The party wandered to the north of Lost Star in search of clues. Dolan found a recently-dead sheep at the bottom of a lake.
Found several downed trees, which appear to have been destroyed around the same time as the tree outside Lost Star, weeks ago. Dolan gave a plant sentience, then left.
Back outside Lost Star, Alduin suggests cause of downed trees: an earthquake that was reported weeks ago. The exact epicenter was unknown, but likely in the mountains between Lost Star and Temipol.
The party left to investigate an abandoned crystal cave in the area.
Julien, Sumira, Dolan, and Carric contracted the Dog Doom disease. Dolan was able to cure himself and Carric before too many ill effects were apparent, but Julien and Sumira (who had been afflicted previously) became belligerent and resisted Dolan’s attempts to cure them.
The party encountered strange monsters intent on stealing coin purses. Despite their mostly non-violent behavior, the party slew two of the creatures. As the remaining four fled underground, Dolan was able to track the coin purse they stole with the “Locate Object” spell. This led them to a cave entrance that seemed too risky to explore.
Later that night, the party noticed a flock of FTCs darkening the stars in the sky. Julien flew up to engage them, destroyed several with a fireball, and lured several more back down to the party. By the time Julien reached the party, however, the FTCs had returned to the flock.
Dolan was able to dispel the Dog Doom disease from both Julien and Sumira without them noticing. Finally, the party was free from the disease’s debilitating effects. The threat of bloody conflict within the group was over.
Carric and Theren have perished. In a doomed battle with the four monsters from the day before, everyone but Sumira was knocked unconscious. Apparently the creatures did not take the death of their brothers well.
Sumira attempted to flee in the opposite direction from the cave entrance, hoping to find another exit. This led her straight into the lair of the FTCs, including one of the very large varieties. She fled back toward the site of the earlier battle, but took a different turn, and through some strange magic eventually found her way to the surface.
Dolan and Julien were less lucky, and were taken prisoner by the thieving underground creatures. Several attempts later, Dolan and Julien were eventually able to escape with the help of a summoned Boulder Person.