Cloak & Dagger

Part III: To Whitewall

A summary

In the land of Thrassa, the two heroes were approached by Uvanavu, the God of Health. He explained that he feared the Bull of the North was planning to move on Whitewall, and he feared for the city’s safety. Knowing that Cloak had once pacified the Bull of the North with words alone, he pleaded that the Eclipse Caste tried to work out a peaceful agreement with the Bull.

Velak agreed, and using sorcery, Weilin summoned up a magical cloud, on which the two could travel swiftly to Kaneko’s camp, bringing with them the flute. Kodia came along, seated on Weilin’s shoulder in the shape of a pigeon.

They met with Yurgen Kaneko in his camp, as he prepared his armies. After presenting him and Samea with the Ghost-Calling Shakuhachi, they discussed the Whitewall situation over drinks until late in the night, and eventually came to an agreement. Cloak and Dagger would have until Calibration to work out a peaceful alliance between the nations; if Whitewall would not declare itself an open ally of Kaneko by then, he would invade it.

Right after they had come to this agreement, however, word came to them that Uvanavu had somehow disappeared. Hurriedly, they traveled to Whitewall on the magical cloud to find out what had become of him – knowing that the situation was quite grave, with the Celestial God of Health suddenly missing.

In Whitewall, their suspicions fell immediately on a strange Anathema who had killed a captain of the guard named Ayla, and also murdered most of the Immaculate Monks stationed in the city. They suspected another corrupted Solar, much like Queen Meredith, and hurriedly sought audience with the Syndics who rule Whitewall. The god Yo-Ping answered them, and told them the situation was dire: Not only had Uvanavu gone missing, but also a Solar named Rune, who had been working in secret for the Syndics. Rune would perhaps be able to find Uvanavu, but he had ventured to a Raksha Freehold a week earlier and not returned since; Yo-Ping feared he might be dead.

Methodically, Cloak and Dagger investigated where the anathema had struck. By asking around among the Guardians, they were eventually able to find a likely suspect: A man named Geyr Hammerfist, who had been set out on winter exile and ought to be dead – but he had made contact with his sister, and when they interrogated her they learned he had been conspiring against Captain Ayla.

Some investigation revealed that his motive was twofold – in part, he had sought revenge on the Guardians for placing him in exile, but also, he had interrogated Ayla on the whereabouts of some powerful thaumaturgical supplies. It seems he had been looking for a particularly powerful Yasal crystal, which can be used to imprison spirits. A god like Uvanavu would be too powerful to catch with the crystal alone, but perhaps it could be used in some greater scheme.

Yet all they knew of Geyr Hammerfist was his name, and the fact that he had stolen a crystal – they knew not where he might be hiding. Having heard that Rune was skilled in investigating crimes, they decided their next course of action must be to find out if he was still alive, and if so, to save him.

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