The story began on the first of Needfest, 1150 I.C. ( C.Y. 605)
Zeshyn the Dai-Kyu, Vanaran Archer
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 25th of Readying, 1151 I.C.
As we rejoined our heroes, they faced only two of the eleti in the courtyard, two more having fled. Between the party and the summoned Chaaor, they made quick work of them. Cortana dismissed her Spiked Pit, allowing Ozawa to speed out to catch up with the eleti warrior fleeing on foot, and when Zeshyn added his arrows to the mix, said warrior quickly fell. The warlock had already made his escape, however.
Searching the bodies, the group recovered two of the missing pages, that identified a noble djinn, Rajarikit, as one of the guardians enslaved by the Ebonwand. By cross-referencing the name, they eventually discovered that this enslavement was one of the points of contention that would lead to conflict between the Suloise Empire and the Bakluni.
The priestesses of Syrul thanked the party for their assistance, and assured them that when the missing page was recovered, they would be allowed to make a copy of it. The priestesses reported that the escaped warlock had protected himself from detection, but that he was alone, and that it would amuse the priestesses to notify the Knights of the Hammer to his presence abroad in their lands.
During the eight days it took for the warlock to be captured, Kirigaya, Zeshyn, and Kasumi had gear enchanted. When word reached the Sisterhood, the party was permitted to be their representatives to recover the missing page and to question the captive, who had made it to the Fol Birin in the province of Sunela to the east. Said journey took the better part of a month, and when they arrived at Castle Sunet, the fortress that shared the island where Fol Birin stood, they met with Ser Elentos Kaldir, the Knight-Captain of Jascar who commanded the post. He returned to them the final page, revealing that the final book was the prison of a dakon arcanist named Golkar.
In questioning Gothurmof, the eleti warlock, they learned that they, like the party, sought the books, only that they wished to use them to enter into an alliance with Durklemes. The eleti apparently knew of the Starfall, and, because they had captured a being known as a fraal, who had knowledge of another world where such an event had happened, welcomed the destruction of the living and the tide of necromantic energies that would be released by such an event. Furthermore, the eleti believed that Durklemes himself didn’t fully understand what the event would entail, or perhaps he felt that he could somehow turn it to his own advantage in some long-range power play between himself and Fu Leng. Either way, the eleti felt that the event would be to their advantage, so they would do whatever they must to ensure it happened.
After questioning Gothurmof, the party made the return trip to Kalbriis, only to realize once they arrived that the warlock must have fled to Fol Birin for a reason, and that that reason was likely that the standing stones could be used as portals to other places. Checking the Sisterhood’s library, they learned that the site was considered sacred to Wee Jas, and that during the Rain of Colorless Fire, many lesser mages had used the site to escape the Empire. So the party set out once more for Fol Birin, but stopped along the way at the Grand Temple of We Jas in Shatura.
The High Priestess of the temple, Dame Gelesta Folfan, had little knowledge of the Ebonwand Society, but a passing knowledge of the Starstone Prophesy, Wee Jas being a patron to witches, which many hags qualified as. After spending the evening grilling Cortana for everything she knew of the Ebonwand and their grimoires, she agreed to assist them with traversing the dolmen of Fol Birin (though she obviously took a dim view of artifacts of Suloise origin being given over to foreign mages); while she did not know of Tenser, Mordenkainen was familiar to her, and she at least took heart that the tomes were not in the hands of the Circle of Eight.
Discussing their next move, the party felt they had two choices. While the Bakluni were no more, their lands had been inherited by nomads known as the Paynim, who still held close ties with the genies, and who might have knowledge of Rajarikit and her ultimate disposition. Kirigaya had discovered that the demigod Wastri had no outer planar presence, but instead held court in the Vast Swamp in the south-eastern Flanaess.
A week later, accompanied by several acolytes of Wee Jas, the party stood once more among the dolmen of Fol Birin, and were Teleported thenceforth to Dulstrand, a city on the outskirts of the Vast Swamp. The acolytes would hold open the gateway for seven days, awaiting news of how long their mission would take. Once in the city (entrance to which required exorbitant bribes), they located a sage named Tolhik Jurn, who brought them up to speed on Wastri, his cult, and the general view the locals held of it (and him). He furthermore recommended a guide (after charging a steep ’finder’s fee’, of course) by the name of Fogur Glimm as the most experienced, and best capable of guiding them through the Vast Swamp.
Actually locating Glimm took some doing, but once found he agreed to guide them for the low, low cost of a mere 1500 gold (and, he warned, the party should keep an equal amount on hand for bribes to the various tribes whose lands they would be crossing in their journey). Though said bribes worked well enough for the first half of the journey, on the night of the 3rd of Wealsun, their camp was attacked by six chuul, who rose up out of the swamp. As we broke for the evening, Kirigaya had been paralyzed by the chuul (who was slain soon after by Kasumi), Glimm, Ozawa, and Kasumi were all grappled by the chuul, and the battle was raging.
It is the third of Wealsun, 1151 I.C.