Year 438, the 15th of Resplendant Water – Storm Season
Where the Ancient Temple gets crowded
- Mal, Vlad and Hailong have been in Siegsdorf, trying to get the business running.
- Frustrated at lack of progress, they discuss on how to destroy the temple.
- Laima and her entourage sneak back into the Temple during the night
- Vlad hears and investigates.
- The guards take out pickaxes and set to work wrecking the doorway.
- Laima, Vilkata and Babette visit the Demon Nctosa
- It offers knowledge, if a sacrifice is given for the Mother of the Deeps.
- Laima tries to get Vilkata to do the sacrifice – Nctosa gets furious.
- They leave.
- Vlad is discovered listening – the guards tell him they were trying to close the temple.
A night of discussions.
- Hailong is trying to convince the others to make a visit to the Blessed Isle.
- Interrupted by Vilkata – warning of “fish demon temple”, and complimenting Vlad’s past work.
- Hailong realises that what he fell in love with was a demon -horrified.
- Gives the “Black Blood” for examination – it corrupts whoever drinks it – Burn in fire!
- Rimbaux and Laima come for a visit. He wants to buy the workshop…
- Laima offers his services in return for assistance with Demon. (Rimbaux flummoxed!)
- Spend the evening talking about Demons and their history.
Wolves of Fire.
- The next day they do down to finish destroying the temple – plans to collapse and burn * out.
- When they arrive with tools in hand – something else beat them.
- Temple is ruined – claw marks and blood everywhere.
- In the final chamber, find parts of a giant wolf scattered around – and Water pool bubbling..
- No Nctosa – but some tentacle tips and blood found.
- They examine the strange pool – runes of channeling? Collecting power?
- Its all destroyed and burnt with oil The entrances are collapsed to make the passage impassable.
Trip to Chanos.
- Hailong and Laima seek help on the Blessed Isle.
- Hire more crew for a trip, and pack the ship with glass and ceramics.
- Stormy trip takes weeks. Some fall ill.
- Met off the coast by a Customs ship – a sleek warship, heavily armed.
- The Customs officer demands entrance papers and threatens to send them away.
- Hailong and Laima manage to bribe him into giving a 3 day visiting pass.
The Blessed City.
- All are overawed by the rich and advanced city of Chanos.
- Laima, realizing the situation, send a polite message and gift to the local House Ragara.
- Polite message returned from Raga Hao – “thanks for gift, too busy to meet”.
- Hailong goes searching for a ‘trainer’ for his girls, and spreads the word around old haunts.
- On the last day a Courtesan comes looking to apply – with a great resume and references!
- Jiandie convinces Hailong to make her an equal partner – and she will mold the Blue Lady.
- On the trip back, both Laima and Hailong spend time learning the Realm languages.
- Vlad and Mal spend time in Siegsdorf asking questions.
- Local farmers and hunters give rumours on Wichtel movements.
- Local “tribes” have gone missing – everyone happy at this.
- Word of wichtel riders seen at Headless Cove – some days sail west of Siegsdorf.