After a brief confrontation the party was subdued and arrested, and then dragged into the depths of the Keep to await trial and summary execution. Dal tried to show the human soldiers what evil they were to be subject to, but they were simply too afraid of the perceived monstrous and manipulative cultists to listen. The party loosened their bonds, and after enduring a rant by Vaine settled down to get some rest in the dungeons. When they woke in the early afternoon, they set about making their escape. The process was almost, suspiciously easy, as the guards were inept and there was no backup. It could have been a setup, or perhaps, it was due to the disarray caused by the still out of control inferno raging in the trade district. As they subdued the guards, the door to the dungeon was broken open as Aaron and Cyric burst in attempting to rescue the party. Avalice was quickly freed and the decision was made to attempt to get to Victor, since they were allready nearby and the Keep's defenses were in turmoil. The party left, sealing Avalice in behind them, allowing him time to recover his strength and then make his own way out.
The group rushed upwards through the Keep, fighting a running battle with guards, human and supposedly possessed alike. They quickly subdued or scattered what forces came up against them, and charged ahead in the confusion that followed. They easily made their way up to the top of the south tower, where it was thought Victor might be housed, as it was in theory the safest place in the city. Bursting in, they found him alone sitting before a warm fire, bundled up in an easy chair. The party explained their position, and after many false starts managed to show him that something odd was going on. Even this wasn't enough to buy his acceptance of their story however, but it was enough to peak his curiosity. They hit upon something that would help though, when they discovered that Victor and Avalice were old friends, and that he hadn't been aware of Avalice's imprisonment. The decision was made to find Avalice so that he could explain what Vaine had been up to, but before it could be acted upon, Vaine broke into the room.
After some brief attempts at deception, Vaine revealed what he had done to his father, and then in a brief and violent confrontation, killed him viciously. The party fell upon the murderer Vaine, but were unable to pin him down, or it seemed.. Significantly harm him. During the battle Cyric was impaled and blasted through a stone wall, assumed fallen, as well as Kalen taking several Brutal hits, though managing through a fluke of luck and skill, to deflect the worst of them. When the tide at least appeared to be turning, and Vaine showing some signs of wear, something changed, and in a moment half the room was blasted to rubbled in a massive shockwave. In the wake of the blast Kalen was knocked unconcious and much of the party was badly wounded. Vaine attempted to finish off Aaron while he lay senseless, but was deflected just in time. The party made the quick decision to flee the battle and began to leap out from the balcony. As the last turned to flee, Cyric was seen staggering out of the rubble, his wrists slashed and his body burning. He shouted for the stragglers to flee, and then threw himself at Vaine. He was impaled, and nearly ripped apart, but held his ground as the flames gained in intensity. As the party struggled to their feet, dragging their wounded away from the keep through crowds of stunned onlookers, the clouds parted and a tornado of flame descended, melting the south tower into slag.