Griff arrives in New Velar and contacts the local theives, but doesn’t find their small-town banditry very appealing.
Thorgrim is trailing artifacts stolen from the dwarves of Earthart by the drow to sell to the Netherese (the drow, raising too many suspicions in town, use anyone they can bribe to assist in the transport of the crates into and out of town). Following their ship to New Velar, he meets up with his brother, Bildur, a priest of Moradin.
Lanik comes to the New Velar Temple of Mielikki in response to a parishioner who is distraught after becoming involved in the smuggling of the artifacts and finding that one of the crates has items of powerful evil.
Lily-Rose meets Lanik in the streets of New Velar after escorting Naijsa Cordenswold, a nobleman’s daughter, to her aunt in town. The two had known each other from years earlier when Lily was touring the Dalelands with a local bard, Guy Red.
In Thorgrim’s investigations he meets Griff and enlists his aid in tracking down the stolen loot. What they find leads them to the Temple of Mielikki where Lanik and Lily agree to help out at the behest of the parishioner, and the group finds out not all of the crates held simple dwarven and Imaskari artifacts. Checking shops that deal in magic items, they enlist Selena for her expertise and eventually track down all but one crate, the crate with the darkest, most foul of the artifacts.