Ekria Unearthed

Chapter 2: Return to Winterhaven

The party uncovers more of the devious plot surrounding the Keep on the Shadowfell

The party, after clearing out the Kobold Lair, return to Winterhaven. They look for clues on who the spy mentioned in "Irontooth’s ":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/ekria_unearthed/characters/irontoothletter might be. After questioning many people in the Inn, they begin to suspect Ninaran, an elf staying at the Wrafton’s Inn.

They also meet Kel Mar Geran, an Eladrin Swordmage who is hunting Kalarel, the man mentioned in Irontooth’s letter. Kel Mar Geran agrees to help the group hunt down Kalarel.

At first they go to the "Winterhaven ":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/ekria_unearthed/wikis/winterhavenmanor to find help from Lord Padraig. His Guard Captain tells the party that "Padraig ":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/ekria_unearthed/characters/padraigis too busy to speak to them right now, and the group decides they are better off trying to find help elsewhere.

They convince the Innkeeper, who’s name they learn to be Salvana Rafton, to allow them to investigate the Elf’s room. Not only do they not find any evidence, they find very little of anything. The room is empty of any belongings, and the only sign of anyone having stayed there is the unmade bed.

After finding little evidence at the Inn, they look to the local temple. They can tell that the temple is to the Goddess Avandra, the Goddess of luck and change. They meet Sister Linora, who while very friendly, has no helpful information.

Coming to the conclusion that there’s no more information at Winterhaven, they head off to Shadowfell Keep.

On the road to the keep they find Ninaran, the Elf they had met back in Winterhaven. "Ninaran ":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/ekria_unearthed/characters/ninaranis on the side of the road, seemingly bleeding to death. It is revealed that she is the spy in Winterhaven, and as punishment for letting the group kill Irontooth, her master has betrayed her and had her killed. "Ninaran ":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/ekria_unearthed/characters/ninaraneventually bleeds out and dies, and "Kazuki ":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/ekria_unearthed/characters/kazuki buries her body by the road. With nothing left to do, they head to the Burial site to investigate.

At the burial site, they are met by a group of archaeologists with a pair of tamed Drakes standing guard. At first the archaeologists seem welcoming of the group, but Kel Mar quickly deduces that it is in fact a trap.

A quick battle ensues, and the leader of the ‘Archaeologists’ is captured. Through some handy work by Kel Mar, they discover that the men are actually "Kalarel’s ":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/ekria_unearthed/characters/kalareltroops, and they were sent to capture Douvan Staul, the Dwarf who discovered the site. They release Douvan, who shows them a mirror that he had discovered in the site. While the mirror doesn’t seem to be of any coincidence, Douvan is convinced it has something to do with the Wizard who originally closed the rift at Shadowfell.

With the mirror in hand and "Douvan ":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/ekria_unearthed/characters/douvan rescued, they continue on to Shadowfell Keep.

The enter the keep through a small staircase leading into the bowels of the structure. As they enter they alert a small number of goblins, who are dispatched easily. As the fighting finishes, Bamelias; who had been guarding the entrance outside, meets them with Valthrun.

“Valthrun ":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/ekria_unearthed/characters/valthruntheprescient gives the adventurers each a runestone that allows them to instantly teleport back to his tower. He says the stones will only work once per day, as they need to build the magical energy inside them. Furthermore, they draw off each other, so the entire party must go together. From Valthrun’s tower, they are able to return to where they left.

“Bamelias ":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/ekria_unearthed/characters/bameliasalso informs the group that he has decided to study with Valthrun. After the destruction of Maelstraen, "Bamelias ":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/ekria_unearthed/characters/bameliasbelieves he needs to learn both the ways of the sword and of magic if he is to encounter those who killed Master Brael.

The adventurers thank Valthrun, and the Sage departs with Bamelias. The group sets off deeper inside the keep…

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