After the party defeated Xark, they began to plot their next move. The decision was to go north to face off against their former friend, Alderac. The trip took six weeks, flying directly north over Abraxas. Along the way, Obrican returned. No sooner had he appeared than Manny threw him overboard. The crew was shocked, but he claimed that he’d needed to make sure Obrican was still strong. The party seemed to agree and Hirzon and November manned the mortar. Hirzon found surprising success there and hit the flying Obrican on the third try, knocking him into the water. Enraged, Obrican sped forth to catch up, only to be hit by a harpoon thrown by Manny. The crew hauled him in where he was about to lay into them, but was cut short by Heimdall turning him into stone. Applejack and Carina had words with the three of them and Heimdall turned him back. Limping, Obrican took his rage downstairs. He seemed to be over it soon enough, though, and later in the trip was sharing the secrets of his new spell batteries. Unfortunately, none of the party tried them out, depriving Obrican the chance to blow them up. En route, Carina developed a lab for the SpellSeeker, Improved Corruption Resistance, Corruption Lenses, Improved Spell Components, and Improved Energy Spells.
When they landed, Applejack informed them that the crew members had been feeling like someone had been watching them. Obrican figured that meant Alderac had been scrying on them. So they headed down to the nearest fishing village where the locals told them about Alderac’s ascension to the Lucifer. The party was all like, “WTF, man!” And traveled to a bigger town to find out more. Apparently The old Lucifer died and Alderac was elected to the position. Not long after, the church of Fallais mounted an attack on the Silver City, but despite having 1000 demons (so claims everyone) the cultists were defeated and security was greatly increased.
Heimdall and the others decided the best way to go about fighting Alderac would be to raise an army and storm the place. Go figure, so Heimdall went around trying to find someone who would be interested. The only people he could find were the Fallais cultists and the Dwarves, so from Luxir they traveled NW to Thoth and rallied the House of KilKarray Smith, led by Grand Marshal Kaylee to meet them in Farwind in three days. From there they traveled NW to Serus’ Pass. There they met House Rekrang, led by Sir Reginald and House Hoo-ha, led by Professor Birbistuous. Rekrang promised 500 knights (heavy infantry and cavalry) and Hoo-ha promised 104 seige engines and war machines run by 250 engineers. They also learned from one of the tinkerers that the city of Niflheim would give no help, as they were firmly in the pockets of the church.
Next they traveled to Farwind. In the marketplace, they found the House Teleri, who was of no help to the party whatsoever aside from telling them to go on on expedition to get some gold. Heimdall wasn’t so sure, but eventually they went out to catch up with the expedition. After an hour or so, they found a camp, hidden in under an illusory screen. The Dwarven heads met with the party, including the House of Teleri, led by Lord Tal-Fang. House Teleri promised 250 mages to help protect against scrying. The dwarves explained the situation: three check-points along the main approach to the Silver City, churches and guards capable of Sending in both Cilia and Madren, and walls of force around the gates to the city. The army also has soldiers known as lancers who have lances of light, capable of shooting beams at foes. These lancers are what destroyed the demons of Fallais.
The party decided that they would take out the churches in Cilia and Madren, as well as the first two checkpoints. The dwarves would follow up and together overwhelm the third checkpoint and the main walls of the city. As the seige machines began breaching the city, the party would fly in via the SpellSeeker and make their way toward the cathedral. With the plan in mind, Manny and Heimdall went to see the Guardians of Gwynharyf and the Church of Fallais, respectively. The champions said they would consider it, but told Manny they couldn’t help if the party invited the Fallaitians to help. Heimdall’s visit with the church gained some valuable information. The Fallaitians declined to help on the basis that they were defeated last time. Apparently the call to fight was sent by Ligeria Delacquer, but during the fight, Alderac and his allies did something to the saint that dampened the spells and powers of the cultists. Due to that, the church declined to help. With that set, the stage is ready for the assault.