The party has found its fate somehow intertwined with that of ‘the city of cities’ Maldoran, Jewel of Thassilon.
The latest conversation was:
“I had some concerns about what <mickey’s name="true"> said earlier, along with the discussions we had regarding my auguries. But I wasn’t certain of anything, so I kept everything to myself until I knew more. I have spent most of today searching through town looking for the taint of evil. I have also attempted to ascertain if there is any sort of undead presence here. Both of these searches resulted in a resounding ‘yes’.”
“This city, at least the portion that has rebuilt itself, is in and of itself, evil. The same taint that lies on our followers appears to lie on the city. Interestingly, this only sits on the rebuilt portion. Outside of this area, everything is fine. Additionally, pretty much everybody here, except for us, is undead. Well, sort of. It appears as if they are partially undead and partially alive. This includes all of the 1000 or so citizens currently in the Trade Quarter. Oh and the people, although undead, are in fact not inherently evil—at least, not any more than a normal cross-section of humanity. So, some of them are evil, but not an undue amount. I am not certain, but I believe my detecting them as partially alive and partially undead might mean that they are possessed. But, I am not really sure.” At this point, he looks at <patrick’s> and says, “I am sorry to have to tell you this, my friend, but this includes your wolf. He is both evil and undead. As much as I know this pains you, I believe that this is something you should know.”
“Lastly, all of the items that were either given to us in the Armory or modified while in the Armory are evil.”
Note: The “special items”, city, wolf, and followers radiate faint evil, whereas our “Eye” armor is residual.
“This all leads me to believe that <mickey’s> theory is on the right track. We are apparently helping to rebuild something that is inherently evil and possibly helping the possession of the people here, which as you recall are probably the people from the villages we were investigating. In case you were wondering, this is why I asked for you to remove the armor and such. I don’t want to take any chance that they have some sort of link to the city, or to maybe some being that is driving this evil.”
“But, this is not all.” Maliek sighs and looks even more haggard than before. “No, that is not even the half of it. The last thing I did, tonight before dinner, was another augury. Specifically I asked if it was weal or woe to help save this city. This apparently got the attention of something completely unexpected (at least by myself), as upon asking this question, a planar tear opened in front of me and an Astral Deva came through.”
“I will try and remember his words as exactly as possible, but it was something of a harrowing experience, so…” and he shrugs. “The Deva had a scroll flowing around him with glowing text, and he said, ‘Oh faithful, Sarenrae has sent me as a herald of times past and future. The questions you seek the answers for are beyond your ability to understand. Seek an Oracle, a Wise Man, and a Leader of Men and form a council with them. This council shall study this scroll and determine the fates of its own race.”
“To me this has the ring of prophesy. Also, I find the wording of the last sentence to be interesting.”
“At this point, another tear opened opposite the first tear and an Aeon, specifically a Pleroma, came into our reality. He said that enough had been said by the gods on this matter, and that it was for us, the mortals, to figure out.”
“And then they left. The tears appear to have put a strain on the city, and myself for that matter. They used me as the focus for accessing this reality. My first thought is that this means that using me as a focus was the only way they could access us here in the city, which is somewhat disturbing.”
“Um, I hope that after this we can all agree that something much bigger than we ever expected is going on here. I don’t know what we need to do at this point, but this scroll will tell us. I hope.” At this point, he brings out the scroll described above. “I have not looked upon this yet, as I think it would be better if we were all a part of the reading. Also, I’m not sure that we should look upon it before gathering this council.”
At this Maliek looks at everybody expectantly…