Fearing that something bad had happened, Maxentius pleads with the party to investigate Paelias' tower outside of town to discover why the wizard had been missing for weeks.
With Klar along to help, Fargrim, Istarya, Lel, and Gandorph set out to the edge of town and upon approaching the tower discovered the image of a giant tree growing out of the top with roots and branches protruding out from various spots of the broken stonework. Inside the tower the party spoke with Paelias and his shy looking eladrin sister, both of whom implored them that he simply needed help clearing out his basement. Lel noticed the candles in the tower were flickering at him oddly, and that he did not remember the giant beam of fey energy extending up through the center of the tower that was now there.
In the basement a trap was sprung, the party could not escape and found themselves surrounded by growing roots and a pair of dangerous Cockatrices. The party avoided being turned to stone and burned up the roots, tossing both of the cockatrices into the disintegrating beam of energy in the center of the tower. At the top of the tower they confronted Paelias and discovered his sister to actually be a howling hag in disguise. Assaulted by a pair of displacer beasts and a pair of dryads, the party fought off the monsters and the hag while Paelias cowered in the corner.
After clearing the room the party discovered that Paelias' spirit was trapped in the beam of energy, and as he returned he also warned that he'd been followed through from wherever he was trapped – by a Beholder. What followed was a vicious fight with the beholder that resulted in the intentional burning down of Paelias' tower and a barely dead beholder in the end.
Paelias was forced to move his base of operations to the Mage Guild inside of Portalis.
1,175xp – Fargrim, Istarya, Lel, and Gandorph
Medallion of Death Deferred +2
Gloves of Eldritch Admixture (Istarya)