Red Lit Path to Gohoran
Earth Elementals, Black Bears, Giants, Poison Elementals, A Draco: all faunas of the region between Mirith and Duldrus. Shivani noted the critters she encountered on her walk to Gohoran with Nadleeh, her Lava Spider. She had been instructed to meet with Varto and investigate the settlement and surrounding territory. She paused briefly, gazing into her orb: approximately 150 paces northeast to the black robed cleric.
The druid noticed some nonnative creatures as she approached the path flanked by a chain of rocks southwest of the town's forge: Fire Elementals, Lava Spiders, Rust Beasts. She stopped by Sect of the Crystal's guild hall to exchanged Nadleeh for Kyrios, and found Varto fending off some Hell Hounds with a silver glaive by the nearby lake. Attack! The Bear charged northwest towards an incoming pair of Bone mages while the duo trailed behind, finishing off some gravely injured stragglers and scanning the vicinity, eager to determine the source of the unusual spawn.
They found four small moon fragments arranged in a peculiar formations: surrounded by withered black trees, and evenly spaced with a giant camp fire placed after every other shard.
"I think it is some sort of makeshift portal connected to the volcano. Seems to be teleporting creatures out but the connection has been disrupted" Varto muttered as he paced around the formation, closely examining the fragments. His guess seemed correct. Although they hadn’t seen any creatures emerge from the “portal”, it’s center was overrun with footprints similar to those of the invasive creatures. Closer inspection revealed the withered trees were well actually Gohoran oaks covered in soot, likely charred from the intense heat emitted from the fiery mobs.
Shivani and Varto quickly picked up the moon fragments in hopes of prevent even more fearsome foes from being transported across. Dracos, Dragons, Hell Mages, Magma Golems, they’d spent a significant portions of their lives hunting these beasts. An invasion of Dragons and Golems would prove difficult for larger cities with a well organized armed forced, let alone the small township of Gohoran. With no additional critters in sight, they continued killing off stragglers and searched for any signs of a perpetrator to no avail. Who was responsible? The Black Hand? A brigand mage of the Black Hand was spotted in Gohoran several moons ago, commanding an army of brigands, gapers, and brackens, but there had been no further movements by the Hand since then. The Satels? Fyod? She had not a clue and would just let the events unfold.