While Kyros stayed behind to interpret the stolen notes, while everyone else headed off to Blood Cove.
Stopping nearby the cove, Kanchana Mahavir snuck in to get a feel for the land. Noting that barely anyone was out and about, only a few people manning the ballista and catapults. After a bit of poking around he realised the majority of the village was sick. Reporting back to the others, everyone agreed that it sounded odd and so approached the village on foot. After a bit of suspicious questioning they were let into see the Elder. While Melati of the Rising Dawn talked to him, Fierce Orchid noted the presence of a disease spirit (Consumption). Once it became clear that the God of Consumption had infected everyone and was blackmailing them for offerings Fierce Orchid couldn’t hold her tongue and addressed the spirit directly. After a failed intimidation, Fierce Orchid summoned her sword and Dhany forced the spirit to materialise by the force of her will, at which point the god backed down as it realised (having infected Melati of the Rising Dawn and Fierce Orchid) what they party was and how much trouble it was in.
As the party were pressed for time they made an initial deal for the spirit to make the consumption less virulent and dangerous, the part would come back and cure everyone and the spirit could go to a more populated region.
Once the others had left, Kyros spent his first day alone in the library using the notes obtained by Mahavir to try and find the location of the travelling palace. After successfully determining the location he headed back to Athanya’s villa where the party were staying.
Once he returned he was accosted by A tall bronze man, dressed in expensive robes and jewellery, the visible patches of bronze skin covered in black tattoos introduced himself as Sorcerer-prince Thassios. He was flanked by two Blood Apes, off to one side was a Tomescu holding a knife to a gagged and badly injured Athanya.
Thassios demanded Kyros’s power bow over otherwise Athanya would be killed, Kyros and seeing no way to save her otherwise he did so. Thassios then demanded the notes which Kryos has been working on, he gave these up too. Kyros asked how Thassios knew that he has the notes and Thassios boasted that one of his demons had noticed Mahavir coming out of the manse with them
After looking at the notes, Thassios magicked a hole in the wall and then flew off on a waiting Agata. Commanding the Blood Apes kill Kyros and to destroy the building. The Tomescu slit Athanya’s throat before following its master. Before Kyros knew what was happening the Blood Apes attacked, knowing that he would not survive he activated his anima power and disappeared. Reappearing a few days later he went and hid out in the stables where the party hid their Agata, waiting for the others to return.
The party headed out towards the crashed flying palace. A months journey through the desert was a daunting task, luckily Galen mysteriously appeared in their hour of need to offer himself as a guide through the desert.
As they got to within a few days of their final destination they spotted a cirrius skiff flying towards them, inside was a dying Prince Fawziya. The party pulled over to help her, to discover that she had been stabbed and that she’d been hit with Assassin’s Fatal Touch. After removing the spell and healing her, something that took several days, she was able to fill the party in on what had happened. She had found the The Travelling Palace, crashed in the desert, and then she’d been attacked by Prince Thassios.
Together they all hatched a plan to take him out as quickly as possible, and to hopefully get Kyros’s power bow back.