… by turning Tatsu into a Death Knight. Apparently the party’s new found friend, Brisket, was an unwitting pawn in a revenge plot by the maligned Lich. His dream was a manufactured device to manipulate the party into recovering an artifact that made Tatsu into a much greater prize than a mere boneclaw.
On the bright side, they picked up yet another new companion, a potent sorcerer named Nemoi Smock who they rescued from the clutches of the same trap that ensnared the once mighty (and now even more mighty, but in a bad way) Tatsu.
At least our “new friends” list is keeping pace with our “new villains” list for the time being.