The party sans Sly find themselves very close to the only building in the middle of the swamp. Being surprised by the new Frog Regal King from before with a circlet upon his head the group find themselves in a fight for survival. Mel having been surprised fell over in the knee deep water. SIN gets attacked before being caught in an illusion thinking it to be the Frog King reborn in his new regal form had fallen after attacking him and attempts to take him out before he can attack the group came to mind. He didn’t know that it was actually Mel he was seeing. Meanwhile Gaara squared off against the real Frog King who surprisingly had quiet deadly claws for a frog. Gaara distracted him by knocking off the circlet into the swamp water causing the Frog King to dive in after it and franticly search. Sin was waiting for the Frog to surface while Mel had been creating minions out of the mire and twigs of the swamp to hunt out the hiding Frog King that searched for his precious. Meanwhile Gaara summoned a hand of sand to search through the ground kicking up silt in the process. Finally finding the circlet the Frog King attacked him.
Meanwhile after getting a breather in Sly finally made it through the portal and realized the thing he had come to take his time to procure was not in his hand on next to him when he jumped through. Meanwihile Sly found himself standing next to a very dangerous looking man with several noticeable Numenera. Mentioning to the man it was about time he got here and that the party was up ahead had the man shaking his head and Sly sighing in relief since the man didn’t attack him outright.
He eventually put Sly to sleep though since he talked to much. SIN came over to rescue him. He asked for his goods he had paid for and put a foot on the Frog King embedding his staff in the creatures back. He wanted the circlet that would control the beasts it seemed and Gaara figured the group should get something for their trouble. Mel wanted to say something witty and keep up some banter but being brained by Sin and a tiring battle had him not making the most intelligent and clever of requests. Finally feed up with what seemed like a bad deal Gaara tried putting on the circlet and the swamp turned into something more akin to his homeworld and a bazaar in his hometown without people. SIN who was shaking the water out of Sly ended up shaking small piles of sand out of him. Coming to Sly told everyone once he was conscious this was probably the High Magnus that was buying the creature and a means to control it from the Frog King. The deal was kind of a balls buster and the guy didn’t seem too friendly but Sly reminded them the other option they were pushing him towards was taking the item and killing the group.
With the trade of the Frog King and a cypher the group were kicked out of the realm they were in and SIN grabbed the hover disc with a deathlike grip calling Robot dibs which supposedly is better than regular dibs. The group with the Frog King make their way back to the temple. Gaara and Mell aren’t surprised when Sly restrained the Frog King… using make shift bondage equipment from Jungle vines, mud, and rocks.
With the group back in the workshop they find several items but not really what they had specifically left behind. Sly recommended they talk to the Temple again since she’s a person. Although the group thought it odd they opted to after watching Sly find a Wish Disc which he kept from Mel for safe keeping by putting down his pants. Oddly enough it was the item of power he opted to offer at the high temple area since it was technically the only Cypher he’d had to his knowledge. Plus to the group’s chagrin something from in his pants was something not every female god would be able to see.
What followed surprised the group. Sly was pleasantly surprised to see the goddess wasn’t actually as ‘charming’ as the Frog King, granted she did kill him in front of the group before saying thanks to the group and looking for a new high priest in all people that seemed dependable, unfortunately she was looking at Sly and the party including Sly felt the world was doomed a little. Plea bargaining, negotiation, or just trying to double talk resolved itself in a metal rod one meter thick descending through the temple roof, through all the floors to the lowest ground levels. Although the Goddess explained it wasn’t open to negotiation a surprised Sly still had the counter of a use of force was an exaggerated strong-arming negotiation tactic.
Gaara, SIN, and Mel were offered a position as the protector of Sly, the new High Priest of the Whispering Green. They were each given a boon as such. Sly was given a choice to known who he was in this life or the other. His partial existence he didn’t recall (As Oliver) was removed and his former self as Sly flooded his mind.