The Trading Post was disappointingly empty, except for a nice hairbrush and a note from Murkelmore Grimmerzhul: “Kedhira, purchase additional provisions to feed our new merchandise.” Fine. They proceeded to the completely innocent and not at all suspicious nighttime meeting.
To everyone’s utter astonishment, it turned out that the meeting was a trap. After overcoming their initial shock, the Brigade fought a bloody battle against a Bronze Warder and a couple of Tiefling spellcasters with a nasty teleportation habit. While the RSB tried to intimidate the Tiefling they left alive, he turned out to be made of sterner stuff, and peremptorily ended the interrogation by thrusting his own throat onto Natalia’s sword. Nonetheless, the party found a couple of letters from Paldamar that confirmed Oronthor’s worst fears: Paldamar was in league with the gnolls, and was up to something nasty. The party debated whether to proceed with a frontal assault or try to infiltrate the Gnolls to try and stir up trouble, and decided to play it by ear, after a rest.