The Bear Claws overhear Hethralga plotting with her minions to attack them after they deal with the trolls so that she can get the Incanabulum Primeval back from them.
They decide to deal with her later and maintain their faux-friendly relationship with the fey creatures.
Thornside sneaks into the remaining room to check it out. When he does he catches a brief glimpse of a tall, dark-robed man speaking with a rust colored dragonborn before they move out of sight on the platform high above him. He overhears the robed man telling the dragonborn that the siege of Overlook will begin in one day and it will also end in one day if he can get the temple open to bring his troops through.
Thornside sneaks up the stairs to the platform to take a look around and finds a huge room, the reliquary of the temple. It has stairs climbing to a platform in the center and a giant crystal platform that is suspended above several rooms built in the reliquary. Scattered about the reliquary are some trolls, dragonborn and several human thugs that look like the Lost Ones from Overlook.
He returns to the rest of the group and tells them what he saw. They devise a plane where the group goes back to the trap door in the vault which they presume will lead to this room. Thornside and Xaladin are going to sneak up the stairs, shout out “For Hethralga” and take quick shots at the people in the room before running full speed back to the trap door.
As they are sneaking up the stairs the rust colored dragonborn paces across the platform and sees them just below. Thornside jumps up, shouts, “For Hethralga” and shoots him with a crossbow. The shot throws him from the platform. Xaladin also shoots at dart at one of the trolls and they both run.
When they get to the trap door the party descends the spiral staircase and follows a narrow, dark passage to the north that leads to another spiral staircase going up. It emerges underneath one of the statues of Moradin in the corner of the reliquary. When they check there is a great deal of draconic swearing coming from the other side of the room and a troll picking his nose not far away. They can’t see much of the room from this vantage point so they decide to wait a minute and check again. Things look the same so they emerge and the troll bellows a warning to the rest of the room.
The resulting fight is over quickly as the Bear Claws find that the enemy is too spread out to present too much of a threat. There is one temple construct that Jak is very curious about that proves painful for him. They search the rooms and find some treasures but mostly destroyed and abandoned places.
In one corner of the reliquary is a small building that resembles a house. Inside, in the bedroom, they find a room with a carpet that is crunchy with dried blood and a dwarf tied to the bed, his skin metallic copper colored, his eyes shifting madly and his hair and beard made of bright red flames.
Jake cuts him free while James starts healing him of his wounds. The Caretaker shakes and snaps at them, his sanity obviously gone. James performs a Remove Affliction ritual to restore his sanity while Roland keeps him calm by talking to him soothingly.
When his sanity is returned the Caretaker tells them that he has been tortured because the General wanted control of the defenses of the Mountainroot Temple. Now that his sanity is returned he has released the entrances and they are all open. The General — whom Thornside saw speaking to the dragonborn — has already fled. At the behest of the Bear Claws he sends some of his constructs to chase the fey creatures out of the temple and seals all the entrances so that nobody can enter.
He tells them they may take the Incanabulum Primeval with them if they will promise to give it to Brak for safekeeping.
He asks them, before they go, if they will spend some time and money to help him cleanse the temple via ritual to restore its consecration to Moradin after all this bloodshed.
They agree and after the ritual they carry several of the more interesting bodies with them to sell to Rufus Cromley.
When they emerge from the portal they find the Stone Anvil completely deserted. Stowing the bodies they brought they emerge to find a troop of guards waiting for them. The captain tells them the Council of Overlook needs them right away.
After assuaging their mistrust the guards lead them to Caer Overlook, the keep at the center of the city. Inside they enter a great hall with a raised dais where there is a large table and three of the members of the city Council of Elders, Elder Caddrick, Elder Morgroth and Elder Ironfell. Ironfell doesn’t seem pleased to meet them and admits that Bram is her cousin.
She claims that is not her reason for mistrusting them. It is because they are mercenaries and vigilantes who get involved in things they don’t understand. She’s not above accepting their help in saving the city from siege, though.
The Council was discussing ways to keep the city safe, should the Bear Claws fail and an army came in through the Stone Anvil. Now, with this news they change their council theme to preparations for the siege. Brak, Kalad and Emil join in and the group is shown a large 3D map of Overlook and they spend the rest of the day making plans to help the troops and others prepare the defenses of the city.