Elemental Evil

Prologue to Desh

After creating a pact with a mysterious being from beyond the stars and receiving a magical grimoire, Desh sought new purpose and found interest in studying with others of his kind. He wandered to the city of Phlan just West of the cite where he had performed his pact ritual wherein there was civil unrest throughout the city at this time. The controlling guilds fought with both swords and politics for monetary gain and produced an atmosphere of distrust. Using his invisibility spell, Desh begins to search for an inn to spend the night and after a couple hours of searching he finds an establishment called, “The Dark Nook” There he spends his coin for a meal and a room for the night. He promptly finishes his meal and heads to his room to contemplate his new found power and to rest before he searches for a circle of warlocks or guild to join. Just before falling asleep he hears a knock at the door and a muffled whispering voice say, “Quickly, let me in… ill pay you 15 gold pieces, quickly!” Desh quickly decides to use Mage hand on the door knob to open the door and pull the cloaked figure inside and shut the door then casts invisibility on this strange person he foolishly decided to trust for a mere 15 gold pieces. Just after returning to bed you hear footsteps of heavily armored figures Run by and then back again only to bash the door down, instantly 2 large human men come in with huge cast iron maces at hand actively search your room. They eye Desh for a moment then about the room and grunt then as quickly as they barged in, they left. Moments later The currently invisible figured knocks Desh out. As he looses consciousness the figure becomes visible and pulls its hood back to reveal a half-elf female. Desh awakens to find himself chained to a wall of a jail cell with the unnamed Half-Elf sitting outside of his cell. Desh yells, “Who are you and why have you knocked me out and imprisoned me in this cell!” The Half-Elf responds, “You’d trust an unknown voice for 15 gold? Not very smart” Desh responds, “You had a pretty voice… usually pretty voices come with a pretty face… although I have been wrong in the past…” The Half-Elf laughs loudly at the comment and still half laughing says, “I like you, plus you saved me the trouble of killing those guards chasing me….” Now with a serious look in her eye and lower tone continues to say “Tell you what… If you join under me in the Zhentarim order as an agent of the Black Network I shall spare your life and give your life purpose. What do you say, fire boy?” Desh thinks for a moment with his eyes closed and sees within his minds eye the same eyes he saw as a child and not long ago during his ritual and says with a confidant voice “Yes, I’ll join as long as I only take orders from you and no ones else, the thought of having to be at the mercy of more than one person does not sit well with me…” With the same sinister laughter, the Half-Elf relaxes and with wide eyes says, “Very well, fire boy, you are now my agent and as it happens I already have a mission for you. we have a vested interest in happenings in the Dessarin Valley.” while explaining The Half-Elf unshackles Desh and hands him his gear back, 15 gold missing, and returns him to the surface in Zhentil Keep where She explains is a major base of operations for the Zhentarim. “By the way my name is… Tesha, yes we will go with that…. your mission is to report what you encounter in the area to me through various agents and to complete any missions I give you.” Without a moment more she hands him identification documents that outline a completely separate identity that look completely real and officially made as well as a map as to navigate to his base of operations, Red Larch. "At the outskirts of the keep, Tesha says to Desh " Do not dare try and cross me, remember… I spared your life because I like you… dont make me come after you, ill do more than knock you out if it comes to it." And onward Desh walks to Red Larch, slightly light headed with all that has transpired.

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