Previously in Days of High Adventure…
* Enri left her home in the Fey Forest when her protector, Griffin, died, leaving her nothing but her budding magical knowledge and a thirst for adventure
* A magic chest made its way to Enri, full of Griffin’s belongings: A mysterious cedar box with two identical figurines, a black coat with silver pins, and a bottle imp named Sam warning that the Beacon has been activated at Ironstone keep, a long-closed Wizards War College in the Dawnforge Mountains – Griffin is in fact alive, according to Sam, and he will surely know what to do
* Griffin is alive but only viewable in a shard of a magical glass mirror, seeming to show a darker, emptier version of reality. He appears to be searching for something, battling unseen foes
* The party has reactivated the arcane furnaces in the depth of the keep, and has just come to the lowest part of the College, the Arcane Library and its mysterious mithril door leading to the War Mages’ private chambers.
Vashta returns to the alchemy lab and finds a couple of rituals. One for Enri and one for himself. He finds an a fused solid crystal in the shape of an ink bottle, orange in color.
They turn to the large door and see that it is made of mithril. It has two plates each with one keyhole. There is a silver key in the right side keyhole. Turning the key in either keyhole produces no results. Enri tries casting Knock on the door but the room just shakes as the door resists her spell. The shaking causes the strange orange crystal to roll across the room. As soon as it comes into contact with Enri, an imp is released!
This imp is different from Sam. It introduces itself as Constanza the Librarian. She has not been out of her ink bottle for 100 years. When asked about the key in the door, Constanza tells the party that they must make a duplicate of the key for the other keyhole first. She tells Enri that Griffin had a device for making duplicates, a cedar box of some kind.
Enri pulls out the cedar box from Griffin’s trunk, opens it, and removes the silver and cloth figures. She places the single silver key from the door inside the cedar box and closes it. One of the silver and cloth figures vanishes. Inside the cedar box are two identical silver keys.
Vashta puts both keys in the door and is able to open it. The party enters and Constanza follows. They enter a corridor that expands and grows stairwells as they move through it. Constanza explains that they are entering into the war mages’ domain, where there are magic weapons, and where the furnace keeper Grablin runs the forge. Sam has everyone hold hands and step forward. Griffin’s quarters materialize around them.
The party rummages through Griffin’s quarters but finds no weapons. They do find 400GP of reagent, an augmenting whetstone, and a potion of healing. Also in the room is a collection of unusual items, probably from Griffin’s adventures. There is a big giant helmet with a gash across the front. In a small gold coffin is the skeleton of a pixie. An engraving in Elven reads “Tallanor” – Vashta takes the pixie skeleton to add to his macabre collection of items.
They step into a small side chamber that appears to be Griffin’s scrying room. There is a large, four foot diameter bowl containing a pool of liquid, and focii along the walls.
Enri puts one of Griffin’s pins into the pool. The pool glows, bathing the room in purple light. A voice says “Focus accepted, Mage. What do you wish to see?”
“Griffin” says Enri.
The party sees a reflection of a pool where Griffin is looking at them. He recognizes Enri. He appears to be in bad shape. They are able to pass Griffin a healing potion through the pool. He drinks it. Constanza looks in and a large chainmail fist grabs her and pulls her in!
Everyone jumps into the pool to go after Constanza. They re-materialize in a strange, mirror world. The air smells of ash and it is dark. Griffin is laying by the pool.
Also in the room are two dark creatures. They threaten the party and are answered with Thohand’s battle cry. Enri administers a potion to Griffin who says he has been hit by a soul drain by a demi-lich. He hands her a Necklace of Fireballs and passes out again. In the middle of the fight the two creatures flee, but out of the pool rises a beholder!
During the battle, Kriv is killed! Eventually the other members of the party are able to kill the beholder. A ghostly form of Kriv appears above his body. He is staring down at his body, confused.
Along one wall of the room are windows. Outside, hundreds of thousands of dark figures are moaning. Vashta takes a bundle of the beholder’s eyestalks. Enri tries to cast Remove Affliction on Griffin but he stops her and tells her he is already dead. A shade of himself lives on here in the Shadowfell. But Kriv’s physical body can be raised from the dead if it is returned to the mortal plane before the ritual is performed. In either case, a shade of Kriv will live on here as well.
Griffin goes on to explain that the mages of the Academy were tricked by an adversary now known as the Devourer. It is attacking three planes: Mortal, Shadowfell and Feywild all at once. He tells the party they must destroy the Academy as it is connecting the mortal plane to this place. Grablin at the furnaces will know how to destroy the school. They should also try to recover as much as possible from the Vault.
Griffin answers various questions from the party. He tells them that the mirror can see into the Feywild and the Shadowfell from the same location in the mortal plane. He laughs when asked about the pixie coffin and explains that it was a gift from a Fomorian king.
He instructs the party to seek out knowledge from the wizards of the Feywild. They will have sensed the Devourer’s presence.
He turns to the shade of Kriv and asks if he will adventure here with him. Kriv agrees and they leave together.
Once back in the mortal plane, Enri casts Raise Dead on Kriv’s corpse. He rises, and gladly reimburses Enri for the ritual components she used. He also promises to try not to die again.
400 GP Reagent to Enri
Augmenting Whetstone to Kriv
Potion of Healing to Adrie
Pixie corpse in coffin to Vashta
Bundle of beholder eyestalks to Vashta
Kriv 500GP to Enri for Raise Dead