Last Time, on Seaside:
Nalia borrows books from the terror library, Riaeki gets a horrorheadache, Sharzad & Lillith train Celeste who discovers her Clerical Powers (not notary), Riaeki tricks rake-up-the-ass-guy, Nalia reads about VampIres
Sharzad & Lillith help Celeste learn how to control her Divine Powers with meditation, by poorly explaining it then meditating in front of her. It’s not very helpful, but Celeste is intrigued.
Riaeki reads the ‘How To Make Friends And Influence People As A Tiefling’ book; it’s very self help and a little cult, but talks about the origins of prejudice against Tieflings (distant demon ancestry, elven institutionalized discrimination). Turns out high elves, once again, are kind of mean.
Sharzad goes on a shopping spree, holy water (at a premium bc she’s bad at this) and adventurer’s gear for Celeste (except the expensive stuff). She then returns back to the barn, and talks to Celeste about holy symbols, showing off some of her more esoteric attempts at honoring the spirits. She explains focuses and how they help conduct divine magic, and discovers that Celeste has been changed by the reawakening- she can see now. She proposes that Celeste could potentially dedicate her divine symbol to whatever anonymous entity gave her power. Celeste considers this, and says she’ll meditate on it, because she’s staying home and not joining the group on their excursion to the monastery tonight. Sharzad and Lillith prepare to leave.
Riaeki & Nalia awake from their naps to the sound of screams- Riaeki activates her detect thoughts, then the two of them go out and search for clues with a bit of trepidation. They find the vampires, already awakened, and attacking students. Riaeki reads the thoughts of one of the students being attacked: pure terror, and “they shouldn’t be /here/”. She pushes deeper- and is caught, alerting the student. Nalia sends a sending to Sharzad: “Sharzad, we need your help, come here now. Please.”
Sharzad tells Lillith there is danger. Celeste asks if she should come- Sharzad asks if she’s ready. Celeste decides she’s not, and Sharzad charges her with informing the guild and Belinda what happened if they don’t return. Lillith speeds off at full speed while Sharzad trails behind at full sprint.
Riaeki & Nalia see another figure emerge from the depths, approaching a mass of huddling students. They discuss what to do, and Nalia uses thaumaturgy to make herself loud, then tells the students to run so the two of them can take on the vampires. The students abide, and the vampires (3) turn their attention to Riaeki & Nalia.
LISTEN GUYS VAMPIRE THRALLS ARE STILL SERIOUS DAMN BUSINESS
They seem more zombie-like than vampyre, but still seem dangerous. Riaeki decides to pull a daring maneuver- gathering them all around her so that Nalia can fireball them. She runs in, taunting them, and they lunge after Riaeki, and Nalia launches her fireball. One of them rushes out of the way, only taking part of the force of the explosion; they seem damaged, but still full functioning. In just a moment, they have their revenge, lashing out at Riaeki. She’s badly wounded, and Nalia and Riaeki begin to run- being apprehended by one of the Masters of the monastery. The master stops her from running- but more of the masters converge behind them and take out the vampire spawn.
Riaeki really gives the master the business about letting vampires into his monastery, then misty steps away and runs to the courtyard. She forgot to specify that the student who died should be excluded from the fireball. The teacher lies a bunch about what happened (“A student must have been tricked!”) and tells the two of them that they can’t leave until the investigation is complete. Lillith arrives and barely hides properly from the master’s sight on the roof. Nalia inspects his demeanor- it seems like he’s done this before. Nalia does the best Haughty Wizard Voice she’s ever done and We All Love.
(It was useless! thanks!)
Sharzad climbs up the wall with the grace of an ox, and tears her way towards the courtyard, only barely being stopped by Lillith, who lets her know that Rasa has taken Nalia and Riaeki away.
Lillith & Sharzad sneak to Riaeki & Nalia, and Lillith shadowsteps inside; she listens to the guards outside (“Was this a test?” “No!”), then learns the story of what happened. Sharzad wants to run away but Lillith thinks we ought to go for the library why we still can. Riaeki is Hecka Nervous. We decide to do it while everyone is distracted, and Sharzad, with Lillith’s help, blows open a damn hole in the wall. We all sneak to the library, Lillith lets us in, and Nalia makes a sending to the Library, which is Fucking Bad. Riaeki uses Lord Aqueous to open the door, but he says ‘You just need part of the key’- one of the items of Yleth. Nalia touches the Scrying Orb to the door- it opens, but at the same time, we realize something.
Agrippa must have an artifact of Ylethaen to be able to open the door.
We scry it- it’s inside. So we all hold hands, and enter the Library Terror Zone together.