Epilogues

Nonromance, PC becomes a good god or evil god or good mortal:

After retiring from the adventuring life, Sarine Nesteria returned to Athkatla to find it embroiled in street warfare. The Cowled Wizards had fallen apart and splinter factions, led by ambitious warlords, fought lawful authorities, Shadow Thieves and Radiant Heart paladins alike; while the well-intentioned but weak Meylos Alhazar barely held the largest faction in check. Allying herself with the Council of Six, Sarine played no small part in resolving the tensions. Within a month, martial law was repealed and life in the Amnian capital returned to normal.

Offering markedly less resistance than some had feared, Sarine accepted the post of Grand Counselor of the Cowled Order. Her objective on taking office was easily accomplished--with the stroke of a pen, the wizards became answerable to the Council of Six, and within a year the asylum of Spellhold was staffed by those who would ensure it held only truly dangerous criminals. This accomplished, Sarine returned to the confines of the laboratory to devote herself to research. While some accused that she could use her power to do far more widespread good, she seemed content to end her long and eventful life in the city of her birth.

In her old age, she was rarely seen in public, save to deliver lectures at the New Academy of Athkatla--funded by public subscription and teaching magical theory to any who had the ability, regardless of their means. The Academy was more commonly known by the motto on its ironwork gate, "Delorium Cathax"--meaning, in the nearly-lost tongue of ancient inhabitants of the Amnian plane, "beloved child."

When Sarine passed away of illness on the twelfth day of Myrtul--perhaps brought on by years of exposure to the corrosive magical forces she studied--there was a popular joke that no one could tell the difference, as she had spent her final years in such hermetic solitude. However her grand funeral was attended by many tearful former students and colleagues--among them companions of CHARNAME and, some believe, CHARNAME him/herself.

Nonromance, PC becomes evil mortal or romance, PC becomes evil mortal but you didn't keep the child:

The story of Sarine Nesteria ended soon after her travels with CHARNAME. It is said that CHARNAME, already feared throughout the realms as a villain worthy of the highest rants of the Zhentarim--whether for dark pleasure or still darker business, it is unknown--was visiting the city of Luskan when a mysterious, cataclysmic explosion devastated half the city proper. It is further rumored that CHARNAME was pulled from the smoking wreckage by his/her allies, very nearly dead; but with the sheer toughness, or evil luck that had seen him/her through his/her life, soon recovered. Used to such adventures, he/she brushed the incident off as a trifle.

Sarine was never seen alive after this event.

Romance, PC becomes good mortal and you didn't keep the child:

After retiring from the adventuring life, Sarine Nesteria returned to Athkatla to find it embroiled in street warfare. The Cowled Wizards had fallen apart and splinter factions, led by ambitious warlords, fought lawful authorities, Shadow Thieves and Radiant Heart paladins alike; while the well-intentioned but weak Meylos Alhazar barely held the largest faction in check. Allying herself with the Council of Six, Sarine played no small part in resolving the tensions. Within a month, martial law was repealed and life in the Amnian capital returned to normal.

With CHARNAME by her side, Sarine settled into life as a distinguished scholar and lecturer, popularizing the view that magic was not the property of an elite, but rather a tool that could transform societies for the better. Athkatla saw her theories put into practice through the construction of magically-augmented sewer pipes and domestic heating, although the new systems were of course as prone to faults as their mundane predecessors. For quite some time, the only sort of battle that seemed of any interest to her was a heated public debate.

Whether he wished it or not, CHARNAME's great fame and power often carried him far from home, where Sarine staunchly chose to remain. Nonetheless, their love for each other--though quiet in its expression--overcame all difficulties. As much as she was given to expounding her own discoveries and theories, Sarine would often speak of the bravery, kindness and wisdom of the man to whom she had pledged her life.

Sarine's final legacy--or at least what she hoped to be such--was the New Academy of Athkatla, funded by public subscription and teaching magical theory to any who had the ability, regardless of their means. The Academy was more commonly known by the motto on its ironwork gate, "Delorium Cathax"--meaning, in the nearly-lost tongue of ancient inhabitants of the Amnian plane, "beloved child."

When Sarine passed away of illness on the twelfth day of Myrtul--perhaps brought on by years of exposure to the corrosive magical forces she studied--there was a popular joke that no one could tell the difference, as she had spent her final years in such hermetic solitude. However her grand funeral was attended by many tearful former students and colleagues--among them companions of CHARNAME, and chief among them, her husband CHARNAME himself.

Romance, PC becomes mortal and you did keep the child

[Note: You can "choose" the child's name, in the indicated place below; but no matter what you said the child is a boy. Why? Well, most of the names you could choose were male; I couldn't think of many female candidates.]

[Note: This technically triggers for evil PCs too, although I find it hard to believe that anyone could be consistently evil and still keep the romance going for this long, including keeping the child.]

After retiring from the adventuring life, Sarine Nesteria returned to Athkatla to find it embroiled in street warfare. The Cowled Wizards had fallen apart and splinter factions, led by ambitious warlords, fought lawful authorities, Shadow Thieves and Radiant Heart paladins alike; while the well-intentioned but weak Meylos Alhazar barely held the largest faction in check. Allying herself with the Council of Six, Sarine played no small part in resolving the tensions. Within a month, martial law was repealed and life in the Amnian capital returned to normal.

Some hoped she would step into the power vacuum as a public figure. However, it became clear that she had lost interest in much besides the company of her lover, CHARNAME and the raising of their newborn son [, Gorion / Sarevok / CHARNAME II / Subject Thirteen]. When their lives had returned to some semblance of quietude, they were married simply--according Sarine's preference--by civil writ obtained from the Council, the which her experience dealing with bureaucrats proved useful in expediting.

Sarine became a proverbially devoted and conscientious mother, doing what she could to ensure that in spite of his heritage, her son could enjoy a normal upbringing. Among her later, highly renown works on magical theory was to be found one slim volume on parenthood--that, while likewise renown, made reference to many dilemmas seldom encountered by the ordinary parent. [Her son / Gorion / Sarevok / CHARNAME II / Subject Thirteen] may have broken her heart, however, as he grew up to display a great interest in competitive jousting and none whatsoever in magic.

As the burdens of parenthood eased, Sarine devoted herself to other projects--speaking out against warfare, assisting in political crises and attempting to raise public awareness of magic as a potential force of good. She never strayed far from her home Athkatla, and remained patiently faithful to CHARNAME when his responsibilities, whether he wished it or not, carried him to far-flung lands.

When Sarine passed away of illness on the twelfth day of Myrtul--perhaps brought on by years of exposure to the corrosive magical forces she studied--her grand funeral was attended by many former students and colleagues, chief among them CHARNAME himself, his children (the eldest now forty years of age) and several of his former companions. The late archmage's files and documents, which she had left to the city of Athkatla toward the formation of a public lending library, contained a wealth of magical discoveries she had lacked the time to fully pursue during her life. They also contained--the final item at the bottom of a dusty crate--an unfinished, unsigned romance novel of singularly awful prose, that told the story of a proud and fiercely intelligent woman...and the humble oaf who eventually won her heart.