I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
"Oh, they exist Aureus, they exist. The gods have many faces and many names. But the dwarves were created by Moradin The Allfather. And I can make a guess this Wotan...he is a mighty father figure, lord of his pantheon (or at least part of the ruling council), Good in disposition, stern, but just."When sunset comes, it is a huge blessing. The temperature drops slowly, however, and Maur waits until the sun has gone down completely before heading out of the inn.
Aries isn't sure if Maur will let him watch the dwarf champion perform his ritual, so he doesn't follow after Maur unless the dwarf motions for him to come along.
Aureus is curious to find out more about the dwarf's faith, so she follows along with Maur if he lets her come, sit quietly, and watch. "I don't think these Mordinsamman exist on my world. The Bitran of Maran -- that's what the dwarves and gnomes call themselves -- worship a god called Maldar... or sometimes Wotan."
He looks at the bard..."How did I do for a guess? There may be differences, but basics are the same."
After the ritual, Maurs spends a minute writing down the answers and then finishes the ritual by properly dowsing "the forge". He used several drops of his own blood in recognition of Haela Brighaxe direct reference. Making sure everything is clean and ready for use later, he got up wearily."Ask, Son of the Sonnthord, and we shall answer," The Voice that resounds in the air seems to come from high above on the mountain. Maur knows that it is Dugmaren who is speaking for the Mordinsamman.
The Luckmaiden blows you a kiss.
Hard to see, but improbable.
Bring the Dawnstar to Inanna.
He looks at his audience in the darkness.
"Well, this was interesting. Aries, I leave the paper with you, written exactly as they spoke in dwarven. You can probably get someone to translate it for you, but I give you my word what I'm about to say is the truth."
He looks at the notes
"The questions about Star Arms - the last child is on the island and Star Arms themselves are NOT the cause of the calamities. It is their wielders, evil, and power-hungry that cause calamities. Of course, the weapons themselves don't block that so they are not blameless in that regard. But no reason to hunt US down for having them."
"The question regarding Eike yielded worrying results. He is now a demonic thing like Xander was. And we need to hurry. When Battle-sister blows you a kiss, you need to be ready to live or die in the battle and have luck doing the former. If we let Eike call upon more power, we may not have enough power to bring him down."
"Others know of Vok and his schemes, and Summerwind may be more easily available than other dragons. Also, there is a way to save those taken by bringing Dawnstar to Inana. I'm familiar with Inana, but what is Dawnstar?" he combs his fingers through his beard
"Finally, and I know this will be alarming, Aureus, Lady Pendour is still under threat. Aries, assuming you're willing to travel there to escort the townspeople and Aureus back, you could look for ways to ensure your orders access to the island and to help the town with their troubles."
He hmhms and harrumphs a couple of times thinking something over.
"My last question was a bit selfish. I am here at the surface because I have a mission to locate a lost relic of my people. It seems my next step would be to go to Blackwater But I will see this through with you. There are important relics lost, yes, but losing the world is worse. All I ask is that if I fall in the battle, you get the word to my superiors that the location of The Shield of the Resolute may be discovered in Blackwater. I will do that myself if we get somewhere civilized first. But I think looking for Eike should be our first priority - sorry, Caerth. I know family is important to you. And Phar, you put off joining the guild until now, they may understand a couple of weeks more."