After successfully having cleared out the Chamber of Eyes, the party returns to the Seven Pillared Hall.
This being virtually the first time they get to take a closer look at the hall, the party eagerly explores what it has to offer – maybe they’ll even find clues as to where the Duergar might be hiding…
A good place to start looking seems to be the Halfmoon Inn, and the party is really lucky since it is a very busy day with several of the Hall’s prominent guests being present.
The first one they speak to is a somewhat worn down knight who introduces himself as Therrlen Darkseeker. Apparently he used to be a part of the Cormyrian elite force “The Purple Dragons”, but he has lost interest in their internal political schemes to advance in the heirarchy. He also tells them about his strange memory losses, and describes a place with a giant bronze gong, held in place by massive minotaur statues.
While Germanicus and Barrak sit down and speak to Therrlen, Chemosh manages to find some information about the Duergar hideout by himself.
Present in the inn is also Vadriar the sage who seems to almost be afraid the Hall’s roof will cave in (any sensible person will realise that that is quite impossible), and mumbles about troglodyte shamans in the Cisterns.
The party convinces Therrlen to follow them to vanquish the Duergar, but he needs to close up his business for a couple of days before he can leave. So the earliest point when the party could set out is in the morning the following day.
From Vadriar the party learns about Surina, a Dragonborn Warlock that spends a lot of time in the temple. She nurtures the crazy idea of exterminating the Underdark.. good luck to her…
In the morning the following day, the party is called to see Orontor, one of the Mages of Saruun. They learn that one of his adepts Paldemar has gone missing, and is suspected to be involved in some sort of cult. The party will be rewarded handsomely if Paldemar could be returned, dead or alive.
Finally, after a lot of discussions about how to best convert the loot into more useful loot, the party sets out towards the Horned Hold (strangely enough Chemosh has a map!). On the way there they are attacked by hyenas, lead by a gnoll. What is more strange is that Therrlen suddenly tranforms into a werewolf. After the battle the party notices that Barrack is attending to quite a nasty bite wound.
After the battle is won, Therrlen is still living, but is unconscious and seemingly not aware of his horrible curse…