Feb 212011
 

The failed Kournan assassination has sent Prince Mehtu and Prince Bokka into hiding. Only Prince Ahmtur is ready to put up a fight and keep Vabbi safe. At this point in time, adventurers are torn between helping Margrid in helping find the two princes or accompanying Master of Whispers in fighting off the Kournan invasion at Dzagonur Bastion. Back in Kourna, I went with Margrid to free Kormir (and Margrid’s sister Shahai), so it was only natural that I stuck with her to find the princes.

Accompanied by Prince Bokka’s bodyguard, Goren, we headed to the library in the Halls of Chokhin to search old tomes for clues to the prince’s hidden sanctuary. After Margrid had gained Goren’s trust, he offered to show us where to find the princes. That would have been very helpful before we went all the way to the library! So Margrid and I left from Honur Hill and met Goren in the Mirror of Lyss. He danced in front of an unremarkable wall that soon broke apart to reveal a door, which parted for us.

Inside we found ourselves in an outpost named Dasha Vestibule. The djinn refused to let us see the princes unless we passed the Trials of Eternity, Divinity, and Wisdom. Goren didn’t make our mission easy. He kept either charging ahead or lagging behind and getting stuck on the fire traps. When we passed the trials and defeated the three djinn leaders, the princes were not very happy to see us. I argued that if it were this easy for us to reach them, Varesh would do the same and end their lives. Just as we were about to leave, large black tendrils burst through the floor. These were a sign that Nightfall is already happening!



After getting the princes back to their palaces, I brought my friends Rajas and Elwin along to explore the hidden city in more depth. The djinn guards wanted to refuse us, but didn’t see the point in setting up any more trials. I had one last look at Dasha Vestibule before we proceeded into the heart of the city.


I didn’t realize that there were so many habitable buildings inside the hidden city. If it is a secret only to the princes and their staff, why have so many palaces and apartments? I can’t imagine that the djinn sleep in those at night.


Throughout the city there are a few traps to watch out for. The blast not only harms you, but also slows down movement, making it easy for the djinn to finish you off.


We encountered a lot of djinn and roaring ethers. Sometimes they would appear out of nowhere when we approached an opening or a locked chest. During the trials, we didn’t see this huge treasure room. With all this gold, it’s no wonder Vabbi is so splendorous. I can just imagine seeing Margrid diving off this bridge and never seeing her again. I think the prince’s would be pretty annoyed if we took any.


As we cleared the treasure room (of enemies) and headed north, we encountered behemoths and roaring ethers. I’m very happy to be done with fighting djinn for a while.

At the north end of the city, we spotted more beautiful houses and floating structures.


Yammirvu, the Ether Guardian charged at us, along with this group of minions when we stuck around this area too long.


We kept moving east, encountering more beetles and heket along the way. This side is less ornate, with more patches of grass and dirt instead of tiled flooring. Still, we found plenty of housing, but no sign of any residents.


What a strange sight! There are several small crystals, encircling a larger one, floating above a waterfall. I don’t know what to make of this. It can’t just be the prince’s idea of decoration. I’ve never seen anything like this before.


Rajas, Elwin and I stumbled across a treasure chest. I’ve seen one like this before in Jahai Bluffs. This wasn’t found anywhere near the treasure room, so I assumed that this was a gift placed here as a reward by either the djinn or the princes. We each took a gold item and a few platinum coins from the chest, and left the hidden city to help the sunspears plan the next course of action.


Prized Spoils: 6 golden items
Outposts: Dasha Vestibule
Exits: None
Friends: Rajas I., Elwin L.