In a losing battle against Dwarven security, the party was rescued by the unseen hand of Deus Ex Machina. From the cracks between the stone in the ground luminescent purple smoke began to surround The Greasy Ocho and fill them with a strange purple light. Suddenly, the party warped through space, and possibly time into a large crowd gathered in a small town.
Apparating suddenly into this town with their wounds healed, Bil Gombo Rillo and Homer Jeebus missing, and with no one in the crowd seemingly noticing their unusual arrival, a commoner informed the travelers of the festival taking place. Over the years, the Crypt of the Everflame has become an important part of the history of the town Kassen. The town’s namesake and founder, Ekat Kassen, is interred within. The townsfolk view the crypt as a memorial to those difficult first years of the town’s history. Every autumn, a few of the townsfolk make a pilgrimage to the crypt to light a lantern from the flame and bring it back to town, where it is preserved all winter, a symbol of the town’s resilience. Most years, the town mayor and a group of dignitaries perform this quest.
Suddenly from outside the square a processional dressed in black lead by Mayor Uptal approached and mounted the stage. Addressing the townsfolk the Mayor asked who among them would rise and retrieve the Everflame. Breaking the silence, what was left of the party loudly volunteered to take on the journey. Awkwardly, it seemed that the voyagers had been previously chosen and the mayor's address was simply pomp and circumstance. Embarrassed, TGO insisted they go to the crypt.
Hearing from the back of the crowd a voice that recalled the traditional feats of strength that were used to decide the chosen ones, TGO faced off against the proper party in a series of challenges. Victorious, TGO were quickly ushered out of town towards the crypt by the annoyed and exasperated mayor.
About two hours outside of Kassen, the party encountered three hostile orcs that they hastily killed. Strangely, upon the three orcs' deaths their corpses disappeared as if they had been conjurations, and a strange smell of smoke filled the area in the woods. Stopping for the evening after a few more hours' travel, the party fought a small pack of wolves before falling asleep to an otherwise uneventful evening. In the morning, the party traveled past the Gray Lake where they found the body of a mutilated traveler.
After more overland travel, the party arrived at the Serpent Gorge where The Crypt of the Everflame lay sleeping at the bottom. As if called by fate itself, a steady rain began to fall. After a short trip down the trecharous canyon, the party discovered the gates that led into the crypt. Bizarrely, in front of the doors to the crypt, the party discovered several decomposing horse bodies and a mangled skeleton.