Sailing away from the ruin of Prerros, The Nameless Company (sans a recently disappeared Grandmother Crow) received a sudden sending spell, beseeching them to come to Cassino with all haste and lend aid to a wounded Drek. Delaying only long enough to send Althoren Lunoré back to Belltower, the adventurers quickly summoned the linked portal necessary and travelled to the City of Carnivals, right in the center of quarantined Obalta.
After arriving in the central square, Vaca and Chogaruk set about hunting down their old ally Zanna, whom they suspected of issuing the message in the first place. Zencaré, meanwhile, wandered into the Dragon’s Hoard casino, became uproariously drunk and was thrown out of the premises on the basis of his lewd and abusive behavior. Fortunately, at that moment, Chogaruk and Vaca arrived, with Zanna, now leading the city’s official mercenary army, in tow and the warlord was able to properly diffuse the situation.
At Castle Heroic, the new base of operations for The Blue Banners, the players reunited with Drek, Vaca’s shifter mentor, only to discover him laid up in an infirmary bed. According to him, a gang of Three Seas customs officers arrested Maverick and the other tieflings who adopted him, on smuggling charges. His best guess as to their location was The Unseen Hand, a sinister myth about a ghost ship that sails up and down the rivers of Obalta, snatching citizens they feel are in violation of the blockade.
Setting out on phantom steeds to recover the captured tieflings, The Nameless Company went first to Garden Bridge, where the troupe was initially attacked. Upon arriving, however, they discovered a company of three foul trolls, sitting about the ruins of the campsite and eating halfling corpses. The battle with the trolls was prolonged and frustrating, thanks to their regenerative properties but, before long, they manage to put two of the beasts down and the third, unwilling to die for his supper, fled in terror.