The party began making its way from Rivenroar back to Brindol. On the way they ran into a group of eladrin soldiers led by General Inali. Inali asked where Glinneran was, and the party explained that he was killed. She asked if it was Neron who had done it, but Ildeth said he didn’t know who it was. Inali explained that Neron was one of the relatively young scions of House Brightsun who had gone looking for Glinneran, seeking Arselu Tel-Quessir.
Inali then asked what had become of the book. Ildeth admitted that the book had become displeased and he buried it, at which point it disappeared. Inali was furious, and ordered her soldiers to arrest Ildeth. As they began to lead him away, the dwarf Andronsius smugly waved goodbye saying, “Bye elfy!” Ildeth cast a spell at him to make a point.
Zerriksa then spoke up, saying, “That woman is a vampire! She is going to kill us all!” She was referring to Cytherea. As Inali looked Cytherea over, Lalnios vouched for her, saying, “That woman is lying. She is not a vampire, but she is a dhampyr. I am Lalnios of the Tiri Kitor, and this woman has made no hostile move toward us.”
Inali accepted that, saying, “Very well, we have had dealings with the Tiri Kitor, and I will take you at your word.” The eladrin then marched away with Ildeth.
Clouds gathered in the sky, and the day grew dark as the party arrived back in Brindol. When the party entered the inn, a beautiful woman at the bar turned around. “Cytherea, how good to see you again, my dear. I see you’ve become something of a local hero.” It was Cytherea’s mother, Duchess Cladelia Parnan of Arcavius. Cytherea had fled Arcavius upon discovering that Cladelia was a vampire. The Duchess tried to convince Cytherea to return to Arcavius, but she refused. When a fight broke out, a gnome sitting at a nearby table jumped in to help the party as the other customers fled for their lives. The Duchess was eventually forced to flee, saying, “You haven’t heard the last of me,” and then turning into mist and flying away.
Introductions followed. The gnome was Pock, a traveller who had recently arrived in Brindol.
The next day, a rider came into Brindol, announcing that the city of Overlook put out a call to arms. A huge orc horde was moving on Bordrin’s Watch and they were seeking fighters to help repel the huge army. Councilman Troyas said, “Theren, I want you to go to Overlook and see what you can do to help out. They wouldn’t be sending out a call to arms if it wasn’t serious. They’ve never asked for help before.”