The party continues to follow the map through the wastes. At the end the day of travel, Julien spots what looks to be ruins of a town about a half-day’s travel away while using his Fly spell to scout ahead.
The party slowly makes its way towards the ruins, which appear to be sandy stones in very disparaging condition. Julien makes out a strange creature in the center of the ruins while scouting, and the party approaches cautiously.
Two creatures are in the center of the ruins, a humanoid figure with dark grey skin and charcoal eyes, and a beast two times the size of a horse, with two horns and an additional nose horn. The creatures are earth elemental in nature — possibly from the elemental plane.
The group approaches the creatures and tries to make contact. The humanoid figure casts a spell so he can speak with the group. He introduces himself as Golar of Lyzork, from Vylzok. This is revealed as a different plane of existence, whose passageway into the current plane is perhaps connected to the cataclysm.
Golar reveals a number of things of interests relating to the history of the cataclysm. Golar’s realm was left uninhabited because of attacks by the flying shadow monsters. The shadow creatures worship the ‘mountain god’ [is that right?] and have several castes: scouts, warriors, and priests. We have faced the weaker scouts, and one priest.
Golar describes the Purple Mist as a perilous area, near where his homeplane was connected. The mist causes exhaustion and magic to backfire. Golar traveled it with others from his realm, but the rest died. The mist is locked in a semi-ringed shape [??]. Golar also says that some other creatures form his plane may have traveled here: a large beaked 4-legged creature (known as beak-monsters) and smaller winged creatures that are holy to his realm.
Golar explains the boulder people are also from his homeplane. Golar has been scouting the area and described the ruined castle with a cloud vortex and strange large birds near the castle.
Golar and his steed, Thizebald, have been traveling this plane as a cartographer. Several months ago, he was attacked by bandits (redskinned [red, scaly skin] humanoids on hairy steeds [horses]). The redskins used firemagic and bows/arrows/spears and stole Golar’s possessions (A dark grey bag willed with exotic gems and rope).
Golar says that he would appreciate it if the party was able to retrieve his possessions. Dolan says that if they wish to find Golar, he can skywrite his name in the clouds, and Golar will meet them at these ruins. Golar will spend the next several weeks staying at the ruins, and then continue on. Golar taught the party three phrases in his tongue and the language of the boulder people:
- “we mean you no harm”
- “just passing through”
- “we don’t speak your language”
On the 25th day, the party travels and goes around a river to avoid it. Another encounter was made with the boulder people, but the party tried to communicate and made peace with them.
On the 26th day, the party reached the mountain with the ice cloud, the group traveled up the mountain, and Julien succumbed to the cold. After setting off a trap in front of the castle, the group entered the castle. Upon entering a frosted chamber, breathing was heard from around the corner. Therin raged and charged around the corner, only to face five 10-foot tall yeti-like creatures with wings.