Riley found himself laying in a puddle of bleach ichor on the floor of a stone hallway. Seeing a few black ichor footprints leading down the hallway, Riley followed them into an open chamber. He waited at the base of the stairs playing with a wooden door that spoke to him – “give coin for entry”.
Joining his Dwarven Rogue companion at the door they realized it took 2 coins to enter. As the door opened they realized they were about to interrupt a masquerade ball.
Outside the portal, still inside the swamp Zilv’lyn and Laif were thinking now might be the time to head back to the nearest town. They could cut their losses and never return. That might be easier anyway! As they went their own way, they heard something coming closer through the marsh. It was a giant snake! It attacked them both but was able to corner Laif inside the stonework. As he decided to jump through the still open portal, the snake snatched Laif back out of the portal almost killing him in the process.