Baern is still working on his quest to locate Gauntlgrym, his lost dwarven homeland. To help him, the party decides to visit the House of Knowledge, the temple to Oghma where Baern used to study.
As they walk up the front steps, they see a group of Mintarn mercenaries leaving the hall. Once inside, they encounter the band of about a dozen refugees living in the front hall. The refugees have taken it upon themselves to ring the House of Knowledge’s bell, to warn the surrounding city of orc attacks. According to Alac, their leader, the building is in a state of disrepair – the west wing has been completely destroyed by the cataclysm, while the east wing is relatively unscathed but still disorganized.
Baern recalls that an acolyte was in charge of the basement hall, which held many of the library’s more important works. The party finds the basement hall closed by a locked door with a peephole. When they knock, an eye appears at the peephole and introduces itself as Atlavast, keeper of the archives. He has lived alone in the basement hall for the past 27 years, occasionally venturing out for food and other supplies. Atlavast has spent most of his time organizing the basement, and is now very familiar with the library’s collection. He claims to have at least one source of information about the location of Gauntlgrym, which interests Baern deeply. However, he won’t hand it over until he gets what he wants – namely, the eviction of the noisy refugees upstairs. The party decides to cooperate and heads back up.
The party scouts around the east wing first to see what they can learn, despite Alac’s discouragement. The layout consists of a couple of halls leading towards the former solar of the temple’s leader. In a reading room off one of the halls, they find a book in Abyssal open on a table. Although none of the party can read it, they are all fairly sure it’s associated with Asmodeus. They proceed through another hall towards the solar and see a fire elemental and another guy (I forget what) at the far end, standing around a fire. Once the party attacks them, a warlock comes out of the solar and joins the fight. The enemies call for cultists, and half of the refugees come storming towards the party form the front hall. Eldon seals the hall door against them by tying the handles together with rope, allowing the party to finish the battle and eventually mop up the remaining Asmodeists.
One other object in the room is the corpse of another Eladrin. He must have come in here seeking knowledge and been murdered by the Asmodeists. Udonan pledges to return his body to his people, but not before stealing his boots.
Baern claims the object that Atlavast promised him. It turns out to be a bronze dodecahedron with pictures on each face. it will take some research to decipher any information contained in the pictures.
The party decides to alert the leader of the Mintarn mercenaries to the fact that the Asmodeus cult is trying to recruit them. They head to the headquarters of the group, the Moonstone Mask Inn. Baern gains admission to the office of their leader, General Sabine, and explains their suspicions. The general seems quite interested in this information.