After defeating several blinded cyclopses and eladrin wizards (and their minions), the Companions found what the eladrin called “Mirana’s room.”
A tiny tunnel (only big enough for Tzira) led to the room and Tzira explored it, finding a small room with a bed, desk, clothes, etc. An inscription from the Raven Queen ran along the walls.
Tzira found a ring made of the same black stone as the aether gates we had seen before. Careful not to touch it, she reads the inscription: “To Mirana, with friendship. -A. A.” She also finds a journal in a hidden compartment, but it crumbles at her touch and the Companions are left with just fragments that they try to re-assemble.
Deciphering what they can of the journal, Mirana talks of becoming an Exarch and knowing a name that could bring incredible power – and knowing that she will be hunted for it and ultimately fail her mistress, the Raven Queen.
Later, she talks about completing the temple and her hatred for the “vile upstart” Vecna – and how her crusade against them will continue.
Another passage a year later talks about Aban Aldorian and the other powerful heroes the Companions has flashed back to before – and she called them Exarchs. He apparently was pulling people together for a great mission to find an item that is supposed to save humanity, though Mirana is skeptical and fearful that her faith is wavering.Treasure in the room:
- shroud of ravens (+3 bonus, level 13) – assigned to Thorngrim
- death spiral ring (level 16) – assigned to Norauk
- 1000 gp jewelry box
Heading back, the Companion return to a door with the symbol of Vecna painted in blood upon it. Violet light shines through the cracks of the door. As they approach, a fanged maw appeared and presented the group with a challenge. Each companion had to pick an easy or hard riddle to pass through the doors. A few got their riddles, but most were wracked with necrotic energy before passing into the next chamber.
Passing through to the next room, we found a conflagration of violet energy – and several figures on the other side of the room. A woman with violet eyes, a silver-haired eladrin and a dwarf with a close-cut beard and a wide-brimmed hat: Emkel, who was supposed to be dead.
The violet-eyed woman said that she had foreseen the Companion’s arrival, but had expected her assassins to take care of them. She also thanked Surina for bringing the journal to her, as she can finally complete her work and return to the Feywild.
She summoned a bunch of evil angels and combat ensued!
During the battle, the false prophetess managed to drive Surina with the journal into the pit of time-energy. This apparently triggered whatever ritual she had prepared and a faint visage of Mirana began to appear near the altar. Thorn ran over and picked up the vial of blood – now nearly boiling. She was able to talk to the simulacrum of Mirana. She asked her about the Emissary, but the visage knew nothing. Thorn then drank the vial of blood and the visage disappeared.
Emkel escaped, eerily calm and smiling with a wide, fox-like grin – and turning invisible.
The prophetess was revealed as a lamia, and the Companions were able to defeat her – but the chronomatic energy in the room overflowed and exploded, tossing the Companions through space and time.
Surina was thrown into some battle under the command of Kael.
Gentoo was sent into a golden city in the past.
Thorn finds herself on an ashen plain with wings – one a dragon wing and one a raven wing.
Norauk crashes through an elemental plane, surrounded by genasi. They ask him what he is.
Thorngrim is pulled back to somewhere similar to his home – a dense, massive jungle. Beams of red light shine down from above, the light of a great, red moon in the sky. Enormous footsteps in the distance shake the ground.
Tzira simply reappears in the Chamber of Ravens (where the energy exploded), her Companions gone. Nothing moves, as if time was frozen.