Boomah sensed that they had little time before the building collapsed in flames, but not so little time that they couldn’t engage in some quick salvage. He dug through the fallen bandit leader Borin’s belongings and found two bags that reeked of pickle brine. He handed them off to Celeste and went in search of the lady’s chambers — and her keys. Kallius crept back into the common room, determined to relieve the fey-blooded brawler of his goods as well.
Saerin and Luix found the back door and began prying off the boards to let Dremahl in, and allow everyone a quick exit.
The only other chamber in this shoddy addition was a shockingly pink and frilly bed-chamber. Boomah quickly ransacked the place, escaping only with some costume jewelry, strangely scented incense and a magical hooded lantern.
Meanwhile, Celeste looked around the burning store room, and found a pickle barrel and a wet gaff hook, She puts the pieces together quickly, and extracted two more bags form the bottom of the barrel. The warriors broke open the back door, and returned with the priest of the Maker to gather the troops. Soon the entire group was moving down an alley, leaving the rapidly collapsing building (and their enemies) behind.
Dremahl noticed a water elemental dancing across a nearby rooftop which aroused suspicion. Searching about, he found a vaguely familiar acolyte of the Nox hiding among some crate. The surprised youth turned on him, demanding to know why he was not at the meeting that organized their forces. Dremahl waved him off, claiming they had higher orders, and asked where their superior was.
Not looking to arouse any more divine attention, the two elves and the goblin went back to Ebn’s. compound to try and break the seals on their bags of booty.
Moving toward the fountain square where they were told they could find Ellicott, they came upon Telline in the final stages of her assault. She broke off her attack to question the priests. Celeste told her that the leader died without glory in the burning building. This was very disappointing to the swordmaiden, but she accepted it. She did question why the group was inside the burning rooming house, and Celeste simply answered that she was with Boomah, and it was hard to keep him away from fires.
They found Ellicott near the winesink where they had planned their venture. he was surrounded by sooty and exhausted acolytes, but welcomed the newcomers. After swapping tales, they commiserated over serving a mad glory-hound of a war-priest. And toasted to her glory.
Back at Ebn’s tower, the trio used brute force to break off the fiery seals that closed the bandits bags and went through her treasures. They found that they keys in question were actually made of mithril, and intricately carved with the worldwyrm device of the emperor’s house, They also found a potion, a couple scrolls and other minor magics.
Boomah stopped in and showed the keys to Eika, who thought they should be destroyed.
They decided it was best to discuss the issue with the priests before going further. Regrouping at the shrine of Methys, Boomah came clean about his meeting with the black blooded duo and the deal he made for the keys. in the end, it was decided that Dremahl would accompany him to make the switch.
They went off to a collection of larger estates along the far wall of the town. They were met along a hedge-wall by the slighter Thorn, who ushered them through the bushes and into a small guest house set in miniature town square within the manor. Wihtin the hedge, they were met by his brother Burr, who followed them in.
There was a cozy sitting room on the upper level, where a man with large bristling mustaches waited for them, with a slim, pretty girl waiting in the shadows. He introduced himself as ‘Uncle’ Griza Ombor and his niece Lyran. He congratulated them on a job well down, and hoped that this would be the beginning of a fruitful alliance.
Things were jovial and upbeat, as drinks and smoke were shared among the tow groups. This was only marred by the obvious contempt that Lyran showed for the two, and her quiet unwillingness to goiong along with the budding friendship.
Griza told them they keys would be very helpful in proving his claims among the rules-obsessed newcomers, but it would be helpful to have liquid assets as well. He hoped that the two might assist him in this. He added that his group had procured an item that would hold particular interest to Boomah — a necklace with three fiery gems.
They debated the value of their efforts against his need for cash, and in the end accepted the necklace and four 100 gold piece trade bars in exchange for the keys— one for each of our heroes who were not present at them meeting.
As night slowly gave way to the brightening dawn, the duo returned to the shrine to share out their gains. The treasures were accepted, as well as the risks of this new relationship. But they hoped that it would be a problem for another time, as their goal was to turn upstream toward the troubled mine as soon as possible.