Having completed their preparations, said their goodbyes, and restocked their provisions, the adventuring party once again set forth into the frontier. Nogaro and Ako spent the first several days of the journey getting accustomed to their traveling partner’s rhythms and mannerisms. Asmund was extremely interested Mary’s newfound skill in animating miniature poppets, and commissioned one of his very own right away. Given how much he pored over the customization, it seemed likely he would continue to add alterations as the group continued around the world.
Once a day, Mary reserved time to set down and concentrate upon the quill left behind by the imp to scry on it’s location. At first they glimpsed only the cage, but by varying the time of the spell, they gained more information. They found the creature to be within Trinity Bay, under the service of a half elf woman with auburn hair, brown eyes, and expensive taste in jewelry. Mary’s specialty was not in divination however, and she was never able to focus any detective spells past the sensor. When the imp’s unknown task for the new master was completed, they witnessed her dispatch the thing with a simple gesture as though it were as effortless as breathing to her. Deciding not to alert a competent magic user that they had been scrying, they decided not to further use the spell after the imp was gone.
When their path took them near to the undefined border of the wild and untamed Trembling Hills, they came upon a wagon with two unfortunate viskanya who had fallen prey to large predators roaming far. The party ended the threat to future caravans with exceptional ease, and laid the unfortunate souls to rest. The bodies were not even cold before Mary set about harvesting large skulls and other bones.
The party crossed the winding canyon through the gateway outpost of Ruohua. The guards there were not amused at what they presumed to be tall tales of the group’s exploits, and bid them safe travels as they left Mahi Tahi territory.
As they returned to the cave where they had confronted Sanguinis, they could already set up a contingent of the Dragon’s Shadow. They had arrived much earlier and already were well underway into the restoration of the vessel. Head researcher Kanari explained in detail the dangers inherent in using it’s teleportive abilities before completely repaired, but Ako offered up a solution she was sure would be a challenge she was up to. After sorting out some logistics, it was agreed they would divide into three smaller groups and arrive several days each apart at the outpost of Stormwatch, south of Trinity Bay. Although he made good tactical sense of the decision, Koorie made no effort to hide that he also enjoyed this decision giving him an opportunity to again enjoy the embrace of his mate.