The Seed of Telos has been activated. Not entirely sure what had occurred, the party took a brief moment to heal and assess their injuries. Melentia was bent over on the ground, gasping for air and unable to speak for several minutes. When she was able, she said that she felt like half her body was being expelled. At the same time, however, the other half of her felt a sense of home. The was different now, she said, but at the same time, strangely familiar.
Wilhelm, on the other hand, was still covered in bruises that showed themselves as red, spidery veins. Additionally, he found it difficult to move; all of his joints were extremely stiff. When Donald completed a Prayer of Healing Wilhelm was healed physically of any damage, but the bruises and stiffness remained. Since he did not have the dexterity himself, he directed Lilthic to repair the companion cube.
With a little difficulty, the party swam back up to the surface. The black and purple light that flickered across the landscape was no more, and the air seemed purer and clearer than before. While the balls of bright light still filled the sky in place of a sun, there was a sky above it instead of what could only be likened to viewing the surface of the ocean from below.
Melentia wished to be shown to the vault, where the last of the items were, as a completion of the deal she and the party had made. The party decided to take a slightly roundabout route past the Temple of Tymora to see what had changed. As they passed by the temple, Lilthic heard faint noise above the cliff, where the Tower of Nevering was. He attempted to climb up the cliff to see what was above, but couldn't find a good route. Wilhelm then summoned his owl familiar to scout above.
Through the eyes of his familiar, Wilhelm saw humaniods – mostly humans or races of similar build – at the base of the tower. There were also groups of humanoids going along the walls that would eventually lead down into the town proper and another group going to look over the wall the loomed above the Temple of Tymora. As the owl circled overhead for about half a minute, two of the guards noticed it, and went back to three of those standing at the base of the tower. A moment later, one of them pulled a longbow and shot the owl, which dissapeared in a puff of magical smoke upon being hit.
Wilhelm was shaken from his senses and began to scream. After about a minute and a half, he had informed the party what had occurred and, most importantly, that his owl had been killed. Donald and Lilthic decided to exact revenge for this murder, and started up the wall. Donald only made it a little way, but when he tried, it revealed a route to Lilthic, who then started up the wall.
When Lilthic was halfway up, the same man who had shot the owl looked over the edge of the cliff, with his longbow half drawn, commanding Lilthic to stop. Two others with bows and four others with stones joined the man. The man asked the party who they were and why they were here, to which Lilthic replied "We're here for vengeance". The man tightened his bow.
Wilhelm tried to diffuse the situation by saying that the party was freinds of Nevrind. Not only did the man not believe that claim, but the mention of the 'chaos wizard' seemed to put him more on edge. Donald and Corsairiph also tried to explain why they had come here, that they meant no harm, and that they were here to help, but with each word, the man believed them less and began to tense more and more.
Eventually, when Donald said that they were here to help, the man seemed to take him to mean just the opposite, and fired a warning shot at Lilthic, telling him to get away. Lilthic instead climbed to the top and put his weapon in a surrendering position. The man attacked Lilthic and knocked his weapon over the cliff, stating that Lilthic had made the wrong move coming up.
Lilthic managed to intimidate the man enough into not making any further aggressive moves by revealing that he was a monk with martial training, though the man countered saying he was a Captain in the Dul Natath guard. The captain said he was going to bind Lilthic or attack again, and Lilthic agreed to be bound. The captain then demanded the rest of the party be bound. Donald almost walked away, but was stopped by Corsairiph.
One by one, the party climbed up the rope and was bound – though Wilhelm crafted an illusion to make himself appeared to be bound in manacles, which the captain fell for. The captain then sent a man to the tower. The man shortly returned, followed by a fair half-elfen woman in her late twenties and a black-garbed gnome about Wilhelm's age who wore the holy symbol of Bane.
As they approached, the gnome cast a Healing Word to close up some of Lilthic's wounds. The gnome, captain, and half-elf gather out of earshot of the party for a moment, and, after a brief conversation seemingly between the half-elf and the captain, the half-elf turned to the party. She apologized for the captain's behavior and expressed hope that they could strat somewhat fresh and try to figure out what was going one. She introduced herself as Alta Sor, the gnome as Hazdron Vital, and the captain as Martin Len.
Alta then asked for the party's names. Wilhelm, Gilly, Marcellus and Donald responded, but silence followed, and it became clear that the trust Alta had began the conversation with was quickly fading. Melissa and Corsairiph gave their names. After Alta asked for it again, Lilthic gave his name as 'Jack'.
After a brief conversation, Alta expressed that she wanted to talk to the party, since she believed they could help each other figure out what was going on. However, given the circumstances and Martin's extreme dislike of the party, she stated that the party would remain bound for the time.
The guards led the party to the first floor of the ancillary tower where the guest suites and servant quarters were located. Over the half hour that passed, people began going upstairs and returning with mattresses and materials.
Alta eventually returned and held a level headed conversation with the party, in which Wilhelm, Corsairiph, and Donald were able to convince her that they had been summoned by Nevrind here, that they were in the ruined city of Telos, and that 3000 years had passed, among other things.Wilhelm also showed her the companion cube and Nevrind's notes, but she wasn't able to understand any of it. While Alta claimed to believe them, she thought that Hazdron and Martin would need some proof that the party meant no ill will. Donald suggested having Hazdron place them in a Zone of Truth and then questioning them, which Alta agreed she would mention and would likely work, but otherwise, the party did not have anything additional that might help. Alta ordered the party's bonds be cut and asked that the party remain their under guard until the issue could be solved before heading off to see to the colony that had arrived in Telos.