After the party teleports to the village Pettyville on the westernmost part of Zinadin, northwest of the halfling federation and they all meet. They come across the news.
A new island has risen in the sea west of Zinadin, all traffic passing there and to the north has ceased as a whirlpool sucks the ships and crashes them to the shore. Moreover as the ships passing to the east have increased in number piracy has taken a new height.
News of the portal stones, placed by the followers of the Elder centuries ago, being activated are heard throughout the realm. They all wait for a portal keeper to be assigned to each one and operate it.