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Last time on: The Sea’s Revenge.
We met the headmaster; chased down a student; searched a room; found a rat; destroyed a wall; poisoned a teammate; killed a student; saved a professor; stopped a cult ritual; and opened a flesh-tree so it’s inhabitant could be freed (accidentally).
Afa and Riaeki loot the bodies while Nalia and Sharzad stand to the side. They acquire a gold necklace, coins, a strangely wrought sword, and a shadowy cloak of wood-elven design. Spending some time to evaluate these items, they discover the cloak is a cloak of elvenkind and the sword is a +1 cold iron sword of some sort (probably cursed, using transmutation magic ?).
Sharzad goes off to get the headmaster at Riaeki’s bidding and Afa begins to meditate to contact her patron in regards to the question of “Yleth”. She is answered by a wave of cold, and a voice saying, “Don’t worry about her.” It’s very concerning. Nalia recovers some arcane strength.
The headmaster lets Sharzad into his room. Sharzad foolishly attempts to explain what exactly occurred. The headmaster contacts his contacts, concerningly. The necromancer professor, one other, and Baraksan will accompany them to the very scary underground ritual place.
Riaeki and Afa identify some of the bodies regarding to which god they claimed as an alias. Rubia is Tanis, for example. Nalia investigates the tree, and using her height advantage looks inside the tree- to witness a pile of bones inside of it. Very concerning. They agree not to mess with the tree further until Mr. Magic Man arrives with his entourage.
Mr. Magic Man arrives, unreadable as usual. Sharzad lies for the parties benefit, then when confronted about it, claims she was just “more trustworthy”. The headmaster inspects the scene. Ava explains: “It brought her back as not-Rubia.” Mr. Man-of-the-Magic inspects the scene until professor Vishenev arrives. A gnome with curly dark brown hair and white robes with silver embroidery enters. Edenne, head of the temple of Myrithel. She casts a spell, illuminated by strong moonlight, and begins a quick replay of the events of the battle, revealing how the spirit was truly released. Sharzad is no longer trustworthy. Riaeki flags down the Myrithel and hands her the notes where the various Cultists claim the name of gods, pointing out the one who took the name of Myrithel. The priestess believes this is mostly cheeky. They exchange religious well-wishings and contact info, then she leaves. Mr. Magical-Man-Dude confronts Sharzad, who responds cheekily; Vishenev confronts Riaeki, who responds honestly. Vishenev seems to react to the knowledge that there are bones inside the tree.
Riaeki uses her spell slots to reawaken to Cultists, who respond with anger and confusion. Riaeki questions him about the tree, he demands to get up, she offers the blade to help him stand (untying him in the process), then pulls the blade back. The Professor of All Things Not So Good (Sylvain). Barbs and comments are exchanged; the Professor essentially admits to it, then gloats over the release of the spirit. Mr. MM (magicman) bloviates regarding the inevitable success of the justice system, and then Sylvain claims that we have released ‘The Servant, One Of Her Greatest Servants. Now her power grows every day, every day, and we worked so long to find this place and weaken the bindings, and now you’ve completed the ritual for us!" We all dislike him very much. Afa tries to charm him. It doesn’t work so Afa tries ‘the mean way’. Sharzad attempt to intimidate him, and it seems to work.
Sylvain begins to explain:
“In the beginning there were gods, but they were much greater than they are now, able to walk the mortal earth. But they was one much greater than they, and she convinced them to lock themselves away. Then, she ruled. But the other gods were… they were more resourceful than she had planned for. They sent their sniveling minions for her, and eventually she was overwhelmed and slain. But she had many who served her, many of great power, and if they were to marshal her power again, we could bring her back.” Riaeki mentions the Magic Headmasters god, Sylvain insults that god, and Mr. Man-With-The-Good-Magic is pissed. The other professor explains: “There was once another god, and she caused some chaos, but she was dealt with.” Theology continues. “Yleth considered herself part of the pantheon. She betrayed the pantheon, and she suffered the consequences. She was the keeper of the dead, and she started hoarding souls that had passed through this world.”
They speak about the spirit in the sewers, discuss it’s ideology and relation to Yleth.
Sylvain complains, he’s confronted regarding his Friends In Other Sects, then he gives some ominous remarks saying that ‘Death Isn’t What It Used To Be’. Riaeki offer the blade to The Headmaster, who refuses the chance to kill Sylvain- when Baraksan enters, and is confused.
Apparently the school was founded on the ruins of an old temple to protect? or defend? something, but most of that knowledge was lost to the ages.
The Headmaster uses a high level spell to paralyze us, and thus we get very handily lectured by this old fellow. We point him towards Caradock, and we begin on our way. Riaeki and Sharzad have a conversation about morality and second chances. Afa and Riaeki have a conversation about the Queen of Air and Darkness. Riaeki quizzes Vishenev about the blade- it’s bound to Yleth. Unfortunate.
All together, they head to Caradock. He’s very perturbed (but super impressed we completed the job in less than a day, amiright?). He’s stunned we managed to do so very much, and mentions that he’s surprised anyone managed to surpass Harold. We discuss whose mess this is to clean up, and we contend ourselves for the job. We each receive 296 gold! Riaeki tips the Headmaster, flips him off, and he leaves (in a huff). Caradock will be busy getting good for the ‘Northern Markets’. Near ‘Cartreph’. We look over the maps to find Yleth temples, finding many minor temples, one Major Temple to the south in the swamps, one to the northwest, but for the most part they don’t match present day settlements. The Northern Markets are too far inland to go Yleth hunting at the same time.
He offers us 1000 gold to go to the Northern Market, make some sales and purchases with the fey, and he’ll give us time to investigate Yleth while we are there (and do some investigation of his own in the meantime). We agree, and decide to head to the Temple to get the +1 Cold Iron Sword checked out, before the Drinking.
Temple Hill: a fairly tall hill, topped with the temples of the gods of the human pantheon. They curve around one side of the top of the hill, with a large open plaza in front of them. Each represents the spirit of their god. We enter the temple closest to the sea, a greystone building with huge sturdy columns. Beauty in solid, strong utility. At the end is a statue, whose lower half is carved like water solidifying into a figure with a cloak covering his face and a pendant that looks like the moon.
We consult Riaeki’s god; a cold comes upon us, and Riaeki and her god have a conversation. “You brought friends?” “Well, y’know, I-” “Where did you get that?” “We were trying to- I know you know Yleth.” Things become uncomfortable. “Yleth is dead.” “They’re trying to bring her back. I was gonna stop him if you would, y’know, let me…” “Keep the blade. I cannot say more, but keep the blade, and use it.” We’re all zapped, and the god’s presence disappears.
We talk about Riaeki’s history with death, and some vague things are exchanged. Sharzad runs some errands, and everyone convenes at the Hungry Unicorn, getting some alcoholic beverages and potatoes. Riaeki hands Sharzad the Special Liquor, which she does a Shot of. It’s delicious. I’m terrified. Dear god. Sharzad is suddenly very, very wasted. In fact, so is Riaeki. Afa chugs a random potion. It doesn’t seem to have an effect. Riaeki talks to Nalia about the stresses of the day. Nalia’s glad to have new friends and not to be at the university.
Presents are distributed. Songs are played. Dances are done. Songs are requested. Nalia gets dragged into doing INTENSE FLIPS. Everyone gets very drunk, retires for the night.
The next morning, the party decides to go shopping at Dessie’s. It is a Nice Store with a Nice Pink Cat. Afa purchases Wintery Boots, Nalia purchases a Cloak of Protection, Riaeki purchases Split mail, and Sharzad purchases a tent, travelers clothes, fishing tackle, Tinker’s Tools, five manacles, and a scale. Riaeki grabs some healing potions, for the road, and Scones Are Consumed. Potions are distributed, and we head back to Caradock.
Caradock lays it out: this is dangerous. This market involves business we’re not familiar with, and don’t understand, but the potential for profit is vast. Apparently Afa’s friends tried to protect her from it. These deals are very creepy and bad and we should not take them so that’s, y’know, good. We must treat the people we’re dealing with as if they’re familiar, even if they’re not. We must not trade anything further than he permits for the goods he searches for. We’re also looking for the Night Collector, one of the archfey. She sounds like she’s hard to find and A Real Shady Dude.
We’re also looking for a hag named Kirsikka, who could be a good source of information. She’s very old, very powerful, will try to trap us, but she could be a friend if we can outwit her (she respects that).
Caradock needs something the Night Collector wants. His twin sister vanished when he was young. She had found her way to the faewild, and now she’s bound to the night collector. He will pen us a letter to give to her, if we find her. He’s sent many people to the markets before, but he thinks maybe we’ll be ones to succeed. (Afa considers the Night Collecter. The latter is unaligned, and seems to be connected to the Hags and the Goblin Kingdom. Sometimes the Fae deride her because she doesn’t care about Court Politics. But others advise against mocking the Night Collector.) Caradock’s sister’s name is Angharad.
We end there, awaiting a new quest into the world of the Fae.