Millicent, having just collided with the real Flamantha Swarthington, struggled to regain her composure. The upset Flamantha demanded Millie compensate her for the dress, though apparently didn't care to address the situation immediately. Flamantha cast some kind of spell on Millie, claimed she find Millie tomorrow, and left in a huff.
That night, Millie snuck into Fern's room at the inn. Millie relayed what had happened earlier, and confessed that her real name isn't actually Flamantha, but Millicent, and that she can't remember anything prior to a few years ago. Fern comforted Millie, and encouraged her to come out to the rest of the group.
The next morning the troupe arrived at the Carlshouse Militia headquarters. There they met Lt. Captain Ramsey, along with another Lt. Captain, a baboon named Rupert, and the Captain of the Militia, a snake woman named Katrina. Also present was the iguana Ichabod they recently rescued from his burning fortress.
Ichabod had been brought in to discuss the demonic ritual being performed by the gnoll Sickleback that the group had stumbled upon. He wasted little time describing his theories and conclusions based on what he saw from the Black Rock's recording, all the while casting glances at the lady captain, eagerly seeking her approval. Ichabod described the runes used in the ritual as not demonic, but devilish, which is unusual for gnolls who are often demonic in nature. Evidently Sickleback had created some form of magical siphon, feeding magical energy to some unknown entity on the other end. Whether this meant Sickleback was subservient to this entity or bargaining with it, Ichabod couldn't say.
Ichabod then described his plan for going forward. There exists a material known as silvite, found near veins of platinum, that can be forged and enchanted to ward off specific extraplanar entities. However, to enchant it, one must know the identity of the entity they are attempting to ward off. If one had access to silvite enchanted against whatever devil Sickleback was communicating with, they could cut off much of his magical power, and take him out. However, silvite is hard to come by because it's only able to be enchanted for a short time after harvesting, meaning it needs to be collected fresh. This is where the group came in, they would go retrieve some silvite from an old platinum mine north of the city, while Ichabod stayed in town and researched the identity of the devil.
Ichabod, in his nature, proposed this plan while frequently insulting the group's intelligence and competence, which the group took no joy in being subjected to. B, in a rare moment of losing his temper, got up in Ichabod's face after being called simpleminded. This all led Millie to question why their troupe was even helping Carlshouse in this matter, as plenty of other people could do this type of work. Captain Katrina spoke up at this point, apologizing for her presumptuousness and explaining that, until recently, Carlshouse had enjoyed having a local adventuring party nearby, and they were used to getting help with these types of issues. Of course she shouldn't be expecting the group to just go along with whatever the city needs, and partly as reparations, offered the group quite a bit of gold for helping retrieve the silvite. With dollar-signs in her eyes, Millie quickly changed her tune.
The group went about some errands before departing; Solstice brewing potions, B teaching Slipscale how to hunt, and Fern picking up a shiny new helmet. As Millie was attempting to teach Frangeline the frog how to sing, she was surprised to find the real Flamantha had suddenly appeared behind her. Flamantha began by apologizing for her previous behavior, she had been having a rough day, and only just now realized that Millie is a former slave of the Swarthington family. Millie, having no recollection of this fact, is taken aback and asks Flamantha to elaborate. Flamantha explains that yesterday she had used a spell called Arcane Mark to mark Millie so that Flamantha could find her again later, and she noticed Millie had other Arcane Markings already on her, ones that indicated her ownership by the Swarthington family, though Flamantha didn't remember Millie personally. Flamantha explained that her family, spearheaded by herself, is trying to phase out slavery from their country, so of course she won't be trying to take Millie back or anything like that.
Flamantha, heeding Millie's request for more information on her past, then proposed a deal. Flamantha was trying to track down the owner of a mine to the north of town, called the Silvershelf Mines. Coincidentally, this was the same mine the group was set to go delve to find some silvite. Flamantha requested that Millie try to find some kind of documentation, a deed or something, that indicated who had owned the mines before they had been abandoned. If Millie could bring those back, Flamantha will send a missive off to her home country inquiring about any records they have on Millie's past. And as a bonus, Flamantha won't charge for the repairs needed to her dress after Millie ran into her the previous day.
The group set off to Silvershelf Mines, climbing the plateau to the north or town and arriving at the foot of the Felspine mountain range. Leaving Socks the packhorse outside the entrance of the abandoned mine, the group began their delve. The quickly found some sort of old elevator for mine carts that led farther down, though when they tried to operate it, it mysteriously broke somewhere near the bottom. Not long after, they happened upon a large spider nest, and in the process of fighting them off, set fire to much of the wooden support structures littered around the tunnels. Kijani suffered a particularly nasty spider bite, and became temporarily paralyzed, and the group took a short rest while they waited for her to regain her mobility.
Venturing further into the cave, the group noticed a large wooden barricade blocking their path, with several goblins watching their approach through the slats. As the goblins loosed a few arrows down the tunnel, B hurled a jar of tar at the barricade, followed by a torch, and set the whole barricade ablaze. B, with the rest of the group on his heels, charged the burning wood, knocking it over and crushing a couple goblins in the process.
The group found a room full of goblins and hobgoblins, armed and ready for their arrival. Solstice quickly ran up and cast Thunderwave, incapacitating most of the goblins and buying the group time to attack. Kijani threw axes and firebolts, while Fern stabbed and sang, B fired arrow after arrow, and Solstice transformed into a wolf.
As Millie used her shortbow to take out some unlucky goblins, her usual cackle began to emerge, reveling in her bloodlust. But as her cackling got louder, and as a particularly clean shot went through a goblin's skull, something in Millie shifted. Her eyes turned black, and she began to levitate a few inches above the ground. She once again heard those all-too-familiar whispers that haunted her dreams, except now she could understand what they were saying. From every direction she heard words like "kill," "destroy," "dominate," and she was all too eager to heed those suggestions. She began to weave dark magic through the air, causing long black tendrils to emerge and lash out at the remaining goblins. The rest of the group looked on in horror and confusion, desperately shouting at Millie to ask what was happening. However, when Millie tried to speak, it was in a harsh, dreadful language that none of them recognized.
When the last goblin bit the dust, Millie paused, still hovering in the air, and proceeded to collapse to the ground, unconscious. The group tied her up while before rousing her, and demanded answers. Millie, still in a fog, recalled the episode but couldn't explain it. She used this opportunity to come clean to the rest of the group about her name and past, and said that for as long as she could remember she has been wrestling with nightmares filled with darkness and whispers, and that somehow those dreams broke through to her waking self. She felt relatively normal at that point, but didn't know for sure when or if that whole ordeal would happen again.
The group, unsatisfied but sympathetic, untied Millie and decided it was time to sleep for the night, and continue their search for silvite the next morning.