5:10pm, 8 Eleasis, 926PR
The battle with the barlguras and demons ended swiftly and decisively once the heroes refocused their efforts and concentrated on one enemy at a time. The eladrin’s crumpled form changed into a swarm of beetles which skittered away in all directions before themselves crumbling to dust, revealing her to be a lamia. All that remained was her robe, which contained a mysterious magic item and a handful of notes.
Now with time to assess their surroundings, the heroes looked up to see that the roof that the lamia, a demon, and the escaped human were standing on belonged to the House of Song, the same place named on the flyer they had found earlier. The merchants that had been observing the battle through windows while hiding safely indoors began to emerge, congratulating the party on their efforts in dispatching the monsters.
One of the merchants, a halfling named Barto Turnfin, revealed himself to be a supplier to the Planar Trade Consortium, in particular of the ice apples required for the Festival of Doors. He told the party that the human that fled had been seen inside the House of Song earlier in the day. When pressed for more information, Barto offered that his supply of ice apples had been under threat, but he had successfully managed to make his delivery. Tos’ cavefire wine, he said, was the most at risk, and Tos herself was also in the House of Song.
The party approached Tos, and after explaining their purpose, she told them her brother Thom had been on an expedition to the Shadowfell to harvest the cavefire mushrooms for the Festival’s supply of wine, but was due back yesterday morning and hadn’t returned. He’d never been late before, explained Tos, who confessed to being extremely concerned for Thom’s wellbeing. She also revealed that the name of the human they’d seen was Tarvas, who Tos believed to be behind the attacks on the supplies to the festival.
Tos asked the party if they’d found any information from the slain lamia. Bola read the notes and found they described the commissioning of a demon summoning ritual by Tarvas, with the instructions to send the demons to the Shadowfell. Instead of revealing this to Tos, the party demanded payment for their assistance. Tos offered five hundred gold pieces and implored the party to act quickly, as she suspected her brother might be in mortal danger. She also gave them a ceramic disc as a key and directions to the portal used by her brother. When the party enquired about a location to rest, Tos pleaded once again for haste, before hurrying away, muttering to herself in dwarven. The party found an inn without much difficulty and took a rest.
1:00am, 9 Eleasis, 926PR
After arising and making their way to the portal, the heroes found themselves in a cave containing various tools and equipment. The only light was an ambient glow emanating from the cave’s only exit. Following the arrows painted on the tunnel walls, the party arrived at a larger cave filled with glowing mushrooms. Next to a small pool of water lay the corpse of a dwarf, but further investigation was interrupted by the sound of a pod demon lurking at the back of the cave.
The heroes engaged in battle with the pod demon and its spawn, promptly turning them into a puddle of slime on the floor of the cave but not before being splashed repeatedly by the acidic exploding pod spawn. All the while, the cave shook and rocks fell around the battle, one striking Xeraphax square on his head.
The party returned to the corpse of the fallen dwarf and had the cleric perform the Speak With Dead ritual on it. After the ritual failed to reveal any useful information, the heroes decided to continue exploring the caves of the Shadowfell. Anon was sent to scout a tunnel, and found that it continued to narrow and descend. No light came from up ahead, but a noxious stench grew stronger and stronger. While awaiting his return, the rest of the party discovered that the mysterious magic item found on the lamia was a Stone of Wind.
1:45am, 9 Eleasis, 926PR
Upon his reporting back to the party regarding the tunnel, the rest of the group decided to follow Anon down it at a discreet distance. Eventually the tunnel became relatively cramped, in particular for Bola and Rosesand, while a noise up ahead grew louder as Anon approached. A gibbering, snarling, growling, cursing noise. Soon enough, in pitch darkness, the tunnel opened into a cave, Anon standing at its mouth and the rest of the party some fifty feet behind.