Everyone knows about Mana, that luminescent blue fluid. Pretty much everyone in town has a few bottles of it lying around to sell to any adventurer who might pass through. But no one has ever been able to tell me where it comes from.
“Well I think I found these on a group of imps I beat up out in the forest.” The latest hero to the town answers my question. She half dropped half slammed a large battle axe onto the table beside me. I only jumped slightly. She was taller than me and extremely well built. Must have come from one of the nearby barbarian camps. “Do you have anything with better stats than this?” Yet she didn’t speak like a barbarian, she still used vowels.
“Sorry I’m not an effective appraiser. I wouldn’t know.” I’ve only been working at the blacksmiths for about 2 weeks but I can already discern that this weapon is well infused with magic. Not that I would know what kind of effect it would have. “I can show you our other enchanted axes if you want to browse?” I turned slightly and waved my arm up and down to show her the rack of enchanted weapons, we had several axes that were made using special rituals.
Most would agree that Mana is a congealed form of magic. Any mage worth his robes can tell when his exhaustion is really a lack of magic power and a thirst for Mana. Despite that no mage, witch-doctor or even necromancer could tell me how the magic is condensed into that state.
Not even a fabrication, no legends of a river flowing with it on a faraway mountain. No whispers of a goblin mining operation in ancient mana crystal caves. Not even a bed time story of bottled tears from a lonely goddess.
“It looks like none of these will ever top Blazedelight here.” She picked up her axe and stamped its hilt to the ground revealing that it was just as tall as she was. “Oh hey, about your Mana question. Would you like me to try and find out for you, go on a bit of a quest for it and all that?”
I looked at her, I’m sure that the look upon my face was that of pure dumbfoundedness. Why had I never thought to just offer to pay a hero to find out? That’s what adventurers do, we pay them to go and do things out of town that we don’t want to.
“I uh…” Just as I started to speak I realized that this might not be a task for a run of the mill adventurer. We normally just get them to kill bandits or hunt some of the local beasts. Following the clues and actually figuring stuff out isn’t normally one of their strong attributes. “Would it be okay if I joined you instead?”
“Well sure, what is your combat focus?”
“I… well I can swing a sword. I know some magic spells I guess.”
“Novice magician… I see. Any healing spells?”
“Uh yeah I guess.”
“Alright then. Let me get you some gear.” She turned away from me and quickly turned back holding some mage robes and a staff. “Here you go, put these on.”
If I ever find out where Mana comes from the next thing will be to figure out where adventurers keep all their items.