? (INT) Focus on Wizardry. I seem to have an aptitude for it.
(X) So Yuki, you from Sigil? Or did you come here from somewhere else?
Soon enough, we go and get lunch.
"Do I really have to eat this?" I ask, eyeing the fish soup Yuki said that I should have. It smells funny. Not to mention, fish soup seems sort of? redundant? Or something.
"Your mind's not used ta magic yet. Fish is supposed ta be brain food or something. It should help with the headaches."
is what's giving me a headache." Despite my complaining, I wind up eating the soup anyway. Considering I paid for it, I can't really justify being picky. It isn't terrible
, but it also isn't something I would have again.
"You know," Yuki says, leaning back in her chair after we've finished eating, "I never did think ta ask you your name."
"Eh, it doesn't make much difference anyway. I don't have a name."
"How does that work? Seems ta me," Yuki stretches, sighing contentedly, "you should've picked up a name out of convenience at some point."
"Except I've only got memories of the last three days or so."
"Geez, you really are
a clueless. How'd you come ta me? I bet it's been an interesting three days for you." Yuki leans forward to listen to my tale.
I give her the super abridged version. "Well, I woke up in the Mortuary with a few mortal wounds. Rob helped me escape and when I got out I needed a healer and someone to teach me how to defend myself. I figured magic would be a useful survival skill. Ellen, the healer, couldn't help me learn magic, so I came to you. And now, here I am."
"Your storytelling skills are lacking." Yuki deadpans. "And who's this Rob bloke?"
"Oh, I guess I haven't properly introduced the two of you." I take Rob out of my bag and set it on the table. "Yuki, this is Rob. Rob, this is Yuki. I don't want a repeat of the Ellen incident now, so be polite."
Yuki stares at Rob with a puzzled expression. ?This
is Rob? You've got to be joking."
"Rob is like a spirit trapped in the orb or something. Go on Rob, say something."
Rob remains silent. Now Yuki is staring at me.
"Great, now she thinks I'm a lunatic. I hope you're happy."
"But you are
a lunatic." Rob says.
"Well how about that?" Yuki says thoughtfully.
"Why thank you
Rob for speaking up." I grumble.
"Impressed?" Rob addresses Yuki, ignoring me.
"Nah, not really." Yuki waves her hand dismissively. "This is
Sigil after all. I see weirder things just by crossing the street."
"And I've seen stranger things than a thief who uses magic. Tell me, are ye self taught?"
"Sure am!" Yuki beams with pride.
"So Yuki," I ask ?you from Sigil? Or somewhere else."
"Of course! I'm a natural born cager, never been outside the city. My folks came here from the Outlands."
After a long lull in the conversation, Yuki asks, "So, back to that topic before. What should I call you?"
"I don't know. Whatever you want I guess."
"How about we just call ye Nameless
?" Rob interjects.
"That's not much of a name." Yuki says.
I reply, "it's as good of a name as any."
"No," rob responds, "it isn't. That's the point.
it's the exact opposite
of a name. Names are just a form of identification. If ye don't have a name, it's that much harder to track you. And the way I see it, if you know yerself, a name is unnecessary anyway."
"But I don't
"Then it works even better! Nameless should work until ye know who ye are."
"I guess?" I don't really have a problem with it.
"Then it's settled!" Yuki says, "From now on, I guess we'll call you Nameless."
We soon go back to practicing magic. Practice doesn't last long however. I soon discover that my hard limit for the number of wizard spells I can cast in a day is about six. Trying to load any more causes a stabbing pain behind my eyes and I nearly pass out. I suppose it's good I learned my limits now.
"Good that you know what you're capable of now, but try not ta overdo it."
Yuki doesn't appreciate having to practically carry me back to the inn. I skip dinner and go straight to sleep.
Today passes in a blur. Yuki teaches me a Ventriloquism
spell for throwing my voice and a Silent Image
spell which creates a purely visual illusion. The two seem like they would work well together if I needed a diversion.
Yuki's more flashy and complex spells prove a bit too difficult to wrap my brain around. She and Rob agree that I just need practice before I'll start to get them. Yuki also points out that I'll need a spellbook in order to reload my spells each day. I can't keep borrowing hers forever.
We finish practice early, as I make a point of not overexerting myself.
I suppose I should decide what to take care of tomorrow.
 ? I'm supposed to go see Ellen about learning the healing arts tomorrow. (1 day)
 ? Learn Illusion Magic from Yuki. (2 days)
 ? Learn Thieving from Yuki. (2 days)
 ? Learn about Sigil from Yuki. (2 days)
 ? Seek out S, Yoshika's master. (? Days)
I'm a bit surprised it took me this long to miss my daily deadline. Sorry about that. Of course, that was largely due to tiredness and pollen. Hard to focus on writing when you can't breathe after all. >>49115
Stats tend to increase with use. Working at something results in improvement eventually. >>49174
Magic is certainly the most versatile path, but here it comes with a lot of frustration and difficulty. I don't intend for any single skillset to be the pinnacle of power.
Regarding the issue of classes and leveling, there will be no levels. Classes are basically just skill packages that improve with use.
As for multi-classing, generally, you improve slower the more you focus on working on at a time. Just because you pick up several class packages doesn't mean you have to work on them all simultaneously. Additionally, most skillsets are compatible, barring certain exceptions. (namely paladins and clerics) Whatever you guys want to go for is fine, whether that means being an archmage, or a spell-thief, or even just trying everything out at least once.