Our journey to Blackstone took just over a week to complete. Along the way we encountered some orcs and an ettin. During the battle with these monsters we witnessed for the first time the true power of Coles new sword. He was striking with a bloodlust the likes of which I had never seen before. After a kill he seamed to be without control, seeking death regardless of who his prey was.
Upon arrival to Blackstone Bertha is returned to her family. They have little to offer by way of payment though their gratitude is well felt. They do tell us that there is a rumor of a darkness or doom of some kind lingers in the mountains.
Satisfied that this task is complete we move on to the Temple of Hera. Here we meet with the priestesses Elizabeth. She confirms the rumors. She has seen visions and in them the titan, who is only known as “The Unnamed One”, awakes. It is still unclear who is awakening this fiend and what they intend to do when they have completed their task but it is certain that they must be stopped, and at all costs.
We tell Elizabeth of Ricky Vallish and his quest to bring back the city of Krinton. She assures us that Krinton is but a fairy tale and anyone who seeks it will find nothing but an endless maze of riddles and nonsense. She also tells us that there is a member of the party of adventurers who destroyed the mine 75 years ago who still lives. The human bard, Sempronius.
After 4 days of research Elizabeth concludes that she is unable to fully understand the powers of the amulet with the facilities available to her. The necklace should be taken to The Shining Tower where the high priest of Zeus can study it. She offers to make arrangements to teleport us there in the morning.
With the Eye of Grok secured, we part ways with Ricky Vallish and return to Mine Town. Captain Bridgemans men were there trying to investigate the magic shop incident but the locals are less than helpful so we aided the guards in their investigation. After they are satisfied that they have all the information they need they travel back to Three Rivers to report their findings. We are to return as well in one months time to testify in Chandras trial.
After a rest we continue on to the goblins. I am hesitant to return such a precious artifact without knowing its true nature. However, we gave them our word and if we dont have that, what do we have. At the very least, we know where it is should the time come that we need it.
The goblins, surprisingly, have been true to their word as well. There have not been any raids on Mine Town nor have they increased their fortifications since we were last at their village. Upon our return we are greeted with what I can only assume is a goblins best attempt at hospitality. Their chief reassures us that, as long as the goblins are not attacked, they wont attack Mine Town.
Back in Mine Town we seek out Stonebeard and tell him our news. Ever the pessimist, he is reluctant to believe that peace can be found with goblins. He would much rather they had simply been eradicated. But, he acknowledges that the attacks have stopped over the last two weeks and agrees to give Cole his prize, the dragons head sword. It is a beautiful thing but I am suspicious of it. We have yet to learn of its true abilities.
With our businiess with the goblins and Ricky Vallish complete it is time for us to return to Blackstone. Cole has to see that Bertha, the child who was tortured, is returned safely to her family and I must report my findings to my church. We leave in the morning.