I mentioned previously that we found an efreeti willing to grant us a wish. We decided to ask for knowledge: what caused the problems with the gods, and what are the options for fixing the situation?
The efreeti told us that it’s all about the loss of Nethys. He was a core component of the world, and without him the gods require a focus – currently us – in order to see the world. But we’re not going to live forever (OR ARE WE) and when we die, that connection to the gods will die with us.
How to fix it? “The world is missing part of its foundations. They need to be replaced.” And it doesn’t help that the remaining gods are spread very thin, trying to cover too many portfolios between them.
In summary, we need to replace the missing gods, and in particular we need a new god of magic…
At this point Myrie looked at me – possibly because my hand was moving upwards – and said “NO”, quite sternly. Harsh.
I mean, it would be an honour just to be nominated, but if the world truly needs a god of magic and I should happen to be the best-qualified candidate then surely it would be my DUTY to step in, for the greater good?
Also, I want this. Just think of the library space it would allow.
Meanwhile, having finished with Acererak’s monument to dickishness, we looted everything that wasn’t nailed down and wasn’t cursed (and some of the things that were cursed) and headed back to town. I passed on the ring of fire resistance to Faye, and scored rather a nice Staff of Fire in its place. Usually I prefer less direct magics, but sometimes you just need to fling fireballs.
Alessandra has turned sixteen, which makes her legally an adult, although I still feel parentally responsible for her. She has shown a lot of interest in adventuring with us, and I suspect that if we don’t bring her along on our next outing she’ll strike out on her own, so it’s probably better to include her.
We took a couple of months in town to work on various projects and interests. Zakaroth, Besh, and I spent most of the time crafting a range of useful items, and I looked up some old books to try to find out how one goes about becoming a god. (Sadly, nobody has written a convenient guide.)
We also made trips to the Divine City to speak with our future colleagues^W^W^Wthe remaining gods and ask about the situation.
Faye went to talk to Cayden Cailean, and inevitably ended up hung over and none the wiser. Zakaroth reported to Asmodeus, and then talked to Savana, who told him that we have been chosen for a reason, and there are challenges coming up. Vall spoke with Calistria.
Myrie spoke to Desna, who told her that we had a long journey ahead of us with much time and distance. It is not guaranteed that we will survive (bah), but we are their best hope.
I visited Iomedae-as-Nethys, but our discussion was less than productive. Iomedae insisted that there is no vacancy, Nethys will return, and she is simply holding his position until he returns. I have my doubts, but there was no arguing with her.
In the meantime, I’ve established the start of a magical college and made various magical items for myself and for our companions. I was rather pleased to find that it’s possible to make some protection for myself out of the adamantine scraps we plundered from Acererak’s not-actually-a-tomb. It’s not exactly plate armour, but it will give me a little protection, and it has potential to be enchanted much more.
There are many more things I’d like to make – I have some ideas for a collapsible fortress, and for a magical kimono – but we can’t sit around in town forever, so I’ll just have to take those on the road with me.
Shiny points: 33 carried over, +1 for summary = 34.