After learning who hired the doppelganger to incite chaos, the party went on the hunt for the Cult of Asmodeus. They interrogated a fairly high-ranking member and got him to spill the beans on a number of other cultists, including some information on Mistress Loathari, who seems to be coordinating the cult. Renard consulted his Spirit of Vice and learned that Bishop Caladir Emethen has met with Mistress Loathari several times in the past to discuss her infiltration of the Church, though what that means is still up in the air.
They brought their findings to Chamberlain Dostar, who agreed to take a quiet approach in the matter but would try to force Emethen’s hand regarding the known cultists. Acting on a tip from Master Drake about where to find one of the odd pyramids discovered in Sarubel, the party headed north to the mountains. On their way there they ran into a village supposedly suffering from a “werewolf problem,” though when they spoke with the village elder it became apparent that this was false. Malachi (the village elder as played by H. Jon Benjamin), informed them that this was a scam designed to deter bandits and raiders. Malachi was then carried off in the morning by a peryton, and the party chased after him.
A Nerathi watchtower in the mountainside proved to be the nesting ground of the perytons. Inside, a small host of the Phantom Brigade (an order of Nerathi knights whose service bound them even past death) held guard over some ancient Nerathi treasures.