As soon as we returned to Specularum, we were met by the military. As we anticipated, we were wanted for fleeing the dock when all ships were ordered to remain, but were doing so in pursuit of the slavers and the Eye. I was not concerned. I knew of our innocence, and felt assured that we would walk free. However, the delay was an annoyance, particularly with the cargo I now carried upon my person. Eventually, we were exonerated as expected. In return for our freedom, and with the additional reward of a privateering writ and a period of tax-free docking at Specularum, we turned the Grey Ghost over to the Karameikan navy. My comrade Eil was most disappointed, but we all pressed on to our duty of returning the Eye. The next day, we were met by a man who said he was a servant of the Lady Isabella, and that she would instruct us on how to return the Eye. We agreed to meet, and were graced with a performance by Lady Isabella and Yolanda of Luln. It was quite beautiful, and very peaceful.
After the performance, we met were met by a man, calling himself Sir Sterling von Shelling. He indicated to use that he was a dealer in antiquities and artifacts, and knew we had possession of the Eye. He had offers from two separate parties for the Eye. While I was curious as to who might want to possess it, none amongst our party expressed an interest in trying to sell it, for which I was very pleased. Sir Shelling seemed most disappointed that we would not sell the Eye, but went upon his way without further incident. At the conclusion of the evening, we returned to the ship, to find a great deal of activity going on. As we returned, the crew informed us an attack had taken place. We rushed below decks, and found our comrade Moridin, dead. In his own blood, he had written “LIZ”. I checked him, in hopes that I might bring him back, but he was too far gone. The Physician found traces of Black Adder poison, which matched the poison on the dagger I had taken from the Lizard Man. These agents must have been looking for the Eye in the lab, and taken him by surprise by attacking through the sea doors of the Wyr.
Time being our enemy, we knew that we must hurry on. Lady Isabella wanted us to set out at daybreak. I paid to have Moridin’s body attended to, and shipped back to his people on the Islands of the Guilds. I did not have time to mourn him, but as we traveled I took time to ponder all the events that had occurred since I left the Church in Luln. It seemed so long ago, another lifetime. Of the original companions, there remained only myself and Eil.
Finally, we left on our way to deliver the Eye to Lady Sylvana. We traveled, and soon came to Kelvin, where we stayed at an inn. We also met two young adventurers; their names were Octavius and Gimble. They knew us by reputation, and wanted to join us. Under the circumstances, we knew we could use the extra arms, and agreed to let them join us. We also were also approached by a member of the Order of the Griffin. He, as some of the others who had met us, knew of our possession of the Eye. As others, he also had an “offer” for us. I, as others of my companionship, had to desire to hear it, so we sent him on his way. Finally, a scraggly man wandered to our table. I prepared myself for another “offer”, but as he approached I heard a voice in my mind. It said that we had displeased this being and his master, and that we must now die.
The group was on edge, being aware that we would probably encounter an enemy on the way. We knew, as they must, that now would be the best time to attack. After a day of riding, we happened into a glen in a wooded area. Ahead, a group of men awaited us. They stopped us, and demanded we turn over the Eye. As they did so, a couple of them stretched a long, thick rope across the path ahead. The trap had been sprung. The Physician shouted for us to ride ahead, but it seemed futile. He spurred his horse on, and ran into the rope. He fell over, off his horse. Fortunately, he got up and ran on, but we had no idea if we was caught or not until after the battle. As he fled, he tossed one of the gate rings over his shoulder for us.
As the trap unfolded, it was almost a relief. I am certain that our enemy felt that they had us exactly where they wanted us, but I felt ready to handle the threat. The remainder of our team dismounted our horses, and prepared for the assault. I gave only a brief thought to the Physician, which was some annoyance at his choice of action. I then took stock of our situation. Our enemies appeared to be a ragtag group, but proved to be well-armed and coordinated. Some goblins and wargs appeared behind us. Ahead of us, some human fighters appeared. To our left, where the strongest part of the assault came, appeared a few of the augmented humans, as well as a demonic figure and some of his own personal soldiers. As the battle unfolded, the demon proved to be a capable leader, lending support to his minions by summoning fell beats and dispelling effects that we were casting ourselves. Our force splintered a bit, with David drawing off some of the enemy by himself, and our rear guard fighting the warg and goblin group. It turns out that they fared the worst, with some members dropping from their wounds.
Though it was a pitched battle, the tide eventually began to turn our way. Predictably, the demon fled when he saw that he forces were bested, and left the remainder to perish beneath our weapons. As the battle concluded, I saw that had had been sorely tested, but had withstood the onslaught. I channeled the healing power of Halav and restored my companions. We retrieved our horses, and continued on our way to the Lake. Isabella led us on a sure path, that we surely have not have found otherwise. As we arrived, we saw the Tower. While magnificent, it appeared in a state of disrepair. We entered the Tower, and were met by Lady Sylvana herself. She had the fluid grace and beauty that few but elves possess. I turned the Eye over to her, for which she thanked us greatly for our efforts. As we were tired and weary, the Lady had us retire. We knew that, on the morning, our business would likely continue.