The forces of Ethelgrad, Aric Lyonne, and the goblin chieftain were narrowly defeated. During interrogation, Lyonne confessed to directing the bandit strikes under the orders of an unknown individual in Belhaven’s Church of Pelor. Ethelgrad divulged that the situation with the cult of Asmodeus may be wider-ranging than previously suspected, extending at least into the Elsir and Nentir Vales to the north. Kresh then brutally killed Ethelgrad, and both he and Theadora kept tokens for themselves.
Given the choice between death, exile, or service, Aric Lyonne chose to join with the Knights of the Turning Wheel in an attempt to atone for his misdeeds. The party headed back to Belhaven, whereupon they were confronted by the City Watch. At first the guards merely had questions about Golfang‘s goblin tribe, which had come to the area to settle and ended up in Hobb’s Pit. After a minute or two, however, it became apparent that the City Watch wanted more from them.
House Delrenn had made allegations against the party relating to their actions on the waterfront. Thankfully, the Inspector in charge of the investigation was Renard’s brother Weyland, who agreed to cover for the group but asked them to produce a plausible alibi, which was easily done.
The infernal device was brought to Master Drake, who inferred that it was a component of a vast summoning circle meant to bridge the world and the Nine Hells. Its purpose might have been to bring through an army or to bring through a powerful devil at least on the order of an Archdevil if not Asmodeus himself. He sent the party to an abandoned lair of a steel dragon to find the Rod of Seven Parts, which he felt would at the very least help in confronting the threat if not figuring out where the rest of the device might be.
On the way to the lair, the party was waylaid by orcs during a thunderstorm on top of a waterfall, which was awesome.