Leaving Jack in the Sword & Buckler the party traveled deeper into the Lower Ward, having decided to investigate the trouble at the old Church first. Although they still looked like outsiders, and clearly were still Clueless, the crowds of the Lower Ward paid them little attention. As soon as the party reached the area of the Church they formulated a plan to find out everything they could about it.
An initial recon resulted in a visit to Skamos' Bookstore, one of few shops still active in the area. The old Tiefling had no magical books, much to Argos' chagrin, rather a vast collection of reference books. With such a varied range the party was able to find several very useful books on the nature of the planes, Sigil, and factions. (That was an Oxford comma, and a very useful one at that.)
Further along Nickle Road Sandrina found Kruthar's Import/Export Emporium. Here she was able to get quite a bit of information off of the helpful half-orc. He was so helpful that Sandrina offered her services as a porter but was quickly forced to stop due to her inability to lift. Next came some subtle walk-bys of the Church revealing the Athar guards on the door were vigilant and seemingly loyal to their cause. Having found what they could here the group moved on the the Ubiquitous Wayfarer.
Only a few blocks away the Wayfarer promised to reveal even more secrets of the Old Church. It did not take long for the party to pick out Hulester, an agent of the Athar that was tasked with watching the Wayfarer for anyone getting too interested in the Church. He was drinking quietly looking quite depressed and not willing to talk to anyone. Luckily Sandrina was able to determine that he had a crush on the Wayfarer's barkeep, Riaen. Through smoothtalking and out-right lying she was able to get Hulester to open up. While getting a 'haircut' from Bruce and some dating advice from Sandrina Hulester revealed everything he knew about the situation at the Church.
Hulester reveals that a Harmonium member owned the church and surrounding land, he desired to demolish it all and build some investment properties on the site. Soon after demolition began the crew disappeared inside the Church. Soon after a Harmonium investigation team vanished looking for the crew. In response the Athar sealed off the Church, forbidding anyone from entering. For some reason the Signers had taken an interest in the Church and also wanted to get in there, but he didn't know why.
Meanwhile downstairs a confused human called Phol was puzzling over the riddle statue that occupied the center of the tavern. Somehow Rynn was able to solve it for him and in gratitude Phol had some extra information. He had overheard some Signers discussing a plan to get into the Church. Their leader seemed to be an Elf called Elchis that could be found at the Faction HQ, the Shattered Temple.
Buoyed by their now found knowledge the group, minus Rynn, made their way to scout around the Church again. Saggy and Bruce created a distraction involving vomit to allow Sandrina to sneak into a nearby storehouse. Suitably purged they continued around the Church and onto Nickle St. Here they ran into an old friend, a Mercykiller Knight and several of his friends. Frantically calling Sandrina and Argos for help the party fought for their lives against the Red Death.