They were not given means to teleport back to the Capital, so hoof it the party did. A fork in the road was reached, and they made the choice to go through the mountains instead of the easier, but longer, forest pass.
Feral Yowlers are territorial creatures, and often hungry for any meat they can catch. Caught in a tight canyon, the party was set upon by what seemed nearly an entire pack of them. In a fight for their lives, the party fought viciously and were victorious, though most had taken a few scratches and bites.
Once outside the mountain pass, the road rejoined before someone was seen running down the road toward them. A young noble, seemingly ignorant of the state of her dress paused in the road in front of them to catch her breath.
She asked for their help finding something she seems to have lost on the trip back home. Something valuable, something special to her. They agreed, and headed back up the other fork, though it was only a few hours travel before they were set upon.
The forest lit up, as though the trees that lined the path were internally lit, and a large circle of pixies formed, dancing gaily around the party. A couple of party members jumped in the circle, and the pixies made room, holding hand with the dwarf and the gnome. The kobold, fearful for his life, enclosed himself in a stone igloo, convinced that this was a bad sign. The young noble began to laugh merrily, saying this was so like before.
Both the gnome and the dwarf eventually realized the dance was an illusion, but it didn’t kill their spirits of the whole incident. After a while, though, others of the party became bored with the dance, aware of the ruse it created. The pixie was called out, and showed herself by means of hanging several jewels in the treetops above that the party used to have on them, as well as one they didn’t recognize. A ruby sphere the diameter of a gold coin hanging from a gold necklace. The noble clapped with glee at the sight of her medallion, then her face became confused, then quickly hurt, “Hey…”
The pixie was willing to let the items go, but only for trade, after all, she stole them fair in square. The party agreed, and then turned to go home. The pixie followed after she was told there were others of her abilities in town that would like to trade ideas. The medallion, after a couple divinations, was identified as a very powerful magic item. The noble claimed she knew nothing of that and liked it so much because of its “shiny” property. She was inclined to part with it for another trade, an equally “shiny” sapphire pendant on a silver chain. NPC: Oshi
The party returned home, and the ruby medallion, identified by The Seer as a Universal Fork, was given to the queen. Each in the party was given a commendation in a ceremony preceded by a large feast. The feast was lively, especially after it had been discovered that all glasses, goblets, and mugs had been securely fastened to the table.
The party was given a few days time to relax…