Four Gifts to the Bright City
And so on the day of Freedom in the month Futility, the priestess of the
cathedral devised a task for 3 of the bright city's adventurers. As she thought of
this quest, Thirteen and Neq both felt a coming test.
Thirteen as usual threw
himself into a fell mood, preparing his body and mind for combat. Neq however
spent his time preparing his mind, believing this task would not be battle
oriented. Senapphyr, a young thief, was with them, and she had nothing with
which to prepare herself, such was the misfortune in her life. They were called,
the three, to the cathedral, to accept their task. It was a noble one, for it
was a tribute to the bright city, a display case salvaged from the ruins of old
thalos, to be filled with items to represent the heart and spirit of the
So the three were commanded to find 3 items, one each, for this case.
Thirteen and Neq returned quickly to the cathedral, Neq presenting a pale white
stone to represent the innocence and beauty of the city, Thirteen carrying an
elven sword and a lens. Senapphyr returned twice to the altar, having died in her
own quest for items. It occured to Thirteen, that she gave then something that
most would not recognize. She gave her very life, twice, for the city, for
this task. He gave to her the elven sword, for she deserved most to win this
game. She had presented to the altar a gift better than any mere item, something
that could never go into the display case. Her own life was her true gift.
Where Neq and Thirteen took no risks in their endeavors for items, she went alone
into dangerous places, ill equipped and unarmed, to find for the city some
bright jewel. Indeed what she gave was not only her life, but the very spirit of
adventure and risk that defines the bright city. And so remember when you
look at the pitiful and mundane items in that case, each supposed to represent an
aspect of the city... a pale stone for its innocence and beauty, a rune sword
with the power to bless it's wielder to represent the magic and bladecraft of
the city, and a lens to represent it's clarity and purity of vision... that a
much greater gift was given and forgotten, as most great gifts are... the
spirit and life of a brave adventurer, who true to the nature of this bright city
died not once, but twice in an effort to gain something of beauty.