tl;dr: Sleeping-people-murder party, party-breaking argument, and a witch. No treasure or money gained. Zeke takes Cope and Urd to the Church in Suurka. Russ is uncomfortable. Ellina and Ulrik need a drink.
The party heads out to the village of Makkor near one of the ruins marked on their map. They learn that the village has been stricken by a mysterious plague. The plague’s occurrence coincided with the arrival of a witch. The witch has been using asilium to treat those afflicted by the disease.
The party learns that the witch has been camping out in the ruins, and there is a pearl in the ruins which their employer is seeking. A girl named Farene asks the party to find her brother Femi who caught the plague and ran off to seek the witch’s help.
The ruins are inhabited by the witch and her followers, who are outcasts. After some scouting, the party decides to go to the ruins in the middle of the night to kill all the outcasts. Murdery silent slumber party ensues. The party ties up the witch and a young man who hadn’t been injected with asilium.
Zeke wakes up the witch and interrogates her. Her name is Urd, and she says she saw the village in a vision and she came to help. She is an ex-priestess of the Xantic Church. She has been curing villagers who seek her out by injecting them with asilium, which cures them of the plague.
When Urd first came to the ruins, she found the first person to contract the disease, a little girl named Orina, near-death and holding a pearl. She cured Orina, the pearl started emanating a strange darkness, and she put the pearl back on the pedestal where it was before. Orina was the only villager who turned into a mage after being injected with the asilium. Everyone else was transformed into an outcast.
Urd claims that it is possible to slow the bloodlust that outcasts inevitably suffer. Zeke and Russ argue with Urd about her method of helping people, and Cope becomes very upset. Zeke thwacks Cope on the head, Cope attacks Zeke, and it’s all this huge mess. Cope gets knocked out, and Zeke decides to take both Cope and Urd back to the Church for the high priests to deal with.
Ellina and Ulrik go find the pearl while Russ and Zeke keep an eye their captives. They find the pearl in a room with a splorch splorch. Ulrik attacks the splorch splorch and it becomes splorch splorch splorch splorch. Ellina gets knocked out and Ulrik picks her up and nopes on out of there. The party makes a run for the Sea Biscuit and nopes off to Suurka.
Mervi lets Cope use her lap as a pillow checks out his ass while he’s unconscious. Zeke takes Cope and Urd to the Church in Suurka. Russ is uncomfortable. Ellina and Ulrik need a drink.