The “clerics” invite the PCs into the dining hall for a meal. Suspicious, Athron and Vermillion decline to drink. Duran pretends to be ill and makes his way to the privy down the hall. While Broc begins to feel the effects of the drugs in the food, Duran is attacked by a half-orc, Gurta, wielding a greataxe. As battle breaks out in the dining hall, Duran takes several direct hits, and is saved only when Athron steps out and casts a spell upon the half-orc to freeze her in place.
In the dining hall, the leader of the bandits, Tallon, flees upstairs, leaving one man to die and another to surrender. As Vermillion creeps up the steps after him, he sees a mage crouched at the top, who unleashes a fireball down into the room, killing one of his own men and taking the last close to death. In the front hall, Raz – the purported bard – crouches in terror, and says that he “didn’t think it would be this bad.” The PCs eventually make it upstairs and kill both Tallon and the wizard, Seril.