Picking through the burned-out remains of the Black Wrack, the adventurers are approached by Durgran’Torrn of House Tharashk, who seeks to speak to them privately about whatever evidence they’ve uncovered regarding the actions of the Liondrake’s Roar. They meet with Durggan and Kurn d’Velderan, Viceroy of the House’s activities in Stormreach, to tell them what they’ve discovered and show them the note they found after the battle at the White Oubliette.
Kurn tells them that the ’T’’ in the note may be Taryn’aashta, a House scion who came to Stormreach several months ago to manage the Liondrake’s Roar, which House Tharashk wants to further develop as a source of income in the city. Taryn is nominally Kurn’s deputy, but internal politics and the desire to see the Roar grow has meant that he has gained significant internal clout – enough so that Kurn is reluctant to openly move against him. While the heroes’ allegations are concerning, things like selling fell taints to the Storm Hammers aren’t necessarily illegal or of concern to the House – but kidnapping (and possibly murdering) Kaddik’s mentor Marik’aashta is, and must be investigated. However, Taryn has vanished, presumed to be hiding somewhere in the city after the failure of his Liondrake’s Roar agents to finish off the heroes. Kurn offers them a significant payment to track the missing scion down and capture him quietly, without combat or a great public hullabaloo – attention will make it harder to get answers and attract unwanted interest from Taryn’s backers.
The heroes split up. Rufus and Kaddik check the financial records of the Tharashk Refinery and question some workers. Caleb takes Spark to the Aurum chapter house and asks Jaris Cantar for assistance. And Ballast and Slaine beat up ruffians in a seedy bar. All three groups narrow things down to a set of warehouses in the Harbour district that the Liondrake’s Roar have used for storing weapons and ‘offensive beasts’. Ballast stumbles across one warehouse to find Taryn’aashta (a well-dressed, well-armed half-orc) arriving in secret in a boat moving under the jetties and wharves, while a similarly-dressed decoy moves off to another warehouse to confuse pursuers.
Conferring further, the heroes come up with a plan. Ballast bursts in to the second warehouse to capture the decoy; when a messenger pulls away in a skiff to warn Taryn, Kaddik immobilises him with a magical crossbow bolt. Rufus uses illusory magic to impersonate the messenger and tells Taryn that the decoy has been taken. Taryn sends a pair of orc soldiers off to the next hideout, along with a valise of papers – the financial evidence of the Roar’s unauthorised operations – and then moves down to the boat, ordering Rufus and another assistant to row him out to a ship. In the street, Ballast and Spark stop the orcs and seize the papers before they can be destroyed. On the water, Rufus’s magical disguise wears off, and he struggles with Taryn in the boat, until Slaine leaps from the jetty and runs across the water using her psionic martial arts to tackle the half-orc. The slight scuffle and minor explosions do not attract much attention, and once Taryn surrenders, the heroes take him back to the Refinery for questioning.