Commit dcfd6527 authored by Craig Maloney's avatar Craig Maloney
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Clarifications on apprenticeships, editing for clarity

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Thyme is the current wise leader of the Chaosah Witches. She rules the remaining witches with her iron fist (even though it is somewhat arthritic). She tends to be calculating and sneaky and has been known to sneak off to a cave to look at "The Web". Her mind is sharp and she is always calculating for the best way to bring the defeated Chaosah back to their rightful and feared prominence over the other Herevan magical schools.
Cumin is Thyme's apprentice, though Thyme feels more comfortable with Cayenne's council. Thyme frequently bosses Cumin around, sending her on errands and other quests with little regard for Cumin's safety or well-being. If she had her way, she would make Cayenne her apprentice, but is unable to perform the unbinding and re-binding ritual required (as it requires another Chaosah witch to oversee the process; one that is not directly affected by the unbinding and re-binding).
Cumin is Thyme's apprentice, though Thyme feels more comfortable with Cayenne's council. Thyme frequently bosses Cumin around and sends her on silly errands and dangerous quests with little regard for Cumin's well-being. Some Chaosah witches wondered that if Thyme had her way she would make Cayenne her apprentice. They postulated these missions were an attempt to terminate Cumin's apprenticeship, since apprenticeships are for life.
# Cayenne
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### Chicory and the founding of Chaosah:
Chaosah was founded by a young witch named Chicory. She was a curious witch, and loved to tinker with magic. One night she was playing around and happened upon the "Chaosah Black Hole" spell (which is a signature spell for all Chaosah witches).
Chaosah was founded by a young witch named Chicory. She was a curious witch, and loved to tinker with magic. One night she was playing around and happened upon the "Chaosah Black Hole" spell (which is a signature spell for all Chaosah witches). She named her magic "Chaosah" because she felt she was channeling the chaos of Hereva in order to perform her magical incantations.
![ChicoryDiscoversBlackHole](https://www.peppercarrot.com/data/wiki/medias/img/magic_chicory.jpg)
_Chicory discovers the Chaosah Black Hole (artist's rendition)_
Her discoveries caught the attention of other like-minded witches and she taught them what she learned. Eventually more students arrived and Chicory found herself spending every waking moment teaching students. Her original plan was to have several of her brighter students teach the newer students, but everyone wanted to hear the words of Chicory direct from the source. So she appointed her first apprentice. The apprentice is known as "the unnamed apprentice" in the Chaosah literature. This apprentice was eager to please Chicory. Chicory became more and more impatience and frustrated the longer she was away from her research, and the apprentice tended to be the one to receive the results of her impatient and frustration. One day Chicory needed something from the top shelf of one of the potion racks. "The unnamed apprentice" wanted to please an already angry Chicory, and decided to get the potion as quickly as possible. Unfortunately the apprentice did not get a ladder and instead began to climb the wobbly potion shelves to get the potion. The potions toppled, broke, and spilled all over "the unnamed apprentice". The potions interacted with each other in strange and unpredictable ways. The records of the event still exhibit potion-induced time distortions and it is feared the true fate of "the unnamed apprentice" may never be known. This lead to one of the first rules of Chaosah: "A true witch of Chaosah doesn't climb the potion shelves".
Her discoveries caught the attention of other like-minded witches and she taught them what she had learned. Eventually more students arrived and Chicory found herself spending every waking moment teaching students. Her original plan was to have several of her brighter students teach the newer students, but the students wanted to hear the words of Chicory direct from the source. So she appointed her first apprentice. The apprentice is known as "the unnamed apprentice" in the Chaosah literature. This apprentice was eager to please Chicory. Chicory grew more and more frustrated and impatient the longer she was away from her research, and her apprentice tended to receive the results of her frustration and impatience.
After the potion incident Chicory selected someone to replace her (presumed missing) apprentice. Though she could no longer have a true apprentice (as the rituals surrounding apprenticeship are made for life) she selected an eager young witch named Thyme to take on the role. Thyme worked closely with Chicory to ensure that Chicory had more time to do her research, but despite Thyme's best efforts to wall off her mentor there were still folks who demanded to receive instruction from Chicory herself. The demands of running the school and "being the leader of Chaosah" took their toll on Chicory and she was fed up. Legend has it that Chicory decided she'd done enough with teaching others and decided to seclude herself in a pocket dimension where she could continue her research undisturbed. Whether she will ever return is the stuff of speculation and legend. Before the demise of Chaosah there were a small band of witches who would hold a vigil waiting for the eventual return of Chicory. Those who were closest to Chicory (including Thyme) figured it was best to let her do her research in peace, lest she return in a more powerful and agitated state.
One day Chicory needed something from the top shelf of one of the potion racks. "The unnamed apprentice" wanted to please an already frustrated Chicory, and decided to get her the potion as quickly as possible. Unfortunately the apprentice did not think there was enough time to get a ladder and instead decided to climb the wobbly potion shelves to get the potion. The shelves buckled under the weight, and the potions shattered and spilled all over "the unnamed apprentice". Several of the potions combined in strange and unpredictable ways, and "the unnamed apprentice" vanished. Even the records of the event still exhibit potion-induced time distortions and it is feared the true fate of "the unnamed apprentice" may never be known. This lead to one of the first rules of Chaosah: "A true witch of Chaosah doesn't climb the potion shelves".
Thyme took on the duties of running the school, but she lacked the authenticity of Chicory, the discoverer of Chaosah Magic. Gradually students drifted away to other schools. Thyme resented their departure, and her anger fueled her late nights of research that some say was greater than anything Chicory had published. Gradually the school of Chaosah became more secretive and secluded as the students departed. Thyme only did minimal recruiting to keep the school going and wound up taking on pretty much anyone that wanted to come (and could withstand her fits of rage). This lead her to hastily take on Cumin as an apprentice (whether this was a favor to someone, or just to get Cumin to stop nagging her is anyone's guess).
After the potion incident Chicory selected someone to replace her (now absent) apprentice. Though she could no longer have a true apprentice (as the rituals surrounding apprenticeship are made for life, and the hope was the apprentice was still alive, somewhere) she selected an eager young witch named Thyme to take on the role. Thyme worked closely with Chicory to ensure that Chicory had more time to do her research, but despite Thyme's best efforts to wall off her mentor there were still folks who demanded they receive instruction from Chicory herself. The demands of running the school and "being the leader of Chaosah" took their toll on Chicory. Legend has it that Chicory decided she had completed her teaching of the Witches of Chaosah and decided to seclude herself in a pocket dimension where she could continue her research undisturbed. Whether she will ever return is the stuff of speculation and legend. Before the demise of Chaosah there were a small band of witches who would hold a vigil waiting for the eventual return of Chicory. Those who were closest to Chicory (including Thyme) figured it was best to let her do her research in peace, lest she return in a more powerful and agitated state.
Thyme took on the duties of running the school but some students felt she lacked the authenticity of Chicory. Gradually those students drifted away to other schools. Thyme resented their departure, and that resentment fueled her late nights of research into Chaosah Magic. Some say this period of research was greater than anything Chicory had published in the formative years of Chaosah. Indeed,
Gradually the school of Chaosah became more secretive and secluded as the students departed. The school did minimal recruiting effort to keep the school going. There were many periods where Chaosah would be very selective, and periods where Chaosah would take anyone that wanted to come. One thing the students all had in common was the ability to withstand Thyme's fits of rage. Only Cumin has managed to withstand enough of Thyme's rants and threats long enough to become Thymes apprentice. Whether Thyme made Cumin an apprentice as a favor to someone, or just to get Cumin to stop nagging her is anyone's guess. Some Chaosah witches wondered if Cayenne would have been Thyme's apprentice had Cumin not been accepted before Cayenne arrived. (They also wondered if Thyme kept sending Cumin on dangerous missions in an effort to get Cayenne the apprenticeship promotion.)
### Burying failures:
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