Aurelius and Vjalhamr the Grim finally made it into the Kobold treasure room, only to be held up as the Kobold leading them takes forever to open the chests containing the treasure. Back at the front of the cave Denethil and Rhian Crento were waiting for the rest of the party to return, when they heard women’s voices coming from the cave entrance. It was the women they had saved, making their way out of the storm. Denethil was able to convince the Kobold to let them stay in the cavern with them. The women thanked Denethil and Rhian for rescuing them from their captors.
At the treasure room, the Kobold was finally able to open the chests, revealing piles of loot. In that loot was the stone that looked like a ruby, the stone they had been seeking. With some careful negotiations, Vjallhamr traded an enchanted Gold Coin (using Prestidigitation to make the coin impossibly shiny and warm to the touch) for the stone. That’s when they heard a bellowing roar throughout the cave. Two bears had made their way into the cave out of the storm and began attacking anything they saw. Denethil and Rhian sprang to action to hold off the bears till the others arrived. Vjallhamr and the buttery Kobold ran as fast as they could to the front of the cave, Aurelius stayed behind to “borrow” a few things from the treasury before he joined them. Using a secret pathway, Vjallhamr and Aurelius jumped from a high vantage point into the fray, coming to the aid of their companions. Aurelius jumped on the back of a bear and rode him, stabbing him in the back and neck. Eventually the bears were driven from the cave, the Kobolds yipped in victory. The buttery Kobold raising his legendary coin high in the air, thanking the great dragon Rithhankil for their victory (Rithankill being a story that Vjallhamr made up to make the coin seem legendary).
The party decided they would need to find another place to stay for the night, for they didnt want to be around when the Prestidigitation on the Kobolds coin ended. Rhian went out and weathered the storm. When he returned he said he found a small cave they could stay in. The party and the three women make their way to the small cave. Everybody gets some rest, although it was difficult with Aurelius and the three women making noise all night.
Come morning the storm ended, the air is brisk, and the party begins making its way back to Cetus. Along the way they are ambushed by mercenaries, they heard about the old mans request and decided that they would kill the party for the stone. Among them was the bandit that got away from a few nights ago. After a bloody battle, the party won. The mercenary leader lay dead with a few of his men, the rest escaped. The bandit once again escaped.
Once the party returned to Cetus, they noticed about 20 large tents outside its walls. These belonged to the Daonesian refugees who were not able to pay for room and didn’t know where to go. Once inside the walls they headed for the Tipsy Whale. They found the old man inside the bar speaking to the barkeep. He asked to complete the deal outside. Once outside the old man gave them a bag containing 100 Platinum Pieces. Aurelius (who stole the stone from Vjalhamr back in the cave while he was asleep) gave the stone to the old man. The man thanked the party then proceeded to strike the stone against the wall of the bar, shattering the stone. The stone unleashed a ruby dust that seemed to swirl around the old man, his back straightened, he grew about two feet taller. He flipped back the hood on his cloak to reveal that he is now around his mid 30’s. He pulls a cane from his cloak and fixes his tightened clothes. He thanks the group for their assistance and introduces himself to the party, staning his name is Hak. He mentions that the stone cured him of the greatest disease of all. Age. He says that he may have more work for the party in the future and tells them to say hello to Yu Ling for him. He spins his cane and taps it on the ground, releasing a quick puff of smoke. When the smoke clears he is gone. The party is left in front of the Tipsy Whale alone.