TEN MINUTES LATER...
Fuego arrived at the tower's backdoor in time to see his master with a roll of parchment that curled up and dissolved in magic blue flames. From the floor a thick white mist arose in the shape of a magnificent horse. Its insubstantial hooves made no sound as it stamped. There was a customized double saddle with stirrups on its back and a bridle in its teeth. Its mane and tail were neatly pleated with golden ribbons.
"We ride in style!" the mage announced. He cast a levitation spell on Fuego and then himself with a flat-handed gesture to raise and lower them into their saddles. "Tally-ho!"
His gripped a brass key in his spell pouch and uttered "Apus!" to open the door and "Nepo!" to close it with a quick cantrip. "We'll be back in time for tea," he promised, "and of course we won't want to miss your ten o'clock meeting with your counselors. You'll want to do me proud in those contests, win the right to escort the Everflame back to town, eh? Ah, to be young again!" He nudged the horse into a gallop. "Hold tight!"
They managed to avoid the eyes of most of the townsfolk by skirting Kassen's border wall running behind some of the larger buildings. Captain Wisslo of the Watch nodded to them both as they passed his guard tower and continued on their way, this time with the border wall between them and all of Kassen.
The astral steed stirred up no dust in its path as it headed for bank of the Tourondel River.
"We're off to Finnegan's Island," Aleph announced. "There's rumors of a..." he chose his words carefully, "...nuisance there. Clearly it is our civic duty to take care of it."
The isolated isle was the final resting place of gnome bard extraordinaire Finnegan Ozziwig---another former companion of Ekat Kassen. Like the town's founder he had died defending Kassen from a vicious warlord's attack over one hundred and seventy years ago. As a historical landmark second only to Ekat's tomb, the whole island and his mausoleum were generally off-limits. Except, that is, with an officially stamped writ of permission from Mayor Zolas.
Aleph Caster Level Roll [Magic Rule] to Cast Phantom Steed from Scroll: d20 (13) +4 = 17, Success! Lasts 7 hours.
Aleph casts Levitate twice (uses up two Level 2 spells).
Aleph casts cantrip Open/Close.