In a shock for those going to attend the weekly Commons meeting with EMs Vladimere and Dudley, the Commons house was in ruins with one of the King's Own Guards standing in front of it. Commander Foxx met with those assembled there and had a verbal altercation with the guard. After some arguing back and forth, Foxx chased the guard away from his post. Those who followed were then beset by executioners and dragoons lying in ambush. After fighting off the ambush, Commander Foxx reviewed with the assembled warriors/detectives the clues they had found regarding Lord Balandar's location. Using the three clues of an indecipherable map, a map that showed the location of the Compassion shrine in Trammel, and a pair of sandy boots, the party guessed that Lord Balandar might be found in the desert past the Ancient Citadel near the Compassion Moongate in Ilshenar. The party set out in that direction and encountered a boatman who ferried them across the water, where they found the wreckage of a boat. Some exploration soon found a camp near a coconut grove where Lord Balandar had set up camp. Lord Balandar asked some questions and answered some in return. He said that they will need to check with Kildare, the royal excavator, about moving the sand that is covering the artifact. He will stay behind to guard the location. Lord Balandar was able to share some information about the artifact. It is a device that can control the oceans! He stressed that it can not be allowed to fall into the hands of the Shadowlords. After leaving Lord Balandar, the party was able to reach a magical teleporter that led them near the Spirituality Moongate to return to Britain. They were ambushed again by the king's men at both moongates. After defeating both ambushes, Commander Foxx said that they must speak with Kildare this Wednesday night. Those interested in helping should meet at Buc's Den at 8 PM by the Eastern sky.