As the party settles in for a night of rest at the Ruby inn, a gunshot is heard from Katyas room followed by the witches screams and curses. A bullet came from the floor and blew a hole in her foot. Upon investigating the source of the bullet, the party was reunited with their missing comrade Zahar, much to Katyas annoyance, who was being attacked by a small Barbed Devil.
Coming to his aid, the party quickly dispatched the devil and inquired as to what had happened to Zahar and why he had come to Khaldar. The shadar-kai explained that he had awoken 3 weeks ago in the ocean where the creator they had created in the Dragon Belt was. He was picked up by a ship and returned to the Conclave to report what had happened, but his twin swords were gone and his arm had been replaced with a strange ice limb. Not knowing what had happened to himself, Zahar attempted to discover a way to recover his memories, but failed. One week ago, he had been ordered to head to Khaldar where the conclave astrologer Susan Hyphan had apparently been arrested for several crimes including public intoxication, public debauchery, theft and ruining a years supply of alcohol. He had arrived, but was turned away by the prison guards as they had been ordered not to allow her to leave, she was to be made an example not to harm the business interest of Grimm, one of the cities 4 crime lords.
Almost hole once more, the party decided to aid Zahar in freeing Susan and decided to leave in the morning. During the night however, many talks/arguments began between several party members and a large hole in the floor was made, destroying a chandelier in the process. The party was forced to under take 2 jobs from the Ruby"s mercenary board in order to compensate them for the damages. The first was investigating a supposed haunting of an orphanage and the second was discovering what was causing the horrible noises coming from beneath an artist studio.
Electing to help their friend before fixing their relationship with the inn keep, the party headed to the Grimm public business, the bath house, and attempted to speak with the goliath. After a bit of talking, they managed to get in to see him, but failed to convince him to release Susan. Hearing that the man was in a bit of trouble with his brewery, the party attempted an exchange, they would take care of this problem in exchange for Susans release. Grimm agreed to this, but placed a rune on the back of Susans neck that would kill her if they did not complete their task with a couple days.
Heading for the brewery, the party found it abandoned except for a few homeless people sleeping in the allies nearby. Paying them a few gold pieces, the party learned that a week ago, a delivery to the brewery had been made by a couple children, but chaos and screams had soon been heard and people had fled the building with their skin coming off in patches. Entering cautiously, the party started to search the building, finding several dead bodies, but upon closer inspection, they were attacked by several black ooze creatures.
After a painful battle, the party finished their inspection and found one body resembling the description given to them by the homeless man of the delivery boy. Casting speak with dead on his remains, the party was able to asceratain that he was a memeber of a press gang known as the River Rats and that they had been hired to poison the brewery with purple worm poison and leave behind the oozes to kill the staff. Getting directions to the home of the River Rats from the body, the group headed out to confront the children, but sent Katyas familiar to Grimm with a message informing them of their progress.
After and hour and a half of walking, the party arrive at the shanty hut in the mud district. Deciding to be a bit more cautious than before, the party scout out the building from outside and managed to catch a glimpse of several dad bodies inside and three creature easting them. While the rest of the group dicuss a plan of action, Katya and Susan set fire to a wall before knocking it down and chargin in.
A bloody battle ensues, but the party emerges victorious, one of the three monstrous creatures escaping and Susan being polymorphed into a cat. As the fire spreads, two members of the River Rats who were hiding in a wall run out of the building. The party gives chase and runs into Grimm, in poession of the two gang members.