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The First Test of Resolve

Posted in: Weekly Update by Ariel on February 13, 2009

lantern2 The second part of the Test of the Smoking Eye is the test of Resolve. As we left the room with the bridges, the mummy popped up again. He said “Attend to the wisdom of Adimarchus! Always deal with rivals first, and enemies second. This lantern shall guide you to the second test: The Test of Resolve.”

And then he thrust this lit lantern into my hand. Sadi was talking softly to herself. “Rivals? Who is our rival?”

As we walked out the door, Kaurophon was right there. “Oh good! Yes, great work everyone. Now the next test is the –”

I interrupted. “Test of Resolve. We found that out. The mummy guy said that we need to deal with our rivals and then our enemies. What do you think he means?”

Sadi grabbed my arm. “Oh and we got this lantern.” I showed it to Kaurophon as Sadi pulled me to the side. “Isn’t it possible” she muttered, “that Kaurophon is our rival?” I put my hand to my mouth. “Oh? Oh! Do you think so?”

Acgar walked over. “I know what you’re thinking. And maybe you are right, but I trust him. Kaurophon has been upfront with us and helped us get this far!”

“I heard my name. What is going on?”

“Well,” I said. “I have been thinking about how you could not join us in the first test. It has been growing in my mind like a sign from Pelor. I wonder if we shouldn’t go on without you.”

Acgar threw up her hands. “Gah! He couldn’t join us because he failed the first test! Don’t do this, Indira!”

Kaurophon looked from Acgar to me. “This is the thanks I get? I scryed you for weeks, months. I made gifts for you to show you my honorable intentions. And now you want to cast me aside. Fine.”

I didn’t know what to say. Sadi was humming under her breath, seemingly unmoved. Acgar leaned towards me and whispered, “His soul is in the balance. Can’t you feel it? Stop this foolishness!”

“Kaurophon. Please forgive me.” I moved closer. “I see that what I thought was a sign from God was simply nerves. You have proven time & time again to be our friend.” I held out my hand hoping he would take it.

He grabbed it and we shook hands. With relief, I said “Now, my friend. What do you know about the next test?”

So ended the first test of our resolve.

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