Resuming where we left off. The Se7en were split, with Gaz and Cyrus in Galifar Keep explaining recent events to Sangreal, Aaron at the Galifar docks standing vigil over the refugees from Haven, Dal and Denga asleep in their overpriced room at the Inn of the White Shield.
Kalen however remained far away in Raven's roost, awaiting the coming dawn and the moment of his execution at the hands of Karak Algotha
The party (Minus Kalen) gathered at their inn and conducted some rapid business, finally having an opportunity to trade their various trade goods for cash and more useful items. Gaz and Dal searched fruitlessly for a known teleportation circle on the inland sea, while Denga and Cyrus hunted for better equipment.
Having settled accounts, the party finally made the journey east to find their missing comrade, appearing in the center of the college via teleportation circle just as Evrae made his plea to the people. ( see Politics for Pyros)
As they tried to figure out what was happening, they were found by Gerald Terrant who explained that he had been waiting here for them. He informed them that he had spent the time gathering information from the currents flowing through the town. Hurriedly he informed them that they were being tracked, and that travelling by portal to the east might lead to some unpleasant surprises. It would be wiser to travel overland, which, while still leaving them open to attack, would allow them more time to prepare their defenses, as opposed to blindly walking into an unseen city.
Gerald let them know that he expected to be given access to the library in Ravens Roost as partial payment, and that their friend was being held prisoner. He also informed them of a potentially interesting event about to occur to the east. He was careful to point out that he could no read the future, but rather was reading the fingerprints of someone else on the currents of posibility. That someone seemed to be trying to create a confluence of chance in the near future in the street nearby.
When the party left to observe, they lost sight of Gerald, and were witness to a strange sight. The Dwarves of the city were marching on the Arena, led reluctantly by Boffer Redbeard. They were confronted by Karak, and things quickly devolved into an impending physical assault when they were stopped by William Callas who played on Karak's ego to con him into agreeing to settle the dispute in the arena the next day when he fought Kalen. The mob dispersed after that, and the pary headed to a nearby inn for the night. They were startled by a message from Callas (delivered into the thigh of Dal) saying "Keep him in the open, at ALL costs" the all was a bit of a mystery at the time, but they later came to decide that it meant Karak.
Kalen spent the night in fear for his life, and the coming dawn. When morning came, he and Durgeddon were taken to a ready room and given a few minutes to prepare. Durgeddon took the opportunity to impart some advice to Kalen, trying to impress upon him the importance of this battle, and of staying alive. Told him that it was easy to die with honour and play the martyr, but it took reeal comitment to do what needed to be done, and be hated for it. Durgeddon infused him with some sort of runic augmentation, to help him in the coming fight.
When the duel commenced things seemed evenly matched, but as time wore on Kalens lack of experience started to tell, and as the runic bolstering faded he could no longer keep up with Karak. As the tide turned, the rest of the party joined in, sending out a public outcry against the cheaters. Guards moved in to arrest the party, but were fended off. Even against all 5, Karak held his ground, until in a bolt of destruction from the sky, Orymm crashed down in earth elemental form, leaving only a smoking crater for Karak stood.
As the dust cleared, the bondsmages, realizing their figurehead for legitamacy was dead, moved in to kill the observers and rebels. Orymm stood and called out to Darrel that he was now the ranking master, and to clean up this mess. He did.. something… expanding his aura outwards to encompass the entire city, and in the blink of an eye the bondsmages were gone, and the city subtly altered.