Our heroes began this episode in the temple of Sain Momet, the necromancer whose atrocities gave the Lover’s Tryst it’s nickname. They had successfully guessed the password that opened the secret entrance to Sain’s private chamber and faced a fight with Sain’s “brides”, the young women that he had lured, tortured, killed and then raised into undeath. Smart tactics on the part of Val had the party winning the encounter handily as he marked and manuevered the enemy in their own territory, taking the advantage time after time, after all, heroes make their own luck. They had won only to face Sain himself in the next room. Entering the room they narrowly escaped damage from a necrotic trap that was set at the door. Quick thinking by Nova, a prescient bard, successfully bluffed Sain into delaying his actions until the party could get into a far more advantageous positions to attack. From there it was a foregone conclusion as the group made short work of Sain and he was destroyed, at least for the day. But a day was more time than they needed to search his quarters and find the codex even though it was hidden by an illusion and further protected by an invisibility spell. They returned to Ponti, the wizard who though dead, was the only wizard ever able to place a portal without ever having seen or been to the site of it’s placement. Ponti was able to dispel the invisibility spell surrounding the codex and sent our heroes off to obtain the ingredients he needed to make the portal. When they returned he was fully alive and in the flesh and gleefully promised the party that he would stay in town for a week to place the portal while they scouted around for the site that they wanted the portal to be placed and obtained a piece of it for him to focus the ritual upon. Our heroes had learned of two secret entrances to the palace through Louis’s involvement with Hestia, the girlfriend of the captain of the guard, and decided that the masoleum would be ideal for the portal’s placement. They had no sooner snuck into the masoleum than they heard someone coming. They reluctantly hid behind several crypts and then watched in amazement as Ducal Prince Damian entered the masoleum and used a portal that was already in the room to leave the palace in secret. Aurzel, a powerful magician in his own right, memorized the words of power the prince used even as he spoke them and enabled the party to quickly follow the prince to his secret rendevous. To the parties shock and chagrin they found themselves in a vampire infested crypt! Fast as lightening Aurzel turned to prince Damian and said, “We are here, right on time as you instructed my prince.” (While he was thinking, “Oh dear gods we’re all dead!”) But, his words forced the prince to choose between displaying weakness and stupidity in front of the Vampire Lord, or going through with the bluff on the chance that he could turn the situation to his advantage later. The prince chose to go through with the bluff and introduced them to the Vampire Lord as converts wishing to walk the path of the believers. All was going well until one of the party, Barabus, foolishly chose to challenge the Vampire Lord asking him, “How do I know if your worthy of my blade and my honor.” The Vampire Lord took his hand to read his intentions, and Nova used her psychic abilities to overlay her own dark past upon Barabus’s in the hopes of confusing the reading. Success, almost dashed by Barabus’s very foolish pressing of the Vampire Lord, was still narrowly achieved, and the prince was instructed to bring the potential recruits back the next day for testing. They returned to the palace through the portal where the prince angrily questioned the party only to be questioned in turn by them. The prince, eladrin by birth, decided to escape using fey step and call for guards to kill the spies, but through Aurzel’s and Nova’s powers was stopped and brought back where Val and Barabus knocked him unconscious so that they could keep him for questioning. Making sure that they left the masoleum in the same condition it had been in before the fight they spirited the prince away through the secret passageway.