At the masquerade ball, Barmunda was conspicuously absent. A celebratory dance and fireworks display was followed by the arrival of The Dark Lady, an elemental airship disgorging an contingent of Karrnath representatives of the new Arcane Academy led by one Captain Lycandar D’Deneith.
Vireo Venticarlo, meanwhile, was approached by Admiral Saber Goldstorm, doyen of Aurion’s Holt and scion of House Sivis. He entreated Venticarlo and the rest of Claw Claw Bite to meet him in his office after the ball to discuss their first research project.
This introduction was followed by the arrival of the Fifth Avenue Irregulars research group, carrying between them a large artifact from the mysterious continent of Xen’drik.
Upon the unveiling of the artifact, party-goers began to fall ill, caught by dizzy spells and fainting. Then a savage ogre leapt into the ball from the hold of The Dark Lady and Karrnathi archers attempted to pin down the crowd. It was only through the intervention of Claw Claw Bite that the Karrnathi academy didn’t make off with the artifact. The archers were slain and the ogre taken alive, though Captain D’Deneith managed to escape to The Dark Lady with his life, if only barely. Furthermore, the entirety of the Fifth Avenue Irregulars research group was slaughtered in the fight.
Yet when dean of the Library, Ser Reginald Hawkdragon, grabbed the Xen’Drik artifact, it reacted violently and even now the whole of the Library dome is shining with its golden light.