The party looks on from the cliff as the orb, revealed to be an eye, turns bright red and a ethereal cloud of red mist emits from it. Another wispy cloud manifested off to the side, completing the appearance of a pair of crimson eyes. A cacophonous, raspy voice began to sound, extolling the sahuagins for their work, before realizing that the sahuagins are all dead and floating in the water. Its gaze then fell onto the party, and each of our heroes felt a chill down their spines. The voice, apparently having sized up the party, let's them know that it found nothing impressive about them and seemingly was about to dismiss itself before Basil interjected and asked if the voice was that of the devil working with Sickleback. The voice responds that yes, he is Sickleback's master, and that must mean the party was the ones who ran into Sickleback before.
As the voice expresses some further interest in the party, Basil subtly mentioned to the rest of the group that they need to somehow get the voice to reveal its identity. Kijani, having just returned to consciousness, slung some half-hearted insults towards the voice. B attempted to goad the entity, to which the voice shot back its own disparagements, as well as mentioning that B apparently was under the effects of a curse. Eventually, Millie and Basil straight up asked the entity who it was, and if it was Yeenoghu, the demonic patron of gnolls. The voice immediately lashed back, demanding that it not be conflated with Yeenoghu, and admitted that it was Yeenoghu's offspring, a devil named Yeenox. The voice thundered that one day it would overshadow Yeenoghu, spat a couple more disparagements towards the party, and promptly vanished. The red, glowing eye then proceeded to fire itself directly into the heart of the whirlpool, and moments later the cavern returned to normal.
The group made haste out of the cave, intent on getting Teke, the gravely injured friend of Koa, back someplace safe. As they rowed back to shore, Kijani pointed out to Fern that Fern has solved the puzzle of the devil's identity before her siblings, a rare victory for our bard.
Arriving back in Chotchia, the group hauled Teke to the Temple of Bahamut, leaving him and Koa at the Temple's infirmary. The group then sought out the priest they had spoken to previously, and informed him of Yeenox's identity, so that the ward could be completed. Basil then split off, both to inform his superiors about what had transpired, as well as to supervise the ward's creation.
The group decided to drink to celebrate their successful rescue mission, and made their way back to their inn. After a night of heavy imbibing, the group once again awoke the next morning to circumstances of varied embarrassment. While Millie woke up with splinters in her knuckles and memories of a belligerent fruit cart, Kijani received a delivery of a large hunk of cheese sculpted into a bust of her own likeness. Fern found herself coming to on the floor of a local club wearing nothing but scanty underwear, while Solstice awoke buck naked in a church confessional booth. Luckily, Solstice was able to quickly locate her clothes and slip out the door as a sermon was being delivered to the assembled masses.
Recovering from their revelry back at the inn, the group then found itself once again without much to do as they waited for the ward to be completed. Millie decided to utilize a spell scroll she had found a while back and summoned her own magical familiar, an iguana that she named Oswald. After introducing Oswald to the everyone, the group wandered over to the center of town. There they found a handful of job postings, and after some consideration settled on pursuing the bounty of a wanted criminal, the leader of a local gang called the Nightmen.
Seeking information on the fugitive, the party returned to the Sandpit, the local drinking hole and fighting ring that Kijani had participated in the day before. The group tried to pry some information from the tavern's bookie, though Kijani's aggressive interrogation style quickly stymied those efforts. After some slap-fighting, the group sent Kijani to a timeout right outside the bar's entrance.
Millie worked her way over to the bar, and eventually found a drunkard who knew some information on the Nightmen. Apparently, one of the other frequent patrons of the Sandpit was a young man who would boast about his affiliation with the Nightmen. Though the drunkard couldn't offer any further details, he said the party might be able to locate this man if they came back later. Meanwhile, B took to the streets and interrogated a young urchin about the Nightmen, to which the child revealed he knew an older boy named Chauncey who was apparently in the gang, and regularly hung out at the Sandpit tavern.
Returning to the Sandpit later on, the group discovered both leads directed them to the same man, Chauncey the lizard. Millie and Fern, under the pseudonyms Marceline and Bonnibel, approached Chauncey and feigned interest in joining the Nightmen gang. Chauncey boasted that he was a promising up-and-comer in the gang, and that with his referral, he could certainly get the two girls in. He told them to meet him back at the Sandpit in a couple days, when he would bring around another gang member to evaluate the two. Millie and Fern agreed to this plan.
That night, even though most of the group was tapped out, Kijani decided to again drink herself into a stupor. Eventually, once a blitzed Kijani wandered out of the tavern, Millie and Solstice followed, tailing her all the way to the woods outside of town, where they found her asleep, spooning a small bear cub. They quickly woke her up, and hustled her back to town before any mama bears arrived.
Having more time to kill before meeting Chauncey and his contact, the group decided to pursue another of the job postings, which was a call from the Chotchia government to exterminate some ooze pests that had recently been spotted in the sewers. After trudging through a lot of grime and other unsavory substances, the group was ambushed by several oozes. Solstice again charged forward in order to Thunderwave the creatures, but her plan quickly backfired as she was set upon and nearly killed by the oozes' counterattack. B quickly hauled Solstice out of line of fire, and before too long the group was able to find a good equilibrium of attacking the oozes at range and then falling back to avoid taking damage themselves. After a while, the group was able to dispatch a fair number of the creatures, and was able to collect a large amount of the remains to turn in for the bounty.