JInn’s disease was progressing at an alarming rate. The others knew if they didn’t reach Iriswood soon the infection would take over his body. Chari sped off through the Wailing Valley towards the university. Picking their way down the trail Micah and Jinn argued about Cordyceps, unaware they were being watched by two hungry hill giants.
Just as it seemed the pair would be overwhelmed, they were rescued by a timely intervention from Sir Bartleby and his new friend Kristoff Estevan, a Zephyr of Iriswood. The Knight of Cups had remained behind to smooth things over in Kellabine before hiring a guide through the mountain and had, consequently, arrived ahead of his companions. The rest of the journey proceeded without incident, save Jinn’s insistence that Bart never leave him alone with Chari and Micah again.
Upon arrival the party got down to business. They asked one of the acolytes of the College of Divination to scry upon Esper Sherman to ensure her safety. However, they were startled to learn that the Head of Guard Dispatch had been imprisoned in an unknown location. Their only clue lay in a vague direction and a coat of arms. Chari, determined to find a method of communicating with Isabella Driftlace back in Jarrow, went to explore other areas of the school. In the process she met a rather excitable tabaxi named Odallie in the College of Evocation. The two bonded over a love of dangerously explosive magic.
With some of the greatest masters of magic in Galiesia at hand the Dragon Punchers decided to take a closer look at Micah’s sword. After preparing a number of protective sigils Professor Danwrick took a look at the legendary weapon. He revealed that the blade was suffused with a malign intelligence, not inhabited by a demon as Sir Bartleby expected. What’s more, if they were able to locate key components to its creation, there was a way to destroy the object. The time had come for a serious talk about what to do with Cordyceps.