Leaving Karulala at the Inn, the adventurers head into Axe Town for the rendezvous with the Librarian, Valenian. Mood on the street sis subdued. Smoke drifts in the air. Closer to Axe Town, there is an underlying air of menace.
Switch dons Koala’s pendent, taking on his appearance. Both he and Switch can sense eyes constantly observing the party and separate, taking to higher ground. At the address given for the meeting, there is a wine seller opposite. A dozen denizens of Axe Town congregate there.
Whilst Memnon waits outside, guarding the door, Kara and Ozzie enter the dark property. Guided by Ozzie’s light spell, they find their way upstairs and to a study room with sleeping couches and other furniture of a (repaired) good quality. Valenian sits behind a desk, greeting the two heroes and introducing them to his compatriot, Fabio.
Outside, the drinkers call for Memnon to buy them a drink, which he does, returning to his post afterwards. Inside, Valenian quizzes Ozzie about the Precepts, voicing his concern that the knowledge it can grant the reader may destroy him. As the conversation continues, Ozzie slowly realises he is being dominated and wit starting swiftness, Fabio is attacking Kara, shifting form to that of a Snakeman! Valenian bellows and outside, the majority of the drinkers at the wine sellers drop their drinks, draw weapons and charge over the Memnon. Three get past him and upstairs before the Cleric kicks the door shut and starts to fend off the foe.
From their vantage points, switch and Tol open fire. Tol misses, but Switch’s shot strikes home, and the enemy takes on a more serpentine aspect. Switch leaps from the rooftop and joins Memnon in combat as the Cleric shifts into diabolic form and consecrates the ground, laying several fanatics low.
Ozzie turns his beguiling strands on Kara and the three fanatics charge in landing several blows too. Outside, as Tol lands awkwardly in the street, burning his hands on the rope, Memnon and Switch finish off the fanatics and rush into the building. As they arrive at the study, Ozzie shakes off the domination and begins to fight back against Valenian.
The heroes make short work of the three minions (with natural 20s from Kara and Ozzie and two from Memnon) but as Tol makes a spectacular entrance through the study window, Valenian dominates him and begins to seep a noxious yellow gas as he is bloodied. Tol knives Ozzie and twin strikes Switch before shaking off the domination. Kara is healed by Memnon and slays Fabio as Switch grabs hold of Valenian until realising the battle is lost, the Snake Man goes limp.
The adventurers bind and blindfold the Librarian, before searching his rooms. The adjoining room to the study is a shrine of some kind. Ozzie’s spells allow him to comprehend some of the strange symbols on the walls and notes on the desk in the study, although it pains him to try and do so. When quizzed, Valenian only says that the shrine is to “none of your immortals”. Ozzie thinks he determines the name “Yurgh-Thal: He Who Must Not Be Seen…”
Several books from the library are found and stashed in a bag and the desk yields a pouch with five rubies, which switch estimates are worth 2,500 gp each. Each member of the party takes one, before preparing to secure the rooms and spend the night at the study with Valenian as their prisoner.