After tying and gagging BlazerX, the party rested within the Weirwood. Bronagh managed to clear BlazerX of her memory-modification, which revealed that her real name was Gurta Bommelton and that she was Dasterbolt’s sister. Dasterbolt found out that his real name was Noor and that he was born into slavery under the rule of an Illithid Master in a demiplane. His parents had fought against the Illithid (whose name was Sthalut) and their minds were broken beneath his psychic assault. Other Gnomes and members of other races were still enslaved within the demiplane by the Illithid, but Noor had found some way to escape by secretly reading texts within the Illithid’s Library. When he did escape, the Illithid tried to stop him, causing the spell to scatter Noor’s journal pages and Noor’s memory.
The party decided they needed to gather allies to go try to defeat Sthalut and free the slaves from his rule. They received help from Ramas, and the Blood Hunters Morgan and Tessel, the three of them would meet the party in Solenar at the Troll and Toad.
Bronagh also contacted Archaius, who agreed to meet them there, though he did say it would take him a while to get to the tavern. Dasterbolt recruited a member of the Society, a dwarf rogue named Vonana.
While preparing in Solenar, Carrion warned that they needed to be sure this was the right course of action, since the quest they were currently pursuing seemed more pressing to himself. The others disagreed, preparing for a strike into the Illithid’s demiplane.
Dasterbolt met with Meilan and found that she was not interested in his romantic advances. His heart was broken, and he bought another cake which he shared with Bronagh.
Carrion met with Barabbas in Solenar, and they spoke about his wish to not kill the Heroes of Nost that he was traveling with. He showed Barabbas Kelemvor’s Soul-cutter and said that he would ensure that word of Reaver’s existence and whereabouts would be kept quiet while he traveled with them. Barabbas agreed to let their clients know that a shadow was watching the group, ready to maintain their silence without bloodshed, for now.
Bronagh communed with Mielikki and researched what she could about Illithids, but it was difficult to find much of worth, as they are a dead race to most and only very old tales are left about them. It seems a solitary Illithid was strange, and that Illithids were considered very intelligent and knowledge-driven. As for the Demiplane, it seemed to not be of legendary importance, but she found that demiplanes have been known to be constructed or founded by very powerful magic-users.
Archaius, last to arrive, met with Bronagh and Dasterbolt privately. He told them he had learned more about the Everlock on the cube that Dasterbolt had handed to him. It needed to be presented specific circumstances in order to be opened, and usually that included a phrase or password as well. He had researched the love of Lagiocrys, Seeker of Secrets. Her name was Brynioth, Giver of Knowledge, and she fell ill while Lagiocrys was on a quest. When Lagiocrys received the message that she was dying, he hurried to her side. But he arrived back too late to see her, and he mourned and lamented her passing. Archaius expressed his excitement that he was uncovering the story and his belief that it was all connected somehow.
Having gathered their team, the nine people locked hands and Dasterbolt cast the spell that would transport them to another plane.
In a flash they were there, appearing in a forest as a large multi-coloured snail with five tentacles slid toward them and many-tentacled levitating brain-creatures descended from the trees above.
They had entered the Illithid’s demiplane, and its abominations were hungry.