Bruce (Taggart Bonham Heironymous von Delacourt III)
Patrick (Ishin Spirit-Slayer)
Ishin’s adventures continued in the Wyld as he abandoned Zaheira on a beach and went to check out one of 3 moons in the sky. On the way, he became briefly involved in a fight between bird-men and monkey-men. Siding with the bird-men, he was nonetheless struck and badly burned by a bolt of fire, which also seriously damaged his invisibility cloak, rendering it patchy and not fully functional. He extinguished the fire, eventually, but not without killing several bird-men on the way down.
He then landed on one of the three moons, this one a city of ever-shifting buildings and streets. He soon found a crypt to someone named Pride, engraved with the phrase “He was a true and loyal friend, only his like may enter.” Using the key he obtained from Adramalech, he entered what seemed at first go to be a conservatory of some description. Hearing singing coming from down one of the hallways, he called out and was answered by a woman (name yet unknown) who asked him if he was here to pay his respects to Pride. Ishin followed the voice down the hallway, emerging into a courtyard adorned with statues of The Voice of the People, one of which appeared to be the source of the voice. Ishin offered a brief prayer to the dead in general, an act which seemed to anger the statue. Upon demanding to know his purpose, Ishin attempted to placate her by assuring her that The Voice of the People was not, in fact, dead- referring to The Path Ascendant. The statue offered to show Ishin firsthand and engaged him in battle, which went badly for Ishin. He managed to escape by using charms to conceal himself. The statue then returned to its plinth, and Ishin exited the courtyard.
Meanwhile, Taggart and the crew of the rolling dawn continued to sail towards Cadia, arriving in port on 11 Resplendent Wood. Taggart briefly attempted to employ Marin as a translator, given his history in Chiaroscuro. This turned out to be an ill-fated affair, given Marin’s lack of familiarity with Highborn Delzan Flametongue, though it did yield some information of importance:
- Sabah insists on referring to Taggart in the masculine sense in Flametongue, given that she captains a ship and bears a weapon.
- “My Respects, Your Debt” is a formal apology, mistranslated from Flametongue.
- Sabah was compelled to seek out Taggart by ‘her soul’, though Taggart felt no accordant compelling force.
Sabah and Taggart then spent the night together in Taggart’s cabin, during which time Taggart experienced firsthand how supernaturally strong Sabah was.
The next day, Taggart spoke briefly with Yanno about the Immaculate Faith, during which time he revealed that he didn’t fear Sabah out of adherence to the Immaculate Faith (which he distrusts somewhat), but because he had firsthand seen Lunar Exalts go mad and devour his crew. Sensing that a show of good faith might calm the crew, Taggart had Sabah swear a sanctified oath to not harm any of them.
Upon arriving in port, Taggart, Shiloh, Sabah (in cat form), and Yanno went ashore to resupply and pick up some local gossip, but were accosted by a customs officer asking to inspect the ship. The man recognized Taggart for who she was and sent guards, acting on a warrant for Taggart’s arrest issued by The Path Ascendant weeks earlier. When it became clear that Taggart could not fool the man, nor dissuade him from searching her ship (which she didn’t want on principle, rather than because she was carrying anything illegal), she instead began ridiculing his arrest warrant, arguing that the description was laughably inaccurate, and that since she was here on Royal Business the customs officer ought to let her go on her way. When neither he nor she would budge, and he offhandedly suggested that perhaps she had some token of The Path Ascendant’s favour, she produced the letter he sent by way of accepting her invitation to dinner- signed by him and verifying that he had an interest in strengthening their relationship. This kept Taggart from being arrested, at least, but the customs officer still demanded that she be escorted by guards at all time, and that her ship would still bear the docking tax and inspection. She acquiesced, but used the opportunity to put the guards at ease with her charms, regaling them and her crew with the stirring account of the Battle of Wrackstone Bay, as well as the comical tale of Peleps Oran’s Hilarious Egg Farts. The guards, including their leader, Juchei (who was himself from Wrackstone Bay), were thus mollified, and the boredom of the 3-hour long inspection was alleviated. The group then ventured into town for drinks and grub at an uppercrust merchant’s gastropub.