Act One / Episode – 02
Session Date: February 22, 2012
In which Good and Just Ideals are fought for, peace is strived toward, and unlikely persons are forced together under unfortunate circumstances . . .
Following their surrender, Naedas and Taga are escorted by the foreign warriors to their base. Pontus, Sitani, and the unconscious bandits are carried., and the foreigners add four more ruffians to their retinue during the march. Upon reaching their base, a large tent encampment, Sitani and one of the bandits, both of whom were injured fatally, are taken away while the rest remain under a light guard. No efforts are made to strip them of their possessions.
Once all have recovered and regained consciousness, threats are exchanged between Sitani, Naedas, Pontus, Taga, and the bandit crew. Pontus draws a dagger and, when he begins casting a spell, is restrained by one of the foreign guards. A second guard leaves, returning with a robed woman who shortly assesses the situation and determines Pontus’ spell had been non-threatening. She has soup brought for the detainees. Suspecting it could be contaminated, Naedas staggers his consumption.
The group decide to sleep in shifts, wary of the bandits, and during Naedas’ watch the bandit leader Barbara suggests a truce. Believing she can speak freely in front of the foreign guards, she offers to give up both her weapons to Naedas if he and his friends will help her and her men to escape, but Naedas refuses.
All are awoken at the crack of dawn the following morning and led out into the middle of the camp. There, a long-faced bureaucrat speaks to them in the elemental language Auran (which Pontus and Naedas understand), stating that they will be transported for processing. Believing they are being taken to a trial, Naedas and Sitani eventually convince Pontus to agree to the transportation, and they all join hands.
The buraucrat’s spell transports them to a foreign land identified by Pontus as the Outer Plane of Arcadia. Deeply disturbed, they attempt to plan an escape, but the bureaucrat is able to understand them and suggests they don’t try anything or he will be forced to stop them with his magic.
They are taken to a military base where they are interviewed by a silver-haired elven woman who casts a communal share language spell. She stresses that they, a group called the Harmonium, have intervened in order to help them. She explains that their world was full of strife, war, and suffering, and that the Harmonium will make it peaceful and safe. Though gentle, the woman remains convinced she is doing the right thing, even when faced with outrage from her charges.
Following the interview, Naedas, Sitani, Pontus and Taga are separated from the bandits and shown to a room with four cots until permanent accommodations are found. They are called to a large dining hall for evening meal and gather information from the other diners, who they discover are mostly criminals being detained against their will.
Sitani, Naedas, and Taga wake up at the gong early the following morning, but Pontus oversleeps and misses breakfast. When the elven clerk comes to their room after they return from the morning meal, she is outraged to find Pontus in bed. She averts her eyes from his naked when he is raised from bed from while the guards assist him to dress, then insists he must make his bed before they can be shown to their new quarters, which they will share with four others.
Their first full day being held in the camp is highly regimented and filled with many tedious tasks, including lessons in foreigners’ language, drills in proper posture and forming orderly lines, group therapy, and running laps before bed. When the day is finally over, the four are glad for the opportunity to rest.