15 to 16 Sarenith, 4727 AR
- The Greenlords return to Winter’s Gate with Gaetane and the other Pitaxian prisoners. Through interrogation the Greenlord’s determine that love for King Irovetti is in short supply in Pitax. Even some of the Pitax warden prisoners, Irovetti’s elite guard, confess to secretly wishing the duplicitous ruler would abdicate.
- The group then teleports back to Whiterose Abbey to explore the vineyard’s subterranean level, curious about the information gathered about the place using legend lore spells and news from Gaetane that, although Irovetti was not developing a secret weapon at the location, he did retrieve a powerful artifact from the pool under the abbey.
- The Greenlords find the hidden pool deep within the hillside – a disorienting, magic-rich location of phosphorescent fungi and moulds and dancing lights upon the ceiling reminiscent of starlight. The mould and fungi sways in unnatural ways, moving seemingly of their own accord. Likewise, the stars on the ceiling 30 feet above meander lazily through the air, pulsating and occasionally flaring to brilliance. A stone font rests at the centre of the fungi-covered island in the middle of the pool, surrounded by old wine casks and barrels.
- Alys uses a control water spell to first raise then lower the water in the pool, washing away much of the mould on the island’s floor but leaving a slick surface. As the water drains away, the dancing lights – will o’ wisps Mistral announces to the rest of the party – on the ceiling flare to life and accelerate towards the Greenlords, sparks and bolts of electricity flashing between them. The Greenlords are well protected against the will o’ wisps’ electrical attacks and pay the creatures little mind. As the will o’ wisps rush to attack, the ghostly form of the abbey’s murderous halfling gardener materializes before the group. A maniacal laugh escapes the ghost’s lips, and its eyes burn with an intense blue light. The gardener’s ghost vexes the Greenlords for some time, casting quickened spells and dashing in with flurries of attacks that drain the life from those they hit. Eventually the gardener is defeated, its ghost temporarily banished.
- Knowing they must destroy or somehow defeat whatever fetish the ghost is tied to before it materializes again, the Greenlords search the underground cave and island thoroughly. In one of the large wine casks they discover a halfling-sized nook, including a small bed laden with dusty furs and an intricate water clock. Mistral detects something within the water clock, an aura and presence quite chaotic and fey in nature. The Greenlords release the water from the device, which coalesces into a breathtakingly beautiful nude woman with pale skin, pointed ears, dark hair, and webbed fingers and toes – the legendary water spirit of Whiterose Abbey. Evindra thanks the Greenlords profusely, and accepts a cloak from Kraig. She tells the Greenlords that her purpose here was to guard a sword named Briar, a precious artifact that is the physical manifestation of the nymph queen Nyrissa’s lost emotion – love. Briar was stolen from her by a man matching the description of King Irovetti. As Evindra tells her story, her skin takes on a translucent sheen and she begins to look weak. She looks around in panic and asks if any of the Greenlords has seen her shawl. When they reply in the negative, she begs them desperately to retrieve it, assuming Irovetti took it as well. Weakened without her shawl, Evindra falls unconscious before she can tell them any more about Nyrissa and the sword, Briar.