Mykos Kal-Myith, Fortune Seeker: The desert had both shielded and thwarted the Kal-Myith family and their ancestral home in the port city of Ahi for generations. The desert's impassable barrier made exploration, trade, and conquest very difficult -- if not downright impossible. Only the ocean provided the necessary means by which the city and its occupants survived and thrived. Mykos Kal-Myith knew this, of course. He had been warned about traveling in the desert, but he had also heard the stories -- stories of lost civilizations and riches beyond one's belief hidden deep within the desert. He knew of stories of the fabled "Watchtower" from which one could see the entire desert and what takes place there. His training as a cleric in the temple of Thoth, or perhaps his family's high standing with the Emir, made him just a little cocky. He therefore ignored the warnings, abandoned his family, and slipped away one night under the blanket of darkness to test the fates and earn his fortune. Mykos took with him the only earthly possessions he felt had any value: books of knowledge from the great library of Thoth and a magic bag to hold them in.
Mykos Kal-Myith, Desert Wanderer: Mykos quickly became aware of his mistake. His first week of following the caravan road went fine. Only occasionally would sand drift completely across the road. He easily picked up the tracks of the few caravans that had either come or gone to Ahi. His luck ran out, however, on the second week. A sirocco struck hard and fast; the howling wind and blinding sand made it impossible to see anything. Mykos rapidly became lost when the road he was following disappeared before him. He had vanished into the wilderness, which is a familiar tale for those who wandered the desert. Mykos prayed to Thoth for guidance, but none was forthcoming. His spells still came to him every morning, so he survived on endure elements and create food and water.
With the spells available to him, he spent the next three years searching for a way out of the desert and surviving the attacks of monstrous scorpions and other denizens of the desert. The nests of these beasts were enormous, and Mykos came across a treasure trove of gold and magic that had once belonged to less fortunate adventurers. He left the gold and took what magic he could carry in his bag. During all this time, his divinations had gone unanswered until one morning he received a message. "An ally will guide you home."
Mykos Kal-Myith, Homeseeker: Mykos almost could not believe what he was hearing. He began to search around him for this mysterious "ally." He found nothing for miles all around, however. Every previous attempt to call upon help had also gone unanswered. He assumed that his grip on sanity was quickly slipping away. He decided to attempt a spell that had failed each time before. He cast lesser planar ally. To his amazement an earth elemental rose out of the sand. He stood dumfounded and stared at it for awhile. When he found his voice, he simply said "take me home." The elemental turned and slowly began to move off. Mykos followed it for three weeks as it traversed the desert, though it disappeared at night and reappeared in the morning to guide him. On one such morning, Mykos saw a tower in the distance. It sat on the top of a great sand dune. Mykos ran as fast as he could to the tower, outpacing the plodding elemental. When he arrived, a great stone door led into the spire. On the door was a weathered but decipherable symbol of a bird. It was an ibis -- Mykos was home.
About the Author
Mike Boozer is a writer for the Wizards of the Coast web team.