Day 66 (49th of Nidtesh)
As I'm eating breakfast downstairs, Golly walks in to pick us up. Serp is still sleeping, I say she'll catch up. I ask Golly about his date the other night. Talks about Ranny's dog for the next 20 minutes, named Rangler, size of a wolf. He was a wonderful gentleman, great taste in dogs. Found out also that the folks we are escorting the Lady Imrodel to, is apparently where Mundry is. We go to pick up Sidony at the embassy. As we get near, Golly suddenly asks me what my favorite drink is, bets the housekeeper will have it ready. I laugh, you can't get what I like around here. To my surprise, sure enough, as we walk in a woman welcome's us and serves us each a glass as we wait. Hands be this fancy short glass, filled with Gnomish Sotol, no idea where she got a bottle. I haven't had any in years. We then head to the Arcane Tower to meet up with Beryl. We find them talking to the head mage and all sit down to discuss the danger near the orcs. We discuss having the mages set up a barrier to keep folk from going into the cave – with a password for those who need to, to pass in and out, guards are already on their way to stand watch. I ask if Sinon is around, I'd like to switch the scepter to another. I talk to Sidoney about it, and they agree it would be a good fit for them. A little while later, Sinnon appears behind us, "you were looking for me?" He starts drawing magic…circles, really just a lot of circles, moves us around in different circles for a few minutes. Aohan coughs and tells him to get on with it – guess he was just kind of messing with us to appease the scepter. He has us both calling out to the scepter that I want it, Sidony saying they don't. I hear what sounds like Sinnon's voice but much younger, in my head. Ritual is done, scepter is now connected to Sidoney. Sinnon starts cleaning up, cloth on his feet, sliding around like a kid might do. I show him my rubbing of the rune, ask if he's seen anything like this – seen no. Do you know what this is? – oh yes of course. What does it say? Oh their language doesn't work that way. and then says he must be off and disapears before I can ask more.
I ask Aohan if they have healing potions we could take with us – directs me to the tower's store for thier mages, we may purchase at a discount. (35gp each) I purchase 3 healing potions, using two of the gems plus 5 gp.
We all meet up again, and I take our group to speak to Madam Lavender.
I ring the bell, and there she is coming to the door, she looks excited for guests, welcomes us in. She of course recognizes Beryl as a watcher, and Sidney as nobility, Golly as a guardsman and his connection to giants. Has Golly help her bring in a large chair his size. I go over to the open window out to the garden, and say hi to the little sprite, she looks quite happy here. She goes to make more tea, and I help bring out a plate of food, already prepared of course. I tell her it seems this group may be traveling with us for an extended amount of time and so if they will be assisting Serp and I with our deliveries, I thought it would make sense to maybe see about having them join the organization. She goes off to find badges, isn't usually the one to welcome in new members, hasn't had to use them really yet. She gives a bit of a shpiel about the collective, also mentions that Sidoney has been the first to use the embassy since before the kingdom fell. I explain Serp and I were welcomed in by the Lord Draffolk Ellington, hired as couriers, paid quite well. This reminds her of the job we finished for collecting the flowers. She walks off, opens one of the many doors in her house, too many doors, and comes back with a pouch of coin. From the weight, it seems they have already included payment for the rest of the party. Says we should concentrate on this new issue we have come across, as the escort mission isn't until the end of the month anyways. I ask if she has any information on that other issues, and the disappearances and the cave, what we may expect. Says she has come up pretty dry, not much info is known. There was a similar occurrence several years ago, a few people disappeared. Also has found a possible pattern from before the kingdom fell of similar things happening. Unusual that it is so visual, so noticed. Perhaps something has come up closer to the surface than usual.
XP: 325 each (Golly +100)