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38. Teleportation Maintenance

Finally, we arrive at the promised time: Betha calls Sivoreen. Sivoreen, probably still nursing a few bruises from her last visit, appears on the edge of town, and agrees to talk with Kean about what potions might be needed. Yannic, meanwhile, asks Kean what sort of good things he wants Yannic to make him do. “I don’t know,” says Kean. “That’s the whole point.”

An incredibly long and circuitous potions talk ensues, the upshot of which is that we need 3 potions of level 8 or higher, which Sivoreen will help us obtain. The conversation ends with Sivoreen in possession of the Potion of Lots of Stuff and in pursuit of the other two, with us holding a Potion of Invulnerability that we’re not allowed to use. Ulita is distraught at how bad everyone is at negotiation, but they were hiding and couldn’t speak up for fear of being removed from the whole scene.

Kean says that he usually gets ahold of gems by going to rich people’s houses and being scary at them and then asking for them. Ulita immediately volunteers to rob some rich people, and somehow it shakes out that Ulita, Remi, Fen, and Kaiva will rob the Therris house for some shinies. Only the teleportation circle is down for scheduled maintenance.

Remi and Betha forage for food, coming across a deer that dies in front of them and sparks an incredible discussion about how to preserve what we can’t immediately eat.

Kean suddenly gets up and goes to sit by Yannic, taking his hand and telling him that everything’s going to be okay, and starts putting the Cuddle Moves on our warlock boy. We’ve figured out how long it takes for Yannic to start subconsciously mind-controlling him, y’all, and it’s creepy as fuck.

Andra’s gripping her circlet hard enough to draw blood, and Ulita puts it on to see if she needs to have hers worn to keep her okay. Only, Ulita goes blank instead, going into Puppet Mode. Betha rips the circlet off their head and Ulita faints, head smoking, muscles twitching like they’ve just been struck by lightning.

Later on, another huge-ass column of red light flashes up. “But all the Towers have already been destroyed!” you say. Yup. So Betha, Ulita, and Kaiva hop through a teleportation circle drawn by Kean to a shithole city Ulita knows near where the column was, Gehenna. (Yes, that Gehenna.)

Gehenna is a shitty mining town, producing fellstone (used to make the Shadowfell, back in the Before Times). The three snoop through the town, which is in a big hole in the ground on the third level of the Hollow, and peek their heads over the top to see a biiiiiiiiiig fuck-off army of demons and various nasties. There are chainghouls and zombies, and really really pale people with bat wings, and all sorts of other shit.

Having gathered information, the Investigators Three snoop back to wait for the teleportation circle in Keyberry Ford to stop repairing itself. Ulita finds a couple of books in the abandonded house they hole up in, and around 6:30pm Remi sends a message saying that the circle’s back on.

The Investigators Three snoop back towards the circle, except Betha trips, triggering an epic footrace against a chainghoul and a particularly threatening-looking pale person in a hood. Ulita manages to impress said person by casting Silence on them and interrupting their spell, and then pisses them off by doing it again next round. Eventually, though, the three make it to the teleportation circle and zap to Wheatfield, and then to Floy, and then back to Keyberry Ford, in hopes of shaking off any pursuers. And that’s where we ended!

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37. Draw a Dick on a Tree

We tentatively lift up the edge of the curtain, eyes half-closed, to see that nope, we’re still in that hella sad moment, Remi and Yannic cuddling while Yannic’s face leaks all over the place. While this is going on, Fen re-summons Lester and stores him in a pocket dimension for safe-keeping, and Betha retcons her own history to clarify that Kean doesn’t need a particular potion, just a very strong one. Fen draws facial hair on Ulita while they sleep. Eventually, Yannic falls asleep, and Remi puts Ondy’s circlet onto his golden head.

Betha dithers for a million years on whether or not to call Sivoreen for help; Kean says Keanvari would technically be a stronger potioneer to call, but, no. Also, Kean knows wayyyyyy too much about Ulita for his own comfort, but no, they’re not a danger.

What is a danger is the fact that Andra’s been asleep for coming up on 24 straight hours, and her pulse is verrrrrry slow, and it takes a lot of shaking for Betha to wake her up. Turns out the circlet is a Sometimes Food, and too much of it results in Badness. (Ondy, who can’t physically sleep, just gets more puppet-like the longer he has his own on.)

Remi tries to start a heart-to-heart with Kaiva, and then tries to restart the flowcharting, but now that they have a bunch of answers from Kean, the ghosts really aren’t necessary, so they hold off. Remi switches his attention to Fen, complimenting her artwork on the sleeping Ulita, and eventually the two of them go outside to ask Remi’s tree friend if Fen can draw a dick on it. The tree acquiesces, and also reveals that while they were all gone, there was a SWARM of hyena people all over town, rebuilding the house and looking for something, most likely.

During dinner, the sleepers are woken up and Ulita grows more and more confused as they learn more and more about their new friends, starting with Remi’s revelation that everyone there (save Ulita and Yannic) has died at least once. Ulita just starts taking notes on their arms and hands, and also has a very illuminating side conversation with Fen, who is very annoyed that no more shinies will be forthcoming from Kean, it seems.

Watches! Ulita and Betha take the first watch. The night is still unsettlingly calm (as the days have been), and Ulita takes advantage of it to go through Fen’s belongings, find the big-ass diamond Kean gave her, and slip it back into Kean’s pocket for later. During the second watch, Remi and Fen bond talking about bears. It’s fucking adorable is what it is.

In the morning we resume Question the NPC Time. Kean says he could restore Ondelin and Andra but not himself, and Andra could finish restoring him but not start the process. Also, this whole soul-life split thing means that Kean does, in fact, have a soul, a fact that he is emosh about, and so are all the rest of us.

Due to Ulita’s redistribution of wealth, Kean has two diamonds on him that it is safe to use, and one that is less so (there’s a person in it). He knows where to get more. Ulita goes sleuthing all over town and finds a lovely pearl necklace but no gems; Fen sends Lester hop hop hopping away to find some more shinies. We end at 6:30am, on the day Betha reluctantly agreed to call Sivoreen and ask for help.

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36. Questionably Effective Flowcharting

We pick up at sundown (roughly 8:30pm) at the teleportation circle, exactly where we were when Andraki snatched us. Seru bolts immediately, disappearing into the woods; ten minutes later, Tiny appears with letters in his mouth, addressed to each member of the party. Seru has decided to leave the group.

As the sun goes down, the traumatized party troops back to the castle to wait out the night. Betha and Remi herd Andra and Ondelin along; they will not walk on their own, but will catch themselves before falling, so there’s a lot of sharp tugging involved, but they all make it eventually. Yannic puts Kean’s circlet on and tells Kean to come to him; Kean is so far away that the connection is faint, and he can’t be more specific than that until Kean comes closer.

They set up watches for the night, but only Remi and Fen manage to sleep, and there is a god-induced unnatural calm in the area besides. They decide to ask Remi’s ghost friends about the whole mind-control situation, and also discover that the diamond on the collar around Ondelin’s neck more or less is Ondelin, minus a bit – that missing bit is in the diamond dust on the circlet, and is heavily enchanted (some sort of Raise Dead spell).

They put Andra’s circlet onto Andra’s head, to see if that completes the circuit. It sort of works; she starts moving, nodding twice and then responding to yes or no questions put to her in the same manner (she can’t speak, but she knows what’s happening; she can walk or run if necessary; she’s not acting of her own volition; she’s not undead).

Remi and Kaiva decide to act as emissaries, sending a Sending to Lone Wolf to ask for help. She is Displeased With Them, but agrees to help in exchange for, you guessed it, a Planar Blade. Kaiva, Remi, and Ondelin (and maybe Fen? Idk if we ever explicitly said one way or the other) head to Wheatfield to talk to her. Wheatfield is mostly still standing, a little worse for wear.

Lone Wolf agrees to examine Ondelin and put off claiming the Planar Blade until she manages to help the three puppet people, but unfortunately it doesn’t look like she can. They were probably killed and split during their resurrection into the two diamond pieces (the life is the collar diamond, the soul is the circlet dust). Only a few people she knows of could manage to either cast this sort of magic or undo it, not counting gods. One of those people is dead, and one of them (she implies) is Keanvari.

The party reunites in Keyberry Ford. Andra is slightly more animated than she was, but doesn’t report feeling any differently when asked. Kaiva decides to Be Brave and Repress Her Feelings by fully investigating the rooms in the castle they didn’t explore before. In the tiny room off the kitchen that isn’t the meat locker, she finds a few beds, a pair of mostly-shattered glasses, some cloth, and the lock on the kitchen-side of the door. Also, the knife setup in the kitchen exactly matches the knife setup in the little Keyberry house. Dun dun dun.

Three days pass in this manner, Fen controlling Andra to make her keep watch (and Andra manages to sleep during this time, which neither Ondelin nor – we are soon to discover – Kean have done). Yannic and Remi have some Bro Talks and Cuddles, and then Kean is close enough for Yannic to tell him to teleport.

Kean immediately teleports to Keyberry Ford, walking up to Yannic, inadvertently knocking the figure clinging to his back onto the ground. The figure identifies themself as Ulita, and says they’ve been traveling with Kean the past few days, because they found him a catatonic hot nerd just standing, and then he started walking? And that was weird, so they went along. They ask a ton of questions (accidentally provoking Yannic’s ire as they go), eat, and then immediately fall asleep, because the only rest they’ve had over the past four days is what they could snatch while koalaed onto Kean’s back.

The newcomer asleep, it’s time for a Team Meeting! Kean gets to wear his circlet and can answer questions. He’s capable of fixing what’s been done to them, but he lacks the materials – specifically, he needs himself. Yannic gets him some paper and he draws a flask, a jar, and a gem, and then tells Yannic to put the circlet on.

Now mind-to-mnd, Kean has more communication ability, and tells Yannic that they need an extremely powerful potion (possibly specifically the potions from the royale? that was a bit unclear to your faithful chronicler), to distill it down (hence the jar), and a gem to replace the diamond in the collar.

Yannic, slightly overwhelmed, just keeps apologizing and takes the circlet off. As it goes, he hears Kean’s voice in his head, clear and fully Kean, say, “It’s okay.” We end on Yannic having a good cry in his best friend’s arms.

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35. Y'all. I just. Y'all.

Here we go.

We can tell we’re not in our usual plane by the sky. It looks like an oil spill, random colors across black, and the light comes from a bunch of temporary exploding suns. The walls are 50ft tall, and there are towers and an enclosed triangle in the center. The potions in the walls are constantly changing colors. Kaiva is asleep in the corner, taking a little longer than the rest of us to come to.

The hyena man starts in on the closest – Fen – and while he’s whaling on her, Betha and then Seru get a look into that triangle. Kean, Andra, and Ondelin are standing inside, lifeless, collars like Arctus’ around their necks. There are circlets hanging on the wall by each. The Needle is resting on a table in the center.

The hyena man, Mr. Flint, is dispatched after a couple of rounds of Betha’s lightning. Fen casts Rope Trick and disappears, disqualifying herself from the competition. At this point, Kaiva stirs and wakes up, and promptly attacks Betha because those are the rules, after all.

Remi summons a spirit from his ring, and learns that taking the collars off will likely kill the wearers. There may be a way (not necessarily a spell) to undo things, but it’s beyond us right now.

Each circlet has a cheery “Wear me!” sign next to it. Seru puts on Andra’s circlet, and finds a blank husk, a bare shred of personality awaiting orders. Seru tells the rest of the party that it’s mind control, and Betha, accepting the inevitable, walks into Seru’s Moonbeam. Between that, Seru’s warhammer, and Kaiva, she’s gone quickly enough, although not quickly enough for her preferences.

By now Yannic has put on Kean’s circlet. Kaiva, getting into the spirit of things, grabs the Needle and stabs Seru with it, dying instantly. Before Seru can react, though, Yannic orders Kean to attack her; he Fireballs her, killing and disintegrating her immediately. He tells Kean to kill Remi gently, and Remi dies with a vision of Ondelin coming in for a hug.

Andraki, a bit bored by this whole affair, gives Yannic the slow clap and asks what he wants as a prize. He asks for everything we were promised at the beginning, and for Kean, Andra, and Ondelin to be put back where they were, alive and fine. Andraki complies, and we all wake up back in Keyberry Ford, sans hyena men – well. Not Kean, he wasn’t there when we were taken. But everyone else is. Alive, and physically fine, collars still around Andra’s and Ondelin’s necks, their circlets clasped in their hands, Kean’s still on Yannic’s head. Their faces are blank.

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34. Daddy (Clothing) Issues

As the party gathers to consider who they just killed and what the hell to do now, Remi and Ondelin begin an intense, serious-looking conversation, that gets cut off by the Therris ring spitting out cobwebs and covering Remi in them, rendering him immobile and nonresponsive.

Some poking at the silvery stuff reveals that they are the souls in the ring, and they’re nonhostile and trying to communicate. Ondelin plants himself down next to Remi and cuddles him through the cobwebs.

Seru tries to have a Feels Talk with Kaiva, which goes about as well as Feels Talks ever do with Kaiva. Instead, they go treasure hunting, looking for diamonds in the castle and then in the still-smoldering remains of the Keyberry home. No diamonds turn up, but the teleport circle is sparking again.

The party hides in the castle, Seru on watch with a Sending stone to call the others, Yannic and Fen hidden in an alternate dimension. Out of the teleport circle comes a swarm of hyena people, set on one purpose – to rebuild the family home. They don’t seem to be getting along well with each other, but matters are progressing when Andra teleports in at roughly 8:30am, steaming mad. Apparently Yannic responded badly to one of Kean’s texts.

A few of the hyena people break off and go after her. She hides, and Fen summons her familiar, now named Lester, to distract them. He does so by trying to seduce them. RIP Lester, until Fen summons you again.

Andra makes it to the castle and starts laying into Yannic for taking Kean for granted, but the hyena people have been Made Aware of Our Presence, and that discussion needs to be tabled for a later date. There’s a hole in the wall in the second basement that the party slips out of, and then it’s Footrace Time to the teleport circle.

A good number of the party make it, but Ondelin, insisting on carrying Remi instead of letting Tana do it, is incredibly slow, and eventually just throws Remi’s still-unconscious body 30 feet towards the teleportation circle. (He was roughly 100 feet from the circle at the time.)

All the while, a familiar-looking black ooze has been forming by the hyena people, and after Remi has been tossed, Andraki steps out of the ooze and throws a handful of dark energy at us. The world goes black, and we open our eyes to chanting, and an arena. There’s a cart going around a circular track, a very large hyena man, and something we can’t see in the center.

The rules are thus: The last person standing gets a prize. If the last person standing is one of our party, we’re all restored to life, no harm done. If the last person is the hyena man, we’re all peppered for this world. If there is no one left standing, we’re all perma-dead. There are three unidentified sparkling potions, one in each of three walls, and there will be environmental actions as well.

Let the games begin!

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33. The Five Stages of Grief

Lone Dragon figures out that Seru has figured out that she’s not a pale excitable elf woman, but in fact an actual, literal dragon. She throws up a Wind Wall and runs out of the house. Seru teleports out after her.

LD throws up a Zone of Truth around the house, affecting everyone but Seru (out of the house) and Yannic (who shrugs it off). She asks if the party was responsible for the death of Floyrian. Remi gives the party’s honest answer, which is “eh? We’re not really sure, to be honest.”

Shockingly, this is insufficient, and LD then asks if the party sent Floyrian to his doom, revealing that she’s tracked them long and far. The more persuasive folks try to convince her that he went willingly, but despite the Zone of Truth, she doesn’t believe them. Betha detects her thoughts, and gets a shit-ton of grief and rage.

Fen finally frees her frog familiar from its pocket dimension and sends it to tell Andraki that Fen might be about to die. Yannic texts Kean that he’s looking forward to their date on Thursday and also we’re all under attack from a dragon?

Seru runs around the side of the house and sees a big ol’ gold dragon, roughly 20ft long, who grabs her, flies her up, and drops her like last week’s chain mail. LD then flames on the house, knocking Betha and Remi unconscious. Remi pops up to 1 hit point due to Ondy’s forethought, and Ondy wakes Betha up. Oh, and Yannic sees a blob appear under the table in the house, and it’s growing!!!!

At this point the wind wall is gone, and the whole party moves outside, officially Frightened by LD and watching the roof cave in. Despite the fear, they’re throwing what they have at LD and doing some visible damage. Andraki (the blob) finishes materializing, turns her Planar Blade into a chair, and settles in to watch the show.

Remi pops out his own Planar Blade dragon, who attacks LD, bringing her down far enough that Seru can finish her off with a shot from her Planar Blade Crossbow. Hooray!

Only, closer inspection reveals the family resemblance – this was Bob’s daughter, roughly 700 years old. Seru takes two scales and wanders off to call her deity to head off a crisis of confidence. It doesn’t go super well, although he’s not mad. (About the dragon. He’s still very mad about the Keanvari thing.)

The only place we deem safe enough to rest and heal is the room in the castle containing the remnants of Callum’s statue, and we hole up there to lick our wounds. fin

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32. Make a Floor Check

When we last left the scene, Kean and Yannic were in a stalemate in the kitchen, Yannic glowering silently in the corner, Kean cooking frantically at the stove. Remi turns up his cheer to 11 and tries to help. It goes nowhere, and Yannic leaves to go sit sadly by the river.

Meanwhile, Andra is pumping Betha for all the hot goss, but is interrupted by Remi’s return. She goes to yell at her brother some more, and the rest of the party (sans Yannic and Tana, who goes to cuddle the sad warlock because he is the best of us all) decide to go spelunking in the creepy castle.

The castle is deserted, empty, and destroyed by means other the cruel hand of time. Kaiva finds a stone eye and finger, eventually determined to be from a statue of Callum the Hungry God that has been exterminated with EXTREME prejudice. The eye goes out the window. The finger goes in Seru’s belt pouch.

Fen finds a rusted up door hiding a spiral staircase, and Seru senses a faint undead presence 60 feet down, so down they go. The descent is split every 20 feet by a new floor (term used loosely), and by all accounts it is a wonderfully-prepared dungeon crawl, with mysterious wind and water and whatnot. Instead, we find a kitchen, with bloodstains from all the people that were killed and fed to Callum.

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We bounce down the rest of the stairs to find a room chock full of skeletons, some of them moving. Seru cleans house with Moonbeam and they dip back out into the sunlit world.

Kean and Andra are still in the house, cooking and talking about something or other, so the rest of of the party cuddles in various piles on the riverbank until dinner’s ready, around sunset.

Fen tries to talk to Kean; it goes about as well as you would expect that convo to go. Kean tries to dip after dinner but Remi corners him to talk about the Therris ring. Apparently it’s hella old and hella powerful and hella full of souls that were sworn into it (not stolen), and Remi can ask them questions! That’s neat.

Next up is Kaiva, who asks Kean wtf is up with the whole blood knight thing. Turns out she somehow bloodswore herself to Morthred. Huh. Wonder when that happened. sideeye Kaiva threatens Kean into talking to Yannic, implying that he might throw himself into the river.

Kean races out to Yannic to make sure he doesn’t get his fancy clothes wet, and they have yet another angsty awkward conversation about their feelings and trust and whatnot. Kean tries to flee, like, three times, but Yannic is having none of it, and eventually they decide to meet in two days (on Thursday) to talk with adequate preparation time. Nerds. The Clone Twins bounce.

Meanwhile, Remi talks to Seru and wakes up his Planar Blade, using Sending. He names it Isilme (moonlight) and makes it a poetically-described black feathered dragon with lightning breath. The Foreshadowing Bell Tolls.

Watches! Seru and Remi discuss matters of the heart and feelings and shit, and see some blue lightning poking around in the teleportation circle. We poke Yannic awake and make him look at it, and decide that it’s just someone testing the connection. We remember that we couldn’t scrub the sigil for Keyberry Ford from the Wheatfield circle, so, that’s fun. The Foreshadowing Bell Tolls Again!

Fen and Betha talk about the circle on their watch, and about Kean and what’s up with him and Yannic. Continuing the theme, Kaiva and Yannic have a fabulous conversation about Keannic and also Yannic could be more considerate about Kaiva’s feelings, maybe ask about her day sometimes? An hour before dawn, Lone Wolf runs past their house in an unholy panic, making for the nearest empty house. Seru runs to get her and brings her back to the house with everyone else. Apparently the dragons came back to Wheatfield, Lone Wolf says.

Also, Lone Wolf is a dragon.

DUN DUN DUN

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31. Welcome to the Safetydome

Betha returns at sundown, the familiar whooshing sound waking us from our AU dream. It’s been two days for her, doing paperwork in the Feywild because Morthred’s gone missing and the line of succession needs updating.

We can all remember the dream, and eventually determine that it was semi-divine in nature and was specifically given to us, although we don’t know from whom.

Ondy’s still out on the town, and Remi sends a Sending after him. We discuss the dream while we wait; Fen has some vague ideas about where Party Island might be located off the northwest coast, and also Arctus was at the party! He had a shiny thing around his neck, never moved from one spot, and looked charmed to hell and not in the good way. Ondy texts back: It’s only been three hours on the Celestial plane, but he’s on his way back.

The watches go fairly uneventfully for the most part; the second watch, Kaiva and Yannic, hash out the whole Kean situation, and Yannic ignores a smudge of movement on the horizon. Third watch, Remi and Fen, notice that the smudge is in fact two dragons – one is gold (not Bob though), the other bronze, and while they’re smaller than the rest of the dragons we’ve encountered, they’re still fuck-off big. Remi makes bread for the guests.

Gorloris is gathering the remaining Banishers to a place a couple miles to the north, in preparation for a big strike against The Enemy and putting the barriers back up. Our party would really love to help, really we would, except half of us have to wash our hair and the other half of us have to help their grandmother stop being on fire, really sorry! Eventually the dragons leave and promise to come back later to pick us up. Also, they have an egg.

We head to the Tower as a potentially defensible place to wait for Ondy, and spot the meeting place on the horizon, north and a smidge west. Ondy finally teleports back in, and Kean, upon hearing what has happened, texts Yannic a teleport symbol, old and unrecognized by the party.

After a brief detour in the alchemy lab involving Yannic, a light spell, and a pot of boiling acid, we go shopping in Remi’s dad’s closet and head off to parts unknown.

The town we end up is about 300 years and very abandoned, although we find and hole up in a house that is significantly younger in terms of abandonment. There’s a big castle that used to be a temple to smaller local deities (with inscriptions in Undercommon), and the town is called Keyberry Ford. Also, as soon as we’re within the wall surrounding the town, a barrier goes up and seals us in. Yannic begins sending very very angry texts to a suspiciously silent Kean.

Betha calls Sivoreen (accidentally sending her splatting against the top of the dome), who says that she can’t get them out, only Kean or Keanvari can. Knowing he has Kean’s magic, Yannic manages to dispel a 30ft circle of barrier for twelve seconds, proving that we could get out if we need to.

We don’t need to, as it turns out, because at 5:30pm Andra teleports in, dragging her brother by the ear, and makes him drop the barrier. Kean tries to straight-up flee, but is knocked out by a clutch Sleep spell from Remi, who is nearly as pissed as his BFF about Kean’s treatment of said BFF.

While Yannic tries to talk about trust and betrayal and boundaries over Kean’s Apology Cooking (Kaiva as angry chaperone), Andra drops some knowledge about their hometown. The temple/castle/temple again was to Callum the Hungry God. She and Remi chat about the Awkward Boys – apparently Kean has a diary full of horrid love letters to Yannic that he never sent. Curtains down on this sweet scene, and, across town, on Kean creating food because he’s too bad at apologizing with words.

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30. Dream Works

Good morning starshines! The earth says hello! Especially to Kaiva and Fen who are Hung Over when everyone wakes up. Drink responsibly, kids. Kean comes down and starts making breakfast. A lot of breakfast. Like, an insane amount of breakfast. He enlists Remi to make bread for this Breakfast Extravaganza. Andra says that this is a bad sign; he cooks as an apology.

Eventually All the Food is done cooking, people eat, and Kean and Yannic have a heartwrenching conversation outside. Apparently Keanvari wants them to take their relationship to the next level because should he die, he’ll immediately wake up in his Horcrux, Kean, and killing Yannic to get his powers back will be so much easier if Yannic’s nearby at the time. Kean has to stay away, for Yannic’s Own Good. A lot of crying happens, and some hugging, and the Clone Twins depart.

We all sit around, waiting for Betha to reappear, until the afternoon. Seru goes to visit Lone Wolf, who’s doing arts and crafts to make (hopefully) a magical staff. Seru helps her by doing magic for an hour, and then goes back to the tavern.

At around 4:30pm, everyone takes a nap and has the same dream. We dream that we managed to save the world on Banfey and have been summoned to Gathering to be thanked by Gorloris. Upon seeing him, Seru feels an odd urge and, giving in, socks that dude right in the face, making his elfin wife laugh a lot. Gorloris asks what we want as a reward for saving the world.

Fen asks to be unpoisoned, which takes the Gathering healers a lot longer to accomplish than it took Andraki’s underlings back in the darkest timeline. Yannic asks to learn some more magic, and Mrs. G. tries to teach him, until realizing that the reason his magic isn’t working awesomely is that his power comes from Kean(/vari), at which point Gorloris offers to be Yannic’s patron instead. Seru is content with her violence. Kaiva asks for a few small paltry things, like a couple sets of giant statues of her and Seru, a huge party, and so on.

Eventually Gorloris reveals that he has a request to make of us in turn. His son (whose name your dear summarizer did not get down) has been missing for 10 years after being kidnapped while drunk at his birthday party, and shortly after the failed Banfey rebellion, they got a ransom note. Apparently he’s being held on an island. He could be in one of two forms: a part-elf young man, or a big ol’ platinum dragon like his father.

Other things we learn: The Traveling Gazebo apparently belongs to Mrs. G., who offers it to us to find the island in question; and if we find Prince Arthur he can bring us back, and if he’s dead, his body will bring us back to Gathering.

At this point the campaign devolved into the party trying to decide between about eight different things to do for the rest of the dream, and I logged off for the night.

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29. Other Than The Death Threats, It's Been Fine

The food is getting cleared away, y’all. It’s time to get buckwild.

In a stunning feat of memory, Remi realizes that he’s sen Milktoast before, and not just in the Lady of Learning’s trial. Apparently “Eric Bridger,” aka Milktoast, has been a servant at nearly ever fancy rich-person party that Remi’s ever been to, going back possibly 10 years. And he’s never aged a day.

Yannic’s mission, if you’ll recall, is to get Andraki away from the Twister mat and back to Keavnvari’s side. This is accomplished by Seru talking to Kaiva and convincing her to convince Andraki that it’s time to go. Kaiva gives Andraki a piggyback ride over to the other pavilion where Keanvari is waiting (Betha and Remi splitting off to stay within 500 feet of Morgaine).

Over in Morgaine’s tent, Dossana approaches Remi. Apparently she’s been told that he’s the guy to talk to in order to make the world safer and more orderly? He’s the man with an infinite army. Remi is confused.

Kaiva deposits Andraki with her brother and the two of them start to have a private conversation that Fen shamelessly eavesdrops on. Apparently the Hot Topic Twins are waiting for a dragon to come to the party. Armed with this knowledge, Seru goes to fill in Betha and Remi.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Sivoreen and Betha have a chat about Onrubia’s speech and the events of the party. Sivoreen says that Betha can take her sweet time visiting Morgaine; the Feywild isn’t the safest place to be these days. Also, if the party wasn’t given dance cards, they can probably go at any time.

Taking this to heart, the party tries to gather to leave. While this is happening, Keanvari quizzes Yannic on why the party’s happening. The correct answers? 1) It’s a party. 2) It’s a very very obvious trap 3) Those people who fall for the trap are people Keanvari very much wants to see eaten by a dragon. He tells Yannic he can go.

Except not really, because while they’re all trying to leave, Yannic gets stopped 500 feet from Keanvari. Whoops. In an attempt to fulfill her prime directive (and forgetting that her prime directive has been changed for this one night), Seru steps to Keanvari, who gets annoyed with her, which makes her stubborn, which gets her zapped. Kaiva and Fen, who’ve been dancing this whole time, dance-battle their way out of the pavilion and into the garden with the rest of the party

While the party rests, they notice the starts start winking out. Fast. Yannic checks his texts for the first time that night, realizes Kean thinks he can get them safely out, and they take him up on it.

Before Kean can get there, the Hot Topic Twins start booking it for the exit. The party, thus free to do the same, book it for the exit. They find the Twins crouching in front of a terrified-looking Frankenstein’s monster. The Clone Twins are standing nearby.

We get our stuff and the Hot Topic Twins teleport away with the undead creature. The Clone Twins teleport us home, and tell us that the Frankenstein’s monster is Callum the Hungry God, and the HTTs have gone to torture him for fun.

Back in the tavern, Kean and Yannic have an awkward chat, ending in an agreement to meet up the next day and talk about how much time they want to spend together. Yannic goes downstairs and chats with Remi about Remi’s nightmares about seeing his grandmother die. This heartwarming tale is interrupted by Andraclone marching downstairs, walking up to Yannic, and saying, “He was trying to ask you out.”

Yannic, furious that Kean didn’t use actual words to do that but also steadfastly refusing to use his own words, blusters for a bit and has more Bro Time with Remi, Ondy being off somewhere fighting for freedom. The party settles down into watches, and aside from a series of flashes of light coming from Wolfy’s house, the night passes quietly. Dawn comes and brings with it messengers from the fey, come to take Betha to the Feywild. She goes. Curtain drops.

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