The Threat of Paucity
※The next thaumaturge quest will be available from Cocobuki upon reaching level 15.
Ul'Dah Steps of Nald
Yes, Forename, yes. The aura of power surrounding you is palpable. The glare begins to blind my thaumaturge's eye.Your lesson. Today shall be taught by Cocobani. Go to him and hear from the chapter entitled: "The Threat of Paucity."
Aha! So, Forename you have come to learn at the foot of the third eldest brother, have you? I promise you, however, your education shall not be third-rate!
Let us read from the second chapter shall we? Are you settled? No last moment trips to the privy? Very well."The Threat of Paucity. Ah how magnificent the ruthless power we wield. Flame devours, ice entombs and lightning courses through the stricken bodies of our foes. But oh such desperation when the wellspring runs dry. Flame sputter out, ice melts into slush and lightning sparks no longer. Know you this threat, and mind you the limits of your mortal vessel."
A terrifying thought isn't it? A thaumaturge who has exhausted his arcane reserves is naught but a man with a stick and a funny hat.
For we mages you may as well equate the aetheric energy flowing through our veins with our very lifeblood - should a battle find us lacking in this precious resource we are as good as dead.
Controlling the expenditure of your power requires an understanding of aetheric balance. The scales of can tip in one of two directions - astrally or umbrally.
When your mind and spirit lean in an umbral direction, your thaumaturgy is affected by a state known as "Umbral Ice" The potency of your spells is diminished but they also require less energy to invoke.
On the other hand, a thaumaturge in the "Astral Fire" state will find the potency of his incantations enhanced but at a greater cost to his aetheric stamina.Now, with the concepts of aetheric balance and efficient casting foremost in your mind, I bid you go forth and slay... Eight efts! Pray do you best to stay alive - it reflects badly on me when the mauled corpse of one of my pupils is returned to Ossuary.
Ul'Dah Steps of Nald
Aha! You arrive before me upright and breathing. Wonderful! It is so much simpler to pose questions to a student without having to resort to necromantic divination. Tell me, Forename, what action would you take if you found your thaumaturgical endurance is exhausted in the midst of battle?
Oho! Most practical indeed! A discreet withdrawal is await the replenishment of your energies is a sound strategy. But should there be nowhere left to run, a vial of ether will be your stoutest ally.
Ah, ether! The draught of the gods! We thaumaturges - indeed any who practice the arts of arcane manipulation - value this substance beyond all others.
Thus it was with unbridled fury that we received the most recent report of beastman activity. It seems that an Amal’jaa raiding party has attacked a caravan on the trade routes and made off with an entire crate of precious ether! The time has come for you to put your new knowledge to the test. Annihilate these Amal’jaa brutes and retrieve the cargo of ether-filled vials! According to the report, their armored war transport was last spotted to the south of Drybone.Ah, and I believe Cocobuki has an additional request: while you are busy incinerating Amal'jaa, be sure to collect some samples of their blood. … Assuming you can draw any from their smoking remains.
Ul'Dah Steps of Nald
Do I detect the scent of ether? And I trust that stench is Amal'jaa blood... Oho! Ten vials… Twenty...thirty! The sight of so much ether is just very comforting.
What have we here Cocobani? Is this the crate that was stolen? I see Forename’s lessons have had the desired effect. Hm, hm,.hm… I will assume the vile, viscous liquid you have there beastman blood. Cocobusi should be pleased…
Cocobuki! You left word for me to visit the Ossuary. Have you finally decided to begin my training in thaumaturgy?
Ah, Cocobusi! Good of you to come! Forename here was kind enough to obtain a supply of Amal'jaa blood for you.
An alchemist acquaintance of mine explained how you were using the substance in your research to create a mana-amplifying elixir.Naturally we are most interested in the results of such experiments! So you see, Busi, your work as an alchemist already puts you in a position to work alongside us. You needn't become a thaumaturge to be apart of our family!
That's right Busi. Besides, the battlefield is a dangerous place, and our skills are not exactly suited to keep others safe from harm…
… I see. This is yet another attempt to dissuade me from pursuing my true calling.I do not want to cheer you on from the safety of my workbench. I want to fight by your side!
“B-Busi! We cannot stand the thought of your being harmed! Pray do not do any foolish! <sigh> I do apologize, brother. I sometimes forget how difficult it was must be to not having a natural aptitude for the arcane arts.
As I mentioned before Forename, Cocobusi is dangerously unsuited to the wielding of thaumaturgy. Even with the proper training, he would be unable to cast magicks as we can. Were he attempted to force a manifestation of power,the strain on his aetheric reserves would likely kill him.But let us not dwell on unpleasant circumstance. For you, on the other hand, are brimming with thaumaturgical potential. Remain diligent in your studies. And do not cease your efforts to expand your wellspring of power!