~ from the Journal of Kildrak Stoneheart ~
Guarding Gyyrune was getting incredibly boring when finally my party returned bringing Storvik in tow. Apparently this city no longer seems like a safe place to keep Gyyrune, so we planned to leave for Cerdan as quickly as possible using a Scroll of Sending. Storvik beseached me to gather a group of dwarves and make an attempt to find DeepReach, and I assured him that I would see what I could do after dealing with the immediate matters at hand. While talking with him I learned of Zardkeran, the dwarf who lead the mission that got the closest to DeepReach so far, and apparently only avoided losing his own life after finding the city of Maelbrathyr.
I wanted to learn more about this city of Maelbrathyr, especially since Perion mentioned that it might be related to the Throne of Anguish, so I took Amarius and Nick with me (anything to separate Amarius from Lhankor) and headed down to talk with Zardkeran. Zardkeran gave off the vibe of being a small town thug or mobster from the feel of his game room which included props of powerful artifacts, his assistant, and the lavish style of his clothing. The conversation went well, and we learned a good deal about his trip to DeepReach and Maelbrathyr. We learned that grell were protecting what he thought was the entrance to DeepReach. We also learned that Maelbrathyris a city of duregar and tieflings and that the Horn has a strong presence there, in fact he was quite concerned when he learned of the presence of Gyyrune in town and encouraged us to get him out immediately. As we returned to the prison to transport to Cerdan it appeared that we were followed by some of Zardkeran’s henchmen. They didn’t appear to mean any harm to us, and I had a civil if somewhat terse conversation with them.
Upon arrival in Cerdan we imprisoned Gyyrune in the tower we transported to and had a conversation with a high something or other about the plague. Really, all that I remember is that he was higher than the tallest clouds and they mentioned that this plague may have been used before against the City of Brass.
He seemed to know nothing so we went to visit an old friend of Nick’s. On the way we learned the shocking revelation that Nick had previous been married to Elizabeth Salario!!! We met Nick’s friend, Konstanstin, in his tiny rectory at the back of the massive church he served in. He knew nothing about why the plague would be turning people undead and mentioned that the Malchien’s have been holding all plague victims in exile outside the city so he hasn’t had an opportunity to see the effect of it and what could be done to slow or cure it. He suggested that we could head to the City of Brass to do additional research on the previous instance of the plague, or maybe try and destroy a powerful undead artifact such as the hand and eye of Vecna might stop the plague.
For now it seems that we will be residing in Cerdan for a little while at least while they figure out what to do with Gyyrune, so it seems like the best current course is to work with Konstantine to get him access to a plague victim to learn more about what can be done. After that, our options are many. We could go after Vecna, which seems like a suicide move, head to the City of Brass for additional research, or even head back towards Maelbrathyr since we already know that there is a connection to the Horn there we might be able to find out how to stop the plague there as well.