Timespan: 3rd Rise 21:1209 to 1st Work 19:1209
The group gathers around the burial plot of Vince. Princess Wei explains to Shintaro that many years ago when she was given the task to contact the other civilizations they were quite hostile and wanted their powers. The primitives cast a ritual given to them by the Formorians on her armor in the midst of a fight. She fell ill from it and passed away. That’s all she is able to remember.
Before the heroes can do anything they are confronted by Gunnarr. He tells the group to come with him immediately for there is a meeting with some of the high priests of Pelor gathering after the funeral of Oracle Alvis to decide who the next Oracle should be. The group heads to the important meeting (without Jayden who wishes to stay by Vince’s burial site) and begins conversations with the people there. These handful of important Pelorians in the world are: Kyrynn, Gunnarr, Cyndree, Keegan Von Richter VIII, Nadalia, and the group’s old friend, Gbaja. It turns out Gbaja has converted many lives in the name of Pelor through evangelism in the country of Cush after he became chief of Ijon, the orc tribe he was left with. He is a firm believer in welcoming all races to the arms of Pelor and so the high priests revere him to be a special priest of Pelor from Cush.
The group tells of their misfortune of Oracle Alvis’ death and how Thorin was given the Oracle’s powers but is now losing them due to the fact that he was turned into a vampire. Most of the group (especially Delad) felt that Thorin, at least at this time, is not ready to be Oracle. They give the ability to Gbaja to test those in this group to see if they are worthy of being the new Oracle. Gunnarr is named interim Oracle until then.
Kyrynn assures the heroes secretly that Stondylus (posing as Horatio) is close to finding the whereabouts of the unknown artifact they are looking for. He also says he will be able to take Thorin’s mom back to Edom tomorrow now that the meeting is adjourned.
The group, with their old friend Gbaja adventuring with them again, heads back to Vince’s shop where Jayden has, for some reason, uncovered Vince’s grave. Thorin begins to remember why as he flashes back in time two years ago.
In the midst of the celebration for Oskoor’s new paladinhood, Hulda is made aware by her secret contacts with Vecna that a power source OF Vecna has recently showed up at the Northeastern beaches of Resen. The contact tells her to get her “friends” to help recover the source and she does so with ease.
They rush to the beaches and fight what seems to be two fighting groups: followers of Zehir and followers of Vecna. They eliminate most of the enemies that surround an unconscious half elf (that Hulda points out as the important source they are after) that Ralph seems to continuously squawk at. Vince almost dies but Oskoor rescues him from the deep sea depths and throws him onto the broken shipyard. Thorin is able to stop the bleeding off the unknown body and then Ralph starts to squawk the name, “Jayden!” The body rises up, and begins to destroy the remaining enemies, including a powerful demon that was summoned. But in the confusion of whether everyone is an enemy or friend, he destroys not only the demon but Vince as well. He then falls unconscious, slowly dying from some sort of magical wounds that the group can’t decipher. The gnome leader gives himself up but forces some kind of poison down his throat and kills himself before the group can interrogate him. Also, amidst the confusion, Hulda goes missing.
Gunnarr realizes that this half-elf was important to those two factions and so they should try and help him. I’dunn, Thorin’s horse, is the only one fast enough to take the half-elf to the Oracle in order to save him so Thorin does so. After hours of galloping through the night and almost there at the Sundial, I’dunn, falls from exhaustion. Thorin, without any kind of healing powers left, decides to put her out of her misery (as she is suffering too much) and carries Jayden to the Oracle just in time to save his life.
The Oracle heals Jayden of some kind of powerful magical poison that was in him and says that Jayden (as that is the only thing Jayden remembers thanks to Ralph saying his name so much) is special and he thinks that Pelor has given Thorin the quest to help Jayden find out more of his past. Delad and Oskoor decide to join the travels as well. Gunnarr, feeling hindered by his handicap (and the fact that he must stay in Resen for his secret group), decides to stay at the temple. Hulda mysteriously vanished that day on the beach and is never seen by anyone until 2 years later (when she converted Thorin into a vampire). With Vince dead, the group administers his funeral and adhere to his will that asked that he be buried in the hide armor he had with him in his possessions (though the group never saw this before). Oskoor receives word that his cousin, Misako, needs his help in Duvik’s Pass so the group begin their quests together from that point on two years ago.
After the flashback, it’s obvious that the hide armor Vince was buried in is the artifact that was stolen from the Scarlet Corsair and the artifact that the group has been looking for. They find it in the coffin and Princess Wei sacrifices herself so that Shintaro doesn’t die from the Formorian curse on it (it seems the curse only affects the lineage of the Quang Dynasty). She apologizes to her father saying that she must do this for his quest. He at first says no, but she goes against his word and vanishes in a bright light. The artifact is theirs and a magic mouth ritual goes off now that it is touched with the familiar voice of Vince saying:
“I, Vince of the wonderful and all powerful Valencia family, hereby claim this to be my real Will and Testament. Sorry, Sis, if you thought otherwise. But don’t worry, the land I bought here with Nord’s money he fronted me is still yours.
If you are hearing this, surely you have exhumed my elegant burial plot in hopes to plunder my vast wizardly treasures. If you are pirates: STOP PIRATING MY BOOTY! My body deserves much more than that. Plus, I will haunt you from the grave and make sure you get cursed and what not!
Hopefully, it’s friends or family that is hearing this. If so, good job! No one claimed my stuff, but then again, maybe that shows that I’m not as powerful and popular as I would hoped to be upon my death. Hmm, oh well. Maybe I’m lucky and you are my worst villain ever. But pirates would be just annoying. Oh no, maybe my worst villain IS a pirate…oh dear." In the background a noise of Ralph squawks, “KIND SIR!”
Vince continues, "What was I saying? Curses Ralph, do I need to feed you another cracker!? My gosh, why did I buy this stupid bird from that traveling merchant. ‘All great mages need an animal familiar at their side,’ he said. But all this stupid bird does is squawk. For some reason familiars never liked me in Arcane school so instead, this dumb animal I figured would do the trick, he only cost a silver piece anyway. Oh well, you win some and lose some, right?
Now where was I? Oh yes, My will! Everything I own is given to my sister, Victoria. Oh wait, I already established that, yes yes. My notes say…here we go, Thorin, Gunnarr, Delad, Oskoor, and Hulda: I’m sorry I lied at the temple. I did steal from that temple. But it wasn’t anything you need to worry about. It was the armor you buried me in. I was hired by Nord to find this armor for whatever reason he had and I wanted to start my collection of wonderful magic items to be buried with me. Isn’t that what great mages do? I mean, you go dungeon crawling in the old necromancer’s tomb, you’re gonna find his handy dandy, uhhh, HAND bone wand, right? That’s what adventurers crave, right? Well, hopefully this is you who found my stuff. If anyone else did, good job! I don’t know what the armor does, but I do know it’s powerful. So congratulations! There’s something you don’t hear after raiding someone’s tomb of their prized possessions: a warm greeting and pat on the back. Usually it’s just silence before the mummy curse overtakes you." An awkward silence lingers, "BOO! Haha, gotcha!
No seriously though, you guys were great helpers to my epic magic item emporium, that’ll show Vaan and Vicious who’s top dog in our family! Just don’t tell them I gave you my armor. Good luck, and if you forget everything else I tell you, remember these very important words: ‘If you wanna feel like a PRINCE, come down and shop at Vince!’"
The message is finished and the armor is retrieved and given to a vapid Shintaro. The group realizes they are one step closer to finding the portal and they are given a feast at Vince’s shop by his sister, Victoria. She prepares the group for their time at Frosthaven as it is their next stop. Yuma is there who gives a wonderful dessert to Thorin for the sake of his 34th birthday, which is today (ironic that he is “born” again today as a vampire, isn’t it?). Yuma claims she will return to Edom and live the rest of her years there with her daughter, Senna.
The group finds that Gunnarr is being helpful to find a cure for Thorin’s vampirism and is also looking for someone to be able to cast the ritual, “Exorcism” to help the group in their ghost problems. Gunnarr says he’ll do his best and shakes hands with Thorin as they teleport to Frosthaven.
Frosthaven is a vast ice tundra that has plunged into an eternal winter due to the two dragons that rule the lands with an iron claw: Exarzellian (a blue dragon) and his older sister who is a white dragon, “Kurikveaeri.” The group, only knowing of the orphan house Jayden grew up in, (“Mama Foxx’s House of the Gifted”) decide to search the winter lands extensively. In their travels they come across many perils and other races who seem to either be a slave to the dragons or follow them as if they were deities themselves. The heroes help where they can and gain some treasures and Jayden is able to come across a few places of interest that help him bring his memory back. Things like:
1. These are the woods where Jayden and his brother, Crynaden, would go with their friends from school and play knights in the woods while growing up as children. Crynaden would always be the knight, he made Jayden play the villain every time.
2. This is the waterfall where Crynaden told Jayden that mom and dad never loved them but that Crynaden would take care of them both.
3. This the old village that the two brother were at before Mama Foxx’s house of the gifted. They were street rats, vagabonds, but Crynaden had higher hopes for them both.