After a touching and tearful farewell to his family, Bart and his companions set out from Calicia to find the fabled chalice.
The trek through the desert provided an opportunity for the rest of the Dragon Punchers to get to know Vidya and Vayu. The twins were thrilled at the prospect of recovering a lost artifact. They proved less adept when the party inadvertently crashed into an ankheg nest while sheltering from a sandstorm.
Deeper into the Glittering Wastes the group found the remains of a long-abandoned outpost left over from the days of the Djinn Backlash. In the middle of the night, while on watch, Sir Bartleby discovered it was inhabited by the shades of Khardish soldiers reliving their final moments. The paladin did his best to release their souls and put them to rest.
When they arrived at the location the group was left baffled. It seemed, for all intents and purposes, to be an unremarkable patch of desert. Yet, Wilf was certain he detected some sort of portal below the surface. After interrogating a local patch of desert cherry, the ranger determined that three individuals had visited the site over a decade ago. The plant’s description was somewhat hazy, but he was able to gain that the group was comprised of a smaller creature and two larger entities, one with “red leaves and petals” and one “the color of the sands”.
Through a combination of brute strength, magic, and ingenuity Sir Bartleby and Chari uncovered an entrance into whatever lay below.