Meanwhile, a pair of fire elementals had attacked the Shallow Draft‘s stables. With the stables set ablaze, and the horses and ponies inside panicking in their stalls, a trio of half-orc adventurers, Teesha, G’narl, and L’ron, rescued the equines and defeated the fire elementals just as the PCs arrived to help. Seeing that the stables were on fire but that the horses had been saved, the PCs ran to the tavern’s entrance as they heard the sounds of fighting coming from within.
The tavern, which had been attacked by a pair of earth elementals, was defended by Argus Peiper, Amira, the barmaid, an ogre, Bazin Peiper, and two local sailors. However, during the height of the battle, Bazin turned on his brother and helped the earth elementals to capture Argus. Unfortunately, the PCs arrived too late to stop the earth elementals and Bazin from escaping with their prize, The PCs then ran to the front gate.
At the front gate, the final pair of earth elementals were attempting to sunder the gates. Defending the gates were Captain Holt and the gate guard crew. Unfortunately, they were no match for the earth elementals, which had surprised them by rising out of the ground in their midst. By the time the PCs arrived, Holt and his men were defeated although the PCs were able to stabilize Holt. Despite their efforts, one of the earth elementals fled back into the earth.
With the various battles concluded, the town of Artonsbrueck took stock of the sitation. News of Bazin’s treachery spread quickly. Several of Holt’s men, searching the town’s perimeter walls for breaches, discovered a hidden bolt hole outside the town’s western wall. Horse tracks led south towards the water’s edge.
While the town guard attempted to restore order and determine what happened, Holt asked the PCs to spend the night in the town so that they could investigate the burned remains of Tyderius’s house the next day. While the PCs rested, some of the guards and townsfolk spent the night excavating the ruin that was Tyderius’s burned home and discovered a trap door that led down into a basement.
The next morning, the PCs headed down into Tyderius’s basement.