Darrend de Valentos speaks of the coming Council, which will happen in a month time, where a King of Crescentium will be elected
House Valentos’ candidate, Toldric Greyflanks, has been away for more than 3 months, on pilgrimage to the Silent Rocks.
The Silent Rocks is a holy Ta’ashim site, where Vakir the Smith used to teach. He was illiterate and his teachings was recorded by his scribe, Suhair the Silent. Hence the name the ‘Silent Rocks’
The other candidates are fielded by House Sinfrinti, House Lantos, the New Selentine Empire (a general by the name of Maximus)… just to name a few.
Darrend also mentioned that Lectus has a breakthrough in investigating the tome brought back from the Shadowed Vales.
Lectus sent a mental message to Paladius to inform him that there might be an attempt on the party’s life.
A group of Valentos soldiers offer to escort the party; when assassins appear at the marketplace, the soldiers turn on the party.
The party captures one assassin; interrogation reveals that they are sent by the Spider, and more will be after them. There may also be a mole in House Valentos.
Lectus explains the origins of Ninsun, the Akkidian and Solonus Empires’ worship of Old Gods and how the tome describe that there is more than just one ‘Ninsun’, and that they’re a race of creatures, than a single entity.
Many nobles up north are having visions of crusades and hence coming south. Lectus speculates that it may be due to the wine from the Shadowed Vale, which is tainted by a spawn of Ninsun.
To stop the visions, and hence the wave of crusaders, it is necessary to destroy Ninsun.
When the Illuminate warred against the Akkidian and Solonus kingdoms, he had to contend with the magic of the Old Gods too.
Vakir the Smith could forge weapons that are proof against those ‘deities’.
However most of his weapons are lost; but the secrets to their making is buried in his tomb, at the Silent Rocks.
As the party leave, Lectus mentions Fatimah of the Jasmine Hill; she is a Mystic who specializes in Transposition.
John is contacted by Muse; Muse gave a message to John. Due to the upcoming council, security is tighten and the Hidden Knife’s usual contacts are lying low.
There is strong support for the crusades back north. “The peasants are bled dry” but they don’t seem to mind. Voltar the Iron-Handed, the King of Elleseland’s brother, is marching south with 50,000 men (or so the rumours claim; Likely they are fielding only 5,000)
John is given instructions to aid in crowning Toldric King of Crescentium.
Paladius researched the Silent Rock and realized
1. There was no water at the Silent Rocks. Now there is a flowing spring.
2. Vakir the Smith was an obscure Ta’ashim saint; he is now openly revered because of a blacksmith having a vision of a fallen meteor there, and he went to there investigate, and hence discover the Silent Rocks.
3. Vakir’s wife died from childbirth, and the child died. She may have became an Ardat Lili, a spirit-demon of jealously and desires.
4. Such demon cannot be easily banished; they have an anchor in the physical world, and that anchor must be destroyed. The anchor is usually something of value or worth to the demon.
Kreiss and Hishan investigate on ways to protect themselves from the demon, and how to destroy it. Common superstition is that wearing a piece of the Holy Text around the neck, like an amulet is effective. Who knows?
Fatimah offers the party another route to reach the Silent Rocks – through Sakan’athur’s World Portal.
The World Portal allows one to move from one place to another in a short time; however only a few entrances and exits now exist.
When three of Sakan’athur’s disciples betrayed him by warping in enemies into the chambers the Portal was in, Sakan’athur collapsed the entrance, activated the traps and summon an avatar of the Demon Wolf Fengris.
The World Portal will also need a pawn of mana to activate; Fatimah mentions that it should be easy to find in the ruins that houses a magical construct.
The group agrees to try, but Paladius may want to return to the 4th Circle of Aqunias to bring more manpower
Fatimah passes a guidestone to Paladius. It’s like a magnetic rod hung from a string, but except that it will always point towards the ruins of an entrance to the World Portal.
The World Portal is in the middle of a the deserts, south of Crescentium.
Time to reach the Silent Rocks is estimated to be 5 days to a week if the party takes this route.
Fatimah also passes a rusted iron key to Paladius; when any door is opened with this key (with a suitable lock!), it will become a portal leading back to the 4th Circle of Aquinas.