We have arrived back to the safety of the partys manor. I have only been here once before, but the feeling of safety is all around. It has been a long time since we have rested without an edge of wariness. Its as close to home as I can be for now.
Magnus and Xenobia head off to take care of manor business and Lyn heads out to visit the adventuring school. I tail with Lyn to hopefully meet up with Vella once more, there was something about her that intrigued me. Lyn is told that there has been attacks on the property while we were away and Lyn seems to know exactly the cause, something called Montgomery. Vella comes over and with my new found vision the truth is revealed, a reflexive tenseness comes over me but remember that I am a guest on this property and if Lyn, Xenobia and Magnus have put trust in her there must be a reason. I make a note to talk to Vella later privately.
We return to the manor and I spy a whole in the ground outside surrounded by an upturned stone hand and mention it to the group. Magnus enquires about Astral Travel and though my knowelege is sparse I tell him what I know and he seems to be quite interested when I mention the projection of dreams.
As evening falls, Xenobia and Lyn put on a feast to celebrate returning home and it is quite nice. There is a large bonfire and plenty of good food, I have decided that I am starting to prefer food over the nourishing ambrosia of home. There is something said for the satisfaction of a full stomach. I spy Vella, and sidle over to try and let on that I know her secret and that I would like to chat privately, but she puts me off for another time. I dont press the matter as she has been nothing but polite and I dont want to draw attention.
Lyn is fiddling with finger and then he pulls out a dagger to which I hurridly halt his hand and mention that he should probably have Magnus have a look at it before resorting to such strong and…… permanent measures. Magnus lays his hands upon Lyn and the ring falls off. It could be the bonfire light, but Lyns features seem to have refined and become a touch handsomer. It is the perfect night to relax, eat and enjoy a pipe amongst friends, I offer Magnus some of the tobacco I brought with me and it seems a mite strong for him, it is an acquired taste. The night wraps up pleasantly and I retire for the evening.
The next morning we head into town only to find that the portcullis is still closed even though the sun is above the horizon. Nothing that can’t be fixed by a little magic.
Once inside Arcanix we head to the strange fish place which seems to be a favoured spot of Lyn, only to find that it is closed. In fact looking around, everything is closed – there is not another soul on the streets. We head to the Rosewood Inn to see Sulwen and Atticus, the Inn Keeper is almost openly hostile and we head upstairs to avoid any unhappiness. Upstairs we find Atticus and Sulwen greeting the group, but I can hardly pay attention……. Sulwen is a Gold Dragon. I am gobsmacked, I had only heard of the golden dragons in tales, the emerald claw was a bit of a shock but the sheer aura of nobility that Sulwen exuded took my breath away.
We divulge everything we have learned in the adventure to Dhourengard, and Sulwen mentions that he believes Maelor is an agent of the “Lords of Dust”: A group of different factions, each seeking to serve the Navakti. After conversation is exhausted with Atticus and Sulwen, Magnus steers us back to the market and drop in to see a bookowner by the name of Gale. Gale is not just outwardly confused but quite agitated, Magnus is concerned that this is out of character for Gale and worries what has befallen the Bookkeep. I attempt to identify if there is any magic affecting Gale, but it comes up with no arcane intervention. There is an air of magic overlaying the entire town. Gale seems more confident after Magnus and Xenobia ease the mood and Gale admits that a man matching the description of Gabriel came into the store and retrieved the journal.Gale described the last thing that was translated to be a battle that saw Gabriel watching his beloved Tira fighting Bel Shalor and culminating in an extreme light leaving behind nothing but the silver flame with both paladin and demon trapped inside a silver flame. Magnus extends an invitation for dinner to Gale to see if the malady extends only over Arcanix or the surrounding area too.
We head to see Raolo and find that even his grounds are bare of guards or even citizens for that fact. Xenobia excitedly enquires about the Amphiptyr that was left in his care before our journey and also extends a dinner invitation to him.
Our next stop was a bustling establishment that seems to be not a seedier establishment, but simply a seedier clientele. We meet with a lady by the name of Delilah Lang, and she makes Magnus quite uncomfortable. The discussion steers towards the missing towers and a lady by the name of Illiah Trustran but it seems doesnt satiate any of the curiosity that Magnus has.
Another fantastic bonfire is put on for the evening and those that attend have a great time.
With enough light left in the day Lyn wants to head off the threat from accross the river to the property and this “Montgomery” so Xenobia begins tracking them down and we head out. We stumble accross their camp and Lyn issues a challenge. It is met by a band of roughians that look light on the courage side of things, and an imposing figure covered in fur and armour. Montgomery answers Lyn’s challenge and meets it head on with his mace, both Xenobia and I have no wish to slay those that don’t wish to fight and we tell them that they are free to leave as this is a personal matter. We make sure that Lyn and Montgomery have no interruption in this matter of honor. Lyn takes a bit to find his rythym but once he starts swinging true, the fight is over quickly. We give the badgers pouch to the mercenaries and head home.
Magnus informs us that he has spied who he presumes Gabriel moving through Arcanix from the book shop towards the harbor and the boat that he entered. We head to the docks and being the only person that this Gabriel is not familiar with Magnus has asked if I could go and investigate the boat and potentially flush out this Gabriel. I put on my best drunkard swagger and head into the boat. And the only thing that I find inside is a small leatherbound book. I give the book to Magnus and he starts to read and finds that portions of the book have been torn out and a new message that reads “Have the damn thing, for what good it might do you” – I dont know the import of this journal but it seems to reference a time of import for Eberron.
Back at the manor Xenobia disovers that Vim has been to see Diego, he also let 3232 and Vella into his pocket dimension. I shake my head knowing full well what a deal with a devil entails and caution against listening to their honeyed tongues. But at the mention of Vella I head off to see if I can find her.
I find Vella and go for a stroll with her, she mentions that she is also here to keep an eye on Lyn, Xenobia and Magnus but not the reason why. She seemed concerned when I mentioned that the Yuggaloths have not surfaced on time and for now that makes us allies and any other quarrels in our blood can be put aside. When asked about Diego she replies with a wry grin that she was ejected as quickly as she entered…… what else would we expect from a devil……………