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Katya's Journal Part 27 - Betrayal Part 2

The enemy of my enemy...

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Have to write this all down before it disappears… every time I try to grab at the memories I can feel the scraping of that Tannari’s nails in my mind. I must focus and write down what happened while those hapless fools fall victim to the compulsions of dragons. I mean really… we were headed to the Iron Tower of Dispater… so it seems to make sense that we should go through the big iron gate… but no… they’ve got to look at the ‘pretty lights’ while we’re walking past the homes of the Prismatic Dragons and…

FOCUS!

I was desperately running out of spells during our fight with those Bone Devils… when one of them caught me by surprise and teleported me just far away enough from the fight so that I could be interrogated by a blasted Tannari with its psionic ways.

“Give me the blue bottle in your pouch that you found on the Dampyr!” it demanded…

“Frelling’ idiot, it’s black! So much for your vaunted abilities,” I spit. Try as I might to escape the tigthening embrace of the Bone Devil and the glowing eyes of that Tannari… I couldn’t break free.

“The message from Twelve Trees… turn it over and I’ll let you live!” it growled.

“What… this one?” I laughed as my braid brought out the bottle from my pouch and opened it… releasing the message from a deep gravelly voice…

It has come to our attention that the Tannari have double crossed the Harmonium. According to our informant, they’ve taken the Ship of Chaos to Twelve Trees.

…and that’s when the torture began. I hid in the shadows of my mind… wrapped in the loving embrace of the slithering arms of my dark lord… and he protected me from the clawing and scraping of its claws across my thoughts. Not totally, though… just enough to let me know what pain I would’ve suffered if it weren’t for his attentions. When they thought I was at my weakest I managed to fly away under the cover of darkness… but it felt too easy.

I know naught of this Ship of Chaos… but Twelve Trees… that is the 12th layer of the Abyss where they torture Divas in order to power their most awful magics. What purpose could this serve? Think… put the pieces together, Katya…

A rogue Harmonium group has the Silver Sword of Fedefensor with the goal to use it in some ritual in Fortitude in Arcadia. They were double-crossed by the chaotic Tannari, however, who possibly are to blame for the stolen sword taken to the Abyss, where it supposedly lies in the Iron Tower of Dispater. Wait… the Tannari are a chaotic lot while Dispater is set in his ways…

The Dampyr, however, observed this double cross, and know that the Tannari have taken a Ship of Chaos to Twelve Trees. Did they take the sword there? If so… why? Do they plan to power it with the death throws of the Divas, or perhaps use it in a ritual of their own there?

Whatever these two parties wish to do… it’s important to both of them that they make sure Constance never meets her grandfather and never grows in her power. I have to wonder if the Harmonium made the deal with the Tannari in the first place in order to get Constance killed? The Rule of Three is a tannari after all, and he was trying to kill her…

I haven’t heard any screams coming from the tunnel yet… I hope that means they aren’t dead. Silly Kobold… I tried to grab him and keep him out of there… but if he wants to run to his doom so easily there’s not much I can do to…

Rule of Three! Wait… when we passed those letters of introduction to people Annika spotted some secret text that contained his name… were these “letters” really from him? And if so… are we just being manipulated? So many double-crosses… so many different parties trying to get what they want and using us to do it… it’s so hard to keep things straight anymore!

What if… what if… the Harmonium made a deal with the chaotic Tannari in order to conduct some ritual that would harm the lawful Baatorians? That would seem to fit… a lawful multi-planar rogue group of cops wants to wipe out their arch-enemies so bad that they’ll make a deal with a demon in order to do it… except the demons have found something better.

Dear Gods…am I actually contemplating making a deal with a devil in order to stop demons?

Gods grant me strength… it seems the rest of them have not only survived their ordeal in the cave and come out with new treasures they can’t stop talking about, but they’ve been struck stupid in the process. They must have been struck rather hard… because it seems common sense to me that if a dragon uses magic to make you take something from his hoard, there’s got to be something really wrong with it. My magics are weak without rest, however… I hope whatever fate awaits them can wait until I get some sleep.

Hopefully whatever lies beyond these gates will provide more answers…

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