I advise you all to read page 263 of PHB. Re: Rest…..
You all are taking a short rest… it takes about 5 uninterrupted minutes, and you get your encounter powers back… also 3 interesting things to discuss..
1. The Sacred Bundle
As a part of the (extensive) ritual that sent the party threw the portal of verastorm, Clifff was given a cumbersome sealed bundle of lumpy sacred items.
2. Eerie music comes from the stone Kessel
As you finish the combat, you find you are in front of the statue of Kessel. He is larger than life, looks like he has a little fey blood and wields a lute of some kind. He looks like a secure enough place to take a quick breather. And sure enough as soon as you lean on a wall, take a sip of water and cool the heavy breathing you start to hear an eerie singing, you come to realize it is coming from the statue of Kessel. You feel you know the song. It is an old tune, and somehow changed. I added an insight roll below for the party to understand Kessel and his song).
3. You get experience…
The accountant of experience points is making barter… he needs to clean the books. I plan to keep a 1 lvl floor on the party.. if someone goes to level 3, whoever is at level 1 will be given enough exp to get to lvl 2.. The social promotion program.
Also – as a onetime bank error in the newbies favor.. the accountant is given all the players the accumulated corpse worth of experience, so since the server has been turned on.. You all have piled 950 experience worth of corpses. (950/5) = 190 each..
Skill challenge still to be resolved…
I think we can easily devise a way to track skill rolls inbetween sessions. this site supports rolls i think.
Kessel the bard..
(Insight, history or religion to learn more about Kessel)
Verastorm caverns knowledge…....
(history, diplomacy, dungeoneer, streetwise, religion to learn more about Verastorm).