The party currently consists of:
- Freija of Shun’tarr/Telarion Thornemantle
- Estrella Hallewell/Ielenia Faelenis
- (Keiu Pa)
- (Walóron Ruvernicun)
- Thesera Zvezdaria
NPC’s that appear in this scene:
- Abenthy (Ben)
- Kieran Arad
- Nashada Arad
- Rosh “Trek” Yewia
- The Great and Powerful Rissolen
[Keiu and Walóron’s players are absent, and so controlled by the DM until reaching the city, it is assumed they are simply peacefully traveling with the party.]
Once Torque has uprooted itself from Davenheat, the party follow it along the road, coming to a stop at a toll gate set up along the road in the middle of nowhere. The party is accosted by three gnomes attempting to scam them, the party finds this highly amusing, and Freija is so amused that she pays a lot more than the toll, the gnomes run away as they never expected to make so much.
The party continues onward, being repeatedly warned about a storm coming by Torque. They do not heed the warnings however, and simply wait until the thunderstorm hits. They struggle through it, deciding to leave Torque to trudge through on its own before reconsidering and going back to find it.
After the storm, the party takes a long rest by the road.
They forge onward, wet and covered head to toe in mud. The gates to Cairmrochein are currently closed, and also waiting to get in is a merchant named Abenthy (Ben).
The tinker introduces himself and begins to trade with the party, Estrella does some bartering for Heward’s Handy Haversack, trading in her bag of holding and some money for it.
The haversack is old and has had many owners, and so when Estrella pulls something out of it at random, she draws out The Deck of Many Things. Ben warns her of its power and the misfortune that often befalls its users, but Estrella is still burning with curiosity.
Soon enough, more people arrive and the party is let in. After a quick inspection at the gate the party is anxious to get to an inn and clean themselves.
Walóron wanders off, saying he has business to attend to.
Keiu leaves, mumbling something about this being where their paths would part.
The party makes a brief stop at the information desk to acquire a map and some directions before heading off to the nearest inn.
Upon arrival at The Wagon Wheel, the party stumbles in upon Thesera as she wows the gathered folk at the inn with a rousing and wonderful tale.
Freija and Abron spend some time drinking and talking to Thesera, while Estrella goes upstairs to bathe. Upon reaching her room, she retrieves the Deck of Many Things and decides to draw a couple of cards.
Balance (nothing happens, she is true neutral)
Thinking not much of it, she goes for her bath and is haunted by the Devil as per the Flames card by boiling hot water coming from the tap. It only happens for a second however, and so she finishes her shower, not knowing what had happened.
Upon returning, curiosity gets the best of her once again, and so she decides to draw.
And her body is locked away.
Freija happens upon her belongings (and the cards) scattered across the floor, she assumes the worst and fetches the others. They investigate the scene, but Freija flips a card on the floor by accident. Freija touches the card left by the Throne card.
However, rolling incredibly well, she destroys the phantom with a single blow.
The party decides to go to an arcanist to try and find some answers after getting some rest. Thesera sits with the cards, and curiosity gets the better of her.
And goes to bed.
In the morning, the party goes to the arcanist, showing him the Deck. The old man is fearful of the Deck, telling them he cannot help them, but that a Wish spell can help bring Estrella back.
Freija obstinately draws a card right then and there.
And her soul leaves her body.
Thesera brings her back to the inn, and continues drawing cards in search for the Moon card, which she finds out is in the deck by asking as per the Vizier card.
She learns the location of Freija’s soul is Glæsheimr.
She informs Abron and promptly passes out. A few days pass where Thesera is weak and has trouble doing much of anything, due to her casting the single wish spell she had acquired.
During these days, Thesera tried her best to keep Freija clean and fed.
Abron spends this time drinking at the bar. During his tenure there, Telarion enters the tavern in loud fashion, slamming open the double doors, covered in grime and soot and muck, and sits down at a table.
Drunk Abron sees this as a perfect opportunity to make a new friend, and goes over to talk to him. Telarion attempts to diffuse the conversation, but Abron would be having none of it.
Thedra informs the two that there is a circus in town, and so Abron drags Telarion along.
At this point, Thesera feels a little stronger, and is able to go downstairs, she is then informed, as the others were, that the circus is in town, and her friends have gone to see it. She decides to follow.
As everyone gathers, the show starts, and Ielenia is presented. She begins her dance with the birds, but overbalances and falls off the stage. Telarion and Thesera both rush to catch her, but Thesera is too slow. Telarion manages to catch her, and attempts to play it off as part of the show, with mild success. Ielenia runs off, and the party goes backstage to talk to her.
The next morning, of her own accord, Ielenia decides that she wants to leave the circus and travel with these people, and so she packs her things and heads up to the tavern.