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716th Arc, 12th Trial of Zi'da
Neronin's Home, Etzos


Though it was daytime and hot enough to not warrant a flame Neronin kept the door to his small home closed and latched, and the candle upon his table lit. It was better to be uncomfortable than to be seen doing what he intended for this day. The corpses of a bat and of a rat lay upon his table. Both were slightly gone to rot, but mostly whole. He had also laid out his most prized possession, his journal. It was harder than one would think, acquiring such an item as a lowly vagabond boy in Etzos. Even if you happened to have the money, a shopkeeper may run you out before you could make the purchase. He had though, long ago. He used it to record his findings concerning that deepest and darkest of passions, Necromancy.

Gavrel had died a few years ago, and with him Neronin's classical education in the art of undeath. He had made due with his own wit and meticulous notes. He kept the thing carefully hidden under the cheap bedroll he used as a mattress. Now it lay open to a blank page with the pen sitting ready next to it. Neronin picked up the pen and began to write;

Notes on Necromantic Animation of the Rat
716 Arc, 12 Trial, Zi'da

It is important to first make sure the subject is in useful condition. This can be achieved with the proper and well thought out Restore spell.


Neronin set down the pen and turned to the rat. It lay motionless, the hidden potential of the small thing seemed to scratch faintly at Neronin's imagination. Under Gavrel's tutelage he had learned to respect the usefulness of even such a small minion as a single rat. He had survived off of the abilities of the rodents he employed for Arcs. Neronin appraised this particular rat.

The tail had fallen off, or been bitten off more likely, and one of the eyes was gone to rot as well as a hind paw. But otherwise it seemed a reasonably untouched specimen. Neronin let his focus pull the necromantic energies out of his body. He felt the slightly chilling edge of power swirl around him, caressing his skin.

He pushed the energy into the rat, willing it to enact the spell. He watched as his will was carried out. It imbued the rat with regeneration, the tail slid back to full length and his paw solidified again into five tiny claws. The eye, however, did not. Neronin had only used a minute amount of energy and the Restore spell he cast was weak. He frowned down at the body of the rat.

Picking up the pen again, he began to write...

It is important to note that when faced with a corpse past the point of complete repair by a Restore Spell, either because of lack of energy or danger of overstepping, the Necromancer should prioritize functionality in their specimen.

I.e. - A rat needs both eyes more than it's tail.


He shook his head ruefully. It was an easy mistake to avoid. He decided to test the functionality of the corpse. Neronin raised his hand above the rat and began the familiar process of generating his energy for the spell.
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Neronin let the energy fall from himself in to the rat-corpse. He used the connection to tie the thing to his will. It was easy. He had done this with hive mind swarms of rats numbering ten times as many. But this was an academic exercise. He paid attention to every sensation, every detail of the process. He felt the familiar, slightly absurd, connection between him and the rat form.

Neronin pushed his will out, making the rat push itself up and crawl to the edge of the table. He watched it's stumbling, imperfect balance and leaning crawl. Though it was much faster to submit to his commands than a husk, and much more physically quick than his older swarms, it was clearly imperfect in its motor functions. Neronin frowned. Even now, at this stage in his craft, he saw a senseless waste of a spell as a cut against his overall achievement. He had been stupid to return the tail first. Though the Restore Spell was so minute it barely affected him and he could have easily returned the eye to function, it was a failure.

He had failed to utilize the precious energies within to their highest potential in this instance. He had no use for an undead rat's tail. The eyes though, were vital to create a servant that operated ideally. Neronin grasped the pen and bent over the journal once more. He would need to make special note so that this particular failing was not repeated later in more dire circumstances.

Note: Rat with one eye did, indeed, perform subpar. In future prioritize vision and mobility first in swarm subjects, and all else second. To repair one rat's eye is a small matter for the skilled necromancer, but when faced with repairing a swarm one must spend energy conservatively.

Neronin sighed as he returned his full focus to the rat. It had stayed still, motionless in an eerie dead way that unsettled most who were not familiar with the subtle stillness of the undead. The thing did not sniff the air or fidget, the muscles under it's dark fur did not move at all. It simply stood poised for more commands.

Neronin let his command of the thing drop. It fell sideways and rolled over once onto it's back. It was once again simply the corpse of a rodent. The necromancer turned to the bat with a more hopeful attitude. He knew now what he must do to make the bat useful. Obviously the wings were the most important element of the corpse, given that both it's eyes were intact.

The necromancer stood, fully concentrating now. He would not fail in this. He felt the crackle of energy across his skin, always invisible to his eyes but nevertheless real. It surged with his renewed resolve in this study. He let the energy fall to the bat. He let the spell do it's work upon the small creature's wings and then let it renew the rest of the thing's body. It took a matter of moments and a keen focus on his part, but it was a success. He sighed, staring down at the corpse. Neronin let his hand fall, reaching over and grasping instead his waterskin.

The necromancer took a swig of water and settled his mind. He allowed his breathing to regulate once more.Then he opened his eyes and began to gather his energy for the reanimation. The crackling energy brought goosebumps to his skin and he forced it away from himself. The necromancer reigned in the wild, chaotic stuff and began to urge it down into the bat. It filled the thing, tying it intimately to Neronin's will. He smiled as he felt the connection solidify. It was faster than the rat had been.
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Neronin allowed the energy to ripple through the corpse, forcing his awareness into all aspects of it's form. He felt the delicate muscles within the chest, the tiny wings and even smaller legs. Neronin gave the thing a command. It lurched across the table in a vain attempt to fly. Neronin felt his control over the thing was absolute, that wasn't the problem. It was his completely, yet it did not fly. As he sent a command to the small bat, he watched it leap from the table and tumble chaotically through the air and into the wall near the door. Neronin frowned. He re examined the link between himself and the tiny thrall for defects, and found none he had experienced before.

Was it the nature of the thrall? What was different about this one than all the rest he had ever controlled. Well there was the glaringly obvious answer. It moved in a fundamentally different manner. Neronin walked over and picked up the struggle bat. It had been vainly attempting to right itself as per his command to 'stand'. He turned and returned the bat to the table gingerly. It had not broken anything, amazingly.

Neronin set it down and returned the pen to his hand.

Notes on the Necromantic Reanimation of a Bat
716th Arc, 12 Trial, Zi'da
He began to write.

In such cases of unconventionally mobile thralls, a mastery of mobility should be achieved before any productive use. With the bat, control of flight is paramount. I have yet to understand the mechanics of bat flight. The study of live specimens is the next step.

Neronin set down the pen and closed the journal. He had not released his command over the thrall-bat. He did not so easily want to admit defeat. the necromancer pressed his will once more into the thrall-bat, reigniting the energies within to follow his command. He willed it to simply beat it's wings. He wanted the thing to at least hover, if not fly. He watched, motionless, as the bat complied. It moved its dead wings ceaselessly, the tiny eyes burning with that familiar hunger.

The bat fluttered its wings against the table for a moment. The small appendages had little effect save for the rapping of tiny bone against unyielding maple. Neronin watched it with undisguised anticipation. He willed it to find its rhythm. The thing began to rise. Perhaps an inch. The tiny feet still clung to the tabletop, but the wings beat ferociously. It was hovering, of a fashion.

Neronin smiled down at the tiny hungry eyes. He was pleased, even if he had not achieved flight. He would. Neronin let another surge of power emanate from him and pushed it into the depths of the bat, giving it more conviction. The beast renewed its efforts and was able to hover momentarily without touching the tabletop. The undead thing lurched and spun out of control again though. It spiraled through the air and landed on the bed with a tiny thump.

Neronin let the control fade, returning the bat to its mundane dead state. He sat down again and quickly gathered up the pen. The single flame of the room danced as the candle slowly melted its way down. He continued his notes.

A good starting point is the modest focus on hovering. Begin by focusing commands on the diligent movement of the wings. A safe landing area is encouraged to avoid damage to the specimen.

He set the pen back down. Neronin was satisfied with the success of the day but he felt the notes needed something more. He surveyed the page with a frown. It would have to do for now. He hadn't really understood the problem and perhaps some observation of live bats would help in that regard. The young necromancer gathered up the small bodies and stowed them under the sacks in his wheelbarrow. The prudent mage reserved even the most minute resources.

Neronin opened the door a crack and looked up at the strip of sky he could see between the arches of Etzos. It was very nearly twilight. He could wander off in search of living bats to observe tonight. He was sure there were many in Etzos, but had no idea where to look first. The necromancer returned to his journal.

Thrall-Bats require a balance of upward mobility as well as a guidance control. Upward mobility should be mastered first as it is easier. I have not yet mastered either aspect, though I have at least achieved some upward mobility.

He finished writing. It was good to end the session on a good note. As the sun lowered startlingly fast Neronin blew out the candle and tucked the journal underneath his mattress once again. Neronin left the house in search of bats to observe, his mind full of the possibilities of flying minions
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(There's plenty more where that came from)


NERONIN:
Rewards:

  • Story: +5
  • Collaboration: +0 (solo)
  • Structure: +5

These points CAN be used for magic.


Knowledges:

  • Detection: Thrall's Creepy Stillness While Idle
  • Discipline: Learning From Mistakes
  • Discipline: Maintaining Study Without a Mentor
  • Gavrel: Believed Dead
  • Necromancy: Prioritize Thrall Vision and Mobility
  • Necromancy: Restore: Regenerates Flesh of Corpse
  • Physics: Bats Do Not "Stand"
  • Physics: Corpse Flight Needs Knowledge of Animal's Aerodynamics
  • Research: The Need to Study Bats in Flight
  • Surgery: Rat: Needs Both Eyes More Than Tail
  • Writing: Keeping a List of Different Thrall Dynamics
  • Writing: Keeping Notes of Progress and Mistakes

Loot:

Only the satisfaction of knowledge gained


Loss:

Nothing to speak of


Injuries:

Nothing to speak of


Fame: -2

Act of Magic


Devotion:

Again, don't let Famula catch you.


Comments:

Great thread. I love that Neronin had to realize that simply animating an animal that had flight in life doesn't mean HE can make it fly immediately.
Good attention to detail. Grammar too. 8-)
You will find that I try to spread the knowledge to different things. But you got sufficient "Necro" knowledge to use all 10 points there if you want. I just like to give folks a head start on amassing other knowledges they will need to bump those skills beyond Novice when they want to.
PM me with any comments or concerns :)
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