With the deceitful wizard Randulaith in captivity and a shaken Quilynn at their side, the adventurers embarked towards the Monastery of the Sun. What should have been a simple trip of a few blocks through Waterdeep’s streets soon turned into anything but. Randulaith screamed for his life until he was silenced by the party, who had strapped him to a makeshift gurney. But even then, the stealthy mission was ambushed by a trio of mysterious attackers who seemed determined to see the wizard’s life ended.
Fighting back the aggressors and forcing them to flee, the party rushed with their payload into the safety of the Monastery. After some overnight recuperation, Aystra spoke with Quilynn to learn how she had ended up in Zhaeydan’s psionic prison. The cleric explained that she had come at the insistence of Jurisk Ulhammond, who was concerned with the party’s lack of proper debrief after their mission into Erya Eltorchul’s lair. When she arrived in Randualith’s home, she was attacked by Zhaeydan and entrapped within his powerful spell along with the party. Only once the group broke free of the magic were they able to force the conjurer to flee.
Randulaith demanded an audience with the party, insisting on his innocence. He claimed that he was an unwilling accomplice of Avaereene, the Eye’s officer of arcane arts, and that he was only acting in self-preservation. Unwilling to bear the shrill screams, Vyurek left the wizard to his captivity while they sent word to Blackstaff Tower of their progress.
Shortly thereafter, they were greeted by Blackstaff’s junior researcher, Tysha Andover, who had worked directly under Randulaith. The student was hardly shocked by her master’s story, and escorted the party through the city to speak with Lady Mage Laeral Silverhand herself.
In Silverhand’s chambers, Randulaith once again attempted to plead his case. He explained to the group that he had been approached by agents of the Eye, who saw value in his arcane knowledge, and demanded that he work secretly to aid Avaereene and her associates, under threat of his own life. Avaereene herself had been working in secret with Zhaeydan and the Amn emissary to sow discord in Waterdeep’s political structures, and exploit the Blackstaff to seek out and steal the very same relics the party had been hunting. However, Randualith claimed his shadowy employer reneged on her deal with Zhaeydan, refusing to be a pawn in the conjurer’s game, and instead ordered Randulaith to steal the items for the Eye instead.
Whether his claims were true or fabricated to protect his own well-being would be a question for the Blackstaff’s council. Regardless, it was clear that the threat to Waterdeep was now even greater than they had previously imagined, and the path ahead was clear: the adventurers now had the Lady Mage’s full support in pursuing and stopping Avaereene and the Eye…