- Dusk looks at the letter. It’s pretty damning, but at the same time it gives absolutely no indication as to its intended PURPOSE. It’s completely unreadable to charms.
- It’s…suspicious. But at the same time, there’s no indication that there’s more of the undead forces.
- A little while later, the stars fall, and gods come to forge them into a web that straddles the city.
- Days pass. Months pass. Finally, Ina has her child in a storm and fury worthy of any who bear the blood of the Dragons, and brings her daughter Valah into the world.
- Congratulations and ‘awwwws’ are all around.
- Two days later, a gift basket full of fruit and flowers arrives.
Congratulations on little Valah!
Your friends at the Nexus Freelance Troubleshooters Union!
P.S. Bring this card in for a discount on your next job request!
- Fuming is made, people get over it, and more months pass.
- Unari’s mentor, White Beast Hallenghast, drops by.
- Killing very nearly commences. Lord knows which one would win. These two have a history. Hallenghast refers to Kiemi by her Wyld Hunt sobriquet of “Helltide.”
- She goads him and taunts him, and reminds everyone present that she’s not here to be hostile, but she’s not exactly their friend.
“I am here following an assassination attempt several years ago at my home manse on the Blessed Isle, which I expect to be in some manner of disarray by now. With the vast majority of my descendants dead, acting dishonorably, or being possessed forevermore by the previous bearer of their Exaltation, my emotional investment in the Isle and the Dynasty has been greatly reduced and so I place myself at a geographical remove for the time being.”
“Until such time as I feel it necessary to return—should that ever happen—I intend to remain here in a sort of working retirement.”
“I would apologize for what has passed between us, Hallenghast, but the situation has changed rather than my morals, and we’d both know it was a terrible lie.
- Akeva rebukes her, but meh. She brushes aside his concerns, and brushes off Hallenghast, infuriating him until he leaves.
- Some time later, Dusk receives a small vial from the guild, with an attached message:
To the Honorable Tranquil Dusk, Iron Wolf:
I was pleased to meet you and your companions in Skullstone, although I regret that we were unable to meet under better, more favorable circumstances.
With that said, your past incarnation and I did business on occasion, and as I understand it was quite happy with his bargains.
I would like to speak with you, if I may be so bold. The vial that is enclosed will invite me into your dreams for a single night, in which we might converse. While I am aware that your companions may have misgivings, I assure you that there are no strings attatched.
I strongly suggest you take this invitation. Wouldn’t you like to be able to help the soul-eaten?
Makarios, the Sigil’s Dreamer.
- Well fuck that. He locks it in a box, puts this box in a bigger box, and stores it in a hidden part of Hatiq’s shut-down zones.
- Also, Lion gets a delivery from Heaven, a stored missive that should have gone to her past life centuries ago.
- The contents will not be discussed.
- Nor will the discussion that follows this between her and Heaven.
- But shortly after, a message comes from Heaven: if they make contact with Jaan Diheris (aka Teggah, aka Five Winds Jay, aka Smiling Shale), to please proceed with caution, and send an Infallible Messenger to Buk Mak Har with this information as quickly as you can.
- And now, not long after, years after the city landed, the Essence of the land is activated, and Hatiq now sits on a manse, and can intake Essence to support himself and the city.