Our rooms are somewhat nice, probably former Roman officer’s quarters. We rest, poking around curiously in the area.
When Khyber returns, he tells us that he needs us to try something and visit a city in Xendrick. Find the pyramid in the Dawn City, find the thing, and touch it or break it to be sure. The thingie we need to find is a glass-like sphere. This will lead to “massive social change.” Apparently the British know where it is, yet don’t like to talk about it. We apparently have met a character reference that will impress them enough to guide us to Xendrick. Natives, wildlife, other (British) expedition members will be significant challenges. The British expedition to Xendrick will be leaving soon. The main “effect” will take 3-4 generations to be fully realized. The sphere is old, older than the Aslanti, and is a Promise.
Khyber tells us some history. The Giants made the sphere thingie. They left Xendrick. Some elves, possibly Dark Elves(?) built the pyramid to store and study the thingie (unsuccessfully). Everyone(?) affected by the Draconic Promise will temporarily feel pain. Magic is an example of a Draconic Promise.
Khyber tells us a story. Cerberus (the dragon below) and Khyber had a bet, to see who could stare into the Abyss the longest. Khyber cheated, and invented people. Eventually people set up time tracking.
I ask whether Khyber knows anything about the Birthstone, which he does. We discuss how to deny the birthstone’s use by destroying it or putting it in the pit. “Vlad”, the Overlord has the birthstone.
To destroy the Birthstone, we need the Black Spike (and a hammer). The Black Spike is in the Dawn City, probably through the heart of someone that will not be happy to find someone standing over him with the Black Spike in hand. Davinar is the name of the not-dead guy with the spike through his heart. We should use fire or the Sun to kill him. He has been there for ~800 years, and was undead when he got there.
As an aside, I apparently need to brush up on my Polish. Soon. He gives me a book to help me start learning.
Milo and Tomas spend the rest of the night trawling through Khyber’s library.
We set out back into Winter the next day, and struggle overland to Pensa to use the rings, arriving on the 27th of November. We quickly find the rings and use them trying to get to London or another location in England. We arrive in a basement, with music and frivolity above us. We make our way out of the ring room through the now-normal-to-us secret door, to find ourselves in likely a storeroom of a pub or tavern. The bartender comments that he hasn’t seen anyone come up that way in a while.
I use the Wayfinder to direct us to the Tower of London. Asking there for Sir Robert Berringer, we’re directed to the Royal Explorer’s Society. We’re ushered into a waiting room and Sir Berringer visits promptly. He and Tomas recognize one another immediately. I cut into what was promising to be lengthy conversation and tell him that we’re here to join his expedition to Xendrick. This captures his immediate interest. Arrangements are made for Sir Berringer to “pitch” this, with Tomas’ assistance to the expedition organizers this evening at a formal dinner. The expedition is set to take off in about a week.
We head to the Montenegran embassy and discover that Lamont has somehow arranged for trunks of clothing and related supplies delivered for us. We arrange for loding, and split up. Milo off to Church things, Tomas to prepare for his evening. Mery and I head to Paris to pick up our rings, then to Montengero. Mery goes to see Sebastian while I visit the Palace.
The Queen graciously finds time for me, and I babble part of our story. I learn that we may not have given her enough information about our learning and discoveries along the way (such as the rings and Rings, discovering other Lanterns). I mention that other Lanterns seem to know Lanterns, and Cate mentions that stories talk about Lanterns Align. After explaining about the rings (not the Rings), I slide her the ring and watch her put it on. The ring only fits on her left ring finger.