Our heroes reject Pyrk’s offer and smash open the ceramic eye to find a red diamond inside. On picking up the cursed gem, each party member in turn has a fit of rage and must be restrained. The party retires to bed to consider their options.
The next morning, Ric takes the group to a jeweler, who promises to grind the stone down later that day. Satisfied, the party heads to the church of Mystra, where Scholar Fornlen delivers some good news, she thinks she can help Sestina!
Yaz is thrilled by this news for a full three minutes before Father Grek and his enforcers come smashing through the door, followed by Dirk Blocker and his bought city guards and Lt Cmdr Doughty of the Flaming Fist.
As the three groups vying for the eye of Gruumsh have a tense standoff, Katriel takes charge of the situation. That is, until a disguised Pyek throws a shuriken into Katriel’s arm, causing her to drop the stone and reveal the blood elemental within.
While the two groups of guards and the orcs fight, the party scrambles to contain the angry blood elemental. Ezra causes the monster to flee into the market and the team, except Yazgash, follows. Yaz, throwing aside her violent instincts, turns to the books in the temple, finding the volume needed to contain the raging elemental.
But as she rushes out to help, she sees she’s too late. Ric and Katriel, using some quick thinking, have lured the blood elemental back into its containment stone using the only thing they know it likes: blood.
Ric takes a meeting with an intense and mysterious patron, Denanda Isilban, who hires him to help her find some masks that “the one true church of the dragon” is seeking. Ric, figuring that she doesn’t mean Bahamut, agrees. He explains to the group that he has to leave to work as a double agent against the cult.
-Katriel and Pyek argue at the feet of a raging blood elemental
-Katriel pays her debt to Ezra
-Yaz tells Gruumsh to shove it
-Rictar requests Yaz’s comfort animal, a stuffed rodent
-Ezra uses powerful magic! To send a blood elementa into a crowded market!