Last time on Exalted: A Contest of Nisse and Release . . .
Wu Lee-Gu, Naka, Idel and Anden pleading in unison: “We need your help to save Nathir.”
River Games erupting in cheers. Gladiators fighting in the arena.
The group viewing the games, healing wounded, jumping into the arena.
Fighting gladiators. Being launched through the air. Evading Dragon-Blooded. Anden and Reyny are saved.
Animas erupting in various forms. Onlookers are shocked. Ragara Camasto and Cathak Athyen in unison saying “The Wyld Hunt is on it’s way”
Close up of Tepet Yumi’s mouth as she whispers “Your father is here”
Zombies attack. Atash wakes up in a Manse. Bedre moving into shadow saying “We will meet again”
The group leaving White Doves estate. Everyone gets to the Red Cutlass and it start to set sail.
Anden panics and erupts into solar essence as he exalts Dawn caste. He is cut in half by a fiery Blue Jade spear. He falls to the deck dead and the spear vanishes.
Opening Title – A Contest of Nisse and Release
Atash exalts on a ship. A giant octopus rises up out of the ocean and engulfs the ship.
Close up of Atash disarming someone and holding the sword at them, Shakil jumps on her shoulder and screams in defiance.
Vashtim exalts in a coliseum. A phoenix engulfs the coliseum.
Close up of Vashitm being launched out of a catapult flying through the air and landing on top of a wall.
White Dove Fans Her Wings and Brings Serenity exalts in a burning house. A flock of ravens surrounds her as she runs into the woods.
Close up of White Dove whispering in someone’s ear, they in turn tell her something and she gets up and walks away.
Tendai exalts in a village square. The image of a woman bowing erupts over the treetops.
Close up of Tendai as he heals several gladiators by absorbing their damage.
Zaiku exalts in a courtyard. A towering shogun anima stands over a one armed man lying on the ground.
Close up of Zaiku as he slips into the shadows while searching hallways and corridors.
A constellation shifts in the night sky.
A city with canals filled with water instead of streets. The canals are set up in concentric circles radiating out from the center.
A field of glass flowers and trees with gemstone fruit blows in the breeze along with giant white pollen clouds in the distance.
Ghosts lingering in hard labor in front of a pyramid in shadow. The pyramid pulses up and out with a sick green light.
A harem of people lounging on pillows. A tall man in a burnt mask sits in the middle of them all.
A train of slaves moving into a glass court as Fair Folk examine them in detail.
A large death knight traveling at the front of an undead army.
Fair Folk warriors plucking weapons out of the ground, trees and thin air.
A city of canals on fire.
Atash pulled the Red Cutlass from the pier. Everyone saw that there were three Wyld Hunt ships waiting for them.
Vashtim, White Dove and Tendai helped clear the deck of the remaining mortals including Idel and her children. They were taken below.
Atash decided to utilize the cities canals to try to lose her pursuers since it would be difficult for them to navigate. Also the Wyld Hunt ships would not be able to get alongside her and board the Red Cutlass.
She started for one of the larger canals and was cut off by the Trident of Volturnus.
Atash managed to turn the ship down a more narrow canal where the Trident had trouble maneuvering the turns. Atash use a charm to fill her sails with wind even though she was travelling against the wind.
Zaiku climbed to the top of the rigging to keep track of the following ships. His birds-eye-view allowed him to see that the other two ships were blocking the ways out of the Nexus Docks and that the Trident and the Jade Wrath almost collided while moving past one another.
Atash flew down the narrow canal avoiding other boats and turned a corner too sharply. The Red Cutlass ran over a small fishing boat. The fisherman drowned.
The Trident of Volturnus picked up speed coming down the now, mostly cleared canal but when it reached the sharp turn it has to slow considerably. This allowed the Atash to gain enough of a lead to make it to the Nighthammer Docks. She unknowingly sailed past another Wyld Hunt ship called the Empress’ Arrow without either ship spotting the other. Once out into the Grey River she got out of sight of Nexus and looped around to the far side of the Yellow River and sailed upriver towards Great Forks.
A day into the trip, Zaiku noticed that there was a great black bird trailing the ship. It never got closer or farther away. It simply followed.
Vashtim jumped into the river and gathered some rocks to throw at the bird. He also picked up a hungry River Dragon that began to follow the Red Cutlass.
A few more days passed and Vashtim noticed the River Dragon.
On the fourth day while White Dove was pulling watch duty the bird landed on the boat and watched her. The bird was a Raiton and it was much larger than any she had seen before. White Dove woke up Zaiku who was sleeping on the deck. He stood up, looked the bird over and decided that it might be a little god. So he bowed, deeply. The bird lowered its head but when it lost eye contact with Zaiku it glanced at White Dove confused. Zaiku stood up and said “Hello”.
The voice of an old woman resounded in their minds it said “Greetings”
White Dove then understood that the bird might be something more that it appeared. Something older and wiser that anyone she had met in her life. She started formal introduction of each party member using the ancient nicknames of their castes.
“Welcome back to the world Celestials.” Ration answered.