It appears that Dartain was actually looking for something quite far away from Paineel, and that he used the observatory to search for it. This led to him leaving for the northern reaches of Odus, although his destination is still unclear. What is known is that he would likely have needed to cross through Toxxulia Forest to make that journey. I should meet with the head researcher for Toxxulia Forest, and see if I can find any clues.
I should seek out Falleh Missar in Toxxulia Forest, and see if I can find any more information about Dartain's journey.
Locate Falleh Missar in Toxxulia Forest.
I have spoken with Falleh Missar.
Find the mysterious kerran that the researcher mentioned.
I have spoken with Taliah.
It appears that Dartain may very well have traveled through Toxxulia Forest, but I must investigate further to be certain of his goals here.
I must find the drake known as Fingilas to learn more about the spiritual disruption.
I must locate the drake known as Finglias.
I have spoken with Finglias.
I should locate the spirit of the mate of Finglias.
I have defeated the spirit.
I should return to Fingalis and report my success.
I have helped Fingalis.
I was able to defeat the spirit of Finglias's lost mate, and gain safe passage through Toxxulia Forest.
I should return to the kerran, and inform her that the spirit of Finglias's mate has been released.
I should return to the kerran and inform her of my success.
I have spoken with the kerran.
I have freed the spirit, and have gained new information on Dartain's activities.
I met with the researcher, and through my investigation I found that a poison drake - a minion of Toxxulia herself no less - was willing to let me pass for assistance. I discovered that Dartain began studying a spirit transference technique, and used one of the drakes there as an experiment. It seems that my trail will be leading me into the secluded Kerra Isle to find out more.