The Hands that Move the World

Graywall IV: The Return of Derli

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After leaving the burned-out remains of the Skinners’ hideout and their scattered corpses behind, the party goes back to the Calabas, where they are approached by a priest of the Sovereign Host – one of very few in Graywall. He asks for their help in dealing with a religious lunatic screaming naked in front of the temple, which turns out to be Derli. The Collective calms him down and escorts him to the graveyard, where he apparently buried his possessions. During the retrieval process, an important Tharashk heir named Lagraa stops them and questions them. In exchange for looking the other way on the matter of (double) grave desecration, she asks for a “bribe”: a gall bladder from any werecreature, which she needs for a ritual. She offers them even more if they retrieve the gall bladder from one in particular, a wererat named Salan. The party agrees and goes to his regular haunt: the Bloody Tooth, a tavern in the Bloodstone district.

During their visit to the Bloody Tooth, Derli gets in a naked pit fight with a troll named Braggar the Unbeatable, and kills him by headbutting him to death. Later, he and Zil’dejin challenge Salan (who turns out to be a captain of the Flayer Guard) to a contest of drinking blood gin while Conlon fights two opponents simultaneously and Xulgos creates a distraction by lighting a troll on fire. Ultimately, while the masses are distracted and Salan is heavily drunk, Xulgos shoots him in the back of the head and drags his body out with Zil’dejin and Derli.

After convincing Salan’s escort that he is drunk and they are taking him home, they drag his body through the streets to his apartment, where they tear open his chest cavity and extract his gall bladder. Zil’dejin and Derli rob his apartment and, when the Flayer Guard comes to check on the presumed-drunk Salan, jump out the window to reunite with the others in the Calabas, where they give the gall bladder to Lagraa in exchange for her efforts in getting them an audience with Xorchylic. They then retire to the most lavish tavern in Graywall, the Twilight Palace.

Experience Gained: 4200 XP

Main Characters: Zil’dejin Firebane, Derli d’Kundarak, Xulgos Adinimys, Conlon Ostrennar

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