The remainder of the journey was uneventful and soon the tower came into view. The group gathered in front of the entrance to discuss their negotiation strategy but before they could say three the entrance to the tower opened to reveal a very relieved looking Treona.
Treona herded the disheveled group into the tower and immediately began to question them about their progress in finding the final Slaying Stone.
After an evasive question and answer period where Treona really began to fear that the party had failed to find the Slaying Stone and the group finally admitted to having the Stone. There was some considerable discussion on whether or not Dafydd should be responsible for performing the destruction ritual. Apparently their experience in Kiris Dahn had left the group feeling very wary of trusting anybody. In the end everyone lost interest in who was responsible as the discussion turned to gold.
Treona was not a wealthy woman but she managed so scrape together 100 gold pieces as a reward for retrieving the Slaying Stone. She also presented a small bundle to Nyx explaining that Kiris Alkirk had formerly worked with Gnomes and had taken a real shining to her. In the bundle Nyx found two Attention-Stealing Bullets, two Surprise Bullets, and a Resounding Sling. A delighted Nyx thanked Alkirk profusely and slipped the equipment into her pack.
Upon receiving the gold everyone huddled in the corner of the room, muttering to each other and flipping through ancient books of knowledge for about an hour. This was very uncomfortable for Treona but after the huddle the group was visibly rejuvenated and more skilled looking.
“I have a few more things to tell you….”, said Treona.
But that will have to wait for another day….