The Negotiators ended up forming an alliance with the leader of the Firebreather Ogres. Their leader being The Great Ulfe Firebreather - a fire giant. Great Ulfe said he will not work with Duergar though so the party had to choose between continuing their negotiations with the Duergar or break it off and pick up the ogres as the ally. Through much debate the party decided to ally with the ogres and the duergar general escaped (some how knowing the decision before being told).
Also at Stonetooth they discovered more information about the different tasks they were sent to Stonetooth for in the Dwarf Wizard's library – where, unfortunately, Tarhune met his end by a void creature.
There was more downtime (40+ days) while the party trained and purchased some stuff from a gnomish merchant. Before the gnomes departed, Corum – prince of thieves – gave the ring of spellbook storing to Thorn in a hurried manner and to receive additional discount Xurgus informed Korin – king of thieves -about the dragon in Stonetooth.
The negotiators were sent to Springwell by the druidic emissaries and their commanders. While taking out the sentries (giant sharks) Thorn killed Reddick's son because he thought he was a disguised Sahuagin… but actually because Thorn is evil….. Tensions were high but Marige talked to the party and informed them we've gone too far and lost too much to stop what we're doing now and encouraged the group to continue their efforts to free their people. through some RP dialog Marige, the ancient Tortle Paladin of the waves, gleaned into Thorn's psyche and character and learned just how evil Thorn really is. Marige refused to case any further aid spells on Thorn after that.
As the party continued to kill the third sentry they found the cave entrance Reddick mentioned and pursued the threat of the sahuagin. They found a cocoon with Thayne, a sea elf druid trapped inside. he joined the group saying his other druids perrished. A small amount of time went by and his memory came back clearer revealing that he had killed his druid brethren while being controlled by something sinister.
Inside the cave the party some what split in three; and unfortunately – Mr. Zips being alone – succumbed to a swarm of monstrous bats with paralyzing bites. Xurgus tried to help, but decided his own life was on the line and decided to let Mr. Zips die.
Meanwhile Thorn & Warg were fighting sahuagin and nihilithic zombies. Dealing with them, warg went on to help Xurgus and Thorn confronted a Sahuagin baron + more sahuagin + more zombies + a Nihilith (an undead Aboleth) in a pool of deep water.
Thorn cast Delayed Blast fireball from the scroll within the Ring he acquired from the gnome merchant. he held onto it but the sahuagin – getting bottlenecked starting finding alternate methods to get around the party and flank them from behind. Thorn released the fireball killing many sahuagin and zombies and burning the rope that was suspending a shield above the pool.. Thayne turned into a giant constrictor snake and moved toward the pool where the nihilith was. we stopped right there…