Shopping in the marketplace just before stage two of the trials, stood Eldrich. Gathering useful items, preparing for his next step of the trials. He heard the calling of the beasts on the bridge, but it had no effects like the others…yet. Eldrich and his cat proceeded across nearly making it across when the screeches grew louder and Eldrich stopped, throwing his hands into the air and simply saying…take me. His cat freaked out and slapped him in the face a few times to wake him from his trance just before a large harpie swooped down. Eldrich very afraid ran in fright trying to just get across and his cat fell to the ground. The schreeches continued and the cat was now locked into a trance. The cat stopped, and Eldritch could only watch in fright as his doughy companion was snatched by a harpie and taken into the misty murkyness of the bridge. Eldrich wept for a moment then slid into the drink.
When arriving at the Ten King Island Eldrich was knighted and given the opportunity to challenge for a seat in the Moonlight Syndicate. He thought for a moment that he might just fo be a cook for the King of Esteperon, but the idea quickly left him and Kyra stepped forward accepting Eldrichs challenge. Kyra made quick work of the weak witch, and stopped her attack asking him what he thought made him worthy of being a member of the Syndicate. He stated he was a cook and a healer, that no adventurer on the road should fo hungry. Kyra gave him a smurk and said…show me. So Eldrich went to work at a nearby desk, pulling out a bottle of holy water and adding some ingredients from his pouch and shaking it up. He handed the bottle to Kyra who took a sip. Hmmm, she said…cure moderate, very nice. And handed him his silver badge with the moon gleaming in a lunar eclipse, before sitting down and enjoying the rest of her refreshing drink.
Rajin, Phoenix, and Nemo continue their way through the crumbled temple of Nekra. Eldrich joins them through a dimentional door and they make their way deeper entering several more rooms and seeing several more statues telling stories of old about the original Moonlight Syndicate members.
They finally come to a room where Phoenix hears digging and heavy breathing. Its dark inside, Rajin sneaks in and sees a figure cloaked, digging. Rajin announces himself and asks what the man is doing here. The figure stops digging slings a bag over his shoulder and replies strangely with one word Rajin did not understand. Suddenly a giant claw reaches in from the ceiling where a hole was dug down grabbing the man in its clutches and pulling him out of the hole. The hand had large claws and was black and reptilian. Eldrich ran over and looked up into the hole and was nearly blasted by the beasts acidic breath weapon, then they felt the forceful sounds of it taking off and flying away in the distance.
They looked at eachother stunned, then realizing they should have came here first, for them they would be in possession of the remains they were looking for. But once again their skin began to have that itchy feeling and they were again unable to identify who the creature was, only putting the pieces together that this must have been the one who assassinated Falcon Rey in the Esteperon arena. They left Nekra and made their way back to Westpoint. They encountered two of the buglike creatures tracking them north of the elder dunes. Thats when they came to find that the witch was more than a mere cook. The creatures carried with them bottled acidic oozes that attacked by grappling and constricting. After taking heavy damage from the creatures Eldrich shot a fireball killing them both. This shocked the party, they had never seen Eldrich in this state. Apparently he must have been very upset about the loss of his cat a few days before. The group proceeded on, learning more valuable info about the creatures and obtaining two more carcasses to take back to Westpoint.
When they reached the Pass of the Rogue King they came across a broke down Wiggit wagon. The same one a few days ago they had sent the two hirelings back to Westpoint in with the remains of the buglike creature. They repaired the wagon, loaded rhe two other carcasses in, and proceeded to Westpoint.
Once they arrived Cerberrus was very excited to see the remains. He paid the Syndicate very well and revealed to them he wished to make suits out of the bug remains and scare his citizens with them in the marketplace at night as a prank. Phoenix thought this might be fun and offered to assist the King. He agreed and in a few days they would have drinks and make it a fun evening.