Secrets of the Sands

Seventh Session

Elemental Trials

Details about part of Kri that sank
- Elves went to the island to set up a colony
- Kri didn’t mind
- The elves were originally nice, set up a small city
- One elf came to learn the secrets – Andrathath
- Sensed great power in elementals, learned difference between elemental and arcane magic
- Andrathath was leader of the city
- Kri people (?) felt Nen get angry – crashed side of island into the ocean
- The black rocks are “gifts”??

- Nhobu goes to the children’s class. They’re practicing creating lights – light inside small clear crystal
- A young girl is having an argument with someone Nhobu can’t see. Flame appears in her hand, goes into the crystal.
- Nhobu introduces themself, “I’m an Om.” The girl has never seen one before, Nhobu has never seen a child (minotaur child) before.
- Invisible friend is “Freefree” and she found him while wandering the island.
- Nhobu asks to be friends with Freefree too, child is affronted.
- Nhobu thanks child for chatting, gives her a reed pipe, teaches her the basics of how to play it. Child is in awe / very grateful.

- One by one, we meet with an old woman
- She stares at us and asks us questions about ourselves.
- Pokes Krom’s arm muscles.
- Piece of metal is dropped into Krom’s hands. She senses the iron and steel in his blood.
- She cackles at Kane, gives her a hot, red crystal (ruby red, but not a ruby). Advises Kane to watch her explosive temper. There is power in her emotions though. Kane holds the crystal in taloned fingers.
- Asks Saidi – What do you SEE??
- Saidi sees herself on fire, freaks out a bit, knocks over the table and the tea
- The old woman is glowing with multiple colors, a halo effect, blue, green, red…
- Old woman taps Saidi on the forehead, her third eye closes and she’s no longer on fire and can’t see the colors anyway. She’s disappointed.
- Saidi is handed a fire crystal like Kane. Old woman advises her to be careful with her third eye around the island. The spirits are ever-present and it might be hard to get “out” (?)
- Nhobu is offered tea, they ask the old woman her name (Kiri)
- “How did you get here?”
- “Boat. Well ship. They call the big ones ‘ship’ right?”
- “Where were you before the ship?”
- “Prison”
- “Why were you in prison”
- “Arson”
- Nhobu wants freedom above all else.
- Is given a green-ish crystal, with energy inside. Nhobu wants to let the energy out, doesn’t want it to be captive.
- Old woman says that when the time is right, wrap their hands around the crystal and think freedom thoughts.
- Crystal pulses to some degree, feels like energy, not thoughts/emotions
- Faylen is asked “Why are you the leader of the group?” Says she’s not. Old woman thinks that’s a waste of her potential.
- Woman is looking at Faylen like she has a second head.
- In general, the elves are not strong with the elements. Arcane magics deaden the connection to the elements.
- Faylen has no formal education in magic.
- You take power from the world around to do magic. You can take power from those you have bonded with or can take by force without realizing (arcane magic).
- Kri kids attract elementals, and form bonds with them.
- Faylen is given a red crystal and a green crystal. It is harder to form bonds with multiple elementals.
- Elementals can do a lot, not just magic of the same type. Could possibly use elementals to replace arcane magics.
- Faylen has more potential, with multiple elementals, but may be initially weaker.
- Moana has mastered all six elements, but she “lost” one and doesn’t want to search for another. (Language implies a connection with a singular elemental being, as opposed to the element as a whole)
- Elementals imbue you with personality, each elemental has its own personality.
- Even if a person’s personality changes as they grow older, generally their elemental alignment will not change.

- Moana greets us, and tells us that we talked to her mother
- Nhobu asks if it’s rude to ask about another person’s elements, Moana says no, most Kri people are pretty obvious about it.
- Moana and her mother can commune with all of the elements.
- Some of us join a story circle. Faylen tells about her family, slaying sea monsters. Nhobu tells about Oona and laying to rest the bear that gave its bone to be their flute. Saidi tells about Greyport, and the lights they have there.
- Saidi can pick out individual colors in people’s auras if she focuses on one at a time. When she tries to open her third eye to the black rock, she feels like she’s falling into blackness.

- Next morning, a young minotaur girl comes looking for Krom. She doesn’t even come up to his shoulder. She says he needs to get equipped for his trial, and he’s taken to the armory.
- Gets a medium-sized shield and spear (light, all one piece of metal), and is led off.
- A teen Kri boy (named Ty) fetches Nhobu, he’s also an air guy
- Moana fetches Kane herself, leads her behind the throne, and opens a doorway that heads down. Follows behind Kane, summoning a light.
- Faylen and Saidi are gathered by the same guy, someone they recognize from the story circle. He was one of the leaders, and adult, but not old.
- They being taken to the same temple, headed to the mountain in the center of the island.
- Nhobu is being brought to a jungle maze. Sees snakes, frogs, and sloths along the way. Particularly interested in the sloth, but Ty is a jerk and says they’re useless. Nhobu says they’re useful cause they like looking at them.

- Krom is hunting rock crabs, a species of crab that inhabit the shore and eat rocks as they gather food. They have really hard shells and massive pincers. Their shells are used to create things like the shield Krom has.
- Specifically, they’re dire crabs – 8ft and dark grey
- The girl is there to help Krom hunt. Krom asks if there’s a known strategy. She says the crabs have a soft underbelly. Their feet stab into the ground though, have to get out of the way after stabbing it. She and her brothers hunt them in their spare time.
- She’ll distract them while Krom goes for the stab. She’s weaker and smaller than Krom, but has been doing this ever since she could pick up a spear and shield.
- Her brother got stepped on once, foot got caught in a pit, transformed skin into metal and that’s what saved him (?)
- They’re starting with smaller crabs.
- Krom sneaks up to the crab, girl bangs her sword and shield together. The crab turns her way

- Nhobu is brought to the jungle maze, the walls are made of vines and trees
- A Kri boy is there, young and small (late elementary / early middle school age), named Nanta
- They’re going to play a game. Nanta is given an object, Nhobu needs to find him, get the object, and get out of the maze before him.
- Object is a green stone orb, fist-sized.
- He’ll get a one minute head-start, maze is 15 min long, if you know where you’re going

- Kane gets to the bottom of the stairwell, it’s a spherical chamber with a flat floor
- Moana uses it as a meditation chamber, a place to focus her thoughts
- Kane will try to connect with her patron again, then she can leave
- Moana frees the creature in Kane’s crystal and three rings of fire surround Kane
- Tells Kane to take her feelings, control them, put them back in the crystal
- It gets very hot, Kane starts hearing the voices of teenage children – “Hurry up, your day is here!”

- Saidi and Faylen get to the mountain. They’ll have to commune with spirits, test themselves, discover their strengths and weaknesses.
- They’ll be led to a path and have to get to the exit.
- Faylen is brought to the entrance of a temple, not of the sun empire, not exactly of the Kri (?)
- Saidi is handed six stones, each with a different color. The entrance is covered in leaves and vines and shrubbery

- Krom gets under the crab and stabs it with his spear

- In the maze, the sky is visible in parts. It’s like a British hedge maze with jungle trees, the size of tall oaks.
- Nhobu shifts into a panther, and through smell and footstep tracking, manages to catch up with Nanta

- Kane sees a hallway, was forced to walk it when about to be fed to a giant spider
- She’s in the body of her younger self
- It is a great day, she will become one with the goddess, is lucky to be chosen
- The people escorting her have a good hold of her shoulders
- When they go to chain her to the alter, she freaks out.
- Summons tentacles, channeling fear into fury, and attacks the escorts. She breaks the alter with her tentacles and awakens. One of the rings of fire is gone, and her crystal has regained a little light

- Faylen examines the architecture of the temple closely. The alcoves used to hold books but are now empty.
- She steps on a panel and the door in front of her starts to close. She casts Longstrider and gets through before it shuts. The door closes behind her
- In the next room, there are statues of different races (?). Traps are on the floor, but Faylen spots them and avoids them. At the end of the room are new statues with feathery wings. Beyond them is a chasm. Wind is blowing.

- Saidi tries to get through the vines with fire and air, but they grow back too quickly.

- Krom gets hit by the crab

- Nhobu turns back into a gnome, casts Minor Illusion to create the sound of Moana’s voice, calling Nanta back. Nanta pauses, not quite trusting what he hears.
- Nhobu conjures two giant spiders. One sneaks around the next turn in the maze and weaves a web across the path. The other shoots webbing at Nanta.
- He avoids the webbing shot at him, but in doing so gets stuck in the web across the path.

- Kane hears voices, she’s in a tavern with the members of the guild she put together. She greets them, tries to convince them to take down the cult. Most are on board, and she convinces the rest by telling them they would have money and power if they could defeat the cult.
- Burning sensation, second ring is defeated

- The wind keeps Faylen from jumping across the chasm, even after casting Jump on herself. After some trial and error, she manages to sling-shot herself across.

- Saidi keeps trying to break through the barrier of plants, finally manages to do it with metal. Metal bars hold the plants open long enough for her to slip through.
- A large stone creature is in the next room. “None shall pass”
- It has a distinctly earthy aura

- The crab turns on the girl. Krom has enough of doing things her way, uses his strength to lift the crab and stab it to death

- As Nhobu approaches where Nanta should be stuck, there is an absence where the kid should be. When Nhobu tries to reach for the kid, gets blown back.
- Orders a spider to wrap the kid up and in does so, proving that the kid is definitely there.
- Nhobu casts Freedom Of Movement, gets around to the other side of the web, can see the kid from that side.
- Frees Nanta’s mouth, Nanta is screaming. Tries to reassure the kid by having one of the spiders do a backflip (to show how much control they have!). It doesn’t work.
- Takes the orb from Nanta’s belt, puts Nanta on the back of one of the spiders and Nanta gives directions so they can get out of the maze. Nhobu plays a jaunty tune on their flute.
- Ty is a little horrified to see the giant spiders and Nanta all wrapped up. Nhobu makes sure to exit the maze before Nanta, then frees Nanta, who goes screaming off into the jungle. Nhobu apologizes, but still isn’t quite sure what they did wrong.

- Kane is presented with her guild, right when they’re going to betray her. Wrecks them with tentacle powers (?) and defeats the third ring of fire. Moana is a bit disappointed.

- Faylen gets into a room with six statues and tiers of steps, with pressure plates on each stone. She steps on the stones corresponding to the statues and makes her way to the top without incident. Takes rubbings of whatever’s written on the statues and makes her way out.

- Saidi uses air to defeat the stone creature (it’s lifted up and disintegrates). Knows to use air by opening her third eye and seeing what element is repelled by the creature. Then is faced with a waterfall. Fire is repelled, so she uses it and it sucks the heat from the water, turning it to ice. She skates across and finishes the trial.

- We all succeed!!

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