Hello! We Have...Friend!

We open on Fen doing a kegstand, with an assist from Kaiva. The shindig continues on in that vein, with Remi and Yannic drinking and Kaiva doing acrobatics. However, before anyone invents the game of Spin the Bottle, Remi hears a warping noise from outside and sees a smallish person stealing into a house.

The party wakes Seru from her nap and take some bread over to investigate their new neighbor, but they can’t find them! The house is empty and picked-over, and Fen runs back to the tavern to guard her gains of doubtful provenance. Eventually they find the creature, a small blue critter easily put to magical sleep by Remi. Seru tells everyone not to wake her up unless someone’s dying again and goes to sleep right the hell outside in the street.

The remaining party members figure out that this is a Quickling, a small fey used as a gofer for more powerful fey. Kaiva steals a tin from the Quickling’s clothing and they wake her up (after tying her up). She claims she was just doing her job, she’s already behind schedule, and has anyone seen her rent money??? They feed her bread (and eventually a reluctant Kaiva hands over the tin with the money), and upon hearing that the Quickling is looking for magical artifacts, the group sends her Wolf-ward.

After a period of time, Lone Wolf herself, in all her solitary rage, comes storming over to the tavern. Someone has STOLEN from her, and she will not stand for it! She starts erecting a barrier. The party (sans Seru and Fen) have a Circuitous Discussion about what they should do, given that they sent the Quickling to Wolfy in the first place and Wolfy seems ready to murder a blue bitch. Wolf tells them that the weapon was a commission that hasn’t been paid in full, and it’s essentially a proto-Planar Blade.

After a Roof-Climbing Adventure that goes very badly for all involved, more or less, and waking Seru up, the party troops over to referee the throwdown. Dusk comes, a puffy parcel gets dropped at Betha’s feet, and a giant net falls from the sky, trapping the Quickling who delivered it. Wolfy gets straight to the interrogation.

Eventually, it is revealed that the Quickling works for the Council of Planar Freedom, and has already delivered the proto-Planar Blade to the man with six fingers on his right hand. We manage to talk Wolfy down from her rage and she reluctantly lets the Quickling go. We retire for the night, discovering that the parcel is an order form for fancy party clothes.

Some Goddamn Elizabeth Bathory Dorian Gray-Ass Ruin of Xerxes Bullshit

The party enters the tower, ready for a nice enjoyable day of wholesome family fun. They hear movement from a bedroom on the second floor and head upstairs! Betha reads its mind – it’s hungry and in agony and confused and despairing. After a very long and circuitous discussion, the party opens the door and yeah, it’s another Intelligent Zombie, and it wants a piece of Seru.

What follows is a round robin of Persuasion checks and attacks, until finally Betha gets it to say that it blames Seru because “it has to be SOMEONE’S fault!!!” Feeling the weight of the world fly off her shoulders, Seru whoops in relief and explodes the poor zombie with radiant damage.

Next, they hear something on the roof! Grabbing Fen (who spent the whole fight in the kitchen with a sandwich), they head up, stopping in the library on the way. Yannic wants a map, since knowledge of the world they live in is not this party’s strong suit. Kaiva, in an attempt to help, picks up a book that promptly offers her a chance to learn a secret in a game of chance. The secret is upstairs, she learns, and the code is 4223. Before this can be acted upon, however, Yannic also touches the book and we’re in Freaky Friday town, folks. Yannic and Kaiva have swapped bodies. Also, the book is stuck to Kaiva’s hand (which means it’s stuck to Yannic’s hand but Kaiva’s in the driver’s seat).

The book, the Book of Deepest Secrets, used to belong to Morgaine and really wants to fuck up all of Theminor’s (Remi’s dad) shit for stealing it from her. It also says it will swap them back for another secret.

Finally, the group decides to just see this whole adventure through to the end, and head upstairs. There’s a gate in front of Theminor’s room, which 4223 opens, and a secret compartment in the fireplace that wants blood before it can open. Remi feeds it, and everyone (sans Fen, who stays to jump on Theminor’s bed) files into the hallway beyond.

The hallway is lined with creepy portraits, of half-elf half-[insert race here] people, all looking vaguely shocked and horrified. In front of each portrait is an empty pedestal, some of which have diamond dust still on them. Seru checks the stonework and realizes that everything – the paintings, the stonework, everything – is, as it says in my notes, old as ballsacks, and also the stone is from way the hell south and shouldn’t be here.

Remi deduces that his dad was fathering children, trapping them in jewels, then killing them and siphoning their life force to extend his own. The book is elated that they’ve worked it out, tells them to tell EVERYONE, and then swaps Kaiva and Yannic back after they each give it a secret. Kaiva carefully wraps the book up without touching it (first with the Friendship Rope, and then Theminor’s bedspread) to try and curry favor with Morgaine, we collect Fen, and troops back to the tavern. The party settles in to cope with their new knowledge (Seru falls asleep). Time: 2pm.

In Which Nothing Of Any Real Importance or Excitement Happens, No Way, No How

It’s 2AM and we are just settling in for some watches! Seru’s guest-starring in every watch while she waits for Alka to return, and notices that the tower is less ominously dark. During the second watch, Remi sees something indistinct slither around the ground outside, come in through the window, and head upstairs into Betha’s room. Seru and Remi wake Kaiva and Yannic, and pursue.

It’s illusion magic, and it ducks into Betha’s room and then back out the window, leaving a note on her bedside table. Back downstairs, Seru sees a flash of blue light around the corner and she and Remi go to investigate. There’s nothing there, but what there is, is a bunch of papers stuck to the outside of the door. The party invites have arrived.

Everyone gets one (Fen brings hers into her blanket cave and avoids the ensuing discussion); everyone is requested to attend, but someone crossed that out on Yannic’s and wrote “demanded” instead. Yannic wakes Kean up.

It takes a couple cups of illicit coffee, but eventually our resident nerd becomes coherent enough to express his concern over the invites and his deep, deep wish for at least Yannic not to go. As is becoming tradition with this group, we have a long, fruitless conversation that ends with no decision, and Betha fucking off to go call Sivoreen. Sivoreen very much wants Betha at the party and also very much was not actually present during Betha’s trial. And also if Betha dies, she’ll become fully fey. So there’s that.

Eventually they “decide” to go to the party – I say “decide” because it is strongly implied that they will be carried there by force if need be. We finish up the watches, Fen drawing a mustache on the sleeping Kaiva’s face in coffee grounds, and then during Kaiva’s watch there’s a big-ass lightning storm in the teleportation circle, and our golden boy has returned.

He sees Remi sleeping, assumes the worst, and starts casting Raise Dead, thus setting the rest of the day into motion. Remi wakes up, they embrace, and then make out for a while and cuddle, interrupted only long enough for Ondelin to punch Seru twice in the face.

Because of Ondelin’s inability to check for a pulse, he can’t raise Andraki-lite that day, and Kean can’t wait. So Kean whips out the friggin Needle and says he’s just gonna die for like six seconds and then Ondy will Revivify him and everything will be fine, everyone just take a breath.

Yannic objects in the strongest possible terms to this plan, so while Yannic’s in the kitchen with Remi and Betha while the plebs bake bread, Kean offers Fen a diamond worth 25K to die for six seconds.

Kean pops Andraclone out of the diamond, gives it secretly to Fen, Fen stabs herself and the corpse with the Needle, and then dies. While Ondy revives her, the sky turns black, a huge portal opens up outside the tavern, Kean takes his alive-again sister Somewhere Else, and some huge hyenafolk and a tiny frog emerge from the portal.

Fen manages to talk Andraki down and tells her Kean has the Needle now, and the Evil Animal Posse leave without bloodshed. Seru tries to have a conversation with Fen about waking Seru up if someone needs to die, however temporarily (it goes poorly), and then tries to have a conversation with Yannic about next steps (it goes poorly), and then snaps and drags everyone to the now-less-imposing tower for the worst Family Day ever. Drop curtain.

Bread In This Trying Time

The watches in the tavern pass relatively uneventfully, aside from Lone Wolf making plays for Kaiva’s Planar Blade. Betha feels a magical presence watching them, but other than that, nothing happens.

At dawn, a huge column of red light beams down and hits something to the northwest of us, lasting for about 30 seconds. The party then has one of their least fruitful conversations about what the hell to do now, interrupted by Kean teleporting in, exhausted, soaking wet, and clutching a diamond.

It is revealed that he did, in fact, find his sister, except she was dead in a river and now she’s in the diamond. Kean makes Remi scry on Ondelin, and apparently he’s still in the mountains to the southwest, trying to foment a revolution of celestials (these friends are shiny blue! and the mountains are snowy, which is odd because they weren’t when we were there).

Kean confirms that the light was the last Tower falling, and proceeds to pass the hell out because he did an insane amount of magic in the last twenty minutes.

Seru, feeling guilty for how much of a dick she was to this grieving brother when he arrived, goes outside and commits herself to a path that she 100% did not think through; she wakes up her Planar Blade, names it Alka, turns it into a big golden crow, and sends it after Ondelin. Alka is to tell him that he needs to hurry, something’s happened and they need a healer. Oops. Also apparently he can’t teleport, which Seru didn’t know. Double oops. And now she’s stuck for 24 hours until Alka gets back. Triple oops.

Remi bakes bread, since apparently no one can go anywhere until the next morning. It’s the best goddamn bread anyone’s ever had, and Tiny gorges on it until he is a very small round gecko ball. Lone Wolf keeps trying for one of the Planar Blades, and eventually Kaiva calls a council of everyone not trapped on the ground via magical bird problems.

Kaiva can’t activate it, but Remi can make contact. It is a Mist Blade, and it is DETERMINED that he name it. Unfortunately, it times out before any naming happens. The group decides to wait on the Mist Blade until they have a better plan for how to deal with it.

Kean wakes up, and sends Lone Wolf into a screaming terror by appearing downstairs. Kaiva badgers him into talking, and he reveals that the light column was the Material Plane breaking. Callum the Hungry God eats people to absorb their power. The Gecko Queen is Nimueh, one of the other two people on the List with Morthred. Also, Morthred is Sivoreen’s dad, and ever since Betha and Sivoreen became blood-sisters, Betha is fey royalty now. Also, apparently Gorloris is doing guerilla warfare Somewhere.

Pants Off In Front of a Fire

At sunrise (5:45am), we walk. Through wheat. For hours. We’re not alone, though! There’s a stream of geckos walking parallel to us in the wheat.

Eventually, Fen peels off to go to the bathroom. And doesn’t come back. For an hour. Also there’s smoke. Eventually we go after her and find her crouched over a smoldering fire pit, pants down. She was trying to summon Andraki as a familiar, but gets a normal frog instead, and we all go on our merry way. Except Fen forgot about the fire.

FINALLY, four hours after we discover the resulting blaze, Betha puts it out all by her tiny lonesome and sleeps the sleep of the righteous firefighter on Tana’s back. Kaiva ties herself to Fen to avoid further Incidents.

They keep walking, and are quickly approached by someone running flat-out towards where the fire had been. We convince her that the fire’s out for really serious and she collapses in exhaustion for a bit.

She is a very pale person, with visible veins and elf ears, and her name is Lone Wolf. Wolf for short. Wolf travels with them back towards Wheatfield, and so do the geckos.

Finally Seru uses magic to talk to the geckos, because she can. She makes friends with one gecko, who tells her they were sent to watch us by a woman in blue who likes knowing things. The gecko, Tiny, promptly joins the party, climbing all over everyone and generally having the time of his little gecko life.

Wolf casts Tiny Hut and the party troops inside for some rest. Remi sees something big fly overhead and talks about nightmares with Yannic. Later, Fen sees someone walking towards them, finally untethers herself from Kaiva, and goes to investigate. Long story short, she’s the Queen of the Geckos, similar to Morthred in aura, and she tells us about a party in four days that we’re invited to. Dress nice!

Tiny stays with us, and in the morning we make it to Wheatfield, a cloud forming over Gathering. Wolf goes a-looting, we go to the tower and then quickly realize what a HORRIBLE IDEA that is (or some of us do, anyway), and we go get crunk in the tavern instead. Also we learn about Planar Blades, but your fair summarizer was having an anxiety attack and didn’t take notes on that part.

Next up: A series of incredibly terrible decisions.

Twenty-Eight Cabbages Later

The party books it out of the study as soon as the curtain goes up. It’s roughly 6pm the next evening, and Fen has a huge stack of cabbages she’s counting. She has 28 cabbages. Twenty-eight cabbages. That’s as many as four sevens, and that’s terrible. So Seru feeds one to Tana, and now the total is 27.

Kean, while very happy everyone’s alive, has ants in his pants and needs to go. The party packs up the cabbages and head back to their transport; Kean teaches Yannic and Betha how to ‘zebo on the way. Yannic gives Kean an earring, so Kean can teleport more accurately and not have to walk through a million miles of wheat.

Which is what we’re doing. We decide to head back to Wheatfield, both to see if the people in Remi’s dad’s tower still need help, and to use a teleportation circle to get into Gathering to undo the time-stop (the ’zebo only goes to Gorloris’ palace, which we assume is a particularly fiery hellscape at this point). The plan is to teleport to the University, which is a) probably safe, and b) the workplace of the Grand Megas Stygia.

I say ’we’ – we’re down one golden boy, sadly. Ondelin peaces out just before the ’zebo heads back to Wheatfield, leaving everyone confused and Remi heartbroken.

There’s no more green light at the tower, the party notices as they walk, and then they notice nothing but wheat until they’re back at the set for the CSI: Sol’sora special. The party decides to camp out in the house for some form of shelter. The first watch passes uneventfully, and then a big fuck-off hellhound starts pacing the house and then busts through the door.

It’s no match for this traumatized bunch of unlikely heroes, though, and we dispatch it without too much issue. The body is HOT, being a hellhound, and those who know how drag it to the middle of the road and Banish it. As the watches continue, Yannic sees someone walk down the path, stop at the Banishing point, and keep going, but otherwise the night is uneventful until sunrise.

Next up: More wheat.

One Month After Boom Boom Day

The group wakes up, partakes of some nourishment, and then it’s on to the next room! This one’s Ondelin’s, and it starts with the party (save Ondy) in a box, and Ondy standing in the middle of a massive courtroom, surrounded by winged peers, and facing a huge lady with four white wings.

The room shifts into a typical kindergarten classroom, the huge lady in the role of teacher, Ondy shoved into a little desk meant for a five-year-old. The lady (General Lanthwin) tells him that he’s a traitor and he will be executed if he can’t pass the exam, which is to identify colors and write down what plane they’re associated with. Only problem? Ondy is colorblind.

The party cheats using Betha’s Message cantrip, and Ondy passes. Lanthwin is displeased. It comes out that this exam is set three weeks in the future, about a month after the Boom Boom Day, and Ondelin has rebelled against the celestials and become a freedom fighter.

Ondelin is horrified and says that he would never, except that the party doesn’t let up and he reveals that yeah, maybe he did kind of want out of the military hierarchy of the celestials, and maybe he requested his posting for a breather, and maybe there’s one answer he could get from the Lady of Learning that would make this all come true. Kaiva and Remi strike up an impromptu performance so Ondy can whisper his lesson to Lanthwin (who, as we soon discover, wasn’t actually Lanthwin), and then it’s back into the study and out to the next room.

As soon as the room comes into being, Fen (but a Fen with a mullet and an eyepatch, and sans one arm) starts dragging Kaiva towards a set of tables with a group of people scattered throughout. One table is empty, one contains Morthred (who smiles and winks at her), and the other has Keanvari, a lil Andraki hyena, and two unidentified people (one woman who reads as celestial, and someone we dub Milktoast, a very boring male with no discernable aura).

Once again we’re in the future! It comes out that this is a meeting to negotiate terms of surrender from us to the Hot Topic Twins, which Kaiva wrangled using her friendship with Morthred. Fen is super DUPER nervous about the whole situation, and Keanvari is Displeased to see Yannic.

Also, Betha reveals that we’re near Hellenhell, the place of the original fey banishment.

Kaiva learns her lesson, which is that she is important and capable of doing important things, and gets her answer: Soul Fire is an attack on anything that has a soul. The undead are those whose souls managed to withstand the Soul Fire attack and are therefore alive and also dead. They’re motivated by the need for food, shelter, safety, and sometimes revenge; they are those souls that burned that are still fighting.

We made it!

Step Two - Put Your Kean In That Box

The group decides that they’re good to keep carrying on without a rest, since Betha’s room caused mainly mental trauma and no one needs too much healing. Onward! Into the same room as before, but with a pedestal in the middle, and a shiny coin sitting on top.

Unfortunately, Seru (whose room this is) has had this conversation before, and is damned tired of it, so she cuts straight to the end and tells everyone about her backstory – this coin is the symbol of her clan, she gave it to someone who was starving without knowing what it was, got exiled and stripped of her name, yadda yadda. Only, whoops, turns out the coin’s loaded anyway, so fuck everything, basically. Seru reveals her original name and the door appears. (Also Fen is there and Seru’s still not sure why.)

The Lady of Learning is not entirely satisfied with Seru’s recital of the lesson, but decides it was good enough to get a “good enough” answer to her question.

Again, no one’s down any hit points, so on to the next room! Which isn’t a room, it’s a tower roof, with a swirling mass of Soul Fire being contained by someone who looks an awful lot like Remi. Spoiler, he’s Remi’s dad, and he’s a huge dick. But he’s also busy protecting at least twenty people inside the tower from the massive explosion of Soul Fire, so there’s that. #yfap

Kaiva and Seru decide to go find the survivors in the tower, and promptly find themselves back in the dark study. They find a couch and strike up a conversation that starts as Seru trying to express some insecurities about their friendship lately, and ends with Kaiva discovering that Remi and Ondelin may like-like each other.

Back in Wheatfield, Remi talks to his dad (and does not punch him off the roof, despite the ghostly voice of Fen and the real voice of Ondelin telling him that maybe he should do that) and realizes that while his dad is awful, he’s awful in the neglectful way, and not the track-you-down-and-drag-you-back way. The door appears, and Remi gets his question. The answer is that to undo the time-stop in Gathering, there is an intricate device in the core of Gathering, most easily accessed via a secret hatch between Supreme Megas Stygia, in a drawer with the combo 0482.

This time, the party takes a bit of time to explore the books. They’re all ridiculously specific textbooks. Remi flips through one, for example, on a very very ancient society from Way Back When. Then it’s onto the next room.
Immediately upon entering, Kean screams and then vanishes, and before them appears Hot Topic Kean, now officially confirmed as gasp Keanvari. He makes a door back to wherever-they-came-from and offers to let them leave while he deals with Kean. Yannic is going nowhere without that nerd, though, and the Rules of Friendship mean that no one else is going anywhere without Yannic. They follow Keanvari down a hallway, a weird portal thing that spits them back out where they were but with a more visible hallway, and then two glass coffins. Keanvari drops some truth bombs – Kean is his clone! Keanvari will inhabit Kean’s body when Keanvari dies! Kean’s a fiend but has a brooch that makes him read as celestial! Yannic’s soul belongs to Keanvari! – and then takes Kean away for a spot of torture.

We get a bit of Yannic backstory while we wait – he met Kean at a festival, and Kean lent him some of his own magic and started to teach him. After a short time, Kean returns, a bloody mess, and then starts the most epic footrace any of them have ever run as Keanvari also reappears. Highlights: Ondelin carrying Remi bridal-style, a giant fire wall, a clutch Banish spell from Kean.

Kean and Yannic both get questions – Yannic asks how to help his mother. Apparently she’s been suspended by Kean in the moment of dying, so the way to help her is the same way to help the rest of Gathering stuck in the time-stop. He could also let her die and bring her back as undead.

Everyone is tapped out after this footrace, and it’s sleepytime. Kean and Yannic hold hands while they sleep. It’s adorable. Seru pumps Remi for information on the Elvish word(s) for ‘light’, and then everyone settles in for the night (night? I’m assuming night).

Seru’s answers:

Save the still intact banishing tower and find alternate power sources for the other two
Go to 3 places to interrupt extraplanar bases

  • Hellenhell
  • Excelsior
  • Gehenna
    Stop or destroy the following:
  • Necromancer Galyara
  • Callum the Hungry God
  • Dossana the Soon-To-Be Conquerer
We're Getting Aesoped

After the most uneventful night of watches we’ve ever had, it’s time to set off for the trial. Kean wakes everyone up at 4am, because as some of the party knows, the mountains tend to have big murderous storms that happen in the afternoon, so the sooner we get to where we’re going, the better. (Also, the mountain range is home to what is essentially a fight club between fiends and celestials. So there’s that.)

Kean activates the teleporting gazebo, and it Apparates us to the mountains! Specifically, we land five feet away from a cliffside, and it’s a bumpy landing. No safety inspector has ever cast an eye over this teleporting gazebo, and in the absence of seatbelts, Yannic is flung out of the gazebo and over the cliff. We get him back up with the aid of the Friendship Rope, and Kean (looking discomfited) leads the way.

The way is made up of well-constructed bridges and a clear path, manmade and not natural. Eventually we come to a fork in the road and Kean leads us into the valley area.

Finally, about six hours after we landed, we come to a round, tall building with a tiny settlement around it. This is the Ascendancy Point for the God of Knowledge. Seru tries to hand Tana’s reins over to Yannic, but Yannic has decided to go in to keep Kean from dying as much as possible. Displeased, Seru passes Tana over to Fen. Fen spends the rest of the day trying to make friends with the townspeople, and taking their money via animal races with Tana.

Inside the buliding is a huge library, with a single person’s name on each book’s spine, roughly chronologically. Kean darts off and pulls a book of the shelf and settles in to read the. entire. thing. while the rest of the party waits. The party’s own books are on a circular table around a statue of a cloaked woman (the Lady of Learning). Seru’s has a name on it that is not the one she goes by now, and one book is labeled “Keanvari’s Left Ring Toe.” There is no Fen book, and whenever anyone opens their book, they discover a narration of that exact moment.

Kean, after finishing the book he started, starts reading the Left Ring Tome. Ondelin does a lot of pacing (as does Seru), and they ask a priest for instructions. They learn that the trials are in the basement, and are designed to teach a lesson. You have to accept and recite the Lady of Learning’s lesson, or she won’t answer your question.

Finally, Kean finishes reading and takes the Left Ring Tome into the trial with them. He pulls Yannic aside and tells him that if he dies, Yannic is to read it, and also the book labeled “Andra Keyberry.” A half-Orc named Tiller gives them five days’ worth of provisions and they go down.

The first room they enter turns out to be Betha’s. It’s completely bare, and the door disappears once they close it behind them, and also her Wild Magic has gone out of control. Out of her control, anyway, as it seems to be directed by Sivoreen, who claims she was brought there by the Lady of Learning to help Betha’s lesson.

This backfires slightly, as one of Betha’s Wild Magic bursts winds up blinding Sivoreen temporarily, and Sivoreen gets MAD. She starts hurling abuse at Betha, saying it was fun when she killed her, and she doesn’t know for sure if Betha was worth all the trouble. She tries to attack Betha but Kean manages to freeze her in place.

Everyone sits down and Betha tells everyone about how she got her magic when Sivoreen accidentally killed her while playing tag, and then tried to bring her back and make her fey (it didn’t work so well). She stands up to Sivoreen once Kean’s spell wears off, and Sivoreen freezes, and the door reappears.
Betha can see a lovely study inside, with a cloaked figure at the desk (everyone else just sees pitch darkness). She asks her question, and the Lady says that the people responsible don’t seek to destroy, but to conquer and control – they cannot control a population that is entirely dead, after all. However, they do expect pandemonium on the plane, and a huge battle when they finally find Gorloris. She offers the party the use of the room to recuperate, and then disappears, letting the rest of the party see the study now.

Nerd Out In The Wheat Field

The bedraggled forest crew makes it back to the gazebo! Yannic and Kean also make it back to the gazebo, and promptly nap. Kaiva wakes Seru up, but can’t get her out from under the bench, because the world is a terrifying place for a few more hours.

Sweet sweet Remi tries to strike up conversation with Ondelin, and gets no reply. Remi accepts this and goes back into the gazebo, where they all wait until 2pm and the charm is lifted! Everyone is suddenly able to think about things other than personal safety (although Seru is a bit twitchy for a few more hours).

It is discovered that the gazebo is a map of the world, and one can use the gazebo to teleport anywhere in said world (although you can’t be sure of a clean landing; sorry, Former Owner Of Fen’s Sick New Red Boots).

Remi, by this point, is concerned about his golden boyfriend, and makes his way up to the roof of the gazebo, to find Ondelin unconscious in a pool of his own blood. Remi wakes him, but he’s mostly catatonic, and also his skin is a little dull? Seru uses her Divine Sense and only gets one Celestial ping, from the figure asleep on the bench. Uh-oh. Eventually, with the aid of the group’s trusty Friendship Rope, Ondelin gets lowered down to the ground and healed up a bit, and then it’s time for Kean to Shell Out Some Answers.

Gathering is split into sectors as a result of its security measures, all of which are under timestops. Some are safe, some are not. It’s a mess. There are only two ways he can think of to figure out how to undo it: 1. Find Gorloris; 2. Consult the God of Knowledge.

The God of Knowledge has his oracle set up in Regartipal, or the Pale Mountains, which are either holy or cursed at any given time. This medium is not a happy one. If you make it through the trials, you get a full and complete answer to one question, but all Kean knows about the trial is that it has to do with your worst fear. This puts a damper on the party’s enthusiasm for this particular plan.

Nonetheless, they decide that it is probably the best plan they have, and set about deciding who will go in and what questions they will ask. Betha says her worst fear has to do with fire, Remi’s is a particular wizard, and all Kean will say about his chunk of the trial is that when they get there, they are to do EXACTLY what he says, when he says it.

What follows is, in our universe, at least an hour of careful formulation of the perfect questions to ask the God of Knowledge, because the DM still won’t let me live down the “What’s your next step?” incident. In-game, it takes several hours at least, up through 6pm/7pm. Betha starts making potions, and then steps into the wheat (effectively disappearing) to call Sivoreen. Kean and Yannic set a magical barrier around the gazebo and bond in a heartwarming, nerdy way. Everyone settles in for a long rest, planning to head out in the morning.

1. What practical and immediate actions can Yannic, Seru, Remi, Fen, Kaiva, and Betha take that would ensure the maximum number of people who survived the explosions on the most recent Banfey continue to maintain their ‘alive’ status without losing their free will? – Seru

2. What is the most practical and safest method, for Yannic, Seru, Remi, Fen, Kaiva, and Betha, and for the survivors in Gathering, to release the time-stop mechanisms in Gathering? – Remi

3. What large-scale destructive events are expected, by the instigators of the planar event that began on the most recent Banfey, to occur as a result of said planar event before the next Bancel? – Betha

4. What is the specific process that led to the large-scale creation of the undead that appeared on the most recent Banfey? – Kaiva

Kean and Ondelin have their own questions. Yannic and Fen have no intentions of going in. TANA IS NOT GOING IN.


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