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     - [Masta](al-qadim/tales/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
 +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
 +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's
 +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't
 +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's
 +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
 +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.