After discussing their problem at length and ensuring that Mason was properly watched (in case Denuriel still had control of him), Griangi decided he was assert control over the compound and they would make plans to find and reclaim the Heart of Sinakua, if not also the Tears of Marsa. Midori, concerned for the people of Tesra, snuck off to inform Admiral Farinost that he should take the devil’s deal if they don’t return.
Desperate, the Admiral broke and demanded Nilar’s presence, that he would go ahead and sign away his soul for the lives of the Tesrans and for three wishes. Shocked at his reaction, Midori stared as Nilar appeared, contract in hand. Midori immediately fled.
Around the same time, the party were on their way to see the Admiral and exercise Griangi’s authority over the city of Tesra – just in time to see the Admiral finish signing. Griangi and Kia laid into Nilar, while he protested that he was unable to fight back and that Xiwrath would have his revenge if they killed him. Heedless of his protestations, Kia and Griangi slaughtered the hapless herald of Xiwrath, and destroyed the Admiral’s contract. Sadly, this had no effect on the contract itself. Meanwhile, Midori locked herself up in the fortress’ brig.
After deliberations and discussions, Griangi exercised his authority over the city and its defenders, and made a rousing speech about resisting the devils and the infernal threat they present. The party then took Farinost aside and spoke with him in private about what the next steps were, and learned that he had chosen to sell his soul because he had simply lost all hope that they would escape with their lives. While doing so, an imp arrived with a request from Rykel, the new Herald of Xiwrath, for an audience under a flag of truce.
Rykel explained that the contract was secure and that Farinost still had three wishes per the contract. Also that the people of Tesra may leave by land, sea or air. Farinost then wished for enough ships to transport the people safely to wherever he chose, and to be younger and healthier. The second wish resulted in him being a man of 20 again, having lost all the memories and experiences he had gained.
The first wish resulted in an infernal fleet of ships, black and evil-looking, with living figureheads that would move and change when people weren’t looking. The ships themselves had no helm, no oars, and their sails would fill with wind, even on a calm day. A metal plate with the face of a person was bolted into place where the wheel would normally be, and would take commands of the captain.
The party asked Farinost to have a devil bring the Heart of Sinakua to them (with a great deal of conditions), while Griangi and Dinara went into the hills to find mounts and companions. Returning with a pair of young Rocs and a flight of hippogriffs to be trained as mounts. As this was happening, the party made sure the people of Tesra were loaded on to the ships with their goods and supplies, received the Heart of Sinakua, placing it in the ark, and prepared to depart Tesra for Chytri.
Upon placing the heart in its ark, the Affliction was lifted and the priests of Tesra returned to consciousness. It will take a few days for them to fully recover.