Prim comforted Alena and told her that she did great for fighting evil that even as experienced they were that that was really dangerous even for them. She seemed to feel a little better. The party continued to search the room and found a stockpile of treasured the beholder had. a ring an amulet and a potion. They kept searching for the golden bracelet but were blocked by the boulder that crushed the beholder. Pokeman and drifting cloud tried to move it to no avail but then Aethil and Rowan slammed into the huge boulder getting it to roll enough that it kicked up over some rocks and cleared a path. They made their way deeper into the cave and heard some muffled struggles. they discovered a man tied up in the back of the cave and a chest.
Alena pushed through the rest of the party calling out “CHRISTO!” And she rushed to untie him and gave him a hug. Christo expressed his concern as to what she was doing out of the castle and she explained her father’s dark premonitions that something bad was going to happen and he asked her to go with this group as he felt she would be safer. Christo thanked the party for protecting her that they knew each other since they were children. Rowan went up to christo and healed his wounds and drifting cloud found the golden bracelet in the treasure chest.
Alena and Christo looked at the bracelet in amazement proclaiming that this was a treasure that was passed down in their lore called the armlet of transmutation which was supped to help rituals complete more easily and negate poor effects of failed rituals. The party went back outside the cave and had to hurry back to Frenor as the time was getting late to meet the kidnappers to try to get the fake princess Cindy back.
The party arrived in Frenor and planned an ambush for the kidnappers and were going to steal back the fake princess. When the midnight hour came drifting cloud stood in the graveyard with Yue perched in a tree across the river. The Kidnappers arrived and declared that they were here for the golden bracelet. Drifting cloud demanded that they see the princess 1st that she was unharmed. The kidnappers told him, that they were the black dagger and hired to get the golden bracelet and that they know that woman isn’t the real princess so they don’t care if she lives or dies all they care about is completing their contract and that they haven’t harmed her.
They let Drifting cloud know that the princess wasn’t here but they know her location and will reveal it once they have completed their end of the job. Drifting cloud pulled the bracelet back and wasn’t sure whether to give it to them or not and the kidnappers made a demand of give it to them now or she will die. He went to hand it over to them but then turned and nodded to yue who flung a fireball into the graveyard shattering the grave stones and sending the kidnappers flying. They quickly grabbed flasks from within their cloaks and quaffed them disappearing proclaiming they will regret them as they teleported away badly burned.
Rowan scryed on the fake princess and saw the burned men pull her out of a house and they saw a vast desert. They saw them take her out into the desert and kill her with a sword which cut the scrying spell. The party looked on with horror about the fate of the fake princess and asking around town about the black dagger gang they discovered that they were a nomadic people located in a large desert to the south west of the frenor cave. The party sent brighteyes off with the wintersday orb to cross the mountains and restocked on supplies and slept that night in frenor. The next morning brighteyes made it to the edge of the forest by the desert and the party caught up with him. They navigated through the forest with rillix stopping yue from eating something poisonous and rowan stopping Aethil from doing the same.
The party finally reached the desert and tracked down the camp site of the nomadic black dagger guild by following their peridot markers through the desert. Prim used the unending bottle of water and his chest of colding to save the party from the heat of the desert as they went and the party used their newly purchased sand shoes to avoid sinking into the shifting sands. The path led them to an oasis and some ramshackle buildings they had thrown together at the site of an oasis.
But as they arrived in the town they could tell that something was wrong as there was little noise other than the sound of the wind blowing sand throughout the town. As they explored the town they discovered every inhabitant had been beaten or torn to shreds. On inspection it looked like bludgeoning, poison and piercing damage killed the inhabitants of this town. Alena looked on in horror as they explored asking who could have done such a thing while Christo tried to protect her from what she was seeing but she insisted she needed to remember this.
Prim looted the camp site’s inn and yue inspected the stables getting her head stuck in a pot as she smelled food but only found a chewed bone at the bottom of it but realized it was magical and caused good smells to cover up the stench of the stables. Prim found a magical pen and several coins with black dagger symbols on it as well as a coin with a mouth on it. As they explored the town prim felt his coin purse getting lighter and lighter and he found out the coin was a coin of hunger and was eating through and coin it was coming in contact with. He quickly took it out and threw it on the ground and the party destroyed the coin.
Prim took to his griffon to search for the fake princess. Rowan pulled several of the bodies together and cast zone of truth and speak with the dead on them. They learned that they were attacked because they failed their mission to their client and he rode in on a massive dragon with a dark priestess and slaughtered them all. They asked who their client was and they replied Psaro the Manslayer, they asked who the dark priestess was and they replied his dark priestess Garaelle. They asked where the body of the fake princess was and he pointed west of the sign post and replied buried in sand. Prim flew that direction with the griffon and discovered a freshly made grave in the sand which was quickly being covered over by the shifting sands but he was able to retrieve her. He brought cindy the fake princess back to town. They asked how they contact Psaro the Manslayer and he says they use dead drop zones and then the speak with dead spell ended and he collapsed back into the sand.
The party attempted a resurrection spell of cindy with alena begging her to come back prim singing a song of her bravery and yue apologizing for throwing the fireball but the thread of her spirit still slipped away and they were unable to resurrect Cindy. Alena asked that she be taken care of like all who dies in the zenitian isles do with a pyre burning and have her spirit sent up to Bahamut in Zenithia. The party gathered what they could and as night fell on the desert they burned the bodies who fell victim to the slaughter. and rowan said prayers over them. Aethil took time to go swimming in the lake and used magic to create orbs above her head attracting fireflies and dragonflies for brighteyes to play with.
Alena proclaimed she was cold and Christo gave alena his cloak and Christo walked along the shore with Alena. Prim jumped into one of the nearby shacks and watched them as they talked about the days events and how they were glad to see each other was safe. they stood on the shore of the oasis and watched the fireflies dance through the night. Christo was going to put his arm around Alena but became too nervous as they had only been friends up until that point. Drifting cloud casually walked by and discretely bumped Alena into Christo who caught her and then kept his arm around her. Prim knew he had to do something quickly if he were to have a chance with the princess so he began to cast a spell but did not notice Yue creeping up behind him and she hip checked him into the window causing the spell to dissipate. Christo leaned over and worked up the courage to give Alena a kiss. Yue chastised prim for trying to disrupt their time together but prim continued his plans to win her heart.As everyone settled down from the days events prim cast his magnificent mansion and everyone entered. Alena was enthusiastic to show Christo around they passed by Yue’s room where she was happily setting things on fire in a room prim created just for her. and they proceeded down the hall to their respective chambers. Prim devised a plan where he animated a bowl of warm water and a towel and wanted to make Christo pee himself while he slept but upon entering his chambers the objects found it empty and they found Christo in Alena’s chambers sobbing and unloading her emotions telling Christo of their events so far and he was starting to comfort her when the magic bowl and towel came into the room. they were confused and took it as a part of their culture that they should wash up before turning in for the night so they began using the towel and water to clean themselves.
The magic did not last though and when the spell ran out mid cleaning the bowl fell from its levitated position and spilled all over Christo’s pants. Alena jumped up and proclaimed on no Christo you are all wet this will never do and started taking off his pants. A very flustered Christo turned bright red and could only stutter out a but but…. Princess! The night concluded with Prim being unaware of his plans outcome but was convinced that everything went according to plan.