The party mad it back to Brindol without further incident and had dinner at the Ogre’s Skull while Ronnie welcomed them back and gave the local gossip. Gilbain was there and asked to go with them to the Hall of Valor in the morning.Fed and rested, the party went to the Hall of Valor to meet Sertanian. He explained that the ceremonial platinum sword the party had rescued from Rivenroar had spoken and asked for them by name. He took them to the back where the sword rested.
A woman’s voice spoke in a weak voice saying,
“You have come, my heroes, but my thanks must be brief. I am Amyria, and I have summoned you here from great need. I know it must seem strange to hear me speak, but I assure you that this form is only temporary. It is for that reason that I beseech you for your aid.
“Decades ago, a race of monastics born of the Elemental Chaos established a fortress in Elsir Vale. These were the githzerai, who lived secretly in their remote outpost before suddenly vanishing. Their Fortress of Graystone was well hidden, and remained uninhabited for long years.
“Some months ago, Fortress Graystone was invaded and claimed by a pack of gnoll mercenaries calling themselves the Wicked Fang. Their leader, a sadistic follower of the demon lord Yeenoghu, has begun to send his raiders out into Elsir Vale and beyond. In recent weeks, this gnoll chieftain Fangren has managed to open a conduit of power to Yeenoghu’s realm in the Elemental Chaos. He plans to claim some small fragment of the demon lord’s power, transforming himself into an exarch of the Beast of Butchery. It was the creation of this conduit that awoke me from my age-long slumber.
“If Fangren completes his ritual, demonic forces will have gained a foothold in the mortal realm. More importantly, that conduit to the Elemental Chaos can be manipulated through a ritual that I will provide to you. This is the boon that I pray you grant me. Bring me to Fortress Graystone and free me from this prison.”
Everyone was curious but Gilbain was especially excited, seeing it as a personal quest from Bahamut himself. The party had a few questions for Amyria but she did not have much memory and during the conversation, a bottle of fire broke through the window and some mercenaries kicked down. A fight ensued. Longbreath, Elan, and Sertanian put out the fire while everyone else fought the attackers. Gilbain proved capable in a fight, inflicting pain of holy judgement while healing with holy grace. In the end, the attackers were slain and the fire was put out with minimal damage, although the table holding the large map of Elsir Vale had collapsed to Sertanian’s chagrin.
Near the end of the fight, Thorn coincidentally showed up. The party’s first instinct was to slay him on the spot. He explained he had business in a town to the west and just happened by. The party didn’t believe him so Thorn left under harsh questioning. Adren met up with him to get more details and potentially salvage the relationship but Thorn wasn’t feeling friendly and left town. All in all, the circumstances surrounding his appearances had been odd. He seemed genuinely willing to help the party (in exchange for payment) but the timings were too coincidental. The general feeling of the party was that they were better off without his “help”.