The Bridge Company and guests narrowly escape Bedlam and find themselves in the Crystal Palace of Phlegethos. Orien(ne)‘s father, “Duke” Hilford Emberstorm, has negotiated with Belial’s representatives for Orien(ne) and his family to have safe passage through Belial’s domain… unfortunately, this agreement does not cover Orien(ne)’s guests (namely, the rest of the PCs, Ravi, Kulnas, and Sarhad.
A deal is made with both Fierna and Belial; the Bridge Company will be allowed to leave freely, provided that they get rid of Azediel a troublesome cultist of Levistus. Fierna originally wanted the cultist dead; Belial’s representative in the form of Zammasir asked them to change a few (seemingly small) details.
Before they left, two of the Crystal Palace slaves had some contact with the party. One, [[:gregor darkmist | Gregor Darkmist]], made the Company an offer for his freedom. The other, Lavinia, spoke at length with Fenton about the illumians — a race of humanoids who she thought had been all killed in a genocidal war nearly twenty-five years ago.
The Company ventured across the Styx to the city of Icerazor. There they hatched a plan to slay Azediel, enlisting the aid of a few of her lieutenants, a few of her prisoners, and a crazed half-dead phoenix who really just wanted to die so it could be reborn again. Their plan succeeded, and they returned to Phlegethos. They picked up Ravi and Tessai (who at remained at the palace as collateral) and freed two of the slaves as part of the agreement. After a vote, they agreed to free Lavinia and a young elf boy, leaving Darkmist behind. . .