3. More Questions, Fewer Answers.
Arriving in Grendel the Seekers had their work cut out for them. Alram wasting no time, went directly to the Inquisitor embassy. Reporting in to Inquisitor Sumus, Alram returned the intercepted cargo. The conversation was brief but Alram was informed to keep an eye on Calliope being given the 2nd Eye token to place on her person. A dire warning, but orders are orders. Alram surmised from Sumus that the hooded figures may be the thieves of the regal gem. Next stop was the palace. Currently occupied by Dux Frange, standing Dux of Grendel. Frange desperate to have the gem restored to Grendel and suspicious of the Inquisition suggested that they are the ones responsible, dismissing news of hooded figures as here-say. Something General Frek would have suggested. The Seekers all took note of the beautifully crafted Eladroth longbow sitting atop a mantle above the throne. Just so, Their next stop was the fortress where they spoke to General Frek, of the burners. The Burners had been out attempting to restore the pathways throughout the Silverwood unsuccessfully. They had, had run ins with hooded figures recently, dismissing them at the time. However, the news of their involvement in some grander conspiracy with the lack of contact with the forward camp left the General concerned for his burners. Resting that evening the Seekers clearly knew they had to return to the Silverwood. Alram laid the token in Calliope's bag, contemplating the thought of having to take down a heretic on his own. The next morning was one of action. Alram and Calliope both taking their morning rituals. The urge Calliope felt compelled her to come to the ocean. It was becoming more important than ever to justify her powers, having run into more inquisitors in the last few days than she had since that one fateful time years before. The urge provided a means, a darkened pearl indistinguishable from a mage stone to the naked eye. Having prepared, the Seekers lined up at the edge of the Silverwood. Again preparing to venture through the inhospitable growths.