As a result of Brienn’s death, the party needed to sell off some loot and restock on equipment. The best place for that seemed to be “the Deep Gem Company”. In the shop they were greeted by Ulthand Deepgem. He was mighty impressed by the party sacking the Duergar, and not only gave them some extra gold for their gems, but also told them a fantastic story about a mighty cleric who last had been seen travelling to the Horned Hold to face an ancient and powerful foe. Being an old adventurer himself, Ulthand saw that he was wearing a very special and unique armor.
He also confided that he’d lost his precious pet, a dire boar, which he suspected had been captured by gnolls.
After Brienn was resurrected our heroes returned to Murkelmor’s chamber. Fully loaded on powers the fight went better this time. The melee heroes were fighting up close while Thom and Chemash were sniping away from a distance. Slowly Murkelmor’s guards and mages were ground down despite him using healing powers on them.
When the situation seemed totally hopeless for Murkelmor, he escaped into one of the roaring furnaces and disappeared. Before he did that Brienn managed to drive her sword through his thick armor with a perfect hit.
Also one of the Theurges was captured and subdued by Chemash.