That night, Ankshi told the adventurers more about herself, in particular how she believe she is a splinter of a deity, and thinks there are more of her out there. A disagreement sparked in the party of whether to divulge all of this information to the mysterious stranger, but the argument was shelved for a later time.
During the night, the vampires retaliated for breaching their inner sanctum and killing several of their minions, resulting in around two dozen dead villagers that they heaped in front of the church of Pelor, though Ankshi kept the church itself and the people inside safe, letting the adventurers rest through the night for the day ahead.
The next day, the adventurers discussed what to do next, and another argument ensued, but eventually it was decided that attacking the twins that day was probably the best idea, rather than wait another night and have the vampires possibly retaliate once more.
Thus, they headed out to Earthsgate Castle again, where the kobolds had already seemingly finished their own assault on the catacombs where Seronel’s body was resting to recover from his previous defeat. The Black Guard were nowhere to be found, so seemingly the mysterious stranger had kept his word.
The adventurers made their way inside the castle again, where some of the Black Guard were still around but easily dispatched, but as they ascended to the twins’ chamber, they were ambushed by more powerful warlocks and guards that proved to be a taxing fight. Nevertheless, the adventurers continued, and though the twins had laid another trap on the way, the party quickly engaged them in combat and armed with the information and gadgets from the mysterious stranger, they prevailed against the vampires and turned them to dust.
While they worked on destroying their coffins as well so that the vampire twins couldn’t reform, the adventurers found two curious gems, and the mysterious stranger made another sudden appearance. The party gave him some information about Ankshi, promising more for his assistance against Belladonna, which he accepted. He told the adventurers that Belladonna rested in the catacombs past a triple-locked door. The gems they found with the twins were two of the three needed locks, the third resting with Seronel. He didn’t have any gadgets to offer this time, like against Nylla and Itrea, and soon mysteriously disappeared again, leaving the party to ponder whether to rest their rather weary bodies or march on to fight Belladonna on the same day as well.