With Fence, Thereva, and a whole bunch of rotten fruit in tow, the crew of the Purple Jewel made their way to Newthrone ((that was the name of swamp town, right?)).
The trip went uneventfully, other than the typical ship shenanigans. Upon arriving at their next port, the crew promptly went out and sold what they could then purchased more of what they needed. While everyone was out and about, Shroeder decided to take a look at the library to find out more information on this Death, aka Queen of Death, that Thereva was talking about.
They didn’t see any mention of a Queen of Death, though they did find some information on a Mark of Death. Apparently this mark was found on an elven House that existed around 3,500 years ago; the house name was Vol. The dragons and the elves feared a prophecy that stated a child of both elven and draconic heritage who bore the Mark of Death would end the world. So when such a child was born, the elves and the dragons joined forces to wipe the whole family out. The records state that this was successful.
Seeing as Illeith’atharia is a clandestine member of the Blood of Vol, hearing the house name perked her interested. She continued to research and the whole group found a few more details on the demise of the house. The half dragon half elf child was named Irandus Vol (sp?). And was reported killed, as was her dragon father. There are rumors that some followers of the house still exist; this is a fact that Illeith’atharia didn’t verify.
With all the information possible discovered, the group spent much of the rest of the day shopping. Oak bought materials for a head light, Ur-gyse bought booze, and Illeith’atharia and Jin went clothes shopping. While they were out, Illeith’atharia was approached by a strange man. Who posed a business proposition for them. He noticed what the group was looking in to at the library, and said he knew of an old draconic temple that might have more information on the subject. He said he would give them the location if they would give him a copy of their notes on the place. After some discussion, the crew agreed to check it out; though most of them thought the guy was pretty shady and didn’t deserve a copy of notes.
While on the way to the old temple, the group was attacked by swamp tigers. Everyone was very nearly mauled to death. After a while of searching they found the temple hidden under an illusion. The door said something in draconic about the place being a place of Storms. When Shroedertouched the wall, it opened. Inside they found a large empty round room with draconic writing all over the walls. As they stepped in to investigate, a large dragon monster ((donno the name)) came out of the floor in the middle of the room. After saying something about “testing worth” it attacked the crew. It was a fierce battle, but the crew prevailed. With it’s dying breath, the monster gasped out, “You are worthy.”
After this, Shroeder translated the walls for the group. There were three blocks of text. Shroeder and Illeith’atharia took notes.
The first one said, “If the spawn of Vol and dragons reaches maturity, her Mark will flare and death shall reign across Eberron. Perfection of the Mark will bring Death to the world.” Everyone agreed that this must mean Irandus Vol.
The second wall said, “Armies of Elves and Dragons united reign Death on the House of Death; none shall survive. But from the darkness shall come a mote of Light, and from this mote shall come the Doom of the world.”
The third wall said, “The Light shall shine in the land of Life and it shall bring Death. The Light shall shine in the land of Men and it shall bring Death. And from the Light shall come a child born of Life and Death. The Blood of Life and Death will rend the barriers and Death shall reign across Eberron.”
This caused much disturbed conversation among the group. In the end, they decided that the guy who sent them on this mission was either someone who wanted to murder the world, or someone who wanted to murder a child to stop the murder of the world. Either way, he was too shady for them to deal with. Illeith’atharia continued to state that she felt the guy was perfectly normal, though no one believed her.
Either way, the group went into the hole that the dragon monster came out of, and found a set of stairs. These led to a hall way that also had writing on the walls. These walls said, “The Child of Storm shall come forth and in the Darkness of the world shall find the Light. And it shall bring light to dark places, surpass the limitations of it’s form, and sever that which has been sundered.”
At the end of the hallway, there was a door. On the door was written, “Within shall be found a gift for the Child of Storms.” When Shroeder touched the word for ‘storm’ the door opened, reveling a pedestal with a dragon tooth dagger on it. Shroeder made Ur-gyse go pick it up. Once he did, and nothing bad happened, Shroeder claimed the dagger. Jin left a note in it’s place saying, “Child of Storms, if seeking Gift, please see Lyle Garvan” Finding nothing else, the group left the temple.
There was a much heated debate about how much information to give the shady guy once they got back. Illeith’atharia was in favor of telling him what they found; after all, it’s just some prophecy, the group did make a deal with him, and he seemed like a perfectly normal guy. Jin wanted them to say nothing, and just be about their way; after all, he was shady, and Jin knows that shady people are just out to screw you. Shroeder was ok with giving him part of the information. After much discussion, a compromise was reached, and the party delivered the individual half of the information. Nothing about a new prophecy, only what they thought was the old one.
However, while Ur-gyse was unwittingly distracting everyone by transforming into the dragon monster, Illeith’atharia slipped the guy a full copy of the prophecy; omitting only the information about the gift. Both Illeith’atharia and the strange man were quite stealthy, so the rest of the group was none the wiser. ((Seriously, this is not as bad as bringing a Lich onto the boat!!)) ((We voted on the Lich and agreed to bring her on, and she’s a paying customer, unlike your sketchy uncle friend!)) ((Who also only wanted some random information about centuries old writing, who even warned us there might be guardians, and who only wanted what we agreed to give him in the first place!)) After exchanging pleasantries, the man left and the group went back to the boat…