...the capital of Selasse, and the signal is faint, but it looks as though Crestee's mother Marta is someplace in the city.
The party makes their way out of the forest onto the world map with the help of Dincrest. The journey is substantial and on the way an airship passes in the opposite direction, towards Sherdal's house. The airship lands outside the forest, long out of sight from our party. Two men step out. The large man named Zidd that interrogated Crestee and imprisoned Alex. The other man being the one with long silvery hair, only without a mask, the one who gave the order to destroy Crestee's village.
These two make a bee line through the woods to Sherdal's house, knocking on the door.
Sherdal: "Who is it?"
????: "An old acquaintance."
Sherdal gasps as he hears the voice and opens the door.
Varth: "Varth with suffice. You know why I'm here, right? Make this easy on yourself, and I promise you won't be harmed."
Sherdal: "I still don't think you'll be able to wield it effectively, I can sense it."
Varth: "Then we duel for it. I've waited for this ever since you sent me out on my own. I need the Eye of Spacetime, father."
Sherdal: "Are you prepared for the consequences?"
Varth: "Absolutely. I'll do anything in my power to reclaim what I lost."
Sherdal takes out a longsword, and Varth unsheathes his katana. Zidd merely watches as the duel starts and goes on for well over 5 minutes at the least. It's a close match, and Sherdal puts up an impressive fight for his age, but Varth overpowers him with a well placed thrust. Sherdal is mortally wounded but not dead yet.
Varth and Zidd look through the house for a couple minutes, soon finding the Eye hidden in a vase. They go back to the airship and take off. Varth is admiring the Eye and can't look away. He gives an amused smile that gradually turns sinister, and he breaks out into a sickening
Varth: "Haahaheheheh... Heeheehee... Hahahha.... bwAAHAHahAeHEEHaHA...."
And suddenly the Eye envelops the entire airship in a brilliant light, until the airship completely vanishes and the Eye falls to the ground. As the light around the airship fades, Varth is still laughing, but Zidd notices three things that seem odd. One is that Varth looks completely disfigured now. He's also never laughed like this at all. Could the Eye of Spacetime have made him go crazy? And the second thing is that the Eye is gone from Varth's hands. The third thing being the landscape around them is vastly different than they knew it. They're 100 years in the future.
Back with our party, Dincrest has a foreboding feeling and demands that they use the Eye to see if something has gone wrong. We see an image of Sherdal lying on the floor of his home, bleeding out.
Crestee and Alex gasp in astonishment. Dincrest is running like the wind back to his house, it's quite a feat that anyone can run so quickly.
A brief talk amongst the party in agreement that perhaps they should split up, one group going after Dincrest and one to the capital. Alexandra should probably follow Dincrest as she has a healing spell. Crestee should go to the capital to look for her mom, if not follow Dincrest.
How will you split up the party? Or will everyone go after Dincrest? Will he get there in time?