The survivors were ordered by John Tucker to find and retrieve a certain staff near the sanctum sanctorum of an ancient god’s temple in Brennenburg. They were allowed to take whatever they needed from the body of the deceased sir Samest. While Teel was forced to drag Maximillian back to Mistden, Jalnur snatched the fallen knight’s sword and armor, revealing the long dead corpse underneath. Retort attempted making contact with the gnome but was hastily stuffed to his handy haversack.
In Mistden, the survivors were greeted by Estelar who had been staying up and tending to William Danielson. He was informed of the situation with John Tucker and how Maximillian had been incapacitated by the necromancer’s spell. He also deduced the tragic fate of sir Samest from the fact that he never returned. However, the party was advised to sleep; they would be tended to in the morning.
Everyone, including Maximillian who had regained minimal control over his body during the night was awakened by the smell of fresh porridge. They negotiated about the situation with Estelar who decided to fetch the village’s healer, Gerald Isonlate, to help Maximillian overcome his ailment. In the meantime, Jalnur examined Retort, revealing its intelligence, although the sword’s company was appreciated more by Teel and Maximillian. It shared parts of its story with the two warriors, and Estelar returned with the blind healer. Gerald was assisted to Maximillian’s side and he cured the damage done by Jon Tucker easily, although his last words to the Sharakim implied that the healer could do more to improve him.
Teel and Jalnur decided to find a map from Estelar’s archives, and they found out that the best way to find Brennenburg would be to head North, across the plains, until they arrived at a forest, after which they would merely need to follow the forest’s edge to the West. Meanwhile, Maximillian was helping Elanor with her chores and getting to know Retort and the sword’s history better. It was decided that they should leave the next day because according to Estelar, William Danielson who could guide them to Brennenburg should be able to function for the most part by then.
During the night, everyone found themselves in a bizarre dreamscape and in foreign bodies. While Jalnur enjoyed the gift of flight to his heart’s content, Teel was overcome by the cumbersomeness of his dream form. When they decided to approach the tower in the middle of the dream, the party began hearing Nina’s singing. They recognized the girl despite her age and were persuaded to follow her inside the tower wherein they encountered her master, the pond which represented the dreaming avatar of the Dreaming Dark. Despite having their suspicions, the party decided to help the avatar because its power would probably help the ailing world although people’s secret dreams also house darker desires. Maximillian decided to spend the rest of the night playing and discussing with Nina, while the rest returned to their personal dreamscapes.
The next day, William Danielson was persuaded to guide the party although he refused to carry Retort – or any other weapon for that matter – because he still feared that War would take him over. The party left Mistden behind, and after traversing across the plains to the North for a while, they spotted a dark rider with the help of Maximillian’s raven familiar, Sebastian. Preparing for battle, they greeted this grim knight, sir Ramses Dawnseraph, who seemed haunted by a past which he could barely remember and a quest which he was destined to continue even after his death. This knight was tracking Goreplate, as soon became evident, and the party decided to join forces with him. Retort, in particular, felt that the reborn paladin could probably lend it a hand.