The Tale of Arcania
~ Introduction ~
~ Introduction ~
I shall tell you a story. It's a story of a mythical land that some actually believe existed. Strange, how people can hold onto such fragile memories and dreams and call them true. Alas, I cannot say much as I used to be one of those Arcane Seekers. Oh, forgive me; I should explain myself before referencing things you know nothing about. An Arcane Seeker is someone who has dedicated their life, energy, and time to the pursuit of ancient textbooks and infinite knowledge accessible only through the Arcane World Database. The belief behind such a life pursuit is that if one happens to find the Arcane World Database, they will reach enlightenment. Once enlightened, an Arcane Seeker may ascend into different planes of existence at will, as well as access unlimited amounts of forgotten talents, ancient techniques and lost technologies.
The Arcane World Database can be envisioned to be like a giant Library. Based on myth, when one accesses this Library, time supposedly stops for them. In theory, you could gain quite a long lifespan simply by staying inside the Library for unprecedented amounts of time! Exciting hypothesis, is it not? It is easy to get fired up for such an enticing tale. Am I a fool for believing in such enchanting lies? Perhaps I am, but I have grown more sensible with old age. At least there is one good thing that came from this damn disease!
The old man coughs spastically for a few seconds before regaining composure with a small, but rather lengthy sigh.Another side to the tale is that even if you do obtain the knowledge from the Arcane World Database, you are only allowed to communicate it to others who have found enlightenment. Communicating your findings to other humans is forbidden. The reason behind this is that you are chosen whether or not you can access the database based on your mental and physical attributes. Those who do not have the specifications necessary are deemed "impure" and will promptly die if given knowledge outside their regular intake. Based on an untested hypothesis, it is also said by numerous Arcane Seekers that the one who discloses this forbidden knowledge with the Impure will be cursed by Eternal Judgement. It is unknown who or what Eternal Judgement is, so I cannot expand on that. The curse used is also unknown since there have been no reports on it at all. I can only assume that everyone is too scared to try out that theory...for obvious reasons.
He cackles softly before sighing for another extended period of time, promptly falling asleep.
The Way to EnlightenmentAll alone surrounded by various books of different shapes and sizes. As soon as you walk into the room, you can inhale the distinct aroma of old paper. Slightly atrocious, but warm all the same. It draws you in and makes you want to live every book you lay eyes on. This is the world I found myself living in, although I always found myself craving more knowledge. Constantly seeking answers, this always led to a dozen more questions that needed to be answered. Today, I've found myself in a rather ancient room full of books I've never seen before. The writing was archaic and the books were all hand-crafted. Just being in the room makes you physically motion your approval of the works of those who were here before. The quality of work is fabulous and the content is where it really gets interesting. Blueprints of strange machines and formulas for those who believed in making dreams into reality. Astonishing is the only word that could come to my mind at the time.
~ Chapter One ~
~ Chapter One ~
My name is Ivan Elendil. I'm an Arcane Seeker, and I believe I've just found a very important discovery. It's been almost a week since I've ventured into this endless pit of information. I've had partners before, but they've all tired out quickly and left me to wander the world alone. I was always treated differently as a child due to my capacity to quickly grasp concepts and use them in a relative way.
I keep seeing the same word over and over throughout all these books. "Arcania" is the word that keeps being used. What is it, or who? I have had little luck understanding what is truly being said and I've been using several different translations. These translations apparently were written by Enlightened Arcane Seekers, however it was never confirmed and nobody has yet to actually meet an Enlightened Arcane Seeker. They are a myth that we as Arcane Seekers hang onto so desperately to keep moving forward in our research and journey.
Ivan sighs heavily and tosses the book he was currently reading to the side a bit too casually.A voice weighs heavily on Ivan's ears while the book is sliding gently across the floor, almost as if talking to him telepathically.
"You should take better care of those books if you wish to find the truth in them Ivan."
My heart starts racing, my nostrils flare and I no longer feel tired. My blood is surging through my veins as I look around and stand up, swearing under my breath. What the hell was that? A voice, for sure, but why talk to me? Suddenly invigorated and scared half to death, I ready myself for a few nights with no sleep. I walk over to the book I recently tossed to the side and gently pick it back up, wiping off the dust and making sure it doesn't have any permanent damage. I hold it up randomly as if to tell anyone who's watching me that it's okay, half expecting to receive another message. After a solid 4 minutes of silence, I realize I probably look like a complete fool. I should look much deeper into this book.
A small figure in a darkened corner of the room crouches and keeps a steady eye on Ivan Erendil. This man will definitely find the way, albeit a little push from the Enlightened. A smirk races across the figure's lips before it fades away in an instant, just as the being dissolves into the darkness.
The words that I heard repeated in my head as I read through the book I had previously tossed to the side. What am I missing to solve the puzzle? What is my mission? Why am I doing this? My goal as an Arcane Seeker is to find Enlightenment and eventually transcend into the various planes of the world.
Just then, a color pattern in the book catches my eyes and I direct all my focus on the context of the page.
"To find enlightenment, one must first become enlightened."Now what the hell is that supposed to mean? How could anyone find enlightenment if you have to be enlighte . . . wait a minute. This is a riddle or puzzle of some kind. The colors on display all represent a certain criteria or ability, as shown here.
Ivan brushes his fingers against the old pages of the book, scrolling across the various pieces of information.Red signifies brute strength and is often good at making tactical decisions - especially when under great stress. Blue represents a calming presence and a power over their surroundings to a degree. Yellow seems to be an agile group which specializes in the art of movement. Whoa, reflexes are stated to be so fast that it may seem like they have mastered teleportation. Purple stays grounded in its gravitational roots and there's not a lot of information on that subject from what I'm reading here. That's a shame; I've always been a fan of gravity and its effects. That's strange; there seem to be some pages missing here. I can only assume that they've been stolen, but hopefully they are still intact somewhere. Back to the question at hand, how do I become enlightened? I understand the colors, but how do I apply colors to myself? No point bickering to myself over this. I might as well get some rest and read into it with a fresh mind.
I sigh heavily and barely open my eyes to see the light coming through an old stained glass window with intricate patterns. The light playfully jumps around all the books in the room it's confined in. Stretching as far out as I can and grunting slightly, I come to my bearings and shake my head as I get up and look around again. I notice a small notebook that I don’t recognize tucked away in a small section of the bookshelf, revealed by the early morning light. I make my way over to the book sluggishly and open it up to start flipping through the old texts. My eyes widen and I sit upright as I realize what I’m reading; it’s a logbook from an Enlightened Arcane Seeker. This book explains everything from the effects of the various colors to the Ascension process. This is definitely going to take some time to read through. I remember seeing some of these articles in a few other books as well. I go to gather up some of the other books and clear off some space on the floor and start laying out the books around me to match the logs in the Enlightener’s logbook.
Through research, I've learned quite a bit about the Enlightened and how they are able to achieve some of their amazing feats. For starters, there are various "runes" or symbols that you're able to choose from. The mechanical part of these "runes" is based on how you implement them. By that, I mean that the rune's effect will differ based on where you place it. Whether that is on a wall, the floor, on your arm, chest, feet, the possibilities are endless. The size of the rune also plays a part in it's overall effect. To include even more complexity to the entire structure, you can combine various parts of several runes to create complex effects or "spells". I still have to dive into the details of all these subjects, but it's taken me a few days to simply get this much of a grasp on the subject. It may be another week or two before I can say that I've memorized all of this content.