Entry 15:18 Next evening
Something happened, and I don't know anything about it, really.
when that happens. First noticed it at breakfast this morning, before I
went to sleep, i.e. there was no one else of any importance there. Too
tired to look into the matter at the time, figured it had to do with the
alarm last night. Anyway, just tried to sleep first.
But then Ronan wakes me up a few hours later. He was suddenly
about Maris and her little revolution in his name and mine (sort of, I
hope). He was actually basically civil to me, for once, though he was
suspicious of my sleepless state. He obviously wants to know about Maris
badly if he's, comparatively speaking, sucking up to me. He even asked
that I pass on anything I learn to him, after explaining I didn't know
anything recent about her. To be honest, don't know if I'd have told him
anything, even if I did know something. But on the other hand, if I learn
something, definitely will be a bargaining chip with him. Must keep that
Spent the rest of the afternoon studying demonology and, perhaps
important, obtaining the various components necessary to cast the spells.
Tried to figure out what parts of the spells did what. Want to know what
everything does so I'll fully understand what's going on, and maybe
eventually be able to write my own spells to accomplish other things.
Got a few hints of what's been going on after dinner, which was
and very quiet. Based on the announcements after dinner, something really
screwed Laughter and Foster, as they are going to walk the Pattern in the
hopes that it'll cure them. Now there's a good reason to walk the damn
thing. But since nothing's wrong with me, I still don't have any reason
to walk it. Yet everyone still seems to want me to. It's still more
risky than beneficial from my viewpoint.
The other great piece of news is Brand apparently escaped and is
large, as all the high muckety-mucks are still hunting him. What kind of
light does this shed on the demon book he gave me? Did he offload it to
me so it would be safe while he ran? Doubt it. Nobody said he was
stupid, and he didn't try to stop me in any way from using the book, which
means he wanted me to use it, which isn't very consistent with trying to
leave it in safekeeping. So why did he give me access to demon summoning?
Was he trying to bribe me to help him escape? And then just take off?
No, unless an unexpected opportunity popped up and he no longer needed me.
Which would mean he'll show up again out of nowhere and expect to collect
on his "payment." Never agreed to anything so he'll have to talk fast if
he wants anything from me. Just have to see.
Spent the rest of the evening studying the book more: still don't
sense any traps (another possibility, after all). Nor have I cracked the
"code" of the spells. Regardless, know them frontwards and backwards now,
think I'll try a simple one to test them, tomorrow.
Entry 15:19 Next evening
It works. After failing to find any danger in the book Brand
apparently gave me, and then finding no traps in the actual spells, I
tested it this morning. Successfully raised, bound, commanded and
banished a demon. A small demon. One used for divining information. It
correctly directed me to where Amber keeps extra Trump sets. While the
experiment was a success, however, must remember to bind the demons
quickly. This one started digging his way out of his seals through the
stone floor. I had to spend the rest of today making up some cement to
fill the groove in my floor. Note to self: ward the ground, as well.
Don't know when I'll try another summoning, but think I'd like to
understand the purpose of certain repetitive elements which have thus far
defied my understanding.
Entry 15:20 Next morning
After retired last night, everyone was summoned to the Great Hall.
Brand had been caught and declared a traitor. We were treated to the
spectacle of his punishment. Although Nimue, who represents the Pattern,
prevents his death. Each member of the family wronged by Brand was
allowed a 'free shot' at him. Many people were given the opportunity,
though some declined. Get the feeling hadn't been here long enough, as it
might've been only a matter of time. Suspicious of his 'gift.' Don't
look a gift horse in the mouth might be polite, but I'd better look, now
that he's gone. Ari had the most interesting, or perhaps the most
telling, torture for Brand. She cut off his dick. The gleam in her eye
suggests the punishment fit the crime in her case. I'd guess he raped
her. Which is even worse, since he's her uncle. She clearly deserved to
go first. While that was somewhat painful to watch, there was no escaping
Fiona's final punishment. She fried his mind so hard I was in pain just
being there, literally, not sympathetically. Must learn how she did that.
They also ripped his Pattern from him, which didn't bother me, of course,
but everyone else winced. Fair is fair, I suppose. They wince at loss of
his Pattern, and I wince at Fiona's powerful mind fry. Clarissa took
charge of him afterwards. To help him become a new man (or neuter,
actually), now that everything that made him Brand is destroyed. Which
likely means no one knows I have his book. His note has taken on an
ominous meaning. "We are all, in our own minds, free."
Oh, and Nick warned against further traitors, good advice.
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