The session begins with Lady Shazarian catching up to the party after waking up in the lair of the black haired man. She joins up with them to try and find out what happened to them while they were gone. With the library of the citadel now closed off the party decides to concern themselves with the Shedu. They talk it over with Oblius and Ryoko and decide to head south for the Shedu in Manarola, Thema. They board the Unshackled and Captain Raymond takes them and a load of cargo back to Samara. They spend the night there and head to the road south with the group and a donkey pulling a cart. After a few weeks of uneventful journey Bridrik comes down with some form of food poisoning. Something he had eating the night before had been spoiled and has him down for the count in severe stomach pain. He rides in the cart after that for the next few days. During these few weeks the group learns about Ryoko’s past and how she came to know Oblius.
The next day the group encounters trouble on the road. Up ahead Krull and Alya hear a traveler in trouble. They run ahead while Lady Shazarian watches after Bridrik, Oblius, and Ryoko. Krull and Alya see a small group of kobolds attempting to loot a traveler’s wagon. They assault the kobolds and send them running for the hills. Alya manages to capture one of the assailants. They take the kobold into the woods and interrogate him for information while Lady Shazarian talks to the merchant. The kobold identifies himself as Sarash, gives them a lead on his “master” wanting them to steal sapphires, and promises to take them there if they don’t eat him. The group also promises to escort the merchant, Quinn Tully, into town for a nominal fee.
So they fix his wagon and follow him into town. Once there they head to the blacksmith’s so the merchant can deliver a load of oil. Once they see the shop is closed, they then head to the local tavern to find Thorbalt Stundar, the blacksmith. There they find Thorbalt drinking away, battered, bandaged, and leaning on a crutch. After Quinn gets paid and passes on the adventurer’s cut, Thorbalt inquires if the party would help him. A group of kobolds attacked his smithy and stole an ancestral dagger. He offers to pay for it’s return. The group agrees to help and Krull, Alya, and Lady Shazarian head off into the woods on the captured kobold’s direction. Bridrik, Oblius, and Ryoko stay in town to ask around and see if they can find any other information that may be important if the kobold’s lead comes short.
The kobold leads the group to a ruined temple deep in the woods. The specifics of what god it was once dedicated to seem lost to time and nature. They tie the kobold to the top of a tree and investigate the ruins. Krull spies a beautiful silver and sapphire goblet and snags it off of a decrepit set of shelves. He narrowly hangs on as the floor falls out from underneath him, leading to a spiked pit trap below. With no one else close enough to lend aid quickly, Krull uses his tail to carefully snag a nearby ruined pew and pulls himself to safety. After some more searching, they find a hidden set of stairs behind the altar.
Down they go into the cave dug below the ruins. There are torches lit in the proceeding tunnel, which seems to indicate the cave is occupied. Due to this, the group moves forward with care. Up ahead they come across an underground ravine with a rope bridge strung across it. Not trusting it, Krull uses his air magic to fly across, Alya uses her wings to fly across, and for the first time in front of the party, Shazarian transforms into a large hawk and flies across. From this point forward, Krull becomes infatuated with Lady Shazarian and is in awe of her abilities. Before they can get settled on the other side, the group overhears two men chasing another down the hall. Krull and Alya hide around both sides of the entrance, while Shazarian perches on a rocky outcropping a few feet above the door.
Bursting through the doorway is a cultist of Gareth being chased by two more cultists. Krull and Alya engage the pursuers as Shazarian swoops down from her perch and lifts the escapee cultist by the shoulders. Krull tricks the a cultist into second guessing that he is a fellow Son of Gareth, by rapidly donning a stolen robe. Then he ambushes the man, blasts him with a jet of air, and pushes him to the edge of the cliff line. He flips off of the nearby wall, sprints towards the recovering cultist and delivers a flying dropkick, sending the man flying into the void below. Alya snags the other man with her whip and swings him into the nearby wall, instantly incapacitating him.
Shazarian interrogates the cultist, who identifies himself as Maxwell, and discovers there are more Sons of Gareth further in the cave preparing to sacrifice a girl. Krull and Alya sprint onward as Shazarian stays behind to instruct Maxwell to go into town, find Oblius, Ryoko, and Bridrik and await their return. After sending him off with hopes of his compliance, Shazarian catches up to Krull and Alya just as they all burst into a larger round chamber. There sits an altar with the mentioned girl strapped to it. A disgusting old man covered in boils and flaking skin hovers over her and commands the remaining cultists to protect him.
A massive electrified dome erupts from three jewels around the room and armored elementals assemble themselves around the colored gems. Alya and Shazarian immediately engage the closest elemental who happens to be an earth elemental. Alya assaults it with her flaming whip, while Shazarian shifts into the form of a huge purple dragon to press the attack. Krull teleports inside the electrified dome, but learns the hard way that dimensional magic of this kind does not circumvent magical barriers. He is greatly injured, but presses on to engage the diseased man. Alya and Shazarian defeat the first elemental and its armor flies off and attach themselves to the electric dome. Once they hold the first gem, the dome weakens.
Meanwhile Krull and the diseased man fierce battle with their magics. Krull manages to push the man into the inside edge of the electric dome, severely shocking him. Alya and Shazarian engage and defeat the second foe, an ice elemental. Its armor plates also fly off and attach themselves to the electrified dome. Shazarian frees a strange captive from his chains to aid them while the last opponent, a fire elemental, charges toward her. In a desperate bid, the diseased man slays the fire elemental himself as Krull frees the young girl strapped to the table. As the electric shield collapses, the attached armor plates fly through the air and attach themselves to the diseased man. With their last effort Krull and Alya charge at the man and destroy the plates protecting him. Shazarian sweeps in from behind him and in one swift chomp, bites him in half, thus ending the diseased mans reign of terror.
With the Sons of Gareth defeated the captured man introduces himself as Cheung Po Tsai. He gives Shazarian a special coin and instructs her that if she has need to travel far, she must throw the coin in a well or nearby water source and he will appear in three days to take her there. The girl they rescue identifies herself as Norixius Artana, a dragon of the Ziana, the creation dragons. She thanks them for their quick rescue, claiming the diseased man meant to torture her before killing her as the Sons of Gareth serve the dragons of the Abatu, otherwise known as the destruction dragons. The group discovers a chest of sapphires and the Thorbalt’s dagger and scoop it up on their way out. We leave off as the group gathers the kobold back out of the tree and heads into town.