PREVIOUSLY: The group had investigated the case of the mysterious toads. There is a lake with two families, the Dudyic and the Melnic. The group interviewed Vaneric dudyic, who had been complaining about cats being killed by strange toads. The group also interviewed Alexis Melnic, who lived in the manor on the other side of the lake.
While the Vaneric’s were normal, the Melnic’s seemed suspicious, so an arcane eye was sent to investigate. The eye found a table in the basement and a possible sacrificial knife, and some blood stains. The group decided to return to investigate on the full moon.
The party then went to find Dolan and speak with Barkskin. The group is led to a tree that they pass through blindfolded to be taken to Barkskin. The party finds barkskin plus 3 others by Alexi, who is bound in a stasis. Barkskin allows the party to probe Alexi’s mind.
crystals? — Alexi asks someone to buy earth blossoms, with one othe rperson and his current clerk. He put the crystals in the vault.
what you planning? — crystal staff controlling a golem, sitting in grand palace or castle
where is the staff? — smoky / crystal
how you find staff? — he’s in office reading papers, the books were from the castle in the wastes
what of Marcus? — gives slayers club staff
how to get into vault? — Alexi walks in
and so on…
Barkskin says there are 5 others looking for the staff, and a 6th will be looking for it. The danger comes from “fire as the sun rises, six as the sun sets”
The group heads back to Danaus and does some housekeeping.
Zabbo finds out at the bathhouse that ther eis a rematch for Grogarus Gromin at the pits. The group also visits Vadim, the jewler, and finds that the protectorate (alexi) bought the earth blossoms. The group tells Vadim to let them know (at the bank) if anyone is looking to buy earthblossoms. Zabbo also finds from Duncan, the clerk, that the earthblossom purchases were off the books.
The group also learns that a special visitor in town, an Archmage named Cronin.
The group does some research. Elan finds that there is a cult of indulgence related to the toad quest, that worship Zagonan.
Zaboo reads the books, finds that one is about a denoran spy in the Loran emprie. the spy speaks of an elite group of mages, working to weaponize magic in Loran. The group is called Magos Asphelia, and was a war council and had mages all over. they had the ability to go between cities quickly, and wer workign on a crystal golum. This involved linking magic to other planes, and getting pwoers form other planes.
The other book Zabo reads speaks of the final battle. The conflict was a territory dispute, and the battle happened in this territory. Two large armies fought, but the Crystal Golum could hurl meteorites. An army of elves also arrived to fight the Loran empire.
Julien resists a magical effect when confronted by Dahlia while she is holding Greggin. This leads Julien to think the doll may be magical or cursed. He decides to return to the shop it was purchased from, but finds out nothing from the store owner. Is it possible that Dahlia has some innate power?
on 9/14, the group meets with Keff, who introduces the party to Cronin, who is slow and statue-like, and wears a cowl. The group relates their info to Cronin. Zabbo suggests a prisoner trade for alexi or a meeting point in a neutral zone. Cronin seems to reject this, dismisses Alexi as dead, and suggests the group might be able to help locate the staff.
In the downtime, Zabbo reexamines the books and finds one is of the Magos Asphelim, however he does not have time to read it and hides it. A box arrives at the house for Zabbo, with one of his messenger’s heads and the words “stay away from our egg”.
Sumira queries guards about Marcus and is squire, both in emo dress.
The group then heads to the lake and meets with Vaneric Dudyick. the group sends a couple arcane eyes in, finding that several people are gathered in the basement. Eventually, they start chanting, and then a demon appears.
The demon is Feshne – strong, high con, resistance to magic and elemental magic, resistant to non magical stuff, immune to poison, terrifying in appearance, and so on.
The group prepares to confront the demon and the cult…