Around noon on the 32nd of Kiriel, we return to Aesira to find our heroes recovering from manhandling and paralysis by means of Karadel’s hospitality and warnings. Making their way around the Petrified Innkeep with their faculties in order, the band discovered the operator and barkeep of the establishment, lying frozen upon the floor, seemingly having been made subject to a reatment similar to our heroes. Improving over time, the apparently mute barkeep nonetheless managed to communicate with Mattimeo, and did not seem overjoyed with how his day had been going.
Leaving the establishment and making their way southward within Shanties Town, the town appeared to be in festive mood in preparation for the Dawnbirth holiday, which would occur on the following day. The band split up on separate endeavours, with Durkax and Mattimeo heading into the Haedensturm, while Krov and Pelaios made their way towards the ’sharza Smithy.
The Haedensturm duo managed to trade Krov’s old, busted plate armor in Trader’s Square to a Skarra mender by the name of Vapos, gaining a strangely carved staff and a small set of studded leathers in exchange. While trying to sell an unvalued gem, they also bumped into Split the Kenku, who pointed them towards the Wild Bard Jewellry Shoppe. At this location, with the help of the Kenku proprietor Caw, they identified the gem they had found in the Four Spires as a black tigers-eye amethyst, seemingly having been cut by Vehemaia the Patcher , and sold it off for a tidy profit.
Meanwhile, Krov set about forging a second set of studded leathers, while Pelaios went towards the Winter Wind to have a conversation with Gust on the subject of the individual known as Crowley. Trading two weeks of bardic performance in exchange for the information, the Kenku warily directed him towards a tavern called the Cross Roadhouse.
Our heroes later convened at the Speared Stout for the evening, finding themselves to rest in their respective rooms.
On the morrow, after awakening that some of them thought was the giant eagle form of Crom, which turned out to be Durkax fiddling with his new staff, the band started heading towards the Martial Twins district of the Haedensturm in order to seek out Crowley. Arriving at the luxurious tavern, the band was greeted by warm meals, delicious liquors, and the visages of Crowley the Kenku information broker and Garm, his large, black mastiff.
After some discussion, Pelaios agreed to be the signatory to a contract drafted by the broker, granting them information regarding Karadel’s tower and protection against his scrying, in return for an artifact that once belonged to Crowley called the Riftshard Vainglorious. The contract also included two additional, optional riders which could be used by the signatory should our heroes feel the need, but with each coming at a heavy price.
Bidding the enigmatic figure good day, and finding the Cross Roadhouse a simple storefront upon turning around, the band made their way to a tavern they had passed earlier called the Pugilist Arms. Rumors had been going around the city pinning the establishment as one of the few locations at which one could qualify for a martial tournament called the Northern Calamity, a possibility at which Krov leaped.
On their way into the tavern, they met “Dylx” making her way out of the taverns fighting pit after an easy victory, along with a gigantic yeti in a flowery apron called Showshard who appeared to be the manager of the tournament, and Clizdis Wilddelver seemingly playing the part of bookie. Krov entered the octagonal fighting pit, facing of against Vapos, the very Skarra who had bought his old armor the day before.
Making easy work of the mender, Krov found himself victorious, and was made privy to two pieces of information by Showshard: a firehaired female by the name of Ristvek was well on her way to becoming the top contender in Wittershins, the city in which the main tournament was to be held. Additionally, Krov’s next opponent in the pit would be Dylaxsharza herself, his blacksmithing mentor.
Victorious, decently wealthy and with an ominous contract in their possession is where we leave our heroes, in the late afternoon on Dawnbirth, the 33rd of Kiriel, Beyond the horizon.