The Strangers fought a hard-won battle with a demon in the Blood Pit, sending the nabasu back to the black fires of Sheol. Lord Arlen Offen announced their victory to throngs of cheering spectators, and invited them to lunch at Brink Palace. The Strangers, after some deliberation, accepted his offer and joined him for a very, very boring luncheon. They noticed that Lord Offen, a human, seems to court elves quite frequently, and they briefly mused with the thoughts of any bastard children he might have…
Dirk, recalcitrant to the last, eschewed the invitation and perused Cutthroat, searching for the man known as the Mysterious Darts Player. His search led him to the docks, seeking a ship that the MDP may have boarded, the Avalanche, a seafaring vessel captained by “Piebald” Paultz Patches, a dwarf with two eyepatches who people say can navigate better with no eyes than most men can with two. In his search, Dirk found a man named Starg the Survivor, who offered him passage on his boat to Gouger Island for 100 shekels a person.
After spending time around town (with Deandra constantly wanting to leave), the Strangers left to find Starcradle in the miasma, while Coileach stayed in Cutthroat to craft bullets. They succeeded, and found it overrun with ghouls and swarms of rats. They swiftly cleared the vermin from the hold, but not before Olios and Coileach’s horse suffered massive amounts of bites and wounds from rats covering them.
Now they return to Daedra to retrieve the diaphonite dagger, and onward to Gouger Island.