We finish buying our items and head over to a tavern called the Black Cauldron. We enter the tavern and the place is rocking even with a minstrel that sucks, everyone is drunk but not violent yet. Tumbleweed buys a round for all of us, and we sit around. Alaric starts asking Kera about rumors in the city and they get on about the king being a dragon or something and that the king is a reborn dragon slayer and there is normally problems between Traste and the Dragon Isles. We head back to the palace when Yolo realizes that he doesn’t have his escape power back yet. We get back, go to our rooms Kera leaves us and tells us that she is on call as long as we are here. Tumbleweed asks Kera if he has an invite to a party if she will go with him and she agrees. Tumbleweed summons a servant and asks if he has any invitations awaiting him for parties/balls/etc. The servant does not recognize Tumbleweed, but hands Callista a silver platter with three envelopes on it. She opens them and they are invitations to the Torquen’s for dinner, one from the Vander’s for tea the next day, and one from the King “He does not know Saul’s business but if vampires are moving in he needs to know and would like a meeting soon.”
Rachel says this place is better than where they are and asks Callista if she can get her stuff transferred and she agrees. We decide to visit the king before dinner and then the Torquen’s for dinner. Alaric asks Tumbleweed how he feels about him pissing in Aasyria’s cheerios by selling the knowledge of firearms and gunpowder. Rachel comes back to the room after going to the seamstress to get a dress made. We head to meet the king. We enter a small room that has been converted to a sort of war room with a tall nice looking well built man and a short man in robes. Tumbleweed introduces himself and the rest of us. The tall man is King Alexander and the short one is Lord Duncan. He says that necromancy and undead are illegal and he was expecting to have to jump him but now that vamps are alive no problems. Alaric then offers the king the knowledge of how to make firearms. The king asks him what he wants. He says he needs protection from Assyria, Insea, he wants nobility, and asks us if we want anything. We discuss things for awhile and we ask for shards if he has any or can tell us where to find them. Most of the ones they have found they bought from adventurers. He is giving Alaric the 3rd manor, make him a duke and he can make nobility as he sees fit. This means, titles, lands, servants, soldiers, etc. While we are in the Dark Forest he would like us to find Athena a lizard woman and Laurel a centaur and he will give us whatever we want. We will be staying in the palace for a few months while Alaric trains some smiths, Malik asks for access to the library and is granted.
Malik asks about the mists and King Alexander says the gods did something to the world and now there is only mist on the other continent above the north wall. Although when we showed up at the cave there was mist but when we came out it was gone, but the mist seems to be contained only on the other continent. We leave and Duncan comes with us to talk to Alaric about his household. The nobility in Traste = King, prince, Duke, Marquis, Baron, Baronet, Count, Lord (knight). Alaric names his House Greyland. Rachel asks Callista to the other room and gives her a parcel with some dresses. He makes Yolo and Malik Lords (for now). We go to get clothing for the rest of us. Alaric then hires Kera to be the Reeve for his House and makes her a Lady and she agrees.
We go to the Torquen ancestral home in the city. All four nobles there at dinner other than us is a Torquen. Jason (eldest son), (cousin – Female), (two daughters). A few times during the dinner we feel like we were about to say something stupid but Rachel redirects conversation everytime. After we get through the normal noble banter, the ladies leave and Jason talks to us. He says he wanted to know about the Torquen that was traveling with us, we explain that he is a hero of Sera now and that the reborn Torquen is no longer in him. He asks what our plans our while in the city and then wishes us a good evening and says we should do it again.
Over the next two months, Malik spends time researching in the library (shards, Telarius, magic – in that order, I find nothing on shards but just on horn shards, nothing about telarius other than a few mentions, I need to do that research more in the blue mist section of the world), Tumbleweed takes care of the airship and train with the weapon masters that are in the city but doesn’t find any in town but hears rumors that they have moved on to the Dark Forest, Callista looks into the Dark Forest and a meeting with Saul(he shows and she asks about why he didn’t intercede when Terra took the shards, she asks about new shards and he says he doesn’t have any but he could look into it, he asks why she is in Traste and she says she kind of had a flashback and explains, they talk about his past for a bit, then she asks about a tower of magic, he may know where one is, he touches her face and an image appears in her mind and he tells her if she goes looking for it she will find it but if she wants to know more she can but he wants nothing to do with them, he wants her to meet at some point her future sisters, He hands her a favor and says it will only work on melee weapons but if you fight a Slayer whoever goes to kill it use it to kill the slayer or it will get away and bring back others), Yolo trains with his pet and trying to figure out how the shard of Earth works (he can change reality regarding how earth things work in small ways, mostly effects and things in the short term) he can make the earth elemental shape last all day or move faster when he earth travels but he starts having terrible nightmares about ghouls again, Marcus…
A week in Alana shows up to talk to Alaric. She is going to make sure that he gets this right. She talks some time to teach him the basics about being a vampire. She says she thinks he can kill Kaz’Akul and yet still remain a vampire lord. She says she got the idea from watching Marcus and the reason there are no new heroes is because the reborn take over eventually. He is a vampire if he wants to change he has to try new things, don’t feed on animals, find something else. The only other person who might be able to do this too would be Tumbleweed since he is of the new races, the rest of us are of the old races and wouldn’t be able to do this. Kessa might be able to feed him with the negative energy maybe feeding on undead.
Laurel was King Alexander’s wife was a centaur that got turned human, had a phoenix from the phoenix orb, Father Pheonix is in Chargrin lands, to find Athena we would have to find a Chaosian and go to the Slayers and talk to the Mother to find her. Saul has not decided to bring back Soul Blades into the world yet or not. Anyone who was a creator of something has to decide to bring back that item, if they do not then no one can bring them back. In the library Callista reads about the Dark Forest – Towers of Magic, Fey, Slayers, Undead but there are so many things going on it is tough to sift through for fact vs fiction.
Yolo approaches the party in the last two weeks about dreamers/dream walkers/ etc. Alaric thinks that maybe in the dreamworld Yolo is now a ghoul there. He meets with a monk of an order that believes that the real world is the dream world and the dreamworld is the real world. They talk and they go to sleep, turns out Yolo is a ghoul in there, the monk is an emissary of the goddess to the dreamworld but he can’t do anything about it. Yolo asks if he can stop the dreams from crossing over and he tells Yolo that he would have to teach him how to dream but he doesn’t approve of giving up the real world for a dream. He will have to find someone in the dreamworld to fix him if they exist out there. Yolo has his full level in the dreamworld, maybe because the ghoul bit him, but he is unfamiliar with it. He starts teaching Yolo the dream skill.
Alaric talks to Saul about feeding off of something other than blood. Saul talks him into eating souls because its easier but he really wants to feed on emotions. Saul puts his hand on the side of his face and he sees this ludicrously hot woman in the Dark Forest. Saul says that he should find this woman, feed on her till she is empty and he will be able to feed on emotions afterward. He put a ritual in Alaric that if he should feed on her he will consume her essence and be able to feed on emotions afterwards. If we go to see Father Pheonix, bring a present, something worthwhile.
We board the airship and head towards the Dark Forest. Before the forest is a building, like a waystation, bearing a flag of one of the noble houses but we don’t recognize it. The forest canopy looks too dense to try to land. Tumbleweed says that he can make the ship land, we go into the forest and then have the ship follow us, so we do. We notice that there are not nearly as many reborn here as there are in Assyria, we figure because the mist is in Assyria and not here. We stop in the waystation and stock up on supplies.
ABA’s – Ian – 12, Will – 10, Rob – 10, Brian – 10, Shayla – 10, Eddie – 0