The gang arrives on a floating pile of boat parts that is being used as a floating bazaar. There they take refuge and try to figure out Tamburlaine’s little curse problem. An attempt, assisted by an unnamed alchemist, to study the material ends up with our party being transported to another plane. They meet a demonic entity, named Shriek, whom they convince to take them to his boss. He says the master (named Lamashtu) is unavailable, but he can take him to speak to The Red Man. They speak to the Ginger Priest through a crystal ball, and he promises that the curse will be lifted if they take it to Arean.
They do! They make a deal with a Drachen Reich raider named Igvar Drakenshnekt and sail upriver toward the city. A Republic checkpoint stops the posse, but they dispatch it readily and capture the leading centurion, Markus Andronicus. Downriver they ride, and reach the beautiful city of Arean. As Igvar disembarked, Tamburlaine passed on the curse, then stabbed him.
Unfortunately he turned into a giant spider and sacked the town.