The party arrived in the water canal City of Stancia where all of the travel was via gondola like a Venice type city. The party checked a local inn to find out that King James Stancia was holding a contest for entertainers around the world to come make his people happy. Those who could make him smile would receive a gold sum and the zenitian boots which were a family heirloom. They also learned that noon has succeeded yet but many entertainers were now in the area and entertaining local people. They also heard rumors that one set of these entertainers were actually a mercenary company names the bloodaxes that tried to steal the boots after failing to win the contest and were now current locked up in the cells. Aethil became disturbed at this news and told the party she used to travel with this company and that there must be some kind of mistake that they are honorable people.
The party rented a gondola and sailed to the main castle to enter into the contest to win the Zenithian boots. When they finally reached the throne room and introduced themselves to the king they were met with surprise to see the Princess Isabella Stancia having tea with Caryandra Nailo. They called out to her and she referred to them as “those idiots again”. Prim decided he wanted to make a good impression on the Princess and was stepping up to perform his best song when drifting cloud jumped in and decided a comedy routine would work better and pulled prims pants down revealing his underwear decorated with more faces of prim in front of the whole court. And the princess and king decided it was just another fools’s act. Prim walked off the center court disgraced.
Yue and Rowan decided to try a duet but they harmony was a little off and the king seemed bored through most of the performance. Drifting cloud though he would spice up the entertainment with combat and challenged Caryandra a duel in front of the king. She asked him are you sure about that? He confirmed he did she decided the bout would be to the pain (half hp) and she set down her teacup and went to the center court and curtsied to isabella and then with lightning flash reflexes drew her rapier celery and carved a C into his fur and drove it in hard into his hip and he cried out and retaliated with a flurry of blows which caryandra side stepped all but one which she was able to roll with and barely grazed her. She just looked at drifting cloud and smiled as he swung again spun behind him and carved an N into his back fun and this time took the rapier and put it to his shoulder and drove it in pinning him to the ground and sinking it in. Drifting could cried out in pain as he saw the blade pass through him and Isabella called the fight as he was heavily damaged. Caryandra flicked the blood onto the floor and Curtsied to Isabella and sat back down next to the king who stated he expected no less from his honored guest.
Aethil ran up to Drifting cloud and healed him and made a plea to the king that they aren’t great entertainers but what they do is remove evil from the world and as proof they have the other pieces of zenithian equipment and that they can save the world if they can collect them all and put a stop to psaro the manslayer. The king listened to their plea and had a moment of clarity as to the reason behind him wanting this contest in the 1st place. he said initially he just wanted entertainers here to help be a distraction for his people because they felt powerless to change the world around them but nothing is better than real hope for getting people’s spirits up. He said he likes the party and to prove they are who they said they were he wants them to prove they will get rid of evil. He told them of the bloodaxes attempt to steal the boots and he wants the party to “deal with them” that they were locked in the dungeon. He ordered Caryandra to go with them and gave her the keys to the cells and to make sure the job was done. She nodded and begrudgingly came with the party and led them to the Dungeon.
The cells were all isolated by waterways but the party pulled up to the 1st cell and met the leader Krusk Hammerfist, Hector the well endowed, Vanessa vargus, Saggita Tympanstam, and Arden who all recognized Aethil and begged her to get them out. When she asked what happened she said they were hired by this man seemed Psaro and a priestess of Tymora and she remembers hearing good things about sister Gaerelle so they figured they had a good reason of saving the world that they needed these boots so they agreed to get them for her. Aethil became furious and told them that they had been deceived and the things that Psaro had done throughout the land. The party was worried now because the king wanted proof that they were dealt with but the party was in luck because Caryandra saw the injustice of the situation and had a plan. She asked for the trust of the captives and took her dagger and gently ran it across their arms and spread their blood all over their cells and then Aethil healed their wounds. Caryandra unlocked their cell and had prim make a teleportation circle and the party sent the bloodaxes to phandalin with their thanks.
The party returned to the king and with Caryandra’s confirmation that the deed was done and the bloody knife as proof the king presented the party with the Zenithian boots and told them that they would help them find the final piece. When they looked over the equipment they had they found that they only needed the sword which was said to be in the world tree Yggdrasil in the middle of a mighty desert filled with peril. The king invited the party to stay overnight and participate in the celebration with the rest of the entertainers. Prim wanting to redeem himself began setting up Prim fest II. While this was happening the party was contacted by Norros who said he made an amazing discovery which could enhance the ship Pokeman Jones had received they were orbs that could make the ship float aloft like an airship and he wanted to test them out. The party told them of course that would help in their journey tremendously. So Prim went and retrieved norros and he worked all night on the ship while the party enjoyed prim fest and his retelling of their adventures which were embellished in his favor and the story of how they defeated the doom of the desert.
In the morning the party thanked norros and headed off to the desert with caryandra in tow. when she learned of sister Gaerelle’s corruption she desired to find out for herself what was going on. with the new enhancements to the ship the party arrived at the endless desert in no time. Through delsaphine’s masterful navigation of the desert the party avoided getting lost, managed the blistering temperature, avoided sandstorms and a sand tornado and dodged the hoard of purple worms that periodically snapped up at the airship. They arrived at the serene oasis of elfville which rested at the bottom of the life giving world tree Yggdrasil.
The party entered and were greeted by very nice elves who were surprised to see visitors. Prim came up with the plan to make the trip sound like a field trip for alucard and he was the school teacher. The elves being naive and not having much contact with the outside world only asked them to be respectful inside the tree and the party proceeded inward with Prim giving a guided school tour like in a museum. as they climbed high into the branches a few of them tried to swat the party off the ledges they had to cross but luckily prim knew fly and aethil was able to sprout wings. The party climbed high in the tree and spoke with one another and they felt the emotion of serenity wash through their body as they peacefully made their way through.
DC: might as well not lift a sword to fight since im so bad at it, I couldnt even fight a tig of an elf. now I see why my father told me to stop fighting, im horrible at it.
Prim: it’s ok I’m horrible at it too! I’ll start teaching you in the way of the wing man so we can you into more of a support position
DC: I know fourteen different ways to punch a man in the face, and you’re saying im support? Im sorry prim but you asked for a punch in the face right there.
Yue: Oh! Seems like Drifting Cloud’s feeling better now! You know, we had Caryandra be our scout this time since you were moping around in the back the whole time…Yue: Then we remembered that Aethil can fly…
DC: I feel like my fighting spirit is waning, ever since we rescued my family, ive began to feel more…calm, my monastic teachings might be catching up with me.
Yue: Do you now…it could also be the tree too.
DC: No, I know its not that. this was before the Tree, now that my family is safe my journey is over. My entire goal in life was to find the people who took them and bring them to justice and with the help of all of you its been settled. It’s as if the burden has been taken off my chest and I can finally breath peacefully.
Aethil: No one’s breathing peacefully until my friends are proven to be innocently duped by that maniac Psaro. We need to get this sword and find that long eared pale faced family ruiner
DC:That I can agree on Aethil. This monster of a man was connected to my clan’s enslavement, I must continue to fight until his head is on a pike.