The story began on the first of Needfest, 1150 I.C. ( C.Y. 605)
Zeshyn the Dai-Kyu, Vanaran Archer, Crab Clan
Seppun Ozawa, Human Monk, Imperial Families
Cortana Tsunoaru, Draeni Wizard (Iounmancer), Unicorn Clan
Tsugumi Kirigaya, Tengu Oracle, Crane Clan
Arimura Kasumi, Human Fighter, Unicorn Clan
Our session began on the 15th of Fireseek, 1151 I.C.
As promised, Tenser Teleported the group directly to Shatura the following morning, practically on the steps of the Imperial College of the Arcane. They soon met with Dean DeMaltos (a suvoko), who informed them that they were the third group in as many weeks to have visited if not the College itself, certainly the city of Shatura in search of information about the Ebonwand Society. The first such group, coarse sailors/pirates said to have hailed from a distant island called Pan Tang (which Cortana recognized as one of the transplants that had manifested off the coast of the Flanaess five or six years ago. This group hadn’t actually come all the way to Shatura, but had been rumored to have made port in Mulaantis and been asking questions seeking the priesthood of Syrul, and who had also been said to have mentioned the Ebonwand Society (perhaps in the belief that the Church of Sheler, which had triggered a civil war in the Empire a few centuries back had been in possession of one of the copies of the Esoterica during their reign).
The second were a delegation of eleti from the southern continent, who claimed that an evil mage dwelling on the fringes of the Suloise colony-state known as Fenasad had been causing trouble in the region, and that following rumors that she was a member of the Ebonwands, they had come north to learn what they could of that organization.
As far as the Esoterica itself was concerned, the only copy he had certain knowledge of was the one in Tenser’s possession. He suspected that the demigod Wastri may have owed his ascension in part to the rituals contained in the book, but if that were so it would doubtless be located on whatever demi-plane Wastri maintains as part of his divine nature. As to whether or not the Sheler had a copy, he can’t say, certainly none were recovered from any of their hidden redoubts when the cult fell to the Hammers of Jascar in 5531 S.D.
Eventually the group determined that their easiest course was to attempt to follow the pirates, and see what they knew or had learned. So the following day they traveled downriver to Mulaantis, and then took a trireme west to the port city of Nofuj in Osbyle. They quickly found The Drowned God’s Rebuke in port, and tracked her captain, Tars Flassad, to the Whelping Mermaid, a popular tavern near the docks.
Cortana and Kasumi bought the captain drinks and plumbed him for information, Cortana eventually agreeing to “tour his ship” with him in an effort to potentially seize the vessel while most of the crew was ashore and carousing. After a short battle, the ship was briefly theirs (the captain unconscious, the crew aboard dead or fled) and after judiciously bribing the shore patrol to allow them to escape, they carried the captain to a nearby warehouse to question him (and to divvy up the loot from his person and his cabin).
Captain Flassad had little concrete information, beyond a definite belief (fueled by his mission from his Theocrat back in Pan Tang) that the Cult of Sheler had indeed possessed a copy of the Esoterica. The group eventually released him naked into the streets to try and wrest control of his ship back from his first mate who had by this time almost certainly returned to the Rebuke and begun assuming command.
As we broke for the evening, the party was planning to make their own inquiries among the followers of Bralm, who had once been a part of the Cult of Sheler but who might now regret that association enough to be helpful. It is now the 26th of Fireseek, 1151 I.C.