No XP rewarded, PC's were instructed to take level 10.
The party traveled to Wickham Bay with Belmuhn Sewal, visiting The Academy of Pantheism and Esoteric Arcanum.
<u>Malgruum & Vasha</u>
Mal & Vasha were given a tour of The Academy of Pantheism and Esoteric Arcanum and treated to lunch by the one-and-only Trill Wickham. Trill admitted to having been scrying on Vega since a monkey tore a chunk of her hair out earlier in the campaign. He complimented Mal & Vasha on their combat skills.
He admitted to having been behind the Winter Fest gifts and presented Mal and Vasha each with a magical necklace/amulet. The gifts were presented with a mutual understanding that Mal & Vasha would stay out of Fenrick's and Vega's family business.He proceeding to tell the fable of The Hare and The Hound. He suggested that Mal & Vasha not be like the hare, stop trying to understand/communicate with the hound on the hounds level, the hare should simply go away…leave the hound be.
"Perhaps you're mistaken in assuming I was a hare" Vasha
Trill explained The Dogs in the Dark and why they needed the children with familiars. He explained their powers being tested as an alternative energy source to stabilize the realm. He explained the roles of the The Red Elephants and The Black Otters in all things. He outlined the Council of Trill and how the overuse of PSO's was weakening the realm against other, possibly more dangerous planar incursions.
Towards the end of the conversation, Trill looked suddenly distracted and excused himself.
Upon leaving the garden of the Academy Vasha and Malgruum came upon a horrific scene of great slaughter.
After spending some time in her quarters, Vega joined Camael in his quarters for lunch with him, Lester and Ainsley (Roger and Stuarts parents).
Camael began with a trip down memory lane, speaking about Vega's parents and eluding to her mother in the present tense. He soon became agitated, obsessing about Vega's constant meddling, not living up to her expectations, hanging out with the wrong crowd etc. He had had enough, and was sending Vega to live in an observatory known as The Dim Gate, deep in The Devils Crown mountain range
"Vega! You will leave here via a portal or rolled up in a f&#king rug!"
Lester and Ainsley actually turned out to be Adhukait Asura. The Asura were forced to deal with a summoned hound archon while Camael grappled Vega and started forcing her towards a portal in the bowels of The Academy.
With quick thinking Vega used the strange bauble Asmund had given her and instead of being forced to walk through a portal, she ended up in the common area of Asmund's tower. Overall he was pleasant. He gave Vega a big "I told you so…" regarding the company she kept.
Still at his tower, Asmund has sent Kyril to retrieve Vasha and Malgrumm and bring them to his tower/Vega.
Fenrick was escorted by Belmuhn Sewal to a laboratory where Litia was being kept alive and the wendigo curse kept at bay. After hearing her scream in agony, Fenrick charged off while Belmuhn collapsed…begging Fenrick to wait.
A series of strange clone-like creatures were in the room constantly logging and documenting in perfect sync with one another.
In a rage, Fenrick tore through the strange creatures. After calming down, he studied their journals and began to attempt to disassemble and/or turn off the strange device Litia was connected to. He failed. The caustic fluid and electrical impulses quickly sucked the life from Litia and Fenrick transformed into a wendigo.
He began to move through The Academy. First, killing Belmuhn Sewal. Next, he took out a countless number of students and faculty. Last, he murdered Camael Anteaus.
Camael's last words were "….Vega doesn't know…."