In the aftermath of the attack in Balic, the party is able to see city praetors cracking down on disturbers of the peace. They are quite rudely accused of being involved by High Praetor Maddock, who is a higher up in the Balican law enforcement division. After a brief verbal sparring match between he and Vorelixen, she’s ordered to stand down so his own people can look in to it. With not much else to do, she heads back to her home to discuss recent events with Althaea and Rikard, and Samm spends the night having his wounds tended to.
In the morning, Praetor Moon arrives at Vorelixen’s estate. After a moment to catch his breath, he informs her that because it was a disturbance in the parade it’s actually under his own jurisdiction and not that of Maddock. Because of this, he wants to dispatch Vorelixen and her companions to investigate the attacks. Doing a little research, they uncover that the key the summoner had is a key to an inn in Namarra, a town a few days travel north over the Forked Tongue Estuary. Further, they have come to find that the pins being worn by the summoner and by the defiler in the ruins from earlier are from a Raamite religious sect that’s become defunct. The sect was known for summoning elementals and believing that by wiping Athas clean of civilization with rampant defiling, the elementals would have a path paved to build a new, better world.
The group decides to set out and charter a silt sailing vessel to Namarra on Balic’s coin, and are attacked by a pair of androgynous peoples dressed in oddly colorful clothes. They introduce themselves, while fighting, as Elgo and Borato. With Elgo nearly killed from being pinned between Vorelixen and Samm, and Borato scorched from being dragged in to a fire by Rikard’s grasping vines, they flee the scene. Shortly thereafter, the group meets Captain Husk, a former adventuring companion of Samm’s who Samm does not immediately remember.
The group and Eiber take Husk’s vessel, the Tragic Hero, to Namarra. Along the way they evade a silt kraken, but their ragged ship is attacked by pirates of the Calloused Thumb. After a brief skirmish involving some roguish daring-do from Captain Husk and a fatal glaiving from Samm while swinging from a rope barely over the silt level, the Tragic Hero manages to break away from the Calloused Thumb and ‘safely’ arrive in Namarra.
Upon arriving, the group does a little investigating. They determine Namarra seems to be some sort of staging point for the cult activity in Balic, and that a Thri-Kreen private investigator seems to be here asking all the same questions. They set up an appointment with this Thri-Kreen, named Kik’Oda. They also find leads on an elven trademaster named Del, whom Vorelixen ‘pumps’ for information, a former gladiator named Stebbel who lives fat and happy on the flesh of slaves he purchases quite lawfully, and Vastok, a tiefling information broker who has a record of unlawful magic use. In the rented room of the summoner, they find two letters addressed to someone named Ared that reference the attacks in Balic. They also get another lead, which is that someone by the name of M is apparently involved in the planning of the attack.
The evening closes knowing that tomorrow night, a meeting with Kik’Oda will occur in the town’s western district.