Our heroes debated the best course of action to defend Elizar. A rustling in the bushes however introduced to them a young female elf by the name of Rhiannen Silveroak. Through discussion it was found out that one of Vanion’s aunts married into the Silveroak family, and both Rhiannen and Vanion share a disgust for Volkarsis in general. She told them she patrols the woods as a ranger. They accompanied her back to town, and did some shopping and preparation for the next day’s events.
Jorvyn and Vanion visited Alista Lockhaven at the Bubbling Cauldron, with Jorvyn picking up a healing potion. Vanion got his golden dragon scale back from Bepin Stoatplump at the King’s Tannery, and handed it over to Torque at Arken’s Smithy so he could attempt to create golden lute strings. Torsten went to converse with the slaves at the Temple of Lathander, looking for information about his mother. He found out that these slaves had slaved away alongside her, and she was one of the slaves that escaped and may be somewhere on the Plane of Earth. Some of the slaves seemed ready to depart for other lands, with Todd, the slave Torsten conversed with, thinking of heading back to Brevin, Barty’s hometown.
Barty and Elizar scouted out the library. Barty discovered some kind of scrying spell was being used in the main library. Elizar and Barty discussed using Non Detection spells and Mordenkainen’s Private Sanctum to protect themselves against Mask.
They all headed to the Dire Bear Retreat for the night. Most everyone went to bed while Vanion went to Valerie’s house. Not finding her there, he waited in trance outside her door.
The following morning, Vanion found no Valerie had returned by 8am. He went to meet up with the awoken party at the Dire Bear Retreat, where they made some plans. They went to the library and into Elizar’s office and set up in wait, with Mordenkainen’s Private Sanctum and Non Detection spells abound. Much much later in the day, a humanoid chitinous plated insect creature walked into Elizar’s office, speaking Abyssal. Barty knew Abyssal and conversed with it as it moved to speaking only in Barty’s head. It was revealed to him that this creature was to retrieve the Book of Keeping for Mask.
The party decided to try to appeal to the creature’s potential want for power by offering it to keep the book itself. It seemed uninterested, but Barty offered to show the creature the Book’s true power. Barty tricked him and launched a fireball at the creature, singeing it. The bug-like creature looked quite perturbed…. tune in next time to find out what happens with our heroes and the pickle they are in!