The characters ventured back into the desert to return to Rasheik. They felt that they had been followed. Their campsite had tracks in it each morning. Some sort of desert cat or dag had been through the camp.
Along the way home they encounter Night Sprites. After bartering the sprites told them that they were attracting the attention of the various spirits. Including of those most dangerous spirit around, Ardorach the Protector of the Old Gate.
The characters debated what to do with the hand: take it back to Eilmar, or seek out Ardorach.
They settled on returning to town. But decided to cut off one of the small fingers in case.
Upon returning to town they sought out Tar Rino to follow up on the Writ. Tar-Rino offered to buy the hand for a tidy some. They decided to think about it.
They returned to Eilmar. They negotiated a higher price for the hand. He also offered them a retainer to do one task a week in exchange forregular pay of 175cr each a week.
The characters accepted and staked out Paebel’s tower. Baalthi entered to ask about the tome. This angered Paebel.
The characters returned at night. With the help of Baalthu’s spells they broke in. After some distractions and sneaking around the located the tome and left. Unfortunately, they encountered Frogwind. They incapacitated him, but not before he cried out for help.
While trying to escape Paebel unleashed a lightning bolt upon them. Keret managed to throw a knife at him and he was badly hurt.
The characters inspected the tome and discovered that it was full of astronomical readings and data.
They took the tome to Eilmar. He locked it away in his study cupboard…the same place he had stored the hand.
The characters left knowing they had about a week of down time before Eilmar would have more tasks for them.