Act One / Episode – 03
Session Date: May 03, 2012
In which companions are separated, achievements are charted, and a dust smuggling ring gets underway . . .
Naedas, Sitani, Pontus, and Taga are woken up at the same early hour as yesterday by an unknown woman with a long braid and her accompaniment of three guards. After casting Tongues, she informs them that they will be eating breakfast privately that morning, and the guards then lead them out of the room. Their four bunkmates speculate in a foreign language on what could be happening.
The braided woman takes them down a small number of long, straight hallways, then shows them each to their own small interview room; each containing two guards, and a folded white uniform on a table. Sitani wears his uniform over his own clothing, Pontus gets dressed to begin with, and Naedas changes into the new clothing. Taga is not offered a uniform, and instead has a short conversation with Alim Sushen, the bureaucratic man who Planeshifted their group to Arcadia. After questioning Taga on what she is and where she comes from, Alim sends her back to her home plane.
The boys are returned to their own room after they have eaten breakfast, though Pontus has a small confrontation with his guards, as they grab him and hold him down when he casts a Prestidigitation. Naedas, aggrieved by Taga’s loss, resolves to become as contrary to the treatment as possible, while Sitani remains certain they will be released soon.
Time passes, and the three get to know their bunkmates better. They learn that Jeremy, a half-elf, is from the plane of Arborea and is a member of a group called the Society of Sensation; Samilda Gyllenfalt is from the plane of Ysgard, and prescribes to the belief that anything she can take should be hers; Nedarilth is a tiefling from Plague-Mort, and is something called a Xaositect, which is not entirely uncommon here; and that no one believes Tim Ocher is from Sigil. They also discover that Ned is quite a bully, and he especially targets the comparatively defenceless Tim. Sitani and Pontus stop Ned from bullying Tim, tying him up in Naedas’ uniform, and Sitani takes Tim under his wing, teaching him philosophy and martial arts the same way his master taught him.
Their grasp of the language the Harmonium have been teaching them improves, and while Sitani works hard toward earning task-centric badges to pin on his sash, Pontus begins smuggling dust and dirt into the mess hall to change the flavour of their repetitious meals.
The boys encounter Barbara again, this time in their group therapy sessions. Every week, Barbara has been delving further and further into the tragic story of her life, beginning with her origins as a foundling. She goes so far as to speculate that her father was a noble, and her human mother was forced to get rid of her to hide the evidence of his affair.
Over the past month, she has been adding to this story, and though she began modestly and small, she is now occupying extravagant portions of the session’s time. When Barbara begins to apologize gratuitously for everything she’s done wrong in her life, and thank the Harmonium for helping her turn her life around, Sitani calls her out as a liar. Barbara’s Considerate Citizen merit badge is stripped from her, and given to Sitani.
A year passes by and they are still receiving treatment from the Harmonium. They begin to notice a strangely behaving guard named Amalia following them and watching their classes. Pontus’ dust smuggling empire has expanded to include grass, dirt, and other fauna he scrounges up during his field time.