CCA: Arrive in Fallcrest. Keomak’s filth fever gets progressively worse and the party takes him to the dwarven priest of Pelor, Grundalmer, who heals him with a ritual involving paint made from gold dust and other precious components. They give Aelar the letter and ask who Kavorquian is. Aelar doesn’t know, but says he will look into the matter. Marina an Elfin Bard and sister to a former Curious Company companion Andraste, tells Aelar and the party about a dwarven merchant whom she was travelling with having been attacked by goblins and stealing a box from him. She had travelled through the Harkenwood Valley and says that strange mercenaries in grey/black have begun to appear around the villages there. Rumor is that they deal with dark forces. Aelar thinks they could be the Grey Company or the Iron Circle, both having been ‘allies’ in the Purge, but had conspired with dark forces to fight the demonic gnolls. The former with necromancy and undead and the later with devils. The party decides to retrieve Traevis’ box as it is a quicker goal and to decide later how to progress with a possible invasion of Harkenwood. Korgul stays in town and Dyspair , a Tiefling Warlock shows up and Aelar ponders creating a third team.
The others travel to where Marina told them that the ambush was, and defeat a goblin ambush there themselves and continue into a nearby cave, which opens up into an abandoned minotaur sanctum. They fight their way through the various shrines, confronting more goblins and drakes . They come across another section of the ruins and find kobolds and their ‘god’, another hatchling white dragon. They come back to the previous section and continue further fighting more goblins, bugbears, and human raiders. They solve a mystical puzzle room that forces them to act as chess pieces to disable it. They find shrines to Brahmin and Reye (the Previous incarnations of Ioun and Pelor) as well as a primal life tree and re-consecrate them. This energizes them, and they receive boons from their patrons. Keomak is given a mystical primal halberd that can separate into an axe and shield. Kairon is given powers to focus the darkness in his heart and smite his enemies with it. Zazenna is given better control over her humanoid form. Tjin gains the power to shapeshift into a house cat sized tiger. Seluku gains insight into the mind and develops some rudimentary psychic powers. Grace gains a familiar in the orm of how she looked in her angelic life named Karis. They finally encounter skeletons and zombies, and their Orcus priest master. They kill him and find and take Traevis’ box. As they leave, Keomak returns his gift, wanting to follow his own path with his own strength. The party ponders that with this Orcus priest there were two they have personally encountered within days of each other and another reported to be in the vicinity of CCB. They wonder if something sinister is happening in the Nentir Vale that the cult of Orcus is trying to accomplish.
CCB: Travel back to Winterhaven.