After a few days of rest and recovery, the heroes pursue aiding their long standing allies. They approach Braethe first, and discover that her business is with an organization the party is familiar with; the Black Lotus Monks.
She tells the party about how she lost her former friends and troupe, The Flying Luck Blades, after they stole an important scroll from a Black Lotus monastery. One by one, her allies died as she protected the scroll until the heroes initially came to her rescue. Since then, she has held the weight of her deeds around her neck and is finally ready to be done with it. Torn between returning it, or completing the work, the party convinces Braethe it may be best to return the scroll—but not without taking proper precautions first. Placing several contingent traps upon the scroll should someone attempt to read it, they also approach Seven Devils Wise and ask for his advice, as well to gauge his knowledge and intentions. He informs the group that he had no idea that the scroll was ever stolen, and in truth, he has not been a member of the Black Lotus in some time. He does however inform them, that returning the scroll will gain them reprieve at the very least from future attacks by the monks.
Armed with he both a plan, and a bit of knowledge about who they are dealing with, the party sets out for Karnath, to find the monastery in the mountains. The village they find is poor, and under suspicious eyes, they seek the temple underground temple where they are introduced to Master Unyielding Winters. He parlays with the party for a time, but ultimately withdraws any outstanding marks on Braethe’s life, and the lives of her friends, before retiring to contemplate the traps left on the scroll. But not without Elsbeth surreptitiously warning him about them.
The heroes now begin the second leg of their journey, to find out who contracted Braethe for the work, and go to the drop off point she was expected to reach several years ago. Still operating, the party uses a teleportation circle hidden in a back alley in Lazhaar and are immediately transported back to X’endrik; and inside an active volcano, with a palace at the heart of it.