We took care of more Wamor business.
Ulgrim’s Raiders now count 8, living in an abandoned tannery being repurposed to a new mercenary hall by Skeppy the gnome and his 14 children. It has been redubbed “The Raider’s Roughhouse.”
Torinn went to check in on renovations to the old House of Sulfur, the alchemical guild in Wamor. Reconstruction is going well, but there was something found below. A recently (within the year) dug tunnel leading to some sort of metal seal that matches that of the one in the center of the council chamber. Xiao seemed to have found it, but did not survive to uncover its truths. Torinn gave orders that no one else is to go down the tunnel or speak of it, and we’ll come back to that later.
Returning home we find… the menagerie. Whoosh has taken it upon himself to… acquire some new companions for the home, that have made their nest in the attic of Themorinn Manor. Hans has been adopted by a few cats, and there is also a pair of fire beetles, now.
We also learned that Zeiram had unfortunately been able to succeed in acquiring his old Dragon Guard High Captain, Brüwick. Naxus (archmage and headmaster of the university, and right-hand to Lord Rosalia) promised to find out what he could about the man and deliver more info. His diviners, however, tracked agents of Zeiram to another tomb. A buried ruin that had housed the remains of one of Zeiram’s broods. As Zeiram’s scouts have been more aimless recently and venturing further and further out, he feels this is likely Zeiram’s next target. Buried in the tomb will be dozens of royal dragoons, as well as the remains of Malachovorax, one of Ancalagon’s more twisted spawn.
On the heels of that, Torinn and Adhara flew several miles east to investigate in person an encroaching sinister cloud. However, in coming close enough to discern details and its nature, they also became targets for the spectral swarm that comprised the cloud. A terrifying miscellany of incorporeal undead broke from the cloud and pursued Torinn, and unfortunately proved faster than he was (in that form and carrying Adhara, anyway). The horrid wails pierced Adhara’s soul, and he fell victim immediately, falling off of Torinn’s back. 3 rounds of failed attempts to grab Adhara later, Torinn finally manages to get a hold of the Aasimar before hitting the ground, but gave the undead a chance to catch up. Right on their heels, they are saved by a miraculous appearance of Naxus and a cadre of mages. Naxus takes Torinn and Adhara to his private sanctum, an invisible sort of spytower floating high above the university (with vision of the whole city). He gives Torinn some ointment which Torinn pours down Adhara’s throat, tells them he thinks there’s something big and bad in the center of the cloud. He’s preparing his mages to form a defense over the water before they reach Wamor, but that you should prepare to handle the big thing. He sends Torinn back home to warn the others.