Sixth Day of Kythorn:
The adventurers return to Castle Dragonsbane where their great deeds are celebrated. The King announces that for their valorous acts, they are to be knighted on the 20th of Kythorn during the summer solstice. The heroes are sent to have new clothes commissioned for them. When the seamstresses arrive, (all of them lovely, young women) the heroes, with Balthus’ noted exception, start acting rather awkward.
In the evening, the party attends dinner with the king and his royal family. They are introduced to Lady Nadina Evenscales, High Justiciar of Tyr and acting head of the church in Damara.
Eighth Day of Kythorn:
Menethiel reveals himself to the king as an agent of the Invisible Blades and attempts to convince the King that actual culprits in the assassination attempts are the Shadow Blades, bitter rivals of the Invisible Blades. He and Saladin show the king a glamored symbol of Shar on one of the daggers taken from the assassins. The king takes the matter into advisement.
Tenth Day of Kythorn:
The adventurers attend the execution of Lord Edmund Aitros, the King’s nephew responsible for the series of assassination attempts. It is a somber affair and rain follows for several days.
After the execution the party pays a visit to the dungeons to see General Yokulhart, the Frost Giant general they captured at Highgate. The general is in poor health, is unable to speak and can barely write his thoughts. Yokulhart is under a powerful Geas that prevents him from betraying any of his mistress’s secrets. The party, along with Lord Vipur Sturnstead and Sir Ander Pureshield argue over whether killing him is an act of mercy or if he even deserves such mercy. Before anyone can stop him, Shaffer unsheathes his sword and decapitates the prisoner. Everyone is stunned, but Lord Vipur is furious.
The party spends the next few days each doing their own thing. Some vague, otherworldly calling beckons Armistan to the castle library, where he spends much of his time. Menethiel goes to the Invisible Blades headquarters in the warehouse district to further his training. Balthus tests his new-found power of teleportation. Shaffer spends all his time on honing his skill with his blade. Saladin seeks out a merchant of magical goods.
Nineteenth Day of Kythorn:
Menethiel, Balthus and Saladin decide to take advantage of Balthus’ new teleportation power and go visit Summersend village. When they arrive, Summersend has been ravaged, its people hiding out in barricaded houses. Snowdrift the weather wizard is in his tower, casting a spell of warding to protect the village from further attacks. He asks Balthus to give him the Acorn from the Tree of Life, which Balthus does without question.
When the three return to Castle Dragonsbane, Shaffer has startling news: While out training in the Evergreen Forest, he witnessed several maroon-cloaked men preparing a summoning ritual of some kind. When confronted about it, the men pretended to be druids conducting a blessing ceremony of some kind. Shaffer encourages the rest of the party to investigate.
That night the adventurers arrive, interrupt the ritual in mid-casting and kill all the maroon-cloaked men. Unfortunately, the ritual is in full effect and something is coming through the summoning circle. With their combined magical expertise, Balthus, Saladin and Armistan manage to reverse the summoning before whatever is beyond the portal escapes.