We make our way past the trials, being granted access along the way. Butler greets us very warmly.
There is a book in our room about the lineage / background of giants. The All Father is the progenitor of all giants; had six children. One of his daughters was a mask-maker; she was the first cloud giant. Her children are of two kinds: sneaky and clever. The sneaky ones wear masks all the time; the clever ones only do so on an as-needed basis.
There are clouds in our room. Cassidy sticks his head in one.
We dress up in the clothes provided, mostly too large but we make it work, and we attend a feast.
We chat with a child who confirms that her family is clever.
Moonnnno, Nemnimo’s brother, talks to us. He says Nemnimo has been spending more and more time in his trances. He worries that Nemnimo has grown too interested in outside affairs. He hopes we are not here to entangle him further. It is clearly a threat.
Butler says things are changing but things aren’t supposed to change here. Cassidy tries to convince him that he should leave his post and set out on his own to make change in the world. He tells us his real name, Groll.
Nemnimo summons us to his pool in the middle of the night. He loves the snakeskin boots, about which Weaver tells him the story. We tell him we’re worried for Renauld, who has disappeared with the soul of weapon. He leads us to the throne room where he seeks Renauld with a crystal. Renauld is still in his disguise (elf form) and not resting well. He’s being held someplace, but Nemnimo cannot tell where. He says the throne room is distracting and he leads us into a smaller room. He finds Renauld again, says he’s being held by someone. He says it’s seen him. “It’s coming.”
The ceiling opens up and we see the night sky but not as it should appear and the stars are moving. A hand so large it could easily pick up Nemnimo reaches in and drops 2 stone giants and the 3-headed t-rex (Zakama).
Cassidy thinks this is Yg-glyxl the God of calamities.
Another figure appears. Nemnimo immediately starts hurling insults at it, addresses it as “God of Calamities, I thought I cast you out of here a long time ago”, and grapples them. They become locked in epic battle.
“What an awful tragedy it would be if the cloud giants fell before they could return to their castle”
Cassidy dominates Zakama and, when Nemnimo begins to weaken, turns it on Yg-glyxl. The god causes time to stand still, and speaks to Cassidy in a voice that shakes his bones. “How very unlucky for me, little elf. Well played.” The night sky peels away and reveals an incredibly bright daytime sky with a mesmerizing sun. Sun has a horrifying face in it. Sun smiles and the smile keeps going and going. God turns back into a hand and goes back into the sky, closing up the rift. Takes t-rex with it but leaves the stone giant, which our giant crocodile dispatches.
Nemnimo: “Well, the gods have returned. And they have your dragon friend” The god of calamity resides in limbo. Nemnimo could send us there. Cassidy examines the stone giants. They have weird things sticking out of them, e.g. a wagon wheel. As if they were incorporial and came into existence in the same physical space as an existing object, now having parts of said object stuck in them. They have the butterfly mark on their faces.
Limbo is a land of high winds and tunnels going in all directions, sometimes vertical. It is near the plane of air and is not entirely stable. We need a way to get around. You are looking for a small moon in limbo with a spire sticking out of the bottom bit of it. That’s where Renauld is.
We ask if Nemnimo knows where we might find an airship. He says there is supposed to be one burried below the tomb where we found Nine. Nemnimo offers to take the heart of weapon and secure it in a vault.
We reach level 8.