Back in Winterhaven the PCs went to speak to Valthrun again. They asked how his research was going. He replied:
“My books and scrolls tell me that it was built by the old empire, Nerath, as I suspected. Not to watch for marauders, though. No. It was built over the site of a rift to the Shadowfell, a place of darkness and shadows!
Not all of the Shadowfell is evil, but this rift apparently connects to an unholy sanctuary of Orcus, the demon lord of the undead. Skeletons, ghouls, and stranger, fouler creatures crawled through the opening into the light of day. The empire destroyed the undead and then sealed the rift and built a keep over the location to watch over it and contain its threat. I thought that was the end of the story. Now, I’m not so sure.
The villagers think goblins lair in the ruin, so they avoid the area. If goblins have taken over the ruins, they haven’t bothered the farms or village.”
This shed some light on what lies to the north of Winterhaven. But then Valthrun continued:
“Wait there is more, I know there was more! I had a scroll that told the tale of exactly what happened at the keep all those years ago. But I can’t find my copy of the tale!
Will you seek out another copy? I just know that the Hall of Records in Fallcrest has a copy kicking around! If you retrieve it I can finish the tale. You might also be able to purchase one in a bookstore in Fallcrest, but not cheap. Please be quick, there’s no telling how close Kalarel is to opening the rift!”
The party informed him of the message scroll they got off of Irontooth and of the spy in Winterhaven. Lord Padraig was certain it must have been Ninaran who was nowhere to be found.
After an extended rest, the party set out for Fallcrest.