At first, the Tembo proved quite a handful but thanks to Oevru‘s tactical manouvering and a little bit of luck, the party found their feet and brought it down to the cheers of the crowd. Balok greeted them with congratulations as they exited the arena pit. When talk turned to Blood & Splatter, Mazkan inquired discreetly as to whether Balok had noticed if they bore specific tribal tattoos. Balok vaguely answered in the affirmative which made Mazkan immediately try to barge into the champion’s rest area. Sametik and Rynn attempted to defuse the situation and avoid them all being arrested. Fortunately, the arena agent showed up and remarked that “Blood & Splatter” were currently in the arena pit fighting against Balok and his team. This made the half-giant calm down but still insisted on waiting by the area to see the champions. Meanwhile the rest of the party get paid for their performances in the arena.
After their fight, “Blood & Splatter” head to the champions’ area, walking past Mazkan in the process. Mazkan succeeded in getting their attention. Unfortunately for him, they turned out not to be his friends, but instead Freea and Das, 2 half-giants from the same area as his tribe. They recognized him and invited the group to join them in their rest area. Inside, they were quite surprised and distressed to hear of the events that brought Mazkan there. They expressed an interest in helping his search. However, they would not leave until they had lost the mantle of “Arena Champions” in fair arena combat. A plan was hatched to have the party help prepare Balok and his teammates defeat the Champions in the arena. The group then decided to leave as it was getting late into the evening.
Outside, they were swarmed by a mob of arena fans. Gana, the barmaid that Sametik had charmed earlier were among the crowd and he brought her along. Lerona was there too and had been watching the fights. She offered her place for them to stay the night and so they did. Except Sametik though, who opted to spend the night with his new lady friend over at her place. When morning broke, they were surprised to find that Sametik had not returned as he had promised. They left for the Gilded Mane, only to find him him passed out. Apparently he had too much to drink the night before and was paying for it this morning. Thania was there again and she revealed that it was SHE who had arranged for the Tembo to fight them! Apparently it was her way of testing their mettle. Now satisfied with their performance, she invited them to discuss their future dealings together…