“Warn the Grey Council, the enemy is within…”
These are the last words of Anariel the Grey Elf, a dire warning to those present and her Thalan kin as she drew her final breath. A warning about the Black Channel organization and the mysterious slumbering “Father” they serve. Lord Jjik’da Shalonost, accompanying the citizens of Jericho when these words were uttered, took this message back to his elvish kingdom of Suvant. Lighting the beacons to summon the elusive Grey elves, he waits now along with Jericho. Those words have weighed heavily on the minds of most in Jericho and Suvant alike. Have the Black Channel somehow infiltrated the Grey Elves? Is the Father’s return inevitable? Whispered rumours from the far away lands of Ralinwood of another sleeping monster named “Mother” – are they related? The ancient Grey Thalan appear shaken by what they know and what may come next. Despite all that has been accomplished in the conflict with the Black Channel, despite the victories against them, the blood spilt and the losses inflicted upon them, their goals march onward and continue to progress. As All Hallows looms on the horizon, as the shadows grow long and the daylight weakens, the Black Channel’s Coven of Wytches appear to be more active, working behind the scenes toward an unknown purpose.
While Jericho awaits word from the Grey Elves, life for the peasantry continues to improve. The farmers are completing their harvest and are grateful for many recent changes, so much so that they are hosting a celebration with Jericho adventurers to welcome the autumn.The Berphauntian military continue to work with the chivalrous Blood Red Rose to keep the farms and region safe, however the military appears to be stretched thin as instances of demonic activity increase. They assure citizens that they are well prepared for any foe that would challenge the Empire, but there has been no foe like the Black Channel.
Behind all this, slipping from memory during the crisis and conflict that inhabits the minds of adventurers and citizens alike, the Firstborn dragon Ixiad strains against the barrier trapping her in the Far Realm, eager to return home to Jericho once again.