Dok, Gigi and LQ bolt out of the pub after loud noises outside. Leaving the rest of the party alone with the carnage that had only just created. After a few moments, and noticing a new-comer in the corner of the pub, they exit to find Dok on the ground and the Quill family vanished.
Raeona, Kierhan and Janika ask Truugahn where they are, but he is unable to use his amulet to contact them. They must be unconscious, or worse.
Janika suggests the team go after the gang, as the mysterious stranger begins carving lines in one of the pub’s tables. The party asks him what he is doing and the Dragonborn simply says that his name is Kerish. Janika grunts, and at Azathoth’s behest (and with the addition of a anti-glowing symbol and burning table) Kerish joins the group.
They head to Hanging Shanty after questioning one of the town guards about the Rat’s Nest Gang and eventually reach the Bazaar. It is filled with all the races and ill-gotten gains of the kingdom, as well as a snoopy Thri-kreen named Chizik. Janika and Kerish corner her and force her to take the party to one of their hide outs.
Once there, they find a Spider Totem, as well as a chest filled with Boots of Leaping. On taking the boots, the party spring a trap and are knocked out.
The awake on swinging platforms that hang over the Edge. LQ and Gigi are on a nearby platform as well, asleep. Raeona feysteps, bringing Janika with her, to a larger platform that sits between the others. It is some kind of hanging jail.
Before they can free their allies, a huge Lizardman and a tiny Halfling enter the jail. The halfling instructs the Lizardman, Poker, to deal with the group. After a quick battle, Poker lies dying. Having punted Kierhan over the Edge – resulting in a fall that lasted tens of minutes before a gruesome death – Poker is finished off by Raeona.
The halfling, now identified as Von Tonwick, sends a threesome of beast-men to confront the team. Slippy, Peppy and Falco are dispatched easily, and Von is forced to reveal that he is actually a Doppelganger – A midget doppelganger!
Our heroes discover a note to Von from a nobleman in Cranston named Lucien Pileswork. And when they return to the pub, Baz informs them that Zooknor is long overdue to return and he is worried. They check his room and find a crumpled up letter asking him to return home.
All roads lead to Cranston, and along the way the party discovers 4 newly hatched Bronze Wyrmlings. Rather than fighting them, the group befriends them and brings them along to Cranston, stowed away in their covered wagon.
They pay a visit to Lucien Pileswork, impersonating the Rat’s Nest Gang and verifying the story in the letter. Indeed Lucien’s brother Donovor was murdered some weeks ago. And Lucien believes that it was a group called the Pit Vipers.
They ask the constabulary, and there seems to have not been any investigation. If Lucien says it was the Pit Vipers, then it was the Pit Vipers. A mystery is afoot!