On the way to the Sword, a band of Gnolls try to waylay Divine Fortune. It’s not often that anyone travels these parts anymore, so The Gnolls were eager for booty. They picked the wrong group. Ibis and Taedor used Dimension Door to get in close, invisible, knock out the leader and exit quickly the same way, and then all retreat on their phantom steeds. They quickly secure passage as they imprint on the Gnoll the true situation.
And then into the Sword.
There are many slow hours of travelling over the dunes looking for the Bedine. They come across some very nasty desert spiders, camouflaged against the sand, that are also able to nip in and out of existence, probably ethereally. It is a difficult battle in the hot sandy conditions and aside from some poisoning, all survive.
Shortly after some Bedine are spotted, and after initial contact, they show their delight at the news of the defeated sand spiders, and Divine Fortune are invited back for a desert feast. The Bedine tell them of their stories of Amazandar, and that they can take them tomorrow, but to beware, for it is surely cursed.
In the morning, they set off into a cool breeze from the north, that only gets colder as they continue.
XP: 12160 ea