After returning to town, Alexander brought his sword in to be re-enchanted. A few other magic items were bought. Gonn began researching his new spell, Ebb Darkrift.
Meanwhile, Torrent began searching for the succubus named Belle. He began drinking in the Inn of the Lightless Day. Asking around, nobody had seen her. Meanwhile, Belle had altered self and was in the bar. As midnight approached, the party joined Torrent in the bar for drinks and to look for Belle. About 10 minutes later, 15 guards came in and found her in disguise.
The guards arrested Belle for murder. The party headed over to City Hall to find and talk to Belle. Here they found she was not actually arrested. But the guard on duty recognized 2 of the descriptions of guardsman. Arc and Carn Stoneblower were to be on guard duty at the dungeon gate the next day. The party traveled there and talked to their superior officer. After name dropping Bear Yarl, the party brought Arc and Carn to be interrogated.
Arc and Carn were obviously less scared of the party than the cabal they were working for. The party found there was only one solution to the silent guards. They decided the Stoneblower brothers should be interrogated by Bear Yarl. The gold dragon required a night with the traitors.
The next day, the party was informed that Belle was taken to a hidden summoning circle and was to be sacrificed to summon a stronger demon. The party was given directions to the hidden summoners.
They decided to use the teleporter to the Citadel. Here they were attacked by several orcs. It seems once 1 threat is eliminated, another steps into the vacuum immediately. Dispatching the horde of orcs (and 1 orcre – a 1/2 orc, 1/2 ogre) was simple enough, but Alexander’s panther animal companion was killed.
From here they followed the directions given. Along the way, they were ambushed by a 7-headed pyrohydra. The pyrohydra did some damage, but was dispatched quickly. Searching the area, they found a couple of potions and some other miscellaneous treasures. Alexander decided to explore the upstairs of the building the pyrohydra laired in (a cobbler’s shop). He found stirges upstairs, which he dispatched quickly. He searched a couple of spots and found old manuscripts detailing the cobbler’s work and schedules and clients, which he gave to Gonn.