Prim created a teleportation circle and sent the huge stone constructs back to phandalin and then the party sent ragnar up to the flying carpet with the children while the party explored more of the Loch tower discovering a flying Quetzalcoatlus and several werewolf like flinds inside a locked and barred room. They shot down the Quetzalcoatlus but it landed on top of Rowan and Aethil. The rest of the party did battle with the Flinds and their flairs of madness and pain but eventually slew them in battle and were left alone with a treasure chest in the room. Drifting Cloud kicked open the treasure chest and a bunch of silver spilled out of the chest along side 1 gold coin which he picked up. upon doing so he felt immediately charitable and started giving away his gold to Pokeman Jones. Prim noticed something was off with drifting cloud and tried to get him to carry him up the stairs but to no avail.
They all finally returned to the carpet and as they were passing back through the barrier Drifting Cloud was able to shake the coin out of his hand. He tried to force prim to grab it but prim jumped off of the carpet and played his golden fiddle to stay out of his range. Prim used mage hand to hold the coin so noone else would touch it for the time being. He purchased a box when they returned to Izmit village and they returned Bimmy and Jimmy to their parents and received a freshly baked om nom berry pie as a reward. The party then flew Gabriel back to Burland and reunited her with Alex and Flora who embraced their daughter and told them to return later tonight and they would cook for them as thanks for saving her.
Ragnar, healie and the party went to go report to king Ronald Burland of their success in finding the missing children and he congratulated them on a job well done saying others from the sword coast had come trying to help but they were the 1st ones to get results. He told the party things seemed to get worse when the elf names Psaro came through and he was followed a few days later by a priest of Tymora who was looking for him. She searched for the children but was preoccupied with finding this man and didn’t see much success before she moved on. He called upon his chancellor to retrieve a reward for the party.
They party explained why they thought the children were being kidnapped as part of some prophecy that this land had that stated a hero of zenithia would grow up to stop the great evil and they were trying to kidnap the children and sacrifice them so they never had a chance to grow up and fulfill this prophecy. The King looked at them with interest and said he recalls the stories that they mentioned and if what they said is true he has another request of them that they seek out this child of prophecy and protect them until the time is right. He removed a shield from the back of his throne and presented it to the party.
Burland explained to the party that this was a Zenithian shield handed down through his family for generations and he believes that the shield is set to awaken when reunited with the child of prophecy and that they could use it as a diving rod of sorts to test and see if they found the right individual. It was a beautiful shield with a dragon on it. The party gratefully accepted the gift and took on this new task. Burland told the party that his close friend the King of Santeem castle may need his help as well as he has been writing to him telling him of nightmares he has been having and he knows his land is troubled as well and makes a final request of the party to go help him out as well. The party also accepts this task and he tells his wizard to prepare a teleportation circle to santeem for the morning and to go enjoy the rest of the night.
The party bowed and left Burland castle and returned to Alex and Flora’s place and enjoyed a home cooked meal to the most grateful parents in town. Prim regaled the parents with embellished stories of how their daughter was saved with Drifting cloud correcting his embellishments as they were going along and Gabrielle enhancing them as prim kept slipping her candy. They stayed in a comfortable warm home that night and in the morning they returned to the castle and utilized the teleportation circle to arrive in Santeem castle in a land southwest of Burland.
The Guards asked them to state their business and the party showed them the shield King Burland had given them and they were granted admittance to an audience with the king immediately. They were announced and presented Before King Ivan Tsarevna and the Princess Alena Tsarevna. The King thanked them for coming and assisting his friend in Burland. He told the party of his nightmares he had been having lately of tragedy befalling his kingdom and of monsters who have been invading nearby villages. He explains he already sent some of his best guards and advisers but they have not returned so he put out a call for adventurers to put an end to these fiends. The party told Ivan that they would get to the bottom of these attacks on the villages.
Alena interjected that she wanted to go along with them to help and Ivan stood from his throne and quickly shut her down telling her it is too dangerous for a princess and to put these thoughts of the outside world aside that she belongs here in the castle as he could not protect her out there. Alena sat back down her throne and promised her father she would not go but wanted to at least speak with the female adventureres who have come before her as she doesn’t get much contact with the outside world which Ivan permitted. Alena beckoned Yue Rowan and Aethil to her chamber.
In her room Alena begged the adventurers to take her with them when they leave. She told them that she grew up in this castle with her close friend Cristo and her mentor Brey the grey wizard and they were recently sent out to deal with the local troubles in Tempe and they never returned and she fears the worst for them and wants to go find them and be a princess of action who stands up for her people and not just sends those she loves most into danger and die while she stays behind these walls. She tells them she sees how strong the party seems and after hearing of what they accomplished she knows she will be safe with them and promises she won’t slow them down that she can fight and wants to prove it to her father who would never allow it.
The girls agree to help get her out of there drifting cloud was hiding near the door and thought this was a terrible idea and ran off to tell king burland right away of their plan to sneak alena out of the castle. After he was gone Aethil told Alena she would take her place and disguised herself as The princess in an uncanny way in her clothes and her her take her familiar brighteyes and thunderstepped out of the castle. After she was gone King burland burst into the room and demanded that Alena stay right where she is and told the girls to get out and he posted guards outside of the room with Aethil now still inside. King Tsarevna told them he just can’t take the chance that his daughter would get hurt and they agreed and left Aethil in the room.
The party got their assignment to investigate the village of Tempe but stopped by the nearby village of Sureen to resupply of materials. Outside the village they found Alena waiting for them to Drifting cloud’s surprise who voiced his displeasure with the party’s trickery. The party discussed Alena getting a disguise so she would not be recognized by the local people so Prim dressed her up like a grown up looking Erolosa. He didn’t notice the resemblance and proceeded to hit on her throughout the day until the party pointed that out and he was teased by Alena asking if just things were customary on the sword coast to pursue your daughters. Taken aback after noticing prim proceeded to go buy more candy while the party went and sampled the local brew in town and got info hearing of the troubles of tempe village and how the clerics of bahamut were losing their blessings.
After staying the night the party made their way to tempe village hiking through the mountains. Rowan was exhausted by the time their got there but the party was able to find their way through the passes with a map Alena provided. She wasn’t much help with navigating as she told the party this was the 1st she was out of the castle in years and she never traveled this far north. While they traveled she asked the party hundreds of questions about the outside world and their adventures as she seemed naive to the happenings of the world and was enthralled with their stories of adventure with prim played up the best he could to make himself sound especially heroic and impress her. The rest of the party tried to keep prim in check but Alena seemed to be enjoying herself being around her new friends and experiencing new things.
The party arrived in Tempe to a very downtrodden townsfolk. upon inquiry they said that after an elf names Psaro passed through the village there have been monsters raiding the village demanding sacrifices or they would burn the whole town to the ground. The party told the villagers that they were sent by the king to put a stop to this. they found a local hunter of the village and he told them that normally only gnolls are the real threat to the village but lately there has been a large creature travelling with them.
The party scouted out their lair and found tracks of the beast but could not place where it was from just that it seemed much bigger and heavier than the gnolls. they talked to the priest of bahamut and he told them of his waining connection to his dragon god and that he wasn’t much help healing lately but he has been doing his best to keep everyone alive in town but tomorrow was the next day a sacrifice was to be sent to these monsters. Drifting cloud volunteered to take the place of the village daughter Neena and that they would set a trap for these beasts and stop them once and for all. The priest thanked them and the party setup a trap for them with prim mansion building a ballista with an explosive fire ammunition prepped and ready to go and yue drank an invisibility potion and was sitting in the trees ready to ambush them with spells. Alena sat in wait inside the mansion ready to ambush these fiends and told the party she was ready to protect her people with her life if necessary or she would never learn to rule her people as a just queen.
The time grew near and Drifting cloud saw the gnolls marching out from the woods along with a Giant creature with it a Leucrotta. as soon as it saw Drifting cloud it sprung up quicker than he thought it could move and bit into him. Drifting could gave a shout out that it was here and the beast lined up in front of the magical mansion door. Prim loosed the ballista and struck true into the side of the beast with it letting out a howl and the party ran out of the mansion and set upon the gnolls Yue bombarded them with fireballs from the trees catching the forest ablaze. 3 of them rushed her but she knocked them back with a thunderwave and pinned them to the trees with firebolts.
Drifting cloud leapt onto the back of the Leucrotta and began stabbing it. It tried to snap back at him but he swung around its neck cutting as he went felling the beast as Alena burst from the mansion throwing pushes and kicks at the nearest gnoll. it slipped her 1st 2 punches but she caught one with a roundhouse kick and them finished it with an axe kick tot he neck. She proclaimed just like when Cristo used to spar with me in the garden. The party routed the rest of the gnolls easily once the beast was dead. Prim in an attempt to impress Alena animated the ballista bolt inside the dead Leucrotta and made it lift it up as if it were still alive. Prim vaulted over the animated beast and grabbed Alena trying to swing her around away from her as if to protect her while attacking the beast but as she swung around she used the momentum to deliver a kick to the beasts head knocking it off sending it to Prims’s feat.
Alena proclaimed “How exhilarating well done prim!” Is this how party members fight together?” He said yeah sure and continues to try to think of ways to impress Alena. Rowan created a zone of truth and cast speak with dead on the Leucrotta and they learned that Psaro had passed through this village before the monsters had gotten more violent as well as a Priestess of tymora in pursuit of him.
Alena looking at the zone of truth amazed and wanted to learn more of her party members pulled prim into it and asked him “What are your intentions with me?” His charisma resisted the effects of the zone of truth and he told her they were wholesome intentions to which she looked surprised and said she was sorry for misjudging prim. Drifting could walked by and told her that he was lying and Alena looked confused again and so she ran to Yue and asked her what she should believe. Prim slipped Yue candy in hopes of currying her favor but she was not swayed by anything other than meat and she told Alena that they were all good people but just not to buy “Everything” they say that sometimes they stretch the truth. Alena looked at her and smiled and she thanked her for her advice and told her she trusted her and that she has a lot to learn about this world but hopes to learn but by being with such brave adventurers.
Prim hearing this wanted to continue to impress Alena so he took out the magic carpet and commanded it to rise. Alena looked up with Doe eyes and asked if she could ride on it and as she did Prim began singing “I can show you the world”.