After their encounter with the strange and ominous Lord Entropy, who’s corrupting infulence affected everyone in the inn (except for them), the party spent an uneasy night in Sanctuary. The next day, they discovered the that their Clan Stone was more than a glowing rock. It allowed them to access a magical jobs index that connected the more adventurous clans with those who needed their assistance. Looking at the jobs available, and in need of cash, they agreed to escort a small group through an area that has reported bandit problems. The caravan turns out to be owned by someone named Barnatum, who claims to be a Power. In particular, the Power of Novelty and The New. He hungers for new expereinces and senses the group has a treasure trove of them. A number of the students agree to “trade” him their first expereinces with something in exchange for items, those memories fading to gray and crumbling away. A strange sensation for those who signed Barnatum’s contract.
The escort missions turns violent when a group of hume bandits ambushes the caravan. The party, having been normal college students barely a week ago, suddenly find themselves faced with people were trying to kill them. Previously they had fought monsters, but now they were faced with the prospect of killing real people. Each faced this in their own way, with varying amounts of angst and blood. But they did prevail, and after dealing with the surviving bandits, returned to Sanctuary for their second job.
They met a Gria, a human with draconic features, who needed help harvesting Bloodsap from special trees deep in the forest. The trees turned out to be hundreds of feet tall, and a long climb left James far behind. Those who were quicker to the top found the Bloodsap pods under attack from Striges, and soon they were as well. Blood drain left several of them anemic, but careful use of safety ropes prevented any drastic falls.
After resting at the foot of the great tree, they found a hidden tunnel at the base that lead to a room containing what appeared to be the same large, ancient book that originally brought them to this strange world. There was a surprising amount of debate about what to do, but when someone tried to pick up the book it sprung open at a touch and sucked them all back through back to the UM Library, though several days had passed.