Saturday, January 16, a large crowd was awaiting the arrival of Lady Taryn Sullivan to find out what she had learned from the gargoyles regarding Donal's disappearance following his Magical Mutant Christmas Tree Experiment. Upon arrival Lady Taryn began explaining the Ter Mur gargoyles had granted assistance in locating the reclusive old monk. She quickly explained we would be met by someone and receive instruction on how we might find Donal, however, she had been warned this would not be an easy task. The group quickly departed for the Britain moongate, and from there entered Tur Mur and headed for the Palace in the Royal City where Caryn Connolly waited to speak to us. Lady Caryn peered intently into Taryn Sullivan's eyes, and began to speak. 'Good evening and welcome to the Royal City. I have been chose to be your guide on your search and your liaison with the greatest scholars in this land. Donal is considered a true friend of the gargoyle people ... for this reason, we will assist you. We have studied the tattered book you provided, and you must know that it is very aged and contains very powerful magic. In our archives are references to this formula, and it was determined that is should never fall into the wrong hands. The book you found was but one piece of a puzzle. The other pieces were broken up and scattered throughout the lads, both in Ter Mur and in your world. Each piece leads to the next until the formula can be completely recreated. Know this, however, each piece is strongly guarded by ancient powers. Once the location of a piece has been found and the guardians summoned, there is a time limit for recovering that piece. If that piece is not recovered and brought back in the allotted time, the chain will be broken for all time. Should this happen the formula will never be completed and the chances for finding Donal ... the chances for finding Donal alive will be greatly diminished. Our scholars have determined the location of the first piece and instructed that I guide you to that location and bring the first back. They are waiting to study and determine the location of the next piece. I hope you all understand the seriousness of what you have chosen to embark upon this evening. Once we have begun this journey there will be no turning back from it.' With that being said, Lady Connolly led the group northwest of the Royal City where we soon encountered guardians who tried to prevent us from searching further. Once the guardians at each location were defeated we were able to access a magical box containing the words to be spoken so that we could proceed. Each stage proved more dangerous the the previous ... However daunting the task at hand seemed, the group pressed forward fueled by Lady Taryn's courage, and the desire to assist the former foundling in her quest to find her old friend, Donal. Caryn Connolly soon declared the group had proven their virtues as she had been able to recover the first piece of the puzzle -- a strange jar with the inscription 'Om Abis-Kans De Kon Reg'. She explained: 'This stands for Ancient honey of the opposite house. But what it means exactly escapes me at this moment. I will return this to our scholars for further study and to perhaps lead us to the next clue. Upon our return to the Royal City palace, Caryn told the crowd she was pleased by their actions, and that she was intrigued by the name of the artifact that had been recovered, and went on to explain the Essence of Empowerment was an ancient potion used to power the guardians we had just defeated. The Gargoyle Scholars are working feverishly to examine the item and, if possible, disable the destruction timer. Caryn will send word to Lady Taryn as soon as the Scholars have information to share.