The party returned to Dalun, specifically to the dwarf city of Eltgaard, to see to its recovery and reunite with Larkspur. The adventurers had spent some time questing alongside Goltheiron on his home plane of Noruld, but the halfling chose to remain on Dalun. When they rediscovered Larkspur he looked a little worse for wear and was quieter than normal. Aegishand gave his friends and allies a tour of the newly renovated stronghold, the home of Aegishand and his wife, Lady Grimlove. New additions to the hold featured laboratory space for Gylek, an archery range for Larkspur, a chamber for prayer and meditation for Goltheiron and a stable and field for Solgrin’s horses.
After exploring the stronghold the party discussed the political situation in Eltgaard. The noble houses of the city have decided that a vote must be held to determine a successor. Golthos the Tyrant slew high king Eldukar and the entire royal family during the siege, so a successor or new form of government must be chosen. The vote is to be held tomorrow, but a number of current events have the nobles’ thoughts distracted from the issue at hand. The group decided to split up and investigate these matters hoping to restore a bit of hope to the people and focus the nobles on this critical vote.
Gylek met with Kurnli, master of the stonemasons guild, to plan the reconstruction of the king’s bridge that once connected the main keep to the rest of the city. The party funded the project with ten thousand gold and Gylek offered to use his magic to help shape the stone needed for the bridge. They discussed the name “Giant’s Fall.”
Solgrin and Larkspur tracked down a dwarf named Aedrik who has been rallying disgruntled commoners to his side and has been advocating for the end of the monarchy in Eltgaard. Aedrik and his riotous gangs wish to “return to the old ways” and abolish all class, rank and government altogether. The party was a bit divided on what to do with Aedrik, but ultimately decided that his type of thinking was too dangerous for the city’s future. The two went to meet with Aedrik who was actively ranting in the streets to an angry crowd. They approached him, some of Aedrik’s following stopped them, so Solgrin and Larkspur threw a couple of things at Aedrik causing a fight to break out. The dwarven rioters were no match for the veteran adventurers even without their weapons and eventually the crowd made way. Aedrik fled, so Solgrin and Larkspur gave chase. They eventually cornered him and dragged him inside an abandoned shop. Larkspur’s interrogation quickly turned to torture and when he took his knife to the dwarf’s scalp Solgrin killed Aedrik out of mercy.
On the other side of the city Daylen and Aegishand went incognito as traveling merchants and infiltrated the noble house of a powerful claimant to the throne, a self-proclaimed prince by the name of Rogohr. There are other dwarf nobles of lesser repute and renown laying claim to the throne, but Rogohr is the mightiest. Daylen used his wit and charisma to befriend a household servant and got him talking meanwhile Aegishand crept away. The servant let slip something about Rogohr’s father and with the context implying that he was not King Eldukar – which would kill the “prince’s” claim. Aegishand unlocked a safe in Rogohr’s study and found letters signed by Rogohr’s real father who indeed was a wealthy noble, but no king. The two scoundrels exited Rogohr’s estate and discussed their findings.
The party reconvened at the stronghold and decided to hunt down an enemy of the dwarves, a frost giant by the name of Zagash the Mighty. Folk are saying that Zagash is “Golthos come again” and morale is sinking with every attack against the city. During the journey through the subterranean roads Gylek’s mind was seized by some invisible hand. His eyes rolled back in his skull and his animated limbs cast a spell to raise undead beings from the ground. The party attacked the creatures unsure of what was happening, but when they realized that the dwarf cleric had some measure of control they continued on. Gylek became laconic, simply saying to move forward when asked what was going on, so with little other choice they party continue. At one point the party encountered a group of dwarf refugees looking for healing, but Gylek was unresponsive and regrettably they were unable to help. Eventually Gylek regained his faculties and explained that he was visited by a being of immense power who he knew must have been Reblithar, the blood god responsible for giving Gylek his abilities.
It took many hours of travel and tracking, but eventually the party found Zagash’s lair in the tunnels below the Dungardt Mountains and did battle with him and his numerous lackeys. Daylen used a powerful enchantment to fool some of Zagash’s agents while the party engaged the ogres and ice troll protecting Zagash. After slaying the ice giant the party pulled back into the tunnels to regroup and discuss their next move.