Mark Valor along with all his magical equipment Rioter included was stored in the portable hole as the party chartered Tilo Viera’s ship for a journey to Arcona. Mark was able to spend some time tied to the mast but once land was sighted Mark was back in the hole and the hole was placed in a corked bottle.
Arriving in a city that housed both mages and priests Thia searched for the next item her book demanded, Moosa found accommodation and Rolan and Mara visited an alchemist who being not to their liking let the whole group to arrive at the Estarian cathedral. A sedated Mark was given over to the priests care as was seven hundred gold (and a tip about the secrets of Terba castle).
The Estarians reported that Mark showed signs of being scarred by dark influences and so was restrained. The party where told that these might be gradually healed with time spent there and that someone would be contacted to sponsor his recovery. The party watched as Mark tied to a table and begging them to save him had a fluid pored over his eyes that dissolved them the resulting liquid stored in two bottles.
Mara became aware of a semi-secret auction that would be taking place and might lead to items she and Thia wanted. That would occur after nightfall so Thia had time to indulge a rapidly growing interest in gambling houses. Mark safely locked away the party turned the trip into something of a working holiday partaking in the seafood, fruit alcohol, cards and dice available. Rolan and Moosa gambled as Thia lingered taking notes, Moosa ended up ahead but used his winnings to make Rolan strike even.
Thia and Mara took the opportunity to purchase new clothing that they might look nice for the auction, Rolan, Moosa and Howling Under The Two Moons explored a little visiting the markets and buying some potions, a herbalism book and…. a magic lantern
the auction the party attended seemed to be the possessions of a wizard beginning with basic robes before the magic came out the original owner having fallen on the wrong side of Estarian justice but not before inventing small magical effects for his own standard of living. Thia ( predictably ) started by bidding on wine but did also acquire “Soap of refreshment” and “No-pain tooth rinse”. Mara tracked down a woman she suspected was sent by Vigo as a replacement for Mara herself, Mara did win a set of “cut-proof purse strings” and a set of cut-crystal bottles (with stoppers and storage case) but gave up on the location tags. Moosa got into a small bidding skirmish over potion, scroll and spellbook supplies with a wizard short of patience and stature. Rolan cast a thought to his underhill home and purchased an alchemy lab in the hopes that he would somehow be able to transport it back home.
The last two items where what the party had come for, Mara competed against her counterpart for a necklace of gems and a golden knot making full use of more than one treasure pile the group had looted. Moosa bided on black iron lantern winning in the end by bidding more than he actually had without Thia’s assistance. The two items won at auction all the party had to do was claim them without anyone stopping them or stealing anything…