After our heroes confront and retrieve Quingle’s missing shadow, they find themselves summoned to the Golden Beaches in Thalasia, on the fourth layer of Elysium. A bit of debate and travel later finds them on the shores of the headwaters of the great River Oceanus. In the distance they can see the mists that suround The Blessed Isles. A great feast is laid out for them and their host reveals themself as Ivixel, a leonal guardinal. The guardinal greets them warmly by name and agrees to honor the rules of host and guest. During the meal, he chats congenially, enthusiastically inquiring about our heroes’ past exploits. Finally, the feast finished, he explains the reasons for his summons.
“For the most part, my homeland of Elysium is a paradise in every sense of the word, but one section has been sealed off from the rest. Within the confines of those blasted lands, hundreds of terrible monsters have been imprisoned for untold millennium. Once an age, guardinals like myself must fortify those boundaries to keep the rest of the upper planes safe.”
“As you may already know, the janni have come into possession of Darrai Sei Rosani or the Valley of Light – a diamond mine on the Elemental Plane of Earth. It is a vast underground complex filled with nothing but purest diamond. As they have no resources to mine it, they wish to barter it away. After a year-long summons across the planes seeking an offer worthy of Darrai Sei Rosani, Utha Alzmed, the current Amir of the Hubul Jann, has narrowed the candidates down to six. They will make their final decision during a three day long diplomatic summit to be held in a neutral realm called the Demiplane of Gloaming. While six diplomats off a substantial reward for the mines, there can be only one winner. Elysium has charged me to win this prize, and to use the diamonds to restore the borders in Elysium.”
“Unfortunately, I believe I have little chance of winning the mines for the cause of Good. Guardinals excel at many things, but diplomacy is not one of them. I need heroes who possess the strength, cunning, and finesse necessary to subvert our opponents and beat them at their own game.”
“I have the necessary materials for you to make the trip, and I offer my personal seal to vouch for your presence at the proceedings. With your combined efforts, it might just be possible to beat the other diplomats, and win the Valley of Light for Elysium. In return, if you win the mines, you all shall be rewarded with a puissant enchanted item of your choice, and you shall ever more be favored among the guardinals and shall find shelter and sustenance in Elysium whenever you require it.”
The lion-headed celestial lays a plane shift scroll, a forked metal rod of dull gray metal and a stoppered clay pitcher on the table.