Ruler: It's quiet in the real...maybe too quiet. It's been a really long time since I've had some down time like this. I should find something to do with my time before the next big thing happens.
Ruler: This is a book of faces...there are so many! They're students...separated into year, filling these pages. This is amazing! How did this even get here? I wonder if this book has anything to do with how *I* got here... I've got to show this to Thomas right now!
Old Thomas: Do not worry about that, young ruler. 'Tis but an old book.
Ruler: I've never known you to be one to ignore an old book, Thomas.
Old Thomas: Oh, I have spent many a night pouring over those pages... There is only sadness and sorrow contained in that tome. And there is nothing that can be done about it, either. I would not worry your busy mind with that old tragedy. There are other things about the realm that are of far more importance.
Ruler: Are you all right Thomas? You seem very upset by this book.
Old Thomas: I am all right, young ruler, thanks for your kindness... Just a very old man, who was once a goat, with a dark and tragic history.
Ruler: Well, something has really got him down.
Ruler: Ivy, can I talk to you real quick?
Ivy: of course, anytime at all! What's going on?
Ruler: I found this strange book and this old flyer...I asked Thomas about them and he wouldn't tell me anything about them. And it seemed to make him really, really sad...
Ivy: Can I see the book?
Ruler: Sure, it's right here.
Ivy: Mhmm...this is just as I thought. This is Thomas's old schoolbook.
Ruler: This book belongs to Thomas?
Ivy: It's got his name in the cover, right next to this little map! There are directions here too.
Ruler: What do they say? Where do they lead?
Ivy: Maybe Old Thomas is right... Something is not right about that statue. Its eyes seem to follow me...it makes me feel so uncomfortable!
Ruler: That man looks so sinister... I wonder who he is.
Ivy: There's some text written down here at the base of the statue.
Ruler: There's a symbol beside it...it looks like the crest from the old Academy.
Ivy: I've never seen this kind of writing before...but I bet it's a spell.
Ruler: Be careful, Ivy. We don't know what kind of spell it might be.
Ivy: Your'e right, of course. It's best to leave it alone...
Ruler: We should try and find more about this man if we can. There might be more information about these words in the Library.
Ivy: I made a drawing of the statue so we can look into it more without having to deal with how creepy the statue's stare is.
Ruler: Good idea. Let's go back to the Library. I'm sure we'll be able to find out more about this statue there.
Ivy: I feel like I've seen that missing person before...
Ruler: I have too Ivy. They're in that old yearbook we found! These missing people...they are students from the old Academy! I think something terrible wrong happened to that old school, Ivy. Thomas didn't want to talk about it, but I don't think I can leave this alone now.
Ivy: Definitely not! We've got to help find these missing people.
Ruler: It might be painful for Thomas to have to deal with what's happened. But if he won't tell us anything, we've got to try and figure it out on our own.
Ivy: Agreed. Let's take these old academy books to the Tavern. We can sit at a table there and try to figure this whole mess out.
Ruler: Thurston, you shouldn't have read that! We don't know what it means.
Thurston: I don't mean to insult your artistry, my liege but this drawing makes me uncomfortable!
Duke: As it should! I fear you've been comfortable here for far too long.
Ruler: Who are you? What are you doing here?
Duke: I should be asking you the same question! Though, I do suppose I owe you a small token of my thanks. Your foolish knight spoke the words on my statue. You broke the spell! Because I am so very kind and benevolent, I plan to thank you by controlling my realm again and enforcing my set of rules.
Ruler: Your realm? Are you going to tell us who you are?
Duke: Silence, child. I am the one who'll be asking the questions around here.
Ruler: You're not going to tell us what to do. I'm the ruler of this realm!
Duke: you?! the ruler? Pahahaha! You will never be able to stand up to my disciples and me. I may be able to thank you and your small-minded guard for finding my statue and breaking the crust held upon me but I will now be returning to rule this realm with an iron fist. You can join with me, if you wish...or you can stand in my way. I must warn you...the circumstances shall be dire if you cross me. Have caution, child. I'm not the one to be made a fool of.
Old Thomas: Young ruler, please tell me ou are not telling the truth. Has the Duke really been awoken? Is he here again, in this realm?
Ruler: It's true, Thomas and it's my fault. I should have listened to you when you told me not to meddle with this.
Old Thomas: No, young ruler, the fault is mine. I should have been truthful with you when you first asked. The true story about Duke and the Academy *is* one of sadness and sorrow...but some things must be confronted, and I put this off for far too long. Come back with me inside my house and I shall tell you the true story... The real truth of the Duke and the Academy. Perhaps this is part of your purpose arriving in our realm. Maybe you will be the one to help right this, after all these years.
Old Thomas: This tale took place a long time ago, when I was just a lad... I was interested in magic from a very young age, as I am sure you can imagine. The Academy was a storied institution. It was the place to go if you wanted to learn about the magic arts. There were all kinds of different disciplines to choose from to learn. I met some of my best friends I have ever had... Oh the times we had! Learning and practicing together. It was such fun. I shall never forget those times...but not all good and magical things can last. As I neared by graduation date, things began to change around the school. The power contained within that school did not need a headmaster. It was a communal place of sharing and learning. But then the Duke showed up, demanding to be in control. There was an epic showdown, with losses on both sides. A small group of us were able to contain Duke, but not before he has cursed many of my fellows to stone. We tried to undo the curse but we could not, and the other students were lost to stone and time. Perhaps now we will be able to find a way to free the others yet.
Ruler: We have to help if we can, Thomas.
Old Thomas: The Duke is a villainous man and he will fight us endlessly but I can take some comfort in the fact we will face him together.
Ruler: How did you originally contain Due within that statue? Maybe that can help us figure out how to stop him now.
Old Thomas: My friends and I each had our own interests and classes at the Academy but everything we learned all dwelle within the realm of magic. Once Duke settled in to his reign of terror, by friends and I began to conspire. Surely we could find some way to stop him. But his magic powers were stronger than either my friends or I were. Together, we managed to perform a powerful spell that held him in stone. But it was not without great loss on our side... Duke's final farewell act was to take as many of the students as he could with him. A group of us were able to stop him with a spell, but... That terrible stone fate befell many students that day.
Ruler: Oh Thomas, that's just awful. Are they still there? What happened?
Old Thomas: My classmates are all stone, frozen in time in the remains of the Academy. I tried for many years to free them, with no success. But perhaps this is one of Duke's many wrongs that we can right.
Ruler: Did you ever try going back to save your old classmates, Thomas?
Old Thomas: Many times, dear ruler, many times. The survivors of tat terrible event and I worked for years to try and free our friends but we have had no luck. The terrible spell Duke placed was absolute.
Ruler: Isn't there anything else we could try? There's got to be some other spel or magic to help your friends.
Old Thomas: There is one that might work...one we tried many years ago. It had been our closest attempt to undo what Duke has done. But we feared accidentally releasing him from his stone prison. Now that he is loose, we need not fear that outcome.
Ruler: Can you lead us to the Academy, Thomas?
Old Thomas: Yes, but we must be careful so we do not call any attention.
Ruler: With you, Ivy, and Thurston's best men, I'm sure we can't fail.
Old Thomas: I certainly hope so, Ruler. Follow me!
Ruler: Thomas...there are statues of people all ove this place!
Old Thomas: The Academy inhabitants were all frozen by Duke that day. Some were trying to stop him but most were simply minding their own business. We tried so long to free them all, but it was no use.
Ruler: We can do something about it now, Thomas. The Duke is clearly a monster having done all this... We'll start by freeing these students, then we'll work on taking him down.
Old Thomas: Do you still have that scroll I gave you, young ruler?
Ruler: I do, right here!
Ivy: And I've got the spells, Thomas!
Old Thomas: Then it is time to begin righting Duke's wrong and freeing these people. Let us start with this statue right here... I remember this one well.