The following day, the group left to meet Vestan ir’Simul at his manor, which was in the cloud-city of Skyway. As the group made their way to the skycoach company to get a ride to Vestan’s manor, they realized that the local newspaper, the Sharn Inquisitive, had run an article about their heroism at the memorial ceremony. Interestingly, there was also an article about the death of Bonal Geldem, but the descriptions of the “assailants” were thankfully wrong.
During the flight to Vestan’s manor, the party was attacked by Arik Redtree and several goblins riding atop magical soarsleds. The party eventually defeated the goblins and Arik, sending a screaming Arik falling from his soarsled into the shadows of the towers of Sharn. The party was unsure of Arik’s ultimate fate.
At Vestan’s estate, the elderly man hired the party to investigate why his workers in the Cogs had stopped reporting to him. He had acquired some property in the Cogs, a section of maze-like tunnels deep beneath Sharn, and during renovations, a wall collapsed revealing an unexplored section of Ja’Sharaat, the ancient goblin city that once sat where Sharn now rises. The artifacts in the ruins would be worth a fortune, but the workers Vestan had hired to retrieve the artifacts had stopped reporting for work. The party agreed to help Vestan, but requested that Vestan discreetly arrange for a private meeting with a House Cannith family member to look at the journal that the group had obtained from the body of Bonal Geldem, a journal that contained magical writing that could only be seen by someone with the Mark of Making.