On the way to Champoor the group stopped at the town of Sleeping Man. Most of the freed slaves departed but a half dozen stayed with Ka Bar to help his fight to end slavery in the area. He arranged from the to stay in Sleeping Man and train in fighting. Mambu learned that the “treasure map” he had was a partial copy of a text from a library called the Thrice Blessed Archive.
By chance, Ka Bar noticed an assassin attempting to poison a young boy at a tavern. The group thwarted the poisoning and captured the assassin. They learned that the boy was really Tan Khari, the last heir to the Sultan of Champoor. Over one hundred years ago Champoor had been at war with the Prasadi Empire, a regional off-shoot of the Realm. At a crucial moment highly-placed traitors inside the city opened the gates to Prasadi forces. The Prasadi conquered the city and put the Sultan to death. A Dragonblooded satrap now rules Champoor, the remaining noble families have risen in power, and the last descendants of the Sultan are hunted by assassins.
Tan Khari told them that if he can return to the throne of Champoor, the gods of the city (called the Court of Night) are bound by an ancient oath to recognize him, and the people of the city will rally. Tan Khari’s advisors knew they need support in the city, so they asked the heroes to help them find and make contact with loyalists. The heroes agreed and set off down river to Champoor.
During the river journey the heroes met Joji, a tiger style martial artist on his way to participate in the Tournament of Champoori Freedom. An unusual storm swept in and their boat docked to wait for it to pass. The heroes investigated sounds of fighting and found a group of Fair Folk marauders abducting and feeding on local farmers. The group defeated the Fair Folk and freed the farmers before returning to the boat. Shadow Scorpion had visions of his lost familiar, who appeared to have been captured. The heroes deduced that the group that took his familiar was likely the same that kidnapped Mambu, though exactly what they and the astrologer want was still unknown.