The party pays a visit to the capital’s premiere wizarding school in hopes of gaining audience with the school’s archmage. Unfortunately, he is absent for important business. Beau reunites with his former necromancy professor and asks if he has any idea what kind of magic could disease a paladin and if he knows anything about the fabled Necromancer’s Stone. The professor informs the group that in his research into the Lich that nearly wrought total annihilation on the plane a decade prior, he has reason to believe that the Zeros are connected with the Lich, and that there has been strong Zero activity in the Great Forest. The party board the Mover’s fantastical airship and sojourn to the Great Forest, which Griff’s aerial reconnaissance reveals to be the site of an old fort atop a mountain filled with Slither Clerics. Beau believes that deep in the mountain might lie the site of the school where the author of the Philosopher’s Stone once attended, so the party initiate an all out attack on the unprepared mercenaries and clerics. Several pyromantic spells, herds of rhinoceroses, sleeping darts, ablative walls, and all out melee engagements later, and the party has successfully captured two of the surviving denizens of the fort. Now they are seeking information from their captives, and will prepare to search the inner depths of this mysterious site.