The party arrives, having been teleported to the mainland via Loremaster Trenton of the Arcane Order, Blackport. They had arrived after their harrowing campaign against the forces of a Black Dragon in the North with the assistance of the Silver Flame of Blackport. Arriving alongside the only other surviving member of their party, Isela, – the beloved Xarus the Gnome having been dispatched shortly prior to their jaunt to the mainland- the party had been transplaced within the Arcane Order, Tower North of the Mainland. Also in tow was Eizen, the spellsword from Suenni-Hakkan of East Terrastrom, who was admittedly less interested in the party’s main goal and more influenced by the pursuit of Warlocks that he claimed have been plaguing the whole of the world. The last of the teleported group was the alchemist Carrion, who returned to the mainland from Blackport to kick-start his alchemy business in true. So, the five- and friends- arrived in a burst of magic on the other end of the astral journey they emerged from.
It was there at the Arcane Order they were to deliver important research regarding the fate of the realm to a trusted member of Trenton’s original branch of the Order, Guildmaster Zindamere Tathwallow. However, despite the groups overall goal, Leif the Imperial Scout- now promoted to Scout Elite and Alpha Wolf- was ordered to return to the headquarters of the Imperial Scouts to receive newly issued gear. These orders were given to her by the Scout-Commander himself, Durien Khaz, who also ordered her to investigate a ‘Dragon cult currently committing grand amounts of theft and suspicious activity on the mainland’.
On this first day however, the party did join in a meeting of the guild to discuss Loremaster Trenton’s findings on Everblack. It was decided that the information would be relayed to the highest echelons of the Order, within Vulpinach, and to the Emperor, Cedric Tathmere. It was also decided that the knowledge gleaned by Trenton would be useless without the rest of the writings of the one known as ‘Orion’, the author of the writings throughout Everblack. Through the writings, it was known that the final place Orion was known to retire to lay somewhere within the center of the Mire of the Forgotten- a land not safely accessible by any means of magic of man.
Considering their options, an eccentric member of the Order suggested that ‘only Chronepsis knows’ how to enter the Mire, which prompted those gathered to remember the dragon cult that was said to have been active on the mainland recently; the same cult that Leif was ordered to investigate. It was to the hope of the Arcane Order, then, that the cult may have some access to avenues of acquiring hidden knowledge, and thus it was decided that the group of Leif the Scout, Remmington the Follower of Kord, Eizen the Warlock-Hunter, and Isela the Elven Shadowdancer would track down the cult, and question the dragon cult whether or not such avenues of information exist.
After the summit of mages and adventurers alike had come to a close and the path made somewhat clearer, the group explored the compound of the Arcane Order, Tower North. That afternoon they met Allianne Borealle, the eccentric enchantress who first mentioned Chronepsis in the summit, and Synestra Boreen- the newly appointed head of Necromancy among the Tower North. Synestra had requested some assistance with a matter in the mausoleum she had yet to establish control of, but the party decided rest was of more consequence at the moment, and retired within the extra living quarters of the Order. The strange day of magic and planning was done.
Remmington and Leif awoke late in the day to find that Eizen and Isela had left the party in surprise, both having their own motives. Isela left a vast majority of her treasures acquired in the campaign against the Black Dragon, claiming she was to devote herself to the rearing of her companion acquired in the party’s journeys; a Black Dragon Whelpling she’d named Zara. However, in her note of departure, Isela seemed to have some fixation on the spear she acquired from the Dragon’s lair; the Shadowlance. Eizen on the other hand left promptly after realizing the party’s goals did not align with his own, as he was concerned with the Warlocks he claimed were roaming the land under the demonic patronage of Fraz-Urb’luu.
After taking an inventory of all of their possessions, finding that only an insignificant portion of gold and gear had been taken, Remmington and Leif readied themselves to set out in search of the dragon cult. However, at the alley leading out of the Arcane Order, the two met the acquaintance of some wandering adventurers in search of a kidnapped child.
These adventurers- Badrigar of Skyhome, Kipsie of the Veils, and Lörz the Ramossi, had only just met and were in search of Liandril, son of Iilareth of Skyhome. It was believed by the people of the jungle-city of Skyhome that the dragon cult was responsible for the child’s abduction, and so Badrigar had recommended consulting the nearby Arcane Order for advice.
This lead to the companionship of those in search of this cult. It also lead to the party consulting the eccentric Allianne Borealle, who had claimed she had some way of having seen the cult in their travels recently. Allianne explained she keeps a close eye on the forest in her spare time via enchanted rocks that she can scry through, the same rocks she had also enchanted to be minimally sentient and to have exaggerated eyes. It was discovered through Allianne that the cultists held a camp in the wilds near the Arcane Order, Tower North. Through some convincing, the party was allowed to take Allianne with them to where the child was abducted to perform some divination in hopes of discovering exactly where the child had been taken.
The rest, I’m sure you know already….