Credit: Library of Congress
While Bakari went to inform the town guards of the cult's destruction, I took some of our funds to procure horses for the journey north. The friendly and helpful stablemaster sold me five fine beasts along with all the necessary tack: one for each of us and a pack horse to carry extra gear. I even had the good fortune to purchase a magical feed bag! I was most pleased with the outcome, although later Bakari expressed some displeasure at the prices I'd paid. Who'd have thought a cleric would be such a stickler for haggling? No matter: in short order we had left Koidarra behind and soon were fording the river.
Sounds of sharp battle drew us to a clearing where we found two dead Teremnar elves and spotted a Syndar elf, wounded, in a tree. This turned out to be a pale-skinned elf with blue eyes, one Meliusine, who had killed the other two elves in self-defense. She knew the location of the tomb, for members of her family had been involved in its construction ages ago. Our news of the cult's intentions left her shaken, and she agreed to guide us to the spot with all haste.
Before dawn we were on our way once more. Upon reaching the grove and the tomb we saw that the covering slab and its protective wards had been broken. Devlin had already noted tracks leading through the forest to this place: we deduced that the cultists had preceded us. Slipping inside stealthily, with Synast checking for traps and snares, we came to a door upon which was inscribed a riddle in ancient Syndaran, a language that both Meliusine and Devlin were somewhat familiar with. A lucky guess allowed us to breach this magical portal, and we soon found ourselves before a double door through which my ears perceived the sound of chanting. The cultists had already begun their wicked ritual!
|Better stay out of the rain, demon|
The battle won, it now falls to us to end this threat forever: Oeridien's remains must forever be set beyond the reach of evil followers of Nerull and Hextor. How this shall be accomplished remains to be determined...