Players Present : Rowan, Mok, Ellie, Dresden, Bela
Players Absent: None
Our group has a dream, a terrible dream that causes them to wake up sweated. In the dream a cottage in the woods outisde the city was being attacked. The actor was an efreeti, and his friends, he breaks open some bottle, and out comes another efreeti. Just then a gnomish wizard appears and fights off the efreeti, all but one, that ends his life, leaving the efreeti, that was broken out of the bottle, left to kill this one remaining efreeti. After that, he turns to the party and says, I need your help. All wake from the dream.
The group wakes up and shares their dream and decides to set off for this cottage. It’s over a day outside of town, and it passes uneventfully, other than some worshippers of Kossuth that want to share their fire at night, and who are going to the city to make some money. Dresden isn’t happy about the fact that they will work for whomever pays them the most money, but they are not really enemy combatants, at least not yet, so there is nothing that can be done. They set off early in the morning, and the group continues on.
Finding the cottage exactly as they expected it to, there is an Efreeti, named Maelstrom trying to load the gnomes coffin into a cart with some mules, which will have none of it, since he is a creature of fire. They go inside, and talk to the efreeti, and they are told about the fight, and that the gnome, Yadzooks will appear in the morning and tell the story of his death. They group waits for this vision.
In the morning they are told how he was part of an adventuring group, and all but he and one other are dead, and that he wants to be buried with the rest of the group. While the efreeti says he was in hiding from the other efreeti, but now that the large one is dead, there will be a power struggle for a new leader, and he can not stay, he needs to get back and help his uncle. The group agrees to take the gnome into the forest to be buried. During the night there is another dream, and a jewel that the efreeti, Maelstrom gave his friend, was actually something needed for the succession of the Efreeti in the City of Brass.
On the way, where the forest should be, there are only hewn trees, apparently for the war effort. They meet a ranger, doing penance for allowing harm to come to the forest, and he is replanting trees. He asks each person to plant one, and tells them a story about each tree they plant. The group says farewell and continues on.
The group continues on finding a group of elves that Yadzooks had befriended, they have a celebration for the group for bringing him to them for his last rite, and in the morning, sends the group on the final leg of the journey to the grove. As they group heads in, a group of manscorpions attacks them and the party dispatches them.
Finding the grove, the group is blocked by a barrier of vines and leaves, here the earlier ranger Saryl gave them all a clue on how to get in, you needed a leaf from a tree that matched the race of the person. The group gathers them and heads in.
In come the elves and visages of the dead companions welcoming Yadzooks Gadzooks home. All goes well and the group leaves, except Efreeti show up wanting the jewel. Maelstrom appears and the party fights on his side against a half a dozen Efreeti and nightmares on the other side. The group wins, Maelstrom takes the jewel, and Maelstrom’s uncle is the new leader.
They return and offer the jewel back to the party. Apparently the jewel can destroy a magic item, of great power if need be, and if they party wants it to destoy the armor of Bane, they can borrow it. But that is a story for another time.