Travelling towards Gavin’s alma mater, the heroes found the University, a massive old Elven city of Ildranar.
The lake surrounding the city, and acting as a natural defense, was crashing upon the city’s walls, and a massive, black swirling storm crackled lightning, and thundered onto the city below. The statues of stone mages that were built into the city’s walls eyes shone in the darkness, staring at the heroes at the bridge to the city, watching them as they headed into the Abyss itself.
Encountering Todd, the once manifestation of Gavin’s taint, as an imp, Todd informed the heroes that the storm above the city was a portal, to none other than the abyss, opened by Archien, the devil that Gavin had made a pact with.
Entering the city, the heroes saw that the inhabitants were no longer men and women, but in fact husks of flickering gold, as they had been trapped in between the material plane and the abyss.
The city itself was under the control of Tzrenkit, an elder omnipotent evil from the abyss, that had been summoned by Archien, and was controlling the city.
As the heroes went through the city, their own memories, and experience became the plaything of Tzrenkit, and were forced into illusions of torment, and pain, reliving past experiences in a twisted, sick game.
Making it to the University, Archien held the heroes back by pitting them against a gibbering, foul beast made up of many mouths, and slabs of flesh that defended the gates to the University against the heroes goal of freeing Gavin’s soul.
Pushing forward, and into the University, the library at the entrance was filled with gusts of wind, and many of the books, and papers rustled, and slammed against walls.
Several mages delighted in playing a game with the heroes, a game of riddles, which the heroes had succeeded in winning. Had they lost, one of them would have lost an eye – literally.
Heading into the mess hall, the heroes faced a large group of manes, small, rotting demons filled with maggots that blocked the heroes way to find Tzrenkit, and Archien.
Destroying the manes, the heroes headed into the office of Garreth Lorren, the University’s Grand Master, only to find Lestat Agrias dead – on a glyph painted on blood. Deducing that Lestat had in fact been murdered while trying to perform a ritual of reversal to reset the abyss, he was murdered while performing it.
On his person, the heroes found that Lestat felt that Garreth was forced into opening the portal to the abyss, no doubt by Archien himself.
Heading through a secret chamber into the Chantry’s supply room – Sir Stephen found a sword that called to him. Perhaps the sword found him, but the Blade of the Nameless One seeks to make Sir Stephen it’s champion, and commit an act of evil to take the first steps of becoming it’s true owner.
As the heroes entered the Chantry, they saw the statue of the Patron Champion of the Ildranar casting a shadow over many lit candles that were bleeding wax onto the steps leading up to the statue. A hooded man, in purple robes gilded with gold was at the feet of the statue kneeling. Beside him was Archien himself.
Archien revealed that he was a lieutenant of a demon prince, and that he no longer had Gavin’s soul. He revealed to Gavin his own mother made the greatest sacrifice herself – and became Tzrenkit.