Victorious over Irontooth, the party set out to find the keep. They came to the edge of what looked like a crater in the middle of the forest. It soon became apparent that there were people working in the crater, though their clothes were in absolute shambles and they appeared to be close to starvation. Guarding the approach were two dragon-ish creatures, though much, much smaller in size. Using his natural ability to tell outlandish lies and get away with it, Hafnir bluffed his way into the crater, taking Sigrun and Gracchus along. Boin smelled a trap and would not accompany the party, prefering to stay back in the woods and watch from a distance. Though Gracchus and Hafnir’s lies were compelling, they were not able to keep up the ruse, and were set upon by the emaciated men and several other creatures. Seeing what had happened from afar, Boin engaged the two dragon-ish guardians and probably saved the whole party from destruction. He was knocked unconscious in the process, however, and was subsequently revived after the battle.
In the middle of this crater was an even deeper pit containing some very, very large bones. It was obvious that this was the burial site of a dragon – but that fact was odd in itself, for dragons are usually solitary creatures and are not often buried. Along with the massive bones the party found a mirror, which was giving off a humming sound. Though wary of approaching the mirror, Gracchus eventually picked up the mirror. Immediately he was given a vision of the dragon as it was before it died. It was a blue dragon. Though not understanding this at the time, Gracchus was sure that this information would come in handy at some later point, as blue dragons tend to be guardians of magical things – like, perhaps, the mirror.
Hearing something akin to a scuffling sound, Sigrun untied a large bag on the edge of the crater. Inside she found none other than Douven Staul, the person that she had been instructed to find. Their conversation was secret, but the party quickly realized that while they were together in their purpose to help the residents of the Lordaeron Alliance, they perhaps also had separate purposes as well. Staul told of his captivity at the hands of the people digging here, and recommended the execution of the remaining member, a gnome. He also said he had overheard them talking about how the mirror may help open a rift. Under interrogation, the gnome seemed very frightened of the one who had sent him to find the mirror, but gave the party very little information beyond that. Staul dispatched him shortly thereafter. The party decided to give the mirror, which was no longer humming, to Staul, so he could take it back to Valthrun the Prescient in Winterhaven – either to be destroyed or to be kept safe in the same container that had held the captured emblems Boin had wanted to keep so badly.