The party arrived at the village of Makalbi after getting away from the slavers and the tomb they had been left in – although not without first killing some goblin bandits. In Makalbi, they first went to the inn, having arrived in the evening, and ended up talking to two suspicious gentlemen sitting in a corner – who invited them to help on a mission that was taking place later that night.
At midnight, the party encountered Alash, a powerful and high-ranking priest of Kish, who offered to pay them if they would help him to cleanse the local temple of heresy. Though they disliked him, the party agreed, as they feared for their lives.
Having helped him, the party killed him by crushing him beneath their folding boat, which was destroyed in the process. From the temple they recovered a few books – the black book made of human leather, the white book with a green shield on it, and the ragged brown book – as well as 3 letters that Alash had been carrying.