Amazon Quartet of Justice XIIa: "Civil War! Tigris Splits in Two!"
Unable to do anything with Queen Ditte in her current state, the
Amazons turn their attention to some aspects of their great plan to save
the world that have been neglected for a few days.
Their first stop is Rati, where Fresa charms her dwarven scholar into
beginning the research process on yuan-ti tentacle grafts, and Natalya and
Marika split off to search for the murderer of Natalya's urchin. Some of the blondes
rescued from the Plane of Snakes are
also dropped off at this point.
Next is Louistown, the capital of Orleans, where the remaining
blondes are returned to their homes, and the local syndics are enlisted
in the Great Plan.
In Nööl, even Gabrielle's astounding diplomatic talents
aren't enough to overcome the bribery being applied to the neutral
councillors. Shinbo doesn't want to be seen with Amaryllis, but he does
recommend that she contact the mysterious person known only as... Joe.
Amaryllis puts out the word that she's looking for Joe, and he
obligingly appears in her quarters after she has retired. The people he
represents want to be on the winning side, but aren't sure which side that
will be. They propose a duel to the death between the Amazons and a team
from the opposition, with the support of Joe's backers going to the side
which best proves its ability. Amaryllis accepts on behalf of the Amazons,
on the unstated premise that if things seem to be going poorly, they can
forfeit the match and then overthrow Nööl's government.
Finally, back to the forest outside Tigris, where strange people
were spotted previously. It turns out that the people in the forest are
those citizens of Tigris who followed Princess Lisbet when she fled from
her older siblings who wanted to execute her for treason. Tigris teeters
on the brink of civil war!
To add fuel to the fire, agents of the Necrotheologians have been
committing murder and arson in Tigris and signing their work with
revolutionary slogans. They have also been lurking around the edges of
Lisbet's forest encampments, picking off patrols to reduce morale even
This latter problem is exactly the sort that the Amazons feel they
can solve, so they use divination magic to set up a counter-ambush. When
enormous ravening wolverines attack, Our Heroines are ready! The beasts
severely wound one of Lisbet's soldiers and maul Alyra, but are then
imprisoned in a bubble of impenetrable force. Their masters exchange
spells with Amaryllis and Fresa, but are soon driven off. Unfortunately,
they return while Amaryllis and Gabrielle are finishing off the
wolverines and nearly kill Fresa with tentacles of darkness! Only the
famous dwarven luck lets her dispel the tentacles before being
crushed to death!
The villains make their escape and have taken measures against being
scryed upon, leaving the Quartet nominally victorious, but triumphant.
Something must be done!
Back in Rati, Stephan's friend hasn't uncovered much about yuan-ti
grafts, but a number of magic shops have been looted and burned to the
ground, including the one Gabrielle had hired to upgrade her bow.
Something definitely must be done!
(If you were wondering, Amaryllis's new spells are wall of
force, disintegrate, and Bigby's grasping hand.
The best theory for why boots of flying and broom of
flying are priced the way they are is that the broom has a
weight limit that might prevent a half-ogre in full plate without a bag
of holding from using it. That may have been the actual reasoning
of the designers, but it's still pretty bogus.)
Cats: They seem to have
survived my 13-hour absence without either dying or destroying the
Writing: Check, if I get to count the words from
yesterday, which I do, because I didn't get back until after 22:00.