Spoiler : Updated 6/29. Sorry for the delay! The Long Summer Spoiler : Reports have come in all over Kuriotate lands that the days have been longer, the skies have been clearer, and the sun has shined brighter. With brighter skies, the Kuriotate militias have been able to see further and observe more of the countryside. Furthermore, criminals facing longer days have found it more difficult to operate within the city, and highwaymen have been less of a threat without cover from the night. The soldiers, able to shift their focus to the outlying lands, have used this period of relative peace to develop more efficient reconnaisance techniques that can be used in the field. Distant Lands Spoiler : Clearly, Ghaeru had correctly interpreted Dallarin's vision. He successfully opened negotiations with the neighboring kingdoms and was suitably rewarded. With a respectable home in Aerie, Ghaeru took it upon himself to offer lodging to Bannor and Amurite travelers, as the locals still were very suspicious of the outsiders. He entertained his guests and shared stories, particularly interested in attempting to discover any more insight into the vision of the desert. One night, a Bannor party told him an interesting tale. "We once were under the command of a decorated general by the name of Decius. For reasons unknown to us, he defected from Bannor service and was exiled from our lands. He ventured far to the west, and found a city in the desert. From this city, Golden Leane, the stories say that he now holds the throne of the Malakim." Another night, an Amurite scout told him a more unsettling story. "I was dispatched to a desert in the north to investigate an area rumored to posess powerful magic. Along the way, I encountered a sizable party of travelers. They seemed harmless, so I approached them, and discovered we had the same destination. The travelers called this area the Mirror of Heaven, telling me that it was a holy site to Lugus and that they sought to find enlightenment on the sacred ground. I accompanied them for a while, as they seemed to know where they were going. However, one night, a troop of soldiers ambushed our camp. They were led by vampiric generals and flew the banner of the Calabim. I was accustomed to such situations and I was able to escape, but the pilgrims stood no chance. They quickly surrendered and I watched from a distance as they were marched into Calabim cities. As for the Mirror of Heaven itself, I found the holy ground, but an angel commanded me to leave the area." Ghaeru reported these findings to Dallarin in front of the Elder Council, and made a statement. "The connection between your vision from Lugus and the story of these captured pilgrims certainly cannot be a coincidence. My lord, perhaps we should send travellers of our own to investigate this." Spoiler : Investigate the Mirror of Heaven. The Second Vision Spoiler : Another restless night for Dallarin. Once again, he was in the desert, but this time he was alone, and he found himself this time at a crossroads. One road led into a dark, twisted forest. Along this road, delicious looking fruit hung from the trees closest to him. The other road led towards a blinding light. The signature of Lugus. He went to reach for a fruit. Before he could get to one of the trees, a lion approached him, seemingly from nowhere. Dallarin drew his sword, but the lion sat and began to speak. "I am here to help you. This way is dangerous, and the fruit is not as it seems. Do not be tempted towards corruption. Following this path will lead you towards certain doom for you and your people." The lion walked towards the other road. "I will guide you through this road, but only if you allow me to. Alliances are being formed, and it is time for you to choose your side. Demonstrate yourself as a benevolent leader. Your empire will only stand on a foundation of morality and redemption. Forgive the unforgivable, and you yourself shall be redeemed." The lion began to walk towards the light. "Follow me." Dallarin awoke. This vision was not as cryptic as the last. He decided to keep this one to himself. Spoiler : Research Way of the Wise before Way of the Wicked.