THIS HAS NOT BEEN FULLY EDITED FOR CORRECTNESS
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream A dream you dream together is reality.” – Yoko Ono
At the beginning of this adventure, Maximus has left and is refusing contact with the group.
Jet proposes that the recent events are due to being entangled with the Endless, namely with Dream.
Anatoli thinks we are in the dream of the sleeping God Tharziduun. Anatoli summons everyone to the bar in Sanctuary and we get together and go to Beodar’s place to find Vijay.
Vijay invites us into his study, which reminds Aldeberon of the library he visited the last time in the World Serpent’s Inn. Anatoli tells Vijay what happened in the last visit to the inn. Anatoly tells Vijay he thinks we are interacting with the Endless Dream.
Vijay looks through his library for books on the Endless and finds that you can never know if you’re in Dream’s presence. Being in his presence puts you in a dream subject to his will. Vijay realizes that he died of old age and his presence in the dream is so that bed or can be here. Anatoly realizes that the beacon he set up in the Sanctuary is what draws Vijay here.
Side note: Jet recalls that just before the Garden of Graves we spoke to Fate. We asked what it would take to make the end safe. She said that Fate grants a boon at weddings.
We decide to go back to the World Serpent’s Inn. Anatoly closes the door to the keep. He bangs on the door and says, “by the power of Fate I enter.”
The doors open into the old bar with Mitchifer and the dwarf servitors and the usual mix of adventurers and avatars as guests.
Mitchifer serves us our usuals. Vijay asks for a beer. Mitch first says he looks familiar. Vijay says just one of those faces. Mitchifer says Vijay has an old soul.
Anatoli asks Mitchifer how married life is treating him. Mitchifer says fine.
Al asks for directions to the library. Anatoly rifles through the lost and found under the bar to pick up a lost library card. He also finds a glass-steel dagger like Syms. He tosses it to Samshee. She feels warm and fuzzy holding it.
We find the entrance to the library. The sign says “abandon all hope ye who enter here.” The door looks like the door to the World Serpent’s Inn. We open it and it looks like the antechamber of the almost Gods where we met the members of the Company of Seven who did not make it to godhood. We back out.
We discuss which God would be the appropriate one to sponsor entrance to the library. Vijay says, Oledemara, and pulls out a holy symbol. This time the door opens to a library. The attendant greets him as Resident of Ollamh.
We asked who would know about the Endless. People suggest Sandra, who is building sandcastles. Is this name a Sandman reference? Sandra tells us that we can know if we are dreaming if the crystals she gives us are glowing.
Sandra asks us what dream we are in. Anatoly says Therziduun. The room darkens and Sandra says we don’t say that name in the sand areas. Jet asks if Sandra has heard of the Jeddai she says yes. She is a Jedi but there are not a lot of them left.
Sandra says she’s been spending her whole life trying to create a sand castle prison. In that prison, The Prisoner inside can see out and does not know he is imprisoned. She is now retired but she remembers when she was faced with an impossible situation and she was not willing to let someone else make the decision.
The J’Dai are now lead by Zhen Qwan. Sandra’s predecessors just wanted to maintain the prison. Sandra wanted the prison to be preferable to reality. She got too close to the prison and had to let it go. Zen Quan is connected to the sand. If we shake it hard enough, he will come to us.
Sandra gives us two extra crystals that she thinks we will need. She tells us when Tharziduun broke out before, he destroyed the Lost quadrant and was infecting the Land of Black Ice.
Anatoly pulls out the Stick of the order wherein Jumper was imprisoned by four Grand illusionists. It is glowing. Anatoly realizes that he cast Dream to go into the stick to talk to the four illusionists. In there the Illusionists are Chain Casting Dream in order to contain Jumper. This is like what Dream of the Endless is doing with Tharziduun.
Jet suggest that we do not need to go back to Dream because if Dream wants us he can get us. However, she does want to meet Jeddai. She thinks that long term we will be in opposition to the Sith and may need help for Maximus.
Anatoli wants to set up a sand Thumper to attract the Jeddai. Jet suggest going to the Invoked Devastation, the Crystal Desert or the Land of Black Ice. Vijay says he suddenly realizes that the head of the bardic college is Jeddai.
Anatoly wants to cast his Dream in the shade of the only living tree in the Invoked Devastation where Murlynd had a house. We teleport into the middle of 40 people in combat. Anatoli changes into the illusion of a 15-foot djin and commands them to leave till dawn. They asked to take some of the healing fruit from the tree. He grants this and they gather two fruit and leave.
Jet examines the tree. It is a baobab tree. Jet uses Speak with Plants to ask for permission to enter the tree’s hollow trunk. The tree grants it. Jet asks about the fruit. The tree says the fruit is given freely but its healing is reserved for those who follow Murlynd’s way.
In the trunk, carved pictures describe seven Wanderers. They show how one achieved godhood through their own adventures and the actions of kindly strangers. We eat one of the baobab fruits and Vijay make some tea from the seeds.
Vijay and Anatoly play Dragon chess while the rest of us watch. We go to sleep and wake up with our crystals glowing, all except for Vijay whose crystal does not glow.
The dragon chess game has progressed into Dragon’s Gambit. One side has a dragon and a bishop at the top level. The other side has all its pawns at the lowest level.
We go outside the tree. Jet sees the world as it was before the Invoked Devastation and the Rain of Colorless Fire. Murlynd’s Hut is now a guardhouse to a great mosque. In the mosque, the map room does not show the land of black ice. Instead, that area is called by its old name Samaria. Anatole notes where the big cities were, future tomb raiding opportunities perhaps.
We walk into a room with a big gong. Anatoli strikes the gong. We all feel cold and the room gets dark. Vijay did not hear the gong. A blonde Suelese battlemage walks into the room. He tells Anatoly, you’re a strange looking Jeddai. Anatoly says he isn’t Jeddai but he was looking for one. The Suelese battlemage says we found one. We introduce ourselves. His name is Azek.
We tell him we think Tharziduun has threatened to bring our world to an end in 12 hours. Azek says he has not felt this in the sand. Samshee suggests that maybe he has learned to hide the reverberations.
Azek summons the rest of the Jeddai. Jet tells them about the Asitheri Temple at the tomb of Elyssa Ironblade and the wedding. They decide to attack the Sith Temple. Samshee asked if we can come. They agree. We walk through the air into a grand melee. Dukat, the leader of the Sith, is carrying daggers but keeps from engaging. There appear to be seven Sith Lords, 30 worshippers, and 50 Kelmane, all engaged in Grand melee with the Jeddai.
Vijay says that this doesn’t feel right because the two sides both say, “The ends justify the means. The world must be balanced.” Anatoly agrees that this is not right and he turns the battlefield into an Ever Food Fight using Nolzur’s Pigments to make it real.
Ducat and Azek are not affected by the Ever Food Fight. Anatoly talks to the Sith and the Jeddai about what they have in common. While they’re talking, Anatole throws dream crystals on to them. The crystals hang on their equipment. The crystals glow, bringing them into the dream. Now they are affected by the Ever Food Fight. Everyone stops to watch them.
They fight until they are exhausted. Vijay points out that neither side knows anymore what the fight is about. Vijay says that the Sith and Jedi balance each other. Vijay says are you sure this is the right time to release your lord? Have you checked the obelisk? Everyone goes running towards the obelisk. The worshippers around the Obelisk are wandering around confused. The Black Obelisk is now cracked white marble.
Dukat says what have you done? Vijay says what have you done to cause your lord to retreat? Azek says you gave up your righteous anger for a moment to talk. Ducat snarls I will kill you all and leaves. The rest of the Sith also leave.
Jet goes to Elyssa’s grave and tells her what’s been going on. Anatoli starts the ritual of Zagyg around the obelisk. Vijay says “I remember!”, then he collapses and dies. Our crystals stop glowing.
We take Vijay’s body back to the Ollamh College and leave him with the resident there. Then we go to the World Serpent’s Inn. The bar is packed. However, Seemore is not there. Seemore’s fries and gravy are on the table but cold. Mitchifer says Seemore was reading, then frantically flipped through some pages and left.
Anatoli asks after Mitchifer’s wife. He says she’s in the kitchen. We go back there. The lady in the kitchen is a silver-haired human. She wants us to get out so we do.
We asked after the ink black guy. They say he left a couple hours ago. We think he might be in the observatory so we had out there. Al finds him.
He says he is waiting for the dawn. We notice a ring that looks like the Octych. Anatoli tries to pickpocket the ring and gets a different ring. Samshee tries to pickpocket the ring and gets a different ring. Anatoly tries a distraction so Samshee tries again and gets his coin purse.
The ink black guy says he is going to achieve balance four on each side. He says the others will be there soon and perhaps this time the prison may be stronger. The Endless 7 are not balanced. The Gods must learn there is something greater than the gods, that is the Endless.
The ink black guy says not to put the pickpocketed Rings into the lost and found because they will turn into World Serpent’s Inn aspect coins. Anatoly says okay if they are favor coins, he wants a favor. He wants the Octych ring back.
Jet said she wanted to make restitution for the blood spilled in the World Serpent’s Inn. He said it is done and only we remember the blood being spilled.
Anatoli said that restoring the destroyed octant would be good. Ink guy says that the seed has been planted for that. He tells us we need to leave before the end because we will be destroyed by those coming to imprison him. Hate and rage are bound elsewhere by love and he is only here to balance.
Anatoly says he is willing to take the Octych. Ink guy asks if we are all agreed. Samshee says she will be drinking in any case. He hands her the Octych. She relives her life.
We leave to get drinks. Jet thinks she sees Gaia, a lady in white, come and put her arms around ink guy. He puts his head on her shoulder.
In the bar, we get a drink called drunken bards. Anatoli pays for the drinks with an obsidian ring. A whole bunch of people whose faces we can’t see start coming into the bar and then head up to the observatory. We head up as well and are stopped by a pale guy with galaxies for eyes. He says We say we left safe long ago.
He asks for his tokens back. We all give the crystals back except for Anatoly. Anatoly asks for a boon. He asked that the four who sacrificed themselves to imprison Jumper be relieved. The pale guy agrees in a way that suggests ambiguity between Jumper and Tharziduun. He will do his best for the favor. He leaves.
Before we walk in the observatory, Anatoli puts on his mech suit. We walk in to see the ink man on his knees behind Gaia who is defending with a shield of light from the surrounding host of faceless beings. Anatole casts an area-of-effect truesight. We see Raven, Tzetpolka, Osiris, Tuonatar, Zeus, Surya Odin, Foltuss and Hieronymus.
Aldeberon stabs Tuonatar. Osiris tells Al, the revolving door is shut. Samshee sneaks in and puts on a ring. The boundaries of Gaia’s light are pushed out as Gaia is bolstered by our support. She says what are you doing? Jet walks into the circle with Gaia and touches her holy symbol. She invokes the Judgment of the Gods of neutrality. Eight gods of neutrality appear between Gaia and the other gods. Raven, who had not been fighting, says, “I always thought the Gnomes should have been my people.” Raven disappears.
Surya gestures at the mech suit and enhances its technology. Surya and Anatoly face off against each other.
Voices boom out. “We stood by the first time. We will not stand aside again. You will Retreat. You will not upset the balance further.”
Anatoly shoot Surya. Surya attacks with a sword. The Mecca engages electromagnetic defenses and Surya sticks to the Mecca. Anatoli pushes Surya into the vacuum beyond the observation deck.
Odin says to Samshee, you Mortals don’t know what you are doing. Samshee says to Odin, you gods don’t know what you are doing. Samshee throws flour bombs to prevent the watchers from seeing what is going on.
Gaia tells Jet it is too dangerous to be there. Jet says mother I will leave if you want me to. Gaia says no mother wants her child to be in danger.
Odin says, enough. “I banish the onlookers from our world.” Many gods blink away. Then Odin speaks to Gaia, “for seven days I hung on this tree. Only you came to visit. You know this must be.” Gaia says, “for seven days you hung on this tree dying. Only my bringing you water kept you alive.”
Ink black guy says, “I won’t let this happen to you. Perhaps this is not the time for this possibility.” Gaia says, “I won’t lose you again.” Ink guy says, “I will sleep until another possibility.” Odin walks up to Ink and they blink out together.
Aldebaran walks up to Osiris and politely asks for the curse to be removed. Osiris agrees.
Gaia is crying and Jet hugs her. She says his time will come again.
Odin returns. “Mortals, we chose wisely but that does not mean we were correct. Our gaze will not fall on you again.”
Everyone leaves except for Gaia and Loki. Loki kneels to Gaia. He says, “I am sorry for your pain. He is stronger than you think.” Loki leaves.
Anatoly’s mech suit experiences containment breach. He ejects just before the suit crumples into nothing.
Gaia says she must leave to mourn. She kisses Jet and walks into the Mist. We go back down the stairs. We see Dream, and offer to buy him a drink. He says he can’t hold his liquor. Al says pleasant dreams. Dream says, “They were, weren’t they.” To Anatole, Dream says, “you asked for Boon. I granted it.” Dream hands Anatoly the Suelese rod of command. Dream says the gods needed to imprison somebody.
Jet checks and Samshee is not wearing a ring.
We walk past dream into the bar. The bar is still as arranged by the Valkyrie. However Mitchifer is behind the bar. He asks us to pay our tab, seven gold. We have never been asked to pay for with gold before. We all go home.
Vernard says several things happen after this. No one can hear Tharziduun anymore. The insane people have stopped babbling. No one can find the Asitheri. We can go to the World Serpent’s Inn but we have to claim the patron deity and we have to use the threshold of a building that has existed for some time. The gods have taken their gaze away from us. Mitchifer is just a mortal bartender and there are no gods in the bar that we can see.