The party resumes its sea journey towards Gower. On the way, they hear rumors from other sailors of the resurgence of the Tempest: an armada of orcish raiders and pirates that have been terrorizing the seas.
After a few days at sea, they come across a damaged ship, asking for help. The vessel’s crew claimed that they had been set upon by raiders of the Tempest. After a few friendly sailors came aboard the crippled ship to help with repairs, the other sailors attacked, revealing themselves to be orcs of the Tempest, who had been disguised by magic.
The party defeated the orcs and stormed the crippled ship, finding an imprisoned goblin shaman named Thokk, who had been forced by the Tempest to use his magic to aid in their raids.
The party rescued Thokk and resumed their journey towards Gower.
Upon arriving in the capital at Tidewatch, they learned from the harbormaster that there was a small but notable tournament being held to celebrate a marriage between two minor families.
At the tourney, Vintari won the minstrel’s competition, while Loddur won the joust. Will questioned a woman named Sariel, who was the Speaker for the Wild: the elven representative to the crown. She revealed that Hadarai had been in Gower, and that he’d been researching Exile’s End and the Wyrmwood. During the tourney, the party heard whispers of a skilled bard named Korlash, said to be even more skilled than Vintari.
After the tourney, a grand feast was held, but the joy did not last long. Twisted centipedes burst out of the boar: the centerpiece of the feast. Poisoned wine and stew sickened and killed hundreds of guests. A strange fire also erupted in the commoners’ camp. The party managed to slay the centipedes and put out the fire, but hundreds fell to the poison and magical wasps spawned by those slain by the poison.
The party immediately set out in pursuit of Hadarai, heading to Exile’s End. Along the way, they encountered many Blessed Talon patrols, who were out searching for those responsible for the attack in the capital. The patrols informed the party that a strange drow who matched Soveliss’ description had been traveling Gower over the past few days.
An innkeeper in the small town of Riverwatch knew of Hadarai: he had stopped there a few days before. He claimed that the elf had left something behind, and asked the party to return it to him, thinking that the party and Hadarai were friends. The item-a small pouch-turned out to be an object that served as a magical lens: allowing remote viewing from another location.
The party continued their pursuit, taking wagons further towards Exile’s End. On the way, they were stopped by a Blessed Talon unit, who explained that they had a warrant for the party’s arrest. According to the commander, Duke Davin and Knight-Commander Nesgor had issued a warrant for the arrest of the party. According to the warrant, an informant had revealed that the party was responsible for the attack in the capital.
Garryk willingly surrendered, but his companions refused. With the aid of magic, his companions distracted the soldiers and rescued him, then raced off into the marshes.