The next morning the party wake up on the ship and prepare for the march inland to the mountain of the wind. Anazar is up early and on the beach shirtless, and covered in gore as he dissects and guts the wyvern. He manages to extract and bottle several doses of powerful poison from the corpse. Inky goes for a wander and reports that he can see smoke from a village a mile or so away.
As breakfast is being prepared Kimara slips and hurts her foot. She decides she cannot face a day’s hard marching so stays on the ship. The others decide to go without her, and they take Fengo’s magic helmet with them. Ingky leads them inland towards the village. The village turns out to be three small adobe farmhouses with gardens beside a stream. The inhabitants are very cautious and not very welcome so the party march past them towards the mountain. By late afternoon they have made it up most of the conical mountain when they spot several lizardfolk stalking them. Inky calls out to them in their own language and they agree to talk. They point out that this mountain belongs to them but are willing to let the party pass if they supply them with fresh meat. The lizardfolk suggest a human but Ingky manages to haggle them down to a donkey instead. Ekky is most upset but gives up the donkey. Ingky agrees to carry most of the donkeys load for the rest of the march. As they climb up towards the mountain they hear the lizardfolk kill and noisily eat the donkey.
At the summit the party discover a ruined gatehouse protects the entrance to the volcanic crater. Inside the crater is a ruined mansion and lots of overgrown bushes and trees. They are suddenly attacked by a fast moving streak of smoke which they identify as a small air elemental. They take cover in the ruined mansion and try to drive it off with crossbow bolts. The air elemental picks ekky up and hurls him high into the air and he drops to his death. By the time it also grabs Perex it is much weaker and although he is also hurled thru the air onto the second story of the ruins, he is injured badly but not killed. Then the elemental turns into a whirlwind and disappears.
The party retreat into a dark room in the ruins and prepare to camp for the night as a large storm is approaching. Perex is tended to by Anazar while Inky and Horatio explore the crater discovering a small tomb. Inside are the bodies of the sorcerer Rhuyyum el Dasiya and his wife Haren. Horatio breaks the sarcophagi open and removes all the jewellery from the skeletons. And doesn’t even feel bad about it.
Night is very wet and windy as the storm arrives. In the middle of the night several figures appear outside the ruined house and challenge the party. They are tall men and women dressed like desert nomads with scimitars and bows, and they have strange sparkling/glowing eyes. They say they serve the lord of the mountain and demand to know what business the party has in the area. Anazar explains they are avoiding the storm and are recovering from an attack by the elemental. The leader of the strangers sasy his name ias Akhdar and they are Jann. He says the party can stay for a few days until Perex recovers, and Akhdar uses magic to produce enough food and wine for the party to stuff themselves. The strangers leave but promise to come back and check on the party each day.
Meanwhile back at the beach, Kimara, Amaia and gobbo are with the crew and their prisoner Fengo.
Kimara spends a morning interrogating Fengo. Then she spends the following night in the village where she makes friends with Tiserkit, the sorcerer, who knows a lot about the mythology of the mountain. Tisirkit claims to be descended from Bodash the grandson of Rhuyyum and Haren.
Kimara and one of the village men try to go up the mountain the following day but are attacked by lizardfolk and forced to turn back
Up on the mountain, Anazar and Inky decide to go off and spend a few days hunting in the mountains while Perex and Horatio rest a bit and then go down to find Kimara. They meet her at the village and spend a night there with Tisirkit.
The next day Horatio, Perex and Kimara climb the mountain so that Kimara can have a look around at the ruins. Akhdar and the other Jann appear and say the party owes them a service. They want the party to organise some builders to renovate and repair the ruins so that the Jann can move in. Kimara manages to sweet talk them and they take Horatio, Perex and Kimara to meet their lord Asnan el Reeh on the elemental plane of air. They fly through the air until they arrive at a massive floating castle island. There they meet Asnan el Reeh, the Genie lord, and agree to a deal where they will be transported to the biggest city they know, Chum Cha’aka, where they will organise and hire builders and architects to travel by ship to the islands and build the palace. Then the party will be transported by genie back to the islands.
Horatio, Perex and Kimara return to the crater ruin where they find Anazar and Inky avoiding the rain in the ruined building. They explain the plan and Anazar gets really angry saying he does not trust the Jann, and certainly doesn’t want to be a building contractor for them. Perex is drunk and he and Anazar get into a fist fight. Anazar loses of course and is knocked out cold. The others go out in the rain and talk to Akhdar who is waiting for them.
The next day Anazar decides that a magical trip to a foreign city could mean the potential to make a lot of money and commit crimes and get away with it. He agrees to go. The party return to the village, talk to the ship’s crew and pack their gear for the trip.
The following day Akhdar plane shifts the party to the plane of air, where they find themselves falling for an hour in a vast empty sky. Then he shifts them back to the prime plane, hopefully near the city of Chum cha’aka.
The party materialises in a dusty field on the outskirts of a village. It is very hot and no one is around. Kimara goes up to the nearest house and knocks on the door. The inhabitants seem really alarmed and call for help. Suddenly groups of armed men appear from the houses around the party. Soon they are surrounded by about fifty tribesmen/soldiers. Their leader Saeff Qadda, explains that the village is about to be attacked by a rival tribe and the party have walked into the middle of a small civil war. After much discussion and nervousness on both sides, Saeef agrees to let the party walk out of the village.
The night on the road, the party camp out in the desert under blankets and are ambushed by a small group of gnolls. Perex is badly stabbed but the gnolls are killed. Inky collects five gnoll tails to add to his collection. The next morning, while Kimara tries to activate a wand to heal Perex, a group of horsemen approach. The leader introduces himself as Najma. He is a young noble Chum, with green eyes and pointed ears, and asks the party if they would like to travel to Chum with his group.