The party met back up at the inn after doing some shopping in the marketplace and went to bed. Early in the morning, Langston woke up to a knock at his door. When he asked who it was, the person replied that he was The General. Langston let him in and the general described how the prisoner had died during the night. Before Langston could react, however, Inari (“Ina”) revealed herself to be in disguise as The General. Langston was taken aback and almost threw her out of his room but listened to her concerns about working for The General and how that scenario was more believable than they would like. Langston also accepted her gift of Oil of Silence.
Later in the morning, they went to meet with The General to check on the prisoner that they had brought back. The General told us that they had not gotten much else but they had some idea about a base near the border with Darkhan. A messenger then came into the room informing The General that the prisoner had died. The party then left, some in a huff, and met up again outside the tower. Langston made it clear that someone in the party knew where the base was, but Dante started walking away after Ina made a comment about the party burning things down. As he was walking away, Langston called after him, accusing him of knowing where the base was and wasting their time. Ina ran after Dante and convinced him to come back to the inn where the group discussed leaving for the base up north. Sharla had been missing for some time and the party felt the need to leave, so they left her a note leading her in the direction they were proceeding. They then informed the general that they were going up north to look for the base, got a letter of introduction to any other military personnel they might need to report to, bought their horses. and set off.
The group journeyed for the rest of the day and made camp about 20 miles outside of the city. Around midnight they were all woken up by a huge noise and a vibration in the air. Ina and Tammy, who were sleeping outside, saw a huge explosion and something that looked like horizontal lightning before it. The group decided to head towards where the explosion had been. They packed up camp and rode for about two hours before discovering the site of the explosion – a massive crater. They investigated the crater and found that it was in the middle of several hills. Looking from the center of the crater, they saw that there was a line of destroyed trees and devastation coming from a nearby village. Detecting magic, Ina and Dante found that the magic here had no school and was unlike anything they had ever experienced.
Langston and Ina stealthily moved to the village (later found to be called Nah’May) looking for signs of life. They saw none; the whole village looked dead. The party circled around the outside of the village then moved slightly closer to the village center to see a circle of objects on the ground – 50 of them, about as many residents as the village was likely to have. All of the houses had signs of life in them, but no people, as if the residents had simply left what they were doing suddenly. One house, however, showed signs of a struggle and seemed to be where the town’s resident spellcaster lived. Langston and Ina investigated the house and found three things: a trail of blood from the house out to the circle, the word “divination” written on the wall, and a cup of tea used in divination spells. From these clues Ina was able to guess that the spellcaster had been casting divination spells and might have known what was going to happen.
Langston and Ina then wanted to investigate the center of the circle, but Dante was worried about the possible consequences of going in and Tammy was hesitant to go. After an argument between Langston and Dante, Langston and Ina went to the center of the circle and looked at the bodies. All of them had their hands tied behind their backs and their heads were almost cut from their bodies, hanging only by their spinal columns. Ina detected magic and was blinded for a round from how much residual magic was in the area. Langston noticed two sets of footprints behind every person – one for the person and one light set for another figure that ended behind them and didn’t seem to go anywhere else. Finally, the trail of blood ended at a figure missing his right hand. Langston remembered that there had been a lot of blood at a certain spot in the house. The group got back together and went back to the crater to see if they could figure anything else out. They found that the giant cloud of smoke that had formed was slowly depositing a fine dust on the area that had slight traces of magic. Ina scooped some of this up. The party resolved to go visit the College of Magic and report this to them. They traveled away from the site and set up camp again.
In the morning they were all awoken with a loud crack about 1000 feet away. They quickly packed up camp and went to investigate. After stealthily moving through a lightly forested area they found three elementals – an air elemental, a medium water elemental, and a small water elemental, and something that looked like a rift between planes. The party surmised that the elementals had come through it at some point. They were wondering what to do, so they set up an ambush and had Ina go try to introduce herself to them. The elementals reacted badly and attacked the party, and were quickly dispatched by the party. Afterwards, the party tested the rift and found that it connected to a number of planes, rapidly switching between the planes to which it was connected. They tested the rift by tossing in a stick tied to a tree, but found that it was quickly damaged. They decided that it was unlikely that other elementals would enter through it and left the area, noting it down as one more thing to report to the College of Mages.