After vanquishing the ghastly black ichor, the party (Eyaoz, Xanril, Athos, and Demitrious) found a stash of the old priest Pistorius’ notes. Most of them were maddened ramblings, but repeated references were made to his recent conversion into the service of the new entity whom he called the Unholy Union. His notes indicated an obsession with the designing of a communion circle to gain better access to the will of this new and powerful being. The party set off back to the surface with a mind to retrieve Pistorius’ holy symbol from his dead body in the nearby burial mounds, to attempt to recreate this communion circle themselves and thereby gain more insight into what they might be facing.
On their way to the mounds however, they were ambushed by the traitorous Captain Kendel, revealed to be a Valassian agent previously in Pistorius’ flock. The ambush failed, but the party gleaned from a prisoner that Pistorius, shortly before his death, had become estranged from his own followers due to his prattling on about this Unholy Union. His death, in fact, had been welcomed by the Valassians in Summerwood, who above all feared to be discovered by the Justicars.
At the burial mounds, swarming with undead, the party eked out a careful path to the last known location of Pistorius’ body, only to find him reanimated as a horrific ghoul priest! The battle was long and difficult, but at last he was destroyed (this time for good, they hoped) and the party found a communion circle already drawn by the ghoul priest before his death. A brief exposure to the circle revealed that the Unholy Union was indeed real, and far more concerning than the ravings of an evil priest. The symbol of this being appeared to be that of a laughing skull, one eye half closed and dripping a teardrop of blood, with a serrated dagger clutched in its teeth.
The party now seeks further guidance from some sort of religious sage, most likely to be found (or at least known of) in one of the Seven Cities. Their path now leads south, to the Mountain-Fortress of Ansolidae, where perhaps their questions will be answered…