Defenders of Khelb
5th day of Marpenoth (Leafall)
During the day, Amitreene stands in front of four Investigators of the order under a Zone of Truth. They ask a bunch of questions related to what she saw in the Tomb when Joren saw the light the first time, and she tell the tale again, confirming word for word what Nalita already reported about what the voice said.
Grimshaw and Amitreene notice hundred of small flickering lights that seem to coalesce around Joren, more and more rapidly, and he seems to welcome their lights around him. He stands in awe, while Grimshaw start putting a hand to his blade, when the time seems to freeze around, and the millions of light create a swirling funnel around Joren, a voice booming.
[I AM THE FIRST AND THE LAST]
[I AM THE ONE THAT CAN’T BE WHOLE]
[I AM THE WEARER OF EVERY SHAPE]
[I AM THE WALKER ON ALL PATHS]
[I AM THE GUIDE TO EVERY FATE]
Joren opens his arms to the lights, then there is a silent radiant shockwave from the funnel, and all the flickers of light that came out of the walls disappear in an instant, and Grimshaw finally puts his hand on his blade while the guide finishes her gasps and Amitreene finishes her step.
“I take it that tha’ does nae happen all the time…
Joren, are you OK?”
Joren looks ok, but still a little dazed, Joren responds “No, it doesn’t. I had a vision. This place… It holds some power. I saw a skeletal figure, holding a Staff, ancient evil. We must destroy that abomination.”
Amitreene confirms to the council that Joren thought this vision was to drive them to destroy a lich, and he was conflicted about his god and the vision but acquired new powers. She also remembers decyphering the symbols that the dwarf Barrus had tagged on the walls of the tomb and the cemetary, symbols that intrigued Joren as their pattern was made in a similar pattern as the symbols one of Joren Prophecy book was illustrated with. Amitreene remembers the sentence “Pain is the Balance” and that the Symbols were from the four seasons and the four elements, but tied together within two intricated squares.
She also reports what she remembered about Joren studies and their discussion. He was taking a lot of notes in his book, as the one he took with him from Candlekeep was a copy and not the original, The Star Walker’s prophecies. Joren believed these prophecies were important and related to the coming year 1490DR. he also got another book at a book shop in Yartar, and that book was damaged and incomplete. he also annotated it when he started studying it, but never really confided with Amitreene about the details of his research, as, at the time, she had her mind bent toward research on her own. The only thing Amitreene remembers is that Joren spoke about Esklindar Lol, the bookshop owner, who gave him that other book, and that this other book was the prophecies of the nine Stars, from the year 657 DR, they year where Khelb died. Joren had found the sentence “Pain is the Balance” in that book…
Amitreene witnessing under Zone of truth is precisely recorded by the scribes of the Order, and the investigators do not ask much more questions. It is clear that their main interest was about corroborating the tale of the Khelbite leader,Narita. All the parts about Joren’s Note seems new to the Council of the Order.