The party arrives on Wraith Island for their 2nd time. They speak with Bria at her laboratory near the outskirts of the island, informing her of the battle against the herald and the words that Soul heard from the storm. She helps guide them to Vekel’s establishment and vows to continue uncovering the serpent folks plans to infiltrate the Pelagic Way.
On the way to Vekel’s, the party decides to visit the Statue of Besmara. They enter the statue and upon reaching the bosom are met by an apparition of Lady Aqueous; the first cleric of Besmara, shipmate of the Blue Lotus, and considered the founder of Besmara’s teachings. During this encounter she inflicts a vision upon Remy of 2 weapons, both cutlasses, that can only resist a flood of crimson death if wielded together. Separately, they will only lead to false victories. Lady Aqueous disappears in a burst of healing waters and Remy is geas’d to continue climbing up the inside of the statue’s lifted blade. Here he and the party discover the 2nd treasure of the Blue Lotus, the cutlass of Besmara. Remy finds it to be a powerful icy blade.
The party then resumes their trek to find Vekel. Reaching the far side of the island that houses most of the Pelagic Way’s smitheries, they find a broad bearded dwarf confined to a wheel chair due to the lost of his legs below his knees. Introduced via one of his half elven workers named Norris, Vekel explains to the party he wants to repair age old feuds between dwarf and drow. He sees helping the party to teach Shurvayas the art of ferrous smithing as a step in that direction.
Interrupted by the collapse of a body, the party turns to see that several tengu are assassinating the half elf similar to the blood sacrifices by the cult of the Red Rain. This sacrifice fails in capturing the half elf’s blood as he is merely 1/8th elf, and as punishment the tengu are transformed into horrible Apocalpyse Locusts. The party along with Vekel defeat the abyssal spawn and are given a component to transport them to the area where they can find the metal for ferrous smithing.