Noot nails a rooftop attacker with a crossbow bolt, and Adllal runs inside the building to catch the purse snatcher. Virva addresses the half-orc after he shakes off Sayen‘s Daze spell, convincing him to cease hostilities. Our heroes then freely pursue the young miscreant up to the top of a tower, where they find him unconscious, put to sleep by the wizard Phaedrus as a trespasser. A question raised by his workshop reveals that Phaedrus is aware of and opposed to recent swells in local demon activity, and he is easily persuaded to join our cause. When he awakens, the boy tells us that this is a bad day to storm the Blue Troll, it being Ceren’s birthday.
Unswayed, our heroes stick to their plan to remove Ezar from the Blue Troll, even if violence is necessary, and even if a celebration is interrupted. Phaedrus casts a deceptive spell to startle anyone lurking in the back of the Troll, and Noot and Virva break down the door. Caught by a trap, Virva slips down a staircase, and the rest of the party follow more carefully. Peeking in the door to the tavern below reveals a festive party in progress. Virva boldly announces her presence, and Ceren orders her flunkies to kill her. Inspired by Sayen’s music, our heroes storm the thieves’ guild. Noot heads straight for Ceren, fueled by the rivalry of their families. The last thieves standing surrender as Ceren runs through a secret door and down some stairs.
As Adllal and Virva guard the prisoners and heal the wounded, the others follow the giddy birthday girl to a dead end in the wine cellar. Noot reaches her first and declares the purpose of the intrusion. Ceren sheathes her sword and negotiates terms of Ezar’s release with Pheadrus’s promise of wondrous items. Sayen magically restores the cake and other festive decorations, leaving Ceren pleased to resume her party. Our heroes are invited to stay and delight Ceren by making her cohorts miserably scared and uncomfortable. Virva takes Ezar to the temple of Pelor for restoration and healing. His addiction to alcohol and self-destructive way of life have taken a serious toll on him, and his fallen state as an ex-paladin has left him in despair.