Alynis stays at the college resting and studying.
Turok comes to her with his sword and she is able to find a history book that talks of such a sword “Drake’s Breath”
Since Tiberious had identified the area you’d gone into “The Underdark” she found some writings on this area. It is simple and brief but makes mention of an upside down world in direct opposition to the kingdom of Celene.
This underground area is called Central Darkness. Tiberious says it looks to be similar to “The Underdark” in structure with an upper region of evil humanoids like Goblins, Orcs and Bugbears, and then a deeper society controlled by Dark Elves. The writings indicate it should not stretch this far southeast, it should be under the Gnarley forest, not as far as Zulern.
What disturbs you is that this mentions that these “dark elves” have voluntarily gone below. Elves of Celene who for some reason abandoned their beliefs in order to believe the exact opposite. Voluntarily becoming “Dark Elves” and worshiping something called The Brier Queen
In order to get to Nulb/Homlett, you will need to travel through the Kingdom of Celene “Elf Country” and The Gnarley Forrest.
Alternatively the “Central Darkness” the portion of the underdark you were in, was heading off in that direction and you may also be able to get under Celene.
She also finds that some of the papers they recovered are correspondences between Stercus and his sister Usnea in a town called Nulb. Nulb has a recent history as an evil place For many years, a cult of Evil flourished somewhere on the shores of the Nyr Dyv. Although the location of their Temple is not sure, the villages of Nulb is listed as a reference point. The following facts regarding it and its followers are found by Alynis . .
Temple of Elemental Evil
The cult was based on the premise that the elemental forces of the universe are Chaotic and opposed to mankind, and are thus from man’s point of view, Evil. The Temple of the cult sought to destroy all works of Good and to disrupt order. Its members were thieves, assassins, brigands, and the like.
Fire was regarded as the first elemental evil, and its penchant for Chaos fitted the premise of the cult.
Water was like- wise worshiped as an even more powerful force of Chaotic Evil, in the form of floods, storms, and raging seas beating upon the land and ocean vessels.
The epitome of Chaotic Evil, however, was regarded as a combination of air and earth, represented by blackness and corresponding with the demonic Abyss. This combination was regarded as a complete negation of matter.
The cult grew powerful and rich, attracting followers of the worst sort and offering them safety within the walls of the Temple stronghold. From this fortress would the followers ride to rob, pillage, and lay waste the lands about, tithing the cult from the spoils of the carnage. Captives from those raids were brought back to the Temple to serve as human sacrifices (children to the fire, men to the water, and women to the blackest Evil) or to slave their lives away in bondage.
Besides the extensive upper works of the Temple, a deep labyrinth beneath the place was constructed, but virtually nothing is known about these dungeons except that they were inhabited by a plethora of creatures serving Chaos and Evil. It is rumored that a demon took up abode in the deepest level, to better receive the sacrifices to it. Alynis thinks the demon could be the Cambion Usnea
Eventually the neighbors of the Temple grew tired of these depredations. All Good, both Lawful and Chaotic, banded together to form a mighty army. Their army marched to the Temple, fighting two battles along the way. The first was conclusive, thought the forces of Good who held the field afterward, so they gained the reputation of victory, and their ranks swelled with local men. The second battle saw a great slaughter of orcs, gnolls, evil men, and the like.
The Temple was thereafter besieged, fell, and its inhabitants put to the sword. It is reported by some sources that the Temple and its precincts resisted complete destruction, but the majority state that the whole was razed so that the cult could never emerge again nor could any find where it once flourished