Zizi had approached the Siren and telepathically asks, “Mother?” Jaq runs after Zizi and asks if Zizi is charmed. Zizi says that that song that the Siren is singing is the same song Zizi’s mom used to sing. Everyone but Delebon gathers closer. Delebon goes the long way around and nearly trips something but gets past it without damage. Jaq tells everyone that Zizi thinks the siren is its mom but it can’t be. Jaq turns to Zizi and says, “I’m getting tired of you Zizi. I am trying to find Uroq and you are not doing anything to help. Neither here nor there. So, if you are my friend, you will come with me.” Rahd announces that he may have a way out. Also, why not ask the Siren. Abe asks via telepathy if Zizi is their child. The siren replies that they do think they have children.
Rahd tries to contact a higher plane but his brain fails under pressure. He falls into madness. Everyone asks Abe why Rahd is talking gibberish. Abe explains a spell backfired and he needs to sleep it off. Obi-tu asks if there is a safe place to rest. “Probably not here.” How do we get to a safe place? “I cannot say.” Trib turns to Rahd, then shakes her head and turns to Abe and asks if he can tell if she is under a spell. Abe cannot discern anything.
The siren asks what is going on with their day. Trib starts ranting about everything that has happened so far. When she mentions the Sylph, the Siren’s eyes widen. Trib asks if they are being hunted. The sylph dips into the waters and comes back up, “I cannot say.”
Trib asks if they are prevented from answering. “Possibly.” Abe tries some magic that doesn’t have effect. The group asks Zizi if their mom is also a cat and Zizi doesn’t remember. The group tries several tacts. Is this cave made of rock? “Yes.” Would you like to go somewhere safe? “Possibly.” Can you get to somewhere safe? She smiles and says, “That is not known to me.” If we gave you an order, would you follow it? “Possibly.” Abe points out that the buzzing is being held back by the siren so DO NOT SEND AWAY. Abe tries to read Rahd’s mind. Finds that the buzzing is demons but don’t control the siren. The group goes over the clues found so far. The group asks if the Siren is any of the named people in the clues? How do we escape? Etc. The group reviews what has happened, and tells the siren that they sent the sylph to Rahd’s tower. Abe asks how, hypothetically could Zizi sing instead of the Siren. “That is unknown to me.”
Rahd figures out that he can pee a message, but due to the limited medium, can only make one word. “SLEEP”
Abe decides that we should sleep for now. Abe and Delebon stay up for first watch. Del goes to a corner and sits there for an hour. Abe gets concerned and does an arcana check. Del is saying something magical. He asks if Del is ok. Del says yes. Abe believes Del. Del comes back.
Trib suddenly wakes and asks the siren “Isn’t it nice to think about family sometimes?” “Possibly.” “Isn’t it funny how life can change, and we end up looking different. And it’s interesting how our paths are shaped by ourselves, but sometimes shaped by others.” “I agree.” “I like to set my own path, personally. Decide where I wanna go, who I wanna be.” “I wish I could do that.” “Doesn’t everybody, really? But sometimes that takes_ force of will_, or_ money_, or_ friends_, or_ resources_ to do it.” “Friends are useful.” “That they are! And it takes a lot to_ recover_ from what people do to us.” “Sometimes it is very simple.” “True! Sometimes it is very simple. Like what is being sung in your face?” “Or maybe say it?” “Uh…Abe? Help? Hmmm… sometimes we have to speak it into existance! Don’t you hate it when people write things about you? Like a couple rooms back there was something that said illusion is what imprisons her, but her freedom will give you the answer. Is there any illusions here that trap you?” Abe casts detect magic and looks around. While he is looking, Trib spins to the siren and shouts, “Siren, I grant you your freedom!” The siren steps out of the water and turns into an elfin woman. Trib mutters, “Wow, that was easy!”
As the 7’ woman steps out, the buzzing stops. The siren hugs Trib and thanks her. Then she turns to Zizi and says, “Zidania? Is that you??” Trib wakes Jaq for this. The siren says that they should rest. The doors are sealed and they are safe… for now. Trib pulls out a dress and tries to figure out if her short dress can cover the tall woman. The woman rips it and wraps it around herself. Trib asks how she ended up in that pool? “They place me here. Whoever that was in a mask. And Enke was here and experimented on me. But I’m not what they were looking for.” Trib asks if they are an elf or something else. “I was a human. They changed my ears to make me look more like them.” Delebon mutters in the corner. Trib decides it is time to sleep.
Zizi comes up to the siren, “Mother?” “Zidania, it is you!” The siren picks up the cat, “They turned you into a cat…” She holds Zizi and walks to a corner and cries while holding Zizi. They began talking with each other. Trib shouts from across the room, “Zizi, I grant you your freedom!” Zizi meows and nothing happens. The party rests and updates each other on what happened.
The siren points to the door and tells the group that it is a way out, but she doesn’t remember how she, herself, got there. The way out is through Terrania’s lair. She must have betrayed us and taken the offer of immortality. Zizi tells Jaq that she does care, and she will go with the group. The siren says her name is Alicia. The group asks if her sister is Sylphia the sylph. She confirms. They were taken because they had special attributes. Rahd gets his book back from Abe, who borrowed it and his casting materials from Trib, who filched it. Abe summons a familiar that looks like a skeletal, white raven.
Rahd suggests that they make a tunnel straight up to escape to the surface. Trib tells Alicia that there is a mummy lord who let the group leave after a battle. Ralderaz was looking for Zeradlar and then they fought a third mummy lord. Alicia tells the group that Ralderaz used to be Terrania’s boyfriend. If he is a mummy lord, they must be in his lair. That means if any of the magic users try to use divination, it would be interrupted or painful. Rahd agrees and says that with 3 mummy lords, would it be more trouble. Alicia says that there can only be one mummy lord, the others must be interlopers. Trib points out that we still have Ralderaz’s necklace.
Rahd again suggests that the group attempt a vertical shaft to freedom. Others are against it and just want to use the door. Rahd tries to see 300ft above but hits a barrier and takes damage. Obi-tu asks Alicia if she knows Aramil or Uroq. She says no. They ask what happened to Zizi, and Alicia explains that she was experimented with the powers of gods. She may be able to be saved by a magic lake that restores souls. The group passes through the door and finds three statues. Each seems to take a “key”, which corresponds to the three gems we found. We place them with the corresponding statues and pass through the portal that opens to the side of the statues.
They appear in a room with a door. Jaq tries to kick down the door. Rahd looks through the keyhole and sees someone looking back. Jaq tries to slam open the door using his ram-powered magic ring. Abe and Rahd tries to stop him and fails. The door is still shut and unaffected. Rahd opens the door with his regular hands. Jaq chases down the man to prevent his escape. Jaq dodges a trap and follows the person up a stairwell. The group follows them into a room covered in sticky web material. The man throws something and keeps running.
Jaq and Obi-tu catch up to the man. Rahd uses his broom to avoid touching the floor. Inside the room is a pool with vapor rising from it that smells like vanilla cookies, and a stair between two pillars leading up to where Jaq is tackling some dude. Trib preps to attack, Del hangs back and waits to see what happens. Rahd tries to detect magic and moves closer to the tackled dude. He can sense the man is using abjuration magic and recommends shushing him. Abe touches the water in the pool. It is brothy water. Abe then makes a tower of undead. Mortimur gets shot and dies. Trib moves into the room and hides with weapon drawn. Delebon smells the water but doesn’t enter the room. Rahd recommends not killing the man. Out of the corner of his eye, he notices that an arrow shoots out from behind a pillar. He activates his safety hamsterball. He points to the other party members where he was shot from. Obi-tu attacks the man hiding behind the pillar. Jaquiche tries to incapacitate the man he tackled. Abe extends his hand and sprays poison into the face of the man Obi-tu had attacked. The man dies a terrible, painful death. Rahd gets slightly freaked out.