One month had passed since the group's last investigation and few events, with the exception of the Open Lord's funeral and the return of the Priestess of the High Moonlight Suaril at the House of the Moon, went in the way of disturbing the daily routine of the orphans that were slowly becoming South ward's heroes.
Recently returned from the evereskan front, Lady Suaril rapidly called all her priests to the temple to annouce her choice as the new prior. With the dismissal of High Initiate Orkalion for medical reasons, the high priestess had to select a new second in command. In front of many followers and all the selunite clergy of Waterdeep, she officially named Moonmother Stardust to the office, promoting her to the rank of High Initiate. Immediately, the new prior announced her resignation as Stardust Hall's principal and the promotion of Moonsister Anika Dahlgren as vice-principal under Revered Mother Al-Fulani of Ilmater. On the same night, holy to the Silver Lady, the clerics organized the Conjuring of the Second Moon, an important ritual that would summon two of the goddess' most powerful servants to serve the temple for one night.
After a beautiful and serene ceremony, two Shards appeared and performed the services that were asked of them before returning to the Gates of the Moon, bringing an old cleric with them to join their ranks.
The next day, the new prior called the Companions to her office at Stardust Hall, informing them that her predecessor, Felnarra Orkalion, had disappeared from the Wyttman Institute for the Mind, an hospital specialized in mental disorders and traumas, where she was treated for her mental breakdown after Morigard's death. Rhivaun and his friends were tasked of investigating her disappearance since the details concerning it were strange. The Church, a sponsor to the Institute, had been informed through magical communication, that the former prior had received the visit of a priestess who performed the Conjuring of the Second Moonand then left, along with Felnarra, in company of two Shards. Doubting these informations, especially since the said priestess was at the House of the Moon that night, Vivian wanted them to discover the truth and bring Felnarra back to the temple.
Leaving the next day and heading south, the companions quickly realized,at the sight of many caravans transportig wounded or dead people, that the roads surrounding the City of Splendors were not as secure as they were in the past. These sightings confirmed the informations concerning the increase of bandit and monstrous raids in the region. Fortunately for them (or for the bandits), nothing happened and they rapidly reached the river Ardeep close to which was the Wyttman Institute. Leaving the High Road to travel on a trail leading to the asylum, the coach transporting the agents of Selûne's church was forced to slow down when it entered a flooded zone. An hour later, they came under attack by two aquatic monsters who saw the flooding of the road as a good opportunity to extend their hunting territory and who had selected their coachman as their prey. Unable to save the poor man who sank into the muddy water, the group easily defeated one of the tentacled monsters using Rhivaun and Petyr's magic. After a little hide and seek game in the marsh, they hunted down the second one before resuming their trip towards the asylum.
When they finally arrived at the Institute, they were politely but coldly welcomed by Strogg the dwarf, head of security for the Institute, and Doctor Heraldus, the administrator. After hearing a detailed resume of the events leading to the disappearance of High Initiate Orkalion, the investigators were given full access to the cells. While Arya was inspection Orkalion's cell with Rhivaun, the others started to ask questions to the patients, receiving insults and body fluids as answers. Fortunately enough, one patient, a man named Carl Czmaska, told them he saw a "woman with many shadows" walking to Felnarra's room. Questionning Strogg about Czmaska, the dwarf answered that the man wa addicted to Greenwort, a drug believed by many wizards to enhance the oracular abilities. Petyr was convinced that the man had seen invisible creatures accompanying the false selûnite visiting the High Initiate.
With the conviction that nothing in Felnarra's disparition was linked to the will of the Moonmaiden, the group left the cells and started to interrogate the employees. While talking to the nurses, Ayanna and Rhivaun noticed that one of them, Gyl, was actually hiding something. Isolating her from the rest of her colleagues, the woman admitted that out of curiosity and religious fervor, she had spied on the visiting selûnite, hoping to see the Shards. Questionned by Rhivaun about what she saw, she stated that the ritual that summoned the two servants of the Lady was very different from the one she had seen at the House of the Moon a few years earlier, confirming that it was an hoax. Ashamed of herself and afraid that she would be fired for her indiscretion, Gyl pleaded for the group's silence, telling them about Doctor Heraldus' strict order to hide the truth to the investigators sent by the Church.
Tired from their walk in the marsh and their fight with the monsters, the companions asked for a place to sleep and were offered the office of Doctor Jevasic, a specialist in phobias who was acting as the Institute chief medical officer. Unfortunately, their sleep was greatly disturbed by horrible nightmares that, to Petyr's estimation, might have been sent magically. While Rhivaun, Arya and Petyr continued their investigation by questionning the doctors, Ayanna and Mersenne walked out to the guards' barracks, hoping to interrogate the dwarf Strogg who was on duty on the night of Orkalion's disappearance.
The dwarf refused to cooperate, locking himself in his room and threatening the catfolk and the bard with an axe if they ever forced their way inside his quarters. Strogg seemed afraid of something and accused them of endangering his job at the asylum. The disappearance of one of the patients made him and his guards look bad and this could mean the end of a well paid job for the greedy dwarf. It is only through guile and the use of Mersenne's bardic music that they forced the mercenary to cooperate, admitting that he was not clearly remembering the patient's departure in company of two selûnite angels. He also had no souvenir of how the priestess left the building. Foul play was confirmed.
Inside the Institute, a discussion with Doctor Jevasic shed some light on Felnarra's mental state and, while he could not say anythin more about the mysterious events, Jevasic confirmed that he had spoken to the priestess before her entrance in the cellblock, explaining that as a selûnite who had been away from the House of the Moon for long, he wanted the blessings of the goddess. To him, everything was normal with the priestess even though he felt she was stressed. Questionned about the Shards' departure from the asylum by Mersenne and Ayanna who had returned inside after their discussion with Strogg, Jevasic admitted that he did not remember actually seeing the angels leave but that he saw a group of people leaving towards the cliff. He had assumed it was the priestess and that a boat was waiting for her. He also admitted he had withheld this information because Doctor Heraldus had ordered him to.
When confronted by the companions about these new details, Heraldus admitted he had ordered his staff not to cooperate with the investigators, fearing for the Institute's reputation. He summoned Strogg to his office with the intention of ordering him to restart the investigation and offer his cooperation to the agents sent by the church but the dwarf did not answer. Sending guards to the barracks, Heraldus also told them about the only witness that they had not questionned: a old man named Vunik who claimed to have been possessed by the god Oghma in the past. His cell was next to Felnarra's and, after an intense fit of rage, was sent to the isolation block on the second floor.
Authorized to visit Vunik, the companions discovered a very old with many unexplainable knowledges. When asked about Felnarra, the man started repeating the same cryptic words, ignoring all their other questions. With some deduction and analysis, Petyr suggested that the kidnapping might have been done by agents of Lord Urmbrusk using manipulated angels. He also supposed that someone in the staff was helping the kidnappers. When Doctor Heraldus came back into the cell, announcing that Strogg's body had been found in the marsh, the investigators' instinct told them to question Doctor Jevasic again. As a specialist in phobias, he could have been responsible for the nightmares they had experienced while sleeping in his office and he had the reputation to be tyrannical with the staff and the patients.
Confronted by Rhivaun and his friends, Jevasic admitted his participation in the kidnapping but, before he explained his exact part in it, he teleported. Using magic, Petyr tracked down the evil doctor to Waterdeep, watching him enter a tailor shop. Inside the shop, Jevasic talked to a redhaired man, clearly afraid. The tailor invited him to the back of the shop but before he entered the room, Jevasic was attacked by a tall man wearing a black armor and wielding a maul. The doctor was instantly killed, ending Petyr's divination.
Accepting the apologies of Heraldus, the party left Wyttman Institute, hoping to catch Jevasic's assassin and force him to reveal where was Felnarra.