As agreed, the group met Content Not Found: Zarlee at the entrance to the greenhouse.
Lindal told Zarlee what little they’d discoverd about planar touchstones. They then asked to be brought to the Plane of Shadow, where they planned on travelling to the northwest, to the town of Zybalenna, the largest city, and therefore marketplace of the Plane of Shadows.
After leaving the mounts behind in Rineia, the party travelled the necessary one day travel to the portal. As they got closer to the portal, they could see where the Shadow realm was encroaching, causing the surrounding areas to look strange, unnaturally dark.
As they walked, they talked to Zarlee about the plane’s geography. Rurick wanted to know the least travelled portal to the Material Plane, with thoughts on being able to sneak from the plane if needed. Zarlee explained that there were plenty in the town of Zybalenna. When looking for an escape route, the spell shadow walk would also help to enable travel to the Material Plane.
Rurick also asked about the Shadow version of Elivagar, which she described as the realm of the Svartalfar, where there are eleven cities.
The group, especially David, wants to travel to the eleventh city in the Plane of Shadow.
Finally, Zarlee pointed to a dark looking cave, with a strange looking entrance. It was through this cave that entrance could be gained to the Plane of Shadow. Rurick, since he was pretending to be a bodyguard, went first. At the back of the group with Zarlee was Lindal, also posing as a bodyguard.
Upon travel through the portal, a feeling of disorientation hit the group. All but Eileithyia were able to force down the stomach distress caused by passing between planes. She found herself nearly incapacitated until she recovered.
Everyone used their darkvision wands on eeryone but Merdor and Rurick, who already could see. As soon as they regained sight, they found themselves in a sinister, twisted version of the forest. The sounds here were muted, almost suppressed seeming.
Zarlee recommended that they ask for her friend Content Not Found: Azaluen, who worked in the marketplace as a guide, and could be relied upon to not cheat them. They bade her farewell, then set off travelling to the northwest, towards the distant metropolis of Zybalenna.