With multiple events set to transpire soon – and Mossfall Keep's less fortunate residents in danger of burning alive due to the Cambion's fires – the protagonists divided to conquer.
Harlan, Tristan, Qadira, and Tiegan met up at the spice shop. Finding it empty but awaiting refugees to escape via the tunnel, they proceeded to loot the place for items. Harlan, keeping watch outside, noticed the two mercenaries from the tavern approaching the spice shop, loaded with spoils from the tavern. Extorting some coin and booze, Harlan informed the group that they were clear to use the tunnel. Afterwards, he waited and watched, hoping to see the blacksmith and the dwarves.
Strogar, meanwhile, engaged in a noble and foolhardy assault on the slave master keeping the slaves' pens locked. Armed with just a short sword, he attempted to position the slave master in a way to put the slave keys vulnerable. Taking multiple blows, he persisted in his attempts…until the slave master was decapitated by a great axe swung with force. Turning around, he saw the armored blacksmith behind him, motioning to him to help unlock the slave pens. With the slaves being rescued, Strogar gave her directions to the spice shop and headed to the east gate to find Orvo.
Orvo headed to the east gate to meet up with the mercenary captain and the freed captives. While waiting for them to arrive, he noticed the townsfolk moving in disarray – and no guards in site to keep order. Taking charge, he forcefully directed the disorientated townsfolk to meet outside the east gate.
Strogar met up with Orvo, and was both impressed and concerned at the over 250 individuals that were following Orvo. Meeting up with the mercenary and the captives, the other individuals gathered their supplies, and at Orvo's direction raided the markets on the way out. Before leaving the group to find the slaves, Strogar's predictament became more grave…over 70 more individuals joined the band fleeing Mossfall Keep.
At the spice shop, Harlan was growing impatient and keep himself occupied by looting the shop looking for goodies. Finding a stone safe in the floor, he enlisted Tristan's help in cracking it open. Tristan took a massive swing on the safe and connected hard, but quickly realized that with the magic of the warhammer drained, the alchemical silver weapon was broken by the strike. As he pondered his broken weapon, Qadira stepped in and adeptly disarmed the lock and opened the safe, taking the sole sealed parchment scroll as the loot.
The blacksmith and a column of 75 slaves – mostly human, with some elven females – arrived at the spice shop. Leading them through the tunnel, Harlan lingered a few minutes more for the dwarves, but only Cirian arrived with a blooded cloth tabard in his hands. Writing off the dwarves as survivors, Harlan left through the tunnel.
As the band of slaves left, they met up with Orvo's band of refugees. The large entourage left the eerily quiet yet brightly burning Mossfall Keep behind them, and made their way to the Eventide. Along the way, they ran into a disconcerting site: Malec's undead army was on the march.
Parlaying with Adom and 3 Skeletal Champions, the protagonists bargained for safe passage and provisions, which Adom graciously granted as part of their alliance. As the band encamped the next evening, a generous supply train was delivered by Malec's forces. Keeping the undead aspect of their supplies a secret, the protagonists distributed the food to the refugees and settled in for a long evening.
With the group relatively safe – oddly enough, secure enough in their undead garrison that the watch was minimal – the protagonists sat around a fire…and began asking each other questions trying to figure out who was who and what was what. As the eyes fell on him, Strogar began regaling them of tales of the early days of Eventide, the rise of Pavon, the bloodlines of Pyrick and Pavon, the tragic history of Jem and Jewel, Rand's history, and what he knew of Malec.