The group continues to explore the tower. They discover a dial that powers the move tube and go down to the lower levels, where a series of force fields separates them from ten unopened/unspoiled boxes. They go back up, looking for a way to deactivate the fields.
Finding a row of cells, they discover some old & new friends inside — an alternate timeline Jongle Janglemancer (who did not die in the Chaos Storm – and instead traveled with Minja and a baby Valeria), and Ragnaught Tognarbro, a bullywug cleric.
In two of the other cells they find chained skeletons crying out for freedom. When Earnest opens one of the cells, however, a wraith emerges from the skeleton and reaches for him. Ervendio turns the spirit and it returns to its bony prison. They continue to cry for release, but the group leaves them behind.
At the top of the tower they find a telescope room. Flippin’ switches, Valeria and Ervendio look through the telescope and see a far-off planet or crystal sphere, home to strange plant-like creatures.
In another room, they discover a ghost who offers to play a game of chess for their souls. Jongle immediately accepts and barely outwits the ghost — gaining access to a secret library. Inside he finds several books on strange stars (which he ignores) and a single spellbook filled with low level spells. Earnest finds a scroll about shoelaces.
In another library, the group discovers tomes on light, glass, and metalwork. They discover an icy chest filled with vials of red liquid. They leave the vials untouched.
In one of their elevator rides, Valeria recites a poem she wrote about her re-discovered father, Jongle. Jongle says he’s written songs about her, but he won’t reveal them.
Back in the dungeon, the group finds that two of the force fields have been lowered by something they did upstairs. Ervendio and Jongle work the levers together, and Earnest and Carol/Ann proceed through the fields to the boxes. They discover boxes and boxes of gold and silver — which the Barrow Wood militia above want payment from. They give each of the 29 soldiers (and Bertram) 50 gp each. The wizard is left in the tower in his circle of salt.
The group teleports back to Grudgewood and meets with Red Al. They decide to establish a stronghold at Eddistone, but they will have to travel there to suss out the situation with the locals, who are said to be hostile and untrusting toward the Revengers.
Jongle pickpockets a massive bag of platinum from Chest Art. Valeria speaks to Chest, asking directly about the Black Cardinal — Chest seems put off and tells her to come to his tent in the evening.
The group goes banking and meets with Durge, depositing their treasure and getting the now-living Jongle some of his money back. They establish a group account for “The Real Revengers,” not to be confused with The New Revengers, LLC.
Ragnaught goes off to see the town on his own, as do Carol/Ann and Ervendio’s Silverwind henchman. Jongles advises Ragnaught to visit the brothel, which he does not do.
At Chest’s tent, Chest Art asserts there is no Black Cardinal. He says the nuns who accompanied Valeria and Bertram to Grudgewood have been “sent away”. Chest also says that Red Al has agreed to the posted terms of the pope’s visit: that there will be no combat or magic during or leading up to the visit, that a temple of the Church of the West will be established in Grudgewood, led by a goblin named Father Boon Marrow, and that a meeting between the Pope and the entire Barrow Wood council will be held.
Chest Art extracts a promise from Valeria, Ervendio, Jongle, and Earnest that they will not engage in combat or spellcasting during or leading up to the Pope’s visit; Jongle uses ventriloquism to make it appear that Bertram also makes this pledge.
Despite a meeting that was tense at times, they dinner & wine ends cordially. The Pope is scheduled to arrive in two days….
Telescope Room, 500
Force Fields, 5000
My Dinner With Chest Art, 1000
Group Total: 28,355 Individual Total: 5671
Bertram: 15,671 (Where’s My Fifty Gold 10,000; Group 5671)
Earnest: 15,671 (No Consequence, Great Girth 10,000; Group 5671)
Ervendio: 15,671 (Telescopist 10,000, Group 5671)
Jongle: 15,671 (Chess Champion 10,000; Group 5671)
Valeria: 15,671 (Elevator Poetry 10,000; Group 5671)
scroll about shoelaces
spellbook (2 level 1 wizard spells – Jongle’s choice)
1 large pearl (properties unknown)
1 set of crystal dice (properties unknown)
1 bag of powder (properties unknown)
Valeria: I fear for my father’s soul.
Bertram: to repair his friendship with Ervendio.
Ervendio: Bertram has offended my deity and I do not trust him.
Earnest: to protect Valeria.
Jongle: sang songs of Valeria when they were apart
Ragnaught: trusts Valeria implicitly