After escaping the major’s house, Gwillym, Gworomere, and Vladimir decide to start looking around the town for answers. In the town’s square, they run into a young woman named Daphnie Moongem. She is a barmaid at Wrafton’s Inn and instantly recognizes the trio. In the process of asking about the keep, the only thing they could get out of her is that the keep is “north of town where the purple flowers are!” While continuing investigations, Gwillym, Gworomere, and Vladimir are able to figure out that the koblolds are becoming very active, that no one seems to know a single thing about the death cult, the main church in Winterhaven is a church of Avandra the Goddess run by a priest named Kalarel, and that no one in Winterhaven who leaves makes it back. Vladimir tells the other two that they should go and investigate the keep. They leave Winterhaven and head north, just as Daphnie said, but could not find a single purple flower, only white flowers. They find some ruins, but are still unsure if this is the keep or not. Vladimir checks for magic but can’t seem to sense anything. The next evening while in the tavern in Wrafton’s Inn, the three notice a hooded figure very similar to one that Vladimir noticed the night before watching them again. Once approched, they discover that he is a warlock named Valthrun here to help. He explains to the trio that the kobolds are in line with the death cult and that “Nothing is as it seems. Time shifts and things change.” While discussing with Valthrun, Gworomere notices that the innkeeper, Salvana, is walking around the bar tending to the guests. He attempts to go over to steal from her only to be caught but to also catch her stealing from him as well. Neither succeed but share a moment. After resting for a couple more nights, during this time giving Salvana and Gworomere some more time to bond over thievery, and gaining some information linking the kobolds to the death cult, the trio decide to gain supplies and head out towards where Valthrun last told them the kobold’s hideout was. In a store they were hoping to gain supplies, was an old halfling named Elian “The Old” Wrafton, Salvana’s father reveling that Salvana is currently promised to a dwarf from the southern tribe. They also discover that the Wrafton family owns most of Winterhaven and is considered great wealth in the area. Ellian, also, explains to them, unknowingly, a bit more about the death cult, reveling that they meet up and use blood magic. After leaving the town, the trio head towards the kobold’s lair, battling many kobolds along the way. They battle Agrid, a halfling leading the kobolds, and gain a strange artifact with a strange symbol and a piece of parchment they know nothing about. The trio immediately return to Winterhaven only to find the town very dark feeling. All of the citizens seem nervous and angry at the three. If asked, the people seem to not quite know why they feel so nervous, they just do. They return to Wrafton’s Inn just in time for Gworomere to see Salvana, only she doesn’t recognize the three and even succeeds in stealing from them again. They enter the bar only to hear a very loud woman’s laughter and the tavern packed.