Zamora, City of Shadizar, Year of the Serpent
Jalek, The Master Thief of Shadizar, contacts the characters. Together they device a plan to steal the legendary Crown of Dagoth from the royal castle.
New ambassador of Khitai has arrived, and king Tiridates wants to celeberate him with a mighty feast. Hundreds of people are invited. Roxanna contacts Chailin, the noble man for whom they worked previously and persuade him to take her with him to the feast. Fingal is admitted in after he has been recruited as a wandering gladiator.
The crown is only rarely taken from the royal treasury but now Taramis, the princess royal of Zamora, has decided to show off the wealth and splendour of the kingdom to the new ambassador. The crown is in the temple of Dagoth hanging on top of the Sleeping God’s statue. It is attached to a chain which in turn is set into the center point of the temple’s great dome.
Inside the castle characters mingle with the guests and meet Zhelin, the high priestess of Derketo and a rich merchant named Karas and his wife Milena. They also meet Marcel Felishnar, a rather excentric nobleman from a distant city of Zamatra. Marcel invites the characters to his city and castle. The reason behind the invitation remains obscure…
During the evening Fingal fights against men and beasts in the gladiator pit. Being victorious he soon joins the festifities.
Later, sneaking around and avoiding the guards, characters finally find their way into the temple of Dagoth. They see the statue of The Sleeping God from the second level balcony. The statue is wreathed in purple and green coloured smoke. The temple is made of white marble and decorated with huge mirrors and it reeks of evil.
Roxanna uses a rope and climbs down from the balcony. Daringly she steps on top of the Sleeping God and takes the jewelled crown. As she prepares to leave the main doors of the temple open suddenly and a ceremonial procession lead by Taramis herself enters the hall. Roxanna is seen (but not recognised, thanks to the smoke!) but she runs faster than the heavily armoured guards and gets to the rope. Fingal lifts her up. From the roof the characters disappear into the vast western garden and use a sewer to exit the palace.
Later the characters meet Jalek who leads them to a meeting with a person who wishes to buy the loot. The buyer introduces himself as Karanthes, a priest of Ibis.
Suddenly the characters are fabulously rich! They start to spend their hard earned money and buy weapons, beer, wine, camels and armours and gold decorated slippers, among other things.
Somehow they have a feeling they have now caught the attention of some dark power that will not forget the desecration of His statue…