Having returned to Ravens Bluff and regrouped, the party, once again full, decided after some deliberation to focus on governing their kingdom for a couple of months. Pohjola continued their steady expansion by claiming more territory and building both a series of farms and roads, while also beginning the preparations for claiming another swath of the Narlmarches. While they were in the capital, Baron Black was approached by Loy Rezbin about the possibility of starting a settlement near the lair of the tatzylwyrm Sithriss. Rezbin assured the baron that he would only establish the settlement if he had the blessing of the wyrm and also agreed to protect the wyrm and to be eventually be annexed by Pohjola should the nation wish to do so. After some deliberation, the leaders of the nation agreed to the request on the condition that the wyrm be protected and that the wyrm agree to the existence of the nearby settlement.
The following month saw more good times for the burgeoning kingdom as the small populace experienced an economic boom, bringing in even more resources to the kingdom while still maintaining a low taxation level. Meanwhile, Cice set off to Restov to acquire some new magical scrolls and to learn more about the mysterious ring they had found in the depths of the tower. She was able to learn that the ring of regeneration only ever charged one charge at a time, but that it could be recharge by depositing some of your life force into the ring.
With a couple of successful months of managing the kingdom behind them, the party decided that it was time to return to the tower at Candlemere in hopes of finally learning all of its secrets, as well as defeating the guardians in the tower. As the party landed on Candlemere, they were soon attacked by another Will-O-Wisp but with seven members in the party it was defeated without too much trouble, especially with the help of Cice's magic. After vanquishing the wisp, the party encountered no further resistance on their way into the tower.
Having explored the upper reaches already, the party returned to the depths below the tower and made swift progress to the room wherein they had previously met a roadblock in the form of an Otyugh and another aberration that seemed to control it. The party took a moment to buff themselves with various magics and then charged into the next room.
This time they found that the room was occupied by two otyughs as well as the third creature. With all seven party members in attendance though, the party was able to dispatch the aberrations with little trouble. As they searched the room after the fight, Darrick noticed a secret door on one wall, while the others were checking out the mysterious portal on the ceiling of the room. As Cice, Aven, and Kannin checked out the portal, which seemed somewhat unstable, they noticed that it lead to a region of space that did not appear to be anywhere near where they were. All three got to experience a brief moment in the vaccuum of space before returning to the breathable air of the room.
Meanwhile as Darrick examined the secret door he determined that it was not trapped and tried to open it. Unfortunately for him, it was indeed trapped and emitted a fireball into the room, damaging several members of the party. After another attempt, he was finally able to disable the trap and then entered into the room beyond, which contained a single magical glyph. The party examined the glyph initially but were unable to determine what exactly it did, until Torm decided to press the glyph. As he did so, all of the walls below the main floor of the tower began to glow with an arcane energy, detecting as magic. Torm looked closely at the walls and discovered that despite the carvings being in Cyclops, he could still read and understand them. If another person attempted to read them at the same time though, neither could make out the writing.
The party took turns trying to read the wall and learn more about it but most soon dismissed it. Kannin; however, was very intrigued and declared that he was going to stay in the tower and continue reading the wall, even though he soon deduced that it would take nearly a week given that the wall would rewrite itself as he read it. The rest of the party though did not wish to wait that long and set off to once again explore the rest of the tower as Cice in particular was interested in locating and spellbooks that the mage may have left behind.
When they went upstairs, the party eventually located a magically hidden area in the top floor, inside of which resided a book. Once again Darrick looked at it when Cice grabbed it and again decided that it was not trapped. He took the book from Cice and opened it, only to learn that it contained a very deadly trap and was struck down by the magic of the trap before the book could be opened. Cice recovered the book and tucked it away for safe keeping then retrieved the Ring of Reincarnation and used it to bring Darrick back, as an elf.
After spending almost a week reading all the walls below the tower, Kannin felt more intelligent and had a good understanding of history, as well as the ability to speak and read Cyclops.