The day started out normally like any other. The party was making preparations for their journey to Kalquis and making sure everything was in order. They were about ready to head out until Rurik got summons from The Order to meet Senseela in her cell. Upon arriving, Senseela made it clear that she wished to speak with Rurik alone. Obliging, the party let Rurik in. As the guard opened the door, Alzir caught something suspicious on the guards wrist. A specific tattoo that he had seen before.
“Where did you get that marking?!” Alzir yelled at the guard. Bewildered, the guard only gave vague and unsure responses.
“What is that tattoo a symbol of?! What does Nerull mean to you?!” Alzir yelled again.
“I am not sure what you are talking about, sir.” the guard answered.
“That skull and scythe…you’re a part of Total Eclipse arent you?!” the warlock questioned once more. After finishing his sentence, the group heard a loud thud emit from Senseela’s cell followed by the violent rupture of the cell’s wall.
“Make sure she gets out alive! For Drusilla!” the guard exclaimed. The contingent of guards let out a loud battlecry and initiated combat with the party in order to let Senseela make her escape. Fueled by their own rage, the Lorekeepers gladly entered battle stance. Magic and blades were flowing everywhere, the party desperate to break through the lines to make sure Senseela didn’t escape and the cultists were determined to not let that happen. Sedrik, angered by the traitors, let his wrath be known. Cleaving and calling upon the magic of his deity he became an unstoppable force. He claimed each life for the glory of his god. Lan sounded his horn to alert the hopefully loyal guards within the outpost and charged headlong into battle! Adrenaline filled his body as if he was back at Valhalla. Alzir furiously threw bolt and fire after one another with reckless abandon. Letting out his harnessed powers upon the traitorous cretin. Together with their combined fury and vigor, the party slew the traitors with relative ease as they fell like dominoes. They were still too late however as Senseela was quick to make her escape upon a beast into town.
Alzir gave chase but to no avail, afterall his old bones made it impossible for him to even keep up with the lightning quick beast. In the mean time, Lan checked Senseela’s cell only to find out Rurik is nowhere to be seen. Lan checked beack forth throughout the holding areas with no luck. That leaves 2 people missing. They returned back just as the captain of the outpost made it to the jails, it seems that Lan’s beckoning wasn’t all for naught. Alzir proceeded towards the captain, “How did you not know you had traitors in your midst?! I thought The Order made it a living to keep impurities out!”
“We check out entrants thoroughly, obviously this was part of an intricate coup.” the captain replied back steadfast.
“Not thoroughly enough it seems. Is this what The Order has become? Incompetence? Because that is all I see. Th-”
Before Alzir could finish his sentence, the captain grabbed Alzir by the collar as if it were nothing. “Choose your next words carefully old man. We pride ourselves on what we are and what we do. You don’t know how the half of it.”
A long pause elapsed. Both sides barely containing the anger within themselves. After what seemed like an eternity the captain said, “I want all of you out of here. Everyone besides the The Order knight you have with you needs to leave.”
Alzir and Lan without much choice headed out towards the main street trying to find clues on where both Rurik and Senseela went. Lan was more focused on finding his friend asking about his whereabouts to locals. Yelling at the top his lungs, “RURIK?! WHERE ARE YOU?!”, Lan was desperately trying to find their lost friend. Alzir was dead on finding their lost prisoner. His mind seemed like it couldn’t go anywhere else. Both exhausted of leads, they decided to head back to try and meet with Sedrik outside of the keep. Before he could make any meaningful headway, Alzir received a message from Loric to meet a man at the local tavern claiming that he might be of assistance. Alzir headed towards the meeting point and quickly met up with the contact. He introduced himself as Beiro Nightbreeze. Alzir was still reeling back from the recent events so he just motioned for the new party member to follow him.
Alzir and Beiro rendezvoused with the rest of the party. Lan look quickly annoyed as if he knew what was going to happen. Right after Alzir introduced Beiro, Lan interrupted “Is this how you treat your friends? We just lost Rurik and yet you bring here a replacement?”
“It isn’t like that, Lan. This man is just here to help. Loric had no knowledge of Rurik’s disappearance, this is just a coincidence” Alzir replied.
“It still doesn’t sit right with me. He can help us, but I won’t acknowledge him any further than that.”
Beiro then decided to actually give his opinion on the matter, “Listen. I have no idea how your friend got lost but I am just here to help. If you don’t like me right now sir knight, then that is ok. I just hope we can warm up in the future. But I can help you right now actually. Loric sent me to tell you guys of a new teleportation system constructed by a man within the titan. Follow me if you will.”
The party followed Beiro to a lone a secluded tower beside a city street. As they were going up towards the door, a man suddenly pushed the door out. It was Bahrain, the mayor of the titan’s back. “Welcome you four! I took it upon himself to make a machine to teleport yourself to anywhere you choose as long as you say the description. Give or a take a few inches….or feet. Or miles, really. But it will guaranteed get you nearby the place you want to be. Go and try it yourself if you trust my work.”
As if without thinking, Alzir went headlong into the teleportation pad and pulled out the drawing he made when he had the vision of the tower in Kalquis.“Take me to the teal tower with magic atop it in Kalquis” Alzir muttered. With a shake and a rattle, Alzir disappeared before the party. Trusting his words, all the party members decided to do the same. They all ended up in a dark room with a single door. They pushed open the door and they couldn’t believe what they saw.
They somehow ended up in Korkuldor, a dwarven city in the mountains. Alzir began cursing Bahrain for making such an fallible machine. As his anger began to subside, he slowly realized what he actually said. “Take me to the Ivory tower with magic flowing through it.”
They all got to the wrong place on his accord. Now they have to find a way back to a machine and get to the tower of Kalquis before it is too late.