With his sword drawn, Dust made the first attack against Agis of Asticles. An attack the promptly ended the party’s alliance with Tithian and would greatly impact the lives of all Athasians for centuries to come. The battle for short, despite members of the Angelic Host seemingly appearing out of thin air. Upon piercing Agis through the back and straight through his heart, Agis disappeared with a pop. Tiran Arslan was able to quickly discern that Agis had teleported a short distance away. The last remaining angel started to fly into the jungle, and the party followed assuming it would lead them to Agis. But the angel stopped just before the jungle line, choosing to fight. Just before it fell, a presence that can be assumed to be Tithian entered Dust’s mind and took immediate control. While he was unable to do any damage to his comrades, he did partially destroy their carpet, rendering it useless. This only lasted for about 10 seconds before the warding magic in the Sword of Tyr took effect, putting Dust back in control of his body and mind.
The group then went into the jungle to investigate Agis’ whereabouts and found a patch of scorched earth. But this wasn’t due to Agis’ appearance, but Defiling magic.
A quick inspection of the treehouse where Agis had been holed up revealed several notes on the ongoings of Nibenay and several possible points of interest within the city.
With their carpet ruined, the party continued on foot towards Nibenay. Within an hour, they were already passing through the Templar-controlled logging camps and another hour had them at the western city gates.
They wasted no time in telling the guards who they were, though things went slightly better than in Gulg. The party headed towards the Naggaramakam, the royal palace of Sorcerer-King Nibenay. They came upon a funeral procession marching down the King’s Road, led by Templar-Wives and the King’s Guard. It seemed to be in mourning of one of the Templar-Wives who fell at Tyr. One of the Templar-Wives broke off from the procession to speak to the group. She immediately recognised who they were and offered to escort them to the Naggaramakam as there were certain elements in Nibenay who would rather see their heads on pikes. She introduced herself as Gilesel, a Wife of the Temple of Thought.
Without delay she took them to the Sorcerer-King. While he didn’t seem pleased to see them, he was still willing to have an audience. High-Consort Bamandji seemed openly hostile while the other present High Consorts seemed passive to the party’s presence. Nibenay, while mightily displeased, gave the group a chance to redeem themselves. In return, he would be open with them as they should be with him. He told them to retrieve the Eye of Abalach-Re. Not the literal eye of Sorcerer-Queen Abalach-Re, but a giant gem infused with dark, defiling magics. While the “eye” was in a lost temple somewhere in the Great Alluvial Sand Wastes, they should be able to find information on the temple’s location in Raam.
Before the party left, Nibenay rolled them the head of Agis. Apparantly his Templars had been watching Agis for a while, the party giving them the opprtunity to finish Agis off. This would also explain Nibenay’s surprisingly cool attitude towards the party. Nibenay also requested the party attend the rest of the funerals, a single day for each Templar-Wive that had fallen in Tyr, Dust choosing to stand vigil for this time. It was only after this time that Gilesel took them to High-Consort Seimhouk, the Templar-Wife in charge of the Temple of Mind. Seimhouk didn’t share Bamandji’s hostility and if anything, offered them a form of patronage. Substituting her own funds where necessary, she offered to repair their carpet in a couple of days. In exchange, she wanted the party, while visiting Raam, to kill the Sorcerer-Queen and return with her brain and heart. While Seimhouk’s intentions were unclear, everyone agreed that this was not against Nibenay’s wishes.