In the month between the party’s capture and escape, Draven West – escaping capture – hid in the woods, using Helix as a scout. Through the keen eyes and ears of his owl he learned of their escape, and made his way to Brunet Fenn.
Jasper had infiltrated enemy territory with the orders from the Marquis to find the party and finish the mission. His alias – a university student from Lankhmar named Jonifer – learned that the party was being held at Fort Diamir. When Jasper arrived, however, the party had already escaped. Jasper followed the pursuers – led by Malinda – to Brunet Fenn.
In Brunet Fenn, the party slept while Drick kept watch. Pam had a dream in which she was surrounded in an endless green field. She flew up and encountered Sophia Xaw, who charmed her. Pam – no longer in control – chopped off Sophia’s head. She awoke in a cold sweat.
Malinda had found the party’s hideout and threw stones at the window. Pam woke up the party and they spoke shortly with Malinda before the two forces did battle in the town square. In the chaos, Draven and Jasper arrived and joined the fray. They left in the night, their goal: Fortigar Castle to rescue Elodia.
They stayed at the inn separately – holding secret meetings in Jasper’s larger suite. They decided to split up and look for information.
Draven, cloaking himself in magical invisibility, snuck into the castle, discovering a breach in the castle wall, and a door into the dungeons. He crept down into the dungeons, discovering first that the wardens weren’t humans but soulless clay golems. He then saw a wyvern pent up in a magic cell – and he was reminded of Elodia’s magical wyvern-controlling ring! He found Elodia on another floor and alerted her to their plan to bust her out. Draven also discovered the treasury, a multi-tiered complex bursting with mountains of gold and gems.
Elim – searching the markets – learned that the Fortigar Army had invaded Ladakh Guard and were victorious, and that a celebratory feast was being held at the castle with Fortigar politicians to talk about the impending end of the war and to divvy up power.
Eliza, going into the south, met a farmer named Pinky stuffing his chickens into a cage – because Marquis Fortigar loves chicken! She learned of the feast – then she explored the space in between the town’s structures and the castle – the landscape dipped considerably, and she sussed out that there must be a cave underneath.
Jasper – posing as Jonifer – went to the library and set up a meeting with an architectural scholar of the castle in order to procure a map of the castle sewers.
Pam – searching the library for books on magic, could not find anything and satisfied herself by perusing the magic book given to her by Cadence Bearheart.
Kom went to a seedy bar (“The Purple Onion”) and met with members of the local thieves guild, enlisting them to help with the invasion of the castle. They agreed to round up their least-favourite members to act as a distraction while the party broke into the dungeons. The thieves told Kom of a boat they used to have that goes from the town sewers – across an underground lake – to the castle sewers. They said that this way had been barred from them by The Way of the Gleaming Shadow.
The party re-assembled at the inn to share their information. A complicated plan was formulated…