Right. OK. Here we are, past my bedtime on Thursday of Week One, and I'm finally rocking up with my challenge.
It's a good thing wizards are never late...
Anyway. I've been working with a fairly solid list of routines and requirements over the last few challenges, and I've had enough success that I don't really want to change too much up front. It's been a while since I've been able to scrape together anything resembling a theme, though. Several times recently my wonderful fellow Adventurers have made jokes about me being a wizard. I'm actually kind of digging it, so why not? Mythic instruction is mythic instruction, and I could certainly do worse. So I dove into the vast and endless pool of apocryphal Tolkien writings out there, and came up with some ideas.
This might be a little complicated, because of course it's all or nothing with me, and I've had a few challenges of nothing. Please bear with me as I go over my complex structure of ALL THE WIZARDRY.
Part One: The Spreadsheet of Doom
Spoiler for length:
So, that covers the basics of the spreadsheet. That's not all though. (I said it was going to be complicated.)
Part Two: The Tale of Weeks
"The first to come was one of noble mien and bearing, with raven hair, and a fair voice, and he was clad in white; great skill he had in works of hand, and he was regarded by well-nigh all, even by the Eldar, as the head of the Order. Others there were also: two clad in sea-blue, and one in earthen brown; and last came one who seemed the least, less tall than the others, and in looks more aged, grey-haired and grey-clad, and leaning on a staff." (Unfinished Tales, p. 389)
Five weeks in a challenge? Five Wizards? Coincidence?
I think not
I have a huge plague-protocol adventure scheduled which will begin near the end of Week Four: I AM GOING TO ENGLAND, self-isolation be damned. My friends have agreed to let me do my two-week quarantine at their big place in Shropshire, and once I'm no longer radioactive I hope to get to London to visit my other friends before heading back to the US sometime in mid-November. Depending on what I decide to do for Thanksgiving, I may not actually make it home until December. Spoiler for minor and thematically unimportant political content, please ignore if you find such things distressing:
In preparation for this adventure, I am going to give each week a wizardly overseer, in the hopes that their inspiration will give me a chance of being ready when the time comes.
Spoiler for even more length:
So, there you have it. All the wizardry. It's long. It's complex. It's overwritten.
I don't care.
It's late (late enough that I'm going to miss my daily bedtime goal because of it) and I'm going with this, because if I don't get a post out tonight I won't get one out at all, and dammit I really want to have a real challenge up for a change, even if it doesn't make any sense
I may or may not get over my general shyness about posting on other people's threads, but I will do my very best to read all of the Adventurer ones, and you can bet I will be cheering you on from the anonymous sidelines. Let's do this!