After Reqlin’s failed attempt at getting with Captain Naalo, the Captain informs the party that the scholar they have been waiting for has arrived in Skuuld. The scholar has confirmed that they will require the help of The Aquatic elves if they are to defeat Arroway. The captain asks the party to head to The Black Cauldron to assist the alchemists in creating the potions of water breathing that will be required to visit the elves.
Using his secret alchemist knowledge, Manitari convinces the alchemists to let them help, and the party is sent off to gather ingredients. While collecting them, they are made to believe that a young girl is in danger of being killed by a crocodile, but later realise that they were tricked by a hag.
Once all the ingredients are collected, the party returns to Skuuld for a night on the town. When they wake up in the morning, Mina is nowhere to be found. The eventually find her at The Forest; seedy brothel in Skuuld. The party plans to visit the local medic to have Elyza’s ear reattached, as the Jevith Memorial Library.
The party retires to the barracks and has dinner with Captain Naalo and her guard. Reqlin boldly approaches the captain and proposes that she spend the night with him, but leaves before she can respond. The captain doesn’t take him up on his offer, which he brings up to her the next morning. She states plainly that she was not interested. She tells that party that the scholar has arrived in Skuuld and informed them that they will need to enlist the help of the Aquatic elves. The elves will be most familiar with the weaknesses of the Sahuagin and will know more about the war horn that Traaver Arroway is using to control them. In order to visit the Aquatic elves the party will require potions of water breathing. The alchemists at The Black Cauldron are working on them now. The captain asks the party to visit the alchemists to see if they need any help creating the potions.
The party goes to The Black Cauldron and receive a lukewarm welcome from Jamond until Manitari performs the secret handshake of the alchemist’s guild: a high five. Jamond introduces them to the head alchemist at The Black Cauldron, Nelebrie. She provides the party with a list of ingredients that she needs to finish the potions of water breathing.Their first stop with be the Eastern Shallows, the lake that the party had come across previously.
As the party approaches the lake they hear the sound of a small girl screaming. Mushu and Elyza rush in to find a small girl being attacked by a crocodile. The party deals with the crocodile quickly, and Elyza rushes to the girl’s aide. As she comforts her, the girl starts to cackle, and the girl claws at Elyza’s face! Manitari realises that this is actually a Green Hag disguised as a little girl. The party defeats the hag as well. Reqlin skins the crocodile, as the scales were a required potion ingredient, and Elyza collects some cat tails for the potions as well.
The party then heads to Brekka to obtain some sea water from The Jaro Bay. They update Rione on what they are up to. The party also suggests that there is potential for another attack from the bay, and that they should set some traps just in case. Rione will discuss this with the guards, and asks the party to return to her before they visit with the elves.
The party returns to Skuuld and provides Nelebrie with the requested ingredients. Manitari offers to stay behind to help make the potions, and proves to her that he is capable with the secret alchemist’s handshake. The other party members decide to have a night on the town, though it takes some work to convince Mushu to come along.
They head to The Ivory Jester where they are served by a humourless tiefling. She spends a great length of time ignoring her customers and arguing with another tiefling woman who they later find out is her sister. She is not eager to talk about this dispute with Reqlin. Mina has a few glasses of red wine, and uses a spell to make Elyza’s egg salad taste like a green salad.
Meanwhile, Manitari is at The Black Cauldron making potions when he hears a ruckus coming from the front of the store. Upon investigating he sees that Jamond is being robbed by two bandits with daggers. Manitari tries to give one a high five, but gets stabbed in the hand instead. Manitari holds his own against the bandits, but soon Nelebrie arrives with the guards and the bandits are arrested. Nelebrie is perplexed about why Manitari tried to take on the bandits alone.
The rest of the party soon moves upstairs where a band of bards begin to play some tunes. After a bit of dancing, which Mina quite enjoyed, Mushu and Reqlin teach the bards the song that they learned while on Captain Emmil’s ship: Hapuro’s Tears. They then head back to The Black Cauldron to pick up Manitari. Most of the party decides to retire to the barracks for the evening, but Mina and Manitari decide that they haven’t had enough fun yet, and head out to The Ashamed Queen, where the two of them drink. Manitari gets tired and decides to sleep on the floor, and though she is not pleased about it, Mina carries him home and puts him to bed. She doesn’t notice him try to high five her as she leaves.
In the morning Mina is nowhere to be found in the barracks. They talk to the guard who was on duty last night and he informs them that Mina did go back out after she dropped Manitari off and she didn’t return. They head back to The Ashamed Queen and the tiefling informs them that Mina likes to frequent The Forest, one of Skuuld‘s brothels. They arrive at The Forest where a dwarf woman sweeping up. She knows Mina, and knows that by this time of day she would be alone in her room, and offers to go get her for them. Mina comes down in a pleasant mood. The party can tell that she is not hungover, and that she got some four times last night. They cannot tell if this was with a single person or with multiple. The party now plans on heading to the medic to have Elyza’s ear re-attached, and to the library which was built to honour a dragonborn scholar from Skuuld who was killed in the tragedy.