Falca and Hadron stay in the Reeves Rest, as the rest of the party goes without armor to the Dancing Darkness to exchange the strange magic key for 50 GP and try to find the buyer.
It is a rainy night as the party arrives at the seedy tavern known for its bad reputation, but also for a strange magical mysterious dark flame in one corner. The party elects Roger as its “Faceman” this time and he gives the signal to the one handed bartender. Soon afterwards a man sits down and asks Roger to follow him outside and in a small alley way.
Roger enters the alley and sees two other men armed and wearing chainmail under their cloaks.
Version 1 In this alley Roger gives the key to the man and the man informs Roger he won’t be paying him.
Version 2 In the alley Roger gives the key to the man and the man gives Roger the 50 GP as promised.
When Harleck hears version 1 of this story he demands vengeance and a return of his 50 GP especially after the party never repaid him the 200 GP he paid for the key in the first place. He insists the party follows the men and get the gold.
Roger finds the men and they enter the dangerous part of the city known as The Twist. They follow a ways back and soon see the men enter a rundown building in a narrow street. The party watches the building and eventually the two armored men exit the building. The party attempts to parley, except Roger, who in a rare act of bravery immediately begins slinging demanding his 50 GP and starting a combat before the men can answer why they refused to pay the 50 GP. The men exit and engage the party, a round latter a couple more men exit, then the man from the tavern followed by an imposing figure in plate mail, a full helm, and a crimson cloak.
The battle starts in earnest as Nettles charges down the rainsoaked alley to try and capture the man from the tavern with her man catcher, the rest of the party moves to attack the armored men. But the man in plate holds up a severed human hand and foul power of evil divinity stops Pog, Roger, and Harleck in their tracks. Gondolin, Claude, the Druid, and Nettles continue the fight, but the next round Gondolin uses color spray even though the druid is in the area of effect and drops him along with a few of the armored men. The evil cleric uses a series of Command spells to drop party members temporarily and the man from the tavern stabs Nettles dropping her. With Claude fighting and Pog held Nettles bleeds to death. The first causalty of the campaigne.
The battle turning against the party Gondlin in desperation downs a potion of speed doubling his bow attacks to four and floods the alley with a rain of arrows. Claude learning from the evil cleric start using Command spells on the fighting men causing them to flee.
Both sides are battered and beat, The evil cleric bleeding from several of Gondolin’s arrows. But the party is low on hit point and spells. The evil cleric yells for a truce as he grabs the held Pog and puts a knife to his throat.
The party stops, and they make terms, the evil cleric will go to the end of the street keeping Pog as a hostage and the hostility will stop as the reaming fighting men will go with him. The party agrees and the two remaining men and the evil cleric drag Pog to the end of the alley. For a few tense seconds only the sound of falling rain can be heard but then the cleric pulls the knife across Pogs throat as he drags him around the corner.
Gondolin, low on HP but full of courage and inspired by three sessions in a row of saving the day, sprints down the alley with his potion of speed driving him on. He rounds the corner just in time to see the Evil cleric rise from over the body of Pog. The cleric holds the severed hand towards Gondolin and uses his last Command spell, one failed save latter Gondolin drops, and one of the remaining fighting men puts a sword through his skull.
Claude guards the party until they are unheld and binds the fighting man dropped by color spray. The party gains control and the go into the building. Claude takes the time to loot Nettles as well. In the building the interrogate the fighting man. They find he is a devote cultist, following a power he calls the Dark Lord, and refers to the armored evil cleric as “The Horned One” . the party also discovers the fighting men the killed are all members of the city watch. Spooked by the discovery they have killed watchmen they return to the Reeves Rest.