Kagull Brokengulf feared that his life was now measured in moments as soon as the nobleman entered his home. Kagull had been trained by the nine sages and was certain that this person entering his home wasn’t human. Trying to maintain his composure, Kagull spoke with Red and guided him into his second floor den. Several of Kagull’s magical trinkets scattered about the den began to react as soon as the man who had introduced himself as “Red” entered. Stepping behind his desk Kagull looked down at the magical Scales of Power perched on his window sill and was shocked by what he saw. The scale, which appeared to be a simple Merchant Scale, was as far down to the left as he had ever witnessed. He was now certain that Red was not only a Dragon but a wyrm of great power.
“You come highly recommended.” His guest’s low voice rumbled, “I see that my attempts at disguise are a wasted effort with you.”
Kagull could feel the fear gripping him and was grateful for the charms of protection he had scattered about the room, for without them he was certain that he would flee by any means possible. Attempting to speak, Kagull could only croak out a few choking sounds, before simply bowing before Red.
“Rise Sage, rise and know how close you came to death for daring to possess what is rightfully mine!” growled Red. “You must be in Tymora’s favor for I have need of your specialty. You will study and find for me all that you can on this ring and others like it.” Reaching forward a hand that appeared human, Red placed a Ring on the other side of the scale that Kagull had looked at on the sill. The scale did not move. “Should you succeed not only will you get to live but I will also allow you to keep this scale which was stolen from me.” Kagull’s thoughts were slowly starting to gather as he realized he may yet survive this encounter. Turning to look at the ring the young Brokengulf sage smiled as he realized he knew what the ring was, a rather simple item, a Ring of Sustenance. “I see now why you approached me great one, I do know what this ring is. It is a ring of Susten...”
His statement went unfinished. Something large and scaly slammed into the sage’s chest, tearing open his breast, revealing the still beating heart beneath.
“YOU PRESUME TOO MUCH KAGULL THE SAGE!” Red screamed, “SURELY I KNOW WHAT THE RING IS SAID TO BE. YET YOU PRESUME THAT I WOULD BRING YOU SOMETHING SO SIMPLE? THAT I LIVE A THOUSAND YEARS BUT AM IGNORANT OF WHAT THE MORTAL MASSES CALL A RING? YOU WILL LOOK DEEPER AND FARTHER FOOL. THIS IS THE MAGIC OF DRAGONS, I HAVE NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE OTHER RINGS AND WHO HAS THEM.”
Kagull lost consciousness before feeling the healing magic that saved him. Unsure if he would die or awaken his last thoughts before darkness was his shock in discovering that Rings of Sustenance were Dragon Magic. “If I live,” he thought, “I will learn all there is to know about these rings and just who exactly this Red is.”