Upon arriving to the stone gate and tower at the mountain pass the party quickly learned that whoever is supposed to be manning this passage has vanished. Aegishand and Daylen snuck ahead to have a look and using magic discovered a vile glutton spirit had taken up residence in the fort. The two engaged the creature, but quickly called for help. Solgrin and Goltheiron needed to lift the bars of the great gate so that they could get through while Daylen cranked the gate winch on the opposite side. Once the party surrounded the creature they were able to take it down. Goltheiron banished the remaining spirit with his newly won holy longsword, Qel’alas.
After investigating the redoubt the party discovered a flag belonging to a group of warriors known as “the Peregrines,” vassals of Lord Kallad. Goltheiron explained that while the Peregrines were not part of the Ainugrand they had common causes and it was uncharacteristic of them to simply have abandoned their posts. There was no sign of a battle, great use of magic hanging in the air or any indication as to where the warriors would’ve gone. Ultimately the party decided to open the gates of the pass and continue their journey North.
Daylen questioned the travelers as to where they came from and where they were headed. They explained to the bard that they hail from a Southern territory and every year they make a pilgrimage of sorts to Airunal. This year they are bringing a gift called “the Cloak of Winter” which is said to be a magical cape with the power to manipulate the seasons. The party also learned that the acting commander of the Ainugrand has apparently changed since Goltheiron was last on Noruld, but the travelers from the South did not know the new commander’s name.
Later that night Gylek offered to use magic to divine the location of Goltheiron’s mother, Lady Golhina. Goltheiron agreed and the scrying spell was cast. Just a moment later the two were looking into a pool of holy water beholding, Goltheiron’s mother, Lady Golhina hiding amongst some rocks in the desert overlooking a mighty city. Goltheiron identified the city as Ghazdeshdar “the fortress of the darkened sun,” the seat of Al’iikbad’s power. The party gathered round and discussed their fate here on Noruld and it was decided that with tomorrow’s light they would teleport to Ghazdeshdar and meet up with Lady Golhina.
The party did just that and when Daylen completed the teleportation spell they arrived in, rather, above Ghazdeshdar. They fell to the ground hard and were immediately set upon by Al’iikbad’s men. A battle was joined in the streets of the city and many enemies were slain; any who tried to run were struck in the back. After the fighting the party made off into the nearest alleyway to take cover. They evaded a number of guard patrols and moved to hide in a nearby abandoned building. Upon entering they were discovered by none other than Lady Golhina herself.