The party learns that some ghosts will not rest easy, and so embark on a quest to find more information, make new enemies and influence people. What they find is only partially expected and perhaps a bit more condescending than they’re use to.
After chapter, Seenaë returns to work in the physicianry. Sir Tirn comes to find her, and asks if she knows of any priests of Siem in town. She admits that she does not know, but knows of a priest of Save-K’nor who may. As it is after curfew, they decide to seek him out in the morning.
The next day, the party goes to the local chandler’s, who is the priest of Save-K’nor Seenaë knows of. He tells them of a devotee of Siem called Trieste that he knows, who is a centaurian and lives out on the heath to the Northwest. The chandler agrees to send a message to Trieste, and will contact us as soon as he hears back from him. Tirn then visits the Guild of Arcane Lore to find out about centaurians, Sir Kjarri goes to the Guild of Shipwrights to find out about help for the two men seeking sanctuary in the temple, and Tamari, Nina & Seenaë return to the temple.
While involved in the mundane and rather dull task of measuring out medicines, Seenaë finds herself at the door of the physicianry. Confused, she looks back to where she was working…. and sees that she is still there, working. She immediately returns to her body and herself. Believing that she understands what happens, she tries again that evening to make it happen on purpose. She does not succeed.
3rd of Peonu
Around lunch, as small, angry crowd gathers outside the temple cloister, demanding the surrender of Aerant and Gerin, the two ex-smugglers. Seenaë helps Mateka Yoredag gather together medicines and bandages that may be needed should things turn ugly. After a while, the crowd begins to demand that the Serolan come speak with them, and he does so, alone and unguarded (to the view of the angry crowd, at least). Again, they demand the surrender of the men, and the Serolan refuses. The crowd gets angrier, and they begin to throw tomatoes at him He motions the guards back, and stands there, serene, meeting each strike with a blessing: May you never hunger. May you never thirst….. After a short while the crowd begins to come to their senses and start to sidle off, shamefaced, only to have to pass the disapproving gaze of Father Yosef. Seenaë brings soap and water for the Serolan to wash himself off with. That afternoon, men from the Seaman’s guild come to speak with Aerant and Gerin. Other than that, a quiet day is had.
After curfew, a commotion in town is heard. After the commotion ends, a runner comes to tell people what happened – a group with torches had gathered to burn the temple, or at least something near the temple. The militia stopped them, broke some heads, and sent everyone home. Very late that night, a shout comes from the walls, running soldiers are heard, and smoke and wet hay is smelt. Some townsfolk tried to burn a straw effigy, but were quickly stopped. Other than these 2 failed attempts, nothing happens.
4th of Peonu.
During breakfast, a messenger arrives for Sir Tirn – the chandler has received an answer for the party. They go meet with him once permission for our trip is given. The message is short and to the point – Come at once. The party gathers their supplies and departs. The day is spent getting out of civilized lands. Tamari leads the group swiftly through the moor. She finds a safe campsite, and marks unsafe areas in order to prevent nighttime accidents.
5th of Peonu.
The party finds that all the water they were carrying has been befouled – it smells and tastes like bog water. They walk and redistribute the weights on the horses so as not to tire them out. Because of this, they reach the glade later than expected. Once in sight of the glade, many party members fight for control of their horses – the thirsty animals have smelt fresh water, and are making mad dashes for it. They are only allowed to drink a little, and then the party makes camp and cleans out the befouled water containers.
While Nina is preparing dinner, the party gets attacked by two disgusting Aklash. Many of the group succumb to the nausea the Aklash cause, and Seenaë manages to kill one of them. Thankfully, Trieste arrives just in time, dispatching the last with his arrows, and then helping the group overcome the nausea and stench, so they can dispose of the bodies. The party speaks with him of their desire to see Abros put to rest and not destroyed. He suggests we could either destroy him, or forcibly send him to Heaven or Hell. The group asks if there is a way to commune with Siem & seek his wisdom, and Trieste suggests they sleep in this glade sacred to the god. He offers to watch over them as they sleep. Seenaë mentions Nadia’s song, and the promise the party made to her shade, and asks if he will hear it. He agrees, and they sing it for him. He listens intently, sings it back, and promises to pass the song along as well. The party begs down, hoping that Siem will visit them in their dreams.
In their dreams, Siem does come to speak with the party. He gives them many insights, and tells them they have three options in the matter of Abros – they can destroy what is left of his spirit, they can find a magic item that can remind him who he is, or they can convince him to move on. Siem says they already know in their hearts what to do, and all they are looking for is a nod and a pat on the back, which he gives them.
6th of Peonu.
Next morning, the party wakes to a wonderful breakfast prepared by Trieste. He asks them to perform a task for him, something he cannot do for himself. There are some books on a ship inside a watery cave that he would like them to retrieve for him.