The party, on the recommendation of Elcar, decided to continue going Northeast to find the Sapphire City. The first thing they encountered was [The Tower]: a ziggurat full of bones. The party decided to start from the top and go down.
On the top level was a bone naga, which immediately cast Sleep on them and made Elcar fall asleep. The next round it managed to paralyze Elcar and Andusk with Hold Person. After that, between Melati’s Oathmusket and Moirin with a decisive casting of Moonlight, the fight turned in the direction of the party, but not before the naga dropped Elcar with a Lightning Bolt.
The second floor initially seemed empty except for pillars and bones. While exploring, Melati ventured into the center on top of a bone pile and in between all four pillars. It turned out there were Shadows hiding in the shadows of the pillars, who all jumped out and attacked Melati, and dropped him unconscious. Then Andusk almost immediately turned them, and the rest of the party finished off all but one.
While searching for the one, the party went down to the first floor and used Andusk’s Divine Sense to search for undead. Andusk found the Shadow, but also found a bunch of skeletons in the bone pit in the center of the room. The skeletons rose and started attacking the party, but were quickly dispersed by the second casting of Moirin’s Moonbeam. Meanwhile, the Shadow attempted to sneak up on Moirin and mostly failed to do anything.
After that, the party took a long rest and set out Northeast. This time they found the [Eight of Swords], which turned out in this case to be a pack of giant hyenas. Those hyenas were very dangerous, but they were made significantly more manageable by two castings of Animal Friendship by Moirin.
After that, still on Plan Northeast, the party went in the direction of [The Sun].