The Bursar's Tale
In Which Our Friends Are Much Disconcerted by
Their Visit to The Bender
The panicked Arch-chancellor had fled into the former spaces of the Department of Distortionism. Professor Reichfield, having been one of the faculty of this Department before his unplanned trip through time, warned the party of the building's strange attributes.
The former head of the Department had been Kalish Kareen, a highly unorthodox and unstable mage. Using the distortionist's ability to manipulate reality, she created an every changing maze to test her pupils. The walls of this structure seemed continually in motion. A simple touch would cause several walls to change places, causing anyone inside to quickly become lost and disoriented.
Only a portion of the party would enter, the remainder staying behind as a reserve and to guard the captive Illusionist Neulien. Those entering the Bender were the two wizards, An'var and Redmane with the apprentices, Urkmaas and Thisby. For physical support, Braanx the Rangifer went as well. They were led by Professor Reichfield, whose previous experience with the Bender made him the logical choice. The hall was dimly lit and showed a great deal of neglect from its nearly 70-year abandonment, it having been closed at the time of the suppression of the Pentangle. Urkmaas, a former Ranger, was able to find traces of the Arch-chancellor's path despite the disorientation caused by the moving walls. As they walked the dark corridors, Reichfield continued his never-ending exposition on how much better he was than his peers in all of the schools of magic. He seemed to have a particular grudge against a Chronomancer named Kar'in, often commenting to himself, "Take that Kar'in! Seventy years time travel without really trying!"
As Braanx scouted one hall, he suddenly heard loud hoofbeats. Suddenly, a large unicorn appeared and charged directly at him. The fantastical creature gored him severely but Braanx brought his two-handed flint sword down upon the creatures head, causing it to disappear in shower of spouting rainbow-hued blood. The horn of the beast still remained in Braanx' side. Redmane rushed to the wounded Rangifer and cast a healing spell upon him. Although Redmane's casting met with great success, the strange nature of the place caused the horn, once removed from the wound to imbed itself permanently on the middle of the Rangifer's forehead.
By now the party had completely lost their bearings as to their location within the building. Only Urkmaas' tracking ability provided them with a constant course. The party then came to a large room whose contents were only a large birdcage and table upon which a desiccated corpse lay. Urkmaas, hoping to test his newly-learned Bone Dart spell, fired it at the corpse. This resulted in the undead creature being destroyed before it could raise itself off the table.
An'var walked over to the birdcage and peered into its dark interior. A large tentacle sprang out of the bars and An'var quickly pulled away. "Hello Terry," called Reichfield, "She's one of Kalish's demons, she worked here when I did." A large dark figure sprang forth from the small cage. It swarmed with flocks of crows.
The demon lifted a clawed hand and a large flock of crows sprang from its body. The dark birds flew to the doorway and struck at Braanx who had just walked up. Braabx dispatched the birds with resignation. "I really miss the tundra," the Rangifer said, "things were so much simpler there."
Urkmaas improbably succeeded with a Control Demon spell and "Terry" began to obey the apprentice's commands with an odd look of affection in its dark eyes.
Meanwhile, Reichfield had wandered off and came to a large burning candlestick in the middle of a hallway. Next to it was a standing pool of water. Reichfield recognized it as a beacon to mark an open planar tear. He thrust his face into the pool to see what dimension the pool linked to. He was shocked by the sight of a demon staring back at him. Reichfield pulled back immediately, but not before the demon's clawed hand scraped several wounds into the distortionist's face.
Reichfield quickly cast a spell to close the tear between the plans. As the hall grew quiet, he saw kneeling before him a small imp. "Take that An'ver! Call yourself a Summoner? I got an imp familiar now entirely by accident!"
A great jinn appeared. An'var quickly cast a Control Demon spell and the blue being fell into step beside An'var
Comparing the relative size of their two captive demons, An'var said to Reichfield, "Yeah, you are some Summoner!"
Reichfield turned the corner into a large room and came face to face with the spectre of Kalish Kareen herself. Without hesitation, he fired his magical blunderbuss at the spirit. With the scream, the spectre was destroyed.
When the doors to the wardrobe were opened, they could feel a warm breeze emanating from the behind the heavily stacked clothing.
He soon found himself with the rest of the party standing in the sun outside of the Bender. They noticed that the trees were no longer autumnal but in full summer bloom. A number of the buildings on the campus were different.
Just below them, they saw the members of the Grand Council but all were much younger in appearance.
"Take that, Kar'in!" cried Reichfield, "Whose the Chronomancer? I did two 70-year time jumps in as many days!"
The distortionist looked around and said, "I'd say it's the year 1307 after the Cataclysm, and the 5th day of Highsun to be precise."
"How can you be so sure?" asked An'var.
"Because that is the day the High King Beowenn led his Elven army into the Invisible School. Look!"
The party looked on in awe as the great legions of the Elves marched through the streets of the Invisible School.
Near what they knew as the Bursar's Office, a group had gathered to welcome the invaders. It was led by the still-living Malcor.