Inside the pub, our heroes watched as Elian lay, barely conscious, at the table. His son tried to rouse him, to no avail – fortunately, the party thought it wise to aid the old man up to their room, where he could sleep it off. The son thanked them for their help, and provided them with valuable information – in order to learn more about the kobold attacks (and the whereabouts of their master), they would have to look for Lord Padraig, the town’s mayor.
The duo (the deva still in a meditative trance outside of the pub) then set out to find their lost companion, and tell him the news – that they’d found someone who might be able to help them. The wizard they were looking for had been found, drunk, stumbling into a pair of travelers – Rom, an animated stone figure, and Vox, a mute dragonborn. After some slightly uncomfortable introductions, the four (plus drunken wizard) headed back to the inn, where they unceremoniously dumped him onto the bed with the old man.
Back in the bar, things were beginning to pick up – townspeople were coming in after having finished a hard day’s work, and the atmosphere was getting noisier and noisier. Niku began to play a song on his lute, telling of the adventures of a lost Nerathian hero. As the crowd grew, the party thought of leaving to avoid being caught in the throng of people – but as they headed for the door, a figure stepped in accompanied by two of the town’s guards. All of the people in the tavern saluted, then cheered, as Lord Padraig himself stepped forward and ordered a drink.
After hearing Niku’s song for himself, Padraig asked of the party’s intentions – upon hearing of their dilemma, he informed them that Valthrun, the sage, would have been the most likely person to have last contacted their master. He then offered them a reward for dealing with the kobold problem their town had been facing. Business was suffering because of it, and the townspeople were becoming irritated with the constant threat of having their wares stolen. The party accepted the commission (and a map to the kobold lair) and set off to gear up and talk to Valthrun.
Now late in the afternoon, the four adventurers approached Valthrun’s tower. A tall stone building (resembling a keep) stood imposingly in front of them – they knocked on its door, but to no response. Niku attempted to pick the door’s lock, and succeeded – in being knocked back 30 feet into the road by a Force Orb set into the door. It was only when Rom attempted to scan the door for any magical energy that the message “Not home. Come back later.” was revealed, set into the door by arcane means. Undaunted, the party set back to the Wrafton to rest up for the next day.
They broke their fast early, enjoying pies crafted by Sylvana before beginning their quest. Upon leaving the town, the party was immediately set upon by another group of kobolds – these, however, were stronger than the other group they had faced before. This was no random group – these kobolds were stronger, more prepared, and determined to accomplish their mission of eliminating the heroes. Focusing all of their efforts on Niku at first, the kobolds left him ragged on the ground – Geílor’s healing power soon bringing him back from the edge. Fighting through, the party eliminated all of them.
When they went to search the kobolds’ corpses for items, they came across a strange necklace that none of them could immediately identify. Shaped of white stone, the necklace resembled a dragon’s head with ram’s horns on either side – there was a vague evil aura around it, and whoever held it soon felt uneasy. Rom, after some thought, recognized it as a symbol of the lord of the dead, Orcus.
The party continued on their way, more wary than ever of their enemies…