Continuing to travel south, the party tops a small dune and see a strange sight.
A giant wasp like creature is flying low, carrying a wax ball in its mandibles, and is dragging a silk cocoon behind it. Isaac notices a flash of red from the cocoon.
Two black feathered creatures peck at it, tearing at its flesh. After a time, the party decides to charge down, to assist the wasp creature. The group charges in, Isaac in the fore. Battle joined, the Aarakocra are short work for the battle hardy former slaves. With a mighty blow, Zul, the enormous half-giant, parts the final Aarakocra’s head from its shoulders.
Meanwhile, the wasp creature has succumbed to its wounds. the party discover the wax ball is full of water, but not before they accidently burst it. the cocoon is more intriguing. Slicing it open, the party finds an unfamiliar human, in tough desert leather, but dead to some sort of poison. Next to her, lies a familiar face – Nivean! The cocoon shredded, the party decides what to do.
Dri-kull spots a ruby red shimmer – and discovers a large red gem with one sort of rune written on its ‘table’ [ed – the top flat part of a gem].