Now firmly established in your new home, you spend your time between jobs and gladiatorial combat, both of which turn out to be more dangerous than expected. Nigel’s basement turned out to be infested with Fell Taints, creatures of dark madness which nearly tore your sanity away. With the help of local mercenaries Odris the minotaur ardent and the elven mercenary known only as “The Queen,” you sliced up these mind-rending beasts, evaded a giant eyeball, and tricked the Beholder whelp “Prophet” into an endless, psionic slumber. As a reward for not killing him when you emerged from the basement, Nigel provided you all free drinks — for life! Forest Ridge vintage wine, anyone?
Your luck didn’t hold, however. After a grueling fight with the notorious Slashington Brothers, ginger gladiators who pummeled the daylights out of you in a near-draw, it was back to skulduggery and doing dirty jobs for your employer, the dwarf. During an espionage mission to steal from Aryana the Pure, philanthropist and spellcaster, you acquired an orphan! And not just any orphan: the tiny brown human urchin named Slip is cursed with strange magical markings which allow her to heal injuries with a touch. She now travels willingly with the party in exchange for regular meals, the occasional ceramic, and some much-needed parenting sessions.
Investigating the materials you stole from the noble which, you didn’t find out much of value. . . until Thanok’s arch-nemesis, Usmann Val, bought out the entire underground fight community from right under your noses! Thanok immediately tasked you to do the right thing and kill the bastard. This proved more difficult than expected, requiring a murder investigation, the recruitment of your ex-enemy Gavor the Claw, and some dungeon slogging in Val’s monster-infested cellars. As it turns out, the guy who breeds monsters for a living had some pretty terrifying guard dogs—including his son, a teenage boy obsessed with sculpting whose father’s mad experiments had turned him into a Skulk—an invisible murderer.
After burning young Strocchus in his own kill and crushed to death when he jumped back out again, you managed to bring down that Nobles ancient stronghold by knocking out the pillars in the foundations. Evidence you found pointed to the Spear of Kalak, a dangerous Relic, being in the hands of Aryana. . . who planned to use it to try and assassinate the Dragon of Tyr!