Captain Theros dispatched the party to take word of the situation to Prince Kanderwast in the capital of Jardek, Enalyk. "It is not that I doubt your word, good worthies; simply that my duties require that I be certain the area has been secured before I let anyone re-settle in the area. The Prince should call upon the Library in this matter, and if he does not reward you for bringing the matter to his attention, return to me and I shall."
Upon the main highway, the party ran afoul of a rabble of bandits, who were quickly dispatched. The brigands' camp yielded a surprise- a handful of goblins, forced to work for the more powerful bandits, who were pleased to be free and gave worship to the "killer tree" that supposedly dispatched their captors.
Farther down the road, the party encountered a new dilemma at a resting pavilion. A trader's guard accosted the party, claiming to hear a mysterious sound that afflicted the ranger Aumwe as well. The mad guard then chose to share the sound with the rest of the party, causing temporary delusions which caused them to strike at each other while he attempted to end the ranger with his halberd. This threat too was brought down, and the party escorted the trader back to Enalyk in exchange for generous compensation as well as their silence.
Morning brought another obstacle- this time from Akemos, who declared that he would need to move on. Further questioning encouraged the tiefling to explain that he was searching for an important truth and he wished not to encumber the party with his quest. However, the others assured Akemos they would be willing to assist him, and so he went to gather materials for a ritual which would guide them all to the next piece of the puzzle.
At the Cedar Palace, while arranging a meeting with the Prince, his seneschal revealed that a series of murders had taken place in the city, with circumstances similar to that of the maddened guard who attacked Aumwe. Aside from that unpleasantness, the party was given an audience, and there Kanderwast informed them that a Validator of the Library was already in the city. This agent agreed to investigate the site of the Tower of the Eclipse and make it safe in exchange for the party tracking down and disposing of a band of cutthroats who were using some arcane means to disappear, either a ritual or by connecting to a Shard.
During the negotiations with the Validator, it was decided to turn over the gemstone that fell from the Deathblossom. The stone resisted attempts to grasp it until Rakano managed to turn it loose, whereupon it vanished into thin air, to the Validator's annoyance.