Arthur returns and confirms that the shipyards are destroyed but we are still going to try to get the cannons off of the hulls and try to find the hidden troves of Vis on the way.
We leave the castle to investigate the dragon corpse. Querine took the staff, White Nail, and the Notes From Edgar’s Lab, and Violet took How to Find a Man and the sword Quickener. Tries joins our party, as Allie is ordered to remain at the castle to heal, and Bella comes along as well.
We determine that there is no Vis remaining in the corpse of the dragon and continue onward. Climbing and being lifted up the mountains by turns. After a day and a half we make it to the top of one of the mountains but do not see a place that appears to be more likely than where we currently are. After investigating the mountain top we discover a fallen tower. Querine melts the snow and creates light as Violet and Gerald move or destroy the stones that are blocking the foundation. An hour after sunset they clear the blocked staircase and we are able to enter the base of the tower. Once inside we find an impressive doorway made far less so because the doors have rotten away. Gerald does not sense magic in the room and we begin to investigate.
As we make our way into the halls we find some rich loamy soil. Further in we find the remains of a tree and more soil. Arthur exclaims that there is Vis in the room and begins digging. After some time and reevaluation he finds 9 golden acorns. Violet and Gerald went down the stairs and found what appeared to be a series of long abandoned labs. Arthur also found a large cavern where a cave in has exposed a spiral staircase. Querine was able to “speak” with a mossy fungus that was in the cavern. It has no concept of size or time but does not recall anything like us having been there before. We continue on and find an even larger room and a scent of standing water. Violet finds an area of standing water. She and Gerald investigate and it seems that the room was supposed to have water in it. Arthur proposes that it is a ship landing which would allow for a ship to be teleported into this room. Arthur and Querine investigate a sound of burbling water while Gerald tried to determine if there was a Regio present but could not detect.
Overall we do not find much other than the Vis and some ideas about what this outpost was used for in the past. Gerald used his levitation skills to move more stones to the side of the wall. This opens up a blocked water spout and the burbling noise gets louder. Arthur cleans the water and Violet dives in immediately to investigate shining materials on the bottom of the pool. It appears to be the remains of broken astronomy lenses. She and Gerald find one that is intact but leave it there.
Arthur modified the personality of Tries t make him more disposed to our party and tendencies. Violet questions him and learns that he believes he will be supernaturally good with the sword when he goes through puberty. She continues to study him.
We head to the tomb down the mountain, our next destination. Querine warmed everyone and set up watches. Dawn came an we packed up and went to the tomb. As we approach we see that the area around the tomb had about one hundred people under a red flag with gold trim who appeared to doing something in the tomb. We leave Alice behind and Gerald, Violet, Arthur and Querine levitate into the camp. The workers drop their picks and run. They appear to have removed quite a lot of rubble. We head toward a pavilion that is very similar to the other Peratorna pavilion that we burned before.
Violet draws her gun and opens the flap for Arthur. Querine prepares her bow and she and Gerald follow. In the pavilion there is a mouldering corpse in a glass case on the table. They are conversing about the body in Paratornin. Arthur uses his air of authority on the two main people in the tent and orders that they report on their progress in the excavations. He learns that there have been other excavations which are stored on the ship, in the nearest cove, being overland about 4 days.
Arthur determines that their plan was to excavate here while the Farrani are holed up under attack. The soldier reveals that they have found many sarcophagi which they are going to return to the Queen as soon as they are able to aid in her experimentation.
We hear a group of horses approaching the camp and anticipate a struggle…
+2 CP, +2 seasons, +9 Pons of Creo Vis