After narrowly escaping the clutches of the Gazebo Alpha, the party reached the shore by the fishing docks in Gath. Wilhelm immediately leapt off the boat and ran to his room in the inn to begin work on the Companion Cube, followed by Corsairiph. The others remained at the dock while Donald healed their injuries, but they followed quickly, as they felt the mental strain of the Realm of Chaos, a result of being near the edge of the companion cube's range.
While Gilly and Lilthic went to their rooms, the others went to find Wilhelm. Donald, after making sure he would not interrupt a critical part of Wilhelm's work, spun Wilhelm around and confronted him; during the battle with the Gazebo Alpha, Gilly was lying unconscious, yet Wilhelm stepped over her body to grab another of the tentacles instead of healing her. Wilhelm cut the conversation short, explaining that he was not a healer and that they had a mission and that, right now, he needed to work on the companion cube. Donald stormed out of the room and went to his own quarters.
Over the course of the hour, in which Wilhelm managed to stabilize but not fully repair the companion cube, the party rested and convened to discuss their plans between now and their meeting with Viala. Marcellus declared that he would like to go out on his own, and then left. The remainder of the party decided to look around the town.
They began with the marketplace. While more of a trading post, it did have a few items that posed minor interest to the party; Wilhelm bought some vials, Gilly fishing equipment, and Corsairiph spent time parusing the weapons while also testing their quality to see if smithing was a capability the colony at Telos could offer; he did determine that, in Gath, anyway, the capabilities could certainly be improved.
They then walked northwest, and soon heard whips cracking, followed by moans which came from a tall rectangular structure enclosed in stone; they had found the torture grounds of Gath. Wilhelm did not wish to see what was inside that structure, so he continued on his way, followed by Melissa and Corsairiph.
Donald, Gilly, and Lilthic stayed, however, and climbed a ladder onto the plaform. Inside the enclosed space were six Empthery crawling on the ground – four of whom were in the boat that aided the party that morning. Two Empthrax – one of whom was Bator – were lording over them with notched whips, striking the Empthery when they tried to rise, or fell, or stopped moving.
The three debated what to do, but Donald ultimately suggested the ghosts possess the Empthrax and let the Empthery free. Soon after, Rienna appeared behind Bator and attempted to possess him. She failed, and Bator turned on her with his whip. While taking several repeated strikes, Rienna tried multiple times to signal the party to look away, finally succeeding, and then used her Horrifying Visage against Bator and the other Empthrax. While the later resisted, Bator fled in terror, and his body aged decades. Rienna fled, leaving Bator curled up against the wall, still weeping in terror. At a loss, the other Empthrax went to find Viala.
The Empthery quickly fell off their knees, relieved to have reprieved, but only one seemed remotely interested in engaging the party – a younger looking Empthery named Tarvish, who had been on the boat that helped the party earlier that day. He explained that the Empthrax in charge of the docks considered his claim that they had helped the party a lie, and that was enough to sent them to the torture grounds; there was a quota that needed to be met, so it was standard for small offenses to land one in the ground. Tarvish himself claims to have been tortured 10 times over the last month. When Donald asked if Tarvish had ever considered revolting, he plainly lied as he said "Of course not, that would be stupid". Gilly attempted to convince Tarvish and the others to escape, but they declined, not wishing to earn Viala's wrath.
When Viala arrived, she apologized for any inconvenience to the party, then went to examine Bator. She whispered something in his ear, then told the other Empthrax that Bator would be among the tortured today. As she left, she told the party that it seemed Wilhelm appeared to have been injured, and that he was in the inn.
Meanwhile, Wilhelm, Melissa and Corsairiph made their way to what the found to be the cemetery. The land was bare of vegetation. In the far end, there were gravestones, but the rest was a common burial plot. Many of the graves had been upturned, and bones littered the cemetery. The three walked through it to look at the gravestones, finding that most were written in common, and many were upturned. One of the upturned graves belong to Mark Karelli, who died at age 36 ten years before the Shadow of Chaos.
As they were walking about, Corsairiph notices a white, spectral woman rising out of the burial ground; she rushed forward and let out a harsh, loud, shriek that racked the three's minds and bodies with pain, and Wilhelm, still injured from the encounter with the Gazebo's, fell. Melissa and Corsairiph scrambled, struggling with their fear of this creature and their desire to stay and help their friend. Melissa tried to stabilized Wilhelm, but could not. Corsairiph, who originaly was going to run, turned back to bring Wilhelm back to consciousness. As the three began to flee, another banshee appeared, quickly making her way to them. Corsairiph and Melissa ran around to the entrance while Wilhelm scrambled over the wall. They all made it out, but as they did, the banshee unleashed another scream, felling Wilhelm once more.
Melissa and Corsairiph rushed Wilhelm back to the inn after stabilizing him. On they way, Viala saw them; she asked the Empthrax, Siarah, who ran the trading post, to give Wilhelm a healing drought to bring him to consciousness. The three then went back into the inn to regain their breath.
Not two minutes later, Donald, Gilly, and Lilthic burst into the inn asking for Wilhelm. Wilhelm, having gone unconscious three times in the past three hours, was nearing his breaking point. He suddenly burst out a stream of apologized to Gilly for not tending to her when she was unconscious; he knows how it feels now and he never should have prioritized the tentacles over her. He then went upstairs to sleep, leaving Gilly rather confused, until Donald explained how Wilhelm had been a jerk.
An hour and a half later, at around 11:30, Marcellus returned, and the party assembled to talk about their rapidly approaching meeting with Viala. As the conversation began, Marcellus quickly interjected, raising his head to reveal hateful eyes red from crying. While on his own, he had asked around the town and found that one of his family still lived; his mother. He had learned of the torture Viala had inflicted upon the town and upon his mother, and he declared he had a goal for the the meeting: force Viala to free the Empthery, and to rule them henceforth fairly, justly, and kindly.