The party opened the bronze banded wooden double doors and found a room with a raised dais across the room with a carved casket on top. Torinn didn't think the party should disturb the tomb so they closed the doors and left. They took the stairs to the goblin guardpost above. The door was no longer spiked shut. They headed to the stairs that led outside and heard fighting. Thren crept up the stairs and saw what appeared to be another adventuring party killing some goblins. He went back down the stairs and told the rest of his group. They decided to take a risk and greet the new people.
The new group introduced themselves as the adventuring company Band of Valor. They were Kormon – a dragonborn paladin of the platinum dragon, Remy Longsong – a half-elf cleric of Corellon, Uerthen Stonefist – a dwarf fighter, Tindelby Lightfoot – a halfling rogue and James Darkeye – a human wizard. They asked the party if they were the adventuring company people were calling The Beheaders. When the party agreed they were, the Band of Valor were honored to meet them. Kormon was interested in information about Sir Keegan. The party told him they believed they may have found his tomb. The Band of Valor had come from Fallcrest when they received Lord Padraig's plea for reinforcements. Kormon brought a blessing from Enubrius the Bronze.
While the two adventuring parties talked drums and pipes could be heard playing in the distance. They looked down the Keep road to Winterhaven and saw a procession approuching the Keep. They decided to group together and confront the new arrivals.
What they found was a morbid looking band of humans, dwarfs and halflings dressed in black and gray costumes depicting mangy animals. They displayed many tattos and painful looking piercings. Some had instruments like drums or bagpipes and they played a somber song. They carried on three long poles the effigy of a raven with its wings spread. This group was led by four strange looking humanoids with pale skin and eyes entirely black. These creatures had numerous tattos and piercings, braided hair and half shaven heads. One male was armed with a long heavy chain with razor barbs along its length, another had a pair of daggers and a female a curved blade. The fourth was female and she came forward to speak with the group. She introduced her group as the Raven Roost Performers and asked if the adventurers were those known as the Beheaders. When they agreed they were she asked if the rift was safe. She declared that her group would be taking over the Keep. When she was met with uncertainty she explained that the people of Winterhaven did not present an adequate defense of the rift as demonstrated by the deathpriest nearly opening it. She said she and the three other were a race from the Shadowfell called Shadar Kai and they served the Raven Queen and that Orcus was an enemy of the Raven Queen. Torinn suggested that the Shadar Kai might want to open the rift to attack Orcus but she assurred them that their goal was to see that the rift never opened because if Orcus gained power in this world he would gain power in the Shadowfell. Morthos voiced uncertainty over whether they could trust the Raven Roost Performers. The Shadar Kai woman told him it was not a matter of whether they could trust her – she did not trust the rifts safety to them and if they stood in her way they would take the keep by force.
After some debate the two adventuring parties decided not to oppose the Shadar Kai but the Band of Valor would stay behind and keep an eye on things. The Beheaders asked the Shadar Kai woman if she could help Rudy. She refused to help him but gave the party the gift of a black egg as they had proved to be enemies of Orcus. She told them the egg could be shattered to create a temporary (12 second) portal to the Shadowfell. She suggested they could use it if they ever needed to make a quick escape from certain death but warned that it should only be used as a last resort because many places in the Shadowfell are dealdy and where the portal would take you in the Shadowfell depended on where you were in this world. Band of Valor suggested they ask Lord Padraig about helping Rudy. Before the Beheaders left they led the Shadar Kai to the rift so they could examine it.
Back at town Lord Padraig welcomed the Beheaders with a 1000 gold piece reward and directed them to Sister Linora to help Rudy. Sister Linora was happy to help and provided a Raise Dead ritual for free and only required the party to pay 500 gp for the rituals required residuum. Rudolph Harmony is again alive.