A rumbling cacophony shook the foundations of Thann Manor from beneath. At that moment, the four adventurers had gathered to rendezvous and plan their next steps, but they quickly learned that they were not the only interlopers at the Reclamation Day Ball.
The night’s musical act, a quartet of skilled bards, revealed their true identities. Three transformed into fearsome were-creatures while the leader of their motley crew assumed command of the terror-stricken ballroom. The mysterious woman demanded Lady Thann give up her relic, but Cassandra stood resolute in the face of danger. Her son Danilo would not be so stoic, as the wicked bard placed him under a magical charm, pressing him to reveal the location of the key that would unlock the relic’s vault.
Entranced by the spell, Danilo led the werewolf to the master bedroom, where he had previously been searching — until Aystra and Havard had interrupted his plot. That duo took advantage of their Aura of the Unremarkable to slip out of the ballroom unnoticed and tail Danilo. With stealthy swiftness, they took the beast down, leaving Danilo in the safety of his mother’s room.
Meanwhile, Vyurek and Zerg remained with the hostages in the ballroom, attempting their own subterfuge. Zerg began to sneak away but was soon noticed by the Wererat. Insisting he was only going to ensure the fires in the kitchen were under control, Zerg was accompanied by the henchman down the hall. Vyurek attempted a magical vanishing act, but was likewise unsuccessful in his attempts at stealth, which drew the Wereverine toward the dining hall. With both henchmen isolated, the party’s muscle moved to eliminate the were-creatures individually.
Aystra and Havard would slip down to the manor’s cellar where they met Malvar and appraised him of the situation. The doppelganger chief informed them of the much more pressing issue — a second group of infiltrators was currently attempting to crack the safe and steal Cassandra’s mask while the bards upstairs distracted the crowds.
Despite their best efforts to quietly eliminate the henchman, Zerg and Vyurek’s battles soon spilled into the ballroom. In an attempt to distract and demoralize her foe, the band leader cast a spell on Vyurek to modify his memories, making him believe that Havard had murdered Danilo in the ballroom minutes before, to protect the secrets of the relic, then vanished with Invisibility magic. Seeing a pressing need to draw out his enemies, Vyurek cast Stinking Cloud over the ballroom, rendering the guests, and the intruders, disgustingly ill. The smell was atrocious, but it allowed Vyurek and Zerg to finally vanquish the invaders and join their companions in the cellar.
When they finally confronted the would-be thieves, the party realized they had been foiled by the diversion. The Eye’s crafty rogue had successfully broken through the safe’s defences, and invoked a dimensional teleportation spell to flee with the mask before the party could stop the theft, leaving them to battle with a plague cleric and her soldiers. In an encounter that had become characteristically defined by sickness and pestilence, the party delivered swift justice to the criminals. When only two soldiers remained standing, one threw down his weapons and surrendered, while the other suffered a knock-out blow by Aystra’s hand. The thug confessed that he and his colleagues were prisoners of war, enslaved as soldiers by Colstan Rhuul, forced to fight under The Eye’s orders. As the party regrouped, they now found themselves outmaneuvered by the criminal syndicate, with one of the Relics of Shoon now in enemy hands…