After much debate about the lantern, and the fate of Harcourt, it is decided the party will keep the lantern for safe keeping and Harcourt will stay with the group to ensure his safe return to Freeport. They spend the night in the desecrated temple rather than risk further encounters on the way out. After getting fully healed and regaining what sanity they had to start with, they set out to explore the metal ship they bypassed on the way in. Once again they face off with the creatures in the waters. After they are killed, Harcourt helps by recovering some of the wands dropped by the dying bodies. The ship itself is infested with fire demons that are just happy to see the qlippoths all dead. Making their way below deck into the navigation room they discover it is haunted by ghostly serpent creatures. Only K’Stallo can remove the haunt but he refuses. He is disgusted that he is not being given the one artifact of his people that could reveal any worshipers to the Unspeakable One. “Humans ask for my help but at the same time deny me what I need to provide this help.” The lantern is handed over to him and he agrees to cleanse the ship and give it to heroes.
Now that catastrophe is averted Trista can finally move forward with her wedding. For the bachelor party Hale escorts Rolin to several erotic establishments before finally ending up at the House of Serenity. He not only protects Rolin from dangers of the night but also from the very temptations he subjects him to. The wedding itself goes off mostly as planned. The guests are well behaved considering the business and political struggles between several of the attendees.
Almost an entire year has gone by and the heroes have a chance to enjoy the fruits of their labors. Most of them take the free time to enjoy their passions or to enhance skills. One night they all return home together and are greeted at the door by Seer. She informs them they have a guest. However, before even meeting the guest they notice something different with Seer…she is acting….normal! But their attention is quickly diverted to their “guest.” A stunningly handsome gentleman dressed in red and black finery that is so exquisite they believe it worth more than all of them combined. He immediately greets them and congratulates them on the recent endeavors, especially their latest excursion to Minaurous. He warns them about the repercussions of such an act, and he wishes to help but his office prevents him from doing so without compensation. It does not take the group long to realize just whom they are talking with, none other than the ruler of all of Hell, Asmodeus. When no one is willing to commit their soul to him he seems dejected. “I really like this quaint little town and I would really hate to see it spoiled,” he tells them. When some other form of payment is suggested he comes up with a solution. There is a task they can perform for him, they will need to travel to the plane of Limbo and recover the Owain stone, and an accord is reached. Then he leaves with the group an Imp guide named Ival and demands he be returned with no permanent damage.
Once the stone is delivered to me in working order, I will hinder any revenge set upon you or Freeport by the denizens of Minauros for 100 years or as long as I sit on the Ruby Throne, whatever is shorter.