We continue to battle the fire elementals, and one of them dies leaving a small pearl in its place. Milaee tells us that there is shapshifting magic attached to it. Cid feels an affinity to the pearl. Flint hands it to him, and Cid feels a gentle tug upwards. When Cid lifts his hand to head level, the pearl feels weighless. Flint does a religion check that reveals that this is a fabled Ioun stone of a long ago god of the realm. It circles the head of the user, granting divine power. Cid cautiously lets go of the stone, and it begins to circle around his head.
Loretta is in shock and Lora is in a panic. Lora hurries off into the forest, coming to a stop in front of a clearing. Sultana has fulfilled her promise. The Elvish Glade has been decimated. The trees are charred stumps, the ground covered in ash. Hundreds of corpses are strewn across the glade. Lora walks slowly through the glade. She stops before two corpses, one adult, one child. With a wail she collapses to her knees, sobbing quietly and praying in Elvish. The group is shaken, and Flint vows that we will stop Sultana.Flint suggests that we head back to Baldur’s Gate. Arjhan feels we should go straight to Jasnah. He states that Sultana is going to try to pin this on us and that we should get to Jasnah as quickly as possible with the true story.
We stop at Elmwood at Lora’s request. It seems completely silent; everyone has withdrawn to their homes. One woman, Alice, comes out to talk to us. She asks us to come inside. Lydia and Flint are suspicious.
An assassin in black suddenly emerges from Alice’s tent, holding her son at knifepoint. He demands the elven woman. Lydia attacks him, and the resourceful child escapes and runs to his mother. A second assassin appears, and Loretta runs and hides. We battle and kill the two assassins. Lora decides to go with us to see Jasnah, to convince her that Thia is Sultana and is deceiving the Elves.
We hasten to Baldur’s Gate and into the bustling city. We see a glint of light reflect off something in a window down the alley. A man wielding a crossbow leans out of the window and fires at us, aiming at Lora. Several of us drop with a word of warning to Lora, who is able to react in time, and Cid casts a spell so we can sneak away.
We hurry toward the council chambers. Jasnah rushes in and Flint tells her our version of what has occurred. Jasnah says that the Elves have declared war on the human nations. Lora confirms that Sultana has burned her entire glade. Jasnah believes us, and states we should be focusing on the Cult, not on each other.
Lora reveals that the Elves have a mysterious illness that is striking them at random, in every glade. Black veins protrude from the skin, pumping unknown liquids. The symptoms last for a month to a year, then the inflicted disappear. About 10% of the elves have disappeared in this way. Arjhan points out that the baby dragons we fought in Clearview had these veins.
Lora states that she has friends in the Elvish Glade near Tyrisis who can help. Jasnah tells her that a mage on her staff can take her to Tyrisis but that we should provide an escort due to the danger of the journey. Jasnah also tells Flint that she has some private news for him, which she relays privately.
Mialee states that the Deists and Rationalists must work together or she will no longer be a part of the Deists. She asks if we will relinquish the communication device to her. She says she will work with Zasheir. Althea rouses, and asks if the disc will help us find Lamentation. She states she will help us, as she feels we are her best chance of obtaining revenge. Yevelda states she and Althaea have some useful information and that when she is returned to her rightful position as chief of her clan, the orcs will help us slaughter Lamentation. Flint talks at length with Althaea about her hatred and need for revenge, and whether she can be effective.
We prepare to teleport to Tyrisis and stop a war!