After a night’s rest, the group headed to the Drunken Morkoth Inn and met with the fighter, Sigefrid, that Lord Vhalantru had recommended. They talked about the vampire problem and Sigefrid agreed to join them. After discussing tactics, they decided to go shopping for more silvered weapons, Magic Weapon oil, and Protection from Evil potions.
The shopping trip also included a stop at Weer’s Elixirs to pick up the rest of the identified magic items. First, Rori stopped by an upscale establishment called the Coy Nixie to buy a nice bottle of scotch to butter up Weer. This might have helped since they got Weer to drop his price on some Magic Weapon oil. He turned over the magic items from the captured mercenaries, which turned out to be another Amulet of Natural Armor +1, Studded Leather +1, a Brooch of Shielding, and a Cloak of Resistance +1.
After a stop by the Church of St Cuthbert to buy Protection from Evil potions, the group headed for Orak’s Bathhouse. The door was locked and strangely there was no answer. Riell deftly picked the lock and peeked inside, but the room was dark. She scampered up onto the room and confirmed that the domed skylight seemed to be painted on the inside. The PCs agreed that something was up, and that they should burst in through the doors and toss a sunrod into the room.
The light revealed Orak and Zoon tied together and suspended upside down by a rope over the main bathing pool. Nearby, the bugbear vampire stood poised with an axe ready to cut the rope, and swarms of rats surrounded the pool. Riell, Reddur, and Sigefrid charged forward to confront the vampire, while Rori hung back and used his area healing ability. The vampire pounded Riell once, tried to dominate Reddur and failed, and then Sigefrid lunged forward with his longsword after casting True Strike. The sword hit its mark, and the vampire evaporated into a cloud of gas. The rat swarms scattered, Reddur chased the gas cloud across the room, and the others pulled Orak and Zoon out of the pool. Neither one was breathing, but some quick healing from Rori brought them back to consciousness.