The great burning shadow
After waiting a few hours at the camp, the group noticed a strange red glow coming from the pyramide and went to investigate. It seemed as if the entire pyramide was covered in a clingy red mist, much like vaporized blood. They went inside to investigate and found that the interior of the pyramide had changed and that they could reach the center now. There they found a few of the cultists performing a gruesome ritual, sacrificing the capured slaves. They charged in and defeated the cultists, though it didn’t go easy. Among the captive slaves they found the daugther of the pactmaster.
They travelled back to Katapesh and delivered the daugther, receiving their reward in return. they contacted Lady alanna to see where they could go to next and she told them that her scouts had lost a group of cultists heading into the forests of Taldor and that if they wanted, they could go after them, as the group was far better suited for tracking them down then her scouts.
So the group was teleported to Taldor and they followed the trails into the forest.along the way they met a group of Taldoran knights who, after learning of their goal, decided to tag along. They found a large group of “hunters” a few days later and while being convinced that these were the cultists, they could not found any evidence to prove it. So the group stuck around to see what the so called hunters were up to, finding that they were indeed hunting, but not just for food. they were also scouting the environment and mapping it, but to what purpose and what exactly they were looking for, they didn’t find out until they started to do some digging. Apparently an ancient city had been covered up by the forest ages ago, and the hunters were creating a map of this city.
A few nights later a strange magical mist covered the forest and in it they saw a large number of animals moving towards the hunters’ camp. When the druid tried to talk to the animals they did not respond, and when he tried to attract their attention by throwing a rock at one of the bears, it responded by attacking. During the following fight they learned that these animals were illusions, albeit illusions that did actual damage.
They went for the hunters’ camp and found out that it had been destroyed, overrun by the illusionary animal army. While they were lookign through the camp they noticed a man observing them and went to speak with him. He told them he was a wizard who had lived in the city there a long time ago and that the hunters had been looking for his tower, because inside it was an artifact that, if combined with 2 others of it’s kind, would give a tremendous amount of power. Power the cultists could use to bring their master into this world. So he gave them the location of his tower and told them they could have the artifact, if they kept it safe.
The group went into the tower and followed the instructions on how to reach the chamber with the artifact. Once there they triggered a trap by picking up the item and had to fight a bunch of skeletons. They managed to defeat them without all too much trouble and got back outside in one piece.
After this they travelled to a city in order to contact Lady Alanna again, and to find more information on the other 2 artifacts. They gave the first one to Lady Alanna for safekeeping, but decided that they wouldn’t give all 3 to her, just in case she turned out to be evil.