7th Rebirth, 56 FE
A five course feast is served in the Great Hall. The PCs attention is drawn to the decorative paintings lining the walls, illustrating the architechtural development of Bluecastle over many millenia. Saldar, still in his tattered robes, greets them, and offers them to sit.
The courses served are:
- Bacon rose with roasted chestnut accompanied by an Izan Pale Ale
- Forest Soup with pickled beech shoots, mushrooms, and cream, accompanied by apple liquor
- Roasted root vegetables with herbal spices, accompanied by a Bluecastle Brown Ale
- Whole roasted iron gull stuffed with bake potato and butter on a bed of wood sorrel, with brandy gravy. This is accompanied by a dry Hamerdon red wine.
- Dessert is pancakes with chocolate sauce and forest berry jam. The drink is a hot dark chocolate liquor. The dessert is accompanied by a big bowl of cane sugar sweetened whipped cream.
During the meal, Saldar asks them about their day, and a little bit of conversation follows. Most of the meal is, however, taken in relative quiet.
After the meal, Vashti spends the mandatory time at the lavatory. Here, she reads a collection of illustrated short stories titled The Goat and the Sand Troll. She manages to fall asleep. She is headbutted in the face by a goat, and wakes up with her face firmly planted in the book. She decides to go to bed, and during the night she is again visited by the goat. She is woken by loud noises from the entrance hall, and as she goes out to investigate, she sees the goat scampering around in the grand chandelier while being ridden by a sand troll. She returns to bed, where the goat is munching her pillow. She goes to sleep cuddling the goat.
8th Rebirth, 56 FE
Before sunrise, the PCs wake up, and soon realize that something is out of place. As they enter the sitting room of their apartment, they notice that is very cold, and a layer of frost is covering the room. The fire has died out. They see Saldar, now in new and more ornately decorated robes, entering the apartment with a wash basin, which he places on the table. He gestures them closer, and tells them that he wants to show them something. As they approach Saldar and the wash basin, he lifts his arms, stretching them until they surround the PCs, and they soon thereafter find themselves in another world.
The PCs find themselves in a forest that appears to be taken out of an old illustrated book. Leila specifically recognizes the style and some of the trees from the family history of an old forestry family. Their own appearance seem to follow the style of the surroundings when they move around and interact with things. Close by, there is a pedestal, on top of which sits a fist-sized wooden teardrop. Some distance away, apparently centered around the pedestal, the trees seem burnt, and beyond that they fade into darkness. As the PCs go around exploring the place, they can feel themselves and their souls fade as they stray too far from the pedestal. GuUshal attempts to pick up the wooden teardrop, but quickly lets go as they discover the safe area rapidly shrinking from it. Leila is convinced that a tree stump beyond the horizon is a person in need of rescuing, and attempts to force herself to go out and get them. As she goes further, she feels an intensifying, indescribable non-physical pain, tearing at her very soul. GuUshal reacts soon thereafter, and hurries out to retrieve her, carrying her all the way back. Shaken to their very core, they return to the pedestal and remain there. They’re both left with the feeling of a hole in their souls. Upon returning to the pedestal, they feel the wooden teardrop radiating warmth and a feeling of wellbeing. It’s somehow calling for them. GuUshal picks it up again, and they immediately see the safe area shrinking upon them. As this otherworldly place implodes around them, and they feel that this is the end, like both body and soul starts to disintegrate, the teardrop suddenly radiates a rejuvenating burst of light. In a flash, they see the whole place restored, whereas it quickly fades, and they find themselves back in their sitting room. The temperature is pleasant, the fire’s burning in the hearth, and neither Saldar nor the wash basin is anywhere to be seen. GuUshal and Leila feel their souls restored.
Saldar, now back in his tattered robes, enters their apartment soon after, and apologizes sincerely. GuUshal is very suspicious and hurt by the incident. Saldar reveals that he is ill, and ascribes the incident to his illness.