After Stalwart Fortress was liberated by Rita and the other Blight-ridden captives from The Prisons of Yore, the travellers rested a while as Luta's Lover was released from their chamber for the first time since being locked up by Remo and his disciples from The Church of Her.
As The Dark Blade Guild recount the messiness of the encounter between the prisoners and Remo's band at Stalwart Fortress, they extend an invitating reminder that Yuler's body at The Crow's Den had still not been visited and their supply of Fetid Crow's Talons were yet to be claimed.
Zell the Cartographer delivers a new map to the travellers, placing it upon the Ancient Stone of the world.
It reveals new locations; The Grand Elevator, Desolate Wastes, Prisons of Yore, and The Wound – as well as the scale of The Forsaken Lands.
As the travellers surveyed the new map, Rita spoke and conveyed appreciation for the help in liberating Stalwart Fortress, the value in freeing Luta the Beacon, and her glee at Gregor's safety. She also spoke briefly of The Glutton – an adorable beast of tremendous appetite, and mentions an empty valley leading to the unexplored Volcanic Lands of the North.
She closes in reminder that she can prepare The Grand Elevator and leaves the travellers to decide where they wish to go next.
𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔤𝔢𝔞𝔯𝔰 𝔬𝔣 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔊𝔯𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔈𝔩𝔢𝔳𝔞𝔱𝔬𝔯 𝔱𝔲𝔯𝔫, 𝔢𝔪𝔦𝔱𝔱𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔞 𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔬𝔫𝔞𝔫𝔠𝔢 𝔫𝔬𝔱 𝔯𝔢𝔠𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔩𝔶 𝔥𝔢𝔞𝔯𝔡 𝔦𝔫 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔖𝔱𝔞𝔩𝔴𝔞𝔯𝔱.
𝔜𝔬𝔲 𝔥𝔞𝔳𝔢 𝔬𝔫𝔩𝔶 𝔰𝔱𝔞𝔯𝔱𝔢𝔡 𝔱𝔬 𝔢𝔵𝔭𝔩𝔬𝔯𝔢 𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔰𝔢 𝔣𝔬𝔯𝔰𝔞𝔨𝔢𝔫 𝔩𝔞𝔫𝔡𝔰. 𝔗𝔥𝔢 ℭ𝔬𝔫𝔠𝔬𝔯𝔡𝔰 𝔱𝔞𝔨𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔰𝔥𝔞𝔭𝔢 𝔞𝔯𝔢 𝔞 𝔰𝔩𝔦𝔳𝔢𝔯 𝔬𝔣 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔣𝔲𝔩𝔩 𝔭𝔬𝔱𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔦𝔞𝔩 𝔬𝔣 𝔱𝔥𝔦𝔰 𝔴𝔬𝔯𝔩𝔡.
𝔚𝔥𝔢𝔯𝔢 𝔴𝔦𝔩𝔩 𝔶𝔬𝔲 𝔤𝔬 𝔫𝔢𝔵𝔱, 𝔱𝔯𝔞𝔳𝔢𝔩𝔢𝔯?
Though none knew their purpose, there was much fervor surrounding them. When the day of the event came, several travellers found strange, miniature coffins hidden throughout the grounds. Inside these coffins were scrolls of invitation to the concord of The Monarch's Call.
Four were found during the gathering, another two were hidden elsewhere the next day, and others were bestowed them in public.
In total 9 were recovered and redeemed.
Within a week, each would have their wings bestowed.