Derli, Xulgos, Zan-kyri, and Mordecai return to the Second Palace to meet Zil’dejin and Garmeth. The next Magebred Lord they need to convince is Rave, Lord of Shadow and master of the First Palace. They go there, and meet with his servant, the second-generation Magebred human Paol. Rave is a practitioner of strange magics, and as a result is undead, something like a lich. He asks the part to retrieve the black box, Tul Oreshka’s Gift from the Excavators of the Mournland. He needs it only temporarily for the sake of a ritual.
Garmeth stays with Rave while the party retrieves the box. Rave has apparently met with Raveth Funa’Koshe at some point, who left an unusual orb wrapped in leather for Garmeth with instructions to bring it to the githzerai Zuokelled Monastery on the edge of the Mournland. The party soon returns with Zebith and the box, and the ritual is performed, initially on Xulgos but Derli steps in when it becomes clear the ritual will kill him if completed. As a result, the demon Th’kesh, stored in the box, is contained jointly between the two of them. The Gift is shattered in the process.
Zil’dejin is then crowned emperor. He announces replacement Magebred Lords for those killed. Paol becomes the new Lord of Flame (replacing Davros Elden), Burlgadra becomes the new Lord of Spirit (replacing Elomir), and Zebith becomes the new Lord of Storms (replacing Tanris). The party then leaves the Mournland (with Sending Stones to communicate with Metrol). Xulgos joins, if only to visit the Silver Flame to be exorcised.
They go back to New Cyre, stopping briefly in Starilaskur where Derli learns some new applications of his dragonmark. Prince Oargev ir’Wynarn is given the Cyran Regalia and a fest is held. Afterwards, they go back to Starilaskur, and are attacked on the road by the Ghorad’din in a magic wagon. The party maanges to stop them, and head back to Wroat by lightning rail. Mordecai parts ways with the party, who then goes to meet with King Boranel ir’Wynarn. Troops are promised, they leave and go back to Eclipse Keep.
Moon’s Gate have left looking for Elyas’ next reincarnation (but they have left his library intact). The party charts a course to obtain further support, starting with Thrane, then continuing to Karrnath, and then possibly the Mror Holds. They then retire for the night.
Experience obtained: 1433 XP