Kestrel decides that the best course of action is a preemptive strike. He throws open the doors to the room which is full of rat-men, throws his light source into the room and fires a sneak attack with his bow. Screams can be heard from the room as Kestrel runs back to the storage room to wait for the wave of rat-men. A few rounds pass and nothing happens so Kestrel heads back towards the room to investigate, not realizing that the rat-men have split up to surround the party. He bumps into one of the rat-men as he rounds the corner, and an all-out brawl ensues. Ogden charges the leader of the rat-men as he rounds the corner, but the leader is a sorcerer and casts a fear spell on him. Ogden spends most of the remainder of the battle cowering in the corner of the tanning room. The rat-men fight ferociously to the last man defending their homes, stalling for enough time that their women and children can safely evacuate.
After the melee, the party gathers the ears of the fallen as evidence for the barron and searches the remainder of the rat-man lair. In the leader’s room they find a box filled with gold and a spellbook, and several complex-looking mechanical parts, The party gathers the loot and takes the parts to Kestrel’s shop. After some research they learn that the parts are for the Warforged that the Kingdom uses as soldiers in its armies. The party delivers the ears as proof of the dead rat-men to Baron Von BarrenBaron’s estate in the middle of the night, leaving them with a servant.
On the way back from the Baron’s estate, the party hears a yell as they cross in front of an alleyway. A man dressed in hooded robes crashes into them, falling down. Further down the alley are two guards in hot pursuit. A note falls out of the man’s robe lands at the feet of Hogan, who quickly picks it up.
In a split-second decision Kestrel and Hogan help the hooded man up and run, leaving Arias and Ogden to create a distraction. Arias starts playing the accordion and Ogden acts like he is intoxicated. The guards catch up to them moments later and are not amused by their story. Ogden is a terrible liar and the guards haul both of them down to the station. Arias uses his wits and is able to talk his way out of the situation and the guards release him after taking his information. Ogden has no such luck and they bring him into an interrogation room. The guard lights a candle on the desk that creates a zone of truth spell. Unable to lie, Ogden starts talking himself into trouble.
Meanwhile, Kestrel and Hogan start talking to the man in robes who identifies himself as Leo Glymbor. Leo is grateful for the party’s help and gives them his gold as payment. Leo explains that he was writing graffiti to spread dissent with Tharax and urges Kestrel and Hogan to join the Resistance. Kestrel’s mind is on his business and he doesn’t think a revolution will be profitable for him. Hogan is perfectly happy with his life in the academy. The pair ambush Leo, beating him unconscious before he can put up much of fight. Kestrel and Hogan read the letter, which says:
You have done well. Continue spreading dissent. Meet me at the Lady in the Mane in one week for further instructions.
The letter is signed with the symbol of the Resistance. Kestrel and Hogan drag Leo to the guardhouse where Ogden is being interrogated and diffuse the situation before he says anything damning.