Just outside the portal from the Nine Hells in the Gray Wastes, the party members who need protection, don their cloaks. Shiele is still and once again an emotional wreck, Sar’n’s Truesight allows him to see the divine aura coming from Shiele, primarily from her abdomen. The Gray Wastes are a foggy, blasted landscape with little to navigate by. Davros consults his book for directions while Lilith checks on Shiele. He relates the tale of the lost Paladin to them, who had come to search for his lost lover. The farther he gets from the portal, the more text appears in the book, the Paladin made his way through the Gray Wastes toward a town. The book glows, leading their way ahead of them. The story goes on to tell that the Paladin’s Lover was cast down to the Hells, but she gave up their child to him so it would not grow up down there. Soon they spot a large tower in the distance and spend the next few hours walking towards it. It only seems to grow taller, but not particularly closer.
Sar’n and Lilith suspect it is the Tower of Bone, Shiele grows impatient and teleports herself along with with Lilith to the base of the tower. Davros inquires about the tower with Sar’n, who believes the pair to be dead already. Nonetheless, they take off at full speed to catch up, which just means Davros catches a ride on Leeroy with Sar’n. The Tower of Bone is occupied by the Yugoloth, amongst others, and is made from the 20 mile high spine of a dead god. As the others approach even faster than before, the story fills out faster as well, detailing the Paladin’s experience under the influence of the Grays only kept sane by the child. Lilith and Shiele pass the time, as they wait outside the tower, talking. Grudgingly she related some of their adventures, including the tower, rescuing the princess, etc.
As they wait, a patrol comes around the tower and they take cover near a dead tree. The patrol comes to a halt where they Shiele and Lilith were previously resting, perhaps detecting something. The patrol throws a dark rock next to them and Shiele immediately notices that she cannot teleport away, demanding that they come out and identify themselves. The pair try to make a break for it, but Shiele is hit immediately with a crossbow bolt and goes down. Lilith is also hit, but manages to stay on her feet and drag Shiele far enough to teleport away. They appear back at the portal, Lilith’s only other point of reference on this plane. She does her best to tend to Shiele’s injuries, but the crossbow bolts were apparently loaded with some kind of poison or tranquilizer. In her opinion, Lilith’s best option is to reconnoiter with the party, so she uses the mule from her complete adventuring kit to carry Shiele.
As the others continue toward the tower, Riley spots something on the horizon and they pause to prepare for the possible encounter and Riley catches his breath while the others prepare for potential trouble. Once the approaching party is closer, they can tell that it consists of 10 Mezzoloths, 4 Necyloths, 2 Arcanaloths, 4 Canoloths, and an Ultroloth. Once within range, the oncoming party forms ranks and as soon as they do, the group cast their remaining buffs. Sar’n teleports behind them while the other three face them head on. The Ultroloth immediately spins around and casts a wall of force, which has little effect on Sar’n’s spell, even though the Ultroloth resists. At the front, Riley leaps into the fray, pounding a Mezzoloth into the ground with a flying Ring of the Ram attack and pummels him into hamburger with a flurry of blows. Davros, mounted on Leeroy, unleashes a massive blast with Searing Light on a large portion of the enemy column, quickly followed with a fireball from his helm.
The Yugoloths immediately summon reinforcements and bring out their anti-magic stones. Sar’n quickly shouts for a parlay with the enemies once he sees the new troops arriving. The Ultroloth does not respond well and attempts to blast Sar’n with arcane energy, who responds with a disintegration blast which is dispelled. Riley lashes out in a circle, kicking everything in reach after a Canoloth attacks with its barbed tongue. Things quickly go south as anti-magic fields diminish the parties abilities. Davros is knocked unconscious and dragged away, Sar’n is stuck in a cage and Riley has to use his Abundant Step to break from the fray and heal himself.
Sar’n finally manages a truce by hiring the lead band of Yugoloth, unfortunately, Davros was captured by a different band, who teleport away immediately. Soon after the fight, Lillith and Shiele arrive. They discuss their next course of action with the lead of their current action in captivity. For a soul shard, they get an antidote to the poison affecting Shiele. They negotiate the terms of their contract with the Yugoloth band. For three thousand soul shards and a demon horn, they agreed to protect the party from others, help recover Davros, and then leave the Tower of Bone. Before setting out, they stash most of their valuables in Sar’n’s pocket dimension.
The Ultroloth leads them through a portal he creates to his factions section of the Tower of Bone. The party waits in the entry room while their hired hands look for information on Davros. After a few hours, he returns to tell them Davros was sold to a faction that uses slaves for entertainment, particularly in an arena. He then leaves again to attempt to secure the release of Davros. Meanwhile in the slave pens, Davros is taken to train for the arenas along with some other slaves.
Davros is pitted against a tiefling in the first practice match, where he is not allowed to use magic by the Yugoloth overseer. After giving his opponent a beating, Davros is pitted against a small boy in oversized gear. The first blow exchanged between them results in a burst of divine light that draw complaints from the Nycoloth overseers. Davros gets a glimpse of the boys armor, which is in fact the armor of Peylor, which belonged to the child’s father, along with the shield he had declined to use before. After another divine burst, they break up the fights and send them over to exercise. Where Davros tries talking with the boy. After giving them a healing potion, they are sent back to their rooms to eat, then off to clean.
The next morning, the Ultroloth returns and informs them that the only way to set Davros free is via defeating him in the arena. Riley feels quite confident that he can take out Davros safely and volunteers. Lilith inquires with the Ultroloth about the terms and conditions of the arena fights. He informs them that the ring is shielded against any sort of extra-planar escape and also gives them a tablet enchanted to scry on the fight so the party can watch. Meanwhile, up in the slave pits, Davros is informed that he will be fighting in the arena. Davros tries to impart some knowledge to the boy in regards to the shield, now suspecting the boy may be the child of the lost Paladin. He also tries to convince the child that he may be able to help him escape. Although the child cares very little for Peylor, he does care for his lost father.
Buffs in place, they are led into the arena. With only seconds before the fight, Riley and Davros quickly converse telepathically. Riley lets Davros in on their plan to rescue him, but Davros believes he has found the son of the Lost Paladin. While putting on an impressive show, they try to work out what to do. After some telepathic debate, they eventually determine that Riley needs to win and then they can form a new plan to rescue the boy afterward. After beating Davros unconscious, Riley showboats a bit as they are led out of the arena. Davros is stabilized and the Yugoloths lead them back upstairs to celebrate with the others.
The party telepathically quickly discusses the new information and attempts to entice their Yugoloth compatriot to help them acquire the boy. They soon begin forming a plan which help him weaken a rival and they will get the slaves out as well. The Ultroloth leaves them to find information to finalize his plan and sends them food later with an elven slave girl. Meanwhile the party rests and recuperates, Riley prepares for the possibility that he may have to fight again. Schiele eats and drinks her fill from the food brought for them, Lilith joins her as they drink. As time passes, Sar’n hatches a telepathic plan to free the slave girl. Riley attempts to convince the others to have a backup betting plan for their Yugoloth compatriot in the event that Riley must fight and somehow loses, in hopes of remaining in his good graces as long as possible. Lilith pays for the slave girl and they secret her away inside the pocket dimension, promising to get her to safety.
In the morning the Ultroloth comes to them with his plans. Having convinced his competitor to a 2v1 fight against RIley, they plan for Davros to sneak in and steal the slave fighters, causing a forfeit and loss of reputation for his rival. The boy and the Tiefling fighter slaves will be hidden in the pocket dimension and the party will leave once Riley returns. Convincing the fighters to participate turns out to be very easy. At the arena, there is quite a bit of waiting, while Riley paces in the ring, playing his part. Their compatriot Ultroloth argues loudly and publicly with his competitor before the other Yugoloths. Finally the competitor is forced to capitulate and RIley is led back to the rest of the party. They pay the remainder of their agreed upon sum and depart via Sar’n’s magic, first slipping into the pocket dimension, then home to the Keep. Sar’n brings Riley, Schiele, Lilith, and Davros home to the great hall, about late evening in the fall, waiting to bring their freed slaves out of the pocket dimension for the moment.