Welcome to The Chosen's journals. Each character is invited to keep a journal and write down the thoughts of their characters as they wander through Nyternia. In addition, the DM has a journal which highlights each session. The players are:

Blink - monk Errol - bard
Kestrel - fighter Malif - wizard
Vaugner - rogue Vernon - cleric/sorcerer

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Malif's Journal, session #31
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The Fifth Circle awaits! I can almost taste the power of the new spells they are so close! And so many to choose from! Teleport is a natural, given the difficulty with which we travel. I have seen the wisdom of riding only war-trained horses. Now, I am thinking perhaps I shall ride Shadow Steeds or perhaps none at all! The Shadow Steeds have such impact, however, on the peasants we pass that I'm not sure I can resist, even if Teleport is infinitely more practical. Moving like the wind on an insubstantial ghost of a horse is exhilarating in a way that mere dimensional travel can not match. It will be hard to forego that pleasure.

Fifth Circle also brings our namesake spell: Fabricate. Finally, I shall be unquestionably a Fabricari! Much remains to do, so very much. And there is still little time and few resources with which to do it. I am hoping that the Elves who are our hosts will allow me a few days time in a workshop to create my Fiddle. I have been practicing, and I believe that my skill is now not entirely negligible.

I am contemplating a new craft: shipwright. I think I shall endeavor to learn what I can from the Elves while we are here. Most people mistake their love of trees for a lack of interest in the sea, but Elves make fine mariners, and their ships are the equal of any humans have designed. The library here should have much information on the subject. My objective, at least in theory, is to see what can be done to improve the trading capabilities of the Fabricari. We seem weak in that area, and yet there seems to be no dominant force on the sea. Thus, opportunity presents itself, or at least, so goes my theory. "Practice and theory are always equal in theory, but never in practice" Is this not the old dwarven saying? My suspicion is that I'll find this true once again.

Still, by my reckoning, my Fiddle should be as adept at building wooden bridges as building wooden ships, though perhaps the manhours will be increased. A stout longship, though, should not take more than about 500 manhours per foot to build, and with the typical length being seventy-five feet, such a craft is manageable. To be sure, it is a substantial project, but with diligent practice, a good source of timber and a suitable dry dock, the ship might be expected to take a month to complete. Of course, crewing the ship is another matter entirely. Ah, problems, challenges. All can be overcome -- if there is but time and the will to do so!