Rolling somewhat retroactively, some of the party members remembered a story they had heard in their childhood (or from students at the Academy). A long time ago, Ancients believed themselves to be equals of the gods, and tried to reach them. Before the gods could react, they managed to steal the innate mental powers from them. But the gods were angry. They crushed the Ancients and turned their backs on Calleria.
The party woke up in the Green Thumb in Farrain, Agycur, and decided to do a bit more exploring before their meeting with Empress Sargonia. Fritz and Albert tried the morgue again, and this time every doctor they tried to talk to told them the same thing: the morgue was too “busy”. Then, everyone decided to go ask about the Minister of Public Health, Alfred Hugo, whose family was in mourning. When they arrived, they learned that Minister Hugo was killed by thieves in an alley on his way home from work. They talked to the widow, and promised to help the investigation, which was odd, since it should have taken place much sooner.
They arrived at the scene, and Ironsides’ investigating revealed that nothing was taken from his body, and that whoever killed him knew what they were doing. Many of the party members muttered something about an assassination.
They then headed off to their meeting with Empress Sargonia. As they entered her Reception Hall, they walked in on her … “conversation” with a young noblewoman, and heard her say “I can make your life a living hell.” As soon as she saw the party, however, her demeanor changed, and she welcomed them in. They gave her the research, and she asked them to continue their research, and she would be making requests of them, which would involve some travelling. She gave them an aid for the city of Farrain, who would be the go-between for any communications from or to her.
After leaving the meeting, they met Ammur Posicur, an Utian-looking man, who led them to lodgings provided by the Empress, and told them of a history museum nearby. They visited the museum and a shop for construct equipment, and found a mummy in an exhibit about the history of Utia. Unfortunately, Albert and Fritz could not disect the mummy, since it was on display, and on loan from the National Institute of History in Utia. After that, they retired to their lodgings.
In the morning, after picking up some supplies, they travelled to Tulduroc, in search of the scholar they had heard about in Orham. When they arrived, they found constables arresting them, and exercising a little police brutality. They saw an 2 Ibitonese men, one rather … flamboyantly dressed, an Ibitonese woman, and an Agycurian woman. One constable was assaulting the Ibitonese woman, while the one in charge was smirking, leaning against a wall. Fritz took it upon himself to attack the constable assaulting the woman, and so battle commenced. The party found the constables very hardy and difficult to take care of. In the end, the Agycurian woman took out the last one with a wrench to the head.
After things settled, Noritaka Suto introduced himself and the others: Ikuya Minamoto, Kohoko Takaoji, and Marianna Blasek. To make a long story short, in Suto-san’s words, “Empress Sargonia wants my research, and she’s tried to kill me twice for it. She even took over Ibito to get my research, and chose the ruling family of Agycur to get my research.” When asked about the ruling family of Agycur, he explained that Duchess Alisia Innes was the one that helped them settle in Tulduroc. He seemed angry at himself and there was something else in his eyes when he said it.
He found out that the information he would give to the party would get back to Sargonia, and was reluctant to give them his research. He did tell them a few things, which he knew Sargonia was already aware of. He told them that about 600 years ago, a group of people performed some sort of ritual that resulted in widespread psychic powers. This ritual took place in several sites around the world, and three of them are in Ibito. He explained that the only reason Sargonia was taking over countries was to gain access to these sites. She only cared about this project, and all the others were a facade. They asked if there was a site in Agycur, and Suto-san told them he wasn’t sure, but he had detected some sort of psychic energy as he continued his research. Ironsides asked about psychic experiments on cogs, but Suto-san couldn’t give an answer. Suto-san revealed that Empress Sargonia had a psychic power known as mesmerism, which shocked the party. He checked them to see if she had tried to mesmerize them, but that test came up negative. He did learn, however, that their minds had been read. In the last few minutes of the session, he told them that Sargonia would do anything to learn about the ritual and find the sites, and that he thinks she plans on trying the ritual again.
Some fun info about what was going on during the conversation: Ikuya kept making side comments that sounded … interesting, and a silent exchange may or may not have happened between him and Content Not Found: rork-thundershield.
Next time, the party plans to finish their visit with Suto-san, Ikuya, Kohoko, and Marianna, visit the World Fair, and who knows what else will happen.
DM Question: did you guys suspect this?