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With their leaders unconscious and recovering from quelling the rift, the guild was briefly thrown into violent disarray when the world fractured around them. With Raim at the helm, the guild reinforced their defensive position as best they could while the plane settled.
Just when the Cosmos Circle was going to scout the current state of the land surrounding Reya, they caught sight of what looked like will-o'-wisps approaching from the scorched land. When the flames resolved into burning weapons, Raim strode out with a pair of guards to meet the newcomers while the guild prepared for things to take a turn for the worse.
As luck would have it, they were fellow advocates of nature, crusading to restore the land. With their mission so closely aligned with Apothecaria Salvia's, Raim deliberated a scant few moments before offering the guild's support. With the guildmasters indisposed, a proper contract would have to be drawn up and signed at a later date; for the time being Raim prepared a gift of a few dozen concoctions to send with Burning Valleys and their companions.
The next morning, Raim found Ruut struggling to meditate, Macoto asleep against his back. "Should you be awake already?" Raim asked, crouching nearby. "You can't have recovered from that song."
Ruut looked over, laying his staff across his lap. "I have recovered enough to perform administrative duties, if nothing else. Would you enlighten me as to what broke the world? The serenade definitely succeeded."
"That is currently unknown. It took all we had to minimize our losses during the event. Shortly afterward, the guild was visited by a new faction aiming to take out the True Gods Cult and Antaias. I have gifted them a number of concoctions and offered the guild's support. We were waiting for you to recover before drawing up the contract."
"Inform them of our creed; make sure they understand why we will be acting solely in a supportive role instead of sending our people to the front. Offer them a steady supply of our concoctions and security along supply routes. Anything extra will require an additional contract, but so long as they do nothing to us we will treat them well and offer access to all our services."
"I figured you'd say something like that; a Jacaranda Circle scribe will come by tonight with a draft of the contract."
"They are likely excited to make the guild's first contract on this plane a success; expect it to be ready tomorrow morning."
"Alright; anything else you wanna talk about before I head off?"
"Nothing comes to mind; I will return to meditating in an effort to–"
"Don't force it. You've already slept through one calamity, so I think we can manage to hold on until you two have regained your strength."
Raim smiled as he got up, leaving before Ruut had a chance to respond.
It appears Macoto was right, Ruut thought. We have talented subordinates that know us well. Perhaps I should pass on some of my old recipes…
Ruut returned to his meditation, slipping into a light sleep after a few hours.