The group headed over towards the palace to find a protest going at the entrance to the building over city taxes. Seeking easier entrance, they riled up the crowd. The crowd grew uncontrollable, pushing their way bit by bit into the palace. The palace guards did their best to hold back the protestors, but did not have the numbers they needed. When the crowd had pressed their way halfway through the palace, the royal wizard appeared. He cast some kind of unusual spell that made the entire palace shake. Then he fled. The party realised that they could smell sulfur, but decided to continue further into the palace. The crowd roared its way into the throne room and the party slipped away from the crowd, heading upstairs.
Obsidian made her way upstairs first, confronting the royal wizard as he attempted to halt her progress. After a short time, Maramros and Morg joined her upstairs. They fought against palace guards as they flooded the top floor, dispatching the royal wizard with haste. Maramros ventured further into the rooms on the top floor, finding the Empress and her children huddled together. He attempted to calm them first, but Obsidian came into the room disguised as a palace guard and was more successful.
Morg caught up to them after defeating a room full of guards and together they led the Empress and her children through the floor, asking her to show them to where the Emperor was so they could ensure he was safe.
Morg and Maramros worked together to bar the entrances to the rooms they passed through, confounding the newly arriving guards at every turn.
The group found the Emperor hiding inside a panic room past the slave quarters with a few guards. Morg and Maramros kept their distance while Obsidian went in with the Empress.
Hearing more guards arriving, Morg went to one of the doors he had barred and threw aside the table with absolute ease, opening the door for Maramros. He then unleashed a blast of flame that burnt nearly everyone in the hallway to a crisp.
Meanwhile, Obsidian questioned the Emperor about his treasure, telling him that if she knew where it was she could prevent it from being stolen if the crowd made its way upstairs. When he told her it was in a secret compartment under his bed, she attempted to attack the Emperor, but the Empress had quick reflexes and caught her dagger hand before it could kill him. She tried to convince the woman that her husband had been replaced with an imposter, but she would not believe her. Eventually, she broke away from the Empress and stabbed the Dragonborn Emperor deep.
He was poisoned by her attack, but managed to keep on his feet. He attempted to fight back by breathing golden flames at Obsidian, but she managed to stab him again, this time taking him in the neck. He died immediately and Obsidian threw her blade aside, severing his artery and splattering the Empress and her children with blood.
They headed to the bedroom, finding quickly the secret chamber and took the treasure. They wasted no time escaping from the palace, making their way as quickly as possible to leave. When they reached the front, they were bewildered to find that the palace was no longer in the city of Xin-Tijh. Alhezid, Maramros’ familiar, told them this was the Elemental Chaos and across the way they could see the City of Brass. It appeared that the royal wizard had transported the palace here in the wake of the emergency.