Choose Your Own Adventure 79: Disentangling the Magic
Your decision was to state your plan to Thedane Lehhev — which is, apparently, to dissolve the spell on you first, and then confront the Emperor.
“Reasonable enough,” Lehhev says in reply. “But it’s going to take time.”
“I don’t know.” He taps the offending spellbook. “I’m going to have to read this thoroughly first, and look up a few relevant references. Ortleb’s treatise on bound spells is likely…” He catches himself, then says, “Weeks, perhaps, at best. And I’ll likely need access to Can you avoid being caught for that long?”
“I’ll do my best. You can’t go any faster?”
“Research takes time.” He pauses, then adds, “And, as I said, I’ll need to find the other target of the spell. But I think there is one thing I can do quickly.” He pulls out a drawer, and rummages around in his desk for a few minutes. He eventually drops a compass on top of the oblivion spellbook. The compass is missing its needle. “Oh, well, it’s here somewhere. If you come back tomorrow, after I’ve read this, I’m sure I could make a magical compass that will home in on the other target of the spell. It’s a subtle one until activated, so it’s tricky, and I’ll have to cross match against the half currently cast on you to exclude it…” He breathes, then said, “It’ll point towards the other target of the spell. Always. Once I find all the parts I need.”
“Yes. Do you know where you’ll be hiding?”
“I do,” you say, mostly truthfully, but without adding further details. You still need to select between plans. Until you’ve made up your mind, perhaps it’s best if Lehhev doesn’t know where you are planning to go to ground. And perhaps even then.
“Oh! One more thing…” he says, quickly moving towards another bookshelf. “One thing I can do for you now is give you a better disguise. One that most mages’ spells won’t see through.” He pulls a small metal talisman out from behind a few more heavy tomes. “Any preferences?”
Once you decide where you want to hide, you can ask Lehhev to tailor his disguise to your needs.
Option 81: Hide out at your place, in the Soldier’s Quarter, disguised as a tramp squatting there. It’s the last place they’d look for you, right?
Option 82: Pretend to be a new student at the academy. Hide out in the library and do some studying of your own. Lehhev can probably get you a room in the students’ quarters. (This choice requires telling Lehhev exactly what you intend.)
Option 83: Stick with the messenger disguise, pretend you’re waiting for someone to give you a message, and stay at a nearby inn.
Option 84: Disguise yourself as one of the Emperor’s servants. You can blend in, and perhaps learn something useful at the same time.