The Southern and Southeastern Expedition Teams dispatched to explore Tolara's Southern Peninsula part ways after exiting Nisaba Pass.
After traveling only 12 leagues South of the separation point, the Southern Expedition Team is found by the only surviving member of the Southeastern Team- who had turned east after separation. This man is Expedition Leader Somran Othro. EL Othro appears to be severely traumatized from the experience that has (presumably) killed his team, Officials are unable to piece together a coherent story of what happened; what medical care available is provided to him, and a team is dispatched to the closest settlement to find a Mage or Cleric.
EL Othro is murdered while he sleeps by a member of the Southern Team, just 6 days after reconnecting with the team... whether for lack of trying or a legitimate lack of knowledge as to who did it, the murderer is never caught or punished; the event is widely considered a mercy killing among members of the Southern Expedition Team. Two days after the murder of EL Othro by an unknown member of the Southern Expedition Team, reports of the encounter (written by EL Yiatun Lephai and ETM Zabea Azranus) are dispatched to officials in Eris'ka.
Six months after reports are dispatched from the Southern Expedition Team, and three months after their reception in Eris'ka, an elite exploration team led by Expedition Master (EM) Dinead e'Allire is assembled. They are dispatched to the southern reaches of Tolara in order to investigate elements of the reports mentioning the presence of a hostile creature encountered in the region.
During a nearly 2 year long mission in the Southern Peninsula, an Elite Expedition Team from Eris'ka is unable to confirm the existence of a creature reported by another Southern Expedition Team. Near the end of the expedition, however, they stumble across a mass of ruins from a previous civilization... They return to Eris'Ka with their discovery.