posted Jul 25, 2020, 1:46 PM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak

Nonotina 28th, Year One of the Reign of High King Ran

The Iris arrive at Magus Universitatis and convince the guards that they need to talk to the mages about this creature they have killed in the market.

A mage named Orson assists them in their inquiry as well as has them speak with the chancellor. The chancellor has Orson instruct them on what to do about these extraplanar creatures after identifying the creature as a quickling of the Winter Court, likely sent by Queen Maub as assassins.

Orson takes the group to a summoning portal on the grounds and begins to instruct them in ways to avert these creatures. Sloth forms a mage hand and attempts to through a rock in the portal as the lesson is in progress. Orson uses his own mage hand to try and prevent the intrusion but both mage hands and the rock disturb the portal.

The portal changes from a soft reddish glow to a chaotic violet eruption and three chitinous creatures leap from the portal. One of them immediately rends Orson, who was closest to the port.

A battle ensues which puts Cho Chi, Munkustrap, and Dar in great peril. However, in the end, The Iris are victorious.

Several members of the group point out that Sloth committed manslaughter by getting Orson killed. Sloth retreats into his bag of holding which Magic takes possession of. Magic also seems complicit in the apparent crime as he encouraged Sloth to interfere with the portal.

They bring Orson's body back to the main tower and a number of mages are dispatched to deal with the portal.