After clearing out the Orc’s Stronghold, RABA collected what usable materials and goods they could find, stored it in two new bags of holding they found, and prepared to leave. Cora the Explorer decided to leave the group for home, at least part of the way alongside our Elven friend, Elrohir. On the road to Moonstair Raba encountered several random threats.
First, a gelatinous cube, in which some minor gems were found.
Second, a Rust monster; which disintegrated McSpic’s Battle Axe, leaving him with just his sword. It also left behind a couple of pounds of Residuum, a material useful for enchanting purposes.
Finally, a swarm of Fell Taints.
Having arrived in Moonstair, RABA went to visit Barlin’s Depot, intending to make the purchase of magical items they were sent for, only to find it closed. As it has been for a month. Investigating, RABA met with Kelena Dhoran, the half-elf Mayor of Moonstair. A Triumvirate of merchants report to her, forming most of the town’s government. She however had no knowledge of where Barlin might be. She did say that he lives in his shop, and from time to time will disappear for a week or two on trips to find interesting magical items or artifacts.
Returning to the Depot, RABA were allowed to enter forcefully along with a squad of the town’s guard to search for clues. In his workshop we found a collection of fragments of some sort of staff artifact, and some notes referring to his attempts at collecting all the parts of this implement. The most recent entries suggested that he likely had gone through the Moongate in search of the last remaining fragment.
In a brief break, we searched out the owners of some of the goods we recovered from the Orcs, and returned them to a group called the Templars in return for some surprised thanks and goodwill. Along the way we also heard rumors and/or grumbling about “dragonslayers”, and their “Overreaching”.
Visiting the Moon temple, a talk with some of the priests told us that Barlin had gone through the gate last month, but unlike his previous visits, he did not return. The next full moon, and thus opening of the gate, is that night.
Andothan visited the Moon Temple’s History vault, while the rest of us went shopping in the town, which was much larger than our home.
Once the gate opened, we went through to see the Eladrin city on the other side. Finding out quite quickly that Barlin was indeed in the city and was working for the relatively new leader of the City. Both the City and the leader’s names are Damesh, the city being newly re-named after the ascension of Damesh to the head of the city.
However a visit with Damesh and Barlin suggested that Barlin is most likely under mental control, as he had no interest in his previous commitments or the search for his artifact fragment, and instead seemed strangely content and obedient to lord Damesh. The rest of the population also seemed rather irrationally supportive of Damesh. RABA therefor decided to search out some form of distension, in order to discover exactly what the heck was going on. The only obvious source we could hear of is located in a so-called Gnomish Quarter.