Tales from Scalesa
Scalesa and the Cellar -OR- Scalesa's Ring
I guess you could say that I got lucky when I decided to start adventuring, since I got paying work almost immediately after I finished my studies at the bardic academies. My first job was protecting a wine cellar from thieves. Pity the people who hired me didn't know I was after a couple of their bottles... Anyways, work was slow and I was getting bored, so I decided to take a look inside. One shoddy illusion to throw off thieves and a popped lock later, I was slipping a couple of bottles in my bags. On the way out, I couldn't help but notice this horrible smell coming from the far side of the room.
Being an aspiring adventurer, not to mention bored out of my mind, I investigated. To my surprise and horror, there was a horribly maimed body lying on a mud puddle! There was also a ring on one of its fingers. I grabbed the ring, hid my loot in the roots of a nearby tree, and ran for the town guard. I said that I heard a noise coming from the cellar and went to investigate, and found the body, leaving out the part about the ring. The finer details of my report and the paperwork that that town's guard and I had to fill out that followed my discovery are pretty boring, but long story short, I walked out of town with a small fortune: two hundred coins for each bottle of wine I produced, and five hundred for handing in the vintner.
As for the ring? After giving it a careful look-over, there were some pretty strong enchantments put on it by its maker. I didn't know what they were until I decided to go for a swim, and ended up landing on my back when I jumped into the water. So while I can't swim with it on, it turns out I can walk on water! But when I need to bathe I have to take it off, otherwise I can't go in.
Scalesa and the Dead Horse -OR- Why Scalesa Hates Children
Ever since I started adventuring, I've wanted a horse. The problem is, I didn't want to have to feed one or deal with it pooping all over, or keep it in line when it gets startled. Brooms and magic carpets were always an option for someone like me, but they were too expensive - I mean, this one jerk-off I met was asking hundreds of thousands of gold for a carpet with shoddy craftsmanship! But all the walking I did from place to place was killing my feet, so I had to do something.
Luckily, while out hunting these poachers near my old home, I caught sight of this grave that belonged to a great horse owned by a local hero. So after I "got rid of" the poachers, I asked my step-mother's uncle Zalmar if he wouldn't mind ressurecting the horse for me - I mean, its owner probably wouldn't have minded, what with it not being able to do anything for him. And Zalmar did owe me after helping deliver his wife's twins for free after the midwife was too drunk to. He agreed, on the condition I was to provide the components for the ritual, while he exhumed it.
After a three and a half month scavenger hunt, I got the stuff we needed, and we went about animating the horse. Everything seemed to be going just fine, until his kids' friends came over. My mentor used to say that magic is unstable at best and downright dangerous at worst. Well, he was right, because the minute the little twerps busted into the house, Zalmar was startled, the ritual was disrupted, and the horse exploded. Thank every god in a MILLION pantheons the thing was nothing but bone at that point...and that irresponsible use of magic when I was younger prevents me from having children.
Anyways, the kids were pretty shaken up about seeing a dead horse explode and all that, but after a spell of amnesia - well, two after I threatened them - and a couple of cantrips to clean them up, everything was good as new! Well, except for on little Garren's part...the last I heard, he still bursts into tears whenever he sees a horse.
Scalesa and the Sorceress' Cheap Carpets -OR- Scalesa: Pregnant Widow
After my misadventure with the horse and my step-mother's uncle, I decided it might be worth it to go after a flying carpet or at least a broom after all. After some comparison shopping and asking around in taverns, I decided that a carpet would be a better use of my money. You can wear lighter ones on your back, they can seat more than just one person, and you can even put them on your floor! Well, that, and every wizard's city I visited had at least half a dozen for sale at any given time. The problem was, that they were all really pricey and the people selling them would get upset when I tried to charm them into lowering their prices even a little. And the one city where I could find one for a halfway reasonable price? Totally in ruins by the time I had enough money! Apparently, some idiot apprentice was meddling in his teacher's affairs and broke some seal that released a bunch of demons. I didn't even get a formal education in magic like he did, and I still don't do stupid things like that!
So I decided to settle for the next-cheapest carpets, but the girl that was selling them still asked some pretty high prices. Instead of going after bounties or protecting caravans, which I was sick of doing, I decided I'd make up the difference in what I had to what I needed by sitting there and looking pretty...so I went to the nearest town not populated by powerful magicians, used a couple of elementary illusions to make myself look pregnant, and made up a sad story about being a widow. After two weeks, I got enough money to buy at least six pegasus eggs, enough hugs to make an ice devil cry, and enough marriage proposals to make the even the prettiest girl turn her nose up! Granted, I had to lie my way out of the proposals by feigning "undying devotion" to my "husband", but if my step-mother taught me anything, it's how to lie to people.
Once I finally bought some cheap carpet from the sorceress, I donated a portion of my earnings to actual widows, because she made me feel a little bad about myself.
Scalesa and the Dumb Medusa
Medusae aren't the friendliest of creatures by any means, at least not unless you're male. Fortunately for me, I was lucky enough to at least gain the services of one named Mealea, free of charge, after it turns out a bunch of bandits I'd scared ended up running into her domain. She's an uncharacteristically sweet medusa, but she's kind of dumb. I think she might have been raised by a wizard and let loose, because a lot of her home looks an awful lot like it used to be a tower. Still, every so often I'll goad a nasty brigand or poacher or like character into visiting her, with predictable results.
One day, I came across an abandoned, or at least unoccupied, dragon's hoard in the middle of a swamp. I also had several sacks, which I took the liberty of filling with as much of the treasure as I could fit into them. It took me a two weeks of travel on my carpet, but I finally came upon Mealea's home. She was happy to see me, as usual, and when I asked her to keep an eye on my gains while I got the rest of it, she agreed to. I came back to the abandoned hoard. Somebody had been picking at it, but for the most part it was all still there. So I scooped another sizeable amount into my bags, but this time used a scroll of teleportation I'd bought to get back to Mealea.
I used to hate using teleportation magics. My very first time teleporting, I ended up arriving fifty feet above a house and having my fall broken by the roof, a table, the floor the table was on, and some casks of wine. But now I have a star sapphire decorating my hairband, which is attuned to another star sapphire taken from the same mine. It's complicated, but it helps me out a great deal when it comes to teleportations. Anyways, I used the scroll to get back to my treasure, which I'd planted the loose gemstone in, but instead of arriving in the nice little underground space Mealea let me hide it in, I ended up in the middle of a camp of ogres.
Thankfully, all I had to do to get them off my back was convince them that I was making the sky rain fire. It turns out Mealea had given the ogres my loot when they told her to. After lecturing her and giving her thorough instructions on how to better guard treasure - as well as a book enchanted to make her a little smarter - she has yet to disappoint me, but that's because now I have the treasure hidden with illusions as well as everything else.