The party goes to visit Crusher in the police station to see Igbert all The Blacklist style.
There they weasel Igbert out of some information, get introduced to Puglia, the 12/10 hot human who is on loan to Crusher from Avellone, a city to the East. The Bloody Silence is learned.
Sebastian gets handsomely rewarded with an armoire and a bottle of fine elfish wine, but has lingering doubts about stealing it from the Police Station.
Azá blows silent raspberries at hardened criminals, and plays CSI: Kobold.
Giles schmoozes everything with two legs, and searches undergarments for paintings (hey, a fella's gotta make a living somehow…).
Roberto regales (a.k.a.: torments) Azá with tales of demons.
And the DM realizes that he should really pay attention to what voice he's using.
It is later found that Puglia is a person of interest in Igbert's death by psionics/brain liquidification. Puglia is found out to not, in fact, be on loan to Serpent's Ridge, but also not a police officer, forging documents.
The party charms a guard, swindles an innkeeper, contemplates about the cleanliness of an elfish butthole, and find another piece of the painting Starrui dú nia i Mahalma—they then decide it's time to interrogate people at the temple of Sheyln.
The temple is a large civic area, full of individuals expressing themselves in various (though not always good) ways.
Azá wonders how big a tapestry is based on Kobold height.
Roberto gets PTSD and seemingly ruins a painting.
Sebastian walks into a time portal.
Giles wonders about the state of the clergy.
And the DM realizes he should probably have a table of pregenerated names.
Half the party is captured by a mystical painting while the other half meet the most Jewish non-rabbi-clergyman who describes the painting, has no idea about the symbol, but points them to the house of the late owner of said painting.
The party ventures out, after getting an assist by Crusher on a shortcut.
Roberto runs afoul of fowl while on shift, Aza is cold-blooded and needs a cuddle buddy, and Sebastian. Cant. Stop. Skewering. Wolverines.
They stand at the front of the mansion, which is ticking… like a clock… or a bomb.