Alerted by screams of agony bellowing out of the village Delport, the mortals of the Basin rushed to investigate, only to find the village mostly filled with hideous abominations, shadows of the villagers they once were. Stumbling upon Madame Sylvie, Chatelaine d’Amour, they were shocked to see her unchanged by the atrocity that afflicted the others. When questioned about the abominations, Sylvie told the inquisitors that she had merely been applying her perfume, when she felt a slight pinch and the screams began. Question after question came her way, until suddenly, the abominations began to march out of the village.
Tasked to hunt down the abominations, the adventurers took to the highway, slaying the hideous beasts where they stood. Within the slaughter, the Silver Dynodeon appeared, asking the adventures to report. The adventurers spoke of the abominations that had escaped, and the Silver Dynodeon noted that Madame Sylvie’s perfume is what protected her from the change, and that it could possibly be the cure. With the parametre secured, the Silver Dynodeon whizzed off once more, trailing a series of beeping sounds.
Asking Madame Sylvie about her perfume, players were asked to gather powderfruit, honeycombs, and kouseki flowers. Hiriako of the Glomdoring arrived, honeycombs in hand, Persayis of Gaudiguch supplied the kouseki, and Xenthos, of Glomdoring, provided the powderfruit. Missing one lone fruit, Madame Sylvie recalled she had dropped one within the Chateau, and once retrieved, she was able to concoct the cure. She dashed off, returning the villagers to their normal state, and returned breathing heavily, thanking the adventurers for their work.
Yells quickly filled the air near the entrance to Delport, and upon inspection, the adventurers found two chefs, complaining about the dangerous work environment Madame Sylvie subjected them to, and they decided they would start up their own restaurant. One of the chefs, Rammy Fleming, hesitated, murmuring about love, when the other, Gordo Hodgkinson, began to question him. Rammy told Gordo that he had fallen in love with Beauregard’s sister, Gabrah, and that it was Madame Sylvie who brought them together. Gordo became furious, and told Rammy that Gabrah was his one true love, and that Madame Sylvie had brought them together as well. Bickering over a girl, the two decided that their plans were ended, and Gordo dashed off, telling Rammy that he’d open a restaurant himself. Rammy hesitated, then decided that he was not going to let Gordo outdo him, and went off to prepare his own restaurant for its grand opening.
Hammering and crashing filled the air as the two chefs worked to get their restaurants open, and it wasn’t long until Chef Gordo Hodgkinson announced the grand opening of Bistro Noir on the Old Imperial Road. Not to be outdone, Chef Rammy Fleming rushed to open his cafe as well just north of his rival’s, and Chez Magnifique’s doors were opened to the public. Overwhelmed by the influx of customers, the two chefs became quite confused, Rammy thanking adventurers for helping who had yet to do a thing. In the meantime, Gordo was having trouble in the kitchen, and was ignoring those who helped get his waiters to work. Too many cooks in the kitchen greatly confused the two, but once things began to settle, the two chefs asked the adventurers for help, tasking them with helping their restaurant to thrive, while driving their newly formed rival’s into the ground.
Many worked on both sides, motivating the staff, gathering ingredients from the farmers market south of the two diners, and preparing dishes to server to the diners, but it was Xenthos An’Ryshe who was first tasked by Gordo with sabotaging Rammy’s restaurant. Sneaking into the cafe, Xenthos ran customers out, overcharging them for the meals they ate, and Rammy’s restaurant was left empty. So it was Xenthos, of the Glomdoring, who first assisted one of the chefs in the first of the restaurant wars. Perhaps some day the former friends shall reconcile, but for now, the rivalry holds strong.
However, the mystery remains as to what caused the Delport villagers to mutate and why the Silver Dynodeons seemed so interested in the events that transpired.