After Father Wodaine closed the door in their faces, Priya led the group in a loud obnoxious prayer until she got some attention from another priest. Brahn went across the temple square to the temple of Nyan. Chance left to go pick up a pair of boots from Nierlyn, and then headed to the Collegium’s local chapterhouse.
Finally, Wodaine poked his head out and said he’d see them. He heard their story and asked why THEY in particular were sent, while looking directly at Kismet. Kisemet then cut Priya off, to tell the Father that she wanted to make a confession, alone with him. He shooed the protesting party outside, and afterward Wodaine said, somewhat angrily, “What are you playing at?”
Kismet said to him, “Do you know my name?”
He said, “OF course I know it. Now tell me why you’re putting everything in jeopardy this way.”
“Tell me my name,” Kismet replied.
The priest looked hurt. “You don’t like the names I call you, my apple dumpling?”
Kismet said, “Is my name Karma?”
“Of course it is,” he said.
She said, “OK, that’s my twin sister. My name is Kismet. I think you’ll want this back,” and put the key down on the table and walked out.
Kismet declared to the rest of the group that her sister was in town and she’d like to track her down to figure out what she’s up to. She assumed she was acting as a courtesan.
While all this was going on, Karl was left outside to watch the horses. The busy temple row had people of all races and profesisons traversing it for various reasons. At one point, an old woman was laboriously climbing the steps to the temple of Anrahd, when a young handsome human man, the paragon of physical perfection, rode up, handed the reins of his horse ot Karl, and gave him a gold piece to hold onto it for a few minutes. He then ran to the old woman and helped her up the stairs, going into the temple as the party was coming out.
Kismet stopped to stare at the man, and offered to help him help the old woman, who responded with a polite old woman’s best way of saying “Hands off, trollop! He’s mine!” A brief exchange took place, in which he complimented the ladies on their grace and beauty, and went inside. The party continued down the steps to rejoin Karl, when another well-dressed man came riding up, dismounted and threw the reins to Karl, flipping him a copper and demanding, “Where is the man who owns that horse?” Karl pointed to the temple, and the man ran up the stairs shouting, “Your majesty! My prince!”
They stopped a passing priest who told them that Prince Rashehn comes often to the temple to pray, when he is in town. The rest of ihs time he spends barracked wiht his officers and troops. The priest said the prince was just back from defending the northern border from a giant attack, and is off to the south to investigate reports of foreign transport ships anchored off the coast. Karl and Kismet went off in search of an inn to headquarter in until they could accomplish their mission, and Karl left the horses with Bella.
The prince emerged from the temple with the other well-dressed man jabbering at his ear, and saw his horse in the hands of Bella. He asked where the other fellow had gone, and said he’d feel it would be an insult to offer so beautiful a lady a simple gold piece for watching a horse. The other man insisted, “Your majesty, we haven’t time for this!” The prince told him, “Nonsense, Erdwell, we’re here now; what time have we lost?”
The prince, while apologizing for his bastard brother, then graciously listened to the party’s problems getting a priest to come back with them. He said “Wait here, I’ll take care of this for you. I’ve got a little influence here.” Erdwell insisted they return to the protection of the barracks, and followed the prince up the steps to the temple, while Rashehn chastised him, saying, “You know your problem Erdwell? You’re a cynic.”
The prince returned moments later with a priest in tow. The priest wore a leather riding coat and carried a case with divine symbols etched on it. “Which one of you is possessed?” he asked. They explained the situation, and he put himself at their service to return to Kechner as soon as they were ready to go.