With a new day the Council of Pohjola continued their investigation into the recent string of murders. While Baron Black attended to matters of state, the rest of the Council continued their investigation of the innkeeper Beovir Dyrmundsson. Aven, Kanon, and Joseph snuck into the innkeeper's quarters the room along with Cice's familiar. Once in the room Scree, was able to detect the scent of something that smelled a bit like a dog, while Joseph noted a hint of a coppery odor.
While they were investigating, Kanon noticed the chest on the floor and decided to look inside. Although Aven did not detect a trap, when Kanon shook the chest, there was an explosion that singed Kanon and made a racket. Aven quickly left the room while the others attempted to hide in the closet. Joseph and Scree had no trouble hiding behind the long dresses that were in the closet, but Kanon tried to hide behind a hanging shirt, leaving much of his lower half exposed. When Beovir stormed into the room he immediately noticed Kanon trying to hide and confronted him. Beovir demanded to know why Kanon was in his room and that he leave. Kanon, thinking on his feet, pretended to be drunk and confused as to why the innkeeper believed it wasn't Kanon's room. Although Beovir was clearly angry, he just kicked Kanon out but did not alert any authorities. After checking the rest of the room, Beovir left and locked the door behind him, leaving Joseph and Scree still in the room.
Joseph crept out and examined the window to the room and saw that he could leave that way but for the fact that it would be a difficult climb. Fortunately for him, Aven eventually returned to the alley below the window and saw Joseph looking out the window. Aven then flew up to the window so that he could carry Aven down to the ground.
The party maintained their watch on both Beovir and Kundal for the rest of the day and evening and the following day Joseph kept watch in Beovir's inn. Joseph crept up to the top floor, where the innkeeper's room was as the everyone slept. After waiting for some time and not noticing anything, Joseph decided to go outside and make sure that the Beovir had not left by the window. When he went to the alley he observed that the window to Beovir's room was open and that there appeared to be a partial foot print in the alley heading toward the main road. Joseph could not follow the trail very far and so used his divine magic to fly up high to see if he could locate the innkeeper from above. When he did so, he noticed the innkeeper on the roof of the inn opening a concealed panel and entering into what was obviously some sort of attic.
Joseph flew to the roof and examined the panel, discovering that it would be fairly simple to open. While there he also listened and could hear Beovir talking to somebody, but could not make out the words. Joseph waited for a bit until he heard Beovir starting to return to the panel, at which point Joseph moved to the other side of the A frame roof as the innkeeper exited. Joseph then decided to gather the rest of the party so they could investigate the attic together. When the party entered the attic, they discovered what could best be described as a small shrine to a beautiful human woman next to a coffin. The party looked inside the coffin and found a skeleton with decaying female clothing. A closer look at the skeleton revealed that a couple of the canine teeth were noticeably longer than normal. At this point, Kanon ripped the head off the skeleton and was getting ready to smash it before being stopped by the Baron. The party also noticed that there were sizeable blood stains on the floor of the attic.
With this information, the party went to the innkeeper's room and arrested him on suspicion of murder. He protested but was taken into custody relatively peacefully. Once in custody at the barracks though Kanon began to question Beovir and started to apologize for ripping the skull off the woman's skeleton. This enraged Beovir and he broke his manacles and shifted into a hybrid of wolf and man, attacking Kanon. Kanon, with the help of Joseph was able to subdue Beovir, but their suspicions were confirmed and the innkeeper was executed the following day by Aven.
With the Council already in town, they continued to make plans for the nation and decided that it was time to build a jail rather than continue to use the barracks as a makeshift jail. At this time, Vlad also informed the Council that he had signed a treaty with Hargulka that would keep the monstrous nation to the south and secure Pohjola's southern border. Pohjola at this time also received a gift from House Orlovsky in the form of a monument to Baron Black, which pleased the Baron greatly.
With the nations affairs seemingly back in order, the party once again set out to explore the southwestern reaches of the lands. The first day they encountered a group of lizardfolk that had taken up residence on an island in the middle of a river. In speaking with their leader, Vesket, the party learned that the lizardfolk had resided on the island for many generations and that they had also reached an agreement with Hargulka that the two groups would leave each other alone, but would be willing to assist each other if needed. At first the party was hoping to extract taxes from the lizardfolk, but ultimately relented.
The party continued their exploration of the area and the following day they encountered a manticore. The spikes that were shot from the manticore wounded Cice and Kanon deeply, but the party was able to work together to defeat the monster. With Cice and Kanon recovering from their wounds, the party decided to rest the remainder of the day then finished exploring the rest of that sector the following day.