After defeating the bodak and resuming their journey, the Stellar Alliance travelled to the city of Freeport, a lawless town on the fringes of Elandrian society. To gain entry into the city, the party came across a group of suspiciously dressed ‘guards’, who used their authority to search the heroes, and in a strange coincidence, Stephon and Candy’s coin purses were fifty platinum lighter that night.
Stephon and Daryl, seeking to buy clothing to fit in, found themselves in a tailor shop that was being shaken down for protection money. The shopkeeper, relieved, took advantage of the presence of strong heroes and shooed away the thugs. He sold the two some fine clothing, selling a fine white shirt and dark green vest to Stephon, and a hooded, pocketed, floor-length black dress to Daryl. The kindness the two showed in their interaction with the man softened him up, and he offered them some information: the town is corrupt, with no imperial guards, and is run by different gangs and thieves guilds. The Black Hand were the least terrible of the lot, and they have a street captain by the name of Michael Dawes who frequents the B&G Tavern.
The rest of the crew of Watchers retired to the Freeport Guildhall where they encountered a silver dragonborn Knowledge Keeper by the name of Nikolai. Knowing that the Cult of the High Dragon has a silver dragonborn member, Kat had the others investigate him and make sure that he was safe to interact with. Together, as everyone congregated at the Guildhall, the group of adventurers established a lead that they could use to hunt down the cult, and subsequently the location of the Key of Shadows.
According to Nikolai, the cultists were all congregated together with undead thralls in a mansion that Purity has been operating out of. Unsure of how to separate all of them, the party decided to sleep on it, and come up with a plan of attack the next morning.
Heading out the next day, Candy flew out as a seagull to try to find the mansion where the cult was hiding. He found it quickly, and performed some surveillance, watching for comings and goings. What he discovered was that the mansion appeared to be guarded by a few men and women dressed entirely in black cloth that covered any exposed skin, as well as a few crossbow wielding skeletons that were posted out of sight on the roof. Nobody came nor went, so he headed to the docks to see if he could find any sign of the cult there, where they may be seeking out a boat to get them to the location of the Tomb. He found nothing telling, and so he returned to the party.
The party had made their way to the bank, after having been robbed the previous night, and they managed to deposit a good sum of their money as robbery prevention.
Everyone then converged on the B&G tavern, where they intended to meet with Michael Dawes, who may be able to show them a way into Purity’s mansion through the sewers. He wasn’t there, but Purity was. The warlock attempted to introduce himself to the party under the guise of a human man, but was found out when Bob Ogden tried to detect his thoughts and failed. Instead of hearing the surface thoughts of the man, she was greeted by a grim sight of a desiccated hand with a bloodshot eye in its palm. When she tried to convince everyone to get out, he dropped all pretense and introduced himself for who he was, claiming to want to meet Katariah “before everything gets bloody”. Daryl would have none of his unsettling taunting, and snuck up behind him, stabbing him. This resulted in Purity’s patron, a succubus, rising from his back, and the other cultists sitting at other tables in the inn leaping into action. A battle ensued, but the day was won by the Stellar Alliance in the end.
Agreeing to repair the damages and then never returning to the B&G tavern again, they asked that the owners, Greta Green and Bertrand Boeling send Michael to them. From there, they decided to go to the docks in search of any sign of the other cultists, realizing that they were weak, and not necessarily read to fight all of the other four cult leaders at once.