Not long after facing the horrific demonic entity in the caverns near the castle spas, the adventurers decided to double back to the spa and rest there for a few hours, regaining their strength. Whatever foul creatures seemed to inhabit the castle, seemed to keep away from the spas and bath area.
While taking one of the watches for the night, Glaedwin Longclef and Saerid Turquoise began hearing some unusual noises on the other side of the door and noticed a strange, paranormal mist that began to permeate from underneath the frame. Waking the others, they asked their resident wizard, Dracovel Kilvesh what he could determine and all he was able to provide was that it was supernatural.
Opening the door, Glaedwin was confronted by the spirit of Nonnette, his deceased fiance. Looking pale and ghostly, as well as more haunting than his past visions of her had been, she was clearly trying to speak but it was if she was prevented by some force. When she finally used the energy to break whatever enchantment had been holding her back, she began to provide the group with extremely distressing news. She explained that the Lich King had uncovered the secrets of something called the Soul Forge and was using it to siphon off spirits and souls, destined to the afterlife, and using them to power some horrible plan. Whereas he still needed certain parts to fully power this evil artifact, the horrors he would be able to unleash if he were to make it operational would be unimaginable. Sadly, she admitted that she, herself, was in danger of being brought into his dominion. Shortly after revealing this, she was pulled back into whatever realm she was in.
Packing up and continuing the quest, the adventurers pushed forward, trying to address the situation at hand. Glaedwin, however, did his best to send along a note, using the Prince’s Pouch to the Prince of Shadows, informing him of the Lich King’s plans.
Finding a former schoolroom and library, the characters were attacked by a small demon as well as a gang of vile Tooth Fairies. Whereas the demon was not overly powerful, his Tooth Fairy followers did enough damage by attacking teeth and fingers with rusty and grotesque pliers. Dispatching them, the adventurers moved on until they came to a chamber being guarded by powerful undead, seemingly guarding a statue. Upon ridding themselves of the zombies, the statue was revealed as a statue of Flyght, a dragon. The inscription on the small statue read that Flyght was a ‘smiter of evil.’ This was, at least, some good news in that most everything they had come across was tragic as of late. If only this Flyght were somewhere nearby . . .
Pressing on, more rooms underneath the castle were explored but little was discovered until they came to a lounge. This lounge, based upon all the evidence discovered by Suriveth Varune, likely once belonged to the famed minstrel, Rowena, as evidenced by her Ice Harp that was left on a display wheel in the room. Later, when confronted by a mysterious dead end that likely contained a magical secret door, the adventures determined that perhaps the Ice Harp was needed to open it. When they doubled back, grabbed the Ice Harp and had Suriveth play a few notes, the secret door did not open but something else happened. The bard Rowena appeared!
When Rowena appeared, she explained how she was living a new life with the beings known as the Protectors a race of eternal elves that provided magic to make the region of Moonwreck and Haven the pristine and beautiful place that it was. The evil that had corrupted the region was due to the Eye of Arik which had been accidentally brought in as an engagement gift to Princes Argenta for her upcoming wedding to Sir Ellis, the man who was seen riding the white dragon known as ‘Flyght.’ Further, she explained that a follower of the Diabolist, known as Carthus, was upstairs orchestrating this evil. Perhaps through an alliance with the entity known as ‘Arik,’ The Diabolist was trying to bring about the return of some sinister race.
Rowena could offer no more other than starting how the Eye of Arik could be destroyed. Either by bringing about Flyght (who was currently banished) or finding Ellis’ sword or summoning her back by playing a few notes on the Ice Harp, these ways would destroy the Eye of Arik. With that, she returned to whatever realm she had come from and showed them the secret entrance to the top level of the castle.