With a desire to learn any new information about the necromancers within Khedesh, the heroes made
their way to the Jugs and Coin in the capital. Darrell was no where to be found, but the bartender discretely slipped Nicolas a package and went about his business. In a darkened corner of the tavern, the package was opened which revealed three documents. One, a simple note, gave instructions to meet at the Southern Tower. The other two were documents from officials within the Khedeshian government.
From here, each went about his own business. Nicolas went around to sell the spoils of the
necromancer’s lair. Jaronyx went to his room to study the scrolls and tome that were recovered from the necromancer’s lair and to record that which has been learned in his travels. These texts are studies of gricks, grells, and Tsochar. The pages containing details of the tentacles of these aberrations were marked in the corner. When this information was shared with the rest of the party, Nicolas was able to recall that he had heard of the Tsochar before. To his knowledge, their only known habitat is beneath the Dawnforge Mountains. Meanwhile, the others left to visit Glenna at the Prophets of Eternal Sleep. Malnarr dispensed with pleasantries as the barbarian was a bit more direct with her. Ever-cautious, Glenna told them about her brother, Marcus, that would be able to help out if she could not. She also told Malnarr that a woman had come by asking if Glenna had seen him lately. Glenna did not know who she was, but Malnarr was able to deduce that it was Lia.
The heroes assembled together and made their way to the Bold Basket. Marcus closed his shop down
and lead everyone to a back room to talk. Stories were shared of those that have died walking about after their burial. Rumors have always passed around the capital of such, but no one is ever publicly accused of being the cause. Glenna has told him that she suspects Marvella Schiff, the head priestess, of being involved somehow; however, she has no evidence. When asked about other strange occurrences, Marcus told them of murders being discovered nearly every two weeks. Two bodies are always found together, drained of blood. The local authorities have never caught the culprits.
The heroes left Marcus and traveled to the Southern Tower. Approaching the tower they find Darrell inspecting bones and footprints outside the broken doorway into the tower. Darrell left the note because his informants had knowledge of a movement of undead on their way to the tower. He had hoped to catch sight of who was leading them, but arrived too late. All that remained were broken bones and blood. The bodies of the lizardfolk that guarded the tower were no where to be found. He lead the heroes inside in search of clues. He found nothing that could lead him to one of the Vecna necromancers; so he left the tower in search of clues outside. Malnarr and Nicolas went outside to keep an eye on him as the rest of the party studied one book that was not destroyed on the top floor. The cover was heavily worn and scratched, but they were able to make out the word history. The text inside was extremely old, and told the tale of the history of the settling of Khedesh. Nearly 2,000 years ago a band of Vecna worshipers, in search of a secluded place to hide their master’s secrets, discovered a teleportation circle that lead to a seemingly undisturbed, mountainous land. In navigating the mountains, the necromancers found that a thick fog inhibited their passage and their destination always ended up where they set off. They soon erected a castle in the mountains where they studied the fog to find out how to pass. Eventually, one necromancer, Zahir Dettman, was able to infuse the essence of the mist into a stone from the mountain. While the stone was in his possession the fog cleared before him. He created more of these stones and the necromancers made their way down into the fertile valley below. Here they felt they would be able to keep Vecna’s secrets hidden from others, as soon as they removed the indigenous wildlife: the Lizardfolk of Tanick-Tia and the Banites of
Morngram. So they established the city of Khedesh, fooling its citizens into thinking that it was
founded by worshipers of the Raven Queen.
While studying the history, Nicolas spots a tree with an unusual protuberance. Malnarr investigates and brings back an arrow with a piece of torn cloth attached. Darrell comes over and looks at the bloody cloth.
“I’m no expert,” he says, “but this fabric is too rich to have come from Khedesh. I think you should investigate this further. It may be our only clue.”
The heroes remove materials from the broken down door and look for tracks near where the arrow was found. They follow a light set of footprints to the east a ways before they disappear. Heading further in that direction with no luck, they begin to head back to the capital but are soon beset by a band of the territorial lizardfolk. Easily dispatching them, the heroes continue on their way and make it back safely.