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Introduction to the Grey Gauntlets situates Kort in the budding social strife of Nobles and describes some of the basic activities of the Gauntlets. Depending on how Kort describes his regular routine or pursuing a desire to know more, he will intercepted by a pair of gauntlets. The goal of this first session is ultimately to introduce him to Valkyrie as well as Zephyr and Hezra’at, who will hopefully become longer term allies that he can call upon as the story unfolds. Valkyrie will lend Kort some important insight into the organization which makes standard procedure of blackmailing individuals to lead them to larger groups of nonmortals to exterminate. Being only tinged with the demonic makes Kort tolerable at best, but tolerable is something the Gauntlets can work with. He will be instructed, as a test, to root out at least one nonmortal in exchange for his own life. Just down the way from The Hydra’s Next Head, a travel shrine dedicated to Farlangan turns out to be a cursed thing which hollows out people and exacerbates their aspect of Hunger. Following first the suspicious travel shrine, cued off by just about anyone (locals think it hexed somehow) and then the possessed man by the well, Kort finds the Scriptorium. At the Scriptorium he meets Zephyr and Hezra’at, a psionic rogue and a cleric/conjurer who is a little bit corrupted by the dark texts he has been directed to copy for the church of Wee Jas, also Hezra’at’s patron. While just reading the scripts isn’t enough to corrupt anyone, being mundane in nature, Hezra’at’s curiosity gets the best of him and he tries out a thing or two he reads about, much like a younger Katheel. Zephyr is a foreigner and something of an object finder who helps Hezra’at locate and obtain the objects he needs for his rituals.

Katheel’s Dialogue.

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Nezraene's Lament palindromation