…takes the fore.
Approaching the west tower of the Northern Ramparts first, the party was surprised to find the halfling guards quickly turning into Wererats. Even more surprising was the ambush of Fire Beetles their monk scout led them into.
Once they had cleared that tower, Medresh (their dragonborn paladin) decided he’d had enough of this scouting-things-out folly and clanked right on down the corridor. Bursting through the door at the other end, he found a bunch of halflings eager to deal with whoever had gotten past their door-guards so easily. Because the rest of the party was far behind, no one objected to this opening of diplomatic negotiations.
As the halflings led the party through the rest their warren, discussions continued, only breaking down just as the party reached the Catacombs. The wererat-halflings attacked and a short battle ensued.
One of the halflings, Sam Dardano, quite dismayed at the treacherous behavior of the rest of his clan, began a plan to leave his brethren. He suspected they were no longer all that interested in lifting the curse that made them all wererats.