The session consisted of two parts: a visit to Burmovton, that turned into an attack-as-assistance for the besieged city; and the discovery of a camp in the north, in the area where the enemy army was spotted.
Burmovton is under siege by a force of several hundred, blocking the roads in and out, with the initial attack launched in convert with guerrillas, who’d apparently infiltrated the city posing being part of merchant caravans. The Duke, expressed in his abrupt manner, believes that his forces can hold the exterior army in check while rooting out the fighters within the city, so long as reinforcements do not continue to bolster those exterior forces.
To deal with the question of reinforcements and to address their original idea, which was to explore the northern area where the enemy army had been spotted a while back, the Reach headed off to the NW, and discovered a camp in the large, open field where the army had been seen. The camp was surrounded by a strange ringmail-like fence, about 9 feet high, and crackling with arcane energy. Horseshoe-shaped, the fence was anchored on both ends in a vertical, churning vortex that appeared to be nothing other than the Storm, albeit turned on its side. Inside the camp were two large tents and a heap of crystals, which were attached to the vortex by a line – although at first glance and from a distance no one could tell if there was motion in the line, if it was solid, or anything else of detail. The camp itself was held by a group of Gith soldiers who, when approached on foot, only mocked the Talons and watched them.
The vortex, churning with cloud-like forms and crackles of energy when viewed from the south, was a perfect, black void of nothing when viewed from the north – of that sort that beckons one to jump right into that pool. Genji nearly fell victim to his interests, but was held back by Korrigan.
The fence, after some testing, had a protective field that fried anything that touched it, even blowing up a tree that Ti’ tried to use to smash it. The team decided to fly the Reach over the fence in an attempt to get into the camp, which worked. Using magic and arms, the team took on the force of GIth inside the camp, and the fight ended up taking place on the ground and on the Reach, as several of the enemy used Misty Step to appear on board. The fight was quick and harsh, and all the enemy but one were killed. The leader, seeing the impending defeat of his forces, disappeared in a whirl of light and wind from the deck of the Reach, and did not reappear anywhere they could find.
After the defeat of the enemy, which ended with a very beat up Genji and Ti’ taking significant damage, they tossed the camp, finding the following:
- A +1 long sword of foreign design
- Water and strange food for the soldiers holding the camp
- Detailed maps of the kingdom, with a location within the Narlmarches marked, and what looked like a list, in an unknown script, written down the side of the largest map – whether it’s a legend or something else, no one could tell immediately, as Genji was sitting on a stool, resting.
Meanwhile, Ti’ found a large rock and tossed it hard at the heap of crystals, smashing large chunks off them. Immediately after the impact, the line connecting the vortex to the crystal wavered – as if it were a streamer flapping in the wind – then stretched, then detached from the crystals and was drawn back into the vortex with a snap. The vortex collapsed quickly on itself, and with this the flow of air, which had been outward from the vortex up to this point, suddenly reversed, forcefully pulling everything and everyone several feet toward the collapsing portal. Most of the crystals, which had truly been just a heap, were sucked in, along with some dirt and one Gith body.
The two tents were pulled down and dragged across the camp before the collapse was complete, and everyone was knocked over and dragged some feet before, only a second or three later, it was closed and gone.
Sitting with surprised expressions among the mess the camp had become in a split second, a few of the team coughed from the dirt thrown into the air. The Reach, parked about 100 feet to the south, well outside the camp, swayed a bit as its sails stopped flapping, but aside from the surprised cries of the Oornothi crew, silence fell upon them all as they looked at each other.