They find a Stormwalker’s Cloak (PHB 251) and 3 Potions of Vitality (PHB 255).
The heroes have successfully broken Feyrynne out of prison. While resting in the Jolly Aler, they hear a town crier announce that Liathonia has entered a full scale war with the Elvish Council of Aethon.
In addition to the heroes, the group hiding in the Jolly Aler includes:
Ty tells them the airship is waiting at a farm a little ways out of town. He’ll have to smuggle them out there. He gets a large cart drawn by oxen. In the cart there are a number of barrels, which the heroes and others will need to get in, then Ty will cover those will a bunch of old farm equipment and other goods, that he’s “trying to sell to farmers.”
Ty offers to take the people they rescued with him to Slavoltia, where they will seek asylum (Slavoltia always remains neutral). Feyrynne insists on going with the heroes so she can connect with Sylnanian troops and help fight the war. Larshen and Lydia will go with Ty. Zathan will go either way, depending on what the heroes want.
They will want to know Feyrynne’s explanation for attempting to assassinate Jolen.
Feyrynne says, “This is not the first time The Elvish Council of Aethon has interfered in the workings of the solar system. After the war of the gods and the titans, when the worlds were formed, came the age of dragons. The common races were little more than a curiosity to the dragons, until the rise of Tor the Devourer. Tor was an Elf who gained tremendous power, threatening the balance of power in solar system. There was a debate among the Great Wyrms. Should they meddle in the affairs of the common races? They decided they needed to act, because even their own power was threatened by Tor. But rather than attack him directly, they empowered seven elves to destroy Tor. They succeeded, and the elves came to be known as the Elvish Council of Aethon.”
“To this day, The Council works to maintain the balance of power of the Realm of Aethon. The Dragons are masters of divination magic, they identify threats before they become more than the common races can handle. The Council eliminates threats. I know it may sound crazy to murder a child who hasn’t done anything yet, but they’re never wrong. On advice from the Dragons, the Council has stopped countless potentially Realm-shattering events. We were able to head off an invasion of Illithid from beyond the realm. Most recently, we took care of Qigdil Bigil, Governor of the District of Wren, on Tarnar, the Halfling home world. Bigil was beginning a campaign of ethnic cleansing. He had only killed a few members of neighboring districts, but it would have gotten much worse.”
“The Council uses non-elf assassins whenever possible. We like to avoid politically sticky situations like the one we’re in. We like to avoid wars, but we’re prepared to fight. If you hadn’t been there to save Jolen’s life from the Oni Mage, we wouldn’t be in this mess. I don’t hold it against you, besides, you can redeem yourselves. Jolen must be killed. The collateral damage requited to make that happen will be considerable, but it must happen!”
If they ask Feyrynne what color the dragons are, or whether they’re good or evil, she’ll say, “I don’t know the color of the Great Wyrms. These are beasts who have been around since the birth of The Realm of Aethon, their perception of good and evil is very different from you and I, so even if you knew their color, it would tell you very little about their intentions. Imagine an ant eating crumbs off your floor. One day, you decide to sweep up, cleaning is good, right? Well, the ant starves to death because you’ve robbed him of his next meal. That’s all we are to the Great Wyrms. Once in a while a member of the common races allies with a greater power, a god or a demon or something else, and the balance of power in the Realm is put in jeopardy. If that is left unchecked, the balance of the planes, and all of existence, could make a seismic shift. The Great Wyrms don’t want this to happen, so they use the Council to help keep things in balance.”
When they’re in the cart on the way out of the city they get stopped at a check-point. Luckily, the guards seem pretty lazy, and they believe Ty’s bluff about the contents of the cart. While this is taking place, the heroes hear two other guards talking, “Jolen is the best king we’ve ever had. He doesn’t take no shit from nobody. I heard he sent a message throughout the solar system and said, ‘If you’re not with us you’re against us!’ So, unless other nations and planets want their asses handed to them on a platter along with those puny Elves, they’re gonna fight with us. So far, Gallurn has joined up with us, along with the Dwarves of The Mithril Mountain Consortium, all the most powerful Halfling tribes from Tarnar, and the Goliaths. I’m sure more will join once we start splattering some Elf brains.”
The other asks, “Who’s fighting with the Elves?”
“Pffft. Losers. A bunch of the Eladrin Sultans, the Gnomes, and the Shifters. Not sure what the Half-Elves will do yet.” Just then as the cart is pulling away, he notices that Ty is a Half-Elf, and yells, “Hey! Halfy! You pussies gonna fight with us or are we gonna have to burn you’re little moon till it’s nothing but a chunk of coal?”
Ty says, “We’re not fools, we’ll fight with the Liathonians, of course.” Ty’s bluffing, and it works. In reality, Ty doesn’t know what the Half-Elves will do.
They arrive at the farm. Ty is greeted by a kindly old Half-Elf named Peren. He shows them to his rickety old barn, which isn’t very big. Inside is an equally rickety airship, it looks to be 100 years old, at least. It has no artificial gravity. They have to tie themselves onto the ship. The ship has 8 pairs of Weightless Flippers, which give the wearer a fly speed of two in weightlessness.
As they take off in the ship, they’re spotted by a patrol of Liathonian guards on giant eagles. They get close enough for the heroes to be identified, and quickly flee back to a larger ship a ways away. The eagles are much faster than the heroes new ship.
The ship comes barreling at the heroes, but begins to bank just before entering combat range. They hear someone on the ship say, “They broke that Elf out of the chamber! Release the thing and get out of here!” Just then a chamber in the hull of the ship swings open and a Beholder flies out! The ship commander says to the guards on eagles, “You make sure they die!”
4 Guard Minions on Eagles (use Griffon MM 147, fly speed 6)
Beholder (MM 32)
The Beholder burns the ship, but the heroes get the giant eagle mounts from the soldiers.
The Eagles could not make it to another planet. Rather than fly back to the surface of Gaia, the heroes decide to chase down the ship that released the beholder.