The party met back up at the inn. After a short deliberation, Saiph and Tivira made their way back to the Aundairan Embassy, determined to find Ambassador Neya Krell. Meanwhile, Kin, Jak, and Nemis raced to the airship docking station to prevent Lucan from leaving.
When Kin, Jak, and Nemis were nearing the station, they noticed a white cloud racing toward the same location one street over. The cloud seemed to briefly form the face of Lucan and it turned and looked at the group. A hint of recognition shone in its milky white eyes as it saw Jak and Kin, and it then turned back toward the station and increased its speed. The group immediately knew that the cloud was the vampire Lucan in gaseous form.
By the time the trio reached the base of the airship tower, the white cloud was just reaching the top. The tower was largely an open-air metal lattice, except for two levels where the airships dock, which were solid platforms. Two airships were currently docked at the tower, one at the very top and one on a middle platform. The elemental that powered the topmost airship was active, while the lower ship seemed to be shut off at the moment.
As the cloud passed over the top edge of the uppermost platform, it congealed into a solid form.
Two large baskets, one for passengers and one for cargo, were making their way up and down the side of the tower, each held up by two metal cables as wide as a blacksmith’s bicep. The passenger carriage was currently holding two gnomes, a female human, and her two sons, and it was about halfway up the 150-foot-tall tower and slowly ascending. Suddenly, just as Jak, Nemis, and Kin reached the base of the tower, one of the metal cables holding up the passenger carriage was severed from the very top. The cable whipped down and the carriage flipped on its side. The two gnomes managed to stay inside of the basket, but the woman and her two children fell out. The woman grabbed the lip of the carriage wall with one hand and one of her sons with the other, but one son fell.
Jak and Kin rushed to catch the falling child. Jak was a step too slow, but Kin, with her mechanical reflexes and athleticism, managed to leap and grab the son, transferring much of his impact into her own body. Nemis quickly rushed over and healed the two. From high above, the woman screamed as she struggled to hold on to the carriage and her other son. The two gnomes did not appear to have the strength to pull her up on their own.
Jak, Nemis, and Kin raced up the staircase inside the tower as the winds started picking up outside — a storm seemed to be blowing into Trolanport.
By the time the trio got level with the basket, it was swaying heavily in the wind. Jak and Kin timed themselves with the carriage’s arc and leapt across the distance, both landing safely on the basket. Together, they pulled the woman and her son up and they threw a rope to Nemis. Kin jumped back to the main tower structure and used the rope to haul the carriage toward the tower. After several brief minutes, the group had managed to save all of the passengers. The mother, with one child in her arms, raced down the stairs to get to her other son. Kin, Jak, and Nemis continued running up the stairs.
At the top, they found that the airship was slowly pulling away from the tower, and half-elf crewmembers were retracting the 15-foot-long plank that allowed passengers to board the ship. Three gnome workers, their eyes clouded over and their actions stiff and awkward, blocked the passage. Realizing that these gnomes were likely charmed pawns of Lucan, Jak did not wish to harm them, so he conjured a hellfire blast, but weakened it enough to only knock the gnomes to the ground, allowing Kin to run past them and leap across the 15 feet of empty space (150 feet above the ground) onto the ship. Once there, against the loud and angry complaints of the half-elf crew, Kin extended the plank again, allowing Jak and Nemis to rush onboard before the ship left.
Meanwhile, Tivira and Saiph returned to the Aundarian Embassy, where they saw a large commotion of gnome guards investigating the events of that evening. As Saiph and Tivira walked past the gate that led into the courtyard where the party had been held, they saw several bodies of Aundairan guards, but they did not see Lucan’s body. The pair slinked around to the rear of the embassy building and managed to unlock a backdoor and enter the darkened hallways within the governmental building.
After a few minutes of searching, they found a room that they believed to be the ambassador’s personal office. Light shone from around the edges of the doorway, and Saiph and Tivira opened the door to see Neya Krell sitting calmly at her desk, writing into a large leather-bound journal. Neya was shocked at the sight of Tivira and Saiph, but she seemed to quickly recognize them from the masquerade ball.
A long conversation ensued in which the party learned that Lucan and Neya had a long history together, probably as spies or agents of their respective nations. It seemed as though they might have been romatically linked as well. Neya said that Lucan had sent word to her just a week ago (around the time that Lucan became a vampire) saying that he needed new identification and passage to Karrnath. Neya owed Lucan a debt, and this was her way to repay that. She knew nothing of his current state until he arrived at the ball and they danced and she realized that he was cold to her touch.
She ordered her personal guard to look into the matter, and she fears this is what caused Lucan to attack the guard. She doesn’t know why Lucan wants to go to Karrnath, but she knows he is very dangerous.
In return, Tivira and Saiph (mostly Tivira) divulged that they were working for the King’s Dark Lanterns and were just supposed to bring Lucan back.
Saiph noticed that a bookshelf filled with tomes on the local laws and customs of the various nations showed that Neya had recently been reading about the laws of Karrnath. This caused him to become suspicious (what doesnt?), so as the pair turned to leave, Saiph stole the large leather-bound journal from under Neya’s very nose. Neya saw this, of course, and she flipped a switch under her desk that triggered a magical alarm. Tivira and Saiph fled the embassy before they could be caught, and they made their way to the airship tower.
Along the way, Saiph looked into the journal, but found all of its pages blank.
At the airship station, they found the woman crying while holding her two sons closely and the two gnomes sitting pensively at the base of the tower. Halfway up, they found the darkened airship and they decided to see if they could either find the crew or pilot the ship themselves to catch up with the ship that they knew Jak, Kin, and Nemis were on (they could see its lights off in the distance).