When our heroes got to the end of the darkened passage, the goblin was nowhere to be found. Not seeing any sign of foul play (beyond their previous combat), they continued their search.
When they got to the small illusion-shrouded sign shrine, Boomah once again joined them. He claimed that the cultists only wanted to ‘talk’ and that they should follow.
So they did, and returned to the large underground temple that had fled a few minutes before. They were greeted by the tall, pale Vauchis ren Acero who appeared to be leading the group. She was flanked by a a shifty little man, and a bound goblin, who was obviously Boomah.
The goblin that was with out heroes transformed into a large, plain woman without explanation. As tensions rose, Vauchis suggested that this evening need not involve any more violence. She asked the party what it is they wanted.
Celeste told her that they had been sent to ‘disrupt’ the group for Lord Mayor Bikkel — who had offered to give them access to the dwarves in Gilt Hall.
She responded that that it seemed clear that they had fulfilled their duty and were free to leave. She offered them the head of the cadaver lord from the bedroom, claiming that the man was a spy for the mayor, and that he could have him back. The burly woman cast an enchantment on the preserved head before giving it to the group in a bag.
Our heroes also asked about whether Menso had been here. She admitted that he had been, caused quite a stir with his pronouncements about his powerful new blood magic, and left with a few of their members. All she claimed to know is that he went south through the mountain toward the Faelit Vale.
Considering this exchange a success, the group fled the darkened temple to the Veil.
Their next stop was a tavern controlled by the Lord Mayor. They were met by two of his burly guards in a curtained banquette, and led through narrow passages between buildings to his throne room.
The Lord Mayor was satisfied with their work, and told them of a Rakken-Taija gate keeper who had a mother’s milk addiction and needed to impress his superiors. He gave them a small amount of the drug to get the dwarf’s attention, and told them to use the drilling machine plans to gain access.
He offered to have his people make a copy of these schematics, so the party would not be left without — as he was sure the dwarves would take them.
Mike was only a devil for about 10 minutes, then they came face-to-face with two Boomahs. The only one committed to righteous violence was the barbarian, and everyone else told him to shut up. Maybe I have too pragmatic approach to evil, but I’m not sure how much repercussions there would be to simply allowing a devil cult to continue to exist in a town where slavery (and prostitution) are legal. And the devil never really unmasked itself.
Basically, at his point there is not upshot. They got the name of a dwarf with career/addiction issues whose buttons they can push to gain access to the real Gilt Hall. They learned that their enemy Menso somehow got through the mountain and went south. They’re looking to follow.