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Started 4/22/18 by whitebutterfly54 (redbutter54); 135078 views.
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LEVEL 116

According to Gabrielle, the next artifact part was taken to the tallest tower, the Stargazing Tower.  Looking around, Gabrielle doesn’t initially see the artifact part.  Then she finally spots it; someone used it to prop open the tower door.  She hands over the artifact part, grateful for the chance to help her dear Richard.  (Rewarded with the Balancing Stand)  (Gabrielle disappears from Throne Hall and Young Chamberlain reappears.  The completed Spindle of Time goes to Young Chamberlain in Throne Hall and changes him back into Lord Chamberlain.  Receive the Scales of Balance (The balance of magic has broken throughout the castle.  Only this artifact can restore it.)

Lord Chamberlain

(Gabrielle rewarded you with the Balancing Stand, the final piece to the Spindle of Time.  Gabrielle disappears from Throne Hall and Young Chamberlain appears.  The completed Spindle of Time goes to Young Chamberlain in Throne Hall and changes him back into Lord Chamberlain.  Receive the Scales of Balance (The balance of magic has broken throughout the castle.  Only this artifact can restore it.)

Drake, alone in Forbidden Tower, feels as though he took for granted his hearty dragon’s roar.  “Love seemed a more than worthy reason to transform into a human, but was it a mistake, I wonder?”  He doesn’t fully regret becoming a human, “but it would be nice to transform back into a dragon from time to time.”  Drake hasn’t been able to find any rest because “dragons weren’t meant to dwell in frail human forms.”

While Drake can transform back into a dragon at any time, he feels his fragile human body won’t survive it.  “I need something to fortify this body for the transformation – I can’t risk leaving Adora forever.”  Drake thinks through many options, but the only one that makes sense is asking Adora for help.  “I’m afraid to tell her.  I don’t want her thinking I want to remain human at all times.  I need to be honest with her – that’s what lovers do, right?  I think she would understand.”  

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Lady Adora, alone at World’s Edge, hasn’t seen Drake in a while and wonders what he needs.  “Something has been on his mind for a long time, but he hasn’t been able to tell me.  He doesn’t have to hide anything from me.  I can accept any truth.”  Adora accepts that Drake wants to return to his dragon form from time to time.  “Did he think I would love him less for that?  That desire is perfectly reasonable.  Besides, who am I to keep him from it?”  Adora understands Drake is afraid his human body won’t be able to handle the transformation and vows to help him, whatever it takes.

“Stargazing is our first step to finding some guidance, but you must believe it can help.  It is written in the stars that numbers are the key to solving this problem.”  Lady Adora is a skilled mathmagician and dabbles in the art of arithmancy.  After crunching some numbers, “The answer is…zero?  What could it mean?  Nothingness?”  After thinking about it for a moment, Adora finally gets it.  “Zero is the mark of the divination orb.  I need to use it to figure out how to help Drake.”

Adora isn’t sure what she saw in the orb, but it looked like ancient paper.  Examining the ancient scrolls, Adora realizes, “The power is not in the paper but in its text.  I’ll check the library.”  She found a scroll that mentions some magical clothing that might help.  “It’s called dragon hide, but it’s not made of dragon skin.  It’s the compressed magic of a dark dragon.”

The scroll reads “Indestructible material that overcomes painful transformations.  Suitable for shape-shifters.”  To make sure the dragon hide is good enough for Drake, Lady Adora decides to test its properties.  Satisfied it should work perfectly, Adora must find a jacket made of dragon hide.  But dragon hide is exceedingly rare and the last dark dragon died thousands of years ago.  “A caravan of merchants passed the castle not long ago and one of them had all sorts of clothes.  Perhaps I should check with them.”  The merchant is selling so many clothes, but after digging through piles, Adora finally finds the jacket.  Now she just needs to pay for it.  “The merchant is asking an arm and a leg for the jacket!  I think I can bargain with him though.”

After the deal is made, Adora says “Haggling is easier if the seller learns that you have a lot in common.”  Unfortunately, the jacket is very dirty and needs to be washed.  “Go tell Drake I have something he wants…and tell him I miss him.”

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Drake knew all along Adora would be understanding and helpful and he’s grateful for the dragon skin jacket that allows him to painlessly transform into a dragon.  “The jacket is made of indestructible matter – why didn’t I think of that?”  But now that Drake has the dragon hide jacket, something odd happened.  “Now that I can turn into a dragon at will, I’m not sure I really want to.”  He promised to visit Adora, but first wants to help with the next artifact part. 

Drake recognizes Midnight Castle has become unbalanced.  “I know a man of great knowledge and nobility, who seeks balance and harmony above all else.  This man created an artifact that keeps the world in balance.  Our world was nearly at peace, barring a few minor troubles.  And then – well I’m sure you’ve noticed the recent rise in villainy and unrest.”

“And it all began because of my choice…to become human.  Since I lost my powers, a wave of villainy has risen against the castle.  Now that I can freely return to my true form, those devils will surely learn their lesson.  Of course, we must also repair the mechanism I broke by becoming human, if we wish to return balance to the castle.”

While he greatly respects the man that made the artifact, Drake says “but it was an impossible choice – either let the mechanism break, or my own loving heart!”  Drake doesn’t understand how the artifact parts became so scattered, but he has a lead on one of them.  “The piece calls out to me – perhaps it is the voice of my own wrongdoing lodged deep within it.”

Drake spies the artifact part stuck within the Hall of Justice and wonders if he needs to become a dragon to force it free.  “That said, if I transform in that hall, I might just bring the whole building down.”  After thinking for a moment, Drake uses a staff as a lever and pries it free.  (Rewarded with the Holder of Wrongs)  “One piece, but it’s a start.  Ask around – perhaps others have sins to confess…”

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Level 117

Adrian, almost forgotten at Temple of Justice, harbors a deep emptiness within.  “I’m disgusted by what I’ve done…how can I truly, fully repent?  The rising tide of my remorse threatens to drown me.”  (Personal note:  That last line is so reminiscent of the very smart dialog of the past.)  Being of service to the castle might ease Adrian’s pain; otherwise, he’s destined to just fade away slowly.  Wondering who can prevent his ponderous perishing, Adrian already knows the answer.  “I suppose I know who might help, but I’m quite ashamed.  Will you go to him for me?  (Visit Lord Chamberlain)

Aware that his son is afraid to approach him, Lord Chamberlain finds Adrian’s guilt quite understandable.  “We’ve all felt such remorse, haven’t we?  I once tried to take the castle myself…the regrets still sits heavy in my gut.”  No one is sinless, so why should Adrian’s shame keep him from visiting his father?  When told that Adrian is fading away, Lord Chamberlain boomed “You should have led with that!”  Lord Chamberlain is familiar with remorse eating someone from the inside out; “I once knew a mage who created the world’s most powerful wand, and a war started because of it.  He was so filled with regret that his heart stopped.”

With a flash of hope, Lord Chamberlain says “I have a ring that dispels regret.  I just have to remember where I put it…”  Chamberlain jokes “Now that I’m old again, my memory isn’t what it once was.  But at least they’ll let me into the tavern again.”  Hoping to find a mention of the ring’s location among his records, Lord Chamberlain can’t believe he was once so childish.  “What a rascal…it seems my younger self drew pictures all over my records.  They’re nearly unreadable!”  Unfazed, he attempts to read his divination cards, but “It seems no matter how I lay out the cards, they give the same answer –look behind me.  I’ve got it!  The cards are guiding me to the cupboard behind me.”

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In the cupboard, Lord Chamberlain finds a music box that played such a potent lullaby, he almost dozed off.  The ring wasn’t there, but another item of great value was…a locket!  The only thing left to do is open the locket, but Lord Chamberlain can’t remember how to.  He tries using the most powerful spells he knows before resigning himself to fetch the instructions.  “Perhaps I should have read the instructions before locking the locket.  Who reads the instructions after buying a magical object?  The instructions say that the locket is opened by a simple word.  But what word?  I tried a few less…civilized words, but those didn’t work.  What is it then?”  After all that, it turns out the word was “please.”

“My son is welcome to come and take the ring.  But I must warn him not to wear it for too long.  Delay and kindness are not complementary.  Why?  If worn too long the ring will take any and all regrets!  Not a healthy condition.  Tell my son to come visit me soon!”

 Adrian is so relieved he can talk to his father without feeling crushing fear.  “I feel strength slowly fading from the ring my father gave me, but it will take some time to overcome my regrets.  There is a voice in my head…some kind of summons.  I must heed it.”  He wonders why the missing artifact calls out with a steady voice, then realizes…”the castle’s balance is faltering.  It would make sense that I’m partly to blame.”

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Following his heart, Adrian searches the castle’s lost and found for the missing artifact part.  “The balancing mechanism was supposed to be indestructible, but no one foresaw the untimely convergence of these ill events.  I’m quite relieved to know I wasn’t wholly to blame!  Still, I must rectify what I’ve done.”

Although the item that calls to Adrian from the lost and found seems intangible, he thinks he can still find it.  “Ah!  I know a spell to summon ethereal items like this one.”  Unfortunately, the room’s caretaker says mages spells are forbidden in that room.  “The room is full of magical items, so there’s no telling what danger any given spell could trigger.  The caretakers keep records of everything that comes into the room.  That could be useful.”

While pondering how nice it would be if someone kept records of everything everywhere so nothing ever went missing, Adrian locates the item in a corner with a whole pile of other items.  “The item I’m looking for is…well, literal emptiness.  But I can tell that I almost have it!  At last!  I’ve found it but I’m exhausted.  Thank you.  I hope my help has earned me some redemption.  I feel at peace now.”  (Rewarded with the Holder of Emptiness)  (Adrian disappears from the Temple of Justice and reappears at Mountain Top wearing what appears to be priest’s robes.)

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A new character, the Shaper of Worlds, appears at the Flying Treehouse.  “Welcome, my friend!  I’ve been expecting you for a long time.  Do you know who I am?”  He claims he knew you were coming because he has a map of the castle grounds that displays everyone’s location.  “I should introduce myself.  I’ve known you for ages, but my name is Michael.  You may know me as the Keeper of the Castle, but the elders call me the Shaper of Worlds.” 

There’s a reason why the elders call him the Shaper of Worlds but he doesn’t actually create worlds.  “No, I’m not a god…just an ancient expert in artifacts.  In fact, I created most of them when the history of the castle began.  There’s nothing divine about what I do.  I just follow the rules of magic, and the world seems to shape around me.”

But Michael is also known by another name…”Some also know me as the creator of balance.  Magic is chaos, in its very nature, but I know how to control it.  I created the Scales of Balance to protect Midnight Castle if magic was used improperly, but several incidents occurred at the same time, shattering it.  I could do only so much alone, so I founded the Council of Elders.  I’m sure you’ve met some of its members in the past.”  (Personal Note:  I remember the Genie and Bone King were members of the Council of Elders of the United World of Magic.)

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The Shaper of Worlds continues, “This council was supposed to manage the minutiae of our world.  They should have ensured that the rules were followed.  These rules are vital.  Breaking them damages Midnight Castle and puts our world at risk.  Some residents, including elders, broke these rules, putting us all at risk.  The recent events are proof of that.”  He says “the Scales were close to breaking many times, but it finally happened sometime after you arrived.  I managed to maintain balance without them, but I’m out of options.  I’m not blaming you.  You’ve done more for this castle than anyone!  I’m only suggesting that we fix what’s broken to restore order.”

Helping Drake and Adrian went a long way towards restoring the balance, but other things that break the rules of magic must be eliminated.  “There’s another incident that needs to be put right….the Lord of Darkness started that dispute.  It was unnatural, and it needs to be resolved.  Anabel and the Warrior Knight belong together, yet they don’t even talk to each other.  We must fix this!”

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Anabel in Tiara, at Ghost Town Square, is suspicious of this questionable quest.  “The fate of Midnight Castle depends on my relationship with the Knight?  Really?  Of course I want to go to him, but it’s complicated.”  After explaining that Midnight Castle is out of balance and what must be done to restore that balance, Anabel admits the request to speak with the Knight is reasonable, but not easy.  “Well we tried to talk, but it was a bit awkward.  After the incidents with the Bone King and the Lord of Darkness, we still feel a bit…guilty.  Neither of us chose to confide in the other when it mattered most.  Not the world’s greatest couple, are we?”

Anabel continues, “The sins of the past hang between us like a veil – we simply can’t talk as we used to.  I tell myself I’m not to blame, but the guilt still gnaws at me.  I’m sure the Knight feels the same.  Perhaps…some token of our love could remind us where our affections began.”

Level 118

The Knight’s picture in Anabel’s amulet was taken right after a battle against a skeleton army.  “He took the other half.  I realized that day that I didn’t want to spend my life with anyone else.  The picture was corrupted when I was cursed, but I restored it.  Does he know he holds the missing half of my heart, just as he holds the other half of our picture?”

With an open heart, Anabel says “Happiness is like good health – you don’t dwell upon it until it’s gone.  Now I’ve lost my Knight and my happiness all in one.  Tell the Knight that if he has the other half of that picture, my heart will be open to him and we can talk.  If not…”

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Warrior Knight, at Frosty Fort, extends a gloomy greeting and can’t believe the fate of the castle depends on him and Anabel being together.  “Of course I feel lonely without her.  I want to be with her whether the castle is in peril or not.  I didn’t see that she was my life’s greatest treasure…until I lost her.  When it all began, I felt the strength of ten knights in my heart!  There was nothing I wouldn’t do for her.”

The Knight’s story lines up with Anabel’s, “We’ve tried to talk, but it’s almost as if now we speak different languages.  I should have told her, before I decided to sacrifice myself for the castle – but didn’t she do the same?  We’re both guilty, it’s true.”  Though a bit damaged, the Knight still has his half of the picture taken with Anabel.  “I restored the picture, but my doubt remains.  Do you think she remembers how we used to stand together against any enemy?”

It seems silly to the Knight that he “realized the depths of my love for her as she fought off hordes of attacking skeletons” and now questions his courage.  “Am I a man or a mouse?”  Finally mustering his courage to face Anabel the Knight declares, “Alright, I’m ready.  But she must know I won’t talk unless she’s kept her half of the picture.”  

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