A Maniani scout pops seemingly from nowhere in the jungle. He greets Content Not Found: Pilio_ warmly and is introduced to the rest of you. He explains the village is nearby and guides you there. The village is small, only 3 longhouses and a few outbuildings surround a large open walled pavilion. It seems to be the center of community life here with many gathered in various tasks. Content Not Found: Akalosi_, Pilio’s father embraces him, and explains that a large feast has been planned for the evening in celebration of his return and your visitation.
That evening, surrounding the large fire in the pavilion, Akalosi introduces you to Popo, the village guard, and Sula’i, the ancient looking shaman. All three tell stories of great battles, cunning tricksters, and a few jokes about Pilio as a child (which make little sense to even the Melali among you).
Akalosi explains that he is sending back cloudberries with you to Samara in exchange for Greatchief Content Not Found: Uncheuay’s gift. “The cloudberries, contain the blood of the Life Mother. Their juice is tasty on its own, but more importantly it helps the body heal and grow. Just rubbing them on a wound can help it heal quickly. They grow through the jungle but those near ”/campaign/the-opened-world/wikis/mount-neheli" class=“wiki-page-link”>Mount Neheli are almost twice as big and far more potent. You should go gather them yourselves so you may see the beauty of the great mountain and taste the gift of her fruits. Take what you like from the berries but be sure to bring plenty back to give to Uncheuay. While you are there, you will be close to a Druid camp on the windward side. Send them my greetings and bring their news back to me. You should leave tomorrow after a good sleep."
After a quick jungle encounter fighting off carnivorous plants, the group makes their way to the druid camp. As the trees around seem to be getting larger and more covered in moss, and even other plants, a hush seems to have taken over. The undergrowth is thinner with less light getting through and it feels eerily quiet. “That is far enough. The grove is sacred and the trees speak of blood on your hands. What is it you want here?” The voice seems to be coming from several of the trees themselves at the same time.
“Many of my brethren are gathered in a ritual of cleansing and rebirth, mourning a great loss of trees. We sensed a great disturbance in the forest. as if millions of trees cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened. To the east, two day’s travel, areas of the forest are still screaming. Much more is now still silent. We sent Awuhua to discern the problem but he has not returned and we fear he has been felled. Return to Chief Akalosi and have his shaman consult the ancestors on what should be done.”
Content Not Found: Adsila_ consults with _Content Not Found: Hualali, and is given several images in a vision, but not enough to fully go on.
On returning to Huyana, they pass a Herd of Beloa’a, (like emu or moa) stampeding. Knowing they need the legs to give to Mo’o, Ma’akani throws a throwing axe at one. Unable to resist such plentiful targets for his chaotic spells, Content Not Found: Mika wrecks havoc in the herd and takes down several. Khal’Dahk makes his disdain for the unnecessary slaughter well known, and the two melali seem to agree.
Return to the Village:
Akalosi, Popo, Pili’o, and Sula’i gather with you.
Akalosi:The words of the Druids are indeed disturbing. Sula’i our shaman will consult with the spirits to see what must be done.”
(Consults with Spirits):
Sula’i: “The spirits are most disturbed to our east. It seems a large space of land has had much of the life wiped from it. The ancestors speak of offlanders and use the word Kha’Hatan, which I find hard to even pronounce. A powerful force gathers there and I fear our few warriors together with you would not be enough to stop it. We would like to know more, but I do not wish to send you to your deaths. I am giving you my most powerful artifacts, the death rattle and ancestral mask of Atunmeha. I am scared to trust a female with such a thing, especially a little girl like Adsila, but only a shaman may use the rattle and there is no other way. By entering a shamanic trance and using the rattle, your spirit will leave your body and enter an elemental world. There you can move into the camp without being seen. The rest of you may look through the mask to see through her eyes and hear what she hears. You must not stay too long and it will strain you, especially a weak female. Once you have seen all of Kha’Hatan, return with what you know.”
On the way, finding Dead Tua in trap, and consulting with the spirits of the felled trees, Content Not Found: Adsila gains knowledge of something connected with the idea of eight legs. The traps are inspected and the remains put to rest by a traditional bonfire.
Ahead in the jungle you see smoke rising through the canopy of trees.
The trees for several acres have been cleared and the land is obviously being settled. Several wooden cottages are surrounded by a crude wooden palisade. A sign in both Elothonikha and two dialects of Melali reads “Kha’Hatan: Keep Out” As if to emphasize the sign, several skulls of Melali, Alathans, and a Remnant are staked alongside those of a few large predators. Outside the palisade, small fences, probably for animals are seen with a few hutches. In one, a herd of humu root around in the muddy sod. You also just now notice a watchtower in the corner of the palisade wall. If you come any closer out of the jungle, the chances of being seen are high.
Her body leaving her spirit, Adsila, explores the camp. The group believes it to be an illegal hunters camp and notices a [[:octopus crest]] in the largest building. Several Remnant and many Alathans are in the settlement, and Khal’Dahk recognizes a couple from the airship.
Leaving the site, the group encounters and captures Content Not Found: Doron_ and brings the news back to Huyana then Content Not Found: Uncheuay_ in Samara. The greatchief is bothered by the news, as well as Content Not Found: Mika remembering a possible connection to Zoarch groups using a similar symbol in stories. He will convene his shamans and chieftans to decide on what course to take, while directing the group to find Tyr, Ombra, and Volis.