The building the umber_hulk originally burst out of is a warehouse for Maavu's_Imports. Inside a summoning circle has been scribed into the floor. The circle was configured to delay the umber hulk's release, presumably to give the perpetrator time to escape.
Meeting with Jenya, the group learns that churchs are now being taxes at 15% of their income.
The group is invited to meet Celeste and Davked, "associates of the Lord Mayor's Office" tomorrow at the noble's club Cusp_of_Sunrise for evening meal. Davked_Splintershield is an old, respected dwarf.
12th of Readying
While waiting for Davked and Celeste, the party mingles with a variety of nobles in The Cusp of Sunrise. The party meets a dwarf wearing a leather half mask who introduces himself as Adric_Garthun. Kyrin chats briefly with Lord_Ankin_Taskerhill, where he learns someone has been slandering Kyrin, suggesting that Kyrin has been insulting Annah. Kyrin clarifies the situation.
The party is then lead to Mistress Celeste and Master Davked_Splintershield. Davked is an old, very frail looking dwarven man. He has three sons with whom is was estranged. His wife Marta blamed Davked for driving her sons away. She died about a year ago. With her dying breath, she cursed her husband to waste away unless he reunited with his sons. Davked has reconciled with two of his sons. Davked's third son is Zenith_Splintershield, once lord of the Malachite_Fortress. A decade ago Zenith formed a company to purge the Underdark of evil. Zenith has not been heard from since. Divinations reveal that Zenith is still alive and is being held in a kuo-toan shrine called Bhal-hamatugn.
Davked is too drained by the curse to seek out his son. He offer the company 36,000 gold pieces to rescue his son.
The Stormblades have sealed all known entrances into the Underdark. There is a fissure into the Underdark north of the city. Celeste provides a map to the hermit Crazy_Jared who knows the way. The company accepts the task.
13th of Readying
The party prepares for the four day trip to Crazy Jared, then heads out.
14th of Readying
Near noon the party is attacked by a roc. They quickly slay it.
16th of Readying
The company arrives at grassy plain, in the center of which is a large hut. A huge red_dragon hovers over the hut and sets it ablaze. A man in tattered robes flees the burning hut and shouts for his knights. The party rushes to the man's defense, battling the dragon. During the battle the dragon identifies itself as Gottrod, son of Hookface. The battle is fierce. The dragon is largely immune to the spell caster's offensive spells. A magically enhanced Rassi does most of the damage and eventually slays the dragon, in the process coming up to death's door herself.