After the party subdues the water elemental summoned to fight the fire, Derval makes towards them to speak to them and then seems to think beter of it. They disappear, but Hebba is able to track them into the house and to their room, where he confronts them. Derval thanks Hebba and the others for their help and communicates that they may have similar aims and make good allies. However, Derval's cover as a servant is blown, and they quickly gather their belongings and leave, planning to meet up with the PC's in Phandalin later.
The PC's confront Lord Emerson about his buying and enslaving Taog. They succeed in cowing him and extracting a promise from him to serve the community after this, perhaps by volunteering his time and wealth in some way.
The PC's stay up late celebrating – Aurelion and Hebba win a prodigious amount gambling, Bran gets a drink thrown in his face, Aedril spends the night in a passionate conversation with a handsome man named Elijah, and Jinmorn breaks even gambling. In the morning Aedril receives a letter from Taog for Aurelion - opening it, Aurelion finds that it is a letter from someone named Mathis to a Florian Luperios, mentioning that Aurelion's sister Allarielle is working with Mathis. The party sets out to speak with Florian, who lives in the city's North Ward.
On the way to Florian's home, the party notices that they are being followed. Hebba successfully hides in an alley and ambushes the person tailing them – a fey woman accompanied by 4 armored blink dogs. After seeing that she's clearly outmatched, she attempts to flee, but is caught by the party. She tells them that she is sent by Eimhir, the Summer Queen, who is angry that they freed Taog. The party informs the woman, Kais, that they were sent by Eimhir's advisor Garbhan. Kais is disbelieving at first but buys it once Aurelion tells her three times (which is a fey thing). She is confused and resolves to go inform Eimhir ASAP.
The party arrives at Florian's home. He is unimpressed by their story that they are mattress salesmen, but his wife Solene recognizes Bran as the one who healed her burned arm yesterday and lets them in. Aurelion explains that he is looking for his sister, and Florian says that she was working as Mathis Stedman's assistant at his lab in Neverwinter. He agrees to give Aurelion Stedman's information, but won't share it with the others as he is reluctant to send an entire band of men to his friend's lab. Aurelion parts ways with the party, who plan to return to Phandalin and speak with Shanti about securing Wave Echo Cave.