Scene 0 – Reuniting the Party
In just a towel with vengeance in his heart, Graver made way for Paravahl’s market, intent on damaging the City of Paravahl as much as possible by revealing all he knows about the opening of Tower Requiem. Caelynn, in just her underwear, was simply seeking a way to get out of the city; but she ran into Graver as he finished his rant in the City Bazaar.
Cyrus, having, survived his time with Dr. Tribideaux, found a halfling to guide him to Tower Requiem, only to find a rather ragged Figgery in an alley near the city Bazaar. Figgery was very appreciative of Cyrus’ help and it wasn’t long before they caught the words of Graver’s rant on the wind. They too, made their way to the City Bazaar.
As Graver’s rant ended, he was confronted by Ms. Eunice Baumgartner, a functionary of the Intrigue Indexing Institution. She accused Graver and his companions of intentional currency destruction without reinvestment intent and instructed them to follow her to a formal hearing. The party made their escape however, pursued by Ms. Baumgartner and the Praetorian guard.
Leantha, resting in the comfort of Tower Prescience, was roused by Supreme Potentress Adeliade Omenra who paired her with a professional fetchling Orrin and tasked her to find her companions who were rumored to be stirring trouble within the city and lowering stability index. Taking the magic carpet, they joined the chase for the rest of the party.
After brief stint outside of the city, Ms. Baumgartner managed to convince the party to return for a formal hearing rather than be pursued by the Praetorian guard. They made way to Eunice’s home where she had them rest and turned them in to the College of Divination.
Scene 1 – Getting to the Kalahari
After getting the party back together, Adelaide shared that she’d like to hire the party for a retrieval task outside of the city because of their penchant for “getting into places they shouldn’t be able to get into.” She instructs them to gather for free what supplies they can from the armory and tower supply room. She gives them sparse details however, saying only that they must carry no more than a light load, they must prepare to travel in a hot desert environment, and they must store water-damageable items in a watertight container.
The following day, Adeliade teleports the party an expedition camp outside of the Kalahari Desert, giving a brief lecture (she is a professor after all) on the mechanics of teleportation using the skysea. During the trip, the party discovers that contact with the skysea blocks their ability to access their divine powers until they rinse it off.
At the expedition camp, the party encounters the expedition leader Laurian, an accredited folklore preservation expert at the Paravahlian College of Wizardy’s Archival Department. Laurian describes the process by which he come to discover that the lost sister-city of Paravahl – Genoa – is likely somewhere within the Kalarhari desert. Adelaide is interested in an artifact located in the principal tower of Genoa – Perfection’s Key. The key is rumored to be able to open any lock.
Laurian then explains that ground-based expeditions have been unsuccessful and introduces them to Roygel who shadow-conjures an ornothopter for the party to glide into the desert on. Armed with a potion of feather fall for each of them, the party sets off from the mile-high expedition camp and glides into the Kalahari.
Scene 2 – Riding the Kalahari Winds
After six hours, Orrin – the ornothopter’s pilot, is struggling to find an updraft to ride on to gain altitude. As such, they are passing between pillars of stone rising up from the desert – atop which gremlins make their homes.
When the Ornothopter passed too close to a gremlin camp, two teleported onto it. Caelynn first discovered their mischief and the party promptly engaged them, but it was ultimately the effort of the party itself which brought the glider down. Falling fast, the party drank their potions and came to a skipping, skidding halt on the desert floor.
Gathering up their scattered supplies, they began their trek towards the the center of the Kalahari, making camp as the sun fell below the horizon. Their night wasn’t peaceful however, and they had to cut down a massive scorpion who recklessly attacked them.