Noriam, having the constitution normally reserved for the only male heir of a proud king at the end of a dynasty, fell ill for some reason. Some rumors in Simon’s Rest suggested too many tranny hookers, but these were unconfirmed. At the end of his delirium, Noriam was visited by Sage Marin. The vision seemed real and he was able to convince the Riders that it was authentic. Sage Marin insisted they come for him in the Cassian Labyrinth Prison within three days time.
A short while later, the Riders were visited by an envoy of the Elf King, who also insisted the Riders make their way to the elf city to see him for something very urgent. Torn between saving Sage Marin and the Stranger, and going to visit the Elf King on what may be a fool’s errand, they decided Sage Marin was worth it.
Tarare fretted very much about entering the Cassian Labyrinth Prison due to the fact that that the entire plane is in a null magic zone. Worse, there are pockets of dead magic zones that would be irrevocably devastating for him to enter. As a precaution, he fashioned detectors on the ends of poles that would signal the presence of a dead magic zone.
Upon entering the Cassian Labyrinth Prison, they quickly were able to find a large tree with a hollow root system where Sage Marin and the Stranger were able to contact Noriam. However, there was evidence of a struggle and it was clear Sage Marin and the Stranger were kidnapped and dragged off.
The CLP has a few interesting features, including a sea of acid. Good times. One crazy old fuck at the entrance to a cavernous temple rigged the whole place with acid bottles he harvested from the sea. After a brief battle and a Mexican Stand-off, Valandil finally pulled a honey badger and got some people drenched in acid, resulting in the death of the crazy man. Tarare looted him for a pair of odd goggles (the Mortuus Magicae Oculos), which he later discovered enabled the detection of dead and null magic zones. The temple led down into a cavern with many more pitfalls. In two cages atop pillars and separated by a large gulf, were Sage Marin and the Stranger.
Much to the dismay of the Riders, they were at odds, each cajoling and pleading for their own life while suing for the death of the other. The Riders attempted to save them both, even though it was a King Solomon’s dilemma, and it ended about as you’d expect. Valandil knocked the Stranger’s cage off the pillar. Unbeknownst to him, the bars of the cage are deadly and the Stranger is almost certainly dead. Thanks to some heroic lock-picking from Noriam, they were able to free Sage Marin.
A vast and ancient dragon enters around this time and the Riders make a mad dash to regroup. Just as shit is about to get real and peeps start dying, Tarare uses a recall scroll and they return to Simon’s Rest.
World. Saved. Again.