The Children of the Rose, Part 1 Their names were Brean, Valinor, Embree, and Mira and they were sent to these lands many months ago following the fall of our Temple to corrupt elves, humans and orcish mercenaries. Their purpose--to locate the remnants of our scattered people. Our first concern upon arriving here was to locate these young elves, reassure ourselves as to their well-being, and find out if their search had been fruitful. We asked many if they had seen such a group of young elves. No one had, but finally an Edan hunter named Ector, sent us to Haven, saying that many new to the area travel there first. So, today, Maddux and I made our way to that island city. No one in town, not Lyle the scribe, the local bankers or merchants had seen them, nor even the local fisherfolk had come across any fitting their description. Deciding that the large Edan population of the city may have discouraged them, we set out into the less inhabited areas of the island. And there, our search met with meager success...signs of abandoned encampments a few small but inconclusive clues that someone had occupied the area recently. Then Anywn Brenna, the dryad, and a long-time friend of Maddux, gave us the information we needed. She had seen just such a group of young elves. Hopeful, we continued our search finding an amulet necklace in an abandoned building that had belonged to our refugees. I was very concerned that one had lost a chrystal communication necklace, but Maddux gave me comfort with words indicating that this need not mean death--perhaps only a chance loss. And then Maddux found the rose...a rare variety that we had cultivated in the Temple gardens...and young Mira, she'd been studying horticulture. Could this be a sign they had traveled this way? The young rose plantings seemed to be trail markers and we followed from one to the next. Each rose planted near an abandoned or ruined building--were they marking sites of ancient elven habitation? We could only guess. Eventually the trail led us to a building in which we knew the children of our people had sheltered. The book Maddux had given each group as they left Skara Brae after the fall of the Temple was abandoned there. Signs of alchemical experimentation, the profession of Embree's parents at hand... and a crystal seeing globe. I couldn't discern much except that they had either been trying to reach us through the seeing stone, or they had been trying to contact one of their party. Another mystery. The island was overrun with undead and we began to wonder if perhaps they had been sent after our children or had frightened them away. With the exception of a burning ship, there were no signs of battle. But nearby that burning ship was an abandoned building filled with treasure--pirate booty found by our young ones? Or a stashed hord left there by undead? The young elves had left us with naught but their clothing, weapons, the red book, a mysterious map, and amulet communication necklaces....this was not their treasure, but perhaps they'd stumbled upon it. The last thing we found greatly troubled us -- glowing red rock, obviously a source of great evil magic, surrounded by magical barriers. Barriers put there by our young ones to keep the foul magic from spreading? And around the area, many spiders. Had Lloth sent her minions to guard the magical source, or to rid the island of elven presence? Even now, were our young ones being hunted? We left the island with more questions than answers, but at least we knew they had been there. Our search will continue.