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  1. This is partially your fault, you know. Welcome! I'll have to pull off more than a little to survive this latest UK adventure I hope you still feel the same after plowing through that epic disaster of a post... Demiurgic angelic wizardry, of course I had to Google her -- I was never much of a comics girl and only got into the Marvel side of things briefly in high school -- but, yes, she'll do just fine. More of a magician than a wizard, I suppose, but let's not bandy the semantics when it comes to the awesomeness that is the wizardry! Thank you all for stopping by
  2. 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!
  3. This will be a challenge of wizardry. It will be wizardly. But not right now, I'm hard up against a deadline, so I'm going to be a bit late. I do promise to show my face eventually. In the meantime, here, read some poetry. (This is Tolkien showing off. I mean, doesn't everyone craft note-perfect hammering Anglo-Saxon style alliterative verse in modern English referencing the backstory of obscure characters in their own vast legendarium?) Wilt thou learn the lore that was long secret of the Five that came from a far country? One only returned. Others never again under Men's dominion Middle-earth shall seek until Dagor Dagorath and the Doom cometh. How hast thou heard it: the hidden counsel of the Lords of the West in the land of Aman? The long roads are lost that led thither, and to mortal Men Manwë speaks not. From the West-that-was a wind bore it to the sleeper's ear, in the silences under night-shadow, when news is brought from lands forgotten and lost ages over seas of years to the searching thought. Not all are forgotten by the Elder King. (J.R.R. Tolkien, Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth, p. 396)