It’s a new day! Except it’s an old day?
Lily brags about having a key.
Karina says she’s pretty sure she knows about her own demons, and Lily says “you are demons” and makes Karina cry.
Karina suggests just splitting up, since Lily didn’t need help to solve her story. She looks directly at raskogg
“If you haven’t donated to that beggar by the time I get back…”
“say you’ll donate his life” Nittia stage whispers
“Yes.” Karina says. “That.”
We decide to split up. Karina more or less just walks off; Braith asks everyone else if wants to go fight some rats with him. “Except Raskogg, go donate to that beggar”.
Raskogg makes a face.
Lily spends about 15 minutes trying to explain philanthropy to Raskogg. He eventually heads into town, with Lily on his shoulders.
Nittia hangs out with Sidillic and Fengar to ask the God what her trial is.
Braith goes into the woods to find his friends Benedict, Rose, and Fennel
Karina goes up to the lumberman and asks for his amulet. She tells him that she’s on a spiritual journey, and was sent to this place to find a demon. She asks if he has heard of any demons or magical objects. He lies and says he hasn’t.
She nods, pretending to believe him, and asks if it would be okay to walk around to woods looking, and indicates her divining equipment. He says it’s fine, but to not bother any of the workers, which she responds to with thanks and some holy gestures.
Karina wanders off. She heads sort of towards dude man’s house, looking to make sure that she wasn’t followed, and eventually finds a way into it.
She looks around; it takes her a long time and a spell to find the amulet but she eventually digs it out of the drawer it’s in.
camera zooms into the amulet, then cuts to a close up of Karina’s face, then back the amulet, then back to her face, while the music is like all high scary strings and then CUT to a tranquil forest scene, with a bird flying away, and pans down onto Raskogg and Fengar and Sidilic
Sidilic is standing in a circle with some runes. “Well, uh, I guess it’s time for me to cut my hand now, huh?”
“Yep” Nittia responds.
“Well, see you on the other side” He says, and slices his hand.
There’s some spooky light and his body jerks around and he opens his mouth to speak “Hey congratulations on finding a key. So uh, what do you need from me this time?”
“What’s my trial?” Nittia asks.
“Well that was direct. Just uh, take what is offered to you. It will become clear.” Then he dissolves.
Siddilic wakes up, shaking his head a little. “So uh, what did we learn?”
Nittia has already gathered her things. “See ya!” she says, and walks off. Fengar shrugs and stands up and follows. “Wait uh, Wait for meee” Sidilic cries, running after them.
Nittia gets to the farm and finds Shatner Ferrari in a field.
He stands up. “Well uh, hey there y’all! How can I help you?”
Nittia says “We’re here to help you any way we can”. Shatner is a little baffled, because that’s all the response she gives, but eventually he assigns the three of them each a task.
Lily is now walking into town, carrying Raskogg on her back.
They make it into town, and it’s just as you remember! And the beggar is right where he’s been every day.
“So, remind me again why we think I have to give money to this beggar?” Raskogg asks?
“Because… you don’t understand the value of money?”
“So, shouldn’t my trial be to… buy something?” Lily gives him a look.
Raskogg sighs, and then walks over to the beggar and tosses his money pouch at him. The beggar snatches it out of the air, and looks at him, somewhat confused, and somewhat dismayed at the violence of the money. He tentatively opens the bag, and says, “I feel… conflicted.” Raskogg looks at him and “smiles” but it’s halfway to to a grimace. “Are you giving this to me… willingly?” and Lily pokes him and stage whispers into his ear “say yes say yes!”
Raskogg smile-grimaces again “I want you to have it” he says through his teeth. The beggar looks at the pouch, and then back at Raskogg. Then he reaches into his hat and pulls out a key, looking dismayed at Raskogg. Raskogg snatches it out of his hand, still smile-grimacing. The beggar reaches into his hat again, and grabs a small amount of confetti and throws it into the air.
Then he walks away, looking over his shoulder a few times.
Raskogg turns to Lily. “I need a drink” he says. “You’re buying.”
Braith is in the woods.
He walks to his friend’s camp and greets Benedict, Rose, and Fennel with a fancy summersault bow. They bow back and it turns into a big ol’ hug fest.
Braith: “What are you up to, i heard you’re dealing with some Nasty Rats!”
Benedict: “Yeah! It would be good to have you on our side, you’re the strongest warrior around!”
They eat a little bit of oatmeal with nuts and berries, and probably oatcakes with honey and cream because this is Redwall, and they make their way off to the last known Rat encampment.
They travel about 30 minutes before coming across a camp of Bipedal Rat people, swearing and drinking. The rats have scimitars, because lets be real they’re river pirates.
Braith asks Fennel, Rose, and Benedict what intelligence they’ve gathered about the rats, and whether they’ve been bothering any of the local towns.
Somewhere far away Fenngar mutters “Murder them” to himself. No one notices, because he’s just a kooky old man.
Braith walk into the camp, with Benedict, Rose and Fennel, and asks “Where is your leader!?”
We cut back to Karina, who has just obtained the amulet. As she pulls it out of the nightstand, the head of the lumbermill walks in. Before he can outburst angrily, he sees her holding the amulet and realizes he’s caught in his lie. Flustered, bursts out “I can explain!”
Karina looks at him and raises a stern eyebrow.
“Well, what do you need to do now?”
She says “I don’t know. I think I need to confront the Demon? but I’m going to pray for guidance first.”
He sighs again. “Okay. Will you leave my house first?”
“And… can I makeI request?”
“Don’t hurt him.” He sounds distressed.
Karina says, “I will take your concerns into consideration” and makes the holy gestures again
She leaves the house; The lumberman locks the door behind her.
She goes out into the woods and prays, then, will steeled, summons the incubus.
He appears: red-skinned, muscular, and shirtless, with demon wings, horns and a tail. He looks around.
“Am I… in trouble?”
“I am not sure. Are you evil?”
“Well, yes. That is my nature.”
“Do you hurt people?”
“For some value of ‘hurt’, yes. I don’t delight in suffering, but I take what I need.”
She’s confused, but decides to roll with it.
“I serve Dol Ara, who brings light to dark places. Will you serve her?”
“Oh no, the gods wouldn’t have me. You little brothers and sister can, though”
“Do you no have Demon gods that you serve?”
“Yes, but they are not… holy.”
“Can you not do good?”
“No, I do not have that choice. You do, you tieflings do. But I do not. You might as well be human. That’s why Demons are jealous, you know. The Gods are jealous, Devils are jealous—”
Karina interrupts him. “So why did that man tell me not to hurt you?”
“He asked me not to hurt you.”
The incubus looks surprised. “He asked you that.” His heart beats. He takes some radiant Damage.
“But, continue. What are Tieflings?”
“Oh, you don’t know? Well uh, a long long time ago a human had a child with Azmodius – he wasn’t the lord of hell yet – And you’re the result of that. Loosely. Like I said the blood is so watered down you might as well be a human.”
Karina nods, then realizes something.
“Wait, how have you been visiting this guy every night if he’s not real?”
The Incubus looks confused. “What? Wait, where am I?”
Then he looks annoyed, and scowls, realizing something. He reaches into his bag, and says out loud, “I didn’t have this before” while pulling out a key. He hands it to Karina, then says, “I think this world will fall apart soon.”
“Yes, I think you’re right. You should probably go back to where you came from”
“Yes.” he snaps his fingers and disappears.
She destroys the amulet.
From a distance you hear “Oh Come on!”
Nittia is mucking the stables She steels herself, determined, and throws the barn doors open to literal waves of stench.
It is full of poop. There is so much poop.
She manages to withstand the stench without vomiting. She looks around for a shovel, and notices one against the wall. She takes a deep breath, then gags because of the smell. she wrinkles her nose, then takes a more careful breath and ties her hair back with a ribbon. Then she gets to work.
She shovels so much shit.
Midway through two of the Ferrari children come in and start watching. She recognizes them as William and Biscuit
somewhere in the distance a kooky old man digging holes with magic mutters to himself, “burn the farm down!”
“Oh nothing. Just, digging holes!” he does a little jig
Biscuit starts getting bored and pesters Nittia.
“I’m cleaning the stable.”
“Why are you doing that?”
“Because your father asked me to.”
“So? He asks me to do tons of things and I don’t do them”
“It needs to get done”
Sensing this line of questioning is a dead end, she switches tack. She points to Nittia’s staff. “What’s that what’s this for what do you need this with”
Nittia looks up. “Oh, that’s for my travels.”
“Oh you travel?” she picks up the staff and starts banging it on things. “Where are you from?”
“Is that far away?”
“Yes it’s very far”
she keeps making noise.
“Do you fight monsters I heard some people use these to fight monsters.”
“Yes, I do”
“There’s a big monster here.”
“Yes I’ve heard about that”
“We have to stay inside at night”
“I would recommend that yes.”
“Are you going to take care of the monster?”
Nittia pauses at that.
“Yes, I am” and then continues mucking the stables.
Biscuit is quiet for a second, or at least she stops talking while banging Nittia’s quarterstaff
“So how’s it going”
“Oh it’s great” Nittia doesn’t hide her annoyance.
“Am I bothering you?”
she bangs the quarterstaff some more.
“hahaha Mom says that all time.”
“Would you like to help?” Nittia offers
Biscuit takes a moment to think about it. “If I help will you play a game?”
Biscuit starts to dig in, but she does a really bad job. Despite this, they’re done in about an hour.
“Okay I have to go wash my hands now, then after we’ll play a game, okay?”
Biscuit comes back with a checkerboard. They play for a bit. Nittia is winning accidentally, despite going easy on her, and then Biscuit tries to cheat.
Nittia calls her on it, “That move is against the rules. See?” She points to the offending piece and mimes the move again.
“No it isn’t” Biscuit says. “Not how I play.”
Nittia raises her eyebrows, but lets it slide. They keep playing.
At the end of the game, Biscuit takes a rare pause in speaking.
“I know you probably have to go soon, to go fight monsters” Nittia nods at this. “But I want you to have this”. She pulls out a key from her pocket. Nittia takes it.
“Thank you, I’ll keep it safe. _ And_ I’ll take care of the monster.” She pauses. “Can I ask you a question?”
“Sure” Biscuit responds.
“Why are you named Biscuit?”
Biscuit looks thoughtful for a second. “I dunno. I think Dad was just hungry that day”
CUT TO BRAITH IN THE FOREST:
The rats are real scared of Braith and his friends. Their leader with slightly fancier armour comes forth from the crowd.
“Where are you going?” Demands Braith?
“Down the River?” says the rat, he’s concerned with Braith because Braith is scary.
“And you’re leaving tonight?” Questions Braith, strongly implying that if they don’t there will be terrible consequences.
“Uuh, but it’s dark at night. And we’ve heard there’s a monster”
“Ok, you’re leaving first thing in the morning,” Braith concedes, he’s a reasonable little dude. “We’ll wait here with you, until you leave.” And Braith sits himself along the edge of the encampment.
Braith’s friends sit with him, they’re less sure of this arrangement.
After a bit of time passes the Rats realize that Braith and his party are not actually going to attack them, and go back to business eating their lunch. Hard Cheese and grog, because they’re just pirates.
After some time a smaller rat walks up, and offers Braith a drink.
“What are you offering?” Asks Braith. “A bit of our grog,” says the rat. “I don’t really like Grog” Braith explains while taking it.
“That’s ok, none of us do, either” quips the rat.
The Grog makes Braith a little drunk, but he’s not poisoned. Braith’s party is also offered grog, seeing that Braith has not been poisoned, they take small sips as well.
Braith offers some seedcake from his pack to the rat. He finds it delicious, and shares it back with his friends.
This exchange loosens some of the tension, but Braith reminds his party to stay on their guard, but commends them on their ability to relax.
Night Falls. Nothing changed, and the monster comes and slaughtered the rat people and Braith and his friends.
In the morning, the group notices that everything is gone: except the clock tower and