Starting in the dining room of Thelanis Tower, continuing on from last time with Tham going through what he had discovered, with the Emerald Claw collecting the pieces of the Olkaghun Khagan, a Dhakaani artifact of some sorts, it’s name meaning “Sign of the King”. It seems to be possible to use it as a weapon, which is the purpose the Emerald Claw is looking to use it for.
Nim went to talk to his criminal contacts, Hamial and the rest of the local mob in The Hollow Tower. He’s against their obvious disregard for the wellbeing of the community, and their willingness to do anything to keep up the appearance of power.
Tham goes to check out the Aereni Embassy Library for any mentions of it in old books from the time of the Tairnadal occupation of present day Valenar, but other than the fact that the Dhakaani Empire was plagued with infighting, and seldom had a stable ruler, but when they did that person would gain the title of Olkaghun. He also found out that for more information he would need access to the Morgrave University Library.
Carter is meanwhile going through the Labratory at the bottom of the tower, finding a hatch leading to a balcony on the underside of it, with a view of Harreth’s Folly. After that they found the strange being actually talking, and Carter took it downstairs to the Wall of the Planes, leaving it there.
After finally gathering again at the tower, the party heads to the House of Civics to talk to Judge Margot “Swift Justice” Decker about gaining legal access to the Upper-Menthis apartment listed in the notes of Otherro. After getting a warrant and walking the short trip to Upper Menthis, they are stopped at the door by a Deneith Guard, but are let through after showing the warrant. When they find the apartment itself, Nim uses 10~ish minutes to get us inside, where we find adventuring supplies and gear spread out over the bedroom, obviously a rush-job to gear up and get out.
Carter started filming, and Tham starting poking around while Nim was keeping watch, after a bit of rumaging, they found a hollow bottom in a cabinet, inside a thick leather folder, with a complex knot topped with an Eberron Shard. Carter deduced that the Shard contained firey energy, which would be released and incinerate the contents of the folder if the knot was opened improperly. Tham went for the bruteforce option and just used Dispel Magic on the shard, emptying it of magical energy. The fuse still triggered, but with no fuel it just fizzled out.
Inside the folder there were the following items:
Notes from Alain Falko, Professor of Dhakaani Studies at Morgrave University on the Yarkuun Draal Dhakaani ruins close to Sharn, and their defining feature: that they contain a Temple, strange for an Empire known to be disdainful of non-martial religion.
Notes from Otherro, their mission is to travel through the Mournland to Yarkuun Draal, locate the secret entrance below the Northern Guardtower with the face of a Goblin, through there and into the Heart of the Temple, and once there, deploy the Shard of Xoriat.
Map of Yarkuun Draal.