At the sound of the soldiers coming down the alley, Gronk orders the rest of the party up through the roof hatch to flee, taking the magic device from Vernon in an attempt to provide a distraction. They flee across the rooftops of the slums, noting an entire company of Peacekeepers, a Strangler, and an Avenger in the alley, queuing up to assault the safehouse. After fleeing across a few row houses and hearing the one-dwarf battle rage on behind them, Alton returns to try to aid Gronk from the rooftops.
Gronk finally succumbs to the overwhelming numbers against him, but as he starts to fall, seven Dwarven Slayers enter the fight shouting the battle cry “Kara m’arou” – Gronk remembers all of them from miscellaneous incidental contacts during his journeys through the Southlands. The Dwarves decimate the Peacekeeper forces with Poppy and Alton providing support from the rooftops above, but in the process all of the Dwarves save Gronk are slain.
The party rents a room in a boarding house a few blocks away to regroup and continue questioning Vernon and discover that Corky is being held in a laboratory in a hidden sublevel beneath the University of Invention. The group takes to the sewers and finds a concealed escape route from the University, granting them access into the lab. The party finds Corky along with the plans and a working scale model of the auto-loading mechanism for the Bubblesneezer Cannon. They convince Corky to aid them in destroying the flotilla and to escape to the North.
They spend the remainder of the day liquidating the gems awarded by the Godfather, upgrading a few weapons, and procuring the necessary supplies to execute their daring plan….