Our heroes travel through the dusty sands and steep mountains on their way to the Forest City of Gulg, the Oba’s domain, and Rikard’s birthplace. Their travels take them to the Witch Fens, which is full with dense jungle-like terrain forced through the sandy infertile earth by the Sorcerer Queen’s defiling magics. They set up came for the evening in the Witch Fens, and find themselves magically inclined to sleep as a result of some sickly sweet smelling mist washing over them. Combating the urge as hard as he can, Samm manages to stay awake long enough to view three wispy ethereal crones arriving at the camp, looking over them as though food, and rifling through their stuff. They they find Althaea, they react with surprise, and wind up producing a small yellow bag full of freshly yanked witch hair and a wooden doorknob. They push the bag in to Althaea’s hand, and wisp away on the wind.
They are immediately approached by an unhinged inventor named Kwalish, who explains with great excitement that his recipe for witch repellant works. He invites them back to his hut for tea, which excites Althaea. Vorelixen and Rikard tag along without complaint, while Samm is on edge and utterly uncomfortable with the whole idea.
Kwalish takes them on a tour of his various inventions, most of which are utterly unnecessary or have incredibly narrow purpose. He serves them tea and offers them the chance to invest in his business so he can attempt to build a flying ship. The group comes up with a suitable bargain, render him 2000 gold, and bid him farewell with several doses of witch repellant and some jars of magically silenced screaming ghosts in tow.
They arrive within Gulg and are approached by a messenger, who delivers a message to Rikard regarding his mother’s health and his presence being needed at the Lannister estate. The group heads in to the obvious trap in finery but with weapons and armor handy, and wind up defeating the would be ambushers with startling ease. They interrogate Blythe a bit, discovering the matriarch of the Lannister estate, Rikard’s mother, is being put to death for conspiracy against the crown. In truth, she was using her sway to keep prying eyes off Rikard, until it was discovered he was part of the Veiled Alliance and actively pursuing artifacts thought of to be capable of slaying a Sorcerer King.
They begin digging up leads to the location of this execution. Samm, avoiding some guards, climbs a damp wall but is unaccustomed to the moisture and slips over the other side. Althaea attempts to cover up for him, but the lady of the house doesn’t believe her. Althaea then claims she was forced at glaive-point to lie for him, and they invite her in for tea while Samm flees through their house. Rikard notices the guard schedules have changed, and he goes to the guard house to set off their various alarms to give them misleading clues. This backfires, and he winds up using his incredible perception (and tolerance for pain) setting off and avoiding the worst of the magical traps. Vorelixen brands an altar boy of the Oba worshipping religion with the mark of six fingers, and follows their claims to a large religious demonstration nearby. She slays the entire assembly and defiles the ritual, and then when escaping the guards comes across a home of man-eating halflings. She sells out the altar boys to the halflings, and is able to use the carnage to get free.
Samm eventually gets caught, though some very strange divine intervention triggers a hidden guillotine buying enough of a distraction for him to free himself and beat the crap out of his captors. Other members of the group wind up in the same room with more guards in pursuit, though they are given a little hesitation when it’s pointed out they’re in the same room as two maniacs covered head to toe in the blood of their friends.
Nearing the end of the carnage, Samm steps out in to the street to find significantly more guards and warriors than he can realistically deal with. He manifests a bit of divine power, and a few moments later walks away from the growing pool of blood in the streets.
Decidedly unnerving for the peoples of Gulg, their town has turned in to some sort of divine battleground. Infernal magics courtesy of Vorelixen, Druidic wizardry from Rikard, the influence of the Raven Queen from Samm, and the Oba’s twisted self worship do battle with each other across the streets. Eventually it leads them all to the execution site, where it is revealed to no one’s surprise a trap has been set. Erupting from beneath the guillotine is a stitched and cobbled together abomination, made from magically reconstituted flesh of Elgo and Borato.