Today’s date: 23 day of the Ram moon
Falda is in a closet with Rose, a comely young halfling that Billie Ryefield introduced him to…
Meanwhile back at the party… Lady Freisen, having dropped Pentrop’s name casually into a conversation turns and walks away leaving the group stunned and with more questions than answers. Before they can ponder matters too much Root approaches with a young man. The man is very neatly attired in modest but well cared for clothing. Root is dressed in full Mir regalia and also wears the standing bear Sigil of Lord Karman. After polite introductions, Root says “I have spoken with Mr. Hafner and Capt. Dwahl. What you say must be taken seriously. We should talk more of the nature of the threats and what can be done to prepare us to meet them.” They make a plan to meet the following day (the ship departs in two days). Riga emphasizes the threat to reinforce the need to take the party along. Feylanna recommends additional ballistas. Both Riga and Feylanna behave as if they have been invited. Root never dissuades them of this, but notably never included them either.
“Knuckles!” Soren yells and makes his way toward Riga. They chat and Soren says “you should meet Mr. Tristen.” He leads them back to a handsome well dressed and bejeweled man. Soren awkwardly interrupts the man’s conversation with two other nobles and he graciously turns and meets the two women. He takes Riga’s hand and kisses it but when he attempts to do the same to Feylanna, she spins his hand and shakes it vigorously. They laugh about Riga and Sorens fight and Sidell Tristen says he thinks Soren is sweet on Riga. Soren bluffs that “Cloudwalkers stick together.” Conversation turns to the Golden Tiger (which Tristen owns) and they laugh about Laro Viksman. Tristen gives Riga an open invitation to the Golden Tiger with her choice as to whether to be treated to the best the house has to offer or for possible employment. Tristen needs to excuse himself and again kisses Riga’s hand while Feylanna deftly spurns his attempt a second time. After he leaves Feylanna tells Riga that he has a black aura (symbolizes death, party gained these auras as a condition after the Marwramei ritual).
Things in the closet finally come to their logical conclusion and Rose says “I need a drink” and kicks open the closet. As the light streams in a half dressed Falda stumbles out of the closet hastily trying to fix his pants. A man is admiring paintings in the hall opposite the closet. He turns and it is none other than Sir Gracebourne. “I didn’t expect to see you here” Falda stammers.
“Mr Morchem, I am surprised to see you as well. You look like you are enjoying yourself.”
“That’s what the festivals is for right?” says Falda lamely “I gotta go catch up with someone, she went for drinks.” Red faced, Falda hastily moves away from the playwright he believes to be his true father.
Falda downs several drinks in rapid succession as he makes his way toward Feylanna and Riga. They lost Dominick. As they begin searching they run into Billie who says he saw Dominick tottering drunkenly toward the atrium. Feylanna runs off as Riga and Falda exchange pleasantries with Billie who tries to hook Riga up with a friend of his. Billies companion tugs his arm flirtatiously and he excuses himself. Riga and Falda head off to catch up with Feylanna. Feylanna can’t find Dominick in the atrium and begins checking all the rooms off the atrium finding something interesting in all of them including one full scale orgy, but no Dominick. As they catch up to Feylanna, Riga notices something in the bushes. It is Dominick and he appears to be talking to and listening to a mosscat.. The groups steps back to allow him some privacy to finish his conversation, when Atatyr, Cleric of Ram comes and stands uncomfortably close. Feylanna tells him to back off as she in not interested in bestiality and he seems to accept this as flirtation. He commends the parties handling of the events after the play and then points toward the bushes warning the group that Dominick may be ‘a little mad.’ Riga patiently explains that while that may be true, he is in fact ‘more attuned’ to the world of the fey.
“I am to,” Atatyr says plainly. He says that the fey while mischievous are not typically so bold. Something must have provoked them, and he suspects the presence of Dominick. He shares his opinion on Mossland which is that Lady Moss was corrupted by Mir and co-opted into exploiting and enslaving the local fey, betraying her birthright. He comes from Klintmark where he assures the group the two elements coexist peacefully and fairly on the island. Riga explains that the group is from Tirastrand where a similar peace exists. Atatyr observes that while the balance is not as fair on Tirastrand as it is on Klintmark, it is certainly healthier than Mossland. The chat continues until Atatyr finally turns the conversation toward seducing Feylanna. He offers her a chance to experience bestiality first hand. He tells him politely but firmly that should she ever want to experience a beast, she will contact him. He smiles and smacks her on the ass as he leaves. She whirls and smacks him backhand squarely in the groin. He gives a small gasp somewhere between pain and pleasure and limps away with a satisfied smile.
Dominick comes out of the bushes insisting that he is not crazy and the cat really was talking to him. The cat told him he needed to speak with Hailstone. But how? Without the head, it could prove tricky. Could Feylanna serve as an intermediary while she sleeps? Could speak with the dead be used to speak to the head through Feylanna as she carries a bit of death with her due to the Marwramei ritual? Will healing her of her condition cut off Dominicks contact with Hailstone, thereby worsening his? Feylanna protests that she needs to be cured because her condition is causing her to be choked to death whereas Dominick is only going mad. Falda counters that perhaps by communicating with Hailstone, Dominick can lessen his anger and thus reduce the threat to Feylanna. With more questions than answers the group decides that Dominick will attempt to speak with Hailstone while Feylanna sleeps. If he fails he will cast Speak With Dead and try again. In this way they will at least know if the spell is necessary. Once this has been attempted they will decide whether it is best to proceed with Feylanna’s healing or forestall it so maintain the (dangerous) connection to Hailstone. Dominick is filthy from his time in the bushes and leaves the group to find somewhere to wash his pants.
As they make there way through the party they come upon Atatyr playing the flute as people dance suggestively. Smoke curls from the flute as he plays and it seems that the dancers are under the influence of its power. The group moves hastily away and runs smack into an old Gani woman sitting beside an idol. The idol is misshapen and ominous with a massive head on a small body. The woman is well over seventy with thinning hair and missing teeth. She wears a dress patched in all manner of mismatched fabric. A large pair of shears hang form her belt. “Do you have a present for the fey?” she asks and offers to deliver the gift to Miragenon. Falda immediately sees this as a way to reach out to Pravus. He digs in his pack and pulls out an item small enough to be offered. He ‘knows’ that somehow due to the oddness of Miragenon, the item will make its way to Pravus. In this way, Pravus will be reassured that his friends are still seeking him. The item also possesses magic properties that (with a little luck) Pravus can use to escape Miragenon. He hold his offering out to the woman and she picks up a hollow log and inserts it into the mouth of the idol. “Reach your arm in until you feel the tongue and then release the item.” What?!?!? Falda does as she says and despite the relatively small size of the idols head, he manages to get his entire arm into the mouth all the way up to the shoulder before his hand encounters something sticky and wet. He releases the magic item and suddenly feel sit would be wise to get his hand out as quickly as possible. As he yanks backwards nearly falling over, he feels teeth closing around his hand that leave scratch marks on the back of his palm. He thanks the old woman and gives her an offering, before hurrying away.
Falda sees Sir Gracebourne and drops off the tail end of the group to wait for a discreet opportunity to speak with him. He approacheds and says that despite their awkward encounter and his brusqueness earlier, they really do need to talk, about matters both personal and far larger than Falda. Sir Gracebourne asks if he has been to see Mother Sif and Falda replies in the affirmative. They make arrangements to meet the following day at noon and before excusing himself Falda says he hopes that he is brave enough to keep the appointment.
Feylanna sees Dominick sitting by a large fireplace drying his pants and heads off to join him. Riga stops to talk to Macy Candleman who says that he delivered the message. The recipient was OK and understood the message. Riga is greatly relieved that Kaspar has been alerted that he is in danger and gone into hiding. Ominously, Macy says there is more that he needs to tell Riga and asks her to come by his home late that evening and knock softly.
Riga and Falda join Dominick and Feylanna fireside. Feylanna at this point is frustrated. She desperately wants to try to have some fun and leaves the group searching for something to take her mind off all the worries that seem to follow the party like a cloud. Dominick is morose and keeps asking to go home. Riga notices that part of Falda’s shirt is missing. She blames the gani woman for stealing a piece to add to her own cloak while Falda was making his offering. Dominick is hungry and strangely obsessed with sausage so Riga sets out to search for sausage. Falda excuses himself and enjoys encounters with several young women. When he returns he is wearing a womans shirt. Riga comments on it and Falda explains that he feared the Gani woman would have power over him and so he found someone willing to swap shirts with him. Riga looks at the back of the shirt and playfully bluffs that the hole is still there. In a panic Falda rips the shirt off and throws it in the fire.
Shortly after they leave and head home where they find Reno & Asgin sharing a nightcap. Dominick heads up to bed (with a sausage) and Riga, Feylanna and Falda join the pair (Falda puts on a shirt first) for a last drink or two before heading up to bed. After they retire, Riga dons a cloak, grabs her axe and heads out into the night.
Riga slips into the grounds of the Candleman residence and makes her way to the door. She is about to knock when she notices a female figure sitting in a tree roughly 30’ up. “Hello?” Riga calls. The figure leaps to another branch and then runs along the branch before ducking against the trunk to conceal herself. Riga cast dancing lights and set them up the tree to reveal a very old woman dressed in noble clothes silver and gems, “What are you ding at my house?”
“I meant no harm, I was asked to come”
The old woman leapt gracefully and effortlessly to the ground. She sized up Riga, “Here to see Mr Macy? He is my son in law.”
Riga knocks and Sir Macy opens the door. “I met a woman in the tree outside. She claimed to be your mother in law” Riga says somewhat confusedly.
“She is” Macy replied matter of factly.
“Is that normal?”
“No, she’s not”
“Is she a spirit?”
Macy sighs wearily “No, she has dinner with us every night” He explains that she is upset because she wasn’t invited to the party. She is not on good terms with the Count owing to the fact that she was his first wife.
“Your wife is the Counts daughter?” Riga nearly stammers and Macy confirms her presumption. This would explain why Riga had seen Macy’s wife whispering in the Count’s ear at the party.
Riga follows Macy down a secret staircase to an underground grotto with a pool in it. Macy explains that this well was the reason the previous count chose to build on this location. It is fed by an underground spring and some of the water drains to fill this pond. It forms a perfect natural conduit for sending messages. This was the method he used to communicate with Greenthorn earlier in the day. Kaspar is safe in the temple and waiting for an opportunity to go into hiding. Riga says that Kaspar had a secret about Baron Burmick and travelled with him to Tirastrand on the Floating Pearl, but that Riga never learned the secret. Macy says that Thunderwolf (Kaspar) was staying with him before departing for Karan and that they believed the Koberstone was with Burmick on the ship. They know that the Wizards of Winter had the Koberstone and were seeking the egg, It is strongly believed that Baron Burmick’s father was involved in this search and therefore stands to reason that Burmick is now in possession of the Koberstone. But that is not what he brought Riga here to discuss.
“I wanted to show you something else,” Macy says and pours a vial of liquid into the pond. It begins to roil and bubble as a milky cloudiness spreads over the pool. When the water subsides it is crystal clear like a mirror reflecting somewhere else. The scene is of a ballroom with a couple dancing. Riga immediately recognizes the ballroom as Stillkeel Keep. As she stares closer, she sees that the couple dancing is in fact Sir Rivett dancing with Lady Nina Karman lord Karman’s daughter (and with Barry’s death heir to the island). “Keep looking,” urges Macy and Riga is shocked to see that the man playing lute in the corner is none other than Kaspar himself.
“Is this now?” Riga asks.
“This is a vision of the events of earlier today. It came through unbidden right after your message was sent. Perhaps the sending regarding Thunderwolf drew this image to us.” The two discuss for a while about the impossibility of Kaspar being in both Liebsmouth and Karan at the same time. Riga says that Crowbearle has in the past taken Kaspar’s form when it suited his purposes. Which one is the real Kaspar? Macy has no answers, but merely wanted Riga to see the vision as it must certainly be important. As Riga is leaving the Candleman estate she sees Sir Tristen and Soren returning home from a night of revelry (they are staying with Candleman). They do not notice her.
Riga, Feylanna and Falda sleep as Dominick watches over Feylanna (and presumably tries to talk with Hailstone).
In the morning Falda wakes, eats bathes and then sets out. Riga offers to go along, but Falda knows this is something he must do himself. Nervous, Falda goes to the shop district and buys nicer clothing than he has ever owned. It doesn’t help. He makes his way to the Fugelsang Manor (where Sir Gracebourne is staying) with time to spare, but walks around the block for nearly an hour before getting the courage up to actually knock. A servant escorts him through the manor past a room where Lady Freisen is talking with a well dressed but very fat man. He is taken to a patio where a table is set for two. The servant pours wine and excuses himself. Sir Gracebourne is leaning on the rail looking out at the harbor. Falda joins him and they enjoy the view for a moment before moving to the table. Sir Gracebourne encourages Falda to have some wine and still Falda is unable to speak, uncertain of where to begin, or even what he hopes to gain from this conversation. In the end Sir Gracebourne begins. They talk for the better part of two hours.