With Kharys lying dead, the party searches the sorcerer’s body and quarters, finding the key to both the stores and the cell block. After briefly debating hunting for treasure, the group decides to see if they can rescue any of the drow’s hostages. The party breaks into the cell block and finds two hostages, a badly tortured elf and a seemingly dead dwarf.
The rescue attempt immediately goes awry however. After getting a loose burst of dust in his eyes while trying to open a cell door, Rimidan Leney is unable to see the attack of a mimic that swings at Cale. The sticky creature grapples both the paladin and Claude, beating the bard nearly to unconsciousness. Sabrina and Cale try to come up with a plan to stop the mimic before it kills Claude and ultimately kill off the creature after Rimidan gets free.
Healing the bard, Sabrina and Rimmidan interrogate Varys Akida, a captured elf noble who was dispatched by Lady Alice Redburn to complete the same task the party was assigned. Varys is less than excited to be rescued and openly scoffs at the half elves among the group as well as Cale, who doesn’t ascribe to any of the Elven High Houses.
Meanwhile, Cale and Syd speak with Bartek Battlebriar a captured dwarf war priest whose friends and family are enslaved by the drow in the mine proper. He’s badly injured but manages to tell the party both about Lyzzra DelOrnazene’s forces in the depths as well as how the drow took the mine. Bartek promises to help the party if they can help him find his equipment. Varys isn’t as eager to tangle with the drow again and takes his leave from the mine, offering one final taunt for Cale and promise to repay Lady Redburn for her perceived slight against House Akida.
The party decides to rest for the night before hunting for Bartek’s equipment. As morning arrives, they exit the jail cells and Rimmidan finds himself face to face with the gelatinous cube that’s been hiding in the mine. The party scrambles to put down the ooze as it tries to squeeze into the jail cells and consume the adventurers but Rimmidan stands his ground and cuts the sentient gel in two. With the monster down, the party decides to explore the rest of the floor, find Bartek’s gear and descend into the final depths of the mine.