Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Come on, Forename. We both know full well you haven't learned Northerlies yet. There's no use tryin' to pull the wool over my eyes, you know!
Ah, that's the look of someone who's stared down a yeti or three! Now that you've mastered Northerlies, you're a step closer to reaching my level.
And like I mentioned before, I want you to help me train a couple of fledglin' blue mages. Remember the pair who were practically beggin' you to teach them? It looks like they'll finally get their wish. I'll meet you over in Hammerlea.
Latool Ja thinks Martyn is letting power go to his head. Soon, it will be too big for his little blue hat!
<gasp> If I'm dreaming, don't wake me!
I wouldn't miss this for the world!
Normally, gettin' these two to do any serious trainin' is a bloody uphill struggle, but as soon as I mentioned you'd be comin' along, they couldn't get here fast enough.
I thought they should see some practical blue magic, away from all the showmanship of the Masked Carnivale, so I borrowed this arena viking for you to demonstrate a few spells. Go easy on it, though, eh? I've got to give it back, you see.
Let me know when you're ready and I'll set it to “Lightly Maim.”
Listen, you two! Don't spend the whole time gawpin', all starry-eyed like. Pay attention to which spells Forename uses and when!
May I say what an honor and a privilege it is to receive the tutelage of a true master of the blue arts!
We normally only get to see you from the cheap seats at the Celestium, so this is a real treat!
Come on then, you bucket of bolts!
You made that look easy!
Ha ha! Just like I taught you! Ahem.
Such fluid movements, and your footwork was a sight to behold!
It didn't stand a chance! You kept attacking and attacking until it was a smoking pile of scrap!
Yes, very impressive. (We'll talk about this later, Forename...) I think that's more than enough for the time bein'. Back to Ul'dah, everyone!
Was Martyn usual, humble self? By that I mean, “Was he acting like gods' gift to magic?”
I sent Nutiba Buntiba and P'yandih off on a couple of errands for the guild, but they'll be here soon.
Gods be good! Those are not the fees that we agreed upon!
Mammets and guest instructors don't come cheap, you know! And besides, a few extra gil will seem like small change once you're fully fledged blue mages. You won't regret this, I promise!
That's more like it. If you follow the example set by Forename and myself, you'll be puttin' down ferocious beasts left, right, and center. Now, return to your training, my faithful apprentices!
Bloody hells, what do they think I'm runnin' here? A charity!?
|I didn't realize you charged for these “lessons” of yours.||Shut up and give me my cut!|
More importantly, somethin' else has come to my attention.
My apprentices ain't the only ones who go off lookin' for enemies to test their skills on. As everyone knows, adventurers often band together and go delvin' into abandoned catacombs, haunted mansions and the like. They'll normally decide beforehand who does what, accordin' to their areas of expertise.
One to lead the way and draw out the beasties, a couple more for general stabbin', burnin', and so on, and maybe someone to see to any mangled limbs and gapin' wounds. In other words, they all have a certain role to fill.
But when I heard that groups of blue mages had been doin' just as well without specializin' in any particular role, I was thrilled to bits! Why? Because this can only mean one thing:
Blue mages can do everrrythiiing!
Attackin', defendin', healin'─you name it!
'Course, we knew that already, but I'd never thought about usin' blue magic outside of one-to-one combat. I've asked the guild members to write a report each time they go explorin' as a group, so I can formulate new strategies for workin' alongside others.
Even P'yandih and Nutiba Buntiba might have somethin' interestin' to tell me next time we meet. Mind you, those two have taken to blue magic like cats...and popotoes to water. Not very well, in other words. That's why I'll be takin' them for more trainin', and I'd like you to join us.
Until then, I want you to learn to Whistle! Not the “put your lips together and blow” sort, I mean the blue magic spell. Now go, my annoyingly capable apprentice!