Finnard opened up a Moongate about a half mile away from the heroes. The party returned to Finnard’s Mage Tower inside the City of Kainex.
Bumstone’s patience paid off upon his return. Legal papers were finally delivered to his family, indicating that his petition for a legal name change was approved and he would henceforth be referred to as: Thorson. The newly dubbed Thorson let out with a celebratory “Kick the Cat” maneuver as Sanjex walked by, causing the Mage’s familiar to skid sideways into the wall. Finnard was in a witness to this activity and struck Thorson with a Magic Missile.
Finnard produced the Parchment from the Hall of Forges and outlined the need to show it to a contact in the Undercity. The party delivered the Parchment to the bartender at “The Dead Miner” and he stated that it would require further investigation.
Finnard stressed the need for a mission to the Hall of Forges in order to meet with the Dwarven King about the veracity of the Parchment and his sister’s involvement in its delivery to Kainex by dubious means (drugging the heroes and sending them downstream on a barge). Finnard also revealed to the party that he has detected the presence of powerful magic items at a location along their route to the Hall of Forges. He encouraged the party to investigate this location during their journey and hopefully exploit the magic found there.
Torin purchased some horses and a mule for the journey while Finnard produced a Kainex War Banner and gave it to the party with instructions to use the banner to gain safe passage in the contested territories to the Northwest (Orcish and Kainex war parties working as part of a loose alliance).
The heroes collected their belongings and departed Kainex towards the Northwest where they arrived at a hazardous River crossing on the Folangê River. The adventurers strung ropes across the river above a fallen tree in order to assist in making it across. Torin fell in halfway across and was swept downstream by the current. He ended up back on the same side of the river from which he had started and did eventually make it completely across.
Our heroes traveled mostly by day while setting camp at night. They journeyed on in a Northwesterly direction for three days encountering both Orc patrols and fighting units from Kainex. These encounters were always “dicey” (pun intended) but didn’t result in combat. Shadowmoon used her “Charm Person” spell to help the outcome of one encounter with some humans from Kainex.
Our heroes camp was surprised on the following night by a party of dwarves from the Hall of Forges. The dwarves saw the Kainex War Banner and attacked immediately. Our heroes responded with Chili’s Sleep spell (or was it Shadowmoon). One of the 5 dwarves wasn’t affected by the spell and was quickly killed my Majnus. Our heroes than realize that they still had the War Banner on display which prompted this unfortunate attack. Still wrapped in anger and battle frenzy; Thorson discusses with Majnus and Shadowmoon a quickly hatched plan towards retribution. They agree upon the Dwarven cultural custom of shaving a Dwarven foes beard and one eyebrow. Commonly referred to as Shaved Rock Shaming.
The party made their way to the spot that Finnard had highlighted on the map. They approached a giant mist shrouded canyon with steep cliffs….
Using ropes and careful movement they descended into the huge canyon. Visibility was very limited in the fog as they approached a shoreline with a unigue bridge leading across to what could be faintly made out as the outline of a small island ahead.
The party scouted across the island in search of foes and/or possible clues to Finnard’s innate magical assumption that significant magical items existed on this island. Signs of a battle were strewn all about. Hasty graves dug in random places were stepped over and around by our heroes as they approached the outline of a castle tower in the mists ahead. They reached it to find that it had a large land-locked draw bridge door with seemed to be firmly secured from the inside. The tower was about a hundred feet high with arrow slits in various places up and down the height of it.
Chili gathered two lengths of rope and cast “Spiderclimb” on himself in order to climb to the top of the tower. Chili lowered the rope and the rest of the party made their way up the side of the tower to join him. They discovered a trap door at the center of the roof on the top and found that they could open it to see stairs leading downward. They dropped a lit torch down towards the bottom and saw no further movement by its flickering light. They all carefully went down the spiral stairs towards the bottom to see a large set of stairs leading downward into the ground which seemed to go north as a 20’ wide tunnel or hallway. They were making plans on what to do next and were immediately set upon by a ravenous Wight which had been hiding under the spiral stairs behind them. The party turned their focus on quickly defeating the hideous wight. They claimed his magical sword before detecting that Finnard had opened up a Moongate nearby.
Our heroes exited the tower by lowering the drawbridge and making their way to the Moongate about a mile north of the tower. Each hero approached the Moongate Obelisk and took their turns approaching and touching its surface to be immediately transported back to the top of Finnard’s Mage Tower in Kainex….
+1 Silver Sword of the Githyanki (long sword) recovered from the Wight.