Following the surprise assault on Gazeshore, the party, victorious, began to rush about the aftermath of the battle. Gilly, along with the Empthery rushing to the scene, began putting out the fires on huts. Donald, with the assistance of two Empthery, healed many of those who recieved near mortal wounds in the battle, drastically decreasing the number of soldiers claimed in the assault.
About ten minutes into this endeavor, Wilhelm noticed smoke rising from the direction of the inn. He, Lilthic, and Melissa ran and found the inn billowing in flames; the first floor was nearly devoured by the fire and the second was beginning to burn as well. Lilthic immediately ran upstairs to get his belongings. Wilhelm ran into the flames. As the heat seared his skin, he searched for and eventually found a large barrel of water behind the bar. With his magic, he swirled the water about, slowly, but surely dosing the flames before they could do any major damage to the inn's structure or the party's goods. He and Melissa searched the area and found a single, burnt out torch that had been thrown down on the ground.
The remaining parties members arrived soon after, as did Viala. Viala dismissed the inn's attack, stating that the Yuan-Ti may have learned of the party, or they may have just assumed important guests may have been staying in it. She stated the that Yuan-Ti had attacked on three fronts, with the largest being at the center, and the Empthery at the flanks had fared very well. However, the Yuan-Ti's goal was not to pillage; it was a cover. During the attack, they kidnapped around 30 Empthery. This was all the more troubling when Gilly informed the party that the creation of a Yuan-Ti Anathema required the creature to bathe in the blood of its enemies.
Given that the ritual was not to take place until the first full moon of the new year, which was several months away, Viala could not understand why the Yuan-Ti would attack now. She left to go research the matter in her home. Corsairiph mentioned that someone ought to warn Telos against a possible assault; he volunteered to use the Pocket Bubble in Gath to transport himself to Telos, despite the dangers of traveling through one.
Meanwhile, the party went to the residencies where the Yuan-Ti had kidnapped the Empthery. Gilly discerned that the Empthery had gone directly west; Wilhelm sent his owl to scout, then went to speak with Viala about the possibility of sending out Empthery to reclaim the hostages. Viala stated that the party would be most capable for the task and that she could not spare many Empthery, as many were wounded and she needed to guard against as future attack.
While Wilhelm was gone, Donald mentioned the posibilty that Viala orchestrated the burning of the inn to erase any hesitation the party may have about attacking the Yuan-Ti. Additionally, it was possible that the Yuan-Ti and Viala were working together for some ulterior purpose. While the party did not outright dismiss the idea, they agreed to keep it in mind but to prioritize the hostages.
Lilthic, Melissa, Donald, and Gilly began searching through the residence for signs of how the hostages may have been taken. Melissa noticed paired footprints and dragmarks on the ground, indicating that some hostages were drug along, but others followed willing, or at least on foot. When Wilhelm returned, they agreed to go after the hostages, whom Viala suggested may be getting led to the river. Wilhelm's owl returned to confirm that the Yuan-Ti were now heading east, toward the river.
They found Viala and asked her for aid, and in a half hour, she was able to find a few soldiers to accompany the party, one of whom was Tarvish, the Empthery Donald, Gilly, and Lilthic had spoken to the previous day.
With the aid of Gilly's keen tracking abilities, the party was able to follow the Empthery even at a breakneck pace. They traveled for two hours at their limit, and as they crested a hilltop, they saw a river, a boat, and fifteen Yuan-Ti leading Empthery towards the vessel. Some Empthery were stuffed in bags while others were following under the influence of a Suggestion spell.
The group of ten managed to sneak up on the Yuan-Ti unnoticed. While Donald destroyed the ramp to the boat, the rest of the party attacked the unsuspecting Yuan-Ti. The party made short work of the Yuan-Ti and freed the prisoners.