Anya is delighted at the unexpected encounter with her half brother, and she shares that he will soon be an Uncle. She then goes on to relate a sad tale of loss where several of her close friends, including the love of her life, died while trying to retrieve an urn from Rathwals Tomb, not far from Hogath. She explained that Rathwal was a Lich who had sealed his soul in the urn to prevent himself from dying. By destroying the Urn, they would be able to prevent his imminent return.
Happy to assist, the party help break the urn.
Unfortunatly the Rathwel story was a fabrication. Alexis plan was to break the urn to free the demon Vath who had been imprisoned in it. As a not so pure servant of Vath, she could not break the urns seal herself, but the party’s pure intentions were no match for the magic.
On the count of three, Feldspar strikes the urn with the rock he found, and Japh swings at it with the torch.
Both blows strike in unison, and the urn rings like a bell. Rather than fade, the ringing seems to build louder and louder, and the urn begins to visibly vibrate. The sound grows and grows until it is almost unbearable, then, suddenly, the urn shatters. Fragments of the ceramic land and spin on the table, and all is suddenly quiet.
From the rubble on the table, a gentle golden mist begins to gather. As the mist rises above the table, a sense of dread assails you, growing and the mist grows into a tower radiating a golden light above the table.
The mist begins to take on a human shape, and suddenly you see the most breathtakingly beautiful man standing, floating, naked, in the air over the table.
Alexis reveals her true deceptive nature while gloating about how easily the party did her bidding. Then Vath turns back into mist and enters Alexis body. She cries out in pain, while the “maid” Anya teleports herself, Alexis, and Balzac away to safety.
Not until after all of this did Feldspar reveal that he had been sent to gather information on an the Dark Harp, an organisation of evil bards. In hindsight, it seemed the release of Vath had been a Dark Harp plot all along.
Not knowing what their next step should be, the group seek out Hubert. Some of the group have heard of him, and have been told they can trust him.