Following their destruction of the Yuan-Ti temple and their securing of a trade deal with Lady Viala of Gazeshore, the party returned to Telos with the loot they had taken from the temple – unbeknownst to Viala – and a caravan of relief supplies from Viala. Meeting with Melentia by the edge of the city, who warned them of strange happenings in the town, they entered Telos.
Alta, one of the three leaders of the settlement, met the party outside. After a brief conversation, it became clear that the party though Corsairiph was still in Telos, but Alta believed Corsairiph had returned. Pushing that concern out of the immediate attention, Alta began to bring the gawking settlers to the caravans to speak with the Empthery and take them into the settlement while the party waited. After about fifteen minutes, she led the party – followed shortly by Martin, one of the other leaders – to the office of Hazdron, the last of the three leaders.
Hazdron was wrapping up a conversation with a man named Tarn – something to do with his workers stealing or vandalizing his workspace – when Alta entered. Tarn quickly left, leaving the party to fill in Hazdron on what had transpired, and ultimately give their opinion on the Empthery. Wilhelm expressed concern that the Empthery were creatures of Chaos, not order, which may make long term compatibility impossible. He also mentioned that the Empthery were once human and that, while the Empthrax and Empkaorti should not be trusted, the Empthery themselves were likely someone that could be worked with. Donald also mentioned having issue with the severe slave culture of the Empthery. Around this time, Siara, the representative sent by Lady Viala, entered the room. Hazdron and Alta remained to speak with her, but Martin was not interested, and he asked the party if they could come with him, as he had a request to make of them.
At his tent in the training ground, Martin informed the players that the settlement had turned the small woods growing out of the city's former park into a farming ground, and that over the past few weeks there had been several attacks by strange brain-like floating tentacled creatures on the farming ground, mostly at or near the night time. The first attack had resulted in the death of Eon Flightling, a former monk of the Hazatarian Monastery.
Martin requested the party's assistance in tracking and killing these creatures, as they likely made their homes outside the protective dome of the city. After requesting that Martin take special care of the party's wagon, Martin instructed second lieutenant Aven to show the party to the site of the attack.
Aven, a halfling warrior, led the party to the farmland, but in a round about way. As they walked, he told the party that he was taking them to Corsairiph; there had been an assassination attempt on Corsairiph, who had been in hiding since, and he reached out to Aven for help. The party reunited with their friend, who told them he had been ambushed by a woman named Beatrice who shot him thrice with a heavy crossbow, almost killing him. Aven and Corsairiph were unable to get any significant leads, other than that Hazdron had disagreements with Corsairiph about how Hazdron was structuring the finances of the settlement.
After agreeing on how they would reintroduce Corsairiph into the colony and deal with this threat, the party ventured to the recently uprooted woods and now tilled farmland. Aven called over the overseer, Trent Killspire, who quickly and nervously gave information to the party about the creatures (whom Corsairiph was able to identify as Gricks), eyeing Gilly the whole time.
Gilly talked to a worker and a guard to gain more information on the creatures to track them, and then went to speak with Trent, whom she recognized as a foreman on her slave farm. Trent denied knowing her, and the conversation escalated until Trent threatened to strike her. Pulling out a concealed dagger, Gilly stabbed Trent in the stomach, then sliced his neck, killing him. Donald, who was watching this incident, immediately cast Fog Cloud. The guards noticed the commotion and surrounded it. Donald led Gilly out, followed by Lilthic who had run in. After "dispelling" the cloud, Donald and Gilly explained the foreman had gotten aggressive with Gilly, cutting her, and she had reacted in defense. The explanation convinced Aven enough not to place Gilly in custody, but he informed them some sort of investigation would need to follow.