As Francisco, Monshin, and Tabius face off against Xolkin, Kella, and the Zhentarim bandits, three new heroes appear before the advancing green horde. Gandor the dwarven fighter, Nimue the water genasi priest of Torm, and Balfour the earth genasi paladin of Torm enter Nightstone right before the orc warparty advances.
An uneasy alliance between the heroes and the Zhents forms in the face of the overwhelming orc forces. As the warlord of the orcs calls for the drawbridge to be lowered, the heroes began to prepare for battle.
Balfour rouses the remaining Nightstone guards with an impassioned speech and healing magic while and Gandor arms them with crossbows, flaming oil, and words of wisdom. The mercenary skills of Gandor and the soldiering experience of Balfour combine to turn the town guards and the Zhent bandits into an orc killing force. The orcs fall quickly to the bolts of the town protectors. The teamwork of Nimue's faith and Tabius' deadly aim wreaks havoc on the orc warlord, and Tabius finishes him off with a well placed shot to the head.
With the fall of the warlord, the remaining orc's morale breaks and they flee into the woods.
The Zhentarum agents press their claim on the town, but the valor of the heroes and the embolden guards convince Xolkin to move onto easier prey at the threatening words form Balfour.
The old and new companions quickly move to the dripping caves to search for the missing villagers. Outside the cave, Monshin detects the presence of goblins, and concludes this is where the goblin bandits ransacking the town came from. Surreptitious scouting of the cave's entrance by Tabius and Balfour reveal a few goblin guards and an ogre in a mudbath.
Monshin devises a plan to trick the ogre, but the goblins are actually too stupid to follow his ingenious trick. After a quick battle with the goblins and a mated ogre pair, the companions search the cave. Nimue uses her natural ability and searched the undergroud river, but not finding the villagers. Eventually the companions find Hark the goblin leader, his goblin bodyguards, and seven giant rats. Negotiations quickly devolve into a battle, and the companions face their most deadly foe to date: giant rats. The companions vanquish the deadly rats and the body guards while Hark tries to make his escape. Monshin quickly captures him and meanwhile the companions find the remaining missing villagers. The companions agree to give Hark over to the villagers, who quickly feed him to the ever ravenous black pudding living in an unused part of the cave complex.
Returning to Nightstone with the missing villagers, the companions are hailed as heroes. Celebrations quickly abate as a giant white tower, topped by an oversized wizards hat and supported by nothing but a cloud, descends from the sky just outside of the town's drawbridge. The unusual tower's front door opens to reveal a cloud giant, balding and bearded, who exclaims "Well this town has been quite devastated!"