5 Richfest – 15th Reaping, 609 CY
Two weeks pass without a single clue relating to “Skaulson.” The party spends their downtime doing various things: Thruskk pieces together an Elven Greatsword which is then forged (and turns out to be an Orcsbane blade); Clifton comes across a Gunslinger and is given the man’s weapon, which later becomes a twisted version thanks to his Patron’s influence; Woolie carves a collection of wooden figurines and is seemingly well-received by the residents of Marlgrove despite his strange heritage; Virgil decides to stay with the party on their quest to avenge Reselda.
Jericho returns as well, though his absence is never expanded upon. From time to time he finds himself slumbering or wandering off, with little to no explanation as to why.
One night Kamlo, a Rhenee merchant of Marlgrove, approaches Clifton and Virgil. He describes to them Skaulson’s Rest, a notorious stop for merchants travelling the Casteallweg Road. He hires them on to guide his small wagon to the location, knowing full well of their desire to find anything relating to this “Skaulson.”
The rest of the party tracks the wagon to a small farmhouse in the fertile Sheldomar Valley; they are allowed to rest there for a few coppers a piece. The young wife of the farmer (later immolated thanks to recklessness by Clifton) tells of the Archmage Skaulson, a necromancer of ill-repute.
They take off the following morning, and arrive at Skaulson’s Rest sometime later. Eventually they ascend Skaulson’s Tower, overcoming a variety of challenges before they finally meet the necromancer himself on the roof of the tower.
However, Skaulson has become a spirit; his reasons for doing so were apparently intentional, in order to avoid a “strange cataclysmic event” that the dead had foretold to him. Dialogue is exchanged: Skaulson learns his fears became reality in the Days of Vanishing; the party learns the they were not the first to breach the Tower, and that two crimson-wearing females came before them (but broke in through the roof).
A flimsy connection is made when it’s revealed that the intruders stole a tome relating to the creation of dracoliches. Perhaps these two are involved somehow with Reselda’s killer, the ancient green dragon of the Dreadwood.
Whether they are or not, Skaulson then says that he overheard the leader of the two ordering the lesser — one called Red Rooster — to head to Salinmoor to “finish the experiment.”
Another vague clue to investigate, but the party has little else to go on.
And so the adventure continues…