- Sylus, João, and Abby travel through the valconoe pass, searching a large expanse of canyons for a hot spring that resembles a hand.
- With time, the party finds the spring.
- Sylus climbs down the side of the canyon. João finds a chain bolted to the wall of the canyon that has been rusted and broken. He climbs down the chain and his party members help him the rest of the way. Later he realizes how easy it was for him to reach the bottom of the canyon. Abby flies down.
- Sylus checks the water’s temperature and takes damage.
- Over time, our adventurers realize that the amount and pigment of light produced by the water are indicative of the water’s temperature.
- Sylus throws the sojourner skull into the water…nothing.
- The party is able to find moments of opportunity (when the water temp drops) to examine the hot spring.
- They find the following…
1) Five magical/mechanical cloaks comprised of obsidian and bone.
2) A set of two runic circles at the center of the spring’s floor.
3) A skeleton sitting at the center of the runic circles (it’s head is the sojourner skull that Sylus had thrown into the lake). The skeleton wears a chain around it’s neck.
- After fixing/jumping the clocks, each clock begins to light up and rotate slowly before all of the water drains from the spring through drains that line the ground.
- When the water drains, the party notices the following…
1) The clocks have all stopped on a specific series of numbers (6122_2_1_9_03).
2) The skeleton that had once been sitting is now standing above an obsidian glass plate set into the center of the runic circles.
- Sylus speaks the name “Ridley Wright”… The skeleton touches him on the shoulder, steps backwards, and touches the obsidian plate that immediately turns to dust, revealing a book that the party had previously noticed.
- Upon examination, Sylus notices that the pages of the book are blank; however, just after opening the book, a story (that feels strangely familiar) is conjured in his mind.
- As Sylus recites the story (see The Gift of the Sicrum) aloud, two things happen…
- First, the words appear on the blank pages of the book.
- Second, large sectioned panels on the ground beneath them drop as the story progresses, slowly revealing a large spiral staircase.
- The group descends to the bottom of the steps where they find a door.
- The door is covered in archaic etchings similar to those seen on the bed of the spring. More recently words have been chiseled into the surface of the door. The words read as follows…
We need not breath, nor blood to keep
We take no rest while others sleep
And though with time we age and change
While others die, our kind remains
(Remainder of quest to be managed via chat)