After establishing themselves at the Tower of Waiting the group went their separate ways to recoup after the battle. Elphaba elected to help train up a new militia for Fallcrest, while Wren was summoned back to the Feywild to fulfill his lordly duties. Galio felt the need to clear his head after the battle and took off into the wilderness, reverting back to his nomadic nature. Strangely enough, a small pixie arrived with new orders for Feeble, sending the unhappy Minotaur back to the Feywild, assigned to a new ward. This tiny pixie introduced herself as Scryb, charged with the protection of Wren.
Galio returned from his travels carrying a strange book entitled “The Book of Dragons”. The book contained stories about dragons of all colors and sizes, many quite gruesome. Elphaba was quick to recall a folk tale about a similar book which stated that these stories concerned real dragons that had been imprisoned in a magical stasis, and that reading the stories out-loud would free them. Galio found the book on a traveler that had been accosted by highway men dressed in all-black. The group was able to determine that the attackers were members of the Zhentarim, but Galio was not able to recall the sigil that the traveler wore.
The group decided to head North to the Grey Company Camp, where Boldos Grimehammer was imprisoned. Elphaba was able to wrench the location of Kalarel’s phylactery out of the undead dwarf, and Halvath offered up his men to track it down.
After everything was said and done the adventurers decided to head to a tavern in Lowtown for a drink. On their way there Wren spotted a tiefling woman that was quite obviously following them. Scryb did her best to protect the group while they went inside the tavern, but eventually the tiefling reasoned her way past the pixie. Once inside she introduced herself as Nera, a representative of the Planar Trade Consortium. She mentioned that her boss, Estavan, was waiting upstairs with a job for the group.
The group was able to find room upstairs where they were greeted by a large blue Oni creature with a powdered face, neatly polished horns, and wearing a red kimono. He introduced himself as Estavan, the leader of the Planar Trade Consortium in Sigil, the City of Doors. Sigil, he explained, is a city at the center of the multiverse that contains portals connecting the various planes and worlds. Recently, Estavan’s trade caravans have come under attack, and he believes that someone is attempting to disrupt the Festival of Doors, scheduled to take place in 4 days. He believes that this may be part of a larger plot to isolate Sigil, which could have dire consequences. The group agreed to help Estavan, who promised payment of an astral diamond.
Estavan instructed the group to speak to Crayle, the owner of a shop in Lowtown, to obtain a gatekey to Sigil. The group found the shop and purchased a key, as well as a map to the portal. Once they entered the portal it was clear that something was amiss. They arrived in a pitch black tomb, filled with Wights and a Ghost Spider, both intent on killing and eating the intruders. Fortunately, the group was able to fend off the attacks, and a quick search of the area revealed a dead body stuck in the spider webs. The group found a coin on the body that showed an icon of the Planar Trade Consortium on one side, and had the words “Crale’s Arcane Wonders” engraved on the other side. The also found a small journal containing records of customers and transactions, as well as other notes.
The most recent entries seemed to be tracking a series of disturbances related to portals that lead to Sigil. The final entry reads as follows:
“A creature called Arthani seems to be the common factor, though she never appears in the same shape twice. Estavan must be warned that Tradegate is the next target!”