The party is employed by Father Darius, an official at the Erathian Cathedral, to investigate a series of high-profile grave robberies. Each grave was occupied by the remains of a former member of the ruling council of Dominium City, known as the Heart of Atlantis. The Kamsarakans, an honorable family with a tradition of military service, the Liosia, founders of the Golden Lion Merchant company, and the Kerameikos, well-known bankers and security specialists, have all been victimized. It seems likely that Slide’s ally, Grint Venitari of the Blackbirds thieving guild, may be involved somehow.
Each grave contains clues, including empty scabbards, whose former contents were apparently used symbolically when the council members were asked to judge cases at the Boulouterion, the seat of justice in the Archos District of Terminus Quarter. Each of the deceased died shortly after ruling in a particular case.
Following the clues led the party to the crypt beneath the Bastion, the headquarters of the Terminus Legion, and burial site for dangerous criminals and their accouterments. Within the crypt they find a band of thieves ransacking the place, while trying to pry information from a bound and battered Grint Venitari. The band are revealed to be mostly members of the Vandals, a goblin-band from across the river, operating “out of their territory”.
The Vandals, including a formidable boss named Arges, are defeated and the party turns to Grint for answers…