After a harsh battle with “The Collectors” and Bren-emy, the party continues on their way to meet the witch that lives outside of town.
After a day and a half long journey the party finds the witch, Lorelei, in her oasis. She calls herself The Winter Witch because she is possessed by a frost demon. She offers up more information on the Collectors symbol and reveals to the party that it is the mark of the Orthidian Empire, a vast empire that rules a large area on the continent west of Embyur.
She also provides the party with the Unicorn Horn they have been seeking, in exchange for one of the party members taking on the demons, and ridding her of the curse.
Originally Rosario asks for the demon, but later it chooses Bren. The frost demon, who is named Barthandelus, is a neutral evil being that possesses magic users. All magic comes with a price, and Bren’s price was his sight. He no longer has normal vision, but instead has blind-sight up to 20 yards.
Lorelei also gifts the party with a few answers. The Collectors have moved west to Ladaris, and also informs the party that the Emperor has been killed
The party heads back to town and prepares to head to Ladaris. After getting supplies and hopping on Ol’ Sandy (the giant desert centipede), they head out and arrive at the northwestern edge of the Redash Badlands. They happen upon a mob trying to hang an Orc and his Halfling slave, and after finding out what the Orc did, they let it be and move on to Ladaris via wagon.
Once the party arrived at the western end of the Ladaris Bridge, they are stopped by a contingency of guards, the Tiefing from Lorelei’s vision, and a middle-aged man that looks similar to Teradil. Once Teradil is revealed to be the lost heir to the throne, the party is placed under arrest.