After rescuing Arael from the Hellknights our heroes return the horses that Gorvio, one of the rebels, “borrowed” from his uncle Jacovo and learned that Gorvio hadn’t exactly asked permission before borrowing them. Fortunately, a conceited opera star is having a temper tantrum at the stable which distracted Jacovo from beating his nephew and trying to get the party arrested as horse thieves. Unfortunately, the tantrum occurred because the party had taken all of the black horses which the opera star wanted to rent for his next show. This adds two people to the list of people who are not too fond of the Avengers of Westcrown.
After the incident at the stables everyone decides that what they really need is a drink or seven; so they head to the The Drunken Owlbear, a disreputable tavern in a disreputable part of town. Upon seeing a makeshift fighting ring in the corner of the bar the pary hatches a scheme to to start an impromptu fighting tournament which would end in Motyl facing off against Von Wundrass who would throw the fight. This goes surprisingly well and the party ends the evening with a great deal of gold and far more alcohol than is good for them.
During the post-fight drinking binge the party makes the acquaintance of a gnome wizard named Linni who expresses interest in getting a tissue sample from one of the shadow beasts that prowl the city at night to study. During this conversation Motyl gets a message through her wayfinder stone that offers a reward to any adventurer who can deposit the corps of one of the shadow beasts on the garbage stoop outside of the Drunken Owlbear.
As it turns out, the party is just exactly drunk enough for this. Motyl, Dwinanae, Linni, Manden,and Von Wundrass stumble off in search of a shadow beast leaving Nindra to keep an eye on Crowfeather who is passed out in a corner. They round the corner to a nearby alley just in time to see a hideous, slimy, shadow creature absorbing a stray dog. Fueled with alcohol and rage they decide to avenge the poor animal, and learn a remarkable fact about the shadowy terrors that have gripped the city in a vice of fear….they are unspeakable terrors only if they get a chance to hit you. Emboldened by a swift victory, our heroes proceed to face roll four more of the unnatural predators. In the process Motyl adopts a stray kitten which she was able to save from becoming a shadow beast’s appetizer. Upon realizing they have become far too sober, they head back to the tavern for some sleep.
The next day the party introduces Linni to the rest of the rebels, and Arael tells them about some known threats to the city. A group of goblins have apparently managed to obtain some drugs or possibly some of Von Wundrass’s discarded “prototypes” (which would explain the behavior of the goblins they encountered in the sewer)and one of them has fashioned a crown from several spoons and declared himself king loudly proclaiming his intentions to declare war on the entirety of Westcrown. The goblins are too stoned to actually take over the city, but they can do a good bit of damage while trying.
Arael also reveals to the group that he was arrested while talking to an informant about the location of The Bastards of Erebus, a dangerous gang of Tieflings who are responsible for a string of violent robberies always leaving a coin with the symbol of the archdevil Mammon behind as a calling card.
Throughout this discussion Von Wundrass begins to study a group of mutated daisies which became carnivorous after Janiven threw some of his old potions out into the flower garden. This can only end well.