After dispatching the Skinsaw cultists, the party continued to explore the sawmill. Theo was delighted to find many bags of coins, especially since Jusy destroyed the skinsaw masks by feeding them through the lumber mill’s saws. Whyd chatted with messenger ravens that told of trips to visit the snake lady in the Shadow Clock.
After resting up, the party headed for the Shadow Clock in the Underbridge district. They started scouting the ground floor of the Shadow Clock and found a huge creature waiting there. Jusy snuck in closer to check on it, but Beast’s snake caught its attention. There was a fairly quick battle – the scarecrow golem nearly got a crit on Jusy but was blocked by Brecca’s misfortune. As Jusy’s blood splashed on his dagger, he felt a tug to the northeast corner of the room. Beast quickly discovered that electricity attacks revitalized the golem, while fire attacks slowed it down. After demolishing the golem, they investigated the room and found a stripped and beaten corpse that looked identical to Jusy hanging upside down in the northeast corned. Jusy picked up a discarded dagger identical to his own and the two daggers merged into one.
Leaving the mystery of Jusy’s double behind them, the party headed up the tower stairs. Partway up, a bell dropped onto the party, but Theo blocked it and it clanged down into the central floor without inflicting any more damage.
At the top they found Xanesha and three faceless stalkers waiting. The stalkers weren’t much of a threat, but Xanesha managed to knock Jusy out until Whyd healed him back up. Beast stacked flaming spheres on Xanesha while Theo went toe to toe with her. Brecca’s owl delivered healing to the wounded party members. As the battle turned against Xanesha, she leaped from the side of the tower and cast feather fall to slow her descent. Determined not to let her get away, Jusy leaped from the side of the building after and hit her dead on, dropping her before she could get away.
Fortunately Xanesha left a tidy pile of possessions behind, including a gloating note from a sibling in Turtleback Ferry. They also found a list of Sihedron sacrifice targets. When they showed the mayor that he was on the list, and Theo hinted very broadly, he gave them a reward for bringing down the threat to the city.