A brief time of peace and quiet greeted our heroes, Sir Damon continued his duties of Champion of the Queen, whilst Gaston tended to the woman he had sworn to serve (His Wife). Marcello returned home to his lands to see to his family and begin his plan to become a prince of Vodacce. Vasily took the opportunity to return to Vodacce to learn more of the fabulous recipe’s this country had.
All that changed when the Heroes received a summons from Sir Damon to return to Avalon. Once our heroes were assembled they were reunited with their old friend the Contessa. It seems while they were apart The Queen and Sir Damon had fallen in love but there was a terrible curse on the land which made it impossible for them to marry. She had learned that there was only one group of sorcerers that had the potential for lifting such a power curse and in fact probably only one among them that could do it. That individual lived in Cathay.
The group if they were willing would travel to Cathay and acquire the services of this Sorcerer. Being the heroes that they are, they of course agreed. There was only one real problem, the wall of fire that kept any Théans out of Cathay. The group first headed to the Crescent empire looking for information to help them as it had long been rumored the Crescent’s had some trade with Cathay. While in the Crescent Empire Vasily bought two dresses one for the Contessa and one for Graciella which he gave to Gaston to present to his wife. Graciella learned that it was actually Vasily that had purchased the dress she grew angry that her husband had not thought of it and scolded him. Gaston took the scolding harshly became drunk and retreated into the crow’s nest where he began singing love songs to Graciella in a very off key.
Leaving the empire they continued on their voyage to Cathay. One morning they awoke to find there ship stalled in the mirror with no wind at all at their backs. They devised crude Rows as best they could and the men started rowing. It was a slow process which drained the crew of their strength. Vasily decided to show the men how an Ussuran would handle this and he was joined by the Eisen Contessa, it became a contest with neither wishing to let the other win. In the end Vasily gave up so that the Contessa would stop, and allowed her the victory but she would not take it, instead calling it a draw. They had managed to finally get close enough to an island when the winds returned. The Crew was exhausted and supplies were running low so they took a couple long boats and approached the island for food. They soon found they were not alone when they were once again attacked by cannibals. Fleeing the Cannibals they ran into another group of survivors, Cathayans led by a young woman named Ming. Ming had a tattoo of a dragon on her back.
The Heroes learned Ming’s father was emperor of Cathay until he was deposed and her father had sent her off as a young girl with his most loyal guards. They had been trapped on this island since fighting the cannibals. The survivors told the heroes that the Cannibals were protecting some type of treasure.