After watching the destruction of a huge swath of a huge section of the underdark by massive cave collapse the party returned to the town of the 7 Pillars somewhat demoralized and with many questions.
The Mages of Saruun has proven to be evil, and willing to sacrifice millions of lives to get what they want. However, only the party knows of this evil, and they believe that if they were to let others know that their lives would end with a short but violent blast of flame. One thing everybody agrees with is that Mages destroy anybody who goes up against them rather nastily. The only good point about that situation is that nobody knows they know, for now. A party rule is made that no matter what nobody will tell another soul what they know, it is a secret that they must protect because revealing it would mean their deaths.
Yet they also can’t just ignore the mission they agreed to undertake for them. Paldamar is undeniably evil, and he has sent assassins after them. They can’t just leave him alone even if they wanted to.
Upon return to the 7 Pillars the party discovers that caught up in the devastation was a Moonwell dedicated to Correlleon. They agree to undertake a quest from one of the guardians who was at the 7 Pillars when the destruction happened and each of them are given a single drop of moonwell light as proof of this quest and as reward. The quest is to find the Well’s hearthstone and bring it back to him so that the well can eventually be re-created.
Deciding that this was the more important task, as well as wondering if maybe leaving Paldamar alive for now is a good thing because he’s against the Mages of Saruun, the party begins to plan for the new quest. However as they are buying supplies they will need, the Enforcer for the town arrives and informs them that Orontor would like to have a chat with them.
During the chat he expresses his concern about the speed that the party is performing their tasks and brings up the point that he only has 2 weeks left before the next Mage of Saruun arrives to replace him. If the party doesn’t finish the contract soon he will find them in violation, and enforce harsh penalties upon them.
It was during this moment that the party’s fate took a turn for the worse. Elkantor let slip the fact that the party knew that the mages were behind the cave in. While the rest of the party tried to cover up and play it off, the damage was done. From that point forward Orontor tried to get out of the contract he had signed with them, as for as long as it is active and they are progressing on their mission the party can not be destroyed by his or other Mages of Saruun magics.
Forced to put the moonwell mission on hold, the party strikes out to kill Paldamar, having less then 7 days of time to do so, they aren’t even sure if this is the right plan. However, in the end, the idea that having 7 days of safety was worth something and hopefully they could use the 7 days to come up with a better plan. And to be fair, Paldamar did deserve to die.
The party finds the entrance to the Gnolls lair, and after a series of brutal battles they manage to defeat several guards and find the first of 4 items that the Potion Master told them would be needed to open up a gateway into Paldamar’s tower.