Continuing on their trek across Barsaive, the PCs finally sight their destination: the village of Hanto where they rescued Aardelea from the Grim Legion many months ago.
The village had been destroyed by a massive explosion, but the adventurers found no corpses among the wreckage. A curse denying entry to common folk lay at the outer boundaries. In the center of the village, a strange signpost of sorts sat in the crater formed by the explosion.
Upon approaching the sign post (festooned with arcane sigils and magical dangly bits), it came to life, sending a pulse of world-rending energy that disoriented and harmed the PCs and pulled a pair of Fell Lingerers through from the Feywild. These undead eladrin share some of the qualities of ghosts, but are not incorporeal. However, as the PCs soon discovered, upon being slain they become proper ghosts.
After killing each of the lingerers twice, the PCs searched for clues as to the whereabouts of the missing villagers. A caravan of large carts had left the village recently, and the PCs chose to follow it. Following the trail and other clues, they wound across Barsaive to the southwest, eventually determining that their destination was a slaver camp on the pillar of Moon Spear in the Tylon Mountains.
The base of Moon Spear was defended by a small fortification staffed with some human Theran soldiers, some goliath thugs, and a pair of war scrags. In the close confines of the fortification, Petr and Molokhai’s war magics rent a brutal toll on the foes, but unfortunately, Cro-Mag took the brunt of many of those same attacks.
At the conclusion of the battle, the only slavers remaining were the human army veterans, who briefly tried to flee and were captured. They told of the raid on Hanto, and that the Theran wizard Hefera had ordered them specifically there, in search of Aardalea. Two days before, after their return to Moon Spear, he had met up with other compatriots and left the slaver camp, borne into the sky by a flock of birds.
The party then ascended the winding path up Moon Spear, using the superior speed of their phantom steeds to evade the traps and defensive fire from above, though Petr and Molokhai both lost their mounts.
Atop Moon Spear, the PCs faced the bulk of the remaining slavers, including the leader, a retired Theran general named Gustibus; a Questor of Dis; a quartet of dwarves; and more goliath legbreakers.
This battle was complicated by Molokhai’s over-eagerness to bring the enemy into range of his deadly Prismatic Bolts, which resulted in the bulk of the opposing forces engaging him in the opening moments of the battle. When he fell, Tuzigoot used his Death Spiral ring to teleport by his side, and the battle was split in two.
While this caused complications that meant the party could not bring its forces to bear most effectively for some time, eventually things were brought under control, and the PCs slew first the dwarves and goliaths, then the leaders of the camp.