Following their escape from Redmorn Tower, the Party decided to head towards New Alsben in search of a way to find who has been scrying them. The next day, as they followed the river north, they encountered an Efreet holding two elderly halflings hostage.
During "negotiations," Ahna surprised the Efreet with her Decanter of Endless Water, catching him off guard with the geyser erupting from it. Korrigan attacked the genie, but Corzabûl would not harm him. The Efreet called the blade to his hand, and brought forth a Fire Elemental from a nearby bonfire. A fierce battle was fought, but eventually the Efreet and the Elemental was slain by Ahna. Our Heroes then brunched with the halflings, and helped them repair their damaged home.
The next day, the Party arrived in New Alsben and met with Head Arcanist Tempus, who performed a ritual to determine who was currently scrying the Party. It was revealed that Janus and the mage in purple robes seen in the tower were behind the source of the spell.
Later, the Party was approached by Joriah, who introduced them to Sandy, and her "friend," a representative of the Invisible Hand. Ori, as she introduced herself as, made an offer to the party. In return for the deed to Baron Athan's mine, she would give the Party a Black Scroll she had procured from Halberg, and the location of a mutual friend of Orutan.
After tentatively accepting the deal, Our Heroes left for Keston the next morning, arriving there after three days of travel. There, they found the camp of their promised royal soldiers waiting for them, along with a contingent from the Mage's Guild. The Party met with the leaders, Captain Delin and Arcanist Serra Nartrytus, and plotted their next move for how to deal with Thanatis.