After the death of Al’iikbad a number of parties have arisen to lay claim to the Fortress of the Darkened Sun. Zadesh, archmage and former associate of Al’iikbad, wishes to turn the fortress into a stronghold for spellcasters and rule the realm as a magocracy. Archmage Zadesh desires to take control of the remaining armies and make them answer to a mage court which he will preside over. Conversely the resistance group who challenged Al’iikbad’s rule wishes to create a “peoples’ council," tear down the Fortress of the Darkened Sun and disband the men-at-arms. They plan to rule for the people by voting on issues in an open forum.
Alternatively the party discussed the possibility of handing the fate of the Fortress and the city over to the Ainugrand, Malmöl or perhaps Goltheiron. Solgrin voiced his opinion that giving control over to Malmöl or the people would bring about weakness and would invite outsiders to take the Fortress of the Darkened Sun for themselves. Aegishand supported Goltheiron as choice for ruler as well, but ultimately both the fighter and the rogue deferred to the paladin. Just as Goltheiron was announcing that he did not feel right becoming the new leader for the people Lady Golhina stepped into the room to deliver some news.
Apparently an extraplanar gate has opened inside the necromancer’s fortress. Al’iikbad was known for conspiring with otherworldly forces as an avenue to power and the group quickly learned that this gate led to the domain of a Slaad-lord named Khallum. A being that Al’iikbad sought an alliance with to overcome the Ainugrand, but now that Al’iikbad is dead Khallum has set his eyes upon Noruld for himself.
The party agreed that for the safety of the people and for the sake of winning their favor in the coming debate over governance they would need to close the chaos portal. Solgrin, Aegishand and Goltheiron strode into the magic gate which took them to Khallum’s sanctuary within the first layer of Limbo. The Slaad-lord’s castle sat upon a floating stone island filled with water that orbited a molten sphere of fire and lightning. The Slaadi castle was mostly submerged within the interior “ocean” of the stone island though the caverns below were accessible by a central spire that stood above the surface.
A group of red and blue Slaad attacked the trio of adventurers, but were cut down on the causeway before the main entrance. They descended the spire into the core of Khallum’s watery sanctuary. Within, the Death Slaad-lord Khallum stood with a pair of grey Slaad guardians. The heroes did battle as newly birthed Slaad pulled themselves from the nearby spawning pools and the fighting intensified. Ultimately Solgrin, Aegishand and Goltheiron slew Khallum and his cohorts, but were surrounded by innumerable Slaadi reinforcements. They broke Khallum’s sword, whose pommel held a god stone, and escaped the Death Slaad-lord’s sanctuary sealing the portal behind them.