Of late the party has been traveling and staying within the grey and haunted lands of Vyankal. They came there after receiving a tip from a mysterious elf sage they rescued from a temple of Iess located in Tradekeep. The elf sage said that he could see that many of the members of the party bore the burden of death on their shoulders, that they were “surrounded in death.” He said that he gained this sight after visiting a haunted hill in the far east of Vyankal. After many other adventures the party made their way to this hill, did battle with a number of fierce guardian wolves and communed with the spirits of the dead.
Each member of the party had their own experience, often seeing friends and family that had long been dead. Some learned of past events, others forecast things to come. After the party had heard all that they would and were about to leave, a ghostly form appeared and cursed the party if they did not do as he commanded. The spirit bade them to destroy his tomb so that no living creature may enter it and defile it any longer (as he implied that it had been defiled). The party accepted this errand, as they had little other choice.
After a distance of walking and numerous battles, the party managed to collapse the tomb and rescue the “defiler” the spirit had mentioned. They returned to the city of Westwater and did battle with an arrogant human warrior named “The Dragon Knight.” After slaying the evil Dragon Knight the party reclaimed a stolen ward-stone which was said to keep the city of Westwater safe from the evil curse magic of Vyankal. Once the stone was returned to the temple, the party headed out of the city with a small band of merchants that had come to Westwater in the first place in the company of the Dragon Knight.
On their way back to Caelildran the party won a treasure map during a gambling match with some merchants. The map lead to one of Vyankal’s many tombs, so the party stopped to investigate. The tomb was located beside a recently-vacated village. The party explored its depths, defeated its guardian and claimed the treasure for themselves. When they surfaced from the tomb they were confronted by a bizarre scene of ghosts carrying our their daily activities from life. There was one woman who was still alive, though possessed by an evil spirit of Zethos. The party learned that the woman had lost her son, pleaded for help from the village folk. They refused to assist her in the search for the boy, she was taken by grief, and cried out to any who would listen. It was the god of death who lent his ear and gave her a dark gift. One by one she drowned the children of the village in the town well. The party performed an exorcism of the spirit of Zethos and when the woman awoke she remembered nothing. They took her back to Westwater and turned her over to the temple of Ies for a life of servitude to the church as penance for her sins.
The party then turned back to the road and made for Tradekeep to investigate the Wane & Wright Trade Company, for it was Wane & Wright co. that sponsored the mission for the Dragon Knight to come up to Vyankal in the first place.