The same night that Alton Tealeaf initially investigated the mansion alone, Thorin Brawnanvil (the tiefling druid raised by a dwarven druidess) also makes the trek up towards Engoliath’s dwelling. During his climb Thorin’s druidic senses tingle, alerting him to a fell influence in Saltleaf Wood. Drawn into the woods, he finds a old druidic grove that has been desecrated. After spending the whole night meditating in the grove, Thorin wakens the next morning with the knowledge of how to cleans it!
Heading back towards the mansion, the tiefling walks in the backdoor begins exploring. When he walks down the stairs to the cellar, Thorin is assaulted by the terrifying scream of the magic mouth. He responds by blasting it with a wave of thunderous power!
Unfortunately, it does nothing to the mouth, and breaks the stairs…
Thorin finds Durik first, and helps him stabilize. The other three adventurers find the two of them in the barracks, and the party is reunited!
Agreeing that they must take their prisoners back to Saltleaf, they climb out of the cellar only to be attack by After Alton slices them to ribbons, the heroes trek back to town and receive healing from Joriah Dawnheart. They also turn in Sanbalet and the other prisoner in to Saltleaf’s sheriff, Walthus Kain. Questioning Sanbalet proves useless, as he is a madman who accuses the heroes of breaking into his home and murdering his friends and pets.
However, the other prisoner is questioned by Skithiryx, and proves far more cooperative. Jim, as he identifies himself, reveals that a group of smugglers lead by Sanbalet were using Engoliath’s mansion as a cleverly disguised base. Sanbalet had used his magic to make the house seem haunted; allowing them to operate without risk of detection.
After Jim spills all the beans, the party rests for the night. The next morning, they head back up to the mansion and begin clearing the upper levels room-by-room. They discover more hoaxes set up by the crazy wizard, and some great loot in secret hidey-holes throughout the ruin.