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Concerning magic items

March 20, 2009

A City of Mages without magic items would be like… a city of adventure without adventurers…

Of course you’ll find lots of magic items here in the City of Mages, but that doesn’t mean that every inhabitant of Mor Aldenn carries 5-10 magic items each. Magic is still expensive and cost more than gold to the artificer.

However, magic is definitely more common here than in other cities of the world. If you are looking for something powerful ,unique or just personal, you can go directly to the Mage Guild and commission one of the artificers for the item. Maybe something already exists, but if it doesn’t, there is a good chance that someone has the skill to make it.

If you are just looking for a scroll, a wand or perhaps a potion, there are lots of minor magic shops found around the city. These items are often sold at a discount, and while the commoners rarely carry magical staffs or rings, there is a good chance that they have a few potions or perhaps even a wand.

Designer’s Notes

Adventurers should have the opportunity to buy magic items, and in Mor Aldenn, this is very much a possibility. Wizards, sorcerers or bards who are members of the Mage Guild can buy arcane materials at a 10% discount, which basically means that to make a magical item is much cheaper in the City of Mages.

The Ugly Harpy

March 12, 2009

Kobolds? Aye, that’ll be the Ugly Harpy that you be looking for. Why that man puts up with them, I dont know, but one day the mages will put it to him straight. Just last night they started a bigbrawl, sending half the city to the healers. You think I’m exaggerating? Well, go look for yourself then!

– Crent the Boatsman

 

This is the seediest inn that you’ll find in Mor Aldenn. It isn’t that its in disrepair or anything, but if you are looking for a bar brawl, this is where to find it. It doesn’t happen every day, though. This means that the chairs and tables have been repaired a certain number of times, mostly because the proprietor, Yargus Tem is a greedy bastard.

The Ugly Harpy is a large inn, but even though, there is only 10 rooms for rent. Half of these are double rooms, and all of them have windows and contains simple furniture. Two of these rooms are found on the first floor, and the rest you’ll find upstairs on the second floor. The common room is large with round tables. The bar is at the far end, displaying all the expensive and colorful bottles on a pair of shelves. During the day light streams through the windows, but at night you’ll find candles and lamps lit on each table chasing away the shadows. There is a small plateau to the left of the front door, where bards and musicians have played in the past. Yargus Tem, the proprietor, doesn’t pay them much, and so few, if any, stop by the Ugly Harpy to perform and entertain these days. This doesn’t mean that the inn is quiet, far from it, the customers are often singing and dancing, especially during the late hours.

 

Yargus Tem, proprietor of the Ugly Harpy

Yargus Tem is secretly the guildmaster of the Guild, which is probably why he always keep at least one guard on watch at the inn and at his private residence out back. If you are a member of the Guild, you  can easily identify the other members at the inn, but to outsiders and ignorant commoners, this inn seem legitimate enough. Nothing illegal is going on here, which isn’t exactly true. Guild meetings, though, are always held at the private residence, and not very often. The thieves have a certain language that only they use, a sort of code language.

Yargus really likes Mor Aldenn, and will probably never move, unless forced by a stronger force than his own guild. The city is prosperous and the mages doesn’t seem to care that much for laws, at least not those that would govern a city. All Yargus needs to do, is keep out of their affairs and they will keep out of his. Mostly, the Guild pry on travelling merchant caravans, travellers and other outsiders. There are other, smaller gangs of thieves in Mor Aldenn, but none of them is a threat to Yargus and so he leaves them alone, at least for now!

 

Other Thieves

Among the members of the Guild, you’ll find people such as Hadorc the Lazy, Rolloth, Thallion the Tailor and the infamous alchemist, Jordick Runsen. The latter is also, perhaps, the only true friend that Yargus Tem has in the city. The two often share a mug of ale over a game of Two Fingers and the Maiden

A known secret about Jordick Runsen. He is not just an alchemist, he is also a capable poisoner with lots of poisonous flowers in his walled garden. He is also a loner and have never taken a wife. He does, however, enjoy the occasional company of one of Yargus Tem’s many whores.