The group ask a few more questions of Madam Eva and then head north to the small village of Terykia. Madam Eva tells the group that most of the people in the valley were born without souls, and that this makes them somewhat emotionless. They see the dreary, emotionless denizens going about their days. They talk to the village leader, a woman named Hilda. Hilda talks about how Kas The Bloody-handed is a war-like vampiric tyrant, who sends men every so often to take away people for his army. Rey notices that several of the villagers are wearing scarves, and guesses that they’re hiding where they were bitten by vampires. The party notice that several of the younger villagers are arguing, the party deduce that olny people with souls get taken by Kas, though they’re not sure why. The party hear a horn sound from a nearby watchtower and the villagers begin to file out into the streets. The party see a small host of armoured vampiric knights riding into the village, followed by a group of armoured mastiffs. The mastiffs seem to bark at villagers who have souls, they are then tied up and put on the back of horses. The group soon join them, despite Tsuki initially trying to hide from them.
The party are taken to the fortress of Kas, in the north. They see that it closely resembles its counterpart in the Salisan Badlands. The party have their gear taken and are split up. Tsuki is taken to speak with Kas first, she sees the vampire darklord sitting in his throneroom in armour.
He seems like a curt and bitter man, but seems to show more patience and interest in the group when he realises they came to his realm from Ahlim. He speaks to Rey next, and seems to think her appearence is garish. Rey starts singing, but he silences her, saying that singing isn’t allowed in his fortress. He talks to the whole group, telling them that Madam Eva and the Vistani are spies of Lord Strahd, the one who turned him into a vampire. He tells them that if they want his trust they need to hunt down the leader of Vecna’s cult in the city of Tor Gorak. He says that Vecna’s cult has been sabotaging his efforts and a half-elf named Vocar The Obedient is their leader. He says that the head of his police force, The Daggers, is a half-orc vampire named Tejen The Grim. With that he dismisses the group, saying that if they don’t bring him Vocar’s head, he will treat them as spies and traitors.
The group ride to the city of Tor Gorak with Tejen and begin to look around for signs of Vocar. They find a wanted sign and then head to a quiet tavern called “The Fanciful Fang”. Most of the patrons seemt to be souless, but they notice a chipper gnome who seems curious about the party. They sit down with the gnome, who says his name is Sven. The group tactlessly ask him how they could get into contact with Vecna and he laughs nervously. Several other patrons leave the bar, seemingly to go alert the guards. Sven leads the group away to an abandoned building and eventually reveals that he can indeed take the group to Vocar the Obedient. He demands 3, 000 gold in payment and the group reluctantly agree. He then pours out the gold and slowly begins to count it. Sahri slams the table in impatience and Sven complains that he has to start over now. Eventually he leads the group down to the sewers. They eventually come across Vocar the Obedient and several followers. The group convince Vocar that they support Vecna and that they want to speak with him. Vocar tells the gorup that Vecna is going to lure a child of Graz’zt into his realm, and then take his power. Vocar explains that killing Iuz will allow Vecna and his followers to escape this place. The group confer for a moment and decide they’ll stick with helping Kas, rather than betray him. The party rest, and Sven says he’ll meet them in the town of Skotstrada where they’ll go meet The Mad Mage together.
The group then attack Vocar the Obedient and his followers. They suprise them, killing them all very quickly. One of the followers was secretly Vocar in disguise, but the group realise and cut their head off.
They return it to Kas and he seems pleased. He says they have his trust and blessing, and the group decide to head to Skotstrada next, to confront Sven.