!y15cQl1vv6 05/17/11(Tue)20:09 No.14962313|
Rising to your feet, you rub your forehead and try to recall how to begin a Shadow Consultation. Your mind still thinking of your out of body experience, you call together mystical forces from around you and begin. It seems easier at the focal point, for some reason. Like there's more magic available. Pulling and stretching the magic around you, time seems to slow, the lightning arcing to the circles seeming to halt. As the world around you goes dark, and the floor turns black, you feel a small amount of energy slowly drain from your body. Ice forms at the edges of the platform, and the sun turns grey and fades out of sight. A familiar red tie pulls itself off the ceiling and to the ground, followed by a shadow of humanoid shape. Adjusting its suit, the Shadow turns to you and speaks.
"AH, MR. MCBADGUY. WHAT CAN I DO YOU FOR?"
Addressing the Shadow directly, you request a consultation. The Shadow smiles with its razor sharp teeth, and laughs.
"SURE, WHY NOT. WHAT DO YOU WANNA KNOW?"
You cough a bit, the cold getting to you, and ask the Shadow about your condition. Feeling energy begin to leave your body, your hands go numb as the Shadow responds.
"IT SEEMS THAT YOU'VE, SHALL WE SAY, BEGUN SUFFERING THE SIDE EFFECTS OF YOU LITTLE EXPERIMENT WITH THE DRAGON. YOU SEE, MOST MAGES DON'T ACTUALLY USE SHADOW MAGIC. THEY MAKE CONTRACTS, SURE, AND ASK QUESTIONS. BUT TO ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO USE SHADOW MAGIC? THAT'S A RARE TALENT INDEED. YA SEE, THE LAWS OF MAGIC WORK A BIT DIFFERENTLY ON THE OUTSIDE, IN THE SHADOW REALM. MAGIC IS MORE STRUCTURED, AND ALSO MORE POTENT. THAT'S WHY PEOPLE DON'T USE THINGS LIKE YOUR CIRCLES THEMSELVES. THEY SUMMON SHADOWS AND HAVE US DO IT FOR THEM, SO THEY DON'T END UP OUT OF SYNC. LIKE YOU ARE NOW."