After resting the group advances semi-cautiously into the temple to see what caused the drow to drop his weapons in such shock. They come upon the ghastly scene of a mass suicide. The drow in the room appear to be grouped into family groups with an empty vial of spider venom on the ground next to each one. In the middle of the room is an altar with candles and an open tome. In the center of the wall on the far side of the temple is a place where the wall has crumbled away to reveal a coffin-sized empty room that had been sealed away behind a false wall. The body of the spider witch has fallen, seated against the altar and facing this coffin-sized hole in the wall. The dead face has a certain satisfied look on it, as if the witch is particularly pleased with whatever her final action was.
Upon examination, Raslin notices that the cover of the tome perfectly matches the cover of the tome he has been carrying around. He takes the tome to study it. Dig prepares the bodies for burial and buries them. As they are about to leave, it strikes him to suggest to Grub that perhaps he should bring something to the surface to prove the task was accomplished. Grub thanks him and returns into the temple. It takes a few minutes, but he returns to the group with the severed head of the spider witch. Appalled, Dig returns into the temple to re-bury the body. The ascent back to the surface has little excitement, apart from entering the room at the end of the alternate path from how they came down. They find that it was used to store grain and some other equipment as well.
The group returns to the surface and arrives early in the morning. They go to Lord and Lady Birel‘s manor house to show off the head and tell the tale. Lord Birel thanks them profusely, informing them that they will be the guests of honor at the feast. The group then returns to their places to rest. Upon entering the Weary Sailor Inn and Tavern they are surprised to find a white dragonborn paladin helping himself to an ale. They find that he is a friend of Fargrim’s and of the Birel’s and that his name is Cavalier. Over the course of the day the group tells and retells their tale, helps set up for the festival, and helps the local folks with their various work that has to be done.
As evening arrives there is a trumpet blast signalling the start of the feast. Amid a great cheer, the doors of the manor house open and scores of servants come out bringing food to the tables that are set up in the market area. All eat and drink to their heart’s content, and Cavalier adds to the festivities by blasting his icy breath into the air. The evening sun filters through the crystals adding a sense of additional awe to the atmosphere. After about an hour, Lord Birel interrupts the festival to honor the group. He asks Pippa Weaverdew, who is on stage to perform, what the name of the group is and she informs him that they call themselves “Pippa’s Gang”. He invites Pippa’s Gang to come up to be honored. Not realizing they are “Pippa’s Gang”, nobody comes up until the crowd lifts them on their shoulders and carries them to the front. Not wanting to get upstaged, Pippa quickly starts the story before anyone else can tell it. She embellishes a bit but the story is great and the crowd hangs on every word. When she is done the festivities continue.
After the toast, Fargrim pulls Marthis aside and takes him back to the tavern alone. He informs him that a well-armored guard with an entourage came through while Pippa’s Gang was on their quest. He was looking for a person of Marthis’ description, though he did not refer to him by name. Fargrim did not lie, but he was selective in his response, stating that Marthis was not staying in town that night and had not stayed in town the other nights. The human gave his name as Javier and moved on. Fargrim pressed Marthis for information about what was going on so that he could make a call about if he wanted to put his neck on the line to protect him. When Marthis did not provide any information, Fargrim suggested that perhaps he should not sleep in the town, but rather in the outlaw camp on the other side of the river. He also informed Marthis that he had a method from inside of switching the sign out front to a red color by moving a certain beer mug that hung on the wall. This was his arranged method to communicate to anyone that it might not be safe for an outlaw to enter. Then Fargrim left, apparently not concerned in the least about leaving the monk alone in his tavern.
The next day saw a continuation of the feast. Pippa’s Gang was well represented, if perhaps a little drunk, in the games of bobbing for grapefruit, whack-a-gnoll and the sausage eating contest. As the festivities continued, a huge orc rode into town on a warhorse. None of the festival goers seemed the list bit perturbed by this, and the orc made his way through the crowd to the Birels, who greeted him warmly. The orc was not aggressive, but was obviously here on business and kept pointing at the graveyard. Pippa’s Gang made their way through the crowd to find out what was going on and overheard a conversation about all of the local graveyards being desecrated the night before. They quickly rode out with the orc, who they learned is Gro’thuk, the chief of a local group of orcs, to view the Birel’s graveyard. There was some sign of forced entry at the gate, but the graves themselves were untouched.
This infuriated Gro’thuk who concludes that the Birels must be behind the desecrations, since theirs is the only graveyard that was not dug up. His own graveyard had many graves dug up and bodies were left laying out. He is very angry and tensions are rising when Dig remembers that he had blessed and tended to this graveyard. He offers to go to the other graveyards to tend to them. As it is late, Pippa returns to the tavern to rest. The others ride to the orc village planning to rest, but Dig wants to move straight to the graveyard. The others reluctantly agree and make their way out. Gro’thuk is obviously very uncomfortable from a cultural standpoint of visiting a graveyard at night, but he agrees to take them. When they get close they hear a scraping, digging sound and they see a small demon digging at one of the graves. Cavalier is also able to sense an aura of undeath coming from some of the graves. Dig wishes to advance immediately, but he and Raslin realize that they are in no state to fight (after the day’s festivities) and that they are also not a complete party at this time without Pippa (who, incidentally, Cavalier has taken to be their mother). The group decides to return to the village and rest in the greathall.
Before first light, Marthis wakes. He finds that Dig is also awake, having not slept at all the night before, but he sneaks out of the hall and makes his way to the graveyard. Not being able to see in the dark, Marthis does not see the demon, but he gets close enough to hear that it is still digging and he returns to the hall. When everyone awakes and has eaten, and after Pippa arrives, the group heads for the graveyard. The sun is now up, but the demon is still there digging away. Gro’thuk bellows a threat at the demon and the group begins the attack.
The demon and three skeletons from the graves that Cavalier sensed the night before try to put up a fight but they have been working all night and are no match for the group. They are dispatched easily, and Dig tends to the graveyard, but the group is left to wonder what has caused this coordinated assault on all of the regions graveyards.