23rd of Kythorn (Continued)
Having scoured the Beholder’s Lair for all manner of magical goods, the Fortune’s Favored make their way back up out of Strangler’s Hold (with a little help from Markur, the Ascendant Major’s Giant Eagle companion). They take the bodies of Menethiel and Galdrerd with them to the surface where Markur flies off with the Major back to their home for proper burial and the Fortune’s Favored head back to the remains of Summersend.
The Fortune’s Favored find that Snowdrift the Weather Wizard’s soul has been restored to his body, but that he can offer little aid in their war against Illisuspiria. He gives the Acorn of the Tree of Life back to Balthus and bids them to hurry back to Damara, where their presence is urgently needed.
The Fortune’s Favored use Balthus’ power to teleport back to Castle Dragonsbane, where they reacquaint themselves with some of the other members of the Fortune’s Favored. The reunion is somber when the adventurers reflect on the many people that have died recently. To further sour the mood, King Gareth (and especially Lord Vipur) is most displeased to hear that the Fortune’s Favored were not able to procure the services of Snowdrift the Weather Wizard. This news is exacerbated by the fact that the Damaran war effort has been significantly harmed and that Prince Gnyr Thunderfoot of the Thunderfoot Clan has been kidnapped by agents of Illisuspiria.
Lord Vipur proceeds to scold the Fortune’s Favored for what he perceives as incompetence and Saladin leaves the court in a huff of outrage. When given a chance to redeem themselves, the three adventurers delegate Prince Thunderfoot’s rescue mission to the other Fortune’s Favored, reasoning that the power within the Necrotic Cradle is of far more importance to the war effort.
On the night of their preparation before heading into the Rawlinswood, the Fortune’s Favored stay at the Bloody Stump, Balthus’ newly purchased tavern. On this night, the adventurers are interrupted by belligerent Clerics of Grumbar, who pressure Shaffer the Calishite into a strange ritual that he barely understands himself. By the end of the ritual, Shaffer has lost the Amulet of the Earthlord and has instead received His blessing. His sword-arm and falchion have both been transformed.