The first thing Taika did after she realized she was a goddess was free Ana from the block of ice that had kept her frozen for months. It wasn’t hard to do magic anymore. In fact, it was easy to reach into that place within herself that held her abilities. Shortly after discovering this new power she traveled to the city of Rentaz in the country of Zentar. There she met with the order of wizards. Old men who thought knowledge of the arcane would be enough to wield magic. While there she rebuilt the order from the ground up as the Sorcerer’s Guild.
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At the top spire of the Sorcerer’s Guild Taika looked into a pool of water inside a silvered bowl atop an ornate pedestal. She had been searching for The Vengeance for some time now. Stigr hadn’t deemed to tell her where she was hidden so the only thing Taika could do was search for her. This time she was trying out a new scrying spell. The gods usually couldn’t be scried, but she was a goddess so she figured she could be the exception.
“Ervat! Bring me the feather of a scravyn, the toe of a salaman, and the horn of a zarx. The latter two should be ground to a fine powder,” Taika yelled over her shoulder. “Oh, and the toe should be fresh. The horn doesn’t have to be, but the toe is important.”
Her salaman assistant looked at his feet. “Yes, The Sorceress, I’ll get right on that.” He knew his toe would regrow, but he wasn’t looking forward to having it chopped off.
“Oh, here. This blade cuts without pain and cauterizes wounds.” She walked over to a shelf and pulled a knife from it. The knife glowed a pale green. “Don’t lose that. I also have a spell somewhere that can regrow it faster. Let me look for it while you get to work. The toe should be the last thing, of course.”
The salaman nodded and hurried off to gather the reagents. He set the knife down on a table and started going through organized drawers. “Now what did I put the zarx horn under?”
Taika sighed and moved over to a large, stone chair and sat down, rubbing her temples. “This is getting annoying. Why don’t you just show yourself, Adalet? We need a god with justice in her hand that’s supposed to wield it. I’ve felt the stirrings of vengeance within myself, and I’ve heard that Kemp has wielded his sword for vengeful justice. The kind without honor, and he is the god of honorable warriors!”
Suddenly an idea wormed its way into Taika’s mind. “Ah! No, I don’t need your toe!” She rushed into the other room and saw her assistant about to cut his toe off. “I need my toe.” She took her sandal off. “Quickly.”
“Uhh…” the salaman took the knife and instead of his own toe he cut off the toe of The Sorceress. “I hope you know what you’re doing.” He picked up the toe.
“Grind it into a powder, quickly.” She watched as the magic that infused her started healing her foot. “I need to get this scrying underway.”
It wasn’t long before the ingredients were prepared. “Ok. Powdered toe of god.” The salaman handed Taika a bowl of powder that she dumped into the water. “Powdered horn of zarx.” Another bowl of powder was poured into the water. “Feather of skravyn.” The feather was gently placed on the surface of the water. She said a few words in a strange tongue, then said a command in common. “Show me Adalet call The Justice and The Vengeance.”
The image of Adalet appeared on the water. “Where is she?” The image zoomed out and showed a small town in the northern plains, just to the south. Adalet was running through the town with a quarterstaff. “Oh, she found something it seems. What is it?” The pool seemed to show time in reverse. The town was unbuilt before Taika’s eyes. Eventually the image froze on Grigori Petrovich who was paying a man for a hut with the same quarterstaff on his back. “Oh. Interesting. The quarterstaff of the man who killed her parents. I’m surprised the town is still standing.”
Taika returned the image to the present and watched as two figures followed Adalet, attempted to get her to give the weapon back, got attacked by her, and then defeated the god. “A zarx and a wick just killed her…ah they left before she reconstituted.” She watched as Adalet’s body turned to smoke and reformed next to the pile of her clothes. She redressed and walked away from the town.
“Ok, write the ingredients down. It worked better than I expected.” Taika poured the water from the bowl into a stream of water flowing down the tower. “That’s got to be the most useful of the eight-hundred spell variants I’ve found.”