After returning the pages to The Sapphire Mage, and thence to their ship the PCs found it unattended and (seemingly) unmolested. They set sail for The Rock of Bral after many discussions as to what course to lay. …
Once on the Rock they set up two apartments, Drake and Tavist renting one in Upper MidTown (very posh), and a larger central one for the rest in Lower MidTown just down the street from the Illithid Embassy. Deciding to stay put for a bit and marshal their resources they embarked on a number of ventures. Ozzy set up and won a bout in the Arena of Frun fighting Phoebus (A lizardman champion) in a barefisted match, Tavist and Drake set about trying to infiltrate the court and nobility. Drake began to find a market for his paintings of Wildsapce amongst the court.
Consolidation then began in earnest as the group began a concerted effort to raise funds for a better ship. Taking on a job through Gaspar’s Reclamations, they set about retrieving a stolen item for a wandering Priest of Murlynd. Tracing it to Hightown they staged a multiplanar infiltration of the suspected Mage’s home and retrieved the item. They were then approached by the Seekers (of which organization Kaolin, Rand and Drake were now members) who offered to finance the remainder of the cost for an Octopus ship in return for taking an unnamed mission. After accepting they discovered the mission was in the employ of an Illithid named Thought Taker, and was to search for artifacts of “The Elders,” a race which preceded even the ThriKreen and Illithids into Wildspace.
Suffering a near mutiny after the MindFlayer killed a crewman in self defense, they managed to hold it together until entering the Sphere of the Elders. Shortly before reaching their goal an omen was seen in the form of the Seven Stars of Celestian, animated and hovering off the port bow. The Sphere was completely empty except for it’s primary, a Black Hole, and The Outpost (a voidworld once used as a base by the Elders). Discovering many relics of the ancients they were set upon by a space drake while exploring. Thought Taker seized a relic and vanished from the Prime Material Plane leaving them to fight. After destroying the drake and it’s spawn they ransacked they Outpost. Shortly after leaving there was a visible shockwave of Psionic/Magical Energy from the Outpost which gave Rand visions of shattering Crystal Spheres with a awesomely large figure resembling an Illithid looming behind them
(This also denotes our Conversion from AD&D to d20/3e )