Due to increasing panic in Red Larch over the missing dwarf group from Mirabar, the party set out on the southern road to Summit Hall, by way of Womford.
They were attacked by a vicious pair of perytons before reaching Bargewright Inn, but fought them off. At Womford, the innkeeper of “Half-a-Hole Inn” warned them about the “Womford Bat” that steals away victims in the night. An evening patrol turned up nothing other than a keelboat at the docks, loading and unloading crates marked with a strange symbol:
Coming back very late in the evening, the keelboat had left empty crates on the dock and sailed off. No other suspicious behavior was noted.
Traveling on to Summit Hall was uneventful. Lady Ushien Stormbanner thanked the group for coming and noted that her knights had searched the general vicinity of Summit Hall without finding the missing party. The only other notable thing she could think of was that a reclusive order of monks had moved into a ruined abbey nearby recently.
The party proceeded north towards Beliard but spotted circling vultures before reaching the town. This led them to the site of a battle where Mirabar escorts lay dead, victims of powerful earth magic and bugbears. Following the trail left by the bugbears led down to the river, where boats took them who knows where. The only thing around the area was a tall white tower that looked like a sword off in the distance.
Approaching this tower, it turned out to be Feathergale Spire, a club for rich Waterdelvian aerial enthusiasts. They hosted the party to a feast, which was interrupted when a Manticore was spotted in the airspace nearby. Mordecai declined to participate, and Grom was too afraid of heights to do more than shout at it from the ground, but the rest of the party assisted the Feathergale Society in dispatching the manticore. Tigson was awarded an engraved garnet ring for striking the killing blow.
Thia pointed out that manticores typically have lairs, so the party tricked Grom into coming with them aboard the Feathergale’s hippogryphs to search for the lair. Upon finding it, the party dealt with the other manticore, and turned up the body of a missing Tree Ghost named Mork.
Returning to Feathergale Spire, Captain Thurl Merosska confided in the party that he was also concerned about the monks at the Sacred Stone Monastery and he feared they were evil. Merosska didn’t know anything about the missing Mirabarians but suggested the monastery might have something to do with any suspicious activity in the area. He marked your map with the location of the monastery.