Our party stood at a crossroads with enemies closing in from every side when a shop front materialised before them. In small groups they entered Sally Fabulous’s Arcane Oddities.
It would seem that somebody had been through their equipment and taken a number of items, including their food and money. Sally Fabulous seemed at ease with the surreal situation they were all in and tried his best to keep the party happy, gifting them with magical items such as the ‘Boots of Blinding Speed’ and ‘Cloak of Resistance’.
Sir Grifilax entered his study, initially bemused by his unexpected guests, seeing they had Annie pleased him for he had received a letter from the girl’s father requesting he meet her at her uncle’s tavern and take her to Faustsharken because of the dreams she’d been experiencing. Considering the Volkarite priests had now begun searching for her and Sir Grifilax was a prominent figure people knew were looking for her he paid Kallora and Thrash to escort her safely to Faustsharken and ensure she was looked after properly.
Meanwhile in Faustsharken, Scorn had been swiftly recruited by a group of eager students of conjuration while Vondal and Shilo got the lay of the land. Remembering their newfound earstuds that permit communication, the party briefly filled each other in on their location and situation.
By asking around Vondal found that Aricides, the wizard that had helped them in Reinmarsh was of the Transmutation school. They also asked a diviner to look into his whereabouts but the diviner was unable to find Aricides on the material plane and presumed him dead. Vondal and Shilo made their way to the Transmutation Tower to inform the wizards there of Aricides’s fate and perhaps carry out his last instruction.
Kallora, Thrash and Annie were dressed in large robes that concealed their faces and escorted out of the district. On their way to Faustsharken they were forced to take refuge from prying priests in a ground floor room of the Celestial Spire. They were here many hours listening to the gripes of an aging noble.
Scorn was entered into the Conjuration School at Faustsharken where a fellow gnome had taken interest in him… or perhaps more so in his patron. He was able to secure himself a bed and a meal for the night.
Vondal arrived at the Transmutation Tower with Shilo and was greeted at the door by an old man who walked with a stick, the two entered but Shilo backtracked almost immediately deciding to wait outside. Vondal seemed not to notice. He told the old man what the diviner had said about Aricides and that Reinmarsh had fallen to orcs. The man went to assemble a council which would convene to following day to decide a course of action.
Kallora, Scorn and Annie finally made it to Faustsharken and with their paperwork in order thanks to Sir Grifilax were granted swift access. They went towards the Divination Tower after a brief run-in with a tarot reading elf. Within the quiet tower they found a room with some bickering old women, and told them about Annie’s dreams. One in particular was intrigued and offered to help. The two left Annie behind and exited the tower, going to meet Vondal at the Transmutation Tower where he had secured some food and comfortable rooms. Shilo slept outside and nearly died of Goblin Plague.