We make it to Lido. Kassin immediately goes to check on the bridge. Dread starts to oversee the caravan, and I have him teach Kya too.
Dread gets a bit overwhelmed by the people coming to the caravan, but steps up and makes it work.
A Dwarf is escorted out from the city with their colors, Brathumbar, leader of the Rock Cutter clan. he is the head of the town. He says that he sent a runner to our warehouse (one of two large warehouses in the town)He tells us that the bridge is passable and 90% done on both sides. That it can handle the caravan, mekilott and all. He invites us to dinner that night.
Aukan asks for a healer, and Brathumbar says he’ll point him to one.
Horeb comes out and identifies himself as the house contact here. he says they have been working on a method to keep the giants at bay with the Rock Cutters
I get to the bridge, it looks very stout and well engineered. It is nicely defended.
We go to dinner at Brathumbar’s. He asks about the other Dwarf.
Horeb speaks up and starts talking about the idea to stop the giants. They have a route in the sea that only comes up to their neck, the scouts found it and use it as a choke point to kill them.
The giants never had a problem with them getting wood or stone there, just the bridge.
We ask if the cities on both sides function as one, he says that the Stone Binder and the Earth Jumpers are on the south side, but they are unified.
We ask about the history of Lido, the story they old dwarves left behind were about THE Dragon being offended enough to come and kill all the inhabitants but leave the structures unscathed.
The biggest story from the island Lido, is that one of the great primal spirits lives there he hates anything leaving a mark. Another story is that THE Dragon lives there in the large pit and defends the area, but most people believe that THE Dragon actually went North, toward the Mekilott mountains. When his grandfather’s people went to try to explore and the giants attacked relentlessly. He doesn’t seem to believe in spirits.
We go back to the Inika warehouse, the Earth cleric tells us that the caravan master has something in him. We think that he might be soul jacked, he is an immortal now.
We go find Krool and ask him to tell us about the Immortals that were in the Drow’s body. He says ah, yes, Possession, that makes sense. he says the sould rider devil might be in him. He says if he is possessed there is very few people with the power to fix this. There are stories about a place called the Blue Throne down south in the dead lands, the throne in this place has miraculous properties. House Inika probably has connections to people that can heal him.
We tell Krool that the dwarves wanted to meet him, he says he doesn’t want to because they have settled, dwarves haven’t settled since Borris the Butcher was hunting them. Borris is the guy from Eeb, the mystical oasis in the middle of the silt sea. Ranis had mentioned Eeb before and it had a population of astronomical numbers and she’s been there.
We ask the Earth Healer about the great spirit on the island, he says he is sure there is one there, he thinks that it is sleeping. He suggests that maybe the Giants worship it, that might be why they attack. He thinks there might be a druid there too.
We hire the healer to move with the caravan master across the bridge and then we are going to hire another healer to get him to Balik so that we might be able to get him un-possessed.
when we get to the island something on the mountain is disturbed up high. Kya, Aric and Aukan check out the island for magics. Aric gets a terrible feeling about this place. Kya sees something on the mountain and tries to describe it.
We ask the healers about what might be the spirit on the mountain to figure out what it is, he says the pictures in the cave show a spiky creature that they call the Tarasque.
We get to the other side of the silt sea. We go to talk to the healer in southern lido and he is talking to an outsider dwarf talking to the healer about healing his feet from running and jumping. He goes to leave and seems to recognize Aric’s race
Aric follows him out to ask about the whole revenants, he says Banshees were the ones around here, but Balik has a lot of them. The dwarf says he isn’t part of a tribe any more, he left it to go study in a Nibony monastery, he is a monk.
Aric goes with Oobu back to the caravan to get him hooked up with some salt. the dwarf monk runs into Krool. they recognize each other and have a moment of psionic conversation. Krool then turns to Aric and tells him that he is leaving the caravan to go loo for the Blue Shrine. he turns to Aric and says “Its a shame Aric, you had a lot of potential.”
Aric ask Oobu about him, Oobu says they are from a related tribe and that Krool never tells a lie. Oobu says that Krool’s tribe died out 400 years ago. Oobu is over 100 years old, he went and found him because of the rumors about him. Oobu says that he doesn’t create the conflict, he just goes there. Oobu wants more peace and doesn’t agree with Krool on that front. he also tells us to be VERY aware of anything Krool warned us about
He suggested that the caravan was attacked by Bulette because of Nganga Aukan and his treatment of the spirits.
he also suggested there was a reason the Drow attacked our caravan, it was also happened to be the night after Aric had a vision from the Oba, they might have come because she is their Bane
Aric tracks Krool back down and asks why he moved on, he said that Oobu made it clear that they didn’t want Krool moving with us. He tells us that this group will know if he moves with us They are a very powerful group of Psions. Aric asks what potential he missed, he says it is a Glory, the kind not seen since the cleansing war.
We decide to not take the caravan master with us, we tell the Healer that he has a devil in him and to put him in a pit but comfy to be safe.
3 elves coming up on us one VERY big with a metal sword on his back. as he aproches he pulls a yellow cloak out, a sign that he is a templar of Uric.
Krool told us that the Uric priest was keeping it at bay, but only just barely.
Javid, Tmplar or Uric. he is glad to see we are still well. We ask if he is looking for Payden. he then says then something has gone wrong. He says he is tracking them and aplogizes for the people killed by it. Aukan asks about Hamanu is ok, they say his golden circlet of his that keeps the city safe has been stolen.
They bring him to Kassin. Javid tells us that Payden stole the circlet that controls things and used it to control the obsidian man… power in the hands of the ignorant. Hamanu made a weapon to kill the obsidian man.
Payden was known to be a honorable man, this is very out of the norm, just like Andiama and the Oba’s strange behaviour.
Hamanu told his people that only two Nightmare beasts were killed, again different from the Oba’s story. We tell Javid about the lapses in powerful people, and he even admits that their is some in his king too. He forgets weird things like names and events strangely.
They also admit that there is “something in the wastes” but it was as they got closer to Gulg.
He brings up that Hamanu told him to trust the two that saw the sorcerer king’s night departure. so he defiantly trusts us.
The Astrologers have seen a lot of omens. their is a concern with the prison of the warbringer. They think it might be because it’s warden isn’t guarding it well, the guardian is the THE Dragon. There have been stories of other sorcerer kings making mistakes.
They bring up the ID fiend as a lapse of the Oba.
Ander ghost appears and says “be careful now, the truth is soon revealed.”
They bring up Tektuk tik lei is doing more sacrifice. Kalik, pulled the people out of the mine to work on a ziggaurt. Kelfis has become neglectful.
Javid says the number 10 has been coming up, and there are psionic children have been showing up there too. Aric showed up 10 years ago. the mystics thought that if pregnant women were exposed to the fetishes it might make adept children.
We get to Balik and the new Lord Neripedes and someone from house Wavir come out to meet us. We greet them. He introduces Thessius, his son. He invites us to a meeting and a play at their house in three days.
Our lead agent briefs us, he says that Lord Neripedes is very amiable to a marraige to Thessius. they “interviewed” house Jesko people and hurt them quite a lot. They ended the interviews by giving us some important info, through Neripedes, so they should be there for the discussion.
We also realize that our 10 greys still haven’t caught up, we send Crom after them.
Hephestus from Wavir shows up and tells us that we really need to meet with Neripedes, and seriously listen to anything they say, but he can’t say more.
We finally meet with Neripedes. A memeber of house Wavir and house Jesko are all there. Someone comes in and activates runes in the room. Neripedes says, “Fair enough, we are protected”
Neripedes starts saying that he was in a bad place 6 months ago with all the murders, he needed to know what happened and why, and he found out.
Jesko had the ID fiend in their possesion for 10 years and was using it for the slave market. They went to Andrpanes, and he shot it down, and so they instead went to Gulg and talked to the Oba, she got them the ID fiend, set them up in the healer dugada, the plan went wrong and some how the ID fiend got loose. Aric speaks up saying that he thinks that the Levy might have been her reason for he going along with this, so she can get slaves for the Levy.
After the ID fiend got out is when people started acting strange and forgetting things and that is how the ID fiend got away. He brings up the veiled alliance and Zwuin, the combination of spirits that are preservers and led them to Gulg.
Jesko felt betrayed by the Oba and felt it was her that was manipulating their minds, they started working with the broken builders to get back at the Oba. they got this info from a broken builder they captures from Gulg, who is in the basement.
This might explains why the adept children started showing up 10 years ago.
Maybe the reason the Oba lost control of the ID fiend was because of the beginning of the forgetfulness and lapses in powerful people.
We think that the Oba might be infecting the others with so mind sickness that causes this forgetfulness, that is maybe how the others Sorcerer Kings got infected?
We go to see the prisoner, it is the investigator Nganga, that is why he went missing, these guys took him. he names Shallin is a broken builder, 3 other templars. He says Geiga-ke is not a broken builder but he is the keeper of fetishes, these fetishes siphon out the crazy of the Oba and her 3 personalities. Geiga-ke started handing out more of the fetishes to keep up with it, he enlisted Shallin to help get rid of more of the fetishes. People’s minds aren’t forgetting, they are re-arranging into multiple personalities. He tells us that one of our adept children is trying to poison us, one is protecting us, that is why we haven’t had issues with the split personalities. Power in the hands of the ignorant.
What really happened worlds wide 10 years ago to cause adepts all across Athas? it wasn’t just the ID fiend, that is just Gulg, maybe the ID fiend is a sign of the beginning of the mental damage. Th Zuggarut is a response ten years ago too.
The investigator tells us that if we want to ever return to the family we need to find which adept is which.
Who released the first Nightmare beast? that is the domino that started to spiral out the lastest stuff.
The investigator tells us that there is a legend of and Adept that took over an entire village a brown elf shows up, has a mental dual with the child, takes its power and saves the village. He was part of a powerful Psion organization, like Oobu’s and Lela in Gulg. Lela is probably part of this and one who can figure out which adept is hurting us.
We realize that there is 3 groups, Veiled alliance – Arcane, Broken builders – Primal, this new psionic group, this also matches the 3 aspects of the Oba.
Aukan is wondering why the investigator didn’t try to approach him,he says don’t you remember night of his birth, a storm, his mother dying, it wasn’t his mother that died, it was him, he is a water child, designed to protect.
Within the last year, when the adepts turn 10, is when the Oba’s crazy needed to be more outsourced. Maybe a adept is attacking her too.
We need to get back ASAP, leaving the caravan
we start to set up to get the veiled alliance help for the caravan master so we can get him to come back and bring back our caravan without us, we setup with Wavir to get a caravan master from them, if ours isn’t healed as a backup.
We go to the Zuin. we ask what happened 10 years ago? Madness. all infected with his madness, with their deeds, with theri ambitions. are all sorcerer kings Banes?, all are champions, all are villans. who released the the nightmare beast? winter was forced to by Inika (the oba) because of madness, the warbringer is the source of the madness.
who was Aukan fighting when he died? the dark dwarves.
are their more drow? not any more.
Who is Dread’s mother? a Genie, who is Kya’s the same genie, different fathers.
Which Inika child is infecting? you’d know better than us. will Lela be able to figure it out? hopefully or you’re screwed.
Can the madness be stopped or satiated? stopped only in death, satiated only through death, cured only with death.
what does the levy keep at bay? Rasha (the warbringer)
Why are they getting worse? the prison weakens
is the dragon not doing what he is suppose to? he is too powerful to see
who is weakening it? someone close to it in the shadows.
why did the Oba collect the other sorcerer kings? to protect Gulg. to get her away from Gulg to protect it.
How do we kill the Tarasc? you cannot kill a weapon of the gods
what is the deal the eternal winter made with the oba? that she wouldn’t defile more of his home.
Why was my father killed? he learned the truth. About what? the truth
We are going to try to get a silt skimmer to Northen Ledo, we are taking the veiled alliance healer with us to fix the caravan master and then ride our mounts into the ground to get back to Gulg.