The Party confronted Cathartes within the ruins of the Elf city of Anfail. The powerful Fey Lord explained that he was the manifestation of a dream of Paulthor and Vannan’s child. Paulthor and Vannan were Elves in ancient times, said to have introduced the powerful magic into the Weirwood and the bloodline of Elves. They had wished to see the Gods, and tear down the Barriers between them, and it is the reason Cathartes was seeking this same outcome. He referred to the child as “the Destroyer of Worlds”.
After this victory, the group went their separate ways. Erdan was the Elder in Shammah’s village, Anfail, before its fall into disease and ruin. He was partly responsible for Cathartes’ presence and influence in the world, and he decided to leave and see more of the world, and contemplate the possibility of redemption.
Ramas Uthrakt, Shammah’s mentor and the leader of the Blood Hunters in the region, elected to stay and study the tear with the other Blood Hunters, hoping to find some way to repair the rift that leaked the Feywild into the ruins, and allowed Cathartes to walk within the Material Plane.
Albinon St. Clair left the group, and was not seen by them again, deciding that he needed to go his own way.
Dasterbolt, Bronagh and Shammah met with Archaius in Thesselmar and he told them he would not be around for a long time. He was seeking the journal of Brynioth, the mate of Lagiocrys, Seeker of Secrets within the Archives of the Dragonborn.
During this parting, the group convinced Archaius to submit to questions within a Zone of Truth. His answers to some were: “I do not know what I am. I thought I was a Dragonborn but there are subtle differences that only Dragonborn noticed.”
“I was raised far from civilization. I do not wish to speak of my mother.”
“I am 293 years old.”
The three companions split up for several weeks, before they were sent a letter by Brammyl Bolbrew to attend the Midsummer Festival in Nost.
Before the festival began, the three companions brought the blade Reaver to the Temple of Savras. It was there that they learned of a Prophecy about the End of the World in which the Priestess believed Reaver featured.
During the festivities, the party stumbled upon a Copper Dragon’s lair, complete with a wand of Wonder, Nicholas Prison and Metagaming.
After this adventure the party set off for the Howling Spire, to speak with Lein-Ahmik, the Couatl they had spoken to before when seeking the Helm of the Horde. The creature had few answers, but instead pointed them in the direction of a powerful Being named Faelivir, that lived within a sacred place further East and North. He also mentioned that he foresaw his own death and that Faelivir could take his place guarding the North-Gate, against the Darkness Below, a Nightmare created or found by the Dwarves and Illithids of Gulinzharia.
In order to reach the Tapuravale where Faelivir resided, the party needed to appease the Taurens, with Trials of the North. During the Trial of Community, in which the party was tasked with hunting a taniwha-Mammoth, they stumbled upon hatching Remorhaz larvae. The creatures emerged from beneath the ground and in the ensuing battle Bronagh fell and was killed. Just as she died, her pet Iven revealed himself to be a gigantic Silver Dragon named Ecthelion, Guardian of Mielikki. Ecthelion took Bronagh’s body to the Tauren village, where a Priest was found to perform the Resurrection Ritual.
Bronagh was brought back to life, and the group slept restlessly that night, receiving a dream from the Couatl of his demise. “There is no time. She comes for me.” Spurred on, the party completed the Trials and set off for Tapuravale. Their last obstacle came while crossing the ice sheet to reach the sacred isle. The Leviathan struck from beneath the frozen water and destroyed the Orcs that had joined them. Shammah was swallowed whole and brought down into the icy depths of the frigid seas to his end.
Disheartened at their loss, Dasterbolt and Bronagh reached the isle formed of an ancient reef, within which Faelivir resided. She met with them and Bronagh and Dasterbolt convinced the Being to leave her home, the place she guarded against death and darkness to go to the Howling Spire and give them aid. She took them to the Spire and they found there the symbol of the Nameless God, and the words written in the Couatl’s blood: “A New World is Coming.”