Coldeven 23- Growfeast 2
The party explores the Elemental Node of fire, eventually finding Andris in a fight for his life vs some Salamanders. Once saved, Andris speaks about his encounters with the temple, and how he was captured and thrown into the Fire Node, where he has been struggling to survive ever since. Another human female is also rescued, but turns out to be a Succubus in disguise, and flees when she fails to defeat the party.
Within the fire node, the party encounters the lair of Fire Grue. Within their lair is an ornate dais containing a large gemstone. The party rightly infers that this is one of the Elemental Gems that power the Golden Skull.
The party proceeds to locate portals to the other Elemental nodes, discovering each subsequent Elemental Gem in a Grue lair appropriate to the Elemental Node.
After acquiring the gems, Inkee places a gemstone in the Skull, and learns that the Skull now has the power to summon Demons, and allow them to escape the Nodes. (Where there would be no escape whatsoever if the party did not have the Golden Skull in their possession.)
Returning to Hommlett, Andris immediately secures some clothes, arms and armor and sets off to see the ArchPrelate of Veluna with his grave news.
Burne and Rufus offer what aid they are able, but of the Airship, crew and Greenfire, there is no sign.