As the group approached the new graveyard, they overheard a meeting between a necromancer and a dog-headed hound archon. Though they cannot make out all the details, they figure out that the hound archon is above the necromancer, but is not in charge of whatever they are doing. He’s annoyed with the necromancer and how long it’s taking him. Then the archon senses something and commands the necromancer to ‘Take care of it.’ while he changes into a large dog and runs out into the mist. The necromancer waves a hand and he disappears as the surrounding empty graves fill up with inky blackness. A load of undead thingies begin to climb out of the graves.
Sandolin ran up and attempted to backstab the necro based on the last location he was known to be but the necromancer had gone. Instead, he heard some weird grinding noises coming from the ground. As he searched the area, the rest of the group began to cut through the undead. He finally found a Metal object in the ground making grinding noises. With no better ideas he starts to smack on it.
Nanoc, exhibiting a brief flash of intellect decided to go in the direction of where the rogue had gone. He gets there and sees the rogue beating the object and greatly helps in destroying it. After the grinding stops, graves empty out and the undead thingies wilted away as if severely weakened.
The group dug up the metal object and inspected the once again empty graves further, finding cracked black pearls in each. They headed back to Stalag to do some research. The book worms (sorcerer, wizard and cleric) went off to the library to drool over the metal object. They found it possessed hints of Planar magic as well as Necromantic magic. The rest of the group took a few days of rest and training while the research happened. The dwarf entered a slave labor camp and made swords and stuff. The ranger found a brothel. The rogue decided to cause trouble.
He picked a few pockets and busted someone trying to pick his pocket. His spidey senses made him follow the guy he busted and he discovered the guy was a professional in the rogues guild. He also discovered the ‘bust’ was not the rogue attempting to steal so much as plant a marked brass token in his coin pouch. He used this token to gain access to the keep and using his roguiness was able to discern the location of the rogues guild which happened to be run by the military intelligence unit of the city.
After meeting Tawney, the head of the cities’ ‘intelligence’ group, he convinced the researchers to share info with Tawney because Commander Foley was out of the city. After relaying the information and their theory about the graves, the following day, they were tasked with going to prove our theory on several graveyards to the east. On the way, they ran into a group of undead and destroyed them.