Back to Haarlem and on to other things
Thoradin here with news
We finish looking around the cavern and find no indication of where Tasselhoff and the crown might be. So we decide to go back to Haarlem and do some things there. We go to the fortress. Luna wants to check with Miharo to see if she can find out about the deeds. Our cook Peaches is a little put out with us over the number of times we miss dinners she has prepared something special for dinner and requests our presence. We decide to stick around for dinner. Turns out that Miharo has an agent that can help us with the deeds but she is keeping something from us, she arranges for us to meet this person at dinner. I give her five astral diamonds to invest. She also indicates that the estate of the weapons manufacturer had been settled but that we did not have a controlling interest. Our contract had been renegotiated and we would get more money. This was a good thing because our expenses were also rising.
Luna went to the Arcane College and found out the dracolich had reformed in the girls quarters and caused quite a stir they were not to happy with Luna on her oversight of not destroying the dracolich’s phylactery before sending the lich to them.
I went to the orphanage to find that they had expanded. Sadly there were more orphans because of the war. I was glad there was someplace for them.
Ruse went and made her usual rounds with the Raven Queens list. I worry about what she is going to do.
We arrive back at the fortress for dinner and it is wonderful Peaches has outdone herself even making her signature peach desert.
The agent is there for dinner after dinner Luna begins to interrogate him about his honesty. I place my hand on Luna’s shoulder to calm her down. It would not serve our purposes to antagonize this person who turns out to be Miharo’s brother. He though the problem with the deeds would be to get the occupants of the land to pay the rent due, also that they could be used to stop the war if we wanted. We give him the deeds.
Miharo has information that the flying island that Apollo was on was stuck in the north near a monastery of Pelor. She had a portal address and so Luna opened a portal and we went through. Luna then did a sending to Apollo who was very surprised that she was so close. He said that he would send someone down to get us. A while later we see two people coming down off the island a normal sized female and a male halfling, we recognize the female as Brin who adventured with us awhile back. We find out the name of the halfling is Tasselhoff. They invite us up to the island and we climb up a rope ladder on top of the island is a community of about 300 including a fortified keep mostly new construction. We ask to be taken to Apollo they take us to the keep which is guarded by two people one in the Raven Queen livery and one wearing another. Ruse becomes interested at this point.
Apollo confirms that he has the sword Luna seeks and that this is the Tasselhoff of the crown note but that the crown is in use and not available and that she will have to complete some task in order to get the sword. Luna immediately assumes that she is going to have to fight him. Apollo says, ‘Fight the first thing you think of. Well you are going to have to accomplish this without fighting, without hurting anyone. It would be good if companions did not hurt anyone in accomplishing it either. You ought to make amends to your father; also the person who has the crown has some people he needs to find.’
We head out to go to the monastery we find out from the leader that our new companion Raja is one of the people they are looking for and the kalashtar that we killed fighting the giants was one also. We inform him of this and he was sad that he had fallen that far. They want to find them because of a prophecy that says that a girl born at a certain time will be queen and lead the reuniting of the empire. There were nine girls born at the time of the prophecy and with the help of the crown they have determined that the seven who are still here are not the queen and they want to test the other two so they will know who to follow. So they are asking us to find them and bring them back.
Luna decides that she wants to go see her father and make amends so she opens the portal to the elemental chaos that we visited before that is by her city and we make our way to the city. As Luna walks into town people stop and stare. One takes of running toward her house, we follow and Luna apologizes to her father and he accepts and gives her the amulet from the Eldritch Panoply that she has been seeking. Her sister makes us a wonderful chaos berry pie and another to take. We go back to see Apollo at the island and he still wants us to find the girls for the monastery.