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Zone 9: A New World Of Plants And Flowers

The world is changing. Many new plants have been discovered, many old ones are being rediscovered, and some flowers have never been seen before. One thing that hasn’t changed though is the need for gardening skills.

You will always need to know how to grow things.

Gardening is one of the most enjoyable past times for many people. Gardening has become a way of life, but it isn’t easy! There are so many different types of plants and flowers out there, each with their own characteristics and needs.

Some require lots of water; others don’t like direct sunlight or even have a temperature range they like. Some need a lot of space, while others only need to be watered once every few years.

In order to garden successfully, you’ll need to learn what plants work well together and which ones do not. You’ll also want to know what kinds of soil are best for your particular area. Finally, you might want to consider planting certain kinds of trees because they’re known for growing in certain areas.

All these things are possible if you know where and how to look!

You might also want to consider getting a water truck or other watering system. Watering your plants can be quite the hassle otherwise!

So, you think you’ve got what it takes?

Then get out there and start gardening!

Rules of the City

Here are some general guidelines for how to behave and what to watch out for while in Fel City:

Always mind your manners. Be polite and respectful to others.

Do not cheat or steal from businesses, especially the ones run by the government.

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Get a job! If you don’t work, you don’t earn.

Do not litter on public property. If you’re caught, you might be doing community service.

Do not litter on someone else’s private property. If you’re caught, you’ll have to pay for any damage you caused.

Do not throw away trash in someone else’s garbage can. If you’re caught, you might have to pay for any damage you caused.

Always knock before entering someone’s home. If you don’t, you could be arrested for breaking and entering!

Always ask before taking someone else’s property or money. Don’t break into houses either!

Don’t bother people without permission. It’s just rude.

Don’t get too drunk in public. If you’re drunk and disorderly, the guards will take you in for the night. In the morning, you’ll have to answer to a judge.

Don’t get into fights. It’s not manly and you could get arrested!

If you break the law as an adult, you’ll most likely have to pay a fine. If you break the law as a minor, you’ll have to answer to the law and most likely be put in juvenile hall

Always obey the law. If you don’t, you could be arrested!

These rules may seem harsh, but just follow them and you’ll be fine. Don’t break the rules and you won’t get into trouble with the law.

Remember, the law is in place to keep things orderly and safe for everyone!

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Fel City Facts

Fel City has a population of 1,933,654. The population is evenly split between humans and non-humans. The most common race is human, followed by elves, dwarves, orcs, and last but not least, kobolds.

Every resident is an equal here. There are no nobles or royalty. Each person contributes to the community in some way.

Fel City is mostly a neutral city state. We trade with other city states, but we don’t get entangled in their affairs. The only real exception are the gnolls, who we’re at war with currently.

Fel City focuses on trade and our mercenaries which can be hired out to other cities or military forces.

There are no gates or walls surrounding the city. We rely on our strong military force to keep the city safe from any attacks.

The Fel City Watch are the main military force. There are 15,000 in all, 3,000 of those being wizards. Then we have the Fel Marine Division, which is our navy.

We also rely on mercenaries and citizens who have come to defend their city. Our current commander in chief is Captain Ian Togarth.

The Fel City Watch wear purple and black uniforms. The Fel Marine Division wears blue marine uniforms.

Wizards in the Fel Watch wear purple robes. Other wizards who live in the city proper typically wear normal clothing, unless they hold a government job of some sort. Then they usually wear the uniform of their position.

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Barbarian tribes in the outlying areas are at war with us, but we’ve been trying to incorporate them into the city as much as possible to get them to abandon their savage ways. So far it’s been working as many of the younger barbarians have begun to abandon their old culture in favor of the civilized culture. Eventually, they all do.

Sometimes we launch raids on barbarian camps and bring back prisoners to the city. Fel has an arena called the Bloody Blade for the gladiators and prisoners to fight to the death for entertainment. What isn’t used in the arena is used for medical experiments or body parts for the magic academy.

Fel has an extensive underworld under the city. This is where most kobolds live. They are used extensively for work that is dangerous or doesn’t require the talent of a human, elf, or dwarf.

They’re used as smelters, diggers, and miners. While they have slightly more rights than they did under the Empire, they still aren’t even regarded as people by most and are basically treated like slaves.

Fel is a beautiful city with many tall buildings made of marble, granite, and other fine materials. The streets are kept clean by the kobolds. Occasionally you see a non-kobold homeless person, but they’re mostly gone by the next day.

Here’s a list of places you can go to!

The Bloody Blade: A large coliseum that holds gladiator battles.

Black Heart Inn: A popular inn located in the merchant district.

City Hall: The main headquarters for the community.

Dynasty Palace: A large palace located in a good part of the city. It holds the governor’s mansion.

Fel Temple: A large temple located in the religious district.

House of Blades: A gladiator arena.

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Magic University: The largest and most prestigious university.

Shopper’s Row: A good place to buy anything you need. It has everything from food to clothing to furniture.

Slums: The poor area of town where most kobolds live.

Temple of Fel: A small temple located in the religious district.

Temple Square: Where religious gatherings are held.

Theatre Row: A place to see various shows.

Tourney Field: Where knights and other warriors can duel.

Unclaimed Area: The area that wasn’t taken over by the kobolds. It’s claimed by nobody and has no name.

“Okay Zal obviously holds some sort of importance to the cult because they released a bunch of kobolds into here…so I guess we need to somehow make this place inhabitable.” You say.

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I guess…but how?”

Talia asks.

“I dunno, I mean it’s possible the kobolds might not even like living here and either leave on their own or we can remove them ourselves, doesn’t seem that difficult.” You remark.

And what about the humans or elves that have been living here? Are we just going to get them all killed?”

“Well I mean we could try convincing them to leave, I mean it is their own fault for settling here in the first place. And if that doesn’t work, then we push them out by force. Look, I get that you’re all about peaceful methods and all that stuff, but we are at war here and as the leaders of our people we need to put their well-being first. Some of these people are going to have to die if it means the survival of the rest and the protection of this temple.”

“I understand that, but this seems a bit underhanded somehow.

I mean what exactly are we going to tell them as to why they have to leave?”

“We’ll say the area is…bad. Cursed or something.”

Cursed?

But this is a temple of Fel, why would…”

“The area isn’t cursed by Fel, it’s cursed by something worse so that’s why Fel’s temple cannot be built there.”

“Oh, that’s pretty lame. I can imagine the looks I’ll get.”

“Just say that any who remain will suffer horrors beyond their imagination. If they chose to remain afterwards, then so be it.”

“…okay I suppose that’ll work.

So do you think the kobolds will actually abandon the place?”

“I don’t see why not, even down in the sewers they stick to certain areas and leave others alone. Just need to make this place less hospitable and they’ll find some other place to infest I imagine.”

“Hm, well we better get started then. I think I’ll start with the Shopper’s Row, seems like a good place to force them out of.”

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“Okay, I think I’ll head to the slums and see about getting those folks to leave. I also want to check on Sister Yvette, she’s been running a healing house down there and I haven’t heard from her in awhile.”

Want me to go with you?”

You ask.

“No, I’ll be fine. I was actually going to ask if you could go find Klint and have him start spreading the word to the rest of our people though. We’re going to need as many helping hands as possible for this.”

“Yeah, I’ll go find him right now.”

You leave the religious district and walk back into the Temple Square which is a lot more crowded nowadays. A lot of new faces, but also a lot of familiar ones as well.

You notice Klint standing by the entrance waving at you. He says he’s been waiting for you to return.

So are you here to take me on another quest?”

He asks a bit excitedly.

“Not today, I need you to do something a little different, but just as important.”

“Oh. Okay.” He responds a bit disappointed.

Klint might be an idiot, but he’s still obedient. You begin telling him that Mistress wants everyone in the temple to start gathering together as many followers of Fel that they can. They need to with as few words as possible because you are not allowed to take too much time away from your duties.

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Or in the case of Klint, away from just standing around looking tough.

The first thing he asks is where he can find some people to tell. You look around and see several of the folks standing nearby. These are folks that have started taking part in Fel’s rituals along with the new converts.

None of them are actually conversing though, they are just sort of standing around looking mean with their weapons at the ready and eyes bulging out a bit. You’ve noticed this behavior before in the past with folks that have just converted to Fel’s faith, it usually faded over time. It seems that Mistress’ rituals don’t just bring about violent outbursts, but also a certain level of zealotry as well.

“There. Go talk to them.” You say pointing to a group of three men and two women to Klint’s right.

He looks at them and gives a nervous laugh.

What?

I’m not going to go talk to THEM, they’re scary looking.” He says.

“Yes, you are.” You say with more force trying to imply you don’t want an argument.

He sighs heavily and walks over to them, but at his speed it’s more of a waddle. The group of converts doesn’t even acknowledge him until he speaks.

“Hey…can I like, talk to you guys for a second.” He says in a wavering tone.

What do you want townie?”

One of them gruffly responds.

“Don’t talk to him like that.” You snap as you head over.

You get closer and put your hand on your sword, the one who just spoke now steps back and the others follow suit. They were probably about to tear Klint apart, but you weren’t going to let that happen.

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Well? What is it Klint?”

You say in a much more commanding tone.

“I…I was just asking them if they want to go find some wine or something and go get drunk with me…” He says as his voice trails off.

“They said no, now leave them be, I gave you better things to do than waste your time going to drink.” You say and start pushing him away.

“B…but I don’t wanna do that either…” He whines.

“You’re going to have to. Now come on, we need to set up for Fel’s Ritual.”

You walk off with Klint behind you mumbling under his breath.

“I don’t see why I can’t just go drink with them, they’re probably going to do it anyway…”

Yeah, he’s an idiot all right. A big idiot. Maybe those adventurers were on to something when they said he was dumb enough to drink the poisoned ale…oh wait.

You shake your head and continue on your task at hand.

By the time you get back to Ral’s old temple, dusk is starting to fall. You meet up with Klint who was off trying to scrounge up some of his friends to help him move some of the bodies outside into the forest so they don’t start to rot and cause an infestation inside the temple. Good plan anyway.

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Or at least it would be if the group of drunks he brought with him to “help” hadn’t gotten into a fight with some of the other folks you managed to recruit to do the job. A few punches are thrown and then blades are drawn and soon enough three of the idiots that Klint brought end up dead.

Klint himself stands there in shock and is barely missed by several blades himself since he’s just standing there like an idiot.

You quickly get him away from the fighting and then a few more of your recruits to help bring the rest of the corpses outside. Unfortunately now the idiot has an even smaller group to move bodies around, not that they were really needed at this point.

Still, Klint seems to want to help out now. Of course you could put him to better use, like actually helping out rather than just looking after him. You decide to do that and let his new fan club clean up their own mess.

Klint is a little hesitant at first, but he soon gets into it and actually starts to show some real progress. You set him and the others to start moving the undisturbed sarcophagi away from the walls and blocking off other sections while you take a few others to try and start opening more of the tombs.

You work like this well into the night and by the time you call it quits, you have a good bit cleared out, though there is still a long way to go. You tell everyone to meet back here in the morning so you can keep at it.

You head back to Ral’s and on the way there you pass by the site that the fight broke out at. The bodies are still there, though some have started to be pecked at by a few birds. After a quick moment of hesitation you leave them for the scavengers and head home.

When you finally get home and into your bed, you fall asleep before your head even hits the pillow…

“Wake up Nak, we’ve got work to do.” You hear a voice say to you in a quiet tone.

You groggily wake up and look around your dark room, then you notice a faint blue glow coming from the corner. You then see Ral materialize out of thin air. He looks just as he did when you first met him though he’s no longer in his ” formal wear”.

Now he’s back in the leather armor you always seemed to associate with him.

Ral? Is something going on? What’s going on?”

You ask quickly sitting up.

“Nothing too serious, however we need to get started on moving forward with the plan.” Ral answers.

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What plan?

I’m still trying to figure out what this city’s government is going to be like now and how I can ensure the Guild’s survival in it. In fact, I haven’t had much time to even think about you or your book.”

“Well that’s what I’m here for, I’m going to help you with all that. Now come on, there is a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it.”

Ral waves his hand and the candles in your room light themselves.

“What…what’s going on?” You ask standing up.

“I just told you, we’re moving forward with my plan. We’re not going to worry about details, I’ll take care of that.

Your job is to do your job as you always have and let me handle the rest OK?”

“But…but…”

“Nak, I know you. You’re a bit of a control freak. You like knowing all the details and having things go your way.

Well guess what?

It’s not going to happen that way in this case. All you have to do is continue doing what you’ve been doing and trust me to fill in the rest.”

“But I’d at least like to have some idea of what exactly we’re doing.

Can’t you at least tell me that?”

Ral puts his hand on your shoulder and looks you straight in the eye.

“All you need to know is that it’s going to be good. Trust me. I’ve been around a lot longer than you and I have a lot more experience at this sort of thing.

I know what I’m doing, just trust me.”

You get the strong urge to embrace Ral right now and thank him for all his help. It must be some kind of spell he’s casting on you, because you’ve never felt such a powerful desire to hug someone before.

Luckily, common sense kicks in and you resist the urge to grab him.

“Ral, I want you to know that I really appreciate everything you’ve done for me. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to fully repay you.” You say respectfully.

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“You’re welcome and it’s probably best if you don’t. Well I guess we better get started.” He says and waves his hand causing a bunch of books to materialize on your desk.

The books themselves don’t look magical at all, however they aren’t written in common. They appear to be in some sort of code.

“These books are going to be your new assignment. Your job is to go through them and decipher the code used to write them in. Once you do that, you’ll be able to read them and learn a lot about our kind.

Probably more than you really want to know.” Ral says.

“I thought I knew a lot about our kind already.” You answer.

“Oh you know just the tip of the iceberg my friend. Just the tip.”

Ral snaps his fingers again and now two large tomes materialize on the floor in front of him.

“Once you’re done reading these, we can move on to the next stage of your training.”

“But it’s going to take me months to go through all this material!” You exclaim.

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“You’ll be able to do it a lot faster than you think, now then we really must get started.”

Ral looks at you and you can’t help but feel as if he’s trying to force you into submission with his gaze. Despite yourself, you feel your mind slipping away and your thoughts becoming clouded by Ral’s spell.

You sit down and open one of the books to a random page. You look down and begin to read, but the words just seem to blur together and you can’t seem to focus on any of them.

“Come on now Nak, you can do better than that. Enunciate and concentrate. I know you can do it.” Ral says from behind you.

You sigh and try again, putting more effort into reading the text out loud. You manage to get through a whole sentence this time, but only because Ral is helping you out by magically affecting your vocal cords. You still don’t understand what you’re reading though and you wonder how you’re ever going to get anything useful done in the time that Ral has allotted for you.

Days pass into weeks and you’re past the first book, but barely into the second one. You’re just not understanding what you’re reading and you don’t think it’s because the writing is bad, you think it’s because the material is just over your head.

What do you really know about magic?

You can shoot lightning out of your fingers and turn invisible. Big whoop.

Who knows what else Ral can do and how does any of this help him steal things without getting caught?

It takes you nearly a month to just go through the second book and by that time, you’re so sick of reading that you could puke. In fact, you think you actually did puke on one occasion. Ral assures you that you’ll be able to do it in time and that it just takes practice.

“But I don’t want to sit around reading all day! I want to go out and do something fun!” You protest.

Like what? Go gambling? Drink?

Gambling and drinking can lead to bad habits that can lead to homelessness, not to mention you’re horrible at both of them.

What else is there? Whoring? You might be able to afford a half-decent lay once in a while, but have you looked at yourself recently?

Trust me, without magic to give you beauty, you’ll be abandoned before you even get your pants down. You have no confidence in your real talents and you have no real talents aside from magic and even then, you’re not applying yourself. You need to buckle down and focus on what’s important. You’re not a kid anymore and this isn’t a game.”

Ral’s scolding brings you back down to earth. He’s right as usual. Maybe you have been a little too focused on having fun and as usual, Ral is going to be right in the long run.

You just need to get your head out of your own behind.

“Alright, I understand what you’re saying and I get it.

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