“So through endless twilights I dreamed and waited, though I knew not what I waited for. Then in the shadowy solitude my longing for light grew so frantic that I could rest no more, and I lifted entreating hands to the single black ruined tower that reached above the forest into the unknown outer sky. And at last I resolved to scale that tower, fall though I might; since it were better to glimpse the sky and perish, than to live without even beholding day.”
Synopsis : A tale in which the advantruers assault the Tolling Tower, fighting a naga, a basilisk, and several mercenaries led by an unknown war priest, who escapes them. They recover several more Goldwood RIngs, and capture many of the mercenaries, interrogate them, and free them. The group reports on their discoveries to Lalaith, who uses a Leend Lore scroll to uncover the mantra about the Goldwood Rings, finding them to be keys to a dark pact, and the unknown Pactlords of the Quaan. Lalaith then gets them in contact with a refugee from this unknown “Quaan”, Polina who answers many of their questions regarding the place, though much of her tale is wreathed in myth and taken from her perspective. As their questioning slows, they ask for some of the names of the Pactlords, and she relates the most ancient of the Pactlords that she is aware of, naming; Maeritha Moonrise, Charch-Pahn, Father Claw, and the one name they are familiar with; Thornruin, the author of The Elder Scroll.
26th of Kelen : The Adventurer’s Quarter, Mornhaven : “The Ghostly Minstrel” :
“A frightful place became the Quaan,
Where the Pactlords plot and scheme beyond,
To thwart and destroy the mortal race,
To strive to keep their rightful place.
Pactlords and their slaves must always bear,
The circle of wood that you also wear.
The Font of the Pact does see you well
Whether boon or curse, only time will tell.”