Geist, Garm, Korric and Moira are gathered together in Arena, and have become agents of the Planar Cartographic Society.
Jerimiah sends them on a dangerous mission to the Dreaming Earth to discover how and why the Cult of the Shadowlord has come to be there. They are entrusted with a Memory Shard left behind by Moro, one of the Heroes.
Once on the Dreaming Earth, they meet with Doctor Armitage, who does not remember any of the events recorded by the Heroes of Arena on their previous visit. It seems that this plane has been ‘reset’ somehow.
While trying to figure out their next move, they happen across the story of Charles Dyson, a millionaire industrialist who is seeking a lost treasure which bears a striking similarity to Moira’s key. It is likely that it fits a Planar Lock similar to the one she opened on Midian. If so, they may be able to use this key to find the lock, and then shut the Cult out of Dreaming Earth for good.
Joining Dyson’s expedition, they sail to the assumed location of the wreck of the Onrust, a 16th Century Dutch Trading vessel. Near the coast of Innsmouth, they find evidence of the wreckage… but the ship itself seems to have been dragged in to a nearby cave. Using diving suits, they investigate, and find a cavern filled with horrors. One member of the investigation team is lost, and the rest narrowly escape from some amorphous creature beyond description, but they managed to secure the Key.
Back on the surface, Honeycut fills Dyson in on the events below the water. The expedition has lost two men now, but has otherwise been a success. Dyson orders the ship to return to Arkham port.
Back in Arkham, Dyson has the crew of the expedition go ashore and disband, at least for the time being. There will be a second leg of the journey, he insists, but he needs time to prepare.
Dyson takes the Key to Armitage for an examination. Armitage is profoundly shocked by the object, and particularly the strange light it gives off, which seems to always face south. He concurs with Moira’s initial assessment that it may be some sort of compass.
While examining the artifact, the Miskatonic University Library is beset upon by black suited men claiming to be members of the “Block Lodge”. Their leader is using shadow magic, and seems to be a Genie native to the Shadow Plane. Perhaps a member of the Cult?
The Fated fought off the Black Lodge, and the Genie vanished before he could be slain. They recovered a copy of the Unausperlichen Kulten from one of the cultists and went in to hiding, with Dyson’s blessing. Dyson is now planning the second leg of the expedition, but he’ll need a few weeks to secure supplies.