5E Al-Qadim Moving Through the Flame

Shayuri

Villager
Amina nods, and fetches a pitcher to fill water for Akilah, and then herself.

"There is news that the League of Vultures, has been recruiting all manner of outcasts and malcontents in the desert. There is a woman who has captured the heart of Sheikh al-Haqara, the leader of the House of Uqad. A woman who is said to 'command the desert sun.'" She pauses for a moment and takes a sip of her water.

"If the Brotherhood of True Flame wished to recruit in the High Desert, the House of Uqad seems by the tales to be a good fit for them to gain a foothold. These are rumors, but should we lack better leads, it may be worth investigating further."
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Lal rubbed at his beard. He murmured in agreement when Husam noted that the story of the tomb truly changed the nature of the mission

"This moneylender's treasure is stolen, and it would be an injustice to let him keep it in death, indeed"

However... he couldn't help but wonder... was it mere silver and gold in the tomb? And would Nimar seek favor with the Sheik... or another master? Lal let himself relax... all was interconnected... Nimar, Husam, himself, the camel... all were but one...

Insight check about the tomb story and motives: 1D20+1 = [18]+1 = 19


(OOC: I thought it would be a neat way to explain a very solid insight roll)
 
Salahuddin notices the look Fereshte sends his way. He turns to his Valet.

"I don't think she likes me very much shaqiq (brother)"

Salahuddin grins at Sinjin. He then reaches out to Easifa.

I do not trust that woman. Keep an eye on her tonight.

As the caravan stops to setup camp Salahuddin moves over to the Vizier. He bows in greeting.

"Vizier once we are settled I would like for you to assist me. We need to try and decipher this map. Your insight would be invaluable in the process."
 

Thateous

Explorer
Akilah thanks Amina as Salahuddin approaches them and says,

"Vizier once we are settled I would like for you to assist me. We need to try and decipher this map. Your insight would be invaluable in the process."

"Ah, yes the map. Any idea what we are dealing with here?" she asks.
 
"Ah, yes the map. Any idea what we are dealing with here?" she asks.
Salahuddin holds up his hand to the Vizier to forestall any further discussions.

"In good time, let us wait for the privacy of our tents before we speak on such delicate matters. Sinjin will find you once my tent is ready."

As the camp is being setup Salahuddin sits and begins to fiddle with the puzzle box he started the other day. As he begins to fit some gears together Sinjin steps up and bows.

"Your tent is ready Wind Called."

Salahuddin packs up his puzzle and follows his valet to the tent. Sinjin holds back the tent flaps. The Sha'ir nods to his friend as he enters, pausing briefly.

"Sinjin please Find the vizier and request her presence."

Sinjin nods and moves through the tents finding Akilah. "Sayidati, if you would please Salahuddin is ready now." The Genie valet leads the vizier back to the tent, holding the flap open so that Akilah can enter. He nods to his master and then closes the flap taking up guard just outside.

The tent is comfortable but plain. Several rugs and pillows are strewn across the sand to make a comfortable place to sit. Sitting there with the spellbook in front of him is Salahuddin. He motions for Akilah to have a seat and waits for her to get comfortable before he starts.

"The Akdam’s traveling spellbook is simple as spellbooks go. It contains spells useful for travel as you would guess. The only oddity that I have been able to discover are these strange patterns here in the margins and on the interior of the cover. My guess is some form of cipher, hiding the map. If it is encrypted writting I figured you might be able to decipher the script with Hakiyah help. If it is not writing it may be a map of some kind. Perhaps unbinding the book would let us work with the patterns to discover their secret."
 
"Perhaps but first let us see if this is just a simple code. Would not want to unnecessarily destroy the book."

Salahuddin opens the book to show the markings to the vizier.

OOC: Is there any more details you can give me on the markings? Just trying to figure out if they are encrypted text or form some sort of map. Is there anything in the book that we can use as a key to start the process? When I look at the markins is there any pattern to where they are in the margins?
 
GM: Yes [MENTION=6803188]VLAD the Destroyer[/MENTION] here is a breakdown of Akdam's Traveling Spellbook. It is 12 pages long + cover/backcover, and measures roughly 11" x 14" (28 x 35.5 cm).

EDIT: On the interior cover is written: Salaam Daskin! May your 75th birthday be full of mischief!

Alarm - 1 page
Detect Magic - 1 page
Deeppockets - 1 page
Unseen Servant - 2 pages
Continual Flame - 2 pages
Fog Cloud - 2 pages
Phantom Steed - 3 pages

Each page has geometric patterns on all the margin borders - left, right, top, bottom.

The geometric margin borders are made up of 10 repeating square patterns (arranged into rectangles).

Some of these square patterns appear to be "zoomed in" views of the center of other squares.

 
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Thateous

Explorer
Akilah starts by channeling the will of Hakiyah into her eyes and extending that gift to Salahuddin. "Let's see if the true meaning of these markings are hidden to the naked eye."
OOC: Channel divinity: Disperse Mirage


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The will of Hakiyah is made manifest, a silence pervading Salahuddin's tent. Thereupon, the pages of the spellbook flutter by some desert breeze slipping under the tent flap, and the gold-leaf margin patterns peel off the page, seeming to dissolve in the air. Underlaying the illusory script are golden slightly glowing maps, depicting clearly the route the workers on Jabir's tomb took through the al-Yakbi Mountains. They unequivocally depict the tomb's location, as well as its construction...which appears surprisingly simple. Notes from Akdam, however, illustrate his suspicion that Jabir had contracted an entirely separate team of builders to construct a secret passage within the crypt itself...

 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Lal let low a low whistle

"Well, I guess it's a good thing I brought my shovel... But after this display, I have no doubt that we will find any secret passages, if needed be - your powers to reveal truth are potent, oh Vizier" Lal added with a small bow.
 
Salahuddin looks on as Akilah channeled the will of Hakiyah and made the illusory text disappear like the morning dew moments after the sunrise. He looks down at the now revealed maps. He smiles at the ease at which the vizier dispelled the illusion.

"Noble vizier it appears that my guess was correct. The magical glyphs hid the map from prying eyes. Now we have the tombs location and a map to provide Nimar upon his fulfillment of his obligation. We will need to make a decision once we reach the oasis. Will we travel to this tomb with Nimar and his men after or just give them the map and let them on their way?"

As Salahuddin waits for Akilah's answer he reaches out to Easifa.

Are you watching Fereshte as I requested? What has she been up to since we made camp?
 

Thateous

Explorer
Akilah stops her channeling and the map disappears. "Getting to this tomb requires more work than I believe Nimar is prepared to put in. I will speak with him tonight if he hadn't turned in for the night." She takes a sip of water before continuing.
"The deal was for him to get us to our destination, which the oasis is not. They will take us into the area where my cousin will not venture. Nimar has other men, not with us who could begin excavating the tomb while we continue on, however I remain by my decision to not interfere with their endeavours."

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Salahuddin looks on as Akilah channeled the will of Hakiyah and made the illusory text disappear like the morning dew moments after the sunrise. He looks down at the now revealed maps. He smiles at the ease at which the vizier dispelled the illusion.

"Noble vizier it appears that my guess was correct. The magical glyphs hid the map from prying eyes. Now we have the tombs location and a map to provide Nimar upon his fulfillment of his obligation. We will need to make a decision once we reach the oasis. Will we travel to this tomb with Nimar and his men after or just give them the map and let them on their way?"

As Salahuddin waits for Akilah's answer he reaches out to Easifa.

Are you watching Fereshte as I requested? What has she been up to since we made camp?
[SECTION]"She sits on a rock and watches the northern horizon from which we've come, my handsome and well-dressed master, with a single-pointed focus. For over an hour she sits and watches. There is nothing out there but sand, boulders, and tufts of dried grass." At this, Easifa mentally yawns. While he has no true need for sleep – or food and drink for that matter – the djinnling is perhaps a touch excessively fond of such mortal vanities. [/SECTION]
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Lal frowns ... "so *what* is she waiting for then? What is north of us? This is more than mere meditative behavior"
 
Salahuddin nods to the vizier. The deal was more open ended than either he or Akilah had said and Nimar may see a different agreement. But Salahuddin had learned not to argue with royalty. He shrugs and looks northward towards his Gen. The report from Easifa troubled him. What was north and for what could Fereshte be waiting. It seemed ominous to the Sha'ir. Salahuddin relays the information provided to him by Easifa to those in his tent. At the comment from Lal he shrugs.

"I do not know but she seems to wait for something. Out of the three siblings she is the one I fear the most. This is why Easifa watches her." Salahuddin turns back to the others. "But what is our plan? We have several locations that these raids occurred but little solid evidence or even motivation for them. If this is some larger plot it's reason still eludes me."

As Salahuddin talks he gives further instructions to his Gen.

Continue to watch her. She waits for something and I do not want to be surprised when it arrives.

OOC: Just a heads up I am going on vacation next week and will have limited internet access.
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Lal looked grim "We need more information - and we may have to get it the hard way - provoke a raid, emerge victorious and through survivors and other clues gauge our foes's intent. But it depends how much our foes know about us - do they know they are facing champions (and a humble mendicant?). If so the raid will be fierce... or won't occur at all. If they don't know... then they will not expect true resistance and we will triumph."
 

Thateous

Explorer
"Look for a bird. Earlier when we inspected their equipment they had a messenger bird. I doubt it is what she waits for, but short of asking here there is know way to know."
 

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