8th Rebirth, 56 FE
As the PCs are about to return to their apartment, the guard captain enters, and proudly gestures them to follow. He escorts them to the entrance hall, where they meet Saldar, who invites them for a walk.
As they walk, Saldar asks them about the current status. Vashti reports that she encountered 4 haunted rooms during the day, and Saldar comments that he can sense that they have found more teardrops. Vashti and GuUshal confirm.
They enter the sculpture gallery on the ground floor. Saldar repeats his advice to use the teardrops strategically, and goes on to present a sculpture of a tree. Right before they leave, GuUshal places a teardrop in the corner behind the tree and performs the ritual.
As they go on, Saldar asks Leila how the reading is going. She tells him about her idea of using the 9th sense to learn more details about the disease. They have a little talk about using senses beyond the ordinary. Saldar suggests that Leila use a plant for practice.
They reach the second floor and enter the grand gallery. Vashti notices that the room is narrower than it should be, taking the neighbouring rooms into account, and asks Saldar why. Saldar brushes it off as being due to irregular walls. As they talk on, Saldar introduces several unique items in his collection. GuUshal, Vashti and Saldar discuss the walls further, and GuUshal suggests that the disease might use hidden rooms as ‘inaccessible terrain’, making an analogy to a passage from the Book of Tricks. Saldar agrees that it is worth investigating. GuUshal asks Saldar if their work so far has any effect. Saldar says that it is soothing, but not enough in the long run.
GuUshal suggests that whoever caused the disease might be after Saldar’s collection. Saldar admits that he hasn’t considered that possibility before, and that he cannot rule it out. Saldar also explains that if he were to succumb to the disease, his servants would soon cease to function. As they are about to leave the grand gallery, GuUshal performs the teardrop ritual in the windowsill.
Next, they go to the art walk. They discuss the paintings and their history, and also have a brief talk about demon princes.
From the art walk, they go out on the walls, where Saldar leads them to the New Tower. From the top, there is a nice view of the forest beyond the castle, as well as the buildings in the inner courtyard. Saldar introduces the buildings: The granary, the smithy, and the golem foundry. GuUshal and Leila notice that the smithy is partly collapsed.
They cross the inner and outer courtyards. As they make their way to the gatehouse, GuUshal notices that the Grand Tower is in very bad shape. They go up on the walls, and make their way back to the keep. They all see the facade of the keep in the fading light and notice the grandiose architechture and the gargoyles. Saldar thanks them for walking with him, and Vashti in turn thanks Saldar for the tour.
After returning to the apartment, the PCs discuss the day’s events. Vashti finishes the map of the first floor, marking and telling about known haunts, and then they all go to sleep.