With Velkynvelve still fresh on the minds of all the escaped slaves, the party elect to make their way to Darklake as quickly as possible. Before they got far, though, they were approached by Prince Derendil and Sarith Kzekarit, who both wanted to join their team seperately. Preferring the quaggoth over a drow, Derendil joined the team.
The party has been traveling for four days now. The first two were at a fast pace, but Balthier had time to try covering their tracks. The need for foraging has been completely removed by the use of goodberry, which has simplified the arduous travel.
However, it hasn't been completely without danger. The party avoided a fairly larger duergar trader envoy one night, but nearly got ambushed by a rocktopus in one large cavern. While deftly navigating a labyrinthine network of volcanic steam tubes, the party met a member of the Society of Brilliance for the first time. While Grazilaxx was originally off putting, the party was able to parley with the strangely pleasant mind flayer, and even convinced him to possibly hold off the Velkynvelve search party.
While it may seem it has been slow going, the party has made massive distance towards their goal of Darklake. 28 miles down, 20 miles to go!