Having finally rescued the captured crew from the caves in which the Cult of Klatyr were using as a base, our heroes plundered the cult’s treasures and returned to the ship, once again setting off to the isles of Medon and Apalala’s Domain.
They arrived at the Fire Temple Island and the grateful crew of the merchant ship bid them farewell. After some brief shopping and stocking up on supplies, they set off north, crossing the island in a few days before reaching the Fire Temple.
After passing through the small settlement at the base of the mountain, they entered the Fire Temple proper, a complex built into the side of an active volcano. Inside, the temple bore a resemblance to various ruins built by the Ancients, remarkably well-preserved despite millennia of existence. They were greeted by the sage Kri Va Ti, an elderly esper and Crystalist white mage. He welcomed them to the temple and offered both free (if barebones) lodging at the temple as well as access to their archives.
Aisling and Su Nen sought information about their eye-related abilities, and were given the names of three historical figures who were also notable for their eye powers: the hume black mage Mirionne of Valonne, the esper assassin Fyo Ra of Medon, and the beastkin Sage Tallcloud from southern Canto, Tallcloud being the oldest of them all, having lived a thousand years ago. It wasn’t much to go on, but it was a good place to start.
They then proceeded to the Fire Crystal and communed with it, Iruc finally gaining his crystal mark. They were each given a vision from the Crystal: A wavering, flickering light descending from the sky and into a circle of standing rune-covered stones, being chased by a darkness that traveled from the outermost moon, across the others, and to this one.
Sage Kri Va Ti recommended they write down as many details as they could from the vision, as the crystal might be foretelling the future, and gave them full access to the Fire Temple’s archives.