There are history scrolls that only hint at a place across the chasm. Nothing past the rift in the world exists, but there is one who could tell you a story if you are patient enough to listen past his jovial facade. Wind the handle and watch him as he unravel the tale of five close friends and the world that was beyond and before the chasm. A place called Manshaar.
The student raised his hand and asked, “What is magic?”
“Not something to be played with or used idly for simple chores. It is a talent. A skill to be honed over time.” he spoke directly to the student who had entered late, “Now have a seat and join the rest of the class.”
He used his wand to point to a desk near the front of the class.
“If you are never here Mr. Silverhawk then why even come and bother me with questions?”
The whole class giggled at this, but the professor pointed his wand up behind his back without even turning around from his writing on the board, all the students quieting very quickly.
“I asked a question. Do you have an answer, or do you intend on spending this entire year quarentined as you did the last?”
“No, I mean, Yes I have an answer.”
“Well well then. Have at it.”
“Magic is… it is…” He looked down at this book and skipped through some pages. looking up again, “It is within us all.”
“Wrong. Mrs. Honeyleaf please tell Jaqual here, What, Magic, Is.” He enunciated the last three words.
Standing up Lily gave her definition, “Magic is the thread that stitches the world together. Without magic Manshaar would cease to be.”
“Ah, someone has read her book. Congratulation Ms. Honeyleaf. Now everyone please turn your books to page twenty-five where we’ll continue to learn about the different forms of magic.”
He pulled out four small leather boxes and set them on his desk. The whole class looked up now that they had their books out. The Professor opening one box and revealed a light that was aglow as if it were a flickering candle, pulling it out he held the free-floating light in his hand.
“Holy, belief magic. It is the type of magic only priests and clerics of faith learn how to use. They are our healers and they are the head magistrates of Manshaar. The next chapter in your book is all about this. Please read the first two pages and learn how to cast the simple healing spell at the end. You will all need to select a holy symbol or relic at the library from the main building.”
Still holding the light he revealed the holy symbol he wore around his neck. He moved the ball back and forth in his hand. He lit a candle with it and then went to hand it to a student. As soon as it touched the student’s hand the light dissipated as if slipping from his fingers.
“Why did it?” The half-cat humanoid asked.
“Well, Artemis. In order to use faith magic you must have those two things I mentioned. A holy symbol and the belief in something greater than yourself. I myself believe in the lord of forever. The deity I was raised to believe in. The one most of us who have grown up in the main city grew up knowing. I understand that Rashika tribes believe in many deities.”
Artemis nodded at this in awe of the lesson. Jack slumped in his seat and sighed heavily.
“Did you have something to add? Jack?”
Jack’s friend hit him in the shoulder, which caused his to sit up and pretend to cough. Coming over to Jack’s desk the teacher got so close to him their noses touched. He just stood there and stared at Jack for a while.
He stepped away from the rebellious pupil and let him exit the room. Lily and Alene who were sitting next to him both shook their heads. Alene covering his face with his hand.
After class The four friends were waiting in the outer garden for Jack to arrive. He came bounding down and sliding on the marble slab on the side, jumping off at the end.
“Is everything just one giant game with you?” Alene hissed
“I like the sound of that.” Jack nodded
“It wasn't meant as a compliment.”
“Well perhaps you should be more specific. You always speak as if the world is coming to and end soon.”
“When the day arrives you will be sad you were not prepared.”
“You will be sadder that you never enjoyed a moment of it.”
This only caused Alene to turn red and storm down a different street. Lily giggling the whole time along with Artemis and Raetheon. The group watching him go. Jack turning them around and changing the subject
"Shall we all head to the library then?" He grabbed an apple from a nearby vendor and began eating it. Lily rolling her eyes as she paid the vendor for it, apologizing as they left. The vendor familiar with this arrangement only sighed at it.
"He will never grow up if you always cover for him.""I have faith." Lily shouted back.