The group had just finished exploring the bottom portion of a tower, briefly examining some books and taking some magical ones.
Dolan casts another detect magic spell, to aide in their searching of the remainder of the castle, but when he does so, Theren turns into a potted plant! Although this behavior in the wastes has been noted before when magic is cast, this time, the transformation does not wear off immediately, and Theren remains in potted plant form for the entire couple of days the group is searching the castle.
The group continues up the tower, with Dolan carrying Theren the Potted Plant. On the third floor of the tower, a teleportation circle is found, the design of which is sketched into Dolan’s scrapbook for future reference. On the third floor of the main castle, there is a room with a master bed/bath, and some artwork (from the Biscus period of Lora).
The group also finds some non-magical blue stones with interesting runes on them.
Continuing to search the castle, the group notices that one of the doors to the side tower on the second floor was left open. The group cautiously heads in and finds that inside a circular tower there is a prison chamber. Inside the prison is one of the redskinned raiders, and Cerric Omicurn, an elf.
Cerric explains that he has been enslaved in the wastelands since the cataclysm, and several months ago was captured by sinister creatures – the same tentacled creatures that the party encountered back East. He and his kin had been enslaved by the shadow creatures, but he was able to escape with a small group before being captured by the Yetis. Unfortunately the Yetis disposed of his companions, and most likely ate them. Cerric desperately needs to send a message to the kingdoms to the east: They must prepare for war with the flying tentacled creatures. The group agrees that this needs to be reported to the Protectoratd as soon as possible. Cerric joins the group to fulfill this task.
The group continues to search the castle extremely ineffectively, because the extreme cold is starting to affect them. An interesting book is found in the library, that explains teleportation circles and their types of magic. Also, a small gold stash is found, which is given to Cerric since he has nothing. The group is unable to find any trace of Golar’s belongings.
At one point, the group decides to approach the well from which the ice storm magic seems to be originating. Dolan attempts an unsuccessful dispel magic spell, but is then attacked by a large centipede that emerges from the snow. The group battles the centipede whose attacks chill to the bone, before retreating into the castle. The creature also retreats deeper underground after Julien attempts to attack from the terrace above.
At wits end, the group tries one last search of the castle, still not satisfied that they’ve uncovered the magic relics that brought them there to begin with. Finally, Julien discovers a secret passage through the back of the castle and into the mountainside which opens into a large room/cavern. There is a large fissure in the middle of the room and at the far end is a door blocked by a stone statue. The group crosses the small chasm, and then the statue awakens after Simera fires an arrow at it, and the group is faced with an animated stone statue.