Choose Your Own Adventure 105: Playing The Hero
Being bold (and possibly self-sacrificial), you chose to tell you new companions who you are… and then make sure they don’t get in your way.
You pull a spell around the small group before you speak. “My real name actually is Severel Mazurek.” While the three genuine students are stunned into silence, you briefly explain that allegations of your treachery have been somewhat exaggerated. You say you are trying to prevent the Emperor from using a spell that will cause a major disaster to occur, but he refuses to listen to you now.
Jenneth begins to say, slowly and thoughtfully, “We could help-”
But you raise a hand and interrupt him. “No. What needs to be done will be easier on my own. In fact, it would likely be better if all of you took a leave of absence from the academy, and left Alederik.”
“For how long?” asks one of the others.
“A few weeks.”
The three of them look at each other. “You’re sure you don’t need any help?”
“I’m sure,” you reply. “I could have left the prison on my own at any time.”
“Oh. Well,” he finished, “Then I guess we were never here.”
They quietly disperse into the night, and you leave in a different direction.
You spend the night away from your place in the student residences, as a precaution.
As it turns out, this was a good plan.
When you get back to the mage academy, the place is swarming with city guards. You note a Black Hand from a distance, and make a point of avoiding being noticed. You do manage to find a few other students, who don’t know you, and are standing in a small group, watching the proceedings. “Do you know what’s going on?”
One senior student shrugs. “Not really. I heard they hauled off Professor Lehhev on charges of sedition and treason, or something dangerous like that. They’re also running through the students’ quarters, looking for some other suspicious character.”
“Thanks,” you reply. “I guess I won’t be getting much done today…” And you move on before you can be recognized.
Option 108: Dive in and rescue Lehhev at the first opportunity. You need his help to dismantle the spell of nastiness. And besides, you owe him.
Option 109: Hold back. Lehhev may be better off if you just disappear. Try to retrieve the oblivion spellbook, and then find somebody else who can help you.
Option 110: This is one thing too far. A direct confrontation with the Emperor is sure to happen, sooner or later — you might as well make it sooner. Time to visit the Emperor and get him to spill the beans.