9 Eleasias 1489 DR, 10pm
The party reconsidered going to see Sildar Winterhall, and instead, upon retrieving Clank Thunderstone’s harp, decided to split the party.
Clank thought that it was urgent to infiltrate the Cult as quickly as possible to see what was going on from the inside. So he gave his harp to Jericho La Fey for safe keeping, and went back into the slums. He encountered the same white robes in “Old Town” and convinced them of his sincerity. After being ushered through the dark door, he suddenly saw glowing green and red eyes that called out to him and he knew no more.
The rest of the party meanwhile, having promised Clank that they would check in on him by having Lau stop by tomorrow, thought they would follow up on Jericho La Fey’s hunch that Galad Wesster was the next target of the killings. Lance Lightning and Jericho scouted around the complex but weren’t able to see anything too out of the ordinary. Once night fell several hours later, they went climbing up the estate walls to look inside the rooms. Eventually they came to the office of Wesster and saw the body of a man on the floor. Sneaking into the room, they discovered Wesster dead (small puncture wounds on his neck, twisted face), as well as his butler (small wounds on the back of neck, twisted face).
Searching through the desk Jericho and Lance found various letters with a certain Xavier who was promising wealth and power in the coming new world order in exchange for his assistance with some matters. Also there was found business papers being written up to assume control of the trade route rights to Waterdeep that Katarina Tress had previously controlled.
Searching the room also resulted in the discovery of a safe hidden in the wall that was eventually opened to contain a single Vial of Purple Liquid. Uncorking it and smelling it gave off strong sense of lilacs. Jericho decided to pocket it until further investigation could tell what it was.
While they both were on the way out the front door to join the waiting party, Lance made a quick detour to the kitchen. In searching the kitchen and storage closet they discovered a hidden passage that went under the house and headed south under the Neverwinter River, straight towards the Slums. Monty Brian eventually noticed that after traveling on the dirt of a recent excavation, they soon found themselves among some stones that had been very old and not natural to this region. She posited that perhaps the person digging this tunnel knew of whatever this older structure was.
Eventually they group came to a door as the tunnel and its collapsed side rooms ended. They carefully entered the next room to discover a well let chamber with intricate snake mosaic on the floor, and a group of prisoners behind a barred wall, among whom was Clank. Clank had no recollection of how he had gotten there after they were able to break his seeming hypnosis. The group carefully avoided the snake tiles and ambushed a cook of some sort that was wearing purplish robes in the next room. They tried to interrogate him, getting a fair bit of information from his haughty personality, before finally killing him and dumping him into the stew he had been cooking.
One of the morsels of information that they gathered was that he claimed the yaun-ti were working for the Cult of the Dragon of whom he was a member and that indeed Galad was as well, though merely a tool they were using until he was no longer necessary.
Their actions eventually alerted the other adjoining room and a fierce fight erupted as several priests, acolytes, and warriors came from the worshipping room. One of the priests was able to be captured and taken in to the snake tile room to be interrogated while Jericho investigated the Shrine to Tiamat, Snake statute, and Tapestry to Green Dragons. He was able to find several holy symbols of Talona on the Snake State.
The interrogated priest was resilient to questioning and threats of falling onto the floor where the snake tiles were. When they released him onto the tiles the tiles instantly came alive and began devour him and attacking the group. They were able to retreat in time and seal the door. They then decided to try to search the sleeping quarters more thoroughly and catch a quick rest as it was getting late. (9 Eleasias 1489 DR, 10pm)