With the Bronze Dragon Faleryx having dropped the party off and a slender small silver dragon sent with word to the capital Axis, the party tell their story first hand to the Legion’s Leader, Senator Palix Atius. The tale of the Uber trolls with thickened hides and winged mutations plus having multiple arms like the leader Marrowbreath. The story of Jallah & Alik and how they held Dovern Shutstör or Shoot under duress, having ownership in one of the quarries, a pillar of the community, word of his survival or that of his family that was being held hostage was unknown.
Having recounted the story via Drusilla he has Sergeant at Arms Peepa find accommindations for the party. When several men were moved from the tents for the party they were also ordered to find what they needed. After acknowledging the orders the four men moved away until Drusilla put her arm around one of the corporals, dubbing him Corporal Punishment she reminded him someone of her stature would need a bath before meeting with the Senator the following day. This didn’t go over well and he stated as a forward operating Legion out in the field certain amenities were not readily available. Navani Kholin stressed her concerns that someone of her stature could not believe one would state a legion’s temporary base of this size and magnitude had nothing in the way of logistics to provide the noble woman a warm bath. Drusilla reminded the corporal it was a noble woman who’s family has known the House of Atius for several generations… She also said her displeasures would be that of the Senator once she mentioned such things. Also he wouldn’t want to see her when she was displeased.
Originally what would have been dismissal of a bossy woman now had the man visibly shaking with the implications of what failure would mean. He and three others excused themselves running off to find accomindations from around the camp or at least try.
Fieden meanwhile via request from the Senator talked to the mages of the legion and had a discussion with the 1st Imperial Mage of the Legion, Berito the Wise. As a mage specializing in spells of destruction and fiery death he listened at first to the story causually before sending for a stool and a scribe as he listened ernestly to the troubling and disturbing revelation of what had happened in Harrowdale. Berito offered up a book that could help in research of the Devourer, the discussion drifted to Fieden’s area of study, realization of how the Empire looks at his school he offered up Divination as his area of study as well as a colleague by the name of Falimin from the Spider Wood. It was interesting to find out one that was a ‘drow’ diviner. Fieden bit his tongue as a silverfolk since it was considered a deragatory term for his lineage, he thanked him for the book and promised to return in when he was done and possibly discuss things when Berito was more ‘hospitable’. Taking his items that had been taken from him when he entered the area he left to get food and pour over the tome.
Eroh checked the perimeter and send his spider out to send word of the Devourer and the constant mention of this being ‘the natural order of things’. While he figured the Dire Woods would be the likely choice the spider reminded him they were closer to the Wild Wood meaning a shorter trip. Going off the arachnid’s suggestion since it seemed sound Eroh asked him to send a replacement if things would take too long.
Nivani spent her free time helping the injured that seemed unsure about the new threat. They could fight a giant or trolls, but the land itself attacking them was a new area to figure out. They feared fighting such an unorthodox enemy and hoped for their return to the crossroads at St Marice. Dalarin dealt with the loss in his own way, practicing with the legion soldiers, their numbers in formation versus him along trying to peace together better tactics for during a seige having lost much in the way of Harrowdale’s fall.
Druscilla sneaking out from her bathtime once a jury rigged tub was brought plus hot water she found the army was well disciplined even though they weren’t waiting for an attack the perimeter was vigilant but did not notice her moving about their ranks in a borrowed cloak and halberd. The officer’s mess tent had her eavesdropping, they were worried how quickly Palix had sent word to the Senate of the fall, if they would move south to fight more trolls or if they’d be returning north to the Crossroads. It was up to the Senator and it could go either way.
With the party reconvenning the next morning at breakfast among themselves they each let it be known what they had found. Fieden had found the dwarves mentioned the Devourer having been something bursting out of the underdark, Kanazi Kaa Doo or Doom, it supposedly had a rather lengthy entry in the Dwarven Great Book of Grudges. Fieden had found tales of something called the Heart of the Dungeon that was vital to the living Dungeon and it’s existence, if it was figuratively a heart or literally was unknown since he was conjecturing from tales and doing a lot of speculation from his first hand knowledge.
That day the party meet with the Senator to find out what news he had of his scouts, having not heard anything back yet they stated they’d like to resupply and head back to the Dungeons. He stated their presense had been requested at the capital, Axis. Since the journey would be long and dangerous they figured finding supplied for the journey was needed. He declined them the ability and stated they along with himself would be teleported there that afternoon. The party ’Ooh’d’ and nodded. Duscilla asked if the corporal, Granger being his actual name, would be coming as well to assist her. The sudden jerk of the man and the sudden look to the Sergeant of pleading didn’t do much as the color drained from his face when the Senator said he didn’t see a problem with that.
Moving through the party was greated by Senator Garak a half orc that Drucsilla actually was familiar with and Senator Sila Lasa who knew the Kholins. With a few days before the meeting with the Senate the party had time to themselves.
The Silverfolk siblings took to find out appropriation channels for healing draugts, potions, oils, and runes if the party needed such things for the battles to come. Nivani found out the priests of the capital had not lost their faith but the divine spark to heal and to before divine magic or rituals had been severed. While she herself could do something it was unsettling to think of the question of the temples, had the gods abandoned them?
Eroh went to a watch tower to find out if he could take a look around, if it was illegal or he wasn’t allowed he’d figure out something else he stated, a man on duty named Goran took a bribe of a copper to let him look out over the metropolis that made the Ranger a bit queasy due to the visual realization of the urbanic sprawl of the capital. All carved stone and the areas with dirt and greenery were taken by the military as areas of military practices and drills. Coming down slightly out of breath since the next closest thing in the terms of nature was on the horizon in the form of hills he asked Goran of the Brotherhood of the Great Gold Wyrm in the Capital and he was told of a place called the Golden Brew and to find a waitress called Ittalia. Doing so he found a man by the name of Olbert. He quickly picked up on Eroh’s odd nature for one associated with the Gold Wyrm. What could probably have been a fight had Eroh mentioning acts he had done that would make Olbert not try and cut him down where he stood. Eroh mentioned the task of New Port where a father of an orphanage had been summoning a demon to possess himself. How when they had used Eroh to track him to the orphanage they found he used the children in a trance as human shields. The Brotherhood had cut them down to get to their target. Olbert actually recalled the event a bit surprised and Eroh asked if he remembered the tracker dressed in rags that burried the children afterwards only to watch the brotherhood dig them up and set them on fire before cleaving the heads from their bodies just to make sure they were truly gone. Olbert commented on remembering that somewhat to Eroh’s discuss since there didn’t seem to be any remorse in what the Brotherhood did to get results.
There was no work currently in the area that needed to be done but he did offer up advise about finding out more about the Devourer, it was old so maybe going to Horizon and asking the scholars of the High Archmage for help would be the best place to do research, there was the options of going to the Legion’s Mage’s stationed at the Capital as well or the Mage Guild.
In his downtime Fieden learned the only one to successfully escape the Living Dungeon was the Price of Shadows having summoned it and talked to it before stealing the eyes of the Devourer, also talked about as the Stone Thief.
*tbc Senate talk with Count Amoss dubbed as [Elvenword for Ablebelly] by Drusilla
Eroh’s pays the fees for Fieden to use the facilities at the Mage Guild, Fieden sends words to the Elf Queen and the Lich King on the return of the Stone Theif and ask for advice and orders on what to do.
Incremental Advancement given