Log of the Caravan of the Devouring of the Daughter of Rathess, Volume the Sixth.
Day the Fourteenth, Month of Ascending Air, Realm’s Year of Seven-hundreds, Sixty, and Nine.
Cross-Reference Accounting Document 23. General Financial Summary Follows:
1/2 talent; Jade.
2 talent, 3 dirham; Silver.
Equivalent of 8? talents Jade in gemstones. Has yet to be fully cataloged.
Metal stock below projected needs, all other stock in excess of projected needs.
Armor and Weapons in good repair.
Personal supplies largely within projected needs.
Weather: Sunny and pleasant. Almost obnoxiously so.
First week of Ascending Air was occupied by rigging a variant of a tunnel car with the expertise of the Jadeborn now known as Wind’s Tradition. Schematics are in Planning Documents 143-5. This was pleasant and resulted in certain… interesting encounters. That is, the son of a bitch seduced me. Can’t complain though, it was remarkably pleasant and we appear to get on quite well regardless of my general proclivities. He’s quite accommodating in that regard actually, and has managed to progress further than any man I’ve ever met while not being a smug asshole or pushy. It’s actually quite delightful, and the look on his face when I’m making things…
Note to self: He needs a present. I need to see how he reacts to them. Yes.
Moving on, on the 12th day of the month, we were putting the finishing touches on the car when not one, but two, strangers dropped in on us. I mean that quite literally, the ground above had become so thin they both fell right in. It was rather amusing, actually. They are known as Marast the Unbroken and Silent Tempest, a Lunar and a… I believe the term is Sidereal, though I’ve never heard of such an Exalt before. It’s most odd. Marast is pleasant enough but Tempest appears to have a fondness for the taste of his own toes. In any case, the boys got to hold off a load of darkbrood – see encounter records 256-9, particularly #257 – while I finished up with the tunnel car. We got the People of the Earth (their proper name) loaded up and set off for Mount Eledath. It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever driven, and naturally had a malfunction I had to tend to en-route. Luckily one of the Earthfolk was a capable driver.
In any case, we reached the mountain without much trouble, though the ride was most crowded. When we arrived, we spoke with the local population of Dragon Kings. That was a rather illuminating experience, if you’ll forgive the pun. Eldest Brother Teol’tin was quite informative, and we bargained for passage in exchange for securing copies of texts on methods of Enlightenment to aid with the stalkers’ education. We agreed to camp overnight and take the elevator down some time the next day. Everyone was in desperate need of a bath – most especially Marast, who needed a flea treatment. Rare to see a grown man so embarrassed. Tempest spent much time sneaking about and secret-keeping, but came clean the next day.
To good effect, as I commented upon while the lot of us shared our backstories. To my great surprise, someone answered my comment. Though I was unsure, Wind and I concluded it was most likely the Most High, which I later confirmed. A transcript of the event:
I… know I don’t pray as much as I probably should. But if You’re listening, Ignis Divine… Then so am I
Be not afraid.
YOU, Wanderer and Child of Wanderers and Exile from Wanderers, know that my house is yours.
YOU, who sit in the ruins of a Time of Glory, know that Glory is once again at hand.
YOU, who seek both Vengeance and Wisdom, know that these paths will diverge.
YOU HAVE SEEN THE WORST OF HUMANITY, AND I GRANT YOU THE POWER TO EXPOSE IT.
KNOW THAT IN AN AGE LONG PAST, FOR LIES PETTY AND TROTH FORGOTTEN
I TURNED MY FACE FROM THE WORLD,
YET I SHALL DO SO NO LONGER.
I AM THE UNCONQUERED SUN
KNOW, CHOSEN, MY EYES ARE UPON THEE.
I believe my Essence increased as a result of the event above. I do know I’ve learned a new charm for increasing the effectiveness of investigations. I don’t believe I’m permitted to comment on subtlety.
[This entry covers Build the Tunnel Car through Loq Essence Pings.]