Night fell upon Old Korvosa and the heroes. Not a peaceful one nor a violent one, but one filled with turmoil. Each one dealing with an inner struggle they don’t wish the others to see. Blackjack was coming to terms with the revelation of his father’s fate. Brealyn was dealing with the fact that this group who obviously cares about each other was fighting amongst themselves over trivial matters. Ari was trying to rediscover her rage and drive after what Orion had said to her. Orion was spending another sleepless night working and dealing with his reintroduction into the group. Anja drowned her sorrows over Grunt being gone and Orisini’s possible demise.
Anja found comfort however within that bottle, as she sat in the Stinky Mermaid. As the new bartender gave her a shot of divine whiskey, she opened up like a cracked dam to the stranger. The man listened and offered his advice in whatever capacity he could. As the conversation went on, she asked a simple question, “Who are you and why are you here?”
The man responded with, “Well, you prayed for my help right? So I decided to visit”. The man pours her another shot as the realization came over her. She was speaking to Cayden Cailean, The Accidental God, the Drunken Hero. In awe, she asked for his help in the coming fights. Though he says he’s not allowed to directly help, that doesn’t stop him from passing on a few powers and abilities to those he likes. He offers Anja another shot, and as she drinks it, he shows Orion that he knows he is there.
Anja about passes out from that last shot, but before she does, the swashbuckler feels a surge of divine power fill her body as she becomes a paladin of Cayden Cailean. After she falls unconscious and the deity leaves. Orion carried her back to Orisini’s Academy.
Sleep fell upon most of the party as the storm rages on outside. They all wake up to the smell of Brealyn’s amazing baking skills and proceed down to the dining hall. Noticing that Orion never came back, Blackjack sent one of the rogue’s own men to go get him and bring him to them. While waiting for the Blackbird to show up, they began discussions about what Ari and Anja learned while at the Arkona Palace.
After Orion showed up, the Champions began their discussion in earnest, with Ari and Orion coming to an uneasy agreement that they would keep their alliance professional only. They laid out their two options. Either break in without notifying Glorio or speak to him again and possibly gain information on how to get through the palace’s defenses.After much discussion, the group chose the later.
They approached the mansion, and knocked on the door only to be greeted by a Vudrani female. She is shown the signet ring that Anja was given and she leads them to Glorio’s bath. The party walk in to see the Head of the Arkona family naked in his tub. He is glad to see them and tells them that he is willing to give them the information they desire. Under the ruse that he is just a concerned citizen wanting to help the party stabilize Korvosa, he tells the Champions about the marble Elephant within his garden that blocks the entrance into his dungeons. He tells them about the skeletal fighters who guard the upper cave and what they may be able to do. He warns them of two guardians. One is a mysterious outsider who can cast magic and has loyal pets with him, while the other is a powerful darksphinx named Sivit who has been down there since the Founding of Korvosa. He also tells them about the Vivified Labyrinth and how it moves frequently to throw off the directional sense of any intruders.
The Champions thank him for his help and then leave him. They are led to the doors to the Garden, where the female Vudrani wishes them luck offhandedly and leaves them to their devices. The party instantly enters the Gardens and almost immediately see the marble statue that Glorio mentioned. They approach and use the command phrase, “Chamidu is Blinded”, and watched as it moved to reveal a spiral staircase leading downwards. The party walked to the statue only to be fired upon by a barrage of magical bolts. They notice that two Vudranis are the source of the magic being used on them and began a fight to put a stop to them. During the fight, they notice that their magic and defenses were stronger than anything they fought before, even Rolth. The two casters were surrounded and decided to summon the Water Elemental that resided in the fountain.
The fight went longer than expected since they wished to conserve their major abilities and spells. Though they handicapped themselves with this logic for this fight, they came out victorious and what they found startled them. The two Vudranis transformed into beings with the likeness of a snake and with 6 of the slithering reptiles for hands. Ari and Brealyn were able to confirm these as Marai Rakshasa and that the party should be prepared for more if their suspicions were correct.
The Champions steeled themselves as they began to walk down the stairs with Ari noticing Glorio watching them from above with a smile on his face and confidence exuding off of him. The group descended down the stairs, prepared for the next challenge within the Arkona Dungeon.