Eleint 1 – Day 81
The party begins at the Lakeside Cottage, early on this new month’s morning. As breakfast is being prepared by new arrival Nerise Gladham, suddenly an earthquake rattles the house.
Running outside, the party find that massive holes have been sundered into the land, one in the center of the small pond in front of the cottage. Rising from the now emptying pond was a purple worm.
The party quickly sent it running back for its life. Varis spent the next little while patching the pond’s hole. Demic, meanwhile, went about breaking Nerise Gladham by gifting her eight. hundred. gold pieces. Nerise stood, looking over the gold, for a solid minute.
After a bit more cleaning, eating, and prepping, the party went into the town of Yartar to see the damage the earthquake brought. The city had suffered damage, and the construction of the tavern had been delayed.
The party then began helping the town guard stop looters, helping the town workers fill in holes, and helping the construction crew regain lost time on the tavern.
During this encounter, Sava and Demic worked together to catch Nareen Dhest and her remaining manservant in the act of looting a jewelry store. As the guards began carting the two off, Sava worked a bit of bardic charm to convince the manservant to leave behind his clothes. The manservant suddenly overwhelmed with remorse for his past deeds, tossed aside his attire into a nearby hole, covering the earth elemental form of Varis.
Later that night, the party return to the cottage.
Eleint 2- Day 82
Early in the morning, Sava receives a letter by an eagle from the Lords’ Alliance, informing him of a lost dwarven crown and adventurer by the name Reulek that was sent to retrieve it. The letter asks that both be found and returned to the Alliance and that underneath the Sacred Stone Monastery would be the place to start looking. The party, agreeing that this would be a great moment to finish the Cult of Earth for good, ready themselves for the journey. On their way out of the area, they purchase a pair of horses, and Varis assumes the form of a horse himself.
Eleint 4 -Day 84
The party arrives at the Monastery, and see that a scar of burnt trees and landmarks where a Warband has made its way through, signaling the more brazen strength of the uncontested fire cult.
The inside of the monastery is silent and quite. Exploring below, the party encounters the remains of those who had disturbed the Lich who resides above. Communicating with bats, Varis confirms the rampage that Renwick went on, as well as the path the gnome took.
Continuing through the dungeon, they encounter a female Dao (earth genie), who is busy working on a fancy looking war pick. She explains that she is bound by a one-sided deal to Marlos Urnrayle, the prophet of elemental earth. She promises the elemental weapon she is working on in exchange for Marlos’ death and the destruction of the earth portal. The party agree and continue down deeper.
Passing by a few obstacles, including a stone throne room with lifelike statues, the party eventually enters into the Fane of the Eye. Here, they move past a dark obsidian sarcophagus, and into a chamber with a small ziggurat and a black altar. Standing over the altar, over a bound and gagged gnome, is Marlos Urnrayle, a few gargoyles, and a few monks.
A battle breaks out, with Demic teleporting the bound gnome to safety. As the battle continues, Marlos separates the party with a thick stone wall, leaving Varis alone with Marlos and his goons. Varis quickly succumbs to Marlos’ petrifying gaze, and Marlos makes the mistake of pursuing the adventures. A few rounds later, and Marlos lays dead, along with his goons, save one monk.
The gnome begins to un-petrify Varis’s head, as Demic goes and touches the black altar. Demic leaves the altar incensed, and oddly shaking with terror. He summarily executes the remaining monk out of rage.
The party decides to open the black sarcophagus. Nothing of value is inside.
The party go onward to the other portions of the Black Earth caverns and reclaim the dwarven crown – with the gnome’s help. They also go to find the Black Geode – a massive shifting structure of stone that, with the help of the elemental weapon Ironfang, is destroyed. This action triggers an earthquake, which the party quickly outrun with Demic’s teleportation.
They stop quickly to the Dao to claim their reward and then continue outside.
The gnome takes his leave. In this distance, the screams of a furious Lich can be heard – apparently, it was not at all quiet enough for him.
Eleint 6 – Day 86
The party returns to the Cottage. With the halls of the hunting axe now a quest to complete, and a paladin informing them of a Giant to the north that is taking in the remnants of the air and water cult, there is plenty left to do.