Having (hopefully) saved Neera from the obsessed Red Wizards once and for all, MC and the heroic band decided to get back on track in their main quest; finding out how to defeat the vile Yog-Sototh. Learning that a clue might be found in a ruined temple to good old Dad, the party journeyed to the forest of Mire, which was indeed as grimy as it sounded. Proceeding with the usual caution, MC ordered scouts out ... a couple of skeletal warriors and a fire elemental would do nicely.
Alas, scouts proved of little avail this time as far as avoiding an ambush. The group was waylaid by the spirit of "Gorion", who chastised his old ward for becoming corrupt. Yeah, right. The ploy might have been semi-effective ... if MC hadn't run into the same scam way back in Candlekeep! Come on, guy, get creative! The pseudo Gorion kept droning on, despite MC delivering the most withering responses he could think of. Damn all copycat villains! They insist on having delivering their pretentious speeches, and won't take "shut your festering gob, you twit" as a hint.
Unfortunately, he wasn't all verbal bluster. He slapped MC upside the head a few times, knocked him down, did some damage and drained a level (since MC hadn't had a chance to get a proper mad on). Finally, the imposter revealed that (surprise!) he wasn't really Gorion, but some clown calling himself the Master Wraith. How pretentious; I got your Master Wraith right here, guy! He was, however, master enough to summon a slew of devil shades and a horror or two with which to attack the group. Neera called up a planetar, everybody else did their special things and the usual confused melee erupted.
Several people got further life drained and the elemental totally poofed, but the "Master" Wraith was soon sent demoted to servant status and sent packing. MC discovered the pleasant fact that Planetars weren't just sword wielders; they packed a boatload of useful spells also, including restoration. Combined with Anomen's spells, the party was brought back to normal, or what passed for normal anyway, and another sleletal warrior was drafted to replace the elemental as scout.
Anomen started his usual whining about being tired, but they decided to press on anyway and told the wimp to suck it up.