Kerrick tries to get in contact with Kesla, the master forger from the Treskeden merchant coster. Information is spare and the "middlemen" demand quite a sum of money. Thana knows of a rival company which deals mostly in natural products which may yet be of help.
The plans to decorate the temple of Chauntea with the goddesses representing all four seasons seems to take form. Rondra seems to be attracted to posing for the goddess of justice position, just the amount of armor is a point of discussion.
The little dragon hatchling is meanwhile running around in the church playing with the local kids.
Kerrick meanwhile visits the Treskeden merchants trying to get some information about the sea elf hearts sent to Nimue. He finds the corpse of a henchmen which he sent, and several of his thieves guild which had accompagnied him seem to have been slain as well. The proprietor reveals that she is a servant of Bhaal by showing him an obsidian amulet adorned with a golden skull.
Apparently the treacherous halfling has been holing up close to the Dwarvish mines.
Now it's back to freeing the mines. Shiel wants to draw on Baim's knowledge of the layout since his family has ruled the caverns before. Most of the tunnels have been sealed off however by the fleeing dwarves.
Baim is also desperate to secure his rule for which he needs the acknowledgement of other dwarven clans. Working together with the Mantle King in freeing the mines could boost his chances of reclaiming his father's legacy.
The dwarves seem to be more of a cowardly bunch. They are proficient in clearing the mine entrance of rubble however. An odor of rot and decay assaults the adventurers' nostrils.
One of the dwarves is suddenly gone. Nimue spots the lantern of the dwarf down the tunnel and follows the light. When the group tries to follow her, they happen on a dead end. No trace of Nimue however. After hitting the wall it gives way into well-known tunnels of rotting flesh. Yuck!
Nimue is meanwhile stuck in a room with Museo, Mourim's previous girlfriend who reproaches her that it is her fault that many of the sea elves have had to die. Nimue tells her that it is sometimes time to force a change instead of accepting the Devourer as their master.
Museo is decently impressed by Nimue's vigor. She seems to be interested to see if Nimue can really defy the high priest and eventually the Devourer himself. She also tells the group that the shifting tunnels may not be the work of the abyssal forces at all but some maniacal corrupted dwarves which had been mentioned by Baim himself. She summons a Chool with her magic seashell, a lobster like creature. It should be immune to the chaotic forces since it is a creature of chaos itself.
Fight chaos with chaos to bring about a happy ending…..seems plausable. The adventurers carry on.