After defeating the Tor brothers, the party was given a hero’s welcome back in Draven. The town celebrated the defeat of the threat, but at the same time mourned the loss of the brothers who were once the golden children of the village.
During the festivities Erevan returned from the Feywild to great her former comrades. She had new information on her teacher Mumrah’s whereabouts and asked the party for their help in locating her in Blackroot. The mayor begged and pleaded the adventurers to stay to help defend against future threats. As a compromise Lexer,Zelzanord and Vortrox stayed behind.
Erevan, Slayno and Blue (a.k.a. “Bluuuuuuue”) headed west through the Swollen Goat Marshes to arrive at the town of Blackroot. It is a small farming villagers where most townspeople work in the nearby orchard. There they were greeted by the mayor of the town Toraash who was slightly less than helpful. He mentioned that he knew Mumrah had left town recently but she hadn’t told anyone where. The party was free to visit her house but was urged to leave the following morning.
After searching a nearby house that was also empty, the party went to visit Mumrah’s house. There they encountered Ungolianth; a friend of Mumrah who was also investigating her disappearance. After a short mutual questioning session the party joined forces with Ungolianth to try to track down Mumrah. A search of the house revealed that there had a been a struggle that was hastily covered up. The table had been put back together and there were drops of blood on the floor. The party found an obsidian dagger shard and a pendant that turned out to be the symbol of The Dragon Below.
Following a trail of blood and faint magical energy the party, now 4 strong, headed north outside the village into the forest. Along a path that cut through the orchards the party came to a clearing at the mouth of a big cave. 2 orc lumberjack guards urged the party to move along because a private religious ceremony was being held inside. Erevan decided to use her magical and religious knowledge to try to pull a fast one on the guards. She pulled out the pendant and told them she was Priestess Erevan, heading into the cave to perform the rite of the Dragon’s Eye. After a mix of clever bamboozlery and some outright intimidation maneuvers, the party was able to enter the cave without a fight.
Inside the cave, things just got stranger. The party saw names in a mystic script written on the walls moving about… In the background the subtle chant of “bum-bah-dah-lay-umm-bay-um” grew stronger… Still the party pressed on determined to find what had become of Mumrah, and what this cult was doing in this majestically-perverse cave…
Approaching what appeared to almost be an anteroom, the party found a giant glowing magical rune on the far end. In an alcove to the anteroom they found a statue of the Dragon Below and also desecrated statues of Bahamut and The Raven Queen. Slayno Kullvon’s blood began to boil as he thought of the fierce vengeance he would enact upon those dastardly enough to blaspheme against the Raven Queen.
Ungolianth was able to detect the menacing nature of the rune and urged her new found friends to avoid stepping on it. Erevan tried to do a running leap over the rune but failed. She was magically charmed by the rune and began casting spells at her friends. A struggle and comedy of errors ensued. Erevan was able to break free and disable part of the rune, but then was charmed by it again. The rune’s magical powers caused her to blast and pelt and allies and herself with spells, nearly tearing the group apart from within. Blue was also briefly charmed. The adventurers were able to finally get passed the rune but not before sustaining considerable collateral damage as a result of friendly fire. Stopping briefly to tend to their wounds, the party pressed onawrd into inky blackness of the cave…