Arcane Cube Of Kismet (House Item)
Several G.E.A.R.S. students on the dean’s list who are members of House Runehawk approached their head, Jaania, to request permission to locate and research a source that is used to power their machines in order to gain a stronger understanding of magic. While much of their house is preoccupied with solving the mystery regarding where the dragons have vanished following their ancient struggle against the Shadowscythe, she authorized the project under the condition that they only observe the source like a hiker would when they see an innocent forest bear from a distance. Even though Jaania knows little about this source of power, all she is aware of based on her current knowledge of mana is that its source, henceforth known as the Mana Core, can be extremely volatile if desecrated too severely. These students kept their word over the course of their research by taking notes from their observations of the source’s mysterious patterns and the effects it has on its surrounding environment, but not all was well during their visit.
Some students save for three who remained level-headed the entire time experienced behavioral changes that rendered them unable to continue. They became too eccentric, giddy, airheaded, and in extreme cases, insane. The research had to be put on hold in order for the three students to keep those that had been mentally lost under control and progress had not been made when the behavioral changes became severe. Upon the party’s return to Soluna City, many students involved with the research had to undergo individual mental health evaluations in the Specific Hospital. Those that failed were hospitalized immediately and they underwent physical therapy. Only a quarter of the student research team, including the three that proposed it, narrowly passed and returned to Jaania with notes that they had taken in the Mana Core during their time observing it. Needless to say, the house head was bedeviled. She swiftly ordered the research project to be discontinued because of the potential danger that prolonged exposure to the core’s energies might cause. She also made the three key students promise to never discuss it to the general public for she fears that individuals with ill intentions might use that research in a vain attempt to control the core only for it to cause disastrous results to the world. They kept their word without question and shelved their notes in a hidden file cabinet in House Runehawk’s sanctum. These students bore the names Occavatra, Vivi, and Winifred whose haunting memories of their experience observing the Mana Core would follow them even after the Reset. The students involved that fell into insanity were fully recuperated three weeks after they were admitted to the Specific Hospital.
A technopathic art student involved with the research project lamented what took place in the late stages of the visit to the core and became gravely concerned that its raw power might be the center of a large-scale conflict in the future. Believing that such an event is inevitable based on his intuition; he sculpted the Arcane Cube of Kismet using his gift to express the pounding fear that keeps him up at night. He presented his cube and findings in one of his classes against Jaania’s wishes the following day and was expelled from G.E.A.R.S. University that afternoon. The cube had become property of House Runehawk following the incident until the Reset occurred and was rediscovered by Vivi near Falconreach not long after the Elemental Dissonance had taken place. Since then, this ominous cube significantly enhances Vivi’s ability to manipulate both magic and science alike. It, unfortunately, does not specifically state who would be fighting over the Mana Core and for what reason because select students from House Runehawk that traveled to the site kept their research on this supernatural phenomenon strictly confidential as demonstrated by the cube creator’s expulsion and the Specific Hospital’s agreement with the house not to disclose the conditions of those students who were admitted due to exposure. Only effort that resistance groups such as the Vind puts into their struggle to hinder the Rose will tell if the prophecy carved on the cube will come true.
In conclusion of the cube’s stand-alone summary, besides several known NPCs in the world of DragonFable, Occavatra, Vivi, Winifred, Irene, Europa, Eonaleth, Maegwyn, Seth Juron, Microsoftie, and the son of one of Falconreach’s guardians also retain memories from the era of machines prior to the Reset. Occa’s own memories have played a crucial role in shaping his current personality and how he interacts with others in the DF timeline.
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