Dasterbolt and Bronagh set off once more within the Abyssal Waste to follow the signs they had found, now with a new companion, Carrion. Carrion slept outside of Dasterbolt’s magical shelter, and the three of them were awakened by the screeching of the Nightscreamers in the dark swamp mists. The ghostly figures emerged from the mist and attempted to slay the party, but were turned back by Bronagh’s divine might. Dasterbolt turned one blue, and another into flaming rags, while Bronagh guided them with bolts into oblivion. Carrion ran around a lot.
The three of them rested together for the remainder of the night within the shelter of Leomund’s tiny hut, and after a few more signposts, they traveled to the location of Malark’s Information and Inflammation, a large, dark tree with the faint glow of firelight within.
Inside, they found a man, Tom Malark, who tried to sell them potions from his shelves, and offered them tea. Carrion gulped his tea down in one draught, wishing to impress the other two. Dasterbolt gave over his Helm of Telepathy in exchange for knowledge about the symbol on his shoulder, and Malark told him that the symbol was a letter or word in Qualith, the language of the Illithids, or at least in that style. After some more exchanges and tea refusal, Carrion dropped to the floor in torpor from the tea he had consumed. Bronagh immediately brought Carrion back to his feet, and the three of them confronted Malark and dispelled his disguise. Beneath was a green hag, a warty gnarled woman that promptly went invisible and tried to escape. Stopped momentarily by Carrion’s blind raven, the hag fled outside the tree and as Carrion followed the tree slammed its branch into his back. The tree also had a false appearance, and was in fact a treant that proceeded to battle the party while the hag attempted escape. She made it into the water and began to swim away before being run through by Carrion’s blade.
Two trees nearby were called into awakening by the treant before Bronagh calmed them with her connection to Mielikki, Goddess of Life and Nature.
The party turned back to face their towering foe, which had once been the hag’s potion shop.