Getting to the Lawful Good plane was no longer a problem: Cheryl could cast Plane Shift by then, and Donavin could cast Teleport to get the party hundreds of miles in any direction. So they wasted no time after setting Mammon up at his new job under Elroar, and contacted the only person they knew there, the Red King’s Daugther, via scrying. She was skilled enough in Divination to know she was being contacted, and who was contacting her, and the conversation was short and to the point. She introduced herself as Mikoto Bayushi, told them that she would speak with them concerning the contract they wished the Lawful Good Lord to sign, and described the building where she could be found.
The party immediately left. The area where they appeared was a huge, sprawling city, filled with dull white skyscrapers that stood taller than any buildings they had seen in the mortal plane. Citizens filled the streets, and the roads were orderly and moved quickly. They found the building without any trouble: it was the largest building they could see, taking up an entire block of the city and reaching so high up that the top was difficult to spot. The doorman was easily swayed when they showed the family crest that the Red King had given to them, and the receptionist inside quickly found them an escort. The escort seemed quite taken with Raziel, but he didn’t try anything untoward.
After an elevator ride to one of the highest floors in the building, they were brought before Mikoto and her very fancy desk in her office. She told the party that she had been doing some divination of her own after her meeting with her father, and that she had a vision concerning Raziel that had her worried. In her vision, she had seen him with four faces: one of a peasant, one of a warrior, one of an angel, and one of a devil. The Raziel seated before her, however, only had three. She believed it was her responsibility to grant him the fourth, angelic, face. However, the power had a price: he would have to marry the daughter of the Lawful Good Lord. Raziel considered it for a few seconds, but fairly quickly turned the offer down, saying that he would have to give up too many freedoms and become unable to perform his self-assigned duty of guarding the mortal plane against those from the Good afterlife planes who wished to enter.
Mikoto shrugged and said that it wasn’t really a requirement anyway, and send him outside, where the escort from before guided him down a long hallway. Raziel walked with him in silence for an uncomfortably long time, while the escort repeatedly and silently assaulted Raziel with sleep spells until Raziel finally failed his damned save and blacked out.
Back in the office, Mikoto told the party that she did not directly report to the Lawful Good Lord, but that her boss did, making her only two rungs down from the top of the corporate ladder. If the party would do her a favor, she would tell her boss, who would, she was confident, tell the Lord to speak with them. The party agreed, but wanted to know more about the favor. Mikoto told them that there were three rogue demons walking the mortal plane, and until they could be removed, there would be no possible way that the Lawful Good Lord would stop interfering or sign a contract saying that he would. She gave them a list of names: Akatuh, a demon of war; Bayrd, a demon of greed; and Inropam, a demon of plagues. Cheryl made a connection between what Mikoto said of Bayrd and the mysterious stranger who had wiped out her village when she was young, and told the group that they would be saving him for last. Mikoto didn’t really care what order they did things in, or even if they did things at all, so that was fine with her. She was just offering the party a chance to impress her, and whether or not they did it was up to them.
She had one final gift for the party, though, and reached under her desk to reveal an enchanted quiver for Condora to use. Though the quiver appeared empty, an arrow would always appear when reached for, and the person drawing the arrow could decide, at the moment they pulled it from the quiver, whether they wanted the arrow to be Lawful, Chaotic, Good, or Evil. However, the arrow had to be one of those four things. Arrows from the quiver would also continue in a straight line until striking a solid object, effectively giving them infinite range. Presumably, this meant that an arrow fired outdoors that failed to hit an earthbound target could eventually ruin the day of someone on another planet, but this was never explored.
Raziel rejoined the party around this point, unaware of what had happened during his time away, but now a half-celestial with angelic wings to balance out his demonic horns. He flexed his newly-strengthened muscles for a bit, and the party left. They decided to tackle the issue of Akatuh first. His M.O. was to find two military operations and, over the course of a long period of time, influence their highest-level commanders to fight wars that would result in heavy casualties to both sides of the conflict. He had no larger political agenda, and merely enjoyed watching people die in combat.
Cheryl hit the local library, and Artemis hit the local pubs. Within a day, they had learned that the region of Monaco, an extremely small nation near France, was embroiled in a bloody civil war that would fit Akaatuh’s needs quite well. They flew to Monaco as quickly as possible, and learned that its Colonel had recently defected and launched a coup against the monarchy with little provocation. The party snuck into the military camp where the colonel was staying, and, confronting him in his quarters, learned that the colonel was Akatuh himself. They slew him, as well as several of his soldiers, in battle, and Artemis disguised himself as the late colonel to surrender himself to the prince of Monaco and sign a treaty that ended the war. Artemis was tempted to simply disguise himself as the prince instead of the colonel and use the treaty-signing as an opportunity to become sovereign ruler of his own nation, but he eventually decided that it wasn’t worth the hassle involved in running such a nation and the group washed their hands of the entire city. Which didn’t take a lot, since it was less than 200 square miles.
To be blunt, this took a lot longer than what I’m writing here, but those are the important bits. Also, the prince, the colonel, and the lieutenant colonel who was fighting against him all had names at one point, but they are long gone and never really mattered much anyway. This was a period when I didn’t keep nearly detailed enough notes.
With one name crossed off of their list, the party headed back to Faranoth to rest and consider how best to tackle the problem of Bayrd.