Gus Hew, Unedus, and Mire continued to track slavers along the Sword Coast, traveling from Baldur’s Gate to the slave market of Thlohtzin, where they sought two things. One was Afkor, an agent who had been researching soul-sucking magic items before being captured. The other was a Red Wizard named Kzar who had been implicated in a murder in the Gate.
Approaching the ruined tower, they were admitted by the dwarf Durg Earthforge, who said that there were already other merchants staying there, so they would have to take unfinished underground quarters. As soon as he was gone, the heroes investigated the hallway and market area, then barged into another lit room, pretending to be drunk. It was occupied by a Thayan knight and Red Wizard, so they started a fight and defeated them. Durg noticed but seemed not to mind.
After a rest, Gus and Unedus went to an auction, while Mire watched the wizard, copied his spellbook, and boiled the knight’s flesh off her bones. Afkor turned out to be the slave, sold by a half-orc named Athas. A humanoid with claws and a rhino-like face said that the Beast Master was interested in unusual creatures, not in brains, so the bidding was between the adventurers and a yuan-ti representative. The heroes won with a bid of 110 gold pieces.
Afkor told them that Athas had been cut loose by Zhentarim leadership. Also, the half-orc had taken the magic item from him. The team prepared to confront the slaver, but first, Mire used a suggestion to send Durg outside, looting his valuables in the meantime.