The party returns to Rayhan’s villa for some much needed relaxation. With no other pressing concerns the group decides to take some time and have Shurooq build upgrades to their current equipment. Rayhan tells them that it will still take him some time to check out the Scroll. After just over a month of downtime, Rayhan announces that he is ready to test out the Scroll. Fiora is nervous about trying the Scroll out at all and made sure that the entire party had their gear gathered together before Rayhan tries to activate the Scroll. The group gathers together in Rayhan’s library to try activating the Scroll.
Rayhan tells the group about the activation ritual which is to expose the map of Kakishon (using the methods listed on the item wiki for the Scroll) and then to touch each island, naming them in the correct order. That order is: Serpent Isles, Khosravi, Khandelwal, Ismaizade, Aliskiren, Isles of Night, and Kakishon. After touching each island, the map will turn into a window that looks like it is overlooking the archipelago from a great height and you just have to point at the island you want to arrive at and you will appear there. Rayhan’s intentions is to stop once the map resolves into the window overlooking the islands. He starts the ritual by casting Comprehend Languages on the Scroll to expose the map and then starts naming each island. Rayhan is able to reach naming the Isles of Night when the map starts smoking and smelling of brimstone. He names Kakishon and fire and smoke explodes from the Scroll and the party is sucked into a vortex of fire. As they begin to fall thru the fire they see figures of fire flying upwards thru the vortex, the last of which is a towering, burning warrior with great horns.
After a few moments the groups view fades out and when they are able to see again they see they notice they are on a beach on a tropical island. Apparently they were pulled into the map and have arrived on one of the islands of Kakishon. No sooner do they get their bearings then they notice a 9 headed hydra moving up the beach toward them. They quickly dispatch the beast and notice a sea turtle watching them. When Sahlira walks over to the sea turtle, it drops a small scroll tube and turns to go back to the water. They find that the scroll tube is under the effects of a Shrink Item spell. They restore the scroll to its real size and find a small magic egg and a note. The note is from someone that calls Nex, the Imprisoner, and states that they should hunt something called the Golden Ram to prove that they are capable. They are to take the Golden Ram’s horns and use one of them to call a boat and give the boatman the egg to be taken to the author of the note. They go to investigate the pier and stone hut that they see. They find that the hut has basins that can summon water and food and another part that can summon plush bedding. Rayhan, who was sucked thru the vortex with the group, noticed that the end of the pier was burned and broken. He believes that the pier and hut are what is called the Waypoints for Kakishon. These points are where visitors would normally arrive or leave Kakishon. Rayhan believes that this might be an indication of why the activation method didn’t work correctly and it appears that the Waypoints aren’t working as a way to leave Kakishon either.
They decide to take to the air, via Cloud Cutter, to see if they can spot the Golden Ram and quickly realize that the island is a little bigger then they thought. They start landing periodically to search for tracks and try scrying for the Golden Ram. They are eventually able to locate the Golden Ram which turns out to be a spell enhanced Gorgon. After a quick battle, where Duran is almost turned into Gold (only saved by the timely use of a Hero Point), they are able to defeat the Golden Ram which dissolves into a pile of golden colored dust, leaving behind two golden horns and 7 golden metal plates. One of the horns has a hole in the tip allowing it to be used like a musical instrument, the other horn is identified as a Horn of the Golden Draught. The 7 golden plates turn out to contain spells inscribed on them and act like scrolls.
They head back to the Waypoint and Shurooq blows the horn and calls an Animated Nexian Galley with a brass helmsmen with a rams head. They board the boat and Shurooq hands the helmsmen the egg, given to them by the sea turtle, and the boat starts to pull away from the pier. The galley heads away from the islands shoreline and quickly leaves all sight of land. They have a fairly relaxing 12 hour sailing trip that lasts into the evening, when they notice that the boat seems to be picking up speed. They start to hear the sound, of what turns out to be a waterfall. The problem is the boat is heading for this waterfall and the entire ocean appears to be spilling over into nothingness. They opt to jump aboard Cloud Cutter and follow the plummeting galley to determine if there is a destination somewhere below. The boat falls for about a mile before landing, in what appears to be a heavy mist. After coming to a stop, the galley starts to slowly move off and the group lands Cloud Cutter on the galley to see where they will end up. The galley pulls into a harbor of sorts but everything seems to be composed of the same heavy mist. The ‘land’ appears to be solid and when stepped upon does hold up but is a bit spongy feeling.
The group proceeds farther into the cave and hears a female voice calling to them. They follow the voice and enter a chamber that has a male and female elf residing in it. They walk over to the female and she introduces herself as Lahapraset and her male companion as Chinoy. She tells the party that she is a spirit of creation and when asked about this she tells the party that she is a member of a race called Proteans. She explains that Nex had them create Kakishon and after they finished, Nex locked them in this world to keep it from degrading. Now they are trapped here. She asks the party for help in freeing one of their number (Magiyawalla) from a group of Shaitan genies and killing the Shaitans and by doing so, she will be able to help them escape Kakishon and it will also help liberate the Proteans. The group agrees to help her out and she gives them a few vials of Oil of Soften Earth and Stone and a Wand of Stone Shape and tells them if they will step into the Pool of Entropy she will be able to transport them to the island that the Shaitan reside on. The group moves to the pool and the next thing they know they are on a pier on an island.
Will the group wipe out the Shaitans and free Magiyawalla? What other mysteries will Kakishon have in store for the group?