Revelations at Zarash'ak
Below are some of the key things learned in Zarash’ak
- Utara Plainstrider, Teranu’s sister, is the mastermind behind Rhesh’s army. While Rhesh is an accomplished field commander and general, he lacks the long term thinking to execute an assault on a city of this scale. Why Utara, once on the path towards shamanism within her tribe, has embraced demonic worship is unknown. What you were able to patch together is that she left the tribe shortly after Teranu became a Tharashk mercenary. Ostensibly, her journey was little more than a glorified walkabout, a quest to see more of the world and gain wisdom. However, she was gone far longer than expected, and when she returned she had gained new and startling powers and insights. Shortly after her return, she wed Rhesh in a demonic ceremony and merged the two tribes into one… since then they have been on a violent rampage, absorbing more and more monsters into their cult while sweeping west towards the Shadow Marches.
- There are numerous horrible things locked under the waters of the Shadow Marches. At one time this was the point of invasion by Daelkyr from Xoriat, and in just the short time they have been here, the heroes have encountered two of the Daelkyr prisons. A Rakashasa Raja is also said to be imprisoned here, and with the Demon Wastes not too far to the north, the influence of malign forces from that angle can be felt as well. A captured leader from Rhesh’s army has confirmed that Utara was intent upon releasing the imprisoned Daelkyr from below Zarash’ak. It is also believed her next course of action has something to do with the rumored Cave of Vvaraak, though where that might lie is anyone’s guess. The Shadow Marches are huge, and Vvaraak’s cave has been sought by prophecy scholars for generations.
- The Bloodstar looms ominously on the horizon. The red comet is said by historians to have been a portent of Xen’drik’s downfall so long ago when the giants meddled with magicks beyond their reckoning.
- Talia and James made love the night after the battle, finding comfort from so much bleakness in each others arms.