What Do You Earn?

[The story so far: The wizards join in the grand tower to make sure that the sons and daughters choose nothing other than the Dwarven engineering or the Elven healing. The Wizard of Wind takes another step towards the same as he receives the book “Guide to Destroying the Hopes of Others” and advice from the Dwarven. Meanwhile, the rest of the magical world remains free of the ridiculous thought procedures of the wizards, but they continue to do so. ***The images used in this post are screenshots from my time spent in the game, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic which I highly recommend.]

The Wizard of Wind had managed to start a new store in the middle of the city to spread information about the children of the wizards and sorceresses who were earning high salaries. He had made a big list about the same, and had put the name of his son at the top. He was always amending the list and showing it to others, and he had named the place the Hall of Fame with Coffee where he would boast about his family to everyone who comes to have a drink. Anyone who desired not to hear about the same were immediately thrown out of the shop.

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The wizard’s idea is not the smartest, but it is mostly the most one-sided.

“But why are you so much after the money? Isn’t there life beyond the strength of coins?” a satyr asked once. He also had the opportunity to repeat the question, which was not going to be tolerated by a wizard.

“You have no knowledge about the truth; you are not even close to knowing” said the Wizard of Wind before throwing him out through the window with the help of his skeletal minions.

“Replace the glass windows and keep them open so that we can throw more people out at regular intervals” he added.
“But it is still the truth, isn’t it? Everyone sees some truth in it” a waiter asked.

“It is not the truth that I believe in and wish to spread. It bothers me and relieves me of my awesomeness” The Wizard of Wind said.

“Oh. Do we need to know anything to make sure that only your truth stands? Is it our ultimate aim?” the waiter asked.

“Just follow the procedure and throw all those who come with any other version of truth right through the window with the same velocity. I wish to make a magical spell which does that automatically, but I am too busy with praising my people and blaming others that I am not that good with the magic any more” added the Wizard of Wind with quite a good amount of anger.

“So, you need only two types of people; only those with a lot of money or the ones who praise your ideas about how it is awesome to have a lot of money with plans to earn even more coin” the waiter further asked.

“Yes, now you got what I want and usually talk about. You can now go back to work” the Wizard of Wind instructed.

“So, the salary is at sixty five thousand. I have to see how these Pounds, Dinars and Dollars convert into rupees and see how much that boy earns. Then I can make a table on how much he saves by making a guess about how much is spent and also how much is needed for his home. Then I will find a formula which adds the salary of the wives if there are any. Only with the money earned can I find out the goodness. Only the rich children can be good and useful people, I know that” the Wizard of Wind told himself.

The rest of the world outside the Dwarven-High Elf territory

There will be no talk about the rest of the world outside the Dwarven-High Elf territory.

The Wizard of Wind found it very difficult not to compare people, as it had become part of his life. Now, with a lot of advice gained and the Orb of Negativity, he could always make his plans work in an easier way. The ultimate weapon for pessimism was always within his reach and he could use it to his advantage. The world of politics inside the realm of magic was nothing without people like him, even as he knew very less of how much more he could do if he could have chosen goodness as righteousness.

[To be continued…]

TeNy

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Need to Remain Evil

[The story so far: The wizards join in the grand tower to make sure that the sons and daughters choose nothing other than the Dwarven engineering or the Elven healing. The Wizard of Wind takes another step towards the same as he receives the book “Guide to Destroying the Hopes of Others” and advice from the Dwarven Eldar which he takes to The Wizard of Life; he thus attains knighthood. Meanwhile, the rest of the magical world remains free of the ridiculous thought procedures of the wizards. ***The images used in this post are screenshots from my time spent in the game, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic which I highly recommend.]

“I am sorry, but I can’t hear you” shouted the Wizard of Wind through the personal magic portal.

“You should be able to hear me, because your portal is newer, and it even got the touch screen” shouted the Wizard of Life.

“I know. I got the touch screen just to show people this new technology which can be used with the magic. It is not of any use to me. I just need to show people that I am awesome, that is all” replied the Wizard of Wind.

“Yes, even I want to do the same only. I am hoping to prove that some people whom I don’t like are so bad that it will make me seem like the better person. I will just write a magical letter to everyone that these people are very bad, and also add some psychology to it to prove that they are mentally unstable”.

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“I don’t think that people are going to believe you, especially if you add the part about being mental. It becomes a case of spreading hatred against somebody. You can just they that they are not right, and also that they are bad” Wizard of Wind came with another opinion.

“I have been sending letters related to such things about my wife’s family for so many years, because I can’t really blame our wizard and sorceress teams. It feels so good after to have blamed the others. Well, we are all so awesome right? They are the others, and we should blame them only. It gives me so much satisfaction that I can make others seem bad in the eyes of the world. Even though they are all lies, it provides me with the happiness which can’t be compared to anything else, not with the material wealth or even a life in heaven”.

“Actually, the material wealth is very important. It is what should define our lives. This actually brings me to my son, and yes while talking about all the good things, my son and his wife come to my mind. Do you know that how much they earn? I might have told this already, but I need to say this so many times every day, and otherwise, I can’t sleep. And you shouldn’t write bad about the family of your wife, especially if they are lies. It is bad, and instead why don’t you write a letter about our greatness and send them to everyone? After all, we are all big achievers. We should write a book about how great we are and it will automatically make it clear that the others are not good enough” Wizard of Wind gave the idea.

“But I have to speak ill about others. It is the only thing which I have done for the last few decades. I hate everyone who has achieved anything as long as they are part of my wife’s family. It bothers me so much. We should be the superior ones, right? I mean we are like a high caste, the grand wizard legacy which goes back to that time when we were married, and I hated her because she was from the island. I mean, we are like a group of legendary wizards and sorcerers, and what is she but coming from that island far away where people seems to have so much culture. It made me so jealous” Wizard of Life added.

“Actually, they were the superior ones, better civilized, and better cultured even at that time…”.

“No! Absolutely not. We were always the greatest. We have been a united group of brothers and sisters who have loved each other, and have known how to do the right thing for such a long time that…” Wizard of Life kept adding new lines.

The rest of the world outside the Dwarven-High Elf territory

“Until the day of the partition. Of course, I wasn’t there, but I have heard what you people were doing at that time, taking sides and giving it a nice fight” added the Wizard of Wind.

“That is only partially true” remarked the Wizard of Life.

“Which part is not true?” asked the Wizard of Wind.

“The part about the fight. I didn’t get to do anything. I was just standing there and listening to all this. I retired from the Great Wizard Council International after that”.

“You just left from there? You can do that?” wondered the Wizard of Wind.

“No, I just took the Voluntary Retirement Programme. It is a fair deal, and as it was the best time with a nice offer, it didn’t do that bad to my career”.

“Did the early retirement bring anything better in you?” asked the Wizard of Wind.

“Yes, I bought a hawk to deliver more letters about others being useless and mentally unstable. I had too much free time after that, you know”.

“So the idle mind remains the devil’s workshop? What they say is true for wizards too”?

“I don’t know about the devil, but I have only good intentions”.

“Yes, but nothing good actually comes out of it; but money is everything – all the things depends on it” remarked the Wizard of Wind.

“But still, I am the Wizard of Life, and I am the oldest and the greatest of them all as I am also the Wizard of Mind” proclaimed the Wizard of Life.

“Yes, title is pretty much working for now” said the Wizard of Wind.

TeNy

Far Away from Home

[THE STORY SO FAR: The wizards join in the grand tower to make sure that the sons and daughters choose nothing other than the Dwarven engineering or the Elven healing. The Wizard of Wind takes another step towards the same as he receives the book “Guide to Destroying the Hopes of Others” and advice from the Dwarven Eldar which he takes to The Wizard of Life along with Orb of Negativity; and he thus attains knighthood. ***The images used in this post are screenshots from my time spent in the game, Age of Wonders III: Shadow Magic, a turn-based strategy title which I highly recommend.]

The wizards surely had their plans and were working on the same, even though it made no sense outside their world. At the same time, far away from the so called civilization around the towers of the wizards, a song was heard, something of frustration and revolution; something which reflected more than one world beyond the dimensions. There was a large crowd assembled around a giant rock which had the shape of a rugby ball, and it was a mixed group of races belonging to the woods. The day was getting over, but not the enthusiasm of the people. The song was as follows:

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The wizards’ world is all beauty from the outside, but beware of what lies beneath…

We are not of the fake world
Not part of a universe of chaos
Which pretends to be perfect
Guided by pretenders to the throne.

We have nothing to do with that world
Which thrives on inequality
Where people are forced to be something
Like the engineers or healers called doctors.

It is that world in which people are judged
By being an engineer or doctor or not
And by the money that they earn
And the colour of their bloody skin.

We don’t know of those wizards
Who have different rules for everyone
And thinks that it is all about money
Greedy for more and more of the moolah.

Love is fair in the case of some offsprings
Especially those who fall in love
With the rich ones; gets the approval
But loving even the slightly poor is banned.

The rest of the world outside the Dwarven-High Elf territory

The rest of the world outside the Dwarven-High Elf territory is rather the fair one…

Those who are fair are the smart ones
A title which is instantly given
And the dark-skinned gets nothing
From the wizards of the grand towers.

We don’t belong their show-offs
Neither will we attend their vanity
Reflected in their grand programs
Driven by inequality and false pride”.

“So they really have different rules for education and love? And even on the basis of skin?” asked a satyr while cheering for the song.

“The man from the wizards’ bloodline has spoken about the same; so it has to be true” said a centaur while drinking a cup of tea.

“Bloody idiots. This is why I never want to meet a wizard. I always hated those white beards. They look so fake” remarked the satyr.

“We should ask some of those creatures of the night to bite then” added the centaur.

“I would steal their beards or ask a halfling rogue to do that!” murmured satyr.

“I hope that their bloodlines will be better informed about the same” said another centaur who came into take a cup of black tea.

[To be continued…]

TeNy

Of Knights and Wizards

[The story so far: The wizards join in the grand tower to make sure that the sons and daughters choose nothing other than the Dwarven engineering or the Elven healing. The Wizard of Wind takes another step towards the same as he receives the book “Guide to Destroying the Hopes of Others” and advice from the Dwarven Eldar which he takes to The Wizard of Life. For previous episodes, check https://theteacerebration.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/the-wizards-choice/ and https://theteacerebration.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/choice-of-eternal-dislike/ *The images used in this blog post are screenshots from my time spent in the games, Oblivion and Overlord.]

“Rise, Knight of the Void” said the Wizard of Life as he raised the sword and presented the Wizard of Wind with knighthood. “You are such a gentleman” he said.

The Wizard of Wind had not only returned with the book and advice. He had also captured the Orb of Negativity. It was not really a capture to be exact. He had threatened a little wizard who had created one as part of his assignment for the School of Wizardry, and forced the kid to give it up. He also used his old age to his advantage, as he always did. The book and orb were going to work so fine for them. They could just unleash the negativity with the orb as it could collect as much as possible through a connection to the spirit world.

About the newly acquired title, it was something that had evaded the Wizard of Wind for a very long time. He never practiced what he said, but can we really blame him, as he had almost no idea about all those things he talked about? But he wanted to show everyone that he was so awesome and knew everything. For the same, he had chosen to fill all the voids with meaninglessness, and this doing was actually a positive thing for the wizards.

The Wizard of Wind wanted to keep the hammer instead of the sword.

The Wizard of Wind wanted to keep the hammer instead of the sword to hit random people.

The Wizard of Wind nicely managed what seemed to be an eternal void, as he made it certain that he had that quality. He used to fill all the voids in his life and make it seem awesome, but at the same time make the lives of others seem bad. If he said something, it was knowledge and if someone else said the same, it was ignorance. If his son said a lie, it was smartness, but if someone else said that, it was blasphemy. If his son loved someone, it was because he was too good, but otherwise, it was a dirty thing to do, and the culprit should be quickly married to some random person.

“I am deeply honoured by this title. I would like to thank my uncle’s wife’s cousin brother’s neighbour’s only son who has been an encouragement for me as he was always there listening to my wonderful ideas” said the Wizard of Wind.

“Yes, you are supposed to be honoured, as I am the one giving it. But isn’t that guy dead?” asked the Wizard of Life.

“Yes, that should be why he listens without saying even one word to me. Now, you can advice me whats next. What would that be?” asked the Wizard of Wind.

“You should visit the place. Then you can start advising him. Come when he is not spending time with the hobbits. Just visit when he is studying at home. Destroy his momentum. You are very good at that” advised the Orb of Negativity which had made a connection to the world of evil spirits.

“But I am busy tomorrow. I have to tell twenty five people about the greatness of me and my family along with degrading a few others. Otherwise I will be very unhappy. After all, the wind is blowing in the right direction these days, and this Wizard of the Wind doesn’t have a job”.

“You are the Wizard of Wind. Just use your wind power to spread the tales. Also add the copyright details with special thanks to the spirits from the Ninth Circle of Hell” said the voice from the orb.

The Wizard of Wind had no idea what evil he was turning into.

The Wizard of Wind had absolutely no idea what kind of terrible evil he was turning into.

“Oh God. I am so much more interested in money these days. I can’t even bear to see these people who don’t earn enough money. I need to destroy his hopes as soon as possible because his happiness will give me blood pressure. Why would he be happy? I mean, I have so much money and I am unhappy, always hoping to make more money” said the Wizard of Wind to himself.

“I don’t know about that, but all non-Engineers and non-Healers shall suffer. By the way, when you come back, do buy some crocodiles for our magic pond. It looks like Mountain Dew without Salman Khan” said the Wizard of Life.

The Wizard of Wind went home with happiness like never before. He had made things possible, those which he thought was not anywhere near happening. He felt that he had grown wings, and those dark wings of maleficence were larger than he thought they were. It had the strength of a Minotaur and the regenerating power of a Hydra. It was also as venomous as the tail of a Manticore. Tough in the skin like the Nemean lion and most of the random Rhinoceros, the two wizards considered themselves so cool that they ended up frozen in the brain by their own magic wands.

[The saga continues…]

TeNy

Choice of Eternal Dislike

[The story so far: The wizards join at the grand tower to make sure that their sons and daughters choose nothing other than the Dwarven engineering or the Elven healing. They go back from the tower to come up with further plans for such people for making them deviate from their path or somehow destroy their current career so that they would rather sit at home instead of following a career path that they don’t like] https://theteacerebration.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/the-wizards-choice. *The images used in this post are screenshots from my time spent in the game, Spell Force 2.

For the same, the Wizard of Wind alighted from his dragon and travelled to the nearest Dwarven village through the portal, accompanied by his warrior minions to make sure that more steps were taken to degrade the usual courses. The Dwarves were very good at degrading others because they had formed a certain amount of hatred for the rest of the world as they sat there on their superiority complex. It was due to them being forced to choose the same career against their will, and wanted the same to happen to everyone else too. They also wanted to rule the world in one way or the other, and their hatred for Elves was lessened only by their more intense hatred to everyone else.

The wizard had thought that they should travel to the Elves, but had no big opinion about the healers by himself. He had chosen the Dwarven Engineering as the best path. It would have been a one step backward for him, even as he considered it to be a fair thing too. After all, there existed more than one kind of elves.

The Wizard of Wind has to keep his dragon outside to enter the portal.

The Wizard of Wind has to keep his dragon outside to enter the portal. Still fair.

“Keep your minions outside. Only if your son or daughter has studied Dwarven Engineering, can you can enter. Otherwise choose to go back” said the Dwarven security guard at the village.

“Yes, my son has studied it. He is even working a lot hard these days, far away from home”.

“Then, come and have a seat. As you are a wizard and spends your time saving the world, we are not asking you for any proof for the same. I hope your son can’t come back home very often. It is what the Dwarven Engineering is about. We make sure that all your sons and daughters earn the most money and also separate them from their families, leaving them in a different world where they can prosper and reach new heights. It also gives you an opportunity to blame the rest of the people who are with you”.

“It is not why I am here. There is the need to destroy the focus of one of my nephews who is following a different path. He is going to write some tests, and we have decided that he shouldn’t get a job, and for the same, we should destroy his concentration. We can’t really stand him getting any better in his path. We want him to deviate from there and listen to only what we say”.

“So where is this person right now? Can I see him?” the Dwarven Eldar asked as he entered the room.

“He is writing literature and studying the same with Halflings in the land of Perumburia”.

“Damn those Halflings. They seem to think that they are better than us just because we have the same height. But there is nothing that stands against the Dwarven Engineering. We create everything in this world, and they think that supporting creativity and imagination is to help them gain anything in this world? Teaching love and passion is stupid. Everybody should only be making money, and that is what they should have always been thinking about. We shall attack them one day with our newly created weapons and armour”.

“Can you just give an idea to stop him right now? We are desperately in need of something. We can’t think properly now”.

The portal connects the lands, as the Wizard of Wind enters the village.

The portal connects the lands, as the Wizard of Wind enters the Dwarven village.

“Are you out of ideas all the time? Just keep giving him some jobs to make sure that he doesn’t study. At the same time, make them look very important so that he can’t deny them. Never help him with his academics and make him feel that what he is doing is insignificant. Also use words about how he is not good enough, and praise everyone else other than him and make him feel inferior and a complete waste with your talks. Here, take this Guide to Destroying the Hopes of Others” said the Eldar as gave the book to the wizard.

“I can do that with ease. I shall always praise my son and make sure that I blame him for something everyday. Everything that he does can be used against him, and each word that he says will be considered as a weapon against him, which means that he won’t do anything that we don’t like. How often should I do it? Everyday before food or just three times a day”?

“Wizard dude, this is not a medicinal tablet. Just do it as much you can. There was not even the need for this if we were not infested by hatred”.

“Okay. But one question haunts me. Why are these Dwarves under the sofa here playing hide and seek? Are you not supposed to be awesome engineers who do nothing other than science”?

“These are kids. We all look the same from the age of eight. This is why we are called Dwarves. Do you get it?” asked an angry Eldar.

“Yes, of course. Right. I think I should leave. Here is the price for your advice and the book” said the wizard as he gave the Eldar two magic orbs and left the place.

“Is it even going to work?” asked the guard.

“I am pretty sure about it. Halflings are a weaker breed. Those who stay with them are also supposed to be weaker. May be he will kill himself. It should be the best part of the same. One person less would be good” replied the Eldar.

“Let’s play some mind games with these people, right”?

“Yes. They will have the same opinion all the time, and nothing will change about it. So lets see how it goes. One thing is sure though, that this is going to create a terrible influence on the boy as well as his parents. I wonder why these people are saying things like these to their own brother whose son is targeted. That would also lead him to worry a lot for absolutely no reason. But this is something that we enjoy. There will always be the option to study and go for a job, but that will never work as every second will be strain”.

The wizard had begun his journey back to his people, guarded by his warrior minions against the foul creatures around. It was tiring, but he knew that he had everything that he wished to have, and it was something that would bring joy to everyone. He made his way back to the portal that took him back to his dragon which transported him back to the wizard’s tower.

[The saga continues…]

TeNy

The Wizards’ Choice

*This is an allegory inspired by a comment from Raja Saravanan (http://rajareviews.com) at https://theteacerebration.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/theory-of-relative-it. This is purely fictional in nature with its base on fantasy, as you can see – but the idea is real and applicable anywhere, especially when equality and freedom of choice are denied 😀 *The images used in this post are screenshots from my time spent in one of my favourite games, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic. There are influences from the same game and another two games Disciples and Overlord, as well as The Lord of the Rings.

On the top of the tower of Pling, the five wizards joined on a feast. The eldest one held control over the Sphere of Life, followed by the four younger ones holding powers over the Spheres of Wind, Earth, Water and Fire respectively in the order of their ages. The joining of the five Spheres was significant to create a wall of magic on the day of Christmas, when the stars aligned with the underworld, forming a passage between the worlds. For years, they have done the same, making sure that the worlds don’t touch each other.

“The world has been saved, for now. We are doing great as usual” announced the Wizard of Life.

“But you need to save the world again” added the Wizard of Fire. “You have to tell your son. He is not following the Dwarven engineering. See the sons and daughters of our wizard brethren and the sorceress sisters, and some of them even possess the Elven healing skills, taking training from the high elves. You should have taken him under your wing and forced him to follow you. A young kid should always grow up under his father. Mothers know nothing about leading the children in their path, and relatives of the mother are always quite bad” he said.

“Professionalism is the path, you know. Dwarves are skilled people. If he was trained with them, he would have been working in an armoury by now, making weapons and earning money in gold. Just look at how well my son is doing. Money is a very important thing in the world of magic, or may be it is the most important thing, as there is limitation to what sorcery can do. Even we are getting weaker in power due to the development of science” remarked the Wizard of Wind.

“Just send him to a centaur then. He can teach him enough to be successful in life. We can’t have young wizards wandering around without associating themselves with the Dwarves or the Elves. They have to learn engineering or medicine. Otherwise, what is different from them and a bloody underground goblin or an orc from a cave?” asked the Wizard of Earth.

The wizards join at the central tower...

The wizards join at the central tower…

“May be there is still time for him. It is the best if we don’t interfere much in the lives of the children, right? I think we have already did that a lot, or rather too much in the case of your son” said the Wizard of Water.

“We have saved the world again. It is so amazing isn’t it? I have never thought we could do this good. I mean, we don’t have that much of a great background, right? So we should be doing a lot worse” said a thinking Wizard of Life.

“Yes, it is a big achievement that we have come so far. We are just below average people holding a wand and chanting spells about which we have absolutely no idea. But we are still moving away from the topic” said the Wizard of Earth.

“I don’t think that my son is the only problem. There is also that daughter of the sorceress of the mountains who has gone for social service among the Wood Elves. How could she do that? We belong to an elite class. We don’t do social service. We are wizards. We don’t go down the level, we have to go high up the ladder, and all these sons and daughters in our family have to be ready for the higher calling, making as much money as possible in the process” said the Wizard of Life.

“Actually, it is kind of better. She could have actually gone with the Dark Elves. She got many friends there too. This is kind of better” said the Wizard of Water.

The rest of the world outside the Dwarven-High Elf territory

The rest of the world outside the Dwarven-High Elf territory

“You can say that with ease. Your sons and daughters are already part of the Dwarven heavy armaments engineering system. Here, we have children who are going the wrong path. Our elder wizard’s son is creating literature with Halflings! Can you believe that? I mean, they are just Hobbits in disguise. Writing worthless things and working in the local garden. How can we approve of such a thing which earns no money and is not a high class profession? asked the Wizard of Earth.

“He has still not mingled with the undead yet” said the Wizard of Water.

“An engineer is an engineer. It is a title that the Dwarves directly pass on and is worth a lot in the society. Now, he has only one option. To be a teacher. He has to go to the dragon scholars for that. The wise dragon hybrids can teach him how to be an educator of spells, something that can improve his skills a lot, and will speed up the process of becoming a wizard” said the Wizard of Earth.

“Or make him do some business. He can start a business by selling magic wands in the market. As he has wizard blood in his veins, he will be successful, and soon can become the best in the business, as there is no established wand-seller in our realm” said the Wizard of Fire.

“We should consult the sorceress group to finalize on this. After all, we shouldn’t let out sons and daughters have free-will. It is only our opinions that should count. We also have to bring some opinions about the grand-sons and grand-daughters wherever applicable, and shouldn’t let them take decisions by themselves. We are the wizards who know everything, and so we should interfere. Remember that I have better control of the Partial Sphere of Mind more than you all do” said the Wizard of Life.

“There can still be a few things which should be left to the children” said the Wizard of Water.

“I know not many things of that kind” added the Wizard of Fire.

The wizards packed their magic wands and set on a journey to discuss and come up with ideas to make sure that none of their children will follow a path out of free-will. They had to deviate them because they knew everything and were the saviours of the world. Two things ran through their minds – engineering and medicine; they had to bring the dwarves and high elves to come and persuade their lost children to bring them back on the path by displaying engineering and healing skills.

[The saga continues…]

TeNy