Having agreed to help the guards of Korloth determine what exactly happened to the Orcs and the Elf who were killed within the city, the group begins their search by investigating the corpses. As had been described to them, the elf corpse was dead from a sword wound, but otherwise untouched. The orc corpses however were a very different story, in addition to their eyes missing, they were disemboweled and their innards used to make runes of unknown origin.
When the group arrived the guards were just finishing their investigation, and allowed them to search around. While there was not much to see, Barwell was able to discover a small scrap of bright red cloth poking out between the teeth of one of the orcs. Deciding that the scrap came from the orcs’ attacker the group begins to search about the city.
Their search for the garishly dressed man in red first took them to the city’s market place. While there was no hint of the man in red, the group did have the chance to sell off most of their acquired gemstones. Barwell also found himself drawn towards a man who was selling a rather large badger covered in spikes. After some discussion however, it was determined that training and raising such a volatile animal was likely beyond the barbarian’s capabilities.
With no luck in the market district, they moved onto the town’s small library. Upon arrival they immediately noticed a figure sulking around the library’s roof. It took them only a few moments to be able to chase down and confront the figure, who turned out to be the second wood elf who was known to have come to the city with the others. After the chase the group learned from the elf that they had set up a few meetings with potential buyers. The group determined that the wizard was the most likely of the buyers to have had a hand in things.
However when they located him, this seemed unlikely. He was very upset at the idea that the sword was no longer for sale. He begged them that if they should ever change their minds, he would be willing to pay more money, any amount of money. While it seemed unlikely that the wizard was the culprit the group decided to check out his residence to be on the safe side.
On their way there they discovered a building that would occasionally flash bright light. Some investigation lead them to believe that the Cult of Bane was operating here. As they broke into the house they found the man in bright red robes being instructed to leave and take the information back to their church. While the sword was important, getting the information back to their leaders was at least as important. Additionally the Jeweled Sword was located, it was conspicuously placed in the chest of a still living man who stood in the middle of a ritual circle.
As the man in red and his companions left via the back door, the group decided to engage with the cultists preforming the ritual, allowing them to escape. As the group fought the cultist guards, the four magic users were able to complete their ritual, which resulted in a massive explosion. When the dust cleared, the sacrifice attacked the group with the Jeweled Sword still protruding from his chest. As the fight progressed it became clear that the sacrifice was possessed by a massive demonic worm, capable of consuming bodies or inhabiting them as it chose.
The battle was a close run thing, but in the end the group was able to take down the creature and retrieve the Jeweled Sword.