After the earth elemental summon was dispelled, the operatives headed into the shrine’s ruins. They found the priest, Yin-Po, who explained that the elemental appeared suddenly, wrecking the shrine before he could stop it. He does note that he saw a large raven just before the attack began, but it flew away, in which direction he knew not where. When shown the clay chit that Uksahkka gave them to show Yin-Po, he quickly leads the group behind the shrine to a back alley where a hidden cellar remains. However, the door is battered and Uksahkka is not to be found. The elemental’s destructive attack was a mere diversion to get her. Hergarval recounts that a blood feather raven is the familiar of a local spellcaster named Goti Runecaster, a close associate of Thorborg Silverskorr, head of the Rimerunners Guild.
Helgarval relays more important information to the party about the Rimerunners Guild. It is actually a front for the Frozen Shadows, a thieves guild being run by agents of the Five Storms. Preposterous turn of events!
So their guide is kidnapped.
The guide to lead to that guide is kidnapped.
The ancient sword is stolen.
And the empress to be has been kidnapped.
Such kidnap. Much sad. wow.
Their one lead is that of Thorborg Silverskorr, who has close ties to Linnorm King Sveinn Blood-Eagle. They decide the next best course of action is to seek the king’s presence in hopes of getting support. After hours of persuasion and discussion with the king’s constable, they were finally lead into the king’s court. Sveinn agreed to providing help by having the Kalsgard authorites ignore any potential break ins of the Rimerunners Guildhall that evening, including providing a key to most of the rooms, should they need it.
After successfully accessing the first floor of the hall, the operatives were able to find Uksahkka tied up in one of the guest rooms. Upon release, she exclaimed that she was fleeing Kalsgard. She no longer wanted business there as long as the RImerunners were in charge. Before she leaves, she did provide detail that her captors spoke of transferring her to a place called Ravenscraeg, where Ulf Gormundr is also apparently being held. Their next course of action is to quickly explore the second floor.