Next morning we headed to the university to attempt to get some answers. Met with professor Alexander Weylose, in the history department. He didn’t have much for answers, but was able to point us toward Therai or Joshua Felgrim as more likely sources. He did mention that several pages from one of his books regarding the history of the tiefling empire had been removed.
Did some research in the university library while waiting to be able to meet professor Felgrim. Learned that there don’t appear to be any scholarly treatises about the aftermath after the last tiefling/dragonborn battle, also learned our first information about The Generals, and found more books with missing pages – even some with whole sections that had somehow been rewritten (magically?). A young student was spying on our research, upon questioning he gave up that he was doing so at the behest of professor Stephen Heckelshen.
We had lunch with professors Weylose and Felgrim, then continued meeting with professor Felgrim. Learned that the ritual packing list we acquired is out of order/chaotic, and further appears to be written by two hands. The reagent preservation instructions are completely mistaken, possibly a form of sabotage. He agreed to start looking into the elemental portal.
We then caught up with professor Heckelshen, who claimed he had simply pointed the student in our direction as likely being involved in investigating interesting battles. I have my doubts of this explanation.
Finally, we sought out Gid, an archaeologist in residence at the university. We learned that the dome where the elemental pillar formed was over Ashurta’s tomb and resting place. Also that the tieflings destroyed their own cities before abandoning them at the end of the war. Gid has been working with adventurers to rediscover artifacts from the end of war era called the hearts of the elements, with some success.