March north throgh the desert for 8 days.
Beset upon by Thadean Lions (4 female + 1 male). We kill them and Grog takes the hide.
A beautiful black horse missing it’s rider gallops by. I chase it and catch it.
A woman (Jelise) and her squire (Salimar) come after the horse.
She warns us that the military patrols the border of Cantrev Aeddan
The nearest town is Feridol; Jelise takes us there.
Malika (Queen) Nissa Farouk lives here since the falling out with her family.
a few thousand people live here.
Seek a room at the Squatting Djin
Grog is treated poorly and no one will deal with him
He is arrested and goes willingly to jail
We seek an audience with the Malika
In waiting area we meet Master Sword Genrel who leads the Swords of Storms
Tells us the tower of moonlight is along the cliffs of Bodom
We would need to speak to the Malik to pass through the remainder of the lands
“Nights rain bog down the weary traveller”
Azaroth identifies it as Thieves Cant: a warning
The Malika is incredibly dangerous
He tells Hawkenthorne that his father was hanged!
We are motioned into a garden on the cusp of the Oasis
We present her an elven necklace and a diamond
Malik Farouk has condemmed all Orcs to death
If she were Malik she could rescind the law; she needs the Gem of Aucenpelan; afixed to the throne
Alathor and Azaroth notice that she has the eyes of a tiger and backwards hands (briefly glimpsed)
We ask around about relationship
- estranged, power struggle, working against each other for control of cantrev
- Farouk keep ancestral holdings, a couple miles outside banishan (Malik is here)
- Malik is very clever but grown increasing paranoai
- Viscious, but has soul of poet
- Cantrev is a game board for these 2 nobels; villages have been burned
After a week we arrive in Banishan. On the way we see a village named for the Malika which the Malik burned down.
The Professor asks around and it does not seem as if this gem really confers power so much that it is a symbol of rulership
Alathor sneaks off to speak to the Malik and warns him that the Malika is some sort of weird creature (he identifies her as a Rakasha) and that she is after the gem
The Malik orders Alathor captured as his disguise slips (Rakasha) as he doesn’t want those rumors spread.
As we are drinking that evening we overhear men speaking about an elf foreigner placed in the dungeon at Farouk Keep
Hawkenthorne and I find out from the nobels that the gem is highly coveted by the Malik and Malika, but confers no real power.
Azaroth and the professor scope out the keep
Find a captain named Amir Haseem to transport us along the river
Azaroth and the Professor get captured trying to break Alathor out.
They all escape with the Malik chasing them
We make it to the boat
after a day several ships flying the Farouk flag are gaining on us.