The party awoke and gathered their things, got some food, and was about to go about their day when they noticed that the streets were busier then they had been the past few days. Following the crowd they made their way towards the Mayor's palace and found him standing on a small stage, Sennetta and her family were also there, bound and on their knees. Four of the local town guard were standing by, their swords drawn. Rismak Lalfar was giving a speech about how the curse that has been hounding them was caused by Sennetta and her family, they had caused the undead to attack, they had been kidnapping people, and they had been murdering people.
Alessa, knowing they were innocent moved to stop the mayor, but the crowd was too hard to move through. Seeing that Alessa was in a rush to get to the stage, Anden began pushing through the crowd before deciding to intimidate the crowd into making a hole for them to get through. As they got to the front of the crowd, Rismak gave the sign and the towns guard executed Sennetta and her family. Yelling out, Alessa launched an Eldritch blast that struck the mayor, throwing him off of the stage. The town guards surrounding her, Alessa let out a blast that hit and killed a guard, as one moved in to stab her with his spear. Though only a scratch compared to what she did, Balthar bellowed out for everyone to stand down.
The guards stopped what they were doing and looked at the Paladin, their weapons still pointed at Alessa. Anden began issuing orders to the guards and they went in search of the Rismak, who had run off after hitting the ground. The group began giving orders to the guards, putting watches on the two people rescued from Sennetta's celler, locking down the town, making sure no one came into town or leave unless they are with a member of the group. Zar'yn and Balthazar went to the infirmary to make sure the two witnesses were safe, while Anden and Alessa (under the watch of 4 guards) went to locate Isetaari Zame, who had not been seen since the night before.
Once at Isetaari Zame's small home they found the door ajar, upon entering they could see sings of a struggle as well as blood smears and splatter. They searched the home but did not find anyone there, following the blood trail which lead out a back door into an alley, the two stumbled across a body left in a dumpster. It was a robed figure wearing a mask. They found a black brand on the left side of the body's neck, Anden took out his dagger and cut the flesh with the brand off, taking it with him as they continued their search. They went to speak to Marquis Maylander, the owner/operator of a small shop called The Watching Star. They questioned him about Isetaari Zame, but he had not seen her for a couple of days. The two returned to the infirmary and got Zar'yn and Balthazar to join in the search for Isetaari Zame. They swung by The Greedy Hooman and spoke with Khumael Cragbraid about Isetaari Zame. As they were leaving they noticed a painting of Rismak and Khumael Cragbraid holding tankards of ale. In the painting the Mayor had on a ring which had 5 small red stones that matched the one they found in the sealed crypt next to where the staff was located.
They returned to the Mayor's palace and were able to find a secret door switch in a candle sconce on the wall. As they followed the small set of spiraling stairs, they came to a corridor which had a couple of small rooms on either side. In one they found a bunch of strange occult artifacts, the one across from that was empty. They heard a muffled moan through another door, Anden kicked the door open, splintering it and causing it to break off its hinges and clatter to the floor. In the room they found two young girls tied up and gagged, and Isetaari Zame tied up but unconscious on the floor. Balthazar used his limited healing abilities and was able to get Isetaari Zame on her feet again. They had her get the girls out of there while they went to see if they could find the mayor.
When they got to the last door they could hear the sound of people talking. Zar'yn had his small fey spider crawl under the door to see who was in there and listen in on their conversation. Inside the spider could see Rismak speaking to 4 robed figures wearing masks, speaking about a person named Amalia and knowing that he went back on his deal. How he could not get the item she was seeking because the party was investigating him and were getting too close to the finding out. Zar'yn cast sleep through his fey spider and the Rismak passed right out, still wounded from Alessa's Eldritch Blast.
The robed figure, seeing that knew they were being watched and took off up a stairwell. the party charged in and tried to chase after the robed figures but only found a brick wall at the end of the stairs. Balthazar, growing angry over what has been happening smashed how way through the brick wall with a few well placed strikes. Seeing that they were back in the streets, and with no robed figures in sight, they returned down the stairs to collect Rismak for questioning.
During the questioning they found out that Rismak had made a deal with a woman named Amalia and that he had tried to go back on his deal. He had offered her the staff for eternal life, but since the party had found it, he could not get it for her and so was looking for a way out of his end of the deal. As he was talking black marks started to appear on his neck, his breathing became ragged and shallow, he cried out and then went silent, as all of his veins turned black. Alessa trying to save Rismak placed her hand upon his chest, she could feel a dark and powerful magic coursing through Rismak's body. A woman's voice spoke to her, telling her that Alessa would be coming to her soon enough, and that she should not interfere with her toys. Once the voice stopped, Alessa slid back five feet, as if someone or something had shoved her back.
The party informed Isetaari Zame of what they had found out, and that the mayor was dead. Though hesitant, she went out to gather the towns folk to give them the bad news, that the mayor was dead. Some of the towns folk blamed Alessa for the mayor's death, having watched her assault the mayor with her Eldritch Blast power. As Isetaari Zame was telling them to select a new mayor, the people began to chant for her to take over as Mayor. Though tired, sore, and annoyed at having been thrown into this position, she accepted it. Though as her first act she got rid of the position of Mayor and instead renamed it Warden. Announcing that the position would be open to all military personnel that reached a high enough position within the town guard, and also to those citizens who went above and beyond in service to Jherdos. She then awarded the party with rank within the town guard, and the title of Protectors of Jherdos.
the people gathered food, decorations, and other items to throw a party in celebration of the rescue of the four people and for Isetaari Zame taking over as the head of the town, and to the Protectors of Jherdos.