After the adventuring party returned to Trundor they gathered in a nearby tavern to talk things over with Daylen and Baylen. Daylen divulged that he got caught up in a deal gone bad with a demon named S’zorzek in order to obtain a magic rock called a god stone. In order to secure a god stone Daylen agreed to bargain with the demon, however he did not keep his end of the deal and made off with the god stone. Baylen, then, began filling in the gaps of the story with details he picked up from his captors. He explained that S’zorzek sent men to capture Daylen and get revenge for stealing from him, but in their haste the bounty hunters grabbed the wrong Gempf. Daylen finished his tale by saying that he still needs a god stone because the one he stole from S’zorzek he had to destroy in order to open a portal strong enough to take him back to Dalun and rescue Baylen.
Baylen announced his decision to enter the priesthood of Iess, something he’s always felt he should do, but could not until now. He said his goodbyes and left. The party agreed to help recover the god stone for Daylen because Baylen was a friend and also because once S’zorzek comes to exact revenge on Daylen he will likely kill anyone who is with him. The next move was to figure out how to obtain another god stone. As fortune would have it, Aegishand had a cousin named Burnladder, living in Trundor, who took up spell and alchemy over thievery and warfare. So the adventuring party sought him out.
The dwarf alchemist was a bit of an odd fellow, but he helped them determine that there are two ways to obtain a god stone: to steal one from the Keepers or to return to S’zorzek’s demonic monastery in the Abyss and rob him again. The party decided that it would be best to not make enemies of the Keepers of the city and to instead risk going into the Abyss to retrieve a god stone from S’zorzek. The party gathered in a circle in Burnladder’s basement and opened a small planar gate to reach the Abyss.
After the spell was cast the party found themselves standing in the Abyss, a wretched place of despair and misery. As they traveled the black plains and scaled the ashen slopes they discovered that they were a layer of the Abyss known as Thanatos, the realm of Orcus, Demon Lord of the undead. Littered about the black realm were mausoleums, forests of plague creatures, and countless undead minions wandering aimlessly in the black, cold land. After a time the party found a subterranean tunnel entrance, so they opened the brass doors and descended into the grounds below. Within the tunnels Daylen used a magic eye spell to perceive demonic creatures tending to the dead buried there, repairing their tattered and sundered bodies and preparing them for necrotic reanimation.
They did battle with many lesser demons and a few more powerful ones, but eventually found their way to the lower levels of a demonic monastery with S’zorzek’s vault locked safely underneath. The party used a charm spell to distract a number of deranged cultists allowing Aegishand to pick the lock of the vault door. Within the party found a number of angelic and mundane artifacts as well as a small pile of god stones. Just then S’zorzek appeared and threw himself at the party in a furious anger. It was a harrowing battle, but they slew the demon once and for all.
After looting the vaults Solgrin declared that he would not leave this place until the demon’s prisoners be freed. There were indeed about a dozen innocent humanoids languishing in the halls above the vault; they were shackled and tortured and surely if the party left they would die and be risen as mindless demonic minions. The party agreed to help the bold fighter, so they began cutting the wounded prisoners free of their bonds. A horrific demonic serpent bashed its way through the front entrance of the monastery just as the last prisoner was freed. They smashed one of the newly seized god stones and teleported away back to Trundor with the prisoners.