As morning’s light crested onto the party’s camp, the group started to break camp and discuss disposition of the remains of the Untherite. Dyan’ette composed a sketch of the Untherite at Rhogar’s request. After the sketch was completed, an agreement to burn the body was reached and Ben-hadad ignited the corpse in a bonfire while the group remained to ensure the body was consumed. Rhogar studied the strange blade taken from the warrior. He practiced with the khopesh during the burning and hung it upon his belt as a trophy. Tamnai gathered the group and revealed her tiefling heritage as if she was worried of the revelation. The party nodded in understanding and none judged or seemed to care of her fiendish heritage. All admitted that she was their friend and their ally. The group started to walk to Daggerford. The travel to Daggerford was uneventful and the party reached the Farmer’s Gate a couple of hours beyond noon. Carden greeted Jak Crimmy, one of the guards on the gate, and the group decided to visit the Harvest House and report the recent discoveries to Shale.
Upon entering the Harvest House, the party waited only a short time before they found themselves in the meeting room with Shale. After producing the documents obtained from the cult and discussing their encounters to include their discovery of Ragnolin Dourstone’s involvement, Shale asked if they would leave the documents for him to read thoroughly and return in the morn after morning vigils. The group agreed and immediately split once outside the Temple to Chauntea. Carden stated he needed to drop off something without any details; causing the group to warn him to refrain from illicit activities. Rhogar announced he planned to visit the Table of the Sword and Cosima agreed to accompany him. The rest of the party, Tamnai, Gromm, Ben-Hadad, and Dyan’ette decided they would secure rooms since Dyan’ette’s magical disguise was soon to expire.
Carden made his way to the storage facility to deliver his latest report to the Gray Watchers. Upon opening his compartment, the rogue discovered a thick rolled parchment and a small tin container. The container was filled with a hair dying compound to lighten his hair to a light blonde. A simple note stating “You may need this” was in the larger parchment which was an actual wanted poster with Carden’s likeness when he left Waterdeep. The bounty on his head was 100 gold lions and was issued by the Order of the Gauntlet for breaking and entering and grand larceny. Startled by the wanted poster and the prospect of being hunted by the Order of the Gauntlet, Carden quickly snatched the contents of the compartment and placed his report there before locking the container and quickly departing while looking over his shoulder.
Rhogar and Cosima walked casually to the Table of the Sword and Rhogar asked to see Baergon Bluesword, the High Priest of the Shrine. An acolyte informed the pair that Baergon was not present and likely would not return until the evening. After showing the acolytes the sketch of the dead Untherite with no recognition, Rhogar and Cosima decided to spar to pass the time and give Rhogar some experience with the Khopesh. Just prior to evening feast, Baergon returned. Unfortunately, the priest did not recognize the Untherite, nor have any information of the group Rhogar seeked. After a tailored version of the encounter with the orcs, the dreaded revenant, and the Untherites, Baergon suggested caution. The High Priest showed considerable concern over the rise of a revenant, but did not persist in questioning its reason for seeking Rhogar and his allies.
Upon arriving at the Lady Luck Tavern, Tamnai and Gromm secured the three remaining rooms due to the upcoming Highharvesttide holiday due in four days. Dyan’ette immediately headed upstairs to scribe a scroll while Owenden continued to speak with Tamnai and Gromm. Owenden informed Tamnai that a group had asked about their golden dragonborn friend. The innkeep pointed to a distant table with two dark skinned well-equipped men sit watching the exchange. Ben-Hadad decided to remain at the bar and watch from a distance to see if the men had other allies. Tamnai purchased a bottle of wine and then her and Gromm approached the table. A grim discussion bordering on hostility and threats occurred. Tamnai and Gromm learned that the leader of a group of Untherites purposed to seek and slay dragonborn for their invasion of Unther. This leader, Samar, was certainly in league with the caster, which he named Zeldara, and the slain warrior, which he named Horat. Samar bore a large symbol of Gilgeam wheras his partner, Azzed, was wrapped in fine leathers and toyed with a dagger while cocking an eyebrow in disbelief at everything Tamnai said. The group noticed that Rhogar’s shield was being used as a platter for food and drink spilled across it. Tamnai and Gromm assured the pair that they would inform Rhogar of their presence before returning to Ben-Hadad. Ben-Hadad alerted them of two other similarly dressed men at one of the upper tables that were watching the exchange intently. The three decided to go upstairs and relay this to Dyan’ette to find Carden sitting in the room with the dark elf as he scribed into his spellbook.
Rhogar and Cosima returned to find the rest of the party preparing for dinner. The group discussed their events of the day to include Carden’s wanted poster and the Untherite presence at the Lady Luck. Those familiar with the Order of the Gauntlet requested that Carden to reveal his full crime. The rogue told all that he stole some items of wealth from a minor noble’s house and was seen. When questions started to pervade the Deep (Waterdeep), he decided to leave and let things blow over. He knows not why the Order of the Gauntlet would be involved. He admitted that to find out fully who and what the Order of the Gauntlet really are could be helpful. Rhogar was more focused on the presence of the Untherites and suggested that the group head downstairs to eat and see if they were still around. Seeing the Untherites at a small table, the group spread about the tavern anticipating a conflict. Finding a table able to hold the party, Tamnai took a seat to hold the seats for the party. Ben-Hadad and Dyan’ette, disguised again, remained near the bar to watch the upper tables while Rhogar, Cosima, and Carden approached Samar and Azzed. Samar quickly attempted to enrage Rhogar by blaming his kind as usurpers and invaders. Heated, yet controlled, insults and jests were passed between the two to confirm a deep hatred between these two beings. Even the admittance of slaying Sharash along with revealing a necklace with eleven other dragonborn scales did not break Rhogar’s will. Likewise, revelation of Horat’s death and his subsequent burning did not sway Samar either. A mutual loathing and antagonism developed as Cosima and Carden held their actions to follow Rhogar’s lead. Samar also threatened to reveal that the dragonborn and his group willingly travel with a dark elf. Unable to hear the conversation, Dyan’ette watched intently with certainty that a battle was going to ensue. A final attempt to break Rhogar’s control was revealing the dragonborn’s magical shield with his symbol of Bahamut defaced and being used as a platter for the Untherite’s meal and drinks. Rhogar erupted and snatched the table, flipping it to send all the contents toward Samar. The priest of Gilgeam remained calm as food and drink splashed about him with some falling into his lap. With lightning quick reactions, Azzed caught the shield midair and pulled it away from Rhogar and the floor. The tension was palpable as Rhogar simply turned and walked away followed by Cosima and Carden. Azzed returned the table to standing and Owenden walked toward the dragonborn stating, “There is not to be any trouble in the Lady Luck!” Rhogar nodded and offered a few coin for the mess as he and the others settled at the table with Tamnai. The group hastily ate a dinner with little conversation until Dyan’ette claimed that they must visit the best smith in town as soon as possible. Curiously, the others looked at the disguised dark elf for an explanation. Dyan’ette simply stated the ring is speaking and wants to go to the best smith in Daggerford or I will surely get no rest this night.
As the group exited the Lady Luck Tavern, Rhogar confirmed that the best smith in town was surely the dwarven weaponsmith, Derval Ironeater, of Derval’s Bright Blade. The group watched intently for any trailing them as they made their way to the dwarven business a few streets away. After being met by a sweaty dwarf in the shop’s foregrounds, the group was lead to the master smith Derval Ironeater. Dyan’ette, in his disguise as a high elf, told the master smith that he was sent by a spirit in a ring he carries and spoke the words the ring’s spirit revealed. Frustrated with the absurdity of the elf’s story, Derval was quick to dismiss the group and question the elf’s motives. After the revelation of a series of names and statements that caused Derval to openly become irritated and almost hostile, the dwarven smith called in some reinforcements. The ring would require attunement and Dyan’ette realized that the ring was beneath his thin black gloves covering his dark elf skin. After some subtle distractions, Dyan’ette produced the ring and Derval took it and asked all to sit why he waited for the magic to attune to his presence. The hour passed slowly while the party revealed the story behind the mine’s closure, the deceit of Ragnolin Dourstone, and the alliance between an earth cult and a tribe of orcs. Once the ring began speaking to Derval, things intensified quickly. Ragnolin Dourstone was revealed to be Derval’s brother, Derwin Ironeater, that had not been seen in the past three years. The spirit within the ring was revealed as Derval’s other brother, Corwin Ironeater, whom had left at the same time. The redeeming fact for the party was that Corwin’s spirit also revealed that Derwin had murdered his brother after he was aware of Derwin’s involvement with the Black Earth Cult. Derval’s questions turned to his brother’s, this Ragnolin Dourstone, misdeeds and the events that resulted in his death and his subsequent return as a revenant. After some uncomfortable admissions, especially Tamnai admitting to slaying Derwin with holy magic while he was bound, the conversation became hostile again as the ring revealed that Dyan’ette was a drow. Furious that he had been further deceived, Derval refused to speak to the dark elf any longer. However, after some calmer discussion, Derval agreed that he and his brethren would refrain from revealing the drow’s presence if the party agreed to retrieve Corwin’s bones in the cult’s lair in the Forlorn Hills and return them for proper burial. He also asked for the location of Derwin’s burnt body was so he could retrieve those as well. The group agreed and the ring was returned to Rhogar to hand to Dyan’ette since Corwin’s spirit could assist at the location he was slain. The party returned to their rooms, inspected them for any surprises, then finally slept a full night in a bed. Except for Carden, Dyan’ette and Ben-Hadad who discovered Pavril beneath one of the beds awaiting Carden. She smiled at Dyan’ette and Ben-hadad as Carden irritably questioned her motives. She coyly suggested she was only helping, especially since he is wanted in Waterdeep by a well-known, well-resourced, and saintly order respected by law-abiding citizens and their rulers. She poured out the water and Carden immediately assumed she had poisoned it, but she simply shrugged at such an allegation. She wished him well and recommended using the hair dye before she departed the room and locked the door from beyond.