To Know They Dreamed
Morning, Godsday, Magic Week, Delve Season, 1017.
It was a long-awaited reunion at the Embassy. Arrluk had been discharged from the Sanatorium, despite being in a worse condition than when he entered. Umiaq had also returned, although he was convinced he had only been away for barely a day. Adlartok was healed, although somehow changed by the experience. Adlartok began by sending out the two remaining trollkin to recruit more members of his loyal band.
The Heroes decided to finally take the drying heart of the stone elemental to the Collegium of Lava. This fulfilled the quest given to Umiaq by the Arch-mage. The first challenge when visiting the Collegium was to cross the bridge of hot coals. Umiaq loaned Adlartok a gadget, which protected him from the heat. Mangok hitched a ride on Adlartok, while Umiaq carried Arrluk. Umiaq relied upon his new red cloak, which mysteriously absorbed the heat from the coal bridge.
Scattered crates and chests littered the courtyard of the Collegium, who seemed to be preparing to depart. When Adlartok questioned the Archmage as to why they were leaving, the mage turned the question back onto Umiaq. The new red tattoo on Umiaq’s forehead caused the mage to believe Umiaq knew a lot more about the Red Moon. This rune also caused the mage to laugh at Umiaq’s assertion he was a priest of Zorak Zoran. The Arch-mage muttered about fleeing the fate of Ptolus and considered the Red Tower both a symptom and a cause of the Collegium’s departure.
Umiaq dismissed this reasoning. When he handed over the elemental heart, the arch-mage took it without touching the withered organ. However, the mage admitted to probably fleeing the plane, perhaps to the City of Doors. In return for the heart, the mage handed over the second translation. This was written in Pavian, which Arrluk could read.
Clutching the new translation, the Heroes left the Collegium to study the text in peace. They settled in an artificer’s tavern in Fabarium, where Adlartok made a copy of the text. The Heroes discussed the contents at length, relying upon Arrluk’s knowledge of chaos cults as background information.
Mangok grew bored of the conversation. First, he ladled more beer from the large jugs which the trolls used as flagons. Then he fell to gossiping about Arrluk, which attracted the attention of a pair of Bronze Boots, part of a street gang Arrluk had antagonized whilst in the Sanatorium. The two gnome thugs grew so agitated, they were persuaded to attack a random human, believing him to be Arrluk.
The Songs of Ulubrae are the session summaries from the Shadows of Ulubrae story arc in my Tales of the Hero Wars campaign.