Golbins ambushed them and they found out that even goblins can use magic. They had a shaman-like goblin that could throw ugly greenish fire.
The goblins were still fairly easily defeated.
They rushed back to Karton to find the Baron safe. They reported that he had a spy in his midst that was very eager to stop his plans. The Baron couldn’t believe that it could be Jezet though she was the only one that knew of their meeting. The Baron eventually thought of another possible leak… the mapmaker.
While talking to the mapmaker, Varis Yeldin, they noted that his daughter, Ellyn, had left without them noticing. She was running straight toward the church!
The party followed her into the church and tried to stop her by claiming that she stole their shoes. There was much commotion in which Ellyn was yelling that she needed to see Halira until Chancellor Edric stepped out onto a balcony above and called down for the party to meet with him in his office.
In their meeting the Chancellor and the dukes son beat around their respective bushes. It seemed like they were on the same side but neither would come right out and say what that side was.
Chancellor Edric did say he was not a fan of Cardinal Vasker‘s zealous pursuit of his duties. He has mentioned it to his superiors but was they like Vasker’s zeal.
He also felt that he could protect the group by placing them under his protection. This would cause most over zealous priests to back off from threatening them in any way.
After another meeting with the baron the party headed back toward BriarStone.
From there they headed west out to the Dardendrian Keep. They found an ancient stone circle that had obvious magically effects. And they found a large graveyard with a few graves dug up.
They were attacked by a guy and his 4 skeletons. He was defeated before he or his skeletons could do much damage.
Elaiden is now wearing and experimenting with the “thing” the guy wore around his neck that animated the dead. Thunder is carrying a wand that the guy shoot magic blobs at them with.
Bedding down for the night they saw that a pile of rocks that looked like stairs actually turned into stairs when the moonlight hit them. The stairs were made of moonlight and headed up way into the sky.
At the top of a nearly half hour climb they see what they now believe to be a party, literal party, of the fey.
They “met” the queen of the fey. And were tested?
They learn that a fey named Lufiel created the elves by mating with humans, quite a few humans.
The fey mirror of Akaria shows the lands of the orcs as completely lifeless and blackened.
There is a mirror place a great distance away that is very… something. It has killed a few fey exploring it so they leave it alone.
After catching up on their sleep they headed north toward the spot marked on the map as Jalorn Estates. On the way they found the remnants of an ancient road that seemed to head the direction they were heading. So they followed it and eventually found the ruins of a large stone building. They gate was replaced with sticks from the area. And was that a goblin peaking out?