Patrin’s sister, Suri, joined the party. She had become a paladin of the Sun Dragon and had a really cool faerie horse, a colt pixie, as her steed. As a teenager, she was pretty sure that there wasn’t much more to being a paladin than having a horse and awesome powers. Suri told Patrin of a vision that she’d had, of a black dragon eating the burning sun. Then she heard the prophecy that the the enemies of Glantri would rise, and all of these enemies carried wounds and hatred from the war. She saw a deck of cards, and her father drawing a card, and then him crying out in horror, and the cards being scattered in the wind.
She saw a fire in the north. She saw a great burning chimerae, chained to the ground, but stirring and near breaking it chains.
She saw a wind in the west. She saw a small green dragon soaring above a vast pile of all the treasure in the world. There was a gold dragon flying towards him, calling out the name ‘Malakhar’ but the green dragon simply turned back to his treasure.
She saw water in the south. She saw that the water had gone bad and was making people sick when they drank it. She saw that the water was flowing into the ruins of the High Energy Magical Research Facility.
She saw earth to the east. She saw a pale elf sitting on a throne of black obsidian. Blood-stained earth fell from his fingers, endlessly.
Suri explained to her vision to Patrin. After discussing these omens with the party, they decided to head out to New Kolland, especially after Corporal Melchitt advised Gretchen that there were some difficulties with the Great Crater. The Great Crater was the location of the former High Energy Magical Research Facility, which had exploded into a dangerous mess of chaos energies, after a group of high ranking wizards had unleashed the spell which sunk the Alphatian continent, ending the war. One of these wizards was Etienne d’Ambreville, the Master of the School of Magic and Prince of Ambreville.
The Stormwardens journeyed to the New Kolland, where a group of researchers were reported odd readings at the ruins of the High Energy Magical Research Facility. When the party entered the ruins of the facility, they found that they had been transported back in time to the day of the explosion. Gretchen quickly convinced everyone at the facility that she was a legitimate observer from Aalban. Patrin met his father, and found to his shock that he was an upstanding, honest soldier, a far cry from the drunken wastrel Patrin had known.
The party spied on the experiment. They learned that the Prince of Ambreville had a plan to harness the raw chaos of the Deck of Many Things. Patrin’s father, Torrin, would draw a card, while the probabilities would be restricted in the laboratory to guarantee a favourable outcome. But when Torrin drew the card, something went wrong.
An immortal, the Great Dragon, was drawn to the centre of the experiment trying to stop it. However, the Great Dragon was ripped apart by the attempt to control the Deck, splitting into four different dragons: Star, Sun, Moon and Void. The Prince of Ambreville had lured the Great Dragon into a trap, using the resultant energies created by splitting the dragon to destroy Alphatia and protect the Radiance. He did not view this as a murder, because he was guarding the Radiance, and the Great Dragon’s essence would be divided, but preserved. However, the Prince was horrified when the Void Dragon appeared. It tore him apart.
The party learned that the Prince was actually Rad, the immortal of Glantri, who spent his existence engineering and guiding Glantri’s wizard-focused, atheistic culture. Patrin further discovered that Torrin had been cursed for drawing from the Deck, and a high level conspiracy had formed around him to keep him ‘suffering’, to channel the unlucky effects created by the flawed drawing of the Deck. This conspiracy had also been responsible for siphoning the floatstones away from Patrin and Suri’s family farm.