Volume 3 – The College Days
Chapter #48 – Lost Magic[IMPORTANT A/N: With the spirit of remastering the novel, some changes happened:
1. Many Spells and Theories will be changed into more realistic ones, including the spells from the game, I think most of you can find it more IMMERSIVE if we used ‘Healing Hands’ spell to the normal ‘Healing’ disregarding the target, after all, if you aim it at yourself it’s ‘Healing’ spell, if you aim it at another then it’s ‘Healing Hands’ spell. The game made many spells from the same idea many times like ‘Turn Lesser Undead’, ‘Turn Undead’ and ‘Turn Greater Undead’. We can make that just a damn one spell and get over with it.
2. Mod spells are really ineffective because they are just revamping of the game spells with no real use, I’ll use the useful ones and change some stuff. For example; ‘Longstride’ will be ‘Hasten’ or ‘Accelerate’ like that.
3. Chapter 12 was REMASTERED, All remastered chapters have
I don’t know what Mirabelle meant by ‘Peaceful Days’ but I will have fun as usual, that’s the normal plan I go with.
Mirabelle told me more stuff I already knew but there was something important.
“Nurina said that you would take the exam of the ranking at the end of the month. The higher the rank the better the benefits, so make sure to study for it.” She said.
“Isn’t that next week?” I asked.
“Yes, we hold the ranking exams every four months. It’s okay, no matter how hard the exam you can do it the next time.” She said.
“How many times I can take the exam on the same day?” I had an idea so I asked.
“Excuse me?!” She looked strangely at me.
“I mean, when I finish the ranking exam to ‘Apprentice’ can I take the exam to ‘Evoker’ on the same day?”
“Huh? You think it’s easy? Normally, it’s one exam at a time, you’ll have to wait for the next exam to rank up.” She said, “And are you that confidence to pass the exam?”
“Simple, I don’t pass, Nurina kills me.” I said, that’s the truth though. The angry side of Nurina is scary.
“Fine, I wish you luck. The new department will be officially announced after the exam. Nurina managed to rope in some teachers and students too…” She said the looked away, “What’s that noise?”
There was indeed some noise, someone was shouting.
It came from the direction of the ‘Hall of Attainment’.
Some servants were making a fuss with another one who appeared to bring a lot of crates with them, seemed not permitted.
Oh crap! These are my crates. And that’s Jullanar.
“Ehem! Is something wrong?” I approached Jullanar and asked.
“These people don’t want to let master’s luggage in. They keep saying that a ‘Student’ can’t bring all this to a normal dorm.” She said then whispered, “One more minute and I’ll kill them.”
The last part was said in a cold tone. I unconsciously broke into cold sweat.
I couldn’t help but smile wryly to this murderous girl. I have to act now.
“These crates are yours? You can’t take them unless you have a private room.” Mirabelle said.
Jullanar was about to retort but I poked her a bit hard. The one in front of you is a ‘Master-Wizard’ dammit! She can BBQ us with a finger!
“Ah! Hehehe! Sorry about that. I forgot to tell the maid that these crates were to be sent to Nurina’s chambers. Clumsy me!” I hurriedly thought of something. Truth is, half of them belongs to her so that was a half lie I guess.
“Okay!” Mirabelle said and looked to a servant, “Take them to the ‘Hall of Countenance’ the top floor.”
“But Mistress Mirabelle, these crates are insanely heavy, we almost broke our backs carrying them here.” The servant guy said.
“Here.” Mirabelle said and cast a spell that gives a green hue, similar to my ‘Hasten’ spell.
“Is this ‘Feather’ spell?” I wondered out loud.
“Correct!” Mirabelle reacted.
This spell is “Feather’ spell from the Alteration school, it falls under the Aspect of ‘Weight’ and the effect of ‘Resist’. Basically a ‘Resist ‘Weight Spell. It can make stuff lighter.
I haven’t learned it yet, but it’s an important spell I plan to learn.
When Mirabelle cast just it now, that was no normal cast. She cast a lingering effect on a dead object. Dead objects can only be enchanted to maintain an effect like ‘Resist Weight’, to cast on them is like this needs maintaining the effect for some time but it’s hard to control, it needed to be cast continuously or the spell would be broken. This just now was a show of might.
“One more thing. Your maid can’t stay in the dorms. Unless you have your own room.” Mirabelle said, “You need to figure that out quickly.”
Mirabelle showed me my place inside the dorms, I’ll stay here for one week before I take the exams to rank up.
My roommates would be two Nord twins called Borvir and Rondi, and one Argonian called Ilas-Tei.
I think I heard of these people in the game but strangely, I have no impression.[A/N: NPCs from cut content.]
After saying introductions, I followed Mirabelle out and she handed me something.
My ‘COLLEGE UNIFORM’.
Hehehe! It’s just a sleeveless robe and a hooded mantle with the college insignia imprinted on them. One can wear them over clothes.
You might ask I was accepted without an examination. Well, I am the legacy student of a big shot. If they put me under an exam then that’s an insult to Nurina.
Back to the topic; I took Jullanar and went to the ‘Hall of Countenance’. Mirabelle said that Nurina lives on the top floor.
Unlike the ‘Hall of Attainment’ which had its first floor into a noisy dining hall and a library, with the dorms on the second. The ‘Hall of Attainment’ had a very classy cafeteria and a place to relax in peace on the first floor, the second was a research facility with a lot of Enchanting Tables and Alchemy Stations around, this was a proper workplace, the third and above was the quarters of the Scholars and the Wizards, the Master Wizards and beyond the rank took the highest floors.
Both towers had ‘Magicka Focus Points’ in the center as all floors were circular and every floor had an open circular hole at the center that allows the Magicka fountain to flow up.
One thing must be noted that some magicians that are skilled in Alteration can use the energy of the fountain to float up and down like an elevator, how enviable!
Noobs like me have to take the stairs.
Not much later, we were on the top floor, I could tell Nurina’s chambers by the crates in front of the door.
After knocking on the door I heard some footsteps coming.
Who opened the door was a beautiful Dunmer lady. That was not Nurina. She has a brown hair with the same Dunmeri skin and eyes, added to that was a ‘War Paint’ on the sides of her face.
“May I help you, students?” She asked.
“Ehem! Excuse me, I am here for Nurina. Isn’t this her place?” I said with a smile. The first rule when you see a beautiful lady is to make a good impression.
“Arch-Wizard..” The lady said.
“Excuse me!” I didn’t understand what she wanted to say.
“Lady Nurina or Arch-Wizard Nurina. She’s not some friend of yours, student.” The lady said in a scolding tone.
I could hear Jullanar giggling, this damn scoundrel. My smile turned into a crumbled one.
Good impression they said! I think this is what we call a disaster impression.
“Ehem! Excuse my rudeness for not introducing myself.” I kept my polite attitude, “I am her adopted son.”
The lady got taken aback, she looked at me up and down. I was wearing my travel pants and a grey shirt with the new ‘Student’ sleeveless robe as well as my Skyforge Saber.
“You are Jon?” She asked. Looks like I am kinda famous nowadays.
“Yes I a…” I was saying ‘Yes I am Jon’ but I suddenly got hugged, by that lady. It was a fast hug but she got back and held my shoulders.
“So it’s you, we were waiting, Nurina told me so much about you.” Her irritated look turned 180° degrees to beams of sparkle. This was fast even on Jullanar’s crazy standards.
“I’ll tell her you came, hurry in!” She ran inside smiling.
For a second I felt my confidence getting a blow rather than being moved by the hug. I was using my charms yet for some reason this woman was moved by the fact I am Nurina’s son. This is tough!
I took a breath to calm myself but I remembered Jullanar who was laughing at me, let’s see how she looks now.
As expected, she was taking some time to comprehend what happened.
“Hehehe!” I giggled and slipped the finger at her.
Going through the door, I could see a beautiful entrance way with flower pots on each side, walking ahead and turning slightly to the right was a large room full of furniture.
It has a big round window that its bars were shaped into the insignia of the college.
The room had three beautiful ladies. The one I just met and a Faralda who somehow magically merged into a helpless looking Nurina.
“What’s up?” I said while grinning at Nurina.
Nurina expressions were dark and she looked at me while murmuring something.
“TRAITOR! SCOUNDREL! ….” A stream of cursing assaulted me alongside anything her hands could reach to throw at me.
“Laaneth! Hold him down!” Nurina said to the other Dunmer lady.
Her name was Laaneth, huh! Where did I hear that name before?
I have little recollection of the name, was she from a mod?
Never mind that now! I caught all the stuff Nurina threw at me.
The chaos continued for a while until Laaneth called it off. By some miracle, she could separate Faralda from Nurina. What a capable woman!
“Can you act with some sanity around here?” She was also scolding Faralda.
“I am taking 15 years worth of snuggle. With interest!” Faralda was still ready for another round as for Nirina who ran behind some table. Never seen that side of hers before!
“Look now! We have some students here, act with some dignity.” Laaneth gave a lecture, “Now, you have a report to write and a class to manage. Let’s go before Mirabelle joins the mess.”
The very capable Laaneth dragged Faralda out and left the chambers. Who remained were me, Nurina and Jullanar who just followed in.
“Stinkin brat! You sell I, your old mother out to that walking tower of snuggling and come to laugh at it.” Nurina was glaring at me.
I could help but smile wryly, she became lively again.
“Seriously you can’t blame me. I mean, she was sniffing after you in the corridor, you should have covered your scent.” I said that after looking around for a place to sit.
“Sigh! This is my fault.” Nurina shivered when I said the thing about Faralda tracking her by scent.
“How did you guys get along that well anyway?” I asked helplessly.
Nurina looked at me then walked to a chair then sat while holding a mug. That’s some coffee from the smell.
“Long ago before the great collapse, I was just a Scholar here and Faralda was a new student that came from Summerset.” She said, “What do you think would make an Altmer girl leave her home that is famed for its magic and come to Skyrim?”
“Good weather! Friendly locals! Tasty food! ….” I started to mention Skyrim’s features.
“Faralda had no class or status in Summerset. She was talented but poor as most of the students who come here.” Nurina said, “I taught her and she was a good learner so I doted her for a while, maybe more than I should. Never thought she would be a pervert.”
Hmmm! It’s okay as long as nothing weird is involved.
“So why did you leave her with no connection for 15 years.” I asked.
“I went for Riften to test some spells with some of the Hags who followed the ‘Old Ways’ for many years. I wanted to reach a way to find the ‘Soul Cairn’ and conjure creatures from it but I was delayed when some friend asked me to adopt you.” She said.
This is the first time she speaks about my adoption.
“But why did you work in an orphanage then?” I was curious.
“I told you before. No one would suspect the friendly orphanage headmistress to be a mage on a fieldwork.” She said. “Back then, was a post-war period and any stranger was being suspected of being a spy.”
Hmmm! She is right.
“Anyway, who is that girl?”
“That’s Jullanar, I hired her to be my maid.”
Nurina raised her brows, “Really? How did you meet her?”
“She was an assassin hired to kill me by Sibbi Black-Briar.”
Nurina lagged, she looked at the girl the glared at her, I could feel Jullanar shuddering from the killing aura Nurina made just now.
“You don’t need to be like that. You see, things happened like this…” And I started telling her about what happened in Solitude.
After listening, Nurina was amazed more.
“You killed an assassin, killed three thugs and then killed Sibbi son of Maven.” Nurina exclaimed, “Boy! I look away from you and you already killed some people and lost your virginity. Mama approves!”
Thank you! I was appreciating her approval but something felt wrong.
“Ehem! What is that thing about my virginity?” I felt like I heard the word.
“Stinkin brat! You thought I wouldn’t notice.” Nurina smiled evilly at me, “We’ll talk about that! Alone!”
Crap! This won’t end well. Just like that time when I held Akara’s tail.
“Anyway, I brought you the stuff you needed. Jull, bring it in.”
Jullanar took the chance to escape from Nurina’s presence.
After a while of talking. Nurina already made me confess everything. She was impressed by the ‘Magicka Cultivation’ but said it would need a lot more than just that to be an effective training.
“So, what do you research now?” I asked to get some space from her questions.
“Hmm! Did you see Laaneth just now? She is our Mysticism department new addition and will be your teacher! I let her see some of your ideas and she took a liking to them.” Nurina said, “We started a little project on some documents our friends have ‘liberated’ from an old research facility that belonged to Lord Corvus Direnni.”
“Corvus Direnni!” I was amazed and stood up, “The famous conjurer from the First Era? The first mage to combine the ‘Bound’ and ‘Conjure’ aspects in one spell.” I yelled.
“That’s him.” Nurina joined my excitement, “We are going through his documents but it’s heavily coded. The best one I know who can solve codes is you. Ready for what’s coming?”
“Just say it!” I was dying from anticipation.
“These documents may contain his work of forcing the Atronachs to take different forms.” Nurina said.
Every conjurer heard the stories of Lord Corvus Direnni summoning Atronachs in the shape of a horse, a camel or even a bear.
“So you are saying that we can finally change the Atronachs to any form we like?” I asked.
“Do you have a form in mind?” Nurina asked.
This will be crazy!