After resting a few days at Demetrios’ estate, the band decided to return to Aiginia to deal with the perytons. Berenike accompanied them, with Demetrios’ blessing. He realized that his daughter, being illegitimate and not proper, would never be able to inherit his estate or to marry legitimately, and had no future in Aiginia, so he encouraged her to accompany the others.
They returned to Aiginia uneventfully, but in the town came upon several yellow-robed preachers wearing eight-pointed sun masks preaching the ways of the new gods: Gaurak the Bringer of Plenty, the Weaver Queen, and Mesos of the Mysteries. Dalinar quickly got into an argument with them, and eventually Dalinar’s enthusiastic points, backed by Berenike’s inspiration, drove the Yellow-Robed Preachers out of Aiginia. Valius noted, however, that they were likely to simply go elsewhere.
The band went south in a small boat, stopping at a beach camp not too far from the Perytons’ Island, and rested the night. On the next day, they set out for the Perytons’ Island, remembered from the previous attack. They first happened upon some wreckage on a reef, where some bodies peppered with arrows taken from Merak Navy stores were washed up. Soon they sought battle with the perytons, though.
They were not disappointed.
First one of the perytons attacked. In a great show of divinely inspired arms, however, Dalinar dispatched it with one mighty blow, lopping its head off. The second peryton, angered by its mate’s death, soon attacked. Between magic and arms, it too was dispatched, though not as swiftly.
The band landed on the island where the perytons nested to finish off any eggs or young. Ruins were found. Berenike identified them as being old, from before the Migration, and told the story of the People of the Island of Sahu, who enslaved the area before the newly arrived Kerkirans and Robrenni, allied with the Dark Elves to drive them out. They were punished by their god, Talos-Llyr, who sank the Island of Sahu below the waves.
Seeking the peryton nest, they pressed on into the island, making their way along a long-overgrown road to a small complex of ruins. Soon the band saw a line of skeleton warriors, which moved to attack. This included a multi-armed skeleton of icthiod appearance, and the skeleton of a minotaur, along with more ordinary ones. The fight was long but eventually the band prevailed over the skeletons. Both Umberto and Dalinar proved to be strong fighters, making use of blunt weapon attacks to shatter the skeletons.
After defeating the skeletons, Valius noticed that the bones seemed to be knitting back together, and deduced that the master of the place needed to be put to rest. Dalinar knew that it needed to be consecrated to the gods. Thus, the band ventured into the barrow out of which the skeletons had come. Inside, there were many more skeletons and the master of the place, an old Sahu warrior, now a wight. He too fell, after a tough fight. Dalinar consecrated the tomb, and the peryton young were eventually dispatched.
Valius recovered a large quantity of void salts, a key ingredient in smoke powder, from the now-consecrated bones of the undead.