Essvale Verrain had returned to the cramped office of the Quinarian Academy in which he rarely found himself. For years he had dedicated himself to study and recovery of lost history. He had sought out one Weavesmith artifact after another. Yet, within the span of three days he had watched the town of Travance complete and use an artifact which had eluded Weavesmith scholars for hundreds of years. The Red Glove had been dealt with. Their pirate and assassin allies had been killed. Osric had been defeated and slain in battle, and both Osric and Seigfried, who were willing to do anything, to cross any line to open the tower and claim its contents, had been forever obliterated by the monster they had unleashed. Even if anyone was left to take up the Red Glove’s banner, it would be a long time before they would be a threat again. The heroes of Travance had prevented the Blinding Glory from escaping. The pieces of the Lock Eternal were in… mostly safe hands, at the very least proven hands. The same hands that now wielded the Weavesmith’s hammer.
A part of him felt… finished. Like ages of work had been completed and it was time to relax. A proper academic would take this opportunity to write about his findings in their entirety, to share the knowledge that had been discovered with the world. He sat down, pulled out a piece of parchment, and dipped his quill in ink to begin taking notes on all that had happened. That was when a sudden knock drew his attention. Standing in the doorway was the Academy’s History of Magic professor. The elder elf, dignified in both dress and pose, had a number of questions about a recently turned in essay. Essvale took it, and quickly read the title. “The Weavesmith Was Good. (Or How I Spent My Second Ever Trip to Travance.) by Adriel Menalyn.”
The assignment was to research and explain both sides of the Weavesmith “controversy.” There were many Quinarians displeased by the Weavesmiths willingness to share the greatest of magic with the masses. Adriel, it seemed, had taken to heart the ideals of the Weavesmith. That magic belonged to everyone, power was not meant to be hoarded. The essay described the trials and tribulations both the heroes of Travance, and their Academic allies had gone through to stop the Red Glove and their misuse of power. It also noted the Weavesmith’s final message. That their legacy should not be a series of artifacts to be fought over. Those heroes who had earned the hammer were just as capable as the Weavesmith, and they should use what they had learned to craft their own future. Smiling, Essvale mused that one day there would be archeologists feverishly trying to sort out the great works that Travance would do.
With promises to fill him in later, The Archeologist ushered the older man from the office. He began to consider his recent time in Travance. Though there was a desire to continue their adventures, he, Isabelle, and Colin had ultimately gone their separate ways. Now reading Adriel’s essay, and thinking over all Travance had accomplished, he began to think maybe there was something else they could do. With a final glance towards the carefully written homework, he lifted his quill and began to pen a letter to Isabelle and Colin. Maybe one more adventure would do them some good.
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The Weavesmith Is A Good Person
aka How I Spent My Second And Third Day In Travance
By Adriel Menalyn
This weekend, I learned that the Weavesmith was a really good person who did a lot of good for the world! Their artifacts helped to bring super cool magic to the people that couldn’t do it. Though, there are some people who think they did a bad thing. In this essay, I will prove why they are a good person.
First, they made magic more accessible. When asked for their opinions, Mr. Lucky, Mx. Mantel, Ser Reno, and Mr. Essvale all agreed that the Weavesmith’s creations had a positive impact on the accessibility of magical powers. Mx. Mantel even went on to say that sharing these magical powers with others can help to prevent people from becoming greedy and bad like Necrophitus! Ms. Talaniel added that she believes the Weavesmith’s primary motive was charity, and that they really wanted to help people use magic.
Secondly, they improved people’s lives. Ms. Baker’s favorite thing about the Weavesmith artifacts is how they made regular people’s quality of life better, such as the Unwound Clock. The Unwound Clock is an artifact made with an orange Weave strand that prevents the wearer from aging. Ms. Baker once witnessed it used to help a sick girl to see her family again. Another example is the Arcane Crossroads, which is an artifact made with a green Weave strand. The Arcane Crossroads creates a spatial distortion that brings two places together temporarily. This is very helpful for transportation and exploration! But don’t worry, they go back to normal afterwards! Ms. Baker, Mr. Essvale, and Ms. Alysaine all thought that these items create wonderful research advancements and are incredibly useful tools for continued developments in magic and artifact creation.
Some people think the Weavesmith should not have made so many artifacts. Ms. Khala, Mr. Flamel, and Mr. Lok’thar believed that the artifacts made people less careful with the sorcery. Sorcery is very dangerous especially when you are untrained and putting it in artifacts anyone can use opens up a potentially dangerous situation. However, they all agreed that in trained hands, these items were perfectly safe and good to use! Mr. Flamel just thinks they are “excessively complicated for simple tasks.”
Spending my second and third ever days in Travance learning all these things about the Weavesmith was very exciting! We had to fight some bad people called the Red Glove who were trying to use one of the Weavesmith’s artifacts for selfish and bad reasons. They wanted to release a scary monster that the artifact was keeping sealed away! But no need to worry, the heroes of Travance stopped their plans! Also, we got to visit the Weavesmith’s forge, which was the coolest thing I have ever done. They left behind information on how to use the forge and we even heard their voice telling us to take up the hammer and forge our own artifacts. This proves that the Weavesmith was an altruistic person who just wanted to help people.
In conclusion, the Weavesmith was a good person and helped a lot of people! The end. Thank you for reading my essay!