Players Present: Bela Frandor, Omegasun, Tiberius
Players Absent: None
Having recently been rescued by the [[Midnight Menagerie Guild Charter/Bylaws | Midnight Menagerie]], I Warhawk Starson decided to see what they were all about. I was led to help them in their next adventure. We were called into the Wild Magic Minister’s office of the Ministry of the Art. Her name is Glora Varro. She asks us to take a box from another mage named Gideon, and to go around and help remove areas of wild magic. We have to power the box with magic and then set the power of the box, push a button and hope for the best. Sure let’s do this, it will make the city safe and more defensible.
We set off and we’re barely out the door when the building next to us is struck by a giant boulder, we’re not sure of something carried it in or what, but we were not near the front. This wound up being my good experience with the Midnight Menagerie. They rushed in to help rescue the people in any way they could. There was no thought to their own safety, there was no figuring out oh I should cast this spell on myself first, except where prudent. The helped rescue everyone they could, except for the one lady who was definitely dead. We continued on for the wall where the first area was.We get there and there is a giant fight, no pun intended, with Giants, Bugbears and trolls. Our defenses are lacking due to the casters not being able to cast because of the wild surges, Frandor is left to power up the box and we head up the wall. Bela takes the westernmost farthest away spot where ladders are being raised, I have the middle, and the others have the East. Cerulean and I take the middle, and while I wanted the east, someone was faster to get there. A couple of fire giants charge the middle, but they are rebuffed with the help of Cerulean. The west does ok as well. The east. I’m not sure about this Bela character. Wild magic surge after wild magic surge turns him into a gnome and blinds him, yet he keeps calling upon the bufuddled magic. If Mystra were to ask me, I would have to say his choice of using magic contained poor choices. That’s the only thing I have to note for Mystra. The box was powered and instead of curing the wild magic, we made a dead magic area. While not out best option, magic not functioning is better than every spell turning someone into a skunk, or aging them, or something of that nature. So a very small positive. We leave the wall heading onto the next spot.
We head off and find the next spot, with a page with globes dodging him everywhere. The globes were created by the next magic area. I make my way to the boy, and find out that he is terrified. I also discover that the globes can be burst with my massive shield. I work on breaking the globes, and the others soon follow suit, this leave us just the boy and having to clear the magic area. We succeed and in talking to the boy find out he is a runner for the city, and he was attempting to fly to deliver some magic items. Without thought Frandor makes the boy able to fly. There is no thought to, does the boy have a flight license? Can he control his flight? I bring the subject up about their careless use of magic, and I get rebuffed with, well if he was casting fly he must know what he was doing. I should have countered that with, well if you know magic, you must know how to power the box and not create magic dead areas, right? Just because you can pick up a sword, you know how to integrate with an intelligent weapon?
We head off down the road, and we get to GIdeon’s house. This winds up being a rather easy clearing of a wild magic, which we turn into a dead magic area again. Again a careless casual use of magic.
Finally we arrive at the docks, and we find a man guarding a house in an area that has been evacuated. Well inside is his wife, and she is about to give birth. Here is a moment of goodness for this menagerie again, they rush inside to help while a couple of us stand guard in case the enemy comes to this area. The child is delivered and the wild magic is cleared. We get tipped off with a vision about being people held captive, it comes, and it goes, so we head back to turn in our information, and the box, and report our results.
While speaking to Glora Varro, we find out she is the person keeping people captive, and the group decides to attack her? That may be incorrect, she figures she is not going to get away and attacks us. She wipes the floor with us with a prismatic spray. I only escaped by flying through the window in the ceiling, and going to get reinforcements. Frandor did not make it, but eventually the rest were able to eventually be returned to normal, but that is another story.
My thoughts on the menagerie. I would not recommend a single one of them to a knighthood. While their hearts show goodness and a willingness to jump right in, their decision making was casual, and when confronted, blown off, without a care or thought for what was said. I’ve been around this city longer than most, but I’m not sure if it is the spirit or the letter of the law they embrace. I did not get to meet their defacto leader Mok, perhaps he is their proper moral compass.
My hope is that if they are one of the groups picked for the next coming threat, the use of the Heart of Bane against us, that they act differently.