Descent into Undermountain
Ferne Tinuron always wanted to be a wizard. Her family did its best to indulge her dream, even when others told her that she would never amount to anything. Ferne attended public academies and auditioned with private spellcasters, striving without success to master the techniques of an apprentice mage. Enchantment, evocation, illusion—every school of magic was a closed door to her. The simplest cantrips seemed to be out of her reach. Ferne would have given up, but she was convinced that it was a matter of learning, not a matter of talent. If only she could find the right teacher.
Having exhausted all other options, Ferne travelled to the fabled Blackstaff Tower. The new archmage of Waterdeep and the master of Blackstaff Tower, Vajra Safhar, had issued an open call in search of apprentices. To Ferne’s surprise, and that of Waterdeep’s magical community, she was among those whom Vajra chose to train as one of her new corps of Blackstaff wizards. With her fellow apprentices, she embarked on an experimental path of study that demanded absolute understanding and mastery of magic’s fundamentals before specializing in any one school. Under Vajra’s unorthodox tutelage, Ferne flourished. Then, on the eve of her first-year exam, Vajra vanished.
For weeks, Ferne and the other apprentices waited, without a hint or an indication of their mentor’s fate. Finally, with a heavy heart and a backpack full of books, Ferne set out from Blackstaff Tower. Ferne is resolved to continue her studies, as she searches for Vajra’s whereabouts.