Laura and Raz have been left alone on the material plane. They decide the best course of action would be to try and gain whatever knowledge they can about this new foe and his tower. They head to Marikesh to ask about any rumors.
Soon after arriving there they learn that a major cult has been uncovered throughout the province. Many cult members were captured recently, causing panic in their ranks. Many more members became fearful of having the blame laid on themselves, so they came forward to accuse their associates of coercing them into their actions (through bribery, kidnapping, threats, etc). Law enforcement across Lancaster has been swamped trying to process all of the criminals; with so many laying guilt on others, it’s almost impossible to discover who was actually in charge.
Laura and Raz learn much of this asking around in a tavern. As Laura is walking to the restrooms, she spots a cloaked man trying to hide himself from her. It’s Christofur so she grabs him and drags him into the lavatory, locking the door. She interrogates him about what he has been doing, quickly noticing blood dripping from under his cloak. This is what he tells her:
“I was supposed to meet Baron Wildehurst the day after the ritual. He was trying to resurrect someone called ‘The Great Wyrm’. When the Baron never showed I figured something went wrong, so I went to the site. I found that tower and the Masked Man… Wildehurst was dead, I saw his corpse shambling towards me. My gang was with me and we fought the Masked Man and his undead forces. Tartarus, the Archon, charged him but a portal appeared between them and he just disappeared. Lucia and Dop were either killed or knocked out. I teleported out of there just as I lost consciousness. I’ve been hiding out since them. You want my advice, you do that same until things blow over, that thing isn’t natural.”
After his speach Laura draws her dagger and stabs him in the back; He vanishes just as the blade enters his back. Raz has been eating and drinking at their table as Lauara takes her seat. There’s a not on the table that neither had noticed. Without thinking, Raz reads it to himself “I summon thee”. The world seems to swirl and spin.
Laura, Raz, table et all are in a grassy clearing. The Masked Man is sitting at their table and their animal companions are just behind them (Griffin and Winter Wolf). A portal appears nearby and the Masked Man gestures to it as he speaks: “Laura, this portal leads to the place you belong. It is the Beastlands, a place of great forests and magical beasts. Leave here and never return and we will have no quarrel.”
Laura accepts his offer. The Man speaks to Raz this time: “I wont be as kind to you sir.” He then opens a portal below the Griffin, dropping the creature through. “He has just gone to hell and will surely die, well without any aid that is. Time to choose Raz.” Without missing a beat Raz leaps into the portal.