After some time of carousing around Vorden Ellywick happened upon an associate by the name of Tiva who assisted her in carrying of a heist, breaking and entering into an upscale home and stealing an emerald worth 200gp. The heist was unsuccessful owing to some blunders along the way, but the two thieves, the gnome and the druid escaped with their identity safe. The guards had no intention of making it known that they were bested by a small woodland creature and a cat, so they circulated descriptions of a monstrosity that was 7 feet tall. Eventually the rumors too a life of their own and it was reported that the creature had lightening flatulence.
Drowning their sorrows, the two, Ellywick and Tiva went back to the tavern they were used to. After an incredibly intense bender the two of them woke up in the alley behind the tavern with no memory of the last 24 hours. The only possession between the two of them besides the clothes in their back was a small zippered leather bag in Ellywick’s lap. It was discovered that the bag had a level of sentience and could speak when unzipped. It told them that Ellywick was to be its new owner as soon as the transfer was complete from its previous owner. He (Boddy) had gone to a tower South of Crabteal to offer aid there. Ellywick and Tiva convinced Delmirev and Kithri to accompany them on the journey, and they set off.
The journey took 2 days, and was somewhat uneventful except for an encounter with a bugbear halfway there. Kithri managed to use her connection to the divine to channel an intimidating presense, while Ellywick created the illusion of a brick wall blocking the bugbear’s view. This allowed the party to continue on their way.
Upon arriving at the tower, it was discovered to be a large windmill, standing 50 ft tall at the fulcrum of its arms. It is said around the area of Crabteal that the windmill turns at a constant pace regardless of weather, allowing the milling of the locally farmed grain. Delmirev walked around the outside of the windmill glancing in through windows and was only able to see a few things inside. A pattern of holes in the floor and an ornate mirror.
The party entered the tower through a doorway and found themselves in a series of two large rooms. In the 2nd room they found the mirror that Delmirev had spotted from outside. When they glanced in the mirror they noticed that the reflection did not match what they saw in the room. In the mirror’s image, a single sword was laying in the middle of the pattern of holes. This sword was not present in reality.
When the party headed upstairs to the 2nd floor, they entered a similar room. In this area there were 6 swords laying on the floor in the same pattern of the holes in the floor on the first level. Everyone headed up some more stairs to the 3rd floor.
On the third floor, the party encountered two suits of armor guarding a chest between them. When Kithri touched the chest a voice boomed from the suits of armor saying that if she wanted the contents of the chest she would need to best the suits in combat. The group elected to move on before engaging.
Snaking around the corner and doubling back the party reached a long hallway that stretched into the dark. With only their lantern and torches to guide them, darkness before and behind, they began to inch their way down the hall. Those in front immediately began to feel a draft on their face that came from the shadows. The wind grew stronger the further down the hallway they proceeded.
Delmirev deduced that they had encountered another elemental and attempted to communicate with newly attained proficiency in the Primordial language. The elemental answered in a whisper, telling Delmirev that no one will like what they encounter if they continue. Delmirev asked if the elemental needed help, to which it replied that yes, it did. It said that in order to help, the party would have to accept its help, but that the help would not seem like help.
At hearing that help was needed, all four of the party members attempted to bound down the hallway against the wind. The wind suddenly shifted from a draft to hurricane gale strength, blowing everyone off their feet. Delmirev, Kithri and Ellywick managed to grab handholds to keep from blowing away, but Tuvi, in the form of a cat, was not so lucky.
Tuvi was blown violently back through the hallway into the shadows, and no sound was heard from her direction again. No thud, no scream, not even a grunt. The instant she disappeared into the darkness the wind stopped and the voice of the elemental seemed to sigh.
Everyone stood and stared, first at each other, then back up the hallway, completely stunned at what they had just witnessed.