Absalom is Golarion’s busiest and most populous city, but one of its largest populations goes largely unnoticed. The Agents of the Varlokkur must venture into the sewers beneath the City at the Center of the World to stop the meddling dragons within from disrupting a vital Varlokkur operation.
After a couple of days to catch their breath, the agents meet Alexis at the Scholars Quill for breakfast. Once there, Alexis informs them that their successes have come to the attention of the other Varlokkur and they have agreed to dispatch the agents on a mission of import to the whole of the organisation. Alexis tells his team that the Varlokkur use the sewers and caverns beneath Absalom to move potent and dangerous magic trinkets and artifacts into and out of Absalom. However, their supplies routes have recently come under attack by a group of kobolds known as the Sewer Dragons. Given the importance of these routes, Alexis advises the team that he needs them to ensure they are safe to use within the week. However, he’s aware that just exterminating the tribe of kobolds will only leave a vacuum for something else to occupy. Alexis tells the team that their best approach will be diplomatic. As always, the team accepts their assignment and makes to leave the Quill, but not before Albert notices that Alexis is becoming quite concerned about a separate assignment that he has been working on.
The agents first clue as to the location of the Sewer Dragons is a man called Emral Xarcious, a tutor who was hired by the tribe to teach the leaders young the common tongue. Rumour has is that Emral has been living in the Puddles, having fallen on hard times as a result of a gambling addiction. The group elect to return to the Soggy Piper, where they know Yargos Gill, the historian who helped them with the Silent Tide, is typically found. As expected, the agents find Yargos, currently enjoying the company of one of the Puddles many street walkers. Yargos tells his rescuers that Emral was last seen arguing with Creeley Greeves, a notorious moneylender and thug. When the group pay Greeves a visit they find he’s holding Emral prisoner and collecting his debt from him in beatings. The agents pay off Emrals debt and take him to the Temple of the Shining Star, a huge temple to Sarenrae for healing, given that the tutor is near death as a result of the wounds inflicted on him and having contracted filth fever in the poor conditions. The priestesses of the sun goddess perform several miracles on the man following donations from the heroes, restoring his health enough for him to tell the agents that the chief of the tribe has a daughter, who frequently sneaks into the quieter operas in Absalom.
Armed with the knowledge that they have a chance to speak to one of the chiefs young, the group decide to attend a handful of operas that evening and search out the disguised kobold. Julian leads the party around the Ivy District in preparation for the operas, ensuring they all have the finest garb and the latest hairstyles. Whilst the two dwarves balk at the idea initially, they soon find themselves just as caught up in the preparations as their young friend. Once they are all dressed in their best, the agents split up and head to the operas.
The group cover the three operas between them, but despite their best efforts are unable to see the disguised kobold. Albert and Lothaire meet Artore at the Cheliax opera ‘Fall from Glory’, but otherwise the evening is unsuccessful.
The following morning Albert is called to breakfast with his mother, who requests he aid her in arranging a marriage between Brenna and Julian, thus attaching the Doels to the rich and rising Ormontagnes. Albert refuses this initially, but buckles to the obligation to his family.
The group spend the next two nights at the operas, searching for their quarry. Yet despite calling in allies Balenar and Imrizade (who assumes Albert is using it as an excuse for a date) they remain unsuccessful in locating the kobold. Dejected, but undefeated, the agents agree that they are running out of time and have no option but to approach the Sewer Dragons hideout directly.
Delving into the familiar sewers beneath Absalom, the agents follow the directions supplied by Emral and soon find the entrance to the Sewer Dragons lair. As expected the entrance is guarded and heavily trapped, and while the agents attempt to approach peacefully they find themselves dodging a giant boulder propelled by a sewage build up which results in Albert tumbling into an otyughs cesspool below the entrance. Luckily the other heroes subdue the kobold guards and dive down to protect their universalist ally. The otyugh injuries Albert heavily as he tries to flee its den, but is swiftly dispatched when Lothaire and Bundin leap at it from the overflow.
Once they have recovered from their initial entry, the group venture deeper into the kobold tunnels. Despite a number of obstacles and misdirections, the agents eventually locate the kobolds dwelling, located through a buried shop that has been converted into an alchemists lab and trappers workshop. Yippitok, the tribe chiefs son and resident alchemist and trapper warns the heroes that they have come to their deaths and there will be no parley. However, Julian enchants the arrogant kobold with his bardic magic and they learn what they can off the tribe. Unfortunately, Julians charm magic only turns Yippitok favourable to the bard, not the rest of the agents, so eventually Bundin gives up on talking their way past the trapmaster and launches an attack.
The agents initially underestimate Trapmaster Tok, to their regret. The agile creature proves able to flip and tumble around the group, luring them together where his assortment of alchemical explosives can do the most damage. Both the dwarves are rendered unconscious by the trapmasters bombs, but luckily the rest of the heroes are able to subdue the crazed kobold.
With Yippitok defeated and their wounds magically healed thanks to the wand carried by Julian, the agents venture into the buried theater that houses Kibizax, the kobold chief and self proclaimed ‘King Below Absalom’. Julian and Bundin attempt to parley with Kibizax and his large dragon pet as a horde of kobolds watch from the booths around the theater. However, it quickly becomes clear that Kibizax is too far gone and clearly insane. With little option left, Albert launches a web to entangle the chief and his dragon on the stage. This reveals that the large dragon is little more than an illusion, and Kibizax has been using it as an instrument of fear. Enraged at the parties ‘insolence’, Kibizax hurls bolts of lightning at the group, channeling his sorcerous bloodline to do so. The agents fight hard to reach the kobold chief, being viciously battered by his offensive spellcraft. Lothaire succumbs to a stream of scorching rays, prompting Bundin to call down the full power of Torag against the kobold. The paladins assault grievously wounds the chief and draws his full ire. Kibizax draws upon all his arcane might and blasts Bundin with a close quarters arc of lightning, catching Julian in the process. Julian narrowly dodges the majority of the blast, collapsing from the shock. However, Bundin is inflicted with the full intensity of the bolt. The standing agents watch in horror as their ally is blistered and burned alive in a torrent of electricity. Bundins murder is Kibizaxs final deed as the remaining agents throw their remaining energy into the chief and finally fell him.
Following his defeat, Kibizaxs body erupts in a blue flame and a dragon composed of blue lightning and fire engulfs the chiefs body, rising into the ceiling. Following the chief dramatic incineration, Yiddlepode, the chiefs daughter that the agent had been looking for, emerges and ‘demands their surrender’. Albert realises that this isn’t a sincere threat and that Yiddlepode is just trying to save face as she takes her fathers place. Reluctantly, the agents surrender and Yiddlepode accepts their offer of trade and work to ensure that the Varlokkur caravans are no longer attacked. She requests the agents leave, requesting they take the hidden body of her father to maintain her ruse that he has ascended. The heroes collect their dead and wounded, and make their way back to the surface.
The agents make their way to the Precipice Quarter to place Bundins body in state at his shrine. They soon collect a following of the paladins faithful and a small gathering amass around the dwarf. As the group gather their thoughts and allow Bundins congregation to say their farewells, they are joined by a dour Alexis, who consoles them and requests their company to talk further.