You run into the forest, leaving a perplexed young
|Who will no doubt need years of therapy now |
behind you. The evening light magnifies the beauty of the forest a hundred-fold. And the dangers, no doubt. This is the time when visibility is at it's worst, and with so many insects out, small noises go unheard. You fly through the trees, confidant you are safe from anything that would wander this close to a settled area. After while, you find yourself on the outskirts of a small church. A few meters into the forest, you find a place to sleep, safe and secure in an Everhut Pine. You quickly climb up, but before you manage to start snoozing, a light floods the scene...
It's not terribly far to the church. You remember the way, even though you weren't welcome there as a child. Thinking back, you wonder if the town hasn't gotten at least a little bit better. Still, you're left wondering what the tension between the cleric and the huge orc you had seen earlier what about.
The walk takes you less that 15 minutes, and you find yourself walking on a familiar dirt path, leading toward the church. Well, for it to be familiar, you'd have to skip the church, taking the back path through the graveyard to the shortcut that leads up to second falls, and the fort that you made there once. As you approach you see something strange begin...
It begins as a tiny emanation, snaking out of the basement of the church as though there were a dozen red torches, all lit at once. The light quickly spread out, creating patterns on the ground. Soon, there are three softly glowing circles, all about 30' out from the base of the church. Glyphs begin to form between the circles. The inner circle fills quickly, and you guess there are about 12 glyphs, if they're all spread as this one is. The second circle begins to fill, but much more slowly, with each glyph beginning to glow in turn. You watch in fascination as the magic surrounding the church continues its' work.
Swiftly, but without hurry, something goes wrong. One of the glyphs in the centre circle begins to degrade, and fall uselessly into pieces of light that are themselves lost into the darkness of approaching twilight. Soon, the entire series of circles simply fades away into darknenss, leaving you to ponder what has happened here.