Midday, Eleasis 15th, 1479 DR
The Martyrs returned to Winterhaven, with the fresh information about the Cult. They firstly seek out Sister Linora, who listens with interest to what they have to report. She is not very well versed in local history, and suggests that Valthrun will be more able to assist them. However, they all agree that someone in town knows about the cult, and is possibly even helping them.
They then report to Lord Padraig, he is furious at the possibility of someone in his town helping such a cult. He gets Valthrun to research the history of Shadraxil, with Vento to assist him. He then orders the Martyrs to seek out and destroy any presence of the Cult within Winterhaven. An order they gladly accept.
As Haldamir and Alric await the return of Valthrun and Vento with information, they inspect the town. The Guard is at full alert, over 30 irregular troops have joined the towns defences. Dozens of people from outlying farms and hamlets have fled into Winterhaven, hoping the stone walls will protect them.
It is now that a Guardsman approaches Alric with news that Ninaran had just been spotted entering a tunnel outside the walls. They move out to investigate,finding a large rock at the spot she was last seen. Suspecting a tunnel under the rock, Alric rolls it out of the way, to find nothing underneath. Haldamir suspects some sort of teleport spell could be in use.
With no other leads, they stake out Bairwins shop, as it is the building directly opposite where the rock was. After several hours of no activity, they break in to see what they can find. Haldamir quickly spots a secret door behind the counter, which conceals a spiral stair descending into a hidden temple. A few cultists, as well as Bairwin are down there, and they fight with ferocity, but are soon cut down by Alric and Haldamir.
As Bairwin falls, a side door slams open, and Ninaran sprints to the altar. As she slams her hand onto the altar, she yells “Fools, Shradraxil shall be reborn and consume this town with shadow! It is Shars will!!”, and then melts into shadow, disappearing.
With no other leads, the two martyrs take horses and ride hard for Ninarans cabin in the woods. They arrive to find several Drakes and Wolves guarding it, so they opt for the stealth approach. Alric leaped through a window, much to Ninarans surprise, and proceeded to cut her down quickly. With the cult in Winterhaven defeated, they returned to Lord Padraig and Valthrun, to see if they had any more information for them.