The City of Dodge has returned to normal it seems. All Warforge have returned to their posts and our heroes give up this plan to capture one for now. They head back to the ship and many go to sleep or to meditate for the night. Bowan however begins the long process of harnessing the power of the crystal to power a new engine to help the Ax(e) of Justification to fly.
In the early hours of the morning those of crew who need not sleep heard the sounds of heavy marching. Bowan rings the dinner bell to alert the rest of the crew. From the ship they can’t see much but a large cloud of dust forming on the other side of the city. Arabella flies off with Magpie to scout out the area. She spies the Warforge all marching in formation out of the city, lead by the Shardmind. In the entire city only 12 Warforges remain at key points. She returns to the ship to relay the news and the group decides to chase after them to see where they are going. A force that large must be heading for a great threat. Bowan remains behind as he doesn’t want to leave the ship mid-upgrade.
As our heroes reach the other side of the city and the begin crossing the desert they realize that the army is heading in the general direction of the newly awakened dragon. Our heroes only have a vague idea of where it is and how strong it might be, but they know that they’ll need help. They catch up to the front of the army to speak with the Shardmind. They offer their help as they do not wish to see anther city and thousands of innocents die because of this unnamed dragon. The Shardmind is shocked that they would know of the dragon, while there was evidence of a dragon burning down Dragon Falls and raising the dead it was never spotted. The heroes don’t tell the Shardmind of their dealings with Vico Vicarrio and how their own power might have been what awoken the beast. The shardmind welcomes their help and the army marches onward.
Hours later when the sun has risen quite high the army spots a large ruined city in the desert. It’s difficult to tell what culture it is because of the damage and ageing the structures have gone through. The Warforge spread out and encircle the ruins as best they can. In the middle of the ruined city is a large building, it has no windows and only a single door on the side facing the group. Arabella flies over to investigate on her own.
An hour passes and the others are worried what might have happened to Arabella. They go to the building. They stand before the door, nothing can be seen inside and their is no sound but the wind. They enter one at a time, weapons drawn. As they step over the threshold their vision goes white.
Within the void she floats Null awakens to see a figure in the distance. As her vision comes into focus the Raven Queen becomes clear. Null silently curses to herself as the Goddess approaches gliding through nothingness. “I know that you seem to resent me for opening your eyes but I’m vouching for you when other gods would not.” The Raven Queen says. “I know you are crucial to defeating the dragon and will need help doing so. I’m offering you the strength to help defeat the dragon, no strings attached” Null snorts. “There are always strings attached to such deals. Nothing is Free” The goddess is unphased “I know you have not found a deity to offer your prayers yet, I offer the strength to continue willing” Null falls silent. So much has changed within her over the months, and even more so since she was cast from the Underdark. After some time she speaks. “I know I am lost, I am confused. I…I will not turn down this help, I would not see this world destroyed. I will not cast it aside as I was.” The Raven Queen smilies. “Excellent, also to put you at ease the safety and restoration of order is the only strings attached.” As Null goes to respond with “I knew there were strings” she feels a great power. It is from within her mind, new ideas, strength, purpose. As the power begins to become to much thunder cracks from with in the void, Null hears it, she sees it. The power it commands and the deadly beauty. Her voice is now a weapon, used to force foes to their knees. But also a comfort. Comfort in knowing that even storms bring life to the earth.
The void falls silent.
The following is the recollection of these events from our heroes. Time has passed and some of the memory maybe hazy.
Bane finds himself standing in Nothing-ness, he immediately realizes he’s been called before the Raven Queen once more, he kneels, saying “My lady.” The Raven Queen says, “I sensed you and your companions were about to confront the dragon, you are not yet powerful enough, but the time to defeat the dragon is now. I shall give you the power you need to defeat the dragon.” Bane says, “Thank you my lady, is this what happened to the p- Arabella?” The Raven Queen responds, “Yes, I have asked for the aid of some other beings to lend the others powers.” “What about Null, considering she lost her faith?” Bane asks. The Raven Queen replies “Since no-one else would, I have given her power, no strings attached,” Bane keeps a blank face to try and hide his disbelief about the lack of strings. Bane says “You must especially want this dragon destroyed, since it fights against you power.” The Raven Queen responds “Yes, I have felt myself growing weaker the longer the dragon lives.” Bane is concerned about that, as he wonders what would happen to him should the power of the Raven Queen fail, but he stands and declares “We will not fail you my lady, we will destroy this dragon.” The Raven Queen smiles, and responds “I know you will,” she waves a hand at Bane, and he feels something on his back as he grows taller.
Arabella opened her eyes to see a forest around her. This was the Fey wasn’t it? Arabella had not been there before, but she had heard tales. Before she could look closer at the bending trees she was confronted by a graceful glowing light. The light turned into Faeire, one much larger than Arabella. This being was beautiful. Glowing gossamer wings, a shimmering perfect complexion and shockingly bright blue eyes that match the diamonds of the wand she carried. Arabella greeted her with a slight bow. “Hello Arabella.” The Faerie glided towards her “I am Titania, Goddess of the Fey, deity of friendship and magic. Mortals do not often see my domain, but sometimes exceptions are needed.” She stopped before Arabella, who then smiled. “Wonderful,” she said “I have been thinking I should get one of those deity things.” Titania turned slightly and look about her kingdom. “My dear I would not be the Goddess for you. You have similar qualities to my sister. The Queen of air and darkness. She also enjoys such things as illusions, darkness..” She side glanced at Arabella “..murder.” Arabella shifted back a bit “Oh, I’ll go see her then.” Titania held up a hand “No need, I am speaking to you on behalf of us both.” Her face showed no sign of stress or worry but it was clear in her voice “There is a great threat from the dragon you seek. It must be brought down and you will need help bringing the balance back to your realm.” Arabella lit up “So there is a dragon here!” She exclaimed. “What’s your sisters name? I must know.” The Goddess looked through Arabella’s eyes “Yes there is a dragon, and you nor your party are ready to face him but he must be confronted now before it is too late.” She considers for a moment “As for my sister, you need not know more than she is the Queen of air and darkness.” Arabella shutters with excitement “I will graciously accept your gift.” Titania drifts back from Arabella and smiles. “Good. You do your world a great service.” as she nods another Faerie appears. Pale, with angular features and the darkest blood red eyes one has ever seen. She is beautiful, but hers is a terrible, eldritch beauty that chills Arabella to the bone. She floats there beside her sister and is cold and utterly emotionless This is the Queen of air and darkness. As if on cue they both begin chanting. Arabella feels like the chanting is coming from inside her head. Powerful magic begins to course through her veins and even her wings pluse with energy. She is shocked at first but quickly grows accustomed to the power. She begins to see things with great clarity, noticing every detail of the trees around her and every sound the Fey forest makes. As quickly as it started the Fey fades into nothingness.