Amaranthia

Session 68
Outline Recap

Morning

  • Purnima and several armed members of the Silver Sun arrive at Mukashram to escort Noza Oda to the Temple of the midday sun where Sankta Kunveno is being held.
    • The party follows them as far as the main part of the temple.
      • Unsure of what to do they spend a few minutes milling about.
  • An older man who is built like a Daricassan but looks like he might be from Haruka, appears. He is holding a small bowl like chime.
    • He rings the chime and while it is still resonating moves it around as if he is searching for something.
    • As he moves towards the members of the party the tone of the resonating chime changes.
      • He seems very pleased with this and spends a few moments moving around members of the party while ringing his chime.
    • When asked what the chime is and what he is doing the man introduces himself as Durijesh.
      • He says that he has been looking for the party and they should follow him.
  • Durijesh leads them to the doors that were guarded the day before.
    • The party follows him through and instantly finds themselves falling through utter blackness for what seems like several minutes.
      • Feng and Sehera roll with it.
        • Feng assuming that this would be an overly complicated to kill someone.
        • Sehera just figures there is nothing she can do to stop it and might as well enjoy the ride.
      • Indira levitates after a few seconds of falling.
      • Hasan freaks out but Indira manages to catch him by the leg as he sails past her.
        • She makes no attempt to right him during the rest of the way down.
      • Lyr makes excellent use of her helmet’s unlimited feather fall ability.
        • Through the darkness she can be heard alternately yelling “wheee!” and “feather fall”.
    • As the falling people get close to the ground they slow and land gently on their feet.
  • Once on solid ground they notice that there is a light coming from a doorway.
    • They head through the doorway and find Durijesh waiting on the other side.
    • He apologizes for giving them a fright, as he had forgotten what that fall was like for those who were not prepared for it.
  • Durijesh welcomes them to Adhirata and asks the party to follow him as the Rajat Neta is waiting.
  • He leads them down a hallway to a large room.
    • It appears to be a meeting room.
    • There is a large table and covering one wall is a map of the world.
      • Hovering above different points on the map are small balls of light.
  • Standing in the room is a tall figure covered from head to toe in brilliant silver armor that has been fashioned to look like a Rakshasa (Indian demon, not the kind in the Monster Manual).
    • The whole suit seems to be sealed.
      • The helm does not have no holes or slits for breathing.
      • The eyes are covered with red lenses.
  • Durijesh exclaims “I found them!” to the figure and excitedly demonstrates the chime’s reaction to the party members.
  • The party seems a bit bewildered by everything.
  • The figure removes it’s helmet to reveal a man with piercing red eyes.
    **He formally introduces himself as Chandra Pavitra Prakash the Rajat Neta of the Silver Sun.
    • Everyone is shocked because Chandra Pavitra Prakash was the Rajat Neta that perished 100 years ago.
    • Once he starts talking they realize that in addition to red eyes he also has fangs.
  • He asks the party to take a seat as there is much to explain.

Chandara’s Story

  • Chandra is the same person who led the Silver Sun 100 years ago.
    • He died defending a temple and was buried outside of it.
      • This is the same temple that the party stopped at. The effigy marked his grave and the Silver Sun medallion that was woven in to it was his.
    • After he rose from the dead as a vampire he made his way back to Baikuntha.
      • Despite his hunger he refused to drink blood.
    • Chandra presented himself to the Order assuming that they would either kill or find a way to help him.
    • They sealed him up in a room at the top of the spire of the temple of the midday sun.
      • Chandra was imprisoned for 3 months.
      • He spent his time praying to Pelor, and found that even though the sun’s light did not touch him, it some how revitalized him and kept him from needing blood to survive.
    • After 3 months Chandra was released.
    • The Silver Sun presented him with the sealed armor.
      • In this suit, and through intense prayer he is able to photosynthesize sustenance from the Sun.
    • He was also allowed him to remain as Rajat Neta in secret while another person would act as the public face of the order.
      • His Undead nature, while technically a violation of The Samsara, allows him to better understand and track disturbances in the Samsara using his psychic powers.
  • Chandra sent Durijesh to find the party because he needed to confirm Sartaj’s story and if Sartaj was telling the truth then the Silver Sun would be in need of the party’s assistance.
    • Sartaj is then brought out.
      • He appears to be physically unhurt but is under the effects of something to make him tell the truth.
        • Which results in few amusing comments.
  • Chandra reveals that the chime Durijesh was ringing only reacts to people who have been to alternate Kafs or who have psychic abilities.
    • This and some of the details of Sartaj’s story have convinced him that the party might be able to help him or more specifically Maharani Shakti & Maharani Sharma otherwise known as the Ranjni Yami.
  • Durijesh unwraps an object that is very similar to the glass artifact that the party encountered.
    • It does not have any text on it or appear to be active.
    • This artifact was obtained by an informant that the Silver Sun was working with in the Ordo Clavis.
      • Jalal Ere
    • According to Jalal the artifact did not function.
      • He was wrong and it was unintentionally activated by the Silver Sun.
      • It was able to traverse Kafs but it only took souls/spirits with it and left a person’s body behind.
        • It also collected spirits/souls as it traveled through kafs.
  • When the artifact returned it brought the collected spirits/souls with it.
    • Most of them rejoined Samsara, but two remained.
    • The souls that remained were the children of Maharani Shakti & Maharani Sharma from another kaf.
      • The children of Maharani Shakti & Maharani Sharma in the present kaf, were deformed and had died at birth.
      • The children in the alternate kaf had not only lived but had grown to be terrible warlords.
    • Lacking bodies they are now trying to take over the bodies of Shakti and Sharma.
      • The twins have been resisting them but they have fallen into a coma and are growing weaker.
      • If action is not taken soon they will not survive.
  • By studying their glass artifact Silver Sun was able to create a device that could create a pocket dimension of the negative energy plane called Nakara.
    • The Rajni Yami’s collective subconscious has been brought there and can be interacted with and hopefully freed from the torments of their “children”.
    • The device can also transport people to and from Nakara but it only transports their spirits.
      • It works best with people who have psychic abilities or who have previously traveled to other kafs.
        • Which is why the Silver Sun sought out the party.
  • The party mentions that the Rajni Yami’s children have not been the only spirits hanging around.
    • They recount their encounters with the mysterious young man who according to Indira and Sehera bears a resemblance to Chandra.
      • Chandra seems to stare at nothing for a moment.
      • He then confirms that he can see the man and as far as he can tell it is him from another kaf.
        • He can tell that life had not been kind to his other self but he does not know why he is haunting the party or what he wants. However he does not seem to have malicious intent.
  • Along with Sartaj the party agrees to help.
    • They will be taken to the Rajni Yami’s chambers in the royal palace.
      • In order to not raise suspicions agents of the Silver Sun will shadow walk them there.
      • While traveling through the shadows Indira sees Basouk. He calls out her name and she responds with “i’m still mad at you”.
        • But by the time she gets the words out everyone has arrived at their destination.
          • Indira does not explain.
  • In the middle of the Rajni Yami’s chambers is the device that is connected to several small bowls of water.
    • Everyone who is traveling to Nakara is instructed to place their fingers in the bowls at the same time.
    • The device activates and the party is pulled into Nakara.
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Session 67
Outline recap
  • The party arrives at the gates of Baikuntha.
    • They decide not to announce the Effulgent One’s presence.
    • Instead they tell the guards at the gates that they are escorting Lyr back to Mukashram.
      • Mukashram is Lyr’s childhood home. A all-female place of worship. It is forbidden for any man to enter the giant red doors. Inside is a tranquil and silent paradise. Young girls with promise, typically poor or runaways, are reared here to become devout worshipers of Pelor and healers who minister to the poor and defend the weak.
    • They are admitted to the city without any issue.
  • Mukashram is located in the center of the city next to the temple devoted the midday sun.
    • Lyr and Sartaj explain that the city has three main temples to Pelor.
      • The western temple stands at the gates of the city.
      • The Eastern temple is connected to the Royal Palace and along the great river.
      • The Midday temple houses the Order of the Golden Sun.
    • All three temples are built around a towering spire with a sundial blade atop. The surrounding plaza below is marked with the holy hours of the day, and is always packed with ascetics following the shadows in the ritual of Atmaparikshan.
  • Lyr takes the group on the most direct route.
    • The route goes right through Sura Chagrib, which are the slums of Baikuntha.
      • The entire group stands out and begins to draw a crowd.
      • Lyr uses a spell to keep the crowd calm and the party is able to pass through without incident.
  • After working their way through the crowds gathered around the midday temple, the party arrives at Mukashram.
    • While they are not allowed in the inner temple, there are some outer areas that the party is permitted to stay in.
    • Lyr’s adoptive mother, Eka, is summoned.
      • Eka has taken a vow of silence so her and Lyr converse without sound.
        • Eka agrees to help keep the Effulgent one’s presence quiet until it is determined that she will be safe in the city.
  • Sartaj leaves to find his order.
    • He promises to meet up with the party in a few hours.
  • Hasan heads off to the library to see if he can find any information about times in the past that Sankta Kunveno has been called, and anything regarding the events 100 years ago at the temple where they found the effigy.
    • He gets distracted and winds up reading about an order of the Peloric faith called the Shadow Strikers.
  • Everyone else goes off to do their own things.
  • They meet up again around dinner time.
    • Except for Sartaj who has not returned.
  • The party will spend the night in the guest quarters of Mukashram.
  • That night Sehera wakes up to find a young man standing in her room.
    • He silently gestures for her to follow him.
      • As they are walking Sehera asks him his name.
      • He opens his mouth, to reveal that he has no tongue.
    • They reach the entrance to the gardens.
  • A Mukshahatut tree has sprouted in the middle of the entrance.
    • The young man gestures to the top of it, and makes a motion like he is carefully cupping something in his hands.
    • Sehera climbs the tree.
    • At the top are whispersilk worms.
    • She carefully takes one in her hand and brings it back down to the young man.
    • He takes it from her and begins spinning silk in his hands.
    • In less than a minute he has spun the silk into a large length of whispersilk fabric.
      • He hands it to Sehera.
      • When she takes it from him, the fabric begins to rapidly age and fall apart until she is only holding a small piece.
      • While Sehera’s attention is focused on the fabric, the young man and the tree disappear.
  • Sehera wakes up the others and explains what happened.
    • She still has the scrap of fabric and shows it to the others.
      • They guess that the fabric is about 100 years old.
  • Lyr wakes up Eka.
    • She asks Eka if she is aware of any significant events taking place in Mukashram 100 years ago, or any strange happenings.
      • Eka is not aware of anything.
  • There is no trace of the tree or the young man, so the party agrees to investigate further in the morning.

The next morning.

  • Feng heads to the library to do some research.
  • Still no word from Sartaj.
  • The others head to the temple of the Midday Sun to see if they can find any trace of Sartaj.
    • Hasan and Lyr are awed by the size and grandeur of the temple.
    • Sehera becomes bored and wanders off a little bit.
    • She comes across an out of the way doorway that is guarded.
      • When the guards ask her what she is looking for, she tells them that they were concerned that Sartaj had not returned, and were looking for him.
      • They are told to wait while one of the guards goes through the door.
        • When he returns the group is told that a member of The Silver Sun will meet with them in the evening at Mukashram.
  • Lyr returns to Mukashram to spend time with Eka.
  • Hasan, Indira, and Sehera go sightseeing.
    • They visit the Garnet Plaza.
      • A public park with a massive 3-walled redstone structure used in coronation ceremonies. It also features a solar calendar along the interior wall.
    • They also visit the beach and watch Ladan races.
  • Feng returns from the library.
    • He had some success with his research.
      • He was not able to find out why Sankta Kunveno was called 100 years ago.
      • Buried in the history books he did find one significant event from 100 years ago that involved The Silver Sun.
        • 100 years ago the Rajat Neta (Lord Commander) of the Silver Sun was a man named Chandra Pavitra Prakash. He raised an army of 100 members in the Silver Sun and led them in to battle with a powerful Rakshasa. Chandra was the only one to perish in the fight.
          • Chandra also belonged to the family that owns the Shining Wind Manufacturing Company, which is the largest exporter of whispersilk in Baikuntha.
      • He also found a clue to where the Silver Sun is keeping Sartaj (if they are the ones that took him).
        • There is a fourth temple representing Pelor’s journey at night, is called Adhirata. It is an inverted tower underground, and it’s existence is not commonly known. This is the stronghold of the Order of the Silver Sun.
  • Purnima Shree the representative from the Silver Sun arrives.
    • She informs the group that the Silver Sun is holding Sartaj for questioning because this Kaf’s Sartaj perished.
      • They have brought him up on charges of violating samsara.
      • The party vouches for Sartaj and does their best to explain the situation.
        • Purnima agrees to pass on what she has learned to her superiors, as it seems to line up with what they have gotten from Sartaj.
    • Hasan and Purnima spend some time talking around the fact that the party has been escorting the Effulgent One.
      • Eventually Hasan gets to the point that the party is worried that something bad will happen when she goes to the meeting.
      • Purnima agrees to arrange for the Silver Sun to escort her and stand guard.
        • The escort will come to Mukashram in the morning.
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Session 66
Outline Recap
  • The battle continues.
  • Sehera has all of her wisdom drained and falls unconscious.
  • Hasan dispatches the last of the small mind shredders with a spectacular flourish.
  • Sartaj, Indira, and Feng quickly finish off the rest.
  • More noises are heard coming from the tunnel but Feng uses his staff of move earth to collapse it.
    **Nothing else appears.
  • The battle with the megapede is still going on.
  • Noda Oza moves towards Kalem and his group.
    • When she reaches the halfway point between the two groups she cups her hands in front of her face, blows into them (like blowing out a candle), and then throws her hands out in an arc in front of her.
    • Everything in front of her falls unconscious including a fleeing Loxo.
    • Noda Oza falls unconscious too.
  • Lyr heals the Loxo and revives Sehera.
    • The Loxo resume bringing the egg back to the camp.
  • The party tries to wake Noda Oza but can not.
    • They are unable to wake any one else.
  • Feng stuffs fire seeds down the knocked out megapede’s throat.
    • He cuts his arm in the process but it is quickly healed up.
    • When Feng triggers the fire seeds, they cause the megapede’s head to implode.
  • The party then goes about moving all those that are unconscious out of the sun, and healing those that are in need of it.
  • After an hour or so passes everyone wakes up at the exact same time.
  • Kalem is very excited that the egg survived and he can not wait to return home to study it.
    • To thank the party he gives them:
      • Choker Of Life Protection – not sure who got this
      • Bramvir’s Insight – Chain Shirt +2, grants the wearer the Combat Insight (CA) Feat for free. – Hasan takes this and gives Sehera his old chain shirt.
      • A very nice (expensive) carpet.
        • Much to Lyr’s disappointment it does not fly.
  • The leader of the Loxo gives Lyr the Chime of Opening to thank her for helping them.
  • As night begins to fall Kalem shoots off some type of flare.
    • This is to alert someone that they have completed their task and need to be picked up.
      • Turns out that the person who will pick up Kalem and his group in the morning is Asha Druj.
        • The party decides to leave before dawn.
  • As it gets darker the Egg of Garuda begins to glow/radiate light as if the sun is still shining on it.
  • The egg is warm to the touch and warms those that touch it.
    • When Feng touches the egg, there is a discharge of energy and a single white feather grows on the hand that touched it.
      • Due to his “molting” , the last of Feng’s feathers had fallen out a few days before.
    • The energy discharge does not happen to anyone else who touches it.
    • The egg continues to emit a soft glow for most of the night (it is no longer glowing by dawn).
  • The party leaves at dawn and continues traveling towards Baikuntha.

A few days later.

  • Near sundown the party comes across a roadside temple to Pelor.
    • There are several pilgrims at the temple.
    • Most of them are very poor.
    • A few of them are standing in the shadow cast by the spire of the temple.
      • Lyr explains that they are preforming Atmaparikshan. Which is a pious act to purify the spirit. Practiced by Peloric ascetics, it involves spending one or more entire days in the shadow of the spire of a temple to Pelor.
        • According to Noda Oza this practice is unique to Amaranthia.
  • Lyr introduces herself, Sartaj, and Noda Oza to the high priest.
    • The priest is a little bit stunned to find himself face to face with the Effulgent One.
  • Almost unconsciously many of the pilgrims begin flocking to Noda Oza.
    • Even a few small animals show up.
  • The party decides to spend the night at the temple.
  • In the middle of the night something wakes up Lyr.
    • There is a boy who looks to be about 7 years old staring at her.
    • She asks him what is going on and if anyone needs her.
    • He does not say anything but gestures for her to follow him.
    • Lyr follows the boy to the entrance of the temple.
    • He points out the door to a tall tree.
      • The tree was not there when the party entered the temple.
    • Lyr goes to wake the others, as she does she realizes that the boy has disappeared.
  • The party investigates the strange tree.
    • Indira identifies it as a Mukshahatut tree.
      • They are tall plants used in the production of whispersilk. It is said that insects and birds are known not to chirp near such trees, and they have a reputation for growing near haunted places.
    • Sehera climbs the tree.
      • Int he top of the tree there are a whispersilkworms.
      • She spots a figure in the distance.
        • It does not seem to be moving and is in a perfect line with the tree.
    • Sehera climbs down and informs everyone of what she saw.
    • Everyone heads towards the figure.
    • It is not a person but an effigy made out of wood and dried plants.
      • It appears to be very old and there is something that catches the light inside of it.
    • The woven inside the effigy a very tarnished medallion that looks like the ones worn by the Order of the Silver Sun.
    • Sartaj is still asleep so Sehera runs back to the temple and wakes him.
      • Once he arrives, he confirms that the medallion belongs to a member of the Silver Sun.
    • Everyone returns to the temple and they wake up the head priest.
      • They fill him in on what has happened.
      • He is as surprised as everyone else about the tree.
      • He informs the party that the effigy serves as the temple’s guardian.
        • 100 years ago a member of the Silver Sun died at the temple. He was buried and the effigy was placed over his grave to watch over the temple.
    • Sartaj and Sehera replace the medallion and repair the effigy.
    • At some point in the night the tree vanishes.
  • There are no more strange occurrences that night.
  • In the morning the party continues their journey.
  • After another day’s travel they reach the outskirts of Baikuntha.
    • The city is surrounded by farmland.
      • Slavery is still legal in Itwaar and there are many slaves working the fields.
    • There is also a very large military presence.
      • Itwaar prides itself on its military. While the soldiers are trained and can fight their current role borders on ceremonial.
    • The city is built on a hill and completely surrounded by a wall.
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Session 65
Outline Recap
  • To give the Loxo more time to get away and to allow the others to get into position, Feng puts up a wall of fire around the entrance to the tunnel.
  • Indira climbs to the top of a tree for a better angle.
  • Sehera & Hasan move towards the tunnel opening on opposite sides.
  • Lyr, Sartaj, and Noza Oda cast spells to aid the party.
    • Most of which Hasan and Sehera are too far away to be affected by.
  • Some of the mind shredders start coming around the wall.
  • Then the wall is dispelled revealing a swarm of them.
    • There appear to be two types.
      • The larger ones are the physical fighters.
      • The smaller ones seem to be more magic oriented.
  • The larger mind shredders are capable of leaping great distances and quickly close the gap.
  • The small mind shredders are able to cause panic and cause some of the Loxo to flee and one of them to start fighting the Loxo next to him.
  • Feng grows to giant size and being hurling fireballs at the mind shredders.
  • Sartaj and Sehera are struck by the large mind shredders, and discover that while they do not do large amounts of physical damage, they can cause wisdom drain.
  • From her vantage point in the tree, Indira is the least troubled by the giant insects and takes several down with her arrows.
  • In the background the battle with the megapede can be heard.
  • The party does their best to keep the mind shredders busy as the remaining Loxo try to move the egg.
  • Sartaj is swarmed but manages to hold his own.
  • Lyr helps to keep the Loxo that are fighting each other from killing each other.
  • Sehera is affected by the smaller mind shredders’ confusion ability.
    • She does not attack the others but does not aid in their fight.
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Session 64
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The next day

  • Plans are made for the party’s departure.
  • The party will escort Noda Oza to Baikuntha (capital city of Itwaar and location of Lyr’s Mukashram) for the Sankta Kunveno (a holy gathering of the Peloric faith).
    • Sartaj will accompany them, because he would like to return to his order.
      • Indira is not thrilled with this but does not argue against it.
        • She has not filled the others in as to why she is unhappy with him.
  • Dendera decides to remain in Akkarid with Yasharan.
    • Hasan devises/purchases something that will allow them to communicate with each other.
  • To get a head start on their travels the party will use Al-Mhuqtebel to go to the portal they created when sneaking into Keergai’im’s encampment.
    • While the others are making preparations, Indira and Sehera scout out the site to make sure that it has been abandoned.
      • The only thing there is a family of desert cats.
      • They spend some time with the cats before they return and give the all clear.
  • Lazar is not exactly pleased with the thought of the party leading a bunch of camels through his living room.
    • But he still allows it as long as the party gives him a little time to clear a path.
      • With Indira’s help, Sehera picks up some good wine for him as a thank you.
  • The after a little coaxing the camels are led through Al-Mhuqtebel without incident.
  • The party journeys through the desert for a few days without incident.
  • One day at dusk they hear sounds in the distance and see smoke.
    • It sounds like fighting and animals.
      • Judging by the noises it is assumed that it might be a group of Gnolls raiding a caravan.
        • Since Gnolls are known slavers most of the party wants to track them and try to help.
          They track them for about two hours but the trail begins to grow cold.
          There are noises in the distance but it is hard to tell their direction and who is making them.
    • Sehera realizes that there are a large group of people talking about a mile away.
  • Sartaj and Sehera go to investigate.
    • They manage to sneak right up to the camp without being noticed.
      • These are not the gnolls.
      • Judging from the conversation the of people in the camp there is a lot of them and they seem to be working on something but Sartaj and Sehera can’t figure out what it is.
  • Sartaj and Sehera report back to the others.
  • Everyone agrees to wait until dawn and then investigate.
  • The next morning the party heads over to the camp.
  • When they get within sight of it a group of people come out to meet them.
    • In the group are 3 Venatrix, a large man wearing mercenary company tattoos, a blue skinned man wearing a demon skull mask, and a man who is obviously not from Amaranthia.
  • They do not attack but want to know what the party’s business is.
  • Hasan explains that the party had been tracking some gnolls, saw the encampment and wanted to alert them that there might be a raiding party about. Also they wanted to find out if they had seen anything.
  • The foreign man lets them know that the camp has not seen anything nor have they has any issues with gnolls.
    • He introduces himself as Kalem Ganaka.
    • He is a bit erratic in his speech and obviously excited about something.
      Hasan asks what he is doing out in the middle nowhere.
    • Kalem says he can not tell, but it is pretty cool.
      • Less than a second later he decides to tell.
  • Kalem has been obsessed with finding evidence of ancient gods on Soliera. He is trying to prove that the Agkishadiya existed.
    • A mythical race thought to be a common ancestor of both Phoenix and Phoelarch races. Their deity was said to be called Garuda.
      • According to legend Garuda was killed but like Phoelarchs turned into an egg upon his death.
      • Kalem thinks he might have found the egg of Garuda.
  • Kalem leads the party to where his team has been digging.
    • Workers are in the process of bringing the egg to the surface.
  • Kalem lets the party know that he found the egg underground and a hive of Animo Delvitis (giant insects also know as Mind Shredders) had been using the egg as some kind of energy/food source.
    • To get the egg they killed the hive.
  • A group of Loxo bring the egg to the surface on a giant palanquin.
  • Noises are heard coming from the tunnel they emerged from a few minutes before.
    • Looks like they didn’t get all off the mind shredders, who are apparently known to create outpost cells (what they destroyed). The main hive seems intact!
  • Before anything can be done, there is a great rumbling and a Megapede bursts out of the ground and beings attacking the camp.
  • Kalem asks the party if they can deal with the mind shredders and keep the Loxo safe while his group takes care of the Megapede.
    • The party agrees.
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Session 63
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The next morning.

  • Hasan, Dendera, Sisi, Claudia, and Lillian wake up relatively early and go to Claudia’s house.
  • Lyr is so exhausted she almost sleeps through the sunrise.
    • She stumbles up to the roof for morning prayer but falls asleep halfway through her prayers.
  • Feng wanders down to the kitchen and instead of encountering Abu, finds Sifu Ling Huo waiting for him.
    • Ling Huo gives Feng four boxes.
      • Three are filled with tea, the fourth is filled with salt.
    • He informs Feng that by drinking the contents of the boxes he will gain insight into the next steps of his journey.
      • He suggests the entire party should partake.
      • Also don’t mix all the teas together and then drink them. Each one must be consumed separately.
    • He then tells Feng that while he can not help the party directly for the next leg of their journey he will be helping them indirectly by helping Asha Druj.
      Indira and Sehera wake up.
    • They find Lyr on the roof and since everyone else has gone off, they decide to go to the baths.

That evening.

  • Everyone returns to find Feng waiting for them with the table set for tea.
    • Dendera remained at Claudia’s with Yasharan and Heksora.
  • Feng explains the tea and the group agrees to share it with him.
  • They brew the black tea first.
  • After drinking the tea everyone beings to have a shared vision.
    • Great blood red doors open to reveal inky darkness. A hundred bodies lie motionless wrapped in white, with a lamp burning by their heads. Ashes fall into a cold stream from charred trees. The lamp lights all blow out. There is a long dark tunnel, and at the end, blinding light, a man all in gleaming silver armor with the mask of a fanged demon stands before you, gleaming by the light of the full moon. His eyes are Rubies that burn like fire. He looks upward, and 6 suns burn in the sky, and shine their light east.
      • Lyr recognizes the doors as the gates of her monastery and the wrappings and lamps are part of Peloric funeral customs.
*** Lyr also guesses that the 6 suns represent the 6 holy leaders that were called to conclave in Itwaar.
  • Red Tea:
    • Three spiders stare in darkness amongst gilded men in halls of stone. Eyes like coal open in the darkness, shining scales wreathing forms about them. The sun bursts from above and stars wheel in the sky. The fallen rise and the strong are broken. Three armies gather in the plains and three serpents spit and strike. A warrior’s dance is joined by identical warriors. A white wind blows and the way is opened.
      • The gilded men might be Daricassans, and the halls of stone their city.
      • The white wind could be the white tiger on the compass.
  • Green Tea:
    • Grey fog is burned away. Lifted from Sefet by black winged shadows. Caught by four winds from four directions. Blown east by the winds to a temple atop a tower rising from the ocean to the clouds. Six suns shine in the sky.
      • The four winds might represent the four spirits contained in the Tenrashinban.
      • It appeared that the only way to reach the temple was by flying.
  • Salt:
    • Pain and anger. Grey and cold. Thirst and weakness. Hunger and fear. Iron dust and starlight. Darkness and Death. The dead do not rise and the living soon follow. Life flees from your grasp and only sorrow takes your hand. A black wind blows and the way is opened.
      • The grey land is probably Melabet.
      • The black wind could be the black tortoise on the compass.
  • By the time the contents of all of the boxes have been drunk it is late in evening.
  • Abu appears and serves dinner.
  • The party decides to visit Lyr’s home first, the Daricassan city second, Melabet third, and the temple in the sky last.
    • They can journey to Itwaar as an escort for the Effulgent One.
  • Lazar and Maqsood return in time for dinner.
    • The party tells Lazar about their visions and he offers to show them his home city, when they are done in Itwaar.
  • The party spends the rest of the evening making plans.
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Session 62
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Akkarid – warehouse by the docks

  • Kage Okosa emerges from the shadows by Alophin.
  • Lillian is being guarded by Miyuki No-Shi .
    • Lillian looks like she has been crying.
  • There are shadows that appear to be moving.
  • Sisi demands to know what is going on.
    • Alophin coldly tells her she should have left well enough alone, and tells Kage Okosa that they should conclude their business elsewhere.
  • Kage Okosa reaches for Alophin as he begins to sink into the shadows.
    • Before they vanish Indira shoots the Philosopher’s skull out of Alophin’s hands and sends it flying across the room.
      • Alophin is unharmed, but still disappears with Kage Okosa.
    • Sehera and Miyuki both run for the skull.
      • They reach it at the same time but Miyuki throws powder in Sehera’s face, grabs the skull, and starts to run off.
  • The shadows begin to take form and start rushing towards the group.
    • Chaim runs over to Lillian and forms a protective barrier around her.
    • Claudia and Sisi are surrounded and begin fighting.
  • Sehera recovers and chases after Miyuki.
    • The party follows Sehera.
      • Dendera stays to help Sisi and Claudia.
  • In a burst of smoke and embers Feng grows to giant size.
    • As he passes by the window she is perched in, Indira grabs Feng’s robes and slides to the ground.
  • Miyuki is unable to shake Sehera.
    • After several twists and turns Miyuki leads them to Kage Okosa and Alophin.
      Kage Okosa draws his sword.
    • Alophin takes the Philosopher’s skull from Miyuki and withdraws to watch the confrontation.
  • Kage Okosa casts a spell that leaves Sehera’s feet rooted in place.
    Miyuki throws a ice storm bomb at the the rest of the party from her vantage point on a roof.
  • Kage Okosa summons a nightwing.
    • It blends in with the night sky and has a paralyzing attack.
  • Indira climbs up on a roof for a better vantage point and focuses on the nightwing and Miyuki.
  • Feng primarily focuses on using his magic against the nightwing.
  • Sehera prepares to defend against Kage Okosa, but he does something to make her drop her guard with a scream of pure terror.
  • Hasan attacks Kage Okosa before he can strike Sehera again.
    • Hasan draws him away from her and they face off.
  • Indira, drops down from the roof to try avoid another one of Miyuki’s ice storm bombs.
    • Unfortunately she is knocked unconscious by Miyuki’s next attack.
  • Kage Okosa uses his fear/terror ability to make Hasan drop his guard.
    • He stikes Hasan down.
  • Lyr brings Hasan back to life, again.
  • Sehera finally frees herself and is no longer rooted in place.
  • The nightwing paralyzes Hasan, Lyr, and Sehera.
    • Feng kills it.
  • Kage Okosa calls out Feng, tells him he will now know the price of interfering, and moves to strike down the paralyzed Sehera.
    • Before he can land the blow something stops him and holds him in place.
    • It is Alophin.
  • Alophin tells Kage Okosa that he will not permit him to attack the others while they are helpless.
  • Kage Okosa is not pleased with being ordered around by Alophin and disappears into the shadows.
  • Miyuki runs off.
  • Alophin informs the party that while he appreciates their concern, they should not attempt to follow him or interfere.
    • He begins to walk away.
      Sehera follows him.
    • She puts away her weapons and tells him she has no intention of stopping him.
    • Sehera asks him where he is going to go.
      • Alophin says he does not know but he is leaving, because his mother “needs to be taught a harsh lesson”.
        • She lets him know that she does not agree with his mother’s plan to change his nature.
          • He asks her to tell Lillian that he is sorry for frightening her.
    • She asks him what he plans to do with the skull.
      ***Reveals that he had intended to have it destroyed but is reconsidering.
      • Sehera tells him to be careful about whose hands it winds up in and walks back to join the others.
  • The party returns to the warehouse to find the shadow ninjas have been dealt with by Sisi, Claudia, Dendera, and Chaim.
    • Sisi is visibly upset when she finds out that Alophin is not coming back.
      • She also may have come to the realization that her actions towards him are what made him leave.
        • She does not say much.
  • Since it is very late/early the party uses Al-Mhuqtebel to return to Hasan’s uncle’s place.
    • Claudia, Lillian, and Sisi will rest in the guest rooms of the house.
      • Lyr sends a message to Barlan letting him know everything is okay.
    • Hasan & Dendera take Hasan’s room.
      • Before they fall asleep Dendera thanks Hasan for choosing her over his father.
    • Sehera, Indira, and Lyr go to Al-Mhuqtebel to sleep.
      • Lyr somehow manages to occupy an entire king size bed (like a cat), and becomes impossible to move.
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Hazred

  • Hasan lets Hatim know that he will have to consider his terms.
    • Hatim dismisses him.
  • Hasan rejoins the group and lets them know how his discussion with Hatim went.
    • Dendera immediately wants to know what Hasan has decided.
      • He lets her know he has not come to a decision yet.
  • Bashalid appears out of nowhere to lead everyone to their rooms to freshen up for dinner.
    • Dendra and Yasharan are lead to a room separate from Hasan.
    • Hasan and Feng each have their own rooms.
    • Indira, Lyr, and Sehera share a room.
      • It only has one very large bed.
        • Lyr discovers the joy of jumping on beds.
    • There are “servants” in each room who do not leave.
      • Apparently when they are working they are not to be addressed by their names.
      • After much convincing Indira and Sehera get the girls in their room to tell them their names.
  • At dinner it is decided that the party will return to Akkarid to discuss Hatim’s terms with Claudia and Barlan.
    • Also to discuss options away from prying ears.
  • As they are leaving Yasharan looks for Speedy but no one is able to locate him.
    • Hasan gets the impression that something unpleasant may have happened to Speedy.
    • Yasharan starts demanding that they find Speedy.
      • Sehera distracts him by declaring that she is faster than the mule, and giving him a piggy back ride to prove it.
  • Once the party is out of the city, they open the portal to Al-Mhuqtebel.

Akkarid

  • The party returns to Claudia’s house and Hasan gives her his father’s terms.
    • She is not pleased.
      • Sisi seems even less pleased than Claudia.
  • Hasan makes it clear that he does not agree with them either and will not dissolve his current marriage, but he is unsure of what to do as any further defiance on his part will get him disowned.
    • Hasan has to try and explain the concept of marriage contracts and being disowned to Lyr and Sehera.
      • They still don’t really understand.
  • Feng wants to pull a heist in the worst/best way.
  • The rest of the party informs Hasan that they have his back whatever course of action he decides to take, but the choice is his.
    • In the end he chooses to take the blood by force.
      • Feng is pleased.
  • Plans are made.
    • Claudia and Sisi will go back to Hazred and gain access to the palace under the guise of Claudia coming to negotiate with Hatim.
    • Barlan creates a knock out gas grenade for Indira to use (since she can choose not to breathe).
    • Hasan borrows three horses from his uncle.
      • He leaves his uncle a note saying “If Hatim ever asks, I stole the horses”.
  • Everyone and the horses go in to Al-Mhuqtebel, and the portal to Hazred is opened.
    • Only Hasan, Claudia, and Sisi emerge in Hazred.
      • Everyone else will wait until they are needed.
  • They ride to the palace and informed by Bashalid that Hatim is currently at the temple making offerings to commemorate the birth of his son.
    • Bashalid offers to take Claudia’s terms to Hatim but Claudia insists on dealing with him personally.
  • Hasan, Claudia, and Sisi are led to guest rooms.
  • After some waiting they meet up in a prearranged location.
    • Hasan uses one of Barlan’s potions, which functions like a find person spell, to determine where Hatim is in the palace.
      • He is in his room.
  • Hasan leads Sisi and Claudia to a hallway where there is a secret passage that will get them past the guards.
    • Unfortunately someone has redone the plaster and he can’t find it.
  • Everyone heads out the garden to come up with a backup plan.
    • Less suspicious than wandering the hallways late at night.
    • After some pondering they decide to get Feng to see if he has a suggestion or spell that they can use.
  • The portal is opened and Feng is brought through.
  • Feng can’t teleport unless he knows where he is going.
    • However he does have a spell that will allow him to separate his sprit from his body and move about like a ghost.
  • Hasan gives Feng instructions on how to find Hatim’s room.
  • Feng casts the spell, finds Hatim’s room and gets a good look around.
    • Returns to his body.
  • Feng teleports Claudia, Sisi, and Hasan into Hatim’s room.
  • Hasan immediately opens the portal to Al-Mhuqtebel where Indira is waiting to throw the knockout gas grenade.
    • She nails Hatim but he manages to make enough noise to alert someone before he passes out.
    • Hasan, Sisi, and Claudia dive in to the portal to avoid the gas.
    • Indira is unaffected by the gas and bars the door.
  • Once the gas clears a little bit Hasan and Sehera run out and help Indira hold the door.
  • Feng gets a vial of Hatim’s blood.
    • Also makes sure to leave Hatim in an undignified position.
  • Everyone runs back to the portal.
  • As Hasan closes the portal he sees Bashalid’s grinning face emerging from the wall in Hatim’s room.

Akkarid

  • Everyone returns to Claudia’s house.
  • Barlan uses the blood to create the Lumen De Lacu.
    • Everyone is tired and while they are waiting a few of them doze off.
  • The Lumen De Lacu is used on Chaim.
    • It works and he wakes up.
  • According to Chiam; Alophin and Lillian were leaving, and he was about to ask them where they were going when he was frozen.
    • He doesn’t remember Asha Druj or anyone else being there.
  • Chiam is still able to sense Lillian.
    • She is near the waterfront.
  • Time to go.
  • Lyr suggests they stop by the temple of Pelor.
    • She wants to call in a favor and see if the priests can do something help the party fight off exhaustion.
  • Everyone piles into carriages except for Chiam and Lyr.
    • Lyr rides on Chiam’s shoulders.
    • Chiam walks much slower than the carriages.
    • Claudia gets impatient and asks him if he could try running.
      • Chiam had not considered that option before.
      • Once he gets up to speed he is pretty fast.
  • A quick stop is made at the temple of Pelor.
    • The priests are able to give the party a boost.
    • Then it is back off to the docks.
  • Chiam stops a block away from where he senses Lillian, to avoid being heard.
    **He points out the building that she is in.
    • It is a large dry dock used for building ships.
  • Indira sneaks up for a closer look but can not see too much so she sends Zia in.
    • Zia confirms that the children are there.
    • Along with a “pale one” and a dark shadow.
  • Since Chiam makes too much noise to sneak anywhere the plan is to have him run through the door to building.
    • Indira levitates up to a second floor window to get a better view to shoot things.
    • Everyone else gets ready to run through the door after Chiam.
  • Chiam breaks down the door and the party runs into the building.
  • Alophin is there holding the Nameless Philosopher’s skull.
    • It looks like he was talking to someone when the door was broken down.
    • That person turns out not to be Asha Druj but Kage Okosa.
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Deck of the Sidero Lykos

  • The party is about to go through the portal to Al-Mhuqtebel.
  • Sehera stops them before they can close the portal behind them.
    • She points out that there is a good chance that Umaran would have known what Nessisus was and the prophecy regarding him.
      • The first place the party encountered the mural depicting the prophecy was in Zarjasz al-Ulaq. Which was the same place that Umaran studied under the Nameless Philosopher.
    • If kept any type journal or notebook, he might make mention of Nessisus and maybe provide some insight.
    • We shouldn’t go without at least checking.
  • Sehera, Feng, and Lyr stay and ask Chalazias for his permission to go through Umaran’s stuff.
    • He agrees as he would rather not have Umaran’s notes or spell book on board to potentially cause further trouble.
  • Umaran’s room is opened and checked for traps.
    • Once the coast is clear Feng, Lyr, and Sehera search it.
    • It is full neatly labeled shelves of components for alchemical solutions.
      • The rest of it is a filthy mess.
    • Feng points out to Chalazias items that may be worth selling.
      • Feng also pockets a few potions/solutions and some nice magical bracers when no one is looking.
    • Umaran’s spellbook/notebook is found.
      • It is locked and most likely warded.
  • Sehera thanks Chalazias for his time and patience with them and wishes him luck.
  • Feng, Lyr, and Sehera depart with the book.

Al-Mhuqtebel and Hasan’s uncle’s house

  • Hasan, Dendera, Indira, and Noza Oda return to Hasan’s uncle’s house in Akkarid via Al-Mhuqtebel.
    • Al-Mhuqtebel is empty.
    • No one is at Hasan’s uncle’s except for Abu.
      • Hasan’s uncle and his wife are in Sefet on business.
      • Abu indicates something has happened and Maqsood and Lazar have gone to Claudia Lestoue’s estate.
        • He doesn’t give many details.
    • Hasan, Indira, and Dendera will go as soon as the others return from the Sidero Lykos.
    • A carriage is summoned for Noza Oda, and she returns to the temple of Pelor.
    • Hasan, Indira, and Dendera enjoy some refreshments while they are waiting.
      • Hasan makes the mistake of asking Abu if there is any Baklava.
        • Apparently Abu hates making Baklava.
  • Feng, Lyr, and Sehera return.
  • The party goes to the Lestoue estate.

Claudia Lestoue’s House

  • When the party enters the house things seem to be very tense and Chaim is frozen in place.
    • The glyph on its chest emanates a pale greyish light instead of the normal golden light.
    • Sisi is sitting in there with an intense look and repeatedly stabbing a bundle of clothing with her knife.
    • Barlan and Muhadarac Hasidar are pouring over a pile of books and scrolls.
  • Claudia informs the party that Lillian and Alophin have been kidnapped by Asha Druj.
    • It happened a few days ago.
    • They woke up to find Chiam frozen, the children gone, and a note written in Asha’s hand.
      • The note warns Claudia not to interfere in any way.
    • No one in the house heard or saw anything.
  • They have been searching non-stop to find any trace of the children.
    • Lazar and Maqsood are off following leads.
  • They are also looking for a way to unfreeze Chaim because he is somehow able to detect Lillian’s presence.
    • They think he may have been frozen by a psionic effect of some sort.
    • The light emanating from his chest may be infernal in origin.
  • The party briefly fills Claudia and company in on what happened with Chalazias.
  • They offer Umaran’s book to Barlan, with the hopes that something useful may be in there.
    • Barlan studies the lock for a moment and then goes off in search of supplies.
      • He returns a few minutes later, wearing heavy gloves, goggles, and holding something very hot with a pair of tongs.
      • Tells everyone to stand back.
      • Then drops a small fire salamander on the book and it crawls into the lock.
      • He pours something into the lock and the salamander turns to crystal.
      • Barlan then uses the crystalized salamander as a key to open the book.
  • Barlan then takes a haste potion and begins to read at a furious pace.
    • He finds a formula for Lumen De Lacu.
      • It is said to be a burning substance who’s light will neutralize any psionic effect.
    • There is a catch. One of the ingredients is the blood or seed of one who has 3 by 7 acknowledged heirs.
  • Hasan’s father has at least 21 sons.
    • But getting his permission to use his blood won’t be easy.
      • Its time for Dendera to meet the family and for them to see how Hasan has changed.
  • Hazred is several days journey away but if he knows what the place looks like Feng might be able to teleport there.
    • While the rest of the party takes a little time to clean up, Sehera goes back to Hasan’s uncle’s house to fetch a painting of Hazred for Feng to study.
    • Feng studies the painting while Hasan describes the city to him in as much detail as possible.
  • Feng casts teleport and brings Hasan, Dendera, and Yasharan, with him.
    • He is successful and they all arrive in the right spot.
    • Hasan opens a portal to Al-Mhuqtebel where the rest of the party is waiting.

Hazred

  • Hasan procures a horse for Dendera and himself, and a mule for Yasharan.
    • It would be improper for Hasan to arrive on foot.
      • Yasharan names his mule Speedy.
  • With everyone else following on foot, Hasan heads for the palace.
  • The guards allow them to enter and the party is led to a waiting room.
    • While walking through the palace they notice carvings that depict (and glorify) Hazred’s past involvement in the slave trade.
      • Indira is disgusted by them but too polite to say anything, but it is obvious they do not please her.
      • The sight of them makes Sehera very unsettled because a lot of the slaves are Zythu.
        After waiting for little bit they are greeted by Bashalid, the chief scribe.
    • Bashalid has a strage appearance and very overdramatic mannerisms.
      • He wears a fake metal beard, has quills on all of his fingertips, and his teeth seem to be capped in some kind of semi-precious stone.
        • the type of stone changes every time he appears.
          Hasan tells Bashalid that he has come to introduce his new family to his father and mother.
    • Bashalid informs Hasan that his mother is in labor at the moment.
  • Bashalid leads the party to a more comfortable waiting room where they are served light refreshments by “servants”.
  • After a little while everyone is taken to an audience chamber and introduced to Hatim by Bashalid.
    • Somehow Bashalid knows everyone’s full name and exactly where they are from without anyone telling him.
  • Hatim does not seem very pleased to see Hasan, and wishes to speak to him alone.
  • Once alone Hatim lets Hasan know:
    • He is most displeased with Hasan changing his appearance regardless of the reason.
    • He does not approve of Hasan’s marriage to Denedera.
      • He is angry that Hasan broke off his arrainged marriage to Ijilal bint Asliraf Ibn Sharif Al Najib.
        • A lot of political back bending had to be done to clean up the mess.
    • He will help by giving some of his blood if his terms are met.
      • Hasan must have his marriage to Dendera dissolved.
      • Claudia and Barlan must agree to marry Lillian to Hasan when she comes of age.
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Fight with Umaran, Ashaphael, and some dust wights.

  • Umaran takes a moment to gloat and demand the Cintamani.
  • Chalazias is not impressed, puts the Cintamani away and pulls out a double ended ghost blade sword.
    • Moves towards Umaran.
  • Umaran brings his axe down on Chalazias. Who takes the blow but fakes out Umaran and stabs him with a red glass dagger that shatters and heals Chalazias.
  • Pringle moves as far away from Ashaphael as possible and is visibly terrified of him.
  • Danfyre and O’Kalon are immediately turned into sandstone by the dust wights.
    • Nethken gets a few swipes in and then is turned to sandstone.
  • Lyr starts turning the dust wights.
  • Chalazias rally’s the crew, (impressive bonuses for all).
  • Hasan, Indira, & Dendera focus on Ashaphael.
    • his armor functions like a chain golem (not sentient)
    • Hasan gets in a really good shot.
      • Ashaphael is not pleased and goes after Hasan.
      • Hasan is grappled by several of Ashapael’s chains.
      • Dendera focuses on the dust wights to avoid shooting Hasan.
  • The direwolves attack the dust wights.
    • when one of them is turned to stone Pringle helps out.
  • Sehera bounces between Umaran & Ashaphael.
  • Syla and Chalazias bring down Umaran.
    • Syla keeps him stable but unconscious.
    • When he falls unconscious the fairy fire image on his chest starts to glow red.
  • Sehera and Chalazias fight Ashaphael.
    • they destroy his living chain armor.
  • Feng flies in on flaming wings followed by a few pirates.
    • When people all over the ship started turning into dust wights, Feng convinced the pirates that their captain was being threatened and needed help.
    • They begin attacking the remaining wights.
  • Ashaphael sizes up the odds and decides they are not in his favor.
    • Drops Hasan.
    • Calls out to Chalazias that he wants to strike a deal.
      • Instead of taking Pringle he will take Umaran since he is valuable as well.
    • Chalazias agrees to the deal only if Ashaphael never makes another attempt to take Pringle.
      • He agrees but warns that he is not the only one that wants the wolf.
  • Ashaphael skewers Umaran (in non vital places) and carries him off.
    • Umaran wakes up and starts screaming in protest.
    • They sink through the floor leaving a scorch mark.
  • The remaining wights are dispatched.

After the fight.

  • The petrified form of Nethken starts to crack.
  • From out of it emerges Anansi.
  • He taunts everyone then says he must collect his things and be off.
    • Turns into hundreds of tiny white spiders that scuttle off in all directions.
    • Leaves his symbol/mark on the ceiling.
  • Everyone runs to the room where the Effulgent one is being held.
    • the passage is full of cobwebs inhabited by tiny white spiders.
    • they crawl all over everyone.
    • Feng uses his fire breath to clear a path.
  • Noza Oda’s room is coved in so many spider webs that the interior of the room can not be seen.
    • the webs are cut through.
    • Noza Oda is in the middle of the room.
      • it looks as if she prevented herself from being covered by webs by casting something like a force bubble around herself.
      • she is visibly shaken
  • She informs them that Anansi was there and she was unable to stop him from leaving with Nessisus.
    • There is a similar mark on the ceiling.
  • Everyone returns to the audience chamber.
  • Chalazias asks for the Effulgent One’s guidance in using the Cintamani.
    • Lyr is unsure of this but Noza Oda reassures her that the favored soul that they create would only strengthen Samsara when it returns.
  • Noza Oda and Chalazias sit in the middle of the room and focus on the Cintamani.
    • Everyone else stays out of their way.
      • Still getting rid of the spiders that are on them.
      • Feng eats the spiders.
      • Sehera plays with Pringle.
    • After half an hour or more something beings to happen.
    • The Cintamani glowed brightly.
    • When the light receded an elven woman with long red hair was standing between them.
      • The woman does not say anything but seems to be observing everything.
      • She was bleeding from a wound above her heart.
      • The wound is healed by Noza Oda.
      • Syla gives the woman a cloak to wear.
      • Chalazias looks a little misty eyed.
  • Chalazias thanks the party for their assistance.
    • Invites them to rest and spend the night as his guests.
  • Hasan and Lyr are in a huge rush to leave, so they decline on behalf of everyone.
  • Syla is going to stay and help guide the favored soul.
    • According to her she failed at being a mother once, but she does not intend to fail again.
  • On the deck of the ship the portal to Al-Mhuqtebel is opened.
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