Speeding across the dusty plains and mountains of Feibraxa, the party eventually finds themselves in front of a Feibrax encampment. While the Feibrax drew their weapons, the Matriarch of the encampment showed up to give a proper welcome, introducing herself as Irshagal, matriarch of the Efestunu clan.
Irshagal gave the party a stone plate of a sticky-sweet red substance that some of the party sampled. Inquiring its origins, Irshagal told the party that it is produced from Feibrax children when they try to eat Hiqu berries. Apparently, some components of Hiqu berries react strangely to the saliva produced by Feibrax larva, causing it to turn into a sugary-sappy-fruity substance. The gift of such a substance is a peaceful gesture.
The party were also introduced to the Hastim; enormous beasts with a head covered in horns and tusks and walk of hooves. Their size and stability is such that multiple Feibrax can ride on a single Hastim.
Irshagal told the party that she was willing to go with Nanshe; the only known member of the Ilallunei (The royal family of Urux) to turn to opposing the false prophet. However, Irshagal also wanted to see if the party was willing to help them.
Irshagal talked of her aunt named Nahunexe, who broke away from the Efestunu when Irshagal was appointed the matriarch of the Efestunu right when she finished pupating from the larva stage, feeling that Irshagal was too young for a leadership role.
Nahunexe and her followers left the Efestunu lands, and settled in the plains north of Urux , a place very near to a significant Feibrax holy site as the newfound Zintullei clan. While Nahunexe’s choice of land was controversial, it is not what Irshagal is concerned about. What concerned Irshagal was the fact that she hasn’t heard from Nahunexe since the arrival of the false prophet.
Irshagal requested that the party check on Nahunexe, and find what became of her. While Nahunexe and Irshagal have their differences, Irshagal still wishes nothing ill on Nahunexe.
The party agreed, and after being pointed the Zintullei lands, the party made their way their on their overcrowded Speeder bikes.
The party arrived at an empty Feibrax camp. The Feibrax immediately saw a plethora of tracks heading for Urux, with the Feibrax and Hastim tracks being in a thick line, while more humanoid tracks are seen in lines on either side of the Feibrax/Hastim line.
Meanwhile, Kader found a small line of tracks heading farther north of Urux. Kader identified 5 Feibrax making those tracks.
Taral and Visase followed the larger row of tracks to find them ending at Urux. Urux itself is heavily walled, and fortified not only by well armed Feibrax on Hastim, but also by more modern vehicles and tanks. Orwell began to throw out suggestions of infiltrating Urux and poisoning the water rather than flee, but Visase and Taral talked Orwell out of those suggestions.
The party then converged and followed the smaller line of tracks north, going over plains and passing over rivers and eventually arriving at a rocky valley that, according to Visase, Taral, and Hartel emit a very strong force energy about it. The sheer amount of force ended up heightening Visase’s senses as the party descended deeper to the valley floor, following the tracks as they made their way into a cave.
The cave itself is full of colorful crystals jutting out from the walls and the floors, illuminating the otherwise dark cavern. Before the party manifested a decorated looking Feibrax man, who introduced himself as an Enaqu named Betush.
Betush acknowledged Visase, Taral, and Hartel as Enaqu. Many questions were asked, and Betush answered as best he could, while asking the party questions as well. Betush told the party that Nahunexe is near and is currently in the most sacred of Ilnerush’s sites alongside 4 of her most accomplished Enaqu (Ilnerush being the name of the valley the party found themselves in). The site Nahunexe is in is known as Ilburuq, and was the place where the Feibrax survived the first apocalypse. Betush told the party that apparently, they would play a big role in the Feibrax’s second apocalypse.
Betush proceeds to tell the party of what made this valley so. Before the first apocalypse, the Feibrax had many cities, each governed by a matriarch and her family. The matriarchs looked after their subjects, but in time, some of the Feibrax governments proceeded on their own agenda; often stepping over the agenda of the others. Push comes to shove, and hostilities build. It got to the point, where the matriarchs, and later, most of the people could no longer hear the gods that guided them. Eventually though, they felt other gods; destructive gods who tought them terrible spells. Spells that can make the matriarchs shoot lightning from their hands; spells that can dominate minds.
There were however a few Feibrax who still heard the gods of old. The most devout follower of the gods back in that time was the Feibrax female Utmarset, who found other likeminded Feibrax after getting a vision of destruction of the Feibrax world as they knew it. So Utmarset set off into Ilnerush, and let them into the cavern of Ilburuq to weather the apocalypse. The apocalypse came in the form of a flood, that some of the matriarchs of old sought to use to destroy their enemies once and for all. However, their hatred fed into the spell, causing the flood to not only sweep away the coast, but also the surface of Feibrax.
In the talking of the legends, Betush mentioned of another outsider who visited this site as well. The short-green-biped named Dalbar, who was accompanied by the Enaqu Qarshigal. Dalbar seemed genuinely curious, though like most of the Feibrax, Betush felt that Dalbar’s arrival marked the start of the second apocalypse.
Ilburuq was shielded by the power of the gods, and those Feibrax who followed Utmarset emerged from Ilburuq to a new and forested world, which they saw as a promise that there never again be another apocalypse.
Once Betush felt that the party understood what this place means to the Feibrax, Betush gave the party permission to enter Ilburuq. Before the party left though, Betush told the party that the Enaqu within the party are welcome to take a piece of crystal within the chamber with them.
Taral took a green Feibraxian Crystal, which happens to contain the personality of the granddaughter of Gilesh; the founder of the city of Urux whose name was Ifnaqei, who was known for her long life and the kindness she showed to her subjects, inspiring a golden age of art, expansion, and innovation for Urux.
Visase took a blue Feibraxian Crystal, which contains the personality of a Tenugu matriarch named Amut. Amut’s youth and resolve gave the growing city of Urux many hard battles as the city expanded towards the forests. Amut died in battle, singlehandedly taking out a platoon of Urux’s elite warriors with both weapon skill and the guidance of the gods.
Hartel took the violet Feibraxian Crystal, which contains the personality of an Enaqu of the Baballal clan by the name of Shahiku. While Shahiku was no matriarch, but she was credited for her abilities as a teacher, coach, and advisor to any who made have need of it. Shahiku also found herself in the role of the matriarch many times for many clans of Feibrax, even in Urux, in order to teach the would-be leaders how to be a leader. Then when the leader comes of age, Shahiku stepped down each time to let the future Matriarch do the rest. Shahiku is remembered for her open mind, and vast diversity of experiences.
When the party got their crystals, they set out of the cave, towards the nearby cavern mouth of Ilburuq…