CCA: Arrive in Winterhaven, to find out that that not only was CCB not waylaid on the way to Winterhaven, but that they are considered heroes for both destroying the Bronze Fist kobold tribe as well as defeating the undead at the cemetery. They learn the group has headed towards an abandoned keep and feeling as if CCB has things under control, rest the night before continuing their travels towards Kiris Dahn.
CCB: Find the ruined keep and enter it. They encounter goblins , whom they defeat. They also find holding cells and rescue Pippy Zauberstaub a Gelfkin Hinges and Rhogar a sauron Sorcerer from a hobgoblin torturer. The two were members of Curious Company, but had been ambushed by goblin raiders and taken to their lair before they arrived at Fallcrest to meet with the others. Varis is badly injured in the fighting and makes his way back to Winterhaven, confident that Pippy and Rhogar will make up for him having to leave the party as they feel finding and stopping Ninarin is essential and they don’t have the time to stop and let him heal.. The others: Gorath, Karath, Pippy, Rhogar, and Grubble continue on. They defeat the goblin adversaries, including their pet drakes. First they discover a section of the ruins that have been overran by rats, and an Ochre Jelly, and insect-like creatures and defeat them. The find a sealed door and see that it opens up to a pool of water. A blue slime rises from the water and attacks them. Gorath rushes into the water, thinking it is shallow, only to discover that it has a drop off and sinks. The party defeats the slime and rescues Gorath. They find an empty vial as well as a note and letter, which tells them Ninarin’s real name, Kalaria.
They then move through an area warded by deathly traps and guarded by zombies. They enter a long hall lined with sarcophagi lining the walls, which begin to open and release their skeleton inhabitants. the party fights through the skeltons and find two altars to Bahamut, the “platinum dragon”. Gorath kneels at the alter and gives up prayer to the deity, showing Grubble how to pay homage to the ‘dragon’ properly.. Double doors open into a room that has a lone sarcophagus on a dias. The sarcophagus lid opens and an armored skeleton rises from it. The group prepares to attack, but the skeleton holds up his hand and talks to them. It tells them that it is Sir Keegan , the former commander of Shadowfell Keep. After questioning them and learning they are here to fight the evil in the ruins, Keegan tell them his story. It was his duty to keep the rift between the world and the Shadowfell closed, but he was corrupted by the Shadow Rift. At the time the Nerath empire was crumbling and Keegan was given visions by Orcus. He saw his wife and children as undead monstrosities and slew them. He moved through the keep attacking and killing his subordinates. After the initial shock, his remaining soldiers fought back. he fled into the crypts and Orcus’ visions left, leaving him with the knowledge of what he had done. his remaining soldiers sealed him in this room and there he laid down in the sarcophagus and breathed his last. recently he awoke, feeling the foul presence of the Shadowfell and the party opened the sealed door to him. Keegan offers to go with them through the keep and atone for his sins by helping slay Kalaria.
They move down to the next lower level of the keep and explore an area which has completely clean walls and ceilings. Gorath runs into and is consumed by a gelatinous cube . The cube is defeated and Gorath rescued.