At the druid sanctuary, Bea finds familiar and bonds with Volcano the wolf.
Ruat communes with Teks: — something is near. Lex, another piece of the Rod of 7 Parts. A lower piece. Ruat warns Teks that, without binding glyphs and the proper ritual, one of them — either Ruat or Lex — will be shot away in a random direction if they are brought too close together.
Ervendio inadvertently reveals a remove curse spell had saved Bea when she was nearly transformed by the mists at the Maw of Aryn. Minja wants to know why no one tried to save her or Valeria when they were similarly afflicted. Ervendio offers to cast remove curse on her, but only when he has a spare spell. Minja, offended that she is clearly low in the pecking order, walks away.
Minja returns while the Revengers are still planning their next move. She whispers to Jongle that the leechmouths have found the sanctuary and are moving this way! Not wanting another confrontation with the creatures, Maeve leads them out a secret door.
Outside, they split up. Maeve & the druids head to a sacred grove far to the south. She gives the party holy water and potions of healing, since they tell Maeve they are going to face the vampire they believe lives in the castle. On the way out, Bertram nabs bread, some cheese, and a small knife. Maeve also leaves them with the horn of the sacred grove, though she warns them that she thinks something terrible will happen if they blow it.
The group heads north, avoiding leechmouth patrols and zombie wolves thanks to Volcano. They camp at Svendar’s Holler. Ervendio casts remove curse on Valeria, but it doesn’t work. The group surmises that, since so much time has passed, the change has been allowed to become permanent. Minja is hurt and believes she’s treated as a lesser member of the group, but the rest of the party doesn’t see her point of view. Another argument ensues.
Teks tries to comfort Minja. Bea eavesdrops on their conversation and interjects, telling Minja — seemingly politely, but ultimately quite coldly — that she doesn’t belong there with the Revengers. No one else says anything — not even Jongle — and it shatters Minja entirely. She goes to bed, crying herself to sleep.
Ervendio makes a crown of purple flowers for her as a peace offering. Bertram fails at making an “eel weir” on the shores of the nearby lake, and winds up covered in mud. He leaves a note on Petar’s nearby grave, in case Ursula finds it.
Jongle and Bertram tussle over the sentient, evil ring of regeneration. They arguably show more passion over this ring than they do over Jongle’s wife. Bertram tries to fight for it back, but Jongle manages to give it to Ervendio, who puts it on.
Teks communes with Ruat — Lex is closer now, clearly in the castle. Now that it is closer, Ruat can tell that Lex is the sixth piece of the rod.
While the others argue over the ring and what to do about the rod, Teks motions to Minja to take the rod & Minja and _the baby & planeshift away. The others resist this idea, but no one is willing to make a move. Minja pickpockets the scroll of plane shift from Ervendio, giving it to Teks. Teks uses it to go where he can “communicate with ”/wikis/psilofyr" class=“wiki-page-link”> Psilofyr." Jongle asks to take Valeria back, but Minja says, “You can’t protect her.” Minja, Valeria, and Teks disappear.
Jongle looks into the crystal ball — all of Minja’s belongings are left behind — and sees them in a very symmetrical forest, the trees in perfect rows, the grass all grown to a uniform height, walking hand in claw.
Bertram is suddenly worried that Jeff has snuck away as well, but he is safely ensconced in Bertram’s pot. Jeff has eaten Bertram’s sentient chalk and has smoked Bertram’s sentient clove.
Harpo clears his throat — he’s been there the whole time! — and the group finally makes camp for the night.
The next morning, they head to the castle. With no secret passages visible, they go under the raised portcullis. There is a barrier and leechmouth patrol there, so they scramble upward, kill two guards silently. Bea, attempting to armor herself, causes a wild surge, but it once again has no visible effects.
and prepare head up the ramp to the rest of the castle proper… it’s about 12pm noon.
The Trouble With Minja, 6000
Entering the Castle, 600
Group Totals 8550 Individual Awards 1425
Bea 2375 (Volcano the Wolf 950, Group 1425)
Bertram 2375 (Eel Weir 950, Group 1425)
Ervendio 2375 (Spell Miser 950, Group 1425)
Golgaraz 2375 (Should Write A Song About This 950, Group 1425)
Jongle 2375 (Left Behind 950, Group 1425)
Teks 2375 (Plane Shifter 950, Group 1425)
- vial of holy water apiece
- potion of healing apiece
- loaf of bread
- a cutting knife
- some cheese I think?
Minja’s belongings, left behind
simple robe & cloak
Boots of Springing and Striding