…offered to answer one question…
…from each of the party members once she was freed from the threat of binding and slavery.
The first to take advantage was Belinda who asked her question before the rest of the party got back from burying the pillars. No one heard the question, but she seemed a bit embarrassed when the party came traipsing back in on the tail end of the answer.
- Sam Dardano asked how he could ensure that the wererat curse would never haunt him again. The prophetess told him that the curse was on his clan. Since he has foresworn his clan, the only way the curse can return is if he again takes the name of Dardano. Henceforth he shall be known officially as Sam the Foresworn.
- Rinoa took a pass on her chance at an answer.
- Kane asked the location of some obscure relative and was rewarded with the obscure knowledge that the relative was in an obscure location known as the Horned Hold.
- Lokki asked how to find his parents. He was told the path to this knowledge lay through his dreams.
- Storm Johnson asked if there were more he could do to help Lady Saharel. She told him that, as a ghost, her physical needs were few. And she told him that, as a spiritual being, the efforts he had made to prevent her binding were the most she could ask of a mortal.
- Jerath asked how he could reunite the dragonborn to take the Underdark from his own people, The Drow. The sage replied: “Worry not about about the treacherous many; worry rather about the treacherous one.”
- Elyas asked for the location of the door to which the Keys fit. She told him that the keys were not to a door but to a portal somewhere beneath the streets of Overlook, a portal which leads to The Shadowfell.
Proceeding back to Overlook, the party was stymied at the gates by racial profiling: The dwarves did not take kindly to the presence of a drow (Jerath) in the caravan. Several party members stayed to help the bard, while the rest continued into the city to find the headquarters of the Order of the Black Feather. Kane was particularly interested in finding a holy symbol to use as an implement. The shrine beneath the order’s HQ, however, contained nothing which was holy to Kane’s deity (being dedicated, of course, to the Raven Queen).
Those exploring the possibilities of the area where the order is most influential had their idyl interrupted by the sounds of fighting. It took no special abilities to detect the plaintive tones of Jerath’s voice. The bard (along with the rest of the party) had clearly been ambushed.
Rushing to the scene (a wide spot in the back alley required to reach the obscure courtyard where the only public entrance to the The Order of the Black Feather’s headquarters can be found), the party was reunited in time to rescue the beleaguered (and tankless) portion of the party, who had been ambushed by some members of the Lost Ones.
Elyas remembered (and was recognized by) a Lightning Dancer mage who has been known to work for the Lost Ones. Elyas and Roland once rescued the proprietor of a tattoo shop who was being shaken down by this criminal gang (whose territory has been circumscribed to Tradetown by the presence of the order in The Forgeworks). In fact, the effectiveness of the order in keeping The Lost Ones out of The Forgeworks is one of the main reasons that people in Overlook think of the order as a competing thieves guild.
Shopkeepers in The Forgeworks, however, swear by the order and insist that no protection racket is involved. The order is secretive enough to operate like a criminal gang (and to be effective at keeping The Lost Ones out of their territory), but they claim to be nothing more than a band of adventurers.
Cynics abound, but the success of the order in helping to win the war has moved many citizens (even outside The Forgeworks) to accept the order for what it says it is.
Searching the bodies of The Lost Ones, the party found few clues as to what they were doing beyond a cryptic note. The note was signed by someone named Modra and had a crude drawing of the key the party is carrying.