Keirna returned to Keriath with the evil staff, and gave it to him to try and work out how to prevent its activation. Keriath advised that they remain in Maelrhyss while he did so. Danara, promptly ignoring his advice, returned to Faerun and acquired all of the money in the paladin’s vault. The others explored Maelrhyss, resting in Keirna’s guesthouse. Keirna, meanwhile, took the opportuinity to restock on duct tape. Echo tried to research the Sealed Triumvirate in MAelrhyss’ library, but met with no luck.
While they were doing so, the City of The Silver Wing’s alarm spell went off – unlike most, this one was quiet but insistent. Echo rushed out to scout, and ran head first – literally – into a strange monster. He killed it with one blow. Across the street, an oddly dressed man identical to the blurry things that attacked in the council gave him a slow clap. There was some conversation, revealing that he was “Tezzerich” and he was either a time traveller, or a time controller, or possibly Time itself. Revealing slight irritation that his previous attempts had failed, he mentioned a race imprisoned by the gods who “Late in the War between your people and mine, they will free”. Opening a fractured tear in reality, he reveals a legion of Tarrasques, balefully staring across eternity. Very little can be made out of the landscape around them, but it seems oddly familiar. Standing on the leader is a man, fungus-scarred and masked, carrying a duel-disk.
One of the Tarrasques leaps through the rift as it closes, landing with worrying grace. Reacting with unbelievable speed, it drives forward into Danara. Only the intervention of her beloved monster Zerato prevents her from dying to the creature’s first assault. Echo attempts to gain distance, but in doing so falls victim to Tezzerich’s manipulations – his bowstring rots away as he tries to draw his bow.
Across the rest of the city, Maelrhyssian forces engage the smaller monsters – revealed to be the young Tarrasques.
Zerato duels with the Tarrasque, narrowly avoiding death himself – his ninja skills being just barely up to the task of avoiding the creature’s attacks. This only persuaded the Tarrasque that Zerato was tasty, and the ninja was promptly swallowed. Despite Zerato repeatedly cutting his way out from the beast’s stomach, the Tarrasque obviously felt this was a winning strategy, as it continued to swallow monsters (and Echo). Perhaps it was simply hungry?It seemed briefly satisfied after swallowing Keirna, but after she ripped apart its entire stomach cavity getting back out again, it looked for a new snack – Danara. After swallowing Danara, she teleporting into a place of hiding in Keirna’s house…but the Tarrasque was all too capable of smelling its escaping lunch. It barrelled through the fortified house and gently removed Danara from the cupboard she was hiding in.
The destruction of her house enraged Keirna who charged into the Tarrasque. Combined with a barrage of arrows from Echo, the creature fell to the ground. In the brief instant of relaxation, the creatur’s wounds knit together, and it lunged forward..swallowing Danara again. BEfore the heavily wounded Eladrin could be killed in the beast’s stomach, Keirna tore into it again, opening tremendous rents in it. Echo dived through one to pull Danara to freedom.
Weakened, the creature succumbed to temporal pressure and was returned to its proper time – along with all of its offspring.
After a brief rest (and looting the Tarrasque bits that remained), it was decided to visit Chronepsis. On the way, they ran into a small humanoid rodent, and flew down to speak to her, because she seemed happy to see them. She was less happy after they told her that the Guardinals had not returned along with the Archon and Eladrin. Danara gave her a hug.
In the course of the conversation with The Last Musteval, it was revealed that she was terrified of the Sealed Triumvirate (It smelt anathema), but it was remembered that no Guardinal had a part in its construction. She also told them that one of the Lions guarding Chronepsis’ palace owed her a favour, and she was willing to trade that to Keirna in return for Keirna owing her a favour instead.
At the palace, it was revealed that this favour was probably worth it – the queue was 100 people wide and ten thousand miles long. After Echo was petrified trying to fly over the wall, Keirna messaged the Lion, who appeared at the back of the queue and listened to them explaining. It un-petrified Echo and then vanished. Returning half a day later, it herded them into a small circle and then teleported all of them into a library room…filled with books, all which began with baa. Echo and Danara left this room, and found themselves in a seemingly infinite tower, each floor of which had hundreds of doors. Nevertheless, they tried to find books. This..didn’t work. After a few hours, they were met by Chronopsis’ proxy, and were all again in the same room.
He spoke with them for awhile (although once again, Echo was teleported to the back of the queue for asking for a book). It was revealed that Tezzerich was an enemy of Chronepsis – and of everyone. They asked about the Sealed Triumvirate, but the proxy told them he was not permitted to talk about it – no servant of any god would do so. They were also told that Tezzerich was targetting them for some reason, and had already tried to do so fourteen times. Twelve of these had been prevented, two by entities beyond Chronepsis’ vision – he speculated that this could be by another of Tezzerich’s kind, another Ashananti.
It was also asked what could be done about Briarius’ staff. The Proxy didn’t know – he told them it was formed out of a Postive/Negative plane inversion and reversed the natural process of Life and Death. He also said that the Hundred Handed One who forged it believed it to be indestructible, as did everyone else who’d examined it – and therefore, Chronepsis could not know any way to destroy it.