I thought this was going to be a friendly visit. However the keeper’s beast had other ideas in mind. It charged me before many words were said. I scanned the room quickly and my assumption was that I could not teleport out of this area. So I flew to avoid combat. Both the beast and the keeper tried to sense evil in me and then the keeper attempted to banish me. That was when I realized she believed I was Quori. This assumption means she knows much about Riadrans. I wonder how she knows.
We cleared up the confusion and she knows I am not Quori, however the beast could still smell the armor I wear. She wants to perform a ritual to cleanse the armor, which I agreed to. After a bit of clearing up conversation I was free to head out. I do not understand how a little girl became such a powerful caster.
Next up to visit the church and be interrogtated is Dazen. His seemed to go smoothly and we’ve been tasked with checking out ruins that could be a base of operations for another group plaguing this area. We agreed to help to try to gain favor with the cardinals. Hopefully this will help us in getting Gilroy clser to the flame and the cardinals to help fix him. We will leave tomorrow and it will take us about a day by airship to get there.
My next meal, was interesting to say the least. some of the bread and chicken were burnt. The burning was not an accident persay. It was three words in infernal. Secret….home….below. I told the group about it and Dazen checked out the basement. He said he didn’t find anything other than a candle that had an aura.
The next morning Dazen realized that the aura from thecandle was a spell cast on the candle. Lukar said he was very good at sneaking into places and he could go retireve the candle unnotticed. After a few minutes I lost mental communication with him so we went to go check it out. There was no signs of him below. there was an evil aura and some necromancy in the area that quickly fades. Where did he go?
After some time guards came to the inn and told us Lukar was found about to attack Thakashtai. We quickly headed up to where he was being held and determined he was possessed after entering the basement of the inn. He appeared to have come through and wasn’t under the possesion any more. We asked if we could investigate the problem first.
By scanning each of the workers in the inn for magical capabilities as well as for evil we narrowed it down to the baker and one of the cooks. Coincidentally the two that handled my food that was burnt. We alerted the gaurds to have them arrested at which point they tried to kill themselves. We saved them both and they were arrested. Dazen dominated one which we questioned about their actions.
They said they followed the flame. Similar to the assassin’s that went after the Queen. They said the flame spoke to them. They summoned a shadow demon in the basement below which was what possessed Lukar. They have a candle that they use to communicate and receive their orders. Lukar was freed from his cell.
Our plan is to investigate the demon scenario a bit more today, listen to the candle tonight and then potentially head out to the ruins tomorrow.