It would appear that my new compatriots are more well connected than I had first believed. They are also accompanied by a strange gnome of unknown usefulness. Capable of harnessing some forms of magic but their full capabilities are currently unknown. Further observation is required. Of significantly more importance, they are also aquanted with the king of Hyperborea who is… not quite what I had expected. We had been called to assist him in performing a yearly ritual where he stops time for himself and several young dragons as he travels the world delivering gifts to the children of the world. The strange magic surrounding Hyperborea would allow creatures to threaten his life and so required people to protect him. We agreed as gaining the favour of such a powerful ruler is certainly beneficial for the empire. Thus, we bested the champions of four great creatures of chaos despite losing the scholar and elf boy. It’s fine though as Karzak resurrected them soon after. As a reward we spent the next few centuries travelling with Lars without ageing and has given me the opportunity to see the world in it’s entirety and I have now concluded that the empire is absolutely necessary to fix the problems in the world. Namely the problematic distribution of gold. It must be concentrated in a smaller space, namely under the throne room that I will have constructed.
Before we could continue with my search the elf boy requested that we assist his feathered snake by retrieving his stolen soul. Seemed like a distraction but if it would keep the boy contented it was worth doing. Probably. As it turns out it was in the possession of a god of trickery and so it was decided that the others would travel to Karzak’s domain to negotiate for his release while I would stay and continue my research. It was not long after that they asked if I would join them and other strange people in one of the boy’s native sports. It is a strange and convoluted ball game that involves hitting people and using magic to stop them from scoring points. It was thus decided that we would play against the god and his team of other gods in a months time and so I went to work crafting magical items to assist me. As a side note I have also grown 15 inches in the last month which proved to be advantageous. The game itself was surprisingly enjoyable despite having no idea how points were even scored. I will need to record the rules more in depth so that I can make it the national sport of the empire.