The Last Week of Eshma, 2119 AE
Individually, the heroes collected their respective letters, addressed by a regional leader to the Draconic Council. Some faced mortal peril, risking life and limb to both secure their right as emissaries and travel to Fayveil on their quest. Each met with a representative of the Draconic Council, beside an enchanted rune stone, teleporting (mostly successfully) to the holy city of Fayveil, at least twenty-four hours before their ships were prepared to set sail. Though some did not carry letters with them, all had a grand mission or goal in mind on their way.
At dawn, the heroes, along with thousands of other hopefuls, gathered at the wharf where Angus Jack had prepared his fleet of shipping vessels. The regional emissaries and their allies were given special treatment in the form of lavish amenities aboard the Ocean’s Dawn, Captain Jack’s personal vessel. The heroes themselves were also accompanied by Basintide’s regional emissary, a quiet and skittish woman named Yuno. Throughout the forty-eight hour nautical journey, the group mingled amongst themselves and the crew, participating in a number of memorable encounters. Holsiln, officer of the Interior Justice Regiment of the Holy Blade and regional emissary of Fayveil, took deliberate steps to meet each traveler on board, the mysterious Yera his only previous acquaintance.
Uncomfortable and out of place, Ellanoir Roswin and her hulking companion, Norsa, kept largely to themselves. To the surprise of the Dawn’s waitstaff, the pair were put off by the ship’s fine dining selection, instead indulging in bowls of citrus fruit, stored away in case of scurvy at sea. Shadowing the pair at every turn was Muginn of the Warborn, a bulky and scantily clad man, wielding an enormous axe, though making note of anyone who could tout a pedigree of some kind. Also in the shadows was Amaterasu, the regional emissary for Embermire, though he seemed to quickly ally himself with Officer Holsiln.
Far less mysterious and reserved than the other passengers, the regional emissary for Reykjavaria, Garrmon Hammermane XVIII, and his companion, Tethras Silverdale, made quick impressions upon their compatriots. Tethras in particular quickly made his hatred for dragonkind known, telling the tale of his parents’ death and his daring rescue of Garrmon’s stepmother, Margo.
The First of Bhalrey, 2120 AE
Upon arrival at the Brilliant Isles, an island chain just off the coast of Fayveil, the heroes were greeted by a rickety set of docks and several servants, clad in grey robes. The halfling pages quickly led the hushed crowd through the sticky, hot jungle, toward the Belly of St. Sevda, an enormous coliseum on the island. The island showed little life until the first few Prismians stepped through the structure’s enormous dragon maw archway. All at once, the coliseum burst to life, emitting thunderous applause. The heroes also entered the coliseum, their arrival met with loud celebration. Once seated, the heroes experienced the long and boring process of the arrival of the Draconic Council. Though some saw familiar faces, most were fatigued by the end of the promenade. Finally, the Presiding Officers, Master Sin and Master Virtue, entered the coliseum.
When all Prismians had made their pleas, the emissaries had their audience with the Council. Many did not have personal wishes, only vying for the protection and betterment of the homes that they had left behind. Still, some had personal goals. Amaterasu plead to the Council on behalf of his friend, Queen Duliana, and her homeland. Garrmon simply wished to honor his brother’s memory. After their pleas were heard, the Draconic Council shocked the crowd by exclaiming that every plea brought to them at this historic meeting would be granted in full! In speaking aloud a prophecy, the Council declared that a new age had begun— the Age of Protectors. They declared that they would form a fellowship of heroes, made up of the emissaries that had come forward, to right Prismia and restore it to its former glory.
Some heroes felt conflicted. Garrmon did not believe himself worthy of the position. Yera felt as if she had no place at all. However, with the encouragement of Tethras, Garrmon accepted the role, reluctantly. Yera, too, was invited to participate after the previous emissary, Yuno, declined the offer. The Council revealed that it was Yera, all along, who was prophesied to carry out this mission on behalf of Basintide, breaking her bonds and renaming her Tenebrous. All others accepted wholeheartedly and without issue, Ellie yet again accepting on behalf of her quiet companion, Norsa.
The celebration came to an end and the heroes were surprised with another blessing. The Council bestowed upon them ancient and powerful guardian artifacts. They each chose the artifact that felt right, though some had little choice at all. When each warrior had chosen their charge, the Council had a final surprise: Ptolemy the Conjurer opened a portal above the coliseum, unleashing a mechanical beast that the heroes immediately recognized, in heart and mind, as a dragon!