Our group returned to Maephoon with the intention of gathering up one of our own who we had left to be an ambassador to these phoenix people and so headed out to do so. Upon arriving to the city it seemed warn out but its size still grand, many buildings and people filled this land and has a very different culture to our own. There are red robed men which seem to be their scholars and acolytes in training of many different races and creeds. Among this mass of people we found a large green man who Bodi ran up to and gave a bear hug introducing him as the one we were looking for. After saying our greetings to him a scholar approached us and spoke of a mission he wished to have us complete if we felt up to the task. He wanted us to find and explore a library to the north that had been lost for awhile that was a bit away. Us not wanting to leave this place empty handed and wanting some adventure decided to take up this mission and head north.
On our first day out there was almost no issue, we just took the road up to the river crossing and stayed at a fortification for the night which apparently someone saw some glowing things in the river but took no action against it. The next day we set out again further north and were again unhindered in our journey and were able to rest unhindered. Although the next day of our trip was not so kind to us, as we were crossing a river some giant reptilian beast came upon us and Snatched up Gigo in its jaws and another taking his pack animal through the use of some illusion magic got it to drop him. We continued on our way with Gigo injured but alive and again rest for the night. Along the way we found some tunnels in the side of the mountain that we decided against going into and found ourselves upon a path heading north. Some of what looked like goblins had fought something and lost and headed back to the tunnels we saw earlier.
This path lead us to an opening that looked quite pristine and well kept after some investigation we found that something indeed lived here and wanted no part of it. As we were leaving someone tripped and let out a yelp that alerted the creature to our presence and what we saw round the corner was what seemed to be an owlbear quite too large to be normal. I had the feeling of some magic that had tampered with this beast. It was quite fearsome dealing a mighty blow to Reygar in a single hit and knocking him out with the next. For most of the fight it was the party trying to get Reygar some aid and get him out of harms way since this creature seemed to have it in for him. We eventually managed to defeat the beast when Reygar while blinded managed to do a hefty throw that cleaved through the head of the beast and killed it on the spot.
The rest of our journey was unhindered although we found some tunnels belonging to some fire ants that use their flame to burrow glassy holes into sand with their flame. We decided to continue on our way though as these seemed like something not to be messed with and found upon a hill a large dome that I peered inside with my divination. It seemed empty from what I could see and hear and so we went inside. There was a brasier and some stone walls with runes downstairs and we could not figure out how to progress further when Gigo had the idea to bash the brasier to ignite its flame which happened to work. The basement opened up wonderfully showing a new skull and the door to some place we could not enter as I could not understand the magic of the Phoenix.
We returned to the city through this new skull and were rewarded well. I was given access to the library and was funded 500g worth of spell copying items. Bodi given a saddle that lets him use his companion more effectively and the others various boons. The others returned after this but I think I shall stay in this city a bit longer as their magical prowess interests me and I wish to be an ambassador in Gigo's place as someone who can more represent what magic our people have.