While Moira Smoothskin, Alcyce, and Feral stayed in the Underdark to deal with the horde of undead, Orcus followers, and general mayhem, Winds of Jaquiche, Abrioxiell, Aramil, Obi Tu, and Auryon Taletreader left to the surface. Auryon quickly left the group to report back to her people.
Jaquiche, Abe, Aramil and Obi Tu were then greeted by an old wizard with an owl. He introduced himself as Rahdimur Utgast, diviner wizard, and he had been waiting for them. He welcomed all but Abe to his tower, but allowed entry after speaking mind-to-mind with the disconcerted mind flayer. Rahd brought the group to the cellar of his tower. Inside was a small pool of silver, shining in the dim room. Rahd informs the group that he has been studying it for decades and believes it to be a portal. He had not been able to use it, until now. With blood from Obi Tu, the way should open to where Obi Tu and Jaquiche came from, a different world! The portal sucks them in, and all goes dark…
A mercenary follows two women who may be fugitives with a bounty. He follows them for days. They meet up with a third person at a bar, and continue to some ruins. The third person leaves and the two women enter. The mercenary follows. Inside, the women travel deeper into the ruins until they stop at a well of silver. They disappear. The mercenary cautiously creeps closer, but also gets sucked into the well. All goes dark.
The mercenary awakes… but is no longer the mercenary. She is a human girl in a capsule. She cannot move, but she can see out of the container. There are others along the walls. She recognizes them as her friends.. she plays tabletop rpgs with them. There are people in lab coats walking around, saying a lot of technical jargon. One of the lab coats stops to talk with some grey skinned aliens. In walks a man in a bath robe saying something about coffee and that the problem won’t be noticed because it has only been a minute in their world. The man in the robe will be plugged in and it will be fine. She could not stay awake and her vision darkened once more.
A group of people awake in a very cold, silver pool. The people are disoriented and all but one suffers amnesia. They look around. Around the pool is pillars with glowing runes. To one side of the room is desks with papers and a light. The people in the pool are: a pretty rosy-lavender-skinned woman with horns, a silver-skinned woman with glowing gold eyes and a collection of daggers, a decaying tentacle-faced monstrosity in robes, a aged man with flowing robes and a long staff, and a bronze-skinned, pointy-eared man in plate armor with a halberd.
The horned lady investigates the table and discovers a hidden panel concealing a silver canister with a message inside. The canister is enscribed with an “A”. The note read “Within this cave is the forbidden fruit. Find it and it will lead you to the truth, but a friend seeks to destroy it.” It does not look as old as the decaying notes on the table. She decides to share with the rest of the people.
The old man finds a paper that only he can read that says, “They are after me. The sylph must not be found so we must leave. Where, I am not sure. Only you can read this. I will leave you a clue, you will know where to find it. ~A”
The silver skinned woman sits and rests as the others spread out. She slowly regains her memory. The old man struggles to remember who he is. The silver woman talks to the horned one and discusses how she gained her memories. The armored elf watches and mimics the horned lady’s approach of relaxing to regain her memories.
The water of the pool forms into a sylph. The group gathers around it to talk. The sylph reveals that it brought them there, since it is the pool. It is following the orders of its master, the supposed guardian of the caves, and maybe the creator of the sylph. It brought them to a new dimension, where this is the only viable portal. The others that were brought may have ended up somewhere else. But even though the sylph is supposed to bring people to their master, they haven’t seen their master in a long time.
The silver skinned woman searches the papers and desk to find more clues. The horned woman tries to pickpocket the wizard and fails, leading to a long talk about the dangers of pickpocketing a wizard, especially Abrioxiell’s monster bag. TBC