The party continued their conversation with Jateltoth and learned that he needed to open a portal to a plane called the Outlands, a place he says connects all the Outer Planes and which he needs to travel through to get to wherever the Six may be. However, to open that portal, he needs a powerful source of magic, something extremely concentrated. According to Jateltoth, opening a portal from one Outer Plane to another isn’t a particularly challenging task, but moving from an Inner Plane to an Outer Plane requires a great deal of strength and control which even he, an Outer God, does not possess inherently. He suggested an artifact the group has heard of before – the Staff of the Magi, a powerful staff used by the warmage Cynnan during the War of the Realms, the very weapon that blasted the Wastes and ended the fight. Rilitor and Aratar remembered their struggle in the jungles of the Bastyre Peninsula, just outside the Gnomish Covenant’s territory. They remembered their deaths at the hands of some unholy beast in those caverns, and the deaths of their friends, and resolved that they would return, slay the infernal monster that brought them to their knees, and claim the staff for their cause.
Jateltoth was able to send them directly to the cavern where they first found the staff, and they made their way down to find a few extra bodies and no staff to be seen. The corpses were heavily armored, and wore red and black tabards with a design resembling a scroll. Rilitor recognized it as the emblem of Qarumpeth, the elven god of knowledge and history and the last elven god in Pelkaera after the death of Ylene during the War of the Realms. He maintains a demiplanar library which is considered the largest single collection of knowledge in the cosmos, and its entrance is nearly impossible to find as it moves around at the god’s will. The party met up with the boat Jateltoth sent to take them back to Belagere and found it to be captained by Ne’Arel, whom they had not seen in nearly two years. He was entirely without Sentinel clothing and made it clear that he didn’t want to be involved in any of the party’s actions unless it was absolutely necessary, preferring the quiet life of a freelance captain to the demands of being a great and noble figurehead. Upon arriving back at the camp, the party informed Jateltoth of their need to find the library, and so the search begins.