Ghorus Toth had a business proposal for our heroes.
It seems that a while back, he engaged the services of a Stoneborn brother and sister, named Kadaadi and Nazuha, to follow a lead he had uncovered regarding a rare copy of Klissgond’s Guide to Portals, including the appendix on reverse engineering one way portals. Unfortunately, on the way back from the Well of Winds, his companions bushwhacked him and made off with the book.
Toth wants the book, or information that will lead to it. Failing that, he wants an example made of the two Stoneborn.
He recommends the party head to the cavern/village of Abylon, and ask for Ashdasug Slim
Provisioned and prepared, our heroes set off to Abylon, heeding the warnings of Grimlocks, and avoiding any direct confrontation with the revolting, eyeless, foul smelling little thugs.
The same could not be said for the revolting, foul smelling, psionic rat things that tried to nibble them to death when they were camped. Combat ensued, and our rodent banes extraordinaire laid waste to their would be devourers.
About half a day from Abylon, the party exercised extreme racial prejudice and bushwhacked a Duergar trading party, slaughtering them to the last and stealing their goods and their draught pigs. Good time, good times.
Whilst making their way through the cavern to the village, the heroes encountered some Drow mercenaries. Only quick, and foul mouthed, action from Squee prevented Anaris from fighting them there and then. But they hinted that he, and his friends, had best be careful, as they laugghinly and mockingly wandered off.
At the Bodyguard’s Flask, the looted loot was sold to Aalo & Screm, and the party arranged to meet the landlord, Ashdasug Slim, on the other side of the cavern for an exchange of money for information. Slim turned up with guards, just in case, and at least pretended to buy the party’s story about being old friends of Kadaadi and Nazuha. He gave directions to their hide out, took a promise of payment and a pig as collateral, and went back off again.
With an idea of where they needed to be, the party set off north.
Not too far on their way, some short time later, the Drow mercenaries attacked the party, splitting them up and causing some hurt, before they fell before superior numbers and the righteousness of the pure of hart. And Effigy/Midnight/Psychobot.
Having helpfully deprived the corpses of anything that might attract thieves, on they all went, along the River of Sexy Boy Fish, where they heard Tales from the Beginning of Time, and even from yesterday, too.
Locating the Stoneborn’s lair, they prepped for trouble, and went on in.
Wishing they were still in Abylon
Navigating past traps, and into the donut shaped cave, our heroes were soon subjected to the shoot and run defensive tactics of Nazuha, who lured them deeper and deeper into the lair. Finally, they confronted her brother, a Tiefling woman and an Azer, and no one was in the mood for talking first.
Seeing the carnage being unleashed, especially on Nazuha, the Tielfling ran, using Darkness to escape.