Starday, First Day of Richfest, 102 years since the fall of Nerath
Following the dispatching of Irontooth, the heroes learned from Pun Pun that he had successfully unified the kobold tribes in the area surrounding Kiris Dahn and wished to consolidate the remaining ones in the area under the banner of the heroes. He took his troops on a scouting mission to investigate the status of the local kobold leader who would need to be dealt with before this could be achieved. Zahlia discovered more book fragments among the dead goblin’s possessions, eventually realizing that they were from yet another evil tome, the Book of Vile Darkness. She was unable to determine much more than the name of the book and the unnerving identity of its author, Vecna who wrote it thousands of years ago when still mortal.)
Sunday, Second Day of Richfest, 102 years since the fall of Nerath
Upon the heroes’ return to Winterhaven, they discovered that Callie’s extracurricular shopping excursion had not gone unnoticed by the powers that be in the region and she was tossed into a jail sell byReijah on the orders of the militia leader Caridea Kellion. In an adjacent cell, the caravan member rescued by the party days ago, (who I did name and then promptly forgot, so he and all people that this happens to shall be known as Slygathor,) was a complete mess by nearly all definitions of the word. He had ritually scarred himself and his babbling and chanting had only gotten more unnerving.
Frontier justice being the order of the day, a trial was hastily assembled, with Caridea
showing that here on the borderlands, we don’t need no stinkin’ separation of powers by acting as judge and jury. But luckily for the good guys, no matter what the era or genre, having ties to organized crime can really help you out in a trial, as was shown with the arrival of Jasmine Glimmergaunt,
noted Fallcrest Escort and occasional Law Student. Even her skills looked as if they would not be enough, but luckily the question became moot when Valthrun
arrived and loudly pointed out he was not pressing charges.
This dealt with, Caridea spoke in confidence over drinks with the heroes, and mentioned that show trials like this were becoming more and more necessary to placate the populace who were beginning to show strain at the increasing nastiness of the recent goings on. Meanwhile, Lambda made her case for never being allowed to go shopping alone ever again, but in the process of doing so, came in contact with Delphina Moongem and her flower selling business. Eventually, the party was collectively able to put 2 and 2 together and come up with, “Hey, those flowers are native to another plane of existence and I think that one ate a rat. Where did you say you got these?” She also learned that she’d been selling them to Bairwin who had been buying them in increasing numbers. Not to be left out of the missing out on pertinent details, the rest of the party remembered that Bairwin had a shop in town that they’d been meaning to investigate, which they proceeded to do that evening. Zahlia’s arrival in town coincided with the escape of Slygathore, at which point something occurred which she was not entirely able to understand. Somehow the two of them were transported to the interior of an Ioun Stone where reality worked by different rules. She was able to heal the man spiritually who thanked her with his dying words.
Inside the basement of the shop, they found Bairwin who had been crucified and ritually scarred. Also there was a cauldron with a brew concocted in part from the very flowers in question and an hourglass which appeared to be counting down to 2 days from then (4th Richfest, aka Midsummer’s Day) The Heroes decided to make for [[ Shadowfell Keep
but were attacked by a Green Dragon, the apparent local leader of the kobolds that Pun Pun
and his crew went to investigate. The party decided to rest and recuperate for a night and head for the Keep early the following morning.