We were in the tent we hear horses leave the area. We exit and Gerald notices what appears to be a fuse burning several tents away near a large quantity of gunpowder. Violet lifts the sarcophagi and heads towards the cave while Gerald teleports Bella to the top of the hill. I hear someone say something indicating aiming a canon.
Arthur orders our lackey to go out and get them to stop them from firing and runs towards the road at an angle to put him out of the line of fire. Arthur sees Gerald, myself, and the lackey who has been stabbed. Violet shot one of the men on horseback. A man who appears to have the blatant gift. He told the men with him to rush us. She shoots him again, apparently breaking his concentration and he rode around the hill away from the engagement. She retrieves her weapon from Triis and walked down the hill reloading and assessing the situation. Arthur put the people on horses asleep as they tried to rush him but could not get the horse to cooperate.
Gerald teleports Querine toward the canon. She pulls the fuse, which has nearly burned into the pan, burning her hand and Gerald teleports in, himself. Querine tries to draw her weapon but can not grip her sword with her burned hand. Those around Querine and Gerald try to attack them but are not able to do so. She dodges and he is unmoved by them. Gerald wounds one of them causing him to fall. Querine creates vines to ensnare each of the remaining three. One person manages to break free while Gerald reloaded. Querine shot him, attempting to light him on fire but failing, still incapacitating him. Gerald shoots the man who falls off of his horse incapacitated. He teleports the man back to Violet.
When all assailants have been subdued. Querine ties up those who were trapped in the vines and goes to Violet to have her hand treated for the wound. Violet also treats the man with the blatant gift as Querine ties him, and those Arthur put to sleep.
Gerald reads over a scroll in Karazed which appears to be a Corpus grimoire of some sort. There is also a a book at appears to be of a different dialect of the language of meaning. Gerald believes that they are Aurex based and thus Infernal.
Arthur wakes the tied man with the gift and interrogates him. We learn that he was trained by Master Paul from the books that the Farrani Corps left behind and needs to use the restoration spell on the sarcophagi. It is the body of a Fae creature of immortal lifespan. Arthur continues to interrogate him and learns more about the state of affairs in their court. After comparing the name on the sarcophagi and the scroll Gerald is sure that it is not the correct sarcophagi but is a creature of the same name type. Arthur wakes all of those that I had tied earlier and was able to make them into allies.
In the cavern we find a great deal of equipment but nothing remarkable initially. Some broken magical artifacts. Gerald glows to facilitate the way for us and floats along out “friend.” We enter another room and find shelves with approximately 150 remains of bodies. Querine and Arthur begin to consider that they should wake the creature in the sarcophagi rather than destroying it. It seems that the bodies that are here were stored here for some reason. As if they could be resurrected at a later time. After reading further into it though Gerald and Arthur determine that the spell is tainted and dangerous but that it may be worth studying further. Gerald keeps the scroll.
Through our “authority” Arthur tells them to pack up the camp and prepare to return to the ship.
Meanwhile, I heal and speak with the trees at the base of each of the sarcophagi. I learn the stories of the people entombed here. They were helping the being in the center to ascend but were killed in an accident before they could accomplish it.
Archimedes reports back that he did not see anyone else on the route.
We take all of the firing pins from the canons, some gunpowder, and restock our supplies where convenient and begin to make our way to the other encampment that our “friend” identified on the map.
After some time and discussion we determine that he needs to be eliminated to reduce any chance of us being spied upon. We teleport away and kill him. Removing him from his companions we kill him, checking his body for vis before using Violet’s sword to destroy him entirely.
On our way, Violet finds a Regio but it appears abandoned.
When we reach the shipyards we see that our naval ships are still smoldering and the Praetorean ships were anchored just outside of the yard. There are probably 20 ships anchored in the harbor. From the mountaintop we can see that there are Praetorean patrols around with several tents set up. We begin to develop a plan to take control of their ships, since all of ours have been destroyed. Violet and Gerald disguise us. Arthur looks like the leader we had captured and killed earlier with the plan to infiltrate the shipyard and interrogate or gain command of the ships in other means.
Seasons: 2, CP: 2