I admit it. I took some of those dusty tomes from the shelves. Perhaps they will be important at some point.
After a long rest, we decided to investigate the entrance to Kuln. And immediately upon walking into the secret room, we encountered Lord Leafsdew, who welcomed us to Kuln. That was a…surprise.
We were a little confused, because we were still in the Library, however, LL informed us that we were more or less in a liminal space. He also offered us a proposal. He also had to go to Kuln, but he was not able to enter into some of the places within the City . He had to go to it in order to retrieve an artifact, but he was having an issue retrieving it because he was Fey. There was only a slight danger. In exchange , the object would help in the battle against the Outsiders, but it would also be able to help us in some way in regards to our quests.
He called the object a “key.”
BG asked how the Summer Court would react when learning that a coin bearer is actively looking for the Quill and Scroll?
LL responded that the Court would be quite concerned, but that he couldn’t speak for them at this point.
After a brief discussion, we agreed to help LL. At that point, he informed us that the Treasure Chamber in Kuln exists in both the present and the past, and that we can choose to exist in either the present or the past while in the chamber/city. BG informed us that he does not want to go into the past, so we agree to remain in the present.
We stepped across the threshold and immediately were in Kuln, which is a massive underground, abandoned Dwarven city. We could see multiple levels built into the wall of the cavern. At the very bottom of the city, there was a pool of molten lava. At the highest level, there was a large bridge leading from the wall of the cavern to a central area. This central space seemed to have been the building where the king lived, as it was beautifully carved. Everything was dusty and there were no footprints, except those that we make.
LL seemed to know the plan of the space, and he led us towards the center. As he walks in front of us, every few steps, he disappears and so do we. We seemed to be hopping through space. He informed us that these spaces were cracks in the universe, as the city was under great strain. Looking back, I think that we should have asked him to elaborate on that explanation.
Eventually, we arrived at the treasure room, and stepped through. We immediately found ourselves in a huge space. We seemed to have been at some overlap of past and present time, because we could see items, but were not able to touch some of them. Soren attempted to pick up some gold, but it was as if it was an illusion, and he was not able to grasp any of it. Soren became very frustrated. And BG asked what kind of treasure Soren was really searching for since he had been so eager to come to Kuln. Soren gave a non-committal answer that he wasn’t looking for anything in particular; it was just that he had always heard about the city of Kuln.
The chest was real in the present time, as well as a ring, an ordinary looking stone with a rune, a robe, a pair of bracers, and a vial of potion.
BG looked at the stone, which was triangular shaped, and had a single unidentifiable rune carved on it. He suggested that it was part of a pair.
BG took the stone, and Soren took the bracers.
LL frantically gestured at the chest, which looked like it was made of gold. Soren used his magic hand to open the chest, and inside was a small rod. This was the object for which LL had been searching. BG 311 gave him the rod, and LL immediately disappeared!
The room started to shake, but it wasn’t an earthquake. We immediately made our way out of Kuln and back to the Library. We then bumped into Nico and he asked us where we had gone. There was a scratching noise, as if a quill was writing on parchment, but before we can answer, the room shook and it became blank. Then a voice (which was not the Frog Idol, but it sounded like the Oracle’s) from somewhere said, “You should not have given him that quill! The Outsiders use magic to undo reality and to remake it. Were the key not there in the present, you would not be able to give it to the Outsider. I am capable of sending you back to when Kuln existed.”
Apparently, LL is a corrupted Summer Court Fey and is an Outsider. (I am not entirely convinced that it was the real Lord Leafdew – although it might explain his power over the Frum that surrounded the paladins.)
After a brief discussion, we decided to go back to Kuln to correct our mistake.