“I am THAYAN. We know no fear!
The Red Wizards did not frighten me.
The gods did not frighten me.
I was god.
I was invincible!
I was wrong.”
25 Hammer, 1568DR
The snow starts to fall again. Seifer, Reese, and Sophie discuss what to do next, deciding that clearing their names is high on the priorities list. Sophie suggests a hunt for Beatrice, their only clue being that she was staying somewhere near the water, and taking care of a man who’s soul was lost.
Thus, the party decides to head south, to the Inner Harbor, to look for her. They split up to search the area, Sophie buying a few spell components for Seifer, though his scrying attempts are met with utter failure. He questions civilians. Meanwhile, Reese gets a clue, a barkeep telling him about a Mulhorandi doctor who recently came into town himself. Shortly thereafter, he finds a man with no soul in an inn, and begins to speak with him. Eventually, he makes contact, discovering that the man’s soul is in the abyss, and Reese does everything in his power to give him a guiding light.
He is met again by Beatrice, who saves him from getting swallowed into the abyss. She explains a few things before making herself scarce.
Peter, full of darkness and mirth, strolls into the inn, meets Reese, and shortly thereafter, Seifer and Sophie arrive. Peter states that he is looking for Amenhotep, a Mulhorandi doctor. A fire breaks out after they depart, and Reese rushes back to help. They save seven people, including the soulless man, but it nearly costs Peter and Sophie their lives. The man speaks, saying “You of all people should know, Reese Thassalan, what it is to be a husk.” He then vanishes, and the party flees the scene to escape the coming watch, returning to the safe house.