Taking a break from The Callindra Chronicles this week for a spooky story; it is approaching Halloween after all. I played this character for a very brief time before the Dungeon Master and I had irreconcilable differences revolving around me asking questions, trying to play the character I chose with the skills his class and race gave him, and having the audacity to actually give feedback when he asked for it. What cheek! Anyway, the character in question ended up running from a fight and the DM’s refusal to allow me to in any reasonable way rejoin the party or return to safety I instead decided to leave the game and wrote this as my character’s exit. I hope you enjoy.
The others rushed into combat, but something plucked at Terevelen’s vision. No, not at his vision but at his intuition. It was almost like a siren song, the seductive thread of arcane power calling to his Mage’s Sight. The shouts and screams of the others faded from his attention as he incanted a spell. Motes of light barely visible from where they were encapsulated inside bubbles of darkness. This was energy he had only seen once or twice before, and it was forbidden power.
Walking almost in a trance, he followed the trail, watching as the motes became threads and the threads became tendrils and the tendrils led to something more. The power was weak, but the allure was irresistible. Terevelen stood before a hill with toppled stones that were once a grand archway. The capstone sealing the entrance was long since smashed and time had worn away the runic carvings that had once covered it.
With trembling fingers, the Elf pushed the tall grass and weeds aside. The air that breathed from the opening smelled of earth and mold, decay and faintly of death. He was frightened and more than a little disgusted by the thought of entering a tomb, nonetheless Terevelen shivered and crawled beneath the fallen archway.
The crypt was small and anything of value had long since been pilfered by thieves or destroyed by the ravages of time. Gold and gems had been prized from the walls and from the lid of the sarcophagus. A stone slab had the remains of a parchment that had likely once been proudly displayed under glass but was now reduced to moldering dust.
The remains of a human corpse were scattered from looters removing what were likely richly embroidered robes, but the dark aura of forbidden power he had been sensing emanated from those bones. It would be a laborious process, but Terevelen felt a need to re-assemble the skeleton. Sitting down to concentrate, he began to gently shift one bone at a time, moving them back where they belonged.
He never noticed when the runes along the walls lit up. He never noticed when the stones shifted back into place, cutting off all light. Absorbed in his work, Terevelen forgot to eat or drink and after a time found he did not miss it. All that mattered was this. Humming to himself, he looked at his new body in satisfaction, briefly admiring the intricate tracework of black threads that crisscrossed his emaciated frame.
“Time.” He whispered in his dry, broken voice. “All I have is time now. Time is all I need. All the time is mine.”