SAPPHIRE THRONE: Giants of Ages

I awoke and discussed Targus and the giants with my father. He told me that Targus was very active during the Night Of Dissolution. He was a close acquaintance, but not quite a family friend. I cleaned up after myself and secretly followed father to the Temple District, where he entered a building that was more of a small chapel that bore the symbol of a black key with a red pentagram. It was the symbol of the god of secrets whose name I think began with an N. The building was almost secreted away in the district.

Elsewhere, Graham and Aldren met Tristan Harpell, Aldren's cousin, in a painting. He asked them to visit the village of Goldenleaf, which he had recently purchased and where an orchard grows gold leaves. Findlethisk came and told Aldren and Graham that the Inverted Pyramid had been breached. Aldren and Graham told him of Tristan and the talking painting. They will be in his office in the morning to face disciplinary action.

At the Onyx Spider, Graham met KAT and Balik. He told them of Goldenleaf. KAT thinks Graham was taking whispyroot. Balik listened to the story with a healthy cynicism. I arrived after stalking my father and Balik summed up Graham's story. I chided Graham for using whispyroot and offered a shot of vinegar with a pinch of nightshade, which would dull the effects of the whispyroot. On his way out, Graham saw the ostentatious sorceror from the first night at the Onyx Spider and noticed his Inverted Pyramid symbol. His name is Barras and he smells really good. Barras is quite the character.

Balik told me the god I was trying to think of is called Niveral, whose high priest during the Night Of Dissolution was a minotaur.

I went to borrow my father's horse and he suggested we rent them from a stable owned by his friend.

The ride to Goldenleaf took about three hours and we could see the gold leaves from the top of a the hill on the approach to the village. There has been no gardening or upkeep of plants in about a month or so, which is about the last time Tristan Harpell had contact with his manservant, Darrak Dunhill. There are no signs of life at all. It is as though everything living simply disappeared. The trunks of the trees in the orchard are black to a certain point and above that are covered in gold leaves that shimmer in the light. A well of white sparks on a table seems to be the source of the transmutation magic that Aldren detected. We approached the orchard and everything went black.

When we awoke, we had shrunk. We lifted a now very large hat and revealed some bugbears. We were sort of rescued by a raven and headed for the tall grass. Saorse, an elf, led us through the tall grass to a basket. Someone named Freya did some transmutation to shrink everyone. We made our way to the bridge in an attempt to get to the table. KAT cast a spell to speak with animals just in case the raven came back. The raven came back and scooped up Graham. Graham misty stepped away and KAT cut a deal with the raven, Emrir. We got to the table and met Freya, who sent up the well of white sparks as a signal. Her focus, an orb, is in Emrir's nest and is causing everyone to be in a shrunken state. She gave use potions of spiderclimb and we climbed the tree. We knocked the orb out of the nest and it shattered on impact. We were immediately restored to normal size and Freya thanked us. She gave KAT a gold leaf engraved with a D. The Doomstaff family now owes us a favor. We found Tristan's manservant, Darrak Dunhill, in a bottle of cider and returned to Ptolus.

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