After the events in the halfling district of Cordell, the party gathered the bodies of the fallen Ruby Guard members and brought them back to Wee Jas’ temple, seeking both to give them a proper burial and to try and find out why they were being attacked. Though Balthezar could barely contain his anger/frustration, Khalaan and Terelk were much more civil with the Grand Magus of the temple (Lunara chose to stay in her cat form for the visit, which prevented her from communicating freely).
The Grand Magus asked that the bodies be taken to the temple’s mausoleum, where they were then laid out on marble slabs. She then requested that the party leave the room, so that she could both identify and prepare the remains in peace. After ten minutes had passed, she emerged from the room, only able to identify one of the bodies—that of Sara Truesdale, a favored soul who had trained at the temple under the Grand Magus herself. She explained that she had not seen Sara in roughly three years, when she became the cohort of Eva Redding, an enforcer who hailed from Janbreit, in the west. The western sects of the faith, noted the Grand Magus, were rumored to be more militant in nature, and it was likely that the others hailed from there, as well.
Upon leaving the temple, the quartet returned to the guildhouse to tell Daneth what they had learned, then prepared to return to the City of Sand (with a quick stopover in Elysium, as sort of a day trip), via a Gate spell. Unfortunately, outside forces rerouted the spell, which deposited the party in Aevquin, the continent of wood. Further attempts to teleport off of the continent proved fruitless.
Khalaan crafted an animated sandstone hut (affectionately named “Harry”) for the party to rest in and commanded it to burrow towards the western coast as they slept. Upon waking the next morning, he then made a successful attempt to contact Vaastri using several Sending spells. Through the conversation, he learned that she was meeting with allies (though would not say who) and that the group had been placed in Aevquin for their own protection. She also administered a stern warning not to go after Fallon (one of the awakening Crystalline, and the reason the godlings fell in the first place).
After the message had been relayed to the rest of the party, Terelk used her Find the Path spell to determine what the quickest way home would be. The spell indicated that they needed to go to the middle of the continent. Still in Harry, the party traveled there, only to find a battle raging in the jungle.
After some initial questioning as to whether or not they were in the right spot, the party decided to do some investigating. Though the fighters did not speak Zaelu Common, use of Telepathy and Comprehend Languages closed the language gap enough for the party to get some answers. The side wearing eagle regalia fought to keep their land from the “invaders”, and worshipped a deity they called Ehecatl, which did not translate directly to a name of a current god (though the party guessed Ehlonna from the translation). The other side dressed mostly as jaguars, and fought to regain the land that was once theirs. They served a queen called Tzitzimtl, whom Terelk knew to be a priestess (though she was unsure for which deity). Further investigation revealed her to serve Mextli, the Aev name for Kord. Balthezar was able to detect the auras of the Jaguar side as being overwhelmingly chaotic, but aside from a few scattered lawful auras on the Eagle side, did not detect any strong alignment.