OOC: Ok so Alex and Price are going to remain hidden, but Rahimi is coming with you two since he had come out with you to help Bijan.
and the group of villagers lead you past more of the village's ramshackle houses. Most of them are talking excitedly about the forthcoming meeting, and the children are watching you but keeping their distance. Occasionally one will dare another to get closer. Tyner
notices more of the strange fungus growing on whatever sparse vegetation is around and sometimes clinging to the walls of the huts. After a few minutes you come to a squat, but more elaborately constructed building that can only be a temple. Dalir
and most of the other villagers head inside, although a few (including all of the children) wait outside. Once the three of you enter, you see a very old, golden statue of a dragon with rubies for eyes. Craig
, with his extensive knowledge of this region's history, knows this to be a statue of the sun god Zun, and both he and Tyner
remember that Zun was mentioned in the notes recovered from Ellis's laptop. You also see an assortment of cushions have been laid out in a circle on the floor with three left open for you. One of the cushions is occupied by a wizened, old woman. Speaking in that same old dialect she says: "Greetings, I am Badaa Bahan. Dalir tells me that you have come to my home seeking a missing friend of yours. I assure you that he is unharmed, and came to us of his own free will. Since it is so rare we receive visitors, however, I thought it was best we hold this meeting."