Tsuki meets a man named Brocc Fast-Hands at the Griffon’s Grave who says that Midraba is in the city and that her followers have been harassing him. Ghesh finds out that Ajaakor’s Angels, Air and Water, are both currently unaccounted for. The Group find places to sleep throughout the city, with Rey and Rakshasa finding a cheap room at The Caring Crone, after Rey impresses Jazmin, a worker there.
Ghesh has a dream where he is walking along a grey, gravelly beach. He sees a woman with long black hair crawling onto the shore from the sea. As he rushes over to help, she turns to him, reaching for him.
Tsuki has the same dream from The Outsider but this time she can remember what they said. They say: “We are all puppets, suspended on strings that gleam like gold…”. Before they can say anymore darkness begins to spread along the wall behind them. The Outsider stands, turns to look at Tsuki, and then strides into the darkness.
Sahri, Rakshasa, Tsuki, Rey, and Ghesh all sit happily in a well-lit, luxurious dining hall, chatting while waiting for their meal to be served. As their meals are served the group begin to grow uneasy, none of them can remember how they got here, or where they are. At the other end of the table, the group see their host, dressed in a black cloak, only their bright amber eyes visible. Their host is feeding their food to a growling creature underneath the table. As their final meal is served they see that it is pulsating, as if something is moving about inside of it. Rey stabs it with a knife, and rats begin to pour out, climbing on and biting the party. the group fights back and they see that more rats are pouring out the kitchens. their host disappears and the building begins to sink. The group race to the front door, seeing that the house is sitting in a mostly featureless bog, surrounded by mist. They leap from the sinking house into the waist deep mud and begin to trudge towards a stone bridge which leads to land.
Once on the bridge they see a partially submerged skeleton that tells them that they’re being punished by her, Midraba, and that they have earned the ire of a group called The Ravens. Rey taunts the skeleton with Vicious Mockery and its amber eye sockets stop glowing. Two carrion crawlers burst out of the mud, one temporarily paralysing Sahri. Rakshasa quickly destroys them with Scorching Ray, with the help of Ghesh and Rey.
The group continues inland, hearing panicked cries in the distance. As they move towards them they see a woman with her throat cut, strung up on a road sign. Tsuki recognises her as Zanna,, Taman the Quiet‘s partner who was killed by Midraba. Ghesh performs last rites for her, but her body quickly rots away. The group continue, finding the smolduring corpses of several miners and adventurers, which the group recognize as the dead from Ephundali’s Mine. they hear panicked cries up ahead, and Ghesh recognises the vocies as belonging to Reverence and Vishkanya.
Rakshasa suspects a trap and is proved right when the figure mimicking Reverence reveals itself as a Kenku, a humanoid raven. The group engage the kenku as swarms of ravens descend on them, they can hear, but not see, many many ravens crying out around them. The ravens coalesce into an enormous humanoid feathered creature and attacks the party, laughing croakingly at their attempts to subdue it. Eventually the creature shifts into Midraba who immediately knocks Sahri unconscious with her vicious poisoned blade. Ghesh and Tsuki soon follow, and Midraba tells Tsuki: “Your master has succumbed to my darkness, and so shall you”.
working together, Rakshasa and Rey manage to defeat her with Rakshasa gutting her with a greatsword, Midraba curses them as she disappears.
The group all wake up, many of them being watched over by concerned citizens, who could not wake them from their nightmares.
The group hear a strange flute melody across the city and converge to confront it. They find an enormous mass of vines and pumpkins that has crawled onto the side of a building, attempting to snatch the mother and child who are inside. Two more smaller vine creatures approach out of nearby alleyways as the party engage the threat. Rey uses Cloud of Daggers to carve a smiling face on one of the pumpkins, while Rakshasa uses Scorching Rey to light it up like a lantern. Sahri becomes restrained as one of the vine creatures grabs her, she attempts to use her surprisingly hard nipples to escape. The mother in the building covers her child’s eyes. Sahri eventually frees herself and Tsuki who had fallen unconscious while being engulfed by the pumpkin creature. Rakshasa finishes the creature off with a dorito shaped greatsword, carving the pumpkin, as it were.