Marythsan looks pained at the revelation. "I knew he was...unwell. I didn't realize just how severe that was. This is an unusual turn of events, but not unforeseen. I know there are clauses that allow for someone to claim the reward due a Victor, so long as that claimant fought alongside the Victor. I daresay you fought with him closer than any here, Grovnaidel." He bows his head and touches the Iomedaean icon on his brow in silent prayer for a few moments. "I'll have someone see to his body while the Rite begins, and there will be time after to make the necessary arrangements with House Greer, but for now, please, follow me, so the Tournament can truly end."
He leads you back into New Harbor's streets. Outside, a crowd has gathered , watching you from either side of the street in reverent silence as Marythsan leads the four of you to a small temple to Abadar. On its steps are the Emissary and a middle-aged woman with gray at her dark straight locks. Her robes of office are immaculate, and she bears an intricate gilded symbol of Abadar about her neck. The two of them approach and bow to you deeply. "Sifu Xho Nuo tells me that you have not only won the Tournament, but safeguarded its legacy," she says. "It is always the privelege of the Archbanker to bless the victor of the Tournament, but never before has the Grand Bank owed a group more than you four. You have our thanks."
The Archbanker performs a lengthy rite that closes out the Tournament, and entrusts you with the promotion and protection of the Tournament as its Champions for the next decade. It takes the better part of an hour, but the Archbanker has a way with words that it seems to pass swiftly for everyone (save Poog, of course). At the end, she asks you to join hands with her, and she says a single word.
The next moment, you are no longer in New Harbor. You're in a stone building, and crystals affixed to the walls emanate a soft bluish-white light. Before you stands an immense vault door, emblazoned with the familiar crimson phoenix upon it. "Hao Jin's legacy stands beyond that portal," she says, approaching it. "Normally, the tournament victors are allowed only a single item from it. However, given the debt we owe, I have amended the agreement in your favor. You may each select an item. I trust there are no hard feelings in this breach of the contract?" She approaches the vault and removes her holy symbol, and you quickly discover it is not just her badge of office but also the key to the vault.
The door swings open. Beyond lies a collection of treasures rivaled only by Abadar himself.
So, what is it you find here?