The adventurers began their investigation into Hans Blackroot to locate his lair. He hadn’t been seen by anyone since the events of Elric Tower, so there were few leads at first. Talathel visited Atienne Sinclair at the Elf Whistle Inn, where she has been staying since her quarters were in Elric Tower. She reported that a peculiar seeming elf, with some transmutation effect on him, was asking about Talathel. Driselle, Calliope, and Ka’rath heard a rumor that hired hands for the Shades of Jundum had been seen digging through the rubble. They went to investigate, and learned that a crew led by a halfling was apparently searching the rubble for the Ark of Ys’larrah, although they were trying to be inconspicuous. While Tessa was following leads through her underworld contacts, she noticed a tail following her. She reversed the tail, and tracked him to a bar, then followed the messenger she met with to Hans’ lair.
After locating the lair, the party kicked in the door and took out the guards in the front room. Each of the guards carried a dose of some alchemical reagent that caused them to explode with acid when they were killed. They defeated and questioned Hans’ interrogator, who gave them false information that led them right into the lair of Hans’ mutated basilisk. They killed the basilisk without having too much of their flesh transmuted to slime, and recovered a few basilisk eggs. A secret door in the guard room then led to a room full of trapped doors, and one of them leads deeper into the compound.