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Summit of Singing Mountain: a lovely little hut, but with scorch marks (warded door). Barzon lets us in, stylish old wizard. He once met Dr. Kappa. He has seen our progress, and approves of us. We give him bag, he gives us 200gp change (we’re gonna return it to Kappa). He’ll come along. We mention the gem-head dudes, he thinks it might have been coalescing arcane energies into tangible form, though it’s just a guess/theory.

He gives us a magic cloak, and comes along back to VRL. A wolf hunts us the first night, but we scare it off. We get back the following night. Kappa is playing the lute. We give Kappa the change. Kappa has spy results: we’ll attack Iodale next week. He needs moustache wax.

Document: Iodale has relatively free people right now, no shackling or disappearing people, fewer beatings, but still get no news, kept in the dark. Mostly dragonborn and kobold. Duke Delanar and hero Balathir support star-people, because they’ve agreed to be puppet government (keep some freedoms & control). Garrison enforces quarantine/blockade. Leadership is kindof duke, kindof star-people emissaries. Get names of convertible guards. Original guards dispersed/decentralized. Geography: valley, surrounded by big hills, only one good entrance: need to push through with big force. Some starspawn. One star-loyalist mage in town, but we’ll have a temporary ritual circle to block Sendings for one hour: take him alive, so he can later check in “all ok here”. After getting mage, go to castle: may have to fight Balathir, convince Duke. Dragonborn may not be affected by Psycho-Colliders. We have sound-stones to tell the locals what’s going on, they may join uprising. (Tap them and throw them into the city.)

A week passes in training. We get basic +1 magic weapon/armor if we don’t have. Mordek gets Viskil to help lift a heavy item: tarp over wood and gold, some sculpture? That thing is coming with. We approach, prepare battle, Kappa gives speech, Mordek reveals thing: a gong. GONG!

Charge in. We fight our corner of the battle, by gates. Rough fight, but not mega-rough. We run through the town, tossing out the sound-stones. Find wizard’s workshop, dispel wards, find secret latch into panic room; human mage, armored human & dragonborn. We take prisoners, tie them up here. Ritual circle is old-style.

To the castle! Spies let us into secret tunnel, tell us castle layout. We go to anteroom with tapestries, archers, and Balathir. Balathir won’t stand down; we play a propaganda stone, he doesn’t believe Bahamut would still grant his powers if in service of such evil- we note that he’s still doing his duty. Gentlemans’ agreement not to kill, but fight. We take them out.

We go talk to Duke Delanar, and convince him to ally Iodale with the League; occupying military get captured, they prevent evildudes from escaping. Later, Delanar sends dragonborn to spruce up our caves. We learn that the mage had been sending Sendings to someone in twinfates: could just be information agency. Turns out the mage had been press-ganged, used ritual circles to minimize blood sacrifice.

We go talk to Duke Delanar, and convince him to ally Iodale with the League; occupying military get captured, they prevent evildudes from escaping. Later, Delanar sends dragonborn to spruce up our caves. We learn that the mage had been sending Sendings to someone in twinfates: could just be information agency. Turns out the mage had been press-ganged, used ritual circles to minimize blood sacrifice.

Ceri and Viskill do research. Spirals: vague info, a symbol sometimes used in ritual magic, something about intertwined things. Living gate: was once a place of knowledge for the spiritually lost, now broken. Try to ask the mage about Spirals, by showing him pictures (“stuff we read”): he freaks out and become incoherent/amnesiac while we show him a double-helix drawing.

Note: in Iodale, they had been making the dragonborn “temper starmetal with dragon breath.” Ceri’s thoughts: second odd piece of information involving dragons vs. starthings. Maybe the VRL should seek out a dragon patron?

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