After fighting the guards at the sanitation station, the heroes went to much effort to sneak across the city to the safe house, choosing to flee through the hunting grounds. There they were attacked by a bear handler and offered him escape in return for guidance. To escape a hunting party, they entered a magically hidden cave that turned out to be a shrine to the Pale Lady, complete with undead attendants. The heroes left donations (but not a human sacrifice) in return for the hospitality, then proceeded to their destination in the craftsmen’s district.
After delivering the orb, the mercenaries were to stay there (with their anti-scrying measures) for 10 days while their contact activated it. Upon the completion of the ritual, the Box realized and informed the party that the package was a weapon of mass destruction that would wipe out the population of the Golden City. The Box said it could save the heroes, but no others unless one of them would sacrifice himself to help direct the protection; none of them was willing to make this deal, so they found themselves in a city of ashes, with a bound dragon and demons escaping. The Box called their white dragon ally, who offered to drop them off near her home on the Imperial side of the border.
Upon their return, the dragon was rerouted to the aerie below Barad-Gaitan, the mercenaries ordered to report back. Maegar and Terios showed no worry about the fact that the heroes had survived the mission, and sent them back to work on the front lines, with a back-order for rewards.
At some point, the Box also replayed to the party a vision of what had happened to the Red Raven after he had gotten her off their tails. Apparently she had been hunted and killed by her two colleagues, a male drow and a female half-elf. After they were gone, the Pale Lady had raised her as an undead in her service in return for another chance at the heroes if the Lady’s protection on them ever expired.