Shattered Moon

Darkness and deep deep cold

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Bastyn accompanied by the artist went to the ship’s master cabin to make a deal. The vessel is not too big, but ornaments carved on it are very remarkable. After all, not everyone will allow themselves to go so far away from shores of the Will-O’-Wisps. The owner is a very good merchant or at least lesser noble man. Olden is the name of the master, but this name does not say anything to Bastyn. A story about the trip with devas is the price that must be paid for painting. Immortal tried to name another price, but seeing the master’s frustration began the story. The braided story of great deeds and emotions. He artfully concealed his identity and purpose of the travel. Portrayed himself as a simple man seeking his vision. The audience was very very pleased with his long story. The artist Toride took the immortal man to her’s private cabin to start drawing the image of vision. The smell of incense, sex… Bastyn leaves the ship only in the early morning, but agreed to meet with the woman in the evening.

The immortal merchant hastily headed back to the headquarters. He came to the Rakshavyada’ room, but did not find him there. He left Malika in deva’s room. Few more moments and magician finally alone in his room. His peace was disturbed by knock to the doors. He carefully opened his door… He saw the face of Esteva. She had been uncovering ligament from her face. Bastyn fled out the room forcing her to the ground. The alarm was false. It turns out that there was a joke by Atis. Malika was unable to explain where Rakshavyada and Zalyanitha went. To vent his anger, demon called Bastyn for a drink. They were caught by Saturn. The Red Dragon openly threatened them and suggested to go to The Red Emperor without any resistance. Bastyn offered to prince to delay his hunting for few more days – deva will leave this city in short term. Atis and merchant left the prince alone. Demon told him that he will wait for three days and leaves his master. He will wait for his master on board. Bastyn one more time headed back to to the headquarters.

Merchant went into the room of Aturn. Unfortunately the room was empty, the only remaining objects litter all around. Esteva and prince left the room in hurry. He caught up with them just before the port. Esteva asks the prince to go back to a place of safety, but it goes straight to the ship and threaten to leave. Merchant argues that death is always awaits those who behave recklessly. Aturn gave him another three days term. Bastyn one more time headed back to to the headquarters. The guard reported that he was being sought by Padme. Also the solder announced that she will appear in the next morning. The immortal quickly wrote a letter to deva about the situation in the port.

Meanvile in the capital. Padme comes back to the „workplace“. She carefully examined the armor: what principle makes them fly, what type of the fuel is required and so on. Padme goes to heaven to collect moonsilver. Out of curiosity, she had fly near the crashed moon. She notes a large black object that crashed into the moon. The armor try to resists when she was flying to closer, but fails. She sees a ship stucked inside the black sphere. She turns back to the earth worrying about her safety.

The library is brought into the Zalyanitha‘s villa. The contents of books related to legal issues of the Moonisland. City lawyer also came to deva’s villa to resolve some questions regarding mighty eagle. The man offered her to turn bird into the slave with the silver eyes. The animal becomes more controllable and food supply problems will perish too. Zalyanitha choose not to embrace her eagle with such present. She rather ordered to establish small farm near her country-house. Padme appears in a villa. She took Zalyanitha to anonymous room to tell what wonderful things she experienced in da cosmos. Padme revealed too that she is not satisfied with her position as the working horse. Deva does not feel that she is the main person in this city. Zalyanitha is convinced that this city is the safest and best place they are visited in long term. Padme mentions that it is not worth staying here since the end of the world is getting closer. She suggested to a friend to try to fly itself. Both of them are attracted towards flying platform.

People working there refused to put armor on Zalyanitha‘s body, because they don’t know how the artefact will affect the baby. Few more attempts to overpersuade technical people and Padme easily dismissed compromise on a failed agreement. She murmurs that Rakshavyada will be very pleased to fly with her to the sky.

Zalyanitha comes back to villa. She finds that the eagle is the masculine. She goes to sleep after the small experiment with female sheep. The dream returns her to the Unmandin. Candrakridalu suckle her breast, although his age has not really childish at all. She asks if he is ready to be born and became independent. Child confirms that he can choose the time and place where to born. Conversation about end of the world brings them to the dance of love. Deva wakes up in a sweat…

Padme one more time fly to the cosmos. She took courage to assign closer to the space ship and touch the nearby free-floating bodies. And yet the feeling that something that hides behind her and hiders her actions. She pulls back to earth after a few moments later. Deep cold hits her body… She does not feel hands or feet, and the darkness begins to grow in the eyes. Padme begins to regain consciousness… She hears how people behind her in discussing what happened to her. It seems that they know more than telling to devas.

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Moonsilver skies

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Bastyn talks business with merchants at local tavern when prince comes and slaps the letter on his table. Merchants are amazed and Bastyn is unamused… later he goes to the safe place and unfolds the letter with iron rod, just in case.

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In the morning locals tell Padme that she has work to do and takes her to the pyramid – here she is presented with intricate moonsilver winged suit and perspective to scrape moonsilver out of the sky. She expresses awe eagerness to help the people. After some hours of fitting and suit maintenance she soars into the sky and moves towards the moon. This suit and capability to fly gives her long lost sense of freedom and omnipotence. She toyed with blobs of moonsilver floating around in space and saw the dark object crashed into the moon – so deva had and idea to study it better next time she takes up into the sky.

After returning to the earth, assistants took of her suit and the moonsilver, so Padme retreated to rest – she was happy finally able to help someone, but in her mind holds bitter thoughts that she does not want to get caught in routine work, especially after the people nudged her to work some more. Padme decides to learn all she could about the suit maintenance and run away with it.

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Meanwhile Rakshavyada talks to Malika and Malika tries to convince him that they must leave the island and blabbers lots of about stuff he is not interested in. He leaves Malika and tends to his own business while she tidies his room and does loads of unnecessary stuff that annoys Rakshavyada.

Bastyn breaks the news to his “locksmith” assistant that they’ll go to the sorcerers gate. The man is not amused, he thinks that he’ll not only die, but will lose his soul too…

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Zalyanitha at the harbor thinks on the way to cater needs of her eagle without killing people, because she thinks on settling at this island. She finds some geese to breed and Prince Saturn. She didn’t know that the other prince was present (actually who knew nothing that there is other prince like that) at the harbor and is a little bit surprised. and like with other devas – prince tries to convince her on coming to the empire and she bluntly refuses. He tries to push her into the agreement to come, but she simply shrugs him away… prince is left with broken ego it looks.

After this Zalyanitha meets Malika who takes her to Rakshavyada. To her great delight Rakshavyada presents deva of Truth with her long lost mirror artifact. Allso Rakshavyada explains his current circumstances and show how The Seed of Life affected him – his blood has the power to make things grow. Here Aturn storms in and Zalyanitha tells him she’s bound to stay – this island satisfies her needs.

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Bastyn tries to paint nativity scene of Zalyanitha and her baby, but fails miserably, event drifts to his visions of personifications of his demons, baby-boy under eternal plum tree, who in his dream gave Bastyn the plum. Bastyn shrugs off all this and decides to get professional help – so he finds in one of the ships girl capable of art and wooed her into helping him.

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While Zalyanitha takes Rakshavyada into her girly frilly villa – Padme is taken back to the pyramid by boat for moonsilver mining… on the way she chats with her companion Writchik, wife of one of the wise men. They talk on children and other things until they come to some understanding between them. Waves gently rock the boat…

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A savior emerges

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Rakshavyada went to the Moon Isle’s emissary to say that he and his servant (Bastyn) accept the invitation to visit the inner city. The messenger tried his best to politely refuse the entrance for Bastyn because of the law. Rakshavyada was persistent and refused to enter without his servant.
After a while another messenger found him, apologized and invited him again using much nicer and polite words. Rakshavyada told him that he want to wait for a while.
Bastyn was also busy: he was trying to get grip on some precious tools and opening the box. He co-operated with a ‘local’ smuggler. After a successful operation he agreed to meet him a month later in a particular place and time.
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Rakshavyada found himself in a district surrounded by many sick people. They looked like they were suffering from a kind of plague. One man shouted: ‘Oh great deva! Please touch me and heal me!’. Rakshavyada touched him and the man started shouting again: ‘I am healed! All praise the deva!’, and added ‘If we worship him he will heal one more person on the morrow!’. And people started praising him and thanking. Rakshavyada was puzzled but then he recognized the newly ‘healed man’ and asked him: ‘Why did you do this?’. The answer was that it will be good for him and no one would find out the truth: probably all those people will die in 2 weeks.
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Zalyanitha got a message that a manor is ready for her and Padme. They went to check it out. It was fabulous: very spacious and elegant. It had basement room for receiving guests, a garden and a staff of servants. Zalyanitha requested a language teacher and she was assured that it would be arranged.
Zalyanitha asked if there are any deeds expected of her and Padme. The guide was relieved to hear this and said that there certainly is and representatives would arrive shortly.
Padme attended to the her duties with a representative of her field of interest.
Meanwhile Zalyanitha was asked to look into a certain legal matters and to help sort some complicated issues out. She was surprised to find out that Island’s legal system is very advanced although very complex and that sorting things out would take some time and asked for a break.
Zalyanitha arranged that her eagle would be accommodated at the manor garden. She found out that it was feed on human flesh.

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Fellowship has broken

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…and both of them headed to headquarters. As they went group-mates discussed what to do with Prince and his “staunch” counsellor – Esteva. They have concluded that Aturn must find another way to Sorcerers gates without help of devas. Strange memory of the generative Zalyanitha had heavily hilted Bastyn. He took the child birth with his own hands. The child with a mark of silver circle on his forehead. The merchant noted that the Rakshavyada is no longer at his side after he regained balance from flash back. Bastyn had to hurry a little to catch up with deva at the door step of the headquarters. Rakshavyada didn’t explained the meaning of infant with the strange mark on his head. Only, not clearly mentioned that devas had been drawing tattoos to their children at early stages of they life.

The central city. A highly respected devas were invited to the very special evening party. This party participants are allowed to do anything else prohibited by law: to watch death games, use drugs and do other filthy affairs to other folks and themselves. Only this night, city dwellers are able to fill their morbid desires. Therefore, guests are coming dressed in a wide range of masks. The masks hides not only their faces, but also their bodies too. A tenured players of this macabre game could recognize each other from the masks they worn, but in spite of that, they must comply with traditions. Padme and Zalyanitha came to this corrupt party. The event itself was distributed to several pavilions. In one of space the few people actively participated in the orgy. The sumptuous dinner have been presented in other apartments. Who cautiously tasted wild boar meat, who spent time playing logic games or just talking with each other. Padme did not miss a chance to eat meat. Deva was grieved enough for ash taste salads including all other green food. Zalyanitha also did not miss the chance to partake of meat. The crew members separated from each other during the meal. Padme tried to start a conversation with the local people, but failed. So, she attracted through a mysterious door. Was much more difficult to Zalyanitha to make contact with others participants, because most of us here did not speak in devani or at least in trade. Nevertheless, the deva was approached by the person who speaks fluently enough in native Zalyanitha ’s language. Mysterious person explained the origin and meaning of the masks. He also explained the meaning of this festivity.

The port. As they approached to apartments of the prince, Bastyn expalined to Rakshavyada that the biggest danger of the Esteva lays not in her hands, but in spider companions. They lives in her eye sockets. Deva came into the room with bare blade of the his beloved sword. The conversation between Aturn and Esteva had been interrupted. The prince’s face was distorted by dissatisfaction smile. Some arrogant phrases from the nobleman, but it didn’t not stopped deva to start interrogation of the Esteva. Rakshavyada did not received an adequate explanation how his sword appeared in the hands of the Saturn. Deva clearly stated that Aturn and Esteva is no longer in the partnership of the divinty. They may stay at this headquarters until the owners will asks them to leave this place. The dead silence spread throughout the room…

Rakshavyada and Bastyn returns to the room of the deva’s. The stalwart deva would like to visit in the same smithy and asks that merchant help to arrange the deal with blacksmith one more time. Immortal man agrees with request of the deva. The mighty Rakshavyada may be able to forge the key to his secret box. With this idea the trader attracted towards the master apartments. Along the way, he faced the soldier which does not give respect as all others.

The evening party. At last, the both devas had been appeared in the mysterious room. Man sitting in the centre of the hall reading poetry in moon island dialect. His face is covered with the sage mask. The crowd intently listens each soared word. Nevertheless, the human-sized altar is burning a fire enough to heat the same room. Narrator hand motioned several times and several slaves went to the flames without any hesitation and screaming. The old man himself drank white consistence drink before finale of the poem. A few more moments and death swallowed himself. All participants have been subsided for several moments. Between Zalyanitha and his interlocutor begins a discussion about that this macabre banquet is not the issuse to maintain a high level of public spirit. Besides, community should not forget the superb performance by Padme . An epos about a tragic love had enthralled the all people around. Early in the morning, one of the guest mask’s magic stopped working in proper way. Padme helped to fix broken mask and solved the tricky situation…

Ati persuaded Rakshavyada in many ways to visit the black market. According to him, there will be a good opportunity to buy very exclusive item. Deva does not say any straight answer that him would come to the place or not. Meanwhile, Bastyn had discovered that abandoned building is leased for other two centuries by person who was his master few thousands years ago. The immortal merchant acquired the necessary tools to open the mysterious box. This time the prisoner did not disappointed him.

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Begginings and end of Devas revenge

Bastyn swore somehow to have Saturn‘s ship out of the Moon island. First decided to visit the captain of the guards in headquarters he was living in. Tried to ask everything about the law of the harbor, what crimes would be to receive a ban in the harbor of Moon island. It seems that most of crimes that would prohibit an access to the harbor would be related to trade type crimes such as stealing, deceiving or fraud. When Bastyn asked more specifically on various evil mages coming from the outside world if they would be a reason enough to be asked to leave the harbor. Unfortunately the answer wasn’t really satisfying as the captain as true habitat of Moon island believed that anything that comes from outside word is evil, hence he enlightened Bastyn on the order they are keeping here. The punishment of the crime is decided by judges of the harbor and it might vary.
Having all this new information and deep in thoughts Bastyn decided to visit Aturn, the Red Prince. Though the prince was not happy at all to see Bastyn in his apartments which he shared with Esteva. The mild annoyance expressed by Aturn was nothing compared to his mood when Bastyn inquired on his relationship with the brother, prince Saturn. Naturally he refused to answer that, saying that this is a very long story he is not willing to reveal. His older brother Saturn was always most loved son of the Emperor. And everything related to him disgusts Aturn. The question why Saturn is so well informed on everything related to their group Aturn answered simply that his older brother is very powerful mage and his abilities should not be treated lightly. Then Bastyn expressed his idea to incriminate Saturn at least in this harbor. The idea was met very differently between the couple. While prince was sure that it would fail, Esteva kindly asked to at least hear Bastyn out. After sharing his findings on the law with the couple he did not convince Aturn, ergo he agreed that Bastyn might at least try his best. Bastyn leaves the apartment expressing his thoughts loudly that he needs to find Rakshavyada, who he always nearly misses for about two days now. Deva may have some ideas on his plan.

Meanwhile in the Heart city, the capital and core of all Moon island, the last glimpse of culture and civilization in this cruel barbaric world. Two Devas – the Deva of law order and justice Zalyanitha and the Deva of healing protection and caring Padme – were opening the bronze sarcophagus which they believed to have the elder of Devas. The example and source of the wisdom even for Devas themselves. As soon as sarcophagus opens a bit devas hears air rushing in through the gap. Padme’s hand immediately shoots through the gap to cover the mouth and nose of anyone that is inside there. After Zalyanitha opens sarcophagus they can see mummified body inside watching them with living eyes. Zalyanitha finds a heavy baton nearby and begins to bash the mummy inside with firm hand of justice till there is nothing just a puddle of blood and fractions of skull where previously was a head. Padme was watching this with her eyes of caring and protection then she noticed that someone third is here at the entrance of the hall they were in. She immediately changes her expression contrariwise to fear and gasps “Oh Zalyanitha!” instantly sinks her face to her palms and begins to cry hysterically. Zalyanitha swings baton for the last time and turns to the entrance. There is a little piece of skull on her pregnancy belly. She realizes that the new witness is no other than one of the elders of the Heart city. There is a long awkward silence until Zalyanitha states in high devani “Justice has been served”.
Finally elder finds his voice to say “The sarcophagus meant to be a present for you”. Zalyanitha kindly thanks for it and asks where they got that from. While the elder was telling how hard was to find the sarcophagus at merchants in the seas, and how expensive it was to buy it, other elders were gathering to see what is happening here. Zalyanitha suggests to bury this sarcophagus somewhere in the beautiful place with a lot of honor as befits for such noble person while she washes her hands covered in blood. There was some chaotic discussion between all the elders in their language that was finished by one of them stating in devani “The one does not question the path of Deva. Deva does what needs to be done.” The same elder tried to move closer to see what was in sarcophagus saying for devas that the residence is prepared for devas to stay in. The Villa of orchids is waiting for honorable guests. A short glimpse of content of sarcophagus was a huge mistake for the elder. He rushed after meek “excuse me” outside covering his mouth and looking very pale. Zalyanitha then covers sarcophagus repeating her request to bury it. Elders agreed hurriedly and after Padme asked for some time in privately with the deceased to prepare him for final journey disappeared through entrance quickly.
When there was nothing in room just devas dead or alive, Padme opens once again the sarcophagus. Deva elder was almost no different from regular devas except he had different styled patterns on his body and of cause the small changes of being mummified and having the puddle instead of the head. She tries some of elders blood which was like ambrosia compared to all other bloods. Then she covers the body with part of her sari and closes sarcophagus. After washing her hands both devas left the hall just to find elders waiting for them just outside the door. Padme kindly requests a new sari which she gets almost instantly. Deva of caring and deva of justice decided to continue their day in excursion to see the Heart city, the capital and core of all Moon island, the last glimpse of culture and civilization in this cruel barbaric world. The place where devas are still worshiped as bringers of wisdom, teachers of culture, caring and just.

Meanwhile Bastyn returns to the harbor to make some intelligence on Saturn’s ship. He evaluates the guards of the ship and decides to ask around while doing his trade around. Not surprisingly a person which such talent and long time experience reaches success even in such a short time. Even finds some rumors of black market in harbor, yet nothing concrete as no one would like to risk on ban having business with illegal trade. Yet when he asked about red ships he got tons of information about it. It seemed that these ships are main trend of the gossip there. And one of the owners Saturn is bad news anywhere it comes.

Meanwhile Rakshavyada went to finally meet Ati with all his demons. He had to wait for the demon for quite a while till he appeared heavily injured with only the hammer. Rakshavyada asked what happened and once again Ati throw accusations to Esteva, that she plays double game with them and she cares of nothing but herself. She needs to be blamed that Adi was given to Saturn by none other than Esteva. Deva of the hunt first to try appeal on Ati‘s desire for security of his master and firmly told that he will go to the ship of Saturn to take back that his. There was only helplessness in Ati’s expression. And so Rakshavyada has nothing else to do just to do what he intended to do. But first he had to terminate the game of hiding and seek out assistance of Bastyn. Luckily he found him just in headquarters. Rakshavyada suggested a plan to sink Saturn‘s boat for good of it and asked if Bastyn knows where to get proper tools to do that. Bastyn suggested flammable substance yet Rakshavyada was for drilling holes. So they acquired necessary tools for their plan and swam to the ship from the seaside and executed their plan. Rakshavyada began to drill hole in the ship while Bastyn tried to burn it. As soon as both of them approached the vessel they were attacked by something from the deep sea. The struggle with tentacles alerted someone from the ship. The someone was none other than Saturn. So both deva and immortal had to quit doing what they started. The mocking voice of the prince said that entrance to the ship is from the other side. By the time both Rakshavyada and Bastyn reached the shore. A servant of the prince passed the message that prince requires to meet with them. Rakshavyada agreed but only if they meet in harbor, refusing to step in the ship.
So they met. Prince was carrying some object wrapped in cloth. It was Adi. Saturn confirmed that the sword was brought by Esteva to his ship. Rakshavyada firmly told that the sword belongs to him and none other and he might ask the demon inside about it if he is such a powerful mage as he is rumored, so he has a right to ask harbor guards to search the ship and accuse the owner of the theft. Saturn was not agreeing nor disagreeing on that he tried to look disappointed that the deva of hunt needs guards to protect him, so he just tossed the sword to Rakshavyada and turned around and left with words “it would be sad to plug fangs of the tiger before hunting it down”. Rakshavyada masterfully hid his anger, and after Saturn was beyond the earshot he just hissed to Bastyn “”/wikis/esteva" class=“wiki-page-link”>Esteva will die, if prince will object he’ll die too" and both of them headed to headquarters.

Meanwhile Zalyanitha and Padme were deciding where to go next on their excursion. They refused to see the loom so they sailed to see the hill of orchids. Amazing place full of most beautiful flowers that seemed to face their blossoms to those who observe them. The hosts of the tour Kertmi and Mitranagi offered them to see the wall of mirrors. This one was simple wall out of the mirrors with the main laws of Moom Island:

No man can enter Moon island
No man can leave Moon island
Moonsilver must flow
The loom must spin

After that Kertmi and Mitranagi offered for honourable guest to show how Moonislanders are entertaining themselves. It all sounded very kinky and raised very different reactions on devas. While Padme was slightly amused Zalyanitha was alerted, expecting some kind of danger from that. Well soon they will find out.

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New attempts and special delivery

Zalyanitha dremt of her room in Moongate. Although it felt different, it felt a bit like Moon Island. She heard laughing and found Chandrakridalu. Zalyanitha asked him, if like liked it here. He obviously did. She raised a concern that a certain elder deva is “sleeping” on this island. Chandrakridalu told her that they could be happy and be together in real world, but elder is a threat and she should do something about it.
When she woke up she was given a note which said that Padme is looking for her. Zalyanitha said that she will be back in time for the town tour. The hostess asked to invite Padme to jain them.
On her way up Zalyanitha inspected an interesting loom-like artifact with silvery threads. Padme was cuddling with two bed-warmers whenZalyanitha woke them. Together they tried using the artifact, but did not succeed. An elderly women approached and commented that the loom is broken. Devas followed her and she showed them her research: some mysetrious black dust. The old lady said that she extracted it from moonsilver, although at first she dared devas to guess what that is. Padme touched it and the beaker containing them fell on the ground, shattered and dust spread int the room. Zalyanitha felt abnormal freezing on her arms and legs and left the room. Padme poured some moonsilver on to neutralise it.
Zalyanitha said that Rakshavyada convinced her, that silver web is decaying and she suspects that it is related to this black dust. The elderly woman said that she would like to talk to him very much. Devas told her that maybe it is possible to arrange, but they have to find Rakshavyada.
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Meanwhile in the harbour Rakshavyada inspected the body of his attacker. It looked human, although it had abnormaly heavy head. He wraped it into a carpet and brought it to the fiends to the ship. They looked a bit frightened by it. On his way back he noticed a sarcophagus which was a special delivery to the city from Port of Will-o-wisp. He decided to warn devas and wrote a note.
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Bastyn was still hiding in a warehouse and talked to a smith. He wanted to make a deal with him. It sounded fair, but the man felt deceived: Bastyn took his body to host a demon. The poor man cursed and screamed at Bastyn that he will burn in hell.
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When Padme and Zalyanitha came for for the tour the hostess gave them a “note” from Rakshavyada. They asked her is she knew anything about a special delivery from Port of Will-o-wisp. After a while a hostess came back and told them that it is at the elder pallace but she cannot get them in. Devas told her not to worry and hurried to the top. There they demanded to see that casket and asked for a minute alone with it. They openned it.

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The Loom and the Shuttle

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Padme reads story by Deva Metal Weaver of demise of devan world, but she skips almost till the modern times, where author shows and describes how this city was built and what difficulties they had to endure. Everywhere is mentioned how magnificent and wise is The One who Shapes Silver and how he creates working with Shuttle, how he devised and created robe to travel into the sky and gather moonsilver from the remains of the Moon still there. Here Padme almost stumbles down, because the tower steps are unstable and almost decayed. She decides to return to her companions, because she has the plan now for them and for herself. Deva also finds an islander who got here by flying pyramid, after short chat she shrugs him off in favor of Malika and they continue by boat…
After some time and visiting some boring cemetery (while Malika chats about some Gothic boring stuff quite passionately), Deva of Caring at last reaches the temple of the Loom.

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Bastyn, while people are still sleeping, ponders on entering the Warren. As it was planned, Aturn wakes up first, so he and venerable merchant have a little chat on who is now protecting the Prince and his host and what happens when control over immortal mages mind slips out of said hands. They agreed that priestess would not touch Bastyn in the future or else…
Guard knock on the door where Prince and Bastyn are and declares that “Rakshavedeeehada” sent him, so Bastyn goes to the hunter and begins to pester him with his ideas about Waren, channeling to it and other deeply spiritual stuff. Rakshavyada in his turn bullshits Bastyn with this visionary seeing into the structure of the universe and The Mother.

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While Bastyn discussed matters with Aturn, Rakshavyada met the other brother. Firstly arrogant redhead man introduced himself formally as Saturn Raktagarna prince of Eastern and Western deltas. Saturn presented Rakshavyada with horn of some wild beast (in fact the beast was descendant of some artifact beast as Rakshavyada later identified) and drink in it made from vine and beasts blood – boasting on the way of his superb hunting skills. After he reveals that devas for him are worthy prey and he delights in hunting them, here follows lots of boasting and suggestions for devas to come into the empire and nice stuff they have and how Mahormimat is happy back there. Rakshavyada is not impressed. Deva sends braggart away.

Rest of the day Rakshavyada spends avoiding Bastyn (after chatting with him for a short while) with incredible success. On the way, Bastyn threatens Esteva and reveals that brother Saturn was in the room next to them, so Aturn is eager to go ant face his kin with a sword in his hand, but luckily, it does not happen.

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Padme arrives to the temple of the Shuttle, here she finds corridors draped with silken banners carrying some patterns (as later she decides – templates for patterns) and at the heart of the temple – gigantic loom. She quickly comprehends that Basin of the moonsilver near the ceiling, also the threads from it going into the mechanism of the loom are for weaving patterns, and the loom is huge, very powerful, artifact that can turn moonsilver into real artifacts. She tries to use it, but fails – the artifact is too powerful, or just Padme knows not how to weave. She asks keeper of the temple to call Zalyanitha.
While the man is gone, Caring deva takes Malika to his bed and strengthens devan blood of girls family as she promised. She takes her brother-relative too.

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Struggle to the feast

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The night sky is lit up by multicoloured light. After some time the port was cached up with enough famous growl. But this event does not prevent Rakshavyada to notice the silhouette of the man inside his hideout. Deva quickly nourishes his sword by his blood. It was not hard for the hunter to sneak up to the intruder. Deva have been hit heavily and quickly… No man could survive this elegant maneuver, but sword reverberated from hand of the opponent. The deadly dance began between to fighters. Deva strikes with his sword to the back with all his strengths: sword bent in weird shape, but touches the skin of he opponent. Immediately, the room have been filled by strange metallic sound. A few more turns, but the opponent manages to repulse the Rakshavyada to the ground. Deva concentrating the remaining forces. He grabs his sword and restores it to the crumbling opponent. Finally, the opponent’s armour does not withstand the power of the sword and and spit fighter like a piece of meat. Deva rolls out heavy burden from himself and loose his consciousness.

Prince is overwhelmed by intense anger. He grabs a sword and get ready to go out of the hideout to sneak the perpetrator of the Esteva. Bastyn attempts to detain him by grabbing him awkwardly for a shoulder. The man restores his sword to the merchant. Esteva embraces the prince and convince him to stay in the hideout for few moments more. She promises that help is at hand,

Meanwhile, in town… The celebration begins when elders are completing solemn speech to greet the great devas. Comers does not refuse to participate in the feast: to look at people with own eyes and have a word with them in flesh. Padme noticed how Malika crawling through the crowd toward them. She brought a man with her. It turns out that this man is her brother. Actually he does not speak devani, but he is strongly surprised that Padme can interact with him in his own language. Drunk people are becoming increasingly bolder and more often to start a conversation with devas. Not all city residents can speak in devani. And the few who have the ability to make complete conversation with devas attracts stains of boath goddess. It turns out that some people in the crowd are descendants of Zalyanitha relative (Bhem is the descendant of Akcheja). Anxiety ventilate Padmes minds. So, she asked the elders of the city to take care of her friends Rakshavyada and Bastyn too. The elders are surprised that outside the island walls another deva is walking. They even forget that the merchant is not deva at all, but they grant the permission him to come to the island too. The two devas stand out After some time.

Padme is going towards dilapidated tower. Malika and her brother accompanies her in this short adventure. During boat trip Padme tells to Malika that the her ancestor is in the island and should appear in near future. Finally, travellers navigated near the tower. The building is really impressive by it’s size. Datuvada had been build this tower a long time ago. Really, really long time ago, that the people living there had time to create intricate legends.

In turn, Zalyanitha finds interesting conversation with descendants of Gunparwen and decides to stay with them and make good after party. These progenies invites her to visit luxurious villa. Deva finds out how works strange communication device. The men explains how the slaves with silver eyes are made. It turns out that there is a factory outside the city. Goddess would like to visit this plant. Townspeople has no regrets that ordinary people are forced to be mindless slaves. Magic spinning machine is able to produce artefacts without any effort. So, the city is able to maintain a high standard of living. The device is currently broken for certainly and no one can repair them. City still be able to survive the next few centuries, but townspeople are worried that the next generations will have to practice magic to support population demands.

Rakshavyada wakes up in the morning… Deva detects with ease the snoring of the Atis, he notices a strange moss tussock behind him. He realizes that his sword is inside the hump by tucking his hands inside the moss. Hunter carefully wipes the moss from the blade. Deva feeds the sword by his blood, but the moss tussock grows again. He decides to eliminate them using his hammer. The sound weaks up the Atis. They agree that it is time to find another place for hiding and better not touch the stricken mobster of the redhead prince. Deva gives his armaments to his servant and sends him to perform the task. Hunter wraps the corpse in the rise and towards to the port with burden on his shoulders. As he was walking back to the pier, the deva observes that guards with silver-eyes was looking for someone or something. Soon the solders noticed the Rakshavyada and headed towards him. The deva accelerated the move towards the redhead man’s ship. The hunter threw his swag after coming to the deck and announced: „You lost something“. A moment later the Saturn appears in the ship’s deck. Finally, silver soldiers line up in front of the ship and reports that Padme sent the aid. Rakshavyada with big satisfaction goes out the ship… Sentinels inquire where to find Bastyn. Deva describes where to find him.

Bastyn easily persuaded that the prince and Esteva needs to rest. He even manages to bandage injured girl. Sleeping drugs perfectly affects them both. Soon, the sentry goes down and connects to the rest of sleeping team. Merchant got a great chance to settle his affairs with prince and Esteva. No more, exploitations of his immortal body would happen.

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Ways of hospitality

Zalyanitha and Padme were invited into a private house to spend some time, and it was told to them that there is going to be a greeting in the evening. They started inspecting the artifacts around the house. Several of them were particularly interesting: one showed some messages in moonsilver and dancing figures appeared. Also, there were some refreshments: water, moonsilver and some spicy honey drink. The taste of moonsilver was reminiscent of moonships.
After a while they were invited to step into boats and travel to upper levels of the city. Padme’s boat had lots of bells of it. Zalyanitha’s boat also had a personal touch: the seat was winged.
In the upper level of the city devas were greeted by city elders in a very honouring way. Elders were scared at first but later gained some courage and asked to make a formality – blood test. They had an analyser and started with Padme. They argued for some time about the results while poking at ancient scrolls. Zalyanitha’s result got them excited.
Afterwards devas started looking around and chatting about town history. Some facts were revealed: four devas were declared as protectors of the town and their sculptures were covered with moonsilver. There were iconically precise sculptures of all devas of lower realms, six of them (including Zalyanitha’s, Padme’s and their friends’) were covered with a cloth. The residents of this town are descendants of devas and elders claimed that there are bloodlines of several dozen devas. Devas understood that residents of the city assume that devas will stay with them and continue the deva guidance.
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After escaping and inconvenient situation, Rakshavyada was continuing on trying to communicate with his sword and find a safety. However, he understood that he was being followed.
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Bastyn was dealing with some personal issues. He was looking for ways to strengthen demons and for vendetta. He got very distrustful of Esteva: she was evasive and dishonest, got involved in some bloody deeds. He communicated with demons and asked for murder of Esteva. His guardian demon told him that he must thind the Roots of the World and this quest is more important than devas, prince or anything else.
He also found out that there is a council of shimmers and moon-silver web is decaying.
Sometime later he heard a snippet of Esteva’s conversation with prince. They were arguing: prince was hurt and disappointed by her.
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Padme and Zalyanitha received a message about danger in the harbor.

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Big troubles at the small port.

As Bastyn emerged from under the water. He discreetly checked the crew of the new ship and recognized a red haired man standing on the deck – one of the sons of the Red Emperor. And then on the dock he saw Esteva’s guardgirl waving, and he instantly knew that this was a trap. So he hid under the dock, until Rakshavyada, who observed the arrival of red-sailed ship, did not come and dragged him out of water. They then followed the guard, to the back-alley, where they found Esteva and Aturn, apparently hiding and quite scared. Rakshavyada was asked to wait outside, meanwhile Bastyn was surprised by unprovoked kisses from Esteva and a demand to drink a cup of unknown potion. Alone and under pressure, Bastyn succumbed to the demands, and dived in to a warm and swirl of drug induced pleasures. A giant pink fleshy wound opened before his eyes, covered in a most magnificent patterns, swallowing a tentacle that busted out of merchant’s throat.

Rakshavyada was called back and handed a naked body of the merchant. The party found a new hiding place, in seemingly abandoned building. Rakshavyada decided to go and bring the Vestur here, and when he was away, Bastyn woke and saw a face of Esteva. She told that she is sorry, and that she must do it for the sake of the prince, and then stabbed Bastyn’s eye with as dagger.

At that time Rakshavyada found out, that the building where Vestur was staying was also discovered by the people that arrived with a new ship. As a true hunter with a plan, Rakshavyada rushed the guard standing outside, failing to surprise him, and raising an alarm.

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