A world within..
After a long and uneventful rest at the hospitality of the Halflings that call themselves The People, Fijit died in an apparently valiant death at the hands of a creature called Thurzhaan by the Halflings.
A unanimous decision was made to confront this creature. On your side the brave and holy warrior Panros stands by you.
While waiting in the night the creature approaches. The first glances revealed scales, blackened scales. After providing some light you saw the entire creature! An extremely large dragon, covered in blackened scales and savagely amputated wings on its back. The dragon spoke to you and his voice trembled furiously in your mind. The dragon is keeping someone or something under control in his mind. He told you to head towards the light if you wanted answers.
The group decided to travel towards the mountain spire that is said to reach Janma herself. The sun being the physical representation of the Godess of rejuvenation and rebirth.
You stand at the spire to the sun. Its stone is almost a pristine white, reflecting the sun and it almost hurts your eyes. The “mountain” seems created rather than a normal mountain. It’s spire-like shape is clearly moulded and a pathway is spiralling around up towards the molten core that floats in the middle of this hollow world.
The Man in black
The man in black has recovered. En exorcism was performed on him in the Holy Church of Keni. You have reason to suspect that a Shadow is loose in Daichiwa. A bishop of Keni and a captain of the royal guard has already been murdered. The man in black recruted the help of the gnome tinkerer you found roaming the moonstone caves.
Bones below the mountain
Under the abandoned moonstone mines you discovered another set of caves. These caves seem to be half natural and half engineered. In one of these rooms you discovered the skeletal remains of a dragon. Upon the wall it says (in Draconic, translated by Rickas):
In nature I was a force, in death but an echo.
I was born from the sun, a powdered star my life.
By the glimmer of a holy word, I may arise again
Rentak informed the group that a diamond in the crown is named Starborn. Fijit remembered hearing about a powerful spell that could bring someone or something back to life if it was willing to live again.
The group decided to contact Rentak’s clan and seek their advice and help. The response was to await the arrival of official representation.
Not of this world
The man in black has returned to the caves to continue his work. This time aided by a gnome with engineering aspirations.
The metal-plated caves lie defenceless now that the man in black has fallen. The sphere in the adjoining room to the alchemist lab (now completely smashed) looked like it had an infestation. Like thick oil penetrating the surface of the sphere, trying to get closer to the shadowy figure within.
As Charles was subdued at first by the man in black, he later returned to finish the job. Striking Alana down to her apparent death, he proceeded to attack the rest of the group. It wasn’t until the man in black showed up and withered Charles’ head to the bone. The man in black took a quick look at Alana and didn’t really do anything before collapsing on the floor.
After Alana was discovered to be alive the group took the man in black with them and left. Upon exiting the sphere room, Rickas cast a last glance back at the sphere. Much to his surprise the blackness had disappeared from the sphere.
Baptism by fire!
On your way to Daichiwa you all discovered that the druid had started to smell of smoke and fire..
His summoned creatures also display signs of fire.
While in the forest a centaur and two human druids approach the group as you’re getting ready for the day. The had a conversation with Zerach that none of you understood. When it was over, our druid calmly stated; I have been summoned.
Zerach admitted to setting a tree on fire to create a diversion. He seems surprised that the forest burned so quickly.