Taking their time to camp and regain their strength after the clearing out the nest of Cyclops slavers, the Wayfarers claim 300 platinum and one large emerald the size of Mako’s fist (valued 1500 gp). Mako and the Seed of Winter conversed; the seed disappointed and annoyed that the Wayfarers would let the human captives go free, “The weak should be subjugated!” it hissed in Mako’s head. Kah took the opportunity to inspect an engraved plate upon the wall, learning to activate the ritual circle that would take the Wayfarers to the Feywilde, and ultimately, to Kalshane.’s domain.
As Kah recited the ritual, the town of Rhest faded from sight and a circle of stone monoliths appeared. The bluest of blue skies hung above, the greenest of green grass carpeted the ground, the healthiest of trees stood outside the stone circle. Nearby, a stone cliff face stretched as far and as high as the eye could see. Odachi and Mako felt oddly comfortable in the natural surroundings of the Feywilde. As the Wayfarers strode forward, the ground rose up around the stone circle, and a cloud descended from above. A face appeared in the cloud, The Archfey Skyshaper, who offered safe passage for the entertainment of fighting his minions. Mako heard the Seed whispering its approval of the Skyshaper’s display of strength. The ground leveled; two feral-looking giants and two shadowy serpents stepped and slithered from behind the trees, engaging the Wayfarers in combat. Particularly impressive blows were met with grins of approval from the giants as the two sides clashed, the sky lightening as the tide turned towards the adventurers.
Following the battle, two large doors upon the cliff face open, and two more giants, Firbolgs in the service of the Daughter of the Frostwhite Forest, stride forward complimenting the Wayfarers’ prowess. Challenging the heroes to a contest of skill and might, the Wayfarers rest and share stories of battles past, but do not accept the Fribolgs’ challenge. The Wayfarers are able to gain information about an Eladrin seeking an audience with Kalshane, as the Daughter, a member of the Winter Court, seeks alliance with Kalshane. Led to a magic circle within the cave, the Wayfarers were told to tell the Eladrin, “Peradon sent us,” and once again, the adventurers were transported, arriving in an Eladrin camp in a clearing somewhere in the Feywild, the Eladrin did not appear concerned about their sudden appearance. The Wayfarers were eventually led to the largest tent, and greeted by an Eladrin in mithral chain with golden streaks in his hair above the temples, Druunth Goldtemple, the emissary of the Daughter of the Frostwhite Forest. Using a magic amulet, Goldtemple opens a scrying mirror, where the Daughter herself greets the Wayfarers. The Daughter reveals that despite her dislike of Kalshane, an upstart Fomorian, Sanguir, presents a threat to both, but she is unwilling to declare open war on Sanguir now. Mako reveals the Seed, and while she wants it, she is willing to use it as a bargaining chip against Kalshane. Goldtemple was ordered to guide the Wayfarers to the border of Kalshane’s realm in the morning.
A half day’s hike away, a line of stones stretched in either direction across a mountainous area. Crossing the border, the Wayfarers were quickly set upon by an ugly, misshapen giant: one of Kalshane’s Fomorians. The giant led the Wayfarers into the mountains and into a cavern complex, lit dimly by everburning torches. Within Kalshane’s throne room, the Wayfarers first glimpsed their long-mentioned adversary, the Fomorian with stone grafted to his skin. The huge throne of purple stone looked over a glass floor, gladiatorial combat occurring in the pit below. A smaller throne sat next to that of Kalshane, and a balding human, Sovacles, stood next to the Fomorian king. Kalshane would barely be bothered to look up, Kah noting he was clearly being influenced. Mako revealed the Seed, but still the Wayfarers were unable to get through Sovacles’ influence on the king. As they were thrown from the room, a dwarf walked by: Bram Ironfell of Overlook, part of the family hostile to the Wayfarers during the Battle of Overlook. Ironfell took responsibility for the Wayfarers, and led them to a meeting chamber, where he revealed that he has sided with the Githyanki, and seems to be clearly torn by his decision to do, as he put it, “What was needed for his family’s safety.” Ironfell revealed the long-time Lich Queen of the Githyanki was killed, and their new Emperor led the drive for a war of conquest.
A banquet was to be held that night, and many factions were present, seeking alliances with Kalshane. In the meantime, the Wayfarers were left in sleeping chambers, and asked to refrain from violence without provocation.