Your contract took you all around the reaches of western Krenaste, investigating various ruins and libraries, to little avail. While investigating one thread leading to the village of Stockchurch, your group was attacked by bandits, led by a mage in strange garb. The village has been suffering a bandit problem as of late, which you can readily attest to.
Upon arriving in the village, and inquiring about the supposed wizard’s refuge in the nearby mountains, it became apparent that the presence of both The Shield Eternal and the Imperial Legion in the village had scared some of the village into silence. Some did choose to speak, however, and you quickly learned the location of your destination.
Reaching it, however, proved to be somewhat more difficult. In addition to the bandits in the surrounding wilderness, The Shield Eternal group in the village proved intent on keeping you well away from your intended goal. With a crowd of villagers and the Imperial Legion looking on, you and your companions slaughtered them to a man, then proceeded on your way.
Once you located the refuge, you still had work to do. The structure was not only haunted, but inhabited by various creatures, elemental and otherwise. Of particular note, however, was another mage in the same strange garb as the previous one – who was busy destroying every record in the refuge’s library.
After a trying fight, with the mage crushed with a bookshelf, you finally found what you were contracted to locate – further information about the life and works of Evander Berenger, in the form of a fragment of an apprentice’s journal. That was not all you found, however – the mage was carrying a missive on his person, as well. It appears you were not the only ones investigating the life of Berenger, though it seems your efforts have been decidedly less twisted in their aim.
The note recovered from the mage has pointed to an organization, working in the cities of Breckridge, Garbay, Phyrce and Arcaeum, as well as Stockchurch. They appear intent on raiding the tombs of Beygrim Dolthak and Sszdirnn Freyghm, in search of lost artifacts of power, for a purpose only hinted at in correspondence.
Your first step, however, will be to return to Stockchurch, and plan your next moves carefully.