The team wakes and heads to the Morning Hearing, and is surprised to find everyone not abuzz about the murder, but instead about the large Tourmaline obelisk hanging from somewhere above the canopy ceiling down into the Hall. There is an alphabet interface below that Courtiers are using to question it, and it seems the speculation is that this an arrival from the Shadow faction. The most shocking assertion is when the Obelisk asserts that most Shadow members came from Dragon, Death and Hanged Man factions. This leads to much speculation and recrimination, and hints that some sort of quiet purge may be beginning behind the scenes. Shortly thereafter, the Queen and retinue enters, and commands everyone to ignore the Obelisk during the hearing.
Catondarez announces the murder and asserts that Eclipse has determined that the meaning of the symbols is to not try to reveal the secrets of the Labyrinth, without blaming the minotaurs for the death. A rep for the UTA gets approval, sponsored by Magician, to arrange for reagent trades, and a few other Court concerns are addressed before the Queen calls it a day, as everyone is pretty distracted by the Obelisk. The team arranges some meetings for the rest of the day with Glasseater the Alchemist, Secundus the Magician, and Kestia Darkbane, and then plans to check in after and see what’s what.
Glasseater provides some potions to help the team stabilize their relative time experience here, and gives them some more info about the previous team here, some Fey history, some 4th World History, and some potential allies on Earth. He also wants a look at any odd texts, artifacts, or labs they encounter. They also do some research on how to sabotage both AZT and Taco Temple here, and find some interesting leads. Some of them split off to the libraries and find out a lot about 4th World history of both Earth and Seelie, as well as some of the story of the Unseelie and the Sundering.
When they meet with Secundus, Aylin and 6 Cyl drink another potion to help with their initiations, and also give her a lot of details about what they can remember about their missing time: something about “Dis”, which greatly interests Secundus, who asks them to give her anything else they remember and any encounters they have with something called the “Desolation Codex”, amongst other arcane oddities. They agree and head to their next meeting, having a very adversarial encounter with Kestia Darkbane. She seems to love hunting and killing the infected, and collecting their artifacts, which she tosses about her mansion casually.
Aylin makes a tentative deal to betray a significant number of “her kind” in exchange for the Cloak of Hawin, but they all dislike her enough that they plan to try to just steal it, or kill her and take a bunch of her stuff. She doesn’t seem unaware of this, and also hints that they shouldn’t wait too long to turn in other infected, as Aylin has now come to her attention and she’ll come for her sometime, sooner or later. The team heads on another night-time jaunt after meeting up and conferring at their suite. Tivta gives some tips and advice, and some of the team heads to the exterior again to seek Aleiron, but instead encounter Ashokasundari Rai, the investigator, who is looking into the murder.
They share info, and clear up another matter for Eclipse, while also explaining some things for Rai. They also get some warnings about some other risks in the Castle. They go looking for Aleiron, but only find the mysterious silent Knight. He makes a warding motion at their weapons, and they peacefully sit around his fire all night, which passes surprisingly quickly, and hear the bells for the Morning Hearing before long. Some team members also spot a child who bears a striking resemblance to the Executioner exploring the Castle, seemingly in possession of a chunk of the Cornerstone.
The other chunk of the team heads to the Dungeons to try to start looking into the AZT-connected prisoner there. Test mouths off and gets chucked in a cell for the night. 6 Cyl falls for Zeha Cadgris the dungeonkeeper a bit, appreciating her casual brutality. They feel it out a bit but don’t make a ton of progress and plan to return the next day with a better plan. Test gets some info over the evening though- there is another domain connected to this one, through the toilets and possibly other portals, which is some sort of dark pyramid structure with an unknown threat inside.
He emerges in the morning to find Tivta waiting to escort him to the Morning Hearing, where he meets up with the rest of the team.