17th Day of Hearthfire
I have earned a small amount of repute and a middling rank in the Mages Guild. What Spymaster Caius Cosades has asked me to accomplish, I have done so in so short a time. Surely he would be ready to give me new orders, I thought, and so I returned to Balmora early in the morning. There would be no need to further associate myself with Edwinna Elbert.
But before I visited Caius, I stopped at the Eight Plates and performed a juggling act. The coin is encouraging, yes, but the truth is that juggling has a therapeutic effect on me. When I was a hatchling in Black Marsh, my clan was visited by a circus. I was most impressed by a juggler of six swords and sought to emulate the feat with fallen twigs. Juggling demands much concentration and I later found myself forgetting my anxieties whenever I attempt a complex set of moves. The applause of an audience is very pleasant, I find, though I would not have known this if I had not thought of using my hobby for money. Now I perform whenever I have time.
Caiuswas already awake when I met him at eight in the morning. He did not mention it and I did not ask if he followed my exploits, though I would like to know. We immediately discussed my orders, which is to talk to a Hasphat Antabolis from the Balmora Fighters Guild. I was to ask what he knew about a secret Nerevarine cult and a secret Sixth House cult. Read more