Campaign Date: June 4, 168
No sooner has Ironsbane entered the woods of the elves than they are drawn into battle aiding the elves against attacking elementals at the site of some unearthed ruin. The elves are none other than Edan’s stepfather, Atherius, and stepbrothers, Asreth and Assarius. Their surprise at Edan’s use of magic leads to pressing question and a final revelation: That Edan’s power is fueled by his pact with a mysterious primordial spirit named Sul – one who is slowly gaining influence over him.
The elves can spare little concern for the Iron Circle, as they have tracked the devastation of elementals in the woods of late to the ruins at which they stand, which house an ancient doorway to the Shadowfell. But it’s a rift between this world and the Elemental Chaos that the elves seek – the only explanation for the appearance of elementals, and a situation that could be disastrous for the world. Edan reveals that he met Sul in this very ruin, and that the primordial rift – wherever it lies – was opened by the book the party now carries. Sul covets the book to prevent the rift being re-sealed.
The heroes ally with Edan’s family to venture underground. They first face a trek across a vast chasm in an enchanted floating ship, during which they are harried by assaults from unseen elemental spirits. When they reach the other side and finally enter the chamber of the Shadowfell portal, Atherius posits that the rift to the Elemental Chaos must be on the other side. Then things go very wrong. Losing control under his stepfather’s berating insults, Edan completely succumbs to Sul’s influence and attacks with incredible power, also attracting other elemental spirits through the portal. Ironsbane finds themselves in combat with one of their own.
But the group’s friendship proves the key to victory, as Blackstar’s and Nerisora’s pleas to their comrade finally give him the strength to resist, and he collapses, Sul’s will buried deep in his psyche for now. The party’s troubles are not over, however, as they now face an unpleasant choice: To cross into the Shadowfell and start an arduous quest to find and seal the primordial rift, or to close the portal before them and perhaps allow the legions of the Elemental Chaos to enter the world through another door. Before a decision can be made, Edan takes the burden on himself. Knowing he is intertwined with this quest, he volunteers to enter the Shadowfell alone to seek out the rift. Nerisora holds fast to her friend, volunteering to accompany and support him, and also to bear the primordial book that will ever seek to influence Edan if he carries it.
After goodbyes, and words of reconciliation from Edan’s adopted family, the pair vanish through the portal before Blackstar collapses it behind them. Having performed all that can be done to counter the threat of the Elemental Chaos for now, Ironsbane turns their focus back to the besieged Harkenwold with the promise of aid from Atherius’s forces.