The party departed Westwater after witnessing two men charged with grave robbing be executed by way of the “breaking wheel.” The journey back to Tradekeep took nigh on two weeks as the party marched out of Vyankal across the bridge at Deepfoot’s Crossing, through a pass in the Suncrest Peaks and down into Bravaul. Once back to the city the party stopped by the Grinning Goblin to speak with Erel about recent events who reports that the Baron’s men had captured and publicly executed Willem the Black to set an example for all other wouldbe thieves. The party set their sights on the Wane & Wright trade company, for it was the Wane & Wright co. that sponsored the Dragon Knight’s trade mission into Vyankal.
At the Wane & Wright headquarters the party spoke with Sir Kaymo, a head merchant, who revealed that his company was paid a high price to keep their silence and not ask any questions of the Dragon Knight’s business to the north. This only made the party more suspicious, so they looked into the whereabouts of this secretive client and discovered that he was staying at the Four Winds tavern. When the party arrived they entered the inn room of their target and read through a number of letters of correspondence, one of which was signed by Saazixthumei. The letters, maps and other evidence suggests that this mysterious (and apparently wealthy) man had been hiring adventurers and mercenaries to recover items of value from various dungeons, vaults and other secure locations throughout the area. These items are seemingly being used as sacrifice or some other ritual to “restore” this Saazixthumei.
During their investigation a trio of dark-clad characters returned to the inn room and immediately took to combat with the party. A powerful wizard, a cunnning rogue and a mighty barbarian engaged the party directly. Through clever use of spell and tactics the party took down their attackers and identified this mysterious wizard as simply “H” by the design of his signet ring. The party recovered some magical items and left the scene.