The PCs confronted Lekaral in his mansion, a tall stone building showing signs of age and lack of care. Lekaral invited the PCs in and was a cordial host at first. At some point, a PC said something distressing, causing Lekaral to panic and he ordered his servants to attack the PCs. After defeating them, the PCs learned that Lekaral is nothing more than a changeling double.
The PCs explored the strange mansion/former sanitarium, in search of the prisoners and the real Lekaral. Delving deep down into the sub-levels they discovered a sadist and his pet guard drakes; which the PCs quickly dispatched. Working together, the PCs also disarmed an arcane trap barring passage into the next room; there the PCs found the missing prisoners in a strange and guarded chamber, strapped down to tables and all of whom were catatonic. The PCs discovered cryptic and mysterious experiments, all of which had to do with the Raging Flame, the hundred-foot tall pillar of fire that burns constantly in the center of Tarmalune. However, one prisoner was missing and notes showed that, “they are undergoing an experiment this very moment.”
Springing into action, the PCs headed to the roof in search of Lekaral and the cultists and as the PCs confronted them, a sudden storm struck. As the storm raged, the PCs did battle with the cultists and the hazards of the storm. With more than half the PCs unconscious, things seemed bleak, until a well placed shot sent Lekaral reeling. As Lekaral fell, he cried out, “Awaken Achazar, awaken.”
Just then a ball of roiling fire appeared overhead, sending fiery tendrils lashing out, singeing all but Lekaral who it enveloped. A blazing tendril seared the flesh from Lekaral’s face, leaving behind a blackened skull.
After informing the authorities of what the PCs discovered, the people of Tarmalune found out that the press gangs were the work of evil cultists; the people were outraged and demanded that a law be enacted to make pressganging illegal, and Halagothra herself had went before the council, pleading the populace’s case. It came as no surprise when the council unanimously voted to outlaw press gangs.
As for the Raging Flame, it still burns…