The party, sent through a portal toward Dantalien encountered a group of refugees and were attacked by undead, tentacled aberrations from the woods. The refugees were fleeing the citadel at Dantalien, and the party decided to rest, feeling like they had nearly exhausted their healing reserves. Thoughts of the slaughter going on at the Citadel overnight only partially disturbed their rest.
In the morning, under an uncharacteristically overcast sky, they went on to the citadel, where they saw it had been completely overrun. The party united the rod and stone, fusing them together (it seemed like the right thing to do at the time….) Armed with information from the refugee Gunder had saved, they sneaked in through the postern gate and made their way to the dungeons, where they quickly freed the prisoners. They decided to sneak into the tower and dispatch or rescue the commander, depending on which side he was on.
They successfully made it to the tower, but were waylaid in one of the lower levels by a group of wights and vampire spawn. After defeating these, they were ready now to continue onward into battle.