The party awoke in a cave. The noticed ruins in the distance, and a figure moving among them. They managed to get up, still a little battered from the previous encounter. Seeing the figure in the distance, the party decided to go down to the ruins, and investigate.
They approached the stranger and found out that she was there to investigate the ruins herself. She was a tielfing looking for interdimensional travel. The party showed her the area they arrived in, and she looked around finding nothing and decided to take them back to her city, Madrid. When they walked outside the cave, the party noticed they were in a desert. But even from a day away, they could tell that Madrid was massive.
When they arrived in the city, the tielfing lead them to The School of Magi where she was studying with her professor. They went into a lecture hall and saw the lecturer, Kalen (mad wizard they met in prison in the shadow realm). Turns out he is a genius with extra dimensional travel. He is excited to see the party, and tells them he wants to have lunch with them and his faculty of the university (in his own crazy way). The party decides to attend lunch and proceeds to eat a whole bunch of really good food. During their lunch, a large bald man in lavish robes, this is the headmaster of the school, Mesotophlos. He sits down with the party and quickly discusses terms of them finding an artifact, a specific suit of armor. They argued about the price for the mission, but agreed to do it for 5000 gold. They then went and rest at a local inn with the first half of the payment (2500 gold). while walking around the city of Madrid, Adranus got slightly seperated from the party and noticed a haggered ol beggar-woman on the street sitting down in a pile of rags. when he was walking past her, she jumped up and grabbed his throat and with black eyes and a multi-tonal voice, said these words
Beware the coming of the Age of Blood
Keeper of the thirster
The Herald of his doom will weaken the land
Least The Blade drink deep
Harken the riders,
Come to quench its insatiable thirst
And break the Throne of marrow and bone
From shadow to chaos to blood they will ride
With darkness and light, water and sand they will ride
for when the heavens bleed, his path is clear
Blood for blood and bone for bone
The woman then lost her black eyes, seemed immensely confused, and sat back down in her rags. A little shaken, he told the party what happened, and found he could perfectly remember not only the words, but each voice spoken.They stole some potions from a local place, and decided to go back to the ruins and look for the armor.
Going back from uneventful, and they went inside a dilapidated building found a narrow staircase going down. Inside they found a hallway with evidence of excavation, Anya explained this was due to the college looking for artifacts and other relics in this area. The went to a restricted area, had to get past some tricky traps, and then went into a room. On the other end of the room, there was a collapsed part of the way leading to a rough=hewn tunnel. Pouring out of this hole was around a dozen hook horrors. After quickly dispatching the beasts (they noticed that the creatures also had leather collars on), the party went down the tunnel to investigate what awaited them.
Down the tunnel, some of the party heard some guttural voices and decided to investigate. Eldarion went down to investigate, and found that the things down there were being quiet, invisible, and trying not to make noise. He reported his findings to the party, and Anya decided to go forward and cast a spell to blind the assailants. She went down, cast the spell, but managed to take 3 crossbow bolts during the casting.