As the session begins the party is awakening from a long rest at Ceidil’s home. The party finds that Gem has left unexpectedly. Odo buries Ell in the ground behind Ceidil’s house. Odo and Tessel head to the Temple of Ester. They speak with Mother Alice and ask about having someone to perform last rites for Ell. She says Brother Vargas will be by later to perform the rites. They also ask about the strange body. Mother Alice says she would like to investigate the body tomorrow morning and asks the party to bring her there. Odo and Tessel also visit the magistrate paying off Ceidil’s taxes as well as for two additional years. Meanwhile Mac creates a beautiful lush garden and improves the plants at Ceidil’s home.
The rites are performed for Ell. Mother Alice shows up the next morning. The party and Alice heads out to find the body. On their journey Odo falls into a pit trap and the party is ambushed by Kobolds. During the battle Odo is infected by Rot Grubs but was saved at the last minute by Mother Alice. The party also discovers a Kobold hideout. The party moves on to where they buried the body. They find the plant cairn has withered and is ripped open, there is the same black liquid around opening and the body is missing. The party investigates it but cannot find anything interesting. Mac takes a sample of the liquid in a small container. Mother Alice tells the party this is out of her league and recommends getting further details from a larger Temple of Ester or possible a mage in Varbeck.
The party heads back to Ceidil’s home. At this time a messenger shows up for Tessel bringing a letter from Gem. The letter informs them that Gem has headed to Varbeck to free his mentor and asks them for help. The party discusses the matter and agrees to help Gem. The party purchases two drafts horses and a carriage with all their gold. Odo speaks with Mother Alice asking for further aid. She agrees to provide them with potions in exchange for 15% of the riches found in the Kobold cave when they finally clean it up. The party heads out to Varbeck and arrives at the gates.