After weeks of endless travelling with no rations, En’ir, Aegan and co arrived at the town of Fasten, weak and hungry. They were confronted by guards wearing the colours of Charmonde emblazoned with the insignia of Lord Heston. Upon inspection, the guards discovered Asher’s poison and paralysis potions and confiscated them after his failed attempt to persuade them. The captain of the guard, Gavin, recognised Clara and immediately seized her, claiming her lord father was ‘concerned’ for her safety after her husband reported her missing from Bodrov.
The captain revealed he and his men followed Clara’s lover, Tymon, from Charmonde to Fasten, suspecting he was leaving to meet Clara. An assumption that proved to be correct. After confirming Fasten to be the rendezvous point, the guards locked Tymon in a prison cell beneath the town hall.
As Captain Gavin prepared to escort Clara back to her father in Charmonde, Jinx deceived the guard into believing he and the cohort were sent by Clara’s husband to track her down. Convinced, Gavin recommended they escort the lady on to Charmonde so that her father could arrange her transport back to Bodrov. To assist in their task, the captain gave them an official letter of authority so that they could move smoothly through the capital.
After accepting the letter, the party continued on into Fasten with Clara once again under their protection. They first entered the general store, buying enough supplies to last them the trip to Charmonde. Next they met Cali and her green seskii, Bud, at her trinket cart. After selling their oddities and gaining some shins, the group moved on to the Loose Leaf where they met Sister Twia, a healer formerly of the Order of Truth. She offered Tranavaros and Asher her famous herbal tea before they entered the Spotted Seskii for a meal.
Meanwhile, Aegan left Fasten to search the plains for a new beast to tame.
In Shallamas, a parade was held in honour of the Saviours of Shallamas: Ay’lin and Maxxos. Later, General Bion briefed them both on their new mission. Certain elements in the command matrix they found in Amara’s chamber could only be decoded by a Convergent. He explained in Charmonde was an Aeon Priest by the name of Orren, who was once of the Convergent order. Orren would be capable of deciphering the rest of the matrix, if it were brought to him.
Ay’lin and Maxxos bought aneen mounts and started for Charmonde with the command matrix in their possession.
In the Spotted Seskii, Jinx and the others eyed a female bounty hunter named Verenus. Jinx eavesdropped on her conversation with the barmaid, Bakele, discovering her bounty to be Sister Twia.
Upon questioning Verenus, the bounty hunter revealed Sister Twia was a longtime renegade from the city of Dynafel in Iscobal, where she was responsible for the deaths of seven Aeon Priests and the destruction of the ecclesia in Dynafel. No citizen of the town had yet divulged the sister’s location. When asked if Jinx knew of Twia’s whereabouts, Jinx attempted to lie and claim he knew of no old woman by that name. The bounty hunter saw through his deception and intimidated him into revealing all he knew. She then set off to collect her bounty on Twia.
En’ir, Jinx, Asher, and Tranavaros agreed that whatever Sister Twia had done in the past, she was now a healer and making amends for her mistakes. The group left to stop Verenus, initiating a fight inside the Loose Leaf.
Although a formidable warrior, Verenus succumbed to the combined might of the jacks, glaive, and nano, aided by Sister Twia and her powerful esoteries.
After collecting their rewards from Twia, the group hired beds in the Loose Leaf for the night.
January 19: morning
The following day, Aegan returned to Fasten with a tamed caffa. Tranavaros and the others entered the Spotted Seskii for breakfast, unbeknownst of the drunken skirmish inside.
En’ir, Clara, and Tranavaros sat at the only quiet table in the corner, where they met an ominous glaive with a bandaged arm. Curious of the man, Tranavaros sparked conversation while En’ir offered the stranger a drink. Jinx joined the table after completing his morning training. While Tranavaros continued his conversation with the stranger, Jinx noticed Clara’s anxiety regarding Tymon’s incarceration. He and En’ir left with her to visit the man in jail.
Elsewhere, on the eastern plains, Maxxos and Ay’lin were attacked on the High Road by a frilled baul, which they slain.