Before leaving Azuldur’s camp, Serafina Anduril spoke with Anna. Azuldur had offered to marry Anna and she refused. The previous night he had asked Serafina for her advice on the matter. He laughed at her answer, but it seemed as if he was considering asking Anna what she wanted. Serafina asked Anna what was next for her. Anna was unsure and needed time. She was going to travel with Azuldur for a while until she figured it out.
Serafina said that in a year or so, after the Daughters of Calidar were trained and could take care of themselves, they would need a proper Feoral chief to take over. They could not stay in Voltierra forever without losing their heritage and she could not swear to Azuldur. It made sense to her that Anna would be their chief. Anna said she would think about it but now was not the right time.
As they said their goodbyes, Serafina noticed that Anna’s leg was not set right and offered to fix it. The caveat was that it would need to be broken again. Anna agreed and Serafina set through camp looking for a proper hammer. This caught the attention of several of the Feoral, who watched as the human was allowed to break Anna’s leg.
All business was taken care of so Sani Nodin and Serafina hopped up on one horse after saying farewell to Azuldur and they began the trek home to Voltierra. In the distance, they could still see the fires from the March of a New Fate.
Sani found Deltin in his mom’s house and reluctantly had an awkward dinner with them. Deltin seemed to dislike living in a house with “8,000” girls and wanted to live with Sani again. Sani felt bad for him and begrudgingly agreed.
Serafina had invited Julian over for dinner. The house was indeed crazy with so many human and Feoral girls about.
After sleeping for one night in Voltierra, they left the next morning for Duun’Vast to speak with Atterick. The waygate was a much smoother transportation than either of them expected. However, they blinked into Cragga chaos. They were in the middle of a battle between several hundred Cragga.
Sani pinpointed two mages who were restricting Atterick while Serafina caught the leader of the rebelling faction. Serafina had attempted to talk to the leader, Duganvardbitch, but he was not very willing to work with her, so she invented a new way to use her powers. The two humans made a quick job of the Cragga insurgents and the fight was soon over.
Atterick introduced himself and walked with them to The Citadel. He offered them rooms to clean up and then they had lunch. Atterick was a very straight-forward and to-the-point man. Sani was able to make trade agreements with Atterick and he had the egg delivered as payment as an “act of good faith.” He also gave them both daggers with his crest upon the hilts as gifts.
Somehow, they returned to Voltierra before supper.
They dragged the 800 pound chest to Serafina’s house, where they found the oldest girls locked in with several boys. Serafina scared the boys and Sani enlisted their help returning the chest to his house. Serafina bagged the egg and delivered it to Milana. Milana was surprised to receive a second egg so quickly with everything else that was going on.
Sani showed Deltin the chest and explained that what was in it was important. Deltin was mad that Sani had been in a fight without him. They had a good talk and bonded a little. Deltin asked Sani if he wanted to play a game. It was the knife game. Deltin was pretty bad at it and immediately stabbed Sani’s hand. Sani showed him up.
Serafina left Milana’s house and went immediately to meet up with Sani before going to talk with Aristos. Aristos looked as if he had not slept in days, let alone gone outside. The dragon came down the stairs and was already the size of a large cat. Serafina said that Aristos needed to get out and invited him to dinner.
Serafina demanded his egg right then and there. Aristos was afraid that they would not go to Fey’Oth if they got what they wanted. Sani and Serafina assured him that this betrayal was not going to go unanswered. Serafina insisted that plans change and every time she returned home, something unexpected happened. She was concerned for the safety of her family and the others. No one would do anything to fix this if she did not return. She would not feel right unless this was settled before she left. Aristos caved and brought the egg down.
The next obstacle was the baby dragon. She did not want the egg to leave the tower. Serafina stared down the dragon and it bit her toe. She kept walking until she and Sani were at Milana’s house. Milana was surprised to see her for the second time today and even more surprised to have the third egg. The deal was complete. Not only that, it felt right to Serafina to have returned them. Milana asked them both if they knew how Aristos had hatched one, which they did not answer. She also inquired if Sani was interested in gaining some of the Lluaran land back, but he said that the remaining two eggs were out of his reach.
Dinner at Serafina’s was a little awkward, but Aristos settled into it. Belaric, Sani, and Serafina got Deltin drunk for the first time. Everything seemed like normalcy was close. Aristos blinked out after saying goodnight. Sani helped drunk Deltin home. During the night Belaric had noticed that his Taalen’Vost tattoo disappeared; both he and Serafina went to bed concerned.
Deltin’s morning assessment of drinking was that, “drinking is evil,” and he determined that he “hate[s] Belaric.” Sani gave him Adlei Rhiggs’s hangover cure and made him breakfast.
Serafina and Belaric met Braeden at the pier as his ship was to set sail that day. They asked about the tattoo and he had no explanation. That made them worry even more. Serafina asked for a pick up and ride home from Fey’Oth in three months. Braeden was surprised but agreed. As they said farewell to each other, Serafina was concerned that she was putting Braeden in danger. Regardless of his feelings or lack of concern on the matter, she worried.
Over the course of the next few weeks Serafina had made sure that different families invited Aristos to dinner about once a week to get him out.
Life was balancing out. The Daughters of Calidar were learning. Belaric and Serafina were able to spend more time at home with their girls.
Five days before their departure, Sani’s caravan returned from the Great Heart Tree. Bardic brought with him a surprise, Adlei. Sani broke the news to him right away. The ground shook beneath them. Sani saved business for later and took Adlei to the tombs before telling Serafina.
Sani had an idea to surprise Chaemlin, Liana, and Islin at dinner with Adlei. He and Serafina went to visit each of them. Chaemlin was still catatonic. Serafina suggested to his caretaker to have Bruinen come talk to him. Islin was excited about going to Bael and went early with Serafina to watch the kitchen.
Bael was closed to the public that night for a private event. Sani reunited Adlei with his children. Belaric, Julian, Rondal, Aleetha, Baby Stangil, the whole family was there and the healing began.