Our heroic party returned to Eldriss and spoke with the World Council of the events that occurred in the Plains of Adhor. As they explained from the strange weather to the rift closing to the strange figure that showed up, the World Council members listened closely. Throughout the story, the party members brought up the things that stood out, questioning the members of the World Council if any of it was familiar. The Council leader, Rasni Tehnik, denied having any knowledge of what they were describing. Korath noticed that there was something off with Rasni, though, when he was responding. Rasni didn’t seem to be telling the complete truth. Korath didn’t press the matter too hard and they continued their story.
Once they had described all of the events, Rasni told them that their work was greatly appreciated and rewarded each of them with a World Council signet ring. This ring would stand as a symbol of the Enforcers, allowing them to use their magic freely, as long as it wasn’t for nefarious purposes. Rasni told them that there was more going on in the world that needs looked into, but they don’t have enough information to go off just yet. The World Council asked them to assist them again, once they had enough information. It wold take a bit of time before any informants would be back with information to be able to act upon. The party was dismissed from the chambers at that point.
Shortly after leaving, the party was approached by an elf in commoner clothing. The Elf told them that he doesn’t expect trust without knowing him, but that he has information that might be relevant to the party. He told the party that he works for an old organization that is trying to prevent the destruction of the world. He informed the group that his organization also thinks there is someone or multiple someones that are working on the World Council that may be behind the strange, catastrophic events that are occurring.
The party was told to meet him in a couple hours at the Drunken Barrel and they can discuss this further. On the way back to the Drunken Barrel, Spee-Dar splits from the group and ventures to the city walls to use his new found magical freedom to sprout the beginnings of spiked vines on the outside of the wall. Rambo decided that he was growing more and more wanting of the sea and needed to get back on a ship, so he decided that it was time for him to depart from the group, at least for the time being.
The rest of the group returned to the Drunken Barrel, awaiting the meeting with the stranger that they had met earlier. As they entered, they saw the elf sitting in the corner of the establishment, away from the activities emanating from the groups of sailors occupying the rest of the bar. Korath decided it would be best to distract the other patrons in order to give the rest of his group enough privacy to avoid prying ears and eyes.
As Korath sang and pounded a beat on a bar stool, the others spoke with the elf, who gave his name as Fallion Aerendyl. He informed them that his organization has been around for centuries and has stayed in the shadows for a very long time. His group, which he identified as The Eternal Flame Syndicate, has information that pointed toward the World Council having a rat among them. Someone from within the World Council seemed to have something to do with the catastrophic events that are happening.
He told the group that there was some activity going on in the North, on Roc Atoll, home of the dwarves. On Roc Atoll, within Mt Blackrock, there were creatures and races from the Underdark that were coming closer and closer to the surface. There also seemed to be more activity within the volcano itself, after it has been dormant for centuries. Fallion tells the group that he understand that he isn’t a trustworthy person, as they don’t know him, and that he also doesn’t want the group to work FOR them, but with them. However, if they continue to work with the World Council, they may be aiding in furthering the destruction of the world.
Slim told the elf that they would think on it and have an answer in the morning. The next day rolled around and they told the Elf that they would work with his group, but also have to keep up the illusion that they are also working with the World Council to avoid conflict. He agreed and gave them a gem, which upon breaking, will alert the nearest member of The Eternal Flame Syndicate in order to contact them.
The elf got up and left, leaving the party to their own accord. During the wait for the World Council to contact them, Korath trained his strength at the local blacksmith, making caltrops for Spee-Dar. Slim spent most of his time writing down notes and logs from his recent adventures. Lyra decided that she wanted to hone her fighting skills and traveled to the coliseum. She brought Slim along as her manager, to handle the business side of things. Upon entering, she was told there was a tournament coming up and welcome to join. She agreed and Slim entered them in the tournament.
There were 8 other contestants and no magic was allowed. The rest of the group attended the festivities as well, but their magic items were confiscated upon entering. The first round was against giant poisonous snakes, which Lyra disposed of easily. Morbash, a previous champion, dispatched his opponent quite easily as well. The second round was more of the same. The final fight was between Morbash, an orc gladiator champion, and Lyra, The Angry Bear!
Lyra was no contest for Morbash without her magic, so she became furious and shifted to bear form. The fight was stopped quickly by the Enforcers guards and the title was given to Morbash. Lyra walked away with her life and a little more fighting experience. The rest of the group, unfortunately, had made bets on Lyra winning and lost a share of their gold.
The World Council summoned them a couple weeks later and informed them of trouble in the land of the dwarves. They had secured a ship for them to travel, who they soon discovered to be Rambo and a rag tag bunch of misfits. The crew, including Squeaky, Squinty, Squawky, and Macho Man Randy Savage, were not an expensive crew, but also not a skilled crew. Luckily, Rambo knew the seas and sailing better than any man. He was able to handle the crew and make the ship operate with ease.
After exiting the river mouth, leading to the sea, the crew was attacked by 2 giant crocodiles. As the first croc emerged from the water to attack, the party shredded the croc to pieces. The second crocodile managed to bite Lyra and drag her in to the water, while damaging the ship with his tail on his way out. The party quickly disposed of the monster and Lyra made it back to the boat.
The group made it to Roc Atoll and left the ship anchored off shore. Squeaky waved goodbye to the group, wearing is newly made alligator arm cloak. The group shored the boat and ventured to the mountain. The entrance was not hidden at all and Korath broke the door so someone would let them in. After entering, they met with King Uldric Boulderguard. The king told them of creatures coming up from The Deep, as the dwarves called it, and attacking miners. Uldric’s son, Tolin, had taken a group down below to clear some of the monsters out, but hasn’t been heard from in a few days.
The group was asked to bring his son back or at least find some trace of him. The group set off to a mine shaft that had been abandoned for quite some time. They discovered a crew of Drow in the mine shaft and made sure that none of them left alive. A secret door was discovered, containing a pile of treasure and what looked to be a chute going down. The group plunged in and slid out the bottom in to a large room below. What awaits them in the newly found area is yet to be discovered.