Though Horace escaped his estate in the struggle against his pets, his house was ripe for the inspecting. Rifling through his office, they found he was a rather inept conspirator. His letters betrayed an awful lot of information about the order he represented, called The True, hellbent on Kalak’s eventual return. He also had a letter addressed to a man named Arthur, signed from Berevin Tulnis, the former High Praetor of Balic. Further, they found the remains of Molael Gaft’s paintings, depicting one detail in common on each – The elaborate spear used to slay Kalak.
Setting out to discover what Tulnis was up to in Tyr, they used the clues present in the letter to track down the observatory it referenced, which was occupied by a clan of gypsies peddling wares and penning animals around it. Having to muscle past some pushy salespeople and display a bit of authority, they eventually pierced the walls of the observatory and found Arthur within, attended by his advisers. He sent them away to speak with the party, knowing the identity of Vorelixen but surprised she was present so quickly. They shared with him the contents of the letter, which alarmed Arthur. Together, they set out to secure The Haunt, while Arthur explained what Tulnis was doing in Tyr. The stress of his position in Balic was too much for him, and he was doing a lousy job. One doesn’t simply quit without drawing the ire of their sorcerer king, so instead he fled to pursue a job in Tyr doing what he did before the promotion – being an investigator.
They arrived at The Haunt, which was a warehouse said to be haunted by malicious spirits. Perhaps reacting to Tulnis’ current lack of a presence there, a rival gypsy clan took ownership of it and launched an ambush at the group. Arthur broke the wards on Tulnis’ office while the group dispatched the gypsies, claiming an orb of darkness off them for themselves.
Inside the office was a complicated network of strings depicting a timeline that Tulnis had been working on. Arthur was notably frustrated at not being able to decode it, nor could the rest of the party. One thing was clear though, and that was that almost all the strings passed through a skull labeled ‘Kalak’ in the center of the room. Clearly his death had far reaching consequences. Searching his papers for other clues, they discovered a meeting was scheduled in the Under-Tyr for that same evening, and decided to pursue it as their only lead.
Creeping through the Under-Tyr was somewhat challenging, but they arrived at the address in question to find a peculiar environment of hot, humid air and a strange chemical odor. Tulnis lay perched on a rooftop, observing something in the apparent darkness. When they approached the body, they found his face and brain had been ripped away from the rest of his skull, leaving a hollowed out bloody mess. They were then assaulted by the culprit, which was a mind flayer. Engaging it briefly, they decided to flee when it began calling its thralls to defend it and another joined the fray. They fled through the Under-Tyr, using every resource at their disposal to put distance between them and their pursuers. In a moment of desperation, Althaea used defiling magic to sap a halfling tribe living in the dark to assist in their escape, and they clambered out the hidden door back in to Tyr proper.