Still in the Observitorium, Bezil shows the party to an inner room. There are all sorts of nobs and levers which he tells the party NOT to touch. After telling Bezil all they know about Naibor (which isn't a whole lot) he sets to the work of finding him. While waiting for Bezil to find Naibor, Sophia notices a dial going crazy soon after two demons pop in to existence. They don't seem to care about what the party is up to but Emmet desperately wants to destroy them. Orsen has to hold him back and Illeah ties him up. Sadly he breaks free and the whole process must happen again. While tied up, Orsen knocks Emmet's sword out of his hand, Emmet does not want it back. Sophia decides to be cautious and blows the horn of good and stands next to Bezil, if anyone needs to stay safe it's him. This attracts the demons. They appear to have an argument and then they walk away. Soon after they pop back out of the Observatorium.
Bezil thinks he might have found Naibor but the place he is at seems to keep shifting through the plains so it's hard to get a good idea of where he is. The group thank Bezil and ask him to send them there. He says he will and then he is going back to the material plain for an ale.
Our Adventurers find themselves in what looks to be a room at an Inn. Deciding it's been far too long since any of them have had any real sleep they decide to rest before they move on.
When they awake they cautiously leave the room. In the hallway they see one direction leads to a set of stairs going up and the other way leads to a big room with a bunch of people milling about. It is decided that they should try to ask someone where they are and if anyone knows where Naibor is. In the big room there are many Elves and Humanoids sitting at tables and chatting. Deciding that the Bartender is always the man in the know Sophia goes up to him to find out where they are. Apparently they are at the World Serpent Inn. They ask about Naibor, the bartender, Mitchifer, says it sounds familiar but isn't sure where he is. Everyone orders some food and drink and goes to sit down. Illeah decides to chat with some Elves, it seems they've been here a very long time.
There is an Ethereal man sitting by one of the fires, the group sits down by him. Orsen asks him his name and asks if he might know who Naibor is or where to find him. The Ethereal man's name is Daniel and he has been here a long time. He thinks the man sitting at the opposite end of the room in the old Wizard's cloak might be Naibor, he knows he is at least a plains walker.
The man Daniel was pointing to was sitting at a table with another, younger, man in a cloak and was laughing. Sophia decides she'll go investigate by sitting herself down next to the man reported to be Naibor. The other man at the table shrieks and falls out of his seat. On closer inspection Sophia finds that Naibor's companion is Oean . She calls the rest of the group over to keep an eye on Oean.
Naibor seems a little…. well, insane. He's very interested in drinking water and talking about how funny Oean is. After confirming his is in fact Naibor our adventurers ask him about Pratt's tower, this makes him very anxious. Next they ask him about the strange crowns they've been finding that control the undead. He gets really anxious. Zeeboo calms him down by showing him a few magic books. Deciding that they need to get out of this inn and back to Benar the group decide to tell Naibor that Oean left something in Dulacis and needs to go and get it, and they can't leave unless Naibor helps them. He quickly agrees and makes arrangements to go back to Dulacis.
Soon he takes everyone to the door and when it opens they are in the south east part of Dulacis in an alleyway. However, when they are in the ally they find a wanted poster with all of their pictures on it. There also seems to be a lot of military personnel walking around. Deciding walking around the city might be dangerous hiding is necessary. Illeah changes into her dog form, Zeeboo polymorphous into a Dwarf and Sophia and Orsen drink invisibility potion. Sophia tells Naibor that they want to surprise someone so that's why they are hiding and he should just act normal because they wont be expecting him. Naibor says he loves surprises and cooperates telling Oean he needs to be quiet too.
The party makes it clear of the city, Emmet decides he is going to figure out what's happened since the party left. Emmet goes into the library at the School of the Redstaff and goes to check out a book of recent events. He has not paid his dues lately and must pay a 100 gold piece fine. Emmet catches up to the group and after reading the book tells them that they have been gone for 4 or 5 years and recently there has been a Verhovian build up in the city.
The party continues to go North to the Dwarven kingdom. Orsen goes in first to see if the group is also wanted here, they aren't. Orsen asks one of the guards what's been going on for the last 5 years since he's been "traveling". The guard tells him Goblins and Metal Spiders have been attacking and gaining power in the north. One of the Dwarven cities has even fallen to them. Orsen then asks about Benar, the guard doesn't know him but says the party should go to The Hearth, the Inn and Bar of the city, to ask about him.
At the Hearth Orsen asks the Barkeep about Benar, the Barkeep leans in and quietly tells Orsen to come back tomorrow and he will help him then. So our Adventurers decide to find a temple to get back to 100%. After some restoration Emmet and Illeah ask the clerics about the Evil book the party found. The cleric tells them it is the Book of Vile Darkness. The party also drops Oean off at the jail for the night, not wanting him to escape in the night.
The party goes back to The Harth and get rooms for the night. Illeah and Sophia "share" a room, much to Emmet's disappointment. In the morning the group go down to the bar and talk to the barkeep again. He slides a key over to Orsen and tells the group to go to that room in a few hours. In the meantime, Oean is returned to the group with a gag in his mouth. Apparently he wouldn't shut up and kept trying to bribe the guards.
After a few hours the party goes up to the room and unlocks the door. Standing in the room is a dwarven woman, who is really Benar. Benar is very upset (5 years as a dwarven woman will do that to a wizard). The group fill him in on their adventures. When Emmet tells him he stopped by the Red Staff Benar becomes upset thinking he may have given the group away. Benar says the Verhovians are amassing for war. Benar is also concerned that Naibor is insane.
Emmet gets a cleric to try and restore Naibor but there is nothing he can do. Benar sits Naibor down and starts asking him questions about Pratt which makes Naibor very upset. Orsen dispels fear on Naibor which helps a bit. Benar asks Naibor if he remembers the crowns, he then opens a case with one of the crowns in it. Naibor remembers them, they were made by Pratt. Naibor keeps freaking out and starts talking about how he isn't going back.
Naibor tells everyone that Pratt thought the world was sick and that he went "far away" and took Naibor with him. Naibor and Pratt had been friends, but then Pratt changed. The place that Pratt took Naibor breaks down your mind over time. Naibor also says that Pratt's tower was really a transport device. Naibor asks if everyone would like to see where Pratt's tower used to be and the group agrees. Naibor snaps his fingers and the group is outside next to a big hole. Naibor even transported the furniture in the room.
Benar shows Naibor some schematics and asks him if he knows what they are for. Naibor says that he built them for Pratt, they are inter plainer transporters, but they can only go one place and they cannot be used to go back. Benar informs the group that the Sith Empire has contracted to have a large amount made for them.