The Adventurers woke in the Fortress basement and unlocked the sealed door, revealing the bones of an ancient dragon. A bowl of burned jungle leaves were placed before it, and an ancient forge was beside it. Shammah collected some armor and a shield of the Knights of Hammerath and gave them later to Bronagh and Albinon. Unlocking the sealed door at the other end of the chamber revealed a lizardman skeleton suspended in the air, and several rat bones, a scroll cylinder and a snake-shaped staff. After defeating the transparent cube that held these items within it, Bronagh opened the cylinder and read the scroll inside:
“In the Wilds of Unknown Breadth,
Further North than Ivorhart
In the Land of Summer’s Death,
Beneath a sky of Emerald Art,
Past the fields of Glowing Snow,
Across the sheet of frozen glass
Step careful lest you fall below
and sink into a nightmare’s grasp
If you seek the Hidden Stores
Deep within the Howling Caves
Dare to open the Golden Doors
Beware disturbing the icy graves”
It was signed by Knight-Commander Yalterran the Resolute. The four left the Fortress behind, and traveled to the Redlim Farm. Dasterbolt stayed by the road and fed a couple bits of maple treat to a small dark-feathered bird, named Twiggam. Albinon and Bronagh spoke with the Redlims and convinced them to move into the city of Nost for the time being, to avoid the possible invasion of Orcs from the North. They aided the couples’ movement into the city.
Bronagh and Dasterbolt spoke with Commander Loradov about their exploits in the Fortress and about the riddle-poem they found within. He offered help to them on their journey to find the Hidden Armory.
Albinon and Shammah went to the Temple of Deneir. Albinon’s request for information about a man with blond hair and red eyes was met with failure, but his demon possession information request brought him an old tome from the Solenar Library.
As Albinon began to pore through the text, Archaius spoke with Shammah briefly receiving cold terse replies from the Wood Elf. He then spoke with Dasterbolt and asked to see the mysterious cube from the pit the adventurers had stumbled upon almost two weeks ago. Archaius took the cube, put it in his cloak and began to leave. Dasterbolt, Shammah, and Bronagh confronted him, and he turned himself invisible. Shammah swung his rapier where he just was and missed, Bronagh cast detect magic and Dasterbolt tried to put him asleep. They convinced him to give the cube back to Dasterbolt.