The next morning the group decided to go to the market together. Terzek was worried he would be spotted by some Templars, who he was wanted by, but Arom told him Raam was the most populous city in the Tablelands and the chances of running into those specific templars was thin. So the half-giant gave in and they traveled to the bazaar.
Walking the bazaar Terzek saw a half-giant who was familiar to him. Garkom was a member of his tribe and the Air Cleric found out Garkom and his family had been kicked out of the tribe for questioning Chief Jaryx Drikrider. Terzek gave Garkom bread to give to his starving family and as the party neared Cherlimbe’s stall he promised to come back after he gave the bread to his family.
Arom took them to Cherlimbe’s stall, a place that sold herbs, which Andor needed to take care of the strange life shaped items. There Andor met Cherlimbe, an herb merchant and Notah, a halfling who seemed to know why Andor was purchasing certain herbs. Notah invited Andor to the Forest Leaf, a place frequented by halflings later in the evening.
Ka’Sed and Kik’Sa spoke about the dra cities. As they did, a large kreen shadow fell over them. The kreen turned and saw a 12’ tall kreen standing over them, this one did not have huge claws or a spikey carapace. It greeted them, but Kik’Sa was enraged and flew at the large kreen in anger shouting about kidnapping his clutch. The larger kreen was hardly bothered by the aggression of Kik’Sa, but the fierce attacks did not stop and the large kreen pulled the smaller kreen limb from limb in self defense.
After the small battle Ka’Sed spoke with this large kreen, who was known as Tik’Do’Dre. He said he was a Tohr’Kreen from the north and was here to spread knowledge to the Jeral and To’Ksa kreen of the Tablelands. Tik’Do"Dre said he was well traveled and he and Ka’Sed made plans to hunt and talk at the south gate at dusk.
Garkom, the half-giant, returned in a state of panic, saying that his wife and child were missing. It was determined that the party would help Terzek and his kin. Arom suggested they go to a slave market to see if they were sold there. Kwasi had to leave to meet Matrika at high-sun.
Kwasi found the Psiumarkh psionic school and learned that what’ the T’chowb had told him was correct, there was a psionic monastery in the Smoking Crowns owned by a group called the Brotherhood. Matrika advised against seeing the strange monastery. It was determined that Matrika could not help Kwasi with his strange psionic malady and suggested he seek out Maraxes, a Nawab/Warlord who often was surrounded by those knowledgeable in the Way.
Finding the elven slave market Arom found a contact of his, Giran, a brown elf. The elf had seen few half-giants and could not help the party. They determined they would investigate where the half-giants had been last seen.
Finding the shanti town and asking the inhabitants, they eventually met Fyrian, a half-elf orphan gang leader who gave them information for a few coins from Arom. Fyrian told them that a dwarf templar by the name of Bimal had rounded up the half-giants. Rumor had it that Abalach-Re was raising a half-giant army to crush the upcoming Nawab rebellion. And that they were being trained in a compound on the other side of Badna’s Heart, the mountain that the city of Raam was built upon.
Much of the day had passed and the party returned to the safe house. While most of the group ate, Kik’sa left to meet Tik’do’dre.
The two kreen spoke about the location of the Chak’sa and Tik’Do’Dre’s mission to help the kreen of the tablelands and the dre (sleepers/humans) who lived in the cities live in harmony. They then hunted together.
From there Ka’Sed searched Badna’s Heart, looking for the compound where the half-giants were kept, but had no luck. There were many fortified compounds outside of the city on the mountain side.
The next day the group decided to go and see Maraxes, as a Nawab he might have insight into the rumors of the half-giant army and Kwasi needed to speak with him. They found his home in the city and his seneschal suggested they go to the Nawabs compound outside the city.
They did so and after entering the compound they saw the Nawab holding “court” deciding on matters of peasants on his land.