Our journey began: 11th of Coldeven, 599 C.Y.
It is the 3rd of Brewfest, 600 C.Y.
Baht-Ole Vannarson, NPC Cleric of Boccob
Elerra Vae, Drow Cleric (Ellistrae)/Sorcerer
Flotsam “Sam” Stormsurge, Animan (octopus aspect) Rogue/Alchemist
Keldeacon Synvas, Avariel Kineticist
Meroln Sands, Half-elf Fighter
Squizzles, Kobold Bard
Wilfred Fizzlebang, Gnome Summoner & Mekkatorque, his eidolon.
One final item that they found was a deck of cards, a Deck of Many Things, a powerful artifact in and of itself. Sam, Squizzles, Keldeacon, Meroln and Elerra chose to draw from the deck. Sam was rewarded with wishes three, Keldeacon was forced to fight a dread wraith (which he nearly lost his life to) and the emnity of a powerful outsider. Squizzles lost wealth and property, while Meroln was rewarded with wealth. In the end, Elerra, at the last moment, decided not to draw from the deck, which then vanished.
Three days later, on returning to Greyhawk, the group concentrated on locating a copy of the Esoterica Ebonwand, but did not completely ignore the other clues they had gained. Squizzles informed them that the first name on their list, Sindar Sirion, was the apprentice to the Mage of the Valley, his homeland. He also identified him as one of the members of the infamous Ring of Five, a group of mages said to have set themselves in opposition to Mordenkainen’s Circle of Eight. He further identified Zagig Yagreen, former mayor of the city (and possibly the demi-god Zagyg), and the mages Tuerney, Leomund, and Serten as fellow members of this band. Their primary lair, he added, was somewhere in the depths of the ruins of Castle Greyhawk.
While most of the sages and other instructors of the could not identify the seal on the coded letter, one felt that it appeared similar to those in use in and around the Celestial Sea. It was further learned that complicated spell-craft guarded the message, an unusual weaving of both abjuration and reversed-divination magic.
So far as the list was concerned, aside from Sindar, the only other name that was readily recognized was that of Losien. The entire list was as follows: Sindar Sirion, Tierella Yendil, Esmerelda Nareda, Arthgan Katal, Losien, Yakato Kafar, and Dree of Ixworth.
After two days of searching old records, the Grey College could only provide the information that the Ebonwands were a magical society founded in the days of the old Suloise Empire. Of the inheritors of that empire, the barbarians of the north were unlikely to possess such knowledge. the Sunelan’s might, as might the the Scarlet Brotherhood. but nobody knew for certain, and it was unlikely that if they did, they would be willing to share any copies of the Esoterica they might have. Baht-Ole pointed out that the cloud giant wizard had obviously had access to a copy, so perhaps there was one wherever he had come from.
At the party’s request, he cast a Divination, and was awarded with a vision of a vast cloud castle somewhere over the Barrier Peaks, near the giant-occupied lands of Tsalf. It was decided the group would travel there by air and attempt to retrieve the tome.
It took nearly 2 weeks to travel there, and on the 14th of Patchwall, a full day before their arrival, they were witness to an amazing sight. Celene, the aquamarine moon, transformed itself over a period of minutes to a cloudy-living moon once more. At about this time, the effect making Teleportation magic unstable was also lifted.
Once they arrived in the vicinity of Castle Thunderhead, Wilfred and Mekkatorque scouted the castle. It sat on a piece of solidified cloud almost 4 square miles in size, with the castle itself stretching to fill nearly all the available space. Two large landing platforms could be seen, with a massive mist dragon lounging on the southern platform, and what Wilfred recognized as an Ethereal transport ring. As he watched, a number of slaves were led out and taken through the ring, to parts unknown.
Another Divination was cast, revealing that the tome they sought was (and was not) in the north-eastern tower. So the group, clumped together under an Invisibility Sphere landed on the tower and took out the two guards stationed there. One Passwall later, they were on the top floor of the tower, in a hallway that led to a pair of doors. one of which, when opened, revealed a particularly dangerous looking cloud giant wielding a greatsword that was perhaps a bit too large for his frame…
It is the 17th of Patchwall, 600 CY