The group has discovered the existence of other islands, through research that was left at the observatory. Some of the islands discovered had creatures of horror on it, a land of fire, a land of no life yet beautiful to the eye (explorers never returned), and the island of were-people, which is the island that will collide with theirs. There were also reports of two leaders, Karla and Touka, who are on the island.
The Shantaks informed the group of a central observatory that the Shantaks try to avoid because of white dragons. The group makes the overall decision to plan to repair the telescope in this observatory.
The group then decides to go back to the dwarven capital. Once they arrived, they realized they needed a faster way to travel between these two locations. The group asks Tom if he can recreate the magic key. Unfortunately he was trying to regenerate the vampires arm, which didn’t work, but was satisfied with the result. Because of this he did not have time to help them find a way to travel faster. He says recreating the key is too expensive and he did not have time to help. He informs them of two magic cabinets that can be retrieved from his old research facility on the lost continent. These cabinets can be traveled through from one to the other.
Lolindor breaks from the group during this conversation to talk with Evan Oronar. Evan tells him that Lolindor’s father is in the middle of planning to usurp the guild head. Lolindor offers assistance of it would help, and the conversation ends. He asks Tom to teleport him to his father so they can talk. They talk about the rebellion and if Lolindor can bring support. They leave on a familial note. Lolindor returns to the party.
Tom volunteered to bring them there, but he could not stay because it would take too long, so he teleports them in and leaves.
The group is in the middle of an abandoned research facility and start their search. In their efforts they find a Leng spider, who turns half of the party insane, making the other half carry them away through a door opened by the magic key. They realize their mistake, and Tom fixes their brains.
After a long argument, the group reluctantly decides to go back, looking for the cabinets. In this encounter, they meet a demonic entity who refers to Wiljon as his nephew. He has a female puppet who he talks to like she is alive. This entity is escorted by many powerful demons who are perturbed at the site of Lolindor’s horn necklace. He says the cabinets are in the umbral dragon’s nest in this research facility. The demon pitches a deal, saying he will help the party retrieve the cabinets, in turn giving him the Shade’s Tear, which is a demonic artifact located in the same area as the cabinets.
The demon draws off the dragon, so the party can enter safely. The lair is filled with shadows, and the group fights through them to the treasure room. The group finds gold, various items, the cabinets, and what the party could assume is the Shade’s Tear. It is jet-black, tear-shaped, and lying on a pedestal.
Zadine picks up the tear, and was possessed by the evil energies resonating within. The party did not notice. They opened the door to Tom’s lab and was about to enter. Lolindor and Zadine were the last two in the treasure room when Zadine attacks Lolindor. As this is happening, the party hears the dragon returning, and hundreds of shadows pour down the staircase into the room, preparing to attack the party. Caladrel runs to get Tom, while the rest of the party tries to restrain Zadine, and keep everyone protected from the angry shadows. The group knocks Zadine unconscious as Tom arrives. Tom throws the group through the door and takes control of the shadows in the room. The Umbral Dragon bursts through the ceiling. Tom orders the group to close the door, and they do so. About ten seconds later, Tom teleports in, singed by his mighty foes shadow breath, but still breathing. He says, “The dragon is dead, let us see to Zadine.”
Zadine is freed from the influence of the gem, and Archmage Korath seals the gem deep within his palace.
The group decides they need somebody who can handle the tear properly, so they come up with the idea that Evelynn, Rudic’s sister might be a good candidate. The group goes looking for priests who are followers of “Gabriel.” The priests that were found through scrying were murdering “innocent” villagers. The group finds one within teleport range who they go to talk to. He says he was just accepted as the village healer in the town he was in, and Rudic was just given the “honor” of becoming the new high priest of Gabriel. In order to fully realize his powers, Rudic must go through the awakening ritual, which was refused. When the priest was questioned of the murders, he said he was cleansing evil from the town, looking twisted as he said it. The group leaves very quickly, realizing that Evelynn will not be of any help.
The group decides to return the tear to the demon, in fear of demon reprisal. As soon as his hands touched the tear, he looked fifty years younger and he teleported out with his entourage.
The party returns to the dwarven capital and sets up the cabinets between their current location and the observatory. In a week’s time, they repair the telescope in the observatory.
Soon after repairing the telescope, a messenger from the Bronzebiter household comes to the party’s mansion. He asked the group to come and visit the head of the Bronzebiter household. The group follows the messenger, and there is a police ring outside of the house. The group talks with the police, learning that the head of the household, along with others is dead. Once entering the house, the group finds a note left from Yang saying, “And so the council dies.” The group immediately runs to the council area, finding a metallic dragon and Yin, killing the council members. The group assumes the dragon is Yang.
The group attacks Yang, however they get away with many wounds and the council is dead regardless.
Within the same week as the council incident, the group begins hiring guards for their mansion. One of the guards hired is called Azmulk. He is a very suspicious individual who, during his interview process, lied about where he came from. However, Zadine was impressed by his forth-rightness when the group questioned him about the lie, and he was hired anyway.
The newly fixed telescope showed no new islands in reach, so the group decides to go to the central observatory. On the second day of the trip, the group spotted some bizarre creature that was some combination of a shark and a bear. It was enormous and heading in the groups direction. They ran from it, getting as much distance as they could between it and the group. However it seemed to be tracking the group even though it should have been impossible in this terrain. The fourth day, Tom appears with Sylvanis and Zarzaket trapped in a magical sphere. He says the elven capital is under attack, and to not go there during the battle. He then gives Zadine the magic key to his demi-plane. The two prisoners convince the party to open the portal to the capital and go anyway, releasing the two in the process.
The capital is in ruins, along with Tom’s library. The group runs towards the palace to repel the apparent demon invasion on the capital. They meet up with some defenders in the central square and repel many waves of demons. Xanos raises elves from the dead to help stamp out demons in the city. Zadine was severely injured and teleported to Avon for safety.
The group goes to the palace, finding Sylvanis dead on the ground next to the corpse of a Pit Fiend. Further into the palace, they find Tom, Korath, and Zarzaket, who is heavily injured, fighting another Pit Fiend. Rudic successfully kills the Pit Fiend with a surprise attack from behind. As it falls, a man dressed in black appears behind Tom, slits his throat, and leaves with Tom’s soul before the group has time to react. A letter was found addressed to Wiljon from Hellfire saying how he took down the anti-demonic barrier around the capital. With nothing else to do at that time, the group helps repair the city until Tom’s funeral.
Its a private funeral with only the party and the Archmage. Tom’s body is put on a boat and pushed off towards a portal that leads to the ocean. On its way there, a portal opens near it and pulls it in. This portal leads to the Aether. Wiljon opens a portal to the Aether to follow it, finding the boat in the Aether being pulled into another portal that leads to the material plane.
In the Aether, the party minus Rudic is ambushed by three of the five demon lords. They try to attack Wiljon, however their powers are weak on the Aether. Nepmatirael and King Henry appear near Wiljon and pull him out of the Aether, everyone else was able to get out on their own.
Wiljon’s two “saviors” berate him on going into the Aether and then leave the party in silence. The group does not attend the capital’s mass funeral.
Meanwhile, Zadine is in Avon where the local governor is subjugating dwarfs. Zadine contacts the resistance force in the city and connects them to the elvish high command. He then begins to make his way back to the capital.
Once he arrives the group unites and opens the only remaining door in Tom’s library. The demi-plane beyond the door looks like Tom’s childhood. In this plane, the only solid house is one overlooking the village. Inside, the group finds Xanos, the librarian, and Tom’s body.
Xanos says that the Blood Brothers assassinated Tom. A common practice amongst the group is to seal the soul of their targets so they cannot be revived. Xanos wants to retrieve the soul, but there are no leads. Xanos brings the party to the dwarven capital.
Zadine immediately heads towards the new council, asking about a meeting with the king. He finds everyone there planning an assault on the elven capital. The king wreaks with a demonic aura. Zadine leaves quickly. noticing that the Bloodhammer council member is the only one who isn’t influenced. Bloodhammer escorts Zadine back and tells him that he plans to leave the capital and rejoin the deep tunnel armies battling the duergar.
The party notices that Azmulk has replaced all of the your staff with different people and doubled its size. They appear to be a part of the a bigger organization, and they give you cryptic instructions to explore the central observatory. Considering the king’s current “mood,” the party decides it is a great idea to leave and do so immediately.
After a week of travel, the party arrives at the central building. The building goes deep underground and the lower levels are swarming with white dragons. The group enters through the top, and descends into the city. Underground, there is a mighty battle between machines and a shoggoth frozen in time. Before the group has time to explore the entire underground city, the great wyrm white dragon takes notice of the groups presence, and addresses them. Not wishing to fight the hordes of dragons, the party talks with the dragon. They learn that the white dragons and the duergars have formed an alliance to get rid of the demonic influence in the capital. They plan on coordinating with Karla and her army of Leng spiders to attack the capital in a years time. The white dragon lets the party meet with the duergar representative below the dragon’s lair. Dolgan, the representative, explains who the duergar are. He says they are the old dwarves before the modern ones, who sealed Amaethon beneath the capital. In order to keep him sealed, they fused their essences with the Shade’s Tear. As a result, the majority of the duergar went insane. The modifications to the tear allowed a small number of the duergar to maintain their sanity and govern the rest. This enabled them to become completely immune to the demon’s mind affecting abilities. However, when the knew dwarves arrived, a small group stole away the demon’s essence and the duergar have been trying to retrieve it ever since.
Zadine explores alternate options to assault the capital. Dolgan says that Azmulk is his main spy, who is also the only scion of the Bronzebiter family. Amaethon can create as many simulacrum as possible, so be careful, says he.
The party goes back to the capital, hiding in the mansion and discussing strategy with Azmulk. He says that he is making contact with an individual named Touka, who is representing the Leng spider army. The contact is being made in several months. Azmulk also informs the party that Lord Attis, one of the contenders for the human throne, was assassinated. A second, Lady Isana has withdrawn candidacy and claimed support of whoever wins. Additionally a dwarven colony on the lost continent was completely decimated by Leng spiders.