Ava was pretty miffed about getting left out of the third-year sets, so she left Knighton and took up with the rocky remnants of Jestro's stone army. Desperate for leadership, the surviving stone monsters threw in their lot with Ava. Styling herself the Ambassador, she has holed up in a waterlogged fortress she calls the Stone Embassy, where she now leads and protects what few stone monsters remain.
Embassy -- skyview by Raymond Erikson, on Flickr
A flooded Embassy complex provides great security advantages, but there are some inherent risks, too.
Embassy -- shark attack 2 by Raymond Erikson, on Flickr
Ambassador Ava is trying to present a friendlier image, but the approach to the Embassy, accessible only by boat, is still a little intimidating.
Embassy -- golem entrance by Raymond Erikson, on Flickr
Today, Ambassador Ava has received Clay in the hope of arranging a formal treaty with Knighton. King Halbert may have been a little worried about Clay's loyalties because he insisted on sending two minders along as well.
Embassy -- dock by Raymond Erikson, on Flickr
First, the Ambassador escorts Clay past the barracks, stopping only long enough to chat with a couple of chess players.
Embassy -- chess by Raymond Erikson, on Flickr
Next she takes him to the lecture hall, where the Ambassador has engaged her troops in a crash course on literacy. The results are promising!
Embassy -- lecture hall by Raymond Erikson, on Flickr
Clay seems taken aback by the bell tower and its faceless occupant. The Ambassador assures him that everything is all right and quickly hurries the tour along.
Embassy -- bell by Raymond Erikson, on Flickr
Clay is curious to know what is in the infinity room guarded by Ava's personal heligoyle transport. Ava invites him to see for himself...
Embassy -- infinity room with heligoyle by Raymond Erikson, on Flickr
...but at the sight of Ruina, Clay decides to skip that part of the tour.
Embassy -- infinity room entrance by Raymond Erikson, on Flickr
(All he missed was Krakenskull crackin' away at the piano.)
Embassy -- piano by Raymond Erikson, on Flickr
Ava is quite happy to show off her luxurious accommodations, constructed to her exacting specifications -- a greenhouse, living room, and bathroom.
Embassy -- housing by Raymond Erikson, on Flickr
Her most prized possession is this big-screen TV...
Embassy -- bigscreen TV by Raymond Erikson, on Flickr
...and her collection of videogames and portable consoles.
Embassy -- videogame collection by Raymond Erikson, on Flickr
The Ambassador invites Clay to take a drink, but he wisely declines, preferring to start the treaty negotiations right away.
Embassy -- have some soda by Raymond Erikson, on Flickr
He has reason for haste; it seems that the Vampirates are lurking outside at this very moment.
Embassy -- vampirates by Raymond Erikson, on Flickr