As you prepare to leave the campsite, Valthrun suggests that even though time is an issue, everyone needs to be in peak fighting condition in order to face the dangers that lie ahead. If you camp in the trees at the top of the mountain pass, you should be safe for the night, especially with a drow to keep watch in his meditative trance. This will also allow you to travel under the cover of darkness.
As you sit down to make camp, Valthrun asks Peanut if he may examine the mirror. Peanut and the group realize they are in the company of the real sage and hand it over confidently. To everyone’s surprise, Valthrun flips a latch on the back of the mirror and slides one of the pieces of the frame away. He then pulls out the mirror itself which turns out to be a highly reflective cloth armor.
“Ah, its as I thought! One of Winterhaven’s greatest mages died in the Drought Skirmishes 4 years ago, and he was buried with his armor. Everyone called him the Mirror Mage because of this very garment, the Mirrorsheen Coat. Perhaps Kalarel wants it because it can resist radiant damage? Maybe he needed it as some sort of focus to complete a ritual? I cannot be sure what his plans were for the Coat, but one thing is for certain, he must not get his hands on it! Please seriously consider whether or not it is wise to wear this into battle when you face him.”
“Based on what I overheard, this shapechanger used his influence to get most of the Guard teams deployed, weakening Winterhaven’s defenses and making an assassination attempt on Codrus more feasible. The caravan to Delver’s Dale is set for an ambush too, but I am not entirely sure why. Is it in order to take out Team 5, who has been regarded as the most capable in the Guard? Or is the goal truly to release the prisoners? Apparently Quarion overheard a discussion between the gang leader and the imposter that indicated some collusion there.”
“In both cases, what is needed are reinforcements. I can contribute with my animal messenger ritual to warn one group or the other, but truly I dont know how much help that will be. I suppose the other alternative is to split up, but I personally believe that you will need the man power to face whatever threats lie ahead.”
After a lengthy discussion, Valthrun clears his throat and interjects.
“So, based on what I heard so far, you guys have decided to go back to Winterhaven? If so, I will prepare my animal messenger ritual and warn Team 5 that they’ll face an ambush before reaching Delver’s. Although I have been thinking…it may be possible that instead of splitting into teams of two, three of you can return to Winterhaven and one of you can go to aid Team 5. Quarion, it seems like you might be a threat to the team if you confront these shapeshifters, do you think it would be wise if we sent you to Delvers, and let the rest of Team 4 try to save Codrus?”
With that settled, Team 4 waited for nightfall…