It has been six months since Sorcerer-King Kalak was deposed and killed. Templar-King Tithian, leader of the Deposers of Kalak and new ruler of Tyr, has commissioned an expedition caravan to search the expansive ruins of Ree’at. Ree’at is located in approximately 6 days south of Urik and an overall 15 days from Tyr. It is an ancient city whose existence is common knowledge but only recently has come under the attention of Templar-King Tithian.
The expedition leader is Aaron Asticles, younger brother and only sibling to Agis Asticles, one of the Deposers of Kalak and advisor to Tithian. Aaron, while not directly invovled in the deposing of Sorcerer-King Kalak, is still a member of the Noble House of Asticles and hence, part of the most powerful house in Tyr.
This story begins just as the caravan reaches the city walls of Ree’at after a relatively uneventful journey. Several times the caravan had to fight off desert creatures and raiders but they were no match for a fully guarded and stocked caravan (ding you are now level 5).
Dust was a caravan guide who moved to Tyr to seek opportunities, finding one as guide for this expedition. Elton, a Toothcutter conman managed to steal an official expedition letter and con his way onto the caravan to seek his riches. Ichtaca the Thri-Kreen was employed as a teamster and mercenary. And finally Tiran Arslan, a disgraced noble, was allowed into the expedition after his older brother begged Aaron to allow Tiran on.
After gathering rations, the newly acquainted party headed into the city, aiming for the city-centre. After defeating a group of halflings, tattooed with the symbol of Hamanu, Sorcerer-King of Urik, the party eventually came to Ree’at’s city square (or circle).
In the centre was a solid gold statue of a king they assume once ruled this city. Beneath the statue was a staircase that led down a series of catacombs beneath Ree’at. Guarding some metal doors was a Primordial Spirit named Igni, possessing the body of a minotaur. The party defeated the minotaur and descended down further into a natural cavern.
The party encountered members of the Red Wing Tomb Raiding Group (which they’re sure wholly consist of those members) who were also seeking the same treasure under Ree’at as the party. But as they were tomb raiders, not fighters, it didn’t take much to scare them off.
Inside the cavern was a gigantic steel cage, as if designed to hold an enormous beast. Inside the cage was an unopenable white-stone sarcophagus and an undead, injured male. They helped the man they named Barman with his crushed leg and led him out of the cage. As soon as he was out, his leg healed itself and his demeanour changed. He thanked the adventurers for freeing him and stated that when he ruled Athas, he would allow them to sit by his throne in Giustenal.
The party dragged the sealed sarcophagus back out of the cavern and up through the catacombs. At one point they encountered unruly homonculus, their wards long gone. Elton the Psion was mortally wounded during this battle and bled to death. At the end of the path was a small smugglers cave which led back to the surface, outside of Ree’at.
After mounting a dune, the party were able to see the ruins of Ree’at, and the remnants of a battle that had taken place not long before. The entire expedition caravan had been destroyed. Tents burnt and people slaughtered.