The company of heroes wakes in the morning to a lone ghoul trapped in the gate. They decide to throw the lever and splatter the ghoul all over the damn place. Then they depart to find it’s friends strewn about out side of the cave. Their corpses have been charred to cinders. Kethra comments that it appears to be the work of Mu`idd al-Shaybani.
Outside the walls of Nightfall, Kethra and the party receive a warm welcome. The party is led to see the captain of the town militia straight away to let him know of their arrival and get set up with lodging. They find Rip Tide passed out drunk atop his desk. He appeared to have been in one hell of a battle recently. He fills the group in that their horses and the wagons of goods were luckily found by a patrol on the road. He also pays the group a handsome sum for rescuing Kethra.
The first signs of tension within the group show their head while the party attempts to divvy the reward. Rurik continues to seem distant from the rest of the party while the three childhood friends (Illnorin, Luna Diamond-hawk, and Tink being to clash with the twins (Tetra and Zelda). Luna Diamond-hawk suggests that Zelda gets no split of the reward as she was more of a liability and was even rescued alongside Kethra. A small argument breaks out and shockingly, the ever vicious Tetra is able to quell the situation by offering to forego her take and split it between Zelda and Luna Diamond-hawk.
Zelda also takes some time while they’re getting settled in their bunk houses to identify the magical items that Tetra was able to swipe from the altar within the cave system they had ventured into. She finds them to be a Dagger of Warning, Figurine of Wondrous Power (silver raven), and a Bag of Tricks (Tan). Tetra suggests offering the Bag of Tricks to Luna Diamond-hawk to smooth things over between them.
While in out in the market, twins manage to steal a fine diamond ring. They almost blunder the caper but Zelda’s familiar, Tingle, in weasel form saves the day by making off with the loot. While the guards suspicions are peaked, they find no proof that the girls did anything wrong and let them go with a stern warning.
Rurik stays back at the bunk house making stew while the rest of the party heads to the local tap house to gather information and get and feel for the locals. Upon arrival, they run into Kethra, again. She waves them over to a table full of militia and other locals. Seats and drinks are made readily available for the heroes that brought back such a well known and loved member of the town guard.
As the revelry reaches it’s pinnacle, the crowd clears the tables from the center of the bar and forms up in a ring. The tap house owner and operator, a massively obese and yet shockingly nimble orc named Rukus, takes the center of the ring and offers a sack of gold to the toughest fighter in the crowd. A bare knuckle boxing tournament then takes place. Tetra and Tink both enter. Tetra underestimates the hardy folk of Nightfall and is knocked out of the tourney early on. Tink advances into the later rounds where he faces off against a nearly starved and feeble Kethra. What should be an easy win for the brute of an orc turns into a barn burner of a match. It pushes both fighters to the brink with Tink squeezing out a close victory. Tink is very battered entering the finals and even though he puts up a great fight he ultimately is defeated by a young Elf warrior and member of the militia.
While some of the party members place bets to earn extra coin, Tetra can’t help herself and attempts to cut the purse of a wealthy patron. Unfortunately, she does this in a room full of town guards and is immediately apprehended. This time there is less leniency and she’s forced to spend the night in jail with another warning to keep her nose clean. She’s reminded that she’s there to help the town and though she helped rescue Kethra next time the punishment will not be a slap on the wrist.
Tink manages to find an Orc woman of fine breeding stock and he pursues her throughout the evening. Her name is Tina and she has no issues heading back to the bunk house with Tink. There they find Rurik has made stew from the psionic brain soaked in the strange green liquid. He seems to be having some sort of super natural experience. They find him naked in the center of the bunk house, locked in a trance, and holding various poses. Also and oddly, a small goblin has appeared. It pounds a redundant rhythm on a massive drum. Tink and Tina decide to head to the girls bunk house. There Tink destroys one of the bunks to make a larger bed for himself and his lady. They proceed to do all manner of things most foul that evening.
Luna Diamond-hawk gets wasted and heads off into the night with Kethra and a couple fit young militia lads. She returns the next morning with a smile on her face.
Illnorin and Zelda close down the bar. When they stumble out into the street they are approached by a young Elf girl named Brigit. She conceals herself and waits to approach them in the shadows where no one can see her. She tells them that she was close to the last victim and that they should look into her step father, Dupre. She also informs them of the disappearance of his right-hand man, Mr. Quincey. When they get back to the bunks, they find Rurik and the goblin in one bunk and Tink, Tina, and a thick foul odor in the other. They decide to camp outside of Brigits home to keep watch over her, fearing she might be the next victim.
The next morning Tetra is released from jail, minus her Dagger of Warning. She reunites with Illnorin, Zelda, Tink, and Luna Diamond-hawk. Tink has taken taken a lot of issue with the antics of the twins but tries to go with Tetra to speak on her behalf and get her dagger back. The guards have no idea what happened to the dagger, supposedly, so they leave empty handed.
The group splits again with the twins heading around town to gathering information and Tink heading out to Castle Bromont to speak with The Keepers of Light. Rurik is tripping yet again and this time Illnorin joins in with Luna Diamond-hawk watching over them. Tink comes back after being turned away from his own brothers and also consumes some of the stew.
The next day Tink and Luna Diamond-hawk head out on patrol with Rip Tide. The rest of the party takes the opportunity to go speak with Dupre. The interview quickly devolves with attitudes and comments from both sides. After a slew of insults, Tetra finally snaps and attacks Dupre’s guard with the smart mouth. A fight breaks out with the party severely outnumbered. They’re quickly defeated and forced to surrender. They’re tossed out. Tetra is arrested the next morning and put in the stocks for killing a man in the fray.