We Take Orson’s body home and the family gathers for a brief mourning period.
We go to bed expecting to wake to the mourning wails, but are instead awoken in the night by a messenger. We are on edge at first but hear the it is good news.
We come to the conference room to find a Genasi, the Handmaiden of the Oba and previous gladiator for the Oba. Marked as a slave. They tell us that Teoin-ke is in the hall, and he brought her.
We ask the Genasi why she is here and she says:
“Teoin-ke said he was going to bring me to my family” I look to Andiama. She says it is evidently true and that she has a scroll from the Oba.
The girl hands over the scroll and and we read:
“My Dearest Handmaiden,
I find myself in a dire, and yet profound, position. Something terrible is in the wastes, and its evil cannot be contained, nor ignored. It can be fought, and I must do so. Fear Child, for if I fail, our fair city will fall. The Warbringer will bring his terrible Nightmare Beasts to our city wall. Therein, it all ends.
I have kept you sheltered in the Sunlight Home this past year, but this too ends now. You are a child of the House Inika; they have sacrificed much to protect our city, and I will keep you from them, and them from you, no longer. Your father is a mortal human named Waltian Inika. Seduced by a Spirit of the Elements, he had no knowledge of your birth.
Seek out your Family. I have charged them with protecting the Gate of our city in my absence.
You are hereby released from service,
Lalali-Puy, The Oba of Gulg”
it is notarized by Shala
We ask her name, it is Kya. We call in Teoin-ke and he confirms the scroll.
Teoin-ke says he also has some other news. He has come across some of the fetishes on some lawbreakers using them to travel through the shadows, and of course wee couldn’t keep them alive. All the scared Dagadas all had fetishes, this is a HUGE spell. He is going to check the sunlight home for fetishes also with Aukan’s permission.
I ask to take over Kya’s training because she has hardly even been out of the Sunlight home. We go to bed.
In the morning the hunt begins.
Kya, Andiama, and I meet and we talk to her about getting her tattoo off, she decides to keep it for a little bit.
We go out to the hunt, we don’t get many dirty looks, in fact we get people telling us that it was a good battle. The elder of the Screaming skulls Judaga says the feud is over.
The hunt begins, and Kya starts learning.
We decide to go to the Seer Dagada to learn about the bond and maybe how to get it back. When we get there we run into Leila. She tells Aric that she was the one that found him out in the fey wild, he doesn’t remember. She says that there are a lot of Revenants in these woods, they are drawn here because there is even more death here. She says that she protected him because his pact was pretty evident. She mentions “The Final Winter” as part of his pact. She hints that the seer sent her to go find Aukan.
He asks her about teaching him about the bond, she says you’re not interested in funneling ice magic to The Final Winter? he replies, perhaps. She says if you are interested, let me know.
The Old Seer finally comes along and we go with him to talk. We go to the shrine with him. We tell the Old Seer about Orson’s bond and seeing the Oba’s visions. Kya speaks up that the Oba has always been worried about the WarBringer. We says that when she was mentally injured in the first fight it might have opened this bond.
The Old Seer says that the bond can be imprinted on to Aric, but it is pretty dangerous and might break his standing with the Judaga. He also says that they have a orb that can allow them access to the bond. Lastly, Leila found a way to break into the bond, and if the Oba finds out, it would be bad.
Aric decides that he wants to do Leila’s way. We get the needed spell components and he goes to do the ritual. he comes out and looks no different.
Aric decides to go talk to the Judaga to try to smooth things over, so Kay and I decide to go back to see if we can wake up Waltian.
Kya wakes him up by sprinkling water on him. I start talking to him and introduce him to Kya, and she blurts out “Father”
This stuns Waltian and he starts mumbling “the ruins” “the ruins?”
He remembers, the ruins out in the wastes, the old temple
Kya asks for more info.
In Waltians more adventurous days they decided to go check out some ruins from a map in a valley east of here.(probably the prison out in the wastes)he thinks it is left over from the Green age, thousands of years ago. He got separated from a couple agents due to the magics there. He heard a pleasant voice, and stumbled out of the ruins a week later.
We don’t know how the Oba got her. But the spirits are strange beings. He says that he knows that spirit drew him there, he can’t think but for a reason.
We decide to get Waltian out walking more and talking to Kya every morning to get him strong.
I talk Andiama and suggest that maybe marrying Waltian to Kaleira, she doesn’t think it is a good idea because Waltian isn’t in a position of strength to pass along to her. Andiama says that she is going to call the family meeting early this year and we might have one of the other males coming in marry her.
Aric goes and offers restitution
Aric has a tendril of a connection to THE bond he has to spend a healing surge to keep it connected. We’ll see tonight if the dream bond happens, but we probably missed a dream last night. He tells us that his Pact is to The Final Winter, his is that when he kills someone their essence goes to them not The Grey. He doesn’t remember making the pact. The Water drake is near The Final Winter and there is a lot of death there. He lost some memories from the pact. Someone put a block in Aric’s mind that stopped his psionic attack, Leila psionically attacked it to remove in and now he has Orson’s attack.
We are at the opening ceremony dinner for the hunt and Kya thinks she sees Orson and points it out and then we see him in another place, we run after him and when we flip him around it is Agat the Ardent. We start to talk to Agat if he had something left from Orson. he says besides Aba-Tuey came from the farm Dagada, he keeps talking about eyes in his dreams, I ask Agat to talk to him more about seeing if it is drake or dragon eyes.
Aric has a vision that night: salt flats with a black ichor out for a mile, only someone attuned to magic can see it and so someone could unwittingly walk into it and drop dead. He tells us about this dream and Aukan says that this is the sign of a dead Nightmare beast.
Aukan teams up with Karo to help her in the hunt. They find the trail of a spirit. After 3 days they catch up with a spirit stag and she takes it out by herself.
Aric has another dream that is just a lion roar in triumph.
Aukan comes back and comes to talk to Aric and me. Aukan asks if we know what the Levy is. Aric blanches and asks what he knows. Both of them have an awkward standoff about it. Aukan says there is a lot of defiling magic there and Aric says the Oba pays it. Aric comes forward that he sentenced the two Judaga to the Levy, Carrona knew about it. We move to some place a little more quiet.
Aric tells us that he joined the paper nest. The Oba tasked Aric with collecting people for the Levy. Gulg pays tribute to keep something terrible at bay. It needs 1,000 souls totaled from many places, 100 from Gulg. Aukan starts to think that it might be the dragon. It isn’t always the number of souls, but the power of them based on. Aric asks where Aukan heard about it but just then Karo comes up distracting Aric.
Aukan leans over to me and says, the little talented girl, something is wrong, she has powers way beyond her. He says that at Orson’s funeral she mentally talked to him without looking at him.
Aric comes back and Aukan picks back up the conversation. He says he found the Levy and ran into The Red Stag who told “this isn’t your place”.
Aukan thought that the path to the Levy was the the Bone Village. Kya says that the Bone Village is a place where the Oba visits. She does magical experiments there. It is an ancient druids grove that the Oba goes to and there are some spirits that protect it. The Nganaga seek it because they believe it is a place that they will be rewarded.
I bring it up that i think the “something in the wastes” is The Warbringer. The Warbringer is the person who is believed bring about the end of the green age. He trained a bunch of defilers. He also trained some people to hunt down a some races. Nibony was the one who was trained to take out the gnomes and hunted them to extinction.
Aric asks Kya about the the different aspects of the Oba and if that is how she was in person, Kya confirms that she was all those different aspects: wrathful, human, powerful.
We go back out to the party and Aukan and Aric talk up how awesome the spirit stag that Karo killed was. We go to sleep.
A couple days later Aric asks Kya to talk to his slaves about what they saw when they went with Karo. They say that they saw the little spirit stag she killed and that she was really talented. She asks about them seeing the Levy. They say that got nowhere near the pit, the spirits warned them not too, but at the same time the spirits did lead them there.
They decide that the paper nest might be able to OK moving someone to a Judaga even if the Oba is gone, that would be a good end to the hunt. Aric takes the matter to the paper nest and they OK it. Moganchu brings up with the paper nest that he has a problem with someone in the drum circle. The others in the meeting say that this isn’t the place for personal vendettas, and the adjourn.
Aric takes Moganchu aside and asks about the problem with the drum circle, Moganchu says that he doesn’t want to involve Aric because of his friendship with me because it is more likely to cause a rift. Aric asks him who he has an issue with, and he says The Adder Who Dances. He says that he has changed his story a number of times.
Two days later Moganchu announces that Karo is going to be a Judaga, there is a huge party. Teoin-ke is very excited. He comes to us and is happy he says that it is good blood. He also bring up that in this hunt there were a lot of Aberrents. Too much arcane magic in the area drawing the Abberents in.
Elves from the SE he couldn’t identify, maybe it is the Mystics of the Nightrunners coming back from dealing with their crazed tribes. I go back to talk to the elves about it to make sure everything is good.
I meet with Hooka and she seems very confused, she says didn’t Ranis come and tell you? There is a moment of confusion and we find out Ranis came out,1. to confirm the elves are in town, 2. to hire some raiders to kill some Judaga 3. to get some charms fetishes that are the detrimental types.
When she wants something done it happens.
We take off fast. I bring up Ranis and the vendetta to Aric, and Aukan. Aukan says “Oh i forgot to tell you I saw Orson in the wilderness”, he saw him on the same night as we did.
We get back to the house and the servants say they were just looking for us because people are gathered. I ask if Ranis is there, they say no. I walk in and Andiama says that Ranis hasn’t been seen for days says and that The family of the two Assassin Judaga are all dead. I tell Andiama about the contract and fetishes with the Elves.
Andiama tells us it is impossible to stop Ranis, she is epic, and amazing at deception. She has tricked Sorcerer Kings, but we need to find and stop her.