While you are with at Starsong Hill with Tiri-Kitor, you try to learn more about the phylactery you just found earlier. It happens that Jor seems to know a little about it as well as some of the high ranking elves within the Tiri-Kitor. So you finally learn that the necklace is in fact a phylactery for a lich, a mighty undead who can still use magical power from his/her previous life!
Before explaining the reason of his own presence here, the woodsman goes on with the story he knew from his early age.
The leader of the Tiri-Kitor smiles as Jor ends his story. But she continues where the woodsman has stopped like it never happened.
A silence then falls upon the council room where you were all gathered as information makes its way through your minds. Suddenly the other elf present, the bard Trellara Nightshadow, breaks it.
Pulling out the map, Boramin looked at the distance, "It is a fair distance to travel to visit this Lich's home. I would dearly like to know what deal has been done with the Red Hand and Urikel Zarl. It may be crucial to save the vale."
Clicking his fingers, as a thought materialized, "Honoured bard, Trellara Nightshadow. Would it be possible to loan some of your glorious giant owls to speed our passage?"
The duskblade frowned. "I, too, am curious what deal has been struck between the horde and this 'Urikel Zarl', but I do not like the idea of dealing with a lich. They are foul creatures, and full of deceit. Even with its phylactery in our control, it will try to twist us to its own ends."
"Maybe I missed something.", Enzo simply states. "There's this mega powerful undead guy. We have his Phil-something or other. He wants it for some reason."
"Now why in the nine hells would we want to bring the damned thing closed to him? I say we break the thing and try to have the Red-Handers take the blame. Maybe spread rumors they have hidden the Philac-thing?"
After a moment of pause, the young man asks: "Say, mister Lich, would he know if something happens to his Phil-thing? Like, is he able to sense the item somehow? 'Cause if so, it might be not such a great idea to start taking it apart..."
Boramin smiles weakly as Daerwol reminds him politely of the fact that the giant owl were already loaned for the duration of their mission. The speakers don't even seem to notice as they immediately stiffen at Enzo's comment about destroying the phylactery.The leader of the tiri-kitor then turns toward the bard who continues with more information.Then Sellyria speaks once more,
"Messing with the undead? I don't like it one bit. Going right to their lair? I like it even less. If we really gonna face him, I'd rather do it on our terms then on his. Can't we set up to meet him in a consecrated place or something?"
"Perhaps we could make a slight diversion to Brindol on the way. Restock the bits and pieces we might need in dealing with undead and their minions." Boramin suggested pleased they had access to the giant owls.
As Mellavin and Boramin voice their concern for confronting the undeads and their master, it is Jorr this time that comments,Sellyria looks gravely at the group as Jorr finishes his speech and then adds,
Rehashing the information they gathered about the lich and its philactery, Enzo somewhat changes ideas. "Ok. I'm all for destroying the thing, but I think we are kind of stuck and much choose the lesser of two evils. Considering we're talking of a powerful undead, it's not quite reassuring. On the other hand, far as I understand, the thing has had many a centuries to expand on its evil ways, and has stayed to the general area of its lair. Meanwhile, the Red Handers are at the whole region full force."
"I say we bring the philacthingy with us and try to reinforce revenge in the mind of the lich. Far as I know, evil people are pretty high on the revenge factor. Only downside I can see is maybe we'll have to deal with the lich afterwards. Like I said, though, lesser evil...whatever that means."
"How do we know the lich guy is the lesser evil? Who knows how many undead are infesting the region? Enraging him at the moment probably isn't a good idea, but I still think just giving the philatrion is a bad idea. We can't expect something so vile to show gratitude once it gets what it wants."