|Circles in a Maze|
|Season 2, Episode 9|
|Date of Events|
|16th of August|
|5th of July 2015|
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Discovering that Kellan had simply become lost and no enchantment is preventing the party from navigating the Starkwald, the party marches forward to seek the source of the corrupted vine blights.
In a glade some distance within the Starkwald, the party discovers a twisted-looking tree with red crystals apparently growing from it. Upon approaching to examine this oddity, Shaldrick is seized from above by an unnoticed treant and combat ensues between the party, treant, and several hostile shrubs.
When Kellan approaches the corrupted tree bearing the crystal, it shivers and greets him, calling him "the undying," and informing Kellan that his "gift" of blood has granted these creatures the desire and capacity to seek blood from other beings. Despite this, the corrupted tree desires nothing from the party and offers no further harm. Kellan, however, realizing that his actions have created an abomination, swears to destroy the corrupted tree. The party then engages in a botanical bloodbath, destroying the corrupted tree and its minions, and retrieving the crystal from its heart.
[Significance / disposition of the crystal]
After a short rest, the party continues Northwest along the river and some find themselves in familiar territory as they arrive at the location of the Wizard's Tower. Shaldrick describes his brother's fall to Bardric,
Key Events Edit
The party defeats the corrupted treant responsible for the attack on the Logging Camp.
The party rediscovers the site of Maldrick's Last Stand. Shaldrick urinates upon the now-skeletonized owlbear.
The corrupted treant the party encounters is the Awakened Tree to which Kellan traded his blood in Episode 4.
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