Returning to Gravesend they find it hastily repaired after the rampage of Bronn and his followers, the Waking Court ready the city for war in the event of Bronn’s return.
The party imparts what they know to Vactria Gayne, and finds homes in a now empty district of the city for themselves and their charges, Lampurr and his crew have followed as well, taking it upon themselves to help protect the Aldunai.
The party pay their first visit to the legendary Blackmouth tavern, and hear a tale of the ruin of the Cloud Buster, the Dreaming City.
They also help with the training and outfitting of the city’s defenders.
A week past their return riders are sited on the horizon. A parley is called in which the party will speak for Gravesend. Meeting Bronn himself, now swollen and grotesque with power, he offers them a chance to flee and save themselves while they can. Telling them their must be a great slaughter and that there will be no mercy or respite. Giving them three days to prepare.
Upon relaying this information to Vactria Gayne she tells them there is a weapon that could help the destroy Bronn. The First Sword.
The Party descends again into the depths of the catacombs, going deeper than ever they have before, find a strange delving of rooms filled with fire, and waterlogged bones, ghouls and haunting voices on an impossible breeze. They best two guardians, and are able to access a still deeper series of chambers. Finding the sword guarded by a seemingly immortal bearer. Upon defeating him Malcer takes up the sword, and they hurry to reach the city in time.
They make it back to the surface with few scant hours to spare. The party are assigned position above a gatehouse, and the Aldunai and Lampurr and crew elect to stand with them against Bronn’s army.
They witness the waking of the honoured dead of Gravesend, thousands of the dead marching out to defend their eternal resting place.
The Party skillfully defend their gate amidst the rain of siege weaponry against the first wave of attackers, defeating a skilled champion in combat. There is a brief respite as the bombardment continues, before a wave approaches, a familiar figure leads it, Valder the fire giant!
He has grown corpulent and sickly, as have many of the orcs that follow him, raging that they return what they have taken from him, and they have let the plague out, he fights with tremendous fury, destroying an Aldunai earthbone that aided them in their fight. Slaying Valder and his followers is costly, and the life of Nova’s bear companion Samuhell is lost.
With barely any time to recover a stinking hot wind blows toward the city, the enemy army is worked into a frenzy, Bronn himself comes.
The party fight their way through the enemy army towards him, accompanied by Lampurr and the Aldunai, the dead of the city forming a defensive line to help them push in deeper.
Recognising them, Bronn challenges them to combat, after a tense battle leaving Lampurr and Malcer gravely injured, Bronn is defeated. Begging his father to be merciful he burns away to nothing. Some of the enemy army flees and are still at large.