The heroes were exhausted. Broken bones from undead monstrosities laid scattered about the decrepit subterranean theater. Amidst the debris they found an old mirror, one that emanated a dark power. They wondered what would happen if they turned the mirror on the Book of Years. The mirror reflective surface turned opaque as soon as the book was opened. While wondering what this meant, Kitten attempted to grab the book and wrest it away from Petrin. Petrin managed to open the book during the struggle and Kitten found himself looking into the blank pages. He became weary as his image appeared in the book.
Galendan took the book and mirror and put them both in his bag of holding. The group returned to the entry chamber to Sunwyn and were surprised to find a man inspecting the remains of the undead they previously vanquished. A familiar crow sat upon his shoulder.
“Ah there you are,” Cryer said. “I thought I spotted you trudging through the jungle. This hole stinks of undead. Why creep around in such a nasty place?”
Not waiting, perhaps not caring about the response, the talking crow relayed a message from his master, the master druid, Lady Darriph.
“It’s the minotaurs,” he said. "They’ve fooled all of Akari. Langriff watches for them by sea, but it will not be ships that bring their armies, but a portal…from the Fey Wild. My lady has uncovered a disturbing alliance between the bull-men and the Winter Court of the Fey and she requests your help.”
Cryer said the group was needed to find and kill the Eladrin Sorceror Vilus Garmen, who works for Kimath It-Arist. The crow presented the druid as Buttons, a prized pupil of Lady Darriph who learned the art of the stone teleportation circles. Buttons would be able to take the adventurers to the Fey Wild and bring them home. Many in the group had been wanting to go to the Fey Wild anyway. The companions took Buttons on, deciding to retrieve the dragon eggs first before venturing to the Fey realm.
They decided to explore Sunwyn a bit more and found a submerged passage. Wading through the passage led them into an encouter with hideous otyughs and rune spiral demons. They won the fight, but Arygno, Buttons, and Eldarion contracted filth fever. The heroes didn’t believe they had another fight in them.
Wanting nothing more than to rest, the group decided to return to the surface, and hike back to Amollo. They would return later to vanquish the bones that still rattled under the earth. Upon re-entering the jungle, Tagor’s Shroud, they found signs they were not alone. A dead owl bear, killed by magic. Sets of footprints leading to a vantage point that spied directly on the cave entrance to Sunwyn. What did it all mean? Were they being followed?
The companions decided to track the mysterious foot-prints and found they lead back to Amollo. By asking questions of the city’s citizens they discovered a man in black robes and a dragonborn had recently been seen in the city. Was it possible…Menzo and Petrin’s mother…in Amollo…?
While back in Amollo, the Eladrin thief, Galendan, sought out the wererat Rakat once more. He wanted to ask some questions, but instead found himself receiving a desperate request from the sewer denizen. Rakat told Galendan that his mentor, and one of the heroes to the poor, a philosopher named Borys Mindhorn was taken captive by secret agents of the Crimson Knights. Rakat said it was vital to rescue the man for if he should perish, that could be the spark that ignites the class war in the city. Galendan relayed this information to his companions, but the heroes would not be distracted by their mission.
Petrin himself entertained thoughts of leaving the dragon eggs for a time. He needed to know if his mother was indeed in Amollo. Was she being held captive? Under some sort of spell? Did she need help? The dragonborn would seek out Numa Woddi, a leader of the Amollo underground, and hire her to use her contacts to determine the identities of the mysterious man and dragonborn.
While awaiting news from Woddi’s agents, the heroes ran a few errands in the city. Arygno visited a healer and made a deal for a tonic that was promised to cure his filth fever. He drank the noxious potion and he soon felt much better…but why did his skin itch so much?
After a time, the half-orc Krum, who once fought Galendan to the death despite it being “nothing personal”, returned. Krum said the dragonborn was indeed a female, and a lovely one at that. She was with a wizard and two ogres in a camp in the jungle. Krum’s colleague got a little too close and was smashed by an ogre, leading Krum to remember him as “Flat Timmy”. The half-orc’s description of the scene certainly made it seem as though Menzo was here and had Petrin’s mother.
The heroes were hesitant to tackle ogres and opted to return to Sunwyn and get the dragon eggs before Menzo. Upon reaching the cave entrance to the ancient city the group decided to set a trap, to make anyone following them think twice.
After the trap was set, the heroes made their way to the chamber with the mysterious door. After inspecting the room, they realized the door was somehow operated by a pulley system tied to four pillars in the room. It wasn’t clear how the system worked, but when they attempted to pull the ropes in all four pillars at the same time, the door opened. Petrin stood by the door, patiently waiting for it swing wide and was rewarded by being thrashed by a large undead orc on the other side. His comrades rushed in and fought the creature, who was accompanied by lesser undead and emerged victorious.
A dusty dark passageway led on, but to what? Were they any closer to the lost dragon eggs? What other monstrosities might lay in wait? And what of Menzo and Petrin’s mother? What of Amollo, a city on the edge of war? They would find out soon enough.