- Plane Weaver
The Circle of the Enlightened Mind is seeking people of adventurous spirit to assess what dangers remain in the forest and attempt to find the ruins of the long lost second city of the Empire.
Applicants should attend the offices of Professor Xenie within the department of human logistics.
Whilst James and Jade run for the forest, Candle trots up to the Selugan camp. Much to everyone's suprise the Selugan's don't try to kidnap her, instead furnishing her with a new sword and diplomatic papers to take back to Rastaban. Returning to the party she endeavours to ritual the papers as insurance against their meddling, but Jade takes the opportunity of her concentration to snaffle the documents with a shroud miracle.
Returning via dream, the forest is willing to allow James to continue to take responsibility for Candle's future. It also detects that he himself has been corrupted by an outsider since they last met. He accepts the forest's intervention and the arboreal avatars drive a thornshard into his chest. Vines sprout out to crisscross his torso and then blossom into flowers which begin to drip out sickly streams of black ichor. Eventually the ichor flow stops and the forest pronounces the infestation cleansed, though the changes to James' appearance are rather radical.
Making their way back to Rastaban, Candle abides by her agreement to turn herself in to the Bureaucracy. After confirmation of an Outsider connection she is swiftly quarantined in a cell. The others make their report to their superiors, handing across the diplomatic papers. The Bureaucracy seems fairly set on returning to Sutalin and doing whatever is necessary to prevent Imperial property from falling into foreign hands. Jade and James are then able to report to the Circle who are pleased with the news of the Forest's relative safety and of a site worth further investigation.
Candle is eventually subject to a number of interogations wherein she protests her willingness to act in the City's interests, putting the power of the Mirror to work for Rastaban. However her claims that she is unable to her them locate her sister Cloth are not well recieved and it looks like her incarceration may become permanent. Some time later however another bureaucrat visits her, appearing most interested in what the Mirror might be able to do to upset the current regime in Rastaban and bring about a new world order; Candle appearing receptive to this they arrange for her to be offically disappeared into the deep vaults and her paperwork to lost itself in the great machinery of the bureaucracy. They caution that should she draw the attention to her freedom then the agents of state will likely be on her trail soon enough.
Returning home Candle finds that her mirrored house has become an offical Unplace and her cats are nowhere to be found. Using her theatre contracts Candle is able to obtain the services of an suspicious ichorworker to help her forge a new identity.
Jade and James get themselves checked out by Bureacracy medical team who pick out an Erosion affliction that seems to be wittling away at their health. Given their good service the organisation arranges for a Perfection weaver to correct the problem before it can develop further.
You have aged 3 years from brief exposure to the Erosion field around Sutalin