The PC’s and their entourage lift their sights to the hills and begin the arduous trek into the Mountains-over-Maugrimm. Their large numbers force them to march slowly and to stick to winding valleys and goat paths, in some cases marching single file for many miles. Though this leaves them wide open to attack, they encounter no threat along the way.
The march takes a lengthy pause when the company is greeted by Iron Dwarf sentinels. They demand to know the travelers’ business and seem anxious about large troop movement over their kingdom. Aurélien and Sapphire give their credentials and are escorted, without their party, into the kingdom of mines.
The guards lead the PC’s into Maugrimm via a hidden cave entrance. As they move deeper and deeper into the earth, the hewn stone passages give way to wider corridors of polished granite and marble. Elevators manned by sturdy dwarfmen and controlled by counterweights rise and fall higher and lower than any the PC’s have ever seen. From the throng of the crowd picking up around them, they guess that they are making their way to the hub of Maugrimm.
Sure enough, the guards lead the players to the throne room of King Rinrikk Eisengaz. Majordomos hustle to greet the noble man and woman. The room is a long, vaulted-hall. Facing the main entrance is the king’s dais, where he sits with his queen, Rhunki Eisengaz. On the main floor, seven long tables fan out from the royal family.
Official introductions are made at once. Sapphire remembers having met the king of Maugrimm as a young girl, but he has met so many human noblewoman that he can’t seem to place her. They are made to feel most welcome at court, though they are also encouraged to announce their arrival beforehand should they wish to make a second visit.
Aurélien asks after his family heirloom, Ammandine. The king sends agents of the treasury to look into the matter while he explains to the Elf lord that nothing can be removed from the treasury without the agreement of four of the seven great clans. With this understood, the PC’s set to work winning hearts and minds to their cause.