During the night at the Pale Shadow Caerwyn was visited with a strange dream of complete darkness, in which a disembodied voice held a conversation with him about the Mirror and the awakening power within him, warning him that he was not alone in his possession of said ability. He awoke far earlier than usual, joining Siobhan in the commons for morning tea (though drinking ale himself). Once Sacha had awoken they had breakfast and discussed the business at hand before the arrival of Desango, who asked the group to meet with the Hand at the tournament grounds. Heading out of the city they went to the construction site for the tourney, a large coliseum being built for the occasion. There they encountered Torq, who brought them inside one of the finished rooms.
There they met with the Hand, as well as a sturdy Dwarf mercenary by the name of Hien. The Hand wished the group to retrieve another artifact, this one hidden in a ruined temple of a now forgotten god of Light upon which had been built the modern temple of the seven facet god. Hien was to be their companion and guide to the site, within the temple grounds. The group, still distrusting of the Hand, was unwilling to give him the mirror. The Hand explained that the Mirror was one of three artifacts: The Mirror of Shattered Dreams, the Crystal of Life, and the Sword of Souls, which had been thought lost to antiquity. The mirror he claimed would grant any wish, at the cost of the wisher’s soul. The Crystal would instill the person who possessed it with vitality and life. The Sword he did not expound upon, but said that together they could create a mighty protection for the King. Furthermore he urged that the mirror was being sought after by many, including the thieve’s guild, and it would be much safer in his hands. Still unsure, they asked for a proof of his identity, and exasperated the Hand claimed he would be beside the King at a speech held in the market square that afternoon, and that should be proof. The group agreed to see this speech, then meet the Hand at the Pale Shadow to hand over the Mirror if they were properly satisfied.
The group shopped around, repaired some clothing, and burned a little time in the square before the arrival of a royal enterouge. The King was accompanied by a Sheik of San Saramel, as well as by an aging but stalwart looking man with a sword, and a man in black robes. Examining the man they noticed that his robes were clasped in silver, and much finer than their mysterious benefactor’s, which drove their suspicion. Siobhan pushed up to the horses of the royal entourage, using the sigil of the Hand to have the guards draw the attention of the man in robes to bring him over. Meeting him face to face he drew his hood back, giving them a face to see, complere with a spider tattoo that marked him as a spymaster (and once a slave), a voice to hear, and a much shorter stature than the other “Hand” they had met. They discussed the situation with the man, spoke of the artifacts and the apparantly ‘false’ Hand that had given them the sigil and sent them on their quest. The Hand said he would look into the matter, and encouraged the group to continue to work with the other Hand to perhaps find out what he was doing.
After ducking into a seedy tavern to discuss this new revelation, the group decided it would be best to hunt down this other artifact regardless of whether or not they planned to ever give it to the the False Hand. As such they made their way through the Military District to the temple of the seven facet god, and using the ruse of desiring to understand the religion they were lead about the temple by the High Priest, who eventually left them alone for a time in the Crystal Chamber, where they believed the secret passage to the underground temple would be. Hien decided to take this time to chip off a piece of the statue of the Crone for his collection. Once the room had cleared a bit they located a lever which opened a secret passage behind the altar leading downward, and made their way through the dark passage.
The narrow passage lead them to a room lined with sarcophagi, each marked with the spiral eye symmbol which they’d learned to associate with this forgotten deity. A pit trap awaited them in the room, causing them to pause and pull the Dwarf up from the trap before heading on into another trap, as the sarcophagi burst open to reveal four armed skeletons wielding swords in each hand. The skeletons managed to injure Hien though he gave it back in turn, and together the group destroyed the skeletons. After searching the bodies and the sarcophagi for valuables, they moved through the room to the next.
Another passage lead them to a circular room, within which was set an enormous spiral eye above an altar, which shimmered and rippled as if made of water. The eye itself was highly ominous, giving the feeling as if it was watching each member of the group intently. Suddenly from within the eye a large gelatinous cube pushed out, flopping to the ground to aggress the party. As they began to back away from the thing they noticed an odd cloudiness about it and the floating remains of armor and a weapon within its obscured mass. After a very close encounter with the hideous thing in which almost the entire party became engulfed in a single round, they managed to largely escape its paralyzing acid while guiding it back into the other room to trap it in the pit, then finish it off.