Before leaving for Everfalls – and further on to the wizards of Blackmoon Rock – the party decided to take a rest at the newly cleansed mill. Sei was the first to take guard and with the help of her familiar, she discovered that Mira, a child from Everfalls, along with some of her friends, decided to follow them on their adventure.
Unfortunately for the children, a giant wolf seemed took smell of them and was now circling the group, getting closer every minute. By the time Sei woke up the others, the party noticed another, much greater danger to the kids; it seems that the evil kata Graash felt the presence of unaccompanied children in her woods and decided to drag them away to her lair of maggots…
While Sei saved the life of a child and defeated the wolf, which, in fact, seemed to be a transformed, wicked version of the long-missing shepherd dog, Phoenix, Relcor and Quill fended off the kata and her spirit aids, the graashschilder. During the fight, Relcor used a power that made the others in the party question the source of his powers, as they've never seen magic tear up reality so that dark tendrils may come forth from unknown dimensions and attack with ferocious might…
After silence fell over the mill again, the party decided to rest before making it back to Everfalls the next morning. By then, the villagers have been looking for the missing children for at least 6 hours and were very much relieved when the heroes returned them safely to their families. Except for Mira's father, the settlement's blacksmith, who decided to immediately teach the girl a lesson and slapped her so hard that she almost fell unconscious. Being witness to all this and becose of some other issues they had noticed before, the party decided to take Mira with them to the wizards of Blackmoon Rock and place her in their custody. Quill and Sei decided that the avian will break the news of her sister's passing to Mira while it'll be the sorcerer who talks to the father about taking the child away.
The tiefling used some of her innate… persuading abilities to intimidate the blacksmith into letting her daughter go and so they left much sooner than the others anticipated. On their way to the arcane circle, Quill told Mira about her sister and the girl seemed to take the news quite well.
On a night of rest, Relcor noticed that the sky was full of shooting stars and remembered a kata called Lilac who could supposedly be summoned to grant wishes on nights like this one; soon they all made a wish to Lilac. Even though it's uncertain whether the wishes of the party were granted, but a prayer by Mira was most definitely made come alive.
She asked to be together with her sister again – and Lilac did her bidding, albeit – as it usually is with wishes – in a form twisted and dangerous. The kata summoned the gate of Terminus, the final gateway to the Netherworld and opened it for a few seconds; cold, dense fog and vicious specters looking to devour the warmth of life emerged. The party, mainly thanks to Quill's tiny hut spell, managed to fend off the sinister ghosts who eventually disappeared into the night.
It was two more days of strenuous travel before they first saw the monolith of Blackmoon Rock, an obelisk of obsidian, and it took a few hours of careful descent into a valley to reach it. Upon arrival, the party found nobody around the stone; instead, they discovered a seemingly deep crack running from the base of the structure towards the top of it.
A thick, pale-green vapor, not unlike the True Mist, was slowly flowing from the crack, almost as if the depth of the monolith was responsible for emitting it.