posted Dec 7, 2008, 1:44 PM by Stephen Pliska-Matyshak

Incantation Incorrigible

Our heroes have recovered two phylacteries from the crypts.  One belongs to Auramax the Astounding and the other to some unknown wizard.  After resting and getting a good meal, they find the wizards who will perform Mopasepti's Phylactery Incapacitator Incantation that is believed to be the best available solution to stopping Manitowoc's random world jaunting.

All are prepared for the worst as the incantation begins.  After nearly eight hours, the swirling entity that would regularly sweep Manty off to another world appears and events begin to go awry.  One of the supposed substitute incantars is caught by Elrond lifting Auramax' phylactery off of Char, but before he can stop the thief, she flings the phylactery towards the center of the circle and knocks the other phylactery out of the circle and the entity enters Auramax' phylactery, instead.  Weapons are drawn by three other assailants as a bright flash of light blinds several of our heroes.

In the ensuing melee, all but one of the assailants are killed and the phylacteries recovered.  The captive is from Feris Antandom, apparently a follower of some secret society centered on an ancient mage called Lotash whose phylactery is the one originally slated to hold Manitowoc's antagonist, trying preserve Lotash's phylactery so he may return someday to his full power.

Besides the combat, it is discovered that Manitowoc is missing and after some searching around Hurley, who is surrounded by a faint ringing sound, it is discovered that Manty has now become trapped in the heirloom entrusted to Hurley by Zenda.

Now the heroes have even more questions as they begin the search for a way to free Manty, wonder about this Society of Lotash and how to convince Zenda of Manty's fate.
Stephen Pliska-Matyshak,
Dec 7, 2008, 2:28 PM