Actually took place in November but timeline wise happens before the “Fall of the Embassy” posts.
After the group splits up I return to the Weather Society. I find Salisbury and we agree that since we don’t know where they come from and we technically skirted the law they will be placed in a cell for a day while I try to find a new place for the books. I’m sent to Frax to make the arrangements. I notice he seems to have been attacked but he refuses to talk about it so I let it go.
That temporarily dealt with I go find a scribe to get some books copied. I go to Tarn Detreat, a thin dwarf, who owns “Book and Parchment Repair”. We exchange pleasantries and I drop off the books and get told to come back in a few days.
After that I drop by the Jiggling Gypsy to see Viola again. I catch her up on the thieves who want the square books. She doesn’t have a place to store the books. We talk a little and I’m struck with an idea. I invite her to come with me and she agrees. As we head towards the Apple the bells start ringing. In an alley along the way I find a gutted Temple district person with a large case filled with souls and a note: “Althazar, this is a gift from the Mother Below. We must feed the God of Gears soon. Bring it to the agreed upon place.” I explain to Viola what the contents are and she agrees to let me keep it.
When we arrive at the Apple we notice that a lantern can be seen inside through the open doorway. I draw my weapon and we approach. A demon is outside the building shambling towards the light. He enters and we hear a homeless person scream. I rush in and swing my sword. I hear noises coming from the book room and tell Viola to go check on the books while I distract the demon. Before the fight gets too intense Falconflight enters and commands the beast to leave and it does. I ask what he is doing here and he informs me he’s been hired to track the books. We enter the book room and see no trace of Viola, just a lot of open books. After some looking I find her instrument sheared in half next to a dispelled book. It also looks like someone was hit with the instrument as I find blood and hair on it. Falconflight gives additional insight and states that she seemed to be dragged into one. Also apparently the room was silenced. We theorize the second party might be in the room and as we sweep the room the books all flip to a page that reads "Free book. Take one.
Rules for book:
1: Do not disrespect book.
2: Do not destroy book.
3: Write only in common
-Friends of Man"
Falconflight states that I should hire him to look into this. I agree to do so. Before he leaves he gives me a book that his friend wrote. “Beautiful and Tragic: The Catastrophe that formed Us. – by Duke and Viceroy” a short story about the Dukes research into the history since the Catastrophe. When he leaves I pray to the Amethyst Lady “Oh Amethyst lady. Agents of the Monsters have struck. Their tools are in this building. I ask that you make every book shove itself in the others. Have their own tools destroy themselves.” After the prayer I start to hear explosions as the roof starts rattling. I escape the building, now half collapsed and give thanks before I leave.
I go to the Society and inform him about the new “missing person case” that will be reported soon. I then put a letter at the Jiggling Gypsy so that Viola’s ‘squeeze’ can file the report. When I get home I do object reading on the cloak, case, and vials. The soul vials were handled by silent hooded men in temple robes. You hear a loud, consistent beating in the distance . The briefcase was handed from a woman to a man. He asks if she will protect him. She says if he dies, he will not die. This comforts him. They are in some sort of cave. The cloak was last worn by a man. You watch him turn toward the bells. Confusedly. Then a demon erupts from behind him, and it fades to darkness.
I read the Love Inbetween and then contact Samantha before going to bed and we have Samantha Conversation 15.