The town, despite the crippling tribute being forced upon it by the witch Serena, was thriving. The party leveraged their powers as member of the Privy Council and newly sworn knights to form an economic stranglehold on the city. The Great Circle of Druids became concerned with it’s heedless expansion and worried by the mystery surrounding the magical ice storm. So the secured an appointment to the council for one of their own; Rusk. Rusk quickly sized up the party and began to make his presence felt in the town, arguing aggressively for expansion of the trade routes to the west and retaking the abandoned quarry from whatever was now holding it.
The quarry was now nominally the territory of the Blue Star tribe of demi-humans, led by their chief, the Psionic goblin Xitil.