PCs: Garnidelia, Jack of Spades
20th – 27th of Phara, 179th Year of the Goddess
4 days left til Iomedaea
As the majority of the group made their way to the caves near Casta, Garny and Jack were left behind to tend to a sick Nazareth as best they could. Quickly realising that curing him of his food poisoning was beyond their skill, they decided to try and catch up with the others.
They found their way to the cave easily enough, with the footprints of the others marking their passage in the sand. Jack was inquisitive as to the nature of the yellow gas coming from the entrance, taking a deep lungful and getting sick for his troubles. Choosing not to push the issue, the pair were going to leave when they heard the approach of footsteps from within the cave. This turned out to be a gnome druid and bastard sword-wielding half-orc who greeted Garny and Jack civilly, but did not answer any questions. Without much to say to each other, the half-orc and gnome departed in the direction of Iomedaea, while Jack and Garny decided to get a head start on the party and head to Jebagara.
The two travelers stopped by in Huxton in the early evening, quickly picking up some much needed supplies for the road ahead. The little village was not able to supply a normal sleeping roll, however, and a rough spun sack filled with wheat stalks was the next best alternative. Being used to a more luxurious lifestyle, Garnidelia initially turned her nose up at the idea of using this, but relented with no other options available to her (it turned out to make for a moderately uncomfortable night’s sleep).
Three days travel later and the pair found themselves at the walls of Jebagara, the city sprawling before them to the north. Jack took careful note of the elven forces camped at the western wall, but neither Jack nor Garny could recall why there would be enmity between Jebagara and the Khanate. Shrugging it off, Jack was sent out to scout the full scope of the city, passing by most (if not all) of the key locations of Jebagara.
Upon returning to Garny the pair went to the Minotaur’s Horns to enjoy a meal at the popular tavern. The tavern seemed to house all sorts of patrons, with rowdy gnomes making a nuisance of themselves to a group of Slash Happy mercenaries discussing a contract with a client in one of the more quiet booths. It was one of the more unassuming customers that Garny took an interest in, however, noticing that he was so normal to the extent of being unnaturally so. She chose to take a seat and exchange words with the stranger, but received no straightforward replies. He did, however, express an intent to meet her again, before attempting to slip away in the crowded space of the tavern.
This did not escape Jack’s notice and the eidolon attempted to follow the stranger from the tavern. He wasn’t stealthy enough to avoid notice, though, and the stranger turned to threaten him with a hidden blade. Not wishing to press the issue, Jack let the man leave, with yet more questions to be answered.
Determined to find some answers, Jack and Garny set off to the Library of Irori. With various books of knowledge at their disposal they were able to find out a great deal more information including:
- some basic information on past conflicts between the Khanate and Jebagara
- more specifics on some of the names on the List
- knowledge of the four Orders of Iomedae
Garny also stumbled upon a neglected storage room containing back-ups of all the contracts for the Slash Happys and the Bloodrunners for the past 100 years (nat 20). She recorded as many of the notable contracts as she could, sure that something within them might prove useful at a later date.
Working in the library until late meant that Garny chose to stay at the Minotaur’s Horns for the night, resulting in a much more comfortable night’s sleep than her improvised sleeping roll. Determined to avoid having to use it again, she bought a proper sleeping roll from the first vendor she saw, then set off on the two and half day trip to the Last Rest.
Taking the trade road to their next destination saw the pair travel with a great deal more traffic, the result of the many travelers who wished to see the new heroes in Iomedaea. There was also a marked increase in the presence of the Knights of Egalite, the paladins seemingly out to watch over those flocking to the holy city.
The duo arrived at the Last Rest and were immediately aware of the large number of adventurers around them, ranging from hardened veterans to young farmhands who had clearly only recently learned to wield a sword. Garny deduced that they were likely here to participate in the Champion’s Tourney, hoping to face off against the best of the best (or even the Hand of Iomedae, if they were lucky).
Wandering among the many magic shops, blacksmiths and taverns, Jack spotted a group of travellers attempting to be inconspicuous with their hoods up. This was largely made ineffective due to the hulking seven foot figure who would lift up his hood and occasionally wave to passersby, a gleaming smile beaming out from beneath the hood. Jack quickly realised that this was likely to be Salvador, and attempted to follow the group while using his Hat of Disguise.
This did not go unnoticed, however, and Jack quickly found himself slammed against the wall in a darkened alleyway by one of the travellers with a bow aimed at his eye. Jack made an attempt at playing innocent, but the bowman remained unconvinced, especially after seeing through the illusion. Mentally contacting Garny, Jack was quickly un-summoned, leaving the frustrated bowman with no clue as to where he had disappeared.
Deciding to try to make her way into the city with the minimum amount of fuss, Garny made to cross over the Scales of Justice, but quickly stopped when she realised the Knights were making alignment checks on everyone crossing the bridge. She was luckily able to find a merchant who had a scroll of undetectable alignment, and hastily cast the spell on herself before the merchant could realise his mistake in selling it.
Able to make it into the city after the day long trek across the Scales, Garny chose to take rooms at the Red Parrot in Espoir. She also paid the innkeeper to look out for the rest of the party, and tell them that they could find her here when they arrived.
And with that, Garnidelia headed off to the libraries of Iomedaea, keen to learn as much as she could before the others arrived in the city…