Transition 28 – The party entered the tomb of Sir Arduin Orwain in the ruined village of Strathmore in the Nemora Wald. The tomb had already been unsealed and entered. Evidence found included an open sarcophagus, a busted statue with the wall behind knocked in exposing a hidden tunnel, and a dead halfling. As the group began to search the small tomb, they were attacked by Wraith Wolves. During the battle, Tansy was slain, but Reeve prayed for Glo’ir to intervene.
As Tansy walked down a dark city alley, heading toward a door with light emanating around its edges, a golden hawk dropped from the sky, clutched her, and carried her into the air. Her next memory was waking on the ground in the tomb, listening to Reeve’s prayers of gratitude.
The party finished scouting the tomb, they found skeletal remains, formerly chained in front of a large stone, but carelessly thrown to the side. Charcoal and parchment were found at the site as if someone had made a rubbing of the carvings on the stone. After some time of study, Trevor and Belamdil were able to decipher the writings and discovered that part of them were a map, but with no frame of reference, they were unable to determine where.
I have hidden this map to Darkheart’s lair in the tomb of my master and friend, Sir Arduin Orwain. He ordered me to destroy the map and Torband’s key, but I couldn’t, knowledge is too valuable a tool to be destroyed, and yet, dangerous in the hands of one like Darkheart. So I have hidden the key in the Sparrow’s nest and the map within these patterns in hopes that Faeramriel will guide someone worthy to find them and bring to light whatever knowledge may be hidden in Darkheart’s “Black Spire of Sorrows”. I myself am too afraid to even attempt to enter his lair; I leave it to you, whom ever may be reading this message, and pray that you will not misuse whatever you may find. Faeramriel guide and bless you in your search for those secrets.
Along with the rubbings, the party did find a black, adamantine ring, with an inscription in the band written in Thiamish, “For my one and only love.” This is assumed to be the anti-magic ring they came for. The party quickly returned to Rumex to await the return of “The Greymoon”.
While waiting in Rumex, the group decided to clean up and rest. During her spa day, Tansy discovered that she had acquired a new tattoo. Upon her back are outlined hawk wings in a golden ink that seems to glow. When she finally revealed her new tattoo to Belamdil and Reeve, Reeve became excited and informed Tansy that she has been blessed and chosen by Glo’ir. Belamdil, slightly more reserved about the discovery, suspects that “used” may be the more apt term than “chosen”. Reeve has begun educating Tansy about Glo’ir in an effort to convert her to his religion. Tansy is listening, but still scared and confused by the discovery.
At the temple of Mytris, the group is disappointed to find that the temple has no solution for the black pearls and removal of the trapped souls. Vicar Victoria suggests seeking the lost library of Ulikras “the Harvester”. An infamous necromancer rumored to have extensive research in all things necromantic. Perhaps his notes may reveal a solution. He was rumored to live around Balkenport. Tansy feels compelled to accept this quest and the pearls are returned to the group. However, the temple of Mytris did confiscate the Black Axe from Reeve siting it would be better kept under guard than wandering with him. Reluctantly, Reeve agrees.
Reeve also receives a message from Alcinous Grivas. This name is unknown, but Reeve agrees to meet with him. Turns out, Alcinous represents a small group of men who seek to join Reeve in his quests. They all had friends and family at Chalex Tower and were told by Greathelm how Reeve defeated the demon and freed all the residents from torturous unlife. They pledged themselves to his cause that night.
January 3rd, the group decided to send Trevor and Reeve’s new found followers into Arda disguised as a spice merchant. Trevor is supposed to gather any intelligence on the situation and on a way to gain audience with the king so they can deliver the ring in hopes of dispelling whatever hold the Baroness has over him.
January 8th, “the Greymoon” arrives in port. Repairs are finished and tales are told. January 10th, they set sail for Drobetta to deliver a package. Grieving Persius, Tansy orders they ship out without cargo. Much is discussed about the future of “The Greymoon” during the voyage. And although the decision is clear, Tansy is reluctant to make it, and so the discussion is tabled.
In Drobetta, all sorts of things go wrong. The package turned out to be a magical assassination attempt and Blane was held as the guilty party for a short while. The group found the guilty party and presented evidence satisfactory to the Constable. Then, Lysandra was kidnapped out of a tavern and had to be rescued off a fleeing ship. It was a deadly battle for the group, Reeve came very near death, but ultimately, the group prevailed. And finally, Tansy had to face the truth, she could no longer Captain a ship she was never on. Tansy sadly relinquished “The Greymoon” to Persius with the understanding that he would use it to smuggle for the rebellion against the Baroness. Persius assured her he would, cut the current crew loose, and began recruiting sailors more suited to his new course. A few of the old crew joined the group in their land journey across Thiama to reach Balkenport.