On the way to the guildhall, Bob Ogden felt the need to stretch her legs, and go find some running water. Katariah and Daryl, who didn’t trust Bob Ogden as far as they could throw her (and she was a halfling, they could probably throw her pretty far) decided to follow her and keep an eye on her while Stephon and Jacuzzi went to the guildhall. Bob Ogden, Kat and Daryl ran into the trouble on the streets, as Bob Ogden took a mysterious bag of gold and a letter out of a fountain, and Daryl and Kat did what they could to stop her. They eventually got themselves brought in to the dungeon and were interrogated by Naws Nevets and Werdna Smot, two of the city’s finest watchmen. The two of them read out the letter to the room, revealing that Bob Ogden had been taking money to follow and infiltrate the Stellar Alliance, and that she was now to try and convince them to take a contract in Ruggleton, involving abberations and something else that would mean “Ms. O’Mallahan” should have a vested interest in it. The letter was written by a mysterious C. B. H.. After a warning to not pull out their weapons in city limits again, they were released and the three of them returned to Stephon and Jacuzzi at the guildhall.
While all that was happening, Stephon and Jacuzzi were having some trouble of their own. They tried to explain to the Watchers at the guildhall about the rift, and had some trouble keeping their stories straight, not wanting to reveal information about the Black Hand deal, but also wanting to give them enough information to go off of to find and close the portal, without having to drag them or the rest of the Stellar Alliance into it. The mage at the guildhall asked them to discuss the details again in the morning so that they could rest up. Thus, the two of them did just that, and had a bit of manly talk about their feelings for everything that’s happened up to this point.
After coming back together, the party had agreed to take Bob Ogden and her suspicious goings on to the Watchers in Vigil, and try and decide where to go from there.
The next morning, the Stellar Alliance set off for the city of Vigil, and the Academy of the Verenian Watchers. While visiting the Northaven Arcane Tower, they discussed a fair way to pay for their trip home to Vigil. Bob Ogden decided that as a sign of trust, she would front the money for the transport, only to turn around in a confusing betrayal and cast offensive magic against the party and the poor confused apprentice wizard who was arranging their transportation. It was at this point that the apprentice and the rest of the Stellar Alliance was forced into physically subduing Bob Ogden.
Upon arriving in Vigil, the party were moderately well received by their guild mates, hailed as Dragon Robbers by some, and as suck-ups and privileged favorites of the Academy’s headmaster by others. At the time they’d arrived, Haldir was not presently in the academy, as he was negotiating a high profile contract with the government of Silverwood. In the downtime they had that day, Stephon sought out a way to resurrect Vera from his ring, and was told of a cleric of Cerys who may be able to cast such a spell. She has not been seen in months however, and the last word they’d heard of her was that she had gone to Arndell.
The party met with Haldir that evening to discuss Bob Ogden and his potential betrayal. After an intense interrogation of the halfling bard, the Stellar Alliance discovered that she was spying on them for her employer. C.B.H had given her a magical clam-shell with which she could communicate with him. Knowing this, they used it, and the mysterious entity didn’t give up much information, other than that he was a dragon, and that Daryl’s family was in danger in Ruggleton. The Stellar Alliance then agreed to take the contract and head into Silverwood.
After gathering supplies and horses, they began the week long trek into Silverwood. Tragedy struck on their first night however. An armored figure erupted from their bonfire, and in the ensuing battle slayed Jacuzzi. Stricken with grief, the party gathered the boy’s body and rushed back to Vigil. They did everything they could do to try and revive him, begging Haldir to attempt a resurrection spell, acquiring the supplies for it out of pocket. The party gave what they could to aid in the ritual, and a complete stranger to them, a forest gnome druid by the name of Candy even tried to help. Ultimately, their efforts did not succeed, and Jacuzzi passed into the afterlife.
A week passed, and the characters turned to their own sources of comfort. Katariah looked to ways to get her ‘little brother’ back, discussing the possibility of necromancy with Fayorac Sparks, who gave her a relic known as The Blood Compass. Daryl arranged for the funeral. Stephon spent time re-centering his focus on Delarys, and spending time with his mother sisters Kali and Sara. Bob Ogden spent time getting into the good graces of the bardic tutor of Vigil. Candy spent his time discussing an apprenticeship with Haldir, and was assigned as an ‘intern’ for the Stellar Alliance.
At Jacuzzi’s funeral, the party all said their piece about their friend, being brought to tears by the tragedy of it all. After the ceremony, they were approached by Sasha Sparrow, Jacuzzi’s sister and the last surviving member of the Sparrow clan. Sasha thanked them for caring for their brother, and informed them that he’d spoken to her, telling her that he was at peace in the afterlife, and had told her to seek out the Fire Sages of Al Hasadh. She bid them farewell, and as she left, they saw a spark of magic in her simillar to that of their old friend.