Therendor 2, 1001 YK
The party leaves the library level for the mortuary, where a passive Iadoes receives the Mark of Entropy from Tharavash the Dissolver in exchange for healing his apathy. With that taken care of, the party descends Tharkul Kan to kill Tsaokeckos as Tharavash asked in exchange for free passage among the Thoon mind flayers. They stop at the medical level, where Kymohl asks for Tsaokeckos’ scales and brains, which they agree to. He gives them a super-stimulant. They go further down, past the administrative district of the first level which has been ravaged by angels, and down to the Furnace.
In this huge, inverted-pyramidal chamber, Tsaokeckos the lunar dragon is wrapped around a giant hovering sphere. The party decides to slowfall towards him, and he comes up to meet them. They land on a walkway and he speaks to them, revealing he comes from Lharvion, where Timesus, the Black Star is imprisoned in its characteristic chasm. Tsaokeckos is trying to activate the ancient magitech of the Furnace to purify the moon, and has spent centuries in the pursuit. He asks for some favours from the party to help, including activating a maintenance function of the pyramid on the 12th floor, retrieving the living member of the forgotten race from the mortuary, and to use the Rod of Order to kick-start the Furnace once most of the repairs are done.
The party leaves without killing the dragon and stops by Kymohl’s operating room again. They ask him to remove Iadoes’ mark, which he believes might be impossible, but tries anyway. Three consecutive surgeries and a gruesome graft of an Iadoes clone’s arm later, Iadoes finds himself with two marks: the Mark of Entropy and the Mark of Ice, as he once had. They are gradually moving towards each other. Kymohl considers this a success and sends the party away. They go back to the library where they find Lythanis’ clone trying to open a vault with his Mark of Entropy. Iadoes and he use their marks to the fullest, which kills Lythanis-clone and wounds Iadoes, but opens the first door. The second “door” is a shield of magical force, which Iadoes dispels, though it causes a chaos surge that warps time and ages them by several years. During this time, they all see a silhouette with glowing green eyes, but it is gone when time resumes normal flow.
Tharavash is already in the vault and has seized its contents: a unique item that Iadoes believes is the much-sought-after Silver Hexameric Folio. He desires it, and Zil’dejin wishes to keep it away from Tharavash, so a fight breaks out. Tharavash is killed, revived in four parts, and killed again by a super-stimulated Zil’dejin. Zil’dejin passes out from the effects of the stimulant and Iadoes was knocked unconscious, so Rilic waits with them in the vault. Atrava the Frozen shows up during this time to try and convince the twice-marked Iadoes to submit to Levistus, the Bringer of Ice (again). He says he will consider, but actually just teleports the party back to Grey Titan’s Hold, where they spend the night in Iadoes’ tower under guard.
During the night, the evil fragment of Iadoes leads a ritual dance of the now significantly-sized Cult of Lharvion. Zil’dejin questions him and Evil Iadoes ends up being mind-controlled by vanilla Iadoes, who sends him back to Vult to retrieve the forgotten Gummy Joe. Evil Iadoes instead brings back the Iadoes clone that is also a Herald of Levistus, who hopes to freeze all of Eros. Zil’dejin fights him and kills him while Evil Iadoes runs away.
Therendor 3, 1001 YK
The next morning, Gummy Joe shows up in Iadoes’ tower. He is sober and shockingly coherent, revealing his past as a warlord of Karrnath, but is soon made drunk again by Iadoes. Coref also mentions an ambassador who has arrived, but insists the party finish their business on the moon first. They return, and try to sneak through the library level, which Zil’dejin manages to do thanks to another distortion in time, where he (for a third time) sees the green-eyed shadow. The party gathers up and ascends to the Thoon-controlled laboratory level, where a mind flayer briefly interrogates them and decides to lead them to their “leader.”
They go through the hangar level and a level of unknown purpose before arriving at a maintenance level, where Rilic starts a fight between mind flayers and paralyzes their leader, allowing the party to split up and search for the machine Tsaokeckos wanted activated. Zil’dejin finds it, the others join him, and it is activated, apparently enabling a construct of some sort on the first level. With this done they flee, but they are cut off on the hangar level, and approached by the Thoon unofficial leader Ythrilnaw. He thanks them for their efforts in hindering the Verioth illithids, and suggests the party join them on their next “journey beyond the veil.” The party declines and asks for free passage among the mind flayers. Ythrilnaw accepts under the condition that he is given the Touch of Corruption from Marlamin’s (and technically Quasator’s) body. Apparently, he wants to keep it away from the other mind flayers. The party give him the gauntlet and are allowed to move freely.
On the laboratory level, they find the hoops (called “portal loops”) that Tamztur sought, as well as the cloning machine. They return to Ythrilnaw on the thirteenth floor to ask for permission to bring Kymohl to that room, but Ythrilnaw refuses. They also ask for permission to explore the fourteenth floor, for which the grav-tube is disabled, but he again declines. They return to the cloning laboratory and place a portal loop before heading down. On the way, they stop at the library level to find the Sequencer, which they locate. Iadoes brings it back to Eros by teleportation, and flees from the Cathedral of Dol Dorn after being chased out by Ser Tabin Hamson.
He consults telepathically with some of the minds in the Sequencer, and one voice, belonging to a necromancer, convinces him to dig up corpses from the graveyard to put the brains in. Iadoes enlists his cult to dig up bodies, but is stopped by Ser Hamson, who orders the cult to put the bodies back and await the judgment of the king. Iadoes lets the cultists return the bodies while he teleports back to Tharkul Kan.
The rest of the party retrieves Kymohl and use the portal loop to bring him into the laboratory inconspicuously. Zil’dejin is placed in the tank of green fluid and the reverse cloning process begins with suitable mad science effects (sparks, shaking, fire, etc) and a blackening of the green fluid. In the darkness, Zil’dejin sees glowing green eyes that lead him to a strange hallway filled with doors. He follows it to the distant end, which opens to a circular room with runes inscribed on the floor, containing the strange green-eyed shadow creature the party saw during the time distortions. He considers freeing it, but first consults with arriving Zil’dejins of various sorts. He is convinced by a slave version of Zil’dejin, who believes the shadow creature to be a captive, with its power being harnessed to generate “time clones” of a sort.
With the creature freed, the temporary reality falls apart, and Zil’dejin returns to the lab, causing time to resume its normal flow. He is released from the tank, but the cloning machine no longer works in the absence of the creature so Kymohl offers them already-cloned bodies for the sages. They agree, and he sets to work upon it while they wrap up their business with Tamztur. They end up trading the portal loops for a treasure map to the Vault of Karrn the Conqueror and a mystery box, which contains a rainbow scarf obviously laden with magic power.
Main Characters: Zil’dejin Firebane, Conlon Ostrennar, Iadoes Lunaformer, Rilic Balendal