After landing on a large circular platform in the city of Arkilleon; also known as the City of Magic, on the wings of giant owls. Aurthor, Indie, Rawthorn Toru Sora and Finius Cobbletree are greeted by Gelvin Tulum. Jones however is not present at this time. Tulum is the group’s concierge to the Magic Council. He tells you that you have time to eat and rest before meeting the council. So he walks you to a main street of the city. There you can trade and buy goods, do banking as well as find a meal and drink. So the party takes advantage of the opportunity. Exchanging gems and jewels of past adventures for gold pieces then to platinum pieces.
Back in the Free Realms, Jones is aboard the Falcon still. Having forgotten his hammer. Jones went below deck to retrieve it from his room. After, he is confronted by the ship’s engineer Old Man. Old Man tells you that the current records do not match the current quantities of supplies on board. That the airship the Falcon should have more food and water. Somehow large quantities are missing. The missing food and water enough to sustain a small army.
Just then Old Man the engineer tells you he hears a woman’s scream. The ship’s engineer runs to investigate with Jones not far behind. Running down a hall and turning a corner. Jones sees two ship crewman keeping something at bay in one of the supply rooms. It is a Crawling Terror. Once the actual left hand of Aurthor; cut off, transformed by a cursed ring into a menacing monster. Underneath one of the Crawling Terror’s digits is another crewman. The crewman lays motionless apparently unconscious maybe dead. So Jones having spells at the ready; spells granted by his god Thor, casts Banishment and sends the Crawling Terror to parts unknown. He also casts Cure Wounds to the unconscious crew member to the delight of Old Man and the other two crewman.
Back in Arkilleon, the other party members find themselves in the tavern the Crooked Wand. Owned by Zilvazaraat and his four wives. The group minus Jones again find a mysterious figure warning the group of coming assassins. Assassins looking to kill the group of adventurers. The mysterious figure being the same one who warned the party years ago in Grey Warden of approaching assassins. He departs the tavern leaving his calling card, a spinning gold coin. As the figure leaves the tavern. He bumps into Jones entering the Crooked Wand. The mysterious figure tells Jones that Jones’s friends are awaiting the warpriest’s arrival.
The party now reunited examine the ancient tome and finish their meal. Indie notices the tome is written in an ancient language. The language being a more complicated dialect of Giant. Then flying away on flying carpets furnished by Gelvin Tulum and the Magic Council they go to their temporary accommodations in a grand tower. There they find plush beds, fruit, water and a cleaning room. They however do not stay but go out for a few hours to the Red Light district to find some female companionship. The place suggested by Zilvazaraat himself as Indie was given a business card to the Smiling Mermaid, owned by a halfling named Ganondorf. Heading back the party prepare themselves to meet the Magic Council.
Flying to a small palace on flying carpets into an opening in a roof. The party finds themselves in a large round room with Arkilleon city guards spaced evenly against the walls. They stay at attention expecting the parties arrival. Between two guards are two gold ornate double doors. The doors open on their own revealing a dark hallway. As the group enters the hallway the hallway illuminates as the party move forward led by Gelvin Tulum. Upon entering the council chambers, you see a semicircle platform with the eleven members of the Magic Council seated and looking in your direction. With Finius Cobbletree who magically appears behind you; the party sees a few of the council members entering the council chambers before being seated. Elminster appearing as a glowing orb at first then transforming into his human self. Heimdall the Deciever entering in his weretiger form only to shapechange to his human form. Saleed Akermanunan (The Immortal) appearing out of a small whirlwind. Lastly, Morbeus the Cruel who appears out of a Demension Door with his clay golem guardian. Elminster being the head speaker welcomes you.
After Finius himself introduces the council members to the party. The subject turns to the ancient tome. The tome described by Morbeus the Cruel is a book written by a great titan named Farldorn. The book referred to as the Ancient Tome of Faldorn. Back in ancient times before man or beast. The titans ruled the cosmos. Farldorn foresaw the end of the titans and the birth of the gods. These gods would separate the cosmos into different planes of existence. The material where the party lives. The magic where the party is now. As well as many others. One particular plane, the Abyss, is home of devils and demons. The masters of the Abyss look to join all the planes so they can conquer then enslave the cosmos. The titan Farldorn knew the secret to joining the planes of existence. In this tome is that secret. From this Elminster tells the party that the tome must be in the Magic Councils hands so they can protect it. So Indie agrees and hands the tome over to Elminster.
Elminster also continues by saying that he has a special quest for the party to perform. A task that he will reveal the next day after the party rests and regain any needed health or abilities. In the meantime, he gives the party a Magic Carpet and a Bag Of Holding. Indie takes the Magic Carpet and Aurthor takes the Bag Of Holding.
So the party retreats back to their temporary accommodations in the tower. All turning in for the night. Everything being peaceful until yelling and running is heard in the middle of the party’s slumber. The sound wakes the party. Indie is the first to look. An Arkilleon gaurd is seen running past the adventuring group’s door. The gaurd is cut down by a spinning blade. The whirling blade strikes and returns to it’s owner. Moving Indie to the side, Rawthorn now looks to see Gelvin Tulum in front of their door trying to warn the party. Tulum is also cut down by a spinning blade. His lifeless body crumbling to the floor.
It only takes mere moments for the party to jump into action to face the danger awaiting them in the hall. In the hall stands a tall slender woman in a black dress wearing a black mask. The same woman you encountered in Waterdeep. She smiles at you as she catches her spinning blade. Behind her six of her assassins await her orders.