I received a mail from Kasmeer, who informed me that Queen Jennah’s attendance at the summit is in jeopardy. Minister Estelle claimed that the queen had secretly met with Scarlet and essentially gave her access to her watchknights. Had I not found multiple witnesses who could back up Countess Anise’s accounts of the queen’s activities that day (and Minister Estelle’s little gambling outing), Queen Jennah would have been unable to attend the summit. With her lies exposed, Estelle will recant her story—and possibly cooperate with Countess Anise in future matters. She really has no choice.
After the party, Kasmeer was given the honor of escorting Queen Jennah to the Grove. Perhaps the queen will be sympathetic to Kasmeer’s past family troubles.
Canach was also present, acting as Anise’s escort and bodyguard since she bought his billet. He’s not technically a free man, having been previously incarcerated for his crimes on Southsun, but is serving out the rest of his term in a sort of work-release program for the countess. It’s not entirely clear how Anise intends to employ him, though I overheard them talking about him being her “eyes and ears” in the field. I’m not sure I trust him fully. He has a violent streak and is a bit unpredictable despite his claims of reform.
Recalibrating the Waypoints
Taimi sent me a letter stating she’d completed her waypoints recalibrations. I should check in with her.
Taimi’s Waypoint Recalibration Device was successful in retuning the waypoints, making them more efficient by using less ley line magic to operate. As a result, they are now uninteresting to Mordremoth’s minions. This impressed Councillor Phlunt and his Arcane Council associates so much that they wanted the device for themselves. Taimi didn’t like the idea of giving up the new invention she worked so hard to develop, so she ran off with it. Braham and I need to find her and convince her to relinquish the W.R.D. for the greater cause.
“I hereby claim proprietorship over this waypoint recalibration device. I will hold it in trust for you until your graduation.” -Phlunt
Taimi and the Asura
Braham and I tracked Taimi from the ley line hub into Dry Top. We caught up with her in the upper cliffs, where we found her surrounded by Inquest who were trying to steal her invention. They had incapacitated Scruffy and cornered her at the edge of a cliff. Braham and I gave them a sound beating before Phlunt and his associates arrived. Taimi handed over the W.R.D., since Phlunt’s attendance at the summit hinged on it.
Taimi got a good scare today. Seeing her exposed and without the aid of her golem reminded me that, while she’s a strong and brilliant kid, she still needs support and guidance from us—especially Braham.
The World Summit
I met my team at the Grove and represented the Pact for the world summit. I convinced Knut Whitebear, Queen Jennah, Councillor Phlunt, and Smodur the Unflinching that we need to unite against Mordremoth. However, the summit was cut short when the Shadow of the Dragon attacked the Pale Tree in the Omphalos Chamber. Before she fell unconscious, the Pale Tree showed me a vision of a golden land and a mysterious artifact. I’m not sure what it means just yet.
I overheard Countess Anise and Canach having a discussion. She wants him to infiltrate the Pact staging area and learn what he can about their preparations in the fight against Mordremoth.
One thing is certainly clear now: Mordremoth is gaining power by the day. Its tendrils are spreading at an alarming rate. No one is safe. It’s my mission to decipher the vision and stop the dragon before it consumes everything.
“I feel like a newly awakened sprout, so vulnerable. The Pale Tree—my home, my mother, my retreat… I never thought to see the day when she would be weakened.”