The Magic Story #3 Day 60

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Once upon a time...

A famous thief had stolen the crown jewel of the kingdom of Magnolia. Enraged, the king ordered his army to find and apprehend the thief but without success. Out of option, the king announced that whoever catch the thief and return the crown jewel...
(by @yuki-nee)

...will be honored as the kingdom's hero! Not only that, but that person will also be given a large amount of gold and a territory. The news thunder throughout the kingdom, and even mercenaries from another land came to try their luck. Among them..
(by @riovanes)

...the traveling bard Thomas. When the news of the rewards reached Thomas, the bard quickly traveled towards Magnolia. But unlike the adventurers and mercenaries, Thomas didn't came for the reward, instead he went to Magnolia to witness the event.
(by @chadrona)

Inside an Inn, Thomas was chatting with a barmaid when suddenly, a grim looking person entered. The person in question looked around and went to a table with four people, he then draw his sword! Everyone looked nervously at him. Suddenly, he...
(by @chrislyr)

...points to Thomas and said, "I want you to be part of my party. Everyone knows a good group needs a bard. When we succeed, we shall share the spoils!" He introduced himself as Osman, a paladin of The Order.
(by @enforcer48)

One by one the group introduced themselves. Athena is a priestess from the holy kingdom of Fronterra. Luke is a knight from Greevis. Stein the thief hails from Meetis. Then there's Saori from the mysterious east continent. She calls herself a "ninja"
(by @chrislyr)

"By the way do you know about the Rats?" Osman suddenly asked. " I've heard of them. They're a secretive group that sells information," answered Thomas. "Indeed. Stein here us acquainted with a few of them," said Osman while pointing at Stein.
(by @vegaron)

"We'll go there right now, wanna come with us?" Asked Osman. Thomas agreed without hesitation, he too is curious about the so called "rats". Stein then took them to a house. He then knocked the door using certain rhythms. Before long the door opened.
(by @yuki-nee)

...and a bear-like middle age man appeared. "You're earlier than expected," the man said. "We got a new member and I'm taking him on a tour," answered Stein, smirking. "...do you think we're a travel agency?" The man said annoyed. Stein, simply...
(by @riovanes)

Stein simply, nods at the bear-like man to the man's annoyance and led the group inside. There, a person in gray cloak led them to a secret there where they walk for god now how long. After the long hike, they finally saw a light, passing the tunnel
(by @chadrona)

To the party's surprise, they arrived at a black market; specifically, it was ran by the drows. Thomas knew in his mind that this is was not normal as the marketers were far from their homeland.
(by @enforcer48)

"How curios!" Thomas said? "What's curios?" Athena asked. "These drows, none of them are of pure blood," Thomas answered. "Impressive! You actually noticed," said Stein impressed. "I've been to Halmara before," said Thomas. "Really?" Everyone gasped.
(by @riovanes)

Surprised with what Thomas said, his groupmate wanted to ask more question but was warned by Stein that this not the proper place to do so. After this brief interlude, they finally met the information seller—a time-weary and aged half-blood drow.
(by @chrislyr)

After being introduced as Smnir, the aged half-drow took the group to a private booth where they could talk business without worrying of being eavesdropped. Inside, the old drow took out a sealed scroll, telling them that the information they...
(by @vegaron)

...they wanted is in that scroll. "Be warned though, the place written in the scroll is extremely dangerous, and if you're not careful none might escape alive," said Smnir. Hearing what the drow said, everyones expression turn solemn. Days later...
(by @chrislyr)

..., they had finished preparations and gathered supplies for their upcoming treacherous trip. Osman seemed unworried and was, in fact, cheery. Athena was meditating in her usual way. Luke gave his weapons a final shine. Saori and Stein sat quietly.
(by @enforcer48)

At dawn, Matthew and gang left the inn they are staying and rode a horse cart at the port. Their destination is an island in the Rebeuk sea. According to the information from old Smnir, their target might be located there. So without hesitation...
(by @vegaron)

...the gang rode a ship heading to Reubek. "Reubek is a big island with several tens of thousand residents. How do you think we should do to effectively find the thief?" Osman asked. "We have six members, let's split nto three groups?" Stein suggest.
(by @yuki-nee)

Stein's suggestion was sound so no one complaint. But instead of three teams with two people in it, the grouping ends up with two teams with three members. Osman, Luke, and Stein is one group. Thomas, Athena and Saori is another. For some reason...
(by @chadrona)

...the girls decided to team up with Thomas together, much to the chagrin of the guys. Seeing the expression of his male groupmates, Thomas could only smile wryly. Feeling gloomy, Osman and his group could only accept the facts and leave. Then...
(by @vegaron)

...without saying anything left for town where they uses their advantages to get as much information as they could. The reasoning behind the team up finally shows itself. With Thomas good looks and skill, couple with the girls charm, their team...
(by @riovanes)

...had an easy time communicating with people. Unfortunately, Osman and the two guys weren't so lucky, the fact that they all wore solemn faces made it so that they scared everyone they're asking. Worse still, a strange rumor about three scary...
(by @riovanes)

...men lurking in the shadows, and victimizing people are abound. Even Thomas and the girls heard of this making them worried because Osman and the others are gathering information there—clueless of the fact that they are the same person! Worried...
(by @chrislyr)

...they decided to head there and see how things are going for them. Renting a carriage, they managed to reach the place in a few hours. Asking around they found the guys' location, only to see them drinking at a tavern!
(by @chadrona)

Confused, Thomas approached the men and inquired their actions. Osman, ever cheery, told him to relax and sat him down next to him. "I have good news, my friend!" Soon, everyone gathered at the table. Osman then changed into a more serious demeanor.
(by @enforcer48)

"While asking around we managed to find some very important clue that might shed some lights to the location of the thief," Osman declared proudly. "Really?!" Asked Thomas and the girls. Osman and the guys nods, happy to see the other's reaction.
(by @chrislyr)

Suddenly, Osman took out a piece of parchment from his pocket and unfold it so that everyone could see its content. Thomas and the girls gasped after seeing what is written on the parchment. "It's actually them?" Athena exclaimed in shock. Osman nods
(by @yuki-nee)

"To think that they have such courage, these lunatics!" Athena exclaimed. Who would have thought that the ones responsible for the disappearance of the crown jewels was the church itself! "Indeed... this is can be called treason!" Osman agreed.
(by @yuki-nee)

"Let´s report them to the King immediatly!, said Osman, but Stein replied: "By the time we reach the king, these jewels will be gone forever. We should go after them now!". And in his mind, Stein though 'and i might miss the opportunity to grab them'
(by @phgnomo)

"How about settling our little rat problem before anything else?" Said Saori mysteriously. "Yeah, they've been following us for a while now, and it's getting annoying," agreed Athena. "I think I know a good place to do so," Thomas said with a smile.
(by @riovanes)

No one said anything after that. The party just ate and drink. After paying their tab, they left the cavern and hurried toward a certain direction. The people spying on them panicked and followed. They then found themselves at the port!
(by @riovanes)

The spies looked at each other. There years of experience was telling them that they're in trouble. But as they are about to flee, they suddenly heard a beautiful melody—leaving them stunned and absent-minded. "Charm magic!" The spies screamed.
(by @chrislyr)

"N-no way! Isn't this a high level bard magic?!" A spy screamed in terror. But before anyone can answer him, their bodies started to move on theor own! And, very soon they found themselves inside a.warehouse, where sux people are waiting patiently.
(by @chrislyr)

Thomas ordered the spies to kneel then Osman and the other guys tie the spies with a rope. Leaving Osman and Stein behind to interrogate the spies, Thomas and the rest decided to wait outside. There, Thomas was bombarded with questions. Leaving him..
(by @vegaron)

...not knowing what to do. Seeing the trouble expression on his face the trio knows that it's something he cannot speak of. Sighing, they could only swallow their questions knowing that they would not be answered. Half an hour later...
(by @vegaron)

"Man, glad that was finally over," Stein complain while walking. "How'd it go?" Thomas asked. Osman and Stein smirked then gave them a thumbs-up, indicating that they succeeded. "We managed to crack it from them," answered Osman. They're from the...
(by @chrislyr)

...the church! The news shocked everyone to the core! How did this happened? How could the church knew? And, how could they be so fast!? They've only began gathering information recently! Does this mean that the church are already suspecting them?
(by @yuki-nee)

Osman suggested to go somewhere much safer. They did not return to the inn they are previously staying. Instead they rented a house in the outskirt. As for the spies, they are left unconscious inside the warehouse. Days passed and the group...
(by @chadrona)

...stopped hiding and started their plan. After confirming that no one is following them, Thomas and the rest of the party started observing a certain mansion. The mansion is currently owned by a bishop of the church. And, according to the...
(by @yuki-nee)

..informer, the crown jewels are hidden in a secret vault. Unfortunately, it is not on the mansion itself but through an underground ruins that could only be accessed through the mansion. After waiting for the night to fall, they entered the mansion.
(by @riovanes)

Athena uses a concealing magic to hide the members of their team and enters the mansion. Inside they are greeted by an unexpected surprise—everyone inside are either dead or unconscious! Someone attacked the mansion!
(by @vegaron)

Thomas and the others looked at the bloody mansion with agape mouths. What they saw is beyond their expectations. Though they planned to steal the crown jewels back, they never thought of killing anyone!
(by @vegaron)

"Let's help the wounded first," Osman said. Nodding, everyone tend to the wounded. After rescuing the survivors, Thomas asked the person with the highest position among them—a high priest. At first the hight priest refuses to say anything. But...
(by @chadrona)

... he started to tremble and started talking, but no word made sense. Black wound started to appear over his body and soon the same started to happen with all other survivors.
(by @phgnomo)

Osman and the others saw this and were aghast. Though they are seeing this happening in front of them, their subconscious mind still refuses to accept that what they are saying is real.
(by @yuki-nee)

Everyone panicked after seeing this horrific scene except Thomas who quickly play his harp. Soon a soothing melody filled the entire mansion and like a miracle the black wound disappeared from the bodies of its victims. Then a horrible screech...
(by @riovanes)

...came out from the entrance to the ruins. "What is that?!" Asked Stein. "...lesser demons," the bishop answered weakly. Everyone looked at the bishop in surprise. But the bishop only payed attention to Thomas. "That melody earlier..." he asked.
(by @riovanes)

Ignoring the bishop's question,, Thomas asked Osman and the rest to evacuate the mansion. Though knowing not what he is planning the party trusted Thomas so they did what he'd asked and before long flames devoured the entire mansion. Three days later
(by @chadrona)

...the party returned to Magnolia, along with the bishop and the other survivors from the mansion. The moment they reached the harbor they are welcomed by the knights. The reason for this is because they've sent a message to the king through magic.
(by @chrislyr)

The knights escort the group to the castle. They are then sent to the throne room where the king is waiting. After a short ceremony, the king asked them if what they say in the message is true. Osman affirmed the message and took out the...
(by @vegaron)

... somethings that can actually prove that what they has just told everything is actually a solid fact!
(by @bitmalaysia)

The king frown and prompt Osman to show him what it is. Osman then took out a diary from a leather bag and hand it to the king. The king read the diary and was flabbergasted. "How could this be?" The king exclaimed in shock. He then adds,"demons?"
(by @chadrona)

"Yes, your majesty," Osman replied. "And, the church was trying to summon them?" The king asked a little doubtful. Osman, shakes his head then explain that the church are not trying to summon but rather seal them. Unfortunately, the plan backfired.
(by @riovanes)

And, they unwittingly released the demon hiding inside one the jewels. Fortunately, they managed to kill the said demon. The king and everyone inside the hall was terrified after hearing the truth—the crown jewels was actually hiding a demon!
(by @vegaron)

"Summon the pope! I need to have a word with him..." the king ordered. The king then dismissed everyone with the exemption of Thomas and the rest. Several hours later the pope arrives and the king meet him inside his study where everyone's waiting.
(by @chadrona)

The pope looked at Thomas and his group curiously, then he greeted the king politely. The pope looked like a good natured old man full of white hair. One would not think that he is someone incapable of crimes like stealing the crown jewels.
(by @yuki-nee)

After the pope arrived, the king did not beat around the bush and askedthe pope if the church was truly responsible for the thieving incident. Without any facial flunctiation, the pope admit the crime to the surprise of everyone present.
(by @chrislyr)

"Why?" Asked the king. "It's because..." answered the pope after contemplating a bit, he then explained that he once accidentally read about demons being sealed inside precious stones while browsing for books inside the catherals library. And, he...
(by @riovanes)

...decided taking action after noticing how similar the those jewels from the crown jewels. "At first I'm still not sure but after seeing the crown jewels several times, my doubt was confirmed," said the pope with a serious expression.
(by @vegaron)

The king listened to the pope's explanation with great interest. Indeed, he should thanks the pope for stealing the crown jewels, though it sounded strange. After all it would be a disater if the demon sealed inside manages to escape...
(by @chadrona)

To be continued!


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While the king is contemplating at the things the pope said, a knight suddenly barge in with looking very pale. "There's an emergency, your majesty! A terrifying looking creature suddenly appeared from a jewelry store!" Said the knight hurriedly.

Osman and the others left the castle after hearing the pope's explanation. Though they don't want to be involved there action on the island had caught the attention of the king and pope. Therefore, they are hired to help locate the other jewels.

After knowing the truth, the king no longer have the heart to argue with him, especially since the pope's action saved the lives of the Royal family, nay, everyone inside the castle. The king then asked the pope assistance in locating the...

The action of the pope ends the tension between the royal family and the church. After knowing that they are saved by the church, the king forget any enmity he has with them.

With the truth out the king decided to asked the church's help in locating those demon infested jewels. He also asked Osman and his party and made a formal request to the adventurer guild.