As our adventurers came face to face with the Most Solemn Order of the Silent Shroud, they were questioned vigorously about the whereabouts of the dwarf that was rumored to be speaking of necromancy. The party, trying to explain where the dwarf went(lying as this was Sariel in disguise) four large meteors streaked from the sky killing the members of the Silent Shroud. Somewhere behind the adventures, a dark and gravely voice commanded the fallen bodies to rise.
As the party found themselves engaged with the newly created zombie horde, a figure dressed in a black top hat, a long coat, and a burlap sack covering his face stood and watched intently. Tempest encased many of the zombies in roots while Sariel proceeded to burn the undead things. Meanwhile, Shamash let loose his emotions and entered a rage taking huge, crushing swings at them. As the party gained the upper hand, the figure was heard commanding something else to rise, and soon two large undead Ogres entered the fray.
With a combined effort, the massive undead creatures were taken down, just as the man in the burlap sack teleported away from the scene. This was fortunate, as Sariel's magic had backfired on her causing her to be surrounded by Flumphs. Wide eyed with terror, she was unable to move and would have been useless in further combat.
As things calmed, the party began to check around the rest of the town as no one had come to see the battle. Piles of bone and bloodied daggers as well as dead bodies led the party to believe the necromancer was attacking the rest of the town as they battled the zombies.
At this time, Tempest was visited by her mother's eagle, who was covered in blood! After checking a few buildings, the party was driven to visit The Grove of the Serene Respite to check if Cascade was okay at the behest of Tempest. They managed to calm and recover a few horses from the remnants of Hammerfell and began their travel to the west.
A few days travel later, a strange purple light was seen in the sky above the heart of the Grove, and the party spurred their horses on faster.
Walking quietly through the woods(or attempting to as Shamash wasn't the most stealthy) the party came upon a gruesome scene. In the middle of a glowing purple symbol at the heart of the Grove, a group of ghasts were found feeding on the remains of members of the Druidic order Tempest belonged to. She could not tell if her mother was among them, but this prompted her to charge into combat. The combined might of the ghasts(plus their horrendous smell and poison) was enough to fell Tempest and her companions rushed to her aid. After a tough fight, the party set about laying the druids to rest as best they could. Though the loss was great, Tempest was relieved to find her mother not among the bodies.
The next place the party visited was Tempest's home. She desperately hoped her mother had returned there, but alas she only found a note that read "We have your mother," and a burlap sack…Shifting into a dire wolf, Tempest caught sent of her mother, the man in the burlap sack, and also noticed the same smell emanating from Ozzborn. After closer inspection, it was found the book Ozzborn carries on him shares the same smell of the man in the burlap sack. This was discussed briefly before Tempest began to follow her mother's scent back towards Aeston.
The party came across a funeral procession for one of the local Clerics of Lathander and Sariel and Tess questioned them as to the state of Aeston. Apparently a plague had befallen the city and despite the efforts of the clerics of every temple, no cure had been found. The casualties were mounting…
The party came to Aeston's gate, which was barred from entry by armed guards. But each member found their way past and into the plagued city in their own way.
Immediately they noticed the barren streets of the large city. Upon doors lay chalk marks, presumably marking houses of the infected, of which there were many. They made their way to the temple district, only to find it a crush of citizens attempting to gain entrance to the closed Temples of every faith.
Ozzborn, in disguise since he was exiled from this city, led the way back to the Rofose Academy of the Arcane to find further clues. Under the guise of a professor, Ozzborn talked his way past the fumbling Novices charged with watching the door. Gaining entrance to the potion master's room where he so long ago gave a sample of the green liquid he carried in a vial around his neck, Ozzbor was astonished to find a perfectly formed half circle crater in the center of the room. Sadly, all useful information was lost in whatever occurred here and the party found themselves at a loss. Ozzborn then wandered into the halls to ask of Haldrid Bane only to find that no one seemed to remember a professor of that name…
Church bells echoed in the distance and the party made their way back to the Temple district. Now, the gates of each Temple were open and the crowds had begin working their way in. This allowed the party entrance into the Temple of Kelemvor where they questioned the Clerics there of the plague and if there was a way to speak with those that have fallen. Father Ogden told them this was a service he could preform, but it was quite expensive. Asking if there was another way they could earn this service, Father Ogden told them of a relic of Kelemvor that may be used to cure the plague that has befallen Aeston in a tomb to the north. Should they retrieve this for him, he would do his best to speak with the dead they wished to speak to. He only needed a bone from the fallen. Agreeing, the party began their preparations to travel north to the Tomb of the Faithless and False.