The party climbs the face of the cliff to a cave. Exploring into the cave, they find a tunnel heading down coated with a layer of slick cave slime. A misstep, and they find themselves interrupting a primal ritual of some sort by members of The Ashbound.
Encounter 3: Deadly Druid Duel
When the ritual completes, there is a bright flash, but nothing seems to happen. After finishing off the Ashbound druids, the party rouses Katar.
Katar tells the party that he was ambushed by some local thugs and has no memory of the actions that have taken place since. He feels normal and for all extents and purposes he is. He tells the party that he wasn’t carrying Relic’s package when he was ambushed and that he hid it in the floorboards of his room at the Creeping Aboleth. The group goes back to town to recover it (after looting the cavern) and finds it intact: a strange stump-like object coming out of what appears to be a Warforged arm.
On their return to Sharn, Relic tells the party that he believes the device to be some sort of Warforged component, and that the age of it lends credence to the theory that House Cannith based their design of the Warforged off of an unearthed Giant design. He tells the group that he needs more time to study the device but that this could lead to many important discoveries. He says he will present his findings to the university and begin looking into arranging expeditions into Giant ruins to look for more artifacts of these ‘Giantforged’.
Relic isn’t sure what to think of the Ashbound presence in Hatheril, or of Katar’s kidnapping, but thinks that they simply must not have been able to accomplish whatever they were trying to do. He says that he’ll be in touch in the future, and will try to arrange for the party to lead one of the expeditions to Xen’drik if they would like the position.
Marda, the leader of the Tower Wardens expresses concern about the Ashbound activity, and believes that their presence in Hatheril would mean that they have been behind the recent bombings of Lightning Rail routes. She will relay as much to House Orien, but in the meantime would like the party to go to Greenheart to relay this information to the Wardens of the Wood. She says she will arrange for Lightning Rail travel to Passage, the nearest major city to the Eldeen Reaches.