Alonius and Shadrash are interrupted from their festival by a plea from the old noble. Beran is troubling the guards to bring his saviors/captors back to the prison to speak with him. They return, and get Beran to agree to leave Carathyl on a merchant boat, never to return. But as a guard escorts him out, the adventurers lose sight of him.
Meanwhile, a a young woman named Celyn (half-elf warlock) arrives in Gulden Falls to see its beauty. But as she wanders about the festival grounds, she witnesses Beran and his guard walk down and alley between two building. Suddenly, a shadowy figure jumps off a nearby building, injuring the guard and brutally murdering Beran, who screams loudly, halting the celebration. As the figure dashes away, Alonius and Shadrash arrive and accuse Celyn of being the murderer. But the shadowy figure is seen on the rooftops and the adventurers chase after him. Celyn and Shadrash jump from building to building, following the murderer as Alonius follows on the ground. The killer eventually jumps off a building and runs to a clearing next to a steep bank leading to the ocean. Though Shadrash crashes off a building while chasing the killer, all three adventurers meet up with the killer, who is revealed to be a Tiefling, at the edge of this bank. After much fighting, Shadrash pierces his sword straight through the Tiefling’s torso, killing him. But the three find a note on the body, which reads:
Beran Vaagral (Gulden Falls) xxx
Thyriston Helvar (Selvair) xx
Quinn Brannig (Strontum) x
Darakum Sorrow (location unknown) xxx
Report to Mattis Jervantis after the death of Beran Vaagral
Alonius and Celyn realize that their friend and mentors are both the same person – Darakum Sorrow, who is now being targeted by an apparent group of assassins. The group realizes they must talk to Mattis Jervantis, reeve of the town. They travel to his house, which has a number of Royal Guards outside (wearing full platemale with a blue stripe painted on each side between their shoulder and neck). They talk to Mattis, who seems visibly nervous, and after some convincing, dismisses the guards. He anxiously says that his cousin, Silvari Alectus (who is the lord of the town and has appointed Mattis as the reeve, and lives in Strontum) ordered an assassin to kill Beran, but he doesn’t order all murders. He says there are eyes and ears all over Carathyl. He doesn’t like what’s going on with this plot, and he says that someone wants to do what he or she believes is best for Carathyl by controlling it. He says that the guards are probably overhearing the conversation, so everyone in the room may be targeted by the assassins now. The heroes eventually leave the house, and see Mattis grab a dagger before heading upstairs. They discuss where they should go, and decide that though Alonius and Celyn want to help their old mentor and friend, they should not neglect others on the murder list. They resolve to leave to the nearest town on the list, Selvair.