the dragons been left undisturbed, who knows what menaces – perhaps involving Gates or Mastery – they could have devised in order to restore slavery to all of humanity? But by attacking the dragons when he did, King Durand so weakened the dragons that they were forced to engage in the Exile – and from that point on, humans would not remain dragons’ slaves or mere rebels against draconic slavery. Prudence Cossins, due to her willingness to try to help people even when the odds are against her, follows in King Durand’s footsteps – and Durand College’s traditions of selfless dedication to helping others.”

Rikildis looks at you thoughtfully, then smiles faintly. “Next you would have me join you and Prudence in Durand College, right? But seriously, the essay that you have dictated to me will be an excellent companion-piece to the story about Prudence that I will be publishing a retraction about. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “The Real Prudence Cossins, by [PCFullName]”.

Prudence and you eagerly look over both articles. The first article is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence. The second article is less hostile to King Aranaz than you remember being, but it does not skimp in recounting how heroic Prudence was in founding the Belonging Brethren, nor in discussing how her virtues align with those promoted by Durand College.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise her instead using her nickname of “Prudence the Powerful”. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. Besides, there are more pleasant things to think about with Prudence.

“I can’t believe that you really think me to be good for Durand College,” Prudence gushes to you for about the third time that day. “So often, people say that I should be in Godina College – and I often agree with them. But thanks to you, I feel that I can succeed in Durand College now – with you, dearest friend, at my side!”

This makes you wonder why Prudence did not start in Godina College to begin with, but you figure that you cannot know everything about everybody. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Leadership, Command, and Oratory, + 1 glory for Prudence Cossins, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, - 1 relationship with Sixt von Rupprecht for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Strategy for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +2 relationship with Polisena Briardi for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, Prudence Cossins’s Stress reset to 0, end adventure]

[If PC has Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“You really like that article about Prudence Cossins, right, Rikildis? Why don’t I try to tell you about why Prudence Cossins is so well suited for Durand College?”

“If that’s what you think will compensate for my retraction, sure.” Rikildis’s voice is carefully neutral. “But I hope that you can move beyond the whole ‘punches people with little provocation’ angle. Godina is the college for athletes and similarly…less cerebral…types, and Philippe Marchant is in Morvidus College.”

“But I can, Rikildis,” you say with only the faintest hint of smugness. “Any fool can attack people, but the person whom Durand College wants as a student is willing to attack only certain types of people in certain circumstances. People who are doing wrong and making life bad for other people.”

“And Prudence is like this?” Rikildis sounds doubtful.

“Indeed she is, Rikildis…”

You tell Rikildis about how Prudence sought your help to create the Belonging Brethren. The whole idea, you emphasize, was hers – you just helped her to advertise it and find a peaceful meeting place. When rimbal players sought to beat up people who were attending the first meeting, Prudence willingly placed herself at risk to protect less skilled or defensive students – even when they were older students. Even when they were Aranaz students.

“And that,” you conclude, “is what being a Durand student is all about – being willing to take great risks to protect others even when the odds seem stacked against you. King Durand, you Aranaz students proclaim, was a fool to try to attack the dragons head on – especially since King Morvidus was not yet known to be approaching with his own army. Much better, you Aranaz students say, if we had followed King Aranaz’s less direct approach. Well, King Durand won the argument, the battle was joined, and Cyve was torn asunder. You Aranaz students think that had King Durand not attacked, this Exile would not have happened, and that had he known what the dragons had been planning, he would have deferred to King Aranaz. But I think that King Durand would have insisted upon attack regardless – and that he would have been right to do so, even if King Aranaz had used all of his cunning and the knowledge about the dragons’ powers and plans to argue for caution. I mean, had the dragons been left undisturbed, who knows what menaces – perhaps involving Gates or Mastery – they could have devised in order to restore slavery to all of humanity? But by attacking the dragons when he did, King Durand so weakened the dragons that they were forced to engage in the Exile – and from that point on, humans would not remain dragons’ slaves or mere rebels against draconic slavery. Prudence Cossins, due to her willingness to try to help people even when the odds are against her, follows in King Durand’s footsteps – and Durand College’s traditions of selfless dedication to helping others.”

Rikildis looks at you thoughtfully, then smiles faintly. “Next you would have us both join Durand College, right? But seriously, the essay that you have dictated to me will be an excellent companion-piece to the story about Prudence that I will be publishing a retraction about. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “The Real Prudence Cossins, by [PCFullName]”.

Prudence and you eagerly look over both articles. The first article is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence. The second article is less hostile to King Aranaz than you remember being, but it does not skimp in recounting how heroic Prudence was in founding the Belonging Brethren, nor in discussing how her virtues align with those promoted by Durand College.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise her instead using her nickname of “Prudence the Powerful”. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. Besides, there are more pleasant things to think about with Prudence.

“I can’t believe that you really think me to be good for Durand College,” Prudence gushes to you for about the third time that day. “So often, people say that I should be in Godina College – and I often agree with them. But thanks to you, I feel that I can succeed in Durand College now – with you, my dearest of friends, at my side. And if I can continue in the Academagia, I can date you next year – and we, as fellow Durand students, can terrify those who would hurt people.”

This makes you wonder why Prudence did not start in Godina College to begin with, but you figure that you cannot know everything about everybody. Besides, you are sure that Prudence’s secrets, if secrets they are, are not the kind that would prevent you from enjoying a date with her, come in time. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Leadership, Command, and Oratory, + 1 glory for Prudence Cossins, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, - 1 relationship with Sixt von Rupprecht for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Strategy for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +2 relationship with Polisena Briardi for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, Prudence Cossins’s Stress reset to 0, + 1 skill level Dating for the PC and Prudence Cossins, end adventure]

[If PC is in Aranaz College]

 

[If PC has no Affection nor Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“You really like that article about Prudence Cossins, right, Rikildis? Why don’t I try to tell you about why Prudence Cossins is so well suited for Durand College?”

“If that’s what you think will compensate for my retraction, sure.” Rikildis’s voice is carefully neutral. “But I hope that you can move beyond the whole ‘punches people with little provocation’ angle. Godina is the college for athletes and similarly…less cerebral…types, and Philippe Marchant is in Morvidus College.”

“But I can, Rikildis,” you say with only the faintest hint of smugness. “Any fool can attack people, but the person whom Durand College wants as a student is willing to attack only certain types of people in certain circumstances. People who are doing wrong and making life bad for other people.”

“And Prudence is like this?” Rikildis sounds doubtful.

“Indeed she is, Rikildis…”

You tell Rikildis about how Prudence sought your help to create the Belonging Brethren. The whole idea, you emphasize, was hers – you just helped her to advertise it and find a peaceful meeting place. When rimbal players sought to beat up people who were attending the first meeting, Prudence willingly placed herself at risk to protect less skilled or defensive students – even when they were older students. Even when they were Aranaz students.

“And that,” you conclude, “is what being a Durand student is all about – being willing to take great risks to protect others even when the odds seem stacked against you. King Durand, we Aranaz students proclaim, was a fool to try to attack the dragons head on – especially since King Morvidus was not yet known to be approaching with his own army. Much better, we Aranaz students say, if we had followed King Aranaz’s less direct approach. Well, King Durand won the argument, the battle was joined, and Cyve was torn asunder. We Aranaz students think that had King Durand not attacked, this Exile would not have happened, and that had he known what the dragons had been planning, he would have deferred to King Aranaz. But I think that King Durand would have insisted upon attack regardless – and that he would have been right to do so, even if King Aranaz had used all of his cunning and the knowledge about the dragons’ powers and plans to argue for caution. I mean, had the dragons been left undisturbed, who knows what menaces – perhaps involving Gates or Mastery – they could have devised in order to restore slavery to all of humanity? But by attacking the dragons when he did, King Durand so weakened the dragons that they were forced to engage in the Exile – and from that point on, humans would not remain dragons’ slaves or mere rebels against draconic slavery. Prudence Cossins, due to her willingness to try to help people even when the odds are against her, follows in King Durand’s footsteps – and Durand College’s traditions of selfless dedication to helping others.”

Rikildis looks at you thoughtfully, then smiles faintly. “Next you would have us both defect from Aranaz College to join Durand, right? But seriously, the essay that you have dictated to me will be an excellent companion-piece to the story about Prudence that I will be publishing a retraction about. Sometimes, journalistic quality is better than favor from our regent, and this is one such time, I think. Better a slightly angry regent than a wrathful Prudence, I figure. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “The Real Prudence Cossins, by [PCFullName]”.

Prudence and you eagerly look over both articles. The first article is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence. The second article is less hostile to King Aranaz than you remember being, but it does not skimp in recounting how heroic Prudence was in founding the Belonging Brethren, nor in discussing how her virtues align with those promoted by Durand College.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise her instead using her nickname of “Prudence the Powerful”. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. Such as the anger that Regent Sixt von Rupprecht doubtlessly feels towards you for having praised Durand College. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Leadership, Command, and Oratory, + 1 glory for Prudence Cossins, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, - 1 relationship with Sixt von Rupprecht for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Strategy for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +2 relationship with Polisena Briardi for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, end adventure]

[If PC has Affection but no Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“You really like that article about Prudence Cossins, right, Rikildis? Why don’t I try to tell you about why Prudence Cossins is so well suited for Durand College?”

“If that’s what you think will compensate for my retraction, sure.” Rikildis’s voice is carefully neutral. “But I hope that you can move beyond the whole ‘punches people with little provocation’ angle. Godina is the college for athletes and similarly…less cerebral…types, and Philippe Marchant is in Morvidus College.”

“But I can, Rikildis,” you say with only the faintest hint of smugness. “Any fool can attack people, but the person whom Durand College wants as a student is willing to attack only certain types of people in certain circumstances. People who are doing wrong and making life bad for other people.”

“And Prudence is like this?” Rikildis sounds doubtful.

“Indeed she is, Rikildis…”

You tell Rikildis about how Prudence sought your help to create the Belonging Brethren. The whole idea, you emphasize, was hers – you just helped her to advertise it and find a peaceful meeting place. When rimbal players sought to beat up people who were attending the first meeting, Prudence willingly placed herself at risk to protect less skilled or defensive students – even when they were older students. Even when they were Aranaz students.

“And that,” you conclude, “is what being a Durand student is all about – being willing to take great risks to protect others even when the odds seem stacked against you. King Durand, we Aranaz students proclaim, was a fool to try to attack the dragons head on – especially since King Morvidus was not yet known to be approaching with his own army. Much better, we Aranaz students say, if we had followed King Aranaz’s less direct approach. Well, King Durand won the argument, the battle was joined, and Cyve was torn asunder. We Aranaz students think that had King Durand not attacked, this Exile would not have happened, and that had he known what the dragons had been planning, he would have deferred to King Aranaz. But I think that King Durand would have insisted upon attack regardless – and that he would have been right to do so, even if King Aranaz had used all of his cunning and the knowledge about the dragons’ powers and plans to argue for caution. I mean, had the dragons been left undisturbed, who knows what menaces – perhaps involving Gates or Mastery – they could have devised in order to restore slavery to all of humanity? But by attacking the dragons when he did, King Durand so weakened the dragons that they were forced to engage in the Exile – and from that point on, humans would not remain dragons’ slaves or mere rebels against draconic slavery. Prudence Cossins, due to her willingness to try to help people even when the odds are against her, follows in King Durand’s footsteps – and Durand College’s traditions of selfless dedication to helping others.”

Rikildis looks at you thoughtfully, then smiles faintly. “Next you would have us both defect from Aranaz College to join Durand, right? But seriously, the essay that you have dictated to me will be an excellent companion-piece to the story about Prudence that I will be publishing a retraction about. Sometimes, journalistic quality is better than favor from our regent, and this is one such time, I think. Better a slightly angry regent than a wrathful Prudence, I figure. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “The Real Prudence Cossins, by [PCFullName]”.

Prudence and you eagerly look over both articles. The first article is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence. The second article is less hostile to King Aranaz than you remember being, but it does not skimp in recounting how heroic Prudence was in founding the Belonging Brethren, nor in discussing how her virtues align with those promoted by Durand College.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise her instead using her nickname of “Prudence the Powerful”. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. Such as the anger that Regent Sixt von Rupprecht doubtlessly feels towards you for having praised Durand College. Besides, there are more pleasant things to think about with Prudence -although she reminds you that she could make them unpleasant.

“I can’t believe that you really think me to be good for Durand College,” Prudence gushes to you for about the third time that day. “So often, people say that I should be in Godina College – and I often agree with them. But thanks to you, I feel that I can succeed in Durand College now – even though you, my friend, are in a rival college. If you turn against me, I can just try to thrash you - whether I win or lose against you, I might hurt you so much so that you would stop hurting others.”

This makes you wonder why Prudence did not start in Godina College to begin with, but you figure that you cannot know everything about everybody. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Leadership, Command, and Oratory, + 1 glory for Prudence Cossins, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, - 1 relationship with Sixt von Rupprecht for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +1 skill level Strategy for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +2 relationship with Polisena Briardi for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, Prudence Cossins’s Stress reset to 0, end adventure]

[If PC has Love with Prudence Cossins]

 

“You really like that article about Prudence Cossins, right, Rikildis? Why don’t I try to tell you about why Prudence Cossins is so well suited for Durand College?”

“If that’s what you think will compensate for my retraction, sure.” Rikildis’s voice is carefully neutral. “But I hope that you can move beyond the whole ‘punches people with little provocation’ angle. Godina is the college for athletes and similarly…less cerebral…types, and Philippe Marchant is in Morvidus College.”

“But I can, Rikildis,” you say with only the faintest hint of smugness. “Any fool can attack people, but the person whom Durand College wants as a student is willing to attack only certain types of people in certain circumstances. People who are doing wrong and making life bad for other people.”

“And Prudence is like this?” Rikildis sounds doubtful.

“Indeed she is, Rikildis…”

You tell Rikildis about how Prudence sought your help to create the Belonging Brethren. The whole idea, you emphasize, was hers – you just helped her to advertise it and find a peaceful meeting place. When rimbal players sought to beat up people who were attending the first meeting, Prudence willingly placed herself at risk to protect less skilled or defensive students – even when they were older students. Even when they were Aranaz students.

“And that,” you conclude, “is what being a Durand student is all about – being willing to take great risks to protect others even when the odds seem stacked against you. King Durand, we Aranaz students proclaim, was a fool to try to attack the dragons head on – especially since King Morvidus was not yet known to be approaching with his own army. Much better, we Aranaz students say, if we had followed King Aranaz’s less direct approach. Well, King Durand won the argument, the battle was joined, and Cyve was torn asunder. We Aranaz students think that had King Durand not attacked, this Exile would not have happened, and that had he known what the dragons had been planning, he would have deferred to King Aranaz. But I think that King Durand would have insisted upon attack regardless – and that he would have been right to do so, even if King Aranaz had used all of his cunning and the knowledge about the dragons’ powers and plans to argue for caution. I mean, had the dragons been left undisturbed, who knows what menaces – perhaps involving Gates or Mastery – they could have devised in order to restore slavery to all of humanity? But by attacking the dragons when he did, King Durand so weakened the dragons that they were forced to engage in the Exile – and from that point on, humans would not remain dragons’ slaves or mere rebels against draconic slavery. Prudence Cossins, due to her willingness to try to help people even when the odds are against her, follows in King Durand’s footsteps – and Durand College’s traditions of selfless dedication to helping others.”

Rikildis looks at you thoughtfully, then smiles faintly. “Next you would have us both defect from Aranaz College to join Durand, right? But seriously, the essay that you have dictated to me will be an excellent companion-piece to the story about Prudence that I will be publishing a retraction about. Sometimes, journalistic quality is better than favor from our regent, and this is one such time, I think. Better a slightly angry regent than a wrathful Prudence, I figure. Now leave me alone to do this.”

The next day, you proudly show Prudence the latest copy of the Logodaedalo’s Roar. One large headline proclaims “Prudence Cossins not Pirate”, while another headline proclaims “The Real Prudence Cossins, by [PCFullName]”.

Prudence and you eagerly look over both articles. The first article is a condemnation of the claim that Prudence is a pirate, dismissing it as based upon vague evidence. The second article is less hostile to King Aranaz than you remember being, but it does not skimp in recounting how heroic Prudence was in founding the Belonging Brethren, nor in discussing how her virtues align with those promoted by Durand College.

The result of these articles is that people stop thinking, for the most part, that Prudence is a pirate, and often praise her instead using her nickname of “Prudence the Powerful”. You, however, are left wondering whether the claims about Prudence the pirate were right. But then you think that you will not raise this idea with Prudence – some issues should not be reopened. Such as the anger that Regent Sixt von Rupprecht doubtlessly feels towards you for having praised Durand College. Besides, there are more pleasant things to think about with Prudence -although she reminds you that she could make them unpleasant.

“I can’t believe that you really think me to be good for Durand College,” Prudence gushes to you for about the third time that day. “So often, people say that I should be in Godina College – and I often agree with them. But thanks to you, I feel that I can succeed in Durand College now – even though you, my friend, are in a rival college. And if I can continue in the Academagia, I can date you next year. If you turn against me, I can just try to thrash you - whether I win or lose against you, I might hurt you so much so that you would stop hurting others.”

This makes you wonder why Prudence did not start in Godina College to begin with, but you figure that you cannot know everything about everybody. Besides, you are sure that Prudence’s secrets, if secrets they are, are not the kind that would prevent you from enjoying a date with her, come in time. [+1 Charm, + 1 skill level Leadership, Command, and Oratory, + 1 glory for Prudence Cossins, +1 stress for Rikildis von Kiep, - 1 relationship with Sixt von Rupprecht for Rikildis von Kiep, +1 skill level Strategy for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, +2 relationship with Polisena Briardi for Rikildis von Kiep and the PC, Prudence Cossins’s Stress reset to 0, + 1 skill level Dating for the PC and Prudence Cossins, end adventure]

Failure

 

“Why don’t I try to tell you about why Prudence Cossins is so well suited for Durand College, Rikildis?”

“If that’s what you think will compensate for my retraction, sure.” Rikildis’s voice is carefully neutral. “But I hope that you can move beyond the whole ‘punches people with little provocation’ angle. Godina is the college for athletes and similarly…less cerebral…types, and Philippe Marchant is in Morvidus College.”

“Um…”

Come to think of it, you really had not thought beyond what Rikildis had mentioned, and she very effectively undermined your efforts to link impulsive violence to Durand College. So with a sigh, you say that maybe you need to rethink Prudence.

“Fine by me,” Rikildis replies. “But don’t do it here. I’m busy with the newspaper.”

So you leave Rikildis to her newspaper work as you think about ways to help Prudence. [+ 1 stress, - 1 skill step Planning, + 1 skill step Debate for Rikildis von Kiep, pause adventure]

Failure

 

“Really?” Rikildis seems genuinely interested. “You do have a certain reputation – especially after you, Zorzi, and Philippe Marchant got into that confrontation with the street magicians during our first year’s Workshop Day. So, what craziness can you tell me about?”

“I’m not really sure,” you tell her. “So many adventures that I have had are either highly personal or boring.”

Rikildis snorts in disgust. “Maybe you are a better adventurer that a recounter of adventures. Those whom you help must surely hope so – although given your problems, their willingness to have you help them is unlikely to be based upon your words. My skills as a writer cannot make excitement from nothing for readers – I do enough of that in class.” [ - 1 skill step Story Telling, choose other option]

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Feedback is welcome. Can anyone guess who or what inspired the three students whom the PC meets?

Sad at the Schohanwicht:

 

Note:

 

This is a one-shot event that is meant to trigger when the PC first returns to the Schohanwicht and the Academagia after summer vacation.

Requirements:

 

PC has memory Zoe Spurned for Gates and no affection/love with any character. This event is meant to trigger when the Player uses the action “Train at the Schohanwicht School.”

Event:

 

The grasses bark at each other and some of the flowers playfully snap at your robes, but you are too deep in thought to laugh at, marvel at, or be frightened by their antics as you sit beside a path within the Schohanwicht School’s campus. But you are not thinking about the lesson in Gates magic that you finished earlier today. Rather, you are thinking about whether Gates magic is worth it. Or rather, a closely related question.

Is studying gates magic really worth losing a relationship with Zoe Melis? is the question that keeps flashing through your mind, as repetitively and obviously created by human actions as the patterns of lights that illuminate the Schohanwicht School’s grounds.

You are vaguely aware, from dimly remembered conversations with Euneycia, that if you were a responsible Gates mage, you would be thinking about broader issues, but you cannot find such attempted dispassion comforting. Thinking about whether it is worth studying gates magic even while keeping secret from all whom you might feel close to your illegal actions may be less specific, but it is, if anything, even more likely to bring you sorrow. A sickly Cassetan mage, living in Cimone, driven by poverty, studying in Mineta, and with a loveliness that apparently you were one of the few to see, is rare in Mineta and the Empire of Man and Cyve – and probably the place where the Schohanwicht school is also. But people whom you feel various types of closeness to are much more common. Is the constant fear that all of them would, if they were to learn about your studies, condemn you to death regardless of their friendly relations with you, worth living with in order to study gates magic? Zoe Melis is only the tip of the spear of emotions that wounds you. But she is such a barbed tip…

Before you can try to restore some measure of happiness in response to the negative thoughts that your mind has created through thinking about Zoe and every other person not in the Schohanwicht School whom you are friendly with, a change in the grasses’ barking signals to you that something is happening. Before you can decide whether to freeze in fear at the prospect that some student’s experiment has gone wrong, you see three students standing side by side in front of where you are sitting. By their builds, they seem to be older than you are, and due to the animated discussion that they are having, it is possible for you to distinguish them without having to peer closely at their robes and concealing masks.

“What terrible luck,” a student whose voice is filled with gloom says. “It is as if the gods were working against us when we tried to summon that imp! Who bungled the summoning circle so that we attracted an asura rather than an imp? We could have died – or failed the assignment.”

“I would not be so pessimistic,” a second student says confidently. “Gates magic is by its nature dangerous and unpredictable. The professor and I are of the opinion that the issue was not the summoning circle, but the intervention of a skilled and magically knowledgeable asura or yaksha at the right time. I guess that he wanted to come through instead of a nearby imp who was summoned. Such things have been known to happen, and have led to much worse issues than what we had to deal with. I mean, no life was taken, no blood was shed, and no bones were broken. And we were able to recover from the surprise and capture the asura, who, securely bound, will be interrogated, come in time, by a professor who has promised to credit us. I am elated!”

“But the reason why our summoning brought over an asura rather than an imp remains only a hypothesis,” the gloomy student replies. “I mean, what if we’re wrong? And regardless, this same phenomenon might result in our accidentally summoning something worse than an asura instead. What if we summon a scent eater or a hungry ghost or a demon-corpse while meaning to summon merely an imp? I’m wondering whether studying Gates magic is worthwhile.”

“Stop that thought!” The third student, whose words ooze with charm and friendliness in a way that you cannot quite understand, speaks for the first time. “To study Gates magic is a sacred and fascinating field of study that we are all blessed to have access to. Thanks to the Mother Que’la, we have a privileged understanding of the worlds, with all of their creatures and magics – and our own magic that will, while led by the Mother Herself, save humans from dragons. To abandon such studies because of a minor set-back that we were able to turn into an advantage is a betrayal of the Mother – and of those of Her students who have lost their lives when Gates magic went awry or been killed by fools who think in their narrowness that Gates magic is too dangerous to permit. Others have been too frightened by the laws of the Empire of Man and, unwilling to turn Oursouki or seek refuge among the Bassans, have dropped away willingly – but not admirably – from studying this form of magic. Are you a coward like they are?”

The charming student’s words hang in the air with such sharpness that even the grasses stop their barking, and a few flowers that had nipped at various robes drop the robes with faint whines of fear. You figure that if you want to make your presence known to the students, now would be a good time. If nothing else, they are so distracted that they are unlikely to be able to cast spells against you out of anger for what they would perceive as your spying against them.

Choices:

 

Remain silent.

 

But you decide that the time is not right for you to tell them. Even if they were not able to retaliate against you for what they would doubtlessly understand to be your spying against them, they might hold grudges against you – and you do not want to place too much faith in your own concealing robe and mask when spirits can be summoned that can see beneath such garments and report to summoners.

Besides, any efforts that you might make to dissuade the students from believing that you were not spying against them might be unconvincing, given how stressed you are about Zoe Melis and all of your non-Gates mage friends.

So, with a soft sigh that cannot be heard far away, you resign yourself to thinking about your status as a practitioner of a pillar of magic that could get you executed – and try to convince yourself that Zoe would have sold you to a magistrate for some money for whatever reason she needs so much money. You are not sure how successful you are in resolving your worry, but you are able to avoid hearing with any but the vaguest understanding how the dispute resolves. When you finally stand up to go forth to another place, the bands of light have moved noticeably, and you find yourself once more alone but for the barking grasses and biting flowers. [+ 1 skill step Temperance, remove memory Zoe Spurned for Gates, add memory Zoe Rejected for Gates, end event]

Cry out to the older students.

 

You decide that if you will make yourself known, you had better do so quickly and cleanly. So you cry out, “Hey! I am here, if it makes a difference.”

Almost in unison, the three older students gasp and turn towards you. The gloomy student draws forth a wand, but the charming student raises a hand and addresses you cheerfully.

“Whether you are spirit or student, your presence here is welcome to us!”

“What!” The gloomy student sounds shocked. “Why do you say this? This student – if student he be – could have been spying against us.”

“We could have a worse spy, who would not tell us about his, her, or its presence,” the confident student says. “But I see why this being could be useful to us.”

“So, you understand me!” The charming student takes a step closer to you, and gestures towards you in what you think is meant to be a soothing way. “Whatever you are – and I have no reason to doubt that you are a student at the Schohanwicht School – you can be useful to us. How much of our discussion did you hear?”

“Enough to knew that one of your friends feels doubtful about studying Gates magic any more.”

“That is enough for our purposes,” the confident student says, over the gloomy student’s objections. “Do you struggle with such doubts yourself, though? Maybe this is why you were here so quietly.”

“I had never even thought of that perspective,” the charming student muses. Then, more directly, to you the charming student says, “This is even better. You can ask any of us why we got involved in Gates magic, and we, in answering your question, may assuage two student Gates mages’ doubts.”

You figure that talking to them may be useful for helping you to resolve your own doubts. The question, however, is which student should you ask. [Remove memory Zoe Spurned for Gates, add memory Zoe Rejected for Gates, hide option “Remain Silent”, reveal options related to speaking to the students, choose other option]

Speak to the gloomy student.

 

You decide that one source of doubt should be asked the question. If you can learn what brought such a doubting student into Gates magic, maybe you can understand what would inspire such a doubter to continue studying Gates magic – and maybe such knowledge can help you to boost your own confidence when studying Gates magic.

So you turn to the gloomy student and ask, “What brought you to studying Gates magic?”

For the first time since you heard the gloomy student’s voice, it can be heard not tinged with negative emotions. “Nothing brought me to Gates magic aside from me. Are you a student at the Schohanwicht school who also studies at the Academagia? Because if so, your talent in magic is nothing compared to mine. Mages who study in the Academagia need not study magic as intensely as others, because they may become other things through studying there also, such as lawyers ands theologians. But I had no such distractions, and was driven to study magic by skill in magic rather than any desire by me or my parents for scholarly knowledge. Create, as I did, a bronze statue in life size of King Godina, using nothing but incantation and revision and enchantment, and you can call yourself my equal without being mocked by me. Have yourself spoken of as a future archmage by multiple sober adults not of your clan when you are not yet an adult grown, and I will respect you as my equal. But the rank of an archmage means nothing to me. I love to create through magic, and through one hour of Gates magic I can create life that is cleverer by far than the machines that I can create through weeks of incantation and revision and enchantment!”

“So, I take it that you no longer doubt your commitment to study Gates magic?” The charming student sounds hopeful.

“No. Remembering why I resolved to study Gates magic, I understand that the thrill of success in Gates magic is too great a prize for me to throw away because of this setback. Thank you, spy or student, for helping me. If you are a spy, you are welcome to report about me to your master.”

“Now you go too far,” the confident student mutters. “Just because you are no longer wavering does not mean that you should be willing to expose yourself to such risks.”

“O come on,” the charming student laughs. “Both of my friends need to be better. The good thing is that none of us three friends is wavering in our willingness to study the Mother’s teachings. But are you, younger student, still wavering?”

You mumble a vaguely positive answer, and the three older students leave you alone. You are not sure how you will handle the constant stress associated with keeping your practice of Gates magic hidden from friends outside the Schohanwicht School, but you are glad that you are not the only student struggling with the stresses of Gates magic. Then a thought comes to you that is so crazy that you have to laugh.

Maybe Zoe Melis is one of the students at the Schohanwicht School. You know from your own experience how much about a body can be concealed beneath the Schohanwicht School’s uniform of a robe and mask.

With this cheerful thought, you stand up and return to the Schohanwicht School. [+1 skill level Theory of Gates, end event]

Speak to the confident student.

 

You decide that the student who displays such calm confidence without distracting charm despite studying Gates magic should be asked the question. If you can learn what brought such a calmly confident student into Gates magic, maybe you can understand how you and other doubting students of Gates magic can acquire such confidence when studying Gates magic.

So you turn to the confident student and ask, “How you so confident despite studying Gates magic?”

The confident student’s voice sounds undistorted with pride as the confident student replies. “You ask me the wrong question. Anyone can study magic while being confident, even if the magic is illegal and dangerous. Studying magic, after all, is merely a matter of memorizing phemes, understanding how they should be sequenced, and learning about how to write the phemes in various circumstances. In theory, magic can be studied without casting a single spell – although this is rarely done. Using Gates magic, on the other hand, requires much more confidence than merely studying Gates magic, even though both are illegal. I am confident when I use Gates magic for two reasons. First, I am knowledgeable and skilled when dealing with Gates magic. I realize that Gates magic can be dangerous and can lead to accidents, but I take appropriate precautions, often based upon negation magic, in order to minimize the risks. Furthermore, I have studied and trained various contingency plans in order to be able to respond usefully if a Gates spell that I cast goes wrong and the negation-based wards that I set up cannot solve the issue. I also keep in mind that Gates magic is not the only pillar of magic that can cause problems – incantation and even enchantment can be dangerous, yet they are legal in the Empire of Man, and only vague rumours about a poorly understood topic at the intersection of magic, draconic power, and natural philosophy allege that Monteon was destroyed because of Gates magic. Do my listeners understand?”

You join the other students in nodding. But then the gloomy student asks, “So, what’s the second reason why you are confident when you use Gates magic?”

“Your perspicacity makes you a worthy Gates mage,” the charming student says. “But I also am curious now.”

“The second reason why I am confident,” the confident student says, “is because confidence is an asset when I am doing the form of Gates magic that I love best. Summoned beings from other places are unpredictable at best, and the intelligent beings are often very dangerous. If a serpent-person who collects enemies’ severed heads were to sense any weakness in me, it would attack me and add my head to the collection. But by exuding an aura of confidence, I can make such beings and similar beings less likely to attack me and more likely to engage in the fascinating conversations that to me make Gates magic a worthy field of study. Even Mastery magic, after all, does not bring a mage into contact with beings from distant lands and other worlds, and the beings whom I have summoned, whether polyphloisboian and loathsome or beautifully configured and sweetly sounding, are all interesting when they talk to me. Of course, confidence as a protection against summoned creatures is best if it is based upon careful planning rather than being a bluff, but I do that well enough.”

“Maybe I should learn some negation magic in order to help me be a better a Gates mage,” the gloomy student mutters.

“So, would I be right to say that our doubting friend no longer wavers in commitment to studying Gates magic?” The charming student sounds hopeful.

“No. Hearing what my friend has said about studying Gates magic, I understand that the thrill of success in Gates magic is too great a prize for me to throw away because of this setback. Thank you, spy or student, for helping me. If you are a spy, you are welcome to report about me to your master.”

“Now you go too far,” the confident student mutters. “Just because you are no longer wavering does not mean that you should be willing to expose yourself to such risks.”

“O come on,” the charming student laughs. “Both of my friends need to be better. The good thing is that none of us three friends is wavering in our willingness to study the Mother’s teachings. But are you, younger student, still wavering?”

You mumble a vaguely positive answer, and the three older students leave you alone. You are not sure how you will handle the constant stress associated with keeping your practice of Gates magic hidden from friends outside the Schohanwicht School, but you are glad that you are not the only student struggling with the stresses of Gates magic. Then a thought comes to you that is so crazy that you have to laugh.

Maybe Zoe Melis is one of the students at the Schohanwicht School. You know from your own experience how much about a body can be concealed beneath the Schohanwicht School’s uniform of a robe and mask.

With this cheerful thought, you stand up and return to the Schohanwicht School. [+1 skill level Gates Methods, end event]

Speak to the charming student.

 

[If PC and Katja Quinnecht are in same Clique or PC and Katja Quinnecht have relationship >7]

 

If PC completed Katja Quinnecht’s Y1 adventure

 

You decide that the student who displays such distracting charm despite studying Gates magic should be asked the question. One who is charming, you figure, must be relaxed. If you can learn what brought such a charming student into Gates magic, maybe you and other wavering students can understand how such a student became relaxed enough to be so charming despite Gates magic’s stress.

So you turn to the charming student and ask, “How are you relaxed enough to seem charming even when studying Gates magic?”

The charming student’s voice swells with pride as the confident student replies. “If I were wanting to seem a more powerful mage than I am, I would say that I use glamour spells, or even Mastery.”

Seeing that you and the other two students have jerked with fear at this statement, the charming student laughs. “But such a claim would be dishonest, as well as frightening to my friends and others. Thankfully, the truth is much simpler. I am naturally charming, I suppose, in the same way as other people are naturally skilled athletes or mages or sittuyin players. But just like a naturally skilled athlete can lose after a time with lack of exercise to a trained athlete constantly training, or a naturally skilled mage or sittuyin player can lose to anyone who has studied the rules of magic or sittuyin in order to be better able to set up phemes or pieces and use them effectively, so my natural charm had to be preserved through the stresses of studying Gates magic through training. Otherwise, I dare say, I might have become as frightened as a Bassan in Mineta when a guard wants to see what old books are kept in the back of the trunk that is most difficult to study.”

You join the other students in nodding. But then the gloomy student says, “Guards in Mineta can have a cursedly long reach. So how do you preserve your charm despite stress?”

“It is all in the attitude,” the charming student says. “So many Gates mages are extremely attached to certain things despite how vulnerable such attachment makes them. They are attached to a certain house, a certain tract of wilderness, or a certain person, and seek to live inside that house or within that tract of wilderness or near that person for a long time – despite the danger that such attachment poses. A house can become a besieged prison, a tract of wilderness an ambushers’ stage and dancing-ground, and a person, whether kin or friend or lover, a way to track one and lure one to one’s death. So, I avoid such attachments as best as I can. By maintaining a simple attitude towards the essentials, I am able to flee from village to village, nation to nation, and world to world, as free as the wind. And as light and relaxed as summer’s breeze.”

“What if we can’t bear to be so detached?” the gloomy student grumbles.

“Ah, in that case there is some training that I find applicable even to more stationary Gates mages,” the charming student says. “Treat every act of teleportation that you do as not merely a way to get from one place to another, but as a pleasure in its own right. What I delight in doing, therefore, is teleporting to places that I do not need to be at during my spare time, in order to explore the locations through more conventional means. And when I am exploring, I constantly focus my mind upon how wonderful the place is, both as a place of some type of beauty and as a place to know about for future use. A wilderness in the barely surveyed interior of Oursouk would make a wonderful place for a workshop or home if I must flee where I live now, and I thrill at the thought of taking some special friend – he, she, or it can come from worthy Bassans, the Oursoukis, or from the people at this school – for a pleasant evening’s walking down the Rue d’Auseil, whose only notable prohibition for visitors and dwellers is that, while within the Rue d’Auseil, they must never play stringed instruments that are bowed and fretted. But come. Have my words been helpful?”

“Hearing what my friend has said about studying Gates magic, I understand that the thrill of success in Gates magic is too great a prize for me to throw away because of this setback, the gloomy student says. “Thank you, spy or student, for helping me. If you are a spy, you are welcome to report about me to your master.”

“Now you go too far,” the confident student mutters. “Just because you are no longer wavering does not mean that you should be willing to expose yourself to such risks.”

“O come on,” the charming student laughs. “Both of my friends need to be better. The good thing is that none of us three friends is wavering in our willingness to study the Mother’s teachings. But are you, younger student, still wavering?”

You mumble a vaguely positive answer, and the three older students leave you alone. You are not sure how you will handle the constant stress associated with keeping your practice of Gates magic hidden from friends outside the Schohanwicht School, but you are glad that you are not the only student struggling with the stresses of Gates magic. Then a thought comes to you that is so crazy that you have to laugh.

Maybe Zoe Melis is one of the students at the Schohanwicht School. You know from your own experience how much about a body can be concealed beneath the Schohanwicht School’s uniform of a robe and mask.

With this cheerful thought, you stand up and return to the Schohanwicht School. As you go, you are moved to hope that the Rue d’Auseil is not in Azern – or that if it is in Azern, it is in a place where Katja Quinnecht will not go. Katja may have improved substantially as a mage, but violin remains her great passion, and for her to be forbidden to play it anywhere would be upsetting to her. Then you smile. At least Zoe Melis, for all of the isolating traits that she has, is not a musician. If she were to go to the Rue d’Auseil – and your heart flutters at the thought that such a visit might be with you – she would not care about such a restriction, except perhaps as an object of study – which you also are interested by. Must one, while studying Gates magic, choose between being detached and being wracked by stress? Because despite your efforts, you keep thinking how nice it would be to have a deep relationship with Zoe Melis or some scholarly young woman like her. [+1 skill level Gates Spells, end event]

If PC did not complete Katja Quinnecht’s Y1 adventure

 

You decide that the student who displays such distracting charm despite studying Gates magic should be asked the question. One who is charming, you figure, must be relaxed. If you can learn what brought such a charming student into Gates magic, maybe you and other wavering students can understand how such a student became relaxed enough to be so charming despite Gates magic’s stress.

So, you turn to the charming student and ask, “How are you relaxed enough to seem charming even when studying Gates magic?”

The charming student’s voice swells with pride as the confident student replies. “If I were wanting to seem a more powerful mage than I am, I would say that I use glamour spells, or even Mastery.”

Seeing that you and the other two students have jerked with fear at this statement, the charming student laughs. “But such a claim would be dishonest, as well as frightening to my friends and others. Thankfully, the truth is much simpler. I am naturally charming, I suppose, in the same way as other people are naturally skilled athletes or mages or sittuyin players. But just like a naturally skilled athlete can lose after a time with lack of exercise to a trained athlete constantly training, or a naturally skilled mage or sittuyin player can lose to anyone who has studied the rules of magic or sittuyin in order to be better able to set up phemes or pieces and use them effectively, so my natural charm had to be preserved through the stresses of studying Gates magic through training. Otherwise, I dare say, I might have become as frightened as a Bassan in Mineta when a guard wants to see what old books are kept in the back of the trunk that is most difficult to study.”

You join the other students in nodding. But then the gloomy student says, “Guards in Mineta can have a cursedly long reach. So how do you preserve your charm despite stress?”

“It is all in the attitude,” the charming student says. “So many Gates mages are extremely attached to certain things despite how vulnerable such attachment makes them. They are attached to a certain house, a certain tract of wilderness, or a certain person, and seek to live inside that house or within that tract of wilderness or near that person for a long time – despite the danger that such attachment poses. A house can become a besieged prison, a tract of wilderness an ambushers’ stage and dancing-ground, and a person, whether kin or friend or lover, a way to track one and lure one to one’s death. So, I avoid such attachments as best as I can. By maintaining a simple attitude towards the essentials, I am able to flee from village to village, nation to nation, and world to world, as free as the wind. And as light and relaxed as summer’s breeze.”

“What if we can’t bear to be so detached?” the gloomy student grumbles.

“Ah, in that case there is some training that I find applicable even to more stationary Gates mages,” the charming student says. “Treat every act of teleportation that you do as not merely a way to get from one place to another, but as a pleasure in its own right. What I delight in doing, therefore, is teleporting to places that I do not need to be at during my spare time, in order to explore the locations through more conventional means. And when I am exploring, I constantly focus my mind upon how wonderful the place is, both as a place of some type of beauty and as a place to know about for future use. A wilderness in the barely surveyed interior of Oursouk would make a wonderful place for a workshop or home if I must flee where I live now, and I thrill at the thought of taking some special friend – he, she, or it can come from worthy Bassans, the Oursoukis, or from the people at this school – for a pleasant evening’s walking down the Rue d’Auseil, whose only notable prohibition for visitors and dwellers is that, while within the Rue d’Auseil, they must never play stringed instruments that are bowed and fretted. But come. Have my words been helpful?”

“Hearing what my friend has said about studying Gates magic, I understand that the thrill of success in Gates magic is too great a prize for me to throw away because of this setback, the gloomy student says. “Thank you, spy or student, for helping me. If you are a spy, you are welcome to report about me to your master.”

“Now you go too far,” the confident student mutters. “Just because you are no longer wavering does not mean that you should be willing to expose yourself to such risks.”

“O come on,” the charming student laughs. “Both of my friends need to be better. The good thing is that none of us three friends is wavering in our willingness to study the Mother’s teachings. But are you, younger student, still wavering?”

You mumble a vaguely positive answer, and the three older students leave you alone. You are not sure how you will handle the constant stress associated with keeping your practice of Gates magic hidden from friends outside the Schohanwicht School, but you are glad that you are not the only student struggling with the stresses of Gates magic. Then a thought comes to you that is so crazy that you have to laugh.

Maybe Zoe Melis is one of the students at the Schohanwicht School. You know from your own experience how much about a body can be concealed beneath the Schohanwicht School’s uniform of a robe and mask.

With this cheerful thought, you stand up and return to the Schohanwicht School. As you go, you are moved to hope that the Rue d’Auseil is not in Azern – or that if it is in Azern, it is in a place where Katja Quinnecht will not go. Katja is a very unskilled mage, and for her to be forbidden in any location, regardless of time, to do what she is truly skilled at and enjoys would be extremely upsetting to her. Then you smile. At least Zoe Melis, for all of the isolating traits that she has, is not a musician. If she were to go to the Rue d’Auseil – and your heart flutters at the thought that such a visit might be with you – she would not care about such a restriction, except perhaps as an object of study – which you also are interested by. Must one, while studying Gates magic, choose between being detached and being wracked by stress? Because despite your efforts, you keep thinking how nice it would be to have a deep relationship with Zoe Melis or some scholarly young woman like her. [+1 skill level Gates Spells, end event]

[If PC and Katja Quinnecht are not in same Clique and PC and Katja Quinnecht have relationship <7]

 

You decide that the student who displays such distracting charm despite studying Gates magic should be asked the question. One who is charming, you figure, must be relaxed. If you can learn what brought such a charming student into Gates magic, maybe you and other wavering students can understand how such a student became relaxed enough to be so charming despite Gates magic’s stress.

So, you turn to the charming student and ask, “How are you relaxed enough to seem charming even when studying Gates magic?”

The charming student’s voice swells with pride as the charming student replies. “If I were wanting to seem a more powerful mage than I am, I would say that I use glamour spells, or even Mastery.”

Seeing that you and the other two students have jerked with fear at this statement, the charming student laughs. “But such a claim would be dishonest, as well as frightening to my friends and others. Thankfully, the truth is much simpler. I am naturally charming, I suppose, in the same way as other people are naturally skilled athletes or mages or sittuyin players. But just like a naturally skilled athlete can lose after a time with lack of exercise to a trained athlete constantly training, or a naturally skilled mage or sittuyin player can lose to anyone who has studied the rules of magic or sittuyin in order to be better able to set up phemes or pieces and use them effectively, so my natural charm had to be preserved through the stresses of studying Gates magic through training. Otherwise, I dare say, I might have become as frightened as a Bassan in Mineta when a guard wants to see what old books are kept in the back of the trunk that is most difficult to study.”

You join the other students in nodding. But then the gloomy student says, “Guards in Mineta can have a cursedly long reach. So how do you preserve your charm despite stress?”

“It is all in the attitude,” the charming student says. “So many Gates mages are extremely attached to certain things despite how vulnerable such attachment makes them. They are attached to a certain house, a certain tract of wilderness, or a certain person, and seek to live inside that house or within that tract of wilderness or near that person for a long time – despite the danger that such attachment poses. A house can become a besieged prison, a tract of wilderness an ambushers’ stage and dancing-ground, and a person, whether kin or friend or lover, a way to track one and lure one to one’s death. So, I avoid such attachments as best as I can. By maintaining a simple attitude towards the essentials, I am able to flee from village to village, nation to nation, and world to world, as free as the wind. And as light and relaxed as summer’s breeze.”

“What if we can’t bear to be so detached?” the gloomy student grumbles.

“Ah, in that case there is some training that I find applicable even to more stationary Gates mages,” the charming student says. “Treat every act of teleportation that you do as not merely a way to get from one place to another, but as a pleasure in its own right. What I delight in doing, therefore, is teleporting to places that I do not need to be at during my spare time, in order to explore the locations through more conventional means. And when I am exploring, I constantly focus my mind upon how wonderful the place is, both as a place of some type of beauty and as a place to know about for future use. A wilderness in the barely surveyed interior of Oursouk would make a wonderful place for a workshop or home if I must flee where I live now, and I thrill at the thought of taking some special friend – he, she, or it can come from worthy Bassans, the Oursoukis, or from the people at this school – for a pleasant evening’s walking down the Rue d’Auseil, whose only notable prohibition for visitors and dwellers is that, while within the Rue d’Auseil, they must never play stringed instruments that are bowed and fretted. But come. Have my words been helpful?”

“Hearing what my friend has said about studying Gates magic, I understand that the thrill of success in Gates magic is too great a prize for me to throw away because of this setback, the gloomy student says. “Thank you, spy or student, for helping me. If you are a spy, you are welcome to report about me to your master.”

“Now you go too far,” the confident student mutters. “Just because you are no longer wavering does not mean that you should be willing to expose yourself to such risks.”

“O come on,” the charming student laughs. “Both of my friends need to be better. The good thing is that none of us three friends is wavering in our willingness to study the Mother’s teachings. But are you, younger student, still wavering?”

You mumble a vaguely positive answer, and the three older students leave you alone. You are not sure how you will handle the constant stress associated with keeping your practice of Gates magic hidden from friends outside the Schohanwicht School, but you are glad that you are not the only student struggling with the stresses of Gates magic. Then a thought comes to you that is so crazy that you have to laugh.

Maybe Zoe Melis is one of the students at the Schohanwicht School. You know from your own experience how much about a body can be concealed beneath the Schohanwicht School’s uniform of a robe and mask.

With this cheerful thought, you stand up and return to the Schohanwicht School. [+1 skill level Gates Spells, end event]

Edited by Rhialto
edited pronouns and adjectives

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Outline of Prelude to Adventure “Beatrix von Wetgen's Visiting Band”:

The adventure “Beatrix von Wetgen's Visiting Band” must be preceded by one of 4 shorter adventures that can allow the PC go through the adventure “Beatrix von Wetgen's Visiting Band”. Each of these shorter adventures has a different set of Y1 Prerequisites.

1.      “Finding Friends” requires the PC to have completed the Y1 adventure Wandering the Corridors and have relationship > 5 with Beatrix von Wetgen.

2.      “Choosing a Chaperone” requires the PC to have completed Flore Yveuillet’s Y1 adventure and have relationship > 5 with Flore Yveuillet.

3.      “Of Litigation and Laboratories” requires the PC to have completed the Y1 adventure “The Clock-Maker’s Daughter” and Zoe Melis’s Y1 adventure.

4.      “Journalism’s Journeyperson” requires the PC to have completed Rikildis von Kiep’s Y1 adventure and have relationship > 2 with Rikildis von Kiep.

The premises of these adventures are as follows:

1.      “Finding Friends”: In which Beatrix invites the PC to join her, Flore, Malthezar, and Durand in visiting some Satyrs at Satyrius with Regent Storey. The Complication: Storey is not willing to allow this to happen. The Solution: Persuade him that Beatrix and Flore, as young women, need escorts to the satyrs’ gathering… and who better for Flore than her study partner Prudence Cossins…once she has been found? The Resolution: Prudence is located and is eager to meet satyrs.

2.      “Choosing a Chaperone”: In which Flore is sad that she has been told by Regent Briardi that because of her bad reputation, she cannot accept the invitation to meet satyrs with Regent Storey and Beatrix von Wetgen. The Solution: Persuade Briardi that Beatrix and Flore, as young women, need escorts to the satyrs’ gathering… and who better for Flore than her study partner Prudence Cossins…once she has been found? The Resolution: Prudence is located and is eager to meet satyrs.

3.      “Of Litigation and Laboratories”: In which the PC is approached by Zoe Melis, who tells the PC that Pelia has paid Zoe to ask the PC to help her. Pelia has been confronted by various people trying to adopt her (or claiming to be her relatives) because they want access to her alchemical knowledge (and her father's), and she faces litigation about how old she really is. In an attempt to raise money for legal advice, she has decided to try to set up a night’s entertainment for the satyrs of Satyrius, since she thinks that they are reclusive enough that they will not spread in Mineta news about what she can do. The Complication: In order to make more money, she needs help to bring her portable alchemical laboratory to Satyrius. The Solution: Persuade Regent Storey that you can join the trip as an escort for Beatrix. Flore can be escorted by her study partner Prudence Cossins. The Resolution: Regent Storey, impressed by your helping Pelia, makes the arrangements, leaving you to pack Pelia’s better equipment and carry it for her to the satyrs’ meeting.

4.      “Journalism’s Journeyperson”: In which Rikildis says that she has heard that Regent Storey is assembling some students from Morvidus for some sort of outing – and she wants the PC to write an article about the trip for her. If the PC accept, a complication arises: how to get invited. Rikildis has a solution: ask Beatrix von Wetgen. Upon meeting Beatrix, several options are available for how to proceed, but success depends upon the PC’s not having Heritage: Vilocian. If Beatrix can be negotiated with, she invites the PC to join her, Flore, Malthezar, and Durand in visiting some Satyrs at Satyrius with Regent Storey. The Complication: Storey is not willing to allow this to happen. The Solution: Persuade him that Beatrix and Flore, as young women, need escorts to the satyrs’ gathering… and who better for Flore than her study partner Prudence Cossins…once she has been found? The Resolution: Prudence is located and is eager to meet satyrs.

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Beatrix Says Farewell:

As usual, any feedback is welcome.

 

Notes

 

This is intended to be a piece for early in Y2, on the day when students who travel onboard airships are leaving Mineta. Should the team accept it, they may choose to make it an automatic event, or they may choose to make it a small time-limited adventure. Regardless, the prerequisites are: PC must have finished Beatrix von Wetgen’s Y1 adventure, must have relationship > 0 with Beatrix von Wetgen.

Event:

 

PC is in Morvidus College

 

PC has relationship < 11 with Beatrix von Wetgen

 

You are finding it very difficult to get your things packed as you leave the place within the Academagia that you called home for the past few months. Not only are older students constantly trying to use their greater size and power within the college to get you to help them with what you need to do for yourself, but your peers are also making matters difficult. Not only is Mairgrete Strakley audible struggling to decide between between trying to force her protesting cat into its cage and comforting it, but Vettor Conta has decided to try soaking Eliana Carosi, much to her noisy distress. At least Phillippe Marchant, that perpetual bully, is refraining from open threats, and if the rumors are to be believed, Joana Lio y Rossollo is helping Ana Flavia Bessa in Avila – although with the way rumours go, you would not be surprised to learn that she is in fact either eating candy or spying on Phillippe.

As you are explaining to a scowling senior student that her graduation and already secured job as a game warden to some Vilocian graf does not mean that you should abandon your packing to help her with her efforts, you hear a crisp clicking of boots upon the floor.

Turning around, you see Beatrix von Wetgen brightly beaming – although at what you are not sure. When the senior student, seeing your distraction, notices Beatrix, her face slumps into neutrality and she walks away without another word.

“I am so glad that my cheerfulness is contagious,” Beatrix says with a relieved smile. “I was worried that the time that I had saved by packing efficiently so much earlier would be entirely wasted due to that argument that you were in.”

“Thanks for the help, Beatrix,” you say with a smile of your own. “Why are you going into the madhouse that Morvidus today if you are already packed?”

“Isn’t it obvious, [PCFirstName]? I wanted to say farewell to you. You are more than just a foe to wyvern cultists and friend to my research – you are also a friend to me, and it would be wrong if I were not to requite your efforts on my behalf.”

“Um…requite?”

Beatrix laughs aloud. “Sorry for the formal language. But seriously, since we are friends, I just wanted to say farewell to you - and ask whether you wanted to be my penpal over the summer.”

PC has relationship > 10 with Beatrix von Wetgen

 

PC has no affection with Beatrix von Wetgen

 

You are finding it very difficult to get your things packed as you leave the place within the Academagia that you called home for the past few months. Not only are older students constantly trying to use their greater size and power within the college to get you to help them with what you need to do for yourself, but your peers are also making matters difficult. Not only is Mairgrete Strakley audible struggling to decide between between trying to force her protesting cat into its cage and comforting it, but Vettor Conta has decided to try soaking Eliana Carosi, much to her noisy distress. At least Phillippe Marchant, that perpetual bully, is refraining from open threats, and if the rumors are to be believed, Joana Lio y Rossollo is helping Ana Flavia Bessa in Avila – although with the way rumours go, you would not be surprised to learn that she is in fact either eating candy or spying on Phillippe.

As you are explaining to a scowling senior student that her graduation and already secured job as a game warden to some Vilocian graf does not mean that you should abandon your packing to help her with her efforts, you hear a crisp clicking of boots upon the floor.

Turning around, you see Beatrix von Wetgen brightly beaming – although at what you are not sure. When the senior student, seeing your distraction, notices Beatrix, her face slumps into neutrality and she walks away without another word.

“I am so glad that my cheerfulness is contagious,” Beatrix says with a relieved smile. “I was worried that the time that I had saved by packing efficiently so much earlier would be entirely wasted due to that argument that you were in.”

“Thanks for the help, Beatrix,” you say with a smile of your own. “Why are you going into the madhouse that Morvidus today if you are already packed?”

“Isn’t it obvious, [PCFirstName]? I wanted to say farewell to you. You are more than just a foe to wyvern cultists and friend to my research – you are also a close friend to me, and it would be wrong if I were not to requite your efforts on my behalf.”

“Um…requite?”

Beatrix laughs aloud. “Sorry for the formal language. But seriously, since we are friends, I just wanted to say farewell to you - and ask whether you wanted to be my penpal over the summer.”

PC has affection with Beatrix von Wetgen

 

PC is Prodigy: On the Prowl

 

You are finding it very difficult to get your things packed as you leave the place within the Academagia that you called home for the past few months. Not only are older students constantly trying to use their greater size and power within the college to get you to help them with what you need to do for yourself, but your peers are also making matters difficult. Not only is Mairgrete Strakley audible struggling to decide between between trying to force her protesting cat into its cage and comforting it, but Vettor Conta has decided to try soaking Eliana Carosi, much to her noisy distress. At least Phillippe Marchant, that perpetual bully, is refraining from open threats, and if the rumors are to be believed, Joana Lio y Rossollo is helping Ana Flavia Bessa in Avila – although with the way rumours go, you would not be surprised to learn that she is in fact either eating candy or spying on Phillippe.

As you are explaining to a scowling senior student that her graduation and already secured job as a game warden to some Vilocian graf does not mean that you should abandon your packing to help her with her efforts, you hear a crisp clicking of boots upon the floor.

Turning around, you see Beatrix von Wetgen brightly beaming – although at what you are not sure. When the senior student, seeing your distraction, notices Beatrix, her face slumps into neutrality and she walks away without another word.

“I am so glad that my cheerfulness is contagious,” Beatrix says with a relieved smile. “I was worried that the time that I had saved by packing efficiently so much earlier would be entirely wasted due to that argument that you were in – and that I would have gotten involved in it in order to help you.”

“Your help was much appreciated, Beatrix,” you say with a smile of your own. “I am honored that you come into the madhouse that is Morvidus in order to see me, but is there anything that you wanted to talk to me about? If so, I am all ears for your words.”

“Isn’t it obvious, [PCFirstName]? I wanted to say farewell to you. You are more than just a foe to wyvern cultists and friend to my research – you are also a very dear friend to me, and it would be wrong if I were not to requite your efforts on my behalf.”

“Requite? Do I really deserve such emotionless language?”

Beatrix laughs aloud. “Sorry for the formal language. You just cause me to fall back on training in order to express myself. But seriously, since we are so close, I just wanted to say farewell to you - and ask whether you wanted to be my penpal over the summer.”

PC is not Prodigy: On the Prowl

 

You are finding it very difficult to get your things packed as you leave the place within the Academagia that you called home for the past few months. Not only are older students constantly trying to use their greater size and power within the college to get you to help them with what you need to do for yourself, but your peers are also making matters difficult. Not only is Mairgrete Strakley audible struggling to decide between between trying to force her protesting cat into its cage and comforting it, but Vettor Conta has decided to try soaking Eliana Carosi, much to her noisy distress. At least Phillippe Marchant, that perpetual bully, is refraining from open threats, and if the rumors are to be believed, Joana Lio y Rossollo is helping Ana Flavia Bessa in Avila – although with the way rumours go, you would not be surprised to learn that she is in fact either eating candy or spying on Phillippe.

As you are explaining to a scowling senior student that her graduation and already secured job as a game warden to some Vilocian graf does not mean that you should abandon your packing to help her with her efforts, you hear a crisp clicking of boots upon the floor.

Turning around, you see Beatrix von Wetgen brightly beaming – although at what you are not sure. When the senior student, seeing your distraction, notices Beatrix, her face slumps into neutrality and she walks away without another word.

“I am so glad that my cheerfulness is contagious,” Beatrix says with a relieved smile. “I was worried that the time that I had saved by packing efficiently so much earlier would be entirely wasted due to that argument that you were in – and that I would have gotten involved in it in order to help you.”

“Thank for coming, Beatrix,” you say with a smile of your own. “You come into the madhouse that is Morvidus and met me me, but is there anything that you wanted to talk to me about?”

“Isn’t it obvious, [PCFirstName]? I wanted to say farewell to you. You are more than just a foe to wyvern cultists and friend to my research – you are also a very dear friend to me, and it would be wrong if I were not to requite your efforts on my behalf.”

“Requite? Why such emotionless language?”

Beatrix laughs aloud. “Sorry for the formal language. But seriously, since we are so close, I just wanted to say farewell to you - and ask whether you wanted to be my penpal over the summer.”

PC is in Vernin College

 

PC has relationship < 11 with Beatrix von Wetgen

 

You are finding it very difficult to get your things packed as you leave the place within the Academagia that you called home for the past few months. Not only are older students constantly trying to use their greater size and power within the college to get you to help them with what you need to do for yourself, but your peers are also making matters difficult. Not only is Catherine Chard trying to hint to a growing crowd of students that she and her family would be very grateful to all students who can help her in any way, but Rui da Casga’s reputation has made almost everyone – even the regent – a bit tense and more willing to lash out at each other. At least Louise Kandinsky, that perpetual scowler and complainer, is keeping the Hochmeister under control – although this has led her to try to get you to gather her luggage while she handles the bird.

As you are explaining to a scowling Louise and her feathered familiar that her inability to control the Hochmeister is her problem rather than a reason why you should abandon your packing to help her with her efforts, you hear a crisp clicking of boots upon the floor.

Turning around, you see Beatrix von Wetgen brightly beaming – although at what you are not sure. When Louise, seeing your distraction, notices Beatrix, her face cracks into a smile and she walks away without another word.

“I am so glad that my cheerfulness is contagious,” Beatrix says with a relieved smile. “I was worried that the time that I had saved by packing efficiently so much earlier would be entirely wasted due to that argument that you were in.”

“Thanks for the help, Beatrix,” you say with a smile of your own. “Why are you coming into this college – which is today hostile even to its own members, to say nothing of Morvidus students? Were you hoping to speak to Louise about something? If the Hochmeister has extirpated some small rodent, Louise cannot help you even if she were wanting to help – she can barely control the Hochmeister at the best of times.”

“Isn’t it obvious, [PCFirstName]? I wanted to say farewell to you. You are more than just a foe to wyvern cultists and friend to my research – you are also a friend to me, and it would be wrong if I were not to requite your efforts on my behalf.”

“Um…requite?”

Beatrix laughs aloud. “Sorry for the formal language. But seriously, since we are friends, I just wanted to say farewell to you - and ask whether you wanted to be my penpal over the summer.”

PC has relationship > 10 with Beatrix von Wetgen

 

PC has no affection with Beatrix von Wetgen

 

You are finding it very difficult to get your things packed as you leave the place within the Academagia that you called home for the past few months. Not only are older students constantly trying to use their greater size and power within the college to get you to help them with what you need to do for yourself, but your peers are also making matters difficult. Not only is Catherine Chard trying to hint to a growing crowd of students that she and her family would be very grateful to all students who can help her in any way, but Rui da Casga’s reputation has made almost everyone – even the regent – a bit tense and more willing to lash out at each other. At least Louise Kandinsky, that perpetual scowler and complainer, is keeping the Hochmeister under control – although this has led her to try to get you to gather her luggage while she handles the bird.

As you are explaining to a scowling Louise and her feathered familiar that her inability to control the Hochmeister is her problem rather than a reason why you should abandon your packing to help her with her efforts, you hear a crisp clicking of boots upon the floor.

Turning around, you see Beatrix von Wetgen brightly beaming – although at what you are not sure. When Louise, seeing your distraction, notices Beatrix, her face cracks into a smile and she walks away without another word.

“I am so glad that my cheerfulness is contagious,” Beatrix says with a relieved smile. “I was worried that the time that I had saved by packing efficiently so much earlier would be entirely wasted due to that argument that you were in.”

“Thanks for the help, Beatrix,” you say with a smile of your own. “Why are you coming into this college – which is today hostile even to its own members, to say nothing of Morvidus students? Were you hoping to speak to Louise about something? If the Hochmeister has extirpated some small rodent, Louise cannot help you even if she were wanting to help – she can barely control the Hochmeister at the best of times.”

“Isn’t it obvious, [PCFirstName]? I wanted to say farewell to you. You are more than just a foe to wyvern cultists and friend to my research – you are also a close friend to me, and it would be wrong if I were not to requite your efforts on my behalf.”

“Um…requite?”

Beatrix laughs aloud. “Sorry for the formal language. But seriously, since we are close friends, I just wanted to say farewell to you - and ask whether you wanted to be my penpal over the summer.”

PC has affection with Beatrix von Wetgen

 

PC is Prodigy: On the Prowl

 

You are finding it very difficult to get your things packed as you leave the place within the Academagia that you called home for the past few months. Not only are older students constantly trying to use their greater size and power within the college to get you to help them with what you need to do for yourself, but your peers are also making matters difficult. Not only is Catherine Chard trying to hint to a growing crowd of students that she and her family would be very grateful to all students who can help her in any way, but Rui da Casga’s reputation has made almost everyone – even the regent – a bit tense and more willing to lash out at each other. At least Louise Kandinsky, that perpetual scowler and complainer, is keeping the Hochmeister under control – although this has led her to try to get you to gather her luggage while she handles the bird.

As you are explaining to a scowling Louise and her feathered familiar that her inability to control the Hochmeister is her problem rather than a reason why you should abandon your packing to help her with her efforts, you hear a crisp clicking of boots upon the floor.

Turning around, you see Beatrix von Wetgen brightly beaming – although at what you are not sure. When Louise, seeing your distraction, notices Beatrix, her face cracks into a smile and she walks away without another word.

“I am so glad that my cheerfulness is contagious,” Beatrix says with a relieved smile. “I was worried that the time that I had saved by packing efficiently so much earlier would be entirely wasted due to that argument that you were in – and that I would have gotten involved in it in order to help you.”

“I thank you for the help, Beatrix,” you say with a smile of your own. “Why are you coming into this college – which is today hostile even to its own members, to say nothing of Morvidus students? I hope that you were here for my sake rather than in order to talk to Louise about something. If the Hochmeister has extirpated some small rodent, Louise cannot help you even if she were wanting to help – she can barely control the Hochmeister at the best of times.”

“Isn’t it obvious, [PCFirstName]? I wanted to say farewell to you. You are more than just a foe to wyvern cultists and friend to my research – you are also a very dear friend to me, and it would be wrong if I were not to requite your efforts on my behalf.”

“Requite? Do I really deserve such emotionless language?”

Beatrix laughs aloud. “Sorry for the formal language. You just cause me to fall back on training in order to express myself. But seriously, since we are so close, I just wanted to say farewell to you - and ask whether you wanted to be my penpal over the summer.”

PC is not Prodigy: On the Prowl

 

You are finding it very difficult to get your things packed as you leave the place within the Academagia that you called home for the past few months. Not only are older students constantly trying to use their greater size and power within the college to get you to help them with what you need to do for yourself, but your peers are also making matters difficult. Not only is Catherine Chard trying to hint to a growing crowd of students that she and her family would be very grateful to all students who can help her in any way, but Rui da Casga’s reputation has made almost everyone – even the regent – a bit tense and more willing to lash out at each other. At least Louise Kandinsky, that perpetual scowler and complainer, is keeping the Hochmeister under control – although this has led her to try to get you to gather her luggage while she handles the bird.

As you are explaining to a scowling Louise and her feathered familiar that her inability to control the Hochmeister is her problem rather than a reason why you should abandon your packing to help her with her efforts, you hear a crisp clicking of boots upon the floor.

Turning around, you see Beatrix von Wetgen brightly beaming – although at what you are not sure. When Louise, seeing your distraction, notices Beatrix, her face cracks into a smile and she walks away without another word.

“I am so glad that my cheerfulness is contagious,” Beatrix says with a relieved smile. “I was worried that the time that I had saved by packing efficiently so much earlier would be entirely wasted due to that argument that you were in – and that I would have gotten involved in it in order to help you.”

“Thanks for the help, Beatrix,” you say with a smile of your own. “Why are you coming into this college – which is today hostile even to its own members, to say nothing of Morvidus students? I hope that you were not here in order to talk to Louise about something. If the Hochmeister has extirpated some small rodent, Louise cannot help you even if she were wanting to help – she can barely control the Hochmeister at the best of times.”

“Isn’t it obvious, [PCFirstName]? I wanted to say farewell to you. You are more than just a foe to wyvern cultists and friend to my research – you are also a very dear friend to me, and it would be wrong if I were not to requite your efforts on my behalf.”

“Requite? Why such emotionless language?”

Beatrix laughs aloud. “Sorry for the formal language. But seriously, since we are so close, I just wanted to say farewell to you - and ask whether you wanted to be my penpal over the summer.”

PC is in Neither Vernin nor Morvidus College

 

PC has relationship < 11 with Beatrix von Wetgen

 

You are finding it very difficult to get your things packed as you leave the place within the Academagia that you called home for the past few months. Not only are older students constantly trying to use their greater size and power within the college to get you to help them with what you need to do for yourself, but your peers are also making matters difficult. Oriabel Sidot is obsessively trying to hunt down a ghost and seems to be causing more disruption than the destruction of Monteon while doing so, and Alan Driscoll seems to be seeking treasures at a very inconvenient time – and in very inconvenient places.

As you are explaining to a scowling senior student that his graduation and already secured job as a soldier in some Vilocian mercenary company does not mean that you should abandon your packing to help him with his efforts, you hear a crisp clicking of boots upon the floor.

Turning around, you see Beatrix von Wetgen brightly beaming – although at what you are not sure. When the senior student, seeing your distraction, notices Beatrix, his face slumps into neutrality and he walks away without another word.

“I am so glad that my cheerfulness is contagious,” Beatrix says with a relieved smile. “I was worried that the time that I had saved by packing efficiently so much earlier would be entirely wasted due to that argument that you were in.”

“Thanks for the help, Beatrix,” you say with a smile of your own. “But why do you want to meet me?”

“Isn’t it obvious, [PCFirstName]? I wanted to say farewell to you. You are more than just a foe to wyvern cultists and friend to my research – you are also a friend to me, and it would be wrong if I were not to requite your efforts on my behalf.”

“Um…requite?”

Beatrix laughs aloud. “Sorry for the formal language. But seriously, since we are friends, I just wanted to say farewell to you - and ask whether you wanted to be my penpal over the summer.”

PC has relationship > 10 with Beatrix von Wetgen

 

PC has no affection with Beatrix von Wetgen

 

You are finding it very difficult to get your things packed as you leave the place within the Academagia that you called home for the past few months. Not only are older students constantly trying to use their greater size and power within the college to get you to help them with what you need to do for yourself, but your peers are also making matters difficult. Oriabel Sidot is obsessively trying to hunt down a ghost and seems to be causing more disruption than the destruction of Monteon while doing so, and Alan Driscoll seems to be seeking treasures at a very inconvenient time – and in very inconvenient places.

As you are explaining to a scowling senior student that his graduation and already secured job as a soldier in some Vilocian mercenary company does not mean that you should abandon your packing to help him with his efforts, you hear a crisp clicking of boots upon the floor.

Turning around, you see Beatrix von Wetgen brightly beaming – although at what you are not sure. When the senior student, seeing your distraction, notices Beatrix, his face slumps into neutrality and he walks away without another word.

“I am so glad that my cheerfulness is contagious,” Beatrix says with a relieved smile. “I was worried that the time that I had saved by packing efficiently so much earlier would be entirely wasted due to that argument that you were in.”

“Thanks for the help, Beatrix,” you say with a smile of your own. “But why do you want to meet me?”

“Isn’t it obvious, [PCFirstName]? I wanted to say farewell to you. You are more than just a foe to wyvern cultists and friend to my research – you are also a close friend to me, and it would be wrong if I were not to requite your efforts on my behalf.”

“Um…requite?”

Beatrix laughs aloud. “Sorry for the formal language. But seriously, since we are close friends, I just wanted to say farewell to you - and ask whether you wanted to be my penpal over the summer.”

PC has affection with Beatrix von Wetgen

 

PC is Prodigy: On the Prowl

 

You are finding it very difficult to get your things packed as you leave the place within the Academagia that you called home for the past few months. Not only are older students constantly trying to use their greater size and power within the college to get you to help them with what you need to do for yourself, but your peers are also making matters difficult. Oriabel Sidot is obsessively trying to hunt down a ghost and seems to be causing more disruption than the destruction of Monteon while doing so, and Alan Driscoll seems to be seeking treasures at a very inconvenient time – and in very inconvenient places.

As you are explaining to a scowling senior student that his graduation and already secured job as a soldier in some Vilocian mercenary company does not mean that you should abandon your packing to help him with his efforts, you hear a crisp clicking of boots upon the floor.

Turning around, you see Beatrix von Wetgen brightly beaming – although at what you are not sure. When the senior student, seeing your distraction, notices Beatrix, his face slumps into neutrality and he walks away without another word.

“I am so glad that my cheerfulness is contagious,” Beatrix says with a relieved smile. “I was worried that the time that I had saved by packing efficiently so much earlier would be entirely wasted due to that argument that you were in – which I would have intervened in in order to help you.”

“I thank you for the help, Beatrix,” you say with a smile of your own. “But why have you sought me out on today of all days? It is not the best time to be…friendly with each other.”

“Isn’t it obvious, [PCFirstName]? I wanted to say farewell to you. You are more than just a foe to wyvern cultists and friend to my research – you are also a very dear friend to me, and it would be wrong if I were not to requite your efforts on my behalf.”

“Requite? Do I really deserve such emotionless language?”

Beatrix laughs aloud. “Sorry for the formal language. You just cause me to fall back on training in order to express myself. But seriously, since we are so close, I just wanted to say farewell to you - and ask whether you wanted to be my penpal over the summer.”

PC is not Prodigy: On the Prowl

 

You are finding it very difficult to get your things packed as you leave the place within the Academagia that you called home for the past few months. Not only are older students constantly trying to use their greater size and power within the college to get you to help them with what you need to do for yourself, but your peers are also making matters difficult. Oriabel Sidot is obsessively trying to hunt down a ghost and seems to be causing more disruption than the destruction of Monteon while doing so, and Alan Driscoll seems to be seeking treasures at a very inconvenient time – and in very inconvenient places.

As you are explaining to a scowling senior student that his graduation and already secured job as a soldier in some Vilocian mercenary company does not mean that you should abandon your packing to help him with his efforts, you hear a crisp clicking of boots upon the floor.

Turning around, you see Beatrix von Wetgen brightly beaming – although at what you are not sure. When the senior student, seeing your distraction, notices Beatrix, his face slumps into neutrality and he walks away without another word.

“I am so glad that my cheerfulness is contagious,” Beatrix says with a relieved smile. “I was worried that the time that I had saved by packing efficiently so much earlier would be entirely wasted due to that argument that you were in – which I would have intervened in in order to help you.”

“Thanks for the help, Beatrix,” you say with a smile of your own. “But why have you sought me out on today of all days? It is not the best time to be…friendly with each other.”

“Isn’t it obvious, [PCFirstName]? I wanted to say farewell to you. You are more than just a foe to wyvern cultists and friend to my research – you are also a very dear friend to me, and it would be wrong if I were not to requite your efforts on my behalf.”

“Requite? Why such emotionless language?”

Beatrix laughs aloud. “Sorry for the formal language. But seriously, since we are so close, I just wanted to say farewell to you - and ask whether you wanted to be my penpal over the summer.”

 

Choices:

 

PC has affection with Beatrix von Wetgen

 

PC is Prodigy: On the Prowl

 

“Beatrix, I would love to remain in touch with you.”

 

Beatrix smiles at you, but then her mouth breaks into a grin. “Given your reputation, I am not surprised by this. But sure, I will happily write to you over the summer. I am planning such wonderful…hikes throughout Wetgen, and…”

“I would be interested to read about your travels, Beatrix,” you say. And you mean it. No person, regardless of other reasons to speak to Beatrix, can become her friend without sharing at least some interest in her hobbies, which so pervade her life.

“I’m glad that you aren’t expecting me to discuss…other matters with you, [PCFirstName]. I am not one of those girls who was looking for love and waiting with great impatience for dating to be permitted – or ignoring that little ban. But you are so polite that we developed a…little closeness, shall we say?”

It is your time to laugh now. “Oh, Beatrix, you are so polite and responsible and honest and fun to know. I can respect you more for these traits than any Hedi student – and not just because their magic focusses upon deceptions.”

“If I were less responsible, [PCFirstName], then my life would be different. I would not be able to go forth into the Imperial Reserve – or have an appropriate relationship with you!”

After you and Beatrix have finished giggling at Beatrix’s words, you write down for Beatrix instructions about how she may write to you over the summer. Then, she leaves, smiling and waving. You are glad that you know Beatrix von Wetgen so well – and not just because she is so constantly cheerful without letting her cheerfulness overshadow her other traits. [+ 1 skill step Romance for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, gain ability Write to Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

“Beatrix, I would love to help you with your report.”

 

If PC has Natural Philosophy > 9

 

If PC is Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix smiles at you, but then her mouth breaks into a grin. “Given your reputation, I am faintly surprised that you are so focussed upon what I am working on. But who am I to turn down free help – especially from you, my dear friend?”

“I would be interested to read your thoughts about the flora and fauna of the Imperial reserve, Beatrix. So few people – and certainly few students – know about it as much as you do, have skill in natural philosophy, and are trying to publish research about it,” you say. And you mean what you say. No person, regardless of other reasons to speak to Beatrix, can become her friend without sharing at least some interest in her hobbies, which so pervade her life.

“That’s right, isn’t it?” Beatrix says. “One of the reasons why we got so close was because we share an interest in natural philosophy. I’m glad that you aren’t expecting me to discuss…other matters with you, [PCFirstName]. I am not one of those girls who was looking for love and waiting with great impatience for dating to be permitted – or ignoring that little ban. But you are so polite that we developed a…little closeness, shall we say?”

It is your time to laugh now. “Oh, Beatrix, you are so polite and responsible and honest and fun to know. I can respect you more for these traits than any Hedi student – and not just because their magic focusses upon deceptions.”

“If I were less responsible, [PCFirstName], then my life would be different. I would not be able to go forth into the Imperial Reserve or publish my research about the Imperial Reserve – or have an appropriate relationship with you!”

After you and Beatrix have finished giggling at Beatrix’s words, you write down for Beatrix instructions about how she may write to you over the summer, and she promises that she will much appreciate your help in discussing and critiquing her research. Then, she leaves, smiling and waving. You are glad that you know Beatrix von Wetgen so well – and not just because she is so constantly cheerful without letting her cheerfulness overshadow her other traits. But you are also moved into thinking stressed thoughts, as your secret studies often drive you. One of the reasons why you are so skilled in natural philosophy is because Euneycia has told you that great gates mages are skilled in that art – but you would be executed if you were to share your researches in that pillar of magic with the world. You hope – no, fantisize – that Beatrix has some dark secret reason of her own for why she keeps going into the Imperial Reserve. But not all who have dark secrets tolerate gates mages, you think. [+1 stress, + 1 skill step Biology for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, gain ability Help Beatrix with her Report, end event]

If PC is not Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix smiles at you, but then her mouth breaks into a grin. “Given your reputation, I am faintly surprised that you are so focussed upon what I am working on. But who am I to turn down free help – especially from you, my dear friend?”

“I would be interested to read your thoughts about the flora and fauna of the Imperial reserve, Beatrix. So few people – and certainly few students – know about it as much as you do, have skill in natural philosophy, and are trying to publish research about it,” you say. And you mean what you say. No person, regardless of other reasons to speak to Beatrix, can become her friend without sharing at least some interest in her hobbies, which so pervade her life.

“That’s right, isn’t it?” Beatrix says. “One of the reasons why we got so close was because we share an interest in natural philosophy. I’m glad that you aren’t expecting me to discuss…other matters with you, [PCFirstName]. I am not one of those girls who was looking for love and waiting with great impatience for dating to be permitted – or ignoring that little ban. But you are so polite that we developed a…little closeness, shall we say?”

It is your time to laugh now. “Oh, Beatrix, you are so polite and responsible and honest and fun to know. I can respect you more for these traits than any Hedi student – and not just because their magic focusses upon deceptions.”

“If I were less responsible, [PCFirstName], then my life would be different. I would not be able to go forth into the Imperial Reserve or publish my research about the Imperial Reserve – or have an appropriate relationship with you!”

After you and Beatrix have finished giggling at Beatrix’s words, you write down for Beatrix instructions about how she may write to you over the summer, and she promises that she will much appreciate your help in discussing and critiquing her research. Then, she leaves, smiling and waving. You are glad that you know Beatrix von Wetgen so well – and not just because she is so constantly cheerful without letting her cheerfulness overshadow her other traits. [+ 1 skill step Biology for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, gain ability Help Beatrix with her Report, end event]

If PC has Natural Philosophy < 10

 

If PC is Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix smiles at you, but then her mouth breaks into a grin. “Given your reputation, I am faintly surprised that you are so focussed upon what I am working on. But who am I to turn down free help – especially from you, my dear friend?”

“I would be interested to read your thoughts about the Imperial reserve, Beatrix. I know little about natural philosophy, but would not mind learning about it from you,” you say. And you mean what you say. No person, regardless of other reasons to speak to Beatrix, can become her friend without sharing at least some interest in her hobbies, which so pervade her life.

“Thanks for not pretending to be a master natural philosopher,” Beatrix says. “Our fine relationship is based upon…other things. But I am not one of those girls who was looking for love and waiting with great impatience for dating to be permitted – or ignoring that little ban. But you are so polite that we developed a…little closeness, shall we say?”

It is your time to laugh now. “Oh, Beatrix, you are so polite and responsible and honest and fun to know. I can respect you more for these traits than any Hedi student – and not just because their magic focusses upon deceptions.”

“If I were less responsible, [PCFirstName], then my life would be different. I would not be able to go forth into the Imperial Reserve or publish my research about the Imperial Reserve – or have an appropriate relationship with you!”

After you and Beatrix have finished giggling at Beatrix’s words, you write down for Beatrix instructions about how she may write to you over the summer, and she promises that she will much appreciate your help in discussing and critiquing her research. Then, she leaves, smiling and waving. You are glad that you know Beatrix von Wetgen so well – and not just because she is so constantly cheerful without letting her cheerfulness overshadow her other traits. But you are also moved into thinking stressed thoughts, as your secret studies often drive you. Euneycia has told you that unless you study natural philosophy well, you cannot become a great gates mage – and you fear that you are creating even more risk for yourself by studying but not mastering a pillar of magic whose study would result in your execution if you were caught. You hope – no, fantasize – that Beatrix has some dark secret reason of her own for why she keeps going into the Imperial Reserve. But not all who have dark secrets tolerate gates mages, you think. [+2 stress, + 1 skill step Biology for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, gain ability Help Beatrix with her Report, end event]

If PC is not Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix smiles at you, but then her mouth breaks into a grin. “Given your reputation, I am faintly surprised that you are so focussed upon what I am working on. But who am I to turn down free help – especially from you, my dear friend?”

“I would be interested to read your thoughts about the Imperial reserve, Beatrix. I know little about natural philosophy, but would not mind learning about it from you,” you say. And you mean what you say. No person, regardless of other reasons to speak to Beatrix, can become her friend without sharing at least some interest in her hobbies, which so pervade her life.

“Thanks for not pretending to be a master natural philosopher,” Beatrix says. “Our fine relationship is based upon…other things. But I am not one of those girls who was looking for love and waiting with great impatience for dating to be permitted – or ignoring that little ban. But you are so polite that we developed a…little closeness, shall we say?”

It is your time to laugh now. “Oh, Beatrix, you are so polite and responsible and honest and fun to know. I can respect you more for these traits than any Hedi student – and not just because their magic focusses upon deceptions.”

“If I were less responsible, [PCFirstName], then my life would be different. I would not be able to go forth into the Imperial Reserve or publish my research about the Imperial Reserve – or have an appropriate relationship with you!”

After you and Beatrix have finished giggling at Beatrix’s words, you write down for Beatrix instructions about how she may write to you over the summer, and she promises that she will much appreciate your help in discussing and critiquing her research. Then, she leaves, smiling and waving. You are glad that you know Beatrix von Wetgen so well – and not just because she is so constantly cheerful without letting her cheerfulness overshadow her other traits. [+ 1 skill step Biology for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, gain ability Help Beatrix with her Report, end event]

“But what would we talk about, Beatrix?”

 

If PC is Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix appears for a second to be very surprised by your words, then replies, in a cold but polite voice, “Well, I am glad that we learned now that we have nothing on common with each other. Thank the gods that we did not find ourselves in a worse predicament before realizing this.”

Then she turns and swiftly walks away. You are left thinking that is is better to be thought harsh and interested in her than to have gotten into a fight about it later on – or be exposed by Beatrix as a gates mage. [+1 stress, - 2 relationship between the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

If PC is not Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix appears for a second to be very surprised by your words, then replies, in a cold but polite voice, “Well, I am glad that we learned now that we have nothing on common with each other. Thank the gods that we did not find ourselves in a worse predicament before realizing this.”

Then she turns and swiftly walks away. You are left thinking that is is better to be thought harsh and interested in her than to have gotten into a fight about it later on. [- 2 relationship between the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

“With all due respect, Beatrix, I have better things to do this summer – and so so you, I do not doubt.”

 

If PC is Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix blinks at you, then says, in a surprisingly harsh voice, “Are you more interested in Carosi now?”

Your surprise must be visible, because Beatrix shrugs apologeticly and says, “Given your reputatation and how similar Carosi and I are, I was not sure. But is this an attempt…?”

You feel when the right time is to smoothly interject, “No, Beatrix, but it is just that Wetgen is a long way away, and we may not be good at writing letters to each other even were the post reliable.”

Beatrix smiles apologetically. “Fair enough. The way from Wetgen to Mineta is long and hard, and much changes during and after my journey. Still, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and hope that when we meet again we can have a wonderful relationship. I hope that you will pray at Rostra’s temple for me, but only because it is a conventionally dutiful thing for separated people to do. I am not about to become one of those who sees gods’ interventions behind every rustling leaf.”

Beatrix leaves you, smiling. You are not sure whether to be relieved or sad. Relieved, because you will have some time to figure out how to keep your relationship with Beatrix and your study of gates magic going next year – if such is possible. Sad, because if even one tenth of the rumours that you have heard from the more mystically minded students and teachers at the Schohanwicht are true, then conventional religion, as taught in Mineta, is incorrect in many ways. [+ 2 stress, + 1 skill level Temperence for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

If PC is not Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix blinks at you, then says, in a surprisingly harsh voice, “Are you more interested in Carosi now?”

Your surprise must be visible, because Beatrix shrugs apologeticly and says, “Given your reputatation and how similar Carosi and I are, I was not sure. But is this an attempt…?”

You feel when the right time is to smoothly interject, “No, Beatrix, but it is just that Wetgen is a long way away, and we may not be good at writing letters to each other even were the post reliable.”

Beatrix smiles apologetically. “Fair enough. The way from Wetgen to Mineta is long and hard, and much changes during and after my journey. Still, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and hope that when we meet again we can have a wonderful relationship. I hope that you will pray at Rostra’s temple for me, but only because it is a conventionally dutiful thing for separated people to do. I am not about to become one of those who sees gods’ interventions behind every rustling leaf.”

Beatrix leaves you, smiling. You are relieved that the two of you have been able to control your interests for each other. Rumours often swirl, some more plausible than others, about students at the Academagia whose too strong attractions for each other caused much disruption in life – when a life was not ended by it. [+ 1 stress, + 1 skill level Temperence for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

PC is not Prodigy: On the Prowl

 

“Beatrix, I am so glad that you want to remain in touch with me.”

 

Beatrix smiles at you, but then her mouth breaks into a grin. “I am not surprised by this. But sure, I will happily write to you over the summer. I am planning such wonderful…hikes throughout Wetgen, and…”

“I would be interested to read about your travels, Beatrix,” you say. And you mean it. No person, regardless of other reasons to speak to Beatrix, can become her friend without sharing at least some interest in her hobbies, which so pervade her life.

“I’m glad that you aren’t expecting me to discuss…other matters with you, [PCFirstName]. I am not one of those girls who was looking for love and waiting with great impatience for dating to be permitted – or ignoring that little ban. But you are so polite that we developed a…little closeness, shall we say?”

It is your time to laugh now. “Oh, Beatrix, you are so polite and responsible and honest and fun to know. I can respect you more for these traits than any Hedi student – and not just because their magic focusses upon deceptions.”

“If I were less responsible, [PCFirstName], then my life would be different. I would not be able to go forth into the Imperial Reserve!”

After you and Beatrix have finished giggling at Beatrix’s words, you write down for Beatrix instructions about how she may write to you over the summer. Then, she leaves, smiling and waving. You are glad that you know Beatrix von Wetgen so well – and not just because she is so constantly cheerful without letting her cheerfulness overshadow her other traits. [+ 1 skill step Romance for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, gain ability Write to Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

“Beatrix, may I help you with your report?”

 

If PC has Natural Philosophy > 9

 

If PC is Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix smiles at you, but then her mouth breaks into a grin. “I am faintly surprised that you are so focussed upon what I am working on. But who am I to turn down free help – especially from you?”

“I would be interested to read your thoughts about the flora and fauna of the Imperial reserve, Beatrix. So few people – and certainly few students – know about it as much as you do, have skill in natural philosophy, and are trying to publish research about it,” you say. And you mean what you say. No person, regardless of other reasons to speak to Beatrix, can become her friend without sharing at least some interest in her hobbies, which so pervade her life.

“That’s right, isn’t it?” Beatrix says. “One of the reasons why we got so close was because we share an interest in natural philosophy. But you are so polite that we developed a…little closeness, shall we say?”

It is your time to laugh now. “Oh, Beatrix, you are so polite and responsible and honest and fun to know. I can respect you more for these traits than any Hedi student – and not just because their magic focusses upon deceptions.”

“If I were less responsible, [PCFirstName], then my life would be different. I would not be able to go forth into the Imperial Reserve or publish my research about the Imperial Reserve!”

After you and Beatrix have finished giggling at Beatrix’s words, you write down for Beatrix instructions about how she may write to you over the summer, and she promises that she will much appreciate your help in discussing and critiquing her research. Then, she leaves, smiling and waving. You are glad that you know Beatrix von Wetgen so well – and not just because she is so constantly cheerful without letting her cheerfulness overshadow her other traits. But you are also moved into thinking stressed thoughts, as your secret studies often drive you. One of the reasons why you are so skilled in natural philosophy is because Euneycia has told you that great gates mages are skilled in that art – but you would be executed if you were to share your researches in that pillar of magic with the world. You hope – no, fantasize – that Beatrix has some dark secret reason of her own for why she keeps going into the Imperial Reserve. But not all who have dark secrets tolerate gates mages, you think. [+1 stress, + 1 skill step Biology for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, gain ability Help Beatrix with her Report, end event]

If PC is not Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix smiles at you, but then her mouth breaks into a grin. “I am faintly surprised that you are so focussed upon what I am working on. But who am I to turn down free help – especially from you, my friend?”

“I would be interested to read your thoughts about the flora and fauna of the Imperial reserve, Beatrix. So few people – and certainly few students – know about it as much as you do, have skill in natural philosophy, and are trying to publish research about it,” you say. And you mean what you say. No person, regardless of other reasons to speak to Beatrix, can become her friend without sharing at least some interest in her hobbies, which so pervade her life.

“That’s right, isn’t it?” Beatrix says. “One of the reasons why we got so close was because we share an interest in natural philosophy. But you are so polite that we developed a…little closeness, shall we say?”

It is your time to laugh now. “Oh, Beatrix, you are so polite and responsible and honest and fun to know. I can respect you more for these traits than any Hedi student – and not just because their magic focusses upon deceptions.”

“If I were less responsible, [PCFirstName], then my life would be different. I would not be able to go forth into the Imperial Reserve or publish my research about the Imperial Reserve!”

After you and Beatrix have finished giggling at Beatrix’s words, you write down for Beatrix instructions about how she may write to you over the summer, and she promises that she will much appreciate your help in discussing and critiquing her research. Then, she leaves, smiling and waving. You are glad that you know Beatrix von Wetgen so well – and not just because she is so constantly cheerful without letting her cheerfulness overshadow her other traits. [+ 1 skill step Biology for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, gain ability Help Beatrix with her Report, end event]

If PC has Natural Philosophy < 10

 

If PC is Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix smiles at you, but then her mouth breaks into a grin. “I am faintly surprised that you are so focussed upon what I am working on. But who am I to turn down free help – especially from you, my friend?”

“I would be interested to read your thoughts about the Imperial reserve, Beatrix. I know little about natural philosophy, but would not mind learning about it from you,” you say. And you mean what you say. No person, regardless of other reasons to speak to Beatrix, can become her friend without sharing at least some interest in her hobbies, which so pervade her life.

“Thanks for not pretending to be a master natural philosopher,” Beatrix says. “Our fine relationship is based upon…other things. You are so polite that we developed a…little closeness, shall we say?”

It is your time to laugh now. “Oh, Beatrix, you are so polite and responsible and honest and fun to know. I can respect you more for these traits than any Hedi student – and not just because their magic focusses upon deceptions.”

“If I were less responsible, [PCFirstName], then my life would be different. I would not be able to go forth into the Imperial Reserve or publish my research about the Imperial Reserve!”

After you and Beatrix have finished giggling at Beatrix’s words, you write down for Beatrix instructions about how she may write to you over the summer, and she promises that she will much appreciate your help in discussing and critiquing her research. Then, she leaves, smiling and waving. You are glad that you know Beatrix von Wetgen so well – and not just because she is so constantly cheerful without letting her cheerfulness overshadow her other traits. But you are also moved into thinking stressed thoughts, as your secret studies often drive you. Euneycia has told you that unless you study natural philosophy well, you cannot become a great gates mage – and you fear that you are creating even more risk for yourself by studying but not mastering a pillar of magic whose study would result in your execution if you were caught. You hope – no, fantasize – that Beatrix has some dark secret reason of her own for why she keeps going into the Imperial Reserve. But not all who have dark secrets tolerate gates mages, you think. [+2 stress, + 1 skill step Biology for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, gain ability Help Beatrix with her Report, end event]

If PC is not Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix smiles at you, but then her mouth breaks into a grin. “I am faintly surprised that you are so focussed upon what I am working on. But who am I to turn down free help – especially from you, my dear friend?”

“I would be interested to read your thoughts about the Imperial reserve, Beatrix. I know little about natural philosophy, but would not mind learning about it from you,” you say. And you mean what you say. No person, regardless of other reasons to speak to Beatrix, can become her friend without sharing at least some interest in her hobbies, which so pervade her life.

“Thanks for not pretending to be a master natural philosopher,” Beatrix says. “Our fine relationship is based upon…other things. You are so polite that we developed a…little closeness, shall we say?”

It is your time to laugh now. “Oh, Beatrix, you are so polite and responsible and honest and fun to know. I can respect you more for these traits than any Hedi student – and not just because their magic focusses upon deceptions.”

“If I were less responsible, [PCFirstName], then my life would be different. I would not be able to go forth into the Imperial Reserve or publish my research about the Imperial Reserve!”

After you and Beatrix have finished giggling at Beatrix’s words, you write down for Beatrix instructions about how she may write to you over the summer, and she promises that she will much appreciate your help in discussing and critiquing her research. Then, she leaves, smiling and waving. You are glad that you know Beatrix von Wetgen so well – and not just because she is so constantly cheerful without letting her cheerfulness overshadow her other traits. [+ 1 skill step Biology for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, gain ability Help Beatrix with her Report, end event]

“But what would we talk about?”

 

If PC is Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix appears for a second to be very surprised by your words, then replies, in a cold but polite voice, “Well, I am glad that we learned now that we have nothing on common with each other.”

Then she turns and swiftly walks away. You are left thinking that is is better to be thought harsh and interested in her than to have gotten into a fight about it later on – or be exposed by Beatrix as a gates mage. [+1 stress, - 2 relationship between the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

If PC is not Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix appears for a second to be very surprised by your words, then replies, in a cold but polite voice, “Well, I am glad that we learned now that we have nothing on common with each other.”

Then she turns and swiftly walks away. You are left thinking that is is better to be thought harsh and interested in her than to have gotten into a fight about it later on. [- 2 relationship between the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

“I have better things to do this summer.”

 

If PC is Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix blinks at you, then says, in a surprisingly harsh voice, “Are you more interested in Carosi now?”

Your surprise must be visible, because Beatrix shrugs apologeticly and says, “Given how similar Carosi and I are, I was not sure. But is this an attempt…?”

You interject, “No, Beatrix, but it is just that Wetgen is a long way away, and we may not be good at writing letters to each other even were the post reliable.”

Beatrix smiles apologetically. “Fair enough. The way from Wetgen to Mineta is long and hard, and much changes during and after my journey. Still, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and hope that when we meet again we can have a wonderful relationship. I hope that you will pray at Rostra’s temple for me, but only because it is a conventionally dutiful thing for separated people to do. I am not about to become one of those who sees gods’ interventions behind every rustling leaf.”

Beatrix leaves you, smiling. You are not sure whether to be relieved or sad. Relieved, because you will have some time to figure out how to keep your relationship with Beatrix and your study of gates magic going next year – if such is possible. Sad, because if even one tenth of the rumours that you have heard from the more mystically minded students and teachers at the Schohanwicht are true, then conventional religion, as taught in Mineta, is incorrect in many ways. [+ 2 stress, + 1 skill level Temperence for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

If PC is not Student at Schohanwicht

 

Beatrix blinks at you, then says, in a surprisingly harsh voice, “Are you more interested in Carosi now?”

Your surprise must be visible, because Beatrix shrugs apologeticly and says, “Given how similar Carosi and I are, I was not sure. But is this an attempt…?”

You interject, “No, Beatrix, but it is just that Wetgen is a long way away, and we may not be good at writing letters to each other even were the post reliable.”

Beatrix smiles apologetically. “Fair enough. The way from Wetgen to Mineta is long and hard, and much changes during and after my journey. Still, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and hope that when we meet again we can have a wonderful relationship. I hope that you will pray at Rostra’s temple for me, but only because it is a conventionally dutiful thing for separated people to do. I am not about to become one of those who sees gods’ interventions behind every rustling leaf.”

Beatrix leaves you, smiling. You are relieved that the two of you have been able to control your interests for each other. Rumours often swirl, some more plausible than others, about students at the Academagia whose too strong attractions for each other caused much disruption in life – when a life was not ended by it. [+ 1 stress, + 1 skill level Temperence for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

PC has no affection with Beatrix von Wetgen

 

Male PC is Prodigy: On the Prowl

 

“Beatrix, I would love to send you beautiful messages this summer.”

 

If PC has Relationship with Beatrix von Wetgen > 10

 

Beatrix faintly grimaces, then says, “Umm, maybe you are misunderstanding me. Certainly, we are very close, but I don’t want us to go in that direction, despite your reputation and kindness to me.”

Without another word, she turns and walks away. For a moment you are sad, but then you remind yourself that there are other girls whom you could get to know – [RandomFamaleNPCStudentnotfromVernin] was looking at you with interest just the other day, if you understood her correctly. [+1 stress, +1 Skill level patience for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

If PC has Relationship with Beatrix von Wetgen < 11

 

Beatrix faintly hisses out a sound that might be a Vilocian word – though you suspect it to be one that even Professor Sido would not teach at the Academagia – and then snarls at you, “Listen! I am not like Sima, constantly seeking boys who are captivated by my beauty. Nor am I like Joana, yearning for a boyfriend. I was hoping that you were ignoring your other talents in creating a friendship with me, but I was wrong. Farewell!”

Without another word, she turns and stomps away. For a moment you are sad, but then you remind yourself that there are other girls whom you could get to know – [RandomFamaleNPCStudentnotfromVernin] was looking at you with interest just the other day, if you understood her correctly. [+2 stress, +1 Skill level patience for the PC, + 1 skill level Passion for Beatrix von Wetgen, -11 relationship with Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

“Sure, remaining in contact with you would be nice.”

 

Beatrix smiles at you, but then her mouth breaks into a grin. “Sure, I will happily write to you over the summer. I am planning such wonderful…hikes throughout Wetgen, and…”

“I would be interested to read about your travels, Beatrix,” you say. And you mean it. No person, regardless of other reasons to speak to Beatrix, can become her friend without sharing at least some interest in her hobbies, which so pervade her life.

“I’m glad that you aren’t expecting me to discuss…other matters with you, [PCFirstName]. I am not one of those girls who was looking for love and waiting with great impatience for dating to be permitted – or ignoring that little ban.”

It is your time to laugh now. “Beatrix, you are so polite and responsible and honest and fun to know – I understand why you are not interested.”

“If I were less responsible, [PCFirstName], then my life would be different. I would not be able to go forth into the Imperial Reserve!”

After you and Beatrix have finished giggling at Beatrix’s words, you write down for Beatrix instructions about how she may write to you over the summer. Then, she leaves, smiling and waving. You are glad that you know Beatrix von Wetgen so well – and not just because she is so constantly cheerful without letting her cheerfulness overshadow her other traits. [+ 1 skill step Awareness for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, gain ability Write to Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

“Would you like help with your report about the Imperial Reserve’s animals?”

 

Beatrix smiles at you, but then her mouth breaks into a grin. “Who am I to turn down free help – especially from you, my friend?”

“I would be interested to read your thoughts about the Imperial reserve, Beatrix. I would not mind learning about natural philosophy from you,” you say. And you mean what you say. No person, regardless of other reasons to speak to Beatrix, can become her friend without sharing at least some interest in her hobbies, which so pervade her life.

Beatrix says, “Our relationship is based upon shared interests and activities – and nothing more, despite your reputation.”

It is your time to laugh now. “Beatrix, you are so polite and responsible and honest and fun to know – I understand why you are not interested.”

“If I were less responsible, [PCFirstName], then my life would be different. I would not be able to go forth into the Imperial Reserve!”

After you and Beatrix have finished giggling at Beatrix’s words, you write down for Beatrix instructions about how she may write to you over the summer. Then, she leaves, smiling and waving. You are glad that you know Beatrix von Wetgen so well – and not just because she is so constantly cheerful without letting her cheerfulness overshadow her other traits. [+ 1 skill step Biology for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, gain ability Help Beatrix with her Report, end event]

“Thanks for the farewell, but there’s no need for us to be in contact over the summer.”

 

Beatrix shrugs apologetically and says, “Given your reputation, I am not sure. Is this an attempt…?”

You feel when the right time is to smoothly interject, “Wetgen is a long way away, and we may not be good at writing letters to each other even were the post reliable.”

Beatrix smiles apologetically. “Fair enough. The way from Wetgen to Mineta is long and hard, and much changes during and after my journey. Still, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and hope that when we meet again we can have a wonderful relationship. I hope that you will pray at Rostra’s temple for me, but only because it is a conventionally dutiful thing for separated people to do. I am not about to become one of those who sees gods’ interventions behind every rustling leaf.”

Beatrix leaves you, smiling. You are relieved that your reputation has not undermined a friendship with Beatrix von Wetgen. [+ 1 skill level Flawless Timing for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

PC is not Prodigy: On the Prowl

 

“Sure, remaining in contact with you would be nice.”

 

Beatrix smiles at you, but then her mouth breaks into a grin. “Sure, I will happily write to you over the summer. I am planning such wonderful…hikes throughout Wetgen, and…”

“I would be interested to read about your travels, Beatrix,” you say. And you mean it. No person, regardless of other reasons to speak to Beatrix, can become her friend without sharing at least some interest in her hobbies, which so pervade her life.

“Thanks. You have no idea how useful is is, as a hiker, to be able to write about hiking trips and discuss hikes.”

It is your time to laugh now. “Beatrix, you are so responsible. But I will gladly help you.”

“If I were less responsible, [PCFirstName], then my life would be different. I would not be able to go forth into the Imperial Reserve!”

After you and Beatrix have finished giggling at Beatrix’s words, you write down for Beatrix instructions about how she may write to you over the summer. Then, she leaves, smiling and waving. You are glad that you know Beatrix von Wetgen so well – and not just because she is so constantly cheerful without letting her cheerfulness overshadow her other traits. [+ 1 skill step Planning for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, gain ability Write to Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

“Would you like help with your report about the Imperial Reserve’s animals?”

 

Beatrix smiles at you, but then her mouth breaks into a grin. “Who am I to turn down free help – especially from you, my friend?”

“I would be interested to read your thoughts about the Imperial reserve, Beatrix. I would not mind learning about natural philosophy from you,” you say. And you mean what you say. No person, regardless of other reasons to speak to Beatrix, can become her friend without sharing at least some interest in her hobbies, which so pervade her life.

Beatrix says, “Our relationship is based upon shared interests and activities.”

It is your time to laugh now. “Beatrix, you are so polite and responsible and honest and fun to know – I understand why you are not interested.”

“If I were less responsible, [PCFirstName], then my life would be different. I would not be able to go forth into the Imperial Reserve!”

After you and Beatrix have finished giggling at Beatrix’s words, you write down for Beatrix instructions about how she may write to you over the summer. Then, she leaves, smiling and waving. You are glad that you know Beatrix von Wetgen so well – and not just because she is so constantly cheerful without letting her cheerfulness overshadow her other traits. [+ 1 skill step Biology for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, gain ability Help Beatrix with her Report, end event]

“Thanks for the farewell, but there’s no need for us to be in contact over the summer.”

 

Beatrix shrugs apologeticly and says, “Is this an attempt…?”

You interject, “Wetgen is a long way away, and we may not be good at writing letters to each other even were the post reliable.”

Beatrix smiles apologetically. “Fair enough. The way from Wetgen to Mineta is long and hard, and much changes during and after my journey. Still, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and hope that when we meet again we can have a wonderful relationship. I hope that you will pray at Rostra’s temple for me, but only because it is a conventionally dutiful thing for separated people to do. I am not about to become one of those who sees gods’ interventions behind every rustling leaf.”

Beatrix leaves you, smiling. You are relieved that you have not undermined a friendship with Beatrix von Wetgen. [+ 1 skill level Flawless Timing for the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen, end event]

Description of Benefits:

 

I created this event in part to justify the introduction of two activities that the PC can engage in with Beatrix von Wetgen over the summer vacation in order to avoid relationship decays. I know not how such relationship decay mechanics will be implemented, nor how often such actions may be used. But the two activities, as I have conceived them, have the following bonuses when used (in addition to preventing relationship decay).

 

Write to Beatrix von Wetgen:

 

Flavor Text:

 

Beatrix loves hiking, and like many people with hobbies, she loves talking about her hobby almost as much as she loves the hobby itself. You are willing to be the recipient of her words about her hobby, which Beatrix is very grateful for. Apparently, few people in Wetgen like to talk about hiking with Beatrix.

Benefits:

 

+1 skill step to a random Explore subskill for both the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen.

 

Help Beatrix with her Report:

 

Flavor Text:

 

Even after you and Beatrix von Wetgen defeated the wyvern cultists in the Imperial Reserve, Beatrix is undistracted from her goal of producing a catalogue of the animals that live within the Imperial Reserve. You have agreed to help her in making this report by editing her writings and questioning her whenever her writings are unclear

Benefits:

 

+1 skill step to a random Natural Philosophy and Research subskill for both the PC and Beatrix von Wetgen.

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