After stepping through the Portal, the group arrived in the Fey Wilds. Grassy meadows stretched down below the cliff they were standing on, behind them was light forest cover. A waterfall brought a stream down the cliffside, which ran through the valley below.
Gil used his Rope of Climbing to help the group descend the obstacle. In the stream there was a bear – or a person. Confusion arose as the furry creature approached. Communication was difficult, apparently voices don’t carry. So they met an amnesiac female stranger, and after initial suspicions (and John getting disappointed he could collect no bear’s head) they let the newly named Dandelia join their noble quest.
Then another being appeared. It first seemed like a big deer. In the end, after the distance was covered (and John dissuaded from shooting another Bambi), it turned out the be a 30’ tall deer – introducing itself as the King of Deer or Deer Lord. (But not Deer King or Lord of Deers!) It communicated first with Drugo in animal tongue, then with Dandelia and Gil in Sylvan. He told them the Fey Lords reside on the central mount in the Fey Wilds, but no mortals may travel there. He directed them to the temples of the four elements, each central in the region of its nature. When asked how to find them he said “Just follow the Ley Lines!” and marched off.
Gil probed deep into his assembled occult knowledge and realized Ley Lines were lines of magic power criss-crossing the landscape in geometric patterns. They tried to detect one through the use of the detect magic spell, but the limited range of the spell did not seem to help. They reached the border of the realm they were in, and beyond it was a land of ice and snow. They walked along the border and saw two more realms – one left of the border, a realm of water following the one of ice, and rocky terrain following up on the realm of the meadows.
As Braenn crossed the border between meadows and rocks, she noticed she could not step on the border itself. She always skipped over it. Following her intuition she cast Detect Magic and found that the realm borders were such Ley Lines as they were looking for. They followed the border between rocks and meadows until they reached what they deemed the center, and found that the various realms of the Earth region joined together like the spokes of a wheel to a hub, and at the center of the hub was a diamond – three stories high! This must be the temple of the Fey Lord of Earth!
They tried various ways to gain access or to interact with the diamond, when they asked for a representative. Under their feet a deep mole appeared and engaged in a chat. After they asked to confer with the messenger of the Fey Lord they got absorbed into the diamond itself, each one into a different facet, each one reflecting a myriad times in each direction. They spoke to the messenger of the Fey Lord, and he told them that in order to restore Anseur Forest the balance of the four elements would also have to be restored. To this very end each Fey Lord would need aid from one of their brothers. The plea of the Lord of Earth was “I have no water to cool my sorrows.” They did various guesses, including tears, but that did not seem to get them anywhere. They asked to leave the diamond temple and found themselves surrounding it, each one standing in a different realm. Braenn looked not so happy about the marsh realm…
They journeyed back to the Water region and decided to follow along the border between ice and water. They had insufficient cold gear, so Braenn decided to share hers with Drugo and Gil, and ended up the one being fatigued by the cold. At the center of the realm they found a big maelstrom. They saw a salmon trying to climb a waterfall in its vicinity, distracted it mid jump with their calls, and saw it sucked into the maelstrom. Then the ice shelf broke, leaving only the very agile Gil behind. He tried to throw them his rope, but got pulled off the shelf as their ice blocked tilted and got sucked beneath the water surface.
Time without breath, under the sea. The blue turning into black towards the dark of the deep. When their breath failed them, they sucked in water and noticed they can breath it! A happy, bit overactive salmon came pestering them with questions. He was the messenger of the Lord of Water. He told them that his lord said “I have no wind to uplift me.” First they were trying to figure this out in purely physical terms, like conjuring rain with the Create Water spell. But apparently the act demanded was a symbolical one, the Fey Lords apparently quite capable of making their own rain…
Finally the word “uplift” led the way. After trying to tell a funny story they realized that a song is a form of wind that can uplift the spirit. Gil brought out his flute and played his song in the deep, amidst the echoes of whales and the reverberations of the deep. Appeased the Fey Lord granted his blessing to the acorn.
They followed a trail out of the realm, and saw two realms bordering. One of scalding hot springs, and one of a bright red desert. They followed the desert to its end and saw into the maw of a volcano. They might have met the messenger already, but have not seen him yet…