Six tries to trample the party, only injuring Wesley. Wesley heals Sorsha and she charges and kills Six.
Three blasts come up from below the water in river where the angel Illustria fell. Crugold recognizes these blasts as the fireball potion used by Wesley and the homunculi (plural of homunculus?) of Rathonel. Nine appears behind the party and attempts to tell them that Gibley was going to get better before going back on the deal. Finn throws shuriken at him, killing Nine before he can try and parley further. Crugold casts detect invisibility on the party. Finn spots another construct of Rathonel and kills that creature with shuriken as well.
Crugold passes 4 potions (Bull’s Strength, Bear Endurance, Magic Weapon, Bless weapon) to both Finn and Sorsha, as they prepare to tie rope to each other and have Finn jump into the river to find Illustria. Finn chugs his potions and leaps into the river and finds a secret foom under the murky water. He ties off the rope and tugs on it a few times, which signals the rest of the party to follow down.
The room is a cavern of hewn rock, with old tanks filled with various fluids. Once the party is united, Finn runs to an exit and notices that the passage behind the doorway changed to a different passage. The party tries another door and the passage changes as well. Crugold deduces that this is a trick by Rathonel to keep the party from descending. The party splits up between the two passages and are able to make it into a much larger room with working alchemical gear. Sorsha spots a body that looks like it will grow up to be Risul. Sorsha and Finn begin to wreck the lab, pushing over huge glass vats and vials.
A creature in robes with an elephant’s head (and those backward hands) comes out of invisibility, which is Rathonel. He is holding a large vial in one hand and threatening to pour a smaller vial into that one, telling the party that Gibley’s life hangs in the balance. Crugold casts grease on the large vial, but Rathonel is able to hang onto it. Sorsha attempts to sunder the large vial that Rathonel is holding, but misses. Rathonel casts a lightning bolt at the party, wounding everyone but Finn, who wasn’t in the line of fire. Finn charges Rathonel and grapples the arm that cast the lightning bolt, Rathonel drops the Gibley vial, which doesn’t break. Wesley heals Crugold and Sorsha breaks the Gibley vial. Finn continues to grapple Rathonel’s arm, twisting it further. Wesley attacks (and crits!) Rathonel. Sorsha hits Rathonel three times hard, killing him.
Finn loots Rathonel’s body, which has a 6 inch horn like Six, a kukra (curved knife), 4 potions, and robes – which he gives to Crugold to identify later. Sorsha goes into a back room and finds a milky colored portal/pool on the ground. In the room are 5 other vials, which are similar to the Gibley vial. In 3 of the 5 vials, there are items (eye, tusk, toe), which are thought to be Risul’s eye and Grall’s tusk. It is unknown about the toe. Sorsha breaks all of the vials. Crugold inpsects the milky pool and believes it to be how Rathonel traps the souls. He breaks the pool by pouring the potion that Rathonel had originally threatened the party with Gibley’s vial into the pool.
Wesley hears a skittering sound and begins to give chase into a study. Crugold casted a summon spell to have 5 vipers search the area. In the study, there is a molten pool of copper and one side of the room has been scorched. This is where Illustria has died. Crugold and Wesley begin to put all the remaining papers in the study into a Bag of Holding.
Sorsha leaves Rathonel’s lair, following tracks from the skittering creature to the set of pools near the river. She finds where the creature had escaped and looks in the pool. She sees that this is Lord Pendleton’s room. She sees Lord Pendleton enter the room quickly and begin to write a short letter. Afterwards, Pendleton begins to hastily pack for a trip. Finn retrieves Wesley and Crugold and everyone makes it to the pools. Sorsha lines up a shot with her bow and attacks Lord Pendleton through the portal twice. He waves at where the portal should be (even though he can’t actually see it) and yells, ‘I don’t want to be him anymore!’