The Order of the Shrub

Winging it

The party is joined by the paladin who they decide would make a better emmisary (of Primus no less) than the fish guy. They get an audience with Skartos, who is in an anti-magic throne room with 20 knights as guards. They explain part of their mission to save people and that they need the horn. Skartos leads them through an invisible, intangible maze to the room of the horn. On stepping through, each member of the party is alone with a horn that looks different to them than to everyone else. The party members gain some abilities (and in one case intangibility) from being in the room, but do not remove the horn.

Skartos tells them they took the test of the horn and are found worthy, since they did not go insane or die. The party reiterates that they need the horn but Skartos mentions that only someone of his bloodline can safely blow the horn. The paladin mentions the egg, and Skartos asks to touch it (which happens on the ship – Skartos and his 20 knights touched it).

Then Skartos goes back and blows the horn to presumably summon everyone in the world that is worthy (or at least who would be in the way of Skartos gaining the resources he needs to conduct his campaign against the invaders). A ton of insects are summoned which Skartos says was done to more easily move people via changing them into flying bugs. Cloak the rogue/bard is upset, and goes into the horn room and gets a handheld version of the horn which she take with her. She feels that Skartos tricked the party. The paladin brings a ladybug into the throneroom, who turns into a scared baker (who goes in the egg); a few more bug interviews later and they find that the people are a bit confused but willing to go into the egg if the world is ending.

Cloak wanted to use the horn to summon people further away so they could more safely go into the egg as people not bugs, but that didn’t happen.

Meanwhile, the paladin goes out with the monk and they gather insects into the egg. Most of the insects go in, except the wasps.

Then a large black crack opens up in the blue sky.

So the party has a moral discussion as to whether it was right to put everyone in the egg or not, or whether only good people, or lawful people, should go in, and what about the other animals?

Anyhow, things happened. No combat this time though.



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