They let the last wounded spider run off into the ruins of Helmsgaard and collapsed to the floor to regain their strength. After a few minutes of rest and refocus, the party made their way back to the entrance. Shouting and saber rattling could be heard from down the hallway. Naryl moved forward and saw many of the townsfolk had entered the caves armed, trying to forcefully remove the Kobolds from the caves.
Rhaan and Gazal were able to get the townsfolk to leave the caves while Mesa led the Kobolds back through the door. The Kobold who acted as their leader, Pun-Pun, gave Mesa a password in Draconic that he could use should he need to come through their territory. With that the inhabitants of Nibelheim resealed the door.
They spent the next day taking it easy and on the following morning received a written invitation to meet Ruta Skadi at The Temple grounds at sunset.
During that day, Mesa met Longtooth Shifter while he was gathering medicinal herbs by a stream. From the looks of it the Shifter had been traveling for a long time. This stranger introduced himself as Edmund Dantes and said he was searching for an ancient temple to a serpent god that he believed was in the area.
Meanwhile, at roughly the same time, Macarius found himself tending to the family mill. It was slow and extremely dull. An Eladrin male, a few years ahead of his twilight, entered the mill, remarking how little has changed since he’d been in Nibelheim several years ago. He talked with Macarius about his mark. He introduced himself as Immeral Lavondyss of Rasmark and he was in Nibelheim to partake in Oktoberfest on last time. Before leaving he placed his “second gift” onto the counter. It was a small tube of residuum.
Late that afternoon an island, floating in the sky, emerged from the southern stormwall and drifted northward. It was visible for about an hour or two before disappearing over the Ghylfang Mountains and into the northern stormwall.
When they met with Ruta, she mentioned the island was a sign the Feywild was moving. She talked about the mark, the prophesy, and how the Feywild Masters will seek them out and kill them in order to maintain their hold on Sola. Only one of them would have the power to truly end the hold that the Feywild had over Sola.
She suggested that they seek a vision from The Oracle as to the nature of their fate. She produced five blue pills and five red pills. The blue were chosen by those who believe they controlled their fate. The red were chosen by those who believed that their fate was already set. Naryl and Reuse chose red, while the rest chose blue. All but Mesa consumed their pill, so he stayed behind and did not receive a vision from The Oracle.
Rhaan saw the Great Primal Beast driven off a cliff by a creature whose shape kept changing and could not stay fixed in one form. Naryl saw a jaguar crushed by Melora. Gazal saw Telmerik, but it was not what she expected to see. These were fleeting and almost incoherent visions that seemed to last for moments.
Soon the five of them began to see the same vision. A death white tree, stripped of bark, devoid of leaves, branches like claws clutching upward to the sky, rose from where the oracle stood. From that tree descended four wraiths, malevolent spirits that sought to remove life from the living. They first attacked Naryl and Reuse, but soon brought death to each of the five.
With a start, the five of them awoke and found themselves in the garden outside The Temple with Ruta Skadi. She asked what they saw. Naryl asked if she knew what would happen, but Ruta did not. Had she known, she would have warned them. In spite of their near death experience, Ruta Skadi believed the fact they shared a common vision was evidence of a common path ahead.
Nine Days to Oktoberfest
The next morning all six went up to see The Oracle. They found four dead bucks and a dead doe, placed in a circle around The Oracle. Naryl decided to properly send off the spirits of the bucks. With Rhaan’s help, Gazal brought the doe down from the mountain. Ruta states that the deer had likely taken their deaths and spared them last night. What compelled the deer to take their deaths, Ruta couldn’t say.
Naryl suggested they leave immediately. Gazal suggested they go to Telmerik, where they could find out more about The Marks, Feywild Masters, and the storm. Mesa felt he needed to find the underground temple he fell into over a year ago and wished to avoid Edmund Dantes, the Longtooth Shifter he encountered the previous day. Mesa reckoned it shouldn’t be more than a couple of days to find the temple and see if there’s anything to be gained from it for this journey.
For returning the Kobolds to Helmsgaard, the party completed a minor quest of their own design (there are benefits beyond XP for this). They were beaten in the combat with the wraiths and gained no combat rewards. This brings the experience total to 683XP.
Also, rather than info dump you at the game table, the info dump is linked in the text above and here: Feywild Masters.
Question of the Week
It’s dinner, you’re hungry, what’s the preferred method of dealing with it?