The party, shaken by the encounter, went their separate ways after securing Micah below Alderth Hold.
Chari sought out Wilwood at the temple of Sarenrae. She hoped that the cleric could provide guidance, ease her mind, or otherwise help make sense of the awful things that had befallen her and her friends. Not finding concrete answers, she roamed outside the city walls. There the young monk spoke her piece to the gods before resolving to find her own way—without their help. Emotionally spent, Chari arrived at Isabella Driftlace’s office asking to stay with her for the night. Reading the heartache in the request, the teifling obliged.
Jinn quickly took Marley to the Wilmont-Burke estate to inform their friends of what had passed. They were rightfully concerned and offered what help they were able, along with their condolences. Next, the prince went to find Esper Sherman to speak of plans of succession in Jarrow. His second request, that she take some time off to recover and process from the ordeal in Eabhan Keep, was less well received.
Bart took solace in his cups. Jinn found the paladin on his second bottle of spirits in an alley somewhere in the Low Markets. The two slowly made their way back to the estate where Bart deposited him in a front room for Mani to handle. When he awoke later in the evening, with a spectacular hangover, the two spoke at length on the nature of the divine and the difficulties of being touched by the gods.
With Bart taken care of, Jinn went to track down his sister Zaahir. By challenging her to (and cheating at) a drinking competition, he was able to secure the help of the Queen of the Wave Runners in safeguarding access to Tilesía until the Dragon Punchers were able to arrive.
The next day the party met at Irador‘s corpse to collect their tower and discuss their next course of action. Bart sent messages to Messeneth and met with the merchant princes in town. The Knight of Cups was pleased to make inroads towards peace talks between Galiesia and Rialdon. Chari went to the Tower at Fallen Hill. She and Soma, a recruit the group had met during their last stay in Jarrow, searched Irador’s office for clues to the whereabouts of his hoard. Instead, she found a way crystal in a hidden desk compartment. Meanwhile, JInn and Aered searched the library for information on who—or what—-Aethelynd was.
The next day at their breakfast meeting the Dragon Punchers resolved to visit Fitche to fulfill the first part of their quest to destroy Cordyceps. From there they would follow the way crystal presumably northward. However, as Chari returned to her room to prepare a familiar face greeted her: Calla, accompanied by a strange man.