Returning to the cave, the heroes find that Morganna had fled with the shard. Gathering the gold and other valuables there, they returned to the forest to find night had fallen. At the forest lady’s urging, the group went to a magical grove to spend the night. There the forest lady revealed herself as Quen, a member of a powerful group of fey known as “The Emerald Council”.
That organization had been seeking the remains of an other-worldly stone of disturbing power: men from Aglarond had hired a cult of Red Wizards from Thay to build a doomsday device, intending to use it as blackmail against the elves of the Yiurwood. The wizards constructed the artifact using the stone, but it was discovered and shattered, scattering across central Faerun. Quen asked the group to consider seeking out the shards, as the Council lacked the ability to do so themselves.