Graminea and Kerys flew to re-join the party in Moonbrook. Moving as the bat flies, they passed the city of Lapis, unaware that their companions had been imprisoned there by the Church of St. Cuthbert.
When they arrived at Moonbrook, Graminea and Kerys hurried to the wizard Illia‘s home. Finding the door unlocked, the two women ransacked the wizard’s abode looking for anything that might help locate their companions.
Illia chose an unfortunate time to return home.
Stressed, tired, and not paid for her troubles, Illia was confrontational towards the two intruders. She said that Calairiel, Sahalquiel and Surosar had all been arrested by the church of St. Cuthbert in a city to the north—accused of spying and inciting disorder. Tempers flared, and Kerys demanded that Illia teleport her to her friends before something terrible happened to them, otherwise something terrible would happen to her.
“My companions are imperilled, and I care for them a great deal more than I care for you.”
- Kerys to Illia
Illia refused. Enraged at Illia’s flat dismissal and panicking over her companions’s peril, Kerys incanted a dreadful curse. Illia appeared to disappear from sight; her robes and jewellery fell to the ground. Out of the robes peeked a small reptile—Kerys had polymorphed Illia into a lizard!
Kerys took the wizard’s spellbook and tore out pages that detailed Illia’s teleportation magic, for Graminea to use. Graminea scooped the now-diminutive Illia into her pocket, and read aloud the arcane text, hoping to get closer to Lapis and her imprisoned friends.
Teleporting to a plain not far from Lapis’s gates, the two women entered and scoured the city for any sign of their companions. Lapis being a city of laws and regulations, Graminea was encouraged to go to the civil archive and read the recent court records. Calairiel, Surosar, and Sahalquiel were all in the records, charged for disturbing the peace and imprisoned for a short while only.
Kerys had come across Calairiel in the city streets entirely by chance, and Surosar was found by a similar act of serendipity. Sahalquiel—held on steeper charges than the rest—was released the next day and he too rejoined the party. He passed on the news that Erevan had been in Lapis, and had run afoul of the law.
Though glad to see her friends freed and apparently unharmed, Kerys felt bile rise in her throat. She knew that she had destroyed Illia’s life in a moment of anger, and that it was all for nothing.
Graminea released Surosar from his servitude. His debt was now paid in full. Graminea reclaimed her companion ring of friend shield. From this day on, Surosar would be his own man.
Given a day to tie up loose ends, Sahalquiel and Surosar got in some martial training. Calairiel caught up on her prayers. Graminea, meanwhile, saw a business venture in the boat that would be left behind. She negotiated use of the boat to local merchants in exchange for a cut of the sales. When asked what the boat was to be called, Graminea inscribed her arcane sigil on the bow and gave the ship a name—the Lowly Lizard.
The party gathered on the deck of the Lowly Lizard on the morning. Prior to departing on her next planar adventure, Graminea released Illia into the ship’s cargo hold. If the lizard wizard could not return to her human form, perhaps she could find pleasure in her new life as a ship’s mascot.
Kerys reached out to the thread that bound her to the nexial plane. The energies were faint, but the principle was no different to summoning an elemental creature. Her essence flowed from plane to plane, and her connection to the planes grew stronger still. Kerys’s soul was torn from the material plane, and her body—and the bodies of her companions—soon followed.
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