After a night of streetfighting and a long day of work at the orphanage, the group decided to resume their investigation on the Scarred Beasts, hoping to find their source for silversheen, an alchemical compound expensive to produce. After discussions with experts, including guild members and wizards, they returned to the orphanage without anyting more than a feeling that the watch might be involved.
As they approched the gates of Stardust Hall, they noticed a coach parked in front of it and watchmen around it. Morigard, who notices them, informs them that a watch patrol came for them, wishing to ask a few questions about the events of the previous night. On the advice of both Morigard and Vivian, the group accepted to go to the South gate for an "interview". There, they meet the senior civiliar Rodvel Oyaun, in charge of the investigation on the events of Coachlamp's Lane. Without any proper introductions, he informs them that they were seen on Coachlamp's Lane and indentified by some bystanders as those responsible for the deaths of some men. Using his talent for manipulation and misdirection, Petyr succeed in fooling the watchman in believing that they actually were partying in a tavern when these dreadful events happenened. Before releasing them, senior civiliar Oyaun asked his guests to fill a long report to help in his investigation. Clearly, even though he was believing them, the investigator was trying to stall them and was suspicious. As the discussion was about to end, a patrolman entered the room and discreetly informed civiliar Oyaun that a building was burning in South ward and that he was needed on the scene.
Allowed to leave by the suspicious officer, the party runs towards the smoke, fearing it might be the orphanage. Fortunately, they pass Stardust Hall on the High Road and realize it is safe. The fire was a bit farther, near Curtain Alley: the Midnight's Sun, one of their favorite hangouts! As they get there, they see a small crowd of shocked patrons and witnesses who plead for someone to rescue the few that are still inside. The usual staff of the taverm, Neri, Horil and Belril Kevfalcon are nowhere to be seen. Immediately, Ayanna and Drudarch enter the inferno and realize that the fire is not an accident: Belril, the owner and bartender is impaled on the wall with javelins, his body already burning. The room itself shows that a combat happened here and after a quick search, Ayanna finds Neri, the waitress, unconscious under a broken table. Slowly awakening, Neri reveals that a small group of tatooed thugs started the fire, killed Belril and kidnapped his adoptive son Horil. For them it is clear that this is another move of the Scarred Beasts.
Leaving Neri and the other victims to the care of the crowd and, using Rhivaun's keen senses, the group begin to track down the gangers' scent, finally realizing they had moved back to Coachlamp's Lane. Even though he was convinced the bandits were on that street, their scent was now masked by an alchemical product. Searching the building surrounding the entrance of the street, Drudarch realized that the abandonned furniture store where they fought on the previous night was right next to them…Since it was the only abandonned building on the small street, they decide to check it.
Besides finding traces of their brutal fight from yestereve, the group also discovered a set of stairs going to the basement filled with furniture. Behind large quantities of dusty old desks, tables and cupboards, one of the investigator finds a hidden trapdoor behind a false pannel on the wall. Before they even have the chance to open it though, two incorporeal creatures looking like burned victims appear and strike them. If not for Rhivaun's divine power over undead and Petyr's magic, the two undead would have been victorious that evening. Opened, the hidden door revealed a set of stairs going down deep under the basement.
These stairs revealed a large subterrenean complex probably older than the Scarred Beasts filled with traps and strange rooms devoid of any architectural logic. After a quick exploration of the first rooms, the party finally located Horil and his kidnappers in a trapped tunnel not too far away. One of the thugs was explaining to the half-orc that he had been chosen to be the holy prey for an important malarite ritual. If he would survive the whole day, he would be free to leave and would never again be targeted by the followers of the Beastlord. Left alone with a dagger, Horil was soon joined by his friends from the orphanage and showed signs of injuries that could be have been infected by a lycanthrope. Not taking any chances, the large half-orc was evacuated ot the House of the Moon to be treated.
Wishing to capture the monsters, they immediately returned to the secret hideout, disguising Drudarch to look exactly as Horil, hoping this technique would fool the "hunters". It actually did! As Drudarch and the other were walking in a corridor, they were ambushed by a single opponent, the blonde man with claw-like nails. Surprising Drudarch, the barbarian raked him a few times, striking him with solid blows before getting surrounded and neutralized by the group.
After a quick search of the complex and the discovery of a chapel dedicated to Malar the Beastlord, the explorers found the missing teens of Coachlamp's Lane in a deep pit. Most of them were afraid and starving but two of them, older than the others, were cocky and agressive. Unsure about these two but unwilling to let them in the pit, the group left the complex with the kids, taking them back to their parents, promising to check on the two delinquents frequently.
Shortly after their return, this time with Drudarch disguised as Horil to lure the malarites, the group was ambushed by a displacer beast, a werewolf and a cleric of the Beastlord. Unsure about their chances, they used a web spell casted by Petyr and the divine power of Rhivaun to turn lycanthropes to take the advantage. While holding the werewolf and the cleric in check, Ayanna and Drudarch succeeded in killing the displacer beast but the taste of victory was short-lived as the priest of the Hunter transformed into another werewolf, howling loudly within the catacombs, clearly calling for backups. His call for help was soon answered by another Scarred Beast, this time a large wererat and his pet, a tall grey creature with six eyes and gigantic claws.
Using the same power of lycanthrope turning against the wererat, Rhivaun succeeds in making their newest opponent flee as the large monster is attacked by his monk friend and the rest of the party is still trying to finish the figth with the two werewolves. Finally,after sending a volley of spells against one of them, he falls dead, leaving only one lycanthrope alive.Fearing the cleric might use his magic to save his partner, Rhivaun uses all his might against the fallen werewolf, ending his life with a hard blow of his moonhand mace on the werewolf's skull.
Meanwhile on the other corner of the room, Drudarch is desperately trying to stop the grey beast's escape by engaging her more closely in combat. Unfortunately for him, she was alot more powerful than the half-elf and seized him with her claws, ripping him apart with a few bites and rakes of her talons. Discarding the broken body of her opponent, the savage creature, severely wounded, tried to follow her master in the tunnels of the complex but was stopped by another spell of Petyr, now specialized in ending battles.
Alone and cornered, the cleric of Malar was easily dispatched by the catfolk swordsage and her adoptive brother after a long exchange of blows. This savage battle, probably the toughest ever experienced by the group left a terrible after taste since even though they were victorious, they had lost one friend and let escape one of their ennemies.
After healing their most important wounds, the sadden adventurers inspected the bodies of their fallen foes in search for clues and were surprised to see that the first werewolf, who had reverted to his natural shape, was actually the seniro civiliar Rodvel Oyaun, the one and the same who had interrogated them a few hours ago! They now had a proof that the Scarred Beasts were not only a street gang but a powerful and influent criminal organization.
They would surely need help to bring down these foes…Bringing Drudarch's body with them, they left the tunnels, returning to the House of the Moon to prepare their retalliation…