Our party has ventured into the Mournland on an errand for Prime Minister Rukin ir’Clarn of Breland, and so far very little has gone right.
Major Quest: The Dragon
-Near the field of ruin, a dragon who was present during, and changed by the Mourning dwells still in its lair. We have been given an artifact known as the Dragon’s Eye with which to subdue the beast. We are then to return it to the agents of Prime Minister ir’Clarn so that this threat can be neutralized safely.
Side Quest: Rauthur is dead. Long live Rauthur.
-Rauthur’s vampiric ways finally went off the deep end when he started hunting children in New Cyre. Summerhawk discovered this and gave chase while the others tried to catch up. In the end, Rauthur was slain. His body transformed into a Rakshasa and fled. At the same time, another part of his soul, previously bound to a book carried by Annie, manifested as a version of Rauthur bent on undoing the mistakes of his Vampire counterpart.
Side Quest: Chasing Annie
-A massive bounty has been placed on Annie by House Jorasco. How the knowledge of her dragonmark was leaked is a question that now occupies the thoughts of several party-members, along with what they will do to the person who leaked it. Summerhawk has set his team of subordinate Dark Lantern agents working on discovering the truth. In the meantime, the Mournland is not a bad hiding place.
Quest? : Hallis Martin
-We’ve also taken up with the adventurer extraordinaire, who knows the way to the Field of Ruin.
“Excerpt from the after-action report filed by Summerhawk with his superiors in Sharn”
Reaching the field of ruin, we were confronted by Mournland wights from many of the nations of Khorvaire. They seemed to have been waiting for the party to arrive, an event foretold by the Messengers – mysterious creatures who appeared in Thrane once during the Last War and led a crusade into Cyre. With one of our party unaccounted for, the wights flew into a rage and attacked us. Their death triggered something that awoke all of the dead on the Field of Ruin, from whom we wisely fled.
We reached the mouth of a cave in the Glass Plateau pursued by hordes of undead warriors. At the entrance of the cave, Hallis Martin turned and drove a staff into the ground, from which radiance exploded, destroying the undead and saving us from pursuit. What became of him is unclear, but he seems to have a knack for getting out of trouble and we found no remains on our return.
Inside the cave, we found corpses from all nations pressed into the earth and rock of the cave floor and walls. A curtain of battle standards were hung from the ceiling as if they were captured trophies. Ky and I cut the Brelish and Cyran banners from this strange furnishing.
Farther in, we reached the dragon’s lair. The beast was sleeping. I approached alone, knowing that fighting the creature was not an option. As I needed the creature to awaken, but did not want to approach closer than necessary, I fired a bolt into its hide – no doubt doing no damage at all but it seems to have been enough to wake the beast. I was then able to unlock whatever arcane energy was possessed by the artifact and subdued and captured the dragon.
Side note – We found a prisoner in the lair: a Cyran named Therkin ((sp?)). He was disfigured by long exposure to the mist. He said the dragon mistook him for an old friend from Cyre. Obviously the creature’s mind had been deranged by the Mourning. We extracted this poor individual and he seems to be recovering in the care of Prince Oargev.
As we exited the cave, we were intercepted by a party of Emerald Claw led by Gunter (whose interrogation I oversaw some months ago) and Leofalcon Wolfsbane (who led the team of assassins who made the attempt on Lady Haydith’s life in Throneport). How they tracked us and who sent them is uncertain. Messages intercepted since seem to indicate that Gunter was acting without orders in an attempt to recover favor with the organization after his previous failure. I am extrapolating from limited evidence so I cannot say how accurate these conclusions are. Interestingly, Leofalcon’s new undead form (you will recall he was killed in the Watching Wood) seemed to be in thrall to Gunter. Once he lost visual contact, Leofalcon snapped out of it and there seems to have been some sort of reconnection between him and Aurora. I was across the cave and engaged and have only second-hand reports to go from. I have not found a convenient time to speak with Aurora about this matter.
In the end, Ky slew Gunter, who lashed out in some strange arcane attack at Aurora. Leofalcon stepped in the way and was killed by this attack, so regardless of the motivations of either assailant, both were killed in the fight. I recovered something of interest from Leofalcon, but I am still conducting research into its nature and will write more of it soon. It appears to be a shard of living shadow.
We have no returned to New Cyre and the Prince had shown a great deal of gratitude for the items we recovered. The party has decided to remain in New Cyre for the winter. If possible, I would like to base my operations out of this town. There are experts here who may help be decipher the shadow shard, and considering the difficulty on our Western front, having closer ties to New Cyre can only help our organization. It may even be possible to set up a new Lantern Post here.