Chronicles of Khaldun: Crux of Eternity

Unfinished Business, Part 3

Freeday, Planting 21, 553 CY (51 AN)

Certain now that they will confront the Khan of Nightmares, Bezaldooz, Bosabrieln, Peren, and Torinn continue to discuss their plans. The Shields of the Sorrowfell ruminate on several possibilities, wondering if they could convince the Voracious Visitor to turn on the Khan of Nightmares (or would contacting it just warn the Khan of their plans), and whether they could contact Tetposmeton for additional information (although most of them agree that informing Tetposmeton is probably a security threat, as he once claimed to be a good friend of the Khan of Nightmares). Torinn also suspects Drusilla could destroy the Voracious Visitor, but it would probably destroy the axe in the process. As the Shields find themselves with several options but no clear obvious choices, Bezaldooz and Bosabrieln eventually go to separate corners of the tavern to compile their own information. Given the opportunity to review his notes, Bezaldooz recalls that the Plane of Dreams does not have an overarching hierarchy to which they could appeal, but the Coliseum Morpheuon’s nearest neighbor is the island of Dingue. Primarily known for its beautiful textiles, it also hosts several escaped slaves from the Coliseum Morpheuon, and seems as though it might be a good place from which to recruit allies or find additional information.

Meanwhile, Bosabrieln performs another legend lore on the topic of the Voracious Visitor. He learns that, “The Voracious Visitor is only freed by the will of the master of the Coliseum Morpheuon. Only two in all of Hell know the secret of controlling it.

When Bezaldooz and Bosabrieln return with this information, the Shields’ next steps seem clear: Torinn wants to retrieve his shield guardian from Ekaterina in Duchy Jepson (which is actually a ruse to examine the Wizard’s Tower for additional secret compartments that might hold weapons), and then they should travel to Dingue to learn more about the Khan, the Voracious Visitor, and any allies they might be able to recruit. Bezaldooz will likely cast mind blank before the trip just to ensure that the Khan does not sense their presence on the Plane of Dreams — an unlikely outcome, but it is better for them to be safe than sorry.