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The party plods through the Holtese countryside on the back of an Opatasaurus, following the line of the river Caradine. The fields are full of undead workers but the area is surprisingly quiet considering that the frontlines of the war are within hearing distance.

Dermond is pleasant but guarded. He becomes a little more talkative as we approach the Mournlands but this is mostly to encourage us to get a move on. He doesn't want to be in the Mournlands on the Day of Mourning.

The Opatasaur gets increasingly skittish and the landscape becomes more and more unsettling. Beth has to charm the Opatasaur to get it moving in the mornings.

One morning we come across a particularly odd area of stone and metal laid out in a spiral pattern. Beth scouts ahead but even so the party is surprised when the Ctholoid starfish thing rises out of a trench and starts firing rays at us. The first shot kills Rachel outright and the rest of the party are lucky to escape the same fate.

Drenak charges and gets grappled for his troubles, Laura tries to banish the creature but fails and a disjointed fight takes place. It quickly becomes apparent that this is a fight that the party are not going to win but rescuing Drenak takes a few minutes.

Eventually Laura grabs Rachel's kit and her remains and Carl grabs everyone and moves them into the Plane of Shadow. This is a bit of a surprise since no one knew that he could do this. Inevitably, shifting planes in the Mournland has unfortunate side effects. There is a brief feeling of the presence of the Divine Plane and then...

We open our eyes to discover that we are sitting in a circle in a room. Everyone looks human again. Dermond is clutching a toy dinosaur. There is a man in a suit who is clearly trying to get us to participate in some kind of counselling exercise. From what he says it appears that we are there to talk about Rachel's death and that we are not allowed to talk about The Game. After some awkward silences we are sent off to lunch.

It becomes apparent that both Duncan and Carl have no memories of Navir and believe that we are in some kind of mental institution where we have been since surviving a car crash that happened after the game at Gareth's house.

Several of the other inmates look like people we have met during our travels. These include Aramella Woodspring, Lord Vorguard, Cannith Albrecht and a staff member who looks like a human-sized Lizetta. Those members of the party who still have their memories are a little bit suspicious about this and about the fact that both Matt and Jos have apparently been inmates too. Several of the party keep seeing feathery edges to people and there is something odd going on with the shadows.

We spend some time in the day room during which one of the inmates recieves a visit from their family, who look like Professor Forzan and his wife and children. The news is full of the death of Prince Andrew. Meds are dispensed. Duncan and Carl take theirs without a fuss, Miles and Beth both fail to hide the fact that they are trying not to take their own pills and in the end, Laura (and possibly Dermond but he's stopped communicating entirely so it's hard to tell) is the only undrugged member of the party by lights out.

Duncan, Carl, Miles and Dermond are assigned to one room. Laura and Beth also share a room. There is a confidential questionaire for Laura on the bedside table. She is slightly bemused to discover that is all about whether or not Miles has been harassing her.

Shortly after lights out, everyone except Laura falls asleep. Around about midnight there is an unpleasant wailing noise. Laura opens the door and peeks out to investigate. There something that looks a bit like a Skeksis sitting at the nurse's station. The shadows become more solid and everything else (including Laura) becomes very blurry.

Laura reports all this to Beth the following morning. At breakfast Carl mutters that he is worried about Dermond, who has stolen a knife. Laura quietly asks Dermond (in Zilspra) to be careful because if he gets locked up it'll be harder to get him out of there.

During occupational therapy, Miles discovers that Fatty didn't attack the multiverse researcher here. Duncan point blank refuses to believe or discuss anything to do with The Game and concentrates on not being stalkery at all, honest, towards Cast Shayla lookalike who is teaching people to use the computer.

After lunch we catch a glimpse of a tunnel of darkness leading away from the main door. Duncan and Carl see it too but try to deny it. We also catch sight of the Warder of Dreadhold who appears to be an inmate too.

In the evening there is a film. Beth manages to excuse herself and runs into Cutter Drago who is masquerading as a cleaner and tells her that she needs to get out. Whatever is going on here it is affecting the Divine Flame. He doesn't appear to know that Pietra is no longer in Beth's head. Beth is tired and teary from all the meds but manages to relate all that she has learned to the rest of the party.

Carl is willing to take part in an escape attempt on the condition that once it's been proved that The Game isn't real we won't bring it up again. Miles cunningly persuades Duncan that it's just a breakout to go and buy pickles from the local supermarket and then we'll come back.

The party assembles after lights out. Carl swipes a passcard from the nurse's station and Beth finds the keycode. We open the door and shadows surround us. Duncan tries to take a step back but the rest of the party grabs and starts running.

We tumble out into the Navir again. The Opatasaur returns to it's full size and lands on Laura and Jaik. We are in sight of Argonath and so we look for somewhere safe to camp while we deal with the wounded, replenish spells and pray for Rachel.

Dermond is very suspicious when Beth mentions Cutter Drago in front of him. He disappears off into the forest but returns with a Shifter named Sarn. She offers to perform a Reincarnation for Rachel...

So, are there any amendments to the plan for getting in and out of Argonath?
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