To make a long combat short, the group of four returned downstairs to the second floor and engaged in a fight with not only the keep guards but the invisible Baron, 2 hell hounds, a Nessian hellhound, and the group of Chelaxian adventurers led by Lord Vincenze.
In the town NIgel was talking to Faeregrim at Andel, the yeoman resistance member’s, home when the alarm bells began ringing. They stopped plotting to go outside and see what was going on, (although they figured correctly that the mission was in trouble). They ran to the intersection of Keep and Minecart roads in the center of town and observed the guards and militia scrambling. The door to the Pact Hall opened and several people exited. Nigel recognized Lady Drenica the cleric of Asmodeus. A squad of keep guards escorted her toward the gatehouse to the keep. Knowing there wasn’t any time to waste Faeregrim immediately used Dimension Door to transport both of them to the tower.
Nigel and Faeregrim found a small devil in the lab, or rather it found them. It was a crepitus devil and quickly dispatched after being a minor annoyance. They descended the tower and joined with the others in their struggle.
It was a tough fight with lots of spells being thrown around including fireballs and lightning bolts and it could have gone either way. But the Baron escaped to the first floor with his guard dog the Nessian Hellhound, while the Chelaxian adventurers of the Co-Prosperity Society defended the second floor. Largus and Nigel went after the Baron but got bogged down fighting guards on the stairs.
They killed Slaughtermaster and dropped Mittens but the tide of battle turned against them when Legertha was Charmed by Vincenze and charged Ginger, knocking her out. Below Nigel was charred by the Baron’s pet and fell unconscious. Everyone met on the stairwell and Faeregrim magically transported them through the wall and into what happened to be the Baron’s audience chamber. For a few brief minutes they were safe and unmolested. Outside the door they heard a seemingly endless supply of keep guards marching by and someone giving orders to search the keep for the assassins.
Ginger failed to bluff the keep guards marching by the audience chamber door. One grabbed her but she got away and the others slammed the door and barred it. They needed another plan and quick because the guards were pounding on the door and it wasn’t going to stay closed for long. They brainstormed another plan to escape from the Baron’s audience chamber. Before the doors could break, Faeregrim cast a Stone Shape to open the wall behind the throne. Ginger cast Obscuring Mist outside to confuse the proceedings. Ginger flew herself to safety while Faeregrim, under an Invisibility spell courtesy of Ginger and an Ant Haul from earlier in the day, carried out Nigel and Largus under his arms. Ethelfrith drank an extract to become invisible and then snuck across the courtyard dodging numerous soldiers. It looked like someone had stirred up an ant’s nest. The group of four flew away chased by crossbow bolts. Ethel spider climbed over the wall and back into the town. Legertha remained inside with her new adventuring party chatting about her old adventuring party. Lord Vincenze is so dreamy. She can’t figure out why she turned him down back in Falcon’s Hollow.
While Ginger and Faeregrim flew east and landed with Nigel and Largus on the Andoran side of the pass, mini Mother was searching for the rest of the group. When the alarms initially sounded Sparkle had left the defunct church of Aroden to join other people in the street trying to figure out what was going on. She missed seeing Faeregrim and Nigel by a several minutes. Everyone else assumed the Andoran Army was attacking but she suspected the extraordinary rendition had turned into a hot mess. Mother found Sparkle lurking among the fearful people at the intersection of Keep and Minecart Roads wondering what was happening. As she got Sparkle up to date the others were making a hasty camp on the mountainside.
Shortly thereafter numerous squads of soldiers entered the village. Some went to guard places like the alchemist’s shop and blacksmith while others went to different buildings and started arresting people. The place you were staying at is one of the places the soldiers went to. The whole family was arrested and guards remained inside after the family was taken away. Same thing at the blacksmith’s and herbalist’s place among others. Once that is done they start going building to building looking for fugitives matching the party’s description (everyone, not just those that went inside the keep).
Sparkle and Ethel decided it wasn’t safe to remain in the town and hope the guards didn’t discover them. The magus cast Invisibility and Fly on each of them and they flew over the walls hoping to find the others somewhere on the Andoran side of the pass.