12th Rise of Spring 5013ARF
A few days after the events at Sanctuary, Waren asks The Vanguard to escort Gabriel Deadwood and his assistant Sara Gunther to an ancient ruin at the Chasm. After confronting a failed orc ambush along the way The Vanguard arrive at the ruined castle known as Stronghold. The castle was older than even the Tellison Republic and though half of the castle was gone , most of a large mural still remain in the great hall. This mural seem to depict events of the Eternal Conflict. As Gabriel and Sara began studying the mural The Vanguard started exploring. Toriel began to hear the voice from someone from his past. When Toriel followed the voice he was plagued with visions of his tribesman being tortured and blaming him for it. Riva was also plagued by voices that tried to lure her off the edge of the Chasm. The supposed cause of these voice appear to be a strange green magical crystals found in a cave in the basement of the castle. Samples of these crystals have been collect for Gabriel to study in the future, what is known is that it disrupts and amplifies arcana magic.
The evening of the first day also saw a strange encounter in the for of ratmen that attacked from the shadows. Though the ratmen were quickly dispatch The Vanguard agreed, unanimously, that this place was to dangerous and that they should leave but Gabriel still had another day of studying before he had all he needed. On day two The Vanguard found a second mural in what might have been the master bedroom. This mural showed scenes of vampires lording over a macabre land. Sara quickly took sketches of the mural before Toriel tore the mural apart and through it into the chasm.
Also discovered on day two was a staircase going down. Toriel and Girard stubbornly followed the staircase down over night until they reach the bottom they found the bottom of the Chasm and a forest of those green crystals. That night Riva and Cassi where awoken by a loud thud that turned out to be a large grappling hook that crossed the Chasm. Gabriel hastily walked up the wall to cut the rope while Cassi and Riva held off the marauders that were crossing along the rope. As Cassi and Riva struggled to keep the marauders at bay Gabriel managed to cut the rope and come to their aid. Meanwhile at the bottom of the Chasm Girard and Toriel were awoke to sounds of panicked screaming and blood curdling splats. They witness out in the Chasm hundreds of northern warriors falling to their deaths as the bottom of the Chasm became slick with blood.
The next dawn The Vanguard regroup gathered their things and prepared to move out. Everyone agreed to seal the staircase before leave. As they left Gabriel was troubled by part of the mural that talk about something called “The Nephalem”. The mural did not explain what The Nephalem is or where to find it, only that the angels and demons both seek it in hopes to use it to break to stalemate of the Eternal Conflict in their side’s favor.