While the party takes a short rest, Rivereyesits down on the floor and tells his story:
“So, Peppin is gone,” Rivereyesays with a sigh. “The loss is great in my eyes, though I fear few would agree. Life has become so cheap in these dark days. As a servant in the imperial palace, I saw things that put all faith in a good future to the test. Oh! How I wish the Inquisitors had not enslaved my lips and hands to never reveal what I know.”
“But I realized others could see what I know! That is why you are here tonight. That case is valuable because it contains all of what I cannot say. It must be retrieved and sent to Lyceum!”
Rivereyerelates how he convinced the imposter that the case was trapped. He also overheard the solon talking with the eladrin about a contact at Gabal’s school, a Shahalesti named Shealis, and an escape tunnel to the Singing Chasm that is one week away from completion.
Finally, the gnome describes the case – black metal, about a foot long and wide and half a foot deep, made of adamantine with a lock. As he describes it, he realizes something and points to a Wall Armor and a Bear Spirit Armor left by Larionas he prepared his disguise. He offers them to the party as a reward and starts a coughing fit that suggests the gnome’s strength is flagging.
Torrentrecommends taking shelter in a nearby temple, under which lies one of the resistance’s many safe houses.