The Wayfinders spent the next day doing recon (and reading an overly subterfuge-y letter from Rana Tealeaf!), having taken a job as sewer patrol. They subdued a group of half-orcs, all but one of whom they handed to the city guard. They convinced Orcly (who’s real name is Jeff) to show them where the slavers were taking the victims. After fighting past an otyugh, scaring off a wererat pack, and wiping out a Grinning Skull orc patrol, Orcly brought them to a spot the group identified as a teleport gate (sort of a poor-man’s Portal) which was locked by a command word Orcly didn’t know. A further check determined that the exit point was probably somewhere under Mount Waterdeep.
The part knocked Orcly out, and delivered him to the Watch, before getting paid, cleaning up, and meeting Rana at the Red Gauntlet Tavern. She grreted them with a simple “I need your help.”
After not getting stabbed, she explained that when Kaydan had been prophesied from birth to bring great prosperity to House Anteos. Because of this, his father secured an enchanted dagger, and gave it to Rana, telling her that she’ll use it to keep Kaydan safe. Unbeknownst to her, it was a elven Oath-breaker’s Blade, a powerful magic weapon that was used as a form of punishment during the Crown Wars. It places a lethal Geas upon the subject, and can only be removed by a High Priest of the Seldarine. Understanding this (but not sharing all of it with Rana) the Wayfinders listened cautiously as she told them how Kaydan was taken to the temple to be set aright by his uncle, Hlethgevi Anteos. Hlethgevi Anteos, patriarch of the House, Lord Anteos, and High Whipmaster of Loviatar. They agreed, expecting a double-cross, and rallied whatever allies they could on such short notice. The Wayfinders met Rana at the sewer-teleport gate, where she agreed to wait for Kaydan.
The gate was activated, sending the party to the first level of Undermountain, and area within the Temple’s control. After dispatching the Grinning Skull orcs guarding the hallway, they encountered another Anteos, this one an Antipaladin of Loviatar. After killing him, and taking the keys held by an orc jailer, the party began freeing prisoners. The soon found a badly tortured Kaydan who began babbling about “the man with broken arms” who was “wrapped with bloody bandages” and “convinced the guards to take him instead of me.” Unsure if he was lying, delusional, or the beneficiary of divine protection, Lyssiah healed the prisoners enough to get them walking, as Osprey and Jorin hustled the throng to the teleport gate.
Gen took the form of the fallen Antipaladin, and patrolled the surrounding corridors, where he found a few groups of Grinning Skull orcs on guard duty. He returned to the group without incident, but locked all the doors behind him as he went, trapping the orcs. Having left the door through which the antipaladin entered for last, they went through it, Gen (Fox Magic’d into said antipaladin) leading the way, they came to a chamber with a door to the main guest teleporter (and a large idol of Loviatar, its bowl filled with tears, and a drawer overflowing with offerings/ticket payments) as well as shelves filled with shoes. Nice shoes, in fact. The party left this room undisturbed (save for Gen locking the door) and went into the hallway from which the sounds of joyous organ music and agonized screams called. The hallway’s middle was filled with enchanted coals, the air above them rippling with heat, and was lined with smaller idols of the Maiden of Pain, leering hungrily at those who walked the coals. The party (wisely) left their boots on and hustled across the coals, taking refuge by a stairwell leading up to audience seating which overlooked a small theatre of suffering below. All manner of tortures could be inflicted, as-from the audience’s seats-an iron maiden sat to the left, and a rack to the right. In the middle massive statue of Loviatar glared down at the stage and audience alike, it’s bowl overflowing onto the polished wood stage it rested upon. Mere feet ahead of it sat a wide altar, where a writhing man was tormented by a short, heavyset, balding priest. This priest wore a large, barbed holy symbol of Loviatar, and black energy leapt from his fingers and palms, igniting the nerves of his victim. This priest, Hlethgevi Anteos, High Whipmaster of Loviatar, sweated and strained, as the vile magics caused him pain as great as it did the man who lay before him. Above the stage, more victims hung in gibbets, two to a cage, being tormented by junior priests, as a massive curtain fluttered quietly in the back.
The Wayfinders spent a moment taking in the spectacle, and decided on a plan. This plan involved loading every buffing spell they had onto Osprey and having her rush at the priest and take him out straight away, while the rest of the party would rush in to defend the other victims. At the last moment, Osprey drank a Potion of Enlarge Person and raced forward. She vaulted over the side and her knee collided with Anteos, breaking his shoulder. Before he (or even her compatriots) could act, Osprey drove her-now massive-fist into the Whipmaster’s sternum, shattering it with her first punch, as the second connected with his jaw, breaking his neck. Lyssiah and Jorin engaged the acolytes nearest the iron maiden, while Gen fired off a sleep spell at the ones by the rack. While his friends eliminated the remaining clergy, Gen sauntered into view of the panicked audience, and demanded they sit. Confused and frightened by the younger Anteos’ presence, they spent the next few seconds looking back and forth, trying to decide how best to escape. Not long after, the Waterdeep Guard (led by Lt. Ienda) rushed in behind Gen, who promptly dropped his disguise. Osprey tore down the curtain to reveal a final, terrified acolyte who was captured, and a giant skeleton playing the organ, which was destroyed. Osprey took the opportunity to jump-kick Loviatar’s idol into rubble, while the Guard secured the audience, and groups of clergy came in to tend to the victims. Another teleporter was found behind the curtain as well, and when activated, took the Wayfinders, Ienda, and a group of Lathanderite clergy (Paladins and Clerics) to House Anteos’ main building.
Arrests came swiftly, and before midnight, the Wayfinders found themselves as guests in Castle Waterdeep, althought they did not sleep soundly, as the week’s events replayed in their dreams, with stunning clarity…