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-    - [Taraq](al-qadim/1494/taraq) +    - [Taraq](al-qadim/tales/1494/taraq) 
-    - [Masta](al-qadim/1494/masta)+    - [Masta](al-qadim/tales/1494/masta) 
 + 
 +## Magarib 1–2 
 + 
 +### The Tale of the Soul Dagger 
 + 
 +Acererak created the dagger from a shard of the soul monger, a magical 
 +skullgem, a ring of intelligence, smoke of his breath, and the heart 
 +of a dragonborn, and the stone itself is in fact a fragment of his own 
 +life. 
 + 
 +The dagger is made from the soul of a living natural creature, and it 
 +cannot be healed from the death of a living creature. The soul in 
 +question is the mishap of a living creature, and the dagger is the 
 +destruction of a living creature. The dagger is never killed, as it is 
 +a living creature, and the destruction of the mishap is always the 
 +death of the living creature. 
 + 
 +The dagger can be used as a weapon, as a tool, or an ordinary dagger. 
 + 
 +When al-Bek, the Kahin, ordered Sir Bradford to destroy the dagger, 
 +the ghosts inside were restored from the evil forms Acererak had 
 +turned them into and their souls found peace among the planes. 
 + 
 +Even as the plane guardians watched their numbers dwindle, their 
 +sovereigns continued to look on with hope and goodwill, and the Vizier 
 +of Fate also continued to watch the trouble with which the planeshifts 
 +were carried out. When the planeshifts had been completed, Vizier 
 +Hajama ibn Abd al-Waqadah, the God of Courage, was among those who 
 +were most disturbed, for the change that he saw was not one that he 
 +had been warned of. 
 + 
 +### The Tale of al-Karakas' Ring 
 + 
 +Four plain golden rings were forged, one for each of the four heroes. 
 +Sharwin al-Hukra, the Wind/Sea mage. Her brother, Talgen, the corsair, 
 +and his corsair friend, just going by al-Karakas. They had been joined 
 +by an outland warrior, Sir Bradford, who carried the legendary 
 +Shatterspike. 
 + 
 +They each had their names carved into their rings. And swore to always 
 +wear them as they were meant to be the everlasting party. 
 + 
 +They kept on coming up from night to night, but one night they had all 
 +been at their lodgings, when the evil spirit of wanderlust that was in 
 +them gathered them all together, and took them to the palace, where 
 +the pumpkin-headed queen was sitting on her throne. 
 + 
 +Al-Karakaras was Treasury, and was the first to wear the ring, but 
 +many of the Masters of the trade are not great, and know well enough 
 +all the plots of the Enemy, having been appointed by him. He is the 
 +First to salvage the sheep of the Desert, and to wander over more 
 +lands than any other, for a simple desire to see the light, and a 
 +desire to have the best of the best of the apples for his fellow 
 +sa'luks to eat. 
 + 
 +### The Tale of the Watch Captain 
 + 
 +Krag is what they call me. 
 + 
 +Two times every day, Eli had looked out over the dead horizon. I had 
 +watched him, almost every time, seen the rays of sun dance over his 
 +neck of sand and earth, as he looked out over the water. His name for 
 +the sea was his roaring, crashing danger. 
 + 
 +That danger was not how he died. 
 + 
 +Neither the waves nor the dunes claimed him. Humanity did. 
 + 
 +A man with white clothes, a red sash, and a silver ring with a golden, 
 +embedded symbol of a scimitar had struck him down. Openly in the 
 +street. Apprehended immediately, of course, by the confused guards. 
 +With Gellan al-Pirwa, the godfather of smuggler bands, still in jail, 
 +the guards were lost at sea with Mahnaz in exile and Eli dead. 
 + 
 +Jumlat's influence over Safaq is slipping rapidly, and perhaps that'
 +for the best. I was never as invested as Eli was in the sultan and his 
 +affairs. I was happy to work with my hands and shovel during the day, 
 +and read into the wee hours by candlelight in the evening. 
 + 
 +I feel just lost as lost as the guards, as Safaq as a whole. I haven'
 +looked over Eli's financials yet or how I'm gonna pay for this place. 
 +I am still living in his house. I still use my own room. I still read 
 +Eli's books. I still use his towels, still eat off his plate. I am 
 +still stretched on his grave. 
 + 
 +## Magarib 3–13 
 + 
 +### The Tale of Barnacle Bess 
 + 
 +A bard cast Awaken on a crab, and the other missionaries were deeply 
 +moved by the crab's dedication to Hakiyah and named her Barnacle Bess. 
 + 
 +She loved singing, and especially singing hymns dedicated to Hakiyah'
 +wave of truth, and the most famous of them is 
 + 
 +Weeping, my beloved, 
 +who adores 
 +the sea and the land, 
 + 
 +Our hearts are filled 
 +with the sorrows 
 +of our own tears. 
 + 
 +We have vowed to give 
 +you our lives, 
 +for you are a great one 
 + 
 +O Hakiyah! 
 + 
 +They say that the one who 
 +is most beloved 
 +is the greatest of matters, 
 + 
 +and that the greatest of 
 +the great is the 
 +greatest of the lesser. 
 + 
 +I have sworn to you, 
 +to give my life 
 +to find out what is true, 
 + 
 +O Hakiyah! 
 + 
 +She was adored by the missionaries. 
 + 
 +The Faith Ethoist of Hakiyah is gradually becoming more secular; the 
 +priests now involve themselves in local issues, and the faith is more 
 +familiar with the settlers. The faith is also less invited to be 
 +involved in politics. 
 + 
 +In the present day, the faith is a highly respected institution, often 
 +referred to as the Widow's Keepers because of its passage of years. 
 +The faith remains one of the few institutions in the Land of Fate to 
 +keep a watchful eye of the latest arrivals of holy slayers and mamluk. 
 + 
 +### The Tale of the Founder's Story 
 + 
 +Rubban Safaq bin-Jute himself assembled a force of half the people of 
 +the city, together with the sultan's vizier, to confront the hags, 
 +lead by Evanore bint-Rūm. 
 + 
 +Safaq and his crew defeated the hags and their fish, and they had a 
 +great victory. 
 + 
 +When Evanore and the other hags saw their fate, they were filled with 
 +regret and stayed in captivity. They were allowed time to think of a 
 +plan, but when they did, they found that the time for their escape was 
 +short. They took a ship from the city, but when they got there, they 
 +were met by a swarm of hounds who took them prisoners. They prisoned 
 +them in the palace, but when they had been taken there, they set about 
 +making their escape. 
 + 
 +When they got there, they had to bear a great deal of cruelty and they 
 +had to eat the flesh of five hogs. Each of them had to go through the 
 +streets of the palace for a whole day, but when they were brought back 
 +and told that the palace was empty, they got up and left. 
 + 
 +When Safaq saw the shipwreck and the slaughter, he was satisfied and 
 +said: "This is a wicked and treacherous race and they are all doomed." 
 + 
 +### The Tale of Henrietta's Jewels 
 + 
 +Henrietta's Jewels & Appraisal is a merchant's shop run by a misfit 
 +who is also a wizard. The shop is full of exotic and exotic items, 
 +usually hidden under the tops of bookshelves. 
 + 
 +The shop is respected by the local gentry, and is often visited by the 
 +stables of the Black Riders, who have complained of the shop due to 
 +the number of odd (and colorful) items they see there. 
 + 
 +The shop is usually full of exotic and exotic items from top to 
 +bottom, but the problem is the shopkeeper's son. The shop also sells a 
 +wide variety of gemstones, but the shopkeeper's son is more interested 
 +in his own jewelry and accessories than in dealing with the locals. 
 + 
 +Henrietta herself is a merchant who frequents the canteen and bath and 
 +mooch. She has no idea why, but is still fond of it. She also has a 
 +dimmish but fond sense of humor. 
 + 
 +## Magarib 14–19 
 + 
 +### The Tale of the Last Fels 
 + 
 +As you all know, this eulogy is for Rumfels, who was eaten by an orca 
 +earlier today. 
 + 
 +Rumfels was usually alone. Half-elven, half-human, and with an 
 +ambiguous expression, who liked to wear a big, loose cloak of camel 
 +wool, originally brown but worn thin pale gray through many years on 
 +board sunny decks. 
 + 
 +The craftmanship of this cloak must've been superb originally because 
 +the one time I saw them take it off, not a stitch was loose. It was 
 +only the cloth itself that was being worn threadbare, day and night, 
 +almost exposing the quilted lining. 
 + 
 +Their bahrayin's rucksack contained several balls of twine, some finer 
 +thread and needle, a mess kit, a tinderbox, and a durable, heavy 
 +lantern. 
 + 
 +A couple of times I saw them at the docks, marveling at the tales of 
 +sailors from other ships especially when they had sea creatures or 
 +exotic treasures on display. 
 + 
 +As far as I know, they grew up on the high seas, but those seas never 
 +lost their sense of wonder and fascination to them. Often looking 
 +wistfully at the sun glittering on the waves of the Golden Gulf and 
 +further south, on the Crowded Sea itself. 
 + 
 +I asked them once where they had gotten the name Rumfels and at first 
 +I couldn't hear their mumbled reply. I asked again, and they said, 
 +still softly: "Because I always set aside my last fels, my last copper 
 +piece, for some rum." 
 + 
 +### The Tale of the Skeleton's Advisor 
 + 
 +The House of Dhi'b, or as some call them, the Sons of the Wolf, are 
 +ruled by an old, gaunt sheikh, Anwat al-Makkar, nicknamed the 
 +"skeleton". He is not long for this world. His granddaughter Moira 
 +al-Dhi'b is too young to rule. 
 + 
 +Anwat's advisor, the legendary sha'ir Mamun bin Harun bin Hamid, 
 +traveled to Hiyal to search help but was referred to the gnome rulers 
 +of Sikak. Those rulers did not open the gates to this scruffy sha'ir 
 +with his al-Badia–accented Midani. They did not let up whether they 
 +knew of his reputation as commander of genie. 
 + 
 +On the island village of Samak, he received the hushed whispers: 
 +"Bring your young ruler-in-waiting to the hakimas on Saliam Island"
 +Eager to return home, he signed up with the Sea Ghost Trading Company 
 +for passage home to his tribe in the deserts west of Ajayib. 
 + 
 +### The Tale of the Botched Raise 
 + 
 +Thirsty Salt is what they call me, and me and my best friend Clever 
 +Copper are acolytes here at Safaq's Hakiyah mosque. 
 + 
 +Petitioned by the residents of Safaq, Na'wa min-Hakiyah, the new 
 +priest, had attempted to raise the guard captain, Eli, from beyond the 
 +shroud between life and death. 
 + 
 +Accompanied by two of the novices, Hafam and Zobeiza, they commenced 
 +the hour-long, solemn process. Suddenly, after just a few minutes, we 
 +heard a terrible commotion, screams and… and a snarling, wet sound. 
 + 
 +I, and Namarida, one of the novices here, rushed up the stairs and on 
 +the other side of the door we saw a horrible stillness. Spatter on the 
 +wall and floor and the three of our fellow clergy, with whom we break 
 +bread before every vesper and after every laud, dead. Their injuries 
 +too gruesome to detail, but, seemingly committed by tooth, claw, and a 
 +curiously precise assortment of needles. 
 + 
 +Eli's own body still on the slab, not a drop on him.