Avaniel Cerelion, Jozan, and the faithful Jang left behind the Mouth of Chaos to claim their reward from the huntmaster. On the way back, they engaged a large coyote rummaging through a pack. After killing the beast, Jozan searched the satchel to discover a note claiming that the blank coins in the bag were meant for internal use in the Rule of Gold al’Ailead, a merchant banking interest in Ailead. With no signs of death, and no one retrieving the pack, Jozan took the coins with him on the journey.
The trio arrived at the Huntmaster’s Lodge (Ailead) at night time. Going inside, they caught the last of the night’s hunters finishing their meal. The huntmaster was surprised with the speed at which the group had handled the situation. He introduced himself as Ishak al’Derya and invited the group to discuss the events that they witnessed in a side smoking room. He produced the reward of one hundred coins, and asked where the group found Garret and if they knew why he committed his crimes. Worried about the claims Bertram had made concerning Ishak, Avaniel attempted to mislead al’Derya with a far less dramatic account than what actually occurred. The huntmaster saw through the lie and, after being lied to again, was thoroughly distrustful of the half-drow. Seeing the situation deteriorating, Jozan attempted to salvage what information they might learn from the official by giving him short statements on the events of the Mouth of Chaos. He dared not mention that either of them had clearly heard voices in the cave, and, seeing the reaction of the men in the room as he talked, he had a strong inclination that these men belonged to the cult.
Ishak nonchalantly commented that it would probably be best if these trivial events did not go to the authorities. Avaniel and Jozan had no objections despite the questions they had concerning the cave. It was indeed probably best if they not let anyone in power know of the troubling coastal cave. As the night concluded for the men who were dining, Ishak invited Jozan to speak with him in private. He clearly did not have trust in the ranger to share his secrets in his presence. Upon settling with Ishak and his men in the smoking room again, the huntmaster invited Jozan to join their cause, the deciphering of the voices in the Mouth of Chaos. He claimed there were a few in their group, and all were devoted to this cause before Bertram holed up in the cavern making entrance there deadly. Jozan said he would consider the offer, and, on his way out, he noticed the material the men had been smoking was the same herb that the men in the Mouth of Chaos had been burning. Sampling it quickly, Jozan noted it as a slight psychotropic effect on him that also made him less focused. Considering the night finished, the two men and their camel companion camped out for the next two days to recover.
Heading back towards Ailead, the group encountered an oddly dressed traveler given the landscape. Tripping to the floor, his pack dumped the contents of a box, some of which shattered. The mutton chopped man made a mad dash for the group yelling for help, his wine colored robes waving in the wind. Smoke filled the air and dissipated to reveal a pile of bones. Suddenly, with great clacking, they stirred. Rising up to take on a human shape, the trio of skeletons produced battered swords to accompany their mangled mail armor. The group engaged the skeletons, and, with the newcomer’s help, they repelled the undead attack. Jang had been injured grievously, much to Jozan’s dismay. The man introduced himself as Kaspar Ottokar, a delivery worker for Academia Schule der Zauberei in Woristrom. He said that he was out here to deliver conjuration capsules to an Augustin Gonzalo in Ailead. He invited the group to come with him. Lacking a reward of his own to give them, he claimed agents inside Ailead should provide some payment to the group for their help.