Dreams of a Blue Flame

The Book of WHAT?!

Tonight we returned to The House of Wonders in Waterdeep, intending to meet with our contact, Tarel, who was trying to get us an audience with The Blackstaff. When we arrived, Tarel was not at the temple. The priest we spoke to informed us that he had not been seen in several days, but also said this was not unusual. He introduced himself as Ilebrost. He was dubious of our intentions. I was unable to convince him, but the Professor’s golden tongue was much more persuasive. When he learned that we were trying to contact the Blackstaff, he offered to introduce us himself.

The Blackstaff is rather…interesting. We told him of our mission to stop The Spellplague, being sent to Candlekeep by Elminster, and now our search for the skull of Alaundo. He seemed much more worried about how we were going to pay Sangalor for the skull than he was about the killing of Mystra to be honest. He sent us to recover a tome that he thought would be a fair trade for the prophet’s skull: The Book of Vile Darkness.

In Which Ahkek and Clarity Make Some Questionable Decisions

Made our way out of Skullport after the meeting with Sangalor. I have rarely been so happy to be gone from a place. Once again my appearance gave us problems, this time in booking passage on a merchant ship to carry us back to the surface.

Took rooms at the Black Star again. Was just about asleep when Clarity knocked. Said she saw something suspicious at the house across the street. Looked like bodies were being carried inside. She was going to investigate. I didn’t want her to get into trouble alone, so I went along. We found an odd carriage stopped in front of the house. No seats, and Clarity says she saw blood inside.

We snooped around outside for a bit, but didn’t really see or hear anything. Clarity was convinced of what she had seen, and given the carriage we found I was inclined to believe her. I managed to get into the house through a second story window, but the scum inside got the drop on me. Clarity and I were able to hold our own until the Professor and Ivor showed up.

We managed to take everyone down. Initially there was no real evidence of foul play. A search of the bodies showed that the leader was a priest of Shar. That along with his poisoned belt buckle leads me to wonder if this is another connection to the Zhentarim. Clarity discovered an enchanted iron maiden. Which a test showed to function as a portal to …somewhere. We were unwilling to enter and find out. It did provide a convenient way to dispose of the bodies. I imagine this is also the reason that we did not find the bodies that Clarity saw being carried into the house.


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