Departing Gullion’s capital with a gnomish cook in tow, The Distressed Damsel makes its final approach to Belltower and The Nameless Company is treated to the long-awaited sight of the town they departed nearly three months prior.
First things first once they touch down on the shores, the adventurers rush to reunite with Professor Kajetan and render their official report to their elderly patron. No sooner have they regaled him of their adventures on Palune, however, than the geriatric professor, some overcome with shock, suffers a cardiac arrest and collapses.
As Kajetan is transferred to the capable hands of the Collegium’s healers, The Nameless Company concludes their business with their loyal Three Seas Shipping vessel, says their farewell to many of its passengers and crewmen and enjoys a wild carousal with their halfling friends at The Hare’s Hair, a local tavern in Belltower’s Dockside District. The following morning, they’re summoned back to the Collegium with dire news; Kajetan’s not recovering.
Tasked with locating all the necessary herbs and ingredients to rescue their beloved dwarven patron, the heroes scour the town and surrounding countryside, searching high and low for willowsash, vipersbreath and bitterbark, only to learn that the only known sample of the latter is currently held by Gnish Humanfriend, commonly believed to be Koboldia née Gorzibadd’s new overlord. Hastening across the Ironshod Hills on phantom steeds, The Nameless Company rushes to confront the kobold and recover the vital herbs to save Kajetan.
On the way, the party is assaulted by a trio of powerful beasts, quickly ascertained to be lycanthropic shifters, certainly in the service of Vix, Vaca’s hated rival, and makes quick work of several, only to discover them to be mere children. Managing to spare the final shifter’s life, they discover that Vix has been poisoning the minds of the Silverback Coven against Vaca and poisoning their bodies with her foul lycanthropy. Stashing the poor shifter girl in a familiar hiding spot high on a cliff, The Nameless Company rushes onward to Koboldia and their pressing errand.
They gallop down the hill on their phantom steeds and prepare to assail the town’s main gates, once so impregnable to their amateur adventuring selves.