We pick up with Andrastos and Victoria, as Ardo has gone to Orham to talk about his dual-employment, and Edy has gone to Thorid for a baby shower.
Andrastos and Victoria arrived in Tulduroc in the evening, and quickly ventured out to Suto-san’s house. When they arrived, they found an obviously Ibitonese man and woman, a questionably Ibitonese, flamboyantly dressed man, and an Agycurian woman packing. The Ibitonese woman welcomed them in, and introduced herself as Kohoko Takaoji. She introduced her companions, Ikuya Minamoto, Marianna Blasek, and Noritaka Suto. Andrastos and Victoria delivered the message from Alisia, which was a suggestion to remove the Duchy of Agycur from power by physically removing the family from Farrain, i.e., kidnap them. Her note included a basic schedule of the guards at Callen Palace. They decide that they will go to the World Fair in Illias, first, as they had been intending, so as to draw less suspicion, and then head to Farrain, with a more definite plan.
Andrastos and Victoria want to help speed up the process, and stay to help pack. They get to know the others a little better, and then spend the night in a spare room. They leave the next morning at 7 for Illias, to retrieve Count Reyns’ files.
They arrive in Illias the next morning, and went straight to what used to be the Agycurian Embassy in Gallision, but was currently changing departments. They retrieved the files and found lodgings for the day. They wandered around a bit, and saw a large, sleek-looking ship in the harbor. When they inquired about it, they learned that it is a luxury cruise-liner, meaning that it’s purpose is entertainment, not transportation. Unfortunately, it was not available for tours until the next day, when the World Fair officially started, so Andrastos and Victoria decided to go find a lively, less … upstanding club and have some fun. And so they did. A few ghosts were there, and Victoria quickly became … well known to them, and Andrastos met a very handsome panther hybrid, although he didn’t remember much of the meeting the next morning, when he woke up next to said panther.
After they had both woken up and cleaned up, which meant it was about midday, they headed back to the luxury ship and went on a tour. After that, they headed back to their lodgings, but met Suto-san and Kohoko on the way. They explained that they did intend to get Alisia out of Farrain, but not her family, and that they would like their help. Andrastos and Victoria agreed, and Andrastos offered the use of his airship. They set a time to meet in the morning, and headed their separate ways.
The next morning, they all met up, as agreed, and went to Farrain, arriving there in the late afternoon. Andrastos had some trouble piloting his airship, so he sent it to the shop for repairs. He and Victoria then delivered the files, and informed Alisia of her friends’ presence(s). Alisia asked them to meet her in the morning in her private parlor. Soon after that, they received an invitation to dinner the next day from Empress Sargonia herself, which they couldn’t refuse.
In the morning, they met with Alisia and she told them about the plan for her escape, if they would help. They told her about the dinner party with Sargonia, and were worried that they might be mesmerized. Alisia seemed resigned and said that even if they were mesmerized, this was her only chance, and she didn’t think the Empress would kill them. She asked them to go to the gatehouse shortly before 9 p.m. and lead the others to Count Reyns’ office. Alisia would be waiting for them there, and they would then just run as fast as they could out of there, as that seemed to be the only option. Andrastos offered his airship to them, which would be ready that evening. Alisia was very appreciative of this. Andrastos and Victoria agreed to the plan and checked on his airship, just to make sure, then headed to the private dining hall.
The dinner party went well, as far as they know. A few others were there, who were also recently hired. Only one will save was rolled, and it didn’t change their behavior, so they assumed that everything was normal in their heads. After the dinner party, they went to the gate house.
Shortly before 9, Ikuya and Kohoko appeared, after a large thud which was Ikuya failing to successfully climb the gate on the first try. Andrastos and Victoria led them to Count Reyns’ office, where Alisia was waiting, and the three disappeared into the night. Andrastos and Victoria then headed back to their lodgings for the night. In the morning, they checked on his airship, only to find that it wasn’t there. Good. They went to Count Reyns’ office to see if he wanted anything from them. He did. He had been planning on going to Ibito to retrieve some research documents from the government facility there, but something very urgent had just come up and he couldn’t leave. He seemed very frazzled and worried. He asked Andrastos and Victoria to go get them, and told them that an airship from the government fleet had already been prepared for the journey. They headed off to Ibito.
The journey was uneventful, and they arrived in the port city of Rinuyu two days later. When they went inside the government facility’s office, someone was already waiting for them with the research. The person who gave it to them asked for their opinion on it, so Andrastos gave it a try. He looked at the document she handed him, but was unable to read it. Victoria looked at it, and was able to read it as if it were in Common. Here is what it said:
“To combine the planes:
Call upon the natural force and draw your strength into the chalice. The Grand Druid will call upon the almighty Obad-Hai, who will represent the residents of the Outer Planes.
_Ethron took the power from the chalice to seize the power of Obad-Hai and kill him. He perverted the ritual and closed the planes forever. It was all I could do to weaken him. He won’t be a threat for some time.
I can feel my strength leaving me …_
When Victoria was able to read it, the woman was amazed. She told them that no one had been able to decipher it before. She told them that what they saw was a transcription off of some ancient ruins. Andrastos and Victoria thanked her and left. That’s where we stopped.