The group makes the decision to search further south. They then hear a group of hobgoblins and an ogre to the south. Felicia scouts ahead and finds that Glasstaff is lost with his group in the caves. The mage goes to relieve himself where the party is and the heroes spring an ambush on him. Silencing him and capturing him Lucien takes the opportunity to disguise himself with his powers to look like Glasstaff and to tell the hobgoblins he’s ok and needs a few minutes more. Lucien returns to interrogate him. Glasstaff admits all he knows in fear of Lucien and Lucien takes his staff. An audible, dark voice (the same entity that gives Lucien his warlock powers) announces that he has given Glasstaff to him for his revenge. Lucien, without many of the other’s seeing, attacks the bounded mage with a knife even though the others begged him not to kill him and instead arrest him. The others try to stop him but fail to do so as he blasts him with an eldritch blast, evaporating Iarno.
The Sleeper One says, “Your revenge is complete, but your anger must remain while under my care. The only way to do so is leave a reminder to you for the rest of your life. And what better way to do so than to see the face you hate most, each and everyday, for eternity. You will thank me as your power grows.” Lucien tries to revert back to his normal face but only remains as Iarno Albrek (Glasstaff). He shouts in anger and Felicia doesn’t know how to comfort him.
The rest of the group discovers the rest of the cave while Lucien tries his best to revert back to his true face. The ogre and hobgoblins are taken care of and they find the actual Forge of Spells though it was protected by a spectator monster. They are able to trick the monster to leave thinking it’s duty of protecting the Forge is done after many centuries of guarding it. They fight a wraith as well in another room and are able to get a few special magical items to help in their fight, including using the Forge to temporarily make their weapons magical for a few hours.
They continue northwest and fight a few bugbears near an underground stream. A drow with the bugbears escapes the fight to tell his master. The rest of the group follows in pursuit. They come to an empty room and find an unconscious dwarf on the ground. Before waking the dwarf they are attacked by large spiders. The Black Spider himself, Neznarr, comes out of hiding to attack. Though the party tries to parlay it seems ineffective as Felicia comes into the room and a look of complete anger comes across her face as she sees the drow. She begins to fight him and the rest follow suit. Many of the other party members are attacked by an ambush of goblins coming from the south while Cadwyn, Graybesh, Felicia, and Keth fight the drow wizard and his spiders.
Neznarr asks to see the baby Felicia has as he thinks it’s his. She denies it and Lucien is quiet to hear this. He also says he has been keeping tabs on the heroes and calls out for help from Vhalak. The unconscious dwarf gets up and attacks Graybesh, leveling him. He reverts into a changeling and says, “Vhalak is my brother, my name is Blendis.” The fight continues with Keth looking distraught throughout the whole fight. At one point Blendis becomes engulfed in flames and the half-orc helps put the fire out and tries to whisper something to him. Blendis becomes enraged and fights Keth at that moment. Confused, the party sees that Keth is not who he says he is. It is revealed that he is a changeling too named Vhalak who has been with the party for a few days now. But Vhalak doesn’t take Neznarr’s side and Blendis claims he has betrayed them. Vhalak tries to take on Neznarr but is dropped by his spells. The rest of the party is able to kill the spiders, knock out Blendis and Felicia knocks an arrow and says to Neznarr, “The child is not yours!” and with that she puts an arrow through his head, killing him instantly.
With the mines clear and the fight with Neznarr over the heroes find Nundro tied up in a different room and are able to save him. Graybesh revives the changeling, Vhalak, and they interrogate him. He admits everything: the changelings infiltrated the heroes. back in Phandalin a few days ago. They killed Pip and posed as him to draw Keth out. They killed Keth and Vhalak was tasked to pose as the half-orc by using the Mirror of Lolth," a magic item to help shapechangers truly embody their prey.
However, after working with the heroes in disguise (and having a part of Keth affect his own memory), Vhalak realized that Neznarr didn’t need to be the leader of their group. He tried to convince his brother during the skirmish but Blendis says he has lost his mind and has betrayed the Black Spider. Blendis wakes up and continues to berate his brother but Vhalak remains silent.
Felicia, finding that Lucien is still very angry with what his face has become, realizes that neither man was good enough for her. She looks at the half-elf warlock and says, “We are through. Even if he is your son, I don’t want you to ever see him. Goodbye, forever, Lucien.” And with that the drow woman leaves the cave.
The heroes, few remaining now, return back to Phandalin to claim their reward from Gundren.
As Razzle Frazz wraps up the end of his story the children around him in the swamp by his home seem eager to hear what happens next. The old man finishes, "Well children, that’s how our heroes started adventuring, you see. They found the gumption to seek out their own adventures and stories. It was many years later when I met with Graybesh that he taught me the importance of those stories, the ones I tell you, of course. What happened to that dragonborn, you ask? Ah, yes, let’s see, he used his earnings from the mine to pay off Davish, the man who had a bounty out for him, I heard.
Ramas and Sir Cadwyn used their earnings to resurrect their town of Thundertree, bringing it back to life and getting the refugees of the village back there with the help of Reidoth.
With the mine cleared out, Gundren, Nundro and Valin were able to go into business together. Valin felt many have lost their lives and morals in the mine (including himself) so he felt he must oversee it so that good might prevail from those mines.
Syldar was able to relay the information of his adventures to the Baron’s coalition and he rose in the ranks as the official mayor of Phandalin. His first order of business was to find Pip and Keth’s body and give them a proper hero’s burial which was made in Keth’s honor, including a statue of him with Flip and Pip, protecting the now large city of Phandalin. The gnome prays that the Whispering Wind thieves guild will no longer bother him or his dear friends.
Syldar and Valin feel that Vhalak and Blendis must be punished for what they did. Vhalak agrees (but not Blendis) as he came out completely changed with the events that happened in the past week and so they are both tried in Kartan and found guilty of murder, theft, terrorism, etc. and were put in prison for the rest of their lives. However with key character witnesses such as Syldar, Cadwyn, Valin, Graybesh, and Ramas, at the trial they are able to reduce Vhalak’s sentence to 20 years in prison. Vhalak accepts and does his time quietly and obediently and emerges as a new man, changed by the system (hopefully for the better). Blendis, however, remained in prison, vowing vengeance upon the heroes.
Which brings me to Lucien and Felicia," Razzle Frazz continues, ‘this new face for Lucien was not something that was easy to get used to. Even though the arrow scar from Felicia remained, he couldn’t change his face back to what it used to be. After that day Lucien didn’t see her again for 40 years. He never met his son, Ashborne Stro’Upe, at least, not until much later…
It didn’t seem right for Lucien to use that name anymore when he went adventuring afterward. The name was too heavy and it had too many dark tones to it. He needed something new and poppy. After all, he was heading out on more grand adventures. So the name Razzle Frazz came to him in a dream. I remember it so vividly: boys and girls, men and women, elf and goblin, they gathered to hear my stories. I realized, then, I needed a stage, a place to tell others of the stories Graybesh left with me. That’s why I built my theater in Frosthaven, later named Frostopolis. And, you know that story, of course: the theater grew into the largest show the world has ever known. The best entertainment the world of Erryes has ever seen for many years to come."
One boy in the group of children asks, “What happened to that theater, Razzle Frazz?”
The old man winks at him with his scarred eye from the drow’s arrow, "I could tell you that one next, it’s a good one! But I realized I should just skip to the good parts, when Razzle Frazz’s theater was dying. Which brings me to my second favorite story: “The Last Will and Testament of Razzle Frazz.”
END SEASON 1