After being bailed out by Eligos, our intrepid band of adventurers repaired to his abode. There, his manservant offered clean clothes and a chance to bathe, which was highly appreciated. Eligos had been able to successfully research some of the issues the party brought up on their previous visit to his home. This included the Cult of Kyuss, which had flourished a few hundred years ago in the North, and had attempted to bring about an age of worms – the same worms the crew has been finding. Their plan involved using the Apostolic Scrolls to raise an apostle who would do so – and Raknian had not only hired Zyrxog to take out our magnificent protagonists, but had purchased from him what purported to be the Apostolic Scrolls!
With this, the team knew it was imperative to enter the Games to get closer to Raknian, since the stadium is attached to his house. Therefore, they went to the market to replace as well as they could the equipment which had been impounded by the police. Upon returning to Eligos’s, he introduced them to Ekaym Smallcask, a successful jewel dealer, Celeste, his assistant, and Hess, a witch who is looking into a mysterious matter for Ekaym which somehow relates to Skyler Bronzespeare. Ekaym bankrolls Team Rift, as well as providing some additional gear, and he and Kraldar register the team under assumed identities:
Kraldar = Tarik
Amadi = Damdar
Ilyon = forgot his name
Scruffin = Alia
so that Bronzespeare, who along with his team were last year’s champions, would not recognize them so easily – nor Raknian.
Team Rift goes to the stadium the day before to scout out the location and competition, but discovers little more than some delicious . The first day of the tourney begins slow, with team introductions and a dinner; the party seems to manage to remain incognito, successfully avoiding close contact with Bronzespeare and their assumed names protecting them from discovery by Raknian. They settle in to their room under the stadium – they are required to stay on the tourney grounds until its conclusion – and, with Scruffin feeling under the weather, scout around a bit more, with no real luck on finding a way into Raknian’s house, except for perhaps the unexplored underground river.
The next morning, with Scruffin too sick to fight, Team Rift prepares for their first battle – a battle royale of four teams…