Sometimes fate can’t be helped, and there is no good outcome for a situation. Tonight is one of those nights. After retreating from Devonshire in Alden (Krayus’ sweet-talking abilities fell slightly short) with Valek, the small girl, and a ritual book for the ritual used on the two, you return to Starfall to deliver the bad news.
Through some study you find out that the ritual performed is a very potent and intricate ritual designed to draw the victim’s soul out of their body, and bind it to another being, who can control and manipulate the soul like a puppet. The body is left in a catatonic state. Jael theorized that Valek might have died because he resisted (the victim needs to be in a state of terror and panic for the ritual to work properly), or because his death was part of some greater scheme.
After this research, and some ritual mastering, you used a portal to reach Dorne, where the General is being held, as Valek’s dying note said. As a surprise, the Travel Stones in Dorne were moved, and you ended up walking into a trap. Two hulking dragonborn ambushed you, grabbing several of your group and allowing some smaller jailors to shackle you and keep you from counter-attacking. It was a brutal ambush, but you were about to pull through, before fate threw another sucker punch your way.
High Prophet Arjhan Bloodscale and four of his winged sentinels arrived, ending the fight pretty quickly. Wearing bright golden armor that shimmered in a magnificent way (like Tiandra, only more intimidating). He ordered his hulking dragonborn to stop, and requested that you all remain compliant, because he has no qualms with your deaths, but does not want it to come to that.
What his ultimate goals are remains to be seen, but for now, you have no real options besides cooperating. Maybe fate will be more lenient next time.
Session Log: http://www.mediafire.com/?ga4yhdoh51pfozs
I added a list of rituals known to the Loot Table page. Let me know what rituals you have so I can add them to the list.