Our heroes spent the night in the dragon’s tower, plotting their next move. They chose not to sneak up into the top of the tower, but instead buying their concerns to the dragon itself. They told the King of Justice that they wanted to seek the gnome on their own, and in the end he relented.
Looking through the scrying mirrors, they saw a small cabin in a forest clearing, a scene that was very familiar to Kallius. Then, a brightly clad gnome came out the front door, and rolled out a rug in front of the entry.
The dragon could not pinpoint an exact location, so he sent the party into the general area. They were all teleported to rustic, hilly region on the western fringes of a large forest called the Thornwood.
Upon landing, they sought out a nearby village to gather information. It was a quaint frontier village of humans, halflings and gnomes on the wooded frontier known as Valder. They went to the inn to ask around, and came across a shadowy elf lurking in a darkened corner. Kallius hailed his kindred brother, but the elf was stunned and frightened by the magus’ draconic visage.
The elf overcame his initial shock, and agreed to guide them through the wilds. Celeste noticed that the elf was in fact a small humanoid in some kind of disguise, but did not break his cover.
They moved out into the marketplace, looking for clues. They saw a tall, spare human who obsessively picking out produce. Once again, the magus took the lead, and the man fled. They pursued, and followed him into an herbalist shop, and came across a buxom young lass who offered to assist them.