After being summoned to the Belltower Collegium to meet with Headmaster Kajetan, our intrepid heroes unintentionally interrupt a botched assassination attempt in process and apprehend one Nim Goodthorpe, a gnomish cutthroat evidently hired to dispose of Kajetan and make off with the mysterious gear. After a hasty hiring by the understaffed Miraj, the heroes set about the task of ascertaining whom would wish the good Headmaster harm and why.
As Kajetan himself lies in a poison-induced coma, a thorough and three-forked interrogation of the cowed Nim reveals his employer to be an unknown dwarf benefactor. Promising nothing but pure violence should he object, the gnome agrees to cut a deal with the enterprising heroes, hoping to ensnare the shadowy villain behind the dastardly deed.
At this juncture, the heroes split their number, the cunning Osley and the mighty Chuchann investigate the possibility of an antidote for Kajetan in the city of Belltower itself. While first paying a visit to Silent Sazlo, headman of the Cup Tricks, they eventually acquire an antidote from an unscrupulous halfling pirate and conclude their walkabout by securing the safety of Goodthorpe’s cantankerous mother and her squealing spawn.
Meanwhile Captain Miraj, investigating at the Collegium, comes to the conclusion, based on Nim’s testimony, a suspiciously expensive hand crossbow and good old fashioned detective work, that one Professor Gabor, a visiting instructor from the prestigious Cantilever Municipal University, was likely the involved party, seeking to obtain the artifact for the glory of his masters in House Topaz.
Moving to confront Gabor, the heroes found the guilty dwarven professor attempting to escape on a peculiar spoked vehicle. With the combined efforts of Osley’s thrown daggers, Miraj’s corralling of bystanders and Chuchann’s blind leap from a third story building, Professor Gabor was successfully overwhelmed and brought to justice.
As Kajetan recovered from the perilous effects of his poison, he spends a brief moment to imagine what heroic future awaits these most peerless of adventurers.