Also known as:
- Law & Order: Special Eladrin Unit
- Homicide: Life in the Feywild
- Fey Street Blues
In attendance: Gurias Stormborn, Glandrin Sunbeam, Bael Corvus, Shen One-Eyed, Reschard Tam
Recap: Gurias is executed, everybody cheers.
...No, not really. But Gurias is summoned, along with some character witnesses, to attend the court of Lady Shandria so that Gurias can be judged of his actions and if his exile should end. By using the Eladrin Ritual of Judgment, they will show whether or not Gurias has learned anything on his journey in the mortal realm, and what the current state of the realm is.
For the prosecution, the aggrieved party Kelemar Stormborn. For the defense, the only one willing to take the case, Nebbish tr’Louq (who had prepared the Deck of Many Things Defense).
The Ritual plunges the 5 into a vision-scape of past scenes from the event since Gurias left Arborea, starting with first meeting with Ebbek the Inquisitor.
Odd doors between scenes form, starting with a familiar-looking well. Filled with a black acidic goo, rituals and spells are used to allow everyone access, which lead to a familiar-looking caven. Alice Starr lurks there, trying to lure a child to her doom, who then attacks. A carnage demon, looking bigger and more sinister than the first time they encountered it, emerged from a hellish portal. Bael and Shen battle with the betraying Cleric (and rescue the child) before joining the fray against the massive carnage demon. After defeating it, the defense advocates that many innocents have been rescued by Gurias.
The next door leads to Istarmani’s first meeting with the party, which the Eladrin are very interested in. From there, they appear in the bottom floor of the Ghost Tower of Inverness, where they are greeted by Gairdan Facio. Reschard, Gurias, Glandrin, and Gairdan review the visions of the future and death they receive while here. Two exits are created, and they move through the door that appeared after Reschard spoke.
It led to a small shack in Sarta which has the roof taken off by Giants, led by Dyson. Dyson is dispelled thanks to Gurias joking about the Axe of the Dwarvish Lords. “I like his style,” says Gurias. The Giants carry the party across the map to Thunderspire Labyrinth. A quick stop off in the 7 Pillared Hall to the Mages of Saruun leads to the question of the locations in Thunderspire, which the party cannot quite recall.
A quick trip back to Black Spire of the Inquisition and the party is interrogated by the Beholder they previously helped out. Further, the party is asked about their 5 Main quests, which they are able to recall perfectly.
Kelemar goes on the offense, showing Gurias the mistakes he’s made: killing charmed slaves, losing Nohrik to the Far Realm (during which Bael realizes something important), and the assassination of the Emperor.
The party does their thing acting as character witnesses, bringing up all the other good deeds not yet revealed, the images of which come fast and furious. Finally, Kelemar shouts “ENOUGH!” and brings the party to the source of Gurias’s great shame: the day his mother died.
The party faces the images of those killed in the battle that Gurias was supposed to attend, including a Death Hag that has taken on the form of his mother. While the spirits do manage to inflict some measure of terror to the party, they defeat the foul hag and end the image.
Nebbish speaks up and brings forth one more important piece of evidence: Kelemar is shown to spike Gurias’s drink on the night before. He admits that he always saw Gurias as a failure and wanted others to see it too, but didn’t know his wife would pay the price. The elder Stormborn is dragged off, and the party is released.
Gurias is declared innocent of the original crime, but in order to atone for his sins on the mortal world, is required to see all of his quests through to completion. Meanwhile, Arborea will return to the prime material to “bring forth their influence” and guide them. The party is now always welcome back. As a reward for the trial, Gurias is granted the Tome of the Stormborn prophecy, and the two Elves are also equipped with new weapons.
- XP: 3500
- Tome of Striking Lightning +4 (For Gurias)
- Blackshroud Broadsword +3 (For Shen)
- Bastard Sword of the Eldritch Knight +3 (For Glandrin)