Day 6: Evening
Despite being surrounded by mercenaries, Reina and Garrus persuaded Khorev to let them continue their investigation elsewhere. However, their exit was interrupted by two of Khorev’s henchmen, who had captured Kareen en route to warn them of the Three Serpent’s involvement in Gayv-oreth’s assassination.
Garrus and Reina were pinned in the Black Shack’s dark alley by the mercenaries, unable to act as Khorev beat Kareen for information. The girl revealed the Peers had discovered his crimes, but falsely told him Reina and Garrus’s comrades were away in the First Tier, still investigating.
Around the corner of the alley, the other Peers listened to Khorev’s brutal interrogation, trying desperately to think of a plan. Twarog stumbled forward preparing to improvise, alerting the mercenaries.
Unable to withstand the tension, madness gripped Lumos. Tzefira, Dahm, and Phaenna watched in horror as the jack threw a numenera device down the alleyway, unleashing an explosive singularity of immense gravitational force.
The mercenaries and the Peers were caught in the singularity, none able to escape its pull. When they awoke at the epicenter of the destruction, the impaired Peers discovered several had been caught in the eruption. Khorev crawled free from the bodies of his men. Corpses of mercenaries and homeless alley-folk littered the street, among them Kareen.
Realising the extent of the carnage he’d caused, Lumos snapped. His body flickered out of phase, his abilities somehow altered by the singularity. The city watch arrived in time for Khorev to lay blame on Lumos, before the jack vanished out of reality.
After taking time to recover, the remaining Peers convinced the guards to keep out of their way while they interrogated Khorev. Under duress, the Three Serpent’s leader admitted to poisoning Gayv-oreth’s food, but insisted he didn’t orchestrate the mutant’s assassination. He served Fah-orez, High Priest of the Fah. With this knowledge, the Peers delivered Khorev to the city watch and returned to Ni-chodoss.
The mutant expressed her delight at Khorev’s fall, commenting that the Peers’ way of doings things was amusing, as they managed to kill everyone but the man she wanted dead — yet derailed his operations nevertheless. Ni-chodoss rewarded them with information confirming Fah-orez had Gayv-oreth assassinated. The high priest had been silently at war with the Fahat, using the Three Serpents as his proxy. He killed Gayv-oreth in a bid to take his place as a member of the Fahat, so he could usurp them and become king of Nihliesh. Ni-chodoss warned the Peers to approach him carefully, for in his paranoia he had increased his security.
As the Peers left to sleep, Tzefira remained to ask Ni-chodoss if she was aware of any slavers who might have gone underground, hoping to get information that would lead to her lost enslaved siblings, Niva and Dror. The mutant gave her a name — Dvorah.
Still dealing with the emotions of the night before, the Peers took a day to mourn Kareen and reflect. Unable to sleep, Phaenna trained and Garrus-Dorn crafted incendiary bolts. Dahm drank with Twarog at the Madya Cantina, hoping to forget their concerns for Lumos, who remained missing. Tzefira investigated the tiers in search of Dvorah, discovering the slaver had fled to the city of Aian in Milave after the Slave Rebellion.
Day 8: Morning
Dahm awoke in a haze, somehow feeling drawn to Lumos’s house. He entered the building, finding a naked, dark haired Lumos muttering to himself. The other Peers gathered in the house and attempted to snap the jack out of his catatonia. With no other option, Twarog carried the boy to the Black Shack alleyway to confront his actions. Unable to run from his memories, Lumos broke into tears as his comrades contemplated their next move. Realising Fah-orez had ruined them and threatened to undermine everything the republic had worked for, the Peers set out to confront the high priest at the Gravitas.
The Peers entered the chamber of the high priest, where they found Fah-orez mounted on a hovering golden throne with a numenera crown atop his head. The priest showed signs of advanced mutation, possessing tentacled limbs and gelatinous milky skin. Tzefira attempted to push Fah-orez into confessing his crimes, but the mutant proved cunning and twisted her accusations back onto the Peers. The discussion ended when Fah-orez summoned his guards in ‘self-defence’.
The guards were quickly killed, prompting Fah-orez to release gazers from a hatch in the back of his throne apparatus. As the Peers destroyed the flying machines, the priest utilised his throne’s blast cannons against the party. In the confusion, Phaenna unleashed a physical onslaught of esoteric energy at the priest, revealing she was a nano (much to the surprise of her comrades).
Fah-orez targetted Tzefira and Phaenna, believing their esoteric abilities to be heresy against the Fah. To defend his comrades, Garrus fired an incendiary bolt, which struck the priest and caused his throne to malfunction. The device exploded, electrocuting the mutant. The high priest cried out for help as his membranous skin melted. Dahm and Tzefira hurried to save him, but were unable to prevent his death.
After investigating Fah-orez’s throne and finding a key, the Peers broke into his bedchamber and uncovered a letter written by Khorev, connecting the priest to the assassination of Gayv-oreth. With all the evidence they could salvage, the Peers decided to bring their findings to Dhaval. Before speaking to their leader however, the party concocted a plan to save Lumos from the possibility of execution for his crime at the Black Shack. Lumos materialised his second self, who the Peers bound and escorted to Dhaval under the pretense of bringing him in for justice.
The party met Dhaval in the High Chamber, but before they could conduct their ruse, Tzefira blurted out the truthful events of the past three days.
Dhaval stared at his companions with a stern face, clear in his judgement.