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Beholder in a Box


“Okay, explain it one more time.” Pathos the small Beholderkin intoned staring at the small, empty produce crate.

Kedri sighed “You go in there, I put you just off one of the Tribune backstreets among some other bits and pieces of rubbish but with a view of the spire, and you surveil the entrance until you have something to report even if that something is a lack of anything.”

Pathos’ looked at the crate, into which Kedri had carefully cut a number of eye/air holes then turned his full gaze back on the human. “Just checking it really was as demeaning as it sounded first time.”

“Please Pathos.” Kedri pleaded, “You can just vanish off to where ever it is you go if there is trouble or a rubbish collector.” Pathos remained unconvinced so Kedri continued “I’ll promise to listen to your new ontological theory about the nature of the Universe…”

This caught Pathos attention, he looked at him sideways, cautious. “The one where all the Planes are really just a dead gerbil in a box?”

Kedri nodded solemnly.

“Its two gerbils now.”

“Interesting..”

“Both dead”

Kedri forced a smile. “Great.. so?”

Pathos looked disdainfully at the crate again. “I also want a book to read”

“Okay” said Kedri reaching into his pack to see what he had with him, “But only if you promise to keep half your eyes on your mission.”

Pathos shrugged, or rather he bobbed in the air while rotating slightly on two axis which vaguely emulated the look of a shrug.

“You’ll do it then?” Kedri asked adding a book and some food to the box.

Pathos lowered himself gently into the box, “Yes, but you better not squelch on your side of the deal or I’m going to rekindle my interest in art.”

Kedri took a sharp intake of breath “Noted. Good luck Pathos.” With a small smile he sealed the crate back over again and set out to place it.



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The tiny beholder finds activity outside the enormous tower to be scarce as he lurks in the unmarked crate. But this is not without exception...

Late in the evenings a group of four scarlet-garbed youths, likely students, sometimes leaves the tower. They always show a signed and sealed paper to the animated guardsmen at the door. They return in the late hours of the night singing and shoving each other, obviously drunk.

Several days every week an ox-drawn wagon accompanied by a dwarf makes its way to the tower at dusk. The tower doors open for the dwarf without so much as a knock, and several suits of armor (animated by magic rather than a man within) emerge to fetch the crates. They are heavy and filled with metal-parts and machinery. "Adamant Armory" is scrawled across the sides of the boxes. The dwarf appears to be unnerved by the silent constructs. An impeccably dressed goblin, who Kedri would recognize as Magister Suthran, emerges from the tower to pay the dwarf. They exchange pleasantries.

Standing at his post near the door is a young knight named Hawkins. He appears very restless, and probably superfluous given the golems within the tower, more for show than function. He sometimes tries to make small talk with the Librarians entering and exiting the great tower, but to no avail.

A dark haired man greeted by the name Alpert sometimes visits the tower. He appears to be of some authority, perhaps a Magister. He often speaks in hushed tones to his colleagues of an island and a great black monster. He is grizzled and battle wary. And while Pathos cannot be sure, he seems to travel to the tower via the shadow path.

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Kedri listened closely to Pathos' report, noting down in a book what he heard, already making small additional notes and sketches of ideas as he went.

When Pathos finished Kedri sat in contemplation, doodling the nascent thoughts which might form into plans. There was silence which became heavier as Pathos focused his full set of eyes on Kedri, after a moment Kedri looked up.

"Thankyou Pathos, you did a good job" He smiled and returned his focus to the book for a moment however he looked back up before long as the Beholder kin kept staring at him.

Pathos stared at Kedri.

Kedri stared back at Pathos.

They stared at each other, though Pathos had a racial bonus to wining a staring contest. After a few minutes Kedri broke.

"Yes?" He asked.

"It first occured to me when I noticed that the pattern the weave forms into around inter-planar portals ressembles the arrangement of Sinusoidal Capilliaries in a number of the smaller rodent species..."

Kedri opened his mouth to speak but he stopped himself, he had agreed. With a small sigh he settled himself back in his seat folding his arms tightly over his chest and frowning slightly as he steeled himself for what was surely going to be a taxing lecture.

"...I formulated the basic hypothesis that the Universe may be morphologically similar to these creatures, I will come back to this in a moment. Now about the box containing the gerbil.."

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