Aryth 14, 999 YK
After speaking with Baron Kundran Torrn, the party agrees to help House Tharashk in exchange for a meeting with Xorchylic. Apparently, a large cache of dragonshards has been discovered beneath Graywall, but it is behind something called the Deep Door, to which access is forbidden by the city’s protectors, the Flayer Guard. The Flayer Guard is largely occupied by something to do with the door, and so even sneaking in is now extremely difficult. A client of House Tharashk wants the dragonshards, so the Eclipse Collective is tasked with getting in and retrieving them.
The party visits the Bloodstone, a non-human district. Conlon eats grist, a local cuisine that is not meant for humans and is disgusting in every sense of the word. He becomes violently ill.
Xulgos trails a member of the Flayer Guard while Conlon and Zil’dejin visit a tavern frequented by expatriots from the Five Nations to obtain information. Xulgos discovers there is some kind of threat to the city from below, and the Flayer Guard is carefully guarding the Deep Door as a result. Also, indirect contact is made with a captain of the Flayer Guard, a harpy named Jalira Stormtongue, who can provide information and possibly access to the Deep Door in exchange for a favour: eliminating a gang of criminals and cultists called the Skinners, who capture victims and flay them alive for the Mockery.
Conlon is sent “unarmed” through a dangerous alley until he is attacked by the Skinners, and then the party launches an ambush. One ogre in the group is captured and interrogated on the whereabouts of the gang’s hideout.
Experience Gained: 1350 XP (1000 from combat, 350 from a small SC)