Soon after the party found Chad, Ilyan Durani recovered from his near-catatonic state only to reveal that he had been communicating with a being asking for Ilnedraw’s Promise. Ilyan and the rest of the party (Therani Woodlight, Gorok, and Dazzetaine Deepfury) backtracked to an earlier room to rest, recover, and think on what to do next. Daze also took the opportunity to nurse Chad back to health. They weren’t able to rest long before they were set upon by a bird-like demon looking for something that wasn’t theirs. They fought it off, only to have it turn into dust after it was slain.
They grew concerned about what it was, exactly, that they were carrying.
They delved further into the dungeon, eventually ending up in an ancient temple to an even more ancient god, Xipe. There, they encountered a being that claimed to be the shadow of the former deity. After a brief scuffle that nearly killed Ilyan, they parlayed, finding out a few useful nuggets of information from the mysterious being before going their separate ways.
And they pressed on…